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by jbuck919
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Veterinarians on TV
Replies: 7
Views: 80

Re: Veterinarians on TV

Incidentally, one of my most brilliant students (as in it was a privilege to teach her) went to Cornell and stayed there to study veterinary medicine. As you know, all vet schools are more selective than medical schools but the elite ones even more so. She currently has a practice in Brooklyn. I kno...
by jbuck919
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nagano and a VERY contemporary staging of Bach
Replies: 4
Views: 74

Re: Nagano and a VERY contemporary staging of Bach

Blast you Garrett, now I have to listen to the whole thing. I only listen to at most one passion a year, and had almost gotten through this season living with memories when you had to hand us this :) So far, I will comment that ammonium (NH4) is not ammonia (NH3, Ammoniak in German). The difference ...
by jbuck919
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Los Angeles Phil most important orchestra in America
Replies: 8
Views: 147

Re: Los Angeles Phil most important orchestra in America

Anyone who is interested in the actual program of this Reykstravaganza should check the link to the article which was provided by Len below the text (from which he admirably edited every caption and sidebar so that we would not be misled, confused, or otherwise discommoded. ;) ) There are a couple o...
by jbuck919
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?
Replies: 18
Views: 305

Re: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?

I've always preferred the modern piano, just as I do for Bach's solo keyboard works (not counting organ of course). For some reason, add instruments and I do a 180. I can barely stand Bach on the piano, whether it is for a concerto, an instrumental sonata, or heaven help us anything involving a cont...
by jbuck919
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A hotel down in Bethlehem
Replies: 1
Views: 22

A hotel down in Bethlehem

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/16/world/middleeast/banksy-hotel-bethlehem-west-bank-wall.html?module=WatchingPortal®ion=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=thumb_square&state=standard&contentPlacement=5&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=htt...
by jbuck919
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Are the liberals (and women) on the Supreme Court too genteel for our good?
Replies: 1
Views: 36

Are the liberals (and women) on the Supreme Court too genteel for our good?

Why Gorsuch May Not Be So Genteel on the Bench By ADAM LIPTAK APRIL 17, 2017 Justice Neil M. Gorsuch at the White House last week with President Trump, Justice Anthony Kennedy, and his wife, Marie Louise Gorsuch. He will hear his first arguments from the Supreme Court bench this week. Credit Al Drag...
by jbuck919
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamburg's new music hall likes (?) what it sees in America
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Hamburg's new music hall likes (?) what it sees in America

With Politics as Backdrop, Hamburg’s New Hall Looks to America By CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIMAPRIL 14, 2017 The Venezuelan bass Iván García, center, performing Wednesday in the Transatlantik festival at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Credit Gordon Welters for The New York Times HAMBURG, Germany — T...
by jbuck919
Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’ Review
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’ Review

Here, as Mr. Marissen notes in his book “Bach & God” (2016), “Bach moves the focus away from the perfidy of ‘the Jews’ and onto the sins of Christian believers.” And the work as a whole moves in an epic arc from turmoil to profound fellow-feeling and consolation, from inhumanity for the sake of eff...
by jbuck919
Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Reger fans
Replies: 7
Views: 131

For Reger fans

IMO Max Reger is the greatest organ composer after Bach both in terms of quality and chronology. That is not intended as a desire to debate those who prefer Messiaen. This collection incorporated in a DVD about Reger's life sounds interesting. I am not normally the one to recommend such things, but ...
by jbuck919
Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYC’s high-end restaurants disappearing
Replies: 20
Views: 180

Re: NYC’s high-end restaurants disappearing

Oops I see you mentioned rules-we`ve never been. Len http://www.google.com/search?sclient=tablet-gws&client=tablet-android-verizon&source=android-home&site=webhp&source=hp&q=rules+london&oq=rules+london&gs_l=tablet-gws.12...3308.8000.0.18561.12.12.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0....0...1c.1.64.tablet-gws..12.0.0....
by jbuck919
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What does the junior Supreme Court justice do?
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: What does the junior Supreme Court justice do?

