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1  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / YouTube performances / Re: remus platen youtube channel on: April 03, 2019, 05:20:09 pm
Thank you for this suggestion!  There are, indeed, many recordings ofrare piano concertos of the 20th century. I was very happy to find Krenek's PC No 2 there  Smiley
A woefully underrated composer. Toccata Classics are recording all of his piano concertos.
2  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: Second-Tier English Symphonies on: March 14, 2019, 07:08:06 pm
Should one suppose that, as no recent symphonies have been mentioned, English composers who still contribute to the medium no longer write "Second-Tier" examples?...
3  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Rare scores / Re: Muse Press on: December 23, 2018, 04:22:16 pm
My attention has just been drawn to the following post on the Sorabji Archive website's forum today:

The new edition of International Piano contains a very nice review of Alistair's op.49, reviewed by Murray McLachlan. I am on a train right now, but will try to type it all now on my phone.... I will have to edit it later to put in accents etc....

Alistair Hinton is a prolific composer perhaps best known for his advocacy of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji's fascinating, complex and often beautiful music (see The title of this exquisite but challenging miniature by Hinton may refer to Gabriel Fauré's famous song, but in fact the piece is a musical commentary on another song - the fifth from Rachmaninov's Six Romances Op 58 [sic]. What we have here is far from the literal, carefully crafted Earl Wild transcription. In contrast, Hinton uses the Rachmaninov as a starting point for extraordinary colours, polyrhythms, filigree textures and exotic pitch formations that perhaps owe more to the florid writing of certain scores by Godowsky and Sorabji than to Fauré and Rachmaninov.

Using a three-stave layout, this 64-bar miniature is not for the fainthearted - the challenges are considerable. Indeed, in places it seems as though two performers would be needed to cope with the demands (the climax, which briefly reaches triple fortissimo in bar 42, is especially challenging). The vast majority of the piece is sketched at a sub-piano dynamic level, with lots of tactile-friendly albeit virtuosic double-note writing in 16th and 32nd notes. But the broad melodic line remains intact throughout, providing a musical thread for both listener and performer alike. This is a notable contribution to the repertoire in the tradition of Busoni, Godowsky and Ronald Stevenson. Fascinating, ravishing and innovatively pianistic writing for connoisseurs to savour.

Naturally, I'm delighted to see this. Perhaps the reviewer might play it! It will receive its UK première next month in Oxford at the hands of Jonathan Powell.
4  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Rare scores / Muse Press on: November 09, 2018, 06:53:53 am
Founded only some 18 months ago in Japan, Muse Press publishes piano music, mainly transcriptions, some of them recent, in both paper and .pdf format; these should be of interest to pianist members here and everyone interested in piano repertoire, whom I commend to visit
5  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Concerts / Re: Russian Song and Piano music on: August 29, 2018, 04:43:20 pm
Congratulations - a very enterprising program!  Will Pushkin House be providing translations of the song texts?  ))

I think Betty will!
What a fantastic programme!
6  ARCHIVED TOPICS / Performance and technique / Re: Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018): R.I.P. on: June 19, 2018, 04:43:11 pm
IMHO less talented than Svetlanov .However a prominent conductor and essential for XX Century russian repertoire.
Talented in different ways. Svetlanov was a fine pianist and recorded the Medtner violin and piano sonatas whose parts are anything but "accompaniments"; he also gave one of the finest performances of Elgar's Second Symphony that it's ever been my good fortune to hear.
7  ARCHIVED TOPICS / Performance and technique / Re: Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931-2018): R.I.P. on: June 18, 2018, 03:46:43 pm
Yes, a very sad loss indeed; there seemed to be little or no repertoire to which he couldn't bring new insights. A remerkable conductor in every way!
8  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: David Matthews Symphony No. 8 on: April 26, 2018, 09:00:10 am
symphonist  Smiley
There's no arguing with you estimation of David Matthews here, although it does seem as though England now has a clutch of composers keeping the symphony alive; a quick browse of the excellent Toccata Classics label will, for example, reveal some by composers such as Rodney Newton, Steve Elcock and David Hackbridge Johnson, the last of whom has actually written more symphonies that David Matthews has yet done!
9  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Dutton? on: April 17, 2018, 06:10:46 am
St Matthew records Christ as saying: "For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away." But I've never really understood what our Lord meant. Sounds jolly unfair to me.
One might perhaps be forgiven for concluding from this strange statement that St. Matthew was either the CEO of the UK financial services regulator or its Chancellor of the Exchequer or its head of Department of Work and Pensions. In all seriousness, though, as the phrase sounds as though it means the very opposite of what it ought to mean, either something vital has been lost in translation of St. Matthew was the head of the aforementioned regulator's Register team. If Bach had ever pondered this, it's a wonder that He nevertheless went ahead and wrote the St. Matthew Passion (although, like tens of millions of other people, I'm very glad indeed that he did!)...

