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by Wallingford
Mon May 16, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Julius La Rosa R.I.P.
Replies: 5
Views: 1914

Re: Julius La Rosa R.I.P.

For the record, Dennis Day did the song on a mid-50s episode of radio's The Jack Benny Program, and Day just can't suppress his own laughter as the song wears on.

It must've been that whistling part at the end of each verse that gets both of 'em.
by Wallingford
Mon May 16, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Julius La Rosa R.I.P.
Replies: 5
Views: 1914

Re: Julius La Rosa R.I.P.

Ah, Mr. LaRosa.

"Eh Cumpari" was a million-selling single. Who can ever forget LaRosa's not-quite-flawless performance, in which, after each repetition of the memory trick of all those instruments, LaRosa makes the damnedest effort not to burst out laughing?
by Wallingford
Fri May 13, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century
Replies: 43
Views: 6648

Re: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century

Saint-Saens wrote a Requiem, a Mass, and a Christmas Oratorio.

Not the greatest, but still quite enjoyable.
by Wallingford
Wed May 11, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance is around, but ...
Replies: 6
Views: 2161

Re: Lance is around, but ...

Hi Lance:

Sorry I only got to this thread (and site) today as I was dealing yesterday with health issues of my own (my periodic dizzy spells, and a backache). But I feel sad for your predicament and hope you'll be back to normal in little time at all.

Sincerely,
Neil
by Wallingford
Wed Apr 06, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Francis 75.
Replies: 26
Views: 6189

Re: John Francis 75.

Amen to what JB said. Hope it's a super one. :D
by Wallingford
Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the Musical Heritage Society still active.
Replies: 7
Views: 2533

Re: Is the Musical Heritage Society still active.

MHS is to be honored for its long commitment to unusual, unrecorded repertory. One of my old piano profs, Daniel Graham, recorded for MHS in the 70s (and financed the recording with several thousand dollars of his own money) the Henselt Etudes and the Szymanowski Sonatas, as well as the Anton Rubins...
by Wallingford
Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2508276

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy (Robertson, live w/SFS)
by Wallingford
Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2508276

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Stehman's Symphonie de Poche and Chant Funebre (Remoortel).
by Wallingford
Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Question About Grieg
Replies: 3
Views: 1552

Re: A Question About Grieg

Another large-scale work of Grieg's is the Piano Sonata, Op. 7--another product of his student days in Leipzig. Has its moments, is all I can say. There was also a projected unfinished opera, Olav Trygvason . Here's another noteworthy Lyric Piece , called "Bell Ringing".....Debussy must've had this ...
by Wallingford
Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2508276

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Bela Fleck's Banjo Concerto (Fleck, live w/Guerrero, Cleveland Orch. )
by Wallingford
Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Bernstein And Bruckner
Replies: 10
Views: 2994

Re: Leonard Bernstein And Bruckner

OK, now it's fixed above....thanks for the alert.
by Wallingford
Sat Feb 27, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Bernstein And Bruckner
Replies: 10
Views: 2994

Re: Leonard Bernstein And Bruckner

It's rather unlikely Saint-Saens had much exposure to Bruckner's music until, perhaps, the last decade or so of his life (he did die in 1921). No, among the Austrian masters, Saint-Saens focused on Beethoven and Mozart: a few years before he reached the age of ten, he could play all five Beethoven c...
by Wallingford
Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grammys Feb. 15, 2016-Classical Music Winners-Really?
Replies: 8
Views: 2967

Re: Grammys Feb. 15, 2016-Classical Music Winners-Really?

I'm interested in the Ravel L'Enfant--I'm curious for hearing any performance of his two operas.
by Wallingford
Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2508276

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Sibelius' En Saga (Robertson)
by Wallingford
Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2508276

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Sowerby's Prairie and From the Northland (D. Dixon)
by Wallingford
Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2508276

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Haydn's 102nd (Beecham...live w/CSO)
by Wallingford
Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2508276

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Saint-Saens's La jeunesse d'Hercule (Pretre/VSO)
by Wallingford
Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2508276

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schumann's First (Masur...live w/BSO)
by Wallingford
Fri Feb 05, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical musicians born in the YEAR OF THE MONKEY!
Replies: 0
Views: 969

Classical musicians born in the YEAR OF THE MONKEY!

