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by lmpower
Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: internet car sale scam
Replies: 2
Views: 513

internet car sale scam

My son bought a used car on the internet from a website called Trader Publishing. He paid for it with a moneygram. It seems that the website has been shut down and they pocketed my son's money and absconded. Do any of you have knowledge of this type of scam?
by lmpower
Sat Aug 29, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nathaniel Ayers watches Yo-Yo Ma
Replies: 1
Views: 312

Nathaniel Ayers watches Yo-Yo Ma

At the Bard College Music Festival last weekend in New York, the college’s president and festival director Leon Botstein made a striking remark about Richard Wagner and his cronies. “If we used our standards of normalcy on the 19th century,” he said during a panel discussion about Wagner and the Jew...
by lmpower
Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms Symphony Sets: Your Favourites
Replies: 104
Views: 7659

Re: Brahms Symphony Sets: Your Favourites

Doesn't Abbado rate a mention from anyone?
by lmpower
Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rate your favourite cellists, Part I
Replies: 40
Views: 1263

Re: Rate your favourite cellists!

My introduction to Janos Starker was a Musical Heritage Society offering of the Beethoven sonatas on LP back in the 1960s. Many years later I got to see him perform live, although with a provincial orchestra. I have also wondered why he seemed to have lapsed into relative obscurity.
by lmpower
Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rate your favourite cellists, Part I
Replies: 40
Views: 1263

Re: Rate your favourite cellists!

I am not familiar with Geringas, Wispelway, Sharfran, Navarra, Gendron and Schiff. That's six or thirty percent of the list. You have made me curious as to where they fit in. I should add that I have a sentimental fondness for Jacqueline Du Pre because of her life and playing. How could I forget tha...
by lmpower
Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rate your favourite cellists, Part I
Replies: 40
Views: 1263

Re: Rate your favourite cellists!

The only ones I have seen perform are Piatigorsky, Fournier, Rose and Starker. I have records by Rostropovitch, Isserlis, Ma and Bylsma. I haven't even heard of five of the names on the list, so I am clearly not qualified to judge. I do know I have a soft spot in my heart for Leonard Rose because of...
by lmpower
Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Soprano falls off stage
Replies: 13
Views: 763

Re: Soprano falls off stage

James Levine didn't fall all the way off the stage. He only tripped and landed on his shoulder, but the resultant surgery interrupted his career for three months.
by lmpower
Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mendelssohn's On Wings of Song - Horowitz Piano
Replies: 7
Views: 454

Re: Mendelssohn's On Wings of Song - Horowitz Piano

Up until now my favorite version was Elizabeth Scharzkopf singing it. This performance adds a whole new dimension.
by lmpower
Sun Aug 23, 2009 12:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Soprano falls off stage
Replies: 13
Views: 763

Soprano falls off stage

An award-winning opera singer has been taken to hospital after falling into the orchestra pit during a performance at the Glyndebourne Festival. Puerto Rican Ana Maria Martinez sustained minor injuries in the accident while playing the title role in Rusalka at the world-renowned venue near Lewes, Ea...
by lmpower
Sat Aug 22, 2009 3:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok speaks!
Replies: 12
Views: 778

Re: Bartok speaks!

Even more surprising than Bartok playing and talking is Bartok smiling. :D :D
by lmpower
Sat Aug 22, 2009 2:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Movie bio of classical composer
Replies: 40
Views: 2420

Re: Movie bio of classical composer

I think you are right about Spring Symphony being accurate. It may be the most accurate composer film I have seen.
by lmpower
Sat Aug 22, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Movie bio of classical composer
Replies: 40
Views: 2420

Re: Movie bio of classical composer

I saw the movie Rhapsody in Blue as a child. It featured Robert Alda as George Gershwin. I agree with Lance that Song of Love is a fine movie and more accurate than Amadeus, which is clever but quite a distortion of Mozart. I own the DVD of Fruhlingssymphonie. It supplements Song of Love by covering...
by lmpower
Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bachelor composers
Replies: 27
Views: 3934

