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by SONNET CLV
Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Organizing one's CD collection ... it's murder!
Replies: 17
Views: 3437

Re: Organizing one's CD collection ... it's murder!

I can empathize with you, believe me.
by SONNET CLV
Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinyl Staging a Comeback
Replies: 37
Views: 5607

Re: Vinyl Staging a Comeback

It's good to hear that vinyl is still going strong for some of you. A suggestion to Lance and others who may have large collections and want to rid themselves of them, but don't want folks necessarily to "cherry pick". And with a very large collection (70,000 discs) it will be difficult to sell off ...
by SONNET CLV
Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Philistines rejected John Milton's Samson
Replies: 19
Views: 3380

Re: Philistines rejected John Milton's Samson

I do recall, some years back while standing in a line with my son, after waiting an inordinately long time he asked me something to the effect of how long we'll have to wait, and I responded by saying "They also serve who only stand and wait." But maybe I don't understand Milton, either.
by SONNET CLV
Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinyl Staging a Comeback
Replies: 37
Views: 5607

Re: Vinyl Staging a Comeback

Four million vinyl albums were sold last year, according to the NYT. Is vinyl staging a comeback in your household, or are you still a steady listener? Only four million? I figured I bought about three million myself last year. Actually, I've purchased quite a few LPs over the past year, mostly jaz...
by SONNET CLV
Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Orchestra of Exiles-Huberman?
Replies: 6
Views: 1042

Re: Orchestra of Exiles-Huberman?

I'm so glad I DVRed this show--never heard of Huberman ... I first learned of Bronislaw Huberman from radio commentator Jim Svejda who highly praised his musicianship. In fact, here is what Svejda writes in the Fifth Revised and Expanded Edition of his 1996 volume The Record Shelf Guide to Classica...
by SONNET CLV
Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Professor challenges extended copyright
Replies: 6
Views: 1429

Re: Professor challenges extended copyright

Let those contemporary composers who lament not being heard (enough) in concert halls take all this to heart.

At least Shostakovich and Prokofiev are well represented on disc.
by SONNET CLV
Sat Jun 21, 2014 9:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "From the Top": any takers?
Replies: 10
Views: 2004

Re: "From the Top": any takers?

Currently listening to "From the Top". Here's the agenda for this week's program (from the website: http://www.fromthetop.org/?gclid=CML_9o6Ni78CFbNzMgod6TwAPQ ): ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Show 289 | Seattle, Washington Recorded: Saturday, Ap...
by SONNET CLV
Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Unmentionable hits the fan at Opera Australia
Replies: 14
Views: 2075

Re: Unmentionable hits the fan at Opera Australia

An interesting development, given the Gergiev thread running so recently. http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/opera/pressure-on-opera-australia-to-sack-soprano-over-homophobic-comments-20140620-zsgrj.html What do you think about that? Perhaps some opera singers should just keep their mouths shut...
by SONNET CLV
Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Iraq about to fall?
Replies: 74
Views: 7573

Re: Iraq about to fall?

Iraq about to fall? Not if Dick Cheney has anything to say about it. And he's saying it. I think that as long as Dick Cheney has his hunting rifle in hand, we're safe. He'll protect us. (Just don't get within range of him. I hear he's actually shot someone with his gun, though not while in a militar...
by SONNET CLV
Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera: a new use for duct tape
Replies: 4
Views: 1046

Re: Opera: a new use for duct tape

They've been using duct tape to make prom outfits for years.

http://www.duckbrand.com/promotions/stu ... llery/2014

It's about time the opera caught up with the current fashion scene.
by SONNET CLV
Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Opera Cancels Simulcast of ‘Klinghoffer’
Replies: 96
Views: 6130

Re: Met Opera Cancels Simulcast of ‘Klinghoffer’

Does the MET get this same reaction from Jewish groups when Wagner's operas are performed?
by SONNET CLV
Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: This Is So LOVERLY, It Makes Me Cry
Replies: 5
Views: 877

Re: This Is So LOVERLY, It Makes Me Cry

dulcinea wrote: Saint-Saens's opus 78 ... The Organ Symphony.
Long one of my favorite symphonies ... going on half a century now. And I applaud after every movement for this piece, but I truly enjoy the third movement and that sweeping theme.
by SONNET CLV
Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Making a martini, step by step
Replies: 2
Views: 836

Re: Making a martini, step by step

Maybe now we need a post on "Walking after drinking martinis, step by step".
by SONNET CLV
Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Photos Ransom?
Replies: 3
Views: 550

Re: Photos Ransom?

