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by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Who’s Making All Those Scam Calls?
Replies: 0
Views: 5

Who’s Making All Those Scam Calls?

Every year, tens of millions of Americans collectively lose billions of dollars to scam callers. Where does the other end of the line lead? By Yudhijit Bhattacharjee Jan. 27, 2021, 5:00 a.m. ET One afternoon in December 2019, Kathleen Langer, an elderly grandmother who lives by herself in Crossvill...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Republicans Rally Against Impeachment Trial, Signaling Likely Acquittal for Trump
Replies: 0
Views: 6

Republicans Rally Against Impeachment Trial, Signaling Likely Acquittal for Trump

All but five Republican senators voted to challenge the constitutionality of the trial, suggesting that Democrats were unlikely to find the 17 they would need to join them in convicting the former president. By Nicholas Fandos Jan. 26, 2021 WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans rallied on Tuesday against...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: (Hard) Left on the run politically the world over
Replies: 8
Views: 128

Re: (Hard) Left on the run politically the world over

Rach3: This brief paragraph from an AP article on the subject outlined in your post upstream caught my eye, including the number of Federal prisoners incarcerated in private prisons: The more than 14,000 federal inmates housed at privately-managed facilities represent a fraction of the nearly 152,00...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Oh,Canada
Replies: 2
Views: 24

Re: Oh,Canada

The entitlement complex of the wealthy has never ceased to astound me throughout my life, including their almost invariable determination to place themselves above the law.

BTW, this is not at all a phenomenon limited to white folks, I have found.
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Senator Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Democrat, will preside over Trump’s impeachment trial.
Replies: 4
Views: 48

Re: Senator Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Democrat, will preside over Trump’s impeachment trial.

But as the presiding officer, Mr. Leahy could issue rulings on key questions around the admissibility of evidence and whether a trial of a former president is even allowed under the Constitution. (Mr. Leahy is also still expected to have a vote in the trial, like other senators.) ..... Mr. Leahy’s ...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TrumpReich in action
Replies: 61
Views: 3294

Re: TrumpReich in action

Kari Hong, an immigration scholar at the Boston College of Law, called Tipton’s ruling “baffling,” saying it opened the door for states to sue the federal government over any immigration policy change that might affect them. Just as Texas argued that a deportation freeze could impose financial burd...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For These Classical Musicians, It’s Always Been About Racial Equity
Replies: 1
Views: 17

Re: For These Classical Musicians, It’s Always Been About Racial Equity

It's good to know about all these fringe efforts, but as a human being I won't be satisfied until the more famous performing arts institutions do as this paragraph, excerpted from the article, suggests: “Dedicate 15 percent of your budget, for the next 10 years, to all issues of equity and diversity...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Love the cello? Gautier Capucon on Erato
Replies: 3
Views: 26

Re: Love the cello? Gautier Capucon on Erato

I love encore-type discs. Not only do they fill a need if you are a radio broadcaster. but they remain stand-alone superior listening offering a variety of musical styles. Mr. Capucon's latest recording for Erato [95214] [0 190295 214135] just issued, is entitled Emotions . Says Mr. Capucon: "My al...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists Lugansky & Tharaud - New CDs!
Replies: 1
Views: 21

Re: Pianists Lugansky & Tharaud - New CDs!

Harmonia Mundi has been busy in their studios with pianists. I follow the careers of both of these superlative artists. One does wonder, as always, where to draw the line on so much of the same repertoire by various artists. This is the addiction of a collector. Trust me: there are many addictions ...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nathalie Stutzmann "Contralto" CD - Erato
Replies: 1
Views: 17

Re: Nathalie Stutzmann "Contralto" CD - Erato

Goodness, Lance, I think you've sold me again! More than two decades ago, I bought the superb Brahms CD pictured below, but have not kept up with Nathalie Stutzmann since, and didn't realize she had branched out into such wonderful repertoire! Amazon says that the album you reviewed above will not b...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philippe Jaroussky's "La vanita del Mondo" CD - Erato
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Re: Philippe Jaroussky's "La vanita del Mondo" CD - Erato

What a glowing review, Lance! I found the album on amazon and will listen today and probably make a purchase real soon. Thank you! Curiously, when I searched for "La vanita del Mondo" on amazon, the results turned up the intriguing CD pictured below, which I also look forward to hearing soon: https:...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grumiaux box
Replies: 12
Views: 155

Re: Grumiaux box

Mike - not even the Szeryng/Artur Rubinstein collaborations on records [RCA]? Rubinstein thought the world of Szeryng. I do believe that Rubinstein's collaboration on records did much to enhance the career of Szeryng. Szeryng's discography is quite large. The 44-CD Decca set [483 4194] is worth hav...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1226
Views: 914150

