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by John F
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The audio engineer for the Met broadcasts
Replies: 0
Views: 4

The audio engineer for the Met broadcasts

This is why you don't hear in the broadcasts and HD theatre shows just what you hear in the Met auditorium - why it can sound more like a recording than a live event. If He Does This Met Opera Job Well, You’ll Never Know He ExistsJoshua Barone By Joshua Barone Sept. 25, 2018 David Frost’s hands neve...
by John F
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arthur Mitchell RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 128

Re: Arthur Mitchell RIP

This piece, by the great dancer Allegra Kent, is one of the finest about Stravinsky's "Agon" and ballet choreography and dancing in general that I've read for a long time. My Surprising Duet With Arthur Mitchell in Cold War Moscow By Allegra Kent Sept. 25, 2018 One of my most vivid memories of Arthu...
by John F
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grand opera in America - no future?
Replies: 7
Views: 82

Re: Grand opera in America - no future?

the problem is not opera per se , but rather the failure to sufficiently value, and teach about, all the arts in a USA that views art appreciation,education, and support as antithetical to egalitarian " principles" Many Americans, including me, received and needed no arts education in order to valu...
by John F
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grand opera in America - no future?
Replies: 7
Views: 82

Re: Grand opera in America - no future?

If it's any slight comfort, it is not a problem entirely unique to the United States. At a much lesser rate, European countries have been defunding important arts groups. There was once a unique and I was told wondrous company called the Frankfurt Ballet, which simply ceased to exist when Germany w...
by John F
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grand opera in America - no future?
Replies: 7
Views: 82

Grand opera in America - no future?

The Fat Lady Is Singing Is American opera in terminal condition? Terry Teachout Sept. 17, 2018 Fifty years ago, New York was home to a pair of world-famous opera companies. Respectively headquartered kitty-corner from each other in the brand-new Lincoln Center campus, the Metropolitan Opera and the ...
by John F
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw
Replies: 11
Views: 117

Re: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw

Rape of Lucretia is perfectly awful on its own terms, Gloriana is an obvious vehicle for Pears whom I heard sing parts of it in college,and Peter Grimes is clearly about a man who loved boys. "Peter Grimes, I here advise you, do not get another boy apprentice." Nonetheless, these are all Britten op...
by John F
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw
Replies: 11
Views: 117

Re: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw

Not so "Peter Grimes," "The Rape of Lucretia," "Gloriana," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Noyes Fludde," "Owen Wingrave" (which is about pacifism, not sexuality), and the three parables for church performance, for starters. And in those whose themes directly or obliquely relate to homosexuality, that...
by John F
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met Is Creating New Operas (Including Its First by Women)
Replies: 2
Views: 32

Re: The Met Is Creating New Operas (Including Its First by Women)

So Nézet-Séguin is developing an agenda after all, if those ideas are his and not just Peter Gelb's. But I'm doubtful. If those novels are "beloved" by some, they're unheard-of by me; the adjective sounds like hype. And any operas the Met puts on only in theatres other than its own will necessarily ...
by John F
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw
Replies: 11
Views: 117

Re: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw

It's smaller-scale than "Grimes" and "Budd," and a bit less melodically appealing; kind of like "The Rape of Lucretia," which I believe you've seen. But it's one of Britten's more popular operas.
by John F
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 10
Views: 323

Re: Getting a new computer

You've probably seen that I posted the same query in Forumania's Tech Sector forum. Dale Shields, who was in CompuServe's Windows User Group forum for decades, is one who has answered. His and jserraglio's comments and suggestions have pretty much sorted out what my options are and which ones matter...
by John F
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 10
Views: 323

Re: Getting a new computer

Thanks again. Looks like either computer should have plenty of what I need right out of the box - but I'm still open to suggestions from anyone here who wants to make one. Talking about ancient history, back in 1985 I became a pioneer, in my family anyway, buying an IBM PC and a daisy-wheel printer....
by John F
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 10
Views: 323

Re: Getting a new computer

I was thinking of that, but am undecided. Both computers come with 12gb of RAM, which would seem plenty for the software I use (all 32 bit except Win10 which is 64 bit) and how I use it - Firefox is my only memory hog, taking up to 600k when I have several web pages in tabs as I do now - but RAM is ...
by John F
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 10
Views: 323

