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by Mark Antony Owen
Fri May 26, 2006 5:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Blind or deaf?
Replies: 20
Views: 18635

Lance wrote:NO ONE has actually cast a vote on this subject! Interesante.
Really? I can see 10 cast votes? :?:
by Mark Antony Owen
Fri May 26, 2006 5:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Classical music author releases new encyclopedia
Replies: 4
Views: 2699

Classical music author releases new encyclopedia

By Ron Wynn, rwynn@nashvillecitypaper.com May 25, 2006 For more than 14 years, Ted Libbey’s extensive knowledge of classical music history was spotlighted as part of the National Public Radio program Performance Today. While he previously wrote the well-received work The NPR Guide to Building a Cla...
by Mark Antony Owen
Fri May 26, 2006 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Naxos Live! 2006 - St. John's Smith Square, London May 16th
Replies: 7
Views: 3073

Just a little update for those interested: I have it on very good authority (I shall say no more than this) that there will be a Naxos Live! 2007 - to be held at no less a venue than the world-famous Wigmore Hall!
by Mark Antony Owen
Tue May 23, 2006 2:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Classical music and the iPod
Replies: 5
Views: 2343

Corlyss_D wrote:I think Gramophone has decided to become a marketing outlet for classical music downloads. It's like Gram. was a buggy-whip company that got a look at a horseless carriage for the first time and decided to become a car company.
I'm inclined to agree.
by Mark Antony Owen
Tue May 23, 2006 6:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Classical music for dummies. No, seriously ...
Replies: 1
Views: 2470

Classical music for dummies. No, seriously ...

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ Partnership Helps Bring Classical Music to Worldwide Audience through the Digital Music Market Place Digital Music Group, a content owner and distributor of digital music recordings focused on past hits, out-of-print, back catalog, and independent la...
by Mark Antony Owen
Tue May 23, 2006 5:40 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Classical music and the iPod
Replies: 5
Views: 2343

Classical music and the iPod

Some time ago, I sent an email to The Gramophone magazine (see below), arguing that James Jolly is a little over-fond of the iPod. I've yet to see it printed - and doubt it will be, as it seems the magazine has 'got into bed with' Apple/iTunes more and more recently, for obvious commercial reasons -...
by Mark Antony Owen
Mon May 22, 2006 1:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Definitive performance -- is there such an animal?
Replies: 66
Views: 45730

I think we're talking about two different things. Performing traditions exist concerning particular works and genres of music. For example, in James Methuen-Campbell's book "Chopin Playing -- From the Composer to the Present Day" he discusses this question as it applies to the various schools of Ch...
by Mark Antony Owen
Mon May 22, 2006 12:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Definitive performance -- is there such an animal?
Replies: 66
Views: 45730

The lines aren't at all similar. Performing traditions as they relate to contemporary style is the issue rather than what kind of historically informed practices may be employed for purposes of "authenticity". Sorry, but I disagree. Performing traditions in the past didn't employ HIP, as I understa...
by Mark Antony Owen
Mon May 22, 2006 9:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Definitive performance -- is there such an animal?
Replies: 66
Views: 45730

I think the emphasis of the discussion so far has been heavily weighted toward personal taste. But there are other factors as well. What about the impact of style on performing tradition? And what about the influence of an artist's approach on others? Does that have any weight concerning what a par...
by Mark Antony Owen
Mon May 22, 2006 7:01 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Definitive performance -- is there such an animal?
Replies: 66
Views: 45730

Performances may be more or less in style, and to your taste or not to your taste, or in between, but certainly not definitive. Even when all the composers prescriptions are observed, the possibilities of interpretations of a piece of music are too numerous, and not even the most brilliant performe...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun May 21, 2006 1:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Definitive performance -- is there such an animal?
Replies: 66
Views: 45730

Since I can enjoy a number of approaches to a work, I rarely ever get rid of a recording. :D John John raises an interesting, related point here. How many of us are willing to get rid of a recording of any given work once it is replaced in our affections by another? I have had a 'cull' once or twic...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun May 21, 2006 12:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Definitive performance -- is there such an animal?
Replies: 66
Views: 45730

I'm with those who hope there never IS such a thing as a 'definitive performance', of any work. The wonderful thing about the performing arts is that it IS open to interpretation. Many may agree that one or more performance(s) stand out against a lot of others for any number of reasons - technical o...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun May 21, 2006 3:41 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Your Pick: GRIEG'S PIANO CONCERTO
Replies: 26
Views: 26528

