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Cinema / Re: "Napoleon" (1927)
« on: Yesterday at 11:07:28 pm »
Hi Stanley - yes, I saw the listing for that a few weeks ago. Very exciting - and the extras include a late 60s BBC documentary on Abel Gance (narrated by Lindsay Anderson), featuring interviews with Gance and Albert Dieudonne (who played the adult Napoleon). I suspect that hasn't seen the light of day since it was first broadcast, so it's great that it's being made available (and that it has actually survived the various archive clearances at the Beeb in the 70s and 80s!).

The only thing that tempers my excitement is that the film is being released in 4:3 ratio. Given that tellies are getting preposterously bigger and that an increasing number of cinephiles are switching to projectors for home video, I'd hoped the BFI might include an option to view the entire film in a 4:1 ratio (so that the whole film can be viewed in the right size for the final triptych to work), but it appears that's not going to be the case. Still, having the complete Brownlow version is going to be a joy. I hope they'll be selling pre-release copies at the RFH when Carl Davis and the RPO accompany the film at the beginning of November - my credit card is primed!!! :)

The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: August 25, 2016, 12:55:14 pm »
Tired of Nabokov? Get Umberto Eco...


Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Your latest purchase?
« on: August 25, 2016, 08:43:32 am »
Oh, yeah, that one... I've ummed and ahhed about that one myself, and have clearly left it too late! :(

No umming or ahhing from me. I got each of the five discs as they became available, and for much less than a total cost of £90, but rather more than £20.

That wasn't the one I'd been umming and ahhing about (I've had that set for a few years now, sensational stuff - the recording therein of Jonchaies would be very near the top of a list of favourite Xenakis recordings!). It's that Alpha & Omega set on Accord on which I appear to have missed the boat.

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Your latest purchase?
« on: August 24, 2016, 11:59:57 am »
Oh, yeah, that one... I've ummed and ahhed about that one myself, and have clearly left it too late! :(

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Your latest purchase?
« on: August 24, 2016, 08:41:54 am »
Ah, Walter, that Monteverdi set is remarkable (I got it last Christmas!).

That Xenakis box - is that the Timpani set of Arturo Tamayo recordings? Shame you missed out, there's some incredible stuff in it.

The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: August 18, 2016, 01:59:36 pm »
Sorabji's intricate counterpoint'll knock Lebrecht eventually.


News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: August 15, 2016, 04:22:37 pm »

The Concert Hall / Re: Crrrritic!
« on: August 12, 2016, 11:34:48 am »
Kate "Clements Junior" Molleson - "...the same year Satie started work on his stunningly weird and hypnotic Gnossiennes."

The Concert Hall / Re: Crrrritic!
« on: July 29, 2016, 08:58:03 am »
Beat Furrer's choral music, "hugely attractive". Well, it makes a change from impressive, what!  :naughty:

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.

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Your latest purchase?
« on: July 16, 2016, 11:25:07 am »
Just arrived in the post, the newly released Lyrita release of the 1979 Norman del Mar Radio 3 complete recording of Bantock's "Omar Khayyam" (with a few other bits of Bantock orchestral music to beef it up to a four disc set!). Toyed with the Chandos set for a few years, but always felt reluctant in the knowledge that for some reason, they cut 20 minutes or so of music.

Will be looking forward to giving that a spin very soon!

The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: July 08, 2016, 11:52:02 am »
Bugger off, "Game of Thrones" addicts!


News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: June 24, 2016, 08:44:05 am »
There's some late April Fools story doing the rounds this morning that the UK has voted to pull out of the EU... Can't possibly be true, can it?!

The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: June 23, 2016, 05:30:23 pm »
This, in some marketing from Kings Place... (my emphasis, obviously)

Admired for its sombre and introvert sonority, the  key of G minor is known as the tonality through which Mozart best expressed personal sadness and tragedy. Christian Schubart described it in a word as ʻresentment and dislikeʼ

Cinema / Re: The Tempest
« on: June 22, 2016, 01:26:43 pm »
I suspect you'll be waiting a fair time for a Blu-ray, Bryn. I think the graphical effects (mostly Quantel Paintbox, if memory serves) would have been rendered at a lower resolution than current HD standards, so they might look a little ropey up-converted...

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