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by jbuck919
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 792

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

It may be only Len who knows the geography here, but what happened was that the ice backup on the Hudson consumed the road all around the vicinity of Thurman Station. I am told that it will not be open again until spring. This is a very big deal for me. No matter what alternative route I choose, it ...
by jbuck919
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Speaking of scams
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: Speaking of scams

Get a phone that blocks phone calls of your choice. My Panasonic does. And subscribe to Nomorobo. It’s free. These are not for cell phones. For cell phones get one that blocks phone calls. My iphone SE blocks phone calls. Thank you, Alan. I don't even have cell phone service here, and these calls a...
by jbuck919
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Speaking of scams
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Speaking of scams

I have been getting the "Molly calling from Apple support" call about every two hours today. It is clearly a scam and you can look it up, but what no source seems to be able to tell me is how to stop the calls. Any ideas? I have to leave my phone on in case it's a serious call.
by jbuck919
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: LatamDate Scam
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: LatamDate Scam

Thanks, Len. I'm not even going to look at it. I'll leave that up to Lance. Never heard of a poster named Samuel.
by jbuck919
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anyone ever heard of a contrabass trumpet?
Replies: 3
Views: 62

Re: Anyone ever heard of a contrabass trumpet?

david johnson wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:23 am
Sounds like a tuba, for sure.
Well, tuba is just the Latin word for trumpet. :) (The modern tuba is the bass or perhaps double bass of the relatively recent euphonium family.)
by jbuck919
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More about the Trapp Family Singers
Replies: 0
Views: 24

More about the Trapp Family Singers

Many here might know all of this, and I suppose I knew maybe 2/3 of it, but it still has astonishing moments. For one thing, Donald Isler, whose father and our late member Werner served in the US Army During WW II, might be interested to know that Captain von Trapp, already something of a war hero a...
by jbuck919
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anyone ever heard of a contrabass trumpet?
Replies: 3
Views: 62

Anyone ever heard of a contrabass trumpet?

Apparently this was the only one in the world, and they had to get it all the way from California to New York to have an expert play it.

by jbuck919
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 792

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

Just in case anyone is interested, I got blocked from church this morning by a closed road. Sorry to hear that-no detour was signified-how did others get to the church. Regards, Len [hater of winter] :( I'm the only one (literally) who comes from Stony Creek. You've been on that road, BTW. It was b...
by jbuck919
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 792

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

Just in case anyone is interested, I got blocked from church this morning by a closed road. I had my cell phone and called in, but around here, no regular organist means no organist. I am paid to do this and don't even take my contractual four Sundays off per year (a way of returning something to a ...
by jbuck919
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Donald: Bigot or Soothsayer?
Replies: 6
Views: 187

Re: Donald: Bigot or Soothsayer?

Trump may be an s***hole himself for calling those countries by that name...but then so would Obama by that scale, since he called Lybia a s***spot, while still in office, in 2016. I can't find that. I can't even Snopes it. Can you supply a link? Everyone who can read knows Obama's Achilles Heel, s...
by jbuck919
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Opera House
Replies: 1
Views: 50

Re: The Opera House

by jbuck919
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Organ music by Carl Czerny? Yes!
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Organ music by Carl Czerny? Yes!

I found the pieces moderately interesting, but they are like all of Czerny: shadows of whatever was inspiring him. Czerny to me is as though Beethoven had stopped after the repeat sign and skipped the "development." Sorry Lance, didn't want negatively to influence your Saturday programming. By all m...
by jbuck919
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Museum of Art Hockney exhibit
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Re: Met Museum of Art Hockney exhibit

I happen to like Hockney's art pretty much, but he has had a weird past. Among other things he advocates smoking on the basis that not everybody who engages in the addiction dies before the age of 90. I saw a movie about him way back while I was in college and it included an extremely explicit scene...
by jbuck919
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYT editorial: Is Mr. Trump Nuts?
Replies: 12
Views: 256

Re: NYT editorial: Is Mr. Trump Nuts?

