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by jbuck919
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Geffen Hall Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way
Replies: 5
Views: 32

Re: Geffen Hall Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way

It is Eisenhower Hall at West Point. When I first posted that years ago, even Ralph Stein, who was almost never wrong, did not believe me, and I had to post the figures to prove it. How interesting-we'll probably be around there next Monday-we're going to Storm King if the weather holds up-want to ...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Geffen Hall Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way
Replies: 5
Views: 32

Re: Geffen Hall Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way

It may be hard to sell out now, but it was not always that way. It is one of the largest of auditoriums. Incidentally, does anyone know what the second-largest auditorium on the East Coast is after Radio City Music Hall? Well, don't bother yourself. It is Eisenhower Hall at West Point. When I first ...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In questo foro, how do we feel about this?
Replies: 8
Views: 115

Re: In questo foro, how do we feel about this?

I'm trying to think about really strong non-abused female characters in opera and it is not all that easy. The obvious exception is Leonora (Fidelio), who has to disguise herself as a man. Ariadne has been abandoned on Naxos by Theseus. Salome is a strong character, but look at what she does to John...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An interesting performance (to leave you curious)
Replies: 2
Views: 37

An interesting performance (to leave you curious)

I am posting this obviously staged performance for one reason only. My father served as what was then called altar boy at his own mother's funeral when he was twelve. In other words, I never knew my paternal grandmother. All the musical talent in the family is from his side, not my mother's. He is s...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "What the composer wants"
Replies: 34
Views: 355

Re: "What the composer wants"

Toscanini was not a totally rigid and metronomic conductor by any means . Agree completely....AT was in no way a rigid time-beater - check out his Tristan P & L-D, or Brahms 4/IV....it could be just as easily said that Furtwangler was an "idiosyncratic taffy-puller"....... Furtwängler was himself a...
by jbuck919
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In questo foro, how do we feel about this?
Replies: 8
Views: 115

Re: In questo foro, how do we feel about this?

Neither Minnie nor Turandot is a victim of sadistic torture. And no quasi-sadistic sexism in Mozart? Come now, John F. First, why, do you think Così fan tutte is never translated into English? (It means "All women do such things.") Second, there is this, leaving aside "Dove sono," "Porgi amor," and...
by jbuck919
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In questo foro, how do we feel about this?
Replies: 8
Views: 115

In questo foro, how do we feel about this?

I was astonished when I stumbled on this seemingly gratuitous criticism of Puccini's greatest opera (and yes, I know it was completed by someone else).

http://observer.com/2017/10/shady-sexua ... ra-review/
by jbuck919
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just for fun, the health of presidents
Replies: 3
Views: 36

Re: Just for fun, the health of presidents

This site tells us all about that, and for the two worst cases I have read independently to confirm it. Our two unhealthiest presidents were John F. Kennedy and, unbelievably, George Washington. Woodrow wilson was in bad shape for some time if I'm not mistaken. What about problems of mental health-...
by jbuck919
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just for fun, the health of presidents
Replies: 3
Views: 36

Just for fun, the health of presidents

This site tells us all about that, and for the two worst cases I have read independently to confirm it. Our two unhealthiest presidents were John F. Kennedy and, unbelievably, George Washington. Kennedy actual underwent what was then called the last rites three times, and in those days Extreme Uncti...
by jbuck919
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "What the composer wants"
Replies: 34
Views: 355

Re: "What the composer wants"

JohnF; many music experts have expressed the same reservations I have about that infamous letter to Leopold, pretending that his wife was still alive. Be that as it may, the letters are certainly informative and often highly amusing in a silly way...(..."be so kind as to wait until the sheep cross ...
by jbuck919
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More Bach passion stuff
Replies: 0
Views: 56

More Bach passion stuff

You have to go to the Youtube site to see the additional postings, which is why I am not literally posting this. Bach had the greatest difficulty with his boy singers. They were a constant conflict between him and the council at Leipzig. A convincing case has been made that he would have preferred w...
by jbuck919
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 32
Views: 640

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

YOUTUBE has a lot of Huber; I just finished the 3rd and 8th symphonies. HUBER was the original form of the name of Herbert Hoover, whose ancestry was Swiss-German; do you suppose Huber was related to the 31st President? This is getting ridiculous. You do know the true story of Harry von Zell introd...
by jbuck919
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HD Met Die Zauberflote
Replies: 3
Views: 55

