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by nut-job
Tue May 05, 2009 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera: how much is "lost" when you just listen to a CD?
Replies: 45
Views: 4152

Re: Opera: how much is "lost" when you just listen to a CD?

karlhenning wrote:Goodness knows, there's many a production gets in the damned way.
There's this one, for instance.

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One critic said the scenes with Tristan and Isolde bring to mind an image of two Graf Zeppelins competing for the same mooring.
by nut-job
Tue May 05, 2009 1:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera: how much is "lost" when you just listen to a CD?
Replies: 45
Views: 4152

Re: Opera: how much is "lost" when you just listen to a CD?

...DVDs and television and Met HD performanes are so enjoyable.... I have yet to see one that I enjoy even as much as just listening to music recordings. Any in particular that you would recommend? Teresa Stratas' portrayal of Salome in the film (Bohm conducting) certainly adds to the experience. h...
by nut-job
Tue May 05, 2009 10:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Crossover 'Phenomenon' In Classical Music
Replies: 7
Views: 1141

Re: Crossover 'Phenomenon' In Classical Music

I would not call the use of folk or popular motifs in composition by classical composers "crossover." That has been going on since at least as early as 1450 or so, where the popular song "L'homme armé" was set by dozens of composers in masses and motets. The process continues today with composers s...
by nut-job
Tue May 05, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3279906

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

This recording of Mahler 9, by Barbirolli, Berlin http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41X4RZKKX0L._SL500_AA240_.jpg Very nice recording form the middle 60's, before Mahler became such a fad. A very satisfying performance in good realistic sound, uncharacteristically of Barbirolli it is unusually q...
by nut-job
Mon May 04, 2009 8:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Keyboard variations
Replies: 21
Views: 1959

Re: Keyboard variations

Personally, I have little patience for these variations that go on for an hour. Well, you know, the Goldberg Variations weren't written to be performed all in a sitting--at least that's not the way Goldberg did it. Yes, I'm aware of that (and as far as I knew Goldberg's association with the variati...
by nut-job
Mon May 04, 2009 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Keyboard variations
Replies: 21
Views: 1959

Re: Keyboard variations

Personally, I have little patience for these variations that go on for an hour. Put me down for Bach's Passacaglia in c-minor (for organ) or the finale of Mozarts Piano concerto KV 491.
by nut-job
Mon May 04, 2009 5:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Music as a Torture Device
Replies: 10
Views: 793

Re: Music as a Torture Device

I could not find primary materials dispositive of the claim re. waterboarding per se defined as torture by official US policy in trial of Japanese soldiers for war crimes post WWII. The field manual you quote does define "mock execution" as a form of mental torture. Based on the descriptions of the...
by nut-job
Mon May 04, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music and "Crossovers"
Replies: 1
Views: 332

Re: Classical Music and "Crossovers"

This article has already been posted and commented upon in another thread.
by nut-job
Mon May 04, 2009 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Crossover 'Phenomenon' In Classical Music
Replies: 7
Views: 1141

Re: Crossover 'Phenomenon' In Classical Music

The article strikes me as idiotic. To attribute the beginning of "crossover" to a certain event in 1992 makes no sense when classical associated pop music has existed as long as there has been classical and pop. Witness Mario Lanza and Liberace.
by nut-job
Mon May 04, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Andrew Sullivan Denounces Truman as a War Criminal
Replies: 37
Views: 3438

Re: Andrew Sullivan Denounces Truman as a War Criminal

As to the comment above about the use of the atomic bomb in the ETO, apart from the fact that the weapon wasn't available before the end of the European war, there was no target in Germany where mass losses of slave labor and, probably, large numbers of POWs wouldn't have occurred. While the Pacifi...
by nut-job
Mon May 04, 2009 7:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Arab Author says : Arabs are zero
Replies: 2
Views: 400

Re: Arab Author says : Arabs are zero

SaulChanukah wrote:Must watch video:

http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2063.htm
The purpose of these threads is to prove to us what a mean spirited and hateful person you are?
by nut-job
Sun May 03, 2009 10:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Andrew Sullivan Denounces Truman as a War Criminal
Replies: 37
Views: 3438

Re: Andrew Sullivan Denounces Truman as a War Criminal

I don't know whether it would make any sense to try President Truman retrospectively for war crimes. What I do know, however, is the following: (1) the use of the atomic bomb was completely unnecessary, as the Japanese were on the verge of surrendering; and (2) the United States never would have us...
by nut-job
Sun May 03, 2009 10:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama Tragedy!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 348

Re: Obama Tragedy!!!

