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by Lark Ascending
Sat Jun 10, 2006 3:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Music for the World Cup
Replies: 14
Views: 5801

I am not too interested in football but it's hard to avoid at the moment as it dominates the British media. It is good, though, to see everyone enjoying themselves at the big screen events and all the English flags flying from cars and windows. I'm pleased England won their match today, even though ...
by Lark Ascending
Sun Jun 04, 2006 12:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Your composers A-Z?
Replies: 11
Views: 8078

Plenty of gaps in mine as I have nothing by composers whose names begin with A, I, J, L, O, Q, U, W, X, Y and Z.
by Lark Ascending
Sun Jun 04, 2006 12:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Future of Bookstores
Replies: 48
Views: 12988

Haydnseek wrote:Exploring second hand bookshops is one of my favorite pastimes. Ever been to Hay-on-Wye in Wales, a village with something like 40 bookshops? I hope to get there one day.
I didn't know this. It sounds like just the place for a bookworm like me :)
by Lark Ascending
Sat Jun 03, 2006 3:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Future of Bookstores
Replies: 48
Views: 12988

One of my favourite things to do, when visiting London, is to browse the shelves of the second hand bookshops situated on Charing Cross Road. I would hate to think that such places would eventually be rendered obsolete by so-called progress.
by Lark Ascending
Sat Jun 03, 2006 3:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: How Did We Get From There to Here?
Replies: 10
Views: 25442

The problem with modern popular music is that it's inflicted on all of us whether we want to listen to it or not. You only have to walk into any high street shop for your eardrums to be assaulted by the latest noise. It makes a pleasant change on the rare occasions the shops in my town change the CD...
by Lark Ascending
Tue May 30, 2006 2:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: George Galloway Openly Solicits Blair's Murder
Replies: 7
Views: 6095

It was after last year's British General Election so yes, it was indeed his devoted east London constituents (not so devoted after his "decadent" antics in the Big Brother house though :lol: )
by Lark Ascending
Mon May 29, 2006 3:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: George Galloway Openly Solicits Blair's Murder
Replies: 7
Views: 6095

Unfortunately it is often the case that such people are surrounded by a crowd of toadies and sycophants that hang on their every word. I recall his election as an MP when he was carried through the streets of his constituency on the shoulders of his, ahem, adoring followers.
by Lark Ascending
Mon May 29, 2006 3:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: What's your favorite Beethoven symphony?
Replies: 55
Views: 25058

I voted for the 6th.
by Lark Ascending
Mon May 29, 2006 2:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Todays Purchases
Replies: 179
Views: 73808

Mark, It is a 9 CD box set released on EMI Classics. Disc 1 - Toward the Unknown Region, Dona nobis pacem, Fantasia on the Old 104th Psalm Tune, Magnificat Disc 2 - various VW orchestral works (Partia, Concerto Grosso, Tallis Fantasia, Romance & The Lark Ascending) Disc 3 - Five Tudor Portraits, Ben...
by Lark Ascending
Mon May 29, 2006 2:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What do CMGers do for Memorial Day weekend?
Replies: 24
Views: 57439

jbuck919 and RebLem, thank you for answering my question. In Britain the nearest equivalent is the two minutes silence observed at 11am on November 11th in memory of the First World War dead.
by Lark Ascending
Mon May 29, 2006 2:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: George Galloway Openly Solicits Blair's Murder
Replies: 7
Views: 6095

No-one in Britain takes this "gentleman" at all seriously since his infamous appearance on Celebrity Big Brother (he pretended to be a cat licking cream from actress Rula Lenska's hands).
by Lark Ascending
Sat May 27, 2006 3:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What do CMGers do for Memorial Day weekend?
Replies: 24
Views: 57439

Pardon my ignorance, but could someone explain what Memorial Day is supposed to commemorate as it's not a British holiday. I'm guessing it's to do with remembering the victims of World Wars 1 & 2 - please correct me if I'm in error.
by Lark Ascending
Sat May 27, 2006 2:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Todays Purchases
Replies: 179
Views: 73808

Vaughan Williams - Choral & Vocal Collection, a 9 CD box set (also includes works by Bax, Butterworth, Elgar, Finzi, Gurney, Ireland and Warlock)

English Wind Music: Holst - Suites 1 & 2 for Military Band & Hammersmith and Vaughan Williams - English Folk Song Suite & Toccata Marziale
by Lark Ascending
Sun May 21, 2006 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 669921

A Naxos compilation of works by Percy Grainger entitled The Power of Love
by Lark Ascending
Sat May 20, 2006 2:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Hey, where's all our great CMG members of late?
Replies: 52
Views: 31330

