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by nut-job
Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3493722

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

some discussion reminded me that I haven't listened to Haydn for a while. "Military" symphony from this set.

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Splendid!
by nut-job
Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question: Are your CD purchases as "heavy" as 2011 thus far?
Replies: 18
Views: 2373

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

Am continuing to purchase CDs at roughly the same pace as last year, but no LPs. Downloads, well, I despise the idea of loading files with no packaging, and operas simply don't work because of that famous glitch between tracks. Also, I can hear a difference between downloads and .wav files: there i...
by nut-job
Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3493722

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Miraculous Mandarin, Boulez, New York Philharmonic (from the same collection I mentioned a few posts above). Splendid!
by nut-job
Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Good Editorial That Sums Up My Thoughts...
Replies: 34
Views: 2088

Re: Good Editorial That Sums Up My Thoughts...

The story is that John Kennedy was riding in a limousine with Major Daley, and as they passed a cemetery Daley commented "these are some of your most loyal voters!"

Perhaps apocryphal.
by nut-job
Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Staff Sgt. Robert Bales
Replies: 29
Views: 2790

Re: Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

Of course not but there's a logic. If police are being trained, presumably there is something at least roughly equating to law, to enforce. If that's the case there must be an intent to censure/punish breakers of it that in turn assumes a council or court of some kind, even if just a religious lead...
by nut-job
Sun Mar 18, 2012 1:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Festetics Mozart Outrage
Replies: 4
Views: 1335

Re: Festetics Mozart Outrage

Nut-Job: Do you sometimes regret selling recordings and wishing you could have them back after thinking about them for a while? I haven't started to get rid of anything either on LP or CD - yet. But know that this is going to have to happen at some point. As for the stuff going out-of-print so fast...
by nut-job
Sun Mar 18, 2012 1:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Firefox version 11 (yawn)
Replies: 3
Views: 849

Re: Firefox version 11 (yawn)

I stopped using Chrome and switched back to Firefox because I was getting so many Flash crashes in Chrome. I suspect the problem is in Adobe's code, not the browser. The sooner flash disappears the better.
by nut-job
Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Festetics Mozart Outrage
Replies: 4
Views: 1335

Re: Festetics Mozart Outrage

Arcana went out of business a few years ago, but now they are slowly rereleasing their best selling recordings. If I remember correctly the owner of Arcana was Michel Bernstein, but I have no clue if he still owns the label. The Festetics Quartet´s recordings were quite simply outclassed by Naïve´s...
by nut-job
Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Festetics Mozart Outrage
Replies: 4
Views: 1335

Festetics Mozart Outrage

Okay, my title is a little over the top. But I am frustrated to find that awesome recordings of the Mozart String Quartets have been made by an HIP ensemble called the Festetics Quartet, and the recordings are all out-of-print just a few years after they were made. I want these recordings, but it is...
by nut-job
Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Staff Sgt. Robert Bales
Replies: 29
Views: 2790

Re: Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

Hate to say but the US has blown it now. No criticism of Sgt Bales - under the circumstances it's surprising more people haven't cracked. But taking Bales out of Afghanistan has put Karzai on the spot, more so than burning Korans, piddling on a dead Afghan and this massacre. Karzai wants Bales to s...
by nut-job
Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Good Editorial That Sums Up My Thoughts...
Replies: 34
Views: 2088

Re: Good Editorial That Sums Up My Thoughts...

Lefties have called Sarah Palin all kinds of unprintable names. My level of respect for Sarah Palin is about the same as my level of respect for Rush Limbaugh. I don't know if you consider that unprintable. I don't consider myself responsible for everything said by every liberal on the planet. I wo...
by nut-job
Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Good Editorial That Sums Up My Thoughts...
Replies: 34
Views: 2088

Re: Good Editorial That Sums Up My Thoughts...

Low cost or even free birth control pills can be obtained according to this: http://birthcontrol.ttcdreams.com/free.html I've never gotten any for free, but on the other hand, they are hardly a budget-buster. They may not be a budget-buster for your budget, but for a graduate student trying to surv...
by nut-job
Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Symphonies Reissue - Any thoughts?
Replies: 16
Views: 5425

Re: Haydn Symphonies Reissue - Any thoughts?

