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by John F
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 69
Views: 61552

Re: What movies are you watching today?

That would have been the Brattle Theatre, right? What a great movie house - I'm glad to see they're still in business. Not only the theatre but the audience was something else. The Brattle didn't just show "art" films, during exam period they would show old-time favorites. One of these was "Frankens...
by John F
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 69
Views: 61552

Re: What movies are you watching today?

Have you seen Truffaut's "Day for Night"? One of my favorites. Here's a clip:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=271ymG6B7aw
by John F
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Offenbach’s ‘Fabulous Nonsense’ Hits Salzburg, With Cancan
Replies: 27
Views: 10377

Re: Offenbach’s ‘Fabulous Nonsense’ Hits Salzburg, With Cancan

Of course "Mikado" and other G&S operettas make fun of the Victorian English, but that's a subtext, and their actual stories and music are about Japanese, or fairies, or pirates, or ghosts. Gilbert went to a good deal of trouble to make "The Mikado" Japanese; you won't find Queen Victoria being welc...
by John F
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Offenbach’s ‘Fabulous Nonsense’ Hits Salzburg, With Cancan
Replies: 27
Views: 10377

Re: Offenbach’s ‘Fabulous Nonsense’ Hits Salzburg, With Cancan

English National Opera's "Mikado," staged by Eric Idle of the Monty Python group, was set in 1920s England. There's nothing Japanese to be seen. Here's a sample, with Idle himself as Ko-ko: 6URZJ31bwv4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6URZJ31bwv4 The whole thing is on YouTube if you want more. :roll:
by John F
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Offenbach’s ‘Fabulous Nonsense’ Hits Salzburg, With Cancan
Replies: 27
Views: 10377

Re: Offenbach’s ‘Fabulous Nonsense’ Hits Salzburg, With Cancan

It used to be that NYGASP imitated the D'Oyly Carte productions as closely as possible, and that was fine with me. They even had John Reed as a guest performer, I believe in "The Mikado." Whether this traditional approach still true I don't know, as I haven't seen any of their shows in a while. But ...
by John F
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chamber version of LvB's 4th PC
Replies: 1
Views: 2377

Re: Chamber version of LvB's 4th PC

Needless. Such an arrangement would eviscerate the 2nd movement, which needs the force of a full orchestra for its proper expressive effect. Is the arrangement by Beethoven himself or another notable composer, or just a publisher's hack?
by John F
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Offenbach’s ‘Fabulous Nonsense’ Hits Salzburg, With Cancan
Replies: 27
Views: 10377

Re: Offenbach’s ‘Fabulous Nonsense’ Hits Salzburg, With Cancan

If you're talking about the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, they're still in business, and next season they will be doing "Iolanthe" (October 26-7), "The Mikado" (December 27-30 and January 4-5), and "The Gondoliers" (April 18-19), plus a New Years Eve gala. Performances will be at the Kaye Pla...
by John F
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Best/Word Schools in the Nation: Quite Shocking
Replies: 2
Views: 3248

Re: Best/Word Schools in the Nation: Quite Shocking

Actually, Lance, the populations of New York City and therefore New York State have been increasing for years, not by leaps and bounds but steadily. The only decade of decline was the 1970s, possibly due to the crime wave in NYC. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_(state)#Population I understand...
by John F
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Offenbach’s ‘Fabulous Nonsense’ Hits Salzburg, With Cancan
Replies: 27
Views: 10377

Re: Offenbach’s ‘Fabulous Nonsense’ Hits Salzburg, With Cancan

I think Kosky's approach and attitude are exactly right for Offenbach's comedy. Over the years I've picked up all the longer operrettas and many one-acters in lively recordings but have never been able to see them, except (oddly) two productions of "The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein," for me islands o...
by John F
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled
Replies: 29
Views: 21065

Re: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled

5 things we can learn from problems at BSO and elsewhere. By Mary Carole McCauley Aug 05, 2019 | 5:00 AM 1) Symphonies will always cost more than they earn U.S. symphonies are hampered by a structural flaw. Even the most frugal and well-managed classical ensembles will continue to spend more money t...
by John F
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Barnes & Noble to be bought by hedge fund
Replies: 6
Views: 6656

Re: Barnes & Noble to be bought by hedge fund

About Barnes & Noble's new boss, James Daunt: When Mr. Daunt took over Waterstones, he did away with so-called mystery shoppers, a common retail tactic in which undercover buyers report on a variety of performance metrics at stores, like speed of service and tidiness. Mr. Daunt considered this patro...
by John F
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 98
Views: 64361

