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by Modernistfan
Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mieczysław Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1
Replies: 6
Views: 213

Re: Mieczysław Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1

Another work of Weinberg in much the same idiom as the Sinfonietta No. 1 is his Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes (1949). Again, this work is very klezmer-sounding; no surprise, as Moldavia, where much of Weinberg's family originated (and also from where much of my mother's side of my family was original...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump’s New Civil Religion
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Re: Trump’s New Civil Religion

The QAnon followers were extremely disappointed and disillusioned. They had believed that the inauguration was to be a trap perpetrated by Trump, who would institute a week-long national power blackout, declare martial law, have Biden and the Democrats shot, and retain power. Needless to say, none o...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ‘A Total Failure’: The Proud Boys Now Mock Trump
Replies: 4
Views: 167

Re: ‘A Total Failure’: The Proud Boys Now Mock Trump

There is virtually nothing about which I agree with the Proud Boys, but I do agree that Trump was "a total failure."
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mieczysław Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1
Replies: 6
Views: 213

Re: Mieczysław Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1

I have that 2-CD set. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is a huge Weinberg fan and may well record more of his music. Symphony No. 21 is subtitled "Kaddish" (the Jewish memorial prayer for the dead), and is written in honor of the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto. Weinberg's own parents were deported from Warsaw and...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mieczysław Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1
Replies: 6
Views: 213

Mieczysław Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1

Last night, I listened to Mieczysław Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1. What a fun piece! It is remarkable that, in 1948, he was able to sneak this extremely Yiddish (klezmer)-sounding piece past the commissars. This piece is on Chandos 10128 with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gabriel ...
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Moritz Eggert's Football Oratorio
Replies: 0
Views: 174

Moritz Eggert's Football Oratorio

Well, Neos, that label that frequently issues recordings of works of the more wacko corners of the avant-garde, has done it again. A recording of a work by the German composer Moritz Eggert, "Die Tiefe des Raumes. Ein Fußballoratorium," will be issued in April. The work is for large orchestra, sopra...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LPs are now outsellng CDs
Replies: 17
Views: 4089

Re: LPs are now outsellng CDs

I have no intention of going back to LPs. I do not miss the surface noise, the ticks, and pops, and other problems. About the only thing that would get me back to LPs is getting some of the Decca Headline series or the Deutsche Grammophon Avant-Garde series that have not been reissued on CD or inclu...
by Modernistfan
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thomas Larcher's Cello Concerto
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Re: Thomas Larcher's Cello Concerto

Yes, Ms. Weilerstein has recorded the Carter cello concerto. She also, at least in my opinion, did a great job with the two Shostakovich cello concertos. She is now recording for Pentatone, and I hope that she does record this.
by Modernistfan
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'Liberal' Churches Warned of Possible Attacks Around Biden Inauguration Day
Replies: 10
Views: 168

Re: 'Liberal' Churches Warned of Possible Attacks Around Biden Inauguration Day

The liberal Protestant denominations are not the only religious groups that are concerned. Many more liberal Jewish congregations, including Reform and Reconstructionist congregations, have beefed up security for similar reasons. I suspect that mosques are also very concerned about security.
by Modernistfan
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Louis Andriessen Recording from Nonesuch
Replies: 0
Views: 186

New Louis Andriessen Recording from Nonesuch

A new recording of works by Louis Andriessen will be released on Nonesuch in March. The title of the album is "The Only One," and the performers are the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen with Nora Fischer (conductor Ivan Fischer's daughter) as soprano soloist. I do not have det...
by Modernistfan
Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump proposes budget cuts
Replies: 5
Views: 113

Re: Trump proposes budget cuts

I have a better chance of becoming the next king of Saudi Arabia than any of these budget cuts have of being adopted.
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 40
Views: 898

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Is the Jeremy Dutcher album entitled "Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa"? (Please don't ask me to pronounce that.)
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An Urgent Reckoning for the Trump Brand
Replies: 5
Views: 130

Re: An Urgent Reckoning for the Trump Brand

Trump is more concerned about this than he has been about the 2500 to 3500 people dying daily from coronavirus. For shame.
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 40
Views: 898

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Slofstra, who is that composer who based works on Mi'kmak traditional music? I would like to know and to get the CD if it is available. This is always very interesting. After all, look at the composers who have based works on Eastern European traditional music of various ethnicities, including klezm...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Roots of Josh Hawley’s Rage
Replies: 12
Views: 287

Re: The Roots of Josh Hawley’s Rage

I guess, according to Mr. Hawley's view, since the only choices are to be faithful to Jesus or to pagan secularism, there is no place for even a sincere follower of a religion other than Christianity, such as Judaism, Buddhism, or Islam, even if such a person is a model citizen and has made great co...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Are They Nuts?
Replies: 2
Views: 94

Are They Nuts?

