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by moldyoldie
Wed May 02, 2007 4:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recommended Brahms First Symphony
Replies: 52
Views: 15443

Brahms' First

Brahms Firsts I like and would recommend: Szell/CO/Sony (straightforward, precise, and powerful) Walter/CSO/Sony (poetic and powerful) Klemperer/PO/EMI (expansive, detailed, and powerful) Dohnanyi/CO/Teldec (OOP in box set) (fine MOR performance and digital recording) Furtwängler '51/M&A (love the p...
by moldyoldie
Wed May 02, 2007 4:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you use PC software to catalog your CDs/LPs?
Replies: 30
Views: 6614

slofstra wrote:Lance and moldyoldie,

Which version of MS Works are you using, if I may ask? Apparently MS made a major change with Works 5.0. They are currently at version 8.
I believe I built the databases in Works 2000; I'm currently running Works 8.0 -- no problems.
by moldyoldie
Tue May 01, 2007 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you use PC software to catalog your CDs/LPs?
Replies: 30
Views: 6614

I also use MS Works Database with fields for Composer, Title, Year Composed, Category (orchestral, concerto, opera, etc.), Orchestra, Conductor, Ensemble, Soloists, CD/CD-R/Tape, Label, Number, Original Recording/Release Date, Shelf Location, and Notes (miscellaneous info such as pairings by other c...
by moldyoldie
Thu Mar 29, 2007 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789765

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 David Oistrakh, violin New York Philharmonic Dimitri Mitropoulis, cond. Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 Mstislav Rostropovich, cello Philadelphia Orchestra Eugene Ormandy, cond. Sony MHK 63327 Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1; Cello Concerto No. 2 Heinrich S...
by moldyoldie
Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Operas that are the most accessible
Replies: 53
Views: 16856

I'd also suggest for an English-speaking novice the fine English language operas of Benjamin Britten such as Peter Grimes and Billy Budd . For me, good entry points to the world of opera were: Die Meistersinger von Nuremburg - Wagner Carmen - Bizet Tosca - Puccini Rigoletto - Verdi Salome - R. Strau...
by moldyoldie
Sun Mar 25, 2007 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789765

This weekend (and additionally over the past week), it's been much Shostakovich and Prokofiev. I've always liked Shosty, but have only recently taken to Prokofiev, especially his piano and violin concertos. Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 David Oistrakh, violin New York Philharmonic Dimitri Mitr...
by moldyoldie
Fri Mar 09, 2007 1:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

Just a tad confused.

I'm not certain if our fearless leaders wish me to post this here or on the other similarly titled new thread. Anyway, here goes... http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000HWBTB0.01-A7KSDSWSDHUTV._AA280_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 London Symphony Orchestra André Previn, cond. Deut...
by moldyoldie
Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/65/25/8f6b4310fca05e379def6010._AA240_.L.jpg http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00030FJ9Y.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Disc# 3 & 4 of 4 J. S. Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1 - 6 Heinrich Schiff, cello EMI J. S. Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1 - 6 Ralph Kirshbaum,...
by moldyoldie
Sun Feb 25, 2007 10:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not so beginner questions (lots of questions, long post)
Replies: 18
Views: 11220

Pronunciations

Speaking of pronunciations, a personal favorite...

The late, great conductor Ferenc Fricsay: FAIR-ence FREE-shoy (not Frank Fricassée)
jbuck919 wrote:Don't spend a lot of time on Semyon Bychkov. :wink: :)
Okay, I'll bite. Why not?

Or is this merely an "editorial".
by moldyoldie
Sun Feb 25, 2007 9:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you use Dial-Up or Hi-Speed for Internet?
Replies: 20
Views: 10592

I use dial-up and have no immediate plans to change. $8.95/mo. (USD) is simply too good a price for my particular internet usage. The "speed" and reliability is sufficient.
by moldyoldie
Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

Currently listening to... http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000024MCP.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Disc #3 & 4 of 4 Mozart: String Quartet No. 18; No. 19; No. 21; No. 22; No. 23 Alban Berg Quartet Teldec Ever since being hooked by the Schubert Quintet in C , I've been on a bit of a chamber music k...
by moldyoldie
Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Daphnis Et Chloé
Replies: 6
Views: 6198

