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1  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: The Merry Widow on "Building a Library" on: October 10, 2021, 07:32:15 am
Rather oddly, Gueden can be seen and heard singing "Anna Glŗvari" in Italian in a RAI TV film with Bruno Maderna conducting. Gorgeous singing, even in the wrong language, and wonderful conducting, too, but ghastly sound, at least in the version I've heard.
2  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Coming broadcasts and listen-later links / Re: The Merry Widow on "Building a Library" on: October 10, 2021, 07:28:11 am
Moser and Matacic can be heard together in a RAI Milan concert performance from the conductor's last years. However, if you like his bright and breezy EMI recording, this couldn't be more different, a slow, nostalgic, valedictory reading, with a Vilja-Lied that demands all of Moser's breath control. Moving, if you're in the mood.
3  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Alexander Mackenzie Piano Music on: October 04, 2021, 05:09:22 pm
I have only now become aware of this, but it seems that Ermanno De Stefani, the Sheva owner, has noticed that I have issued a couple of discs (so far, Stanford Songs and Debussy Preludes) with Da Vinci Editions and, in a fit of childish rage, has cancelled all my CDs from his catalogue (Stanford complete piano music, Mackenzie complete piano music, Cowen Songs, An Englishman in Italy with Bache's complete Souvenir's d'Italie, British Flute with the CH Horsley Sonata, Rossetti settings including Coleridge-Taylor, Scott and many others, just to name the more significant ones). I had no contract with De Stefani (I had several times proposed one but he always found reasons for not producing one) and was therefore breaching no agreement by placing my wares elsewhere.

More important artists than me have changed label from time to time and I don't know of any case where the previous label has promptly deleted everything.

This being so, I see nothing to stop me from attempting to place the more important issues with another company, but this may take time, and another company may feel that many potential buyers have already bought their copies. Some new projects are under way with Da Vinci Editions.
4  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) on: August 16, 2021, 07:59:09 am
I don't know how authoritative W.C. Berwick Sayers' "SC-T His Life and Letters" (Cassell 1915) is, but in the work list it refers to an orchestration of no.4 only
5  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: July 29, 2021, 07:47:15 am
Lionel, the Steinberg Boston 1969 Elgar 2 is available here  https://www.norpete.com/c1821.html in a double pack with a Cleveland 1957 Enigma and the Cello Concerto (Nelsova/Boston 1969). I've ordered St Laurent Studio CDs from time to time and their quality is good (not too much fiddling around), though documentation tends to be minimal.
6  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: July 28, 2021, 07:21:04 am
Lionel, the Steinberg Elgar 2 was once on a blog that has since disappeared, I'll see if I grabbed it while it was there, I may need some time to explore the hidden depths of my computer
7  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / General musical discussion / Re: What are you currently listening to? on: July 27, 2021, 05:07:40 pm
Steinberg was passionately devoted to Elgar 2 (but never conducted Elgar 1, I believe), he even conducted a performance of it with the RAI Turin orchestra in 1953. I've no idea if it has been preserved (I'm not optimistic), but a 1969 Boston performance circulates.
8  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Stanford on Somm on: July 23, 2021, 01:13:46 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.
9  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Coleridge-Taylor: Songs on: April 28, 2021, 08:57:34 am
No problem! My irritation was directed, not so much at you as at Orchid Classics whose blurb certainly implies ("To poetry by Christina Rossetti, Coleridge-Taylorís Six Sorrow Songs and A Lament are almost all world-premiere recordings") they are first recordings
10  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Coleridge-Taylor: Songs on: April 28, 2021, 08:14:44 am
"of the Six Sorrow Songs, only the fifth, Unmindful of the Roses, has been recorded before (by the baritone Arthur Reckless in March 1935)".

The complete cycle of Sorrow Songs, and also Lament, were recorded in 2012 by mezzo-soprano Elisabetta Paglia and the undersigned pianist as part of a disc dedicated to settings of Christina Rossetti (Sheva SHO 76). The disc is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.ca/My-Heart-Like-Singing-Bird/dp/B00E3QKX18, directly from the manufacturer  http://www.shevacollection.co.uk/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=74 and was reviewed favourably by MusicWeb http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2013/Aug13/Singing_bird_SH076.htm

I do wish people would do a minimum of googling before claiming first recordings. I seem to spend a certain amount of my time making first recordings, only to have other people come along later with claimed first recordings of the same pieces. I had another recent example of this with Stanford's Triumph of Love
11  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) on: January 29, 2021, 06:17:44 pm
Yes, I am the Chris Howell of the various discs of Stanford, Mackenzie and a few others.

I'd certainly be interested in doing some Cowen. It's great news that you've found the last volume of The Months, but is it on IMSLP yet? This would surely have to be the centrepiece of any Cowen CD.
12  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) on: January 29, 2021, 12:25:31 pm
Very interesting. Would it be possible to have details of the performers? I'm particularly curious about the Sorrow Songs, since some time ago I recorded on Sheva, with a mezzo-soprano, what I believed was the first recording of this cycle, so is yours from a disc I didn't know about or from a broadcast? In any case, I would be glad to know who the excellent tenor is. The cycle was also sung at the Wigmore Hall last year by Elizabeth Llewellen. A gorgeous voice but all a bit too fast and easy-flowing for me.
13  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Stanford Te Deum, Op.66 and Elegiac Ode, Op.21 on: January 23, 2021, 11:46:06 am
Thrilling news. Two of his finest works
14  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Stanford Songs by Roderick Williams on: January 23, 2021, 11:44:33 am
Exciting, certainly.
Unfortunately, Somm have claimed that the "Triumph of Love" cycle is a first recording whereas the following, I hope likewise exciting, disc containing the cycle has been available since last September: https://www.amazon.it/Stanford-Howell-Christopher-Paglia-Elisabetta/dp/B08CJ5PTWK
I have been in contact with Somm, who have assured me that the first recording claim will be removed from their future publicity.

Apart from the duplication, the two discs, between them, make available a goodly number of previously unrecorded songs
15  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: Alexander Campbell Mackenzie - Complete Piano Music on 3 CDs (Sheva Collection) on: August 22, 2019, 10:18:35 am
I've spoken to the Sheva Collection owner. Sheva discs are now distributed by Naxos. They've been going slowly over the summer period but the rhythm is about to increase and first Mackenzie should be available by the end of September.

If you're impatient, the first two volumes are available directly from Sheva here http://www.shevacollection.co.uk/modules/myalbum/viewcat.php?cid=1 and also downloads of the booklets. This part of the operation still runs from Italy, so you'd have to factor in the unreliable postal service, probably better to wait unless you live in Italy or a neighbouring country.
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