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Posted on 28 Sep 2012 17:23:50 BDT
Paul B says:
Aren't those Krommer concertos little gems. They remind me very much of the Mendelssohn double piano concertos. The only others I've tried so far are the three Webers and they too are full of personality. A great buy.

Posted on 29 Sep 2012 09:40:15 BDT
Malx says:
Paul B + Tch; my pleasure, my copy arrived on Thursday but has yet to make it on to the player. I already know most of the works, but at the price I couldn't let the opportunity pass to listen to some alternative takes. Your comments so far have enhanced my anticipation.

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Posted on 30 Sep 2012 11:27:12 BDT
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Posted on 30 Sep 2012 11:54:14 BDT
Malx says:
T,
If you are happy with mp3 files the complete Brautigam Mozart sonatas are available on Play.com (320kbps) for £7.99.

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Posted on 1 Oct 2012 10:18:53 BDT
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Posted on 1 Oct 2012 10:44:25 BDT
Ruud's recording of Tveitt are excellent and $5.34 is a bargain price. Anyone wanting the suites on CD should consider the Naxos discs from Engeset and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The coupling is different, Suites 2 (Mountain Songs) and 5 (Trolls) and Suites 1 (No theme) and 4 (Wedding).

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Posted on 3 Oct 2012 12:17:09 BDT
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JayJayDee says:
Half price full CD quality download from eclassical
Pickard's Flight of Icarus and Channel Firing
http://www.eclassical.com/composers/pickard-john/pickard-the-flight-of-icarus.html

This is approachable and exciting modern music.

Extract from Guy Rickards' review in the Gramophone in 2008......
'In many respects, The Flight of Icarus (1990) was John Pickard's breakthrough work, at least into the wider national consciousness, partly thanks to its London premiere at the 1996 Proms but also due to its clear structure, accessible (though not unchallenging) musical language and the sheer elan of its orchestral writing. Playing continuously, its three compelling sections are indicative of the ascent of Icarus and Daedalus from their Minoan confinement, their exhilarating albeit turbulent flight and Icarus's catastrophic fall, prompting a wonderfully direct, emotive elegy (all the more remarkable for a composer then just 27).'

'Icarus remains Pickard's best-known orchestral work, unjustly in my view since three years later he trumped it with Channel Firing, written in memory of his teacher,
William Mathias.'

'Inspired by Thomas Hardy's dark pre-Great War poem where the dead in a churchyard are a woken by naval gunnery practice and assume it is the Day of Judgement,
Pickard constructs a gripping symphonic poem : it is not time for the dead to be judged, Europe is not yet in the grip of war; but both are coming.'

'Separating these full-orchestral conceptions is a concerto for trombone, strings and percussion showing a quite different side to his musical character. Like Icarus, The Spindle of Necessity (1998) derives from Greek myth via Plato's Republic. Here the textures are often gossamer-thin, with light percussion interweaving with natural string overtones and translucent harmonies. Lindberg plays the emotionally detached solo part with consummate skill while Brabbins draws sensational playing from the Norrkoping Orchestra in what must have been terra incognita. BIS's sound as always is first rate. I cannot recommend this highly enough.'

Guy Rickards

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In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2012 00:23:28 BDT
Androcleas says:
Sounds interesting, JJD - is there any similarity with the music of Mathias - or is it more 'contemporary'?

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JayJayDee says:
>> Androcleas,
I'm not familiar with a sufficient range of Mathias' music to deliver a fair critical opinion on that question. This is a favourite of many Mathias - String Quartets Nos 1-3 and there is a similar combination of lyrical and dramatic gesture in Pickard - notwithstanding the different genres of string quartet and orchestral music.

Musical tastes have probably become broader since Mathias was composing music that didn't really take us beyond Walton (in the pieces I have heard). In the three Icarus album pieces Pickard is possibly targeting the next generation of the same sort of audience. Being a generation later Pickard is probably just about that degree more 'contemporary'.

I find the Pickard works to be very attractive, if not being 'captivated' as I have been by other recent acquaintances. And Pickard is not 'difficult' in the sense of being a tough listen. You don't get the impression that an effort has been made to make you think 'Oooh, that's modern!' That's usually the point within some (other) modernistic efforts when I consider going to feed that (non-existent) cat.
With the pieces on this disc, the extra information available online and within the booklet, especially re-acquaintance with the Hardy poem, serve as very useful 'ways in' to the music.

If anyone else has, say, a dozen or more works by each composer they may have a more informed view on the relationship between Pickard's output and that of his teacher; and I would happily defer to their informed opinion!

A by-product of this sort of purchase is a desire to explore more of Pickard's teacher's work, though I am not personally attracted to the 'churchy' pieces and will be selective...planning to go for more of the purely orchestral works William Mathias, Symphony No.1 and Symphony No.2 (Summer Music) and Symphony No. 3, Oboe Concerto, Requiescat, Helios

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2012 11:16:46 BDT
JJD sort of agree with you on the Mathias, generally find the Symphony No.3 disc quite rewarding, particularly Helios, but his Lux Aeterna I find to be 'merely' beautiful without being inspiring.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2012 11:24:13 BDT
JayJayDee says:
John, I'll adopt a posture with eyes closed, thumb and forefinger of left hand on either eyebrow and try my best!

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Posted on 9 Oct 2012 15:10:54 BDT
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Malx says:
Those looking for a bargain which features a relatively obscure composer (at least I had never heard of him) should visit play.com and search for Eugeniusz Morawski.
There is a download of three symphonic poems from the early 20th century by this Polish composer. I have enjoyed listening to them and would encourage everyone to give them a try. The first of the three, Don Quixote, to my ear has little nods in the direction of R Strauss (hardly a surprise) but there is definitely a distinctive voice in the music.
From what I can gather Morawski lost nearly all the scores of his many completed works in the devastation that hit Warsaw during the 2ndWW. The current recordings have been made possible by the dogged determination of Monika Wolinska, the conductor on the recordings.

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Posted on 11 Oct 2012 02:02:56 BDT
mancheeros says:
Marenzio's 6th Book of madrigals is going extraordinarily cheap secondhand. This edition appears to be the original Glossa release in sumptuous packaging with translations into four languages. A steal at this price (and no I'm not the seller!)...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B00005QCYN/ref=sr_1_3_olp?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1349917102&sr=1-3&condition=used
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