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by Mark Antony Owen
Wed May 10, 2006 4:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Interesting snippet on classical music in India ...
Replies: 0
Views: 1158

Interesting snippet on classical music in India ...

Amjad Ali Khan for thrust on music in schools Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan wants to see schools across the world, especially in India, devote one period exclusively for discussions on culture, music and tradition so that the younger generation grows up respecting their rich heritage. "I appea...
by Mark Antony Owen
Wed May 10, 2006 2:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Hallelujah! Classical Ring Tones!
Replies: 14
Views: 4146

I've never owned a cell phone. I assume that ring tones are never more than a few seconds long? I was wondering about (considering the "heavenly length"* of much classical music especially) a phone that would just continue the same "excerpt" (okay, All Movements With Repeats will be an option :) ) ...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun May 07, 2006 2:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Why are British CD prices going up dramatically?
Replies: 15
Views: 4118

Agree that MDT can be pricey for those outside the UK. Over here, it's often the case that they can under-cut even Amazon.co.uk! :shock:
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun May 07, 2006 2:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Hallelujah! Classical Ring Tones!
Replies: 14
Views: 4146

I picked up the first subject of the first movement of Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto for my mobile phone. Trouble is, even with the incoming call volume right up, the damned thing is still too quiet! :evil:
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun May 07, 2006 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 415665

This:

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Soon to be followed by this:

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by Mark Antony Owen
Sun May 07, 2006 2:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Why are British CD prices going up dramatically?
Replies: 15
Views: 4118

I feel for you guys in the US - it must be tough. Here in the UK, Naxos discs are super-budget price: so, less than £6 (£5.99 to be exact, which at current rates make them $11.14 for you guys). And Hyperion CDs don't sell for a lot more, depending on where you buy them - say, £8-£11 ($14.88-$20.47)....
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun May 07, 2006 1:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Maria Kliegel - UK performance dates 2006/07?
Replies: 9
Views: 2998

Lance, I'm guessing you own this: http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b364/shadowritten/553160.gif If not, acquire it urgently! Her playing in the Op. 8 Cello Sonata is absolutely out of this world - real edge-of-your-seat stuff! Highly recommended (as are all of her recordings, really). Can't wait ti...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun May 07, 2006 6:21 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Todays Purchases
Replies: 179
Views: 42745

keninottawa wrote:From arguably my favourite 'part-time' composer:

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I own this. You'll love it! :wink:
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun May 07, 2006 6:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Maria Kliegel - UK performance dates 2006/07?
Replies: 9
Views: 2998

I would love to hear her in person. I have most of her NAXOS discs and she comes closer, for my ears, to Jacqueline Du Pre than any other cellist. Quite so, which is probably why I treasure so much her playing. Someone - either on this forum or over at GMG - stated that Kliegel's playing is perhaps...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun May 07, 2006 5:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Maria Kliegel - UK performance dates 2006/07?
Replies: 9
Views: 2998

Maria Kliegel - UK performance dates 2006/07?

As a big fan of German cellist, Maria Kliegel - who, as far as I'm aware, records exclusively for Naxos - I'm thrilled that I'll be seeing her perform live on May 16th at St. John's Smith Square in London as part of the very first Naxos Live event. She'll be performing solo, and with the Xyrion Trio...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun May 07, 2006 5:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Any glaring omissions in your library?
Replies: 42
Views: 8747

Re: Any glaring omissions in your library?

