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1  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: June 13, 2021, 12:34:35 am


Stunning recording!
2  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: May 22, 2021, 01:01:30 am
Speaking of Schoenberg, take a look at my latest upload: some very early, gorgeous late Romanticism from Schoenberg!
3  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: May 21, 2021, 10:50:04 pm
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It had to happen,someday!! Shocked Grin

Now Playing: Arnold Schoenberg: String Quartet No 2 op.10      Lepziger Streichquartett   MDG

I still can't believe I enjoy the music of the Second Viennese School! Shocked I think it's just their spooky,shadowy,spectral soundworld,that draws me in! I like the contribution's from the soprano. Christiane Oelze on this recording. An excellent recording.

While I'm not at all offended by Schoenberg's music it doesn't seem to show up on my playlists very often. However, I adore his Violin Concerto ever since I heard a live performance of it. In addition to your adjectives (spooky, shadowy) I'd add moody and restless.
4  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: May 06, 2021, 09:49:14 pm
It's Boult for me (the stereo cycle on EMI), closely followed by Previn, when it comes to recorded cycles. I have the Handley and Haitink cycles as well but I've never been able to really warm up to them.
5  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: ĶENIŅŠ, T.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6 / Canzona Sonata (Vižine, Latvian National on: May 01, 2021, 11:33:50 pm
My mistake -- the nonet is subtitled "L'ultima sinfonia."
6  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: ĶENIŅŠ, T.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6 / Canzona Sonata (Vižine, Latvian National on: May 01, 2021, 10:59:29 pm
A welcome release, indeed! Symphony No. 4 was previously available on a CBC LP back in the 70s, coupled with Ķeniņš' Violin Concerto. Steven Staryk was the soloist and John Avison conducted both works.

I knew Ķeniņš back in the 1980s and had some interesting conversations with him, as well as a composition masterclass. He once told me that the fugue was his favorite musical form, and if you listen to any amount of Ķeniņš' music you'll encounter fugues quite frequently, as in the 6th Symphony.

There are eight numbered symphonies followed by a nonet subtitled "quasi una sinfonia," as a bit of sly humor to evade the "curse of the ninth symphony." There's also an excellent Sinfonietta from the 1970s. I attended the premieres of a couple of the late symphonies and they're long overdue for commercial recordings. In the meantime, some of Ķeniņš' works can be heard on the Internet Archive in the Pogonyi collection. Also, if you visit the Canadian Music Centre website and sign up for access you can hear all the symphonies.
7  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: April 13, 2021, 02:10:00 am
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I imagine most people's first encounter with Moszkowski might be in the form of one of the piano pieces (for example, Étincelles from his op 36 in one of the many recordings of it by Vladimir Horowitz). But the first time I heard any of his music was when I caught a broadcast of one of the Spanish Dances from this album on the BBC Third Programme when the LP was first issued in 1957. The Spanish Dances were originally written for piano duet, of course; the orchestrations, by Moszkowki's friend, Philipp Scharwenka, and Frank Valentine van der Stucken are thoroughly idiomatic. Each of them is a real ear-worm and they have been crawling around inside my head for the intervening 64 years!

How amazing! This recording was my introduction to Moszkowski as well. I was a bit late to the game, though, only 52 years ago.  Grin
8  DOWNLOADS ARRANGED BY NATIONALITY / Downloads: discussion without links should be posted here, for the access of both members and non-members alike / Re: British and Irish Music on: April 11, 2021, 09:59:09 am
Quite right, Holger! And you and I have fed each other's collections over the years as well!
9  DOWNLOADS ARRANGED BY NATIONALITY / Downloads: discussion without links should be posted here, for the access of both members and non-members alike / Re: British and Irish Music on: April 10, 2021, 10:45:09 pm
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I'm not entirely sure how to access it, any pointers? Is it listen-only or downloadable?

They can be streamed and recorded. I use a program called Total Recorder which captures Internet streams very nicely, and then I edit them with another program called Audacity. The former can be purchased for a reasonable fee and the latter is free. I've also found it necessary to edit quite a few of the recordings from the Pogonyi collection as many are at a low volume and others have sudden variations in volume.

I got many recordings in this collection from Miklos himself. He was a friend for many years and we exchanged recordings frequently. As a matter of fact, quite a few items in his collection on Internet Archive came from me.
10  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: March 23, 2021, 05:59:43 pm
I love the Russians when it comes to Bach: Tatiana Nikolayeva, Samuil Feinberg, et al.
11  INTRODUCTION & FAQs / Greetings / Re: Hello Again! on: March 21, 2021, 01:19:27 pm
A very warm welcome back, Colin! It's great to have you with us again!
12  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Bantock from Cpo! on: March 18, 2021, 10:39:03 pm
I eagerly await this release as well! Christopher Wilson is a name completely unfamiliar to me.
13  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Simpson Symphonies on: March 12, 2021, 11:24:33 am
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(It just so happens that I adored Jerry Orbach as Lennie Briscoe.)

Me, too!
14  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Simpson Symphonies on: March 11, 2021, 12:55:19 pm
Fear not! I have live Simpson and Arnold symphonies in the pipeline, for the archive.
15  DOWNLOADS ARRANGED BY NATIONALITY / Downloads: discussion without links should be posted here, for the access of both members and non-members alike / Iša Krejčí: complete symphonies on: March 11, 2021, 12:09:14 am
Hot on the heels of yesterday's Foerster upload, here's a more recent Czech composer in a very different style -- basically neoclassical, but with a strong Czech flavor and vivid pathos. The Second Symphony is my favorite, and for me one of the great Czech symphonies of the 20th century. Though I prefer Ančerl's recording (but can't post it here since it's available on CD) this one is still excellent.

Iša Krejčí (1904-1968)

Symphony No. 1 in D (1955)
      Lento -- Allegro feroce
      Scherzo: Allegro possibile
      Allegretto moderato
      Allegro vivo
   Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
   Miloš Konvalinka, conductor
   
Symphony No. 2 in C-sharp minor (1957)
      Molto allegro
      Scherzino: Allegro molto quasi presto
      Allegro moderato
      Allegro molto
   Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra
   Miloš Konvalinka, conductor

Symphony No. 3 in C (1963)
      Allegro
      Scherzino: Presto prestissimo
      Aria: Allegretto moderato
      Molto allegro

Symphony No. 4 (1966)
      Lento (non troppo) --
      Moderato (non troppo lento) --
      Allegretto vivace --
      Andante (Tema con variazioni)

   Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
   Jaromír Nohejl, conductor

from Czech Panton LPs, never reissued on CD
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