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by Haydnseek
Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Box sets explosion
Replies: 26
Views: 2870

I think that Stravinsky has been around a while. They may be clearing out the stock before bringing out re-mastered versions using the latest technology. They do seem to get better and better at this.
by Haydnseek
Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How ridiculous is Harry Potter anyway?
Replies: 34
Views: 2920

Re: How ridiculous is Harry Potter anyway?

I look forward to reading the Harry Potter series sometime. It's very encouraging to know that millions of children have the imaginations and attention spans to read long books. It's also good to know that books are still written that appeal to both young and old like many of the books we now consid...
by Haydnseek
Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great American Songbook
Replies: 163
Views: 105525

I was unaware until recently that guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli and his wife, singer Jessica Molaskey, host a sindicated radio show called Radio Deluxe dedicated to the great songs. Their website has a list of stations that carry it and several of the shows are available as podcasts for downloadi...
by Haydnseek
Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are You Watching and/or Reading?
Replies: 128
Views: 20688

Recently I read Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned and Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises . Fitzgerald was, in my opinion, the more insightful writer, though this is probably his weakest novel, while The Sun was certainly one of Hemingway's very best efforts. I tried to reread For Whom the Bell Tolls...
by Haydnseek
Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Stars
Replies: 31
Views: 3095

Let’s face it, it’s a threat to one’s self image as a person possessing superior taste and special knowledge when an artist becomes widely popular. That artist MUST be inferior if those sorts of people enjoy him, right? Best to declare him "shallow" or "superficial" and get that feeling of comfort b...
by Haydnseek
Fri Aug 03, 2007 11:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some general questions from a classical noobie
Replies: 51
Views: 5619

I find that the minuette movements of classical symphonies invariably become tiresome and often punch the forward button to the next movement. I should program them out. Sometimes I listen to single movements - the first movement of Mahler's 9th, for example. String quartet recordings are problemati...
by Haydnseek
Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Starbucks
Replies: 40
Views: 3192

I have a Senseo machine both at home and at work. Douwe Egberts Medium Roast is my favorite blend - really good coffee!
by Haydnseek
Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What Will Happen to My Wonderful Library?
Replies: 20
Views: 1815

In a manner of speaking. A young fellow came in April to tile my foyer. He was wired up to his Ipod so I asked what he was listening to. He replyed that he downloaded books on tape - all manner of books, but especially history, biography, science, and other non-fiction - and put them on his Ipod to...
by Haydnseek
Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What Will Happen to My Wonderful Library?
Replies: 20
Views: 1815

A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog's ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins. -Charles Lamb I buy a lot of used books, many are around 100 years old. Somehow, after a...
by Haydnseek
Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trademark Concertgebouw resonance
Replies: 6
Views: 1032

I attended three concerts there (two by the house orchestra and one by the Netherlands Philharmonic) and was happy to confirm that the sound I was hearing on records was for real. Philips engineers captured that "golden" sound over and over again in analog recordings from the Sixties through the ear...
by Haydnseek
Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sheherazade recommendation
Replies: 46
Views: 4249

Kirill Kondrashin conducting the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam on Philips. Beautiful violin work by Herman Krebbers.
by Haydnseek
Thu Jul 26, 2007 9:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: High Fidelity - The Movie
Replies: 19
Views: 2354

Think the music of Fleetwood Mac with the occasional power riff, and lyrics that evoke an ethos of early pioneer days. Sorry, but I can't help thinking of that line from the movie spoken by Dick (played superbly by Todd Lousio): "She's kind of Sheryl Crow-ish crossed with a post-Partridge Family pr...
by Haydnseek
Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: KRAZY KAT
Replies: 12
Views: 1262

Krazy Kat is an example of the comic strip rising to the level of art. It's not offensive but it can be unsettling and disturbing like other works of art. Great comedy is serious behind the laughter.
by Haydnseek
Sun Jul 22, 2007 9:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More on the new seven wonders
Replies: 16
Views: 1737

Grand Canyon
Iguaçú Falls
Victoria Falls
Li River near Guilin, China
Crater Lake
Monument Valley
Scarlett Johansson
by Haydnseek
Fri Jul 20, 2007 9:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann's Orchestral Works
Replies: 54
Views: 5540

Fugu wrote:I like the ... Goodman sets.
Was that before or after Harry James left?

