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« Reply #165 on: November 04, 2013, 03:30:20 pm »

Nothing particular about 'Uriel' - just what I had ! Haven't yet heard anything that would compare with Schoenberg...some of whose music does not appeal. So, thus far I'd favour Rathaus !

Thread duty: currently trying Doina Rotaru - Spirit of Elements Symphony....to be followed by Kaija Saariaho - Orion, then Philip Glass Aguas da Amazonia.
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« Reply #166 on: November 04, 2013, 04:20:47 pm »

Ottmar Gerster Symphony No. 2. A tremendous piece I've previously overlooked.
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« Reply #167 on: November 04, 2013, 05:00:55 pm »

Ottmar Gerster Symphony No. 2. A tremendous piece I've previously overlooked.

Thank you, Mr. Latvian - YT version happened to come up to the slow movement; it's lovely !

Incidentally, the YT Channel on which it's found, 'WatchBlueSkies' has a huge array of German (& former E. German) works which are well worth investigating if you don't know them.
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« Reply #168 on: November 04, 2013, 07:58:19 pm »

Incidentally, the YT Channel on which it's found, 'WatchBlueSkies' has a huge array of German (& former E. German) works which are well worth investigating if you don't know them.

Yes, a wonderful and useful channel, no doubt, but I have found a lot of the East German works featured on it to be rather "dry" and unremarkable, unfortunately. Sad There have been some exceptions, such as the Leo Spies Symphony no. 2, though! Will have to give the Gerster piece a listen!
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« Reply #169 on: November 05, 2013, 01:55:51 pm »

Ah, Mr. K. - you've discovered my secret; 'dry and unremarkable'....maybe I should have been an East German !
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« Reply #170 on: November 05, 2013, 07:59:06 pm »

I finished listening to my new haul of Maltese religious music over the weekend - the last of the discs I listened to was the Nani Shipwreck Mass.  Thoughts on the cycle as a whole:

Honestly, I'm impressed, by and large.  Much of the music I bought was 19th-century vintage.  I was expecting it to be rather creaky and tiresome, but instead it's mostly pleasantly characterful.  Not earth-shattering - while it evinces knowledge of trends in Italian music (especially opera), it's between twenty and thirty years behind the ball, stylistically speaking.  But it's all beautifully crafted, and really quite worth.

The performances are less-than-professional quality, but overall I don't find myself bothered by that.  With the exception of the 18th-century disc I bought; there are some passages in the strings, especially, which would have caused me to not submit the album for publication, were I in charge.  I can take a little squeakiness, but there is a limit.

Also, three operas: Déodat de Séverac's Le cœur du moulin (rather peculiar story, not unattractive music); Giuseppe Sirico's Marinella from Trieste (a worthy work, but thirty years too late for its belcanto idiom - that said, I rather enjoyed it) and La fattucchiera by Vicenç Cuyàs (very, very attractive, and bespeaks promise unfulfilled - its composer died of TB at 22.  A bit long, as second-rate belcanto tends to be, but quite a nice evening's listen nonetheless.)
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« Reply #171 on: November 05, 2013, 08:16:34 pm »

Ah, Mr. K. - you've discovered my secret; 'dry and unremarkable'....maybe I should have been an East German !

Oh Clive, you are being way too hard on yourself Grin Smiley
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« Reply #172 on: November 06, 2013, 09:50:29 am »

I finished listening to my new haul of Maltese religious music over the weekend - the last of the discs I listened to was the Nani Shipwreck Mass

Mr 'Ser': Really quite envious - 'Shipwreck Mass' sounds right up my street as a choral lover ! Pity my cruise, starting Sun., doesn't call at Valletta !
Mr. K.: no worries, Sir...agree with you about much of the EG music !
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« Reply #173 on: November 07, 2013, 07:46:12 am »

Quote from:  link=topic=2975.msg15407#msg15407 date=1383584455
Incidentally, the YT Channel on which it's found, 'WatchBlueSkies' has a huge array of German (& former E. German) works which are well worth investigating if you don't know them.

Yes, a wonderful and useful channel, no doubt, but I have found a lot of the East German works featured on it to be rather "dry" and unremarkable, unfortunately. Sad There have been some exceptions, such as the Leo Spies Symphony no. 2, though! Will have to give the Gerster piece a listen!
cjvinthechair, I have had this site in my crosshairs for some time.
The East Germans were not happy campers and their music reflects some anger with a sterile and repressive socialist culture.
But I found quite a few unknown works and composers who had a a very compelling (albiet a bit pungent) message who must not be overlooked.

