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by absinthe
Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Brexit: New Yorker cover
Replies: 6
Views: 2387

Re: Brexit: New Yorker cover

A nonsense of course. Many countries have broken away from imperial control or act entirely independently and do well, without ever having been near the EU. Australia, Canada, New Zealand (and now Switzerland that has scrapped its application) have done very well. Japan and China are nothing to do w...
by absinthe
Sat Jul 02, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 22
Views: 5734

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

Midori who's technically a whizz but none too artistic. I wonder what you can possibly mean by "none too artistic." I'd say the opposite. Vivid in my memory is a performance of the Berg concerto she gave with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Hugh Wolff that was probably the most beautiful and ...
by absinthe
Sat Jul 02, 2016 5:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: About the European Union
Replies: 2
Views: 1215

Re: About the European Union

In practice no democracy exists for any ordinary EU citizen so far as the actions and lawmaking of the EU goes. Limited democracy exists within each member state but it’s an edited choice. It must comply with Brussels. Governments are increasingly at each others’ throats though now the venom seems d...
by absinthe
Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 22
Views: 5734

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

I confess to quite liking his playing in the sweet, lyrical repertoire. I have yet to hear another playing Lalo's Symphonie Espagnol as "nicely" (thought the Saint Saens Havanaise on the B side is a little over-sweet for me). I love his interpretations of the Mendelssohn concerti and what he recorde...
by absinthe
Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: U.K. to leave the European Union
Replies: 13
Views: 3893

Re: U.K. to leave the European Union

Sums up the main points well. It's been simmering for some time - the transformation from a common trading arrangement into a vast political and fiscal union has raised resentments among many member states. No sooner had the result been announced than Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen demanded referen...
by absinthe
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ginastera's "Bomarzo"--Finally!!
Replies: 7
Views: 2910

Re: Ginastera's "Bomarzo"--Finally!!

I had a video of that (probably made illicitly) at the ENO way back. Neither picture nor sound were very good but it was during his 12-tone excusions, if I remember rightly. It isn't something I'd buy; simply because it would only get a couple of listens what with everything else. If one comes my wa...
by absinthe
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brexit and the classical CD
Replies: 6
Views: 2521

Re: Brexit and the classical CD

Well, huhhhhhh, it was a price to pay - did I want a British-run Britain or a Merkel-run one via Brussels, which is what it's becoming? But the good news about the £ dropping is exports are cheaper, as seems the thrust of this thread. Enjoy. It's a pendulum. When I first joined this site the $ was s...
by absinthe
Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Web sites: no comments
Replies: 1
Views: 953

Re: Web sites: no comments

The Daily Telegraph has done this and from reading other sites it seems that people are giving it a miss. I'd thought that comment good or bad could inform people who might be interested in public opinion. Shame. Politicians, editors and academics will have to discover what people think of their out...
by absinthe
Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brilliant Liszt Compendium
Replies: 2
Views: 1625

Re: Brilliant Liszt Compendium

Looks interesting. I may borrow it first. While I've only ever been able to play two of the Etudes I'm pretty fussy about them - can't stand pianists who wedge the pedal down the whole time**. So...Ovchinikov? I would have been happier with Cziffra on those... he goes more than just technical brilli...
by absinthe
Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierre Boulez dies at 90
Replies: 38
Views: 9520

Re: Pierre Boulez dies at 90

We can but hope his noise-making gets buried with him. Well, maybe not his one complete work, Le Marteau sans Mâitre ....or was it Le Tomato Sauce Manglé? I remember his declaration: "Messiaen wrote brothel music."... which at first made me wonder what kind of brothel he attended. But then I realise...
by absinthe
Sat Dec 26, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Were British Muslims Trumped?
Replies: 6
Views: 1626

Re: Were British Muslims Trumped?

The stories are starting to emerge. http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/12/25/relatives-muslim-disneyland-family-attended-army-darkness-mosque-san-bernardino-terrorists/ Of course, the father protests innocence. Don't they always? P.S. Don't think for a second that I only turn to Breitbart for news...
by absinthe
Thu Dec 24, 2015 7:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Regarding Saint-Saens Most Famous Work:
Replies: 15
Views: 3968

Re: Regarding Saint-Saens Most Famous Work:

The Met, and David Geffen Hall, make do with an electronic organ which is connected when the music requires it, then unplugged and put in a warehouse. Electronic organs are better than they used to be, we're not talking Hammond organs here, but they don't measure up to permanently installed organs ...
by absinthe
Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alexei Lubimov Receives First Cage Cunningham Fellowship
Replies: 6
Views: 2107

Re: Alexei Lubimov Receives First Cage Cunningham Fellowship

No artist is ever "superseded," though their work may go in and out of fashion. As far as continuing the "trajectory" of Cunningham's work, many important choreographers have come out of his dance company over the years, notably including Paul Taylor, but what I've seen of their work isn't a contin...
by absinthe
Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4058
Views: 868419

