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by John F
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Petter Grimes - BBC TV conducted by Britten
Replies: 1
Views: 11

Petter Grimes - BBC TV conducted by Britten

This is the 1969 production directed by Joan Cross, the original Ellen Orford, with Peter Pears in the title role. 3MyBUetbE38 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MyBUetbE38 This is as near perfect a production and performance as makes no difference. Anyone who cares about this opera should see it - an...
by John F
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cleaning Up Magic Flute? Glyndebourne
Replies: 4
Views: 31

Re: Cleaning Up Magic Flute? Glyndebourne

Unfortunately, Julie Taymor's "Flute" at the Met is on its way out. But the new production, scheduled for season after next, will be by Peter Gelb's favorite creator of expensive spectacles, Robert Lepage, kind of the Zeffirelli of the day in terms not only of grandiosity of effect but also of fidel...
by John F
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 314

Re: Castrato voice

Arguing in the sense of argumentation, defined as "the action or process of reasoning systematically in support of an idea, action, or theory." Seems to me that's exactly what we've been doing - at least I have. :mrgreen:
by John F
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cleaning Up Magic Flute? Glyndebourne
Replies: 4
Views: 31

Re: Cleaning Up Magic Flute? Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne has done worse by "Magic Flute." Their 1990 production by Peter Sellars was set in present-day Los Angeles, with the priests a local cult that indoctrinates new members such as Tamino, which could be imposed on the opera because Sellars deleted every word of the spoken dialogue. And the...
by John F
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snowball the dancing parrot
Replies: 3
Views: 47

Snowball the dancing parrot

Not a Human, but a Dancer Ed Yong Jul 8, 2019 https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/mt/2019/07/Cockatoo/lead_720_405.jpg?mod=1562540222 Before he became an internet sensation, before he made scientists reconsider the nature of dancing, before the children’s book and the Taco Bell commercial, ...
by John F
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 314

Re: Castrato voice

We don't need the Catholic church or any church or any institution to remind us of the importance of procreation, aka the survival of our species. We're seeing in Japan the consequences of a birth rate too low to replace the population as it ages and dies, a birth rate unaffected by religion but rat...
by John F
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 314

Re: Castrato voice

It's not love but the sex act that's the issue. The Catholic church has no objection to love, of course, but I believe the only kind of birth control it permits is abstinence from sex, within marriage as well as out of it.
by John F
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 314

Re: Castrato voice

Also John, a slight correction to your statement about sex necessarily being open to procreation. This is certainly a Catholic doctrine, but I don't know of any Protestant denomination that holds to it. As far as I know, Protestant churches recognise that conjugal relations are a proper good for th...
by John F
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: teatr nuovo bellini rossini!
Replies: 2
Views: 45

Re: teatr nuovo bellini rossini!

So that's what Will Crutchfield is up to these days. Sounds ambitious! As for the operas, I heard "La Gazza Ladra" in a workshop performance at Juilliard and for me, the best part of it is the overture. "Il Signor Bruschino" might have been a better choice.
by John F
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 314

Re: Castrato voice

Well, yes, of course there were many composers of music for the Protestant liturgy, but none are household names except Telemann (for the wrong reason - "Not as good as Bach"), Pachelbel because of the canon, and Mendelssohn, whose church music is all but unknown and his oratorios are concert works,...
by John F
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 314

Re: Castrato voice

On the other hand, we have the Catholic Church to thank for some of the greatest religious music ever composed, by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner, and others. The Protestant denominations can boast of Bach, but who else? One of the pleasures of visiting Vienna is attending a Sunday ser...
by John F
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 787
Views: 412314

Re: What I listened to today

Hans Henkemans was the most prominent Dutch pianist of his day (another well known through his recordings was Cor de Groot), and as such he was recorded by Philips (a Dutch company) in six Mozart concertos with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra for the centennial year of 1956. I heard him play the 24th ...
by John F
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 314

