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by John F
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Should every high school have a film club?
Replies: 25
Views: 926

Re: Should every high school have a film club?

I've never given this much thought, but on reflection it seems to me that the purpose of extracurricular activities goes beyond keeping the kids moral after school. At my schools they were always about work that developed skills and was put before the public, if only the fellow students, and thereby...
by John F
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brandon Ridenour, first-class trumpeter
Replies: 3
Views: 38

Re: Brandon Ridenour, first-class trumpeter

For me, the greatest solo trumpet player I've ever heard is Timofei Dokschitser, at one time in the Bolshoi Theater orchestra and documented on many Melodiya recordings. His legato line is like a violinist's; I've never heard such seamless phrasing from a trumpeter. How does Ridenour compare? z4QCeQ...
by John F
Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Milhaud, Le Boeuf sur le toit
Replies: 3
Views: 73

Re: Milhaud, Le Boeuf sur le toit

There's a cabaret-restaurant in Paris by that name. It opened two years after Milhaud's composition and was named for it. I've seen the title translated as "The Nothing-Doing Bar."
by John F
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The new Firefox excels at speed, privacy and security
Replies: 6
Views: 92

Re: The new Firefox excels at speed, privacy and security

"Firefox is back"? It was never away. I've been using Firefox since before it was Firefox (formerly it was called Netscape). When Chrome came out I tried it, but found it too stripped-down and user-unfriendly for the way I browse, so I did not adopt it, and I'm astonished at the user statistics. I d...
by John F
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas and Dmitri sing together from "Pearl Fishers"
Replies: 8
Views: 161

Re: Jonas and Dmitri sing together from "Pearl Fishers"

Many beautiful recordings in various languages - Caruso and Ancona, Gigli and De Luca, Bjoerling and Merrill, Wunderlich and Prey. If not for this duet and Nadir's "Je crois entendre encore," the opera would be forgotten, as indeed most of it is. For pure singing, I'd say Gigli is outstanding; for p...
by John F
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky dies at 88
Replies: 20
Views: 720

Re: Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky dies at 88

The name of Edison Denisov is reasonably well known to those who follow post-Shostakovich Soviet music, but his music has been little performed in the U.S. even by visiting Russian musicians and I don't believe I've heard any of it.
by John F
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 388341

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

Yes, that's it. Apparently there really was a British spy named Reilly inside the Soviet Union; don't know how historically accurate the TV series was, but it certainly was entertaining. The BBC made outstanding TV serials of John Le Carré's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Smiley's People" with Ale...
by John F
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky dies at 88
Replies: 20
Views: 720

Re: Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestevsky dies at 88

Gennady Rozhdestvensky, a Leading Russian Conductor, Dies at 87 By Vivien Schweitzer June 17, 2018 Gennady Rozhdestvensky, the Russian conductor who championed an eclectic array of music, including works by Alfred Schnittke and Sofia Gubaidulina at a time when the Soviet establishment frowned on tho...
by John F
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 388341

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

The Soviet film industry wasn't just about propaganda. "Lieutenant Kije," famous for Prokofiev's score (the movie itself is all but forgotten), is a satire. Among Alfred Schnittke's film scores is at least one for an animated cartoon based on a children's story. I'm no expert on film scores in gener...
by John F
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dr. Peterson and the re-birth of Conservatism: WSJ
Replies: 24
Views: 596

Re: Dr. Peterson and the re-birth of Conservatism: WSJ

Herr Doktor Peterson? Or if he earned two doctorates, Herr Doktor Doktor Peterson?
by John F
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dr. Peterson and the re-birth of Conservatism: WSJ
Replies: 24
Views: 596

Re: Dr. Peterson and the re-birth of Conservatism: WSJ

Liberalism is not a "utopian theory." It's not really a theory at all. It is a way of thinking and behaving based on respect for the well-being and feelings of others in contradiction to what passes for conservatism in America today, and it is certainly not "wreaking devastation in Western countries...
by John F
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler Recordings
Replies: 15
Views: 666

