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« Reply #3285 on: December 11, 2021, 11:48:26 pm »

Radio Romania International on 7220khz shortwave!

I've got my shortwave communications portable radio on,with telescopic aerial fully extended! Reception good,with some fading!  They seem to cram virtually every single subject you can think of into this 54 min (odd) magazine style broadcast! I'm looking forward to the Romanian folk music segment. A Romanian knees-up must be fun,judged by the general fiery,up tempi style music they play! Do they ever do slow?!! Shocked Grin The English have Morris Dancing,the Welsh have (trying to think?!! Undecided).

Incidentally,I could be listening to this in crystal clear sound via the internet! Shocked Grin
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« Reply #3286 on: December 11, 2021, 11:57:01 pm »

You'll be wearing the headphones out and risking brown-tape entanglement at this rate (I can recommend some ointment). Keep going! Blomstedt's Mathis der Maler is splendid. You've inspired me to revisit



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Very nice! Smiley I enjoyed the music on the other side of the cassette,too! (Trauermusik & Symphonic Metamorphosis) In fact,I was so impressed I predict more expense! But I'm a grown up man,I can resist!! Undecided Grin


Ah,the folk music segment! More fiery,up-tempi Romanian folk music playing now & a lady singing! Can I join in?!! Smiley Smiley Smiley  (Morris dancing!! Roll Eyes)
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« Reply #3287 on: December 12, 2021, 03:16:07 pm »



No doubt many a bum-note. Hey, it's Baroque, blame it on unequal temperament.

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

I think Mrs Mills could do a better job of Handel. A stride-piano rendition of The Harmonious Blacksmith or The Clinically-Insane Tunesmith would go down a treat. Uh-oh, speaking of which...



...it looks more like a day out from the local asylum, methinks (I hope those are balloons they're holding).

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But then, who could possibly resist

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« Reply #3288 on: December 12, 2021, 06:24:28 pm »

But then, who could possibly resist



I certainly could!
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« Reply #3290 on: December 14, 2021, 09:39:47 pm »



Like a big box of the best possible chocolate's! Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley   
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« Reply #3291 on: December 14, 2021, 09:44:17 pm »



Scoff this one too quickly and you might explode! Shocked Grin (Apollo and the Seaman next please,Cpo!)
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« Reply #3292 on: December 14, 2021, 11:10:38 pm »

Thank Dog somebody's still alive out there. The Marx Herbstsymphonie is quite wonderful and just goes to show how little we know about this repertoire. I would also recommend Hausegger's Natursymphonie as a companion...



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« Reply #3293 on: December 15, 2021, 08:18:54 am »



Scoff this one too quickly and you might explode! Shocked Grin (Apollo and the Seaman next please,Cpo!)

I couldn't agree more about Marx. Glorious stuff! I have both the CDs you pictured and I can't understand why he's not better known.
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« Reply #3294 on: December 17, 2021, 12:41:21 am »

Yes,glorious stuff,indeed! Smiley What a wallow! And the big surprise when first listened to this cd (and the Herbstsymphonie is a rather big surprise!) was how well it all seems to hang together. Underneath all the extravagance there is a real feeling of symphonic growth. There's none of that feeling of,yes it's all very lovely to listen to,but is  it really going anywhere?! I can't help thinking it is a late romantic masterpiece. And what a fabulous performance and recording! The Piano concerto is another glorious wallow! Indeed,the mind boggles at the neglect of such a talent! And I musn't forget the Korngold! Another romantic masterpiece! (More korn than gold indeed!! Angry Roll Eyes)

Yes,who knows what treasure is out there?!! Imagine Holbrooke's Apollo and the Seaman in such glorious sound and in such a fine performance! It's just waiting to be recorded!!
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« Reply #3295 on: December 17, 2021, 12:53:34 am »



A different sort of composer,but there is glorious music making here as well! I was right about that cassette of Hindemith leading to more expense! Roll Eyes Grin I've been stocking up with some of his music & also,his own recording's. His music seems to have fallen into neglect,sadly! Yet,he was once regarded as a major figure. (Honegger is another one!)
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« Reply #3296 on: December 17, 2021, 02:35:02 pm »

Yes,who knows what treasure is out there?!! Imagine Holbrooke's Apollo and the Seaman in such glorious sound and in such a fine performance! It's just waiting to be recorded!!

