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by John F
Fri May 26, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boulez weighs in on most important modern works
Replies: 7
Views: 163

Re: Boulez weighs in on most important modern works

To me that sounds less like a reason than an excuse. 26 years of discussion with Jean Genet failed to produce more than "parts of a draft libretto"; that's not just on the back burner, it's hardly in the kitchen. As for "Waiting for Godot," it's a safe bet that neither Samuel Beckett nor his estate ...
by John F
Fri May 26, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jared Kushner runs Windows on a Mac & Elizabeth Spiers tells why
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: Jared Kushner runs Windows on a Mac & Elizabeth Spiers tells why

Lots of people have been running the Windows OS on Mac hardware since Apple made it possible with Boot Camp in 2006, responding to market demand. Kushner was far from alone. As this article in PC Mag online says: The allure, cachet, build quality, and beautiful industrial design of Apple's products ...
by John F
Fri May 26, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boulez weighs in on most important modern works
Replies: 7
Views: 163

Re: Boulez weighs in on most important modern works

Pipe dream is right. If Boulez had really wanted to compose an opera, finding a libretto would not have been so hard. Since the late 1960s any number of dramatically and musically viable operas have been composed on librettos by writers of all kinds. Messiaen's "Saint Francis of Assisi" and Saariaho...
by John F
Fri May 26, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What is wrong with this?
Replies: 8
Views: 87

Re: What is wrong with this?

Classical singers tend to go light on the consonants and lean on the vowels, whatever the language; vowels are where the tone is. Hans Hotter sang and taught that way; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau gave more value to the consonants but not nearly as much as in normal speech (or in pop singing). HUMwfTO-7...
by John F
Thu May 25, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What is wrong with this?
Replies: 8
Views: 87

Re: What is wrong with this?

Nice music - nothing wrong with it to my ears, if that's what you mean. But I wish I could make out the words. Partly it's the singer's mushy diction, no consonants, and partly it's the balance with the piano (which might be because of microphone placement, but the singer isn't projecting much).
by John F
Thu May 25, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Tannhaeuser from Munich
Replies: 10
Views: 147

Re: New Tannhaeuser from Munich

Woolfe says no better cast for "Tannhäuser" is possible today. Did he attend the Met's performances 18 months ago, with a strong cast and James Levine conducting the Met orchestra and chorus? I have to wonder what range of experience Woolfe brings to such a judgment. Of course Johan Botha is no long...
by John F
Wed May 24, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Tannhaeuser from Munich
Replies: 10
Views: 147

Re: New Tannhaeuser from Munich

No problem, I was just confused.
by John F
Wed May 24, 2017 3:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boulez weighs in on most important modern works
Replies: 7
Views: 163

Re: Boulez weighs on on most important modern works

Boulez's list is idiosyncratic, personal, as were most of his comments on music such as his comments in this list. He's not a music historian but a composer and conductor, and many of his choices relate to his own music and its esthetic and methods. He omits nearly all vocal music, even by composers...
by John F
Tue May 23, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Tannhaeuser from Munich
Replies: 10
Views: 147

Re: New Tannhaeuser from Munich

But you just said you didn't "go for" "the one for the Met some time ago." I don't understand.
by John F
Tue May 23, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Tannhaeuser from Munich
Replies: 10
Views: 147

Re: New Tannhaeuser from Munich

This trailer caught my eye--wonder how it compares with the one from the Met sometime ago which I didn't go for. That's Otto Schenk's production in his romantic-realist style, which you like. What's not to like about his "Tannhäuser"? Maybe it's Wagner's opera you have a problem with? As for Castel...
by John F
Mon May 22, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The circus: gone
Replies: 3
Views: 49

Re: The circus: gone

My two-year-old niece would disagree, and so do I. No point in arguing about it.
by John F
Mon May 22, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The circus: gone
Replies: 3
Views: 49

The circus: gone

After 146 Years, Ringling Brothers Circus Takes Its Final Bow By SARAH MASLIN NIR and NATE SCHWEBER MAY 21, 2017 UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The lights went up on the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus on Sunday evening to reveal 14 lions and tigers sitting in a circle, surrounding a man in a sparkl...
by John F
Sun May 21, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals
Replies: 15
Views: 351

Re: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals

. . . You can't blame them [sound archives, as at the Library of Congress] for "sitting on" their collections; that's what libraries are supposed to do . . . . Instead you should praise them devoting so much time, effort, and money to acquiring, preserving, and restoring these recordings, and makin...
by John F
Sun May 21, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals
Replies: 15
Views: 351

