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Video Recommendations for lockdown

Mrrzy 11 May 20 - 08:49 AM
gillymor 11 May 20 - 08:43 AM
Donuel 11 May 20 - 08:35 AM
gillymor 10 May 20 - 08:41 AM
Donuel 07 May 20 - 07:19 PM
Dave the Gnome 06 May 20 - 02:39 AM
Helen 05 May 20 - 06:15 PM
Steve Shaw 05 May 20 - 06:11 PM
Nick 05 May 20 - 06:05 PM
Mrrzy 05 May 20 - 04:11 PM
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Mrrzy 05 May 20 - 10:57 AM
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Jon Freeman 05 May 20 - 09:52 AM
Donuel 05 May 20 - 09:28 AM
Dave the Gnome 05 May 20 - 08:42 AM
Donuel 05 May 20 - 06:47 AM
Dave the Gnome 05 May 20 - 06:20 AM
Steve Shaw 05 May 20 - 05:54 AM
Helen 04 May 20 - 11:30 PM
Mrrzy 04 May 20 - 10:18 PM
Steve Shaw 04 May 20 - 08:29 PM
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weerover 04 May 20 - 07:26 AM
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Dave the Gnome 04 May 20 - 07:02 AM
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Steve Shaw 03 May 20 - 02:17 PM
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Donuel 03 May 20 - 10:53 AM
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Steve Shaw 30 Apr 20 - 08:45 PM
rich-joy 29 Apr 20 - 10:20 AM
Donuel 28 Apr 20 - 09:21 PM
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Donuel 28 Apr 20 - 09:02 PM
Steve Shaw 28 Apr 20 - 08:07 PM
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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Mrrzy
Date: 11 May 20 - 08:49 AM

Why do they keep getting foreigners, British, whom I guess all happen to be white and male, to captain St Marie's French-colonized police force under that great chief? Why not bring in a Frenchman, a woman, or poc? More importantly, why not promote from within? The sarge who ended up leaving for reasons I'm not spoiling coulda been promoted. The new sarge having just been promoted to sarge is not qualified right now, sure. But if Internal Affairs comes from France, why not the police chiefs?

Great, great show. Marvy mysteries, superb settings, magnificent music, I alliterate reiteratively.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: gillymor
Date: 11 May 20 - 08:43 AM

I'm not into sci-fi but that he does look interesting.
I watched World on Fire on PBS last night, a WW II drama based in 1940 Europe, and on the basis of season 1 episode 6 I want to see the previous episodes.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Donuel
Date: 11 May 20 - 08:35 AM

Finally a super adult/family COMEDY called -UPLOAD-
is on Prime video. The first 9 hours are free.
Larry David should be jealous how the writers were able to combine; reality, comedy, sci fi, fantasy, mystery and romance into a delicious timely and genius experience.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: gillymor
Date: 10 May 20 - 08:41 AM

I've been working my way through a BFI list- One great film noir for every year . It turns out a lot of these films can be found on Youtube so get you a HDMI cable, hook up to your big screen and you're in fat city.
I got interested in Film Noir through the TCM show "Noir Alley" but sadly my cable provider dropped TCM which, IMO, is a national treasure for those of us who like old and not so old movies uninterupted by ads and presented mostly by knowledgeable film buffs.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Donuel
Date: 07 May 20 - 07:19 PM

Bad US TV shows like 'toddlers & tiaras' is hard to beat but toddlers & Tattoos might do it.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 06 May 20 - 02:39 AM

Series 6 of Spooks starts with a virus that is very contagious, has flue like symptoms and affects the lungs. Were the writers prophets as well? :-)


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Helen
Date: 05 May 20 - 06:15 PM

Thanks Nick. I really liked the Greek music in the show too.

I watched Michael J. Bird's other series as well: Who Pays the Ferryman? set in Crete, The Aphrodite Inheritance set in Cyprus, and The Dark Side of the Sun set in Rhodes, and Maelstrom set in Norway.

While watching one of the early Doctor Who re-runs I realised that Wanda Ventham was one of the main actors in that set of episodes.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 05 May 20 - 06:11 PM

"But why do they keep getting white men to run St Marie's police force?"

