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by John F
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt on Beethoven
Replies: 7
Views: 70

Re: Liszt on Beethoven

Living Stradivarius wrote:Liszt, as we know, created some variations on Paganini's solo violin works.
And so did Brahms, of course; both composers called them etudes or studies. Liszt heard Paganini play but I don't know if he wrote anything about it - maybe I can find out this afternoon.
by John F
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 477
Views: 115444

Re: What I listened to today

Belle wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:55 pm
This morning Demidenko playing Bach/Busoni transcriptions. Way, way too much pedal!!
No Szymanowski? No Penderecki?
by John F
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joshua Bell plays Saint-Saens VC # 3 at Proms
Replies: 13
Views: 92

Re: Joshua Bell plays Saint-Saens VC # 3 at Proms

Neither the Wikipedia article nor I say that Saint-Saëns was the greatest anything of all time. He was neither uniquely prodigious, if by that you mean a prodigy like Mozart or Mendelssohn (or Josef Hofmann, public concert debut at age 5), nor remarkably brilliant, if by that you mean possessing spe...
by John F
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joshua Bell plays Saint-Saens VC # 3 at Proms
Replies: 13
Views: 92

Re: Joshua Bell plays Saint-Saens VC # 3 at Proms

As most of you probably know, CSS was the most brilliant and prodigious composer of all time I don't know that, and though you don't appear to be joking, it's a joke. In high school I went on a Saint-Saëns binge, stimulated by the Symphony No. 3 which was constantly played on the FM "Good Music" st...
by John F
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt on Beethoven
Replies: 7
Views: 70

Re: Liszt on Beethoven

Brahms had a high opinion of "Die Meistersinger," ranking it with "The Marriage of Figaro," and he also thought well of "Der fliegende Holländer." Makes sense - these are Wagner's most conservative mature operas. He helped copy the orchestral parts of "Die Meistersinger" for a concert in Vienna and ...
by John F
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt on Beethoven
Replies: 7
Views: 70

Re: Liszt on Beethoven

Interesting. Liszt's insight corresponds with Charles Rosen's, that up to a point Beethoven's early works are imitations of the classical style as in Mozart and Haydn, but then develop and extend the classical style in original ways.
by John F
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford's Beethoven piano sonatas
Replies: 7
Views: 89

Re: Bruce Hungerford's Beethoven piano sonatas

I gather, then, that Hungerford never performed the sonata cycle in public. If so, then it was daring of him (and Vanguard) to undertake it on records.
by John F
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...
Replies: 20
Views: 215

Re: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...

Nor the French u, as in "Zut alors!"
by John F
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”
Replies: 15
Views: 230

Re: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”

I've heard about half of maestrob's list of current performers and they're good, but great? Not for me. Like I said, very different standards and criteria. I'm not saying mine are better (whatever I may believe :) ), only that they're mine. Fortunately it isn't necessary to live in the past to hear ...
by John F
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘The Bassarids’ an Operatic Masterpiece, or ‘Strauss Turned Sour’?
Replies: 3
Views: 51

Re: Is ‘The Bassarids’ an Operatic Masterpiece, or ‘Strauss Turned Sour’?

They also came to Carnegie Hall for a concert performance but unfortunately I missed it.
by John F
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘The Bassarids’ an Operatic Masterpiece, or ‘Strauss Turned Sour’?
Replies: 3
Views: 51

Re: Is ‘The Bassarids’ an Operatic Masterpiece, or ‘Strauss Turned Sour’?

I haven't heard "The Bassarids," but from what I've heard about it, Henze's music shouldn't have been that much of a surprise in 1966, at least not to those who knew "Der junge Lord" (1965). At that time Henze's style was quite approachable, not wholly tonal but nearly so, and he had a lively sense ...
by John F
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...
Replies: 20
Views: 215

Re: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...

German: ei as in stein is pronounced as STINE ie (as in Lieder) pronounced as LEEDER So Dinnerstein should technically be pronounced as DinnerSTINE but I suppose you can say your name any way you want. Simone Dinnerstein is not German, she's American and was born in New York. And there's no such Ge...
by John F
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...
Replies: 20
Views: 215

Re: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...

Any thoughts on this as to the proper determination? For people's names, the correct pronunciation is how the person him/herself pronounced it. James Levine preferred his last name to be pronounced "Levine," while Joseph Levine preferred "Leveen." My Vienna-born boss at Lincoln Center always pronou...
by John F
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kars 4 Kids - what?
Replies: 7
Views: 112

Re: Kars 4 Kids - what?

