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by John F
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: By 2065 Japan will run out . . . of people
Replies: 21
Views: 310

Re: By 2065 Japan will run out . . . of people

I read "Catch 22" when in the Army and much of the satire struck me as funny but largely true. Take the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade of Captain Black. Shortly before I joined the staff of radio station WBAI in 1963, the Federal Communications Commission demanded that its board, officers, and station m...
by John F
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 764
Views: 373809

Re: What I listened to today

Allegri SQ - The Westminster recs https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4394/35860762293_ecb3af213c_b.jpg http://trmsolutions.co.kr/music/westminster/w-images/wst17111s.jpg My choice of Mozart's clarinet quintet: Jack Brymer and the Allegri Quartet. Brymer was principal clarinet in Beecham's Royal Philhar...
by John F
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4043
Views: 815841

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

I've just come across another recording of op. 47: Neeme Järvi and the Scottish National Orchestra. From the Amazon listing it appears to have been published in 1992. Seems like recordings of the earlier version might be catching up with the later one, though I haven't counted them.
by John F
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers
Replies: 18
Views: 356

Re: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers

Racism is the U.S. of America's peculiar institution Only under a very restricted concept of racism that doesn't take account of antisemitism, which is hardly possible after the Holocaust. The U.S. has mostly grown out of its antisemitic past which limited or barred Jews from higher level housing, ...
by John F
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers
Replies: 18
Views: 356

Re: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers

the Left has won the culture wars (as Dr. Weinstein says) but politically the Left is pretty much on the run the world over. Not in the U.S. In the last election the left (meaning the Democrats) took control of the House of Representatives and cut the right (Republican) majority in the Senate to 3....
by John F
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 764
Views: 373809

Re: What I listened to today

Remarkable, that the Fine Arts Quartet still exists, though none of the original members are still with it - Leonard Sorkin, Joseph Stepansky, Sheppard Lehnhoff, and George Sopkin. They made lots of recordings for Concert Disc, now defunct, and I assumed that the quartet was defunct too. But at leas...
by John F
Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY City Opera 2019-20
Replies: 1
Views: 27

NY City Opera 2019-20

Is City Opera about to go down the drain again? Looks like it. New York City Opera plans another reduced season By Associated Press June 21, 2019 NEW YORK — The financially challenged New York City Opera will have another reduced schedule for its 2019-20 season, which will be limited to just two sta...
by John F
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4043
Views: 815841

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

Valery Gergiev conducted both versions of Prokofiev's 4th, op. 47 and op. 112, in his cycle of the symphonies with the London Symphony Orchestra which was broadcast and then published on CD in 2005. There was a much earlier op. 47 on Urania by the Colonne Concerts Orchestra conducted by Sebastian, d...
by John F
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 764
Views: 373809

Re: What I listened to today

And it was for him that HMV recorded the premiere (or possibly rehearsal) of Strauss's 4 Last Songs, with Kirsten Flagstad and Wilhelm Furtwängler.
by John F
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in the Metadata
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in the Metadata

Imagine if the "card" catalog at your local library had been created by volunteers. Volunteers such as me? :) I don't have to imagine it, I catalogued my record collection on tens of thousands of 3x5" index cards using the system described by David Hamilton in "Now Where Did I Put That Franck Sonat...
by John F
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Details Matter in Riccardo Muti’s Precise ‘Aida’
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Re: Details Matter in Riccardo Muti’s Precise ‘Aida’

The Chicago Symphony Chorus, founded and for many years conducted by Margaret Hillis, has always been outstanding - certainly much better than most choruses in the world's leading opera houses. So when Muti asked for clarity of diction, and kept the orchestra down, the words could be heard. Not that...
by John F
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 764
Views: 373809

Re: What I listened to today

And then there's Medtner's owo recording, not as well played as by today's virtuosi but hey, it's Medtner playing. cbagb2VVogw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbagb2VVogw HMV recorded three 78 rpm albums of Medtner playing his own music in 1947, not just solo piano works but piano concertos and some...
by John F
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Film
Replies: 11
Views: 174

