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by Werner
Wed Nov 24, 2010 4:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving, Americans!
Replies: 23
Views: 2050

Re: Happy Thanksgiving, Americans!

Yes, uindeed. it's time for us to wish each other the best for Thanksgiving as well as the upcoming HolidaySeason - along with health, good fortune and a reasonably settled world in the year(s) to come.
by Werner
Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Piano Sonatas
Replies: 51
Views: 16285

Re: Schubert Piano Sonatas

You have a point, Wallingford, but for the moment I believe the discussion above covered a comparison between Schubert and Brahms. For all my longtime admiration of Brahms, I have to admit that there is something in Schubert - think, once more, of the "hevenly lengths," the surprise modulations, the...
by Werner
Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: So How Are You Celebrating "World Toilet Day"????
Replies: 14
Views: 765

Re: So How Are You Celebrating "World Toilet Day"????

John, you've eaned your share of fame for summing up a subject.
by Werner
Sat Nov 20, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Piano Sonatas
Replies: 51
Views: 16285

Re: Schubert Piano Sonatas

Hi Matt: Isn't it fascinating how Schubert takes hold of you - with themes staying in your head, with repetitions and extensions becoming the famous Schubert "heavenly lengths." One could do worse. With Schiff and Lupu you are talking about some of the finest Schubert players of their day. The "Opus...
by Werner
Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fergus has more than 3,000 posts
Replies: 39
Views: 1742

Re: Fergus has more than 3,000 posts

Nice going, Fergus. If you keep this up, you may find yourself a senior citizen - a well-preserved one, no doubt.
by Werner
Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Piano Sonatas
Replies: 51
Views: 16285

Re: Schubert Piano Sonatas

Youve discovered a treasure among piano works. The group of Schubert sonatas, while smaller than Beethoven's, strikes me as neither equal,. more, or less valuable that Beethoven's. They are a great body of work, as important artistically as Beethoven's - in my opinion. The early sonatas, written whe...
by Werner
Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity
Replies: 12
Views: 1390

Re: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity

Of course, Barry, you're entitled to your own opinion, whether you're right or not. But over time I have found the tone in the Pub, represented by your most recent post here, so unacceptable that I've decided I have better uses for my time, except for an occasional quick look. Too bad - or is it?
by Werner
Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity
Replies: 12
Views: 1390

Re: Equal Time for Congressional Stupidity

A fine demonstration of discrimination regarding political discussion. You apparently didn't pay much attention to John's comments. It's why I spend little or no time in the Pub.
by Werner
Tue Nov 16, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I Hate Flying!
Replies: 28
Views: 3049

Re: I Hate Flying!

A comment I heard on TV from one guy: ""If anybody gets turned on by THIS body, good luck to them!"
by Werner
Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stenka Razin (Mel) Tops 3,000 posts!
Replies: 11
Views: 821

Re: Stenka Razin (Mel) Tops 3,000 posts!

Seàn has the right idea witth that figurative toast, which I'll join in heartily.

Good having you on board, Mel!
by Werner
Sat Nov 06, 2010 4:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: No — Really! — They're All About Journalism
Replies: 31
Views: 2681

Re: No — Really! — They're All About Journalism

Good answer, too, Randall. It points to the need to approach these issues honestly and straightforwardly, without the namaecaling we see too often. It should make for mutually worthwhile discussion if not agreement, which is not likely in any case. but perhaps we may all get something out of it.
by Werner
Sat Nov 06, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical joke of the day. . .
Replies: 16
Views: 2198

Re: Musical joke of the day. . .

