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by John F
Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Article on Billy Budd
Replies: 3
Views: 47

Re: NYTimes Article on Billy Budd

I hadn't thought of that, but I'll bet you're right.
by John F
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Article on Billy Budd
Replies: 3
Views: 47

Re: NYTimes Article on Billy Budd

What interests me about this is that "Billy Budd" has entered the international operatic repertoire. Not that Britten's operas were unknown outside the English-speaking countries; I saw "Albert Herring," in German, at the Frankfurt Opera in 1968. But "Billy Budd" is a much taller order than that, an...
by John F
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Studies for Operas Redacted?
Replies: 2
Views: 65

Re: Studies for Operas Redacted?

From this, I don't think I need to waste my time on David T. Little's music, if that's what it is.
by John F
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 27
Views: 600

Re: Summer meet-up

Either Friday or Saturday is OK. I wasn't aware that a date had been set, but June 22 is fine if that's to be it.
by John F
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Don G
Replies: 7
Views: 73

Re: Tonight's Met Don G

I see that this Cornelius Meister is now general music director of the Stuttgart Opera. In my time (the mid-1960s) the GMD was Ferdinand Leitner while the first Kapellmeister was Carlos Kleiber. After Leitner left for Zürich and Kleiber for Munich ca. 1970, Stuttgart's GMD was Vaclav Neumann, who in...
by John F
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 27
Views: 600

Re: Summer meet-up

From the Cafe Fiorello web site: BREAKFAST Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 11:30AM LUNCH Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 4:00PM DINNER Monday – Thursday: 4:00PM – 12:00AM Friday: 4:00pm – 12:30am Saturday: 3:00pm – 12:30am Sunday: 3:00pm – 11:00pm BRUNCH Saturday – Sunday: 9:00am – 3:00PM https://www.cafefiore...
by John F
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 27
Views: 600

Re: Summer meet-up

I don't remember the day but it was dinner at a normal time, 6 or 7 pm. There's no reason why a restaurant at Lincoln Center or elsewhere should be crowded at 3pm on a June Saturday. By then the matinee performances at Lincoln Center have long since started. As for brunch, according to the Fiorello ...
by John F
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Don G
Replies: 7
Views: 73

Re: Tonight's Met Don G

The Met went through a period of low standards in the early 1970s. Rudolf Bing retired and his successor, Goran Gentele, was killed in a car crash before taking office, leaving the Met in the hands of Gentele's number two, Schuyler Chapin. After four years Chapin was gone, things didn't get any bett...
by John F
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Don G
Replies: 7
Views: 73

Re: Tonight's Met Don G

The cast and conductor, other than Peter Mattei and Susanna Phillips, are way below the Met's standard. This is not just from the cast list but the NY Times review. No opera company can maintain a festival standard in every performance, but the Met should do better than this.
by John F
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 27
Views: 600

Re: Summer meet-up

The last time I ate at Fiorello's it was with a family group of 10 or more, at a normal meal time, and we were seated at one table. What their "greeter" told you can't be the restaurant's policy. But if they don't want our business, forget about it.
by John F
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wagner's "Ring" is louder than a jet engine
Replies: 4
Views: 201

Re: Wagner's "Ring" is louder than a jet engine

The loudest concerts I ever heard (since I don't go to rock concerts with their deafening amplification) was a Mahler 6th by the Boston Symphony with William Steinberg, and Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons. My ears actually hurt, physical...
by John F
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vale Jörg Demus
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: Vale Jörg Demus

I heard him once, as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's accompanist in a mixed Lieder recital (Vienna 1961, but knew his playing well from those Westminster recordings of the early 1950s.
by John F
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 27
Views: 600

Re: Summer meet-up

Great! Thanks for starting the ball rolling. Fridays aren't so good for me, as my shift at the library is on Fridays from 3:30 to 6pm, so I'd prefer a Saturday. As of now they're all available. Pomodoro Rosso is OK, but if it's Italian we want, the Cafe Fiorello opposite Lincoln Center is good, and ...
by John F
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Burning Fiery Furnace
Replies: 0
Views: 164

