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by jbuck919
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Love Classical Music
Replies: 5
Views: 597

Re: NYTimes Love Classical Music

Great article, Len, thank-you! I think the finale to Stravinsky's Firebird is an excellent choice. What about "Mars," from Holst's The Planets ? For piano music, I would recommend Chopin's Andante Spiniato & Grande Polonaise . The sad truth is that most young people today are not offered European c...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 1771

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

All I've ever heard was the first recording based on the first (reportedly disastrous) performance at Coventry Cathedral. I can't think of any reason to re-visit it.
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Love Classical Music
Replies: 5
Views: 597

Re: NYTimes Love Classical Music

Nothing on God's Earth will ever convince the great majority of people to take an interest in classical music. We are lucky that the tiny percent of us who do, made it, and for all of us, I imagine, it depended on an exposure which is denied to many children these days. As a math teacher, I routinel...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 9 beautiful 'Heavies' land at Heathrow
Replies: 4
Views: 647

Re: 9 beautiful 'Heavies' land at Heathrow

I've flown many times in my life, including on wide-bodied jets, but my first memory almost put me off it for life. Anyone ever flown on a Douglas DC-7 from California to Guam? I believe there is one in the Smithsonian now. I was hopelessly airsick at the age of seven for something like 13 hours, an...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera
Replies: 15
Views: 1138

Re: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera

Someone, perhaps John F, may actually have the book The Joy of Opera by J. Merrill Knapp in his library. It is perfectly awful, and Knapp, whom I mention by name because I assume he is long dead, was what is known as tenured but useless faculty at Princeton at the time. Now I admit I was not the bes...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Content ID work for classical music?
Replies: 10
Views: 1129

Re: Does Content ID work for classical music?

When I was in my 20s in Maryland, I heard a radio performance of the winner of the Maryland State Music Competition playing the Beethoven Opus 111. (I am not making this up.) He played it as though he had composed it. I don't really understand the point of censoring YouTube content regarding prodigi...
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 2057

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

This is a complete change of subject, and you must feel free to ignore it and continue with the topic of the thread, but I can never hear about "stilted English" from a German speaker and not think of this, which Freud, who at the time had spent no period in an English-speaking country, wrote in bet...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music Tidbits (and Mishaps) #3
Replies: 3
Views: 500

Re: Music Tidbits (and Mishaps) #3

It is a very famous saying which I have had in memory in both languages since grad school. Of course, there is not an ounce of modernity in that work. Now, who allegedly said, though even my most brilliant colleagues have never been able to find it in his writings, "How will they ever understand my ...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 2057

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

My niece and her daughters have a Nook and like it very much; its advantage for them over the Kindle is that it does color, essential in children's books. For me the Kindle Paperwhite model, backlit, is superior because with it I can download New York Public Library's ebooks for free; they don't do...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was Suzuki a fraud?
Replies: 6
Views: 1012

Re: Was Suzuki a fraud?

Well I got the same thing. I tried hard to get a link to the original article. Maybe one of our geniuses can figure this out, but otherwise I suppose it is a dead thread.
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was Suzuki a fraud?
Replies: 6
Views: 1012

Was Suzuki a fraud?

l don't know whether or not this, which I picked up from Facebook, will come across as a successful link or not, nor have I the competence to comment on it, but I thought people might find it interesting. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11188226/Violin-teacher-Suzuki-is-the-big...
by jbuck919
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd
Replies: 10
Views: 711

Re: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd

Well of course Chopin also wrote songs, and I don't mean juvenilia. The person known to Garrett (IcedNote) and myself was something of a prodigy and his first love as a boy was Chopin. He played everything by him, but his greatest regret was that he could not understand the Polish, which of course n...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 2127

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

jbuck919 wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:57 pm
Belle wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:55 pm
For some reason I can never see any of the links you post. It's just a large blank section in the box.
I'm sorry. I don't know what to do to help.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoKrw-0dze0
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 2127