Re: What I listened to today

All three links intrigue me, Rach3! I'll catch up with them later on.....
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yesterday's Street Scene c/o Broadway HD
Replies: 10
Views: 68

Re: Yesterday's Street Scene c/o Broadway HD

Yes, Len, that's the one. :D Brian the thing is-I haven't played an LP in many years now. Regards, Len :D or :( I don't blame you! :wink: If you're interested in a CD copy, there's a used one here in good condition for $5.00, or you can stream it if you're still able to and haven't canceled. https:...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Metropolitan Opera Hires Its First Chief Diversity Officer
Replies: 5
Views: 50

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 examp...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rare Violin Tests Germany’s Commitment to Atone for Its Nazi Past
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: Rare Violin Tests Germany’s Commitment to Atone for Its Nazi Past

mikealdren wrote:
Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:38 pm
Try telling the Scots! Me, I suppose we should be claiming reparations from the Romans!
I don't think Italy has enough cash in its budget these days..... :lol:
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eric Heidsieck, pianist - Complete Edition
Replies: 28
Views: 1144

Re: Eric Heidsieck, pianist - Complete Edition

Yes, thank you John for your comments. Your post is a perfect example of why I joined CMG much more than a decade ago, and I appreciate the time you took from your busy schedule to write all that and find the link accompanying it. I will listen to the interview with great interest. It's a pleasure t...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Filibuster Has Blocked Progress for the Better in our Society in a Way That our Founders Never Intended
Replies: 0
Views: 6

The Filibuster Has Blocked Progress for the Better in our Society in a Way That our Founders Never Intended

Why is there a big debate over the filibuster? Because it benefits one political party much more than the other. If you examine the history of the filibuster — a Senate rule requiring a supermajority vote on many bills, rather than a straight majority — you will quickly notice something: It has ben...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Helping Kids Is a Very Good Idea
Replies: 0
Views: 20

Helping Kids Is a Very Good Idea

Republicans won’t support the Democrats’ proposal, but they should. By Paul Krugman Opinion Columnist Jan. 25, 2021 Some things about American politics are completely predictable, even in a time of insurrection and QAnon craziness. Anyone who has been paying attention over the past decade knew that...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rare Violin Tests Germany’s Commitment to Atone for Its Nazi Past
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: Rare Violin Tests Germany’s Commitment to Atone for Its Nazi Past

The passage of time makes things harder. This doesn't mean that we should forget the holocaust or slavery but equally, we can't reinvent the past and we need to move on. This was brought home to me recently when someone referred to continued reference by the Scottish and Welsh to England's early co...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yesterday's Street Scene c/o Broadway HD
Replies: 10
Views: 68

Re: Yesterday's Street Scene c/o Broadway HD

I learned Werther from the recording pictured below, led by Georges Pretre and starring Victoria De Los Angeles and Nicolai Gedda. I still think Pretre's solutions to the conducting problems in the score are the most effective at conveying the drama. Brian that's the one I have-the picture is the s...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump chose not to join the ex-presidents club. Who cares?
Replies: 5
Views: 59

Re: Trump chose not to join the ex-presidents club. Who cares?

I'm sure that's true of now. Four years? Depends where he is and what he's doing. Making number plates, I hope. The thrall the Republican party is in to him is scary. No chance of a conviction in the Senate because the Republicans are naturally interested only in self-preservation. Reminds me of th...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Some Trump aides stuck with him till the end. Now they're screwed.
Replies: 4
Views: 44

Re: Some Trump aides stuck with him till the end. Now they're screwed.

barney wrote:
Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:22 pm
That's interesting. Among the 74 million Trump voters there must be some rich employers.
Quite a few, I'm sure. :lol:

Maybe they can all become pillow salespeople. :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Twitter Deplorables spend a sleepless Monday nite w/o My Pillow
Replies: 1
Views: 28

Re: Twitter Deplorables spend a sleepless Monday nite w/o My Pillow

CNN https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/01/26/business/mypillow-ceo-mike-lindell-intl-hnk/index.html It's about time for the tech giants to stand up for reality. Facebook and Twitter are, in my mind, as much responsible for the election violence on January 6 as the Republican Party an...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Metropolitan Opera Hires Its First Chief Diversity Officer
Replies: 5
Views: 50

Re: The Metropolitan Opera Hires Its First Chief Diversity Officer

Despite objections, I still think that this is a welcome step forward for the $300 million/year organization. Her salary is but a drop in the bucket. Levine, despite his well-known flaws, was quite a promoter of Black singers. The MET needs an advocate for inclusion, and hopefully the publicity surr...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An Organ Recital, With a Coronavirus Shot
Replies: 1
Views: 22

