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by diegobueno
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tippett's 4th Piano Sonata
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: Tippett's 4th Piano Sonata

I'm a Tippett fan of long standing, and am always pleased when someone takes on one of his difficult scores -- and they're all mind-bogglingly difficult. Ang seems to have really gotten this well under his fingers, and yeah, the fast movement is really quite exhilerating. Tippett's last piano sonata...
by diegobueno
Wed May 15, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bored of the ‘Ring’
Replies: 31
Views: 3480

Re: Bored of the ‘Ring’

I kept waiting for the reviewer to tell me what the wrong question is that Lepage is trying to answer, and what's the right question?
by diegobueno
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon
Replies: 3
Views: 2315

Re: Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon

Thank you, Lance and maestrob for your comments. There's no particular connection between the city of Silver Spring and my piece Silver Spring other than the fact that I was in that city when I needed a title. The piece exists in two other versions, the original version for clarinet quartet (3 clari...
by diegobueno
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon
Replies: 3
Views: 2315

Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon

A few weeks ago, on March 23, the Prince George's Philharmonic (Prince George's County, Maryland), under the direction of Jesus Manuel Berard, gave the first complete performance of my orchestral work Silver Spring . Silver Spring is a suburb of Washington DC that sits on its northern border in Mont...
by diegobueno
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michael Gielen, 1927-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 2665

Michael Gielen, 1927-2019

The news has just come out that conductor Michael Gielen just died. The German website I've linked to describes him as a composer, but I remember him mainly as a conductor. Specifically, I remember him as the conductor of a 1973 recording of Schoenberg's Moses und Aron which I found mind-blowing and...
by diegobueno
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wonder If To Kill A Mockingbird Would Be A Good Opera
Replies: 12
Views: 5395

Re: Wonder If To Kill A Mockingbird Would Be A Good Opera

Tonight we saw this Bdway play directed by Bartlett Sher-a very impressive production-wonder if he could talk to Gelb about finding someone to make it into an opera ala Marnie! It could be, given the right librettist and composer. It sounds like something that Jake Heggie ( Dead Man Walking, Moby D...
by diegobueno
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schnittke String Quartet No. 3
Replies: 4
Views: 2631

Re: Schnittke String Quartet No. 3

Excellent discovery! This piece was new to me.

I just listened to it and found it very engrossing.
by diegobueno
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Biggest Waste of Money Ever?
Replies: 9
Views: 3807

Re: The Biggest Waste of Money Ever?

Secondly, given that all of the Jewish members of the orchestra had been dismissed (and, by that time, if they had not emigrated, they would most likely have been in concentration camps), and also that the exigencies of war had taken their toll on the orchestra, I would think that the standard of p...
by diegobueno
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you had to choose one or the other ...
Replies: 11
Views: 4458

Re: If you had to choose one or the other ...

I heard Yuja Wang perform an phenomenal Prokofiev 2nd Piano Concerto in 2007, just before she became the superstar she is today -- and also before she started wearing the short dresses. It was quite clear she has the goods and doesn't need to make a show of herself. I would easily choose her over Ba...
by diegobueno
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Seder-Masochism (2018)
Replies: 2
Views: 2413

Re: Seder-Masochism (2018)

I watched the opening and it looks promising, and yes I enjoyed the music.
by diegobueno
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 10124

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

The original piece by Denis Dutton which initiated this thread covered so many fascinating subjects, the very least of which concerned modern music, I was very distressed to see it used to start just another round of modern music bashing. If you think it's all complicated stuff that no one can under...
by diegobueno
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Center’s Next Season: New Isolde, New John Adams Concerto
Replies: 1
Views: 1741

Re: Lincoln Center’s Next Season: New Isolde, New John Adams Concerto

New York Times wrote: A week later, a John Adams piano concerto called “Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?” will be given its New York premiere by the pianist Yuja Wang, with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
I would think that title would be a more fitting project for John Luther Adams.
by diegobueno
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 19
Views: 5742

