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by John F
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 236

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

There are plenty of false and dropped notes in recordings made at 78rpm before 1949, when editing was impossible. If the performance is inspired, incidental imperfections don't bother me.
by John F
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring
Replies: 7
Views: 84

Re: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring

Many of the Met's company and world premieres during the last 20 years happened because of James Levine's interests and prestige. No other conductor could have gotten the Met to put on Schoenberg's "Moses und Aron," and perhaps few would have wanted to. Other world and company premieres that we owe ...
by John F
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 236

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

OK, now I get it. The last movement is full of tempo changes and you really can't blame me for failing to guess what (presumably) unmarked tempo change you were referring to. I've listened again to the Bayreuth 1951 recording that EMI published, which is probably the one you're criticizing. (There a...
by John F
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remembering Birgit Nilsson
Replies: 7
Views: 190

Re: Remembering Birgit Nilsson

all Metropolitan Opera performances are backed up. (I can't recall the technical word for it.) All the solo roles are "covered," and the singers who are standing by are the "covers." In 1941 Astrid Varnay was the cover for Lotte Lehmann in "Die Walkure" and when Lehmann fell ill, Varnay made her Me...
by John F
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 236

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

If that's not what you meant by "One does not properly conduct the last movement of the Ninth with an accelerando," I wish you would explain what you do mean. After all, it's you who brought up the issue of eccentricity in the first place. Of course if you choose not to, there's nothing I can do abo...
by John F
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two NY Phil players dismissed for unspecified misconduct
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Two NY Phil players dismissed for unspecified misconduct

Both are still listed on the Philharmonic's web site, but presumably they will be replaced for now by their sections' associates. New York Philharmonic Dismisses 2 Players for Unspecified Misconduct By Michael Cooper Sept. 16, 2018 The New York Philharmonic said Sunday that it had decided to fire tw...
by John F
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Content ID work for classical music?
Replies: 9
Views: 291

Re: Does Content ID work for classical music?

At last! Sorry, Sony Music, you don’t own the rights to Bach’s music on Facebook Public shaming forces publisher to abandon ridiculous claim to classical music. Timothy B. Lee 9/14/2018 Sony Music Entertainment has been forced to abandon its claim that it owned 47 seconds of video of musician James ...
by John F
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring
Replies: 7
Views: 84

Re: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring

You may be right about "Julietta" at the Met, but when I saw it at the English National Opera in 1978, sung in English and conducted by Charles Mackerras, the 2,200-seat Coliseum was pretty much full; at least the attendance didn't prevent the ENO from mounting a second production in 2012. In the ol...
by John F
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 236

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

It's Traumerei without the umlaut, but more to the point, Furtwängler was eccentric. One does not properly conduct the last movement of the Ninth with an accelerando. None of Furtwangler's performances accelerates in the last movement's coda. What actually happens is in the score. Beethoven marks t...
by John F
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 236

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

In the U.S. Horowitz used to be called eccentric at a time when any freedom of interpretation was looked down on as a departure from the musical text and therefore verboten. Others of that kind included Wilhelm Furtwängler. During the 1940s, when this aesthetic was at its peak, Horowitz submitted hi...
by John F
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring
Replies: 7
Views: 84

Re: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring

I see that Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra will do Martinu's "Julieta" in concert this season. Maybe they'll produce it at Bard College on the stage, but this mysteriously beautiful opera, especially the second act, deserves to be heard even if it isn't seen.
by John F
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andsnes plays, conducts Mozart PC's live
Replies: 4
Views: 104

Re: Andsnes plays, conducts Mozart PC's live

I have zero interest in the Holberg Suite, so to get past it is already a chore. Not really. Rach3 has already done most of the work for you; just click on the time bar in the player at 22:00. there is no such thing as a superior performance of a Mozart concerto Which amounts to saying that no perf...
by John F
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A First for the Met
Replies: 1
Views: 48

Re: A First for the Met

The Vienna State Opera performs operas and ballets on Sundays and has done for a long time, maybe forever. (As the article says, other opera companies do too.) Today at 6pm local time it will be "La Traviata," ending at about 8:30 with only one intermission. https://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/en/seaso...
by John F
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remembering Birgit Nilsson
Replies: 7
Views: 190

Re: Remembering Birgit Nilsson

Since I did hear both Nilsson and Schwarzkopf live - and neither disappointed, to the contrary - my wish list goes further back. Flagstad of course, but I know her well from many recordings. Most of all Frida Leider, who was just too early to be recorded in a complete opera, in the studio or live. Y...
by John F
Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYC Conductors
Replies: 9
Views: 163

Re: NYC Conductors

The Philharmonic should be the greatest orchestra in the world, but it is not. There are so many different ways to judge an orchestra's qualities that I don't think you'd find much agreement on which is the world's greatest and why. The New York Philharmonic is a virtuoso ensemble, for sure; it can...
by John F
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 5 Names to Look for this Season
Replies: 6
Views: 105

