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by John F
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I found out Nazi money is behind my favorite coffee. Should I keep drinking it?
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Re: I found out Nazi money is behind my favorite coffee. Should I keep drinking it?

I'm afraid I think this is much ado about little or nothing. Peet’s Major Dickason’s Blend is the creation of Alfred Peet, who opened his first coffee bar in Berkeley, CA in 1966. He was born in the Netherlands in 1920 and grew up there, before moving to London where he apprenticed with a coffee and...
by John F
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 39
Views: 7718

Re: Summer meet-up

See you soon!
by John F
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein's Candide recording
Replies: 0
Views: 30

Bernstein's Candide recording

“Don’t make me go out there alone!” — Leonard Bernstein’s last tango with ‘Candide’ June 13, 2019 by David Patrick Stearns By the time he made his way to the podium, Leonard Bernstein was clearly in trouble. Well after the entrance applause died down, he needed to compose himself, and he aggressivel...
by John F
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Barnes & Noble to be bought by hedge fund
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: Barnes & Noble to be bought by hedge fund

The latest I've found about Steinway is from last August and you've probably seen it, but here it is: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-07/billionaire-paulson-said-to-attract-chinese-suitor-for-steinway Steinway & Sons sold out to the hedge fund Paulson & Co. a decade ago. Paulson boug...
by John F
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I am sick of TV advertising!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 69

Re: I am sick of TV advertising!!!

how does Turner Classic Movies do it - no commercial advertising? I don't know the business plan behind Turner Classic Movies and the other channels in the former Turner Broadcasting System, but I'd guess that since TCM owns all the movies it shows, so that its programming is essentially costless, ...
by John F
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Jupiter Symphony - again
Replies: 5
Views: 78

Re: The Jupiter Symphony - again

11:02am is pretty late for me. :) I get enough sleep but since I'm retired, it's whenever I feel like it, and when I wake up, I'm awake. Enjoy! My list of essential Mozart is perhaps longer than yours (or anybody's), and it definitely includes the 39th symphony. This was the last of Mozart's big 4 t...
by John F
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Jupiter Symphony - again
Replies: 5
Views: 78

The Jupiter Symphony - again

Some time ago, I posted a detailed analysis of the last movement that revealed its contrapuntal ingenuity and complexity. But the symphony has three other movements too, and here's a commentary on the whole work by Anthony Payne, in the BBC series "Discovering Music." He has one of the BBC orchestra...
by John F
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernard Haitink - last concerts
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Re: Bernard Haitink - last concerts

I didn't see the concert with "Sacre" but the one with Bruckner 8. Otherwise, van Zweden is still a closed book to me. But I'd say he has gotten off to a good start here. He's certainly answered the belief that he won't do much for new music; already he's done a lot more than any recent Philharmonic...
by John F
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trying To Get Rid of Post I put in Wrong Place
Replies: 13
Views: 130

Re: Trying To Get Rid of Post I put in Wrong Place

Trying To Remove My Post You can only delete your post if it's the most recent in the thread. Look in the upper right corner for the pencil, x, !, and " icons, and click on the X. That should do it. If somebody has replied, then only Lance can delete your message, but you can edit it with the penci...
by John F
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernard Haitink - last concerts
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Re: Bernard Haitink - last concerts

Well, that makes two of us. Haitink has certainly been an honest musician, and orchestras play very well for him, but I'm afraid none of the (fairly few) concerts and recordings of him that I've heard have that special quality, that spark, that I want. The senior living conductor is Herbert Blomberg...
by John F
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernard Haitink - last concerts
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Bernard Haitink - last concerts

Bernard Haitink Announces His Retirement June 12, 2019 The 90-year-old conductor gives his farewell to his birthplace, Amsterdam, this weekend; following one August concert with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Lucerne, he will close out his 65-year career late this summer with the Vienna Philharm...
by John F
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BP sponsorship pollutes free opera
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: BP sponsorship pollutes free opera

How is it sensible to condemn a company, whatever its faults, for an action that clearly benefits everyone with no downside to them? The Covent Garden relays contain no advertising, as far as I know, apart from identifying who's sponsoring and paying for the telecasts. It would make more sense to ur...
by John F
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I am sick of TV advertising!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 69

Re: I am sick of TV advertising!!!

