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Initial post: 14 Jun 2014 19:26:16 BDT
Building on an interesting suggestion by kenpat in another thread: are there composers or particular works which you've discovered/rediscovered as a result of a discussion here and, if so, which ones?

Posted on 14 Jun 2014 19:40:37 BDT
Lez Lee says:
Definitely but I can't remember which! I have wondered about this before, and I know most of my non-classical discoveries but this is more difficult. I'll get back to you!

Posted on 14 Jun 2014 19:47:19 BDT
Malx says:
Two specific discs spring to mind amongst loads of others that will probably get stuck in the grey quagmire in my head, but here's a start:

20th Century British Ballets recommended by Nick, works I had never heard or in two cases heard of, maybe not first division material but certainly worth investigating.

Furtwängler Conducts Brahms and Beethoven recommended by Piso name changed to Edgar Self, when asking about Brahms symphony sets worth investigating.

Posted on 14 Jun 2014 20:06:52 BDT
MacDoom says:
I don't think I would ever have heard of or anything by either Sviridov or André Mathieu without, again, Piso! I'm sure that there's plenty more, but this was the first to spring to mind.

Posted on 14 Jun 2014 20:11:47 BDT
Lez Lee says:
Yes, Sviridov is one of mine too, though I had heard something on Classic FM of all places!
Pity he's usually expensive.

Posted on 14 Jun 2014 20:36:36 BDT
Gernsheim's my nomination, courtesy largely of the recently departed (I still hope not permanently) Peter O'Malley. The second piano quintet in B minor in particular is a super piece and a real favourite of mine already.

Posted on 15 Jun 2014 09:31:42 BDT
Mondoro says:
I think the experiences of Adam Jackson (alas a rare visitor these days) few years back are instructive: several posters advised him on the range of CM that might be of interest to him as an enquirer and he came back on several of these suggestions.

Posted on 15 Jun 2014 11:25:45 BDT
A while ago there was a mild mania for obscure Scandinavians. I knew about Holmboe but don't recall ever hearing any of his music; I tried it and wasn't as enthusiastic as other posters. I tried Pettersson but it didn't lead anywhere. I am, however, grateful for the discovery of Langgaard. Tveitt was an even greater find but wasn't recommended in the forum; he seemed to pop up in Amazon as a result of other purchases.

In recent weeks Arnold's 9th Symphony, Korngold's Abschiedslieder and the Bernstein/RVW disc have all been purchased after reading about them here.

Posted on 15 Jun 2014 17:51:25 BDT
enthusiast says:
I've been away in the wilds of Zambia for a while and catching up with the activity on the forum on my return looks like quite a task so I am starting with this nice new thread. The thing I most value the forum for is its ability to point me in rewarding new directions. Craig Sheppard in Bach is something I would never have tried without this forum. And I certainly came to Pettersson earlier than I would otherwise have done (unlike Geoffrey I like his music more and more). I was less of a Shostakovich fan when I first came here and the forum played a role in rebuilding my respect and love for his music. And there have been many explorations that I have started with help asked for (and usually received) from the forum.

There must be a lot more - perhaps I'll post again if I remember others that became big for me - and, like Geoffrey, there have also been dead ends for me too.

Posted on 15 Jun 2014 22:39:05 BDT
Mondoro says:
The other way of finding out (and listening to) new music is via You Tube. This was after someone suggested the Scandinavian Atterberg was worth investigating (which he was). On the way, I came across another composer on You Tube, the Finn Erkki Melartin and his symphonies, a valuable find.

enthusiast, where did you go in Zambia?

Posted on 15 Jun 2014 22:46:59 BDT
MacDoom says:
Madetoja was another one for me. And (believe it or not) Bach. I had made some (but very little) inroads before getting acquantied to Ivo Janssen's recordings through the forum. Those worked fo rme!

Posted on 15 Jun 2014 23:07:44 BDT
Lez Lee says:
Weinberg was one for me, but it might have been from the US forum.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2014 19:11:10 BDT
enthusiast says:
Sorry, Mondoro - I missed your question until now. I went to mostly to Chipata (on the border with Malawi). Do you know Zambia?

Posted on 15 Oct 2014 22:44:46 BDT
Edgar Self says:
Suggestions and recommendations are like baptisms or vaccinations: some take, some don't. Others just form scabs. Butit's a two-way street, and I've made many discoveries here and found answers to my questions. Castillon's pianoconcefrto, agood version of Monteverdi's "Vespers of 1610), the symphonies of Marcel Tyberg, and manygood recommendations of piano music from Harry are some that I remember. And Lez Lee, always helpful withresearch and books.
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