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The Diner / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by Alberich on Today at 08:19:57 AM »
Soon, I'm going to re-read The Silmarillion (amazing book, easily my favorite Tolkien work) and then probably read for the first time The book of lost tales. Although I've read that they (along with Unfinished tales) deal mostly with the same material only written a bit differently (IIRC, Melkor is still called Melko in The Book of Lost Tales).
The Jazz Lounge / Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Last post by NikF on Today at 08:07:15 AM »
Jimmy Bruno: Midnight Blue

I don't often listen to guitarists but Jimmy Bruno has been an exception. He's probably also the reason I've recently been playing guitar a lot. Anyway, on this album he effortlessly makes his way through a variety of styles and approaches, along the way kind of reminding me of Grant Green and then Danny Gatton.
Parsifal I saw on 24th was mostly meh. Act 2 was quite good, especially the singer of Klingsor. But the conductor was not good, on most parts the music felt weak. If this would have been my first listening to Parsifal, I'm not sure if I would have liked it that much. Luckily, I know that Parsifal is a masterpiece through recordings ( and interestingly, I recall liking the very same production I saw years ago). The production felt a bit uninteresting, with little too much attention given to singers laying on the floor or on different platforms (maybe the characters suffered from epilepsy?). In act 2 prelude this worked rather well with Klingsor crawling upwards maybe in hopeless pursuit of that divinity which he in vain tried to achieve through self-mutilation. And it must have been even more difficult to crawl with spear in his hand. Tommi Hakala as Amfortas was wonderful, as always. Other than Klingsor and Amfortas, the cast was a disappointment.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening to now?
« Last post by Artem on Today at 07:59:32 AM »


Just found out that Piet Kee died yesterday...
What I don't know is whether the player can effect the transients at the start of the notes, at least on baroque and renaissance organs. I have a feeling that touch has something to do with it  -- the more articulated the touch, the more clearly it chuffs. But I could be wrong. Someone will come along and explain all I'm sure. I just did a quick google of it and came up with this paper, which I haven't read yet.
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by TheGSMoeller on Today at 07:28:10 AM »
A few more Bartok recordings, more to follow...

Composer Discussion / Re: Roy Harris (1898-1979)
« Last post by kyjo on Today at 07:14:29 AM »
I like No.6 as well, especially in the Keith Clark/Pacific SO recording. I think that Diamond's Symphony 3 is one of the great American symphonies. I also like No.2 by Paul Creston very much. I quite like the Harris No.5 but prefer No.7, especially with Ormandy conducting - it's on a wonderful Albany CD with William Schuman's epic Symphony 6, which I consider a masterpiece.

Agreed with you Jeffrey re. the merits of Creston's 2nd and Schuman's 6th - two great recent discoveries of mine.
Brett Deubner plays a Viola Concerto composed by my old mate, Houston Dunleavy:

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Composing and Performing / Re: Uhor's desk
« Last post by k a rl h e nn i ng on Today at 07:10:14 AM »
Very nice, nothing to dismiss about it.
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