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by Modernistfan
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Susanna Malkki Returns to the New York Philharmonic
Replies: 1
Views: 45

Re: Susanna Malkki Returns to the New York Philharmonic

Ms. Mälkki should have gotten the music directorship in New York, but after pushing Alan Gilbert aside because of his "radical" repertoire choices (although other reasons may also have been involved), they certainly were not going to give the job to someone who also tends to specialize in contempora...
by Modernistfan
Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christopher Rouse Leaves a Haunting Final Symphony
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: Christopher Rouse Leaves a Haunting Final Symphony

This definitely needs to be recorded. Fortunately, the Cincinnati Symphony has its own label and does not depend on the major labels to get such new repertoire out. I shall watch for this.
by Modernistfan
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays
Replies: 8
Views: 804

Re: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays

Well, they did mention the holiday today and did play a few additional selections, namely: another short work by Salamone Rossi entitled "Al Naharot Bavel' (By the Waters of Babylon), one movement of Ernest Bloch's work "From Jewish Life," and a brief choral work by the contemporary American compose...
by Modernistfan
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays
Replies: 8
Views: 804

Re: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays

Well, they did play a very brief selection (about 3 minutes) by the Italian Jewish early baroque composer Salamone Rossi entitled "Adon Olam," a prayer that normally closes the service, at roughly 6:30 p.m. Rossi wrote Jewish liturgical music basically in the style of Monteverdi. Better than nothing...
by Modernistfan
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays
Replies: 8
Views: 804

Re: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays

Well, I finally got a reply from one Mark Steinmetz, described as VP of Content, USC Radio Group. The reply is as follows: Dear Mr. [redacted], Thank you for taking the time to write us with your concerns regarding Alan Chapman’s Modern Times broadcast. Your opinions and concern matter to us. Each w...
by Modernistfan
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays
Replies: 8
Views: 804

Re: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays

Yes, they should play "Tehillim," but they won't. I have not gotten an answer from the station as yet. On Monday, they did mention Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and did play a couple of very trivial items: "Omer Tantz" by Henri Oppenheim (who?) on an album on Chandos with Kleztory and I Musici...
by Modernistfan
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays
Replies: 8
Views: 804

KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays

I almost hate to start another kerfuffle with KUSC-FM in Los Angeles, but I just sent the following message to the station: In your "Modern Times" segment of September 28, 2019, I was extremely interested that you were to feature the music of Steve Reich, as I am a big fan of his music. However, I w...
by Modernistfan
Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christopher Rouse Dies, Age 70
Replies: 5
Views: 905

Christopher Rouse Dies, Age 70

It was announced that the American composer Christopher Rouse, age 70, has passed away. This is a huge loss to American music generally, and particularly to American symphonic music. I am a big fan of his music, and have automatically bought any CD with his music.
by Modernistfan
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boston Symphony on Naxos???
Replies: 3
Views: 1498

Re: Boston Symphony on Naxos???

Agreed, I have a number of those recordings on New World with the New York Philharmonic and Pittsburgh Symphony. The NYPO also put out a recording of two symphonies by Christopher Rouse, conducted by Alan Gilbert, on the Danish label DaCapo. It's still a bit shocking to see the BSO on Naxos, though.
by Modernistfan
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boston Symphony on Naxos???
Replies: 3
Views: 1498

Boston Symphony on Naxos???

This is not an April Fool joke a few months early, but an actual recording announced on the Naxos Direct website for November. Yes, the Boston Symphony, conducted by Andris Nelsons, will actually appear on a Naxos recording entitled "Boston Symphony Commissions," featuring new works by Timo Andres, ...
by Modernistfan
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 4697

Re: Family musicians performing together?

Donald Weilerstein and his wife Vivian Hornik Weilerstein playing with their daughter Alisa Weilerstein (piano trio--Donald on violin, Vivian on piano, Alisa on cello).

