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Post  misery guts on Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:42 am

Antonin Dvorak - Nine Symphonies[
The 8th one, in G Major, op.88, though parts of this actually sounded familiar, so maybe this is a good one.

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the LSO
The first in a different series, this having been held at the Barbican in London, on Mar 12, 2015, with three pieces from Matthews, Gershwin and Shostakovich, in some kind of cultural, British-American-Russian billing.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:37 am

BBC Proms '17: Barenboim's Elgar
Daniel Barenboim conducted the Staatskapelle, from Berlin, in a program which started with a lengthy piece by Harrison Birtwistle, who was present to accept applause at its end, and then three pieces by Edward Elgar, during which Danny made a speech encouraging anti-isolationism, and claiming not to be political. Good stuff all the same.

Sound and Vision: The Women of UK Rap
Billie JD Porter met Lady Leshurr to talk about the barriers faced by women who want to be Grime MCs, and how Ruff Sqwad members Slix and Prince Rapid are supporting projects to help encourage those who wish to make their way in the business, from Flohio to Lyrical T.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:31 am

Antonin Dvorak - Nine Symphonies
The 9th Symphony in E Minor, op.95, probably the most famous of the whole series, thanks to the Largo which was used in a famous bread commercial here.

Live With... Wilko Johnson
The guitar hero who continues to defy the odds, with a steady half-hour that included the title track from his recent collaboration with Roger Daltrey.

World Stage: Ultra Worldwide - Hardwell
A series of performances from shows in Miami, Split, Tokyo, Rio de Janiero and back to Miami. I can't pretend it frightened the horses, but the crowds seemed happy enough.

The Summer of Love
A new show that felt repeatedly like I must have seen it before. Made by the same people who do those "Discovering..." shows, and with some of the same talking heads, it was an unstoppable flood of things about 1967 which represented the changing of the times, from cars to clothes to drugs to bands to films to festivals and so on. DJ Johnnie Walker, producer Joe Boyd and critic Will Hodgkinson were among the talkers.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:31 am

BBC Proms '17: John Williams Film Prom
Keith Lockhart conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra through nearly 2 hours of tunes by the composer with 5 Oscars and 23 Grammys to his credit, but to be honest between the Raiders March, Jaws & Superman themes, through to the main music from Star Wars, there was an awful lot of undistinguished stuff.

Camille O'Sullivan - Live at the Union Chapel
Back again for another spirited hour of covers, notable for her verve in choosing Oasis, Bowie and Pink Floyd, before finishing with Purple Rain.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:05 am

Sir John Eliot Gardener conducts Mendelssohn
Continuing the LSO series at the Barbican, this time on a bash at Mendelssohn's First Symphony in C Minor, followed by A Midsummer Nights Dream, including help from the Monteverdi Choir. This latter is of course infamous the world over for the Wedding March.

Sound and Vision - Hastune Miku - The Virtual Popstar
A look at vocaloid technology, whereby access to a computer bank of vocals means that you can now type your own songs and have a computer creature sing them back (probably helps if you know tunes too). Miku is, inevitably it must be said, a Japanese creation, being a blue-haired schoolgirl. It's early days, but I could see the scope for the future.

Nick Heyward - Live at the Water Rats
An hour partly to plug his new Woodland Echoes LP, his first since 1999 or something, but also to play some classic hits from his heyday in the early 1980s. Still sounds good.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:40 am

The LSO Collection: Sir John Eliot Gardener conducts Mendelssohn & Schumann
More from the Barbican series, this time on Jan 21, 2014, as Sir JEG oversees Schumann's Piano Concerto, and Mendelssohn's 3rd Symphony, and Overture to the Hebrides. Good stuff.

Live With... Gabby Young & Other Animals
Unsure if I've seen this before, but a decent folky half-hour all the same.

Rodrigo y Gabriela - In Concert - Baloise Session 2016
Given the lack of captions, or artist introductions, this was pleasant but mostly wasted, as two undeniably talented musicians played through maybe a dozen or so tunes which didn't all sound the same, but which didn't sound like anything special.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:56 am

BBC Proms '17: Malcolm Sargent Revisited
To mark 50 years since the noted conductor and icon of the Proms died, this concert recreated the 500th Prom, held on Jul 23, 1966, which was the First Night in that Proms season. This time, Sir Andrew Davis, very much in Sargent's mould, conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra through a varied bill from Berlioz, Schumann, Elgar, Walton, Holst, Delius and finally Britten. A fine memorial for "Flash Harry".

The LSO Collection: Valery Gergiev
Still from the Barbican Hall, London, in 2014, simply presenting Berlioz' version of "Romeo and Juliette". Impressive stuff.

