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by lennygoran
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6
Replies: 5
Views: 63

Re: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6

Len: Well, Tchaikovsky wrote operas that were successful and remain in the repertoire, but Rachmaninoff did write roughly 5 CDs worth of exquisite solo piano music, which I admire greatly. Brian but what about all the other stuff from Tchaikovsky-all those great concertos-the symphonies? Regards, Len
by lennygoran
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In questo foro, how do we feel about this?
Replies: 15
Views: 159

Re: In questo foro, how do we feel about this?

Belle wrote:
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:04 pm
A comparison of the Opera composed by both Rossini and Verdi[/b]". My friend trained as an opera singer in Italy in the mid 1970s and we're all looking forward to it - over the next 2 Thursdays.
Belle I would love to see a Rossini Otello sometime. Regards, Len
by lennygoran
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In questo foro, how do we feel about this?
Replies: 15
Views: 159

Re: In questo foro, how do we feel about this?

THEHORN wrote:
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:45 pm
Opera is about life . And in life, people do bad things to each other , whether men to women, women to men, men to men, or women to women . As far as I can tell, Puccini was no more of a misogynist than other famous composers .
Bob I'm in general with you on this-thanks! Regards, Len
by lennygoran
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Berlin Philharmonic Stages a Musically Glorious ‘Vixen’
Replies: 2
Views: 28

Re: The Berlin Philharmonic Stages a Musically Glorious ‘Vixen’

The New York Philharmonic staged a musically glorious "Vixen" here a few years ago, without being lumbered with Peter Sellars. You didn't like it for some reason. John I don't think that's the case-we saw a Vixen at Julliard we liked and that you and Maria R hated-what I did hate was the NY Phil Le...
by lennygoran
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Berlin Philharmonic Stages a Musically Glorious ‘Vixen’
Replies: 2
Views: 28

The Berlin Philharmonic Stages a Musically Glorious ‘Vixen’

Not the kind of event I would be interested in but I do love the opera. Regards, Len Review: The Berlin Philharmonic Stages a Musically Glorious ‘Vixen’ By CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM OCT. 17, 2017 BERLIN — In the final act of Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen,” a litter of fox cubs comes upon a d...
by lennygoran
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Geffen Hall Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way
Replies: 6
Views: 52

Re: Geffen Hall Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way

You are breaking my heart. I haven't been back to Cornwall, the town where I grew up, in years, not since my father moved to Florida. (For those who don't know, Storm King is the name of the mountain between Cornwall and West Point, and it is also the name of a famous modern art museum in Cornwall....
by lennygoran
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6
Replies: 5
Views: 63

Re: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6

Belle I love those symphonies-aamof I love all his symphonies. For me he's more valuable than Rachmaninov. Regards, Len :D
by lennygoran
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Geffen Hall Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way
Replies: 6
Views: 52

Re: Geffen Hall Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way

It is Eisenhower Hall at West Point. When I first posted that years ago, even Ralph Stein, who was almost never wrong, did not believe me, and I had to post the figures to prove it. How interesting-we'll probably be around there next Monday-we're going to Storm King if the weather holds up-want to ...
by lennygoran
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: A thrilling concert version of West Side Story
Replies: 1
Views: 23

Re: A thrilling concert version of West Side Story

Ricordanza wrote:
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:53 pm
Nobody knows in America
Puerto Rico's in America!


The audience interrupted with applause, obviously in rebuke to the current occupant of the White House.
Great! Regards, Len :D
by lennygoran
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In questo foro, how do we feel about this?
Replies: 15
Views: 159

Re: In questo foro, how do we feel about this?

I was astonished when I stumbled on this seemingly gratuitous criticism of Puccini's greatest opera (and yes, I know it was completed by someone else). Can't read the article-ad blocker keeps getting in the way. Anyway love the opera as far as it goes-too bad he couldn't figure out how to end it be...
by lennygoran
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Paris Opera
Replies: 0
Views: 24

The Paris Opera

We have "The Opera House" movie I mentioned for the Met and now I see there's this. If you can get to the article there's a trailer of the movie. Regards, Len Review: With ‘The Paris Opera,’ a Peek Behind the Curtain The Paris Opera Directed by Jean-Stéphane Bron Documentary By BEN KENIGSBERG OCT. 1...
by lennygoran
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Geffen Hall Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way
Replies: 6
Views: 52

Geffen Hall Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way

We've been talking about Geffen Hall-Cooper's NYTimes suggests this. Regards, Len As Geffen Hall’s Renovation Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way By MICHAEL COOPER OCT. 17, 2017 CINCINNATI — A concert hall that was simply too cavernous: hard to sell out and leaving audiences feeling distant from the ...
by lennygoran
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An interesting performance (to leave you curious)
Replies: 2
Views: 45