Also, the Chung Trio (Myung-whun Chung on piano, Kyung-wha Chung on violin, Myung-wha Chung on cello; three siblings).
by Modernistfan
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Here We Go Again
Replies: 1
Views: 2326

Here We Go Again

Here we go again--a young American conductor who happens to be African-American and who is getting rave notices and a significant appointment in Europe but who is virtually ignored in the United States. Ryan Bancroft is from Los Angeles; he won the prestigious Malko Conducting Competition in Denmark...
by Modernistfan
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 97 CDs of Zubin Mehta?
Replies: 7
Views: 3355

Re: 97 CDs of Zubin Mehta?

I got a more detailed look at the contents at naxosdirect.com. I was right that the listing at jpc was not complete. However, I realize that I do not need that much duplication (the only things that I do not have in one recording or another are some of the Vienna New Year's Day concerts and a relati...
by Modernistfan
Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 97 CDs of Zubin Mehta?
Replies: 7
Views: 3355

Re: 97 CDs of Zubin Mehta?

I got a look at the contents on jpc, which may not be complete (it doesn't seem that the listing that they have is enough to fill 96 CDs and 1 DVD). For one thing, it does not include the Richard Strauss Mehta recordings already re-released in a Sony box set, which I already have, and which is some ...
by Modernistfan
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Julia Wolfe's "Fire in My Mouth"
Replies: 2
Views: 2532

Julia Wolfe's "Fire in My Mouth"

Next month, Decca (yes, Decca!) will release a recording of Julia Wolfe's hour-long oratorio "Fire in My Mouth," with The Crossing, the Young People's Chorus of New York City, and the New York Philharmonic conducted by Jaap van Zweden. This work tells the story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New...
by Modernistfan
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 97 CDs of Zubin Mehta?
Replies: 7
Views: 3355

97 CDs of Zubin Mehta?

A huge box set is about to come out with all of the recordings Zubin Mehta made for RCA and Columbia/Sony. I heard Maestro Mehta a fair number of times when he was music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and later as a guest conductor. Some years ago, I heard him conduct the Bruckner Eighth i...
by Modernistfan
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 13 strange deaths of composers ...
Replies: 16
Views: 5169

Re: 13 strange deaths of composers ...

A couple of names to add:
Alessandro Stradella was stabbed by a hitman almost certainly hired by a member of the nobility with whose wife Stradella had been messing around.
Marc Blitzstein was beaten to death by three sailors in Martinique in an apparent gay-bashing incident.
by Modernistfan
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: It's Time To Let Classical Music Die
Replies: 18
Views: 9783

Re: It's Time To Let Classical Music Die

Maybe few people today will openly admit to such attitudes, but they are more prevalent than any of us would presumably like. Remember the Gramophone reviews of, for example, the Shostakovich quartets by the Emerson Quartet (and also some other reviews of recordings by that ensemble). At that time, ...
by Modernistfan
Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: It's Time To Let Classical Music Die
Replies: 18
Views: 9783

Re: It's Time To Let Classical Music Die

I would not dismiss this as "tripe," but there are a number of serious issues here. First of all, there has to be a significant distinction made between the existence of racism among practitioners of classical music and more generally, in the commercial structure of classical music, on one hand, and...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cavalli: Eliogabalo
Replies: 15
Views: 7040

Re: Cavalli: Eliogabalo

Well, I finally got the Henze "Heliogabalus Imperator" from Presto Classical in England and listened to it this morning. What a spectacular piece! Henze throws everything but the kitchen sink into that work (and the kitchen sink may well have been in it with the percussion).
by Modernistfan
Mon May 20, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonathon Heyward
Replies: 0
Views: 3507

Jonathon Heyward

The young American conductor Jonathon Heyward, just 26, was recently appointed Chief Conductor at the Norwestdeutsche Philharmonie, starting January 2021. This was a post held at one point by Andris Nelsons. I am still at a loss to understand why Heyward has not gotten more engagements in the United...
by Modernistfan
Wed May 08, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'White' Sox to visit 'White' House this week in recognition of World Series win; Betts, Bogaerts, Cora, et al. opt out
Replies: 7
Views: 3620

