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by Modernistfan
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump and the Jews
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Trump and the Jews

This appeared several days ago. President Donald Trump said Jews “stick together” and are “only in it for themselves” following conversations with Jewish lawmakers, The Washington Post quoted senior White House officials as saying. The quotes are in a lengthy article quoting anonymous current and fo...
by Modernistfan
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Minnesota Public Radio Fires Only Black Announcer
Replies: 3
Views: 157

Minnesota Public Radio Fires Only Black Announcer

Minnesota Public Radio has fired its only Black announcer. Minnesota Public Radio has fired its only Black classical music host Garrett McQueen. McQueen announced his firing on his social media accounts Thursday morning. McQueen said he was taken off the air after his shift on Aug. 25. He was then g...
by Modernistfan
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WAPO & Fox News corroborate magazine report that Trump told aides American soldiers KIA were 'losers' and 'suckers'.
Replies: 16
Views: 310

Re: WAPO & Fox News corroborate magazine report that Trump told aides American soldiers KIA were 'losers' and 'suckers'.

An outrage. My wife's father was a bomber pilot in World War II. Luckily, he didn't get shot down by German flak, but many were. Were the troops who stormed the beaches at Normandy under heavy German fire, fought at the Battle of the Bulge, or liberated the concentration camp at Dachau losers?
by Modernistfan
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 26
Views: 767

Re: Haitink documentary

In general, I am a great fan of Haitink as a conductor who puts the music above his own personal glorification. I think that this is very important. The big exception, and, given that I am probably the world's biggest Shostakovich fan, an important exception, is in Russian music, especially Shostako...
by Modernistfan
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Columbia Artists Management Inc, rep for legendary artists, to shut down
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: Columbia Artists Management Inc, rep for legendary artists, to shut down

I respectfully disagree. This is probably the best thing that happened to classical music since the introduction of recording. Orchestras and other presenting organizations have been financially strapped by their seeming need to pay “superstars” managed by agencies such as CAMI excessively large amo...
by Modernistfan
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich's "The Bedbug"
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Shostakovich's "The Bedbug"

I just listened to a recently-issued Naxos CD (8.574100) with Shostakovich's incidental music to Vladimir Mayakovsky's bizarre play, "The Bedbug" (sometimes translated into English as "The Flea"). If you love the early Shostakovich of "The Age of Gold" and "The New Babylon," you need to get this! It...
by Modernistfan
Mon Aug 24, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel"
Replies: 3
Views: 300

Re: Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel"

There is nothing that I love better than full blast, bombastic, wackadoodle, German expressionism. (The prototype for it, of course, is Schoenberg's "Moses und Aron").
by Modernistfan
Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel"
Replies: 3
Views: 300

Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel"

Next month, Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel" (The Tower of Babel), for 3 orchestral groups, 3 choirs, 2 solo voices (soprano and baritone), speaker, quadrophonic playback and live electronics, on texts by Friedrich Schiller, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Wagner, Nic...
by Modernistfan
Sun Aug 16, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some Diversion from the Election
Replies: 2
Views: 253

Some Diversion from the Election

For a little diversion from the election, you might look on YouTube for Sara Hershkowitz's performance of Ligeti's "Mysteries of the Macabre," an excerpt from his opera "Le Grand Macabre," part of which she performs in a Donald Trump costume. Hershkowitz, who is originally from Los Angeles, is now w...
by Modernistfan
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Birther 2.0
Replies: 18
Views: 1049

Re: Birther 2.0

At this point, it looks like he will lose both North Carolina and Arizona by significant margins; he is losing in the polls in those states by margins that are very close to the margins by which he is losing in states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, where he basically has no chance now. ...
by Modernistfan
Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Woman Takes the Podium at Salzburg
Replies: 5
Views: 371

Re: A Woman Takes the Podium at Salzburg

Unfortunately, I also have to agree about Alsop, although her recordings of Samuel Barber in Bournemouth were pretty good. I do not have many of her Baltimore recordings, except for those of Leonard Bernstein, which are also quite good.
by Modernistfan
Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Birther 2.0
Replies: 18
Views: 1049

Birther 2.0

Well, here we go again. The right-wing wingbats are questioning Kamala Harris's eligibility to run because they say that she was not a natural-born United States citizen. Well, here are the facts. Ms. Harris was born in Oakland, California (not Oakland, Lower Slobbovia (by the way, the term "Oakland...
by Modernistfan
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Woman Takes the Podium at Salzburg
Replies: 5
Views: 371

