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by jbuck919
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring
Replies: 7
Views: 72

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: 23
Views: 339

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: 17
Views: 192

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: 30

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: 95

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: 17
Views: 192

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: 183

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: 17
Views: 192

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: 59

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: 7
Views: 72

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: 23
Views: 339

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: 17
Views: 192

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: 17
Views: 192

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: 66

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: 68

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: 98

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: 98

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: 156

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: 69

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: 102

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: 102

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: 67

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: 16
Views: 279

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: 16
Views: 279

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: 16
Views: 279

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: 122

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: 122

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: 122

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: 171

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: 308

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: 308

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: 308

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...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: medici web site
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: medici web site

Harris, somehow I got on their e-mail list and receive messages all the time. I avoid them because they seem to rely on spontaneous streaming rather than what can be held for retrospective listening. Now you seem to be having a problem even with the spontaneous streaming. I don't know how to advise ...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls
Replies: 15
Views: 254

Re: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls

I have a landline and zap a signicant # of robocalls daily, free of charge. Nomorobo has become a necessity. Hangs up on way more than half of incoming robocalls after one ring. Can't recall the last robocall I got roped into answering, but it's been several years. https://www.nomorobo.com Free for...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More obscure piano concertos
Replies: 3
Views: 187

Re: More obscure piano concertos

One more to hear, a guilty pleasure : Czech Vladimir Soukup’s ( 1930-2012) Piano Concerto of 1961 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dga66XAWhhY Irrelevantly, I have known two people in my life, both wonderful fellows, named Soukup (generally pronounced by English speakers SOO-cup). Sorry, Rach3, bu...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls
Replies: 15
Views: 254

Re: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls

The one I keep getting (about once a day) has a caller ID of "Medical Supplies." I always just press talk and then off, but I agree with Lance, it is a nuisance. Another is the call that says it is about my credit cards. The first thing they say is that there is no problem with my credit. (Thank you...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 308

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
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New LvB solo piano by Pavel Kolesnikov
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Re: New LvB solo piano by Pavel Kolesnikov

These are all elementary pieces for a "young pianist." I could once have played them all myself, including the third movement of the Opus 27 no. 2, (not Opus 14) which is much easier than it sounds or looks like when watching a performance. I am way past form for that now, but it is hard to impress ...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 479

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

I choose to resign from this thread, for it is clear that it is turning into a pissing contest, and on CMG I will avoid that at all costs.
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 308

Re: In defense of libraries

One has to remember that Forbes means Malcolm Forbes and represents the top .01%. They represent a way of thinking that would go much further than deprive us of libraries. And BTW, the double meaning of liber in Latin is coincidental as with many words in English, while the double meaning of salus (...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff plays Bach at 2018 Proms
Replies: 4
Views: 333

Re: Schiff plays Bach at 2018 Proms

To some people it may sound like a ridiculous juxtaposition, but my favorite pianists are Schiff and Murray Perahia, and the reason puzzles even me. Although I could not hope to accomplish anything like they have, they both impress me as pianists who have had to work hard to where they have gotten, ...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 479

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

Handel doesn't count. He didn't write songs, but rather great choral works, and Dryden's text was intended to be set to music unlike most of the poetry we are considering. I appreciate the information and will certainly give it and the selections my serious attention over the next day or two. Also, ...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 479

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

I think the part that disappointed me most, and I've read that it also disappointed Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau who originated it and was a POW during WW II (though I have also heard the opposite), was the crucial settings of the poems by Wilfred Owen. English simply came too late to art song for even ...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 479

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

Nobody ever wrote a bad violin concerto. Tend to agree with you , but “ bad” of course is in the ear of the listener . For me , these can be charitably referred to as “ interesting “ ; perhaps ? : Giacinto Scelsi, “Anahit “ for Violin and Orchestra ( 1965 ) : Well, what do you expect from a compose...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 840

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

In defense of Charles Rosen as a pianist, I must say that his only failure in the studio was the Beethoven Op. 111. In other repertoire, he did very well, IMHO, with excellent performances of Haydn, at a time when both Richter and Horowitz were just beginning to explore that composer. I still own h...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 479

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

For me, other perhaps under-appreciated Britten works would be his Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, and Cello Symphony, although I prefer the first two. Just finished my hearing of the " War Requiem ". As I noted, I am not much of choral fan, but there certainly were nice moments , and I agree was ...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 840

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

Primarily to Belle: As the only possessor here of two degrees in music theory, I assure you and everybody that there are only a very few great music theoreticians since Renaissance times, and Rosen is one of them. (Others are Fuchs, Schenker, Tovey, believe it or not Leopold Mozart, CPE Bach, and Qu...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 479

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

If I had to use just one piece to "sell" Britten, it would be the serenade for tenor, horn and strings. What an extraordinary range of expression within such a short time, from the bright cheerfulness of "Queen and Huntress" to the darkness of "The Sick Rose" and sheer terror of "The Lyke-Wake Dirg...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 840

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

[Brendel] rarely gives specific examples of what he's talking about; he may not have needed to when explaining things to himself, but by publishing he has undertaken to explain things to us, and too often I can't come up with examples off the top of my head of what he's talking about. Obviously, co...