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by John F
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 46
Views: 983

Re: Classical records for children

The Reader's Digest recordings were made for them by English Decca when it was affiliated with RCA Victor. The ones I've heard are not musically abridged, though some are excerpts from operettas. Many have been reissued on other labels, notably the Rachmaninoff concertos and Paganini Rhapsody with E...
by John F
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 46
Views: 983

Re: Classical records for children

Here's a list of the classical sets we had when I was a toddler as best I can remember In my teens I made a card catalog of my parents' record collection and I'm looking at it now. It was sizable, though nothing like what I eventually accumulated, and remarkably sophisticated. For example, there wa...
by John F
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's dance music
Replies: 2
Views: 125

Re: Mozart's dance music

Back in 1991, one of Lincoln Center's programs for the Mozart bicentennial was about the dances of Mozart's time, with demonstrations by a period dance group - not just the minuet but the German dance (precursor of the waltz) and contretanz, which also are part of the "Don Giovanni" Act I finale. As...
by John F
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's dance music
Replies: 2
Views: 125

Mozart's dance music

This music is not for ballet but for ballroom dancing. When Mozart finally got a job with the emperor's court, it was to compose dance music for the balls at the Redoutensaal during the carnival period before Lent. He said of his salary, "Too much for what I do, too little for what I could do." But ...
by John F
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?
Replies: 8
Views: 202

Re: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?

If the Republicans had a strong candidate for governor, that would be a concern (the Ralph Nader effect). But Marcus Molinaro's résumé is unimpressive, however much the Republican Party establishment likes him, and it looks to me like a walkover for the Democrat whoever that is.
by John F
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?
Replies: 8
Views: 202

Re: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?

Cynthia Nixon doesn't stand a chance running against an incumbent in essentially good times. Even if her name weren't Nixon. :) Her issues, notably mass transit in New York City, have no appeal to voters upstate. No Republican is a serious threat either. It will be Andrew Cuomo for 4 more years, so ...
by John F
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?
Replies: 8
Views: 202

Re: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?

Now I've read it, and yes, it's a fine piece of reporting. But the last paragraphs make discouraging reading. If fixing New York's mass transit depends on one executive and he can't even get a meeting with the governor and mayor who are supposed to pay for it, all the good intentions and good will i...
by John F
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?
Replies: 8
Views: 202

Re: Can Andy Byford save the subways? Or will it be MTA (More Trouble Ahead)?

Thanks for posting this. I haven't read all of it, but he's right, fixing the subway won't be easy. Full service must continue while it's being done; it how millions of New Yorkers get to work and home. Billions of $$$ have to be provided by Washington and Albany, neither of which are keen on helpin...
by John F
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 46
Views: 983

Re: Classical records for children

We share the surprising experience of having siblings who don't care at all for classical music, while we loved it early on. Same parents, essentially the same genetics, same household with the same records, same school though different grades, but quite different tastes. I've read that after a chil...
by John F
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: British composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66
Replies: 4
Views: 170

Re: British composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66

I didn't realize he was that young. He may be best known for his two children's operas to texts by Maurice Sendak, and in the profession, for hardly ever finishing commissioned work on deadline. And as maestrob shows, he was active and successful as a conductor, mainly of new music; I'm really surpr...
by John F
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 46
Views: 983

Re: Classical records for children

I never heard of those. The book about Young People's Records says the late '40s and early '50s were the golden age of children's records, not just YPR but Golden Records (pressed in yellow plastic) and other specialist labels, and indeed mainstream labels like Columbia. If there's anything like thi...
by John F
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 46
Views: 983

Re: Classical records for children

Young People's Records recorded Prokofiev's "The Ugly Duckling" with Leon Lishner, baritone, Walter Hendl conducting. I doubt this was one of their more successful releases. UQXzpikYD9U https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQXzpikYD9U Also "Haydn's" Toy Symphony conducted by Max Goberman. We had this one...
by John F
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 46
Views: 983

Classical records for children

I was a child once, though you might not believe it, :) and got to know classical music from my parents' quite sophisticated record collection. But they also bought some records specifically for me and my younger brother. Some of these are familiar enough: "Tubby the Tuba," of course, and Danny Kaye...
by John F
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Robocalls: what is being done about them
Replies: 1
Views: 105

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: 458
Views: 86572

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: 179

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: 179

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: 458
Views: 86572

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: 160

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: 160

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: 184

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: 322

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: 176

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: 322

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: 322

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: 322

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: 322

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: 133

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: 149

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: 226

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: 158

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: 463

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: 198

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: 148

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: 188

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: 2928

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: 2928

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: 1061

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: 1718

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: 1061

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: 458
Views: 86572

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: 297

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: 1718

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: 811

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: 1718

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: 1718

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: 2899

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: 373

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: 464

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: 398

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.