The way to get around the ads or anything else on TV that you don't want to see is to subscribe to cable and have a DVR (digital video recorder) as your cable box. The signal from cable is recorded on a hard drive in the box and immediately played back to your TV set. This allows you to time-shift a...
by John F
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 732
Views: 355865

Re: What I listened to today

I don't see why not. One way of finding out would be to email bartok@atlantic.net.
by John F
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andsnes,Hamelin 2-piano recital
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Re: Andsnes,Hamelin 2-piano recital

Now there's a dynamic duo! Though I might wish the concert had ended with more real piano music rather than piano versions of orchestral works.
by John F
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 732
Views: 355865

Re: What I listened to today

Most likely not. Those Bartok LPs were all very high quality, produced by Bartok's son Peter, and the New Music Quartet recorded a wide-ranging repertoire for them - from Orlando Gibbons to Berg and the Bartok 3rd quartet. Peter Bartok is still alive at 94 years old. He and others have set up the co...
by John F
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Barnes & Noble to be bought by hedge fund
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: Barnes & Noble to be bought by hedge fund

James Daunt, the new head of Barnes & Noble, says: “Elliott expects, at some point, to sell Barnes & Noble for a lot more than they bought it for—they expect to make tons and tons of money. But they also know that they will only do that if we can make the business shinier, bigger, and better." That ...
by John F
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 732
Views: 355865

Re: What I listened to today

I see this set includes one of the LPs published by Bartok records, but not their other 5 LPs for that label. Does the packaging explain why the Beethoven quartets are included?
by John F
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 732
Views: 355865

Re: What I listened to today

There's an even lovelier recording of the 2nd concerto with Dennis Brain and the Philharmonia conducted by Walter Susskind, which is on YouTube in separate movements. No recording date, but it was made before Brain replaced his Raoux (French) instrument with a German one, easier and more reliable to...
by John F
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Barnes & Noble to be bought by hedge fund
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: Barnes & Noble to be bought by hedge fund

Barnes & Noble Can’t Blame Amazon for Everything By Sarah Halzack June 10, 2019 Barnes & Noble Inc. had been buyout bait for so long it should not have been a surprise when the company announced on Friday that Elliott Management Corp. had agreed to buy the big-box book giant for $683 million, includ...
by John F
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR "Essential " piano recordings
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: WQXR "Essential " piano recordings

I think that the important phrase “..here are our favourites” should be taken into account as nowhere do they state this to be definitive. What else does "essential" mean if not definitive? Of course none of the contributors wrote that headline, but they must have known from WQXR's previous lists w...
by John F
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR "Essential " piano recordings
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: WQXR "Essential " piano recordings

As usual, many of the ins and outs are baffling. What did their so-called "legwork" amount to? Including Clara Schumann and Cecile Chaminade is politically correct but hardly "essential" when the only Schubert is the impromptus and some of Liszt's song transcriptions.
by John F
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What's the opinion of the voice of Natalie Dessay?
Replies: 6
Views: 143

Re: What's the opinion of the voice of Natalie Dessay?

Note the warship in the background of this production of Handel's "Giulio Cesare." :roll:
by John F
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 11
Views: 331

Re: What movies are you watching today?

A book or periodical or other original document is a physical object printed on paper that can last for centuries, not a digital file that can be destroyed with the push of the wrong button. That the more perishable items are being digitized, not just printed matter but recordings and films, is cert...
by John F
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 11
Views: 331

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Frederick Wiseman's Ex Libris (2017). A stunning, wonderful docuFilm about the NY Public Library. And the City and its people. This is NYC as I remember it. Open. Inclusive. Yes, it's a fine tribute to the New York Public Library and what it does. I was particularly interested in the board and staf...
by John F
Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tony Awards 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 44

Tony Awards 2019

Best Musical: “Hadestown” Best Play: “The Ferryman” Best Revival of a Musical: “Oklahoma!” Best Revival of a Play: “The Boys in the Band” Best Book of a Musical: “Tootsie,” Robert Horn Best Original Score: “Hadestown,” music and lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell Best Direction of a Play: Sam Mendes, “The Ferry...
by John F
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 732
Views: 355865