Beethoven piano sonatas. I don't bother with the standard piano repertory not because I can play it virtuosically, but because I either can play it or can get it in my head by playing it non-virtuosically. No guilt in not owning solo keyboard works, of which I have very few. Bach WTC. Refer to note...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun May 07, 2006 4:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: How About a Work Needing 639 Years to Perform?
Replies: 24
Views: 6060

Much like 4'33", this is Cage again reminding us how easy it is to be suckered by the Emperor's New Clothes ... 4'33"" is the most misunderstood piece in the world. It actually has a manuscript, you know, but it is locked in the Royal Observatory at Greenwich. It was Cage's intent that the piece on...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun May 07, 2006 4:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: How About a Work Needing 639 Years to Perform?
Replies: 24
Views: 6060

Much like 4'33", this is Cage again reminding us how easy it is to be suckered by the Emperor's New Clothes ...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sat May 06, 2006 11:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: How often do you listen to compilation CDs?
Replies: 43
Views: 12368

Listening to one right now ... one of four CDs I picked up earlier today in a charity shop. I figured they were in good condition, and would make for a relaxing listen - plus, I'd be giving a little something to a good cause. The four discs are all samplers from the HMV Classics range: an introducto...
by Mark Antony Owen
Fri May 05, 2006 11:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 415665

Borrowed this from the library: http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b364/shadowritten/ArmedManMass.jpg Some lovely neo-classical/neo-romantic touches here and there - and more than a nod to Rutter's Requiem in places, too - but it didn't grab me as a whole. Felt too disjointed, like all the movements ...
by Mark Antony Owen
Wed May 03, 2006 6:00 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: 8222

Corlyss_D wrote:Mark, I need for you to edit that link so display doesn't require more than one screen width. I can't do anything about it because its in your signature.
Done, Corlyss. My apologies.

(And thank you, Gary, for pointing out my mistake!)
by Mark Antony Owen
Wed May 03, 2006 5:10 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: 8222

Got to be pushing just over the 500-CD mark. That's counting individual discs, not just titles. Here's a picture of the collection so far: http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b364/shadowritten/MyClassicalCDs.jpg Currently adding new CDs at a very modest rate of around 10-12 per month, sometimes less. ...
by Mark Antony Owen
Tue May 02, 2006 4:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 415665

karlhenning wrote:Igor Markevich
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Karl, what period is Markevich? And whom does he sound similar to (if anyone)? I might try to hear this online.
by Mark Antony Owen
Mon May 01, 2006 10:03 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Classical Express label - opinions?
Replies: 6
Views: 2428

Never come across this label before ... and it seems their website is either down or gone.
by Mark Antony Owen
Mon May 01, 2006 5:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Best Beethoven late string quartet recordings
Replies: 22
Views: 13324

I understand that this is a hot favourite at the moment:

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Be sure to take a look here:

http://www.mdt.co.uk/MDTSite/product//4708492.htm
by Mark Antony Owen
Mon May 01, 2006 5:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: J. L. Dusik's [Dussek] Two-Piano Concerto, Op. 63
Replies: 9
Views: 2991

I don't know which fascinates me more in this thread: Lance's recommendation of yet another concerto that I now feel compelled to hear, or Agnes' post about the 'beautiful' Dussek - a composer whose Harp Concerto, Op. 15, and Harp Sonata No. 2 I adore.

Thank you both! :D
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun Apr 30, 2006 10:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Glorious HARP Music on Naxos
Replies: 4
Views: 1959

This is a truly excellent CD, thoughtfully compiled and not in the least fatiguing to enjoy at a single sitting. Here's the cover, for anyone interested: http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b364/shadowritten/554252.gif And if you like this, you'll probably enjoy these, too: http://i23.photobucket.com/...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun Apr 30, 2006 10:15 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What are some of your favorite classical music periodicals?
Replies: 17
Views: 5544

For quality and an acceptable level of depth (I have no musical training background), The Gramophone is an excellent choice, and its cover CDs tempt me into trying works and composers I wouldn't otherwise have experienced. For a more generic but still informative read, it has to be the BBC Music Mag...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sat Apr 29, 2006 7:54 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Haitink/LSO - Beethoven's 1st & 9th Symphonies
Replies: 0
Views: 1460

Haitink/LSO - Beethoven's 1st & 9th Symphonies

I'd never been to the Barbican Centre in London before about 5pm yesterday evening (Saturday, April 29th) - this, despite the fact that I work in an office not a mile away from it. So my first impression as I passed through its Silk Street entrance with my wife was, 'Wow! Impressive building!' We we...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sat Apr 29, 2006 8:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: An unusual Elgar find ...
Replies: 0
Views: 693

An unusual Elgar find ...

