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by Chalkperson
Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new hall for the London Symphony Orchestra?
Replies: 6
Views: 2103

Re: A new hall for the London Symphony Orchestra?

Sacrilege!!!

I happen to be a big fan of the Museum of London.

Arrogant demanding Rattle at his lowest ever curly haired tyrant.
by Chalkperson
Sat May 30, 2015 10:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........
Replies: 70
Views: 21799

Re: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........

Christian Thielemann is still the likely candidate, IMO (despite the usual bile from Lebrecht): he's got skin in the game!! http://www.spectator.co.uk/arts/music/9535612/what-really-happened-in-the-berlin-philharmonic-election/ Just looking at political history, if the front-runner and obvious cand...
by Chalkperson
Sat May 30, 2015 10:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recording Technology, Money and Music
Replies: 10
Views: 2082

Re: Recording Technology, Money and Music

Caruso was way more popular than Pavarotti. He generated more revenue. If you had a record player you had Caruso records. I wish I had time to discuss Caruso, a cultural phenomenon who is the only one to rival Charlie Chaplin. Read this, it's a wonderful book... http://www.amazon.com/Enrico-Caruso-F...
by Chalkperson
Thu May 28, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chalkie's Retrospective at National Museum of Wales
Replies: 21
Views: 5144

Re: Chalkie's Retrospective at National Museum of Wales

This is about the BBC Documentary which airs next week in the UK. Most of you know I'm very shy, so all my old friends helped out and appeared to say kind things, it was seven days of filming, and I actually enjoyed it in the end, because the Director and Cameraman were great to work with. http://ww...
by Chalkperson
Tue May 26, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Time Warner Cable to be acquired
Replies: 10
Views: 2048

Re: Time Warner Cable to be acquired

Because "Cable Cutters" are the new generation of TV watchers, they cut ties with cable and watch via Amazon, Apple etc. Time Warner is seeing the writing on the wall.

To me it makes a lot of sense, they don't want to accept Apple's terms, but Charter will, and its the future, John...
by Chalkperson
Sun May 17, 2015 5:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chalkie's Retrospective at National Museum of Wales
Replies: 21
Views: 5144

Re: Chalkie's Retrospective at National Museum of Wales

The museum asked me to make a short film, so here is five minutes of me explaining my work.

http://youtu.be/Miiw_BUGLok
by Chalkperson
Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: CMG Forum Dinner Wed June 10 5PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2061

Re: CMG Forum Dinner Wed June 10 5PM

count me in on this...

Three two one...dinner
by Chalkperson
Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chalkie's Retrospective at National Museum of Wales
Replies: 21
Views: 5144

Re: Chalkie's Retrospective at National Museum of Wales

This is a cover story about my show in Buzz which is a Welsh Arts Magazine.

http://www.buzzmag.co.uk/latest-digital-edition /

http://wp.me/PKmBG-4gA
by Chalkperson
Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thinking about ...
Replies: 11
Views: 3056

Re: Thinking about ...

I have not moved on anywhere, but am about to do day five (of seven) for the BBC Wales Documentary, I have been working 15-20 hour days since arriving here two weeks ago. I did take last night off and went to Hove, near Brighton for dinner with my old friend David Gilmour from Pink Floyd. It was gre...
by Chalkperson
Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chalkie's Retrospective at National Museum of Wales
Replies: 21
Views: 5144

Re: Chalkie's Retrospective at National Museum of Wales

I gave a talk at the Laurghne Festival today, in Dylan Thomas home town. It was very well received.

This was in yesterday's Guardian.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign ... e-specials
by Chalkperson
Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chalkie's Retrospective at National Museum of Wales
Replies: 21
Views: 5144

Chalkie's Retrospective at National Museum of Wales

So, after five years of waiting, and three years of non stop work, I find myself in London with only a month before my opening. I'm 'in conversation" with my friend Chris Difford (from Squeeze) at the Laurghne Festival on Friday, its a weekend of literary events that is staged in Dlyan Thomas's home...
by Chalkperson
Sat Mar 28, 2015 3:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: States assert right to death sentence!
Replies: 75
Views: 11247

Re: States assert right to death sentence!

It is something of barbarism of a state to take on the rights to kill people captured, disarmed and put into safety. Punishment, yes, but not this. Disagree it's only just that people who commit these terrible crimes be executed-they do not deserve to live, to breath, to enjoy eating, sleeping, rea...
by Chalkperson
Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Climate activists say snow record 'terrifying'....
Replies: 17
Views: 2017

Re: Climate activists say snow record 'terrifying'....

