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by John F
Sat May 26, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: This is the way to deal with phones during a performance!
Replies: 2
Views: 25

Re: This is the way to deal with phones during a performance!

In the concert halls, a notice is projected before the concert starts and there's an announcement too. I've never seen anybody removed during a concert; that would be more disruptive than the ringtones, which seldom ring long enough for an usher to locate them anyway.
by John F
Sat May 26, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein at 100
Replies: 10
Views: 850

Re: Bernstein at 100

Lance wrote:
Sat May 26, 2018 1:37 am
I think we sell a lot of CDs and books on this site! I just ordered the new Bernstein book. I don't believe there has been any other conductor whose life has been published in so many books.
Toscanini, surely?
by John F
Sat May 26, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Zubin Mehta, conductor
Replies: 3
Views: 29

Re: Zubin Mehta, conductor

For me, Mehta's best work was mostly when he was young, and much of it in opera. I was at his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic in 1961 - he was a last-minute substitute for Eugene Ormandy, and very young and inexperienced - and the concert impressed me; Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements, Be...
by John F
Fri May 25, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ROH Puccini Hitchcock
Replies: 4
Views: 32

Re: ROH Puccini Hitchcock

There is one opera coming up at the Met which has a Hitchcock connection: Nico Muhly's "Marnie." Its premiere was at the English National Opera, not Covent Garden, but Pappano could have seen it. But Muhly is no Puccini, more's the pity.
by John F
Fri May 25, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: US sites go dark as EU data privacy laws backed by stiff fines kick in
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: US sites go dark as EU data privacy laws backed by stiff fines kick in

Agreed, that the U.S. badly needs effective ways to protect our privacy. But the inability of elected legislators to agree is not comparable with the inability of appointed and presumably expert regulators to regulate. the overall intent of Europe's new rules is pretty clear So? The road to you know...
by John F
Fri May 25, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ROH Puccini Hitchcock
Replies: 4
Views: 32

Re: ROH Puccini Hitchcock

I have no idea what Pappano means by that, particularly as regards "La Bohème."
by John F
Fri May 25, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: US sites go dark as EU data privacy laws backed by stiff fines kick in
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: US sites go dark as EU data privacy laws backed by stiff fines kick in

One still-unsettled question is exactly what data companies can collect. That's the crux, isn't it? If you can't define what data they can collect, you can hardly define what they can't. From this story, it all looks pretty vague. Given two years to develop the necessary regulations, you'd think th...
by John F
Fri May 25, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein at 100
Replies: 10
Views: 850

Re: Bernstein at 100

I don't agree about Mehta's tenure with the Philharmonic. So you've often said. But can you name any of their recordings that you believe are outstanding, competing with the best? I can't, and he made a great many of them. Or did you ever attend a Mehta/NYPhil concert that you would rank among the ...
by John F
Thu May 24, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A great conductor revisited: Alex Ross on Rattle's Mahler
Replies: 6
Views: 89

Re: A great conductor revisited: Alex Ross on Rattle's Mahler

I heard the 10th and liked it, but it wasn't for me the revelation that it apparently was for Alex Ross.
by John F
Thu May 24, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cantabile Sonatas of Scarlatti
Replies: 7
Views: 122

Re: Cantabile Sonatas of Scarlatti

How so "cantabile sonatas"? I'd never heard that before, and when I looked for it online, all I found was a paper by your lecturer.
by John F
Thu May 24, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Big Apple subway overhaul to cost 19 billion plus
Replies: 9
Views: 101

Re: Big Apple subway overhaul to cost 19 billion plus

The main thing that needs to be done in the subways is to provide elevator or escalator access to every one of them. I believe this has actually been ordered by a court, but fewer than half the stations have access for people who need it. The second thing is to keep those they have in working order....
by John F
Wed May 23, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Big Apple subway overhaul to cost 19 billion plus
Replies: 9
Views: 101

Re: Big Apple subway overhaul to cost 19 billion plus

Yes. I ride the bus between my building and that subway station.
by John F
Wed May 23, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Big Apple subway overhaul to cost 19 billion plus
Replies: 9
Views: 101

