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by John F
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 30
Views: 426

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

If there's a concert of pre-Baroque music you want to attend, you need not fear that I'll buy the last ticket so you can't get in. :) Sorry, the only Monteverdi I really enjoy is "Incoronazione di Poppea," and that as done by real singers and a real conductor instead of early music specialists, at p...
by John F
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 30
Views: 426

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

I do not have the fascination of music composed during the Renaissance period (1400-1600) or the Medieval period. Me neither. I don't wonder why, it's just the way I am. My father, who taught college courses in Shakespeare and Chaucer, had some interest in English Renaissance music and some recordi...
by John F
Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 30
Views: 426

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

At a program last year for our community music group one of my friends (who had studied opera singing in Italy) discussed and presented large excerpts from Verdi's "Othello". From what I could tell the composer seemed more sympathetic to Othello than I ever was, as a character. You could say that S...
by John F
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 42
Views: 448

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

Oops! Sorry, maestrob and Belle. Of course I haven't heard Olafsson's recording, and have said nothing about its quality, only that Olafsson is a no-name performer - which for nearly everyone is exactly what he is. I can trace no performance by him in the US after he graduated from the Juilliard Sch...
by John F
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 42
Views: 448

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

The celebrity and box office appeal of the top classical music performers is not a product of the publicity about them. Anna Netrebko, for example, only began to be publicized by the Metropolitan Opera after she had a lot of fans thanks to her performances, the reviews they got, and word of mouth fr...
by John F
Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 42
Views: 448

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

The classical record market is one thing, the audience for live musical events is another. And of course the markets differ in other ways too, such as the cost to the consumer and payback for what you pay, such as repeatability. Even if the classical record market shows signs of life, due to the abu...
by John F
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 30
Views: 426

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

If Carlos Kleiber's taste is your measure of operatic merit, he conducted two Verdi operas, "La Traviata" and "Otello," and one by Puccini, "La Boheme." He chose to make his Metropolitan Opera debut with "La Boheme." After all, if it was good enough for Toscanini, it was good enough for Kleiber, if ...
by John F
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 30
Views: 426

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

And yet I'd trade all of Baroque opera just for Verdi's "Falstaff," a miracle of wit and sophistication completely unexpected from the composer of "Il Trovatore." I might even trade it all just for Act 1 scene 2, in which the merry wives plot revenge against Falstaff, and Ford and his circle make th...
by John F
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 30
Views: 426

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

For me, it's often difficult trying to discern which piece is by Puccini and which by Verdi (I'm speaking about arias here) That's really surprising, as those composers' styles are as different as can be, at least as different as Debussy and Ravel. :) None of Puccini's famous arias could possibly h...
by John F
Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Osmo Vänskä leaving Minnesota Orchestra
Replies: 10
Views: 183

Re: Osmo Vänskä leaving Minnesota Orchestra

maybe he's in a bad way, and what little of his bipolar is left has taken over. he's mentioned being mentally ill a number of times, which is why he tries not to post. sometimes the dark side takes over. trust me, its no fun. If you regret what you said to me, then say so. If you don't, what you're...
by John F
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Osmo Vänskä leaving Minnesota Orchestra
Replies: 10
Views: 183

Re: Osmo Vänskä leaving Minnesota Orchestra

So Vanska is utterly uses in your old school opinion. How fucking Pathetic. May the old members of orchestras, websites, etc die gracefully, try not uttering another word on this site. let new champions take their place. time to pack it in John F If this is addressed to me, it's completely uncalled...
by John F
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: All of Vermeer's paintings in your pocket
Replies: 3
Views: 73

Re: All of Vermeer's paintings in your pocket

Who still owns a Vermeer in a private collection? Last Privately Owned Vermeer Loaned to Philadelphia Museum of Art By Andrew Russeth 10/28/13 1:00pm https://nyoobserver.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/young-woman-seated-at-a-virginal.jpg 'Young Woman Seated at a Virginal,' 1670-72. (©The Leiden Collec...
by John F
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Osmo Vänskä leaving Minnesota Orchestra
Replies: 10
Views: 183

