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by karlhenning
Thu Apr 28, 2005 12:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Google and CMG
Replies: 17
Views: 3482

Corlyss_D wrote:My excuse is Armybratism. What's yours?
Oh, I borrow excuses pretty freely.
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 28, 2005 12:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Google and CMG
Replies: 17
Views: 3482

Bad Relative

Don't feel bad; I don't make such a good absolute, either.

Cheers,
~Karl
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 28, 2005 8:59 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Levine and Wuorinen Not Gruntled With Music Critics
Replies: 34
Views: 9626

Can a Piece Be Too Gruntling?

A Taxing Program Like This Is Worth a Varsity Letter

Of the Danielpour premiere:
Kozinn wrote:It is easy on the ear and as pretty as can be, but after a while a listener wanted at least a hint of a challenge, or at least a few flecks of grit to suggest the music's contemporary provenance.
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 28, 2005 8:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Dittersdorf Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 4588

operafan wrote:... I can personally attest that Ditters von Dittersdorf was never to blame for any of the music for Sagan. He worked on the Keppler action figure. :D
The action figure? Wasn't that the work of Hummel ...?
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 28, 2005 8:20 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Recommendations for more music like.....
Replies: 17
Views: 3250

Was it disinclination? Or was he not actually a bit exasperated rarely to manage a basic opening allegro ? I've heard that suggestion; but I since found Shostakovich too creative and too productive (without merely mass producing), to feel that 'exasperation' plays much of any role in his oeuvre. I ...
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 28, 2005 7:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Recommendations for more music like.....
Replies: 17
Views: 3250

Come to think of it, the slow movements of Shostakovich symphonies might be a mine... Quite a rich mine, too. There's the justly famous Largo from the Fifth Symphony . The Sixth Symphony opens with a desolate Largo . (Well "desolate Largo " will quickly become a worn-out phrase here ....) The Cello...
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 28, 2005 6:50 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Dittersdorf Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 4588

Dittersdorf ... is he that Tim Conway character in composerly guise?

("There's a little Dittersdorf in all of us ....")
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 28, 2005 6:24 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Recommendations for more music like.....
Replies: 17
Views: 3250

Re: Recommendations for more music like.....

karlhenning wrote:
rdmusc wrote:Looking for recommendations for music like:

Samuel Barber - Adagio For Strings ...
The Shostakovich Tenth Symphony, first movement.
Like the Barber Adagio, the opening movement of the Shostakovich Tenth is long-breathed and elegiac, wonderfully composed.

Cheers,
~Karl
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 28, 2005 5:44 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Recommendations for more music like.....
Replies: 17
Views: 3250

Re: Recommendations for more music like.....

rdmusc wrote:Looking for recommendations for music like:

Samuel Barber - Adagio For Strings
Vaughn Williams - Symphony #5 Third movement

Thanks
The Shostakovich Tenth Symphony, first movement.
by karlhenning
Wed Apr 27, 2005 2:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Levine and Wuorinen Not Gruntled With Music Critics
Replies: 34
Views: 9626

ACS Pierrot Site

Separately ...

Here is a fascinating Pierrot Lunaire resource

(Well ... speaking of works which don't gruntle some folks ....)

Cheers,
~Karl
by karlhenning
Wed Apr 27, 2005 10:51 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Forget Avian Flu, Organ Leprosy Threatens to Invade U.S.
Replies: 13
Views: 2917

Love-Toad

MaestroDJS wrote:And you think you have problems...

BBC News: Mystery of German exploding toads
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4486247.stm
BBC wrote:The site - which has been dubbed "the pond of death" - has been closed to the public.
Purists have corrected the copy to The Pond of Verklärung

Cheers,
~Karl
by karlhenning
Wed Apr 27, 2005 10:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: High Drama at the Oregon Symphony
Replies: 30
Views: 11168

Herman wrote:I say this guy is fried.
No, Herman.