Again, say what?
by John F
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Relevance in the arts
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Relevance in the arts

thank goodness Gelb cancelled the “La Forza del Destino,” which was to have been the debut of provocative Spanish director Calixto Bieito. Well, there you are. Gelb signed that production for the Met, and the reason given for cancelling it was not that it was going to be trash - he knew that when h...
by John F
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: Penderecki

Back in the 1960s I saw Penderecki's opera "The Devils of Loudun" in Hamburg, a fiercely dissonant work that makes Prokofiev's "Fiery Angel" on a similar theme sound like Puccini. But when Anne-Sophie Mutter played his second violin concerto here in the '90s (it's dedicated to her), I was really sur...
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”
Replies: 15
Views: 230

Re: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”

While it's totally right and proper to revere and collect those great soloists and conductors that introduced us to great music, I also enjoy being on the lookout for artists of similar depth and flair among today's crowd of great performers. Who are they? Who are the Toscaninis and Sviatoslav Rich...
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Relevance in the arts
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Relevance in the arts

In Europe, governments fund the arts a great deal more than ours does, and look at the constant flow of nonsense Eurotrash opera productions as a result. Depending on private funding means that the MET (for example) must offer what pleases the public more than European companies that are freer to "...
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3906
Views: 466664

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

I looked around and yes, the Quintessence release is the 1950s Talich recording instead of the earlier versions on 78s. My own copy is on the low-priced Parliament label, and no doubt Quintessence did better with the recorded sound. Worth another listen if you can find it.
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 1141

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

I know that, but I wasn't quoting Congreve, I was quoting the woman violinist in the TV show when face to face with a number of pacified wild beasts..
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Brendel's new book
Replies: 1
Views: 99

Alfred Brendel's new book

Actually, "Music, Sense and Nonsense" is not exactly new; the hardcover edition appeared in 2016, and it's mostly a republication of prose writings that have appeared in his previous books. But according to the following review of the new paperback edition by Nicholas Cannariato, the book also inclu...
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Relevance in the arts
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Relevance in the arts

This long interview was edited for publication in Smithsonian magazine. I've edited it some more. Jay Nordlinger is not a deep thinker, far from it, but here it is for what it's worth. What Does it Mean for Art to Be “Relevant”? Music critic and National Review writer Jay Nordlinger discusses why it...
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 1141

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

On the TV program "Bandit Patrol," about rehabilitating wild animals and returning them to the wild, I see a woman playing Dvorak's "Humoresque" on a violin to a cage full of raccoons who certainly look as if they're attracted to it. She believes that "music soothes the savage beast," as she says, n...
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York City Ballet's future
Replies: 1
Views: 71

Re: New York City Ballet's future

Alastair Macaulay is the chief dance critic of the New York Times. History Is About to Change at New York City Ballet. How? By Alastair Macaulay Jan. 2, 2018 ...[Peter] Martins inherited a remarkable and wide-ranging job model from George Balanchine, who, with Lincoln Kirstein, founded the school in...
by John F
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York City Ballet's future
Replies: 1
Views: 71

New York City Ballet's future

New York City Ballet has been without an artistic director/ballet master since Peter Martins retired amid an investigation into allegations of abuse, which the investigation has not corroborated. They are taking their time seeking a new director. Who Should Run City Ballet? A Job Posting, Explained ...
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November
Replies: 11
Views: 220

Re: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November

Did Previn record any music from before the mid-19th century, and is it any good? All I've heard is late 19th to 20th century.
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 1141

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

The minimum wage etc. is set by New York state law. Boycotting any particular restaurant or all of them won't change that. Leave it to the waitstaff - and their union - to look out for themselves. If you really care about the waiters and want to help them, tip them generously, in cash!
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 1141

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Fortunately, maestrob is mistaken about the base pay for waitstaff in New York restaurants. In New York, the minimum wage varies depending on the location of the restaurant and, in New York City, the size of the restaurant. The applicable minimum wage rates and tip credits are as follows: NY City – ...
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”
Replies: 15
Views: 230

Re: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”

Maybe you're right about the rest of the world, and I wish you were. But it seems to me that if the audience for classical music outside the US remains what it used to be, the major record companies would not be making so few new studio recordings with major conductors, singers, and orchestras, and ...
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV
Replies: 6
Views: 100

Re: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV

The headline looks exaggerated to me, I don't believe it's going to happen, but maybe you should wait a bit before committing to Spectrum. New York Moves to Kick Spectrum Out of State By Vivian Wang July 27, 2018 Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration moved to ban Charter Communications from New York...
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3906
Views: 466664

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

Rafael Kubelik owned this work during his lifetime As did Vaclav Talich during his. Talich and the Czech Philharmonic recorded it twice for HMV/Electrola before the War and again for Supraphon afterwards. There have been many fine recordings of "Vltava" ("The Moldau"), Smetana's greatest hit, but I...
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018

That looks worth viewing - thanks for the heads-up.
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kars 4 Kids - what?
Replies: 7
Views: 112

Re: Kars 4 Kids - what?

