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by Werner
Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: We have lost our good friend Ralph...
Replies: 29
Views: 2638

Re: We have lost our good friend Ralph...

Having gone on record remembering Ralph on the Pub thread, let me join all the friends who have posted here. Ralph brought the light of his intellect and knowledge to every issue he dealt with, and I join all the friends here in saluting an exceptional man and highlight of these e dicussions. And gr...
by Werner
Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, RebLem!
Replies: 13
Views: 959

Re: Happy Birthday, RebLem!

All the best, Rob - happiness, and fulfilment

May all your wishes come true!
by Werner
Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: R.I.P. Ralph Michael Stein
Replies: 42
Views: 4342

Re: R.I.P. Ralph Michael Stein

It's too soon have to say farewell to one of the bright lights on CMG. He inspired respect from many directions with the profundity of his thoughts and the way he managed to respect those who differed with him. The return - however temporary, of Corlyss and Barry bears this out. Thank you, Ralph, fo...
by Werner
Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do we know WHY Chopin "only" composed for piano?
Replies: 14
Views: 910

Re: Do we know WHY Chopin "only" composed for piano?

I don't see much point in guessing, Garrett.

Why do you speak English? Why do you compose as you do?

I'd say it's a matter of native language - or using the medium we was most comfortable with.

And it's hard to argue with the result, isn't it?
by Werner
Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brousseau's birthday
Replies: 10
Views: 733

Re: John Brousseau's birthday

Nice post, John. Gladf you've matched some famous lifespans. Keep at it - next: Elliott Carter?
by Werner
Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brousseau's birthday
Replies: 10
Views: 733

John Brousseau's birthday

Now we confirm our suspicion
what the "919" in your screen name stands for, John!
Best wishes for manu happy and healthy returns from the Islers you've met. And let's lkep hearing from you!
by Werner
Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert D960 Klaviersonate
Replies: 24
Views: 2508

Re: Schubert D960 Klaviersonate

I'm sorry to have missed your lecture, Tarantella - I'm sure we'd have many things we both love.As for Schubert hitting his stride with d960 - well yes, but let's not overlook that whole set of the last three sonatas -that uncanny similarity to Beethoven's three, achieved after a nuch longer life sp...
by Werner
Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert D960 Klaviersonate
Replies: 24
Views: 2508

Re: Schubert D960 Klaviersonate

Right you are. We do have some on this board - good friends and music lovers all - who disparage Schumann. I'm not with them on that, but I do believe that Schumann's romanticism and passion go far beyond the slimplicities of Schubert - not that there isn't enough to treasure in them all. If you'll ...
by Werner
Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert D960 Klaviersonate
Replies: 24
Views: 2508

Re: Schubert D960 Klaviersonate

No shortage of admirers here - and just ly so. John, with all due respect, I don't see the issue of length the way you do - am thinking, rather, in terms of Schubert's "Heavenly lengths," marked by a typically Schubertian simplicity, which seems to me unique, and disappeard pretty well by the time C...
by Werner
Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert D960 Klaviersonate
Replies: 24
Views: 2508

Re: Schubert D960 Klaviersonate

Among all the great performers listed here, I miss one nems: Leon Fleisher. A few years ago, there was a CD listed under the title "Two Hands." Evidently ro celebrate his return to the twoo-hand repertoire, this has to be lsted as onf ot the alltime great performance, IMO. The Schubert takes up abou...
by Werner
Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Allan Kozinn ousted as music critic
Replies: 5
Views: 710

Re: Allan Kozinn ousted as music critic

I'm happy to see John's characterizaion of Tommasini as "amiable."I like the attitude of informed respect he displays toward music and performers - a wholesome departure from Henahan's attitude of superiority - well written as he occasionally did. My favorite among Times chief crititics was Schonber...
by Werner
Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Selby and Friends
Replies: 25
Views: 1212

Re: Selby and Friends

Thank you, Agnes, for the story about Selby & Friends. I apologize for my slow response to an item that should attract attention on a growingly international forum like CMG. I think the sttory of S & F and our connection to its leading figure is of interest, and, like too many interesting stories, i...
by Werner
Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My Visit With Ralph
Replies: 11
Views: 781