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

Belle wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:55 pm
For some reason I can never see any of the links you post. It's just a large blank section in the box.
I'm sorry. I don't know what to do to help.
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 2057

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

John F wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:27 pm
My copy is on the way from Barnes & Noble.
Fortunately, I own a Nook, which is Barnes & Nobles superior answer to the Kindle. Therefore I just downloaded it.
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd
Replies: 10
Views: 711

Re: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd

No influence from Schubert's Erlkönig there, or anything. :roll: Wolf was one of the last composers I came to terms with. Lieder singers have always loved him, but for a long time I found his settings a bit arbitrary, and then there's the matter that (a) he detested Brahms, who had snubbed him and (...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd
Replies: 10
Views: 711

Re: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd

If you love lieder, you must explore Richard Strauss's songs, especially on these two albums: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51vJ4zWDzXL._AC_US327_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51aZclAAw%2BL._SS500.jpg There is also a disc by Margaret Price out ...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A tale of two popes is brewing in the Vatican
Replies: 9
Views: 1013

Re: A tale of two popes is brewing in the Vatican

As a theologian, back in days of old, Ratzinger was considered liberal. I liked him before he became J-P's hatchet man. As pope, though, I thought highly of him. Two of my teachers appeared to speak Latin fluently and two more came pretty close. All four were excellent teachers. Latin was my favori...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd
Replies: 10
Views: 711

Re: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd

A sadly neglected art. You will never hear Lieder on even the most sophisticated classical channel. There are singers who would wish to devote their lives to it, but they also have to eat every day. Webern and Berg were both pupils of Schoenberg, and he wrote about how difficult it was to convince o...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A tale of two popes is brewing in the Vatican
Replies: 9
Views: 1013

Re: A tale of two popes is brewing in the Vatican

Actually I ended up being an admirer of Ratzinger if only because of his intellect. Unlike JP II but like Paul VI he never disciplined the odd unruly theologian. Indeed, as a peritus (expert) at Vatican II he maintained friendships with some of them. Then there was his musical interest, and the fact...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 2127

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

I think this is much the superior (Scottish) song than the cliched (Irish) "Danny Boy" - in this case, sung magnificently by James Dunn as part of a devastating performance in " A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". A remarkable film. Ergo, I can't understand why Renee Fleming would bother with "Danny Boy"!! ...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 2127

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

jserraglio wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:09 am
jbuck919 wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:05 am
Oh really? Does your wife always let you have the last word?
“With people. . . who seek only division . . . even within the family — silence, prayer” is the path to take. —mi compadre, Jorge Mario Bergoglio
Who like myself has only one living sister to name as proper family.
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 2127

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

jserraglio wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:22 pm
On that we can agree. I'm a big fan of marriage me own self.
Oh really? Does your wife always let you have the last word? :lol:
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A tale of two popes is brewing in the Vatican
Replies: 9
Views: 1013

Re: A tale of two popes is brewing in the Vatican

The key phrase in this post is "raised millions." Ever been to Vatican City or St. Peter's? It takes millions every year just to keep the place going, and it does not come from taxing surrounding Italy. That is possibly one reason why Boston Cardinal Bernard Law, also an offender in this way, was gi...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 2127

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

When I told my wife about the Clinton chewing gum caper , she pointed out that that GOP rascal, G.W. Bush was handing out mints to Michelle that he had got from Laura. My wife, you see, doesn't like Republicans one single bit. She votes a straight Democratic ticket and she always votes twice (once ...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ultra-conservative ex-Vatican official accuses Pope of knowing about Cardinal McCarrick's record of abuse
Replies: 12
Views: 1247

Re: Ultra-conservative ex-Vatican official accuses Pope of knowing about Cardinal McCarrick's record of abuse

Referring to jserraglio's previous post, schism is the norm in Christianity. (Actually heresy is the norm, but let's not go there.) I'm sure I don't have to tell j that the last important schism involved the definition of papal infalibility by the First Vatican Council. Many bishops actually voted a...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 2127

