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by absinthe
Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Replies: 12
Views: 4250

Oh dear! I fear I have far fewer CDs than most members here! I'll catch up when IME issuse the 996-CD box set of HVL's Complete Works.... :D I have: Mady Mesplé Bidu Sayao de los Angeles Netania Davrath and now, Pilar Jurado I've heard: Rosana Lamosa (Schermerhorn) Barbara Hendricks I'll try to get ...
by absinthe
Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Replies: 12
Views: 4250

And her? http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/21PA0CWPT3L._SS500_.jpg [/url] She's a wonderful singer but...(wincing) I don't know if it's the age of the Villa-Lobos recording (it shouldn't have been...wasn't it recorded in 1957 when Mercury were working their stereo magic with Living Presence?) b...
by absinthe
Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: EX DECCA CHIEF ENGINEER JAMES LOCK MOVES TO PORTUGAL
Replies: 10
Views: 1798

I sometimes wonder what all this is about; where it's leading... Maybe it's a diminishing returns thing. By the late 1950s, stereo recording had been elevated to a fine art. The limiting factor then was the domestic quality LP - one wonders how they managed to make LPs sound so muffled, bad etc, si...
by absinthe
Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Replies: 12
Views: 4250

Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

This is probably one of his more famous works - turns up on any Villa-Lobos selection CD. Maybe I'm being too particular but the only performance I've found with any bite is the 1960s version by Bernstein/Netania Davrath. The recording by Batiz / Hendricks didn't work nor a few others. Batiz feels i...
by absinthe
Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: EX DECCA CHIEF ENGINEER JAMES LOCK MOVES TO PORTUGAL
Replies: 10
Views: 1798

I sometimes wonder what all this is about; where it's leading... Is the aim to recreate the atmosphere of a venue in one's living room? If so it's a Holy Grail. While things have moved on a fair bit from the era of acoustic 78s, the Grail is just as distant. Maybe it's a diminishing returns thing. B...
by absinthe
Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: EX DECCA CHIEF ENGINEER JAMES LOCK MOVES TO PORTUGAL
Replies: 10
Views: 1798

Decca came up with some interesting techniques. They were half-speed mastering on their Phase-4 LPs and anything that came under the SET series including the Wagner Ring/Solti discs - some time before RCA and JVC started producing their CD-4 masters that had to be half-speed cut because of the high ...
by absinthe
Sun Jul 08, 2007 3:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano version of Barber's "Adagio for Strings"
Replies: 30
Views: 6169

Also, I don't think this quartet slobbery by any means. Of course it has often been performed that way, to be sure. That's the unfortunate context it's been given largely by the media in the UK who rip-off this 'tune' to introduce anything sad and funereal on the small screen. They've done it with ...
by absinthe
Sun Jul 08, 2007 3:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How to make a videoclip of a classical 45 rpm....?
Replies: 5
Views: 2058

I was honestly intrigued by the camera technique. Quite aside from making the most out of very limited material - the record and sleeve, if you aren't a professional cinematographer then your've obviously got a steady hand even with the camera mounted on a tripod. The pans and tilts aren't so diffic...
by absinthe
Sun Jul 08, 2007 3:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Beethoven Complete Works from Amado Classics -- 87 CDs
Replies: 8
Views: 4354

Somewhat daunting - 87 CDs??? Well, I do like most Beethoven I hear - all the quartets, sonatas, most of the concertos and symphonies - I prefer some more than others. As for the symphonies, I tend to go for individual interpretations, happy with Karajan in some, Klemperer in others with his slow te...
by absinthe
Sat Jul 07, 2007 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Four-fingered Pianist
Replies: 4
Views: 1391

This is positively tragic - a tearjerker of the first rank. Count your blessings! And yet look what can be accomplished by someone with these afflications! The human spirit is incredible. Yes. Hard to say what emotion arose from the experience of that film. Maybe tears for the courage and strength ...
by absinthe
Sat Jul 07, 2007 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano version of Barber's "Adagio for Strings"
Replies: 30
Views: 6169

Perhaps it's out of order, me saying this, and I don't want to rain on anyone's parade - but does this involve licensing? As I've found, using a recording can involve royalties to the composer's estate plus the performer.
by absinthe
Fri Jul 06, 2007 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3428766

A Delius Festival CD, mostly oldie recordings. Next, it'll be a couple of Villa-Lobos string quartets.

A (hopefully) relaxed evening.

:)
by absinthe
Fri Jul 06, 2007 12:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Birdsong
Replies: 15
Views: 3855

Nice. I sometimes listen to the blackbirds in the May/early June evenings when sitting in the garden. Of all birdsong, this causes me to pause to listen.

:)
by absinthe
Thu Jul 05, 2007 1:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nicholas Maw - Scenes and Arias
Replies: 7
Views: 2203

Re: Nicholas Maw - Scenes and Arias

As far as I know it has never been issued on CD. I have the old LP ( Jane Manning as one of the soloists) and would love to have it again. I find it it an absolutely lovely ,beautiful and accessible work. You hear post -Straussian music??? strange! I hear an individual voice, an original score ( 3 ...
by absinthe
Wed Jul 04, 2007 3:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don't Act Out if You Don't Like the Music
Replies: 104
Views: 19642

Well, yes, I studied semiotics

but...let's agree to differ, then, if you venture to these shores or I to America, we can discuss it in the pub...

