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by Beckmesser
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Guide For Exterminating Angel
Replies: 7
Views: 2549

Re: Guide For Exterminating Angel

“sumptuously savage”

“dissonant restlessness”

“pervasive anxiety”

“textures are as clotted as mud pits”

“an astringent harmonic language spiked with thick, piercing chords”

Sounds like the sort of music that would have me rushing for the exit. I think I will pass on it.
by Beckmesser
Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor
Replies: 11
Views: 3796

Re: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor

Mrs. Nelsons was the soloist in this weekend's performance of Mahler's Fourth at Tanglewood. I attended the rehearsal expecting to hear the whole symphony. All we got was the fourth movement. Her voice was totally inappropriate for this music. I was more than disappointed that we got only half a reh...
by Beckmesser
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniil Trifonov
Replies: 6
Views: 4190

Re: Daniil Trifonov

As it happens, I will be seeing him tonight at Tanglewood in a program of Schumann, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky.

I saw him a couple of years ago and I was impressed. I wasn't close enough to see him sweat.
by Beckmesser
Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Don't Remember If I Asked This Before:
Replies: 12
Views: 5307

Re: I Don't Remember If I Asked This Before:

In the case of Ravel, I have heard the possible explanation that he suffered from dementia. Not sure whether it is true. Click here and Click here. Sibelius, I believe, was an alcoholic although I don't know why that would necessarily inhibit his creativity. Ives had a day job--selling insurance.
by Beckmesser
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Gossett
Replies: 8
Views: 3394

Re: Philip Gossett

"When Mr. Gossett set out to study Italian opera, he later recalled, it was not considered an entirely reputable field by his fellow musicologists, who dismissed it, he said, as “banal tunes over oompah-pah accompaniments.” Gee, that pretty much sums up my opinion about a lot of bel canto opera and...
by Beckmesser
Mon May 15, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Today's HD Rosenkavalier
Replies: 2
Views: 1551

Re: Today's HD Rosenkavalier

PS-the conductor Sebastien Weigle looks uncannily like former FBI director Comey! :lol: Amazing! I had exactly the same reaction, Len. Just to add: I thought this was one of the most memorable HD performances I have seen. The entire cast was superb. And then there was the emotional impact of Flemin...
by Beckmesser
Wed May 03, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Al Roker, Napping at the Opera
Replies: 5
Views: 2249

Re: Al Roker, Napping at the Opera

So have I. Usually I have no excuse, but one evening when I desperately wanted to stay awake and alert, I couldn't help it - jet lag. My mother and I had just arrived from the U.S. and that evening was "Die Walkure": Birgit Nilsson, Jon Vickers, Leonie Rysanek, Gottlob Frick, Hans Hotter, and Hilde...
by Beckmesser
Wed May 03, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Al Roker, Napping at the Opera
Replies: 5
Views: 2249

Re: Al Roker, Napping at the Opera

I sympathize with Mr. Roker. I have often fallen asleep at the opera. Back when I was working (and also suffering from insomnia) I found it extremely easy to settle into my seat at the Met and, overwhelmed with tiredness and the warm, stuffy air, slip into the arms of Morpheus. On some rare occasion...
by Beckmesser
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is everybody?
Replies: 15
Views: 10999

Re: Where is everybody?

Vision problems have somewhat curtailed my piano practice lately but upcoming cataract surgery might help. Once the weather warms up (this is the Mid-Hudson Valley) I will resume work on my harpsichord project (I do the spray painting out in the garage). Hope and prayers the surgery goes well. Woul...
by Beckmesser
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is everybody?
Replies: 15
Views: 10999

Re: Where is everybody?

Vision problems have somewhat curtailed my piano practice lately but upcoming cataract surgery might help. Once the weather warms up (this is the Mid-Hudson Valley) I will resume work on my harpsichord project (I do the spray painting out in the garage). Hope and prayers the surgery goes well. Woul...
by Beckmesser
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is everybody?
Replies: 15
Views: 10999

Re: Where is everybody?

For one reason or another I have missed all the concerts to date in the excellent artist series at Union College in Schenectady (first-rate artists and tickets are only $25!). I recently renewed our subscription to the Met and am looking forward to the new production of Der Rosenkavalier this spring...
by Beckmesser
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!
Replies: 9
Views: 5994

Re: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!

