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 on: December 05, 2019, 11:03:11 am 
Started by patmos.beje - Last post by patmos.beje

A performance of Sullivan’s Haddon Hall (to be released soon on a 2xCD by Dutton which will include Cellier’s Captain Billy and Ford’s Mr Jericho) is to be broadcast on 19th December by the BBC.


The accompanying Savoy Operas will be broadcast in January.


 on: December 04, 2019, 11:45:40 pm 
Started by patmos.beje - Last post by patmos.beje

At long last, after many years hoping for a release, Goossens’ Phantasy Concerto for Violin Op.63 finally arrives on CD in January 2020 Grin Cheesy Smiley [along with a new recording of Symphony No.2]



There was, what seems to have been, a bootleg CD of the Concerto previously issued on an obscure label.  It appears to have been either the 1959 broadcast or 1960 proms performance either of which is likely to be the version one can hear on YouTube in poor sound:


 on: December 04, 2019, 11:41:27 pm 
Started by dhibbard - Last post by Greg K
I have to admit his recordings have almost entirely passed me by, - I just haven't heard much.  His early Tchaikovsky cycle received such raves, but I myself didn't find it anything special, which maybe caused some subsequent indifference.  What exactly was he known for after that early success?  I may honestly not have heard a single other recording, or possibly only a few Concerto performances with him accompanying that I couldn't now identify.

 on: December 04, 2019, 08:03:04 pm 
Started by dhibbard - Last post by M. Yaskovsky
Alas a 66% duplication of a cpo release from some 10 years ago....

 on: December 04, 2019, 02:58:42 pm 
Started by dhibbard - Last post by relm1

Very nice music.  Would like to hear more from this composer.

 on: December 04, 2019, 01:51:55 pm 
Started by dhibbard - Last post by dhibbard

Famed Conductor Mariss Jansons, 76, Has Died

One of classical music's most beloved conductors has died: Latvian-born Mariss Jansons, who was age 76 at his death on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Jansons had long had a heart condition, which first became known when he collapsed on the podium while conducting in Norway more than 20 years ago.

His death was initially reported by local media, followed by statements from several of the orchestras with whom he was closely associated, including Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw, the Bavarian Radio Symphony and Chorus in Germany, and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Jansons had a fascinating and often tragic personal story. His father, Arvids Jansons, was a notable conductor. His mother, Iraida, was an opera singer and Jewish; her father and brothers were killed by the Nazis. She gave birth to Mariss on Jan. 14, 1943, in secret in the Jewish ghetto in Riga, which was under German occupation during World War II. In later years, after Latvia was occupied by the Soviet Union and incorporated into the USSR, Jansons' sister was deported to Siberia during Stalin's regime.
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At age 13, Jansons moved with his family from Riga to Leningrad, after his father was hired by Yevgeny Mravinsky as a conductor at the Leningrad Philharmonic, the orchestra now known as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Young Mariss — who barely spoke any Russian at that point — found the move traumatic and threw himself into music; he studied violin, viola and piano before focusing on conducting. One of his mentors was Herbert von Karajan, whom he first met during a master class in 1968. Von Karajan invited Jansons to Berlin to study with him, but the Soviet authorities refused to grant the burgeoning young artist permission to leave the USSR. Soon, however, Jansons was sent abroad to study in Vienna; from there, Jansons called von Karajan, who promptly invited the young conductor to come work for him at the Salzburg Festival.

By 1972, Mravinsky had hired the younger Jansons as an associate conductor in Leningrad; Jansons eventually became a regular conductor of that orchestra. And Jansons broke out of the Soviet sphere into a truly global career: In 1979, he became music director of the Oslo Philharmonic in Norway; in 1992, he became principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra; and in 1997, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he remained until 2004.

Throughout his performing life, Jansons was hailed not just for his incisive and evocative performances of sweeping orchestral works by Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Strauss, among other composers, but also for his warmheartedness toward his colleagues, and particularly among the orchestral musicians whom he led.

In November 2017, however, he created a furor when he told the Telegraph that female conductors were "not my cup of tea," prefacing his comment with an observation that "I understand the world has changed, and there is now no profession that can be confined to this or that gender. It's a question of what one is used to." Weeks later, he issued a public apology, saying in a statement: "I come from a generation in which the conducting profession was almost exclusively reserved to men. Even today, many more men than women pursue conducting professionally. But it was undiplomatic, unnecessary and counterproductive for me to point out that I'm not yet accustomed to seeing women on the conducting platform. Every one of my female colleagues and every young woman wishing to become a conductor can be assured of my support, for we all work in pursuit of a common goal: to excite people for the art form we love so dearly — music."

For more than 20 years before his death, Jansons had been frail because of a heart condition; in 1996, he had a heart attack and collapsed on the podium while conducting in Oslo, and then suffered another heart attack a few weeks later. (In a stunning parallel, his father, Arvids, had died on the podium while performing with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, England, in 1984.)

Rather than retiring, however, Jansons did his utmost to keep up a strenuous, globe-circling schedule — and the orchestras that adored working with him did their part not just to accommodate his cancellations and changes but to give him even more prominence.

In 2003, he was named chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with whom he won a Grammy in 2005 for their recording of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13. The following year, he became chief conductor of Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; it became one of the most rewarding collaborations of his career.

 on: December 04, 2019, 03:08:10 am 
Started by TheresaPeterson - Last post by dhibbard
Is this website now rudderless in cyberspace?

actually Maris is also a moderator... I was also supposed to be but that never happened.

 on: December 03, 2019, 07:50:16 pm 
Started by Albion - Last post by JGregory
iTunes & Amazon show Jan 31 as release date.

 on: December 03, 2019, 04:26:10 pm 
Started by Albion - Last post by Border Collie
Hyperion. Out in February 2020.

 on: December 03, 2019, 04:14:45 pm 
Started by TheresaPeterson - Last post by Border Collie
I am a moderator at another site (non music). It isn't that hard. The trick is to get several people onto it. We have 8 moderators, consequently if you are ill, busy or just plain can't face it, you can leave it to others until the commitment returns.

Sorry to hear that the mod has gone, though, and under what appear to be unfortunate circumstances. This is too good a site to lose for want of a couple of chaps putting in a little time here and there.

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