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by Modernistfan
Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Campaign to Cancel Wokeness
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: The Campaign to Cancel Wokeness

I am strongly critical of many aspects of both critical race theory and its forebear critical legal studies. I strongly agree with the statements made by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and other people supportive of the First Amendment; most, if not all, of those people would strongly identify with the left...
by Modernistfan
Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel"
Replies: 6
Views: 519

Re: Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel"

Well, I bought this recording and am listening to it. I was right--it does sound like Bernd Alois Zimmermann's "Requiem für einen jungen Dichter" (Requiem for a Young Poet") on very heavy-duty steroids, if you throw in some cocaine and methamphetamine as well! Very interesting, but I probably won't ...
by Modernistfan
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist
Replies: 18
Views: 279

Re: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist

I think that you may be partially confusing Maria Grinberg with Maria Yudina, both outstanding women pianists in the Soviet Union. Both were of Jewish origin, but Yudina did convert to Russian Orthodoxy. I do not believe that Grinberg ever converted.
by Modernistfan
Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Evangelical Christian prophets proclaim the Resurrection . . . of the Donald
Replies: 15
Views: 293

Re: Evangelical Christian prophets proclaim the Resurrection . . . of the Donald

I remember when "under God" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance. I was about 8 years old, but continued to say the Pledge of Allegiance in its original form. As far as the evangelical Christians are concerned, they are not the only religious community that seems to be tied to Trump. Orthodox Jews,...
by Modernistfan
Sun Feb 14, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ‘Trump is furgled if anyone ever charges him,’ aide tells CNN’s Jim Acosta
Replies: 12
Views: 220

Re: ‘Trump is furgled if anyone ever charges him,’ aide tells CNN’s Jim Acosta

That DA in Atlanta, Ms. Fani Willis, is a pretty tough cookie; she is a career prosecutor. I would not want to tangle with her. If he is charged, Trump had better get much more competent counsel that the amateur-hour attorneys who had been representing him in the election cases (yes, that includes G...
by Modernistfan
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sandor Veress
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: Sandor Veress

Yes, that is the recording. I did find it on Amazon, but it is a bit expensive, about $35.00 plus shipping. I bought it some time ago,
by Modernistfan
Sat Feb 13, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sandor Veress
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Sandor Veress

I just listened to a CD of two works by the originally Hungarian composer Sandor Veress (1907-1992); he left Hungary in 1949 after the Communist takeover and settled in Switzerland. The works are the ballet "Tereszili Katicza," written before he left Hungary, and Symphony No. 2 ("Sinfonia Minneapoli...
by Modernistfan
Sat Feb 13, 2021 8:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Portland's New Music Director--Business as Usual
Replies: 8
Views: 205

Re: Portland's New Music Director--Business as Usual

Yes, I understand that these conductors had substantial careers in Europe, but the issue is why American conductors are frequently not even in the running for music directorships at American orchestras. (James DePreist also conducted the Helsinki Philharmonic frequently.)
by Modernistfan
Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Mahler Complete Symphonies from Berlin Philharmonic's Own Label
Replies: 20
Views: 615

Re: New Mahler Complete Symphonies from Berlin Philharmonic's Own Label

I, too, am passing on this, particularly at the price. I already have a number of complete Mahler cycles, and several recordings of the Cooke version of the Tenth Symphony. Also, I am far from convinced that Dudamel is the right conductor for Mahler. Yes, the Berlin Philharmonic is a great orchestra...
by Modernistfan
Wed Feb 10, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ‘Trump is furgled if anyone ever charges him,’ aide tells CNN’s Jim Acosta
Replies: 12
Views: 220

Re: ‘Trump is furgled if anyone ever charges him,’ aide tells CNN’s Jim Acosta

It would be appropriate and ironic if Trump, after bloviating for more than two months about election fraud and that the Democrats were stealing the election, were to be indicted in Georgia on a charge of soliciting election fraud. Apparently, the DA is getting ready to send this to the grand jury t...
by Modernistfan
Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ‘Trump is furgled if anyone ever charges him,’ aide tells CNN’s Jim Acosta
Replies: 12
Views: 220

