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by pizza
Fri May 22, 2009 2:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Albert Roussel - yes or no - Piston's idea!
Replies: 25
Views: 1559

Re: Albert Roussel - yes or no - Piston's idea!

CMG's PISTON brought this up in Sylph's RAVEL thread. Me? Not generally. It's just not my cup of tea. I have many recordings of his works by major conductors/performers, but am never "sent." I'm just being honest. He gets little hearing from me these days. Perhaps his time will come. Any specific w...
by pizza
Tue May 19, 2009 1:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: request suggestions for Rachmaninoff
Replies: 10
Views: 904

Re: request suggestions for Rachmaninoff

No list is complete without including Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli's amazing recording of the 4th Piano Concerto with Ettore Gracis/Philharmonia Orchestra on EMI. It's one of the great piano recordings of all time.
by pizza
Sat May 16, 2009 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anneliese Rothenberger
Replies: 7
Views: 742

Re: Anneliese Rothenberger

There are excellent recordings on EMI of Rothenberger in Kalman's Gypsy Princess and Countess Mariza. I'm pretty sure both recordings are still in print.
by pizza
Sat May 16, 2009 2:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why Don't We Hear Bruckner's First Symphony More Of
Replies: 12
Views: 1178

Re: Why Don't We Hear Bruckner's First Symphony More Of

There's also a fine recording on Berlin Classics of the Linz version of the 1st by Otmar Suitner conducting the Staatskapelle Berlin, coupled with a great performance of the 8th with the same orchestra.
by pizza
Fri May 01, 2009 6:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Article: Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart by Agnes Selby
Replies: 18
Views: 2495

Re: Article: Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart by Agnes Selby

Ralph wrote: Nannerl was unusual in that Leopold saw some profit in trotting her about as a kid but as soon as Mozart's talent emerged, she was, essentially, dropped.
Leopold lacked the instincts of a real impresario. Where were Phineas T. Barnum, Sergei Diaghilev and Sol Hurok when they were needed? :wink:
by pizza
Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak 9: masterpiece or mere collection of catchy tunes?
Replies: 38
Views: 3073

Re: Dvorak 9: masterpiece or mere collection of catchy tunes?

I recently removed from the depths of obscurity my CD of Bernstein's Israel PO live performance in the Salle Pleyel , Paris, his second recording of the 9th from the late '80s, The English horn player in the IPO is a long-time friend of mine going back to HS music camp days. How does he sound on th...
by pizza
Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak 9: masterpiece or mere collection of catchy tunes?
Replies: 38
Views: 3073

Re: Dvorak 9: masterpiece or mere collection of catchy tunes?

I recently removed from the depths of obscurity my CD of Bernstein's Israel PO live performance in the Salle Pleyel , Paris, his second recording of the 9th from the late '80s, and possibly the slowest on record. I hadn't heard it in years and wanted to give it another try. Although it has received ...
by pizza
Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak 9: masterpiece or mere collection of catchy tunes?
Replies: 38
Views: 3073

Re: Dvorak 9: masterpiece or mere collection of catchy tunes?

Peter Gutmann's take on Dvorak 9 is an interesting read. I have the Kabasta recording he mentions at the end, and it's truly a show stopper. It's difficult to imagine how he must have felt when he performed it with the Munich PO in July, 1944 for a radio broadcast; that he was able to perform it at ...
by pizza
Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ralph's Newest Client
Replies: 7
Views: 533

Re: Ralph's Newest Client

Ralph wrote: Are you suggesting that ANYONE tried in federal or state court isn't entitled to legal representation?
I don't think that one who waives his right to a lawyer and decides to proceed pro se is entitled to it. :wink:
by pizza
Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can a musical (ever) be considered classical music?
Replies: 25
Views: 1075

Re: Can a musical (ever) be considered classical music?

I think Kern's Showboat is the musical and dramatic equal of Porgy & Bess; but what difference does it make how any of these works are classified? Does anyone like them better or worse depending on what they're called?
by pizza
Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Strange Demise Of Arnold Schoenberg
Replies: 6
Views: 651

Re: The Strange Demise Of Arnold Schoenberg

Odd that Schoenberg would have played tennis (he was Gershwin's regular partner during his Hollywood days in the '30s) if he had a bum ticker.