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Toxic masculinity is very real and very much with us, and it's big problem that needs to be addressed. Whether or not it's the business of a razor blade advertisement to address it is besides the point. You can't fault the ad for saying that men should be better than to allow bullying and sexual har...
by diegobueno
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 9476

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

I am very sorry to read this news. John and I seemed to disagree about everything one could disagree about, at least on the musical side of this forum, though I usually liked what he had to say about politics on the Corner Pub. In his memory I will listen to nothing but Bach for the next week, and r...
by diegobueno
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Box Set Bargain
Replies: 12
Views: 4290

Re: Haydn Box Set Bargain

Just a few years ago I bought the earlier incarnation of the Brilliant Classics Haydn Edition, and now I see they've improved it. Durn.. I love the Fischer performances of the symphonies, as well as the Buchberger Quartet's performances of the string quartets. I was really annoyed that the set I bou...
by diegobueno
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Henning
Replies: 19
Views: 8804

Re: Karl Henning

I am very sorry to hear this news. He's too young for this kind of thing to be happening. I've lost track of him for a number of years, but he did write a nice clarinet quartet for me (3 clarinets and bass clarinet) which I performed on a couple of occasions around 2003. I hope he is able to recover...
by diegobueno
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Less Ride of the Valkyries and more the march of the tablets
Replies: 10
Views: 2417

Re: Less Ride of the Valkyries and more the march of the tablets

Orchestras in Britain are embracing a digital revolution by replacing sheet music with tablet computers. In Leeds tonight the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia will go “100 per cent digital” with sheet music ditched from its musicians’ stands in favour of iPads and Bluetooth foot pedals deployed to turn the...
by diegobueno
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon
Replies: 8
Views: 1965

Re: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon

About the title Un Buen Piola Porteño , which one reviewer found puzzling. I got this phrase from an Argentine poster on a different classical music board, one which no longer exists. The poster liked to talk about various contemporary music concerts he'd gone to in Buenos Aires, and other things no...
by diegobueno
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon
Replies: 8
Views: 1965

Re: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon

Currently, there are two reviews running for this CD at Fanfare. Here is the other one: Grecian Urn Colin Clarke Fanfare There is a heady mix here of popular music taken into a contemporary vernacular, itself inspired by Stravinsky and Bartók and—by the composer’s own admission—the “charm” of Forte’...
by diegobueno
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon
Replies: 8
Views: 1965

Re: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon

Congratulations, Mark! A fine CD, I'm sure, and an even finer review. Now, where can we buy a copy? Thank you. If you click on the link at the bottom of my first post, it will take you to the Navona Records site, and you'll see a number of options. To purchase the CD, click on the Amazon link, if y...
by diegobueno
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon
Replies: 8
Views: 1965

Re: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon

I'll have to follow it up with settings of Rabelais, Chaucer and Balzac.
by diegobueno
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon
Replies: 8
Views: 1965

Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon

The following review to my CD Grecian Urn will be appearing in the Sept./Oct. 2018 issue of Fanfare Magazine. David DeBoor Canfield, Fanfare Magazine (Sept/Oct. 2018) Mark G. Simon is one of no fewer than 10 composers included in this month’s batch of reviews that is completely new to me, despite th...
by diegobueno
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical and jazz musicians's brains differ, study shows
Replies: 8
Views: 7230

Re: Classical and jazz musicians's brains differ, study shows

One of the most brilliant musicians I have ever known is Edward Murray, orchestra conductor and theory professor at Cornell University for many years. He was a relative (nephew perhaps) of Arthur Murray, and had inherited the dancer's taste in music, and developed a love of the classics and a specia...
by diegobueno
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian conductor Rozhdestvensky dead at 87
Replies: 30
Views: 12744

