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by lmpower
Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:27 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Sequel" to Borat coming soon
Replies: 7
Views: 974

Re: "Sequel" to Borat coming soon

I feel ambivalent about Borat. Some of it is quite funny satire, but a lot of it is certainly crude and sophomoric. I get the feeling that he is a ruthless, cruel person taking advantage of others. I am pretty sure we won't be watching Bruno. This film appears to have even less redeeming value than ...
by lmpower
Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who is the father of modern music?
Replies: 51
Views: 3018

Re: Who is the father of modern music?

What I think of as modern music was initiated by Schoenberg after World War I.
by lmpower
Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:54 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The Passion of Joan of Arc
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: The Passion of Joan of Arc

Joan was played by Renee Jeanne Falconetti. She was a stage actress, who only made a couple of movies. Pauline Kael said that her performance may have been the greatest in film history. I have never seen the film, but I would very much like to do so.
by lmpower
Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What is your level of education?
Replies: 29
Views: 995

Re: What is your level of education?

The essay on the post literate world is sadly true. It is one more symptom of the decline of our civilization. The name of Steve Jobs came to my mind also. He dropped out of Reed College and became the 178th richest man on earth. Needless to say, money is not the only or even the best way to measure...
by lmpower
Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What is your favourite Brahms Trio?
Replies: 14
Views: 732

Re: What is your favourite Brahms Trio?

The C minor trio is my favorite. The gloriously expansive second theme in the first movement is one of the most wonderful passages in all music. I enjoy my recording by the Borodin trio. If you want Brahms clarinet music, the quintet is my favorite.
by lmpower
Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What is your level of education?
Replies: 29
Views: 995

Re: What is your level of education?

I have a Master's degree from UCLA, but I don't consider degrees to be all that important. I tutored a young man in Latin, who went on to take a PHD, yet he is no where near as educated an cultured as I am. Once we acquire the ability to read we become autodidacts. The degree of learning we attain l...
by lmpower
Sun Mar 29, 2009 5:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Environmentalists Are a Menace to Human Society
Replies: 9
Views: 738

Los Angeles Times March 27

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has done a lot of admirable work protecting California's wild desert lands from development, but her latest plans for the Mojave threaten to split the state's environmental community and could stall clean- energy projects whose construction should be among the nation...
by lmpower
Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Afghanistan Situation
Replies: 22
Views: 454

Re: The Afghanistan Situation

'Lower your sights' is the wrong vision for Afghanistan As U.S. officials talk down our goals, Afghans are listening and wondering what happened to our promises. By Sarah Chayes March 27, 2009 Writing From Kandahar, Afghanistan -- As President Obama unveils his Afghanistan strategy, he should know t...
by lmpower
Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach Cantata Series - your favourite & why
Replies: 45
Views: 2014

Re: Bach Cantata Series - your favourite & why

I have a fairly broad collection of classical records, but even before I saw this thread I was aware that one of the biggest omissions is no Bach cantatas. I do own a Ton Koopman record of Bach organ music. Many years ago I saw various Bach cantatas performed at the Monday evening concerts in Los An...
by lmpower
Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Abraham Lincoln Fans - new on Naxos!
Replies: 6
Views: 370

Re: Abraham Lincoln Fans - new on Naxos!

I have listened to some of Lincoln's favorites, but I had never even heard of Maritana by Wallace.
by lmpower
Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Abraham Lincoln Fans - new on Naxos!
Replies: 6
Views: 370

Re: Abraham Lincoln Fans - new on Naxos!

The Redlands Symphony recently celebrated the Lincoln bicentennial with a concert of music Lincoln loved. The program was: Rossini overture to William Tell, Rossini aria from Barber of Seville, Verdi La Traviata Introduzione, Verdi scene and aria from La Traviata, Herold overture to Zampa, Wagner gr...
by lmpower
Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Finest music written for ballet
Replies: 29
Views: 838

Re: Finest music written for ballet

1.Swan Lake
2.Nutcracker
3.Sleeping Beauty
4.Giselle
5.Firebird
6.Afternoon of a Faun
by lmpower
Sun Mar 15, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favorite Mozart Pianist?
Replies: 50
Views: 2701

Re: Favorite Mozart Pianist?