Re: Pavarotti Film

Nothing requires that a large party be seated at a single large table. The big meet-up at O'Neals' some years back was split among at least two round tables or maybe three; similarly some of the larger gatherings of CompuServe Music Forum. And there's nothing wrong with that. After all, when there a...
by John F
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in the Metadata
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in the Metadata

People who want to hear just part of a classical music work have never been able to get just that and not the rest of the work. Take for example "Der Leiermann" in Schubert's "Winterreise." In the 78 rpm era, you had to get the complete "Winterreise," then find which disc the song is on. With LPs, y...
by John F
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Film
Replies: 11
Views: 174

Re: Pavarotti Film

In the Lincoln Center area, we looked into Fiorello's but decided against it, I forget why, maybe the prices. There's another Italian restaurant nearby, Il Violino, which is pretty small and might not do for as many as 10 of us. Prices are similar to Pomodoro Rosso and there are prix fixe menus for ...
by John F
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Film
Replies: 11
Views: 174

Re: Pavarotti Film

The location of Crispo's looks good to me - less than a block from the 14th street station on the A and C lines which are the ones I always take from Brooklyn, and with an elevator to the street (when it's working, a big when on the MTA). It's for supper only, not lunch, and it's closed on Sundays, ...
by John F
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

The jury for the piano competition is: Denis Matsuev (Chair), Russia Michel Béroff, France Barry Douglas, Ireland Nelson Freire, Brazil Pavel Gililov, Germany Freddy Kempf, Germany / United Kingdom Ming Qiang Li, China Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Russia Piotr Paleczny, Poland Boris Petrushansky, Russia Me...
by John F
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

What Robert Levin says about improvised cadenzas also applies to Schnittke's: you have no idea what's going to happen next.
by John F
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: There's this amazing kid...
Replies: 0
Views: 35

There's this amazing kid...

...who at 4 years old made it his mission to save dogs in kill "shelters" and find them permanent homes. His name is Roman McConn and he and his mother are the subject of this month's episode of "Dodo Heroes" on the Animal Planet cable channel. This began when they were living in Texas, where kill "...
by John F
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: By 2065 Japan will run out . . . of people
Replies: 21
Views: 310

Re: By 2065 Japan will run out . . . of people

Already Japan's population is not just aging but declining, and this is forcing decisions that affect the quality of life there. Many railroad lines have been abandoned because of fewer riders; public transportation in the cities has been decreased because of a shortage of bus and train drivers and ...
by John F
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Film
Replies: 11
Views: 174

Re: Pavarotti Film

The conversation was so great at the CMG dinner I forgot to take some photos! :lol: Yes, everyone had interesting things to say, so we kept the ball rolling so much that we almost forgot to order lunch, and then at the end the manager had to ask us (very politely) to leave the table so it could be ...
by John F
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Web browsers and your privacy
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: Web browsers and your privacy

I'm not saying that, really, but it's what I do. Firefox is good at keeping up to speed with many tabs open at once, even if more than one are streaming (I use a video capture add-on to save video material until later or forever). I don't really know whether there's an advantage in this respect to u...
by John F
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

I have Verizon FIOS. My results were: Download 91.35 Upload 118.96 Is that good? It's certainly good enough for downloading files and viewing most video streams, though I'm not sure about online games (I don't do that). Your upload speed is exceptional; usually it's about 1/10 of that. Maybe that's...
by John F
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

You asked for it. Here's the cadenza for the first movement:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGRKUl4TrJU

And for the third:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdMgTt4D-C8
by John F
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sex and Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 471

Re: Sex and Chopin

Belle wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:40 pm
Here we go again; sex and music = kitsch!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=926ZPueyy1I
That isn't classical music, it's entertainment, Yanni-style - but she's more decorative to look at than Yanni. :mrgreen:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE1o_uUXTvo
by John F
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Web browsers and your privacy
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: Web browsers and your privacy

