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by John F
Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cold brew coffee
Replies: 6
Views: 38

Re: Cold brew coffee

About how long does the process take? TJ's says 12 to 24 hours, depending. For me, it's not only that TJ's cold brew concentrate tastes better, but it's ready instantly with no extra effort whenever I want some. Seems like it's popular; often when I go to my local TJ's there's none on the shelf, and...
by John F
Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cold brew coffee
Replies: 6
Views: 38

Re: Cold brew coffee

4.5 cups of coffee a day for each of you? My first reaction was that it couldn't be good for your health, but I checked that out and apparently the opposite is true for many people though not everybody. Again and again, medical common knowledge that the doctors tell you gets turned upside down by la...
by John F
Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Car Owners Inspections
Replies: 5
Views: 44

Re: Car Owners Inspections

According to the story, older people are better drivers than younger ones - at least, they know the rules of the road better.
by John F
Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Rich RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 20

Maria Rich RIP

You probably don't know her name, but Maria Rich was the executive director of the Central Opera Service, where I worked from 1986 to 1989 when it closed, and then as a volunteer at Lincoln Center Inc., where she created and managed its volunteer program for 19 years until LC terminated it in 2001. ...
by John F
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cold brew coffee
Replies: 6
Views: 38

Cold brew coffee

Trader Joe's offers two kinds of cold brew coffee concentrate, regular and French roast. I keep a quart bottle on hand for the rare times I want coffee, either hot or iced, and dilute it with about twice as much water, less if I want it stronger. Here's TJ's sales pitch for the regular variety, gros...
by John F
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Car Owners Inspections
Replies: 5
Views: 44

Re: Car Owners Inspections

That's just in New Jersey. Across the Hudson, all vehicles registered in NY State have to be inspected every 12 months. Yet another reason to avoid driving in New Jersey: The Worst Drivers in the U.S. Live in... Congratulations, New Jersey drivers! You are officially the worst drivers in the United ...
by John F
Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Score Returned to Vienna
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: Mahler Score Returned to Vienna

Interesting. That might explain why he purloined the Vienna Philharmonic's score with Bruno Walter's markings in it, instead of using his own. I'm rather shocked by that, and wonder how much more of others' property may have wound up in his estate. :roll:
by John F
Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New head of WXQR
Replies: 1
Views: 34

Re: New head of WXQR

That's WQXR, New York City's oldest and primary classical music radio station. It was formerly owned by the New York Times as a commercial, for-profit station, but in 2009 it went through fundamental changes described here, essentially a downgrade: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WQXR-FM The new head,...
by John F
Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CURSE OF CAMERA PHONES’ AT ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
Replies: 6
Views: 92

Re: CURSE OF CAMERA PHONES’ AT ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Would it not disturb you even more if an usher came to that person, a conversation (not necessarily hushed) about it ensued, and the person either squeezed past you on the way out or refused to leave and remained sitting? It would certainly bother me, a lot. Texting is silent, and you should be atte...
by John F
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CURSE OF CAMERA PHONES’ AT ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
Replies: 6
Views: 92

Re: CURSE OF CAMERA PHONES’ AT ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

It would disrupt the performance and annoy the audience even more if ushers were to enter the auditorium and start evicting offenders wholesale. Not to mention creating an unfriendly relationship between the ushers and the customers. If this is so widespread, there really isn't much the opera house ...
by John F
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: David Storey RIP
Replies: 0
Views: 29

David Storey RIP

The obituary doesn't mention it, but Storey's play "The Changing Room," about what happens in the locker room during a professional rugby football match, featured the young John Lithgow as a badly injured rugby player in his Broadway debut. I saw it, "The Contractor," and "Home," but after the 1970s...
by John F
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto
Replies: 17
Views: 405

Re: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto

In his book, " Corresponding with Carlos ", Charles Barber says that Kleiber used all his father's scores and knew them intimately, note for note. This was an article of faith with Carlos Kleiber. Norman Lebrecht, in fact, goes so far as to quote an unidentified 'veteran record producer' (in " The ...
by John F
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto
Replies: 17
Views: 405

