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I think the string quartets of Novak have been inadequately represented on LP and CD. The 1st is a gem (the old Supraphon recording); the 2nd is readily available on a Centaur CD, played by the Kubin Qt.; but the 3rd is unknown to me. It's a poor showing for such fine music.

New Recordings & Broadcasts / Re: R. Sacheverell Coke Concertos at last?
« on: Sunday 15 October 2017, 12:51 »
Thanks, Gareth. Definitely another for the 'wants list'. :)

Composers and Music / Re: Eduard Strauss (1835-1916)
« on: Tuesday 03 October 2017, 07:31 »
Hurrah - more to add to my Strauss collection!  :)

New Recordings & Broadcasts / Re: Reber Symphony No.4
« on: Thursday 17 August 2017, 00:55 »
Thanks for this thread; I had never heard of Reber. I  think Mark summed up this symphony with his usual precision. It is most enjoyable, and has a 'change in the air but not sure where it's leading' mid-century feel! The finale is fun, as Alan said, and sounds to me as if it owes a debt to Mendelssohn, among others. The Beethovenian ending must surely raise a smile!

New Recordings & Broadcasts / Re: Sterndale Bennett Piano Sonata, Op.13
« on: Thursday 17 August 2017, 00:40 »
I wonder how it compares to the old Ilona Prunyi recording on Marco Polo. Her Bennett recordings seemed to be pretty well received at the time.

Composers and Music / Re: Article on George F. Bristow
« on: Wednesday 16 August 2017, 03:25 »
And it's also a reminder to listen again to the 4th Symphony, aware now of the account in the article.

Having just listened to the 4th, I must say how much the 'Indian War Dance' sounds like a boisterous interlude from G&S. I think these Indians escaped from The Mikado;D

Composers and Music / Re: Benoit "Benno" Hollander (1853-1942)
« on: Wednesday 16 August 2017, 03:13 »
I suppose the absence of answers constitutes a "no we don't, Gareth"!  ;)

Composers and Music / Re: Eduard Strauss (1835-1916)
« on: Monday 14 August 2017, 22:27 »
It's good to be reminded that there is a lot more to Eduard than the fun Bahn Frei.

New Recordings & Broadcasts / Re: More Tovey from Guild
« on: Monday 14 August 2017, 22:21 »
That's a well picked-up thread, Alan - seven years down the track!

I find Tovey's chamber music especially enjoyable. The String Quartet in G major is indeed a delight, and (to my ears, at least) something of a paean, albeit a reserved one and as you say, Mark, perhaps rather too consistently moderato, to Haydn. I don't know if that would have been a conscious process or if Tovey was just inevitably reflecting his love of the master. If the Piano Trio is as good, then this is another item for the wants list. :)

New Recordings & Broadcasts / Re: Holdridge Conducts Holdridge
« on: Tuesday 08 August 2017, 05:16 »
" they do anything more than stitch together a few attractive episodes to make a longer concert work?"

That perhaps needs a thread of its own, and I can imagine it getting decidedly heated and off topic (although it need not  ;D).

As for Holdridge, he certainly offers more than film music, but as to its quality I can't say - as I am one of those who likes large helpings of musical candy-floss between the demanding doses of Shostakovich symphonies and Beethoven string quartets!  ;)

Composers and Music / Re: Unsung concerts 2017
« on: Friday 04 August 2017, 01:24 »
I hope my fellow administrators will forgive an aside in response to half-empty concert halls, and as a sign of the times: I watch the UK quiz programme "Pointless" and I am always interested to hear what contestants will know when classical music questions come up. Last week they were asked to provide first names of seven or so famous composers - including Beethoven, Gershwin, Britten, and Elgar. To my amazement, some contestants knew none of the answers, and the only answer one fellow could muster was that Gershwin was called William. Interestingly, the best-known first name obtained from a randomly selected group of 100 people was that of Britten! Questions about the minute details of the personal life and music of 'boy bands', on the other hand, present no problems.

The level of knowledge about classical music is generally appalling. It gets no better on "Eggheads", with bright university students claiming never to have heard of Prokofiev or Brahms! No wonder classical concerts are so poorly attended. Classical music just isn't part of most people's lives.  :(


Composers and Music / Re: Leopoldine Blahetka 1811-1887
« on: Thursday 03 August 2017, 13:42 »
There's a couple of enjoyable performances of her charming Variations for Flute & Piano, Op.39 on YT.

Composers and Music / Re: Hans Huber Piano Concerto No 4
« on: Thursday 03 August 2017, 13:31 »
Whoops, I completely missed that last movement. Thanks, Gareth!

Composers and Music / Re: Isabella Beaton 1870-1929
« on: Thursday 03 August 2017, 13:29 »
A little more information here:
and here

I like this line in the latter:
She is a lady of rare talent, ceaseless industry, and a favorite everywhere. Nature and effort combine to give her a first place in many superiorities.  ;D

Composers and Music / Re: Hans Huber Piano Concerto No 4
« on: Monday 31 July 2017, 00:19 »
Richard, a comment on the YT page says:

The movement titles are:
1. Allegro vivacissimo
2. Scherzo - fantastique
3. Intermezzo (very brief; just one page in the score for quatre-mains)

No doubt one of our members will give an authoritative ruling!

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