2016 : THE YEAR OF THE FIRE MONKEY On February 8, we will be entering the Lunar New Year, and in China the Year of the Monkey will be celebrated. As a refresher to how the various "animal years" were initiated: the legend of the god Buddha relates that, when he was to leave the earth, he invited al...
by Wallingford
Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Cortot 40CD Set
Replies: 13
Views: 2849

Re: Alfred Cortot 40CD Set

The cover's not too tempting. It's rather disheartening. Warner should've used a photo from when his hair was still black. By the time the present photo was taken, Cortot couldn't play two right notes in succession, and his already-faulty memory was further failing him.
by Wallingford
Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Called to jury duty
Replies: 20
Views: 3421

Re: Called to jury duty

If you want a better chance at being dismissed early, fall asleep. That's what I did both times I served (was dismissed the first time, not the second).
by Wallingford
Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierre Boulez dies at 90
Replies: 38
Views: 7147

Re: Pierre Boulez dies at 90

He wouldn't do Shostakovich or Gubaidulina.

The only Prokofiev he conducted was the Scythian Suite.
by Wallingford
Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierre Boulez dies at 90
Replies: 38
Views: 7147

Re: Pierre Boulez dies at 90

When I think of Boulez, my mind turns immediately to all the fine contemporary composers he DIDN'T conduct.
by Wallingford
Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Time for my annual Christmas post
Replies: 10
Views: 2890

Re: Time for my annual Christmas post

Happy Christmas to all (to quote the dubious Clement C. Moore).
by Wallingford
Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The 2015 Kennedy Center Honors
Replies: 2
Views: 815

The 2015 Kennedy Center Honors

....at least I'm not outraged this time out:

http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/ ... ts/honors/
by Wallingford
Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Obama's Official Playlist
Replies: 12
Views: 2722

Re: Obama's Official Playlist

Leave it to Obama to bestow upon Al Green a Kennedy Center Honor!
by Wallingford
Tue Dec 15, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who recalls conductor NICOLAI MALKO?
Replies: 5
Views: 1680

Re: Who recalls conductor NICOLAI MALKO?

I have the 2-CD set on Danacord (549-550) of Malko's EMI recordings with the Philharmonia and the Danish Radio Sym.

The man did very fine work indeed.
by Wallingford
Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Love & Mercy"
Replies: 2
Views: 4353

"Love & Mercy"

I just thought, before we get inundated with Star Wars posts, that I'd comment on a film I recently saw, Love & Mercy --the story of Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson's struggle out of mental illness. Wilson began losing it around 1964, when he threw a tantrum on a plane on tour. (The movie, however, p...
by Wallingford
Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Obama's Official Playlist
Replies: 12
Views: 2722

Re: Obama's Official Playlist

Horowitz reportedly said of Carter, "He does know his music."

As for Obama's playlist, even though he's about my age, at least he's not an old fart like me who ignores contemporary pop of the last 15 years.
by Wallingford
Wed Dec 09, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on getting rid of my classical CDs
Replies: 4
Views: 1402

Question on getting rid of my classical CDs

These weeks I've been boxing up belongings for an impending move, to smaller quarters. I've done a lot of pruning down of my stuff, particularly my CD library. I've ripped copious quantities of these to my laptop--both commercial discs and CD-Rs. When I phoned various CD outlets about the possibilit...
by Wallingford
Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ormandy's all-Sibelius box is out!
Replies: 15
Views: 2697

Re: Ormandy's all-Sibelius box is out!

Rather a shame Sony/BMG couldn't find room for Ormandy's mid-50s performance of Tapiola, a fine one indeed.
by Wallingford
Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy Birthday, RebLem!
Replies: 4
Views: 1412

Re: Happy Birthday, RebLem!

Likewise. Hope it was a great one.
by Wallingford
Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy birthday, Karl Henning!
Replies: 13
Views: 2678

Re: Happy birthday, Karl Henning!

Hope it was a ganz toll one!

