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by jbuck919
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New LvB solo piano by Pavel Kolesnikov
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: New LvB solo piano by Pavel Kolesnikov

These are all elementary pieces for a "young pianist." I could once have played them all myself, including the third movement of the Opus 27 no. 2, (not Opus 14) which is much easier than it sounds or looks like when watching a performance. I am way past form for that now, but it is hard to impress ...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 671

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

I choose to resign from this thread, for it is clear that it is turning into a pissing contest, and on CMG I will avoid that at all costs.
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 364

Re: In defense of libraries

One has to remember that Forbes means Malcolm Forbes and represents the top .01%. They represent a way of thinking that would go much further than deprive us of libraries. And BTW, the double meaning of liber in Latin is coincidental as with many words in English, while the double meaning of salus (...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff plays Bach at 2018 Proms
Replies: 4
Views: 404

Re: Schiff plays Bach at 2018 Proms

To some people it may sound like a ridiculous juxtaposition, but my favorite pianists are Schiff and Murray Perahia, and the reason puzzles even me. Although I could not hope to accomplish anything like they have, they both impress me as pianists who have had to work hard to where they have gotten, ...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 671

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

Handel doesn't count. He didn't write songs, but rather great choral works, and Dryden's text was intended to be set to music unlike most of the poetry we are considering. I appreciate the information and will certainly give it and the selections my serious attention over the next day or two. Also, ...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 671

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

I think the part that disappointed me most, and I've read that it also disappointed Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau who originated it and was a POW during WW II (though I have also heard the opposite), was the crucial settings of the poems by Wilfred Owen. English simply came too late to art song for even ...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 671

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

Nobody ever wrote a bad violin concerto. Tend to agree with you , but “ bad” of course is in the ear of the listener . For me , these can be charitably referred to as “ interesting “ ; perhaps ? : Giacinto Scelsi, “Anahit “ for Violin and Orchestra ( 1965 ) : Well, what do you expect from a compose...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 994

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

In defense of Charles Rosen as a pianist, I must say that his only failure in the studio was the Beethoven Op. 111. In other repertoire, he did very well, IMHO, with excellent performances of Haydn, at a time when both Richter and Horowitz were just beginning to explore that composer. I still own h...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 671

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

For me, other perhaps under-appreciated Britten works would be his Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, and Cello Symphony, although I prefer the first two. Just finished my hearing of the " War Requiem ". As I noted, I am not much of choral fan, but there certainly were nice moments , and I agree was ...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 994

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

Primarily to Belle: As the only possessor here of two degrees in music theory, I assure you and everybody that there are only a very few great music theoreticians since Renaissance times, and Rosen is one of them. (Others are Fuchs, Schenker, Tovey, believe it or not Leopold Mozart, CPE Bach, and Qu...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 671

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

If I had to use just one piece to "sell" Britten, it would be the serenade for tenor, horn and strings. What an extraordinary range of expression within such a short time, from the bright cheerfulness of "Queen and Huntress" to the darkness of "The Sick Rose" and sheer terror of "The Lyke-Wake Dirg...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 994

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 jbuck919
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fox News: Student slumbers during Obama lecture
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: Fox News: Student slumbers during Obana lecture

I doubt that Trump has any problem sleeping at all. The problem he has is staying awake. (I would not be surprised if it were eventually discovered that he was on pills prescribed by physicians he pays off not to tattle on him.) As for falling asleep truly accidentally, it happens to everyone over t...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 994

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

Many of your second paragraph comments are exactly my own complaints about Charles Rosen!!! English, of course, was his first language. Rosen has to be taken as a whole. In his book on Romantic music, he doesn't even mention Brahms, the greatest composer chronologically after Beethoven. Yet it is c...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 671

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.
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 671

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

I've heard this work live and also its 'disastrous' Coventry premiere performance which I thought was fabulous. After a half century it holds up well, as does Bernstein's Mass. Well, the recording is not disastrous. Unless you were actually at Coventry when it premiered I assume that is what you ar...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Love Classical Music
Replies: 5
Views: 380

Re: NYTimes Love Classical Music

Great article, Len, thank-you! I think the finale to Stravinsky's Firebird is an excellent choice. What about "Mars," from Holst's The Planets ? For piano music, I would recommend Chopin's Andante Spiniato & Grande Polonaise . The sad truth is that most young people today are not offered European c...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 671

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.
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Love Classical Music
Replies: 5
Views: 380

Re: NYTimes Love Classical Music

Nothing on God's Earth will ever convince the great majority of people to take an interest in classical music. We are lucky that the tiny percent of us who do, made it, and for all of us, I imagine, it depended on an exposure which is denied to many children these days. As a math teacher, I routinel...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 9 beautiful 'Heavies' land at Heathrow
Replies: 4
Views: 226