VOTE EARLY; VOTE OFTEN.
by Beckmesser
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Arts: fighting the Trump cuts
Replies: 16
Views: 3491

Re: The Arts: fighting the Trump cuts

What's appalling is that the amount of money involved is an insignificant percentage of the federal budget. There is probably more waste in the Defense Department in a single day than the amount involved here in a single year. Obviously these agencies have been on the hit list of conservative politi...
by Beckmesser
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stanisław Skrowaczewski RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 5080

Re: Stanisław Skrowaczewski RIP

I grew up in Minnesota during the 1950s-1960s and I remember Skrowaczewski. He sometimes brought the orchestra (it was called the Minneapolis Symphony in those days) to my hometown. I also lived in Minneapolis for a couple of years and attended many concerts there. I don't recall anything about the ...
by Beckmesser
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: INVOLUNTARY NOISE POLICY
Replies: 5
Views: 2008

Re: INVOLUNTARY NOISE POLICY

The only noise I have experienced from a disabled person at a concert is the high-pitched squeal caused by feedback to their hearing aid which the wearer presumably cannot hear. Sometimes it can go on for several minutes until they are made aware of the problem.
by Beckmesser
Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes article on Met season for 2017-18
Replies: 15
Views: 4190

Re: NYTimes article on Met season for 2017-18

For those who want more detail, the Met's press release is here: http://www.metopera.org/About/Press-Releases/2017-18Season/ For me it's nearly all ho-hum, I'm afraid. The Met, or possibly the operatic world in general, is at a low ebb for important singers, and is making do with a lot of second-ra...
by Beckmesser
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Next Week's Operas
Replies: 8
Views: 1960

Re: Next Week's Operas

Len,

We're seeing Rusalka on Monday.

What are you seeing?
by Beckmesser
Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Carsen trailer met Der Rosenkavalier
Replies: 11
Views: 4055

Re: Robert Carsen trailer met Der Rosenkavalier

I never miss an opportunity to hear Der Rosenkavalier which is on my list of ten favorite operas. We already have our tickets. Thanks, we too love the opera-we pretty much like almost all Strauss operas. Any thoughts on what Carsen says about his update? Regards, Len Setting the opera in the early ...
by Beckmesser
Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Carsen trailer met Der Rosenkavalier
Replies: 11
Views: 4055

Re: Robert Carsen trailer met Der Rosenkavalier

I never miss an opportunity to hear Der Rosenkavalier which is on my list of ten favorite operas. We already have our tickets.
by Beckmesser
Sat Oct 01, 2016 5:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Orchestras . . . ON STRIKE
Replies: 10
Views: 3350

Re: Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Orchestras . . . ON STRIKE

From The New York Times I read re: Pittsburgh Orchestra: "In 2015 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that only 57 percent of the seats at its core classical concert series at Heinz Hall the prior season had been filled by paying customers." That's really bad. Maybe Pittsburgh no longer has the aud...
by Beckmesser
Wed Aug 03, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata
Replies: 14
Views: 5025

Re: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata

Paul Lewis was at Tanglewood this past week. On Sunday afternoon he gave an exciting performance of the Brahms D Minor Concerto, but for me the special treat was hearing him on Friday night with pianist Jonathan Biss in a performance of Schubert's Fantasy in F Minor. After hearing that, I was inspir...
by Beckmesser
Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ades opera exterminating angel
Replies: 9
Views: 2283

Re: ades opera exterminating angel

a grim telling of the tale The music pulses with searing power, frenetic breathlessness and an astringent harmonic language spiked with thick, piercing chords, though pensive, dreamy episodes provide welcome relief. a complex ensemble in which sustained vocal lines mingle in clashing harmonies over...
by Beckmesser
Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on Oratorios
Replies: 31
Views: 7117

Re: Question on Oratorios

Is Handel's setting of Milton's poetry in L'Allegro ed Il Penseroso considered an oratorio?

