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by John F
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 9
Views: 151

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

Rudolf Firkusny recorded Janacek's piano music, all of it, more than once. You couldn't do better than to pick up one of his recordings. That said, piano music is pretty much the least of Janacek's work. maestrob has recommended his most popular opera, "Jenufa," and that's a good starting point; it'...
by John F
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Westminster Choir College being sold
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: Westminster Choir College being sold

OK, I see. Princeton's music department now offers a program in musical performance, but not a degree, only a "certificate." http://music.princeton.edu/performance-programs/certificates-music Harvard has no such thing but nonetheless has graduated quite a few important performing musicians - Leonard...
by John F
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Westminster Choir College being sold
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: Westminster Choir College being sold

It's extremely rare for schools or colleges to be bought and sold, except maybe if they are for-profit organizations like any other corporation. However, colleges do sometimes sell a building or other property belonging to them. I wonder whether this is actually a real estate deal, and potential buy...
by John F
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: frank corsaro dies
Replies: 1
Views: 83

Re: frank corsaro dies

Corsaro did some outstanding productions for New York City Opera and the Juilliard School, where he was on the faculty. Several of these were with sets and costumes by Maurice Sendak, the children's book author; "The Love for Three Oranges," originally at City Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival and...
by John F
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: lincoln center festival to end
Replies: 1
Views: 80

Re: lincoln center festival to end

Back in 1994, when Beverly Sills was Lincoln Center's chair and conceived of a Lincoln Center summer festival, and tapped John Rockwell of the New York Times's classical music staff to create it, the Festival was artistically and culturally important. During Rockwell's five seasons before returning ...
by John F
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: compuserve forums ending dec 15
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Re: compuserve forums ending dec 15

Sudden and shocking. I joined CompuServe in 1985 exclusively for the forums, specifically the music forum, and have spent a sizable chunk of my online life there. Membership and activity has declined to the point that we had almost shut ourselves down, but even so... In another of the CIS forums I f...
by John F
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:08 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 15
Views: 509

Re: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...

Nobody's bought Robbie yet, but when the auction is over we'll see what his corpse is really worth. He cost over $125,000 to make 60 years ago, and that's $1,121,342.69 as of last year. (See the inflation calculator at https://westegg.com/inflation/.) Another outstanding science fiction movie of the...
by John F
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Westminster Choir College being sold
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Westminster Choir College being sold

That's right, sold - lock, stock, and pianos. This could mean the end of the famous and outstanding Westminster Choir, which consists of students at the choir college and has existed for nearly a century. Appalling. Rider University sends layoff notices to entire teaching staff at Westminster Choir ...
by John F
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: war of the worlds opera LA
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Re: war of the worlds opera LA

An opera based on "War of the Worlds" itself, by Wells rather than Welles, depicting an actual alien invasion, would be something. To base it on a radio broadcast which, as we know, was a Hallowe'en prank gone wrong, seems to me rather pointless.
by John F
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lyric Opera of Chicago ‘Die Walküre’
Replies: 7
Views: 194

Re: Lyric Opera of Chicago ‘Die Walküre’

That's pretty much how I feel about the Chereau Bayreuth Ring cycle. But not every idea of Chereau's staging is trash, and he often got good acting performances from his singers. His "House of the Dead" for the Met was extraordinary, in a good way. RIP.
by John F
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny
Replies: 12
Views: 352

Re: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny

At Harvard, some of the "houses" (undergraduate residences) had their own kitchens which were a bit above the standard of the central kitchen which served most of them. But I had many of my meals in places like Gracie's, a delicatessen near WHRB, and the Hayes-Bickford ("the Bick") and Waldorf ("the...
by John F
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 15
Views: 509

Re: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...

It seems paradoxical to me that you hold some past performances and performers as the gold standard and, at the same time, display this kind of postmodern relativistic view about sound. How so? Toscanini and Cortot never played that kind of music, and I've never said they were always supreme in the...
by John F
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lyric Opera of Chicago ‘Die Walküre’
Replies: 7
Views: 194

Re: Lyric Opera of Chicago ‘Die Walküre’

The idea of showing the war dead on stage during the Ride of the Valkyries is not original with Pountney; it goes back at least to Chereau's Bayreuth staging of 1976. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfcEfYN6PjU The Valkyries are carrying out Wotan's wishes, to bring the dead heroes of human wars to ...
by John F
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny
Replies: 12
Views: 352

Re: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny

Really, all this shows is that Gareth Sturdy, whoever he is, doesn't like Jamie Oliver. "Dishing out unsolicited opinions in recent years on turkey twizzlers, packed lunches, sugar and free school meals, all seemingly to the end of flogging books and new TV series"? Come on now. One of the ways one ...
by John F
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 15
Views: 509

Re: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...

There are more things in music, Belle, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. :) LOL. Yes, I quite agree, but that isn't 'music'. Why not? Music has never been limited to pitched tones; if it were, the only drums in an orchestra would be the timpani. The soundtrack for "Forbidden Planet" is purpose...
by John F
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 15
Views: 509

Re: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...