Re: ‘Trump is furgled if anyone ever charges him,’ aide tells CNN’s Jim Acosta

He may need to get someone pretty quickly. The DA in Fulton County, Georgia (Atlanta) is investigating possible charges of solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local government bodies, and other charges, including conspiracy, racketeering, and violation of oath...
by Modernistfan
Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Portland's New Music Director--Business as Usual
Replies: 8
Views: 205

Re: Portland's New Music Director--Business as Usual

Agreed about DePreist. There are many potential American candidates, and they don't even seem to be looked at for these jobs. For example, why is John McLaughlin Williams not even getting a shot for these orchestras?
by Modernistfan
Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Portland's New Music Director--Business as Usual
Replies: 8
Views: 205

Portland's New Music Director--Business as Usual

The Oregon Symphony in Portland just announced its new music director, the Austrian David Danzmayr. It seems that American orchestras are sliding back to business as usual where any random Assistant Vice-Kapellmeister of the Kleinmachnow Philharmoniker has a tremendous advantage over American candid...
by Modernistfan
Thu Jan 28, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'MAGA Gym' Jordan not ruling out a Senate run in Ohio
Replies: 7
Views: 236

Re: 'MAGA Gym' Jordan not ruling out a Senate run in Ohio

Dr. Acton would be a definite possibility for this seat if she wants to go for it.
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 27, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'MAGA Gym' Jordan not ruling out a Senate run in Ohio
Replies: 7
Views: 236

Re: 'MAGA Gym' Jordan not ruling out a Senate run in Ohio

Well, with Portman retiring, this becomes a flippable seat. The best scenario for the Democrats would be to get a strong Democratic candidate in there against Jordan. The Democrats have a lot of work to do, but it is possible for the right Democrat, with appeal to the white working class, to win sta...
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Metropolitan Opera Hires Its First Chief Diversity Officer
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: The Metropolitan Opera Hires Its First Chief Diversity Officer

I doubt if hiring her will bring Black audiences to the Met (when things reopen). If having prominent Black singers failed to do that, an administrator will hardly do that. If she does talk to Black audiences, it may well seem like tokenism. There is a lot of work to be done in this area. For exampl...
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Metropolitan Opera Hires Its First Chief Diversity Officer
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: The Metropolitan Opera Hires Its First Chief Diversity Officer

I applaud the goal, but I seriously question whether the Met actually needs another administrator who does not sing, play, or conduct a single note. Do they really need a Chief Diversity Officer to get them to perform operas by Black American composers, for example? The City Opera of New York perfor...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Biden accomplishes more in 1 week than Trump in 4 years
Replies: 5
Views: 206

Re: Biden accomplishes more in 1 week than Trump in 4 years

Yes, indeed. (That's a pretty low bar--I know some cats who could have done the same thing.)
by Modernistfan
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mieczysław Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: Mieczysław Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1

Well, as Wednesday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I have requested my local classical station, KUSC, to play the Weinberg Sinfonietta No. 1. The work is relatively light, clearly tonal and even hummable, and does not in itself make reference to the Holocaust. The connection is that Wein...
by Modernistfan
Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Our First Der Kaiser von Atlantis
Replies: 8
Views: 253

Re: Our First Der Kaiser von Atlantis

There are three audio recordings of which I am aware: one on Decca, part of their "Entartete Musik" series, now out of print, but available used from Amazon or Discogs (I have that one); one recent one from the Spanish label ibs, readily available; and one from the mid-1990's on the Czech label Stud...
by Modernistfan
Fri Jan 22, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Finally, a President Acknowledges White Supremacy
Replies: 3
Views: 121

Re: Finally, a President Acknowledges White Supremacy

This is just common sense (not so common in the Washington of the prior four years). The reality is that the kind of individuals who get involved in white supremacist terrorism is very similar to the kind of individuals who get involved with Islamic terrorism, and their path to radicalization is als...
by Modernistfan
Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mieczysław Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: Mieczysław Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1

Another work of Weinberg in much the same idiom as the Sinfonietta No. 1 is his Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes (1949). Again, this work is very klezmer-sounding; no surprise, as Moldavia, where much of Weinberg's family originated (and also from where much of my mother's side of my family was original...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump’s New Civil Religion
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: Trump’s New Civil Religion

