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by John F
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Leonard Pennario's complete RCAs
Replies: 3
Views: 33

Re: Pianist Leonard Pennario's complete RCAs

Somewhere I read a comment that Pennario sold more piano recordings in the early 1960s than any other pianist. That's hard to believe, considering who the other leading pianists of the time were, some of them also recording for RCA Victor and EMI, but maybe so. Wikipedia says that in 1958 he tied w...
by John F
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Great" new Schubert 9 release...
Replies: 3
Views: 28

Re: "Great" new Schubert 9 release...

Toscanini recorded the Schubert 9th several times and included it in his very first full-length orchestral concert, at the Teatro Regio in Turin, and his first concert with the La Scala orchestra. In his next-to-last season with the NBC Symphony ie recorded it for the second time with that orchestra...
by John F
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Leonard Pennario's complete RCAs
Replies: 3
Views: 33

Re: Pianist Leonard Pennario's complete RCAs

When I was writing for Fanfare, Joel Flegler sent me Pennario's Angel LP of the Chopin polonaises. Rereading my review 25 years later, I see I panned it as loud and fast, missing the character of the music, and concluded, "Why the people at Capitol thought this record worth making is beyond me." Of ...
by John F
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca's 41-CD set of Handel's "The Great Oratorios"
Replies: 8
Views: 698

Re: Decca's 41-CD set of Handel's "The Great Oratorios"

For me it's the other way around. Handel was the greatest melodist of the Baroque, and he did his best to avert the monotony of texture and form typical of Baroque opera. But as the unbroken string of arias continues, with the rare duet and possibly an act-ending chorus, I have to force myself to ke...
by John F
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca's 41-CD set of Handel's "The Great Oratorios"
Replies: 8
Views: 698

Re: Decca's 41-CD set of Handel's "The Great Oratorios"

Other than "Messiah," which is inescapable at Christmastime, Handel's oratorios aren't much performed in the US except by Boston's Handel and Haydn Society. Arias from them, such as "Sound an Alarm" and "O Had I Jubal's Lyre," used to be frequent concert items, but not any momre. It's too bad, becau...
by John F
Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you had to choose one or the other ...
Replies: 10
Views: 97

Re: If you had to choose one or the other ...

Vladimir Horowitz. :D Seriously, I haven't heard enough of Yuja Lang's playing to have an opinion, and my opinion of Lang Lang's playing is mixed and a bit confused. So I wouldn't choose either of them right now.
by John F
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: City Opera Faces Its Biggest Challenge Since Bankruptcy
Replies: 4
Views: 61

Re: City Opera Faces Its Biggest Challenge Since Bankruptcy

This company isn't really New York City Opera, it's a marginal operation that acquired the familiar brand name. Before Gérard Mortier, and possibly before Paul Kellogg, City Opera raised far more money because it was a real opera company giving full seasons of a broad repertoire that as such, along ...
by John F
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lyndon Larouche is dead
Replies: 10
Views: 145

Re: Lyndon Larouche is dead

John, the other half voted for Hil. She's as bad as Trump is said to be. After 2 years of Trump you can say that? Nonsense. Neither of them are a Jim Jones/Larouche. You miss the point, which is that no matter how illogical or dangerous, someone like LaRouche or Trump will always attract gullible f...
by John F
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD
Replies: 22
Views: 286

Re: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD

Why the Amazon Deal Collapsed: A Tech Giant Stumbles in N.Y.’s Raucous Political Arena By J. David Goodman and Karen Weise Feb. 15, 2019 A senior executive from Amazon, one of the world’s biggest companies, found himself last weekend in a showdown with a suburban state senator. The executive, Brian ...
by John F
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380
Replies: 13
Views: 157

Re: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380

This article may interest you: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/business/airbus-a380.html In the middle of the story I see that no American-based airline is flying the Boeing 747 any more. Of course many other airlines all over the world still use 747s including some flights to and from the U.S. A...
by John F
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380
Replies: 13
Views: 157

Re: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380

In a 747, I go for an aisle seat in the middle section. (That should be in the past tense - my traveling days are over.)
by John F
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD
Replies: 22
Views: 286

