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by RebLem
Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What do you want from record companies?
Replies: 17
Views: 3469

For premont, PJME, and CharmNewton

TY, premont, for the good news about the Fritz Werner Bach Cantata and other records, and about Ton Koopman's Buxtehude project. TY, PJME, for you information on the Kujiken Bach Cantata series orgainized by the liturgical year. Now, I have some information for Charm Newton about the Julius Katchen ...
by RebLem
Sun Jan 15, 2006 1:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What do you want from record companies?
Replies: 17
Views: 3469

What do you want from record companies?

Ok, imagine you just won $100 mil in the Powerball Lottery, and you decide to start your own record company. Or, to put it another way, what would you like record companies to record or issue that they haven't? Works that have never been recorded, integral cycles that haven't been done, things in th...
by RebLem
Sat Jan 14, 2006 11:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Remembering Stephen Foster
Replies: 19
Views: 3070

Yes, it was July 4, 1826 in Lawrenceville, PA, per Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 7th edition, ed. by Nicolas Slonimsky. He was born the same day Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died; that's the way I always remembered it. We had composers before Foster. Billings and Francis Johnson, ...
by RebLem
Sat Jan 14, 2006 3:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ann Coulter Creative Name-Calling Contest
Replies: 26
Views: 5230

Oh, yes, another one from Churchill, whom one commentator said, "mobilized the English language and made it fight." He wrote and spoke well, but liked to sprinkle his speeches with carefully chosen grammatical errors which he felt gave his speeches the common touch. Criticized on one such occasion f...
by RebLem
Sat Jan 14, 2006 3:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Classical Music Player
Replies: 9
Views: 1990

I listen entirely to CDs. I buy them, I don't download. I have about 3,000 of them and I have twelve shelves of them about 10 feet long. I have a fairly complex way of organizing them, basicially into about 4 sections. I have one section for complete opera recordings. Three divisions here. Callas is...
by RebLem
Sat Jan 14, 2006 2:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ann Coulter Creative Name-Calling Contest
Replies: 26
Views: 5230

I can think of two offhand. During the Prime Ministership of Benjamin Disraeli, someone once made an anti-Semitic remark about him during Question Time. Disraeli replied, "I am a Jew. May I remind the honorable member that when his ancestors were rude savages on an unknown and uncivilized island, my...
by RebLem
Sat Jan 14, 2006 2:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Those big bad Dems made me cry--waaaaa!
Replies: 27
Views: 3255

Well, we have a president who says God told him to invade Iraq. Talk about a conversation stopper. If he is allowed to get away with that one, we will have come full circle, back to rule by Divine Right, and democracy will be dead. And it may already be dead. It may be true that the US will never ha...
by RebLem
Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: city theme
Replies: 34
Views: 7438

Oh, I forgot, not only is there the Haydn London symphony, but, of course, the last 12 Haydn Symphonies are called the London Symphonies because they were composed for London premieres. In addition, his Symphonies 82-87 are the Paris Symphonies. And then, too, how could I have forgotten Hindemith's ...
by RebLem
Thu Jan 12, 2006 5:15 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Mussorgsky's Pictures with orchestrations other than Ravel's
Replies: 9
Views: 2470

Mussorgsky's Pictures with orchestrations other than Ravel's

I would like some help. I love Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, but I am not terribly fond of the Ravel orchestration. I know there is one by Stokowski and I have it. I am not impressed by it, either, frankly. But I do recall hearing a broadcast tape oh, maybe, 20 or more years ago--I think i...
by RebLem
Thu Jan 12, 2006 5:03 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: city theme
Replies: 34
Views: 7438

Since you started off with Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, I am surprised no one has yet mentioned "An American in Paris." For shame ! :D

And then there are two symphonies with the title "London"--Haydn's last, #104, and Vaughan Williams's Second.
by RebLem
Thu Jan 12, 2006 4:51 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: kubelik/cso
Replies: 12
Views: 2565

Every April, the CSO issues a limited edition 2 CD set available for about $50, of concert tapes from its broadcast archives--things which have not been commercially issued. It is part of of weekend "Radiothon" fund-raising effort timed to take advantage of the fact that is takes place around the ti...
by RebLem
Thu Jan 12, 2006 3:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What do we call composers of 'this' era?
Replies: 30
Views: 7135

Well, I have to say, first of all, I am not a big admirer of Glazuonov, except for the Violin Concerto. He was the head of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, you know, and wanted to deny Prokofiev his degree, but his faculty overruled him. I do like some Schoenberg, especially the Violin Concerto, and...
by RebLem
Mon Jan 09, 2006 5:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 457524