I had never heard Maria Joao Pires before, but I am converted just on the basis of this one movement. She puts me in mind of another great Brazilian pianist I was fortunate enough to see in a recital in Beverly Hills, Guiomar Novaes. Yes, Pires was born in Lisbon, but she resides in Brazil now. I al...
by lmpower
Sun Mar 15, 2009 6:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favorite Mozart Pianist?
Replies: 50
Views: 2701

Re: Favorite Mozart Pianist?

I like Mitsuko Uchida too, but those smiles look painfully forced.
by lmpower
Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Forbes Billionaires 2009
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Re: Forbes Billionaires 2009

Bloomberg was the only one of the top twenty who increased his wealth during the year.
by lmpower
Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: jbuck919 passes 10000 posts!
Replies: 27
Views: 783

Re: jbuck919 passes 10000 posts!

John has offered informed opinions on a variety of subjects for a long time now.
by lmpower
Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: for those still listening to vinyls, what cameras do you use
Replies: 28
Views: 1216

Re: for those still listening to vinyls, what cameras do you use

Since my turntable quit working I don't listen to vinyl any longer, but I still have a large collection of it. I still own an old camera with film in it, but I have graduated to digital photography. It is just too convenient in this internet age.
by lmpower
Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Selecting Beethoven Chamber Music
Replies: 34
Views: 2120

Re: Selecting Beethoven Chamber Music

I would recommend the last five string quartets with the Budapest Quartet, and the Archduke Trio with Stern, Rose and Istomin. Don't forget the piano sonatas 29-32.
by lmpower
Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Quick Question on SACD
Replies: 40
Views: 820

Re: Quick Question on SACD

I have been considering SACD, but I have not taken the plunge. I do own one DVD audio disc, but I can't play it on my CD player. I have to play it on the DVD player.
by lmpower
Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: World Premiere of Saint-Saens' Greatest Work (5/19/1886)
Replies: 24
Views: 1095

Re: World Premiere of Saint-Saens' Greatest Work (5/19/1886)

By a peculiar coincidence we saw a live performance of this work last night with Frederick Swann as the organist. I had never realized from records how grandiose and overwhelming the finale is. It really brought the audience to their feet. The form may be a little loose, but it approximates a normal...
by lmpower
Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alexandre Gulmant (1837-1911)
Replies: 1
Views: 192

Alexandre Gulmant (1837-1911)

I see that there have been fourteen mentions of this composer in this forum with the last being under forgotten composers. Nevertheless, I had never heard of him until recently. We saw a performance by the Redlands Symphony with Frederick Swann last night. They performed the symphony number one by G...
by lmpower
Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: [New] Kathleen Ferrier on SOMM Records/England
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Re: [New] Kathleen Ferrier on SOMM Records/England

Ferrier is my favorite singer and Brahms ernste gesange is one of my very favorite vocal works. I receive the news that it has been orchestrated with considerable trepidation. I hope Sargent doesn't ruin Brahms' marvellous piano accompaniment.
by lmpower
Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Dow: Your best guess!
Replies: 42
Views: 680

Re: The Dow: Your best guess!

That is amazing! A share of Citigroup stock sells for the price of a gallon of gasoline! I'm glad to hear that Canada's banks are sound. That has to be a tribute to their management. Just look a Europe's banks by comparison.
by lmpower
Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Dow: Your best guess!
Replies: 42
Views: 680

Re: The Dow: Your best guess!

