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by John F
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Problem Downloading Program To Remove Duplicate Photos
Replies: 9
Views: 370

Re: Problem Downloading Program To Remove Duplicate Photos

By "Mozilla" you mean Firefox, right? Mozilla is the non-profit corporation that makes Firefox and other software. Kind of like saying Microsoft when you mean Windows.
by John F
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Problem Downloading Program To Remove Duplicate Photos
Replies: 9
Views: 370

Re: Problem Downloading Program To Remove Duplicate Photos

You had over 62,000 duplicate files? Wow! I guess you really needed that program. :)
by John F
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical Tidbits (and Mishaps) #1
Replies: 2
Views: 300

Re: Musical Tidbits (and Mishaps)

I'll bet there were some excellent players in the Middle East Symphony Orchestra. The Royal Air Force Symphony Orchestra, which included Dennis Brain and Norman Del Mar, provided the core of the Philharmonia Orchestra when Walter Legge founded it after World War II.
by John F
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Problem Downloading Program To Remove Duplicate Photos
Replies: 9
Views: 370

Re: Problem Downloading Program To Remove Duplicate Photos

As far as I can make out from all that verbiage, you may be able to do the download right after you reboot your computer. Seems like a problem with Microsoft's server software, not your Windows.
by John F
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Salzburg Festival
Replies: 1
Views: 258

The Salzburg Festival

It's a very different festival than the Mozart-oriented gala event of the 1950s. I regret that. The Man Who Gives Form to the Sprawling Salzburg Festival By Anthony Tommasini Aug. 31, 2018 SALZBURG, Austria — Speaking to reporters about the Salzburg Festival’s new production of Monteverdi’s “L’Incor...
by John F
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 507
Views: 130620

Re: What I listened to today

Wagner: Walkure III, scene 3 & Siegfried III complete 1985 Thomas Stewart (Wotan) Ute Vinzing (Brunnhilde) James King (Siegfried) Christa Ludwig (Erda) Vienna Philharmonic cond. Leonard Bernstein James King's voice (and physique) were ideal for Siegfried, but this is his only performance of any par...
by John F
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Village Voice RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 325

Re: The Village Voice RIP

The Voice's classical music reviewer was Leighton Kerner, from 1957, joining its staff in 1961, until he retired in 1998 at age 72. I saw him and his wife everywhere; much if not all of his compensation was free press tickets to New York concerts and operas, which he paid for with his reviews pro an...
by John F
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 507
Views: 130620

Re: What I listened to today

Shostakovich's 8th quartet is, as he said, his own epitaph, with many quotations from his own music. The 15th, unlike the 15th symphony, seems obsessed by death - it consists of six movements in the same adagio tempo. For a more characteristic and less morbid quartet I suggest the 3rd, dating from 1...
by John F
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 507
Views: 130620

Re: What I listened to today

Shostakovich: string quartets Borodin Quartet (stereo set, 1-15) Not as well-recorded as the Decca Fitzwilliam set, but better musically. Working my way through the set in chronological order. If you can get it, the original Borodin Quartet (with Rostislav Dubinsky, 1st violin) is best of all, I'd ...
by John F
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"
Replies: 19
Views: 1344

Re: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"

A review of the Rachmaninoff recording in The Gramophone: Important Rachmaninov recording discovered Tim Parry 28th August 2018 Rachmaninov refused to allow his live performances to be recorded or broadcast; the recordings we have of him were all made under tightly controlled studio conditions. So t...
by John F
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Village Voice RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 325

The Village Voice RIP

Statement by the owner Peter Barbey: This is a sad day for The Village Voice and for millions of readers. The Voice has been a key element of New York City journalism and is read around the world. As the first modern alternative newspaper, it literally defined a new genre of publishing. As the Voice...
by John F
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Taylor R.I.P.
Replies: 1
Views: 263

Paul Taylor R.I.P.