Re: An interesting performance (to leave you curious)

Well I found it interesting, rather enjoyable and also curious. Is it an attempt to update Verdi's Stiffelio? Regards, Len [on the run] :lol:
by lennygoran
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just for fun, the health of presidents
Replies: 3
Views: 47

Re: Just for fun, the health of presidents

(Getting ready for Academic Bowl next Wednesday, don't you know, and presidential trivia is always a good topic, though I would have to frame the questions in such a way that high school students could be expected to answer them ) You sound very sharp and in good form-I'm sure you'll do well! Regar...
by lennygoran
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richard Wilbur RIP
Replies: 8
Views: 97

Re: Richard Wilbur RIP

As you wish, Len, but "Pangloss's Song" is the virtuoso performance and the only "Candide" lyric to have a life without its music. I took another look at Pangloss's Song-we've only seen the operetta twice-as you can imagine we just love the music and happy nature of Glittter and Be Gay and I've enj...
by lennygoran
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hotel.Com Ireland
Replies: 0
Views: 21

Hotel.Com Ireland

I've been using Hotel.Com for years-yesterday I made a reservation for a hotel and the confirmation came back from Hotel.Com Ireland-now I've gotten a few other offers-I called Hotel.Com and they said there was a glitch and they advised changing my password-they had all my bookings and said I was sa...
by lennygoran
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just for fun, the health of presidents
Replies: 3
Views: 47

Re: Just for fun, the health of presidents

This site tells us all about that, and for the two worst cases I have read independently to confirm it. Our two unhealthiest presidents were John F. Kennedy and, unbelievably, George Washington. Woodrow wilson was in bad shape for some time if I'm not mistaken. What about problems of mental health-...
by lennygoran
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richard Wilbur RIP
Replies: 8
Views: 97

Re: Richard Wilbur RIP

John F wrote:
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:44 am
Like I said.
Well I felt Glitter and Be Gay deserved special mention. Regards, Len
by lennygoran
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richard Wilbur RIP
Replies: 8
Views: 97

Re: Richard Wilbur RIP

including Bernstein's "Candide," which is why his obit is here and not in Corner Pub. Wow, "OPERA URBAN LEGEND: Richard Wilbur, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry and the second United States Poet Laureate, actually wrote the lyrics to a number of songs from Candide, including “ Glitter and ...
by lennygoran
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HD Met Die Zauberflote
Replies: 3
Views: 65

Re: HD Met Die Zauberflote

We met friends in Rockaway NJ for the Met's HD performance of this opera today Forgot to mention this good news-- Gelb and Froemke were interviewed during one of the intermissions by Nadine Sierra who incidentally did a great job with all the interviews and the film The Opera House will be shown at...
by lennygoran
Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "What the composer wants"
Replies: 34
Views: 395

Re: "What the composer wants"

He never complained about the size of any orchestra he worked with, even when, for the premiere of "Don Giovanni," with its instrumentarium expanded by 3 trombones, there was room in the tiny theatre's pit for only 4 first violins etc. But it doesn't take an expert on orchestration or a musicologis...
by lennygoran
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HD Met Die Zauberflote
Replies: 3
Views: 65

Re: HD Met Die Zauberflote

jbuck919 wrote:
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:52 pm
I have had it memorized for so long that I really don't need to see a production, though I am glad they still go on.
I do love listening to the opera music but when there's a production I like opera it's a wonderful experience I don't want to give up. Regards, Len
by lennygoran
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HD Met Die Zauberflote
Replies: 3
Views: 65

HD Met Die Zauberflote

We met friends in Rockaway NJ for the Met's HD performance of this opera today-we hadn't seen Taymor's production in many years-it holds up beautifully-a lovely young cast and Rene Pape delivered the goods-the sets are truly spectacular with great costumes and puppet work-a most enjoyable opera expe...
by lennygoran
Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: London Times On Concert Hall Mess In New York
Replies: 7
Views: 112

Re: London Times On Concert Hall Mess In New York

Ricordanza wrote:
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:51 am
a second-tier orchestra with a third-rank conductor
Wow. That's a harsh (and unjustified) comment.
Henry don't know enough about conductors but that sure does seem harsh! Regards, Len :(
by lennygoran
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goldberg Variations Choreographer
Replies: 2
Views: 72

