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by jbuck919
Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Time critics rate the best of (NYC) music in 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 44

Time critics rate the best of (NYC) music in 2018

Let's see what our regular concertgoers (and oh I wish I were one of you) think about this.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/05/arts ... ule=inline
by jbuck919
Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Greek at BAM
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: Tonight's Greek at BAM

The Times critic disagrees with you. Skip to content Skip to site index GIVE THE TIMES Critic’s Pick Review: An Opera Updates Oedipus, With Peroxide-Blond Hair Greek NYT Critic's Pick By Zachary Woolfe Dec. 6, 2018 “Greek,” a cheeky, winking, surprisingly affecting 1988 opera by Mark-Anthony Turnage...
by jbuck919
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Henning
Replies: 12
Views: 250

Re: Karl Henning

Since is is a matter of public record, I am not boasting when I say I donated, but only Karl's wife knows the amount. No other advanced country would expect private fund-raising to deal with this. My mother had the free (well, government-paid) program TriCare which would have covered all her needs u...
by jbuck919
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: All of Vermeer's paintings in your pocket
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: All of Vermeer's paintings in your pocket

Kissing your sister. Who still owns a Vermeer in a private collection?
by jbuck919
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 461

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

One can fill a list of ten best just from the Common Practice Period (Bach and Handel until the death of Brahms) and still not have room for a couple of them.
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What can we hear at 3-degrees Upstate NY?
Replies: 9
Views: 391

Re: What can we hear at 3-degrees Upstate NY?

I was being facetious about Wothe Vaughan-Williams.It's good to see so many serious suggestions,and none specially name like Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1 ("Winter Dreams").
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schimmel pianos
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Schimmel pianos

For Lance, you may have addressed this before, but what do you know about Schimmel pianos, if anything? (If anything. Ha!)
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What can we hear at 3-degrees Upstate NY?
Replies: 9
Views: 391

Re: What can we hear at 3-degrees Upstate NY?

How abut Vaughan-Williams's Sinfonia Antarctica?
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Berg fans
Replies: 8
Views: 646

Re: For Berg fans

I heard within the last days Berg's "Seven Early Songs" with the Berliner Philharmoniker. I didn't recognize the name of the soprano (the same one who sang Ravel's "Sheherazade" on the same program) and thought these were wonderful songs. I have a fondness for the work of Alban Berg. His Piano Sona...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Endgame
Replies: 15
Views: 993

Re: Endgame

The Beckett estate has barred productions of his works for various reasons, such as an all-women "Godot," so they're still guardians at the gates. Like you, I was surprised that they allowed an operatic treatment, but maybe Kurtag provided them with a recording that impressed them. Beckett's mentor...
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel
Replies: 15
Views: 927

Re: Ravel

Well, Belle, I hope you don't leave us anytime soon. To paraphrase Churchill when he spoke of Russia, Ravel is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. We know nothing of his personal life, if he even had one. More than a couple of his pieces, which have already been mentioned, are clearly the works of a mas...
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Endgame
Replies: 15
Views: 993

Re: Endgame

Samuel Becket, who insisted in his lifetime on complete artistic control of every one of his works no matter where in the world it happened, would never have allowed this. I guess he left no estate that maintains that standard, so I would have to take an opera of Endgame on its own terms. Incidental...
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Quite Wonderful Day In NYC Until 5 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 563

Re: Quite Wonderful Day In NYC Until 5 PM

John B, i was face to face with Aristotle and a lot more of his paintings-also 4 vermeers! Len Vermeer only has about ten important paintings that survive, and as I'm sure you know, the Met owns more of them than any museum in the world. The catalogue raisonée of Rembrandt, on the other hand, inclu...
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Quite Wonderful Day In NYC Until 5 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 563

Re: Quite Wonderful Day In NYC Until 5 PM

BTW, Len, my first visit to the Met Museum was a field trip when I was in sixth grade, and was immediately after they had acquired Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer, an impossibility now unless an extremely generous donor was in the position to gift them another Rembrandt. I had motion sickn...
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Quite Wonderful Day In NYC Until 5 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 563

Re: Quite Wonderful Day In NYC Until 5 PM

Yes, thank you, mother nature, for the surprise. :roll: Good thing I have food in the house, because the weather alert is telling people up here not to go out on the roads.
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Callas is on tour
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: Maria Callas is on tour

I wouldn't take Storrs as a serious university location under any circumstances, and that's not just because I was lucky enough to be a grad student at Yale. Connecticut, unlike Massachusetts, does not have a strong system of higher education, public or private. My college friend Ted, whom some of y...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 26
Views: 4909

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

Mebee so, mebee so, but in terms of slavery, the Dred Scott decision negated all of that, and the horrendously racist Woodrow Wilson had a father who moved the family from Ohio to Virginia so that he could own slaves. (Otherwise, to make my trivia point for the day, we would have nine presidents fro...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Amazon is coming to NYC
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: Amazon is coming to NYC