Re: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals

The MET has just released radio transcription tapes of its inaugural season (mono only) from 1966-7 on CD, so there is potential income from such recordings, as there has been for many of Stokowski's and Toscanini's live performances issued on CD. It's not a huge market, but it's there. Sure, no qu...
by John F
Sun May 21, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals
Replies: 15
Views: 351

Re: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals

The MET has just released radio transcription tapes of its inaugural season (mono only) from 1966-7 on CD, so there is potential income from such recordings, as there has been for many of Stokowski's and Toscanini's live performances issued on CD. It's not a huge market, but it's there. Sure, no qu...
by John F
Sun May 21, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals
Replies: 15
Views: 351

Re: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals

They aren't really being cheated out of anything they would otherwise receive, as they've already been paid by the audience attending the concert.... I disagree. They are being deprived of the potential income from the recording of the concert. Of course, from the (selfish) viewpoint of the concert...
by John F
Sat May 20, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals
Replies: 15
Views: 351

Re: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals

Legalisms aside, and of course they're important, I find myself more and more in favor of informally recording as many live performances as possible, with or without the knowledge of the performers and presenters. They aren't really being cheated out of anything they would otherwise receive, as they...
by John F
Sat May 20, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Albee's "Three Tall Women" coming to Broadway
Replies: 1
Views: 68

Albee's "Three Tall Women" coming to Broadway

After Harold Pinter's death, Edward Albee appeared to many (including me) as the most important playwright writing in English. Since he died last year, I don't believe he has a successor. "Three Tall Women," for me one of his finest plays, did have a pretty long run in New York at the off-Broadway P...
by John F
Sat May 20, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Seeking Advice After Cyberattack News
Replies: 9
Views: 391

Re: Seeking Advice After Cyberattack News

Thanks for correcting me (and the NY Times's advice, at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/technology/personaltech/heres-how-to-protect-yourself-from-ransomware-attacks.html) and giving advice from your experience. Here's a follow-up story: Victims Call Hackers’ Bluff as Ransomware Deadline Nears By...
by John F
Sat May 20, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals
Replies: 15
Views: 351

Re: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals

Actually, I think the piece is interesting and pretty sensible. Thanks for posting it. We all know that when we "multitask," our minds are divided and we don't, can't, give our full attention to any of the tasks. That's why using a mobile phone while driving is illegal in many places, and why I neve...
by John F
Sat May 20, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208707

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

Thomas Jensen's Nielsen is the most exciting on records. He had it from the source: studied music theory under the composer, played cello in the premieres of the 4th and 5th symphonies, attended Nielsen's rehearsals. The Wikipedia article about him says "Nielsen's daughters held that Jensen was the ...
by John F
Sat May 20, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera: Passion, Power and Politics Exhibit at V & A
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Opera: Passion, Power and Politics Exhibit at V & A

I mentioned this to one of the library's exhibitions people, who didn't know about the V&A exhibition, and she appeared interested. The museum's web site includes quite a few of the exhibition's materials, and for several reasons it doesn't look like the kind of show we do, though it might provide r...
by John F
Sat May 20, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two ways to view Maria Callas: Singer/Actress
Replies: 2
Views: 113

Re: Two ways to view Maria Callas: Singer/Actress

For me, operatic singing and classical singing generally has never been a beauty contest, whether of the voice's sound or the singer's looks. maestrob has it exactly right: it's about the meaningfulness of the singing, not just the notes but the words and the character who utters them. Sure, a beaut...
by John F
Fri May 19, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera: Passion, Power and Politics Exhibit at V & A
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Opera: Passion, Power and Politics Exhibit at V & A

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is collaborating with the Victoria and Albert Museum on its current exhibition, "Curtain Up," featuring award-winning theatre on Broadway and in London's West End. (Highly recommended, by the way.) So it's possible that the V & A's opera exhibition...
by John F
Thu May 18, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE STING
Replies: 12
Views: 624

Re: THE STING

As jbuck919 says, how Joplin wanted his music played has no bearing on the kind of music it is. Besides, much classical piano music was usually performed with liberties and embellishments up to and including Joplin's time. "Treemonisha," which frankly I don't think much of, doesn't prove that Joplin...
by John F
Thu May 18, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208707

