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by MahlerSnob
Tue Aug 09, 2005 8:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Rabbi Calls for Boycott of Edinburgh Klinghoffer Opera
Replies: 63
Views: 94534

You know, Saul - there's a reason I stopped posting regularly on music-scores. That reason, plainly and simply, is you. Your religious convictions are your own buisness, and I have no problem with them. However, I do have a problem with you shoving them down other people throats every chance you get...
by MahlerSnob
Tue Aug 09, 2005 7:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Rabbi Calls for Boycott of Edinburgh Klinghoffer Opera
Replies: 63
Views: 94534

Spare me, Saul. I've seen enough of your crap on Music-Scores that I don't need to deal with it here too.

Also, the argument "God's on our side" has caused more deaths in human history than all dieseases and plagues put together. Please refrain from using it in polite company.
by MahlerSnob
Tue Aug 09, 2005 6:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Rabbi Calls for Boycott of Edinburgh Klinghoffer Opera
Replies: 63
Views: 94534

Are you all really criticizing a composer for writing a work he knew would be controversial? John has taken a lot of flack for this opera, and the bulk of it comes from people who have never even seen Klinghoffer. Please keep in mind that this opera was written over 10 years ago - hardly an attempt ...
by MahlerSnob
Sun Aug 07, 2005 10:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Help on music name
Replies: 6
Views: 6474

Blue Danube Waltz, maybe? Johann Strauss (Jr?)
by MahlerSnob
Fri Aug 05, 2005 8:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Domingo Getting Close to Retirement
Replies: 5
Views: 5591

I don't think this is really shocking news - the guy is 64, after all. I think he's been thinking about retirement for a few years now. However, from what I understand he has no intention of retiring to a quiet apartment in Madrid with lots of cats. He has conducting engagement for at least another ...
by MahlerSnob
Fri Jul 29, 2005 8:00 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Greatest Under-rated Composers
Replies: 89
Views: 51135

By the term "underrated" I mean not only should certain works be performed more often, but also that contributions in form, harmony, technique and impact on music history should be credited as well. Well, saying a composer is underrated is one thing. But, as far as I can tell, composers who deserve...
by MahlerSnob
Sat Jul 23, 2005 9:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Levine Re-energizes Tanglewood
Replies: 5
Views: 4326

I think he did. Not only did he found the festival, but he served as it's director from 1940 until his death in 1951(?). There's also a rather disturbing number of things named for him or related to him out there... The Koussevitsky Shed, the Koussevitsky Prize, Saranak (the Koussevitsky House), etc.
by MahlerSnob
Sat Jul 23, 2005 9:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Women Orchestra String Players: Quite a Few!
Replies: 2
Views: 3454

Is this really that surprising? Conservatorys in the US have ALWAYS turned out more women than men, it has just been that up until very recently orchestras would not hire women. The talented women have always been there, the employment opportunities haven't. Today consevatorys are split pretty evenl...
by MahlerSnob
Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Levine Re-energizes Tanglewood
Replies: 5
Views: 4326

One more thing...
"James Levine is the best thing that ever could happen to Boston and Tanglewood"
I think Koussevitsky wins that prize.
by MahlerSnob
Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Levine Re-energizes Tanglewood
Replies: 5
Views: 4326

I was out there last weekend for the Wagner concert and I had several friends in the orchestra. They all seemed to like Levine, although the comment from one of my good friends who was playing first horn on Walkure was "The guy thinks he's Solti!" It was an excellent concert (a bit long), and the ro...
by MahlerSnob
Wed Jul 20, 2005 9:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: A Clarion Cry: Abandon the Past!!!!!
Replies: 90
Views: 36331

People put way too much emphasis on being original, novel, and trendy. The past has much unexplored territory, more beautiful than modern classical compositions almost by definition since they will be recognizably tonal. I don't see how one can look at the constipated output of the likes of Glass a...
by MahlerSnob
Tue Jul 19, 2005 9:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Alsop to Baltimore?
Replies: 92
Views: 34607

Fund raising and the like has traditionally been the responsibility and a function of the board of directors and management leaving the conductor who is, after all an employee of the board free to concentrate on what should be the primary function, making music and improving the quality of the orch...
by MahlerSnob
Tue Jul 19, 2005 8:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Who are the best players today of the following instruments?
Replies: 21
Views: 10394

