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31  Assorted items / Piano quintets / Re: Yevgeny Golubev on: May 28, 2022, 04:37:39 pm
On him
32  Assorted items / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Anthony Burgess on Naxos on: May 04, 2022, 05:13:43 am
Strasbourg symphony
33  Assorted items / Piano quintets / Re: Aloys Fleischmann on: April 29, 2022, 03:03:58 am
Also he has his own disc.he would deserve more attention
34  Assorted items / Piano quintets / Re: Franz Reizenstein on: April 29, 2022, 02:53:08 am
His untimely death was a great loss
35  Assorted items / General musical discussion / Re: Tolkien in music on: April 26, 2022, 04:34:13 am
36  Assorted items / Piano quintets / Re: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco on: April 26, 2022, 03:47:17 am
Castelnuovo-Tedesco was an italian composer of jewish heritage ,the persecution during Fascism and then exile made him forget at home
37  Assorted items / String quartets / Re: Ugo Amendola on: April 21, 2022, 04:19:03 pm
A competition
it seems composed for a small orchestra
38  Assorted items / Individual composers / Re: Galina Ustvolskaya 1919-2006 on: April 20, 2022, 01:52:16 am
39  Assorted items / General musical discussion / Re: Tolkien in music on: March 26, 2022, 05:04:07 am

With the release of Fëanor on a new double CD, Prima Facie Records and Volante Opera complete their recording of Paul Corfield Godfrey’s cycle of “epic scenes from The Silmarillion” after the mythology of J R R Tolkien. The nine hours which constitute the complete cycle form the largest work of classical music written in Wales in the twentieth century, and are performed by singers from Welsh National Opera together with a sampled (not synthesised) orchestra. The booklets which come with each of the four double albums contain detailed explanations of the manner in which the recording have been made, as well as track listings, synopses, and an essay on each of the relevant parts by the composer.

Quite apart from the sheer scale of the work, the “epic scenes from The Silmarillion” are also unique in that (unlike nearly all of the Tolkien-influenced music available) the texts are drawn entirely from the words of Tolkien himself, with the agreement and permission of the Tolkien Estate. This certainly makes the score the most substantial vocal setting of any Tolkien material available.

The completion of the recording of this massive cycle is of course a major event, and we would very much hope that it will receive widespread attention. Full and vocal scores are also available for purchase, and the complete texts (including where relevant translations from Elvish) and musical analysis are all available from

Earlier releases in the cycle:
Beren and Lúthien   PFCD 110/111
“Godfrey’s libretto freely alternates among the different extant versions of the story. The result, textually speaking, is a patchwork; from an operatic standpoint, however, it’s a tour de force of words delivered with passion and epic grandeur. This is hands-down the most potent actualization of Tolkien’s writing I have heard to date.”   Tolkien Music [Chris Seeman]

The Children of Húrin   PFCD 126/127
“CD2 opens with [a] Prelude worthy of mention in the same sentence as that of Sibelius, and closes with music of loss shot through with hope and tenderness. The detailed notes aptly refer to gentle benediction and an unravelling of the web of myth through which the tragic history has been viewed. Húrin’s final words are significant: ‘She was not conquered’. It’s a very different ending from that of Götterdämmerung, but it’s worthy of mention in the same sentence – and there’s not much that is, in my book.”   MusicWeb International [Brian Wilson]

The Fall of Gondolin  PFCD 092/093
“A thing that stands out from the moment you put the CD onto your audio system is the sheer professionalism with which the singers do their respective parts; all are singers with Welsh National Opera, and at times they allow themselves to show the fun they had creating this marvel.”   Unquendor [Jeroen Bakker]

40  MEMBERS' CORNER / Miscellany / Re: Another good forum is the GMG Classical Music Forum on: March 22, 2022, 01:58:26 pm

This another good source of classical music and new releases of classical and romantic era music.   Try it

What's wrong with this one?!?!

I have no idea! Though I keep an eye open to goings-on, my health precludes me from posting as much as I would like to - but others can stimulate debate (no politics, religion or sport please)...


I offer my best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery
41  Assorted items / General musical discussion / Re: Tolkien in music on: January 22, 2022, 11:40:01 am
42  Assorted items / General musical discussion / Re: Tolkien in music on: December 11, 2021, 04:35:51 am
43  Assorted items / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Leonid Polovinkin on: December 02, 2021, 06:04:04 pm
certainly someone is a mythomaniac and insults others for no reason ,isn't it?but surely he jokes as usual
44  Assorted items / General musical discussion / Re: Tolkien in music on: November 27, 2021, 03:45:21 am
45  Assorted items / General musical discussion / Re: Tolkien in music on: November 26, 2021, 03:02:31 am
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