Gert-Jan Blom (Channel Classics)
Subject: Gurdjieff Review
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2000 11:05:50 +0800
Dear Darrell ,
Jared Sacks of Channel Classics forwarded me your review
of the MUSIC FOR THE MOVEMENTS cd that i produced with Wim
van Dullemen . May i compliment you on this excellent piece of writing
, your review is accurate , concise and comprehensible. I will pass
it on to Wim .
thanks very much .
Ang Phay Li Sandra
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 20:39:28 +0800
Hello, hey this is my first time surfing by the flying inkpot and
i must say you guys..everyone of u has a talent in writing and reviewing
man,...very entertaining...and yes, i am going to get the cambridge
singers/rutter new album.
From: J. Lewis
Sent: 29 September 1999 22:58
Subject: Re: SIBELIUS Vanska KARELIA Kuolema VALSE
PS-- you're involved with the Flying Inkpot, right? The Sibelius
Nutcase's reviews & articles rocked my world.
Thu, 12 Aug 1999 21:26:10 -0400
From: Mark C. Lange
Subject: Sibelius Tone Poems
I think your write ups on the the music of Sibelius for Inkpot are
great. Do you have any recommendations for very atmospheric renditions
of the tone poems? What do you think of the early fifties Boult
recordings of these? I am looking to get a couple of CDs that cover
most of the tone poems. Any advice you could give would be most
Date: Mon, 09 Aug 1999 17:32:58 +0800
Subject: Three cheers for inkpot
After seeing so much of The Inkpot Sibelius Nutcase~tm reviews and
reading some of them, I finally got for myself a copy of Sibelius
work. I got the Violin Concerto in D minor, and boy .. do I love
it! No regrets at all! :) Will be looking out for more of them when
I'm not so broke. In the meantime, do keep up the good work with
Date: Sun, 08 Aug 1999 06:52:54 PDT
I just have to write and congratulate all of you at the Classical
Inkpot for a fantastic job! You guys truly deserve every single
one of those awards you got! I've been surfing just about every
classical music site on the Internet and yours is undeniably one
of the best. Please keep up the great work as I'll be making repeat
visits as often as I can! By the way, my particular favourite is
the wonderful CD review section, since I'm a crazed collector myself.
Thanks again, and good luck!
Catharine Jaap, Delos
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1999 11:57:37 EDT
Subject: Wonderful Website
on your wonderful Flying Inkpot website.
What a joy to read your communication . . . . you have a wonderful
philosophy and a complete understanding of what the classical marketplace
is and what it needs. Delos is very much in agreement with you and
I look forward to a long association. ...
Christopher D Brakel
Subject: Re: Mahler VC?
Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 11:17:10
well done...I think that is the best trick I've seen to date, although
I am still disappointed. Your album cover art work and such was
impeccable. Anyhow, thanks for responding. I do like your site still.
Will be back.
Christopher D. Brakel, Composer, University of Minnesota
Fri, 07 May 1999 17:16:22 -0700
From: Bill Rosen
Subject: Keep Up The Good Work!
Derek et al:
I have enjoyed your classical record reviews for the last several
months. I get Gramophone, Fanfare and the American Record Guide
and read all their reviews. But your collective reviews are special
and have something the others lack: the genuine enthusiasm of a
music-lover. Although your reviews can be quite critical, they are
always focused on the musical experience. Your typography and pictures
regret that I did not know of your collective existence when I was
in Singapore in April, 1998. I would have insisted on taking you
out to lunch. What I can offer is this: if you have any LPs or CDs
you really want, I'll try to find them new or used for you here
in San Diego or LA and send them to you. No doubt you are aware
of the many sites on the Internet offering CDs at prices well below
Tower. There is also the auction house (eBay) that shows about 70-100
new CDs each day.
I hope school goes well and we shall look forward to your return.
San Diego, CA USA
Sun, 11 Apr 1999 04:09:52 -0700
From: Harold S. Berman
Subject: Spohr Piano Trios
I spent a good part of today looking for a review of Spohr trios
and finally found your splendid article. I do not have the recording
you reviewed. I have another Naxos recording, also with the Hartley
Trio, Opus 119, or No. 1. It is paired with a piano quintet. While
the quintet is pretty dull, the trio is absolutely gorgeous and
the playing superb. I hope more trios begin to play the music of
Spohr and other less than famous composers. I especially like Stamitz
and Dittersdorf. And the Boldieu Harp Concerto is a real gem. But
orchestras rarely program harp concertos, a real shame. I love the
style of writing in your publication. It has tremendous vitality,
wit and intelligence. Keep up the good work.
