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The Polling Station / Re: Top 5 Vaughan Williams works.
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 07:06:10 PM »
Today’s list (and keeping with the one symphony per list rule) in no particular order -

Symphony No. 4
Flos campi
Sancta Civitas
Romance for viola & piano
On Wenlock Edge

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The Diner / Re: Non-Classical Music Listening Thread!
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 06:52:01 PM »
Japan: Tin Drum





I found this in my collection and I do not know where it came from as I did not buy it. Not my type of music. It was a mildly interesting listen.

I vastly prefer David Sylvian’s solo work to that of his work with Japan. You should check out Sylvian’s albums Gone to Earth and Secrets of the Beehive.

This is gorgeous:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/sG_Eklk-syk" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/sG_Eklk-syk</a>
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Composer Discussion / Re: Sir William Walton
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 06:46:59 PM »
I'm ashamed to say that I hardly know it John. I think that I enjoyed the Sonata for Strings which is based on one of Walton's chamber works.

You must give the Violin Sonata a listen, Jeffrey. I think you’ll enjoy immensely.
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Composer Discussion / Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 06:45:46 PM »
In celebration of this discussion I'm playing the Previn recording of Sinfonia Antartica, complete with Sir Ralph sounding like he's on the verge of a coughing fit. I like this CD as it also features my favourite recording of Symphony 8, although I need to listen to Bryden Thomson's version again following enthusiastic reactions to it here. At the risk of going round and round in circles in a kind of 'Groundhog Day' and driving everyone nuts, let me repeat that I quite like the spoken introductions on disc, although I also enjoy versions without them. Your idea of Vincent Price performing the narration for the Rozhdestvensky version (with the haywire organist) is brilliant. I'm old enough to remember Vincent Price's TV cookery programme 'Cooking Price Wise' - one of the most unintentionally funny TV programmes that I've ever seen. I remember enjoying watching it with my father in my youth. Yes, Simon Callow would be the worst possible choice (for Sinfonia Antartica). The old Boult Decca recording is my favourite version too. As I've said before I think that Boult's objective style really suits this symphony. I also have a morbid fascination with the Captain Scott story (another Great British Disaster) which may be another reason why I rather like the spoken superscriptions. Also VW did write for the spoken voice elsewhere, in works like 'An Oxford Elegy' and the underrated 'Thanksgiving for Victory' (one of those quirky works like 'Fantasia on the Old 104th' which I like very much, despite my brother remarking that the latter reminded me of the children's favourite 'Sparky's Magic Piano)'. As an actor I prefer Richardson to Gielgud and Robert Donat was a wonderful actor.

I’m rather ambivalent about spoken words in symphonic music (or any music for that matter). Sometimes I can tolerate if it’s not too intrusive but there’s other times where I’m just wondering what was even the point? When it comes to RVW’s Sinfonia Antartica, I’m of the ‘what’s the point?’ opinion. What I usually do if the recording allows me to is edit out those spoken introductions. I know I remember doing this with the Previn recording. I think Boult’s performance on EMI is the best one I’ve heard, but I love Previn’s and Thomson’s as well. I feel that Thomson’s cycle on Chandos is one of the best on record. I have not heard one performance that wasn’t committed, thought-provoking, and, most of all, emotionally moving.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Zeus on Today at 06:37:50 PM »
The Birth of the Violin
Le Miroir de Musique
Ricercar

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Continuing with my traversal of RVW’s symphonies with Thomson’s cycle on Chandos -

Symphony No. 5 in D major
Bryden Thomson, conductor
LSO




After a rather busy day at work, this symphony is like a soothing balm for the soul. One of my favorites from RVW.
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The Diner / Re: What are you drinking?
« Last post by NikF4 on Today at 05:43:46 PM »
Cheers! And good to see you around!

