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by absinthe
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 30
Views: 4318

Re: Getting a new computer

This computer runs Win 7. Like Jserraglio, I go back to Win 3.1 and my basic use hasn't changed though I now use a Win8 computer for post-processing music and video. However, I hated the idea of having to learn a mass of new cosmetics that, under the hood, run just the same old functions as Xp or ev...
by absinthe
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Foulds' Piano Concerto
Replies: 4
Views: 1663

Re: John Foulds' Piano Concerto

Lyrita in the UK issues a fair bit of his music. I think the concerto is included in their set of "British Piano Concertos". I keep up with this label. Richard Itter the recordist and publisher was passionate about quality and Lyrita LPs were pressed by Decca using half-speed mastering.
by absinthe
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music of Paul Ben Haim
Replies: 4
Views: 1729

Re: Music of Paul Ben Haim

Interesting and about time his work got an airing. My first encounter was his Pastorale Variée for Clarinet, Harp and Strings on a Louisville LP cond: Whitney. I still have it. It led me to explore other works. Two Symphonies are available on the CPO label, his Violin Concerto on ASV. There are othe...
by absinthe
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November
Replies: 11
Views: 2109

Re: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November

He was a wonderful musician to me - on the classical side breathing life into British 20th Century music. His Walton First really brought it to life...a brittle, emotionally draining work until all resolved in the last movement. He even managed to make VW's Sea Symphony vaguely listenable without me...
by absinthe
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aretha Nessun Dorma
Replies: 16
Views: 1982

Re: Aretha Nessun Dorma

Horrid. And I can't get along with women who claim themselves operatic using a microphone.
by absinthe
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang’s Return
Replies: 6
Views: 1026

Re: Lang Lang’s Return

Why is the classical world watching so closely?

Because there's money in it.
by absinthe
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stockhausen’s “Gruppen”
Replies: 3
Views: 1022

Re: Stockhausen’s “Gruppen”

I was once a fan of Stockhausen, less so now though I'm still fond of his Kontakte and Telemusik. I have an LP somewhere of Gruppen (c/w Carré for 4 orchestras). IIRC Stockhausen and Maderna were two of the conductors. The problem with Stockhausen is never knowing how accurately a work is being play...
by absinthe
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Mennin - Symphony 2; Flute Concerto 1983
Replies: 1
Views: 3620

Peter Mennin - Symphony 2; Flute Concerto 1983

In case anyone's interested, recordings are available on youtube of his Symphony 2 and the 1983 Flute Concerto. They're pretty horrid recordings but a touch up with an audio editor improves them a little - surprising that the Flute Concerto (a personal live recording at a concert) couldn't be a litt...
by absinthe
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3943
Views: 550245

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Fleming / Calleja doing La Traviata https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71-fjSobhwL._SY445_.jpg Very nice acting on behalf of Renée Fleming although her vibrato is a bit overdone for me. Helps when she doesn't quite hit the hight ones. I'm happier with Beverly Sills doing Violetta and f...
by absinthe
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Artificial Intelligence: Into the Real World
Replies: 8
Views: 2408

Re: Artificial Intelligence: Into the Real World

Change the world for the better? Drastically? Here's an article on AlphaGo and the machine that taught itself to win every time. Five months later, we received another Nature paper for AlphaGo Zero. Unlike the earlier versions of AlphaGo which learnt how to play the game using thousands of human ama...
by absinthe
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Things you probably did not know about Wendy Carlos
Replies: 4
Views: 1258

Re: Things you probably did not know about Wendy Carlos

The most important figure in Electronic Music? Ridiculous statement. Someone doesn't know their stuff. Some of the important composers in electronic music were reported in Die Reihe. Volume 1 was titled "Electronic Music", a survey and collection of useful articles. There's a pdf (English) for anyon...
by absinthe
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Artificial Intelligence: Into the Real World
Replies: 8
Views: 2408

Re: Artificial Intelligence: Into the Real World

A subject that interests me. It's been my belief for a while that AI "machines" are the next evolutionary step. It's human arrogance to think of itself as the end of the evolutionary line. So I was intrigued to find Max Keiser reporting his belief that, the way things are progressing, AI will eventu...
by absinthe
Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elgar "Introduction and Allegro"
Replies: 10
Views: 1828

Re: Elgar "Introduction and Allegro"