Anyone have thoughts on DG's Boulez/Berlin and Chung in this work? I've heard neither. I have Munch/'55, Monteux, and Dutoit; greatly enjoying what each offers and finding little to choose between them aside from niggling differences in sound quality. The knock on Dutoit's early digital recording wa...
by moldyoldie
Sat Feb 10, 2007 7:52 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Mahler's 9th Symphony
Replies: 2
Views: 3832

This earlier thread may interest you. However I can't appreciate the last movement [of Mahler's 9th]. It sounds so similar to the last movement of Buckner's 9th, therefore I could hardly call it original. Originality is one thing and successful derivation is another. If it works, I don't complain a...
by moldyoldie
Sat Feb 10, 2007 4:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

About to embark on a first listen to... http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00066FAB2.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Mahler: Symphony No. 9 Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Karel Ančerl, cond. Supraphon ...as recommended to me on another thread and elsewhere as a good "alternative" interpretation and as o...
by moldyoldie
Thu Feb 08, 2007 8:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

While waiting for Super Bowl kickoff... Johan Svendsen: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 2 ; Two Swedish Folk Tunes for String Orchestra Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Neeme Järvi, cond. BIS I like this one mainly for background music as I find it soothing, yet somewhat nondescript. I would describe the...
by moldyoldie
Tue Feb 06, 2007 7:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What do you think of "completists"?
Replies: 69
Views: 41166

I can't afford to be a completist, but like good professional critics, I find them useful in pointing me toward a recording of a theretofore unheard piece by a favorite composer, or which will allow me to hear a favorite piece "differently". Good written or oral communication is key here. It helps i...
by moldyoldie
Tue Feb 06, 2007 7:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: To Clap or Not to Clap
Replies: 21
Views: 12915

No, I don't initiate applause between movements. If I'm familiar with a work, I'll purposely squelch my urge to clap in spite of the exuberant applause of others. Why? Because of both tradition and it seems to annoy the conductor. Now, if the latter were to change.... A big, big "gotcha" -- Tchaikov...
by moldyoldie
Sun Feb 04, 2007 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

While waiting for Super Bowl kickoff... http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B0000016D2.01._AA130_SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg Johan Svendsen: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 2 ; Two Swedish Folk Tunes for String Orchestra Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Neeme Järvi, cond. BIS I like this one mainly for background m...
by moldyoldie
Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

I've never minded the unmusical noises emanating from performers. It reminds me an actual human being is making music, a human being who's obviously into the music too. Oh, I've never minded it all that much either. Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett unleashing an orgasmic groan every so often was a highli...
by moldyoldie
Tue Jan 30, 2007 4:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Marin Alsop on Mahler's Fifth
Replies: 16
Views: 10930

Marc wrote:And now we'd have to expect another Mahler 5? Have they changed marketing tactics?
Methinks it's less about Mahler (or anyone else) and more about Alsop. :wink:
by moldyoldie
Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000003GDI.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Choral" Inge Borkh, soprano; Ruth Siewert, contralto; Richard Lewis, tenor; Ludwig Weber, bass The Beecham Choral Society Royal Philharmonic Orchestra René Leibowitz, cond. Chesky Oh my! Now this i...
by moldyoldie
Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:18 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Great American Symphony; Reality; Possibility; Illusion
Replies: 54
Views: 25030

I've always pointed to Copland's Third as being the quintessential American symphony. Though not very complex musically, at least to my untrained ear, listening to it evokes the post-war American landscape as well as anything, plus it has that marvelous Fanfare for the Common Man motif that's become...
by moldyoldie
Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:10 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: historical recording question
Replies: 20
Views: 11076

These are some awesome suggestions... Let's boraden this topic even more though and say they don't necessarily have to be historic but just some of the greatest performers or conductors or classical music event you'd like to see on film? You mean create a time machine? Love it! I remember the old s...
by moldyoldie
Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

This morning, while waiting for an anticipated six to eight inches of lake effect snow (the amount varies by report), it's been... http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00004TD4Y.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000001G8E.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg http://ec2.images-a...
by moldyoldie
Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: historical recording question
Replies: 20
Views: 11076

