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by diegobueno
Wed Mar 15, 2006 10:42 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Most Romantic
Replies: 18
Views: 6049

The only opinion that really counts here is your girlfriend's. If you're still in the early part of your relationship, you still have a lot of things to learn about her. Whatever romantic action happens on your date, assuming it's a positive experience, you could play something later that you think ...
by diegobueno
Sat Mar 11, 2006 10:06 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Malcolm Arnold
Replies: 5
Views: 2471

I recently went on a shopping spree at a local bookstore that's soon to go out of business, and got a whole mess of Naxos CDs for about $3.50 a piece. Among these were 4 of the 5 Arnold Symphony CDs by the Irish National Symphony. The symphonies are all well crafted, beautifully orchestrated, and so...
by diegobueno
Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Piano Concerti -- out of style?
Replies: 26
Views: 7305

PJME: Aside from Rautavaara, Lachenmann, Rihm and Henze (not exactly repertory staples themselves) many of the people you've named are fairly obscure. How many piano concerti by any of the other composers you've named have you heard in concert? And how many are in the mainstream repertoire? I suppo...
by diegobueno
Thu Mar 02, 2006 4:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Classical Music Hijacked?
Replies: 6
Views: 1578

Re: Classical Music Hijacked?

From The Telegraph: The arts column: Karaoke crooners hijack classical music (Filed: 01/03/2006) One telling measure of this is the way that the composition of classical music has now become obsessively allusive to other music. Be it hip hop or birdsong, chart hits or Wagnerian leitmotivs, composer...
by diegobueno
Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Felix Mendelssohn - Why doesn't he move me? - How about you?
Replies: 66
Views: 28061

Classic forms outdated? Actually it's his mastery of classical forms that attracts me to Mendelssohn. And he takes plenty of liberties with them, as you can hear in the op. 12 and 13 quartets. I think what makes people keep their distance from Mendelssohn is not that there's something out of date ab...
by diegobueno
Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:52 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Felix Mendelssohn - Why doesn't he move me? - How about you?
Replies: 66
Views: 28061

For those who equate emotion and expressivity in music with angst and turbulence, Mendelssohn will always remain a closed book, as will Haydn. For those who respond to logic and order (such as I do), Mendelssohn will always be a wonderfully warm and human composer. In addition to his technical maste...
by diegobueno
Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Schoenberg-Still Making Waves
Replies: 35
Views: 9043

Dickson

You are permitted to dislike Schoenberg.
by diegobueno
Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Operatic Date
Replies: 14
Views: 3556

okay, but why would a character agree to date a mere mortal? Fiordiligi Dorabella (in case Fiordiligi is spoken for) Operatic women are always either spoken for or dead by the final curtain. This question presumes the opportunity for a pre-Act I date. On the other hand, Fiordiligi and Dorabella wer...
by diegobueno
Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:40 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Operas by Living Composers at the Met? Zounds!
Replies: 1
Views: 685

Re: Operas by Living Composers at the Met? Zounds!

From The New York Times: Maybe so. But is it the Met's responsibility to rescue the Broadway musical? Leonard Bernstein believed that an American school of opera would arise from the Musical, just as German opera arose from Mozart's Singspiele. Here's an opportunity to make that happen. Another thi...
by diegobueno
Fri Feb 10, 2006 1:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Importance of Mozart?
Replies: 60
Views: 10963

Re: Importance of Mozart?

I'm sure that everyone noticed the recent celebration of Mozart's 250th birthday (Google had an icon for him; I thought that was pretty neat!) But anyways, I've read and heard people talking about how Mozart didn't really contribute to music, that he was more like a "pop star" and simply wrote pret...
by diegobueno
Fri Feb 10, 2006 12:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Lebrecht on madness and missed opportunities
Replies: 8
Views: 2005

Jowly Robert Schumann with his hangdog eyes is never going to sell as many marzipan boxes as the Wolf Gang, nor does any of his music fall as easily on the ear as the Amadeus soundtrack or the special-offer i-Tunes site. Where Mozart mints money, Schumann hints at suicide. This is stupid. As if mar...
by diegobueno
Sat Jan 28, 2006 12:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: I'm Back!
Replies: 67
Views: 36959

Yay, Ralph!

