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 on: July 21, 2020, 06:37:05 am 
Started by britishcomposer - Last post by savoir_faire
Great news, thanks! And there is definitely more Gipps on its way from Chandos, though I fear it will depend on when orchestras can get back into the recording studio  Cry Cry

 on: July 20, 2020, 07:34:48 pm 
Started by britishcomposer - Last post by TashminaArtists
Just spotted this thread and wanted to let you know that it will be on general release in just a few days' time! You can now pre-order here too if helpful:

 on: July 20, 2020, 02:43:48 pm 
Started by dhibbard - Last post by maxbe
Thank you so much Sir for sharing this lesson through video. I will do practice these tunes.

 on: July 20, 2020, 07:55:14 am 
Started by Gauk - Last post by Hattoff
I'll order the disc today and let you know what I think; it sounds promising

 on: July 19, 2020, 10:58:41 pm 
Started by jonah - Last post by JimL
Oh, yes. Quite. I mentioned those British composers just to assure Albion that there were still plenty of those to choose from. The number of worthwhile Romantic piano & orchestra works by non-British composers that remain unrecorded is enormous.

Yes  in the whole catalogue of Romantic Piano Concertos.. they have only scratched the surface.  Vox did a series in the 1980s/1990s but it only went to Vol 3 or 4. Darzins (Latvian) piano concerto, Garuta (another great one)... Lydia Auster's Piano Concerto.. 2 that I can think of whilest drinking my coffee.

Auster I find very Romantic. Darzins (actually 2 concertos) is certainly neo-Romantic, along with what I consider more than a little jazz influence sneaking in around the edges (although not nearly so much as, say, Kapustin).
How Romantic are they, particularly Dārziņ and Auster?

 on: July 19, 2020, 10:06:38 pm 
Started by BrianA - Last post by Gauk
This didn't make the news at all - sorry to hear it.

Story about him - many years ago, his opera on Mary Queen of Scots was performed in Edinburgh. It included a crowd scene where John Knox is preaching to a large congregation from the steps of his house. At the end of the scene, Knox crosses himself and the crowd follows suit. The entire audience collapsed in laughter, and the poor Russian opera company wondered what on earth was wrong.

 on: July 19, 2020, 10:02:16 pm 
Started by Gauk - Last post by Gauk
Many thanks! Actually, the version I recall was not in the RFH but a BBC studio, and each piece was introduced by Joseph Cooper. I distinctly remember that before Malcolm Arnold's contribution, Cooper said to Walton, "By the way, Malcolm's lost weight!" To which Walton replied, "Impossible!"

 on: July 19, 2020, 09:48:08 pm 
Started by Gauk - Last post by Gauk
This is not exactly "little-known", but however -

A while ago I was driving along, switched the car radio on, and caught an extract from one of the Prokofiev "War Sonatas", and was flabbergasted by the excellence of the playing. So I wasn't entirely surprised when the announcer came on and reported the pianist as Steven Osborne. Since I HAD to order the new Rubbra concerto from Hyperion, it seemed like a good opportunity to order the Osborne disc as well. It really is astonishing how good the playing is, both in virtuosity and insight. (I was also fascinated to discover Osborne's teacher was an old friend of mine).

If you like Prokofiev, you have to hear this.

 on: July 19, 2020, 09:38:06 pm 
Started by jonah - Last post by dhibbard
Well, I had to get this, despite having "stopped buying CDs". How wonderful it is! The Rubbra concerto has long been a favourite work, despite my acquaintance with it having been solely from the scratchy old LP (with that wonderful glassy cover art). Having a modern stereo recording is great. What an unsung masterpiece it is! Mind you, I have to ration my listening to Rubbra's music - I find it emotionally exhausting.

It is also a very fine recording of the Bliss - I had forgotten what a good piece this is. Would go down so well in the concert hall. Interesting to read that Solomon (who gave the premiere) was quite nervous as to his ability to bring it off.

Yes  I just got my copy in the mail last week...and been playing it over the last week...  Bliss is wonderful.

 on: July 19, 2020, 09:36:02 pm 
Started by savoir_faire - Last post by Gauk
What's needed is a box set of the complete symphonies in modern performances. The absence is a scandal.

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