Berman in Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
Sun, 21 Mar 1999 15:49:09 -0600
From: Francisco Simán
Subject: The meaning of music
you for your review of the 5th symphony. You write from the heart,
and without too much technicality (which is great for those of us
who are not musicians but have gradually fallen in love with a certain
kind of classical music).
was wondering just how many recordings of Sibelius' works you have;
I'm sure the numbers qualify you as a Nutcase... ;-)
up the good work. There will always be people out there who appreciate
your efforts. Thanks to people like you, truly special music gets
disseminated; I don't think I would've listened to Sibelius as closely
as I have had I not read your reviews. (I found The Flying Inkpot
by serendipity; that's the problem with the web, there's just too
much stuff out there -good and bad...).
Subject: Thanks for a job well done!
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 09:25:05 -0500
you have a mailing list? If so, would you kindly add my name?
All best regards.
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 12:38:17 EST
Subject: Re: Where to Start?
Thank you, thank you, thank you! The wonderful information that
you gave me is exactly what I wanted: a place to start! With your
printed E-mail in hand, I'm ready to jump into my trusty VW Bug
and head for the nearest music store and begin my classical adventure!
I'll be back to Inkpot often and will let you know how I make out
with my selections. I do appreciate your taking the time and effort
to gently guide me into what I'm sure will be a beautiful experience.
Most gratefully yours,
Sun, 07 Mar 1999 22:37:16 +0800 From: Ong Yi Pin Subject: The flying
inkpot - classical music
Hi! The flying inkpot classical page is a real treasure of music
reviews. It's gratifying to see such a comprehensive webpage on
classical reviews. I enjoy reading them and look forward to your
next issue. I enjoy classical music myself and it's great to be
able to read you guys' reviews. However, I was wondering why not
have a forum too? So that there may be interaction amond the readers
and the editor/reviewers.
Date: Sun, 7 Mar 1999 12:29:39 EST
Subject: Where to Start?
of Yahoo's Pick of the Week 3/1/99, I discovered your website and
although I cannot honestly describe myself as a fledgling devotee
of classical music (more like still-in-the-egg and peckingly curious),
I liked the tone of your web page. From reading several of your
reviews (Mahler's Fifth and Tristan and Isolde), I've worked up
my courage and am going to purchase these CDs to finally take the
plunge into the classical realm.
so here's the question(s): as a newbie to classical, but as an established
all around absolute music lover of nearly every genre, where do
I begin? Is there some logical progression in selecting classical
works for someone who is just beginning to appreciate pure orchestral
music, or should I simply go the hunt and peck route? Would it help
you to know that in all musical genre, I appreciate most the very
dramatic, emotionally moving, soaring, and kleenex-necessary pieces?
I love music that MOVES me, be it rock, blues, jazz, country, new
age, musicals, soundtracks, world -- whatever.
that, Dr. Inkpot Classical Genius ;-), where do I begin? What do
you recommend? Thanking you in advance for what I am sure will be
an enlightening response, I remain most humbly your anxious correspondent
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA,
Date: Sun, 7 Mar 1999 03:03:11 EST
Subject: Complete Symphonies
from Seattle, Washington, USA. I have truly enjoyed your Sibelius
reviews. I think you hear the same way I do. I have just started
buying Sibelius CDs in the past year, so I am kind of new.
Sat, 06 Mar 1999 01:02:13 +0800 From: Hoh Chung Shih Subject: hello
are you? i like your reviews. much better than that guy on st. you
may not know a lot about the historical background of european classical
music, but you got style, opinion well informed by sound, if not
good intuition, betraying a musical, albeit unlearned ear. so wonderful
and refreshing to read your reviews. if st insists on having amateur
reviewer, they should have you. also, you are so honest. forgive
me for being so direct; there is no other ways for me to express
my joy on this desert island.
all the best.
Tue, 02 Mar 1999 00:02:30 -0500
From: John Graves
Subject: Good job!
By now you probably have dozens of compliments in your inbox, coming
to you because of the listing in Yahoo's picks. I saw the Inkpot
page a year or so ago but had lost track of it until today when
the Yahoo listing came.
