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by BC
Sat Aug 11, 2007 1:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boehm Wozzeck/Lulu
Replies: 24
Views: 5949

Astonishingly enough, this:

http://tinyurl.com/yur273

Appears to be an even better bargain. It includes the Boulez Lulu and Abbado Wozzeck for only an extra £9.

More details here:

http://www.amazon.com/Alban-Berg-Collec ... B0000B09Z4
by BC
Sat Aug 11, 2007 6:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boehm Wozzeck/Lulu
Replies: 24
Views: 5949

Thanks everyone, I will get it.
by BC
Fri Aug 10, 2007 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Books on classical music
Replies: 68
Views: 13418

Yes, Karl, I had realised that thse programming would be a factor. I wasn't sure however, first, whether this was a comprehensive collection of Steinberg's programme notes on symphonies, or a selection; and secondly, whether he had written any additional pieces, to fill up "gaps", in the book. Perha...
by BC
Fri Aug 10, 2007 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boehm Wozzeck/Lulu
Replies: 24
Views: 5949

The version I'm looking at is here:

http://tinyurl.com/2zpnt5
by BC
Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boehm Wozzeck/Lulu
Replies: 24
Views: 5949

Boehm Wozzeck/Lulu

Amazon UK has this in a box set (three CDs) at the exceptionally reasonable price of £10.97. Berg's operas may be a little too discordant for me, but nothing ventured etc and at that price I am tempted to take a punt if these are regarded as good versions -- does anyone have any views?
by BC
Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Books on classical music
Replies: 68
Views: 13418

Any book of this sort will have its dissatisfactions. It is essentially a collection of programme notes written over a period of years, and it is inevitably "bitty" -- there was never any prospect the book might read as an organic whole. Steinberg varies his angle of attack from symphony to symphony...
by BC
Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Books on classical music
Replies: 68
Views: 13418

Of the books recommended to me on this thread I've so far bought and (mostly) read the Swafford, the Michael Steinberg book on Symphonies, the Elizabeth Wilson Shostakovich bio. All excellent purchases. Now deciding what to buy next - possibly the Stravinsky bio........
by BC
Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Works of Igor Stravinsky Box Set
Replies: 19
Views: 4642

Loving this by the way. Thanks to those who recommended purchase.
by BC
Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don't Act Out if You Don't Like the Music
Replies: 104
Views: 18956

As good a time as any to point out that music is not a language. It has no grammar. "Music is the universal language" is a pretty metaphor, but it's about as slippery as the "meaning" in the music. Cheers, ~Karl Agreed, although it is hardly a valid criticism of a metaphor that it does not hold goo...
by BC
Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Works of Igor Stravinsky Box Set
Replies: 19
Views: 4642

Thanks to all for the feedback - I bought this today. I don't know a huge amount of Stravinksy but I've heard enough to be sure that I will enjoy quite a lot of it. And you can't go wrong at that price (I actually paid £22 locally, £1 per cd - even Naxos lists at £6 per cd in some UK shops now).
by BC
Fri Jun 29, 2007 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Works of Igor Stravinsky Box Set
Replies: 19
Views: 4642

Works of Igor Stravinsky Box Set

Browsing on Amazon UK I came across this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Works-Igor-Stravinsky-22cd/dp/B000PTYUQG/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/202-7219011-6461419?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1183141923&sr=8-2 It looks almost too good to be true at this price, but there's frustratingly little in the way of information. Anyone k...
by BC
Tue Jun 26, 2007 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The absolute best Mahler Symphony Cycle (boxed set)
Replies: 43
Views: 17351

I'm not qualified to vote (not heard enough versions) but I recently bought the Bertini cycle because it was rated the best by both Gramophone and the Penguin Guide. Surprised it hasn't made a stronger showing.
by BC
Tue Jun 26, 2007 5:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When do we ever really talk about number one?
Replies: 38
Views: 7583