I've been a forum member for just over six months and have posted infrequently, although I have posted more of late. I feel as though I cannot comment on many of the threads as my knowledge of music is limited to purely listening - I get the impression that a lot of the musicians on this site like t...
by Lark Ascending
Thu May 18, 2006 3:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: "The Da Vinci Code": Sounds Boring
Replies: 32
Views: 17237

Thank you. I took it from the Vaughan Williams section in Harold C. Sconberg's The Lives of the Great Composers. He and Ravel must have been like chalk and cheese together - what the elegant little Frenchman made of a big bluff Englishman who, as someone anonymously stated, "dressed as though stalki...
by Lark Ascending
Thu May 18, 2006 2:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: "The Da Vinci Code": Sounds Boring
Replies: 32
Views: 17237

I haven't read it either, it doesn't appeal to me, although seeing as the film has incurred the wrath of the religious ban everything brigade it may be worth a look.
by Lark Ascending
Thu May 18, 2006 2:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Intellectual snobbery that we can do without ...
Replies: 30
Views: 16742

Heffer comes across as the worst type of classical music snob who will praise a piece of music to the skies should it be played on his beloved Radio 3, but will rubbish the same should it be played on that nasty, populist Classic FM :). How he must long for the days when classical music was the prer...
by Lark Ascending
Thu May 11, 2006 3:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Anyone else ever edited the Wikipedia?
Replies: 6
Views: 4619

You need to be conscious of the short-comings of such user-written content. Just last month there was a mild kerfuffle about politicians writing and editing their entries on Wiki, puffing themselves up, and their enemies coming by and messing with the content. I love it for the links, and often the...
by Lark Ascending
Thu May 11, 2006 2:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Town with No Supermarket
Replies: 11
Views: 6888

Wal-Mart own Asda, another big British supermarket chain. My mother used to work for them, and didn't enjoy it at all. Anyway when trundling around Tesco and adding to their ever increasing profits today, I actually bought some different foodstuffs for a change, rice and a sauce which I'll cook with...
by Lark Ascending
Wed May 10, 2006 3:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Anyone else ever edited the Wikipedia?
Replies: 6
Views: 4619

I only discovered the Wikipedia last week when I was trawling the net for information on Shostakovich. It's now in my list of favourite sites, an excellent source of reference.
by Lark Ascending
Wed May 10, 2006 3:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Town with No Supermarket
Replies: 11
Views: 6888

So have I, around 30 years ago. I remember sitting on the beach with my parents but nothing of Wells itself. I'm surprised to learn the town is a Tesco free zone, much unlike the rest of Britain, it has to be said. I shop at Tescos every other day as it's five minutes walk from my workplace. I usual...
by Lark Ascending
Fri May 05, 2006 3:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: ENO to Premiere Opera About Beloved World Statesman
Replies: 6
Views: 4704

Is this a late April 1st joke? It certainly won't get me within a mile of the opera house - very poor taste indeed.
by Lark Ascending
Fri May 05, 2006 2:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Favorite 5 pieces
Replies: 78
Views: 37690

My favourite 5 are:

Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
Ravel - Mother Goose Suite
Butterworth - The Banks of Green Willow
Shostakovich - Jazz Suite No.2
Chopin - Nocturnes, especially No 10 in A flat
by Lark Ascending
Tue May 02, 2006 2:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Humor in music
Replies: 22
Views: 12176

The march from Shostakovich's Jazz Suite No.2 amuses me, as does his Tahiti Trot.
by Lark Ascending
Tue May 02, 2006 1:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: How many classical CDs/tapes/LPs do you own?
Replies: 30
Views: 15888

I have around 100 CDs which I consider pretty good as it's just under a year since I got into classical music. Some of them came free with classical musical publications, others as a result of trawling through bargain bins. They are rapidly taking over my cabinet.
by Lark Ascending
Wed Apr 26, 2006 2:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: How often do you listen to compilation CDs?
Replies: 43
Views: 23518

I have no problem whatsoever with compilation CDs. I find them extremely useful for providing examples of a composer's works that may prompt me to explore that particular composer in greater depth (or alternatively to give them a wide berth).
by Lark Ascending
Mon Apr 24, 2006 2:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Any glaring omissions in your library?
Replies: 42
Views: 17790

Apart from excerpts on compilation CDs I have nothing by Bach, Haydn, Handel, no Mozart symphonies, only one Beethoven symphony (the 6th), no opera, early music, baroque and, surprisingly, no 12 tone :lol:
by Lark Ascending
Sun Apr 23, 2006 1:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: HILARIOUS 12-Tone "Greatest Hits" Commercial!!
Replies: 21
Views: 7253

