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Posted on 30 Apr 2011, 16:53:05 BST
I've set Lohengrin to record tonight. Fantastic facility.

Posted on 30 Apr 2011, 15:51:34 BST
Wingates says:
Bugger, missed the Maxwell Davis interview. Hopefully I'll catch a repeat.

Given that if you've already got Sky, Sky Arts only costs about a quid a month, it has to be the best value thing I know of in the entire world! There really is some fantastic stuff on it.

And far be it from me to big up anything associated with Rupert Murdoch without good reason, but credit where credit's due - if you get the basic package and have your phone line and broadband with them, you get an awful lot for a relatively modest outlay, much of which you'll be paying for elsewhere anyway.

I'm addicted to football (that's when it gets expensive!) so it's an easy decision for me to have Sky, but do check out whether you can get hold of Sky Arts if you fancy 24 hour a day high quality arts content.

Posted on 29 Apr 2011, 18:27:27 BST
Just watched last night's InConfidence interview from Sky Arts, with Peter Maxwell Davis. What a sweet, beautiful and wonderfully articulate man?

Posted on 6 Dec 2010, 00:44:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2010, 00:58:56 GMT
Basilides says:
I referred to the coincidence of this occurring at the same time as the parallel debate on another thread - largely a monologue by me - of the barbarous practice of introducing barbaric folk music into the string quartet, and whether talking in these terms of the barbaric is 'culturally charged'.
Garrow sure as hell knew the laws he was up against certainly were, and he opposed them because he wasn't.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2010, 23:22:50 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Dec 2010, 19:21:49 GMT
Basilides says:
One would like to think so, and vice versa too: there are such touches of art in Garrow that they cannot be denied. I have just watched the first 10 minutes of it only to come upon a scene in which Garrow delivers a powerful soliloquy modelled on Hamlet's - and in blank verse too.
And what an extraordinary coincidence that the subject of this soliloquy should be the barbaric (he says 'barbarous') 18thc penalties inflicted even on children for offences that would be regarded now as minor. But no coincidence that such care in the writing should be given to this scene which is the very nub of the matter in terms of why this series is so valuable by reminding us of how we've got as far as we have.

Back to the episode.

Posted on 5 Dec 2010, 22:44:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2010, 02:06:12 GMT
Edgar Self says:
Good report, Basil, thanks. But Art is good for you also, I hope. Ars longa, vida brevis. And Ars Gratia Artis, as Leo the MGM Lion used to roar, this from a Hollywood studio!

Posted on 5 Dec 2010, 22:41:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Dec 2010, 22:41:46 GMT
Basilides says:
What a great pleasure 'Any Human Heart' has been, as great a pleasure as 'Madmen' which has just finished this week. And there is still one more episode to go, and judging by the trailer, one more woman.
That being on Channel 4, of all places, has forced me to put off watching 'Garrow's Law' for later on the Iplayer. One is Art and the other is good for me - and everyone else.

Posted on 15 Nov 2010, 21:56:28 GMT
Basilides says:
For those who missed it the Elgar programme is being repeated tonight at 11.30 on BBC4.

Posted on 13 Nov 2010, 12:59:19 GMT
Edgar Self says:
If anyone hears of a DVD release of this BBC Elgar programme, let us all know, please?

Posted on 12 Nov 2010, 21:04:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Nov 2010, 21:37:19 GMT
Basilides says:
'Elgar The Man Behind The Mask' - I think that was the finest, the most moving, musical documentary I have ever seen on TV. They obviously went to a great deal of trouble and did Elgar full justice.
This is one they must release on DVD like the VW one.

Watch out for repeats if you didn't see it and if you can get better sound from your TV than your computer.

I was also very pleased with the way they did justice to the erotic charge of the 1st movement of the 3rd Symphony right from it's first bars, in the just way I have tried to argue in many old posts.

Posted on 21 Oct 2010, 23:33:20 BST
Last edited by the author on 21 Oct 2010, 23:39:28 BST
Basilides says:
Why hasn't 'Mr Wroe's Virgins' appeared yet on DVD. Could it have anything to do with the full frontal nudity of Minnie Driver?