Re: Furtwängler Recordings

Actually, I looked into the Schönzeler book last week at the library, by coincidence. Either he or somebody said that his advantage in writing about Furtwängler was being a professional conductor himself - he's made several recordings, including one of Bruckner which I have. And I agree that this sh...
by John F
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler Recordings
Replies: 15
Views: 666

Re: Furtwängler Recordings

Schönzeler's little book is worthwhile for its final chapters on Furtwängler's compositions and his conducting style. For the life and historical context it is less full and less up to date than Shirakawa's biography, provocatively and misleadingly titled "The Devil's Music Master." I also have some...
by John F
Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler Recordings
Replies: 15
Views: 666

Re: Furtwängler Recordings

It was Gerald Moore's EMI recording "The Unashamed Accompanist," heard when I was in college, that first got me listening to art songs and particularly Lieder. I even started a weekly program on WHRB called "Lieder," and my first two programs (it was a 1/2-hour show) consisted of playing "The Unasha...
by John F
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Should every high school have a film club?
Replies: 25
Views: 926

Re: Should every high school have a film club?

If the initiative comes from the students, if they want a film club and will make a commitment to it, then the school should back them. My various schools had no such thing, but all three had a theatre club and put on at least one show every year. (Once it was Clifford Odets's "Golden Boy.") Seems t...
by John F
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky dies at 88
Replies: 20
Views: 720

Re: Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestevsky dies at 88

Rozhdestvensky could be a very funny guy. I remember seeing a clip on TV during Rostropovich's return to the USSR, when he and GR got together for a conversation. Rozhdestvensky scolded Rostropovich for still playing such an old instrument - he should at least give it a coat of paint. (It was a Stra...
by John F
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women of the Philharmonic Can Play It All. Just Not in Pants
Replies: 7
Views: 336

Re: Women of the Philharmonic Can Play It All. Just Not in Pants

In the Classical and Romantic periods, women didn't play in professional orchestras. Quite a few were professional musicians of stature, especially pianists; three of Mozart's piano concertos were written for them. And of course women singers were indispensable in the opera house, as soloists and in...
by John F
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women of the Philharmonic Can Play It All. Just Not in Pants
Replies: 7
Views: 336

Re: Women of the Philharmonic Can Play It All. Just Not in Pants

The Philharmonic, alone among the nations’s 20 largest orchestras, does not allow women to wear pants for formal evening concerts. However, there are other major orchestras in the world whose dress code for evening concerts requires long skirts, not pants. And I don't see how this could "hinder the...
by John F
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 12 pianists' lifetime piece
Replies: 5
Views: 288

Re: 12 pianists' lifetime piece

Trifonov has the sensible answer to the perennial desert island question: "that would be a nightmare after a while." And in a way, choosing the Well Tempered Clavier is cheating - not one piece but 48 or maybe 96. I've never heard of most of the pianists they asked so I don't really care much about ...
by John F
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical and jazz musicians's brains differ, study shows
Replies: 8
Views: 431

Re: Classical and jazz musicians's brains differ, study shows

You mean jazz musicians have brains? <ducking and running>
by John F
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler Recordings
Replies: 15
Views: 666

Re: Furtwängler Recordings

Lots of people think well of HIP performances and recordings, including some eminently respectable critics - Andrew Porter, for one. I'm not saying they (or you) are wrong, though personally I believe it's a wrong turn. Indeed, all I was saying is that Furtwängler, from what I know about his attitud...
by John F
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler Recordings
Replies: 15
Views: 666

Re: Furtwängler Recordings

I believe Furtwängler had a pretty high idea of his influence while he was still alive. But the literalistic modern style of interpretation, exemplified by Toscanini and brought home to him during the New York Philharmonic's sensational European tour of 1930, made him angry, as some of his writings ...
by John F
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Accelerated Antarctic melt-off may spell serious trouble for parts of New York and Boston
Replies: 5
Views: 261

Re: Accelerated Antarctic melt-off may doom parts of New York and Boston

Sandy gave us a preview of what a rise in sea level is likely to do to New York. And as the sea level rises, the damage from future hurricanes will probably rise correspondingly. Here in Brooklyn we're well above sea level - part of the borough is named Brooklyn Heights - and during Sandy my neighbo...
by John F
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!
Replies: 18
Views: 780

Re: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!

