I am always on the lookout for some unknown but extraordinary music. I decided to post this topic in hopes of seeing what the others might mention. Knowledge is meant for sharing and if you know of any obscure gems, now is the time to share it.
Here’s my list:
1. György Ligeti: Double Concerto for Flute and Oboe (1972) [‘Clear or Cloudy: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon’ / Claudio Abbado / Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Deutsche Grammophon / 00289 477 6443]
2. Witold Lutosławski: Symphony No. 3 (1983) [‘Lutoslawski: Symphonies 3 & 4’ / Esa-Pekka Salonen / Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Sony / 66280]
I’m not sure if this work is underrated, but I’m mentioning it anyways.
3. Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 in A Major (1971) [‘Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15; Sonata No. 2’ / Eugene Ormandy / The Philadelphia Orchestra / BMG Classics / 09026-63587-2]
Probably not his most underrated work, but I still think it deserves greater recognition.
4. Osvaldas Balakauskas: Ostrobothnian Symphony (1989) [‘Stimmen and Other Baltic Works for String Orchestra Vol. 1’ / Juha Kangas / Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra / Finlandia / 4059-97892-2]
5. Ljubica Marić: Byzantine Concerto (1959) [‘Ljubica Marić: Songs of Space; Byzantine Concerto; Threshold of Dream; Ostinato super Thema Octoïcha’ / 1964 performance / Oskar Danon / Olga Jovanovic with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra / Chandos / 10267]
6. Meredith Monk: Dolmen Music (1979) [‘Dolmen Music’ / Paul Langland, Julius Eastman, Robert Een, Monica Solem, Andrea Goodman, Meredith Monk, Julius Eastman, Robert Een / ECM / 825459]
7. Claude Debussy: En Blanc et Noir (1915) [‘Debussy: The Complete Music for Two Pianos’ / Stephen Coombs & Christopher Scott / Hyperion UK / 55014]
This work easily joins the ranks of his Images, Etudes, and Preludes as some of the finest piano music around. It’s a pity that so few people have heard of it.