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by Steinway
Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fifty years after the assassination...
Replies: 16
Views: 3169

Re: Fifty years after the assassination...

After all these 50 years, having read many books and articles on the subject of the events, I remain one those sceptics who firmly believe that Kennedy was not killed by Oswald alone and that other shooters were involved.

Am I alone in this thinking or do others on this forum feel the same way ??
by Steinway
Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Senate: Filibuster reform at last
Replies: 8
Views: 1688

Re: The Senate: Filibuster reform at last

It's time for Obama to sock it to the obstructionists.

At long last, there's some joy in Washington0 and the Republicans are squirming.

Pull the trigger, Barack. :lol:
by Steinway
Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms, Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Handel
Replies: 43
Views: 4781

Re: Brahms, Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Handel

"My piano teacher used to be able to sight-read "Le Tombeau de Couperin", Prokofiev's piano sonata No. 7, some pieces by Ginastera and many of the Beethoven piano sonatas. In fact, my "lessons" were listening to him play these and then both of us discussing and deconstructing them!!!" A remarkable s...
by Steinway
Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wishing Anton Kuerti a speedy recovery
Replies: 8
Views: 3732

Re: Wishing Anton Kuerti a speedy recovery

Kuerti is one of the world's great pianists and, above his artistry, a marvelous human being.

His recordings are among my most cherished possessions.

Let's hope he is back to good health.
by Steinway
Sat Oct 26, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Beware the Koch Brothers
Replies: 0
Views: 1071

Beware the Koch Brothers

The Kochs' Brazen Buyout of Our Democracy Is Right Up There with the Worst Oligarchs in American History Spending hundreds of millions to buy as much political power as they can for a project that could earn them over $100 billion. October 23, 2013 | To understand the present, you have to understand...
by Steinway
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Lewis?
Replies: 15
Views: 2487

Re: Paul Lewis?

Do not fail to go to his recital. He is a marvelous young artist and you will be very pleased that you attended. :)
by Steinway
Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Biographies - Books
Replies: 56
Views: 8880

Re: Classical Music Biographies - Books

Here's a list of biographies I thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend... Robert Schumann..John Worthen Franz Liszt..the Weimar Years..Alan Walker Beethoven..Lewis Lockwood Shostakovich..A Life Remembered..Elizabeth Wilson Gustav Mahler..letters to his wife..LeGrange & Lewis..Cornell Univ.Pres...
by Steinway
Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: first Rove, now O'Reilly
Replies: 1
Views: 890

first Rove, now O'Reilly

O'Reilly Accuses Right of 'Fanatacism' Fox News host Bill O'Reilly dismissed Republican attempts to defund Obamacare on his Thursday TV show, calling it an example of "fanaticism." The GOP has been riven by internal conflicts between members who want to vote to defund the health care program once ag...
by Steinway
Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Murray Perahia- The First 40 Years
Replies: 34
Views: 6911

Re: Murray Perahia- The First 40 Years

Perahia may be the finest living pianist and is certainly among the top five. His playing is immaculate, his repertoire is extensive, his technical skills are without flaw and his musicality is always clearly evident in everything he plays. I find his performances of Bach and Handel extraordinary, h...
by Steinway
Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama decides to wait
Replies: 1
Views: 788

Obama decides to wait

Thankfully,the decision to bomb Syria will await Congressional approval, which will not happen. I believe the solution for America to the mess is to bring all of our military personnel home immediately and let the countries in the Middle East battle each other for dominance, which will happen inevit...
by Steinway
Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ben Zander
Replies: 1
Views: 884

Ben Zander

Can someone bring me up to date on the current status of the conductor Benjamin Zander?

Is he still active?
by Steinway
Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sergey Lemeshev
Replies: 4
Views: 1787

Sergey Lemeshev

I was listening on YouTube to some versions of the aria Kuda Kuda from Onegin and discovered a magnificent singer who was unknown to me, a tenor from Russia by the name of Sergey Lemeshev. He appears on YouTube singing a number of arias and completely astonished me with his vocal skills. What an une...
by Steinway
Fri May 31, 2013 10:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is Hindemith faring these days?
Replies: 32
Views: 3828

Re: How is Hindemith faring these days?

Of course, I also have some Hindemith on a fair number of multi-composer CDs. I just got through listening to a wonderful work, Konzertmusik for piano, brass, & harps, Op. 49 performed by the Berlin PO under Hindemith in 1955. Monique Haas is the pianist, and its on CD 7 of her 8 CD set of all her ...
by Steinway
Wed May 22, 2013 10:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is Hindemith faring these days?
Replies: 32
Views: 3828

Re: How is Hindemith faring these days?

Hindemith's Symphony in E Flat is a magnificent work that is never performed by any major orchestra and this is a reality that boggles my mind. There are a few recordings, with Bernstein's NY Philharmonic the definitive one. Who knows this work and can comment on the lack of recognition of this comp...
by Steinway
Wed May 01, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dialogue des Carmélites at the Met
Replies: 16
Views: 2388

Re: Dialogue des Carmélites at the Met

I am always mesmerized by this opera and have tickets for next Thursday night.

