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« Reply #480 on: February 03, 2019, 12:39:05 am »

It is probably worth reminding members that in order to locate a particular piece of British music uploaded and made available thereby for downloading the first port of call is the Catalogue compiled over several years by Albion (John). This can be located by going to Page 1 of the British and Irish Music section of "Downloads by Nationality" and clicking on the Mediafire link. That opens up an alphabetically organised series of sub-folders containing links to each piece of music.

Albion was not able to visit the forum for much of 2018 but I know that he has already copied many if not all works uploaded last year and made these separately available from the Catalogue.

Rather than searching through past posts the Catalogue should be consulted first.

It is also worth remembering that this is the finest, most comprehensive collection of British music available for free download in existence anywhere!! It remains an incredible testimony to the generosity of those members who uploaded (and continue to upload) their private collections for the benefit and enjoyment of others! The catalogue we owe to Albion and the vast amount of work he put/puts in to create the collection.
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« Reply #481 on: February 03, 2019, 06:57:39 pm »

Hear Hear to that.
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« Reply #482 on: February 04, 2019, 07:12:06 pm »

It is also worth remembering that this is the finest, most comprehensive collection of British music available for free download in existence anywhere!! It remains an incredible testimony to the generosity of those members who uploaded (and continue to upload) their private collections for the benefit and enjoyment of others! The catalogue we owe to Albion and the vast amount of work he put/puts in to create the collection.

Many thanks for the kind comments. I have tried to keep on top of the various broadcasts but, due to health reasons, have not been as rigorous as I would ideally like. Therefore, could members who upload off-air material please ensure that any links provided remain valid.

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« Reply #483 on: February 08, 2019, 07:28:12 pm »

At long last I have belatedly added the Canadian Rhapsody, Op.67 (1905) by Alexander Mackenzie to the archive, by far the most significant "new recording" in the BBC Composer of the Week survey of his music. I have also uploaded an mp3 of the Youtube performance of Parry's Judith, although this is not, as yet, listed in the catalogue...

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« Reply #484 on: February 13, 2019, 03:11:48 am »

That sounds wonderful! I'm always up for more Mackenzie. But I can't seem to find it in the Downloads Catalogue
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« Reply #485 on: February 13, 2019, 10:51:28 am »

It is there. I downloaded it two days ago. It is the fifth item under "Ma".
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« Reply #486 on: February 15, 2019, 08:14:07 am »

Found it, thank you! A wonderful start to the weekend
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« Reply #487 on: July 17, 2019, 12:04:34 am »

Through the generosity of PJ I have been able to post links to Christopher Gunning's Symphony No.2.

Should this broadcast be issued commercially the links will be removed.
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« Reply #488 on: November 17, 2019, 07:04:15 pm »

I have added mp3 files of the 2019 Wexford performance of Stanford's first opera The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan (1881) to the archive. This is an attractive work with a super duet towards the end of the second act - well worth investigating.

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« Reply #489 on: November 18, 2019, 11:32:55 am »

I'm absolutely loving both the recently available Stanford operas: this and The Travelling Companion. I had high expectations but they exceeded them. Now I so want to hear Much Ado and The Critic, particularly the latter, as I haven't heard a note of it.

Thank you for this John.
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« Reply #490 on: November 18, 2019, 01:25:18 pm »

If Naxos is savvy (they've already released performances from Wexford festivals) they may have earmarked this for release (perhaps?)...

Besides Much Ado and The Critic I'd also love to hear the earlier The Canterbury Pilgrims (1884). To say that Stanford could not write love duets (as many have said), the act 2 example in The Veiled Prophet sounds like the real thing to me...

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« Reply #491 on: November 18, 2019, 05:00:45 pm »

Besides the Stanford, there are many operas which I would love to hear complete including Macfarren's She Stoops to Conquer (1864), Arthur Goring Thomas's Esmeralda (1883), Mackenzie's Colomba (1883) and The Cricket on the Hearth (1902), MacCunn's Jeanie Deans (1894) and Boughton's Alkestis (1922). Unfortunately Cowen's Thorgrim (1890) and Harold (1895) are presently hors de combat due to the lack of orchestral scores and parts...

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« Reply #492 on: November 18, 2019, 05:15:08 pm »


On a previous post I included the following paragraph:

Perhaps the recent Northern Opera Group's performance of Stanford's Much Ado About Nothing [see: http://www.northernoperagroup.co.uk/much-ado-about-nothing/4594599648 ] might make it to, at least, a privately available CD.  One can only hope. More than a hour of excerpts from this opera (5 in total), from an earlier 2016 performance accompanied by piano, can be accessed from: https://soundcloud.com/northernoperagroup/sets/much-ado-about-nothing-by-charles-villiers-stanford
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