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by John F
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler—Again??
Replies: 7
Views: 148

Re: Furtwängler—Again??

I want to read that, and the library has it. Weimar Germany is such a paradox: the high water mark of culture in Germany after the Romantics, especially on the left (Brecht, Weill, Hindemith), yet so fragmented in its politics that the right wing had control of the government almost from the start.
by John F
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler—Again??
Replies: 7
Views: 148

Re: Furtwängler—Again??

No, it wasn't the Nazis who invented the "stab in the back" myth, but that myth was widely propagated by all sorts of ultra-right groups after the Armistice, of which the Nazis were only a small proportion. The myth then fed directly into anti-Semitism when it was apparent that some of the supporte...
by John F
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy birthday, Gary Graffman
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Happy birthday, Gary Graffman

Generous and taxing!
by John F
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler—Again??
Replies: 7
Views: 148

Re: Furtwängler—Again??

So what else is new? We've heard all that before. In 1947 Furtwangler was undergoing the humiliating (for him) process of denazification, he had been barred from conducting for two years, and it was far from clear that the ban would be lifted. He pretty much had to take the line that he did. Schnabe...
by John F
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 30
Views: 2726

Re: Getting a new computer

Well, just as I was getting near to making the computer useful, it refused to boot up, told me it was trying to repair itself (several times), so I turned it off and called Hewlett Packard. We ran a set of tests which the computer passed, but it still would not start Windows. The techie said there w...
by John F
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Brahms’s Obsession With Rhythmic Instability Explain His Music’s Magic?
Replies: 10
Views: 131

Re: Does Brahms’s Obsession With Rhythmic Instability Explain His Music’s Magic?

I think it's just the tunes. :D Wollheim probably didn't provide the headline, and as for the article itself, it's pretentious in a way that annoys me, as with much else she writes for the Times.
by John F
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nico Muhly on "Marnie"
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Nico Muhly on "Marnie"

Nico Muhly on the Drama of Bringing His New Opera to the Met By Nico Muhly Oct. 17, 2018 “Marnie,” my new opera, which has its American premiere on Friday at the Metropolitan Opera, is about a woman who lies, steals, gets caught and is forced to marry a man who sexually assaults her. It’s delicate m...
by John F
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Americans and the arts
Replies: 6
Views: 78

Re: Americans and the arts

I believe that when most Americans think of the arts, those who ever do, have paintings and sculpture in mind - not the performing arts, not the verbal arts aka literature. But perhaps they have a broader notion of artists.
by John F
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 12
Views: 668

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

At one point I was paid for editing other people's writing, as a college textbook editor at W.W. Norton and St. Martin's Press. That and my previous major in English made me alert and picky about usage and style. I share that with jbuck919 - we used to "correct" each other here, but mercifully no lo...
by John F
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 12
Views: 668

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

My father had a library in his study - he was a college professor of English - and another in his office at the college. I looked around when a kid, of course, but never found anything I wanted to read. Otherwise we had no particular space that we thought of as a "library," just a couple of bookcase...
by John F
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Americans and the arts
Replies: 6
Views: 78

Americans and the arts

If, as this poll seems to say, 91% of Americans believe that "the arts are critical part of a well-rounded K-12 education," why do they acquiesce in eliminating arts education in their public schools, rather than demanding more of it? I offer this article for what it's worth; you be the judge. 5 1/2...
by John F
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens
Replies: 9
Views: 775

Re: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens

Strike Over, Lyric Opera of Chicago Can Resume Business By Michael Cooper Oct. 15, 2018 The show can go on again at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Five days after going on strike, the musicians in its orchestra on Sunday ratified a new labor agreement that would reduce their guaranteed weeks of work an...
by John F
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy birthday, Gary Graffman
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Happy birthday, Gary Graffman

He's 90! Piano Stars Gather for a Legend’s 90th By Michael Cooper Oct. 15, 2018 It was his 90th birthday party on Sunday evening, and the pianist Gary Graffman was holding court. Lang Lang, a former student and current superstar, bounded into Mr. Graffman’s apartment across from Carnegie Hall with a...
by John F
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Hubay RIP
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Alfred Hubay RIP

One of the many behind the scenes at the Met who keep the show on the road, he was its box office manager. That may not sound very interesting, but it is. Alfred Hubay, Met Opera’s Box Office Prognosticator, Dies at 93 By Neil Genzlinger Oct. 15, 2018 Alfred Hubay, who rose from usher to house and b...
by John F
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony
Replies: 8
Views: 292

Re: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony

I've always liked this symphony, so I was glad when Colin Davis and the London Symphony performed it in one of the orchestra's 3-concert residencies in New York. While here, Davis also rehearsed the Juilliard student orchestra in the symphony's first movement, using non-musical expressions now and t...
by John F
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek "Glagolitic Mass"
Replies: 4
Views: 199

Re: Janacek "Glagolitic Mass"

