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  1. 16 hours ago, Richard said:

    My own comment about helmets, was, perhaps, misunderstood, as I only meant that they look "silly", and a little cumbersome.


    No problem at all Richard, I knew your description referred to the look of cycle helmets rather than their usefulness.  It is certainly true that they are not the sexiest items of attire, but I was sure glad of mine on Sunday.  It did its job so well that I was not sure if I had even hit my head until I realised that the visor had come off and one of the paramedics pointed out the impact damage to the helmet.

  2. 1 hour ago, Kasey Kockroach said:

    Any consensus on which is the best recording/performance of The Planets?


    Coincidentally I saw The Planets at the BBC Proms yesterday evening, played by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits.  I took my 16 year-old nephew who had never been to any sort of concert before, so I had purposely bought choir seats so that he could get a good view of the orchestra.  It was quite an experience and I was really impressed with the orchestra's performance.  If you are interested you should be able to listen to the concert on the BBC Radio 3 player for the next month or so at this link.  It was wonderful to be able to see the percussion section so close to us that we could almost read their music from the stands.


    The concert also featured John Adams's Short Ride In a Fast Machine (we were sat right behind the wood block!) and Samuel Barber's gorgeous violin concerto played by the Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulovic, so plenty to enjoy if you have the time.



  3. 2 hours ago, Muad'Dib said:


    Morricone has lots as well but none come to mind in particular


    I remember being very taken with the music he wrote for Canone Inverso when I heard it played at a Morricone concert a few years ago.  Like many of the best examples, the film itself features a prominent role for a solo violin player as part of the story (Nigel Hess's score for Ladies In Lavender is another such example where the main theme as played by Joshua Bell has since become a Classic FM favourite).



    While Hilary Hahn's beautiful violin solos on the soundtrack of The Village are rightly praised, did you know that she also played on Andrew Hewitt's score to the little known film The Sea?  While not quite reaching the heights of James Newton Howard's music, it is a rather nice melancholy score in itself.



  4. Too many writers do not seem to know the difference between the adjectives climatic and climactic.  The former pertains to climate, the latter to climax.


    Twice today have I seen climatic used when climactic was surely intended.  It needs to stop.

  5. You might enjoy this performance of Eric Whitacre's Sleep by the vocal ensemble VOCES8, recorded at St. Stephen Walbrook in the City of London.  Lovely stuff.



    In other Whitacre news, his new work The Sacred Veil will receive its UK premiere in October this year (I believe there will be two concerts at St. John's Smith Square).

  6. On 5/10/2019 at 10:10 AM, Thor said:


    Did he ever compose anything himself?


    I believe he composed the music for the Lee Remick film Emma's War (1987), the score for which I have occasionally seen listed incorrectly in filmographies for 'our' John Williams.  I saw the opening of the film once and the music credit says something like Music composed & played by guitarist John Williams.


    EDIT:  I hadn't remembered that Doug Willis off of Neighbours was in it.



  7. On 5/3/2019 at 8:03 PM, karelm said:

    So it seems we have eyewitness memory that the 1972 LSO concert of Williams' Symphony did in fact happen and was memorable enough to remember the rehearsal and subsequent concert at Covenant Garden (I think he said) but sadly, he didn't recall what it sounded like because they were playing new music all the time and JW wasn't famous yet.


    As Maurizio mentions earlier in this thread, John Williams speaks in Steven C. Smith's excellent Bernard Herrmann biography A Heart at Fire's Center about the London performance of his symphony and clearly refers to the concert having taken place at the Royal Festival Hall in 1972.  Williams spoke to the author in 1984, so close enough to the date to make it unlikely that he would have misremembered the venue.


    As the Royal Festival Hall is on London's south bank, I wonder if the reference to Covent Garden could be the rehearsal venue?  Kingsway Hall, where Charles Gerhardt recorded most of his classic film scores series, was a popular venue for concerts, rehearsals and recordings throughout the 1970s and was located just off Kingsway between Covent Garden and Holborn.  The building was demolished in the late 1990s and is now the site of a hotel bearing the same name.

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