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by Fergus
Fri Dec 26, 2008 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2395330

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

I can of course forgive the comments especially if it's Mahler's Second...but the photo tells all, curly hair and awful shirts do not suit a Conductor, mind you for bad taste in clothing Gennadi Rozhdestvensky takes some beating... :shock: In the spirit of the season of Christmas we forgive your tr...
by Fergus
Fri Dec 26, 2008 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2395330

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

....However--and I only realized this upon listening to the four recordings back to back--the Rattle recording is my favourite of the lot. Rattle seems to have a keen awareness of the score, and the results of his dynamic control are quite spectacular. The musicianship is surprisingly fresh and tau...
by Fergus
Fri Dec 26, 2008 6:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2395330

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Over the past few days I have been watching and listening to Bach's Christmas Oratorios with the Monteverdi Choir directed by John Eliot Gardiner on BBC4, absolutley beautiful music. Any recommendations for recorded versions of this work? Why not go for the great man himself http://cover6.cdunivers...
by Fergus
Fri Dec 26, 2008 6:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2395330

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

I will probably have to get up at dawn tomorrow to get an hour to myself in order to get a listen to these Cantatas for Christmas day by JSB but it will be worth it http://www.solideogloria.co.uk/images/shopitem6small.gif Which cantatas? For Christmas day; Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ BWV91 Unser ...
by Fergus
Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I just got a Christmas card from ...
Replies: 17
Views: 1368

Re: I just got a Christmas card from ...

Nollaig Shona libh go léir which translates from the Irish language to Happy Christmas to you all :D
by Fergus
Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2395330

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

I will probably have to get up at dawn tomorrow to get an hour to myself in order to get a listen to these Cantatas for Christmas day by JSB but it will be worth it

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by Fergus
Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2395330

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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I have been dipping into the early symphonies of Mozart of late. I love Hogwood's treatment of this lively, bright and cheery music. It is always guaranteed to bring a smile to my face :)
by Fergus
Wed Dec 24, 2008 6:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your feelings on the harpsichord?
Replies: 58
Views: 3600

Re: Your feelings on the harpsichord?

Put me in the Harpsichord Lovers camp although I have heard some poor recordings where the instrument is far too forward and can sound overbearingly boomy. Is Belder a good recommendation then for the Scarlatti sonatas on harpsichord? Belder is very good but Scott Ross on Erato is better... Thank y...
by Fergus
Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: William Boyce (1711-1779) - the sunniest symphonies?
Replies: 23
Views: 1170

Re: William Boyce (1711-1779) - the sunniest symphonies?

It arrived today & it's exactly as I'd imagined it to be: tuneful, with enough counterpoint to keep it interesting, essentially light & breezy. It's just fine by me. Glad that you enjoyed the Boyce, Mark. He certainly is worth a listen to those who have not ventured in that direction. Mark has desc...
by Fergus
Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your feelings on the harpsichord?
Replies: 58
Views: 3600

Re: Your feelings on the harpsichord?

Yesterday at Borders, I chanced on a 3-disc box of Scarlatti (vol VIII in the series) played by Pieter-Jan Belder , variously on harpsichord, fortepiano (and even one of the Sonatas on organ). There is a wonderful delicacy and yet richness to the sound of these recordings; and (what surprises me a ...
by Fergus
Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2395330

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Vivaldi
Gloria in D RV589
Ensemble Vocal Raphael Passaquet
La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roi
Jean-Claude Malgoire
Sony Essential Classics


I do like the feel of this interpretation - measured and contemplative.
by Fergus
Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:35 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Brief Encounter"
Replies: 3
Views: 779

Re: "Brief Encounter"

I liked this film from my first viewing. I have always thought that the subject matter (and the handling of it) was very risqué for its time. Of course that wonderful Rachmaninov music just polishes off a great viewing experience for me.
by Fergus
Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:29 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The Lord of the Rings: wanna be young again?
Replies: 11
Views: 1663

Re: The Lord of the Rings: wanna be young again?

I liked the movies but not as adaptations of the book: the depths of the book were not reached at all. There was too much concentration on the action sequences (of necessity I suppose). . I do not think that that kind of book readily lends itself to adaptation to be fair. My lasting impression of th...
by Fergus
Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Anthony Hopkins Movies
Replies: 19
Views: 2130

Re: Anthony Hopkins Movies

I also greatly admire that quiet, unassuming yet masterly presence which he powerfully portrays in those great period films. I think that there is a great inter-relationship between Emma Thompson and Hopkins. However I also really like “Instinct” in which he gives a powerful performance of an obsess...
by Fergus
Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2395330

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Some gentle music from Haydn to ease away the strains of the day

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by Fergus
Sun Dec 21, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2395330

