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by jbuck919
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Brahms’s Obsession With Rhythmic Instability Explain His Music’s Magic?
Replies: 2
Views: 12

Re: Does Brahms’s Obsession With Rhythmic Instability Explain His Music’s Magic?

Brahms is unquestionably the fourth greatest composer after Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven (listing chronologically). All of those composers exhibited what this idiotic writer calls "fhythmic instability." We just had a very good post about Mozart that might touch on that topic. No matter what our late...
by jbuck919
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony
Replies: 8
Views: 203

Re: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony

There is a lot of Sibelius that is incredibly boring, and it includes his last symphony, the seventh Not in the hands of a gifted conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-6tXgVX6vg U-6tXgVX6vg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfwLm1rW14Q dfwLm1rW14Q Trust me. American conservatory orchestras alr...
by jbuck919
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: lenquiz from nyc
Replies: 2
Views: 16

Re: lenquiz from nyc

The artist is Eugene Delacroix and the museum is none other than the Metropolitan.
by jbuck919
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony
Replies: 8
Views: 203

Re: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony

As a Sibelius fan, with regard to his symphonies, I still cannot get away with either his first- or second symphony. Yes, the rest are wonderful, but I always think of his 1st and 2nd symphonies as being among his best. I feel Mahler's 1st, 3rd, and 8th symphonies are his magnum opus symphonies. Th...
by jbuck919
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Being an Artur Rubinstein "freak," ...
Replies: 3
Views: 53

Re: Being an Artur Rubinstein "freak," ...

He was a fine pianist, but there have long been a thousand or more in the world who could play rings around him, including students at Juilliard and Curtis. Rubinstein himself would have acknowledged this. In one of his memoirs, he wrote that in order to keep up with another just lucky pianist, Horo...
by jbuck919
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: muhly talks about marnie nytimes
Replies: 1
Views: 24

Re: muhly talks about marnie nytimes

I feel obliged to state that in the movie, Melanie is not in any way sexually assaulted by the Sean O'Connor character, but merely courted by him. While I'm here, Tippi Hedren was happy when Hitchcock died. He was famous for his love of young blond actresses and hitting on them. She could not unders...
by jbuck919
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!
Replies: 11
Views: 107

Re: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!

Good heavens! I associate Levant with the chain-smoking pianist in several movies. (He did die at 65 of a heart attack probably related to all that smoking.) I had no idea that he had that range.
by jbuck919
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Americans and the arts
Replies: 6
Views: 47

Re: Americans and the arts

The answer is clear. Most Americans think that "the arts" means The Grateful Dead and some things they might see on TV.
by jbuck919
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 10
Views: 337

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

I said one or two books, but one of them was a rather elegant edition of the Bible, which came with a glossary. I suppose no one else here knows that excardination means allowing a priest to exercise his faculties in another diocese. Sir, he hath never fed of the dainties that are bred in a book; he...
by jbuck919
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Samson et Delila
Replies: 2
Views: 59

Re: Tonight's Met Samson et Delila

After a delicious meal at our go-to french bistro in nyc Saju we leisurely got over to the Met and was pleasantly surprised-a new imaginative but basically traditional production of Samson et Dalila-the third act was very spectacular. Some very fine singing-still I thought Garanca was not quite rig...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime
Replies: 17
Views: 241

Re: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime

For the record, I did not disagree with Mark what's-his-name I'll go on the record too-while Rimsky has proved valuable there's no doubt Donizetti blows him out of the water! Regards, Len [fleeing to Secaucus] :lol: :lol: :lol: I don't know if I'll ever warm up to Donizetti, but as much as I hate t...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony
Replies: 8
Views: 203

Re: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony

In case anyone didn't notice, both the second and third movements are in what musicians call off-time, meaning that it has neither a duple or triple or composite time signature.
by jbuck919
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime
Replies: 17
Views: 241

