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by Modernistfan
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 57
Views: 1004

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

Sorry, I can't buy it. The statement by the Pulitzer Prize jury that Lamar's work reflected the "complexity of African-American life" sounds to me like a slightly more upscale version of the condescending, patronizing attitude expressed on the campaign trail toward the African-American community by ...
by Modernistfan
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A note to the classically insecure
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: A note to the classically insecure

Very good points. I myself am a scientist by training (in biochemistry and molecular biology, the same field as Mr. Hoffman's insecure friend) with a subsequent law degree. I have never played an instrument and can barely read music. Still, I have tried to learn. I would be unlikely to spot the "chr...
by Modernistfan
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 57
Views: 1004

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

Sorry, I still can't accept this. Does this work have any lasting value? I doubt it (and yes, much "non-classical" music does have such lasting value--think of Duke Ellington, just to name one such creator of such music). That should be the criterion, regardless of the purported "genre" of the work ...
by Modernistfan
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 57
Views: 1004

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

The awarding of the Pulitzer to Kendrick Lamar, in fact, is the flip side of American racism--the side that holds African-Americans to lower standards. I would have loved, for example, to see Anthony Braxton get the award. That being said, however, I agree with the above posters that the Pulitzer is...
by Modernistfan
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 57
Views: 1004

2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

Unfortunately, this is not an April Fools joke. The 2018 Pulitzer Prize for music has gone to rapper Kendrick Lamar for his album "Damn." How in the world could the Pulitzer Prize jury have honored such garbage? Prominent African-American composers of real music such as William Grant Still and the r...
by Modernistfan
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ryan Won't Be Running
Replies: 6
Views: 197

Re: Ryan Won't Be Running

The most prominent (at least the most notorious) Republican candidate for this seat at this point is Paul Nehlen, an alt-right Holocaust denier and anti-Semite . Nehlen ran against Ryan in the primary in 2016, losing something like 6-1. The Republicans are definitely trying to get another respectabl...
by Modernistfan
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What happened to the GUILD CD label, Switzerland?
Replies: 3
Views: 217

Re: What happened to the GUILD CD label, Switzerland?

They are not out of business at all. They are still issuing new recordings and are distributed by Naxos in North America.
by Modernistfan
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tower Records Founder, Russ Solomon, R.I.P.
Replies: 8
Views: 653

Re: Tower Records Founder, Russ Solomon, R.I.P.

Boy, I really do miss Tower Records, notwithstanding the ease and convenience of being able to buy CDs online. Many were the days that I would go to the Tower on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles or the one on Ventura Boulevard in Van Nuys and walk out with $100.00, $150.00, or even more of CDs. When ...
by Modernistfan
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!
Replies: 7
Views: 1755

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

They are doing the Top 100 again. If you are disgusted with KUSC's wimpy, boring, anodyne programming, please write in the following works for the Top 100: Henze: Symphony #6; Stockhausen: Gruppen; and Boulez: Le Marteau Sans Maitre. Let's try to get at least one of those works in the Top 100 and se...
by Modernistfan
Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sony Box Set for Anniversary of Zurich Tonhalle
Replies: 5
Views: 700

Re: Sony Box Set for Anniversary of Zurich Tonhalle

I now have a more updated listing of the contents of this box set from the jpc website. This is auf deutsch , but is much more easily interpretable by us dumb English-speakers in Amurrica. ​Bruckner: Symphonien Nr. 5, 7, 9 +Schumann: Symphonie Nr. 4 +Moeschinger: Symphonie Nr. 4 op. 80 +Schubert: Sy...
by Modernistfan
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Hindemith
Replies: 19
Views: 1980

Re: Paul Hindemith

I am definitely a Hindemith fan and I definitely love the Symphony in E Flat, especially the Bernstein recording. I do not understand why it is not more frequently played.
by Modernistfan
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sony Box Set for Anniversary of Zurich Tonhalle
Replies: 5
Views: 700

Re: Sony Box Set for Anniversary of Zurich Tonhalle

I finally got some information as to the contents of this set with (rough) translation from the Japanese HMV site (apologies for the quality of the translation: ​Disc1 -Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in e-flat major Volkmar Andreae (conductor) Recorded: 1942 , 12 August, Zurich, Tonhalle (mono) Disc2 -Sch...
by Modernistfan
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sony Box Set for Anniversary of Zurich Tonhalle
Replies: 5
Views: 700

Sony Box Set for Anniversary of Zurich Tonhalle

Does anyone have any information as to the contents of a box set to be issued in March 2018 by Sony Classical entitled: "Celebrating 150 Years of Tonhalle Orchester--​Z​ürich." This is a 14-CD box set and a number of conductors are listed including ​ Lorin Maazel, Rudolf Kempe, Bernard Haitink, Davi...
by Modernistfan
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control
Replies: 19
Views: 1016

