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Cinema / "Film As Film"
« on: July 18, 2016, 08:40:44 am »
I'd be reasonably confident that several members of the forum will be familiar with the ground-breaking book "Film As Film" by V.F. Perkins, one of the really seminal pieces of British film criticism, and a cornerstone in the development of film studies as an academic discipline in this country. More recently, he's written very well received books on "The Magnificent Ambersons" and "La Regle du Jeu".

Those forum members probably don't know, however, and may be saddened to learn, that Perkins passed away suddenly on Friday evening.

I knew Victor first as a student (he was one of my lecturers for my masters 21 years ago, and was the supervisor for my dissertation) and subsequently as a colleague for four years working in an administrative role in his department. During those years, there weren't many days where I didn't speak to him in some form over a staff room coffee about something meaningful; film, yes, but more often than not, music. I think about and comment on film a lot (on here, and more so on Facebook), and I'm still entertaining the notion of pursuing my PhD at some point, and most of the ways in which I think about cinema are solidly grounded in my studies with Victor. He's he's been a very formative force, and it's been a joy to have known him.

I shall be endeavouring to screen Ophuls's "Letter From an Unknown Woman" and Ozu's "Late Spring" (the two films I studied most closely with him) by way of tribute in the very near future.

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Your latest purchase?
« on: July 16, 2016, 11:25:07 am »
Just arrived in the post, the newly released Lyrita release of the 1979 Norman del Mar Radio 3 complete recording of Bantock's "Omar Khayyam" (with a few other bits of Bantock orchestral music to beef it up to a four disc set!). Toyed with the Chandos set for a few years, but always felt reluctant in the knowledge that for some reason, they cut 20 minutes or so of music.

Will be looking forward to giving that a spin very soon!

The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: July 08, 2016, 11:52:02 am »
Bugger off, "Game of Thrones" addicts!


News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: June 24, 2016, 08:44:05 am »
There's some late April Fools story doing the rounds this morning that the UK has voted to pull out of the EU... Can't possibly be true, can it?!

The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: June 23, 2016, 05:30:23 pm »
This, in some marketing from Kings Place... (my emphasis, obviously)

Admired for its sombre and introvert sonority, the  key of G minor is known as the tonality through which Mozart best expressed personal sadness and tragedy. Christian Schubart described it in a word as ╩╗resentment and dislike╩╝

Cinema / Re: The Tempest
« on: June 22, 2016, 01:26:43 pm »
I suspect you'll be waiting a fair time for a Blu-ray, Bryn. I think the graphical effects (mostly Quantel Paintbox, if memory serves) would have been rendered at a lower resolution than current HD standards, so they might look a little ropey up-converted...

News and Current Affairs / Alberto Remedios
« on: June 14, 2016, 08:58:45 am »
Lebrecht is reporting that Alberto Remedios, Siegfried in Goodall's Ring, died at the weekend, aged 81.

The Concert Hall / Re: John Tilbury - Beatles
« on: June 12, 2016, 11:17:26 am »
Oooh, splendid... Those few you played at Schott recently were rather marvellous, it'll be great to hear them all.

The Coffee Bar / Re: Youtube
« on: June 10, 2016, 08:32:32 am »
Just discovered that an old edition of The South Bank Show on John Ogdon has been uploaded to youtube (by Brenda Ogdon, who has also uploaded a Wogan interview with her and John).

The Coffee Bar / Re: Grumpy Old Rant Room
« on: June 09, 2016, 08:24:09 am »
(Though neither it or any other PM I've sent appears in 'sent messages'...)

Walter - there's a small check-box underneath the box wherein you type your message. You need to tick that (every time!) to save a copy of your message in your "sent messages". :)

News and Current Affairs / Pacifica Quartet
« on: June 07, 2016, 04:44:41 pm »
Just learned that the Pacifica Quartet are losing their first violin, Simin Ganatra.

I've seen them play quite a few times, and they've never been less than exceptional, and some of their performances will stay with me for a very long time (great performances of Shostakovich's 2nd, Schubert's "Death and the Maiden", Ornstein's piano quintet (with Hamelin), and that remarkable occasion on which they played all five of Elliott Carter's quartets in one evening).

She'll be a tough act to follow.

News and Current Affairs / Peter Shaffer, 1926-2016
« on: June 06, 2016, 04:28:11 pm »
Peter Shaffer has died, just a few weeks after turning 90...

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: June 01, 2016, 12:08:23 pm »
Having a listen to Richard Strauss's "Friedenstag" - not his best operatic work by some distance, I think, but I do love it. It's such bonkers and OTT stuff, and by crikey he chucks everything including the kitchen sink at the finale... At 75 minutes, I think it'd make a fine (and unpredictable) First Night of the Proms piece.

News and Current Affairs / Re: European Union Youth Orchestra
« on: May 31, 2016, 09:57:38 pm »
This, on the EUYO website...

And Slipped Disc is reporting this...

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