My Little Holidays Gift To You All, On This Eve Of The New Year 2015

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    Dec 31, 2014 11:40 PM GMT
    A gift of glorious music that makes my heart melt, even though I'm not religious. One by Handel, my favorite from his "Messiah", and another by Haydn from his "Creation". These bring me to tears.

    Both of these performances conducted by Sir Colin Davis. Only the British know how to properly perform these works, the absurd Mormon Tabernacle Choir notwithstanding, and their overwrought rendition of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus".

    My present to you all, and have the most happy & prosperous 2015! icon_biggrin.gif



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    Jan 01, 2015 12:23 AM GMT
    Incidentally, I'll be leaving in a few minutes for a New Year's Eve dinner with friends. One of our hosts is a noted choral conductor, with whom my husband & I have performed. My husband co-founded with him the original and oldest gay men's chorus in the State of Florida, and several more afterwards.

    Music is more important to me than I usually admit. Mostly because my modest talents, such as they once were, are long gone, more a painful memory for me than something I often like to recall. My first wife sang these 2 very pieces as well, and I used to accompany her wonderful French horn performances on my piano. And I would compose music with lyrics to give as gifts to friends, for weddings and other special occasions.

    Well, that's all long past. All I can do today is listen to marvelous music like this, and sometimes to the few surviving recordings of my own piano performances from the late 1960s, way before most of you were even born.
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    Jan 01, 2015 12:29 AM GMT
    Even without listening to those pieces, thank you for the present and a Happy New Year to you and your husband.
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    Jan 01, 2015 12:33 AM GMT
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    Even without listening to those pieces, thank you for the present and a Happy New Year to you and your husband.

    Thank you, dear sir, and the same to you! But do listen to them! A present unopened is a present not received.
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    Jan 01, 2015 4:30 AM GMT
    Another performance of Handel's "Messiah", here by the Choir of King's College at Cambridge. Again, only the British really know how to perform Handel's choral works. This is "Good Tidings To Zion." The soloist is wonderful, but when the full choir comes in just past 4 minutes your heart leaps at that phenomenal sound.

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    Jan 01, 2015 2:46 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidA gift of glorious music that makes my heart melt, even though I'm not religious. One by Handel, my favorite from his "Messiah", and another by Haydn from his "Creation". These bring me to tears.

    Both of these performances conducted by Sir Colin Davis. Only the British know how to properly perform these works, the absurd Mormon Tabernacle Choir notwithstanding, and their overwrought rendition of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus".

    My present to you all, and have the most happy & prosperous 2015! icon_biggrin.gif





    "Only the British know how to properly perform these works"

    And Sir Neville Marriner is at least as good, best known for (Academy of St Martin in the Fields)