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by herman
Thu Sep 15, 2005 1:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Replies: 8
Views: 3723

"Anybody heard this guy?"

Are you on Mars?

He's been performing and recording for fifteen years. He's getting out of fashion by now.

From Messiaen and Ligeti onwards he's really good. His Beethoven concertos with Harnoncourt were unremarkable.
by herman
Thu Sep 15, 2005 2:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Felix Mendelssohn Fans
Replies: 55
Views: 15816

Since Mendelssohn's parents probably didn't have advanced Latin degrees, they probably intended the meanings which had evolved over time rather than the original meaning which may very well have been somewhat obscured by that time, at least for the layman. Indeed, wouldn't the original meaning have...
by herman
Wed Sep 14, 2005 2:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Europe Learns the Wrong Lessons
Replies: 30
Views: 7441

Barry Z wrote: You continue to defend a culture in which women have no rights
Barry, I am still waiting...

How are you going to back this up?
by herman
Wed Sep 14, 2005 2:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Europe Learns the Wrong Lessons
Replies: 30
Views: 7441

I will say you are trying to change the subject from European anti-American delusions and poodle-like behavior toadying to the Arabs, which is the subject of the thread. Oh, please remind me, who was that president of which country who was walking hand in hand with the Saoudi-Arabian Sheikh? Who la...
by herman
Wed Sep 14, 2005 10:30 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Europe Learns the Wrong Lessons
Replies: 30
Views: 7441

Too bad, Barry, you could explain to me in what way I defend, as you said, a culture in which women have no rights. I guess you just wanted to say that because it makes you feel better about yourself. Secondly you clearly choose to ignore there guideline asking people not to import contentious stuff...
by herman
Wed Sep 14, 2005 3:56 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Europe Learns the Wrong Lessons
Replies: 30
Views: 7441

You continue to defend a culture in which women have no rights I have never even started defending anything like that. This is what makes your transformation in to a Bush supporter so funny and pathetic. You switched your brain off. Suddenly you see the world's divided into two camps - and since yo...
by herman
Tue Sep 13, 2005 1:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Europe Learns the Wrong Lessons
Replies: 30
Views: 7441

When I responded to your criticisms of the U.S. by listing some of Europe's problems, you called me something like a jingoist with a Cold War mentality. Glad to see you don't apply your own standards to yourself. 1) I have never started a thread "the US sucks". There have been dozens of threads her...
by herman
Tue Sep 13, 2005 10:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Europe Learns the Wrong Lessons
Replies: 30
Views: 7441

Re: Europe Learns the Wrong Lessons

I think even more fo them think 9/11 was the work of Jews. You'd probably be shocked at how many actually believe that all of the Jews who worked in the WTC were warned in advance not to go to work that day. And I'm sure many upstanding denizens of 'Tucky, 'Bamer, and similarly enlightened states w...
by herman
Tue Sep 13, 2005 10:39 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Europe Learns the Wrong Lessons
Replies: 30
Views: 7441

And I would add to my previous reply that it takes a lot of blinkeredness to start yet another "Europe stinks" topic (nr 176, I believe) right after America the Beautiful has blithely flushed a substantial city and port down the toilet, just because it was too clueless and careless to protect its ow...
by herman
Tue Sep 13, 2005 10:24 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Europe Learns the Wrong Lessons
Replies: 30
Views: 7441

Now I'll wait here for the finger-wagging Herman to come sputter, "Ugly American." I don't read these booklength quotes from magazines I've never heard of. I did read that in the USA women have 70% more chances of dying while giving birth than European women, among with some other interesting stati...
by herman
Tue Sep 13, 2005 2:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Felix Mendelssohn Fans
Replies: 55
Views: 15816

I've looked up the Latin word 'felix' in three online Latin-English dictionaries, and 'lucky' or 'fortunate' comes in as an important meaning in each case. The only word which appears consistently more prominently is 'happy.' I didn't use any on-line dictionaries; I have an advanced degree in Latin...
by herman
Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Well, she's a carpetbagger. Why not him?
Replies: 64
Views: 12714

well, sorry, I just don't know what the sentence I quoted means, or were supposed to mean if written correctly, and I suspect the writer doesn't know really either, which is why there wasn't a way to write it correctly.

