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by nut-job
Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, Previn gives a pretty awful interview
Replies: 15
Views: 2570

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. Certainly the treatment ...
by nut-job
Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: romney and mormons out for me
Replies: 31
Views: 4623

Re: romney and mormons out for me

Mormon temples are open to the public for a brief period after construction and before they are consecrated. Then the surfaces that people walked on are replaced and non-Mormons are not subsequently let in. I visited the Mormon temple in San Diego. On the inside it looks more like a hotel than anyth...
by nut-job
Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sunland Park, NM elects mayor who is forbidden to govern
Replies: 8
Views: 1645

Re: Sunland Park, NM elects mayor who cannot govern

Slight correction, Rob--he may not govern. (Spending too much time substituting for English teachers these days, and yes, I realize that such a person probably also cannot govern.) :) Noted, and corrected. Thank you. I'm afraid the suggested revision has changed the title from technically incorrect...
by nut-job
Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vincent d'Indy...
Replies: 15
Views: 8354

Re: Vincent d'Indy...

Have started a bit of a d'Indy binge after chancing upon the old Ciccolini/Cluytens recording of D'indy's famous piece for piano and orchestra. Listened to two lesser know pieces by d'Indy in the Gamba/Island series, La Loret enchantee and Souvenirs. The first is like a cross between Bax and Wagner....
by nut-job
Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Google vs. Bing
Replies: 11
Views: 3083

Re: Google vs. Bing

As I understand it, the new Google policy will only affect you if you are signed into a Google account. The change is that they correlate information from all Google platforms, and don't let you opt out. I have a Google account, but I don't sign into it anymore, but still use Google for routine inte...
by nut-job
Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Max Reger
Replies: 34
Views: 5667

Re: Max Reger

Reger's Organ works will have to go on the back burner, I'm afraid. But the more I listen to Reger the more I enjoy it. Returned to the second string quartet, and it really is a wonderful piece. I don't agree with the common criticism that Reger could not write memorable "tunes." The outer movements...
by nut-job
Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: what is "momentum"?
Replies: 20
Views: 5155

Re: what is "momentum"?

I think your teacher is the only person who can say for sure what he meant by "momentum." Newton's definition of momentum as mass times velocity was an elaboration of an existing concept, which meant "the power residing in a moving object" (as Wikipedia phrases it). I don't regard use of the term as...
by nut-job
Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anyone seen or heard from Jacques in Maine?
Replies: 16
Views: 2747

Re: Anyone seen or heard from Jacques in Maine?

It's starting to ring a bell. Was he the one who quit the forum because Corlyss outed him, revealing his full name against his wishes, so that continued participation could imperil his employment? Someone mentioned that Corlyss has been gone for two years. Who says we have nothing to be thankful for!
by nut-job
Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: China: The Limits of State Capitalism
Replies: 7
Views: 960

Re: China: The Limits of State Capitalism

It seems to me that the collapse of China's economy has been a perpetual prediction.
by nut-job
Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sometimes BRUCKNER just hits the spot!
Replies: 16
Views: 3197

Re: Sometimes BRUCKNER just hits the spot!

Our current musical age has a high regard for authenticity, and following the composers intentions, which I generally admire. However, I find the sense of moral outrage that is generally expressed (in CD booklets, mostly) for older editions of Bruckner symphonies that try to 'correct' some of Bruckn...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sometimes BRUCKNER just hits the spot!
Replies: 16
Views: 3197

Re: Sometimes BRUCKNER just hits the spot!

John Culshaw isn't the only person to testify about Knappertsbusch's, shall we say, casual attitude toward such matters. Not that there's any reason to disbelieve him! Why should his stories not be taken "at face value"? After reading "The Ring Resounding" I had the impression that he would bring f...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: When you have time..
Replies: 9
Views: 1927

Re: When you have time..

never mind...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bounces Off Me And Sticks on YOU!
Replies: 45
Views: 5630

Re: Bounces Off Me And Sticks on YOU!

I was at my occulist office yesterday, 6 March 12. When it was announced that the doctor had an emergency at the hospital where he works his patients were given the choice of waiting or making a new appointment for next week. One man replied that he would wait because he was very sick. Out of conce...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Max Reger
Replies: 34
Views: 5667

Re: Max Reger

As most of you probably already know, Reger is one of the most important composers for organ after Bach--IMO, the most important. (For once Brahms does not win because the quality of his output cannot make up for the slenderness of same, and those who say that Bach and Messiaen are the top two orga...
by nut-job
Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Max Reger
Replies: 34
Views: 5667

Re: Max Reger

Just picked these two up (as a repackaged 2CD set).
arglebargle wrote:These are among my fave aquisitions of all time.
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by nut-job
Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sometimes BRUCKNER just hits the spot!
Replies: 16
Views: 3197

Re: Sometimes BRUCKNER just hits the spot!

