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 on: December 06, 2017, 09:43:51 am 
Started by christopher - Last post by Demetrius
The link to the Cui disc:

 on: December 06, 2017, 08:52:59 am 
Started by Demetrius - Last post by Demetrius
Hello, Christopher and Christo.

Many thanks for the welcome.  Smiley

 on: December 06, 2017, 08:51:12 am 
Started by christopher - Last post by Demetrius
Many thanks for this Demetrius.

To your knowledge, have Ruth (Ippolitov-Ivanov), Nero (Rubinstein), or any of the Cui operas (other than Feast) been recorded?

No, I'm afraid I've never heard of any Ippolitov-Ivanov opera being recorded. The Biblical setting  of Ruth would seem to be an ideal vehicle for him given the composer's interest in "orientalist" musical colouring. I also just found two more Ippolitov-Ivanov operas on non-Russian subjects - Ole from the Northern Land (1915/16 and set, I think, in Scandinavia) and The Last Barricade (1933, set in the Paris Commune).

There is an arrangement for radio of Cui's Puss in Boots. It was recorded and released on CD in the late 90s, IIRC, and is sung in German. Apparently, the opera became quite popular in the post-war DDR. I'm assuming it's the same version that can be heard on YouTube:

There are some other clips on that site that suggest his late childrens' operas are still occasionally revived in eastern Europe.

As for the Rubinstein, I know of no recording of Nero. There was a bootlegged recording of Christus floating around a while back but the excerpts I heard didn't encourage me to investigate further.

 on: December 06, 2017, 04:14:09 am 
Started by dhibbard - Last post by dhibbard

This month on Classical podcasts, the most listened to podcast in the world, we are celebrating the Centennial of Finland's independence.

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 on: December 06, 2017, 01:23:10 am 
Started by Toby Esterhase - Last post by Toby Esterhase

 on: December 06, 2017, 01:13:24 am 
Started by Toby Esterhase - Last post by Toby Esterhase

 on: December 05, 2017, 04:57:02 pm 
Started by Dundonnell - Last post by Dundonnell
Although I had an off-air recording of this massive work I was encouraged by the very favourable reviews on Musicwb of the recent cd releases from Dux and CPO to invest in one of these (the CPO version).

It is an absolutely fabulous piece! Having been, I must confess, somewhat under-whelmed by the roughly contemporary Choral Symphony by Sir George Dyson (new release from Naxos) I was absolutely gripped by the sheer blazing confidence of the choral and orchestral writing by Nowowiejski. There is nothing "tame" about "Quo Vadis". It positively glows with magnificent conviction and passion.

I add my most enthusiastic endorsement to the commendations of the Musicweb critics. Early 20th century European romantic choral music at its imperious best!!

 on: December 05, 2017, 04:48:19 pm 
Started by patmos.beje - Last post by patmos.beje

Anyone who loves (or admires) the music of Miklós Rózsa should take note of the possibility of contributing to a Kickstarter project to re-record his score for King of Kings.


Whilst I am contended to have the Rhino release of the original motion picture soundtrack and a Rózsa re-recording of extracts, I have committed to fund the project to the tune of £200 and will go to £250 if the target looks like it is going to be reached.  In the absence of supporting labels who are willing to fund recordings unlikely to recoup outlays, such recordings are less likely to be made.

I recall the Stanley Bate Cello Concerto recording sought £2000 by way of Kickstarter to make it possible and reached the target.

The Rózsa project is over 60% funded with the Tadlow label's owner willing to fund the remaining 50 plus per cent of the recording costs. 

This Kickstarter project was started at the request and promtings of various Rózsa fans badgering James Fitzpatrick of Tadlow for a King of Kings recording - something he said he was not prepared to do without financial support, having funded lots of loss making recordings.  Perhaps classical music enthusiasts could badger a record label for a recording of a much desired work and contribute to a crowfudning forum to help make it possible.

 on: December 05, 2017, 04:48:10 pm 
Started by patmos.beje - Last post by patmos.beje

I am not a great fan of Franz Waxman.  However, along with Rózsa, Herrmann, Steiner and Korngold he is considered one of the greats of Hollywood's Golden Age.

I do enjoy his scores for Rebecca, Sunset Boulevard, Peyton Place, My Cousin Rachel and The Spirit of St. Louis .

I have limited my CD purchases this year to 23.  The year began with my purchasing Intrada's CD of Copland's The Red Pony and The Heiress.  It ends with my purchasing Intrada's The Franz Waxman Collection.  I have seen at least 5 of the films on the Collection and none of the scores made a lasting, or particularly favourable, impression.  Nonetheless, this is a CD release that is far too tempting for me to ignore and I look forward to it dropping through my letter box, hopefully without the intervention of HMRC requiring me to pay tax to get it released from the Post Office.




 on: December 04, 2017, 09:11:45 pm 
Started by Demetrius - Last post by Christo
Hi Dmitri,

Good to see another British music lover, here!

Greetings from the wrong side of the pond (but Dutch music isn't bad, either), Christo

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