Re: Castrato voice

My original point was that the last place you would expect castration to be tolerated was within Catholicism, for the reason I outlined. It seemed hugely incongruous with their orthodoxies. In a way, yes - castration is the most permanent kind of birth control, which both the Catholic and Protestan...
by John F
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Public libraries: more than just books
Replies: 4
Views: 1551

Re: Public libraries: more than just books

I Found My American Dream at the Public Library By Daniela Petrova July 12, 2019 In his op-ed for Forbes last year, Panos Mourdoukoutas, a professor of economics at LIU Post in New York, suggested that Amazon stores should replace libraries to save taxpayers money. Following the backlash this prepos...
by John F
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 314

Re: Castrato voice

Also: The practice started in Catholic Italy. Not so. According to Wikipedia, "Eunuch singers are known to have existed from the early Byzantine Empire. In Constantinople around 400 AD, the empress Aelia Eudoxia had a eunuch choir-master, Brison, who may have established the use of castrati in Byzan...
by John F
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute
Replies: 6
Views: 87

Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Prokofiev's sonata for flute and piano is also a good listen, though preferably in Prokofiev's alternative version as his second sonata for violin and piano.
by John F
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 314

Re: Castrato voice

That may or may not be correct about Farinelli, but I'm doubtful. Seems to me more likely that the film-makers finessed the facts so that Stefano Dionisi, the actor who spoke Farinelli's lines (the singing was done by two other singers), wouldn't have to speak in falsetto throughout, which could als...
by John F
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Where Shakespeare lived
Replies: 1
Views: 48

Where Shakespeare lived

Maybe. How finding Shakespeare’s lost London home could unlock secrets to his most popular plays by Nick Smurthwaite Jul 12, 2019 Where did William Shakespeare live in the City of London in the late 16th century, and who were his influential friends? These questions prompted theatre historian Geoff ...
by John F
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 314

Re: Castrato voice

It's not just the Catholic church that "turned a blind eye" to the practice of making castratos. Society as a whole condoned it until well into the 19th century, and male sopranos like Senesino and Farinelli were the opera stars of their time, not just in Italy but in Austria, France, and Protestant...
by John F
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 314

Re: Castrato voice

The Wikipedia article "castrato," describing the physiology, suggests that the answer is yes, but doesn't say so directly.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castrato# ... lar_voices
by John F
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute
Replies: 6
Views: 87

Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

In the middle of all that talk I hear some actual music, though most of it is from Varese's "Density 21.5," not contemporary music but a modern classic. Besides, the flute is my least favorite standard instrument - its sound and limitations bore me. (Mozart too said he disliked it.) And now and then...
by John F
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Power Restored to Manhattan’s West Side After Major Blackout
Replies: 5
Views: 120

Re: Power Restored to Manhattan’s West Side After Major Blackout

If this had happened on Friday, I would have been on my way home from the library on the A or C train, but I would have been out of the blackout area so maybe it wouldn't have been so bad. Here in Brooklyn, I didn't hear about the blackout until just now when I read the Times story in CMG.
by John F
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aaron Rosand RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 245

Re: Aaron Rosand RIP

Maybe it's so, maybe it isn't. Considering the source, Norman Lebrecht, and that it was written well after Stern's death, I'm doubtful. Anyway, whether that's how it actually was or just Rosand's paranoia, Stern is long gone and now Rosand is dead too, so bygones are bygones. Specifically about the ...
by John F
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: karita mattila article
Replies: 1
Views: 88

Re: karita mattila article

She is surely the greatest singing actress in opera today, and the article finally gets around to acknowledging that, after endless other stuff I don't need to know. If she does sing Isolde, it may not rival what vocally we've heard from other sopranos, some of them powerful actresses too (Astrid Va...
by John F
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4057
Views: 858657

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

What a pity that Lorraine Hunt Lieberson wasn't recorded in the title role, which she sang at New York City Opera. A treasurable artist, much missed.
by John F
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aaron Rosand RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 245

Re: Aaron Rosand RIP

I suppose it's like playing a cello with the pin or grasped by the thighs. It would affect the instrument's resonance, and that could be varied according to where and how tightly the player grasps it. Just guessing.
by John F
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aaron Rosand RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 245

Re: Aaron Rosand RIP

People have bad things to say about Isaac Stern, but I don't care. He could play exceptionally beautifully, and anyway, he is dead.