Right you are. Bruckner finished the symphony in 1876, but it was superseded by a reworking in 1878 and that's the version usually performed nowadays. I sometimes wonder if Kna really preferred the corrupt editions he always conducted, or was merely too lazy to change. He also rehearsed as little a...
by nut-job
Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grand piano as status symbol or glorified statue
Replies: 18
Views: 4211

Re: Grand piano as status symbol or glorified statue

IcedNote wrote:
Auntie Lynn wrote:My piano is my best friend. Mine has outlasted three husbands, myriad boyfriends, a laundry list of lovers, all the one-night stands and a bunch of guys whose fortunes I went through but never bothered to marry...
:shock:

Keepin' it real!

-G
Fascinating what people are proud of. :lol:
by nut-job
Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Max Reger
Replies: 34
Views: 5667

Re: Max Reger

That looks very attractive. I have recordings of Regers suites for unaccompanied cello and viola, but not violin.
by nut-job
Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Right wing racism
Replies: 45
Views: 6600

Re: Right wing racism

I see that Limbaugh has apologized, which I assume is more or less directly related to a report I saw in the NY Times saying advertisers had withdrawn support from his show due to the recent controversy. Let's hear it for the marketplace! 8)
by nut-job
Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Debussy Collection
Replies: 13
Views: 6199

Re: The Debussy Collection

The best of that set is in here, but looks like I missed the boat. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41919rxeZJL._SL500_AA300_.jpg I think the best hope for an interesting Debussy Box would be EMI. They have lots of old, idiomatic recordings from French ensembles recorded by EMI France, dating b...
by nut-job
Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Max Reger
Replies: 34
Views: 5667

Re: Max Reger

The Clarinet Quintet was my first Reger disc years ago, but it didn't grab me. I still have it, it is this one: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51lDrs9Z9KL._SL500_AA300_.jpg I've since picked up the recording by the Enesmble Villa Musica on MDG. This set was recently deleted, but can still be ...
by nut-job
Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: classical music writers unwilling to review" fusion cd"
Replies: 15
Views: 3178

Re: classical music writers unwilling to review" fusion cd"

stenka razin wrote:By the way, one of my friends intrtoduced me to him years ago and he really knows his Bach. 8)
I should hope so, since he has an extensive discography of Bach recordings on major record labels, including the B-minor mass, numerous cantatas and concertos.
by nut-job
Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Biden goes to Latin America to flog a failed Obama policy
Replies: 15
Views: 2537

Re: Biden goes to Latin America to flog a failed Obama polic

BWV 1080 wrote:just like Bush's failed war in Afghanistan is now Obama's policy, so is the drug war
I agree Obama's biggest mistake was to buy into the push to win Afghanistan, but at least he intends to get out in a finite time.
by nut-job
Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Max Reger
Replies: 34
Views: 5667

Re: Max Reger

I've just discovered Max Reger. I have several discs which feature his Bach transcriptions, and I somehow got it into my head to get the recording of the complete string quartets (Bern Quartet, cpo). After listening to the first disc was hooked. Since then I've acquired the various discs of Reger ch...
by nut-job
Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The "Toscanini Edition" is upon us ... and then some!
Replies: 23
Views: 5614

Re: The "Toscanini Edition" is upon us ... and then some!

Well, you won't get me to say anything bad about that performance, but the main thing it makes clear to me is how much Karajan's Beethoven style in '62 derives from Toscanini. The irony is that Toscanini's wide influence makes his recordings less necessary compared with some of the conductors like ...
by nut-job
Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The "Toscanini Edition" is upon us ... and then some!
Replies: 23
Views: 5614

Re: The "Toscanini Edition" is upon us ... and then some!

Well, you won't get me to say anything bad about that performance, but the main thing it makes clear to me is how much Karajan's Beethoven style in '62 derives from Toscanini. The irony is that Toscanini's wide influence makes his recordings less necessary compared with some of the conductors like F...
by nut-job
Fri Mar 02, 2012 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The "Toscanini Edition" is upon us ... and then some!
Replies: 23
Views: 5614

Re: The "Toscanini Edition" is upon us ... and then some!