Re: HD Met Die Zauberflote

I'm afraid I feel the same way about The Magic Flute that John F feels about Marriage of Figarro. I have had it memorized for so long that I really don't need to see a production, though I am glad they still go on. This is from Bergman's Swedish version of the opera.

by jbuck919
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "What the composer wants"
Replies: 34
Views: 355

Re: "What the composer wants"

Presumbly, then, neither of you supports the idea of a particular "school"; for example, in the piano one often hears about the performer being taught by a pupil of the composer, eg. Liszt. In that particular case, 'fidelity' to a text is suggested. And it also means that your comments completely i...
by jbuck919
Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Jerry Lewis and the French
Replies: 15
Views: 1306

Re: Jerry Lewis and the French

I only came back here because I noticed the high number of posts. You would think that the "off" boards here would attract less attention, but the reverse is true. Our former moderator Corlyss knew that we had a lot of lurkers, and I guess we do. If you go back far enough, there are thousands of pos...
by jbuck919
Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ten things Lucy Worsley has learnt about opera
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: Ten things Lucy Worsley has learnt about opera

I have posted this before, but Venice is the most severely depopulated important city in the world. It has a population of only about 250,000. No modern composer could survive there, let alone Monteverdi and Gabrielli.
by jbuck919
Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "What the composer wants"
Replies: 34
Views: 355

Re: "What the composer wants"

All I can say is that I am glad I did not make that comment myself, because I never would have agreed with the assumption. You wrote a very long post, John, but as you know, Stravinsky was a mediocre conductor and though his name is on many albums of his own work, they are also not definitive perfor...
by jbuck919
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: London Times On Concert Hall Mess In New York
Replies: 6
Views: 89

Re: London Times On Concert Hall Mess In New York

a second-tier orchestra with a third-rank conductor Wow. That's a harsh (and unjustified) comment. Unfortunately, it is not. Many of us who have attended NYP performances are able to detect inexcusable problems. The last time I was there (with our member Ralph Stein) they performed Schoenberg's Pel...
by jbuck919
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goldberg Variations Choreographer
Replies: 2
Views: 62

Re: Goldberg Variations Choreographer

Many pieces that were not intended for ballet have been choreographed, some by great choreographers on the order of Balanchine. But the Goldberg Variations? No, I'd have to see it believe it.

by jbuck919
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 304

Re: Schumann

In between there was also Schumann's appreciation of Schubert's Symphony #9 and its "heavenly length." He wasn't infallible; he described Mozart's Symphony #40 in G minor as embodying "Hellenic grace," which is about 180 degrees off the mark. But mostly his judgments still look pretty good. Althoug...
by jbuck919
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 304

Re: Schumann

I got to know Schumann through the symphonies, but seldom visit them now. It's the piano works and the chamber music. I agree: he was a genius, and a generous-spirited one too, with his music writings and criticism. I think the Op 17 might be my very favourite work, but it is hard-pressed by Carnav...
by jbuck919
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 304

Re: Schumann

Oh come now. It is fluff, but as one of my professors put it, it is very nice fluff. What exactly are you calling "fluff"? If it's any of the repertoire I mentioned, then obviously I couldn't disagree more. Why would anybody think so? Professor or not. I was trying to meet you halfway on Schumann's...
by jbuck919
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 304

Re: Schumann

Which of Schumann's works do I love or admire? First it would be his songs and song cycles, especially "Dichterliebe"; I rank him with Schubert as the greatest Lieder composer. Also much of the solo piano music, though not the sonatas except for the sonata-like Fantasia; less so the chamber music a...
by jbuck919
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 304

Re: Schumann

Stunning! The last 12 bars are especially fabulous and we are encouraged to ask "what is the key of this piece"? Congratulations if you could play this; those wretched chords and their varied accidentals. Not to mention the inner parts. Punishment!! What am I saying? You play the organ. Well don't ...
by jbuck919
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 304

Re: Schumann

My grad school friend to whom I sometimes refer, who is a great musical scholar and performer, once said that he liked Schumann beyond what Schumann had musically to offer. (He also said that he liked the greatly inferior composer Liszt because of the challenge it gave his fingers.) I'm still in tou...
by jbuck919
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MacArthur Fellowships for 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 78

