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by Modernistfan
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cavalli: Eliogabalo
Replies: 15
Views: 3339

Re: Cavalli: Eliogabalo

Well, I finally got the Henze "Heliogabalus Imperator" from Presto Classical in England and listened to it this morning. What a spectacular piece! Henze throws everything but the kitchen sink into that work (and the kitchen sink may well have been in it with the percussion).
by Modernistfan
Mon May 20, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonathon Heyward
Replies: 0
Views: 785

Jonathon Heyward

The young American conductor Jonathon Heyward, just 26, was recently appointed Chief Conductor at the Norwestdeutsche Philharmonie, starting January 2021. This was a post held at one point by Andris Nelsons. I am still at a loss to understand why Heyward has not gotten more engagements in the United...
by Modernistfan
Wed May 08, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'White' Sox to visit 'White' House this week in recognition of World Series win; Betts, Bogaerts, Cora, et al. opt out
Replies: 7
Views: 1137

Re: 'White' Sox to visit 'White' House this week in recognition of World Series win; Betts, Bogaerts, Cora, et al. opt o

I am convinced that if Ted Williams had seen Jackie Robinson at the tryout, such as it was, he would have gone to Red Sox management and said that they had to sign him. He probably would have said that, if they had Robinson hitting leadoff, he would not only have hit .400 again, but would have broke...
by Modernistfan
Wed May 08, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'White' Sox to visit 'White' House this week in recognition of World Series win; Betts, Bogaerts, Cora, et al. opt out
Replies: 7
Views: 1137

Re: 'White' Sox to visit 'White' House this week in recognition of World Series win; Betts, Bogaerts, Cora, et al. opt o

It was well known that the Red Sox did give some sort of a tryout to Jackie Robinson prior to his being signed by the Dodgers, but they did not take it all seriously and did not really attempt to follow up or sign him. It was not so well known that the Red Sox also blew a chance to sign Willie Mays....
by Modernistfan
Tue May 07, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 63
Views: 7325

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

Subsequently, ​Furtwangler also did conduct the premiere of Schoenberg's Orchestral Variations, Op. 31, a strictly 12-tone piece, as well as the premiere of Bartok's First Piano Concerto in 1927 at the ISCM concerts in Frankfurt, with the composer as soloist. The Bartok First Piano Concerto is not a...
by Modernistfan
Tue May 07, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'White' Sox to visit 'White' House this week in recognition of World Series win; Betts, Bogaerts, Cora, et al. opt out
Replies: 7
Views: 1137

Re: 'White' Sox plan to attend WH celebration of their Series win

I can certainly understand why Mookie Betts and other Red Sox players who are black or Hispanic will not go to the White House. However, I hope that this does not open up a racial divide in the clubhouse or between the fans and the players. Although Boston has a reputation as an extremely liberal to...
by Modernistfan
Mon May 06, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 63
Views: 7325

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

I will not, and cannot, listen to recordings made by a conductor who, AFTER the conclusion of World War II and the Holocaust, would refer to Schoenberg's atonality as "biologically inferior." (Yes, I know that Furtw​ä​ngler actually conducted the premiere of Schoenberg's Variations for Orchestra, Op...
by Modernistfan
Fri May 03, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cavalli: Eliogabalo
Replies: 15
Views: 3339

Re: Cavalli: Eliogabalo

Back to the Hans Werner Henze "Heliogabalus Imperator": According to the Naxos Direct website (Naxos is now the United States distributor for Wergo), this is to be released on June 14, 2019 in the United States. I also got and listed to the Cavalli opera "Eliogabalo"; it is definitely worth an occas...
by Modernistfan
Wed May 01, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC's "Top 100" Again
Replies: 1
Views: 1372

Re: KUSC's "Top 100" Again

Well, the KUSC "Top 100" has been announced, and here it is: ​1. Beethoven: Symphony #9 2. Beethoven: Symphony #5 3. Dvorak: Symphony #9 “From the New World” 4. Beethoven: Symphony #6 “Pastoral” 5. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue 6. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos 7. Rachmaninoff: Paganini Rhapsody 8. Tchaik...
by Modernistfan
Wed May 01, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cavalli: Eliogabalo
Replies: 15
Views: 3339

Re: Cavalli: Eliogabalo

Well, since this discussion was launched, I have been trying to find a recording of Cavalli's "Eliogabalo," about the cross-dressing Roman emperor. I finally found one on Amazon Italy, on the very obscure Recording Arts label, conducted by Roberto Solci. This is a 1999 digital recording. (If you are...
by Modernistfan
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lisitsa: Complete Tchaikovsky Solo Piano, 10 CDs
Replies: 2
Views: 2396