Re: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto

I've now read Jonathan Del Mar's critical commentary to his Barenreiter edition, and here's what he says about the conclusion of the Allegretto. It is "probably the most contentious issue in the symphony, due to the apparently convincing logic with which [the publisher] Breitkopf moved [the pizzicat...
by John F
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The iceman and modern detective work
Replies: 3
Views: 49

Re: The iceman and modern detective work

I enjoyed it too, but now it's already way out of date. They should have waited to make it until Detective Inspector Horn and his forensic staff of the Munich police had finished their work and discovered what most likely happened to the ice man up on that mountain. I've also seen a play, "Mnemonic,...
by John F
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The iceman and modern detective work
Replies: 3
Views: 49

The iceman and modern detective work

Who Killed the Iceman? Clues Emerge in a Very Cold Case By ROD NORDLAND MARCH 26, 2017 BOLZANO, Italy — When the head of a small Italian museum called Detective Inspector Alexander Horn of the Munich Police, she asked him if he investigated cold cases. "Yes I do,” Inspector Horn said, recalling thei...
by John F
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More Krossover Krap from Yo-Yo Ma
Replies: 9
Views: 178

Re: More Krossover Krap from Yo-Yo Ma

why can't he record the Salonen Cello Concerto for Deutsche Grammophon with the composer conducting? As you surely know, that isn't up to him but to DG. The concerto's premiere should already have been recorded by the Chicago Symphony for its broadcast series, and the New York Philharmonic performa...
by John F
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump rings up Post reporter Bob Costa and admits defeat
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: Trump rings up Post reporter Bob Costa and admits defeat

More BS from the Bozo-in-chief. Of course the Democrats "own" the ACA. They wrote it, they passed it, President Obama signed it into law and it's his proudest achievement, and they've defended it ever since against dozens of Republican House votes to repeal. All the Democrats now in the House won el...
by John F
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My Chicago Symphony job was not what I thought it would be
Replies: 4
Views: 160

Re: My Chicago Symphony job was not what I thought it would be

I've read this here before and commented on it. Was it you who posted it or somebody else?
by John F
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More Krossover Krap from Yo-Yo Ma
Replies: 9
Views: 178

Re: More Krossover Krap from Yo-Yo Ma

I was thinking of his lute music, which is often played on the guitar. The mandolin is in the same family of instruments and if Bach didn't write specifically for it, you're right about that, Vivaldi did, and Vivaldi was Bach's favorite contemporary composer.



So what's the big deal?
by John F
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More Krossover Krap from Yo-Yo Ma
Replies: 9
Views: 178

Re: More Krossover Krap from Yo-Yo Ma

I wouldn't call Bach "Krossover Krap," and as for transcriptions, Bach himself was the master transcriber. He wrote for all three of these instruments, so we're not talking about something like "Switched-On Bach." So why is it a "fiasco"? Have you heard any of it, and is any of it online so we can? ...
by John F
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bassoonist sues ISO & conductor Urbanski for age discrimination
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: Bassoonist sues ISO & conductor Urbanski for age discrimination

Disgraceful if true. It's also possible that Wetherill actually isn't playing well, and of course the conductor and management will assert this, but how can they prove it? A case worth following.
by John F
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Same piece, different conductor
Replies: 36
Views: 872

Re: Same piece, different conductor

I was there. The role of Wozzeck doesn't lie very low - Fischer-Dieskau recorded it - and in this opera, singers can have recourse to speaking or shouting whatever they can't sing. Cf. Karl Doench as the doctor in the Boulez recording.
by John F
Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto
Replies: 17
Views: 405

Re: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto

you base your argument upon one recording of Strauss conducting the Beethoven, and from the 1920s. Strauss lived another 25 years. Well, I based what I said on the only direct evidence at hand of how Strauss conducted this music. What objective reason is there, other than Carlos Kleiber's unsupport...
by John F
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto
Replies: 17
Views: 405

