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« Reply #615 on: February 28, 2015, 05:13:28 pm »

I'm giving Shigeaki Saegusa's opera CHUSINGURA a listen.

I can't say I am enjoying it that much - but we need to persevere with things which don't immediately appeal.
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« Reply #616 on: February 28, 2015, 07:24:57 pm »

on this Texas Independence Weekend...I'm discovering the Phono Suecia series... Rosenberg, Melchers, Skold, Erland Von Koch... nice collection of Swedish composers.
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« Reply #617 on: February 28, 2015, 11:36:18 pm »

I'm giving Shigeaki Saegusa's opera CHUSINGURA a listen.

I can't say I am enjoying it that much - but we need to persevere with things which don't immediately appeal.

Saegusa's popularity in Japan is due mainly to this soundtrack

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« Reply #618 on: March 01, 2015, 07:26:28 am »

Yes, exactly Sad   The main fault with his opera is the abysmal comic-book libretto Sad
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« Reply #619 on: March 01, 2015, 04:01:05 pm »

Found several pieces by Máximo Flügelman 1950-, (born Argentina, educated Switzerland, now I think in USA) on SoundCloud, enjoying them a lot.
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« Reply #620 on: March 01, 2015, 04:58:52 pm »

Yes, exactly Sad   The main fault with his opera is the abysmal comic-book libretto Sad
I could hardly agree more - makes even Michael Tippett as librettist like da Ponte, Hofmannsthal and other luminaries of the profession all rolled into one (though somehow his remarkable shortcomings in this still don't manage to detract from the wonders of The Midsummer Marriage - at least for me...)
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« Reply #621 on: March 01, 2015, 07:20:06 pm »

still don't manage to detract from the wonders of The Midsummer Marriage - at least for me...

Or from King Priam - whose libretto is one of Tippett's more successful attempts, with a score that does the topic justice.
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« Reply #622 on: March 01, 2015, 07:28:14 pm »

still don't manage to detract from the wonders of The Midsummer Marriage - at least for me...

Or from King Priam - whose libretto is one of Tippett's more successful attempts, with a score that does the topic justice.
It does indeed; I'm not especially fond of much of it, I have to admit, but it certainly works well. From that point onwards, it seems to have been downhill all the way in terms of his stage works, in terms both of libretti and music, yet certain other works still show that the sparks of magic had by no means eluded him altogether (fourth piano sonata, fourth symphony, last two quartets, triple concerto et al).

Anyway - Lekeu: Sonata for violin and piano - one of his last works. It's hard not to try to imagine how the composer might have developed had he survived beyond the age of 23. I'm not sure that he quite qualifies as an "obscure" composer but I do believe that his work, even today, remains less well known than it deserves to be...
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« Reply #623 on: March 02, 2015, 04:33:57 am »

Lekeu: Sonata for violin and piano - one of his last works. It's hard not to try to imagine how the composer might have developed had he survived beyond the age of 23. I'm not sure that he quite qualifies as an "obscure" composer but I do believe that his work, even today, remains less well known than it deserves to be...

We agree. There's something about the Belgians.
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« Reply #624 on: March 02, 2015, 07:29:44 am »

Lekeu: Sonata for violin and piano - one of his last works. It's hard not to try to imagine how the composer might have developed had he survived beyond the age of 23. I'm not sure that he quite qualifies as an "obscure" composer but I do believe that his work, even today, remains less well known than it deserves to be...

We agree. There's something about the Belgians.
The Dutch would doubtless agree, but not quite in the sense that I take you to mean it here...
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« Reply #625 on: March 02, 2015, 07:09:45 pm »

The Dutch would doubtless agree, but not quite in the sense that I take you to mean it here...
Well. At least more than just somethingSmiley
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« Reply #626 on: March 17, 2015, 03:29:38 am »

Distinctive danish  flavor
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« Reply #627 on: May 17, 2015, 12:43:25 am »

I know of Vladimir Jurovski only bombastic Symphony n°4 (perhaps old Melodiya 's lp sound).IMHO this is a great improvement and i hope that Mikhail would record more of his father.There are echoes of Shostakovich and Kabalevsky but Jurovski had his own Language,i can't see connection with Brezhnev's Czech of 1968 also if undoubtedly Symphony has a somber tone and there are sardonic military marches.

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« Reply #628 on: October 22, 2015, 01:52:49 pm »

Delightful
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« Reply #629 on: November 23, 2016, 06:54:18 pm »

thought we had started this a while back... oh well.. its the Holidays here in the US and I've got several recordings of Nystroem ready on the CD player with my new headphones.... Smiley    I have the BIS Malmo Symphony set and one from Swedish Society and Caprice and Musica Sveciae.....

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