Kalmar alla griglia

Cheers,
~Karl
by karlhenning
Wed Apr 27, 2005 6:42 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: John Rutter - some insights
Replies: 6
Views: 2035

Re: Ship with No Rutter

I saw a feature about Rutter and noted that, as prolific as he is, he still uses manuscript paper and quill-point pen. No Sibelius or Finale for him. Actually, he is quite the Poster Composer for Sibelius. [ Find him halfway down this page. ] (For the record, I use Finale for preparation of score a...
by karlhenning
Wed Apr 27, 2005 6:39 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: CMG enlists PETER SCHENKMAN as Cello Specialist
Replies: 47
Views: 8040

et dixit illis angelus nolite timere

Word Maestro : You have nought to fear; I speak music, and make music with, very musical amateurs all the time, and I appreciate the great importance of amateurs in and for the Art. And insofar as I possess expertise, it rests in the character and quality of the composition I create, not in the app...
by karlhenning
Tue Apr 26, 2005 3:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A Copyright Protection Bill That Must Become Law
Replies: 25
Views: 4641

In the latest dispatch from the front lines of America's culture war, a group of self-appointed conservative censors has created The above wording is what I am railing about, not the ancillary minutia about TV, Airline and Capt Kangaroo audiences. That's fine. Only, what have you got against Cpt Ka...
by karlhenning
Tue Apr 26, 2005 2:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: MARK G. SIMON enlisted as CMG's Winds Specialist
Replies: 22
Views: 4057

Bravo, Mark!

Excellent appointment, Lance!
by karlhenning
Tue Apr 26, 2005 2:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A Copyright Protection Bill That Must Become Law
Replies: 25
Views: 4641

Me, I think "losing the F word" is a triumph of sense and good taste.

But that is just one consideration.

Cheers,
~Karl
by karlhenning
Tue Apr 26, 2005 2:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: High Drama at the Oregon Symphony
Replies: 30
Views: 11168

pizza wrote:- Dr. Herbert Henning
Volksstimm, October 1998
Boy, the place is getting fairly crowded with Drs Henning ....
by karlhenning
Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: CMG enlists PETER SCHENKMAN as Cello Specialist
Replies: 47
Views: 8040

cellos don't get old; they just need occasional re-stringing.
by karlhenning
Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:40 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: CMG enlists PETER SCHENKMAN as Cello Specialist
Replies: 47
Views: 8040

Corlyss_D wrote:Why is it that violas get ragged on so much?
Well, they're distinct from the viola d'amore.

The modern viola gets little love :-)
by karlhenning
Tue Apr 26, 2005 10:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: CMG enlists PETER SCHENKMAN as Cello Specialist
Replies: 47
Views: 8040

Mixed

But the oboe, all double-reeds ... an innate duality, don't you think? Yin/Yang ....
by karlhenning
Tue Apr 26, 2005 10:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: John Rutter - some insights
Replies: 6
Views: 2035

Ship with No Rutter

Hi, Susan . I'm afraid I can't stand Rutter - and I admit I've never even heard of his orchestral music. I find his choral music banal. I admit I have no interest in seeking out his orchestral music. Occasionally, you run into a Rutter anthem which is really very well written music. But for long str...
by karlhenning
Tue Apr 26, 2005 7:59 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Ceremonial Spewing
Replies: 6
Views: 1583

Ralph wrote:... issue-inspired regurgitation.
Go, Crimson!
by karlhenning
Mon Apr 25, 2005 8:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: CMG enlists PETER SCHENKMAN as Cello Specialist
Replies: 47
Views: 8040

Addendum

And that Schoenberg/Monn Concerto is fun, fun stuff!
by karlhenning
Mon Apr 25, 2005 8:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: CMG enlists PETER SCHENKMAN as Cello Specialist
Replies: 47
Views: 8040

Respectful Dissent

Welcome, Peter Shenkman!
Werner wrote:I've always had the sense that two instruments are the most expressive in the orchestra - the cello and the oboe. Do I hear any agreement or disagreement?
Oh, a clarinetist may possibly entertain qualified disagreement :-)

Cheers,
~Karl
by karlhenning
Mon Apr 25, 2005 2:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Ravel's Piano Concertos
Replies: 16
Views: 4366

Sympony in Three Mvts, WWII

... the same significance for Ravel as (say) Stravinsky's Symphony In Three Movements does for ITS composer--both works represent their authors' reaction to the war's effects. I don't know that this is at all a fair description of the Symphony in Three Movements . For one thing, the second movement...
by karlhenning
Mon Apr 25, 2005 1:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Ravel's Piano Concertos
Replies: 16
Views: 4366

Prokofiev Opus 125

Leinsdorf was rather before my time :-)

I was a longish while warming to the Symphony-Concerto; but now I think very highly of it. I wanted to know what a cellist thought of it.