(No, this most definitely is not about any aspect of politics.) The Washington Nationals baseball team is putting in a sportsbook at the stadium, and also introducing an app that will allow fans to bet from their seats, including on events occurring during the course of the game, not merely on the f...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Narcissist in Chief Brings It All Crashing Down
Replies: 2
Views: 79

Re: The Narcissist in Chief Brings It All Crashing Down

Pence finally had to decide between Trump and our constitutional republic. Thank God that he decided to follow the Constitution and the law (the Electoral Count Act), which make it clear that the electors are to be determined by the states, and spurned Trump by refusing to alter the slates of electo...
by Modernistfan
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 40
Views: 898

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

I, too, am surprised and disappointed to see such a review. These attitudes are much less prevalent, hopefully, than they were, but they are still around. (I have commented on reviews of the Emerson Quartet in Gramophone that make sneering references to "New York" that barely avoid crossing the line...
by Modernistfan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own
Replies: 9
Views: 332

Re: The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own

Georgia has changed rather drastically, a trend not really covered by the national media. For example, DeKalb County has 30 locally elected officials, including county commissioners, members of the Georgia State Senate, and members of the Georgia House of Representatives. Exactly one of those seats ...
by Modernistfan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own
Replies: 9
Views: 332

Re: The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own

Yep, Stacey Abrams really delivered the goods. We also contributed to these campaigns.
by Modernistfan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: SCOTUS Conference tomorrow - Danger
Replies: 11
Views: 209

Re: SCOTUS Conference tomorrow - Danger

I have seen no evidence that the Supreme Court actually took this up today.
by Modernistfan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 40
Views: 898

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

"Parallel fifths" refers to two or more consecutive intervals of a fifth, generally deemed forbidden in traditional counterpoint. If you drink two or more fifths of that wine, you probably won't be able to tell the difference between parallel fifths and minor thirds.
by Modernistfan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 40
Views: 898

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Agreed! It must be noted that W.E.B. DuBois, for example, was a huge fan of classical music, including Wagner. Any barriers to full participation by women or people of color or acceptance of their work must be removed; these include the issues of the costs of music education and attending performanc...
by Modernistfan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 40
Views: 898

Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

The following was posted on the New Music Box blog by Dave Molk, entitled "Confronting Our Complicity: Music Theory and White Supremacy." Molk previously taught composition and theory as an Assistant Teaching Professor at Georgetown; apparently he did not get tenure. For many students, the tradition...
by Modernistfan
Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own
Replies: 9
Views: 332

Re: The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own

Well, Wood and Powell, along with some comments from Trump regarding "rigged elections," have just gifted the Democrats two Senate seats, along with effective control of the Senate. Analysis of the Georgia results has made it clear that, in the more rural areas where Trump had his greatest level of ...
by Modernistfan
Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: SCOTUS Conference tomorrow - Danger
Replies: 11
Views: 209

Re: SCOTUS Conference tomorrow - Danger

Relax--they will toss this as moot. As you say, these ballots have been sequestered and were not counted and do not make up part of Biden's current margin. On the assumptions that these ballots are all from Philadelphia and environs and that they would presumably break 75%-25% for Biden, the only th...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 06, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Loeffler out
Replies: 16
Views: 232

Re: Loeffler out

No automatic recount. Ossoff is up now by over 28,000 votes. That is an 0.6% margin, too great to require the automatic recount. That margin will probably go up more as more mailed ballots from heavily Democratic Atlanta and its suburbs are counted (Ossoff is running about 75% to 80% in that area.)
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Republicans Begin New Congress Feuding Over Bid to Overturn Election
Replies: 5
Views: 181