Re: A Woman Takes the Podium at Salzburg

It's about time! (When will a woman get a real shot at becoming a music director of a top-ranking United States orchestra? When the position was open in New York due to the resignation of Alan Gilbert, no woman was seriously under consideration.)
by Modernistfan
Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Big Ten and PAC-12 pull the plug on football; SEC and ACC will play
Replies: 4
Views: 487

Re: Big Ten and PAC-12 pull the plug on football; SEC and ACC will play

Well, at UCLA, a school that has done relatively poorly in football over the past few years, with very poor attendance even at home games, except for the USC game, and virtually no fans following the team when it plays on the road, it is a stretch to state that an assistant coach making over $1 mill...
by Modernistfan
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Big Ten and PAC-12 pull the plug on football; SEC and ACC will play
Replies: 4
Views: 487

Re: Big Ten and PAC-12 pull the plug on football; SEC and ACC will play

Time to get rid of this sport altogether, at least at the college level. (If the NFL wants to continue, they should set up a minor league structure analogous to that for baseball.) It is ridiculous that, at many universities, the head football coach is paid far more than the university president; at...
by Modernistfan
Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Attracts Older Audiences. Good.
Replies: 5
Views: 513

Re: Classical Music Attracts Older Audiences. Good.

Agreed, but it's not just Trump. The entertainment industry, which generally supports Democrats, has played a huge part in dumbing down the United States and thus contributing to the anti-intellectual atmosphere.
by Modernistfan
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Attracts Older Audiences. Good.
Replies: 5
Views: 513

Re: Classical Music Attracts Older Audiences. Good.

I feel that Tommasini is a bit too optimistic. Yes, it is probably true that the audience for classical music has always skewed older to some extent. However, there are a number of factors that are particularly affecting the ability of classical music to reach a younger audience, and these factors w...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: trump finally finds his own doctor
Replies: 3
Views: 405

Re: trump finally finds his own doctor

This is unbelievable. Trump is incapable of remaining presidential for more than one day. From a political standpoint, with an increasing percentage of voters already distrusting his leadership on the coronavirus outbreak, for him to pull these stunts is just damaging (not for me, though, as I defin...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR new recordings picks for July
Replies: 7
Views: 558

Re: WQXR new recordings picks for July

Lance, the work on that recording is not by Hershy Kay, but rather by Ulysses Kay. Hershy Kay was mostly an arranger and orchestrator for Broadway.
by Modernistfan
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments
Replies: 18
Views: 1090

Re: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments

According to one database, she did sing at the Met in 2018 in Strauss's "Elektra," albeit in an extremely minor role. I do have to wonder why she did not appear regularly at the Met. Have any African-American conductors, other than Henry Lewis ("Mr. Marilyn Horne" at the time) ever appeared at the M...
by Modernistfan
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments
Replies: 18
Views: 1090

Re: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments

It's time for the Met to present William Grant Still's "Troubled Island," which had been premiered by the New York City Opera in 1949. Other alternatives might be some of the operas of Anthony Davis, including "X," "Tania," and "Amistad," all of which have been recorded. If they wanted to really thi...
by Modernistfan
Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anthony Tommasini Calls for End to Blind Auditions
Replies: 9
Views: 628

Re: Anthony Tommasini Calls for End to Blind Auditions

Some way or another, this issue is going to have to be addressed and soon. Even if Biden wins and the Democrats control both houses of Congress, which does look increasingly likely at this point, a Congress predisposed to increase spending for the National Endowment for the Arts will be extremely le...
by Modernistfan
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anthony Tommasini Calls for End to Blind Auditions
Replies: 9
Views: 628

Re: Anthony Tommasini Calls for End to Blind Auditions

Sorry, I stand corrected on that point. The basic premise of the post, however, is still valid.
by Modernistfan
Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anthony Tommasini Calls for End to Blind Auditions
Replies: 9
Views: 628

Anthony Tommasini Calls for End to Blind Auditions

In an article today in the New York Times , critic Anthony Tommasini has called for the end of "blind" orchestral auditions (behind a screen) with the intent of advancing diversity. There is no question that American orchestras, in terms of racial diversity, look nothing like many of the cities in w...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Franz Schmidt Symphony Cycle
Replies: 0
Views: 593

New Franz Schmidt Symphony Cycle

A new Franz Schmidt symphony cycle (his four symphonies) is being released soon on Deutsche Grammophon with Paavo Järvi and the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Frankfurt. I might look into this, although I have the complete cycle with Vasily Sinaisky and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra on Naxos, as well as...
by Modernistfan
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang Records the Goldberg Variations
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: Lang Lang Records the Goldberg Variations

