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by John F
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 19
Views: 202

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

By the way, the orchestration of "Mass" is not by Bernstein but by Hershy Kay, who also orchestrated "On the Town" and "Candide." (What about "West Side Story"? It was orchestrated by Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal.) Many other musicals by other composers have been orchestrated by Hershy Kay, among them...
by John F
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 43
Views: 534

Re: Classical records for children

There have been many geniuses but from reading his Wikipedia biography, Porter was one of a kind. What a life!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cole_Porter
by John F
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 43
Views: 534

Re: Classical records for children

By 'yappy' I mean syllable-to-note, endless lyrics; no let-up. As in the example I mentioned from WSS. So that's it. To me, "yappy" brings to mind a chihuahua, not a distinguished American poet as Richard Wilbur certainly was. Enlisting him to provide lyrics for Broadway was only one of several way...
by John F
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 18
Views: 165

Re: Top orchestras

Apart from those generalities, for me it's about the sound of the strings as a body and the playing of the principals in all sections. I'm less concerned with such matters as versatility and sheer virtuosity, but for others these may be more important.
by John F
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ralph Michael Stein
Replies: 4
Views: 49

Re: Ralph Michael Stein

More and more of them every day. :D
by John F
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ralph Michael Stein
Replies: 4
Views: 49

Re: Ralph Michael Stein

You're telling me that Ralph was years younger than I am? Amazing. We had lunch once in an eatery near Lincoln Center, nothing earth-shaking but very enjoyable.
by John F
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 19
Views: 202

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

My point is not that Bernstein was fluent in Latin - he didn't need to be in order to get the English sense of the Latin mass, he could read it on any number of record jackets - but in response to your guess that he didn't understand Latin at all. Such Latin as I know, I learned in four years at thr...
by John F
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 19
Views: 202

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Surely Bernstein, a graduate of Boston Latin School and Harvard, and a conductor of composed masses by Haydn and Beethoven, understood the Latin words of the Catholic mass, though from what you say he didn't use them in his so-called "Mass."
by John F
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .
Replies: 12
Views: 203

Re: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .

Whatever one may think of Alan Gilbert, and I've heard and praised some of his work, "full-blooded vitality" is not how most would describe it.
by John F
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Baidu
Replies: 1
Views: 38

Baidu

This morning, at the bottom of CMG's home page, I found "Baidu [Spider]" among the registered users. In internet jargon, a spider is software that roams the Web and accumulates data for a search engine. We all know Google, and some know Microsoft's search engine Bing, but what is Baidu? According to...
by John F
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 18
Views: 165

Re: Top orchestras

In my own case it was the experience of hearing most of the world's 'great' orchestras and being intrigued about what makes an orchestra 'great'. An interesting topic for discussion. Here are a few possible reasons, in no particular order. Money. Hiring the best players, often away from other orche...
by John F
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 43
Views: 534

Re: Classical records for children

I don't like 'yappy' musical theatre - going right back to the uber-syllabic G&W What on earth can you mean by "yappy"? I'm not going to argue with your taste in musical comedy lyrics, but I'd like to know what it is, and I don't. For myself, I want a libretto of some technical craftsmanship and, i...
by John F
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 18
Views: 165

Re: Top orchestras

I said of the Vienna Philharmonic, "it has a distinctive style and sound of its own which it consciously and determinedly preserves and can be identified by ear (unless a conductor has managed to suppress it)." Apparently Giulini succeeded in this, though I haven't heard his recording. If you don't ...
by John F
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .
Replies: 12
Views: 203

Re: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .

John, are you really suggesting that the work of most of the other conductors of the present day is "lacking in vitality ?" With all due respect, how can you make such a sweeping generalization ? What I said was, "The full-blooded vitality of their work is certainly welcome in a time when there's n...
by John F
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 43
Views: 534

Re: Classical records for children

So what's the problem? "Candide" was conceived and developed as a Broadway musical, and if in retrospect it appears to be an operetta, there's no barbed wire barrier between the genres - both are light musical theatre as distinct from opera. "Candide" had its first performances on Broadway, and if i...
by John F
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 19
Views: 202

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Definitely his worst "classical" piece, though I suppose the dismal musical "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" sank even lower.
by John F
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature canceled
Replies: 6
Views: 115

Re: 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature canceled

Ogden Nash on literature: Medusa and the Mot Juste Once there was a Greek divinity of the sea named Ceto and she married a man named Phorcus, And the marriage must have been pretty raucous; Their remarks about which child took after which parent must have been full of asperities, Because they were t...
by John F
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 43
Views: 534

Re: Classical records for children

"West Side Story" isn't even Bernstein's best musical, though it's his most successful. For truly astonishing lyrics it's "Candide," whose lyrics are by Richard Wilbur and Dorothy Parker among others, and Bernstein's music is his most brilliant. The overture is at least as often performed in concert...
by John F
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature canceled
Replies: 6
Views: 115

Re: 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature canceled

To the contrary, after the award to Bob Dylan the bar has been set so low that Ogden Nash and Judith Krantz would qualify. Nash is dead but Krantz is still alive and waiting for her phone to ring. :mrgreen:
by John F
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 18
Views: 165

Re: Top orchestras

Depends on what you mean by "top orchestra." If it's "best orchestra," that's no more than a matter of personal opinion. My list, if I made one which I won't, would include the Vienna Philharmonic because alone among the world's major orchestras, it has a distinctive style and sound of its own which...
by John F
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Queen's Handbag
Replies: 8
Views: 71

Re: The Queen's Handbag

Discreet signals and Clarins lipstick: the secrets of The Queen's handbag revealed Victoria Ward Juliet Eysenck 3 March 2017 • 10:10am The Queen is rarely seen in public without her handbag by her side. Indeed, along with her favourite Anello and Davide block heels, it is her steadfast sartorial sig...
by John F
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature canceled
Replies: 6
Views: 115

2018 Nobel Prize for Literature canceled

It's not out of embarrassment over last year's award to Bob Dylan, but an essentially external matter. The 2018 prize is to be awarded next year along with the 2019 prize. Sex Abuse Scandal’s Latest Casualty: The 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature By Christina Anderson and Richard Pérez-Peña May 4, 2018...
by John F
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Just released: Leonard Rose - Complete Concerto & Sonata Recordings
Replies: 8
Views: 2425

Re: Just released: Leonard Rose - Complete Concerto & Sonata Recordings

For me, there was nothing special about Leonard Rose as a soloist - many other cellists from Casals to Rostropovich and beyond whose playing is more characterful and just plain important. As principal cello of the New York Philharmonic he was fine.
by John F
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: No single birthplace for modern humans, scientists now say
Replies: 2
Views: 48

Re: No single birthplace for modern humans, scientists now say

Interesting. Maybe so, maybe not, as reported this sounds more like a compromise among differing opinions than a conclusion firmly based on evidence. Most likely there's a scientific paper in a professional journal that makes the case properly.
by John F
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .
Replies: 12
Views: 203

Re: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .

Quite a contrast with Simon Rattle's repertory, and maybe that's what the Philharmoniker wanted when choosing Petrenko. His Metropolitan Opera debut was in Lehár's "Merry Widow" in 2003 and he also conducted "Ariadne auf Naxos," "Magic Flute," and "Khovanshchina," the latest in 2012. He didn't creat...
by John F
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .
Replies: 12
Views: 203

Re: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .

I haven't heard any of his performances in person, only broadcasts and telecasts on YouTube, and that can be misleading; balances are finally under the sound engineer's control. But what I've heard doesn't bear comparison with Carlos Kleiber, who was noted (among other things) for the refinement of ...
by John F
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 43
Views: 534

Re: Classical records for children

At least two series from RCA Victor featured abridged movements to make them easier listening: "The Heart of the Symphony" and "The Heart of the Piano Concerto." They were promoted as "the great themes from..." 6-8 warhorses of the standard repertoire. Charles O'Connell, the music director at RCA Vi...
by John F
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Times Article From Different Critics
Replies: 3
Views: 94

Re: NY Times Article From Different Critics

Yes, "God Bless America" was composed a century ago, during World War I. According to the Wikipedia article, he revised it in 1938 as a "peace song" and it was then that Kate Smith sang it on the radio. Berlin gave the royalties from probably his best-selling song to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. ...
by John F
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 43
Views: 534

Re: Classical records for children

The Reader's Digest recordings were made for them by English Decca when it was affiliated with RCA Victor. The ones I've heard are not musically abridged, though some are excerpts from operettas. Many have been reissued on other labels, notably the Rachmaninoff concertos and Paganini Rhapsody with E...
by John F
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 43
Views: 534

Re: Classical records for children

Here's a list of the classical sets we had when I was a toddler as best I can remember In my teens I made a card catalog of my parents' record collection and I'm looking at it now. It was sizable, though nothing like what I eventually accumulated, and remarkably sophisticated. For example, there wa...
by John F
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's dance music
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: Mozart's dance music

Back in 1991, one of Lincoln Center's programs for the Mozart bicentennial was about the dances of Mozart's time, with demonstrations by a period dance group - not just the minuet but the German dance (precursor of the waltz) and contretanz, which also are part of the "Don Giovanni" Act I finale. As...
by John F
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's dance music
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Mozart's dance music

This music is not for ballet but for ballroom dancing. When Mozart finally got a job with the emperor's court, it was to compose dance music for the balls at the Redoutensaal during the carnival period before Lent. He said of his salary, "Too much for what I do, too little for what I could do." But ...
by John F
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?
Replies: 8
Views: 144

Re: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?

If the Republicans had a strong candidate for governor, that would be a concern (the Ralph Nader effect). But Marcus Molinaro's résumé is unimpressive, however much the Republican Party establishment likes him, and it looks to me like a walkover for the Democrat whoever that is.
by John F
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?
Replies: 8
Views: 144

Re: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?

Cynthia Nixon doesn't stand a chance running against an incumbent in essentially good times. Even if her name weren't Nixon. :) Her issues, notably mass transit in New York City, have no appeal to voters upstate. No Republican is a serious threat either. It will be Andrew Cuomo for 4 more years, so ...
by John F
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?
Replies: 8
Views: 144

Re: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?

Now I've read it, and yes, it's a fine piece of reporting. But the last paragraphs make discouraging reading. If fixing New York's mass transit depends on one executive and he can't even get a meeting with the governor and mayor who are supposed to pay for it, all the good intentions and good will i...
by John F
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?
Replies: 8
Views: 144

Re: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?

Thanks for posting this. I haven't read all of it, but he's right, fixing the subway won't be easy. Full service must continue while it's being done; it how millions of New Yorkers get to work and home. Billions of $$$ have to be provided by Washington and Albany, neither of which are keen on helpin...
by John F
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 43
Views: 534

Re: Classical records for children

We share the surprising experience of having siblings who don't care at all for classical music, while we loved it early on. Same parents, essentially the same genetics, same household with the same records, same school though different grades, but quite different tastes. I've read that after a chil...
by John F
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: British composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: British composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66

I didn't realize he was that young. He may be best known for his two children's operas to texts by Maurice Sendak, and in the profession, for hardly ever finishing commissioned work on deadline. And as maestrob shows, he was active and successful as a conductor, mainly of new music; I'm really surpr...
by John F
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 43
Views: 534

Re: Classical records for children

I never heard of those. The book about Young People's Records says the late '40s and early '50s were the golden age of children's records, not just YPR but Golden Records (pressed in yellow plastic) and other specialist labels, and indeed mainstream labels like Columbia. If there's anything like thi...
by John F
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 43
Views: 534