Many years ago, I was working toward an MBA at Johns Hopkins. Of course, it ended up that I had not the slightest interest in having an MBA, but the point is that they allowed one out-of-area elective, which was the first course that I took, and it was art. For some reason that I did not understand,...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Salzburg Festival is Planning a Mythic Summer
Replies: 4
Views: 360

Re: The Salzburg Festival is Planning a Mythic Summer

I only have one question. Where do people stay when attending the most famous music festival in the world, and in a city that is itself a museum?
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Amazon is coming to NYC
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: Amazon is coming to NYC

Hey, I live in Brooklyn, and I know well that Manhattan is the center and the parts that surround it are outer. If it weren't so, then the Met would be performing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (as it sometimes used to do) rather than Lincoln Center. Yes, but we're making the same point. You come...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I lift my lamp beside the golden door
Replies: 0
Views: 228

I lift my lamp beside the golden door

Nobody here is old enough to remember this, but it was once possible to rise as far as the lamp in Lady Liberty's hand, as my mother did when she was very young. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/13/nyregion/statue-of-liberty-torch-ar-ul.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Amazon is coming to NYC
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: Amazon is coming to NYC

Outer boroughs such as Brooklyn? That's a laugh. As John F well knows, if Brooklyn were separated from the rest of NYC it would still be something like the third largest city in the US. Its inclusion in greater New York has always been a bit controversial. "The air-bridged harbor that twin cities fr...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Len or anyone intend to see this?
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: Does Len or anyone intend to see this?

Oh Len, you can practically teleport yourself to NYC. It is one of your and Sue's admirable traits. Of all people, Ulysses Grant, though rated as a failure as a president because of his naiveté regarding Credit Mobilier and other scandals that took place under him, was a brilliant man. He once visit...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 26
Views: 4909

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

David McCullough's forthcoming book on the Northwest Ordinance and the settlement of the Northwest Territory: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4681311/david-mccullough-northwest-ordinance https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4667124/david-mccullough-discusses-book-project-pioneers For those who do not know...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Too Slow?
Replies: 8
Views: 626

Re: Too Slow?

Schirmer published the edition by Artur Schnabel. Was that the one you used? I'm told that it was no Urtext edition but reflected the way Schnabel played the music. So how did he play it? Probably as fast as he could. Beginning at 14:38 aOCMskjSfm0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOCMskjSfm0 I can'...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Too Slow?
Replies: 8
Views: 626

Re: Too Slow?

I am reminded of the last movement of the Beethoven Op 13 sonata, which I first learned from dear old Mrs. Troidle using the old Schirmer editions long before anything like an Urtext was ever heard of. The editor was none other than Hans von Bülow, who wrote in an annotation, "This movement cannot b...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elgar's Piano Quintet live
Replies: 4
Views: 426

Re: Elgar's Piano Quintet live

So many neglected composers. I've heard two stories about why Brahms refused to accept an honorary degree from Oxford (or was it Cambridge?) One is that he was easily rendered sea sick. The other was that he stated that England was country without music. That was true in his time. There had not been...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 18
Views: 1209

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Of course, no one who knows me will be surprised that my favorite recording of these works is the one by Bruce Hungerford, which is now on Youtube: https://youtu.be/Sd5nzUyNw0w And, if anyone is interested, I am about to release the only video of Hungerford's playing, a DVD of the Beethoven Fourth ...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An organ recital
Replies: 10
Views: 594

Re: An organ recital

For some reason all of the links provided by jbuck never appear as anything but a blank screen. A great big hole in the page and nothing for me to see or hear. Unfortunately. d I'm sorry, Belle. In the future I will try to provide the actual link in addition to the inconvenient YouTube. This was a ...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An organ recital
Replies: 10
Views: 594

Re: An organ recital

It is too bad, perhaps, my life centers around PIANOS. But I truly love the organ, collect many recordings of the instrument, but know very little about them. If you were to write a brief essay on pipe organs, the various kinds, and what all the specifications really mean, that would be a great hon...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An organ recital
Replies: 10
Views: 594

Re: An organ recital

I always loved that Flentrop organ at the Busch-Reisinger Museum. Biggs did, indeed, make many a recording at Harvard. I had the pleasure of seeing him live in Syracuse, NY one time. I think his wife, Peggy, was at his side helping with stops, etc. The place was packed and it was a memorable recita...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 18
Views: 1209

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Well, there are all those CDs, which is fine, but the solo piano works of Brahms are horrendously neglected as recital works. When was the last time you heard one programmed, and I don't just mean the Beethoven-bagatelle-inspired works of the late years, as great as they are? I was going to make thi...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An organ recital
Replies: 10
Views: 594

An organ recital

It is nothing special, and I don't expect everyone here to enjoy it. It is just excellent, the kind of recital I would give if I were in that position. The organist is not famous, nor will he ever be, just a guy. Why someone of that age is giving a graduation recital is beyond me. I post this mainly...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My jaw literally dropped...
Replies: 7
Views: 613

Re: My jaw literally dropped...

