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« Reply #525 on: July 13, 2014, 12:10:27 am »

Klami... finnish composer... several of his CDs on BIS/Ondine and Alba
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« Reply #526 on: July 13, 2014, 06:43:53 pm »

Klami... finnish composer... several of his CDs on BIS/Ondine and Alba

Like so many Finnish (& Baltic, & Russian) composers, a delight. Just acquired his oratorio/cantata Psalmus. Do try it !
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« Reply #527 on: July 14, 2014, 03:04:21 pm »

Klami... finnish composer... several of his CDs on BIS/Ondine and Alba

Like so many Finnish (& Baltic, & Russian) composers, a delight. Just acquired his oratorio/cantata Psalmus. Do try it !

OK  actually that is on my Amazon wish list... think I'll move it into my cart.   Looks like its only available as a used CD.

Just saw Rene Eespere's Glorificatio....a live performance here in Tallinn.... I have to find that recording.  The Finnish and Estonian's have wonderful choirs.
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« Reply #528 on: July 14, 2014, 10:53:26 pm »

Klami is a fine composer, based on what I have heard. He writes very simple attractive neoclassical music, albeit sometimes understated and slow to develop. I've heard him described as a Nordic hybrid of Ravel and Stravinsky. This article contain some fine descriptions of Klami and his major works.

http://composers.musicfinland.fi/musicfinland/fimic.nsf/0/959EFA5ACAD7B4ACC2257535003F49CE?opendocument
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« Reply #529 on: July 15, 2014, 10:29:21 pm »

I'm listening now to the Symphony in b by the other Schumann, Georg.
The works is from 1887 and should be played on many stages.
And than I go to listen to his Oratorio Ruth. It's been a while I heard that one.
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« Reply #530 on: July 15, 2014, 10:33:54 pm »

Klami is a fine composer, based on what I have heard. He writes very simple attractive neoclassical music, albeit sometimes understated and slow to develop. I've heard him described as a Nordic hybrid of Ravel and Stravinsky. This article contain some fine descriptions of Klami and his major works.

http://composers.musicfinland.fi/musicfinland/fimic.nsf/0/959EFA5ACAD7B4ACC2257535003F49CE?opendocument

thanks  I'll copy that over to the Klami section under Finnish composers.   I've read some of this commentary in the notes to the various CDs.
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« Reply #531 on: July 22, 2014, 03:07:03 pm »

There's an excellent afternoon's listening of C20th expressionist opera on Swiss Classical Radio this afternoon.

I've just finished hearing Gottfried von Einem's Der Besuch der alten Dame ("The Visit Of The Old Lady"),  and the broadcast of Gerhard Rosenfeld's Kniefall in Warschau ("A Deep Bow in Warsaw") has just begun.

I've heard the Einem work before, and it's a very good piece of music-theatre.  The Rosenfeld piece is new material for me.

Listen in
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« Reply #532 on: July 24, 2014, 03:52:46 am »

Decades old, but new to me: the dual ballet-pantomines 'Signorina Gioventu', op. 58, and 'Nikotina', op. 59, by Vitezslav Novak. The first is a passionate paean, the second a delightful drollery. Both works are clearly products of the 1920s, both possess an aesthetic sophistication one might not expect from the Novak who wrote 'The Storm' and 'Pan', often considered the high points of his art. The ballet-pantomimes were intended as a double bill and they work wonderfully in tandem.
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« Reply #533 on: July 24, 2014, 12:37:50 pm »

Decades old, but new to me: the dual ballet-pantomines 'Signorina Gioventu', op. 58, and 'Nikotina', op. 59, by Vitezslav Novak. The first is a passionate paean, the second a delightful drollery. Both works are clearly products of the 1920s, both possess an aesthetic sophistication one might not expect from the Novak who wrote 'The Storm' and 'Pan', often considered the high points of his art. The ballet-pantomimes were intended as a double bill and they work wonderfully in tandem.

Ah, thank you - quite good on Novak's symphonic/tone poems, but ignorant of the ballets. Will be trying to find them !
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« Reply #534 on: July 24, 2014, 05:59:28 pm »

Doreen Carwithen's Piano Concerto and film music. Great stuff to me!
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« Reply #535 on: July 24, 2014, 07:44:24 pm »

Doreen Carwithen's Piano Concerto and film music. Great stuff to me!

British piano concertos are always among my favourites, and Carwithen's is one of the most impressive!
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« Reply #536 on: July 27, 2014, 12:13:34 am »

Erkki Melartin....  the 6 Symphonies on Ondine.......  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra 
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« Reply #537 on: July 27, 2014, 05:48:44 pm »

Ah, Melartin/Grin, the set that introduced most of us to these wonderful symphonies, which really deserve to be represented by recordings that eschew ill-advised cuts.

Klami... very tempting!

Re Novak's ballets -- the ballet-pantomime is a Czech version of the sort of ballet we associate with French Baroque opera -- but with lots of folk admixture and generally broad humor. Before Novak it wasn't considered a candidate for art music. Since him, it has been. The recordings and performances on the Supraphon discs demonstrate splendid technique and spirit. I bought these superb discs (gently) used, which made them affordable.
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« Reply #538 on: July 27, 2014, 08:27:03 pm »

Despite lukewarm reviews for this recently deceased unique composer, this symphony really floats my boat.

Asenjo,Florencio - Symphony for Strings (1948)
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  Orchestra,Kirk Trevor 

obituary here and worth a read..
http://www.utimes.pitt.edu/?p=26442
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« Reply #539 on: July 28, 2014, 06:07:27 am »

Thanks for the recommendation Roger, I like it too.
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