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by Beckmesser
Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Humor in Classical Music
Replies: 56
Views: 363010

Re: Humor in Classical Music

I've often wondered . . .

Why aren't comic operas funny?
by Beckmesser
Thu May 27, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Lincoln Center restaurant lacks name
Replies: 3
Views: 1242

Re: New Lincoln Center restaurant lacks name

Only problem is, most of us won't be able to afford to eat there. Think Per Se, where the new restaurant's chef comes from, and the prix fixe dinner is $275, service and tax not included. Even if the Lincoln Center restaurant's low-end dinner tab is half that, which is what I've been hearing, that'...
by Beckmesser
Sat Apr 10, 2010 3:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The return of a musical master: Leon Fleisher
Replies: 19
Views: 3489

Re: The return of a musical master: Leon Fleisher

....I cannot claim credit for those videos you enjoyed. I have never posted anything to YouTube. I'm not sure I would even know how. I will certainly have to check them out. So.....you're not the Beckmesser on there!! Sorry!! (Here it is...... http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Beckmesser2#g/u Tha...
by Beckmesser
Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The return of a musical master: Leon Fleisher
Replies: 19
Views: 3489

Re: The return of a musical master: Leon Fleisher

To BECKMESSER: A little off the subject, but, assuming that you are "Beckmesser2" on YouTube........I wanted to thank you for your YouTube posts of great recordings from the past. When I came across it (courtesy of another site), I didn't realize it was from one of our people!! Great job!!! Unless ...
by Beckmesser
Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The return of a musical master: Leon Fleisher
Replies: 19
Views: 3489

Re: The return of a musical master: Leon Fleisher

Fleisher is my piano god, his Beethoven Concerti with Szell are still stunning today. Fleisher was the soloist with the KC Symphony 4 years ago in the inaugural concert by Music Director Michael Stern. Fleisher gave us a somewhat ragged Emperor Concerto, but still received an enormous ovation as it...
by Beckmesser
Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MET Gets $30 Million & New Board Chairwoman
Replies: 5
Views: 939

Re: MET Gets $30 Million & New Board Chairwoman

I wish I could afford to be as generous as Mrs. Ziff. If it weren't for people like her, arts organizations in this country would probably have to go out of business. Now, let's see. What part of the opera house can we name after Mrs. Ziff? Sybil Harrington's name is attached to the auditorium itsel...
by Beckmesser
Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Listening to music with friends
Replies: 15
Views: 1537

Re: Listening to music with friends

Great idea! I agree completely. In my case I have been spending a lot of time lately listening to the music of the Second Viennese School and the piano music of Milton Babbitt and George Perle. Have I been enjoying myself? Well, not exactly. I often ask myself what do others find to enjoy in this mu...
by Beckmesser
Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A fork in the road of electronic audio technology
Replies: 47
Views: 3518

Re: A fork in the road of electronic audio technology

Excuse my ignorance but has any company applied the Netflix business model to music? It seems to me that while I would want to buy outright recordings of my favorite works/performances to listen to frequently, there are many more recordings that I might like to hear only once or perhaps once in a bl...
by Beckmesser
Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rousing, engaging Beethoven from Levine and the BSO
Replies: 8
Views: 1185

Re: Rousing, engaging Beethoven from Levine and the BSO

Ozawa was music director of the BSO for 29 years.

I believe that many of the musicians felt that Ozawa stayed too long. Maybe things were getting stale.
by Beckmesser
Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A fork in the road of electronic audio technology
Replies: 47
Views: 3518

Re: A fork in the road of electronic audio technology

I just thought of another question. I shuttle back and forth during the week between two residences. Would there be a way to have music files available for playback at both locations? You should be able to put all your digital music on one of these. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/311Pf1uCSHL...
by Beckmesser
Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A fork in the road of electronic audio technology
Replies: 47
Views: 3518

Re: A fork in the road of electronic audio technology

I just thought of another question.