Re: What I listened to today

Seems to me the purpose of a "top 100" program, and of playing those composers' most popular works, is to attract and hold new or unconverted listeners to the audience for classical music. There are good reasons why those composers and those works are popular: they appeal to a lot of people. (Duh......
by John F
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Balada's "Christopher Columbus" Opera - Caballé
Replies: 3
Views: 96

Re: Balada's "Christopher Columbus" Opera - Caballé

This was commissioned and composed for the 500th anniversary of Columbus's voyage, but it was finished too soon and the Liceu didn't sit on it for three years until the actual anniversary. I've heard about it but heard none of it.
by John F
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Greetings From Francesca
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Greetings From Francesca

Francesca Zambello is the one who staged "Billy Budd" at Covent Garden and elsewhere without the ship. :roll: She was also the director of City Opera's production of Tippett's "The Midsummer Marriage" that ignored the ritualistic elements without which the opera is incomprehensible. Tippett was ther...
by John F
Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What's the opinion of the voice of Natalie Dessay?
Replies: 6
Views: 143

Re: What's the opinion of the voice of Natalie Dessay?

Dessay recovered from the condition and operation well enough to return to opera in 2004, and continued to sing at the Met and elsewhere until 2013, when as you say she retired from opera to begin a second career as a stage actress (spoken theatre), for which she had trained before switching to sing...
by John F
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Wharton's The Age of Innocence
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Wharton's The Age of Innocence

So far I haven't bought any Kindle books; thanks to the three major public libraries here (New York, Brooklyn, Queens) most of the books people want to read can be had for free, especially the more recent ones. Some of the best things in life are free.
by John F
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Wharton's The Age of Innocence
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Wharton's The Age of Innocence

I read "Ethan Frome" in college and enjoyed it, but didn't go on to read any more Wharton. In fact I've lost my taste for serious fiction; instead I read detective stories and spy novels when I read fiction at all. (Currently John Le Carré's "Smiley's People," after watching the BBC dramatization on...
by John F
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Email La Damnation de Faust
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Met Email La Damnation de Faust

You're right, I misread the email you posted - I read the email too fast and there's no mention of the options for ticket-holders of the performances that will be given as an oratorio rather than an opera. The Met should offer their money back, but they haven't, or not yet.
by John F
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Email La Damnation de Faust
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Met Email La Damnation de Faust

The New York Times published an article yesterday containing this explanation: The Met said that it decided not to revive the production after officials realized that they would need to revamp some elements of it to meet newer industry safety standards, refurbish some of its automated mechanical sys...
by John F
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: The life and work of Dr. Seuss
Replies: 1
Views: 112

The life and work of Dr. Seuss

This article takes off from a new biography of Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, and tells a heart-warming success story. When I was in lower school our readers were "Fun with Dick and Jane," parts of which I can sort of remember. (There was a dog named Spot. "See Spot run. Run, Spot, run. Run, run, r...
by John F
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A $55 Million Gift Aims to Ensure the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Recovery
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Re: A $55 Million Gift Aims to Ensure the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Recovery

For a change, the donors haven't demanded that some part of the auditorium be renamed for them, and instead prefer to remain anonymous. Apart from modesty, this keeps other organizations from trying to get money out of them.
by John F
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Barnes & Noble to be bought by hedge fund
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Barnes & Noble to be bought by hedge fund

There was talk last year that Barnes & Noble could go bankrupt, so this is welcome news. I buy all my books from B&N (and everything else from Amazon), doing my bit to keep them afloat. Here's hoping that the new owners will actually run and improve the business and not just sell off the assets and ...
by John F
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 2020 election food for thought
Replies: 18
Views: 1010

Re: 2020 election food for thought

The electoral college is to Missouri's and Arkansas' advantage. With a population of 6.1 million, MO has 10 electoral college votes, each worth 610,000 popular votes. Arkansas, population 3 million, has 6 electoral college votes, each worth 500,000 popular votes. My state, New York, with a populatio...
by John F
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 466

