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by miranda
Sat Dec 09, 2006 10:21 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Stupid or Criminal or Both?
Replies: 15
Views: 1507

Completely off-topic: I happen to not mind corrupted Latin, as my signature will attest to. I took Latin for five years in high school--not very long, but long enough to know what the correct form of my signature is. I chose my quote for specific reasons, namely because as written it plays an import...
by miranda
Sat Dec 09, 2006 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 342362

Last night I listened to the first three discs of this 5-disc set, on Astree/Naive; the first two were a wonderful recording of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers , and the third was an equally wonderful rendering of Charpentier's Canticum ad beatum Virginem Mariam . All had the pristine sound and impeccable...
by miranda
Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Classical radio on its way out in D.C.
Replies: 18
Views: 3933

Re: Classical radio on its way out in D.C.

Classical listeners account for a very small percentage of the overall radio listening public. Do we? Yep. Bad demographic. Always older (not the treasured 18-35 group), better educated, richer, smaller slice of market. Older? Not quite always. :wink: I'm 35, soon to turn 36 in February. Better edu...
by miranda
Fri Dec 08, 2006 3:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Classical radio on its way out in D.C.
Replies: 18
Views: 3933

Lance, I for one would love it if you'd start a radio station....I'm sure everyone here would tune in. But between Christmas shopping and having some much-needed dental work done, I'm a bit strapped financially at the moment.... I like what Alex Ross has to say about the WGMS situation: WGMS says go...
by miranda
Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 342362

John Cage--Roaratorio

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by miranda
Wed Dec 06, 2006 7:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: America's Sickest Family - Bar None - Is At It Again
Replies: 3
Views: 678

Hopefully the police can handle these despicable morons.


I'm glad that the organization The Patriot Riders exists.
by miranda
Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:08 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Content Control on CMG
Replies: 34
Views: 3574

Re: Heading

I wish people here could get equally worked up about epidemic sexual exploitation of children, especially in the Third World. Agreed, Ralph. Doesn't anybody love anybody (as neighbors and fellow earth-dwellers) any more? Humanity is on the decline, or so it would appear. So, to answer some of your ...
by miranda
Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:03 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Finally, A Museum About "The War to End All Wars"
Replies: 22
Views: 1854

Those structures all deserve an individual critiquing (by which I do not mean criticism), but of the ones you mention, the only one that bothers me (rather inside and out, I might add, and I don't consider myself an art Philistine), is the Hirshhorn. To me the most utilitarian of the Mall museums i...
by miranda
Mon Dec 04, 2006 10:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 237358

Hey! Where did all the jazz fans go? It's been very quiet here lately. I'm right here. I just have been listening to more classical music than jazz lately. (Imagine that!) However, I did listen to this a little while ago--am I the only Cecil Taylor fan on this board? It would be a shame if I am. ht...
by miranda
Sat Dec 02, 2006 8:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 342362

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by miranda
Sat Nov 25, 2006 10:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 342362

Been doing a lot of intensive listening this past week. First the spectacular Mahler Symphony #2, led by Michael Tilson Thomas and featuring the San Francisco Symphony, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, and Isabel Bayrakdarian. I haven't liked Mahler in the past; I'm glad I gave him another chance. This is a...
by miranda
Sat Nov 25, 2006 9:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Robert Altman Dead at 81
Replies: 12
Views: 1159

I enjoyed most his "Gosford Park." This was a beautifully-crafted period piece, and a send-off of an Agatha Christie sort of mystery. But there was so much rich content in this film, that it took a couple of viewings to catch it all. The characters were terrific - especially Maggie Smith as a sniff...
by miranda
Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: best recording of Faure's Requiem?
Replies: 12
Views: 8635

Lance, I may have to check out that Shaw recording.

Thanks, all!
by miranda
Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 342362

I've been on a Beethoven kick lately...again. I listened to the Missa Solemnis (for the first time!), with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysses, directed by Phillipe Herreweghe. An amazingly gorgeous recording. http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/41/a2/37ea1363ada038c2cf45d010._AA240_.L.jpg T...
by miranda
Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Baghdad Becoming Safer
Replies: 88
Views: 9265

This is off-topic, but I would just like to make a plug here for the excellent documentary Iraq in Fragments , which I saw just recently. It's only an hour and a half long, but manages to say, and show, more eloquence and visual beauty than most current films. It's divided into thirds: the first hal...
by miranda
Sat Nov 11, 2006 7:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 342362

Today I listened to the two discs of the Violin Sonatas, Op. 5, Complete, of Arcangelo Corelli, (1653-1713), exquisitely performed by Andrew Manze (violin), and Richard Egarr (harpsichord), on the harmonia mundi label. And then today I had the revelatory experience of listening to the always amazing...
by miranda
Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: No, No, No-This Can't Be True!
Replies: 17
Views: 1600