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

It's sadly, so sadly, just a wish-list item at the mo. Were I rich I'd commission someone to accompany and record Gweneth-Ann Jeffers doing Messiaen's Harawi. I'm not a great fan of Messiaen but he did turn out a few nice ones to my ears, this being one and Jeffers is beautiful with it. I attended a...
by absinthe
Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Welltempered Clavier II - for ORCHESTRA
Replies: 7
Views: 2451

Re: Bach's Welltempered Clavier II - for ORCHESTRA

Very nice. Congrats on making them work. (I normally don't go along with rearranging works for a different medium but these work! Beside, Bach wrote fugues for other media) There are often problems arranging fugues, I well know, marking the entries enough. Pleasant to listen to and the balance is so...
by absinthe
Thu Dec 24, 2015 5:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Islamic State - militarily weak?
Replies: 37
Views: 5607

Re: Islamic State - militarily weak?

absinthe, your anti-Muslim propaganda is wrong........ When rwetmore started his thread, "Dispelling the ‘Few Extremists’ Myth," I warned him to stop using Classical Music Guide as a platform from which to spread anti-Muslim propaganda, and now I'm warning you. Stop it, or I'll ask Lance to conside...
by absinthe
Thu Dec 24, 2015 5:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Islamic State - militarily weak?
Replies: 37
Views: 5607

Re: Islamic State - militarily weak?

It's about oil I have to admit I don't quite get it-for me it's a question of regime change-we cooperated with Stalin on World War 2--we chose to get rid of Sadam despite many who opposed ever going in-after all there were no WMD's-now should we allow Assad to stay and help us fight ISIS along with...
by absinthe
Wed Dec 23, 2015 5:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Islamic State - militarily weak?
Replies: 37
Views: 5607

Re: Islamic State - militarily weak?

I'd better not comment further except to say that it's being overdone. They're even trying to get our Pusillanimous Prime Minister to step in. I don't know what he can do....except one should always be careful of what one steps into...
by absinthe
Wed Dec 23, 2015 5:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: P.D.Q. Bach is back! (with orchestra)
Replies: 8
Views: 2622

Re: P.D.Q. Bach is back! (with orchestra)

I recall him as Peter Schickele on a Louisville recording that passed through my hands long ago. If I remember it was Three Views through the Open Window. It didn't leave much of a memory though, probably because I was involved with other American composers at the time.
by absinthe
Wed Dec 23, 2015 4:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Verdi 30 CDs for $13-21 on Amazon (Sony-RCA)
Replies: 5
Views: 2188

Re: Verdi 30 CDs for $13-21 on Amazon (Sony-RCA)

Yes, I wondered if I'd get the classification wrong. I still think back to that Barber recording. It was one of few voices/works that diverted me from my predilection for coloratura sopranos. Rather than buy a large boxed set though I may try for a couple of individual sets. The only singer who in t...
by absinthe
Wed Dec 23, 2015 4:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Islamic State - militarily weak?
Replies: 37
Views: 5607

Re: Islamic State - militarily weak?

absinthe, your anti-Muslim propaganda is wrong........ When rwetmore started his thread, "Dispelling the ‘Few Extremists’ Myth," I warned him to stop using Classical Music Guide as a platform from which to spread anti-Muslim propaganda, and now I'm warning you. Stop it, or I'll ask Lance to conside...
by absinthe
Wed Dec 23, 2015 4:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Islamic State - militarily weak?
Replies: 37
Views: 5607

Re: Islamic State - militarily weak?

absinthe, your anti-Muslim propaganda is wrong........ When rwetmore started his thread, "Dispelling the ‘Few Extremists’ Myth," I warned him to stop using Classical Music Guide as a platform from which to spread anti-Muslim propaganda, and now I'm warning you. Stop it, or I'll ask Lance to conside...
by absinthe
Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alexei Lubimov Receives First Cage Cunningham Fellowship
Replies: 6
Views: 2107

Re: Alexei Lubimov Receives First Cage Cunningham Fellowship

It would be interesting to see if anyone can supersede Merce Cunningham along the same trajectory or outside it.
I was very lucky to get a DVD of Pond Way and Biped that disappeared from the marketplace rather quickly.
by absinthe
Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Have Finally Given Up On The Mustelids
Replies: 3
Views: 1655

Re: I Have Finally Given Up On The Mustelids

Yes, there's some most interesting stuff on Youtube. I'm not given to downloading and things so I give it a listen occasionally. Most of Hoddinott's Symphonies are there (along with other works) and I was surprised to find 3 of Ruth Gipp's Symphonies + Piano Concerto, poor recordings in some cases b...
by absinthe
Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Verdi 30 CDs for $13-21 on Amazon (Sony-RCA)
Replies: 5
Views: 2188

