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1  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: Another birthday! on: Today at 04:15:32 pm
she is (and always was) beyond all hope of benefit from human intervention; but I'm happy to say that the engineer did manage to repair my boiler (which actually looks not too dissimilar to that in the above photograph)!

Alas, I am also beyond redemption (the warranty ran out decades ago). I rejoice to hear that your boiler is in a more blessèd condition...

 Roll Eyes
2  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: Another birthday! on: Today at 02:11:29 pm
Creepy picture!

Creepy party! Probably best not to accept that particular invite and plead prior engagement (e.g. cleaning oven)...

 Shocked
Grin Yes, or awaiting boiler repair man!

Didn't think anyone could repair Fanny Cradock...



...but clearly there's hope yet.

 Wink
3  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Books about composers and music / Re: Theses, articles and books available online on: Today at 01:59:27 pm
Via another thread, member Chris Howell has alerted us to his series of extremely valuable articles on Charles Villiers Stanford:

1. http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2018/May/Stanfordian_thoughts_1.pdf

2. http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2018/Jun/Stanfordian_thoughts_2.pdf

3. http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2018/Jul/Stanfordian_3_VC2.pdf

4. http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2018/Jul/Stanfordian_thoughts_4.pdf

5. http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2018/Aug/Stanfordian_thoughts_5.pdf

6. http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2018/Sep/Stanfordian_thoughts_6.pdf

7. http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2018/Nov/Stanfordian_thoughts_7.pdf

8. http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2018/Dec/Stanfordian_thoughts_8.pdf

9. http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2019/Jan/Stanfordian_thoughts_9.pdf
4  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Stanford on Somm on: Today at 01:39:07 pm
The cycle of string quartets (plus the two string quintets) is unreservedly welcome.

As for the partsongs, while of course any disc that introduces new Stanford to CD has to be welcomed, I had the feeling that an opportunity had been missed. I wrote about all this at (perhaps too great) length when the disc came out - http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2018/Dec/Stanfordian_thoughts_8.pdf - so I will only repeat my disappointment at the cherry-picking selection and higgledy-piggledy order, and note that, when an alternative performance exists (not necessarily currently available), it is often preferable.

That's a brilliant and highly informative survey, thanks Chris. Yes, I would prefer groups of pieces such as the Elizabethan Pastorals to be recorded in toto across a series of volumes. Still I think the Somm disc is a valuable effort and will prove an introduction into Stanford's choral world away from the church for many listeners.

 Smiley
5  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: Another birthday! on: Today at 10:14:50 am
Creepy picture!

Creepy party! Probably best not to accept that particular invite and plead prior engagement (e.g. cleaning oven)...

 Shocked
6  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: Another birthday! on: Today at 05:52:48 am
Alain Lefèvre (1962), Arthur Bird (1856), Ben Weber (1916), David Noon (1946), Edith Sohlström (1870), Eduard Marxsen (1806), Edward Gregson (1945), Erich Itor Kahn (1905), Ettore Pozzoli (1873), Ferran Cruixent (1976), Francesco Cilea (1866), Franz Berwald (1796), Georges Hugon (1904), Géza Zichy (1849), James Hannigan (1971), Jerome Rosen (1921), Jostein Stalheim (1960), L. Subramaniam (1947), Narong Prangcharoen (1973), Niels Peter Jensen (1802), Oriol Cruixent (1976), Richard Hol (1825), Robert Lowden (1920), Søren Nils Eichberg (1973), Steven L. Rosenhaus (1952), Taisto Wesslin (1941), Timothy Swan (1758), Walter Burle Marx (1902)

Yep, raise a glass and let the fun begin...



...after its own fashion.

 Cheesy
7  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Sir George Dyson (1883-1964) on: July 22, 2021, 05:13:30 pm
Nevertheless, I must investigate the choral music which has so enthused y'all.

Yes, please do investigate! Dyson's choral works are a great legacy, and now all are superbly recorded as listed below...

 Cheesy

Funnily enough,I put on his Symphony,this morning and it's still playing NOW!

The orchestral works are splendid too! The Naxos and Chandos discs are great: you can't have too much of such a splendid composer...

 Wink
8  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Sir George Dyson (1883-1964) on: July 22, 2021, 02:16:57 pm


Hey, it's here - found the thread after only seven years! Strongly recommended recordings of the major choral works:

In Honour of the City (1928); The Canterbury Pilgrims (1930) - Hickox, Chandos CHAN 9531(2)
Choral Symphony (1910); St Paul's Voyage to Melita (1932) - Hill, Naxos 8.573770
The Blacksmiths (1933); Sweet Thames, Run Softly (1954) - Willcocks, Somm CD014
Nebuchadnezzar (1934) - Hickox, Chandos CHAN10439
Quo Vadis (1936-45) - Hickox, Chandos CHAN 10061(2)


A wonderful composer.

