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by jserraglio
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 16
Views: 141

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Right, you don't have to be a Latinist to make out liturgical Latin. Lucretius it surely ain't. No, it's not, but the difficulties should not be minimized. Liturgical Latin is as all over the place as is English literature. There are many styles and differences. The hymn that gave us the solmizatio...
by jserraglio
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 38
Views: 452

Re: Classical records for children

Where did Cole Porter's way with words come from?

Brush Up Your Shakespeare

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XJIpp2Jj8AQ

by jserraglio
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 16
Views: 141

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Right, you don't have to be a Latinist to make out liturgical Latin. Lucretius it surely ain't.
by jserraglio
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 16
Views: 141

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

jbuck919 wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:55 pm
You have no idea how elementary this is for me.
You're telling me.

Cf. XVII. Pax: Communion ('Secret Songs'). Maybe it's not so elementary?

Greek, Latin, English and Hebrew. OMG, might it be macaronic?
by jserraglio
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 16
Views: 141

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Didn't LB conduct Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex? Here is the complete text of Bernstein's Messe. And quite a late-60s, early 70s mess it was. You can judge for yrselfs how much Latin is in there, quite macaronic, I would say. I found some incantatory phrases in the Secret Songs mvmt that the FBI of that ...
by jserraglio
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 16
Views: 141

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

I have the old Latin Mass essentially memorized from childhood, and I am by no means the best or only Latinist in the United States. (Until recently, and maybe even now, the chief Latinist of the Vatican who prepares all papal documents was an American.) There are no subversive lyrics in there, not...
by jserraglio
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Baidu
Replies: 1
Views: 33

Re: Baidu

I recently read an article (maybe in the peerless WSJ?) about how China spies on its own citizens with a couple hundred million surveillance cameras now, with 3/4 of a billion to be installed by 2020. The govt publicizes them to the public to make them believe they are even better at surveillance th...
by jserraglio
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .
Replies: 12
Views: 191

Re: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .

Whatever one may think of Alan Gilbert, and I've heard and praised some of his work, "full-blooded vitality" is not how most would describe it. Szell? Reiner? Gilbert could be replaced on THE HORN 's list with any one of the following indiscriminately selected candidates for full-bloodedly-vital st...
by jserraglio
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 16
Views: 141

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Let's just say it was a grand experiment that didn't work out. It's mass as a messe. Highbrow camp. So bad it's good. My favorite Bernstein would be Candide. If I require true devotional theatrical music from the past century, that would be Poulenc's Dialogues. But I kept several copies of the orig...
by jserraglio
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 454
Views: 76144

Re: What I listened to today

https://tinyurl.com/yazlpxds I remember buying this as a new release and still have my copy. It was the first recording I'd ever heard that had all the repeats. Like Monteux's Vienna Eroica , which used Beethoven's orchestration for the climax near the end of the first movement, it had the jolt of ...
by jserraglio
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .
Replies: 12
Views: 191

Re: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .

Merely naming a few apparently indiscriminate exceptions - Valery Gergiev and Alan Gilbert hardly belong in the same sentence - does not answer. They're not indiscriminate exceptions. So long as they meet the criterion of full-blooded conductorial vitality, they would qualify as examples that call ...
by jserraglio
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: With Alexa, toddlers are turning into bratty mini slavedrivers
Replies: 1
Views: 34

With Alexa, toddlers are turning into bratty mini slavedrivers

WSJ — Children are using voice-activated technology at far younger ages than other devices, but some parents worry they’re picking up rude habits Parents, your child may have a new secret friend: your smart speaker. Drawn by the devices’ voice-activated interfaces and warm, playful tone, children as...
by jserraglio
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'Like pinning Jello to the wall' — Trump sucks up to Putin and Xi; disses Merkel and May. Why?
Replies: 1
Views: 29

'Like pinning Jello to the wall' — Trump sucks up to Putin and Xi; disses Merkel and May. Why?

