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News and Current Affairs / Dmitri Hvorostovsky
« on: November 22, 2017, 11:18:59 am »
Dmitri Hvorostovsky's family have announced this morning that he's died at the all too early age of 55... :(

News and Current Affairs / Robert Hardy / Hywel Bennett
« on: August 03, 2017, 04:40:24 pm »
Blimey, news today of the passing of both Hardy and Bennett... :(

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

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?

Theatre / Samuel French Theatre Bookshop
« on: February 17, 2017, 04:55:28 pm »
I'm sure there'll be members of the forum that might like to know about this (well, "like" might be the wrong word!)...

News and Current Affairs / Heinrich Schiff
« on: December 23, 2016, 11:43:19 am »
A couple of Austrian news sources are reporting that Heinrich Schiff has died, aged 65.  :(

News and Current Affairs / Greg Lake RIP
« on: December 08, 2016, 12:44:49 pm »

I know 2016 has been a crappy year all round, but Greg's the second member of E.L.P. to go this year...  :(

News and Current Affairs / Peter Vaughan, RIP
« on: December 06, 2016, 02:53:13 pm »
That remarkable character actor Peter Vaughan has passed away.  :(

So many remarkable performances to remember from his long career - I guess the pinnacle was his role in Our Friends In The North, playing Christopher Ecclestone's father. His portrayal of the descent into Alzheimers was as brilliant as it was heartbreaking (and I'll always hold a soft spot for his work in Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits and Brazil).

News and Current Affairs / Robert Vaughn RIP
« on: November 11, 2016, 09:01:02 pm »
...and now we can sadly add Robert Vaughn to the list.

Lordy, just how many more good'uns is 2016 going to manage to squeeze in?!

News and Current Affairs / Edward Albee, RIP
« on: September 17, 2016, 08:17:05 am »

Don't really know enough of his work (and for some ridiculous reason I've still never seen Who's Afraid....), but what I do know is incredible. I remember once hearing a tape (late 80s, when I was studying Beckett for the first time) of The Zoo Story. What a remarkable piece that is.

Cinema / "Film As Film"
« on: July 18, 2016, 08:40:44 am »
I'd be reasonably confident that several members of the forum will be familiar with the ground-breaking book "Film As Film" by V.F. Perkins, one of the really seminal pieces of British film criticism, and a cornerstone in the development of film studies as an academic discipline in this country. More recently, he's written very well received books on "The Magnificent Ambersons" and "La Regle du Jeu".

Those forum members probably don't know, however, and may be saddened to learn, that Perkins passed away suddenly on Friday evening.

I knew Victor first as a student (he was one of my lecturers for my masters 21 years ago, and was the supervisor for my dissertation) and subsequently as a colleague for four years working in an administrative role in his department. During those years, there weren't many days where I didn't speak to him in some form over a staff room coffee about something meaningful; film, yes, but more often than not, music. I think about and comment on film a lot (on here, and more so on Facebook), and I'm still entertaining the notion of pursuing my PhD at some point, and most of the ways in which I think about cinema are solidly grounded in my studies with Victor. He's he's been a very formative force, and it's been a joy to have known him.

I shall be endeavouring to screen Ophuls's "Letter From an Unknown Woman" and Ozu's "Late Spring" (the two films I studied most closely with him) by way of tribute in the very near future.

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.

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.

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