Cheers,
~Karl
by karlhenning
Mon Apr 25, 2005 11:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Ravel's Piano Concertos
Replies: 16
Views: 4366

Prokofiev Concerto No. 4

Someone brought up the Prokofiev Left Hand Concerto (No. 4), I like most Prokofiev but the 4th Concerto I would rate well below his best efforts, it really goes nowhere and takes over half an hour to get there. Below his best efforts , I will allow; but then, his best efforts rank high indeed. The ...
by karlhenning
Mon Apr 25, 2005 9:36 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Watching TV Makes You Smarter . . . .
Replies: 15
Views: 3763

Re: Big Mute Button

Ralph wrote:
karlhenning wrote:HAPPY TV-TURNOFF WEEK 2005!
*****

Is that this week?
Beginning today.

Not that our own compliance will mean that this week in our home is much different to any week other :-)

Cheers,
~Karl
by karlhenning
Mon Apr 25, 2005 7:50 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Ravel's Piano Concertos
Replies: 16
Views: 4366

Prokofiev Concerto No. 4

Dave: Do you know the Prokofiev left-hand concerto?

Cheers,
~Karl
by karlhenning
Fri Apr 22, 2005 2:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Culture in Utah-Going, going...
Replies: 19
Views: 4021

Mission Immusical

Mr Ralph, there are two very nicely dressed violists here to see you ....
by karlhenning
Fri Apr 22, 2005 12:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Good Time For a Concert
Replies: 12
Views: 2723

Missa somnolis

Barry: The Missa solemnis would knock me out, right after a large lunch ....
by karlhenning
Fri Apr 22, 2005 9:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Ghost concert to revive music of the past
Replies: 16
Views: 3523

Re: Demo vs. Concert

Perhaps they can bring in some Victorian Era "Fainting Couches" and bottles of smelling salts for those delicate creatures unable to bear the strain. Consideration for delicate creatures is neighborly. I keep forgetting that delicacy ought to have been bred out of us moderns long ere now. (Smash so...
by karlhenning
Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Ghost concert to revive music of the past
Replies: 16
Views: 3523

Demo vs. Concert

I think you are missing the point of the demonstration. That may be, but the article calls it a "phantom concert", a "ghost concert", and speaks of a concert by two virtuosi, long dead. Associations with what "concert" means, will creep out some people (many people, perhaps). So, if we are not to m...
by karlhenning
Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:22 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Good Time For a Concert
Replies: 12
Views: 2723

American Orchestras of a Sunday

herman wrote:Pardon me saying so but I think it's just another example of the way American orchestras just love shooting themselves in their overpaid feet, refusing to play Sunday afternoons.
Both the BSO and the semi-pro Boston Phil play Sunday afternoons.

Cheers,
~Karl
by karlhenning
Fri Apr 22, 2005 6:32 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Brooding Piano Recommendations for a Novice?
Replies: 15
Views: 6496

Re: Brooding Piano Recommendations for a Novice?

Welcome, ddionysus!
ddionysus wrote:Hello!
... I am looking for dark, pensive, contemplative piano-only classical pieces
Ravel, Gaspard de la nuit
Prokofiev, Visions fugitives

Cheers,
~Karl
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 21, 2005 3:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Levine and Wuorinen Not Gruntled With Music Critics
Replies: 34
Views: 9626

I can't imagine anyone claiming that anything by Stockhausen, for example, is easier to listen to than anything by John Adams. Well, it's not my favorite music necessarily ... but I find Stockhausen's Mantra easier to listen to than some Adams . Schoenberg's Violin and Piano Concertos are among the...
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 21, 2005 3:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Levine and Wuorinen Not Gruntled With Music Critics
Replies: 34
Views: 9626

I'm in real danger of getting totally out of my league here. I come at this after 45 years of passionate interest in classical music and the same number of years as avid collector of recordings, plus a bookworm's insatiable thirst for knowledge. What I don't have is extensive technical musical trai...
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 21, 2005 2:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Levine and Wuorinen Not Gruntled With Music Critics
Replies: 34
Views: 9626