Re: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime

For the record, I did not disagree with Mark what's-his-name (I could kill myself for not remembering) about the Rimsky operas. (I call him Rimsky because that's what Stravinsky did.) In fact, I informed him that there was going to be a festival of them somewhere, not in Russia, in case he was able ...
by jbuck919
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kavanaugh confirmed
Replies: 30
Views: 1283

Re: Kavanaugh confirmed

they upheld it [Obamacare] for the wrong reason So when it came down to cases, instead of constitutional theories, the Court with a potential conservative majority did not overturn this landmark Democratic legislation because it so pleased but, as it most often does, deferred to the legislature. Th...
by jbuck919
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime
Replies: 17
Views: 241

Re: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime

Just for fun, before Len joined, we had a semi-crazy member whose name escapes me (Donald Isler would remember) who thought that Rimsky was the greatest Romantic composer. He also thought that the Magnificat was Bach's greatest work.
by jbuck919
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kavanaugh confirmed
Replies: 30
Views: 1283

Re: Kavanaugh confirmed

Our late member Ralph Stein, a constitutional lawyer, claimed that all that was necessary to abolish the death penalty was for Congress to pass a law doing so. I think that this was one of the rare cases where he was wrong. Any state can sue to overturn such a law based on the fact that the death p...
by jbuck919
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 17
Views: 791

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

I know nothing of the feral rock concerts, but I certainly don't disagree. The opera house should be unsullied by any advertising or even light shows; I am very happy to agree with that too. These rock concerts occur on the large steps at the front, in the forecourt - facing the 'toaster' building ...
by jbuck919
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3935
Views: 515911

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

I am just about finished reading Jan Swafford's biography of Johannes Brahms. This is a marvelous book; it breathes life into the composer and creates a human being rather than just a name at the top of a score. As a result of Swafford's excellent analyses of many of Brahms' works, I have been fill...
by jbuck919
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kavanaugh confirmed
Replies: 30
Views: 1283

Re: Kavanaugh confirmed

I'd just like to point out that even if the Democrats take over all the rest of government, it won't make much difference. The Supreme Court can overturn any law or even a presidential directive on a whim and has been doing so since John Marshall was Chief Justice. Even Mitch McConnell might disagr...
by jbuck919
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: The Library Book
Replies: 1
Views: 240

Re: The Library Book

As John F undoubtedly knows, catastrophic library fires are nothing new. The fire at the library of Alexandria in Hellenistic times probably cost us untold loss of things like scrolls of the unknown plays of Sophocles.
by jbuck919
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 10
Views: 337

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

Interesting research, and I am not one to use single examples to contradict statistics. However, though I flatter myself that I am extremely literate and have demonstrated that here, my parents, though literate, had no concept of a home library. There was the odd book or two hanging around, but not ...
by jbuck919
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' Horn Trio,Op.40 redux
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Re: Brahms' Horn Trio,Op.40 redux

I've never heard a bad recording of this, from the first one by Adolf Busch, Rudolf Serkin and Aubrey Brain to the present. Oddly, I've never heard it in concert. Indeed. I don't know anybody who does not love this work, and I have heard it in concert performed by forces no one here would have hear...
by jbuck919
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kavanaugh confirmed
Replies: 30
Views: 1283

Re: Kavanaugh confirmed

I'd just like to point out that even if the Democrats take over all the rest of government, it won't make much difference. The Supreme Court can overturn any law or even a presidential directive on a whim and has been doing so since John Marshall was Chief Justice.
by jbuck919
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chef Massimo Bottura: The Pavarotti of pasta
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: Chef Massimo Bottura: The Pavarotti of pasta

The segment that follows this is about Luciano Pavarotti when he was seriously overweight but still seriously singing. It will put Len into a state of shock that I, not a general fan of bel canto, am posting this. It was used by other inferior forces in the conclusion of the great movie Fitzcarraldo...
by jbuck919
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed
Replies: 19
Views: 997

