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by John F
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remembering Birgit Nilsson
Replies: 7
Views: 215

Remembering Birgit Nilsson

2018 is her centenary, and this article is a worthy tribute. Wagner’s Wonder Woman Martin Filler You know you’re getting old when your children turn forty, but what about when an idol of one’s youth has a hundredth anniversary? So vivid are my memories of the incomparable Swedish soprano Birgit Nils...
by John F
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 326

Re: In defense of libraries

You'll find more about it here: https://qz.com/1334123/forbes-deleted-an-op-ed-arguing-that-amazon-should-replace-libraries/ A Forbes spokesperson said: “Forbes advocates spirited dialogue on a range of topics, including those that often take a contrarian view. Libraries play an important role in ou...
by John F
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which streaming service?
Replies: 15
Views: 303

Re: Which streaming service?

You don't say whether you want a streaming service that's like an extensive record collection, such as Spotify, or one that carries live performances in real time, such as the Berlin Philharmonic's. Of the former, a friend advocates strongly for Spotify, whose classical repertoire goes far beyond th...
by John F
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 326

Re: In defense of libraries

Malcolm Forbes used to say that his magazine was a "capitalist tool." He's been dead nearly 30 years and his son Steve Forbs is now its editor. Evidently he decided that publishing the article was a mistake, for all the noncapitalist protests it brought, since he had it deleted from the magazine's o...
by John F
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 597

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

Everybody knows that Shakespeare wrote what may be the greatest song texts, but they were all set to late Renaissance music and as a musical form can't be compared to Schubert, who did set at least two of them, but in German translation. Why not? By what criteria is Thomas Morley's "It was a lover ...
by John F
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 326

In defense of libraries

"This summer, Forbes magazine published an article arguing that libraries no longer served a purpose and did not deserve public support. The author, an economist, suggested that Amazon replace libraries with its own retail outlets, and claimed that most Americans would prefer a free-market option." ...
by John F
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norman Lebrecht Publishes My Gary Graffman Interview
Replies: 9
Views: 263

Re: Norman Lebrecht Publishes My Gary Graffman Interview

For once Lebrecht has (re)published something we can trust! :mrgreen: Great interview.
by John F
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 597

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

Poem by W. Shakespeare, from "As You Like It"; music by T. Morley ca. 1600.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K2iC4zHyys
by John F
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Ingmar Bergman at 100
Replies: 0
Views: 127

Ingmar Bergman at 100

Yes, among the many anniversaries this year is the 100th of Bergman's birth. Scandinavia House is screening all the classic Bergman films and some others; the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which had a special connection with Bergman in his last years, will show two rarities, "In the Presence of a Clown...
by John F
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A few comments from a retiring oboist
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: A few comments from a retiring oboist

Ormandy and Stokowski often featured the Philadelphia's great woodwind players in concertos, including Mozart's. Stokowski actually used them all - Marcel Tabuteau, Bernard Portnoy, Sol Schoenbach and Mason Jones - in Mozart's wind sinfonia concertante, which Ormandy also recorded. I grew up with th...
by John F
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 597

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

English simply came too late to art song for even the most talented composers to produce anything convincing, and most English poetry of any sort is generally an inferior vehicle for musical setting in the first place. And yet you've said that you like the serenade for tenor, horn and strings, a so...
by John F
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Villainy
Replies: 1
Views: 132

Re: Opera Villainy

The movie may be worth seeing, but the first paragraphs of this review are just silly.
by John F
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Article Anton Reicha
Replies: 4
Views: 154

Re: NYTimes Article Anton Reicha

Reicha wrote some music of remarkable originality, as Wollheim says. But he's hardly been relegated to footnotes. There are dozens of CDs of his music; one project aimed to record all of his wind quintets, of which he composed a great many. The Kleinmeister of the late 18th and early 19th century we...
by John F
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: London bookstore news
Replies: 3
Views: 108

London bookstore news

Every time I went to London I'd spend a morning in Foyles, focusing on music and theatre (taking their antique elevator to the top floor), maps and guidebooks, and humor. And I always left with a heavy bag of books. Later, when I heard that the Waterstones branch on Piccadilly had become London's la...
by John F
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 967

