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by absinthe
Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler and Irony
Replies: 92
Views: 8827

Re: Mahler and Irony

Tarantella wrote: (Heresy alert: it sounds like film music!)
Hi, Tarantella. I've a hearsay alert for you: it is. Mahler was pretty sore that they took so long to get around to inventing sound films that he wrote his 7th Symphony, just to show Hammer Horror what they'd be missing... in due time!
by absinthe
Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Le Rat gets a new Gong from the Queen...
Replies: 37
Views: 3793

Re: Le Rat gets a new Gong from the Queen...

To give you a better idea of how pointless the whole "Honours" system is, the British Prime Minister, David Cameroon, gave an MBE to his barber, for services to hairdressing... http://www.itv.com/news/2014-01-06/david-camerons-hairdresser-awarded-mbe/ The whole thing should be scrapped. We have no ...
by absinthe
Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: J & R stops selling CD's altogether, even online.
Replies: 22
Views: 7953

Re: J & R closes CD store and fires all the staff !!!

Interesting, this about CDs. They may rot and the format may die but LPs are making a resurgence. It miffs me to see LPs I gave away 20 years ago now fetching £25 and up. I don't have many CDs (compared with most members here) but I'll hang on to them until the price goes up or they rot! I don't kno...
by absinthe
Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Forgotten CD's
Replies: 12
Views: 2819

Re: Forgotten CD's

Berg: Lulu. Silja / Dohnanyi / Vienna PO
by absinthe
Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Google has changed
Replies: 2
Views: 681

Re: Google has changed

I think it's an IBM mentality. These outfits have a few programmers on their staff, sitting around scratching themselves with nothing to do, so they get the job of altering the cosmetics without improving functionality, and sometimes un-improving things so they re-improve them later. The latest vers...
by absinthe
Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Swan song for iconic French pianos by Pleyel
Replies: 9
Views: 1559

Re: Swan song for iconic French pianos by Pleyel

Always tough to see the great names disappearing. In the digital age now, electronic pianos have become quite the thing, but not in classical music, thankfully. There will never be anything quite like an acoustic piano. If such a thing happened, all the pianos would sound the same. A shame to see t...
by absinthe
Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So what is a real virtuoso organ piece?
Replies: 17
Views: 2224

Re: So what is a real virtuoso organ piece?

He loved the Wannamaker Organ in Philadelphia and penciled it onto his calendar every time he visited the US. A few years ago we were in Philly for several days for the Flower Show and we made it our business to arrive for the playing of that organ--the store is now a Macy's. It was a pleasant expe...
by absinthe
Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir Edward William Elgar, Baronet Elgar
Replies: 10
Views: 4089

Re: Sir Edward William Elgar, Baronet Elgar

Far from the first time, you have missed my point. Elgar has been described as the personification of the buoyant optimism of the Edwardian Era. His three symphonies, however, are very moody, and in some moments even remind me of Mahler. As for the 5th Pomp and Circumstance, unlike the triumphant t...
by absinthe
Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Brussels Sharia?
Replies: 32
Views: 5303

Re: Brussels Sharia?

And people (rather naively) wonder why there's a resurgence of the Far Right. It isn't rocket science!! Were you to follow the news in the UK, you'd have noted that the indigenous, white-ish population of London is now below 50%. Not all are muslim, of course, but they do have a subversive agenda a...
by absinthe
Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Brussels Sharia?
Replies: 32
Views: 5303

Re: Brussels Sharia?

lennygoran wrote:A friend sent me an email with this link--can this truly be the case?

http://www.cbn.com/tv/1509282970001

Regards, Len :(
Same thing in the UK. Particularly Londistan. The cancer spreads. Look up "M.A.C Sharia"

http://www.demotix.com/news/772325/musl ... dia-772277
by absinthe
Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rejoice With Me!
Replies: 37
Views: 3739

Re: Rejoice With Me!

