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by diegobueno
Mon Nov 29, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gotta keep controlling and regulating those toxic males
Replies: 3
Views: 146

Re: Gotta keep controlling and regulating those toxic males

Thank you, Belle, for demonstrating for us how females can be just as toxic.
by diegobueno
Mon Nov 29, 2021 9:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The USA is broke
Replies: 4
Views: 145

Re: The USA is broke

Actually, it's the Republicans' habit of giving massive tax cuts to the rich that drives up the deficit. Democratic administrations always have the task of cleaning up the economic messes made by Republican administrations. The GOP strategy is to make economic conditions so miserable for ordinary ci...
by diegobueno
Sat Nov 27, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording
Replies: 26
Views: 651

Re: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording

One big reason for purchasing this particular recording of the Brahms 4th is that it comes with the Larghetto of Scottish composer James MacMillan. This work, written in 2009 for the Pittsburgh Symphony, is an adaptation of a Miserere for chorus that he had written. You can clearly hear the influenc...
by diegobueno
Tue Nov 23, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Rittenhouse case; an absolute bloody disgrace
Replies: 11
Views: 479

Re: The Rittenhouse case; an absolute bloody disgrace

Every night, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham would find excuses for Rittenhouse's outrageous behavior and, in the process, essentially defend the idea of vigilantism. It was appalling. To my mind, there is no more insidious adjective one can apply to another human person then to cal...
by diegobueno
Tue Nov 23, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Divisive, Luxury opinions...destroy social cohesion
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Re: Divisive, Luxury opinions...destroy social cohesion

Is there any dressing for that meaningless word salad?
by diegobueno
Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cheesy Holiday Music, Redux
Replies: 9
Views: 270

Re: Cheesy Holiday Music, Redux

Modernistfan wrote:
Mon Nov 22, 2021 3:57 pm
We shall see if I get any response.
If you get any response it will be a polite "thank you for letting us know. We value your comments", and then they'll disregard everything you've said.

I avoid radio during the month of December.
by diegobueno
Mon Nov 22, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording
Replies: 26
Views: 651

Re: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording

Actually, that's how I feel. On the other hand, we have to give today's artists a chance to record if not necessarily for us "oldsters," then for the "newbies." Yes? Oh boy! Just what the world needs! Another recording of Brahms 4th. :roll: I think I have stated in this forum that I believe the Bra...
by diegobueno
Sat Nov 20, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording
Replies: 26
Views: 651

Re: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording

Oh boy! Just what the world needs! Another recording of Brahms 4th. :roll:
by diegobueno
Fri Nov 19, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Stakes Are Sky-High for a ‘Ring’ Coming to the Met Opera
Replies: 9
Views: 670

Re: The Stakes Are Sky-High for a ‘Ring’ Coming to the Met Opera

I have the Lepage Ring on DVD and enjoy it greatly. I think the machine was a brilliant solution to the many impossible demands Wagner makes on staging, by creating a flexible field for action to occur, and through the use of projections. Of course on DVD you get something you can never have in the ...
by diegobueno
Fri Nov 19, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992)
Replies: 1
Views: 3107

Re: Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992)

My wife and I watched this recently, splitting it up over two evenings, It's a long film, but it seemed way too short in the latter half. I wished that more time had been spent on his conflict with the Nation of Islam. I didn't feel like the motivation for his assassination was sufficiently portraye...
by diegobueno
Fri Nov 19, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dr. Glenn Loury discusses race relations in the USA
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: Dr. Glenn Loury discusses race relations in the USA

The other part of the Malcolm X quote, (the part that conservatives conveniently forget): "The white conservatives aren't friends of the Negro either, but they at least don't try to hide it. They are like wolves; they show their teeth in a snarl that keeps the Negro always aware of where he stands w...
by diegobueno
Thu Nov 18, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The new religion of anti-racism
Replies: 9
Views: 536

Re: The new religion of anti-racism

‘I do not mean that these people’s ideology is “like” a religion. I seek no rhetorical snap in the comparison’, he writes. ‘I mean that it actually is a religion… Early Christians did not think of themselves as “a religion”, either. They thought of themselves as bearers of truth.’ And so, too, do t...
by diegobueno
Wed Nov 17, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "One Religion"
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: "One Religion"

Today, it seems to me, the main impulse for anti-Semitism is from the Left In the U.S. anyway, it's mainly the Right. cf. ADL 2017 Impact Report: Racists Converge on Charlottesville https://www.adl.org/2017-impact-report/racists-converge-on-charlottesville Today's liberal voices are opposed, and ri...
by diegobueno
Tue Nov 09, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bans on Critical Race Theory Threaten Free Speech, Advocacy Group Says
Replies: 4
Views: 478

