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by jserraglio
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 7
Views: 135

Re: Penderecki

Thanks. I also stumbled on these excerpts from an oratorio, Paradise Lost, by a youthful Anton Rubinstein.

by jserraglio
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:57 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "Paradise Lost"
Replies: 27
Views: 1563

Re: "Paradise Lost"

Bringing together the topics of two apparently unrelated threads, Penderecki composed an opera based on "Paradise Lost," premiered and broadcast in Chicago in 1978. As I remember, it was listenable and quite powerful. And lo, it's on YouTube. Here's the first part: _Z75cdL2Kv8 https://www.youtube.c...
by jserraglio
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird

I had mentioned this movie to my IB class as one that might appeal (it does not romanticize the parochial high-school experience). Two of my students, both male, had already seen it and thought it was excellent.
by jserraglio
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook reconsidered
Replies: 11
Views: 146

Re: Facebook reconsidered

It's called UseNet, and its "forums" are called NewsGroups. RMCR (rec.music.classical.recordings) is such a group, and though it is not what it once was, it still contains lots of useful information on a slew of classical music topics and relatively little these days in the way of trolling, flame w...
by jserraglio
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mystery visitor to solar system: asteroid — or artifact?
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: Mystery visitor to solar system: asteroid — or artifact?

We cannot disprove that the sun will not rise tomorrow. Oumuamua is a bird of a strikingly different feather, an interloper from who knows where, the first interstellar object ever found to pass through our solar system. Naturally, that would arouse curiosity. We might learn more from it as a natur...
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christoph Waltz Who Tarantino Who
Replies: 8
Views: 136

Re: Christoph Waltz Who Tarantino Who

lennygoran wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:48 pm
took a look at the strudel clip
That's a BINGO! Whipped cream abbondanza. With their scalpings and swastikas incarnadine, the Yank Basterds are having none of that oh-so-SSivilized Waltz.
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mystery visitor to solar system: asteroid — or artifact?
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Mystery visitor to solar system: asteroid — or artifact?

Aliens? Maybe . The Wash Post By Ben Guarino This visitor from beyond our solar system will be probed for signs of life. Our solar system has a visitor. It’s cylindrical, dark and reddish, a quarter-mile long. The object won’t be staying. This fall, astronomers announced that the thing came blazing...
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pipe bomb explodes near 42nd St & 8th Ave
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Re: Pipe bomb explodes near 42nd St & 8th Ave

“. . . I’ve got something to say to this guy. Seriously? You tried to terrorize New York subway commuters? Nice try. Nice try. New York commuters don’t even flinch when the subway breakdancers kick two inches away from their face. They have to battle rats for the seat — which, for the record, you sh...
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christoph Waltz Who Tarantino Who
Replies: 8
Views: 136

Re: Christoph Waltz Who Tarantino Who

Netflix has both. Rentals @ 3.99 or less at Amazon Movies, Google Play, etc. Alternative history, revenge fantasy.
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christoph Waltz Who Tarantino Who
Replies: 8
Views: 136

Re: Christoph Waltz Who Tarantino Who

Waltz is excellent in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained with Jamie Foxx, mentioned in passing in the reprinted article. In Basterds he plays a villainous Nazi SS hunter of the Jews in occupied France, in Django a bounty hunter that cuts the ground out from under Southern racism.
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics
Replies: 8
Views: 150

Re: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics

I would not quote Hamlet's classic musing on the philosophical acceptance of our mortality, which is paralleled in a passage from King Lear ("Men must endure their going hence even as their coming hither; ripeness is all.") Not to mention John Maynard Keynes's "In the long run we are all dead." In ...
by jserraglio
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics
Replies: 8
Views: 150

Re: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics

Motor cars doomed many thousands of buggy-whip makers. Actually not, presumably they found other lines of work in which they could use their skills. Auto mechanics have had to do this already for years, as the innards of cars (gasoline and otherwise) have been increasingly computerized. And as long...
by jserraglio
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics
Replies: 8
Views: 150

Re: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics

We're still a long way from all-electric cars . . . . Read the book Rise of the Robots. We're still a long way from total climactic collapse too, but that doesn't make a problem any the less urgent to face. If it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all. The Chevy Bolt’s maintenance schedu...
by jserraglio
Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'Me Too' movement asks 'What about Trump'? Gillibrand calls on Trump to resign or be investigated for sexual misconduct
Replies: 0
Views: 41

'Me Too' movement asks 'What about Trump'? Gillibrand calls on Trump to resign or be investigated for sexual misconduct

Gillibrand calls on Trump to resign http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/11/politics/trump-resign-gillibrand-sexual-assault/index.html ____________________ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/12/11/trump-accusers-say-it-was-heartbreaking-to-see-him-elected-despite-sexual-misconduct-alle...
by jserraglio
Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics
Replies: 8
Views: 150

Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics

WAPO report Craig Van Batenburg began his career as an auto mechanic in 1970 after falling in love with the internal combustion engine. But for several years, the 67-year-old from Massachusetts has been warning about its imminent demise. As a wave of electric vehicles quickly approaches, experts say...
by jserraglio
Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: POTUS as Couch Potato
Replies: 0
Views: 44

