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Offline Alek Hidell

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Hello to all!
« on: July 05, 2017, 01:41:38 PM »
Hi, everybody - being assimilated into joining the forum after a long time lurking.  :)

I've only been listening seriously to classical music for about four or five years. It was basically the last major genre I hadn't explored, but now I've jumped in with both feet. It's truly appalling, the amount of money I've spent. Not to mention the amount of unlistened-to music that awaits me. :o :D

But I'm still very much a newbie in classical. That's why I'm here, to acquire that effortless mastery that so many of you have achieved!

I'm interested in all music from all eras, but right now jazz and classical are my two chief concerns. In jazz I listen to everything from Jelly Roll Morton to Nate Wooley (the current jazz/free improv scene interests me the most), and in classical I'm similarly game for anything from Baroque to the present. (Pre-Baroque music has yet to catch my fancy, but I'm prepared to learn!) Based on what I've heard so far, I seem to be gravitating most to the Baroque and Late Romantic/Early Modern periods (e.g., Mahler, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Martinů, etc.). I have nothing at all against more daring kinds of modern "classical" music (remember, I listen to free improv!), but I haven't yet heard much that I've found especially compelling. (Except Henningmusick, of course! 8))

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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2017, 02:05:29 PM »
Welcome here !

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  It's truly appalling, the amount of money I've spent. Not to mention the amount of unlistened-to music that awaits me 

This isnt going to improve by hanging around this forum ! 
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Of black, of damp, of night
And all it touches in this flight
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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2017, 02:11:04 PM »
This isnt going to improve by hanging around this forum !

Yes, I know.  :-[ ;)

Thanks for the welcome, Spineur!
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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2017, 06:32:26 PM »
Welcome! What pre-baroque music have you heard so far? I'm quite partial to the sacred music of Perotin and Machaut (and Byrd and Gesualdo for music much closer to the Baroque), but I also love some jolly secular ars subtilior and other things every now and then. :)

Any time you wish to delve further into the contemporary classical music world there are a number of great threads with fascinating recommendations you may have seen already during your time here....but feel free to start some more!

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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2017, 06:42:02 PM »
I am a junkie of both mid-20th/21st century and Medieval/Renaissance music, so I can some recommendations. Hope you enjoy it here, it's a great place. I am also a lover of avant jazz  8)

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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2017, 07:11:56 PM »
Welcome! What pre-baroque music have you heard so far? I'm quite partial to the sacred music of Perotin and Machaut (and Byrd and Gesualdo for music much closer to the Baroque), but I also love some jolly secular ars subtilior and other things every now and then. :)

Any time you wish to delve further into the contemporary classical music world there are a number of great threads with fascinating recommendations you may have seen already during your time here....but feel free to start some more! 8)

Thanks, jessop! Gosh, I can remember when you were a mere stripling (and known as ComposerOfAvantGarde).  :)

To be honest I haven't heard that much pre-Baroque - just sampling here and there, really. It can be quite beautiful, but all that singing tends to get a bit samey to me after a while - and as I don't have much religious feeling, the subject matter that predominates eventually makes me roll my eyes. But I'm sure there are subtleties and pleasures I'm missing.

Thanks too for the encouragement re: contemporary music. It's an area that interests me, for sure.

I am a junkie of both mid-20th/21st century and Medieval/Renaissance music, so I can some recommendations. Hope you enjoy it here, it's a great place. I am also a lover of avant jazz  8)

thanks, alien!
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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2017, 09:19:38 PM »
Thanks, jessop! Gosh, I can remember when you were a mere stripling (and known as ComposerOfAvantGarde).  :)

Oh goodness, you remember that? I do apologise, I don't recognise your user name now. :o

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To be honest I haven't heard that much pre-Baroque - just sampling here and there, really. It can be quite beautiful, but all that singing tends to get a bit samey to me after a while - and as I don't have much religious feeling, the subject matter that predominates eventually makes me roll my eyes. But I'm sure there are subtleties and pleasures I'm missing.

For something quite different I recommend this fun medieval romp of a CD



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Thanks too for the encouragement re: contemporary music. It's an area that interests me, for sure.

I've seen you are a fan of Boulez as well. 8)

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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2017, 11:00:52 PM »
Welcome and enjoy!
Offenbach gets a raw deal in recordings considering his talent! For a discussion of this outstanding composer too little recorded: http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,5572.

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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2017, 11:12:53 PM »
Greetings Alek from a L.A. Lady living in Beethoven's Vienna. Welcome to the forum.  8)
"There are far worse things awaiting man than death."

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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2017, 11:34:26 PM »
Hi Alex,

I too have only got into this whole oevre in the last 4 or 5 years, and have also probably spent a similar amount of money (but am not prepared to tot it up). The only real remnant of my listening to jazz is ROVA; I was mainly a rock fan.

