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by John F
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kars 4 Kids - what?
Replies: 6
Views: 65

Re: Kars 4 Kids - what?

Again, say what?
by John F
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Relevance in the arts
Replies: 6
Views: 55

Re: Relevance in the arts

thank goodness Gelb cancelled the “La Forza del Destino,” which was to have been the debut of provocative Spanish director Calixto Bieito. Well, there you are. Gelb signed that production for the Met, and the reason given for cancelling it was not that it was going to be trash - he knew that when h...
by John F
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 1
Views: 15

Re: Penderecki

Back in the 1960s I saw Penderecki's opera "The Devils of Loudun" in Hamburg, a fiercely dissonant work that makes Prokofiev's "Fiery Angel" on a similar theme sound like Puccini. But when Anne-Sophie Mutter played his second violin concerto here in the '90s (it's dedicated to her), I was really sur...
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”
Replies: 9
Views: 105

Re: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”

While it's totally right and proper to revere and collect those great soloists and conductors that introduced us to great music, I also enjoy being on the lookout for artists of similar depth and flair among today's crowd of great performers. Who are they? Who are the Toscaninis and Sviatoslav Rich...
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Relevance in the arts
Replies: 6
Views: 55

Re: Relevance in the arts

In Europe, governments fund the arts a great deal more than ours does, and look at the constant flow of nonsense Eurotrash opera productions as a result. Depending on private funding means that the MET (for example) must offer what pleases the public more than European companies that are freer to "...
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 462716

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

I looked around and yes, the Quintessence release is the 1950s Talich recording instead of the earlier versions on 78s. My own copy is on the low-priced Parliament label, and no doubt Quintessence did better with the recorded sound. Worth another listen if you can find it.
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 770

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

I know that, but I wasn't quoting Congreve, I was quoting the woman violinist in the TV show when face to face with a number of pacified wild beasts..
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Brendel's new book
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Alfred Brendel's new book

Actually, "Music, Sense and Nonsense" is not exactly new; the hardcover edition appeared in 2016, and it's mostly a republication of prose writings that have appeared in his previous books. But according to the following review of the new paperback edition by Nicholas Cannariato, the book also inclu...
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Relevance in the arts
Replies: 6
Views: 55

Relevance in the arts

This long interview was edited for publication in Smithsonian magazine. I've edited it some more. Jay Nordlinger is not a deep thinker, far from it, but here it is for what it's worth. What Does it Mean for Art to Be “Relevant”? Music critic and National Review writer Jay Nordlinger discusses why it...
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 770

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

On the TV program "Bandit Patrol," about rehabilitating wild animals and returning them to the wild, I see a woman playing Dvorak's "Humoresque" on a violin to a cage full of raccoons who certainly look as if they're attracted to it. She believes that "music soothes the savage beast," as she says, n...
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York City Ballet's future
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Re: New York City Ballet's future

Alastair Macaulay is the chief dance critic of the New York Times. History Is About to Change at New York City Ballet. How? By Alastair Macaulay Jan. 2, 2018 ...[Peter] Martins inherited a remarkable and wide-ranging job model from George Balanchine, who, with Lincoln Kirstein, founded the school in...
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York City Ballet's future
Replies: 1
Views: 19

New York City Ballet's future

New York City Ballet has been without an artistic director/ballet master since Peter Martins retired amid an investigation into allegations of abuse, which the investigation has not corroborated. They are taking their time seeking a new director. Who Should Run City Ballet? A Job Posting, Explained ...
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November
Replies: 8
Views: 86

Re: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November

Did Previn record any music from before the mid-19th century, and is it any good? All I've heard is late 19th to 20th century.
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 770

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

The minimum wage etc. is set by New York state law. Boycotting any particular restaurant or all of them won't change that. Leave it to the waitstaff - and their union - to look out for themselves. If you really care about the waiters and want to help them, tip them generously, in cash!
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 770

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Fortunately, maestrob is mistaken about the base pay for waitstaff in New York restaurants. In New York, the minimum wage varies depending on the location of the restaurant and, in New York City, the size of the restaurant. The applicable minimum wage rates and tip credits are as follows: NY City – ...
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”
Replies: 9
Views: 105

Re: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”

Maybe you're right about the rest of the world, and I wish you were. But it seems to me that if the audience for classical music outside the US remains what it used to be, the major record companies would not be making so few new studio recordings with major conductors, singers, and orchestras, and ...
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV
Replies: 6
Views: 47

Re: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV

The headline looks exaggerated to me, I don't believe it's going to happen, but maybe you should wait a bit before committing to Spectrum. New York Moves to Kick Spectrum Out of State By Vivian Wang July 27, 2018 Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration moved to ban Charter Communications from New York...
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 462716

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

Rafael Kubelik owned this work during his lifetime As did Vaclav Talich during his. Talich and the Czech Philharmonic recorded it twice for HMV/Electrola before the War and again for Supraphon afterwards. There have been many fine recordings of "Vltava" ("The Moldau"), Smetana's greatest hit, but I...
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 38

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018

That looks worth viewing - thanks for the heads-up.
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kars 4 Kids - what?
Replies: 6
Views: 65

Re: Kars 4 Kids - what?