Maybe it's time to lose your iPhone, permanently!
by SONNET CLV
Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: But speaking of crossover artists
Replies: 2
Views: 819

Re: But speaking of crossover artists

Opera stars have long been cross dressing artists, so why not now crossover artists as well?

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Below: Mezzo-soprano Deborah Domanski, as Cherubino, sings greatest hits of Madonna, Britney, and Lady Gaga
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by SONNET CLV
Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Canned emotion
Replies: 7
Views: 1121

Re: Canned emotion

Hey! They can always use "canned applause" to respond to this music ... so what's the problem?
by SONNET CLV
Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rare Opera at Rare Venue!
Replies: 4
Views: 540

Re: Rare Opera at Rare Venue!

Rare Opera at Rare Venue!

If you can't make that performance, try a rare tenderloin at a popular steakhouse. :D
by SONNET CLV
Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera without an orchestra
Replies: 11
Views: 1821

Re: Opera without an orchestra

I've often thought that the Ring could be produced in a very large church with, ideally, more than one big organ (there are such) with augmentation of percussion. No need to commit to the whole cycle, of course. The producers could get their toes wet with just Rheingold. :wink: :) I think I'll wait...
by SONNET CLV
Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: As I Listen To The Climax Of The JUPITER Symphony ...
Replies: 6
Views: 1236

Re: As I Listen To The Climax Of The JUPITER Symphony ...

Are you sure you're not listening to "Kumbayah"?
by SONNET CLV
Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How do we explain this to furriners?
Replies: 1
Views: 524

Re: How do we explain this to furriners?

This is an example of "the balance of nature" ... or maybe of the "unnatural". But when you expand this to nations' use of "weapons of mass destruction" it makes more sense. And in the end, there isn't anyone, native or "furriner", to explain anything to.
by SONNET CLV
Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hells Kitchen Market I Never Heard Of
Replies: 7
Views: 686

Re: Hells Kitchen Market I Never Heard Of

Len,

By any chance, do Hell's Kitchen foods tend to be hot and/or burnt to a crisp? Just wondering.
by SONNET CLV
Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ...now, THIS new TV ad's a cause for alarm
Replies: 3
Views: 1157

Re: ...now, THIS new TV ad's a cause for alarm

Hey, I still work out to that tune!

And it works for me. At least my wife still thinks so ... I think.
by SONNET CLV
Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Eric Cantor Defeated by David Brat
Replies: 5
Views: 863

Re: Eric Cantor Defeated by David Brat

It wasn't the immigration issue that brought down Cantor. At least not according to a poll taken on election day in Cantor's district (former district?): "The survey, conducted Tuesday by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling for the labor-aligned Americans United for Change, found that most voters ...
by SONNET CLV
Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: End of a distinguished career - Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
Replies: 13
Views: 2539

Re: End of a distinguished career - Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgo

Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos - born:15 September 1933, died: 11 June 2014 in Pamplona, Spain. Rest in Peace, maestro. You now belong to the universe. http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/04/06/arts/06SYMPHONY/06SYMPHONY-superJumbo.jpg http://www.classicfm.com/music-news/latest-news/rafael-frubeck-...
by SONNET CLV
Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "From the Top": any takers?
Replies: 10
Views: 2004

Re: "From the Top": any takers?

I'm also a fan of this show, although I don't have a chance to listen as often as I'd like. The young performers are the highlight, of course, but I have no objections to Christopher O'Riley. In fact, he adds to the enjoyment of the program. Many of the stories of these young artists are truly amaz...
by SONNET CLV
Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "From the Top": any takers?
Replies: 10
Views: 2004

Re: "From the Top": any takers?

"From the Top" remains a staple of my NPR listening. I've followed the program for years, and do not recall ever being disappointed by the programming. The name of the show comes from host Christopher O'Riley's words to his young musician guest, when they are about to begin to play, something to the...
by SONNET CLV
Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Methane bombs in TX water wells
Replies: 2
Views: 544

Re: Methane bombs in TX water wells

Of course the answer to this one is simple. If the Texas Right-wing run government officials would simply deregulate human consumption of water, so people could be "free" to drink what they wanted or nothing at all if they cared to, then no one would much care what happened to the drinking water. I ...
by SONNET CLV
Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pope Francis has a tough side, too
Replies: 4
Views: 875

Re: Pope Francis has a tough side, too

I would expect that having a "tough side" proves a prerequisite for being named Pope. After all, isn't the Mitre headed fellow's chief adversary another pretty tough sided character named Satan?

