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  1. tones

    Renaissance and Baroque for the simpleton

    A great site to explore:
  2. Your second piece is one of the collection dances by Tylman Susato. David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London made some very good recordings of this music: You can hear that Susato piece at 4:24.
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    Classical Club #8 Respighi: Roman Trilogy

    The finest version of "Pines" I've ever heard is this old Karajan one: I know of no equal to its relentless building of tension in "Pines of the Appian Way" as the legion marches in triumph down it.
  4. Going back to the OP, that ASMF disc is one that belongs in every record library. The three performances have IMHO rarely been equalled, never surpassed. The ASMF was extraordinary in its Argo years; probably because of many of its players' backgrounds as string quartet players, its playing sparkled - really no other word fits. The recording quality was also outstanding. I once had the privilege of hearing the ASMF back in those early days (in 1976). They were extraordinary.
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    Monteverdi Vespers

    My favourite version is the 1988 Gardiner live performance in San Marco, where it may have been performed (nobody really knows - it might only have been a sort of musical CV to get Monteverdi a new job). It can be seen here: A much later version (in the Chapelle Royale in Versailles) may be found here: Not everyone likes the Gardiner interpretation (a lot of purists say "more Verdi than Monteverdi"), but I like it. Always glad that Gardiner got rid of the red nightshirts!
  6. The Bach cantata series from the Bach-Stiftung in St. Gallen. They'reworking their way through the cantatas and many of them are on YouTube. Here's an example:
  7. Interesting thread. I never had any intention of becoming a patent and trade mark attorney (had anyone mentioned the profession to me in university days, I'd have said "What on earth's that?"), but having graduated in chemistry, I fell into it by accident, and I'm glad I did. My first employer let me have a go in the labs, where I proved to everyone's satisfaction (my own included) that I was monumentally hopeless at it. But, while I was totally unimaginative and bereft of my own bright ideas, I found I was good at analysing and writing up other people's good ideas. So, it was the most fortunate accident. It got me my job in Swizzieland. It also got me a marvellous little inventor who was to become Mrs. Tones. When retirement came, I elected to set up my own little private practice, which does consultancy work for my former employer and keeps the two remaining brain cells functioning. And I enjoy acting as mentor and father confessor to the younger members of the patent department of the old employer, and intend to keep on doing it for as long as I can.
  8. tones

    Family War Plaque

    Interesting. We have one of those hanging up at home - it was earned (if that's the word) by Mrs. Tones grandmother's brother, who fought and died in the Australian Army in Flanders. We also have his "Pip, Squeak and Wilfred", or perhaps their Australian equivalents all together in a wooden frame. Mrs. T. was the only one who ever showed any interest in them, so this is why we got them. The mother-in-law has hinted that they belong back in Oz, but as nobody else has the slightest interest, Mrs. T. is ignoring her. We actually visited the grave in Assevillers Cemetery. The first time we went, it was out in peaceful countryside. The second time, the rest of the brave was regularly disturbed by Eurostars rocketing past in a new cutting at the foot of the graveyard.
  9. Nice, sarcastic car comments from Downunder:
  10. tones

    Interesting Job Vacancy

    Must say neither Bets nor Chuck look particularly pleased to be there. Chuck in particular looks as if he'd really rather be somewhere else. When the job does fall vacant, here's what happens: Wonder whether Chuck will choose to be Chuck III? The pedigree isn't good - Chuck I lost his head and Chuck II died relatively young of a seizure.
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    DUP/TORY coalition

    With respect, I don't think that's true. The DUP was Ian Paisley's creation, and it was the political entity of his very conservative Free Presbyterian Church (a sort of Bible Belt-type church). Unlike Sinn Féin, which was the political arm of the IRA, the DUP was never the political arm of any Loyalist paramilitary organisation. The UVF had a political wing, the Protestant Unionist Party, the Red Hand Commando never did have one, but was closely allied with the UVF. The biggest Loyalist group was the UDA, which had a paramilitary offshoot, the UFF - as a result, the UDA remained a legal organisation for quite some time, until it was realised that it and the UFF were one and the same thing. That the DUP and the various paramilitary groups had similar objectives in mind and equally abhorrent ideas, and perhaps even had members in common, is undoubtedly true. That the DUP is and ever was directly affiliated with a terrorist organisation is highly dubious. The DUP has enough negatives against its name without inventing new ones. However, it does deserve some credit for bringing peace to my homeland. Its willingness to talk to Sinn Féin and to agree to kick the can (reunification of Ireland, in respect of which the parties are as far apart as ever) far, far down the road, with pressure and support from Westminster and Dublin, brought about the Good Friday Agreement. As I walked through the centre of Belfast a couple of weeks ago, seeing the nice new shops and lively cafes, and getting mixed up in a boisterous but very good-humoured demonstration parade for Irish language rights, and thinking back to the way things used to be, I had reason to be grateful for the late Messrs. Paisley and McGuinness. Having said that, I think Mrs May needs her head read for wanting to cohabit with these troglodytes!
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    Finally back into vinyl

    Hmm, I actually didn't intend to start a vinyl v. digital debate, i was just amused by the coincidence of Shuggy's original post, he getting enthusiastically into vinyl as I was enthusiastically getting out. The last records ever will be played this weekend at Château Tones, and that's curtains. As a predominantly classical listener, I have always hated the shortcomings of vinyl, but, as Mrs. Thatcher famously put it, there is no alternative. As soon as there was, I moved. I only had vinyl because I'm ancient and precede CD. Why not both? Why? Digital is, to my ears, at least as good (in the classical field usually superior), and a lot more convenient, so, as Mr. Morrison would have said: This is the end, my friend This is the end, my vinyl friend, the end... and I say:
  13. tones

    Finally back into vinyl

    My entire record collection comes from there! (Much of it from the good ol' World Record Club in Hartwell).
  14. tones

    Finally back into vinyl

    I had about 400, all but one purchased before the advent of CD (and that one only because it never appeared on CD). Yes, I can give it up with no regret whatsoever, because, to my ears, it is no better than CD. Indeed, it is somewhat worse, because of the inevitable clicks and pops on the records. And I find the whole business of records a bit of a bore now. I know folk regard the entire vinyl ritual as part of the listening experience, so much more, well, hi-fi, than shoving a little disc in a drawer and pressing a button. I'm afraid I'm a unapologetic button presser. Anyway, both records and LP12 will go to good homes which will appreciate them. I can completely understand why people like vinyl, and good luck to them. It's just not for me.