Congratulations on pulling through.

I hope you don't mind that some CMGers prayed on your behalf.
by diegobueno
Fri Jan 27, 2006 11:24 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: DAVID ROSE--dare we to call him classical?
Replies: 2
Views: 1010

David Rose belonged to a time when it was still possible to write popular, or light music for orchestra. Nowadays the assumption is that anything played by an orchestra is "classical music", but it ain't necessarily so. Interesting story of how "The Stripper" got to be popular: In 1958, he wrote "Th...
by diegobueno
Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A fairly good description of Schoenberg and his music
Replies: 26
Views: 7669

Poor Schoenberg. By the end of his life, he found himself under attack on two fronts: some thought him too radical, some thought him not radical enough. Pierre Schaeffer would belong to the latter camp.
by diegobueno
Tue Jan 10, 2006 7:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Anyone prefer the classical period diifiover the romantic?
Replies: 35
Views: 10109

I believe in this instance the word "progressive" is being used in the sense of "left wing", or the opposite of conservative. Progressive harmony would then be harmony used in ways unknown to previous music, and presumably in ways that will be commonplace in future music.
by diegobueno
Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What do we call composers of 'this' era?
Replies: 30
Views: 9040

It cannot be doubted that Bach is a greater composer than Bax. Duh, obvious, right?

Nevertheless, there is something in Bax's music that you can't find in Bach, and if you're in the mood for that certain something, no amount of Bach will do.
by diegobueno
Fri Dec 16, 2005 5:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Week of December 16th
Replies: 15
Views: 2812

I don't tire of Beethoven or Mozart, and that's because I don't pay attention to the brouhaha others may make about them. And I keep a healthy balance of other music. I take my CDs with me on my lengthy car trips to and from Owlice's place. Most recently I enjoyed Beethoven op. 12 violin sonatas. Th...
by diegobueno
Thu Dec 15, 2005 9:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: "Too much Mozart makes you sick"
Replies: 31
Views: 18271

As usual, A.C. Douglas says it better than I. But you are A.C. Douglas!! Do you really think we don't know that?? Anyway, Lebrecht has spent so much time analysing the marketing strategies of classical music, that's all he can see any more. He can no longer distinguish Mozart the composer from Moza...
by diegobueno
Fri Dec 09, 2005 3:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Reccomend me some Composers/Performers
Replies: 15
Views: 4328

Re: Reccomend me some Composers/Performers

Hello all, My current musical tastes are Jam Bands, jazz, among some others. I've been wanting to get into classical music for a while, as there are many pieces that I have enjoyed alot. I've enjoyed the music I've heard from the Classic and Baroque eras. I'm also looking for pieces that have a lar...
by diegobueno
Fri Dec 09, 2005 3:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Do you agree with Stravinskys famous comments about Vivaldi?
Replies: 54
Views: 16811

Volodya wrote:
karlhenning wrote:And whatever one may say of the Danse Infernale du Roi Khastchei, it doesn't put you to sleep :-)
Yes, Dr., Stravinsky's music is always exciting and interesting to listen to. Never a dull moment, is there?
Yes!! Absolutely!!!
by diegobueno
Fri Dec 09, 2005 3:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Music you've never been able to "get".
Replies: 109
Views: 34437

BWV 1080 wrote:
diegobueno wrote:Stockhausen ... I could easily do without.
Isn't this just simple prejudice against extraterrestrial composers?
I suppose to be consistent I should have added Sun-Ra to that list.

Until I heard the music, I thought maybe Kurtag was going to be the 8th of the Licht Cycle.
by diegobueno
Fri Dec 09, 2005 2:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Music you've never been able to "get".
Replies: 109
Views: 34437

Stockhausen and Kurtag are two composers I could easily do without.
by diegobueno
Thu Dec 01, 2005 4:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Do you agree with Stravinskys famous comments about Vivaldi?
Replies: 54
Views: 16811

jbuck919 wrote:It was 500 and I was not aware that that comment was made by Stravinsky, though I'll take your word for it.
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The comment has been made by just about everybody
by diegobueno
Thu Dec 01, 2005 10:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A Trend? Musicians Paying for their Own Performances
Replies: 4
Views: 1768

