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by diegobueno
Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!
Replies: 20
Views: 6279

Re: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!

Another saxophone war, is it? Well, you all know how I feel about it. But here's more eloquent testimony from the composer Florent Schmitt, and his sumptuous Légende for saxophone and orchestra.

by diegobueno
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4115
Views: 1219486

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Tippett - The Knot Garden - Colin Davis https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81yC9QvTYWL._SL1500_.jpg ... Yes, I certainly remember that LP set. I used to listen to it a lot. Colin Davis was such a terrific champion of Tippett's music, and his recordings of this opera and The Midsummer ...
by diegobueno
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4115
Views: 1219486

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Jack Gallagher's colorful and engaging Symphony no. 2. Splendid performance by Joanne Falletta and the London Symphony. Clocking in at a full hour, this unfailingly energetic work may be a little bit too much of a good thing. But it's beautifully orchestrated, and never boring.

by diegobueno
Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's livery
Replies: 16
Views: 3561

Re: Yuja Wang's livery

10 years ago I played a gig with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, in Elmira, New York. This was on March 4, 2007. Yuja Wang was the piano soloist, and she did a really stunning performance of the Prokofiev 2nd Piano Concerto. She wasn't yet the star she is today (indeed there's no way a m...
by diegobueno
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A.C.Douglas
Replies: 6
Views: 2974

Re: A.C.Douglas

Never heard of him. When I saw the thread's header I jumped to the conclusion that it had a gay angle; Lord Alfred Douglas was Oscar Wilde's lover, and while his middle initial wasn't C, the expression AC/DC is slang for bisexual. Does this relate to "Douglas" at all? Of course he could just have b...
by diegobueno
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A.C.Douglas
Replies: 6
Views: 2974

Re: A.C.Douglas

Cliftwood,

I'm sure you are right. I suspect he died, but I wanted to find confirmation. There are no obituaries on line for A.C. Douglas, but there wouldn't be if that was only a pseudonym.
by diegobueno
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga
Replies: 19
Views: 5142

Re: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga

Lost in the Stars[/i]? Musical? opera? both? Bernstein: Candide . musical? operetta? opera? all three?Britten: Curlew River, The Burning Fiery Furnace, The Prodigal Son . Operas? Britten called them "Parables for church performance"? “In the great age of countertenors, the idea of opera was being r...
by diegobueno
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga
Replies: 19
Views: 5142

Re: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga

Kurt Weill's big American opera is Street scene , set in a city block in Manhattan populated by various nationalities of European immigrants. It calls for operatic and Broadway-type voices and employs a diversity of styles. Weill would not be particularly interested in pigeon-holing his works as mus...
by diegobueno
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierre Henry RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 2102

Re: Pierre Henry RIP

The sounds of the human body provided the sonic material for one of his earliest compositions, “Symphony for a Solitary Man” (1950), written in collaboration with Pierre Schaeffer, considered the founder of musique concrète . I always assumed that was written in collaboration with Neil Diamond. Ql4...
by diegobueno
Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierre Henry RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 2102

Re: Pierre Henry RIP

I haven't given Pierre Henry a thought for several decades, and I'm amazed that he was still alive until just now. The age of musique concrete seems like ancient history, and must have given people like Pierre Henry a kind of hands-on pleasure, splicing together little pieces of tape to make a compo...
by diegobueno
Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A.C.Douglas
Replies: 6
Views: 2974

Re: A.C.Douglas

jbuck919 wrote:
Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:35 pm
Mark may be too recent a member to know that A.C. Douglas was also a member here for quite some time.
Then we can date his departure as some time between Jan. 2004, when you joined and March 2005, when I did. I would imagine he left of his own accord, after some Wagner-related argument.
by diegobueno
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A.C.Douglas
Replies: 6
Views: 2974

A.C.Douglas

Some of you who have been on other classical music discussion forums have undoubtedly run into A.C. Douglas. He was, well, a colorful personality, and self-appointed expert on everything having to do with Wagner. For those who remember the New York Times classical music forum and opera forums, he wa...
by diegobueno
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Hindemith
Replies: 19
Views: 10413