The mention of Norman Lebrecht gives you an idea of where I'm coming from. There are some sources so untrustworthy that I wouldn't cite them even when they say exactly what I want. If it's true, then others I can trust will say it too, and I can cite them. If they don't... OK, so what source do you...
by Chalkperson
Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where are all the ladies on CMG?
Replies: 54
Views: 10484

Re: Where are all the ladies on CMG?

Well, Lance, if you really want to know what happened to the ladies, I can give you a tiny clue. This site is dominated by a bunch of tired old pooftahs who hand down their exclusive opinions as fatwahs of gospel truth. And they have absolutely NO sense of humor. You would not believe the support I...
by Chalkperson
Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: States assert right to death sentence!
Replies: 75
Views: 11247

Re: States assert right to death sentence!

That would be a retrogression of nearly 40 years, to when Gary Gilmore was executed by firing squad after he refused to appeal his death sentence and wanted it carried out. Norman Mailer wrote a book about it, "The Executioner's Song." Nope, five years, a man was executed by Firing Squad in Utah in...
by Chalkperson
Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: States assert right to death sentence!
Replies: 75
Views: 11247

Re: States assert right to death sentence!

What Chalkie means, I think, is that we should not decide individually, for reasons of our own, which convicts we want to kill and which we would permit to stay alive. That's not how the law is supposed to work, but too often it's what happens. Indeed, it's what you are talking about. When I was at...
by Chalkperson
Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Zero tornadoes for the first time since 1969
Replies: 19
Views: 2491

Re: Zero tornadoes for the first time since 1969

I don't know, but it's really annoying I agree. I'm sick of this cold winter and want Spring ASAP. Well it won't arrive until you admit how incorrect you've been on climate change! Regards, Len :lol: Well it won't arrive until you admit how incorrect you've been on climate change! I don't think the...
by Chalkperson
Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Zero tornadoes for the first time since 1969
Replies: 19
Views: 2491

Re: Zero tornadoes for the first time since 1969

Randall and his obsession make us look like fools. Yes, admittedly this issue is a really easy to way to make liberals look like dupes and/or fools.:) You flatter yourself Randall, I meant that all your Threads make this Site look like its obsessed with climate change, when it's only you who create...
by Chalkperson
Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Zero tornadoes for the first time since 1969
Replies: 19
Views: 2491

Re: Zero tornadoes for the first time since 1969

Four of the last seven new threads in the Corner Pub and all on climate patterns, as you see them. Perhaps you now understand why some CMGF members, including myself, refer to this sort of posting activity as an "obsession"? Obsession was a fragrance by Calvin Klein, now it's probably the reason pe...
by Chalkperson
Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: States assert right to death sentence!
Replies: 75
Views: 11247

Re: States assert right to death sentence!

The other countries who execute people do it in a relatively humane way, by comparison the US creates a ritual that causes agonizing torture in the condemned, decades of legal appeals, last minute reprieves. The segregation a week or more before, moving from cell to cell etc Worse still they botch u...
by Chalkperson
Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New "Cinderella"--Same Old Racism
Replies: 12
Views: 3707

Re: New "Cinderella"--Same Old Racism

Disney originally portrayed Cinderella in 1950 as a blue eyed, white skinned, orange haired girl. So, Mr Fan, what is new, besides the change in hair color? As for the Disney Chairman being of the Jewish faith, what is your point exactly, Jewish folks built, financed and ran Hollywood, and probably ...
by Chalkperson
Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The ‘Skeptical Seven’ Witch Hunt is Just the Beginning....
Replies: 25
Views: 2248

Re: The ‘Skeptical Seven’ Witch Hunt is Just the Beginning..

So what's the deal, Chalkperson? Are you going to let me do another wake up call to everyone thread or not? I don't want to waste my time composing it if you're just going to delete it. Excuse Me? I deleted no thread, John F asked me to let things be. Piston asked for no censoring. Lenny probably c...
by Chalkperson
Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.
Replies: 52
Views: 7355

Re: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.

Interesting that both Conductors that you deem mediocre lead the BBC Symphony, Pritchard was initially Fritz Busch's assistant at Glyndebourne, and he is buried nearby. I doubt Busch considered him mediocre. Also they are both CBE's so it's Sir John Pritchard, and Sir Andrew Davis, given your pench...
by Chalkperson
Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.
Replies: 52
Views: 7355

Re: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.