Then there was Jean-Baptiste Lully who stabbed himself in the foot while conducting and died after the wound became infected! :shock:
by pizza
Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Article : The pianist who is more famous than the Beatles
Replies: 27
Views: 2489

Re: Article : The pianist who is more famous than the Beatles

I think Volodos and Pletnev have to be included in any list of important pianists today -- not that I always agree with Pletnev's approach, but even when he's out of the mainstream, he usually has something interesting and challenging to say that makes one rethink the music. It's a shame Radu Lupu i...
by pizza
Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who is the father of modern music?
Replies: 51
Views: 3519

Re: Who is the father of modern music?

Certainly one of the unanswerable questions if consensus is the objective; but I would go with Beethoven. He opened the door and pointed the way. :arrow:
by pizza
Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: AGNES SELBY: Happy Birthday, April 4th!!!
Replies: 33
Views: 2163

Re: AGNES SELBY: Happy Birthday, April 4th!!!

From one kid to another, :wink: wishing you a Very Happy Birthday, Agnes!!
by pizza
Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Janácek affair
Replies: 0
Views: 311

The Janácek affair

From The Times Literary Supplement March 25, 2009 The Janácek affair Was it the infatuations of a great Czech composer that inspired the sweetest of his music? Michael Downes With an instinct for dramatic timing worthy of his subject, John Tyrrell lifts the curtain on the second volume of his biogra...
by pizza
Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How Bad Off Is the Philadelphia Orchestra?
Replies: 3
Views: 543

Re: How Bad Off Is the Philadelphia Orchestra?

Did Lebrecht ghost write this article?
by pizza
Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Symphonies You Wish the Composer Had Never Finished?
Replies: 38
Views: 1269

Re: Symphonies You Wish the Composer Had Never Finished?

Yet, it was the 8th that put Mahler on the British map because of Horenstein's legendary and truly monumental live performance in 1959. It was finally issued in a decent recording by BBC Legends a few years ago, and that was the catalyst that enabled me to understand and appreciate this superb work,...
by pizza
Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:39 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Ma Vlast
Replies: 1
Views: 854

Ma Vlast

Leon Botstein and the JSO delivered an exciting Ma Vlast last evening at the Henry Crown Theater, Jerusalem to a packed house. It was a long time since I last heard it live, and I was greatly impressed by the skill of the orchestra in putting this difficult piece across with genuine feeling for the ...
by pizza
Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Grim Reaper reports another classical music label death
Replies: 8
Views: 1497

Re: The Grim Reaper reports another classical music label death

Here is Lebrecht's update on Decca: "The final reckoning The sackings have started at Decca. Out of 32 staff at the London headquarters, just six are being retained. That is one to manage the office, one to answer the phone and open the mail, two to look after the royalty accounts and two more to de...
by pizza
Mon Mar 02, 2009 3:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I've been hired to assist on a critical edition of Ives's...
Replies: 12
Views: 720

Re: I've been hired to assist on a critical edition of Ives's...

I have pretty much all of the RBO recordings and it isn't an easy piece to get to know. In my opinion, there are two great recorded performances, and oddly enough my first choice is Ingo Metzmacher/Bamberg SO on EMI. When I first heard it I was completely surprised by both the skill and obvious ease...
by pizza
Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Riccardo Chailly is a brilliant conductor — do you agree?
Replies: 14
Views: 1149

Re: Riccardo Chailly is a brilliant conductor — do you agree?

I enjoy his Mahler 3, 7 and Klagende Lied . He also made excellent recordings of Zemlinsky"s Lyric Symphony and A Florentine Tragedy . I like his recordings of the fin de siecle composers - he seems to have an affinity for their styles. I also have his Varese so-called "complete works", which are be...
by pizza
Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Szell & Cleveland Orchestra recordings
Replies: 13
Views: 1887

Re: Szell & Cleveland Orchestra recordings

Back in the days when I was in the service and stationed in the Cleveland area, I attended a few of Szell's concerts at Severance Hall, which included some of the finest Haydn I ever heard. The live acoustics of the venue never bothered me, although many of his recordings were quite dry. I suspect t...
by pizza
Fri Feb 20, 2009 2:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Zemlinsky
Replies: 18
Views: 1172

Re: Zemlinsky

Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony should not be missed. I know of two excellent recordings, one with Gielen/SW German RSO on Arte Nova, and another by Chailly/Concertgebouw on Decca. There is also a superb recording of A Florentine Tragedy by Chailly/Concertgebouw on Decca. Both Gielen and Chailly have the...
by pizza
Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A-Rod
Replies: 7
Views: 666

Re: A-Rod

Striking players like Bonds and Alex Rodriguez from the record books and future Hall of Fame consideration would be a start. That assumes guys like that really care about such things. I don't think so. For them it's all about money, not the game. Then there are those who really should be in Coopers...
by pizza
Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WERNER ISLER: 87 today, February 9th, 2009
Replies: 25
Views: 1477

Re: WERNER ISLER: 87 today, February 9th, 2009

Happy birthday, Werner, from one kid to another! :wink:
by pizza
Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca shutting down?
Replies: 58
Views: 2712

Re: Decca shutting down?

