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by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music From the Death Camps: Alive and Being Readied for a New Home
Replies: 16
Views: 1604

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

I do have a set of the Ullmann piano sonatas on the German label Bayer Records, including the sonatas he composed in Terezin.
by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music From the Death Camps: Alive and Being Readied for a New Home
Replies: 16
Views: 1604

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

I got the following meaningless reply from KUSC: Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. I have passed your message on to our Program Director for their reference. We value the input of our listeners and appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback. I have gotten no further comments ...
by Modernistfan
Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music From the Death Camps: Alive and Being Readied for a New Home
Replies: 16
Views: 1604

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

If you like the Shostakovich Thirteenth Symphony, there is another work that he wrote employing Yevtushenko's poetry and again using a bass soloist, chorus, and orchestra. The work is "The Execution of Stepan Razin." There are a number of recordings on CD; unfortunately, the first one that I heard, ...
by Modernistfan
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music From the Death Camps: Alive and Being Readied for a New Home
Replies: 16
Views: 1604

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

Yes, agreed. The reason that I requested the Martinu was that it was relatively short and tonal (although Martinu's music can get rather dissonant at times, it always does so from a tonal framework). Nevertheless, no dice; the goal of stations like KUSC is "classical music lite."
by Modernistfan
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When Boston Ruled the Music World
Replies: 4
Views: 119

Re: When Boston Ruled the Music World

I need to get the Shapero and Schuller sets; I already have the Kirchner. Kirchner, who was originally from Los Angeles, is seriously underrated.
by Modernistfan
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music From the Death Camps: Alive and Being Readied for a New Home
Replies: 16
Views: 1604

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

Well, yesterday was Yom HaShoah, and KUSC-FM in Los Angeles again did nothing, even though, last Friday, which was Good Friday, Jim Svejda played the complete Bach "St. Matthew Passion." I again sent in a request for Martinu's "Memorial to Lidice" for playing on that day, which was ignored. I just s...
by Modernistfan
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Miss April Fools Day Spoof Reviews!
Replies: 8
Views: 231

Re: I Miss April Fools Day Spoof Reviews!

No spoof reviews from Classics Today, unfortunately.
by Modernistfan
Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Miss April Fools Day Spoof Reviews!
Replies: 8
Views: 231

Re: I Miss April Fools Day Spoof Reviews!

You better have a top-class orthopedic surgeon on call to perform a finger transplant after that program!
by Modernistfan
Wed Mar 31, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Miss April Fools Day Spoof Reviews!
Replies: 8
Views: 231

I Miss April Fools Day Spoof Reviews!

I really miss the spoof reviews that used to be posted by the classical music websites on April Fools Day. For some reason, they have disappeared over the last few years. The reviews for April 1 are now up on Musicweb International, and there are no spoof reviews. I shall see if Classics Today has a...
by Modernistfan
Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Today's Nose
Replies: 7
Views: 281

Re: Today's Nose

I would love to see this--maybe I should sign up for this service. Unfortunately, there is no chance of this work being staged in San Diego (they won't even perform Richard Strauss's Salome or Electra). Maybe they might perform it in Los Angeles. (I love Kentridge's art.)
by Modernistfan
Fri Mar 26, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kurt Weill’s Path From Europe to Broadway Was a Straight Line
Replies: 8
Views: 514

Re: Kurt Weill’s Path From Europe to Broadway Was a Straight Line

Yes, that is the recording I referred to. Good to see that it is still available.
by Modernistfan
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kurt Weill’s Path From Europe to Broadway Was a Straight Line
Replies: 8
Views: 514

Re: Kurt Weill’s Path From Europe to Broadway Was a Straight Line

Yes, Weill wrote two symphonies. The second has been more frequently recorded, but both are available and are worth listening to. A recording with Marin Alsop conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on Naxos is in print and inexpensive. I also have a recording conducted by Weill specialist Dav...
by Modernistfan
Thu Mar 25, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Malcolm X Opera Will Get a Rare Revival in Detroit
Replies: 8
Views: 795

Re: A Malcolm X Opera Will Get a Rare Revival in Detroit

Agreed. One problem that I have pointed out before is that Black composers are expected to write in a highly folk-influenced style along the lines of William Grant Still in his Afro-American Symphony, and, although Anthony Davis certainly uses influences, styles, and motifs from jazz and the blues, ...
by Modernistfan
Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Malcolm Williamson
Replies: 11
Views: 2146

Re: Malcolm Williamson

This was reissued by EMI a number of years ago in their British Composers series, adding the Panufnik violin concerto conducted by the composer, also with Menuhin as soloist. It is out of print but still available from Amazon.
by Modernistfan
Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Malcolm X Opera Will Get a Rare Revival in Detroit
Replies: 8
Views: 795

