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by Modernistfan
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 44
Views: 495

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: 44
Views: 495

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: 126

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: 196

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: 227

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: 365

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: 365

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: 629

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: 367

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: 617

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: 617

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: 887

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: 887

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 ...
by Modernistfan
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 3603

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

Maybe so, but he still bailed out of the Thirteenth Symphony, and that apparently caused a substantial break in relations between Shostakovich and Mravinsky.
by Modernistfan
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 3603

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

Shostakovich probably authorized the revised, bowdlerized version because he felt he had little choice. The option would probably to have had the work completely banned at that point, with uncertain consequences for him. His health problems had started to surface, and he had already faced off with t...
by Modernistfan
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 3603

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

Watch out with respect to earlier Soviet recordings of the Thirteenth Symphony. Because of government pressures, the text in the first movement ("Babi Yar") was changed to soften the emphasis on anti-Semitism after the original premiere. As far as I can determine, all recent recordings, as well as a...
by Modernistfan
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 61
Views: 8874

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

My point exactly. This issue should cut across party lines. Remember that Democratic senator Al Franken of Minnesota, a flaming liberal by most standards, resigned as a result of allegations of sexually improper conduct.
by Modernistfan
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh
Replies: 61
Views: 8874

Re: Another Woman Charges Kavanaugh

Republicans, is this what you want for the highest court in the United States--a party-hearty frat boy? Don't you want a legal scholar who will fairly judge the cases before him on the law and the facts? The contrast with the late Antonin Scalia could hardly be more glaring. Yes, Scalia was a conser...
by Modernistfan
Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 49-CD Celibidache Box on Warner
Replies: 10
Views: 2446

Re: 49-CD Celibidache Box on Warner

Of course, I was kidding about the box set having only five works in 49 CDs. I was mocking Celibidache’s ridiculously slow tempos. Don’t take me seriously. The reality is that I wouldn’t spend a nickel on recordings by that fraud. Please see the online postings by William Osborne about what his wife...
by Modernistfan
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 49-CD Celibidache Box on Warner
Replies: 10
Views: 2446

Re: 49-CD Celibidache Box on Warner

I don't know the contents as of yet. It probably is, as Warner has the rights to the previous EMI recordings with that orchestra. I certainly will not be buying it.
by Modernistfan
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 49-CD Celibidache Box on Warner
Replies: 10
Views: 2446

49-CD Celibidache Box on Warner

Warner has announced a 49-CD box of Sergiu Celibidache recordings with the Munich Philharmonic. Of course, there are only recordings of five different works in the box. Seriously, though, I cannot see purchasing this. (There are boxes with Ricardo Chailly and Claudio Abbado coming out, and I might l...
by Modernistfan
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Professor Christine Blasey Ford speaks out about alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh
Replies: 33
Views: 5386

Re: Professor Christine Blasey Ford speaks out about alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh

Agreed, but this has to do with a number of other things other than dress. It is interesting to note that, on the current Supreme Court, none of the liberal-leaning justices, Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor (three Jews and one Latina), ever worked for any of the major national large law firms.
by Modernistfan
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Professor Christine Blasey Ford speaks out about alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh
Replies: 33
Views: 5386

Re: Professor Christine Blasey Ford speaks out about alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh

​A story has just surfaced that a professor at Yale Law School had advised female students to dress in a certain way to exhibit a "model-like femininity" if they wanted to clerk for Kavanaugh. This does not surprise me in the least; when I have gone to meetings, I have noticed that most female assoc...
by Modernistfan
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Professor Christine Blasey Ford speaks out about alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh
Replies: 33
Views: 5386

Re: Professor Christine Blasey Ford speaks out about alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh

Frankly, this doesn't surprise me one bit. This behavior is far from uncommon among boys of Kavanaugh's socioeconomic class and background, particularly if they are in prep school and especially if they are athletes. When I heard this story, I would have been willing to bet $100 that he had been an ...
by Modernistfan
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A tale of two popes is brewing in the Vatican
Replies: 9
Views: 2035

Re: A tale of two popes is brewing in the Vatican

I remember Father Drinan quite well as a member of Congress from Massachusetts when I was a graduate student at Harvard. (He did not represent Cambridge; rather, he represented some of the suburbs to the west of Boston, starting with Brookline and Newton.) Ironically, he was wildly popular in the la...
by Modernistfan
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "I Want My MP3"
Replies: 2
Views: 1271

Re: "I Want My MP3"

