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Someone listen to some Mozart for me, please

Posted on April 27, 2000 at 05:32:59

I'm currently on an extended job trip to a series of third world and former Soviet countries. It's been about 10 days now, and another 30 or more or austere deprivation are in front of me. Actually, I have clean water and even occasionally can get on the net, but I'm badly missing my family, including my stereo. While I can't ask any of my friends at the asylum to do anything for my wife(don't go there!) or play catch with my son, I was wondering if someone could in my honor do something as simple as listen to some Mozart, preferably a horn concerti, and just report back to let me know that it was enjoyed. Let me have some vicarious pleasure. No reason all of us should be deprived. Then maybe some heavy Bach - Let me know how it was enjoyed, describe for me the depth of the venue, the purity of the performance, the height of the crescendo.....



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Just drink vodka and use your own imagination, posted on April 27, 2000 at 05:59:07

Or visit a concert.



Re: Good news and bad news..., posted on April 27, 2000 at 07:45:14
Jim Willis

I find that music in the former soviet republics can be great. Don't deprive yourself - get to the opera, ballet or symphony!!! If it's been tied to mother russia, it has classical music somewhere in town.

If you're in Africa, just pretend that you like heavily distorted music played extremely loudly through cheap amplifiers and speakers and go out to a local club.

But everywhere in the world has music. Think of this as an opportunity to expand your musical horizons. I put in about 250,000 miles a year throughout the world, mainly developing countries and countries with economies in transition. There's always music if I look hard enough. I don't always enjoy it, but beggars can't be choosers. Some of my best musical moments have been on travel.

Nevertheless, when I get home I always listen to Bach. Hell. Come to think of it, when I get home from work I listen to Bach, too.


Now, you sound like an enlightened fellow..., posted on April 27, 2000 at 08:31:59

Why don't you bring along a portable CD player and some CDs in one of those plastic sleeve holders? I know I would...I don't do deprivation very well :-)

OR, and maybe more to the point, make some MP3 files out of your favorite CDs (don't know if this can be done w/vinyl) and load 'em on your laptop.

OR, use the CD player in your laptop.

There are numerous possibilities here. I'm OK with vicarious pleasure for some things (I find it's less itchy), but music isn't one of them!!!


I will, as soon as the Bruckner record ends, posted on April 27, 2000 at 13:27:31
Jorge F

Problem will be choosing. The K.622 itself can be found on some six versions :-)




There's classical in digital format now?, posted on April 27, 2000 at 14:20:56

I really only ever heard classical on used vinyl. You say it's out on digital now? I thought that was for that newer stuff the kids are listening to. I gotta get out of the asylum more often! Thanks for the suggustion - I'll stock up before I let this happen again, but the request was sincere and I'm still hoping....

I will look into the live symphony offerings for Saturday night in Almaty though.


I tried to buy a laptop that could play vinyl..., posted on April 27, 2000 at 14:37:57

and it worked just fine. The problem was I couldn't afford the PCMCIA tube amp to drive it.

Also, regarding "I gotta get out of the asylum more often! "...
Yeah, me too.


Get a tubed laptop in pentode config...(nt), posted on April 27, 2000 at 15:09:18
Binayak Bhattacharyya



ROTFL <nt>, posted on April 27, 2000 at 15:22:15



Listen to some Mozart?, posted on April 28, 2000 at 21:54:32
Charlie F.

Considering the angst you're experiencing, dpy, Mozart does seem a bit light (never mind the Requiem, O.K.?) as a balancing act for your current situation. Are you certain you wouldn't like to hear about the weight of Bruckner's 3rd Symphony? Or Karl Richter's performance of Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in Dm"?

I'm sorry. I'm just enjoying the final 13 minutes or so of my 47th birthday (and yet another beer or two …). Yep, me and Mehta were born on 4/28. I promise that I will listen to the Dennis Brain Mozart Horn Concerti from the EMI Great Recordings of the Century series either tomorrow or Sunday afternoon.

O.K.? I truly hope this will help.

Happy future travels!
Charlie F.


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