I certainly get that Toscanini was one of the most influential conductors of the 20th century, but my association with him is very bad sound, recordings made at he very end of a long career, and rather strict, almost rigid performance style. Am I missing anything really remarkable by ignoring him? W...
by nut-job
Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Watch for four (4) new EMI Icon Sets!
Replies: 19
Views: 6162

Re: Watch for four (4) new EMI Icon Sets!

Resistance broke down. Got the Cantelli set, as well as a previous issued set with all of the Melos Ensemble's EMI recordings. amazon.co.uk has both for pretty decent prices at the moment (15 pounds each, after VAT is subtracted). http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51l4s2mmF0L._SL500_AA300_.jpg I...
by nut-job
Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In Praise of Mono
Replies: 7
Views: 1270

Re: In Praise of Mono

I question whether Walter Legge's recordings were made with a single microphone. It's hard to chase down evidence after so many years, and I've only looked in whatever books I have at home, but in "Music Makers on Record," Legge's assistant Suvi Raj Grubb refers to Douglas Larter as the "balance en...
by nut-job
Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Watch for four (4) new EMI Icon Sets!
Replies: 19
Views: 6162

Re: Watch for four (4) new EMI Icon Sets!

I'll probably get the Cantelli. I'd like to see one for the old Debrowen/Philharmonia recordings. A mega Walter Legge box would be a dream come true. :)
by nut-job
Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trumpet Player Maurice Andre dies aged 78
Replies: 15
Views: 3290

Re: Trumpet Player Maurice Andre dies aged 78

Sad to see an icon of classical music go, but I for one found the sound of his trumpet insufferable. I only came to enjoy baroque trumpet playing when the original instrument crowd come to the fore with the more gentle tone of an 18th century natural trumpet.
by nut-job
Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on Philippe Herreweghe's Bach recordings.
Replies: 12
Views: 3073

Re: Opinions sought on Philippe Herreweghe's Bach recordings

I, for one, rate them highly. I'm in the awkward situation of owning enough of them already that it doesn't make sense to get the set.
by nut-job
Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In Praise of Mono
Replies: 7
Views: 1270

Re: In Praise of Mono

Actually, most monaural recordings were made with multi-microphone setups, and the mics were balanced by a sound engineer at a control board, the result going onto a single-track tape. (Or wax or acetate disc, whatever.) There were some exceptions, such as Mercury's Living Presence recordings, but ...
by nut-job
Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Early diagnosis: not such a good idea?
Replies: 11
Views: 2447

Re: Early diagnosis: not such a good idea?

I am not talking about everyone taking a "nasty" set of drugs so that they don't get Alzheimer's, or even everyone who might have a profile (if such were available) showing that they were likely candidates starting any such treatment. I am talking about early true diagnosis. At present, we do not e...
by nut-job
Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Early diagnosis: not such a good idea?
Replies: 11
Views: 2447

Re: Early diagnosis: not such a good idea?

And at the risk of stating the obvious, you are assuming the opposite. Alzheimer's is a scourge of our time which wreaks a swath of devastation that can hardly be exaggerated. Just to begin with, more and more people are living to be 90, and half of them have Alzheimer's by that point. A treatment ...
by nut-job
Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Early diagnosis: not such a good idea?
Replies: 11
Views: 2447

Re: Early diagnosis: not such a good idea?

On the matter of Alzheimer's as an example of dementia, if they ever do discover an effective treatment, it will be important to identify it before symptoms appear (which is not the same as pre-screening for genetic or other signs that one is inclined to it), since by the time they do, the damage t...
by nut-job
Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In Praise of Mono
Replies: 7
Views: 1270

In Praise of Mono

Just listened to an old recording (on CD). It was d'Indy, Symphonie du un chant montagnard francais , Aldo Ciccolini, Cluytens, Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du and Conservatoire, 1956 (EMI). It was a wonderful experience. Certainly there are limitations to the technology, but it invites you ...
by nut-job
Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Republican brain
Replies: 24
Views: 3569

Re: The Republican brain

The role of GHGs in the atmosphere is to delay the release of surface emitted energy by re-directing some of it back down to the surface, requiring the surface to accumulate and subsequently emit more energy to achieve equilibrium with space (energy in = energy out). The point is no energy is trapp...
by nut-job
Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pringles: a brand worth $2.7 billion
Replies: 2
Views: 821

