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Concert Announcements / Re: Utrecht Early Music Festival 2019
« Last post by Que on Today at 08:25:13 AM »
Can someone who speaks their language please help me to work out when I can book if I'm a 40 Euro class friend?  It's all double dutch to me.

Also some pages seem to say that Schmelzer is going to do all three nights of Gesualdo's Responsoria in marathon four hour long concerts. That's my sort of thing (I saw Peter Brook's  Mahabharata twice!)

But is he repeating the same concert on 30th and then on the 31st August?

Really?  ::) Their language?  You mean Dutch:D

You remind of my American in laws, who frequently spoke of those people, in that country...  ::)
Something like aliens on Mars.... I didn't know "we" were "that" exotic...  :laugh:

Anyway, I'm happy to help. 8)

Question 1: https://oudemuziek.nl/steun-ons/word-vriend/ (click "EN" in the top left corner, or "ENGLISH " in the bottom tight corner") Spoiler: you get to order one week ahead, and get a discount for two tickets per concert.

Question 2: I'm not sure that any knowledge of Dutch makes a difference here: it does seem the same programme is listed for the 30th and the 31rd: https://oudemuziek.nl/musici/fomu19-graindelavoix-bjoern-schmelzer/ 
Exiting prospect anyway!

Q


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Composer Discussion / Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Last post by vandermolen on Today at 08:23:31 AM »
Two fine VW CDs arrived here this weekend. The overlap being the lovely 'Romance' (in chamber and orchestral versions) and the very enjoyable 'Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes' - a must-have for a resident of Sussex:
I enjoyed the Richard II Incidental Music (1944) very much.
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Composer Discussion / Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Last post by vandermolen on Today at 08:15:49 AM »
The EMI, I kinda grew up with those and saw Boult conduct the London symphony at a Prom in the early '70s - rather memorable because (with the symphony coming straight after the interval) the first few minutes were somewhat marred by glass-stacking noises off from the direction of the bar.  (Haitink would have pulled the plug and stormed off.)  All adds to the sense of occasion I suppose. 
I'd like to nominate 'Boult for all' but it has to be said the competition in this repertoire always has been extremely strong and the likes of Davis, Kalmar and Brabbins with excellent modern recordings just seem to keep raising the bar.

I'm not familiar with the Decca Boult recordings although as a schoolboy my best friend's father had the Decca set in a display cabinet in his hallway, an awe-inspiring spectacle for any young visitor back in 1963 !!
Interesting. Thanks. Reminds me of when a performance of Shostakovich's 8th Symphony in Liverpool (conducted by Ashkenazy) which I attended whilst at university in the north of England, was interrupted by a cat miaowing throughout the performance and the Leader of the orchestra shredding his bow so that it turned into a large ball of cotton wool during his crucial solo at the end of the work. He held it up to great cheers at the end of the performance. Come to think of it, although my first VW LP was of Boult's LPO Decca Eclipse version (still the greatest IMO) of Symphony 6 I also grew up with the EMI cycle as I bought the boxed set on LP with the great portrait sculpture of VW on the cover:
I remember that my university friends had symphonies 3 and 5 together on Decca Eclipse and Boult's Sinfonia Antartica on EMI. My brother asked our mother to get him Symphony 4 for Christmas one year but she accidentally got Barbirolli's fine EMI LP of Symphony 5 but he was very happy with that.

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GMG News / Re: Missing Members
« Last post by Traverso on Today at 08:14:54 AM »
Thank you all for the kind words. :)
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Traverso on Today at 08:12:48 AM »
Beethoven

Brendel is a person with a good sense of humor,wit and the necessary ability to make crazy faces,I like Brendel for being human.

Pianosonatas 30-31 & 32

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Composer Discussion / Re: Sir William Walton
« Last post by vandermolen on Today at 08:09:24 AM »
Ah, so the Ormandy is a sentimental favorite? Well, there’s nothing wrong with that as I have many sentimental favorites. I think the first time I heard Walton’s Symphony No. 1 was probably Previn’s with the LSO (the one you don’t enjoy that much). I can’t say how I feel about Previn’s performance nowadays, but I’ll be honest and say that I think Thomson is much better in the symphony than Previn. This isn’t to discount what Previn has done for Walton’s music of course, because he certainly seemed to be regarded a champion of his music, especially having conducted so much of it.
Yes, 'sentimental favourite' (British spelling  8)) is a good term for it John. I think it brings back a particular time in my life when I was discovering classical music. Of course the wide-eyed wonder of youth is long gone but some of these recordings meant a lot to me at the time. I loved the cover of the LP as well.
 :)
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Traverso on Today at 08:01:33 AM »
Welcome back, I was worried. And here's a coincidence -- I listened to that CD yesterday. I'm Red Byrd's greatest fan at the moment.

I also cherish there Thomas Tomkins recording on Naxos
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Composer Discussion / Re: Tchaikovsky
« Last post by Florestan on Today at 08:00:13 AM »
not completely true - there's an old Vox/turnabout set from Michael Ponti remastered on Membran.



as ever "complete" can be a movable feast and I have not compared the new set to Ponti's to set if anything is missing.  Also - as ever - with Ponti - you get bravura piano playing that can occasionally loose detail in the sheer spectacle of his virtuosic style.  But I must admit to rather enjoying his approach.  Some find this remastered sound OK, others are less generous......... but its excellent value

Drat! That is the last thing I needed, but --- on to the wishlist it goes. :)



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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Traverso on Today at 07:59:18 AM »


Well said gentlemen and I also add my hearty relief on the return of our friend  :)

It makes me embarrassed, but it feels good nonetheless. ;)
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