Re: Big Apple subway overhaul to cost 19 billion plus

Of course there are taxis and car services, but the ride to Lincoln Center costs $20+ each way, which I can only manage occasionally, not two or three round trips a week. As for Uber, I'm having nothing to do with them for various reasons.
by John F
Wed May 23, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Big Apple subway overhaul to cost 19 billion plus
Replies: 9
Views: 101

Re: Big Apple subway overhaul to cost 19 billion plus

That's the thing. If upgrading the A and C lines involves shutting them down, other than late nights and weekends, then I'll be marooned in Brooklyn until it's done; goodbye Lincoln Center and Library for the Performing Arts. I can live with the current system, unsatisfactory as it is, but I can't l...
by John F
Tue May 22, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Amazon bans buyers for too many returns
Replies: 4
Views: 96

Re: Amazon bans buyers for too many returns

Quite so, but they shouldn't have had to fight to get their money back; Amazon's algorithm, whatever it is, and their "human" decision-makers, should have taken this into account <ahem> from the beginning.
by John F
Tue May 22, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Amazon bans buyers for too many returns
Replies: 4
Views: 96

Re: Amazon bans buyers for too many returns

If a customer is having repeated problems with a vendor, resulting in purchases having to be returned, he/she should "ban" the vendor and buy what they need elsewhere. Amazon is convenient, certainly, but doesn't have an exclusive on what it sells. As for Amazon, if a problem customer has a credit b...
by John F
Tue May 22, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 32
Views: 775

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

Klemperer guest-conducted the New York Philharmonic in the 1934-5 and 1935-6 seasons in repertoire ranging from Bach to Berg's "Lulu" symphony. More specific than that I can't get. An imposing Bruckner 9th from October 1934 was broadcast and has been recorded; naturally, it's on YouTube, in pretty a...
by John F
Mon May 21, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding
Replies: 13
Views: 248

Re: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding

I'm 2 years older than your husband; that's as close as makes no difference at our age. My father had a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Leeds, as a field researcher for the Survey of English Dialects which was headquartered there. He later changed his academic field from English literature...
by John F
Sun May 20, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding
Replies: 13
Views: 248

Re: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding

"Elizabethan Serenade" belongs to a distinctively English category, "light music." Wikipedia defines it as "a less 'serious' form of Western classical music, featuring through-composed, usually shorter orchestral pieces and suites designed to appeal to a wider audience than concerti, symphonies and ...
by John F
Sun May 20, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding
Replies: 13
Views: 248

Re: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding

I would never object to music at a wedding (or a funeral), as long as it's classical. Might be the only classical music many ever hear, apart from snippets in TV commercials. The royals or their planners showed some taste; it might well have been Elton John, as at Princess Diana's funeral.
by John F
Sun May 20, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 750

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

If it's to be lunch, any day of the week is fine with me. If it's dinner, I work at the library until 8pm Mondays and 6pm Fridays. Since I won't be going to any performances at Mostly Mozart this year, that won't be a factor with me.
by John F
Sun May 20, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 32
Views: 775

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

I'm not saying that deliberately playing wrong notes to test the conductor is brave, but I would say it's pretty brazen. And there are those, such as Pierre Boulez, who have heard wrong notes in the most complex and dissonant modern scores, and corrected them. That's why the New York Philharmonic pl...
by John F
Sun May 20, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 392

Re: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music

I don't agree that the role of music is to provide evolutionary advantage. That may not be the "role" of music - what would you say is the role or roles of music? - but it's arguably an aspect of music. (Pinker denies this, as I said.) I've suggested what such an argument might be but am not inform...
by John F
Sun May 20, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Philharmonic archives
Replies: 0
Views: 81

New York Philharmonic archives

The Philharmonic's archivist, Barbara Haws, is retiring. She is largely responsible for the archives being as full as they are and so much being digitized and put online, including the complete performance annals with facsimiles of the actual programs. The Times invited her to choose 10 favorite ite...
by John F
Sun May 20, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 386
Views: 42794