Seán wrote:Come to think of it, it is hard to take seriously the utterances of one who goes by the name nut-job, but I do. :wink:
Self awareness is a virtue, no?
by nut-job
Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Good Editorial That Sums Up My Thoughts...
Replies: 34
Views: 2088

Re: Good Editorial That Sums Up My Thoughts...

Combine this shameful episode with the sorry tale of woe told by Sandra Fluke before Democrats in Congress recently – that women who somehow manage to enroll in prestigious Georgetown University can’t manage the task of getting ahold of birth control pills without full insurance coverage for it. Th...
by nut-job
Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3493722

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

maestrob wrote:Image
That's based on the Hawthorne story?
by nut-job
Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Symphonies Reissue - Any thoughts?
Replies: 16
Views: 5425

Re: Haydn Symphonies Reissue - Any thoughts?

I had the Dorati set, and sold it after realizing that after 10 years I still hadn't listened to a substantial part of it. After listening to a few symphonies I would get bored and find myself listening to other Haydn recordings. Finally I sold it, although I still have an electronic copy somewhere....
by nut-job
Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Faster than you can say "Occupy"
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: Faster than you can say "Occupy"

living_stradivarius wrote:Goldman Sachs stock hit hard after opinion piece
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... 1NL9H1.DTL
I'm sure Greg Smith shorted the stock before going public with the opinion piece. :?
by nut-job
Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven violin sonatas
Replies: 13
Views: 11611

Re: Beethoven violin sonatas

If you're a fan of Szeryng, get Szeryng, I say. I like Kremer, generally, but I probably would not choose to get his recording of something if was going to be the only recording in my collection. He's a bit quirky. But for the price of the Kremer set, you can get the Argerich/Maisky/Kremer box, whic...
by nut-job
Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karajan - Rehearsal of Schumann's 4th Symphony (YouTube)
Replies: 3
Views: 1128

Re: Karajan - Rehearsal of Schumann's 4th Symphony (YouTube)

Glad you enjoyed it! Having not played in orchestras myself, I love watching videos of great conductors rehearsing. -G I have it on a DVD which also contains a much more contrived rehearsal of Beethoven's 5th symphony with a student conductor. I get the impression that it was part of a larger serie...
by nut-job
Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3493722

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/414WsZX0TAL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Found this one for $12, new and it has already given my a lot of enjoyment. Yesterday listened to Four Pieces for Orchestra (Sz. 51), one of those relatively minor Bartok pieces that had previously not made a distinct impression on...
by nut-job
Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beloved local maestro suffers heart attack onstage, dies
Replies: 3
Views: 856

Re: Beloved local maestro suffers heart attack onstage, dies

His wife, Tracy, who was playing violin in the orchestra, told reporters, “That’s the way he wanted to go.” I agree with that sentiment but, unfortunately, we generally don't get to choose in this matter. He wanted to traumatize the audience of his last concert by dropping dead in the middle of the...
by nut-job
Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3493722

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Actually, Boulez did record the Concerto for Orchestra here in NY, and in surround sound: it's OOP, but available for $6.00 from Amazon used. Recommended! http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61p10RiYtCL._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001HGOFQG/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&qi...
by nut-job
Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: spring is here
Replies: 28
Views: 2809

Re: spring is here

John F wrote:That's why I asked.
I don't get it. It's like reading.

"I don't like the steering wheel in by Chevrolet."
"It's a Ford, right?"

If he said he has a Samsung, why would you think he has a Motorola?
by nut-job
Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Of all the great conductors around TODAY ...
Replies: 11
Views: 1775

Re: Of all the great conductors around TODAY ...

As long as Nikolaus Harnoncourt still walks the earth he will be, for me, the greatest active conductor. I owe to him my discovery that the orchestral music of Mozart is not a series of delicate confections, but should have "umph." That's astonishing. I don't know any conductor of stature, past or ...
by nut-job
Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: spring is here
Replies: 28
Views: 2809

Re: spring is here

lennygoran wrote:One of my biggest problems right now is that the Samsung screen...
John F wrote:By the way, the Droid is a Motorola product, right?
:?:
by nut-job
Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: what is "momentum"?
Replies: 20
Views: 5155

Re: what is "momentum"?

