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by John F
Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gavotte, piano piece
Replies: 9
Views: 199

Re: Gavotte, piano piece

And yet another, from "The Gondoliers" by Gilbert and Sullivan. The Duke of Plaza-Toro is instructing Marco and Giuseppe, gondoliers who have suddenly become the kings of Barataria, how kings are supposed to behave.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4fbEy-lDMc
by John F
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: When Was The Last Time You Heard This?:
Replies: 1
Views: 16

Re: When Was The Last Time You Heard This?:

And vice versa, or both. When I was growing up, the Mau Mau rebellion against British rule in Kenya was a big story. At the time, in white America at least, the Mau Mau were portrayed as barbaric terrorists and nothing more, but we now know they were freedom fighters as well.
by John F
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Upscale Union Square West in Manhattan faces abandonment by restaurateurs
Replies: 3
Views: 31

Re: Upscale Union Square West in Manhattan faces abandonment by restaurateurs

Rising rents have forced out favorite restaurants all over New York. A favorite Lincoln Center eatery, O'Neals, had to close in 2010 and while there's another restaurant in the same space, it's no replacement. An inexpensive New Orleans-style eatery on Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn closed in 2011 while ...
by John F
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Europe, Opera Takes On Our Time
Replies: 4
Views: 42

Re: Europe, Opera Takes On Our Time

Peter Sellars has been doing this for decades, using (abusing) old operas as vehicles for social criticism. By now you all know what I think of that. :evil:
by John F
Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In the future: Summon a Lyft robocar or switch yr present car to driverless
Replies: 2
Views: 36

Re: In the future: Summon a Lyft robocar or switch yr present car to driverless

What we really need is more and better public transportation. Get those cars off the streets so the buses - with drivers - can serve us better.
by John F
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gavotte, piano piece
Replies: 9
Views: 199

Re: Gavotte, piano piece

Another gavotte, though not for solo piano and so off topic: the finale of Saint-Saens's delightful septet for trumpet, string quartet, double bass, and piano.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK39CYyOORw
by John F
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Question Inspired By MUSIC CHOICE
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: A Question Inspired By MUSIC CHOICE

as jserraglio suggests, a mere list of "all the music inspired by Shakespeare" would be enormous and the time required to compile it, a life's work. A 1991 list of compositions for use in performances of the plays includes over 20,000 songs, overtures, entr'actes, and other pieces, not including mov...
by John F
Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Wotan Without A Spear
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: A Wotan Without A Spear

It's nice to have news of Jochen Schmeckenbecher, who was a member of CompuServe's Music Forum back in the day. When some of us made a trip to Berlin a few years ago, he was singing Klingsor in "Parsifal" at the State Opera, and we all got together for dinner and gossip. The restaurant was full of t...
by John F
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor

John I'm not sure Levine will be better than Nelsons in Tosca. We'll never know, but that's not my point. Singers have always wanted to work with Levine; many have accepted lower fees for the privilege. Now that he's in physical decline, opportunities for this will be far fewer. Whether Nelsons ins...
by John F
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3725
Views: 224124

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

he described as a "theater (sorry John theatre) piece" According to the Leonard Bernstein web site, the correct formal title is "MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers." So "theatre" it is. For any who are wondering why an American (Bernstein or me) spells that word "theatre," it's ...
by John F
Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3725
Views: 224124

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

It would never occur to me to compare Janacek's flamboyant setting of a version of the mass text (omitting "Dona nobis pacem") with Fauré's anything but flamboyant setting of the mass for the dead (omitting the "Dies irae"). After all, the Fauré was premiered in a church as part of a funeral service...
by John F
Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3725
Views: 224124

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

It's a mass, fer cryin' out loud. Whatever gave you that idea? It's not a liturgical work but, like Bernstein's Mass, a secular piece premiered and always performed in concert. As for the "disciplined" character of Bernstein's recording, that's what's wrong with it; this is wild music, not least in...
by John F
Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A.C.Douglas
Replies: 6
Views: 185