But I digress...
10  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: Unsung Rachmaninovian Piano Concertos on: April 12, 2018, 04:03:01 pm
There's also the (until recently) very much unsung English composer of several piano concertos Roger Sacheverell Coke (pronounced "Cook") which undoubtedly fit the bill here.

While on the subject of English composers, another whose one all too rarely performed piano concerto is not without Rachmaninoff influence (although perhaps rather more notably that of Shostakovich and of Prokofiev) was a pianist who knew all of those Russian concertos intimately - John Ogdon; as far as I know, Peter Donohoe's the only pianist other than the composer to have performed it but he's not played it for years; this is quite a shame, as it's one of John's more successful works and would, I believe, be quite a wow with audiences.
11  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: New Richard Rodney Bennett Series on Chandos on: September 30, 2017, 06:57:22 pm
In case anyone 's opinion is in need of actual engagement with RRB's music....
One of his finest works, without doubt, although there's much that's well worth exploring in his richly varied output. His muscal gifts in general terms were likewise varied and he retained an engaging genuine modesty about his achievements. Being a jazz pianist and (later also) singer, a writer of symphonies, short choral pieces and piano music for young pianists, a distinguished movie composer and Boulez's first (and indeed possibly only) private student must have taken quite some doing, yet he seemed to take it all in his stride as though those are the kind of thing that you do as a musician. As a young pianist, he played for Jane Manning's BBC audition. He was never patronising about his movie work although he was at times at pains to point out that that was one department and concert work was another; he'd call the form "journalism"!There's a wonderfuil story about him when he used, on visits to London in later life, play the occasional Pizza Express Dean Street gig with jazz singers Marian Montgomery and (later) Claire Martin; he'd just finished a session with one of them and sat down for some supper when he heard a waiter saying "good evening, Sir Richard - lovely to see you again!), whereupon RRB turned around to see who it was (possibly wondering if it might be Richard Attenborough)...
12  MEMBERS' CORNER / Miscellany / Re: Idiotic Comments on Composers or Music! on: September 28, 2017, 12:19:17 pm
Bring back Patricia Hughes!

There is a nice story about how she got the job of announcer on Radio 3. She turned up for an audition and was asked to read a programme schedule, which was full of things like "Stanisław i Anna Oświecimowie" by Mieczysław Karłowicz, which she stumbled through, making a total hash of it as one might expect coming across it unprepared. So she was rather surprised to be told she'd got the job. "But I pronounced everything wrongly!" she said. "Ah," she was told, "You were the only one who read through to the end."
!!! That would have to be from the dead, of course, as she sadly departed some 4½ years ago at the age of 90.
13  MEMBERS' CORNER / Miscellany / Re: Idiotic Comments on Composers or Music! on: September 26, 2017, 11:33:31 am
I'm still surprised that Radio 3 hasn't made more of the undoubted talents of Myleene Klass!
Oh, purLEEESE! Don't given them ideas...
14  MEMBERS' CORNER / Miscellany / Re: The Countries of the members of this forum: on: September 25, 2017, 11:48:14 am
Scotland (not that I've lived there for many years)...
15  MEMBERS' CORNER / Miscellany / Re: Idiotic Comments on Composers or Music! on: September 22, 2017, 01:47:00 pm
I can conjure up the scene in which the aged Sibelius, at home in Ainola outside Jarvenpaa, shouts at his wife to demand a radio so that he can listen to "Rock around the Clock" or some other Presley classic. Who needs to compose in his Finnish hideout when he can listen to the blessed Elvis

The massed ranks of the ghosts of BBC music producers of the past and of the truly great music critics and writers must be whirling manically in their graves If Derham had said "Pierre Boulez" rather than Elvis then her observation, although still trite, would have had a measure of sense but- with due respect to those who might admire Mr. Presley-to mention him in the same sentence, to associate him in any way with the Finnish master, and to do so seconds before the remarkable opening of the symphony with its drum role and the magical entry of the strings is simply rank bad taste. She and her producer should be banished to "Strictly Come Dancing" or some other of the BBC's contributions to its contemporary vision of its Reithian mission
I fear that the egregious Ms Derham has form in this; what you heard was by no means a slip of the tongue...
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