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by lmpower
Thu May 28, 2009 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG: What is the "last great opera"?
Replies: 38
Views: 1614

Re: CMG: What is the "last great opera"?

The first word that popped into my mind was Turandot, but I should mention that some people consider Schoenberg's Moses and Aaron to be the greatest modern opera. I also like Stravinsky's Rake's Progress but mostly for the plot and characters, though Stravinsky does a fine job backing it up with the...
by lmpower
Wed May 27, 2009 3:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Collecting multiple performances of same work: when?
Replies: 30
Views: 1574

Re: Collecting multiple performances of same work: when?

I agree with Sator. I have tried to have a broad representative collection of great music rather than a lot of versions of the same thing.
by lmpower
Sat May 23, 2009 3:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Those Rapacious GM Bondholders!
Replies: 4
Views: 563

Re: Those Rapacious GM Bondholders!

The lesson from this is to diversify your investments. Putting all your eggs in one basket is risky, even if you believe it to be a strong basket at the time.
by lmpower
Sat May 23, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A sublime listening experience
Replies: 7
Views: 459

Re: A sublime listening experience

I own that recording on LP, and it truly is a sublime experience. I'll never forget the first time I discovered Mahler's Lied von der Erde. I was impelled to get hold of the score and start memorizing the lyrics. This is a classic case of words and music enriching each other.
by lmpower
Sat May 23, 2009 2:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Collecting multiple performances of same work: when?
Replies: 30
Views: 1574

Re: Collecting multiple performances of same work: when?

Yes, use your public library and listen on the radio and live performances. I have been collecting records for six decades, and I still have not gotten into collecting multiple versions of the same work. There are a few notable exceptions. I have four different versions of Richard Strauss' four last...
by lmpower
Sat May 23, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Malkin on Jihad
Replies: 23
Views: 616

Re: Malkin on Jihad

She does have a point. I frankly hadn't thought of Jihadis having an influence on impressionable American prisoners. Perhaps the Jihadis could be segregated into a separate building. The inmates in American prisons probably don't have the best critical thinking skills. It would be all too easy for t...
by lmpower
Thu May 21, 2009 6:23 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What are the best "tear jerking" films IYO?
Replies: 51
Views: 6466

Re: What are the best "tear jerking" films IYO?

Can it be that nobody has mentioned Cyrano De Bergerac? For me that is one of the purest tearjerkers of all time.
by lmpower
Thu May 21, 2009 11:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2331137

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

I have just listened to Mozart's C minor mass with Neville Marriner. I am amazed at how beautiful and undervalued this work is. I suppose it is overshadowed by the Requiem. The companion piece on the disc is the Ave Verum Corpus of Mozart. This has to be one of the most tender and soothing religious...
by lmpower
Thu May 21, 2009 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brief survey: Do you use CMG features such as...?
Replies: 12
Views: 1071

Re: Brief survey: Do you use CMG features such as...?

I don't really use those features. I frequent pub, films and music. I also check the members list occasionally.
by lmpower
Wed May 20, 2009 5:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Surrender by Bruce Bawer
Replies: 2
Views: 261

Surrender by Bruce Bawer

BOOK REVIEW 'Surrender' by Bruce Bawer A missed opportunity to explore the intersection of Islamic fundamentalism with Western multiculturalism. By Tim Rutten May 20, 2009 A mediocre book on an important topic always is disappointing. When the treatment also is shallow and vulgarly argued -- as is t...
by lmpower
Wed May 20, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Human/Prosimian missing link? 47 million years old fossil
Replies: 14
Views: 692

Re: Human/Prosimian missing link? 47 million years old fossil

Of the millions of animals that have lived only a small minority have become fossils, and of those only a smaller minority have been found. This illustrates why proving evolution from the fossil record is difficult. The anti-Darwinians like to point out gaps in the fossil record, but those gaps are ...
by lmpower
Mon May 18, 2009 9:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What attracts (or repels) you to (from) Brahms’s symphonies?
Replies: 172
Views: 9189

Re: What attracts (or repels) you to (from) Brahms’s symphonies?