Re: My Visit With Ralph

Long one of CMG's leading lights, We mixss yu, Ralph, and are glad that Donald was able to see youand give us a positive repoert. I had the good luck to meet both Ralph and JBuck19 on the same day a few years ago. John and I met at 'Neil's, scene of further CMG gatherings on a hot summer's day. John...
by Werner
Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers
Replies: 236
Views: 9464

Re: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers

The subject seems to have taken a great deal of spce here - whether it's excessive I'll leave to the exprrts who present their opnion. Some comments are from multi-cultural sources. Perhaps we can do some justice to the argument by recognising its German source, and end is with a German riposte{ "Nu...
by Werner
Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers
Replies: 236
Views: 9464

Re: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers

A small corection, Tarantella: my cpmments re "denuncaition' were not directed at you, but Garrett's comments of Mozart "boring him silly." That to me msakes no sense at all because it strikes me that he haas not abssorbed when makes Mozart Mozart. Similarlthings can be said about othe composers of ...
by Werner
Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers
Replies: 236
Views: 9464

Re: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers

Paying a liitte more attention to you, Tarantella (is IS late at night) do I see some grace notes in sme of your Mozart comment? And can we agree that none of us can know "it all,'' and some of your comments about Mozart sonatas point the way to a more generous snd less presumptive view of our knowl...
by Werner
Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers
Replies: 236
Views: 9464

Re: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers

I won't speed time reading Rosner's essay - nor Tarantella's, with all due respect to the latter. I'm of the generation that's come to live with Mozart, and have a son who is a capable interpreter of Mozart - and late Beethoven, for that matter, too. Not knowing Tarranella's qualifications, I'll ref...
by Werner
Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's program Sat., 14 July 2012: Hermann Prey, baritone
Replies: 5
Views: 799

Re: Lance's program Sat., 14 July 2012: Hermann Prey, barito

I', so glad you programmed the entire "Dichterliebe," Lance. What a masterpiece it is, done full justice in this performance.
by Werner
Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Same piece. Same performer(s). Different interpretations.
Replies: 10
Views: 979

Re: Same piece. Same performer(s). Different interpretations

Nice to see your back here, Chalkie! As to Gould, while there is no denying his genius and extraordinary pianism, which have left us many memorable performances, his Mozart sonatas seem to show that he did rethink them. I remember reading a comment by one of his colleagues that hidden in Mr Gould wa...
by Werner
Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do you like your Bach played like this?
Replies: 13
Views: 954

Re: How do you like your Bach played like this?

For the moment I'd be willing to dispense with comparisons with other performers, or discussions of whatever psychiatric syndromes, just to welcome an evidently fantastic new Bach player.

What more may we have to expect from him as the years go by?
by Werner
Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's program Sat., 23 June 2012: Fischer-Dieskau Memorial
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: Lance's program Sat., 23 June 2012: Fischer-Dieskau Memo

Lance, that was a wonderful tribute to a monumentally great artist. The operatic excerpts document his versatility, and I don't remember hearing the cantata in its full length in years. But to me, the Lieder repertoire brings out the full extent of his special mastery, as the four songs at the begin...
by Werner
Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy 70th Birthday, Lance G. Hill!
Replies: 25
Views: 1771

Re: Happy 70th Birthday, Lance G. Hill!

If you can consider anyone seventy years YOUNG, look at our riend and CMG quiding spirit, Lance. Knowledge, enthusiasm for music, and just a good friend and guide - many happy returns, Lance!
by Werner
Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Carl Seemann plays Bach
Replies: 7
Views: 957

Re: Pianist Carl Seemann plays Bach

As far as I remember, Seemann's recording career with DGG was roughly contemporary with Aeschbacher's. Both recorded a lot of standard repertoire which was later done by names that acquied more prominence and replaced Aeschbacher's and Seemann's in the catalogue. I must admit that I don't own any Se...
by Werner
Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's program Sat., all Sept. 2012: Charles Munch, I to V
Replies: 4
Views: 806