The American choreographer, who died on Wednesday at 88, led his eponymous dance company until the end. Paul Taylor, Giant Of Modern Dance, Has Died August 30, 2018 Andrew Limbong Paul Taylor, one of the most prolific and influential choreographers in the world of modern dance, died Wednesday, Aug. ...
by John F
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3919
Views: 489618

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

I learned the symphony from van Beinum and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra and that recording remains a favorite. Van Beinum takes what I'd call a Beethovenesque approach, with the first movement brisk and dramatic; also he uses the Haas edition which I think is better if less musicologically ...
by John F
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Meet the latest PM of Australia
Replies: 13
Views: 621

Re: Meet the latest PM of Australia

The rest of us aren't off the hook, because too many refrained from voting at all because they disliked Hillary Clinton. The same kind of progressive purists who voted for Ralph Nader in 2000 and together with the Supreme Court, gave that election to George W. Bush. Feh.
by John F
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3919
Views: 489618

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

I'll be hearing Zweden's Bruckner 8 with the New York Philharmonic next month, the first time I'll hear him in anything. The Dutch have a long and strong tradition of Bruckner performance - I learned the major symphonies from van Beihum and several others from Haitink - so this seems worth taking a ...
by John F
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Microsoft pocket suggestions
Replies: 3
Views: 307

Re: Microsoft pocket suggestions

What is "Microsoft pocket"? Never heard it before, and Googling it turns up nothing that's relevant to your question.
by John F
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Meet the latest PM of Australia
Replies: 13
Views: 621

Re: Meet the latest PM of Australia

We in the US should be so lucky. On the other hand, maybe we've got what we deserve.
by John F
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"
Replies: 19
Views: 1344

Re: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"

For those who want to hear for themselves, this transfer of side 1, which runs from the beginning to the fermata, take 1 is used. Timing: 4:58. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRi46iB85oU&t=692s At that tempo, Toscanini was in danger of overrunning the functional length of a 12" 78 rpm side, making ...
by John F
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Kipling and WW I
Replies: 3
Views: 404

Re: Kipling and WW I

I shared your opinion of Kipling, at least of his poetry, but then I read essays by T.S. Eliot and Clive James praising him and that made me think again. (Kipling's fiction is another matter; as a boy I read the "Just So Stories," "The Jungle Book," and "Kim," and remember them as each first-rate of...
by John F
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Announces
Replies: 9
Views: 545

Re: NYCO Announces

The Piazzolla and tango craze has come and gone in New York, at least a decade ago. It's a dead horse.
by John F
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Announces
Replies: 9
Views: 545

Re: NYCO Announces

This looks back to the time when City Opera's seasons included several contemporary American operas including one premiere. Some of these went on to be recorded and produced by other opera companies. But even then, City Opera balanced its seasons with standard repertoire, "Carmen" and "La Traviata,"...
by John F
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "I Want My MP3"
Replies: 2
Views: 287

Re: "I Want My MP3"

"I Want My MP3"
You can have it. :mrgreen:
by John F
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: domingo 150 roles!
Replies: 13
Views: 957

Re: domingo 150 roles!

Right you are. The photos and other pix in Classical Music Guide are not uploaded directly to CMG's web site. They are online elsewhere on the Internet, and only the links to them are embedded in CMG messages - a far more economical use of the site's limited data storage space..
by John F
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera
Replies: 15
Views: 762

Re: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera

For those who'd like to get their Osborne for free, he has a biweekly blog on his web site. This week's topic is supposedly "Carmen Jones," according to the title, but actually it's about continuo instruments and playing in opera, with highly knowledgeable contrubitions by Frank Cooper and Will Crut...
by John F
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Oreo cookies - made in Mexico!
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: Oreo cookies - made in Mexico!