Re: Osmo Vänskä leaving Minnesota Orchestra

Dimitri Mitropoulos led the Minneapolis Symphony from 1937 to 1949 and made quite a few recordings for Columbia. I learned the Tchaikovsky 4th symphony from one of these, reissued on Columbia's bargain label Entre, and still think it is one of the most exciting. Mitropoulos made enough of an impress...
by John F
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 42
Views: 448

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

I'm no longer much interested in new releases of recordings, whether new matieral or reissues, so I leave that stuff to others. But I do post news about classical musicians and music when it may have general interest, with two such messages today.
by John F
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salonen to San Francisco
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Re: Salonen to San Francisco

In the interim between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Salonen has been principal conductor of London's Philharmonia Orchestra. He'll be leaving that position in 2021. At the same time, Vladimir Jurowski will leave the London Philharmonic. Salonen's departure poses serious questions – and not just fo...
by John F
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Osmo Vänskä leaving Minnesota Orchestra
Replies: 10
Views: 183

Osmo Vänskä leaving Minnesota Orchestra

Not until 2022, when he will have been their music director for 19 years through thick and thin. He will continue with the orchestra as guest conductor. Conductor Osmo Vänskä to exit Minnesota Orchestra when contract expires By Jenna Ross Star Tribune December 5, 2018 Osmo Vänskä, whose baton led th...
by John F
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salonen to San Francisco
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Re: Salonen to San Francisco

Well, how about that. As I remember, Salonen said he was leaving LA to have more time for composing and for his personal life back in Finland. You never know. Salonen has been composer in residence with the NY Phil since 2015 and his term ends next year. He could hardly be more involved in that orch...
by John F
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Camille Paglia's thoughts
Replies: 6
Views: 232

Re: Camille Paglia's thoughts

Typical Paglia. Her "thoughts" may go over well in Australia, but in this country not so much. Her political views as summarized in Wikipedia: Paglia characterizes herself as a libertarian. She opposes laws against prostitution, pornography, drugs, and abortion, and is also opposed to affirmative ac...
by John F
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: All of Vermeer's paintings in your pocket
Replies: 3
Views: 73

All of Vermeer's paintings in your pocket

Want to See All the Vermeers in the World? Now’s Your Chance By Nina Siegal Dec. 3, 2018 AMSTERDAM — Johannes Vermeer, whose acute eye captured the quiet beauty of Dutch domestic life, was not a prolific artist: Just 36 paintings are widely acknowledged as his work. Still, anyone who wanted to see t...
by John F
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 546

Re: Richter

Dorliac and Richter made a number of recordings in the 1950s - Musorgsky's "The Nursery," Prokofiev's "Ugly Duckling," Glinka songs - and I like them. Later he recorded Lieder with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Peter Schreier. Some rehearsals and performances are here: https://www.youtube.com/results...
by John F
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 30
Views: 426

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

As a guide to music appreciation this might possibly have some value, though at 500 pages and $30 it's a substantial investment for the unconverted. As criticism, it's worthless. Not that critics shouldn't compare and judge - that's part of the job description - but their measures should be less cru...
by John F
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 546

Re: Richter

Monsaingeon also did a book, "Sviatoslav Richter: Notebooks and Conversations," which is very revealing about his personality, musical tastes, etc. Much of it is Richter's journal of his listening, mainly to recordings, in which he's candid about which of his own recordings he likes (very few) and w...
by John F
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Best" 2018 releases per WQXR
Replies: 2
Views: 154

Re: "Best" 2018 releases per WQXR

"Paddle to the Sea" is a children's book by Holling Clancy Holling that we had and I read when about 1/10 of my present age. The story, from amazon.com: In the Nipigon country north of the Great Lakes a young boy carved the figure of an Indian in a canoe, christened him Paddle-to-the-Sea, and set hi...
by John F
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 546

Re: Richter

One of Richter's most sensational interpretations is of Beethoven's Appassionata sonata, on a par with his Pictures at an Exhibition. We first heard it in the recording made in Moscow in 1960, and here it is: ZS1fyFFCRRw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS1fyFFCRRw For a Richter discography: https://...
by John F
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schoenberg in Hollywood
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Schoenberg in Hollywood

