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by RebLem
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!
Replies: 11
Views: 104

Re: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!

I remember him from his many appearances on the Jack Paar show. Len Yes, believe it or not, I have some of those that were released on a DVD set of the best of Jack Paar. Levant was a real character, and a fine musician, but he made such a spectacle of himself that the concert-going public never to...
by RebLem
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens
Replies: 9
Views: 483

Re: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens

For one thing, perhaps they could make CD or DVD recordings of their operas. The Grant Park Orchestra, which is regularly recorded by Cedille Records in Chicago, is, I understand, a summer orchestra consisting largely of Lyric Opera musicians. Perhaps they could record Lyric Opera productions, too, ...
by RebLem
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kavanaugh confirmed
Replies: 30
Views: 1255

Re: Kavanaugh confirmed

My concerns are with that family's safety, particularly those 2 girls who are very likely to be subjected to bullying at school. Just dreadful. I know about these things because of my son's high level political job. Apparently, you are unconcerned for Dr. Ford's safety, who is living in hiding, hav...
by RebLem
Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowships
Replies: 4
Views: 343

Re: MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowships

The only one I recognize is Rev. William Barber II, a major contemporary civil rights leader in North Carolina, and founder of the "Moral Mondays" movement. They have engaged in all sorts of civil rights activities centered around opposing racially motivated gerrymandering and purging of voter lists...
by RebLem
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 1115

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

Maybe so, but he still bailed out of the Thirteenth Symphony, and that apparently caused a substantial break in relations between Shostakovich and Mravinsky. I think that probably had more to do with political cowardice that anti-Semitism. After all, Mravinsky was one of the few Soviet artists who ...
by RebLem
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 1115

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

Watch out with respect to earlier Soviet recordings of the Thirteenth Symphony. Because of government pressures, the text in the first movement ("Babi Yar") was changed to soften the emphasis on anti-Semitism after the original premiere. Quite so, but Shostakovich authorized both versions, and his ...
by RebLem
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 1115

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

I have individual symphonies by Shostakovich. I note a number of complete recordings of the symphonies have been issued. The symphonies are not a top priority for me, but if one was looking to get a complete set, what's the recommendation? I recommend the Oleg Caetani set if you're only going to ha...
by RebLem
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Lev Oborin
Replies: 7
Views: 586

Re: Pianist Lev Oborin

I have a four CD Philips box of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas by Oistrakh and Oborin. 486 406-2, recorded in Paris 1962. ​https://www.amazon.com/Beethoven-Violin-Sonatas-4-CDs/dp/B0015RZMR8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538627337&sr=8-1&keywords=Beethoven+violin+sonatas%2C+Oistrakh%2C+Oborin&dpID=51wGyF1bj...
by RebLem
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 1115

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

I love the Babi Yar symphony just as you do, Barney, and your review was one of the strongest and most poetic I have read. KUDOS for that. But I do not share your slighting of the Prokofiev Sinfonietta. You should know that that work is more popular in Chicago than in many places because Dieter Kobe...
by RebLem
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 49-CD Celibidache Box on Warner
Replies: 10
Views: 1170

Re: 49-CD Celibidache Box on Warner

Here's an excellent, and not at all eccentric, to my ears, at any rate, recording of the Dvorak New World Symphony with the Munich Phil from 1991.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9RT2nHD6CQ
by RebLem
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: hatuey memory of fire review
Replies: 2
Views: 596

Re: hatuey memory of fire review

Yiddish in an opera about the Spanish Inquisition? I could see Ladino, but Yiddish? Really? Yiddish is the language of Ashkenazy Jews. Ladino is the language of Sephardic Jews.
by RebLem
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fox News: Student slumbers during Obama lecture
Replies: 5
Views: 875

Re: Fox News: Student slumbers during Obana lecture

I doubt that Trump has any problem sleeping at all. The problem he has is staying awake. (I would not be surprised if it were eventually discovered that he was on pills prescribed by physicians he pays off not to tattle on him.) He always sniffles in his speeches like someone who is snorting someth...
by RebLem
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A few comments from a retiring oboist
Replies: 5
Views: 684

