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by sfbugala
Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: D. Robertson: Why didn't CSO and NYP ultimately choose him
Replies: 37
Views: 4041

Re: D. Robertson: Why didn't CSO and NYP ultimately choose him

I heard him quest conduct the Pittsburgh SO once. He gave the absolute worst performance, by a fair margin, of Beethoven's 5th that I have ever heard - live or on record. For me, I would never appoint a conductor would could not convincingly conduct the backbone of the literature. I have to tease a...
by sfbugala
Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I think Obama's probably goin' to win ...
Replies: 138
Views: 7522

Re: I think Obama's probably goin' to win ...

It's really too bad the Corner Pub has poisoned nearly every corner of the CMG for me with all this Nazi rally talk. While I've been no big fan of the GOP over the past eight years, I've cringed when some knucklehead has compared W to a Nazi for his alleged sins. I'm sure if we all talked to a vet f...
by sfbugala
Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:52 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Skrowaczewski: Bruckner 8th St Louis Symphony
Replies: 1
Views: 1293

Re: Skrowaczewski: Bruckner 8th St Louis Symphony

Thanks, Don!

Indeed, it was a great concert.
by sfbugala
Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BRUCKNER'S NEGLECTED SYMPHONY
Replies: 18
Views: 3408

Re: BRUCKNER'S NEGLECTED SYMPHONY

gfweis wrote:sfbugala: I got my Steinberg cd at Haydn House.
I'll check them out. Thanks!

Steve
by sfbugala
Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BRUCKNER'S NEGLECTED SYMPHONY
Replies: 18
Views: 3408

Re: BRUCKNER'S NEGLECTED SYMPHONY

I love the Sixth. For many, the last three are his best, but I think the Sixth belongs up there with them. The last movement is a little wonky, but it works. I love that slow movement. I briefly had the Steinberg performance, but since it was on a poor Dynaflex pressing, I chucked it. I'd love to fi...
by sfbugala
Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin: Pros and Cons [Thread Retitled]
Replies: 696
Views: 72172

Re: Sarah Palin's 17 Year Old Unmarried Daughter Pregnant

I can't help but wonder if Obama's children were older what the response would be from the other side if an unplanned pregnancy occurred... I'd bet the GOP would have nothing but very sweet things to say about it. Oh absolutely! I'm sure the word "whore" or "slut" would be used in the most positive...
by sfbugala
Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin: Pros and Cons [Thread Retitled]
Replies: 696
Views: 72172

Re: Sarah Palin's 17 Year Old Unmarried Daughter Pregnant

shouldn't the President and the Vice-President be held to a higher standard? Sorry, but that silly line of argument doesn't get you points when your guy is a 40 something with no history of leadership or expertise on anything. Talk about unvetted! Obama cannot be held responsible for this embarrass...
by sfbugala
Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who plays what?
Replies: 28
Views: 6648

Re: Who plays what?

Amateur euphonium player. I also dabble on trumpet. But I haven't picked up either in months. I used to play in a fine community band for about 15 years. I'd like to get back to playing, if only for church. I wish someone would transcribe some Bach for Euphonium. I'll play some WTC or Cello Suites s...
by sfbugala
Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin: Pros and Cons [Thread Retitled]
Replies: 696
Views: 72172

Re: Sarah Palin Republican VEEP Choice

I'm stunned McCain didn't pick Hillary herself, for all the talk of reaching out to PUMA Democrats. Now, THAT would've been a shocker...
by sfbugala
Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your center of gravity, musically!
Replies: 37
Views: 5329

Re: Your center of gravity, musically!

Mine probably centers around Mahler, because I find him to be the last of the great 19th century composers, and the first of the many, great 20th century ones. I love those who influenced him (Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner), and those who he influenced (especially Shostakovich.) But like others have...
by sfbugala
Wed Aug 27, 2008 10:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BEST BRUCKNER 9?
Replies: 31
Views: 14433

Re: BEST BRUCKNER 9?