Re: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD

Amazon Isn’t Interested in Making the World a Better PlaceBy Kara Swisher Feb. 15, 2019 The announcement on Thursday that Amazon has canceled its plan to build a headquarters in New York City is no victory. It’s no defeat, either. What it is, to use a Big Apple term, is meh, yet another indication t...
by John F
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380
Replies: 13
Views: 157

Re: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380

That travel time is about twice as long as New York/London. Whew! I've never been able to sleep on an airplane but I might manage it on the Sydney(?)/Dubai route. I'm sure the A380 will continue to fly that route for many years, unless the traffic falls off for some reason and they can't fill the pl...
by John F
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD
Replies: 22
Views: 286

Re: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD

There's many a slip. For example, we can't predict how many New York residents with high-paying technical jobs at other companies will be hired away, leaving the number of such jobs unchanged, or indeed whether there's enough of a talent pool out there to fill all those positions, or whether Amazon ...
by John F
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD
Replies: 22
Views: 286

Re: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD

Obviously I doubt that very much, and from a selfish point of view, it doesn't matter anyway.
by John F
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lyndon Larouche is dead
Replies: 10
Views: 145

Re: Lyndon Larouche is dead

That doesn't surprise me at all. There will always be people whose view of the world is irrational. Do you remember the Heaven's Gate cult whose members killed themselves expecting that this would transport them to extraterrestrial space ships? (Their web site is still online 21 years later - http:/...
by John F
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380
Replies: 13
Views: 157

Re: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380

I've flown business class exactly once. Coming back from London, I had a seat in economy class which the airline wanted to use for a handicapped passenger, so I agreed to move up front to one of those pods. I've never flown first class. For me, getting there by plane is just getting there, it's not ...
by John F
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD
Replies: 22
Views: 286

Re: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD

Amazon was going to cost New York "nearly $3 billion in government incentives," according to the NY Times. The deal was going to be approved by the state legislature, if not unanimously, but Amazon wanted to see universal rejoicing, which is rare in NYC, and withdrew in what looks to me like a fit o...
by John F
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380
Replies: 13
Views: 157

Re: The Long Goodbye for Airbus A380

There was a documentary about the A380 on the Smithsonian cable TV channel and it's certainly an impressive and comfortable-looking machine. But I wonder whether there ever really was a big market for it. For one thing, the biggest Boeing 747 can carry as many passengers or more, perhaps not as comf...
by John F
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD
Replies: 22
Views: 286

Re: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD

I don't have to worry because Amazon won't be coming here. But if they were, we wouldn't be talking about warehouse workers being paid a minimum wage but employees at the headquarters level, including many managers, who are paid well above the company's median.
by John F
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD
Replies: 22
Views: 286

Re: AMAZON TO CITY: DROP DEAD

To tell the truth, I'm glad of it, for purely selfish reasons. Moving a large number of well-paid employees into NYC would surely cause rents to rise, not just in Queens, and I need this not to happen. And whatever economic benefit this might bring to the city would probably do me no good.
by John F
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Advice On Buying A New All In One PC
Replies: 12
Views: 241

Re: Advice On Buying A New All In One PC

Hope it works well for Sue. If she and you need help with Windows 10 - I certainly did - I recommend David Pogue's book "Windows 10: The Missing Manual."
by John F
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 590
Views: 233435

Re: What I listened to today

The Chorus Pro Musica sang often with the BSO from about 1957, alternating with the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society whose association with the BSO went back many years further, until 1970 and the formation of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. To tell the truth, from the BSO recordings I...
by John F
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lyndon Larouche is dead
Replies: 10
Views: 145

Lyndon Larouche is dead

Back in the 1980s I saw a few Larouche supporters at a table near the post office, handing out stuff. Hadn't heard of him before, but I heard a lot about him for a while afterwards. One of his cockamamie crusades was to have the standard musical pitch lowered to A=432 (instead of 440) to help opera ...
by John F
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 719

