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Quote from: Albion on February 23, 2023, 09:08:17 AMYou are most welcome! Have you got my catalogue of broadcasts?
Quote from: Albion on February 23, 2023, 09:08:17 AMThe Eric Fogg is VERY pleasant listening but "it won't set the world on fire", nor should it be expected to. I abhor the hegemony which has been constructed for British music and mindlessly repeated, i.e. Elgar-Vaughan Williams-Holst-Walton-Britten, since it blatently ignores virtually the whole of the nineteenth century, most of the twentieth and everything else that came before and after. Potter, Macfarren, Bennett, Sullivan, Mackenzie, Parry, Goring Thomas, Cowen, Stanford, Smyth, Walford Davies, Bantock, Coleridge-Taylor, Hurlstone, Boughton, Holbrooke, Bax, Bliss, Howells, Alwyn, Bate, Arnell, Arnold, etc. There is no musical heritage so rich and so bloody neglected by concert promoters...
Quote from: Roasted Swan on February 26, 2023, 03:38:12 AMOne for Albion I suspect!!I'm doing some research into the music of (Henry) Walford Davies. He really is a composer who apart from a small handful of pieces has hardly disturbed the slumbers of the record industry at all. Apart from the (relatively) ubiquitous "Solemn Melody" and of course the RAF March past there is just "Everyman" and a violin work on Dutton, a sonata on EM records and Prospice for voice and quartet on Meridian(?). But in his day he was certainly well-known - did a lot of radio presenting/was Master of the Kings Music. His catalogue references quite a bit of orchestral music including symphonies and then of course there is his Peter Pan Quartet - the published music for which seems to have disappeared..... Any thoughts gratefully accepted?!?! I'm not religious but his "God be in my head" is heart-breakingly beautiful.
Quote from: Albion on February 26, 2023, 09:35:29 AMFully agreed about Davies and his unjustified neglect. I uploaded all of my choral scores to IMSLP about a decade ago, and there is such wonderful stuff in all of them.https://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Davies,_WalfordThe Dutton "Everyman" is deleted (as seems to be the case with most of their catalogue), but it really needs a better recording anyway. I'd like to see "Noble Numbers", "Ode on Time" and the "Song of St Francis" recorded especially (how likely is that?). Here's Symphony No.2 (1911), it's damn good...https://www.mediafire.com/file/uanqlrqwbsbeh9i/Davies%252C_Walford_-_Symphony_No.2_in_G%252C_Op.32_%25281911%2529.mp3/fileI have no religion either (other than to worship at the local cheap off-licence), but Davies' "God be in my head" is simply gorgeous, as is Dyson's setting in "Quo Vadis". His "A Short Requiem" is worth getting to know as well...
Quote from: Roasted Swan on February 26, 2023, 10:36:03 AMOooh - thankyou for the Symphony - how/what is it "like"? I hate using the "sounds like" description but its a helpful starting point! On a similar tack - I wish a better recording of Somervell's Thalassa Symphony had been made. Those Cameo recordings from Malta are tantalising in terms of repertoire but just too second rate as performances to do the music justice I think...PS - who are the performers on the Walford Davies?
Quote from: Albion on February 26, 2023, 09:35:29 AMFully agreed about Davies and his unjustified neglect. I uploaded all of my choral scores to IMSLP about a decade ago, and there is such wonderful stuff in all of them.
Quote from: DaveF on February 26, 2023, 12:45:44 PMWe sang his Mag & Nunc in E flat in my church choir last year, from an edition on CPDL - possibly not yours, sadly. Remarkable stuff, a bit too difficult for us - let's just say it doesn't spend much of its time in E flat. There doesn't seem to be a recording of that anywhere.
Quote from: Albion on February 26, 2023, 11:31:01 AMThe Walford Davies No.2, Elgarian without the angst, is a broadcast from the 2013 English Music FestivalSymphony No.2 in G, Op.32 (1911)BBC CO/ Martin Yates (24/5/2013, br. 24/6/2013)and here is an alternative broadcast of Somervell's "Thalassa" (apologies for the sound quality):https://www.mediafire.com/file/pknk875qhx5ghbi/Somervell_-_Symphony_in_D%252C_Thalassa_%25281912%2529.mp3/fileSymphony in D, Thalassa (1912)Ulster O/ Adrian Leaper (br. 22/11/1991)
Quote from: Roasted Swan on February 26, 2023, 01:59:55 PMThankyou so much! I used to conduct an amateur orchestra and I got the Thalassa Symphony out for a sight reading session once. Too hard really for that orchestra but the Elegy in memoriam of Scott and his fellow antarctic explorers is genuinely fine
Quote from: Albion on February 26, 2023, 01:34:13 PMI'll try and dig one out for you if I can, but so far I've drawn a blank. It's a pity that Priory didn't include it in their "Mag & Nunc" series. It's a substantial setting and certainly deserves recording (it's quite equal to the Stanford and Howells settings), as does so much of Davies' choral music.https://www.cpdl.org/wiki/images/0/01/Davies_Evening_Service_E_flat.pdf
Quote from: Roasted Swan on February 27, 2023, 03:53:03 AMJust finished listening to the recording of Walford Davies' 2nd Symphony - a genuinely enjoyable and impressive work - certainly one that bears performing and hearing. I would say more Parry-ish rather than Elgarian - well orchestrated (great heroic ending) and attractively crafted. It makes me want to hear more of his larger scores for sure.
Quote from: Albion on February 27, 2023, 11:19:29 AMCertainly it's more RCM fodder than free-wheeling ingenuity. Dutton were due to record it with Martin Yates but pulled out. It's got such a lot of sweep and vigour, although the structure is odd as it's bereft of a proper slow movement (still, who cares about that? There are more than enough tedious slow movements to go round already). Virtually all of HWD's scores are extant (mainly at the RCM) so there's no excuse not to mount a revival (other than having to bloody pay for it)...
Quote from: Roasted Swan on February 27, 2023, 01:43:34 PMI've been working on a photocopy of the/a manuscript of Davies' "Peter Pan suite for string quartet" (or Quartette as it says on the score). Checking the online-viewble manuscripts from the RCM I've realised that this score is NOT in Davies' own hand - it seems to be a fair copy with some corrections ammendations in Davies' writing. This work was published but when I contacted Novellos (years ago now) they had no record of it at all. This manuscript is not part of the RCM collection either. Rather an interesting piece - writtten in 1909 so after the Barrie play was staged to huge acclaim but before the now more familiar book version was published. Its actually a rather sophisticated piece of writing.
Quote from: Roasted Swan on March 03, 2023, 11:39:51 PMFor those times you don't always want to be listening to 80 minutes explorations of the dark recesses of a composer's soul this is lovely stuff. The Blog was written about "Christmas Rush" - OK its not that time of year but what a fun piece very much in the vein of the "Knightsbridge March" etc. Worth a listen.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rv1X_ZQIN8g
Quote from: Roy Bland on March 04, 2023, 06:12:30 PMIs he?https://matthewcurtis.com/
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