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by Beckmesser
Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met: last season's deficit up, as predicted
Replies: 20
Views: 3065

Re: The Met: last season's deficit up, as predicted

The sooner it's gone the better in my view. A relic of days gone long by... Could you explain this--are you now against opera in general, is it just the Met, should the great opera houses in Europe go too-ROH, La Scala, Opéra Bastille. Regards, Len :( I don't regard the Met as the same as the Europ...
by Beckmesser
Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lee Hoiby ... Egon Petri
Replies: 3
Views: 918

Re: Lee Hoiby ... Egon Petri

Many years ago I was looking to purchase a Steinway grand. Responding to a classified ad in The New York Times I took the train down to Manhattan to look at one for sale (I think it was a Model L). It turned out to belong to Lee Hoiby whose name I was familiar with. The piano was really beat up and ...
by Beckmesser
Tue Sep 23, 2014 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Gluck's "The Great Operas"
Replies: 2
Views: 874

Re: DGG's Gluck's "The Great Operas"

Another, "Le cadi dupé," yet another "Turkish" comedy composed 20 years before Mozart's "Abduction from the Seraglio," was once available in German on an Epic/Philips LP with the Camerata Academica of the Salzburg Mozarteum conducted by Bernhard Paumgartner, and its reissue on CD would be welcome. ...
by Beckmesser
Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Van Cliburn recordings
Replies: 6
Views: 2809

Re: Van Cliburn recordings

Another Texan who was a generous supporter of the Metropolitan Opera was the late Sybil Harrington.

She is reported to have given over $30 million to the Met, making her (at least at the time of her death in 1998) the Met's largest donor. The Met's auditorium was named in her honor.
by Beckmesser
Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met negotiations: update
Replies: 86
Views: 8162

Re: The Met negotiations: update

I have inside information that Joseph Volpe has been brought in to represent the Met's management in the negotiations. For what it's worth. 35 hours until the unions' contracts expire. Could that mean that the Met has fired its high-priced lawyer who specializes in labor relations? Has the negotiat...
by Beckmesser
Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Tickets Arrive!
Replies: 4
Views: 754

Re: Met Tickets Arrive!

Our subscription tickets have arrived, too.

If the season is delayed will the Met issue refunds for the cancelled performances? They don't generally give refunds but what if the performance doesn't take place?
by Beckmesser
Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Euryanthe It's Victorian
Replies: 10
Views: 1262

Re: Euryanthe It's Victorian

The only music that I have heard from Euryanthe is the overture so I am looking forward to hearing the entire opera at Bard. Such an opportunity may not come again. I found my cds of the opera--music sounds good! I thought I was listening to Wagner! Regards, Len :) If I'm not mistaken, I believe We...
by Beckmesser
Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Euryanthe It's Victorian
Replies: 10
Views: 1262

Re: Euryanthe It's Victorian

Sounds like a pretty typical opera plot to me. I might sound like a philistine but I rarely take an interest in opera plots. Most of them are too ridiculous to bear much scrutiny. I only go for the music. The only music that I have heard from Euryanthe is the overture so I am looking forward to hear...
by Beckmesser
Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: End of a distinguished career - Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
Replies: 13
Views: 2848

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

Frühbeck de Burgos appeared frequently at Tanglewood in recent years--especially in the periods when the BSO was between music directors. There were many memorable performances including some fine Mahler performances so this is sad news, indeed. The following paragraph appeared in The Boston Globe ...
by Beckmesser
Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: End of a distinguished career - Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
Replies: 13
Views: 2848

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

Frühbeck de Burgos appeared frequently at Tanglewood in recent years--especially in the periods when the BSO was between music directors. There were many memorable performances including some fine Mahler performances so this is sad news, indeed. The following paragraph appeared in The Boston Globe :...
by Beckmesser
Mon May 26, 2014 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Moses und Aron The Book of Mormon
Replies: 15
Views: 1810

Re: Moses und Aron The Book of Mormon

Several years ago after the Met announced Moses und Aron for its upcoming season I decided to acquaint myself with the music before ordering tickets. I borrowed a recording from the library and listened to it over and over again on my car's stereo as I drove back and forth to work. With most music I...
by Beckmesser
Mon May 05, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Met prediction site?
Replies: 19
Views: 2221

Re: A Met prediction site?

This is not the first site to predict future Met seasons, Lenny. There was a fellow named Brad Wilber who had such a site for 15 years. Then the Met's attorneys went after him and made him shut it down. If I remember correctly, Wilber was a college librarian and he didn't have the big bucks to hire ...
by Beckmesser
Thu May 01, 2014 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Donald Isler Piano Recital - May 17th - White Plains, NY
Replies: 4
Views: 1413

Re: Donald Isler Piano Recital - May 17th - White Plains, NY

Donald,

If I were in town on that date I would certainly attend. Would love to hear the Beethoven.

