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by John F
Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: JSQ Complete Epic Recs 1956-66 out March 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 38

Re: JSQ Complete Epic Recs 1956-66 out March 2018

The Juilliards first recorded on the Columbia label, parent of Epic, but were limited to the repertoire that the Budapest String Quartet didn't play. The Epic label, besides its many Philips recordings, provided a medium for recording mainstream classics, as it did for George Szell. The JSQ also mad...
by John F
Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: martin luther music article
Replies: 2
Views: 29

Re: martin luther music article

Garrison Keillor had much to say about Lutherans and Lutheranism in his tales from the Minnesota town of Lake Wobegone in "Prairie Home Companion." As for the "bar form," Fritz Kothner expounds the rules in "Die Meistersinger" Act 1. d5s8SdY0u2g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5s8SdY0u2g Hans Sachs...
by John F
Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was This Secular Music:
Replies: 10
Views: 76

Re: Was This Secular Music:

I don't believe it has to do with sophistication, pretended or otherwise. Partly it's custom, doing as others do, so that the ceremony feels like a proper wedding with all the trimmings. And partly it may be that because a traditional wedding ceremony is a special occasion, with the bride in a white...
by John F
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 16
Views: 604

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

$5.375 million with fees. Robot From ‘Forbidden Planet’ Breaks Auction Records By ANDREW R. CHOW NOV. 21, 2017 Last week, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci shattered auction records. On Tuesday, that distinction belonged to a robot named Robby. The seven-foot-tall robot, which appeared in the 1956 fil...
by John F
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 488

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

Well, after all, music doesn't have to be profound to be worth hearing, or even great. If that were so, the standard repertoire would be reduced by at least half. In another thread you mention listening to Brahms's 3rd piano sonata; for me, that music may be profound by some measure but I don't want...
by John F
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was This Secular Music:
Replies: 10
Views: 76

Re: Was This Secular Music:

Seems like wedding music nowadays is whatever the bride wants. I've heard of a number of random classical selections (like the Pachelbel canon, now perhaps passé), rock songs if any can be found with appropriate lyrics, whatever.
by John F
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was This Secular Music:
Replies: 10
Views: 76

Re: Was This Secular Music:

No.
by John F
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 488

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

I recommend this recording by Sviatoslav Richter and Kiril Kondrashin with the Leningrad Philharmonic instead. Not only do Thibaudet and his conductor take the first movement at a pace that rather trivializes the music, but he comes in a bar early. o6nSa6UDiKc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6nSa6U...
by John F
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died
Replies: 6
Views: 90

Re: Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died

A great voice and a fine singer. He was living on borrowed time, and his time ran out. He'll be missed.
by John F
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 488

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

Franck did write an opera, "Hulda," and I heard its ballet music (yes, Franck wrote for the ballet) long ago at Indiana's Romantic Revival festival. None of it was performed during Franck's lifetime and according to Wikipedia its only complete performances have been by English university music group...
by John F
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Charlie Rose gets canned, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 4
Views: 90

Re: Charlie Rose gets canned, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

What a weird message. 1. "Charlie Rose gets canned, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid." So what? As for me, frankly I don't give a damn about Charlie Rose and am not sorry he's off the air for whatever reason. 2. "Everyone famous turns out to be a serial groper." Name one famous woman who has turned out ...
by John F
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's week: a stupid review
Replies: 20
Views: 551

Re: The Met's week: a stupid review

It's been this way for as long I can remember with critics, not only Times ones, reviewing Met performances . The company is damned if it does and damned if it doesn't . No matter how any Met director or designer do a given opera, the critics whine and cavil. That is simply not true. The Times does...
by John F
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 488

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

In high school, I was very much taken with the music of Saint-Saëns, and played a recording of the 3rd symphony over and over again. Now I can only listen to its first movement; the endless morphing of its main theme in the other movements, and especially the bombastic finale, seem to me forced. I s...
by John F
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 488

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

Not good for Part, or not good for me? :) If I don't feel his music to be compelling, so that I want to hear more of it or even all of it, that's as much about my taste as about anything. A composer who did have that effect on me is Alfred Schnittke - I bought dozens of CDs of his music, almost ever...
by John F
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Charles Manson is finally dead
Replies: 3
Views: 71

Charles Manson is finally dead

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/obituaries/charles-manson-dead.html I was working at W.W. Norton when we published "Helter Skelter" by Vince Bugliosi, the prosecutor in the Manson "family's" trial for murder. It was a huge best-seller, probably Norton's most successful trade book. Somehow I had m...
by John F
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 488

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

So that's why you went to see Schoenberg's "Moses und Aron" at the Met? :D
by John F
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nico Muhly's Marnie
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: Nico Muhly's Marnie

The first sentence makes me think that Morrison was prejudiced against this opera before he saw it. And to blame a composer for being male and writing operas with major women characters is plainly sexist. Whatever, I'll be curious enough to hear "Marnie" when it comes here. Muhly's other Met opera, ...
by John F
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 488

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

Thank you John for those comments. What is your personal view of this composer? I do know of the "Symphony (No.3) of Sorrowful Songs" but haven't really paid that much attention to it. I wouldn't say I have a personal view of either composer. Their music is attractive enough, above average for our ...
by John F
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 488

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

One of the most surprising developments in classical music during the 1990s was the emergence of east European minimalism as a broadly popular musical style. I mean popular not just among classical music enthusiasts but a broad public. Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3, "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs," ...
by John F
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 488

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: 231

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: 231

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: 148

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: 143

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: 127

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: 16
Views: 604

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: 231

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: 208

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: 263

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: 420

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: 16
Views: 604

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: 263

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: 420

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: 16
Views: 604

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: 16
Views: 604

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: 548

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: 359

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: 16
Views: 604

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: 16
Views: 604

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: 359

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: 359

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: 203

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: 359

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: 175

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: 296

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: 39
Views: 838

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: 253

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: 296

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...