I enjoyed the spoof ad. I have to admit to finding something morbidly fascinating in 12 tone music, even though it most definitely isn't my cup of tea (probably the fact that until my music tastes switched to classical I'd never heard anything so... different).
by Lark Ascending
Sun Apr 23, 2006 1:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Schumann vs. Schubert
Replies: 97
Views: 47723

I voted for Schubert as the Trout Quintet is a favourite of mine.
by Lark Ascending
Thu Apr 06, 2006 3:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: How did you get interested in classical music?
Replies: 29
Views: 13324

I became interested in classical music last year after watching a BBC documentary which featured Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending and In The Fen Country which I considered the most beautiful music I had ever heard in my life, enough to prompt me into purchasing a box set of VW's symphonies & orc...
by Lark Ascending
Sun Feb 05, 2006 3:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Todays Purchases
Replies: 179
Views: 73808

Yesterday I had a loverly time shopping for CDs in London and bought the following: Grainger- The Power of Love (Naxos compilation) Gorecki - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs/Three Olden Style Pieces Nielsen - Symphonies No 2 & 3 Ravel - Complete Orchestral Works & Complete Works for Solo Piano I also fo...
by Lark Ascending
Fri Dec 23, 2005 3:05 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Favourite Classical Christams Song/Carol
Replies: 51
Views: 18512

Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols is playing on Classic FM as I type - loverly.
Other carols I like are The Coventry Carol, Gaudete, Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel and a French carol which I think is called Mortal Flesh.
by Lark Ascending
Tue Dec 13, 2005 3:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Anyone prefer the classical period diifiover the romantic?
Replies: 35
Views: 10750

Romantic, Chopin in particular
by Lark Ascending
Sun Dec 04, 2005 11:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: In Joyful Praise of NAXOS
Replies: 9
Views: 2746

As someone new to the world of classical music, I have found Naxos' "Best of" series extremely useful as a means of introduction to the work of several composers.
by Lark Ascending
Sat Dec 03, 2005 5:18 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Image Of Classical Music in the present day
Replies: 9
Views: 3366

It would make a pleasant change to hear VW or Chopin issuing forth from a passing car stereo as opposed to the rap (the c is silent, obviously) that assaults my ears on a daily basis.
by Lark Ascending
Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Todays Purchases
Replies: 179
Views: 73808

Bruch: Scottish Fantasy
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole (both on the same CD)
Delius: Florida Suite, North Country Sketches, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, Air and Dance
by Lark Ascending
Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What was the first Classical Cd you bought?
Replies: 21
Views: 7578

My first classical music purchase was by Vaughan Williams, an 8 CD box set of his nine symphonies and other orchestral works.
by Lark Ascending
Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Katherine Jenkins
Replies: 9
Views: 4846

I saw her featured on a BBC2 arts programme last week. The general opinion was that although she is viewed as "classical light", it's the crossover potential of the likes of Jenkins that keeps the classical music industry alive in Britain. She's not to my taste, although as I said in the thread abou...
by Lark Ascending
Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Image Of Classical Music in the present day
Replies: 9
Views: 3366

Living in Britain, I have to agree with Daniel that classical music is perceived as boring, pretentious music listened to by upper or middle class people - I have to confess that up until earlier this year I would have though the same. Thankfully I saw the error of my ways :lol: I do think that Clas...
by Lark Ascending
Sun Nov 13, 2005 2:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Percy Grainger
Replies: 8
Views: 2198

Thank you, MaestroDJS, for your informative appreciation. Grainger is a recent discovery for me, and now a firm favourite for his interpretations of English folk songs.
by Lark Ascending
Mon Nov 07, 2005 4:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Classic FM
Replies: 15
Views: 5163

The adverts are a nuisance that have to be tolerated unfortunately, it's a commercial radio station. I try not to let them detract from my enjoyment of the music though.
by Lark Ascending
Mon Nov 07, 2005 3:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Classic FM
Replies: 15
Views: 5163

Daniel, I listen to Classic FM every day, and am listening to it as I type this reply. Like you, I have found the station a great help in stimulating my interest in classical music.
by Lark Ascending
Mon Nov 07, 2005 3:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Composer recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 4504

Thank you everyone for your words of welcome and your composer suggestions which I will certainly investigate further. Some of the composers mentioned I have in my ever expanding CD collection (Ravel, Faure, Elgar, Britten) and I recently saw a performance of Nielsen's Symphony No 3 given by my city...
by Lark Ascending
Sun Nov 06, 2005 2:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Composer recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 4504

Composer recommendations

Hello, I am new to classical music. I enjoy listening to British composers such as Vaughan Williams, Holst, Delius, Butterworth and Finzi and I wondered if anyone could recommend other composers in a similar vein? Aside from the English "pastoral school", I like piano music (Chopin, Debussy, Satie)....