91 minutes!!! Yow!! For comparison, Andras Schiff takes 72 minutes, 20 seconds (on modern piano), which is in the typical range for performances on that instrument. Huguette Dreyfus takes 79 minutes, 15 seconds (on harpsichord), a bit slower, but still much faster than Lang Lang.
by Modernistfan
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang Records the Goldberg Variations
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Lang Lang Records the Goldberg Variations

Deutsche Grammophon is about to release Lang Lang's recording of the Bach Goldberg Variations. This is a super-fancy package with two performances, one in the studio and the other one live at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. Incredibly, each of these performances requires 2 CDs. He must be using awfully...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Lincoln Project: Fellow Traveler
Replies: 12
Views: 779

Re: The Lincoln Project: Fellow Traveler

One thing that the Democrats may be able to do is to get back some of the voters who voted for Trump in 2016 but voted for Obama in either 2008 or 2012 (or both years). This could be critical in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and possibly in Ohio and Pennsylvania, especially western Pennsylv...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Lincoln Project: Fellow Traveler
Replies: 12
Views: 779

Re: The Lincoln Project: Fellow Traveler

These people are honorable and well-intentioned, but will have absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election. Like most opponents of Trump, they absolutely do not understand what is driving the Trump phenomenon. The hard-core Trump voters will go to the polls with the intention of sticking the...
by Modernistfan
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lifting the Cone of Silence From Black Composers
Replies: 4
Views: 1172

Re: Lifting the Cone of Silence From Black Composers

It looks like the only way to get this set is to get downloads of the individual albums in it from Presto Classical in England, if you’re willing to go that route. I bought the set when it first came out.
by Modernistfan
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bland, Blah, Deadpan
Replies: 6
Views: 782

Bland, Blah, Deadpan

Yesterday, I was driving to work and a recording of "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" came on the radio. I started thinking, "What a bland, blah, deadpan performance, played seemingly without any expression, as though robots were playing." I then thought, "This must be a period-instrument performance." When ...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music From the Death Camps: Alive and Being Readied for a New Home
Replies: 6
Views: 990

Re: Music From the Death Camps: Alive and Being Readied for a New Home

Yes, it did exist. Unfortunately, too many people, including too many in the musical world, do not want to confront this reality. The present situation with coronavirus has seemingly driven many musical decision makers to avoid anything that might be unsettling; both the music and the extra-musical ...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music From the Death Camps: Alive and Being Readied for a New Home
Replies: 6
Views: 990

Re: Music From the Death Camps: Alive and Being Readied for a New Home

This is an extremely important project. Unfortunately, there seems to be an increasing reluctance to engage with the musical issues surrounding World War II and the Holocaust, as well as the repression of culture in countries such as the Soviet Union. Regarding the latter, I have been reading about ...
by Modernistfan
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: : Gustavo Dudamel Jolts the ‘New World’ Symphony to Life
Replies: 13
Views: 5331

Re: : Gustavo Dudamel Jolts the ‘New World’ Symphony to Life

As promised, I have further information regarding the Benzecry release on Naxos. The orchestra is the Lviv National Symphony (in Ukraine; the town is probably better known to Americans under its old name of Lvov when Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union). The conductor is Pablo Boggiano (he is...
by Modernistfan
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: David Lang's "Prisoner of the State" on Decca
Replies: 0
Views: 936

David Lang's "Prisoner of the State" on Decca

Well, following Julia Wolfe's "Fire in My Mouth," an oratorio or cantata about the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in New York in 1911, we now have another politically-charged work composed by one of the members of Bang on a Can, David Lang, an opera entitled "Prisoner of the State," and again released on ...
by Modernistfan
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Sheku Effect: A Classical Music Star Rises
Replies: 1
Views: 739

Re: The Sheku Effect: A Classical Music Star Rises

We shall see regarding Ms. Dworkin's comments. Despite Mr. Kanneh-Mason's obvious talent, I am far from sure that orchestral administrators, record labels, and radio broadcast programmers will take the risks required to broaden music. In Los Angeles, KUSC, which put out one of those mealy-mouthed st...
by Modernistfan
Fri May 15, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: : Gustavo Dudamel Jolts the ‘New World’ Symphony to Life
Replies: 13
Views: 5331

Re: : Gustavo Dudamel Jolts the ‘New World’ Symphony to Life

I now have further information on the Benzecry release from Naxos. The release date is July 10. The works include the violin and clarinet concertos, and a piece described as "Song Cycle." I still do not know the orchestra or the soloists, but shall follow up when further information is available. Du...
by Modernistfan
Tue May 05, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anthony Davis Wins 2020 Music Pulitzer
Replies: 1
Views: 1052

