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#121 Foxfan

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:20 AM

Is tonight's broadcast online? what's the link?


If I were you, I'd talk to security beforehand if they can do something about those guys.



they should only allow people with concert tickets for autographs


Unfortunately there's not much legally they can do to remove them from the sidewalk, which is public property. However they could have detained them for crossing the police tape line as soon as they reached over and almost hit Williams in the head with those LPs.

The best solution though would be to go back to doing autographs inside the building where they would be within their rights to expell non-ticket-holders.

Is someone recording the stream? Would especially like "Far and Away", "Dracula", and "Sabrina" as I don't think there are any official recordings of these arrangements.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:22 AM

I tried to record but I can't find the settings I want with VLC.

I'm sure someone else might be

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:27 AM

I am recording the webcast and it sounds great. But it is recording with only 112 kbps :-(

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:29 AM

yes, I checked the codec of the broadcast stream and it says MPEG 1/2/3 at 112kbps, maybe that's why VLC was recording at 160kbps. Doesn't sound bad though.

I should have recorded the Geisha suite after all

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:34 AM

I tried to record but I can't find the settings I want with VLC.

I'm sure someone else might be


I have never used VLC to record anything. I did not know that is possible to record something with that :-D. I have installed the real player and it has the recording fuction so ... I am very interested about the output.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:35 AM

There's already a great recording of the full Geisha suite by the Chicago Symphony on the "Music of America" album.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:35 AM

I use Roxio VHS to DVD, it records in WAV, FLAC and 320kbps! :P

infact, I use it for DVD rips

well my words is made of fire time to burn

 

 

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The additional passage was interesting but not really something I would consider absolutely essential.

 


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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:44 AM

well, if you pick "MP3" in the broadcast page, then VLC plays it. In codec Info it says 112kbps.

You just record by pressing the red recording dots and it saves a file in "my music" when you press record again a second time

I just can't seem to find a way to set the format output of the file you record.

1941 just ruined by people laughing

There's already a great recording of the full Geisha suite by the Chicago Symphony on the "Music of America" album.


it sounded different yet again? maybe I'm wrong

ok now Sabrina is different from any of the OST tracks

Medley time. Not a big fan of such medleys

Encores. Harry Potter.Williams reminding us what the real HP theme is

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:57 AM

Hedwig's Theme is the first encore!
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 02:10 AM

it's over I guess?

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 02:24 AM

This concert has been a major letdown. There's been nothing remarkable apart from the Dracula theme. The Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra, and the Suite from Memoirs of a Geisha (which has ended up being the "Three Selections") have been replaced by the Superman March... I've only enjoyed the first part of the concert with Jubilee 350, Jaws and Dracula. The rest was the same as previous years, and the performance was so-so...
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:22 AM

So why did Williams get mobbed? I guess he's bigger than Gaga.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:39 AM

Tonight's show wasn't as good as Wednesday. Scherzo was very disappointingly replaced without warning, no Witches of Eastwick again...I've heard Jaws' theme conducted by John Williams 4 times this week. Geisha was good. Jubilee, Dracula, Vader's theme...oh yeah. You should be so lucky to experience these in person. The performance of the night for me was Hedwig's Theme, which everyone freaked out over. We did record the show on tape, but it's probably obsolete compared to the radio broadcast.

The crowd at Symphony Hall is just obnoxious. I feel like you have a select group of people attending for the music and showing the proper etiquette. Everyone else is just there for something to do on a Saturday night. I mean, who starts blabbing in Symphony Hall while John Williams is conducting the Boston Pops in the Superman march?? People are ordering drinks nonstop in the orchestra seating, the doors never stay closed. It just seems to have become an embarrassment by my lifetime.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 06:39 AM

Good words of advice for when I go see the Maestro in the Burgh in a few weeks. I don't know if it will be simulcast on the radio or any web page, which would be nice. I do not have the hardware needed to make an on-site recording, and am pretty sure I would not be able to be quiet for the entire show to make the recoding worth it for anyone but me.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 08:15 AM

The Sabrina theme is pretty nice

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 12:30 PM

Nothing.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 12:37 PM

[I will try to upload 15th May 2010 show soon.

It is webcast version - 112 kbps without any cuts.


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Posted 29 May 2011 - 07:02 PM

It sounds like John Williams' Horn Concerto is about to play on the radio broadcast.

EDIT: My mistake, Copland is on first. Stay tuned, though!
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 07:11 PM

Thanks for the heads-up, Nick! Listening now...
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 07:38 PM

Wait is Williams horn Concerto going to play?

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 07:43 PM

Wait is Williams horn Concerto going to play?

Assuming it's this concert from October 2009, then yes: http://wmnr.net/conc...spx?PId=5036708

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 07:45 PM

wait.I'm confused, is it playing on WGBH like last night?

And this is the performance we already have on digital download?

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 07:52 PM

wait.I'm confused, is it playing on WGBH like last night?

Yes: http://www.wgbh.org/995/

And this is the performance we already have on digital download?

Not sure.

EDIT: No, not the same. Digital download is Detroit SO; this is the Pittsburgh SO.
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 08:30 PM

So why did they change the Oboe Concerto for Memoirs on Saturday?

Is it because people might record it on the radio broadcast type of issue?