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Agricola's Fortuna Desperata.
Secular music of the 15th century - was this the voice of the people?
The Ensemble Unicorn are very good and I love hearing early music played on those authentic
instruments of the time.
by Fergus
Sun Dec 21, 2008 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reasons for NOT liking contemporary, modern music
Replies: 160
Views: 10936

Re: Reasons for NOT liking contemporary, modern music

....Sylph's question, silly or not, is one I've asked several times: at gigs, in trying to get the BBC to perform my work, in (real) fora and summer schools where this music is being composed discussed and played, in talking to (pardon the dirty word) critics ... I get no reasoned answer and it aff...
by Fergus
Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favourite Mahler symphony
Replies: 86
Views: 4650

Re: Your favourite Mahler symphony

Seán wrote:.... but I prefer the Szell/Cleveland Orchestra on vinyl of course. :wink:
Seán, those words will eventually end up on your gravestone :lol: :lol:
by Fergus
Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favourite Mahler symphony
Replies: 86
Views: 4650

Re: Your favourite Mahler symphony

Chalkperson wrote:Kletzki, i'm impressed... :wink:
Perhaps that compensates somewhat for Rattie :wink:
by Fergus
Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reasons for NOT liking contemporary, modern music
Replies: 160
Views: 10936

Re: Reasons for NOT liking contemporary, modern music

Those who predict that most of the music of our time will be forgotten fail to realize that most of the music from EVERY period has been deservedly forgotten. Only a tiny fraction of all the symphonies, concertos, sonatas, operas, oratorios, quartets, and songs etc have achieved a lasting place in ...
by Fergus
Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reasons for NOT liking contemporary, modern music
Replies: 160
Views: 10936

Re: Reasons for NOT liking contemporary, modern music

Most modern "serious" music by those composers some of you listed sounds bad when listened to by itself, or at least that is my experience. It just sounds bad and makes me want to get out of the room. However, as music accompanying a film or maybe a documentary on TV - that is another matter. Bach ...
by Fergus
Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reasons for NOT liking contemporary, modern music
Replies: 160
Views: 10936

Re: Reasons for NOT liking contemporary, modern music

some guy wrote:
Fergus wrote:Music for me needs to touch my soul by arousing passion and emotion ...
Hmmm, that's why I like the modern stuff.
Ther really is no accounting for taste as that is what it fundamentally boils down to :)
by Fergus
Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2395330

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

This ia a particular favourite of mine and gets a regular outing http://bp0.blogger.com/_S2YlWGdmEo0/RqzAjMvOEZI/AAAAAAAAA-E/-jDAddF1BoE/s320/telemann- Apart from the impeccable musicianship of Musica Antiqua Koln an outstanding feature of this disc is the amazing sound quality which delivers wonder...
by Fergus
Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favourite Mahler symphony
Replies: 86
Views: 4650

Re: Your favourite Mahler symphony

What is my favourite Mahler is a tough question but if I am to go by the number of different versions I own of any one symphony that would be number 4 and of those this is by far my favourite http://www.musicweb-international.com/Mahler/Mahler4/kletzki.jpg This version, by Paul Kletzki, brings out a...
by Fergus
Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reasons for NOT liking contemporary, modern music
Replies: 160
Views: 10936

Re: Reasons for NOT liking contemporary, modern music

As to reason why I do not like contemporary modern music I offer the following explanation; when it comes to music I am afraid that I am very much a traditionalist. I will probably bring the wrath of the heavens down on myself by saying that I simply like my music to have melody, harmony and a struc...
by Fergus
Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Symphonic Composers
Replies: 47
Views: 4489

Re: Symphonic Composers

Chalkperson wrote:Then don't take offense when I call him Simon Le Rat or Rattie or even perhaps, once in a while, Rattybaby... :mrgreen:
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Absolutely no offense taken in advance :D
by Fergus
Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn's Keyboard Music
Replies: 24
Views: 1341

Re: Haydn's Keyboard Music

I dip into this box set of the complete piano sonatas from time to time http://images.ciao.com/iuk/images/products/normal/948/product-6094948.jpg It is on the Cappricio label and played by Christine Schornsheim. I have a thing for period instrument performance and what I like here is the way the pie...
by Fergus
Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music world's loss
Replies: 30
Views: 1986

Re: Music world's loss

A bit frivolous perhaps but I have often wondered how the sublime music of his cantatas and oratorios would translate into an opera by JS Bach.
by Fergus
Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Christmas music
Replies: 43
Views: 2892

Re: Classical Christmas music

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Quite a different feel to your normal Christmas fare - beautiful and gentle music. The interesting instrumentation is performed on period instruments and what textures! Most enjoyable.
by Fergus
Thu Dec 18, 2008 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Symphonic Composers
Replies: 47
Views: 4489

Re: Symphonic Composers

Séan, your innocence is presumed.....on this occasion only :)
by Fergus
Thu Dec 18, 2008 4:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rattle and Schuman
Replies: 39
Views: 1567

Re: Rattle and Schuman

Sylph feels that if one can't read music then you cannot critique Conductors, and he thinks Music Degrees are most important, he calls me Chalk the Spartan, I can only assume that he calls me that for having the guts to recommend recordings to others without having the knowledge to do so...[/quote] ...
by Fergus
Thu Dec 18, 2008 4:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: William Boyce (1711-1779) - the sunniest symphonies?
Replies: 23
Views: 1170

Re: William Boyce (1711-1779) - the sunniest symphonies?