At least I reckon we're in accord over contemporary music - that's something to celebrate!

:)
by absinthe
Wed Jul 04, 2007 4:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: July 4
Replies: 8
Views: 1656

not to forget Peter Mennin, Carl Ruggles and Wallingford Reger.
by absinthe
Wed Jul 04, 2007 3:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don't Act Out if You Don't Like the Music
Replies: 104
Views: 19642

As good a time as any to point out that music is not a language. It has no grammar. It can only be said to have a syntax in a very farfetchedly metaphorical way. As for vocabulary, that's perhaps a little less farfetchedly metaphorical... Give it a test, if you don't agree. Translate a piece of mus...
by absinthe
Tue Jul 03, 2007 3:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don't Act Out if You Don't Like the Music
Replies: 104
Views: 19642

It's probably unwise to join this thread so far into the discussion but...hoping I don't come across as facile. Lastly, it is inherently inartistic to ask of new art, that it just do all the things that various old art has done. Everybody here knows that, even if he may rail against this or that new...
by absinthe
Tue Jul 03, 2007 5:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Star Beverly Sills Dies at 78
Replies: 20
Views: 5721

Also heartbroken. A wonderful lady without whom I'd have taken no interest in bel canto and opera.

A great loss but consoled that her legacy and work will live on.

sadly,
absinthe
by absinthe
Mon Jul 02, 2007 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nicholas Maw - Scenes and Arias
Replies: 7
Views: 2203

Thanks for the info. It looks like a try-before-I-buy, therefore...not that I mind post-Strauss.
Edit: the programme note by one Anthony Payne, speaks of his developing a "Post Expressionist" tendency...well, I can't make much sense of the note, still...

:)
cheers.
by absinthe
Mon Jul 02, 2007 3:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3428766

keaggy220 wrote:Debussy - la Mer - Images - Nocturnes - Jeux - Printemps, Charles Dutoit

I'm just getting into Debussy.
I'm just getting into Jeux. I've listened to it a few times without realising that Debussy was taking a new "route"...
by absinthe
Mon Jul 02, 2007 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nicholas Maw - Scenes and Arias
Replies: 7
Views: 2203

Nicholas Maw - Scenes and Arias

Is anyone familiar with this work? I'm not sure what to make of it. It was written when he was 26; as I'm otherwise unfamiliar with Maw I'll have to get to the library to see if they can order a CD or two. I turned it off about half way through because it was getting too much - quiet but dense scori...
by absinthe
Sun Jul 01, 2007 3:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 627118

Lutyens' "Quincunx".

BBC Symphony Orch/del Mar

...strangely ethereal soprano line...beautiful in a dark-ish way

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by absinthe
Sun Jul 01, 2007 4:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glass Vn Concerto
Replies: 9
Views: 2042

And here's me thinking a Vn was a new instrument like the sound when you ping a ruler on the table...or something

:o
by absinthe
Sun Jul 01, 2007 4:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lyrita Label (I must have been asleep)!
Replies: 3
Views: 1197

:D Well, to me it's horrid if drunk neat...and definitely didn't have the inspirational effects as it did on Debussy and his mate Mallarmé. I once saw some old American advertising about Cannabis - it affected my view in early days. I had no wish to keep jumping out of windows and going mad! So much...
by absinthe
Sun Jul 01, 2007 4:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bantock: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Replies: 4
Views: 1498

Bantock: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

It's always the way. Yesterday my friend and I spent most of the day rescuing a private recording made by dad about 30 years ago. The cassettes were in reasonable condition but the music was in chunks because Part 1 goes on for about 90 minutes. We spliced it and transferred it to CDs (for Audio Use...
by absinthe
Sat Jun 30, 2007 8:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 627118

Just slapped on an LP of Cyril Rootham's Symphony 1. It's backed with Holbrooke's "Birds of Rhiannon" which I love for a quiet mood (and transcribed to a CD some time ago). Just wondering if I can justify the CD reissue. Took some work...cleaning the cobwebs off the pick-up arm and helping "Old Fait...
by absinthe
Sat Jun 30, 2007 1:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel: a unique 20th c. phenomenon?
Replies: 38
Views: 5572

Huh! No comment about Ravel's piano music! Okay, here's one: if only he'd have been as good a pianist as Debussy as well as the great orchestrator he was! Debussy could do things with a piano that made one think he was the Ravel of the Piano. Indeed, if only! I read a sleeve note that claimed it to...
by absinthe
Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Works of Igor Stravinsky Box Set
Replies: 19
Views: 4767

It looks quite like the original set (also 22 discs) "Igor Stavinsky - The Eidition" advertised on amazon.com going in the Marketplace for $349.99 and $469.99 respectively. If so it would seem a bargain....if you like Stravinsky.