As acknowledged in posts so far the Introduction and Allegro is a fine work. But if I may pick up on one of Belle's comments about his symphonies being bombastic he was so enthused about pomp and the military parade that it's no surprise to me. I've said my piece on the symphonies before - but what ...
by absinthe
Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LP needle wear and tear
Replies: 5
Views: 1486

Re: LP needle wear and tear

I still have some CD-4 quadraphonic discs for which I always use a Shibata tipped stylus. I bought an Ortophon cartridge recently because I've reverted to LPs, this cartridge allowing me to swap the Shibata stylus for a standard elliptical. There are several reasons for using a Shibata stylus but th...
by absinthe
Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 78 RPM online collection released
Replies: 2
Views: 1111

Re: 78 RPM online collection released

There were days long ago when you could order a pressing against a matrix number from HMV, dare say Columbia (UK) too, and see what turned up. Apparently collectors pored through the catalogues for blank artist/title entries.

Interesting times.
by absinthe
Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3943
Views: 550245

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

. . Happened upon this early Meyerbeer last night. He'd made friends with Rossini. Given its première in 1819. Nice singing and good live recording atmosphere. . https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81Bkn5MjPML._SL1209_.jpg . I swore I'd buy no more CDs but this is the only form availabl...
by absinthe
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The "top" 35 female composers in classical music
Replies: 7
Views: 1988

Re: The "top" 35 female composers in classical music

Interesting. Thank you.

No Ruth Gipps, then, nor Elizabeth Lutyens, Elisabeth Maconchy, Grace Williams....a brief mention of Thea Musgrave.

I have listened to a few of those listed.
by absinthe
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3943
Views: 550245

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Tippett - The Knot Garden - Colin Davis

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by absinthe
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Times Article Proms
Replies: 2
Views: 1056

Re: NY Times Article Proms

Frankly the BBC should be scrapped or turned into a subscription service. It is far from impartial in its news broadcasts and no one seems able to exert any control over it. Radio 3 and the proms have been going downhill for a decade. People have to pay £150 per year tax (called a "TV license") just...
by absinthe
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The "top" 35 female composers in classical music
Replies: 7
Views: 1988

Re: The "top" 35 female composers in classical music

Oh dear. It wouldn't let me on unless I disabled my adblocker.
I didn't so I'll just have to imagine who's on the list not that I can think of 35 female composers.
by absinthe
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dresden Staatskapelle does pop!
Replies: 4
Views: 1362

Re: Dresden Staatskapelle does pop!

Seems to be what music is coming to these days. I looked through the BBC Proms programme and didn't feel inspired to book even one. There are just a couple I'll listen to at home. The whole series will be a good intro for someone wanting to find out a little about "classical music".
by absinthe
Tue May 02, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"
Replies: 8
Views: 2196

Re: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"

That got me thinking about the B minor Sonata which is full of Lisztian notation quirks. Just picked on a couple in the first section, the transition to the cantando Have a look at the bits I ringed in red. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/quinesse/liszt.jpg The first ones are the enharmonic c...
by absinthe
Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"
Replies: 8
Views: 2196

Re: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"

Well, he wrote it as a demisemiquaver intending the pianist should give it that value, without cluttering the stave with double-dotted quaver rests or as was common then a quaver and dotted semiquaver rest. He may have drafted it on two staves. The version I have spreads it on 3. Alas, I can't play ...
by absinthe
Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Give us More Meyerbeer
Replies: 24
Views: 3753

Re: Give us More Meyerbeer

Long overdue that Semiramide was given a serious try. Riedel can manage the part moderately well with Bonynge but the recording has a number of cuts (not detailed) so one has to take what's there and lump it. It's a very difficult part by all accounts premièred bu Carolina Bassi, at one point a cont...
by absinthe
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 13443

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

Must admit I've never really liked them until he got to his 4th. As a composition student I was warned never to get involved with the 6th and 7th as "they were so infectious." I got on well with those. The string writing is brilliant. Music didn't seem to flow too well for him. His #2 took him ages ...
by absinthe
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"
Replies: 8
Views: 2196

Re: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"

I haven't a clue how one quotes in this new site format but... at 29 seconds, just after the start of the thematic stuff, it's 2/4. The bass is in 2/4, the decorations in the middle stave are also 2/4 in groups, per half beat, of i) a quaver rest + 2 semiquavers and ii) 4 semiquavers, the group maki...
by absinthe
Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Chords in Music History
Replies: 15
Views: 2970

