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by Cyril Ignatius
Tue Apr 18, 2006 7:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Former Ill Gov George Ryan convicted on 18 counts
Replies: 7
Views: 2534

Interesting blog, Reblem. How would you evaluate the old-man Dailey (Chicago Mayor Richard Dailey the 1st, and the legend) in light of all of this?

I read Mike Royko's "The Boss" and some other writings, and have always been interested in comments about Chicago politics.
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue Apr 18, 2006 7:30 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: To Bomb or Not to Bomb
Replies: 59
Views: 8583

Keep in mind Lilith, the objective is to destroy nuclear facilities, rather than bomb a city. Granted, it would likely pull us into a military exchange with Iran that would entail additional conventional (non-nuclear) strikes on other military targets. We would likely give their harbors a pummeling ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: To Bomb or Not to Bomb
Replies: 59
Views: 8583

David, You may be right about Bush - it least some of the differences between him and Reagan is Bush's less effective communication, the occasional barnstorming speech not withstanding. The end of the Cold war seems to have come from the several things: Yes, changes in the Soviet leadership, and the...
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: To Bomb or Not to Bomb
Replies: 59
Views: 8583

Pizza, you know about the syndrome of "fighting the last war." I think we're all prone to that - and my own reference to the Cold WAr experiences in comparison to present problems can be included in that. And so can your conjuring up Munich in your previous post. The problem is that the three princ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Apr 17, 2006 2:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Levine Recovering from Surgery
Replies: 40
Views: 10017

I hope he didn't sign it from the "Class Music Guide." :twisted: No Ralph, to the best of my knowledge I signed it properly. Please forgive my occasional problems of diction on this website. I am working on a computor subject to fainting spells, freeze-ups and shut downs, which after well over a ye...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Apr 13, 2006 4:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: To Bomb or Not to Bomb
Replies: 59
Views: 8583

pizza wrote:I don't think the lead article downplays the dangers of attacking Iran's nuclear facilities. World criticism is the least of the dangers. I'd rather live with the world's condemnation than a nuclear Iran.
And this is probably what it comes down to. Survival.
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Apr 13, 2006 4:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Finland: More Than Just Ringtones
Replies: 2
Views: 1026

Osmo Vanska continues to thrive, now of course heading up the illustrious Minnesota Orchestra, one of the stronger orchestras in the United States that regularly brings down the house on European tours. And evidently, they are playing great Finnish composers, but naturally a great deal of Sibelius, ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Apr 13, 2006 4:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: To Bomb or Not to Bomb
Replies: 59
Views: 8583

This is an excellent article Pizza has brought in fromThe Weekly Standard. And all the choices open to the United States are terrible choices in some major way. And I guess it is speculative for virtually any outsider to make an informed judgement here, since almost by definition, so much knowledge ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Apr 13, 2006 4:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Levine Recovering from Surgery
Replies: 40
Views: 10017

I've been so busy I can't turn around. Just a note to let people know that I mailed the Get-Well card from the CMGers a week ago. I tried to avoid any card that would offend the impeccable tastes of this group, but you know how obnoxious some of the cards are. The best I could find had paintings of ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:25 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: "The Gospel of Judas"-Link to informative program
Replies: 57
Views: 12743

The four gospels were chosen as canonical for a very specific reason. The three synoptic gospels tell essentially the same story, and the Gospel of John is, along with the letters of Paul, the earlest theology we have, and still the basis of modern Christian theology. Undoubtedly they contain their...
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue Apr 11, 2006 7:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Who are your favorite "not famous" composers?
Replies: 36
Views: 9637

I guess it depends on exactly how generous we are were the term 'not Famous' or 'obscure'. The composers I would recommend did have a measure of fame in their day and time, but have been (tragically and wrongfully) neglected since then. Xavier Scharwenka has a great piano concerto (Stephen Hough has...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: DG Yellow News: Anna Netrebko
Replies: 5
Views: 1556

I should add that the second recording is called Violetta and includes duets and various opera scenes with tenor Rolando Villazon, an outstanding opera force in his own right. They being termed 'The Dream Team'. There also is a bonus DVD in this recording featuring Netrebko in spectalur form in a co...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Apr 07, 2006 11:02 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: DG Yellow News: Anna Netrebko
Replies: 5
Views: 1556

Gary, the two I own are Sempre Libera, which is a magnificant recording. If she hasn't won some award for this recording, she's been robbed. The other is Verdi La Traviata, including duets, which has some excellent tracks on it , but also other tracks more of interest to people folowing the specific...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Apr 06, 2006 4:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: DG Yellow News: Anna Netrebko
Replies: 5
Views: 1556

Nice blog here from Gary. Yes she's really in the stratosphere as an opera star. A fabulous voice and physically beautiful. I picked up a second Netrebko CD recently, this one focused on Verdi, excellent singing. While the Opera world and the classical music world have their ups and downs in the mar...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Apr 06, 2006 11:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Yo-Yo Ma Testifies Before Congress
Replies: 5
Views: 1710

Any rules that make it more difficult to do "Classical Crossover" are OK with me. As the old saying goes "God is in the details" It depends on what music one is reaching out to, or bringing in, as it were. If it is the lovely traditional melodies of the Welsh, or music from the Silk Road or old Rus...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:06 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Levine Recovering from Surgery
Replies: 40
Views: 10017

Sounds good.
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Levine Recovering from Surgery
Replies: 40
Views: 10017

Okay. I'll find the address for the Metropolitan Opera and will prepare a card. Real live card, that is; not an electronic one.

