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The Diner / Re: Seasonal Greetings
« Last post by SonicMan46 on Today at 10:23:15 AM »
Cool photos!  Nice that you can share and respect each other's faiths and holiday traditions.  :)

Here:  debating how much decorating for Christmas to do this year.  Currently taking a shot break before going back to debunnyfying the living room, etc.  ::)

PD

Well, when our son lived w/ us, he got a small toy each night of Hanukkah, and we also did a Christmas tree when he would get a bunch of more substantial presents - now with just the two of us (and of course Susan never having celebrated Christmas), we do no decorating.  BUT, there is a tradition here in Winston-Salem, which started out in the 1760s in the Moravian community of Salem - current Moravians (and others who are not but like the tradition) will put up a lighted Moravian star (see below) usually at the doorway and often will also place white candles in each window of the house - makes for a pleasant appearance at night; our two neighbors (not Moravian) follow the tradition.  Dave :)

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A Moravian star (German: Herrnhuter Stern) is an illuminated Advent, Christmas, or Epiphany decoration popular in Germany and in places in Europe and America where there are Moravian congregations, notably the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and the area surrounding Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The stars take their English name from the Moravian Church, originating in Moravia. In Germany, they are known as Herrnhut stars, named after the Moravian Mother Community in Saxony, Germany, where they were first commercially produced.
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The Jazz Lounge / Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Last post by SimonNZ on Today at 10:21:58 AM »


Armand Gordon - Jazz au Vieux Colombier
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Such a great piece! I love Shostakovich symphonies (most all of them), and his operas, but sometimes I think his real legacy is his chamber music.

--Bruce
I've been meaning to revisit his quartets (been a while).  I found the liner notes to be particularly helpful in trying to better understand what all was and had been going on in the Soviet Union during that time and getting a small sense of what the atmosphere was like and what people were feeling and experiencing then.

NP:

Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Gilels
New Philharmonia
Maazel



Good choice!  :)

PD
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: The Early Music Club (EMC)
« Last post by Mandryka on Today at 10:18:30 AM »
Okay you sin and never pay attention to might of Jacob Obrecht did you actuall yah done this, repent whit the folowing CD whit a fantastic ensemble and sounds of Capella de le Torre ensemble , a humble  but very great label fur musik der rennaissance das itch Alte Musik for one solid composer, any aware people in musiclogist all agree whit me the rendition of works are sublime ans surreal, real darn good stuff I say.

 ;)

Yes excellent. No better Obrecht on record.
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NP:

Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Gilels
New Philharmonia
Maazel


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Composer Discussion / Re: Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Recommendations.
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 10:15:19 AM »
I beg to differ. I was blown away by the symphonies on EMI. They did enough to convince me that they're thrilling works.

Have you heard other performances of these works, though? The multi-conductor sets on Wergo and Challenge Classics?
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Anyone listening to this CD blind would, I'm sure, guess correctly that the music emanated from the late nineteenth century. I doubt very much though that they would guess the composer was Italian. The music seems to owe a lot more to Schumann and Brahms than it does to anyone else, Brahms in particular.

Excellent performances of some rather gorgeous music by the Italian Giuseppe Martucci.
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The Diner / Re: Seasonal Greetings
« Last post by Pohjolas Daughter on Today at 09:57:55 AM »
Hi PD - Susan & I have a 'mixed' marriage, she being Jewish and I brought up as Catholic; but she likes to celebrate Hunukkah by lighting the candles on a menorah (actually I'm the controller of the shamash) - she has a collection of five menorahs (one not shown in the first pic a while ago); the top right image is our usually used menorah (fully lit after 8 nights); last year, she wanted to change, so the bottom pic is our newest and more 'modernistic' menorah fully lit a year ago.  Dave :)

 


Cool photos!  Nice that you can share and respect each other's faiths and holiday traditions.  :)

Here:  debating how much decorating for Christmas to do this year.  Currently taking a short break before going back to debunnyfying the living room, etc.  ::)

PD
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The Diner / Re: Coronavirus thread
« Last post by drogulus on Today at 09:55:49 AM »
To my understanding, what has bolstered the economy recently has been mainly the tremendous influx of cash from the Government in the form of stimulus payments and economic relief, e.g. the American Rescue Plan. I am at a loss to understand how that massive government spending can be classified as "savings".

      Yes, you are at a loss. But consider that if the savings was fictional, so would be the debt on the other side. Either the savings held by the public is real or it isn't. Do you own Treasuries? Are they real? Mine are.

      Stephanie Kelton (peace and blessing be totally on her) once asked a bunch of economic sophistos if they would push a button to eliminate the national debt. To the surprise of absolutely no one, most of them (hereinafter known as "fools") said yes. She then closed the trap by asking if they would push a button to eliminate all the US Treasury securities. Of course it's the same button.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by Traverso on Today at 09:53:18 AM »
The best Ballet box one could wish for!

It is also a very nice box to look at. :)
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