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by John F
Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 58

Re: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017

Serkin was first "discovered" by the violinist Adolf Busch, becoming his partner in recitals and chamber music (and once the soloist in a Mozart concerto conducted by Busch) in many EMI recordings of the 1930s. He was also Busch's son-in-law. It was as a member of the Busch circle that Serkin met To...
by John F
Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Flynn
Replies: 16
Views: 175

Re: Flynn

Dream on.
by John F
Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dessay After Opera Left Her
Replies: 3
Views: 27

Re: Dessay After Opera Left Her

Many great singers have continued to sing youthful roles when they were no longer youthful themselves. Joan Sutherland was still singing the bel canto repertoire, a substantial part of Dessay's repertoire, when over 60 - and the public loved her for it. Elisabeth Schumann was Dessay's age when she r...
by John F
Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Flynn
Replies: 16
Views: 175

Re: Flynn

Again, not a chance. The Republican-controlled House won't vote to impeach him, no matter what, and even if they did, the Republican-controlled Senate won't convict him. Not worth even thinking about. (Of course I was just as sure that Hillary Clinton would win the election. :) Which she did, actual...
by John F
Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Wagners: The Dramas of a Musical Dynasty
Replies: 0
Views: 27

The Wagners: The Dramas of a Musical Dynasty

"The Wagners: The Dramas of a Musical Dynasty" is by Nike Wagner, who herself is part of that dynasty, being Richard Wagner's great-granddaughter. This is a serious work of biography, history, and criticism, with a firm scholarly foundation but also with the fascination of an inside view of the Bayr...
by John F
Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Flynn
Replies: 16
Views: 175

Re: Flynn

I don't see that this is going to help us much. Flynn is long since out of government - he was never really in it - and Trump and his crowd are incapable of embarrassment, let alone pressure. Seems likely that his appointees are going to drop out or be pushed out sooner or later, probably sooner, bu...
by John F
Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?
Replies: 24
Views: 765

Re: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?

From what I've read about it, it's less remarkable as a musical instrument than as an elaborately ornamental piece of furniture for a rich man's salon. An early 19th century piano, it was in a class by itself in the mid-1950s when these recordings were made, but nowadays restored and replica fortepi...
by John F
Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: FONSECA-WOLLHEIM Puts Wagner on the Couch
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: FONSECA-WOLLHEIM Puts Wagner on the Couch

I doubt she'd be interested - she's a professional who writes for money, and there's no money here, just an argument. :D
by John F
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: FONSECA-WOLLHEIM Puts Wagner on the Couch
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: FONSECA-WOLLHEIM Puts Wagner on the Couch

A long article about "The Flying Dutchman" which never so much as mentions the legend of the wandering Jew hasn't got a grip on the source of Wagner's opera. That legend is referred to in the Heine story which in turn inspired Wagner's opera. Heine added to the legend the plot device that the Dutchm...
by John F
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great new idea for local government
Replies: 15
Views: 333

Re: Great new idea for local government

Thanks I didn't know about this. Regards, Len Hey Len-you still don't know about it-it didn't work! Regards, Len :( It doesn't work for me either. I highlight the bit I want colored, click the drop and choose a color from the palette, but it changes nothing. The code is inserted in my draft message...
by John F
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?
Replies: 24
Views: 765

Re: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?

Esoteric Records (that's the name of the label) made a series of recordings in the mid-'50s with the Siena pianoforte with various pianists - besides Rosen they were Marisa Regules, Anatole Kitain, Kathryn Deguire, and Grace Castagnetta. All were little known or unknown at the time, and I don't know...
by John F
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great new idea for local government
Replies: 15
Views: 333

Re: Great new idea for local government

Here I was, expecting to find out just how God would exercise direct day-to-day governance, but Tony Cerro is clueless. What a disappointment! By the way, after watching the Japanese channel NHK World, I've come to realize that the main religion in Japan, Shinto, is polytheistic - wildly so. Some 80...
by John F
Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes katya julliard review
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Re: NYTimes katya julliard review

The popularity of supertitles has sidelined the honored tradition of performing opera in translation. Such major houses as Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, and La Scala turned to opera in the original language decades before the invention of visible translations in the auditorium. The Met has...
by John F
Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cambridge students rated famous poets lower than the unknown ones in a blind test
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: Cambridge students rated famous poets lower than the unknown ones in a blind test