I want the five camera, quad Dolby sound, wide-screen HD-DVD of the 1913 premiere of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring , replete with crowd shots. :P What, not available? Rats! Well, in lieu of that, I'd like to see Furtwängler conduct Beethoven's Ninth in March, 1942. Also, late-'50s/early-'60s Berns...
by moldyoldie
Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

On a virgin voyage with... http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000F5GJM8.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_V34452696_.jpg Disc #1 & 2 of 4 Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 "Classical"; Symphony No. 4 (revised 1947 version); Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 3 London Symphony Orchestra Valery Gergiev, cond. Philips Other...
by moldyoldie
Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:17 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: I need epic classical pieces
Replies: 42
Views: 22352

...Čajkovskij... More popularly transliterated in the West as "Tchaikovsky" or "Tsaikowsky". I like the suggestion of Wagner and the Rosza soundtracks. An album such as Maazel's "The Ring Without Words" on Telarc was custom made for someone such as poster Klazzt. It's an uninterrupted hour of melde...
by moldyoldie
Tue Jan 23, 2007 6:30 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: I need epic classical pieces
Replies: 42
Views: 22352

I don't like most of the soft, "cheerful" pieces. I prefer the more epic and powerful works, but I haven't found very many. I really need more for my collection. Stravinsky's Rite of Spring is full of rhythm and clamor. Most young people I know take to it immediately. I'd also suggest Shostakovich'...
by moldyoldie
Tue Jan 23, 2007 6:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

On a virgin voyage with... http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000F5GJM8.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_V34452696_.jpg Disc #1 & 2 of 4 Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 "Classical"; Symphony No. 4 (revised 1947 version); Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 3 London Symphony Orchestra Valery Gergiev, cond. Philips Other ...
by moldyoldie
Mon Jan 22, 2007 5:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

I just received this today from an eBay seller; available only as an import. http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000069KIV.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 (Oeser Edition); Symphony No. 8 (Haas Edition) Vienna Philharmonic Bernard Haitink, cond. Philips The Third is quite expans...
by moldyoldie
Sun Jan 21, 2007 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great Pieces you wish you weren't burnt out on
Replies: 40
Views: 24082

A cure for "burning out" on a work is to simply hear a different well-played interpretation of it. (Beware, a poorly played performance might turn you off entirely!) Beethoven's Fifth performed by Bernstein, Karajan, Kleiber, Klemperer, Furtwängler, Toscanini, Thielemann and others are entirely diff...
by moldyoldie
Thu Jan 18, 2007 9:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

Good morning! http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000001GHL.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Disc# 2 of 2 Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Choral" Gwyneth Jones, soprano; Tatiana Troyanos, alto/contralto; Jess Thomas, tenor; Karl Ridderbusch, bass Viennese State Opera Choir Vienna Philharmonic Karl Böhm, cond...
by moldyoldie
Wed Jan 17, 2007 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

Image
Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsoria
The Hilliard Ensemble
ECM New Series
by moldyoldie
Wed Jan 17, 2007 4:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Bizet's Symphony No. 1 in C...simply amazing!
Replies: 19
Views: 11274

I've always loved my impeccably performed and recorded Haitink/CO on Philips -- it glows!

Alas, like much of this prolifically recorded combo's discography, it appears to fallen out of print.
by moldyoldie
Tue Jan 16, 2007 5:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

Image Disc# 2 & 3 of 4
Schubert: Symphony No. 3; Symphony No. 4 "Tragic"; Symphony No. 5; Symphony No.6
Berlin Philharmonic
Karl Böhm, cond.
Deutsche Grammophon
by moldyoldie
Tue Jan 16, 2007 5:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Online sampling and CD buying habits
Replies: 21
Views: 11758

I use online samples extensively. For example, more often than not, the samples are the beginnings of individual works on the disc(s) or individual movements or sections. Paraphrasing Sir Thomas Beecham, the only thing that people care about is how a piece begins and ends, whatever happens in-betwee...
by moldyoldie
Sun Jan 14, 2007 8:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Mahler's Ninth
Replies: 23
Views: 15186

Barbirolli: If only his CSO recording with the interview were re-issued; what a PITA!! this wonderful recording has been available consistently since its release in the early 60s...a real staple... I see Arkiv lists it only availalbe in a full set for $$124.-- stand by - it may well reappear... Jus...
by moldyoldie
Sat Jan 13, 2007 6:01 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Mahler's Ninth
Replies: 23
Views: 15186

