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by John F
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics
Replies: 3
Views: 25

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: 1
Views: 18

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: 58

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: 46
Views: 1204

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: 1225

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: 1225

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: 58

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: 1
Views: 34

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: 46
Views: 1204

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: 2135

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: 49

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: 52

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: 1161

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: 142

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: 100

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: 1225

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: 82

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: 1
Views: 44

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: 1161

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: 2135

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: 1161

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: 219

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: 76

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: 2135

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: 1161

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: 219

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: 1161

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: 1161

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: 1161

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 ...
by John F
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1161

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

You're speculating about how the victim may have felt, and you shouldn't; we really know nothing about it. The world is full of people who are powerful in various ways, but few have the power to coerce or frighten or awe us individually into protecting their damaging secrets. As far as we know, Levi...
by John F
Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1161

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

There are no two ways about this. Levine should retire, citing his health. If not, he should be fired. End of story. Not quite. Child molestation is indeed a crime, but in this country one is always presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and if the statute of limitations has indee...
by John F
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1161

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Behind the scenes, I suspect that Gelb may be trying to persuade Levine to resign, retire, whatever sounds best. Levine is to conduct the premiere of the new "Tosca" on New Year's Eve and "Il Trovatore" in January, so it's a matter of some urgency. If Levine refuses, as I'd guess he would, then Gelb...
by John F
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1161

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

We don't know if it is an isolated case. Such abuse often is not (which is no comment on Levine's possible guilt). I too have heard many rumours, some more disturbing than this story, but have no idea of their veracity. We also don't know how much of the story is true, if any. Levine has denied it....
by John F
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 46
Views: 1204

Re: What I listened to today

The soprano Galina Gorchakova was one of the great discoveries when the Kirov Opera first came to the US. "The Fiery Angel" was part of its repertoire. The Met promptly snapped uer up, and she made her debut as Cio-Cio-San in 1995. But her career there was short, ending in 2001 when her voice failed...
by John F
Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1161

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Like you, I've known about this for a long time, more than 30 years, since I went to work at Central Opera Service. Yet I have never mentioned it publicly, here or anywhere else. Why not? Artists' private lives do not concern me unless they have a direct perceivable effect on the artistic work. Wagn...
by John F
Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grawemeyer Award to Bent Sorensen
Replies: 1
Views: 120

Re: Grawemeyer Award to Bent Sorensen

Coincidentally, this week the New York Philharmonic is premiering another work by Sorensen, "Evening Land," which it commissioned. (Kind of. The review explains why I'm saying that.) From what James Oestreich says in his review, Sorensen may be a composer worth getting to know in depth. Review: A St...
by John F
Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Adams's new opera
Replies: 3
Views: 96

John Adams's new opera

"Girls of the Golden West" has been premiered in San Francisco, and I expect Peter Gelb will eventually bring it to the Met. According to Anthony Tommasini, the music has virtues but the libretto - assembled rather than written by Peter Sellars - is a problem. No surprise there. Adams's early succes...
by John F
Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 46
Views: 1204

Re: What I listened to today

Speaking of church windows, do you know Martinu's "Frescoes of Piero Della Francesca"? Gorgeous music.
by John F
Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's radio programs: December 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 155

Re: Lance's radio programs: December 2017

Ryba's Czech Christmas mass is a charmer, isn't it? Just right for the season.
by John F
Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The tragedy of cellist Emanuel Feuermann
Replies: 6
Views: 184

Re: The tragedy of cellist Emanuel Feuermann

By the 1940s, Feuermann may have been the greatest cellist as regards technical command. He particularly admired Jascha Heifetz and sought to emulate him. But there's more to music-making than technique, and as an interpreter of the music he played, I'd say Feuermann was one of quite a few great cel...
by John F
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 305

Re: It's that time of year again

If it makes a difference, Orleans Parish (essentially New Orleans) voted solid blue last year, 80% or more Democratic. So I think we should all go down there and spend like mad to reward them for fighting the good political fight against the rednecks upstate. :D https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_...
by John F
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 305

Re: It's that time of year again

Mmmm.." Silver crescent "!! 8) Is that a reference to anyone over 55? :D No, one nickname for New Orleans is the Crescent City, because the city was originally built at a sharp bend in the Mississippi River. Its better known nickname is the Big Easy, and I like that. It intrigues me that you have n...
by John F
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 46
Views: 1204

Re: What I listened to today

Gergiev brought "Betrothal in a Monastery" to New York in one of the Kirov/Maryinsky Opera's visits here. I had never heard it and was surprised at how entertaining and sometimes downright funny it is. Nowadays, when opera productions are set in whatever place and time the director chooses regardles...
by John F
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My most difficult Academic Bowl session to date
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: My most difficult Academic Bowl session to date

Did you find out what answer this person was objecting to, and why? Of course there's no excuse for disrupting an event like this, but if the guy was actually right... Oh of course I know, but since you are self-admittedly not strong in math, I wonder if you would understand the question. A square ...
by John F
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My most difficult Academic Bowl session to date
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: My most difficult Academic Bowl session to date

Did you find out what answer this person was objecting to, and why? Of course there's no excuse for disrupting an event like this, but if the guy was actually right...
by John F
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Baldness a bad omen for the ticker
Replies: 2
Views: 74

Re: Baldness a bad omen for the ticker

This isn't news, actually. A long and interesting piece in the Huffington Post says there have been six previous studies with similar conclusions - but while they indicate a "statistical link," they don't tell whether there's causation, and if so then what is cause and what is effect. "These studies...
by John F
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 305

Re: It's that time of year again

Haven't we had this conversation before? I believe I said that that if NOLA's restaurant chefs still know how to cook the local specialties, I'll be happy. I've been to New Orleans twice and as with Vienna and London, the ambiance and the spirit of the people you meet pleases me. One of those times ...
by John F
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carol Neblett Dies At 71
Replies: 2
Views: 128

Re: Carol Neblett Dies At 71

I saw her a couple of times in the '80s, in "Flying Dutchman" and "Fanciulla del West." There's not likely to be much, as she wasn't a star with a big following. It would be fair to call her a useful artist, a category that would include Eleanor Steber and Dorothy Kirsten of an earlier generation.
by John F
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 305

Re: It's that time of year again

Unfortunately we don't get that series. There are several other series on various cable TV channels, and I watch them all - I'm a fan, though not a train-spotter. :) Have in mind a rail trip to New Orleans and back next spring, on an overnight train called the Silver Crescent. For most people, New O...
by John F
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2 Bohemes
Replies: 1
Views: 97

Re: 2 Bohemes

Toscanini and Puccini are often linked in the public's memory, and as the leading Italian composer and conductor of that time, it could hardly have been otherwise. But a chronology of Toscanini's performances and broadcasts suggest that Toscanini was not such a great a fan. He never conducted "La Ro...