HARDtalk: Sir John Tavener
A repeat from 2013, as the noted composer reflected on his recovery from a heart attack, and how it took a while for him to rediscover the creative impulse, and that he was now writing shorter pieces than before. He had some strident views on religion, and scorn for his often-negative response from critics.

BBC Proms '17: Scott Walker Revisited
Jules Buckley conducted the Heritage Orchestra and a series of guest vocalists as they recreated over an hour of works from the distinctive voiced pop star. Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley, John Grant and Suzanne Sundfor shared the vocal duties, and they didn't do "Jacky" to my disappointment.
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Sound and Vision - The Rise of UK Afrobeats
A pertinent half-hour putting a term to a musical genre which is taking greater prominence in the charts these days. It's about a new African musical identity and imagery, whilst dance contests popularise some tunes, and the lack of women is an issue. Fuse ODG was the most famous of the acts mentioned here.

BBC Proms '17: Ades conducts Stravinsky
Thomas Ades conducting the National Youth Orchestra through pieces by Coll, Ades himself, and chiefly Stravinsky's famous Rite of Spring. Pleasant enough stuff. This was also the 50th Prom for the NYO, and there was a piece in which several previous conductors spoke warmly about working with them.

Sir Simon Rattle conducts an Imaginary Orchestral Journey
More from the LSO Collection, as the first half saw pieces by Wagner and Bartok (his 2nd Piano Concerto), and the second half being something of a megamix from 11 different Haydn pieces, which formed the titular Journey, mainly from symphonies, but even including music from mechanical organs. Different.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:48 am

Live With... Sarah Darling
Pleasant enough material from someone who might be from Wyoming.

Best Before: Jackmaster at Crossrail Gardens
A promising new series with continual mixes from assorted talents in quirky locations. Steady stuff here.

The LSO Collection: Gergiev conducts Berlioz
From the Barbican, London, in November 2013, doing three different pieces by old Hector.

MTV Crashes Plymouth: Charli XCX
She's back with a new single, Boys, but live you just notice how many hit songs she's done with/for other people, whether Rita Ora or Iggy Azalea.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:50 am

BBC Proms '17: Ella and Dizzy Revisited
To celebrate the centenaries of Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, John Mauceri conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra, with James Morrison on the trumpet and Dianne Reeves doing the singing turns. They did some Ellington and several Gershwin numbers, and encored on "It Don't Mean a Thing (if it Ain't Got that Swing)". A fine excuse.

Arthur Brown - Part 1 - The God of Hellfire
At last some more Cherry Red gems. This saw Iain McNay talking about Arthur's upbringing and journey to dreaming up his master-work, the #1 hit "Fire". Arthur has had much spiritual thought in the past half-century, perhaps unsurprisingly, and made several concept albums in the 1970s. He did fall into the trap of becoming bored with material and performance, and challenging the audience to keep it fresh.

BBC Proms '17: Dausgaard's Rachmaninov
Thomas Dausgaard conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra through the Russian composer's 3rd Piano Concerto in D Minor and his 2nd Symphony, with assistance from the Latvian Radio Choir on a couple of sympathetic pieces, and archive from the Proms in 1991 on a similar theme.

The South Bank Show: Benjamin Clementine
The 2015 Mercury Music Prize winner had a curious backstory, deeply religious parents in North London, and living rough in Paris at the age of 19. He learned a piano style which owed a lot to drumming, and was spotted while busking, and achieved fame at Cannes in 2013. He's got his 2nd album out now/soon. I wasn't wholly won over, I think it's fair to say.
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George Ezra's Mixtape
He talks about making the videos for Don't Matter Now, Listen To The Man and Blame It On Me, whilst also talking of his appreciation for Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Sigrid, Haim and Sam Smith. Nice bloke.

Who Do You Think You Are? USA - Josh Groban
Likeable musician finds his family arrived in the USA in the late 17th century, and he heads to Stuttgart to find an ancestor who was a deacon who taught music, but also got into astronomy, and believed Halley's comet was a harbinger of doom for the church, which presaged his quest for the New World, though he died before he got there.

Larry King Now - Annie Lennox
She's no plans for writing or touring, busier using her profile to campaign against HIV/AIDS, having been inspired by Nelson Mandela's 46664 charity. She only uses Facebook to be serious, and feels technology is accelerating. There have been many changes for the better in her lifetime. HIV is being treated, not cured. She met Prince once when he came to see Eurythmics in a small basement show.

A Very Boyz II Men Soul Train Special
There's only 3 of them now, and they've not had any hits of note in the UK since I think 1998-9. But they seem like nice guys. They did a good covers tribute LP in 2004 which sounded interesting, and now perform in Las Vegas.

Live With... Empathy Test
A synthpop duo with 2 LPs, and on this evidence, some good songs like Bare My Soul.
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