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Re: About CMG's contributors!

Post by Lance » Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:39 pm

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TO CMG, Peter!

We hope you enjoy your visits and, somehow, I feel you will be making some great contributions!

Blijf goed en geniet van uw muziek! [My Dutch is not good, so I apologize.]
petervk wrote:Hi. I'm Peter. Male. Early thirties. Dutch.

I studied Musicology. Currently I'm Ph.D. researcher in a Computer Science department. We build computational models for music analysis.

In my spare time I play organ. Once a year I give a concert and I regularly play in services. For the curious, I've put some recordings on the net: http://www.lodebar.nl/pvk/recordings. They are actually quite old. I now do more advanced things. I will make some new recordings soon.

My cd collection has reached 1200+ cd's; most of it is classical and jazz. I do not buy that much anymore, but occasionally I can't stand the temptation (bought the 'street cries' cd by the Theatre of Voices last week).

I like to write. For my academic work, I have to write English all the time. So, I started a website about classical music (http://www.exmusica.nl), where I can write Dutch. Since the Dutch audience is not that big, I recently started an English version as well (http://www.exmusica.org). It is a nice exercise for my English language skills. I would like to be as fluent and subtle in English as in Dutch, but I am still far from it...

I look forward to nice discussions and new music discoveries!
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Re: About CMG's contributors!

Post by ravel30 » Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:22 pm

petervk wrote:Hi. I'm Peter. Male. Early thirties. Dutch.

I studied Musicology. Currently I'm Ph.D. researcher in a Computer Science department. We build computational models for music analysis.

In my spare time I play organ. Once a year I give a concert and I regularly play in services. For the curious, I've put some recordings on the net: http://www.lodebar.nl/pvk/recordings. They are actually quite old. I now do more advanced things. I will make some new recordings soon.

My cd collection has reached 1200+ cd's; most of it is classical and jazz. I do not buy that much anymore, but occasionally I can't stand the temptation (bought the 'street cries' cd by the Theatre of Voices last week).

I like to write. For my academic work, I have to write English all the time. So, I started a website about classical music (http://www.exmusica.nl), where I can write Dutch. Since the Dutch audience is not that big, I recently started an English version as well (http://www.exmusica.org). It is a nice exercise for my English language skills. I would like to be as fluent and subtle in English as in Dutch, but I am still far from it...

I look forward to nice discussions and new music discoveries!
Hi Peter,

I am Matt. I have about the same age as you and I am a Ph.D. student in mathematics. Welcome to CMG. It is a pleasure to have you among us. I agree with you that joining CMG is a great way to write and practice English. That is a secret reason why I joined too...

You will see, people here are very friendly and always happy to help.

I would be very curious to know why you are temporary in BC Canada ? Is it for your studies ? I would be very happy to learn more about your research.

All the best,

Matt.

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Re: About CMG's contributors!

Post by petervk » Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:18 pm

Thank you, Matt.
ravel30 wrote: I would be very curious to know why you are temporary in BC Canada ? Is it for your studies ? I would be very happy to learn more about your research.
It's a three month research visit indeed. There is some interesting research going on at the University of Victoria. I'm in this group: MISITC. The interesting thing for me is that they have much knowledge about processing of audio recordings. Until now, I only worked on the 'symbolic' level (digitized scores).

My Ph.D. is about a content based retrieval system for folk-song melodies. We are building a search engine for the Database of Dutch Songs. But, I suppose that is not very interesting for members of this board.

The study I did for my masters might be more of interest. I used machine learning algorithms to do authorship attribution of organ fugues. I'm pretty sure now that the f-minor fugue (BWV 534/2) has not been composed by J.S. Bach. Maybe by Johann Ludwig Krebs. More of this is on http://www.musical-style-recognition.net, and in the most recent paper: http://www.ccarh.org/publications/books ... enburg.pdf.

There is a lot going on in the area of Music and Mathematics (which, as a matter of fact, is an ancient bond). Are you involved in that? There is a journal - Journal of Mathematics and Music, a conference. etc. I actually never really got into it. It seems a bit speculative, but interesting.

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Post by ConcertVienna » Sat Sep 19, 2009 3:03 am

Hi everyone!

my name is Anna, I am from Vienna, Austria and I am very happy to be a member of this forum!

