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Friday June 16 2006

Yes, and you can listen to us here.  It lasts just over 45 minutes.

I’ve been classical music fan all my life.  Alex Singleton has got into it only recently.  So we have plenty to talk about.  Alex talks about the classical music he has begun with.  I try to talk about music that might be appealing to newcomers to this music, and about the barriers people might face, or feel that they face, between them and enjoying it.

An oddity of this particular mp3 file is that it contains absolutely no music.  Which is a bit odd, I suppose.  Is this sensible?  Will people grumble?  Well, our answer is we’re doing this as much for our own amusement as for anyone else’s edification, and, at any rate for now, you’ll just have to jot down the names of pieces and enterprises and musicians we mention and do your own Googling, should you want to know more.  My editing skills are primitive to non-existent, and if I were to try messing about with bits of music, well, it wouldn’t work.  If we do about half a dozen of these things, and the word gets around that they’re worth listening to, then maybe then would be the time for me to pester my long suffering London computer expert friends about how to do this.  For now, its plain chat, or nothing, so plain chat it is.

We have in mind to keep it leisurely, and to do one of these things about once a month, and just see how it develops.  It so happens that Alex and I did this mp3 on the same afternoon as Antoine and I did our thing later in the evening.  But you may note that Alex introduces our chat by just saying that this is “June 2006”.  No date, and certainly no time.  This is not a once-a-week every-Tuesday-night regular-as-clockwork thing the way the Brian and Antoine mp3s are at least supposed to be.  Which means that some time Quite Soon Now, I might very well have another listen to our conversation, and note down the pieces of music and the various enterprises and websites we mention, and do some further blogging about them, and include some decent links.  I may get around to suggesting favourite and recommendable cheap performances of some of the pieces we talk about.  But, as I keep saying here, I promise nothing.

So meanwhile, here is the conversation itself, and I hope those of you who give it a try find it entertaining and interesting.

A final word of thanks, to Antoine.  He has convinced me completely that this podcasting/mp3/whatever thing is a goer, even if it may never set the world on fire.