Art, Classical Sundays

Monday 31st August

August 31, 2009

Well the high points of today were the Schubert / Britten concert and a wander around Tate Britain. The low point, and a very low point it was too, was collapsing into a curled ball of pain on the way back from the venue as my back had given out, courtesy of the seating in […]

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Sunday 30th August

August 30, 2009

First of all, apologies for yesterday’s post. Not that its my fault. Blame O2 and their abysmal phone network. I’m hoping that by the time my contract with them runs out Apple will have opened up the iPhone to other network providers as well. I got home from our trip away a bit late to […]

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Saturday 29th August

August 29, 2009

Aaaargh! I am away with Julie, and tonight I had planned to just post a paragraph or so from my iPhone at some point in the day, but all day I have had problems with the blasted thing, the phone part os working but the internet part just won’t log onto anything at all. So […]

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Friday 28th August

August 28, 2009

Another week over as far as work is concerned, a few days off now because of the bank holiday so a chance to recharge the batteries a little. Of course you knew I would say this, but they really need recharging. Listening to enough music to keep my writing here remotely interesting has been tough […]

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Thursday 27th August

August 28, 2009

OK, no excuses tonight, I went out with Julie after work until very late indeed and only listened to whatever Heart FM was playing in her car. So, guessing that  nobody other than Dan Warburton wants to read reviews of Mariah Carey and Bryan Adams, I’m not going to write about music tonight. I did […]

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Wednesday 26th August

August 26, 2009

20:30– I recently managed to get a friend to load a workable version of Linux onto the cute little netbook I bought early this year, and so tonight’s post begins as a bit of an experiment because I am writing at least this first couple of paragraphs on the train home from work, having left […]

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Tuesday 25th August

August 25, 2009

Much better today thank you. A good night’s sleep and an easier week at the day job work wonders for beleagured bloggers. Sorry for the poor quality of last night’s post, I’m somewhat amazed I managed to listen to, and write, anything at all. Mind you tonight, in a much fitter state, I have been […]

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Monday 24th August

August 24, 2009

Well after writing last night’s post, which told of the lovely meal we ate, I went to bed feeling quite at one with the world. About two hours later though I awoke with violent stomach pains that lead to spending most of the night hunched over the toilet bowl depositing the aforementioned meal into the […]

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Sunday 23rd August

August 23, 2009

Today was nice. Much of it was spent sat in the garden with Schubert and Mahler struggling more than usual for some reason with yesterday’s Guardian sudoku (I got there in the end) and then this evening we had dinner at a 15th Century pub on the Thames, wondering how baby swans know which mummy […]

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Saturday 22nd August

August 22, 2009

I hate working Saturdays, always hard, today no exception. I haven’t listened to anything seriously enough today to be able to write any review, but I thought I’d share a couple of moments today that really have no bearing on anything but made me think. Outside where I work, on a bust high street, there […]

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Friday 21st August

August 21, 2009

In my eagerness to say nice things about Sebastian Lexer’s great album I forgot to say that I managed to relax quite a bit yesterday, taking a walk along the canal in Oxford for a couple of hours, and then sitting in the coffee shops of various bookshops reading and writing for a couple of […]

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Thursday 20th August

August 20, 2009

OK, so only one post today, but I’ve tried to make it a good one… Months ago, around the time Sebastian Lexer finished one stage of  his PhD studies he told me that now he felt that the technical  side of his academic research into the Max MSP system he had been developing was complete, he […]

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Wednesday 19th August

August 20, 2009

This week has been very difficult, extremely tiring and by far the most challenging week yet for me to keep writing something worthwhile here every day. I got home tonight at 1.15AM with a blinding headache caused by a stressful afternoon and evening. I am well aware that I have already bottled out of writing […]

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Tuesday 18th August

August 19, 2009

Another from the Creative Sources pile tonight. Tonight’s selection though was one of the discs I actually wrote to Ernesto about purchasing in the first place, before he sent me the additional mini avalanche. Noite is a disc by the quartet of Jean-Luc Guionnet, (alto sax) Ernesto Rodrigues, (viola) Guilherme Rodrigues, (cello) and Seijiro Murayama […]

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Monday 17th August

August 18, 2009

Ugh. Its 1.10 AM as I begin to type this and I have only been home twenty minutes. Today was a very long, pretty annoying and somewhat exhausting day. I have also not really had much time to listen to music. Well, I have managed to listen to a few albums from start to finish, […]