Re: Lance's program Sat., 28 April 2012: Hamish Milne, piano

THE FOLLOWING RESPONES ARE ABOUT PIANIST HAMISH MILNE Another example of someone (yours truly) trying to pay attention to going-on in a field I thought I knew fairly well, and here you present an artist in his Seventies who seems to have played all over the place, and I've never heard of him! Does ...
by Werner
Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Louis Langree To Cincinnati Symphony
Replies: 9
Views: 599

Re: Louis Langree To Cincinnati Symphony

It looks like a fine choice to me. We've hear Langree over the years at Mostly Mozart, which he brought to ne life when he took over from Gerald Schwartz. His pwerformances tend to be rigorous and energetic, and over the years he'sone a large vareity of works. They should like him in in Cincinnzate....
by Werner
Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: REPUBLICATION OF MY BOOK.
Replies: 11
Views: 612

Re: REPUBLICATION OF MY BOOK.

Dear Agnes: It's good to come back online and see the good news. Your treatment of Constanze is as a friend and advocate - something her reputation could use. Good luck with the interesting idea of a book for children "from Bach to Bartok" - an instriguing idea. And Rob reminds us that you have more...
by Werner
Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Birthdays
Replies: 14
Views: 867

Re: Birthdays

Better late than never - and a special greeting to JBuck - due to stay young for some time yet -who turns ouy to be some guy to put a witty fsace on the most routine os anniversaries.

All the best to y'all!
by Werner
Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Argerich and Lang Lang duet!
Replies: 11
Views: 1011

Re: Argerich and Lang Lang duet!

With the sound on, you'd have been impressed.
by Werner
Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'An Anatomy of Musical Criticism' by Alan Walker
Replies: 33
Views: 1675

Re: 'An Anatomy of Musical Criticism' by Alan Walker

Serve as an informant? Irritant?
by Werner
Sat Mar 10, 2012 9:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Accompanists: The Unsung Heroes of Music
Replies: 11
Views: 704

Re: Accompanists: The Unsung Heroes of Music

I still have the LP - somewhere - "Hommage to Gerald Moore," with his speech and that solo transcription. "An die Musik" seems an appropriate dedication for that occasion.
by Werner
Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Accompanists: The Unsung Heroes of Music
Replies: 11
Views: 704

Re: Accompanists: The Unsung Heroes of Music

It's not quite 4 AM, Lance, but I've just come across the Vignoles clip, and I like it, too. I also feel that the term "Accompanist" demeans the performer's keyboard partner. So any time I write about that sort of repertoire, I prefer to use the latter term. An indication of the problem is in Moore'...
by Werner
Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven 9 Symphonies w/Boston SO - Leinsdorf
Replies: 14
Views: 1818

Re: Beethoven 9 Symphonies w/Boston SO - Leinsdorf

I felt that Leinsdorf's time in Boston was a good one. I'd felt that his Beethoven was an improvement over Munch's, not to mention Ozawa. That doesn't strike me as surprising, considering his eminence in the German repertoire at the Met. And he took an active part in the pedagogical work at Tanglewo...
by Werner
Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Olympia Snowe: Why I’m leaving the Senate
Replies: 9
Views: 693

Re: Olympia Snowe: Why I’m leaving the Senate

Two examples of our current politics and their implications:

The loss of an esteemed member of the opposition party - when such people should have special respect - and the House Intelligencw Commitee's approach to bipatisann cooperation/
by Werner
Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The House: bipartisanship that works
Replies: 2
Views: 352

Re: The House: bipartisanship that works

A sign of hope in this age of partisan conflict?

Thanks for posting this story, John. May it contain the seeds for a better future. Three generations of Isler descendents, among others, depend on it.
by Werner
Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A special opportunity
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Re: A special opportunity

Thank you, John for posting this. It seems a generous sample which makes me regret that I heard so little Schnittke in my concert-going days.
by Werner
Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Complete Schubert Sonatas - yet another set reissued!
Replies: 16
Views: 3671

Re: Complete Schubert Sonatas - yet another set reissued!

Well, Sean, life keeps gettng moe complicated all the time, and so I can'tt help adding to your conundrum re distractions from your current interest in Baroque music. Of course ity's a great field, with many outstanding works and performances. And of course you could potentially go broke, delving in...
by Werner
Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Complete Schubert Sonatas - yet another set reissued!
Replies: 16
Views: 3671

Re: Complete Schubert Sonatas - yet another set reissued!

