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    This one's for you Iharos.
    Sadly for us he's straight.Especially for me as I have a
    real fetish for red beards. Sigh! Wilt! Swoon!
     
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    JS Bach's Cello suites
    Played by Yo-Yo Ma, or Pablo Casals, or Pieter Wispelwey

     
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    Oh my, I only found your thread now!

     
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    The pace this is taken at is hypnotic. If it was the very last thing I heard as I departed the planet I'd go happily.
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    Not sure I understand what the images are all about but Yo-Yo Ma’s rendition is wondrous.
    I had the joy of hearing Anner Bylsma perform the complete suites live forty years ago and have never forgotten the experience. I had to close my eyes on that occasion too as Bylsma’s facial expressions made him look like he was struggling to give birth to a dinosaur ! Thanks for posting this.
    This brings to mind though the shortcomings of Youtube’s use of MP 3 compression which too often bleaches out harmonic richness and microdynamic contrasts. At least though we can ‘sample’ performances and if they appeal buy them in a high resolution format. As you might guess I’m what some describe as an audiophool (audiophile)
     
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    Yep, the video is silly, but I like the way he plays the Suites.
     
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    I wonder if posting clips like this makes much sense on a forum via YouTube. Music on this scale really requires a high end audio system and high definition source to reveal all it’s colour and drama.
     
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    Often described as ‘difficult music’ all the late Beethoven quartets are on my desert island list.
    For me the very best interpretation is by the Fine Arts Quartet as recorded in the early sixties without any video content. Still available on CD but the tonal richness of the original LP’s is missing. I still have the original LP’s in perfect condition.

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    Stumbled across this accidentally - -
     
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    "Bach is an astronomer, discovering the marvelous stars, Beethoven challenges the universe. I only try to express the heart and soul of man." - Frederick Chopin

     
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    In video clips of organ pieces we seldom get to witness the process of
    setting a sequence of (automated) stops as we do here.


    Contrast that process with the complex series of moves taken by the
    assistants in this clip performed on an older instrument built prior to the technology
    of pre-setting stops.
     
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    Strange how some music brings back memories of the time we discovered it. These pieces take me back to an affair with a wonderful Burmese man I lost the the revolution in Burma. He was one of many thousands slaughtered by a totally corrupt and insane pseudo-marxist dictatorship.
     
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    A rehearsal with Dudamel...
     
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    After 50 years this is still by far my favorite interpretation of these songs.
    Norman is fine but for my ears "too loud" and direct. Kiri Te Kanawa has
    a lovely voice that is honest and frank. Schwarzkopf brings a subtlety but
    maintains that timeless German feeling and depth.



    Spring

    In shadowy crypts

    I dreamt long

    of your trees and blue skies,
    
of your fragrance and birdsong.

    Now you appear
    
in all your finery,

    drenched in light

    like a miracle before me.

    You recognize me,
    
you entice me tenderly.

    All my limbs tremble at

    your blessed presence!

    September

    The garden is in mourning.

    Cool rain seeps into the flowers.

    Summertime shudders,
    
quietly awaiting his end.

    Golden leaf after leaf falls

    from the tall acacia tree.

    Summer smiles, astonished and feeble,
    
at his dying dream of a garden.

    For just a while he tarries 

    beside the roses, yearning for repose.

    Slowly he closes

    his weary eyes.

    Going to sleep

    Now that I am wearied of the day,

    my ardent desire shall happily receive 

    the starry night
    
like a sleepy child.

    Hands, stop all your work.

    Brow, forget all your thinking.

    All my senses now

    yearn to sink into slumber.

    And my unfettered soul 

    wishes to soar up freely 

    into night's magic sphere
    
to live there deeply and thousandfold.

    At sunset

    We have through sorrow and joy

    gone hand in hand;

    From our wanderings, let's now rest

    in this quiet land.

    Around us, the valleys bow
    
as the sun goes down.

    Two larks soar upwards

    dreamily into the light air.

    Come close, and let them fly.

    Soon it will be time for sleep.

    Let's not lose our way
    
in this solitude.

    O vast, tranquil peace,
    
so deep in the evening's glow!
    
How weary we are of wandering -
    
Is this perhaps a hint of death?
     

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