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by jbuck919
Tue May 23, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boulez weighs in on most important modern works
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Boulez weighs in on most important modern works

Many of you may have seen/heard this, because it has been reproduced in a number of places. Share your thoughts if you care to. Mine are: For composers from the 20th-century canon, Boulez has chosen important works but with the possible exception of Rite of Spring could have chosen any of a number b...
by jbuck919
Sat May 20, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Curse Of Tone Deafness
Replies: 10
Views: 357

Re: The Curse Of Tone Deafness

So HH is selling himself short because he can't sing? I can't sing either, but I have such a good ear that once I recognized as a Hummel a piece that I had never heard before just from listening to the very first phrase. I believe you mean "attributed." If you had never heard it before, you could n...
by jbuck919
Fri May 19, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Simon Music in New York
Replies: 5
Views: 162

Re: Mark Simon Music in New York

diegobueno wrote:
Thu May 18, 2017 8:11 am
maestrob wrote:
Wed May 17, 2017 11:15 am
Congratulations, Mark, you've made it to the Big Apple! :D

Thank you! This is a very informal setting, a bar rather than a concert hall.
It could be said that you are raising the bar for the possibilities of alternative venues. ;)
by jbuck919
Thu May 18, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is CMG Acting A Little Erratic
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Re: Is CMG Acting A Little Erratic

Whew, for a minute I thought you were talking about the membership. :)
by jbuck919
Thu May 18, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Curse Of Tone Deafness
Replies: 10
Views: 357

Re: The Curse Of Tone Deafness

Speaking of tone-deafness: I read in a Stereo Review article from about half a century ago, that Francis Scott Key, who bent and twisted the charming melody of the old English drinking song "To Anacreon In Heaven" to make our national anthem, was tone-deaf. Not only that, but his children and grand...
by jbuck919
Thu May 18, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE STING
Replies: 12
Views: 611

Re: THE STING

Come on, guys. Scott Joplin's rags are pop music, as they were when he wrote them, and while their fans might like to promote them to the more prestigious category of classical music, no dice.That they are sometimes played and orchestrated by classical musicians doesn't signify, any more than that ...
by jbuck919
Tue May 16, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Curse Of Tone Deafness
Replies: 10
Views: 357

Re: The Curse Of Tone Deafness

The inability to sing can be attributed to a number of things other than the rare and clinical condition of true tone deafness. Remember that Francis, among other things, has only one lung. I am sure that, shall I coin a term, dyscantia has plagued many pontiffs over the centuries. We have been some...
by jbuck919
Mon May 15, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Metropolitan Opera Attendance: Slightly Better, Still Bad
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: Metropolitan Opera Attendance: Slightly Better, Still Bad

Is it fair to say that Fleming came up with the seven percent solution? 8)
by jbuck919
Mon May 15, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gardeners Cancel OSO open seating for The Secret Gardener
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: Gardeners Cancel OSO open seating for The Secret Gardener

Oh come on, you would have loved it. :) I seem to have a non-musical problem with early Mozart opera. The first time I see their title in English I want to say, "Wait, Mozart never composed anything called that." I had the same problem when one of my (very musical) students said his sister was parti...
by jbuck919
Sat May 13, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's programs May 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 172

Re: Lance's programs May 2017

Thanks, Lance and John F, for your timely posting. I have now heard Lance's stream for the first time in all my years here. (Yes, I am deeply embarrassed by this :oops: .) Alas, I will never know what I have been missing. However, Lance's link did not work for me. I got "server not found." This work...
by jbuck919
Fri May 12, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Everything We Know About Salt May Be Wrong
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Re: Everything We Know About Salt May Be Wrong

We're in good company. Jesus was wrong when he thought that salt could lose its flavor (cf Matthew 5:13). :)
by jbuck919
Fri May 12, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mozart kitchen timer
Replies: 2
Views: 132

Re: Mozart kitchen timer

It was that or Eine kleine Nachtmusik.
by jbuck919
Thu May 11, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Juilliard names new director
Replies: 1
Views: 151