The QAnon followers were extremely disappointed and disillusioned. They had believed that the inauguration was to be a trap perpetrated by Trump, who would institute a week-long national power blackout, declare martial law, have Biden and the Democrats shot, and retain power. Needless to say, none o...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ‘A Total Failure’: The Proud Boys Now Mock Trump
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: ‘A Total Failure’: The Proud Boys Now Mock Trump

There is virtually nothing about which I agree with the Proud Boys, but I do agree that Trump was "a total failure."
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mieczysław Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Re: Mieczysław Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1

I have that 2-CD set. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is a huge Weinberg fan and may well record more of his music. Symphony No. 21 is subtitled "Kaddish" (the Jewish memorial prayer for the dead), and is written in honor of the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto. Weinberg's own parents were deported from Warsaw and...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mieczysław Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1
Replies: 7
Views: 442

Mieczysław Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1

Last night, I listened to Mieczysław Weinberg's Sinfonietta No. 1. What a fun piece! It is remarkable that, in 1948, he was able to sneak this extremely Yiddish (klezmer)-sounding piece past the commissars. This piece is on Chandos 10128 with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gabriel ...
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Moritz Eggert's Football Oratorio
Replies: 0
Views: 306

Moritz Eggert's Football Oratorio

Well, Neos, that label that frequently issues recordings of works of the more wacko corners of the avant-garde, has done it again. A recording of a work by the German composer Moritz Eggert, "Die Tiefe des Raumes. Ein Fußballoratorium," will be issued in April. The work is for large orchestra, sopra...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LPs are now outsellng CDs
Replies: 17
Views: 4463

Re: LPs are now outsellng CDs

I have no intention of going back to LPs. I do not miss the surface noise, the ticks, and pops, and other problems. About the only thing that would get me back to LPs is getting some of the Decca Headline series or the Deutsche Grammophon Avant-Garde series that have not been reissued on CD or inclu...
by Modernistfan
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thomas Larcher's Cello Concerto
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: Thomas Larcher's Cello Concerto

Yes, Ms. Weilerstein has recorded the Carter cello concerto. She also, at least in my opinion, did a great job with the two Shostakovich cello concertos. She is now recording for Pentatone, and I hope that she does record this.
by Modernistfan
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'Liberal' Churches Warned of Possible Attacks Around Biden Inauguration Day
Replies: 10
Views: 283

Re: 'Liberal' Churches Warned of Possible Attacks Around Biden Inauguration Day

The liberal Protestant denominations are not the only religious groups that are concerned. Many more liberal Jewish congregations, including Reform and Reconstructionist congregations, have beefed up security for similar reasons. I suspect that mosques are also very concerned about security.
by Modernistfan
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Louis Andriessen Recording from Nonesuch
Replies: 1
Views: 345

New Louis Andriessen Recording from Nonesuch

A new recording of works by Louis Andriessen will be released on Nonesuch in March. The title of the album is "The Only One," and the performers are the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen with Nora Fischer (conductor Ivan Fischer's daughter) as soprano soloist. I do not have det...
by Modernistfan
Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump proposes budget cuts
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Re: Trump proposes budget cuts

I have a better chance of becoming the next king of Saudi Arabia than any of these budget cuts have of being adopted.
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1638

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Is the Jeremy Dutcher album entitled "Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa"? (Please don't ask me to pronounce that.)
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An Urgent Reckoning for the Trump Brand
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: An Urgent Reckoning for the Trump Brand

Trump is more concerned about this than he has been about the 2500 to 3500 people dying daily from coronavirus. For shame.
by Modernistfan
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1638

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Slofstra, who is that composer who based works on Mi'kmak traditional music? I would like to know and to get the CD if it is available. This is always very interesting. After all, look at the composers who have based works on Eastern European traditional music of various ethnicities, including klezm...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Roots of Josh Hawley’s Rage
Replies: 12
Views: 500

Re: The Roots of Josh Hawley’s Rage

I guess, according to Mr. Hawley's view, since the only choices are to be faithful to Jesus or to pagan secularism, there is no place for even a sincere follower of a religion other than Christianity, such as Judaism, Buddhism, or Islam, even if such a person is a model citizen and has made great co...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Are They Nuts?
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Are They Nuts?