Re: Goldberg Variations Choreographer

jbuck919 wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:33 pm
But the Goldberg Variations? No, I'd have to see it believe it.
Well if it were closer to home instead of Montclair I might give it a try. At one time we lived much closer to Montclair in Maplewood NJ.

https://www.montclair.edu/calendar/view ... p?id=47801
by lennygoran
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ten things Lucy Worsley has learnt about opera
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Ten things Lucy Worsley has learnt about opera

A friend sent me this article which she found cute. Regards, Len :) 1 Opera came alive thanks to dead Romans Seventeenth-century Venetians wanted to see real people in their operas — as opposed to mythical figures, gods, goddesses, or personifications of nature. So although it doesn’t sound all that...
by lennygoran
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: London Times On Concert Hall Mess In New York
Replies: 7
Views: 112

London Times On Concert Hall Mess In New York

London must learn from the concert hall mess made in New York It’s all gone pear-shaped in New York. Last week the city’s biggest arts complex, Lincoln Center, announced that it was ditching a project, planned for 13 years, to gut its main concert hall, home of the New York Philharmonic, and build a...
by lennygoran
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goldberg Variations Choreographer
Replies: 2
Views: 72

Goldberg Variations Choreographer

Who’s Afraid of ‘Goldberg Variations’? Not This Choreographer. Pam Tanowitz usually begins a dance when she has an idea for one. But her new premiere started differently: Simone Dinnerstein, an acclaimed pianist whose first love was dance, contacted her. They made a date for coffee. At that meeting,...
by lennygoran
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Venezuela’s Government Cancels Another Gustavo Dudamel Tour
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: Venezuela’s Government Cancels Another Gustavo Dudamel Tour

The Times's headline writer got it wrong. The Venezuelan government didn't and can't stop Dudamel from going wherever he wants, though he's a sharp critic of the government. What they stopped was a tour of his youth orchestra, which as far as I know has expressed no political opinions collectively ...
by lennygoran
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 312

Re: Schumann

barney wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:21 am
I got to know Schumann through the symphonies, but seldom visit them now.
Barney I listen to those a lot-just love them! Regards, Len
by lennygoran
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Venezuela’s Government Cancels Another Gustavo Dudamel Tour
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Venezuela’s Government Cancels Another Gustavo Dudamel Tour

Venezuela’s Government Cancels Another Gustavo Dudamel Tour By MICHAEL COOPER OCT. 12, 2017 The conductor Gustavo Dudamel may well be Venezuela’s most acclaimed cultural export, and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela has come to symbolize that nation’s commitment to social programs an...
by lennygoran
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sad News Vincent La Selva
Replies: 1
Views: 88

Sad News Vincent La Selva

Vincent La Selva, Dauntless Founder of a People’s Opera Troupe, Dies at 88 By SAM ROBERTS OCT. 12, 2017 Vincent La Selva, who exuberantly weathered thunderstorms, flimsy sets, crackling audio, frayed costumes and sometimes inexpert performers so that his spare but enormously popular company, the New...
by lennygoran
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: OperaVision
Replies: 2
Views: 76

Re: OperaVision

John F wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:18 am
But Pelléas et Mélisande from the Komische Oper Berlin? I fear the worst.
Don't blame you! Regards, Len :lol:
by lennygoran
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don Carlos Paris
Replies: 7
Views: 129

Re: Don Carlos Paris

barney wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:36 am
Ferruccio Furlanetto singing it.
Barney we saw him do it live at the Met--wonderful! We also saw it with Nicolai Ghiaurov-again wonderful. I rank this opera second of Verdi's after Otello. Regards, Len
by lennygoran
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: OperaVision
Replies: 2
Views: 76

OperaVision

Someone I know alerted me to this-I got an email from OperaVision as well. Regards, Len The new online destination for Opera! www.operavision.eu Opera Europa and 30 opera companies from 18 countries join forces to build on the success of The Opera Platform and bring you OperaVision, thanks to the re...
by lennygoran
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An Opera I Missed
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: An Opera I Missed

Gosh, a whole hour and five minutes' travel time? Well we have met friends there for dinners-oh forgot to add parking is a bit of a problem in Monclair-nothing like NYC though. Also I admit I'm getting older and the long drives are becoming harder and harder-that's why when we head in NYC we try to...
by lennygoran
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don Carlos Paris
Replies: 7
Views: 129

