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20th Century / Re: Peter Sculthorpe
« on: August 11, 2014, 02:13:27 pm »
Regarding Richard Toop: I spent a pleasant and stimulating evening with him last week, and while he's taken some serious knocks on the health front in the last couple of years I'm pleased to report that he's as sharp as ever.

That's good news at least.

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The Concert Hall / Re: Crrrritic!
« on: June 04, 2014, 02:38:53 pm »
At your Service...

...the LSO’s partnership with their neighbours at the Barbican Centre, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama allows this scheme to operate on a much bigger and ongoing scale. Together, they could be creating an early 21st century musical equivalent of the Manchester United dream team who all played together as teenagers and changed the footballing world, with Cobb and Moore as the Scholesy and Giggsy of the brass section.

 :facepalm: It was only moderately awful until the -ys at the end. Who is this stuff for?

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The IT Helpdesk. / Re: Stilhaus Kitchens Review
« on: May 01, 2014, 01:42:47 pm »
Mods - could we remove the link from OP's signature, please? Thank you!

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Proms / Re: PROMS 2014 Guide
« on: April 25, 2014, 01:19:38 pm »
(Oops, multiple cross posts)

Glad you like the links and guide, Lobachevsky.

Gav's piece definitely isn't for Aurora - and it doesn't use recordings either, but is 'a short, fast, rhythmically fuelled tour de force for full orchestra':

https://twitter.com/gavhiggins/status/459627680552738816/photo/1

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Proms / Re: PROMS 2014 Guide
« on: April 25, 2014, 12:52:22 pm »
There was a young chappie on PM who has been commissioned to write a thing for 11 members of the Aurora Orchestra (god band by repute)

Benedict Mason?
Ben Mason's not that young (60ish), and I'd be utterly astonished if he'd agreed to appear on PM! :laughter3:

I'm looking forward to his piece though (which must be something other than the one marbleflugel describes, although it's for the same ensemble). :) A few other mildly interesting things, but nothing terribly exciting at first glance.

From the [very very] little I know about the Mason piece, I think it involves a lot of trombones, so this doesn't sound like the thing at all.

Update: I've just iPlayed - the composer interviewed was Tom Harrold, a Master's student at the RNCM. His piece (yet to be composed) is apparently going to feature in the Aurora Orch Prom, but his name's not listed in the online Proms guide.

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Proms / Re: PROMS 2014 Guide
« on: April 24, 2014, 06:26:51 pm »
Pet Shop Boys, Laura Mvula, Paloma Faith, Rufus Wainright...

Yeah, that was the bit the Proms people asked me to write up for the guide. About three days after I filed my copy, PF's album came out - and got a mauling...

The Pet Shop Boys thing could be interesting; and Mvula was a shoo-in after stealing last year's Urban Prom. But all four in one season is a bit much, I agree.

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Proms / Re: PROMS 2014 Guide
« on: April 24, 2014, 05:05:07 pm »
As usual, I've written a breakdown of all the new music, for those that are interested:

http://johnsonsrambler.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/promsnewmusic-2014/

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21st Century / Re: Górecki Symphony no.4
« on: April 16, 2014, 02:07:48 pm »
And is that really a John Adams quote in the finale too, or just an accidental likeness? :o

I think an accidental likeness - it comes down to the violin figuration rhythm and one particular chord change, doesn't it? It sounds Nixon-y, but no bit I recognise specifically.

I'm afraid I'm not really feeling this. I didn't go to the premiere because, well, I'm not sure, but very late Górecki doesn't generally do much for me (and I have a pretty high tolerance threshold for a lot of the rest of his work). This I can imagine having more of an impact in the hall, but it's just too bitty for me.

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The Coffee Bar / Re: Des res for sale
« on: April 03, 2014, 11:55:04 am »
Just did the sums. That's not much more than what some Victorian terraces go for round here these days (Charlton, Southeast London).

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Radio / Re: Roger Wright to step down
« on: March 25, 2014, 01:53:23 pm »
My initial impression on reading that Tony Hall announcement was "lot of headline partnerships, not a lot of grassroots". Hope there's more than meets the eye.

Meanwhile, Norman Lebrecht has put forward a list of possible R3 candidates:

http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2014/03/the-next-bbc-music-chief-will-be.html

Edit: Oops, sorry Alistair - I missed that you'd already posted that link ...

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Radio / Re: Roger Wright to step down
« on: March 25, 2014, 09:18:02 am »
Gillian Moore or Jude Kelly would be good bets I reckon.

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Radio / Re: Roger Wright to step down
« on: March 24, 2014, 01:18:56 pm »
Any bets on who's likely to follow?

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Radio / Re: Roots, R3 2200 today
« on: March 24, 2014, 12:31:48 pm »
Picture is Jessica Raine. Perhaps during Beatie's visit to London? (Doesn't look much like a Norfolk farmstead, certainly!)

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The Concert Hall / Re: Crrrritic!
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:46:29 pm »
Plenty of awfulness in this latest from Hewett (I think he may have exhausted his thesaurus for descriptions of Harry Partch and his music: 'oddball', 'weird', 'strange', 'curious' ...), but I wanted to post just because of this oddity:

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This was American sound artist Ellen Fullman, performing her own Long String Instrument. The “piece” she performed in near-darkness lasted about 40 minutes, or possibly longer (one loses track of time in such things)

Ignoring the patronising scare quotes around 'piece' (in what sense is it not?), I'm curious as to how Hewett normally measures time's passing. Does he not have access to a watch or clock? Is he usually counting '1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi' in his head, except when a piece of music proves too distracting?

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