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by absinthe
Sat Aug 15, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments
Replies: 18
Views: 1097

Re: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments

One of the posts that really touched the point has been edited. Freedom of Speech, you lot? First Amendment?

I think I have to go. As I said, open debate is silenced at the first stroke.
by absinthe
Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 57
Views: 11257

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

I've never been unhappy with Bruckner. My favourite recordings were the many made by Klemperer, Takashi Asahina, Akira Naito and Knappertsbusch who gives a window on the style of performance typical of the early 20th century, particularly his higher tempi and, interestingly, that he seems to have st...
by absinthe
Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments
Replies: 18
Views: 1097

Re: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments

So much for freedom of speech. I find nothing wrong in expressing an opinion provided it doesn't disadvantage anyone directly. Many people are racist but keep quiet about it. Open debate is silenced before it's even started and it's truly needed but no one dares start it. We in the UK have seen the ...
by absinthe
Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Black Artists on How to Change Classical Music
Replies: 3
Views: 496

Re: Black Artists on How to Change Classical Music

It always works the other way around to me too. How many white musicians have effected a change in black classical music (which, like it or not, probably predates white classical music). Ok, they may not have traditional European orchestras and bear a different slant on religion and ceremony but it'...
by absinthe
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cultural Life Is Back in Europe. In the U.K., They Talk of Collapse
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Re: Cultural Life Is Back in Europe. In the U.K., They Talk of Collapse

The government has made a mix of grants and loans to 'the Arts' of 1,700,000,000 gbp. It's a start. . Don't get any idea that European culture (or what's left of it) has suddenly sprung into life. It isn't as simple as that. EU venues are as subject to lockdown restrictions as in the UK. The UK is n...
by absinthe
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TV ads (again) way too much!
Replies: 8
Views: 804

Re: TV ads (again) way too much!

Hello, Lance, I usually record anything I'm likely to want to see - not a lot because I spend much of this lockdown at composing. But when ads come on I flick past them on the remote. . I never respond to ads anyway. Who'd believe them, these firms coming on fanfaring their wares in glowing (and usu...
by absinthe
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4201
Views: 1426722

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

Nielsen's 3rd Symphony / Erik Tuxsen / Radio Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen. Decca LXT 2697. (Interesting because of voices used as instruments in 2nd Movement. Something I'm attempting in a current composition.) . . I can't paste an image directly (Attachment). If I post a link the target could dis...
by absinthe
Thu May 28, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1047
Views: 861009

Re: What I listened to today

Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez - Sinfonia No. 1 - Orquestra Sinfônica de Barra Mansa - Regência
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then reviewing a suite of mine for coloratura and orchestra.
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by absinthe
Wed May 13, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing
Replies: 36
Views: 8675

Re: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing

Thank you for asking, Lance, and to show I'm still around looking in from time to time, my household is ok - not much fun queuing up outside supermarkets but ok with the summary weather. We get by! Been devoting much time to composing and piano practice. Good to be able to have some day to day conti...
by absinthe
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump damages national soul
Replies: 75
Views: 15058

Re: Trump damages national soul

We're getting much the same in the UK. Though we have a Mr Blond rather than Mr Orange(whom I trust more than most in parliament - Mr Johnson, that is) he's been so poorly advised by arrogant, know-all scientific advisers who now admit they looked on this new virus as a variant of the flu - oh dear ...
by absinthe
Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Germany, Trump scores landslide win over other despots like Kim, Putin and Xi as biggest threat to peace & security
Replies: 9
Views: 4986

Re: In Germany, Trump scores landslide win over other despots like Kim, Putin and Xi as biggest threat to peace & securi

Not sure I agree with your analysis of European politics, though I am always happy to snipe at the Germans. Understand. My "analysis" if you can call it that, is pretty loose but based on deeds not words. With only 4 remaining net contributors, the rest being net takers, and Germany likely to come ...
by absinthe
Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Germany, Trump scores landslide win over other despots like Kim, Putin and Xi as biggest threat to peace & security
Replies: 9
Views: 4986

Re: In Germany, Trump scores landslide win over other despots like Kim, Putin and Xi as biggest threat to peace & securi