This is a great place to hear about too many composers, read too many opinions and spend too much money as a result.

CoAG is being quite well behaved.
this just as this

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Hello to all!
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2017, 01:59:03 AM »
Welcome to GMG, Alek!

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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2017, 03:01:48 AM »
Welcome Alek. Looking forward to hearing about your Free/Improv jazz favorites.

Have we met before on another forum?

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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2017, 07:12:03 AM »
Oh goodness, you remember that? I do apologise, I don't recognise your user name now. :o

Yeah, it was of course at the other forum. You were in your Ligeti phase at the time. :)  And I was more of a reader than a contributor.

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For something quite different I recommend this fun medieval romp of a CD

[Link to Je voy le bon tens venir album]

Thanks! I'll check it out.

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I've seen you are a fan of Boulez as well. 8)

I've only heard Répons and Dialogue de l'ombre double on the DG recording, along with some YouTube snippets, but it's been enough for me to infer that he's someone I'll like. I have the Complete Works, actually, but I have yet to dip into it.

Welcome and enjoy!
Greetings Alek from a L.A. Lady living in Beethoven's Vienna. Welcome to the forum.  8)

Thanks to both of you!

Hi Alex,

I too have only got into this whole oevre in the last 4 or 5 years, and have also probably spent a similar amount of money (but am not prepared to tot it up). The only real remnant of my listening to jazz is ROVA; I was mainly a rock fan.

This is a great place to hear about too many composers, read too many opinions and spend too much money as a result.

CoAG is being quite well behaved.

Appreciate it, nodogen! I'm still a rock fan too, but I listen to it less now since I have so much jazz and classical to catch up on. :)

Welcome to GMG, Alek!

Thank you, Karl! I must say, at the risk of being labeled a brown-noser, that I think it's a bloody shame that your work hasn't made it onto a commercially-produced CD yet (or has it?). Why not Karl Henning in the Naxos "American Classics" series?

Welcome Alek. Looking forward to hearing about your Free/Improv jazz favorites.

Have we met before on another forum?

Thanks, Simon. I've really been enjoying your posts (and King Ubu's) in the jazz listening thread. My wishlist, already burgeoning, has increased yet more. ;)

Yes, I was an infrequent contributor at the TC forum. I guess I'm still a member, but I haven't visited there in over a year. I've found this forum to be much more enlightening. I've been glad to see some other TC alumni here, such as you, jessop, Mahlerian, and others.
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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2017, 07:23:16 AM »
Thank you, Karl! I must say, at the risk of being labeled a brown-noser, that I think it's a bloody shame that your work hasn't made it onto a commercially-produced CD yet (or has it?). Why not Karl Henning in the Naxos "American Classics" series?

Indeed, they record just about everything else!  Perhaps one day.

Yes, I was an infrequent contributor at the TC forum. I guess I'm still a member, but I haven't visited there in over a year. I've found this forum to be much more enlightening. I've been glad to see some other TC alumni here, such as you, jessop, Mahlerian, and others.

Sorry that I don't remember you at all, but we here are always ready to welcome people from other forums.

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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2017, 08:01:48 AM »
What's Lee Oswald doing in a place like this?

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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2017, 08:12:38 AM »
You are very welcome aboard and, judging from your intro, you will fit right in here.
Ask plenty of questions as there are many helpful people around who are very willing to impart their vast knowledge and understanding.
I look forward to reading your posts  :)
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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2017, 08:44:35 AM »
What's Lee Oswald doing in a place like this?



We're getting the band back together, man! We gotta see what's happened in music since we broke up back in '63.

You are very welcome aboard and, judging from your intro, you will fit right in here.
Ask plenty of questions as there are many helpful people around who are very willing to impart their vast knowledge and understanding.
I look forward to reading your posts  :)

Thanks, aligreto! I consider it a support group for those who have that CDCDCD affliction. Or, actually, we're all enabling each other's habit. ;)
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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2017, 09:34:24 AM »
Thank you, Karl! I must say, at the risk of being labeled a brown-noser, that I think it's a bloody shame that your work hasn't made it onto a commercially-produced CD yet (or has it?). Why not Karl Henning in the Naxos "American Classics" series?

Thanks for the kind thought!
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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2017, 10:58:47 AM »
Hello, Alek, and another welcome from here, too. Lots of good stuff at GMG -- hope you enjoy!

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Re: Hello to all!
« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2017, 12:59:12 PM »
Hello, Alek, and another welcome from here, too. Lots of good stuff at GMG -- hope you enjoy!

--Bruce

Thanks, Bruce! I agree that there's lots of good stuff - almost a surfeit, in fact. It's hard to keep up with all the discussions!
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