Re: Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestevsky dies at 88

I grew up listening to his recordings of Prokofiev, which were just then being released on the Melodiya/Angel label. The very first recording I heard had the Prokofiev 1st Violin Concerto and on the other side of it was this really blistering performance of Hindemith's Kammermusik no. 4 with Igor Oi...
by diegobueno
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos
Replies: 13
Views: 7389

Re: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos

I'll have to say, though, that I don't find a lot to recommend in the examples I've heard of Ludovico Einaudi.
by diegobueno
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos
Replies: 13
Views: 7389

Re: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos

John F . I'm not quite sure what your message has to do with what I wrote, whether that was supposed to be a rebuttal or what. Certainly classical music will only survive if people keep writing it. And if they choose to write it incorporating stylistic elements of popular music, that will be fine a...
by diegobueno
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos
Replies: 13
Views: 7389

Re: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos

Classical composition involves an approach to structure and continuity which popular styles of music generally lack. Classical composition is not defined by style but rather by an approach to structure. Therefore, provided that approach to structure is present, there is no reason not to incorporate ...
by diegobueno
Thu May 24, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Villiers Stanford (composer 1852-1924)
Replies: 2
Views: 1397

Re: Charles Villiers Stanford (composer 1852-1924)

I recently performed Stanford's Serenade in F major, op. 95. This is a nonet for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, cello and bass. It was written in 1905, and is in the usual four movements. The texture is very full, especially in the first movement, so that part of the challenge of ...
by diegobueno
Tue May 22, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 4576

Re: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music

It is quite clear she was summarizing in her own words what the singer was telling her.
by diegobueno
Tue May 22, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 4576

Re: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music

So the quoted statement is that of the singer, Yvonne Kenny, not of the psychologist Lichter. The title of this thread, then, is misleading. "A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music", leading the reader to the assumption that a psychiatrist, after some well researched study, had conclude...
by diegobueno
Tue May 22, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 4576

Re: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music

Lance, now I'm curious. Could you please put the quote in some kind of context? Could you at least post the paragraph from which it came? You could snap a picture of the page from which it came and post it here so we can read what comes before and after.
by diegobueno
Tue May 22, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 4576

Re: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music

Lance, why on earth are you posting this? Out of this lengthy book, why did you choose to pull this one sentence completely out of context? Of what significance is it that this author who is interviewing performing musicians about their experiences of performing inserts this one sentence about conte...
by diegobueno
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: hippolyte rameau julliard
Replies: 5
Views: 2726

Re: hippolyte rameau julliard

Rameau's operas flow nicely between recitative and melodic numbers. I remember Hippolyte especially for this trio, with the remarkable chromatic progression on the words "Tremble, frémis d'effroi". (at around the 2:05 mark in this video)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZdrNY_TA78
by diegobueno
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 19557

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

1) Production is an art form. 2) Then there's the mysterious ability to make a beat that's memorable -- i.e. the hook. 3) Kendrick is an innovator. 4) In To Pimp a Butterfly Kendrick's innovations are much more present, and, I believe, more recognizable. Hope that helps, -G Garrett, that helps very...
by diegobueno
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 19557

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

I think one of the roots of the problem is that people just can't grasp the immense amount of skill, talent, and dedication required to produce a successful hip hop track. "Oh, c'mon, that sounds so easy to do!" Well, consider that Kendrick is simply so talented that he...*wait for it*...makes it l...
by diegobueno
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A "quip" about composer Max Reger
Replies: 8
Views: 3046

Re: A "quip" about composer Max Reger

Sometimes when forced to lighten up, here because of the instrumentation, his music becomes a bit more digestible.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c17OJxqf0GE
by diegobueno
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A "quip" about composer Max Reger
Replies: 8
Views: 3046

Re: A "quip" about composer Max Reger

Reger's music is impossibly dense. If only he could have written a little bit less, his music would sound better. If you could somehow strip half the notes out of any one of his compositions, that might provide some relief to one's weary ears. Reger wrote 3 sonatas for clarinet and piano. They sound...
by diegobueno
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 19557