Re: Republicans Begin New Congress Feuding Over Bid to Overturn Election

Well, Pence has just told Trump, "no dice." Pence said that he has no power to unilaterally change electoral votes, although Congress does have the power to challenge electoral votes from specific states. Of course, that will go nowhere, with the House in Democratic hands (and some Republican member...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Loeffler out
Replies: 16
Views: 232

Re: Loeffler out

If the count follows the pattern from November, a scenario confirmed by Gabriel Sterling, a Republican election official in Georgia who has been in the news lately for pushing back against Trump's nonsensical claims of fraud, the margins for Ossoff and Warnock will increase. The remaining votes to b...
by Modernistfan
Sun Dec 27, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fiddling While Rome Burns
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Fiddling While Rome Burns

Trump's conduct, especially golfing in Florida while the fate of the COVID relief bill is uncertain and a possible government shutdown looms, reminds me of the behavior ascribed to the Roman emperor Nero, "fiddling while Rome burns." In actual fact, Nero could not have been fiddling because the viol...
by Modernistfan
Fri Dec 25, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1710 Amati Violin Stolen in Los Angeles
Replies: 10
Views: 408

Re: 1710 Amati Violin Stolen in Los Angeles

Well, more information has been published in the Los Angeles Times about the theft. The owner of the violin was not a professional violinist, but an art dealer named Rowland Weinstein. He did allow musician friends and professional violinists to play it; however, apparently he did not even play the ...
by Modernistfan
Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1710 Amati Violin Stolen in Los Angeles
Replies: 10
Views: 408

1710 Amati Violin Stolen in Los Angeles

A valuable 1710 Amati violin has been reported stolen from a vehicle parked at a residence in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. I do not have any identification as to the owner. This brings back memories of the Strads stolen from Roman Totenberg and Bronislaw Huberman, which were never recovered un...
by Modernistfan
Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump’s horseflies buzz the SCOTUS again to toss out Pa.’s electors
Replies: 6
Views: 243

Re: Trump’s horseflies buzz the SCOTUS again to toss out Pa.’s electors

Trump's legal strategy is analogous to me trying to defend against a speeding ticket I got on the freeway for going 75 in a 55 zone by arguing that the California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (who controls drivers' licenses) should be abolished.
by Modernistfan
Tue Dec 22, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump’s horseflies buzz the SCOTUS again to toss out Pa.’s electors
Replies: 6
Views: 243

Re: Trump’s horseflies buzz the SCOTUS again to toss out Pa.’s electors

As unfortunately needs to be repeated again, there is no proof of fraud in any of these states that would be sufficient to overturn any of the margins for Biden. What happened in these states is that the Democrats voted heavily early by mail but those votes were not counted because of Republican obj...
by Modernistfan
Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christophe Bertrand
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Christophe Bertrand

I saw a notification of a recording of the complete instrumental music, including orchestral music, of the short-lived French composer Christophe Bertrand. He died at age 29 in 2010, apparently a suicide. This is on the label Bastille Musique, a 3-CD set. It is tough to obtain; the only sources I ha...
by Modernistfan
Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wack Jobs for Trump
Replies: 7
Views: 258

Wack Jobs for Trump

In Houston, a week or so before the election, a self-described "vigilante" ran a truck off the road and held the driver at gunpoint, somehow believing that the truck held 750,000 fake ballots. He was, of course, arrested. In reality, the truck was an air-conditioning service truck, the driver of the...
by Modernistfan
Fri Dec 18, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How to Reform the Presidency After the Wreckage of Trump
Replies: 8
Views: 342

Re: How to Reform the Presidency After the Wreckage of Trump

I absolutely disagree that the number of executive positions requiring confirmation by the Senate should be sharply reduced. Although I do agree that temporary appointments have been seriously abused and that the process of Senate approval needs to be streamlined, I think that the number of non-Cabi...
by Modernistfan
Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thank the Supreme Court, for Now
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: Thank the Supreme Court, for Now

Unfortunately, we now have a situation in Wisconsin where two members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court who rejected the lawsuit of the Trump supporters, Jill Karofsky and Rebecca Dallet, who happen to be female and Jewish, are getting bombarded with anti-Semitic and misogynist messages. The justices a...
by Modernistfan
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glazunov
Replies: 11
Views: 446