Re: Bans on Critical Race Theory Threaten Free Speech, Advocacy Group Says

I am against these bills. However, it must be said that materials provided to teachers as part of their training (and not incorporated directly into curriculum taught to students) by so-called "diversity consultants" is frequently filled with unbelievable piffle that deals in stereotypes and, by a ...
by diegobueno
Sun Nov 07, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump now governor of Virginia
Replies: 3
Views: 310

Re: Trump now governor of Virginia

I have a musician friend, with whom I don't care to discuss politics, who constantly refers disdainfully to the "People's Republic of Maryland", as if it were some Iron Curtain country. I think Trump, if he were governor, would appeal to that kind of Republican and build a wall with Maryland. Maybe ...
by diegobueno
Sun Nov 07, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: America's lost boys
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Re: America's lost boys

The slogan "Black Lives Matter" addresses specifically the way African-American citizens are targeted by the police and killed as if their lives didn't really matter. It was not intended to address, or not address, any other social problem that African Americans may have, and we know there are many....
by diegobueno
Sun Oct 17, 2021 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Blackface ‘Othello’ Shocks, and a Professor Steps Back From Class
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: A Blackface ‘Othello’ Shocks, and a Professor Steps Back From Class

There is a video of Laurence Olivier promoting his Othello film, quite unaware that future audiences would find it problematic,


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uiAkt8CcjE
by diegobueno
Sat Oct 16, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Blackface ‘Othello’ Shocks, and a Professor Steps Back From Class
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: A Blackface ‘Othello’ Shocks, and a Professor Steps Back From Class

What I See in the Latest Blackface ‘Scandal’ John McWhorter At the University of Michigan recently, the music professor Bright Sheng — who’s had a superlative career as a composer, conductor and musician — wanted to share with his students how Giuseppe Verdi transformed Shakespeare’s “Othello” into ...
by diegobueno
Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: This is a major reason why you got Trump
Replies: 10
Views: 733

Re: This is a major reason why you got Trump

I would say just the opposite is the case: The reason you have the Bright Sheng affair is a reaction to the radicalization of the right wing, which produced Trump, and which can be traced further back to the ascendance of the Murdoch-based right wing media, including the far-far-right wing crap that...
by diegobueno
Mon Oct 11, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Our First DvorakThe Devil and Kate
Replies: 10
Views: 677

Re: Our First DvorakThe Devil and Kate

I've always found this opera a great deal of fun, at least on recording, and I just adore the music. Most likely there is no staging of it that surpasses the one in my imagination, but I'd like to see one from the Czech Republic, with English subtitles.
by diegobueno
Sun Oct 10, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Symphony No. 10 Completed by AI
Replies: 3
Views: 447

Re: Beethoven's Symphony No. 10 Completed by AI

If the point is to hear what Beethoven left of a 10th symphony, there is Barry Cooper's completion of the first movement, which contains the 250 or so measures that Beethoven wrote. Beyond that, you're not going to hear any more Beethoven, but rather pseudo-Beethoven, of which there is already plent...
by diegobueno
Thu Oct 07, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon
Replies: 25
Views: 2332

Re: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon

I've always been interested in music of nearly every sort. I just have preferred classical music because of its depth of repertoire. There is no way I could possibly exhaust the possibilities of learning about 400-500+ years of music from Western cultures. Like many of us here, I consider myself an...
by diegobueno
Thu Oct 07, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon
Replies: 25
Views: 2332

Re: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon

I used to share a bedroom with my younger brother. I had the upper bunk and a transistor radio, and loved '60s British pop - Beatles, Stones, Turtles, Small Faces etc plus Beach Boys, Mamas and Papas etc. I'd listen under the blankets with the lights out and my brother would yell "Dad! Barney's lis...
by diegobueno
Wed Oct 06, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Five Most-Often Performed Piano Concertos at Carnegie Hall
Replies: 11
Views: 913

Re: The Five Most-Often Performed Piano Concertos at Carnegie Hall

Rach3 wrote:
Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:04 pm
Perhaps Stephen Hiller ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUJmspDS4_c
I could not quickly find a Czerny,Hummel,Field,Weber that abandoned.

Mendelssohn's 1st concerto (1831) is still the earliest example I know of.
by diegobueno
Wed Oct 06, 2021 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon
Replies: 25
Views: 2332

Re: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon

The Inside Story: Mark G. Simon and A GRAND JOURNEY OCTOBER 4TH, 2021TAGS: Navona Records Inspired by traditional melodies and cultural flavors, A GRAND JOURNEY gives us contemporary chamber works by Richard E Brown, Ovidiu Marinescu, and Mark G. Simon. Performed by internationally acclaimed Trio Ca...
by diegobueno
Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Five Most-Often Performed Piano Concertos at Carnegie Hall
Replies: 11
Views: 913

Re: The Five Most-Often Performed Piano Concertos at Carnegie Hall

Beethoven startles the audience with the opening notes of his concerto—gone is the time-honored orchestral introduction paving the way for the soloist The Carnegie Hall article quotes from the Universal Music Appreciation Factoid Textbook to serve up a standard half-truth. The piano does enter at t...
by diegobueno
Mon Oct 04, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler: 55-CD Warner set has arrived!
Replies: 12
Views: 1255

Re: Furtwängler: 55-CD Warner set has arrived!

