Sharing a passion for recorded music since 1945
More details of the coming events for the first half of our season, running from April to October. Details of our meetings, costs and venue can be found here.
Ian Bailey’s programme will be an exploration of the French composer he thinks is sadly underrated and who came to music late after a career in the French Navy. Nevertheless, he forged the path of an individualist, highly regarded by his contemporaries, becoming a teacher of Varese, Satie, Jean Martinon and Martinu, among others.
In his talk ‘Trying to get the notes right’ Peter Avis tells of the trials and tribulations involved in writing programme and CD booklet notes, a task that has been occupying him for the last three and a half decades.
This was the title of a series of CDs that made available to listeners in the West the work of musicians whose careers had been largely confined, prior to the changes in 1989, to the former GDR and the Eastern Bloc. Adrian Falks will tell us about (and play extracts from) some of these rare recordings.
Annunzio Paolo Mantovani was a household name for many record-collectors (in the 1950s and 1960s) when he recorded for the Decca Record Company. Peter Haines will include some of his music from the Album of Film Music that Mantovani recorded with the piano duo, Rawicz and Landauer,
Richard Radford, who so suddenly and sadly died at the end of 2016 (and so soon after retiring), had been our inspiration for the Recorded Music Societies for many years. He was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about music and had such a wide selection of CDs. Rosemary Howard’s programme seeks to reflect Richard’s Legacy.
‘The Six’ is a name given to a group of French composers who worked in Montparnasse. They include Poulenc and Milhaud. Monica Bayley will play examples of their varied work from songs and sonatas to opera.
Czech composers have always played a huge role in the field of European classical music. Eric Pridham takes a look at a few of them; some very well known names like Dvorak, others virtually neglected.
William Walton, a contemporary of Shostakovich, describes him as the greatest 20th Century composer but some critics thought otherwise! Pauline Everett asks ‘What will you decide?’
Ken Dudley will celebratethe composers who have been attracted to the subject of ‘Earth Wind and Fire’ from the 17th century and Handel and his Fireworks music to the 20th century composer Milhaud and his ballet ‘The Creation of the World’. Other composers include de Falla, Debussy, Haydn, Chopin, Stravinsky and Smetana.
Bernard Smith’s programme will include opera singers, comic singers and a surprise or two. In one of these the central figure was son of an escaped plantation slave, and who became an actor, then a singer and, perhaps most important, a political activist.
Shakespeare notwithstanding, we Brits “don’t do drama” (just as we “don’t do music”). Gordon Thompson hopes to show, with film-music, incidental-music and ballet-music, that such opinion needs revision.