Yes, you can have it. By the way, when is Amazon going to start offering downloads in a lossless format? At least Presto Classical in England has that option for virtually all of their downloads.
by Modernistfan
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WAPO Op-Ed —> Prehistoric college football coaches are killing players
Replies: 4
Views: 1612

Re: WAPO Op-Ed —> Prehistoric college football coaches are killing players

This has happened all too frequently. The coaches regard the players, particularly if they are African-American, as barely human expendable cannon fodder. Why are they holding these sorts of practices in August where the temperature is 95 degrees with very high humidity (I have been in Washington an...
by Modernistfan
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes This Week in Classical Music
Replies: 11
Views: 1639

Re: NYTimes This Week in Classical Music

I am a huge Rimsky-Korsakov fan. I have that Chandos set and I have recordings of nearly all of his operas, although I am trying to get a recording of "Tsar Saltan"; it seems that there is no modern stereo recording (calling Valery Gergiev!). One of my all-time favorite operas is "The Golden Cockere...
by Modernistfan
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Relevance in the arts
Replies: 6
Views: 1178

Re: Relevance in the arts

Although the statement that the arts are a protective factor against authoritarianism is a drastic oversimplification, to say the least, it is still noteworthy that virtually every authoritarian government winds up suppressing and censoring the arts, although they might not start out doing so; Lenin...
by Modernistfan
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November
Replies: 11
Views: 2290

Re: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November

I might look into this. His Vaughan Williams was excellent. (It is rather interesting that two of the excellent conductors of Vaughan Williams, Previn and Leonard Slatkin, were of Russian origin; all four of Slatkin's grandparents were born in that country, and Previn was born in Germany to parents ...
by Modernistfan
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bavarian State Opera With Refugees Uses Rossini's Mose in Egitto
Replies: 3
Views: 781

Re: Bavarian State Opera With Refugees Uses Rossini's Mose in Egitto

It is a misconception based on previous history that Munich is a conservative city. The current mayor is a member of the Social Democratic Party, and Munich has been governed by the Social Democrats or a Social Democrat-led coalition for all but six years since 1948. Yes, rural Bavaria and the small...
by Modernistfan
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Violinist Maria Milstein
Replies: 6
Views: 1375

Re: Violinist Maria Milstein

There are a number of musical Milsteins. There is also contemporary composer Silvina Milstein, born in Argentina and now living in England. I do not know if she is related either to Nathan Milstein or the sisters Nathalia and Maria Milstein, but it is likely that her family had emigrated from Russia...
by Modernistfan
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anton Rubinstein - a forgotten composer?
Replies: 17
Views: 1874

Re: Anton Rubinstein - a forgotten composer?

Although Anton Rubinstein and his brother Nicolai Rubinstein both were converted from Judaism to Russian Orthodoxy in their youth, Anton Rubinstein still retained some relationship to Judaism; according to Wikipedia, Anton Rubinstein later considered himself an atheist. He actually wrote two operas ...
by Modernistfan
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again
Replies: 13
Views: 1858

Re: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again

I have posted several times regarding this. Furtw​​ängler was not in fact a Nazi, but definitely did have some anti-Semitic and v​ölkisch views. It needs to be remembered that, prior to 1933, there were several strands of anti-Semitism other than that of the Nazis, and many people sometimes labeled ...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Whither Sony Classical?
Replies: 4
Views: 761

Re: Whither Sony Classical?

Unfortunately, that is probably true, but note that Sony Classical just released a recording of double concertos by Wolfgang Rihm and John Harbison, not exactly the sort of repertoire that they are generally emphasizing. Of course, that was not with their big stars. I am sure that Salonen will proba...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Whither Sony Classical?
Replies: 4
Views: 761

Re: Whither Sony Classical?

Yo-Yo Ma has shown no inclination to record some of the significant new repertoire that he has actually premiered, but this failure may partly be due to the fact that the conductors of these works were signed to a label other than Sony and it may have been impossible to arrange the required accommod...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Whither Sony Classical?
Replies: 4
Views: 761

Whither Sony Classical?