Re: The Greatest Chords in Music History

I was once interested in all this stuff but reckon in the end that the best theory did for me was - help me keep control and get quicker to where I wanted to be - be able to transpose on the fly when playing. Harmony may be about chords but it was always progressions to me so knowing what went into ...
by absinthe
Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata
Replies: 47
Views: 7663

Re: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata

Brave! You'll need to be able to shake octaves out of your sleeve for the last section, Takes quite some endurance. Actually I like Horowitz for the contrast he brings in the first section (thinking back to his earlier recording on 78s) like the cantando expressivo that starts around page 6. I under...
by absinthe
Mon Aug 01, 2016 6:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3943
Views: 550245

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Nielsen: Symphony 5 + Maskarade.

Thomas Jensen conducting the Danish State Radio Orchestra.


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by absinthe
Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Brexit: New Yorker cover
Replies: 6
Views: 1538

Re: Brexit: New Yorker cover

As situations go, the popular economic arguments largely hinge on the abstract rather than the actuality of what's happening in the EU itself. Typical in a way, based on the utterances of politicians and economists who rarely agree anyway. Greece might have ditched the Euro and the EU if Tsipras had...
by absinthe
Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Brexit: New Yorker cover
Replies: 6
Views: 1538

Re: Brexit: New Yorker cover

Not absurd at all - a perfect visual metaphor for what a small majority of voters in the UK have done to themselves and their country. Whatever you may think of the EU - and nearly half the voters in the UK wanted to remain in it - British withdrawal will hurt Great Britain economically, it's just ...
by absinthe
Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Islamic State: heading for a fall?
Replies: 3
Views: 1086

Re: Islamic State: heading for a fall?

The problem is that it's the extreme end of an ideology which is hardly likely to be wiped out any time soon. Groups with similar intent are a) arising all the time and b) affiliating themselves with IS. It's spread worldwide now. You have it in the US, it's in China, it's in Europe, Bangladesh, muc...
by absinthe
Tue Jul 12, 2016 2:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Perhaps this should worry people
Replies: 2
Views: 931

Perhaps this should worry people

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/688426/Germany-draws-up-plans-for-greater-military-powers-in-EU-and-NATO "Germany draws up plans for greater military powers in EU and NATO" As Germany will pay for it and control its posture through Brussels as it does almost everything these days one has to wond...
by absinthe
Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ginastera's "Bomarzo"--Finally!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1946

Re: Ginastera's "Bomarzo"--Finally!!

Well, I love 12-tone music, the more outrageous and bombastic, the better (one of my favorite pieces is Schoenberg's "Moses und Aron"). For various reasons (fairly clear to me) I've "gone off" 12-tone music of late. One such is that by its very nature it becomes "internationalised" - basics of its ...
by absinthe
Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Brexit: New Yorker cover
Replies: 6
Views: 1538

Re: Brexit: New Yorker cover

A nonsense of course. Many countries have broken away from imperial control or act entirely independently and do well, without ever having been near the EU. Australia, Canada, New Zealand (and now Switzerland that has scrapped its application) have done very well. Japan and China are nothing to do w...
by absinthe
Sat Jul 02, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 22
Views: 3889

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

Midori who's technically a whizz but none too artistic. I wonder what you can possibly mean by "none too artistic." I'd say the opposite. Vivid in my memory is a performance of the Berg concerto she gave with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Hugh Wolff that was probably the most beautiful and ...
by absinthe
Sat Jul 02, 2016 5:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: About the European Union
Replies: 2
Views: 837

Re: About the European Union

In practice no democracy exists for any ordinary EU citizen so far as the actions and lawmaking of the EU goes. Limited democracy exists within each member state but it’s an edited choice. It must comply with Brussels. Governments are increasingly at each others’ throats though now the venom seems d...
by absinthe
Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 22
Views: 3889

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

I confess to quite liking his playing in the sweet, lyrical repertoire. I have yet to hear another playing Lalo's Symphonie Espagnol as "nicely" (thought the Saint Saens Havanaise on the B side is a little over-sweet for me). I love his interpretations of the Mendelssohn concerti and what he recorde...
by absinthe
Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: U.K. to leave the European Union
Replies: 13
Views: 2744

Re: U.K. to leave the European Union

Sums up the main points well. It's been simmering for some time - the transformation from a common trading arrangement into a vast political and fiscal union has raised resentments among many member states. No sooner had the result been announced than Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen demanded referen...
by absinthe
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ginastera's "Bomarzo"--Finally!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1946

Re: Ginastera's "Bomarzo"--Finally!!

