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by John F
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Robocalls: what is being done about them
Replies: 1
Views: 204

Re: Robocalls: what is being done about them

Nomorobo works only if you use the Internet for your phone service. A member of CMG uses it and says it works for him. However, land line customers like me can't use Nomorobo. Recently, Verizon has been branding calls it finds suspicious as "SPAM?" on caller ID but this shows up for a minority of un...
by John F
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 471
Views: 113319

Re: What I listened to today

You've listened only to "some" of the Toscanini? How could you stop? :) That recording was made with the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall in 1936. The record company was RCA Victor, which had been achieving extraordinary recorded sound for years - much better than the record...
by John F
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Flutist Sues-Equal Pay
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: Flutist Sues-Equal Pay

Different kinds of experience with different repertoire. Before coming to the Boston Symphony, John Ferrillo was a principal oboe in the Metropolitan Opera's orchestra (they have 2 principals for each instrument). Elizabeth Rowe's previous experience has all been in symphony orchestras, most recentl...
by John F
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Flutist Sues-Equal Pay
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: Flutist Sues-Equal Pay

The flute and oboe are not exactly equivalent where the amount of skilled labor is involved, as Heck knows. An oboist has to make a crucial part of his instrument, the reed, every time he plays it, and this has a major effect on his sound. Not so the flute, as far as I know. Also, the oboe is part o...
by John F
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 471
Views: 113319

Re: What I listened to today

And then there's Toscanini... qRi46iB85oU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRi46iB85oU Kleiber's reading is quite similar, but to my surprise, Toscanini and RCA Victor achieved sharper, more detailed sound in Carnegie Hall than Kleiber and DG did in the Musikvereinsaal 40 years later - the latter sou...
by John F
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Landline phones are here to stay
Replies: 5
Views: 311

Re: Landline phones are here to stay

Rotary dial? :)
by John F
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Landline phones are here to stay
Replies: 5
Views: 311

Re: Landline phones are here to stay

a landline happens to be better at its job
Right. And they last. I'm still using an AT&T 825 desk phone, programmable with up to 30 phone numbers, which works as well as when I bought it decades ago. One line, but that's all I've got or need. It also works as a speakerphone. Looks nice too.
by John F
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Doctor Atomic Article NYTimes Santa Fe Opera
Replies: 4
Views: 354

Re: Doctor Atomic Article NYTimes Santa Fe Opera

Seems to me that anyone old and intelligent enough to be seeing contemporary operas won't be ignorant on a topic like this, which is still occasionally in the news. Peter Sellars may believe so, as the operas he's been involved with have all been more or less didactic, but if you rely on Sellars for...
by John F
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Frau ohne Schatten
Replies: 11
Views: 481

Re: Die Frau ohne Schatten

This DVD is published on the Mariinsky Theater's own label, distributed here by LSO Live. I see that they have brought out many live performance videos: Rimsky-Korsakov's "Tale of Tsar Saltan" and "Golden Cockerel," Prokofiev's "Semyon Kotko" and "The Gambler," Verdi's "Attila," Shchedrin's new oper...
by John F
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some RIPs
Replies: 1
Views: 280

Some RIPs

Courtesy of the Opera Nostalgia web site: Claudio Desderi, baritone, d. in Florence, June 30 Joyce Blackham, mezzo-soprano, d. June 4 Barry McDaniel, baritone, d. June 18 Kristine Ciesinski, soprano, d. June 9 Opera Nostalgia (http://www.operanostalgia.be/) offers obituaries and book and record revi...
by John F
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Frau ohne Schatten
Replies: 11
Views: 481

Re: Die Frau ohne Schatten

The Canadian tenor Jon Vickers's name was changed to Wickers in Austria and Germany for the same reason. And the role of Pinkerton in "Madama Butterfly" is Linkerton in the German-speaking world. Seems the Germans are sensitive about these things. Vickers could have been an outstanding Emperor in "F...
by John F
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Frau ohne Schatten
Replies: 11
Views: 481

Re: Die Frau ohne Schatten

Murray took several performances in 2001-2 - I believe they were scheduled with him, probably to get him to cover Moser for the other performances just in case. That production wasn't very satisfactory; it's too bad you didn't see the Met's previous/first one by Nathaniel Merrill and Robert O'Hearn ...
by John F
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Frau ohne Schatten
Replies: 11
Views: 481