Among the many innovations in "Forbidden Planet" was a completely electronic score. Because no musicians were used (other than the composers), the musicians' union blocked any musical credits, so the score wasn't eligible for an Oscar; otherwise it might well have won. Why would it have won? It was...
by John F
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony
Replies: 10
Views: 444

Re: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony

For me at least, the San Francisco Symphony was on the map since the 1930s, when Pierre Monteux became its music director for 17 years. They made quite a few recordings for RCA Victor. I'm less enthusiastic than you about Herbert Blomstedt, because I've never heard a specially distinctive or eloquen...
by John F
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dessay Finishes What Barbra Streisand Started
Replies: 10
Views: 271

Re: Dessay Finishes What Barbra Streisand Started

I changed my mind about that and edited the message, but too late as Belle had already quoted from it. At first I thought you were asking me to explain my opinion, which is often an underhanded way of contesting it. Then it occurred to me that you might be asking for information about the Schumann s...
by John F
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 15
Views: 509

Re: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...

Among the many innovations in "Forbidden Planet" was a completely electronic score. Because no musicians were used (other than the composers), the musicians' union blocked any musical credits, so the score wasn't eligible for an Oscar; otherwise it might well have won.
by John F
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 15
Views: 509

Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...

The most memorable character in the sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet," up to a point an adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," will be sold at auction in ten days. (Well, the most memorable for many people; for me it was the actress Anne Francis, because that was my mother's name.) It's an enter...
by John F
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dessay Finishes What Barbra Streisand Started
Replies: 10
Views: 271

Re: Dessay Finishes What Barbra Streisand Started

Of course Schumann didn't write the words but he chose to set them to music and his music "speaks" them. Otherwise he had excellent taste in poetry; the poet he set most often was Heinrich Heine. So I suppose what attracted him to the far lesser verse of Adelbert von Chamisso (a man) must have been ...
by John F
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dessay Finishes What Barbra Streisand Started
Replies: 10
Views: 271

Re: Dessay Finishes What Barbra Streisand Started

The poems of "Frauenliebe und -Leben" ("Woman's Love and Life") are a sentimental celebration of women's role exclusively as a man's lover, wife, and mother of his children, and it's only still performed because of Schumann's music; the words are an embarrassment. In this day and age, when women asp...
by John F
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Review American Composers Orchestra
Replies: 2
Views: 145

Re: Review American Composers Orchestra

If you are a record collector whose collection is primarily music from the Baroque through the Romantic period on up to the time of Rachmaninoff and others of that time frame, are you going to be adding substantially to your collection late 20th- and 21st century music for your library? Of course, ...
by John F
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dessay Finishes What Barbra Streisand Started
Replies: 10
Views: 271

Re: Dessay Finishes What Barbra Streisand Started

As described, this project's attitude toward women's lives is hardly an advance on Schumann's "Frauenliebe und -Leben." "The life of a woman from birth to death, via romance, marriage and motherhood" - what's missing? The very thing that has distinguished Natalie Dessay's own life, making a career o...
by John F
Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More on Badura-Skoda
Replies: 1
Views: 118

Re: More on Badura-Skoda

I've heard the 4th concerto in that recording and rather like it, not for the tinkly sound of the obsolete piano but for Badura-Skoda's sensitive playing. If he and the Collegium Aureum recorded the Emperor Concerto, I doubt that I'd like it. :) As for Beethoven himself, I doubt that he cared what p...
by John F
Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Favorite moments from musicals
Replies: 13
Views: 228

Re: Favorite moments from musicals

One of my grad school teachers was Maury Yeston, whom most of you probably have never heard of. You're right about that. (I do know about Arthur Kopit, who wrote the words. While a Harvard student he wrote his hit play "O Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You In the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad," premier...
by John F
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 618

Re: Is the piano recital dying

I assure you that I could play Traumerei that well when I was that young. So you say, and good for you. Most of the people on earth can't play it at all, because they can't play the piano. That includes me. Besides, the difficulty of the music is entirely beside the point, as I seem to have to keep...
by John F
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Firefox What's New Page
Replies: 8
Views: 198

Re: Firefox What's New Page

If your Firefox screen has a menu bar across the top, with File on the left, click on Tools which is toward the right. Then click on Options.
by John F
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Favorite moments from musicals
Replies: 13
Views: 228

Re: Favorite moments from musicals

:mrgreen: As I have posted recently, at least implicitly, I think that the great musicals ended pretty much with West Side Story, or perhaps Oliver. As you say, I'm not interested, but a colleague volunteer at the performing arts library is as enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the Broadway musica...
by John F
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 618

Re: Is the piano recital dying

people showed up for Horowitz because of his fame. He was not that great a pianist. He insisted on playing Kinderszenen at his late recitals, something that I could play adequately when I was twelve years old. Surely there can't be many who agree with that, or ever have! I certainly don't. Horowitz...
by John F
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 618