In a way it makes sense. Cocoa beans can't grow in the U.S. except in southern Florida and Hawaii, while there are many growers in Mexico's warmer climate. And of course labor costs in Mexico and most places in the world are lower than in the U.S. That's what's been happening.
by John F
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marc-André Hamelin's Schubert B-Flat, Op. Posth. Sonata
Replies: 5
Views: 476

Re: Marc-André Hamelin's Schubert B-Flat, Op. Posth. Sonata

I may have mentioned it here before: Hamelin played the sonata's first movement as an encore at his benefit recital for WHRB. The main program had consisted mostly of Hamelin specialties and applause for the Schubert was merely polite, but I thought it was first rate. Afterwards we asked Hamelin if ...
by John F
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera
Replies: 15
Views: 762

Re: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera

Thank you, Lenny, for informing us of this book. You're welcome, Lance. :mrgreen: What did High Fidelity in was its change of policy in 1983 regarding classical record reviews (they were to be reduced to 8 pages) and the consequences. James Oestreich, the editor, protested publicly and was fired, h...
by John F
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera
Replies: 15
Views: 762

Re: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera

Most likely I read it, as High Fidelity was one of the very few magazines I actually subscribed to. But I don't remember, and for me the point about Pavarotti was his authentically Italianate sound and diction - in a word, style - at a time when few if any of the other leading tenors were Italian - ...
by John F
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Inge Borkh 1921-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 666

Re: Inge Borkh 1921-2018

What a lousy translation! But lots of information. Some sources say she was born in 1921, others in 1917, which would make her 101 at her death. I saw her twice, both times as Elektra (Vienna and Munich), her signature role. She was an outstanding stage actress, having trained and begun her career i...
by John F
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 507
Views: 130620

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 heard...
by John F
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"
Replies: 19
Views: 1344

Re: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"

Thanks! That answers one question about the substitution, that Toscanini did know about it and approved it. Other questions remain, chiefly how Toscanini came to record the same music in two different tempos in the space of maybe half an hour, but since everyone involved is now dead, they'll probabl...
by John F
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera
Replies: 15
Views: 762

Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera

I think I need to read this. Even though I disagree with quite a few of the opinions Horowitz offers as representative of the book, I've always been interested in what Osborne has to say. It's available for $45.00 at conradlosborne.com. On Rescuing a “Dead Art Form” — A Landmark Book on Opera in Per...
by John F
Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 507
Views: 130620

Re: What I listened to today

Toscanini/NBCSO Marathon:January 22, 1938 - Cherubini Anacreon Overture; Haydn Symphony #98; Brahms Serenade #2; Wagner Meistersinger Overture. Toscanini's Haydn performances were generally excellent, more so than his Mozart. But in no. 98 even he, like all conductors until recently, omits the keyb...
by John F
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"
Replies: 19
Views: 1344

Re: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"

Perhaps Toscanini had other motives for changing his tempi, due to the differing acoustics of Carnegie Hall and Studio 8H. That could well be in general, but it doesn't apply to the Beethoven 7th. The concert and the recording sessions were in Carnegie Hall, and while the acoustics of Carnegie full...
by John F
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"
Replies: 19
Views: 1344

Re: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"

RCA had, starting in the 1940s, been repressing earlier recordings from their catalogue using occasional alternate takes instead of those approved by the artists and used in earlier pressings The best-known example, widely mentioned in books about Toscanini's recordings, is the first side of his fa...
by John F
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Böhm lived here!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1022

Re: Karl Böhm lived here!!

I gather Bohm may have had more Nazi inclinations than Furtwangler For sure - during the Nazi era he signed at least some of his letters with "Heil Hitler!" Furtwängler never did. In his memoirs he claims to have been nonpolitical, but in this and other matters he's not to be trusted. Apparently he...
by John F
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Displacing the unwanted
Replies: 3
Views: 697

Re: Displacing the unwanted

living_stradivarius wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:36 pm
Why do they think atonal music will drive junkies away?
As it says in the post,
Deutsche Welle wrote:DB has opted for atonal music "because it completely undermines traditional listening habits." "Few people find it beautiful — many people perceive it as something to run away from."
by John F
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Displacing the unwanted
Replies: 3
Views: 697

Displacing the unwanted

Here in New York, Mozart and Beethoven are played over the PA speakers in train and bus stations to get homeless people to move on, and it works. In Berlin they'll be using more extreme measures. Berlin station turns to atonal tunes to deter drug users Germany's national rail operator, Deutsche Bahn...
by John F
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt on Beethoven
Replies: 16
Views: 1152

Re: Liszt on Beethoven

That gives me an opening to boast a little. Listening to operas from an early age with the librettos gave me a start, and French and Latin in school and German in a summer school course took me a little further - but being stationed in Germany with the Army for two years made a difference. I rarely ...
by John F
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How high do you score on Facebook's new trustiness scale?
Replies: 2
Views: 463

Re: How high do you score on Facebook's new trustiness scale?