Another good one!
by Werner
Sat Nov 06, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: No — Really! — They're All About Journalism
Replies: 31
Views: 2681

Re: No — Really! — They're All About Journalism

.....and where do you feel that you fit in that pattern? After all, we all have our personal viewpoints - where would you say it does or does not constitute a case of bias?
by Werner
Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: No — Really! — They're All About Journalism
Replies: 31
Views: 2681

Re: No — Really! — They're All About Journalism

All right, ladies, the people have spoken amd will keep speaking, not necessarily waitingfor the next election. But with all due respect to George Soros and his millions, I don't think he can match Mr. Murdoch and his worldwide press dreadnought, which, of course, owns the patent on "Fair and Balanc...
by Werner
Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cuban Missile Crisis by HoustonDavid
Replies: 11
Views: 822

Re: Cuban Missile Crisis by HoustonDavid

Let me add my compliments, David, for an impressive story well told. What strikes me in it is the way historical events play in the lives of people - members of the military, civilians, professionals - whatever - whose lives will continue to embody the memory of them - however directly or indirectly...
by Werner
Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Could We Have A "Rogues Gallery" of Pictures?
Replies: 55
Views: 3596

Re: Could We Have A "Rogues Gallery" of Pictures?

I thought as much. I took a number of pictures at our last meeting, and unfortunately never learned how to post pix on CMG. So I sent a disk to Lance, hoping that if anyone could do it, he might be able to. At the same time, I did see the note about attachments - not knowing how relevant that might ...
by Werner
Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin pianists
Replies: 21
Views: 2484

Re: Chopin pianists

Lance, you've hit the nail on the head by reminding us that there are so many opportunities to be enthralled by any one of a large number of performers, presenfing the magnificence of whatever masterwork under discussion here. Your mention of Bruce Hungerord's Chopin backs up my point. Here is an ar...
by Werner
Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's program, Sat., Oct. 30, 2010: Michael Ponti, piano
Replies: 5
Views: 617

Re: Lance's program, Sat., Oct. 30, 2010: Michael Ponti, piano

An interesting program, Lance, presented in your usual knowledgeable fashion. You know how much the Islers appreciate your program. On the other hand, I remember disussing Ponti with you years ago, and years of not hearing him did not change my reaction. Of course his place in the run of romantic re...
by Werner
Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interesting article on pianist Glenn Gould
Replies: 38
Views: 3757

Re: Interesting article on pianist Glenn Gould

It's been a while since I ran into a personality comparison (thanks to CMG!) as singular as Glenn Gould/Clarence Thomas. And I suspect, John, that you could find quite a few who consider GG more imprressive than CT - myself included, although I've been an admirer of Glenn Gould's genius but never a ...
by Werner
Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Carter Loss to Reagan Due to Third-Party Candidate?
Replies: 7
Views: 784

Re: Carter Loss to Reagan Due to Third-Party Candidate?

Anderson was the one who gave a voice (and a chance to vote) to the ABC voter - Anyone But Carter - of which I was a part. I don't know how many votes he took from Reagan - but so far as I was concerned, and I'm sure I was NOT alone - it was the way to protest the Carter record, even if that was bou...
by Werner
Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, RebLem!
Replies: 15
Views: 1782

Re: Happy Birthday, RebLem!

Many happy returns, Rob - and thanks for being a CMG regular!
by Werner
Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gary Graffman talked about Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, etc.
Replies: 23
Views: 5952

Re: Gary Graffman talked about Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, etc.

Tried it several times - no result.
by Werner
Sat Oct 23, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interesting article on pianist Glenn Gould
Replies: 38
Views: 3757

Re: Interesting article on pianist Glenn Gould

Illustrating the importance of listening to classical music....................
by Werner
Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interesting article on pianist Glenn Gould
Replies: 38
Views: 3757

Re: Interesting article on pianist Glenn Gould

However one sees Glenn Gould, it seems he'll never lose the fascination he represents for others.

I remember reading about his link to Ms. Foss, but this story fleshes out to a much greater extent the lives and characters of three fascinating people.

If CMG is a magnet, this is one reason.
by Werner
Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin - dumber than Marilyn Monroe?
Replies: 20
Views: 2348

Re: Sarah Palin - dumber than Marilyn Monroe?