Re: Die Frau ohne Schatten

Good luck with figuring out what's going on. :) It's not the production but Hofmannsthal's libretto that's at fault; even with the accurate English subtitles and a production faithful to the opera, you may find it useful to read the synopsis on Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Frau_ohne_...
by John F
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Frau ohne Schatten
Replies: 11
Views: 481

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Looking for something else, I happened on a complete performance of Strauss's opera at the Mariinsky Theater conducted by Valery Gergiev. It's not an all-star cast but members of the Mariinsky's ensemble, so the singing isn't glamorous but it's eommitted and expressive. The orchestra's playing is ma...
by John F
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Amazon's cashier-less grocery store
Replies: 0
Views: 227

Amazon's cashier-less grocery store

That's an actual store, bricks and mortar (or whatever it's built with), with actual groceries in it. But there any resemblance to reality ends. The Amazon Go Store is Here: Everything We Know About the Cashierless Grocery Store of the Future Charlie Heller January 22, 2018 The first Amazon Go store...
by John F
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "Wilhelm Furtwängler: Art and the Politics of the Unpolitical"
Replies: 2
Views: 298

Re: "Wilhelm Furtwängler: Art and the Politics of the Unpolitical"

Thanks for taking the trouble to post this. Michael Tanner usually writes about opera productions and performances in the British Isles, often by minor and (to an American) obscure opera companies, and since I haven't found that kind of review very useful, I haven't read any of his Spectator work. T...
by John F
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chalkie documentary on BBC 4
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: Chalkie documentary on BBC 4

BBC Radio 4 can be received for free anywhere in the world. But the Chalkie show will be on TV 4, and that's only available to British residents who have paid the annual licence fee. So unless somebody uploads it to YouTube or a web site, we're out of luck. By the way, according to the BBC 4 schedul...
by John F
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A New Zurich Ring Convinces Noseda
Replies: 1
Views: 258

Re: A New Zurich Ring Convinces Noseda

Zurich's current Ring production is by Robert Wilson. Doesn't seem to have lasted very long, but then, Wilson productions are very difficult to revive.
by John F
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strange - at Best Buy!
Replies: 13
Views: 841

Re: Strange - at Best Buy!

Classical music people may still prefer to have the physical discs, but they're a very small part of the market. Over where the big money is, buyers prefer to download individual songs to their iPods. I'm sure there will always be CD players as there are still analog turntables, some capable of 78 r...
by John F
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Herheim's Pelleas A Review
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Re: Herheim's Pelleas A Review

The sheep, at least, is in the opera. Act 4, scene 3. The rest of it seems like just fooling around.
by John F
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Center’s White Travertine Facade: Infighting and Indecision
Replies: 1
Views: 354

Re: Lincoln Center’s White Travertine Facade: Infighting and Indecision

The main news here is details of what led to Debora Spar's resignation, and they're pretty much consistent with what we inferred at the time. There's no chance that Lincoln Center Inc. will cease producing its own programs and revert to merely sweeping the plaza and fixing the plumbing, nor any sign...
by John F
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Munich Parsifal NYTimes Review
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Re: Munich Parsifal NYTimes Review

Essentially, Woolfe is complaining that this production is too faithful to Wagner's opera. "Parsifal" raises a lot of questions and leaves most of them open; so, according to Woolfe, has Pierre Audi. Good for him!
by John F
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian conductor Rozhdestvensky dead at 87
Replies: 30
Views: 7327

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. Again, there's no plausible reason why anyone at ...
by John F
Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian conductor Rozhdestvensky dead at 87
Replies: 30
Views: 7327

Re: Russian conductor Rozhdestvensky dead at 87

Google's bots are for keeping its search results up to date. They're all over everywhere all the time. I haven't heard that Google has been changing the contents of web sites it doesn't own, and I don't believe it. It's hard to understand who or what would gain anything by deleting a single normal a...
by John F
Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wait, Leonard Bernstein Wrote a ‘Peter Pan’ Musical?
Replies: 19
Views: 2307

Re: Wait, Leonard Bernstein Wrote a ‘Peter Pan’ Musical?

