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The Concert Hall / Re: Crrrritic!
« on: Yesterday at 07:19:48 pm »
Anyone bothering with Tom Service's series in the Grauniad, a guide to the 50 greatest symphonies ever written?

Today, he's nominated Copland's third....!  :o :facepalm:

21st Century / Re: Brian Ferneyhough
« on: April 16, 2014, 04:25:15 pm »
For what it's worth, you-know-who likes the new CD!

The Opera House / Re: Stilhaus Kitchens Review
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:51:01 am »
Probably one of those new fangled minimalist chappies. I gather the plot is of the kitchen sink drama variety ...

Exits in shame with coat over head.

Formica Nyman?

pass me my coat while you're at it, Mort.

The Opera House / Re: Stilhaus Kitchens Review
« on: April 14, 2014, 09:27:57 am »
This in on the Opera House board... So where is this review of "Stilhaus Kitchens" we're promised by the thread title? (though more importantly, I've never heard of it, so who's the composer?)

The Coffee Bar / Re: CAPTIONS!
« on: April 13, 2014, 03:34:40 pm »

Dammit, I said I wanted to have something to eat with tofu.

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Itchy Credit Card time...
« on: April 12, 2014, 06:49:54 pm »
Just come across this rather splendid looking set of recordings by Ernest Ansermet: French Music

I used to have Ansermet's recording of Faure's Requiem, and have been toying with getting it again, which led me to this set. Plenty of good stuff in there.

But given the overall title of the volume, French Music, what are Cesar Franck and Frank Martin doing in there?!  :facepalm:

News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: April 12, 2014, 06:37:52 pm »
Is this a case of the shibboleth and baggage of the term making the ambition seem overblown? I thought PMD handled this by a deft bit of dramaturgy.  Nyman might be thinking compact one-movement things perhaps?

Well, the Hillsborough symphony is reportedly an hour long (and the 2nd symphony is getting a UK premiere at the RFH in a couple of weeks to celebrate Nyman's 70th birthday, and I seem to recall reading somewhere that it will be around the 30 minute mark), so I don't think "compact" is going to be the order of the day here..!

And ahinton, yes, you might be right!! But as the saying goes, you can lead a Penn to water, but you cannot give him ink. Or something.

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: April 11, 2014, 03:37:12 pm »
This afternoon, I've been spinning Messiaen's Strungalongtoolonga symphony. Sometimes I think it's a rambling pile of over-indulgent nonsense. Sometimes I think it's a glorious and completely bonkers rush. Today, very much the latter...  ;D

News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: April 10, 2014, 12:52:28 pm »
Just been reading about Michael Nyman's forthcoming "Hillsborough" symphony - might be vaguely intrigued to hear it at some point, as, for my sins, I do still like "Memorial" which will feature as one section of said symphony, and I've heard an earlier version of material that will make up another section (a sung list of the names of all the Hillsborough victims).

But it's lead me to discover that it's going to be number eleven in a planned sequence of NINETEEN symphonies....!!  :o  :scream:

The Coffee Bar / Re: Separated at birth
« on: April 08, 2014, 02:31:20 pm »

                                       Miley Cyrus                                                                                         Damien Hirst

News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: April 07, 2014, 11:39:13 pm »
It’s a tough one, Jim.  While I expect most of us here would agree that this sad news is hardly of major significance – and some of us might even think her family should be left to deal with the grief without having to share it with half the world – the fact is that we live in a society where this kind of news is regarded as being important.  I wouldn’t mind betting that if the BBC & others had relegated the news to a minor story more people would have asked why it wasn’t given greater prominence than are now wondering why it was made headline news.  Personally I found myself rather saddened by the news but couldn’t bring myself to start an RIP thread here because I actually don’t know much about the individual beyond the fact that she comes from a family that has had more than its share of tragedy.  The news is probably quite important for the light it shines on our values as a society and, while I agree that ‘first item on The World Tonight’ is probably too much , it’s probably more valid than, say, the prurient reporting of the Pistorius trial.

Oh, I certainly have no problem with this news being reported, but Peaches Geldof was a figure who didn't particularly achieve anything great as a philanthropist, didn't leave a good body of work as an artist, didn't contribute any real discoveries or wisdom to the world. Achieving a level of fame on the basis of being the offspring of particular parents probably isn't the greatest of achievements, but realistically, what else did she achieve? Beyond being, very evidently, a loving family member and a devoted mother. But then, lots of ordinary people do that every day...

Compare the news to the recent death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, which was rightly reported as major news, but somewhere appropriately down the news itineraries.

News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: April 07, 2014, 10:07:25 pm »
Not wishing to make light of the sad news regarding the death of Peaches Geldof, but the FIRST item on the BBC 10 o'clock news??? Oh, FFS....

News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: April 07, 2014, 01:51:56 pm »
I think this announcement is six days too late, but John Lydon to star in piece by fellow punk and notorious anti-establishment figure.  :o :o :o :facepalm:

The Concert Hall / Re: Forthcoming concerts in London
« on: April 05, 2014, 02:30:45 pm »
....Pascal et Ami Roge doing the 2 hand version of La Mer...

What, one hand each?  ;)

The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: April 03, 2014, 04:01:37 pm »
What has made me smile today? The discovery that there is a genuine real living fish called the "Sarcastic Fringehead".

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