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by jbuck919
Wed May 23, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook takes 'friending' to a new level
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: Facebook takes 'friending' to a new level

Several years ago a researcher tried to determine how many potential (in this case exclusively heterosexual) matches were available to any student from, say, MIT, in the Boston area. The answer came so close to zero that in statistics it would be considered zero. Not everyone is Elvis. There are mil...
by jbuck919
Wed May 23, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Scientists to dredge Loch Ness in search of monster DNA
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: Scientists to dredge Loch Ness in search of monster DNA

The only thing more futile and a waste of time and money supposedly in the name of science is SETI The person known to Garrett (IcedNote) and myself is generally a rational thinker, but he still believes in the Loch Ness Monster, and that it is a plesiosaur. They could take cc-by-cc samples of DNA f...
by jbuck919
Mon May 21, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: First Enceladus, now Europa, being investigated as suited for life
Replies: 9
Views: 379

Re: First Enceladus, now Europa, being investigated as suited for life

Ohio has produced more presidents ... than any other state, and . . . they ranged from stupefying mediocrity to utter failure. There was once a fascist from Queens Beantowners tried to foist on Bowling Green Now Ohioans, they didn't want him Once they saw he'd demagogued 'em And told him to plop hi...
by jbuck919
Mon May 21, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding
Replies: 13
Views: 243

Re: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding

Very pleased to hear the wonderful Thomas Tallis for the ceremony and, of course, those English hymns. Parry's " I Was Glad " is a stirring favourite but wasn't heard this time. The cellist largely didn't appeal, but it wasn't about me!! Did I or did I not hear " Elizabethan Serenade " at one point...
by jbuck919
Sun May 20, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding
Replies: 13
Views: 243

Re: Cellist at Windsor Harry Meghan Wedding

I didn't hear the performance, but I can speak to the program. The Schubert is a song, not a cello piece, and is a horrid cliché frequently chosen without regard to any consideration other than "favorite hits" for such occasions. Even when it is sung, it is a very problematic choice. Almost the same...
by jbuck919
Sun May 20, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: First Enceladus, now Europa, being investigated as suited for life
Replies: 9
Views: 379

Re: First Enceladus, now Europa, being investigated as suited for life

. . . and, except at 40°N, 83°W, found sorely wanting. Cleveland, I suppose. I agree that it is a bit of an unknown gem and unfairly tarred with the brush of the decay of the old urban industrial north, but forgive me if I don't pack my bags to take advantage of its depressed housing prices. It has...
by jbuck919
Sun May 20, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 744

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Sigh, so many variables. Those who want to hear a program at 5:00 will have to agree that it must be lunch. (This is fine with me. Like Hank I can also get home because Amtrak does run late.) However, not all of us are retired or have flexible schedules. Young Garrett (IcedNote), for instance, proba...
by jbuck919
Fri May 18, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: First Enceladus, now Europa, being investigated as suited for life
Replies: 9
Views: 379

Re: First Enceladus, now Europa, being investigated as suited for life

It is my understanding that Civitates Foederatae Americae is under investigation as well.
by jbuck919
Fri May 18, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In Canada, the country mouse is happier than the city mouse
Replies: 8
Views: 217

Re: In Canada, the country mouse is happier than the city mouse

The same would likely be found in the US, and for the same human nature reasons that write themselves differently in the two countries. In the US, either being one of the (let's face it, largely black or Hispanic) urban poor or having to live in the same town with them is a crucial factor, while hav...
by jbuck919
Thu May 17, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning my musical summer
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Planning my musical summer

First there is whatever I attend during the meet-up. Then there is Organ Historical Society. (This may seem of peripheral interest to our membership, but programming at the many recitals includes much Bach and Messiaen, whom many organists consider the two greatest organ composers. I won't go into m...
by jbuck919
Thu May 17, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize
Replies: 21
Views: 543

Re: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize

One late evening at what was then O'Niel's restaurant, Nilsson settled in with a table full of her MET colleagues after a performance of (IIRC) Turandot. Brian great story-we had so many CS forum dinners at O'Neals in the past before it closed--never one with Nilsson though! Regards, Len I certainl...
by jbuck919
Wed May 16, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 744

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

IcedNote wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 10:00 am
I'd be game! I live just a few blocks from Lincoln Center, so anywhere is just fine with me. Doubt I'll attend a performance (still need a break from that stuff!), but lunch or dinner works.

-G
Wonderful, Garrett! We can talk about the person we both know.