They would............because he's jolted them from their complacency. Germany pays the most into the EU and naturally expects to run the show. The EU was set up by the Germans for the benefit of Germany and through miles of diktats to member states has created a highly protectionist economy. Most o...
by absinthe
Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Christmas and Ladybird Mr Trump
Replies: 3
Views: 3018

Re: Christmas and Ladybird Mr Trump

True, Barney, they're the 999 series "Ladybird for grown ups". A while ago they did a good one on car routine maintenance and have also done one on Brexit!
by absinthe
Wed Dec 25, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Christmas and Ladybird Mr Trump
Replies: 3
Views: 3018

Christmas and Ladybird Mr Trump

For those who celebrate the festival, a Merry Christmas! Otherwise, happy holidays! I received A Ladybird book about Donald Trump among other presents. . For those who know the Ladybird series can guess what to expect. Here's a couple of clips from it. "Donald has called an important meeting. It is ...
by absinthe
Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 15390

Re: The dejection election

Belle, thank you for posting the Kelly article. It's far close to the mark although I can't be aware of day-to-day living under either President Trump or Mr Morrison. I tend to look on Mr Trump as an astute if a little dodgy businessman. But then, America is a business disguised as a country, isn't ...
by absinthe
Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 15390

Re: The dejection election

"Mr. Johnson is playing another game entirely. Amoral and power-hungry, he’s lying with knowledge, calculation and abandon. He and his advisers have made a ruthless and sinister decision — to subvert and smash up British political culture. They have learned from the successes of the Vote Leave camp...
by absinthe
Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 15390

Re: The dejection election

I've asked many people to tell me exactly what lies Johnson has told. I've yet to receive an answer. I voted on the basis of Johnson's record. He successfully managed London as London Mayor for several years. What has Corbyn/McDonnell or Swinson ever managed? . Do people really imagine the commie Co...
by absinthe
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?
Replies: 41
Views: 13864

Re: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?

Tommasini is a critic, a cultural vampire. Say no more.
by absinthe
Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: World Music Quiz Experiment
Replies: 6
Views: 3297

Re: World Music Quiz Experiment

I seem to remember we had discussions about musical semiotics in the past. I'm not in a position to cast judgement on whether it's worthwhile. To me it ties in with neurophysiology.
by absinthe
Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LPs are now outsellng CDs
Replies: 7
Views: 3545

Re: LPs are now outsellng CDs

A couple of years ago I decided to revert to vinyl when I can. Having to buy "used" is always a risk but with the music I listen to the discs are usually in very good condition. Problems with crackle and pop can near enough be avoided with careful handling. . I find the ritual of "playing a record" ...
by absinthe
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 29330

Re: My topic deleted.

Thanks for the response, John F. It must have been me not submitting it, then. Curious but these things happen. I know that Mr Trump hasn't enamoured himself to many members in this pub and wondered if my post raised enough hostility to have it deleted - not that I was entirely praiseworthy of said ...
by absinthe
Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My topic deleted.
Replies: 50
Views: 29330

My topic deleted.

I wrote a post raising another side to Trump and it's been deleted.
Thank you (not) for that. Thanks for encouraging a more international audience in the pub. I shall think twice before posting here again.
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by absinthe
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Serial Killer dies in jail
Replies: 4
Views: 4796

Re: Australian Serial Killer dies in jail

A most interesting and horrifying story, Belle. . It harks back to the Peter Sutcliffe story here, caught not by detective work but when he was stopped for Road Traffic offence and a connection was made. He's still inside. Just my personal opinion(s) but a) a life sentence should mean life inside, n...
by absinthe
Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Concorde
Replies: 12
Views: 10895

Re: Concorde

Agreed.....except I think another plane that matches in beauty and elegance is the Lockheed SR71, made of titanium painted a very dark blue to cope with heat dispersal and the only plane in which the pilots must wear space suits. . I've been looking out on ebay to see if one comes up at a price I ca...
by absinthe
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debunking Domingo
Replies: 16
Views: 10651

Re: Debunking Domingo

I was reminded of an incident at work in the 80s, when a friend of mine, a courtly Englishman, held the door open for a female journalist, who rounded on him saying he was a sexist pig and she could open her own door. But of course most women - and men - who receive this courtesy smile their thanks...
by absinthe
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any news of Karl Henning?
Replies: 10
Views: 10769

Re: Any news of Karl Henning?

