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  1. I've been listening to various versions of the Bach/Busoni Chaconne in D minor. This is a pretty good performance and cool video:
  2. Marion Brown: Porto Novo

    Me too. BTW, Dusty Groove maintains a good source of info on upcoming releases (incl. both of the aforementioned): https://www.dustygroove.com/coming-soon/jazz
  3. What music did you buy today?

    I'm not much into vocal Bach, but love the St. Matthew Passion and enjoy the Mass in B Minor and Christmas Oratorio. Have not thus far elected to explore the cantatas - it's a daunting prospect and there are too many other things competing for attention. Oddly, I discovered Renaissance polyphony a few years ago and became an enthusiast despite not having a big appetite for Christian religious music. But my collection thereof will never get overly big, because there are only so many Kyrie eleisons, Glorias, etc. I want to hear.
  4. What music did you buy today?

    Well, tastes obviously differ and you don't have to like Bach...I'm kind of a math nerd and love the structure of contrapuntal music. Regarding lack of "room for interpretation", I've found plenty in Bach. That said, the three Partitas recordings I currently own (Schepkin 1, Tipo, J. C. Martins; Schepkin 1 the favorite) all feature quite a bit of embellishment or "extravagance". Schepkin 2 supposedly tones down some of his earlier embellishments. (Other Bach solo keyboard performers: I own quite a bit of Gould and Schiff on piano, a Feltsman Art of the Fugue on piano, a Feinberg WTC on piano and a Hantai GV on harpsichord. Plus various recordings by those previously mentioned.) I recently read a review of a Morton Feldman recording in which the critic expressed the opinion that Feldman's piano music allows relatively little "r f i" and that recordings don't differ very much. I don't agree, but the dynamics (often pp to ppp ) tend to obscure differences. I've attended a couple of performances of Steve Reich's music recently, and he seems like a composer who might truly leave little "r f i", because the phasing has to be executed so precisely. But I haven't heard all that much Reich.
  5. What music did you buy today?

    I don't exactly need another recording of the Partitas, but they're personal favorites and I really enjoyed Schepkin's earlier (Ongaku) recording, so...
  6. I think the new BRO site is horrific and had given up visiting until I got a message a week or so ago saying that the search engine had been debugged (it was previously bug-ridden and utterly useless). The old site was crappy/bizarre, but I knew how to navigate the search engine, cart and wish lists. The new site still sucks IMO, but the search engine at least now appears functional to some degree.
  7. [Tristano, Konitz, Marsh] +1
  8. Mostly to hear Tallis's Spem in alium.