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by John F
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Endgame
Replies: 12
Views: 219

Re: Endgame

Unless I missed something, Audi doesn't say how they obtained permission to perform this opera, or whether they did. He's an experienced man of the theatre and must have been aware of the need.
by John F
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Endgame
Replies: 12
Views: 219

Re: Endgame

I keep dropping names because I've lots of names to drop. In Berlin I saw a production of "Endgame," in German, directed by Beckett himself. It was at the Schiller Theater Werkstatt. The most straightforward, natural thing in the world, and very funny - which you wouldn't guess from reading the scri...
by John F
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mravinsky conducts Bruckner
Replies: 5
Views: 164

Re: Mravinsky conducts Bruckner

No doubt the physical instruments had their effect on orchestral sound, but that's not what I'm talking about. Russian horn players used to use constant vibrato, as did French players; today they don't. Here, for example, is Valery Polekh playing Gliere's horn concerto, which was dedicated to him. T...
by John F
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Endgame
Replies: 12
Views: 219

Re: Endgame

The Beckett estate has barred productions of his works for various reasons, such as an all-women "Godot," so they're still guardians at the gates. Like you, I was surprised that they allowed an operatic treatment, but maybe Kurtag provided them with a recording that impressed them. Beckett's mentor ...
by John F
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Endgame
Replies: 12
Views: 219

Re: Endgame

It actually does look like a production of Beckett's "Endgame."
by John F
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel
Replies: 14
Views: 146

Re: Ravel

As for his orchestration of Moussorgsky's "Pictures," Reiner/Chicago competes with Schippers/NY in my player For me it's also the Chicago Symphony Orchestra but with Kubelik conducting in the brilliant Mercury recording. EXp3wIDyOas&list=PLF0C9D3A4D68F51AA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXp3wIDyOa...
by John F
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Callas is on tour
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: Maria Callas is on tour

That last tour, with di Stefano along for vocal and moral support, was really ill-advised, though I doubt she paid any attention to whatever advice she may have received. It's often said that Callas's career was shortened by her choice of repertoire, but she made her professional debut in 1941 and r...
by John F
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Quite Wonderful Day In NYC Until 5 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 92

Re: Quite Wonderful Day In NYC Until 5 PM

It's not as if we had a real blizzard. The snowfall was pretty gentle and while it accumulated, I don't believe there was more than 2-3" on the ground. It's not like NYC to panic just for weather like this.
by John F
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel
Replies: 14
Views: 146

Re: Ravel

Two favorite Ravel recordings: Robert Casadesus plays "Le Tombeau de Couperin." He recorded it before and after the War - it's the 1951 version that I know. It begins at 53:10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqArnDN2I5o The piano version is preferable to Ravel's orchestration, which leaves out the ...
by John F
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Callas is on tour
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Maria Callas is on tour

Visit from a dead diva November 15, 2018 by Terry Teachout Maria Callas gave a concert last week at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. That’s what the sign outside the hall said, anyway, even though the greatest operatic soprano of the 20th century has been dead since 1977. Nevertheless, she’s...
by John F
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 26
Views: 3552

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

Staunton, VA has two distinctions: it's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson and my mother's father Edgar Funkhouser. Both did rather well for themselves.
by John F
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Amazon is coming to NYC
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: Amazon is coming to NYC

Hey, I live in Brooklyn, and I know well that Manhattan is the center and the parts that surround it are outer. If it weren't so, then the Met would be performing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (as it sometimes used to do) rather than Lincoln Center.
by John F
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How the House fell
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Re: How the House fell

According to this story in today's NY Times, the result may be even better than it first appeared. Given the Times's liberal bias - that's one reason why I like it - we'd probably wait for the final certified vote counts before counting our chickens. A Week After the Election, Democratic Gains Grow ...
by John F
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Amazon is coming to NYC
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Amazon is coming to NYC

Specifically, Long Island City in Queens. This is to be their second headquarters. I don't know that I'll benefit from this, and most likely it will cause rents to rise even further as thousands of Amazon workers look for housing in the outer boroughs, such as Brooklyn. Before a Deal, Amazon Had to ...
by John F
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Too Slow?
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Too Slow?

That will make two of us. Yesterday I was trying to remember a particular word that I know well, but there was a blank space in my memory the size of the word. That's how I "saw" it. When I got home I used Googie to find it: cholesterol. My memory has never been the best, and this kind of thing does...
by John F
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Too Slow?
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Too Slow?

Schirmer published the edition by Artur Schnabel. Was that the one you used? I'm told that it was no Urtext edition but reflected the way Schnabel played the music. So how did he play it? Probably as fast as he could. Beginning at 14:38


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOCMskjSfm0
by John F
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Too Slow?
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Too Slow?