Re: Lisitsa: Complete Tchaikovsky Solo Piano, 10 CDs

I'm thinking about getting this. Sets of complete or nearly complete Tchaikovsky solo piano music are pretty scarce. There is the old Michael Ponti originally on Vox, Viktoria Postnikova (which I have) on Erato, and a set on Dynamic with Franco Trabucco (of whom I have never heard), and which has ga...
by Modernistfan
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Uchida plays Mozart PC's at Carnegie
Replies: 3
Views: 2108

Re: Uchida plays Mozart PC's at Carnegie

From what I have heard on recordings, I am not a huge fan of Uchida in the Mozart piano concertos. I think that her playing is too "Dresden-china"-ish. Of course, that is only my opinion.
by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: William Schuman's "Witch of Endor"
Replies: 0
Views: 1984

William Schuman's "Witch of Endor"

William Schuman's "Witch of Endor" ballet, one that he wrote for Martha Graham, has finally made it to CD, on the BMOP/Sound label (the label of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project). It is coupled with "Night Journey" and "Judith," for which there are several modern recordings. (I wish that they had...
by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: De Blasio declares health emergency in Brooklyn; mandates measles vaccinations
Replies: 5
Views: 1728

Re: De Blasio declares health emergency in Brooklyn; mandates measles vaccinations

For political reasons, DeBlasio has sucked up to the medievalist, backward-thinking Hasidic community for years. He has fought efforts to force the yeshivas to follow New York state Department of Education standards on education, with the result that many students, particularly boys, are graduating ...
by Modernistfan
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cavalli: Eliogabalo
Replies: 15
Views: 3339

Re: Cavalli: Eliogabalo

Well, Wergo has in fact gotten to it! The most recent new releases on the JPC website lists a recording by Oliver Knussen of "Heliogabalus Imperator," the Fantasy for Orchestra "Los Caprichos," "Englische Liebeslieder" for Cello & Orchestra, and "​Ouvertüre zu einem Theater" with the BBC Symphony Or...
by Modernistfan
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: “Trump Wins!”: Whatever is next, it’s not impeachment—at least not on Russia charges
Replies: 13
Views: 2913

Re: “Trump Wins!”: Whatever is next, it’s not impeachment—at least not on Russia charges

The Democrats still do not get it. The reality is that no one outside the Beltway gives a rodent's posterior about the Russia investigation. The reality is that Trump and the conservative Republicans backing him are like a gang of pickpockets. Pickpockets generally work in teams; one distracts you b...
by Modernistfan
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A $430-million Angel, and he's probably underpaid
Replies: 4
Views: 1121

Re: A $430-million Angel, and he's probably underpaid

I might add Francisco Lindor of Cleveland to that very short list if he can get his batting average up somewhat and to cut down on the strikeouts. It doesn't hurt that he can run and is an excellent defensive shortstop at a position where defense is very important.
by Modernistfan
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC's "Top 100" Again
Replies: 1
Views: 1372

KUSC's "Top 100" Again

Well, KUSC-FM is running its "Top 100" again and voting is now open. You can make up to five selections, and they may be the same piece or multiple pieces. I have not given up the protest against their boring, blah, wimpy programming, and am using all five selections to write in Stockhausen's "Grupp...
by Modernistfan
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A $430-million Angel, and he's probably underpaid
Replies: 4
Views: 1121

Re: A $430-million Angel, and he's probably underpaid

Trout is one of the few non-pitchers possibly worth this kind of money in a game seriously depleted of talent. Mookie Betts and Jose Altuve might be two others, but there are very few, if any, others. In my view, neither Manny Machado nor Bryce Harper is close to being worth that kind of money. Mach...
by Modernistfan
Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs
Replies: 42
Views: 7576

Re: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs

I have posted previously about Norrington’s failings in the “Symphonie Fantastique” recording. For one thing, he cut the orchestra down to about 60 players, notwithstanding the fact that Berlioz had over 100 players in the premiere and his own writings said that he really wanted a huge orchestra. It...
by Modernistfan
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Biggest Waste of Money Ever?
Replies: 9
Views: 3807

The Biggest Waste of Money Ever?

The Berlin Philharmonic label has just released a 22-CD set of Wilhelm ​​Furtwängler’s wartime recordings with that orchestra, remastered in SACD. This is probably the most pointless set of recordings ever released. First of all, I cannot see the point of SACD remastering of 75-year-old mono recordi...
by Modernistfan
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Leonard Pennario's complete RCAs
Replies: 7
Views: 3636

Re: Pianist Leonard Pennario's complete RCAs

I should get this. I also knew Pennario. He was a bridge player, and I played against him a number of times in tournaments in the Los Angeles area. He usually played with an expert player named Alfred Sheinwold, who wrote the bridge column for the Los Angeles Times.
by Modernistfan
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Signs with DG
Replies: 4
Views: 2642

