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The Diner / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Florestan on Today at 05:15:22 AM »
Berchtold, perhaps after Moltke, was probably the single person most responsible for starting the war, and he lived another 25 years.

Come on, Ken! Such a colossal historical event had many more roots, reasons and motifs than the will and actions of a single individual.

That's my point. Am around page 500 by now and haven't reached at the Kaiser yet.  :)

 ;D

but no one had greater responsibility, Germany knew issuing 'the blank check' to Austria-Hungary in regards to invading Serbia would lead to war with Russia. 

Which obvously makes Russia as culpable.

And how about England and France looking just for a good reason to curtail Germany's steadily and thoroughly march towards European industrial and economical hegemony?
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Draško on Today at 05:11:44 AM »
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: CD ripping
« Last post by Todd on Today at 05:05:46 AM »
Thanks for answering my questions Todd. I downloaded dBPoweramp onto my Mac as a test and am very impressed with what it does. I ripped the first three sets from the Rubinstein box (14 CDs) to my Verbatim HD and was surprised how quickly it ripped the FLAC. The metadata is variable - on some CDs it lists composer, work, etc but on others it just gives the tempo and maybe an opus number. I think I can go back in and edit if I want to. I'll buy a new HD and start from scratch after transferring the 14 CDs I've already done.


The metadata on the LP length discs is more consistent.  Make sure to select the 'Review Metadata' button (or press Alt+M) to review options with each disc.  Some options may be more to your liking.
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In recent days and weeks...



I cannot praise this CD enough, especially for the performance of the great Ballade for solo piano.  Andsnes will at times make you think he is playing the work on bells, especially during Variation XIV, but there is delicacy, yearning melancholy, as well as sprightly bounding joy.

A vastly underrated work, to be sure. Have you tried Grieg's songs? Together with Mendelssohn's, they might very well be the best kept secrets of the genre. I cannot praise them highly enough. The Norwegian language has such a peculiar inner rythm and musicality that I have been able to understand the mood and feeling of any given song before reading the translated text. Amazing.
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Noted  ;)

And if in doubt, ask Que:)

TD last night:



after having read this article:

Eric Sams - Literary Sources of Hugo Wolf’s String Quartets

Some might object to such treatment of music as a some sort of journal intime, but Wolf's works under consideration certainly warrant it. It might not be true, but it is at least possible.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Cato on Today at 04:40:20 AM »
In recent days and weeks...



I cannot praise this CD enough, especially for the performance of the great Ballade for solo piano.  Andsnes will at times make you think he is playing the work on bells, especially during Variation XIV, but there is delicacy, yearning melancholy, as well as sprightly bounding joy.



I first met Chronochromie through a perusal of the score, and found it to be highly eccentric.  ;)  That opinion has not changed, and after 50 years I still think Et Exspecto does not benefit from bird song, but...  Other parts are quite fine!
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The Diner / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by ritter on Today at 04:37:09 AM »
An interesting biography of Ernesto Halffter (published some 20 years ago to accompany an exhibition on the composer's life and work here in Madrid):

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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by aligreto on Today at 04:36:27 AM »



One of the best Passions I've ever heard.

Noted  ;)
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by Sergeant Rock on Today at 04:35:51 AM »
This arrived  today; bought primarily for the Agon. Recommended by snyprrr




Sarge
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by aligreto on Today at 04:35:29 AM »
Indeed, I'd like all my problems to be like that... :D

Q

Wouldn't we all  ;)
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