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by alex humphrey
Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: VIDEO QUARTET/ GUYS AND DOLLS
Replies: 0
Views: 1560

VIDEO QUARTET/ GUYS AND DOLLS

Wouldn't say it was a concert but it was a very interesting video installation at the Tate Modern (London) called Video quartet at by an artist called Macurley. I've got his name wrong most likely but not the title of the work! It was commisioned in San Francisco in about 2002. How it works. It's on...
by alex humphrey
Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Heavy Metal
Replies: 67
Views: 20822

I'm not a major fan of Metalica but I've got to pay tribute to their S+M album. It's Metalica playing alongside the San Francisco symphony orchestra. Michael Kamen's orchestration is absolutely unbelievable. 2 sets of musicians from different disciplines comming together and fusing what Kamen (makes...
by alex humphrey
Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Gergiev Winds Up Awesome Shostakovich Cycle
Replies: 9
Views: 5387

So envious! I've got lots of respect for Gergiev. I hope he comes to Manchester in the near future. It's a heavy program but it's one of those I would have loved to have lost myself in. Time well invested that's what I say!
by alex humphrey
Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Shostakovich and Mahler by The Philadelphia Orchestra
Replies: 4
Views: 3176

Sounds like my kind of concert! Mahler's 4th was the 1st symphony that I listened to after the Welt Mignon Mahler piano rolls. Great symphony I heard the Concertboew perform it programmed with Webern and Berg. Odd combination like Shosterkovich they were all inspired by him. How did the concert go d...
by alex humphrey
Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:18 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Greatest Composition by a "Teenager".....?!
Replies: 47
Views: 9323

Greatest teenage composer/ work

It has to be Das Klagenlied by Gustav Mahler. It was an ambitios piece of work and he really went for it. I even like the story that he has chosen. As you know I am a Mahler fanatic so my arguement is going to be clouded. The idea of the off stage orchestra was really effective. Kent Nagano conducte...
by alex humphrey
Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Violin concertos--not a poll
Replies: 53
Views: 30160

Violin concertos that move me

I am personally moved by Alban's Berg's from the dedication to Alma daughter to how the actual is executed. I've got a Henrick Schering (please correct me on the spelling) recording but have listened to it in concert. I really like Christian Tetzlaft when he has performed it with the HALLE. He also ...
by alex humphrey
Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karajan's Complete Beethoven Symphonies
Replies: 48
Views: 29441

Beethoven Recordings

I'd personally buy them and judge them for yourself. $20 dollars for a set is an absolute bargain. Even if they are bobins (English word for rubbish), it's not going to be that much of a loss, you just keep the product. I personally think Karajan is a superb conductor, although he is meant to a be a...
by alex humphrey
Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:21 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Poor Richard Strauss Can't Rest in Peace
Replies: 24
Views: 6492

It sounds like a really interesting case

I don't know much about the case but it sounds like it is worth following! Is there anyway I can get up dates on this case. If libretto was contributed and a deal has been stuck then yes they should get some money. I like to see the money being spent ethically by the family i.e. put the money back i...
by alex humphrey
Thu Dec 07, 2006 10:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: How Rich Are You?
Replies: 18
Views: 3055

My bank I have insuficient funds!
by alex humphrey
Thu Dec 07, 2006 10:03 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Contemporary Operas Are Grim
Replies: 18
Views: 3508

If I'm honest I go with the mood!

I'm only talking on a personal level I go with the mood, and take the opportunities I am given to see work whether it's new and cutting edge or whether it's safe or to serve an other purpose whether's it working out, clubbing etc. Example, Mahler is my favourite composer but I wouldn't do a gym work...
by alex humphrey
Thu Dec 07, 2006 7:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Contemporary Operas Are Grim
Replies: 18
Views: 3508

Talking on a personal level, unsophisticated as it may seem I'm not out to find out what true opera is. Yes I do think Jerry Springer is an opera (should I call it Neo-opera?) because it has the characteristics musically as stated earlier. It fuses other musical styles I admit that and it works. Mar...
by alex humphrey
Wed Dec 06, 2006 12:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Contemporary Operas Are Grim
Replies: 18
Views: 3508

FUNNY OPERA

Funny Opera? Jerry Springer the Opera! It caused controversy but I personally found the libretto to be extremely witty, it took the piss out (Satirised) of the moral decline of the Jerry Springer show and how people believe him to be God, it attacked the way people go about believing. Reference to h...
by alex humphrey
Wed Dec 06, 2006 12:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Top Ten Symphonic Orchestras of Europe
Replies: 22
Views: 5999

CHART WHY?

I would put in the Gothernburg Symphony orchestra. I really like their sound especially under the direction of Neeme Javi. I'd take out the Philharmonia. I also like the City Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, some people will laugh at that one but they're in the 20 possibly number 11. I hate charts! I ...
by alex humphrey
Tue Dec 05, 2006 11:15 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Thought I might as well introduce myself!
Replies: 9
Views: 2313

Thought I might as well introduce myself!

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Alex (26 years old) and I live in Manchester (England), I know that alot of people are from the US so I thought it would be a great opportunity to give you a brief insight about what is going on in Manchester. Firstly, I would like to take pride by ta...