I've ordered the version by the Aradia Ensemble on the Naxos label. Although the Pinnock & Hogwash recordings are highly recommended too, it's an inexpensive label that I've come to trust. Thanks again. For Early music, Baroque and Classical I also find that true. I would be interested to hear your...
by Fergus
Thu Dec 18, 2008 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: William Boyce (1711-1779) - the sunniest symphonies?
Replies: 23
Views: 1170

Re: William Boyce (1711-1779) - the sunniest symphonies?

Things are certainly starting to happen here :wink:
Buy and enjoy!!
by Fergus
Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Christmas music
Replies: 43
Views: 2892

Re: Classical Christmas music

One of my annual seasonal favourites http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/515lRjo74hL._SS500_.jpg This was given to me many years ago as a Christmas present and still gets an airing every year. I must say that it is still enjoyed immensely. It contains a lot of the regular carols (no vocals - instr...
by Fergus
Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: William Boyce (1711-1779) - the sunniest symphonies?
Replies: 23
Views: 1170

Re: William Boyce (1711-1779) - the sunniest symphonies?

Febnyc wrote:Yes, as mentioned, Boyce was overshadowed by the pair of Handel and Haydn. But, at least we have a few fans of Boyce around here!
Consider me enlisted in your crusade to convert the ignorant masses :wink:
by Fergus
Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Symphonic Composers
Replies: 47
Views: 4489

Re: Symphonic Composers

I am delighted that you have joined CMG, stay away from the Pub civility goes out the window entirely when people venture in there. It's very good advice Fergus, unfortunately we have to tell every new member to avoid the place...but we are more fun here on the Music Board, just as long as you are ...
by Fergus
Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rattle and Schuman
Replies: 39
Views: 1567

Re: Rattle and Schuman

...if you are asking me to explain something then you have to understand the I have no knowledge of how to critique a piece of music, I either like it or I don't, and that goes for both the music and the Conducting/Playing, I have said from day one that I can recommend recordings but not review the...
by Fergus
Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rattle and Schuman
Replies: 39
Views: 1567

Re: Rattle and Schuman

I'm not fond of the HVK set (too heavy for my taste.). The Solti/Vienna and Sawallisch sets are exemplary, IMHO. For a period performance, I'm quite taken with Roy Goodman on RCA. For the record, Schumann wrote for an orchestra about half the size of what we're used to today, so his scoring and bal...
by Fergus
Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2395330

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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I found that this recent purchase was a big disappointment for me. It lacked weight, conviction and emotion: I was left feeling cold and unmoved after a weak performance.
On the other hand the Charpentier Te Deum was very fine.
by Fergus
Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Symphonic Composers
Replies: 47
Views: 4489

Re: Symphonic Composers

For consistency, inventiveness and simple genius for me it has to be Beethoven followed by Mahler as a close second. Ahem Mahler first for me, never mind. Fergus, welcome to our little Virtual Village. Hi Sean, Thanks for your help earlier on. I have decided to join here to ensure that you are beha...
by Fergus
Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2395330

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41C7ND1CTNL._SS500_.jpg Wonderful textures in this recording due to smaller forces used and a lovely balance between the strings and the woodwinds. The brass also has a very distinctive feel to it as well. Interestingly, this recording uses different versions o...
by Fergus
Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Symphonic Composers
Replies: 47
Views: 4489

Re: Symphonic Composers

For consistency, inventiveness and simple genius for me it has to be Beethoven followed by Mahler as a close second.
by Fergus
Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: William Boyce (1711-1779) - the sunniest symphonies?
Replies: 23
Views: 1170

Re: William Boyce (1711-1779) - the sunniest symphonies?

I have the version by Hogwood directing the AAM on Decca (cd). This music certainly has a unique feel about it; a kind of cross between both Haydn and Handel. Symphony No. 1 with its lilting melodies and rhythms always delights me and No. 5 with its textures enhanced by the use of brass also always ...
by Fergus
Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rattle and Schuman
Replies: 39
Views: 1567

Re: Rattle and Schuman

Hi folks, I am a complete newbie to this forum and straight away I am looking for some help and advice. In the new year I plan to explore the symphonies of Robert Schumann and I want to get at least two versions of thses works on a cd cycle. I have done some research and this is what I have found of...