If Opera works for you and you're satisfied with its provisions for security and privacy, fine. From what I've read about these issues, including the article I've posted here, I'm sticking with Firefox and recommending it with a clear conscience. :)
by John F
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

If you lose connection, I have found re-loading or refreshing the page often works immediately. Maybe the signal takes a different path ? Or maybe it's the Russians. I believe the computer sets aside some memory as a buffer so that the download stream arrives before it's needed to display. Restarti...
by John F
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The pianist and the lobster
Replies: 4
Views: 156

The pianist and the lobster

I won't copy the article here - it goes on and on - or give away what it's about. But for those who care about pianists and piano playing, this is definitely worth reading. Once I started I couldn't stop. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/06/21/opinion/editorials/errol-morris-lobster-sviatosl...
by John F
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Web browsers and your privacy
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Web browsers and your privacy

Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch. June 21, 2019 By Geoffrey A. Fowler | The Washington Post Columnist Over a recent week of web surfing, I peered under the hood of Google Chrome and found it brought along a few thousand friends. Shopping, news and even government s...
by John F
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

Did Perahia actually improvise the cadenzas or did he compose them? Quite a few pianists have written their own cadenzas for Mozart's concertos, but of course that's an entirely different creative process from making up a 2-3 minute cadenza on the spur of the moment, which is what Levin does. Jon Ki...
by John F
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

It occurs to me that one reason people might have this kind of trouble now that they didn't have before is that many streams are now high definition, meaning many more bits per second have to make it to your computer and be processed there. Just guessing. There are a lot of other factors that affect...
by John F
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

I've used Firefox for years and since I upgraded my computer (faster speed, more memory), audio and video streams including YouTube have come through without a hitch. I recommend Firefox without qualifications. Changing browsers is easier and cheaper than changing computers, but it's possible that m...
by John F
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 47
Views: 10179

Re: Summer meet-up

Ricordanza wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:24 am
My wife was just discharged from the hospital after a nine-day stay for a lung infection, and I need the time to care for her and the house, etc.
So sorry to miss you. Hope your wife is well or at least getting well; my best to her.
by John F
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

I have enjoyed his party trick of getting audience members to jot down themes, picking three and weaving them into an improvisation. An improvisation in the style of Mozart - as Mozart typically did in his concerts. He also improvises cadenzas to the Mozart and Beethoven concertos, and some of thes...
by John F
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

Also, different parts of Germany have different kinds and degrees of humor. Berliners are often not just humorous but witty, like the Viennese; Swabians not so much. By the way, which version of the Mozart Requiem was performed? The standard one as completed by Süssmayr and others, or one of the mod...
by John F
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

The luck of the draw, I guess. Ceertainly there have been quite a few outstanding Scandinavian pianists, such as Gunnar Johansen (Denmark) and Leif Ove Andsnes (Norway). Neither of them entered any competitions; they didn't need to, having successfully launched their careers in their 20s.
by John F
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

Yes, Germans do have a sense of humor, but they don't necessarily laugh at the same things we do and vice versa. And Austrians are especially quick-witted. Back in the CompuServe Music Forum we had a Vienna-born member who knew the Tom Lehrer songs and told us of a popular Viennese cabaret performer...
by John F
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: La Scala May Slow Down in Summer, but the Show Goes On
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: La Scala May Slow Down in Summer, but the Show Goes On

That's one opera house I've never been to, and now I never will.
by John F
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 18
Views: 946

Re: What movies are you watching today?

I saw that - for some reason the uploader cut 2 hours out of the complete version. I haven't watched it but he must have done some serious damage. Certainly I was never bored and I'd seen the TV versions before, on PBS. Still, if you have a better use for the 2 hours... :) The current editions of TT...
by John F
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 18
Views: 946

Re: What movies are you watching today?