Re: Classical records for children

Young People's Records recorded Prokofiev's "The Ugly Duckling" with Leon Lishner, baritone, Walter Hendl conducting. I doubt this was one of their more successful releases. UQXzpikYD9U https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQXzpikYD9U Also "Haydn's" Toy Symphony conducted by Max Goberman. We had this one...
by John F
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 43
Views: 534

Classical records for children

I was a child once, though you might not believe it, :) and got to know classical music from my parents' quite sophisticated record collection. But they also bought some records specifically for me and my younger brother. Some of these are familiar enough: "Tubby the Tuba," of course, and Danny Kaye...
by John F
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Robocalls: what is being done about them
Replies: 1
Views: 82

Re: Robocalls: what is being done about them

Nomorobo works only if you use the Internet for your phone service. A member of CMG uses it and says it works for him. However, land line customers like me can't use Nomorobo. Recently, Verizon has been branding calls it finds suspicious as "SPAM?" on caller ID but this shows up for a minority of un...
by John F
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 456
Views: 76735

Re: What I listened to today

You've listened only to "some" of the Toscanini? How could you stop? :) That recording was made with the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall in 1936. The record company was RCA Victor, which had been achieving extraordinary recorded sound for years - much better than the record...
by John F
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Flutist Sues-Equal Pay
Replies: 6
Views: 130

Re: Flutist Sues-Equal Pay

Different kinds of experience with different repertoire. Before coming to the Boston Symphony, John Ferrillo was a principal oboe in the Metropolitan Opera's orchestra (they have 2 principals for each instrument). Elizabeth Rowe's previous experience has all been in symphony orchestras, most recentl...
by John F
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Flutist Sues-Equal Pay
Replies: 6
Views: 130

Re: Flutist Sues-Equal Pay

The flute and oboe are not exactly equivalent where the amount of skilled labor is involved, as Heck knows. An oboist has to make a crucial part of his instrument, the reed, every time he plays it, and this has a major effect on his sound. Not so the flute, as far as I know. Also, the oboe is part o...
by John F
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 456
Views: 76735

Re: What I listened to today

And then there's Toscanini... qRi46iB85oU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRi46iB85oU Kleiber's reading is quite similar, but to my surprise, Toscanini and RCA Victor achieved sharper, more detailed sound in Carnegie Hall than Kleiber and DG did in the Musikvereinsaal 40 years later - the latter sou...
by John F
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Landline phones are here to stay
Replies: 5
Views: 126

Re: Landline phones are here to stay

Rotary dial? :)
by John F
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Landline phones are here to stay
Replies: 5
Views: 126

Re: Landline phones are here to stay

a landline happens to be better at its job
Right. And they last. I'm still using an AT&T 825 desk phone, programmable with up to 30 phone numbers, which works as well as when I bought it decades ago. One line, but that's all I've got or need. It also works as a speakerphone. Looks nice too.
by John F
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Doctor Atomic Article NYTimes Santa Fe Opera
Replies: 4
Views: 132

Re: Doctor Atomic Article NYTimes Santa Fe Opera

Seems to me that anyone old and intelligent enough to be seeing contemporary operas won't be ignorant on a topic like this, which is still occasionally in the news. Peter Sellars may believe so, as the operas he's been involved with have all been more or less didactic, but if you rely on Sellars for...
by John F
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Frau ohne Schatten
Replies: 11
Views: 230

Re: Die Frau ohne Schatten

This DVD is published on the Mariinsky Theater's own label, distributed here by LSO Live. I see that they have brought out many live performance videos: Rimsky-Korsakov's "Tale of Tsar Saltan" and "Golden Cockerel," Prokofiev's "Semyon Kotko" and "The Gambler," Verdi's "Attila," Shchedrin's new oper...