Of course they are. Simkin has been singing variations on this song for years, though heaven knows why he thinks the Classical Music Guide is the right place to sing it. He's certainly received no encouragement here. You may find it interesting or even controversial "how blind approval ratings relat...
by John F
Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYP 175 Year Anniversary Box from Sony
Replies: 3
Views: 159

Re: NYP 175 Year Anniversary Box from Sony

Apropos, during the 1940s Columbia made its classical recordings on 16" LP acetate masters, which were then dubbed into the 78 rpm format and later their early LPs. I've read that this was because Columbia anticipated the coming of LP, though it hadn't happened yet, and wanted to be prepared for it....
by John F
Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RCA Ozawa "complete" RCA Recordings?????
Replies: 7
Views: 184

Re: RCA Ozawa "complete" RCA Recordings?????

That coupling was indeed published by RCA Victor on LP. But Leonard Pennario was an exclusive Capitol (i.e. EMI) artist, wasn't he? So maybe the recording was actually made by EMI for RCA Victor, just as many others were made by English Decca for RCA. Or it could just be a slip-up.
by John F
Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cambridge students rated famous poets lower than the unknown ones in a blind test
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: Cambridge students rated famous poets lower than the unknown ones in a blind test

That's very old news. I.A. Richards's "Practical Criticism" is nearly a century old and reflects the perceptions and tastes of English college undergraduates in Richards's courses in literature, mostly English majors but others not, many generations ago. But the book still has much to teach us about...
by John F
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: On a binge for clarinetists of late!
Replies: 9
Views: 179

Re: On a binge for clarinetists of late!

Ricardo Morales began in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra as one of its principal clarinets. Those who came before and after him are excellent too - Anthony McGill, now principal with the New York Philharmonic, and previously Joseph Rabbai, who also played in the Mostly Mozart orchestra during the s...
by John F
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming
Replies: 24
Views: 467

Re: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming

Belle, I've been pounding away at trying to demonstrate that fine opera singers can sing idiomatically in Broadway musicals, depending of course on the musical. Today's "Hamilton," whose music is hip-hop, defies that kind of crossover. But the musicals of most of the 20th century are not so differen...
by John F
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Superb left-hand Godowsky piano music
Replies: 2
Views: 106

Re: Superb left-hand Godowsky piano music

Godowski's arrangement of "Home, Sweet Home" with inscrutable chromatic harmony is something to hear, all right. Jdjy9sZ2j20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdjy9sZ2j20 In "Speaking of Pianists," Abram Chasins says Godowski was at his best playing privately for colleagues and friends. His many recor...
by John F
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: On a binge for clarinetists of late!
Replies: 9
Views: 179

Re: On a binge for clarinetists of late!

I guess you mean Louis Cahuzac is new to you. Among those you listed he's one of the oldest, born in 1880. His recording of the Nielsen concerto was the first I had of the piece, but I don't have it any longer as others on records have played it better.
by John F
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming
Replies: 24
Views: 467

Re: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming

Since "Porgy and Bess" is an opera, it's best sung with "operatic" voices in most of the roles, though Sportin' Life is the exception. The first Porgy, Todd Duncan, was an operatic baritone, and while he couldn't sing with the major American opera companies because of racism, he did sing Tonio and E...
by John F
Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming
Replies: 24
Views: 467

Re: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming

these shows were written for Broadway, not for opera houses. Immaterial. Is there more to that complaint than snobbery? George Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess" - and it is a full-fledged opera, not a musical - was despite this first performed on Broadway, for reasons that were compelling in Americ...
by John F
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tearful Farewell to Bill O'Reilly
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re: Tearful Farewell to Bill O'Reilly

Yes, he's finally gone. But Fox News lives on...
by John F
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Mostly Mozart Don G
Replies: 8
Views: 209

Re: The Mostly Mozart Don G

If there had been any singers of interest in the cast, I would have seen it. There weren't, so I didn't. I don't expect better this time around.
by John F
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming
Replies: 24
Views: 467