 Smiley
I agree! I especially like the Symphony (both recordings), Concerto da Chiesa and Nebuchadnezzar.

Well, that's firm vindication! Thanks V.

 Grin
9  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: Another birthday! on: July 22, 2021, 03:28:21 am
Alan Menken (1949), Alessandro Besozzi (1702), Anthony Rozankovic (1962), Arthur Hartmann (1881), Bánkövi Gyula (1966), Benjamin Hanby (1833), Cecil Effinger (1914), Eugène Walckiers (1793), Eve Beglarian (1958), Ferdinand Tobias Richter (1651), François Schubert (1808), Franz Xaver Süssmayr (1766), George Dreyfus (1928), Haroldo Lobo (1910), Heinrich Proch (1809), Iva Bittová (1958), Jean Hubeau (1917), Karen Buckwalter (1952), Keiko Fujiie (1963), Peter Igelhoff (1904), Rufus Wainwright (1973), Uljas Pulkkis (1975), Zubir Said (1907)

10  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Seaside orchestras (Radio 4 Extra, 11am 3rd August) on: July 21, 2021, 06:50:59 pm
Yes, there is, here:

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/sir-dan-godfrey/query/dan+godfrey

I think you'll enjoy the repertoire too!

An unimaginable scene today!

 Roll Eyes
11  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Seaside orchestras (Radio 4 Extra, 11am 3rd August) on: July 21, 2021, 06:17:33 pm
Well, you know what they say: progress was a wonderful thing, it just went on too long...

Thank you for the links. I see Tom Higgins in his article mentions The Scarborough Spa Orchestra, led by Alick Maclean. I once happened upon this Youtube video of a British Pathé newsreel made in 1932 of Maclean and his orchestra:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTxXpqUav9U

The blurb below it says, "Note: According to paperwork, the orchestra is playing a piece called 'Mignon'." It's actually the Overture to Ambroise Thomas's opera, Mignon, of course.

Ah, the Good Old Days!

Lovely footage, thanks Lionel. Is there anything of Dan Godfrey at Bournemouth? Conductors with real enterprise and energy (vide Fiona Palmer's highly recommended study Conductors in Britain 1870-1914: wielding the baton at the height of Empire).

 Smiley
12  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Seaside orchestras (Radio 4 Extra, 11am 3rd August) on: July 21, 2021, 12:57:30 pm
Whatever did happen to seaside orchestras?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/sPf4XrbpyfmC40wvRc452L/whatever-happened-to-seaside-orchestras

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01knsjz

Can't even begin to imagine such enterprises nowadays, amongst the "Kiss [euphemism] me Quick" hats, general detritus, spew-strewn pavements, lobster-coloured heliolatrists and discarded face-masks...



...a selection from The Pirates of Penzance, Four Dances from Edward German's Merrie England, or Coleridge-Taylor's Petite Suite de Concert anyone?

 Roll Eyes
13  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: Another birthday! on: July 21, 2021, 06:02:19 am
Anton Kuerti (1938), David Wikander (1884), Désiré Dondeyne (1921), Ezequiel Viñao (1960), Hirini Melbourne (1949), Jean Rivier (1896), Jukka Linkola (1955), Kurash Sultan (1959), Matthew Kennedy (1987), Patrick Nunn (1969), Robert Kahn (1865), Teng Yu-hsien (1906), Waldemar Åhlén (1894)

14  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: July 20, 2021, 04:06:25 pm
I am listening to Luis Humberto Salgado's seven symphonies and two of his piano concertos, rewarding and interesting even if the orchestra is a bit off at times.

Again, terra incognita to me - as, I suppose, Mackenzie, Bantock, Holbrooke and Cowen are to many folks. Musical exploration can be full of revelations...



 Wink
15  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: July 20, 2021, 04:00:26 pm
I don't join in this thread very often but I felt moved to say that I'm currently into Holmboe's Symphony no 4, Sinfonia Sacra.  I don't always find it easy to get into Holmboe but he frequently rewards the effort.  This is a great piece.  I guarantee you that the fourth movement (Gloria in excelsis Deo) will get your blood flowing a little bit quicker.

Thanks Brian, not a composer I know at all - but on your recommendation I'll certainly explore!

 Grin
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