I had a video of that (probably made illicitly) at the ENO way back. Neither picture nor sound were very good but it was during his 12-tone excusions, if I remember rightly. It isn't something I'd buy; simply because it would only get a couple of listens what with everything else. If one comes my wa...
by absinthe
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brexit and the classical CD
Replies: 6
Views: 1598

Re: Brexit and the classical CD

Well, huhhhhhh, it was a price to pay - did I want a British-run Britain or a Merkel-run one via Brussels, which is what it's becoming? But the good news about the £ dropping is exports are cheaper, as seems the thrust of this thread. Enjoy. It's a pendulum. When I first joined this site the $ was s...
by absinthe
Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Web sites: no comments
Replies: 1
Views: 767

Re: Web sites: no comments

The Daily Telegraph has done this and from reading other sites it seems that people are giving it a miss. I'd thought that comment good or bad could inform people who might be interested in public opinion. Shame. Politicians, editors and academics will have to discover what people think of their out...
by absinthe
Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brilliant Liszt Compendium
Replies: 2
Views: 1392

Re: Brilliant Liszt Compendium

Looks interesting. I may borrow it first. While I've only ever been able to play two of the Etudes I'm pretty fussy about them - can't stand pianists who wedge the pedal down the whole time**. So...Ovchinikov? I would have been happier with Cziffra on those... he goes more than just technical brilli...
by absinthe
Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierre Boulez dies at 90
Replies: 38
Views: 6705

Re: Pierre Boulez dies at 90

We can but hope his noise-making gets buried with him. Well, maybe not his one complete work, Le Marteau sans Mâitre ....or was it Le Tomato Sauce Manglé? I remember his declaration: "Messiaen wrote brothel music."... which at first made me wonder what kind of brothel he attended. But then I realise...
by absinthe
Sat Dec 26, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Were British Muslims Trumped?
Replies: 6
Views: 1257

Re: Were British Muslims Trumped?

The stories are starting to emerge. http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/12/25/relatives-muslim-disneyland-family-attended-army-darkness-mosque-san-bernardino-terrorists/ Of course, the father protests innocence. Don't they always? P.S. Don't think for a second that I only turn to Breitbart for news...
by absinthe
Thu Dec 24, 2015 7:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Regarding Saint-Saens Most Famous Work:
Replies: 15
Views: 3072

Re: Regarding Saint-Saens Most Famous Work:

The Met, and David Geffen Hall, make do with an electronic organ which is connected when the music requires it, then unplugged and put in a warehouse. Electronic organs are better than they used to be, we're not talking Hammond organs here, but they don't measure up to permanently installed organs ...
by absinthe
Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alexei Lubimov Receives First Cage Cunningham Fellowship
Replies: 6
Views: 1811

Re: Alexei Lubimov Receives First Cage Cunningham Fellowship

No artist is ever "superseded," though their work may go in and out of fashion. As far as continuing the "trajectory" of Cunningham's work, many important choreographers have come out of his dance company over the years, notably including Paul Taylor, but what I've seen of their work isn't a contin...
by absinthe
Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3943
Views: 550245

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

It's sadly, so sadly, just a wish-list item at the mo. Were I rich I'd commission someone to accompany and record Gweneth-Ann Jeffers doing Messiaen's Harawi. I'm not a great fan of Messiaen but he did turn out a few nice ones to my ears, this being one and Jeffers is beautiful with it. I attended a...
by absinthe
Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Welltempered Clavier II - for ORCHESTRA
Replies: 7
Views: 1973

Re: Bach's Welltempered Clavier II - for ORCHESTRA

Very nice. Congrats on making them work. (I normally don't go along with rearranging works for a different medium but these work! Beside, Bach wrote fugues for other media) There are often problems arranging fugues, I well know, marking the entries enough. Pleasant to listen to and the balance is so...
by absinthe
Thu Dec 24, 2015 5:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Islamic State - militarily weak?
Replies: 37
Views: 4306

Re: Islamic State - militarily weak?

absinthe, your anti-Muslim propaganda is wrong........ When rwetmore started his thread, "Dispelling the ‘Few Extremists’ Myth," I warned him to stop using Classical Music Guide as a platform from which to spread anti-Muslim propaganda, and now I'm warning you. Stop it, or I'll ask Lance to conside...