Thank you for these snippets. At least he seems to have recovered. I don't have a Faceache account so unless he has a public page I won't be able to visit it. I'll try, though. Edit: There are so many Karl Hennings on Faceache.... Just register with GMG Classical Music Forum and you'll find him. Lo...
by absinthe
Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any news of Karl Henning?
Replies: 10
Views: 10769

Re: Any news of Karl Henning?

Thank you for these snippets. At least he seems to have recovered. I don't have a Faceache account so unless he has a public page I won't be able to visit it. I'll try, though.

Edit: There are so many Karl Hennings on Faceache....
by absinthe
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 72
Views: 47017

Re: Standards for New Music

Just a reminder that there are listeners for whom new music is not too much effort but an instantaneous joy. There are few of those listeners on this particular board (one?), but those listeners do exist, listeners who actively seek out music they've never heard before (the model of listening that ...
by absinthe
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 72
Views: 47017

Re: Standards for New Music

Thank you for your kind comments, Belle. It's the liberal lefties who call the AfD "far right". Yes, they lean to the right and are nationalists only inasmuch as they want to preserve the Germany they know and love. It's less xenophobic than trying to mend the fracture in their culture. There are pl...
by absinthe
Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 72
Views: 47017

Re: Standards for New Music

I've got living relatives who were in WW2 so it's still fresh in our family's memory. Belle I am concerned when I read something like this though-and of course there's Trump and his fine people on both sides! Regards, Len as Germany Forgotten the Lessons of the Nazis? The country’s culture of remem...
by absinthe
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any news of Karl Henning?
Replies: 10
Views: 10769

Any news of Karl Henning?

Just asking if he's recovering and how he is. He and I didn't get on too well for various reasons but I was always ready to appreciate him as a composer. I wrote a soliloquy for clarinet but never gave it to him. I wish him well all the same and wonder if anyone has news and if in contact, please pa...
by absinthe
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 72
Views: 47017

Re: Standards for New Music

In many cases, only repeated hearings will enable you to decide if you like a new work or not . And if one initially doesn't like a work, you should be willing to give it repeated hearing,s because you could begin to like it more this way . True - but over a period of time this usually needs a reco...
by absinthe
Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schnabel/Szell/NYPO LvB PC # 3,live 1945
Replies: 19
Views: 15780

Re: Schnabel/Szell/NYPO LvB PC # 3,live 1945

Rach3 wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:59 pm
absinthe wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:40 am
I have no other recordings of these concertos. Perhaps I should go out a bit more.
Huge number of alternatives, of course, but suggest you start with young Jan Lisiecki's recent DGG set at YouTube, very different than Schnabel.
That's what frightens me!
by absinthe
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 72
Views: 47017

Re: Standards for New Music

New music gives a lot of classical listeners no end of grief, apparently. And a lot of listeners return the compliment, with interest, complaining about all the things new music does or fails to do. I recently read a long post on FB about how the hideosities of new music were all the result of a un...
by absinthe
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schnabel/Szell/NYPO LvB PC # 3,live 1945
Replies: 19
Views: 15780

Re: Schnabel/Szell/NYPO LvB PC # 3,live 1945

For me, the Schnabel/Sargent recordings of the 1930s are his best Beethoven concertos, and they have good sound too. The later versons with other conductors, studio and live, aren't on the same level. Agree entirely. I have the LP transfers of these recordings in a boxed set. However, though I can ...
by absinthe
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Plácido Domingo has resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera
Replies: 7
Views: 5536

Re: Plácido Domingo has resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera

Is sex still legal? I don't think it is in the UK without the proper consent forms signed and witnessed in triplicate!