Re: A few comments from a retiring oboist

A few random thoughts. Most movie scores, I agree. But some exceptions manifest themselves to me, including any films where the music was composed by George Gershwin, Sergei Prokofiev, or Miklos Rozsa. Also, the film Scott of the Antarctic, whose music was composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and fro...
by RebLem
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buywell
Replies: 8
Views: 776

Re: Buywell

Reb, you said: "Oh, oh! I checked at Amazon, and found this Australian Eloquence CD is now available there. Its coupled with the Tragic Overture. If you don't have it, jump on it! Its far better than Bohm's very good remake of all 4 with the VPO, and all three customer reviews give it 5 stars, as I...
by RebLem
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buywell
Replies: 8
Views: 776

Re: Buywell

I bought many an item from Buywell, especially the Australian Universal Eloquence CDs. Now those CDs have become more available through England and other gateways. I used to correspond with the original owner of Buywell who ultimately sold it off to someone else. It has been awhile since I've dealt...
by RebLem
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buywell
Replies: 8
Views: 776

Re: Buywell

I bought many an item from Buywell, especially the Australian Universal Eloquence CDs. Now those CDs have become more available through England and other gateways. I used to correspond with the original owner of Buywell who ultimately sold it off to someone else. It has been awhile since I've dealt...
by RebLem
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buywell
Replies: 8
Views: 776

Re: Buywell

I get the same thing, and I'm in Australia. I wonder if their domain name lapsed and they failed to renew, and the Canadian firm bought it? Pure speculation. Or they may indeed have gone under. Ohhhh, I hope not! Let me know if you find out any more information. Perhaps it has just been renamed? I ...
by RebLem
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buywell
Replies: 8
Views: 776

Buywell

I can't access Buywell Australia anymore. I Google Buywell, and it still shows up, but I enter it as an address and it shows me a new Canadian site for health care products. Is it still in operation? Have they gone dark outside Australia?

WHAT GIVES?
by RebLem
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 516
Views: 146946

Re: What I listened to today

The 8th is generally considered the best of the lot, but I love them all, especially the last two. The last one, #15, has premonitions of death and is very somber, very much in line with his 15th symphony. No two quartets are in the same key, and it was Shostakovich's intention to compose 22 string ...
by RebLem
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: About "Cher," the singer
Replies: 7
Views: 1107

Re: About "Cher," the singer

Not sure about Cher, but Postcards from the Edge made me a fan of Meryl Streep's voice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYvQBYutgn8
by RebLem
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Latest on priest abuse of children
Replies: 24
Views: 2864

Re: Latest on priest abuse of children

Actually, the most outrageous one seems to me that he was born of a virgin even though she 1) had a husband, and 2) three other guys showed up with presents.
by RebLem
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 516
Views: 146946

Re: What I listened to today

Back in the pre-stereo 1950s, I remember that there were two top choices for the Beethoven concerto in what was called high fidelity sound: Grumiaux and van Beinum with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Milstein and Steinberg with the Pittsburgh Symphony. I chose Grumiaux/van Beinum because I'd hear...
by RebLem
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Latest on priest abuse of children
Replies: 24
Views: 2864

Re: Latest on priest abuse of children

Of course, we need to understand that mine is a parochial view, seeing it as I do from an American perspective. But in much of Central and South America, in the Philippines, and in much of the third world, the old conditions still obtain. Maybe these rules ought to be the rule, not for the whole chu...
by RebLem
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Latest on priest abuse of children
Replies: 24
Views: 2864

Re: Latest on priest abuse of children

​My purpose in posting this was to demonstrate that celibacy as a policy for priests was not always the standard, that it is not as deeply embedded in Catholic tradition as the Popes like to say it is, and that it is changeable. One of the main reasons it was adopted in the middle ages is because th...
by RebLem
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 516
Views: 146946

Re: What I listened to today

​On Sunday, 26 August 2018, I listened to 4 CDs. CD 1. W.A. Mozart (1756-91): Tr. 1-3. Piano Concerto 23 in A Major, K. 488 (23'55) |Tr. 4-6. Piano Concerto 24 in C Minor, K. 491 (29'28)--Robert Casadesus, piano, Geoge Szell, cond., Columbia Sym. Orch. (23), Cleveland Orchestra (24). Rec. in Severan...
by RebLem
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Latest on priest abuse of children
Replies: 24
Views: 2864

