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by Modernistfan
Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!
Replies: 5
Views: 575

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

Well, all the votes are in and (supposedly) counted and the Top 100 have been posted. Here they are: ​100. Williams: Theme from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” 99. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #8 “Pathetique” 98. Rossini: William Tell: Overture 97. Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess 96. Rodrigo: Concierto de Ar...
by Modernistfan
Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Whitney Biennial Controversy
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Re: Whitney Biennial Controversy

This is ridiculous. In the area of music, one of the most powerful Holocaust memorial pieces is Dmitri Shostakovich's Thirteenth Symphony ("Babi Yar"), written by a non-Jewish Russian composer setting the poetry of a non-Jewish Russian writer, Yevgeny Yevtushenko. No one would or should call that wo...
by Modernistfan
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More Krossover Krap from Yo-Yo Ma
Replies: 9
Views: 532

Re: More Krossover Krap from Yo-Yo Ma

What, exactly, did Bach write for the mandolin? I know that he wrote for the lute, but I am not aware that Bach ever wrote anything for the mandolin. (Yes, I know that Vivaldi did write mandolin concertos, as did some other Italian baroque composers.)
by Modernistfan
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More Krossover Krap from Yo-Yo Ma
Replies: 9
Views: 532

More Krossover Krap from Yo-Yo Ma

Another crossover effort from Yo-Yo. Now it's Bach trio sonatas arranged for cello, double bass, and mandolin. The double bassist, of course, is Edgar Meyer, and the mandolinist is Chris Thile, who has no classical experience whatsoever. This fiasco is not on Sony, but on Nonesuch. One might as well...
by Modernistfan
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Scam phone call
Replies: 6
Views: 348

Re: Scam phone call

This scam is well known. The scammers are typically trying to get payments via prepaid debt cards. The IRS will first contact taxpayers by certified mail if there is a problem such as a penalty or an underpayment. Believe it or not, people have paid millions of dollars to the scammers. For more info...
by Modernistfan
Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Philharmonic news
Replies: 2
Views: 371

Re: NY Philharmonic news

I hope, somehow, that Borda finds a way to get Salonen formally involved with the orchestra on a regular basis, perhaps as Principal Guest Conductor. If they are not merely going to be a museum, they desperately need someone other than the stodgy van Zweden there.
by Modernistfan
Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Deborah Borda returns to the NY Philharmonic
Replies: 7
Views: 417

Re: Deborah Borda returns to the NY Philharmonic

Los Angeles was very different decades ago, when you had a large number of central European ​émigrés living there who were highly cultured. Yes, some of these people were involved in the entertainment industry, but they didn't abandon their values and their dedication to high culture. One of my frie...
by Modernistfan
Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Deborah Borda returns to the NY Philharmonic
Replies: 7
Views: 417

Re: Deborah Borda returns to the NY Philharmonic

The situations of the two orchestras couldn't be more different. Borda leaves Los Angeles in excellent financial and artistic shape, despite my reservations regarding Dudamel. However, the orchestra exists in an environment in which the entertainment industry is so overpowering that there is very li...
by Modernistfan
Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Deborah Borda Leaves Los Angeles
Replies: 0
Views: 317

Deborah Borda Leaves Los Angeles

Deborah Borda, who has been president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2000, is leaving that orchestra and is returning to the same job at the New York Philharmonic, which she had previously held in the 1990s. This is not good news for Los Angeles; she did a great job there, notwithstan...
by Modernistfan
Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Roger Norrington; from HIP to MAD?
Replies: 28
Views: 1101

Re: Roger Norrington; from HIP to MAD?

In my opinion, Norrington is one of the worst offenders in the HIP coterie. For one thing, concerning performance of Brahms orchestral works, if vibrato were not to be used, wouldn't conductors such as Otto Klemperer, who started conducting when Brahms was still alive but lived long enough to make s...
by Modernistfan
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!
Replies: 5
Views: 575

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

As they used to say in Boston: "Vote often and early for James Michael Curley!" Many years ago, in the fan voting for the National League in the baseball All-Star Game, the Cincinnati fans managed to stack the voting so that, for the eight position players (the pitchers were chosen by the manager), ...
by Modernistfan
Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!
Replies: 5
Views: 575

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

KUSC-FM, the Los Angeles classical radio station that I love to hate, is having a Top 100 Countdown. I would love to get back at them for their programming, and you can vote for three selections once a day. There is a list of the usual suspects (for their programming), including Eine Kleine Nachtmus...
by Modernistfan
Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yo-Yo Ma Premieres Salonen Cello Concerto
Replies: 1
Views: 328