Why do I bother with the late Beethoven quartets instead of much easier fare? That's an easy one - because you're smarter. :) Spohr v. Beethoven is an unusual choice to make since so little of Spohr gets a hearing nowadays. Popular v. classical is more or less the same dichotomy: easy listening v. ...
by absinthe
Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New EMI Icon sets
Replies: 13
Views: 4304

Re: New EMI Icon sets

I'll be looking out for the Menuhin set, in particular for the Mendelssohn and the Lalo. I love his reading of the latter and it may persuade me to part with the LP though the other pieces on it are pleasant. But there's plenty of other good stuff in the set.
by absinthe
Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Google doodles Debussy
Replies: 13
Views: 1872

Re: Google doodles Debussy

I can imagine Debussy getting fed up with hearing the work but it was an innovation, one I've been working at to get up to scratch again. One can be buried under ones own self-criticism.
by absinthe
Sat May 25, 2013 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Soprano Edda Moser's EMI/Electrola CD release!
Replies: 1
Views: 2081

Re: Soprano Edda Moser's EMI/Electrola CD release!

I may have a shot at getting that. I loved her in the Henze Cantatas and Das Floß der Medusa. She handled these works so effortlessly. So perhaps it's worth investigating her work with opera. (I still have the LPs of Das Floß though I bought the CD when issued. The LPs were memorable not just as a r...
by absinthe
Sat May 11, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Complete Boulez Works (Thus Far, Anyway) on DG
Replies: 7
Views: 1456

Re: Complete Boulez Works (Thus Far, Anyway) on DG

Presumably complete works means his output in total not just works he completed?
by absinthe
Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janos Starker Passes On At 88.....Your Reactions Are Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 2273

Re: Janos Starker Passes On At 88.....Your Reactions Are Nee

Hard to react except with sadness. I first heard him with concertos by Mennin and Vill-Lobos - loved his sound enough to tempt me to the Bach Suites. A true master in every respect and yes, one of the greatest cellists of all time. One just has to listen to him with his fellow countryman's Sonata.
by absinthe
Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janos Starker RIP
Replies: 6
Views: 1494

Re: Janos Starker RIP

A sad loss but he had a long and good innings. What a sad piece of news to come across. He was one who guided me into a more "classical" concerto reperoire. R.I.P.
by absinthe
Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Colin Davis RIP
Replies: 14
Views: 3122

Re: Colin Davis RIP

Likewise....
by absinthe
Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Margaret Thatcher was a Bartok fan!
Replies: 9
Views: 2011

Re: Margaret Thatcher was a Bartok fan!

Maggie Thatcher did a lot worse to British society than Bartok did to music! She's remembered, yes, for the arts funding cuts; for 3 million unemployed (which she paid for by selling off anything public she could lay her hands on); for destroying industries in one-industry towns; for 17% mortgages e...
by absinthe
Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Contemporary free zone
Replies: 65
Views: 6075

Re: Contemporary free zone

Recordings have assisted the avoidance of contemporary music. As quality, affordability and repertoire improved, live performance took a more remote seat for the musical public. 100 years ago the concert was the only way to receive orchestral music (aside from piano transcriptions aimed at the home ...
by absinthe
Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Naxos' Gershwin Porgy & Bess 2-CD compilation
Replies: 6
Views: 1432

Re: Naxos' Gershwin Porgy & Bess 2-CD compilation

Pepe, many Jazz musicians have produced beautiful renditions of Summertime. And the loveliest piano rendition is by Earl Wild from his own arrangement: "Porgy and Bess Fantasia" - the whole work is an absolute sod to play but that section is beautiful. The disc on which it's recorded contains some ...
by absinthe
Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cesar Franck: has his star faded?
Replies: 15
Views: 2350

Re: Cesar Franck: has his star faded?

I've recently taken an interest in Franck thanks to a remastered Klemperer recording. Somewhat early for me but it inspired me to delve a little more. I'm guided by everyone's comments here. Thanks, all!
by absinthe
Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinyl Resurgent
Replies: 8
Views: 1577

Re: Vinyl Resurgent

Makes me hide my face with shame having given away most of my LPs. If I'd kept them I'd have made some cash looking at prices on ebay and amazon.
by absinthe
Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tarantella is no longer amongst us (that is on CMG).
Replies: 22
Views: 3298

Re: Tarantella is no longer amongst us.