Diegobueno's take on the subject is similar to what I was trying to express when I said that momentum was associated with a 'sense of purpose' or persistent use of a musical element in a context that relentlessly intensifies.
by nut-job
Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Of all the great conductors around TODAY ...
Replies: 11
Views: 1775

Re: Of all the great conductors around TODAY ...

As long as Nikolaus Harnoncourt still walks the earth he will be, for me, the greatest active conductor. I owe to him my discovery that the orchestral music of Mozart is not a series of delicate confections, but should have "umph." That's astonishing. I don't know any conductor of stature, past or ...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Of all the great conductors around TODAY ...
Replies: 11
Views: 1775

Re: Of all the great conductors around TODAY ...

As long as Nikolaus Harnoncourt still walks the earth he will be, for me, the greatest active conductor. I owe to him my discovery that the orchestral music of Mozart is not a series of delicate confections, but should have "umph." I also admire James Conlon, Alcun Francis, Ari Rasilainen, and other...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you had to rate North American orchestras ...
Replies: 21
Views: 10693

Re: If you had to rate North American orchestras ...

. . . I only recall only one CD from the Boston Symphony that has managed to keep its place in my collection. I'm cryin', here. But . . . probably the first three or four CDs ever I bought which were recordings of the BSO , I've let out of my life, too. Cheers, ~Karl Memory is playing tricks. The r...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you had to rate North American orchestras ...
Replies: 21
Views: 10693

Re: If you had to rate North American orchestras ...

I asked, "by what criteria"? There are many. The League of American Orchestras ranks them by budgets, an objective criterion that involves no invidious artistic judgments. Other possibilities: total attendance, or paid attendance (not the same number); the number of performances per year, including...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3493722

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Sibelius: Symphonies 3 & 6 Chamber Orchestra of Europe & Paavo Berglund Finlandia Long out of the catalog. I wish it were available, I'd snatch it up in a minute. you should check Amazon.com, the last time I looked there were some reasonably priced used copies available from third-party vendors. ht...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3493722

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Actually, Boulez did record the Concerto for Orchestra here in NY, and in surround sound: it's OOP, but available for $6.00 from Amazon used. Recommended! http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61p10RiYtCL._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001HGOFQG/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&qi...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3493722

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

ContrapunctusIX wrote:Sibelius: Symphonies 3 & 6
Chamber Orchestra of Europe & Paavo Berglund
Finlandia
Long out of the catalog. I wish it were available, I'd snatch it up in a minute.
by nut-job
Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3493722

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/414WsZX0TAL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Listened to Music for Strings Percussion and Celesta, and Dance Suite. This is a fabulous collection, except for the fact that Boulez apparently never recorded the Concerto for Orchestra for CBS/Sony. Despite that, I find this set ...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you had to rate North American orchestras ...
Replies: 21
Views: 10693

Re: If you had to rate North American orchestras ...

1 Chicago Symphony. 2 Boston Symphony 3 Montreal Symphony 4 Philadelphia Orchestra 5 Cleveland Orchestra 6 New York Philharmonic 7 Minnesota Orchestra 8 Cincinnati Symphony 9 Los Angeles Philharmonic 10 San Francisco Symphony If I could add ten more, they'd be 11 Pittsburgh Symphony 12 Seattle Symp...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: spring is here
Replies: 28
Views: 2809

Re: spring is here

Strange year... in wash dc...a lot of people tripping! Yes, describes the House of Representatives pretty well. Are they even trying to skate? Len I only hope some of them are skating on thin ice. I have never quite figured out that skating rink on the Mall. I have never known it to be particularly...
by nut-job
Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, Previn gives a pretty awful interview
Replies: 15
Views: 2568

Re: So, Previn gives a pretty awful interview

I can't say I find it shocking. Musicians are exceptional in their ability to produce music. There is no reason to imagine they would be exceptional in other areas of life. If anything, the pattern seems to be that in other areas of life they are more likely to be deficient. Previn has not been def...
by nut-job
Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Matter Of Fairness At Manhattan School of Music
Replies: 8
Views: 1632

Re: A Matter Of Fairness At Manhattan School of Music

All I had to do was Google on Manhattan studio apartment and immediately several popped up with rents below $1000. I wasn't even trying hard. Your friends' problem in doing likewise would be for them to explain. That's on par with Ronald Reagan's claim that unemployed people are lazy, as is proven ...
by nut-job
Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Most Irritating Weakness of Dictators:
Replies: 4
Views: 731

Re: The Most Irritating Weakness of Dictators:

Dictators love to show off how strong and powerful they are, so their hypersensitivity to criticism is laughable. They remind me of that Hungarian idiot, Laszlo Kovacs, whom I met in Sarasota in 1992-93. He was a real blowhard, making me a daily and hourly and minutely present of his priceless opin...
by nut-job
Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why don't you people talk about Dukas more?
Replies: 30
Views: 5279

Re: Why don't you people talk about Dukas more?