Until such things are recorded, broadcast or at least given a modern performance, hardly anybody knows anything about them. Thinking of the Cyril Scott series on Chandos, the John Foulds series on Dutton, the Bantock series on Hyperion and the Daniel Jones series on Lyrita (just four examples) I doubt whether we'd have them without the informed enthusiasm of Martyn Brabbins, Ronald Corp, Vernon Handley and Bryden Thomson. Many listeners who don't read music or have access to specialist libraries are effectively cut-off from obscure repertoire until it pops up on the radio or is issued commercially and publicised. Reading a score or poking around a dusty archive is obviously no substitute for a great rendition by top-flight performers with a passion for their work. There are still wonderfully enterprising releases that burst forth, such as the recent Havergal Brian Faust from Dutton and the Cipriani Potter disc from CPO, but we all no doubt have our wish-lists. The issue of "when is enough enough?" is sometimes raised, but to my mind enough is never enough...unless it's another bloody Beethoven symphony cycle.

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« Reply #3297 on: December 17, 2021, 06:14:13 pm »

Yes,who knows what treasure is out there?!! Imagine Holbrooke's Apollo and the Seaman in such glorious sound and in such a fine performance! It's just waiting to be recorded!!

Until such things are recorded, broadcast or at least given a modern performance, hardly anybody knows anything about them. Thinking of the Cyril Scott series on Chandos, the John Foulds series on Dutton, the Bantock series on Hyperion and the Daniel Jones series on Lyrita (just four examples) I doubt whether we'd have them without the informed enthusiasm of Martyn Brabbins, Ronald Corp, Vernon Handley and Bryden Thomson. Many listeners who don't read music or have access to specialist libraries are effectively cut-off from obscure repertoire until it pops up on the radio or is issued commercially and publicised. Reading a score or poking around a dusty archive is obviously no substitute for a great rendition by top-flight performers with a passion for their work. There are still wonderfully enterprising releases that burst forth, such as the recent Havergal Brian Faust from Dutton and the Cipriani Potter disc from CPO, but we all no doubt have our wish-lists. The issue of "when is enough enough?" is sometimes raised, but to my mind enough is never enough...unless it's another bloody Beethoven symphony cycle.

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« Reply #3298 on: December 17, 2021, 09:05:42 pm »

Yes,who knows what treasure is out there?!! Imagine Holbrooke's Apollo and the Seaman in such glorious sound and in such a fine performance! It's just waiting to be recorded!!

Until such things are recorded, broadcast or at least given a modern performance, hardly anybody knows anything about them. Thinking of the Cyril Scott series on Chandos, the John Foulds series on Dutton, the Bantock series on Hyperion and the Daniel Jones series on Lyrita (just four examples) I doubt whether we'd have them without the informed enthusiasm of Martyn Brabbins, Ronald Corp, Vernon Handley and Bryden Thomson. Many listeners who don't read music or have access to specialist libraries are effectively cut-off from obscure repertoire until it pops up on the radio or is issued commercially and publicised. Reading a score or poking around a dusty archive is obviously no substitute for a great rendition by top-flight performers with a passion for their work. There are still wonderfully enterprising releases that burst forth, such as the recent Havergal Brian Faust from Dutton and the Cipriani Potter disc from CPO, but we all no doubt have our wish-lists. The issue of "when is enough enough?" is sometimes raised, but to my mind enough is never enough...unless it's another bloody Beethoven symphony cycle.

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... from which heaven preserve us!

I somehow doubt that Heaven will. At least 2022 is largely bereft of big-name anniversaries, excepting the well-merited celebration of RVW's 150th...

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...oh, and then there's that Joachim chappy at 200, bless 'im: no doubt the ginger ale will be flowing in carefully-measured abundance over at another place.

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Proms 2022, "Ralph and Raff", c'mon BBC get it sorted!
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« Reply #3299 on: December 18, 2021, 10:58:11 pm »



Neglect can happen to a big name,it seems! Hindemith seems to be costing me a bit of money,currently! Sad I should never have played that Hindemith cassette,should I?! Roll Eyes Grin But,listening to this,and some of the music here,I really can't see why anyone would regard his music as "dry"! This music is full of interesting orchestration and always absorbing. I am impressed by both these symphonies. At times beautiful. At others,thrilling,majestic! Always approachable!
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