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by jbuck919
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw
Replies: 11
Views: 105

Re: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw

Not so "Peter Grimes," "The Rape of Lucretia," "Gloriana," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Noyes Fludde," "Owen Wingrave" (which is about pacifism, not sexuality), and the three parables for church performance, for starters. And in those whose themes directly or obliquely relate to homosexuality, tha...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 20
Views: 289

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

. . . another woman with “credible evidence” . . . not Deborah Ramirez . . . , A third woman, now. No wonder McConnell and Grassley wanted to ram this nominee thru before the dike burst. Thanks for the info, Len. Did not know about this: busy with schoolwork. Boys will be boys , according to some, ...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw
Replies: 11
Views: 105

Re: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw

It's smaller-scale than "Grimes" and "Budd," and a bit less melodically appealing; kind of like "The Rape of Lucretia," which I believe you've seen. But it's one of Britten's more popular operas. John thanks! I'm going for it! Regards, Len And I think you should. One issue with Britten is that, alt...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw
Replies: 11
Views: 105

Re: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw

I have heard it and it's as good as any opera Britten ever wrote. You may take that with the ambiguity with which it was intended. :D
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 20
Views: 289

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

I don't excuse Kavanaugh for anything, but as someone who went to grad school at Yale (where I was still very shy), this most famous group is a huge partying group. Years later as his boss I warned a father that his son who was about to go to Yale and wanted to be in the group that it was a heavily ...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Billionaire to invite up to 8 guests on his paid 2023 lunar trip
Replies: 4
Views: 176

Re: Billionaire to invite up to 8 guests on his paid 2023 lunar trip

a passenger trip to the moon? Ain't never gonna happen, man. You of course know full well that orbital lunar flights were made feasible a half century ago. Right now Boeing and SpaceX are under contract by NASA to send humans into earth orbit, if not in 2019, as projected, then soon thereafter, mos...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Szeryng live Brahms VC
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Re: Szeryng live Brahms VC

Not a word beyond this, except to say that just figuring out the arpeggione is halfway from here to the next planet.

by jbuck919
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Billionaire to invite up to 8 guests on his paid 2023 lunar trip
Replies: 4
Views: 176

Re: Billionaire to invite up to 8 guests on his paid 2023 lunar trip

In the first place, although his paintings now bring millions, he is a gigantically overrated painter. I suppose that it is irrelevant that he died from a heroin overdose at a very young age, but I can't help seeing the connection between his paintings and ordinary graffiti. Then, to get to the main...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: London bookstore news
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: London bookstore news

The only time I was ever in London, on a business trip (there are things I have never shared with anyone here, even John F), I happened to be required to make a side trip to Oxford, where I visited Blackwell's, both the book and the music store. It was a life dream come true. I don't even know if th...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A substitute teaching challenge
Replies: 0
Views: 64

A substitute teaching challenge

I volunteered for this in contact with the teacher. Most music teachers have a difficult time finding subs, and when they do, it becomes a babysitting operation. However, this is the chorus teacher in my own local high school, from which my mother graduated (in a different building of course) in 193...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Woodward's book makes it clear: We have everything to fear, even fear itself
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Re: Woodward's book makes it clear: We have everything to fear, even fear itself

Veering slightly off topic, the famous saying by FDR was already wrong in its own time. It was perfectly obvious to any thinking person that we had everything to fear from the Great Depression.
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller
Replies: 44
Views: 755

Re: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller

Belle, you have no idea how disgustingly partisan the Pub was long ago. slowly but surely the right wingers all lost their cool and are now gone. My friend Mt Stradivarius has never broken any rules and always speaks his mind. The concept of everyone agreeing with one side is a nice idea, but fanta...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Professor Christine Blasey Ford speaks out about alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh
Replies: 33
Views: 638

Re: Professor Christine Blasey Ford speaks out about alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh

One of the joys of my grad school experience in the NE (I grew up in a sheltered Ohio conclave) was coming into contact with so many brilliant Jewish classmates, friends in other fields, undergrads and the occasional, very occasional in them days, prof. We are not that far apart in age, and I had a...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "The Rubin Report: Problems and Solutions with Education"
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: "The Rubin Report: Problems and Solutions with Education"