The escort failed a lie detector test on Friday that he had volunteered to take, but the man who administered the test said the results might have been skewed because Mr. Jones had slept little and was suffering from a migraine. Mr. Jones insisted he was telling the truth and said he would take ano...
by miranda
Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Marin Marais
Replies: 6
Views: 1000

I have four cd's of the five books of Marin Marais' viol music, and I love them all, although I haven't listened to them in a while. My first exposure to his music was, like that of many people, by seeing the movie Tous les Matins du Monde years ago, (as referenced by Corlyss D, above) and I've been...
by miranda
Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Turner Not-So-Classic Movies
Replies: 31
Views: 2484

So ... don't watch them. If someone else takes them seriously, or simply enjoys them, that's their business. Amen. I love noir films. Double Indemnity is one of my favorite movies of all time. Other favorite noir films of mine: Out of the Past , Night of the Hunter (boy could Robert Mitchum be cree...
by miranda
Mon Oct 30, 2006 8:16 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Favorite Poets?
Replies: 35
Views: 3839

I'm reviving this thread. I believe that certain song lyrics can be poetry; this is one of my favorite songs, by the great Italian singer/songwriter Paolo Conte. Canto tutto e niente Una musica senza musica Dove tutto e niente Come musica nella musica... Suona tutto e niente. Una musica nella musica...
by miranda
Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:05 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Don't matter where YOU are, DANCE!!!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 707

That was great. Thanks for posting this, Corlyss. One day, I intend on visiting all of these places. So far, out of the places he showed, I've been to Seattle (I know exactly where the statue of the troll is that he's dancing in front of), London, San Francisco, China, and New Mexico. I can't wait t...
by miranda
Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:36 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: My First Strike Authorization Vote
Replies: 20
Views: 1678

My other union story (other than that newspaper strike, which still means something to me even though I was only ten or eleven years old; we read the quickly defunct Journal American and even then I missed it). When I was at Yale the maintenance union had a strike. The maintenance union always had ...
by miranda
Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are You Watching and/or Reading?
Replies: 128
Views: 21097

Gary, as far as I know, Max Scheck was no relation to Lon Chaney, although they both belonged to the brotherhood of great early horror films. Murnau's Nosferatu is amazing--it's much, much better and has a greater intensity than Herzog's version; if you ever get the chance to see it on the big scree...
by miranda
Fri Oct 27, 2006 3:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 342362

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by miranda
Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:25 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Scorsese's 'The Departed'
Replies: 1
Views: 505

I have no desire to see this movie, because I feel that the original movie it's based on, Infernal Affairs , is unlikely to be improved upon. I would urge anyone considering watching The Departed to go and rent Infernal Affairs first, and judge for yourself. http://critikcine.canalblog.com/images/in...
by miranda
Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:20 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Firearms and the NBA
Replies: 23
Views: 1974

I'm fond of morningstars, myself.

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by miranda
Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: HOLY CRAP! Has Never Been More Appropriate
Replies: 22
Views: 2238

Indeed, that's the whole point: they didn't take it seriously, which was its great redeeming feature. It's when comic books try to imagine themselves as An Art Form (and try to elevate themselves with neologisms like "graphic novel") that is the offense against Taste & Decency :-) Cheers, ~Karl I h...
by miranda
Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 342362

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Absolutely sublime. I think i'll be listening to these discs all week.
by miranda
Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are You Watching and/or Reading?
Replies: 128
Views: 21097

Madame----hahaha! I need to re-watch Zelig--it's been many years since I've seen it. Tomorrow night, I'm going to the American Film Institute to see F.W. Murnau's original 1922 version of Nosferatu , with keyboard and percussion accompaniment. It's just the sort of movie I want to watch around the t...
by miranda
Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Do World Wars EVER End?
Replies: 13
Views: 1113

I don't think there will ever be an end to wars, world or otherwise, until the human race ceases to exist. Yes, I am a total and complete pessimist on this matter.
by miranda
Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: A Fine Decision from the N.J. Supreme Court
Replies: 27
Views: 2089

Go New Jersey!
by miranda
Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:18 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: "Blind Spots"
Replies: 60
Views: 6195

I love Uchida's playing, particularly her playing of Schubert's piano work.