Yo-Yo Ma Premieres Salonen Cello Concerto

Yo-Yo Ma is about to premiere Esa-Pekka Salonen's cello concerto. This will be a nice change from the Krossover Krap with which Yo-Yo Ma has been sullying his reputation. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that he will be able to record this work. For one thing, Salonen is signed to Deutsche Grammophon, ...
by Modernistfan
Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yiddish-Cuban Opera
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Re: Yiddish-Cuban Opera

This sounds interesting, but it is almost too bad that they had to translate most of it into Spanish. I could understand why, though. The languages are very different--Yiddish has a primary base in South German dialects but has additional contributions from Hebrew (typically for words relating to th...
by Modernistfan
Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Léonore, ou L'Amour conjugal
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Re: Léonore, ou L'Amour conjugal

This will undoubtedly show up on Naxos in about a year. Just about all the Opera Lafayette productions are recorded for Naxos; the most recent to be issued was L'epreuve Villageoise) by Gretry, released a couple of months ago.
by Modernistfan
Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trade with the far east
Replies: 1
Views: 341

Re: Trade with the far east

Protectionism does not work, period. We should have learned that lesson from what happened to the American auto industry during the period that Japanese imports were restricted. There were two consequences, neither good for the American automakers. The first is that Toyota, for example, starting imp...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let's talk about cello concertos
Replies: 27
Views: 1041

Re: Let's talk about cello concertos

You cannot forget the many concertos commissioned by or written for Mstislav Rostropovich, including the two concertos of Shostakovich, and the concertos of Lutoslawski, Penderecki, and Dutilleux, just to name a few. The Carter cello concerto, now championed by Alisa Weilerstein, written about 15 ye...
by Modernistfan
Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carnegie Hall Orchestre National de Lyon
Replies: 8
Views: 335

Re: Carnegie Hall Orchestre National de Lyon

There are a number of CDs of works by Connesson, including two on Deutsche Grammophon, but the bozos (or perhaps I should say "bozeaux") who run Universal have not seen fit to import those CDs into the US, and I had to order them from various sources, including French Amazon in one case. Interesting...
by Modernistfan
Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cricket
Replies: 9
Views: 559

Re: Cricket

One of the funniest things I have ever seen on YouTube was a couple of years ago when a cricket announcer in Australia called a batsman hitting a long ball for six way over the fence (the cricket equivalent of a home run in baseball) only to have the ball land on the announcer's car and dent the roo...
by Modernistfan
Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interview With Robert Sherman - From Isler's Insights
Replies: 12
Views: 378

Re: Interview With Robert Sherman - From Isler's Insights

Under the American system of call letters, most stations have call letters starting with "K" for stations located west of the Mississippi River and "W" for stations located east of the Mississippi River (although there are a few exceptions). Most of these designations are three or four letters; most...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What recordings would you LIKE to see happen in 2017?
Replies: 28
Views: 932

Re: What recordings would you LIKE to see happen in 2017?

Thanks. I will look for this recording (I have some of the Rozhdestvensky recordings issued piecemeal as 1- or 2-CD sets by Melodiya at a period when it was tied up with BMG).
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What recordings would you LIKE to see happen in 2017?
Replies: 28
Views: 932

Re: What recordings would you LIKE to see happen in 2017?

That Shostakovich set, on Melodiya, has a mix of conductors, including Svetlanov and Mravinsky; only a few of the symphonies are conducted by Rozhdestvensky. Besides, as with other Soviet-era recordings, there is a possible issue with Symphony No. 13, "Babi Yar." After the first performance, the Sov...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Long live the turntable!
Replies: 10
Views: 451

Re: Long live the turntable!

About the only thing that could drive me back to a turntable is a source for recordings such as the Avant-Garde series on Deutsche Grammophon or the Headline series on Decca that have never been reissued on CD. I don't miss the ticks and pops, not to mention the mid-1970's pressings that sounded lik...
by Modernistfan
Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What recordings would you LIKE to see happen in 2017?
Replies: 28
Views: 932

Re: What recordings would you LIKE to see happen in 2017?