I am 32, female. I am just about to finish my master in tax law. I own a ticket office, specialized in opera and classical concerts in Vienna. Now we are going online, the website is still under concstruction, but if you are curious:
http://www.concertvienna.com

About my taste in music: as expected, I love Mozart :) I am a big fan of Russian classical music, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. I love piano music, Liszt and Chopin are my favourite.

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Post by Jared » Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:54 am

^^Hi Anna! It's really great to have you here among us... please visit regularly and post often... we'd love to hear from you.. :D

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Post by karlhenning » Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:10 am

Welcome, Anna!

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Post by NancyElla » Sat Sep 19, 2009 8:20 pm

Hi Anna,

Looking at your website made me want to visit your beautiful city again! I hope you get to attend some of those wonderful performances. I'm looking forward to your posts for news from Vienna. :D
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Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Post by Seán » Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:34 pm

Hi Anna,

You are very welcome to CMG. I have been to Vienna, it is a beautiful city, I love it..
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Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Post by Fergus » Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:51 pm

Hi Anna, you are very welcome....it is nice to have someone from such a musically historical city among us :D

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Post by ConcertVienna » Mon Sep 21, 2009 2:40 am

Thank everyone for the kind words.

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Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Post by Agnes Selby » Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:23 am

Welcome Anna!

I share your taste in music. Particularly Mozart.

I also have a granddaughter who shares your name.

I look forward to your posts.

Regards,
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Post by Chalkperson » Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:49 pm

I too welcome you Anna...I find it interesting that on your Website you have listed Die Fleidermaus as The Bat, but, left Rhinegold in German, I wonder if tourists will realize what Opera "The Bat" is...
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Post by ConcertVienna » Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:03 pm

@ Agnes: always nice to hear someone shares your taste ;)

@ Chalkperson: well, Die Fledermaus is translated as The Bat in all programs here. But of course, I would appreciate the opinion of a native speaker. So, is it wrong?


Rhinegold is also how Das Rheingold is usually translated in english here. again I ask for your opinion.

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Post by Chalkperson » Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:24 am

ConcertVienna wrote:@ Agnes: always nice to hear someone shares your taste ;)

@ Chalkperson: well, Die Fledermaus is translated as The Bat in all programs here. But of course, I would appreciate the opinion of a native speaker. So, is it wrong?


Rhinegold is also how Das Rheingold is usually translated in english here. again I ask for your opinion.
I'm from Wales, I just had never heard Die Fleidermaus referred to as The Bat before, except on a DVD, it's a correct translation, of course, I was just surprised to see it Billed that way...meaning in English...
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Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Post by Ken » Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:54 am

I've now been asked a couple of times to make an honest contribution to this thread and to clear up my apparently elusive personality. ;)

My name is Ken. At 25, I'm among the younger generation of CMGers (and we're a strong lot; I'm sure we'd make a cracker hockey team), which explains my sophomoric comments in certain threads. I don't genuinely try to ruffle feathers, though; I'm presently tapering away from the 'exploratory' phase of my music collecting career and entering into a 'comfort phase', so I'm not too bashful to make some statements with more affirmation. I've been a serious fan of Kunstmusik for a good six or seven years, and obsessive for about four years. My prime interests, as some of you have surely deduced, are for Schumann and Brahms, as well as Hindemith, Borodin, Bartók, Walton, and so on.

A bit about myself: I'm currently residing in the dynamic metropolis of Düsseldorf, Germany, where I am earning my language certification and hoping to soon find part-time work. I anticipate beginning Ph.D work in my field, urban planning, in this country next year, and am currently trying to nail down research possibilities with several faculties. I am a native Canadian whose hometown is the beautiful capital city, Ottawa, although I resided, studied, and worked for the last couple of years in Halifax. I enjoy writing (creative, academic, and journalistic) and writing about music in particular. I'm also fond of espresso, wine, weightlifting, and sport (namely hockey and soccer/Fußball).

I have little formal training in music--just the requisite piano lessons from age seven to ten and middle-school trumpet. I taught myself the guitar, and, more recently, re-taught myself remedial piano, but at the moment I play neither instrument. Right now it's much easier and more enjoyable for me to let the real musicians do the playing while I sit back and listen. Still, I'm quite interested in music theory and try to read up and learn more about it in my free time. Being able to follow along with a study score and to identify written traits in the music is a real benefit, as far as I'm concerned, to a listener's overall appreciation of the music.