Anthony Davis Wins 2020 Music Pulitzer

Anthony Davis, now professor of music at the University of California San Diego, has won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his opera "The Central Park Five," about the notorious New York City case in which five black teenagers were accused of assaulting and raping a jogger in the park. They were...
by Modernistfan
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Loud, Louder, Loudest: How Classical Music Started to Roar
Replies: 8
Views: 2902

Re: Loud, Louder, Loudest: How Classical Music Started to Roar

118db!!! Let 'er rip (or maybe Ripsky-Korsakov)!
by Modernistfan
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Loud, Louder, Loudest: How Classical Music Started to Roar
Replies: 8
Views: 2902

Re: Loud, Louder, Loudest: How Classical Music Started to Roar

Yes, sure enough, this started with Berlioz (if you exclude the Beethoven one-off "Wellington's Victory"). Berlioz definitely altered the balance of the orchestra away from the strings, with a much greater emphasis on the brass and much greater use of percussion than had been the norm heretofore. Th...
by Modernistfan
Sun Apr 19, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Recordings from Capriccio
Replies: 0
Views: 2277

New Recordings from Capriccio

In June, Capriccio is issuing two major recordings of twentieth-century music: Morton Feldman's "Coptic Light" and "String Quartet and Orchestra" with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hans Werner Henze's opera "Der Prinz von Homburg" with the Stuttgart Opera. I shall definitely get both of th...
by Modernistfan
Sun Apr 19, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Adams's "Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?"
Replies: 6
Views: 2563

Re: John Adams's "Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?"

Well, download it is. I just got this from Presto Classical in England in FLAC format and have already burned it to disc and am listening to it.
by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Adams's "Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?"
Replies: 6
Views: 2563

Re: John Adams's "Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?"

I am not certain that this will be released on a physical disc. If not, I shall definitely have to get the download (in FLAC format, not the lossy mp3 format). I would definitely prefer the physical disc. Andrew Norman's "Sustain," released last year on Deutsche Grammophon, was never released as a p...
by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Adams's "Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?"
Replies: 6
Views: 2563

John Adams's "Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?"

According to one website, John Adams's piano concerto "Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?" with Yuja Wang as soloist, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is to be released April 16. I have not seen any confirmation of this, and it does not seem to be on Amazon or on Presto Classic...
by Modernistfan
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86
Replies: 10
Views: 3011

Re: Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86

I just pulled out my recording of "The Devils of Loudun" and listened to the whole thing. I must say that it may not appeal to those for whom opera is bounded by "Carmen" and "La Boheme."
by Modernistfan
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86
Replies: 10
Views: 3011

Re: Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86

This is a great loss to classical music. His "missing" Sixth Symphony, subtitled "Chinese Songs," just turned up on CD Accord, and I intend to order it promptly. There are a huge number of recordings of his music (EMI had a number of early recordings with Polish forces, reissued fairly recently), an...
by Modernistfan
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 8178

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

You might also try the Krenek Second Symphony, which may have been an influence on the Shostakovich Fourth. In Leningrad in the 1920s, when the apparatchiks had not yet begun to restrict the range of expression available to composers, both Berg and Krenek were heard quite frequently. The Krenek Seco...
by Modernistfan
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 8178

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

I definitely like all of these works. Stravinsky, of course, was in his neoclassical period at that point. He didn't take up serialism until something more than a decade later. The funny thing is that, though, whether Stravinsky was in his early period of The Firebird, Petrushka, or The Rite of Spri...
by Modernistfan
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brokeback Mountain Composer Charles Wuorinen Dies At 81
Replies: 7
Views: 2979

Re: Brokeback Mountain Composer Charles Wuorinen Dies At 81

This is a serious loss for American music. He was always one of my favorite composers, and we need new recordings of much of his orchestral music and his operas. His compositions were dense, incident-packed, but somehow always fun to listen to. He described himself as a serialist, but he could not h...
by Modernistfan
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cleveland Orchestra Joins the Own-Label Brigade
Replies: 5
Views: 2560

Cleveland Orchestra Joins the Own-Label Brigade

The Cleveland Orchestra has now joined the own-label brigade with a three-CD set of orchestral music conducted by their music director Franz Welser-Möst. I do not have full details as of yet, but the composers are Beethoven, Edgard Varèse, Bernd Richard Deutsch, Prokofiev, Strauss (I presume Richard...