If you need more Smiley, you'll find the BBC's dramatizations of "Tinker, Tailor" and "Smiley's People" with Alec Guinness as Smiley in YouTube. There are two versions of TTSS, one complete (I believe) and one edited for PBS and a couple of minutes shorter in each episode. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, S...
by John F
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sex and Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 471

Re: Sex and Chopin

My family went to see Victor Borge in 1953, at the John Golden Theater in New York. The title of his show was "Comedy in Music," also the title of the LP that was taken from his live performances. We had that LP and I knew much of it before seeing his show, but I had to laugh anyway, so hard it lite...
by John F
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Franco Zeffirelli Made Subtle, Striking Opera. Until He Exploded
Replies: 10
Views: 239

Re: Franco Zeffirelli Made Subtle, Striking Opera. Until He Exploded

I know you do, and if that's all it takes to please you, fine. But the Met production that Zeffirelli's replaced, by Toshio Aoyama and Cecil Beaton, was that, also beautiful, and dramatically effective. It also featured Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli, and Leopold Stokowski in the pit. Those were the...
by John F
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Franco Zeffirelli Made Subtle, Striking Opera. Until He Exploded
Replies: 10
Views: 239

Re: Franco Zeffirelli Made Subtle, Striking Opera. Until He Exploded

Just to take one example: the first scene of "Turandot" is so crammed with people doing Zeffirelli stuff that you can hardly see Turandot (as far upstage as possible) or Calaf, Liu, and Timur. At least in "La Boheme," with 250 people onstage in Act 2 doing Zeffirelli stuff, he put the main character...
by John F
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 764
Views: 373809

Re: What I listened to today

Plus the Mozart and Beethoven quintets for piano and winds with Rudolf Serkin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPoNMpj ... Vklo-hmU1o
by John F
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Franco Zeffirelli Made Subtle, Striking Opera. Until He Exploded
Replies: 10
Views: 239

Re: Franco Zeffirelli Made Subtle, Striking Opera. Until He Exploded

Ouch! IMHO, that's an unnecessary, offensive and even cruel column. I didn't feel that when I read it. Some of Zeffirelli's later productions were indeed over the top, notably the "Turandot," and they won't be missed. I believe Zeffirelli's aesthetic for opera productions was to create something of...
by John F
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Opera's Brighter Future in Europe So Says Barone
Replies: 2
Views: 105

Re: Met Opera's Brighter Future in Europe So Says Barone

Perhaps it should be, opera's brighter future is at the Met. Bartlett Sher, director of the new "Rigoletto," has already directed five other operas here, from Rossini to the present day, and whatever their other shortcomings, they have all been faithful to the works. He has also directed several mus...
by John F
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled
Replies: 10
Views: 726

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

However excellent David Zinman may be, he isn't and never has been a "star conductor," which you said is what the orchestra needs. My point is that the orchestra did well under Zinman even though he's not a star conductor, and likewise under Zinman's predecessor Sergiu Comissiona. It's only when the...
by John F
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled
Replies: 10
Views: 726

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

The Baltimore Symphony, Seeking Cuts, Locks Out Its Musicians By Michael Cooper June 17, 2019 The cash-strapped Baltimore Symphony Orchestra locked out its musicians on Monday, as it sought to pressure the players into agreeing to a new contract with fewer paid weeks of work. “Due to the Baltimore S...
by John F
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: marin alsop raises the baton for women
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: marin alsop raises the baton for women

Marin Alsop was music director of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for 12 years. That's as much a major orchestra as the Baltimore, I should think.
by John F
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled
Replies: 10
Views: 726

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

I'd say Yuri Temirkanov, Alsop's predecessor in Baltimore, is a star conductor, but in fact attendance fell during his time there, possibly because of his programming (lots of Russian music) and partly because he wasn't into community relations as Alsop is. Friends and I traveled to Baltimore for qu...