I wish you great success.

M
by Beckmesser
Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: World's Oldest Pianist
Replies: 5
Views: 1182

Re: World's Oldest Pianist

To update this thread, Alice Herz-Sommer passed away on February 23rd in London at the age of 110. She was a remarkable individual with an indomitable spirit. I am looking forward to seeing the documentary about her life, The Lady in Number 6 , currently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short...
by Beckmesser
Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical Education For My Great Nephew
Replies: 13
Views: 5184

Re: Musical Education For My Great Nephew

The short answer is that you can't. The best you can do is expose him to it, find out what he likes, and give him more. Even then, there's no guarantee. My brother and I grew up in the same family/cultural environment (of course) with the parents listening to what they liked, I became a lifelong CM...
by Beckmesser
Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Opera attendance fell last season
Replies: 3
Views: 557

Re: Met Opera attendance fell last season

The company is preparing to begin a round of negotiations with its 16 unions, whose contracts are up on July 31. Some unions are predicting contentious talks. . . . “The economics of this art form are more than challenging,” he [Gelb] added, “and ultimately we’re looking for solutions to solve thes...
by Beckmesser
Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An Internet opera
Replies: 12
Views: 1082

Re: An Internet opera

Tomorrow night's premiere just happened to be included in our subscription this season. I exchanged many of our tickets for other operas that I would rather see but kept this one out of curiosity. I heard some of Muhly's music performed at Tanglewood several years ago. He was an alumnus of the Bosto...
by Beckmesser
Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stop Forcing Your Kids to Learn a Musical Instrument
Replies: 41
Views: 3551

Re: Stop Forcing Your Kids to Learn a Musical Instrument

I was "forced" to learn the piano from an early age...and couldn't choose to quit myself until I'd had 10 years of lessons. This was because a primary regret of both of my parents was not continuing with lessons when they were children. I finally came around to wanting to play guitar when I was a f...
by Beckmesser
Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let's direct an opera
Replies: 9
Views: 1049

Re: Let's direct an opera

I think "Nixon in China" is just awful. :mrgreen: I thought I would like it more--to think we paid extra for orchestra seats and then happened to be in a section where we couldn't even see that much of Nixon when he gets off the plane because of how it was staged. Regards, Len :x Len, If you like t...
by Beckmesser
Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert's "Grand Duo" Symphony
Replies: 9
Views: 3016

Re: Schubert's "Grand Duo" Symphony

I have never heard the orchestrated version but the original is a great favorite of mine. I have the Carnegie Hall performance by Evgeny Kissin and James Levine on my iPod. I have another recording of the piece by Camelia Sima and David Montgomery which includes a four-hand work by the composer Carl...
by Beckmesser
Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: almira handel BEMF mahaiwe great barrington
Replies: 9
Views: 1402

Re: almira handel BEMF mahaiwe great barrington

I have to agree with you, Len. The production is a delight. Much more engaging than some of the productions we have seen at the Met lately. Perhaps it had something to do with the intimacy of the Mahaiwe Theater compared with the "big barn" at Lincoln Center. It's the kind of performing space that a...
by Beckmesser
Wed May 22, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical summer ahead in the North Country
Replies: 14
Views: 2290

Re: Classical summer ahead in the North Country

Yesterday I stumbled upon a news item on the internet about the New York Philharmonic's search for a site for a summer home here in Columbia County. Practical, I suppose, mainly because of the Taconic Parkway. However, Saratoga is relatively urban and cosmpolitan, a quick shot from the capital area...
by Beckmesser
Wed May 22, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical summer ahead in the North Country
Replies: 14
Views: 2290

Re: Classical summer ahead in the North Country

Yesterday I stumbled upon a news item on the internet about the New York Philharmonic's search for a site for a summer home here in Columbia County. Even if they are eventually successful in finding a site I suppose it will take years of fund-raising and construction before they play their first con...
by Beckmesser
Thu May 02, 2013 9:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dialogue des Carmélites at the Met
Replies: 16
Views: 3591

Re: Dialogue des Carmélites at the Met

I'll be seeing it on Thursday night. The Met's production is very moving. I saw it the last time it was in the repertory. As I prepared to leave after the performance ended I noticed that the young monk seated behind me (he was wearing a simple habit with a rope for a belt) had tears streaming down ...
by Beckmesser
Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY City Opera: to City Center?
Replies: 13
Views: 866

Re: NY City Opera: to City Center?