:lol:
by absinthe
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Two women come forward to corroborate E. Jean Carroll's account of being raped by Trump
Replies: 4
Views: 4530

Re: Two women come forward to corroborate E. Jean Carroll's account of being raped by Trump

One can't help ask why complain this late after the event and this crucial time?
by absinthe
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: It's Time To Let Classical Music Die
Replies: 18
Views: 14236

Re: It's Time To Let Classical Music Die

Classical Music is Inherently Racist So what? So is Reggae, so is Zouk, so is Kompa, so are Ragas.... I have to confess disdain for politicising music. There are plenty of different colours of musicins around today and no one is barred from any musical activity if they have the talent and presentat...
by absinthe
Thu May 23, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Firing Up the Neural Symphony
Replies: 2
Views: 4822

Re: Firing Up the Neural Symphony

Neurophysiology has interested me for years. Problem is keeping up with developments. I seriously doubt anything can be discovered about how we assimilate experience as we do when exposed to music (or perhaps anything else), why our preferences are as they are, why our emotional reactions vary in th...
by absinthe
Thu May 23, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WIP - LP deaccessioning
Replies: 11
Views: 9424

Re: WIP - LP deaccessioning

I've recently returned to vinyl where possible. I vowed to buy no more CDs and consider downloading digital as a very last resort. I bought a Rega turntable - nice job but overall, flawed design if wanting to fit certain cartridges. I use a Shibata tipped stylus. Canned music is canned music whichev...
by absinthe
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 12904

Re: Classical Music Streaming

My question is 'what's the point' when one can download these longer works to audition at one's leisure? They can almost always be copied into a portable player if one wants them on the go but I can't think of many people I know who could stream an hour-long work without interruption or inconvenienc...
by absinthe
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Record biz news
Replies: 11
Views: 8034

Re: Record biz news

Something I can applaud as I no longer buy CDs unless one is a must-have and there's no other choice (and there aren't many of those). I'm happy enough with streaming if I can't get it on vinyl. True, sometimes one has to buy a pre-owned copy but most "classical" enthusiasts treat their records with...
by absinthe
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4201
Views: 1426722

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

Still searching for Rosenberg's 3rd Symphony cond: Tor Mann /Stockholm Symphony
LXT2285.

I'd be adding it to my collection if only it appeared somewhere!
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by absinthe
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In a Season of Boys’ Choirs, a Question: Why No Girls?
Replies: 18
Views: 12052

Re: In a Season of Boys’ Choirs, a Question: Why No Girls?

Ms Garrett spoke of equality which to me is glib nonsense. Boys don't equal girls in many ways. I'd sooner it was called parity. Their life expectancies are different for a start. In spite of the politically correct mob trying to eliminate gender, each serves a different purpose in the reproductive ...
by absinthe
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In a Season of Boys’ Choirs, a Question: Why No Girls?
Replies: 18
Views: 12052

Re: In a Season of Boys’ Choirs, a Question: Why No Girls?

Some of the reasoning may be right but it could also be to do with the homogeneity of the voices. The prepubescent girl and boy voices are simply a different timbre as one of her critics says. There are all-girl choirs and a few altos who can reach the bottom tenor C. I'm surprised the Ms Garrett ri...
by absinthe
Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Solo piano music of William Baines and William Hurlstone
Replies: 2
Views: 3063

Re: Solo piano music of William Baines and William Hurlstone

Recordings of a few of Baines' piano works were also issued by Lyrita on SRCS60 (along with some Moeran). Intriguing but sad that he had such a short life. I have this LP.

The edition should also have been released on CD. As I understand, the entire Lyrita catalogue was reissued on CD.

Nice one.
by absinthe
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Earl Wild remembered
Replies: 8
Views: 5955

Re: Earl Wild remembered

Can anyone forget Earl Wild? I have several recordings of from which I've taken much inspiration. (It was him who taught me the knack of playing a melodic line with the thumbs freeing the fingers to play either side, through one of his compositions. Lisztian in a way.) All his compositions are diffi...
by absinthe
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Henning
Replies: 19
Views: 22744

Re: Karl Henning

Sad news. Truth is, we never got on well here but as a human and fellow composer I so hope he recovers quickly. An awful blow to him and his family. . Oh...it looks like you need a facebook account (or are prepared to sign up for one) to be able to donate. The terms and conditions run into about 350...
by absinthe
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 29999

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

I was essentially referring to compositional style and musical innovation - in which case Ravel easily outstrips both opera composers, IMO. For me, it's often difficult trying to discern which piece is by Puccini and which by Verdi (I'm speaking about arias here), but there is (apart from the execr...