WAPO — President Trump has spent much of his trip to Europe this week lashing out at two of the most powerful women in the world. The barrages aimed at British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel prompted diplomats on both sides of the Atlantic to ask why a president who ...
by jserraglio
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Queen's Handbag
Replies: 8
Views: 65

Re: The Queen's Handbag

Maybe she should have had something in the bag to prod Trump with when he dared to walk in front of her! I'm sure she's thankful he didn't try to lip lock with her the way Carter did with her mama. The Queen's Handbag. That sounds like a cool title for a one-act comic opera a la Poulenc or Wolf-Fer...
by jserraglio
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature canceled
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature canceled

Ezra Pound on literature:

Make it new!
by jserraglio
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 38
Views: 452

Re: Classical records for children

"West Side Story" isn't even Bernstein's best musical, though it's his most successful. For truly astonishing lyrics it's "Candide," I agree. Candide makes my pulse race. It's a joyous blend of music and poetry, so of the 18th-century, yet in its way also of Jewish culture, of Vienna and NYC. I use...
by jserraglio
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 17
Views: 140

Re: Top orchestras

John F wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:42 am
alone among the world's major orchestras, it has a distinctive style and sound of its own which it consciously and determinedly preserves and can be identified by ear
Add the Cleveland to this list and the other one.
by jserraglio
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature canceled
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature canceled

To the contrary, after the award to Bob Dylan the bar has been set so low that Ogden Nash and Judith Krantz would qualify. Nash is dead but Krantz is still alive and waiting for her phone to ring. :mrgreen: Three huzzahs for Pearl Buck while we're at it. In the wake of the arch, pedantic outcry aga...
by jserraglio
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature canceled
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature canceled

After Bob Dylan, there is no redemption for the Nobel in literature. I agree, the scandal caused not the cancel. It was the Dylan factor. Giving Dylan the prize was equivalent to giving it to Shakespeare. In one stroke, that Nobel had been deprived of haute snob appeal and the bar set so high, the ...
by jserraglio
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Compelling WSJ Report from Thailand — Cave rescue almost never happened
Replies: 0
Views: 25

Compelling WSJ Report from Thailand — Cave rescue almost never happened

Wall Street Journal — MAE SAI, Thailand—One of the world’s most dramatic rescue missions appeared to take place like clockwork. It narrowly skirted disaster many times. Early in the search for 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach, marooned several kilometers inside a flooded cave, rescuers unknowingl...
by jserraglio
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ predicts Kavanaugh will lead the Court's right wing
Replies: 6
Views: 126

Re: WSJ predicts Kavanaugh will lead the Court's right wing

The main attraction for me about CMG was Ralph Stein, not the only one. I was likewise devastated by his death and had never even met him. His magnetism was transmitted via the written word. After spending many weekends commuting to Manhattan, I fell in love (as folks do), tied the knot in NY City H...
by jserraglio
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 454
Views: 76144

Re: What I listened to today

Bernstein New York Phil Beethoven Symphony No. 7 Columbia MS 7414


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by jserraglio
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 454
Views: 76144

Re: What I listened to today

Bernstein, New York Phil ‎– Beethoven: Fifth Symphony Columbia LP ‎MS 6468

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by jserraglio
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rachael Maddow explains who Peter Strzok really is; how he may blow up House smear tactics in today's public testimony
Replies: 8
Views: 84

Re: Rachael Maddow explains who Peter Strzok really is; how he may blow up House smear tactics in today's public testimo

lennygoran wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:43 am
Yes and often the facts she comes up with and news she reports is better than what you get from my man Lawrence or from Brian Williams.
I think I'm half in love with her, or maybe it's with her persona: Rosalind in As You Like It.
by jserraglio
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .
Replies: 12
Views: 191

Re: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .

Thanks to an enthusiast from Germany on another forum, I am able to hear on demand a large number of KP's live European broadcasts from 2000 thru June of this year, listed below. Those should give an idea of what he likes to conduct. Haven't had the time to listen to most of them, but so far have fo...
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rachael Maddow explains who Peter Strzok really is; how he may blow up House smear tactics in today's public testimony
Replies: 8
Views: 84

Re: Rachael Maddow explains who Peter Strzok really is; how he may blow up House smear tactics in today's public testimo

Ms Maddow is great. She reminds me of my wonderful elementary school teachers, surely among the most important influences in my life.
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ predicts Kavanaugh will lead the Court's right wing
Replies: 6
Views: 126

Re: WSJ predicts Kavanaugh will lead the Court's right wing

Actually I remember Ralph well. The late Prof. Stein was hands-down the most brilliant person I never met. Learning what was on his mind on any given day was the main reason at the time that I even bothered to log in here. He and I had two things in common: born in the same year and emotionally atta...
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rosenstein Asks Prosecutors to Help With Kavanaugh Papers in Unusual Request
Replies: 6
Views: 72

Re: Rosenstein Asks Prosecutors to Help With Kavanaugh Papers in Unusual Request

Thanks for the info. Sadly, the nation has moved beyond facts at this juncture to confrontation.
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rosenstein Asks Prosecutors to Help With Kavanaugh Papers in Unusual Request
Replies: 6
Views: 72

Re: Rosenstein Asks Prosecutors to Help With Kavanaugh Papers in Unusual Request

Thanks for the article, Lenny. Whether or not the House holds Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein in contempt of Congress, his contempt for certain members of Congress, e.g., the now embattled and diminished Jim Jordan of Ohio, a contempt which he shared with AG Eric Holder, was on display the last time he tes...
by jserraglio
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ predicts Kavanaugh will lead the Court's right wing
Replies: 6
Views: 126

WSJ predicts Kavanaugh will lead the Court's right wing

The Wall Street Journal Trump’s second nominee will be an intellectual leader on the bench. by The Editorial Board President Trump kept everyone guessing to the end about his Supreme Court selection Monday, but in nominating Brett Kavanaugh he also kept his promise to select a Justice “who will fai...
by jserraglio
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wall Street Journal Shoots Down Space Force
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Re: Wall Street Journal Shoots Down Space Force

I don't recall ever saying that I feel I am bearing a burden or am miffed by any lack of response. Others have said that, but if I ever did or even agreed with them, then I retract it. What others do or not do, say or not say, is frankly none of my business. In fact, I vigorously (rather too vigorou...
by jserraglio
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wall Street Journal Shoots Down Space Force
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Re: Wall Street Journal Shoots Down Space Force

If you're trying to make things up, try again . . . . That is the real news, and the bad news. If you revisit the two articles, you might conclude that your point was more or less the same one made in more temperate language by both Space.com News and the WSJ editorial: President Trump has become "...
by jserraglio
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wall Street Journal Shoots Down Space Force
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Wall Street Journal Shoots Down Space Force

SpaceNews https://www.space.com/41101-wall-street-journal-editorial-shoots-down-space-force.html WASHINGTON — President Trump has become "fixated" on the idea of a new military branch for space and appears to be ignoring legitimate arguments for why the plan should not move forward at this time, the...
by jserraglio
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?
Replies: 8
Views: 132

Re: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?

Cuomo responds to pressure. On this issue, Cynthia Nixon brought it down on his his head. Good for her, I say. She wins for losing. But there's gonna have to be a lot more public outcry than what Nixon instigated before this mountain moves to Manhattan.
by jserraglio
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thailand Cave: all 13 now rescued; Who are the 12 boys & their coach?
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Re: Thailand Cave: all 13 now rescued; Who are the 12 boys & their coach?

All 12 Boys And Their Coach Are Rescued From Thai Cave, After 2 Weeks

The doctor in attendance and three Navy SEALS have yet to emerge.
by jserraglio
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?
Replies: 8
Views: 132

Re: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?