(No, this most definitely is not about any aspect of politics.) The Washington Nationals baseball team is putting in a sportsbook at the stadium, and also introducing an app that will allow fans to bet from their seats, including on events occurring during the course of the game, not merely on the f...
by Modernistfan
Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Narcissist in Chief Brings It All Crashing Down
Replies: 2
Views: 103

Re: The Narcissist in Chief Brings It All Crashing Down

Pence finally had to decide between Trump and our constitutional republic. Thank God that he decided to follow the Constitution and the law (the Electoral Count Act), which make it clear that the electors are to be determined by the states, and spurned Trump by refusing to alter the slates of electo...
by Modernistfan
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1638

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

I, too, am surprised and disappointed to see such a review. These attitudes are much less prevalent, hopefully, than they were, but they are still around. (I have commented on reviews of the Emerson Quartet in Gramophone that make sneering references to "New York" that barely avoid crossing the line...
by Modernistfan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own
Replies: 9
Views: 406

Re: The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own

Georgia has changed rather drastically, a trend not really covered by the national media. For example, DeKalb County has 30 locally elected officials, including county commissioners, members of the Georgia State Senate, and members of the Georgia House of Representatives. Exactly one of those seats ...
by Modernistfan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own
Replies: 9
Views: 406

Re: The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own

Yep, Stacey Abrams really delivered the goods. We also contributed to these campaigns.
by Modernistfan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: SCOTUS Conference tomorrow - Danger
Replies: 16
Views: 598

Re: SCOTUS Conference tomorrow - Danger

I have seen no evidence that the Supreme Court actually took this up today.
by Modernistfan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1638

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

"Parallel fifths" refers to two or more consecutive intervals of a fifth, generally deemed forbidden in traditional counterpoint. If you drink two or more fifths of that wine, you probably won't be able to tell the difference between parallel fifths and minor thirds.
by Modernistfan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1638

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Agreed! It must be noted that W.E.B. DuBois, for example, was a huge fan of classical music, including Wagner. Any barriers to full participation by women or people of color or acceptance of their work must be removed; these include the issues of the costs of music education and attending performanc...
by Modernistfan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1638

Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

The following was posted on the New Music Box blog by Dave Molk, entitled "Confronting Our Complicity: Music Theory and White Supremacy." Molk previously taught composition and theory as an Assistant Teaching Professor at Georgetown; apparently he did not get tenure. For many students, the tradition...
by Modernistfan
Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own
Replies: 9
Views: 406

Re: The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own

Well, Wood and Powell, along with some comments from Trump regarding "rigged elections," have just gifted the Democrats two Senate seats, along with effective control of the Senate. Analysis of the Georgia results has made it clear that, in the more rural areas where Trump had his greatest level of ...
by Modernistfan
Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: SCOTUS Conference tomorrow - Danger
Replies: 16
Views: 598

Re: SCOTUS Conference tomorrow - Danger

Relax--they will toss this as moot. As you say, these ballots have been sequestered and were not counted and do not make up part of Biden's current margin. On the assumptions that these ballots are all from Philadelphia and environs and that they would presumably break 75%-25% for Biden, the only th...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 06, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Loeffler out
Replies: 16
Views: 368

Re: Loeffler out

No automatic recount. Ossoff is up now by over 28,000 votes. That is an 0.6% margin, too great to require the automatic recount. That margin will probably go up more as more mailed ballots from heavily Democratic Atlanta and its suburbs are counted (Ossoff is running about 75% to 80% in that area.)
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Republicans Begin New Congress Feuding Over Bid to Overturn Election
Replies: 5
Views: 213

Re: Republicans Begin New Congress Feuding Over Bid to Overturn Election

Well, Pence has just told Trump, "no dice." Pence said that he has no power to unilaterally change electoral votes, although Congress does have the power to challenge electoral votes from specific states. Of course, that will go nowhere, with the House in Democratic hands (and some Republican member...
by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Loeffler out
Replies: 16
Views: 368

Re: Loeffler out

If the count follows the pattern from November, a scenario confirmed by Gabriel Sterling, a Republican election official in Georgia who has been in the news lately for pushing back against Trump's nonsensical claims of fraud, the margins for Ossoff and Warnock will increase. The remaining votes to b...