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by John F
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 470

Re: The most-performed composers

When I worked at Central Opera Service, we compiled statistics on opera companies and repertoire in the US every year. The most-performed opera, year after year, was Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors," mainly by amateur groups. If any American organization still does this, it would be OPERAmer...
by John F
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Victor de Sabata complete DGG/Decca on CD
Replies: 4
Views: 165

Re: Victor de Sabata complete DGG/Decca on CD

As you know, there's quite a lot of De Sabata material captured from live performances, chiefly radio broadcasts. He was a guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, for example, and a few of his Philharmonic performances that were broadcast have circulated on "private" recordings or person-to-...
by John F
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 470

Re: The most-performed composers

I believe - no statistics! - that Stravinsky and possibly Shostakovich might have made the top 20 during their lifetimes. No composer since them is likely to have scored over 700 performances worldwide, however popular they may have been in their home countries - Copland in America, Britten in Brita...
by John F
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 470

The most-performed composers

An outfit called Bachtrack tabulates about 32,000 "events" a year, concerts only (not opera), and tells us which composers and which works were the most performed. In 2017, they were Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky. Audiences have come a long way from when Tchaikovsky was ...
by John F
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chinese search engine
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Chinese search engine

Just now I looked at the bottom of the page and besides myself and 17 guests, I saw Baidu (Spider). Say what? Wikipedia to the rescue. Baidu is a Chinese web services company headquartered in Beijing. As of 2017, Baidu Search released Spider 3.0 which is capable of indexing over trillions of web pag...
by John F
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 121
Views: 4777

Re: What I listened to today

I also, like Belle, do not know why you have singled out that symphony, which while excellent strikes me as entirely characteristic. I also do not know, so please enlighten me, how he picked up the silly nickname "Papa" Haydn If you read the Wikipedia article on "Papa Haydn" that I linked to in my ...
by John F
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Z Woolfe On Met's Stale Performances
Replies: 6
Views: 145

Re: Z Woolfe On Met's Stale Performances

It's not the performances that Woolfe is complaining about. To the contrary, he praises them. It's the repertory. The Met premiered its new "Tosca" on New Year's Eve, wound up its holiday season run of "Merry Widow," revived "Cav" and "Pag," and before the month is out there'll be revivals of "Marri...
by John F
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's radio programs: January 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Re: Lance's radio programs: January 2018

Ah so. But since the next two programs are TBA, nothing prevents you from playing some more Crespin. :)
by John F
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 121
Views: 4777

Re: What I listened to today

You misunderstand. "Papa Haydn" is the conventional and sometimes dismissive image of the elderly benevolent composer. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papa_Haydn) This symphony is unlike any of the later symphonies by which he is best known. Of course the symphony is splendid, I said it's a wonde...
by John F
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Victor de Sabata complete DGG/Decca on CD
Replies: 4
Views: 165

Re: Victor de Sabata complete DGG/Decca on CD

The recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic in the '30s are impressive, but the Eroica with the London Philharmonic is disappointing - heavy and dull.
by John F
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: James Damore sues Google
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: James Damore sues Google

These folks had better have very deep pockets if they intend to take on Google in court. I suppose they're hoping for a settlement.
by John F
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's radio programs: January 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Re: Lance's radio programs: January 2018

One of Régine Crespin's great recordings is Ravel's "Sheherezade," which I believe is the flip side of the Berlioz. Ansermet's conducting isn't half-bad either. :) She sang a lot of German opera, not just "Der Rosenkavalier" at the Met and in the Solti recording but Brünnhilde in Karajan's "Walküre,...
by John F
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 801

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

Goodness! I never saw any of that. What a scene.
by John F
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 121
Views: 4777

Re: What I listened to today

Haydn's Symphony No. 39 in G minor is a wonder, isn't it? Not "Papa Haydn" at all. Pb--y2XC3Ls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb--y2XC3Ls I first heard it on an old Haydn Society recording conducted by Jonathan Sternberg with a Vienna orchestra, produced by H.C. Robbins Landon (who may also have pl...
by John F
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 801

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

I haven't used the Port Authority terminal in years, but when I did, they cleared out the homeless etc. by playing classical music on the PA system. I'm not kidding, it's a fact. And that must be why Penn Station also plays CM continually. If they played conventional Muzak, that might attract the un...
by John F
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Phil Review Safe and Predictable
Replies: 6
Views: 177

Re: NY Phil Review Safe and Predictable

There's certainly nothing wrong with a symphony orchestra performing Bach and Haydn, but it's a fact that they do far less than they used to, and some conductors - Mehta was one - have said that it had a lot to do with the HIP movement's taking over the territory. Pianists and violinists still perfo...
by John F
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 121
Views: 4777

Re: What I listened to today

Also, the Philips boxes and librettos for the Ring have color photos of Wieland Wagner's extraordinary production. Even though I don't think much of the Böhm-led performances I keep the sets anyway.
by John F
Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 121
Views: 4777