Re: 'White' Sox to visit 'White' House this week in recognition of World Series win; Betts, Bogaerts, Cora, et al. opt o

I am convinced that if Ted Williams had seen Jackie Robinson at the tryout, such as it was, he would have gone to Red Sox management and said that they had to sign him. He probably would have said that, if they had Robinson hitting leadoff, he would not only have hit .400 again, but would have broke...
by Modernistfan
Wed May 08, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'White' Sox to visit 'White' House this week in recognition of World Series win; Betts, Bogaerts, Cora, et al. opt out
Replies: 7
Views: 3620

Re: 'White' Sox to visit 'White' House this week in recognition of World Series win; Betts, Bogaerts, Cora, et al. opt o

It was well known that the Red Sox did give some sort of a tryout to Jackie Robinson prior to his being signed by the Dodgers, but they did not take it all seriously and did not really attempt to follow up or sign him. It was not so well known that the Red Sox also blew a chance to sign Willie Mays....
by Modernistfan
Tue May 07, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 63
Views: 24601

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

Subsequently, ​Furtwangler also did conduct the premiere of Schoenberg's Orchestral Variations, Op. 31, a strictly 12-tone piece, as well as the premiere of Bartok's First Piano Concerto in 1927 at the ISCM concerts in Frankfurt, with the composer as soloist. The Bartok First Piano Concerto is not a...
by Modernistfan
Tue May 07, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'White' Sox to visit 'White' House this week in recognition of World Series win; Betts, Bogaerts, Cora, et al. opt out
Replies: 7
Views: 3620

Re: 'White' Sox plan to attend WH celebration of their Series win

I can certainly understand why Mookie Betts and other Red Sox players who are black or Hispanic will not go to the White House. However, I hope that this does not open up a racial divide in the clubhouse or between the fans and the players. Although Boston has a reputation as an extremely liberal to...
by Modernistfan
Mon May 06, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 63
Views: 24601

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

I will not, and cannot, listen to recordings made by a conductor who, AFTER the conclusion of World War II and the Holocaust, would refer to Schoenberg's atonality as "biologically inferior." (Yes, I know that Furtw​ä​ngler actually conducted the premiere of Schoenberg's Variations for Orchestra, Op...
by Modernistfan
Fri May 03, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cavalli: Eliogabalo
Replies: 15
Views: 7040

Re: Cavalli: Eliogabalo

Back to the Hans Werner Henze "Heliogabalus Imperator": According to the Naxos Direct website (Naxos is now the United States distributor for Wergo), this is to be released on June 14, 2019 in the United States. I also got and listed to the Cavalli opera "Eliogabalo"; it is definitely worth an occas...
by Modernistfan
Wed May 01, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC's "Top 100" Again
Replies: 1
Views: 2188

Re: KUSC's "Top 100" Again

Well, the KUSC "Top 100" has been announced, and here it is: ​1. Beethoven: Symphony #9 2. Beethoven: Symphony #5 3. Dvorak: Symphony #9 “From the New World” 4. Beethoven: Symphony #6 “Pastoral” 5. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue 6. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos 7. Rachmaninoff: Paganini Rhapsody 8. Tchaik...
by Modernistfan
Wed May 01, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cavalli: Eliogabalo
Replies: 15
Views: 7040

Re: Cavalli: Eliogabalo

Well, since this discussion was launched, I have been trying to find a recording of Cavalli's "Eliogabalo," about the cross-dressing Roman emperor. I finally found one on Amazon Italy, on the very obscure Recording Arts label, conducted by Roberto Solci. This is a 1999 digital recording. (If you are...
by Modernistfan
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lisitsa: Complete Tchaikovsky Solo Piano, 10 CDs
Replies: 2
Views: 3421

