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 on: Today at 12:12:17 pm 
Started by cilgwyn - Last post by cilgwyn
The Devil's Wall (various soloist's) Prague National Theatre Chorus & Orchestra / Zdeněk Chalabala

     

Wow! This one's an absolute winner! Smiley I love Czech opera and I'm fast turning into a fan of Smetana's operatic output! (I'm also a big fan of Ma Vlast and the two string quartets). This opera,described as being "comic-romantic" is another one of those Czech operas with folk story inspired plots. According to the Gramophone review of this recording "The title refers to a group of strangely shaped rocks projecting from the Vltava, according to legend set there by the Devil so as to form a dam and flood the surrounding land". I had the opera on Lp whem I was young (see,above right) and you could see the rock on the front of the box! Unfortunately,it didn't make for very exciting artwork! Never mind! The old 1960 recording sounds even better in it's latest cd incarnation. I don't know exactly what Supraphon's engineers have done,but it never sounded quite as good as this when I heard it,all those years ago,on my Lp's. It sounds stunning. In fact,to all intent and purpose,the recording could have been made yesterday! And the score just is,to my ears at any rate,Smetana at his very,or at least,near best. No need to follow the libretto with music this rich in melody and colourful orchestration (what a master,Smetana was!). The soloist's are all superb as are the chorus. I do love these folksy operas with loads of villager's and other characters,seemingly ready to join in,at at the drop of a hat,with lusty choruses! If only life was like that! Love the artwork too and Supraphon's ingenious trick of using the rear of the libretto (one thin booklet for notes & a fat one for the libretto) as the artwork for the back of the jewel case. A lovely opera that deserves to be better known. Just sit back and enjoy! Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley

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 on: Today at 11:42:17 am 
Started by greek - Last post by cilgwyn
Another fine symphony by Spohr. People will say,it's not as good or profound as Beethoven's. Apart from the fact that not many symphonies are,does every symphony have to be epoch making to be an enjoyable or satisfying listen? Again,Spohr has his own individual sound world all his own. Some of the orchestration for No 5 is quite gorgeous. I would even go so far as to describe it as exquisite (the woodwind chirruping like birdsong). If there was a Mr Happy of classical music,Spohr's the man! His music has a genial,contented demeanour which just doesn't go down very well in these cynical times. Lovely music! Smiley

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 on: Today at 05:38:36 am 
Started by greek - Last post by greek
Spohr's fifth symphony is - like van Beethoven's - in C minor; it appeared in 1837 as opus 102.

There are four movements:

1. Andante - Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Scherzo
4. Presto

And it was again performed by Howard Shelley conducting the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.

https://ulozto.net/file/69U3DpXjvhVm/spsy5-flac


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 on: June 25, 2022, 10:54:18 pm 
Started by dhibbard - Last post by dhibbard
More info. here:
https://www.dacapo-records.dk/en/news/dacapo-records-enters-into-cooperation-with-legendary-orchestra-for-a-danish-outsiders-first


In June, Rued Langgaard’s Symphony no. 1 will be performed and recorded by the Berlin Philharmonic and the conductor Sakari Oramo, the setting being a mini-festival in Berlin about the composer. The recording will release in the autumn.


20 MAY 2022
The Danish composer Rued Langgaard (1893-1952) was an outsider in Danish musical life during his lifetime and only in recent years has he had his international breakthrough. Now Langgaard’s music is about to see another high-water mark when his Symphony no. 1 ‘Cliffside Pastorals’ is performed by the legendary Berlin Philharmonic at three concerts and recorded for Dacapo Records.



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 on: June 25, 2022, 10:20:43 pm 
Started by greek - Last post by cilgwyn
I do like allot of Spohr's music! Symphonies 1,3 and 4 are,particularly,fine! I have  heard that his symphonies lack depth. Well,okay you won't find Beethovenian profoundness. But Spohr was famous and widely performed in his day for a reason. He was a superb orchestrator & his music,once you get to know it,has a distinctive sound world unlike any of his contemporaries. He's also one of the warmest,happiest composers I have ever heard. His symphonies just seem to bubble with high spirits. His chamber music is excellent,too. A lovely composer. Howard Shelley's recordings for the Hyperion label are very good;but I must admit I,marginally,prefer Howard Griffiths Cpo cycle. Spohr deserves a reappraisal in the concert hall,too! His best music would just the ticket to lift the spirit of audiences in these glum times! The 'critics' would pick holes no doubt?! But when I think of the kind of pretentious,tripe they like?!!