I heard Rosand in those 1960s Romantic Revival Festivals in Indianapolis, and remember him as a good but not exceptional violinist.
by John F
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chants d'Auvergne - English translation of lyrics
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Chants d'Auvergne - English translation of lyrics

I expect the insert for vol. 1 of the Naxos recording has what you want, but I don't find it online.
by John F
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti: Every ensemble a tenor aria with obbligato
Replies: 5
Views: 141

Re: Pavarotti: Every ensemble a tenor aria with obbligato

Solti and Pavarotti never recorded "Macbeth." Pavarotti did, but the conductor was Lamberto Gardelli. As for Solti, all he recorded from that opera was the chorus "Patria oppressa." The concert performances of "Otello" with the Chicago Symphony were edited into some kind of shape for publication, bu...
by John F
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti: Every ensemble a tenor aria with obbligato
Replies: 5
Views: 141

Re: Pavarotti: Every ensemble a tenor aria with obbligato

All that really matters is the recording, not how it was made. Solti had this problem with tenors who wouldn't comply with him. A famous example is the recording of "Un ballo in maschera" which was to have starred Jussi Bjoerling. He refused to rehearse his role with Solti at the piano, in order to ...
by John F
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chants d'Auvergne - English translation of lyrics
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Chants d'Auvergne - English translation of lyrics

Here you are:

http://www.lieder.net/lieder/get_settin ... serId=3668

Another source:

http://www.naxos.com/sungtext/PDF/8.570338_Lyrics.pdf

These don't include translations of all the songs, but I believe the ones most often performed and recorded are there.
by John F
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aaron Rosand RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 245

Aaron Rosand RIP

American violinist Aaron Rosand has died aged 92 10 July 2019 When the American violinist Aaron Rosand, who died yesterday aged 92, performed Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra in 2009, he rounded off a 77-year playing career which – he was justifiably proud to note – sha...
by John F
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic
Replies: 18
Views: 589

Re: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic

By the way, I've found the personnel of the orchestra for this performance. What an amazing line-up. Flute – Bernard Goldberg, Nancy Dalley Oboe – John Mack, Seizo Suzuki Clarinet – Harold Wright, Thomas Peterson Bassoon – Gerald Corey, Nicholas Kilburn French Horn – A. Robert Johnson, Myron Bloom T...
by John F
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York: Tourists are welcome here
Replies: 7
Views: 180

Re: New York: Tourists are welcome here

barney wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:41 pm
I wouldn't want to be poor there, though (or any big city for that matter).
I wouldn't want to be poor, period. Still, at last count 1.7 million New Yorkers are living in poverty. You just don't see them in the parts of town that tourists go to.
by John F
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic
Replies: 18
Views: 589

Re: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic

Casals recorded the Brandenburg Concertos at the Prades Festival in 1950. Eugene Istomin played the keyboard part in no. 5 on the piano, with John Wummer, flute, and Joseph Szigeti, violin. In no. 2 the trumpet part was played on the soprano saxophone by Marcel Mule, with John Wummer, flute; Marcel ...
by John F
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Roadies in RVs help Amazon stock and sell rare lucrative items
Replies: 2
Views: 119

Re: Roadies in RVs help Amazon stock and sell rare lucrative items

Taken from The Verge, https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/10/20687434/amazon-sellers-nomad-merchants-products-malls-walmart This is great. How do you find these things? I've had experiences like that, usually when looking for classical records. When in college in Cambridge, we at WHRB got word of a reco...
by John F
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4057
Views: 858657

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Bach's Orchestral Suites are favorite listening, notably by Trevor Pinnock. Time was when Eduard van Beinum and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra recorded those suites, all four of them. It's those recordings from which I learned the music, and though they are not musicologically correct - no d...
by John F
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic
Replies: 18
Views: 589