Re: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Signs with DG

Definitely agreed about the quality of the CBSO under Rattie. I have that Adams disc and virtually all of their Szymanowski, including King Roger. His Benjamin Britten was also very good. I would like to see less negativity around classical music.
by Modernistfan
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salonen Cello Concerto
Replies: 9
Views: 5209

Re: Salonen Cello Concerto

Well, I have more complete information. The orchestra is the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Cello Concerto is the only work on the disc; no Karawane . That makes it rather a short CD, but I will definitely get it. Hopefully, Karawane shows up on another CD with Salonen conducting, most likely on Deut...
by Modernistfan
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: (Gimme Some of that) Ol Atonal Music
Replies: 7
Views: 2678

Re: (Gimme Some of that) Ol Atonal Music

Hysterical!! The singer, Merle Hazard (not Haggard), is probably the world's only economist/bluegrass singer.
by Modernistfan
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salonen Cello Concerto
Replies: 9
Views: 5209

Salonen Cello Concerto

Well, a recording of the Salonen Cello Concerto is scheduled for release in March according to Presto Classical. This is, in fact, with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist and is on Sony Classical (not Deutsche Grammophon). I do not have full details as of yet; as the duration of the Cello Concerto is about 38 minu...
by Modernistfan
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Signs with DG
Replies: 4
Views: 2642

Re: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Signs with DG

More nasty comments sneering about the quality of the CBSO and suggesting that Deutsche Grammophon would be slumming to have them on their label. Seemingly, according to such comments, the only worthwhile orchestras for DG would be the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic (maybe the Bavar...
by Modernistfan
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Signs with DG
Replies: 4
Views: 2642

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Signs with DG

The rising young conductor ​Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, now music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (the post from which Simon Rattle rose to stardom) has signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon, supposedly the first woman conductor to sign with that label. Her first recording is to...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Effect of CM on cats
Replies: 3
Views: 2148

Re: Effect of CM on cats

It depends on the cat, and it depends on the music! Some years ago, I was in Tower Records (R.I.P.) in Westwood in Los Angeles, and that store had a rather grumpy cat named Walter. Someone put on the opening of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's opera "Die Soldaten," which is some of the most dissonant music ...
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Florence Price
Replies: 7
Views: 4449

Re: Florence Price

I heard some of her music yesterday, in particular her First Violin Concerto and the symphonic poem "The Oak." Her music is very well made but extremely conservative for the period; I could not hear a trace of jazz or ragtime, and could hear no influence of any contemporary idioms, such as neoclassi...
by Modernistfan
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 19
Views: 5742

Re: Toxic Masculinity

I disagree strongly with Mr. Furedi. The reality is that the phrase "boys will be boys" used to be used to excuse minor roughhousing and other similar transgressions. (When I was about 12, I was playing baseball with one of my friends and smashed a line drive that went straight into a living room pi...
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera-what language to present It In
Replies: 12
Views: 4005

Re: Opera-what language to present It In

This is a perennial problem. I can see why it might be desirable to present operas live in the language of the audience, but, for recordings, I always look for recordings in the original language. The accents and rhythms of the language vary greatly, and the composer, in nearly all cases, wrote for ...
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: James Watson, 90, DNA pioneer, sanctioned by his own lab for racist views on ethnicity and genetics
Replies: 1
Views: 1779

Re: James Watson, 90, DNA pioneer, sanctioned by his own lab for racist views on ethnicity and genetics

I worked in Watson's lab when I got my Ph.D., although I did not work directly under him. I also worked at Cold Spring Harbor one summer as an undergraduate, and published a paper in Nature on bacteriophage, and subsequently presented another paper there (also on bacteriophage). I never knew, when I...
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HMV is bankrupt - again
Replies: 12
Views: 4836

Re: HMV is bankrupt - again

Meanwhile, Gramophone has just reported that the sales of classical physical CDs , not downloads, not streaming, increased 6.9% in the United Kingdom in 2017, this despite the wavering of the British economy in the wake of the murky Brexit issue. (Undoubtedly, this does include some British-style Kr...
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 6195

Re: Classical Music Streaming

I do some downloading, always in CD-quality FLAC or better; I generally then burn the downloads to a CD for playing in my system. (I downloaded the entire Harbison symphony cycle from the Boston Symphony website; most of these works do not yet have a commercial recording on CD available.) I have no ...
by Modernistfan
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 27
Views: 8528

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

Agreed. That's why I kept the old Barenboim/Chicago Bruckner cycle on Deutsche Grammophon. I cannot stand the Bruckner Seventh and Eighth Symphonies with wimpy brass. (And that goes double for Mahler and Shostakovich!)
by Modernistfan
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Box Set Bargain
Replies: 12
Views: 4290

