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Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: New Releases
« Last post by Brian on Today at 08:22:37 PM »
My poverty in Russian vocabulary strikes again. What's the solo instrument in the concerto? And what does the title of the Rhapsody refer to?
It's a violin concerto (I used the other letters on the cover to deduce artist name Andrey Korsakov, googled him, and verified).
General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
« Last post by Mirror Image on Today at 08:22:15 PM »
I was happy to get them at a discount! Sometimes recordings on a orchestra's own label can be hard to get, or pricey, or both - so I couldn't resist. I've especially heard really good things about the 13th with Muti, so it's nice to know it lives up to its reputation!

The Diner / Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Last post by Spotted Horses on Today at 08:22:11 PM »
It doesn't make sense to me that BLM has become so closely associated with the issue of police violence. Statistics indicate that black people are disproportionately affected by police violence, but the level of police violence against all people (regardless of race) is very high. The number of people killed by police in the U.S. is four times higher than in Canada (per capita), and that dwarfs the black/white disparity in the U.S.

There are many other ways that U.S. culture treats black lives as though they don't matter, through economic and educational disparity.
The Diner / Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Last post by vers la flamme on Today at 08:13:25 PM »

Re-watched Barry Lyndon after feasting.  As magnificent as ever.

Oh, that's a killer flick. Need to rewatch it myself. I don't think I've seen it since first year of undergrad.
Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: New Releases
« Last post by JBS on Today at 08:12:49 PM »
I’d like to know what you think if you listen again, I don’t think the Humoreske is dreary or indeed the sonata. On the contrary. But then I have just drunk half a bottle of Argentinian Malbec.

Found the CD. To my surprise it was on the shelf I thought it was on. (Usually they aren't when I have had them this long.) But given how hectic work is this time of year (I'm in retail) I'm not sure when it will get a proper listen.


My poverty in Russian vocabulary strikes again. What's the solo instrument in the concerto? And what does the title of the Rhapsody refer to?
The Diner / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by vers la flamme on Today at 08:07:58 PM »
Interested in this Modiano character, as I'd love to find a contemporary French writer whose works resonate with me (no luck so far). Anything worth reading in translation? I can read French but it's a chore.
A Berg double-bill:

Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6

Lyric Suite

From these recordings -

Great Recordings and Reviews / Re: New Releases
« Last post by Roy Bland on Today at 07:18:42 PM »

The Diner / Re: USA Politics (redux)
« Last post by amw on Today at 07:06:50 PM »
It is actually interesting to follow the online white supremacist right—the "anime nazis" who have largely replaced the III%ers and Oath Keepers and Knights of the White Camellia at neo-confederate rallies—and their reaction to three high-profile trials in which some degree of white supremacy was implicated. They were extremely keen for Rittenhouse to become a martyr so they could riot, but practically as soon as he walked, immediately began to dismiss him as a plant, a liberal roleplaying as a white supremacist, a BLM supporter, etc (with one account spending significant amounts of time analysing his skeletal structure and fat distribution and concluding that he was secretly transgender and therefore an agent of the New World Order); they meanwhile completely ignored the Arbery and Charlottesville trials except for the usual mutterings about how the Tyrannical Government is persecuting them, the Unite the Right organisers were all RINOs and neolib cucks anyway, and Someday There Shall Be A Race War and so on. IOW, it seems like the fact that not all three trials ended in convictions took a great deal of the wind out of their sails, whereas if Rittenhouse had been convicted, they would have hailed him as one of their own and promised to avenge him in blood. As a movement, they evidently cannot exist without the conspiratorial belief that the political system is repressing them somehow, and without this victimhood complex, can't really achieve political unity.

Instead, Rittenhouse has become a beloved figure of a particular breed of ex-liberal (e.g., Glenn Greenwald, Bill Maher) who delights in contrarianism for the sake of it. These people can still claim victimhood by complaining about how their media friends don't invite them to cocktail parties anymore now that they no longer profess liberal views; in their view the real victim is neither Rittenhouse nor the people he killed, but themselves, for being "cancelled". Plenty of prominent conservatives have also attempted this over the years (e.g., Stefan Molyneux, Lauren Southern, etc.) with a lower degree of success.

This is not 1965 Georgia because things no longer break down cleanly on racial lines but similar kinds of repression still do exist. Class relationships have become somewhat more important; the Atlanta Police Department is approximately 80% black and still kills, hurts and arrests black people at elevated rates compared to their share of the population. Why? Most of the victims/arrestees come from poor inner-city neighbourhoods in South Atlanta, whereas the average salary for the police officers is in the six figures and the majority of them live in neighbouring suburban DeKalb County, the second-wealthiest black-majority county in the USA. Essentially, while there are not as many white supremacists in law enforcement, white supremacy was only ever a proxy for class supremacy and that's still very much real. The white men who killed Ahmaud Arbery could (if I recall correctly) be accurately characterised as working-class; Brunswick, GA remains a town divided between a declining post-industrial urban core where no one (white or black) is particularly well off and wealthy, fast-growing carpetbagger coastal enclaves, and if it was someone from the latter who'd been found responsible, it's unlikely there would have been a criminal trial at all, or at best the charge would have been something like involuntary manslaughter and punished via community service.

edit: people on Twitter have also claimed that the police responding to the call initially didn't arrest the killers, and in fact it was not until video footage was leaked to the public that they were actually taken into custody and charged. Twitter is of course not a reliable source but that does seem to be true, although it's unclear exactly what happened (and incompetence—police have historically had a very low clearance rate for murder—seems more likely than malice).
The Jazz Lounge / Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Last post by Dry Brett Kavanaugh on Today at 07:03:59 PM »
I like this album- Olympia Concert- recorded around same time.
In addition to Moanin, etc., they play “Just By Myself”, which is my favorite Benny Golson composition.
The album conveys the heated performance and excitement of the audience.
Lee Morgan is killing in the recording!
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