At this point, Sony Classical seems to be a label of two completely disparate parts. One of these parts is recordings, typically of either very standard repertoire, transcriptions, or outright crossover, involving well-known and highly publicized stars such as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Sol Gabetta, or ...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stockhausen’s “Gruppen”
Replies: 3
Views: 1059

Re: Stockhausen’s “Gruppen”

If you want to try it, there are several available recordings. Claudio Abbado's recording, coupled with works by Kurt​ág, has been reissued on Deutsche Grammophon and is readily available at less than full price. Peter E​ötv​ös's recording on BMC is available on Amazon but is out of print and very e...
by Modernistfan
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans
Replies: 14
Views: 5879

Re: Lawsuit claims Harvard admissions penalizes Asian-Americans

As a graduate of Harvard University (Ph.D., 1975, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and not subjected to these admissions procedures, which apply to undergraduates), I find this totally reprehensible. It sounds very much like what they used to do to keep the n...
by Modernistfan
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Regina St. Louis Susan Graham
Replies: 5
Views: 3838

Re: Regina St. Louis Susan Graham

There are two recordings available: the NYCO production conducted by Krachmalnik on Sony, and, what is probably more complete, a Scottish Opera production conducted by John Mauceri on Decca. Strangely, the latter does not show up on Amazon (US) except used for a very high price, but it shows up at a...
by Modernistfan
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fabio Luisi to Dallas
Replies: 4
Views: 3854

Re: Fabio Luisi to Dallas

No knock on Luisi, but it seems from recent appointments in the United States that any random assistant vice-Kapellmeister of the Kleinmachnow Philharmoniker has the inside track over any American candidate. It seems that women and people of color don't even get considered.
by Modernistfan
Thu May 17, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MLB teams mortgage today to win tomorrow
Replies: 8
Views: 2759

Re: MLB teams mortgage today to win tomorrow

Right now, after losing two games to Miami, the Dodgers now have exactly the same record as the purportedly tanking Marlins. One problem with the watchability of these games is the overreliance on stat geeks in the front office to make player personnel decisions. For some reason, the stat geeks do n...
by Modernistfan
Thu May 17, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Doctor Atomic by John Adams
Replies: 0
Views: 1685

Doctor Atomic by John Adams

Finally, an audio recording of Doctor Atomic by John Adams will be released on Nonesuch on June 29. This was recorded in England with Adams himself conducting, with Gerald Finley and Julia Bullock as the leads.
by Modernistfan
Tue May 15, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Branca, 69, Dies
Replies: 0
Views: 1590

Glenn Branca, 69, Dies

Glenn Branca, one of the most significant figures of the New York "downtown" avant-garde scene, has passed away at age 69. I have a number of recordings of his symphonies for massed electric guitars and percussion, and, although I cannot figure out quite what is going on, I find them strangely inter...
by Modernistfan
Mon May 14, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MLB teams mortgage today to win tomorrow
Replies: 8
Views: 2759

Re: MLB teams mortgage today to win tomorrow

Yes, Lindor and Ramirez are very good players, but it is something of a stretch to call them stars by the standards that formerly applied. They will have to produce at that level or higher for a substantially longer period of time to rate that appellation. There are a lot of guys who have one or two...
by Modernistfan
Mon May 14, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MLB teams mortgage today to win tomorrow
Replies: 8
Views: 2759

Re: MLB teams mortgage today to win tomorrow

I respectfully disagree that the quality of baseball since the end of the steroid era (if it ever really ended) has never been higher. In April, there were more strikeouts than hits for what was probably the first time ever for a month. The games are virtually unwatchable--who wants to sit through a...
by Modernistfan
Sun May 13, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MLB teams mortgage today to win tomorrow
Replies: 8
Views: 2759

Re: MLB teams mortgage today to win tomorrow

I can't stand Boras' whining. Why should teams pay megabucks for declining performance? Remember the Angels a few years ago with Vernon Wells--he was making something like $18 million per year and he barely was hitting his weight. As far as the Cincinnati Reds go, they just finished sweeping the Dod...
by Modernistfan
Sat May 12, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Deborah Borda New York Philharmonic Interview
Replies: 3
Views: 913

Re: Deborah Borda New York Philharmonic Interview

I have a lot of respect for Ms. Borda and think that she did a great job in Los Angeles. She has her work really cut out for her in New York, especially with the stodgy, snoozeworthy programming apparently favored by van Zweden. She had better get Esa-Pekka Salonen seriously involved with the orches...
by Modernistfan
Tue May 08, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich's two piano concertos
Replies: 10
Views: 1669

Re: Shostakovich's two piano concertos

Bronfman conducted by Salonen with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Sony).
by Modernistfan
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!
Replies: 9
Views: 4300

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

​Well, here is the result from the Top 100 Countdown this year: ​1. Beethoven: Symphony #9 2. Beethoven: Symphony #5 3. Beethoven: Symphony #7 4. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto 5. Beethoven: Symphony #6 “Pastoral” 6. Dvorak: Symphony #9 “From the New World” 7. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 8. Gershw...