Re: Getting a new computer

Thanks for your comments - they are helpful. Anybody else want to share their experiences and opinions? Since you say you'll be buying a new computer this fall, I'll mention the models I've narrowed down to. Hewlett Packard Pavilion 590-p0055qe with 1tb hard drive and 16gb solid state, priced at $70...
by John F
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 10
Views: 323

Getting a new computer

After 12 years with my Dell desktop and Windows XP, I'm finally moving on. As long as my computer and Windows did what I needed, I had no reason to upgrade. But now YouTube clips are being formatted with HTML5 rather than Adobe Flash, and that's incompatible with WinXP and the version of Firefox tha...
by John F
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: London bookstore news
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: London bookstore news

Yes, Blackwell's is amazing, isn't it? Or it was before Amazon, I don't know how they're doing now. Like jbuck919 I went to Oxford on business, visiting a Norton author - Richard Ellmann, whose modern poetry anthology I was editing. (Sure, I'm dropping names; if you've got 'em why not drop 'em? :) )...
by John F
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould as a hologram
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Glenn Gould as a hologram

This is really spooky. Classical Pianist Glenn Gould Is the Next Artist Prepping for Posthumous Hologram Tour 9/20/2018 by Karen Bliss The late Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould is the latest artist to be brought back to life and sent to work as a hologram. Eyellusion, the hologram entertainmen...
by John F
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Upcoming Opening Preparations At The Met
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: Upcoming Opening Preparations At The Met

Callas, too, sang both Lucia and Aida, and Mirella Freni moved from the lyric to the spinto repertoire without shortening her career. I wouldn't worry about Netrebko. If she finds the run of Aidas too much for her, I expect she won't do it again.
by John F
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Szeryng live Brahms VC
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: Szeryng live Brahms VC

The following year I went to a concert in Frankfurt in which Szering played the Bach E major, Beethoven, and Brahms concertos, one after another, with the Antwerp Philharmonic conducted by Eduard Flipse. Of course I enjoyed it, who wouldn't? But it made no great impression on me, nor have Szering's ...
by John F
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A rare Christian Ferras (violin) DGG CD!
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: A rare Christian Ferras (violin) DGG CD!

There are quite a few violinists that others esteem highly but I don't much care for. The most famous is Jascha Heifetz. it's not that he's unmusical, his many chamber music recordings show otherwise and he was Toscanini's preferred soloist in concertos, but I don't find his playing very interesting...
by John F
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A rare Christian Ferras (violin) DGG CD!
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: A rare Christian Ferras (violin) DGG CD!

What is it, encore pieces? I was never a particular fan of Christian Ferras, but I guess Herbert von Karajan was, if their recordings of standard repertoire are representative. Then Karajan discovered the teen-aged Anne-Sophie Mutter and appears to have dropped Ferras. Maybe that contributed to his ...
by John F
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arthur Mitchell RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 128

Arthur Mitchell RIP

Arthur Mitchell, ‘Jackie Robinson’ of the ballet profession, dies at 84 By Sarah Halzack September 19 Arthur Mitchell, who paved the way for other minority dancers by becoming one of the first black dancers to join a major ballet company and who helped start the acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem, di...
by John F
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 452

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

There are plenty of false and dropped notes in recordings made at 78rpm before 1949, when editing was impossible. If the performance is inspired, incidental imperfections don't bother me.
by John F
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring
Replies: 8
Views: 212

Re: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring

Many of the Met's company and world premieres during the last 20 years happened because of James Levine's interests and prestige. No other conductor could have gotten the Met to put on Schoenberg's "Moses und Aron," and perhaps few would have wanted to. Other world and company premieres that we owe ...
by John F
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 452

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

OK, now I get it. The last movement is full of tempo changes and you really can't blame me for failing to guess what (presumably) unmarked tempo change you were referring to. I've listened again to the Bayreuth 1951 recording that EMI published, which is probably the one you're criticizing. (There a...
by John F
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remembering Birgit Nilsson
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Re: Remembering Birgit Nilsson

all Metropolitan Opera performances are backed up. (I can't recall the technical word for it.) All the solo roles are "covered," and the singers who are standing by are the "covers." In 1941 Astrid Varnay was the cover for Lotte Lehmann in "Die Walkure" and when Lehmann fell ill, Varnay made her Me...
by John F
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 452

