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Re: The British Composers Thread
« Reply #620 on: April 27, 2020, 09:46:29 AM »
That's why people need to post a brief explainer or context, rather than just "Discovery". You're fueling the clickbait mentality of the worst parts of the internet, and that's not healthy.

In the wider context of the internet perhaps - but I trust fellow posters here to be linking to things of common interest.  Indeed I was interested to read about the opera in question - its just not an opera that immediately I would seek out to see or hear.

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« Reply #621 on: June 30, 2020, 10:02:05 AM »
As he doesn't have a dedicated thread...

Ordered the Lyrita disc of Arthur Benjamin's Symphony.

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« Reply #622 on: June 30, 2020, 10:45:33 AM »
As he doesn't have a dedicated thread...

Ordered the Lyrita disc of Arthur Benjamin's Symphony.

Coincidentally I did, too !  :)

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« Reply #623 on: June 30, 2020, 11:30:24 AM »
got all excited and thought it might be by John Foulds or Holst.  Personally can't get quite as ecstatic over Taverner - and something written in 2005 (albeit still in manuscript) has not exactly been "lost".  I have to say - and its probably simply through ignorance - I've always thought that opera/drama and minimalism are kind of counter intuitive; the former is about a narrative line and "events" and minimalism is about stasis and incremental change.  Nixon in China is about as far as I've managed to get........
Yes, I got excited thinking that it might be Foulds as well.
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« Reply #624 on: June 30, 2020, 11:36:17 AM »
As he doesn't have a dedicated thread...

Ordered the Lyrita disc of Arthur Benjamin's Symphony.
An excellent symphony IMO - rather in the spirit of VW's 6th or 4th Symphony.
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« Reply #625 on: June 30, 2020, 12:31:43 PM »
An excellent symphony IMO - rather in the spirit of VW's 6th or 4th Symphony.

+1 A gripping work.
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« Reply #626 on: June 30, 2020, 12:31:57 PM »
As he doesn't have a dedicated thread...

Ordered the Lyrita disc of Arthur Benjamin's Symphony.

He does now...
https://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,29978.0.html

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« Reply #627 on: June 30, 2020, 03:20:22 PM »
+1 A gripping work.
+1 fully agree with you both.

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« Reply #628 on: July 01, 2020, 07:52:26 AM »
An excellent symphony IMO - rather in the spirit of VW's 6th or 4th Symphony.
+1 A gripping work.
+1 fully agree with you both.
Thanks to your steady evangelizing I succumbed to the d**d Arthur Benjamin symphony one and a half year ago and since then cannot but agree wholeheartedly with all of you.  8)
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Re: The British Composers Thread
« Reply #629 on: July 01, 2020, 08:35:43 AM »
Thanks to your steady evangelizing I succumbed to the d**d Arthur Benjamin symphony one and a half year ago and since then cannot but agree wholeheartedly with all of you.  8)
Yes, but I bet that you don't have three separate recordings of it.  ;D
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Re: The British Composers Thread
« Reply #630 on: July 01, 2020, 09:03:36 AM »
Incidentally, I own the Benjamin Symphony as well (on Lyrita). ;) I probably haven’t even heard it, which shouldn’t surprise anyone here. ::) So music music, so little time...
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« Reply #631 on: July 01, 2020, 10:31:23 AM »
Incidentally, I own the Benjamin Symphony as well (on Lyrita). ;) I probably haven’t even heard it, which shouldn’t surprise anyone here. ::) So music music, so little time...
The Lyrita is probably the best. I hope that you enjoy it when you get round to hearing it.
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Re: The British Composers Thread
« Reply #632 on: July 01, 2020, 12:58:03 PM »
The Lyrita is probably the best. I hope that you enjoy it when you get round to hearing it.

Thanks, Jeffrey. Hopefully over the weekend...or not. :P
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