Sorry if my post was too cryptic. It is Dickens's description of Miss Haversham. Karl's post introduced to my mind the wonderful image of the Musical Miss Havershams, a supernatural race a la Buffy or Dr Who, in appearance a cross between a skeleton and a waxwork dummy, with dark swivelling eyes, al...
by BC
Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Books on classical music
Replies: 68
Views: 13418

Thanks to all who have made recommendations - I have already researched some of these and will poke around a bit more, and report back on which ones I buy. Unfortunately many are either unavailable in the UK or only available for a significant multiple of the US price.
by BC
Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When do we ever really talk about number one?
Replies: 38
Views: 7583

'Once, I had been taken to see some ghastly waxwork... Once, I had been taken to one of our old marsh churches to see a skeleton in the ashes of a rich dress... Now, waxwork and skeleton seemed to have dark eyes that moved and looked at me'. :shock:
by BC
Mon Jun 25, 2007 8:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When do we ever really talk about number one?
Replies: 38
Views: 7583

Re: When do we ever really talk about number one?

jbuck919 wrote: No, not the work of an ordinary mortal.
Not ordinary, granted, but certainly mortal. He died in 1827.
by BC
Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Books on classical music
Replies: 68
Views: 13418

Just to say I picked up Elizabeth Wilson's Shostakovich bio from Amazon and very fine it is too, thank for the recommendation to those who mentioned it. I think I will pick up Morgan's book on Twentieth Century music next.
by BC
Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are You Watching and/or Reading?
Replies: 128
Views: 41410

I've just finished reading Cormac McCarthy's "The Road", a book I believe will come to be seen as the most extravagantly overpraised work of fiction in recent years. Also Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint " -- for some reason I've put off reading this, despite being a Roth fan. I liked it very much...
by BC
Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great American Songbook
Replies: 168
Views: 269762

One singer who hasn't been mentioned is Diana Krall Research this thread DC--She's been mentioned numerous times--by me--though I salute you for your good taste--IMO, she is today’s premier interpreter of the American Songbook—not to mention her piano playing t Apologies, Ted, I thought I'd read th...
by BC
Thu Jun 07, 2007 3:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Lance!!!!!!
Replies: 40
Views: 9313

Happy birthday Lance and many happy returns of the day. :)
by BC
Mon Jun 04, 2007 12:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting (?) episode of 60 Minutes
Replies: 18
Views: 2489

I agree up to a point - they both have a slightly androgenous appearance, although Hepburn is more elegant. I don't find either of them sexually attractive, which shouldn't affect my judgement of them as actresses, although it probably affects the pleasure I take in watching them: love stories in pa...
by BC
Mon Jun 04, 2007 10:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting (?) episode of 60 Minutes
Replies: 18
Views: 2489

Agree about Redgrave. When she talks about politics you just want to shake the naivety out of her, but her heart is in the right place (and at least she's got one, a big one at that). And she's a magnificent actress, the greatest ever in my opinion. It would be hard to say who the greatest actress ...
by BC
Mon Jun 04, 2007 6:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting (?) episode of 60 Minutes
Replies: 18
Views: 2489

Agree about Redgrave. When she talks about politics you just want to shake the naivety out of her, but her heart is in the right place (and at least she's got one, a big one at that). And she's a magnificent actress, the greatest ever in my opinion.
by BC
Wed May 30, 2007 6:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great American Songbook
Replies: 168
Views: 269762

I'm a big fan of Capitol era Sinatra, but otherwise my response to this kind of music is a bit hit and miss. The small group stuff that Billie Holiday did late in her career, with Ben Webster and Barney Kessel, is terrific in some moods, and mostly she's covering song-book standards. Recordings are ...
by BC
Fri May 25, 2007 6:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Books on classical music
Replies: 68
Views: 13418

