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« Reply #405 on: February 20, 2006, 01:52:43 AM »

  BTW, RVW is one of my faves, too--as are all the others mentioned except Finzi, of whom I've heard very little (only the Naxos disc with the cello cto).  What else might you recommend?

        Here are 2 discs you might check out. They are really collections with an outstanding assortment of works by British composers. The first one is pretty famous on this board:

       
       
        I count Dies Natalis as among the most beautiful works composed in the 20th century, but get it for Holst and VW as well. This really should be a GROC, because it actually is one.  Smiley

        Here's the 2nd one:

       
       
        Lo, The Full, Final Sacrifice is the one you should hear. But it's all good, especially RVWs Mass in G minor, though the performance isn't going to please everyone. Amazon has both discs here.
       
       
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« Reply #406 on: February 20, 2006, 02:39:33 AM »

I guess that's how it would be for an anglophone (and probably how VW himself would have pronounced it). But it seems to be a Welsh name. Do the Welsh pronounce differently?

I have a feeling that the first pronunciation that I found might be the English one and the second one the Welsh.  Smiley

I found it very strange that it should be a Welsh name. Just looking at it brings greek roots to mind.

Ah well, no matter anyway. I decided to shelve "Rhosymedre" until Fall and perform Verdi's "Grand March from Aida" in the Spring instead. That one I can pronounce! Thanks for your help, though.
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« Reply #407 on: April 04, 2007, 04:42:31 PM »

Shame to lose this big old thread - thought it best that I post this here. From Wikipedia:

"With the USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra [Gennady Rozhdestvensky] recorded all the symphonies of Shostakovich, Glazunov, Bruckner, Schnittke, Honegger, and Vaughan Williams."

Has anyone here heard any of these? I must admit that I am a little tired of hearing Anglophone takes on the works...
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« Reply #408 on: April 05, 2007, 12:05:12 AM »

Shame to lose this big old thread - thought it best that I post this here. From Wikipedia:

"With the USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra [Gennady Rozhdestvensky] recorded all the symphonies of Shostakovich, Glazunov, Bruckner, Schnittke, Honegger, and Vaughan Williams."

Has anyone here heard any of these? I must admit that I am a little tired of hearing Anglophone takes on the works...

I have heard some of the USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra [Gennady Rozhdestvensky] playing Bruckner (you can get them at BRO under the Russian Revelations label for about $3 or $4 per disc). There is nothing shocking other than the fact that the horns often couldn't play in tune and the only dynamics they observe are mezzo-forte, or the fact that the trumpets are pretty shrill. Other than that you pretty much get your garden-variety Bruckner. Don't know about the other composers, I have some DSCH recordings with the same group that I haven't gotten to yet.
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« Reply #409 on: April 05, 2007, 12:13:54 AM »

Truly, the brass can be a bitter pill in most of the historic Russian recordings.  And how can one's ears 'overlook' that awful tone, when it is the dominant feature of so many climactic moments?
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« Reply #410 on: April 05, 2007, 01:04:38 AM »

Truly, the brass can be a bitter pill in most of the historic Russian recordings.  And how can one's ears 'overlook' that awful tone, when it is the dominant feature of so many climactic moments?

Except a lot of these Russian Revelation recordings are made in the 1980's, which makes them not only un-historic but un-historical as well.
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