They don't. The commissioner is a charismatic black man who, millennia ago, was the scourge of Rigsby in Rising Damp. If you can see racism in Death In Paradise, you not watching it properly.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Nick
Date: 05 May 20 - 06:05 PM

Helen I really liked the Lotus Eaters too and the last episode was good as I remember. You can find the episodes on YouTube last time I looked. And there is an interview with Wanda Ventham talking about the filming of it. If I remember it was the first TV program allowed to be filmed in Greece and was allowed because of the help given to the Locals during the war. It’s weird looking at a Crete with no tourism. But it looks incredibly dated and a lot of the sets look incredibly like the studio they were filmed in!


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Mrrzy
Date: 05 May 20 - 04:11 PM

Ooh! 10 seasons! But why do they keep getting white men to run St Marie's police force?


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Helen
Date: 05 May 20 - 04:09 PM

Ian Hendry. I remember a TV show he starred in called The Lotus Eaters, based on a book written by Michael J. Bird. Back in 1972.

I was really engrossed by that series and something happened so that I never saw the last episode. This was before the prevalence of home video recorders. For many years I never found out what happened at the end. It was a real cliffhanger for me until I started surfing the 'net and every now and then I would search for the show. It wasn't available to buy as far as I could see, and neither was the book. I even looked for it when I started working as a librarian.

Finally I found someone on the 'net who referred to the series and I contacted him. Because there were no copies of the video available he very kindly sent me a copy and I finally saw the last episode. That might have been 20 years after I originally saw the TV show.

I read some of Michael J. Bird's other books when I worked at the library. I liked them too.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Mrrzy
Date: 05 May 20 - 10:57 AM

Aaand... The US Supreme Court. This, for example:

https://www.vox.com/2020/5/4/21230146/supreme-court-ministerial-exemption-religion-civil-rights-discrimination-biel-morrissey-berru


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Mrrzy
Date: 05 May 20 - 10:52 AM

Also this:

https://digg.com/video/invisible-rube-goldberg


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 05 May 20 - 09:52 AM

We start on the The Avengers (60s UK tv series) tonight. I’ll be interested to see what remains of series 1 which starred Ian Hendry as Dr. David Keel with Patrick McNee/John Steed in a secondary role. I’ve probably seen every episode from Honor Blackman/Cathy Gale on more than once (although they will stand another viewing) but I don’t think I’ve seen these bits.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Donuel
Date: 05 May 20 - 09:28 AM

The annoying little brother made a good villain just like in real life.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 05 May 20 - 08:42 AM

Dunno, Donuel. Not seen it.

The Feed I

Looks interesting.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Donuel
Date: 05 May 20 - 06:47 AM

What happens when the ultimate neural implant version of Facebook, located in London, begins to resemble eugenetics?

It happens in 10 hours of the high budget series 'FEED'

Every facet of London and environs is a real tour d'force.
Are the English accents accurate?


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 05 May 20 - 06:20 AM

Orlando Bloom once appeared in Midsommer Murders. I have not been able to find it but I'm sure they managed to squeeze some references to Lord of the Rings in.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 05 May 20 - 05:54 AM

I watched every single episode of Death In Paradise when they were on too. It's daft but it's good escapist fun of a Thursday night. My mate used to teach Danny in London...


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Helen
Date: 04 May 20 - 11:30 PM

One thing I like in British TV shows is when they throw in a reference to another show that an actor has starred in.

Miranda Raison who played Jo in Spooks played the wife of a murdered man in a Death in Paradise episode called Missing a Body. When Ben Miller's character and another one of the members of the police team are discussing whether Miranda's character could manage to shoot her husband right between the eyes, on a beach in the pitch dark, Ben Miller says something to the effect of, "She would have to be MI5 to take that shot". How he or any of the cast kept a straight face when he said that is beyond me, although I expect the director had to yell "Cut!" until they stopped laughing.

I seem to remember that in one of the early episodes of Death in Paradise there was a similar funny aside made about Danny John-Jules's character with reference to his famous character, The Cat in the Red Dwarf series.

Ardal O'Hanlon is worth watching in the show too but I keep expecting him to break into his Father Dougal character.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Mrrzy
Date: 04 May 20 - 10:18 PM

Death in Paradise has good mysteries, great accents, and superb music.

