The Art-Music Forum
November 21, 2019, 06:28:25 pm
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News: Here you may discover hundreds of little-known composers, hear thousands of long-forgotten compositions, contribute your own rare (non-copyright) recordings, and discuss all the Arts in an erudite and decorous atmosphere full of freedom and delight. To participate, simply log in or register.
 
   Home   Help Search Gallery Staff List Login Register  

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
 1 
 on: Today at 04:21:12 pm 
Started by patmos.beje - Last post by Albion
This is one of my discoveries of the year - what a super piece! Act two in particular is full of the most attractive writing with many beautiful passages. Stanford could write operas, of that I have no doubt, but as a first attempt this is something special. A bit of Wagner here, a bit of Meyerbeer there, quite frankly I don't care given the result. Critics get hung up on "influences" in a pejorative sense simply to show some knowledge, however shallow. I think this performance benefits greatly from using the original libretto in English rather than translations in German (1881) and Italian (1893).

 Smiley

 2 
 on: November 19, 2019, 07:03:57 pm 
Started by Greg K - Last post by Albion
I just received a reply from Colin, and he assured me he is well and has not abandoned the forum.  He's just returned from a trip abroad and will explain his absence shortly.

 Grin Grin

 3 
 on: November 19, 2019, 01:22:42 pm 
Started by Greg K - Last post by jonah
Relief all round, I would say!

 4 
 on: November 19, 2019, 11:32:21 am 
Started by Greg K - Last post by Latvian
I just received a reply from Colin, and he assured me he is well and has not abandoned the forum.  He's just returned from a trip abroad and will explain his absence shortly.

 5 
 on: November 18, 2019, 05:15:08 pm 
Started by Albion - Last post by patmos.beje

On a previous post I included the following paragraph:

Perhaps the recent Northern Opera Group's performance of Stanford's Much Ado About Nothing [see: http://www.northernoperagroup.co.uk/much-ado-about-nothing/4594599648 ] might make it to, at least, a privately available CD.  One can only hope. More than a hour of excerpts from this opera (5 in total), from an earlier 2016 performance accompanied by piano, can be accessed from: https://soundcloud.com/northernoperagroup/sets/much-ado-about-nothing-by-charles-villiers-stanford

 6 
 on: November 18, 2019, 05:00:45 pm 
Started by Albion - Last post by Albion
Besides the Stanford, there are many operas which I would love to hear complete including Macfarren's She Stoops to Conquer (1864), Arthur Goring Thomas's Esmeralda (1883), Mackenzie's Colomba (1883) and The Cricket on the Hearth (1902), MacCunn's Jeanie Deans (1894) and Boughton's Alkestis (1922). Unfortunately Cowen's Thorgrim (1890) and Harold (1895) are presently hors de combat due to the lack of orchestral scores and parts...

 Sad

 7 
 on: November 18, 2019, 01:25:18 pm 
Started by Albion - Last post by Albion
If Naxos is savvy (they've already released performances from Wexford festivals) they may have earmarked this for release (perhaps?)...

Besides Much Ado and The Critic I'd also love to hear the earlier The Canterbury Pilgrims (1884). To say that Stanford could not write love duets (as many have said), the act 2 example in The Veiled Prophet sounds like the real thing to me...

 Wink

 8 
 on: November 18, 2019, 11:32:55 am 
Started by Albion - Last post by jimfin
I'm absolutely loving both the recently available Stanford operas: this and The Travelling Companion. I had high expectations but they exceeded them. Now I so want to hear Much Ado and The Critic, particularly the latter, as I haven't heard a note of it.

Thank you for this John.

 9 
 on: November 17, 2019, 07:04:15 pm 
Started by Albion - Last post by Albion
I have added mp3 files of the 2019 Wexford performance of Stanford's first opera The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan (1881) to the archive. This is an attractive work with a super duet towards the end of the second act - well worth investigating.

 Smiley

 10 
 on: November 17, 2019, 05:05:15 am 
Started by dhibbard - Last post by dhibbard
Yes   thank you for your note.

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
Powered by EzPortal
Bookmark this site! | Upgrade This Forum
SMF For Free - Create your own Forum


Powered by SMF | SMF © 2016, Simple Machines
Privacy Policy