Since it's a Berlin Phil concert, I'd guess it's Rattle. Heard it with him conducting the Boston Symphony years ago, very dynamic.
by John F
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime
Replies: 22
Views: 471

Re: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime

Rimsky-Korsakov may not have been the greatest Romantic composer - of course he wasn't - but outside of Russia, his achievement is not taken as seriously as it deserves. Part of it is that so much of it is in opera, large-scale spectacular opera that's expensive to stage properly. The only one of hi...
by John F
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime
Replies: 22
Views: 471

Re: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime

A highlight of "Sadko" is the scene in the Sea King's court, when the Viking, Hindu, and Venetian guests sing about their homelands that border on the ocean. In the first recording these were star turns, with Mark Reizen, Ivan Kozlovsky, and Pavel Lisitsian respectively. Mib5hdWcqfI https://www.yout...
by John F
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 12
Views: 668

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

"Adolescent exposure to books is an integral part of social practices that foster long-term cognitive competencies," says the story. In a home with books, that emcounter can be daily and casual; one doesn't have to go to a library, or return what one is reading when finished or when time runs out. B...
by John F
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 34
Views: 1367

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Chesterton insists in most of the stories that Father Brown is short, fat, and clumsy, but the actors who have played him aren't like that. The TV series, or such of it as I've seen, are new stories rather than dramatizations of the original ones. I remember the movie in which Alec Guinness played F...
by John F
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' Horn Trio,Op.40 redux
Replies: 2
Views: 294

Re: Brahms' Horn Trio,Op.40 redux

I've never heard a bad recording of this, from the first one by Adolf Busch, Rudolf Serkin and Aubrey Brain to the present. Oddly, I've never heard it in concert.
by John F
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 34
Views: 1367

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

And while we're on the subject, Hummel published a set of three quartets as his op. 30, the second of which has been recorded several times. It figures that a pupil of Mozart could write good string quartets.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqscCuyoVgY
by John F
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3936
Views: 522160

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

Patzak was a fine lyric tenor in the '30s and '40s, but he sang heavier roles from the beginning (his debut was as Radames), character roles - he was Mime in Furtwängler's Italian Radio Ring cycle - and even operetta. He is the tenor soloist in Bruno Walter's recording of "Das Lied von der Erde) wit...
by John F
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3936
Views: 522160

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

The tenor role, Herod, is sometimes cast with a character tenor like Gerhard Stolze, sometimes with a Heldentenor like Max Lorenz, sometimes with an unclassifiable tenor such as Julius Patzak in the standard-setting Clemens Krauss recording for Decca/London. I don't have a preference as long as he s...
by John F
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public
Replies: 20
Views: 1607

Re: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public

A whole book, "Toscanini in Britain" by Christopher Dyment, contains all the details about the BBC Symphony Orchestra broadcasts. You can read much of it online, though now and then pages are omitted so you don't get the whole book for free: https://books.google.com/books?id=McFbqFNXrHAC&printsec=fr...
by John F
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 34
Views: 1367

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Hough first came to my notice, and I think many others', with his recording of two Hummel piano concertos on Chandos. It's a winner, and so is the music.
by John F
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowships
Replies: 4
Views: 452

Re: MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowships

The whole point is that we are not supposed to have heard of them. Not necessarily so. Past MacArthur Fellows include the conductor Marin Alsop, the composer Milton Babbitt, and the poets A.R. Ammons and John Ashbery, just at the beginning of the alphabet, and they were very well known at the time....
by John F
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed
Replies: 19
Views: 1537

Re: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed

Brahms also took part in at least one of these massive and invaluable publications - he edited Schubert's symphonies for the Schubert Gesamtausgabe. And he did it without recomposing them, as other composer/editors might have done.
by John F
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fischer-Dieskau,Brendel,1984 live "Winterreise"
Replies: 2
Views: 407

Re: Fischer-Dieskau,Brendel,1984 live "Winterreise"

There's a video of them, not made in concert, that's very fine.
by John F
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public
Replies: 20
Views: 1607

Re: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public

there's an Elgar "Enigma Variations" and a "La mer" that I'm particularly fond of, along with Toscanini's Brahms Symphonies from the early 1950's with the BBC. I wonder what else has survived? Those have been published, but there are dozens of other concerts that have appeared only on private recor...
by John F
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3936
Views: 522160

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

From his dates, he was a contemporary of both Mozart and Beetoven. My kind of composer. :) YouTube has a couple of symphonies and piano concertos by him, and now that my new computer and Windows 10 can play YouTube clips, I'll check him out.
by John F
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public
Replies: 20
Views: 1607

Re: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public

All but one of Toscanini's many concerts with the BBC Symphony in the 1930s were broadcast. Some were transferred to 78 rpm masters by HMV, others weren't. I wonder if these will be included in the program. We'll soon see!
by John F
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 30
Views: 2726

Re: Getting a new computer

With the arrival of a new monitor cable I had all the hardware needed to plug things together, and that took about half an hour. Turning on the computer, I was walked through a 13-step setup routine by Windows - maybe 15 minutes. Installing my software? Ah, that's a different story. I've spent all a...
by John F
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: The Library Book
Replies: 1
Views: 333

