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by Beckmesser
Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of fortepiano music on original instruments
Replies: 42
Views: 12243

Re: Recordings of fortepiano music on original instruments

"Purists" in what way? HIP purists who disdain Steinways in older music or those who disdain obsolete pianos in present-day performances? (I guess that gives away which side I'm on. :mrgreen:) I think I probably side with John on this issue. If I never hear another fortepiano it will be too soon. D...
by Beckmesser
Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why do the Weasels, Stoats, Mustelids and Ferrets ...
Replies: 30
Views: 7037

Re: Why do the Weasels, Stoats, Mustelids and Ferrets ...

Don't get your knickers in a twist. It's only music.

There is simply no accounting for taste.

I happen to like Fauré's A major sonata for violin and piano. It almost sounds like Brahms.

by Beckmesser
Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A visit to a harpsichord builder's workshop.
Replies: 4
Views: 1288

Re: A visit to a harpsichord builder's workshop.

This post induced pangs of guilt. I have loved harpsichord music since I was a teenager discovering the world of classical music. It has always been my dream to have a harpsichord of my own. Several years ago I purchased a kit from Hubbard Harpsichord near Boston. I should have realized at the time ...
by Beckmesser
Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question: Are your CD purchases as "heavy" as 2011 thus far?
Replies: 18
Views: 2374

Re: Question: Are your CD purchases as "heavy" as 2011 thus

John F wrote:About the same: zero. :)
Same here. I don't have time to listen to the CDs I have already.
by Beckmesser
Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grand piano as status symbol or glorified statue
Replies: 18
Views: 4300

Re: Grand piano as status symbol or glorified statue

Do pianos made by Steinway and other famous makers appreciate in value if the prices of new instruments increase each year? Perhaps these pianos are considered investments as well as ornaments. Somehow I doubt that there's a market for used pianos that would bid up the prices, unless the pianos are...
by Beckmesser
Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grand piano as status symbol or glorified statue
Replies: 18
Views: 4300

Re: Grand piano as status symbol or glorified statue

Do pianos made by Steinway and other famous makers appreciate in value if the prices of new instruments increase each year?

Perhaps these pianos are considered investments as well as ornaments.
by Beckmesser
Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Metropolitan Opera: 2012-2013 season
Replies: 7
Views: 1723

Re: Metropolitan Opera: 2012-2013 season

I was disappointed to learn that our subscription for next season contains six operas of which FOUR are by Verdi. I realize that 2013 will be a Verdi year but this is TOO MUCH!! The only Verdi operas I really like are Otello and Falstaff . Why couldn't we get four Wagner operas instead? I guess I wi...
by Beckmesser
Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: iPod Troubles
Replies: 5
Views: 1039

Re: iPod Troubles

absinthe wrote:This is where I get pretty short-tempered with "hi-tech".

My solution would be: if the hardware has gone belly up
or the software doesn't work properly

give it a touch of the footware.
Believe me, absinthe, that has been a very tempting thought. I don't have a lot of patience with tech gadgets.
by Beckmesser
Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: iPod Troubles
Replies: 5
Views: 1039

Re: iPod Troubles

I assume you're using it on a PC. Have you uninstalled all iTunes-related components before reinstalling? qGKBjC5bSWk Also try it on a Mac if you can. Then you'll know if it's the ipod that's messed up or the computer it's connected to. Thanks for the suggestion, living_stradivarius. I followed the...
by Beckmesser
Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Super PACs Are Good for Democracy
Replies: 14
Views: 4434

Re: Why Super PACs Are Good for Democracy

Our electoral process takes far too long and involves too much money. And what do we get for our efforts? Essentially a media circus. I think the process and the cost discourage many who would make excellent presidential candidates. I don't know how many million Americans are eligible to run for the...
by Beckmesser
Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: iPod Troubles
Replies: 5
Views: 1039

iPod Troubles

Any iPod experts here? iTunes says my iPod Touch is "in recovery." Sounds like it should be in the ICU. Then it says it needs to be restored. But every time iTunes attempts to restore the iPod I get error message 1611. I've tried all the easy things like using a different USB port and reinstalling i...
by Beckmesser
Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eric Owens, bass-baritone (and recital program)
Replies: 2
Views: 512

Re: Eric Owens, bass-baritone (and recital program)

An impressive singer. He is currently singing the role of Alberich in the Met's production of Götterdämmerung.
by Beckmesser
Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is The Met Hurting?
Replies: 7
Views: 1230

Re: Is The Met Hurting?