Re: Haydn Box Set Bargain

I most definitely am no fan of Hogwood, particularly in the London symphonies (Nos. 93-104). I had the Hogwood many years ago and dumped it; like nearly all period-instrument recordings I have had the misfortune to hear, he badly underplays the "surprise" in the slow movement of Symphony No. 94, all...
by Modernistfan
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 51
Views: 14060

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

Sorry, I disagree with the use of the term "no-name performers." The exalted status of some performers in an earlier era, such as Heifetz, Rubinstein, or Horowitz, stemmed from the relatively fewer performers performing to a high technical standard as compared with the situation today, the high leve...
by Modernistfan
Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 51
Views: 14060

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

The reports of the death of classical music, to paraphrase Mark Twain, have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, the genre has significant problems (when hasn't it?). The issue of costs and financial support has been with us ever since the days in which the audience shifted from the nobility and the estab...
by Modernistfan
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salonen to San Francisco
Replies: 4
Views: 1680

Salonen to San Francisco

It has just been announced that Esa-Pekka Salonen will replace Michael Tilson Thomas as music director in San Francisco when MTT retires. It seems like a great hire for San Francisco, who should delight in Salonen's repertoire and support for various modernist tendencies. Unfortunately for New York,...
by Modernistfan
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schoenberg in Hollywood
Replies: 2
Views: 1202

Re: Schoenberg in Hollywood

Actually, Schoenberg was living not in Hollywood, but in Brentwood, a relatively affluent community to the west of Hollywood. Stravinsky was living in Beverly Hills, about four or five miles from Schoenberg. Apparently, they never met (Stravinsky did not begin to explore the twelve-tone technique un...
by Modernistfan
Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Roberto Gerhard's Violin Concerto (1942/43)
Replies: 2
Views: 1228

Re: Roberto Gerhard's Violin Concerto (1942/43)

If I am not mistaken, that recording of the Gerhard Violin Concerto is on Chandos, not Naxos (I have it in my collection). It is coupled with the Gerhard First Symphony.
by Modernistfan
Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Here We Go Again
Replies: 5
Views: 2138

Re: Here We Go Again

Actually, I would go for that. I love some of that stuff, especially Fats Waller (even though I am now actually listening to Olivier Messiaen's "Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum.") That music is presented for what it is and does not insult the listener's intelligence the way the junk on KUSC does.
by Modernistfan
Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Here We Go Again
Replies: 5
Views: 2138

Here We Go Again

Well, Thanksgiving was one day ago and the turkey is barely cold and, already, the local station, KUSC-FM, has already decided to junk up their programming with all sorts of holiday slop. I just fired this note off to them on their comment line: ​With the holiday season starting, I urgently request ...
by Modernistfan
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Too Slow?
Replies: 8
Views: 2705

Too Slow?

I just listened to the Shostakovich Fifth Symphony in the recording on EMI (now Warner) conducted by Mariss Jansons, and I now am taking the view that he takes the last movement too slow. It makes me want to go back to Bernstein, who rolls through the last movement as though he were the engineer on ...
by Modernistfan
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reissue of Columbia Black Composers Series
Replies: 2
Views: 1192

Reissue of Columbia Black Composers Series

Finally, there is going to be a reissue of the Columbia Black Composers Series of LPs. issued from 1974 to 1978, but mostly absent on CD. This is a 10-CD series mostly conducted by Paul Freeman with several major orchestras, including the Detroit Symphony and the London Symphony. Chamber works are a...
by Modernistfan
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My jaw literally dropped...
Replies: 7
Views: 3208

Re: My jaw literally dropped...

Please see the material being put out by the American Constitution Society, the liberal counterpart to the Federalist Society. I am a member (yes, I am also a lawyer, doing predominantly intellectual property law, particularly patents (I have a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology in addition...
by Modernistfan
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My jaw literally dropped...
Replies: 7
Views: 3208

Re: My jaw literally dropped...

Yow! I am convinced that much of the Right would like to completely scrap America's common-law-based legal system and replace it with a civil law system. ​Please note that the law of most European countries is a civil law system as distinguished from the common law system prevailing in the United Ki...
by Modernistfan
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler—Again??
Replies: 7
Views: 1794

Re: Furtwängler—Again??

No, it wasn't the Nazis who invented the "stab in the back" myth, but that myth was widely propagated by all sorts of ultra-right groups after the Armistice, of which the Nazis were only a small proportion. The myth then fed directly into anti-Semitism when it was apparent that some of the supporter...
by Modernistfan
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler—Again??
Replies: 7
Views: 1794

Furtwängler—Again??

A very explosive letter from Arthur Schnabel describing a meeting with Wilhelm ​Furtwangler that occurred in 1947 (therefore, after the war), has just surfaced. The following are quotes: ​Last night Furtwängler and wife came to see me. . . . ​It was partly pleasant, partly opposite. So far it seems ...