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

Here is the entire ceremony on tape. The Queen of England will not have so fine a ceremony when she goes. As our local expert on such matters I could explain everything, but choose not to bore you with that unless someone has a specific question. My only question is why Bill Clinton is chewing gum d...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ultra-conservative ex-Vatican official accuses Pope of knowing about Cardinal McCarrick's record of abuse
Replies: 12
Views: 1247

Re: Ultra-conservative ex-Vatican official accuses Pope of knowing about Cardinal McCarrick's record of abuse

Vigano is out-and-out lying. If I were a betting man, I would bet on it. I am no particular fan of Francis, you know. His willingness to concede to church tradition in terms of married priests, female priests, and sexual morality when he could change these things with a stroke of the pen makes me ha...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Problem Downloading Program To Remove Duplicate Photos
Replies: 9
Views: 864

Re: Problem Downloading Program To Remove Duplicate Photos

Len, for years and years I have run the free Awesome Duplicate Remover without any problems. I have never had to reload it or update it, and it is awesome in its ability to find duplicate photos, of which I have many thousands that I would never have a need to bring up here. Just pull and drag your ...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ultra-conservative ex-Vatican official accuses Pope of knowing about Cardinal McCarrick's record of abuse
Replies: 12
Views: 1247

Re: Ultra-conservative ex-Vatican official accuses Pope of knowing about Cardinal McCarrick's record of abuse

None of this requires the resignation of a pope. There is nothing new in an offender being "sentenced" to spend the rest of his life in quiet monastic retirement. Consider the following case: https://www.nytimes.com/1999/10/22/nyregion/quiet-fields-father-ritter-found-his-exile-after-scandal-covenan...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 2127

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

Those who have never been to the National Cathedral as I have been may not know that while it is not St. Peter's, it is the largest true Gothic cathedral in the world and presents numerous acoustic difficulties. I suppose it would be niggardly of me to deny McCain his wish to have a secular song per...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Village Voice RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 760

Re: The Village Voice RIP

People wrote for the Voice without any pay just for the privilege. A journalistic disaster if ever there was one. :cry:
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Markus Hinterhäuser Salzburg
Replies: 1
Views: 376

Re: Markus Hinterhäuser Salzburg

Poppeia, as I have posted before but it has been very long, is an extremely difficult opera. It is a tribute to Len and Sue that they can appreciate it at all. It is essentially a musical setting of a play without formal arias, etc. It is radically different from Monteverdi's Orfeo, the first import...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An All-but-Extinct Piano Plays Once More
Replies: 2
Views: 444

Re: An All-but-Extinct Piano Plays Once More

Lance will be fantastically interested in this, but I am reminded of the tour I once took of the Adams property in Braintree, MA. Astonishingly, the Boston Post Road runs right by the property exactly as it did in the 18th century, but my main point involves the Adams home, which was home to both Jo...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Announces
Replies: 9
Views: 814

Re: NYCO Announces

Look at it this way: Perhaps it will start a tango craze in New York. Worse things have happened. I don't know about that or this one either--AS ONE"-at least these clips have surtitles! BTW we once caught tango classes going on at the Chelsea Market in Manhattan--can't find the photos I took. Rega...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another great black lady singer
Replies: 0
Views: 668

Another great black lady singer

I happened to be living in Washington DC in 1961 when I was six years old, when my father was stationed with the US Air Force Band at Bolling AFB. I remember resenting my parents for absenting us from the inauguration, which was less than two miles away, and having instead to watch it on TV. I did n...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chordettes
Replies: 0
Views: 649

Chordettes

One of those things I just stumbled on. I think they are lip-synching to a studio recording, but that does not change the fact that such close harmony is incredibly difficult. Back in Maryland, I attended a talent show put on by my church, where I got to rise to the microphone to say "Yes" in Sandma...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Walk in Beauty" cd-Emanuel Arciuli,pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 655

Re: "Walk in Beauty" cd-Emanuel Arciuli,pianist

By Byron, who was au fond homosexual. She Walks in Beauty By Lord Byron (George Gordon) She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes; Thus mellowed to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denie...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Meet the latest PM of Australia
Replies: 13
Views: 1322

