Search found 25714 matches

by jbuck919
Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: José Carreras Exits on His Terms
Replies: 17
Views: 135

Re: José Carreras Exits on His Terms

IMO the two best performances on that album were the all-too-early-taken-from-us Tatiana Troyanos as Anita and the now little-heard-from Kurt Ullman, who I always assumed was one of Bernstein's boyfriends. Incidentally, Rita Moreno, the only true Puerto Rican in the movie, who sang Anita, could not ...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: José Carreras Exits on His Terms
Replies: 17
Views: 135

Re: José Carreras Exits on His Terms

I posted about Dame Kiri just recently, so I won't inflict Carreras's performance as Tony in West Side Story on anyone now. Not that he wasn't a great tenor, as he obviously was. But as Tony, the Polish/American guy, ironically he could not lose his Spanish accent, which bothered the men in the boot...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Washington’s Opera Taps a Champion of New Work From St. Louis
Replies: 2
Views: 23

Re: Washington’s Opera Taps a Champion of New Work From St. Louis

All I can say is, what a story! Opera at Attica? My brother-in-law was in the National Guard when they had their famous riots and had to take part in keeping order. New York, which is still the third most populous state, has numerous maximum security prisons, some with famous names (Sing-Sing, Danne...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norma Called the Everest of Opera
Replies: 19
Views: 145

Re: Norma Called the Everest of Opera

If it makes any difference, I've decided to lose this one. Thanks for all your thoughts.
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 900-page opera called “Hester,” 82 Year Old's Debut
Replies: 4
Views: 51

Re: 900-page opera called “Hester,” 82 Year Old's Debut

Oh gosh, my October is all bound up with Academic Bowl, paying a duty visit to my father in Florida (he is 89 and came through Irma OK), etc. I don't know when again I'll make it to NYC. I'm not getting any younger myself and wish it were otherwise. There's nothing I'd like more than to hop on the t...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bononcini, Il trionfo di Camilla (1696)
Replies: 5
Views: 65

Re: Bononcini, Il trionfo di Camilla (1696)

Now really, this time you can't be serious. Some supposed wit wrote in that time that confusing Handel with Bononcini was like comparing Tweedledum with Tweedldee. Handel is a great master, Bononcini correctly forgotten. Handel's output is so vast that I suggest that you concentrate on it rather tha...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 900-page opera called “Hester,” 82 Year Old's Debut
Replies: 4
Views: 51

Re: 900-page opera called “Hester,” 82 Year Old's Debut

What a weird and interesting story. For once, I don't know how further to comment.
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norma Called the Everest of Opera
Replies: 19
Views: 145

Re: Norma Called the Everest of Opera

As I've posted before, an opera can be no greater than its music. That's a truism, isn't it? But it begs the question of what constitutes great operatic music, and how its greatness is to be measured. I won't debate your ranking "Magic Flute" so high, though I couldn't disagree more; you're entitle...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norma Called the Everest of Opera
Replies: 19
Views: 145

Re: Norma Called the Everest of Opera

OOF! That's harsh, jbuck. We each have our own favorites, and your degrees don't make you a superior person, so really, get off your high horse, if it's not to much trouble. :mrgreen: You're entitled to your opinion, of course, crabby though its expression may be. Mozart intended to reach out to au...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norma Called the Everest of Opera
Replies: 19
Views: 145

Re: Norma Called the Everest of Opera

I love magic flute but I`d have to take norma over it-I`d also take don g or marriage of figaro over magic flute-fortunately these choices don`t have to be made. Len My friend, forgive me, but you are a well-versed amateur listener, without which the classical music world could not do, while I have...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Kiri retires
Replies: 24
Views: 428

Re: Dame Kiri retires

jserraglio wrote:
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:05 am
jbuck919 wrote:
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:51 am
there is no such thing as a non-dangerous team sport.
Doubles badminton. Doubles ping-pong. Lawn bowling. There must be others.
Give me a break. You know what I meant.
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norma Called the Everest of Opera
Replies: 19
Views: 145