So that's me. Any questions? No? Good! ;)
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Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Post by piston » Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:59 am

Ken writes:
and we're a strong lot; I'm sure we'd make a cracker hockey team
At my age, I'll be the official in charge of one of the goal lights. :wink:
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Post by Jared » Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:24 am

^^ thanks very much for the friendly, informative post Ken... it's great to learn a little more about you, as you are such a valued member of the CMG gang... 8) it's once again quite humbling that this 41 year old 'looks up to' you for advice on CM, but then I'd already got over that hurdle with Matt (Ravel30) who is likewise such a great asset to the forum.. :D

anyway, I look forward to reading more of your thoughts, in the near future... :wink:

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Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Post by ravel30 » Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:11 pm

Hi Ken,

Very interesting to read more about you. It is funny that you mention hockey because I am part of two forums on the internet. One for hockey and one for CM. In a previous life, I also use to like the english football. (This is for you Jared. I am probably one of the few north american here who know about Wolverhampton which is your favorite team I think).

Jared, thank you for your kind words. You are a much bigger asset to CMG than I am but I am glad that you consider me like that too. :oops:
Oh and Jared, I did listen to one of your recommendation once and I sure am glad that I did (The Missa Solemnis by Beethoven).

Oh and Ken my friend, you and I will have to talk about Schumann at some point. I still want to purchase the Sawallisch or Donhanyi recording of Schumann's symphonies that you suggested me in the past.

If you come back to our beautiful capital city one day, I would sure like to meet you in person. Here is one CMG member that I may meet one day. And if we do, we could do a little report of our meeting like some members do here.

All the best,

Matt.

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Post by Jared » Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:23 pm

ravel30 wrote: (This is for you Jared. I am probably one of the few north american here who know about Wolverhampton which is your favorite team I think).
Leicester City... :wink:

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Post by thisolehouse » Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:35 pm

My name is Bill and I live in South Central New York. I am old, hence the user name.

I have enjoyed classical music since I was a kid in the 40s. I was exposed to classical music through radio broadcasts and then television. I grew up with all the ‘BIG’ names of that era.

In my teen years I started collecting recordings (LPs) so that now my collection contains around 2,000. (And I still play them regularly.)

Though modest, my CD collection is on the low hundreds.

In the late 70s I was a part time classical announcer at our local NPR/PBS station. And in the early 80s I worked in the classical music department of a local record store.
My main jobs were to work with the classical music buying clientele and to help the manager in classical LP purchases.

I have sung since I was young but not in the concert music style. (After 1962 a baritone soloist, baritone in a male quartet and ensembles, and bass in church choirs.)

I am neither a composer nor a teacher. At least not of music.

I am a outsider artist working in acrylics.

I do some writing. I do two internet devotionals. One deals with music and meditations related to the Christian church and worship.

I also write "Plieades Poetry" and I have 17 chapters of a novel in my computer crying for me to finish it!!

Not related to classical music I am a Buffalo Sabres/Portland Maine Pirates hockey fan. (Lance cannot understand why I would miss his program and either go to or listen to a hockey game on the internet. I've tried to explain that I am not a one trick pony.)

Though I had listened to his radio program almost from the time he started it, I did not meet Lance G. Hill until I started working at the record store.

A few weeks ago we crossed paths at a local eatery next door to where my wife works. And he invited me to check out the forums. At first I was intimidated. But I will rub my scent glands on the trees and mark my territory and go from there.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:31 pm

Hey, Bill! This is Corlyss. I'm sure I met you some 10 years ago when I was visiting Lance in NY. I thought then you would sign up shortly. What took you so long? :lol: Glad to see you finally made it! Kick your shoes off and set a spell.

Your moniker, great song by Rosie back in the day!
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Post by thisolehouse » Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:41 pm

Corlyss_D wrote:Hey, Bill! This is Corlyss. I'm sure I met you some 10 years ago when I was visiting Lance in NY. I thought then you would sign up shortly. What took you so long? :lol: Glad to see you finally made it! Kick your shoes off and set a spell.

Your moniker, great song by Rosie back in the day!
Hi Corlyss,

We may have met. I am not sure. At my age my senior moments last an hour!!

