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Messages - Jim Penn

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Proms / Re: proms 2015
« on: April 23, 2015, 01:48:56 pm »
I've no idea what a fiddler is doing on RAH's roof other than endangering him/herself and possibly anyone in the street below.

Yes, that one caught my eye too. Seems quite an oddity for the Proms. I mean, don't get me wrong, I think it's terrific as a staged musical (and the film isn't dreadful), but the music makes up a relatively small percentage of the total work.

I also noticed, with some dismay, that Eric Whitacre is being granted a concert. Is that a trajectory that means we'll get some Karl Jenkins / Einaudi next year???

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Proms / proms 2015
« on: April 23, 2015, 11:40:27 am »
A VERY quick look through the listings suggests I needn't bother planning too many trip to South Ken this summer...

Some very strange events in there, though. I mean, Yo Yo Ma doing all six Bach cello suites in one concert (in the RAH?!!), another concert featuring all five Prokofiev piano concerti...

Will probably make an effort to get to John Foulds' "Three Mantras" and Jon Leifs' organ concerto, and quite possibly Mozart's "Seraglio". Fingers crossed that a few more interesting things leap out when I've had a deeper delve tonight.

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The Coffee Bar / Re: The Twilight Zone
« on: April 18, 2015, 03:18:29 pm »
Disconcerting message on an electronic sign on board a train journey a couple of hours ago...

Welcome aboard this First Great Western service from Out of Service to Out of Service calling at Out of Service.

 ???

Thankfully, it ended up going where I hoped it was going!

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News and Current Affairs / Re: Ronald Stevenson (1928-2015)
« on: April 13, 2015, 04:58:59 pm »
I found a video on youtube the other day of Richard Black performing the Passacaglia on DSCH in Scotland in 2012, but until today haven't had the requisite time to listen to it; but I have now, and it's a splendid rendition (even better than when I saw him play it in Deptford in 2009): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk4-5Y39aRw

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The Coffee Bar / Re: The Minor Moan thread
« on: April 13, 2015, 04:34:10 pm »
But I'm already disappointed - that I don't have it yet. :)

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The Coffee Bar / Re: The Minor Moan thread
« on: April 13, 2015, 02:16:33 pm »
Had an email from the River People this morning- saying that because I'd bought something from them recently that cost more than a tenner, they were giving me a two quid voucher for use in their Kindle store. It would be applied to my account immediately...

Expiry date on the voucher is listed as March 31st 2015.

(I have kindle for PC, not an actual Kindle per se, and I've only bought two Kindle books in, what, four years, so the likelihood of my using the voucher was roughly nil, but even so...)

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The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: April 10, 2015, 12:59:49 pm »
Can only echo the good wishes above. Here's hoping you'll be....

 :penguindance:

....before too long.  :naughty:

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Sought recordings thread
« on: April 08, 2015, 07:03:21 pm »
Watched David Lynch's "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" the other night (not nearly as good as I remember, but that's by the by...). On the soundtrack at the film's climax is an extract of Cherubini's Requiem in C minor. Not a work with which I'm remotely familiar, but the extract sounded rather good.

So, any recommendations?

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News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: April 01, 2015, 01:35:08 pm »
Wonderful Page 3 story in the Grauniad today. Quite made my day. Just a shame it was not covered yesterday, what?
Which one's that, then?

This one, presumably...

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News and Current Affairs / Re: Ronald Stevenson (1928-2015)
« on: March 28, 2015, 06:57:12 pm »
Someone's already put that on Wikipedia (though no cited source).

The only other place I can see anything is this blog.

Sad news; vale, Maestro Stevenson.

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Announcements / Re: Simon Howard
« on: March 25, 2015, 08:55:28 am »
I didn't really feel up to posting a reaction last night, but what a moving night it was.

Agreed with Mr Harp that the Zaldua piece was a real highlight, and for me I thought Andrew Noble's "The Laugh of the Medusa" was bloomin' remarkable (and, sadly, I agree about the performance of the Bach p+f). The sequence of the concert as a whole was really rather wonderful; if only all concerts could be so imaginatively programmed. Much thanks, as autoharp says, to JSC and everyone else involved - oh, and to JSC for his terrific programme notes (and his few obbligato musical ones too! ;) ).

Nice to meet Don B, George, PW and Ambootia for the first time, and nice run into Bryn and autoharp again, always a pleasure, chaps. And to Selva and JSC, apologies for not sticking around to say hello afterwards (took nearly 100 minutes to get home as it was!).

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The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: March 21, 2015, 03:34:57 pm »
Had to go shopping earlier to pick up some health supplements for Mrs P. Gap on the shelf where they normally were, spoke to manager, they didn't have them in stock at the moment, but they did have an alternative product - same brand, same supplements, but packaged with some omega-3 tablets. One snag, nearly nine quid more expensive - explained to manager that as my good lady wife already has a fairly adequate supply of omega-3 (and -6 and -9 tablets, if memory serves), I said I'd probably wait till they got the other ones back in. So manager said she'd override the price on the till and sell me the more expensive ones at the same price as the ones Mrs P normally gets. Result.

So, smiles for Holland & Barrett today for some proper good customer service.

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The Coffee Bar / Re: Happy Birthday
« on: March 20, 2015, 09:00:59 am »
Is Eh No Bull still knocking round these here parts? Happies to him if he is...

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