Arnold Schoenberg actually did live in Hollywood, not far from Igor Stravinsky. But this is about a new opera by Tod Machover titled "Schoenberg in Hollywood." The story I know is that Schoenberg told Irving Thalberg his fee for a film score would be $50,000, at which Thalberg lost interest. :) Arno...
by John F
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2 Opera Books With Mad in the Title
Replies: 3
Views: 194

Re: 2 Opera Books With Mad in the Title

“La Traviata” was the most performed opera worldwide in the past five years. Wagner‘s “The Flying Dutchman” came in 24th in a list of the 25 most popular operas. Schweitzer has a perfectly sensible explanation for this: Wagner’s operas are about gods, myths and fantastical creatures, while the stor...
by John F
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: James H. Billington RIP
Replies: 0
Views: 115

James H. Billington RIP

An important historian and the longest-serving and most influential Librarian of Congress, he died last week at 89 of complications from pneumonia. The Washington Post's long obituary is worth reading: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/james-h-billington-librarian-of-congress-for-expan...
by John F
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3958
Views: 565480

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

For me, the most beautiful recording of the 1st concerto's first movement is by Isaac Stern and Eugene Ormandy. wICkne2WsD8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wICkne2WsD8 By the way, Stefi Geyer, for whom Bartok composed the concerto but who never played it, was in the original Lucerne Festival Orchest...
by John F
Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Here We Go Again
Replies: 5
Views: 350

Re: Here We Go Again

I doubt that Modernistfan would go for that. :mrgreen:
by John F
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: litton loves the nutcracker
Replies: 1
Views: 213

Re: litton loves the nutcracker

I really enjoyed reading this. The Nutcracker Suite is so familiar that it's easily taken for granted, but when I came back to it after quite a few years I found it as fresh, inventive, and charming as Litton says it is. And the suite is mainly numbers from the divertissement at the end of the balle...
by John F
Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes article on Debussy book
Replies: 9
Views: 624

Re: NYTimes article on Debussy book

And a happy Thanksgiving to you!

Incidentally, you may be able to "borrow" the Kindle edition from NYPL, if they have it - the book may be too new for that. Check the online catalog at https://catalog.nypl.org/. (I'm too lazy to do it myself.)
by John F
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes article on Debussy book
Replies: 9
Views: 624

Re: NYTimes article on Debussy book

Walsh's book is available in Kindle format and can be read, in the type size you prefer, either in a Kindle e-reader or in amazon's free Kindle app for Windows or whatever.
by John F
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Len's First Piano Composition
Replies: 2
Views: 290

Re: Len's First Piano Composition

That huge keyboard or one like it used to be in the F.A.O. Schwarz toy store on 5th Avenue. but they closed in 2015. Tragedy! But now I see they reopened last week at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, not far from where they used to be. Will it be the same? I hope so! At least the giant piano keyboard will be b...
by John F
Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: glimmerglass 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 315

Re: glimmerglass 2019

The paragraph spacing isn't quite right and the result is confusing - it confused me anyway. Here again: Show Boat Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II As the Cotton Blossom docks in Mississippi, follow Cap’n Andy Hawks and his extended family on a journey of love and heartbreak. Revolutionary for its e...
by John F
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Mefistofele
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: Tonight's Met Mefistofele

There exists a 1948 performance by Toscanini at La Scala including not only the "Mefistofele" prologue but also Act III, and moreover "Nerone" Acts III and IV part 2. The broadcast has been published on records in poor sound, but Toscanini was on fire and so, at the end, was the audience. https://ww...
by John F
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Mefistofele
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: Tonight's Met Mefistofele

The only reason to revive "Mefistofele" is that there's a star bass for the title role - Samuel Ramey or, longer ago, Feodor Chaliapin. The Met's Christian Van Horn is not in that league, whatever his other virtues. No wonder there were empty seats.
by John F
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: only the sound remains
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Re: only the sound remains