There's a lot of great ones. I like the Wand one from Japan: http://classicstoday.com/review.asp?ReviewNum=4195
by sfbugala
Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fighting Breaks Out in Georgia (the former Soviet Republic)
Replies: 277
Views: 17553

Re: Randy Scheunemann, professional warmonger

You know, none of you would have anything but ridicule for Buchanan on 99 issues out of 100 because he stands for things you detest. Yet, because on this one issue he plays to your delusions and obsessions, why, he's an articulate and persuasive analyst! Did it ever cross your minds that the same f...
by sfbugala
Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fighting Breaks Out in Georgia (the former Soviet Republic)
Replies: 277
Views: 17553

Re: Pat Buchanan blasts US policy on Georgia

Awesome article! We have no business getting into yet another ethnic quagmire. I'm reminded of what my 8th grade social studies teacher told up about growing up in the 1930's. He said, if you were an Italian kid, and you were in an Irish neighborhood, you got beat up for no reason other than you wer...
by sfbugala
Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto
Replies: 5
Views: 1322

Re: Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto

Agreed. It's a beautiful work. By any chance, is the Baltimore performance streamlined? I'd love to hear another rendition.
by sfbugala
Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are the good TV shows these days?
Replies: 29
Views: 3005

Re: What are the good TV shows these days?

I can empathize with trying to avoid canceled shows. Part of me wishes certain shows had been canceled after one season. Twin Peaks, for instance, had a superb first season, then quickly went downhill from there. I bought Firefly but haven't watched many yet. What I have watched though, I really lik...
by sfbugala
Thu Aug 21, 2008 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pilz classical label
Replies: 29
Views: 14709

Re: Pilz classical label

Regarding that recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto praised in Fanfare, I suspect that it is Jost Michaels with the Westphalian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hubert Reichert. This was indeed on Vox Allegretto ACD 8013; it is now available on Vox's "burn-to-order" program, but is expensive ($...
by sfbugala
Thu Aug 21, 2008 3:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Valery Gergiev, Ossetian...
Replies: 4
Views: 1076

Valery Gergiev, Ossetian...

I usually don't venture into the Pub, but I thought this story was interesting to report given the conductor involved.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/w ... 579829.ece
by sfbugala
Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are the good TV shows these days?
Replies: 29
Views: 3005

Re: What are the good TV shows these days?

Brendan,
If you are curious about Boomtown, amazon has it very cheap: http://www.amazon.com/Boomtown-Season-O ... 907&sr=8-1

It's worth a gamble, and you can see that despite it's early cancellation, it built up quite a following.
by sfbugala
Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3727035

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

I picked this up at a church basement sale today, along with another one Bell Telephone Laboratories LP of Stokowski doing Wagner: so far, the Wagner's really good: Not bad for $0.50! Great find. Your passport into the revolution created by electrical recording and its possibilities. Almost like re...
by sfbugala
Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pilz classical label
Replies: 29
Views: 14709

Re: Pilz classical label

If you're a fan of Christiane Jaccottet , you will probably want to have her complete violin sonatas by Bach with ARTHUR GRUMIAUX , once available on Philips [454.011]. I have been trying to secure complete birth-death dates for Jaccottet, currently showing as being born on February 13, 1937 and pa...
by sfbugala
Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pilz classical label
Replies: 29
Views: 14709

Re: Pilz classical label

There's nothing new about fictitious orchestras, or for that matter fictitious conductors. Copyright laws and conductors' contracts impelled some producers to indulge. In the early days of LP, the RCA Camden label offered quite a few such recordings; somewhere there's a list of the correct names of...
by sfbugala
Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pilz classical label
Replies: 29
Views: 14709

Re: Pilz classical label

WARNING!! Although there have been no questions about the provenance of the Pilz discs that list Christiane Jaccottet and Dubravka Tomsic as the performers, there is abundant documentation that many, perhaps most, of the recordings on that label are either misattributed or attributed to pseudonymou...
by sfbugala
Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: By way of introduction
Replies: 30
Views: 5137

Re: By way of introduction

Welcome!
by sfbugala
Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pilz classical label
Replies: 29
Views: 14709

Re: Pilz classical label

I'll keep an eye open for any Tomsic recordings, for sure, as well as the others mentioned. What's funny is a used cd place acquired some, and even at "bargain" prices, $4, they're more than when they came out new! But I'll just use trade to get any I find. Hopefully, they have some of the listed. I...
by sfbugala
Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pilz classical label
Replies: 29
Views: 14709

Re: Pilz classical label

lol :D
by sfbugala
Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I always enjoy this Performance by Bernstein
Replies: 3
Views: 1510