And 9 seasons.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 04 May 20 - 08:29 PM

I watched every episode of Spooks that was ever broadcast when it was actually on. But, for those of you getting all heavy with film DVDs, etc., sod all that. We had that Father Ted one on the box tonight in which Ted kicked Bishop Brennan up the erse. Bloody classic. I'm still corpsing half an hour later.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 04 May 20 - 05:27 PM

Race across the world series 2 - Mexico City to Ushaia in Argentina, the most southerly city in the world!


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 04 May 20 - 05:24 PM

I just watched the last of S5, Weerover. A real nailbiter.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Helen
Date: 04 May 20 - 04:59 PM

Australian ABC-TV is currently re-running some of the Unforgotten series starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar. I said before that I watch any show starring Nicola Walker and some series I have watched and enjoyed recently on TV have been River (a bit strange but worth watching), Last Tango in Halifax, and The Split.

I have mentioned Sanjeev Bhaskar in another thread. He and Meera Syal are favourites of mine because of Goodness Gracious Me, the outrageously funny Indian comedy skit series which started in 1998.

I have to admit that I haven't needed to watch the DVD's much because I can always rely on ABC-TV and SBS-TV to air excellent series and movies. SBS has started a World Movies channel a year ago and it's always worthwhile checking out the schedule.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 04 May 20 - 04:03 PM

But, nit-picking aside, my viewing?

I haven't watched it recently, but I would second the suggestion of "Pleasantville". Not quite time-travel, but much in the vein of "Back to the Future". I enjoy the BTTF trilogy, but (for a similar theme) prefer "Peggy Sue Got Married" with Kathleen Turner & Nicholas Cage.

Lockdown viewing has included re-watching a lot of Dr Who (post 2005). Also the "Harriet Vane" series from the Lord Peter Wimsey books of Dorothy L Sayers. I've watched in the last 10 days "Strong Poison", "Have His Carcase", "Gaudy Night" & "Busman's Honeymoon". After seeing on the news that they were ringing the bell in Notre Dame I also re-watched "The Nine Tailors".

Plenty still to watch though

Cheers


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 04 May 20 - 03:51 PM

DMcG: I particularly enjoyed a villainous Aztec priest that the actor decided to use his stage experience of Shakespeare's King John for, complete with hunch back, Shakespearean language and mannerisms suitable for watching from the back of a large theatre, so wildly overextended for TV. Hilarious!

Are you sure he wasn't channelling Richard III?
I don't recall King John having a hunch back even when played by a lion in Disney's Robin Hood.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: rich-joy
Date: 04 May 20 - 09:33 AM

Dave, Aussies still go to the flicks!

R-J


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Jeri
Date: 04 May 20 - 08:57 AM

On Amazon Prime: The Mountain Minor. It has old timey music and Elizabeth LaPrelle.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: weerover
Date: 04 May 20 - 07:26 AM

Like some others, I am working my way through all the series of "Spooks" - first class.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: DMcG
Date: 04 May 20 - 07:09 AM

Daughter-of-mine is recommending Pleasantville. Here is a "copy and paste" of a thread on Messenger about it:

=====

Her: I think that I loved this film but didn't know the words for it
I just didn't know enough Sartre

I think that we watched it when I was about 15? It has so many avenues of interest and something that I now find more interesting as an adult

The idea of colour representing existentialism or free thought

"They are happy like this"

"No woman is happy in a poodle skirt"


Me: Clever, yes, but also probably really critical timing in making it. Having every frame partially colour and partially not was probably impossible earlier, and later films needing that depth of thought were not "box office"
===

So if your Sartre is up to scratch, it is worth a try.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 04 May 20 - 07:02 AM

I wonder why, when the root is "moving pictures", Americans go to the movies while us Brits go to the pictures?


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Donuel
Date: 04 May 20 - 06:27 AM

A movie that spins like a Mudcat thread is Man from Earth.
It was made with no CGI and no real money. I found it worthwhile and stimulating.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 03 May 20 - 02:17 PM

Be careful what you wish for... ;-)


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 03 May 20 - 02:08 PM

I typed “I second Bonzo”, but ‘Bonzo’ disappeared! Je ne comprends pas!


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 03 May 20 - 02:06 PM

I second - great stuff from Winter Wilson, Reg Meuross, Martin Simpson, Mary Chapin Carpenter and lots of others.