POTUS as Couch Potato

Trump calls it fake news but a lengthy article in the NY Times reports that he watches the boob tube 4-8 hours a day. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/09/us/politics/donald-trump-president.html Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation With Twitter as his Excalibur, the president takes...
by jserraglio
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pipe bomb explodes near 42nd St & 8th Ave
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Pipe bomb explodes near 42nd St & 8th Ave

http://pix11.com/2017/12/11/emergency-personnel-responding-near-port-authority/ MANHATTAN — At least one person is injured and one person is in custody after a suspected pipe bombing in Manhattan, according to police. Multiple subway lines have been evacuated, and trains are bypassing Times Square a...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is it time to impreach?
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Re: Is it time to impreach?

Bad news for the WH. Mueller's key investigator. Andrew "Pit Bull" Weissmann, has been accused of favoring three things: gin martinis, classical music and nailing Donald Trump. https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/12/09/robert-muellers-pit-bull-is-coming-under-intense-scrutiny-over-perceived-anti-t...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is it time to impreach?
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Re: Is it time to impreach?

As I recall, Nixon's thugs did the same thing with every error the WAPO (the Wood-Stein duo) made in their reporting. Didn't work then, not likely to work now. All it did was call more attention to the story. Reputation damage-control managers say the best course when accused is to say little or not...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is it time to impreach?
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Is it time to impreach?

Not yet, but my wife and I put our names to Tom Steyer's petition anyway. Early adopters sometimes win out: so many anti-slavery petitioners were harassing slaveloving Congressmen in 1836, that a gag order had to be put in place to stop the flood.
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Adams's new opera
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: John Adams's new opera

The Dark Side of the Gold Rush By Alex Ross https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/12/11/the-dark-side-of-the-gold-rush John Adams, Girls of the Golden West John Adams’s new opera, “Girls of the Golden West,” is an assault on American mythology. On November 21, 1852, Louise Clappe, a New Englander...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "Paradise Lost"
Replies: 27
Views: 1563

Re: "Paradise Lost"

Milton was about as Christian as they make 'em, in spite of his anti-trinitarian Arian views. He was, after all, a progressive Puritan intellectual writing in revolutionary times. His Paradise Lost is maybe the greatest, most imaginative and most influential long-form narrative poem in English. I ca...
by jserraglio
Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1281

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

I have to admit that it's much more difficult for me to make allowances for Levine than it is for, say, Wagner or Karajan. I wonder if this is strictly because he's contemporaneous...or if there's something else going on in my head. Have to think more about it...but I can't imagine I'm the only one...
by jserraglio
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird

Gerwig's highly touted debut film (100% Rotten Tomato critics rating), may be a bit overrated. Still, I found the movie well-acted (Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf), charming, a bit in the vein of St. Vincent and episodic. Well worth seeing.
by jserraglio
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1281

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

I'd be delighted to take those two banished Met Centennial boxes off Tommasini's hands at the right price. Unlike Tommasini, I have never enshrined Levine's recordings nor do I now in the wake of his disgrace have any problem listening to them (or HvKs for that matter). Just this week I listened to ...
by jserraglio
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:28 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri dir. by Martin McDonagh
Replies: 0
Views: 70

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri dir. by Martin McDonagh

Twisted, funny and violent, as were the notable Irish playwright Martin McDonagh's eight plays (two trilogies, The Leenane and The Aran Islands , The Pillowman and A Behanding in Spokane ) before he become a filmmaker ( In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths ). With Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Wood...
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1281

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Updates: -- Another Levine accuser steps forward. -- Ravinia Festival severs all ties. -- Juilliard School cancels February concert. -- Cincy May Festival cancels. -- Met announces conductor Emmanuel Villaume for Tosca. -- Met GM Peter Gelb embattled as general public and donors react. _____________...
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1281

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Tommasini weighs in on the Levine mess. His Levine albums are to be banished from plain sight in his living room. Should I Put Away My James Levine Recordings? By Anthony Tommasini DEC. 5, 2017 So what do I do with these commemorative collections? I won’t give them away. But I’m going to move them o...
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1281

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

yes, Levine's predilections were pretty well-known years ago - I remember my buddy and I auditioned for Blossom Festival when it first opened, in late 60s....Levine, IIRC, was director, or else in charge of admissions....one of the acceptance requirements seemed to be a willingness to participate i...
by jserraglio
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1281

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

When the facts look bleak, then argue the law. Levine is certainly entitled to his day in court, not that he will likely be eager to seek it out since his alleged misdeeds, like that of Harvey Weinstein, now appear to have been an open secret for many years among those in musical circles. For those ...
by jserraglio
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1281

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Belle wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:17 pm
Shouldn't this be over in The Corner Pub?
Probably should be. In a sense it's been hidden away there for half a century anyway.
by jserraglio
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1281

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Levine, for the time being, tops the list of men accused in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/harve ... ct-n816546
by jserraglio
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1281