When Koussevitsky performed Scriabin's Prometheus in 1911, he also had to hire someone to teach him how to conduct it.
by diegobueno
Wed Sep 21, 2005 3:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Anton Webern: Mad Scientist of Modernist Music
Replies: 7
Views: 2652

There is, in fact, a book by Hans Moldenhauer called The Death of Anton Webern : a drama in documents which explores the circumstances surrounding Webern's death. Among other things, the author spoke with the widow of the soldier, who told him that her husband had felt extreme anguish and depression...
by diegobueno
Thu Sep 15, 2005 3:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Emotional vs. Technical Performance
Replies: 12
Views: 3454

Why do you think it has to be one or the other? Take the Beethoven 9th for example. What would the Master think if he could hear his work today ? Would he accept it, or would he beat the wand in total despair ? First of all, if he could hear the 9th symphony, he'd do cartwheels of joy just at the p...
by diegobueno
Wed Sep 14, 2005 6:05 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Emotional vs. Technical Performance
Replies: 12
Views: 3454

Why do you think it has to be one or the other?
by diegobueno
Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:39 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Recording of "The Nose" by Shostakovich
Replies: 2
Views: 2203

The Nose sounds like something worth picking. :lol:
by diegobueno
Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The CD we've all been waiting for...
Replies: 12
Views: 4989

In his amusing liner notes for his duet album with Rosemary Clooney "Fancy Meeting You Here!" Bing Crosby wrote of going into his local record store looking for something "sassy by Schoenberg or something with a beat by Bartok." I'll probably never be able to pick up a recording of either composer ...
by diegobueno
Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Guess Who the Richest Composer Was?
Replies: 27
Views: 11346

I think the word "hurls" is quite fitting.
by diegobueno
Wed Aug 31, 2005 7:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Guess Who the Richest Composer Was?
Replies: 27
Views: 11346

jbuck919 wrote:
12tone wrote:Gershwin? I never did like his music. I never did much like Broadway style musicals...except maybe the most popular songs. Never much appealed.
Out of the mouths of babes.... :wink:
And what's your excuse, jbuck?
by diegobueno
Wed Aug 31, 2005 10:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Guess Who the Richest Composer Was?
Replies: 27
Views: 11346

Except that Richard Rodgers . . . . didn't write orchestral scores . . . . . He wrote the scores for Victory at Sea , Slaughter on 10th Avenue , Ghost Town , La Princess Zenobia , The Valiant Years , etc. You have Robert Russell Bennet to thank for those scores. Rodgers provided the tunes and Benne...
by diegobueno
Wed Aug 31, 2005 9:56 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Guess Who the Richest Composer Was?
Replies: 27
Views: 11346

It's still a glorified Broadway musical, or the great classic musicals are versions of operettas, depending on how you want to look at it. You obviously don't know Porgy and Bess beyond the famous songs. There's a lot of very sophisticated writing in there, and a lot of it was never performed until...
by diegobueno
Tue Aug 30, 2005 8:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Hello, I'm new here and I have a few questions
Replies: 82
Views: 22300

After the first listening, I didin't quite get this piece as this sounds traditional to me! Except one moment when what sounds like a fanfare does a strange atonal twist, and which is for my ears at best half-succesfull, not realy working. Thanks for the MP3 anyway! And I'l try to find some works f...
by diegobueno
Tue Aug 30, 2005 8:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Guess Who the Richest Composer Was?
Replies: 27
Views: 11346

I'm surprised that Ives wasn't mentioned. He made his fortune in the insurance business, not at music, but he was still a very rich man and a composer. And a classical composer, which most certainly George Gershwin was not (my point being that he doesn't belong on that list with the others--I'm sur...
by diegobueno
Tue Aug 30, 2005 8:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: American vs. European Contemporary Composers
Replies: 7
Views: 5758

Modernistfan may have a point even if the situation is not as cut and dried as his first two paragraphs depict it. Posts on boards like this can never hope to do more than make gross generalizations. I found it interesting, though, that Modernistfan spends more time describing Ruders, the exceptiona...
by diegobueno
Mon Aug 29, 2005 9:31 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A Tip of the Hat to Tippett
Replies: 7
Views: 4012

