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The Concert Hall / Re: Crrrritic!
« on: February 27, 2015, 12:56:09 pm »
Clementine Verbiage - could be a self-portrtait of his reviews, but he is, in fact, talking about a disc of orchestral music by Mark Andre!  :naughty:

"There are some intriguing textural ideas along the way... but it’s still hard to suppress a sense of “So what?” when it comes to an end."

The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: February 24, 2015, 10:37:03 am »
That would be The Fright of Spring, I suppose.


Today's smile comes from having a work email in my inbox from a sales-person by the name of, I kid you not, Zeus.

The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: February 20, 2015, 03:34:24 pm »
An email from a colleague asking me to check our archive to see if we have a particular production of "Le Scare du Printemps" (sic)

News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: February 18, 2015, 03:00:15 pm »
A Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in Hull has made news in America after advertising a new venture they somehow managed to call the Krispy Kreme Klub.  :facepalm:

The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: February 17, 2015, 02:36:28 pm »
But a Symphony No. 9 doesn't necessarily have to be a ninth, does it?

I'm sure I've mentioned before, but Theodorakis took a stand against the "tyranny of consecutive numbering" by naming his fourth symphony "Symphony No. 7" and his fifth "Symphony No. 4".

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Your latest purchase?
« on: February 15, 2015, 10:45:24 pm »
Had 20 minutes to kill this afternoon before a trip to the cinema, and passed an Oxfam Music, so thought I'd duck in for a browse. Found the Neeme Jarvi set of Tubin symphonies for less than a tenner... Ker-ching.

News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: February 12, 2015, 07:14:36 am »
Given that Charles has suffered a certain historical . . . erm . . . I was under the impression that the next intended monarch was to be known as George VII (?)

I've heard that, too - though I think I've read somewhere that it was as much to do with his feelings towards his grandfather.

News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: February 11, 2015, 10:08:49 am »
Celebrity does well on game show. Is that news now?!

The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: February 09, 2015, 04:12:36 pm »

The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: February 09, 2015, 04:11:47 pm »
Lydia, oh Lydia, say have you even flippin' heard of Lydia...

Notwithstanding the song being described as "largely forgotten" (seriously, Robin Williams sang it in "The Fisher King", that's how forgotten it is!), but the caption beneath the first image (currently) says "the little known song was first sang by Groucho Marx....".

Theatre / Re: Coming up....
« on: February 09, 2015, 01:13:46 pm »
Have we got any kind of Itchy Theatrical Credit Card thread?!?!?!

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: February 09, 2015, 09:20:42 am »
I see that Hilary Hahn's "Encores" disc, featuring a piece by that Barrett geezer, has won a Classical Grammy....

The Concert Hall / Re: Crrrritic!
« on: February 03, 2015, 01:27:03 pm »
I haven’t (yet) listened to the BBCSO performance of Rihm’s “Tutuguri” as broadcast on Hear & Now at the weekend – listened to a couple of very brief extracts, and it sounds like it’s my cuppa, even though I’m not a proper fan of Rihm’s work (more through lack of knowledge of a lot of it than anything else, I think...), so I’ve ripped a copy for later listening.

But a review on the FT website yesterday caught my eye (annoyingly, I can’t look at it again, as it’s now gone behind a paywall; apparently, as a non-subscriber, I can only see any article once, and only three articles for free in a one month period!). Reviewed by a critic with little affinity with the music she’s reviewing, and I really don’t think a comparison to the shower scene in Psycho is a desirable level of discourse in a broadsheet, let alone words like “scraping” in relation to string technique in a piece the reviewer then goes on to describe as an “ordeal”. The description of the BBCSO members as looking (if memory serves) “bored rigid” sounds rather like she’s projecting her own sensibilities (I know, I wasn’t there, I can’t really counter what she says in that respect, but I’ve seen the BBCSO playing contemporary stuff a fair amount over the years, and they always look pretty committed). Dreadful reviewing, makes Clementine Verbiage look positively insightful by comparison!

The Coffee Bar / Re: The Waffle Thread
« on: January 30, 2015, 11:16:40 pm »
Apropos of absolutely nothing, I found myself wondering, on my commute home last night, what the oldest literary work still in copyright is (working on the UK term of life + 70 years).

A bit of far from exhaustive research this afternoon suggests "The Chronicle of Clemendy" (1888) by the Welsh novelist Arthur Machen (d.1947).

As you were...

George Bernard Shaw, d.1950 - four novels written between 1880 and 1883 all published before the Arthur Machen novel I cited previously, plus one novel, Immaturity, written in 1879, finally published in 1930. Also, a one-act play, Une Petite Drame, written 1884...

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