Re: Paul Hindemith

I recently saw the New York City Ballet perform The Four Temperaments with a lovely score for strings and piano by Hindemith and choreography by Balanchine that really followed the music. It was a special delight to see dancing that seemed to be part of the music, rather than something layered on to...
by diegobueno
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Don't Remember If I Asked This Before:
Replies: 12
Views: 5310

Re: I Don't Remember If I Asked This Before:

I have a hypothesis about this. I think Copland really had an identity crisis. He was a Communist and most of his music exemplified the aesthetic ideals of socialism realism. Soviet composers had it imposed on them, and many chafed under its stifling influence. Copland seems to have gloried in it. ...
by diegobueno
Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Don't Remember If I Asked This Before:
Replies: 12
Views: 5310

Re: I Don't Remember If I Asked This Before:

Ives was composing and running his insurance agency at the same period in his life, and he retired from both activities at about the same time. I think there was a health issue (he was a diabetic), but really he just burned himself out. Sibelius did have a drinking problem, which he tried from time ...
by diegobueno
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Zukofsky, violinist and conductor, dead at 73
Replies: 14
Views: 4952

Re: Paul Zukofsky, violinist and conductor, dead at 73

Yes, it's the 3rd sonata that I found most deficient in the Zukofsky set, because it is the longest and the most conventionally romantic. It was clear from the looking at the score that Zukofzky was not giving the music the expression that it needs, that the tempos were dragging, and the climactic s...
by diegobueno
Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Zukofsky, violinist and conductor, dead at 73
Replies: 14
Views: 4952

Re: Paul Zukofsky, violinist and conductor, dead at 73

I was not an admirer of Paul Zukofsky's playing. He could play the bejeezis out of the technically demanding contemporary music he favored (such as the Penderecki Capriccio ), but in the more traditional end of his repertory, such as the Ives Sonatas (for him Ives is traditional), which he recorded ...
by diegobueno
Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RCA's "Living Stereo" was supreme ...
Replies: 5
Views: 2064

Re: RCA's "Living Stereo" was supreme ...

I treasured those Living Stereo discs from the LP days, the way the music seemed to leap from the grooves. One of my favorites was Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony playing Stravinsky's Song of the Nightingale, which is a real knock-out, especially the opening.

by diegobueno
Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gorecki's 3rd symphony - remember?
Replies: 8
Views: 2784

Re: Gorecki's 3rd symphony - remember?

The New York Times article prompted me to get out my copy of the recording. It's a very affecting work, though I would like more contrast. The Kronos Quartet was performing Gorecki's two [edit: I should have said three] string quartets quite widely for a period of time, during the 90s. I heard them ...
by diegobueno
Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Gossett
Replies: 8
Views: 3397

Re: Philip Gossett

The MIT music department also has on its faculty the distinguished composer John Harbison and clarinetist Evan Ziporyn.
by diegobueno
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Heavenly Birthday Of The Man From Rohrau:
Replies: 5
Views: 3136

Re: The Heavenly Birthday Of The Man From Rohrau:

how do you honor the memory of FJH on 31 May? I play from his choral works pieces such as the Kyrie of the Missa Cellensis, a truly dazzling introduction to one of the most eloquent settings of the Ordinary of the Mass. :D I have to say the idea of a "heavenly birthday" is new to me, and I'm a prea...
by diegobueno
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Heavenly Birthday Of The Man From Rohrau:
Replies: 5
Views: 3136

Re: The Heavenly Birthday Of The Man From Rohrau:

I'm not sure what May 31 has to do with Haydn (his birthday was March 31), but I find any day will suffice to celebrate one of my favorite composers.
by diegobueno
Tue May 30, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Impact Of The Man From Votkinsk
Replies: 2
Views: 1586

Re: The Impact Of The Man From Votkinsk

It would be more productive to note the impact of Tchaikovsky on Stravinsky, who composed all his life for the ballet. Of course the place to start is the ballet La baiser de la fee in which he took material from Tchaikovsky's works, mostly minor piano pieces, and deconstructed them to fit his own p...
by diegobueno
Thu May 25, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What is wrong with this?
Replies: 18
Views: 6538

Re: What is wrong with this?