Re: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto

Well, if you really want to hear your Beethoven played too fast, faster even than Beethoven wanted if indeed his metronome was broken, nobody can stop you. :mrgreen: Toscanini's recordings of the 4th and 7th symphonies on 78s, and Koussevitzky's of the 8th which doesn't dawdle, were my initiation in...
by John F
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cancer
Replies: 8
Views: 290

Re: Cancer

Yes, that's part of it. I guess the rest is gone, unless somebody uploads it to YouTube.
by John F
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto
Replies: 17
Views: 405

Re: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto

I'm sure you have already brought up Carlos Kleiber's artistic and personal relationship to his father, but this detail of the 7th symphony's allegretto might make it worth returning to that subject. (As for Klemperer, Peter Heyworth's biography says he was an "assiduous attender of other men's conc...
by John F
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Arts: fighting the Trump cuts
Replies: 16
Views: 568

Re: The Arts: fighting the Trump cuts

Unfortunately, that was 14 years ago and Mr. Rogers is dead. Also, "Sesame Street" is now owned by Disney and running on HBO. Who today has the public following and the eloquence to defend PBS? I can't think of anybody.
by John F
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "The Death of Expertise" Explores How Ignorance Became a Virtue
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Re: "The Death of Expertise" Explores How Ignorance Became a Virtue

I read Hofstadter's book long ago and don't remember much about it. Published in the year of JFK's assassination, it wouldn't be likely to speak to our current moment. I've read other books by Robert Hughes and liked them, but haven't heard of this one; he's Australian, though he lived in the US for...
by John F
Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto
Replies: 17
Views: 405

Re: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto

I don't want to suggest for a moment that I don't appreciate Kleiber's recordings, those I've heard, as well as those of his performances I attended in Stuttgart, London, and New York, all of them operas. I just hear them in a different context than you do, the context being other recordings and per...
by John F
Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini at 150 Rubenstein Atrium
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: Toscanini at 150 Rubenstein Atrium

This should be good - Harvey Sachs literally wrote the book about Toscanini. Too bad I can't make it.
by John F
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Came Across This Rusalka Review
Replies: 11
Views: 157

Re: Came Across This Rusalka Review

"Romeo and Juliet" is a real-world story, so of course its many sword fights have to be realistic. "Lohengrin" is an unreal-world story, and the unreal nature of the combat between Lohengrin and Telramund is recognized and vividly shown by Wilson. Two entirely different matters. After saying you agr...
by John F
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto
Replies: 17
Views: 405

Re: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto

So Charles Barber, Carlos Kleiber's correspondent and biographer, is a true believer. No surprise there. Of course Kleiber had his own reasons for the interpretive choices he made, which incidentally are the same as his father's in the Decca recording; I understand that Carlos even used Erich's scor...
by John F
Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "The Death of Expertise" Explores How Ignorance Became a Virtue
Replies: 3
Views: 88

"The Death of Expertise" Explores How Ignorance Became a Virtue

The reviewer doesn't think much of this book but essentially agrees with it. From the rest of the review, it looks to me worth reading, and when the library gets it, I expect I'll read it. ‘The Death of Expertise’ Explores How Ignorance Became a Virtue By Michiko Kakutani MARCH 21, 2017 THE DEATH OF...
by John F
Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sneak Peek NYCO Campana Sommersa
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: Sneak Peek NYCO Campana Sommersa

The last time this opera was performed in New York, by the Met in 1929, it had an all-star cast of Elisabeth Rethberg, Giovanni Martinelli, Giuseppe de Luca, and Ezio Pinza, with Tullio Serafin conducting. Even so, it dropped out of the repertoire after one year and not a note of it has been heard t...
by John F
Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Came Across This Rusalka Review
Replies: 11
Views: 157

Re: Came Across This Rusalka Review

You said, "I know how conservative her political views are-on opera though I agree with her alot. (By the way, there's no such word as alot; it's a lot.) I said, "It figures that you'd agree with her." Are you now taking back what you said? As for "Lohengrin," it's not about real life, and it's not ...
by John F
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Came Across This Rusalka Review
Replies: 11
Views: 157

Re: Came Across This Rusalka Review

Well, your views on opera production are the most extremely conservative of anyone I know, so it figures that you'd agree with her. I agree with both of you, up to a point but not beyond. For example, I think Robert Wilson's production of "Lohengrin" for the Metropolitan Opera is brilliant, faithful...
by John F
Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ansermet or Munch?
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: Ansermet or Munch?