Re: Tippett, uneven, but fascinating

As with so many artists, the works of Tippett are uneven....But I'm convinced that there is much of the highest quality: strong ,(abstract?) lyricism, individual & original orchestral colors, a unique and recognisable style, a noble seriousness that touches the heart.... I particularly like vocal T...
by diegobueno
Sun Aug 28, 2005 9:27 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A Tip of the Hat to Tippett
Replies: 7
Views: 4012

I often have thought that Tippett had all these brilliant beautiful ideas that he didn't know how to carry out effectively into finished compositions, whereas Britten had rather mundane, even boring, ideas but was expertly adept at fashioning these ideas into masterful compositions. I've often thoug...
by diegobueno
Tue Aug 16, 2005 8:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Sick of missed repeats--the closest I've come to scholarly
Replies: 21
Views: 14786

I agree that repeats are important. I'd say more musicians "get it" today than previously. Now some performers even take the dev/recap repeats, which takes a lot of discipline, especially in longer movements. I find it also takes some discipline on my part to accept the 2nd repeats as a listener. I ...
by diegobueno
Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: "Pathfinding Composers"
Replies: 8
Views: 24664

THERE is nothing like hearing a new work by a living composer that is so intriguing and impressive that in the moment you could not care less how history will someday rank it. It's tempting to read that: "But today, I want my empty calories" ... but of course, the music may really be better than th...
by diegobueno
Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: John Adams Celebrates Hiroshima
Replies: 6
Views: 23693

If it's like his other operas it will be notable for its lack of a political stance, thereby allowing people to read into it whatever political position they care to see in it (generally one they disagree with) and take offense to.
by diegobueno
Tue Aug 09, 2005 9:18 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Rabbi Calls for Boycott of Edinburgh Klinghoffer Opera
Replies: 63
Views: 92168

Re: are you serious?

PJME wrote:Are you serious? Does Adams have such a bad reputation in the States?
Peter
Only among the jealous..
by diegobueno
Tue Aug 09, 2005 8:25 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Rabbi Calls for Boycott of Edinburgh Klinghoffer Opera
Replies: 63
Views: 92168

Summary of the action: The Death of Klinghoffer is told in a very different style than Adams' previous opera, Nixon in China. While based on historical events, Klinghoffer does not always treat them in a traditionally narrative manner, and the events we see are not always those we expect. Several im...
by diegobueno
Tue Aug 09, 2005 8:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Rabbi Calls for Boycott of Edinburgh Klinghoffer Opera
Replies: 63
Views: 92168

This is not a pro-Palestinian or pro-terrorist opera. If anything, it suffers from not taking a point of view.
by diegobueno
Wed Aug 03, 2005 10:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Concert Aug. 4 in memory of Roger Beare
Replies: 5
Views: 6113

Concert Aug. 4 in memory of Roger Beare

Many people who post here will remember Roger Beare, a regular contributor here who died last year. I would like to pass on an announcement of a concert in his memory which takes place tonight (Aug. 4) in Ottawa. Roger was an enthusiastic supporter of the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival: I would like ...
by diegobueno
Wed Aug 03, 2005 7:50 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Sex and Music!
Replies: 40
Views: 24768

Maybe it's significant that Wagner's Tristan begins with a Vorspiel (i.e. "foreplay")
by diegobueno
Wed Aug 03, 2005 7:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Sex and Music!
Replies: 40
Views: 24768

Ralph wrote:Well, am I the only OLDSTER here for whom Ravel's Bolero brings instant flashbacks of amorous, sweaty entanglements?
You mean Bo Derek?

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by diegobueno
Fri Jul 29, 2005 4:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Greatest Under-rated Composers
Replies: 89
Views: 49428

I don't think pianists or singers can be accused of underappreciating Schumann. His song cycles and piano cycles have been at the top of the "must do" list practiacally since their first appearance.


Jack, can you point out the "tristan chord" in the 4th symphony? Where does it occur?
by diegobueno
Mon Jul 25, 2005 7:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: A Clarion Cry: Abandon the Past!!!!!
Replies: 90
Views: 34820

Nobody ever left the theater whistling anything from "Moses and Aaron." The last time I heard of a production (I'm sure it wasn't the last production, just the last one I read about) they had to mount it with naked singers in order to get people into the theater. Well, the four naked virgins are sp...