I took some time to check out how the Boards worked. At first I was was not sure if I could add much since the folks here are so well versed in the subject. But I decided I needed to see if my presence would add anything. Or at least give the others some comic relief.

Yeh, and I am old enough to remember when thisolehouse was brand new or at least when the mortgage was not paid off!!

Bill

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Post by NancyElla » Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:18 pm

Hi Ken and Bill,

I have spent a couple of happy summer vacations at the wonderful Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Ken. It restored my faith in humanity one grim year to see a place where people would line up for hours, in the sun, several times a day, to get good seats in sweltering churches to hear wonderful chamber music. Bill, I'm looking forward to your posts. I'll be sniffing around for those scent markings!
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Post by thisolehouse » Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:34 pm

Thanks NancyElla,

I appreciate that!

As long as you do not come bearing arms you are welcome in my territory any time. :lol:

Bill

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Post by NancyElla » Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:59 pm

thisolehouse wrote:Thanks NancyElla,

I appreciate that!

As long as you do not come bearing arms you are welcome in my territory any time. :lol:

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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:49 pm

Bill,

Lance tells me that you're not the person I'm thinking of. Sorry if I made you spend a lot of time trying to remember our meeting. Glad to have you aboard anyway. Hope you enjoy our little corner of cyberspace.
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Post by Ken » Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:12 am

Bill: welcome aboard! Hope to see you 'round here often.

Nancy: I'm glad to hear that you enjoy Ottawa's Chamberfest. It's certainly one of the biggest things I miss about my hometown. I, too, have fond memories from the Festival (most of them also related to the heat). I remember watching the Boréades de Montréal dutifully perform of a couple of the Brandenburg Concertos during a raging thunderstorm that broke the day's 40-degree weather; the hall at St. Andrew's seemed to amplify the sound of the thunder!

I know that Festival organizers were somewhat concerned when the founder and chief of the Festival left in 2007, but I'm not sure how things were over the last couple of years. I'd personally love to see a younger audience start to participate in the event.
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Post by barney » Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:13 pm

DavidRoss wrote:
Sylph wrote:
DavidRoss wrote:Gosh. If you felt attacked and I was responsible, I would like to apologize. If you will please direct me to that post so I can see the truth in this charge, I will be happy to admit my wrong and ask your forgiveness. Thanks!

(I realize this was probably intended as a joke :D , but there really are some around here who feel "attacked" when others stand up to their bullying or request support for their improbable claims, and it's also possible that I might have said something carelessly that could reasonably be construed as an attack--though I think that's extremely improbable in the case of a noob. :wink: )
Oh, don't worry, it was silly! Back then, I thought: My goodness, what kind of a place is this? Did I really have to register? Turns out: I kind of misinterpreted it and took it very seriously. That happened when I said: I hate Verdi. Remember? :mrgreen:
Sorry, I did not remember. But I was able to track it down with the clues you offered. On a thread about "composers you can't stand" you had said you hated Verdi. Some folks took exception, one just said that Verdi's good enough not to need defending. I agreed with that, saying that "He no more needs defending than Mozart or Beethoven, dislike of whom evokes only pity for the poor shallow soul thus afflicted." You took offense and demanded that I be banned. I think that got sorted out back then so no need to rehash it here, but please allow me to apologize for not clarifying to your satisfaction that (a) the comment referred specifically to folks unable to enjoy Mozart or Beethoven, (b) the phrase "poor shallow soul" was neither addressed to nor referred to you, personally, and (c) the snobby affectation at which you took umbrage satirizes the sort of pompous ass who often pops up on sites like this one.

Just so you know: Probably half of what I say here is intended ironically (my tongue's nearly worn a hole in my cheek). Not everyone gets the jokes or appreciates them. Oh well--not everyone gets Verdi or appreciates him...or Schubert, Schumann, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Strauss, or Stenhammar! (Who?) :D
As a snobby, affected, pompous ass I take great exception to what David Ross said, and demand that he be banned.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:23 pm

barney wrote:As a snobby, affected, pompous ass I take great exception to what David Ross said, and demand that he be banned.
As a snobby, affected, pompous psuedo-intellectual, I say he stays! :D We cancel each other out, Barn. :wink:
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Post by Lance » Tue Oct 20, 2009 3:12 am