The Met has been doing this for several years. I suppose it is a good way of selling more tickets for those performances that have not sold out. I have taken advantage of these offers in the past and I would in this case except that I am seeing these operas through my subscription.
by Beckmesser
Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Perfomed with Yo-Yo Ma
Replies: 6
Views: 3936

Re: Perfomed with Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma appears at Tanglewood every summer (he happens to have a home nearby). I would say he is probably the most popular artist at Tanglewood. And, yes, he does seem to be very friendly. He happily speaks with audience members who approach the stage after rehearsals.
by Beckmesser
Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you have a LEAST favorite ensemble in classical music?
Replies: 16
Views: 2864

Re: Do you have a LEAST favorite ensemble in classical music

Any ensemble that includes a fortepiano. Might as well get an old upright piano from a church basement.
by Beckmesser
Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favorite orchestral songs
Replies: 31
Views: 3367

Re: Favorite orchestral songs

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Elgar's Sea Pictures. It's one of my favorites, along with Four Last Songs (Strauss), Wesendonck Lieder (Wagner), and Les nuits d'été (Berlioz).
by Beckmesser
Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gotterdammerung musing
Replies: 6
Views: 1365

Re: Gotterdammerung musing

I was in the house for last evening's performance and I will have to admit it was a mixed bag. I agree with many who feel that "the machine" concept was a mistake. It tends to restrict movement around the stage so that, yes, the singers basically walk on and walk off from the wings. The production m...
by Beckmesser
Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
Replies: 14
Views: 2513

Re: National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America

I'm sure most of us at one time or another have attended a concert by a high school orchestra. The orchestra at my son's small school sounded dreadful. So it really makes one sit up and listen when you get a chance to hear really talented young people who have worked intensively to prepare a concert...
by Beckmesser
Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Universe Symphony of Charles Ives
Replies: 5
Views: 3144

The Universe Symphony of Charles Ives

My brother is a freelance musician/composer who, from time to time, plays with the Nashville Symphony when they need additional percussionists. He recently informed me that he will join the Nashville Symphony when they perform in Carnegie Hall on May 12 on which occasion they will play the Universe ...
by Beckmesser
Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions on Gerhard Oppitz?
Replies: 15
Views: 3915

Opinions on Gerhard Oppitz?

I'm looking through the brochure for the upcoming Tanglewood season and finding little of interest. The unadventurous programming could be characterized as "same old, same old" with the usual Beethoven and Tchaikovsky symphonies and oodles of Mozart concertos. One item that has caught my attention i...
by Beckmesser
Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gilbert stops Mahler's 9th to confront a cellphone user
Replies: 46
Views: 11338

Re: Gilbert stops Mahler's 9th to confront a cellphone user

I think the incident underscores the enduring necessity, as technology becomes ever more ubiquitous and complex, for it's users to familiarize themselves with what they're carrying around in their pockets. However, most amusing - gracious of Patron X to offer his story. I think we have to cut the p...
by Beckmesser
Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can you distinguish a Strad from a new violin? No, you can't
Replies: 16
Views: 1756

Re: Can you distinguish a Strad from a new violin? No, you c

Bullocks. Not enough information about the test. These double blind tests usually involve listening to little snippets. We do not listen that way. If they played a whole work or even a movement, then maybe. The same tests are used in hi fi to prove everything sounds the same. It's not that simple. ...
by Beckmesser
Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The NY Phil and new music: now it's Woolfe
Replies: 6
Views: 966

Re: The NY Phil and new music: now it's Woolfe

This may mark me as a philistine but I must confess that I would never go to a Philharmonic concert for the sake of hearing a new piece of music, especially if it constitutes a large portion of the program. My attitude might be different if I had bags of money and could go to whatever I wished, but ...
by Beckmesser
Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Westchester Philharmonic: No music director
Replies: 8
Views: 1467

Re: Westchester Philharmonic: No music director

Another factor which could weigh against the success of a Westchester-based orchestra is the county's proximity to Manhattan. After all, with just a little extra travel time (plus a hefty parking fee) one could hear the New York Philharmonic or any of the prestigious orchestras that perform at Carne...
by Beckmesser
Sun Sep 18, 2011 1:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Westchester Philharmonic: No music director
Replies: 8
Views: 1467

Re: Westchester Philharmonic: No music director

I had hoped that the naming of Itzhak Perlman as music director a few years ago would have increased ticket sales and attracted donors so I am disappointed that it didn't work out. In its early days the orchestra got significant support from corporations with headquarters in the area such as General...
by Beckmesser
Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How are CMGers making out with all the rain?
Replies: 21
Views: 6248

Re: How are CMGers making out with all the rain?

One of the first persons I worked with when I joined the environmental engineering firm where I was employed for 30 years was the firm's senior hydrologist. He always used to say, "Don't live near the water."