I shan't make a habit of posting the same 'content' here as over at GMG, but I thought this might be of interest to some of you. I wandered into a local charity shop today, and found amongst the rejected CD singles of flash-in-the-pan pop acts, something of an oddity. British pianist, Anthony Golds...
by Mark Antony Owen
Fri Apr 28, 2006 6:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Oh Lord, Here We Go Again!
Replies: 18
Views: 3415

To bring this back on topic - and revive an old thread at the same time - I'm unsurprised at the commercial 'cashing-in' on Mozart's reputation that's already well under way. So far this year, it's felt like every third CD I've seen stocked or reviewed somewhere has something by Mozart on it (and pl...
by Mark Antony Owen
Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:41 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Felix Mendelssohn - Why doesn't he move me? - How about you?
Replies: 66
Views: 14740

This is purely personal preference, but give me Mendelssohn any day over Mozart. Felix's music, like that of Schubert, really speaks to me. I find it emotionally stirring; and speaking as a creative individual - professionally and personally - I'm drawn to the (melo?)drama of Mendelssohn. Classicist...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Todays Purchases
Replies: 179
Views: 42745

Thanks a lot, Shadowritten! :D No problem - you're welcome. Naxos always put all of their sleeve notes in full on their website, so if you ever need to check out any future details of their discs, just head over to www.naxos.com - look for the 'About this recording' link when you access the track l...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Todays Purchases
Replies: 179
Views: 42745

Shadowritten , Do the liner notes to the Chopin recording mention that someone else had a hand in composing some of this music--that someone being Chopin's good cellist friend, Auguste Franchomme :?: I know for sure that Franchomme was involved in composing the Grand Duo Concertante on themes from ...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu Apr 27, 2006 3:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Todays Purchases
Replies: 179
Views: 42745

My latest delivery from www.castleclassics.co.uk promises to make for interesting listening. With these two discs, I've completed my survey of Vieuxtemps' Violin Concerti on Naxos: http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b364/shadowritten/554114.gif http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b364/shadowritten/5570...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu Apr 27, 2006 2:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: How often do you listen to compilation CDs?
Replies: 43
Views: 12368

Corlyss, I agree wholeheartedly about the Agnus Dei disc (have you heard the follow-up? Just as delightful) - I've as yet found no complete version of Rachmaninov's All-night Vigil that boasts an Ave Maria as powerful and magisterial as the performance to be found on this CD.
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: How often do you listen to compilation CDs?
Replies: 43
Views: 12368

Generally i don't like compilations unless they contain complete works and not just separate movements. The same pieces tend to be used on these kind of albums again and again. I don't think they promote classical music. What if people who wanted to buy Bach's air had to buy the complete orchestral...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:04 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Schumann vs. Schubert
Replies: 97
Views: 26088

I think we've hit on this already, but Schubert is perhaps more emotionally immediate than Schumann. This is why I voted for the former rather than the latter. I hear Schubert (and Mendelssohn, for that matter), and I'm usually moved at once. However, I'm slowly getting to grips with Schumann ... wa...
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:42 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: How often do you listen to compilation CDs?
Replies: 43
Views: 12368

IcedNote wrote:I also have all 20 CDs from Naxos' "Night Music" set. I've found that the ladies enjoy that kind of thing... 8)
Damn you! I only have Volume 4 :evil:

I think this kind of thing, if done with a modicum of intelligence, can be quite enjoyable as light listening.
by Mark Antony Owen
Tue Apr 25, 2006 5:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: How often do you listen to compilation CDs?
Replies: 43
Views: 12368

For beginners and more experienced music lovers alike, compilations can be a great introduction to material you might otherwise not have encountered. I still have 'sampler' CDs from years back that I give an occasional spin.
by Mark Antony Owen
Tue Apr 25, 2006 5:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The State of Minimalism
Replies: 18
Views: 3826