Say what?
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”
Replies: 9
Views: 105

Re: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”

Hurwitz is essentially recycling Norman Lebrecht, down to pinching the title of his most notorious book. Neither of them seems to understand that if a performance achieves greatness rather than mere competence, it's because a true maestro is on the podium. The orchestra can't achieve it on its own. ...
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast
Replies: 18
Views: 141

Re: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast

Try "The Rite of Spring" - maybe that will drive them away. But your plants may not like it either; dissonance isn't good for them, I hear.
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV
Replies: 6
Views: 47

Re: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV

Yes, I remember the days when all we needed to watch TV was a TV set and, if we were really keen about it, an outdoor antenna. Actually, I know someone who still does that, though now he needs a digital TV set or a digital/analog converter, and with three public TV stations and the City University s...
by John F
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast
Replies: 18
Views: 141

Re: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast

Actually, music does have charms to soothe at least one wild if not exactly savage beast. In the TV series "unlikely animal friends," a raccoon is shown in what looks like deep contentment with earbud headphones in its ears, and the narration says it's listening to classical music. Doesn't say what ...
by John F
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"
Replies: 7
Views: 75

Re: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"

Was this the same occasion on which Rachmaninoff and Nadezhda Plevitskaya recorded "Powder and Paint"? Until now, that was the only non-studio recording of Rachmaninoff playing.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mcnNDZPvgI
by John F
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 770

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

What part of South Korea? I was stationed in Taegu/Daegu for a year in the Army, but I expect most who visit the country go to Seoul or possibly Pusan/Busan.
by John F
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The greatest quiz show upset of all time
Replies: 3
Views: 38

Re: The greatest quiz show upset of all time

It's true, the BBC does have a number of old-fashioned quiz shows on radio and TV, as well as some pseudo-quiz shows like "The News Quiz" which use the format but are actually setups for the comedian panel members. As far as I know, commercial TV doesn't have any. As with the old American shows, the...
by John F
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Merrill's books
Replies: 2
Views: 55

Robert Merrill's books

At lunch on Saturday, maestrob told us about Robert Merrill's "The Divas," which I find is a novel about three formerly star sopranos trying for a comeback, and I gather that only the names have been changed to protect the divas. Merrill wrote two other books, nonfiction I presume: "Once More from t...
by John F
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 471
Views: 113342

Re: What I listened to today

Szymanowski's magnum opus is the opera "King Roger," a variant of "The Bacchae," which has some gorgeous music. It's seldom performed, at least outside Poland, but there's a fine recording conducted by Simon Rattle with Thomas Hampson in the lead role, plus Szymanowski's Sinfonia Concertante for pia...
by John F
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 770

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Thanks so much, John; very thoughtful. It is a question of who, how much and how often. Thanks for the link. It's hard to 'budget' with these things in mind!! As an experienced traveler, you know that when you dine in Vienna or Paris, the "tip" for service is part of the bill ("service et taxe comp...
by John F
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 770

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

I worry about tipping in the USA. How so? The usual rate in a restaurant or taxi is 15%, I go up to 20% for exceptional service, but most services are tip-free. For example, at a concert or opera the Playbill program is free; you don't have to buy it, as in London, or tip the usher even if you can ...
by John F
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV
Replies: 6
Views: 47

Re: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV

When I moved to where I am now, Time Warner Cable was the only cable TV available in my building, and their internet service was better than the alternative, Verizon DSL. So that's what I got and that's what I have, though now it calls itself Spectrum. I don't have phone service over the internet fr...
by John F
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kars 4 Kids - what?
Replies: 6
Views: 65

Re: Kars 4 Kids - what?

That's as may be, but anybody for whom tax deductability is a major factor in charitable giving will surely have an accountant who can advise him/her as you've advised us. Kars 4 Kids has so much else that's wrong with it, detailed in the part of the article that I skipped as well as what I quoted, ...
by John F
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kars 4 Kids - what?
Replies: 6
Views: 65

Kars 4 Kids - what?