Re: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming

If you read the responses, it looks like there are no nonbelievers. As for the author of the Slipped Disc column itself, that's Norman Lebrecht, and you've been a CMG member long enough to know that his comments are worthless. I read further about Ezio Pinza and "South Pacific." When he agreed to do...
by John F
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming
Replies: 24
Views: 467

Re: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming

No more so than Don Giovanni and Figaro to Emile De Becque. In fact less so, because Renée Fleming grew up in the land of the Broadway musical, which didn't exist in Italy or indeed on Broadway in Pinza's youth. Fleming has been noted for trying new repertoire in both old and new opera and songs; th...
by John F
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Veterinarians on TV
Replies: 7
Views: 193

Re: Veterinarians on TV

Incidentally, one of my most brilliant students (as in it was a privilege to teach her) went to Cornell and stayed there to study veterinary medicine. As you know, all vet schools are more selective than medical schools but the elite ones even more so. She currently has a practice in Brooklyn. I kn...
by John F
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming
Replies: 24
Views: 467

Re: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming

It remains enigmatic to me why Renee Fleming would want to be involved in "Carousel", particularly in a part which isn't a main role. Not an enigma to me: Nettie Fowler has two of the show's three hit tunes, "June is bustin' out all over" and "You'll never walk alone." Also, the lead female part in...
by John F
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Reger fans
Replies: 7
Views: 235

Re: For Reger fans

I didn't say the Prokofiev is no good as music but that it's unappealing to record buyers.
by John F
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Los Angeles Phil most important orchestra in America
Replies: 9
Views: 283

Re: Los Angeles Phil most important orchestra in America

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is the most important orchestra in America. Period. Nonsense. Any such claim for that orchestra ended with the departure of Esa-Pekka Salonen, with the "period" provided by the departure of Deborah Borda. If there was ever any merit to his claim, Woolfe is making it eig...
by John F
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming
Replies: 24
Views: 467

Re: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming

Crossovers from opera to Broadway can be very successful indeed. Consider Ezio Pinza in the first cast of "South Pacific" and "Fanny," and Robert Weede in "The Most Happy Fella." Whether Renée Fleming will fly or flop remains to be seen. Crossovers in the other direction are far rarer because voices...
by John F
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 1116

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

For those who would like to read about this music, there's a short intelligent guide not just to the symphonies but all the orchestral music: "Sibelius, The Orchestral Works - An Owner's Manual," by David Hurwitz. Despite the gimmicky title, this is a serious work, enlightening in unexpected ways. I...
by John F
Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 1116

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

Why am I drawn to those two more than the others? Especially the last movement of the second. I don't know if this is your answer, but the finale of the 2nd symphony is essentially two song-like melodies which are repeated unchanged. I don't know whether lyrics have been provided for them, as for "...
by John F
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Veterinarians on TV
Replies: 7
Views: 193

Re: Veterinarians on TV

lennygoran wrote:I've enjoyed the Nat Geo Wild shows that have very fine footage of nature which I prefer over the vet shows
Would it be fair to say that you care more about plants and scenery than about animals? For me it's exactly the other way around.
by John F
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamburg's new music hall likes (?) what it sees in America
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Re: Hamburg's new music hall likes (?) what it sees in America

John, when you copy and post, could you edit out the captions and links to the graphics etc. not included in what you paste? Such as, "The Venezuelan bass Iván García, center, performing Wednesday in the Transatlantik festival at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Credit Gordon Welters for The New York...
by John F
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Are the liberals (and women) on the Supreme Court too genteel for our good?
Replies: 1
Views: 81

Re: Are the liberals (and women) on the Supreme Court too genteel for our good?

What finally counts is not who interrupts whom and how often during the public oral arguments, but what they do in private: how they vote and what they say in their written opinions. Justices Ginsberg, Sotomayor and Kagan are by no means intellectual doormats. That said, I'm inclined to think that c...
by John F
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Veterinarians on TV
Replies: 7
Views: 193

Veterinarians on TV

Now and then, by accident, I would stumble on a cable TV show about a veterinarian, a veterinary clinic, or even a vet and his family. Today it seems we have not only sports and show biz and political celebrities, and celebrity chefs and cooks, but celebrity vets. They deal not only with pet dogs, c...
by John F
Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming bids farewell to the Met
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Renee Fleming bids farewell to the Met