Barbirolli: For what it's worth, Mr. Hurwitz hates it ...so I just ordered it. :) I'm certain I'll get to Walter/'38 eventually. If only his CSO recording with the interview were re-issued; it's commanding a hefty price on the used market. However, I see the performance is included in the reasonably...
by moldyoldie
Sat Jan 13, 2007 5:39 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Suggest Some Composers
Replies: 19
Views: 11661

Re: Suggest Some Composers

As a fairly recent "recruit" myself, let me offer my welcome. I am now specifically looking for something where cellos and a bass undertone play a large role in the music. A couple things popped into my head almost immediately: Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 ; a great, semi-popular piece i...
by moldyoldie
Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

Hey, moldy...have you been borrowing from my personal library?... hehe ... I have the exact same (1) Levine/Mahler, (2) Copland/DG & (3) Hanson/Schwartz. Obviously, great minds think alike. :) Currently listening to... http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/49/1c/f138d250fca0b41103642010._A...
by moldyoldie
Fri Jan 12, 2007 5:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Mahler's Ninth
Replies: 23
Views: 15186

Mahler's Ninth

The late Mahler symphonies were always difficult for me, something akin to reading and navigating Joyce's Ulysses , which for me is well-nigh impossible! I've always found Mahler to be very "listenable" and compelling, albeit challenging. This morning, I finished my fourth or fifth listen to my lone...
by moldyoldie
Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: "New World" classical music
Replies: 19
Views: 6054

Is there a foremost Canadian composer? I don't know if foremost applies, but I can think of one composer - Colin McPhee. I've enjoyed what I've heard of his music. Canadians would suffer from the same handicap that Americans do for the most part - they came late to the scene, long after patronage w...
by moldyoldie
Mon Jan 08, 2007 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

A New World afternoon concert... http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00000GCAG.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00000DSXF.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000001G7A.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1, ...
by moldyoldie
Mon Jan 08, 2007 4:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: "New World" classical music
Replies: 19
Views: 6054

I myself was wondering about Canada. Is there a foremost Canadian composer? Damned if I can think of one. My New World concert would be: Barber: Overture to "The School for Scandal" Copland: Symphony No. 3 Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2 (or No. 7) Hanson: Symphony No. 2 "Romantic" I'm surp...
by moldyoldie
Sun Jan 07, 2007 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

A Mahler Morning! (I apologize for the fuzzy image http://www.websmileys.com/sm/crazy/686.gif ) http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00000IIX2.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B0000034LQ.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_V53842839_.jpg http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/c...
by moldyoldie
Wed Jan 03, 2007 7:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Complete classical sets question
Replies: 16
Views: 5733

I just ordered Brilliant's complete set of Bruckner symphonies by Jochum for $35. It's supposedly the same as the more expensive EMI release (plus you get No. 0 with Skrowaczewski). Sounds like a bargain to me! Jochum's Bruckner is starting to grow on me.
by moldyoldie
Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:54 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Presidential trivia question of the day
Replies: 9
Views: 2324

Yes, but it took some deductive reasoning. Call it a "semi-educated" guess. I first thought of all the presidents' names and possible nationalities. Gerald Ford came to mind because Ford wasn't his real name, he was adopted. Ironically, I thought of his Grand Rapids upbringing and the large Dutch co...
by moldyoldie
Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Presidential trivia question of the day
Replies: 9
Views: 2324

I'll guess Martin van Buren (Dutch), since I'll also guess that all his predecessors and immediate successors were descended from the British Isles.
by moldyoldie
Wed Jan 03, 2007 8:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000003ESF.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4; Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" Van Cliburn, piano Chicago Symphony Orchestra Fritz Reiner, cond. RCA From the early '60s, the Fourth is uniquely special here, but the Emperor is great also. A...
by moldyoldie
Mon Jan 01, 2007 8:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00012HQVI.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Disc #2 of 2 Schumann: Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish"; Symphony No. 4 Staatskapelle Berlin Daniel Barenboim, cond. Teldec I've probably "wasted" more money on different recordings trying to ascertain the lasting attraction of Schu...