You've probably seen their annoying TV commercials, which seem to be everywhere all the time. And I gather they advertise on radio too. Donating automobiles to charity has never made much sense to me, and as it turns out, there's even less to it than I thought. (Funny, those kids don't look Jewish.....
by John F
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 471
Views: 113342

Re: What I listened to today

The Beecham set is special because as far as I know, it's all we have of his "Figaro," and indeed of the Da Ponte operas - his complete recordings were of eserraglio and "Flute." For no good reason, EMI bypassed Beecham in that repertoire, and he appears not to have conducted it in the opera house, ...
by John F
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 770

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

We did have a great time but it would have been even better with you there - sorry you couldn't make it. The five of us resolved to do this more often - easy enough since maestrob and I live nearby and Len/Sue make it into Manhattan frequently. So there should be more opportunities when/if you feel ...
by John F
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 770

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Thunderstorms are forecast for all afternoon from 2pm on - be prepared!
by John F
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "A Quiet Place" - yet another version
Replies: 1
Views: 67

"A Quiet Place" - yet another version

Cuts, Big and Small, Transform Leonard Bernstein’s Final Opera By Zachary Woolfe Aug. 10, 2018 Throughout his long, eventful career, Leonard Bernstein yearned to write, as he put it, “one real moving American opera that any American can understand (and one that is, notwithstanding, a serious musical...
by John F
Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 770

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Anna Netrebko and Valery Gergiev made their first appearances in America in 1992 with what was then called the Kirov Opera. Also in the ensemble were Galina Gorchakova, Olga Borodina, Sergei Leiferkus, and others who have since made careers in the west.Netrebko's Met debut in "War and Peace" was a s...
by John F
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Oscars to Add "Popular Film" Category
Replies: 4
Views: 54

Re: Oscars to Add "Popular Film" Category

Oscars’ New Best Popular Movie Category Is A Spectacularly Bad Idea By Sam Adams Aug 09, 2018 Over the past several years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the body that votes on the Oscars, has made tremendous strides in diversifying its membership. In 2016, the Los Angeles Times re...
by John F
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Oscars to Add "Popular Film" Category
Replies: 4
Views: 54

Re: Oscars to Add "Popular Film" Category

Box office success does not equate to quality, and quality is what the Oscars have always been supposed to be about. Seems to me a blatant grab for TV ratings, hoping that the millions of fans of "Terminator" and "Batman v. Superman" will tune in just in case.
by John F
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 770

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Belle wrote:which is only what 'mad dogs and Englishmen' do
You got it!

Speaking of lectures, did you see my latest addition to the Beethoven sonatas thread? Maybe it will be helpful.
by John F
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Voices PBS Great Performances
Replies: 5
Views: 97

Re: Chicago Voices PBS Great Performances

I see that Anna Moffo was another Radnor graduate, class of '50. Did you date? :wink:
by John F
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 462716

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

Stokowski loved to experiment with audio technology and he's the one name conductor you'd expect to record in Decca/London's disreputable Phase 4 series. But 23 CDs' worth? Well, it was an excuse to rerecord his repertory all over again for the nth time. I never heard a Phase 4 record, we didn't pla...
by John F
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Oscars to Add "Popular Film" Category
Replies: 4
Views: 54

Oscars to Add "Popular Film" Category

Huh? Oscars to Add "Popular Film" Category, Creating Questions By Brooks Barnes Aug. 8, 2018 LOS ANGELES — Alarmed by plunging television ratings for the Academy Awards, the organization behind the Oscars said on Wednesday it would add a category for blockbuster films and shorten the telecast by giv...
by John F
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again
Replies: 13
Views: 366

Re: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again

Now and then in his private correspondence, and possibly in print (I haven't searched through the three Furtwängler collections I have), Furtwängler made comments that today would be considered antisemitic, though in the 1920s and 1930s not so much. However, in 1933 he had the courage (or the naivet...
by John F
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 770

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Actually, Len's instructions work perfectly. The crosstown shuttle from Grand Central to Times Square connects with the no. 1, 2, or 3 train going up the west side, and while you do have to do a fair amount of walking underground, sometimes it's better than going out in the midday sun. Only the 1 tr...
by John F
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Forum software feature
Replies: 0
Views: 50

Forum software feature

Just now, jbuck919 and I happened to be online in CMG at the same time. I wouldn't have noticed this except that in one of his messages, a forum software notice in the upper right corner of his message said "Online." Cool! Of course the forum home page would have told me that, but I almost never bot...