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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...

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: May 30, 2016, 09:40:05 am »
Just found a recording online of Electric Phoenix performing Stockhausen's "Stimmung" from April 1997 (I saw them do it in Birmingham a month earlier, and it remains one of the most remarkable things I've ever experienced). They never did the fixed "Paris version", they did it with its 51 sections in a randomised order every time...

If you only know the Paris version, this is well worth a listen.

The Coffee Bar / Re: What did you dream last night?
« on: May 18, 2016, 12:30:17 pm »
Good grief! What were you imbibing or ingesting the previous evening? You weren't listening to too much Sorabji, by chance? Clearly, this experience was not as you like it, but was all well that ended well?

Nothing weird ingested or imbibed...! And I hadn't been listening to any Sorabji, let alone too much (is there even such a thing? ;) ). I had listened to Gmeeoorh just before bed, though, that may have had something to do with it.
Ah, yes, possibly. Who was playing? Was it that Bowyer chappie?

Francoise Rieunier, on that out-of-print Disques du Solstice recording I mentioned on here the other week...

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