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 on: October 05, 2019, 02:55:15 pm 
Started by dhibbard - Last post by dhibbard
I am surprised that no one saw this before me.... I am usually the last person to read this.... my music magazines I used to get have long expired.

 on: October 05, 2019, 03:43:23 am 
Started by dhibbard - Last post by dhibbard
Giya Alexandrovich Kancheli (1935-2019)

by David Smith
Giya KancheliThe Georgian composer Giya Kancheli has died at the age of 84 in his home city of Tbilisi. One of the most recognised and acclaimed classical voices from his home country, he belonged to a generation of Soviet-born composers who lived through, and were influenced by, the tumultuous dissolution of the USSR and independence of many of its constituent republics.

Kancheli’s earlier works explore a modernist, often dissonant style that led to friction with the cultural authorities of the time (though often seeming to retain more of an affection for consonant, melodic elements than some of his contemporaries, even in early works such as his wind quintet from the 1960s). Much of his music was composed for the cinema, often seen by adventurous Soviet composers as an area where censorship was less rigorously imposed and new ideas could be explored more freely; over five decades of film soundtracks, from drama to comedy to the offbeat science fiction adventure Kin-dza-dza, attest to his gift in matching music to screenplay time and again against a fast-changing cultural backdrop.

His later compositions increasingly embrace what might be called the New Tonality, with a stronger element of “traditional”, accessible harmony, though always coloured by his national heritage – after fleeing the chaos of post-independence Georgia in 1991, Kancheli came to express themes of exile and loss, both personal and national, in his music. Works such as Styx and With a Smile for Slava pay tribute to deceased fellow Soviet composers Avet Terterian and Alfred Schnittke, and giant of the cello Mstislav Rostropovich, while À la Duduki evokes the piercing reed sounds of the Caucasian duduk in a slow-burning but intense meditation on the tribulations of his homeland.

Kancheli was also a gifted miniaturist, writing small-scale gems for violin and piano as well as for piano solo and for voice; his Kviteli Potlebi (Yellow Leaves), an understatedly sentimental three-minute vocal piece, is surely one of his most widely-known and enduringly popular compositions, with a simplicity and directness that few can match.

 on: October 04, 2019, 11:00:03 pm 
Started by dhibbard - Last post by dhibbard

Just released the new CD from Tuur  Spectrums

Erkki-Sven Tüür
Spectrums [CD]

    2019, Eesti Muusika Infokeskus
    Formaat: CD
    Helilooja: Erkki-Sven Tüür (1959)
    Esitajad: Ulla Krigul , Indrek Vau , Lauri Metsvahi , Leho Karin

Tarneaeg: 2-10 tööpäeva

17,95 €

Püsikliendile 17,05 €

    Teavita hinna või laoseisu muutusest
    Lisa soovikorvi

 on: October 02, 2019, 10:33:35 pm 
Started by der79sebas - Last post by der79sebas
This DVD contains the Porter version (Prelude 1 / Section A / Coda to Section C) of Ives' Universe Symphony (in total 28 minutes). The symphony is split in 2 parts, the DVD beginning with Prelude 1 (14 min), whereas Section A (11 min)+ Coda (3 min) come more to the end. Many other (parts of) works are included, e.g. Symphony 4 (second movement), Unanswered Question, Overture & March 1776, some songs with piano or orchestra, and the Three Quarter Tone Pieces. The whole thing is a scenic performance, so there is little stage noise, talking between the music numbers, and some funny things to see:

It is presently the only available recording of "Porter's Universe". To my ears, the Porter version sounds more like Ives than the Austin and Reinhard versions. And also the other works are well done!

 on: October 02, 2019, 12:06:35 pm 
Started by dhibbard - Last post by jonah
Kuula's piano music is interesting and pleasant on the ear, without any pretensions.  Before I knew of the various recordings, I had for some time enjoyed playing the Lamb Polska (otherwise Mutton Dance!) without knowing anything about Kuula.

There are now three competing versions of the complete piano music:
Janne Oksanen on Alba ABCS445
Adam Johnson on Grand Piano GP780
Jouni Somero on FC Records FCRCD9758

Oksanen and Johnson's listings are identical, but Somero has an extra piece - an arrangement of a movement (5) from the orchestral South Ostrobothnian Suite no.1, op9.

I have only heard the Johnson in its entirety, so cannot comment on the other two - perhaps someone here has and would like to offer a comparative view?

 on: October 02, 2019, 06:07:04 am 
Started by dhibbard - Last post by dhibbard
Interesting Finnish composer release yet again.   

 As a whole these 20 pieces portray a versatile palette of different stages of Kuula’s life, from teenage sketches (Air varié) to impressionistic moods from Paris (Fairytale Picture no 2). In general, the music is mostly lyrical but often suggesting the wild and rugged aspects of the Finnish landscape. 80 minutes to boot! Janne Oksanen (piano).

by the way.. its been awfully quiet here as of lately.....

 on: September 30, 2019, 02:06:45 am 
Started by patmos.beje - Last post by dhibbard
thanks for this update

 on: September 28, 2019, 03:51:54 pm 
Started by patmos.beje - Last post by patmos.beje

I wonder if this is in connection with the film about Henry V that will be released on October 11?

I don't know but I suspect not.  There have been several performances of Walton's reconstructed score in the last few years.  There has been at least two in Germany.

 on: September 28, 2019, 01:10:53 pm 
Started by patmos.beje - Last post by christopher
I wonder if this is in connection with the film about Henry V that will be released on October 11?

 on: September 28, 2019, 07:38:50 am 
Started by patmos.beje - Last post by patmos.beje

Dominic Sewell's reconstruction of Walton's score for Olivier's 1944 film Henry V is to be performed with a live screening of the film at the Royal Festival Hall in November.  The conductor is Frank Strobel.  See: See:

I hope this bodes well for a CD release of the entire score. 

From Dominic Sewells Facebook page:

A lovely opportunity to hear Walton's original music in context with Olivier's film. It was a reconstruction job I was tasked with in 2007, and spent many sleepless nights aurally transcribing it and proofreading against any published or holograph score fragments (some of which we had to track down from California to Rome!)


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