Thursday, October 20, 2016

Re-up: Alan Hovhaness: Symphony Etchmiadzin, Armenian Rhapsody No. 3, Fra Angelico, Mountains & Rivers Without End

Ok sorry for the wait centuri (and others), I know you requested a new link for this disc over a week ago. I have been too busy and since my 'net connection is now awful - it is currently taking over 15 minutes (!!!) to upload the file - this should take under a minute :(  

Thus I have to make sure I have time to "wait" around to post anything now. I simply can't afford a decent provider connection anymore and that's why I had to entirely forsake having net access during the summer months. Being submerged in the virtual (which is oft better) reality is one of the most important things in my life (sadly, yet wonderful at the same time I suppose). It's all beyond depressing for me. 

Anyways go here everyone in need:

Lastly, I will try to post this weekend - it's been another 9 days of silence in here and my wonderful visitors all deserve more music!!

Your Tzadik

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Alan Hovhaness - "Mysterious Horse Before the Gate" for Trombone & Percussion - (World Premiere) - Grand Valley State University Percussion Ensemble - Robert Ward, Trombone - OgreOgress 2016

So here are two A.H. posts, both a couple of nuggets (needless to say, as they come from the mighty pen of Alan Hovhaness we are speaking of golden nuggets!) from OgreOgress's series of world-premiere recordings as digital downloads of Hovhaness works. While the pieces are all small-scale it's been an exciting project thus far. "Mysterious Horse Before the Gate" (Opus 205, from 1963) is scored for trombone and various percussion instruments and although the journey is brief (2 minutes and 50 seconds!) it's a satisfying lil' trip into the celestial realms as only Hovhaness can depict with such wonder and mystery through sound. I usually keep this on repeat, at least 5 times..

In this work we travel to a sonic world not unlike say (the quieter) moments found in the Vishnu Symphony, or in a work such as "Star Dawn", a symphony for winds and percussion with many chimes and tintinnabulation of mediative bells, although one must wait til the end of the last movement. "The Flowering Peach" is another fine example and can be heard on the same Delos disc that includes (and is titled) "Star Dawn". 

I am including both the Flac and Mp3 files that came with the digital download since this is such a tiny release. Enjoy both, or enjoy one..

Enjoy this small package of wonderful everyone!

Alan Hovhaness - Divertimento for Clarinet Quartet (World Premiere) - Suzanna Dennis Bratton, Michael Kornacki, John Varineau & Joel Schekman, Clarinets - OgreOgress 2012

Here is another little gem from the Alan Hovhaness world premiere recordings courtesy of OgreOgress. This charming work is in seven brief movements and in total duration clocks in at just under 10 minutes. It's highly enjoyable, classic Hovhaness, and, needless to say, Hovhaness-freak/follower that I am - I adore every second of the four-piece clarinet "choir".

The tracks are listed in the txt file that came with the release which I'm including.
Since this is small release I am including both the Flac and Mp3 files from the download, keep both if you like!

Enjoy everyone!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

British Composers Premiere Collections Vol. 4 - Dorothy Howell, Piano Concerto - Lilian Elkington, Out of the Mist - Cyril Scott, Harpsichord Concerto - Salamon Jadassohn, Serenade No. 3 - Malta Philharmonic, Michael Laus - Cameo Classics 2014

Here is another volume from the fantastic British Composers Premiere Collections. I have posted volume no. 2 already, and the rest of the series will be added at some point. Volume no. 2 can be found here if you missed it: 

For me the nicest surprise on this collection was/is Cyril Scott's Harpsichord Concerto (how many of you knew that Scott composed a harpsichord concerto?? I sure didn't until I bought this disc!) which is a lovely and exciting addition to the repertoire, not to mention something of a curiosity - British composers are not exactly noted for writing concertos for harpsichord (off the top of my head I can only think of Walter Leigh's "Concertino for Harpsichord and String Orchestra", John Rutter's "Suite Antique" which technically isn't a concerto, and then I believe Gordon Jacob wrote something for harpsichord and strings, although I don't think it was a concerto. Frankly I'm too lazy to look it up right now!) The concerto opens with a touch of Moeran, Debussy, and even Martinu - to my ears anyhow. The work is clearly Cyril Scott's alone, however there is a touch of dreamy, almost Debussian exoticism which remains in the flute and strings. Scott's Harpsichord Concerto was written in the same year as his Cello Concerto, and although the premiere performance was apparently well received, 70 years went by until a second performance was given.