We’ve just watched ‘Blood’ season 2 on Channel 5 - very good.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 03 May 20 - 01:09 PM

Plenty of facebook concerts from home videos to watch and the wonderful Show of Hands concert at the Minack with Geoff Lakeman.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Donuel
Date: 03 May 20 - 10:53 AM

Defending your Life is a favorite of mine.
Watched 'Gawd' last night and 30% of it was excellent. The formulaic writing to stretch an extra hour was unessesary.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 May 20 - 06:28 AM

Spooks season 5 episodes 1 and 2 are stunners. Nailbiting stuff. I am not doing UK politics for a while but I was very tempted to post into that thread. Politicians and billionaires alike using their press lackeys to wind up the population for their own nefarious ends. Fact mirroring fiction or what!


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 30 Apr 20 - 08:45 PM

Abandoned classical for one night and did a triple on YouTube, ignoring awful video and sound quality...Chris Wood and Andy Cutting doing History Man/Roseville Fair, then them doing Hares On A Mountain, then Chris Wood doing his amazing story song One In A Million. We had them at our folk club a lot in the early-mid 90s. Sublime. The absolute dog's danglies.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: rich-joy
Date: 29 Apr 20 - 10:20 AM

Oooo, thanks Dave - I'd quite forgotten about Hornblower - better search out my set of Horatio DVDs, too!
(and should I get tired of watching all that action from my two British heroes, I can always go for "The Darling Buds of May" :)

R-J


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Apr 20 - 09:21 PM

The seed of Beethoven's 9 th


That makes very satisfying tunes Helen


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Helen
Date: 28 Apr 20 - 09:07 PM

Google has put some of their classic doodle games back up and this is my favourite:

Fischinger

Create your own musical mini-pieces and you get the accompanying visual effects as well.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Apr 20 - 09:02 PM

Rossini: Petite messe solennelle starts like Motzart and goes just shy of Beethoven. Ever wonder what Motzart would compose in his 70's

be nice, time is short.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 28 Apr 20 - 08:07 PM

Beethoven's 7th doesn't need pissing around with.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Apr 20 - 06:08 PM

It's rare to hear anyone else like Haydn. I like reducing Haydn to duets or quartets. Even modern improv can jazz it up.
You know, the way Jacque Loussier can do with ANYTHING!
He once did 30 variations on Beethoven's 7th of which I liked several, but he is such a perfectionist.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 28 Apr 20 - 11:40 AM

I went through my Sharpe Dvds too, Rich-Joy. Followed by Hornblower :-) I must revisit the Hornblower book too. I spent the first term of 6th form deciding if it was for me or not and in the library reading Forester. I dropped out of college but kept up my love of adventure on the high seas :-)


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 28 Apr 20 - 11:19 AM

Mahler is too serious for me all the time. If I want life-affirming I don't want Mahler. The best Masses are uplifting. Apart from the aforementioned Mozart, there's lots of cheery music in Haydn's Nelsonmesse and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. If Rossini can't make you smile you're tired of life. There isn't a laugh a minute in Bach's B Minor Mass, but you'll come away with your spirit strengthened (as long as you had the two hours to spare).


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Apr 20 - 10:55 AM

One of the best US political comedy series for these times is VEEP. Its full of outrageous phrases.

On the classical side I'm fond of Hanson, Borodin, Debussey, Ravel, Boito, Rachmaninov... B I have a collection of nature sounds that are soothing. I also go with soundtracks for blasts from the past.
There's a movie called the road to Wellville with a laughing chorus that puts Die Fleidermouse in the shade.

Masses or Mahler are too serious at the moment for me.


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Subject: RE: Video Recommendations for lockdown
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 27 Apr 20 - 08:32 PM

Who added "Video" to the thread title? Why does it have to be video??

As I type this I'm listening to a recording of Mozart's C minor Mass, K427, a concert conducted by Herbert Blomstedt which was repeated on Radio 3 this evening. A stunningly wonderful life-affirming masterpiece. Mozart wrote the soprano sections for his sister-in-law Aloysia Weber and for his wife Constanze (Aloysia's sister, of course), and the music is, unusually, scored for two soprano voices. The amazing coloratura Et Incarnatus Est was written for Constanze. Sections of the Mass are missing, most notably the whole of the Agnus Dei.

I reckon that Wolfie was more in love with Aloysia, though he was a faithful husband to Constanze. Dammit, who wouldn't have written such lovely music, surrounded as he was by such beautiful women...


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