For me, nothing I've heard so far can top one particular recorded performance ... but to keep the suspense going for just a few lines more, here's a run-down of the versions I own currently: Geza Anda / Berlin Philharmonic / Kubelik Igor Urjash / New Philharmony (St. Petersburg) / Alexander Titov St...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sat May 20, 2006 3:58 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: 15623

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 ...
by Mark Antony Owen
Fri May 19, 2006 8:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Burned any interesting CDs recently?
Replies: 5
Views: 2398

Burned any interesting CDs recently?

I've just compiled what I think makes for an interesting programme. I went through the cover CDs for the last year's (July 2005-June 2006) editions of The Gramophone magazine, and selected one 'Editor's Choice' track from each of the 13 discs, including the awards special CD. Here's what I then burn...
by Mark Antony Owen
Fri May 19, 2006 5:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Vinyl......HERE TO STAY???
Replies: 17
Views: 4939

Please, God - no more vinyl.

I hate it with a passion. I always have. I'll be honest: I preferred tape cassette. No, seriously.

Thank the sweet Lord for CD. :D
by Mark Antony Owen
Fri May 19, 2006 4:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Serious music should be fun ... right?
Replies: 4
Views: 2215

Serious music should be fun ... right?

Turning Classical Music on Its Head By Nicole Arthur Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, May 19, 2006 Who is this Beethoven, and why do we keep trying to make him roll over? Take Richard Perlmutter. In 2002, he released "Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Symphonies," a children's recording that set laug...
by Mark Antony Owen
Fri May 19, 2006 3:52 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: That's it, last American Titanic survivor dies
Replies: 15
Views: 4398

Plus, the widows of the sailors lost received their pensions via a CHARITY! What's that all about? I know we're talking a long time ago, but it's just brimming over with wrong-ability!
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 18, 2006 6:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: That's it, last American Titanic survivor dies
Replies: 15
Views: 4398

To return to the topic of the Titanic tragedy, my wife and I visited the Southampton Maritime Muesum last Sunday, to see their exhibition of artifacts relating to the disaster. It was extremely moving, nay, upsetting. A thing I found particularly callous was the attitude of White Star Line (which r...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 18, 2006 6:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The future of classical music online?
Replies: 0
Views: 1868

The future of classical music online?

[Taken from New York Times website] It has been three years since iTunes burst on the scene and pushed the popularity of music downloads and the white iPod headset cords coming out of the ears of what seems like half the population. Now the MTV networks and Microsoft are sending out their own entry...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 18, 2006 5:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: "The Da Vinci Code": Sounds Boring
Replies: 32
Views: 8762

Gary wrote:
shadowritten wrote:I have plenty of texts dealing far more intriguingly with religious symbols and their hidden meanings. Corylss knows what I'm on about. :wink:
You mean that "theosophy" stuff that only you and Corylss know about? :wink:
And more, Gary. So much more ...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 18, 2006 5:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Do you IM?
Replies: 16
Views: 4797

I used to use AOL and its IM service religiously, but that was back in 1999, when I preferred the pace of live chat and all those secret 'attic' discussions (what we used to call real-time PMing via IM). These days, I'm an old and slower 33-year-old who prefers message boards. I can't keep pace any ...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 18, 2006 5:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: That's it, last American Titanic survivor dies
Replies: 15
Views: 4398

To return to the topic of the Titanic tragedy, my wife and I visited the Southampton Maritime Muesum last Sunday, to see their exhibition of artifacts relating to the disaster. It was extremely moving, nay, upsetting. A thing I found particularly callous was the attitude of White Star Line (which re...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 18, 2006 5:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: "The Da Vinci Code": Sounds Boring
Replies: 32
Views: 8762

Umm...am I the only one on the planet who still hasn't read the book? :roll: I haven't bothered, either. Saw a fascinating documentary or 12 some years back, so I feel no compulsion. And if I want 'murder-mystery', who better than Agatha Christie (God, I love Poirot!)? I have plenty of texts dealin...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 18, 2006 4:37 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Naxos Live! 2006 - St. John's Smith Square, London May 16th
Replies: 7
Views: 3073

Thank you, both - you're too kind! :oops:
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 18, 2006 12:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Blind or deaf?
Replies: 20
Views: 18635

Blind or deaf?