Wasn't this crisis precipitated by the collapse of the housing bubble? The price of housing still has a long way down before reaching a normal level in relation to incomes and rents.
by lmpower
Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mason Jones, hornist, 1919 - 2009
Replies: 7
Views: 513

Re: Mason Jones, hornist, 1919 - 2009

The name means a lot to me, because of the many hours of enjoyment I derived from listening to my old LP of the Mozart horn concertos with Mason Jones and Ormandy. I thank him for that.
by lmpower
Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The One, The Only . . . Marni Nixon
Replies: 4
Views: 819

Re: The One, The Only . . . Marni Nixon

Thanks for the tip, John. I visited the archive of Prairie Home Companion and listened to the program for June 1, 2002, which was broadcast from the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. In addition to "I could have dubbed myself" Marni sang "Hello young lovers" and did a duet of "wouldn't it be loverly" wi...
by lmpower
Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The One, The Only . . . Marni Nixon
Replies: 4
Views: 819

Re: The One, The Only . . . Marni Nixon

I am glad to learn that Marni is still alive. In the 1950's she was one of the most frequent soloists at the Monday evening conerts along with a young unknown named Marilyn Horne. I enjoyed seeing her perform many times.
by lmpower
Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Dead Language That’s Very Much Alive
Replies: 12
Views: 529

Re: A Dead Language That’s Very Much Alive

In addition to helping with English, Latin gives one a springboard to learn Italian, Spanish and French more easily. I hardly ever look at Romanian, but I am surprised at how much I can understand. Latin also played a major part in our own civilization and the chruch liturgy until recently. I do not...
by lmpower
Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How about Repeating New Works At Concerts ?
Replies: 18
Views: 769

Re: How about Repeating New Works At Concerts ?

I have only seen this happen once. Many years ago at the Monday evening concerts Peter Yates came out and said that the next act had not showed up, so 13 songs by Luigi Nono would be repeated. He said those who didn't want to hear it again could go out in the lobby. About half of the audience took t...
by lmpower
Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rouse Named Musical America's Composer of the Year
Replies: 1
Views: 3783

Re: Rouse Named Musical America's Composer of the Year

I had never heard of him until we saw his trombone concerto performed a few weeks ago. Our discussion centered mostly on his use of the "hammer", but the composition as a whole was the work of a skilled orchestrator.
by lmpower
Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rachmaninoff third Piano Concerto
Replies: 50
Views: 2631

Re: Rachmaninoff third Piano Concerto

I am surprised at how fast Rachmaninoff's tempo is in the opening passage. He really does give it a sense of urgency, but is it as poignant, brooding and haunting as a slower tempo?
by lmpower
Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schoenberg's Gurrelieder
Replies: 37
Views: 4925

Re: Schoenberg's Gurrelieder

How do you rate Sinopoli's Gurrelieder?
by lmpower
Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rachmaninoff third Piano Concerto
Replies: 50
Views: 2631

Re: Rachmaninoff third Piano Concerto

We saw a performance of "Rocky III" by Stephen Prutsman with the Redlands Symphony last night. This was a case of local boy returns home, as Prutman graduated from a high school a few miles from the concert hall. He brought it off with considerable panache and showmanship and put some feeling into t...
by lmpower
Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Obituary: Lukas Foss
Replies: 13
Views: 827

Re: Obituary: Lukas Foss

I used to see Foss frequently at concerts in Los Angeles during the 1950's. I remember him acknowledging that Beethoven was better than modern music, which surprised me a bit. Perhaps that was humility.
by lmpower
Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ingolf Dahl (1912 - 1970)
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Re: Ingolf Dahl (1912 - 1970)

I used to see Ingolf Dahl at concerts in Los Angeles. He was a frequent attendee back in the 1950's along with Lukas Foss, Ernst Krenek and Igor Stravinsky. His own music wasn't performed very often though. I remember that he taught at the University of Southern California.
by lmpower
Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Widespread increase of tree mortality rates
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Re: Widespread increase of tree mortality rates

I've noticed that the pinon pines in the mountains around here have been dying at an alarming rate for the past few years.
by lmpower
Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which are your favorite scherzi (scherzos)?
Replies: 31
Views: 1179

Re: Which are your favorite scherzi (scherzos)?