Re: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control

Remember, at the time of the adoption of the Second Amendment, the standard weapon available to civilians was a muzzle-loading smoothbore musket. In order to fire such a weapon, one had to pour a charge of powder (old-time black powder, not the later-developed smokeless powder) into the muzzle from ...
by Modernistfan
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Huberman Violin
Replies: 10
Views: 1083

Re: The Huberman Violin

This reminds me of the Stradivarius violin stolen from Roman Totenberg's office after a 1980 concert. It was stolen by a former student of Totenberg, Philip S. Johnson, who had a lot of potential, but was personally erratic and difficult and never had much of a career. He did play the Strad in some ...
by Modernistfan
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: They thought they were white but their DNA told a more complex story
Replies: 2
Views: 420

Re: They thought they were white but their DNA told a more complex story

The idea of "race" is really a sociopolitical construct with essentially no biological reality. When I was an instructor at Tulane University in 1977, Ernest Morial was running for the mayor of New Orleans, and the press was talking about the possibility of "New Orleans's first black mayor." When I ...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Marketing Opportunity for Classical Music?
Replies: 3
Views: 443

Re: A Marketing Opportunity for Classical Music?

I agree that exposure is everything, but you do not necessarily have to be born to it or even exposed to it early in your education. I grew up with it and still remember my father playing Beethoven symphonies (the Toscanini recordings), the Sibelius Second Symphony, and other works, on 78's. My wife...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Marketing Opportunity for Classical Music?
Replies: 3
Views: 443

A Marketing Opportunity for Classical Music?

Having seen the results from the Grammys last night, where happy-clappy-crappy overcommercialized garbage such as the music of Bruno Mars dominated the proceedings, there might be a new opportunity for the music industry to begin marketing classical music (and possibly other genres such as real jazz...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Hall of Very Good Players
Replies: 0
Views: 413

The Hall of Very Good Players

Well, four players were just elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero, and Trevor Hoffman. If I had a ballot, only Jones would have been on it. Thome was a very good player who just, barely, fell short. About Guerrero, despite very strong numbers, there was j...
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwänglerites never stop collecting, do they?
Replies: 1
Views: 402

Re: Furtwänglerites never stop collecting, do they?

Not for me, thanks. I have no desire to listen to Beethoven, Brahms, or Bruckner in cruddy mono sound (no matter how much improved) played by orchestras, mostly the Berlin Philharmonic or the Vienna Philharmonic, decimated by war and also by the pre-war expulsion of their Jewish players (mostly, but...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Representative Nunes of California Vindicates Trump
Replies: 10
Views: 1525

Re: Representative Nunes of California Vindicates Trump

It is nearly a year after the inauguration, and the Democrats still absolutely do not get it. The reality is that no one outside the Beltway actually gives a fig about the Russia investigation. Unless the Democrats start coming up with a smart and aggressive economic plan, start telling the truth ab...
by Modernistfan
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinyl sales hit 25-year high
Replies: 6
Views: 831

Re: Vinyl sales hit 25-year high

No thanks, not for me. I do not miss the cruddy mid-1970's pressings that sounded as though they were pressed on used kitty litter. I also do not miss the scratches, ticks, and pops that would occur no matter how carefully you handled the LP's. This is some sort of a trendoid fad that I do not need....
by Modernistfan
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brenda Barnes Leaves KUSC
Replies: 2
Views: 486

Re: Brenda Barnes Leaves KUSC

There is nothing wrong with 18th-century music, a century which includes Bach, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi, Mozart, and nearly all of Haydn. However, when you cannot be bothered to play a complete Bach orchestral suite (and we are not talking about something of the length of the Mahler Second Symphony...
by Modernistfan
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brenda Barnes Leaves KUSC
Replies: 2
Views: 486

Brenda Barnes Leaves KUSC

KUSC just announced that Brenda Barnes would be retiring after 20 years of wrecking what had been one of the greatest classical stations in America. She has reduced the station to a monstrosity dominated by chatty, personality-driven announcers who babble endlessly and playing mostly excerpts and si...
by Modernistfan
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonathon Hayward and Continuing Discrimination
Replies: 5
Views: 795

Re: Jonathon Hayward and Continuing Discrimination

Well, Heyward actually got an extraordinarily positive review in the Los Angeles Times , in the Monday edition: ​Will the Los Angeles Philharmonic be Jonathon Heyward's good luck charm? Heyward, a 25-year-old American who had been part of the L.A. Phil's prestigious Dudamel Fellowship Program for co...
by Modernistfan
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonathon Hayward and Continuing Discrimination
Replies: 5
Views: 795