I learned about enabling early during my formation, when I was roundly and correctly called on the carpet for implying that drug dealing is worse than drug using. To avoid enabling, one cannot always be completely frank in an adult sense. To change the subject slightly, what drives me crazy is legal...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Professor Christine Blasey Ford speaks out about alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh
Replies: 33
Views: 638

Re: Professor Christine Blasey Ford speaks out about alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh

the next nominee will be no better. I think that even the GOP, bad as they are, can do better than a man who as a lawyer back in the 1990s exhibited prurient interest in Bill Clinton, and today, as a judge named to the High Court, has to deny that in his youth he was a drunk, a kidnapper and a wann...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Professor Christine Blasey Ford speaks out about alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh
Replies: 33
Views: 638

Re: Professor Christine Blasey Ford speaks out about alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh

For the very reason you cited, Kavanaugh is not going to be denied confirmation no matter what his past may have been. It is simply too important to the Republicans to have someone like him on the Supreme Court, and after he is confirmed there will be nothing anyone can do about it. And on the extre...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring
Replies: 8
Views: 193

Re: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring

Jbuck, I don't think the Met's repertoire is all that conservative . Within the past 20 years or so it as broadened and diversified its repertoire considerably , doing numerous operas you would never have expected them to do in its early years at Lincoln center . This year they're doing the US prem...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Professor Christine Blasey Ford speaks out about alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh
Replies: 33
Views: 638

Re: Professor Christine Blasey Ford speaks out about alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh

Unfortunately for BK, I believe that the state of Maryland has no such statute of limitations on sex offenses. [/size] Having lived in Maryland for 25 years, I assure you that it does. Yes, but thought I'd verify just in case. I'm sure you know Doveryai, no proveryai is old Russian proverb, made fa...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 424

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

"Carnaval" is another favourite by Schumann; there are so many!! I have a recording of this from Arrau and I must say it doesn't enchant - mostly due to the sound quality. So, recourse to the internet is the next best option. 2 recordings to have: Artur Rubinstein's last studio version, 60's , mine...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: hatuey memory of fire review
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: hatuey memory of fire review

Linguists consider Yiddish to be a dialect of German (ironic, no?). In fact, as long as it is written in the Latin alphabet, I can usually make it out. What I can't make out is a name like Hatuey, which looks misspelled whether it is or not.
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two NY Phil players dismissed for unspecified misconduct
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: Two NY Phil players dismissed for unspecified misconduct

One can only assume these 'misconduct' allegations are related to sexual harassment. But maybe it's something else (for once). :roll: Right you are to roll your eyes, for it can be nothing else. Although there are more-and-more stories, often important ones, involving very grown-up people, what is ...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 424

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 ab...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remembering Birgit Nilsson
Replies: 7
Views: 297

Re: Remembering Birgit Nilsson

As John F and maybe others know, all Metropolitan Opera performances are backed up. (I can't recall the technical word for it.) Many years ago, the Sieglinde was laid up with an illness and it just happened that Birgit Nilsson was in town. She responded on the moment, though she had not sung the rol...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 424

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 jbuck919
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new "Burlesque, a recent Chopin PC # 1
Replies: 6
Views: 155

Re: A new "Burlesque, a recent Chopin PC # 1

Fortunately my French is somewhat better, but I can't make it work. How am I supposed to get past the obvious franglais of connectez-vous?
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring
Replies: 8
Views: 193

Re: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring

When I was relatively new here, one could not find this information unless one watched for the special print edition of the Times that came out every fall. Sometimes I missed it. Not that I could make many performances even in those days, but just the reading of the possibilities was enjoyable, and ...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Professor Christine Blasey Ford speaks out about alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh
Replies: 33
Views: 638

Re: Professor Christine Blasey Ford speaks out about alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh

Unfortunately for BK, I believe that the state of Maryland has no such statute of limitations on sex offenses. Having lived in Maryland for 25 years, I assure you that it does. There is, however, no limit on the time to present a civil suit, which explains the problem the Catholic Church has now be...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 424

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.
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 424

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

Horowitz was an eccentric pianist if ever there was one. In his later years, he insisted on playing Kinderszenen at every recital, a work that any school-child pianist of a certain talent including myself could play quite adequately. As John F pointed out, people still came because they wanted to sa...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ma's new Bach Suites cd set
Replies: 1
Views: 142