There are so many... Harp - Ann Hobson Pilot (doesn't perform too much as soloist, but has been the harpist of the BSO forever) Harpsichord - not my area of expertise Organ - I'm not too up on it. There's supposed to be a teenager who's absolutely fantastic, but I don't remember the name. Organ isn'...
by MahlerSnob
Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Best recording of Mahler Fifth?
Replies: 26
Views: 19683

I've heard many good things about the Barshai recording, but I've yet to listen to it myself. Hopefully I'll find a library that has it soon (or convince the nec library too pick up a copy). It's not really fair for me to nominate my favorite recording of Mahler 5, but if Peter Schenckman could nomi...
by MahlerSnob
Tue Jul 12, 2005 9:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: EUREKA!!! It Wasn't My Imagination: I Ain't Nuts!
Replies: 13
Views: 3876

It sounds like this man has become a composer. The trick is to arrange all those snipets of music into something most people won't recognize.
by MahlerSnob
Mon Jul 11, 2005 6:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: MASS by Stravinskii
Replies: 6
Views: 2564

This is actually one of my favorite Stravinsky works. Everyone else has done a good job of describing it, and all of the recordings recommended here are good ones.
by MahlerSnob
Thu Jul 07, 2005 8:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: First pick: Schubert's 9th
Replies: 32
Views: 16328

Vienna/Solti
by MahlerSnob
Tue Jul 05, 2005 7:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Career Choice: Classical Musician or Mob Enforcer?
Replies: 21
Views: 4601

At this point it has been well established that this post is entirely off topic, but I'm going to post it anyway. Ralph! It was soooooooooooo far below the quality of the other 2, I'm shocked that you would recommend it. I agree. I'm partial to I, but III is certainly no where near as good as the ot...
by MahlerSnob
Sun Jul 03, 2005 11:30 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Morality of CD burning
Replies: 56
Views: 15548

Theoretically they could, and there's nothing illegal about that because the radio station has paid for the rights to broadcast it. The composers gets his (very small) percentage and the publisher/record company/manager gets their cut. The place where it becomes illegal is when a person tries to sel...
by MahlerSnob
Sun Jul 03, 2005 11:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Career Choice: Classical Musician or Mob Enforcer?
Replies: 21
Views: 4601

Sounds like an alternate version of the script for Godfather III.
by MahlerSnob
Sun Jul 03, 2005 11:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Morality of CD burning
Replies: 56
Views: 15548

1. As long as the cost of the average commercial classical CD is grossly disproportinate to the cost of producing the average classical CD, I will have no problems copying CDs. 2. When a CD is copied it is not so much the artist as the record company that is being hurt (something that doesn't bother...
by MahlerSnob
Sun Jul 03, 2005 11:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Supertitles for English Language Operas-Sure!
Replies: 17
Views: 4229

I can see where they're coming from: it's much easier to use supertitles than it is to get operatic singers to get their vibrato and diction under control to the point where we know what language they're singing in.
by MahlerSnob
Fri Jul 01, 2005 5:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Should Musicians Pack It In Before They're Really Old?
Replies: 23
Views: 7969

Herseth was indeed one of the greatest orchestral trumpet players of the 20th century - "was" being the operative word in that statement. Herseth was outstanding until about the mid-80's. For the last 15 years or so of his tenure in the CSO he really showed his age. I was recently fortunate enough t...
by MahlerSnob
Wed Jun 29, 2005 5:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Now I Know My ABCs; Won't You Come & Sing With Me?
Replies: 12
Views: 3886

Whom would you propose instead?
Hindemith.

I won't get started on S's. If we all tried to narrow all of the S composers down to a top three or four, we'd be here forever.
by MahlerSnob
Mon Jun 27, 2005 6:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Favorite Opera(s)
Replies: 33
Views: 9114

Sir John in Love Didn't expect to see that title in this. I haven't heard the opera, but the set of choruses from it (In Windsor Forrest) is wonderful. I performed it back in March and it was quite fun. Needless to say, after the performance we all went out and had some "jolly good ale." My top 5 l...
by MahlerSnob
Sun Jun 26, 2005 7:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Why Is It...
Replies: 43
Views: 11040

I can't remember the last time San Francisco Ballet did something by Stravinsky, and I lived there for 18 years. It's possible I just didn't notice, as I didn't pay too much attention to the ballet season, but I don't remember them doing much.
by MahlerSnob
Sun Jun 26, 2005 11:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI
Replies: 4
Views: 2037