I listen to Zinman's earlier set with the Baltimore Symphony on Telarc most often. I also have Haitink's which is very well played but suffers somewhat from the rather thin sound that many early digital recordings exhibited.
by Haydnseek
Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Philharmonic Hires MY First Choice for Music Director
Replies: 27
Views: 2965

Gilbert guest conducts in Baltimore. I heard him a few years ago and it was obvious that the musicians were very impressed with him. His name has come up with increasing frequency in the press when openings occur at orchestras. There has been "buzz" about this guy for years.
by Haydnseek
Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: High Fidelity - The Movie
Replies: 19
Views: 2354

However, and I have mentioned this before, there's seems to be a breath of fresh air in popular music lately. I have the same impression from listening to XM Radio's "Indie" pop channel several times recently. I wonder how many other middle-aged people are noticing this and if they are buying the m...
by Haydnseek
Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best Classical CDs of the last 10 years
Replies: 45
Views: 4584

Zoltan Kocsis's recording of the Debussy Preludes - 1998 I recently heard Claude Debussy's "Prelude a L'apres midi D'un faune" and I really loved it. Please excuse the spelling if it is not correct...I am very new to classical and have not learned French or Italian as of yet :-) I was wondering if ...
by Haydnseek
Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: High Fidelity - The Movie
Replies: 19
Views: 2354

High Fidelity - The Movie

We watched the movie comedy High Fidelity starring John Cusack yesterday evening for the first time. It's about the emotional maturation of young man who life is centered on his record collection and who owns a used record store specializing in pop music on vinyl. The staff and customers of the stor...
by Haydnseek
Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best Classical CDs of the last 10 years
Replies: 45
Views: 4584

The Tintner Bruckner cycle on Naxos began in 1995 and continued through 1998. All the discs are good and several sound truly outstanding to me. Zoltan Kocsis's recording of the Debussy Preludes - 1998 Gardiner's version of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress - 1999 Haitink made three discs of Ravel mus...
by Haydnseek
Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sergeant Pepper's in the classical repertoire?
Replies: 38
Views: 3322

In a very early episode of Doctor Who from around 1965 a girl from the far future who has come to contemporary England sees The Beatles on TV. When told who they are she remarks "Oh! I didn't know they played classical music.
by Haydnseek
Sat Jul 14, 2007 1:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best Classical CDs of the last 10 years
Replies: 45
Views: 4584

The Mendelssohn string quartets as played by the Talich Quartet on the Calliope label: 2000-2003. They were revelatory interpretations for me that caused me to hear all of Mendelssohn's music differently ever since.
by Haydnseek
Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More denial of global warming.......
Replies: 46
Views: 4077

For some interesting speeches and essays on this subject by the novelist Michael Crichton visit his website:

http://www.michaelcrichton.com/speeches.html

In particular "The Case for Skepticism on Global Warming," "Environmentalism as Religion" and "Aliens Cause Global Warming"
by Haydnseek
Sun Jul 08, 2007 3:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: International Piano Archive at Maryland
Replies: 9
Views: 1472

International Piano Archive at Maryland

At UM's piano archives, Donald Manildi is man of note By Tim Smith Sun Music Critic July 8, 2007 At first glance, the nearly room-width, ceiling-high filing cabinets that fill an impossibly compact corner of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park suggest...
by Haydnseek
Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The joy of being penniless
Replies: 17
Views: 1866

Re: The joy of being penniless

Why do we still have pennies, anyway? To annoy the hell out of us. Taxes are not enough. They have to visit pennies upon us as well. Probably a conspiracy with the copper mine owners too. The penny is composed almost 98% of zinc. The nickel is made mainly of copper however. I think the last congres...
by Haydnseek
Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About that OTHER American composer, born on the 4th of July
Replies: 3
Views: 631

Foster's "Ah, May the Red Rose Live Always" is a beautiful and poignant song. Ah, may the red rose live always, To smile upon earth and sky! Why should the beautiful ever weep? Why should the beautiful die? Lending a charm to ev'ry ray That falls on her cheeks of light, Giving the zephyr kiss for ki...
by Haydnseek
Thu Jun 28, 2007 5:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "A Racist Heart"?
Replies: 17
Views: 1790

