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Jolly Roger
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« Reply #45 on: July 28, 2013, 10:04:11 pm »

Spot-on, Maris. I am seriously wondering whether Heymann has heard any of Sulek's music....had he heard it, I'd think he'd be jumping all over conductors and orchestras to record it, such is its quality! I would find it hard to believe if Heymann actually disliked Sulek's music, but perhaps he does Undecided We need to start a Sulek society!

Well, I tried - I posted Šulek's 6th on his wall a few months ago Grin Probably he did not bother to hear it, but if others have, then who knows. To be fair, Heymann created HNH in the first place and his economic model allowed to record things one would never have dreamt of seeing distributed on that scale. He could still revive his "Patrimoine" series: sell the Šulek at low price in Croatia, at full price elsewhere for a start and see what happens. This being said, Šulek's symphonies, more than most I think, demand top class orchestras and conductors who really believe in them. Horvat would have been great, but he probably stopped conducting by now. Pavle Dešpalj can be excellent when he is inspired. Then, one would need the Vienna Philharmonic, or a Zagreb Philharmonic with plenty of rehearsing time Smiley CPO is more likely to go there, their recording of Dora Pejačević's symphony is a bit slow but does justice to many beautiful orchestral details.

Then we also need a complete series of Ivan Brkanović's symphonies. This is completely different music, more elemental and archaic in a way, but very strong and profound. Amazingly tempi differ widely from one performance to another.
Your point about Sulek's music requiring skilled musicians is very well taken, I the Czech or Slovak Orchestras would also do it justice providing the right conductor was at the helm. I also wonder if Sulek could bring Dutton out of their present agonizing doldrums.
And there are possibly Croatian-Amercian groups, and why has no one set up a Sulek Musical Society? 
BBC or Swedish radio sometimes also take more adventurous paths..BBC did have a program on Croatian music, but Suleks music was too lengthy I suspect.
Perhaps international corporate interests in Craotia would be helpful allies?
For some strange reason, I have had little reaction from Rob Barrett..Just some bland statements about the music being tragic and written in hard times.
He was to let me know his sentiments on the Violin Concerto, but have not heard back.
His background and musical preferences are much in tune with mine:
and his email

Go figure..

Ivan Brkanović's music is totally unknown to me..are there examples to be found?
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