Can I sign it "The People at the Classical Music Guide Forum"??? :?:

Other ideas?
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Levine Recovering from Surgery
Replies: 40
Views: 10017

Ralph, this conductor is such a major figure and such a positive force in music; is it possible for a group of CMGers to collectively send Maestro Levine a get-well card? Perhaps some sort of electronic one as they have now? There are people who know how to do this, I'm obviously not one of them. :i...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Mar 30, 2006 4:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Scalia Shoots His Mouth Off Again
Replies: 34
Views: 7006

Justice Scalia is right. If only we had five more like him. The capacity to distinguish between citizens who should be eligible for due process and enemy combatants who aren't is a basic but critical distinction that must be made if countless innocent lives are to be protected. In so many ways, one ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Mar 30, 2006 3:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Wallingford's in hospital
Replies: 70
Views: 11664

Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery, Wallingford.
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Mar 30, 2006 3:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 2411

Shostakovich, Symphony # 5
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Mar 30, 2006 3:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Recommended recordings of Rach Symphonies 2 & 3
Replies: 10
Views: 3093

I've been a great fan of Rachmaninov Symphony # 2 for many years. This is a truly strataspheric work. The recordings I usually listen to are: Mikhail Pletnev/Russian National Orchestra (DGG) also has the tone poem The Rock, which is hard to find. Mariss Jansons/St Petersburg Philharmonic - also has ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Mahler's real religion
Replies: 35
Views: 8383

I think Mahler grappled with the questions of man as a spirit and perhaps was less committed to how that question is addressed through the framework of organized religion, specifically Judaism or Roman Catholicism. When he composed the Eighth Symphony, he employed a text in Part I that was about 1,...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Mar 13, 2006 4:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Taliban Man at Yale
Replies: 17
Views: 3879

The Times article is a little more balanced than the one Cor provided. Or in other words: "My article can lick your article!" Sometimes one wonders whether people actually talk with each other on this forum, or whether they just quote articles at each other. ***** Balance is important. The topic do...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Thank You President Bush
Replies: 10
Views: 2537

No, Lilith, I think you've said it quite well. :D
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Most Romantic
Replies: 18
Views: 6892

This is a hard one - I gues it depends on the type of girlfriend you have and the nature of your relationship. If it's like my relationship with girlfriend in college, I night recommend "The Scorcerer's Apprentice, by Dukas, or "Totentanz" by Franz Liszt. On the other hand, if it's really a good thi...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bulldozing Caterpillar - a Christian Zionist's view
Replies: 9
Views: 2168

No, I wouldn't put it on that level; not particular things about temples and so forth. However, there are general theological reasons to support Israel - in particular an common affinity in value systems and the obvious moral distinctions to be drawn between the noble ideals of Israel and the deprev...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bulldozing Caterpillar - a Christian Zionist's view
Replies: 9
Views: 2168

I certainly don't speak for any official church spokesmen, but there is more than ample reason for Christians who are in touch with their faith to see religious and moral reasons that they A) have a connection to Jews, and B) absolutely ought to stand up for Israel which is surrounded by regimes wis...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:16 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bulldozing Caterpillar - a Christian Zionist's view
Replies: 9
Views: 2168

Elwood McQuaid is clearly a highly perceptive writer. I teach sociology, and go heavily into the machinations of church bodies in our world. McQuaid's observation fit closely to what I am seeing in a hundred different ways. As churches die, they tend to gradually become social clubs and poltical par...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 684004

Nicolai Ghiaurov - Russian and French Arias
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Brahms' Piano Style
Replies: 15
Views: 8191

I am not a pianist, but SueCan captures Brahms style well. His piano concertos No.s 1-2 represent a remarkable artistic power and complexity. And I guess I would add - complexity for the sake of art, not for its own sake. The piano parts, the orchestration, and the inteaction between piano and orche...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: "In Search of Mozart"
Replies: 29
Views: 6944

"In Search of Mozart" sounds like a much-needed reemphasis on the hard work of composers, the musical focal points of composers and so forth. It seems the rage in biography today is to sell books or achieve the "cutting edge" by magnifying the lurid and the nasty, and pushing whatever psychopatholog...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Beautiful! Poll: Bush Ratings At All-Time Low
Replies: 31
Views: 3627

That's right, and an English company is radically different thing than a state owned company of the UAE with its nasty connections and reputation. And so we must draw the line and make some elementary distinctions. If Bush won't, our Congress just might....I hope.
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:36 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Beautiful! Poll: Bush Ratings At All-Time Low
Replies: 31
Views: 3627

The UAE Port deal is a bad joke on the American people - it ought to be rejected immediately. Whatever happened to the notion of national sovereignty? What ever happened to "We the People? Is capital our god?Are we to be "America, Inc." as the international capitalist desire? No way! I revolt! And I...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Mar 01, 2006 4:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Best Music for Income Tax Preparation?
Replies: 19
Views: 4086

"Brunnhilde's Immolation Scene", by Richard Wagner
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Mar 01, 2006 4:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Favorite 5 pieces
Replies: 78
Views: 38510

My list today:

Cavalleria Rusticana, by Pietro Mascagni.