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

If that's not what you meant by "One does not properly conduct the last movement of the Ninth with an accelerando," I wish you would explain what you do mean. After all, it's you who brought up the issue of eccentricity in the first place. Of course if you choose not to, there's nothing I can do abo...
by John F
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two NY Phil players dismissed for unspecified misconduct
Replies: 6
Views: 238

Two NY Phil players dismissed for unspecified misconduct

Both are still listed on the Philharmonic's web site, but presumably they will be replaced for now by their sections' associates. New York Philharmonic Dismisses 2 Players for Unspecified Misconduct By Michael Cooper Sept. 16, 2018 The New York Philharmonic said Sunday that it had decided to fire tw...
by John F
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Content ID work for classical music?
Replies: 10
Views: 491

Re: Does Content ID work for classical music?

At last! Sorry, Sony Music, you don’t own the rights to Bach’s music on Facebook Public shaming forces publisher to abandon ridiculous claim to classical music. Timothy B. Lee 9/14/2018 Sony Music Entertainment has been forced to abandon its claim that it owned 47 seconds of video of musician James ...
by John F
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring
Replies: 8
Views: 212

Re: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring

You may be right about "Julietta" at the Met, but when I saw it at the English National Opera in 1978, sung in English and conducted by Charles Mackerras, the 2,200-seat Coliseum was pretty much full; at least the attendance didn't prevent the ENO from mounting a second production in 2012. In the ol...
by John F
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 452

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

It's Traumerei without the umlaut, but more to the point, Furtwängler was eccentric. One does not properly conduct the last movement of the Ninth with an accelerando. None of Furtwangler's performances accelerates in the last movement's coda. What actually happens is in the score. Beethoven marks t...
by John F
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 452

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

In the U.S. Horowitz used to be called eccentric at a time when any freedom of interpretation was looked down on as a departure from the musical text and therefore verboten. Others of that kind included Wilhelm Furtwängler. During the 1940s, when this aesthetic was at its peak, Horowitz submitted hi...
by John F
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring
Replies: 8
Views: 212

Re: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring

I see that Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra will do Martinu's "Julieta" in concert this season. Maybe they'll produce it at Bard College on the stage, but this mysteriously beautiful opera, especially the second act, deserves to be heard even if it isn't seen.
by John F
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andsnes plays, conducts Mozart PC's live
Replies: 4
Views: 199

Re: Andsnes plays, conducts Mozart PC's live

I have zero interest in the Holberg Suite, so to get past it is already a chore. Not really. Rach3 has already done most of the work for you; just click on the time bar in the player at 22:00. there is no such thing as a superior performance of a Mozart concerto Which amounts to saying that no perf...
by John F
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A First for the Met
Replies: 1
Views: 127

Re: A First for the Met

The Vienna State Opera performs operas and ballets on Sundays and has done for a long time, maybe forever. (As the article says, other opera companies do too.) Today at 6pm local time it will be "La Traviata," ending at about 8:30 with only one intermission. https://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/en/seaso...
by John F
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remembering Birgit Nilsson
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Re: Remembering Birgit Nilsson

Since I did hear both Nilsson and Schwarzkopf live - and neither disappointed, to the contrary - my wish list goes further back. Flagstad of course, but I know her well from many recordings. Most of all Frida Leider, who was just too early to be recorded in a complete opera, in the studio or live. Y...
by John F
Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYC Conductors
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Re: NYC Conductors

The Philharmonic should be the greatest orchestra in the world, but it is not. There are so many different ways to judge an orchestra's qualities that I don't think you'd find much agreement on which is the world's greatest and why. The New York Philharmonic is a virtuoso ensemble, for sure; it can...
by John F
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 5 Names to Look for this Season
Replies: 6
Views: 213

Re: 5 Names to Look for this Season

an opera based on Marnie? As jserraglio says, it's been done before - by Muhly himself; cf. last season's "The Exterminating Angel," based on Buñuel's film. And anyway, I read somewhere that Muhly's opera is based on Winston Graham's novel, not the Hitchcock movie. His first opera, by the way, is b...
by John F
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barnes & Noble suggestions
Replies: 2
Views: 162

