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@AndrewH -

I finally got a chance to watch all of Arensky's String Quartet No. 2

Really enjoyed it - all of this one, different. 

Thanks so much for sharing all these great pieces! 

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AndrewH said

This is very much a late Romantic violin concerto. In contrast to Creith's contemporaries of the English pastoral school, her concerto tends toward dense, chromatic harmonies, shimmering textures, and long, flowing lines, somewhat reminiscent of Richard Strauss...

Very reminiscent of him (I chopped the end off your post because I don't know late Elgar). That doesn't necessarily make her his shadow - he spent a lot of his time recycling his own ideas. His oboe concerto is the only thing I listen to regulary.

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@AndrewH -

You started me down a whole new FUN rabbit hole of obscure/lesser known Composers! 

Of course it may be argued that almost all Composers are obscure or unknown, to me. 🙄  So, let me know if you think these Composers are too well known to be listed here. 😊

Anyway, like I said in your other thread, Helena Munktell's "Bränningar" led me to the 'Quinone Bob YouTube Channel', giving me the chance to listen to some of 342 video scores of Classical pieces from many Composers I've never heard of! 

I love this little piece by Latvian Composer, Georgs Pelēcis - performed by Emma McGrath (violin) and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. 

All In The Past - Georgs Pelēcis

Really like the three movements to this Sonata by Japanese Composer, Chiang Wen-yeh (aka. Koh Bunya). 

Violin Sonata "Hymns for Spring" Op.59 - Chiang Wen-yeh

@Ilona -

Think you might enjoy this bit of fun for Cellos!  Ge Gan-ru is a Chinese Composer who started with Violin.  This Modern piece was composed in 1982. 

Lost Style, For Cello Solo - Ge Gan-ru

These last 3 are from a different site - love this String Quartet by Russian Composer, Reinhold Glière (Bartje Bartmans).  Ten parts to this Chamber Music!

Reinhold Glière - String Quartet No. 1, Op. 2 (1899)

Love the first 2 movements of this Sonata for the Viola.  It's by German Composer, Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka (Bartje Bartmans).  Not real keen on the 3rd movement, though, but that's just me.

Philipp Scharwenka - Viola "Fantasy" Sonata, Op. 106 (1899)

I'm not sure how well known Johann Baptist Wenzel Kalliwoda is.  He was a 19th Century Czech Composer (fyrexianoff).  Love his Nocturnes for the Viola - video score! 

J.W Kalliwoda - Six Nocturnes for Viola and Piano Op.186

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None of these composers are really famous, though Gliere is somewhat well-known. (There's an amazing performance of Gliere's horn concerto by Radek Baborak on YouTube. I realize it features a non-string instrument, but I think Baborak has now surpassed Dennis Brain as the greatest horn player in history.)

Kalliwoda is probably known today mostly as an interesting footnote in American music history. He was the one surprisingly obscure composer (even at the time) whose music was played in the New York Philharmonic's first concert in 1842, alongside Beethoven, Mozart, and Weber. He was played regularly by the NY Phil in its early years. As it turns out, the NY Phil's founding conductor, Ureli Hill, had gone to Prague to study music, and Kalliwoda was his violin teacher there.

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@AndrewH -

Thank you for all the info! 

I came across a Russian Composer who was known for fusing Classical & Jazz - Nikolai Kapustin.   He's not known to me - so, let me know if he's famous. 

This interesting Concerto of his has 3 movements - ALL for CELLO!  

Nikolai Kapustin - Cello Concerto No.2, Op.103 (2002)

I really enjoyed this Concerto - performed by the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern - includes the score! 

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ELCBK said
@AndrewH -

Thank you for all the info! 

I came across a Russian Composer who was known for fusing Classical & Jazz - Nikolai Kapustin.   He's not known to me - so, let me know if he's famous. 

This interesting Concerto of his has 3 movements - ALL for CELLO!  

Nikolai Kapustin - Cello Concerto No.2, Op.103 (2002)

I really enjoyed this Concerto - performed by the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern - includes the score! 

https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1nru_NpXXXXXBXXXXq6xXFXXXq/2016-new-cartoon-cat-cello-cat-painting-diamond-diamond-embroidery-cartoon-children-DIY-square-drill-rhinestone.jpg

 

- Emily

  

I wouldn't say Kapustin is really famous, but he's a favorite of a number of people in my musical circles. I've heard his trio for flute, cello, and piano in two different live concerts.

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@AndrewH -

Sorry, appears Nikolai Kapustin is NOT "Lesser-known" - except to me. 🤣

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