- I am searching for these records for my collection. It's mostly Opera with a few miscellaneous things here and there. If you happen to stumble any, please email me at email@example.com. Furthermore, if it is in a physical record store, I will purchase it from you for the price you paid plus shipping and any taxes.
- I am aware that some of these may not exist, but I own many non-commercial recordings so I believe there is a chance that it might exist in one form or another. I am also aware most, if not all, of these exist on CD; however I am a classical record collector and am interested in the historical nature of classical recordings.
- July 29, 2015 - List made
- Akutagawa, Yashushi - any film score, especially The Outcast. He's hard to find outside of the recent Naxos recordings anyway.
- Bliss, Arthur - The Olympians. I don't recall the CD being the premiere recording. I didn't think Morning Heroes existed until I found it, so I assume it might exist somewhere.
- Breton, Tomas - Any and all operas and Zarazuelas with the exception of La Verbena De la Paloma which I can find 10 copies of without even trying. Naxos released this great recording of a bunch of his overtures, but sadly that's one of three American releases of his work. I assume there MUST be recordings produced in Spain of all places!
- Cui, Cesar - This forgotten member of The Five wrote almost as many operas as Rimsky-Korsokov. They aren't that bad either. Being known for songs, he's good at the lyrical parts. Anything.
- Dan, Ikuma - Yuzuru (Twilight Crane) is supposedly easy to find IN JAPAN, probably easier to find than than Frampton Comes Alive in America. Any other operas if found.
- Faure, Gabriel - Prométhée and Pénélope. I've been fascinated by "non-dramatic" dramatic works (religious operas are known for this), and Faure isn't known for anything other than immense constraint.
- Françaix, Jean - Any and all operas. He had the best wit of the 20th century, the perfect comedic composer.
- Harrison, Lou - Rapunzel. His largest serialistic work (Yeah, Harrison was a Schoenbergian at one point. You could have never guessed by listening to his lovely gamelan music). Exists on CD, dunno about any records. I know next to nothing about Young Caesar. Harrison isn't known much for this stuff.
- Henze, Hans Werner - Any and all operas, especially Pollicino and The English Cat, both of which are early 80s. Many of the works I'm interested in are from the 80s-90s (i.e. Gogo no Eiko) when records were basically a dead format. An Elegy for Young Lovers on DG is quite possibly the easiest to find recording out there by the way, probably followed by El Cimarron (Ha, I can't think of two more contrasting works to be found so frequently together. Was it too advanced to people that they threw their copies away?). As for the works written prior to the 80s: Boulevard Solitude (One of his best works, BETTER than the Bassarids, fight me over it), The Bassarids, Der langwierige Weg in die Wohnung der Natascha Ungeheuer, etc. Hell, you could pretty much open up http://tinyurl.com/HenzeStageOutput and just pick a random work.
- n.b. I own Das floß der Medusa already
- Hovhaness, Alan - ANY OPERA. The Etchmiadzin and Pericles manuscripts were never published (Were they lost? Hovhaness never destroyed any works after the first burning where he reordered his Opus list). This leaves The Burning House, Pilate, Spirit of the Avalanche, The Travellers, Tale of the Sun Goddess Going into the Stone House, and The Frog Man. I have not encountered ANY of these. The only thing remotely close to an opera that I've found is The Lady of Light, which I own on the Poseidon Society label. Speaking of which, don't look over there, the catalog covers mostly cover symphonic works.
- Ibert, Jacques - Angelique. Aside from that, I AM interested in all of the operas with the exception of L'Aiglon, which is relatively easy to find because it has Honegger's name attached to it. Barbe-bleue piques my interest as a possible companion piece with Dukas' masterwork of the same title (Bartok's isn't french enough. Sorry Bela!).
- Krenek, Ernst - He wrote Johnny Spielt Auf, got kicked out of Germany and went serial. I like his serial works as much as I like his early stuff. Johnny Spielt Auf is easy to find, but hard to find a good recording of. It's got a bunch of weird 60s era recordings, I guess it was because the work was always kinda kitschy. His only other big opera was Karl V. I have an interest in Der Diktator.
- Martin, Frank - The Swiss guy, Not the former Kansas State Basketball coach who needs anger management. Has a weird acerbic style. Wrote one opera, Der Sturm.
- Martinu, Bohuslav - Wrote a ton of Opera, funnily enough, the easiest to find is Comedy on the Bridge, a radio opera of all things. Martinu is great, I want them all.
- Messiaen, Olivier - Saint François d'Assise, the biggest, scariest work in the world. My composition teacher and friend once noted that it was the longest, most boring thing to have ever been written. Sue me, it's interesting. It's also an early 80s work, so it probably doesn't exist on record.
- Peri, Jacopo - Euridice. Of extreme significance, it influenced Monteverdi. I might be the only person in the world to say this, but I actually like it better than the latter's L'Orfeo (I will fight any musicologist who challenges me). Euridice is more Renaissance while L'Orfeo was much more proto-Baroque. The vocal lines are sublime.
- Also interested in La Flora, which he wrote with Marco da Gagliano.
- Pizzetti, Ildebrando - Assassinio nella cattedrale is the big one. Found it ONCE but didn't have the money to buy it. As far as I know it was a private recording. The other operas might exist on recording. Lo Straniero WAS recorded in the 60s based on what I think was a live recording of a performance at La Scala. If they exist on recorded medium, I am especially interested in the radio operas.
- Schulhoff - Super jazzy, though not in the same way as Kasputin. Wrote one opera I know of, Flammen, based on the Don Juan story.
- Stravinsky - THE MOST OVERRATED COMPOSER OF ALL TIME. His best work is Pulcinella because he didn't write it, Agon is much better than The Rite of Spring, the best thing he ever did was promote Takemitsu's Requiem for String Orchestra, etc.
- But seriously, I like a few of the operatic works. Le Rossignol and the Rake's Progress mostly. The Rake's Progress isn't too hard to find, but the opposite is for Le Rossignol as far as I've seen.
- Tailleferre, Germaine - Du style galant au style mechant. Four little bite size chamber operas. I like Tailleferre, but she hasn't been recorded that much until recently. She's got a few more, such as an adaptation of the Little Mermaid, pick up any operas by her you can find.
- Vinci, Leonardo - The Opere Serie. He's known for the Buffe, but I have a soft spot for the old serious style. That and I find his buffe about as funny as he probably thought his death was.
- Yamada, Kosaku - Kurofune (Black Ships). Missed my chance at purchasing a copy because it was a demo copy for radio play and I was unsure if it was selections or not. Bonus points for Hsìang Fei, it's incredibly interesting.
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