Well, I am not really interested in historical recordings, but there is a lot of contemporary music for which we need recordings. Here is a partial list: The symphonies of Peter Racine Fricker. Significant orchestral works and operas by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, including "Exody" and "The Second Mrs....
by Modernistfan
Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Grateful Dead and the Classical Music
Replies: 4
Views: 367

The Grateful Dead and the Classical Music

The other day I was listening to a number of symphonies composed by the 20th-century British symphonist Robert Simpson (the complete cycle of 11 symphonies has been recorded on Hyperion and has been issued in a 7-CD box), and I was intrigued that several of the recordings were underwritten by the Gr...
by Modernistfan
Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Recording of All Four Weinberg Chamber Symphonies
Replies: 0
Views: 284

New Recording of All Four Weinberg Chamber Symphonies

A new recording of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's four chamber symphonies is to be issued shortly on ECM with Gidon Kremer's ensemble Kremerata Baltica. Interestingly, the recording is to be conducted by Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, the new music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She is becomin...
by Modernistfan
Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: AUS ITALIEN Played On MUSIC CHOICE On 10/XII/2016
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Re: AUS ITALIEN Played On MUSIC CHOICE On 10/XII/2016

Strauss actually got sued by Denza for copyright infringement and apparently lost.
by Modernistfan
Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lost and found 2: a Stravinsky orchestral work
Replies: 6
Views: 643

Re: Lost and found 2: a Stravinsky orchestral work

Rats--this means that the "complete" Stravinsky set that I bought recently (on Deutsche Grammophon) is not really complete! I will definitely try to find a recording of this piece as soon as it comes out.
by Modernistfan
Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Golijov’s New Opera for the Met is Called Off
Replies: 4
Views: 681

Re: Golijov’s New Opera for the Met is Called Off

This is not good. Did Golijov ever finish that violin concerto? This is starting to sound like a really serious case of composer's block, nearly at the Sibelius or Henri Duparc level. Does anyone have more information as to what is going on?
by Modernistfan
Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Here We Go Again
Replies: 0
Views: 851

Here We Go Again

Well, it's after Thanksgiving, and my local classical(?) radio station, KUSC, has decided that it is proper to let loose with all sorts of cheesy Christmas music, including "classical" arrangements of popular Christmas tunes such as "Let It Snow" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." I am going to se...
by Modernistfan
Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What happened? Perahia moved from Sony to DGG.
Replies: 3
Views: 686

Re: What happened? Perahia moved from Sony to DGG.

I'm not surprised. Frankly, I can't see why any serious artist would stay with Sony. I would be embarrassed to be on the same label with Yo-Yo Ma and his Krossover Krap and Lang Lang and his publicity stunts. (For all the CDs that I buy, it has been something like 20 years since I have bought a Yo-Y...
by Modernistfan
Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shapero’s Symphony for Classical Orchestra
Replies: 2
Views: 469

Re: Shapero’s Symphony for Classical Orchestra

Andre Previn also recorded it on New World (80373) with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; this is a more modern recording (the much earlier Bernstein is in mono) and is still readily available.
by Modernistfan
Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Emigrating to Canada?
Replies: 3
Views: 602

Emigrating to Canada?

Believe it or not, my wife and I are definitely considering emigrating to Canada. One of my major clients is a biotech company based in Vancouver and I am starting to explore the possibility of moving there and working for them in-house. Bluntly, as a Jew, I no longer feel safe in the United States ...
by Modernistfan
Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump Win Triggers Cornell Cry-In, Play-Doh Sessions
Replies: 15
Views: 1234

Re: Trump Win Triggers Cornell Cry-In, Play-Doh Sessions

Very interesting commentary. One of the huge issues is how we can get these displaced workers retrained. Even if Kia (say), built a plant in Kokomo to build that new small turbocharged sports car that I have been reading about (and that I perhaps would like to buy), people like my hypothetical Mr. S...
by Modernistfan
Sun Nov 13, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump Win Triggers Cornell Cry-In, Play-Doh Sessions
Replies: 15
Views: 1234

Re: Trump Win Triggers Cornell Cry-In, Play-Doh Sessions

My wife and I went to Sabbath services at our synagogue Friday night (a Reform synagogue). Most people were very upset. However, as those of you who read my prior posts will recall, I had a sinking feeling that this would happen. Progressives have to organize; it is not enough to just have ethnic mi...
by Modernistfan
Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The last polls
Replies: 7
Views: 848

Re: The last polls

I'm still fretting and am extremely worried. I still fear that there is this avalanche of white working-class Trump voters who are not being counted in the polls, either because they are not being polled for some reason or because they are telling the pollsters that they are undecided or for Clinton...
by Modernistfan
Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Just Why Does New Music Need Champions
Replies: 10
Views: 747

Re: Just Why Does New Music Need Champions

What is interesting is that the minimalists have pretty much fallen into the same position as the serialists before them, even though minimalism was conceived, at least in part, as a rebellion against the hegemony of serialism, particularly in academia. Major minimalist works, like those of the seri...
by Modernistfan
Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE JUGGLER OF OUR LADY
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: THE JUGGLER OF OUR LADY

