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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by Mr. Minnow on Today at 04:27:35 PM »


Is it just me or is this game taking a much longer time to get through than the other 'games of your own?'

There's less of a clear favorite choice or choices, I suppose.
Is it just me or is this game taking a much longer time to get through than the other 'games of your own?'
Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: New Releases
« Last post by Mr. Minnow on Today at 04:15:48 PM »
Due out this week:

The unspeakable cruelty of Trump’s child-migrant camps

The boys are being housed in what used to be a Walmart, where they are allowed outside for two hours a day. (No one seems to know where the girls and the babies are.) Mr. Trump’s regime showed the boys’ centre to reporters, highlighting a mural of Mr. Trump – the man responsible for these children losing their families and freedom – plastered on the wall. We’re told by Mr. Trump’s backers to feel good about the conditions of the camp – to cheer that migrants have TV and snacks and video games instead of mothers or fathers or siblings.

The older children scream for their parents, while the babies simply scream.

The littlest ones cannot even tell us who they are. They don’t yet have words. And so we try, in the United States, to find the words for them. To find the words to describe this level of evil, which was both preventable and proclaimed.

This is the platform Mr. Trump ran on, after all: a platform of xenophobia and corruption. This is the culmination of the dictatorial ambitions and dehumanization of immigrants that smug journalists and officials told people to take seriously – but not literally. For Latino immigrants, demonized from the very day Mr. Trump launched his campaign, it was always literally.

The last 17 months have been a test of how far the administration could push the boundaries of morality and law before an atrocity was mainstreamed. Nuclear weapons have been recast from an existential horror into part of a reality show-style spectacle summit. The sickness is not just caused by Mr. Trump; it also stems from a collective failure of the most powerful, whether elected or not, to call a lie a lie, to label abuse as abuse. Those tasked to check atrocities instead chose to enable them.

“This is not America,” Republican politicians like to say about the imprisoned children, “this is not who we are.” These statements ignore U.S. history – this was the United States for Indigenous children torn from their parents and sent to boarding schools, for African children sold into slavery, for Japanese families held in internment camps. One answer to “it can’t happen here” is “it already happened here” – children have been imprisoned in the United States, albeit selectively, through autocratic policies imposed over centuries by powerful white men upon the non-white and vulnerable.

Another answer to “it can’t happen here” is, of course, “make it stop happening” – an option the GOP can choose to enact, by holding Mr. Trump and officials, who have flagrantly broken the law, accountable for their crimes and striking down their policies. They refuse to do so. They let Mr. Trump choose what the United States is – to make his alternative facts reality, to rewrite laws to suit his needs, since he knows the morally weak will make excuses rather than confront their own complicity.
Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947 revised version), Firebird Suite (1919 version)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Tennstedt

Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: Bach Goldberg Variations
« Last post by Mr. Minnow on Today at 04:07:57 PM »
Any thoughts on this?

There's a very negative review here:

On the other hand, a couple of customer reviews on Amazon France are much more positive. I haven't found much else about this one; it seems to have largely flown under the radar.

The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by Cato on Today at 03:50:53 PM »
Today for Father's Day, my youngest son took me to a showing on the big screen (not Cinerama, but a 70mm fairly wide screen)...

Thanks to SonicMan for showing me how to handle the new Google Image copy-and-paste method!

A marvelous experience to see it again on the big screen!

One thing which struck me now - which I could not have known 50 years ago - was that HAL singing "Daisy" during his lobotomy was a reference to the first lobotomy surgeons, who had their victims sing a song during the destruction of their brains, and when the singing stopped, they knew that enough brain tissue had been destroyed.  One of the earliest and most famous (later) victims was Rosemary Kennedy, (sister of the president and the senators), whose monstrous father insisted on the operation to prevent embarrassment to the family.  She was supposedly of low I.Q. and had outbursts occasionally, although she looked physically normal, and according to one source, had a Fourth-Grade reading level.

The other thing I noticed: although Dave the Astronaut at the end, in the time-warp room, attempts to touch the monolith in the fashion of the hominids and Dr. Floyd, he cannot touch it.  And yet the desire to touch it seems good enough to the monolith, as Dave's reincarnation starts immediately.
Oh my!  Some of my all time favorite choral works ever are A Sea Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Symphony 13 'Babi Yar' by Shostakovich!!  Do you also hate Rachmaninoff's The Bell's?
He said "both are favourites now" :)
Most of Shostakovich. I explored him enthusiastically some 20/25 years ago, thought some of his symohonies were really striking, and was favourably impressed by a performance of Lady Macbeth... here in Madrid (conducted by Rostropovich, no less). As time passed, the allure of this man’s music vanished in my case, and I got the impression that what drew me to him was the easy effect much of his output has, and that (in my case) didn’t resist the passing of time. I now find that his music is diametrically opposed to my aesthetic sensibility, and when I listen to him, only the (widespread) negative epithets come to mind: derivative, vulgar, “battleship gray”, “third pressing of Mahler”...

With one notable exception: the 24 Preludes and Fugues, op. 87, which I greatly admire.

*munches popcorn*

PS Op 87 is the closest there is to WTC Bk III
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