Re: What I listened to today

This morning: Wagner/Lohengrin/Sawallisch/Bayreuth/Decca The 1962 "Lohengrin" was published by Philips, which had an exclusive with Bayreuth in the 1960s. But I guess with all the mergers and buy-outs of record companies, they don't care which label they use. Decca did publish a Bayreuth "Lohengrin...
by John F
Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Phil Review Safe and Predictable
Replies: 6
Views: 177

Re: NY Phil Review Safe and Predictable

"It was all excellently done." Definitely favorable, but the review is nonetheless rather faint praise. As for Tommasini wanting "more," he gives no idea of what more he wants. And he misses the point of conducting Haydn's Symphony #98 from the keyboard. Haydn led that symphony from the keyboard, an...
by John F
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111
Replies: 13
Views: 370

Re: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111

In addition to maestrob's favorite recordings, I'd add Egon Petri's, especially in the first movement and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli's especially in the variations. (Development? I don't get it.) Both are on YouTube.
by John F
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 801

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

Unfortunately I have to go to work at the library today. I love the work, but it's 14° between here and there, and even colder coming home. <brrrr>
by John F
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Mann dead at 97
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: Robert Mann dead at 97

I have some Juilliard Quartet recordings, all of music that other quartets hadn't recorded at the time - modern and contemporary music. Went to a few of their concerts. I remember one in a 1963 series with two Bartok quartets sandwiching late Beethoven, on that occasion Bartok 3 and 4 around Beethov...
by John F
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 121
Views: 4777

Re: What I listened to today

The Budapest String Quartet's recording of Mozart's clarinet quintet with Benny Goodman is what my parents had, and I learned the music from it. Many years later, hearing it again, I don't like it - something hard-boiled about their approach, wrong for this music. So you might save yourself the trou...
by John F
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 3914

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Thank you, Chalkie. By the way, I didn't know about the Levine scandal until it broke in the papers; I'd been hearing gossip for years, but that's not knowledge.
by John F
Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini on Callas's Tosca
Replies: 3
Views: 250

Tommasini on Callas's Tosca

In today's NY Times, Anthony Tommasini discusses and plays excerpts from Maria Callas's portrayal of Tosca in the EMI recording conducted by Victor De Sabata. This is the kind of close listening that we may not always have time for, but with a great recording like this one it can pay big dividends. ...
by John F
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Behind the Scenes of ‘Tosca,’ the Messiest Production in Met History
Replies: 7
Views: 284

Re: Behind the Scenes of ‘Tosca,’ the Messiest Production in Met History

I saw "Tristan und Isolde" with Birgit Nilsson in her house debut Well, that must have been a night to remember! You would think so, but actually I remember very little, even though with Böhm conducting it must have been quite a performance. I didn't yet know the opera well, and later on I heard Ni...
by John F
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Behind the Scenes of ‘Tosca,’ the Messiest Production in Met History
Replies: 7
Views: 284

Re: Behind the Scenes of ‘Tosca,’ the Messiest Production in Met History

If you mean, did I see "Antony and Cleopatra," no, I was in Germany with the Army at the time. As for the old house, my parents took me to see "Carmen" and "Fledermaus" when I was 14, I saw "Tristan und Isolde" with Birgit Nilsson in her house debut and an ordinary "Lohengrin" while in college, and ...
by John F
Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Behind the Scenes of ‘Tosca,’ the Messiest Production in Met History
Replies: 7
Views: 284

Re: Behind the Scenes of ‘Tosca,’ the Messiest Production in Met History

The Times's headline is hype, but then, it was probably not written by Cooper but some functionary in the newsroom. Cooper says more modestly, "There has likely never been a production with a birth as tumultuous," and even that is an overstatement; the Met's problems have been with the casting, not ...
by John F
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simonetta Puccini, Keeper of the Composer’s Flame, Dies at 89
Replies: 4
Views: 235

Re: Simonetta Puccini, Keeper of the Composer’s Flame, Dies at 89

I suppose her court victory has made her very rich, but she isn't just banking the proceeds, she's doing worthwhile things.
by John F
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 486

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

Bernstein's fame, I'd say, comes mainly from "West Side Story." He was not celebrated as a conductor nearly as much outside the United States and, in his later years, in Vienna. On the other hand, perhaps you don't appreciate the breadth and depth and extentof Toscanini's fame. If not for this fame,...
by John F
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 486

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

The answers are yes, and because it's true. :)
by John F
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 121
Views: 4777

Re: What I listened to today

I've been a fan of Martin's music since hearing his harpsichord concerto when I was 15. Don't know any of these choral works but will see if I can hear them.
by John F
Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Nutcracker: an exhibition at the library
Replies: 0
Views: 213

The Nutcracker: an exhibition at the library

Winter Wonderland: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® https://d140u095r09w96.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/images/exhibitions/mgzeao_nut_1_crop_email.jpg Alberta Grant with nutcracker in Act I of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® It is so much a part of the holidays in New York, that it is ...
by John F
Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 3914

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

I agree that Swed's argument is odd and somewhat incoherent, but I posted it anyway because at the beginning he makes what I think is a valid point. The Met and other organizations have canceled performances Levine was contracted to give, though the authorities have concluded that he committed no cr...
by John F
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 3914

