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Greg K
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« on: August 18, 2012, 05:00:16 am »

Regarding Skulte, my own clear favorites among the Symphonies are Nos.4&5, with No.4 (at variance with Jowcol) holding a significant edge.  In fact, the pace, sweep, pathos, and melodic distinction of this piece so jell for me as to give it a lovability comparable to Ivanovs' No.6  and Jazeps Medins' 2nd in my affections.

Honestly, I've been rather disappointed with the rest of Skulte's cycle, and just don't find the works distinctive or memorable after numerous listenings (though no less grateful to Latvian for the opportunity to hear them).   Prompted by Jowcol's remark, and after a long lapse, I may give Nos.7&9 another chance to convince, but would be interested to have from Latvian the kind of comparative "pocket" summary and evaluation of Skulte's Symphonies that he once very usefully provided for Ivanovs'.
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