The tempo of the finale has been an interpretive issue as long as I can remember. It's marked Allegro non troppo, not too fast, but how fast is too fast? There's a recording by Mravinsky in 1938, the year after the premiere, which is presumably faithful to the composer's wishes, and the finale is ta...
by John F
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!
Replies: 16
Views: 1051

Re: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!

Belle wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:55 am
I can't believe you don't take Gershwin seriously!
Believe it. I want more from music than tunes, and Broadway musicals leave me cold.
by John F
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An organ recital
Replies: 10
Views: 142

Re: An organ recital

When I was at WHRB we had a weekly program called "Organ Tour" (Biggs enthusiasts will recognize the title), and one semester when I was classical music director I took it because none of the other members would. Odd, because there were some organists among the students; one of my roommates in Adamd...
by John F
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!
Replies: 16
Views: 1051

Re: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!

I'm a fan of Oscar Levant but not of his pianism. Apart from his Gershwin recordings, which I don't take seriously because I don't take Gershwin seriously apart from "Porgy and Bess," I haven't heard any that compare with the best of his time, let alone the best of all time. He was an even better ra...
by John F
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mravinsky conducts Bruckner
Replies: 5
Views: 164

Re: Mravinsky conducts Bruckner

Mravinsky's Bruckner recordings are remarkable, but the rough brass playing full of vibrato is just not idiomatic . This takes some getting used to I don't hear much vibrato in the brass playing in this recording, but in general it's a characteristically Russian sound, related to the old French sty...
by John F
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3944
Views: 551491

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

Nelsons probably wouldn't appreciate his birthplace being given as Soviet Russia. He was born in Riga, Latvia, an independent nation until it was forcibly incorporated into the Soviet Union during World War II; after years of large demonstrations and gradual loosening of the Soviet grip, it regained...
by John F
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 17
Views: 286

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

For me, the most beautiful recording of op. 118 is by Wilhelm Kempff - not the DG stereo version, in which the piano tone is rather dry, but the freer Decca/London recording of the 1950s. Unfortunately it's not on YouTube, but here's Kempff's op. 117 no. 1 from 1953 to give an idea. Zh5V28azOFw http...
by John F
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any news on the status of James Levine ...
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: Any news on the status of James Levine ...

No news at all. I imagine his lawyers are talking with the Met's lawyers about their mutual lawsuits. He and the others similarly accused have become unpeople; since they're not performing and no new accusations are being made, there's no news about them
by John F
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 149

Re: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist

I'd say Litton was at his best in Russian and Soviet music - that was part of his family tree. HHis career has taken an odd shape. He's been conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony (that may be why you thought he's English), the Dallas Symphony, the Bergen Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony, and now ...
by John F
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 26
Views: 3552

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

Pike perch is common in the menus of Berlin restaurants. Now there's a useless piece of trivia...
by John F
Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion,live
Replies: 6
Views: 167

Re: Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion,live

That's it! (But it's not me.) MM closed after Tower Records opened its Boston store. Now Tower is out of business. Where WHRBies buy recordings, if they do, I don't know.
by John F
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion,live
Replies: 6
Views: 167

Re: Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion,live

That recording I found more than 50 years ago, in the Minute Man record store off Harvard Square. :) To fill out the LP, Vox added Bartok playing selections from "For Children." From what I read in "Index to Record Reviews," all of these are recordings of broadcasts rather than studio recordings; th...
by John F
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Mefistofele’ at the Met Opera
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: ‘Mefistofele’ at the Met Opera

For me, "Mefistofele" is brilliant in the prologue, which Toscanini often conducted as a concert piece, but doesn't sustain its great beginning. And having mentioned Toscanini, I see that the Met's conductor is Carlo Rizzi. :( Still, it's worth seeing at least once. Speaking of Toscanini: pMH7ogo8qR...
by John F
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion,live
Replies: 6
Views: 167

Re: Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion,live

The premiere recording, by Bela and Ditta Bartok with the American percussionists Harry J. Baker and Edward J. Rubsan, was made by the American Vox label in 1940. It's pretty rough in the percussion department, and the approximate ensemble suggests that the four of them hadn't played together before...
by John F
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 477

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

I was never particularly drawn to these concertos, but I love the way the Hungarians perform them: Geza Anda, pianist, and Ferenc Fricsay, conductor on DGG. Those are the recordings to have if you're having only one. Fricsay's Bartok was special, with a warmth lacking in other good Bartok conductor...
by John F
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erich Kunzel
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Erich Kunzel

Kumzel was the first choice t o succeed John Williams with the Boston Pops, but he turned it down and Keith Lockhart got the job.
by John F
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thunderbird for email
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: Thunderbird for email

As you know, Tbird does store the emails you send, and also the draft of an email you haven't sent if you have to leave it for a while. This program has been rather neglected in recent years after Mozilla announced that there would be no major development of its features and looks. Now that they've ...
by John F
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Library of Congress: free films
Replies: 2
Views: 447