Oh, no! Not more personality problems. :( :( :( I thought this side of CMG had it made without such things!
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Post by Sylph » Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:24 am

Where is DavidRoss? :shock:

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Post by Chalkperson » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:23 pm

Sylph wrote:Where is DavidRoss? :shock:
He left about six weeks or more ago, he got fed up with the bad manners and language inn the Pub, it almost spilled in here but I persuaded the person involved to treat other members with the respect they deserve on the Chatterbox...David's left a couple of times before, it's a shame though that we lose yet another Music Board Member because of the The Pub...
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Post by Seán » Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:48 pm

Chalkperson wrote:
Sylph wrote:Where is DavidRoss? :shock:
He left about six weeks or more ago, he got fed up with the bad manners and language inn the Pub, it almost spilled in here but I persuaded the person involved to treat other members with the respect they deserve on the Chatterbox...David's left a couple of times before, it's a shame though that we lose yet another Music Board Member because of the The Pub...
Oh, that's a real pity. I always enjoyed reading his posts and in particular those on Sibelius's music whicih is obviously one of his great passions. I hope that he does decide to return.
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Post by Seán » Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:49 pm

Corlyss_D wrote:
barney wrote:As a snobby, affected, pompous ass I take great exception to what David Ross said, and demand that he be banned.
As a snobby, affected, pompous psuedo-intellectual, I say he stays! :D We cancel each other out, Barn. :wink:
I want him back. :cry: :(
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Post by Chalkperson » Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:55 am

Seán wrote:
Corlyss_D wrote:
barney wrote:As a snobby, affected, pompous ass I take great exception to what David Ross said, and demand that he be banned.
As a snobby, affected, pompous psuedo-intellectual, I say he stays! :D We cancel each other out, Barn. :wink:
I want him back. :cry: :(
You obviously think that the post is real, I certainly hope it's not, he's gotta be kidding, right...if he's serious, he needs to go see a Doctor... :lol:
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Post by ContrapunctusIX » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:09 am

Hi, I'm John. I'm 33 and I live right in the middle of Boston, MA. I'm a half-breed Greek/German whose parents were born in Europe. Professionally I'm an infrastructure consultant for a large multinational financial services provider, so I spend a lot of time on the road. I am currently in Tulsa, OK, and that's all I can say about that.

I got into classical music as a kid, my dad is an avid fan who probably has more than 500 LPs. I still remember hanging out with my dad while he smoked his pipe and played his old Karl Richter Bach LPs, not to mention his vast (probably too vast) collection of Ormandy & Szell Columbia LPs.

I prefer the music of the masters, like Bach, Handel, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, etc. but I've got a pretty broad scope, having gone as far back a Dufay and DuMachaut and as far forward as Schoenberg, Bartok & Stravinsky. I'm familiar with the works of many lesser lights as well, such as Cherubini, Xaver-Richter, Arriaga, and Biber to name a few. I've also heard quite a bit of earlier Baroque music (Fux, Pachelbel - no, NOT the Canon, Buxtehude, Heinichen), french Baroque (Couperin, Charpentier, Rameau) and italian Baroque (Antonacci, Torelli, Pez) and most of the standards like Corelli, Albinoni and anybody more obvious that you can think of. Zelenka is a favorite of mine and I believe he's woefully underappreciated. I also like most genres...orchestral, chamber, solo instrumental, sacred choral - though I can't say I'm a big fan of Lieder or Opera.

I've got a pretty extensive collection of Classical CDs, probably close to 2,000. I don't "do" mono recordings, but I've gone as far back as the advent of stereo and I tend to prefer many of those recordings as they feature the likes of Szeryng, Oistrakh, Stern, Grumiaux, Fournier, Rostropovich, Starker, Backhaus, Anda, Gilels, Kempff and great conductors like Kempe, Dorati, Schmidt-Isserstedt, Bohm, Klemperer, Monteux, Cluytens, Walter, etc.

As you can probably tell I'm not a fan of "historically-informed" Beethoven or Mozart, I think it sounds ridiculous, but on the other hand while I love Karl Richter for Bach I have moved on to Pinnock, Gardiner, and the rest of the HIP movement for Baroque music. And I also like both the art-deco Beethoven of Karajan and the traditional Beethoven of Schmidt-Isserstedt.