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

My buddy said it well elsewhere: New Music People: This modernist piece sounds like noise to you because you need to educate yourself in the specific vocabulary of this type of music. Also New Music People: I don't really listen to hip hop, but I listened to Kendrick Lamar and I'm not hearing anyth...
by diegobueno
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and religion
Replies: 35
Views: 11515

Re: Bach and religion

BWV 18 Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee also expresses similar sentiments. It entreats God "From the cruel murders and blasphemies of the Turks and the Pope, protect us like a father".
by diegobueno
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New album released with a piece of mine -- listen!
Replies: 3
Views: 1475

Re: New album released with a piece of mine -- listen!

Good work, Garrett! Very enjoyable.
by diegobueno
Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical Structure as part of the listening/appreciation paradigm
Replies: 25
Views: 5495

Re: Musical Structure as part of the listening/appreciation paradigm

But what about the newer music which eschews those forms we recognize and understand? How is our appreciation and understanding shaped in the 'absence' of these old forms? Are these replaced with newer forms and, if so, what are they? Or is it just familiarity with the works rather than formal expe...
by diegobueno
Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Pierre-Laurent Aimard challenges his audience
Replies: 2
Views: 4123

Re: Pierre-Laurent Aimard challenges his audience

The Liszt Jeaux d'Eau and the Scriabin 5th Sonata are two of my favorite piano works, so there's the beginning of a good program right there. How'd he do on the Beethoven? That's a pianist killer.
by diegobueno
Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Runnicles and Maher's 10th with National Symphony
Replies: 0
Views: 3415

Runnicles and Maher's 10th with National Symphony

My wife and I braved the high winds (and I don't mean flutes. They sounded marvelous) in Washington DC last night (March 2) and went down to the Kennedy Center to hear Donald Runnicles conduct the Symphony no. 10 in F# major by Gustav Mahler . I have a few words to say about what I heard. The conduc...
by diegobueno
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sad personal news
Replies: 8
Views: 2936

Re: Sad personal news

Sorry to hear of your loss, John.


Jean-Baptiste! With a name like that he should have specialized in Baroque music.
by diegobueno
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 7085

Re: Mahler Survey

Thanks, Mark. I enjoyed that very much. However, you may be surprised at what struck me first. It does not seem like "typical Mahler" except in large portions. The beginning sounds a great deal as though he had been more influenced by his friend Schoenberg than he might have wanted to admit. I don'...
by diegobueno
Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 7085

Re: Mahler Survey

If you're not familiar with the 10th, John, you've got to get a load of this: Right around the 19:00 mark Mahler unleashes the most ear-splittlingly dissonant chord in symphonic music. Nine different pitches at one time, but it's the way it's orchestrated that really packs the big punch. For maximum...
by diegobueno
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 7085

Re: Mahler Survey

Recently I stumbled across a program of a major orchestra that has programmed "Mahler's Tenth." Unfortunately I cannot now find the link. You tell me, because to my shame I can't tell you. You could stumble across quite a number of programs by major orchestras doing the 10th, since it is being more...
by diegobueno
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My favorite 21st century music
Replies: 2
Views: 1210

Re: My favorite 21st century music

Hopefully your browser will take you to the proper Youtube link. I'm sure your mind will supply a totally different set of mental images.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGesimKbRUc
by diegobueno
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My favorite 21st century music
Replies: 2
Views: 1210

My favorite 21st century music

I didn't know what to make of Fiji by Michael Torke when I first heard it. It took me several listenings before I began to like it, which engendered many more listenings over the course of which I really began to appreciate and love what's going on in this infectious music. It has become my favorite...
by diegobueno
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 6835

Re: The most-performed composers

They played mainly their own compositions. Kissin doesn't. Yuja Wang doesn't. Big difference. For that matter, neither did Rachmaninoff! He recorded and played lots of repertoire that was not his own music. This statement is relevant only if one can trivialize my point down to a matter of "earlier ...