Thanks, good to see you too. And this is just a short visit after returning north for a concert last week. I meant to leave soon after, but a few days of enjoying an unplanned rest has been great.
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The Diner / Re: What are you drinking?
« Last post by JBS on Today at 05:26:42 PM »
Yeah, single grain is cheaper to produce, but for many consumers the magic word 'Single' still means only one single grain when it really refers to a single distillery. But they can be enjoyed for what they are and are also a way for whisky drinkers to get an older bottle for less than the price of a single malt of similar vintage. Broadly speaking I've found most single grains to have far more in common with a Highland than something like an Islay, but with a robustness to their character(s).

There's a lot doing the rounds from what was once the biggest distillery in Scotland -





And this is one I tasted most recently, but I can't find it on Amazon -


 

Trivia: I had an apartment in the converted offices and headquarters of that distillery. It was about the width of a two lane road away and at all times the production of the whisky heavily flavoured the air of the surrounding area.

Anyway, I'm sure that Glenlivet is a pleasure and I hope you enjoy it.

Cheers! And good to see you around!
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The Diner / Re: What are you drinking?
« Last post by NikF4 on Today at 05:20:52 PM »
While perusing the Scotch aisle at Total Wine I noticed two possible trends.

First, perhaps as an inevitable pendulum swing from wine cask maturation, a few whiskies now label themselves "first fill" or "virgin". Deanston did this some time ago, but now others are proud to announce they are using pristine unused casks. (At the moment, I have before me Glenlivet First Fill 12 year old, price about $7 higher than its standard 12 year old, but not much difference in taste that I can tell.)

Second, a number of whiskies now conspicuously label themselves "single grain". I don't remember seeing any such before yesterday.

Yeah, single grain is cheaper to produce, but for many consumers the magic word 'Single' still means only one single grain when it really refers to a single distillery. But they can be enjoyed for what they are and are also a way for whisky drinkers to get an older bottle for less than the price of a single malt of similar vintage. Broadly speaking I've found most single grains to have far more in common with a Highland than something like an Islay, but with a robustness to their character(s).

There's a lot doing the rounds from what was once the biggest distillery in Scotland -





And this is one I tasted most recently, but I can't find it on Amazon -


 

Trivia: I had an apartment in the converted offices and headquarters of that distillery. It was about the width of a two lane road away and at all times the production of the whisky heavily flavoured the air of the surrounding area.

Anyway, I'm sure that Glenlivet is a pleasure and I hope you enjoy it.

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The Diner / how much music is too much on a portable player?
« Last post by XB-70 Valkyrie on Today at 04:57:00 PM »
I finally gave in and bought a 256 GB card for my Fiio X1 gen II (also have the Gen I) and am eagerly filling it with music. I organize everything by folder (one folder generally = 1 CD/album, except in the case of Mahler and Bruckner symphonies spread over three CDs!). I have never used tags and have very little interest in them. I do want to start exploring possibilities with playlists--aside from what I've been doing (mostly for jazz), i.e., just putting a bunch of favorites in a folder.

Anyway, it looks as if this card will hold between 700-800 albums (CD or FLAC-ed LP). I plan to split them out into about ten or so folders so I will not have to scroll forever trying to get to what I want. I have had no problems with this with my 128 GB card, but I am interested to see how this will go with twice the capacity.

I will probably have 6-8 folders for classical, a few for jazz, maybe two for international, etc. I also have a NEW folder for stuff I've recently acquired and want to pay special attention to.

How much music do you have on your portable player, and how much is the limit?

The latest generation Fiios have full touch screens and run on android, but I am perfectly happy with the X1. The X5 has dual card slots, and I could have 512 GB total (over 1200 albums), and, while it is tempting to have such a large chunk of my collection in a device of this size, I am not sure the quantity would be manageable.

Funny, not long ago, before at trip, I would sit down and decide which 20 or so CDs (in a CD wallet), I wanted to bring along. Now I will have 700+ in a device smaller than a deck of cards!



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