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#23056 barry-clari the second

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Posted 10 September 2021 - 21:58

Got married!

It's been the most awful year - 2 x bereavements + husband diagnosed with cancer. (Hence the wedding). We've actually been together forever but never done the formal stuff.
Ridiculously, bizarrely happy.


Oh that’s beautiful news. Congratulations! :) :)
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#23057 Cyrilla

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Posted 10 September 2021 - 22:30

Awww, iona!   You kept that quiet!!!

 

Huge congrats to you both :wub:.

 

Celebrate on a boat  ;) !

 

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Posted 10 September 2021 - 22:31

Just listened/watched to a wonderful performance of Bach's   St Matthew Passion from the Royal Albert Hall. Very moving and spiritual.  I sang in a performance in mid 1970's  but its not performed so often these days

 

One of my Phoenix students was one of the cellists :).

 

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#23059 Zixi

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Posted 11 September 2021 - 06:36

Got married!

 

It's been the most awful year - 2 x bereavements + husband diagnosed with cancer. (Hence the wedding). We've actually been together forever but never done the formal stuff.

Ridiculously, bizarrely happy.

Iona - That's wonderful news. Very many congratulations and enjoy the happiness!


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#23060 Hildegard

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Posted 11 September 2021 - 07:39

Just listened/watched to a wonderful performance of Bach's   St Matthew Passion from the Royal Albert Hall. Very moving and spiritual. 

 

I agree, I thought it was a first-rate performance with a galaxy of star soloists, especially Stuart Jackson as the Evangelist and, of course, the beautiful counter-tenor of Iestyn Davies. Infinitely better than the ghastly Matthew Passion of Simon Rattle, back in 2014, which I think was the last time the work was heard at the proms.

I was disappointed to read a very luke-warm review of last night's prom by Richard Morrison in The Times this morning - he thought it was a "competent" but "over-polite reading", that missed out on "the work's monumental theatrical aspect". I disagree!

There was some moments of poor camera work and the on-screen translation sometimes got out of sync (and had to go back at one point), but the music was just great - just a few untidy phrase endings from the choir. But the occasional loud noises from the audience (balloons bursting? sounds like benches falling over etc) always annoys me at prom concerts. The acoustics of the Royal Albert Hall somehow seems to amplify them.


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 07:43

In the same way when a TV critic recommends a programme, I'm much more likely to think it's awful than not. Personal taste.
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Posted 11 September 2021 - 08:20

No more doors to paint! :lol:


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 09:01

I recorded Tristan and Isolde. I'd have recorded St Matthew if I'd known it was on. I've never been an avid proms follower.


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 10:26

I recorded Tristan and Isolde. I'd have recorded St Matthew if I'd known it was on. I've never been an avid proms follower.

All the televised proms are available on iPlayer (which is free on the BBC website if you don't already have it).


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 11:02

Until the lockdown last year I was on limited bandwidth, but I guess BT have made unlimited compulsory for everyone since then, so I suppose I could have a look.


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 18:36

I've sung both the St. John and St. Matthew with period instrument orchestras. Personally, as a choral singer I prefer the St. John. 

 

Accidental chef today... Nephew is staying over and plan was to order in a Chinese before heading to pub. When I rang up they said an hour and a half wait... So Plan B was initiated. I made a baked pasta dish. I'd already made a blackberry fool yesterday, so it all went OK.


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Posted 12 September 2021 - 08:57

Wonderful to hear (and see) Benjamin Britten's arrangement of the National Anthem at the end of the last night of the Proms. I sang in its first performance at the opening of the Maltings (that'll date me!). I remember the Queen was reported as saying it was the best version she's ever heard (and she must have heard quite a few!).

I just love the contrast between the very quiet and dark first verse in the low key of Eb, and the ff second verse in Bb major with all the brass fanfares and cymbal clashes. As the music winched up a perfect 5th with an enormous crescendo, Sakari Oramo got the BBC SO to stand as they played, to spectacular effect!


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Posted 12 September 2021 - 13:14

Wonderful to hear (and see) Benjamin Britten's arrangement of the National Anthem at the end of the last night of the Proms. I sang in its first performance at the opening of the Maltings (that'll date me!). I remember the Queen was reported as saying it was the best version she's ever heard (and she must have heard quite a few!).
I just love the contrast between the very quiet and dark first verse in the low key of Eb, and the ff second verse in Bb major with all the brass fanfares and cymbal clashes. As the music winched up a perfect 5th with an enormous crescendo, Sakari Oramo got the BBC SO to stand as they played, to spectacular effect!


I’ll have to go back to have a listen on iPlayer. I’m afraid I’ve probably got myself a second ban from the forum for such sacrilege, but I decided to watch Emma Raducanu instead of the Last Night of the Proms :lol:
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Posted 12 September 2021 - 14:13

My Happy was finding that the end of the musical part of the Proms and the beginning of the Sea Shanties etc etc coincided almost exactly with Raducanu and Fernandez's arrival on court  :)  :D That was a perfectly-timed evening's viewing  :lol:


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Posted 12 September 2021 - 14:16

Just got back from playing for the wedding of an ex pupil. It was lovely, not at all showy and just what you’d expect from her character.


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