Thanks, Chalkie, for the heads up.
by Steinway
Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gabrielle Giffords: A call to arms
Replies: 23
Views: 2191

Re: Gabrielle Giffords: A call to arms

am sympathetic to the argument that if you think you need to be able to take up arms against the American government you shouLd be denied the right to own a gun on mental grounds." Beautiful !!! I hope that everyone of those disgraceful Senators who voted against this bill will pay the price on elec...
by Steinway
Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The War Sonatas
Replies: 2
Views: 1172

Re: The War Sonatas

I'll be very interested in your appraisal, Mel.

Richter is awesome, but Boris ...... :lol:
by Steinway
Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The War Sonatas
Replies: 2
Views: 1172

The War Sonatas

I have many interpretations of the Prokofiev Sonatas 6, 7 and 8, works that I have always been fascinated with and compositions that many of the great pianists have recorded with great success. I always held the opinion that giants like Richter, Askenazy,Bronfman, Kasman, McDermott and Berman and on...
by Steinway
Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The legacy of Watertown
Replies: 0
Views: 732

The legacy of Watertown

By Joseph Blady, M.D. Former program officer for the Under Secretary of Defense Policy and Senior analyst for Intelligence. "As I write this, law enforcement agencies are searching Watertown, Massachusetts door-to-door, looking for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing who is apparently Chechnyan...
by Steinway
Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jonathan Harshman Winters, R.I.P.
Replies: 3
Views: 993

Re: Jonathan Harshman Winters, R.I.P.

One of the funniest, talented and most enjoyable comics ever.

Thank you, Jonathan, for some wonderful memories.

Rest in peace.
by Steinway
Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So many NK threats!
Replies: 18
Views: 2105

Re: So many NK threats!

I thought when I returned from Korea in April, 1952, I had solved the problem of North Korea's aggression.

Apparently, I was incorrect. We still have 50,000 troops there, 60 years later.
by Steinway
Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Coulter speaks
Replies: 2
Views: 1002

Re: Coulter speaks

Beautiful!

I also like Madame Draculette. :lol:
by Steinway
Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Monday evening's I Lombardi at Avery Fisher Hall
Replies: 4
Views: 1396

Re: Monday evening's I Lombardi at Avery Fisher Hall

Thanks, Len.

I was just getting into my opera phase in 93.

It's time to do it again!
by Steinway
Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great stuff!
Replies: 1
Views: 943

Great stuff!

Look at :

You tube entitled "Two guys, one flute.


Very enjoyable.
by Steinway
Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Coulter speaks
Replies: 2
Views: 1002

Coulter speaks

Right-wing women like Malkin, Bachmann and Palin make me shudder, but Coulter is in a category of her own.

http://townhall.com/columnists/anncoult ... page/full/
by Steinway
Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Monday evening's I Lombardi at Avery Fisher Hall
Replies: 4
Views: 1396

Re: Monday evening's I Lombardi at Avery Fisher Hall

This opera was a Verdi work I hadn't heard before and Monday night's presentation was a revelation, indeed. Many memorable moments, including a splendid violin solo and accompaniment which was highly unusual. The singers, particularly Meade and Fabbiani were marvelous and all in all, a thoroughly en...
by Steinway
Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Majority of Americans favor legalizing Marijuana
Replies: 8
Views: 1603

Re: Majority of Americans favor legalizing Marijuana

How many people in this country are in jail for possessing, growing, and selling marijuana ? How many law enforcement people spend the vast majority of their working day trying to stop this weed from distribution? How much cost for incarceration, prosecution, police activity continues to be endured ...
by Steinway
Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Supreme Court: the inside game
Replies: 3
Views: 934

Re: Supreme Court: the inside game

"Apparently so. Scalia has certainly made it clear that he thinks the most important thing in this case is upholding his own beliefs." This is Scalia's credo, which eliminates totally the idea that Supreme Court justices should look at their legal judgments untarnished by their own prejudices. Inter...
by Steinway
Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The debate over U.S. drone pilot medals of honor
Replies: 27
Views: 2126

Re: The debate over U.S. drone pilot medals of honor

"Any member of the armed forces who is sent to a war zone by government order is not committing an act of bravery per se but obeying orders and doing his/her job. Let's not cheapen true bravery, the kind for which combat medals are awarded, by spreading it around indiscriminately. Many Americans hav...
by Steinway
Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Len Goran!
Replies: 17
Views: 2256

Re: Happy Birthday Len Goran!