Re: Library of Congress: free films

One of CompuServe's Music Forum's members was in the Library of Congress's IT division, fairly high up, but that was in the 1990s and t hey were concerned with the catalog system, not what jbuck919 is talking about. I did some research in the recorded sound division and got to know some people in ot...
by John F
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How the House fell
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Re: How the House fell

Wait and see.
by John F
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How the House fell
Replies: 4
Views: 124

How the House fell

We in the northeast did our part. How the House Fell: Republican Chaos and Democratic Focus By Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin Nov. 7, 2018 The message from Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader, was urgent and unsparing. In a meeting with Republican lawmakers before they left...
by John F
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 477

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

I got many of those recordings when Columbia briefly published them on LP in the '60s, then withdrew them when Richter objected publicly. He thought he played badly; I disagree. Beginning in the '70s, Richter's playing became less exciting. I was traveling for my company in the midwest when he playe...
by John F
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Len or anyone intend to see this?
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Does Len or anyone intend to see this?

It's on my list.
by John F
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 477

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

. I have some 50 accounts of the Appassionata, and I am delighted to see they include the Richter 1960 Carnegie Hall. Guess what will be in my CD player today! Reading Richter's critiques of other pianists, I wondered if he ever heard Rudolf Serkin in his prime. Nobody talks about Serkin today, it ...
by John F
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thunderbird for email
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: Thunderbird for email

I'm not sure it's good news. A startup, developing a pretty old program when email clients seem to be on the way out? Let's hope they can make a go of it. Meanwhile, version 6.0 has been responding erratically to passwords, sometimes accepting and sometimes rejecting them. Of course that could be Sp...
by John F
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mravinsky conducts Bruckner
Replies: 5
Views: 164

Mravinsky conducts Bruckner

Years ago I picked up Mravinsky's recording of Bruckner's 8th symphony on the Soviet MK lab3l - very impressive indeed, not just for his interpretation but the brilliant playing of the Leningrad Philharmonic. It's now on YouTube, along with Mravinsky recordings of the 7th and 9th. I've just listened...
by John F
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thunderbird for email
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Thunderbird for email

For years I've been using a Mozilla email program called Thunderbird. Unlike email on the web, for which you use your browser, an email "client" like Thunderbird downloads incoming email to the hard drive and dispatches your emails directly to the provider's server. The most obvious advantage is tha...
by John F
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mravinsky and Shostakovich's 13th
Replies: 1
Views: 125

Mravinsky and Shostakovich's 13th

I've been reading a biography of Yevgeny Mravinsky and turned first to the chapter on his not conducting Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13, " Babiy Yar." It's commonly believed that he wanted to avoid trouble with the authorities because of Yevtushenko's text, but the biographer Gregor Tassie denies th...
by John F
Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kurt Weill's Violin Concerto
Replies: 4
Views: 377

Re: Kurt Weill's Violin Concerto

I don't know the violin concertos but I do know the two symphonies. From them you could guess that Weill had studied with Busoni, and that's one reason I like them. :)
by John F
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Locked Up But Still Directing Cosi
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: Locked Up But Still Directing Cosi

The Europan Café opposite Lincoln Center closed in July if not earlier. We used to stop in there sometimes after performances, though it wasn't a favorite place. Now there are alternatives, such as indie on 65th Street inside the Munroe film center, across from the Juilliard School - open until 11pm...
by John F
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Antonio Pappano interview
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Antonio Pappano interview

Of local interest: he'll make his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2021-2 conducting a new production of Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West." I would have preferred almost any other opera... Antonio Pappano: Why the maestro isn’t bowing out yet Fiona Maddocks Sun 4 Nov 2018 Padding around in socks, jeans a...
by John F
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Locked Up But Still Directing Cosi
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: Locked Up But Still Directing Cosi

Never heard of him. Normally, a director who couldn't be present for rehearsals would be replaced, but retaining Serebrennikov is clearly about politics, not art.
by John F
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strauss' Oboe Concerto
Replies: 6
Views: 614

Re: Strauss' Oboe Concerto

Lance wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:29 am
Well, no doubt the most famous oboist was the British LEON GOOSSENS who made the very first recording of Strauss's Oboe Concerto in D (composed 1945) in 1947. I think it appeared on LP at one time...
Columbia ML 4775, coupled with the 1st horn concerto played by Dennis Brain. A great LP.
by John F
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert's D.929 Piano Trio
Replies: 6
Views: 615

Re: Schubert's D.929 Piano Trio

There certainly are many well-trained and capable classical musicians out there, one reason why orchestras have improved over the years. The newcomers may not have much personality, and indeed the first desk winds in most orchestras today play with perfect accuracy but not much imagination. As for a...