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

Speaking of the uploader, who calls him/herself The Piano Files, he's put a lot of interesting piano recordings online - see here: https://www.youtube.com/user/markarama23/videos The uploader, Mark Ainley,has a website, perhaps a blog as well, is an expert on late pianist Dinu Lipatti, and I believ...
by John F
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 719

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

I don't know whether the performance has been published in any form other than on YouTube. But my guess is that somewhere it has been - otherwise, where did the uploader find it? Maybe someone at the performing arts library can tell me on Friday, though they don't have it in the sound archive. Speak...
by John F
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Advice On Buying A New All In One PC
Replies: 12
Views: 241

Re: Advice On Buying A New All In One PC

Does Walmart offer that good a deal, that you should limit yourself to whatever they choose to stock? Hewlett Packard puts various models on sale from time to time, and as far as customer support is concerned, I'd prefer to buy from the maker. Here's their page for all-in-ones: https://store.hp.com/...
by John F
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Advice On Buying A New All In One PC
Replies: 12
Views: 241

Re: Advice On Buying A New All In One PC

My new HP desktop came with 12 gb of RAM. The Task Manager utility tells me that with Firefox running, I'm using about 40% of the memory, which is 4.8 gb and includes some stuff which you won't have. You might get by with 4 gb, then, but if that isn't enough, the computer will be swapping some of wh...
by John F
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 719

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

Lance, have you listened yet to the Ernest Hutcheson performance linked by Rach3 a few days ago? I'd be interested in your opinion, and Donald Isler's since Hutcheson had a Hungerford connection. The link again:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3m-iNqVuNk
by John F
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 590
Views: 233435

Re: What I listened to today

Karajan/DG had a homogenized, rather soupy texture in the orchestral balances which Karajan must have thought beautiful; beauty of sound was the touchstone of his esthetic. Walter Legge, who produced Karajan'sKlemperer's, and others' EMI recordings with the Philharmonia, sought a clearer, more vivid...
by John F
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 719

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

Yes, I have that set, Brian. It is really fine. One of the first versions I really loved was the Leitner/Kempff, and later I got to love the Van Kempen, which might be more poetic, but less "authoritative". I'm sorry to say, I don't really know the Peter Raabe. I didn't play it when I got the set b...
by John F
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Advice On Buying A New All In One PC
Replies: 12
Views: 241

Re: Advice On Buying A New All In One PC

Yeah windows 8.1-I took to it like duck to water! Regards, Len :D It's good you did, because many did not. As I understand it, the completely redesigned user interface was designed to be more usable on tablets and smartphones, but those with real computers didn't much. As I said, Windows 10 returns...
by John F
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2220

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

some guy has been a CMG member for years and I've had much the same discussion with him several times. You may find it annoying, but let's keep it civil anyway and not get personal.
by John F
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Advice On Buying A New All In One PC
Replies: 12
Views: 241

Re: Advice On Buying A New All In One PC

The one at the information desk works fine. I don't know what model they bought - I'll find out on Friday. Thanks, I got my all in one some time ago and have been very happy with it-it has 8.1 which I'm fine with! Regards, Len That's Windows 8.1, right? Windows 10 is quite different, its user inter...
by John F
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 6769

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

22° C is just about perfect - ca. 72° F. Here in Brooklyn the temp is below freezing and we're getting snow, then freezing rain, then rain all day and most of the night. Tomorrow it's to be 10° warmer. This year we never know what to expect. :roll:
by John F
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Advice On Buying A New All In One PC
Replies: 12
Views: 241

Re: Advice On Buying A New All In One PC

The library replaced its HP desktops with HP all-in-ones. When I first saw them I asked myself, "Where's the computer?" :) The one at the information desk works fine. I don't know what model they bought - I'll find out on Friday.
by John F
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 719

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

PS, I've just finished cataloguing the 142-CD Rubinstein set, which has several more Emperors. Next I will listen to his account with Toscanini. Promising? Not just promising, extraordinary, because Rubinstein and Toscanini never performed that concerto together. Their one collaboration was in the ...
by John F
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2220