I don't think the image above of Mrs. Pearl does her justice. Ms. Jolie isn't attractive enough for the role. Maybe if she undergoes lip-reduction surgery. Could the excess material be recycled into a new set of Firestones or something?
by Haydnseek
Thu Jun 28, 2007 3:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "A Racist Heart"?
Replies: 17
Views: 1790

Anthony Quinn must have been a nighmare for you: a Mexican of part Irish ancestry who was cast as a Greek, Arab, Jew, Russian, Spaniard, Italian, Polish-American and so on.
by Haydnseek
Fri Jun 22, 2007 8:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Read the Classics?
Replies: 36
Views: 2815

"Newland never seems to look ahead," Mrs. Welland once ventured to complain to her daughter; and May answered serenely: "No; but you see it doesn't matter, because when there's nothing particular to do he reads a book." "Ah, yes--like his father!" Mrs. Welland agreed, as if allowing for an inherited...
by Haydnseek
Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Russian capitalism pays well!
Replies: 3
Views: 558

I suppose, in the short run, the fact that Russians are seeing their living standards rise rapidly diverts them from worrying about Putin's increasingly authoritarian rule. In the long run, however, a rising middle class tends to counter-balance the power of government. Lots of people end up holdin...
by Haydnseek
Sun Jun 17, 2007 10:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rachmaninov: A monarch of the imagination.
Replies: 27
Views: 4144

This is an outstanding Rachmaninov album:

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by Haydnseek
Sun Jun 17, 2007 10:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are You Watching and/or Reading?
Replies: 128
Views: 20688

Today I finished The Alhambra by Washington Irving which was first published in 1832. Irving served for a time as a diplomat in Spain and had an opportunity to reside in the Alhambra palace for several months. The book is travel literature intermingled with retellings (spiced with Irving's own brand...
by Haydnseek
Sat Jun 16, 2007 10:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy Birthday Ford Motor Company!
Replies: 5
Views: 784

Maybe, but history is bunk. According to my history of the Fords (Lacey) it is not clear what Ford really said. He claimed The Chicago Tribune misquoted him (is it possible a newspaper would do such a thing? :roll:). It is clear that Ford did not like the way history was presented in school books b...
by Haydnseek
Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Concerts on XM Radio
Replies: 2
Views: 715

Baltimore Concerts on XM Radio

XM to play BSO concerts in 2008 By Tim Smith sun music critic June 15, 2007 The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will return to the national airwaves for the first time in nearly a decade with a new series on XM satellite radio beginning Sept. 27, when Marin Alsop's first concert as music director will ...
by Haydnseek
Wed Jun 13, 2007 9:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Whale of a Tale
Replies: 4
Views: 776

Political Correctness requires that Eskimos be allowed to continue their hunting tradition. This sort of thing is only bad if Icelanders, Norwegians and Japanese do it. I'll know Greenpeace is serious about stoping whaling the day they ram an Eskimo kayak with one of their ships.
by Haydnseek
Wed Jun 13, 2007 3:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Felonies Arising From Foolishness
Replies: 10
Views: 1105

Successful school pranks should be humorous and fundamentally good-natured like the one at this high school. The greatest tradition of university pranks must be at Caltech. Here are a few examples: http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/pranks/rosebowl.html http://www.globalprovince.com/caltech.htm A few yea...
by Haydnseek
Wed Jun 13, 2007 3:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Felonies Arising From Foolishness
Replies: 10
Views: 1105

It was a pretty good old fashioned prank of the sort chronicled in Owen Johnson's "Lawrenceville Stories" such as The Prodigious Hickey, The Tennessee Shad, and The Varmint. I don't think they are in print anymore but they should be. Is anyone else here familiar with them? These stories written in t...
by Haydnseek
Mon Jun 11, 2007 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don't Act Out if You Don't Like the Music
Replies: 104
Views: 11060

It's a slippery slope when the audience become unruly. Remember those shocking images from last year's Mostly Mozart Festival:

