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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: 750

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: 2234

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: 2359

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: 4960

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: 4960

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: 2178

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: 662

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: 2179

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: 1364

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: 2018

"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: 2179

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: 1104

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: 1983

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: 930

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: 1743

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: 1312

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: 1314

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: 1196

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: 2635

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: 1228

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: 1228

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: 1528

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: 16002

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: 2566

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: 2231010

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: 2231010

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: 576

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: 284460

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: 2231010

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Mendelssohn's "Scottish" (Munch)
by Wallingford
Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE:
Replies: 28
Views: 1984

Re: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE:

Because it was a most affecting tragedy?

Because the tragedy ignited the imaginations of several composers?
by Wallingford
Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231010

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schumann's Carnaval and Fantasy (Casadesus)
by Wallingford
Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231010

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Liszt's two Piano Concertos (Sauer/Weingartner)
Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony (Toscanini)
Borodin's Second (Toscanini)
Brahms' Second (Ormandy 1)
by Wallingford
Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231010

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

These days, I'm duping some live BSO tapes and ripping them to my Windows Media Player: Franck's Symphony in d (Koussevitzky) Shostakovich's Fifth (from 8/9/75, preceded by announcement by Ozawa of composer's death to a shocked audience) Mozart's "Haffner" Sym. (Walter) Wagner's Siegfried Idyll (Wal...
by Wallingford
Tue May 26, 2015 11:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231010

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Sessions' Symphony #2 (Blomstedt)
Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges (Ansermet)
by Wallingford
Sun May 24, 2015 9:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231010

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Webern's Symphony, Op. 21
Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments
....conducted by Nagano


Gould's Lincoln Legends
Liszt's From the Cradle to the Grave
Harris' Third
Creston's Frontiers and Choric Dance #2
....conducted by Toscanini
by Wallingford
Sun May 24, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Delightful anti-Bruckner review
Replies: 8
Views: 1183

Re: Delightful anti-Bruckner review

You know, I've been suppressing the damnedest desire to add a few (predictable) barbs of my own here.....
by Wallingford
Thu May 21, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composers playing their own music
Replies: 13
Views: 1133

Re: Composers playing their own music

I've got a somewhat-scuffed-up LP reissue on RCA Camden of Schmitz's Book I.
by Wallingford
Thu May 21, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231010

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

....also Mozart's 35th (Edwin Fischer live w/Royal Danish Orch.)
by Wallingford
Thu May 21, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231010

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Music of Richard Yardumian:

His Violin Concerto (Brusilow/Ormandy) and his Psalm 130 (Zulick/Ormandy).
by Wallingford
Thu May 21, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composers playing their own music
Replies: 13
Views: 1133

Re: Composers playing their own music

Debussy's Welte piano roll of La cathedrale engloutie cleared up the metrical mystery of the piece's time signature, 6/4=3/2. It actually meant that 6'4 equals two bars of 3/2, and the basic pulse is whichever note value predominates in a passage, half notes or quarter notes. Many "golden age" piani...
by Wallingford
Wed May 20, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231010

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Mozart's "Jupiter" (Kahane...live w/SFS)
Sibelius' Second (Mann)
Sibelius' Swan of Tuonela (Toscanini)
Saint-Saens' Orchestral Suite in D, Op. 49 (Kantorow)
by Wallingford
Thu May 07, 2015 8:02 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen...
Replies: 17
Views: 9031

Re: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen..

Here's a real one-star pic: Wholly Moses!, starring Dudley Moore. I knew, even at time of release (early '80), that this was meant as Hollywood's big mainstream rip-off of Monty Python's Life Of Brian . You see, whereas the latter was about a mensch whose life paralleled Christ's (being born just ac...
by Wallingford
Thu May 07, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen...
Replies: 17
Views: 9031

Re: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen..

jbuck919 wrote:Goodness, man, you and a million Parisians have got to be kidding about Jerry Lewis.
Actually, I'm holding off on any opinion of Lewis until I get to see The Day The Clown Cried. Which I won't get to, as it's unreleased.
by Wallingford
Sun May 03, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen...
Replies: 17
Views: 9031

Re: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen..

My list has since been updated to include movies I've seen since.
by Wallingford
Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 383301

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Well, this is old news (which I never reported), but for my birthday laste June I bought myself DGG's complete Brahms box.
by Wallingford
Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on transferring Windows Media Player library
Replies: 8
Views: 1228

Re: Question on transferring Windows Media Player library

Thanks. I'll see, if and when I get the new computer in July.
by Wallingford
Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anyone but Hillary, Please!
Replies: 29
Views: 1638

Re: Anyone but Hillary, Please!

A vote for a third party candidate is a wasted vote, and as such it's as much an abdication of responsibility as not voting at all. Those who voted for Ralph Nader in 2000 should be ashamed of themselves; if not for them, George Bush would not have become president, the U.S. would not have invaded ...