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Almost but not quite so much of a distortion as the Left's flattening Miller's play down to a simplistic allegory about McCarthyism. Hey, Miller himself intended "The Crucible" as an allegory about the anticommunist witch hunts of the 1950s, and at the time everybody knew it. One critic calls it "s...
by John F
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 911
Views: 726755

Re: What I listened to today

That was the performance of October 30, 1955. As far as I can tell, it's the only time Mitropoulos conducted this music, and for all the effort of preparing it, they gave only the one performance. The concert began with the Forest Murmurs from "Slegfried" and then on to "Götterdämmerung" after a bri...
by John F
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled
Replies: 29
Views: 21065

Re: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled

Slatkin's argument is that taking either side does no good in actually resolving the strike. What purpose is served, then, by taking sides against the orchestra's board of directors, if it doesn't really help the players? It's just rhetoric. Better, then, to stand back, conduct any concerts the play...
by John F
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Faber & Faber: T.S. Eliot and after
Replies: 1
Views: 4764

Faber & Faber: T.S. Eliot and after

I love this. The Unlikely History of Faber & Faber By Jonathan Galassi July 23, 2019 A literary publishing house is a strange beast—a business, yes, but also less and more than one. Publishers sometimes develop exalted notions about their cultural status; sometimes these notions become broadly share...
by John F
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The One Sided Records Arrive
Replies: 9
Views: 5421

Re: The One Sided Records Arrive

Google on "dealer 78 rpm records". You'll find that some dealers aren't interested in classical records while others are. You'll also find discouraging information such as I've already provided. Larry Holdridge is a well-known dealer and one of the few I've found just now who will accept classical r...
by John F
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled
Replies: 29
Views: 21065

Re: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled

Which team does he think that the music director should join? Sometimes a neutral is involved, namely, a mediator. If not a mediator, then an involved and knowledgeable representative of both "teams" who is respected and trusted by both. Whether such a setup would actually make a difference, nobody...
by John F
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philippe Jaroussky
Replies: 8
Views: 4981

Re: Philippe Jaroussky

I'm afraid most of Fauré\s music in any form seems to me rather insipid, in itself and compaered with other French composers'. Of course there are exceptions such as the lovely Sicilienne that he reorchestrated for "Pelléas et Mélisande," but not many that I've heard. 49JlsIA1Uzo https://www.youtube...
by John F
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Replies: 0
Views: 4122

New chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Mary Anne Carter has been confirmed to serve as the 12th chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Carter first joined the NEA as senior deputy chairman during the Trump administration transition in 2016. She has been serving as acting chair since Obama’s appointee Jane Chu stepped dow...
by John F
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled
Replies: 29
Views: 21065

Re: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled

When Orchestra’s Falter, Where are the Music Directors? By Leonard Slatkin August 6, 2019 1968, 1979 and 2008. At some point during those three years, orchestras that I was affiliated with went on strike. The first occurred when I was just a kid, in my debut year as assistant conductor of the Saint ...
by John F
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The One Sided Records Arrive
Replies: 9
Views: 5421

Re: The One Sided Records Arrive

If you have a turntable that can play at 78 rpm, go ahead and play whatever you like on it. The sound will be poor as the LP 1-mil stylus rattles around in the 3-mil record groove but at least you'll be able to hear what you've got, however poorly. My point is that the Carusos and probably many of t...
by John F
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Leif Ova Andsnes live at 2019 Proms
Replies: 4
Views: 4199

Re: Pianist Leif Ova Andsnes live at 2019 Proms

I agree that "Das Lied von der Erde" is most affecting when sung by an "alto," whether a contralto like Kathleen Ferrier or a mezzo-soprano like most others. (I really dislike the baritone alternative.) Mahler didn't live to conduct the premiere so we can't know for sure what his preference would ha...
by John F
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The One Sided Records Arrive
Replies: 9
Views: 5421

Re: The One Sided Records Arrive

As maestrob says, those are pre-long playing records that play at 78 rpm instead of 33 rpm. That's not the only difference - the groove containing the sound is wider than in an LP. To play such records you need a turntable with 78 rpm speed and a cartridge with a stylus of the right size. And of cou...
by John F
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Harold Prince RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 3129

Re: Harold Prince RIP

Appreciation: From ‘Cabaret’ to ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ Hal Prince made the musical modern By Charles McNultyTheater Critic July 31, 2019 It’s no exaggeration to say that Broadway director and producer Hal Prince made the musical modern. When the Golden Age was in danger of losing some of its luster...
by John F
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philippe Jaroussky
Replies: 8
Views: 4981