I just wanted to say that I think your writing on classical music,
especially on Bach and Handel, is outstanding. You really know a
lot about the music and you have a beautiful, fluent style.
Wed, 3 Feb 1999 21:06:50 +0800 (MALT) From: Haydon Cherry Subject:
I enjoy reading your reviews of various Sibelius recordings on the
Subject: Re: The Dufay Collective
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 09:41:21 +0800
Thank you too for your sincere reviews. I'll send this immediately
to The Dufay Collective. I was wondering if you managed to read
the review by The Straits Times about them? They were pretty upset
On behalf of Caldwell Arts, I wish you every success in the Flying
Ink Pot and certainly hope more people will come to know about the
website. By the way, have you given an official launch for this
Manager, Caldwell Arts Pte Ltd
Sun, 10 Jan 1999 23:33:50 +0800
From: Yi Pin
Subject: The Flying Inkpot - Tchaikovsky Complete works for Violin
I happened to surf onto The Flying Inkpot by a search of Noriko
Ogawa, and I had found, to my most pleasent surprise, a whole store
of treasures in the above mentioned webpage. I must say the classical
reviews are very interesting and useful. :) Simply love this page!
I love classical music too and am a beginner to operas. Thank you
for reading my mail.
Happy New Year!
Subject: should have more
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 1998 08:22:07 +0800
I have read the 2nd Anniversary Editorial which
I find really humorous and interesting.I feel that it would be better
to include this more often,like the one on the dumb Heineken Beer
commercial which I mailed you the last time.It's really entertaining
for music lovers.Anyway it was commendable especially for the writer
to think of the funny conversations between the composers which
left me laughing uncontrollably after I read.
Comments from a satisfied reader.
Subject: Re: Hello!
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 15:24:29 +0200
Thank You 1000x ! It is phantastic, Your rewiew! You has writing
some, for me very important things, for example about the singing
voices, the articulation of then... and many other things!
I have a question: Can I use parts of your rewiew to my prospekt?
And: If You know some way to sell my CDs? I have big problems with
this, then all our financial power is in the CDs, the Chanterelle
Edition make the distribution not well, and we have only a some
order from the net... Can You help us?
I thank You for your rewiew, and help again!
With the best regards,
Mon, 07 Jun 1999 00:38:03 +0200
From: Tanja Becker-Bender
Subject: Thank you!
Thank you very much for publishing my answer so promptly! Also,
I was very happy to read the thoughtful words you wrote about your
editorial policy. I understand your attitude very well and share
your idea of expressing an opinion about a performance. This job
deserves the greatest respect from the point of view of an artist,
as well as this job is an art in itself: considerately and sensitively
listening, reflecting on performances and communicating a personal
yet argument-based opinion to a broad public. Therefore, I admire
your honest attitude very much!
me, it is also interesting to be in touch with music critics who
are around my age! The usual experience, for me as well, is to face
people from an older generation. Once again, thank you very much
for your help!
would be very happy to return to Singapore soon for further performances
- maybe we can even meet and talk personally then. It would be a
great honour for me.
the best wishes to you!
Thu, 03 Jun 1999 00:41:29 +1000
From: Billy Kitson
Subject: WEB PAGE
The Web page is a little beauty - Can I publicize it on All the
Classical Music ListS that I subscribe to ?? Already I shall be
ordering a Naxos CD that I saw reviewed ?? First time visited -
will Not be the last - try every 48 Hours in future
#44, Posted May 26 1999 11:48PM
BTW, Derek, I have enjoyed your reviews online at the Flying Inkpot.
I have found them lucid and well-written, and they have been most
helpful to me.
I used to drop in on the recordings boards at CI before it collapse.
The gods of music and etiquette must have conspired, given how raucous
the discussions often became. In any event, it was with pleasure
that I ran across your CD reviews at Inkpot. I just finished your
judicious and well-written account of Klemperer's Mahler 2nd, all
the more enjoyable since I just bought the recording.
Toward the end at CI, although I had been burned once too often
in the past, I begana to post about historical recordings. Would
you like to correspond about that? Or any other topic in particular?
I am an avid listener and not overly fanatical collector. I do buy
quite a lot of CDs, so really almost any topic post-Mozart and Haydn
is fine with me.