As everyone here knows, I only disagree with what is false. :mrgreen:
by John F
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt on Beethoven
Replies: 16
Views: 1152

Re: Liszt on Beethoven

In Liszt's time, Hungary was a province of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, and German was the language of official and intellectual matters. Liszt was bilingual from childhood, and later added French to the languages he was fluent in. Liszt was indeed an extraordinary man as well as an extraordinary ...
by John F
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes This Week in Classical Music
Replies: 11
Views: 868

Re: NYTimes This Week in Classical Music

I have several: "The Golden Cockerel," "Kashchei the Immortal" which foreshadows Stravinsky's "Firebird" in more than its name, and "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh." Here in New York we've had the opportunity to see two productions of this, both by the Mariinsky Opera conducted by Valery...
by John F
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt on Beethoven
Replies: 16
Views: 1152

Re: Liszt on Beethoven

Alan Walker's 3-volume book about Liszt's life and music has a chapter devoted to Paganini in vol. 1. Paris heard Paganini again. It was April 1832,... and this time Liszt was present... The Paganini of the piano had still to appear. The galvanizing effect that this insight produced on Liszt is now ...
by John F
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt on Beethoven
Replies: 16
Views: 1152

Re: Liszt on Beethoven

Living Stradivarius wrote:Liszt, as we know, created some variations on Paganini's solo violin works.
And so did Brahms, of course; both composers called them etudes or studies. Liszt heard Paganini play but I don't know if he wrote anything about it - maybe I can find out this afternoon.
by John F
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 507
Views: 130620

Re: What I listened to today

Belle wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:55 pm
This morning Demidenko playing Bach/Busoni transcriptions. Way, way too much pedal!!
No Szymanowski? No Penderecki?
by John F
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joshua Bell plays Saint-Saens VC # 3 at Proms
Replies: 13
Views: 943

Re: Joshua Bell plays Saint-Saens VC # 3 at Proms

Neither the Wikipedia article nor I say that Saint-Saëns was the greatest anything of all time. He was neither uniquely prodigious, if by that you mean a prodigy like Mozart or Mendelssohn (or Josef Hofmann, public concert debut at age 5), nor remarkably brilliant, if by that you mean possessing spe...
by John F
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joshua Bell plays Saint-Saens VC # 3 at Proms
Replies: 13
Views: 943

Re: Joshua Bell plays Saint-Saens VC # 3 at Proms

As most of you probably know, CSS was the most brilliant and prodigious composer of all time I don't know that, and though you don't appear to be joking, it's a joke. In high school I went on a Saint-Saëns binge, stimulated by the Symphony No. 3 which was constantly played on the FM "Good Music" st...
by John F
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt on Beethoven
Replies: 16
Views: 1152

Re: Liszt on Beethoven

Brahms had a high opinion of "Die Meistersinger," ranking it with "The Marriage of Figaro," and he also thought well of "Der fliegende Holländer." Makes sense - these are Wagner's most conservative mature operas. He helped copy the orchestral parts of "Die Meistersinger" for a concert in Vienna and ...
by John F
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt on Beethoven
Replies: 16
Views: 1152

Re: Liszt on Beethoven

Interesting. Liszt's insight corresponds with Charles Rosen's, that up to a point Beethoven's early works are imitations of the classical style as in Mozart and Haydn, but then develop and extend the classical style in original ways.
by John F
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford's Beethoven piano sonatas
Replies: 7
Views: 705

Re: Bruce Hungerford's Beethoven piano sonatas

I gather, then, that Hungerford never performed the sonata cycle in public. If so, then it was daring of him (and Vanguard) to undertake it on records.