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by jbuck919
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "The Death of Expertise" Explores How Ignorance Became a Virtue
Replies: 3
Views: 49

Re: "The Death of Expertise" Explores How Ignorance Became a Virtue

Unfortunately my library system won't take hold requests to hold and ship "new and popular books, and the copy at Saratoga is out. Sometimes I break down and get one for my Nook, as I may do in this case: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/20/books/review/crisis-of-the-middle-class-constitution-ganesh-...
by jbuck919
Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Friar Alessandro
Replies: 1
Views: 18

Re: Friar Alessandro

A fine voice, but the selection is right up there with Panis Angelicus as Catholic schlock. Move over, Andrea Bocelli, etc., not to mention Luciano Pavarotti.
by jbuck919
Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thinking of Chalkie--photographer Don Hunstein dies at 88
Replies: 0
Views: 14

Thinking of Chalkie--photographer Don Hunstein dies at 88

Just guessing that he was one of Chalkie's many friends. Condolences.
by jbuck919
Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is everybody?
Replies: 9
Views: 256

Re: Where is everybody?

I have a few local chamber music things coming up. I've been neglecting the excellent local series. I will probably wait until I've seen a few over the next few weeks and report on them all together.
by jbuck919
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cancer
Replies: 8
Views: 257

Re: Cancer

As you implied, the site you gave no longer has this, and it appears the video itself has been deleted from other sites. However, this seems to be the substance of the text you are talking about:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/when-is-it- ... at-cancer/
by jbuck919
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Roger Federer's 'boy band'
Replies: 1
Views: 63

Re: Roger Federer's 'boy band'

Yesterday an admiring colleague of Gorsuch interviewed on PBS referred to him as the Roger Federer of the judiciary, whatever that means. At the time, he (the person being interviewed) was watching tennis and not thinking of the court at all (his own words). All I could think of was "obviously."
by jbuck919
Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Larry Rinkel's Play: Invitation to all New Yorkers
Replies: 3
Views: 174

Re: Larry Rinkel's Play: Invitation to all New Yorkers

Congratulations, Larry (a former and valued member here for those who don't know). Sorry I cannot make it. NYC is not just down the block for me, I still play organ on Sundays, and the weather we've been having has been more like a typical January. All the best for your premiere.
by jbuck919
Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nicolai Gedda RIP
Replies: 23
Views: 588

Re: Nicolai Gedda RIP

I was going to post this much earlier but assumed that someone else would get here first for someone so famous. I see I was wrong, but thanks, anyway, J. He is one of those people I assumed died long ago.
by jbuck919
Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New TV at last
Replies: 4
Views: 332

Re: New TV at last

Thanks for the kind words, John. Darn 60 Minutes. I get to watch it for the first time in years and it is an abbreviated version devoted to the Grammies, about which I couldn't care less. The young, capable, and ambitious guy required six hours on a Sunday in a snowstorm when there must have been ne...
by jbuck919
Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hello from sunny Florida!
Replies: 11
Views: 442

Re: Hello from sunny Florida!

Hello from Lance in Florida. Temp as high as 85°F and LOTS of sunshine. I hear the Northeast could be blasted, especially NYC, Boston, etc. Should be back Saturday. I am informed CMG was down (thank you, John Francis!) But I am using it now. I think our guru set up a new, more reliable server. If C...
by jbuck919
Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hello from sunny Florida!
Replies: 11
Views: 442

Re: Hello from sunny Florida!

Hello from Lance in Florida. Temp as high as 85°F and LOTS of sunshine. I hear the Northeast could be blasted, especially NYC, Boston, etc. Should be back Saturday. I am informed CMG was down (thank you, John Francis!) But I am using it now. I think our guru set up a new, more reliable server. fFF ...
by jbuck919
Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New TV at last
Replies: 4
Views: 332

New TV at last

Went to Best Buy a couple of days ago and finally bought a new TV, a 43" Hisense smart TV, after being without one for three years. Lenny already knows a little about this. The recording for later play is with cable service provided by the satellite service (Dish) and I hope will not be exorbitant. ...
by jbuck919
Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYC Restaurant Too Highfalutin For Me
Replies: 36
Views: 901