Re: Pringles: a brand worth $2.7 billion

That's what Kellogg paid Procter & Gamble last week. Mark Bittman makes an issue of it. February 21, 2012, 9:00 pm Don’t Blame the Potato for Pringles By MARK BITTMAN Last week, Procter & Gamble sold its Pringles brand to Kellogg, for $2.7 billion. In the scheme of things, this is not big news: a f...
by nut-job
Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Republican brain
Replies: 24
Views: 3569

Re: The Republican brain

I would like to correct this because it's something I see quite often from pro-AGW reporters that is a misnomer and leads to a lot of confusion and/or misunderstanding. CO2 molecules do not trap infrared radiation, as trapping implies stopping and holding in place. None of the surface emitted infra...
by nut-job
Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Republican brain
Replies: 24
Views: 3569

Re: The Republican brain

As anyone will tell you, weather is a short term, local phenomena and climate consists of long term, global patterns of weather. As everyone learned in grade school, we have summer when our part of the earth is tilted towards the sun and gets more daylight, and winter when our part of the earth is t...
by nut-job
Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Republican brain
Replies: 24
Views: 3569

Re: The Republican brain

So if you're rooting against global warming it's time to join the environmentalists! No, they are actually routing for warming, as they've staked their entire credibility on that it will continue to warm as 'they' predict. A lack of warming and/or cooling is actually bad news for them - that's how ...
by nut-job
Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Watch for four (4) new EMI Icon Sets!
Replies: 19
Views: 6162

Re: Watch for four (4) new EMI Icon Sets!

gperkins151 wrote:EMI has been compressing the dynamics in their newer box sets. :(
What do you base that statement on?
by nut-job
Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Anti-Science Environmental Wackos
Replies: 25
Views: 3479

Re: The Anti-Science Environmental Wackos

I read the document linked above, which does indeed include 21 numbered accusations of scientific misconduct. It seems to boil down to this. After reviewing the NPS document in question a NAS panel (not including Goodman) concluded: The National Park Service report “Drakes Estero: A Sheltered Wilder...
by nut-job
Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Anti-Science Environmental Wackos
Replies: 25
Views: 3479

Re: The Anti-Science Environmental Wackos

What about the 21 instances of scientific misconduct? What about them? How can the 21 Accusations be addressed if it is not specified what the accusations actually are? I know this much. The author tried to make the accusations seem credible by misrepresenting the accuser, Dr. Goodman, as a high of...
by nut-job
Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Anti-Science Environmental Wackos
Replies: 25
Views: 3479

Re: The Anti-Science Environmental Wackos

But how would you address the points brought up by the article??? Or will you just ignore inconvenient truths???? What I find most telling is what people choose to believe. Why decide one list of unsubstantiated claims is credible and not another? For what it is worth, I've never heard of the autho...
by nut-job
Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Eugenics: the skeleton in the left's closet
Replies: 38
Views: 12373

Re: Eugenics: the skeleton in the left's closet

I think this forum is now down to two conservatives and one libertarian. Go get 'em! :wink: I know. I'm feeling more and more alone. Best of luck to you - it's been fun. Right, how is it even possible to put forward a conservative point of view if you are not allowed to call your interlocutor a bea...
by nut-job
Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Wilhelm Kempff 35-CD Edition on DGG - in March
Replies: 20
Views: 5847

Re: The Wilhelm Kempff 35-CD Edition on DGG - in March

I've just now heard Kempff playing the aria from the Goldberg Variations and it's very strange: he not only doesn't add ornaments, he omits those that Bach wrote into the music. ... Well, that's certainly different! But surely wrong-headed, or just plain wrong. Given that Kempff is argumably one of...
by nut-job
Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Wilhelm Kempff 35-CD Edition on DGG - in March
Replies: 20
Views: 5847

Re: The Wilhelm Kempff 35-CD Edition on DGG - in March

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/416S-VmPW4L._SL500_AA300_.jpg If you read the Amazon notes on this 35-CD set, you are likely NOT wanting to acquire this especially if you have been fastidious in collecting Kempff's CD reissues (as I have faithfully done). You will see, upon reading the articl...
by nut-job
Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Complete Schubert Sonatas - yet another set reissued!
Replies: 16
Views: 12948

Re: Complete Schubert Sonatas - yet another set reissued!

Listened to my set of the three late Sonatas by Schiff again. My displeasure is confirmed. I find the audio to have an unpleasant reverberation. Not a long reverberation as in an echo in a cavernous auditorium, but an in-your-face clangy reverberation. Besides that, Schiff exhibits the tendency to m...