Re: Philippe Jaroussky

Actually, most of the 18th century operatic repertoire we hear sung by countertenors was composed for castratos, a very different type of voice from falsetto soprano or alto. And there have been some modern operas with castrato parts, such as Oberon in Britten's "Midsummer Night's Dream" originally ...
by John F
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philippe Jaroussky
Replies: 8
Views: 4981

Re: Philippe Jaroussky

He didn't, but art songs are often sung by voice types they weren't written for. Schubert's "Winterreise" has been recorded several times by women, from Lotte Lehmann to Christa Ludwig. Less often do men sing women's songs; I've never heard Schubert's "Gretchen am Spinnrade" sung by a baritone or te...
by John F
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Moscow Nights - The Van Cliburn Story
Replies: 1
Views: 5093

Re: Moscow Nights - The Van Cliburn Story

When the blue-ribbon jury selected Van Cliburn as the winner, there was concern among the Soviet members that they might suffer for choosing him. The chairman of the jury, I think it was Gilels, phoned Khrushchev to tell him. Khrushchev: "Is he the best?" Gilels: "Yes." Khrushchev: "Then give him th...
by John F
Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Timeline: 5 Years of Mass Shootings in America
Replies: 13
Views: 7497

Re: Timeline: 5 Years of Mass Shootings in America

It's a chicken and egg equation though, isn't it. If we're talking about cause and effect, I don't think so. There have been studies about this kind of thing and they don't bear out the easy popular notion that what people see in fictional entertainments, they then go out and copy in real life. Sur...
by John F
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Timeline: 5 Years of Mass Shootings in America
Replies: 13
Views: 7497

Re: Timeline: 5 Years of Mass Shootings in America

Only the other way around - violent movies sell in America because this is a violent society and a gun culture. If there's a single gunshot in any film by Bergman, Fellini, or Truffaut, I don't remember it, though doubtless someone here will.
by John F
Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A New ‘Tannhäuser’ Brings Burger King to Bayreuth
Replies: 15
Views: 8417

Re: A New ‘Tannhäuser’ Brings Burger King to Bayreuth

Gergiev disappoints again. He's conducted quite a lot of Wagner at the Met as well as St. Petersburg, and the complete Ring here during the Lincoln Center Festival. That's probably why he was invited to Bayreuth. The performances I've heard were certainly not inadequate but nothing special either. ...
by John F
Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More On Bayreuth Tannhäuser Le Gateau Chocolat Booed Nikitin Tattoo
Replies: 7
Views: 6075

Re: More On Bayreuth Tannhäuser Le Gateau Chocolat Booed Nikitin Tattoo

I don't understand why so many younger women, clearly middle class and often in the professions (e.g. medicine), get themselves tattooed - not just a small discreet image but big stuff, like you'd expect sailors to wear. As Nikitin points out, it serves no positive purpose and eventually can become ...
by John F
Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lise Davidsen and Christine Goerke on how to make a career in Wagner
Replies: 15
Views: 8365

Re: Lise Davidsen and Christine Goerke on how to make a career in Wagner

Jessye Norman is one of a kind. She made her professional debut as Elisabeth in "Tannhäuser" and has always insisted that she's a soprano, but to my ears her vocal color and comfortable range are mezzo-soprano or lower. I haven't heard her recordng of the Strauss. Thanks to the Maharajah of Mysore, ...
by John F
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bayreuth festival in Bavaria Controversy
Replies: 9
Views: 6411

Re: Bayreuth festival in Bavaria Controversy

Wolfram is allowed to express real desire for Elisabeth rather than the abstract yearnings that so often render the two of them ineffective ciphers... while Tannhäuser seeks forgiveness in Rome, Wolfram takes Elisabeth's virginity in the camper van. Just one of many production "ideas" that contradi...
by John F
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lise Davidsen and Christine Goerke on how to make a career in Wagner
Replies: 15
Views: 8365

Re: Lise Davidsen and Christine Goerke on how to make a career in Wagner

Strauss himself wanted Flagstad to premiere the Four Last Songs, and she did, though he didn't live to hear it. But for me the ideal performance is on a 1953 Decca recording by Lisa Della Casa with the Vienna Philhamonic conducted by Karl Böhm. C2n4065TDk4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2n4065TDk4
by John F
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: World's biggest concert piano
Replies: 0
Views: 4345

World's biggest concert piano

World's largest concert piano strikes chord in Latvia AFP•July 27, 2019 Ventspils (Latvia) (AFP) - Soaring to new musical heights, a German-born innovator has crafted what is believed to be the world's largest grand piano. It is without question one of a kind: attached high on the wall of a concert ...
by John F
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 911
Views: 726755

Re: What I listened to today

Ah yes, one of those kooky Westminster LP jackets. I guess it's supposed to be a corpse in a morgue.

