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 on: June 13, 2018, 03:39:05 pm 
Started by fahl5 - Last post by fahl5
I recently finished a Website to provide all available Data about Life Works and Recordings of Robert Kahn (1865-1951).

Robert Kahn composed mainly Songs, Vocal music, Chambermusic and Pianomusic. He could be regarded as one of the very few students of Johannes Brahms and as far as I know he was the only one whom Brahms invited himself to study  personally with  Brahms in Vienna. He was later Professor at the Berlin Musikhochschule and succesful Chambermusician performing with many prominent Musicians from Joseph Joachim up to Adolf Busch.

After a long and succesful musical Life in Berlin he was forced by the Nazis to leave germany 1939 with more than 70 Years and moved to Biddenden in Kent not far away from Laurence_Alma-Tadema who he already knew from Berlin.

In his last Years in Germany and in his British exil he composed from 1935-1949 his "Diary in Music" sometimes also called "Leaves from the Tree of Life" with altogether nearly 1200 Pianopieces rooted meanwhile not stuck in the late romantic classical tradition of Brahms but with some intelligent curiosity experimenting for himself how this tradition could be reasonable developed to become his own concept of a music for the 20th century.

Today namely his Chambermusic seem to be rediscovered more and more.
If you want to learn more about feel free to visit my little Website-Project.

 on: June 13, 2018, 03:11:34 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Grandenorm
My contact at CPO tells me the Holbrooke disk should be released this year. Let us hope so.
Howard may be working with some  British orchestras in future and there is a possibility that some of Holbrooke's choral music may be recorded with a British orchestra and chorus under Howard Griffiths' baton. However, none of this is confirmed. So we must just all hope and pray.

 on: June 13, 2018, 03:01:18 pm 
Started by relm1 - Last post by relm1
I found this on the Cabrillo Festival website which regularly performs Kevin Puts' music and find this performance of Symphony No. 2 (Marin Alsop/Cabrillo Festival Orchestra) more intense and raw than the same conductor with the Peabody Orchestra on Naxos.

I was in the audience for this recorded performance and at around twelve minutes in we were entirely spellbound by the gradually unfolding cacophony that culminated with these devastating crunches in the pedal bass trombone register which you could feel hit you like a concussion grenade.  Listen to this music very loud so it approximates the live experience where the chaotic moments are truly terrifying and the still moments mesmerizing.  Unfortunately, these recordings are MP3 so lose some frequencies and presence that is truly in the music.

 on: June 13, 2018, 02:11:52 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by cilgwyn
I read somewhere that Howard Griffiths was stepping down this year,from his post as conductor of the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester. If this is true it might not bode well for any further recordings of Holbrooke,I fear?! Sad

 on: June 13, 2018, 01:45:34 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Dundonnell
Thanks for your detailed reply, Gareth.

Given that it obviously costs much more to record a work employing a chorus then I would have thought that Symphony No.1 "Les Hommages" might be a starter or perhaps including Symphony No.7 "Al Aaraaf" along with other works for strings?

Have you gained any impression when CPO will unleash their recording of Symphony No.3 etc on the world? I would have thought that Howard Griffiths himself would not want his efforts to lie around on CPO's (obviously almost endless) shelves when we could actually get to hear the music he had conducted!!

 on: June 13, 2018, 12:35:05 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Grandenorm
Well, I don't want to castigate anyone, but the unrecorded extant symphonies of Holbrooke are:
Dramatic Choral Symphony, Homage (sic) to E.A. Poe (unnumbered, but effectively No. 1)
Symphony No. 1 "Les Hommages" (a version for very large orchestra of the earlier Bohemian Suite for strings - the difference lies only in the instrumentation)
Symphony No. 2 "Apollo and the Seaman"
Symphony No. 5 "Wild Wales", for brass band
Symphony No. 6 "Old England", for military band
Symphony No. 7 "Al Aaraaf", for strings (an arrangement of the String Sextet, Op. 43)
Symphony No. 8, "Dance Symphony" for piano and orchestra (also known as Piano Concerto No. 3, and really a piano concerto - the full score is missing; only the two piano score exists, but I am hoping to interest someone in orchestrating it)

So there we are. Plenty to be going on with!

I would also like to see Stanley Wilson's two symphonies recorded:
A Skye Symphony (a Carnegie Medal winner, score & parts published Stainer & Bell)
Symphony No. 2 for chorus and orchestra (unpublished; MS at RCM)

 on: June 13, 2018, 12:30:00 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Vandermolen
Thanks for this Smiley The Symphony No.2 is on a Naxos disc so I may investigate further.

It sounds v interesting. I've asked my daughter to get it for me for my b'day.

 on: June 12, 2018, 08:19:47 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Vandermolen
Well, I thought that the Robin Walker CD was great and had a nice email exchange with him (as I did with the late Arnold Rosner). The Walker works reminded me of Jon Leifs the Icelandic composer. Totally agree with Colin on this one (as with much else besides). My new Toccata discovery is 'Sinfonia Pascale' (Symphony 3) by Philip Spratley. A powerful, tonal work, the Brucknerian ending of which had me on the edge of my seat. I have played it over and over again. Stylistically it also reminded me a bit of that fine Finnish composer Einar Englund.

I am so glad that you liked the Robin Walker, Jeffrey Smiley
Thanks Colin.   Smiley

 on: June 12, 2018, 05:00:22 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Dundonnell
The division into Groups 1 and 2 is to differentiate in my own mind between those composers who are better known and whose other works have a certain "currency" and familiarity. It is NOT to distinguish the "good" from the "bad"!!!! But if I was in a position to choose where to go next with new recordings it would be to those in Group 1. (As is my practice an * indicates the availability of an off-air broadcast for download by those interested.)

Group 1:

Gordon Jacob(1895-1984): Cello Concerto(1955)   *

Sir Lennox Berkeley(1903-89): Cello Concerto(1939)  *

Arnold Cooke(1906-2005): Cello Concerto(1972-73)  *

William Wordsworth(1908-88): Cello Concerto(1963)  *

Daniel Jones(1912-93): Cello Concerto(1986)  *

Arthur Butterworth(1923-): Cello Concerto(1997)
         (the only mature concerto listed which is not available in an off-air
                recording for download)

Wilfred Josephs(1927-97): Cello Concerto “Cantus Natalis”(1961-62)   *

Graham Whettam(1927-2007): Cello Concerto(1962)   *

Alun Hoddinott(1929-2008): Cello Concerto(1948)
          (a very early work written when the composer was only 19)

John McCabe (1939-2015); Cello Concerto “Songline” (2007)   *


Group 2:

Richard Hall(1903-82):  Cello Concerto(1943-44)

Ian Parrott(1916-2012): Concerto breve(1961)   *

Denis ApIvor(1916-2004): Cello Concerto(1976-77)   *

Ronald Stevenson(1928-): Cello Concerto “The Solitary Singer”(1968-94)

David Ellis(1933-); Cello Concerto “February Music”(1977/2004)

David Blake(1936-): Cello Concerto(1992)    *

Christopher Steel(1938-91): Cello Concerto(1988)    *


 on: June 12, 2018, 04:49:45 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by cilgwyn
Yes, I fully understand and accept that. I have removed the symphony from my list above.

I am a little surprised that you have not castigated me for including the unrecorded Holbrooke symphonies, Gareth, but I am never quite sure which still are extant and-equally important and more difficult-how to number them
Indeed! And here I am,impatiently waiting,for the next release in the Cpo series,which,apparently,includes his Symphony No 3 "Ships"! Grin Can't wait to cross that one off my "list"! Smiley

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