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« Reply #285 on: December 12, 2013, 03:05:07 pm »

Rather more attractive than the recent Naxos Balada disc  Grin the Kara Karayev Ballet Suites "The Seven Beauties" and "The Path of Thunder" (No.2):

http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Naxos/8573122

Rich, romantic, lyrical music. One can easily see why these ballets were popular in Russia in the 1950s Smiley
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« Reply #286 on: December 12, 2013, 03:34:28 pm »

Tonight I've been listening to one of the CPO releases in the Felix Weingartner series - in this instance the Second Symphony and Das Gefilde der Seligen.  Very lovely, lush, late-Romantic music.  Mahlerian, but more accessible.  I'm impressed - a cut above most of what one hears from composer-conductors.

Weingartner-like Furtwangler-was convinced that he was a composer who conducted Smiley

Well, based on my admittedly limited experience of both, I'd say Weingartner succeeded on that count where Furtwangler failed.  Grin
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« Reply #287 on: December 12, 2013, 04:00:38 pm »

Tonight I've been listening to one of the CPO releases in the Felix Weingartner series - in this instance the Second Symphony and Das Gefilde der Seligen.  Very lovely, lush, late-Romantic music.  Mahlerian, but more accessible.  I'm impressed - a cut above most of what one hears from composer-conductors.

Weingartner-like Furtwangler-was convinced that he was a composer who conducted Smiley

Well, based on my admittedly limited experience of both, I'd say Weingartner succeeded on that count where Furtwangler failed.  Grin

Furtwangler was desperately disappointed that his music did not receive more recognition. He took his compositions very seriously and poured so much of his musical essence into them. Trouble was he didn't really know how to stop doing so Grin
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« Reply #288 on: December 12, 2013, 05:47:23 pm »

Now.....Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's Strathclyde Concertos Nos. 7 and 8 on the recent Naxos reissue:

http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Naxos/8572355

Both concertos are quite tough works but nevertheless perfectly "accessible"....but the real treasure on this disc for me is the absolutely marvelllous, tuneful and gloriously impressive "A Spell for Green Corn: The MacDonald Dances" for Violin and Orchestra of 1993. This must be one of Maxwell Davies's most "accessible" works but it is really a revelation to me Smiley

Incidentally, with Concertos Nos. 9 and 10 due out next month, that just leaves the Strathclyde Concerto No.1 for Oboe and Orchestra to come from Naxos. I am presuming that the company will seek to couple it with "The Beltane Fire" from 1995, a substantial work at 37 minutes and a former Collins recording.

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« Reply #289 on: December 12, 2013, 07:56:49 pm »

Rather more attractive than the recent Naxos Balada disc  Grin the Kara Karayev Ballet Suites "The Seven Beauties" and "The Path of Thunder" (No.2):

http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Naxos/8573122

Rich, romantic, lyrical music. One can easily see why these ballets were popular in Russia in the 1950s Smiley

Karayev's ballet suites are certainly the equal of those of Khachaturian! Beautiful music Smiley
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« Reply #290 on: December 12, 2013, 07:59:37 pm »

Furtwangler was desperately disappointed that his music did not receive more recognition. He took his compositions very seriously and poured so much of his musical essence into them. Trouble was he he really know how to stop doing so Grin

Furtwangler's Symphony no. 2 is a fine work and undoubtedly the most accomplished of his three symphonies. The superb recording by Barenboim and the Chicago SO shows just what wonders a world-class conductor and orchestra can do with an obscure work Smiley
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« Reply #291 on: December 12, 2013, 08:31:15 pm »

Furtwangler was desperately disappointed that his music did not receive more recognition. He took his compositions very seriously and poured so much of his musical essence into them. Trouble was he he really know how to stop doing so Grin

Furtwangler's Symphony no. 2 is a fine work and undoubtedly the most accomplished of his three symphonies. The superb recording by Barenboim and the Chicago SO shows just what wonders a world-class conductor and orchestra can do with an obscure work Smiley

Meh.  I listened to a couple of his symphonies on CD once, long ago.  I can't say they fired in me any desire to return for a second look.  Perhaps in another year or three...
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« Reply #292 on: December 12, 2013, 08:45:37 pm »

There is a fascinating four part black and white documentary from c. 1970 on You Tube.

This is a link to Part 4:



Whilst we may disagree about Furtwangler's merits as a composer surely there is no doubt that-despite that extraordinary conducting style-he was a quite superb conductor.

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« Reply #293 on: December 13, 2013, 12:18:19 am »

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Irving Fine's Symphony ... a magnificent work

I was a bit daft in comparing Flagello to Fine. Thanks for not mentioning that. But what really separates Fine from Flagello, in my opinion, in not the twelve-tone part -- important as that was to Fine and his nervous contemporaries -- but the rhythmic part, for which we have no common label. Fine writes exploratory music using the nervous gestures we recognize from Austrian music in and after the period when the promise of European culture was dissolving under the pressures of the Great War and the cultural contradictions that led to it. Flagello, on the the other hand, writes music of nearly equivalent dissonance using the rhythmic and phrasing gestures we associate with the best music from 1880-1920.
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« Reply #294 on: December 13, 2013, 12:22:30 am »

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Furtwangler's Symphony no. 2 is a fine work and undoubtedly the most accomplished of his three symphonies

I won't disagree with that assessment, but I love Symphony 3, perhaps even more.
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« Reply #295 on: December 13, 2013, 01:06:48 am »

I have just finished listening to Vladimir Yurovsky's 5th Symphony and all I can say is 'wow!' I absolutely loved it! I'm incredibly busy and it's been a looong time since a piece of music made me stop what I was doing, sit down, and listen to it. It's just up my street - all the best bits of 1930s/40s-style Soviet music (think Popov 1 and 2, Shos 5, perhaps bits of Kabalevsky), with a dash of film music (in a good way), except written in 1971. The end is thrilling! I would gladly post the recording, but I have no idea where I got it from... it is a live one, but that doesn't mean it isn't available on CD. A quick search doesn't help me... can anyone confirm?

Two further things: firstly, does anyone have any more of his music, or know of any recordings? He died in 1972, but was born in 1915, so I guess there must be quite a bit of music, including the other 4 symphonies at the very least. Almost everything I was ever able to find out is here : http://www.russiancomposers.org.uk/page1278.html

Secondly, does any one have any idea where I might find a score!?

Many thanks,
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« Reply #296 on: December 13, 2013, 01:58:15 am »

I have a recording of the Yurovsky Symphony No.4 which I am perfectly happy to upload for you Smiley

Btw...I totally agree with you about the Symphony No.5 Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #297 on: December 13, 2013, 02:14:34 am »

Yurovsky Symphony No.4 now available in Downloads section as promised Smiley
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« Reply #298 on: December 13, 2013, 02:57:27 am »

I was a bit daft in comparing Flagello to Fine. Thanks for not mentioning that. But what really separates Fine from Flagello, in my opinion, in not the twelve-tone part -- important as that was to Fine and his nervous contemporaries -- but the rhythmic part, for which we have no common label. Fine writes exploratory music using the nervous gestures we recognize from Austrian music in and after the period when the promise of European culture was dissolving under the pressures of the Great War and the cultural contradictions that led to it. Flagello, on the the other hand, writes music of nearly equivalent dissonance using the rhythmic and phrasing gestures we associate with the best music from 1880-1920.

Yes, Fine's music is of a decidedly neoclassical bent, although his beautiful Serious Song for string orchestra is very much in the tradition of, say, RVW.
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« Reply #299 on: December 13, 2013, 05:05:49 pm »

Thanks very much Colin! Smiley

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