Re: 5 Names to Look for this Season

an opera based on Marnie? As jserraglio says, it's been done before - by Muhly himself; cf. last season's "The Exterminating Angel," based on Buñuel's film. And anyway, I read somewhere that Muhly's opera is based on Winston Graham's novel, not the Hitchcock movie. His first opera, by the way, is b...
by John F
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barnes & Noble suggestions
Replies: 2
Views: 74

Barnes & Noble suggestions

Just got an email from B&N that says: John, if you liked Mozart in Vienna: The Final Decade, our expert booksellers recommend these top titles in the Music category The titles: Just Kids Illustrated Edition Led Zeppelin, by Led Zeppelin Beastie Boys Book My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on...
by John F
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYC Conductors
Replies: 9
Views: 163

Re: NYC Conductors

maestrob, I think we agree on who the first-raters have been. At the New York Philharmonic they were, first and foremost, Toscanini and Bernstein. If you believe that Nezet-Seguin or van Zweden is on that level, then as I've said before, our standards are profoundly different. If you don't believe t...
by John F
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYC Conductors
Replies: 9
Views: 163

Re: NYC Conductors

Maybe you're right - I hope so. But for me, both conductors are at best of the second rank, as Alan Gilbert was before them. And if neither has an agenda for his tenure, or at least some major projects, they're lacking in what one of our presidents called "the vision thing," which Gilbert certainly ...
by John F
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Content ID work for classical music?
Replies: 9
Views: 291

Re: Does Content ID work for classical music?

The European parliament has passed the law referred to in Beckmesser's first post. The following explains what's in it and what effect it may have inside the European Union. Its effect elsewhere, if any, is not discussed but the possibility is mentioned briefly in the last paragraph. Everything You ...
by John F
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Analyzes New Wave Festival BAM
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: NYTimes Analyzes New Wave Festival BAM

If you're looking for opera, Next Wave's offerings are more interesting than City Opera's. I might go to see Turnage's "Greek," which was well received when performed in the UK, and then there's "Satyagraha." And some not mentioned in the NY Times article. For a complete Next Wave listing, see here:...
by John F
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYC Conductors
Replies: 9
Views: 163

Re: NYC Conductors

Considering that James Levine was the Met's first music director in its long history, there has never before been the opportunity for both orchestras to change music directors at the same time. So of course it's a first. But so what? As for "the potential to transform the city’s music scene," the po...
by John F
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another centennial in 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Re: Another centennial in 2018

True, church acoustics are often a problem when performing music not composed with the long reverberations in mind. In his first season with the New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur conducted Britten's War Requiem for his first Memorial Day free concert, in St. John the Divine. From where I sat, much o...
by John F
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another centennial in 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Re: Another centennial in 2018

How so?
by John F
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Middle Stone Age Abstract Drawing Discovered in South African Cave
Replies: 7
Views: 189

Re: Middle Stone Age Abstract Drawing Discovered in South African Cave

Animal 'art' is not what these guys are investigating but rather a symbolic drawing on a demonstrably human artifact. Human beings are animals; all art is animal art. Anyway, my point is that to call anything "abstract drawing" or "abstract art" when one doesn't know what made it or why, may be lea...
by John F
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another centennial in 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Another centennial in 2018

First Leonard Bernstein, then Jerome Robbins, and now the Manhattan School of Music, which was founded in 1918. Join us Friday, September 28th, as Manhattan School of Music kicks off its Centennial Season with a four-concert, one-day festival showcasing the full range of music-making at MSM. The day...
by John F
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Middle Stone Age Abstract Drawing Discovered in South African Cave
Replies: 7
Views: 189

Re: Middle Stone Age Abstract Drawing Discovered in South African Cave

They cannot say with certainty what the purpose of the drawing was and whether it was mere doodling or if it held some greater meaning. That's the point. Even if the artefact was made on purpose, unless we have a good idea what that purpose was, it's a stretch to call it an "abstract drawing." Mode...
by John F
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls
Replies: 15
Views: 263

Re: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls

the FCC has no way of enforcing this against people from overseas who've infiltrated our telecom network with robocalls It's also extremely rare. I saw a panel about unsolicited phone calls on C-Span in which the FBI's representative said most robocallers are too fast-moving for them, changing not ...
by John F
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 312

Re: In defense of libraries

as a student who went to three different public schools during different times in my childhood (my family moved quite a bit within NY), I can say that the local public library (in all three instances) served as a place where students could study and socialize after school. That rings a bell. My hig...
by John F
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls
Replies: 15
Views: 263

Re: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls

Well, there it is. SO, Lance, it depends on how your "land line" phone works. If it's part of your deal with your Internet service provider, then Nomorobo may be your answer. Otherwise not.
by John F
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: medici web site
Replies: 4
Views: 112

Re: medici web site

Can you describe exactly what happens when you try to connect? Does a message pop up, or does the computer screen go blank, or what? Nothing technical about it, just a description of what you see and hear.
by John F
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: medici web site
Replies: 4
Views: 112

Re: medici web site

What happens when you try to connect to a stream?
by John F
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls
Replies: 15
Views: 263

Re: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls

By "land line" do you mean what I mean? That is, the phone is directly, physically connected to the phone company's line, as opposed to using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). Its advantage is that if the electricity goes out, the phone still works because the phone company provides power via its...
by John F
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls
Replies: 15
Views: 263

Re: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls

The trouble with that is, robocallers keep changing their ostensible phone numbers, so the odds are against your getting repeat calls from them at the same number, and Verizon's system doesn't work. Of course some spam phone calls do come from the same number, such as from my congressman, or real ca...
by John F
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which streaming service?
Replies: 15
Views: 273

Re: Which streaming service?

