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#215734 - 07/20/08 12:39 AM 2008 BBC Proms
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Friday was the First Night in the 8 weeks of the BBC Proms, the world's greatest classical music festival. At the moment I'm listening to Bax's rather exotic Garden of Fand, which was performed on the second concert earlier this Saturday evening in London. The Proms has a website separate from that of BBC 3 here , which includes program info and the link "Proms on Radio" for listening to performances for up to 7 days following. This uses the BBC iPlayer which uses Real Player for making most of their programs, including Proms performances, available for 7 days.
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#216385 - 07/25/08 10:00 PM Re: 2008 BBC Proms [Re: JohnK]
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Last night I replayed the 10th Proms Concert(available for six more days), which I enjoyed the most so far. On Part 1 the concert began with the first public performance(lost for about 80 years)of Bax's In Memoriam, commemorating the execution of an Irish revolutionary friend of his. Pleasant work, certainly far superior to some of the aural garbage some "modern" classical composers have been trying to pass off as music during the past 50 years or so. It continued with the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1, a remarkable composition, especially for a 17 year-old.

After the intermission program, on Part 2 , the Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 4 was played. Vaughan Williams is one of my favorite composers(I have three complete sets of his nine symphonies plus some individual discs)and this year the Proms is featuring many of his works, commemorating the 50th year after his death.
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#216387 - 07/25/08 10:35 PM Re: 2008 BBC Proms [Re: JohnK]
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Thanks John. I just started listening to Part 1 and am enjoying it on my Audiobytes now. \:\)
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#216390 - 07/25/08 10:48 PM Re: 2008 BBC Proms [Re: JohnK]
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I was able to get some of it in after a lengthy download wait. Then a computer malfunction sent me back to square one. Will try to get back to it in the morning. Beautiful photos on the site. Just listened to Bach's minuet in G Major and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto in B Flat Minor. The music is on the best of nature quest CD so it's mixed with nature sounds playing in the background. Forgot I had this Cd in the collection. My Dachshund looks up at the speakers in curiosity from time to time, he's not sure what's happening. Must be the Axiom's. Time to order more just to keep him guessing.
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#216539 - 07/28/08 08:55 AM Re: 2008 BBC Proms [Re: merchman]
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The ability of the Internet to allow people to discover and learn from others is a wonderful thing. Listening to Part 1 at work right now.
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#217038 - 08/01/08 09:21 PM Re: 2008 BBC Proms [Re: Murph]
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Listened to Prom 19 which took place earlier this evening in London. On Part 2 of the concert(available for seven more days)Rachmaninoff's last composition, his Symphonic Dances, was played. One of my favorites, it's a beautiful composition about 40 minutes in length.
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#217645 - 08/07/08 09:52 PM Re: 2008 BBC Proms [Re: JohnK]
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On Part 2 of Prom 24 the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has a fine performance of the melodious Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2.
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#217647 - 08/07/08 10:02 PM Re: 2008 BBC Proms [Re: JohnK]
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Would you say Rach's sophomore symphony effort is heaps better than his first?
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#217648 - 08/07/08 10:22 PM Re: 2008 BBC Proms [Re: pmbuko]
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No, I love all three of the symphonies and have multiple recordings of each, but if I had to choose, the 1st would be my favorite(especially Przytocki's performance). The first performance of it was a disaster with an apparently drunk Glazunov conducting and sent Rachmaninoff into a depression that one of J.P's predecessors, Dr. Dahl, helped him out of. The symphony was discarded for over 40 years until the parts were found during WWII and reconstructed into what many now recognize as a masterpiece.
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#217661 - 08/08/08 08:34 AM Re: 2008 BBC Proms [Re: JohnK]
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OK John, You got me.
For a few moments there I thought you mistook one of your classical links with one of your 'late night' links. I clicked on the link then switched back to the Axiom page while the Prom buffered up and the first thing I hear is a woman's throaty voice talking about how she used to wish she was a carpet for people to walk on and how eventually she realized she wanted to be a magic carpet.

I quickly switched back and it was indeed the BBC page and eventually it did change to chat about Rachmaninoff and then the music.

You did get me good though John. I thought I had either misclicked or we were seeing a brief glimpse into the 'other' more 'medicinal marijuana' enhanced side of John K.
In fact, could this be him????
Orchestra conductor

Kidding of course. Thanks, as always, for the great music
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