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

[Brendel] rarely gives specific examples of what he's talking about; he may not have needed to when explaining things to himself, but by publishing he has undertaken to explain things to us, and too often I can't come up with examples off the top of my head of what he's talking about. Obviously, co...
by John F
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 597

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

I'm afraid I have a bit of a blind spot about Britten, and I know for a fact that among knowledgeable musicians I am not the only one to feel that way. Not everybody loves everything that became famous, you know. Vous avez seul la clef à cette parade. Some knowledgeable musicians have had a blind s...
by John F
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 597

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

All I've ever heard was the first recording based on the first (reportedly disastrous) performance at Coventry Cathedral. I can't think of any reason to re-visit it. One reason: it's a masterpiece. When I first heard it, in Britten's own recording, I was happy to know that such music could still be...
by John F
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philadelphia Orchestra and Women Composers
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Re: Philadelphia Orchestra and Women Composers

If Nezet-Seguin's intentions were as you say, he wouldn't have waited until people objected to the absence of women composers to add some to his programs. The objections were harsh and rightly so. No, this isn't about the art of music, it's about public relations and damage control. And to overlook ...
by John F
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Village Voice RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: The Village Voice RIP

Last Rites for the Village Voice, a Bohemian Who Stayed On Too Long By Tricia Romano Sept. 5, 2018 The death last week of The Village Voice, the storied alt-weekly, was in some ways to be expected. When its latest owner, Peter D. Barbey, who bought it in 2015 to restore it to its early glory, stoppe...
by John F
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philadelphia Orchestra and Women Composers
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Philadelphia Orchestra and Women Composers

This is all very well, but why program only brand-new music by little-known or unknown composers? Important works by important composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Joan Tower, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and Sofia Gubaidulina, though not premieres, would surely make a stronger case for equal-opportunity prog...
by John F
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Oscars to Add "Popular Film" Category
Replies: 6
Views: 433

Re: Oscars to Add "Popular Film" Category

Academy Postponing New Popular Oscar Category 9/6/2018 by Gregg Kilday The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is postponing the introduction of the new “popular” Oscar category it had intended to introduce at its upcoming 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24. The Academy announced Thursday, follo...
by John F
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Content ID work for classical music?
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: Does Content ID work for classical music?

There's an international convention on copyright to which most nations subscribe, but each has to pass its own copyright laws, and these differ. In the U.S. this is extremely complicated; if you're curious, the Library of Congress's summary is here. https://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2013/05/15...
by John F
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 967

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

Back when I was working in college textbook publishing, I had to edit some freshman composition textbooks by authors who couldn't write worth **** themselves. Major rewrite jobs required. I'm no brilliant stylist myself, I know what good writing is and how I fall short, but jeez!
by John F
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera
Replies: 15
Views: 706

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

Never heard of Knapp or his book, but if you had Lewis Lockwood as your advisor, you were lucky indeed. Barney, the reason I got Osborne's book is that he had original and enlightening things to say about opera recordings way back when, and I expect he still does. But there'll have to be many of the...
by John F
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera
Replies: 15
Views: 706

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

It's arrived, and it's incredibly bulky. About 600 pages long, it's 3/4" thicker than Harvey Sachs's 900-page biography of Toscanini. Not comfortable reading, for sure. According to Osborne's preface, he wrote it from beginning to end "in real time" and did not revise. That's how one produces a diar...
by John F
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A few comments from a retiring oboist
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: A few comments from a retiring oboist

There's been remarkable continuity in the Philadelphia Orchestra's principal oboe chair. Marcel Tabuteau held it from 1915 to 1954. He was succeeded by his pupil John de Lancie, who was succeeded by his pupil Richard Woodhams, whose pupil Peter Smith has been associate principal since 1991. Who woul...
by John F
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Content ID work for classical music?
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: Does Content ID work for classical music?