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

For me, the landmark recordings of Nielsen 4 are conducted by two Danes, Launy Grøndahl on HMV and Thomas Jensen in a ferocious broadcast performance on Danacord. 2N6xc6K1NVA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N6xc6K1NVA Jensen's recording of the 5th for Decca is at least the equal of Bernstein's, tho...
by John F
Thu May 18, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Impact Of The Man From Votkinsk
Replies: 1
Views: 87

Re: The Impact Of The Man From Votkinsk

What makes Prokofiev's first symphony "classical" is not its resemblance (or not) to Haydn's style, though Prokofiev is known to have had that in mind, but its adoption in 1917, four years after "The Rite of Spring," of characteristic 18th century forms and functional harmony. Also the symphony's wi...
by John F
Thu May 18, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cambridge students rated famous poets lower than the unknown ones in a blind test
Replies: 8
Views: 700

Re: Cambridge students rated famous poets lower than the unknown ones in a blind test

You disdain warriors? There have been many more warriors in Cambridge in those days than today. This may explain higher ratings. Where did you get that idea? I don't "disdain warriors," I served in the U.S. Army for four years, all of them overseas. As for the undergraduate population at Cambridge ...
by John F
Thu May 18, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is CMG Acting A Little Erratic
Replies: 5
Views: 173

Re: Is CMG Acting A Little Erratic

Such things happen now and then, but only briefly and for other reasons such as a server problem. There's a lot wrong with the new forum software, but a stall when you want to post a message is too infrequent to be a software problem.
by John F
Thu May 18, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE STING
Replies: 12
Views: 624

Re: THE STING

Come on, guys. Scott Joplin's rags are pop music, as they were when he wrote them, and while their fans might like to promote them to the more prestigious category of classical music, no dice.That they are sometimes played and orchestrated by classical musicians doesn't signify, any more than that B...
by John F
Thu May 18, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rolando Villazon - versatile
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Rolando Villazon - versatile

Operatic tenor, novelist, clown (yes, really), that's him. The weekly program "Euromaxx" has a segment on him this week, on the publication of his second novel. That isn't yet online, but a few years ago the same program visited Villazon, with this result)👍 DMgVMJpm9EE https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
by John F
Wed May 17, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Seeking Advice After Cyberattack News
Replies: 9
Views: 391

Re: Seeking Advice After Cyberattack News

These elaborate suggestions, though certainly well informed, appear to be needless. Just guard against dangerous email, keep your Windows and anti-malware software updated, and back up your files. And of course keep an eye on the news for further developments. Looks like it's definitive that this ma...
by John F
Wed May 17, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Curse Of Tone Deafness
Replies: 10
Views: 373

Re: The Curse Of Tone Deafness

I guess this is the definitive word about the pope: http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2013/can-t-chant-can-t-speak-english-pope-says-it-s-because-he-s-tone-deaf.cfm As for sainthood, if it means that God has received the departed into the company of His saints, canonization by mortals...
by John F
Tue May 16, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE STING
Replies: 12
Views: 624

Re: THE STING

Never saw the movie. I've heard "The Entertainer" and other music by Joplin - it's pop music, nothing to do with Classical Music Chatterbox. As for your "personal" question, this from Wikipedia's article about Joplin: "Jazz bands and recording artists such as Tommy Dorsey in 1936, Jelly Roll Morton ...
by John F
Tue May 16, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208707

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

LSAmadeus wrote:
Mon May 15, 2017 6:38 pm
Never really heard any Nielsen before!
Nielsen's greatest symphony and I'd say his greatest work is the 5th. You can hear it for free on YouTube in Leonard Bernstein's terrific recording:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUf67ycFhsU

The clarinetist is Stanley Drucker.
by John F
Tue May 16, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gardeners Cancel OSO open seating for The Secret Gardener
Replies: 4
Views: 229

Re: Gardeners Cancel OSO open seating for The Secret Gardener

That's "La finta giardiniera," composed in 1775, though most likely they use the version of 1780 when Mozart rewrote it with a German libretto and spoken dialogue, "Die Gärtnerin aus Liebe." Mozart recycled the overture as the first two movements of a symphony in D major, K. 207a.
by John F
Tue May 16, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: List of composer biographers
Replies: 3
Views: 154

Re: List of composer biographers

I haven't seen such a list. Here are some well-researched, well-written biographies that refrain from psychoanalytic speculation and such, sticking to the facts and the composers' social and musical milieu. There is no one-volume biography of Mozart that stands out. Gutman sometimes gets the facts w...
by John F
Mon May 15, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Seeking Advice After Cyberattack News
Replies: 9
Views: 391