The Burning Fiery Furnace

I've come across the BBC telecast in 1968 of the original production, on YouTube: DYSYYupdvVo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYSYYupdvVo In July 1968 I saw "The Burning Fiery Furnace" and the other two parables for church performance in St. Paul's Cathedral, London. This was shortly after the premi...
by John F
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Lying with Science" (The Spectator)
Replies: 1
Views: 106

Re: "Lying with Science" (The Spectator)

By definition it's impossible to "lie with science," only with pseudoscience. Of course there are too many who don't know the difference...
by John F
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Breakout Star of the Met Opera’s ‘Ring’
Replies: 2
Views: 216

Re: The Breakout Star of the Met Opera’s ‘Ring’

Wieland Wagner, coaching George London in the role of Wotan, suggested he think of the ruler of the gods as a gangster. The point was to take Wotan's misdeeds as characteristic of him, whatever his feelings toward his own blood kin. However, Wieland Wagner did not put this conception of the role and...
by John F
Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Nature strikes back
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Nature strikes back

Rhino Poacher Killed by Elephant and Eaten by Lions, Officials Say By Christopher Mele April 7, 2019 A man suspected of being a rhino poacher was killed last week by an elephant and his remains devoured by a pride of lions at a South African park, officials said. Rangers at Kruger National Park and ...
by John F
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Andre Watts In Concert and Conversation
Replies: 7
Views: 387

Re: Andre Watts In Concert and Conversation

André Watts has dropped out of sight in recent years. He's had health problems since 2002 and is now teaching at Indiana University. But it's a comedown for an artist of his standing to play at Merkin Hall, a pocket-sized venue (450 seats) two blocks north of Lincoln Center, instead of Alice Tully o...
by John F
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New books about music
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: New books about music

I tend to overuse "but" myself, and revise when I catch myself at it. There are always alternatives worth mentioning.
by John F
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karina Canellakis to Detroit???
Replies: 7
Views: 360

Re: Karina Canellakis to Detroit???

However good her performances may have been, there's a lot more to being music director of an American orchestra than making music. Especially in Detroit. The orchestra's board recognized that when they chose Leonard Slatkin as their most recent music director. A similar candidate would be David Rob...
by John F
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hungarian Opera Asks White Cast of ‘Porgy and Bess’ to Say They Are African-American
Replies: 7
Views: 364

Re: Hungarian Opera Asks White Cast of ‘Porgy and Bess’ to Say They Are African-American

The Hungarian State Opera will be touring to the U.S. in October, performing at Lincoln Center. No, they won't be bringing their "Porgy and Bess." The repertoire will be Erkel's "Bank Ban," Goldmark's "Queen of Sheba," and a double bill of Bartok's "Bluebeard's Castle" and János Vajda’s "Mario and t...
by John F
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New books about music
Replies: 3
Views: 255

New books about music

Mark Wigglesworth THE SILENT MUSICIAN: Why conducting matters 272pp. Faber. £14.99. Robert Philip THE CLASSICAL MUSIC LOVER’S COMPANION TO ORCHESTRAL MUSIC 968pp. Yale University Press. £35 (US $50). All the music-makers STEPHEN BROWN A trauma-etched memory: to start us off in rehearsing a Percy Gra...
by John F
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hungarian Opera Asks White Cast of ‘Porgy and Bess’ to Say They Are African-American
Replies: 7
Views: 364

Re: Hungarian Opera Asks White Cast of ‘Porgy and Bess’ to Say They Are African-American

"Porgy and Bess" has often been performed in other countries with no singers of color in the cast. But if the requirement applies to "dramatic productions" only, then concert performances and radio broadcasts wouldn't have to comply. And does the Gershwin estate really require that any dramatic prod...
by John F
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karina Canellakis to Detroit???
Replies: 7
Views: 360

Re: Karina Canellakis to Detroit???

