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by John F
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 61
Views: 1580

Re: What I listened to today

I found Newman pretty tiresome in his guardian-of-the-language role. Oddly, it was William Safire of the opposite political persuasion who was more sensible about usage and style. But I did enjoy the sign Newman posted above his office door: "Abandon hopefully, ye who enter here."
by John F
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 61
Views: 1580

Re: What I listened to today

"Where's he live at?" is nonstandard, lower-class English even in America. But you say, "We never use - or mostly never use - prepositions at the end of sentences as this isn't regarded as good English usage." Sometimes it is - depends on the prepositions and the context. The story goes that Winston...
by John F
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 61
Views: 1580

Re: What I listened to today

You have to take into account that I'm a Yank and don't speak English properly. :D
by John F
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dido and Aeneas Article
Replies: 8
Views: 119

Re: Dido and Aeneas Article

lennygoran wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:25 am
John have you seen any live performances you can recommend? We were a little disappointed that our City Center production didn't have surtitles. Regards, Len
Never seen it.
by John F
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: After CompuServe
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: After CompuServe

At about noon today, CompuServe wiped out its forums, their messagebases and libraries, as they had told us they would do. This is their message: The Forums have been removed Dear Forum friends and family, We regret to inform you that the Forums were removed from the CompuServe service on December 1...
by John F
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 61
Views: 1580

Re: What I listened to today

Belle wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:14 am
This was the social strata from whence (is that an archaic word?)
You don't see "whence" often nowadays, or "whom" for that matter. But since "whence" means from what place or source, "from whence" is one word too many. :)
by John F
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dido and Aeneas Article
Replies: 8
Views: 119

Re: Dido and Aeneas Article

I've always wondered whether "Dido and Aeneas," with the leading role of Aeneas for a bass, can really have been written for a girls' school and first performed there by the students. This article answers no questions but raises lots of them. Of the alternatives, I'm inclined to believe it was first...
by John F
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 8
Views: 189

Re: Penderecki

Whereas up here, the high temperature tomorrow will be below freezing. Where's global warming when we could use it? :mrgreen:
by John F
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 8
Views: 189

Re: Penderecki

Bringing together the topics of two apparently unrelated threads, Penderecki composed an opera based on "Paradise Lost," premiered and broadcast in Chicago in 1978. As I remember, it was listenable and quite powerful. And lo, it's on YouTube. Here's the first part: _Z75cdL2Kv8 https://www.youtube.co...
by John F
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "Paradise Lost"
Replies: 27
Views: 1664

Re: "Paradise Lost"

Bringing together the topics of two apparently unrelated threads, Penderecki composed an opera based on "Paradise Lost," premiered and broadcast in Chicago in 1978. As I remember, it was listenable and quite powerful. And lo, it's on YouTube. Here's the first part: _Z75cdL2Kv8 https://www.youtube.co...
by John F
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And Then There Were None
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: And Then There Were None

Terfel has a long history of canceling for a wide variety of reasons, often at very short notice. He canceled his role debut as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger for Opera Australia and another role debut as Wozzeck, I think it was the Salzburg Festival, when rehearsals had already begun. (The word wa...
by John F
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook reconsidered
Replies: 11
Views: 205

Re: Facebook reconsidered

I didn't know that Google Groups not only hosts its own forums but provides access to at least some Usenet newsgroups, not just an archive of them. Thanks for the information. Reading the Wikipedia article about Google Groups, I gatgher they don't do a very good job, but for those whose ISPs don't p...
by John F
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Good News For NY Philharmonic
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: Good News For NY Philharmonic

That's why they signed Deborah Borda. Seems like it's working.
by John F
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook reconsidered
Replies: 11
Views: 205

Re: Facebook reconsidered

That's good to hear, though since my Internet service provider (Spectrum, formerly Time Warner Cable) hasn't done Usenet since 2008, I can't check it out for myself. I don't miss it, CompuServe Music Forum and now Classical Music Guide are plenty for me.
by John F
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook reconsidered
Replies: 11
Views: 205

Re: Facebook reconsidered

I forgot to mention another medium that emerged in 1980, and it still exists though many Internet service providers no longer include it in the services they offer. It's called UseNet, and its "forums" are called NewsGroups. These number in the tens of thousands; most are unmanaged and unmoderated, ...
by John F
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinyl sales hit 25-year high
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Vinyl sales hit 25-year high

The only reason I can think of for this is that DJs - not on the radio but in bars and for dancing - use LPs, and younger people who go dancing think this is cool and imitate it at home. I've seen cheap record players in home furnishings stores that plug directly into computer USB ports. 4 million r...
by John F
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christoph Waltz Who Tarantino Who
Replies: 8
Views: 174

Re: Christoph Waltz Who Tarantino Who

“The full-blooded, juicy movie experience has a lot of operatic qualities,” he said in an interview after a rehearsal here. “I’m not talking about the film music, but about rhythm and color and phrasing.” The thing is, the rhythm, color, and phrasing in "Falstaff" were provided by Verdi more than a ...
by John F
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pipe bomb explodes near 42nd St & 8th Ave
Replies: 5
Views: 132