It turns out that the talk of Renée Fleming no longer singing staged opera, or at the Met, apparently is mistaken. Steve Owades posted a news article from the NPR site in the CompuServe Music Forum in which she says it isn't so. She is singing so little opera these days that it doesn't make a great ...
by John F
Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Brendel
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Alfred Brendel

Even though Brendel's last Beethoven cycle for Philips originated in concert performances, any incidental noises from the audience or the player would have been edited out one way or another. It would be interesting to hear the recording Belle is complaining about, but as far as I can tell, none of ...
by John F
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Brendel
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Alfred Brendel

It sounds like Glenn Gould you're describing rather than Alfred Brendel. I went to all the concerts in his last Beethoven sonata cycle in New York, had a good seat in the orchestra, and heard nothing of the kind from the platform. Incidentally, after giving what he said would be his last performance...
by John F
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tatiana Nikolyeva, piano {live!}
Replies: 4
Views: 147

Re: Tatiana Nikolyeva, piano {live!}

Did you get to her recital of the Shostakovich preludes and fugues at New York's 92nd Street Y, shortly before her death? Apart from the music-making, that was one of the finest audiences for classical music I've ever been in. After the recital she remained in the green room a long time to meet whoe...
by John F
Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Reger fans
Replies: 7
Views: 235

Re: For Reger fans

"For Reger fans" - I guess that includes me out, because such of his music as I've heard hasn't appealed to me at all. But maybe the organ music will do the trick; I don't know it at all. Reger was an enthusiasm of some musicians I regard very highly, the violinist Adolf Busch and his son-in-law Rud...
by John F
Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: After a Soprano’s Crisis, a Brünnhilde Is Born
Replies: 8
Views: 286

Re: After a Soprano’s Crisis, a Brünnhilde Is Born

I remember that too, and I thought Christine Goerke was vocally miscast as Alcina - her voice was too heavy and not flexible enough for the role, so she was spared the opera's most brilliant aria, "Tornami a vagheggiar." (In one version of the opera, the aria is sung by a secondary character, but Ha...
by John F
Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 1116

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

The 3rd and 6th are Sibelius's least performed symphonies, I'm sure. I like #3 very much and so, it seems, did Colin Davis. He not only included it in one of his programs here but while in town, rehearsed it with the Juilliard student orchestra. Interesting - he provided visual or dramatic descripti...
by John F
Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: After a Soprano’s Crisis, a Brünnhilde Is Born
Replies: 8
Views: 286

Re: After a Soprano’s Crisis, a Brünnhilde Is Born

Yes, the role of Marie in "Wozzeck" is sometimes taken by sopranos whose voices are no longer what they were. I saw Irmgard Seefried, that wonderful Mozart and Strauss lyric soprano, as Marie in 1967 and her vocal decline was all too audible.
by John F
Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?
Replies: 24
Views: 765

Re: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?

I'd also add Marcelle Meyer to the list, recorded in 1947 it must be one of the first complete albums devoted solely to the sonatas. Nope - in the 1930s EMI recorded two albums, 20 sonatas each, played by Wanda Landowska. Also, the harpsichordist Yella Pessl was recorded by Columbia in an album of ...
by John F
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: After a Soprano’s Crisis, a Brünnhilde Is Born
Replies: 8
Views: 286

Re: After a Soprano’s Crisis, a Brünnhilde Is Born

Many years ago, Christine Goerke used to post frequently in America Online's classical music forum - very likable with an earthy sense of humor. I didn't know about any vocal crisis but did note that she was singing dramatic soprano roles, and that Peter Gelb "discovered" her for the Met's next Ring...
by John F
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?
Replies: 24
Views: 765

Re: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?

I also believe that if the modern-day pianos were available to them, one wonders how Beethoven or Mozart (or many others) would have written differently knowing the full capability of the best pianos available between 1900 and the present day. Beethoven and Mozart composed piano concertos that need...
by John F
Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salvatore Sciarrino Review
Replies: 1
Views: 153

Re: Salvatore Sciarrino Review

His operas and music dramas — those who saw it at the Lincoln Center Festival in 2001 won’t soon forget a stark production of “Luci Miei Traditrici”
I saw it. I forgot it almost immediately. Not the kind of music I'm able to remember, or care to.