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John Blackwood McEwen (1868-1948)


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« on: May 30, 2022, 09:39:04 pm »

John Blackwood McEwen: Solway Symphony (No. 5) in C♯ minor (1911) The London Philharmonic/ Mitchell Chandos



This arrived today! I have listened to this via homemade cdr's & it didn't,exactly,excite me! I'm wondering if having the shiny cd & nice booklet with all the trimmings,will make a difference. It often does!! (Not with Rufinatscha,it didn't! ;D). There are influences readiy audible in the orchestration here! Strauss & Wagner,some impressionism. It all makes for a heady concoction,with some,colourful,,stirring,late romantic style orchestration! The second movement (moonlight) really is gorgeous! Again,what a difference the hard,shiny disc & trimmings make! (Or,maybe it is just a question of birates & Ned Luddite is just c*** at making cdr's?!) Lovely! I will,certainly,look out for Chandos' cd of McEwen's Border Ballads,now! And looking at the list of composition's on McEwen's Wikipedia page,there's plenty more for an enterprising recording label to explore! Whether,it's all worth recording or the scores are extant,I don't know? But this'll do nicely,for now!😊

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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2022, 12:04:38 pm »

John Blackwood McEwen: Solway Symphony (No. 5) in C♯ minor (1911) The London Philharmonic/ Mitchell Chandos



This arrived today! I have listened to this via homemade cdr's & it didn't,exactly,excite me! I'm wondering if having the shiny cd & nice booklet with all the trimmings,will make a difference. It often does!! (Not with Rufinatscha,it didn't! ;D). There are influences readiy audible in the orchestration here! Strauss & Wagner,some impressionism. It all makes for a heady concoction,with some,colourful,,stirring,late romantic style orchestration! The second movement (moonlight) really is gorgeous! Again,what a difference the hard,shiny disc & trimmings make! (Or,maybe it is just a question of birates & Ned Luddite is just c*** at making cdr's?!) Lovely! I will,certainly,look out for Chandos' cd of McEwen's Border Ballads,now! And looking at the list of composition's on McEwen's Wikipedia page,there's plenty more for an enterprising recording label to explore! Whether,it's all worth recording or the scores are extant,I don't know? But this'll do nicely,for now!😊



Hooray, another McEwen fan! Get all three Chandos discs of the major works including Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity and have a listen to the early A minor Symphony which is in the archive (PM me if you don't have the link). McEwen has such a distinctive voice, albeit with the influences you mention (who can exist on a musical island?), that he strikes me as well worth a go - Solway and Grey Galloway are probably the best places to start, but there's much more to explore certainly. As with Potter, Sterndale Bennett, Parry, Mackenzie, etc. he got increasingly bogged-down with administrative duties to the detriment of his own creative time...

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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2022, 09:50:11 pm »

John Blackwood McEwen: Solway Symphony (No. 5) in C♯ minor (1911) The London Philharmonic/ Mitchell Chandos

This arrived today! I have listened to this via homemade cdr's & it didn't,exactly,excite me! I'm wondering if having the shiny cd & nice booklet with all the trimmings,will make a difference. It often does!! (Not with Rufinatscha,it didn't! ;D). There are influences readiy audible in the orchestration here! Strauss & Wagner,some impressionism. It all makes for a heady concoction,with some,colourful,,stirring,late romantic style orchestration! The second movement (moonlight) really is gorgeous! Again,what a difference the hard,shiny disc & trimmings make! (Or,maybe it is just a question of birates & Ned Luddite is just c*** at making cdr's?!) Lovely! I will,certainly,look out for Chandos' cd of McEwen's Border Ballads,now! And looking at the list of composition's on McEwen's Wikipedia page,there's plenty more for an enterprising recording label to explore! Whether,it's all worth recording or the scores are extant,I don't know? But this'll do nicely,for now!😊



Hooray, another McEwen fan! Get all three Chandos discs of the major works including Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity and have a listen to the early A minor Symphony which is in the archive (PM me if you don't have the link). McEwen has such a distinctive voice, albeit with the influences you mention (who can exist on a musical island?), that he strikes me as well worth a go - Solway and Grey Galloway are probably the best places to start, but there's much more to explore certainly. As with Potter, Sterndale Bennett, Parry, Mackenzie, etc. he got increasingly bogged-down with administrative duties to the detriment of his own creative time...