Re: Latest on priest abuse of children

I found a comprehensive article in WAPO which explains the history of the idea of clerical celibacy. I think this is a good summary, and I propose it be the basis for further discussion of the matter.
https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/696
by RebLem
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Latest on priest abuse of children
Replies: 24
Views: 2864

Re: Latest on priest abuse of children

It seems to me that the recent Pennsylvania revelations involve quantum leaps in the depravity of sexual abuse. It used to be that we had accusations about individual priests furtively molesting boys singly and alone. Now we have reports, for the first time to my knowledge, of gangs of pedophile pri...
by RebLem
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 516
Views: 146946

Re: What I listened to today

​On Saturday, 18 August 2018, I listened to 3 CDs. CDs 1-2. Josef Suk (1874-1935): CD 1, Tr. 1-5. Asrael Symphony in C Minor, Op. 27 (1906) (58'38) |CD 2, Tr. 1-4. Pohadka (Fairy Tale), Op. 16 (1900) (30'00) |Tr. 5-8. Serenade for Strings in E Flat Minor, Op. 6 (1892) (29'41)--Jiri Belohlavek, cond....
by RebLem
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My clothes dryer plays Schubert
Replies: 4
Views: 759

Re: My clothes dryer plays Schubert

I've always wanted a doorbell that played the trumpet fanfare at the beginning of the last movement of the Dvorak 8th Symphony.
by RebLem
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aretha Nessun Dorma
Replies: 16
Views: 1374

Re: Aretha Nessun Dorma

I found 3 Nessun Dormas sung by Aretha Franklin on YouTube. IMHO, this is by far the best.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvJpxkinkPg
by RebLem
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November
Replies: 11
Views: 1505

Re: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November

The only Previn recording I don't have on CD that I want is his EMI recording of the Bartok VC 2 (1938) with Itzhak Perlman and the LSO. I think its the greatest performance of this work ever recorded. I have the LP, but it is currently only available on CD as part of a BIG LSO multi-conductor megab...
by RebLem
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Go Omarosa Go
Replies: 5
Views: 1091

Re: Go Omarosa Go

It just occurred to me that only two people are even playing the same game as Donald Trump--Omarosa Manigault Newman and Michael Avenatti. Those three are playing chess. Everyone else is playing checkers.
by RebLem
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November
Replies: 11
Views: 1505

Re: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November

John F wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:26 pm
Did Previn record any music from before the mid-19th century, and is it any good? All I've heard is late 19th to 20th century.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvU5OGdVFNc
by RebLem
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The greatest quiz show upset of all time
Replies: 3
Views: 674

Re: The greatest quiz show upset of all time

I believe that was Walter Kaufmann, with two n's rather than one. At least it is if it was the same historian of philosophy who rehabilitated Nietzsche in the 1950's.
by RebLem
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Go Omarosa Go
Replies: 5
Views: 1091

Re: Go Omarosa Go

They deserve each other. Most of us don't deserve them. WE are the victims, not Omarosa or John Kelly.
by RebLem
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway for sale?
Replies: 5
Views: 688

Re: Steinway for sale?

Lance wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:43 pm
I cannot say very much good about Korean pianos either. Most tuner-technicians would agree.
RebLem wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:57 am
If they want to take profits, couldn't they at least find a S Korean to buy it?
My point is if a Korean bought it, it would at least be owned by someone in a democratic country.
by RebLem
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway for sale?
Replies: 5
Views: 688

Re: Steinway for sale?

If they want to take profits, couldn't they at least find a S Korean to buy it?
by RebLem
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Voices PBS Great Performances
Replies: 5
Views: 444

Re: Chicago Voices PBS Great Performances

You might want to check out Music of the Baroque.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_ ... e,_Chicago
by RebLem
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Disgrace
Replies: 2
Views: 684

Re: Disgrace

And he's also against allowing naturalized citizens to sponsor members of their extended families for entry and citizenship. People who have had three different sets of inlaws are not people who value extended families. But such people have no idea about the sensibilities of normal, decent people.
by RebLem
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: @TheDickCavett A:"Imagine Donald Trump’s library." B:"You’d have to.”
Replies: 23
Views: 1580

Re: @TheDickCavett A:"Imagine Donald Trump’s library." B:"You’d have to.”