I shuttle back and forth during the week between two residences. Would there be a way to have music files available for playback at both locations?
by Beckmesser
Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A fork in the road of electronic audio technology
Replies: 47
Views: 3518

Re: A fork in the road of electronic audio technology

I am curious as to how one will borrow recorded music from libraries using download technologies. Will there be a time limit on how long the files are available? Will the borrower be prevented from making a copy?
by Beckmesser
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boehm Wozzeck/Lulu
Replies: 24
Views: 6338

Re: Boehm Wozzeck/Lulu

The trouble with the Boehm recording of Lulu is that it lacks the 3rd act, which is essential to the story and to Berg's symmetrical organizational plan. Lulu was so close to being complete at the time of Berg's death that there wasn't all that much for Cerha to do. It was Berg's widow who insisted...
by Beckmesser
Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boehm Wozzeck/Lulu
Replies: 24
Views: 6338

Re: Boehm Wozzeck/Lulu

I have never seen Berg's Lulu so I am thinking of attending one of the performances at the Met this spring. Being unfamiliar with the opera, I have been preparing by listening to a library recording (a 1968 performance with Karl Böhm conducting the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and Anja Silja ...
by Beckmesser
Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do You Hear In Color ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1243

Re: Do You Hear In Color ?

No. I have known people with synesthesia. One of them associates letters and numbers with specific colors. The other experienced the sensation you describe with sounds. It took me several years to conclude that I dream in color. In my dream I had been invited to a tea at the home of the president of...
by Beckmesser
Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Departures (Okuribito)
Replies: 1
Views: 2904

Departures (Okuribito)

Last night I watched the DVD of this Japanese film which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009. Plot Summary: Daigo Kobayashi is a cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and he now finds himself without a job. Selling the expensive cello he has recently purchased, he dec...
by Beckmesser
Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:11 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Movies you WALKED OUT ON!!
Replies: 53
Views: 20067

Re: Movies you WALKED OUT ON!!

AbbyInk wrote:I've fallen asleep in a few. Don't recall any I actually walked out on.
Same here. It's the action movies that really put me to sleep. Strange, isn't it? I never did see the end of the first Star Wars movie.
by Beckmesser
Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:06 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Binghamton, NY in a film again! {just noticed}
Replies: 6
Views: 3473

Re: Binghamton, NY in a film again! {just noticed}

Our little village of Tarrytown is occasionally visited by film crews. A couple of weeks ago they were filming Henry's Crime with Keanu Reeves. I think they were using the Tarrytown Music Hall which is practically unchanged since the late 19th Century. Some scenes from Mona Lisa Smile with Julia Rob...
by Beckmesser
Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:58 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: PHILIP GLASS
Replies: 11
Views: 3965

Re: PHILIP GLASS

Has anyone seen the Scott Hicks documentary ABOUT Philip Glass? The title is Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts.

I saw a preview for it and am curious.
by Beckmesser
Sat Feb 06, 2010 1:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can we get a little more action on our ...
Replies: 7
Views: 1127

Re: Can we get a little more action on our ...

Gosh! I didn't even know it existed. I have my bookmark set on the Chatterbox and I never go anywhere else.

I'll start paying attention because I need some suggestions for my Netflix queue.
by Beckmesser
Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Francis to hit 3,000 posts!
Replies: 11
Views: 1283

Re: John Francis to hit 3,000 posts!

Thank you, John, for your knowledgeable and informative contributions to CMG.
by Beckmesser
Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: To John F and All Other Connoisseurs of Opera:
Replies: 16
Views: 3175

Re: To John F and All Other Connoisseurs of Opera:

Opera in RW's time was basically a popular entertainment . . . I think composing popular entertainments was the farthest thing from Wagner's mind although I suspect he could have done it had he really wanted to. He was usually in dire financial straits and could have used the money. I happen to pre...
by Beckmesser
Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is it really this hard to differentiate major/minor?
Replies: 22
Views: 2529

Re: Is it really this hard to differentiate major/minor?

I wonder if it is because most people listen to popular music. I'm not very familiar with popular music but I think most of it is written in major keys. When I was in high school I played the piano and sang in the high school chorus. The chorus director for no particular reason had each member of th...
by Beckmesser
Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What happened to David Fray?
Replies: 5
Views: 1411

Re: What happened to David Fray?

Fear not. He is still around.

I saw him perform Ravel's G Major Concerto with the New York Philharmonic in early December. He is very good.
by Beckmesser
Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simon domingo
Replies: 4
Views: 1337

Re: Simon domingo

Although I am not a great fan of most Verdi operas I am looking forward to this one. The longevity of Domingo's singing career is amazing. Once I saw him sing Siegmund in Die Walküre and I thought he would probably be retiring from the stage soon. A few years later I saw him sing the same role again...
by Beckmesser
Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philisophical question: "Why do you listen to the radio?"
Replies: 48
Views: 11774

Re: Philisophical question: "Why do you listen to the radio?"