I had to google to find out what transportation you had there in Sydney--guess I picked the wrong system. Well you Sydneyians may have an opera house but where's a real subway system like we have--NYC is still the place to be! Regards, Len [fleeing] :) It's been a long time since we indulged in tra...
by absinthe
Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let´s post our favourite recordings of 2012
Replies: 58
Views: 8337

Re: Let´s post our favourite recordings of 2012

Hello absinthe (not the traditionally green, intoxicating substance)!! I love the Franck Symphony in D and one seldom hears it. Best Christmas wishes!! Hello again, graceful dancer! Yes, I had some trouble with the Franck in earlier years - uninspired performances. But I wasn't surprised to find Kl...
by absinthe
Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Advice sought from all of you polymaths here
Replies: 17
Views: 2834

Re: Advice sought from all of you polymaths here

Not sure if anyone could advise anyone else of anything in this situation as personal circumstances come into it. I consider myself a businessman (businessperson in UK-speak). But when I was 13 I doubted I'd have any life at all with an unpredictably violent stepfather whose grave I can now piss on,...
by absinthe
Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Profundity in Music
Replies: 36
Views: 5768

Re: Profundity in Music

Good Lord. The needle on my bullsh-o-meter has hit the end stop... :lol: A pointless discussion really but nice for arm-chair chat. Not one of us can describe our experiences of profundity (which is why the Mysteries are the Mysteries) and we certainly can't describe our experience(s) of music. Ther...
by absinthe
Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Rite of Spring: 100th Anniversary
Replies: 76
Views: 13249

Re: The Rite of Spring: 100th Anniversary

I thought you wouldn't clarify your statement after my queries in my previous post. That's your style, ain'it? Make a categoric statement then ignore anyone who takes you to task over it. (Because you hadn't thought it through.) But you're a past master at being rude. I mean, look at your last para ...
by absinthe
Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Rite of Spring: 100th Anniversary
Replies: 76
Views: 13249

Re: The Rite of Spring: 100th Anniversary

What I want to read or hear is a discussion of the properties of contemporary music - it's form and structures, melody, harmonies.... OK, but to have a discussion (as opposed to a quarrel) you have to have knowledgable and experienced participants. My, my...some intelligent observation there. Peopl...
by absinthe
Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Mass in C Major
Replies: 8
Views: 2254

Re: Beethoven Mass in C Major

Hello again, Just popped on to view a PM but I wanted to add something here. I have never listened this work but it's one I hope will fall into the hands of a benevolent conductor sooner or later. Unfortunately Klemperer didn't record it - shame, he did an exemplary performance with the Op123 - but ...
by absinthe
Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: DoAttractiveFemaleClassicalMusicPerformersHaveThe Edge
Replies: 80
Views: 6393

Re: DoAttractiveFemaleClassicalMusicPerformersHaveThe Edge

Yes, I have no quarrel with Sean. Nice guy, but perhaps a little sensitive? Note, Henry did not delete his comment, it is still there..Chalklyss Yup - apologies. I'll amend my message a bit Allegro, like. :o it is very unfortunate that both Lenny and Henry (UK Joke for Abs) did not grasp that I was...
by absinthe
Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: DoAttractiveFemaleClassicalMusicPerformersHaveThe Edge
Replies: 80
Views: 6393

Re: DoAttractiveFemaleClassicalMusicPerformersHaveThe Edge

Yes, I have no quarrel with Sean. Nice guy, but perhaps a little sensitive? Why sensitive? He made a perfectly innocuous statement about a flautist and suddenly finds himself assailed by unease and "hoping that wasn't what it's about" and all he did was comment on his regard for this flautist. It's...
by absinthe
Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: DoAttractiveFemaleClassicalMusicPerformersHaveThe Edge
Replies: 80
Views: 6393

Re: DoAttractiveFemaleClassicalMusicPerformersHaveThe Edge

It's a warning not to go to an American pub for which I thank you. Conviviality is the general tone of our UK pubs though when violence breaks out it can be quite spectacular. Location is important. S.E.London isn't good but the kind of pub to which music enthusiasts go is usually fun. Maybe when so...
by absinthe
Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: DoAttractiveFemaleClassicalMusicPerformersHaveThe Edge
Replies: 80
Views: 6393