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 on: June 25, 2022, 10:02:20 pm 
Started by kyjo - Last post by cilgwyn
Re: Coleridge-Taylor's Hiawatha trilogy!

This may be one bug I'm glad to contract,then?!! Grin Just out of interest! What do you think of the old,'classic' Sargent recording? I mean the stereo recording,not the 1929 recording,of course! (I looked the work up,today,on Wikipedia)

I also seem to recall having a 78rpm of Webster Booth singing "Onaway! Awake,Beloved. That record must have sold allot of copies! I gather that allot of people who didn't know a single note of anything else that Coleridge-Taylor wrote (or even who composed it!) got to know the song via that recording. A brief search with google brought up three other 78rpm records with Tudor Davies,John McHugh and,titter ye not Grin........Frank Titterton! Confusingly,for me,the same search brought up recordings of "Onaway! Awake,Beloved" sung by Mr Harry Dearth and Stanley Holloway (baritone). But,of course the music,in that instance,is by Frederic Cowen! Sargent recorded Hiawatha's Wedding Feast in 1929! So you could have listened to the whole piece on 78rpm records! Giving your right arm (or left?) a good ol' work-out in between sides! According to Wikipedia "Sargent recorded the Death of Minnehaha with the same choral and orchestral forces as for the 1929 Hiawatha's Wedding Feast". I had no idea he'd recorded the second part! But,when I looked it up,there it was in Sargent's discography!!
Incidentally,I found a photo of the radiogram my grandmother (my mum's mother) owned! (See below!) It was a beauty (albet,a bit of a monster!) I seem to recall people saying it had a nice (rich) sound to it!


     

Malcolm Sargent discography! https://en-academic.com/dic.nsf/enwiki/11682899#Discography


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 on: June 25, 2022, 05:36:24 pm 
Started by kyjo - Last post by Lionel Harrison

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Looking forward to hearing this! Smiley

I hope you catch the Coleridge-Taylor bug! This particular version of the virus does cause weeping eyes and a runny nose and so it's good that you have that industrial-strength roll of kitchen-wipe at hand. However, other strains of it can make your toes tap or else elevate your spirits (and your temperature)!

Once you've listened to Hiawatha, do post your reaction. I'd be intrigued to hear your views.


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 on: June 25, 2022, 04:03:27 pm 
Started by kyjo - Last post by cilgwyn

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Looking forward to hearing this! Smiley

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 on: June 25, 2022, 01:57:47 pm 
Started by kyjo - Last post by cilgwyn
Wel,I didn't have to worry too much about someone telling me it was rubbish,with the forum this quiet! (Although,someone may yet oblige?!! Grin) At this rate I might even get away with extolling my love of the creative output of Tikhon Khrennikov! Shocked Grin (If I had a pound for every locked thread that has resulted from the mere mention of his name?!!)

On a more positive note,I just bought a s/h copy of this 2 cd set,from a seller on Ebay Smiley!



Well, you won't be surprised to hear from me on this topic. Make sure you have plenty of hankies ready for The Death of Minnehaha. It would make a glass eye weep. Apparently, even Stanford blubbed when he heard it. One of my Desert Island discs, this.
Grin Luckily,I bought a big roll of triple-ply,extra strong kitchen roll yesterday! I could't resist this at the low price offered! (I logged back on after midnight,having resisted it! I was wondering if they'd lowered the price a bit more? Then I though,"Oh,what the he**!)  As you will know,the Argo set has been deleted & sellers ask exorbitant prices!) I've read your numerous posts about Coleridge-Taylor here! He also was an intriguing part of the English musical renaissance,as it often dubbed,and a glaring omission from my collection! And who could resist a box set with such colourful artwork?!! Hopefully,the nice booklet,notes and slip case intact?!! ( You can't be sure with some of the big sellers! Stock photos & everything marked,"Very good!")

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 on: June 25, 2022, 10:11:00 am 
Started by kyjo - Last post by Lionel Harrison
Wel,I didn't have to worry too much about someone telling me it was rubbish,with the forum this quiet! (Although,someone may yet oblige?!! Grin) At this rate I might even get away with extolling my love of the creative output of Tikhon Khrennikov! Shocked Grin (If I had a pound for every locked thread that has resulted from the mere mention of his name?!!)

On a more positive note,I just bought a s/h copy of this 2 cd set,from a seller on Ebay Smiley!



Well, you won't be surprised to hear from me on this topic. Make sure you have plenty of hankies ready for The Death of Minnehaha. It would make a glass eye weep. Apparently, even Stanford blubbed when he heard it. One of my Desert Island discs, this.

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