Re: A.C.Douglas

Never heard of him. When I saw the thread's header I jumped to the conclusion that it had a gay angle; Lord Alfred Douglas was Oscar Wilde's lover, and while his middle initial wasn't C, the expression AC/DC is slang for bisexual. Does this relate to "Douglas" at all? Of course he could just have be...
by John F
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3725
Views: 224124

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

That's my first and last choice for the mass; the tenor matters much less than the organist, and Frantisek Michalek has the right stuff. :) As for Bernstein's recording, sorry, not for me; his chorus seems not to have a clue as to the style and meaning of the work.
by John F
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: This Sunday Idomeneo PBS Thirteen
Replies: 4
Views: 116

Re: This Sunday Idomeneo PBS Thirteen

Thanks, Lenny. If anybody knows how that opera ought to go, it's James Levine. He's had better casts than this in the past, but it will do.
by John F
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 16
Views: 342

Re: "Kreisleriana"

Who can say? That's just how it is. (I have friends who don't like any of Schumann's music; I like most of it but not all.)
by John F
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Harvard proposes banning all social clubs from campus by 2022
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: Harvard proposes banning all social clubs from campus by 2022

According to Wikipedia, a few of the clubs have admitted women members, doubtless with a good deal of kicking and screaming - but at a time when the majority of Harvard undergraduates and indeed the president of the university are women, they could hardly do otherwise. Just as they eventually admitt...
by John F
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 16
Views: 342

Re: "Kreisleriana"

I've always found it a difficult work to like. :mrgreen:
by John F
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler 5th organ transcription
Replies: 5
Views: 173

Re: Mahler 5th organ transcription

Another, when one has to praise an ugly infant: "Now that is a baby!"
by John F
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Solti/Chicago Decca box 108 CDs TOC
Replies: 8
Views: 255

Re: Solti/Chicago Decca box 108 CDs TOC

Since the CDs are not dubbed from the original LPs but assembled from the master tapes, there's no reason why their contents should conform to the LPs. Maybe Decca supposes that the number of CDs in the box will help to sell it, though I don't see why.
by John F
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor

Terfel is famous or infamous for pulling out of productions; he's been doing it for years. I souldn't be surprised if he does it again, though Levine's stepping in as the conductor is a game-changer and may be enough to hold him.
by John F
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Harvard proposes banning all social clubs from campus by 2022
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: Harvard proposes banning all social clubs from campus by 2022

I second Modernistfan's comments and will add a few of my own. Harvard's social clubs, known in Cambridge as the "final clubs," with names like Fly, Spee, Owl, and Porcellian, some of them centuries old, are or have been exclusive places where the prep-school-educated offspring of the well-to-do hob...
by John F
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Solti/Chicago Decca box 108 CDs TOC
Replies: 8
Views: 255

Re: Solti/Chicago Decca box 108 CDs TOC

In the early days of LP, "Sacre" did usually have both sides to itself. Certainly true of Decca's recording by Ansermet, the first one I bought, and not because of the cover picture. :D But a CD has much more capacity than an LP, of course, and more than half the space on CD19 is wasted.
by John F
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Music Center in London
Replies: 2
Views: 102

Re: New Music Center in London

As the story says, Simon Rattle is the moving force behind this. When offered the London Symphony Orchestra, he almost but not quite made it a condition that a concert hall with acoustics worthy of the orchestra must be built. (The acoustics in London's existing halls, the Barbican, Royal Festival, ...
by John F
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Solti/Chicago Decca box 108 CDs TOC
Replies: 8
Views: 255

Re: Solti/Chicago Decca box 108 CDs TOC

They aren't exactly squeezing the most music onto each CD, are they? CD 19 contains only the Rite of Spring, which lasts about 1/2 hour. Also that Decca assigns the title "Fate" to Beethoven's 5th; haven't seen that for ages.
by John F
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga
Replies: 19
Views: 390