If City Opera took up permanent residence at the City Center we might consider going again. When City Opera was at Lincoln Center we typically saw three or four productions each season. It was an easy trip into Manhattan from Westchester County where we live but driving to Brooklyn to see an opera i...
by Beckmesser
Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can the American Orchestra Survive?
Replies: 24
Views: 4977

Re: Can the American Orchestra Survive?

Tax policy helps orchestras in other ways. The deductibility of charitable contributions encourages individuals and corporations to provide the financial support that American orchestras depend on in the absence of government subsidies. There are a number of ideas being floated for reform of the tax...
by Beckmesser
Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Metropolitan Opera Test
Replies: 3
Views: 385

Re: Metropolitan Opera Test

Well, it's about time the Met introduced the concept of "build your own series." For many years I resisted taking a subscription because it was always a mixed bag consisting of a few operas I wanted to see with a bunch of others I didn't. I preferred having the ability to pick and choose. A few year...
by Beckmesser
Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Something, um, different coming to Carnegie Hall
Replies: 2
Views: 479

Re: Something, um, different coming to Carnegie Hall

That will be in the Spring for Music series, which brings American orchestras with their most challenging programs to Carnegie Hall, partly at the Hall's expense. Unfortunately the series will end next season because Carnegie Hall can't raise the money to continue it. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02...
by Beckmesser
Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Rise, Decline and Rebirth of Elgar
Replies: 32
Views: 2226

Re: The Rise, Decline and Rebirth of Elgar

Apropos of Elgar's Enigma Variations I have to relate something that happened to me a few years ago. I was driving through rural Minnesota at night, listening to the Enigma Variations on the radio. Mere minutes after hearing the famous Variation IX (Nimrod) I saw a sign along the highway indicating ...
by Beckmesser
Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Collaborative works: the good, the bad, and the ugly
Replies: 7
Views: 1345

Re: Collaborative works: the good, the bad, and the ugly

How about Hexameron? I heard it performed at the Bard Festival a few years ago.



by Beckmesser
Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please Tell Me This Is Not The New Met Season
Replies: 39
Views: 3178

Re: Please Tell Me This Is Not The New Met Season

There are quite a few operas on that roster that I hope to see...Did I leave out the bel canto operas? Sorry, Lenny. I know you like them but they are not my "cup of tea." I like all the operas you mentioned--but so many repeats from not that far in the past. :( Where's the LA I Due Foscari, where'...
by Beckmesser
Sat Feb 23, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please Tell Me This Is Not The New Met Season
Replies: 39
Views: 3178

Re: Please Tell Me This Is Not The New Met Season

There are quite a few operas on that roster that I hope to see. First of all, Richard Strauss is back after his total absence from the current season. I will probably attend all three operas. It's been several years since I last saw Arabella and Die Frau ohne Schatten . I will definitely want to see...
by Beckmesser
Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Emanuel Ax: New CD of "Variations" on Sony Classical
Replies: 7
Views: 1821

Re: Emanuel Ax: New CD of "Variations" on Sony Classical

Lance, I add my thanks as well. Schumann's Symphonic Etudes has long been a favorite of mine. Every time I hear it I get out the score to see if I could manage playing it myself and every time I am defeated. So I enjoy hearing others who have the chops to tackle this music. I am also very fond of th...
by Beckmesser
Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinyl Resurgent
Replies: 8
Views: 1848

Re: Vinyl Resurgent

BBC Magazine this month has a fascinating article about a company in England that is resurrecting rare classical titles in LP format, with high quality pressings, booklets and covers: the lot. These rare titles are being sold to collectors for high prices, based on what one reads. Furthermore, my h...
by Beckmesser
Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Playing from Memory: Tommasini
Replies: 14
Views: 6875

Re: Playing from Memory: Tommasini

As the Times article mentions, Andras Schiff recently played both books of the Well-Tempered Clavier from memory in Carnegie Hall. I consider that a remarkable feat. I have been playing some of the much simpler two-part inventions for nearly 60 years and I still couldn't reliably play them from memo...
by Beckmesser
Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happily, the CD format is still with us and ...
Replies: 82
Views: 11267

Re: Happily, the CD format is still with us and ...

I envy you folks who have the high-end audio equipment and the ears with which to appreciate it. When I was young I assumed that I would have such equipment when I was older and had more money to spend. Now I am approaching 70 and have given up such dreams. I have suffered from tinnitus for the past...
by Beckmesser
Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cataloging Classical CDs
Replies: 34
Views: 6306

Re: Cataloging Classical CDs

I have been transferring many of my CDs to iTunes so that I can hear the music on my iPod when I'm walking or driving. iTunes automatically goes to Gracenote to obtain the data but the data entry in Gracenote is so sloppy and inconsistent I find that I must do extensive "data cleanup" otherwise I wo...
by Beckmesser
Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Giordani Bows Out Troyens
Replies: 6
Views: 999