Hmm. I'm sure you know this, but for those who don't, "Monster Mash" isn't sung but spoken, and it's not Boris Karloff but Bobby Pickett doing a very good Karloff imitation. According to the Wikipedia article about him, Karloff did sing one more time professionally after "Peter Pan," as a guest on N...
by John F
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Justice Kennedy Resigns
Replies: 31
Views: 2695

Re: Justice Kennedy Resigns

From what I've read about Peterson, mainly in the Wikipedia article, I don't believe I would get much out of him. His preoccupation with political correctness (he's against it), which he somehow associates with Marxism, :roll: isn't encouraging; it puts him in the same camp, if not on the same level...
by John F
Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wait, Leonard Bernstein Wrote a ‘Peter Pan’ Musical?
Replies: 19
Views: 2307

Re: Wait, Leonard Bernstein Wrote a ‘Peter Pan’ Musical?

Yes, Boris Karloff's singing voice is right for Captain Hook, though I'd expected something even more sinister, like Darrell Fancourt in the D'Oyly Carte recordings.
by John F
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 471
Views: 113319

Re: What I listened to today

An almost exact contemporary of Leonard Bernstein, Walter Hendl similarly graduated from Fritz Reiner's conducting class at the Curtis Institute, was briefly a Koussevitzky protegé, then assistant conductor and pianist of the New York Philharmonic - he plays in Bruno Walter's recording of Beethoven'...
by John F
Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: White Light Festival Saariaho Opera
Replies: 2
Views: 714

Re: White Light Festival Saariaho Opera

I'll definitely want to see this! Thanks for posting the news.
by John F
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Justice Kennedy Resigns
Replies: 31
Views: 2695

Re: Justice Kennedy Resigns

My argument has always been that people are more complex and multi-variant in temperament and interest than the occupations they inhabit. I certainly agree, and I'd add, than merely whether they're male or female. Again and again you come back to Jordan Peterson; he's the one authority you refer to...
by John F
Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: de Larrocha's mega-Decca set announced
Replies: 10
Views: 1787

Re: de Larrocha's mega-Decca set announced

Praise is not the same thing as reverence.
by John F
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Justice Kennedy Resigns
Replies: 31
Views: 2695

Re: Justice Kennedy Resigns

I take your point about enjoying work and it has been said many times before by others that men find their sense of self much more in work than women do - that women are flexible and are more interested in people than things such as work. I think that's very true. If it were so, then I'd expect the...
by John F
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Justice Kennedy Resigns
Replies: 31
Views: 2695

Re: Justice Kennedy Resigns

I'm not denying that people should choose whether or not to continue working; I just say it's a shame that they can't smell the roses and enjoy some kind of retirement in believing that work is the be all and end all. Many people are glad to put their jobs behind them, if they can afford to. But if...
by John F
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler Recordings
Replies: 19
Views: 7270

Re: Furtwängler Recordings

Gerald Moore's recordings with singers, particularly Lieder, are certainly very fine, but his recordings of sonatas etc. with instrumentalists are not so special. They're also not so numerous; Moore and/or the record companies recognized his special strengths and focused on them. Even in the art son...
by John F
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new book about Mozart
Replies: 2
Views: 800

Re: A new book about Mozart

When I get it, I'll probably have more to say about it.
by John F
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: What's Wrong about Facebook
Replies: 6
Views: 1636

Re: What's Wrong about Facebook

Facebook's membership is so large that many businesses and organizations put as much emphasis on it as on their web sites for publicity and customer relations. It's important to their business plans - but not to me.
by John F
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's "Best 2018 So Far " cd's
Replies: 3
Views: 811

Re: WQXR's "Best 2018 So Far " cd's

A Swedish friend heard a broadcast of Harding's Mahler 9 and says it's good. Otherwise there's nothing in this list that I'd even bother to listen to, let alone buy.
by John F
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new book about Mozart
Replies: 2
Views: 800

A new book about Mozart

I already have two shelves of books about Mozart and his music, but it looks like I'll have to find room for yet another. The similarly titled book by Volkmar Braunbehrens is a biography, setting Mozart's life and activity in the context of the Vienna and Austria of his time. From the review in New ...
by John F
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Justice Kennedy Resigns
Replies: 31
Views: 2695