Re: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga

By me, "Down in the Valley" and "folk opera" in general are not opera. It was composed for performance by schools and had its premiere at Indiana School of Music and its professional premiere at the Provincetown Playhouse. I'm not a fan of Broadway musicals, but Weill's "Lady in the Dark" is not you...
by John F
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor

Obviously, Nelsons signed to conduct "Tosca" solely to oblige his wife. When she dropped out, his only reason (so it appears) went away, and now so has he. So much for "Tosca," and so much for the Met. As for James Levine, this will bring his Met career full circle. He made his debut with "Tosca" in...
by John F
Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga
Replies: 19
Views: 390

Re: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga

"Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny," by Weill and Brecht, is a full-length opera, and his other operas (rarely performed) are "Der Protagonist" and "Die Burgschaft." But most of his theatre pieces are musicals, and those written after he moved to America are American musicals of one kind or ano...
by John F
Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga
Replies: 19
Views: 390

Re: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga

Barone calls it an opera, but really it's more a musical, though an unusually serious one for the times.
by John F
Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"
Replies: 22
Views: 432

Re: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"

The Economist is a serious mag and doesn't print puff pieces by publicists. But cultural reporting is not its strong suit, and commissioning this piece at all is rather odd.
by John F
Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Denby on Arturo Toscanini + AT in '3D Sound' on YT
Replies: 11
Views: 313

Re: Denby on Arturo Toscanini + AT in '3D Sound' on YT

If ever a classical musician was given a "fair hearing," it's Toscanini. So much for the title. Long as this article is, far too long for a review of Harvey Sachs's new biography which is its ostensible purpose, I don't think it's worthy of its subject. Denby is a good film critic, but here he seems...
by John F
Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"
Replies: 22
Views: 432

Re: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"

Belle wrote:
Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:12 pm
I've seen him in Vienna and he's remarkable.
Remarkable, yes. The most acclaimed classical pianist in the world - even when you limit it to those still alive :) - no way.
by John F
Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierre Henry RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Pierre Henry RIP

Way back when I was in college, the local record store had an LP on the French Ducretet-Thomson label titled "Panorama of Musique Concrete." Out of curiosity I picked it up. It included a piece by Pierre Henry, "The Veil of Orpheus," which intrigued me for a little while, then I rejected it as not m...
by John F
Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glorious pieces of music
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Re: Glorious pieces of music

Enjoy! This recording was early enough that Schwarzkopf's over-interpreting, encouraged by her producer husband and Svengali Walter Legge, wasn't yet so obvious. And she learned the role for this recording, never having sung it in the theatre. When I saw her in "Così" in 1961, I wasn't annoyed by he...
by John F
Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New megabox targets HvK fans and completists
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: New megabox targets HvK fans and completists

And it doesn't include his EMI recordings, including some operas, which for me are by far his best. I've read that Karajan is the most-recorded classical musician ever, and I can believe it. He recorded all kinds of stuff that one would have thought were beneath him, such as Adam's ballet "Giselle,"...
by John F
Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"
Replies: 22
Views: 432

Re: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"

OK, now I see it - thanks. The title was left off the quoted article. There are other pianists still active today who have been "acclaimed" at least as much, Maurizio Pollini and Martha Argerich among them. And how does one measure the volume, quantity, or whatever of acclaim, anyway? Kissin is cert...
by John F
Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"
Replies: 22
Views: 432

Re: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"

[quote-"IcedNote"]Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"[/quote]
Who said that? It's in quotation marks but not in the article you posted. And of course it's highly debatable, to say the least.
by John F
Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caramoor Changes
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: Caramoor Changes

