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1  Assorted items / General musical discussion / Re: Tolkien in music on: October 24, 2022, 02:11:23 am
Great forgetfulness from me,animated film of 1978 was Bakshi's masterwork and it is truly a pity that it has not been followed up,Rosenman's soundtrack is one of 70's best where the techniques of the musical avant-garde integrated with those of the great classical tradition were used effectively

I must say that making the beauty and complexity of the novel on the screen is an arduous undertaking in particular it is very difficult to mark the difference between the first volume, fairytale and similar to "the Hobbit" and the remaining two with a historical and epic tone
I saw the film when it first came out and was puzzled that it ended 2/3 of the way through the book (did they run out of money?) The soundtrack was very good and I snapped up the CD.

unfortunately it did not achieve the commercial success it deserved

I saw the film as a kid and remember it was very, very weird.  Mixed live action footage with animation and an incomplete story.  What were they thinking?  Clearly it ran out of money and the producers didn't care.
2  Assorted items / Individual composers / Re: Butterworth, Arthur on: April 19, 2022, 02:45:49 pm
I don't hear much connection to Elgar.  More to Sibelius, especially the austere late composer of Tapiola.  Regardless, a very fine composer and person.
3  Assorted items / Individual composers / Re: John Adams (b.1947) on: March 04, 2022, 02:25:32 pm
I was at the world premiere of Doctor Atomic.  It blew me away!

Lucky so-and-so! Adams is one of my favourite living composers - please give us a list of recommended recordings if possible. Besides Nixon, I only know Harmonium (1980), Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986), The Wound-Dresser (1989), The Death of Klinghoffer (1991), Violin Concerto (1993) and the Doctor Atomic Symphony (2007) - but what I know I really like!


I also like his Violin Concerto No. 2, and prefer other conducting to his own performance of Doctor Atomic.  I also saw MET performance in a theater which was great too.  I'm going off memory but think the conductor was Alan Gilbert. 
4  Assorted items / Individual composers / Re: Edward Lein, composer on: February 26, 2022, 01:39:59 am
I only just discovered this forum...

In addition to the synthesized recordings, there are also some recordings of live performances of some of my chamber and vocal works, and also the 2nd movement (Meditation) from Symphony no. 1:
- The YouTube video shows the score along with the audio recording.

Live chamber music:

Missa pro defunctis:

The vocal music playlist on YouTube includes both live and synthesized recordings, but the live ones are clearly marked:

MP3s & Scores of all my music:


I like it!  Way to go and keep going!  You have something to say and are saying it well.  I want to hear more.
5  Assorted items / Individual composers / Re: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) on: February 14, 2022, 02:18:30 pm
You should also watch the BBC documentary, Agony and Ecstasy, showing just how freaking hard it is to mount one of these massive Tchaikovsky ballets.  You'll get a new appreciation for it I think.  I think the series follows Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliette and Nutcracker if memory is correct but the Swan Lake episodes is very impressive in terms of drama, crushed dreams, and hardship.
6  Assorted items / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: Malcolm Arnold as Composer of the Week on Radio 3 on: October 20, 2021, 01:09:22 am
A reminder that Sir Malcolm is featured this week:


That's so fantastic!
7  Assorted items / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: September 02, 2021, 01:00:06 am
I'm listening to this now and LOVING IT!  It's not difficult music, quasi romantic and rich...full of atmosphere, drama, and mood.
8  Assorted items / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: September 02, 2021, 12:56:12 am
Bernard Herrmann: Symmphony     National Philharmonic Orchestra / Bernard Herrmann    Unicorn-Kanchana

Epic! Exciting,by turn! A powerful,brooding slow movement! If you,like me,you're a fan of  Herrmann's Film Scores,there's allot of his trademark sounds,here. In the Scherzo,for example!The Koch recording is good,but this one,easily,beats it,imo! A big surprise,for me,when I bought this cd,was The Fantasticks (song-cycle to words by Nicolas Breton). I thought I might,quite,enjoy it;but not that much! As it is, it's a fine,often very beautiful,song- cycle;with excellent performances by Michael Rippon (bass) Meriel Dickinson (contralto) John Amis (tenor) Gillian Humphreys (Soprano) and The Thames Chamber choir.
The inclusion of John Amis reminds me of watching My Music,with my parents on a rented tv,years ago! When the Beeb had some programs,worth watching!

He's really a fantastic composer.  Nothing he did was poor or not worth exploring.  Even his library music for generic tv is full of gems worth exploring. 
9  Assorted items / Individual composers / Re: John Adams (b.1947) on: July 27, 2021, 03:29:04 pm
I was at the world premiere of Doctor Atomic.  It blew me away!
10  Assorted items / Individual composers / Re: Oleg Eiges (1905-1992) on: July 19, 2021, 02:45:38 pm
Many thanks for the replies above, especially for the piano concerto, which I much enjoyed. Especially the  slow movement, which seems to have stepped out of The Fiery Angel. But I have two principal questions:

1) What was so objectionable about his 10th symphony that aroused the ire of the censors and kiboshed his career? Did it set poems by Jewish poets?

