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Messages - Jim Penn

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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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The Coffee Bar / Re: What did you dream last night?
« on: May 18, 2016, 10:50:10 am »
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.

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The Coffee Bar / Re: What did you dream last night?
« on: May 18, 2016, 08:31:52 am »
I was a university student in Elizabethan London, and I was being evicted from my hall of residence. I had 40 boxes in my room, all labelled as containing "Compacte Diskes", but it was evident that my mother had not set out from the Midlands with her horse and cart with sufficient days in hand to get to London in time. So I was scrabbling around London trying to find somewhere to store the boxes, when eventually I ran into William Shakespeare who said there was a cupboard at the Globe Theatre I could use. But he clearly had no conception of the size of Compacte Diskes, because when I got to the theatre and opened the cupboard, it was tiny. It was the size of an ironing board, and that's what was in there! I asked Shakespeare why he'd got an ironing board for the Globe Theatre when irons wouldn't be invented for another century or two (oblivious to the irony that I myself was in a similar situation with my Compacte Diskes). But he refused to answer me, and we just stared at each other...

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News and Current Affairs / Re: European Union Youth Orchestra
« on: May 12, 2016, 01:26:11 pm »
Thanks for posting that information, Alistair.

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News and Current Affairs / European Union Youth Orchestra
« on: May 12, 2016, 11:33:59 am »
EUYO to cease operations in three and a half months after European Union withdraws funding...  >:(

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Classical adaptations
« on: May 09, 2016, 09:03:21 am »
also a version by the Japanese keyboard player Tomita, which I found appallingly bland and pointless.
The 10-year-old Oliver Sudden found it very exciting, though, and it could be said to have played an important role in his first 'classical' music experiences. Same goes for Tomita's Debussy.

I heard some of that Tomita stuff in my teens, Birmingham Central Library had a few of them. Didn't think they were particularly dreadful.

I read over at Slipped Disc that Isao Tomita died last week, aged 84...

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Your latest purchase?
« on: May 07, 2016, 12:05:49 pm »
The CD of Haydn's Creation which I was recommended on here. Also just spent £60 replacing Murail's Gondwana etc. I love that disk, shame it's out of print!

Speaking about replacing things, a few days ago I got the Naxos re-issue of Peter Maxwell Davies' "Stone Litany" and "Black Pentecost" which I used to have on the Collins release but somehow seem to have lost/lent/left somewhere in various relocations up and down the country. Marvellous stuff.

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Your latest purchase?
« on: May 07, 2016, 09:54:11 am »
With all the predictability of an episode of Murder She Wrote, my latest purchase arrived 2 days ago - volume five of Sorabji's Transcendental Studies (Frederik Ullen on Bis). This one features nos. 72 to 83, including a rather titanic passacaglia lasting nearly half an hour.

Splendid playing, beautifully recorded.

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Cinema / Re: Re Hitchcock/Truffaut DVD (2016)
« on: May 01, 2016, 09:27:59 pm »
Fine documentary, Stanley - I caught it in a double bill at a cinema a couple of weeks ago (with Strangers on a Train - though sadly the so-called "British" version, missing the coda with the priest on the train).

One minor point of pedantry, though, if I may - it doesn't feature Akira Kurosawa, of course, but Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation, apparently!).

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: April 13, 2016, 08:32:19 am »
For my commute soundtrack this morning, I've had a first spin of the first disc (organ music) of the Brilliant Classics set of the complete Zipoli keyboard works. Lovely stuff indeed.

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The Coffee Bar / Re: Extraordinary album covers
« on: April 12, 2016, 04:37:45 pm »
...particularly the organ piece Gmeeorh which still hasn't been commercially recorded.

Ahem - The disc is out of print, but available in mp3 format.  ;)

(I still haven't got it, but I should really rectify that...)

EDIT - there's also this one on mp3, which I hadn't previously heard of... (ANOTHER EDIT - this one IS available on disc too!).

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The Coffee Bar / Re: Extraordinary album covers
« on: April 12, 2016, 01:35:42 pm »
...he played the solo parts in the pieces with orchestra recorded under Arturo Tamayo.

I've got those recordings - rather remarkable they are.

VERY tempted to try and make a trip to Japan next February to hear him give the Japanese premiere of Opus Clavicembalisticum.

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20th Century / Re: 20th Century Music Waffle
« on: April 12, 2016, 10:05:38 am »

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