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by absinthe
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any news of Karl Henning?
Replies: 7
Views: 191

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: 7
Views: 191

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: 6020

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: 6020

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: 6020

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: 7
Views: 191

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: 6020

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: 1406

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: 6020

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: 1406

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: 621

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: 2696

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: 9517

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: 3997

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: 7377

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: 8885

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: 5285

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: 4084
Views: 1020443

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: 7636

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: 7636

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: 2267

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: 4445

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: 12980

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: 14408

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...
by absinthe
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 14408

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

Chalkperson wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:03 pm
absolute rubbish, typical of Thommasini, an old hack with no new words.
Music critics are the worst sort of vampires, feeding off the life-blood of those who actually do the work. Disgusting lot. Cultural eunuchs.
Time artistic criticism was added to the DSM list of mental disorders.
by absinthe
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 14408

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

Belle, Ravel over Verdi or Puccini-you gotta be joking! Len :lol: WHAT? As long as you don't declare Verdi or Puccini over Rossini and Donizetti! Verdi bought Rossini's Music-Churn-Out machine second-hand, probably ebay, but by then some of its functioning had ceased to work. Donizetti was a differ...
by absinthe
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 51
Views: 19105

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

Classical Music died years ago. Hi, Chalkie, As a (still) practicing (if amateur) musician I tend to agree. I haven't composed anything for orchestra for years now, preferring small ensemble pieces that stand a chance of being played. Much the same with listening. Last night I looked nostalgically ...
by absinthe
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 30
Views: 12860

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: 3163

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: 3124

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: 5726

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: 4418

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: 2843

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: 1984

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: 4232

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: 4084
Views: 1020443

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: 3834

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: 2105

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: 3834

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: 3281

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: 2586

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: 1826

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: 4084
Views: 1020443

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: 3753

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: 4084
Views: 1020443

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: 1713

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: 3753

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: 2334

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: 4079

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: 4079

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 ...