I have many, many blind spots. Mahler? Strauss? Respighi? Most opera? Most of Messaien and Ligeti? Wagner? Tchaikovsky? Schoenberg? All=ugh, and I'm sure I can think of others, but I'm tired and it's late...
by miranda
Wed Oct 25, 2006 7:17 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Civil Disobedience Protest of the Month
Replies: 4
Views: 541

What a bunch of bullsh*t.
by miranda
Tue Oct 24, 2006 4:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Each country's finest composer
Replies: 129
Views: 11668

OK, here's a list: North Carolina: Thelonius Sphere Monk Yeah!!!!!!!!!! Also, Lousiana: Louis Armstrong Washington, D.C. : Duke Ellington Alabama/Chicago/New York/Philadelphia--Sun Ra Illinois/New York : Miles Davis Ohio: Albert Ayler Texas: Ornette Coleman Arizona/California: Charles Mingus anothe...
by miranda
Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Each country's finest composer
Replies: 129
Views: 11668

I'm gonna go ahead and break some, if not all, of paulb's rules. You're a braver woman than I am, Miranda. I couldn't do it. I got as far as Spain - Alfonso el Sabio France - Perotin/Leonin and realized that those wouldn't even make good conversation here. :D Talk to me about these composers, Corly...
by miranda
Tue Oct 24, 2006 2:15 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Each country's finest composer
Replies: 129
Views: 11668

I'm gonna go ahead and break some, if not all, of paulb's rules. In my personal, individual opinion, J.S. Bach was the greatest classical composer who ever lived, in any country. Just my opinion. Norway--Grieg Germany--Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Handel, Hildegard of Bingen, Schumann Austria--Mozart, S...
by miranda
Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: For Golijov Fans
Replies: 1
Views: 490

I'm not a huge fan of Dawn Upshaw, but I love the album "Ayre" that she did with Golijov.
by miranda
Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Bourbon anyone?
Replies: 22
Views: 1600

Ok, I forgive you :wink: Has anyone tried a Bourbon float? I actually have tried one of these, in my younger, sillier college days. Not recommended, unless you want to probably spend some time riding the porcelain bus. (as opposed to root bear float) I generally avoid putting any kind of animals in...
by miranda
Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Can't a Celeb Get ANY privacy?
Replies: 4
Views: 531

http://www.familywatchdog.us/Search.asp

according to this site, there are 79 in my immediate area.
by miranda
Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:27 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Beaux Arts Trio
Replies: 5
Views: 797

I saw them perform live when I was a little kid. I don't remember what they played, but they sounded terrific.
by miranda
Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 237358

Nina Simone--Silk and Soul http://eil.com/newGallery/Nina-Simone-Silk--Soul-363119.jpg Perfect late night listening, from a consummate artist, blessed with an unmistakable voice. Next up: a little-known gem of an album, Weary Blues, featuring the beautiful poetry of Langston Hughes set to the equall...
by miranda
Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:31 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: For Steve Reich Fans
Replies: 7
Views: 1320

Some old friends/housemates of mine in Portland, OR were students of David Schiff's, and they all adored him; he is a truly gifted and brilliant teacher, by all reports. And it was those students that got me interested in music by John Cage, Arvo Part, Glenn Gould performing Bach, Meredith Monk, as ...
by miranda
Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Works that you gain from listening to repeatedly....
Replies: 32
Views: 5033

Re: Works that you gain from listening to repeatedly....

I know that for a lot of people here, there's probably too many to list, but I'm just interested in your current absolute favorites--pieces that are like dear friends to you, that you turn to when you need to feel uplifted, exalted, calmed, or even emotionally overwhelmed. I realize, of course, tha...
by miranda
Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Bourbon anyone?
Replies: 22
Views: 1600

I'm currently not drinking any more, mainly for health reasons (i.e. trying to lose weight), but in the past I've enjoyed Jim Beam Black Label, which has been aged for eight years and is available for under 20 bucks for 25 ounces (I think--haven't checked the prices lately.) Knob Creek is wonderful,...
by miranda
Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Telling my kids
Replies: 15
Views: 1111

Sounds like the kids were lucky to have you as their teacher, for the time that they did. It's a shame that there aren't more teachers like yourself in the U.S. public school system--and that the good ones like yourself all too often quit, or get burned out.
by miranda
Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Works that you gain from listening to repeatedly....
Replies: 32
Views: 5033

Works that you gain from listening to repeatedly....

I know that for a lot of people here, there's probably too many to list, but I'm just interested in your current absolute favorites--pieces that are like dear friends to you, that you turn to when you need to feel uplifted, exalted, calmed, or even emotionally overwhelmed. I realize, of course, that...
by miranda
Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The ongoing tale of Richard Mcnair...
Replies: 4
Views: 441

The ongoing tale of Richard Mcnair...

There is a great article about this guy in the October 9th issue of the New Yorker. He is an intelligent, cunning, and resourceful convicted murderer, "the first person in thirteen years to escape successfully from a maximum-security federal prison." My favorite part of the article is Mark Singer's ...
by miranda
Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Stingray leaps into boat, stabs man in chest.....
Replies: 8
Views: 740

Stingray leaps into boat, stabs man in chest.....

Stingray leaps into boat, stabs man in chest POSTED: 6:54 a.m. EDT, October 19, 2006 MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) -- A leaping stingray stabbed an 81-year-old Florida boater in the chest, authorities said Wednesday, leaving its poisonous stinger lodged close to his heart in an incident recalling the one...