--Neil
by Wallingford
Sun Sep 27, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Where to recycle CDs
Replies: 0
Views: 1543

Where to recycle CDs

http://cdrecyclingcenter.org/recycle-now/index I just thought I'd list the above address for the benefit of anyone wondering what to do with discarded discs--like me, for instance: I'm on my second or third CD-R recorder, a used one, and it's been temperamental about recording on a specific CD (the ...
by Wallingford
Sun Sep 27, 2015 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Unearthed recordings by Josef Krips & SFSO
Replies: 0
Views: 1492

Unearthed recordings by Josef Krips & SFSO

Don't know why I didn't latch onto these before, but as we know, Josef Krips never saw fit to make any commercial recordings while music director of the San Francisco Symphony (1963-70). He never thought they were quite good enough! In those years he occupied himself with rebuilding the orchestra (w...
by Wallingford
Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Gieseking: we don't hear much about him these days
Replies: 9
Views: 1482

Re: Walter Gieseking: we don't hear much about him these day

I don't like Gieseking's Mozart & Beethoven performances; both composers sound emasculated, dressed in a pink tutu. It would seem as if the pianist perceived those composers's works (as well as those masters who preceded them) as thoroughly lacking in expression and passion. One "foolproof" way I ca...
by Wallingford
Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any of you have noteworthy classical music memorabilia?
Replies: 21
Views: 4025

Re: Any of you have noteworthy classical music memorabilia?

When I lived in Eugene, I was at an early-90s concert where the local orchestra played one of Hovhaness' many symphonies, and he was present along with an aide/partner. I had him sign my program, but I lost it in the move to Seattle.
by Wallingford
Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on transferring Windows Media Player library
Replies: 8
Views: 1651

Re: Question on transferring Windows Media Player library

An update on my whole situation: The Computer Doctors in Ft. Collins sold me a nice, refurbished Latitude for $319 plus tax, and they were able to get my entire Windows Media Player library intact (for an extra $50). I'm quite pleased, especially as there's no degradation in sound quality....sounds...
by Wallingford
Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on transferring Windows Media Player library
Replies: 8
Views: 1651

Re: Question on transferring Windows Media Player library

An update on my whole situation: The Computer Doctors in Ft. Collins sold me a nice, refurbished Latitude for $319 plus tax, and they were able to get my entire Windows Media Player library intact (for an extra $50). I'm quite pleased, especially as there's no degradation in sound quality....sounds...
by Wallingford
Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY
Replies: 15
Views: 2071

Re: ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY

Well, I've got wall stacks full of CDs of pop, classic rock, vocals, country....not to mention a little comedy & novelty. Makes me wonder how I'll keep it all now that I've got a move coming up one of these months. (And then there're all those records and cassettes and DVDs to ponder!) Myself, I gre...
by Wallingford
Sat Jul 25, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius symphonies
Replies: 59
Views: 19275

Re: Sibelius symphonies

Last summer I spun the Abravanel set, on Vanguard.

Okay, pretty pedestrian, compared with the great ones, though he gives the necessary rise to the occasion in the popular Second.
by Wallingford
Sat Jul 25, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do ACOUSTIC 78-rpm vocal treasures appeal to YOU?
Replies: 18
Views: 3340

Re: How do ACOUSTIC 78-rpm vocal treasures appeal to YOU?

When I was still in Seattle, I lived a hop, skip and jump away from a guy about my mother's age who collected every thingamajig relating to audio & video reproduction--he collected things like RCA's SelectAVision (the Edsel of videodisc players), the Bose Wave, and those little 45-rpm-only players t...
by Wallingford
Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2508276

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Robert & Gaby Casadesus, in an old Columbia LP of French piano-four-hand music:

Debussy's Petite Suite
Satie's Trois pieces en forme du poire
Faure's Dolly Suite
Chabrier's Trois valses romantiques
by Wallingford
Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2508276

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Beethoven's Piano Concerto #3 (Iturbi)
Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique" (Gaubert)
Hindemith's Mathis der Maler and Symphony for Brass & Percussion (Monteux)
by Wallingford
Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Wallingford!
Replies: 6
Views: 804

Re: Happy Birthday Wallingford!

...and salutations from the birthday boy himself. Thanks, one and all. Myself, I spent the day feeling 56 all around, with my backache bugging me more than it had been....but there was good company, a few relatives over (they've chipped in to help me get a new or refurbished laptop). I treated mysel...
by Wallingford
Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1235
Views: 379250

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, e

Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour
by Wallingford
Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2508276

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Mendelssohn's "Scottish" (Munch)