Classical radio doesn't have quite the impact on my listening that it once did. Fifty years ago when I was growing up in Minnesota and just discovering classical music I was a devoted listener to the CBC (we were not far from Winnipeg). I got the best reception with the car radio so that's where I d...
by Beckmesser
Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philisophical question: "Why do you listen to the radio?"
Replies: 48
Views: 11774

Re: Philisophical question: "Why do you listen to the radio?"

A couple more notes on Radio Suisse Classique. I mention this because I think efforts of this nature can make radio much more vital. As I mentioned they have a really nice dashboard that shows what's playing and what's coming up. http://www.radiosuisseclassique.ch/en But you can also expand each pl...
by Beckmesser
Tue Jan 19, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philisophical question: "Why do you listen to the radio?"
Replies: 48
Views: 11774

Re: Philisophical question: "Why do you listen to the radio?"

Chalkperson wrote:What is this thing called "Radio", I don't seem to have one... :mrgreen:
Chalkie,

I think you call it the wireless.
by Beckmesser
Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A question for everyone who listens to music
Replies: 143
Views: 12088

Re: A question for everyone who listens to music

I've been pondering some guy's question for some time now. I would have to admit off-the-bat that I don't make an effort to follow contemporary music. So I started thinking about what I might be missing. After all, who hasn't thought to themselves how thrilling it must have been to be present at the...
by Beckmesser
Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Handel for beginners
Replies: 40
Views: 2923

Re: Handel for beginners

I must put in a plug for one of my long-time favorite Handel works--the oratorio L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato--with texts by John Milton set to thoroughly delightful music.
by Beckmesser
Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Slatkin Returns to Podium
Replies: 3
Views: 825

Re: Leonard Slatkin Returns to Podium

This is very good news, indeed. Isn't it amazing what one can do when one has to , health-wise? Dropping 20 pounds is not easy, nor is changing our diets to reduce such things as cholesterol. Leonard Slatkin returns to the podium this week with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conducting the Beethov...
by Beckmesser
Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grand pianos used in movies
Replies: 54
Views: 15826

Re: Grand pianos used in movies

Lance,

I stumbled upon another Ingrid Bergman film, this one by Ingmar Bergman with the title Autumn Sonata. Also starring Liv Ullmann.

by Beckmesser
Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 20th Century British Piano Music
Replies: 23
Views: 2353

Re: 20th Century British Piano Music

I recently saw a reference on the Piano World forum to the English composer/pianist Joseph Holbrooke (1878-1958). I had never heard of him before. Has any one here heard his music? I am always fascinated with the idea that there are composers who have produced a substantial body of work and yet rema...
by Beckmesser
Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hello from my new Motorola Droid phone!
Replies: 10
Views: 1153

Re: Hello from my new Motorola Droid phone!

Gosh, I don't even own a rudimentary cell phone. What will they think of next?
by Beckmesser
Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Coming soon to a cafe in your town--Classical Revolution
Replies: 27
Views: 2427

Re: Coming soon to a cafe in your town--Classical Revolution

A cafe is not the only possible alternative venue for classical music.

There is this news item from Germany.
by Beckmesser
Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who are the Leading Contemporary Composers?
Replies: 26
Views: 3935

Re: Who are the Leading Contemporary Composers?

I have revived this thread to post the results of a straw poll that Norman Lebrecht conducted on his blog Slipped Disc . He asked his readers to name living composers whose music will still be played 50 years from now. Last composer standing - the results Of 3,200 people who read or engaged with the...
by Beckmesser
Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'm Trying An Experiment
Replies: 16
Views: 1324

Re: I'm Trying An Experiment

Speaking from experience I know that it can be hard for old ears (brains, more likely) to make sense of the unfamiliar. Last Thursday morning I attended the rehearsal at the New York Philharmonic. Sitting next to me was a young lad whom I took to be about ten years old. He was probably accompanied b...
by Beckmesser
Sat Nov 14, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "House of the Dead"--Met shining bright along w/ City Opera
Replies: 2
Views: 353