Without wishing to offend anyone who is physically challenged by either blindness or deafness, I'd like to poll forum members on this poser. Suppose you HAD to lose one of these two senses. Which would you sacrifice? Almost everyone of whom I've asked this has said, predictably, hearing. But as some...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 18, 2006 12:31 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: 15623

I'm online A LOT (and I mean A LOT!), so I have NO excuse for not posting more - my total lack of musical knowledge aside, that is. In our house, my wife and I hardly ever watch TV; the Internet dominates. And for my work as a writer, a PC is obligatory - only when eating and peeing (or travelling t...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 18, 2006 6:15 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Listening AND Hearing
Replies: 10
Views: 3741

At the moment I am listening to Richter play Rachmaninov via my HD280 Pro headphones. Your daughters could fire a cannon off in the room and the only way I'd be able to tell is from the smell of cordite, so well do these cans isolate you from everything else. I am going to treasure this quote - it ...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 18, 2006 6:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The sensory experience
Replies: 3
Views: 2028

I think it's wonderful that you're experiencing such a vivid emotional response to such wonderfully evocative music. May I also suggest you lay hands on a copy of Vaughan Williams' 'Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis' as soon as you're able? Hear this - and I do mean 'hear', as opposed to just 'li...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 18, 2006 4:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Trying to gain a firm foothold
Replies: 18
Views: 5516

Re: Trying to gain a firm foothold

Welcome, Mojo - nice to have you with us, and a thoughtful first post, too. Been meaning to reply for a while now, so here goes: * Is it accurate ... that Classical aficianados enjoy ... virtually ALL Classical music? Do people grumble that "Handel was a hack," or "Ormandy is overrated."? In short, ...
by Mark Antony Owen
Wed May 17, 2006 6:50 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Naxos Live! 2006 - St. John's Smith Square, London May 16th
Replies: 7
Views: 3073

You certainly seem to hae got your money's worth,Mark, and managed to share your delight of the evening efectively. Here's hoping you'll give us more! Werner, thank you. Alas, a lack of knowledge when it comes to things technical in music prevents me from analysing and thus reviewing live concerts ...
by Mark Antony Owen
Wed May 17, 2006 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Naxos Live! 2006 - St. John's Smith Square, London May 16th
Replies: 7
Views: 3073

Naxos Live! 2006 - St. John's Smith Square, London May 16th

I was quite excited when I first learned, a few weeks ago, that super-budget label, Naxos, was holding its first live concert featuring artists from its roster. I was still more excited to find out that this event was to be held in London, and during a week I'd planned to take some time off work. My...
by Mark Antony Owen
Tue May 16, 2006 7:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Intellectual snobbery that we can do without ...
Replies: 30
Views: 8731

. . . But would I - someome who now enjoys a vast range of classical music - have discovered so many works or composers had it not been for such lightweight programming and a wealth of popularist, sampler CDs. Answer: no. I don't think you can really answer 'no' with such certainty here, Mark . I h...
by Mark Antony Owen
Tue May 16, 2006 8:01 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Intellectual snobbery that we can do without ...
Replies: 30
Views: 8731

Who can do without it? I agree with every word. Which is to say that you support the author's view? That you subscribe to his brand of intellectual snobbery? That you would have the 'riff raff' kept away from classical music altogether, unless they are prepared to listen to a broader range of such ...
by Mark Antony Owen
Tue May 16, 2006 4:42 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Intellectual snobbery that we can do without ...
Replies: 30
Views: 8731

Intellectual snobbery that we can do without ...

May 16, 2006 Music to make you really mad Simon Heffer finds Classic FM far from relaxing: the presenters are idiotic and its playlist is like aural wallpaper The Daily Telegraph, Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge I am not a violent man. Sometimes, when I have to write a political column for this newspape...
by Mark Antony Owen
Tue May 16, 2006 3:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Which of these three cellists do you prefer?
Replies: 15
Views: 5159

springrite wrote:When do we get to vote on Eckhart ~~ A Kempis ~~ Blavatsky ~~ Steiner ~~ Vivekananda ~~ Deunov ~~ Heindel ~~ Bailey ~~ Aivanhov?
Sooner you start the poll, then ... :lol:
by Mark Antony Owen
Mon May 15, 2006 2:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A man who feels the same about classical music as I do ...
Replies: 7
Views: 2967