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by SONNET CLV
Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: plimpton ny philharmonic
Replies: 4
Views: 976

Re: plimpton ny philharmonic

I recall watching a film in which Plimpton played sleigh bells in the Mahler Fourth with the NYP under Bernstein. He had an easier day then, I suspect, than when he practiced with the Detroit Lions. However, had the orchestra been under, say, Arturo Toscanini, perhaps the Lions workout would have se...
by SONNET CLV
Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: On Melodiya's 50th anniversary
Replies: 14
Views: 2970

Re: On Melodiya's 50th anniversary

John F wrote:Molchanov's opera was brought to the Met in 1975 by the Bolshoi Opera ... Kiril Molchanov the composer is, it should be remarked, the director general of the Bolshoi Opera. Rank has its privileges."

And privilege often produces the "rank".
by SONNET CLV
Sun Jun 08, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where/when does the collecting cease?
Replies: 41
Views: 14014

Re: Where/when does the collecting cease?

For me, the only line I draw is financial. Collecting, whether it's a new composer/work or number 200 of a particular work, is a great hobby. You poor fellow, letting money stand in the way of a good time! Consider recycling the famous Desiderius Erasmus quote (which I am reminded of daily since it...
by SONNET CLV
Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: End of a distinguished career - Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
Replies: 13
Views: 2539

Re: End of a distinguished career - Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgo

Sad news indeed. Last November I attended a Pittsburgh Symphony concert where Fruhbeck de Burgos conducted the American premiere of Symphony of Sorrows (Sym No.6) by Leonardo Balada, who was in attendance. Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade were also on the program....
by SONNET CLV
Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday to Lance
Replies: 22
Views: 3869

Re: Happy Birthday to Lance

What? A birthday? Lance! What are you doing? Don't you know these things start to add up? Some things it's good to collect: records, CDs, friendships, bank accounts ... But birthdays! For God's sake, man, slow down before it's too late. Believe me. Once you're over the brink there's no coming back. ...
by SONNET CLV
Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Real-life detective work
Replies: 4
Views: 615

Re: Real-life detective work

Mr. St. Hubert appears to fit the sociopath profile. Liberals/Progressives are not out to take away people's guns, but rather to limit the range of viable weaponry available to the average consumer. In other words, who needs an assault rifle with an extra large ammunition clip? You want to own shotg...
by SONNET CLV
Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: theater/musical-or-opera-the-fine-line-that-divides-them?
Replies: 27
Views: 1586

Re: theater/musical-or-opera-the-fine-line-that-divides-them

But not concentric circles. The comparisons you've made don't really show much of anything. Mozart was composing opera, Fritz Loewe was writing show tunes. It's like comparing Lieder with pop songs, "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Erlkonig." Is "Heartbreak Hotel" a good pop song? Is "Erlkonig" a good lied?...
by SONNET CLV
Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: theater/musical-or-opera-the-fine-line-that-divides-them?
Replies: 27
Views: 1586

Re: theater/musical-or-opera-the-fine-line-that-divides-them

Good art and gooder art. This can be like distinguishing if one circle is more circular than another circle -- a good circle and a gooder circle. If the topic is Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady v. Mozart's Figaro , we need to examine the circles. Are both entertaining? Moreso, perhaps, if you have a...
by SONNET CLV
Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: theater/musical-or-opera-the-fine-line-that-divides-them?
Replies: 27
Views: 1586

Re: theater/musical-or-opera-the-fine-line-that-divides-them

What? No one brought up the Operetta yet? Well, let me throw it into the mix. Distinguishing between opera, operetta, musical comedy, Singspiel, whatever can be more frustration than is worthwhile. And to what purpose? Whatever you want to call the stage piece with music, it can entertain you or not...
by SONNET CLV
Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: After the Marquis of the Jardines de Aranjuez
Replies: 7
Views: 1182

Re: After the Marquis of the Jardines de Aranjuez

There is a wonderful set of discs devoted to "Spanish Composers of Today / Compositores De Hoy" on the EMEC label. Volume 1, which I am looking at as I type, features the music of Agustí Charles. The disc features six rather challenging works, in a modernistic idiom, somewhat atonal. Fascinating stu...
by SONNET CLV
Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which is the virtuoso?
Replies: 19
Views: 3291

Re: Which is the virtuoso?

