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News and Current Affairs / Re: Ronald Stevenson (1928-2015)
« on: April 13, 2015, 04:58:59 pm »
I found a video on youtube the other day of Richard Black performing the Passacaglia on DSCH in Scotland in 2012, but until today haven't had the requisite time to listen to it; but I have now, and it's a splendid rendition (even better than when I saw him play it in Deptford in 2009):

The Coffee Bar / Re: The Minor Moan thread
« on: April 13, 2015, 04:34:10 pm »
But I'm already disappointed - that I don't have it yet. :)

The Coffee Bar / Re: The Minor Moan thread
« on: April 13, 2015, 02:16:33 pm »
Had an email from the River People this morning- saying that because I'd bought something from them recently that cost more than a tenner, they were giving me a two quid voucher for use in their Kindle store. It would be applied to my account immediately...

Expiry date on the voucher is listed as March 31st 2015.

(I have kindle for PC, not an actual Kindle per se, and I've only bought two Kindle books in, what, four years, so the likelihood of my using the voucher was roughly nil, but even so...)

The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: April 10, 2015, 12:59:49 pm »
Can only echo the good wishes above. Here's hoping you'll be....


....before too long.  :naughty:

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Sought recordings thread
« on: April 08, 2015, 07:03:21 pm »
Watched David Lynch's "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" the other night (not nearly as good as I remember, but that's by the by...). On the soundtrack at the film's climax is an extract of Cherubini's Requiem in C minor. Not a work with which I'm remotely familiar, but the extract sounded rather good.

So, any recommendations?

News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: April 01, 2015, 01:35:08 pm »
Wonderful Page 3 story in the Grauniad today. Quite made my day. Just a shame it was not covered yesterday, what?
Which one's that, then?

This one, presumably...

News and Current Affairs / Re: Ronald Stevenson (1928-2015)
« on: March 28, 2015, 06:57:12 pm »
Someone's already put that on Wikipedia (though no cited source).

The only other place I can see anything is this blog.

Sad news; vale, Maestro Stevenson.

Announcements / Re: Simon Howard
« on: March 25, 2015, 08:55:28 am »
I didn't really feel up to posting a reaction last night, but what a moving night it was.

Agreed with Mr Harp that the Zaldua piece was a real highlight, and for me I thought Andrew Noble's "The Laugh of the Medusa" was bloomin' remarkable (and, sadly, I agree about the performance of the Bach p+f). The sequence of the concert as a whole was really rather wonderful; if only all concerts could be so imaginatively programmed. Much thanks, as autoharp says, to JSC and everyone else involved - oh, and to JSC for his terrific programme notes (and his few obbligato musical ones too! ;) ).

Nice to meet Don B, George, PW and Ambootia for the first time, and nice run into Bryn and autoharp again, always a pleasure, chaps. And to Selva and JSC, apologies for not sticking around to say hello afterwards (took nearly 100 minutes to get home as it was!).

The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: March 21, 2015, 03:34:57 pm »
Had to go shopping earlier to pick up some health supplements for Mrs P. Gap on the shelf where they normally were, spoke to manager, they didn't have them in stock at the moment, but they did have an alternative product - same brand, same supplements, but packaged with some omega-3 tablets. One snag, nearly nine quid more expensive - explained to manager that as my good lady wife already has a fairly adequate supply of omega-3 (and -6 and -9 tablets, if memory serves), I said I'd probably wait till they got the other ones back in. So manager said she'd override the price on the till and sell me the more expensive ones at the same price as the ones Mrs P normally gets. Result.

So, smiles for Holland & Barrett today for some proper good customer service.

The Coffee Bar / Re: Happy Birthday
« on: March 20, 2015, 09:00:59 am »
Is Eh No Bull still knocking round these here parts? Happies to him if he is...

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: March 20, 2015, 08:59:39 am »
For St Cuthbert's Day this year, my mother has bought me a rather spiffing bare-bones Decca set of Solti's Wagner operas (Tannhauser, Lohengrin, Dutchman, Mastersingers, Tristan, Parsifal, and the Solti Ring). It's the second time she's bought me the Solti Ring - she gave it me on vinyl for my 18th birthday!

I've only had time to put Rheingold on my mp3 player, but I'm spinning it right now (started preposterously early!). Forgotten how good it is.

(I've also got PMD's "The Lighthouse" and Sibelius's "Kullervo" to spin later :) ).

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: March 19, 2015, 02:50:59 pm »
I was very disappointed a couple of days ago to find that I won't be in London in time for the upcoming Boulez day (The London Sinfonietta the following weekend doing Scelsi, Ligeti, Haas and Murail is a small consolation I suppose), so I decided to have a Boulez day of my own, specially because I got myself the "complete works" box and I haven't delved into it yet... starting with his 2000 recording of Le marteau. I wonder why the untuned percussion sounds like it's at the far end of a corridor.

Coincidentally, I've just been doing some research in the database at work for programmes featuring Boulez conducting his own music. Still need to get that Boulez boxed set...

I'm currently listening to Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante (K364), one of my favourite Mozart pieces. Oh, and this morning, I had a first listen to the disc of James Erber flute works which I finally got round to buying this week (fabulous). I think you have some acquaintance with the producer, Selva.  ;)

20th Century / Re: Frank Martin
« on: March 15, 2015, 11:47:35 am »
Thanks for all this, gents, been meaning to explore Martin more - some good stuff to go on, here.

For my part, I do rather like the Requiem; from 1972, if memory serves, one of his last completed works.

The Coffee Bar / Re: The Happy Thread
« on: March 12, 2015, 03:45:08 pm »
Been meaning to say, thanks for the kind words re: my nan, everyone.

One thing I didn’t mention was an interesting biographical tidbit that the family only came across very recently. Apparently, in the last year or so, my nan had started anecdotally mentioning that she’d met Kim Philby a few times as he used to visit some of the family for dinner. My mother and aunt had never heard anything about this before, so took it to be a sign that, nearing her century, my nan was inevitably starting to lose some of her marbles. For my money, though, it had a ring of truth about it; not least because nan’s uncle Billy had achieved a little social notoriety at one point by renouncing the priesthood in the late 1950s and joining the British Communist Party (before eventually making the transition back the other way several years later). It seemed obvious to me that many family members would have moved in social circles that tangentially crossed over with the communist movement, so it seemed perfectly plausible to me that Philby’s and the family’s paths would inevitably have crossed over at some point. Anyway, a couple of weeks before nan’s hundredth, her cousin (uncle Billy’s daughter) paid a visit (couldn’t make it on the day), and my aunt asked about the Kim Philby thing, and yes, indeed, Philby did visit the family from time to time. Fascinating!

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