It seems we are almost unanimous in praising the scherzo from Beethoven's ninth. It has to be one of the greatest. It's a Dionysian release of energy.
by lmpower
Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ibert Concertino
Replies: 7
Views: 1018

Ibert Concertino

Last night we attended a performance of the Ibert Concertino da Camera by the Redlands Symphony with Joshua Alvarez as soloist. I don't recall ever hearing this work, and I was only slightly acquainted with the composer. It was a jaunty work with a larghetto in the center exploiting some of the lush...
by lmpower
Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composers and Their Favourite Instruments
Replies: 64
Views: 1597

Re: Composers and Their Favourite Instruments

Better late than never. Brahms was won over to the clarinet by the playing of Richard Muhlfeld toward the end of his composing career. What a felicitous event for us.
by lmpower
Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What The Heck??!!
Replies: 10
Views: 513

Re: What The Heck??!!

I notice that Donald Isler and I both joined at the same time, and we both had 200 posts subtracted from our total. It was probably a mistake to start counting posts in the first place. Then we would never have noticed this glitch.
by lmpower
Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Recordings Ever Made According To You......
Replies: 59
Views: 2335

Re: The Greatest Recordings Ever Made According To You......

1. Beethoven Ninth with Furtwangler 2. Beethoven late quartets, Budapest 3. Rosenkavalier with Schwarzkopf 4. Brahms Vier Ernste Gesange, Ferrier 5. Mozart Magic Flute with Wunderlich 6. Mozart G Minor quintet, Griller 7. Chopin nocturnes with Novaes 8. Strauss 4 last songs, Schwarzkopf, Ackermann 9...
by lmpower
Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: stuck zipper
Replies: 15
Views: 578

Re: stuck zipper

Actually it was only on a winter jacket, so there wasn't much danger of anything sensitive getting caught.
by lmpower
Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composers and Their Favourite Instruments
Replies: 64
Views: 1597

Re: Composers and Their Favourite Instruments

How about Mozart an Brahms' love affair with the clarinet. That produced our best clarinet works.
by lmpower
Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: stuck zipper
Replies: 15
Views: 578

Re: stuck zipper

Thank you all for your interesting and sometimes humorous comments. I have it working pretty well now by a combination of trimming back loose threads and lubrication. Candle wax, soap and graphite leave messy little particles, though one might try rubbing pencil lead on the zipper in a pinch. WD-40 ...
by lmpower
Tue Jan 06, 2009 12:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: stuck zipper
Replies: 15
Views: 578

Re: stuck zipper

So there is a downside to having 200 posts subracted from my total.
by lmpower
Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: stuck zipper
Replies: 15
Views: 578

Re: stuck zipper

There are two ways for a zipper to malfunction. The lining might be caught in the jaws of the zipper. In that case you gently pull the lining out if possible. Right now I have a brand new zipper that works stiffly. I tried rubbing a candle on it, which seems to help. It also got stuck 2 and a half i...
by lmpower
Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: stuck zipper
Replies: 15
Views: 578

stuck zipper

What is the best way to lubricate a zipper that slides poorly; graphite, paraffin, WD-40? You must have experienced this problem.
by lmpower
Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Suggestions of music inspired by LOVE!
Replies: 32
Views: 1127

Re: Suggestions of music inspired by LOVE!

I have long wondered whether Frauenliebe is a good portrayal of woman's love, or is it two extraordinarily romantic men's idea of a woman's love. I have been trying to get a woman's opinion on this. You can't have a Valentine program without Edvard Grieg's "Jeg Elsker Dig." That is the ultimate love...
by lmpower
Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: LED lightbulbs
Replies: 17
Views: 1221

LED lightbulbs

Have any of you tried LED lightbulbs? I am thinking about buying some. They are terribly expensive, but they last a long time and use very little electricity. They are environmentally friendly and contain no mercury. What do you think?
by lmpower
Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Let's Abolish Grades in Our Schools
Replies: 33
Views: 1426

Re: Let's Abolish Grades in Our Schools

Grades are a product of the relationship between student and teachers. It helps if the student is bright and hard working, but so much depends on the teacher. My experience with my own education and my sons shows that there are not only bad teachers, but sometimes the student and teacher simply can'...