Mystery solved. Yes, Cortot played faster than Cziffra but not, as I suspected, fast enough to save 2 minutes. I just listened to his recording (as well as Cziffra's) with the score in front of me. (Having not played the piece in 20 years I didn't want to rely on my memory.) The Cortot performance ...
by SONNET CLV
Sat May 31, 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which is the virtuoso?
Replies: 19
Views: 3291

Re: Which is the virtuoso?

My performance, also on Youtube, takes 7:09, but I'm not a virtuoso in league with these guys. Cziffra was almost super-human, and Cortot's mind made him seem almost that, even when his fingers didn't follow along with everything he wanted them to do. Ok, since you're a serious musician, I'll let y...
by SONNET CLV
Fri May 30, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ayn Rand - the musical???
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Re: Ayn Rand - the musical???

Get your tickets now ... before Rep. Paul Ryan and his cronies scoop them all up!

Or is Ryan currently against Ayn Rand and will more likely propose a boycott of this show? I can't seem to follow the flip flopping from that fellow.
by SONNET CLV
Fri May 30, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Young orchestra players, starting with the LSO
Replies: 9
Views: 1356

Re: Young orchestra players, starting with the LSO

The most famous solo trombonist in classical music was Davis Schuman. He made a number of recordings of trombone concertos and arrangement of other music for trombone solo, and commissioned many solo works for his instrument. But even he sometimes played in orchestras, such as the NBC and American ...
by SONNET CLV
Fri May 30, 2014 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boris Tchaikovsky
Replies: 11
Views: 1515

Re: Boris Tchaikovsky

David Hamilton wrote an intelligent and helpful guide, "Now Where Did I Put That Franck Sonata," first published in "High Fidelity" and reprinted in the Journal of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, with suggestions about how to keep control of a large and growing record collection. Th...
by SONNET CLV
Fri May 30, 2014 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Young orchestra players, starting with the LSO
Replies: 9
Views: 1356

Re: Young orchestra players, starting with the LSO

I think Osborne's view is defensible. He gives an argument for it. I hope and suspect the argument is wrong, but it's not an expression of mere prejudice. When Osborne asserts "How unfortunate. He had the potential to become a really interesting musician" he is making purely speculative judgments b...
by SONNET CLV
Thu May 29, 2014 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boris Tchaikovsky
Replies: 11
Views: 1515

Re: Boris Tchaikovsky

Some classical music lovers simply are more "historiographic" than "discographic." Some composers, such as Myaskovsky and Shebalin, in the Russian cultural environment of the early 20th century, may not strike you as equals of more famous composers of their time. Yet, they were exceptional educator...
by SONNET CLV
Thu May 29, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Young orchestra players, starting with the LSO
Replies: 9
Views: 1356

Re: Young orchestra players, starting with the LSO

http://slippedisc.com/2014/05/breaking-lso-appoints-youngest-ever-principal-just-18-years-old/#comments The article and comments here are certainly intriguing, especially that by William Osborne who says: "How unfortunate. He had the potential to become a really interesting musician." The comment i...
by SONNET CLV
Thu May 29, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boris Tchaikovsky
Replies: 11
Views: 1515

Re: Boris Tchaikovsky

What I find most satisfying about this other Tchaikovsky, is that Boris continually surprises, and in those surprises I find much of interest in the music. Looking over my collection (the "T" shelf), I find I have a smattering of Boris Tchaikovsky (a couple of Russian Discs, for example: one with Ro...
by SONNET CLV
Thu May 29, 2014 9:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A little true story.
Replies: 10
Views: 2259

Re: A little true story.

Great story.
I suspect that those who find Mahler's music "formless" and "incomprehensible" might consider that perhaps Alma and the Nanny didn't get all the pages properly collated?
by SONNET CLV
Wed May 28, 2014 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Orff: Carmina Burana recorded renditions
Replies: 14
Views: 6492

Re: Orff: Carmina Burana recorded renditions

For me, this piece lives or dies by the opening numbers: "O Fortuna" and "Fortune plango vulnera". (Sort of like the Strauss Zarathustra ?) I get by with Michael Tilson Thomas and the Cleveland Orchestra (Judith Blegen, sop; Kenneth Riegel, ten; Peter Binder, bar) on CBS Masterworks, MK33172. It's a...
by SONNET CLV
Wed May 28, 2014 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music critics trash and praise the same record
Replies: 11
Views: 2179

Re: Music critics trash and praise the same record

The Hatto fraud fiasco is not the only time this has happened. About 15 years or so, Chandos put out a recording of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with Frans Helmerson as the soloist and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Polyansky. Most critics panned this recording. S...