To clarify: The "original source material" for EMI reissues from 78s is the metal parts from which the stampers for the 78s were made. The tapes I mentioned were not "original" source material but rather transfers from it for publication on LPs. mikealdren is certainly right that making those transf...
by John F
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!
Replies: 18
Views: 780

Re: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!

EMI's source material for LP reissues includes the original metal masters, stored in the archives in Hayes, from which vinyl pressings were made and played back with the newest and best equipment. So if, for example, they remastered their Cortot recordings for the latest reissues, these should impro...
by John F
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR recommended piano cd's
Replies: 5
Views: 340

Re: WQXR recommended piano cd's

My problem with the Schumann is its slow movement, too short and slight to rank the concerto so highly. Any number of piano concerto slow movements from Bach to Bartok are more important music and, for me, much more moving.
by John F
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart PC's 12, 13 redux
Replies: 8
Views: 520

Re: Mozart PC's 12, 13 redux

I'm very fond of no. 14, more than no. 13, especially the finale. Brendel's recording with Marriner is one of his best; his earlier version for Vanguard with Antonio Janigro is good too but not as pointed and the orchestra (I Solisti di Zagreb) is too soft relative to the piano.
by John F
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!
Replies: 18
Views: 780

Re: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!

I just opened the Cortot box and played the first CD (1919-21), and found the restorations to be wondrously good considering their age. Alfred Brendel has written that HMV's Cortot 78s of the '30s have the most persuasive piano sound of all, present-day recordings not excepted. So EMI has superior ...
by John F
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cassettes
Replies: 8
Views: 435

Re: Cassettes

I still have quite a few video cassettes, and what it takes to play them, but I haven't viewed any of them in years.
by John F
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!
Replies: 18
Views: 780

Re: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!

Same as with individual CDs, I suppose - it probably depends on the publisher, the nature of the source material, and the reason for the release. If it's just to squeeze some more $$$ out of recordings that have already paid their way, and a digital master exists (such as for a previous CD issue), t...
by John F
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An extraordinary woman
Replies: 1
Views: 177

An extraordinary woman

Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, may be doing more important work than he ever did. It's a long article from the Washington Post magazine, but I read it from beginning to end. Stories like this and people like her give me hope. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/style/wp/2018/06/11/fea...
by John F
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tony Awards 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 182

Tony Awards 2018

Note that Lindsay Mendez, not Renée Fleming, won their category. Both were in the cast of "Carousel" and both were nominated. Best Musical: “The Band’s Visit” Best Play: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Best Revival of a Musical: “Once on This Island” Best Revival of a Play: “Angels in America” B...
by John F
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR recommended piano cd's
Replies: 5
Views: 340

Re: WQXR recommended piano cd's

Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto is the greatest in classical music. Fighting words? Yes. What use is an assertion like this? It gets the article off to a bad start from which it never recovers. The authors are certainly entitled to their personal preferences, but they pretend to an authority belie...
by John F
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 429
Views: 59339

Re: What I listened to today

I like the cover design featuring the triangle. :)
by John F
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert Hall Allow Drinks and More
Replies: 38
Views: 2484

Re: Concert Hall Allow Drinks and More

Salonen probably doesn't know about this - why should he? - but the Boston Pops concerts have featured the serving of beer while the performance is going on. In the old days when Arthur Fiedler was the conductor, and continuing (somewhat reduced) under John Williams, much of the Pops programming was...
by John F
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 429
Views: 59339