I don't know if the Alagna DG commercial recording of the Massenet Jongleur was ever released in the United States, but it was included in a big Massenet box on Decca which I happen to have.
by Modernistfan
Sat Nov 05, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Just Why Does New Music Need Champions
Replies: 10
Views: 747

Re: Just Why Does New Music Need Champions

This is hardly a new problem. You only have to bring up one name--Hector Berlioz. Berlioz was repeatedly pilloried by critics during his lifetime as a madman, a radical, and a noisemonger, especially in his native France. It took decades, if not the better part of a century, before works such as Sym...
by Modernistfan
Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: DT got this one right
Replies: 2
Views: 444

Re: DT got this one right

That's what I told my wife with regard to Ms. Drake. Even if she is prevaricating and is out for publicity, though, what about the other 11 or so accusers? They are largely "respectable" women not in the public eye who are not out for publicity and run considerable risk to themselves from the crazed...
by Modernistfan
Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alisa Weilerstein's Shostakovich Cello Concertos
Replies: 10
Views: 830

Re: Alisa Weilerstein's Shostakovich Cello Concertos

Interestingly, Alisa Weilerstein is a graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. in Russian history.
by Modernistfan
Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alisa Weilerstein's Shostakovich Cello Concertos
Replies: 10
Views: 830

Re: Alisa Weilerstein's Shostakovich Cello Concertos

I presume that the Shostakovich piano trio you referred to is No. 2, as that is far more frequently played than the early No. 1. I would have liked to hear that; was it played with her father on violin and her mother on piano (the "Weilerstein Trio')?
by Modernistfan
Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alisa Weilerstein's Shostakovich Cello Concertos
Replies: 10
Views: 830

Alisa Weilerstein's Shostakovich Cello Concertos

I just got a copy of Alisa Weilerstein's recording of the two Shostakovich cello concertos with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Pablo Heras-Cassado (on Decca). This now becomes my default choice for these two works. Although Weilerstein has stated that her idol was Jacqueline du Pre, she i...
by Modernistfan
Mon Oct 10, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fact Checks of the Second Presidential Debate NY Times
Replies: 17
Views: 547

Re: Fact Checks of the Second Presidential Debate NY Times

I am still extremely concerned, polls or no polls. I still fear that there is a huge number of white working-class voters, mostly men, mostly people without a college education, whose opinions are for some reason not being captured in the polls, who, come election day, will want to stick their thumb...
by Modernistfan
Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: George F. Will on the Chicago Cubs
Replies: 15
Views: 645

Re: George F. Will on the Chicago Cubs

Regarding the famous dropped third strike, see this poem by New York Times reporter Meyer Berger: The prospects seemed all rosy for the Dodger nine that day, Four to three the score stood, with one man left to play. And so when Sturm died and Rolfe the Red went out, In the tall weeds of Canarsie you...
by Modernistfan
Thu Oct 06, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: George F. Will on the Chicago Cubs
Replies: 15
Views: 645

Re: George F. Will on the Chicago Cubs

Thanks for that Minnie Minoso card. There are still some players who play the game the right way. One young player who seems to do that is Mookie Betts of, yes, the Red Sox. The thing about baseball is that every out matters. I lived in New York, and, when I lived there, I still heard about a game i...
by Modernistfan
Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: George F. Will on the Chicago Cubs
Replies: 15
Views: 645

Re: George F. Will on the Chicago Cubs

One of my favorite players was always Minnie Minoso. That was a fun player to watch. I wish that more of today's players would emulate his hustle. (If I had a dollar for every player I have seen that hits a grounder with a man on first and less than two outs and merely jogs to first when they get th...
by Modernistfan
Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: George F. Will on the Chicago Cubs
Replies: 15
Views: 645

Re: George F. Will on the Chicago Cubs

Regarding the Red Sox, they spectacularly blew a chance to beat the Dodgers to the signing of Jackie Robinson: Now, if there ever really was a curse on the Red Sox, it should have happened after the farcical "tryout" given Jackie Robinson in 1945 after pressure from a local Boston politician, Isador...
by Modernistfan
Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: George F. Will on the Chicago Cubs
Replies: 15
Views: 645

Re: George F. Will on the Chicago Cubs

I have seen a few recent games televised from Chicago. I cannot ever remember seeing a single black fan.
by Modernistfan
Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: George F. Will on the Chicago Cubs
Replies: 15
Views: 645

Re: George F. Will on the Chicago Cubs

Unfortunately, I cannot root for the Cubs at any point. Their owners are big Trump supporters. I am half-hoping that the GM, Theo Epstein, who is of course Jewish, resigns in protest over this, but this is very unlikely to happen. Of course, if you know baseball in Chicago, you know that the Cubs fa...