Re: I always enjoy this Performance by Bernstein

According to Jack Gottlieb's Editor Note for Bernstein's discography: http://www.leonardbernstein.com/discog/editors_note.html, Bernstein also recorded a Piano Concerto in G with the St. Louis Symphony. However, if it saw the light of day, it was as an LP with the orchestra labelled, the Savoy Symph...
by sfbugala
Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pilz classical label
Replies: 29
Views: 14709

Pilz classical label

I found a superb selection of Bach discs on the mega cheapo label, Pilz featuring Chrstiane Jaccottet on harpsichord. I remember seeing these at Best Buy many years back for a buck a disc...or less! So far, I have Books I and II of the WTC, Goldberg Variations, and Inventions, Sinfonias, and Prelude...
by sfbugala
Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony
Replies: 75
Views: 26477

Re: Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony

I have the Karajan, Haitink, both Mehtas, Kempe (Dresden), and the Ashkenazy. It may sound surprising, but I like the Ashkenazy/Czech Phil best of all. But there are a lot of great renditions out there. For me, the work is a guilty indulgence. It's so cheesy and over-the-top, but sooooooo cool. I lo...
by sfbugala
Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Donald Erb Dies
Replies: 2
Views: 1016

Re: Donald Erb Dies

He was composer-in-residence for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for awhile, and they recorded a disc of works of his. My friend was in the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra when they performed a pretty cool work of his, Treasures of the Snow. I always hoped a professional orchestra would reco...
by sfbugala
Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And Now a Reality Show Called "Maestro"
Replies: 7
Views: 1133

Re: And Now a Reality Show Called "Maestro"

I never knew that!
by sfbugala
Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are the good TV shows these days?
Replies: 29
Views: 3005

Re: What are the good TV shows these days?

It is pretty frustrating. Doctor Who used to air here many months later than in Great Britain. However, this year, the wait was only about 3 weeks later, I think.
by sfbugala
Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are the good TV shows these days?
Replies: 29
Views: 3005

Re: What are the good TV shows these days?

Brendan wrote:

I've seen Homicide, or at least a season or two - which is why I want it all. Best procedural drama I've seen for some time.
.
Agreed.
by sfbugala
Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And Now a Reality Show Called "Maestro"
Replies: 7
Views: 1133

Re: And Now a Reality Show Called "Maestro"

Is it the American, David Soul, from Starsky and Hutch?!

Interesting.
by sfbugala
Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are the good TV shows these days?
Replies: 29
Views: 3005

Re: What are the good TV shows these days?

I started watching Lost on air, then had to miss a few episodes . . . then was utterly lost myself when I watched it again. Has enough good folk recommend it that I should pick it up on sale sometime. I'll have to order Homicide: Life on the Street from the US or UK. It was shown here on cable, but...
by sfbugala
Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are the good TV shows these days?
Replies: 29
Views: 3005

Re: What are the good TV shows these days?

I heard that Battlestar Galactica is very hard to jump into in the middle of the season. Too much backstory? It probably is. Although since it's on hiatus, you could catch up, either by watching them online, renting them, or seeing if Sci-fi Channel or your local equivalent runs a marathon. I don't...
by sfbugala
Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are the good TV shows these days?
Replies: 29
Views: 3005

Re: What are the good TV shows these days?

As a fan of shows like The Sopranos , Deadwood , Carnivale , The Shield , Buffy , Rescue Me , Life on Mars , The West Wing and such, I was wondering if there were any new shows as good (besides Battlestar Galactica , but no one will believe me that its better than all of the above put together and ...
by sfbugala
Sun Aug 10, 2008 10:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 46502

Re: What work have you most versions of?

18 Bruckner 8ths
13 Mahler Symphony No. 7
13 Bruckner Symphony No. 9
12 Mahler Symphony No. 9

The crazy thing is, I've sold/traded in versions of all four works.
by sfbugala
Sun Aug 10, 2008 9:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What is beautiful?
Replies: 46
Views: 2218

Re: What is beautiful?

