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Opera and Vocal / Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Last post by Tsaraslondon on Today at 06:53:39 AM »
I've listened to other recordings, but none of them quite hits the mark for me, as this one does.

I saw the opera once at Covent Garden, with Alfredo Kraus a non pareil of a Faust and Valerie Masterson a delightful Marguerite (she was always excellent in the French repertoire).
The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by Mahlerian on Today at 06:45:40 AM »
I’m not saying that this is the only aspect worth thinking about. The moral philosophy remains a part of the film as does its wonderful mise en scene and cinematography. All I’m saying is I cringed throughout the thing. This is a film in which a raped woman is equally to blame for the moral consequences the film presents. I’d say Mifune’s charm makes things worse too even as the rape is cringeworthy for its unreality.

It's true that the film doesn't offer moral clarity, and it's not wrong to feel uneasy about that.  But that multifaceted perspective is also part of what makes it so fascinating.
Weinberg: Trumpet Concerto
Balio (trumpet)/St. Petersburg State SO/Lande

When I woke this morning, I didn't expect I'd wind up wanting to listen to this, but out of the blue I fancied hearing some solo trumpet, and this is the only such work I have, so here we are.
The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by Ken B on Today at 06:37:38 AM »
The theme of Rashomon is:  Everyone lies, for his own reasons.  Each version of the story is told by an individual with his own shortcomings in perspective, and with his own motives for suppressing or refashioning the odd fact.  This is the story which Kurosawa is telling.

To boil that down to [This is a story which] could only be conceived of by someone, male, who is quite clueless and careless about rape, is dreadfully poor reading.

Yes indeed, but not always lies: memories differ, even honest ones. But your points above are well taken too.
The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by SonicMan46 on Today at 06:37:00 AM »

Most interesting, Dave!

Hi Karl - believe that you would enjoy, and Duvall's singing is really good!  I've seen a LOT of 'country movies' over the years, but own just a half dozen or so (shown and described below in the first quote) - the Songcatcher is a 'hidden gem' for me living in North Carolina; although fictional, the story is loosely based on the life of a musicologist discovering folk music in the mountains of the state - Dave :)

Crazy Heart (2009) w/ Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, & Colin Farrell - Bridges does his own singing and won the Best Actor Oscar.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) - a Coen Brother’s film w/ George Clooney, Tim Blake Nelson, John Turturro, John Goodman, & Holly Hunter.

Songcatcher (2000) w/ Janet McTeer, Jane Adams, & Aidan Quinn - loosely base on a true story.

Walk the Line (2005) w/ Joaquin Phoenix as Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cast - Best Actress Oscar for her; Phoenix does his own singing.

Songcatcher is a 2000 drama film directed by Maggie Greenwald. It is about a musicologist researching and collecting Appalachian folk music in the mountains of western North Carolina. Although Songcatcher is a fictional film, it is loosely based on the work of Olive Dame Campbell, founder of the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, and that of the English folk song collector Cecil Sharp, portrayed at the end of the film as professor Cyrus Whittle. (Source)

The Diner / Re: Who was your crush when you were growing up?
« Last post by Ken B on Today at 06:33:35 AM »
I was I am afraid promiscuous in my crushes. Others included Sandra Dee

Jill St John
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Traverso on Today at 06:31:11 AM »

CD 1 

Just arrived and now listening,first impression is good,no disturbing  idiosyncrasies ,it is too early to say much but it sounds promising.De recording is quite impressive in the low frequenties
No regrets and looking forward to the other recordings.

Well, the fat cats are fatter, but my retirement funds are down $2,000 from last week.

There you're on shakier ground with regard to Trump. There's always stock market volatility, and a lot too depends on where you're invested and how you're allocated. Already today the Dow is up 350. I wouldn't make much of day-by-day changes. It's long-term (5, 10, 20 year) periods that matter, not small changes up or down.
The Diner / Re: Christianity has failed
« Last post by Ken B on Today at 06:22:33 AM »
Cue the Tim Minchin pope song!

(No link as it is so very, very NSFW. YouTube has it.)
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by "Harry" on Today at 06:10:57 AM »
My listening diet today:

Franz Krommer, Symphonies 2 & 3.
John Field, Piano concertos No, 1 & 2.
Paul Yuon, Orchestral works.

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