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The Diner / Re: Europe at War
« Last post by Que on Today at 02:50:50 AM »
China exerts power economically, rather than militarily. I get that war makes for good theatre and people want to see stuff blowing up; I haven't seen any evidence that China actually does that kind of thing, rather than simply making other countries sufficiently dependent on it that war becomes unnecessary.

War is a very ugly thing. I don't think those who pointed out the real possibility of a Russian invasion had the desire that it would come true, just for the theatrics. China has had its One-China policy ever since Taiwan broke away, and has refused to drop it - on the contrary. Taiwan's de facto independence has only been made possible by the post war global hegemony of the US and its allies. That is now gone....

I see a real possibility that China will act upon its long standing claim.  But I hope not, perhaps/hopefully  Taiwan is militarily too tough a nut to crack. But that would mean that China should forget about its claim on Taiwan: if it is not possible now, I don't see how ever.
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The Diner / Re: Compulsive Disassociative CD Collecting Disease (CDCDCD)
« Last post by Verena on Today at 02:50:28 AM »
I've really got to stop, but I keep finding stuff I want! Best thing to do is stay off Amazon, JPC, Presto Classical, Discogs and eBay. I drool every time I'm on Presto Classical's site or browsing the BIS store. Anyway, this sounds like a good plan, but, of course, I'd have to use Amazon to buy some things like dog treats and snacks, but if I could just keep only to these things and not CDs, I'd be better off.

Maybe an incentive for dog lovers (including myself): Imagine we didn't buy any CDs, downloads, etc. any longer. We could use the money for buying another dog or two. Sounds like a brilliant idea, doesn't it? I only have a small dog, but I'm dreaming of a whole pack of all sizes (10 at the least  8) ::) ::)).
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Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 091 
    Adam Fisher, Autro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra
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I only read Wallenstein once as an untutored kid decades ago (maybe some more conservative schools still read it in class in the 1980s, we only read the more entertaining "Räuber"/Brigands and "William Tell") and I probably missed a lot but that quote must be connected to Wallenstein's (he himself is "Friedland" or "der Friedländer", the name of his duchy? or so) belief in astrology (none less than Kepler made horoscopes for Wallenstein) or more generally, fate and duty. The most famous quote in German from this context is probably Wallenstein's advisor: "In deiner Brust sind deines Schicksals Sterne", i.e. your fateful stars are in your heart, it's up to you to be courageous, not waiting for the hour destined by the stars.

A lot depends on background and the commentaries one has. I recall a native participant in a German language forum who apparently had not realized in years of listening to "Winterreise" that the "tavern" or "inn" in "Das Wirtshaus" IS the graveyard.
As for "Wachet auf" I (almost) grew up with this imagery in church (although probably not as colorful and stark as Lutherans in the 18th century) and I also remember that I read on a record sleeve or so that one could almost use the piece (or at least the duets) as a wedding cantata.
But it's certainly true that a lot of these texts are nowadays historically and culturally rather distant to us (although 19th century songs less than 17th century church texts) and if one wants to dig in one needs commentary (and translations).

I have to admit I haven't made that connection either (Wirtshaus - graveyard).  Which is quite a bit embarrassing because my native language is German and I'm a linguist with a special interest in metaphors and similar phenomena. And Schubert is maybe my absolute favourite composer. Maybe this failure is a case of what is sometimes called "good-enough processing". You feel you've understood enough of a text and stop processing it. This often leads to misunderstandings when "good enough" turns out to be not nearly good enough. For example, many readers don't really notice the problem with the sentence: "There was a horrible plane crash. After many months, people could finally visit the place where the survivors were buried."
In my case, I of course understood that it's all about death and dying, but I just didn't make that obvious connection between tavern and graveyard.
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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: New Releases
« Last post by jlopes on Today at 02:38:16 AM »
DG will release a Krystian Zimerman's Szymanowski recording in late September. Part recorded recently in Japan, part recorded in 1994 and never released.

The content: Preludes op. 1 Nr. 1, 2, 7, 8; Masques op. 34 Nr. 1-3; Mazurken op. 50 Nr. 13-16; Vairationen über ein polnisches Volksthema op. 10
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by Que on Today at 02:29:56 AM »
   
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by aligreto on Today at 02:12:39 AM »
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 24 Op. 78 [Fischer]




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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: What are you listening 2 now?
« Last post by Harry on Today at 01:51:16 AM »
Franz Berwald.

The Complete String Quartets, No.1-3.

The Yggdrasil Quartet.


The performances are first rate, and the sound too. Thoughtful with well judged tempos, musically phrased, absolutely full of rhythmic life, and a very refined tonal blend. Its simply cultured and intelligent playing.
These SQ are really top level in my view.
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it is gorgeous indeed, one of the best recordings of Wozzeck in my opinion.

Johann Sebastian Bach's French Suite No. 2 BWV 813 
    András Schiff, piano
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Alban Berg: Wozzeck. Claudio Abbado, Vienna Philharmonic, etc

Haven't heard this in ages. It sounds awesome.

it is gorgeous indeed, one of the best recordings of Wozzeck in my opinion.
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