CD Reviews

Tuesday 29th September

September 30, 2009

Today, while listening to Landschaft mit wortern, Jürg Frey’s new release on the B-boim label it occurred to me that, if I think of the thirty or so musicians or composers alive today that I admire the work of the most, then to some degree or another I am lucky enough know them personally, either […]

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Monday 28th September

September 29, 2009

An annoying day today. One of those days when you set out with the every intention of having a good day, but everyone else seems determined that you aren’t going to get your wish. Ah well, its now 1AM, I’ve only been home half an hour and I’m not enjoying the CD I have playing […]

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OK so I couldn’t resist it…

September 27, 2009

Here’s a picture of a seal that Julie says resembles me very closely. I bet he’s listening to Beethoven… While I am here, This is really great, a Compost and Height project in which nineteen fine musicians each responded to Only, the seventeenth piece in Michael Pisaro’s excellent Harmony Series of works. The music is […]

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Classical Sundays

Sunday 27th September

September 27, 2009

So after a testing week Julie and I felt we needed a day’s break, so we decided last night, after a few glasses of wine, to go to Bristol Zoo! I haven’t been to a zoo since I was eight years old and you know what? I had a great time, even though the vast […]

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CD Reviews

Saturday 26th September

September 27, 2009

A lazy day today spent burning CDrs, putting CDs back into sleeves and onto shelves and catching up on some listening. The backlog of stuff here has built up again, partly because I seem to have listened to a lot of additional classical music over recent weeks, so please accept my apologies if you have […]

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Friday 25th September

September 25, 2009

Sorry for the depressing tone of yesterday’s post. Today you will be pleased to know that whilst I am as tired as ever after a typical long day I have spent some time listening to a CD this evening, albeit only another little 3″ release. This one is another 3″ from Sachiko M, titled I’m […]

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Thursday 24th September

September 24, 2009

It hasn’t been the easiest of weeks. It started on a low note and so far hasn’t got a lot better. Today wasn’t much fun either, for a number of reasons I won’t trouble you with tonight. Sometimes you just want to take the kind of hug Julie gave me when I left her place […]

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Wednesday 23rd September

September 23, 2009

Just to get the caveats out of the way first, from time to time I post adverts for CDs on Jez riley French’s  Engraved Glass label at the I Hate Music forum. All I ever do is copy and paste Jez’s text into an IHM post. I do this because he isn’t allowed to post […]

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Tuesday 22nd September

September 22, 2009

So after a relatively depressing day on Monday it was lovely to wake this morning and find an email announcing the birth of Lucio Capece’s second child. Big congratulations go to him, his partner and family. I’ve spent the last few days listening on and off to a new CD by Lucio alongside Radu Malfatti […]

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Monday 21st September

September 21, 2009

So, for those people not so sad as to read every comment at these pages as well as every post, my Grandmother passed away in the early hours of this morning. Although in better days she was a wonderful, fiery character with a sarcastic tongue that makes mine look feeble, she had, over the past […]

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Classical Sundays

Sunday 20th September

September 20, 2009

This week I followed the recommendations made by Messrs Genmaicha and Pisaro and listened several times to a recording of the Munich Philharmonic performing an Anton Bruckner symphony conducted by Sergiu Celibidache. Apologies to Genmaicha, but I went for Michael’s selection of the Eighth symphony because it sounded just so much like something I would […]

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Saturday 20th September

September 19, 2009

Dear readers, I’m well aware you are sick of reading about how bad my day has been, and how tired I am as a result, so I will spare you that again tonight, but again this evening (sorry this morning, its 1AM) I have only just got home from work and just haven’t been able […]

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CD Reviews

Friday 18th September

September 18, 2009

Very very tired again tonight so please excuse me if this post waffles on in a slightly anchorless manner again. It has been a very long and exhausting week and I still have to work a long shift tomorrow. Anyway the CD I have listened to todays is a curious one. Tarab is the nom […]

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Thursday 17th September

September 18, 2009

One of the things I didn’t really account for when I made the decision to write here every day was what am I to do when unexpectedly, I have a few too many drinks and am not really in a fit state to think straight let alone write anything? Such is the case this evening. […]

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Wednesday 16th September

September 17, 2009

Yesterday I wrote about a CD that was recorded at a concert in france that I attended. Today I have been listening to a CD by a duo that I oddly enough saw perform on the same evening. Eric Cordier and Denis Tricot are a very interesting and highly original pair of artists. Cordier is […]

