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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:09 am

Schumann - Symphony #4 in D Minor
The Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, conducted by David Zinman, from 2004 - again. Good stuff.

Schumann - Symphony #3 in E Major - Op.97
The usual suspects once again, very good once again.


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Post  misery guts on Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:02 am

Placido Domingo's Gala Concert
From the Royal Opera House in 2012, an hour & a half show with various singers performing assorted songs from several shows. I was impressed by Joseph Calleja, Rolando Villazon, conductor Antonio Pappano, and Placido himself. I was even more impressed when they did ones I knew, like La Donna E Mobile, and Nessun Dorma.

The Lindsays Play Haydn
String Quartet in C Major, op 33.3, from 2004, and the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival. Some chatter amidst the performance. A nice little half-hour.

Lou Reed - Remembered
In a change from the usual form, this featured a dozen guests interviewed one after another about their connection to the late, great man. Holly Woodlawn, Boy George, Mick Rock and Thurston Moore were included. Lou himself also contributed through archive stuff along the way. A good tribute.


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Post  misery guts on Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:33 pm

Live at the Artist's Den: Squeeze
An hour-plus from Southwest Porch, Bryant Park, NYC, from Jul 15, 2010. They ran through a wide selection of material, opening with 'Take Me, I'm Yours' and finishing up by 'Pulling Mussels From A Shell'. The crowd seemed happy, which maybe surprised me the most.

Video Games Live
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performed music from a large assortment of video games old and new, hosted by Tommy Tallarico, in 2010. Though most of it was unknown to me, it was still a fun musical exercise, though the suggestion that it legitimised the music composed for video games was wishful thinking.

JS Bach - Christmas Oratory
At the Chapel of St Francis, Bethlehem, the Zurich Opera House Orchestra, with the Dresden Chamber Choir, conducted by Riccardo Chailly, in 2009. Mostly instrumental works, some vocal. Also plenty of impressive footage of local landmarks. A nice little show.

California Dreamin': The Songs of the Mamas and the Papas
C.2005, but with interviews taken from assorted years, thus including John, Michelle & Chynna Phillips, Denny Doherty, Lou Adler, John Sebastian and Barry McGuire. The story of the band was pretty interesting, and the stories behind the songs were in many cases quite fascinating. Certainly they earned their place in the halls of fame.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:53 am

Earth, Wind & Fire - In Concert
From Oakland, California, 1981, this was an hour's run-through of many of their hits. Alas, no captions, leaving me generally at a loss to identify what I was listening to. But they sang & played well, so maybe that's the main thing.

Boyzone @ 20: No Matter What
A mix of chat and performance, as the reformed Irish answer to Take That! tried to justify their continued existence when they don't have the strength in depth of Take That! or indeed even most current boybands. Their most recent single reached the dizzy height of #39. I can't see them getting to celebrate 25 years, much less 30.

Perry Como's Christmas Show
From 1974, with guest sketchery from Rich Little, and musical accompaniment from fellow easy-listening icons The Carpenters. A nice little curio.

BBC Proms: John Wilson's Hollywood Rhapsody
A concert from the John Wilson Orchestra, from last summer's event, performing assorted big screen tunes from Pyscho, Casablanca, Ben Hur and The Big Country. A diverting effort.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:11 am

Riverdance: The Ten Years
The story of the Eurovision interval act that went on to amaze the world and regenerate the image of Ireland and irish dancing. With dozens of talking heads, and intro'd by Gabriel Byrne. The short run of Michael Flatley got the show off to a boom start, and his exit didn't harm it one bit.

The Boomtown Rats at Isle of Wight 2013
From Seaclose Park, a burst of 4 songs. Geldof seems happy in his natural environment.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:56 am

Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2013
From Oslo, with Mary J Blige, James Blunt, Jake Bugg, Zara Larsson, Envy, and surprisingly Morrissey. Though only an hour was shown, the credits listed enough material to suggest the proper concert was much longer. Good all the same.