Re: What I listened to today

I reviewed Raff's 5th symphony ("Lenore") for Fanfare in 1983, the Bamert recording, and didn't find much to like in it. But it appears to have been Raff's most popular symphony, with performances by Toscanini and the NY Phil in 1931 and by Bernard Herrmann on CBS Radio. There's one piece by Raff I ...
by John F
Sun May 20, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson
Replies: 28
Views: 596

Re: New York Times insults Dr. Jordan Peterson

In its news stories the NY Times normally refers to people by their titles, or if none then as Mr. or Ms., even mass murderers. But the article you link to isn't a news story, it's an interview piece which appeared in the Style section - odd. I actually read the NY Times piece, or parts of it. Peter...
by John F
Sat May 19, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Fires Levine
Replies: 43
Views: 4180

Re: Met Fires Levine

No surprise there. But the Met will have a hard time proving that "the company has and will continue to incur significant reputational and economic harm as a result of the publicity associated with Levine’s misconduct.” To the contrary, it was largely Levine's leadership from the depths of the post-...
by John F
Sat May 19, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 32
Views: 775

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

Some orchestras, maybe many, test their conductors' competence by making deliberate mistakes during rehearsals to see if the conductor can detect and correct them. If not, then the orchestra doesn't think much of him. To me this is unprofessional, orchestral players shouldn't make mistakes deliberat...
by John F
Sat May 19, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Canada, the country mouse is happier than the city mouse
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: In Canada, the country mouse is happier than the city mouse

"Happiness researchers." The topic of happiness, however measured, begs so many questions that it can hardly be researched, not until there's general agreement on what happiness is. Just asking hundreds of thousands of people where they live and how satisfied they are with their lives doesn't cut it...
by John F
Sat May 19, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beecham Fans Rejoice! Some new stuff first time on CD
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: Beecham Fans Rejoice! Some new stuff first time on CD

If I were still buying records I'd certainly buy this set. There are other sources of Beecham performances than the BBC; his New York Philharmonic appearances are in the orchestra's archives, and I found Mozart's "Impresario" overture in an ABC (American, not Australian) broadcast with the short-liv...
by John F
Sat May 19, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 750

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Hey, Lance, I told you about Atlantic Grill in the Birgit Nilsson thread: "the successor in O'Neals' space, a branch of the Atlantic Grill, which is mainly though not exclusively about fish and seafood and costs rather more." When I ate there the food was good but the menu rather limited - they don'...
by John F
Fri May 18, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize
Replies: 21
Views: 551

Re: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize

There's also an archive of CompuServe Music Forum posts and threads at the Web site called Forumania: https://www.forumania.com/forum/lifestyle/classical-music I hoped it would catch the attention of some former Music Forum members and get them back in touch, but unfortunately this isn't happening a...
by John F
Fri May 18, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize
Replies: 21
Views: 551

Re: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize

If you mean Classical Music Mayhem, here it is:

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/classic ... /index.php

From the message totals it appears to be doing moderately well, though many of the posts are by Rod Corkin who apparently runs the place. I'm not tempted.
by John F
Fri May 18, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 392

Re: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music

On the other hand, there are people who are mainly or only interested in Bach, such as mathematicians (I've been told). And of course it depends on the Bach; his Brandenburg Concertos have very broad appeal, a movement from one of them was the theme music for a TV program, and the air from the 3rd o...
by John F
Fri May 18, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 392

Re: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music

Sorry, Belle, it's Lance who's been reading the book. Lance, what do you think about my comments a couple of posts ago? I wouldn't expect a psychiatrist to discuss music in the terms Belle mentions, but general questions such as why some music appeals to people generally and other music doesn't migh...
by John F
Thu May 17, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3856
Views: 362758

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

I haven't bought any recordings for years and don't expect to. I have more than enough already, indeed my project now is to dispose of what I've got. There are plenty of new CM experiences online from YouTube and services like Spotify, not to mention live performances where I live, so there's no need.
by John F
Thu May 17, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 392