SaulChanukah wrote:Its much better then all the Bush jokes you guys have made for eight years.
Way to take the moral high ground. :roll:
by nut-job
Sun May 03, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chamber music transcriptions
Replies: 37
Views: 2463

Re: Chamber music transcriptions

That's a relief, I though I was the senile one. I guess I can stop looking for those tickets to Berlin that I thought I had misplaced.
by nut-job
Sun May 03, 2009 1:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chamber music transcriptions
Replies: 37
Views: 2463

Re: Chamber music transcriptions

Wallingford wrote:I'm still waiting for some orchestra to do the whole Beethoven last quartet.
You mean Op. 135? Wait no more, it's been available for years.

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by nut-job
Sun May 03, 2009 10:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Music as a Torture Device
Replies: 10
Views: 793

Re: Music as a Torture Device

Imagine my disappointment of opening this thread and finding out it is not about Dittersdorf!
:?
by nut-job
Sun May 03, 2009 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chamber music transcriptions
Replies: 37
Views: 2463

Chamber music transcriptions

I enjoy transcriptions of chamber music, not so much as a replacement for the original, but as an alternate interpretation of a favorite work. Sometime the "transcription" is as simple as performing a string quartet with a string orchestra, substituting a section for each individual player. Sometime...
by nut-job
Sat May 02, 2009 10:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama Looking to Revive Guantánamo Military Courts
Replies: 5
Views: 599

Re: Obama Looking to Revive Guantánamo Military Courts

What was wrong with Pres. Bush's military commissions wasn't that they were military but that they were kangaroo courts, intolerable in a self-styled nation of laws. It's possible for a military court to retain the presumption of innocence and observe due process of law - I was once a witness in a ...
by nut-job
Sat May 02, 2009 9:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama Looking to Revive Guantánamo Military Courts
Replies: 5
Views: 599

Re: Obama Looking to Revive Guantánamo Military Courts

What was wrong with Pres. Bush's military commissions wasn't that they were military but that they were kangaroo courts, intolerable in a self-styled nation of laws. It's possible for a military court to retain the presumption of innocence and observe due process of law - I was once a witness in a ...
by nut-job
Sat May 02, 2009 9:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martinu smaller works
Replies: 22
Views: 2282

Re: Martinu smaller works

Listened to a little more of this one: http://www.mdt.co.uk/public/pictures/products/standard/0927498222.jpg This time the piano concerto #4. This is not from Martinu's neo-Baroque period, but a more gnarly work. In two movements, neither in a conventional form. The first is more insistent, the seco...
by nut-job
Fri May 01, 2009 11:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Whom Would You Rate as Highly as GFH and FJH?
Replies: 15
Views: 1237

Re: Whom Would You Rate as Highly as GFH and FJH?

IcedNote wrote:No love for Holst? :(

-G
Except for The Planets, Holst's works are conventional and on a rather modest scale. A composer I enjoy, but not one of the the H's. 8)
by nut-job
Fri May 01, 2009 5:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Good nuanced view on the use of torture
Replies: 32
Views: 2055

Re: Good nuanced view on the use of torture

That's one strained analogy! If you wish to confuse the methods (as if scaring the he** out of someone without actually doing serious harm to them rises to the level of what was done to the victims of the Holocaust ... please) and motivations (so you see Nazi Germany's efforts to take over Europe a...
by nut-job
Fri May 01, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3279906

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Seán wrote: as I don't have any Kertesz recordings in my collection I will probably go for his set, I must get it some time soon.
Kertesz's best is hie Brahms cycle, IMO.

