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The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by mc ukrneal on Today at 07:56:00 PM »
East Side Sushi was an unexpected pleasure to watch. There are unresolved issues and some tough moments are sort of glossed over. But other ideas are explored more deeply and the spirit of the movie is ultimately positive. I'm in a good mood after watching it. It is free to Prime Amazon members, and one I'd recommend. 

GMG News / Re: Missing Members
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 07:40:40 PM »
What I really mean is my family needs my full attention.

This is certainly the most important in any of our lives (if we’re fortunate enough to have family members to share our lives with). Best of luck to you and I do wish you and your family well.
Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Your Favourite Purchases of 2017
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 07:01:29 PM »

And this:

Mine, that no-one got, was Douwe Eisenga.

An easy one I expect John to get in an instant

This would be Kalinnikov. :)

This distinguished lady wrote engaging music, and these concertos are a proof of it.

Bacewicez’s Violin Concerto No. 3 is one of my favorite pieces of anything. So gorgeous.



Nicht wiedersehen
Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz
Ablosung im Sommer
Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen

Note to Mahlerian and anyone else interested: these Weikl/Sinopoli recordings are all in the DG Complete Mahler box (the one about to be re-issued).
Composer Discussion / Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 06:30:32 PM »
Hi John ! It’s not the first time you mention Davis not doing anything for you in VW’s music  ;). I have that set, as well as the 2 Boults, the Handley, the Slatkin and assorted singles from other sets. I love Davis for the firmness he brings to the musical argument, the commitment of the playing and the lucidity of the engineering. Obviously no single set will score consistently top marks for all the symphonies, but I won’t part with Davis any time soon.

Regarding the 1920 version of no 2: I’ve never heard it. Thanks for your recommendation (and Vandermolen’s as well). I’ll look for that Brabbins disc.



I really ought to revisit the Davis BBC SO cycle now! This is the second mention of him in this thread recently and my head is spinning in trying to decide what to do. Obviously, I should just listen with a clear-head. I’ll probably listen to his cycle over the weekend. I do like Andrew Davis’ conducting in general.

Concerning the new Brabbins disc, yes you should! I think you’ll enjoy it greatly.
Composer Discussion / Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 06:25:49 PM »
I can't speak for the cycle, but I found the Andrew Davis recording of A London Symphony to be close to ideal. I don't really see there is much room for interpretive liberty in this music, but Andrew Davis keeps the very heavy orchestration in this music in perfect balance and I like the unhurried tempo of the Scherzo. I also appreciate that the heavy (unpleasantly excessive) use of untuned percussion (bass drum, cymbals) is not allowed to get out of control. What I listened to of Brabbins seemed very well done, but the engineering wasn't as appealing to me.

I am curious to hear the excised passages that were so highly praised by Vaughan Williams' contemporaries, but the work does not lack for meandering, even in its final form. :)

I really should revisit Davis’ RVW cycle, but my last impression was I found too ‘middle of the road’ for me and I expected more fire. I don’t really have any issues with the audio quality on the Brabbins recording. Sounds great to my ears.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Todd on Today at 06:15:46 PM »

Disc two.
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