Re: Jonathon Hayward and Continuing Discrimination

Well, Heyward, who is now a Dudamel Conducting Fellow in Los Angeles, will get a shot this weekend when the originally scheduled conductor, Miguel Harth-Bedoya (this is also a correction, not "Pablo Heras-Casado"), came up ill. The program is no cakewalk--the Glinka "Ruslan and Ludmila" overture, Be...
by Modernistfan
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lost and found 2: a Stravinsky orchestral work
Replies: 8
Views: 1526

Re: Lost and found 2: a Stravinsky orchestral work

Well, this is to appear on Decca next month along with "The Rite of Spring." Riccardo Chailly is conducting the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. I shall definitely have to get this CD.
by Modernistfan
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alcyone by Marais
Replies: 8
Views: 1315

Re: Alcyone by Marais

This motivated me to find the now out-of-print recording of Alcyone made by Marc Minkowski about 25 years ago. (Believe it or not, one of my interests is French baroque opera.) I finally got it on Amazon; definitely worth listening to if you can find it (I bought the only reasonably priced copy on A...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Proposed voter fraud rules risk voter suppression
Replies: 1
Views: 380

Re: Proposed voter fraud rules risk voter suppression

This voter fraud commission is itself fraudulent. Of course, it is impossible to have an election in which more than 100 million people voted and in which there would be no votes that were cast by people not authorized to vote. However, every study that has been performed indicates, as stated in the...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Harvard proposes banning all social clubs from campus by 2022
Replies: 6
Views: 858

Re: Harvard proposes banning all social clubs from campus by 2022

I probably should not have included Hasty Pudding. Although it has some of the characteristics of a final club, it is co-educational, in contrast to the other final clubs, which still do not admit women. Yes, it does put on those theatrical productions.
by Modernistfan
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Harvard proposes banning all social clubs from campus by 2022
Replies: 6
Views: 858

Re: Harvard proposes banning all social clubs from campus by 2022

It's about time. As a graduate student at Harvard, I had no interest in and no contact with Hasty Pudding, Fly, Porcellian, Spee, and the other final clubs. I guarantee that the alumni, particularly the older alumni, will raise a huge stink. These clubs are part of an older Harvard that is not reall...
by Modernistfan
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New megabox targets HvK fans and completists
Replies: 5
Views: 1265

Re: New megabox targets HvK fans and completists

Ah, but I'll bet that this box still does not include Fluffy's performances of "Deutschland, Deutschland ​über Alles," and the "Horst-Wessel Lied." Needless to say, I definitely will not be buying this box. I would buy a set of Liberace or David Helfgott playing the Stockhausen Klavierst​ücke before...
by Modernistfan
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYT: President greets Morning Joe hosts with scurrilous tweets
Replies: 4
Views: 725

Re: NYT: President greets Morning Joe hosts with scurrilous tweets

As usual, the Trump opponents, including virtually all Democrats, just do not get it. Yes, those comments seem outrageously crass, and they are, but he knows exactly what he is doing, and his base of supporters, mostly white working-class men with no more than a high-school education, are cheering l...
by Modernistfan
Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Major Article on Why Alan Gilbert Left the NYPO
Replies: 10
Views: 1680

Re: Major Article on Why Alan Gilbert Left the NYPO

Regardless of your opinion of Gilbert's conducting, they are in a position where they cannot afford not to take risks. They are in the position of a football team trailing, 26-20, with 2:30 to go in the fourth quarter and with the ball on their own 30-yard line. You are not going to get it done runn...
by Modernistfan
Wed May 31, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Major Article on Why Alan Gilbert Left the NYPO
Replies: 10
Views: 1680

Re: Major Article on Why Alan Gilbert Left the NYPO

You can call them whatever you like, even "covfefe," but it is clear that repertoire played a major role in getting Gilbert out. That audience is very conservative; even Carl Nielsen, a favorite composer of Gilbert's, is too scarily radical for much of it. I hope that Ms. Borda, who seems to have a ...
by Modernistfan
Wed May 31, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Major Article on Why Alan Gilbert Left the NYPO
Replies: 10
Views: 1680

Major Article on Why Alan Gilbert Left the NYPO

The New York Times today ran a major article on why Alan Gilbert decided to leave the New York Philharmonic music directorship with no other significant job lined up. Unfortunately, my suspicions, posted earlier, have been largely confirmed. "Philosophical differences," indeed! ​ Alan Gilbert Wanted...
by Modernistfan
Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!
Replies: 7
Views: 1755

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: 735

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: 1362

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: 1362

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: 1035

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: 725

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: 1062

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: 1062

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: 632

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: 2769

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: 7
Views: 1755

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: 7
Views: 1755

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: 646

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: 649

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...