Re: Pipe bomb explodes near 42nd St & 8th Ave

New Yorkers Don’t Scare Easily By THE EDITORIAL BOARD DEC. 11, 2017 New Yorkers are not known for collectively possessing a stiff upper lip. Complaining about life’s indignities tends to be a default position. But there is a notable exception, and it was amply displayed on Monday after an explosion ...
by John F
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pipe bomb explodes near 42nd St & 8th Ave
Replies: 5
Views: 132

Re: Pipe bomb explodes near 42nd St & 8th Ave

By Monday afternoon, when I took the subway to Lincoln Center, it stopped at the 42nd Street/8th Avenue station as usual. However, on the way home at 8pm, there were announcements that the underground passageway to Times Square was closed because of the police investigation. This morning the passage...
by John F
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook reconsidered
Replies: 11
Views: 205

Re: Facebook reconsidered

The Facebook people didn't create online networking, which goes back to the earliest days when the Internet was opened to use by the general public. (Previously it was limited to Amereican government organizations and the research universities they dealt with.) Back in the 1980s when I got my first ...
by John F
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics
Replies: 8
Views: 189

Re: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics

jbuck919 wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:33 pm
I would not quote Hamlet's classic musing on the philosophical acceptance of our mortality, which is paralleled in a passage from King Lear ("Men must endure their going hence even as their coming hither; ripeness is all.")
Not to mention John Maynard Keynes's "In the long run we are all dead."
by John F
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics
Replies: 8
Views: 189

Re: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics

Motor cars doomed many thousands of buggy-whip makers. Actually not, presumably they found other lines of work in which they could use their skills. Auto mechanics have had to do this already for years, as the innards of cars (gasoline and otherwise) have been increasingly computerized. And as long ...
by John F
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinyl sales hit 25-year high
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Vinyl sales hit 25-year high

The demand for old-style LP pressings is such that it outstrips the supply. Who'd have thunk it? (It's not about classical recordings.) Indies feel pushed out of vinyl boom as 'dad rock' sells in record numbers Small labels report lengthy production delays as big stars monopolise Europe’s two main p...
by John F
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Glass Question I Sure Can't Answer
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Re: Philip Glass Question I Sure Can't Answer

I don't care enough about Glass's music to have heard the works he refers to, so I'll take his word for it. Why not? No reason to doubt it.
by John F
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 61
Views: 1580

Re: What I listened to today

Kulaks were peasants wealthy enough to own a farm and hire labor. That is, they were wealthy until Stalin collectivized agriculture and took away their land.
by John F
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 29
Views: 1398

Re: Moving to NYC...!

Tell me about it. My stepsister lives in Sherman Oaks.
by John F
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 29
Views: 1398

Re: Moving to NYC...!

The last few winters here in NYC have been pretty mild, with most of the snowstorms making a detour around us. We may have another such winter; well into December, the forecast for the next couple of days is high temperatures in the 40s. It's not LA by any means, but it's not Michigan either!
by John F
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Glass Question I Sure Can't Answer
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Re: Philip Glass Question I Sure Can't Answer

Not sure what question you're speaking of. Walls asks a rhetorical question at the beginning and answers it immediately.
by John F
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 8
Views: 189

Re: Penderecki

There have been two Pendereckis in the same body. Back in the '60s I saw his opera "The Devils of Loudun," a really tough modernist nut to crack; it was recorded so you can hear it too, but for me once was more than enough. But in the 1990s I heard his second violin concerto, composed for and played...
by John F
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 61
Views: 1580

Re: What I listened to today

In the 1920s, the Chicago Opera was led by the soprano Mary Garden, the first Mélisande, and had a decidedly French accent. They performed Strauss's "Salome" in French and quite a few French operas that Garden favored, such as Massenet's "Juggler of Notre Dame." So it's quite natural that though Pro...
by John F
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 2442

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Stenhammar's quartets are indeed really fine music. My favorite is the fifth, called "Serenade," which often sounds remarkably like Beethoven - a good way for a string quartet to sound - though the quirky second movement is unlike anybody else's music, and Beethoven never wrote anything like the har...
by John F
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brenda Barnes Leaves KUSC
Replies: 2
Views: 103

Re: Brenda Barnes Leaves KUSC

Barnes didn't invent that approach to classical music radio. Robert Lurtsema of WGBH (Boston) did much the same thing in his "Morning Pro Musica," going back to the early '70s, and then there was DeKoven, the original personality classical DJ, whose program of exclusively 18th century music originat...
by John F
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Jeremy Denk has something to say
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: Jeremy Denk has something to say

As you say, Prokofiev's Visions Fugitives are rarely played and almost as rarely recorded. Prokofiev himself recorded only 9 of them, and for a long time the RCA Victor LP by André Tchaikovsky was the only complete version available outside Russia. (Heinrich Neuhaus, the teacher of Gilels and Richte...
by John F
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1424