Re: Bachelor composers

First let me make a few rather trivial observations. George Sand was married and had children before she had all the affairs. Constanze gave birth during the composition of the D minor string quartet, not quintet. I recall Oscar Levant saying that Maurice Ravel was asexual. That impressed me because...
by lmpower
Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms: Alto Rhapsody
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Re: Brahms: Alto Rhapsody

Whenever Kathleen Ferrier sings anything that is usually my favorite interpretation. I like the way Brahms achieves contrast between the pained opening section and the warm, affirmation of the closing section of this work.
by lmpower
Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms Lieder
Replies: 14
Views: 2411

Re: Brahms Lieder

Four serious songs is one of Brahms masterpieces and on a par with lieder by any composer. I am also extremely fond of Sapphische Ode and Gestillte Sehnsucht. I prefer all of these to be sung by Kathleen Ferrier for depth of feeling.
by lmpower
Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The "Am I the only one?" thread
Replies: 281
Views: 10344

Re: The "Am I the only one ? " thread

Fischer-Dieskau is outstanding and also on Schumann lieder such as Dichterliebe.
by lmpower
Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The "Am I the only one?" thread
Replies: 281
Views: 10344

Re: The "Am I the only one ? " thread

The string quartet in E minor (from my life) is on of the more outstanding chamber works.
by lmpower
Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I want to go here someday!
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Re: I want to go here someday!

There are two places I have never visited that are enticing. One is Alaska and the other is East Africa. I am a nature lover and and interested in wildlife. Both of the above places are a paradise for someone like that.
by lmpower
Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your musical tastes: broader or narrower with time?
Replies: 21
Views: 888

Re: Your musical tastes: broader or narrower with time?

I think imperfect pitch and I followed a similar course. At first my tastes were narrow because I didn't know anything. Then they became broader, because I opened my mind to the vast diversity of music through the ages. Eventually I discovered what was most meaningful to me and narrowed down to that.
by lmpower
Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So much music is available to us that ...
Replies: 19
Views: 1038

Re: So much music is available to us that ...

An eclectic period in history is broad and shallow. There is something to be said for narrow and deep. The greatest composers did not have access to such a variety of music, yet people in the old days often experienced the music they had with considerable intensity. Eclecticism may be a sign that a ...
by lmpower
Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your musical tastes: broader or narrower with time?
Replies: 21
Views: 888

Re: Your musical tastes: broader or narrower with time?

I started with popular romantic works by Chopin, Tchaikowsky, Verdi, Puccini, Rachmaninoff, Wagner etc. I later plunged into modernistic works at the Monday Evening Concerts. I also went into old music with an immersion in Gregorian Chant for several years. Right now I feel a special kinship with th...
by lmpower
Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your musical tastes: broader or narrower with time?
Replies: 21
Views: 888

Re: Your musical tastes: broader or narrower with time?

My musical interests have narrowed with age. When I was young I was completely open minded and exposed myself to everything without prejudice. Now I know what I like and tend to focus on that.
by lmpower
Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Which occupation/profession will soon be obsolete?
Replies: 15
Views: 799

Re: Which occupation/profession will soon be obsolete?

I didn't know foreign languages had been eliminated from colleges. That's a shame. They still require two years of foreign language to get into a college though.
by lmpower
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Do you own a Television Set?
Replies: 32
Views: 748

Re: Do you own a Television Set?

I currently own a TV, though for long periods of my life I did not. I fear that television changes the tone of the home for the worse. I sympathize with slofstra's position on the subject, and nowadays children have to contend with videogames and other harmful addictions. I just use my set to watch ...
by lmpower
Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Has it been cool for you this summer too?
Replies: 25
Views: 566

Re: Has it been cool for you this summer too?