Thanks to all who replied. Corlyss, I am interested in the Crocker, but suspect that picking up a reasonably priced edition may be more difficult on the side of the Atlantic. Amazon UK does list some used paperback copies, but they are around the list price for a new one. I will look around and see ...
by BC
Thu May 24, 2007 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Books on classical music
Replies: 68
Views: 13418

Books on classical music

I've been listening to a lot of classical music after a long period in which I listened to it fairly rarely. I'm interested in reading more on the subject, but I'm finding it difficult to know which books to buy. Since I last took a close interest, mainstream bookshops seem to have drastically reduc...
by BC
Mon May 21, 2007 7:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: to while with jazz?
Replies: 9
Views: 2527

Jazz covers such a wide range of music. Maybe as a classical fan you might enjoy music that is more "composed through" initially. If you like Miles Davis, his collaborations with Gil Evans might interest you -- generally, these are written parts and Miles is the only improviser. All the Miles/Evans ...
by BC
Wed May 16, 2007 1:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How to Put 6,500 cd's into a shoebox...
Replies: 36
Views: 7342

That's Great BC...i'm working on a piece that will help you in i-tunes, but you will enjoy the Squeezebox. I'd be very grateful for the iTunes help - and I'm sure I'm going to love the Squeezebox, fantastic piece of kit for the price. Only downside - any Brits see this and want a Squeezebox, DON'T ...
by BC
Wed May 16, 2007 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How to Put 6,500 cd's into a shoebox...
Replies: 36
Views: 7342

After reading this thread I ordered a Squeezebox. My classical collection is tiny by comparison (but growing fast) and I'm not particularly an audiophile (I used to be more particular, but I decided my priorities were getting out of kilter) so my situation is somewhat different. The Squeezebox arriv...
by BC
Mon May 14, 2007 10:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tony Blair to retire
Replies: 31
Views: 5499

Re: Tony Blair to retire

[Do I so little understand the British system that I am completely wrong in thinking that Blair has in fact been an effective prime minister, the chief sign of which is that he is leaving by voluntary retirement when there is still such a thing in Britain as a vote of no confidence? By comparison, ...
by BC
Mon May 14, 2007 6:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tony Blair to retire
Replies: 31
Views: 5499

Re: Tony Blair to retire

He's certainly taken the heat at home for his tough stand on Iraq. But internationally, his reputation has grown in stature, while Bush's has gone into the dumpster. Two men, same tough position, two different outcomes. So what's the difference? Because in other matters Blair is a PC zealot and so ...
by BC
Sat May 12, 2007 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top 20 composers
Replies: 89
Views: 18983

The proposition that Handel's music is the product of "inspiration" is perhaps anachronistic. This is a relatively modern concept: Handel's contemporary Swift satirised the notion that anything worthwhile could be produced by "inspiration" in "The Tale of a Tub"; and while the Dean notoriously nearl...
by BC
Thu May 03, 2007 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Art Music, Second Edition
Replies: 15
Views: 2955

I confess I don't understand the term, which isn't used in the UK. Is "art music" synonymous with Classical Music? Or is it different and if so how?
by BC
Wed May 02, 2007 3:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For DSCH Devotees: NAXOS'S "Fall of Berlin"
Replies: 1
Views: 858

Thanks Ralph - I'll probably pick this up next time I see it in the shops.
by BC
Wed May 02, 2007 4:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If Edinburgh is pronounced ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2971

Lance I meant to say that bruh was one unstressedsyllable, but you probably worked that out. :oops:
by BC
Tue May 01, 2007 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If Edinburgh is pronounced ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2971

The main difference is that the second half of Edinburgh is pronounced borough (two syllables, first one stressed) while the second half of Aldeburgh is pronounced bruh (one stressed syllable). There is no hard "g" in either case. This page clarifies: http://www.suffolkchurches.co.uk/pronunciation.htm
by BC
Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can classical music escape the noose?
Replies: 9
Views: 3031