Also, classical isn't the only music I like. I'm just as likely to be caught listening to Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, LCD Soundsystem, Yes, John Coltrane, Porcupine Tree, the Mars Volta, Return to Forever, the Kinks, Led Zeppelin or the Beatles as I am to be listening to Szeryng/Dorati/LSO playing the Brahms Violin Concerto, Goebel/MAK play Bach's Overture #1, Alban Berg qt play Schubert's Death and the Maiden, or Geza Anda/Salzburg Mozarteum playing Mozart's 23rd Piano Concerto.

I also own about 100 SACDs as I have a quite nice mid-fi stereo system, and I can probably make some recommendations about the basic repertoire on SACD for those that are interested.

All right, that's enough I guess. I look forward to some excellent discussions.
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ContrapunctusIX wrote: but I've got a pretty broad scope, having gone as far back a Dufay and DuMachaut *** I'm familiar with the works of many lesser lights as well, such as Cherubini, Xaver-Richter, Arriaga, and Biber to name a few. I've also heard quite a bit of earlier Baroque music (Fux, Pachelbel - no, NOT the Canon, Buxtehude, Heinichen), french Baroque (Couperin, Charpentier, Rameau) and italian Baroque (Antonacci, Torelli, Pez) and most of the standards like Corelli, Albinoni and anybody more obvious that you can think of. Zelenka is a favorite of mine and I believe he's woefully underappreciated * * * and the rest of the HIP movement for Baroque music.
OMG! A man after my own heart! Kick your shoes off and set a spell. We have a thread running on the Best of EM. Hope you join in with your Dufay and Machaut. BTW we already have about 8 fairly active members here named John, so you'll have to change your name . . . :lol: Just kidding.
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Re: Introducing yourself thread!

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Corlyss_D wrote:
ContrapunctusIX wrote: but I've got a pretty broad scope, having gone as far back a Dufay and DuMachaut *** I'm familiar with the works of many lesser lights as well, such as Cherubini, Xaver-Richter, Arriaga, and Biber to name a few. I've also heard quite a bit of earlier Baroque music (Fux, Pachelbel - no, NOT the Canon, Buxtehude, Heinichen), french Baroque (Couperin, Charpentier, Rameau) and italian Baroque (Antonacci, Torelli, Pez) and most of the standards like Corelli, Albinoni and anybody more obvious that you can think of. Zelenka is a favorite of mine and I believe he's woefully underappreciated * * * and the rest of the HIP movement for Baroque music.
OMG! A man after my own heart! Kick your shoes off and set a spell. We have a thread running on the Best of EM. Hope you join in with your Dufay and Machaut. BTW we already have about 8 fairly active members here named John, so you'll have to change your name . . . :lol: Just kidding.
I'll have a look, I must confess I am no expert on early music. And while I have a good ear and perfect pitch, I've had no formal music training. Although I did teach myself to play the guitar.
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ContrapunctusIX wrote:I'll have a look, I must confess I am no expert on early music. And while I have a good ear and perfect pitch, I've had no formal music training. Although I did teach myself to play the guitar.
You didn't have to have musical training to like any others on your list. We don't expect you to sing it or play it! :lol: All you need is to be seduced by the music. :D You like Dufay and Machaut. That's a start. . .
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Re: Introducing yourself thread!

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Chalkperson wrote:
Sylph wrote:Where is DavidRoss? :shock:
He left about six weeks or more ago, he got fed up with the bad manners and language inn the Pub, it almost spilled in here but I persuaded the person involved to treat other members with the respect they deserve on the Chatterbox...David's left a couple of times before, it's a shame though that we lose yet another Music Board Member because of the The Pub...
Oh my God... :shock:

that is a really sad post, and it makes me both very upset and frustrated... DR was one of my fave people in here, and I think he'll be quite a loss to this forum... :( :( :(

frankly, I really don't understand how people 'get off' on talking to each other with such discourtesy over in the Pub; somewhere I never really wish to frequent. the almost irreconcilable dichotomy between the Pub and the chatterbox is something that I'll never be able to get my head round, and frankly, I echo Chalkie's sentiments 100%..