Come to think of it, is this why we havn't had Ken Russell's 'Savage Messiah' either, with it's full frontal Helen Mirren - oh god, what wonderful heavy hips she had! Very appropriate for a film about a sculptor.

Then there was Sean Young in 'Love Crimes', a very intelligent against-the-grain post-feminist film about the sex- war - yes, you guessed it, and no DVD there either.

I'm sure pvfl will join me in lamenting this sad state of affairs.

Posted on 19 Dec 2009, 16:30:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Dec 2009, 17:09:01 GMT
I have seen plenty of concerts on television, both live broadcasts and concerts where various visuals have been added. I can't imagine that DVD is going to add anything other than better sound and unfortunately I don't have £4000 to spend on a sound system. I have DVDs of documentaries on Wagner's Ring, Mahler, Byrd, Beethoven and Vaughan Williams, all with copious musical extracts. Additionally I have various operatic performances, some of which include close-ups of the orchestra. The Bach/Harnoncourt is the only concert I have.

There is a visual aspect to any performance. In the finale of Mahler's 2nd Symphony all the horn-players stand and raise the bells of their instruments - it is thrilling both visually and aurally. How many times I want to see the same horn-players do it is a different matter.

I know that Leonard Bernstein grunts, groans, sheds tears, jumps up and down and flings his arms about and that Karajan can conduct the Verdi Requiem with his eyes shut. I also know from live experience that Colin Davis pulls the most amazing faces and that Giulini could produce the most amazing results with hardly any effort at all. Once again how much this bears repetition is down to individual listener; personally it adds very little for me.

I think I have a good idea of what DVD can offer and I think my opinion is reasonably informed.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2009, 14:34:26 GMT
(IRONY ALERT)...Obviously, Geoffrey, if you do not spend £2500 on speakers the poor sound quality is your fault.

But then if your knowledge of concerts on DVD is restricted to Harnoncourt conducting Bach that's not much of an informed opinion either.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2009, 14:07:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Dec 2009, 14:27:34 GMT
Basilides says:
It is essential to get a decent surround sound system. At the very least that means getting bookshelf speakers for the front left and right pair and a decent centre. The digital sound from TV is excellent if everything else is up to it. Last week I watched the firebird in surround sound derived from the stereo TV signal. My front pair were a couple of stand mounted speakers costing £2500 ( with speakers of that quality the source has to be good or they will not sound as good as speakers for a fraction of the price). The point I'm making is that the sound was even better than through my main stereo hi fi because the best AV amplifiers now can convincingly convert stereo to surround. The result was that I've never appreciated the music of the Firebird as much as I did last Friday. I was consciously saying to myself 'this sound is amazing! and it's not even true 5'1 surround'. Mind you I forgot to mention I was also using a £1200 sub-woofer as well to give a realistic orchestral depth.
It's no good buying a surround sound set of speakers made up of small satelites and a cheap subwoofer. Reasonably good satelites will cost at least £125 each.

Putting your TV through a stereo hi-fi is OK if your TV picture is big enough but if it's smaller than 42" you will need to bring the speakers closer together than normal to avoid the off-centre effect. Surround sound gets round this much better by having a centre directly under the screen.

But you say the sound from DVD is good why can't you put the TV through the system? Most TV's have an analogue output.

Posted on 19 Dec 2009, 13:28:35 GMT
I seem to be in a minority here but I don't really enjoy televised concerts. Primarily it is because of the poor sound quality; even when played through the surround sound it is nowhere near as good as the radio (I have no means of playing the TV through my hi-fi). Also I don't find being able to see the second flautist close up (or whoever) adds to my enjoyment. A live concert is a completely different matter. I am not really a fan of concerts on DVD either even though the sound can be excellent; I only have one, Harnoncourt conducting Bach.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2009, 12:27:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Dec 2009, 12:29:06 GMT
Yeah, I quite agree. Jazz and rock on TV just get worse and worse. Do you recall the South Bank Show doing Weather Report and John McLaughlin's Shakti, back in the eighties. They were epic. And Holdsworth is a musician who's influence has been global, and which has run steadily for over thirty years. He is a national treasure, but of course that makes him one more pearl before a large number of swine. Pat Metheny is another huge story of influences and impact to be told, for which there would surely be a reasonable audience. And there was all that fuss about Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scott's a while back. Yes, Jeff can be amazing when he can be bothered to put his mind to it, but at that televised gig he was only just warming up when the show was over.