Re: Seeking Advice After Cyberattack News

According to the news story, there's a security patch for all versions of Windows, and all Windows users should make sure their version is fully updated. Exception: Windows 10 is apparently not vulnerable. I suppose there are people out there who avoid installing Microsoft's updates, just as there a...
by John F
Sun May 14, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Comey Is Fired by Trump
Replies: 34
Views: 1665

Re: Comey Is Fired by Trump

Does Trump ever do anything else? But since the FBI is under the jurisdiction of the Dept of Justice, Sessions may have some suggestions. Another of nature's noblemen.
by John F
Sun May 14, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Teachers and their influence
Replies: 1
Views: 200

Teachers and their influence

This is the first piece I've read by this writer that's really worth reading, maybe because it grows partly out of her own experience. Incidentally, another great teacher also encouraged his students to go to museums and acquire a broader perspective, indeed taking them there himself. He was Heinric...
by John F
Sun May 14, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 735

Re: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017

Yes, the 1952 "Waldstein" is extraordinary - the best I know too.
by John F
Sat May 13, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's programs May 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Re: Lance's programs May 2017

Will you play one of the songs from Musorgsky's "Nursery"? Christoff sings the whole cycle falsetto, as a soprano, in his set of the complete Musorgsky songs. Admittedly a terrible idea, though the child as a basso profondo is just as bad if not worse; he shouldn't have included the cycle at all. Bu...
by John F
Sat May 13, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 735

Re: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017

Thanks for posting all the details. I have most of Serkin's previously published recordings on LP, but there's unpublished material here too, such as the Chopin Preludes mentioned earlier. Also a few recordings in which Serkin isn't the pianist...
by John F
Fri May 12, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Juilliard names new director
Replies: 1
Views: 165

Re: Juilliard names new director

Thanks for posting this. Woetzel does have extensive and varied administrative experience. What he lacks is experience in academic administration. The same was true of William Schuman, president of Juilliard from 1945 to 1961 when he left to become president of the yet-to-be-opened Lincoln Center. W...
by John F
Thu May 11, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Questions If We Want Yannick Nézet-Séguin To Do It All
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Tommasini Questions If We Want Yannick Nézet-Séguin To Do It All

The year before his appointment at the Met was announced, Nezet-Seguin's contract with his Montreal orchestra was extended to the 2020-1 season. That's also his first full season as the Met's music director, so it's sure to be his last in Montreal except perhaps as a guest.
by John F
Thu May 11, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Questions If We Want Yannick Nézet-Séguin To Do It All
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Tommasini Questions If We Want Yannick Nézet-Séguin To Do It All

You're slipping, Lenny: His busy recent performance schedule is a little concerning — not because he can’t handle it physically, but because his full plate may be related to a lack of clarity in artistic thinking. Photo The mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra on Tues...
by John F
Thu May 11, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Comey Is Fired by Trump
Replies: 34
Views: 1665

Re: Comey Is Fired by Trump

As I said, and as this story indicates, replacing the man at the top of the FBI will not “consolidate control of the F.B.I.”, whose career officers and staff will undoubtedly pursue their current investigations as before, if anything more intensively. These people's institutional and personal pride ...
by John F
Wed May 10, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Comey Is Fired by Trump
Replies: 34
Views: 1665

Re: Comey Is Fired by Trump

Just because Trump did it, for whatever reason and whatever the timing, doesn't make it the wrong thing to do. Comey hasn't personally been conducting this investigation, it's the FBI's career officers and operatives, and they will continue with the same methods and diligence unless the new FBI chie...
by John F
Wed May 10, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mozart kitchen timer
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Mozart kitchen timer

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/05/10/dining/10BURNER-TIMER/10BURNER-TIMER-master768.jpg A Mozart Melody for the Master Chef By FLORENCE FABRICANT MAY 8, 2017 Banish the insistent oven buzz. A new cooking timer alerts the cook when the cake is done with a few bars of Mozart. The gadget, topped...
by John F
Wed May 10, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Comey Is Fired by Trump
Replies: 34
Views: 1665

Re: Comey Is Fired by Trump

Long overdue. Comey's bull-in-a-china-shop handling of politically charged investigations unquestionably harmed Hillary Clinton and therefore helped Donald Trump in last year's election. My only complaint is that Trump is sure to appoint somebody even worse.