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by BrianB
Mon Apr 16, 2007 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang lang and the Yellow River Concerto
Replies: 13
Views: 4441

Lang lang and the Yellow River Concerto

Jim Svejda, a host for KUSC recently devoted his entire morning show (March 15th, 2007) to ripping Chinese pianist Lang lang. He called Lang lang’s interpretations preposterous and egotistical. He spent the show playing Lang lang’s recordings and comparing them to other pianists. He surmised that th...
by BrianB
Sun Feb 11, 2007 11:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: On-Topic: MySpace and Classical Music
Replies: 15
Views: 21166

MySpace

Judging from the numbers, it would certainly seem that MySpace is attracting more audience for 'classical music.' I've always said that if you get rid of some of the formality (er, stuffiness) associated with classical music, most of these composers will continue to attract a new audience. The L.A. ...
by BrianB
Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: About THE MAGIC FLUTE, ...
Replies: 9
Views: 2538

The symbolism

I think the symbology of the Magic Flute is simply that Sarastro is initially presented as being evil but turns out to be one of the good guys. This is representative of the 'spin' that the Catholic Church put on FreeMasonry, depicting them as the evil ones. I think this is all that's involved with ...
by BrianB
Sun Dec 17, 2006 11:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Happy Birthday Big B
Replies: 29
Views: 8355

Happy Birthday Ludwig

Yes! Happy birthday dear Beethoven! One of my first (musical) loves and still an enigma after all these years. By the way; I don't know if any of you saw the movie Immortal Beloved, but I hear it was based on the plot line that he was in love with his late brother's wife. I found this an absurd noti...
by BrianB
Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Mozart Envy
Replies: 15
Views: 2907

There were others

No question that Mozart cast a looong shadow. (And he's one of my favorites! I could listen to him endlessly. {Don't tell anyone.}) There were certainly others though. Mendelssohn was certainly a prodigy and it has been pointed out that he was composing masterworks in his teens. I love Mendelssohn, ...
by BrianB
Thu Nov 23, 2006 9:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: What about these fancy new halls?
Replies: 2
Views: 1257

What about these fancy new halls?

Out here, in the states, (California) the big deal is these huge new concert halls with acoustical properties that lets you hear a paper rustle in the audience. Re- Disney Hall and the new on in Orange County Henry Seagestrum. My feelings about them are kind of like the 'new' digital recording techn...
by BrianB
Thu Nov 02, 2006 4:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Some Thoughts About Early Music
Replies: 10
Views: 2901

'new music'

When I was in music school (the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore) we had a music history prof. who's pet theory was that everything after Bach was just a re-hashing. We even had to justify his position on a final exam! If you look at music from a purely harmonic analysis, his idea is hard to disput...
by BrianB
Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 576166

My maturing musical tastes

I've been gravitating towards Sibelius, Stravinski and some of those English guys, I like Elgar, now that I've realised he wrote more than Pomp and circumstance and Enigma variations