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 on: June 17, 2018, 04:09:38 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Dundonnell
For a Russian conductor of his generation and his eminence Rozhdestvensky had an astonishingly enquiring and enterprising approach to repertoire which might usually be regarded as well outside the norm. This was a conductor who recorded Rued Langgaard's "Music of the Spheres" for Chandos and performed all the Vaughan Williams symphonies in St.Petersburg.

 on: June 17, 2018, 03:55:26 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by jimmatt
Had the privilege of seeing him conduct Lourie's Concerto Spirituale and Schnittke's Gogol Suite on a visit to Berlin back in the nineties, still have scenes and sensations vividly in my head. It is odd, just yesterday I was listening to a piece conducted by him and wondered if he was still alive. Well, guess he always will be in that way. Thanks and Peace to him.

 on: June 17, 2018, 12:34:30 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Neil McGowan
And in addition all of that, a marvellous teacher who has brought on an entire generation of young Russian conductors  (Osetrov, Bogorad, and particularly Maxim Emelyanichev).  We will have cause to be grateful to Rozhdestvensky for decades to come.

 on: June 17, 2018, 07:53:33 am 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Hattoff
Sad news. From the 1960s onwards I always looked forward to his recordings of the less well known works of Prokofiev and Shostakovich. R.I.P.

 on: June 16, 2018, 10:14:18 pm 
Started by kyjo - Last post by Neil McGowan
Unfortunately,one half of the recording of The Grand Duke is actually the D'Oyly Carte recording! Sad

But which half, as Strephon was heard to wonder? 

"What's to become of my upper half when I've buried my lower half I really don't know! ... You see they're two to one, which is a strong working majority. Queen. Don't let that distress you."

 on: June 16, 2018, 10:01:18 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Dundonnell

No doubt there will be fulsome obituaries to follow. A magnificent conductor with a broad repertoire but obviously a particularly fine Shostakovich interpreter.

 on: June 16, 2018, 12:29:18 pm 
Started by kyjo - Last post by cilgwyn
Playing here,now. The 1966 BBC complete recording,with dialogue,of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers. These recordings are imho,vastly superior to the 1989 BBC Series (good as they are). The characterisation's,the liveliness of the interpretations,and the acting of the dialogue is superb. I'm pro-dialogue,when it comes to operetta,but even I have to admit that allot of the dialogue in the old D'Oyly Carte recordings is a bit of a yawn! The delivery of the dialogue in the 1966 recordings is so good I'll actually find myself listening to every word. The key? They treat it as a radio play,rather than just a,let's do the dialogue read-through. If you ignore the quaint introductory narration's (in an old school BBC posh accent) which I find fun;and the fact that the most of the character's dialogue is actually performed by actors (not the singers themselves) with the notable exception of Peter Pratt; these are very probably the best performances of G & S dialogue ever,period! In fact,if the dialogue had been performed this well on the commercial recordings that were released,it might have been more popular with music lovers,who usually find it tedious and boring! And as I say,the performances are absolutely superb. I would even go so far as to say,fan of the old D'Oyly Carte as I am,that these are among the best G & S recordings of the last sixty years (taken as a whole). And Peter Pratt performing the patter songs! Smiley The Recording of The Pirates of Penzance is the one big disappointment,with Vilem Tausky conducting,and no Peter Pratt. But no one can replace Owen Brannigan,in the role of the Sergeant Major,for me,anyway!! The good news? While the recordings have never been released commercially,they can be downloaded for free,in very clear mono from the internet. I'm not telling you where;but if you want to hear them,just put 1966 BBC Gilbert and Sullivan into Google (other search engines are available! Grin) and you'll find them. Unfortunately,one half of the recording of The Grand Duke is actually the D'Oyly Carte recording! Sad The remainder are in very clear mono!

 on: June 15, 2018, 04:11:00 pm 
Started by Toby Esterhase - Last post by Toby Esterhase

 on: June 13, 2018, 04:32:32 pm 
Started by Toby Esterhase - Last post by Toby Esterhase

 on: June 13, 2018, 03:59:31 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by cilgwyn
Thank you,Gareth! Smiley I hope so and look forward to it's release. I thought the last Cpo release was,very possibly,the finest Holbrooke cd ever?! Although,I like all the Holbrooke cd's I've heard! I hope that the latter comes to fruition. I'd love a chance to hear his choral music. I may be in a minority,but I love his music.

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