Re: Glazunov

There is also another complete set of the symphonies on Brilliant, conducted by Valery Polyansky (except for Symphony 7 and the suite from Raymonda), with more extras: the Violin Concerto, the Coronation Cantata, both Concert Waltzes, the Characteristic Suite, the ballet suite from Raymonda, the Com...
by Modernistfan
Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glazunov
Replies: 11
Views: 446

Re: Glazunov

I do like Glazunov, particularly the symphonies (of course, I will listen to pretty much anything written by a composer with a name ending in -vich or -ov or -sky!). I have that Serebrier set. Serebrier, although born in Uruguay, has Russian ancestry (the name was originally "Serebryakov"). I will a...
by Modernistfan
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump Allies Eye Long-Shot Election Reversal in Congress, Testing Pence
Replies: 14
Views: 620

Re: Trump Allies Eye Long-Shot Election Reversal in Congress, Testing Pence

The chances of any significant shenanigans on January 6 has decreased drastically with many senior Republicans in the Senate, even McConnell, now referring to Biden as the President-elect. Already, a number of Senate Republicans, including Romney, Murkowski, and Collins, have stated that they will a...
by Modernistfan
Fri Dec 11, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: SCOTUS to Trumpists: ‘Kiss off’.
Replies: 12
Views: 680

Re: SCOTUS to Trumpists: ‘Kiss off’.

Bingo!!! The Supreme Court tossed the nonsensical Texas case for lack of standing and did not reach the merits. (The quality of the lawyering and fact-checking in that case is illustrated by the claim that was made that no one has ever won the presidency while losing both Florida and Ohio. That woul...
by Modernistfan
Thu Dec 10, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs
Replies: 28
Views: 1629

Re: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs

Well, I just got a message from DHL stating that that huge box set has been delivered. The only thing that would make me happier would be news that the Supreme Court tossed Trump's suit.
by Modernistfan
Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs
Replies: 28
Views: 1629

Re: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs

No, I am definitely not getting rid of my CDs either. I do some downloading, but I then burn the downloads to a CD (I do not download at any resolution lower than CD quality, as available from Presto Classical or Qobuz, my major downloading sources). Right now, I am awaiting a 36-CD box set from the...
by Modernistfan
Wed Dec 09, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wuorinen's "Haroun and the Sea of Stories"
Replies: 2
Views: 268

Wuorinen's "Haroun and the Sea of Stories"

A recording of Charles Wuorinen's "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" has just been issued on the BMOP label. I believe that some excerpts were available on an Albany recording, but this is the first recording of the complete opera. Now, can we hope for Wuorinen's "Brokeback Mountain"?
by Modernistfan
Wed Dec 09, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: SCOTUS to Trumpists: ‘Kiss off’.
Replies: 12
Views: 680

Re: SCOTUS to Trumpists: ‘Kiss off’.

True, but that hardly makes the suit before the Supreme Court any more credible. I would like to see the briefs filed by the defendant states; their arguments would be worth reading for my understanding of these issues.
by Modernistfan
Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: SCOTUS to Trumpists: ‘Kiss off’.
Replies: 12
Views: 680

Re: SCOTUS to Trumpists: ‘Kiss off’.

The ridiculous suit filed by the Texas Attorney General will meet a similar fate. Although the Supreme Court will consider it, they will not reach the merits for at least two reasons: mootness and lack of standing. Regarding the mootness issue, the states that are defendants have all certified their...
by Modernistfan
Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven and sickeningly stupid culture warriors
Replies: 18
Views: 1048

Re: Beethoven and sickeningly stupid culture warriors

I could name a number of worthwhile Australian composers: Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Carl Vine, Margaret Hyde, Peter Sculthorpe, Brenton Broadstock, Michael Smetanin, Ross Edwards, Elena Kats-Chernin (born in the Soviet Union but living in Australia for many years), Andrew Ford, Richard Meale, Larry Sit...
by Modernistfan
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump lays out the case for a rigged election
Replies: 9
Views: 409

Re: Trump lays out the case for a rigged election

But could you sue the hamsters?
by Modernistfan
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own
Replies: 9
Views: 332

Re: The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own

If Trump tried to stage a coup, it has to be described as a coo-coo coup.