Yes, I assume it's in English, though I didn't recognize a single word of the text.
Nice piano part, though.
by diegobueno
Thu May 25, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Next Season
Replies: 1
Views: 951

Re: NYCO Next Season

Hooray!!
by diegobueno
Thu May 25, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Simon Music in New York
Replies: 9
Views: 3876

Re: Mark Simon Music in New York

Here is the performance. The group had two hours to rehearse four pieces, and since my piece is complicated, they asked me to come up and conduct them. I had to put aside my apprehension of waving a stick in front of people who've played under the best in the business. They just needed someone to ke...
by diegobueno
Fri May 19, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Simon Music in New York
Replies: 9
Views: 3876

Re: Mark Simon Music in New York

I'm not too concerned about their choice of venue. It sounds like they want to make it an ongoing ensemble, so they might well have occasion to play it in a regular concert hall in the future.
by diegobueno
Thu May 18, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE STING
Replies: 17
Views: 10395

Re: THE STING

"in-between music" works for me. In any case, I am always drawn to those moments when the high and the low draw close to each other, when the lines are a little bit blurred even. Joplin's Euphonic Sounds is a fine example of a popular musician stretching the boundaries of his style in subtle ways wi...
by diegobueno
Thu May 18, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE STING
Replies: 17
Views: 10395

Re: THE STING

Classical musicians are often the conservators of older styles of popular music, especially those that can be set down accurately on paper and played as written. I remember chuckling when I saw a publication with the light green Edition Peters cover and the title "JOPLIN Ausgewählte Rags". I realize...
by diegobueno
Thu May 18, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Simon Music in New York
Replies: 9
Views: 3876

Re: Mark Simon Music in New York

Congratulations, Mark, you've made it to the Big Apple! :D Thank you! This is a very informal setting, a bar rather than a concert hall. They are playing 3 or 4 other new pieces and the rest of the evening will be jazz. I don't know how the people who come for the jazz will react to the new composi...
by diegobueno
Tue May 16, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Simon Music in New York
Replies: 9
Views: 3876

Mark Simon Music in New York

To those in the New York area: a chance to hear some Mark Simon music. "Nevertheless, She Persisted" will be performed at the Bar Thalia on W. 95th St. and Broadway, 7:00ish. The jaw-droppingly amazing players will be: Patrick Jee, cello (NY Philharmonic) Joseph Lee, cello (NYC Ballet) Andrew Yee, c...
by diegobueno
Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Pianists of the Future: Alexei Aceto, 17
Replies: 1
Views: 950

Re: Classical Pianists of the Future: Alexei Aceto, 17

He must be related to Eric Aceto of Ithaca Stringed Instruments, a very talented luthier. Quite the family.

http://ithacastring.com/
by diegobueno
Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: On a binge for clarinetists of late!
Replies: 9
Views: 4020

Re: On a binge for clarinetists of late!

Stier has dug into some music not well known for the clarinet, such as Neils W. Gade's Fantasistykker , Op. 43, three pieces by Max Reger, not to mention his clarinet sonata, If the disc you're thinking of is the same as the one I am, Stier recorded the 3rd of Reger's 3 clarinet sonatas, the op. 10...
by diegobueno
Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: On a binge for clarinetists of late!
Replies: 9
Views: 4020

Re: On a binge for clarinetists of late!

Don't forget Ricardo Morales among contemporary clarinetists. His playing is just about flawless -- in recent years one might even say too flawless. But his recording of Bartok's Contrasts, for one, is perfection itself.

by diegobueno
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 30626

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

And really, Sibelius just isn't a tunesmith. He tries to do the Tchaikovskian "big tune" in the finale of the 2nd symphony, but it doesn't take off. He gives it a big build-up, but when tune arrives, it's Do-Re-Mi-Si-Do-Re-Do [stop]. Compare with its apparent model, the Adagio of Tchaikovsky's Sleep...
by diegobueno
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 30626

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

Very interesting commentary from a guy who knows! I am curious, in contrast to the Symphony #7, how it relates in your mind to the first and second symphonies, which, for me, are my favourites. Why am I drawn to those two more than the others? Especially the last movement of the second. Sibelius' m...
by diegobueno
Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 30626

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

I found my way into Sibelius as a college student. It was my habit to go to the music library every day and listen to something while following the score. I decided one day that I was going to tackle Sibelius. I had always found his music forbidding, maybe a bit dull. Other people seemed to really l...
by diegobueno
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 30626