I lived in Manhattan only a short time (at the nadir of its fortunes), but I fell in love with its public transit system which could get me anywhere at any time of day or night at the drop of a token. Its cosmopolitan complexity, as compared to that of a smallish town like Boston, fascinated me. I'v...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?
Replies: 8
Views: 132

Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?

The New Yorker Can Andy Byford Save the Subways? by William Finnegan July 9 & 16, 2018 The new president of the New York City Transit Authority wants to make the trains (and buses) run on time. It won’t be easy. https://media.newyorker.com/photos/5b34e8bcfc303575bf71065a/master/w_2000,c_limit/18070...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Does Trump want to run a protection racket in Europe: trading security for lower trade barriers?
Replies: 1
Views: 58

Does Trump want to run a protection racket in Europe: trading security for lower trade barriers?

h NYT — BRUSSELS — NATO summit meetings were once ritualistic events, with the member nations assembling to proclaim that the alliance had never been stronger and pledging to work together on the security issues of the day. In the Trump era, however, they have become anxiety-producing confrontation...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: British composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66
Replies: 3
Views: 88

British composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66

BBC News The British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen has died at the age of 66 after a short illness. His publisher Faber Music confirmed his death and saluted his "extraordinary impact on the musical community". Knussen previously worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and most recently with ...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 38
Views: 452

Re: Classical records for children

I never heard of those. The book about Young People's Records says the late '40s and early '50s were the golden age of children's records, not just YPR but Golden Records (pressed in yellow plastic) and other specialist labels, and indeed mainstream labels like Columbia. If there's anything like th...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 38
Views: 452

Re: Classical records for children

I like the McDonald, others find it substandard: https://4.bp.blogspot.com/_5vsY1tUqw-I/SJhJ1blILkI/AAAAAAAAAJE/wboQSnPyYxE/s1600/McDonald_Brand.jpg reissued on LP: https://1.bp.blogspot.com/_5vsY1tUqw-I/Shh7YmXQu0I/AAAAAAAAAp4/xnMkRuUx5Lc/s1600/McDonald.jpg Pristine has a 3-volume edition of Harl M...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 38
Views: 452

Re: Classical records for children

I was a child once, though you might not believe it, #MeToo. Off to the library now to pick up this OOP reconstruction of the LB score by Alexander Frey record (2005) to pair with the original 1950 Columbia OC album: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51DrXZswqXL._SY355_.jpg I burned ...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thailand Cave: all 13 now rescued; Who are the 12 boys & their coach?
Replies: 5
Views: 152

8th boy now rescued in Thailand

CNN reports that four more boys have been brought out of the cave this morning. Eight are now out and in treatment. BBC News https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44762010 Cave rescue: Who are the 12 boys and their coach trapped in Thailand? https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/950/cpsprodpb/1708/production...
by jserraglio
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Robocalls: what is being done about them
Replies: 1
Views: 80

Robocalls: what is being done about them

WSJ — Personal Technology Robocalls won’t vanish soon, but carriers are working on a spam filter and other fixes Remember when phone calls meant people wanted to talk to you about something other than lowering your interest rates? These days, the phone rings so often with recorded robocall messages—...
by jserraglio
Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AHPs may offer small business respite from burdens of ObamaCare
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Re: AHPs may offer small business respite from burdens of ObamaCare

Here we go again. Anyone who believes that there is any humanistic alternative to Obamacare but single payer needs to have his head examined. The problem with many Americans is that they think only an American ever had a good idea. Come off it, j., you know this as well as I do. Unless you are chan...
by jserraglio
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AHPs may offer small business respite from burdens of ObamaCare
Replies: 2
Views: 173

AHPs may offer small business respite from burdens of ObamaCare

WSJ Editorial Board 19.6.2018 — One perverse effect of the Affordable Care Act is that corporate America escaped some of the onerous mandates that hurt small enterprises. The Trump Administration is now trying to mitigate that inequity with a rule on association health plans, or AHPs, and perhaps th...