Mark Morris choreographed a dance performance to Handel's score many years ago. It was recently captured on video. I happen to like it very much.
by Beckmesser
Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Weighs Cuts in the Classics
Replies: 9
Views: 2523

Re: Opera Weighs Cuts in the Classics

I should also add that for me the operas of Wagner and Strauss are sacrosanct. I want to hear it all.
by Beckmesser
Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Weighs Cuts in the Classics
Replies: 9
Views: 2523

Re: Opera Weighs Cuts in the Classics

This remark will probably mark me as a philistine but I would be perfectly happy if they cut out the recitatives. I can't understand Italian and, quite frankly, I consider many opera plots too absurd to be taken seriously. I guess I go to the opera for the music and not for the drama.
by Beckmesser
Thu Jun 02, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nézet-Séguin to Succeed Levine as Met’s Music Director
Replies: 18
Views: 8122

Re: Nézet-Séguin to Succeed Levine as Met’s Music Director

From the Alex Ross article: What is needed at the Met—as at many other big organizations, notably the New York Philharmonic—is not some magical charismatic personality who will pacify all parties but a fundamental rethinking of the institution. In April, the Times ran a story about the relationship ...
by Beckmesser
Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Empty Seats At The Met
Replies: 25
Views: 2963

Re: Empty Seats At The Met

I have fond memories of the Met's annual visits to Minneapolis back in the days of the spring tour. Performances were given in Northrup Auditorium, a huge theater (larger even than the Met's home at Lincoln Center) on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The week of performances as I recall wa...
by Beckmesser
Sun May 22, 2016 8:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Make War . . . Not Music??
Replies: 7
Views: 2028

Re: Make War . . . Not Music??

jbuck919 wrote:There has certainly been attrition. To take a minor example, the West Point Band used to have units that no longer exist, such as a fife and drum corps and even bagpipes.
Sorry to hear that.

I love bagpipes. I guess it's my Scottish heritage.
by Beckmesser
Sun May 22, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Make War . . . Not Music??
Replies: 7
Views: 2028

Make War . . . Not Music??

Saw this item in Politico today about efforts to reduce the budget for the military bands in the Department of Defense. We learn that the DoD has a budget of $437 million to support something like 137 bands comprising several thousand musicians. Some congress-critters think that is too much money. Y...
by Beckmesser
Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine to step down as Met director; still plans to conduct
Replies: 36
Views: 6504

Re: Levine to step down as Met director; still plans to cond

By any standards, Levine's was a remarkable career. It is sad that it has to end too soon in comparison with other conductors. Still, the Met must do what is best for the company and it is time to find vigorous new musical leadership. I ordered tickets for next season's new production of Der Rosenka...
by Beckmesser
Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Francis 75.
Replies: 26
Views: 11944

Re: John Francis 75.

Happy Birthday, John.

I hope we will be treated to many more years of your knowledgeable and thoughtful commentary.
by Beckmesser
Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Center: Geffen Hall Renovation
Replies: 32
Views: 5248

Re: Lincoln Center: Geffen Hall Renovation

By the way I was recently in Los Angeles and got to attend a concert in Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by Frank Gehry. I thought it was both visually and acoustically impressive (except for some of the public areas on the entrance level). I certainly prefer it to the current Geffen Hall. Any one ...
by Beckmesser
Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Center: Geffen Hall Renovation
Replies: 32
Views: 5248

Re: Lincoln Center: Geffen Hall Renovation

Needless to say, all such projects are presented with maximum optimistic publicity. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it's a disaster, and then there's everything in between. However, if I ever heard that a "starchitect" was being considered, the memory is lost. Those guys and gals seem to me extre...
by Beckmesser
Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on getting rid of my classical CDs
Replies: 4
Views: 2198

Re: Question on getting rid of my classical CDs

Could you donate them to a public library in your area?
by Beckmesser
Tue Nov 10, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lulu Review Causes Worry
Replies: 7
Views: 1493

Re: Lulu Review Causes Worry

I don't understand where you're coming from. Lulu has no music! Regards, Len [fleeing] :lol: :lol: :lol: :roll: Surely you knew about Berg's music when you bought the tickets. For one who has sat through "Moses und Aron," twice, "Lulu" should have no terrors. Yeah I knew about the music-why did I e...
by Beckmesser
Sun Aug 23, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any of you have noteworthy classical music memorabilia?
Replies: 21
Views: 8720

Re: Any of you have noteworthy classical music memorabilia?