Besides Spies, one very gifted composer not to be missed is Ernst Hermann Meyer (1905 - 1988).
There are others, but he is a great place to start..The Concerto Grosso, String Symphony, and Symphony in B (my favorite of these 3) are very fine.
If you can endure the B audio, this is very worthy and important music. Is it atonal? or is it a mix?

Other notables are Max Butting, Günter Kochan, Andrei Shtogarenko, Kurt Schwaen, Othmar Gerster, Johann Cilensek(esp Symphony 4) and the handfull symphonies by Fritz Geissler.

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« Reply #174 on: November 07, 2013, 09:39:03 am »

Listened to Symphony "Petersburg" for large symphony by Evgeny Petrov.
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http://classical-music-online.net/en/production/37845

Not a very unique style but this composer is gifted.
Easy listening and very enjoyable, it is a highly "romanticized" description of the history of St. Petersburg.
Not to dimish this music, it sounds like it could have been written for a movie or documentary
and Petrov wrote several musical scores for the Russian cinema..
At first I had mistaken Evegeny (1930–2006) for Andrey Petrov (1930–2006),
who also wrote movie music (don't know if they are related).

And now listening to the music of Georgi Firtich (B.1938) who I had not heard before.
The title is "Recollection of Mikhailovskoe. In Commemoration of A. S. Pushkin, 1999"
It is a very magical piece that will send shivers down you spine if you are subject to that..
This composer should be much better known if his other music is this inspired.
http://classical-music-online.net/en/production/20304
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« Reply #175 on: November 07, 2013, 03:11:40 pm »

I finished listening to my new haul of Maltese religious music over the weekend - the last of the discs I listened to was the Nani Shipwreck Mass

Mr 'Ser': Really quite envious - 'Shipwreck Mass' sounds right up my street as a choral lover ! Pity my cruise, starting Sun., doesn't call at Valletta !
Mr. K.: no worries, Sir...agree with you about much of the EG music !


It appears you can order the whole set from the APS Bank website:

http://www.apsbank.com.mt/sacred-music-cds

Also from the label's own website:
http://www.geganew.com/en/cds/gr04/cd.htm

If it's available from them, I'd try theirs first - they appear to be the cheaper option.
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« Reply #176 on: November 07, 2013, 06:07:59 pm »

cjvinthechair, I have had this site in my crosshairs for some time.
The East Germans were not happy campers and their music reflects some anger with a sterile and repressive socialist culture.
But I found quite a few unknown works and composers who had a a very compelling (albiet a bit pungent) message who must not be overlooked.

Besides Spies, one very gifted composer not to be missed is Ernst Hermann Meyer (1905 - 1988).
There are others, but he is a great place to start..The Concerto Grosso, String Symphony, and Symphony in B (my favorite of these 3) are very fine.
If you can endure the B audio, this is very worthy and important music. Is it atonal? or is it a mix?

Other notables are Max Butting, Günter Kochan, Andrei Shtogarenko, Kurt Schwaen, Othmar Gerster, Johann Cilensek(esp Symphony 4) and the handfull symphonies by Fritz Geissler.

Most of the works I've heard by EH Meyer are well-written with some good parts, but overall rather nondescript. Butting and Cilensek are rather talented composers and their music has more "personality" and "heart" to it. I intend to investigate Geissler's symphonies next.....
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« Reply #177 on: November 07, 2013, 06:14:15 pm »


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It appears you can order the whole set from the APS Bank website:

http://www.apsbank.com.mt/sacred-music-cds

Also from the label's own website:
http://www.geganew.com/en/cds/gr04/cd.htm

If it's available from them, I'd try theirs first - they appear to be the cheaper option.
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Mmm..APS not cheap, 'geganew' not at all clear(how to order, pricing etc.)....fear will have to survive without !
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« Reply #178 on: November 07, 2013, 06:32:53 pm »


Mmm..APS not cheap, 'geganew' not at all clear(how to order, pricing etc.)....fear will have to survive without !

Well, I may try ordering something from them myself in a day or so - they have some attractive-looking Bulgarian issues, too.  I was going to try the e-mail route when I get home tonight and see what happens; I'll let you know.
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« Reply #179 on: November 17, 2013, 04:55:32 am »

Just listened to Slovenian composer Jani Golob's (1948-) VC on YT (found on the channel "K0MP0NIST" run by Slovenian composer Crt Sojar Voglar). Interesting work! The first two movements are determinedly serious and often mysterious; the first movement has some powerful passages. The finale is completely incongruous to the two preceding movements in its Vivaldi concerto-cum-Shotsakovich polka wackiness.
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