Re: Is the piano recital dying

It does seem that there are fewer solo piano recitals in New York than there used to be. Carnegie Hall still has a series, but Lincoln Center's Great Performers lineup does not. The recital still appeals to pianists, who earn more from it than from concerto appearances and don't have to share the sp...
by John F
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salzburg festival
Replies: 9
Views: 283

Re: Salzburg festival

The homogeneous sound we associate with Karajan was achieved in the recording studio from the 1960s on by his preferred producer Michel Glotz and sound engineer Günter Hermanns. I'm told that in public performances the Berlin Philharmonic's sound was not so blended and smooth - it probably couldn't ...
by John F
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salzburg festival
Replies: 9
Views: 283

Re: Salzburg festival

By the time Karajan conducted "Don Giovanni" at the Salzburg Festival of 1988, he was in very poor physical condition and had less than a year to live. Because of terrible pain in his back, he could only conduct three of the performances; his assistant Bruno Weil took the other three. In earlier yea...
by John F
Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony
Replies: 10
Views: 444

Re: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony

After Michael Tilson Thomas retires, who will take up the baton? By Joshua Kosman November 4, 2017 For nearly a quarter century, Michael Tilson Thomas has offered San Francisco Symphony patrons — and observers around the world — a virtuoso display of just how much can be accomplished by an orchestra...
by John F
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Big Apple Circus is back
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: The Big Apple Circus is back

Yes, if anything the circus appears to have been upgraded. The Wallendas are a world-famous circus family, and the ringleader of the Ringling circus who lost his job this year has now got that job with the Great Apple Circus.
by John F
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Big Apple Circus is back
Replies: 2
Views: 81

The Big Apple Circus is back

Last year they canceled their holiday season at Lincoln Center and declared bankruptcy. Against all odds, the circus has risen from the dead, under new ownership.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/thea ... eview.html
by John F
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 630

Re: Hamlet

? Surely not, these things matter. Just because the Globe theatre company cut the speech - maybe they decided the play was too long - doesn't mean that we should.
by John F
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salzburg festival
Replies: 9
Views: 283

Re: Salzburg festival

Yes, it does look somewhat better than in recent years. The Henze deserves more performances than it gets, some of the conductors are festival quality, and while the star singers aren't to appear in any staged operas, at least they will appear. Maybe Markus Hinterhäuser's appointment will work out, ...
by John F
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 630

Re: Hamlet

Thanks for the further information. The first folio "Hamlet" omits some famous passages, such as Hamlet's soliloquy "How all occasions do inform against me," so it's not really the standard version in the theatre; that is a combination of the first folio and second quarto texts.
by John F
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 630

Re: Hamlet

"Hamlet" is almost always cut in performance; the complete conflated version is seldom done. The cuts vary from one director and production to the next, and I don't suppose any of these acting versions have been published. Exceptions are Peter Brook's drastically shortened version, about two hours, ...
by John F
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 630

Re: Hamlet

There are two reasons the first quarto is so different from the "Hamlet" we know. The experts think it's pirated, as you say - written down from memory by an actor in a minor role or a member of the audience. But they also believed it's based on a different, earlier version of Shakespeare's play, si...
by John F
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 630

Re: Hamlet

The First Quarto is the short "Hamlet." (Also the most corrupt text: "To be, or not to be, I there's the point.") I've seen a performance of the uncut standard version and it ran about 4 1/2 hours at a pretty fast pace. Of course singing plus the orchestral bits take far longer than speaking the pla...
by John F
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 419

Re: Prodigies

According to Wikipedia, he's now studying at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Haven't heard any of his music.
by John F
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3766
Views: 256780

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

I don't think that's right. Konwitschny often recorded for Eterna because he was based in East Germany for much of his career, but the label was owned by the East German government, and at the time it was founded Konwitschny was music director in Hannover, West Germany. I've found this account, post...
by John F
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 630

Re: Hamlet

Verdi never seriously considered composing a "Hamlet." In 1849, the year of "Luisa Miller," he began work on a "King Lear" and asked his librettist Piave for a libretto which became "Rigoletto" or one based on "Stradella" or "Kean." At the same time he made a list of other possible subjects. From Ma...
by John F
Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's week: a stupid review
Replies: 17
Views: 377

Re: The Met's week: a stupid review

That's really interesting, John. I knew none of that. So what of the great Masses by the great composers - were the relevant sections also to be intoned? Obviously they were also to be sung? From my study of Mozart and his times, I can say that in those times practices varied locally, according not...
by John F
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 728

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

Anybody here can express his feelings, private or public, but badmouthing the members openly in this forum is not allowed. That's troll behavior, and quite a few have been locked out of CMG because of it. A word to the wise.
by John F
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's week: a stupid review
Replies: 17
Views: 377

Re: The Met's week: a stupid review

Was that in the open air? It may have been the same square where I saw a staged "Simon Boccanegra" ca. 1967 (which too was boring, not the opera but the performance).
by John F
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's week: a stupid review
Replies: 17
Views: 377

Re: The Met's week: a stupid review

Eurotrash productions aren't stupid, they're smart in a perverse way. So, I think, are those who like and justify them.