Guess I won't live to see the day when a liberal justice completes a majority and the kitchen serves up crow.
by jbuck919
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYC’s high-end restaurants disappearing
Replies: 20
Views: 180

Re: NYC’s high-end restaurants disappearing

John F wrote:
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:36 am
The article doesn't persuade me that there's a crisis in overpriced eateries.

Le Cirque (in the Trump Tower nya-ha-ha) had been off the A+ list for a long time, as had the Four Seasons, which is scheduled to re-open with a new team as once again the highest of high-end restaurants.
by jbuck919
Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Len Goran's Latest Subway Report
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: Len Goran's Latest Subway Report

Excuse me, but how can a station be "renovated" on a line the first phase of which only opened three months ago (after a century of talking about it, I might add; I remember NYC local news broadcasting that "New York was finally going to get its new subway" back in the 1960s, though obviously someth...
by jbuck919
Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cameron Carpenter, organist
Replies: 3
Views: 146

Re: Cameron Carpenter, organist

I have no use for Cameron Carter's show antics, which are obviously designed to make him money as some kind of crossover (a cross over between good and bad taste, IMO, for he had a "straight" earlier career). He is of course allowed to choose what to be, but I would never attend a performance by him...
by jbuck919
Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nico Muhly on Choral Music
Replies: 6
Views: 179

Re: Nico Muhly on Choral Music

I could address this in a piecemeal fashion, in part because it is such a jumble to begin with, but instead I will let some music tell a story. John Merbecke (variously pronounced but I learned from Anglican musicians and still say MAHR-beck) wrote among other things the first setting of the ordinar...
by jbuck919
Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bram Beekman - Bach Complete Organ Works on YT
Replies: 11
Views: 279

Re: Bram Beekman - Bach Complete Organ Works on YT

There is something of a tradition of blind organists, why I could not say, except that the technique prevalent at the time of Walcha required mainly sliding and relatively little leaping, as does not, for instance, transcendental piano technique. Vierne was blind, and aforesaid Jehan Alain, though b...
by jbuck919
Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bram Beekman - Bach Complete Organ Works on YT
Replies: 11
Views: 279

Re: Bram Beekman - Bach Complete Organ Works on YT

I didn't know that Walcha 1 and Weinrich overlapped. By the time I was at you-know-where Weinrich was already OOP, but I heard it all on albums borrowed from the music library. I also heard him do quite a bit live in recitals or at service music. (1973 was his last year because Princeton then had a ...
by jbuck919
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Technical CMG question
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Technical CMG question

Not that anyone noticed 😢 😉 , but for a while I wasn't posting much if at all. There were several reasons for that, including a series of longer-than-usual visits from my sister, the predictability of Pub topics once Trump took orifice, and the persistence of many topics in the Chatterbox to which I...
by jbuck919
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bram Beekman - Bach Complete Organ Works on YT
Replies: 11
Views: 279

Re: Bram Beekman - Bach Complete Organ Works on YT

I will have. to check it out, of course. One of the few things of which I have multiple versions, from vinyl through CD to downloaded. Thanks, j.
by jbuck919
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cold brew coffee
Replies: 9
Views: 228

Re: Cold brew coffee

The nearest Trader Joe's is in Colonie, a suburb of Albany. However, there is one in South Burlington VT, where my brother-in-law teaches. Maybe I'll ask my sister to bring some (with reimbursement of course) when she next visits. We tend to see eye-to-eye on our morning coffee.
by jbuck919
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ: Flynn's Offer to Sing
Replies: 10
Views: 175

Re: WSJ: Flynn's Offer to Sing

Someone today (or recently) in the NY Times suggested that Flynn will need protective custody to avoid becoming the victim of Putin's next poisoned pellet.
by jbuck919
Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Car Owners Inspections
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: Car Owners Inspections

The knowledge of how to do it has probably been lost (fleeing).
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: 241

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: 172

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: 1
Views: 154

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: 15
Views: 581

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: 383

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: 167

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: 284

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: 710

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: 385

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: 467

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: 467

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: 385

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: 1062

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: 843

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: 449

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: 170

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: 320

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: 449

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: 348

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: 268

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: 268

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: 843

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: 207

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: 843

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: 843

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: 236

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: 245

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: 843

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...