I know this is slightly off the subject of this thread - but you're talking of great pianists and complete sets, which could not include Leon Fleisher.Certainly he's a great pianist, but I doubt if he'll have the time to give us much in the way of complete sets. Yet his current Schubert sonata - jus...
by Werner
Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Premiere of a "finished" Schubert D.708a (Symphony in D)
Replies: 4
Views: 523

Re: Premiere of a "finished" Schubert D.708a (Symphony in D)

Exactly. There was only one Schubert. He was unique. As it happened, I'm right now looking at an example in two Schubert fragments played by Aeschbacher and published currently by Donald on his KASP label's second Aeschbacher Historical Release. They are two charming sonata movements, each with D nu...
by Werner
Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Premiere of a "finished" Schubert D.708a (Symphony in D)
Replies: 4
Views: 523

Re: Premiere of a "finished" Schubert D.708a (Symphony in D)

I must admit that I'm not at all curious to hear this. I remember that a similar project coincided with our CMG dinner at O'Neal's in 2009. That evening's concert across the street, which several of us attended, was by the London Philharmonic conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, whom we had previously he...
by Werner
Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to CMG's elder stateman
Replies: 22
Views: 2197

Re: A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to CMG's elder stateman

Thank you, Holden - I feel honored that you'll listen to the best I could do before I quit playing. Not that I ever entertained hopes of music professionally, but years of friendship with professionals gave me some standards to try for. Of course you realize that in 1966 CDs were far into the future...
by Werner
Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to CMG's elder stateman
Replies: 22
Views: 2197

Re: A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to CMG's elder stateman

Thank you all! I didn't know that Chalkie and John were historians - now all you need is to bring it a bit up to date!

Anyway, I'm flatered!
by Werner
Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to CMG's elder stateman
Replies: 22
Views: 2197

Re: A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to CMG's elder stateman

Thank you, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! I'm overwhelmed by all the friends heard from on this occasion - it almost looks like I'm getting older and slower in my response (a useful excuse, perhaps?) Friends from across the United States, from Ireland and Australia, phone calls from Brazil, London e...
by Werner
Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Homegrown Jihad.
Replies: 6
Views: 453

Re: Australian Homegrown Jihad.

It's some kind of an ideal, isn't itt?
by Werner
Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Perfomed with Yo-Yo Ma
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: Perfomed with Yo-Yo Ma

Heck, one might say that after your lovely report, nothing further is needed to affirm this happy occasion - but with the struggles and competition for recognition it's nice to see both artist and "reporter" reach this level of performance and mutual acknowlegment. Your report pictures a great artis...
by Werner
Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Newt Doesn't Let Facts Get In The Way Of His Racism
Replies: 16
Views: 1114

Re: Newt Doesn't Let Facts Get In The Way Of His Racism

Does it seem, just from the quotes cited on this thread, that we've seen more than enough or Mr. Gingrich? Does his character show up quite plainly from his record? There must be more than a few people better qualified for the Oval Office than the range offered by the Republican Parrty this time aro...
by Werner
Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: phrasing
Replies: 13
Views: 964

Re: phrasing

A bias for performers "at the expense" of composers? Isn't the idea that composers benefit from the work of performers? (at least, if the performers know what they're doing?) At least, the composer's work is to reap the benefit. So I've always seen it - maybe the twenty-first century has brought a c...
by Werner
Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Newt Doesn't Let Facts Get In The Way Of His Racism
Replies: 16
Views: 1114

Re: Newt Doesn't Let Facts Get In The Way Of His Racism

Talking about half-vetted candidates, how can they be vetoed before they do damage?
by Werner
Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: phrasing
Replies: 13
Views: 964

Re: phrasing

That must have been a most satisfying experience. Congratulations and best wishes for the future.
by Werner
Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann's lied, "Belsatzr", Op. 57
Replies: 5
Views: 618

Re: Schumann's lied, "Belsatzr", Op. 57

Thank you both, Lance and John, for this illustration of the magic the German Lieder repertoire can work as treated by a master. I know you originally intended to credit Thomas Quasthoff, who fully deserves the tribute on the occasion of his retiement - but it still stirs the emotions to see the old...