Re: NYC Restaurant Too Highfalutin For Me

Said the Republican father: "I'm so glad my daughter is about to lose the only health insurance she can afford, that she and the woman she is married to will be continue to be harassed and discriminated against, and that my businesses cannot benefit from the addition of new immigrant labor, especial...
by jbuck919
Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bychkov on Tchaikovsky’s Protest Against Death
Replies: 33
Views: 787

Re: Bychkov on Tchaikovsky’s Protest Against Death

Tchaikovsy is like the little girl with the curl upon her forehead. When he is good, he is very very good, and when he is bad he is horrid. Taste in this matter means nothing in terms of time. The 1812 Overture was in bad taste for its time, and in spite of its popularity remains so today.
by jbuck919
Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rimsky revivals review
Replies: 16
Views: 410

Re: Rimsky revivals review

Incidentally, if anyone thinks I've been unfair to Tchaikovsky, Rimsky detested him. According to Stravinsky, the only people Rimsky was not kind to were admitted admirers of Tchaikovsky. Thanks for this info-I'm still for seeing some more Rimsky but no way he can come close to Tchaikovsky-Tchaikov...
by jbuck919
Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Blank Out Chamber Opera
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Re: Blank Out Chamber Opera

If I am not mistaken, a double "a" in Dutch would be pronounce "oh," Henry Slofstra will surely correct me if I am wrong.
by jbuck919
Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vale John Hurt
Replies: 4
Views: 283

Re: Vale John Hurt

I cannot think what Belle means by the voice, but I saw him in several excellent movies that have not yet been mentioned. His role as the first on-screen victim in Alien set the stage for a movie that frightened the bejeezus out of me on first release, though I was already too old to be scared by a ...
by jbuck919
Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rimsky revivals review
Replies: 16
Views: 410

Re: Rimsky revivals review

A long-time member here who was banned because of the trouble he gave to another member (not me) had some pretty weird opinions, including that Rimsky-Korsakov was the greatest composer of his time. This all happened before Len joined, but Donald Isler (also not the one who got him banned) will know...
by jbuck919
Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Warning to Retirees Who Take Up Music
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Re: Warning to Retirees Who Take Up Music

Going slightly to the side, I will never retire from music as long as my faculties hold up. The organ that I play, which is co-extant with the 150-year-old church, has only ever had three official organists. My predecessor, for whose funeral I recently played, worked there until she was almost 90. I...
by jbuck919
Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein's 1945 debut with the New York City Symphony
Replies: 6
Views: 249

Re: Bernstein's 1945 debut with the New York City Symphony

“Smoking is a fairly sure, fairly honorable form of suicide” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Welcome to the Monkey House Vonnegut died from cracking his skull open when he tripped over his dog's leash on the way down the steps of his NYC townhouse, something that could happen to anyone. He never regained consciou...
by jbuck919
Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein's 1945 debut with the New York City Symphony
Replies: 6
Views: 249

Re: Bernstein's 1945 debut with the New York City Symphony

Bernstein by his own admission had emphysema by the time he was that age. Those ads you see on TV that the damage starts with the first cigarette are not lying. Among others, one could hear signs of terminal emphysema in the late performances of Leonard Nimoy and Raymond Burr. Just saying.
by jbuck919
Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bychkov on Tchaikovsky’s Protest Against Death
Replies: 33
Views: 787

Re: Bychkov on Tchaikovsky’s Protest Against Death

As a straight orchestra composer, though, he is a tissue of mediocrity and bad taste. Gee not for me-his operas are superb! Regards, Len His operas are also uneven. They have moments of greatness and also moments of triteness. Of course, the same could be said of early Wagner. John F, obviously I d...
by jbuck919
Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Played an 1828 John Broadwood & Sons piano tonight
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: Played an 1828 John Broadwood & Sons piano tonight

Lance will be green with envy.