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Len posted this in the wrong thread: James Levine Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Illinois By MICHAEL COOPER DEC. 8, 2017 Law enforcement officials in Illinois said Friday that they would not bring criminal charges against the famed Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine, noting that the man ac...
by John F
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Famous musicians photographed together
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Re: Famous musicians photographed together

The first festival at Lucerne was in 1938, not 1937. Ernest Ansermet helped to organize the festival orchestra along with Adolf Busch, who was its concertmaster, and Toscanini conducted the first concert in an open air shell in the park next to Villa Tribschen, Wagner's home. That's where the photo ...
by John F
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christian Ferras, violinist: new "Icon" set
Replies: 1
Views: 144

Re: Christian Ferras, violinist: new "Icon" set

I didn't know he had died or how. What a pity. He was a favorite of Herbert von Karajan and recorded the standard violin concertos with him. Not particularly a favorite of mine, but RIP.
by John F
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 29
Views: 1398

Re: Moving to NYC...!

Congratulations!
by John F
Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Listening at the Met After James Levine
Replies: 1
Views: 125

Re: Listening at the Met After James Levine

I believe this overstates James Levine's control over casting. Even when he was artistic director, going back 30 years, it appeared that he cast only the operas he was going to conduct, leaving most of the casting to the Met's artistic administration under Jonathan Friend and previously Joan Ingpen....
by John F
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: After CompuServe
Replies: 3
Views: 93

After CompuServe

We've been told in CompuServe's forums that a group are setting up a new web site with forums like CIS's, where the dispossessed can go and resume normal services. The current info is here: http://forums.compuserve.com/discussions/Windows_Support/Water_Cooler/121_Update_on_the_new_forums_we_are_movi...
by John F
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1424

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

I have to admit that it's much more difficult for me to make allowances for Levine than it is for, say, Wagner or Karajan. Why this is so, would be for you to say. But it may be because the allegations against Levine are personal and sexual, while the others are neither. Wagner's virulent antisemit...
by John F
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 2442

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

musical curiosities Such as "Hooked on Classics," the five-minute single of 17 classical tunes with a loud, monotonous disco beat, that actually made it to #2 on the British pop charts? The Royal Philharmonic was actually brought to "play" it in a Super Bowl halftime show, the whole orchestra mimin...
by John F
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1424

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Really, who cares where Tommasini keeps his free review copies of Levine records, or what he thinks? But a couple of people have mentioned Levine's recordings to me, so I guess Tommasini is addressing their concerns, though not mine. In reply, I asked them where they keep their Karajan recordings. I...
by John F
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Exhausted by Harmony, Schoenberg Found Atonality
Replies: 10
Views: 280

Re: Exhausted by Harmony, Schoenberg Found Atonality

Belle wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:23 pm
I have recordings of Upshaw singing Gershwin musicals!
She says she grew up during the folk/pop '60s and liked singing those songs; classical music came later.
by John F
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Brooklyn: A Perfect Day of Eating
Replies: 1
Views: 111

Brooklyn: A Perfect Day of Eating

Most likely only lennygoran has any use for this, if even he does. Zagat bypasses Peter Luger's steakhouse for St. Anselm. Anyway: https://www.zagat.com/b/new-york-city/a-perfect-day-of-eating-24-hours-in-brooklyn-new-york?zagatbuzzid=nov17week4&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ne...
by John F
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 2442

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

"Yodeling the classics"? Oy vay!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcaMRFjPj-s
by John F
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1424

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Nor is the fact that except for the first one, all who have come forward to accuse Levine have been 17 or older. In their cases I suppose the relevant charge would be sexual harassment rather than child molestation. Which may be immaterial anyway if the statute of limitations for criminal charges an...
by John F
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Exhausted by Harmony, Schoenberg Found Atonality
Replies: 10
Views: 280

Re: Exhausted by Harmony, Schoenberg Found Atonality

For me, the main news in this rehash of standard music history is that Dawn Upshaw sang in the performance of the Schoenberg string quartet. She hardly ever performs nowadays, it seems; I last heard her nearly 10 years ago in Saariaho's "La Passion de Simone." A versatile and valuable artist, she ap...
by John F
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1424

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

For years, James Levine has earned about $2 million a season from the Met alone, and more from his music directorships at Ravinia, Munich, and Boston. Ten years ago the BSO paid his company Phramus Inc. nearly $1.6 million for his first season with them. He also earns substantial royalties on his ma...
by John F
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1424

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Belle wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:17 pm
Shouldn't this be over in The Corner Pub?
Why? It's about a performer of classical music and about the Metropolitan Opera.
by John F
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1424

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

As maestrob suspected, there's more, and it looks worse and worse. Met Opera Suspends James Levine After New Sexual Abuse Accusations By MICHAEL COOPER DEC. 3, 2017 The Metropolitan Opera suspended James Levine, its revered conductor and former music director, on Sunday after three men came forward ...