I would post complete Cyril Scott discs but to my happy surprise I recall that other bloggers have done so over the past few years. I'm not sure if the early Marco Polo discs have been posted actually - those I would share if they haven't been already. I would have to go blog-hopping to check.
I dunnnooooooo

I'm going to end here and pick up again with more album information tomorrow as I am at my parents (being here is currently the only way I can upload at a decent rate, and since I stopped by anyhow I brought this disc with me to share) and it's getting late. Time to get back to my cozy apt. with my oh-so-cozy 56k modem speeds. Aaaargggh indeed!!


One cannot seize the day when moving @ the speed of 56k

I couldn't be more disappointed right now. Uploading the Colleen disc took me over 20 minutes (!!!!)
Really it's 1996 all over again. This is hugely discouraging. I will have to prepare windows of time in advance now just to post :(  And I had a superb line up of posts to get this place going again. I'm stopping by my parent's house briefly, so I will import at least one of the discs again while I'm there and post it as their connection is of the 21st century. Had I known what my upstream would be (I haven't uploaded anything since I got this cheap service) I would have started with a different, more mainstream album.

And to think that I thought time wasn't on my side with posting in the past! I'll make it work somehow (anything short of moving in with my parents that is!).


Colleen (Cécile Schott) - The Golden Morning Breaks - The Leaf label - 2005

My absence during the majority of the summer was not intentional; it was a very difficult time (not going to burden or bother everyone with details - we are all here, after all, for glorious music!) and although 'this' continues for me, I'm glad that the oppressive heat and turmoil of the season is over.
One issue that I will share - and this is quite embarrassing for me - is my dreadful financial state which forced me to cancel my internet provider for a couple months. Never imagined it would come to that! Alas, this is but a "first-world problem" as they say - but then again having an i.s.p. or a connection of *some kind* is pretty basic, like owning a phone. So the "bargain" tier service I'm using now is slowww - slow like a Purcell Fantazia in fact (zippyshare is currently taking 12 min to upload 100mb!). But, I am here all the same!

So much for not whining/kvechting : /  I did keep it short, which is atypical for me hehe.

This is an album that I turned to repeatedly during the summer to try to find peace and calm, surrounding myself with Schott's mysterious and quiet beauty. This is her 2nd album from 2005. 
Composer and musician Colleen (Cécile Schott) creates an aural realm that is oft melancholy yet also cheerful - one must really listen to what's happening to "feel" it. She creates ambient sounds that are dark, yet also full of light that shimmers and sparkles delicately. Schott achieves this by employing all types of bells, chimes and even a glass glockenspiel from the 1800's. On this album she also plays several acoustic guitars, small electric pianos and organs, a harp, primitive mallet instruments, and a handful of toy instruments (such as a hand-cranked music box). 


1. Summer Water
2. Floating In The Clearest Night
3. The Heart Harmonicon
4. Sweet Rolling
5. The Happy Sea
6. I'll Read You A Story
7. Bubbles Which On The Water Swim
8. Mining In The Rain
9. The Golden Morning Breaks
10. Everything Lay Still

I first discovered Colleen's music in the debut film "The Unloved" by Samantha Morton. I find the film to be as poetic and magical as it is sad and tragic (it's a child's eye view of the U.K.'s government-run care system for orphans and children in danger who are stuck in foster care. The music meshes with the atmosphere and images as if Schott's pieces were composed for the film (the film was made 4 years later, in 2009). This is a film that I am really fond of and definitely recommend. The soundtrack also includes works by Colleen taken from other albums - I just might upload some others even if just a couple of people are receptive to this music. Hopefully everyone can find something to enjoy here!