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1  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Piano quintets / Re: Peter Heise on: April 29, 2022, 08:19:14 pm
Substantional soundbites (2-3 minutes per movement) can be heard here
http://www.editionsilvertrust.com/heise-piano-quintet.htm

Edition Silvertrust produced the world premiere of the score and sheet music parts
http://www.editionsilvertrust.com/heise-piano-quintet.htm
2  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Piano quintets / Re: Sir Hamilton Harty on: April 22, 2022, 07:18:17 pm
He wrote first rate chamber music.
His 2 string quartets and piano quintet were recorded by the Goldner String Quartet on Hyperion
Sadly, the music has never been published but exists in manuscripts at the Queens University in Belfast. Apparently the recordings were possible because of copyists making parts for the performers, which is also what happened in the case of the recording on Youtube by the Jupiter Players.
3  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Piano quintets / Re: Lucien Durosoir on: April 21, 2022, 06:43:45 pm
Quite a lot of his chamber music has been recorded

String Quartet No.1 in f minor by Quatour Diotima on Alpha CD 125
String Quartet No.2 in d minor ditto
String quartet No.3 in g minor ditto
Piano Trio in b minor on Alpha CD 175
Piano Trio in d minor ditto
Idyll for Wind Quartet also on Alpha 175
Idyll for Wind Quintet ditto
Also several works for cello and piano, and voice with various strings on Alpha 175

But have been unable to locate sheet music parts. The website www.durosoir.com has scores, not parts, for sale.
4  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Emilie Mayer (1812-1883) on: April 18, 2022, 06:22:26 pm
She wrote a huge amount of chamber music, some of which is absolutely first rate and is now beginning to receive attention. Unfortunately, much of it remains in manuscript and has not yet received publication.
FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO
Violin Sonata in F Major, Op. 17
Violin Sonata in A Minor, Op. 18 Recorded on a Feminae CD 
Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 19 Recorded on a Feminae CD
Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 29
Notturno for Violin and Piano, Op. 48/2 Recorded on a CPO CD
Violin Sonata in D Minor
Violin Sonata in D Major
Violin Sonate in E-flat Major Recorded on a Feminae CD
FOR CELLO AND PIANO
Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 38
Cello Sonate in C Major, Op. 40
Cello Sonata in D Major, Op. 47
Cello Sonata in F Major
Cello Sonata in C Major
Cello Sonata in C Minor
Cello Sonata in D Minor
Cello Sonata in E Minor
Cello Sonata in A Major
Cello Sonata in B♭ Major
Cello Sonata in B♭ Major
Cello Sonata in B Minor
PIANO TRIOS
Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 12
Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 13 Recorded on a CPO CD
Piano Trio in E-flat Major
Piano Trio in E Minor
Piano Trio in A Minor
Piano Trio in B Minor, Op. 16 Recorded on a CPO CD
PIANO QUARTETS
Piano Quartet in E-flat Major Recorded on a CPO CD
Piano Quartet in G Major Recorded on a CPO CD
STRING QUARTETS
String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 14 Recorded on a CPO CD
String Quartet in F Major
String Quartet in D Minor
String Quartet in E Minor
String Quartet in G Major
String Quartet in B♭ Major
String Quartet in A Major
STRING QUINTETS
String Quintet in D Major
String Quintet in D Minor
5  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Berkeley, Sir Lennox on: April 18, 2022, 06:09:21 pm
I have performed his String Trio which is an appealing modern work. Also familiar with his String Quartet No.1 but not the last two.  The trio has been recorded at least twice. Once on an Altarus LP by the Thamyse String Trio and once on a Cadenza CD by the Heidelberger String Trio. All three of the string quartets were recorded by the Maggini String Quartet on a Naxos CD. And the New London Ensemble recorded his Quintet for Winds and Piano and a Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano on a Naxos CD. That trio certainly deserves concert performance since there are so few. And if a group were to perform the Brahms trio, they could add those of Holbrook and this Berkeley trio.
6  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935) & Reinhold Glière (1875-1956),too! on: March 22, 2022, 09:50:07 pm
Ippolitov-Ivanov if you are not familiar with his smaller works, you are missing out. For example

Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op.8
Spanish Serenade for Viola and Piano (1897)
String Quartet in a minor, Op.13
Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op.9
An Evening in Georgia, Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon & Piano, Op.71

There are recordings of all but the string quartet and piano quartet. Soundbites of the string quartet can be heard on the Edition Silvertrust website  http://www.editionsilvertrust.com/ippolitov-Ivanov-string-qt.htm  And a movement of the piano quartet is on Youtube.

As for Gliere, in my opinion, without any doubt, his best music is his chamber music
His four string quartets and three string sextets for which he won several prizes. While the sextets were composed when he was a yount man, the quartets were composed throughout his life and it is interesting to see how he evolved under the Soviet Stalinist regime. The first two were written in Tsarist Russian, the last two in Soviet times.



7  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Dora Pejačević the talented composer who impressed Nikisch! on: March 22, 2022, 09:42:57 pm
Dora Pejačevič (1885-1923 until recently spelled Pejacsevich) was born in Budapest, the daughter of an important Croatian aristocrat. Her mother had been a pianist. She studied piano and violin locally before attending various conservatories. At the Munich Conservatory she studied composition with Walter Courvoisier and violin with Henri Petri, although it has been said that she was mostly self-taught. Today, she is considered one Croatia's most important 20th century composers and many of her works, during her lifetime, enjoyed considerable success and were performed throughout Germany, Austria, Hungary and the rest of the Habsburg Empire.

Her chamber music is first rate. There are CDs on the CPO label of her Piano Trio, her Piano Quartet and some violin sonatas. Some soundbites can be heard at
http://www.editionsilvertrust.com/pejacevic-piano-trio.htm   and

http://www.editionsilvertrust.com/pejacevic-piano-qt.htm
8  MEMBERS' CORNER / Miscellany / Re: Another good forum is the GMG Classical Music Forum on: March 22, 2022, 05:57:37 pm
"What's wrong with this one"....The fact that almost every post is "What are you listening to now" with no mention of any composer's name or names. TOTALLY UNINFORMATIVE. Maybe you do not want anyone to know

You could, for example, at least write something like I am listening to a string quartet by Dmytro Klebanov or symphony No.39 by Mozart etc etc
9  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Dora Pejačević the talented composer who impressed Nikisch! on: February 28, 2022, 05:21:27 pm
Dora Pejačevič (1885-1923 until recently spelled Pejacsevich) was born in Budapest, the daughter of an important Croatian aristocrat. Her mother had been a pianist. She studied piano and violin locally before attending various conservatories. At the Munich Conservatory she studied composition with Walter Courvoisier and violin with Henri Petri, although it has been said that she was mostly self-taught. Today, she is considered one Croatia's most important 20th century composers and many of her works, during her lifetime, enjoyed considerable success and were performed throughout Germany, Austria, Hungary and the rest of the Habsburg Empire. She is said to have died either in or from the complications of child birth.

There are recordings of her piano trio Op.15 and her piano quartet op.25. In her short life, she cranked out a respectable amount of work including 2 string quartets, a symphony, lots of songs and sonatas.

You can, if interested hear soundbites of her piano trio and quartet at the links below
http://www.editionsilvertrust.com/pejacevic-piano-trio.htm
http://www.editionsilvertrust.com/pejacevic-piano-qt.htm
10  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Vilém Blodek (1834-1974) Yet another talented Czech composer who died too young! on: February 27, 2022, 01:41:20 am
What short live?? He appears to have lived 140 years. (1834-1974). Pretty good innings I would say...
11  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Oskar Nedbal (1874-1930) Another talented composer who died too young! on: February 23, 2022, 06:01:23 pm
Oskar Nedbal (1874-1930) was born in the Czech town of Tabor. He studied violin and composition, the latter with Dvorak, at the Prague Conservatory. A fine violinist, he was a founding member of the famous Bohemian String Quartet and also served as conductor of the Prague Philharmonic for over a decade. He mostly wrote operettas and ballets. Surprisingly, he did not write a complete string quartet, although the original Valse Noble appears to have been for string quartet if the undated manuscript in the Austrian National Library is to be trusted. Interestingly, he wrote a piece Lettres Intime (intimate letters) bearing the same title Janacek would later use for his string quartet.

