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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: New Releases
« Last post by ritter on Today at 11:35:37 PM »
The thing I do like in this set is the choice for the front cover

The great wave off Kanagawa by the 19th century japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai.  The original is at the Rijksmuseum.  It is the artist view of a Tsunami

Mais oý sont les neiges d'antan?  ;)
My listening over the weekend

All excellent, with a special mention for Cartellieri.
Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Last post by Jo498 on Today at 10:54:05 PM »
I do not have conclusive evidence but I am pretty sure that there was no complete Badura-Skoda on Westminster

According to the following there was a mid-50s cycle on Intercord/MHS, though:
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by kyjo on Today at 09:35:56 PM »
Earlier, Respighi's Vetrate di chiesa (Church Windows):

That last movement, in particular, is simply magnificent!
Composer Discussion / Re: Gimme Gimme Merikanto!!
« Last post by springrite on Today at 09:23:48 PM »
Well, the two PCs on that CD is very much like the sofa on the cover: comfy but not distinctive.
Composer Discussion / Re: Gimme Gimme Merikanto!!
« Last post by SymphonicAddict on Today at 09:21:16 PM »
Thanks anyway for listening :) We're all moved by different things and that's what makes a forum like this so interesting.

I canít help but nod my head in agreement with you here. I found both PCs on this disc to be rather unmemorable. But, of course, one manís garbage is another manís treasure. We all like different things.

Agreed with both!
I saw that discussion in that forum, too. I think that a considerable number of those members are newbies, they don't know many works about Holst or other composers {because the majority of them seem to only listen to Mozart, Bach and Beethoven ;D as I've seen many times [unpopular opinion alert (?)]}. Of course Holst is not a one hit wonder composer. His choral works are outstanding enough, not saying of his orchestral music or band music.
If you have a second and third hit (like the two military suites, which are a mainstay of repertoire for the wind orchestra/band), how can someone be a one hit wonder?!? it's true that most of the rest is less known, but some of it is really fantastic (like the songs/part-songs). I also like the Perfect Fool, from which the ballet music is pretty well known too. 

Certainly, the success of the Planets outstrips the rest of what he composed. But I feel the idea of 'one-trick pony' is just a way for people to put Holst down (and perhaps raise themselves up). I also feel that because some people think some of his output doesn't sound like the Planets, it is therefore somehow inferior.  He's not the only one to have issues like that. Some of his works are certainly less melodic and thus (perhaps) less accessible.
The Diner / Re: One Word Posts
« Last post by LKB on Today at 07:52:39 PM »
Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
« Last post by Todd on Today at 07:48:03 PM »
Are the 3 sonatas in this set part of the cycle?

No, those are later.  His cycle was released in 1969/70 on Valois. 
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