Modernistfan wrote:
Mon Oct 04, 2021 10:41 am
Not for me, thanks. (I would rather spend $150.00 getting a box set of Liberace playing the complete Stockhausen Klavierstücke.)
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Now that's something to contemplate! That along with Andre Rieu's Xenakis disc.
by diegobueno
Mon Oct 04, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Five Most-Often Performed Piano Concertos at Carnegie Hall
Replies: 11
Views: 913

Re: The Five Most-Often Performed Piano Concertos at Carnegie Hall

All five concertos are among the Usual Suspects of the concerto literature. I'm kind of surprised that no Mozart or Rachmaninoff made the list, but with only 5 slots, something was going to be left out. I was thinking, what if we restricted the list to the most frequently performed piano concertos w...
by diegobueno
Fri Oct 01, 2021 7:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The war against intelligence
Replies: 11
Views: 842

Re: The war against intelligence

Barney, I roll my eyes at the people who come up with things about Beethoven. It's very easy to attack Beethoven. His place at the top of the classical music totem pole assures that all the lightning bolts strike at him. A few decades ago it was argued that the his 9th symphony reflected a "rapist's...
by diegobueno
Fri Oct 01, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon
Replies: 25
Views: 2332

Re: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon

Good opportunity for corporate sponsorship.

The Hyundai company can pay me to write a "Hyundai Sonata".
by diegobueno
Thu Sep 30, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon
Replies: 25
Views: 2332

Re: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon

I heard your "Caucasian sonata " I originally called the whole sonata "Caucasian Journey", but after showing to some pianists and getting the comment "What, is this a piece about white people?" (this was long before "wokeness" was a thing) I decided that it would be better to use the title to empha...
by diegobueno
Thu Sep 30, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The war against intelligence
Replies: 11
Views: 842

Re: The war against intelligence

I will say though that there is a rejectionist element in this country that refuses to engage with music by "dead white men." As a composer, I can sympathize with that element, but this has nothing to do with race, but with a desire that our musical culture be rooted in music of the present rather ...
by diegobueno
Thu Sep 30, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The war against intelligence
Replies: 11
Views: 842

Re: The war against intelligence

I don't know whether that statement you quote is correct. I believe it is true, though, that the notion of mathematical objectivity is under attack as white supremacist. From earlier this year: A Princeton mathematics professor has complained that his subject was falling to the wokerati. Apparently...
by diegobueno
Wed Sep 29, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Sibelius symphonies ...
Replies: 9
Views: 994

Re: The Sibelius symphonies ...

There are people who truly believe the 5th and 7th symphonies are his most impressive symphonies, but I fail to see it, regardless of who the conductor is - on- or off record. I'm one of those people, and all I can say is that you're missing out on some of the greatest, most profound symphonic work...
by diegobueno
Tue Sep 28, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon
Replies: 25
Views: 2332

Re: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon

Diego Bueno, as someone who has been fascinated by the Caucasus for decades , I'm really curious to hear this piece . I wonder if it might be even more effective if you were to do an orchestrated version, which could be even more colorful . Actually, there is controversy as to what part of the worl...
by diegobueno
Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jordan Peterson describes the culture of victimhood and where that leads
Replies: 5
Views: 460

Re: Jordan Peterson describes the culture of victimhood and where that leads

Belle wrote:
Wed Sep 15, 2021 5:39 pm
Don't let your own grievance and resentment send you hurtling in this direction.
By all means, Belle, please don't.
by diegobueno
Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon
Replies: 25
Views: 2332

Re: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon

Liked the Bulgarian-style rhythms in the last movement of the Sonata, btw. Very clever and original: don't know if I've heard that idea in piano music before. Well, actually, I've helped myself generously to Bartók's Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm from his Mikrokosmos , for piano, in this and many ...
by diegobueno
Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon
Replies: 25
Views: 2332

Re: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon

maestrob wrote:
Mon Sep 13, 2021 11:55 am
Congratulations, Mark! Just heard your tough-as-nails Sonata and then the other works on this remarkable CD. I noted that the violinist and the pianist are a husband and wife team.
Thank you, Brian.
They're actually a brother/sister team. Anna's husband is a trumpet player, of all things.
by diegobueno
Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon
Replies: 25
Views: 2332