Re: Norma Called the Everest of Opera

I`d say great rather than greater-there are so many great operas-how you determine which is better than another-that`s hard for me to do. Len As I've posted before, an opera can be no greater than its music. That is why The Magic Flute is the greatest opera by Mozart, the da Ponte operas notwithsta...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Kiri retires
Replies: 24
Views: 428

Re: Dame Kiri retires

Who better to talk about a war, be they willing, than those who fought it? Those that play rugby speak highly of the experience and some have even parlayed it into scholarships. I played and loved no-equipment, unsupervised, rough. violent flag football, thin cloth strips tied tightly into pockets ...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Replies: 20
Views: 234

Re: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

I do not know the Brahms works for organ at all; have never heard a single one. Brahms and Clara Schumann both disliked intensely the music of Liszt; I'm sure you knew that. I felt it was rather boorish of them both to treat him with such disdain since Liszt was generally a very kind man who did a ...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Replies: 20
Views: 234

Re: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

I seem to recall from Swafford's biography on Brahms that he actually did play the Handel Variations in concert himself. I'll see if I can find the quote/s. But this was, staggeringly enough, a comparatively early work by Brahms and he did definitely play it in musical evenings with Clara and their...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Kiri retires
Replies: 24
Views: 428

Re: Dame Kiri retires

Scholastic rugby is well-regarded and flourishes here in Ohio. My school (with several others in this region) has had a successful 3-level varsity and developmental rugby program for about a dozen years now, inaugurated by a teacher from New Zealand. Students seem to love the sport and participate ...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norma Called the Everest of Opera
Replies: 19
Views: 145

Re: Norma Called the Everest of Opera

My friend Ted whom you met in NYC would agree with that. In fact, when I first met him in college before we became roommates, I asked him what his favorite music was. He answered Bel Canto Opera. Well, I said, that's pretty specific, is there a favorite composer? Bellini. A favorite opera? Norma. A ...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Replies: 20
Views: 234

Re: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

The Diabelli Variations are anything but comic. If one wants comic from Beethoven, who was capable of it, there is this much earlier set. Obviously the Diabelli Variations aren't a laff riot from beginning to end, but I agree with Brendel that the piece is essentially comic, in the sense that "Le N...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Piano Sonatas
Replies: 17
Views: 226

Re: Schubert Piano Sonatas

Here is a Schubert's sonata which you don't hear very often and it's a terribly interesting work; I remember playing the first movement for my 7th Grade piano exam years ago. This movement is rather intriguing; it has some elements of lieder in the bass line (and particularly in melody and bass in ...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Legend Of Faust
Replies: 13
Views: 364

Re: The Legend Of Faust

That is hardly one of the great works of Beethoven, who invented the song cycle with his masterpiece An die ferne Geliebte. However, there is a famous story about him and Goethe meeting. (Goethe lived an unusually long life for the time and he also overlapped with Schubert and Mendelssohn.) Apparent...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Legend Of Faust
Replies: 13
Views: 364

Re: The Legend Of Faust

I think we've all forgotten Gretchen am Spinnrade. Gretchen is short for Margarite in German and the words are by Goethe. It is easily the most famous Lied ever written (unless it is Erlkönig, also to a text by Goethe), but it is based on Faust abandoning Margarite. Incidentally, Schubert, who was b...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Legend Of Faust
Replies: 13
Views: 364

Re: The Legend Of Faust

Faust means "fist" in German, and there is a movie by Reiner Werner Fassbinder called Faustrecht der Freiheit which mimics a suicide that eventually Fassbiner committed himself. I researched this title for a long time and still cannot come up with an adequate translation. It is usually called in En...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Replies: 20
Views: 234

Re: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

Thanks John F. I haven't listened to the whole work in a very long time, but this afternoon it was my listening for the day. Brendel may have made that comment, and tried to put out that part of it in his performance, but the Diabelli Variations are anything but comic. If one wants comic from Beetho...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Math guy suggests excess CO2 could turn our crops into sugary junk food
Replies: 2
Views: 140

