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by absinthe
Thu May 23, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Firing Up the Neural Symphony
Replies: 2
Views: 908

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: 1475

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: 6191

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: 3766

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: 4038
Views: 790857

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: 5611

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: 5611

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: 1870

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: 3586

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: 8796

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: 9352

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: 9352

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: 9352

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: 14057

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: 9638

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: 2540

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: 2549

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: 4092

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: 3214

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: 1976

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: 1542

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: 3949

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: 4038
Views: 790857

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: 3202

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: 1711

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: 3202

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: 2646

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: 2079

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: 1494

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: 4038
Views: 790857

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: 2930

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: 4038
Views: 790857

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: 1408

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: 2930

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: 1880

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: 3184

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: 3184

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: 4945

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: 19879

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: 3184

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: 4031

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: 11624

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: 4038
Views: 790857

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

Nielsen: Symphony 5 + Maskarade.

Thomas Jensen conducting the Danish State Radio Orchestra.


...
by absinthe
Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Brexit: New Yorker cover
Replies: 6
Views: 2193

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: 2193

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: 1530

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: 1288

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: 2687

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: 2193

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: 5292

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 ...