I listened to the piece Garrett posted because if it also wowed me I would reserve this comment; but it did not. I think of Dukas as I think of Holst. Each struck a chord, several in fact, with what can be fairly described as a classy novelty piece, more classical than Leroy Anderson perhaps but An...
by nut-job
Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why don't you people talk about Dukas more?
Replies: 30
Views: 5279

Re: Why don't you people talk about Dukas more?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41vEQnc8QuL._SL500_AA300_.jpg This excellent disc can be had used from Amazon for $2.25 if you're interested...... 8) I guess you didn't notice that that is the same recording I posted above, but in an edition which also includes the Sorcerer's Apprentice, for ...
by nut-job
Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: romney and mormons out for me
Replies: 31
Views: 4623

Re: romney and mormons out for me

I seem to sense where this is going! Perhaps it is best to leave religion out of the political debate. :mrgreen: Well where would that fit in with the st. Patricks day parade starting up so early Right here in washington dc-it was right next to the superb national gallery. http://i116.photobucket.c...
by nut-job
Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why don't you people talk about Dukas more?
Replies: 30
Views: 5279

Re: Why don't you people talk about Dukas more?

I recently listened to La Peri in a Tortelier recording, which I found very good. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CToxEXQHL._SL500_AA300_.jpg but I've also collected another recording which I have not listened to, but an quite optimistic about, given the forces involved. http://ecx.images-am...
by nut-job
Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why don't you people talk about Dukas more?
Replies: 30
Views: 5279

Re: Why don't you people talk about Dukas more?

Le Peri is a brilliant piece. I've read that Dukas destroyed most of his manuscripts, which are now lost. Who knows how we would regard him if we had those other works to hear.
by nut-job
Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Right wing racism
Replies: 45
Views: 6600

Re: Right wing racism

A very fascinating and frank article on the Rush Limbaugh subject, explaining why his 'apology' bombed. Depends what you mean by the apology "bombed." Limbaugh may have lost a few advertisers, but they will be quickly be replaced, since his audience doesn't seem to see anything wrong with what he s...
by nut-job
Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, Previn gives a pretty awful interview
Replies: 15
Views: 2568

Re: So, Previn gives a pretty awful interview

Absolute balls! Vaughan Williams was a turgid old fart until Previn got his scores on the rostrum. His Walton 1 and Belshazzar's Feast ruled for many years as the best of the crop. His EMI Debussy was received well enough. And at least, as an a-hole he had some functional use which is more than you...
by nut-job
Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Max Reger
Replies: 34
Views: 5667

Re: Max Reger

Lance wrote:I love that Reger quote. It is so graphic you can immediately see it play out in the mind's eye.
Actually, I'd rather not. :(
by nut-job
Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: romney and mormons out for me
Replies: 31
Views: 4623

Re: romney and mormons out for me

To think that a cult of child-molesters would commission such grandiose buildings (tax free, no less) is disgraceful. Nobody is less inclined to mitigate the current situation than I am, but you are making an anachronistic judgment, as there is no evidence or solid reason to believe that the abuse ...
by nut-job
Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, Previn gives a pretty awful interview
Replies: 15
Views: 2568

Re: So, Previn gives a pretty awful interview

Absolute balls! Vaughan Williams was a turgid old fart until Previn got his scores on the rostrum. His Walton 1 and Belshazzar's Feast ruled for many years as the best of the crop. His EMI Debussy was received well enough. And at least, as an a-hole he had some functional use which is more than you...
by nut-job
Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: romney and mormons out for me
Replies: 31
Views: 4623

Re: romney and mormons out for me

Couldn't agree more. The same goes for this one:

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To think that a cult of child-molesters would commission such grandiose buildings (tax free, no less) is disgraceful.