Re: Ma's new Bach Suites cd set

I do suggest that you listen to them because they are a gorgeous performance. Nobody can explain the Bach cello suites. Though I'm sure he knew the basics of the instrument, it was not one of his. In a contrapuntal sense, they are all but impossible. No cellist in his own time is known to have accom...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music of Paul Ben Haim
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: Music of Paul Ben Haim

Sorry, Ben HAIM. ( Wait until you're 70 ! ). Haim (chaim), as in the late actor Corey Haim who died much too young, is of course Hebrew for "life," no matter how one pronounces it. I've been trying to think about a violin concerto that might not be popularly known here. There aren't very many that ...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andsnes plays, conducts Mozart PC's live
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: Andsnes plays, conducts Mozart PC's live

Thank you, John. I knew nothing about Robert Levin. He is a miracle. So many mediocre professors at even the finest universities. I did have one professor named Claudio Spies who was a manuscript expert, not just of Mozart, and had a huge collection of facsimiles. As you know, Mozart did not write t...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andsnes plays, conducts Mozart PC's live
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: Andsnes plays, conducts Mozart PC's live

You are rather making us work for this. I have zero interest in the Holberg Suite, so to get past it is already a chore. Also, there is no such thing as a superior performance of a Mozart concerto, all of which were long ago mastered by great pianists. If there is a problem, it is that no one is wil...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYC Conductors
Replies: 9
Views: 276

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 jbuck919
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barnes & Noble suggestions
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: 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 o...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 5 Names to Look for this Season
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: 5 Names to Look for this Season

There's a lot to question in that, starting with Nixon in China being an undisputed masterpiece. But mainly, they don't present any performance by most of the figures mentioned, requiring us to seek them separately on YouTube assuming anything is available. Also, though I never think any but the bes...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 5 Names to Look for this Season
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: 5 Names to Look for this Season

There's a lot to question in that, starting with Nixon in China being an undisputed masterpiece. But mainly, they don't present any performance by most of the figures mentioned, requiring us to seek them separately on YouTube assuming anything is available.
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Small solo piano works of Mompou,Lourie,Bowen
Replies: 2
Views: 160

Re: Small solo piano works of Mompou,Lourie,Bowen

I first learned the name of Mompou in college, and it was because my also very musical roommate thought his name so funny. Though it is not pronounced exactly the same, it is close enough to "mon poux" (my louse) to be quite hilarious. Just saying, and not criticizing Rach3 for his post.
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller
Replies: 44
Views: 755

Re: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller

There aren't enough trying to save their own hide to compensate for those who think their fate is tied with Trump and the Republican Right. Statistics, j. One swallow does not make a summer, or, as my mother used to say, if a sewing machine is broken, wishing will make it sew.
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller
Replies: 44
Views: 755

Re: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller

I am not optimistic. 2018 is not 1974. Most Republicans would die before they would give up Trump, if only because they are married to the party rather than the country.
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller
Replies: 44
Views: 755

Re: Fortress Trump is being undermined as Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller

Yes, but he was given a deal at least partly to get it over with before the November elections. I can't speak for other countries, but Americans have short memories, unless it's the phony situation with Hillary Clinton, Benghazi, and e-mails.
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another centennial in 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 217

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 ...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another centennial in 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: Another centennial in 2018

How so? Well, John, there is the question of acoustics. It rather reminds me of a rare performance of the Missa Solemnis attended by Pope Paul VI at St. Peter's basilica, which I was privileged to watch on channel 13 oh those many years ago. Then, the Ninth, the greatest and in some ways the most d...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another centennial in 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: Another centennial in 2018

They are performing the Ninth at Riverside Church? Heaven help us.
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Middle Stone Age Abstract Drawing Discovered in South African Cave
Replies: 7
Views: 258

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

All I can say is that here we run into the difference between anatomically modern humans and human behavioral modernity. There is no figuring some things out, nor is there likely ever to be.
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 440

Re: In defense of libraries

Which, to change the subject, explains why you are rather to the Right and don't even believe in Social Security. :roll: Sorry, Henry, but I know how to give it with both barrels when it is called for. I'm all for upward mobility for young people, and public libraries certainly facilitate this. So ...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 440

Re: In defense of libraries

We have many libraries in large- and small communities. I see them being used regularly by all sorts of people, young and old and in-between. 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 variet...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 440

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...