Like Corlyss I prefer the chamber music, songs and late piano works by Brahms. Nevertheless I also enjoy all four symphonies, especially the second. There is a really special and unusual mood about his second symphony. Describing it defies words.
by lmpower
Fri May 15, 2009 1:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Marlene Dietrich's Berlin Phone Book Listing
Replies: 4
Views: 505

Re: Marlene Dietrich's Berlin Phone Book Listing

I was struck by the fact that Thomas Mann was listed in the Santa Monica phonebook after he had won a Nobel prize. The teenage Susan Sontag was able to phone him and get a date for tea.
by lmpower
Thu May 14, 2009 1:45 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What's the worst movie made by a GREAT director??
Replies: 44
Views: 7484

Re: What's the worst movie made by a GREAT director??

I have never seen Barry Lyndon, but I have noticed it on the list of greatest movies of all time. My curiosity is piqued now.
by lmpower
Thu May 14, 2009 1:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Are you more of a Verdi or more of a Puccini fan?
Replies: 36
Views: 2301

Re: Are you more of a Verdi or more of a Puccini fan?

Well I prefer Mozart also, and I don't want to have to choose between Verdi and Puccini, but if I am forced it would have to be Puccini. I think it is too harsh to see nothing but saccharine in Puccini. He achieves greatness in Turandot and perhaps in other places too. It is astounding how music lov...
by lmpower
Thu May 14, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steven Isserlis, all Schumann disc, new on Hyperion
Replies: 7
Views: 555

Re: Steven Isserlis, all Schumann disc, new on Hyperion

I have owned the BMG record of Steven Isserlis plays Schumann for years. This includes the cello concerto as well as some of the pieces that are on the new record. It has given me many hours of enjoyment. I don't see much reason for me to buy this new record though.
by lmpower
Thu May 14, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann's a minor violin sonata op. 105
Replies: 4
Views: 473

Re: Schumann's a minor violin sonata op. 105

I am very pleased by the praise for Faust and Avenhaus, because that is the version I own in my collection. These works frankly haven't enchanted me as much as some other Schumann pieces. I guess I'll have to go back and do some intense listening after reading such enthusiastic appreciation.
by lmpower
Sun May 10, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Andrew Sullivan Denounces Truman as a War Criminal
Replies: 37
Views: 2497

Re: Andrew Sullivan Denounces Truman as a War Criminal

People who condemn Truman are usually not old enough to remember World War II. The allegation that we went easy on Germans because they were white folks is refuted by the Dresden fire bombing. It is also a fact that the Germans were already defeated while the Japanese might have held out much longer.
by lmpower
Sun May 10, 2009 3:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you read the Qur’an?
Replies: 8
Views: 543

Re: Have you read the Qur’an?

I first read the Koran in the summer of 1957 along with the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Tao Te Ching, Analects of Confucius, Buddhist sutras the same summer. I have since read the Koran from cover to cover three more times. I am always astounded at what a poor book it is. It does not compare well wit...
by lmpower
Fri May 08, 2009 4:43 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Religulous"
Replies: 18
Views: 2314

Re: "Religulous"

I finally got around to watching "Religulous" on DVD. I didn't laugh as much as I expected. My experience was a little different from Ralph's. I found it to be a serious film interspersed with a few humorous moments. I actually learned a few things worth knowing. The most humorous part was the inter...
by lmpower
Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Genius and Autism
Replies: 56
Views: 4969

Re: Genius and Autism

The only advice I can give Dulcinea is to be true to herself and not let the label "Aspergers" be a stumbling block in her life.
by lmpower
Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "The Soloist" .. A great movie
Replies: 8
Views: 1795

Re: "The Soloist" .. A great movie

That's right Cosima. They considered a happy Hollywood ending with Nathaniel giving a triumphant concert, but decided against it. I am happy that they were relatively true to the reality, because I and many Times readers have grown close to Nathaniel over the past few years. We don't want Hollywood ...
by lmpower
Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Genius and Autism
Replies: 56
Views: 4969

Re: Genius and Autism

I have recently been dealing with a couple of young men who were diagnosed autistic. One of them is the chess champion of this two county area, which includes millions of people. The other was recently selected to attend a leadership training conference. They have overcome their "handicap" magnifice...
by lmpower
Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:03 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "The Soloist" .. A great movie
Replies: 8
Views: 1795

Re: "The Soloist" .. A great movie

I have long been a reader of the Steve Lopez column in the Los Angeles Times, so my wife and I have been following this story from the beginning, long before it was a book or movie. Needless to say we are eager to see it. It is a fascinating true story. Hollywood tampered with the story only mildly....
by lmpower
Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On 20 June 1909 Was Born the Favorite Son of Tasmania:
Replies: 8
Views: 638

