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by RebLem
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: hatuey memory of fire review
Replies: 2
Views: 115

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: 336

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: 433

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: 423

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: 423

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: 423

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: 423

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: 423

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: 509
Views: 131663

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: 491

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: 1721

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: 509
Views: 131663

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: 1721

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: 1721

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: 509
Views: 131663

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: 1721

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: 1721

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: 509
Views: 131663

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: 584

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: 1098

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: 1103

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: 701

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: 1103

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: 522

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: 701

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: 463

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: 463

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: 309

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: 560

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: 1244

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: 1244

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: 3919
Views: 491403

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: 664

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: 3919
Views: 491403

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: 1204

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: 1677

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: 1677

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: 767

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: 1096

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...
by RebLem
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 37
Views: 1677

Re: Top orchestras

In my own case it was the experience of hearing most of the world's 'great' orchestras and being intrigued about what makes an orchestra 'great'. An interesting topic for discussion. Here are a few possible reasons, in no particular order. Money. Hiring the best players, often away from other orche...
by RebLem
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3919
Views: 491403

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

maestrob wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:04 pm
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Martyn Brabbins is a British conductor that has so far flown under my radar.
He also recorded the best, by far, recording of Havegal Brian's Gothic Symphony. You might want to take a look at that.
by RebLem
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 509
Views: 131663

Re: What I listened to today

No, no explanation or rationale is given for the exclusion of the Amen Chorus. I own the following Messiah's beside the Dean and Mackerras: Cleobury, C. Davis, Jacobs, Marriner, McGegan, Pinnock, Sargent, and Solti. The Dean is the only one without an Amen Chorus.
by RebLem
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 509
Views: 131663

Re: What I listened to today

​ On Sunday, 15 JUL 2018, I listened to 3 CDs.   1) Frank Bridge (1879-1941): |Tr. 1. Dance Rhapsody for orchestra, H84 (1908) (19'16) |Tr. 2-6. Five Entr'actes, H. 95 (1910), for the play "Two Hunchbacks," by Emile Cammaerts (1878-1953) (12'05) |Tr. 7. Dance Poem for orchestra, H. 111 (1913) (13'48...
by RebLem
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 509
Views: 131663

Re: What I listened to today

​ On Saturday, 14 JUL 2018, I listened to 3 CDs.   1) Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713): Sonate da Chiesa a tre, Op. 5, 10-12. (1689) |Tr. 1-4. # 10 in A Minor (4'41) |Tr. 5-8. # 11 in G Minor (5'50) |Tr. 9-13. #12 in A Major (8'19) ||Sonate da Chiesa a tre, Op. 4 (1694) #s 1-6. |Tr. 14-17. #1 in C Majo...
by RebLem
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 37
Views: 1677

Re: Top orchestras

Perhaps I should re-evaluate my position on the VPO. I have not until now for several reasons. I do know that no one who was in the orchestra before the surrender of Germany in WWII is still in the orchestra, of course. But it appears that some (I know not how many) are still sympathetic to that cau...
by RebLem
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 37
Views: 1677

Re: Top orchestras

1. Chicago Symphony 2. London Symphony 3. Concertgebouw Orchestra 4. Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra 5. St Petersburg Philharmonic 6. Berlin Philharmonic The Vienna Phil has too many unreconstructed Nazis for me to vote for them. When a Bernstein rehearsal of a Mahler symphony ended once, an orchestra ...
by RebLem
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Doctor Atomic Article NYTimes Santa Fe Opera
Replies: 4
Views: 461

Re: Doctor Atomic Article NYTimes Santa Fe Opera

A much longer article with essentially the same information as this appears in the current issue of Local Flavor, a food and arts weekly here in New Mexico. Actually, we have two national labs here--LANL and Sandia National Lab at Kirtland AFB here in Albuquerque. The Sandia Mountains east of Albuqu...
by RebLem
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strange - at Best Buy!
Replies: 13
Views: 1271

Re: Strange - at Best Buy!

The ULINE catalog is an excellent source for CD jewel cases. That's where I get mine. ​https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=jmc8W7_5Noms8APE-4iYDw&q=ULINE+catalogue+CD+jewel+cases&oq=ULINE+catalogue+CD+jewel+cases&gs_l=psy-ab.12...4903.31505.0.35146.36.31.1.4.4.0.236.3970.2j26j2.30.0....0...1c...
by RebLem
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian conductor Rozhdestvensky dead at 87
Replies: 30
Views: 8747

Re: Russian conductor Rozhdestvensky dead at 87

I did not mean to suggest that someone at Google was deliberately sabotaging CMG as part of his job at the direction of his supervisors. I was suggesting that some rogue miscreant there might be engaged in some unsanctioned mischief-making activity.