Re: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic

As I read your post about your difficulty with Beethoven's 8th, I immediately thought "Toscanini!", but since you've discovered it for yourself, I don't need to tell you about it. But I will tell you about another recording that's even more exciting than Toscanini's. It was made in the summer of 19...
by John F
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York: Tourists are welcome here
Replies: 7
Views: 180

Re: New York: Tourists are welcome here

Only with a passport.
by John F
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled
Replies: 15
Views: 3228

Re: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled

He's a Republican, of course. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan won't release funds for symphony, school construction, Baltimore youth jobs By Luke Broadwater Jul 03, 2019 Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that he would not release $245 million the legislature put into the state budget for various projec...
by John F
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Radu Lupu retires this year
Replies: 1
Views: 105

Radu Lupu retires this year

In this story it says that Maria João Pires has retired. I didn't know that. Pianist Radu Lupu Retires By Candice Agree June 28, 2019 Pianist Radu Lupu has decided to retire from the concert stage at the end of the 2018-19 season, a statement from his agent announced. The news was first reported in ...
by John F
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York: Tourists are welcome here
Replies: 7
Views: 180

New York: Tourists are welcome here

65 million of them - of you - every year. Come and see us! I ♥ Tourism: Why the City Is Better When It’s Full of Annoying Visitors By Justin Davidson July 8, 2019 ...New Yorkers fan out all over the world, and the people we encounter usually forgive us our numbers and cultural clumsiness. We general...
by John F
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Telarc's recording engineer RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 110

Telarc's recording engineer RIP

Jack Renner, Recording Master and a Founder of Telarc, Dies at 84 by Neil Genzlinger July 8, 2019 Jack Renner, who with Robert Woods founded Telarc, a record label whose carefully engineered recordings were prized by audiophiles and won dozens of Grammy Awards — 11 of them for him personally — died ...
by John F
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 457

Re: transphobia: you swine, all of you

Speech that incites violence, mayhem and/or murder doesn't fall under the 'free speech' banner. It never has. But to clearly express what you believe, whether or not it 'offends', is the key here. One cannot enforce civility and good manners by diktat of any kind. This is a social compact which is ...
by John F
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 457

Re: transphobia: you swine, all of you

:D
by John F
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Democracy; the Unfinished Revolution"
Replies: 14
Views: 370

Re: "Democracy; the Unfinished Revolution"

When I discussed the birth of democracy I was talking about the British variety and the Westminster system, which is the building block of our own. That's not what you said, and it's very narrow. Still, I think we underestimate the degree to which our ancestors were educated. Ben Jonson, who was ve...
by John F
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Coming to Met-A New Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Re: Coming to Met-A New Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

A new production of "Mahagonny" is wasteful when the Met already has a world-class production by John Dexter in its warehouse, and it revives the opera so seldom. If the Met wants to do a certain number of productions in a season, there are plenty of worthy operas waiting for their Met premieres, su...
by John F
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Democracy; the Unfinished Revolution"
Replies: 14
Views: 370

Re: "Democracy; the Unfinished Revolution"

When democracy first started the vast majority of people were not educated but they still had a say in governance. Democracy started in Athens - the very word is Greek - where the vote on laws and in trials was limited to adult male citizens who had completed their military training, as few as 20% ...
by John F
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 457

Re: transphobia: you swine, all of you

I'm an advocate for freedom of speech All speech? Including hate speech, libel, conspiracy to commit criminal acts, betrayal of vital military secrets to an enemy nation in time of war? Just for starters. Nowhere in the world is freedom of speech absolute and unconditional, nor should it be. My con...
by John F
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 457

Re: transphobia: you swine, all of you

Bill C-16 – No, its Not about Criminalizing Pronoun Misuse by Brenda Cossman From the sound of it, Bill C-16 – an Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Code and the Criminal Code is all about speech – or rather, its curtailment. Psychology Professor Jordan Peterson has made headlines the last two w...