Kylie Minogue: Showgirl - Live at Earl's Court
From 2005, a thrilling show with several set & costume changes, as the Aussie superstar belted out hits from across her career, starting with 'Better the Devil You Know' and ending with 'Love at First Sight'. Good stuff.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:36 am

Dionne Warwick in Concert
From Jan 21, 1977, at the Jubilee Hall, Edmonton. She ran through many of her own hits, and had a bash at a few others. A commendable show.

BBC Proms: The Film Music Prom
Again with the BBC Concert Orchestra, this was a bill of two halves. Firstly, music from war films like 'Ice Cold In Alex' and 'Battle of Britain'. The 2nd half featured movies about the future, such as '2001: A Space Odyssey', 'Independence Day', and finally 'Star Wars', plus an encore from 'Superman'. An engaging evening of music.

10cc in Concert
From the Grand Theatre, Swansea in 2011. This charming and fun-packed show ran through most of their big numbers, and a few small ones. Graham Gouldman and the rest seem quite content and proud of their legacy, and why not? The crowd were pleased, too, especially with the closer, 'Rubber Bullets'. They certainly won me over.
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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:42 am

Top of the Pops: The Sound of 1979
An annual waffle about 35 years ago, this time more about the show itself than the music scene it purported to reflect. The ubiquitous Nile Rodgers admitted that it was the year that Chic's success tailed off. Members of the Skids, the Ruts and the Members were present to recall their 15 minutes of fame, but there was a lack of star inclusions, save Gary Numan (who was part of the changing culture that did ultimately change the show).

Top of the Pops: 1979 - Big Hits
Hits from the year, with big names missing from the above now included; Squeeze, The Jam, The Boomtown Rats, The Specials and so on.

Katie Melua - Avo Session
As ever, from Basel in Switzerland, in 2013, as Katie belted out the hits for well over an hour. Happily, she intro'd most of her songs, as well as giving due to her band and string quartet. Certainly she provided an impressive show.

Diamonds Are Forever: The Don Black Songbook
A tributary show from the Royal Festival Hall in London. Host Michael Grade chatted to Don, inbetween a plethora of special guest performances, covering Don's greats. Michael Ball, Marti Webb, Eliza Doolittle, Marc Almond and Gary Wilmot were amongst the singers, and Katie Melua impressed with her bash at 'Diamonds Are Forever'. Richard Stilgoe also contributed a song utilising Don's love for unusual song-rhymes (foreigner & coroner, for example). Altogether, a great show.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:56 am

Nelly Furtado: MTV Live 2012
From a gig on the Isle of Wight, Nelly ran through many of her hits, including a long medley of some less familiar numbers. She closed on 'Say It Right'.

Brahms: Symphony #1 in C Minor, Op.68
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, as conducted by Thomas Dausgaard, at the Koncerthuset in Copenhagen. A pleasant hour or so, from 2011.

Michael Grade's Stars of the Musical Theatre
Do stars make shows, or do shows make stars? It's a bit of both - but more often the shows make stars. Grade considered shows like 'Cabaret', 'Evita', 'Sweeny Todd' and 'Oliver!' amongst others, talking to Michael Ball, Elaine Paige, Joel Grey, Jonathan Pryce and Marti Webb, and others.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:08 am

Elgar - Live Intro & Allegro for String Quarter & Orchestra, Op.157
From March 18, 2008, with the Australian Chamber Orchestra at the City Recital Hall, Sydney. Short and sweet.

Len Goodman's Dance Band Days
A tribute to the musical heyday between the 1st & 2nd World Wars. As later happened with rock and roll, the Americans started it, and the British responded. Bandleaders like Bert Ambrose and Jack Hylton were superstars of a sort, whilst crooner Al Bowlly shone in that area, too. The musical changes caused corresponding ire for the BBC, who had to both give airtime to these acts, but not appear to advertise them, let alone song lyrics or anything that could make big money. Technical improvements in microphones also changed the landscape. The union of Armed Forces bands in WW2 spelt the end of an era, and Bowlly was killed during the Blitz, and buried in a mass grave.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:42 am

CSNY - Deja Vu
Concert film from 2008, covering the 2006 tour trying to influence the US Mid-Term Elections, and generally make clear how cross Neil Young is with George W. Bush. There were plenty of comments from supporters and critics, although I had to laugh at the people bemoaning their political material, as if CSNY have never been like that. It was pretty obvious how much Neil Young was calling the shots, though. A good programme, though, and I'm impressed by the musical ability and some of the songs. Oh, and the moral message.