In the 1960s (I can't recall the year off-hand but it must have been the early '60s) I attended a recital by Glenn Gould at Concordia College in my hometown of Moorhead, Minnesota. Like all concerts in the college's artist series it was held in the field house where the basketball games were played....
by Beckmesser
Tue May 12, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cato in Cooperstown
Replies: 2
Views: 905

Re: Cato in Cooperstown

I attend one opera at Glimmerglass every season and this year I happened to pick Cato , not because I'm a great fan of Vivaldi but because I try to hear unfamiliar operas at least once. I hope I won't regret passing up Bernstein's Candide . I agree with John that when it comes to opera the music is ...
by Beckmesser
Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Challenges mount for the NY Philharmonic
Replies: 6
Views: 1362

Re: Challenges mount for the NY Philharmonic

If I'm reading the graph correctly the Boston Symphony is way out in front with an endowment of $387 million-- almost 50 percent higher than Number 2 (San Francisco). What is the secret of their success? Maybe New York should try to recruit Boston's fundraiser. The article also notes that it is a lo...
by Beckmesser
Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Youtube Is A Goldmine Of Classical Music !
Replies: 9
Views: 3185

Re: Youtube Is A Goldmine Of Classical Music !

In addition to CMG I also follow a forum called Piano World. Its subforum for classical music (Pianist's Corner) attracts both professional pianists and amateurs such as myself. Quite a few post their performances on YouTube and every so often they receive a demand to remove their video because it v...
by Beckmesser
Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Philharmonic selects new concertmaster
Replies: 4
Views: 1016

Re: NY Philharmonic selects new concertmaster

I am curious about the statement attributed to Maestro Gilbert: “The concertmaster, more than any other member, really shapes the persona of the orchestra.” I have never played in an orchestra so I am not really acquainted with the dynamics. I always assumed that the concertmaster was very influenti...
by Beckmesser
Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: met ernani- domingo
Replies: 14
Views: 1587

Re: met ernani- domingo

The critic for the New York Observer was even less forgiving than Tommasini. Can the memories of a beloved artist (I myself was impressed by Domingo's performance in the role of Siegmund not so long ago) blind us to their eventual decline? The human voice doesn't last forever and Domingo has been b...
by Beckmesser
Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Odyssey Opera announces spring festival offerings
Replies: 4
Views: 851

Re: Odyssey Opera announces spring festival offerings

That is quite a season! Most of the operas I've never seen, though I've heard some of them on records. Boston isn't just around the corner or I'd be tempted to go to all of them. Yeah I'm very tempted but it's a 5 and 1/2 hour drive for us-of course combining it with other Boston activities and lin...
by Beckmesser
Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The world's No. 1 record collector.
Replies: 14
Views: 4296

Re: The world's No. 1 record collector.

I hope he lives long enough to listen to them all.

Could one categorize this as compulsive behavior?
by Beckmesser
Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of Fritz Reiner
Replies: 25
Views: 4482

Re: Recordings of Fritz Reiner

How did Charles Dutoit get on in Montreal? Even though he was music director for many years was he liked?

I've seen him rehearse the BSO at Tanglewood many times and I've never noticed any "bad" behavior.
by Beckmesser
Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The mega Richter box is upon us: 51 CDs
Replies: 31
Views: 5560

Re: The mega Richter box is upon us: 51 CDs

Confession: I have lots of piano recordings but I don't think I own a single Richter recording on CD -- maybe even on LP.

It sounds tempting. Talk me into it. Amazon's website is rather short on specifics. For example does it include Bach's WTC?
by Beckmesser
Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nielsen clarinet concerto at the Philharmonic
Replies: 39
Views: 5169

Re: Nielsen clarinet concerto at the Philharmonic

The Philharmonic seems to have trouble filling and keeping its post of principal clarinet. They hired Stephen Williamson (formerly of the Met Opera orchestra) away from Chicago but he returned to Chicago after less than a year. According to the Times Williamson was also programmed to play the Nielse...
by Beckmesser
Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lee Hoiby ... Egon Petri
Replies: 3
Views: 855

Re: Lee Hoiby ... Egon Petri

Probably a good move on your part since to recondition the piano and put it and its case in new condition would cost mega-bucks. What did you finally end up with regarding a piano? Many years ago I was looking to purchase a Steinway grand. Responding to a classified ad in The New York Times I took ...
by Beckmesser
Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met: last season's deficit up, as predicted
Replies: 20
Views: 2853

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

On the other hand, the acoustics are quite good for such a large hall so I think it best to leave well enough alone. If I were to make just one change I would remove that ghastly sculpture that hangs over the proscenium. Yes we love the acoustics even in our cheaper balcony seats! Regards, Len I ag...
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: 2853

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...