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by jserraglio
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dresden 1945
Replies: 10
Views: 229

Re: Dresden 1945

Literature is literature and history is history. Frankly, I don't give a damn about Robert Lowell's opinion. I would rely rather on the opinion I once heard from an unrepentant RAF officer, and I'm pretty sure I'm getting this exactly: "It didn't take a genius to see that if Nazism had triumphed, a...
by jserraglio
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dresden 1945
Replies: 10
Views: 229

Re: Dresden 1945

You don't make sarcastic fun of the world's greatest horror story because there were mess-ups even on the "friendly" side. More to the point perhaps is Kurt Vonnegut's experience in actually having survived the bombing of Dresden. He saw it from various angles, but he never said it was the wrong th...
by jserraglio
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Critics in both parties openly call Trump traitor
Replies: 6
Views: 31

Re: Critics in both parties openly call Trump traitor

I thought he would walk it back but I was wrong. He tippy-toed it back.

Image[/url]Daily News July 17, 2018
by jserraglio
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Critics in both parties openly call Trump traitor
Replies: 6
Views: 31

Critics in both parties openly call Trump traitor

NYT Analysis By Peter Baker WASHINGTON — John O. Brennan spent a career in the Central Intelligence Agency defending the United States against its enemies. For decades, that meant terrorists, rogue regimes or the Russians. For him now, it means the president of the United States. When Mr. Brennan ac...
by jserraglio
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The danger posed by a weak and malleable Donald Trump
Replies: 2
Views: 28

Re: The danger posed by a weak and malleable Donald Trump

Donald doesn't know it yet but under duress he's going to have to walk back yesterday's presser remarks. Not that that will change his underlying opinion which will re-surface later as always when he is forced to backtrack under fire. If he were a patriot he would do the right thing and resign. In t...
by jserraglio
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 458
Views: 80173

Re: What I listened to today

Giulini/Philharmonia ‎– Dvorak Symphony N°4 / Scherzo Capriccioso Angel LP S-35847

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by jserraglio
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The danger posed by a weak and malleable Donald Trump
Replies: 2
Views: 28

The danger posed by a weak and malleable Donald Trump

WAPO ANALYSIS by Dan Balz When the history of Donald Trump’s presidency is ultimately written, July 16, 2018, will have a special entry. On a day when the setting called for a show of strength and resolve from an American president, Trump instead offered deference, defensiveness, equivocation and we...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 32
Views: 405

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

You are right, ablation is a word, though it has nothing to do with using the ablative case. Then of course I meant three different declensions, not cases, because the genitive of the three persons of the Trinity is formed differently for each one. Neither the washing of the hands (the lavabo, mean...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 32
Views: 405

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

You are right, ablation is a word, though it has nothing to do with using the ablative case. Then of course I meant three different declensions, not cases, because the genitive of the three persons of the Trinity is formed differently for each one. Neither the washing of the hands (the lavabo, mean...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump scores triple hat trick on swing thru Europe; Brennan dares call it treason
Replies: 4
Views: 54

Re: Trump scores triple hat trick on swing thru Europe; Brennan dares call it treason

Question. Who in that press conference lineup would a Martian have picked out as the POTUS and who as the vassal from a tributary realm offering his submission?
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 32
Views: 405

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

There is no such word as ablation, unless you are in the business of coining words. Ablution, for those who do not know, refers to the cleansing of the vessels after communion, and I doubt that Pope Francis has had to do so for himself in many years. Trust me once, so trust me twice. Ablation is a ...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 32
Views: 405

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

Bernstein knew both how to write for voice and what the Latin said. He did? Seek and ye shall find. The sung text of Missa brevis in its first complete commercial recording would satisfy even the tetchiest of Latinists: https://www.chandos.net/chanimages/Booklets/CH10172.pdf Once you accept that th...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump scores triple hat trick on swing thru Europe; Brennan dares call it treason
Replies: 4
Views: 54

Re: Trump scores triple hat trick on swing thru Europe; Brennan dares call it treason

Republicans lash out in a firestorm of criticism. Former Illinois House GOP Rep. Joe Walsh calls Trump a traitor.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatod ... /788752002
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump scores triple hat trick on swing thru Europe; Brennan dares call it treason
Replies: 4
Views: 54

Trump scores triple hat trick on swing thru Europe; Brennan dares call it treason

PERIOD #1. Brussels — Undermines NATO, Germany and Angelia Merkel. Score 3-0. PERIOD #2. London — Undermines EU, U.K. and Theresa May. Score 6-0. PERIOD #3. Helsinki — Undermines USA, supports Russia and Vladimir Putin. His 16 July press-conference comments are called 'treasonous' by former CIA Chie...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 32
Views: 405

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

Bernstein knew both how to write for voice and what the Latin said.

Bernstein: Missa brevis (1989)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEzR5uLhe-Q

by jserraglio
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 32
Views: 405

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

The next time I listen to the Bach B Minor Mass, if it finishes early and there's some time left, I'll put on the Bernstein Mass and give it a listen, to see what all this hubbub is about. I've had a copy of this in my disc collection for years and never opened it. I guess I've been too busy listen...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 44
Views: 635

Re: Classical records for children

Porter was one of a kind. What a life! https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2004/07/12/king-cole — You could follow a progression from Jerome Kern to Dick Rodgers to Gershwin. But Cole seemed to spring like Jupiter from Minerva’s head—all made. What he did was so special and . . . unexplainable that ...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dresden 1945
Replies: 10
Views: 229

Re: Dresden 1945

The OT nailed it: "If men quarrel, and one strike a woman with child, and she miscarry indeed, but live herself: he shall be answerable for so much damage as the woman's husband shall require, and as arbiters shall award. But if her death ensue thereupon, he shall render life for life. Eye for eye, ...
by jserraglio
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dresden 1945
Replies: 10
Views: 229

Re: Dresden 1945

Dresden was a completely militarized city ... It had to be obliterated in order to avoid the greater evil of prolonging the conflict ... I doubt that anybody wants to destroy beauty plus countless thousands of lives, but there was no remorse in this case. They brought it on themselves Guess they ha...
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: 32
Views: 405

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: 44
Views: 635

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: 32
Views: 405

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: 32
Views: 405

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: 32
Views: 405

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: 32
Views: 405

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: 56

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: 234

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: 32
Views: 405

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: 458
Views: 80173

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: 234

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: 51

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: 46

'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: 11
Views: 101

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: 130

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: 44
Views: 635

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: 24
Views: 263

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: 130

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: 130

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: 44

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: 149

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: 458
Views: 80173

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: 458
Views: 80173

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: 103

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: 234

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: 103

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: 149

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...