I am always behind in listening to new records. I buy them faster than I can listen to them. I have a couple hundred CDS (not including most of the complete Bach edition) which I haven't listened to yet. But I do have things that I am listening to on a daily basis. Right now, I am going through thre...
by RebLem
Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What do we call composers of 'this' era?
Replies: 30
Views: 7135

David Johnson's point is well taken. However, I still like the term neo-romantic for the specific composers referred to by the originator of the thread. Perhaps the era itself could be called the Cosmopolitan era, suggesting both a global, international musical community, ands the pursuit of a numbe...
by RebLem
Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Political Quiz
Replies: 57
Views: 8942

We gun control people don't know what we are talking about?

We gun control people don't know what we are talking about? Ok, genius, show us a country with unfettered gun ownership that has a gun murder rate lower than, say, Britain's. Or Canada's. I don't know of any. But then, I am a gun control advocate and so, by definition, don't know what I'm talking ab...
by RebLem
Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Scott McClellan's mom running for Texas gov as independent
Replies: 3
Views: 1083

Question for Simple Scottie

So Scott,

A two part question--

Part 1 --What do you think of the Chair of the Texas Republican Party calling your mom a liar? and,

Part B --Did the apple fall far from the tree?
by RebLem
Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:05 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Scott McClellan's mom running for Texas gov as independent
Replies: 3
Views: 1083

Scott McClellan's mom running for Texas gov as independent

Strayhorn running for governor as independent By APRIL CASTRO Associated Press Writer AUSTIN — Comptroller and [Texas] gubernatorial hopeful Carole Keeton Strayhorn turned her back on the Republican Party Monday, announcing that she'll seek the state's top job as an independent candidate. The move a...
by RebLem
Tue Jan 03, 2006 3:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Advice for a young potential enthusiast
Replies: 16
Views: 2885

I think the idea of going to your local library and checking things out is a good idea; also listening to your local classical radio station, if there is one, is a good idea. Asking relatives to give you gift certificates for your favorite on-line music source for birthdays and other gift giving occ...
by RebLem
Tue Jan 03, 2006 12:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What do we call composers of 'this' era?
Replies: 30
Views: 7135

What's wrong with "post-Romantic?" Or "neo-Romantic?"
by RebLem
Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 457524

I am listening to the Christopher Hogwood recording of Neils Gade's Symphony #1, part of the 4 CD set of Gade symphonies, which I am just now starting to listen to.
by RebLem
Sat Dec 31, 2005 3:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What do you consider the best personal buy this year 2005?
Replies: 19
Views: 3865

My best was something I bought months ago, but listened to today, Dec 31, for the first time (I sometimes buy dozens of records at a time and send in new orders before I have gotten even a quarter of the way through the last one, so I am ALWAYS behind). This was hyperion CDA 67158, a CD by the St. P...
by RebLem
Wed Dec 28, 2005 7:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Thanks for your Beethoven Recommendations! Now more please!
Replies: 23
Views: 6288

Well, although I love George Szell, I think his best Beethoven is in the last four symphonies and in the set of the piano concerti he did with Leon Fleisher. One caveat--he doesn't do the second movement of the 7th Symphony very well at all. So lets go through all the nine. 1 & 2-- Solti, CSO. 3--My...
by RebLem
Fri Dec 23, 2005 5:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: beecham/messiah
Replies: 26
Views: 5503

I don't like Beecham or Davis. Massive sound does not appeal to me except for climaxes. When everything is a climax, nothing is. Handel wrote the Messiah so that lots of the parts could be sung by a chorus or a group of soloists, and Davis seems always to use a chorus wherever Handel allows this pos...
by RebLem
Wed Dec 21, 2005 9:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: All nine Mahler symphonies? ON DVD?
Replies: 3
Views: 1915

Somewhere in the Great Beyond, Karajan is green with envy.
by RebLem
Tue Dec 20, 2005 1:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Samson Francois
Replies: 10
Views: 3290

For some damn fool reason, I failed, when I was composing my earlier post, to think of consulting Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (7th ed) which I own. Unfortunately, it has a very brief bio--the only thing not mentioned in other posts here is that he was born in Frankfurt because he wa...
by RebLem
Tue Dec 20, 2005 12:41 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Should mono recordings be remastered?
Replies: 20
Views: 5083

It was always my impression that the hissing and popping was due to inferor playback equipment, and that even the best playback equipment then available, well maintained, was unable to bring out the full measure of quality in the original masters. It was also my impression that many of the stampers ...
by RebLem
Tue Dec 20, 2005 12:25 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Audubon Quartet Debacle
Replies: 70
Views: 14840