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by Haydnseek
Sat Jun 09, 2007 9:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sunday Morning
Replies: 3
Views: 582

I'll sip coffee on my porch overlooking the water and read The Old Curiosity Shop, pausing now and then to watch the birdlife. Later in the morning I"ll drive to Washington to see an afternoon soccer match between DC and New York. I'll spend the rest of the day catching up on the old movies I've rec...
by Haydnseek
Sat Jun 09, 2007 9:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Paris Hilton
Replies: 36
Views: 2829

Ms. Hilton is a full-time publicity seeker who has crafted an image for herself as a spoiled-rotten rich girl. Everything that is happening now is working in her favor. She is just getting all she can out of it.
by Haydnseek
Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Attention Impecunious EM Fans
Replies: 3
Views: 705

What a shame that we have to live with conditions supportive of exports, and thus manufacturing jobs, when there are so many needy record collectors.
by Haydnseek
Fri Jun 08, 2007 7:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Magnificent, Wonderful Museum Opens!
Replies: 8
Views: 965

Well, forgive me for being a snob, but I cannot recall Nostalgia as one of the Nine Muses. The elevation of triva to replace high art and culture as being of central importance to our lives is not something I celebrate. The Rijksmuseum, now that is a museum! A brand of soap or its packaging and adv...
by Haydnseek
Thu Jun 07, 2007 11:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Magnificent, Wonderful Museum Opens!
Replies: 8
Views: 965

I visited the old Coca-Cola museum in Atlanta a few years ago and enjoyed it. The displays showing the changes in advertising over the years were particularly fascinating. Museums about industry, civic and social history are more interesting to me than most fine arts museums. They provide a window l...
by Haydnseek
Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Yankee or Dixie Quiz
Replies: 29
Views: 2522

46% Yankee. I'm originally from Michigan and my parents came from Ohio. I still call it a "Drinking Fountain."
by Haydnseek
Tue Jun 05, 2007 9:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Favorite actors and actresses
Replies: 22
Views: 1720

Many of the best actors have been character actors in supporting roles. The studios were full of them in Hollywood’s Golden Age and they could take a good movie to a higher level or save a mediocre one by creating a character of real interest. However, we usually mean leads when we discuss favorites...
by Haydnseek
Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy 40th to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Replies: 3
Views: 585

Don't forget this guy: 'Beatles split was a relief' By Rob Blackhurst Published: Apr 20, 2007 AIR Lyndhurst, the Hampstead church converted into a recording studio by Sir George Martin, hardly reeks of the spirit of rock 'n' roll. Inside the gloomy Victorian building are hanging baskets and a plaque...
by Haydnseek
Tue May 22, 2007 8:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dawkins and the God Delusion
Replies: 102
Views: 8113

(Dawkins would argue we do, as only organization may have a hope of stemming fundamentalist religious fanaticism.) I can't imagine the organized spread of ideas like Intelligent Design having occurred without the previous efforts of organized and almost militant groups to ban religious expression w...
by Haydnseek
Sun May 20, 2007 9:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How will the religious right get on without Jerry Falwell?
Replies: 13
Views: 1838

As a believer, I can say you're full of it. The religious right, unfortunately, will continue as a group that seeks to oppress as it was destined to do when it first came into power. We have more to fear from religious zealots like you than anyone else. I'm confused, which one of you is the religio...
by Haydnseek
Sun May 20, 2007 9:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Brilliant Act of Protest
Replies: 1
Views: 430

A Brilliant Act of Protest

Mermaid statue draped in Muslim dress Sun May 20, 4:16 PM ET The Little Mermaid statue in Denmark's capital was found draped in a Muslim dress and head scarf Sunday morning. Police removed the clothing after a telephone caller reported it, spokesman Jorgen Thomsen said. The statue sculpted in tribut...
by Haydnseek
Fri May 18, 2007 11:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: God's Retribution Was Severe
Replies: 66
Views: 7041

It’s always remarkable to hear religious believers of the more liberal sort condemn fundamentalists for their moral views and primitive ideas about things like the sources and significance of natural disasters and acts of violence. To those of us who are non-believers the gulf between the two camps ...