Those who disagree w/me about her are the people who are wrong. Count me among the wrong. 'Snotty' Hillary would've been a good president: granted, she was not a good candidate. I also prefer bourbon to Kool-Aid. Yup. Excuse me for not having had the experience of a wife of a liberal governor in th...
by jbuck919
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chinese search engine
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: Chinese search engine

j, I'm delighted to hear it, but you do know that I was not making this up. It was not very long ago that it was literally publicized that Chinese firewalls routinely screened out the word "democracy."
by jbuck919
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYT editorial: Is Mr. Trump Nuts?
Replies: 12
Views: 256

Re: NYT editorial: Is Mr. Trump Nuts?

I have no problem with a female prez. It should never be Clinton, and the Dems were completely nuts for running her. Yeah well a lot of people disagree with you. What are you thinking of, anyway? Benghazi? E-mails? All fabrications or exaggerations put forth by the Republicans, quite probably with ...
by jbuck919
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Farinelli and the King
Replies: 2
Views: 78

Re: Farinelli and the King

This play we saw tonight on broadway had so much to do with opera I thought I would discuss it here-the play is very imaginative and countertenor lestyn Davies sang beautifully-there were a lot of opera humorous remarks-I have to admit I couldn`t distinquish Handel's arias from those of Porpora--al...
by jbuck919
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 459

Re: The most-performed composers

John B, thanks for the link-I'll have to watch it sometime when we're back home. Len As you wish or do not. Many people here would consider it very ordinary, but even though I could not have been more than eight when I first heard it on LP (with the original cast), its best moments still send a chi...
by jbuck919
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Organ music by Carl Czerny? Yes!
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Organ music by Carl Czerny? Yes!

OK here we go. First, I was completely unaware of any organ music by Czerny, nor have I ever heard it performed live. (There are composers I wish had left us more, such as Bruckner, who by reputation was the greatest organist of his time.) Second, you would think I would know that organ, but this is...
by jbuck919
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYT editorial: Is Mr. Trump Nuts?
Replies: 12
Views: 256

Re: NYT editorial: Is Mr. Trump Nuts?

Don't we all wish it was a simple as that? The people who are nuts (in a different sense) are those who allow this kind of regime to come to power because, say, they can't stand the idea of a woman president.
by jbuck919
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: J. P. Pixis Piano Trios (Hyperion)
Replies: 1
Views: 69

Re: J. P. Pixis Piano Trios (Hyperion)

I trust Lance on this, of course, and wonder whether Rob (Reblem) knows about this guy, but do notice that this man lived to be 86 years old, an unheard of thing among composers of the time. Perhaps the most neglected important writer of piano trios (because his cello lines double the bass) is, as C...
by jbuck919
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 459

Re: The most-performed composers

When I worked at Central Opera Service, we compiled statistics on opera companies and repertoire in the US every year. The most-performed opera, year after year, was Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors," mainly by amateur groups. If any American organization still does this, it would be OPERAme...
by jbuck919
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My last season with Academic Bowl
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: My last season with Academic Bowl

John I forgot-where is the academic bowl held? Len The host school is always Queensbury, up the road from Lake George. They do it purely out of the goodness of their heart. They are not paid a rental fee of any sort. Lake George itself would be the only alternative. The school has to be right off t...
by jbuck919
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leontyne Price, Legendary Diva, Is a Movie Star at 90
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: Leontyne Price, Legendary Diva, Is a Movie Star at 90

John we have a relative who lived in columbia maryland and we went there one time to see what columbia was like-our relative mentioned a venue-I wonder how it is for concerts? Len http://www.rousetheatre.org Although it is located in the original of the many villages of the planned community of Col...
by jbuck919
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 459

Re: The most-performed composers

This may be slightly irrelevant, but there used to be a site called Opus One which covered performances of all sorts all around the world. I discovered it when I lived in Germany. I could have done an overnight in Berlin or Vienna multiple times in choo-choo train comfort (it was the best paying job...
by jbuck919
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leontyne Price, Legendary Diva, Is a Movie Star at 90
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: Leontyne Price, Legendary Diva, Is a Movie Star at 90

