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News and Current Affairs / Jeffrey Tate, 1943-2017
« on: June 02, 2017, 11:02:36 pm »
Two days after Belohlavek, more sad news...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40140053

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The Concert Hall / Re: Live Concert Thread
« on: May 10, 2017, 11:32:19 am »
Monumental performance of Opus Clavicembalisticum last night by Maestro Powell (I think the best of the three times I've now heard him play this work).

Anyone at a loose end on Saturday (May 13th) would be strongly urged to get to Oxford to hear his next performance.

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The Concert Hall / Re: Live Concert Thread
« on: May 06, 2017, 03:35:10 pm »
I've been to a couple of Jonathan's things there in the past, Bryn, and it's always just been pay on the door.

Apparently, there were only about 14 people at his performance of OC in Brighton yesterday, so you probably needn't panic too much about ticket availability!

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Proms / Re: 2017 Proms
« on: April 24, 2017, 09:15:44 am »
But then you actually meant "on with Sequentia Cyclica", did you not?!...

Well, I'm sure we can all Raleigh round that idea.

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Proms / Re: 2017 Proms
« on: April 24, 2017, 08:33:13 am »
But I wonder why Barenboim isn't conducting Elgar 3...

Apparently he thinks it's a bit of a payne.

...I'll get me coat...and come back when I've finished ploughing through the online listings.  I had to stop and sit in a darkened room for a while when I saw they were presenting Oklahoma! twice in a day.

Oh come on. It's an Elgar Symphonies cycle. Elgar was a keen cyclist and road a bicycle rather than a tricycle. It's that simple.

[Cycle cape duly donned.]
Bryn has spoke-n and has discreetly avoided mention of handlebars...

Do you have to saddle us with puns like that, Alistair? On yer sequentia cyclica... ;)

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Proms / 2017 Proms
« on: April 20, 2017, 03:10:50 pm »
Well, yet another underwhelming season we have in store.

Might well go to Rattle's Gurrelieder, Monteverdi's Vespers and Schiff's WTK volume 1, am inclined to make an effort to catch Renee Fleming's Knoxville in the flesh, and will definitely be setting aside the time for Eight Songs for a Mad King.

But otherwise, it doesn't look like a very adventurous exercise in programming. And my goodness, Adams' Harmonium for the first night for the second time? Don't get me wrong, I don't mind the piece, it's one of a small handful of his works that I don't mind listening to, but is the pool of works for the FNotP really that thin?

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Television / Re: Television - General Recommendations
« on: March 31, 2017, 04:17:53 pm »
I was looking around iPlayer last night, and I found a batch of archive "Face to Face" interviews that have been put up there as a collection - includes some veritable classic interviews, including the episodes featuring Martin Luther King, Evelyn Waugh, Carl Jung, Edith Sitwell, Bertrand Russell....

They'll be up there for some time. Required viewing, methinks.

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: March 28, 2017, 12:36:35 pm »
As a reward for surviving another planetary orbit of the sun, I was recently given a copy of Hugo Reyne's recording of Rameau's Les Indes Galantes. Having a first listen at the moment, and it's bloody lovely!!

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News and Current Affairs / Re: Pacifica Quartet
« on: March 12, 2017, 03:32:24 pm »
Lovely words, Stanley.

The Pacifica's Shostakovich cycle is complete - the individual volumes were boxed up as a complete set a couple of years ago. I don't know why I still haven't got it! They did a complete cycle at Wigmore Hall in 2011-12 - I went to the first half in one week in October 2011 (numbers 1 to 8, plus the piano quintet with Menahem Pressler), but alas my wife was ill during the second half over one week in March 2012, so I wasn't able to hear any of those. More's the pity, the first half was beyond remarkable (their 2nd quartet was one of very best performances of a single piece I've ever heard!).

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News and Current Affairs / Re: Pacifica Quartet
« on: March 11, 2017, 12:13:03 pm »
In spite of the previous announcement that Simin Ganatra would be leaving the Pacifica Quartet at the end of the 2015-16 season, she appears to have changed her mind, and was still thankfully very much present on the stage at Wigmore Hall with the quartet last night (fantastic performances of a Haydn quartet, Shostakovich's 3rd, and the Ravel).

Shame I didn't enjoy a moment of it, though, owing to a chap close to me and in my eyeline whispering to his wife during the Haydn, coughing fairly incessantly during the Shostakovich, and conducting the Ravel and arching around in his seat like he was Lang Lang. Very frustrating evening indeed.

Still, the mics were out, so I hope a Wigmore Hall Live release will be ensuing and I can actually get some emotional involvement in the performances.

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Television / Re: Television - General Recommendations
« on: February 28, 2017, 02:35:19 pm »
Interesting to hear Brian Ferneyhough's name pop up on University Challenge last night, in a question asking for the unaccompanied wind instrument for which a number of cited works had been composed (Ferneyhough's Unity Capsule, a 2nd composer and work I can't remember, and Debussy's Syrinx, since you ask)... University Challenge doesn't very often stray into proper "new music" territory!

But as one may reasonably have expected, Paxman (who has repeatedly used the pronunciation Mess-eye-ann for Messiaen) said Ferneyhuff.

Mind you, now I think about it, I do recall seeing some archive material from a BBC general election results programme from the 60s (certainly black and white). Robin Day, no less, saw a result on his screen naming a constituency winner by the name of Ferneyhough - and he too said "Ferneyhuff". Then, after a brief pause: "Erm, well, maybe it's Ferneyhoe.".

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Television / Re: Television - General Recommendations
« on: February 28, 2017, 12:29:58 pm »
Interesting to hear Brian Ferneyhough's name pop up on University Challenge last night, in a question asking for the unaccompanied wind instrument for which a number of cited works had been composed (Ferneyhough's Unity Capsule, a 2nd composer and work I can't remember, and Debussy's Syrinx, since you ask)... University Challenge doesn't very often stray into proper "new music" territory!

But as one may reasonably have expected, Paxman (who has repeatedly used the pronunciation Mess-eye-ann for Messiaen) said Ferneyhuff.

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