He wrote a very effective violin sonata. The Sonata in b minor was completed in 1894 and is an example not only of Nedbal's gift for melody but also the stylistic excellence of his writing. If interested you can listen to soundbites here: http://www.editionsilvertrust.com/nedbal-vln-sonata.htm

Obviously not a very happy man to jump out of a window, certainly a painful way to go. Seems to be a favorite passtime with Czechs. (q.v. The defenestration of Prague) Maybe he was upset about not being first violin in the Bohemian String Quartet. He played viola. Karel Hoffmann played first violin, Josef Suk played second.

 
12  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Zdeněk Fibich (1850-1900) A short life,but a productive one! on: February 17, 2022, 05:16:54 am
Rubinstein's situation was somewhat different than Fibich's. Don't think Fibich had to deal with his fellow countrymen not thinking he was a Czech. Maybe just his music wasn't Slavic enough for the Czech nationalist music critics in late 19th century.

But poor Rubinstein. He often said, "To the Russians, I am a German. To the Germans I am a Russian. To the Christians I am a Jew, and to the Jews, I am a Christian."

I think Mahler said something rather like that too. He converted so that he could be appointed conductor of the Vienna Phil and Staatsoper orchestra. Rubinstein didn't because his parents converted before he was born I think.
13  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Zdeněk Fibich (1850-1900) A short life,but a productive one! on: February 16, 2022, 05:42:07 pm
Zdenek Fibich could well be called the third of the so-called Big Three of 19th century Czech composers, the other two being Smetana and Dvorak. That Fibich is not as well known as the other two is not because his music was in any way inferior, but simply because he lived during a time of extreme national consciousness and unlike Dvorak and Smetana, he did not choose only to write in a purely Czech idiom. Rather, his music, though exhibiting Slavic elements, is more typically Central European in sound. This reflects his background. One of his parents was Czech, the other an Austrian German. His education was at both Czech and German schools. He studied at the famous Leipzig Conservatory then spent a year in Paris. Hence Fibich, in contrast to either Dvorak or Smetana, was the product of two cultures, German and Czech. His instrumental works are generally in the vein of the German romantics such as Mendelssohn, Schumann and Wagner.

His chamber music is first rate. He has a piano trio, a piano quartet, 2 string quartets and a set of variations for string quartet. But perhaps the most interesting and unusual is his wonderful Op.42 Quintet for Piano, Violin, Cello, Clarinet and Horn. He also arranged it, very successfully I might add, for standard string quintet. You can, if you choose, here soundbites here: http://www.editionsilvertrust.com/fibich-piano-quintet.htm  Or you can hear the entire work on Youtube.
14  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) on: February 15, 2022, 03:57:18 am
Yes, that's the one. Glenda did her number. Say what you will about Monsewer Russell's talents, but you must admit that some of those scenes were extraordinarily powerful and at least in my memory were etched despite the fact that I have not seen that film for 40 years, and only saw it once...

A pity Tch could not have found a more suitable 'beard'...
15  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) on: February 14, 2022, 06:01:37 pm
P.I.T did not have much nice to say about J.B. of whom he was jealous.

Ken Russell made a rather lurid film The Music Lovers which involved Tch and his relationship with wife. Very powerful in parts, e.g. the scene where Mrs Tch, a nymphomaniac, sits knickerless on a prison grate as prisoners reach for her. However, there is some great music played in the score...
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