Posted on 18 Dec 2009, 11:54:18 GMT
zargb5 says:
Arts on TV, its a mixed bag. Often poor, often a gem of a program on too. The coverage of rock and jazz on sky arts is pretty lame. Especially rock music. Its just endless repeats of queen live at milton keynes (how cool is that)
Eric Claptout, and old has beens like the strat pack concert with artists not normally recognised as playing the instrument normally. Rock music has been dead since the mid 70's. Its just treading water in the nostalgia market for the oldies among us and being regurgitated badly and sold as new for the new generation. Commercially Marketed rebellion?

Question : When will the South bank Show do a program about Allan Holdsworth?

Posted on 15 Dec 2009, 22:39:59 GMT
Have just finished watching the very lovely biographical film of the life of Peter Warlock/Philip Heseltine, 'Some little Joy' and I must confess it left me somewhat sniffling at the end. It took me back to a perfect sunset evening at age 14, when my first ever girlfriend, Susan Aslan and I walked round barefoot, as junior bohemians did back then, to the house of her friend Julie Bennet, who sat us down and played his Pieds-en-l'air from the Capriol Suite on the piano. I asked her to play it over again several times in the course of the evening, and each time it took the breath from me. Music, like sex, was just so good back then. Presumably more neurones with which to experience them. Life just seemed wide open and full of infinite possibilties on that blessed evening.

Posted on 8 Nov 2009, 22:18:45 GMT
For anybody who missed it first time round, Simon Russell Beale's series on Sacred Music is being repeated on BBC4 tomorrow night (all four epsiodes back to back). Well worth watching, not least because it gives some overdue attention to Thomas Tallis.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2009, 15:56:01 BST
Last edited by the author on 26 Sep 2009, 18:47:22 BST
Just put in BBCiplayer and search for it. They have EVERYTHING on the BBC - for a week

Unfortunately, not all BBC content is on iPlayer. Within the UK, most BBC TV programming reaches iPlayer with the exception of feature films, sports and some imports. Virtually all radio programmes are available (the only exceptions that I'm aware of are sports broadcasts and Desert Island Discs). Outside the UK, I believe that most radio is available through iPlayer but with more restrictions on TV programmes.

On the plus side, some programmes are left up for far more than a week. I think that this is to encourage people who don't pick up on the word of mouth until a series has almost finished. And every single edition of In Our Time (highly recommended) is available in perpetuity.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2009, 14:07:49 BST
Mondoro says:
John, Some very good programmes on recently - e.g. the Scottish BBC4 season, featuring the Scottish Colourists - though some of the interviews were a bit dull -and the history of Scottish painting.

Posted on 24 Sep 2009, 23:59:21 BST
Does anyone here do Jonathan Meades? I recently acquired and devoured the BBC's woeful subset release on DVD. Am about to watch it roiund again. He's become my new role model. I want to wander around the countryside, all of Europe in fact, and make deadpan surrealistic gestures in front of all the buildings that you would only notice with a second glance.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2009, 23:11:32 BST
Indeed, I live for Whitby, Thur a.m. and will be unable to jack in till Wed week. Will check the post you mention. Shame mods to existing posts don't show up in the time listings.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2009, 22:10:38 BST
Last edited by the author on 17 Aug 2009, 22:12:37 BST
Basilides says:
Great. I'm so glad you watched it.

Not quite finished with Jazz for now just yet because I've just made another improvement to the last post but one of mine on that thread. Now I think it is impossible to misunderstand what I meant to say in response to your question of whether or not it was about the 'composer's intent', which sounded like voodoo to you, or something like that.
But I should be going away for a few days tomorrow if all goes well, and I won't be near a computer again till probably Thursday late.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2009, 19:44:15 BST
Watched it. Magnificent. I've lived with Ophelia on some wall or other for much of my life, but being made to look at it again made me see anew how sad it is. After that I was suitably impressed by each canvas that followed. The Ford Maddox Brown's were new to me and rather good. Have we finished on jazz? I lost track of who's go it is.
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