Would the extra 99c be the price of clingfilm or such?

:D
by absinthe
Fri Jun 29, 2007 1:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lyrita Label (I must have been asleep)!
Replies: 3
Views: 1197

Lyrita Label (I must have been asleep)!

I'll bet I'm one of the last British music fans to learn that the entire Lyrita catalogue is to be reissued on CD by Wyastone Estates (who own Nimbus). I knew a few Lyrita recordings had been reissued by Lyrita themselves but it was just a trickle. Now it's a flood! http://www.musicweb-international...
by absinthe
Fri Jun 29, 2007 2:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel: a unique 20th c. phenomenon?
Replies: 38
Views: 5572

Huh! No comment about Ravel's piano music! I tried for Ondine during my teenage - never made a successful go of it. I found the right hand quite tiring what with it being interleaved with the left-hand so much. Moments like the splashy bits in bar 17 were a relief, kind of! I didn't even start Scarb...
by absinthe
Thu Jun 28, 2007 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3428766

Unfortunately, absinthe, I have not acquired that CD; hard for me to compare Whitney's rendition of his fifth symphony with Hanson's and the Eastman Rochester Orchestra. How is the 'cello concerto with Starker? Well, it's Starker playing Mennin and I'm a great fan of both, so it can't be bad! In fa...
by absinthe
Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3428766

Coincidence...I was listening to Rosenberg's 3rd Symphony earlier.

Now, Lutyens' "And Suddenly it's Evening".

(Incidentally, piston, I have the First Eidition CD of the Louisville Peter Mennin symphonies.)
by absinthe
Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elgar Sesquewhatever Celebrations
Replies: 38
Views: 10229

I think it was a sound move. Elgar can get his props someplace else. The £50 note depicts Sir John Houblon, the Bank of England's first governor, so this will make two Bank of England notes celebrating British economists.... ....If we're going to talk about money, art and culture are a major magnet...
by absinthe
Thu Jun 28, 2007 12:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beverly Sills is "gravely ill' with lung cancer -
Replies: 10
Views: 2522

How very sad. I've been criticised for loving her voice - she hasn't a powerful voice but it's beautifully expressive and accurate in coloratura. She's my favourite Rosina (Il Baribiere) and Lucia. I have these only on CDs but I can listen to her for hours. A great, great shame. God bless her. absin...
by absinthe
Thu Jun 28, 2007 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heitor Villa-Lobos - symphonies
Replies: 16
Views: 4180

Yes, its barcode is 0077776722924 (EMI). Seems still to be available. Amazon.com have it for $25....worth buying my own set at that price!

http://www.amazon.com/Villa-Lobos-par-l ... 280&sr=8-1

:)
by absinthe
Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel: a unique 20th c. phenomenon?
Replies: 38
Views: 5572

and did write that 'smash hit'. I assume you're referring to Bolero. Did that piece drive Ravel's popularity even in his own day, or did it only become a smash hit when used in a movie, ('10' if I recollect)? It was successful indeed but (shamefaced here) I cheated for which I apologise...it would ...
by absinthe
Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elgar Sesquewhatever Celebrations
Replies: 38
Views: 10229

How about the Payne reconstruction of the 3rd Symphony. Has anyone here heard the Naxos recording with Paul Daniel conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra? It's included in the 6 CD Naxos 20th Anniversary Box Set but I haven't got around to hearing it yet. Unfortunately this is a payne and I ...
by absinthe
Thu Jun 28, 2007 4:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heitor Villa-Lobos - symphonies
Replies: 16
Views: 4180

And yes, over the years I have enjoyed much of what is contained in this set! I would still like to know if the entire set ever saw the light of day on CDs as issued by EMI. Yes, it's the box Febnyc mentioned (though I'm unsure if the talk on choros is included). I have mixed feelings about him con...
by absinthe
Thu Jun 28, 2007 3:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel: a unique 20th c. phenomenon?
Replies: 38
Views: 5572

A warm welcome to The CMG, absinthe (very beautiful name!). Your opinion is very much appreciated... Many thanks! Well, I hope my knowledge is up to it though I'm always ready to be corrected. A couple of replies, if you don't mind. Precisely because Ravel succeeded in spite of a less than open-min...
by absinthe
Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel: a unique 20th c. phenomenon?
Replies: 38
Views: 5572

If you'll excuse an opinion, it would be difficult to proclaim Ravel less than a master after the (complete) ballet Daphnis and Chloe, the two piano concertos and Gaspart de la Nuit. Sure, some of his compositions are weaker but all composers have weaker and stronger compositions, even the hallowed ...
by absinthe
Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heitor Villa-Lobos - symphonies
Replies: 16
Views: 4180

I personally feel that his second symphony is one great sprawler but Carl St Clair does give it room to breathe at least! Villa-Lobos is capable of incredibly dense textures complicated by difficult cross rhythms and this symphony somehow typifies density. (He is just as capable of wispy, translucen...