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 on: August 01, 2020, 12:17:34 pm 
Started by Toby Esterhase - Last post by Toby Esterhase
A prominent greek composer
http://www.stelioscoucounaras.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJvRoVIJ73c&t=1762s

 32 
 on: July 31, 2020, 07:17:22 am 
Started by christopher - Last post by Holger
I also bought my copy a while ago – you might remember that we already briefly mentioned (and discussed) this CD in April:
http://artmusic.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,7038.0.html

As for the music itself, I am happy to have these rarities (which had not been released before indeed), even if I would not call them a major find. It's music which is still very much rooted in 19th century and follows its idols pretty closely (without reaching them), even in the late A Minor symphony which strongly echoes Tchaikovsky's Symphonies Nos. 4&6, while the scherzo partly recalls Mussorgsky's Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks in Ravel's orchestration (look at the way Lyudkevych passes over to the trio).

 33 
 on: July 30, 2020, 10:54:21 pm 
Started by northern - Last post by jonah
Thanks for posting this - it is more than time that Raymond Warren’s music was given an airing.
I remember attending concerts of his music when he was at the Music Faculty at Queen’s University Belfast - I must look out the programmes to remind myself of what works of his I heard.
I did not know the Third Symphony at all, and am so grateful to have the chance to hear it now.
Thanks again!

 34 
 on: July 30, 2020, 06:54:42 pm 
Started by northern - Last post by northern
Another neglected UK composer (b1928-a near contemporary of Graham Whettam!!) who wrote three symphonies, a violin concerto and three string quartets amongst many other works.  Something to go into the archive!

https://youtu.be/xByjgtAAzog

 35 
 on: July 30, 2020, 06:33:12 pm 
Started by christopher - Last post by christopher
Cesar Cui's fairytale opera for children Ivan the Simpleton ("Ivanushka-Durachok") has just been released by Aquarius-Classics.  It is actually a recording from 1949 though I presume it has not previously been released.  You have to buy directly from Aquarius, via messaging them (address on the website) and then paying by paypal. I've just ordered mine, $13 including postage (I've bought from them before with no issues).

http://aquarius-classic.ru/album?aid=387&tid=7&ver=eng

(This recording was previously mentioned here - http://artmusic.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,6362.0.html )

Synopsis and history of the opera here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_the_Fool_(opera)

 36 
 on: July 30, 2020, 06:22:48 pm 
Started by christopher - Last post by christopher
This CD of Lyudkevych's music has just been released. 

Ukrainian Live, Vol.1

https://www.discogs.com/sell/item/1146805964

The recordings are old, but possibly never previously released.  They are:

- Sinfonietta (Rec. 1962)
- Subcarpathian Symphony (Rec. 1982)
- Symphony A Minor (Rec. 1968)

Lviv Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Demian Pelekhatyi

I asked the seller what will be on "Vol.2", given that this is called Vol.1, but he doesn't know!


 37 
 on: July 30, 2020, 05:13:40 pm 
Started by gabriel - Last post by Albion
check the British and Irish Music Archive and Catalogue in this site's Downloads section

As the creator and curator of this particular archive, may I express my approval and encouragement of cross-thematic posting...

 Wink

 38 
 on: July 30, 2020, 11:35:45 am 
Started by gabriel - Last post by jonah
Thanks for opening this new thread.

I would suggest that, if not done already, anyone interested in Whettam's orchestral music check the British and Irish Music Archive and Catalogue in this site's Downloads section, where there are a number of recordings of his works, such as the Clarinet Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante, Sinfonia contra timore, Sinfonia Drammatica, Sinfonietta Stravagante and his withdrawn Symphony 1.

The Archive is a good place to get to know his orchestral work (and, of course, plenty of other British and Irish composers), since few record companies seem interested, and there is little chance of hearing his music in concert, with or without Covid-19.

 39 
 on: July 30, 2020, 01:21:04 am 
Started by gabriel - Last post by relm1
I'm a huge fan of Graham Whettam's music.  Thanks for creating this thread.

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 on: July 29, 2020, 10:25:37 pm 
Started by gabriel - Last post by gabriel
I am not a regular part of the forums due to a certain slowness in expressing my opinions in English, although I read with interest the valuable contributions of the participants.
I included the reference to Graham Whettam in the Daniel Jones thread because there were several allusions to other composers: Eugene Goossens, William Mathias, Stanley Bate, Morfydd Owen, Roger Sacheverell Coke, Joseph Holbrooke, Havergal Brian, Grace Williams, Bernard Van Dieren, David Matthews, CV Stanford, Arnold Bax, William Alwyn, Malcolm Arnold, John Gardner, Peter Maxwell Davies and many others (including non-English like Raff and Atterberg)

I must confess that Jonah's response in a certain sense paralyzed me, and I didn't even feel like republishing my contribution in a new thread. However, I can even understand Jonah's attitude from the perspective of his enthusiasm for a composer who well deserves it.
Greg K's last message seemed wonderful to me in his understanding of the creative act and the fluidity of the exchanges. Paradoxically, perhaps it is a good preamble to the issue raised in my message about repression, freedom and discrimination. (Please, it´s only a joke!!)
I hope my English has been acceptable. Here is my former message, in the right place:

I don't know if you agree with me, but I really like Graham Whettam, from whom I just heard an old radio version of his Sinfonia Dramatica on YouTube.
It is surprising that Dutton and some other companies are recording works of lesser interest from other composers, and there are no new versions of his neglected works (I am not, of course, unaware of the two wonderful Redcliffe albums, whose recordings are four decades old, or more).
I wonder if this "discrimination" - like the one Alan Bush once suffered - does not respond to ideological reasons. Which, if true, would disappoint me greatly about England.


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