Re: A Malcolm X Opera Will Get a Rare Revival in Detroit

Why have none of Anthony Davis's operas ever been performed at the Met? He is one of America's most distinguished opera composers, but as far as the Met is concerned, he doesn't exist. They prattle about "diversity" but don't do anything to promote it.
by Modernistfan
Sun Mar 21, 2021 10:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: André Previn--Complete Warner Recordings
Replies: 13
Views: 898

Re: André Previn--Complete Warner Recordings

I'm thinking about this, but really the only things that I really want to get are his Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich. He really excelled in that repertoire.
by Modernistfan
Sun Mar 21, 2021 12:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A really tough "high school"
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: A really tough "high school"

Sorry, but I completely disagree. We should load up the C-130s and get the troops out of there as fast as possible, and that goes double for Iraq. We are broke. We cannot do this. Our infrastructure is rotting, our public health care system is in complete disarray, our educational system is deterior...
by Modernistfan
Sun Mar 21, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A really tough "high school"
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: A really tough "high school"

Yes, this is terrible, but the United States staying militarily involved in Afghanistan will not remedy this. If we have learned any lessons from this debacle, it is that we cannot institute democracy in a country at the point of a gun. The unfortunate reality is that foreign intervenors have been t...
by Modernistfan
Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elliott Carter’s Early Flops Reveal a Budding Musical Master
Replies: 4
Views: 269

Re: Elliott Carter’s Early Flops Reveal a Budding Musical Master

Thanks for the update on this. I shall definitely get this. I do appreciate Elliott Carter, even the late stuff. The Holiday Overture is on a Naxos CD with the Nashville Symphony along with the Symphony No. 1 and the Piano Concerto. (Yes, the Nashville Symphony--believe or not, they have become expe...
by Modernistfan
Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What the English thought of Meghan, Harry and Oprah - this will blister paint
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Re: What the English thought of Meghan, Harry and Oprah - this will blister paint

Sorry, I'm with Meghan on this one. The reality is that there is a substantial amount of racism in England, and it certainly was expressed in the tabloid press. The racism is soft; you won't find KKK members in sheets and hoods, but it is there nevertheless. For example, although Jews in significant...
by Modernistfan
Mon Mar 15, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Attorney L. Lin Wood Investigated for Voter Fraud
Replies: 3
Views: 180

Attorney L. Lin Wood Investigated for Voter Fraud

L. Lin Wood, the wacko attorney who, along with Sidney Powell, was involved in the filing of ludicrous suits in both federal and state courts alleging massive voter fraud and attempting to overturn the results in a number of swing states, all of which said suits were tossed, is now being investigate...
by Modernistfan
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernest Ansermet
Replies: 10
Views: 578

Re: Ernest Ansermet

Yes, I am somewhat surprised that Slonimsky did not mention that. I was also somewhat surprised that Ansermet continued to support the music of Ernest Bloch. A brief search on Amazon revealed that Ansermet recorded Bloch's "Schelomo" and "Voice in the Wilderness" with Zara Nelsova as cello soloist (...
by Modernistfan
Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernest Ansermet
Replies: 10
Views: 578

Re: Ernest Ansermet

I knew that about Stravinsky. However, it is a matter of record that he worked closely with a number of Jewish performers, including conductor Pierre Monteux, who premiered "The Rite of Spring," and Samuel Dushkin, who premiered his Violin Concerto. Dushkin also collaborated with Stravinsky on sever...
by Modernistfan
Sun Mar 14, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just Another Example of our Crumbling Infrastructure
Replies: 4
Views: 478

Re: Just Another Example of our Crumbling Infrastructure

Unfortunately, it is not just Republicans who have blocked this. In 1980, in Los Angeles County, a bond issue was placed on the ballot for funds for the construction of light rail and subway systems. The Sierra Club, not an organization one would associate with Republicans, opposed the bond issue. S...
by Modernistfan
Sun Mar 14, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just Another Example of our Crumbling Infrastructure
Replies: 4
Views: 478

Re: Just Another Example of our Crumbling Infrastructure

Here's another, albeit less dramatic, example, of how much our infrastructure has deteriorated. The Amtrak train from New York City to Buffalo takes one hour longer than the train service that the New York Central was running over essentially the same route in the 1890's, using steam locomotives of ...
by Modernistfan
Sun Mar 14, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Stacey Abrams: What’s next?
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: Stacey Abrams: What’s next?