2) Given the general interest in music that got censored in the 1940s, why has he seemingly never been rehabilitated, especially in the west?

I think a big part of the challenge of researching lost Soviet era composers is you have to have good language skills.  It's very possible there is much out there but not under his English name so it becomes difficult to know you're looking up the same person or if you would get more useful results in searching in Russian.  Secondly, depending on what region he's from, they might have their own version of spelling his name local to that region because they weren't all the same language but had dialects.  Sort of like how Вайнберг = Vaynberg = Weinberg = Vainberg depending if you're using Cyrillic Russian or Latinized Russian or Polish Russian or Polish, etc.  Of course, if the composer is prominent enough it becomes easier to know it's all the same person but not really if they are obscure. 
11  Assorted items / Individual composers / Re: Oleg Eiges (1905-1992) on: July 14, 2021, 03:25:55 pm
I found his Piano Concerto here

He's not even in the Musicweb catalog of Soviet symphonies and concertos which includes lots of unknown composers.
12  MEMBERS' CORNER / Members' wish lists & requests / Re: Aaron Jay Kernis and other US symphonists on: July 10, 2021, 01:19:37 am
Kernis is yet another underrated US composer of symphonies, along with Harris, Creston, Piston, Adler, Bolcom, Rouse et al.
Whilst there are recordings of some symphonies by these composers, there is no comprehensive coverage of their works, let alone complete symphony sets in most cases.  Even ignoring the present Covid-related problems of recording and performing, there seems little interest within most US orchestras to promote their own symphonic legacies, so potential audiences are missing out on a glorious selection of music deserving of multiple hearings.

George Rochberg is also fantastic.  His Symphony No. 6 reminds me of Shostakovitch, Malcolm Arnold, and Bernard Herrmann.  A great cross sample of styles.  His symphonies are epic too, with no. 1 being 65 minutes.  American symphonies are excellent actually because it is a melting pot of ethnicity.  Sort of like how Mahler incorporated pastorals, beer tunes and funeral marches of his bohemian youth in his symphonies, the same was the case with American symphonies with jazz, french, Russian, film, etc., into tragic history.
13  MEMBERS' CORNER / Members' wish lists & requests / Re: Aaron Jay Kernis: Symphony of Meditations (Symphony no. 3) on: July 09, 2021, 01:05:15 am
All his music is very fine, dynamic, and very well conceived.  If you like Christopher Rouse or Lowell Liebermann, you'll find much to enjoy with Kernis.  His Symphonies No. 2 and 4 are also commercially available.
14  Downloads by surname / Only direct links / Re: Vagn Holmboe on: May 25, 2021, 01:05:02 am
Vagn Holmboe (1909-1996)

Symphony No. 5, Op. 35 (1944)
    Allegro non troppo
    Andante affetuoso
  South Jutland Symphony Orchestra
  Carl von Garaguly, conductor

Symphony No. 8, Op. 56 "Sinfonia boreale" (1951-52)
    Allegro molto intensivo
    Tempo giusto
    Andante con moto
    Allegro passionato
  Royal Danish Symphony Orchestra
  Jerzy Semkow, conductor

The 5th Symphony is taken from a Danish Radio broadcast. The 8th Symphony is a studio recording and was released and re-released on several labels over the years -- Fona, Vox Turnabout, Danish HMV, and possibly others. This upload is taken from a pristine copy of the HMV release.

Neither performance has ever been released on CD, to the best of my knowledge.

This upload is in response to a request on this forum. The 5th Symphony is in MP3 format, while the 8th Symphony is in lossless FLAC due to the quality of the recording, and as requested.

These were fantastic!  Thanks for uploading.  I'm surprised how "British" this music sounds to me.  I hear elements of RVW and Malcolm Arnold on these works, but they are wonderful and excellent interpretations.   :)
15  Downloads by surname / Only direct links / Re: Schoenberg: The Death of Spring on: May 22, 2021, 01:38:58 am
Arnold Schoenberg
Frühlings Tod [The Death of Spring] (symphonic poem after Nikolaus Lenau, 1898, unfinished)
   Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
   Riccardo Chailly, conductor [broadcast, 1985]

one MP3 file (including intro & outro)

Actually, quite a bit more than a fragment, almost ten minutes long. Gorgeous late Romanticism, predating Verklaerte Nacht and Gurrelieder. Sadly, it ends very abruptly -- a great shame it wasn't completed but at least we have the opportunity to hear what there is.

That was wonderful!  Yes, the ending was abrupt but it could be completed.  I hear how it would end.  It wouldn't be what Schoenberg imagined but would create a finished work....a satisfying approximation.
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