Living near water certainly has its appeal but it also has its risks.
by Beckmesser
Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How are CMGers making out with all the rain?
Replies: 21
Views: 6248

Re: How are CMGers making out with all the rain?

I shuttle back and forth between Westchester and Columbia Counties. Our homes are on hillsides in both locations so we aren't in danger of flooding but our driveway in the country is a muddy mess. The creeks in Columbia County are up to the undersides of the bridges so either the water will back up ...
by Beckmesser
Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do you copy vinyl to CD?
Replies: 11
Views: 2299

Re: How do you copy vinyl to CD?

A few years ago I bought a device manufactured by Xitel that can take the signal from my audio system and digitize it before it goes into the computer. I haven't used it as much as I thought I would but it does work. The advantage: if you already have a good turntable and cartridge you don't have to...
by Beckmesser
Wed Sep 07, 2011 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: James Levine to Miss Met Fall Season Because of Back Injury
Replies: 13
Views: 1938

Re: James Levine to Miss Met Fall Season Because of Back Inj

The underlying problem has been his weight. He is probably 60-80 pounds overweight, if not more, and all that weight puts a huge amount of excess stress on the back. Actually Levine appeared to have lost quite a bit of weight during his performances last season. But he also looked extremely frail. ...
by Beckmesser
Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are they doing to Mozart?
Replies: 19
Views: 2157

Re: What are they doing to Mozart?

Mozart is not the only victim. Some of the recent new productions at Bayreuth, shrine to Richard Wagner, have also been quite bizarre. Some accounts of the new production of Tannhäuser : The Telegraph The Stage Reviews The blogger Intermezzo And then, of course, there was Katharina Wagner's 2007 pro...
by Beckmesser
Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Abusive conductors
Replies: 18
Views: 3375

Re: Abusive conductors

The September issue of Opera News contains a book review of George Szell: A Life of Music by Michael Charry (University of Illinois Press). The book's reviewer Jeffrey McMillan writes: Through sensational seasons at Severance Hall, domestic and international tours and a voluminous body of recordings...
by Beckmesser
Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lenny's challenge and my problem with sopranoes
Replies: 12
Views: 2247

Re: Lenny's challenge and my problem with sopranoes

My first job out of college was with a small architectural firm in Minneapolis. I don't know how it was decided (or by whom) but the radio in the drafting room was always tuned to the local classical music station. There was one member of the staff who mostly suffered in silence except when the sele...
by Beckmesser
Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charisma: What is it?
Replies: 19
Views: 4300

Re: Charisma: What is it?

I know that Yo-Yo Ma is a very popular artist (probably the most popular artist who appears regularly at Tanglewood) and I suspect that many members of the audience find his intense facial expressions as absorbing as his musical performance. My reaction is quite different. I can't bear to watch so m...
by Beckmesser
Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Learning to Listen to Music
Replies: 11
Views: 6022

Re: Learning to Listen to Music

What is meant by 'difficult music'? In 1965, not knowing a note of Schoenberg or any other 12-tone music, I went to a pre-performance symposium about 'Moses and Aaron' at Covent Garden. The production team, including Peter Hall, Egon Wellesz and Solti spoke about the music and Richard Lewis and For...
by Beckmesser
Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not the Bruckner of Belgium
Replies: 9
Views: 2578

Re: Not the Bruckner of Belgium

I particularly like the symphonic variations for piano and orchestra, very much in the manner of Liszt (especially the first concerto) but with its own character and flavor. Just came across this on YouTube, with Clifford Curzon and Adrian Boult. YouTube is amazing. z-AiTbbG5tg Thanks for the remin...
by Beckmesser
Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tanglewood 1949 - Documentary
Replies: 2
Views: 506

Re: Tanglewood 1949 - Documentary

Thanks for posting that video, John. I visit Tanglewood every week during the summer so it was fascinating for me to see what this remarkable place looked like in its early years. The exterior appearance of the music shed has changed very little over the years. The stage, on the other hand, looks co...
by Beckmesser
Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Specious Attacks On The Symphony Orchestra At Artsjournal
Replies: 4
Views: 932

Re: Specious Attacks On The Symphony Orchestra At Artsjournal

Well, the orchestra as an institution is certainly no longer at the center of contemporary musical life. At least of the creative lives of contemporary composers. I am curious as to why this is so. Are contemporary composers not writing for the symphony orchestra because they feel that conservative...
by Beckmesser
Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: EMI may/will be taken over by Citigroup...
Replies: 24
Views: 2568

Re: EMI may/will be taken over by Citigroup...

Chalkperson wrote:...as Henry says, and as Lance is always saying, buy those EMI Boxes whilst you still have a chance...
mmm . . . maybe I should. Any recommendations for not-to-be-missed EMI box sets??
by Beckmesser
Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: EMI may/will be taken over by Citigroup...
Replies: 24
Views: 2568

Re: EMI may/will be taken over by Citigroup...