Well I don't know what you'd call that rightwing press platoon on Fox News but jounalists - not that I think they (including Sarah) do anything for the profession's prestige.
by Werner
Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Calling for a "fuehrer" - Germany.
Replies: 8
Views: 688

Re: Calling for a "fuehrer" - Germany.

I believe the Merkel statement we both refer to is her comment on immigrants learning the German language, a point of importance also in the US, where Spanish has become something of almost a second language in recent decades. I don't know whether there is a similar situation in Australia. I don't s...
by Werner
Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Calling for a "fuehrer" - Germany.
Replies: 8
Views: 688

Re: Calling for a "fuehrer" - Germany.

I'm not sure how the term "multiculturalism," here apparently used somewhat casually, plays in this discussion, or in the German environment - which has managed to absorb immigration, if nowhere near the scale of the US, but at least as a way to fill certain functions in the economy for a long time....
by Werner
Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I've got hope
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Re: I've got hope

Good luck! I hope you're right!
by Werner
Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: We Can ALL AGREE On This
Replies: 10
Views: 1089

Re: We Can ALL AGREE On This

You're so right, Cosima - it's one of the great stories of our time.
by Werner
Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Proper Attire At The Symphony
Replies: 27
Views: 6461

Re: Proper Attire At The Symphony

Based on the highly non-scientific survey above, dress codes seem out of date, allowing a wide range of apparel - as our own years at the New York Philharmonic bear out. And they still play Eine Kleine Nachtmusik wheneveer they feek the urge to program it, and the audience, dressed like Ralph or lik...
by Werner
Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How many CYPRIEN KATSARIS fans have we on CMG?
Replies: 14
Views: 1411

Re: How many CYPRIEN KATSARIS fans have we on CMG?

Very interesting, Dirk. Thanks for the info.
by Werner
Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MI Complex starting to worry about the Tea Party
Replies: 2
Views: 437

Re: MI Complex starting to worry about the Tea Party

Now that you and I have found a point - a VERY limited point of agreement with the Tea Partiers, Teresa, what concerns me is that neither they nor their less politicized neighbors have either the smarts or the guts to realize and act on the truths expressed in this piece.
by Werner
Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Donald Trump for President????????????????
Replies: 4
Views: 575

Re: Donald Trump for President????????????????

He does seem to be turning out to be a smart interviewer.
by Werner
Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most impressive Schumann sets in his honour ...
Replies: 22
Views: 2060

Re: The most impressive Schumann sets in his honour ...

As I think you know, Chalkie, you remain one of the most esteemed of the many fine CMGers. (You'll note that this represnts opinion represented as fact!)

Seriously, I appreciate your reply and will be very intrested how this particular cycle plays for you.
by Werner
Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So tired of Wagner uproars
Replies: 56
Views: 3633

Re: So tired of Wagner uproars

Here is one of the endless paradoxes in life - Wagner, one of the glories of Western culture - not many, Jewish or not, would deny that - and one of the base antisemites glorified by the world's worst despot.

Ah the mysteries of human existence. So we do what we must - live with it.
by Werner
Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's program, Sat., Oct. 9, 2010: Irmgard Seefried, sop.
Replies: 4
Views: 778

Re: Lance's program, Sat., Oct. 9, 2010: Irmgard Seefried, sop.

Everything I was hoping for with regard to voice and artistry - and a bonus in the form of "Frauenliebe und Leben" in a great interpreetation enhanced by your telling the story, Lance - not to underestimante the splendid piano support by Eric Werba.
by Werner
Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most impressive Schumann sets in his honour ...
Replies: 22
Views: 2060

Re: The most impressive Schumann sets in his honour ...

Chalkie, I don't mean to pick a fight with your nightowl self, but I couldn't help thinking of you during Lance's broadcast this evening, as he presented Irmgard Seefried singing Schumann's cycle, "Frauenliebe und Leben," that set of eight songs depicting the heroine's path through life, starting wi...
by Werner
Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most impressive Schumann sets in his honour ...
Replies: 22
Views: 2060

Re: The most impressive Schumann sets in his honour ...

