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 on: July 31, 2019, 08:45:03 pm 
Started by SymphonicAddict - Last post by Greg K
I entirely agree that the absence of the two Novak symphonies from the cd repertoire is quite astonishing. It is extraordinary that no record company has taken them up or shows any inclination to do so. Sad!

For completist enthusiasts the absence of anything at all from the CD repertoire is astonishing and deplorable, - but for those able to discriminate in some measure, certain absences become understandable and less offensive.  While the existing dubs of Novak's Symphonies may be less than ideal, they present the music well enough for anyone to recognize these are rather mediocre and unmemorable works not especially worthy of advocacy and revival, - a judgment Colin himself came close to affirming some years ago after me urging him to re-engage with the music in critical fashion.  Again and again I've concluded the same, - that whereas occasional sections of each piece do have a certain incidental appeal, overall the music is simply undistinctive and lacking in focus and integration.  It wears out its welcome and is just not top drawer Novak, the quality of whose output varies quite considerably.  While no one would object to some adventurous commercial recording entity espousing these works on behalf of the curious minded and those insistent on hearing everything, I'm convinced were that to happen any initial enthusiasm would dissipate quickly, and the recordings (however archivally satisfying) become largely unplayed.  Sometimes the rationality of relative indifference by both recording companies and listeners alike ought to just frankly be acknowledged.

 on: July 30, 2019, 11:35:45 pm 
Started by SymphonicAddict - Last post by Dundonnell
I entirely agree that the absence of the two Novak symphonies from the cd repertoire is quite astonishing. It is extraordinary that no record company has taken them up or shows any inclination to do so. Sad!

 on: July 30, 2019, 08:18:06 pm 
Started by kyjo - Last post by SymphonicAddict

Gerhard - Symphony No. 1: It's actually his 2nd symphony (the first one being the Symphony Homage to Pedrell ). A super interesting piece, Stravinskian with some Schonberg/Berg influences but highly approachable. There are many striking ideas, especially outstanding in the harmony and orchestration. The 2nd movement was the highlight: a bizarre nocturne of sorts with accurate effects.

 on: July 30, 2019, 08:10:04 pm 
Started by SymphonicAddict - Last post by SymphonicAddict
When Chandos released some of his tone poems I was hooked by this composer. The Storm is another majestic piece of epic proportions found on Supraphon. Naxos has recorded some orchestral pieces as well. However, there is nothing about the 2 symphonies (May Symphony and Autumn Symphony), only old recordings in regrettable conditions. I'm really eager to listen to those pieces in all their glory. Does anyone know if any record label will take the project of performing them soon? Any possibility in the near future? That would be a considerable filled gap in the Czech symphonic tradition.

 on: July 30, 2019, 12:30:31 pm 
Started by dhibbard - Last post by christopher
Can you post up links to the ones that you have seen?  It would be interesting to many to go through them and see if there are any rich pickings, or just to see what recordings exist.

 on: July 29, 2019, 02:04:46 pm 
Started by dhibbard - Last post by dhibbard
I am seeing a good number of Melodiya 78 RPM listed on various sites on the internet and was not aware of some of the recordings as they don't appear in other Melodiya catalogues.

Is anyone aware of a listing or catalogue of Melodiya 78s?


 on: July 28, 2019, 05:52:06 pm 
Started by rkhenderson - Last post by rkhenderson

 on: July 25, 2019, 03:55:57 pm 
Started by jowcol - Last post by christopher
I have posted a recording of Stanisław Moniuszko's "Crimean Sonnets" cantata in the downloads section.  These are based on 8 of the eighteen sonnets written by Poland's favourite Romantic poet Adam Mickiewicz based on his travels in Crimea (more here -

As follows:

1. Intrada       Introduction
2. Cisza morska      Silent Sea
3. Żegluga      Sailing
4. Burza      Storm
5. Ruina (Bakczysaraj)      Ruins (Bakhchisarai)
6. Noc (Bakczysaraj w nocy)      Night (Bakhchisarai at night)
7. Hymn (Czatyrdah)      Hymn (Mount Chatyr-Dah)
8. Pielgrzym      Pilgrim
9. Epilog (Ajudah)      Epilogue (Mount Ayu-Dag)

Bakhchisarai was the capital in Crimea of the Crimean Tatar Khanate.  The Khan's Palace is still there and is a notable attraction still, particularly its famous fountain. 

Chatyr-Dah is a mountain, its name means Tent Mountain.

Ayu-Dag is also a mountain - its name means Bear Mountain, it looks like a bear stooping to drink from the sea (I've been there, it really does!).

According to a note which came with the recording, "Some of the titles in the score were changed from Mickiewicz's titles (maybe for censorship reasons?). That is why some sonnets have here first the title from the score, followed by the original title of A.Mickiewicz in parentheses."  Mickiewicz was certainly regarded as subversive by Czarist Russia, which ruled much of Poland at the time.  He was even imprisoned and internally exiled.

 on: July 22, 2019, 12:05:19 pm 
Started by christopher - Last post by christopher
Many thanks all!

 on: July 22, 2019, 03:51:35 am 
Started by dhibbard - Last post by dhibbard

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