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

I think the passage in the 4th symphony that Belle objects to is the characteristic "Sibelius Snarl" which you hear for the first time at 2:50 in this video. To me this expresses attitude, not bombast. Sibelius is very "badass" to use the current expression, and one of the ways he shows this is with...
by diegobueno
Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 30626

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

A couple years ago, the Prince George's Philharmonic (in Maryland; this is an orchestra I play in) did a cycle of Sibelius 5, 6 and 7 on successive programs. The conductor, Charles Ellis, believed that these three symphonies constitute a symphonic trilogy. He even prefaced the 6th and 7th by playing...
by diegobueno
Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Every Time MUSIC CHOICE Identifies Grieg ...
Replies: 5
Views: 4013

Re: Every Time MUSIC CHOICE Identifies Grieg ...

My first choice among Norwegian composers who ought to be known better is Johan Kvandal (1919-1999). His oboe concerto is representative of his style. It's well crafted and it grows on you (me, in any case) with repeated hearings. 9BZMcFE8ync His Second String Quartet has a higher dissonance level t...
by diegobueno
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bird-voiced and bird-brained
Replies: 2
Views: 1231

Re: Bird-voiced and bird-brained

And then there's this extraordinary rendition:

by diegobueno
Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cop this!!
Replies: 9
Views: 2018

Re: Cop this!!

As far as I know, Charles Ives played no instrument, at least not well enough to do it in public. Philip Glass is a skilled keyboardist and leads his ensemble in performances. I apologize for singling you out for correction, but I just wanted to point out that as a teenager Ives served a church org...
by diegobueno
Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Floyd, Bolcom New Operas Reviewed
Replies: 5
Views: 1605

Re: Floyd, Bolcom New Operas Reviewed

I have to admire Carlisle Floyd's persistence in continuing to compose operas up into his 90s. I have seen his Susannah and Of Mice and Men staged. Glimmerglass had an excellent production of the latter about 15 years ago, which made a very powerful impression. Like Britten, Floyd is stingy with his...
by diegobueno
Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yo-Yo Ma Premieres Salonen Cello Concerto
Replies: 1
Views: 1378

Re: Yo-Yo Ma Premieres Salonen Cello Concerto

The new Salonen concerto is bound to be a very attractive work, and someone's going to need to record it. I hope at least a video of the performance shows up on Youtube.
by diegobueno
Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Das Liebesverbot
Replies: 7
Views: 1473

Re: Das Liebesverbot

I think trash by Verdi or Wagner is no less trash for having been written by someone who would later become a master. An opera company's resources would be better spent on new operas, thereby giving a living composer a chance to master the art.
by diegobueno
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let's talk about cello concertos
Replies: 27
Views: 13260

Re: Let's talk about cello concertos

The Dvorak is certainly king of the cello concertos. I love the piece, though I think it takes him altogether too long to end it. I'm really warming up to the Shostakovich concertos. The 1st is already standard rep. The 2nd is more conceptually more challenging, but very powerful. There's an episode...
by diegobueno
Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Name the Drink
Replies: 2
Views: 1075

Re: Name the Drink

Golden shower?
by diegobueno
Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Chords in Music History
Replies: 15
Views: 5974

Re: The Greatest Chords in Music History

Belle wrote:
John F wrote:In the longer term, the dissonance is finally resolved in the final bars of the opera.
And that's an awful lot of foreplay!! :D
That's why the opera has a "Vorspiel".
by diegobueno
Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Chords in Music History
Replies: 15
Views: 5974

Re: The Greatest Chords in Music History

Your comment about the "Tristan" chord being a drawn-out appoggiatura; do you mean that the G# resolving at the end of the measure onto an A functions like a suspension and 'resolution ' - only with Wagnerian harmony there seldom is 'resolution' since the 'tectonic shifts' are constant. Wagner's ha...
by diegobueno
Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fake news: Trump tweets on classical music
Replies: 15
Views: 6883

Re: Fake news: Trump tweets on classical music

Yes, I would be suspicious about Trump's authorship of any book, and the article mentions that he ususally uses ghost writers.

On the other hand, given his predilection for authoritarianism I can see how the name Reich would make his antennae perk up. :wink: