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Re: Australian Composers
« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2020, 10:24:27 PM »
Just watched Dean's opera Hamlet. Quite like it.
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Re: Australian Composers
« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2020, 03:35:58 PM »
What is the music like please?
Robert Hughes's symphony is  a modern angular work with a strong Holst flavor.
Brumby's work despite has been composed in 1981 is traditional and IMHO resembles to Respighi (Brumby had studied in Rome).

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Re: Australian Composers
« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2020, 04:44:09 PM »
New release. Think Christo will be interested in this one as well  8)

Oh dear, oh dear. #lookingintowallet  :(
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Re: Australian Composers
« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2020, 06:08:35 PM »
Just watched Dean's opera Hamlet. Quite like it.
I like it very much too! Stylistically it's a lot more consistent than his earlier work, and a lot more focussed, but I think Bliss has a bit of extra colour and weirdness that I tend to like it just a bit more.

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Re: Australian Composers
« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2020, 11:34:16 PM »
Robert Hughes's symphony is  a modern angular work with a strong Holst flavor.
Brumby's work despite has been composed in 1981 is traditional and IMHO resembles to Respighi (Brumby had studied in Rome).
Thank you! Brumby by sounds more my cup of tea.
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Re: Australian Composers
« Reply #25 on: January 13, 2020, 11:35:02 PM »
Oh dear, oh dear. #lookingintowallet  :(
>:D 8)
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Re: Australian Composers
« Reply #26 on: January 14, 2020, 06:31:36 AM »
From WAYLTN thread:
Symphony No.2
Fabulous new recording of this darkly urgent, Baxian, war-inspired work:
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Re: Australian Composers
« Reply #27 on: January 14, 2020, 04:02:29 PM »
From WAYLTN thread:
Symphony No.2
Fabulous new recording of this darkly urgent, Baxian, war-inspired work:


Really?? Just ordered it, most expensive cd in months.  ;D
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Re: Australian Composers
« Reply #28 on: January 14, 2020, 05:09:03 PM »
Sorry for differing with you guys this time, but Goossens is a composer who has been ellusive to me. I've tried his two symphonies with no much success. Definitely there is a Baxian feel to the music, but these works are too diffuse and few cohesive to my ears. Not sure if there is some work whose appeal is really noticeable.

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Re: Australian Composers
« Reply #29 on: January 14, 2020, 05:25:40 PM »
Sorry for differing with you guys this time, but Goossens is a composer who has been ellusive to me. I've tried his two symphonies with no much success. Definitely there is a Baxian feel to the music, but these works are too diffuse and few cohesive to my ears. Not sure if there is some work whose appeal is really noticeable.
Ah. You think Goossens = nuts. Like much of the Musical Establishment. You may, of course, but both of his symphonies are among the most epic, deeply felt, sincerely sincere war symphonies written by any British composer around WWII, the only period in which British composers wroth symphonies worth noticing at all for a total outsider like me, IMHO & very sorry.

Goossens is special, if you think otherwise, you better emigrate to Australia - like Goossens himself did.  ???
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Re: Australian Composers
« Reply #30 on: January 14, 2020, 09:31:30 PM »
I’m with Cesar. I’ve heard a few of Goossens’ works (I believe the first symphony and some other orchestral work) and thought very little of the music. I’m not sure if there’s a Baxian feel to the music or not since I dislike Bax. :-\ I will say that I find him to be a composer that lacks a compositional voice of his own. He was one hell of an orchestrator, but orchestration alone doesn’t add up to good music, which, again, is why I dislike Bax.
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Re: Australian Composers
« Reply #31 on: January 14, 2020, 10:49:10 PM »
I’m with Cesar. I’ve heard a few of Goossens’ works (I believe the first symphony and some other orchestral work) and thought very little of the music. I’m not sure if there’s a Baxian feel to the music or not since I dislike Bax. :-\ I will say that I find him to be a composer that lacks a compositional voice of his own. He was one hell of an orchestrator, but orchestration alone doesn’t add up to good music, which, again, is why I dislike Bax.

Ah. You think Goossens = nuts. Like much of the Musical Establishment.
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Re: Australian Composers
« Reply #32 on: January 15, 2020, 11:17:03 PM »
Well, I'm with Christo  ;D

I find both symphonies powerful and darkly moving. The return of the motto theme at the start of the last movement of Symphony No.2, in the new Andrew Davis recording, had me on the edge of my seat. I am also fond of the rather charming Oboe Concerto.
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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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Re: Australian Composers
« Reply #33 on: January 16, 2020, 07:14:19 AM »
Well, I'm with Christo  ;D

I find both symphonies powerful and darkly moving. The return of the motto theme at the start of the last movement of Symphony No.2, in the new Andrew Davis recording, had me on the edge of my seat. I am also fond of the rather charming Oboe Concerto.
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