Best wishes to you, Len. By the way, I've opted to reject seeing Guilio Cesare, even in HD. I've seen this masterpiece a number of times as Handel conceived it and love the music dearly. Can't bring myself to see it battered and bruised by some hotshot modern director's great vision. :( Tampering wi...
by Steinway
Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valentia Lisitsa's Rachmaninoff Piano Concerti & Rhapsody
Replies: 10
Views: 3351

Re: Valentia Lisitsa's Rachmaninoff Piano Concerti & Rhapsod

Interesting how opinions of musicians can vary so much. I find Lisista to be an incredibly talented artist and I've heard all of her recordings other than the Rachmaninoff set, which I will certainly add to my collection. Her Appassionata interpretation is remarkably exciting and is hard to beat, ce...
by Steinway
Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Werner Isler February 9th, 1922 - March 15th, 2013
Replies: 25
Views: 7479

Re: Werner Isler February 9th, 1922 - March 15th, 2013

Donald.. Just returned from a trip and read about the loss of your wonderful father. My wife and I want to express our most sincere sense of sadness , having known what a splendid person he was and how much he meant to you and your family. He will be missed by so many members of this forum, who trul...
by Steinway
Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remarkable music-remarkable pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 1599

Remarkable music-remarkable pianist

When you have one hour and twenty-two minutes to spare, sit back and watch and listen to one of the world's greatest interpreters of JS Bach play the entire French Suites, BWV 812-817 in a live performance that is totally mesmerizing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeBz6BMQVOo&feature=em-hot-lwh-vre...
by Steinway
Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Metropolitan National Auditions final
Replies: 6
Views: 1672

Re: The Metropolitan National Auditions final

maestrob.. As discerning as you are, I think it would have been quite difficult for you to cull this crop. There was really one soprano with an exceptional voice, Tracey Cox, who only had her big body as a negative. It really is quite sad that being unattractive these days creates a barrier for sing...
by Steinway
Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Metropolitan National Auditions final
Replies: 6
Views: 1672

Re: The Metropolitan National Auditions final

Well, we dearly need Verdi baritones and Wagner bass-baritones. Let´s hope this generation is the one." My wife has informed me that there actually were four bass-baritones, one bass, one baritone, three sopranos and one tenor. Now my numbers are correct. It's an aging thing. :lol: There's some good...
by Steinway
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Metropolitan National Auditions final
Replies: 6
Views: 1672

The Metropolitan National Auditions final

Attended the final concert at the Met today, where ten finalists who survived nationwide contests, starting with 1500 aspiring singers, each sang two solos of their choice. This group was the best collection of young artists in the many years I've attended these finals, all splendid talents in their...
by Steinway
Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Costco CEO advocates minimum wage increase
Replies: 15
Views: 2365

Re: Costco CEO advocates minimum wage increase

Good for Costco.

I just renewed my annual membership for this terrific retailer, not only because of their fine product offerings but also because they clearly care for their employees and are willing to affect their bottom line profit by paying them a decent wage.

Walmart should take note.
by Steinway
Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thank you, Senator Warren
Replies: 0
Views: 786

Thank you, Senator Warren

We finally have a Senator who dares to speak out at the villainy of the big and the powerful. Let's see how the media picks this up, as they should. Sen. Warren: Banks That Launder Drug Cash Should Be Busted Posted: 08 Mar 2013 06:00 AM PST by Crooks and Liars You can see why the elite hate her -- a...
by Steinway
Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fransesca Da Rimini
Replies: 15
Views: 2064

Re: Fransesca Da Rimini

maestrob said.. "However, I'd sooner see the MET stage Mefistofele by Boito: now THERE"s an opera worthy of the MET chorus, with perhaps Rene Pape and Poplovskaya" A splendid idea, indeed. Now there's an opera worthy of a Met performance and your casting of Pape is particularly sound! Let's get it d...
by Steinway
Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fransesca Da Rimini
Replies: 15
Views: 2064

Re: Fransesca Da Rimini

Even the magnificent Magda couldn't convince me that this opera is a winner! :)

I did love the cello and oboe pairing, which was charming.

After seeing Don Carlo last week, the spillover just didn't work for me.
by Steinway
Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fransesca Da Rimini
Replies: 15
Views: 2064

Fransesca Da Rimini

Attended the performance of this opera yesterday at the Met. This is an work that hadn't been produced since 1986 at the Met and I must say that in spite of a first-rate cast, this opera doesn't measure up as worthy enough to warrant frequent performances at the Metropolitan The music is charming bu...
by Steinway
Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Antonin Scalia
Replies: 1
Views: 729

Antonin Scalia

Talk about an independent and objective judiciary.....

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties ... 804214&t=3
by Steinway
Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Holocaust just got even more shocking
Replies: 12
Views: 2059

Re: The Holocaust just got even more shocking

"Not only that, but the scale of this indicates the tens of thousands of "ordinary" citizens of Germany, Poland, Hungary, etc. (i.e., those not in the Nazi hierarchy) who participated in this vast system of oppression. It's chilling to think about this." The theory that "ordinary" citizens didn't kn...
by Steinway
Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Silence of the Lamb
Replies: 1
Views: 883

The Silence of the Lamb

Listened last night on C-Span to a session of the Supreme Court on the subject of a Voter Rights appeal for change brought by the State of Alabama. The Solicitor General of the U.S. defended the government's position and during the 90 minute presentation, the comments of all of the Justices on this ...