Barnes & Noble suggestions

Just got an email from B&N that says: John, if you liked Mozart in Vienna: The Final Decade, our expert booksellers recommend these top titles in the Music category The titles: Just Kids Illustrated Edition Led Zeppelin, by Led Zeppelin Beastie Boys Book My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on...
by John F
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYC Conductors
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Re: NYC Conductors

maestrob, I think we agree on who the first-raters have been. At the New York Philharmonic they were, first and foremost, Toscanini and Bernstein. If you believe that Nezet-Seguin or van Zweden is on that level, then as I've said before, our standards are profoundly different. If you don't believe t...
by John F
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYC Conductors
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Re: NYC Conductors

Maybe you're right - I hope so. But for me, both conductors are at best of the second rank, as Alan Gilbert was before them. And if neither has an agenda for his tenure, or at least some major projects, they're lacking in what one of our presidents called "the vision thing," which Gilbert certainly ...
by John F
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Content ID work for classical music?
Replies: 10
Views: 491

Re: Does Content ID work for classical music?

The European parliament has passed the law referred to in Beckmesser's first post. The following explains what's in it and what effect it may have inside the European Union. Its effect elsewhere, if any, is not discussed but the possibility is mentioned briefly in the last paragraph. Everything You ...
by John F
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Analyzes New Wave Festival BAM
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: NYTimes Analyzes New Wave Festival BAM

If you're looking for opera, Next Wave's offerings are more interesting than City Opera's. I might go to see Turnage's "Greek," which was well received when performed in the UK, and then there's "Satyagraha." And some not mentioned in the NY Times article. For a complete Next Wave listing, see here:...
by John F
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYC Conductors
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Re: NYC Conductors

Considering that James Levine was the Met's first music director in its long history, there has never before been the opportunity for both orchestras to change music directors at the same time. So of course it's a first. But so what? As for "the potential to transform the city’s music scene," the po...
by John F
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another centennial in 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: Another centennial in 2018

True, church acoustics are often a problem when performing music not composed with the long reverberations in mind. In his first season with the New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur conducted Britten's War Requiem for his first Memorial Day free concert, in St. John the Divine. From where I sat, much o...
by John F
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another centennial in 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: Another centennial in 2018

How so?
by John F
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Middle Stone Age Abstract Drawing Discovered in South African Cave
Replies: 7
Views: 285

Re: Middle Stone Age Abstract Drawing Discovered in South African Cave

Animal 'art' is not what these guys are investigating but rather a symbolic drawing on a demonstrably human artifact. Human beings are animals; all art is animal art. Anyway, my point is that to call anything "abstract drawing" or "abstract art" when one doesn't know what made it or why, may be lea...
by John F
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another centennial in 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Another centennial in 2018

First Leonard Bernstein, then Jerome Robbins, and now the Manhattan School of Music, which was founded in 1918. Join us Friday, September 28th, as Manhattan School of Music kicks off its Centennial Season with a four-concert, one-day festival showcasing the full range of music-making at MSM. The day...
by John F
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Middle Stone Age Abstract Drawing Discovered in South African Cave
Replies: 7
Views: 285

Re: Middle Stone Age Abstract Drawing Discovered in South African Cave

They cannot say with certainty what the purpose of the drawing was and whether it was mere doodling or if it held some greater meaning. That's the point. Even if the artefact was made on purpose, unless we have a good idea what that purpose was, it's a stretch to call it an "abstract drawing." Mode...
by John F
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls
Replies: 15
Views: 436

Re: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls

the FCC has no way of enforcing this against people from overseas who've infiltrated our telecom network with robocalls It's also extremely rare. I saw a panel about unsolicited phone calls on C-Span in which the FBI's representative said most robocallers are too fast-moving for them, changing not ...
by John F
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 587

Re: In defense of libraries

as a student who went to three different public schools during different times in my childhood (my family moved quite a bit within NY), I can say that the local public library (in all three instances) served as a place where students could study and socialize after school. That rings a bell. My hig...