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The Diner / Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Last post by Peter Power Pop on Today at 09:23:28 PM »
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Ken B on Today at 08:15:02 PM »
Stravinsky
Jeu de Cartes
LSO, Abbado

Very fine it is too.


Stravinsky
Ebony Concerto
Ensemble Intercontemporain, Boulez

Also top notch.

Stravinsky
Dumbarton Oaks Concerto
Boulez & crew
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The Diner / Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Last post by Ken B on Today at 07:58:59 PM »
By the way, a while ago I started a review of the Sir Mark Elder La Mer, but abandoned it.

This is what I wrote:

Sir Mark Elder, Hallé Orchestra, 2007

Wow. In the third movement, from 7:13 onwards, you can hear Sir Mark grunting away, doing some James Brown impersonations. (“Hnnh!”)

Far from it being distracting, I thought it was fun. (Or, putting it another way: “Look, Mummy, there’s a man up there making noises!”)

La Mer, Third Movement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxA05QoKaKc

Sir Mark Elder’s Noise Log:

0:00-7:13 Nothing (i.e., no noises from The Mark)
7:13 Grunt
7:14 Grunt
7:16-7:18 Indistinct instructions to the orchestra
7:19-8:29 Nothing
8:29-8:41 Absolutely nothing – mainly because the music finished at 8:29, and there’s complete silence for 12 seconds until the track ends at 8:41. That’s a lot of silence.

Apart from the “Hi, I’m Mark Elder, and I’ll be grunting a few times” moments in the third movement, making it sound more like a rehearsal than a proper take*, this is a magnificent La Mer. I love it.

(*Why did the producer and engineer leave Marky Mark’s extra-curricular noises on the track?)

You can devocalize yourself, with this http://www.davegrossman.net/gould//
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It surely took a great actor to portray--without even showing his face--the greatest movie villain in the greatest movie of all time! Never again will we see the likes of that performance! RIP Douglas!

Suitably enough, this was released this year! I am surely getting a few!

https://www.hallmark.com/ornaments/keepsake-ornaments/2001-a-space-odyssey-hal-9000-50th-anniversary-ornament-with-light-and-sound-1999QXI3213.html

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The Diner / Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Last post by Peter Power Pop on Today at 07:40:36 PM »
By the way, a while ago I started a review of the Sir Mark Elder La Mer, but abandoned it.

This is what I wrote:

Sir Mark Elder, Hallé Orchestra, 2007

Wow. In the third movement, from 7:13 onwards, you can hear Sir Mark grunting away, doing some James Brown impersonations. (“Hnnh!”)

Far from it being distracting, I thought it was fun. (Or, putting it another way: “Look, Mummy, there’s a man up there making noises!”)

La Mer, Third Movement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxA05QoKaKc

Sir Mark Elder’s Noise Log:

0:00-7:13 Nothing (i.e., no noises from The Mark)
7:13 Grunt
7:14 Grunt
7:16-7:18 Indistinct instructions to the orchestra
7:19-8:29 Nothing
8:29-8:41 Absolutely nothing – mainly because the music finished at 8:29, and there’s complete silence for 12 seconds until the track ends at 8:41. That’s a lot of silence.

Apart from the “Hi, I’m Mark Elder, and I’ll be grunting a few times” moments in the third movement, making it sound more like a rehearsal than a proper take*, this is a magnificent La Mer. I love it.

(*Why did the producer and engineer leave Marky Mark’s extra-curricular noises on the track?)
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The Diner / Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Last post by Peter Power Pop on Today at 07:37:13 PM »
Zarathustra then ?  :laugh:

I like the idea of La Mer. That will cut your job in half, timewise !

Unfortunately, I'm nowhere near enough of a fan of Zarathustra as I want to be. The prospect of spending a few months listening to nothing but that doesn't fill me with joy.

La Mer on the other hand...

Yeah, I could live with that.
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The Diner / Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Last post by Ken B on Today at 07:20:42 PM »
Don't worry. French orthography has challenges of its own to an Anglophone, especially that habit of not pronouncing final letters, or even worse, hooking it onto the next word.

Fir and fire are sort of logical, since they derive from different roots in the Germanic family. Although pronouncing the i in fir as u might confuse, it seems to reflect the Old Norse word from which our modern word is said to derive.
However miser/misery is totally illogical, since miser directly derives from misery/miserable (stingy people were thought of as miserable people).

French is worse than English for silent letters. In French entire paragraphs are silent. I think Victor Hugo once wrote an entire novel pronounced é.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Daverz on Today at 06:22:16 PM »
D'Indy


Very good music, beautifully recorded.  The SNO winds sound better than I've ever heard them on disc.  Interestingly, Souvenirs reminds me somewhat of Magnard.
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The Diner / Re: Worst looking CD/LP artwork
« Last post by André on Today at 06:21:34 PM »
Schéhérazade? Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!

I tried and tried to do the Schéhérazade thing, but all the versions I listened to were very good. I couldn't pick 'em apart. It was disconcerting – and mighty unhelpful. You really don't want to read one review stating something like "Yep, this is very good," followed by another review that says "Yep, this is very good as well."

If I rashly embarked on another complete CD survey, it would more likely be either The Nutcracker or maybe La Mer – or, if I was feeling especially masochistic, The Rite of Spring.

But I'm pleased to say that I don't need to pester other pieces of music because the Planets thing is still a work in progress. I have about five more Planets CDs sitting at home, waiting for me to listen to them. It's just a matter of getting back in the saddle, putting on the headphones, and listening to the little beasties.

Zarathustra then ?  :laugh:

I like the idea of La Mer. That will cut your job in half, timewise !
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The Diner / Re: Cato's Grammar Grumble
« Last post by André on Today at 06:16:01 PM »
Don't worry. French orthography has challenges of its own to an Anglophone, especially that habit of not pronouncing final letters, or even worse, hooking it onto the next word

Fir and fire are sort of logical, since they derive from different roots in the Germanic family. Although pronouncing the i in fir as u might confuse, it seems to reflect the Old Norse word from which our modern word is said to derive.
However miser/misery is totally illogical, since miser directly derives from misery/miserable (stingy people were thought of as miserable people).

That’s called a liaison. As in "dangerous liaisons »  ;)
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