Re: On 20 June 1909 Was Born the Favorite Son of Tasmania:

Flynn was the superstar of swashbucklers. I have read that the expression "in like Flynn" refers to his supreme position in Hollywood for several years. His autobiography "My Wicked, Wicked Ways" was originally called "In Like Me."
by lmpower
Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:06 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Gorillas in the Mist" w/Sigourney Weaver
Replies: 3
Views: 977

Re: "Gorillas in the Mist" w/Sigourney Weaver

Not just the film but the whole life of Fossey fascinates me. She seems to be an example of someone who had trouble with human relations and turned to animals for solace. The preacher who eulogized her said that she was to gorillas what Jesus was to humans. After all she did give her life to save th...
by lmpower
Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:02 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What's the worst movie made by a GREAT director??
Replies: 44
Views: 7484

Re: What's the worst movie made by a GREAT director??

What about M. Night Syamalan dropping from "Sixth Sense" down to the level of "Lady in the Water."
by lmpower
Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical music and alcohol
Replies: 41
Views: 1630

Re: Classical music and alcohol

Sipping a little wine makes me receptive to poetry and music.
by lmpower
Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Susan Boyle's video is ...
Replies: 26
Views: 1512

Re: Susan Boyle's video is ...

We didn't get around to watching this until last night. This was really an educational experience. Seeing the rotten attitude of the audience and judges gradually change. I found it quite moving. It is a modern day cinderella story. It even caused me to look up Paul Potts on youtube. He was a simila...
by lmpower
Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Movies With Washington DC Settings
Replies: 13
Views: 1658

Re: Movies With Washington DC Settings

The More the Merrier
Houseboat
Spy Game
The Sum of all Fears
Mars Attacks
Clear and Present Danger
The American President
by lmpower
Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can a musical (ever) be considered classical music?
Replies: 25
Views: 974

Re: Can a musical (ever) be considered classical music?

It all depends on how you want to draw the lines of classification. West Side Story and Porgy and Bess are musicals close to being opera. If you want to blur the picture even more, take a look at operetta, a European forerunner of the Broadway musical. Lehar's Giuditta was actually premiered at the ...
by lmpower
Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:28 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Who Is You Favorite Film Critic?
Replies: 6
Views: 1034

Re: Who Is You Favrorite Film Critic?

I generally go to Roger Ebert first.
by lmpower
Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Islamization of Sweden
Replies: 10
Views: 793

Re: The Islamization of Sweden

I am absolutely appalled by this. I lived in Sweden for a year in 1958. It really was an enlightened Utopia at that time. The fact that Pat Robertson prefaced this clip doesn't undermine it's validity. Let me give a small example of the transformation of Swedish society. The clip said pork had been ...
by lmpower
Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The Top Ten Jesus Flicks
Replies: 12
Views: 1701

Re: The Top Ten Jesus Flicks

Speaking of musical backup, how about Pier Paolo Pasolini's selection of Bach, Mozart, Prokofiev, Missa Luba and negro spirituals. He had a knack for picking appropriate music for each scene from eclectic sources Regarding blue eyed Jesus actors, I don't think that is too important, but I have a fan...
by lmpower
Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Article: Mozart and "Papa" Haydn by Agnes Selby
Replies: 22
Views: 1482

Re: Article: Mozart and "Papa" Haydn by Agnes Selby

We are fortunate to have Agnes to inform us on Mozart, who is one of the dearest people in world history to me. I think that because Mozart cherished his inner child, he was liberated to grow to heavenly heights. This is best illustrated in Zauberflote, where he expresses the inner child or carnal m...
by lmpower
Sun Apr 12, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Vivien Leigh — One of the best actresses ever
Replies: 7
Views: 1041

Re: Vivien Leigh — One of the best actresses ever

I agree that Streetcar Named Desire was a truly great performance by Vivian Leigh. All of the other actors were also excellent. This may be Tennessee Williams masterpiece and it was beautifully realized on screen. The musical score enhanced it a great deal. I believe it was by Alex North.
by lmpower
Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heifetz in Sibelius - the greatest?
Replies: 25
Views: 1019

Re: Heifetz in Sibelius - the greatest?