Re: Math guy suggests excess CO2 could turn our crops into sugary junk food

I'm a math guy too and this is perfectly ridiculous. We have enough problems with climate change caused mainly by excess CO2 without borrowing this kind of trouble.
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Replies: 20
Views: 234

Re: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

It is easily the greatest set of variations of all time, and what is remarkable is that it is based on the silliest theme, which I would not dignify by calling it a waltz. In contrast, the second-greatest set, the Goldberg Variations, is based on a beautiful and complex aria which Bach wrote himself
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Kiri retires
Replies: 24
Views: 428

Re: Dame Kiri retires

The Guardian, previously the Manchester Guardian, used to have good writers about classical music - Edward Greenfield, Neville Cardus, Philip Hope-Wallace. But since Greenfield retired in '93, I don't know who they've got. Nobody much, it seems. This is way off topic, but once at grad school (Yale ...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Kiri retires
Replies: 24
Views: 428

Re: Dame Kiri retires

Then there is this (advance to 27 minutes)

by jbuck919
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gould-berg Variations Madness
Replies: 10
Views: 255

Re: Gould-berg Variations Madness

Why should listeners not be obsessed with the Gouldbergs since the artist clearly was mad about the Goldbergs? I call you j, incidentally, because it is presumably your first initial, when unlike me you have never divulged your true name here. That is entirely your privilege. The rest is the Italia...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: brenda lewis
Replies: 15
Views: 267

Re: brenda lewis

Anyone who knows about boys voices, as I do, knows that they can go all over the place after they change. The reverse is also true, which is that many men only find their voice relatively late. Nevertheless, I sincerely thank you for your contributions about Peter Schreier. It appeares that my earli...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Legend Of Faust
Replies: 13
Views: 364

Re: The Legend Of Faust

Faust means "fist" in German, and there is a movie by Reiner Werner Fassbinder called Faustrecht der Freiheit which mimics a suicide that eventually Fassbiner committed himself. I researched this title for a long time and still cannot come up with an adequate translation. It is usually called in Eng...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: brenda lewis
Replies: 15
Views: 267

Re: brenda lewis

jserraglio wrote:
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:03 pm
So he mellowed out. Great for him, and us, but if we are of a similar age you remember his younger so-called singing.
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gould-berg Variations Madness
Replies: 10
Views: 255

Re: Gould-berg Variations Madness

Yes, well, what others have to say is to wonder if Goldberg himself could play the Goldberg Variations adequately . The end point of them is widely considered the most difficult keyboard music prior to late Beethoven. I couldn't care less about umpteen versions by Glenn Gould.
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: brenda lewis
Replies: 15
Views: 267

Re: brenda lewis

I've enjoyed the name of Peter Schreier since I was in college, not least because his singing sounded a great deal like screaming.
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: brenda lewis
Replies: 15
Views: 267

Re: brenda lewis

I hate to say this, but if I were an opera singer I would not go by the name Brenda Lewis. You are aware, of course, that Frederica von Stade, who was from New Jersey, changed the pronunciation of her name to sound German. A certain singer from Brooklyn went by "Beverly Sills", probably to sound En...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: brenda lewis
Replies: 15
Views: 267

Re: brenda lewis

I hate to say this, but if I were an opera singer I would not go by the name Brenda Lewis. You are aware, of course, that Frederica von Stade, who was from New Jersey, changed the pronunciation of her name to sound German.
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mcdonald's orders come to table
Replies: 2
Views: 73

Re: Mcdonald's orders come to table

And exactly what were you and Sue thinking of to stop at McDonald's for "a snack"? Between northern New Jersey and Connecticut there are a thousand better possibilities.
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Castrato will Be Coming To Bdway
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: A Castrato will Be Coming To Bdway

There is an excellent movie Farinelli. Caution about the following excerpt. It is not for the faint of heart.

by jbuck919
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Jerry Lewis and the French
Replies: 14
Views: 876