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ContrapunctusIX wrote:Hi, I'm John. I'm 33 and I live right in the middle of Boston, MA.
Hi John... thanks for the interesting read... you're 8 years younger than me, and (as I've seen by your posts) light years ahead of me in knowledge, so I'll look forward to learning a lot from you.. :wink:

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Re: Introducing yourself thread!

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Jared wrote:
ContrapunctusIX wrote:Hi, I'm John. I'm 33 and I live right in the middle of Boston, MA.
Hi John... thanks for the interesting read... you're 8 years younger than me, and (as I've seen by your posts) light years ahead of me in knowledge, so I'll look forward to learning a lot from you.. :wink:
Thank you for the kind words, Jared. But compared to many of the contributors here, I am most certainly NOT an expert.
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ContrapunctusIX wrote:
Jared wrote:
ContrapunctusIX wrote:Hi, I'm John. I'm 33 and I live right in the middle of Boston, MA.
Hi John... thanks for the interesting read... you're 8 years younger than me, and (as I've seen by your posts) light years ahead of me in knowledge, so I'll look forward to learning a lot from you.. :wink:
Thank you for the kind words, Jared. But compared to many of the contributors here, I am most certainly NOT an expert.
yes, but compared to me, you are... :lol:

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Jared wrote:Oh my God... :shock:

that is a really sad post, and it makes me both very upset and frustrated... DR was one of my fave people in here, and I think he'll be quite a loss to this forum... :( :( :(
We were in touch just a few days ago. At the mo', he's got more pressing matters on his mind. I'm hoping he'll come back when things shake out.
frankly, I really don't understand how people 'get off' on talking to each other with such discourtesy over in the Pub;somewhere I never really wish to frequent.
That's okay. Not to worry. It's the topics discussed. It's not everyone's cup o' tea. Most over there understand and accept the free-wheeling nature of it. Like I always say, consensus is not the goal, discussion is. Some of us are partisans and take the substance very seriously. I do wish there were more substance than slanging matches, but hey! it goes with the territory. I had hoped it would be more diversified in topics, but politics seems to be the favorite hobby horse.
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Chalkperson wrote:it's a shame though that we lose yet another Music Board Member because of the The Pub...
Some of the lost have been kicked out due to the agitation of other members (see Feb 09 notice). Of the lost who left voluntarily in a snit, no one compelled them to visit the Pub. If they would rather expose themselves to people and opinions that they know anger them, and they can't exercise even so much self-discipline as it takes to avoid those people and opinions, what's a moderator to do? Invariably, they want the gendarmerie to deal with the offender instead of take the steps necessary to avoid being offended. There is no constitutional right not to be offended. We're not a pair of nannies here minding a school yard sandbox. Allegedly we're all adults here. With baiting being a favorite pastime in the Pub, who's to say who is in the right and who in the wrong?
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Re: About CMG's contributors!

Post by ChrisX » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:11 pm

ChrisX wrote:• are male or female?

Male

• What do your friends call you?

My full name is Christian but most people and friends call me Chris

• what country you reside in

the Netherlands

• study music - if so what instrument

No studying but I do play: orchestral percussion (mostly untuned) as part of a wind orchestra and as a member of a percussion ensemble.

• collect records [CDs or LPs]

Cd's definetely, I appreciate the art of LP covers but love the ease of use of Cd's. Loathe downloads, love to have a physical product in my hands.

• anything else you might like us to know about you

Well, I am 39 years, single, have a nice job at a company where I am responsible for almost the entire invoicing of the company and ever since I was a small kid I am fascinated by music. As someone who was born in 1970 musically I am a child of the 80s but my initial interests went back to the 70s under a bit of influence of my older brothers record collection. From very early on I did have a fascination for the more out-there musics and as such dived headlong into the music of Mike Oldfield, Pink Floyd, Genesis, King Crimson, Yes etc. (i.e. what we nowadays call the progressive rock movement of the 70s and their offshoots) but also the electronic / synth pioneers from the 70s: Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream. In the early 90s I discovered that the prog rock movement wasn't dead at all but alive and kicking all over the world albeit more 'underground' and released through a plethora of independent record labels. I got involved with local radioshow covering that music, forged friendships with people within that scene and went to hunderds of gigs (and still do when time permits). Together with a very good friend of mine we actually ended up going to concerts in the UK and even to various festivals in the US.