If a new Volodos disc pops up, or one by Marc-André Hamelin, Martha Argerich, or some rare Koussevitzky or Furtwängler comes along, I will probably acquire those discs. No more integral sets of Beethoven's 9, Brahms's 4, Schumann's 4, etc. I wonder how many collectors feel as I do. I'm pretty much ...
by pizza
Thu Feb 05, 2009 1:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.
Replies: 105
Views: 3950

Re: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.

So far I haven't heard anyone speak for the children from both sides who are paying the price of this horrible confflict. You don't have to take one side or the other to see the suffering they endure while their parents fight. I wish there was a way to bring them all, Palestine and Israeli children...
by pizza
Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.
Replies: 105
Views: 3950

Re: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.

Richard.. Of couse you are right, which makes the situation in Palestine so tragic. Belle... You are wasting your energy trying to reason with a religious zealot. Corlyss.. Very admirable of you to protect poor, innocent Saul, who conducts his daily diatribe at anyone who dares to question Israel's...
by pizza
Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.
Replies: 105
Views: 3950

Re: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.

Richard.. Of couse you are right, which makes the situation in Palestine so tragic. Belle... You are wasting your energy trying to reason with a religious zealot. Corlyss.. Very admirable of you to protect poor, innocent Saul, who conducts his daily diatribe at anyone who dares to question Israel's...
by pizza
Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Teachout on Israel's Unofficial Wagner Ban
Replies: 10
Views: 1936

Re: Teachout on Israel's Unofficial Wagner Ban

When Barenboim performed Wagner's music in Israel, he announced his intention in advance to the audience and allowed time for a substantial number to leave the concert hall. Many Israelis, I am sure, strongly disagreed with what Barenboim did, but there was no official punishment, and Barenboim has...
by pizza
Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.
Replies: 105
Views: 3950

Re: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.

Attacking Saul because he supports Israel's position on how it handled the Gaza war is nonsense. He is on solid ground, both factually and on well-established principles of international law. There are lawyers who do know what they're talking about, and who have taken the time and trouble to inform...
by pizza
Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.
Replies: 105
Views: 3950

Re: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.

Saul, your argument seems to be that people who have been oppressed and dispossessed and killed and driven out of their homes have the right to oppress, dispossess, kill, and drive others out of their homes with impunity. Does that really make sense to you? Your comparison is idiotic. If you can't ...
by pizza
Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boulez will conduct Amériques in Chicago!
Replies: 24
Views: 1166

Re: Boulez will conduct Amériques in Chicago!

I'm not much of a Boulez/Varese fan. I think he's generally too conservative in his approach to the music, as compared for example with Chailly and Nagano, both of whom are also not the last word, but whose so-called "complete" cycles are better recorded and more exciting. The clarity of sound reall...
by pizza
Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Guantanamo will be history, soon ...
Replies: 28
Views: 1052

Re: Guantanamo will be history, soon ...

FOXNews.com Al Qaeda Chief Was Released by U.S. From Gitmo Friday , January 23, 2009 CAIRO, Egypt — An Internet posting purportedly by Al Qaeda in Yemen says the group's second in command is a Saudi national released from Guantanamo in 2008. The militant, Said Ali al-Shihri, is suspected of involvem...
by pizza
Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Welcome Back Corlyss ACLU Lawsuit
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: Welcome Back Corlyss ACLU Lawsuit

There is no requirement whatsoever in Halacha, or Jewish Law, that an observant man must wear a beard. How typical of the ACLU to slip the court a mickey! :wink:
by pizza
Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A great pianist speaks out
Replies: 99
Views: 6653

Re: A great pianist speaks out

the eradication of Israel was not part of Hamas's election campaign ... Look, your hostility towards Israel is palpable. But, as bad as it is to reserve your righteous anger for the only liberal democratic state in the Mid-East, what on earth could possibly move you to defend Hamas? You are complet...
by pizza
Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Israel Bombs UN Headquarters in Gaza...
Replies: 14
Views: 801

Re: Israel Bombs UN Headquarters in Gaza...