This is about copyright. Nearly everything on YouTube is copyrighted; even if the music is in the public domain, the performance/recording is not likely to be. And most of it has been uploaded without permission from the copyright owners, though some (e.g. Naxos) have put some of their recordings on...
by John F
Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 9 beautiful 'Heavies' land at Heathrow
Replies: 4
Views: 218

Re: 9 beautiful 'Heavies' land at Heathrow

When we were kids my brother and I loved to watch trains and airplanes. Since then planes have lost their magic for me, but I still enjoy riding trains and watching them. Especially the named streamlined passenger trains of the Norfolk and Western railroad, with headquarters in my mother's home town...
by John F
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 967

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

After drifting into discussion of Brendel's recordings, now we've left him behind and drifted further into bilingualism. I guess it's my fault for criticizing Brendel's prose style. Writers who are fluent and even stylish in two or more languages are not so rare. The obvious example is Samuel Becket...
by John F
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 967

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

In his preface, Brendel says: "In some of my essays and lectures I've tried to clear my own mind, explain things to myself, give myself advice, and provide answers to questions to which I couldn't find satisfying ones in the literature available to me at the time of writing." This modest statement o...
by John F
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Director steps in for actor
Replies: 0
Views: 193

Director steps in for actor

National Theatre boss Rufus Norris 'showed great leadership' by stepping into Home, I'm Darling at last minute Owen Sheppard The boss of the National Theatre turned understudy when the lead actor in one of his productions was taken ill. Rufus Norris, 53, was told only 30 minutes before Friday’s sell...
by John F
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was Suzuki a fraud?
Replies: 6
Views: 450

Re: Was Suzuki a fraud?

I Googled on Suzuki and fraud, and there was the article at the top of the page. This seems to me over the top. Whatever Suzuki's life story may have been, nobody is claiming that Suzuki's system doesn't work or that he didn't invent it. Surely that's what really matters. As for "the biggest fraud i...
by John F
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd
Replies: 10
Views: 430

Re: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd

Fortunately for your friend and you, Liszt made excellent arrangements of six Chopin songs for solo piano. And of course a recording of Chopin's songs should include their texts and translations, though I don't know whether this is standard with CDs. Liszt composed some excellent songs himself, more...
by John F
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 967

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

Eventually Amazon caught on and developed an e-reader cum tablet called Fire. Makes no difference to me as I don't carry a smartphone or tablet; at the library I can use the computer at the information desk pretty much without restrictions (except that I can't install software of my choice on it), a...
by John F
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 967

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

My niece and her daughters have a Nook and like it very much; its advantage for them over the Kindle is that it does color, essential in children's books. For me the Kindle Paperwhite model, backlit, is superior because with it I can download New York Public Library's ebooks for free; they don't do ...
by John F
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd
Replies: 10
Views: 430

Re: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd

Hugo Wolf was a professional music critic and very much in the Wagner camp. It's ironic, then, that one of his most biting and funny satires is at the expense of critics, "Abschied" (goodbye). Many a singer has offered this to the public, including any critics in the audience, as the last encore. :)...
by John F
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd
Replies: 10
Views: 430

Re: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd

For me, Nicolai Gedda was not a top-flight Lieder singer. He had a beautiful voice and fine musicianship, but like Fritz Wunderlich who also had those virtues, he didn't really penetrate into the character of the words as well as the music. Come to think of it, there aren't too many tenors who can m...
by John F
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A tale of two popes is brewing in the Vatican
Replies: 9
Views: 440

Re: A tale of two popes is brewing in the Vatican

Rangoni in "Boris Godunov" is a Jesuit, and a slimy character. But from a Russian Orthodox point of view, that's hardly surprising.
by John F
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3916
Views: 488326

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

I wonder if he's related to the conductor Vassily Nebolsin, chief conductor at the Bolshoi and of many Russian operas on Melodiya from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s. It's not that common a name, I believe, but the Wikipedia article doesn't say so.
by John F
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd
Replies: 10
Views: 430

Re: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd

When I was at WHRB I created a half-hour program, "Lieder," devoted to art songs. I didn't know much about them back then, but I had heard Gerald Moore's marvelous illustrated lecture "The Unashamed Accompanist" on Angel Records, and decided that the most effective way to learn more was to have to p...
by John F
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 967

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

My copy is on the way from Barnes & Noble.
by John F
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Problem Downloading Program To Remove Duplicate Photos
Replies: 9
Views: 315

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: 315

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: 270

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: 315

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: 235

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: 129794

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: 273

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: 129794

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: 129794

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 ...