Seán wrote:The wonderful Claudio Abbado ...
If I had to name a word starting with "w" that I associate with Abbaddo it would be "woeful."
by nut-job
Fri May 01, 2009 4:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Good nuanced view on the use of torture
Replies: 32
Views: 2055

Re: Good nuanced view on the use of torture

Are they being selective for national security reasons or because they don't want anything that contradicts the presidents position to hit the public? Either way, you're not in a position to say there were no positive results that came from these interrogation techniques. I see, if Goebels could pr...
by nut-job
Fri May 01, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Whom Would You Rate as Highly as GFH and FJH?
Replies: 15
Views: 1237

Re: Whom Would You Rate as Highly as GFH and FJH?

Hindemith and Honegger would be contenders. I would probably rate Honegger higher, except for his relatively small output.
by nut-job
Fri May 01, 2009 10:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Good nuanced view on the use of torture
Replies: 32
Views: 2055

Re: Good nuanced view on the use of torture

Moral abdication allows is just that. If the argument is accepted with regard to the so-called "ticking bomb," then there is no rational reason why police can not employ torture whenever they "think" a person, usually not even charged with a crime, has information that may lead to a kidnapped child...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 601987

Re: What are you listening to?

. But, as far as the Knuckle Busting Piano Concerto is concerned, it is Korstick who is the problem. The final movement is marked Allegretto con spirito and I am afraid that is not how Korstick plays it. If you listen to Rudolf Serkin, it is played so lightly and lovingly. Korstick sounds like he's...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 10 myths of global warming
Replies: 17
Views: 1004

Re: 10 myths of global warming

Obviously you can believe or not believe whatever you want. But to imply that legitimate scientists express broad skepticism over global warming is simply false. I suggest anyone interest read this report. http://dels.nas.edu/dels/rpt_briefs/climate_change_2008_final.pdf It was prepared by members o...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mixing Rice with Pizza
Replies: 20
Views: 2138

Re: Mixing Rice with Pizza

Most people promoting the Greenhouse hysteria haven't actually examined the science that purports to make such case. It isn't only that many outstanding scientists reject the Greenhouse theories, and that some actually argue that global cooling is more likely, it is also that most models said to fa...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martinu smaller works
Replies: 22
Views: 2282

Re: Martinu smaller works

Martinu's Violin Concerto No 2-Finale..............World premiere...1943...Mischa Elman, violin and Serge Koussevitsky and the Boston Symphony...........Awesome!.......... 8) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfIBJVQVnmI I have to say, I found that quite ugly. Lacks everything I usually value in Marti...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mixing Rice with Pizza
Replies: 20
Views: 2138

Re: Mixing Rice with Pizza

Don't be silly. They research whatever the money pays them to research. Just ask any tree-hugger that dismisses global warming critics as "all funded by the oil companies." Your arguments cut both ways. You know that. So do I. Don't kid a kidder, nut-job. Fortunately this is not true. Your world vi...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Marching Band 2, Thugs 0
Replies: 13
Views: 990

Re: Marching Band 2, Thugs 0

DavidRoss wrote:The story just seems improbable and from time to time we hear similar tales without corroboration that turn out to be false reports made by attention seekers, so I wonder whether there is more to the story that supports it.
If the baton were encrusted with blood?
by nut-job
Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Marching Band 2, Thugs 0
Replies: 13
Views: 990

Re: Marching Band 2, Thugs 0

How do they know this happened? Maybe the girl has the power of speech? Probably, but what makes the Sheriff's Dept believe her story? Well, I suppose they would believe her unless she had a motivation for lying. Perhaps this girl just likes beating people with her baton, then claims they were tryi...
by nut-job
Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Marching Band 2, Thugs 0
Replies: 13
Views: 990

Re: Marching Band 2, Thugs 0

DavidRoss wrote:How do they know this happened?
Maybe the girl has the power of speech?
by nut-job
Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martinu smaller works
Replies: 22
Views: 2282

Re: Martinu smaller works

Just listened to the Tre Ricercari, this recording:

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Gorgeous music, and very engaging performance in clear analog sound (1968). Looking forward to the other recordings on this disc.
by nut-job
Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HIP Beethoven
Replies: 17
Views: 1850

Re: HIP Beethoven

The Goodman cycle has lots of energy, and typical HIP sound, but he doesn't conduct I & II, and it shows. When he takes over III and beyond, the energy level jumps (it's a very good reading.) Not the best HIP Beethoven, but a worthy effort, my copy of the set comes with lots of overtures and a Miss...
by nut-job
Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mixing Rice with Pizza
Replies: 20
Views: 2138

