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 on: May 20, 2019, 02:13:50 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Dundonnell
I shall give Bittner another opportunity to impress me Smiley

 on: May 20, 2019, 10:13:09 am 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Grandenorm
There is a second symphony, but it was not published and the MS is lost. Alas!

 on: May 19, 2019, 10:54:13 am 
Started by brendangcarroll - Last post by M. Yaskovsky
William Stromberg started the Tribute Film Classics label, I think it was around 2008, and recorded The Prince and the Pauper (Moskou Symphony orch., under William Stromberg). Probably the label left the scene. They were very ambitious with Korngold, Steiner and the like.

Agree, a titbit of Juarez is on this double CD: Juarez Overture, 1939 & Captain Blood [rec. J.Morgan]
Brandenburger Philharmoniker, Potsdam, Richard Kaufman - MARCO POLO 8.223607/8;DDD
An 'Extended Suite' of On Human Bondage is on RCA 87890 - National Philharmonic orchestra olv Charles Gerhardt.

 on: May 19, 2019, 10:19:38 am 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Gauk
I just listened to the Bittner symphony, and I can't say I agree with you. It's certainly not Brucknerian, and I think that may have been another example of Adriano's complaint about trying to pigeon-hole works by saying "it's like X". And equally, I would not be in a hurry to compare it to Franz Schmidt. Bittner seems to have an individual voice, and though on first hearing I felt there was a spot towards the end of the slow movement where his imagination was struggling, overall I enjoyed it and am happy to be able to hear it. I will listen to it again.

I gather there is a 2nd symphony as well.

 on: May 19, 2019, 10:13:00 am 
Started by Gauk - Last post by Gauk
I have the Fanelli CD!

Alexandre Dénéréaz I have added to my listening list.

 on: May 19, 2019, 08:19:10 am 
Started by Gauk - Last post by adriano
Yes indeed, Gauk :-)

Not to speak about quite a few Swiss French composers for which I am struggling since years.
One interesting CD - which I had wanted to do, but had been refused by Marco Polo is:

It was produced in 2008, 20 years after I had had proposed it.

This could be a "pendant" to my own crazy CD with Ernset Fanelli's "Tableaux from Le Roman de la Momie".

I also intended to continue with Jacques Ibert and Sylvio Lazzari on Marco Polo, but that is another - and rather unpleasant story...
I am a great fan of Havergal Brian!

 on: May 19, 2019, 06:11:28 am 
Started by brendangcarroll - Last post by patmos.beje

Glad to see an important work of Korngold get a new release. I suppose most people, at least in the past, got to know his name through his Hollywood music. For me it was initially through the Violin Concerto.

What I am waiting for, and have been for some time, is a new CD of one of Korngold's film scores. One of the US speciality film labels - I can't remember which - stated it was planning to issue a soundtrack a while ago. So far nothing.

I am hoping it might be the original soundtrack of Juarez, gorgeous music from start to finish (it was released in Europe on the Tsunami label on a good sounding CD - but not officially in the USA), or Of Human Bondage which never has had a release but which, Tsunami, was supposed to be releasing many years ago. The label disappeared.

One lives in hope.

 on: May 18, 2019, 11:48:27 am 
Started by Gauk - Last post by Gauk
Accusing Brun of "spasmodic syntax" reminds me rather of all the negative remarks about Havergal Brian, another composer whose style does not yield up easily to casual listening, but whose music is highly rewarding for those who make an effort to understand Brian's way of thinking. To go from an antipathy to Brun to damning the Swiss en bloc is frankly bizarre.

Incidentally, on the subject of rescuing neglected Swiss composers, it seems to me that a lot of French composers have been very poorly treated. André Gedalge is one case in point. Then there is a fantastic symphony by Louis Thirion which is completely unknown.

 on: May 17, 2019, 07:24:22 pm 
Started by brendangcarroll - Last post by M. Yaskovsky
Although there're some negative reviews here and there (production, singing of the tenor, acting) a sure buy for me.

 on: May 17, 2019, 05:24:11 pm 
Started by Gauk - Last post by adriano
Mr. Anderson's (and his "conductor friend's") generalizing, rather xenophobic statement must therefore also apply to two other "typically Swiss" composers like Jaques-Dalcroze and Sutermeister, who are now being released on his label.
And, in case his "conductor friend" had really consulted Brun's manuscripts, he did not do this seriously enough. One can find quite a few terrific climaxes in Brun's Symphonies and in his Symphonic Prologue - which could be interpreted as "orgasms"...

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