Obviously, judicial review is necessary in a country that has a written Constitution. Making new law in the common law sense is quite a different matter. In case no one has read it, the Supreme Court decision in Brown v Board preamble states in plain English that there is a universal right to a basi...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any news on the status of James Levine ...
Replies: 3
Views: 337

Re: Any news on the status of James Levine ...

Taken out of context: Remember me, but ah, forget my fate.
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 845

Re: Serious Bernstein

jserraglio wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:28 pm
jbuck919 wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:30 am
"Meddling intellect," as you invidiously call it
Shoulda, coulda, woulda, only Wordsworth beat me to it.
And Judge Judy beat you to the first three words of that.
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 845

Re: Serious Bernstein

Trouble in Tahiti - like Mass , wonderful and so American in spirit! The theater brought out Bernstein's special talents as a composer. Of course, he was also a musician of the first rank and an urbane village explainer to boot. Full orchestration 0_j3T9zrvGk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_j3T9z...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 845

Re: Serious Bernstein

Credos https://v637g.app.goo.gl/sLHvuJpQx5yXzE416 9tjsKzhpSwE?start=3561&end=4043&version=3 You call that classical music? Sheesh. (I was in fact looking for the Kadosh movement all by itself--it is as you know the Sanctus in Hebrew-- because it is in about the same category as the Chichester Psalm...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chausson, Koechlin,Vierne works
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Re: Chausson, Koechlin,Vierne works

I listened to the Vierne with enjoyment. As I have posted before, Vierne was blind. I know how blind organists learn the music of others. (They memorize scores written in Braille.) How anybody who is blind composes them in the first place, I have no idea. It is easier to accept that Beethoven was de...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann’s ‘Faust’
Replies: 4
Views: 311

Re: Schumann’s ‘Faust’

Goethe, though a very great poet, unlike Shakespeare had a tin ear, and never wrote Faust or anything else with the intention of having it set to music. Faust is a "play" strictly for reading. Goethe did recognize that a few things would be singled out as songs, but he disliked Schubert's great sett...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So you really want to immigrate to America?
Replies: 2
Views: 309

So you really want to immigrate to America?

Changes in gut bacteria upon becoming Americans are more important than one might have thought.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/ ... cfa3329694
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How the House fell
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: How the House fell

All that Democratic control of the House has achieved is to make Trump resort even more to executive order backed up by what he considers national security or emergency reasons. He may not be able to gut Medicare that way, but let's just wait and see what happens when the Caravan arrives at the Rio ...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 845

Re: Serious Bernstein

There is very little in Mass that qualifies as classical music, and my whole point was that Bernstein was a superior modern classical composer. He also had a titanic ego, which meant that this was not enough for him . . . . Mass is serious classical and seriously good. Bernstein's hat size doubtles...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Library of Congress: free films
Replies: 2
Views: 986

Re: Library of Congress: free films

My first experience of the greatest library was when I was six years old and my father was a member of the US Air Force Band, which I believe is still stationed at Bolling Air Force Base. We live on First Street SE, and assuming one could walk across the Anacostia on the John Philip Sousa Bridge, It...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 845

Re: Serious Bernstein

[Bernstein] never came up with anything better than the mixed-message Mass . I agree that the Serenade is one of LB's finest works. But the only mixed I hear in his Mass is the macaronic. Otherwise the message conveyed by both words and music is consistent. Because it is so very much of its time, M...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Len or anyone intend to see this?
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Does Len or anyone intend to see this?

It looks to be fascinating, and from the stills alone it does not appear to be a trash producion, Sellars or no Sellars. As John F once pointed out, when he wants to, he can create a truly beautiful production.

http://www.lincolncenter.org/white-ligh ... -remains-1
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 845

Serious Bernstein

This is one of my "stumble-ons." I'm sure many of you know it, but it is the first time I ever heard it. It is not, however, the first time I have heard excellent and uncompromised music by LB. Oh, there is a bit of jazz-type stuff in the last movement, but who am I to complain about that when Ravel...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thunderbird for email
Replies: 4
Views: 370

Re: Thunderbird for email

I use Thunderbird. Thanks for the info. (I was afraid it was going to be bade news.)
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Robert Indiana estate sale
Replies: 0
Views: 286

Robert Indiana estate sale

Will somebody please explain to me why he didn't make about half a billion dollars just on that stupid LOVE sculpture and all its spin-offs that had to be licensed?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/06/arts ... llion.html
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For those who like sacred music: Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Ave Webcasts
Replies: 11
Views: 1018

Re: For those who like sacred music: Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Ave Webcasts

It is the highest of high Anglican churches I have ever been to, which includes a lot of cathedrals. I wouldn't choose there to worship God . . . . I've heard the Anglican Church praised for keeping Christianity at bay in England. Well said! :) There's a lovely quote from a 19th century verger at a...