Len, OHS is Organ Historical Society.
by jbuck919
Tue May 15, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 744

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

A fellow poster PMd me suggesting a meet-up. I'm the one. I recommend sometime near the end of this month, but not the very end because it would conflict with the Organ Historical Society in of all places Rochester. The big-ticket season will be over, but the time overlaps with Mostly Mozart as wel...
by jbuck919
Mon May 14, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 744

Overdue for a meet-up?

A fellow poster PMd me suggesting a meet-up. I am invoking seniority by posting this also on the pub. I recommend sometime near the end of this month, but not the very end because it would conflict with the Organ Historical Society in of all places Rochester. The big-ticket season will be over, but ...
by jbuck919
Mon May 14, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 0
Views: 71

Overdue for a meet-up?

A fellow poster PMd me suggesting a meet-up. I am invoking seniority by posting this also on the music boar. I recommend sometime near the end of this month, but not the very end because it would conflict with the Organ Historical Society in of all places Rochester. The big-ticket season will be ove...
by jbuck919
Sat May 12, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: El Sistema in Baltimore?
Replies: 5
Views: 223

Re: El Sistema in Baltimore?

Baltimore having been "my" city for a number of years, ditto to the previous replies. (Sorry, Len, but they closed down their opera house during the time I lived near there.) Now for my diatribe. As with many US cities, the high school dropout rate for black Baltimore kids in the public schools is n...
by jbuck919
Thu May 10, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 841

Re: Musical claims to fame

Does page-turning for recitals by the likes of Yo Yo Ma, Perlman, Hahn, etc. count? :mrgreen: Hilary actually thanked me by name to the audience during the second half. :D And I forgot to bring out Perlman's music for the second half of his concert. I quickly went backstage to get it, came back out...
by jbuck919
Thu May 10, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Catching up
Replies: 2
Views: 1080

Re: Catching up

John Lahr is the son of Bert Lahr, and there is a strong physical resemblance. Although the elder Lahr is most famous for his typically comedic role as the Cowardly Lion, he was in fact quite sophisticated, having performed in the US premiere (can't remember whether he was Vladimir or Estragon) of W...
by jbuck919
Thu May 10, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Passion of Joan of Arc in Lenox
Replies: 2
Views: 126

Re: Passion of Joan of Arc in Lenox

I could theoretically make it to this performance, but I'd need a context like we're in the middle of Tanglewood and there are three interesting things going on over two days to justify it. Note that the organist is an expert at accompanying silent films, which usually involves a theatre organ, but...
by jbuck919
Thu May 10, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Passion of Joan of Arc in Lenox
Replies: 2
Views: 126

Passion of Joan of Arc in Lenox

I could theoretically make it to this performance, but I'd need a context like we're in the middle of Tanglewood and there are three interesting things going on over two days to justify it. Note that the organist is a expert at accompanying silent films, which usually involves a theatre organ, but h...
by jbuck919
Thu May 10, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The lazy teacher and the greatest entertainer
Replies: 0
Views: 126

The lazy teacher and the greatest entertainer

I did a half day for a middle school music teacher yesterday. Queensbury NY has some music program. Remember, this is a middle school (grades 6-8), and they have an orchestra room, a band room, a chorus room, a music instruction room, and four teachers to cover all of this. I could have done the tea...
by jbuck919
Thu May 10, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: David Ludwig's 2015 Violin Concerto
Replies: 1
Views: 151

Re: David Ludwig's 2015 Violin Concerto

Did anyone ever hear a piece whose movements are marked (in English) fast--slow--fast? :) Of course the descriptive synonym phenomenon goes back very far. Only presto really means "fast" in Italian and only largo really means "slow." Anyway, I did enjoy this piece. It does not exactly break new musi...
by jbuck919
Wed May 09, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pope Francis 5 years in — absolute monarch or social-justice prophet?
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Re: Pope Francis 5 years in — absolute monarch or social-justice prophet?

Perhaps it would be fairer to say that the areas in which Francis is a social justice pope are the same ones the church has advocated since Pope Leo XIII. The remarkable thing is that it has any social justice teachings at all, and JP II actually pulled back on them, rejecting liberation theology be...
by jbuck919
Tue May 08, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 841

Re: Musical claims to fame

When I was in high school in the 60s, Rubinstein performed at Newburgh Free Academy, the public high school in the small Hudson River city by that name which was just down the highway from where I lived. Tickets were $5.00. My father would have taken me if I had really wanted it, because even then I...
by jbuck919
Tue May 08, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Brahms
Replies: 10
Views: 376

Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

RebLem wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 9:30 pm
I would say that Brahms's mischievous and celebratory side is best exemplified by the Academic Festival Overture.
Sorry folks, but I have to say that this von Suppé-like work (and Brahms didn't pretend it was anything else) is one of the few pieces by Brahms that I cannot stand.
by jbuck919
Mon May 07, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Brahms
Replies: 10
Views: 376

Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

Donald Francis Tovey wrote that the Handel Variations are one of the "three or four greatest sets ever written." That puts them up there with the Goldberg and Diabelli Variations. Who am I to argue with Tovey?
by jbuck919
Mon May 07, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Organ Sonatas
Replies: 7
Views: 608

Re: Bach's Organ Sonatas

I guess you are referring to something that's called 'coupling'. These old mechanic Dutch/German organs are built according to the so-called Werkprinzip: each manual is in fact the 'entrance' to one single instrument or 'work' (mostly called 'division'). When organ specifics are given, it's mostly ...
by jbuck919
Mon May 07, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How the Met Museum borrowed papal tiara & vestments from the Vatican
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Re: How the Met Museum borrowed papal tiara & vestments from the Vatican

Sounds terrific in both concept and execution. Even new vestments of quality used by parishes that care about such things (including my own little one) cost thousands of dollars per set or even item. What will be on exhibit will be priceless. For the record, the pope's white cassock (soutane), cinct...
by jbuck919
Sun May 06, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How the Met Museum borrowed papal tiara & vestments from the Vatican
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Re: How the Met Museum borrowed papal tiara & vestments from the Vatican

Sounds terrific in both concept and execution. Even new vestments of quality used by parishes that care about such things (including my own little one) cost thousands of dollars per set or even item. What will be on exhibit will be priceless. For the record, the pope's white cassock (soutane), cinct...
by jbuck919
Fri May 04, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Organ Sonatas
Replies: 7
Views: 608

Re: Bach's Organ Sonatas

The Trio Sonatas are Bach's most difficult organ works. (The fact that with considerably practice I can play them is rather a cure for my inferiority complex.) In truth, they are conceptually instrumental trio sonatas, and have been recorded as such. The slow movement of the D major was re-purposed ...
by jbuck919
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pope Francis 5 years in — absolute monarch or social-justice prophet?
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Re: Pope Francis 5 years in — absolute monarch or social-justice prophet?

Mostly perfect nonsense, but I will only say that abortion (and gay rights, and priesthood for women, and contraception are social justice issues, which the pope blithely ignores.
by jbuck919
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 39
Views: 4444

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

The conductor Erich Leinsdorf (1912-1993) was much feared by orchestral players - insofar as orchestral players are any longer afraid of conductors: they realize that they make the sound, whereas the conductor's baton is silent. But unpleasantness makes for uncomfortable rehearsals, and Leinsdorf's...
by jbuck919
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A "quip" about composer Max Reger
Replies: 8
Views: 1064

Re: A "quip" about composer Max Reger

Reger was a fine organist, but unlike Bach, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, and probably Mozart, he was not the greatest of his time. He had a virtuoso friend whose name I cannot now find whom he was constantly challenging with a new piece he (Reger) thought was too difficult even for his friend to play. Thi...
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A note to the classically insecure
Replies: 8
Views: 998

A note to the classically insecure

I offer the following for your consideration without necessarily agreeing with its necessity or with any specific point made. A Note to the Classically Insecure By Miles Hoffman Mr. Hoffman is a classical violist and radio commentator. April 18, 2018 I was talking about music recently with a friend...
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And speaking of NY State's summer operas
Replies: 1
Views: 462

And speaking of NY State's summer operas

Glimmerglass is putting on The Cunning Little Vixen, and that's at least a possibility. Caramoor is doing Handel's Atalanta . Bard College is putting on Anton Rubinstein's Demon , about which I know nothing but which is an intriguing possibility. That's probably the one my friend Ted will attend, bu...
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: hippolyte rameau julliard
Replies: 5
Views: 1230

Re: hippolyte rameau julliard

I know you'll enjoy it, but it is a shame they gratuitously marred it with those changes. Rameau is something I'd like to see them do at Glimmerglass or Bard (or even the Seagle Colony) when I take one my never-get-around-to-it stabs at attending one of these summer festivals.
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Francis's reported remarks on Hell land him in the traditionalists's fiery pit
Replies: 1
Views: 681

Re: Francis's reported remarks on Hell land him in the traditionalists's fiery pit

Although I cannot cite a specific theologian, there has long been a speculative strain of thought that Hell is actually another sign of God's mercy, since the soul is at least alive and the alternative would be non-existence. Francis may have bought into this notion that non-existence is a punishmen...
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Philly 2018/19 season
Replies: 4
Views: 747

Re: Opera Philly 2018/19 season

lennygoran wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:18 am
A handsome booklet arrived with their 2018/19 schedule but nothing really appealed to me that much. Regards, Len


https://www.operaphila.org/whats-on/on-stage-2018-2019/
I guess even you have seen enough of Lucia. :) (The Poulenc might be interesting. Certainly a rarity.)
by jbuck919
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth
Replies: 5
Views: 760

Re: Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth

“Today, Bayreuth is the cultural capital of Bavaria,” Markus Söder, the minister president of Bavaria, said before the gala opening of the theater on Thursday. What an extraordinary thing for a Bavarian politician and official to say. Has Munich suddenly been wiped off the map? It's not even "real"...
by jbuck919
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Unholy Week, Day 1: Paul quotes Peter: 'I don't know the guy'
Replies: 1
Views: 574

Re: Unholy Week, Day 1: Paul quotes Peter: 'I don't know the guy'

Paul Ryan doesn't know anything very well. That's one of the reasons we're saddled with this tax cut, against which his failure to get cuts in spending in areas that nobody really wants cut is limited consolation because of the effect on the deficit and its inevitable if (may the GOP be thankful) de...
by jbuck919
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music for TWO organs!
Replies: 1
Views: 340

Re: Music for TWO organs!

I'm afraid I don't know any of that music. (I am tempted to add that I am more afraid of what I might find if I did, since none of those men were composers of stature.) I have heard two organs play together in the same church, including an excellent pair right here in Glens Falls NY at First Presbyt...
by jbuck919
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Milos Forman, famed 'Amadeus' director, dead at 86
Replies: 1
Views: 595

Re: Milos Forman, famed 'Amadeus' director, dead at 86

Someone being interviewed on NPR (not Forman) once commented that we have Communist incompetence in maintaining and enhancing infrastructure to thank for Prague being largely untouched. Perhaps a better way of thinking about it is that Prague was allowed to reach a dilapidated state that was hidden ...
by jbuck919
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Welcome to CMG, Todd Schurk!
Replies: 4
Views: 559

Re: Welcome to CMG, Todd Schurk!

Welcome, Todd. We don't have enough strongly contributing members, and also too few new ones, so speaking only for myself (but probably everyone else too), we look forward to your posting.
by jbuck919
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Edith Piaf
Replies: 3
Views: 668

Re: Edith Piaf

I've seen the commercial, but of course knew that famous rendition from long ago. All I can say about her songs and those of her ilk is "The non-great French songbook."
by jbuck919
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Coming Out of the Performing Arts Library
Replies: 6
Views: 784

Re: Coming Out of the Performing Arts Library

Why on Earth would you assume that? Why not? :) A joke, John, though I really did think it was by you because we associate you with the library. However, I thought maybe something like "Coming out of the Performing Arts Library I saw Renée Fleming and you'll never believe who she was with." :)
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pope admits to grave errors in sex abuse case; invites victims to Rome for a personal apology
Replies: 1
Views: 603

Re: Pope admits to grave errors in sex abuse case; invites victims to Rome for a personal apology

There are clerics who have a blind spot about sexual abuse, and clerics who have a blind spot about sex. The two groups are not necessarily mutually exclusive, and the last several popes appear to have belonged to both groups. Once the Church in NYC estimated that "only" four percent of priests in t...
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Coming Out of the Performing Arts Library
Replies: 6
Views: 784

Re: Coming Out of the Performing Arts Library

At first I assumed this was by John F and that the subject line read "Coming out at the Performing Arts Library. ;)
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Living the Classical Life: Emmanuel Ax"
Replies: 11
Views: 869

Re: "Living the Classical Life: Emmanuel Ax"

Interesting, I believe Ax says Schubert's Sonata No.9, B major, D.575 is too hard for Ax to play. Brendel live in Amsterdam , October 4, 1998, audio with score : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGGSMAb1SIQ One has to understand that there are pianists who never practice, or if they do it is in a pe...
by jbuck919
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and religion
Replies: 35
Views: 3097

Re: Bach and religion

every single actor who has portrayed Jesus in a spectacle (Max von Sydow, Jeffrey Hunter, Robert Powell, Willem Dafoe) has had blue eyes. Was Jesus a blue-eyed amateur actor in one of the greatest of all gospel flicks? Hard to tell given Pasolini's choice of b & w photography. But probably not. KKp...
by jbuck919
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and religion
Replies: 35
Views: 3097

Re: Bach and religion

I should add, my previous post was sparked by comments on Apollo, which is one of the categories of depiction the book considers. Now we're really drifting, but every single actor who has portrayed Jesus in a spectacle (Max von Sydow, Jeffrey Hunter, Robert Powell, Willem Dafoe) has had blue eyes. ...