Go get 'em, Stacey!
by Modernistfan
Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernest Ansermet
Replies: 10
Views: 578

Ernest Ansermet

The English reissue label Scribendum is issuing a 41-CD box set of Ernest Ansermet. Although, eons ago, my first recordings of Stravinsky's "The Firebird" and "Petrushka" were the Ansermet London (now Decca) recordings, I see no need to buy this set. Some of Ansermet's views were highly repugnant. A...
by Modernistfan
Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on a box set of recordings of Vagn Holmboe's Symphonies
Replies: 8
Views: 265

Re: Opinions sought on a box set of recordings of Vagn Holmboe's Symphonies

If you like Holmboe, there is another Scandinavian composer you should try--the Norwegian Harald Sæverud. Like Holmboe, his music is hard-hitting but rooted in tonality. Sæverud is known for his symphonies, as well as his music for "Peer Gynt" which certainly does not sound like the Grieg. He also w...
by Modernistfan
Wed Mar 10, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on a box set of recordings of Vagn Holmboe's Symphonies
Replies: 8
Views: 265

Re: Opinions sought on a box set of recordings of Vagn Holmboe's Symphonies

These are definitely worth getting. Holmboe is a major twentieth-century symphonist.
by Modernistfan
Wed Mar 10, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christophe Bertrand
Replies: 3
Views: 493

Re: Christophe Bertrand

Presto Classical in England, will have the Bastille Musique issues. There are several others that I may look at.
by Modernistfan
Wed Mar 10, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: California’s Ethnic Studies Follies
Replies: 5
Views: 200

Re: California’s Ethnic Studies Follies

I also completely agree, and I almost never agree with Mr. Stephens. I would hope that we would move to a society in which race, and racial differences, would become less important (although it is clear that discrimination in many areas (policing, medical care, and educational opportunity, just to n...
by Modernistfan
Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Roslavets' Violin Concerto (1925)
Replies: 7
Views: 290

Re: Roslavets' Violin Concerto (1925)

Roslavets ran afoul of some of the strictures on composers that were beginning to be imposed by the Soviet government in the early 1930's cracking down on various aspects of modernism. That probably explains why the Second Violin Concerto was written in a much more conservative idiom than the First ...
by Modernistfan
Wed Mar 10, 2021 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Roslavets' Violin Concerto (1925)
Replies: 7
Views: 290

Re: Roslavets' Violin Concerto (1925)

The Roslavets 1925 violin concerto (No. 1) along with a second violin concerto written in 1936 (No. 2), is on a Hyperion recording (CDA67367). The soloist is Alina Ibragimova with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov. I just listened to both of these. In the First Violin Conc...
by Modernistfan
Sat Mar 06, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vivaldi ... for the CLARINET??? Yes!
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: Vivaldi ... for the CLARINET??? Yes!

Apparently, Vivaldi wrote for both the clarinet (in the early form it took during his lifetime) and the chalumeau. According to a dissertation by Lindsey Braun at the University of North Texas, Vivaldi used the chalumeau in the sonata RV 779, the concerto RV 555, the concerto RV579, and the concerto...
by Modernistfan
Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Campaign to Cancel Wokeness
Replies: 2
Views: 185

Re: The Campaign to Cancel Wokeness

I am strongly critical of many aspects of both critical race theory and its forebear critical legal studies. I strongly agree with the statements made by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and other people supportive of the First Amendment; most, if not all, of those people would strongly identify with the left...
by Modernistfan
Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel"
Replies: 6
Views: 745

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

Well, I bought this recording and am listening to it. I was right--it does sound like Bernd Alois Zimmermann's "Requiem für einen jungen Dichter" (Requiem for a Young Poet") on very heavy-duty steroids, if you throw in some cocaine and methamphetamine as well! Very interesting, but I probably won't ...
by Modernistfan
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist
Replies: 18
Views: 589

Re: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist

I think that you may be partially confusing Maria Grinberg with Maria Yudina, both outstanding women pianists in the Soviet Union. Both were of Jewish origin, but Yudina did convert to Russian Orthodoxy. I do not believe that Grinberg ever converted.
by Modernistfan
Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Evangelical Christian prophets proclaim the Resurrection . . . of the Donald
Replies: 15
Views: 563

Re: Evangelical Christian prophets proclaim the Resurrection . . . of the Donald

I remember when "under God" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance. I was about 8 years old, but continued to say the Pledge of Allegiance in its original form. As far as the evangelical Christians are concerned, they are not the only religious community that seems to be tied to Trump. Orthodox Jews,...
by Modernistfan
Sun Feb 14, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ‘Trump is furgled if anyone ever charges him,’ aide tells CNN’s Jim Acosta
Replies: 12
Views: 353