I'm not talking about spelling or grammar. This is about thinking.
by herman
Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:38 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Well, she's a carpetbagger. Why not him?
Replies: 64
Views: 12714

Corlyss_D wrote:Powell's advice to Bush Sr. was the cause of much needless tragedy in Iraq for which Iraqis still to not trust us.
The botched grammar shows you really have no idea what you're saying.
by herman
Sun Sep 11, 2005 2:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Well, she's a carpetbagger. Why not him?
Replies: 64
Views: 12714

Clinton most definately feels at ease with blacks and they with him. It's not an act. He grew up with them and was taught to treat blacks just as he did whites at a very early age by his grandfather who ran a shop in their town in Arkansas and served many blacks. Should he not take political advant...
by herman
Sun Sep 11, 2005 2:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Felix Mendelssohn Fans
Replies: 55
Views: 15816

Some asides: Felix means not only happy but more specifically lucky. Lucky not only in his musical gifts, but in that he fostered the Bach revival so that we can forgive him for suppressing his sister's talent. However the primary meaning of the Latin "felix" is "prolific," "productive", "fruitful"...
by herman
Sun Sep 11, 2005 2:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Messiaen's "Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus"
Replies: 1
Views: 2041

Another great rendition of this work is by Pierre Laurent Aimard. Butof course the big banana is the one by Yvonne Loriod, who was very close to the composer.

I cannot help but think these are the two essential recordings.
by herman
Sat Sep 10, 2005 1:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Well, she's a carpetbagger. Why not him?
Replies: 64
Views: 12714

Let's forget about politics for a minute and think about people's personal qualities. It is clear that Clinton is at ease in the company of Blacks, and they in his company. You think that's not about politics? Really? Bill Clinton hasn't done a single thing since he was a callow teenager that hasn'...
by herman
Sat Sep 10, 2005 10:08 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Well, she's a carpetbagger. Why not him?
Replies: 64
Views: 12714

Let's forget about politics for a minute and think about people's personal qualities. It is clear that Clinton is at ease in the company of Blacks, and they in his company. You think that's not about politics? Really? Bill Clinton hasn't done a single thing since he was a callow teenager that hasn'...
by herman
Sat Sep 10, 2005 5:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Is "timing" better on CMG now?
Replies: 22
Views: 7543

Excruciatingly slow. I'm going to fix lunch now, and I expect this post to be up by the time we've had dinner.
by herman
Thu Sep 08, 2005 3:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Orleans: Doing What We Can
Replies: 123
Views: 30868

more racism from our moderator the Europeans who are mentally, intellectually, emotionally, ethnically and socially exhausted and dying bunch. I wouldn't want this nation to be remotely like them in just about anything they have said, done, or thought of since 1945, no way no how. Corlyss, I know y...
by herman
Thu Sep 08, 2005 2:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Felix Mendelssohn Fans
Replies: 55
Views: 15816

There aren't that many good sets of violin / piano sonatas after the devastation that Beethoven wrought (Schubert, for instance, refrained), and Mendelssohn's are among the better ones. I guess it depends on what you're looking for. After Beethoven's "devastation", the Schumann violin sonatas opus ...
by herman
Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Felix Mendelssohn Fans
Replies: 55
Views: 15816

Oh, Ted, I love Mendelssohn's String Quartets, too. So we agree in most matters of any importance.
by herman
Wed Sep 07, 2005 9:59 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Felix Mendelssohn Fans
Replies: 55
Views: 15816

I have been listening to Mendelssohn's f major and F minor violin / piano sonatas lately, by Ivan Zenaty and Josef Hala (Supraphon), and I think these are wonderful pieces, the F major composed in 1838 and the other in 1826, when the composer was only 17 years old. There aren't that many good sets o...
by herman
Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: How Many Children?
Replies: 18
Views: 4980

Re: How Many Children?

World population is expected to reach 8-12 million (according to most estimates,including those of the UN) by mid-century. Interesting slip of the pen. Vaseena, as several people have pointed out, your blaming the capitalist, judeo-xtian west for population growth is way off. True, in evolved weste...
by herman
Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Is "timing" better on CMG now?
Replies: 22
Views: 7543

Yeah, speed is good these days.

