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    I'll spice up this long-quiescent thread with a new Hurwitz video titled, "Granville Bantock--Bax Without Brains?"



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    This video is a good example of when Hurwitz is trying to be amusing, but mostly failing, and making it worse by going on and on with a joke that really isn't very funny. His Bantockia gag goes on longer than the trumpet part, and to less effect.
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    I've warmed to Bantock's soundworld far more over the last year or so after a sustained period of indifference towards it. Before I would have found the opulent side of it a bit cringeworthy, but I just meekly surrender now. Especially recommended for those who can't get enough of Glière's Ilya Muromets, I'd have thought.
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    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    I can't watch Hurwitz at the best of times, not least because his lazy eyelid creeps me out - it seems like he's winking at me.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    I think that I have actually warmed up a bit more to Hurwitz's videos. You pretty much know what you are going to get, in terms of tone and snarkiness, and he certainly knows a lot about available recordings. (I am not sure how any human being has the time to have listened to all of the ones he shows, let alone those he chose not to show.) He tends to be very much at the extremes in his positions, either truly loathing a performance or praising it as the greatest thing ever. (His jokes often fall flat, and he tends to extend the least of them to an unpardonable length, as if that will help.) I saw one video where he reminisces about his father, which was quite touching. (And I had not connected him to WJHU, which was another local mostly classical radio station that quite unexpected went to an all talk format many years ago, much to the anger of many of us who had supported it as a classical and jazz station.)

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    The work of his that really grabs me is A Celtic Symphony. In my view, it has some of the most gorgeous and lovely tunes I've ever heard from a string orchestra composition. The music just melts my heart, unbearably beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MusicSybarite View Post
    The work of his that really grabs me is A Celtic Symphony. In my view, it has some of the most gorgeous and lovely tunes I've ever heard from a string orchestra composition. The music just melts my heart, unbearably beautiful.
    Couldn't agree more, it's a truly beautiful piece. I cannot understand why it's not more popular, although I can see why it rarely gets performed. Anyone got SIX harpists ready for hire?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    Couldn't agree more, it's a truly beautiful piece. I cannot understand why it's not more popular, although I can see why it rarely gets performed. Anyone got SIX harpists ready for hire?!
    Yes, that's the biggest issue for sure.

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