Have any of you heard Vadim Brodsky play the Sibelius concerto? My recent experience of seeing Jennifer Koh play that concerto was also pretty impressive. I realize now how fortunate I was to have seen Heifetz play the Beethoven concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Since the Sibelius is one o...
by lmpower
Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:32 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The Top Ten Jesus Flicks
Replies: 12
Views: 1701

Re: The Top Ten Jesus Flicks

The worst omission is George Stevens' "The Greatest Story Ever Told."
by lmpower
Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fathers of Baroquism, Classicism & Romanticism?
Replies: 17
Views: 956

Re: Fathers of Baroquism, Classicism & Romanticism?

That was more interesting information from Chalkperson! I remember that Huxley said that Gesualdo had to be flogged in order to go to the toilet. It was later alleged that Huxley made that up. I am strangely relieved for Huxley's sake that he was telling the truth, though sorry about Gesualdo's life...
by lmpower
Mon Apr 06, 2009 3:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: When American Presidents Lived Like Normal Human Beings
Replies: 6
Views: 342

Re: When American Presidents Lived Like Normal Human Beings

You know Thomas Mann lived in Los Angeles from 1939 to 1952. When Susan Sontag was a high school girl she found his number in the phonebook, called his house, and his wife invited her and her boyfriend to tea. Can you imagine a Nobel prizewinning author so accessible to the public today? It seems ev...
by lmpower
Mon Apr 06, 2009 3:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fathers of Baroquism, Classicism & Romanticism?
Replies: 17
Views: 956

Re: Fathers of Baroquism, Classicism & Romanticism?

I thank Chalkperson for this information on Gesualdo. I was first enticed to subscribe to the Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles by an advertisement that a Gesualdo program would be preceded by a lecture on the composer by Aldous Huxley. Huxley didn't go into nearly as much detail as Chalkperson...
by lmpower
Mon Apr 06, 2009 2:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould's Prophecy
Replies: 13
Views: 819

Re: Glenn Gould's Prophecy

This article caught my eye in the Times this morning, and I was just getting ready to post it myself. My recent attendance at symphony concerts just reinforces my belief that there is no substitute for a live performance. Even my expensive stereo is no competition for the vivid and dynamic sound of ...
by lmpower
Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jennifer Koh
Replies: 8
Views: 792

Re: Jennifer Koh

I am gratified that we all share so much enthusiasm for her work.
by lmpower
Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:55 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Who is your favorite film composer?
Replies: 29
Views: 3049

Re: Who is your favorite film composer?

These are all fine suggestions. Although I don't really have one favorite film composer, I want to put in a good word for George Auric, who wrote the music for Symphonie Pastorale.
by lmpower
Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How to explain family murder/suicides?
Replies: 18
Views: 3055

Re: How to explain family murder/suicides?

The suicide rate did jump about 21 percent during the depression, but it seems murder-suicide was not as fashionable. I wonder what role the copycat effect from mass media publicity has? Various social pathologies seem to become fads like airline hijacking or suicide bombers.
by lmpower
Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fathers of Baroquism, Classicism & Romanticism?
Replies: 17
Views: 956

Re: Fathers of Baroquism, Classicism & Romanticism?

Haydn was the Papa of classical music.
Beethoven initiated the romantic movement in music.
Perhaps Gabrieli was a forerunner of the Baroque.
by lmpower
Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors Live Longer: Why?
Replies: 30
Views: 1927

Re: Conductors Live Longer: Why?

Eduard Van Beinum had just been appointed conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic when he suddenly died. I remember how surprised I was as a subscriber at that time. I only got to see him conduct a relatively few times.
by lmpower
Sun Apr 05, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jennifer Koh
Replies: 8
Views: 792

Jennifer Koh

Last night we saw Jennifer Koh play the Sibelius violin concerto with the Redlands symphony. The conductor was Co Nguyen. Although they attended the Curtis Institute at the same time, this was the first time they had ever performed together. I notice that Jennifer has received some positive comments...
by lmpower
Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What do you think of Midori?
Replies: 11
Views: 635

Re: What do you think of Midori?

I only thing in my collection with Midori is the Elgar and Franck sonatas. I enjoy it very much.
by lmpower
Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Yorker Cartoon
Replies: 9
Views: 1111

Re: New Yorker Cartoon

The Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Edelmann version will always be the definitive performance for me. I was fortunate enough to see Schwarzkopf and Edelmann perform this work twice with the San Francisco opera. Frances Bible sang the Octavian role in those performances though.