I guess these things come and go, just like bad weather.
by herman
Mon Sep 05, 2005 1:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Corlyss And Pizza - Why Do You Admire Bush?
Replies: 53
Views: 15221

I'd like to point out Herman, although others have already pointed out the relevance of the Nazi-Arab-anti-Semitism connection (and I agree with them), even were that not the case, your follow-up remark on how wrong-headed our Cold-War policies were is so typical of the European left. I don't know ...
by herman
Mon Sep 05, 2005 1:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Corlyss And Pizza - Why Do You Admire Bush?
Replies: 53
Views: 15221

I am no fan of Ronald Reagan, but his speach writer got it right when he said that it belonged on the ash heap of history. Just goes to show the depth of the knowledge here. The "ash heap of history" is actually a Trotsky quote. (Trotsky was a radical Marxist.) Alas, we've still got China to deal w...
by herman
Mon Sep 05, 2005 5:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Corlyss And Pizza - Why Do You Admire Bush?
Replies: 53
Views: 15221

Well, while the latter is true, you might be surprised to find out that the former is true as well. Would be so nice of you to do some research on the issue before calling its essence "obscurantist stuff" and the one who voices it hilarious. The issue is not whether these factoids are true. The iss...
by herman
Mon Sep 05, 2005 3:06 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Corlyss And Pizza - Why Do You Admire Bush?
Replies: 53
Views: 15221

And maybe since the 30s when the Nazis cultivated and trained the Muslim Brotherhood to use against the British. Hitler's favorite cleric was not Pope Pius but the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, who was Arafat's uncle. you're hilarious. You get this obscurantist stuff on the web, don't you? If anything ...
by herman
Sun Sep 04, 2005 10:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Orleans: Doing What We Can
Replies: 123
Views: 30868

Just do a little digging into the FACTS ...(Remember those? or has the Bush/Karl Rove Administration so diabolically twisted all of our brains, so completely, that we don't even care about those pesky FACTS anymore?). Soon you will get a chance to meet the instigator and moderator of the Pub, Corly...
by herman
Sun Sep 04, 2005 10:16 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Orleans: Doing What We Can
Replies: 123
Views: 30868

I wonder if any of our Dutch friends are giving money to help the hurricane victims, as some of us are dojng? That's ALSO part of the American way! Frankly, you don't really sound like you're ready to take yes for an answer. Helping people in need is not "the American way" - people have been doing ...
by herman
Sat Sep 03, 2005 6:38 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Prokofiev's "Cinderella" Set in a Whore House(!!)
Replies: 8
Views: 4499

And yes, I have in fact rather more experience with copyright law than most posters; I won't go into the detail [...] You have a tendency to accuse me of appeals to authority I do not have. Perhaps it's just that you're putting all your energy into sniping and picking on me, but I'd think a normall...
by herman
Sat Sep 03, 2005 3:51 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Orleans: Doing What We Can
Replies: 123
Views: 30868

good to see you're having such fun with this.
by herman
Sat Sep 03, 2005 3:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Prokofiev's "Cinderella" Set in a Whore House(!!)
Replies: 8
Views: 4499

Prokofiev died in 1953. Copyright extensions are a scam, however artificially legally abetted, and his works should be in the public domain. Well, if you say so. You've obviously thought about this long and hard. The Prokofiev Archive should, perhaps, be turned into a brothel too, to continue its w...
by herman
Sat Sep 03, 2005 2:41 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Prokofiev's "Cinderella" Set in a Whore House(!!)
Replies: 8
Views: 4499

There are dozens of different productions of Prokofiev's Cinderella . In fact there were two different premieres right at the start, one in Leningrad and one in Moscow. Apparently it's a very difficult ballet, because I haven't yet seen one version that really satisfies. I think the family and the P...
by herman
Sat Sep 03, 2005 2:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Orleans: Doing What We Can
Replies: 123
Views: 30868

He said that Holland was prepared for anything that might happen in a time span of 10,000 years. Need I go on? You are of course bending what I myself said completely out of shape, to make it look as bad as you possibly can. (How this is helping Katrina's victims, which you're obviously so concerne...
by herman
Sat Sep 03, 2005 1:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Vladimir Sofronitsky
Replies: 32
Views: 10597

Huckleberry wrote:The slow machinery notwithstanding, the quality of the posts in this forum is distinctly above average, I'd say as a newcomer.
You know, there may even be a connection. :wink:

Sidoze, I was not aware you had lauded the Perlemuter BBC disc; I did do a search on "the other board".
by herman
Fri Sep 02, 2005 2:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Orleans: Doing What We Can
Replies: 123
Views: 30868

When this sort of disaster occurs in another nation, the typical American response is to immediately offer assistance. We offer positive help; we don't sit around saying, boy, you guys really did a lousy job in preparing for that. That's what you're telling yourself. I'm sorry but this is another A...
by herman
Fri Sep 02, 2005 2:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Orleans: Doing What We Can
Replies: 123
Views: 30868