Re: Jerry Lewis and the French

Poe wrote bad horror stories. If an English teacher wants to assign a good one, she can introduce her students to the novella Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, a small literary masterpiece that is surprising and not what one would expect from the many dramatizations. It can be the ...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Jerry Lewis and the French
Replies: 14
Views: 876

Re: Jerry Lewis and the French

Poe wrote bad horror stories. If an English teacher wants to assign a good one, she can introduce her students to the novella Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, a small literary masterpiece that is surprising and not what one would expect from the many dramatizations. It can be the s...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Jerry Lewis and the French
Replies: 14
Views: 876

Re: Jerry Lewis and the French

. . . the early movies with Dean Martin [were] a blatant rip-off of the Abbott and Costello shtick . . . the French, supposedly sophisticated, celebrated Lewis as some kind of genius . . . . The French film critic Agnès Poirier has attempted to explain this strange aberration, but I think she fails...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They have not the creative power
Replies: 23
Views: 975

Re: They have not the creative power

Unfortunately, the medieval scholastics are all dead, and as for the older version of the Catholic Encyclopedia, a remarkable work of scholarship, the entire thing has been online for some time.

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They have not the creative power
Replies: 23
Views: 975

Re: They have not the creative power

Never argue with a Jesuit. (AMDG stands for Ad majorem Dei gloriam--to the greater glory of God, the motto of the Jesuit order.) But here I go anyway. I don't care whether Alma Redemptoris Mater is metrical or not (it is very obscure that way), it is not a hymn no matter what you have read in Wikipe...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They have not the creative power
Replies: 23
Views: 975

Re: They have not the creative power

Sorry about the gaffe regarding Hildegarde. It's very unusual for a pope to reach back that far to canonize someone, but of course Benedict XVI was/is a fine musician and German. A great many saints of old on the calendar were never formally canonized at all. Your trivia question of the day is, who ...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They have not the creative power
Replies: 23
Views: 975

Re: They have not the creative power

She is not officially in the canon of saints. When I was in Germany, there was a convocation of all the music teachers from Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe that took place in Bingen, a still existing and apparently prosperous small city on the Rhine. None of my colleagues knew abou...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The "original" Sound of Music
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: The "original" Sound of Music

When I was 8 years old, the Trapp Family came to Lancaster for a Christmas concert, probably in the Community Concert series. They were: Agatha Trapp, Elonor Trapp, first sopranos Maria Trapp, second soprano Mailina Trapp, Hedwig Trapp, first altos Mailina Augusta Trapp, second alto Werner Trapp, t...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The "original" Sound of Music
Replies: 5
Views: 167

The "original" Sound of Music

Many of you may know about this, but I just stumbled on a German movie called The Trapp Family . Now you'd think, wouldn't you, that a German movie (yes, I mean German, and know that the Trapps were Austrian) couldn't possibly be as sappy and sentimental as The Sound of Music. Well, you'd be wrong. ...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They have not the creative power
Replies: 23
Views: 975

Re: They have not the creative power

Well, the first composer whose name is known to us was a woman: Hildegard of Bingen. :wink:
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They have not the creative power
Replies: 23
Views: 975

Re: They have not the creative power

j, you are not writing with much empiricism to back you up. Yes, breast cancer occurs in men but it is very rare, while it is still tragically common in women. There is a difference between stereotyping and looking at the numbers. You are writing as though we were at odds on this. We are not. But th...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They have not the creative power
Replies: 23
Views: 975

Re: They have not the creative power

The reason that women have contributed little to the arts (or science or any endeavor for that matter) is that until very recently they were relegated to another role. Anyone who thinks anything different is indulging in the fallacy of incredulity. Women Scientists Before the 20st Century This is a...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Surprising Work Performed by a Conductor
Replies: 10
Views: 432

Re: Surprising Work Performed by a Conductor

Danny Kaye, who could not read music, going on the road to conduct just a handful of works, including a surprisingly good Beethoven's Fifth. ;)