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Everything posted by Maglorfin

  1. GOT IT!!! GOT IT!!! GOT IT!!! Today is one of the happiest day of my life. The Blue Box arrived in the morning and I can't emphasize enough what a treasure it is. This is definitely one of the greatest soundtrack releases of all time and one of the best things that could happen to a true soundtrack junkie such as me. This box is almost too good to be true, I feel that every disc for itself and the book alone are all worthy the price of the whole boxset. Amazing. All kudos and respects to everyone and anyone who had anything to do with it. And the best thing is that today is Saturday, I have all the time I want to immerse myself into it all (though at the moment I feel like taking a two weeks' vacation from the job ) and I didn't even have to pay any additional taxes for it, being marked as a gift book for 10 $. Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day, I have a beautiful feeling - everything's going my way! :cool: Jonathan's Death
  2. Yep, I've been to London in the beginning of January (for the LSO film music concert) and this thing was set outside, in front of the entrance to the gallery. Somehow, I've managed to muster enough courage to photograph it, but that was about it. Hell, the damn thing could've come alive for all I know! :cool:
  3. Thanks, Beowulf. I read the entire Wikipedia article. Still shudderin'. Though they're not fatal and everything, but their look and size ... Scary animals. It's alarming to think that they could also be present in our country ...
  4. I'll wait for my box to arrive and then post both very same sentences.
  5. I'm well aware of that, but it's all I've got until my box arrives.
  6. Indeed, that shot is really amazing. It also give me goose bumps every time, and usually I can't resist watching it two or three times in a row ... Magnificent. to Donner and Unsworth.
  7. It's nice to meet another concert band percussionist. Keep swingin'! Try to also recommend to your director some Jan Van der Roost, I guess he's underestimated/unknown in the States. He's done some really great stuff such as Sinfonietta, Spartacus, Avalon, Sinfonia Hungarica and lots more (you can also check him out here).
  8. Yesterday, I was desperate enough to listen to mine (also to III), and seems like it ain't getting any better today.
  9. Anybody got any idea which spider is it from under the clock and if it's poisonous?
  10. It's not necessarily superior, just different. (Although I've heard or read from a number of serious and respected critics that LSO is possibly the best symphony orchestra in the world.) I don't know about you guys, but I myself am a musician, I've heard LSO perform live twice so far and I can easily say that sonically, they sound vastly different (in a very positive way) than e. g. our Slovenian philharmonic, which is also a very good orchestra. But LSO is nevertheless very different and much, much better. It's hard to precisely and painstakingly elaborate on how or why, some stuff here is very subtle and could also be perceived differently by a musician than by a non-musician. Of all JW's recordings, I personally prefer the LSO ones, but of course, there's also a lot of great and inspired playing from American orchestras (I particularly like e. g. Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Jurassic Park, Hook etc.).
  11. It is when working under Williams. OK, guys, you got the better of me, shouldn't've said anything.
  12. The only weakness of the first HP sountrack is (IMHO) that LSO didn't perform and record it. It's still very good, inspired playing of course, but with LSO, it would've undoubtedly been even better. And, who knows what HWW would have sounded like ...
  13. Exactly, "uplifting music" should be synonymous with Forrest Gump soundtrack. Especially the "running" tracks.
  14. Thanks, indy4. Guys, those pics are disgusting, I guess I'll save the money for my lunch today.
  15. Can you report what the Main Title (The Streets of Metropolis) sounds like?
  16. Yep, de Meij's first symphony is so far definitely his best. That's not to say that the other two are weak, of course, but the first one is definitely The One so far. (Well, there's an ever so slight possibility that I also say some of this because I'm also a bit of a Tolkien/LotR fan. ) Saxbabe, too bad we don't play in the same band or at least live in the same country, I think we'd spend hours discussing concert band music! As you said, there's so much great stuff out there, too much to keep track of ... Which is also good in a way, 'cause it means there's a lot more to be discovered. I kind of envy you for meeting de Meij (I remember seeing a photo of you with him somewhere on these very forums) which I haven't yet had the chance for, however, I had a friend of mine from Slovene Police Band, who de Meij's been working with, take to de Meij my copy of his LotR symphony study score to sign, which he was happy to do. However, I did manage to meet Jan Van der Roost after a competition here in Slovenia (he was head of jury and marveled over our performance of his Spartacus ) and he autographed two of his CDs for me. Also a great guy. Saxbabe, you probably also have LSO's recording of de Meij's LotR, what do you think of it?
  17. Were that true, I seriously doubt you'd have the time to visit this board or even turn the computer on.
  18. No, I haven't yet heard of Holsinger, but thank you for mentioning him, I'll certainly check him out.
  19. Classical composers and their compositions I enjoy the most (in no particular order): - Rimski-Korsakov - Scheherazade - Holst - The Planets (also for two pianos), Egdon Heath - Orff - Carmina Burana - Vaughan Williams - symphonies, most of all Symphony No. 7 'Sinfonia Antartica' - Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man, Billy the Kid - Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris - Say - Black Earth - Dukas - L'apprenti sorcier - Beethoven - piano sonatas - Mozart - pretty much everything - Bach - pretty much everything - Dvořák - Symphony No. 9 'From the New World' - Smetana - My Country - Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Ravel - Bolero, Pavane pour une infante defunte - Strauss - The Alpine Symphony, Thus Spake Zarathustra - Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez - Lizst - symphonic poems - Bax - symphonic poems - Mussorgski - Pictures at an Exhibition - Chopin - piano music - Shostakovich - jazz music - Verdi - Requiem - Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique - Barber - Adagio for strings - Jenkins - Palladio, Requiem, Mass For Peace - Addinsell - Warsaw Concerto Concert band music (I've been a percussionist in a concert band since 1998): - de Meij - symphonies, esp. No. 1 'The Lord of the Rings' and Aquarium - Van der Roost - Sinfonietta, Spartacus, Sinfonia Hungarica and pretty much everything else - Vlak - Las playas de Rio, Western Rhapsody - Picqueur - Symphony No. 0 - Maslanka - Symphony No. 4 - Reed - Symphony No. 4, Armenian Dances, El Camino Real - W. Smith - Africa, The Great Locomotive Chase, symphonies - Whitacre - Godzilla Eats Las Vegas, Ghost Train - Sparke - The Land of the Long White Cloud 'Aotearoa' - Ticheli - Vesuvius, symphonies - Staněk - Die große Seefahrt 1492 'Kolumbus' - Nicolas - En ecoutant Paris - van Cleemput - Arachne - Barberán - Symphony No. 1 'Asgard' Of course, there's more, but that's what I could remember "on short notice".
  20. Great, thanks very much for that! I already looked at all the pics and am now positively drooling ... Man, it looks so awesome! I also just checked out my order status at SAE and it says "shipped, February 28th", which means it'll probably arrive sometime between March 8th and 12th ...
  21. LOL I'm the next in line! What the hell is on that Streisand album anyway?!
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