The excellent tour of the John Adams house in Quincy MA includes a distant view of a
Broadwood-type square piano or spinet.The otherwise superb tour guide described it as a harpsichord.

by jbuck919
Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bychkov on Tchaikovsky’s Protest Against Death
Replies: 33
Views: 787

Re: Bychkov on Tchaikovsky’s Protest Against Death

I also heard the Sixth at an early age, and am embarrassed now that I liked it. (At the time, I barely knew Beethoven.) In fact, i once heard it live performed by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. It may have been the first concert I ever attended after learning how to drive, and it included the oblig...
by jbuck919
Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bychkov on Tchaikovsky’s Protest Against Death
Replies: 33
Views: 787

Re: Bychkov on Tchaikovsky’s Protest Against Death

but that's not saying much. fff What-his 6 symphonies are great! Regards, Len T was an uneven composer. His ballets are musically the greatest ever written. His violin concerto is wonderful, but every composer's violin concerto is wonderful for reasons I have never been able to figure out. As a str...
by jbuck919
Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jed Distler Program on Bruce Hungerford
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: Jed Distler Program on Bruce Hungerford

Donald, I stayed up on purpose to listen to this and then fell asleep in my chair. By the time I woke up, your segment was over. So sorry. For years I've wondered what it must have meant to you to lose such a teacher in such a manner at so young an age. You must have cried your eyes out for days. Ir...
by jbuck919
Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carnegie Hall Orchestre National de Lyon
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: Carnegie Hall Orchestre National de Lyon

Leonard Slatkin is music director of a French orchestra performing at Carnegie Hall? Now I've heard everything.
by jbuck919
Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bychkov on Tchaikovsky’s Protest Against Death
Replies: 33
Views: 787

Re: Bychkov on Tchaikovsky’s Protest Against Death

As my favorite schoolmate from grad school once said, the Sixth is Tchaikovksy's best symphony, but that's not saying much. I've come to like it and him more since then, but as the same friend, who was from Philadelphia, pointed out, Eugene Ormandy had one of the great ears but conducted Beethoven t...
by jbuck919
Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your view of VIeuxtemps?
Replies: 10
Views: 328

Re: Your view of VIeuxtemps?

He's so old-fashioned (ouch).
by jbuck919
Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Question About Protocol:
Replies: 5
Views: 417

Re: A Question About Protocol:

By all means, let Donald Trump personally attend the next such event, and BTW he can leave his security detail behind. Vladimir Putin's detail will fill in nicely.
by jbuck919
Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert's Masses
Replies: 8
Views: 235

Re: Schubert's Masses

Made me listen to this, which I find excellent: j20hysVNyOE And now a story. On Friday I attended the funeral of my aunt's husband of 74 years. They had ten children together and dozens of descendants down to the level of great-great-grandchildren, so as a mere nephew I was something of a weak siste...
by jbuck919
Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is Chalkperson these days?
Replies: 2
Views: 234

Re: Where is Chalkperson these days?

Forgive me, Lance, but he was more in touch with you than with any other member, with the possible exception of myself. If we don't know, then neither will anyone else.
by jbuck919
Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cricket
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: Cricket

Why should I care what Frank DeFord thinks? I know what I think. Every competitive sport and nearly every sport carries with it the risk of injury, but so does life. If people choose to take the risk, that's their affair. It's fine not to care for sports or disdain them. But if sports aren't popula...
by jbuck919
Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great works for piano written by non-great pianists
Replies: 33
Views: 538

Re: Great works for piano written by non-great pianists

I don't know about Ravel, but Brahms had the chops to play his own concertos in public, and in his one recording made toward the end of his life, he plays his first Hungarian dance at quite a clip. BZXL3I7GPCY While that may have been the limit of his repertoire (I'm not sure of that), I'd say it p...
by jbuck919
Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great works for piano written by non-great pianists
Replies: 33
Views: 538

Re: Great works for piano written by non-great pianists

We've done this one before. Someone mentioned the etudes of Ligeti, a great piano work not written by a pianist of any real accomplishment. In contrast, virtually every composer on jserraglio's list was a significant pianist, even if that is not primarily what he is known for. Some of them were know...
by jbuck919
Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Look mummy; no hands with Haydn!!"
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Re: "Look mummy; no hands with Haydn!!"

