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News and Current Affairs / Edward Albee, RIP
« on: September 17, 2016, 08:17:05 am »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37394714

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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News and Current Affairs / Peter Shaffer, 1926-2016
« on: June 06, 2016, 04:28:11 pm »
Peter Shaffer has died, just a few weeks after turning 90...

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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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News and Current Affairs / Harper Lee / Umberto Eco
« on: February 20, 2016, 08:42:54 am »
News that Harper Lee died yesterday has only been compounded by the news this morning that Umberto Eco has died.

Jeez, some BIG names going this year, and we're not even two months in. :(

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News and Current Affairs / Alan Rickman
« on: January 14, 2016, 12:54:30 pm »
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jan/14/alan-rickman-giant-of-british-film-and-theatre-dies-at-69

Lemmy, Boulez, Bowie, now Alan Rickman... What a crappy couple of weeks.

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Making Music / Maurice Hinson
« on: November 13, 2015, 01:46:41 pm »
I know a lot of piano music as a listener, but beyond a few rudimentary bashes through a tiny handful of pieces, I wouldn't even remotely presume that I can play the piano, and so I've never really gone to the trouble of looking through a lot of the piano literature on the page. But by 'eck, even *I* knew about Maurice Hinson's publications on piano repertoire. Sad, then, to read that he's died...

http://slippedisc.com/2015/11/death-of-americas-great-piano-guide/

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News and Current Affairs / Roger Smalley
« on: August 19, 2015, 09:09:10 am »
I see that composer/pianist Roger Smalley passed away yesterday... :(

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News and Current Affairs / organist John Scott
« on: August 13, 2015, 11:45:49 am »
Oh my, just read that organist John Scott (much recorded on Hyperion, inter alia) has died suddenly in New York, days after finishing a European tour.

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News and Current Affairs / Omar and Roger...
« on: July 11, 2015, 11:21:40 am »
I dunno, Omar Shariff yesterday, and news this morning of the death of Roger Rees, so extraordinary in that RSC Nicholas Nickleby almost 35 years ago... :(

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