I'd heard that Will Crutchfield was leaving the Caramoor Festival but not that he was starting up a new project which, as the story says, may provide better conditions for his work. Thanks for posting the story. Crutchfield used to write reviews in the New York Times and elsewhere which were among t...
by John F
Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glorious pieces of music
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Re: Glorious pieces of music

why do you think Chopin started Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 (from my first posting) on the 2nd and 3rd beats of the 3/4 bar? Effectively anacrusis on paper, but not necessarily with the hearing of it. Did that have something to do with playing rubato; that it set the piece up for rubato treatment? He also...
by John F
Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glorious pieces of music
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Re: Glorious pieces of music

I agree with JohnF about his Mozart selections (I'll have to get the HVK set) Not everybody agrees about Karajan's "Così," which I think is irresistable. Among its features are Léopold Simoneau in the tenor role and Dennis Brain playing the horn obbligato in Fiordiligi's "Per pieta, ben mio." By th...
by John F
Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Volvo will stop making gas-only cars in 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 352

Re: Volvo will stop making gas-only cars in 2019

From what you say, it looks like you haven't understood the issue as I've stated it, so I'll let it drop.
by John F
Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glorious pieces of music
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Re: Glorious pieces of music

Well, "Nozze di Figaro" is one piece of music... :D There are lots of little pieces that I enjoy, including lots of Chopin's mazurkas, but if we're talking about "glorious pieces of music," I want more. Speaking of "Così fan tutte," I'd nominate the whole scene that ends with "Soave sia il vento." T...
by John F
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ROH Turandot: live on YouTube 7/14 + 30 days
Replies: 3
Views: 165

Re: ROH Turandot: live on YouTube 7/14 + 30 days

Thanks for the info. I wonder if we'll be able to view it here. Quite a few YouTube clips are restricted and can only be viewed in selected countries.
by John F
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Volvo will stop making gas-only cars in 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 352

Re: Volvo will stop making gas-only cars in 2019

I just take the subway or bus, or both. No-fault accident insurance could easily cover any autonomous auto. How so? The victims of the accident will sue for damages and win; the question is who will pay. Is it the "driver," whose negligence in controlling his vehicle allowed it to self-drive into th...
by John F
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glorious pieces of music
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Re: Glorious pieces of music

Far too many to name. But if I could take only one recording to that desert island, it would be Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro." Not only is it some of the greatest music ever composed, the Act 2 finale is a wonder, but expressively its deep humanity and truthfulness are qualities I'd badly need if cu...
by John F
Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Volvo will stop making gas-only cars in 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 352

Re: Volvo will stop making gas-only cars in 2019

Batteries have advanced to the point that they can provide nearly as much mileage as a gasoline engine. But it's not practical to go all-electric until there are enough charging stations, possibly as many as there are gas stations now. In Japan I've heard there are 20,000 of them; in the US, possibl...
by John F
Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Volvo will stop making gas-only cars in 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 352

Re: Volvo will stop making gas-only cars in 2019

My stepmother drove a Volvo, and one day she was broadsided by a driver who ran a red light. Hit the car on the driver's side, but she got away with a few bruises. If Volvos were lighter, she could have been killed.
by John F
Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tate/Mozart
Replies: 10
Views: 280

Re: Tate/Mozart

One advantage Leinsdorf had over his successors was his orchestra, credited by Westminster as the London Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra but actually Beecham's Royal Philharmonic. Of course they hadn't played the juvenile symphonies before, under Beecham or anybody else, and they and Leinsdorf were ...
by John F
Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Volvo will stop making gas-only cars in 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 352

Re: Volvo will stop making gas-only cars in 2019

My brother has a hybrid car and it's uncanny, the silence when he accelerates. Of course such cars are more expsnsive than standard ones, they have two motors and a large array of state-of-the-art batteries. I doubt my brother will ever save enough money on gas to make up the difference. It's for th...
by John F
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Edward Albee: Destroy my unfinished work
Replies: 0
Views: 100

Edward Albee: Destroy my unfinished work

In my view, once an artist's work passes out of his personal control - by publication, by sale, by his death, whatever - he has no right to have it suppressed. A legal right, perhaps, but no moral right. The author does not have the final word on the value of his work. Many unfinished works are none...