We plan on seeing this in the Rockaway Mall-either Jan 13th or one of the 2 showings Wed Jan 17th. Regards, Len Leontyne Price, Legendary Diva, Is a Movie Star at 90 By ANTHONY TOMMASINI DEC. 22, 2017 COLUMBIA, Md. — The soprano Leontyne Price, who retired from singing 20 years ago, assumed that th...
by jbuck919
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My last season with Academic Bowl
Replies: 3
Views: 92

My last season with Academic Bowl

As the poet Swinburne wrote, "Even the mightiest river winds somewhere down to sea." What used to be a joy for me, something I have shared with you over the years, is now a colossal burden. It has always taken me four hours to complete a single game (and there are 15 of them in a season), but now, t...
by jbuck919
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chinese search engine
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: Chinese search engine

And I'll bet the word "democracy" doesn't occur on a single page, or at least is not searchable as a term.
by jbuck919
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Samson Agrippina News I Missed
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: Samson Agrippina News I Missed

lennygoran wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:29 am
I`ll be at the Agrippina if it takes place and isn't updated. Len :lol:
Maybe you want to review I Claudius before you go. There were two women named Agrippina, one noble, the other evil. I assume the opera is about the latter.
by jbuck919
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 120
Views: 4617

Re: What I listened to today

You misunderstand. "Papa Haydn" is the conventional image of the genial, senior composer. This symphony is unlike any of his best-known works. Christa Landon was a harpsichordist and pianist, but it's Robbins Landon who is credited with the harpsichord continuo on several early Haydn Society record...
by jbuck919
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Samson Agrippina News I Missed
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: Samson Agrippina News I Missed

Agrippina? That's why we had something called the City Opera, even though what was then called the New York State Theater was already too big for something like that. (Apologies to the ghost of Julius Rudel.) Years ago, when I was still living there, Baltimore closed its small and cramped opera hous...
by jbuck919
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 120
Views: 4617

Re: What I listened to today

Kulaks were peasants wealthy enough to own a farm and hire labor. That is, they were wealthy until Stalin collectivized agriculture and took away their land. This was the social strata from whence (is that an archaic word?) It is not totally archaic, but if you use it with "from" it is redundant. I...
by jbuck919
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump touts his 'consensual' presidency
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: Trump touts his 'consensual' presidency

The thing is that everything he writes has a possible double meaning of which he is obviously unaware. "Stable genius" makes sense if he means that if he were transformed into a horse he might be welcome in a stable. It is also ironic because the New York Military Academy in my home town from which ...
by jbuck919
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 792

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

I haven't used the Port Authority terminal in years, but when I did, they cleared out the homeless etc. by playing classical music on the PA system. I'm not kidding, it's a fact. And that must be why Penn Station also plays CM continually. If they played conventional Muzak, that might attract the u...
by jbuck919
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 792

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

Hi, Belle. Our homeless who refuse to go to shelters linger in the subway system, where they can sleep in heated cars that run all 24hrs/day. It's a tough situation here in Manhattan, with rents for s studio apartment costing well over $3000/month, and 1 bedroom apartments, even in older buildings,...
by jbuck919
Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Phil Review Safe and Predictable
Replies: 6
Views: 169

Re: NY Phil Review Safe and Predictable

For me, there are several things going on here. One is a reminder of a point made long ago by John F that everything written before 1830 or so has been co-opted by the HIP movement, and though they often turn out very fine performances, this is a shame for the repertory possibilities of standard mod...
by jbuck919
Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 792

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

It's a good thing I went to the vigil service. I have a cousin George in Corinth (unfortunately for him equidistant from me as Warrensburg but in the other direction and twice the travel time for him) and without any prompting from me, though like my whole family his background is Roman Catholic, he...
by jbuck919
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 792