Re: MacArthur Fellowships for 2017

I wonder if she's a relative of the hideous composer Carl Orff. Who can figure these things out? In college, I was a pretty close friend of MacArthur recipient Peter Jeffrey, by no means my superior as a scholar. However, he worked hard on his career as the world's great expert in Gregorian Chant, w...
by jbuck919
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist
Replies: 19
Views: 304

Re: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist

It is true that modern miking has done away with the need for projecting Broadway voices like Mary Martin or Ethel Merman. Once, I attended a performance of South Pacific at the Meyerhoff Theater in Baltimore, and one would never have guessed that the excellent performance was miked. But then I acco...
by jbuck919
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist
Replies: 19
Views: 304

Re: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist

Classical artist as popular singer: Here's the very excellent Thomas Quasthoff in crossover and I must say it's a beautiful voice in this repertoire!! Actually I find it rather moving given the singer and his circumstances: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMQIZpwnwV8 I intended to post Gordon Macra...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 60 Minutes Shake-Shack Danny Meyer
Replies: 7
Views: 111

Re: 60 Minutes Shake-Shack Danny Meyer

I'd prefer the now defunct Little Tavern chain. I know that Danny Meyer is an important restaurateur in NYC, but anyone who starts a chain with the name of Shake Shack in a sophisticated eating market deserves to go out of business instantly. Never heard of Little Tavern-I'll keep a lookout for it-...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 747 pilot bids farewell to his dream plane
Replies: 6
Views: 129

Re: 747 pilot bids farewell to his dream plane

John F wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:41 pm
New Orleans overrated? Not as long as they know how to cook down there. For me, the most overrated American city is Los Angeles.
In the name of the onions, the bell peppers, and celery, ah-roux.
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Brainiac battle royal: Mensa offers IQ test to POTUS and SOS
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: Brainiac battle royal: Mensa offers IQ test to POTUS and SOS

As a grad school friend of mine said over dinner at the Hall of Graduate Studies at Yale, in response to someone who was proud of his membership in the organization, "Every person in this room would qualify for membership in Mensa," as I'm sure would everyone on this board. Although there are measur...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 747 pilot bids farewell to his dream plane
Replies: 6
Views: 129

Re: 747 pilot bids farewell to his dream plane

I've flown on 747s often and for me they're just another airplane. They benefited me chiefly by making mass air transportation and lower air fares possible; otherwise I might not have been able to travel so much. The Airbus A380 double-decker carries over 500 passengers and, it says here, burns 20%...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: L’Arpeggiata Luigi Rossi
Replies: 13
Views: 244

Re: L’Arpeggiata Luigi Rossi

Can you explain what you think personally is the difference between the two? I have sung an English translation (ugh!) of the Johannes with a university choir, and it does seem to have more dissonance overall. Last year in our music group a friend brought a DVD of the Berlin Philharmonic/Rattle per...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist
Replies: 19
Views: 304

Re: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist

Looks a little like Horowitz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxhbAGwEYGQ I'll bet they didn't teach him that at Juilliard. Yes, Horowitz played the same way. Dear old Mrs. Troidle would not have approved. As for Sinatra, I am sorry I veered the classical music board in that direction. He was not e...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 60 Minutes Shake-Shack Danny Meyer
Replies: 7
Views: 111

Re: 60 Minutes Shake-Shack Danny Meyer

Our one experience was in Baltimore-we paid more but I can't remember the exact order we placed-we're now in NYC quite a lot more than in the past and pass them frequently-always a line to get in-no way I'm going to wait in a long line again-it was interesting to hear what Meyer has instituted with...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Artificial Intelligence: Into the Real World
Replies: 5
Views: 97

Re: Artificial Intelligence: Into the Real World

I don't think so. AI has possible applications in almost everything. You and I don't drive cars but most Americans do, and many now have AI built in to prevent collisions etc. And there are many possible medical applications and some already in use; one of the NHK World documentaries says that AI e...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 747 pilot bids farewell to his dream plane
Replies: 6
Views: 129