I remember once in the 1970's, the Chicago public school system cut back on its music programs to save money. They had hearings beforehand with citizens allowed two minutes apiece to say what they had to say. One man in line was offered a chance to jump ahead of everyone by everyone ahead of him, bu...
by RebLem
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: @TheDickCavett A:"Imagine Donald Trump’s library." B:"You’d have to.”
Replies: 23
Views: 1580

Re: @TheDickCavett A:"Imagine Donald Trump’s library." B:"You’d have to.”

I remember once Cavett had Benny Goodman on the show, who seemed unaware of the fact that his fly was open. So Cavett said to him, "Please stand up with me, and turn your back to the camera." Cavett joined him in this, and Goodman stood, and turned his back. Then Cavett said, "Now, I'm not going to ...
by RebLem
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3935
Views: 515725

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

​ Two boxes of CDs magically arrived on my doorstep today, Monday, 6 AUG 2018.   One box is from Berkshire Record Outlet and consists of 5 CDs. The first 3 are separate CDs, not in a box, but parts of a series, The African American Symphonic Series, Volumes 1-3 on Cedille Reocrds featuring Paul Free...
by RebLem
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphonies 7, 8 and 9
Replies: 17
Views: 930

Re: Dvorak Symphonies 7, 8 and 9

I recommend multiple recordings of these works. One essential set is the Szell/Cleveland set of all three. He re-recorded the 8th for EMI, but I don't like it as much. Belohlavek and the Czech Phil are good. My personal favorite 9th I one by Zdenek Macal and the London Phil on the mid=price Classics...
by RebLem
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3935
Views: 515725

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

​ As yoiu can see, I have taken a hiatus from listening to music. So, what else did I do? Why, I ordered more CDs, from Berkshire Record outlet, which arrived on my doorstep yesterday.They represent the work of two conductors--Bruno Walter and George Szell.   One of the two Bruno Walter issues is a ...
by RebLem
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cleveland Orch. suspends concertmaster William Preucil 1 day after WAPO reports on sex abuse in classical music
Replies: 17
Views: 1550

Re: Cleveland Orch. suspends concertmaster William Preucil 1 day after WAPO reports on sex abuse in classical music

Sexual assault has been common in the classical music world since the beginning of time, as in all fields where there is inequality of power. From personal experience,I can say that it happens to both sexes. And yes, I was propositioned by my male voice teacher when I was in high school. My reactio...
by RebLem
Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 37
Views: 2112

Re: Top orchestras

Well, thanks for posting that: I had not heard it before. Frankly, I found the performance embarrassing and exhilarating at the same time. Star though Dudamel may be, this over the top reading was frustrating to me in his use of tempo, while exhilarating in its passion in the final movement. 1) The...
by RebLem
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 37
Views: 2112

Re: Top orchestras

If you have not heard it already, I urge you to listen to Gustavo Dudamel's performance of the Mahler Resurrection @ the BBC Proms. The orchestra is the Simon Bolivar Orchestra from Venezuela, but the soloists and chorus are British. They go well together, and its actually one of the better Mahler 2...
by RebLem
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Queen's Handbag
Replies: 11
Views: 1054

Re: The Queen's Handbag

The final indignity, though, was the royal couple's introduction over the PA system. The guy got the Queen right, but then he said "and his royal highness, the Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh." That is also correct, but he pronounced it Eddin-berg instead of the correct way. Perhaps he was a S...
by RebLem
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ralph Michael Stein
Replies: 16
Views: 1397

Re: Ralph Michael Stein

This sounds rather like a comment from my late father-in-law..."a lot of people have died today who haven't died before". My son and daughter-in-law arrived in LA 12 hours ago and say the direct flight was 'survivable' (in Premium Economy on the A380). 14 hours. Same as Dubai to Sydney. Do-able. So...