Re: Lisitsa: Complete Tchaikovsky Solo Piano, 10 CDs

I'm thinking about getting this. Sets of complete or nearly complete Tchaikovsky solo piano music are pretty scarce. There is the old Michael Ponti originally on Vox, Viktoria Postnikova (which I have) on Erato, and a set on Dynamic with Franco Trabucco (of whom I have never heard), and which has ga...
by Modernistfan
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Uchida plays Mozart PC's at Carnegie
Replies: 3
Views: 2985

Re: Uchida plays Mozart PC's at Carnegie

From what I have heard on recordings, I am not a huge fan of Uchida in the Mozart piano concertos. I think that her playing is too "Dresden-china"-ish. Of course, that is only my opinion.
by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: William Schuman's "Witch of Endor"
Replies: 0
Views: 2864

William Schuman's "Witch of Endor"

William Schuman's "Witch of Endor" ballet, one that he wrote for Martha Graham, has finally made it to CD, on the BMOP/Sound label (the label of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project). It is coupled with "Night Journey" and "Judith," for which there are several modern recordings. (I wish that they had...
by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: De Blasio declares health emergency in Brooklyn; mandates measles vaccinations
Replies: 5
Views: 2959

Re: De Blasio declares health emergency in Brooklyn; mandates measles vaccinations

For political reasons, DeBlasio has sucked up to the medievalist, backward-thinking Hasidic community for years. He has fought efforts to force the yeshivas to follow New York state Department of Education standards on education, with the result that many students, particularly boys, are graduating ...
by Modernistfan
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cavalli: Eliogabalo
Replies: 15
Views: 7040

Re: Cavalli: Eliogabalo

Well, Wergo has in fact gotten to it! The most recent new releases on the JPC website lists a recording by Oliver Knussen of "Heliogabalus Imperator," the Fantasy for Orchestra "Los Caprichos," "Englische Liebeslieder" for Cello & Orchestra, and "​Ouvertüre zu einem Theater" with the BBC Symphony Or...
by Modernistfan
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: “Trump Wins!”: Whatever is next, it’s not impeachment—at least not on Russia charges
Replies: 13
Views: 5193

Re: “Trump Wins!”: Whatever is next, it’s not impeachment—at least not on Russia charges

The Democrats still do not get it. The reality is that no one outside the Beltway gives a rodent's posterior about the Russia investigation. The reality is that Trump and the conservative Republicans backing him are like a gang of pickpockets. Pickpockets generally work in teams; one distracts you b...
by Modernistfan
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A $430-million Angel, and he's probably underpaid
Replies: 4
Views: 2082

Re: A $430-million Angel, and he's probably underpaid

I might add Francisco Lindor of Cleveland to that very short list if he can get his batting average up somewhat and to cut down on the strikeouts. It doesn't hurt that he can run and is an excellent defensive shortstop at a position where defense is very important.
by Modernistfan
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC's "Top 100" Again
Replies: 1
Views: 2188

KUSC's "Top 100" Again

Well, KUSC-FM is running its "Top 100" again and voting is now open. You can make up to five selections, and they may be the same piece or multiple pieces. I have not given up the protest against their boring, blah, wimpy programming, and am using all five selections to write in Stockhausen's "Grupp...
by Modernistfan
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A $430-million Angel, and he's probably underpaid
Replies: 4
Views: 2082

Re: A $430-million Angel, and he's probably underpaid

Trout is one of the few non-pitchers possibly worth this kind of money in a game seriously depleted of talent. Mookie Betts and Jose Altuve might be two others, but there are very few, if any, others. In my view, neither Manny Machado nor Bryce Harper is close to being worth that kind of money. Mach...
by Modernistfan
Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs
Replies: 42
Views: 12616

Re: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs

I have posted previously about Norrington’s failings in the “Symphonie Fantastique” recording. For one thing, he cut the orchestra down to about 60 players, notwithstanding the fact that Berlioz had over 100 players in the premiere and his own writings said that he really wanted a huge orchestra. It...
by Modernistfan
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Biggest Waste of Money Ever?
Replies: 9
Views: 5357

The Biggest Waste of Money Ever?

