Lesser known works by popular composers.

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Lesser known works by popular composers.

Following on from a thread by dubrob regarding lesser known composers, a comment was made by the conductor Geoffrey Simon (I hope it is really he) regarding lesser known works by popular composers. He cited works by Respighi, such as his 'Church Windows'.

So along those lines, what works by popular composers should we all be made more aware of?

Here's my offering, Vaughan-Williams, oboe concerto.

 

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Does "Le Cid" by Jules Massenet count?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd2rmR4Ejk0&fmt=22

Rolf

RE: Lesser known works by popular composers.

  One of the best examples of a well-known composer with many wonderful works which have been undeservedly neglected is Dvorak. Unfortunately,most classical music lovers know only a handful of his works,such as the ever popular New World symphony and the 7th and 8th, the cello concerto,the Slavonic Dances,and the so-called American quartet.

  But his first six symphonies are full of enchanting themes and spontaneous melodic invention, and there are the sadly neglected tone poems based on Czech folklore such as The Noonday Witch, the Water Goblin,the Golden Spinning Wheel and the Wood Dove, and other miscellaneous ones such as the Othello,My Home and In Natures Realm,the Hussites etc, the Symphonic Variations, the great Requiem,which ranks with those of Mozart,Berlioz and Verdi, and other works.

  This hauntingly beautiful fairy tale opera is now an established part of the opera repertoire,and this is wonderful, but there are other notable Dvorak operas,such as Dimitrij, which is actually the sequel to Boris Godunov and deals with the false Dimitri and the intrigue which surrounded him after the death of Boris,and the delightfully droll comic opera The Devil and Kate, one of the funniest comic operas ever.

  Fortunately there are many fine recordings of these rarely performed works,especiall on the Supraphon label.  Any one who loves Dvorak's most famous works should seek them out .

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William Walton 'Hindemith Variations'.

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Ravel´s Chansons Madecasses

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With Victoria de los Angeles, preferably.

A music lover currently living in the middle of nowhere. 

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Holst's 'Capriccio'.

Originally for brass band, I believe. It has a an opening folk-like melody that is so beautiful I'm amazed no folk singer has set it to a traditional set of words. Maybe it ranges too wide.

It then sets off to worlds that recall Stravinsky and Bartok. And all in less than five minutes.

Marvellous orchestral version on one of Imogen Holst's Lyritas.    

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Thanks A Lark Ascending I will seek it out.

 

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Nice topic! I'd recomend Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien by Claude Debussy and also Symphony No. 15 In A Major by Dmitri Shostakovich for starters. These are by far thier most overlooked works.

frostwalrus

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I wouldn´t agree. I think Debussy´s 4 hand piano music and his songs are his most overlooked pieces, and as for Shostakovich there´s loads from the pre Stalinist clampdown, e.g. Aphorisms for piano, New Babylon film music, the Golden Age Ballet music; The Nose, Five fragments Op.42, all among his best work for my money and from later on his song cycles and his Viola sonata.

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