Somebody should write an opera about this.
by RebLem
Mon Dec 19, 2005 8:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Samson Francois
Replies: 10
Views: 3290

I have another Samson Francois 2 CD EMI set., 5 74324 2. It features performances of the Schumann concerto (Paul Kletzki conducting), the two Liszt concerti ( Constantin Silvestri), the Prokofiev 3rd and 5th concerti (Witold Rowicki) and the Prokofiev Piano Sonata #7. I bought it primarily for the L...
by RebLem
Mon Dec 19, 2005 8:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Schumann Symphonies
Replies: 34
Views: 7297

My principal reason for beginning this thread was not so much to get recommendations for recorded versions, though I am grateful for them. Actually, though I consider Szell the greatest conductor who ever lived, I generally prefer the Bernstein originals with NYPO, which stuck to Schumann's own orch...
by RebLem
Mon Dec 19, 2005 2:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Schumann Symphonies
Replies: 34
Views: 7297

Schumann Symphonies

In another thread, one on music we have never been able to get, a discussion arose of Schumann symphonies. I think that discussion is sufficiently complex that it deserves it own thread In 1960, George Szell (greatest conductor of all time, in my opinion) wrote an article for the New York Times on t...
by RebLem
Mon Dec 19, 2005 11:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Pelleas, The Serial
Replies: 67
Views: 13257

Vaseena wrote, " Corlyss, I am Eric's girlfriend."

Sort of his right hand woman? :P
by RebLem
Sat Dec 17, 2005 6:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: 20th/21st Century Music: Ratings 1 to 10
Replies: 77
Views: 16723

Fulsome

My old first edition American Heritage Dictionary from the early 1960's says fullsome means offensively excessive or insincere. The more modern way of conveying this meaning in puterspeak is TMI. However, the word fulsome is often misused, as the AHD article indicates, and I think that is the way it...
by RebLem
Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Christian Dominionists Seek Theocratic America
Replies: 4
Views: 880

Christian Dominionists Seek Theocratic America

The following article is from Rolling Stone and was posted on their website by Bob Moser April 7, 2005. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/_/id/7235393?pageid=rs.Home&pageregion=single7&rnd=1113271947906&has-player=true&version=6.0.12.1040 ----------------------------------------------------...
by RebLem
Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Music you've never been able to "get".
Replies: 109
Views: 27695

I have to say, Strauss's Metamorphosen in one of my favorite works. However, it is also true that most conductors, esp Karajan and Kempe, have no idea how it should go. This is especially startling in the case of Kempe, who recorded all of Strauss's orchestral music in otherwise insightful, exciting...
by RebLem
Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: 20th/21st Century Music: Ratings 1 to 10
Replies: 77
Views: 16723

Blip has it pretty much right...

...except that I would give Hummel and Field a 5, and Arriaga a 6 or 7. Most modern music is crap, but then Goldmark wasn't any great shakes either. I'd give George Crumb and Ellen Taafe Zwilich 7's. Not very familiar with most of the others, except I must protest the inclusion of Benjamin Britten i...
by RebLem
Sun Dec 04, 2005 7:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ditching The "Let's Ignore Them" Strategy
Replies: 2
Views: 897

It might be more interesting to conduct such a poll in a country with a free press. A poll of this nature in the US is, perhaps, more credible than one conducted in North Korea or Myannmar, but ....oh, well, to hell with it.
by RebLem
Tue Nov 29, 2005 11:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Col Ted Westhusing, West Point Ethics Prof Commited Suicide
Replies: 51
Views: 10978

First of all, let me join the chorus of praise for Herman and Brendan. I remember that in the wake of the demise of the Soviet Union, several high level apparatchiks committed suicide because they were old people who saw everything they had believed in and worked for all their lives crumbling around...
by RebLem
Tue Nov 29, 2005 2:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Col Ted Westhusing, West Point Ethics Prof Commited Suicide
Replies: 51
Views: 10978

Col Ted Westhusing, West Point Ethics Prof Commited Suicide

Journey That Ended in Anguish Col. Ted Westhusing, a military ethicist who volunteered to go to Iraq, was upset by what he saw. His apparent suicide raises questions. By T. Christian Miller,Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, Nov 27, 2005 "War is the hardest place to make moral judgments." Col. Ted West...
by RebLem
Sat Nov 12, 2005 8:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Composers of the Kingdom of the Kangaroo & the Koala
Replies: 12
Views: 2471