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

Well I've scarcely seen above zero in two weeks, and today is no different. I think I'm adequately provisioned, but I'm afraid to look at my next power bill because the use I have to give my heating system is wreaking havoc with any reasonable budget. Like John F, I have a certain control over my wo...
by jbuck919
Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111
Replies: 13
Views: 362

Re: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111

Funny thing about the Opus 111, unquestionably the greatest piano sonata ever written (and I know I will get flak for that). When I was in Maryland I heard over the radio a performance by the winner of the state high school competition, who played it as though he had composed it, and I am not exagge...
by jbuck919
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dems, and a lone Republican, briefed about Trump's mental health
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: Dems, and a lone Republican, briefed about Trump's mental health

Lone is a good word. Mathematically, it is one number removed from zero.
by jbuck919
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Glass Concert: Save the Date
Replies: 4
Views: 186

Re: Philip Glass Concert: Save the Date

Frankly, I cannot mind anyone whose relatives have a serious job. I mean look at my own situation, which depended on the fact that the military employs otherwise unemployable musicians of very serious talent, even if they don't know the difference between Beethoven and Roll Over Beethoven. But Phili...
by jbuck919
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yet another What's My Line classical guest
Replies: 0
Views: 119

Yet another What's My Line classical guest

Although I am vaguely familiar with the name, I did not know that this was a Met Opera singer. The rest of the program is well worth it as well for various reasons, but you have to advance to about 17 minutes to see the appearance of the "special guest."

by jbuck919
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 3845

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

As to they're being "wondrous towers," a lot of people including myself considered them mediocre architecture. Wondrous in the sense of their inspiring awe, not offered as a judgment on their architectural aesthetics, which nonetheless were considerably more appealing than experts at the time gave ...
by jbuck919
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Mann dead at 97
Replies: 3
Views: 163

Re: Robert Mann dead at 97

Possibly the greatest string quartet of all time, and that is saying a great deal. They made the first great performance of the Schoenberg quartets. I cannot remember the forces in the previous one, literally the first one, though I once owned it.
by jbuck919
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 3845

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Relieved the unfortunate misunderstanding about Levine has been resolved. I used to live within sight of the WTC a long time ago, loved going there, or just staring out my living-room window at those wondrous towers, so I took the massacre of innocents that occurred there very personally, as did ma...
by jbuck919
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Annual holiday season post
Replies: 0
Views: 127

Annual holiday season post

As we are still within the twelve days and Epiphany approaches, I somewhat apologetically make my annual post. First, it is more difficult every year to come up with something new. Second, I am still exhausted from my duties and the local cold. (I don't know how many more years I'm going to be able ...
by jbuck919
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another What's My Line classical guest
Replies: 0
Views: 126

Another What's My Line classical guest

In the past I have posted the first performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors during the holiday season. Many people do not know that this was conducted by Thomas Schippers, who was only 21 at the time and happened to be one of Gian Carlo Menotti's lovers (not known at the time, of course). Here h...
by jbuck919
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Season's Greetings
Replies: 14
Views: 388

Re: Season's Greetings

(I'd like to tell you about my son's upcoming trip to the US with one of our political leaders but he'd sanction me if I did so!!) Well of course I'd love to know more but understand why I can't! Regards, Len :lol: PS-how about your plans for coming to NYC! I just had an email from a friend in Spri...
by jbuck919
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Congestion-pricing plan aims to turn Manhattan streets into toll roads
Replies: 4
Views: 154

Re: Congestion-pricing plan aims to turn Manhattan streets into toll roads

I'll be interested to see how this plays out-I've been bringing the car into NYC from NJ for years and parking on the upper westside--usually free parking on the street and dealing with alternate side regulations. Of late we've been using hotels in Secaucus NJ so the car is left at their free parki...
by jbuck919
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: A thrilling concert version of West Side Story
Replies: 2
Views: 432

Re: A thrilling concert version of West Side Story

Reduced forces are normal for Broadway musicals these days. I know that John F, perhaps among others, draws a distinction between Candide as an operetta and Bernstein's musicals, but at their best the latter are as fine as any non-serious music ever written. At my school in Maryland WSS was the spri...