Re: 9 beautiful 'Heavies' land at Heathrow

I've flown many times in my life, including on wide-bodied jets, but my first memory almost put me off it for life. Anyone ever flown on a Douglas DC-7 from California to Guam? I believe there is one in the Smithsonian now. I was hopelessly airsick at the age of seven for something like 13 hours, an...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera
Replies: 15
Views: 717

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

Someone, perhaps John F, may actually have the book The Joy of Opera by J. Merrill Knapp in his library. It is perfectly awful, and Knapp, whom I mention by name because I assume he is long dead, was what is known as tenured but useless faculty at Princeton at the time. Now I admit I was not the bes...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Content ID work for classical music?
Replies: 10
Views: 378

Re: Does Content ID work for classical music?

When I was in my 20s in Maryland, I heard a radio performance of the winner of the Maryland State Music Competition playing the Beethoven Opus 111. (I am not making this up.) He played it as though he had composed it. I don't really understand the point of censoring YouTube content regarding prodigi...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 994

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

This is a complete change of subject, and you must feel free to ignore it and continue with the topic of the thread, but I can never hear about "stilted English" from a German speaker and not think of this, which Freud, who at the time had spent no period in an English-speaking country, wrote in bet...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music Tidbits (and Mishaps) #3
Replies: 3
Views: 289

Re: Music Tidbits (and Mishaps) #3

It is a very famous saying which I have had in memory in both languages since grad school. Of course, there is not an ounce of modernity in that work. Now, who allegedly said, though even my most brilliant colleagues have never been able to find it in his writings, "How will they ever understand my ...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 994

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 jbuck919
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was Suzuki a fraud?
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: Was Suzuki a fraud?

Well I got the same thing. I tried hard to get a link to the original article. Maybe one of our geniuses can figure this out, but otherwise I suppose it is a dead thread.
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was Suzuki a fraud?
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Was Suzuki a fraud?

l don't know whether or not this, which I picked up from Facebook, will come across as a successful link or not, nor have I the competence to comment on it, but I thought people might find it interesting. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11188226/Violin-teacher-Suzuki-is-the-big...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd
Replies: 10
Views: 440

Re: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd

Well of course Chopin also wrote songs, and I don't mean juvenilia. The person known to Garrett (IcedNote) and myself was something of a prodigy and his first love as a boy was Chopin. He played everything by him, but his greatest regret was that he could not understand the Polish, which of course n...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 1259

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

jbuck919 wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:57 pm
Belle wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:55 pm
For some reason I can never see any of the links you post. It's just a large blank section in the box.
I'm sorry. I don't know what to do to help.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoKrw-0dze0
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 1259

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

Belle wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:55 pm
For some reason I can never see any of the links you post. It's just a large blank section in the box.
I'm sorry. I don't know what to do to help.
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 994

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

John F wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:27 pm
My copy is on the way from Barnes & Noble.
Fortunately, I own a Nook, which is Barnes & Nobles superior answer to the Kindle. Therefore I just downloaded it.
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd
Replies: 10
Views: 440

Re: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd

No influence from Schubert's Erlkönig there, or anything. :roll: Wolf was one of the last composers I came to terms with. Lieder singers have always loved him, but for a long time I found his settings a bit arbitrary, and then there's the matter that (a) he detested Brahms, who had snubbed him and (...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd
Replies: 10
Views: 440

Re: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd

If you love lieder, you must explore Richard Strauss's songs, especially on these two albums: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51vJ4zWDzXL._AC_US327_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51aZclAAw%2BL._SS500.jpg There is also a disc by Margaret Price out ...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A tale of two popes is brewing in the Vatican
Replies: 9
Views: 452

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

As a theologian, back in days of old, Ratzinger was considered liberal. I liked him before he became J-P's hatchet man. As pope, though, I thought highly of him. Two of my teachers appeared to speak Latin fluently and two more came pretty close. All four were excellent teachers. Latin was my favori...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd
Replies: 10
Views: 440

Re: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd

A sadly neglected art. You will never hear Lieder on even the most sophisticated classical channel. There are singers who would wish to devote their lives to it, but they also have to eat every day. Webern and Berg were both pupils of Schoenberg, and he wrote about how difficult it was to convince o...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A tale of two popes is brewing in the Vatican
Replies: 9
Views: 452

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

Actually I ended up being an admirer of Ratzinger if only because of his intellect. Unlike JP II but like Paul VI he never disciplined the odd unruly theologian. Indeed, as a peritus (expert) at Vatican II he maintained friendships with some of them. Then there was his musical interest, and the fact...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 1259

