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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: New Releases
« Last post by Ghost of Baron Scarpia on Today at 09:23:34 AM »
Because they're not in fact fools and are hoping to fool you.

Or to put it in a less nefarious way, they are focused on selling and on PR. Facts are not, on the whole, exciting selling points.

There is an art to making the product seem attractive and providing information. In my case they lost a sale.
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Pelosi doesn't have an original thought in her head. What she said afterwards is not for polite society. The irony of course, is that practically ALL American presidents were concerned about uncontrolled immigration. Now the Dems are being just anti. One suspects they support all the incomers as long as they don't barge into their gated communities, except as gardeners and maids.

There are a lot of original thoughts in your head, mainly ones that have no connection with reality. We don't need a speaker whose head is full of "original thoughts," we need one who is not intimidated and who won't back down. That's her. And it is hard to be polite when speaking frankly of an obscene criminal like Trump.

Of course all presidents have been concerned with controlling entry to the country. No mainstream democrat is in favor of "open boarders." They are in favor of the rule of law, observing laws related to asylum seekers, and not treating asylum seekers and small children of asylum seekers with abject brutality and cruelty.
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Big boxes featuring a single instrumentalist or conductor became popular with CD. Not so common on LP which is a pity.

The reason seems obvious to me. CDs are cheap, LPs were expensive. I don't mind buying a CD set for which I am only interested in half the content. No on wanted a duplicate LP or an LP that they were not interested listening to.
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The Diner / Re: Non-Classical Music Listening Thread!
« Last post by San Antone on Today at 09:02:26 AM »
The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper





I have not listened to this CD in quite a ling time. It was like visiting an old friend after a prolonged absence.

Boxes are coming out of the Beatles' recordings, this one came out last year and this year the White Album has been released.  Here's what's in the new Pepper box:

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4 Audio CDs:
A new stereo mix of the album by Giles Martin. Sgt. Pepper Sessions on 2 CDs with over 100 minutes of audio illustrating how the album was created. Newly mixed from the original four-track tapes, most of the material is previously unreleased. Also contains the original 1967 mono mix of the album and bonus tracks including three previously unreleased mixes.

Blu-Ray/DVD:
Fully restored 1992 documentary The Making of Sgt. Pepper, including interviews with Paul, George and Ringo and fascinating in-the-studio footage introduced by George Martin. Restored promotional films for 'A Day In The Life', 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and 'Penny Lane'. 2017 Giles Martin 5.1 surround sound mix and high-resolution stereo audio in 96KHz/24bit of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band plus 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and 'Penny Lane'.

144-page hardback book featuring an introduction by Sir Paul McCartney, comprehensive song-by-song details and recording information, in-depth essays about the design of the cover, the album's musical innovations and its historical context... and much more. Illustrations include photographs from the recording sessions, handwritten lyrics and Abbey Road documentation.

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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Thirty three and a third.
« Last post by aligreto on Today at 09:00:21 AM »


Big boxes featuring a single instrumentalist or conductor became popular with CD. Not so common on LP which is a pity. There were a few which mostly featured pianists, people like Richter and Kempff amongst others. I have always admired Clara Haskil and Philips have done her proud with this set of nine LPs. Setting out on a Haskil odyssey I started with disc1, one of the greatest piano sonatas, Schubert D.960. When an artist such as Haskil plays such an important work, for a layman to even attempt to analyse is ridiculous. Just sit back and enjoy which is what I did. She is well known for her Mozart, I am looking forward to Schumann and Scarlatti played by Clara Haskil.

That looks like a very nice set indeed.
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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: New Releases
« Last post by Ghost of Baron Scarpia on Today at 08:59:08 AM »
Be sceptical about "new hi-res remasters" of half a century old recordings. There's not much one can do to the sound quality in remastering. In pop music maybe, but classical music is puristic. What can you really do? Not much. Record labels want us to buy the old recordings over and over again and fancy technical terms work on people who don't have proper knowledge for technical scepticism.

The issue is not the resolution, the issue is that the Mahler/Kubelik CDs they have been selling up until now were mastered in 1988. The equipment used in those days had shortcomings and the importance of using the original source material rather than a mix down tape that was used to cut the LP had not been recognized.  For something first released in the mid 1990s or later there is no reason to expect an much of an improvement (it can go either way). For something mastered in the 1980s there can be a big improvement.
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The Diner / Re: Non-Classical Music Listening Thread!
« Last post by aligreto on Today at 08:58:55 AM »
The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper





I have not listened to this CD in quite a ling time. It was like visiting an old friend after a prolonged absence.
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Here is an mp3 MIDI Chorus "performing" my choral work Exaudi me: the score was edited by Karl Henning (he kindly added the two-piano rehearsal apparatus at the bottom).


Score:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/bgm446csffvy8hy/Schulte_Exaudi_Me_with_keybd_-_2016-07-16_%25282%2529_%25281%2529_%25281%2529.pdf/file


MIDI mp3 file:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/db79ny3b2wqd4re/Exaudi_Me_%25283%2529.mp3/file

Earlier comments:

The generous praise is making me blush.  I am glad to have helped, the piece is highly engaging, so that work on the project (the typographical and proofing work on my part, that is) never became tedious, because I found the music ever rewarding, its crystalline austerity setting off the Psalm text with a rich poignancy.  The score has a ritualistic monumentality which I find powerfully impressive;  and I believe it no exaggeration to call it a major new contribution to the unaccompanied choral literature.


A gorgeous piece, Cato. Sounds even better now in Karl's realization. I listened to it twice yesterday and will listen again today.

Sarge


It's very expressive. I like the way the harmonies flow-- shifting in intensity. Good work!
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by aligreto on Today at 08:54:57 AM »



A fine recording. I struggle with both of Szymanowski's violin concertos. So understand your comment of the first being challenging.

I suppose if I listened to it more often it would make more sense to me. Other problematic works have yielded such results for me over the years but, of course, time is the constant issue.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by aligreto on Today at 08:52:19 AM »



I thought I was an expert, but I only knew of 2 recordings (1954 and 1958, Minneapolis). I had no idea they did it again in the early 1960's (LSO). The only one I have listened to is 1958, with the narration by Deems Taylor (mostly about the recording of the guns and bells). Did the other two also have narration? I think only the first two are in the Mercury Boxes.

The above LP does not have the narration as it is coupled with the Wellington's Victory so there would be no room on the LP for that obviously. I get the narration from my CD version. 
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