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Indeed I am! Stirring stuff! I will certainly look out for the cd of John Blackwood McEwen's Border Ballads. I'm just waiting for one of the Seller's to drop the price! (Around a Fiver!) I've been spending allot of dosh,this last week,on.........shock horror.......paper reference books! :o I've been meaning to stock up for some time! They'll be useful to have around as I don't always want to go cross-eyed looking at this pc screen! (I'm going to look like Ben Turpin!! They'll also be useful if I go offline again,at some point! I'm not to keen on the library now,since the librarian's started SHOUTING TO EACH OTHER! :o  :((Apparently,the church like atmosphere in public libraries puts young people off!!)

I think I'll start with the orchestral works,though!
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2022, 01:08:35 pm »

John Blackwood McEwen: Solway Symphony (No. 5) in C♯ minor (1911) The London Philharmonic/ Mitchell Chandos

This arrived today! I have listened to this via homemade cdr's & it didn't,exactly,excite me! I'm wondering if having the shiny cd & nice booklet with all the trimmings,will make a difference. It often does!! (Not with Rufinatscha,it didn't! ;D). There are influences readiy audible in the orchestration here! Strauss & Wagner,some impressionism. It all makes for a heady concoction,with some,colourful,,stirring,late romantic style orchestration! The second movement (moonlight) really is gorgeous! Again,what a difference the hard,shiny disc & trimmings make! (Or,maybe it is just a question of birates & Ned Luddite is just c*** at making cdr's?!) Lovely! I will,certainly,look out for Chandos' cd of McEwen's Border Ballads,now! And looking at the list of composition's on McEwen's Wikipedia page,there's plenty more for an enterprising recording label to explore! Whether,it's all worth recording or the scores are extant,I don't know? But this'll do nicely,for now!😊



Hooray, another McEwen fan! Get all three Chandos discs of the major works including Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity and have a listen to the early A minor Symphony which is in the archive (PM me if you don't have the link). McEwen has such a distinctive voice, albeit with the influences you mention (who can exist on a musical island?), that he strikes me as well worth a go - Solway and Grey Galloway are probably the best places to start, but there's much more to explore certainly. As with Potter, Sterndale Bennett, Parry, Mackenzie, etc. he got increasingly bogged-down with administrative duties to the detriment of his own creative time...

 ::)
Indeed I am! Stirring stuff! I will certainly look out for the cd of John Blackwood McEwen's Border Ballads. I'm just waiting for one of the Seller's to drop the price! (Around a Fiver!) I've been spending allot of dosh,this last week,on.........shock horror.......paper reference books! :o I've been meaning to stock up for some time! They'll be useful to have around as I don't always want to go cross-eyed looking at this pc screen! (I'm going to look like Ben Turpin!! They'll also be useful if I go offline again,at some point! I'm not to keen on the library now,since the librarian's started SHOUTING TO EACH OTHER! :o  :((Apparently,the church like atmosphere in public libraries puts young people off!!)

I think I'll start with the orchestral works,though!

What a lovely portrait! Can this be the delirious result of surfeited McEwen-addiction? I must investigate...
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2022, 09:20:39 am »

'Where the Wild Thyme Blows' is my favourite work by JBM - it reminds me of Holst's 'Egdon Heath'  - I find it very moving.
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2022, 10:10:49 am »

'Where the Wild Thyme Blows' is my favourite work by JBM - it reminds me of Holst's 'Egdon Heath'  - I find it very moving.

That is high praise indeed. I must investigate further. Thank you.
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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2022, 11:25:44 am »

'Where the Wild Thyme Blows' is my favourite work by JBM - it reminds me of Holst's 'Egdon Heath'  - I find it very moving.

That is high praise indeed. I must investigate further. Thank you.
My pleasure - I hope that you enjoy it.
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2022, 01:31:18 pm »

'Where the Wild Thyme Blows' is my favourite work by JBM - it reminds me of Holst's 'Egdon Heath'  - I find it very moving.

That is high praise indeed. I must investigate further. Thank you.
My pleasure - I hope that you enjoy it.

Fully agreed about the high quality of McEwen's music, top drawer melodic and orchestral invention, and a very personal idiom which comes through even in the early A minor Symphony (in the archive)...

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