Re: 747 pilot bids farewell to his dream plane

I am going to copy and paste this and share it with our no-longer-posting member Teresa Brandt on Facebook, whose now retired husband routinely flew 747s on international flights. For many years, it was considered the greatest airplane ever built, and as a passenger I flew on one several times.
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: L’Arpeggiata Luigi Rossi
Replies: 13
Views: 244

Re: L’Arpeggiata Luigi Rossi

The closing chorale of the St. John Passion always knocks me flat!! What a work; what a conductor. If anything is calculated to reduce me to a quivering mass it's this final couplet in that chorale: Lord Jesus Christ, give ear to me, I would thee praise eternally! The title of the chorale is Herzli...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist
Replies: 19
Views: 304

Neil Sedaka as classical pianist

You will understand why I put this astonishing item on the music board if you are patient with the YouTube. Sedaka does abbreviate the Fantasie-Impromptu for the sake of the broadcast, which is no great sin, as it is not one of Chopin's greater compositions. (It still makes me think of the popular s...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Artificial Intelligence: Into the Real World
Replies: 5
Views: 97

Re: Artificial Intelligence: Into the Real World

I've read a great deal about this. It would be all right if a way were found to administer AI for the general benefit of the population, but that's not what is going to happen, is it? Instead, the extremely wealthy will find a way to use it to take all the advantage for themselves and leave the gene...
by jbuck919
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 32
Views: 640

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

John, just curious: did you ever acquire the 10 CD set of Mercury's complete recordings of organist Marcel DuPre? Mercury 478.8838, produced by Philips with the Mercury logo still being used? . I'm still working on the idea, Lance. As you know, I am not the recording jock of this site. The last tim...
by jbuck919
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: L’Arpeggiata Luigi Rossi
Replies: 13
Views: 244

Re: L’Arpeggiata Luigi Rossi

Here is Bach's greatest work using archaic instruments (viola d'amore), which knocked me flat on my back the first time I heard it. Thanks for this-the singer is Thomas Moser-I've broken bread with him in NYC-he looks so different in this video-I can hardly believe it's him! Regards, Len Incredible.
by jbuck919
Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: L’Arpeggiata Luigi Rossi
Replies: 13
Views: 244

Re: L’Arpeggiata Luigi Rossi

Excellent, but these instruments were already archaic or archaizing at the time the music was written, even though both Bach and Handel utilized them. (The theorbo, the lute, the viola da gamba.) Here is Bach's greatest work using archaic instruments (viola d'amore), which knocked me flat on my back...
by jbuck919
Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 32
Views: 640

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

jserraglio wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:50 pm
Alabiev, Bargiel and Huber.

Aha! Another law firm. :) It is everything I can do to keep up with 20th century organ composers, many of whom are eschewed now even by concert organists in favor of transcriptions.

by jbuck919
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 32
Views: 640

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

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by jbuck919
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 32
Views: 640

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Lilburn, Melartin and Raff. You mean this is not a law firm? To paraphrase Donald Francis Tovey, who himself reviewed many justly forgotten composers, we have an unusually large number of masterpieces (he called them perfect compositions) in the standard repertory. I suggest that you devote yoursel...
by jbuck919
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Monteverdi "L'Orfeo"
Replies: 5
Views: 172

Re: Monteverdi "L'Orfeo"

Sometimes, Belle, I can guess that it is you posting before reading your name. Orfeo is not literally the first opera ever composed, but it is the first important one. I once owned the original recording of it, which was only issued in the 1970s on the Telefunken label. This is a magnificent perform...
by jbuck919
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pl. help to translate the words "Gia l'ebro mio ciglio"
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: Pl. help to translate the words "Gia l'ebro mio ciglio"

Many thanks to the members who improved upon my reply.
by jbuck919
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pl. help to translate the words "Gia l'ebro mio ciglio"
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: Pl. help to translate the words "Gia l'ebro mio ciglio"

jbuck919 wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:34 am
Elementary, though I don't know what sense it makes. "Already from the brow of my eyelashes." A stupendously beautiful aria, I need not say.

by jbuck919
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pl. help to translate the words "Gia l'ebro mio ciglio"
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: Pl. help to translate the words "Gia l'ebro mio ciglio"

Elementary, though I don't know what sense it makes. "Already from the brow of my eyelashes." A stupendously beautiful aria, I need not say.