Yet another statement of opinion, Chalkie - you earn points for consistency as well as for the generally high quality of your posts.

I this case, though, you'll have to admit that there's a very substantial - and certainly well qualified - body of opinion that sees it differently.

Enough said?
by Werner
Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How many CYPRIEN KATSARIS fans have we on CMG?
Replies: 14
Views: 1411

Re: How many CYPRIEN KATSARIS fans have we on CMG?

Right you are, gentlemen - I should have looked more thoroughly at Lance's post. But has ANYBODY heard of that brand?
by Werner
Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG's Susan Hammond to give piano recital
Replies: 4
Views: 558

Re: CMG's Susan Hammond to give piano recital

A big and challenging program - we wich we could be there and cheeer Susan on in what is sure to be a significant recital.

And Music and he Artist will be enriched once more. I'll look forward to the broadcast, and a copy of the CD if one can eventually buy it!
by Werner
Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WOW jbuck919 has more than 16,000 posts!
Replies: 8
Views: 664

Re: WOW jbuck919 has more than 16,000 posts!

Quantity as well as quality, John - I know what to expect from you, and appreciate your contributions.

Sorry if my camera didn't quite do you justice at our last meeting - the gathering you ran so successfully - but I'll try next time!
by Werner
Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How many CYPRIEN KATSARIS fans have we on CMG?
Replies: 14
Views: 1411

Re: How many CYPRIEN KATSARIS fans have we on CMG?

Lance, I wonder whether you have the answer to a mystery I've just "discovered." Looking at the photo of Katsaris, one can't fail to see the manufacturer's name displayed on the audience side of the piano. Nothing new about that, but all I can terll about it is that I can't read it clearly, and it d...
by Werner
Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: С ДНЁМ РОЖДЕНИЯ to Karl Henning!
Replies: 17
Views: 1181

Re: С ДНЁМ РОЖДЕНИЯ to Karl Henning!

Same message, whatever language: Many Happy Returns - one better than the other!
by Werner
Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance is back from his holiday ...
Replies: 18
Views: 1358

Re: Lance is back from his holiday ...

..............and welcome home, Lance. We were watching the weather reports last week, and I was hoping you might be able to keep to the West of the worst weather on your way home. Apparently that was not the case, so we're all glad that you're hom safely.
by Werner
Sat Oct 02, 2010 1:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Henningmusick
Replies: 545
Views: 124305

Re: Henningmusick

Congratulations, Karl!

We look forward to your rescheduled radio program, courtesy Lance - and hope it will fall on a date when we're home to hear it.

In the meanwhile, regsards and all the best, Werner
by Werner
Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Josef Hofmann
Replies: 10
Views: 1482

Re: Josef Hofmann

I've just had a chance to listen to these two performances in sequence, and I have to agree with Jack - for all of Hofmann's great fame and skills, I don't like this Waldstein at all. Possibly, the atrocious sonics of this clipping put Hofmann at a disadvantage versus Schnabel or anyone else, but th...
by Werner
Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wynton Marsalis Symphony 3 "Swing Symphony"
Replies: 3
Views: 792

Re: Wynton Marsalis Symphony 3 "Swing Symphony"

My reaction seems to be similar to Rob's: It's LONG!
by Werner
Sat Sep 18, 2010 10:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy birthday to three
Replies: 15
Views: 1159

Re: Happy birthday to three

From Tampa tp Stony Creek, New York - happy days, health, fulfilments of all kinds, and wishes for all sorts of good things!

And keep it up!
by Werner
Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another idiot - burns Koran and Bible.
Replies: 9
Views: 810

Re: Another idiot - burns Koran and Bible.

Agnes, you said it all in titling the thread.

No further comment necessary.