BUFF: The Healer In Me
Quirky short about 'Lyrical Healer' aka Winsome Duncan, a poet/singer from London, and her efforts to get her message across. Charmingly, she met several other talents who I'd also not heard of - Segge Dan, Jenna Vardell, Natalie Oliveri and Floetic Lana. Credit to the lot of them, though.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:04 pm

Dave Matthews Band - Weekend on the Rocks
From the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, Colorado, Sept 9-12, 2005. Another act I'm only superficially aware of, but his songs went down a storm (and happily were captioned on screen, too). About an hour.

Verdissimo
A special one-off concert from the Orchestre National de France, conducted by Daniele Gatti, featuring the Radio France Choir, from the Palais des Congres, Paris, on Dec 17, 2011. A jolly and faithful tribute to the composer Verdi.

Live From Wigmore Hall
Canadian pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin performed Brahms' Piano Sonata No.3 in F Minor Op.5, from Jun 2013. Pleasantly done.

Mike Hurst's Story of the 1950's
A couple of half-hours, as Mike Hurst recounts a brief analysis of the rise of teenagers and Rock & Roll. He called on Ronnie Carroll, a crooner, and Clem Cattini, a sessions drummer, to help tell his tale. He poignantly identified jeans as a dividing line between the new fashion and the old. Hurst is a charming presenter and makes some worthwhile points to remember.


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Post  misery guts on Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:19 pm

125th Anniversary Concert of the Concertgebouw and Royal Concert Orchestra, Amsterdam
Conducted by Mariss Jansons, and with guests contributions from Thomas Hampson, Lang Lang and Janine Jansen. They performed pieces by Wagner, Mahler, Prokofiev, Tchaikowsky, Saint-Saens and Richard Strauss. Pleasantly easy listening, and a fine tribute.

Live From The Artist's Den: Tori Amos
In The Veteran's Room, at the Park Avenue Armoury, New York, on Dec 9, 2009. I recognised precisely one song (China), but that aside, it was a melodic hour or so.


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Re: Music television

Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:32 am

Noah and the Whale - Isle of Wight 2012
A short half-hour burst from a band who seemed to peak a few years ago and then dropped off. They did at least include crowd faves like '5 Years' Time' and 'L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.'

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
A 2006 doc featuring the elusive and slow-working maverick, together with many of his devoted fans (Bowie, Eno, Lulu, Damon Albarn, Johnny Marr, Marc Almond etc). Probably repeated as a 70th birthday present (b. 9-1-44). An impressive prog, though.


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Post  misery guts on Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:33 am

Nine Hundred Nights: Big Brother and the Holding Co.
From 2001, the story of how a band became surpassed by its member Janis Joplin, who then went her own way with such deadly effect.

21st Century Bach: The Complete Organ Works - Sonata IV

John Scott Whiteley performs in the Church of St Jakobi, Hamburg, but happily not for too long.

Prelude a L'apres-midi d'un Faune & La Mer
Two works from Debussy, performed at the Theatre des Champs Elysees, by L'orchestre National de France, and conducted by Danielle Gatti, in 2008. Nicely done.

Neil Young: Heart of Gold
A somewhat ponderous opening depicts the various band members in taxis on their way to the gig at the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, in 2005, before the main concert, as Neil plugs his 'Prairie Wind' album, but makes sure to belt out the big hits along the way, too. Well worth seeing.

Elbow at Isle of Wight 2012
A burst of 4 tracks, still mostly plugging their masterwork 'The Seldom Seen Kid'.


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Post  misery guts on Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:11 am

Play On! 2
A short show to promote classical music to children, as 5 sample tunes were evocated by assorted people. They included Prokofiev's magnificent 'Dance of the Knights' and Handel's 'Zadok The Priest', and I was pleased to learn that Mussorgsky's 'Night on Bare Mountain' was a tune I was familiar with, and could now put a name to.

Dance Of The Elements
In some connection with the above, this was a half-hour of dance and animation linking assorted classical numbers with the four elements, Air, Earth, Water & Fire, aimed at even smaller children. I was glad to identify Saint-Saens' wonderful 'Aquarium'.

The Lindsays Play Hadyn
As with their previous show, this was from the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival of 2004. This time, they tackled 'String Quartet in F Minor, Op.20.5', and pleasant it was, too.


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Post  misery guts on Sat Feb 15, 2014 1:27 pm

Schumann - Symphony #1 in B Flat Major - Op.38
The usual suspects once more.

Faure, Ravel, Stravinsky
This time, the Munich Philharmonic, conducted by Lorin Maezel performed 5 separate pieces, from 2012:
'Peleas and Melisande' (Faure); 'Piano Concerto in G Major' (Ravel); 'Grandes Etudes de Paganini' (Liszt (very short)); 'Petrushka - Burlesque in 4 scenes' (Stravinsky); 'La Valse' (Ravel). And a good time was had by all.


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Post  misery guts on Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:58 am

Sergiu Celibidache and the Munich Philharmonic
Another concert performance, of works from Debussy (Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune, Iberia) and Ravel (Allorada del Gracioso, Rhapsodie Espagnole and finishing with a superb version of Bolero). From 1994, when the great conductor was in his 80s. He conducted from a sitting position, but was still clearly on his mettle: Bolero

Arena: The Everly Brothers - Songs of Innocence and Experience
A 1984 tribute, repeated to mark the recent death of younger brother Phil. Their background (singing parents etc) was news to me, and there was contributions from Chet Atkins who gave their career a helpful nudge. A few celebrity endorsements were included (Tom Petty, who gets everywhere), but mainly it was Don talking, with a bit from Phil. Their career dipped with the British Invasion of the 1960s, and their 10-year hiatus gave them a longevity they might otherwise have lacked.

Arena: The Everly Brothers Reunion Concert
From 1983, at the Royal Albert Hall, London, which apparently had fond memories for the brothers. They ran through 21 numbers, with a medley halfway through of "songs our Daddy taught us". I was bemused to recognise that some of their songs have been cribbed by others, but they were both entertaining. They closed on 'Let It Be Me'. Their habit of singing straight into each other's faces from a short distance away was weird, but maybe after 10 years they were just checking. A great show, though.


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Post  misery guts on Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:08 am

Kent Nagano's Classical Masterpieces
The same gang in the same place, this time performing Brahms' 'Symphony #4 in E Minor, Op. 98' Smile

Discovering: Eurythmics
He was from Durham, she was from Aberdeen, but with synths and a mighty voice, and an evolving sound, they conquered America (a little bit), took a decade-long hiatus, and inexplicably won a Brits Outstanding Contribution award to boot. I mean, they were alright and had some good songs, but still...

Neil Sedaka: King of Song
In advance of his 75th birthday in a few weeks, a solid hour on the rise and fall and rise of the Julliard student who was swindled by his own mother (!). His wife Leba has been his rock through bad times and good, and the origins of his big songs were worth hearing. I was bemused by his frequent inference that he 'wrote' his hits, when he only does the tunes. I'm pretty sure Elton John credits Bernie Taupin etc as the writer, for example - Neil comes across as a bit of a big-head.

Kent Nagano's Classical Masterpieces
As before, this time performing Bruckner's 'Symphony #8, WAB 108 (?)', which I found a bit dull.