Aha! There it is - good catch. YouTube is amazing. Now you can make your a/b comparison.
by John F
Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ansermet or Munch?
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: Ansermet or Munch?

You could be right, and I can think of a few ways to try and find out. I take it that you don't have access to the Munch recording for an a/b comparison, but it might be in one of the major sound archives such as the Library of Congress. (It's not in the sound archive at the New York Public Library ...
by John F
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Making Congress accountable
Replies: 18
Views: 512

Re: Making Congress accountable

Here's an example of how issuevoter.com works. I got an email from them about HR bill 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017, with the following information: This bill amends the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945 to restore the application of federal antitrust laws to health insurance ...
by John F
Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Came Across This Rusalka Review
Replies: 11
Views: 157

Re: Came Across This Rusalka Review

You didn't name the author of this piece. It's Heather Mac Donald, a lawyer and conservative political commentator. Though opera and classical music are not her beat, this is an intelligent and pretty well informed piece. But: Met general manager Peter Gelb has been under relentless pressure to impo...
by John F
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Scam phone call
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Re: Scam phone call

By "calls like this" do you mean they claim to be from the IRS, or are you speaking of robocalls generally? If the latter, I usually don't pick up at all unless I recognize the caller on Caller ID.
by John F
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Scam phone call
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Re: Scam phone call

Well known perhaps, but calls from that phone number began a week ago, according to findwhocallsyou.com. I suppose anybody can play that game.
by John F
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3668
Views: 191790

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

Though born American, Andrew Litton has a Russian family background, and I think he's at his best in Russian music. He made a good recording of Shostakovich's 10th, and his Metropolitan Opera debut was in 1989 conducting "Eugene Onegin." There's quite a story behind that. Just before the performance...
by John F
Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Scam phone call
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Scam phone call

I just got a new one. Didn't answer as the caller ID was "unknown" but got this message on the answering machine: This call is officially a final notice from IRS internal revenue service the reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing a lawsuit on your name because you had tried to defra...
by John F
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Citizen science: TV series
Replies: 0
Views: 56

Citizen science: TV series

Last October I posted here about a project based at Cornell University aimed at Alzheimer's Disease. The thread is here: http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=46402&p=474360&hilit=alzheimer#p474360 Now there's a four-program series about citizen's science, "The Crowd and the Cloud,...
by John F
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The fate of the critic in the clickbait age
Replies: 26
Views: 662

Re: The fate of the critic in the clickbait age

We'll have to disagree about Beckett. I taught that play for high school drama and I always felt it was angry, aggressive and unfunny. Have you actually seen "Godot" in the theatre? I think that would give you quite a different impression of the piece. I've seen it several times, most recently as d...
by John F
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Which To Watch-Comey or Gorsuch Hearing
Replies: 7
Views: 114

Re: Which To Watch-Comey or Gorsuch Hearing

In my case, neither. But if I wanted to watch them, I'd first look at C-Span 1, 2, or 3.
by John F
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto
Replies: 17
Views: 405

Re: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto

This is a really interesting topic, and while I disagree with you (what else is new? :) ), I understand you and don't think you're wrong. First about the tempo, which can have two bases: the verbal instruction at the head of the movement, and the character of the music. The movement is often describ...
by John F
Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Arts: fighting the Trump cuts
Replies: 16
Views: 568

Re: The Arts: fighting the Trump cuts

Republicans Start Lining Up to Fight for the N.E.A. and N.E.H. By MICHAEL COOPER and SOPAN DEB MARCH 17, 2017 At first blush it’s like a dream come true for conservatives: Donald J. Trump has become the first president to formally propose eliminating federal programs for the arts and humanities, whi...