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1  Various types of music / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Havergal Brian: Faust Opera Dutton release on: December 05, 2021, 12:13:41 pm
Been working my way through it...sorry to say, even as a Brian fan, I'm finding it pretty tough listening so far...whatever his other many virtues I don't think Brian was a natural dramatist...
2  Various types of music / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Spain-Dunk on R3 on: November 27, 2021, 09:16:52 pm
Noticed the name of Susan Spain-Dunk on a couple of Afternoon Concerts this week  (24/25 Nov) so ever-hopeful on the off-chance caught up with them via BBC Sounds, where they're still to be found.

Sorry to say I thought the music was frankly pretty feeble: mind you, the orchestra sounded as uninvolved as I was, which won't have helped. Fact is, sometimes neglected music is neglected for a reason. Other, of course, may feel differently...
3  Various types of music / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Berkeley's "Nelson" on: April 13, 2021, 03:26:50 pm
Not sure I'll be rushing out for it, but definitely glad it'll be available...
4  Various types of music / Books about composers and music / Re: Theses and articles available online on: February 22, 2021, 10:26:53 am
It's also worth checking out, eg

"Joseph Holbrooke and his work"
5  Various types of music / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Simpson Symphonies on: February 10, 2021, 07:32:22 pm
Great to have Andrew Davis' no 5...

And good that the Lyrita well is still trickling: I was getting worried...
6  Various types of music / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Is it April 1st? on: February 07, 2021, 04:12:31 pm
Seriously? Sea Pictures/Songs of Travel on...TROMBONE???

Thought I'd heard everything, but clearly not... 
7  Various types of music / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Daniel Jones Symphonies forthcoming on Lyrita on: January 16, 2021, 12:16:25 pm
This will make one board member very happy...
8  Various types of music / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Lyrita Lives! on: September 10, 2019, 01:54:08 pm
Ok (with all due respect) perhaps not the most electrifying issue possible, but at least it's a sign of life!
9  Various types of music / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Joseph Holbrooke from CPO on: June 12, 2019, 04:59:33 pm
I'm afraid I'm somewhat underwhelmed by the new CPO disc, but I have to say I think that's more than a little down to the performances, which strike me as not much more than rather tepid runs-through;  for example, listen to how much more carefully Vernon Handley shaped and phrased The Birds of Rhiannon, whereas in this reading it rather just meanders along...Music with such a tendency to prolixity such as Holbrookes - the first movement of Ships being a case in point - really needs the acute ear and sensitivity of a Beecham: what a shame he never recorded any. (I once saw Howard Griffiths described by a famously dyspeptic US reviewer as a "routinier", and took great objection to the term, but I now wonder; this is music that needs much more than simply beating time....)

Having said which, I do hope someone (else) finally records The Bells one day - a splendid piece right up with the best of his work, but which definitely needs a razor-sharp performance from all involved...
10  Various types of music / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Unfamiliar Lyrita on: February 15, 2019, 12:51:14 pm
Well here's a completely unfamiliar name to me...and 5 cds worth at that!
11  Various types of music / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Thomas Wilson Symphonies from Linn on: February 02, 2018, 04:25:02 pm
Excellent news! I wonder who's paying for them?
Now, if we could get the remainder of Arthur Butterworths paid some attention, that would a be job well done...
12  Downloads by surname / Downloads: discussion without links / Early Tippett on: February 02, 2018, 11:28:03 am
Well, the first broadcast of Tippett's discarded first-First symphony was a surprise! I'd assumed it would at least have some faint pre-echoes of the Tippet we know - sprung rhythms, a hint of Tudor music, Beethovenian notes mixed in with a sprinkling of Stravinsky, probably even some VW -  but in the event...when he described it as being excessively influenced by Sibelius he sure wasn't wrong! I hadn't appreciated how much impact Sibelius 1st must have had on British composers of the time - especially the opening woodwind solo (a feature also of Gardner's 2nd.) And indeed the woodwind writing throughout was deeply in thrall to the Sibelian sound. Listening blind (?) I can't think I'd ever have identified the composer.  A distinct oddity - it'll need greater familiarity to assess its worth as a symphony per se, though it's clear already that the "official" 1st is far more accomplished. An interesting thought though that in some ways Tippets fourth and final symphony also references Sibelius, albeit in much more fundamental and structural ways - this time expressed entirely in Tippett's own voice...
13  Various types of music / YouTube performances / Re: Babcock,,David - Symphony No. 5 Op. 58 (2001) on: September 29, 2017, 10:22:54 am
Agreed - a very interesting piece, and the echoes of Arthur Butterworth (surely unintentional) are rather striking...Will definitely investigate the rest of these.
14  Various types of music / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Lyrita futures on: September 15, 2017, 02:36:52 pm
Having just listened to the brief clips of the Lloyd 6&7 on Lyrita, I have to say that, for all some rough edges, they do sound a lot more vehement and energized than the composers own slightly comfortable recordings - and thus justifying their reissue after all. I'm going to revise my wary initial welcome and order this one! Hopefully the reissue of Bax 2nd/Goosens will be equally revelatory - given that the Dutton issue was taken from very worn discs, whereas Richard Itters own was (presumably?) unplayed and unused?
15  Various types of music / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Lyrita Bax on: August 30, 2017, 10:30:03 pm

I remember hearing Winter Legends at the time - may even still have an ancient tape of it: not sure if the Goosens has already been issued elsewhere?
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