The breach came in 2002 when Marin Alsop was appointed by the Bournemouth Symphony As usual, Lebrecht is not to be trusted to get the facts straight. His overview of women conductors is inconsistent and incoherent. From 1998 until 2002, Simone Young was chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Or...
by John F
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: De Blasio declares health emergency in Brooklyn; mandates measles vaccinations
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: De Blasio declares health emergency in Brooklyn; mandates measles vaccinations

Williamsburg has been gentrifying at a rapid pace. Rents are going up, restaurants and stores are opening, and accordingly the demographics are diversifying. It may be that nonetheless, the measles outbreak is entirely or mainly in the orthodox Jewish community, but that's not clear. The zip codes s...
by John F
Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New cd of Faure's Nocturnes
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: New cd of Faure's Nocturnes

I see that Testament has also reissued Thyssens-Valentin's recording of Mozart 23, which I mentioned above. The first movement only has been uploaded to YouTube. kmSrrFzLYNk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmSrrFzLYNk I'm reminded of the story about Artur Schnabel who was asked to make piano roll re...
by John F
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New cd of Faure's Nocturnes
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: New cd of Faure's Nocturnes

I have as much of Fauré's piano music as I need in recordings by Germaine Thyssens-Valentin, a sensitive pianist who also made a nice recording for Ducretet-Thomson of Mozart's concerto no. 23, the work with which she made her concert debut in 1910, age 8. I knew nothing about her, but looking her u...
by John F
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: De Blasio declares health emergency in Brooklyn; mandates measles vaccinations
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: De Blasio declares health emergency in Brooklyn; mandates measles vaccinations

The Center for Disease Control considers you protected from measles if you have written documentation showing at least one of the following: You received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n)— school-aged child (grades K-12) adult who will be in a setting that poses a high risk f...
by John F
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: High tech opera productions
Replies: 1
Views: 283

High tech opera productions

Opera and Tech: The Met Ring and Beyond Apr 2, 2019 David Patrick Stearns Something seismic might be changing in the opera world when the first discussion you hear about a production is the technology. Yes, singers and conductors matter as much as ever. But — let's face it — whether you love or loat...
by John F
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2130

Re: Janacek's operas

"mostly" in English means "not all the time"! :mrgreen: Again, to get the facts straight. If Janacek's operas or any operas were to be performed in ENgland at all, they were always (not just "mostly") done in English. However, Janacek's operas were also performed in many other countries and cities,...
by John F
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2130

Re: Janacek's operas

Here you go again. As I did originally write in my comments, the operas were " mostly " performed in English from the Czech. Only in England and maybe some of the commonwealth. In England after the war, all operas were sung in English, at Covent Garden as well as at Sadler's Wells and the English Na...
by John F
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt playing Chopin recording
Replies: 3
Views: 388

Re: Liszt playing Chopin recording

Years ago, one of the record review magazines - don't remember which one - produced a cylinder of Chopin playing his own music. Yes, that was on April 1 too.
by John F
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Clemenza Review
Replies: 2
Views: 396

Re: Met Clemenza Review

"Clemenza di Tito" was composed in a terrific hurry at the time Mozart was also composing "Die Zauberflöte." It's not as if he didn't want to do his best - this was his chance to impress the new emperor (and his wife) and maybe get a good position at court. But he had to take some short cuts. It's g...
by John F
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2130

Re: Janacek's operas

Fair enough! It's perhaps not of earth-shaking importance, but in matters of historical fact it's as well to get it right if we can. P.S. I'm at the library and have just come across Charles Susskind's "Janacek and Brod," about the relationship and collaboration between the composer and his biograph...
by John F
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of women composers
Replies: 12
Views: 1255

Re: Recordings of women composers

Perhaps the earliest woman in modern times to make an international career as a professional conductor was Antonia Brico, a contemporary of John Barbirolli who studied with Karl Muck and made her debut at 28 conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in 1930. She guest-conducted concerts with many of the wo...
by John F
Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2130