A little exceprt from MSNBC, which I find particularly interesting because of the way the National Guard presene is formulated. They're there to "shoot and kill" people. Shades of Iraq? MSNBC: Many National Guard troops have arrived now in New Orleans, and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanca says, “They ...
by herman
Fri Sep 02, 2005 2:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Orleans: Doing What We Can
Replies: 123
Views: 30868

Buck, your big mistake is thinking all the time that it's OK for the US to let their people die, because, hey, what would people in Europe do? This is not a beauty contest. But for your information, both Amsterdam and Rotterdam are over 500000. Berlin's population is over 3 million. Hamburg 1,7 mill...
by herman
Fri Sep 02, 2005 1:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Orleans: Doing What We Can
Replies: 123
Views: 30868

In terms of population New Orleans is not "a major city". Population is half a million. Columbus, Ohio, at 650000 is a larger city. What happened here is that federal and state authorities were scrimping on protection against calamitous circumstances such as Katrina, for ideological reasons - God he...
by herman
Fri Sep 02, 2005 8:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Orleans: Doing What We Can
Replies: 123
Views: 30868

My point, Herman, is that you (and some others) make broad accusations of negligence in a complex, unprecedented situation. There are so many aspects that must be investigated and studied if any effort to prevent repetition can be successful. No one is claiming that there isn't clear evidence of un...
by herman
Fri Sep 02, 2005 2:08 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Orleans: Doing What We Can
Replies: 123
Views: 30868

So, double negative whammy. Basically one of the raisons d'etre of a federal gvt is you pay them to protect you against enemy attacks and natural disasters. Seems like it isn't really happening in the US. This could be one of the most ridiculous statements I've ever seen anywhere anytime. Sheer and...
by herman
Thu Sep 01, 2005 3:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Orleans: Doing What We Can
Replies: 123
Views: 30868

So, double negative whammy. Basically one of the raisons d'etre of a federal gvt is you pay them to protect you against enemy attacks and natural disasters. Seems like it isn't really happening in the US. Ten thousand people died in Europe two years ago because of what to us seems a simple heat wav...
by herman
Thu Sep 01, 2005 2:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Orleans: Doing What We Can
Replies: 123
Views: 30868

here is no precedent for the destruction of a first-world city of half a million people in a natural disaster. Everything at this point becomes hindsight, as it did with 9/11. Except,of course, there had been plenty of signals something was going to happen soon in the summer of 2001, but the people...
by herman
Thu Sep 01, 2005 9:22 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Religion in American life
Replies: 34
Views: 16840

It may be a quint idea (in Hermann's words) to think that one can can instill moral framework in a child if one just spends time with them. Iwas actually referring to Ralph saying it is "a quaint idea" that parents should help direct their children's religious and ethical choices, and I did so tong...
by herman
Thu Sep 01, 2005 9:08 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Essential Canon of Mozart Chamber Music
Replies: 4
Views: 3106

Re: Essential Canon of Mozart Chamber Music

Trying to fill out my Mozart chamber music collection which currently consists of: the 2 Piano Quartets the Clarinet Quintet the 6 Haydn String Quartets Well, there are quite a bunch of other chamber works which, like these, are absolute top works. 6 String Quintets , (of which only one is not abso...
by herman
Thu Sep 01, 2005 5:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Religion in American life
Replies: 34
Views: 16840

Yeah. That must be why immigrant students come in droves to the US for their higher education -- it's in order to out-perform native born students who don't flock to Europe for theirs. Your sarcastical "rebuttal" does not seem to take into account the vast numbers of non-US students outperforming U...
by herman
Thu Sep 01, 2005 4:01 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Reason for war = oil
Replies: 44
Views: 21282

As you may remember, after having a tough time deciding whether I supported going to Iraq, I leaned slightly against it beforehand. But even then, I thought the value of going was immense if it worked. And the funny thing is, the war is pretty much is not working and you're all for it, and this inc...
by herman
Thu Sep 01, 2005 2:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Religion in American life
Replies: 34
Views: 16840

In California we have a 'life issues' requirement for high school graduation. In that class the children/youth/teenagers are taught about birth defects, sex, social diseases, consequences of tobacco, drugs, and alcohol, etc. Life and death decisions they are going to have to make. The military and ...