Caucasus Sonata by Mark G. Simon

I wish to announce the release of the new CD A Grand Journey featuring my Caucasus Sonata for piano, played by the amazing Russian virtuoso Anna Kislitsyna. You may think of this as an imaginary trip from the Black Sea to the Caucasus Region of Central Asia (I've never been to any of these places BT...
by diegobueno
Thu Sep 09, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Complete Brilliant 160 CD Haydn Edition on Offer for $134.99
Replies: 1
Views: 499

Re: Complete Brilliant 160 CD Haydn Edition on Offer for $134.99

I've had this set for several years, so I've probably posted about this before and I'm probably repeating myself. Adam Fischer's performances of the symphonies are excellent, and worth the price just for that. The Buchberger Quartet's cycle of String Quartets is also excellent, but not quite complet...
by diegobueno
Tue Sep 07, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Igor Oistrakh has died, aged 90
Replies: 8
Views: 1098

Re: Igor Oistrakh has died, aged 90

Igor Oistrakh was an incredible virtuoso in his own right. My introduction to his playing, and to the music of Hindemith, was his electrifying recording of Hindemith's Kammermusik no. 4 conducted by Rozhdestvensky. I was 15 at the time, and devouring all the classical music I could get ahold of. I p...
by diegobueno
Wed Aug 25, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can White Men Write a Black Opera?
Replies: 12
Views: 2437

Re: Can White Men Write a Black Opera?

Quite true. But broad, popular tunes meant to be sung outside the theatre have a huge history in opera, as you know. The Habanera is quite literally a popular song, which Bizet stole, thinking the melody was a folk song. It was written by a Spaniard named Sebastian Iradler, and was known under the ...
by diegobueno
Tue Aug 24, 2021 5:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can White Men Write a Black Opera?
Replies: 12
Views: 2437

Re: Can White Men Write a Black Opera?

Good point about the medley. Not sure I agree about Bizet - both those arias are great moments in opera. They are, but they're also very broad, popular tunes, meant to be heard once and whistled outside the theater, in accordance with the work's opéra comique origins. They work because of the way t...
by diegobueno
Mon Aug 23, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can White Men Write a Black Opera?
Replies: 12
Views: 2437

Re: Can White Men Write a Black Opera?

The 12 minute suite sounds like a medley of Broadway-worthy tunes, but then you'd never suspect Bizet of being a serious opera composer if all you heard was the Habanera and Toreador Song. So in order to judge this as an opera I would have to hear the whole work to see how the drama is incorporated ...
by diegobueno
Mon Aug 23, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concertos of Richard Danielpour
Replies: 5
Views: 1163

Re: Concertos of Richard Danielpour

Here's a performance of Danielpour's jazzy Clarinet Concerto played by Anthony McGill conducted by the recently departed Michael Morgan.

The concerto starts at the 46:00 minute mark, and before that there's the Symphony no. 1 by Florence Price.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tBh9AEVHXI
by diegobueno
Tue Aug 10, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Climate Activists vandalize Australian Parliament House
Replies: 2
Views: 571

Re: Climate Activists vandalize Australian Parliament House

I had never heard of Extinction Rebellion, but apparently it's an actual organization. Here's its website https://rebellion.global/about-us/ It claims to be politically neutral, but of course in today's environment, such a thing is impossible. I would think that the survival of the human race would ...
by diegobueno
Mon Aug 09, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tucker Carlson causes the Left to meltdown yet again
Replies: 4
Views: 636

Re: Tucker Carlson causes the Left to meltdown yet again

Here's how that radical Marxist lefty, George Will puts it: From Harvard Law School comes the latest conservative flirtation with authoritarianism. Professor Adrian Vermeule, a 2016 Catholic convert, is an “integralist” who regrets his academic specialty, the Constitution, and rejects the separation...
by diegobueno
Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Stravinsky
Replies: 11
Views: 1942

Re: 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Stravinsky

Truth to tell, there's not very much Stravinsky that I don't love. He's always been at the top of my favorites list.

I might need some help being convinced of Threni or Four Norwegian Moods, though.
by diegobueno
Sat Aug 07, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Stravinsky
Replies: 11
Views: 1942

Re: 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Stravinsky

Ricordanza wrote:
Sat Aug 07, 2021 6:26 am
Did anyone notice the glaring omission from this compilation? Perhaps they considered "The Firebird" too obvious a choice. In my book, it's still a masterpiece.
Maybe they figured everybody already loves The Firebird and doesn't need to be persuaded.
by diegobueno
Wed Aug 04, 2021 7:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The South Must Teach Its Children the Truth
Replies: 8
Views: 1015

Re: The South Must Teach Its Children the Truth

Nope, the founders were traitors to the king, period. Many rebels viewed the feds in the same way. The feds? Really?? The South fought against the United States of America, not "the feds". And by fighting against the United States of America they became traitors to the United States of America. If ...