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1  Various types of music / Operas / Re: Franz Schreker - der Ferne Klang on: July 04, 2022, 01:26:43 pm
Alternatively, you could easily access a number of Schreker scores over at IMSLP -

https://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Schreker,_Franz

 :)

Thanks! Much easier than the ulozto shenanigans. I have followed your recommendations and ordered the three opera recordings second-hand (so no chocolate mousse for me this week)!
2  Various types of music / Individual composers / Re: Franz Schreker (1878-1934) on: July 02, 2022, 10:23:27 pm
At one time (the early 1920s), Schreker was ranked with Richard Strauss amongst the most prominent Austro-German composers of opera, his three greatest triumphs being Der ferne Klang (1903-10), Die Gezeichneten (1911-15) and Der Schatzgraber (1915-18). All being written to his own libretto they mostly dealt in quite daring (for the time) eroticism and decadence: perhaps part of their appeal to post-war audiences craving escapism.

Oo, that sounds right up my street! Thanks for the tip-off.
3  Various types of music / Individual composers / Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) on: July 02, 2022, 04:41:07 pm
As I'm currently blasting my ear-drums with Das Wunder der Heliane, I just love Korngold more and more. A child prodigy who dazzled Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler, he wrote some amazing orchestral scores and fantastic operas including Die Tote Stadt before fleeing the Nazi regime (only just in time) and supplying Hollywood with some of the finest film scores of the 1940s. Late works like the Violin Concerto and Symphony are superbly crafted late-Romanticism tinged with a very personal chromatic twist. Any other fans?

 ;)

Very much so. I love the film scores, the Violin Concerto and the Symphony, although I have to admit that I don't know the operas. Also not to be missed is the chamber music: a remarkable Piano Quintet, the String Sextet in D major and three equally fine string quartets. So Korngold was not dependent on glamorous orchestration to make his mark..

Absolutely, an all-round virtuoso. The operas are worth getting to know (the scoring of Heliane is stupendous), but opera ain't everyone's cup of tea (as you know I prefer 9% Karpackies to chamber music any day). My three favourite composers of the ilk are Franz Schreker, Alexander von Zemlinsky and Korngold...

 ;)

Now you're getting my juices flowing (musically, of course). I don't know anything about Schreker or Zemlinsky, but I'll certainly pop them on my to-do list, along with so much else!
4  Various types of music / Individual composers / Re: Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) on: July 02, 2022, 04:02:51 pm
As I'm currently blasting my ear-drums with Das Wunder der Heliane, I just love Korngold more and more. A child prodigy who dazzled Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler, he wrote some amazing orchestral scores and fantastic operas including Die Tote Stadt before fleeing the Nazi regime (only just in time) and supplying Hollywood with some of the finest film scores of the 1940s. Late works like the Violin Concerto and Symphony are superbly crafted late-Romanticism tinged with a very personal chromatic twist. Any other fans?

 ;)

Oo, yes! Those wonderful Errol Flynn movies never fail to get me all of a tingle, especially when he's swash-buckling aboard ship or prancing around in tights in Sherwood Forest. I'll try and have a listen to more of Korngold now I come to think of it, where would you suggest I start?
5  Linguistics / English grammar / Re: Analysis on: July 01, 2022, 06:10:17 pm

As a new member, and being something of a cunning linguist myself, I was wondering the same thing.

 :)
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