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Tuesday 15th September

September 16, 2009

I think I have written here before, a year or two back about how sometimes our memories of live concerts can differ wildly from what we hear on CDs of the same performance released later. In the case of SLW’s second CD release named Fifteen point nine grams I can extend this a little further. […]

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Monday 14th September

September 14, 2009

I had a weird experience this morning. I worked overnight, some fifteen hours straight from 3PM Sunday until 6AM this morning, mostly quite physical work for a change, and with just a brief half hour break. Suffice to say, when I left work for home today I was very tired indeed, wandering my way to […]

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Classical Sundays

Sunday 13th September

September 13, 2009

Its not normal for me to be writing here while eating a breakfast of boiled egg with crusty white bread and lots of black pepper and with a coffee rather than a glass of wine to hand, but I will be working overnight again tonight in the day (night?) job and so today’s post comes […]

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Saturday 12th September

September 13, 2009

A relaxed day today. It was hot and too nice to stay indoors so I took my little netbook into Oxford, and after an aimless wander around the shops during which I bought books but no CDs, amazingly, I wandered up along the canal and sat and watched ducks go past as I wrote a […]

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Friday 11th September

September 11, 2009

I am very pleased to get that week out of the way. I am day off tomorrow and intend to spend most of the day resting and soaking up music. This week’s listening time has been even more limited than usual, and even when I have been able to listen (and then write) my mental […]

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Thursday 10th September

September 10, 2009

First of all, apologies for last night’s somewhat self-centred post. I was tired. I’m not much better this evening either (quelle surprise) but I did manage to spend today listening to some music. I intended to listen to, and then write about three CDs today, all involving TWE’s favourite Glaswegian guitarist Neil Davidson. The three […]

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Wednesday 9th September

September 10, 2009

Well I worked very late tonight after starting relatively early, and so as I came home very tired indeed and just fell into the bath I  have not really been able to listen to anything new with enough focus to be able to write. Well, you’ve had four or five consecutive long reviews from me, […]

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Tuesday 8th September

September 9, 2009

Sometimes reading just a few words on a CD sleeve can completely change the way you listen to something. Jason Kahn’s new solo release on the 23five label is named Vanishing Point. In one brief line on the inner sleeve Kahn mentions that while making this piece of music he thought a lot of his […]

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Monday 7th September

September 7, 2009

A little hard to type tonight because I burnt my hand twenty minutes ago on a microwaveable tagliatelle. It didn’t taste very nice either. (the tagliatelle, not my hand) If all of the laws of science and probability were suddenly turned on their head and it turned out that there really is a god after […]

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Classical Sundays

Sunday 6th September

September 6, 2009

Today was very enjoyable. After a long lie-in I spent most of it listening to different versions of Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, a piece of music one could with good reason assume I may be sick of by now, but listening to and comparing the different CDs today was in fact very pleasurable. […]

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Saturday 5th September

September 6, 2009

Walking home tonight I turned a corner into a dark residential street and came right across a cat that had its front paw planted right on the nose of a stunned hedgehog. The cat seemed to know what it was doing, carefully avoiding the spines so as not to hurt itself, toying with the little […]

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Friday 5th September

September 5, 2009

Its 1.30AM and I have just got in, a little stressed and exhausted after heading over to Julie’s after work because she isn’t too well. (Nothing serious, just a stomach virus) I almost hate seeing people being ill more than I hate being ill myself. So although I did spend some time listening to some […]

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Thursday 3rd September

September 4, 2009

I think its Thursday the 3rd isn’t it? Did no one notice that most of the dates for the last few days were wrong, (I’ve corrected them now) or do people just accept the slapdash unprofessionalism of this blog as the norm these days? Maybe you just have to be really nerdy to notice? Thanks […]

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Wednesday 2nd September

September 2, 2009

Well I worked for a continual fifteen hours overnight, and returned home, in a complete daze at nine this morning. I think I wrote before here about a morning travelllng home and listening to music when so exhausted its hard to even stay conscious, so I won’t do it again, but this morning heading home […]

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Tuesday 1st September

September 1, 2009

From the beautiful, tuneful delicacy of the Schubert quintet to something very different today. An early post from me because, despite still suffering somewhat with my back I will be working through the night tonight at the dayjob, so my usual close-to-midnight posting time has to change. Today I have been listening to a new […]

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