Re: Justice Kennedy Resigns

It should be no surprise that those who love their work keep doing it as long as they can. Appointments to the Supreme Court are for life, and many justices take that literally. Why shouldn't they? But the Court has become so political that its members now only retire, if at all, when a president of...
by John F
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rattle in Berlin
Replies: 5
Views: 1605

Re: Rattle in Berlin

Amateur dramatics: my week playing for Simon Rattle Ariane Todes Tue 26 Jun 2018 Simon Rattle is looking straight at me, eyes flaring, fist shaking. I am straining with every fibre of my being to give him what he wants. I would die for this man right now. I’m desperate to shape the phrase just as he...
by John F
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: de Larrocha's mega-Decca set announced
Replies: 10
Views: 1787

Re: de Larrocha's mega-Decca set announced

Thanks, but no thanks.
by John F
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wait, Leonard Bernstein Wrote a ‘Peter Pan’ Musical?
Replies: 19
Views: 2307

Re: Wait, Leonard Bernstein Wrote a ‘Peter Pan’ Musical?

You can check it out for yourself, as several numbers (though not the complete original cast LP) are on YouTube. I've just listened to "The Pirate Song" and it's nothing to do with "Candide," it's a steal from Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance."
by John F
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wait, Leonard Bernstein Wrote a ‘Peter Pan’ Musical?
Replies: 19
Views: 2307

Re: Wait, Leonard Bernstein Wrote a ‘Peter Pan’ Musical?

Yes, and I saw it. That is, my parents took us to see it. I remember that Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff were in it, not at all an "unlikely combo," as Arthur looked the part even if she wasn't a singer; otherwise it's gone.
by John F
Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brandon Ridenour, first-class trumpeter
Replies: 8
Views: 2400

Re: Brandon Ridenour, first-class trumpeter

Orchestras and opera companies publishing recordings of their live performances, usually radio broadcasts, is a fairly recent development, filling the void left when one record company after another dropped out of the classical music business. If only the New York Philharmonic and Covent Garden had ...
by John F
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: de Larrocha's mega-Decca set announced
Replies: 10
Views: 1787

Re: de Larrocha's mega-Decca set announced

:roll: :roll: Here in NYC, De Larrocha appeared every summer playing a Mozart concerto at Mostly Mozart. Very seldom did I hear her give a really illuminating and moving performance; often she seemed rather bored, and once lost her place. So I have none of her Mozart records and few of the others. T...
by John F
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: What's Wrong about Facebook
Replies: 6
Views: 1636

Re: What's Wrong about Facebook

What's wrong about Amazon? The same thing. Not at all. Amazon sells products, and the only personal information they require is the minimum needed to collect payments and ship purchases, which any online or mail order vendor needs to have since the Sears catalog and before. While customers can post...
by John F
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gina Bachauer Rare Recordings release
Replies: 5
Views: 1513

Re: Gina Bachauer Rare Recordings release

She had an earthy sense of humor, according to Peter Katin (onetime member of CMG and CompuServe Music Forum). He had a repertoire of Bachauer stories which, I guess, died with him - unfortunately I don't remember any of them.
by John F
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rattle in Berlin
Replies: 5
Views: 1605

Re: Rattle in Berlin

Somehow you can't imagine any of Rattle's predecessors doing any of that: Abbado, Karajan, Furtwängler, Nikisch. So what will Petrenko do?
by John F
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano music of Henry Cowell
Replies: 1
Views: 1219

Re: Piano music of Henry Cowell

Cowell's most famous piano piece, and maybe his most famous period, is doubtless "The Banshee" (1925). I got it on a Folkways recording, of all things, played and announced by the composer: 4MnA-dUY3cY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MnA-dUY3cY Cowell recorded an LP's worth of his piano music in th...
by John F
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Should every high school have a film club?
Replies: 47
Views: 10670

Re: Should every high school have a film club?

New York's public schools do have academic programs of instruction in the creative and performing arts. (Remember the TV series "Fame?") LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts is across Amsterdam Avenue from Lincoln Center. But this has nothing to do with our topic, which is film c...