Juilliard names new director

I don't know about specialized schools, but in the general world of higher education, many if not most "experienced" administrators are less interested in education than in empire building and firming up a corporate model. I know it is fallacious (I can't think of the name of the specific fallacy), ...
by jbuck919
Sun May 07, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nabucco PBS Reminder
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: Nabucco PBS Reminder

By the waters of Warrensburg (where the Schroon River enters the Hudson) I sat down, yeah, I wept, when I remembered that I had to play a funeral (yes, on Sunday). ; :)
by jbuck919
Sat May 06, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A mini-recital on the organ at the Thomaskirche
Replies: 0
Views: 166

A mini-recital on the organ at the Thomaskirche

I have occasionally mentioned the friend who joins me for the conventions of the Organ Historical Society. He is not a systematically trained organist but has worked his way in through the cracks so that he can do this, that, and the other thing. Like this: Hi John, I hope this post finds you well. ...
by jbuck919
Fri May 05, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Survivor From Warsaw
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Re: A Survivor From Warsaw

Now don't shoot the messenger if this is not true, but according to Weinrich, it was the first time the NY Philharmonic every encored anything. Amazing-still even if it's not true I won't be shooting at you-of course this summer I'll be in Glimmerglass and probably near Albany so I may be in range ...
by jbuck919
Fri May 05, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!
Replies: 5
Views: 582

Re: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!

O magnum mysterium indeed. Obviously Rosenkavalier made the list before it became known that it put Al Roker to sleep. :roll:
by jbuck919
Fri May 05, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Survivor From Warsaw
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Re: A Survivor From Warsaw

According to Carl Weinrich, the then all-male Princeton University Chapel Choir, which he directed, gave the New York debut performance of this with the NY Philharmonic. I don't know if this is a regular feature of performances of "Survior," but in that performance at least there was a moment when t...
by jbuck919
Wed May 03, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interview with Murray Perahia
Replies: 1
Views: 211

Interview with Murray Perahia

Forgive me if this is ancient history. I only know that I don't remember seeing it posted here, and think it well worth a read.

https://www.steinway.com/news/features/ ... ay-perahia
by jbuck919
Wed May 03, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Al Roker, Napping at the Opera
Replies: 5
Views: 298

Re: Al Roker, Napping at the Opera

I only want to know one thing: Did he snore? Boredom with or at least indifference to classical music is alas the normal (in a statistical sense) human state. Incidentally, I never heard of Al Roker until I read this article yesterday. There is something to be said for not having a television for th...
by jbuck919
Tue May 02, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Monteverdi the magnificent
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Re: Monteverdi the magnificent

Even inside St Mark’s, Monteverdi’s music doesn’t stop being sensual. The Vespers contains two motets drawn from the Song of Solomon, in which earthly beauty is celebrated more than the celestial kind. Just because the piece was intended to be heard in the bling-spattered basilica of St Mark’s does...
by jbuck919
Mon May 01, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Latest chapter in the sag of Penn Station
Replies: 1
Views: 153

Latest chapter in the sag of Penn Station

No, I didn't leave out the second "a" in "saga." Not that I need an excuse to explain why my visits to NY are so infrequent, but if I did, this one has been offered on a rusty steel platter. Cuomo Has the Opportunity to Fix Penn Station, but Will He? By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN APRIL 30, 2017 Almost every ...
by jbuck919
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great new idea for local government
Replies: 15
Views: 799

Great new idea for local government

A version of this, which was proposed at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Washington County, NY (one county north of me), is currently being tried at the national level in Venezuela and Turkey, among other places. FORT EDWARD — A Kingsbury man had a unique proposal for Washington County Supe...
by jbuck919
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Veterinarians on TV
Replies: 7
Views: 435

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: 328

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: 9
Views: 558

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: 24
Views: 1167

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: 177

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: 190

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: 258

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: 331

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: 444

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: 948

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: 195

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: 948

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: 278

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: 275

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: 404

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: 555

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: 555

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: 339

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: 555

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: 540

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: 491

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: 381

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: 491

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: 241

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: 342

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: 852

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: 622

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/