I doubt that Citigroup has any intention of running EMI. They provided the financing to the private equity group for the purchase of EMI. According to the New York Times they have already written off $2 billion in losses related to the deal. They will probably hire a firm to maximize the breakup val...
by Beckmesser
Sat Dec 18, 2010 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Could John Cage's 4.33 be the Number One Xmas Single in UK
Replies: 11
Views: 4417

Re: Could John Cage's 4.33 be the Number One Xmas Single in UK

Gee, I wish they would play Cage's piece at my gym--over and over again--instead of the stuff they play now.
by Beckmesser
Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: question about Yamaha CLP-340 digital piano
Replies: 11
Views: 2821

Re: question about Yamaha CLP-340 digital piano

Lance, thank you. My son plays and enjoys many different types of music, but classical is a very important part of his playing. At present, what we have here is an old Baldwin Acrosonic. Price is also a serious consideration at this point for him. Someday, his dream is to have a Steinway baby grand...
by Beckmesser
Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: question about Yamaha CLP-340 digital piano
Replies: 11
Views: 2821

Re: question about Yamaha CLP-340 digital piano

All of what Lance says is true. Having said that, I admit to owning two older models of Yamaha digital keyboards (as well as a Steinway grand currently in need of repairs). To my mind, there are two important benefits to digital instruments: 1. They never need tuning. 2. You can turn down the volume...
by Beckmesser
Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alice Tully Hall: The Organ Is Back!
Replies: 2
Views: 492

Re: Alice Tully Hall: The Organ Is Back!

More press on the restored organ can be found here:

Wall Street Journal
by Beckmesser
Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Republicans-Bad For Classical Music In America?
Replies: 15
Views: 2885

Re: Republicans-Bad For Classical Music In America?

John Francis is right. American orchestras receive very little government support. According to the most recent issue of Quick Orchestra Facts , issued by the League of American Orchestras, government grants constituted only 4 percent of the total revenue in 2007-2008. I think we can cross this one ...
by Beckmesser
Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do we Really still Need Record Stores?
Replies: 26
Views: 7973

Re: Do we Really still Need Record Stores?

What's a record store? No, seriously folks, I miss them, too. Back in the days when Tower Records had its store near Lincoln Center I would pop in every time I attended a concert or opera. I would check out the new releases and browse through the bins. I invariably walked out of there with several C...
by Beckmesser
Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gotterdammerung-Best Buy Of The Year For A Brand New CD Set
Replies: 7
Views: 1297

Re: Gotterdammerung-Best Buy Of The Year For A Brand New CD Set

The basics about Mack Harrell (sp) are in this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mack_Harrell . I'll add a little more. Harrell's operatic career benefitted from an alliance between the Metropolitan Opera and the Juilliard Foundation, which supported the Met financially during the Gre...
by Beckmesser
Sun Aug 08, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anybody heard about the Elephant Task Force!
Replies: 7
Views: 884

Re: Anybody heard about the Elephant Task Force!

American orchestras do rely heavily on private donations to make up the substantial difference between revenue (ticket sales) and costs. I suspect that the big donors in the past were either "old" money who supported their local orchestras out of noblesse oblige or the nouveau riche who were trying ...
by Beckmesser
Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach Brilliant Edition (Complete Works)
Replies: 5
Views: 1308

Re: Bach Brilliant Edition (Complete Works)

At less than $0.75 per CD, this set is indeed a bargain! It comes complete with all the scores on DVD-ROM. http://www.mdt.co.uk/public/pictures/products/standard/94050.jpg http://www.mdt.co.uk/MDTSite/product/Choice_August_Selected/94050.htm That is an amazing value. I bought the earlier edition an...
by Beckmesser
Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG Mahler "Edition" box (18 CDs) dropped in price
Replies: 8
Views: 1168

Re: DGG Mahler "Edition" box (18 CDs) dropped in price

Less than $40/USD in some places now. Waiting for EMI edition (w/Rattle, etc.) to drop in price. If you could buy only one, which set would you choose? BTW, where can you buy the DGG set for $40? Here.... http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B003BZC2RU/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&qid=1279503671&sr=1-1...
by Beckmesser
Sun Jul 18, 2010 4:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG Mahler "Edition" box (18 CDs) dropped in price
Replies: 8
Views: 1168

Re: DGG Mahler "Edition" box (18 CDs) dropped in price

Lance wrote:Less than $40/USD in some places now. Waiting for EMI edition (w/Rattle, etc.) to drop in price.
If you could buy only one, which set would you choose?

BTW, where can you buy the DGG set for $40?