Ralph wrote:Excellent article. Thanks much for posting it.
No problem, my pleasure! :)

Incidentally, what do you do as an NY Host? Are you like a Moderator?
by Mark Antony Owen
Mon May 15, 2006 11:59 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A man who feels the same about classical music as I do ...
Replies: 7
Views: 2967

Mark! I think I'm about to have a heart attack! Are you a reader of the Theosophists in your signature? I've met only one other person who even knows who Steiner is, never mind who has heard of Heindel and Bailey! Good grief! You are the only person I know of who has heard of ANY of these people! Y...
by Mark Antony Owen
Mon May 15, 2006 11:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A man who feels the same about classical music as I do ...
Replies: 7
Views: 2967

Mark! I think I'm about to have a heart attack! Are you a reader of the Theosophists in your signature? I've met only one other person who even knows who Steiner is, never mind who has heard of Heindel and Bailey! Good grief! You are the only person I know of who has heard of ANY of these people! Y...
by Mark Antony Owen
Mon May 15, 2006 5:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A man who feels the same about classical music as I do ...
Replies: 7
Views: 2967

A man who feels the same about classical music as I do ...

Classical music, the love of my life In a dazzling speech that captivated the Royal Philharmonic Society awards on Tuesday, award-winning writer and broadcaster Armando Iannucci argued that we should stop being scared of expressing what great works mean to us Sunday May 14, 2006 The Observer I can'...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sat May 13, 2006 3:57 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Which of these three cellists do you prefer?
Replies: 15
Views: 5159

Why is the voting limited to those three bozos? How about Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Julian Lloyd-Webber, Rostropovich, Rose, Fournier, Casals, Piatagorsky, and Starker + a host of others Please re-read the original post - I deliberately limited the poll in this way because, to my ears at least, thes...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sat May 13, 2006 2:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Which of these three cellists do you prefer?
Replies: 15
Views: 5159

So it seems it's much as I suspected: Du Pre is in the lead. :lol:

Thank you to everyone who's contributed so far.
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 11, 2006 8:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 351812

karlhenning wrote:I hope I may be excused the apparant immodesty, but I am listening to the two-trombone Preface and the four-part-choir Nunc dimittis of mine own device.
Karl, how might one acquire a small sample of your work - to hear, rather than read or play?
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 11, 2006 8:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 351812

I knew that Berglund should do good work of the Violin Concerto . Shame that the more recent version of the work on Naxos, with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra this time under Bjarte Engeset and with Henning Kraggerud as soloist, is such a comparative let-down! The playing isn't terrible, but it...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 11, 2006 7:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 351812

Now playing: http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b364/shadowritten/555766.gif Much prefer this to its Chandos counterpart. For me, Tim Hugh injects more fire and passion into his performance than does Raphael Wallfisch, whose playing I find a little too laid back and not as heartfelt as Hugh's. But oh...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 11, 2006 7:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 351812

This (yet again): http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b364/shadowritten/Ida.jpg And loving it, as always. :) Can't beat the price, Mark ! Or the performance, IMO. I've heard maybe close to a dozen versions, but I keep returning to this one. There's a sublime and exhilarating moment in the second move...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 11, 2006 4:44 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Digital Music Playback for Audiophiles
Replies: 5
Views: 2317

SACD on the way out within a year, C.B.? Are you sure? Where did you hear this? Or do you mean simply those SACDs that are NOT also hybrid types? I dabbled in the world of digitally compressed music for three years. Was quite happy, from a convenience point of view. Nice to take your entire collecti...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 11, 2006 4:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Which of these three cellists do you prefer?
Replies: 15
Views: 5159

Which of these three cellists do you prefer?

I've singled out these three as I find them quite similar in tone and playing style. My preference is for Kliegel ... but what about yours?
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 11, 2006 4:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 351812

This (yet again):

Image

And loving it, as always. :)
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu May 11, 2006 4:24 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Classic Peanuts
Replies: 24
Views: 6089

The sound and texture of solo strings tends to turn people off to it if they're not string players. That's my theory at least. Speaking as a non-playing member - of any kind of instrument - I can't agree with this. I loved solo violin and cello works quite early on in my listening experience. But I...