Re: DoAttractiveFemaleClassicalMusicPerformersHaveThe Edge

(musing); Christ, it's become quarrelling about quarrelling now. Is there no end to this pathetic confrontationalism- on a muisc site? Are there no collaborators left in the world? Is it a cultural thing? Is it like you can't get through an American movie without Americans on the same side whacking ...
by absinthe
Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: DoAttractiveFemaleClassicalMusicPerformersHaveThe Edge
Replies: 80
Views: 6393

Re: DoAttractiveFemaleClassicalMusicPerformersHaveThe Edge

Just my view but Chalklyss was doing his best, given that he hasn't the privileges to lock or move posts. It can't be easy, having to watch like a hawk and simply persuade or reason with people with a few natural confronters around. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox Even so, I came across this picture...
by absinthe
Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: DoAttractiveFemaleClassicalMusicPerformersHaveThe Edge
Replies: 80
Views: 6393

Re: DoAttractiveFemaleClassicalMusicPerformersHaveThe Edge

Here's a subject too controversial for the ChatterBox--are Album Covers for example exploiting a woman's looks over her ability--are women who are maybe not that attractive but with the best ability being discriminated against. Regards, Len I seem to remember an article years ago about how classica...
by absinthe
Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New principal flautist of Le Rat's BPO, and he's handsome!
Replies: 27
Views: 3480

Re: New principal flautist of Le Rat's BPO, and he's handsom

Why did the heist at the art museum fail ? They couldn't make the Van Gogh ! :lol: :lol: :lol: You might laugh but that happened just down the road from us at an ATM. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-19145349
by absinthe
Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A public apology to Margaret Atwood
Replies: 7
Views: 1443

Re: A public apology to Margaret Atwood

Interesting. A recent thread "To All Posters Who Are USA Citizens:" questioned messianism creeping into politics. At least you have religious fundamentalism in politics*. I recall GW Bush calling upon God several times; preaching non-abortion and abstinence and States rising against that Darwinistic...
by absinthe
Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: U.S. or Israel to Bomb Iran ????
Replies: 30
Views: 4544

Re: U.S. or Israel to Bomb Iran ????

It looks like old Ezekiel got it about right, doesn't it? You have to remember that PM Netanyahu while conservative, knows that most non-religious Jews dont actually want this war. No matter what happens, Israel will cop a lot of damage - and if America steps in so, no doubt, will Russia. Has anyone...
by absinthe
Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: improving my life situation
Replies: 14
Views: 3111

Re: improving my life situation

Conditions and potential are different in the UK: there are usually musical activities going on within a few miles of where one lives. I’ve just returned from a summer school where I met a couple of people around your age in the composition class. Both had taken up orchestral/ensemble instruments in...
by absinthe
Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why Did the Symphony Became What It Is Today?
Replies: 26
Views: 2663

Re: Why Did the Symphony Became What It Is Today?

So I'm setting up the CMG forum software accordingly. Everybody else will still be able to see what you write, but I won't unless somebody quotes you, and I'll try not to respond to that. If you want to say something to me, you can send a private message using the pm button in the lower left of one...
by absinthe
Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why Did the Symphony Became What It Is Today?
Replies: 26
Views: 2663

Re: Why Did the Symphony Became What It Is Today?

Tarantella, I've decided that it's probably best for both of us if I don't read and respond to your messages any more. Best for you because now you can be sure that whatever I say, it can't possibly be aimed at you; best for me because you keep yanking discussions off topic and making them about yo...
by absinthe
Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Food fight: Onward, Christian diners
Replies: 24
Views: 2923

Re: Food fight: Onward, Christian diners

karlhenning wrote: Well, I had no clue
~Karl
We know......
by absinthe
Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Climate change - what's the tipping point?
Replies: 13
Views: 2330

Re: Climate change - what's the tipping point?

And now Greenland is melting as never before....since 1889, at least.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18978483