Re: "House of the Dead"--Met shining bright along w/ City Opera

I recently saw the DVD of this production and am very much looking forward to seeing it later this month.
by Beckmesser
Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music for Insomniacs
Replies: 16
Views: 1626

Music for Insomniacs

It's 3:00 am as I write this. I seem to be constitutionally unable to sleep more than four hours at a time. So, as I tossed and turned tonight I recalled the back-story of Bach's Goldberg Variations --how they were written for Count Kaiserling who suffered from sleepless nights and were performed by...
by Beckmesser
Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fascinating Book on 19th Century Pianism by Kenneth Hamilton
Replies: 4
Views: 771

Re: Fascinating Book on 19th Century Pianism by Kenneth Hamilton

I saw Kenneth Hamilton a few years ago when he participated in the summer festival at Bard College: Liszt and his World. He is a stringbean of a man with a broad Scottish accent. He's a very talented pianist and an engaging speaker. He gave a lecture/performance of Hexameron by Liszt et al. Nineteet...
by Beckmesser
Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gilbert & Sullivan - yes/no/maybe?
Replies: 31
Views: 2274

Re: Gilbert & Sullivan - yes/no/maybe?

Count me among the G&S fans. Gilbert was a terrific wordsmith and Sullivan set his text to positively infectious music. Hardly a day goes by that I don't catch myself humming or whistling a tune from one of their operettas. I have a special fondness for Ruddigore and am also rather partial to Iolant...
by Beckmesser
Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salonen Conducts 6 Nielsen Symphonies-Sony Best Buy Box
Replies: 21
Views: 4177

Re: Salonen Conducts 6 Nielsen Symphonies-Sony Best Buy Box

Thanks to stenka razin for the recommendation.

I've always liked Nielsen so I ordered this set from Amazon.
by Beckmesser
Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grand pianos used in movies
Replies: 54
Views: 15826

Re: Grand pianos used in movies

jbuck has already mentioned The Beast with Five Fingers (trailer below):



Another film from the horror genre is The Hands of Orlac, an Austrian silent film from 1924:

by Beckmesser
Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most Overrated Composer?
Replies: 130
Views: 13160

Re: Most Overrated Composer?

Sorry to go off-topic but this thread seemed as good as any in which to put this link to a post on a Piano World forum that I found amusing.

I don't know whether it is an original piece of writing or something that has "gone viral" on the internet.
by Beckmesser
Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another canard bites the dust...
Replies: 33
Views: 1849

Re: Another canard bites the dust...

A distaste for modernism is understandable and needs neither defense nor apology. It is not an easy style to come to terms with; and it requires, as I have said, a determined act of will. But in the end it is simpler to succeed in loving the music of Alban Berg than to read Finnegan's Wake . What d...
by Beckmesser
Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Perfect evenness!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1160

Re: The Perfect evenness!!

Hjalmar, Let me add my welcome to the Classical Music Guide Forums. Here you will find many interesting discussions about pianists, piano performances, and piano recordings, but not so much about piano technique. I would suggest that you check out the forums at Piano World where there are sub-forums...
by Beckmesser
Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An Astonishing Chart
Replies: 24
Views: 1799

Re: An Astonishing Chart

What does one learn from a composition teacher?

Do this. Never do that. Do it this way. :?:
by Beckmesser
Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another canard bites the dust...
Replies: 33
Views: 1849

Re: Another canard bites the dust...

There's a book out by William Weber that may interest classical music listeners. It's called The Great Transformation of Musical Taste: Concert Programming from Haydn to Brahms, and it dates the disenchantment of audiences from around the beginning of the 19th century, not the 20th. Here's from a r...
by Beckmesser
Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist's favorite concerto
Replies: 18
Views: 2225

Re: Pianist's favorite concerto

Alors, let me throw this out there. Piano concerti are a LOT of work, and I prefer something more portable. The old timers at CMG know I have said this before. If you launch a Major Career, you are going to need - at least - the top ten. And again, once you do all that work, you need a 101-piece ph...
by Beckmesser
Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Discover Beauty of Electronic Classical Music
Replies: 19
Views: 2649

Re: Discover Beauty of Electronic Classical Music

How about some recommendations for the uninitiated?

I have so little in my collection. I have the Columbia LP of the music of Edgard Varèse including Poème Electronique and a DGG LP of Stockhausen's works including Gesang der Jünglinge and Kontakte.