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Sunday 16th August

August 16, 2009

Today was much like yesterday in that I didn’t do anything strenuous or particularly brain-taxing, and instead spent half the day sat in the garden reading, and the other half watching a couple of DVDs of Stewart Lee, my favourite stand-up comedian who I hope to see in Oxford in a couple of months. As […]

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Saturday 15th August

August 15, 2009

Here is the news. Well today was extremely relaxing, the first day in ages that I have been able to rest up completely and do very little. Apart from a trip to the post office this morning all I have achieved today is a couple of chapters of a Bertrand Russell book, the Guardian crossword […]

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Friday 14th August

August 15, 2009

No post of any worth tonight, I’m sorry. I unexpectedly went out this evening in Oxford after work and had a couple of drinks and a very late journey home, so I am just not in the right condition to be listening to, and subsequently writing about music. Right now I am sat with a […]

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Thursday 13th August

August 14, 2009

As I walked back to Oxford station from work this evening I wasn’t really sure what I would write about tonight. I had my iPod headphones in my ears playing a Schubert symphony, which I enjoyed quite a bit, and it kept my step bouncing along fast, but I’m not ready to write about Schubert […]

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Wednesday 12th August

August 12, 2009

Well I had plans to listen to and subsequently write about other music this evening, but since hearing from Antoine Beuger about the construction of the “Too” piece on his new release that I wrote about yesterday, I couldn’t help but seek out the Hibari disc that includes his piece Three drops of rain / […]

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Tuesday 11th August

August 12, 2009

Hot and sticky this evening, so for a change my evening glass of wine has been replaced with an ice cold beer, and very nice it is too. Actually a civil glass of wine would be more fitting for tonight’s music. I have been listening on and off for the past week to Antoine  Beuger’s […]

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Monday 10th August

August 11, 2009

It occurred to me this evening that I have been pretty remiss in not reviewing any of the Compost and Height Split Series of 3″ CDrs here. When the series first began to appear, about a year ago, I had intended to let the first six or seven come out an dthen review them all […]

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Sunday 9th August

August 9, 2009

It was much nicer outside today so I sat for much of it in the garden reading and listening to a new two disc release on Wandelweiser composed by Antoine Beuger. Oddly, and unusually for me though, when I came indoors to write something about it I found myself sat looking at a blank screen […]

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Saturday 8th August

August 8, 2009

Although Barry Chabala’s realisation of Michael Pisaro’s An unrhymed chord composition has just been released on the Confront label as part of the Collector’s Series I have to admit to have been listening to a recording of it quite often over several months. In fact, if I had not already agreed to release a different […]

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Friday 7th August

August 7, 2009

First of all, thank you to everyone that pushed the visit counter down there to past the 50,000 hit marker today. sorry for constantly mentioning this, but I am always surprised by how many people read these pages and I am grateful. It makes the effort it takes to write here daily worthwhile to know […]

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Thursday 6th August

August 7, 2009

Today it rained. Hard and continuously, occasionally with the crack of thunder added in for good measure. There was a particularly impressive storm early this morning that sounded great as I laid in bed under an open window. If it hadn’t been my day off and my only chance this week to grab a lie-in […]

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Wednesday 5th August

August 5, 2009

Sorry, there is usually one day each week when I don’t get a proper review-type post written and this week it’s today. I got home just before midnight really tired, and although I did try and listen to music on the journey into work today I just didn’t listen long enough or well enough to […]

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Tuesday 5th August

August 5, 2009

Tired and run down by the endless drudgery of a tedious dayjob tonight. So much so that I really didn’t feel I had the energy to do much else but fall in bed tonight. However I somehow summoned the energy to play the CD I walked to work with again this evening. I am determined […]

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Monday 3rd July

August 4, 2009

Its never easy for me to be negative about a CD that has been sent to me for free by someone I don’t know. I actually don’t have a problem with Figure and ground a CD by James Wyness, a field recordist and arranger heralding (I think) from the Borders region of Scotland. It is […]

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Sunday 2nd August

August 3, 2009

Tonight I went to Oxford for a meal (Mongolian) with Julie, and so my listening in the car was mainly Spandau Ballet and A-ha, but this afternoon, once I had stopped working my way through assorted string quartets I listened to a couple more CDs from the Creative Sources pile, and then span them again […]

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Saturday 1st August

August 1, 2009

Just recently I’ve drunk some terrible wine. The bottle of awful Chilean chardonnay I bought really cheap yesterday went down the sink this evening after the first mouthful of the second glass. A steaming cup of camomile tea sits beside me now as Takahiro Kawaguchi and Shinjiro Yamaguchi’s new release named Hello plays for the […]

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