The Culture Show: Damon Albarn Solo
The frontman of Blur is pushing his imminent opus 'Everyday Robots', and this cheery half-hour saw him return to childhood haunts which have inspired much of the album. He seemed to feel upset about some of it, which didn't inspire sympathy. Also pretty sure he's released solo work before.
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Sedaka: All You Need is the Music
Shown in concert with the other doc on him, this was an all-performance show from 1982, with a few talky intros from Mr Modest. There were 3 sections - his 70s revival stuff, his 50s early successes, and then more of his later reflective stuff. He acknowledged that the UK really helped start and cement his revival. It's probably worth noting that amidst his balladric 70s success came 'Bad Blood', which shows he didn't just stick to the same style.

Who is Harry Nilsson (and why is Everybody Talking about him?)
From 2010, a busy hour with a plethora of star names recounting the rise and fall of a quirky singer-songwriter whose capacity for revelry probably outshone the songs he was remembered for. His wife and children were all fond, though, and his friends were united in their love and sorrow for him. His connection to the Beatles was a useful one, but the murder of John Lennon gave him a new fire and direction that some felt didn't help him. But though he died at 52, he seemed to pack in a lot of good times.

Katy B's Hangout
An overview of most of her earlier singles, with Katy talking about their creation, and expressing admiration for collaborators like Ms Dynamite, Tinie Tempah and Mark Ronson. In an unassuming way, she seems to be setting out a stall for greatness.


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The Trumpet's Splendour
Alison Balsom solos in performances of Bach's Concerto in D Major, Haydn's Concerto in E Flat Major, Debussy's Syrinx, Thalben-Ball's Elegy and Bach's Gigue/Suite #2. The Haydn & Debussy are with the Konzerthausorchester, Berlin, conducted by Xian Zhang, whilst the others are with organist David Goode. Balsom chats between songs about what drew her to what is often seen as a male instrument. A good little show.

Kent Nagano's Classical Masterpieces
Yes, again. This time, he and his mates tackled Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony Op.64, which ran for most of an hour, relating a direct narrative, and far more interesting for it, too.

Andre Previn: A Bridge Between Two Worlds
A 2008 doc about the prodigiously brilliant conductor/composer/pianist/father/husband. Two of his ex-wives (Mia Farrow and Anne-Sophie Mutter) were on hand, and on good terms, as were some of his children. Oh, and Tom Stoppard. There was footage of him performing with the great Oscar Peterson, and talk about how he has homes in many countries. Though he now feels American, he still thinks fondly of England, too.


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Hurricane Festival 2012: The Cure
Somewhere in Germany, this was a decent hour or so, helpfully the tracks were titled on-screen. They're more mainstream than they let on, though. But that's not a bad thing.

Discovering: Pulp
Music critics adore this band, but I get crosser and crosser about them with every passing year. To prove it, I went out and bought one of their albums, which I enjoyed. Er...


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4 Better, 4 Worse: The Anatomy of a String Quartet
Another edition of the series with the Lindsays playing Haydn (they did Opus 76 #5 in D Major), but with much bts chat about why they chose Haydn particularly, why they call themselves the Lindsays and so on. They feel Haydn is a "happy" composer, like Dvorak. Well, now I know.

Discovering: Fred Astaire
Actually from the series on film stars, but included here because the guy was a fine singer, it covered his career in dance and then in films. The famous audition piece which drubbed him always missed the point. Sure, there are better actors, and better singers. But not many better dancers, and very very few who can do the lot. He really was that good.


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The Lindsays Play Haydn
Once again, this time yapping between a performance of 'String Quartet in G Major, Op. 54.1

Neil Sedaka: Up Close & Personal
A concert from Edmonton where he runs through a range of hits, mixed with formal chat from elsewhere with Neil, wife Leba, and former songwriting partner Howard Greenfield. Oddly, the Immigrant was labelled as The Miracle Song, so maybe that was a cosmetic change. Still a great show.


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Waldbuhne 2012
The Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Andris Nelsons, tackle an all-Tchaikovsky bill, finishing with the Ouverture Solennelle, i.e. the 1812 Overture, which was excellent. Oddly, they did a short encore by Lincke, which could only be an anti-climax after that.


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