Re: Don Carlos Paris

John F wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:45 am
As for the production, at least the grand inquisitor hasn't been made to look like Adolf Eichmann, and Philip to look like Hitler. :roll:
Thanks-okay maybe I'll book a flight to Paris afterall! Regards, Len :lol:
by lennygoran
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MacArthur Fellowships for 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: MacArthur Fellowships for 2017

jbuck919 wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:02 pm
I wonder if she's a relative of the hideous composer Carl Orff.
She's involved in the billion dollar oyster project which I hope cleans up NYC's waterways-she's got my vote! Regards, Len :D
by lennygoran
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don Carlos Paris
Replies: 7
Views: 129

Don Carlos Paris

May be starry but unfortunately also updated. "The work has been updated from the 16th century — seemingly to the 1940s or ’50s" Too bad-the cast sounds wonderful. Regards, Len Review: A Starry ‘Don Carlos’ Brings Verdi, in French, to Paris By ZACHARY WOOLFE OCT. 11, 2017 PARIS — What a difference a...
by lennygoran
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An Opera I Missed
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: An Opera I Missed

John F wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:25 pm
I suppose you could go to Montclair for dinner without having to go to some crummy opera too... :mrgreen:
Yes definitely the thing to do-it's a shame Montclair is an hour and 5 minutes from home. Regards, Len :(
by lennygoran
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: SI: Cleveland Indians turn crushing World Series loss into historic season
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: SI: Cleveland Indians turn crushing World Series loss into historic season

jserraglio wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:19 pm
>the Celtics?...Bill Russell
The Celtics-don't even mention them-what they did to my hapless Knicks-criminal-and that Bill Sharman! Bill Russell-what defense! I'm glad to see he's still alive! Regards, Len

PS-so is Sharman
by lennygoran
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: SI: Cleveland Indians turn crushing World Series loss into historic season
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: SI: Cleveland Indians turn crushing World Series loss into historic season

Thanks, don't care for such bad behavior-still wasn't there a time when the Cleveland fans booed Lebron when he left the club-how would that behavior be viewed by you Clevelanders? Regards, Len :P
by lennygoran
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: SI: Cleveland Indians turn crushing World Series loss into historic season
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: SI: Cleveland Indians turn crushing World Series loss into historic season

jserraglio wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:56 am
The way Yankee fans treated the excellent Joe Girardi after the Yanks lost Game 2 was bush-league shameful.
This is news to me-what happened there? Regards, Len
by lennygoran
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WH containment strategy is needed to head off WW III: Foreign Affairs Cmte chair, Bob Corker
Replies: 4
Views: 157

Re: WH containment strategy is needed to head off WW III: Foreign Affairs Cmte chair, Bob Corker

jserraglio wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:20 am
Trump boasts his is way bigger than Tillerson's.
Corker may blow them both out of the water! Regards, Len :lol:
by lennygoran
Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 60 Minutes Shake-Shack Danny Meyer
Replies: 7
Views: 114

Re: 60 Minutes Shake-Shack Danny Meyer

jbuck919 wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:10 pm
You won't find a Little Tavern because they've all gone out of business. In fact, they are so historic in the area that I believe one of the little places was donated to the Smithsonian.
Yeah last one closed in 2008 according to wiki. Regards, Len

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Tavern
by lennygoran
Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An Opera I Missed
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: An Opera I Missed

John F wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:46 am
Doesn't look like you missed much.
Yep-only thing I probably missed of value was a great meal at one of Montclair's wonderful restaurants--the town is loaded with them. Regards, Len :lol:
by lennygoran
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An Opera I Missed
Replies: 6
Views: 164

An Opera I Missed

We get into Montclair NJ from time to time-some wonderful restaurants-we used to live closer to this town-anyway I missed this opera. Regards, Len Music Review: ‘The Force of Things,’ an Indirectly Audible Opera By SETH COLTER WALLS OCT. 10, 2017 MONTCLAIR, N.J. — In the 50 years since Robert Ashley...
by lennygoran
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Operas, Ballets & Other Works About Trump
Replies: 24
Views: 521

Re: New Operas, Ballets & Other Works About Trump

jserraglio wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:38 am
I set the start time on the movie to 22:03. The mad scene runs about a minute to 23:11.
Thanks, I watched about 5 minutes of this-it really captivated me-I gotta sit down sometime and watch the whole movie-drinking to Verdi and Rossini! Regards, Len :D
by lennygoran
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 60 Minutes Shake-Shack Danny Meyer
Replies: 7
Views: 114

Re: 60 Minutes Shake-Shack Danny Meyer

I'd prefer the now defunct Little Tavern chain. I know that Danny Meyer is an important restaurateur in NYC, but anyone who starts a chain with the name of Shake Shack in a sophisticated eating market deserves to go out of business instantly. Never heard of Little Tavern-I'll keep a lookout for it-...