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The Diner / Re: Coronavirus thread
« Last post by SimonNZ on Today at 04:19:18 PM »
The simple way to look at it is to go by the raw data only and ignore any media commentary. That way you have an accurate set of facts and can make your mind up one way or the other. For example - let's take the Covid mortality figures from the US which has one of the supposedly 'worst' records in dealing with the pandemic. I'v

Total cases circa 45,000,000
Total deaths circa 727,000
Percentage of deaths per case = .016%

Selective and confirmation-driven use of "raw data" creates exactly the skewed  "commentary" you claim to be wanting to avoid, which most good commentators would bring to your attention.

There is considerably more data you need to be aware of before you can so blithely brush off the pandemic as mere fearmongering and that you personally (never mid the people you infect) are safe.
Vox has some worthwhile stuff, but is best in stuff that doesn't have many recordings, such as Saint-Saens' complete music for solo piano. Alfred Brendel's first Beethoven cycle is also from Vox.

One excellent Vox release (actually two: it comes as a double CD and a five CD set, for a total of seven CDs) is Michael Ponti's recording of Scriabin's sonatas supplemented by a few other works.

Yes, I have the Brendel and Ponti sets.

While talking about Vox sets, I do rather like this one:

Looks sharp!
That’s the orchestra for the Debussy set.
Berglund joins my list of favorite recordings of the Seventh, also Blomstedt and Segerstam. Järvi on DG spoils it to me, frustratingly. I was quite disappointed when I heard it some while ago. This symphony needs to flow effortlessly, unfold organically and cohesively. This is a work of my most heartfelt sentiments and tastes. Sibelius had reached his creative symphonic output up to this point, only leaving Tapiola out as a significant piece. His symphonic journey (the seven numbered + Kullervo) is of outstanding originality and distinctiveness, having a voice very of his own.

I remember enjoying both Blomstedt's cycle and Berglund's cycle with the Helsinki Philharmonic quite a bit. The Seventh is definitely a valedictory statement, a summation, even though Sibelius lived another thirty years! Agreed that his works, and particularly his symphonies and orchestral works, are unique in all of music!

Speaking of 'Tapiola', just heard the contents of this disc on Spotify:

I've heard better Finlandias, but Swan of Tuonela, Valse Triste, and Tapiola are done beautifully.
Good to know, thanks Cesar ! I have some Stankovych and appreciate his works. His Symphony of Pastorals is a gem IMO. 
The Diner / Re: Coronavirus thread
« Last post by Daverz on Today at 04:09:29 PM »
And if you stratify by age group...

Good point.  And there are also the reported long term effects.  It was the report of lingering cognitive effects that had me scheduling my vaccination for the earliest opportunity.  I just can't afford to lose more cognitive ability than I already have.  I've got my Pfizer booster shot scheduled in a couple weeks.

The total death count is almost certainly an undercount as well.   
The Diner / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by SimonNZ on Today at 03:57:40 PM »
Along with everything else on the go finished this in two sittings:

that subtitle: "The Cold War and the Mysterious Death of Dag Hammarskjöld"

Which intersects with many subjects I find fascinating Hammarskjöld himself, the murder of Patrice Lumumba, decolonizing in Africa, the "heroic" era of the UN, cold war paranoia and the d"domino theory" etc. The second half of the book goes chronologically through all the theories about the plane crash, their strengths and weaknesses, where they contradict and the current state of disclosed files.

Also started this which has been on the to read pile for far too long:

The Diner / Re: Coronavirus thread
« Last post by T. D. on Today at 03:43:11 PM »
1.62 %  ;)

And if you stratify by age group...
The Diner / Re: Coronavirus thread
« Last post by k a rl h e nn i ng on Today at 03:40:53 PM »
1.62 %  ;)

My impression is that this figure has always been pretty slim.
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General Classical Music Discussion / Re: Purchases Today
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