Source of info on Australian Music

I want to recommend a commercial website that I have found invaluable in this and other areas, http://www.buywell.com/bw/indexb.html Buywell is in Australia; its website is quite easy to navigate and chock full of information. A bit down on the left hand column there is a clickon for Australian/NZ a...
by RebLem
Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Ring Cycle
Replies: 48
Views: 10416

You mean Italian-form opera is about singing. Wagnerian opera is decidedly not -- not by a long shot. Corlyss wrote-- No, I mean opera is about singing. If it weren't about singing, the composers would have written something else. Yes, Corlyss, that's why Wagner called them "music dramas" rather th...
by RebLem
Sat Nov 12, 2005 9:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Haydn String Quartets
Replies: 30
Views: 9810

As far as I am concerned, the Tatrai Quartet complete set is the essential set of the Haydn String Quartets.

As yes, they do sound like they have asthma. LOL
by RebLem
Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:30 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Controversial Musicians
Replies: 34
Views: 6920

Reply to Cyril Ignatius.

I did not see Cyril Ignatius's post before I posted mine; I was in the process of composing mine when he posted; otherwise, I would have responded to him in the post above. Obviously, I agree with him about Karajan's Sibelius. However, someone who joined the Austrian Nazi Party on April 9, 1933 as K...
by RebLem
Sat Nov 12, 2005 4:41 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Controversial Musicians
Replies: 34
Views: 6920

Schwarzkopf and Karajan

I own a copy of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 7th edition, edited by Nicolas Slonimsky, all 2577 numbered pages of it, plus 42 pages of roman numeralled pages in front. :D The inimitable Professor Slonimsky liked to go into Nazi pasts, and he was in the regular habit of actually publ...
by RebLem
Thu Nov 10, 2005 1:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Controversial Musicians
Replies: 34
Views: 6920

And then there was a whole other class of conductors, like Koussevitzky and Beecham, who were controversial because their relatives were rich enough to literally buy them orchestras and give them a giant leg up. Rachmaninoff also came from a wealthy family. The Soviets never quite figured out what a...
by RebLem
Thu Nov 10, 2005 1:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Controversial Musicians
Replies: 34
Views: 6920

You might be interested in this...

You might be interested in this little amusing exercise, designed, through a series of multiple choice questions, what dead Russian composer you most resemble.

http://www.doppelgriff.com/russian/

:D
by RebLem
Tue Nov 08, 2005 2:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Beethoven Violin Sonatas
Replies: 26
Views: 5768

Answer to Brendan's question

Brendan, The cello Anner Bylsma plays in these recordings is one made by Mattio Gofriller in Venice in the 1690's. He uses a bow made by W. Bouman at The Hague, in 1973. However, Bilson uses two different fortepianos. For the first CD. which contains the first two sonatas, he uses a 1977 Philip Belt...
by RebLem
Fri Nov 04, 2005 3:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Plamegate's real liar
Replies: 10
Views: 1841

Those who doubt Joe Wilson's partiotism should read this

Profile: Joseph Wilson Ambassador Joseph Wilson had already earned a footnote in history before his wife was revealed as a CIA agent, prompting a furious political storm in Washington. As acting ambassador to Iraq in the run-up to the first Gulf War, he was the last US diplomat to meet with Saddam ...
by RebLem
Fri Nov 04, 2005 3:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Plamegate's real liar
Replies: 10
Views: 1841

Who was better qualified?

Well, Corlyss, Joseph Wilson had been ambassador to Niger and had contacts there. He had also been an ambassador to several other west African countries. He had also been charge d'affaires at our embassy in Baghdad when April Glaspie was ambassador and after that he was briefly the acting ambassador...
by RebLem
Fri Nov 04, 2005 2:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Beethoven Violin Sonatas
Replies: 26
Views: 5768

Lance wrote The Beethoven sonatas Henryk Szeryng recorded with Artur Rubinstein on RCA are also quite exceptional making one wish they recorded them all. That was #s 5, 8, and 9, specifically, and I agree. To me, these are at the top of the list. For the rest, I suppose Schneiderhan & Kempff would b...
by RebLem
Thu Nov 03, 2005 1:56 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Brahms Symphonies
Replies: 43
Views: 8491

Brahms Symphonies

First of all, two sets--those of Solti and Szell are, it seems to me, the two greatest sets, all things considered, particularly Szell's 3rd and Solti's 4th. Now for individual performances. 1--The 1st Symphony is the one most amenable to a wide variety of interpretations. My two favorite middle of ...