Re: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed

Brahms's greatest hero was, of course, Beethoven. He had a bust of that composer in his living room in Vienna. Sorry to learn you have been unwell and have had to go to hospital. Hideous, altogether. Hope things improve for you hereafter. I got some bad medical news myself two days ago and am tryin...
by jbuck919
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowships
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowships

The whole point is that we are not supposed to have heard of them. I happen to know a MacArthur recipient because we were good friends in college. I will mention his name, which is searchable, because I have only good things to say about him. It is Peter Jeffrey, who is probably the world's greatest...
by jbuck919
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mormon Tabernacle Choir renamed
Replies: 3
Views: 364

Re: Mormon Tabernacle Choir renamed

Mormon, like Jesuit (as in the pope), is a re-appropriation. It was originally a term of scorn reserved for Joseph Smith, who invented the angel Mormon out of the whole cloth, and his followers. Mormons themselves will use the term, but they prefer LDS. I strongly suspect that this move is related t...
by jbuck919
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed
Replies: 19
Views: 997

Re: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed

A great music theoretician is a rare bird indeed. I can scarcely count the number I know of on the fingers of one hand, if we limit ourselves to the common practice period. One, oddly, was Brahms, whose Oktaven und Fünften has never had an engraved edition. Though he was a great contrapuntist himsel...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 61
Views: 3710

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

Speaking from personal experience, and not because I was ever an offender myself but because I have been a teacher, sexual harassment in high school is a huge, huge problem that has largely gone unaddressed. You will see things about bullying, which is bad enough, but as far as I know, nobody ever t...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 61
Views: 3710

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

Yes, well, in terms of risking standing up to the rest of government, the only SCOTUS failure I know about is Andrew Jackson's refusal to follow John Marshall's decree that the Eastern nations could not be removed onto the trail of tears. Jackson said something like "Marshall has his opinion, now wh...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductor's " pieces of a lifetime "
Replies: 3
Views: 380

Re: Conductor's " pieces of a lifetime "

mikealdren wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:22 am
Very strange collection of conductors.....
Yes, and they are all obvious choices. You know what's hard to conduct, and I've only seen it done live once? It is the slow movement of Brahms's violin concerto.

by jbuck919
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: William Schuman on What's My Line
Replies: 0
Views: 317

William Schuman on What's My Line

Another find.
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anne Queffelec Mozart recital
Replies: 7
Views: 578

Re: Anne Queffelec Mozart recital

No, I would not disagree on the "stature" of the piano sonatas. In fact, I would choose Haydn's best over Mozart's best, and certainly Beethoven's, not to mention those of Franz Schubert! Insofar as Mozart's works involving the piano, I would place the piano concertos at the top of his list. Still,...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Phil season opens
Replies: 11
Views: 773

Re: NY Phil season opens

He is not little known except in the sense that to the general public all conductors are little known. Come on now. Many if not most New York Philharmonic music directors have been famous before they assumed that post - Mahler, Toscanini, Bernstein, Boulez, Mehta, Maazel. Others who were sought for...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anne Queffelec Mozart recital
Replies: 7
Views: 578

Re: Anne Queffelec Mozart recital

The two Mozart sonatas listed are major works for pianists, not necessarily juvenalia. Well I know that Lance. I was dividing the program in two. And although it is not hard to find performances by famous pianists of the +300 sonatas, if I could once perform them, they are not major works. As Charl...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Phil season opens
Replies: 11
Views: 773

Re: NY Phil season opens

He is not little known except in the sense that to the general public all conductors are little known. Who had ever heard of Alan Gilbert? Then, opening with a piece that will never be performed again, while now common, is a highly questionable practice. (A 36-year-old Dartmouth professor? Give me a...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anne Queffelec Mozart recital
Replies: 7
Views: 578

Re: Anne Queffelec Mozart recital

Good heavens, why would anyone make a big deal out of these pieces, which any reasonably talented schoolchild pianist could play adequately? Why would anybody perform Mozart juvenilia in the first place?
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Herbert Howells' Piano Quartet
Replies: 4
Views: 441