Re: An Organ Recital, With a Coronavirus Shot

Maybe we should go to church more often? :wink:
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 27
Views: 237

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

Yes, Brian that is true. But Henry's link took me to Canada. I too have found other sources now. But I am awaiting a new credit card after mine was hacked. I lost $1500, which I am sure will be reimbursed once the bank accepts it was fraud, and the bank blocked another $4000. From the first fraud t...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yesterday's Street Scene c/o Broadway HD
Replies: 10
Views: 68

Re: Yesterday's Street Scene c/o Broadway HD

I learned Werther from the recording pictured below, led by Georges Pretre and starring Victoria De Los Angeles and Nicolai Gedda. I still think Pretre's solutions to the conducting problems in the score are the most effective at conveying the drama. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: McConnell Relents in First Filibuster Skirmish, but the War Rages On
Replies: 0
Views: 19

McConnell Relents in First Filibuster Skirmish, but the War Rages On

Senator Mitch McConnell dropped his demand that Democrats promise to preserve the procedural weapon that can grind the Senate to a halt, but with President Biden’s agenda in the balance, the fight is not over. By Carl Hulse Published Jan. 25, 2021 Updated Jan. 26, 2021, 8:01 a.m. ET WASHINGTON — Se...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Some Trump aides stuck with him till the end. Now they're screwed.
Replies: 4
Views: 44

Re: Some Trump aides stuck with him till the end. Now they're screwed.

Rats deserting a sinking ship? :mrgreen:

I honestly think that DJT deluded himself into believing that he could pull off a coup.

Reality always wins in the end. At least it has so far in my lifetime.
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yesterday's Street Scene c/o Broadway HD
Replies: 10
Views: 68

Re: Yesterday's Street Scene c/o Broadway HD

Anne Midgette, when she was writing for the Times, was a truth-teller, which may have been the reason why she moved from the Times to the Post. Perhaps my personal connection to the production has prejudiced my recollection a bit, but I still was very happy with what we saw that night. Felt quite so...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Biden accomplishes more in 1 week than Trump in 4 years
Replies: 5
Views: 75

Re: Biden accomplishes more in 1 week than Trump in 4 years

jserraglio wrote:
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:50 am
Black cats. White cats. America’s a Melting Pot.
It's the cool cats who are now in charge in Washington D. C.

The dinosaurs have been run out of town on a rail for the time being at least.
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Senator Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Democrat, will preside over Trump’s impeachment trial.
Replies: 4
Views: 48

Re: Senator Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Democrat, will preside over Trump’s impeachment trial.

jserraglio wrote:
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:43 am
Roberts, like Pilate before him, wants his Court to wash their hands of Trump and the Donald Movement.
Precisely.
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump chose not to join the ex-presidents club. Who cares?
Replies: 5
Views: 59

Re: Trump chose not to join the ex-presidents club. Who cares?

Sorry Brian but it seems 74 million of your compatriots do. Some of them, too, are delusional sociopaths, but most not. I can't imagine Trump would want to mix with other former Presidents; it would remind him each time that he ended up a loser. Well, they did vote or him before the violence in Was...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yesterday's Street Scene c/o Broadway HD
Replies: 10
Views: 68

Re: Yesterday's Street Scene c/o Broadway HD

I happen to enjoy Street Scene, Len. Michael Capasso produced the work for his DiCapo Opera company back when I was producing my competition, starring one of my winners. This is an opera that works really well in a small theater, and Capasso actually did a quick walk-on part in his own production at...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rare Violin Tests Germany’s Commitment to Atone for Its Nazi Past
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: Rare Violin Tests Germany’s Commitment to Atone for Its Nazi Past

I agree that you both make good points. It's a difficult case to decide, especially as there is no legal way to enforce the decision against the foundation. We face the same kind of situation in America with the issue of reparations to Black families whose ancestors were brought here to be sold as s...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grumiaux box
Replies: 12
Views: 155

Re: Grumiaux box

Completely agree, Lance. Normally that is indeed my practice. But this time I am committed. Me too, I suspect I'll have to list the duplicates on Ebay. I will probably give away the mono box and order the complete set as well. I ordered it to have the Beethoven Sonatas with Clara Haskill, which I r...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 27
Views: 237

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

Addendum: Barney, I found this page on amazon.com.uk with a copy of the Novaes/Chopin box. Strangely, they say it ships from the a third-party USA supplier, but maybe you can order it anyway? At 22 pounds, it's more than a bit pricey, but thought I'd show you the option anyway: https://www.amazon.co...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 27
Views: 237

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

After a previous discussion here I ordered the 3-CD Novaes set from Presto. They just told me it's out of print and they can't get it. They did send me the CD of her complete 78s and the two concertos with Szell. That makes me quite sad, Barney. 😢 Thing is, I don't quite believe Presto when they sa...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Senator Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Democrat, will preside over Trump’s impeachment trial.
Replies: 4
Views: 48

Senator Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Democrat, will preside over Trump’s impeachment trial.

