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This corner is dedicated to pieces of music that are rarely performed and yet do not really deserve to be forgotten.

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Frederick Delius – La Calinda

Frederick Delius – La Calinda

The single most famous musical passage from Delius’ third opera “Koanga” contains the melody known as La Calinda, which is the only part of the score that has remained famous in the concert hall.

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Vasily Kalinnikov – Symphony n.1

Kalinnikov has not been one of the most prolific composers in history but his first symphony, also conducted by Toscanini during a special broadcast with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, is to this day part of the standard Russian repertoire.

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Amy Beach – Symphony in E-minor, Op.32 “Gaelic”

A remarkable child prodigy, Amy Beach was the first female composer to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra: the “Gaelic” Symphony was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896.

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Julius Röntgen: piano concerto n.2

Admired by many great composers, such as Brahms and Grieg, Röntgen’s music was quickly dismissed and went almost completely forgotten.

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