The Berlin Philharmonic label has just released a 22-CD set of Wilhelm ​​Furtwängler’s wartime recordings with that orchestra, remastered in SACD. This is probably the most pointless set of recordings ever released. First of all, I cannot see the point of SACD remastering of 75-year-old mono recordi...
by Modernistfan
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Leonard Pennario's complete RCAs
Replies: 7
Views: 4861

Re: Pianist Leonard Pennario's complete RCAs

I should get this. I also knew Pennario. He was a bridge player, and I played against him a number of times in tournaments in the Los Angeles area. He usually played with an expert player named Alfred Sheinwold, who wrote the bridge column for the Los Angeles Times.
by Modernistfan
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Signs with DG
Replies: 4
Views: 3446

Re: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Signs with DG

Definitely agreed about the quality of the CBSO under Rattie. I have that Adams disc and virtually all of their Szymanowski, including King Roger. His Benjamin Britten was also very good. I would like to see less negativity around classical music.
by Modernistfan
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salonen Cello Concerto
Replies: 9
Views: 6371

Re: Salonen Cello Concerto

Well, I have more complete information. The orchestra is the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Cello Concerto is the only work on the disc; no Karawane . That makes it rather a short CD, but I will definitely get it. Hopefully, Karawane shows up on another CD with Salonen conducting, most likely on Deut...
by Modernistfan
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: (Gimme Some of that) Ol Atonal Music
Replies: 7
Views: 4135

Re: (Gimme Some of that) Ol Atonal Music

Hysterical!! The singer, Merle Hazard (not Haggard), is probably the world's only economist/bluegrass singer.
by Modernistfan
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salonen Cello Concerto
Replies: 9
Views: 6371

Salonen Cello Concerto

Well, a recording of the Salonen Cello Concerto is scheduled for release in March according to Presto Classical. This is, in fact, with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist and is on Sony Classical (not Deutsche Grammophon). I do not have full details as of yet; as the duration of the Cello Concerto is about 38 minu...
by Modernistfan
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Signs with DG
Replies: 4
Views: 3446

Re: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Signs with DG

More nasty comments sneering about the quality of the CBSO and suggesting that Deutsche Grammophon would be slumming to have them on their label. Seemingly, according to such comments, the only worthwhile orchestras for DG would be the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic (maybe the Bavar...
by Modernistfan
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Signs with DG
Replies: 4
Views: 3446

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Signs with DG

The rising young conductor ​Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, now music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (the post from which Simon Rattle rose to stardom) has signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon, supposedly the first woman conductor to sign with that label. Her first recording is to...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Effect of CM on cats
Replies: 3
Views: 2533

Re: Effect of CM on cats

It depends on the cat, and it depends on the music! Some years ago, I was in Tower Records (R.I.P.) in Westwood in Los Angeles, and that store had a rather grumpy cat named Walter. Someone put on the opening of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's opera "Die Soldaten," which is some of the most dissonant music ...
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Florence Price
Replies: 7
Views: 5047

Re: Florence Price

I heard some of her music yesterday, in particular her First Violin Concerto and the symphonic poem "The Oak." Her music is very well made but extremely conservative for the period; I could not hear a trace of jazz or ragtime, and could hear no influence of any contemporary idioms, such as neoclassi...
by Modernistfan
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 92
Views: 21843

Re: Toxic Masculinity

I disagree strongly with Mr. Furedi. The reality is that the phrase "boys will be boys" used to be used to excuse minor roughhousing and other similar transgressions. (When I was about 12, I was playing baseball with one of my friends and smashed a line drive that went straight into a living room pi...