Jan. 25, 2021, 2:23 p.m. ETJan. 25, 2021 Jan. 25, 2021 By Nicholas Fandos Senator Patrick J. Leahy, the Senate president pro tempore, is expected to preside over former President Donald J. Trump’s impeachment trial when it formally begins on Tuesday, assuming a role filled last year by Chief Justice...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: We Don’t Need Another War on Terror
Replies: 0
Views: 29

We Don’t Need Another War on Terror

Adama Bah was just 16 years old when FBI agents stormed her family’s Harlem apartment in 2005 and arrested her, falsely accusing her of being a potential suicide bomber. She was held for six weeks in a youth detention facility before being released with no charges. This was post-9/11 America, when ...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump chose not to join the ex-presidents club. Who cares?
Replies: 5
Views: 59

Re: Trump chose not to join the ex-presidents club. Who cares?

Nobody loves a delusional sociopath.
by maestrob
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Donald’s Deplorables chatter threats to lawmakers about impeachment
Replies: 10
Views: 156

Re: Donald’s Deplorables chatter threats to lawmakers about impeachment

That chill is still residing in my spine.

OTOH, this sentence caught my eye:
The official was not authorized to not discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
Say what? :oops:
by maestrob
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Black Lives Matter: Police Shootings of Unarmed Black People Reveal Troubling Patterns
Replies: 1
Views: 31

Re: Black Lives Matter: Police Shootings of Unarmed Black People Reveal Troubling Patterns

Brilliant and thorough reporting, as usual from NPR. The examples of abusive officers being hired over and over are chilling. This paragraph stood out for me: An examination of individual cases reveals the myriad ways that law enforcement agencies fail to hold officers accountable and allow them to ...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 25, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rare Violin Tests Germany’s Commitment to Atone for Its Nazi Past
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Rare Violin Tests Germany’s Commitment to Atone for Its Nazi Past

The instrument’s holders refuse to compensate the heirs of a Jewish music dealer, jeopardizing a system for restitution that has been in place for nearly two decades. https://static01.nyt.com/images/2021/01/26/arts/25looted-violin1/merlin_182760024_7503a030-3afe-4f33-8fe8-3ace2efa4420-superJumbo.jp...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 25, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump Wants Back on Facebook. This Star-Studded Jury Might Let Him.
Replies: 0
Views: 28

Trump Wants Back on Facebook. This Star-Studded Jury Might Let Him.

A new kind of corporate supercourt is looking for legitimacy. By Ben Smith Published Jan. 24, 2021 Updated Jan. 25, 2021, 9:12 a.m. ET They meet mostly on Zoom, but I prefer to picture the members of this court, or council, or whatever it is, wearing reflective suits and hovering via hologram aroun...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 25, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4276
Views: 1505154

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61rxelH4IYL._SX425_.jpg This recent CD of assorted Mahler Lieder sung by Christaine Karg is my first exposure to her work, as well as my first hearing of her musical partner, pianist Malcolm Martineau. It seems I have been missing out on hearing a gr...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 25, 2021 11:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 27
Views: 237

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

Before I say anything more, I agree with those who take Rubinstein as the Gold Standard of how Chopin should be played, with the exception of his Mazurkas, which I find a bit dry. That said, Rubinstein has, in fact, established how Chopin should be played in our modern era, just as Gieseking did for...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grumiaux box
Replies: 12
Views: 155

Re: Grumiaux box

Gramophone say there will be a complete Grumiaux Philips box (on Decca!) to mark his centenary (Mar 21st). One of my all time favourite players and I will be very tempted by this 74 CD set although I already have so many of the recordings. Hello, Mike! Yes, I too am very interested. I have the box ...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prompted by the Pandemic, Opera Philadelphia Innovates Online
Replies: 8
Views: 107

Re: Prompted by the Pandemic, Opera Philadelphia Innovates Online

The man who used to market this label, Stefan Zucker, who used to bill himself as "The World's Highest Tenor" and had a radio program here in New York, is now long gone. I remember seeing him on certain PBS opera documentaries. I'm gonna google his name. There's plenty including his high C! Regards...