Since others have used poetry as great vehicle to express our thoughts on beauty, I should, too. Music by Anna Akhmatova (dedicated to Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich) It shines with a miraculous light Revealing to the eye the cutting of facets. It alone speaks to me When others are too scared to c...
by sfbugala
Sun Aug 10, 2008 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3727035

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

I picked this up at a church basement sale today, along with another one Bell Telephone Laboratories LP of Stokowski doing Wagner: so far, the Wagner's really good: http://www.stokowski.org/images/Bell-Labs-1931-HiFi.jpg Not bad for $0.50! Great find. Your passport into the revolution created by el...
by sfbugala
Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3727035

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

I picked this up at a church basement sale today, along with another one Bell Telephone Laboratories LP of Stokowski doing Wagner: so far, the Wagner's really good:

Image

Not bad for $0.50!
by sfbugala
Sat Aug 09, 2008 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hollywood, Its Composers and Orchestrators - Faint Copy or..
Replies: 26
Views: 3176

Re: Hollywood, Its Composers and Orchestrators - Faint Copy or..

[korngold's] Hollywood followers...included...Mikos Rozsa (Spellbound). I love the irony (and wonder if Lebrecht himself gets it) of a literary hack taking musical hacks to task. Are there any other idiots who would judge movie soundtrack music by the same standards as classical music? It's like ju...
by sfbugala
Sat Aug 09, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hollywood, Its Composers and Orchestrators - Faint Copy or..
Replies: 26
Views: 3176

Re: Hollywood, Its Composers and Orchestrators - Faint Copy or..

The measuring bar for copying/stealing is certainly subjective, and I'm probably a softy in regards to Williams. Whatever he lifts, you can usually trace it. (Like the Tatooine music in Star Wars: A New Hope that is sooooo close to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.) But, for me in the end, I still think...
by sfbugala
Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hollywood, Its Composers and Orchestrators - Faint Copy or..
Replies: 26
Views: 3176

Re: Hollywood, Its Composers and Orchestrators - Faint Copy or..

But I remember a line attributed Stravinsky or T.S. Elliot. "Bad composers/poets copy; good composers/poets steal." That's what they said; but the fact remains, that wherever Stravinsky borrowed musical sources, he transformed it, and the result bears his own fingerprint. The great bulk of John Wil...
by sfbugala
Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hollywood, Its Composers and Orchestrators - Faint Copy or..
Replies: 26
Views: 3176

Re: Hollywood, Its Composers and Orchestrators - Faint Copy or..

It's funny. I scrolled down to skim the article, and I missed the byline. When I got to the line, "The word in Hollywood is that Williams is on the wane," I thought, "This is Lebrecht's article." The "word" gives it away. I'm skeptical he even knows where Hollywood is, much less anyone who knows "th...
by sfbugala
Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do You Bother to Pronounce Composers' Names Correctly?
Replies: 76
Views: 9351

Re: Do You Bother to Pronounce Composers' Names Correctly?

I personally think it is obnoxious for an English speaker to not anglicize some of the pronounciations. I had a musicology prof that sounded like she was going to cough up a wad of phlem every time she said Bach. While I certainly would pronounce Wagner " Vagner" at some level this linguistic corre...
by sfbugala
Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trashing contemporary music
Replies: 427
Views: 58632

Re: Trashing contemporary music

They may struggle with the same issues (not so, IMHO - the philosophy underlying aesthetics etc has changed considerably) but they express themselves through different forms. War was still somewhat heroic in Haydn's time - Britten's was somewhat different in so many ways. So it goes with others. I ...
by sfbugala
Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trashing contemporary music
Replies: 427
Views: 58632

Re: Trashing contemporary music

The doors close, and with the seating I'd have to climb over five grandmothers to get to my seat 'twixt Sculthorpe and Beethoven. . I usually only have to hurdle three or four at most. But I've requested an aisle seat from time to time when I haven't been in the mood for that. None of which address...
by sfbugala
Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trashing contemporary music
Replies: 427
Views: 58632

Re: Trashing contemporary music

The main ingredient any composer of any era should possess is his or her own "style"; whether neo-classical, neo romantic, serial or whatever, the creative composer should strive to be true to him/herself and the artistic convictions he/she holds. Otherwise, the resulting works can sound artificial...
by sfbugala
Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pieces for Enormous Orchestras
Replies: 95
Views: 11446

Re: Pieces for Enormous Orchestras

Berlioz's Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale might fit the bill.
by sfbugala
Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trashing contemporary music
Replies: 427
Views: 58632

Re: Trashing contemporary music

Modern music is nothing special just music written recently. People band it with dates arbitrarily. I would call anything from Debussy onwards as "modern music". You may disagree. Contemporary music is music composed in our time. Its only difference is that boundaries once established by academics ...