I suppose the only major point that's set in concrete for me is the abandonment of Western traditional tonality of approx. 800 years and the subsequent exploration of alternate systems of organizing musical tones. Well, we are likely going to differ on the facts, as well as on their significance. S...
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 21, 2005 1:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Levine and Wuorinen Not Gruntled With Music Critics
Replies: 34
Views: 9626

You Say Ultra-Modernist, I Say Revolutionary

Clearly, there is no authoritative voice to determine the meaning of these terms. It's fun, but really pointless, to argue over them. I would use the term "revolutionary" for Beethoven. "Modernist" is generally not used in reference to music before the 20th century. No matter. I call it discussion ...
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 21, 2005 1:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Levine and Wuorinen Not Gruntled With Music Critics
Replies: 34
Views: 9626

Tonal Yodel-ay-hee-hoo

FrankAderholdt wrote:Certainly they would not compose in a "tonal" idiom.
If we can scare up a live link to the collective interview, you will find interesting some discussion among Levine, Harbison and Wuorinen over what "tonal" might mean.

Cheers,
~Karl
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 21, 2005 1:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Levine and Wuorinen Not Gruntled With Music Critics
Replies: 34
Views: 9626

Beethoven: Unbending Modernist Before It Was Cool

And by the way: In no case could Beethoven be considered the "unbending modernist" of his day. I disagree. Clearly he "bent" for no one, but his own musical fancy. And as for the other, you're defining "modernist" too narrowly, and tailoring it specifically to our day. Beethoven was alarmingly mode...
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 21, 2005 12:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Classical music that's POLITICALLY INCORRECT...!
Replies: 21
Views: 3970

Re: Classical music that's POLITICALLY INCORRECT...!

Wallingford wrote:Or Bartok's "Slightly Tipsy." We just CAN'T laugh at alcoholism these days, can we?
Does that mean that productions of Petrushka are a thing of the past?
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 21, 2005 10:44 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Levine and Wuorinen Not Gruntled With Music Critics
Replies: 34
Views: 9626

Unbending II

Also, wasn't Beethoven an unbending, "ultra-modern" composer in his time? Our context is not Beethoven's of course, and I myself believe that "The Beethoven Card" came to be tiresomely overplayed in the last century ... but the fact remains, a great artist must be true to himself, must speak with hi...
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 21, 2005 10:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Levine and Wuorinen Not Gruntled With Music Critics
Replies: 34
Views: 9626

Unbending

The unbending, "ultra-modern" composers ... Who are these? I must see if there is a live link (I think that the New York Times on-line articles are migrated to for-pay content after a set period) to the collective interview; in one of his remarks (to which my own review refers) Harbison speaks of S...
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:46 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Levine and Wuorinen Not Gruntled With Music Critics
Replies: 34
Views: 9626

Not that Kosman's Writing Is At All At Fault

Some folks, like the late English novelist Kingsley Amis, think they'll be waiting indefinitely. " Twentieth-century music is like pedophilia ," Amis wrote. "No matter how persuasively and persistently its champions urge their cause, it will never be accepted by the public at large, who will contin...
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Religioso, Ma Non Troppo
Replies: 4
Views: 2730

Jefferson

Hi, jbuck . Perhaps you know of the obelisk which marks Jefferson's grave ... After his death, a family member found a sketch prepared by Jefferson, containing instructions for his tombstone. Jefferson desired that his grave be marked by an obelisk inscribed with the three accomplishments for which ...
by karlhenning
Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Mozart symphony No.39
Replies: 23
Views: 9901

Corlyss_D wrote:
karlhenning wrote: Monteverdi * * * I'll argue that he was a composer of great stature.
That's not an arguable point, Karl. It's a scietific fact and a law of nature.
Thank you for that; you have spared me unnecessary (though pleasant) labor :-)
by karlhenning
Wed Apr 20, 2005 8:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Riccardo Muti in Chicago?
Replies: 6
Views: 1763

He apparently doesn't want to be one of those conductors who holds two or three directorships at once. That's one thing I like about him. Yes, Barry . It is one thing — grateful though I am that the BSO is playing so much more musically this season than they had been in AOD (Advanced Ozawa Decay) —...