The Library Book

That's the title of a new book by Susan Orlean. From the New York Times review it sounds like good reading for anyone who uses or cares about America's public libraries. The focus is not on the New York Public Library but the Los Angeles Public Library system, which may make it a preview of what's t...
by John F
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 12
Views: 668

Growing up amid books = literacy

What a surprise! But then, people research the obvious in case it turns out not to be so. I guess. Somehow the books I grew up with and have now seem not to have improved my "numeracy." Home Libraries Confer Long-Term Benefits A large new study finds people who grew up in book-filled homes have high...
by John F
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public
Replies: 20
Views: 1607

Re: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public

Mr. Berky can make excuses for the BBC's short-sighted destruction of its broadcast recordings, but they have no apparent bearing on the reason - to save money by reusing the tapes. I don't know what the BBC's budget may have been back in those days; today it's nearly £5 billion. What's the price of...
by John F
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 30
Views: 2726

Re: Getting a new computer

Microsoft announced yesterday that it has resumed the roll-out of Windows 10 version 1809 but only to its Windows Insider Community for beta testing. The rest of us will have to wait until the beta test ends. (I could wait forever and wouldn't mind.) The announcement on MS's Windows blog ties the fi...
by John F
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 30
Views: 2726

Re: Getting a new computer

According to a piece by Gregg Keizer, "Lab rats, Windows 10 and the importance of being last," Microsoft decimated its in-house software testing groups before the release of Windows 10. Each new update is first released to users of Windows 10 Home (i.e. me), who are used as involuntary software beta...
by John F
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed
Replies: 19
Views: 1537

Re: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed

I was merely pointing out the irony of what Mozart did and the strong nexus which existed between the operatic overture and first movement sonata form, most notably the symphony. It's true that the symphony originated as an opera overture or sinfonia, but sonata form as we know it was a later devel...
by John F
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 516
Views: 153237

Re: What I listened to today

2018 is turning out to be a bad year for our old friends. One of the library volunteers just lost his best friend to cancer, and my oldest friend - we go back nearly 60 years to college - is dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known in America as Lou Gehrig's Disease. We older ones had bett...
by John F
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed
Replies: 19
Views: 1537

Re: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed

it doesn't surprise me at all that Mozart included operatic music in his other works It should surprise you, because this instance is unique in Mozart. Unlike Richard Strauss and Shostakovich, he never quotes his own music. When they did it, as in "Ein Heldenleben" and the 8th string quartet, it wa...
by John F
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 34
Views: 1367

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

While in New York for a performance Hough gave a talk at the performing arts library about his activities as a pianist, composer, novelist, and perhaps more as well. (I couldn't attend as I was on duty at the time.) If ever anyone deserved a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant it's Hough, but since ...
by John F
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mormon Tabernacle Choir renamed
Replies: 3
Views: 548

Re: Mormon Tabernacle Choir renamed

Of course by then the Mormons will have a new president and he may be divinely inspired to restore the choir's and the religion's time-honored name...
by John F
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: verdi Parma
Replies: 5
Views: 617

Re: verdi Parma

Parma used to be notorious for its opera audience which often booed unfortunate singers off the stage. I've also heard of an occasion when a singer received an ovation for an aria, so sang it again as an encore, got another ovation, sang it again, yet another ovation. The singer gestured his thanks ...
by John F
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 30
Views: 2726

Re: Getting a new computer

I quickly checked my Win10 PC (which I haven't used in over a year) and found that I had a choice of how updates are done. I've opted to be reminded about the updates and download them when it suits me. The default option is automatic updates but I changed this easily. Of course this might have cha...
by John F
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 30
Views: 2726

Re: Getting a new computer

The new computer arrived, but I can't do anything with it until I receive a VGA cable to connect it with my monitor. That's on its way from Amazon and should be here by the end of the week. Meanwhile, however, disaster has struck with the latest update to Windows 10. Last week, some - not all - who ...
by John F
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brailowsky's Chopin on RCA set (complete)
Replies: 12
Views: 1483

Re: Brailowsky's Chopin on RCA set (complete)

Well, to each his/her own.
by John F
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mormon Tabernacle Choir renamed
Replies: 3
Views: 548

Mormon Tabernacle Choir renamed

Now even religions talk about their own names as "brands." Sheesh! No more Mormon: Tabernacle Choir name change marks church's shift by Associated Press Oct.06.2018 SALT LAKE CITY — The world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be singing the same tune but under a new name. The choir was renamed Fri...
by John F
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed
Replies: 19
Views: 1537

Re: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed

On the subject of this symphony: In May 1788 Mozart composed an aria for bass, "Un bacio di mano" (A kiss of the hand), words purportedly by Lorenzo da Ponte, for insertion in Anfossi's comic opera "Le gelosie fortunate" which was performed in Vienna on June 2. Those who know the Jupiter Symphony wi...