"The platform claims to have nearly all classical music ever recorded." Definitely hype, and they must know it. The complete Fonotipia and Phonotype catalogs? What a dream! But still... Dedicated streaming service for classical music launches with over 1 million tracks By Jessica Gelt Sep 10, 2018 A...
by John F
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls
Replies: 15
Views: 263

Re: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls

There are two elements in present-day Caller ID: the originating phone number and the identity linked to that number. I've never received a call from anyone which doesn't put the originating number up on caller ID. Many do not name the caller, saying "Unidentified" or "Out of State" or something, an...
by John F
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karen Walwyn's "Reflections on 9/11"
Replies: 1
Views: 115

Re: Karen Walwyn's "Reflections on 9/11"

9/11/18 has come and gone, and until I saw this subject header I didn't realize the significance of the 9/11 date. Of course I remember the terrorist attack, but I don't mark its anniversaries.
by John F
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 312

Re: In defense of libraries

While I have, personally, had no need to visit a library in a long time, except to attend NYCON conventions, I have my own ever-expanding library in a variety of subjects My personal library is large and growing, but I also read books which I'm not going to reread and don't need to own, and the pub...
by John F
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls
Replies: 15
Views: 263

Re: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls

How is it that these "sellers" can use someone else's LOCAL number or even one out of state that is not their actual phone number? I once returned a call to the number showing and the man said hackers are using his phone number to make it look like a local call so that one will answer it. This is c...
by John F
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on the Bernstein centennial
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Alex Ross on the Bernstein centennial

When Leonard Bernstein made his sensational conducting debut with the New York Philharmonic, Toscanini was still alive, his concerts were broadcast on NBC network radio and TV, and the American man and women on the street knew who he was. Those times are gone, probably forever, as Alex Ross says in ...
by John F
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 863

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

I haven't thought about it much, but there's a lot of music that is not conspicuously symmetrical, not according to what I understand by "symmetry." 6sASvtTNEDc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sASvtTNEDc No doubt your lecturer defined and illustrated what he meant by "symmetry." Can you share some ...
by John F
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which streaming service?
Replies: 15
Views: 273

Re: Which streaming service?

Len_Z wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:29 am
Sorry, I meant something like Spotify. Is it preferable to, let's say, I-tunes? And is the choice really between these two and Youtube or is there something else out there that I am not aware of?
Google on music streaming services and you'll find more, plus reviews.
by John F
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remembering Birgit Nilsson
Replies: 7
Views: 190

Remembering Birgit Nilsson

2018 is her centenary, and this article is a worthy tribute. Wagner’s Wonder Woman Martin Filler You know you’re getting old when your children turn forty, but what about when an idol of one’s youth has a hundredth anniversary? So vivid are my memories of the incomparable Swedish soprano Birgit Nils...
by John F
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 312

Re: In defense of libraries

You'll find more about it here: https://qz.com/1334123/forbes-deleted-an-op-ed-arguing-that-amazon-should-replace-libraries/ A Forbes spokesperson said: “Forbes advocates spirited dialogue on a range of topics, including those that often take a contrarian view. Libraries play an important role in ou...
by John F
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which streaming service?
Replies: 15
Views: 273

Re: Which streaming service?

You don't say whether you want a streaming service that's like an extensive record collection, such as Spotify, or one that carries live performances in real time, such as the Berlin Philharmonic's. Of the former, a friend advocates strongly for Spotify, whose classical repertoire goes far beyond th...
by John F
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 312

Re: In defense of libraries

Malcolm Forbes used to say that his magazine was a "capitalist tool." He's been dead nearly 30 years and his son Steve Forbs is now its editor. Evidently he decided that publishing the article was a mistake, for all the noncapitalist protests it brought, since he had it deleted from the magazine's o...
by John F
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 514

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

Everybody knows that Shakespeare wrote what may be the greatest song texts, but they were all set to late Renaissance music and as a musical form can't be compared to Schubert, who did set at least two of them, but in German translation. Why not? By what criteria is Thomas Morley's "It was a lover ...
by John F
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 312

In defense of libraries

"This summer, Forbes magazine published an article arguing that libraries no longer served a purpose and did not deserve public support. The author, an economist, suggested that Amazon replace libraries with its own retail outlets, and claimed that most Americans would prefer a free-market option." ...
by John F
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norman Lebrecht Publishes My Gary Graffman Interview
Replies: 9
Views: 234

Re: Norman Lebrecht Publishes My Gary Graffman Interview

For once Lebrecht has (re)published something we can trust! :mrgreen: Great interview.
by John F
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 514

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

Poem by W. Shakespeare, from "As You Like It"; music by T. Morley ca. 1600.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K2iC4zHyys