Re: Herbert Howells' Piano Quartet

https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/7960957--howells-to-chosen-hill#reviews Sorry, but evoking a hill outside Gloucester sounds like Delius, whom I also detest. Here is a chorale prelude by Parry that I have played myself. The contrapuntal underpinning of the sappy tune is quite remarkab...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Herbert Howells' Piano Quartet
Replies: 4
Views: 441

Re: Herbert Howells' Piano Quartet

With all respect as usual to Rach3, it is hard for me to get excited about this, and yes, I did give it a try. Howells is of course best known for his Anglican church music, which is not any better but which graces church music in a way that few things written in the 20th century do. Let's face it, ...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A substitute teaching challenge
Replies: 2
Views: 590

Re: A substitute teaching challenge

To follow up because I said I was going to, it went fine, and I'm sure the kids were happy and grateful actually to have a musician sub, but I must blush a bit, because I gave myself such airs while I forgot that a very great deal of programming at the high school level these days is what I can only...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 61
Views: 3710

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

Join in with me as we follow the bouncing ball to the tune of Loch Lomond: It's not going to happen, it's not going to happen.
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grand opera in America - no future?
Replies: 12
Views: 1017

Re: Grand opera in America - no future?

As John F knows better than any of us, City Opera went out of business because of poor management decisions. The argument about grand opera in the US has been going on for many years, dating back to the founding of the paltry funded National Council for the Arts, which Republicans still wish to see ...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw
Replies: 11
Views: 919

Re: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw

Not so "Peter Grimes," "The Rape of Lucretia," "Gloriana," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Noyes Fludde," "Owen Wingrave" (which is about pacifism, not sexuality), and the three parables for church performance, for starters. And in those whose themes directly or obliquely relate to homosexuality, tha...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 61
Views: 3710

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

. . . another woman with “credible evidence” . . . not Deborah Ramirez . . . , A third woman, now. No wonder McConnell and Grassley wanted to ram this nominee thru before the dike burst. Thanks for the info, Len. Did not know about this: busy with schoolwork. Boys will be boys , according to some, ...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw
Replies: 11
Views: 919

Re: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw

It's smaller-scale than "Grimes" and "Budd," and a bit less melodically appealing; kind of like "The Rape of Lucretia," which I believe you've seen. But it's one of Britten's more popular operas. John thanks! I'm going for it! Regards, Len And I think you should. One issue with Britten is that, alt...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw
Replies: 11
Views: 919

Re: Need Opinions The Turn of the Screw

I have heard it and it's as good as any opera Britten ever wrote. You may take that with the ambiguity with which it was intended. :D
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 61
Views: 3710

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

I don't excuse Kavanaugh for anything, but as someone who went to grad school at Yale (where I was still very shy), this most famous group is a huge partying group. Years later as his boss I warned a father that his son who was about to go to Yale and wanted to be in the group that it was a heavily ...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Billionaire to invite up to 8 guests on his paid 2023 lunar trip
Replies: 4
Views: 811

Re: Billionaire to invite up to 8 guests on his paid 2023 lunar trip

a passenger trip to the moon? Ain't never gonna happen, man. You of course know full well that orbital lunar flights were made feasible a half century ago. Right now Boeing and SpaceX are under contract by NASA to send humans into earth orbit, if not in 2019, as projected, then soon thereafter, mos...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Szeryng live Brahms VC
Replies: 5
Views: 913

Re: Szeryng live Brahms VC

Not a word beyond this, except to say that just figuring out the arpeggione is halfway from here to the next planet.

by jbuck919
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Billionaire to invite up to 8 guests on his paid 2023 lunar trip
Replies: 4
Views: 811

Re: Billionaire to invite up to 8 guests on his paid 2023 lunar trip

In the first place, although his paintings now bring millions, he is a gigantically overrated painter. I suppose that it is irrelevant that he died from a heroin overdose at a very young age, but I can't help seeing the connection between his paintings and ordinary graffiti. Then, to get to the main...