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karlhenning

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The Diamond Mine
« on: March 17, 2009, 04:28:06 AM »
[ Is there really no thread for David Diamond? ]

How do you like this, Corey?

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2009, 04:55:30 AM »
One of the greatest American composers - especially for his Symphony No 3 - he sent me a lovely reply to my fan latter. Symphonies 1-4, Psalm, Kaddish and romeo and Juliet are my favourites + a great String quartet (can't remember which one).
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2009, 04:58:34 AM »
I'll chime in-- I don't have that much of his catalog, but I really like the disc with Symphonies 2 and 4 on Naxos-- the first movement of the second is wonderfully grim.  He's certainly one I'd like to get to know better.
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karlhenning

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2009, 04:59:34 AM »
Here again is where we miss Chris (weirdears), who studied with Diamond . . . .

Kullervo

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2009, 05:04:03 AM »
Oh, how you put me on the spot! ;D

It's wonderful very personal, unique music that is "romantic" without sounding like a throwback or like film music. The first symphony is an early work but is very assured in its orchestration and melodic writing. I can see why Schoenberg called him "the new Bruckner", because his slow movements are certainly of a rare beauty. The violin concerto is also lovely, with a very memorable theme providing the basis of the first movement and a rollicking final rondo. The gem of the disc, for me, is the tone poem The Enormous Room, which eventually builds up from quiet beginnings to a climax that is (really) breathtaking.

I'll be going through Naxos traversal of the symphonies (alas, woefully incomplete) over the next several days and will post my thoughts here.

karlhenning

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2009, 05:08:01 AM »
Oh, how you put me on the spot! ;D

Well, you've certainly responded with grace  0:)

ChamberNut

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2009, 05:15:04 AM »
Ah yes, Diamond Dave, what energy he brought to Van Halen!   :D >:D ;)

Kullervo

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2009, 05:34:47 AM »
Might as well jump (out the window)

Dr. Dread

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2009, 05:40:25 AM »
Better?


ChamberNut

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2009, 05:40:49 AM »
Might as well jump (out the window)

 :D

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2009, 06:44:17 AM »
I was about to say something about David Diamond but my sense of horrified outrage at the hideous sight of this virtually naked long-haired 'rock personage' had driven me away :o >:(

karlhenning

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2009, 07:01:58 AM »
No, wasn't sporting . . . .

Dr. Dread

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2009, 07:36:12 AM »
I deleted it.  :P

karlhenning

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2009, 07:46:31 AM »
I appreciate that you were funnin', Dave.

But cor, that was a revolting image  8)

Colin, come back!

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2009, 08:00:41 AM »
I have heard so many people telling me to get his string quartets. But I still haven't heard them. I only have one chamber music CD which was OK, but the symphony #2 is the one that I really really like.
Do what I must do, and let what must happen happen.

Dr. Dread

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2009, 08:15:54 AM »
I appreciate that you were funnin', Dave.

But cor, that was a revolting image  8)

Colin, come back!

Yes, I forget there are women on the board.

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2009, 08:16:45 AM »
I deleted it.  :P

You, sir, are a gentleman :)

Dr. Dread

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2009, 08:27:38 AM »
You, sir, are a gentleman :)

No, sir. No, I'm not.

 ;D

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2009, 08:28:53 AM »
No, sir. No, I'm not.

 ;D

Come on, don't be so modest, you diamond-in-the-rough!
Do what I must do, and let what must happen happen.

Dr. Dread

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Re: The Diamond Mine
« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2009, 08:32:15 AM »
Come on, don't be so modest, you diamond-in-the-rough!

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