by John F
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lise Davidsen and Christine Goerke on how to make a career in Wagner
Replies: 15
Views: 8365

Re: Lise Davidsen and Christine Goerke on how to make a career in Wagner

Indeed, it's not about decibels. One of the greatest Brünnhildes, some say the greatest, was loud enough when necessary, but that wasn't what made her special. I'm talking about Frida Leider. eLJvn0N8ZUo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLJvn0N8ZUo Lauritz Melchior--Siegfried Frida Leider--Brünnhilde...
by John F
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4121
Views: 1264760

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

There's a good reason why I never heard of "Sardanapalo." Liszt never finished it. All that he wrote is the short score of the first act (of three), composed in his mid-30s at the same time as Wagner's "Tannhäuser." According to Wikipedia, the sketch was completed by the British musicologist David T...
by John F
Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Harold Prince RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 3129

Harold Prince RIP

He's best known for his work on Broadway musicals, but Harold Prince also directed productions of operas including Gounod's "Faust" at the Met in 1990. That was not a success - the unit set looked like a village of mud huts - and after a revival the following season it was seen no more. The New York...
by John F
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: walkure tanglewood thunderous
Replies: 6
Views: 4684

Re: walkure tanglewood thunderous

a music director of Mr. Nelsons’ stature does not stand or fall on stability alone. If you’ve expected more — innovation, risk, the unexpected — your hopes may not have been met. At least not yet. That may be what Allen expects, and it's what some music directors of the past have offered, notably K...
by John F
Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A great chamber concert
Replies: 4
Views: 3929

Re: A great chamber concert

That's a fine program. The Shostakovich viola sonata is a tough nut to crack, isn't it? The outer movements anyway. I heard it from Yuri Bashmet and Mikhail Muntyan in Rostropovich's Shostakovich cycle at the Barbican in 1998, and even they couldn't open up this music for me.
by John F
Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: walkure tanglewood thunderous
Replies: 6
Views: 4684

Re: walkure tanglewood thunderous

Allen's style is annoying, at least to me. "Perfect was the pace, perfect were the balances, perfect was his support of singers..." This is the 21st century, not the 19th. I haven't noticed his byline before, so maybe he's a stringer.
by John F
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled
Replies: 29
Views: 21065

Re: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled

There's a voice we need to hear from as the BSO crisis goes on Tim Smith July 29, 2019 As the dreadful situation at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra continues — which is to say, inside the Meyerhoff for staff, on the sidewalks for the locked out musicians — I wonder if things will get even worse com...
by John F
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Korngold’s Rarely Heard Opera Hints at His Future in Hollywood
Replies: 8
Views: 5429

Re: Korngold’s Rarely Heard Opera Hints at His Future in Hollywood

Did you see New York City Opera's marvelous production of "Die tote Stadt"? I did, more than once. The original cast in 1975 was Carol Neblett, John Alexander and Dominic Cossa, staged by Frank Corsaro and conducted by Imre Pallo. Pierrots Tanzlied ("Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen") used to be a frequent ...
by John F
Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 911
Views: 726755

Re: What I listened to today

Well, she did sing the celestial voice in Verdi's "Don Carlo." Also the second of three unborn children in "Die Frau ohne Schatten," the priestess in "Aida," and the 5th serving woman in Strauss's "Elektra." Plus those Donna Annas. End of story as far as the Met was concerned. 40 years after her las...
by John F
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 911
Views: 726755

Re: What I listened to today

I wondered about Margaret Kalil, whom I'd never heard of though I attended quite a few Met performances durng her years on the roster. According to the annals, she sang very minor soprano roles in a few operas many times. Then in 1973 she was finally given three performances in a major role, Donna A...
by John F
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A New ‘Tannhäuser’ Brings Burger King to Bayreuth
Replies: 15
Views: 8417

Re: A New ‘Tannhäuser’ Brings Burger King to Bayreuth

Tannhauser as Ronald McDonald - feh! That's even more irrelevant than Tannhauser as Jimmy Swaggart (Peter Sellars, Chicago Lyric Opera, 1988).
by John F
Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Medici TV
Replies: 16
Views: 8313

Re: Medici TV

Curious, I looked for where Medici TV's offices are. Here:

54, rue de Paradis
75010 Paris, France

No sign that they have a toll-free phone number (or any phone number at all), so I guess they don't want their customers to bother them. France - what can I say? :mrgreen:
by John F
Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Medici TV
Replies: 16
Views: 8313

Re: Medici TV

The deeply discounted price for the first year is standard in American telecommunications. When I signed up with Time Warner Cable as my TV and Internet service provider, the price was definitely a bargain, but after the first year those services got really expensive, and they still are. But it's th...