Re: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera

Pavarotti was the Caruso of our time, the exemplary Italian tenor against whom all Italian tenors were measured, and whose popularity extended beyond the opera house. When Caruso died, a month later there appeared a popular song, "They needed a songbird in heaven, so God took Caruso away." 6qq9VgENk...
by John F
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 2020 election food for thought
Replies: 18
Views: 1010

Re: 2020 election food for thought

I have little faith in an electorate that allowed itself to be hosed by Trump in 2016. New CNN poll out today is worrisome, too : https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/01/politics/cnn-poll-mueller-report-trump-approval/index.html Don't forget that Trump lost the popular vote in 2018. It was the low-populatio...
by John F
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 466

Re: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera

So the film is not a critical biography but a celebration. That's as it should be. In the long run, artistic achievement is all that matters; if Pavarotti hadn't been a great operatic tenor we wouldn't care about him or even know who he was. And the long run has already begun, as Pavarotti has been ...
by John F
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Europa News
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: Opera Europa News

The corresponding American institution is OPERA America, based in New York. Its predecessor was Central Opera Service, sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera National Council; I worked at COS for four years until the Met shut it down in 1990 in favor of OPERA America. These organizations are most valua...
by John F
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Illinois state increases spending for the arts
Replies: 0
Views: 87

Illinois state increases spending for the arts

Some rare good news for arts organizations and the arts, thanks to Governor J.B. Pritzker of Illinois - a Democrat, of course. Chicago and therefore Illinois haven't had much money to spend on "luxuries," and the state's troubled politics in the last decade hasn't helped - Governor Rod Blagojevich w...
by John F
Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniel Barenboim’s Contract Is Extended Despite Bullying Accusations
Replies: 3
Views: 205

Re: Daniel Barenboim’s Contract Is Extended Despite Bullying Accusations

I can't believe Barenboim has behaved more badly toward his orchestra than Toscanini did toward the NBC Symphony. And one of the few conductors with a reputation among singers and orchestral players as Mr. Nice Guy is James Levine, who got in trouble for other reasons.
by John F
Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 732
Views: 355865

Re: What I listened to today

Decca recorded "Walküre" with Leinsdorf for RCA Victor in 1960, following their "Don Giovanni" and "Turandot" with Nilsson and Leinsdorf the previous year. According to John Culshaw's "Ring Resounding," Decca didn't intend to record its own "Walküre" until years later, as its Acts 1 and 3 with Kirst...
by John F
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The remarkable Oskar Werner
Replies: 14
Views: 518

Re: The remarkable Oskar Werner

Belle mentioned Kurt Jurgens, as he was known over here. (His name was really Curd Jürgens.) I've just seen him in the TV adaptation of John Le Carré's "Smiley's People," in which he plays a Russian emigré murdered by Soviet operatives in London. That series too is magnificently cast from top to bot...
by John F
Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The remarkable Oskar Werner
Replies: 14
Views: 518

Re: The remarkable Oskar Werner

I had no idea that Werner was so self-destructive. He just dropped out of the scene and I didn't know why. Now I do, thanks to the obituary you posted. Well, at least he made a few memorable films while he still could.
by John F
Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: iPhone (and Android) apps are tracking you in ways you don't know & cannot avoid
Replies: 4
Views: 295

Re: iPhone (and Android) apps are tracking you in ways you don't know & cannot avoid

However, she doesn't say specifically that any browsers for smartphones are among the apps tested, only that "Apple has pushed against tracking in its Safari web browser and Google recently moved to limit tracking cookies in its Chrome browser," evidently referring to the versions for computers. No ...
by John F
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 466

Re: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera

maestrob wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:54 am
Try googling "Pavarotti documentary." There are two theatres in Manhattan that are showing it: The Paris theater is one of them.
Thanks! We tried that on Monday and those theatres weren't listed, but now they are. I hope the lady who asked us can find it now.
by John F
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The remarkable Oskar Werner
Replies: 14
Views: 518

Re: The remarkable Oskar Werner

He's Fiedler, the East German who debriefs Leamas (Richard Burton) in "The Spy Who Came In from the Cold," a great movie perfectly cast from top to bottom. I saw it in the post movie theater when I was stationed with the Army in Germany, right after coming back from a visit to Berlin, West and East....