From very early on I did seem to have no problem with music that wasn't structured in what was deemed the normal way (i.e. the popsongs of the day) so it wasn't a surprise for me that I would gravitate to classical music at some point. One of the first recordings that really touched me was a recording of Dvorak's 9th Symphony under the baton of Ferenc Fricsay. And although I have heard several recordings since then, that one is the only one that does it for me (and I am glad it is still available as part of DG's Original series.... bought it just a few days ago and am eagerly awaiting its arrival since I was able to sell an earlier incarnation on cd for quite a nice price).

So, what classical music do I listen to then mostly? Well, I have a huge interest in late 19th century, first-half-of-the 20th century music AND as I am a bit of an Anglophile I have a tendency to gravitate towards that. Malcolm Arnold has been a huge discovery of 2008 for me, Arnold Bax rugged symphonies are also wonderfull. Probably my favourite classical piece is Vaughan William's Tallis Fantasia of which the recording conducted by Barbirolli on EMI is just radiantly magnificent.

When it comes solo instrumental music or chamber music I have discovered that I need an 'artist' that opens up the composer for me. Example: I had heard some Bach over the years (who hasn't at one time heard the Goldberg Variations for instance?) but it was only after I heard a radio broadcast of a performance by Angela Hewitt that Bach's keyboard music truly started to speak to me. Yes, it is played on a modern piano but I just can't stand the sound of a harpsichord and her playing just makes total sense both sonically and musically. Another performer that has opened me up in a major way is violinplayer Hilary Hahn. She not only opened the door to violin concertos for me but also to composers like Barber and Schoenberg.

Oh uhm.. one thing: I have a tendency to ramble on a bit :oops:
Well, I thought I pull this one up again since I have been gone for quite a while.... Actually, I was quite active here a short while after this introduction post but then everything grinded to a halt. Basically, I discovered that I was coming way to obsessed with all things internet and was just not listening to music anymore. So I took a drastic decision and removed myself completely from a bunch of musicforums that I attended... I kinda went into a musical retreat and starting reassessing what my focus should be and the answer was that I should 'fall in love' again with music which was something I had lost somewhere down the line. I started to scale back my activities as a founding member of Dutch language progressive rock website and as of October 1 I have actually closed that chapter. And lo and behold everything fell into place again it seemed.

So, what I have been up to musically lately? Well, digging into the numbered symphonies of Charles Ives for instance with the Holidays Symphony en route to me. Getting more and more into piano-music with ever more Hewitt's Bach discs for Hyperion getting into my collection. That music is just simply a balm for my soul (more about that later in a new topic about listening habits). And in my ever ongoing discovery of music from the British Isles I have now started listening to Robert Simpson's symphonies and what a treasure trove that is.

So, I am back again and hopefully in a bit more balanced state of mind and on a regular basis. I will especially be following the discussions on piano music with great interest. Lots and lots to learn and discover.
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Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Post by Jared » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:34 pm

^^ Chris, are you referring to www.dprp.net ? I had no idea you were a contributor, let alone a founding member... for which you should be very proud of yourself... its a great site. I know what you mean about internet burn-out; I has many acquaintances on Prog Archives who experienced the same thing, and had to take a step backwards to regain some perspective and life balance... :)

anyway, it'll be good to see you around a little more in the future, my friend.. :D

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Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Post by ChrisX » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:48 pm

Jared wrote:^^ Chris, are you referring to http://www.dprp.net ?
Nope, I was a founder of the Dutch language progrock website Progwereld.org which is a lot smaller then DPRP but still very dedicated. Our goal was and still is to provide accurate info on all things prog but in Dutch because we believe a) the best way to communicate thoughts about music is in your own language, b) still a lot of people do not speak or read English that well.
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Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Post by Jared » Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:15 pm

^^either way, my sentiments remain the same.. :wink:

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Re: About CMG's contributors!

Post by Fergus » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:39 pm

ChrisX wrote:.... I discovered that I was coming way to obsessed with all things internet and was just not listening to music anymore. So I took a drastic decision and removed myself completely from a bunch of musicforums that I attended... I kinda went into a musical retreat and starting reassessing what my focus should be and the answer was that I should 'fall in love' again with music which was something I had lost somewhere down the line....
Very honest comments Chris and you took a brave and commendable step....perhaps something to be considered from time to time :wink:

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