The shelling wasn't a mistake. It was in response to Hamas' firing of heavy weapons from it. Hamas also fired from UN vehicles with UN markings, ambulances with Red Crescent markings, and from hospitals. And the UN and their lackeys have the unmitigated gall to complain that by returning fire, Israe...
by pizza
Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: plane down in Hudson river
Replies: 8
Views: 792

Re: plane down in Hudson river

Lucky for the pilot it wasn't a bald eagle, or he would require a presidential pardon. :wink:
by pizza
Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A great pianist speaks out
Replies: 99
Views: 6653

Re: A great pianist speaks out

Chanan: Don't you realize by now that there are people who support every movement in the world that attacks Jews? There's no logic to it, and there's no point in trying to argue rationally with them. Hamas didn't invent anti-Semitism.
by pizza
Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wow, What Principles!!
Replies: 24
Views: 2403

Re: Wow, What Principles!!

IMO, the fact that the person pardoned made a huge donation to the person granting the pardon renders the merits of the pardon almost moot. To the contrary, if the pardon was well justified on the merits, then the donation is moot. What "merits"? The case never went to trial. If the case had been t...
by pizza
Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wow, What Principles!!
Replies: 24
Views: 2403

Re: Wow, What Principles!!

Ralph wrote:What relationship is there between the Clinton pardons and the true obscenity of waterboarding as an official act?
The obvious relationship is that they both fit neatly into the category of obscenities.
by pizza
Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Orientalism
Replies: 51
Views: 6083

Re: Orientalism

Here is a link to an excellent article on Russian Orientalism as advanced by the Ballet Russe.

http://www.laurelvictoriagray.com/russ_orientalism.htm
by pizza
Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The final solution?
Replies: 55
Views: 5317

Re: The final solution?

Cliftwood wrote:Pizza..

We see the world through different lenses.

Have a good day.
I think we see the the world through the same lens. We differ on how to survive in it.

Thanks, and a good day to you.
by pizza
Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The final solution?
Replies: 55
Views: 5317

Re: The final solution?

Right back at your question, Pizza.. If you believe that all negotiable possibilties are totally exhausted, it follows that you would proceed with an all-out war against the forces who want Israel destroyed. I'd be most interested in how that tactic would proceed? Should it start with the annihilat...
by pizza
Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The final solution?
Replies: 55
Views: 5317

Re: The final solution?

Still waiting for Harris to answer Werner's question, and mine as well.
by pizza
Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The final solution?
Replies: 55
Views: 5317

Re: The final solution?

Not only a creep but a phony as well, hiding behind a fake language deficiency.
by pizza
Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: UNRWA admits employing terrorists at Palestinian schools
Replies: 0
Views: 255

UNRWA admits employing terrorists at Palestinian schools

FOXNews.com U.N. Agency That Runs School Hit in Gaza Employed Hamas and Islamic Jihad Members Wednesday, January 14, 2009 By Joel Mowbray The United Nations agency that administers a school in Gaza where dozens of civilians were killed by Israeli mortar fire last week has admitted to employing terro...
by pizza
Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The final solution?
Replies: 55
Views: 5317

Re: The final solution?

Until I see evidence that every possible solution to the crisis in the middle east, including Israel/Palestine, ......., is exhausted, I will adamantly object to condoning any more killing than is absolutely necessary. Why don't you answer the question that you've been ducking throughout this discu...
by pizza
Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On French cultural collaboration during WW2
Replies: 20
Views: 1755

Re: On French cultural collaboration during WW2

You wanna be a live coward or a dead hero. Life is short, art is long. We have been down this road with Flagstad, von Karajan and a host of others. I maintain you don't know what you would do unless you have lived in the other guy's shoes in the same situation. . There were quite a number of Europe...
by pizza
Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The final solution?
Replies: 55
Views: 5317

Re: The final solution?

Here's a commentary written by Akiva Elder in Tel Aviv's Ha'aretz. "So why don't our leaders level with us about the true aim of this incursion into Gaza? Defense Minister Ehud Barak says he was forced to send toops into Gaza this week because all other efforts to halt the rain of rockets into Isra...