Re: What I listened to today

Toscanini conducted the American premiere of Kabalevsky's 2nd symphony in 1942. At the time, with the Soviet Union our World War II ally, it was the patriotic thing to do, as was his performance of Shostakovich's 7th. He repeated it in 1943 and 1945 but never again, such things having become unpatri...
by John F
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart PC's 12, 13 redux
Replies: 8
Views: 520

Re: Mozart PC's 12, 13 redux

When played with feeling, as with Artur Schnabel, Rudolf Serkin, and Clifford Curzon, the slow movement of K. 595 is some of the most moving music I know. When played by the HIP types, well, you know what I was going to say. Here's Curzon in the Decca recording with Benjamin Britten: fEiH-EWbD2Q htt...
by John F
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 5
Views: 409

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Sounds good. As for the time, either is fine with me.
by John F
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Debussy piano cd of historical recordings
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: New Debussy piano cd of historical recordings

Another pianist associated with Debussy is E. Robert Schmitz, who not only recorded much of the piano music for Victor but wrote a book about it. His approach was not coloristic, like Gieseking's, but intellectual, as his book reveals. For that reason, perhaps, his recordings didn't get much approva...
by John F
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 5
Views: 409

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

So Lance has signed on to join us? Great!
by John F
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An inspiring music teacher
Replies: 0
Views: 221

An inspiring music teacher

His name is Yoshihisa Fujishige and he teaches band at a private girls' school in Nagasaki, Japan. The story of the band and Fujishige himself, his evolution as a teacher, inspired me, as he obviously inspired the girls in the band. See the program "The Professionals" on whatever channel carries NHK...
by John F
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dinnerstein's Mozart K.467 cadenzas
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Re: Dinnerstein's Mozart K.467 cadenzas

Yes, very interesting. Mozart wrote no cadenzas for this concerto so many pianists have provided their own. One of Dinnerstein's teachers was a Schnabel pupil but no, these aren't Schnabel's cadenzas. And while she plays Busoni's cadenzas in her Sony recording, according to a review I found online, ...
by John F
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 75
Views: 5761

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Isn't it Larry Rinkel with an R (and an i)? Hope he comes.
by John F
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert Hall Allow Drinks and More
Replies: 38
Views: 2484

Re: Concert Hall Allow Drinks and More

Welser-Möst was appointed music director of the Vienna State Opera in 2010 and left that post (i.e. he was not dismissed) after four years because of "irreconcilable differences of opinion" over artistic matters, presumably with artistic director Dominique Meyer. What those differences were hasn't b...
by John F
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Debussy piano cd of historical recordings
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: New Debussy piano cd of historical recordings

That looks very much worthwhile. I hope it does well enough that Arbiter goes on to make another. George Copeland, an American pianist who was a friend and favored interpreter of Debussy, made some recordings that have not been published except on a limited edition private LP; they more or less dupl...
by John F
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos
Replies: 13
Views: 918

Re: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos

Classical composition involves an approach to structure and continuity which popular styles of music generally lack. Classical composition is not defined by style but rather by an approach to structure. It ain't necessarily so, though often it is. jserraglio has provided an instance of a jazz compo...
by John F
Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 429
Views: 59339

Re: What I listened to today

Back in 1971, Angel issued an LP of ten short choral works by Taneyev on its Melodiya label. It was the first of his music that I had heard and it made a strong impression, so I went on to listen to more and more Taneyev, much of it on Soviet export LPs I found at New York's Four Continents Bookstor...
by John F
Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anthony Bourdain dead at 61--shock and horror
Replies: 10
Views: 583

Re: Anthony Bourdain dead at 61--shock and horror

When hugely successful and apparently happy people suddenly kill themselves for no reason we can know, as two of them did this past week, it has to make you wonder. What did they believe death is, that they preferred it to the life they were living, or any alternative life they might choose to live?...