Re: Verdi 30 CDs for $13-21 on Amazon (Sony-RCA)

That's got to be good! I'm just starting to attune to Verdi....age creeping up, no doubt. Besides, I love Leontyne Price.... thanks to her recordings of Barber's Knoxville and Porgy and Bess excerpts. About the only lyrical soprano that I've liked so far, being more into Donizetti and Rossini.
by absinthe
Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Regarding Saint-Saens Most Famous Work:
Replies: 15
Views: 3968

Re: Regarding Saint-Saens Most Famous Work:

The Organ Symphony needs to be played loud! The most dazzling one I heard was on Telarc, Michael Murray at the organ.
by absinthe
Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 1
Views: 800

Merry Christmas

I'm still around being a thorn in many sides here. That as it may, let me wish those who celebrate it a merry Christmas and looking toward a happy new year; otherwise a most pleasant holiday Eat, drink and be merry!! And perhaps it's time I showed some musical stuff here - been around long enough. H...
by absinthe
Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dispelling the ‘Few Extremists’ Myth....
Replies: 31
Views: 4753

Re: Dispelling the ‘Few Extremists’ Myth....

Oh boy, this is a hard hitting piece. Dispelling the ‘Few Extremists’ Myth – the Muslim World Is Overcome with Hate http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428146/more-than-few-islamic-extremists It doesn't take an encyclopaedic knowledge of the founding of Islamism to appreciate what's what, given i...
by absinthe
Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Islamic State - militarily weak?
Replies: 37
Views: 5607

Re: Islamic State - militarily weak?

Who can claim to really grasp and understand every aspect of the Syrian wars? But I'm dubious that Hersh is right. Military intelligence is not the only source of information and advice available to President Obama; there's also the CIA, which Hersh hardly mentions. As far as I can tell, the CIA ha...
by absinthe
Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Islamic State - militarily weak?
Replies: 37
Views: 5607

Re: Islamic State - militarily weak?

The problem is that this Islamic State is just one shade of Islamism. The "war" is between ideologies- Islamism and Christendom. One has to look to the history of Islam to appreciate really what's going on and, sad to say, while Christendom has moved on from its early days, Islam hasn't. It's still ...
by absinthe
Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: One of the PARIS TERRORISTS may have been a Syrian Migrant..
Replies: 134
Views: 28772

Re: PARIS TERRORISTS were Syrian Migrants...

It appears that none of the Terrorists were actually from Syria, they were all European Nationals. This seems to be the main Thread on the horrors of last Friday. Would Randall care to think of a better Thread title? One that is factual? Like 'Paris Terrorist Attacks.' Go to the opening post, click...
by absinthe
Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Strategic Limits of ISIS
Replies: 1
Views: 670

Re: The Strategic Limits of ISIS

At least one problem faced by any force is that ISIL is no longer contained in the middle east. It knows no borders. It has been allowed to creep through the world; in Europe to the extent that Gothenburg in Sweden is known for its IS recruitment centre, having sent over 600 out to do their "work". ...
by absinthe
Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: One of the PARIS TERRORISTS may have been a Syrian Migrant..
Replies: 134
Views: 28772

Re: PARIS TERRORISTS were Syrian Migrants...

This is why we should not take any of these people into this country: http://news.yahoo.com/two-men-linked-paris-attacks-registered-migrants-greece-195255102.html Obama wants to take in a few hundred thousand Syrian refugees. And Trump is lambasted for frequently saying 'our leaders are stupid', an...
by absinthe
Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: One of the PARIS TERRORISTS may have been a Syrian Migrant..
Replies: 134
Views: 28772

Re: PARIS TERRORISTS were Syrian Migrants...

This is why we should not take any of these people into this country: http://news.yahoo.com/two-men-linked-paris-attacks-registered-migrants-greece-195255102.html Obama wants to take in a few hundred thousand Syrian refugees. And Trump is lambasted for frequently saying 'our leaders are stupid', an...
by absinthe
Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Weasels Just Played BRIGG FAIR, ...
Replies: 14
Views: 4882

Re: The Weasels Just Played BRIGG FAIR, ...

Lance, I think it's fair to say that one loves or hates Delius. There's little middle ground. His impressionism, symbolism if you like, focuses so much on nature. His style is very motif-based, chromatic but never sugary (in my view). I've never been happy with Delius' operas except Irmelin and Koan...
by absinthe
Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Germany is at it again.
Replies: 28
Views: 8972

Re: Germany is at it again.

What a mess. Wow, any thoughts on how this will impact our trip to Berlin the end of this month? Regards, Len Probably not but be prepared. Demonstrations/protests are on the up and like it or not, these immigrants are known for small scale crime. Here's a video from a physician broadcast from the ...
by absinthe
Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Germany is at it again.
Replies: 28
Views: 8972

Re: Germany is at it again.

