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by Modernistfan
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Relevance in the arts
Replies: 6
Views: 83

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: 10
Views: 131

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: 67

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: 133

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: 415

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: 383

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: 353

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: 353

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: 353

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: 534

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: 4425

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: 3545

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: 3598

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: 2207

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: 1351

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: 1248

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: 2207

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: 2207

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: 2207

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: 749

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: 1377

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: 3844

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...
by Modernistfan
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 12421

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: 2042

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: 68
Views: 12421

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: 68
Views: 12421

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: 68
Views: 12421

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: 1713

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: 788

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: 1598

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: 9
Views: 3844

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: 1373

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: 3586

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: 1373

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: 1373

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: 3063

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: 2316

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: 970

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: 872

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: 872

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: 945

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: 682

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: 2387

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: 1347

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: 760

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: 760

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: 1110

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: 1110

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: 1989

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: 1758

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...