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

:) ) Thanks for your answer, but it really isn't an answer. "modernism" has to do with quite a lot more than just atonality, which is a term originally coined to describe music that everyone in the world would now recognize as being tonal. That's simply not true. And while, as you say, atonality is ...
by John F
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4000
Views: 645434

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

The C major symphony was originally no. 7, I guess on the assumption that the B minor was unfinished because of Schubert's death. Today's standard numbering was based on the assumption that a missing "Gastein symphony" came after no. 6 in C major. It turned out that the symphony Schubert composed pa...
by John F
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A second new concert hall for London
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: A second new concert hall for London

The new hall will be somewht larger than Alice Tully Hall and twice the size of Zankel Hall. Tully has accommodated full-sized symphony orchestras, so the new hall might be suitable for the Royal Philharmonic.
by John F
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 590
Views: 233435

Re: What I listened to today

So Garrick Ohlsson has kept the Busoni monster in his repertoire, and Alan Gilbert has learned it. Wish they had played it with the New York Philharmonic. Not that we haven't heard it in NYC, with Ohlsson more than a decade ago and Marc-André Hamelin 6 years ago, but I'd welcome it again.
by John F
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Grammies
Replies: 1
Views: 222

Classical Grammies

Reported by the NY Times, listed in this order. There must be a hundred categories in all, making it seem that the point of the Grammies is to hand out as many as possible and avoid making large judgments. If the Steve Jobs opera was really the best opera recording in 2018, then the classical record...
by John F
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A second new concert hall for London
Replies: 2
Views: 249

A second new concert hall for London

Will Frank Gehry’s Wimbledon concert hall outshine £300m City rival? Rowan Moore Sun 10 Feb 2019 05.00 EST You wait decades for a city to get a world-class concert hall and two come along at once. Last month plans were revealed for the Centre for Music in the City of London by the New York architect...
by John F
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 719

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

This is a big performance. It's also a bit old-fashioned, with some rolled chords that wouldn't pass today, but I don't mind. I have his book on the piano repertoire but never thought of him as a solo pianist himself, which he certainly was. Glad you found this and provided the link.
by John F
Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2220

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

Still at it, I see. You too, I see. that's why I listen so much to music from the past one hundred years. Because it's so beautiful. Not the "neo-romantic" stuff, either, but Varèse and Xenakis and Dhomont and Karkowski and Radigue and Meirino and Neumann and so forth. In what sense is the music of...
by John F
Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: German Opera singer Theo Adam dead at 92
Replies: 10
Views: 1782

Re: German Opera singer Theo Adam dead at 92

There might well be more if the focus was on letting people in rather than keeping them out.
by John F
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 590
Views: 233435

Re: What I listened to today

Porgy ST . . . with b]Andre Previn[/b], et al! from imbd Scatman Crothers ... Crabman Adele Addison ... Bess (singing voice) (uncredited) Maya Angelou ... Dancer (uncredited) Geoffrey Holder ... Dancer (uncredited) Inez Matthews ... Serena (singing voice) (uncredited) Robert McFerrin ... Porgy (sin...
by John F
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: German Opera singer Theo Adam dead at 92
Replies: 10
Views: 1782

Re: German Opera singer Theo Adam dead at 92

Has anyone else noticed that this thread has garnered 30% more hits than Yehudi Menuhin? Yikes! I wouldn't have guessed that but I'm not surprised. Opera singers get more talk than concert artists, and Adam was active until recently while Menuhin died 19 years ago. What does surprise me is the numb...
by John F
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Performing Arts Library's dance collection
Replies: 1
Views: 215

Performing Arts Library's dance collection

Alastair Macaulay,the NY Times dance critic who's retiring this year, often gives talks at the library. On Monday at 6pm, he's presenting a program on Merce Cunningham. Pavlova’s Shoes, Nijinsky’s Diary, and Other Dance Treasures From the Public Library By Alastair Macaulay Feb. 7, 2019 Those who cl...
by John F
Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 719

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

Recommended Recording:

Hannes Minnaar (piano)
Netherlands Symphonic Orchestra
Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Channel CC72672
Unbelievable. And Nicholas Kenyon is someone to be taken very seriously - ordinarily.