Author Topic: Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994)  (Read 3778 times)

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Ghost of Baron Scarpia

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Re: Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994)
« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2019, 03:16:01 PM »
Vandermolen, if you are referring to this release



I found the "music for strings" conducted by Barry Wordsworth to be poorly performed. Handley did a better job, IMO. I'm more partial to Maconchy Chamber music.

I had the idea I had listened to Maconchy String Quartets, but it turns out I was thinking of Bacewicz String Quartets. I do own a cycle of Maconchy String Quartets on Regis, but I see that set is now hard to get.
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Re: Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994)
« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2019, 03:24:43 PM »
I think I'll try her chamber music,first;if I try anything! Thanks for the replies.

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Re: Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994)
« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2019, 03:33:01 PM »
My favorite Maconchy is here:



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Re: Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994)
« Reply #23 on: March 20, 2019, 12:22:44 AM »
My favorite Maconchy is here:



I like the look of that collection.
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Re: Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994)
« Reply #24 on: March 20, 2019, 12:52:02 AM »
Ah,that looks tempting! And Joseph Holbrooke. The "Cockney Wagner"! Once (a long,long time ago!) the "great white hope" of British music! Also,Cooke,Frankel and Howells! And an interesting Amazon review,too! "quick service,nice music". I like the sound of the clarinet!

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Re: Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994)
« Reply #25 on: March 20, 2019, 01:09:30 AM »
I can't resist (for some,strange reason) mentioning another Elisabeth,with a "z" (again)! I was recently watching a dvd of an old b/w British sci-fi movie,"The Earth Dies Screaming". Killer robots invade rural england & turn unlucky sods into zombies (Dennis Price included!). Quite fun,in a tacky sort of way;with one quite scary bit,with a woman hiding in a wardrobe! I noticed the music was by Elizabeth Lutyens. In fact,movies on the talking pictures channel seem to,regularly,sport her name,in the credits! (Of course,they keep putting the same ones on!)

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Re: Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994)
« Reply #26 on: December 14, 2019, 12:37:13 PM »


These days I've been exploring Maconchy's string quartets. I already knew her Symphony for Double String Orchestra and I thought it was very nice, an accomplished work. But these quartets seem more impressive and cogent, even more aggresive. The main influence on her appears to be Bartók, it's rather evident on a simple listen. SQs Nos. 1-7 bear this Bartók-sounding element, whilst Nos. 8-13 are decidedly more astringent and advanced but not less interesting. Alongside Milhaud and Tippet's SQs, these works have impressed me so much lately.

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Re: Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994)
« Reply #27 on: December 15, 2019, 01:57:15 AM »
Vandermolen, if you are referring to this release



I found the "music for strings" conducted by Barry Wordsworth to be poorly performed. Handley did a better job, IMO. I'm more partial to Maconchy Chamber music.

I had the idea I had listened to Maconchy String Quartets, but it turns out I was thinking of Bacewicz String Quartets. I do own a cycle of Maconchy String Quartets on Regis, but I see that set is now hard to get.

Yes, is my very belated reply  ::)
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