How's your German?

http://www.penderecki.de/
by MahlerSnob
Sat Jun 25, 2005 8:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Why Is It...
Replies: 43
Views: 11040

I think everyone's got it. Radio Stations, especially ones that are corprate, are not arts organizations. They are buisnesses. They play what people want to hear so that they can make money. Simple as that. I recently got very angry when San Francisco's Classical station celebrated Stravinsky's birt...
by MahlerSnob
Sat Jun 25, 2005 2:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: I'm New!
Replies: 9
Views: 3178

Hey Eric, welcome to the board. It's good to see another person of our generation posting here.
by MahlerSnob
Sat Jun 25, 2005 8:40 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: That Decline in Concertgoers Issue Again-Solutions Anyone?
Replies: 18
Views: 4371

I personally feel the issue is pricing. How many people under the age of 25 or 30 can really spend a minimum of $30 on a Symphony ticket once a week? I know I can't. I need that money for food. Orchestras should lower the cost of their tickets as a whole. Programs which provide $10 or $15 tickets to...
by MahlerSnob
Fri Jun 24, 2005 10:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: House Rejects PBS Funding Cuts
Replies: 11
Views: 2435

Good to hear that didn't pass. I thought the whole premise of this particular push was slightly idiotic, and more than a little hypocritical. How can republicans honestly want to cut PBS because it's "too liberal" when it has been proven that certain right-wing commentators have been on the payrolls...
by MahlerSnob
Fri Jun 24, 2005 8:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: New guy needs some music help
Replies: 17
Views: 4602

I'd look at some Mahler and Bruckner. For Mahler, I'd recommend the last 6 symphonys: 5-10, not so much 8. As for Bruckner, his last 3 should be appropriate. (7-9) I second the Stravinsky vote. Rite of Spring and maybe Oedipus Rex.
by MahlerSnob
Wed Jun 22, 2005 5:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Something to ponder: learning huge amounts of ...
Replies: 5
Views: 2173

Let's keep in mind that this is VIVALDI we're talking about. All of these concertos of very short, formulaic, and no doubt many are very similar. As with all Vivaldi. Remember these are probably not so much 37 seperate concerti but more 37 versions of the same concerto. As far as the point of such a...
by MahlerSnob
Mon Jun 20, 2005 1:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Are Welser-Most and Cleveland a Real Bad Fit?
Replies: 6
Views: 2572

Mr Rosenberg is on shaky ground citing Kosman as an authority. What I've read of Kosman's has been inconsequential, without the saving grace of beauty. That's a very polite way of putting it. I grew up in San Francisco and I was always amused to read Kosman's reviews of concerts I had attended. I d...
by MahlerSnob
Sun Jun 19, 2005 7:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Audition or Odd-ition?
Replies: 3
Views: 1362

I think I went to high school with that guy...
by MahlerSnob
Sun Jun 19, 2005 4:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: christophilia & Hindemith
Replies: 5
Views: 2397

Sounds like a very interesting concept for a double bill. I'm surprised that Hindemith would have written it. The concept reminds me of something out of Messiaen, the composer who never missed a chance to remind you he was Catholic.
by MahlerSnob
Sun Jun 19, 2005 4:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Opium and a beautiful woman
Replies: 28
Views: 13051

I know the MTT/SFS recording is excellent. The orchestra was at its peak on recordings like that one and the Prokofiev R&J that was released around the same time. As for MTT's interpretation (which have been questionable at times), I haven't listened to the recording recently enough to say anything ...
by MahlerSnob
Sun Jun 19, 2005 4:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Gettin' Younguns to the Proms
Replies: 10
Views: 4002

I was diagnosed with emphysema in my mid-20s and [was supposed] to be dead by the age of 35. Then they said I'd be dead by 45. Then 55. Well, I beat the rap. I smoke. I drink. I stay up all night. I screw around. I'm overcommitted on all fronts.
And 5 years after he made that statement he was dead.
by MahlerSnob
Sat Jun 18, 2005 3:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Leonard Bernstein: 6 talks at Harvard ( 1973)
Replies: 37
Views: 9684

