April 15, 2004

Hall of Fame 2004 The best of classical music [via Nomen Luni].
  • This kind of chart always includes some questionable results (this one, I would guess, probably makes more sense to regular Classic FM listeners). Interesting, though - one or two of these I haven't even heard of - who on earth is J. Ungar, up there at no. 18?
  • The main links' broken now. New link.
  • If the Rach no. 2 wins, I don't want to know the rest of the story.
  • It does. I've never heard it though. Can you elaborate?
  • Full-blown pianistic Romanticism. Not my thing at all, I'm afraid, I find it over-ornamented and over-emotional. Or just over-egged.
  • I wonder where goetter is?
  • I first couldn't get into the site, and wasn't deeply motivated to try again once you mentioned the Rocky 2nd. Man, I hates me some Rachmaninoff. Kind of quaint to see all the Elgar and Vaughan Williams in the list. How patriotic of them. No Bartok, no Ives. A single Monteverdi and a single Tallis (!?) the sole representatives of the Renaissance. Very little chamber music. I presume that they mean the Ravel orchestrations of all the Mussorgsky. Plegmund, I'd never heard of Ungar, either. Apparently (go Google!) the piece in question got picked up on a soundtrack, which I suppose made folks request it more. Ditto the Howard Shore thingy. And somebody's theme for Schindler's List. Plenty of treacle here. I'm too tired to be properly snide. It's been a long day. G'night, y'all.
  • A bit startled by the inclusion of Scott Joplin as a classical composer. But if that's the case -- Wot I want to know is where is James Scott, a ragtime composer whose work I admire more than Joplin's.