Re: Giordani Bows Out Troyens

It is official that Giordani will be replaced for all of the remaining performances by Bryan Hymel who sung the role at the ROH. I can't say I'm that disappointed-- I always thought that role would be a struggle for him . Found this: Marcello Giordani bows out as Berlioz’s ‘Les Troyens’ revived at ...
by Beckmesser
Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mixed-Bag Masked Ball
Replies: 14
Views: 1987

Re: Mixed-Bag Masked Ball

From our seats in the balcony the sets--with the exception of the ballroom scene--were visually boring. They were so nondescript that they could probably be adapted to just about any opera. The sets did have one virtue, however. They served as an acoustic shell that helped project the singers' voice...
by Beckmesser
Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Avery Fisher Hall to be renovated
Replies: 9
Views: 1866

Re: Avery Fisher Hall to be renovated

I attended one concert in the original Philharmonic Hall (1967) but after so many years I can't recall my impressions of the acoustics. I thought the general consensus after Philip Johnson's renovation (now called Avery Fisher Hall) was that the acoustics were somewhat better. I have never been in B...
by Beckmesser
Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY City Opera Getting Rid of Its Heritage
Replies: 4
Views: 702

Re: NY City Opera Getting Rid of Its Heritage

It sounds like a going-out-of-business sale.

I regularly attended NYCO productions a few years ago (before the "dark" season) but I have been ignoring the company's email messages and brochures ever since. I'm not about to travel from Westchester County to Brooklyn to hear an opera.
by Beckmesser
Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is Hollywood killing opera?
Replies: 29
Views: 2943

Re: Is Hollywood killing opera?

Ever since the weasels, stoats, mustelids, rodents, ferrets and martens started broadcasting Kunstmusik 24/7 their programming has improved in many ways; unfortunately opera is still underrepresented. Practically all the opera they play is overtures, instrumentals such as the Intermezzo of CAVALLER...
by Beckmesser
Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How difficult is it?
Replies: 3
Views: 2090

How difficult is it?

Yesterday I attended a concert at Tanglewood presented by high school musicians attending the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. These young musicians come from all over the U.S. to attend the program and some come from abroad. One must submit audition recordings to be admitted to the summer pr...
by Beckmesser
Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera plans: they're shrinking
Replies: 13
Views: 1522

Re: Opera plans: they're shrinking

All the greyheads that made up most of the symphony audience 30+ years ago when we started are long gone, and yet the audience is still mostly grey. The only difference is that I wasn't a grey head back then, but I am one now. Fortunately, they keep manufacturing new old people, and many people com...
by Beckmesser
Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera plans: they're shrinking
Replies: 13
Views: 1522

Re: Opera plans: they're shrinking

I had been thinking of replying to the thread about the Philadelphia Orchestra emerging from bankruptcy but this thread will do just as well. I hate to be a pessimist but I have grave doubts about the future of performing arts organizations devoted to classical music and opera. It seems to me that t...
by Beckmesser
Wed May 16, 2012 4:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: All you can eat internet radio for free
Replies: 4
Views: 1182

Re: All you can eat internet radio for free

I'm quite ignorant about this sort of thing.

I really must figure out how to use my iPod Touch.

Is it possible to buy an internet device to hook up to my audio system that would play internet radio (leaving out the computer altogether)?
by Beckmesser
Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Wagner's Die Walküre
Replies: 10
Views: 2476

Re: The Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Wagner's Die Walkure

He didn't. He wrote the librettos in reverse order, then began composing them with "Das Rheingold." You can hear the development of his musical style as the Ring cycle progresses. I believe John is correct. Didn't he set aside work on the third opera ( Siegfried ) to compose Tristan und Isolde , fo...
by Beckmesser
Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you have a treasured "collectible" from classical music?
Replies: 22
Views: 6262

Re: Do you have a treasured "collectible" from classical mus

When I was young I collected autographs of the artists I heard in performance. After a few years I thought the practice was rather "tacky" and I stopped. I have a concert program autographed by Glenn Gould, a Met program signed by Birgit Nilsson (in beautiful flowing script, I should add), and an LP...
by Beckmesser
Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ending Makropulis Case Gamble
Replies: 2
Views: 529

Re: Ending Makropulis Case Gamble

Darn it, the Met just didn't seem ready to offer those great discount tickets like they did this winter so I decided to end the gamble and settle for balcony seats at regular price--only 4 performances are being offered and I didn't want to miss this opera--I like Janacek and Mattila alot and look ...
by Beckmesser
Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE SIMPLE-minded SYMPHONY
Replies: 10
Views: 1733

Re: THE SIMPLE-minded SYMPHONY

Dulcinea,

Why do you torture yourself by listening to a radio station that displeases you?

Please, turn off the radio.