I don't remember if he made this point, but it seems to me that one could argue that atonality, or serialism built on the 12 tone series, is artificial. He didn't make that particular point, but I think he did make the point that serialism and true atonality are two very different things. Serialism...
by MahlerSnob
Fri Jun 17, 2005 6:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Not sold in stores, still 'Concert' wins album of year title
Replies: 10
Views: 3810

Either that or they did it very discreetly. All it takes is two (or ever one) microphone at the back of the hall. I even know people who have microphones small enough to be hidden in jackets so that they can bootleg symphony concerts.
by MahlerSnob
Fri Jun 17, 2005 4:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Not sold in stores, still 'Concert' wins album of year title
Replies: 10
Views: 3810

In fact I can't think of any reason why every single concert isn't recorded! Even concerts given by small groups playing music by obscure composers to just a handful of people. All it costs is a permanent mike setup, a digital recorder and a DAT tape. These days, most concerts are. I know for certa...
by MahlerSnob
Fri Jun 17, 2005 4:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Leonard Bernstein: 6 talks at Harvard ( 1973)
Replies: 37
Views: 9684

I've only seen two or three of the episodes (I've only had access to a library that has the for about a year now, and I've been short on time in this year), but I find them very interesting. I like Bernstein's musical philosophy much more than I like most of his compositions and even some of his con...
by MahlerSnob
Wed Jun 15, 2005 7:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Why do you like Wagner ?
Replies: 150
Views: 28989

Have it your way. Searching by full composer names: Richard Wagner - 4.6 Million Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - 763,000 Ludwig von Beethoven - 1 Million Johann Sebastian Bach - 877,000 Gustav Mahler - 848,000 Hector Berlioz - 443,000 Franz Joseph Haydn - 819,000 The point doesn't change. As for your ques...
by MahlerSnob
Wed Jun 15, 2005 6:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Why do you like Wagner ?
Replies: 150
Views: 28989

The statement about more being writen about Wagner than Jesus is, of course, an exageration. However, I think we should keep in mind that Jesus is 1813 years older than Wagner, and thus has had more time to be written about. Wagner however, is probably the most written-about composer. Just for fun, ...
by MahlerSnob
Tue Jun 14, 2005 10:52 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Why do you like Wagner ?
Replies: 150
Views: 28989

1. Rienzi 1842 2. Flying Dutchman 1843 3. Tannhauser 1845 4. Lohengrin 1850 5. Tristan 1865 6. Meistersinger 1868 7. Rhinegold 1869 8. Walkure 1870 9. Siegfried 1876 10. Gotterdammerung 1876 11. Parsifal 1882 This is slightly misleading. While those are the dates when all of the operas were premier...
by MahlerSnob
Mon Jun 13, 2005 12:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Obscure Composers Thread
Replies: 22
Views: 7461

The only name that comes immediately to mind would be Gerald Finzi. I'm sure I'll think of others, but I'll leave it there for right now.
by MahlerSnob
Sun Jun 12, 2005 9:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Why do you like Wagner ?
Replies: 150
Views: 28989

I would advise getting to know a composer's music before you bash it. You freely admit to knowing very little of Wagner's music, yet you call it ALL boring. What have you heard? I would be very curious to hear what Wagnerian passage you have heard that doesn't have a clearly recognizeable melody. To...
by MahlerSnob
Sat Jun 11, 2005 1:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Virgil Thomson
Replies: 13
Views: 5089

I've only heard a bit of his music (the first act of Mother of us All), and I should probably get to know more of it. One of my main composition teachers studied with Thompson (at Brandeis, I think), so in educational terms I'm a direct descendant.
by MahlerSnob
Fri Jun 10, 2005 9:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Previn at 75-More Composing, Less Conducting
Replies: 3
Views: 1228

I have mixed feelings about Previn. I am a bit sad to hear he has decided to devote more time to conducting, because while I think his conducting is hit and miss, I think his composing is almost entirely miss. I have a few recordings he's conducted (Britten Four Sea Interludes/Spring Symphony with t...
by MahlerSnob
Fri Jun 10, 2005 9:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Praise for the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Replies: 24
Views: 6899

I'm guessing this is hyperbole. Or just one of the many mistakes in that article. Others were that Symphony Hall was built in 1890, not 1900 snd James S o mmerville has been principal horn of the BSO since 1998, not 1988. It's good to see the BSO and Levine are getting some recognition in other cit...