Re: Mixing Rice with Pizza

There is a robust consensus in the scientific community that global warming resulting from industrial output of greenhouse gasses is occurring. Here's some consensus for ya: "The world's climatologist are agreed . . . Once the freeze starts, it will be too late." -Douglas Colligan in Science Digest...
by nut-job
Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mixing Rice with Pizza
Replies: 20
Views: 2138

Re: Mixing Rice with Pizza

Okay, so let's really start filing charges. How about charging Al Gore for misrepresentation of scientific data pertaining to "global warming". And while we are at it, lets go after the large bevy of university and governmental leaders who suppressed research challenging the "global warming thesis"...
by nut-job
Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's Final 3 Symphonies Really One?
Replies: 13
Views: 1458

Re: Mozart's Final 3 Symphonies Really One?

Imperfect Pitch wrote:
Was somebody trying to make a deadline with this article? I have to think it is at least a possibility.
I hope so. If Harnoncourt is serious, I'm afraid it signals that he is going soft in the head.
:cry:
by nut-job
Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krystian Zimerman Vows Not to Return to US
Replies: 51
Views: 2360

Re: Krystian Zimerman Vows Not to Return to US

karlhenning wrote: Of course, some of our neighbors would consider the music I write at present, as cultural dynamite placed so as to threaten the foundations of civilization ; )


I consider it cultural popcorn. :D
by nut-job
Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?
Replies: 248
Views: 34799

Re: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?

I was referring to the audio engineering, not to the sound that would be heard in the hall. Miking the french horn very closely to my ear makes it sound a bit like a trombone with a very nasal tone. I don't know if the mikes were placed that way - sticking right into the bells of the horns... I dou...
by nut-job
Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alarming Rumors About WQXR
Replies: 15
Views: 953

Re: Alarming Rumors About WQXR

Ralph, can you give the exact link to get Receiva.com's classical radio stations? I tried http://www.receiva.com but there was no inner link to classical radio stations that I could see. I don't know if WQXR can survive and the financial situation of the Times may not be the biggest factor. If I ca...
by nut-job
Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?
Replies: 248
Views: 34799

Re: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?

Part of the impression made by the French horn is based on the fact that the bell does not point directly towards the audience, it reverberates at the back of the sound stage. It sounds as though microphones were placed directly in front of the bells of these instruments, making them sound like pun...
by nut-job
Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HIP Beethoven
Replies: 17
Views: 1850

Re: HIP Beethoven

I suspect I would like but not love Gardiner's Beethoven. In HIP I have always been most persuaded by the Harnoncourt approach, which says that for older music the score was more of an outline than an exact specification for the performance and the performer should liberally personalize phrasing, ar...
by nut-job
Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The best meaning of a coda
Replies: 10
Views: 1259

Re: The best meaning of a coda

Before Beethoven, codas were fairly brief and therefore not "developmental" in nature. And there's plenty of Beethoven in which codas are merely 8-16 bars in length. Attributing this to Beethoven is not entirely justified, in my view. Mozart symphony #41 finale, for example, has a coda of considera...
by nut-job
Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3279906

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31qvN73eicL._SL500_AA240_.jpg LvB: piano sonata op. 106 "Hammerklavier" (Andras Schiff) Just got this in the mail, this is the first volume I hear of Schiff's sonata cycle and I wasn't convinced by op. 90, but then op. 106 is a really great recording it seems (...
by nut-job
Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?
Replies: 248
Views: 34799

Re: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?

Just listened to Solti's Don Juan (Strauss) with the CSO. An extraordinary level of precision and vitality. But absolutely no poety, no perfume, no atmosphere in that performance. Karajan's Berlin recording (not the 70's one which I cannot bear, but the 80's one) doesn't have that clarity and orches...
by nut-job
Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The best meaning of a coda
Replies: 10
Views: 1259

Re: The best meaning of a coda

It's the part tacked on the end. I defy you to come up with a more succinct definition.
by nut-job
Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Russians Capture Pirate Mother Ship
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: The Russians Capture Pirate Mother Ship

Everything the Russians do is evil. We can only assume that the ship in question is actually full of Georgians on their way to visit the Statue of Liberty.