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    Hi. I'm an ordinary listener of classical music without any musical education. I listen (and love) classical music for 20 years and I can listen to anything from medieval to contemporary avant-garde (which I really like). The internet has brought me here often when I was looking for some recommendations, opinions etc., and recently I've discovered Bulldog's and Art Rock's games. So I jumped in. It's a nice oportunity to discover new things. I live with my family in Prague. I listen music mainly on Spotify and scrobble it to Last.fm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artran View Post
    Hi. I'm an ordinary listener of classical music without any musical education. I listen (and love) classical music for 20 years and I can listen to anything from medieval to contemporary avant-garde (which I really like). The internet has brought me here often when I was looking for some recommendations, opinions etc., and recently I've discovered Bulldog's and Art Rock's games. So I jumped in. It's a nice oportunity to discover new things. I live with my family in Prague. I listen music mainly on Spotify and scrobble it to Last.fm.

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    Welcome to TC, Jan! How's the Czech Philharmonic doing under Bychkov's leadership?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Welcome to TC, Jan! How's the Czech Philharmonic doing under Bychkov's leadership?
    Sadly, I don't know, I must say. I've heard Czech Philharmonic for the last time some 10 years ago when they played Mahler 6th, and I wasn't much convinced (I can't rememeber who was the conductor). But when I look at the current programme, there's quite a lot of interesting works for me... It's good that they try to play more diverse music.

    EDIT: Wow, they've even played Berio's Sinfonia! Unbelievable...
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    Vítáme vás! Hope you enjoy it here. I must admit the appointment of Bychkov took me by surprise. Didn't they consider any of the impressive young guns, like Hrůša, Netopil or Hanus??? Jakub Hrůša was, I believe, very close to Jiří Bělohlávek....

    Maybe they were after a more international outlook again? Inbal and Ashkenazy were well received, but unfortunately I remember the debacle that was Gerd Albrecht all too well. Sad times....
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    Welcome to Talk Classical, Jan. Glad that you found us here. Have a very nice time while you read and post in this forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    Vítáme vás! Hope you enjoy it here. I must admit the appointment of Bychkov took me by surprise. Didn't they consider any of the impressive young guns, like Hrůša, Netopil or Hanus??? Jakub Hrůša was, I believe, very close to Jiří Bělohlávek....

    Maybe they were after a more international outlook again? Inbal and Ashkenazy were well received, but unfortunately I remember the debacle that was Gerd Albrecht all too well. Sad times....
    Díky :-) I can't really say much about Bychkov, but I really liked Bělohlávek because of his recordings of Martinů, which I've listened many, many years ago... It was a very sad day for me, when he died.

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    Welcome, Jan, to Talk Classical!

    I don't have any formal (or otherwise) music training but enjoy listening. I hope you enjoy it here!

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    Indeed, same here, a very sad day, made even sadder by seeing him in his final months without the hair..... Belohlavek was pretty under-rated as a conductor, I reckon, but he managed to get a decent following here in the UK, partly thanks to his Proms appearances, and being the first fully-fledged foreigner (!) to conduct the Last Night! There is something special in his Martinu recordings, not just that he filled a dozen or so gaps in the recorded catalogue. I particularly like his Hry o Marii, which certainly were worth rescuing from obscurity. Beyond Czech music, the recordings of his that I cherish a great deal are his Brahms - symphonies, serenades, and the concertos with Moravec, all wonderful.

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    Ahoj! =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    I particularly like his Hry o Marii, which certainly were worth rescuing from obscurity.
    Hry o Marii is one of my favourite works by Martinů as well, I especially love Mariken z Nimègue. The ending (36:54) gives me goose bumps:



    For me, it's the strongest depiction of a redemption in all music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artran View Post
    Hi. I'm an ordinary listener of classical music without any musical education. I listen (and love) classical music for 20 years and I can listen to anything from medieval to contemporary avant-garde (which I really like). The internet has brought me here often when I was looking for some recommendations, opinions etc., and recently I've discovered Bulldog's and Art Rock's games. So I jumped in. It's a nice oportunity to discover new things. I live with my family in Prague. I listen music mainly on Spotify and scrobble it to Last.fm.

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    You live in one of the most beautiful cities on earth. I hope you take the time to enjoy it.

    You are looking for recommendations? Well you'll find them here.

    Welcome, come ride the music!
    "He who makes songs without feeling spoils both his words and his music. " ~ Guillaume de Machaut

    "Music that is born complex is not inherently better or worse than music that is born simple." ~ Aaron Copland.

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    Welcome to TC, Jan. Say no more.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artran View Post
    Hi. I'm an ordinary listener of classical music without any musical education. I listen (and love) classical music for 20 years and I can listen to anything from medieval to contemporary avant-garde (which I really like). The internet has brought me here often when I was looking for some recommendations, opinions etc., and recently I've discovered Bulldog's and Art Rock's games. So I jumped in. It's a nice oportunity to discover new things. I live with my family in Prague. I listen music mainly on Spotify and scrobble it to Last.fm.

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    Happy listening, Jan. I’m always impressed by how well people from other countries speak English.
    Last edited by Larkenfield; Mar-26-2019 at 07:41.
    "That's all Folks!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larkenfield View Post
    Happy listening, Jan. I’m always impressed by how well people from other countries speak English.
    Thanks for kind words, Larkenfield :-)
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    Thanks for kind words, Larkenfield :-)
    My pleasure. Wishing you enjoyable visits here.
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