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

I think this is much the superior (Scottish) song than the cliched (Irish) "Danny Boy" - in this case, sung magnificently by James Dunn as part of a devastating performance in " A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". A remarkable film. Ergo, I can't understand why Renee Fleming would bother with "Danny Boy"!! ...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 1259

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

jserraglio wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:09 am
jbuck919 wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:05 am
Oh really? Does your wife always let you have the last word?
“With people. . . who seek only division . . . even within the family — silence, prayer” is the path to take. —mi compadre, Jorge Mario Bergoglio
Who like myself has only one living sister to name as proper family.
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 1259

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

jserraglio wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:22 pm
On that we can agree. I'm a big fan of marriage me own self.
Oh really? Does your wife always let you have the last word? :lol:
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A tale of two popes is brewing in the Vatican
Replies: 9
Views: 452

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

The key phrase in this post is "raised millions." Ever been to Vatican City or St. Peter's? It takes millions every year just to keep the place going, and it does not come from taxing surrounding Italy. That is possibly one reason why Boston Cardinal Bernard Law, also an offender in this way, was gi...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 1259

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

When I told my wife about the Clinton chewing gum caper , she pointed out that that GOP rascal, G.W. Bush was handing out mints to Michelle that he had got from Laura. My wife, you see, doesn't like Republicans one single bit. She votes a straight Democratic ticket and she always votes twice (once ...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ultra-conservative ex-Vatican official accuses Pope of knowing about Cardinal McCarrick's record of abuse
Replies: 12
Views: 682

Re: Ultra-conservative ex-Vatican official accuses Pope of knowing about Cardinal McCarrick's record of abuse

Referring to jserraglio's previous post, schism is the norm in Christianity. (Actually heresy is the norm, but let's not go there.) I'm sure I don't have to tell j that the last important schism involved the definition of papal infalibility by the First Vatican Council. Many bishops actually voted a...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 1259

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

Here is the entire ceremony on tape. The Queen of England will not have so fine a ceremony when she goes. As our local expert on such matters I could explain everything, but choose not to bore you with that unless someone has a specific question. My only question is why Bill Clinton is chewing gum d...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ultra-conservative ex-Vatican official accuses Pope of knowing about Cardinal McCarrick's record of abuse
Replies: 12
Views: 682

Re: Ultra-conservative ex-Vatican official accuses Pope of knowing about Cardinal McCarrick's record of abuse

Vigano is out-and-out lying. If I were a betting man, I would bet on it. I am no particular fan of Francis, you know. His willingness to concede to church tradition in terms of married priests, female priests, and sexual morality when he could change these things with a stroke of the pen makes me ha...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Problem Downloading Program To Remove Duplicate Photos
Replies: 9
Views: 324

Re: Problem Downloading Program To Remove Duplicate Photos

Len, for years and years I have run the free Awesome Duplicate Remover without any problems. I have never had to reload it or update it, and it is awesome in its ability to find duplicate photos, of which I have many thousands that I would never have a need to bring up here. Just pull and drag your ...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ultra-conservative ex-Vatican official accuses Pope of knowing about Cardinal McCarrick's record of abuse
Replies: 12
Views: 682

Re: Ultra-conservative ex-Vatican official accuses Pope of knowing about Cardinal McCarrick's record of abuse

None of this requires the resignation of a pope. There is nothing new in an offender being "sentenced" to spend the rest of his life in quiet monastic retirement. Consider the following case: https://www.nytimes.com/1999/10/22/nyregion/quiet-fields-father-ritter-found-his-exile-after-scandal-covenan...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 1259

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

Those who have never been to the National Cathedral as I have been may not know that while it is not St. Peter's, it is the largest true Gothic cathedral in the world and presents numerous acoustic difficulties. I suppose it would be niggardly of me to deny McCain his wish to have a secular song per...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Village Voice RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: The Village Voice RIP

People wrote for the Voice without any pay just for the privilege. A journalistic disaster if ever there was one. :cry:
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Markus Hinterhäuser Salzburg
Replies: 1
Views: 262

Re: Markus Hinterhäuser Salzburg

Poppeia, as I have posted before but it has been very long, is an extremely difficult opera. It is a tribute to Len and Sue that they can appreciate it at all. It is essentially a musical setting of a play without formal arias, etc. It is radically different from Monteverdi's Orfeo, the first import...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An All-but-Extinct Piano Plays Once More
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Re: An All-but-Extinct Piano Plays Once More

Lance will be fantastically interested in this, but I am reminded of the tour I once took of the Adams property in Braintree, MA. Astonishingly, the Boston Post Road runs right by the property exactly as it did in the 18th century, but my main point involves the Adams home, which was home to both Jo...