Re: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music

By "audiences" I don't believe Lichter means connoisseurs like most of us here at CMG (pats self on back) but listeners for whom Bartok's quartet no. 3 hurts their ears. Belle, you're reading her book, am I right about this? Also, while maestrob's distinction between "modern" and "contemporary" musi...
by John F
Thu May 17, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 386
Views: 42794

Re: What I listened to today

RebLem wrote:its on DGG, not Decca.
It may be on DG now, but when published in the early 50s the label was Decca - cf. the World's Encyclopaedia of Recorded Music 3rd supplement. In those days Friedrich Gulda was an exclusive Decca artist.
by John F
Thu May 17, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's live Schumann PC & Brahms Handel Variations
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re: Brendel's live Schumann PC & Brahms Handel Variations

Haven't heard these, but I would expect Brendel to shine in the Brahms/Handel, as he did in his later performances of the Diabelli Variations, characterizing each variation sharply and distinctively. Too bad about the piano, but if this is the only surviving recording by him of this piece, it's sure...
by John F
Thu May 17, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 392

Re: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music

She writes, "Audiences are less comfortable with contemporary music, compared to baroque or romantic, because modern music is not often pleasing to the ear initially and the tonalities and music language are difficult." This is needlessly vague. The reasons are that most modern and contemporary musi...
by John F
Thu May 17, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize
Replies: 21
Views: 551

Re: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize

O'Neals' closed in 2010. The owner Michael O'Neal said it was largely because the owners of the building, which was converted into a high-rise condo in the '90s, were raising the rent too high when the lease ran out, and partly because of declining business after New York City Opera left Lincoln Cen...
by John F
Thu May 17, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 386
Views: 42794

Re: What I listened to today

Balakirev reworked the orchestral part of Chopin's Concerto No. 1, and this was recorded in the 1950s by Friedrich Gulda and Adrian Boult on Decca/London. Haven't heard it, just mentioning it.
by John F
Wed May 16, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3856
Views: 362758

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

When I first began getting records of my own, the top choices for the Beethoven violin concerto (and later the Brahms) were Grumiaux with van Beinum and Milstein with Steinberg. Since I'd seen van Beinum and the Concertgebouw Orchestra in concert, that's the one I chose for both concertos, and I'm s...
by John F
Tue May 15, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize
Replies: 21
Views: 551

Re: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize

But we had at least one dinner there with Thomas Moser, and he too had stories to tell.
by John F
Tue May 15, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 750

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

That's what I thought about the Australian outback's scenery, and as for the ticket prices, you'd think it was the Orient Express. But here in the US we no longer have any passenger trains that cross the country, a change in Chicago is always necessary, so I'm impressed by other big countries that d...
by John F
Tue May 15, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 386
Views: 42794

Re: What I listened to today

In the last movement of the symphony Mengelberg improves on Tchaikovsky (he thought). At the general pause before the coda, he rewrites the harmony before the pause, then cuts the vamp-till-ready in march rhythm, then cuts the repeat of the main theme. Listen at 40:20 and the following: NfHnMLD6pGU ...
by John F
Tue May 15, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize
Replies: 21
Views: 551

Re: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize

"La Nilsson" is also the title of her autobiography as translated into English, an entertaining and informative read. One thing I learned from it is that the Decca/Solti "Tristan" was originally to have featured Jon Vickers singing the title role for the first time, but he backed out, and no qualifi...
by John F
Tue May 15, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 750

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Thanks so much; I'll show my husband. We love trains and alpine countries. Have you ridden the Ghan? Not exactly alpine, and it doesn't get you nearer to a New York City meetup, but it's closer to home. The Ghan episode of Mighty Trains isn't available complete on YouTube for free, but this program...
by John F
Tue May 15, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 750

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

My husband wants to do one of those cruises from Toronto to Alaska and maybe we could cross Canada by rail. Apropos, here's a documentary from the American TV series "Mighty Trains" about crossing Canada from Vancouver to Toronto on VIA Rail's The Canadian. Four nights. PsqGjprxoIk https://www.yout...