Don't you just love Bernstein and the fabulous Vienna Philharmonic!! What a joyful work this excerpt is from. The professors play incandescently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU0Ubs2KYUI The Vienna Philharmonic famously ever allowed only a few guest conductors. Bernstein was one of them, partly ...
by jbuck919
Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Need ID Music Heard at 72st Sta Second Ave Subway
Replies: 9
Views: 212

Re: Need ID Music Heard at 72st Sta Second Ave Subway

It's obviously Vivaldi or another secondary baroque composer, but I don't understand why Len did not use Shazam. We almost never need attributions anymore because of that app.
by jbuck919
Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert's 220th Birthday
Replies: 11
Views: 301

Re: Schubert's 220th Birthday

I suppose any year or indeed any day is as good an occasion for this as any other, but the anniversaries that get special attention are divided by 100, 50, and maybe 25. Every year, one of us here has posted a list of composers with such anniversaries of their births or deaths. I haven't seen it ye...
by jbuck919
Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert's 220th Birthday
Replies: 11
Views: 301

Re: Schubert's 220th Birthday

I don't know the answer to your question, but his death at 31 was surely the greatest musical tragedy of all time. Many people don''t know that Grillparzer, who wrote Beethoven's famous funeral oration, also wrote Schubert's, and even though he lived far away for the time. Schumann cried when he hea...
by jbuck919
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cricket
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: Cricket

We don't "need" baseball either, or any other competitive sport. We play it or watch it because we like it. Many millions the world over play and like cricket, probably more than baseball whose appeal is pretty much limited to the US, a few islands in the Caribbean, and Japan. So what's the problem...
by jbuck919
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata
Replies: 47
Views: 1006

Re: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata

[quote="IcedNote"] JL_efKcbR2A Wow...this is awful. I don't know what score he was using....or why he chose to ignore so many markings if he had a good score. And his interpretation....ugh...so...chunky. Does this surprise anyone? I don't know enough about the great performers to know their tendenci...
by jbuck919
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cricket
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: Cricket

Why on earth would we need cricket when we have baseball? Both are fascinating and complicated sports which lack the utterly boring nature of association football in which you seem so interested. Years ago at the school in Maryland someone tried to start up a rugby team. This fell apart when it was ...
by jbuck919
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYC Subway Devices I Liked
Replies: 15
Views: 425

Re: NYC Subway Devices I Liked

They've been promising that subway line for something like 50 years. (I have no idea why there is unnecessary text here.) John don`t understand-I don`t see any unnecessary text here-my tablet shows just the message and photos I tried to send? Len There was a bunch of junk here which disappeared whe...
by jbuck919
Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYC Subway Devices I Liked
Replies: 15
Views: 425

Re: NYC Subway Devices I Liked

They've been promising that subway line for something like 50 years. (I have no idea why there is unnecessary text here.)
by jbuck919
Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Citizens' science
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: Citizens' science

The name that came to mind was John Quincy Adams, but Wikipedia says he was only 81 when he died. Back to you! John Quincy (pronounced Quinzee as in the Massachusetts city named for his maternal great-grandfather) was never Vice President. No, it was his father John Adam, the first Vice President, ...
by jbuck919
Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A question about advanced students' recitals
Replies: 12
Views: 298

Re: A question about advanced students' recitals

I don't know if you're in FB touch with the person we know in common, but he says that he is teaching a course on late Beethoven and that he has students who have played some of those sonatas.He has also always loved Liszt, so maybe I misjudged you.
by jbuck919
Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYC Subway Devices I Liked
Replies: 15
Views: 425

Re: NYC Subway Devices I Liked

The subway service has improved so much over the years. It was an absolute mess when I was in college. Junkies sleeping in the cars, endless graffiti, etc. Now the main problem is that the stations can get as hot as the other place, but I suppose nothing will ever be done about that.
by jbuck919
Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Citizens' science
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: Citizens' science

John F wrote:The name that came to mind was John Quincy Adams, but Wikipedia says he was only 81 when he died. Back to you!
John Quincy (pronounced Quinzee as in the Massachusetts city named for his maternal great-grandfather) was never Vice President. No, it was his father John Adam, the first Vice President,
by jbuck919
Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Citizens' science
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: Citizens' science

The chances of contracting Alzheimer's after the age of 90 are 50/i50, which is truly frightening. Now an Academic Bowl trivia question. Ronald Reagan is known to have died from Alzheimer's. The cause of death of Gerald Ford has never been revealed, though it was probably that disease. Without looki...
by jbuck919
Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata
Replies: 47
Views: 1006

Re: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata

Honestly, Garrett, the person known to both of us could play rings around you when he was still in high school. Music can take people in many directions. You are young enough still to have many possibilities, but I don't recommend attempting to become a virtuoso at this point.