Brahms Alt Rhapsody

Susanin's Aria, by Glinka - "A Life of the Tsar"

Barcarolle, by Chopin

Mahler, Symphony No. 4
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Mar 01, 2006 4:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Todays Purchases
Replies: 179
Views: 75351

I've just had a mini splurge: a CD version of one of my favorite LPs - Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci, Von Karajan conducting An Evening with Nicolai Ghiaurov Angela Gheorghiu's Puccini CD And two DVD copies of the movie musical "The music Teacher" to replace and uprad...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Mar 01, 2006 4:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Delinquent, Critic or Performance Artist - You make the call
Replies: 16
Views: 1847

A good case could be made that the Detroit Institute of Art should reserve the right to use public spankings on kids like this.
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Barbara Bonney, soprano
Replies: 5
Views: 1634

I have the Barbara Bonney Opperetta CD. The first and last songs are my favorites: "The Opera Ball", and "Wien, Wien, City of My Dreams".

Where is Barbara Bonney based? What kinds of songs is she currently doing?
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Feb 27, 2006 3:59 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: 29902

I am not familiar with all the music Mendelssohn wrote, but certainly his Italian Symphony, Violin Concerto, Piano Concertos 1-2 and the Hebrides are all masterpieces.
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Feb 27, 2006 3:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Faure's Requiem - Definitive version...??????
Replies: 15
Views: 4359

Re: Faure's Requiem - Definitive version...??????

Folks, Just picked up a copy of Faure's Requiem on beautiful black vinyl from a charity shop... :lol: HMV Angel Series, SAN 107 with Victoria DeLos Angeles, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and The Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, directed by Andre Cluytens... Absolute MINT condition...! ...and it cost me 50...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Feb 27, 2006 3:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Peter Schenkman Dead (CMG's Cello Specialist)
Replies: 19
Views: 5881

Although I never met Peter, it is abundantly clear from the forgoing reports that he contributed much to the lives of many people in the world of music, and he will be greatly missed.
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:08 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Is This Administration Crashing?
Replies: 12
Views: 1777

Could it be? The Adminstration is caught off guard again. Bush Unaware of Ports Deal Before Approval By TED BRIDIS, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - President Bush was unaware of the pending sale of shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports to a state-owned business in the United Arab Emir...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Feb 23, 2006 3:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Harvard's loss
Replies: 8
Views: 1356

Harvard's loss indeed! I most certainly can't account for everything going on at Harvard, but the "big events" that mark accounts of Summer's reign point to him being a small breath of fresh air, a positive (if weak and groveling) voice gently trying to coax Harvard University's faculty out of their...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Feb 23, 2006 2:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Violin piece - can anyone name the tune?
Replies: 12
Views: 2975

Whisper, I can't access the piece on web, but it does suggest that you might enjoy venturing into some excellent music for violin or cello. Some immediate recommendations: Gil Shaham's CD "Romance" a beautiful collection of short pices by Beethoven, Kreisler, and others. A good CD of Fritz Kreisler'...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:08 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Please, I Need To Know:
Replies: 27
Views: 5565

What I'm wanting to emphasize is not so much a question of how or wether or to what extent we draw on the great art of the past. Personally, I listen primarily to music of the romantic tradtion, defined extremely broadly. My own compositions overwhelmingly reflect this. My point was that it sounded ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Feb 22, 2006 4:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Please, I Need To Know:
Replies: 27
Views: 5565

Practically all the young up-coming German composers today are using some variant of the 12-tone system. I can detect no true individual styles, no melody, no drama, no coherent harmonies - just surprise, confusion and boredom. Interestingly, Swiss composer, conductor and oboist Heinz Holliger and ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Feb 22, 2006 4:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Help with Research
Replies: 10
Views: 2489

Chris, I'm not sure I understand the question properly. But it does sound like the beginnings for an interesting libretto to which I or some other CMG person might write the musical score.
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Feb 22, 2006 4:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Looking for "epic" / "heavy orchestral"
Replies: 13
Views: 3421

Summiner - I recommend taking Gary's excellent advice. Swan Lake. While the full 2 CD version is nice, you might for listening or practical reasons prefer more of a higlights/select scenes - there is a great one hour version on CD by Eugene Ormandy that I highly recommend. There is also a full 2 dis...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Feb 20, 2006 3:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What Are You Reading Now?
Replies: 15
Views: 2097

"A Clash of Orthodoxies", by Robert George

"Sibelius", by Johnson

"The Voyage of the Dawn Treader", by C.S. Lewis

"Inner Voice", by Renee Fleming