It's actually two short operas related by the theme of the relation between the living and non-living. I thought it was beautiful in every way, not only the music but to my surprise the production by Peter Sellars. (He conceived the work and respects his own conception as he doesn't respect others'....
by John F
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Berg fans
Replies: 8
Views: 640

Re: For Berg fans

Like Alan Gilbert (and John Harbison, John Adams, and others), Hugh Wolff was conductor of Harvard's Bach Society Orchestra, a chamber ensemble whose repertoire wasn't limited to Bach. Considering that Harvard then had no courses or teachers in musical performance, and the BSO's conductors were unde...
by John F
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Berg fans
Replies: 8
Views: 640

Re: For Berg fans

The most beautiful and moving performance I've heard of the Berg concerto was by Midori with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolff. That was 20 years ago and while she still plays it now and then, she has never recorded it - a great pity.
by John F
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Endgame
Replies: 15
Views: 991

Re: Endgame

Unless I missed something, Audi doesn't say how they obtained permission to perform this opera, or whether they did. He's an experienced man of the theatre and must have been aware of the need.
by John F
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Endgame
Replies: 15
Views: 991

Re: Endgame

I keep dropping names because I've lots of names to drop. In Berlin I saw a production of "Endgame," in German, directed by Beckett himself. It was at the Schiller Theater Werkstatt. The most straightforward, natural thing in the world, and very funny - which you wouldn't guess from reading the scri...
by John F
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mravinsky conducts Bruckner
Replies: 5
Views: 528

Re: Mravinsky conducts Bruckner

No doubt the physical instruments had their effect on orchestral sound, but that's not what I'm talking about. Russian horn players used to use constant vibrato, as did French players; today they don't. Here, for example, is Valery Polekh playing Gliere's horn concerto, which was dedicated to him. T...
by John F
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Endgame
Replies: 15
Views: 991

Re: Endgame

The Beckett estate has barred productions of his works for various reasons, such as an all-women "Godot," so they're still guardians at the gates. Like you, I was surprised that they allowed an operatic treatment, but maybe Kurtag provided them with a recording that impressed them. Beckett's mentor ...
by John F
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Endgame
Replies: 15
Views: 991

Re: Endgame

It actually does look like a production of Beckett's "Endgame."
by John F
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel
Replies: 15
Views: 923

Re: Ravel

As for his orchestration of Moussorgsky's "Pictures," Reiner/Chicago competes with Schippers/NY in my player For me it's also the Chicago Symphony Orchestra but with Kubelik conducting in the brilliant Mercury recording. EXp3wIDyOas&list=PLF0C9D3A4D68F51AA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXp3wIDyOa...
by John F
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Callas is on tour
Replies: 5
Views: 461

Re: Maria Callas is on tour

That last tour, with di Stefano along for vocal and moral support, was really ill-advised, though I doubt she paid any attention to whatever advice she may have received. It's often said that Callas's career was shortened by her choice of repertoire, but she made her professional debut in 1941 and r...
by John F
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Quite Wonderful Day In NYC Until 5 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 559

Re: Quite Wonderful Day In NYC Until 5 PM

It's not as if we had a real blizzard. The snowfall was pretty gentle and while it accumulated, I don't believe there was more than 2-3" on the ground. It's not like NYC to panic just for weather like this.
by John F
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel
Replies: 15
Views: 923

Re: Ravel

Two favorite Ravel recordings: Robert Casadesus plays "Le Tombeau de Couperin." He recorded it before and after the War - it's the 1951 version that I know. It begins at 53:10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqArnDN2I5o The piano version is preferable to Ravel's orchestration, which leaves out the ...
by John F
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Callas is on tour
Replies: 5
Views: 461

Maria Callas is on tour

Visit from a dead diva November 15, 2018 by Terry Teachout Maria Callas gave a concert last week at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. That’s what the sign outside the hall said, anyway, even though the greatest operatic soprano of the 20th century has been dead since 1977. Nevertheless, she’s...
by John F
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 26
Views: 4905

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

Staunton, VA has two distinctions: it's the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson and my mother's father Edgar Funkhouser. Both did rather well for themselves.