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 08:32 PM

I don't know, but Keisuke Wakao was in attendance.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 08:32 PM

Maybe the oboist wasn't able to play that night, KM. There are many possibilities.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 08:58 PM

They just played a good version of Superman with the PSO from '79...? Cool!

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 12:50 AM

so - did anyone record the broadcast?
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 01:19 PM

Anybody else loving the typo on the main page?

Boston Autograph Singing Reports
Quite an unfortunate experience, according to some JWFan members

I bet it was! (Imagine Johnny as a singing telegram?)

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 04:26 PM

Anybody else loving the typo on the main page?

Boston Autograph Singing Reports
Quite an unfortunate experience, according to some JWFan members

I bet it was! (Imagine Johnny as a singing telegram?)


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Posted 30 May 2011 - 05:52 PM

I was at the saturday concert and it was wonderful. I was a bit disappointed when I realized they wouldn't play the oboe concerto. That was one of the reason I came from Québec to see this. But anyway, I was just so happy to see John Williams in person.

For me, the best moment was the tribute to Audrey Hepburn. Sabrina's Theme is one of my favorites. And this arrangement was wonderful.

I also loved Memoirs of a Geisha. But the orchestra performance wasn't that good. The orchestra wasn't quite sync with the percussions. And the soloist was just out of pitch. It was kind of embarrassing.

The best surprise was Hedwig's Theme at the end of the concert.

And the autograph signing actually wasn't that bad ! The security guy asked everyone to stay calm, not to wave anything in Williams face. No one came to disturb anyone. And I actually got my autograph !!!

That's me touching John Williams hand ! (Someone is hiding my face)

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:19 PM

you got your ticket signed?

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 08:08 PM

I'm confused - have there been two radio broadcasts?

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 08:13 PM

I'm confused - have there been two radio broadcasts?

Yes, the live one on Saturday of Williams conducting the Boston Pops, and a pre-recorded one on Sunday of Leonard Slatkin and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in an all-American program, including Williams' Horn Concerto.
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 08:16 PM

Thanks. The Saturday one was the 112 kbps webcast one right? But did anyone near Boston catch this on the actual radio and have captured a better quality version? (Or is this an exclusive internet radio?)

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 06:46 PM

I attended to Saturday's concert. It was wonderful. I know that some may disagree but I loved the Suite from Memoirs of a Geisha. People around me seemed to be very moved while listening... This is the 5th time I had the chance to attend to a JW's concert and this was my favorite.
This was also the first time I tried to get an autograph... I started to cry when I saw him. I don't know what happened to me... At first I was kind of ashamed but when JW looked at me, he gave me this tender and empathic look and he said: "Oh, that's so sweet" before he signed my Superman's LP. Even when my marker didn't work, he was very patient and tried again until he was able to sign. This was one of the best experiences of my entire life...

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 06:49 PM

I know what you mean, maritereh. I was rendered speechless last year as well when he came over to sign my Hook LP.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 06:50 PM

Welcome to the boards maritereh! :)

Thank you for sharing your experiences. It has been wonderful to read all your impressions.

This goes to all of your who attended of course. Great reports all around. And the photos have been great as well. This way we who can't attend can have a small glimmer of what it was like to be there.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 07:15 PM

...I also loved Memoirs of a Geisha. But the orchestra performance wasn't that good. The orchestra wasn't quite sync with the percussions. And the soloist was just out of pitch. It was kind of embarrassing.

The best surprise was Hedwig's Theme at the end of the concert.

And the autograph signing actually wasn't that bad ! The security guy asked everyone to stay calm, not to wave anything in Williams face. No one came to disturb anyone. And I actually got my autograph !!!

That's me touching John Williams hand ! (Someone is hiding my face)

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Hmm, sorry to disagree with you about Geisha, Proteus, but I actually thought the performance was sublime and at times i liked even better than the Chicago recording, particularly Brush on Silk. I found Martha Babcock's performance outstanding. I did seem to hear the trumpet section miss a beat once in another piece, but I'm not sure.

I agree completely with you about the signing and the Security Guy, he was very firm, but seemes genuinely concerned that we get our autographs. Incidentally, from your ticket I notice that we must've been sitting practically side by side! I was in Section 4 Row C Seat 2 and got my Star Wars LP signed.

The crowd at Symphony Hall is just obnoxious. I feel like you have a select group of people attending for the music and showing the proper etiquette. Everyone else is just there for something to do on a Saturday night. I mean, who starts blabbing in Symphony Hall while John Williams is conducting the Boston Pops in the Superman march?? People are ordering drinks nonstop in the orchestra seating, the doors never stay closed. It just seems to have become an embarrassment by my lifetime.

Anyway:

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Woohoo!


Congratulations on your autographed CD!

It is a pity when people talk during a performance, but as for the drinks and stuff, isn't that the whole concept of the Pops? It was set up to provide a light atmosphere for the casual enthusiast.

I didn't find it particularly noisiy and was actually grateful that there was less use of the screen this time, allowing us to experience the music. Someone else commented to the laughs during the 1941 March, but I actually feel that they add to that performance. Same goes with the Stars and Stripes Forever.

For me, the hightlight was when John started directing the audience and then gave us the signal to stop clapping our hands and we all did; it made us feel as part of the performance.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 07:18 PM

For me, the hightlight was when John started directing the audience and then gave us the signal to stop clapping our hands and we all did; it made us feel as part of the performance.


Agreed, that was so great!




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