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

On the Met's James Levine, and the age-old debate of separating the art from the artist Mark Swed December 21, 2017 James Levine has been a conductor in steady decline. Parkinsonian tremors along with several falls requiring surgery have severely reduced his mobility, and a cancerous kidney had to b...
by John F
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's blog
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Conrad L. Osborne's blog

Wow! There's a time machine for you. Back in those days there was often only one recording of a piece or none at all, so its appearance on LP was an event. Even though the performance might not have been first-rate. Later on there were superb record reviews by David Hamilton, Will Crutchfield, and o...
by John F
Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 486

Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

https://www.forumania.com/filedata/fetch?id=6677&d=1513867656 Arturo Toscanini was the most famous conductor of his time, or indeed any time. He was also one of the most hard-working, conducting thousands of operas, concerts, and radio broadcasts in a career that lasted from 1884, when he was a 17-...
by John F
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Didn't know Lincoln Center was closed
Replies: 8
Views: 442

Re: Didn't know Lincoln Center was closed

Thanks, jserraglio. Not only is this Alexa something I don't need to have, it sounds like something nobody needs to have. :mrgreen: Except maybe blind people who can't read this information from Lincoln Center's web site.
by John F
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Didn't know Lincoln Center was closed
Replies: 8
Views: 442

Re: Didn't know Lincoln Center was closed

I had no idea what you were talking about, and the information on the Web wasn't very enlightening. http://alexa.lincolncenter.org/ Finally, after scrolling down, I found out that Alexa is an app for smartphones that provides Lincoln Center's calendar of coming events. Why "Alexa"? Beats me. And wha...
by John F
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Bernstein exhibition
Replies: 4
Views: 322

Leonard Bernstein exhibition

This year is the centennial of Leonard Bernstein's birth, and all over the country the anniversary is being celebrated with concerts and other events. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, at Lincoln Center, has just opened an extraordinary exhibition collaborating with the Grammy Mus...
by John F
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler cycle & 90 other concerts streaming for NYP's 175th anniversary
Replies: 8
Views: 481

Re: Mahler cycle & 90 other concerts streaming for NYP's 175th anniversary

I'm less confident in my memory, especially when it's contradicted by direct documentary evidence, but the evidence doesn't necessarily change my memory. I distinctly remember a performance of Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony by the London Symphony and Rostropovich as part of his mammoth Shostakovi...
by John F
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3784
Views: 281545

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

I trust Hamelin when he digs up obscure or unknown composers, and so apparently do his record companies. In standard repertoire he's less compelling, certainly less unique, but worth hearing anyway.
by John F
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's blog
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Conrad L. Osborne's blog

If you read on in Osborne's piece, he has more to say about the audience's response to and relationship with operatic characters, and how the music influences this. I think he's right - obviously, or I wouldn't have quoted him. If we don't care about Wozzeck and Marie, for example, then what's the p...
by John F
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's blog
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Conrad L. Osborne's blog

If you're as old as me, and if you read High Fidelity magazine as early as I did, the name of Conrad L. Osborne will ring not just a bell but a carillon. He was the main reviewer of opera recordings at a time when they were fairly rare and usually carefully planned and cast by the record companies. ...
by John F
Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler cycle & 90 other concerts streaming for NYP's 175th anniversary
Replies: 8
Views: 481

Re: Mahler cycle & 90 other concerts streaming for NYP's 175th anniversary

In the program with Mahler 5, Leinsdorf included the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen sung by Frederica Von Stade. In the program with Mahler 4, Levine included four Knaben Wunderhorn songs and the Ruckert songs with Maria Ewing; Judith Blegen sang the last movement of the symphony. Have a look for y...
by John F
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler cycle & 90 other concerts streaming for NYP's 175th anniversary
Replies: 8
Views: 481

Re: Mahler cycle & 90 other concerts streaming for NYP's 175th anniversary

The only Mahler cycle with the NYP that I ever experienced (I attended only the Fourth) was in 1976 or 1977 under Erich Leinsdorf at Carnegie Hall The Philharmonic did indeed play a complete Mahler cycle in Carnegie Hall in 1976, but according to the Philharmonic's performance annals, Leinsdorf con...
by John F
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: After CompuServe
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: After CompuServe

Forumania, the new home for some of CompuServe's forums, is using inferior system software - phpBB here is much better - and there's very little action. I'm the only one who has posted in the Classical Music subforum, and I doubt I'll keep doing it for long. Still in mourning for the CompuServe that...
by John F
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 121
Views: 4777

Re: What I listened to today

I found Newman pretty tiresome in his guardian-of-the-language role. Oddly, it was William Safire of the opposite political persuasion who was more sensible about usage and style. But I did enjoy the sign Newman posted above his office door: "Abandon hopefully, ye who enter here."
by John F
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 121
Views: 4777

Re: What I listened to today

"Where's he live at?" is nonstandard, lower-class English even in America. But you say, "We never use - or mostly never use - prepositions at the end of sentences as this isn't regarded as good English usage." Sometimes it is - depends on the prepositions and the context. The story goes that Winston...
by John F
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 121
Views: 4777

Re: What I listened to today

You have to take into account that I'm a Yank and don't speak English properly. :D