A big part of Lebrecht's stock in trade is gossip and scandal among the glitterati. Since labels like Naxos don't really support a glitterati, he no doubt feels they are no substitute for the majors.
by BC
Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can classical music escape the noose?
Replies: 9
Views: 3031

I don't think we do take him seriously. For a writer on classical music he gets a lot of column inches, but that's because editors recognize that wilful controversy attracts more readers than sober analysis.
by BC
Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Accidental Deletion of the Thread on Art Music
Replies: 23
Views: 4256

I'm sorry if I contributed to this. I tried to edit one of my posts and realised that I had inadvertently reposted it. To tidy things up I deleted the contents of the duplicate leading to the "empty post" that you were probably trying to delete. :?
by BC
Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Satyagraha
Replies: 3
Views: 1682

I saw that review in The Telegraph, although to be fair I also saw the same performance well reviewed elsewhere (The Times, from memory). You're not going to alienate too many Telegraph readers with a brutal review of Philip Glass, I suspect.
by BC
Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If I take RVW over Beethoven?
Replies: 32
Views: 7228

I massively prefer P G Wodehouse to Don Quixote. Do I think Wodehouse is a "better" writer than Cervantes? I'm not convinced it's a meaningful question, but if it is then the answer is almost certainly "no". Reading Cervantes, I can see, at least dispassionately, why he is regarded as one of the gre...
by BC
Tue Apr 10, 2007 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Edwardian English music: Ahead of its time or past its prime
Replies: 65
Views: 19780

I regret to say I really disliked Bloom's book on Shakespeare.
by BC
Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Edwardian English music: Ahead of its time or past its prime
Replies: 65
Views: 19780

Presumably the condition of drama itself would have been a factor for the Romantic composers? I confess I don't know much about the situation in continental Europe, but certainly in Britain the theatre was moribund during most of the Romantic period, viewed with suspicion by the political authoritie...
by BC
Tue Apr 10, 2007 4:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3341761

Recently (this represents a few weeks listening, this being my first post on the subject): Shostakovich: Symphonies 5, 6 and 11, Piano Quintet, String Quartets 1 & 8 Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra; String Quartets 1 & 2, The Mirakulous Mandarin Brahms: Symphony 3; Double Concerto Respighi: Pines and...
by BC
Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Edwardian English music: Ahead of its time or past its prime
Replies: 65
Views: 19780

No sane British classical music fan is under the illusion that the list of British composers begins to compare with a list of German-speaking composers. Our classical music education is based on a German-dominated tradition in which the great composers are assumed to be Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, f...
by BC
Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Edwardian English music: Ahead of its time or past its prime
Replies: 65
Views: 19780

Listening to RVWs "Flos Campi" the other day I was struck by how his modal approach anticipated post "Kind of Blue" jazz, harmonically at least. So from that perspective arguably "ahead of his time"?
by BC
Wed Mar 28, 2007 4:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hello from new member
Replies: 7
Views: 3324

Thanks for the welcome guys - piston, I'm just using my initials as a username - I thought I'd registered them in lower case but evidently not.
by BC
Tue Mar 27, 2007 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Operas that are the most accessible
Replies: 53
Views: 15019

There's nothing even slightly second rate about either Otello or Falstaff . These are the finest operas ever written. I wouldn't suggest Falstaff as a first opera, though. Otello, perhaps. To clarify, I didn't mean to imply that I personally thought Verdi or Puccini were second-rate. But in Britain...
by BC
Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hello from new member
Replies: 7
Views: 3324

Hello from new member

This is actually my second post, but I thought it might be appropriate to say something by way of introduction. This is the first time I've joined a classical music forum. As a bit of background, I have no formal music training, and like most people of my generation grew up listening mainly to rock ...
by BC
Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Operas that are the most accessible
Replies: 53
Views: 15019

My own take on this: go to see an opera or two. Like many people who grew up with pop and rock, when I first started to explore classical music, I just didn't like the trained voice. The penny dropped the first time I actually went to see an opera. Prejudices I had about opera arising from a casual ...