As for Germany, it was obvious from the beginning that they might be stretching themselves beyond their capacity to absorb people fleeing the danger spots in the Middle East. Nevertheless, I find no evil subtext to what they are doing. To compare Merkel to Hitler, which is basically what you just d...
by absinthe
Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Germany is at it again.
Replies: 28
Views: 8972

Germany is at it again.

Just passing through so I thought to mention about the "immigration crisis" in Europe and Merkel's triumphal but foolish compassion by inviting all and sundry refugees to Germany. Of course, only about 20% are refugees, the rest chancers who want an easy life in the lands of milk and honey at taxpay...
by absinthe
Sat Oct 17, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Weasels Just Played BRIGG FAIR, ...
Replies: 14
Views: 4882

Re: The Weasels Just Played BRIGG FAIR, ...

Delius at either end is rather different. Of early works written more for a Straussian-sized orchestra are: Paris, Song of a Great City , an impressionist piece written in 1899 - does seem to catch the Parisian mood (what's left of the interesting parts - Montmartre, the bridges that cross the Seine...
by absinthe
Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DVD vs. VCR
Replies: 25
Views: 3371

Re: DVD vs. VCR

Doing a direct recording onto Blu-ray is now possible. The advantages are the recoding time at highest quality. Last time I looked at DVD the maximum was an hour at top quality. A level lower - whatever it is - 2 hours or 3 hours, the quality is roughly the same as VHS. DVD allows just over 4Gb of r...
by absinthe
Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Stock market crash in China
Replies: 7
Views: 1799

Re: Stock market crash in China

There's something fascinating and simultaneously absurd about the Greek story. On one hand, the voters have stated "We, the Greek people, cannot and will no longer live under the conditions of extreme austerity foreigners have imposed upon us!" On the other hand, they have handed over their fate to...
by absinthe
Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Stock market crash in China
Replies: 7
Views: 1799

Re: Stock market crash in China

The Chinese aren't taking such a relaxed view. After all, the American stock market rose big time, until it crashed. Recovery took rather a long time. What it mostly seems about is that a couple of years ago, a large number of ordinary Chinese were persuaded to borrow to buy shares in spite of the ...
by absinthe
Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gates vs. Jobs
Replies: 2
Views: 1112

Re: Gates vs. Jobs

Gates was pretty crafty. He wrote IBM's DOS while working for IBM and if anyone knows it, it was the most horrible piece of command software. Edlin was an appalling line editor. So he left IBM to set up alone to write the much friendlier MSDOS that rather put IBM's nose out of joint. One habit he le...
by absinthe
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Stock market crash in China
Replies: 7
Views: 1799

Re: Stock market crash in China

But don't forget this stock market rose by 150% in just one year. This is an overhaul.
by absinthe
Wed May 27, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Delightful anti-Bruckner review
Replies: 8
Views: 2190

Re: Delightful anti-Bruckner review

........but that is too poetic a phrase for its sprawling expanse of Wagnerian brass clichés and proto-minimalistic repetitions of diatonic tetrachords. I almost died.”[/ quote] Listen to it again and do the music community a service.... (Not you, Belle, the reviewer!) Must have been written by one...
by absinthe
Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where are all the ladies on CMG?
Replies: 54
Views: 6735

Re: Where are all the ladies on CMG?

At least one I can think of was bullied rather a lot after turning to this forum as being one of the most professional and knowledgeable on the web. Unfortunately her logon was rendered inactive. I can't remember why exactly, something to do with her password - certainly nothing to do with other mem...
by absinthe
Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4058
Views: 868419

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

I'll probably buy the Naxos / Karabchewsky Villa-Lobos Symphony 12. I like his interpretations. As appealing as the Carl St Clair but in subtly different ways. The recordings don't quite have the clarity of the Stuttgart studios but at the price they seem worthwhile. My only problem with this offeri...
by absinthe
Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Paris Shooting
Replies: 13
Views: 2502

Re: Paris Shooting

the France French I have heard on the news have made the interesting point that freedom of speech is absolutely sacred to them... But surely it is not absolutely unrestricted. I know nothing about French law, but at the very least there must be a law against libel - making malicious false statement...
by absinthe
Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Playing dumb on climate change
Replies: 17
Views: 1522

Re: Playing dumb on climate change

A vast majority of scientists do not speak in public at all, and those who do typically speak in highly guarded, qualified terms. They often refuse to use the language of danger even when danger is precisely what they are talking about. Or the vast majority of scientists simply don't believe the ev...
by absinthe
Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best wishes
Replies: 14
Views: 2496

Re: Best wishes

Lovely to say hello again, Agnes. And the very same to you, too!