Re: ‘Trump is furgled if anyone ever charges him,’ aide tells CNN’s Jim Acosta

That DA in Atlanta, Ms. Fani Willis, is a pretty tough cookie; she is a career prosecutor. I would not want to tangle with her. If he is charged, Trump had better get much more competent counsel that the amateur-hour attorneys who had been representing him in the election cases (yes, that includes G...
by Modernistfan
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sandor Veress
Replies: 3
Views: 233

Re: Sandor Veress

Yes, that is the recording. I did find it on Amazon, but it is a bit expensive, about $35.00 plus shipping. I bought it some time ago,
by Modernistfan
Sat Feb 13, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sandor Veress
Replies: 3
Views: 233

Sandor Veress

I just listened to a CD of two works by the originally Hungarian composer Sandor Veress (1907-1992); he left Hungary in 1949 after the Communist takeover and settled in Switzerland. The works are the ballet "Tereszili Katicza," written before he left Hungary, and Symphony No. 2 ("Sinfonia Minneapoli...
by Modernistfan
Sat Feb 13, 2021 8:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Portland's New Music Director--Business as Usual
Replies: 8
Views: 409

Re: Portland's New Music Director--Business as Usual

Yes, I understand that these conductors had substantial careers in Europe, but the issue is why American conductors are frequently not even in the running for music directorships at American orchestras. (James DePreist also conducted the Helsinki Philharmonic frequently.)
by Modernistfan
Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Mahler Complete Symphonies from Berlin Philharmonic's Own Label
Replies: 20
Views: 887

Re: New Mahler Complete Symphonies from Berlin Philharmonic's Own Label

I, too, am passing on this, particularly at the price. I already have a number of complete Mahler cycles, and several recordings of the Cooke version of the Tenth Symphony. Also, I am far from convinced that Dudamel is the right conductor for Mahler. Yes, the Berlin Philharmonic is a great orchestra...
by Modernistfan
Wed Feb 10, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ‘Trump is furgled if anyone ever charges him,’ aide tells CNN’s Jim Acosta
Replies: 12
Views: 353

Re: ‘Trump is furgled if anyone ever charges him,’ aide tells CNN’s Jim Acosta

It would be appropriate and ironic if Trump, after bloviating for more than two months about election fraud and that the Democrats were stealing the election, were to be indicted in Georgia on a charge of soliciting election fraud. Apparently, the DA is getting ready to send this to the grand jury t...
by Modernistfan
Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ‘Trump is furgled if anyone ever charges him,’ aide tells CNN’s Jim Acosta
Replies: 12
Views: 353

Re: ‘Trump is furgled if anyone ever charges him,’ aide tells CNN’s Jim Acosta

He may need to get someone pretty quickly. The DA in Fulton County, Georgia (Atlanta) is investigating possible charges of solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local government bodies, and other charges, including conspiracy, racketeering, and violation of oath...
by Modernistfan
Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Portland's New Music Director--Business as Usual
Replies: 8
Views: 409

Re: Portland's New Music Director--Business as Usual

Agreed about DePreist. There are many potential American candidates, and they don't even seem to be looked at for these jobs. For example, why is John McLaughlin Williams not even getting a shot for these orchestras?
by Modernistfan
Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Portland's New Music Director--Business as Usual
Replies: 8
Views: 409

Portland's New Music Director--Business as Usual

The Oregon Symphony in Portland just announced its new music director, the Austrian David Danzmayr. It seems that American orchestras are sliding back to business as usual where any random Assistant Vice-Kapellmeister of the Kleinmachnow Philharmoniker has a tremendous advantage over American candid...
by Modernistfan
Thu Jan 28, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'MAGA Gym' Jordan not ruling out a Senate run in Ohio
Replies: 7
Views: 302

Re: 'MAGA Gym' Jordan not ruling out a Senate run in Ohio

Dr. Acton would be a definite possibility for this seat if she wants to go for it.
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 27, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'MAGA Gym' Jordan not ruling out a Senate run in Ohio
Replies: 7
Views: 302

Re: 'MAGA Gym' Jordan not ruling out a Senate run in Ohio

Well, with Portman retiring, this becomes a flippable seat. The best scenario for the Democrats would be to get a strong Democratic candidate in there against Jordan. The Democrats have a lot of work to do, but it is possible for the right Democrat, with appeal to the white working class, to win sta...
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Metropolitan Opera Hires Its First Chief Diversity Officer
Replies: 5
Views: 287

Re: The Metropolitan Opera Hires Its First Chief Diversity Officer

I doubt if hiring her will bring Black audiences to the Met (when things reopen). If having prominent Black singers failed to do that, an administrator will hardly do that. If she does talk to Black audiences, it may well seem like tokenism. There is a lot of work to be done in this area. For exampl...