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A Night in the Life - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
September 3rd, 2002
08:55 am

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A Night in the Life
Last night I stayed up, installed Debian GNU/Linux on two computers at home, while reading (for the first time) the Acts of the Apostles. Kinky.

Current Mood: silly
Current Music: Violin concerto op.77 by Brahms -- Jasha Heifetz and the NY phil.

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From:kritzit
Date:September 3rd, 2002 03:49 am (UTC)

what are you doing up so early ?

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I'm shocked !
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From:ijon
Date:September 3rd, 2002 04:08 am (UTC)

Re: what are you doing up so early ?

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Oh, had a meeting at the office. But actually, I got up at 06:00am to mess some more with my new Linux boxen. Don't worry, the novelty will soon wear off, and I should be back to my usual late-rising self.
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From:ijon
Date:September 3rd, 2002 04:10 am (UTC)

Arrgh!

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Oh wait! In about six weeks, I shall start getting up obscenely early: university life. [gulp]

Classical Greek every Sunday morning, 09:00-12:00. Kinky again.
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From:ukelele
Date:September 3rd, 2002 06:49 pm (UTC)
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hee hee hee Debian :). I had to kick my Debian box a few times tonight.

Oh, uh, I found you when, to my great shock, I wasn't the only LJ user with the interest "autodidacts." Then, bizarrely enough, it turned out you knew some people I know. Uh. Yeah. Small world.
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From:ijon
Date:September 5th, 2002 08:26 am (UTC)

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I'm sure there are plenty of autodidacts on LJ, but I guess most of them didn't think of listing this interest. Small World, incidentally, is a fantastic book by David Lodge (but read his Changing Places first, to get the story right).

Anyhow, pleased to make your acquaintance :)
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From:oddcellist
Date:September 4th, 2002 07:36 pm (UTC)

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Salve!

I've always liked Brahms's violin concertos, of course. But when was the last time you sat down to a really good recording of his Double Concerto for Violin and Cello? More than anything else of his, I think that one leaves me gasping.

In the unlikely event that you were wondering, I got here from your post on classics. Good luck with your studies; cupio omnia, quae vis. Would you mind terribly if I were to add you to my 'friends' list?

Lingua Latina optima est.

Vale.
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From:ijon
Date:September 5th, 2002 08:18 am (UTC)

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I'm woefully ignorant of Brahms's music, I'm afraid. The only Brahms piece I really know is his sublime German Requiem. Ahh!

But I shall do my best to get my hands on a decent recording of the Double Concerto. Can you recommend a specific one?

The 'Salve' sort of gave you away :)

I feel that there is never a need to ask for permission on LJ; anyhow, you're most welcome, and it is always a pleasure to discover new people who share some of my interests. The combination of an interest in classics and in classical music is especially heartwarming to me.
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From:oddcellist
Date:September 5th, 2002 08:42 pm (UTC)

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A good investment is the two-CD Brahms symphony set. I can't find my own right now, but they're all under von Karajan with the Berliner Philharmoniker, maybe.

As a cellist, I've got three rather cello-focused recordings. One is part of a Rostropovich set put out by EMI Classics and has him and David Oistrakh on violin under Szell/Cleveland; another is on an uncommon label (Grammofono 2000) and is Casals with Jacques Thibaud. The best of my recordings is on a "Russian Disc" label, unless I'm reading the label wrong, and features Rostropovich with Boris Gutnikov on violin and the USSR Symphony Orchestra under Boris Khalkin.

Hope all's well; I'll be popping in again by and by.
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From:batilda
Date:September 9th, 2002 10:08 am (UTC)

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well, i guess this makes more reasons for arranging a musical evening i've been thinking about(thematical or introducing to each other favorite pieces or... any more ideas?). what do you say? and only few days ago i heard on radio his 2nd cello sonata, making mental notes to put it on the list... :-)
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From:ijon
Date:September 10th, 2002 03:57 am (UTC)

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I'm game! I'll introduce some Rachmaninov and/or Wagner.
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From:passacaglio
Date:September 16th, 2002 06:19 am (UTC)

yes! yes!

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Me do Chopin. Or Satie..
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