In the Southwestern deserts we had an abnormally cool June and a very hot July with a long humid spell but no rain.
by lmpower
Sun Jul 26, 2009 7:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Holst trombone
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Holst trombone

Holst's trombone scared sheep into lambing early Classical composer Gustav Holst was once ticked off by a Cotswold farmer for playing his trombone too loudly and making his sheep lamb early, researchers have discovered. Newly found archive material on the composer of The Planets reveals he would oft...
by lmpower
Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bill Cosby"shocked" to hear Obama's comments on cops
Replies: 55
Views: 2880

Re: Bill Cosby"shocked" to hear Obama's comments on cops

I calibrated my words wrong sounds better than I shot my mouth off prematurely without knowing all the facts. It seems that Obama is about to be embarassed by another of his rabid black friends. First Wright and now Gates may need to be repudiated.
by lmpower
Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My Classical Music-Hating Friend
Replies: 30
Views: 1200

Re: My Classical Music-Hating Friend

Thanks for introducing me to Danielle De Niese. Even someone who doesn't like classical music has to be impressed by her vocal acrobatics.
by lmpower
Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvořák's songs
Replies: 13
Views: 585

Re: Dvořák's songs

I saw a handbill advertising a leider recital once. Actually leider means unfortunately in German while lieder means songs. A recital by an amateur could be unfortunate.
by lmpower
Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schwarzkopf 1958 recital on Audite
Replies: 5
Views: 619

Re: Schwarzkopf 1958 recital on Audite

Yes, I was fortunate to have access to all these great artists, and I did get to see Heifetz play the Beethoven concerto as well as many other unforgettable performances from the old days.
by lmpower
Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Black in America??
Replies: 85
Views: 2616

Re: Black in America??

One of the first questions to cross my mind was why the person who reported the breakin didn't recognize Gates as the homeowner. If it was a neighbor, they should have recognized him. Unfortunately breaking into one's own home is quite common and legitimate.
by lmpower
Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bill Cosby"shocked" to hear Obama's comments on cops
Replies: 55
Views: 2880

Re: Bill Cosby"shocked" to hear Obama's comments on cops

There is no question that Obama was premature in condemning police "stupidity." Now he is trying the hackneyed old strategy of blaming it on the media for overplaying the story. It appears that Bush and Biden are not the only ones with foot in mouth disease. I suppose anyone who is in the spotlight ...
by lmpower
Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My Classical Music-Hating Friend
Replies: 30
Views: 1200

Re: My Classical Music-Hating Friend

I have encountered this hatred of classical music all my life. It isn't always good natured teasing. It can be amazingly vicious at times. Music is one of the most passionate subjects, and people can take it personally when there is a disagreement. Wasn't a British footballer in a barroom brawl over...
by lmpower
Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvořák's songs
Replies: 13
Views: 585

Re: Dvořák's songs

The only one I've ever heard is "Songs my mother taught me." I am definitely open to a hearing, because I have been a big lieder fan since Schwarzkopf was in her prime.
by lmpower
Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which musician would you take out on a date?
Replies: 77
Views: 2755

Re: Which musician would you take out on a date?

I am happily married, but Helene Grimaud is quite fascinating. We could talk about wolves and Brahms. My wife would be welcome to come along. It might even be more comfortable that way.
by lmpower
Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schwarzkopf 1958 recital on Audite
Replies: 5
Views: 619

Re: Schwarzkopf 1958 recital on Audite

This was the same time period that I saw Schwarzkopf give a couple of lieder recitals in Los Angeles. I believe Gerald Moore was the accompanist. I am pretty sure there wasn't any Purcell, Arne or Quilter on the program, but the Wolf, Schubert and Strauss were very much there. I remember one delicio...
by lmpower
Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Whatever happened to contralto Maureen Forrester?
Replies: 19
Views: 5107

Re: Whatever happened to contralto Maureen Forrester?

I saw Maureen Forrester in a concert once. When I met her she was talking about the Canadian government's policy toward the arts. The Reiner-Forrester Lied von der Erde was the first LP I ever owned. It has always had a special place in my heart. It seems great artists are not always the best at man...
by lmpower
Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler's 4th--the Rodney Dangerfield of his ouvre?
Replies: 18
Views: 1096

Re: Mahler's 4th--the Rodney Dangerfield of his ouvre?

