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Magic Flutey



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Location: cheshire uk

PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:36 pm    Post subject: What are you listening to?  Reply with quote

I am listening to Laudate Domine by Mozart a wonderful piece of paradise indeed. The dishwasher is making some lovely noises in harmony too!!!!!!!!!!!


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Apple



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't really just sit and listen to much music now - not as much as I used to anyway, now its mainly in the car or when I'm doing the housework, I like rock and heavy metal music and in the car at the minute I currently have a couple of Iron Maiden CD's - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son and A matter of life and death, yesterday I also put on a bit of Ozzy Osbourne on - (Blizzard of Oz album) I do like old school but I'm not averse to the newer stuff either.


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Evie
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Location: Kenilworth, Warwickshire, UK

PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As it's Good Friday, I am listening to Bach's St Matthew Passion.  I recently treated myself to a new copy - John Eliot Gardiner, who is a genius - and it's beyond beautiful - sublime.

Sadly my DVD of Pasolini's Gospel According to St Matthew is in storage - I would normally watch that on Good Friday, as it's far and away the best film about Christ ever made, all the more extraordinary for being made by an atheist - that uses the Bach beautifully, which is why I am feeling particularly sad just now about not having it to hand.


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Castorboy



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Location: Castor Bay Auckland NZ

PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is beautiful and I have fond memories of taking my three daughters to hear it in our local cathedral. I like to kid myself that it inspired them to continue with their music interests at school.  Smile


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TheRejectAmidHair



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Location: Staines, Middlesex

PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember years ago hearing St Matthew Passion at the Proms in a magnificent performance conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. The same musicians & soloists recorded the work at roughly the same time, and that's the recording I find myself listening to.

I don't know why it is, but although I tend to listen to Bach's Christmas Oratorio and to Handel's Messiah at Christmas (even though, I know, the latter was written for Easter!) I don't really go out of my way to listen to anything particular at Easter time. However, works such as this are too good to be heard only once a year!


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Evie
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Herreweghe recording is the other one I have, bought cheaply when the library was selling off CDs many years ago...  It is wonderful, but I love the JEG one more.


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Simon The Sponge



Joined: 13 Dec 2008
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Location: Gillingham, Kent

PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheRejectAmidHair wrote:
and to Handel's Messiah at Christmas (even though, I know, the latter was written for Easter!)


Glad I'm not the only one who does this, I also like to listen to Mozart's Masses at Christmas even the Coronation Mass!! all of which I think are generic masses and not in celebration  of any particular feast - I did a bit of research once in the vain hope that there maybe a christmas connection, but no Smile


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer Bach's "St. John Passion" to the "St. Matthew Passion" but I expect that I am in a minority.  I saw a memorable performance of "St. John" in Aldeburgh many years ago.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The St John is beautiful, I just don't know it as well.  There was a radio broadcast of it on Good Friday, which I didn't hear - but I will get a copy and get to know it better, especially after knowing you like it better, Sandra!  Bach is far and away my favourite composer, but I do tend these days to be lazy about music generally, and listen to the same things - with Bach, that's mainly the cello suites, and the B Minor Mass, so I do need to rediscover all sorts of things!


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Kirtaniya



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I supppose this is a good time to listen to Bach's Christmas Oratorio!  Although the fact is I've been listening to it all year - it's too good only to bring out at Christmas.  

I'm glad to be amongst Bach lovers here.  This year I saved my birthday money and bought the complete set of his Sacred Cantatas by Harnoncourt and somebody else, whose name I forget.  I like it because the soprano parts are sung by boys, as they ought to be, and sound pure and sublime.  I'm uploading the CDs (51 of them) gradually on to my iPod and listen to them as I ramble around the countryside.  The combination of nature and Bach is just exquisite!



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