Another vote for Glass' Violin Concerto - really speaks to me; probably because it was string music of his kind that first stirred my interest in classical (yeah, I know I should say 'western art') music some 15 years ago. And if it's not too naff to admit this, I really like what Nyman did with his...
by Mark Antony Owen
Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Any glaring omissions in your library?
Replies: 42
Views: 8747

Any glaring omissions in your library? Dittersdorf 8) I've just listened to a small sample of his works on Naxos, and I have to say I'm not too keen to add him to my collection. I found his sinfonias like much 18th Century music: a bit too formulaic; a tad 'music by numbers'. All very agreeable as ...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun Apr 23, 2006 5:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Any glaring omissions in your library?
Replies: 42
Views: 8747

My Mozart CDs have multiplied significantly just recently, both through purchases made out of curiosity and thanks to a magazine subscription offer that earned me the Brilliant Classics 40-CD Mozart Masterworks set! I don't find him boring, but I prefer Haydn ... hence my shame at admitting to ownin...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun Apr 23, 2006 4:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Any glaring omissions in your library?
Replies: 42
Views: 8747

Any glaring omissions in your library?

There are plenty in mine. Here are just a few of the more shameful ones: - Almost all of Tchaikovsky's, Vaughan William's, Prokofiev's and most of Haydn's, Schubert's and Mendelssohn's symphonies. - Anything by Glinka - Most of Beethoven's piano sonatas - Most operas (not surprising, as I'm not real...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun Apr 23, 2006 6:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Forums Opening-Contains resources for composing, harmony
Replies: 5
Views: 1620

Just taken a look, and I like the layout. I'm also very drawn to forums that use a lot of blue - somehow, it's just easier on my eye when reading/posting. As for the amount of sections, I can see why some have said there are perhaps too many. However, speaking as someone who's spent a lot of time on...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun Apr 23, 2006 6:39 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: name and composer??
Replies: 5
Views: 1249

You know what they say ...

... never send a boy to do a woman's work. :lol:
by Mark Antony Owen
Sun Apr 23, 2006 6:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: HILARIOUS 12-Tone "Greatest Hits" Commercial!!
Replies: 21
Views: 4150

A beautiful parody ...

... though somewhat spoiled by the racially stereotypical and entirely unnecessary German voice at the end. On the subject of SOME 12-tone music, am I alone in finding it rather like 'The Emperor's New Clothes'? I know not everything in music has to have tonality to be worth hearing, but my encounte...
by Mark Antony Owen
Sat Apr 22, 2006 3:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Favorite 5 pieces
Replies: 78
Views: 19189

If my house was burning down, here are the five works I'd run back in to save:


1) Rachmaninov - All-night Vigil

2) Sibelius - Violin Concerto

3) Grieg - Piano Concerto

4) Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 'Choral'

5) Pergolesi - Stabat Mater
by Mark Antony Owen
Thu Apr 20, 2006 6:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Who are your favorite "not famous" composers?
Replies: 36
Views: 6600

I'll be first to champion ...

... Beethoven pupil, Friedrich Kuhlau, then? 1786-1832.

Recently discovered his String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 122, and Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 108. Both rather lovely, and I want to experience more. :D
by Mark Antony Owen
Mon Apr 17, 2006 6:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Where can you find legal classical MP3s?
Replies: 3
Views: 1932

I understand that Warner Classics (www.warnerclassics.com) are in the process of putting ALL of their back catalogue online for sale as WMA 192kbps downloads. And Chandos (www.chandos.net) also has a wide and excellent selection of its back catalogue available for purchase in MP3 format.
by Mark Antony Owen
Mon Apr 17, 2006 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 415665

Hello from the new guy!

Hi all I've been looking for a decent classical music forum, and it seems I've finally found one! So, as my first post from Southern England, here's what I'm currenly enjoying: Finzi: Cello Concerto (Naxos recording rather than the Chandos) Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18, No. 2 & Op. 131 (free co...