It's amazing to think it limped through another full season before restoration began in January of 2002. Even in its dilapidated state in this recording, it's still a lovely sounding organ. It had considerably more presence on the night than it does on the recording. :)
I thought *this* was wild... until I heard the original orchestration! I believe both versions have their own unique contributions to make. I find the revision more propulsive, suspenseful, and confident. The original version by comparison is fidgety, nervous, hesitant, but oh-so-brutal. It really keeps you on your toes!
I have a fancy that this is a sneak preview of the Skyward Sword score. Nobody hires a 60 piece orchestra to record two minutes of music. I bet this is really Skyward Sword. Betcha. :)
It's called Patriotism; I know that being proud of your heritage is a Satanic sin these days, but that doesn't mean it's a bad thing. It's something we could use a lot more of. It's wonderful hearing these young kids playing so beautifully, learning great English music that stirs the pride in their souls, and ours. There is absolutely nothing to pity about the music of Sir Edward Elgar.
That's a rather pessimistic thought... Hisaishi is only sixty and is in excellent health. :)
Of course, one day, he will pass on (like all of us) and on that day I will cry with you - but worrying about it now helps nobody. Enjoy the man's music and be grateful that even 35 years into his career he's still at the top of his game. :)
Absolutely, don't disagree with that at all.. :)
It just seems that the world is full of people who will immediately dismiss an opinion simply because it isn't coming from the greatest known authority on that topic; you know, the old "a critic must be able to do the thing he is criticising, to a standard equal to or higher than the person under critique, or his opinion is worthless" chestnut. :)
Yes, isn't it just terrible to see a brand new orchestra, with members from many different nationalities all playing together, united in a love for great music. Makes your blood boil! The fact is that classical music in India is not sufficiently widespread to populate the orchestra exclusively with ethnic Indians - probably due to the lack of a national orchestra in India. The SOI encourages Indians to participate in classical music and thus form a new generation of musicians.
Come on, chaps - let's get it right.
Noddy (Noddy), the little man with the red and yellow car
Noddy (Noddy), his tinkling bell means he's the happiest little fellow in all Toy Land
There's Big Ears and Tubby and Mr Plod, and all his special friends,
It's sixpence an adventure then he'll take you home again.
And now it's time for Noddy to wave and say Goodbye,
He's tired and sleepy and nodding his head,
He's ready to curl himself up in bed,
And see what tomorrow Brings
for Noddy (x3)
You owe no apology; some folk can't handle intellectual conversation and so they attack. Your professional, informed viewpoint is *very* welcome. :)
Wow, congratulations for being involved in such a great performance. I was there in the audience (at the tender age of 16) and this night changed my life.