Re: Meet the latest PM of Australia

We in the US should be so lucky. On the other hand, maybe we've got what we deserve. As I posted once on Facebook, those who voted for Trump are getting what they deserve. Unfortunately, the rest of us are also getting what they deserve. (I think that Switzerland is the only country in the world wi...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For Trekkers only
Replies: 2
Views: 609

For Trekkers only

The Next Generation was the last Star Trek Series that I watched religiously every week. One must understand that the world waited for what seemed like centuries for this elongated sequel to the classic series. Now look at what happened to all the actors. They are almost all older than I. As Data sa...
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Microsoft pocket suggestions
Replies: 3
Views: 659

Re: Microsoft pocket suggestions

Pocket is the default system for sorting bookmarks on Windows 10. I didn't sign up for it. It just shows itself.
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: About "Cher," the singer
Replies: 7
Views: 935

Re: About "Cher," the singer

I have zero interest in Cher. However, I will admit a guilty pleasure in the following, and you must endure a few moments before you hear the 50th anniversary of this song.

by jbuck919
Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Microsoft pocket suggestions
Replies: 3
Views: 659

Microsoft pocket suggestions

I don't know what algorithm pocket uses, but they've got me nailed pretty good, and sometimes I don't know why or how. I avoid many of their suggestions not because they are irrelevant, but because they are disturbingly relevant, and I am only human and cannot tolerate the torture. Here is a very re...
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Kipling and WW I
Replies: 3
Views: 638

Re: Kipling and WW I

I also read Kim but the work is best honored in the classic film of 1950 starring Errol Flynn and the young Dean Stockwell. There are numerous authors who are better served by films than by the reading, including, unfortunately, Dickens. Thomas Hardy was one of the two or three greatest English poet...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Latest on priest abuse of children
Replies: 24
Views: 2465

Re: Latest on priest abuse of children

George Herbert Easter Wings ". . . With thee O let me rise As larks, harmoniously . . ." https://tinyurl.com/y8hs59eq I don't know what prompted that, but T.S. Eliot thought George Herbert not a minor poet. He did not give titles to his own devotional poetry, but the title of the famous original St...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Kipling and WW I
Replies: 3
Views: 638

Kipling and WW I

We have yet to come upon the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day (November 11, 1918). I expect that it will barely be observed, though it remains one of the most important dates in history. Turning it into Veterans Day in the US does not do the trick, for we already have a day to honor the fallen. Bu...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sabaneev Piano Trios / Korngold Piano Quintet
Replies: 1
Views: 378

Re: Sabaneev Piano Trios / Korngold Piano Quintet

I'm still getting over what follows, which I heard live at Tanglewood several years ago. There are several things going on here. First, some composers were if not exactly one-hit wonders, then close to that. Dvorak and Sibelius both wrote horridly mediocre works in their alleged maturity along with ...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ultra-conservative ex-Vatican official accuses Pope of knowing about Cardinal McCarrick's record of abuse
Replies: 12
Views: 1247

Re: Ultra-conservative ex-Vatican official accuses Pope of knowing about Cardinal McCarrick's record of abuse

The Man Who Took On the Pope: The Story Behind the Viganò Letter By Jason Horowitz Aug. 28, 2018 ROME — At 9:30 a.m. last Wednesday, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò showed up at the Rome apartment of a conservative Vatican reporter with a simple clerical collar, a Rocky Mountains baseball cap and an e...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Announces
Replies: 9
Views: 814

Re: NYCO Announces

This looks back to the time when City Opera's seasons included several contemporary American operas including one premiere. Some of these went on to be recorded and produced by other opera companies. But even then, City Opera balanced its seasons with standard repertoire, "Carmen" and "La Traviata,...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Announces
Replies: 9
Views: 814

Re: NYCO Announces

I guess niche City Opera is better than no City Opera at all. I don't believe in Karma. I believe in the greatest city in the world having two major opera companies like its main European rivals. But there it is.