Re: Janacek's operas

As he said, projected surtitles and the ability of increasing numbers of singers to perform in the Czech language opened up Janacek's work to the wider world. Does this purported expert of yours know anything at all about operatic performance practice in the 20th century? Here we have another mista...
by John F
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2130

Re: Janacek's operas

German singing translations of Janacek operas were by Max Brod, Kafka's friend and executor, who was bilingual in Czech and German. I doubt anyone could have done it better. As for matching the accents of the Czech language in German or any other language, that's a counsel of perfection which in pri...
by John F
Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart Procrastinator
Replies: 3
Views: 467

Re: Mozart Procrastinator

I'm definitely a procrastinator when there's something important that has to be done. It's probably from fear of possibly screwing it up - though of course the chances of that are likely to increase as the amount of time decreases. Except perhaps if you're Mozart.
by John F
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2130

Re: Janacek's operas

I didn't want to put his name in only for him to Google it and find me writing about him!! That's the trouble with the internet. Without knowing who he is, I can't take your word for it that he's such an expert, especially since his reasons (as you cite them) for the previous neglect of Janacek's o...
by John F
Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2130

Re: Janacek's operas

the Professor meant that not having the operas performed in their own language was a significant reason for their languishing, compared to other great theatre composers. (He mentioned English because we were talking about Australia, in particular.) Also, I understand there were other issues - with ...
by John F
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2130

Re: Janacek's operas

For many years, outside Czechoslovakia Janacek's operas were performed in German when they were done at all. The Metropolitan Opera staged "Jenufa" in 1924-5 with Maria Jeritza in the title role, yet even with this star power they didn't revive the opera until 1974 (in English). I saw "Jenufa" in Nü...
by John F
Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2130

Re: Janacek's operas

"The Cunning Little Vixen" is a special favorite of mine too. I couldn't find a complete video on YouTube with English titles, but here's the opening - insects, squirrels, other forest creatures - as done at the Theatre du Chatelais conducted by Charles Mackerras. 6WmyPJy96Sk https://www.youtube.com...
by John F
Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2130

Re: Janacek's operas

"Jenufa" is Janacek's most performed and best known opera, and if you responded to that selection from "Kat'a Kabanova" I'm sure you will take to "Jenufa" even more. There are two versions, one as completed by Janacek and the other as revised by Karel Kovařovic to make it more accessible to the oper...
by John F
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Weighs In On Return of Met Ring
Replies: 23
Views: 2121

Re: Tommasini Weighs In On Return of Met Ring

From this interview article, it seems that at least two of the principal singers have positive things to say about the "machine." The Met’s ‘Ring Cycle’ Stars Explain How the ‘Machine’ Affects Their Singing By Mary von Aue 03/26/19 Christine Goerke admits she was nervous the first time she stepped o...
by John F
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of women composers
Replies: 12
Views: 1255

Re: Recordings of women composers

I know I am an entitled white male who is patriarchal, colonialist, heteronormative, elitist and am guilty of many other equally appalling failures, but I am not inclined to listen to music just because it is by a woman, or American or avant garde or any other identity-based composer. That is not t...
by John F
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of women composers
Replies: 12
Views: 1255

Re: Recordings of women composers

All those recordings and yet not one by Kaija Saariaho, arguably the greatest living woman composer. Her opera "L' Amour de loin" is available two versions, conducted by Esa Pekka Salonen and Kent Nagano. Of her shorter works, the earlier related vocal piece "Lonh" has been recorded by Dawn Upshaw. ...
by John F
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4023
Views: 723308

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

Yet another piece for Ida Rubinstein. I have one recording of it, Stravinsky's first (monaural), and believe I have listened to it at most once. Well, Rubinstein struck gold with Ravel's "Bolero," and "Le Martyre de Saint-Sebastien" is occasionally done, but if "Persephone" has been performed in New...