The abschied from Das Lied von der Erde is indeed a good choice. "to love that well which thou must leave ere long." I am reminded of the dying girl in Victor Frankl's book. She looked out the window and saw the tree budding in Spring. We must learn to see this beauty before we are literally on our ...
by lmpower
Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are (some of) your pet peeves?
Replies: 146
Views: 5167

Re: What are (some of) your pet peeves?

Ralph wrote: Standing ovations for mediocre or average performances.
I thought this was provincial or claques. Don't tell me this has become a fad in sophisticated venues like New York.
by lmpower
Sun Jun 28, 2009 4:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler's 4th--the Rodney Dangerfield of his ouvre?
Replies: 18
Views: 1096

Re: Mahler's 4th--the Rodney Dangerfield of his ouvre?

Mahler's fourth has always been one of his more enjoyable for me. I think the seventh is probably the least appreciated.
by lmpower
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: La Traviata - detailed question
Replies: 29
Views: 1610

Re: La Traviata - detailed question

John, didn't the opera reflect Verdi's own relationship with Giusseppina Strepponi at the time?
by lmpower
Sat Jun 13, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why did you move to where you live now?
Replies: 39
Views: 1592

Re: Why did you move to where you live now?

I accepted a job in the high desert because I had been too long in city pent and wanted to enjoy the wide open spaces and communion with nature. It has worked out well for my relationship with nature. I have become quite knowledgeable of the fascinating ecosystem and learned to love it. The impact o...
by lmpower
Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:36 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: 2009 Oscar winner for Animated Short (YouTube)
Replies: 4
Views: 1013

Re: 2009 Oscar winner for Animated Short (YouTube)

I took the rising water as a metaphor for passing time. As he dove deeper he recovered the past from memory.
by lmpower
Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: 2009 Oscar winner for Animated Short (YouTube)
Replies: 4
Views: 1013

Re: 2009 Oscar winner for Animated Short (YouTube)

That was certainly different. I found it thought provoking and rather poignant. The biggest surprise was all the Japanese names at the end.
by lmpower
Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ARTICLE: Mozart in Prague by Agnes Selby
Replies: 12
Views: 1215

Re: ARTICLE: Mozart in Prague by Agnes Selby

I was already aware of this episode in Mozart's life, but this article added some details to my knowledge. I appreciate this very much. Years ago a professor who was leading a tour of Europe told me there would be a Mozart festival in Prague. He said he couldn't imagine why Prague deserved such a fe...
by lmpower
Fri Jun 05, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How God changes your brain
Replies: 13
Views: 582

Re: How God changes your brain

Thanks for the tip, John. I have just watched Bill Moyers interview with Sister Wendy. This is undoubtedly one of the best interviews I've ever seen. I remember seeing her art talks on public television years ago. She is an extraordinary person, and even her diet is extraordinary.
by lmpower
Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Do You Think Of Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony?
Replies: 32
Views: 2122

Re: What Do You Think Of Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony?

I like it, but I still prefer the last three symphonies.
by lmpower
Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How God changes your brain
Replies: 13
Views: 582

Re: How God changes your brain

John's comments are very astute. Maybe that is why Thomas Merton was given special hermit status at his Trappist monastery. I believe they gave him a cabin apart to do his own thing without participating in the routine of the community. I should mention that Newberg gives various exercises for relax...
by lmpower
Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How God changes your brain
Replies: 13
Views: 582

How God changes your brain

I have just finished reading "How God Changes Your Brain" by Andrew Newberg. I recommend this book very highly. Newberg takes a middle ground between the fanatics and the scoffers. By studying brain scans he shows that meditation and spiritual experiences can strengthen the anterior cingulate over t...
by lmpower
Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jean Sibelius's complete songs
Replies: 5
Views: 561

Re: Jean Sibelius's complete songs

I want to mention Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and Solveig Kringelborn as doing a good job on Sibelius songs. I think my favorites will always be Black Roses and Reed, Reed Sigh. I believe most of his songs are settings of Swedish poets. Although Swedish poets are unknown to the world, this is an injustice...