Say what?
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”
Replies: 15
Views: 230

Re: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”

Hurwitz is essentially recycling Norman Lebrecht, down to pinching the title of his most notorious book. Neither of them seems to understand that if a performance achieves greatness rather than mere competence, it's because a true maestro is on the podium. The orchestra can't achieve it on its own. ...
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast
Replies: 18
Views: 238

Re: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast

Try "The Rite of Spring" - maybe that will drive them away. But your plants may not like it either; dissonance isn't good for them, I hear.
by John F
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV
Replies: 6
Views: 100

Re: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV

Yes, I remember the days when all we needed to watch TV was a TV set and, if we were really keen about it, an outdoor antenna. Actually, I know someone who still does that, though now he needs a digital TV set or a digital/analog converter, and with three public TV stations and the City University s...
by John F
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast
Replies: 18
Views: 238

Re: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast

Actually, music does have charms to soothe at least one wild if not exactly savage beast. In the TV series "unlikely animal friends," a raccoon is shown in what looks like deep contentment with earbud headphones in its ears, and the narration says it's listening to classical music. Doesn't say what ...
by John F
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"
Replies: 7
Views: 146

Re: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"

Was this the same occasion on which Rachmaninoff and Nadezhda Plevitskaya recorded "Powder and Paint"? Until now, that was the only non-studio recording of Rachmaninoff playing.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mcnNDZPvgI
by John F
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 1141

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

What part of South Korea? I was stationed in Taegu/Daegu for a year in the Army, but I expect most who visit the country go to Seoul or possibly Pusan/Busan.
by John F
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The greatest quiz show upset of all time
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: The greatest quiz show upset of all time

It's true, the BBC does have a number of old-fashioned quiz shows on radio and TV, as well as some pseudo-quiz shows like "The News Quiz" which use the format but are actually setups for the comedian panel members. As far as I know, commercial TV doesn't have any. As with the old American shows, the...
by John F
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Merrill's books
Replies: 2
Views: 106

Robert Merrill's books

At lunch on Saturday, maestrob told us about Robert Merrill's "The Divas," which I find is a novel about three formerly star sopranos trying for a comeback, and I gather that only the names have been changed to protect the divas. Merrill wrote two other books, nonfiction I presume: "Once More from t...
by John F
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 477
Views: 115444

Re: What I listened to today

Szymanowski's magnum opus is the opera "King Roger," a variant of "The Bacchae," which has some gorgeous music. It's seldom performed, at least outside Poland, but there's a fine recording conducted by Simon Rattle with Thomas Hampson in the lead role, plus Szymanowski's Sinfonia Concertante for pia...
by John F
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 1141

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Thanks so much, John; very thoughtful. It is a question of who, how much and how often. Thanks for the link. It's hard to 'budget' with these things in mind!! As an experienced traveler, you know that when you dine in Vienna or Paris, the "tip" for service is part of the bill ("service et taxe comp...
by John F
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 1141

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

I worry about tipping in the USA. How so? The usual rate in a restaurant or taxi is 15%, I go up to 20% for exceptional service, but most services are tip-free. For example, at a concert or opera the Playbill program is free; you don't have to buy it, as in London, or tip the usher even if you can ...
by John F
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV
Replies: 6
Views: 100

Re: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV

When I moved to where I am now, Time Warner Cable was the only cable TV available in my building, and their internet service was better than the alternative, Verizon DSL. So that's what I got and that's what I have, though now it calls itself Spectrum. I don't have phone service over the internet fr...
by John F
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kars 4 Kids - what?
Replies: 7
Views: 112

Re: Kars 4 Kids - what?

That's as may be, but anybody for whom tax deductability is a major factor in charitable giving will surely have an accountant who can advise him/her as you've advised us. Kars 4 Kids has so much else that's wrong with it, detailed in the part of the article that I skipped as well as what I quoted, ...
by John F
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kars 4 Kids - what?
Replies: 7
Views: 112

Kars 4 Kids - what?

You've probably seen their annoying TV commercials, which seem to be everywhere all the time. And I gather they advertise on radio too. Donating automobiles to charity has never made much sense to me, and as it turns out, there's even less to it than I thought. (Funny, those kids don't look Jewish.....
by John F
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 477
Views: 115444

Re: What I listened to today

The Beecham set is special because as far as I know, it's all we have of his "Figaro," and indeed of the Da Ponte operas - his complete recordings were of eserraglio and "Flute." For no good reason, EMI bypassed Beecham in that repertoire, and he appears not to have conducted it in the opera house, ...