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

There are no two ways about this. Levine should retire, citing his health. If not, he should be fired. End of story. Not quite...if the statute of limitations has indeed run, criminal charges may never be brought ... Depends on when and where any alleged past offenses occurred. If Levine were to be...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1281

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

There are no two ways about this. Levine should retire, citing his health. If not, he should be fired. End of story. Child molestation is a crime, and should be treated as such. I agree. A clean break with Levine, and pronto. Because if they wait and specific allegations of criminality later turn o...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1281

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

in this age no one is entitled to a free pass-like in these other cases that have come out about sexual misconduct I am a devoted admirer of Levine's artistry (I listen often to his recordings and broadcasts), so I do hope these disturbing allegations of criminal misconduct with a child prove to be...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Flynn is reportedly prepared to testify Trump ordered him to contact Russians
Replies: 9
Views: 245

Re: Flynn is reportedly prepared to testify Trump ordered him to contact Russians

Trump issues triumphant tweet gloating over this turn of events . . .

Brian Ross suspended by ABC News for his erroneous report which tanked the stock market last Friday.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/02/us/b ... d-abc.html
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1281

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer are outliers. How long did it take for Harvey Weinstein to be fired? Weeks, months, years or decades?

The allegations about Levine concern sex with a child, a crime, not a generically immoral life style, a la Toscanini's hookup with Farrar.
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1281

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

There's no good reason for the Met or any other entity to "punish" Levine for activities that have done them no harm. Maybe, maybe not. I think that the Met's reputation would be harmed indirectly if an employee whom folks identified with the Met were to be found to have conducted himself criminall...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Flynn is reportedly prepared to testify Trump ordered him to contact Russians
Replies: 9
Views: 245

Re: Flynn is reportedly prepared to testify Trump ordered him to contact Russians

Clarification and correction issued by ABC News's Brian Ross:

It was POTUS-elect, not Candidate Trump who asked Flynn to contact the Russians.
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The bigger the fish, the sweeter the deal
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: The bigger the fish, the sweeter the deal

Boisterous New Yorkers greeting their homie affectionately today as he arrives in Manhattan . . .

https://www.google.com/amp/thehill.com/ ... -nyc%3famp
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Get Out (2017) directed by Jordan Peele
Replies: 0
Views: 85

Get Out (2017) directed by Jordan Peele

The best horror/thriller flick I've seen in a while. Has already achieved cult status on the internet. See it twice and you'll get a lot more out of it.

Warning: this video contains spoilers.



https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hBvcngHRTFg
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sean Hannity: This week's NYT Magazine controversial profile
Replies: 0
Views: 107

Sean Hannity: This week's NYT Magazine controversial profile

New York Times Magazine November 28, 2017 How Far Will Sean Hannity Go? By Matthew Shaer When he finally went to bed early in the morning on Oct. 2, Sean Hannity had a good sense, as he typically does, of how he would structure that night’s Fox News Channel broadcast. He’d lead with Puerto Rico, an...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The bigger the fish, the sweeter the deal
Replies: 2
Views: 122

The bigger the fish, the sweeter the deal

New York Times What Flynn's guilty plea means WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, was charged and pleaded guilty on Friday to making false statements. Mr. Flynn said he had agreed to cooperate with Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, in his bro...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Flynn is reportedly prepared to testify Trump ordered him to contact Russians
Replies: 9
Views: 245

Re: Flynn is reportedly prepared to testify Candidate Trump ordered him to contact Russians

Trump is in a box of his own making. Even if Mueller finds that there was no indictable collusion to rig the 2016 election, there's an excellent chance that Trump has obstructed justice. Now he probably would not be impeached even for that by a Republican House who loves him to distraction, but if h...
by jserraglio
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Flynn is reportedly prepared to testify Trump ordered him to contact Russians
Replies: 9
Views: 245

Re: Flynn is reportedly prepared to testify Candidate Trump ordered him to contact Russians

I think Mueller already knows which big fish Flynn has offered to testify against in exchange for a potential Get Out of Jail Free card. The threat is that nobody knows what Mueller's next move will be, so they gotta be freaking out tonite in the WH. But based solely on the Statement of Offense rele...
by jserraglio
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Flynn is reportedly prepared to testify Trump ordered him to contact Russians
Replies: 9
Views: 245

Flynn is reportedly prepared to testify Trump ordered him to contact Russians

Brian Ross of ABC News reports today that Mike Flynn has decided to cooperate fully with Mueller and testify against Trump, the Trump family and his associates in the White House both before and after the election. https://mobile.twitter.com/ABC/status/936628560374071296/video/1 http://abcnews.go.co...
by jserraglio
Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Verdi’s Requiem Recast as Memorial for Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Replies: 6
Views: 206

Re: Verdi’s Requiem Recast as Memorial for Dmitri Hvorostovsky

1. Dmitri Hvorostovsky memorial service, Nov. 27, 2017 Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

2. Concert, April 27, 2013 Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

http://meloman.ru/farewell-to-dmitry/
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: martin luther music article
Replies: 11
Views: 273

Re: martin luther music article

As a Lutheran cleric, maybe Italian Baroque Vivaldi's nickname should have been il pastor rosso rather than il prete rosso.