I was speaking on the topic of classical music and its performers, and I stand by what I said. The Brits have commonly chosen their compatriots as music directors of their leading orchestras; Americans seldom do. James Levine was the first and only American-born head of the Boston Symphony, Leonard...
by Chalkperson
Sat Mar 07, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.
Replies: 52
Views: 7355

Re: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.

If you want to give Rattle and the BPO a whirl, you can watch a concert free right now, in HD sound. The cost of the "free" concert is your name going on their email list, which isn't so bad. Here is the link: https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/20250 Are you ever going to stop plugging t...
by Chalkperson
Sat Mar 07, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dutoit BSO in Szymanowski's "King Roger"
Replies: 11
Views: 2343

Re: Dutoit BSO in Szymanowski's "King Roger"

The title of this Opera is not King Roger, it's Król Roger and the finest recording is by none other than Sir Simon Rattle.

You don't chsnge the names of that old bore Wagner's operas, so the same respect should be paid here.

Oops, I nearly forgot, this is America... :mrgreen:
by Chalkperson
Sat Mar 07, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.
Replies: 52
Views: 7355

Re: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.

Really, I think this cynicism isn't justified. Simon Rattle has always been available to the press and used his opportunities to promote various agendas, but it's not just self-promotion. The Brits have always loved their own, much more than Americans have loved their own, so why shouldn't they lov...
by Chalkperson
Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Speaking In Fact, As Opposed to Simple Theory, ...
Replies: 13
Views: 2903

Re: Speaking In Fact, As Opposed to Simple Theory, ...

Dulcinea, Your great concern about Jewish sensitivities reveals that you are in fact Jewish yourself. Your revelation is much appreciated. Agnes I don't see how you come up with that conclusion. Regards, Len I think Agnes was having a little joke. ---------------------- Yes! (And now that we know D...
by Chalkperson
Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The ‘Skeptical Seven’ Witch Hunt is Just the Beginning....
Replies: 25
Views: 2248

Re: The ‘Skeptical Seven’ Witch Hunt is Just the Beginning..

I think it's time for another 'wake up call to everyone' thread of mine. I really hope not Randall, we are simply not interested in you trying that one again, its as simple as that. Yes, but it's really critically necessary and important, because history is blatantly repeating itself right here and...
by Chalkperson
Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Speaking In Fact, As Opposed to Simple Theory, ...
Replies: 13
Views: 2903

Re: Speaking In Fact, As Opposed to Simple Theory, ...

I am glad your experience was positive, but your question is still offensive whether you intended it to be or not. You might as well ask "What is your experience with people?" To single out Jewish people is to imply that they have something to prove, live up to, or live down that does not apply to ...
by Chalkperson
Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The ‘Skeptical Seven’ Witch Hunt is Just the Beginning....
Replies: 25
Views: 2248

Re: The ‘Skeptical Seven’ Witch Hunt is Just the Beginning..

rwetmore wrote:I think it's time for another 'wake up call to everyone' thread of mine.
I really hope not Randall, we are simply not interested in you trying that one again, its as simple as that.

Written with my Moderators (Sun) Hat on.
by Chalkperson
Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Old EMI Callas box vs. Warner remastered box???
Replies: 12
Views: 3224

Re: Old EMI Callas box vs. Warner remastered box???

Buy the Warner, the shrill of her voice is tamed, finally.
by Chalkperson
Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The highest price you've paid for a CD?
Replies: 13
Views: 5335

Re: The highest price you've paid for a CD?

$85 for Black Sabbath's first LP on SHM SACD
by Chalkperson
Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: La Donna del Lago - Met
Replies: 25
Views: 1973

Re: la donna del lago met

The only Opera recording I own that's Conducted by a first rate, Pianist.
by Chalkperson
Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gilbert Leaving NY Philharmonic
Replies: 90
Views: 7852

Re: Gilbert Leaving NY Philharmonic

The Philharmonic, or any other major orchestra, can't do without a music director for so many seasons. There's more to the job than rehearsing and conducting a certain number of concerts - a great deal more. Not least appearances and other activities in support of fundraising to pay for the renovat...
by Chalkperson
Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rare recordings! Me! Come and hear!
Replies: 15
Views: 2947

Re: Rare recordings! Me! Come and hear!

I thought you were doing a program of Rogers and Hammerstein, I have to do a TV segment at my Retrospective on June 15 in Cardiff with Elvis Costello, if i could I would for sure be there, not sure its possible as I think I fly out on the 11th.
by Chalkperson
Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How The Middle Class Has Fared Under 6 Years Of Barack Obama
Replies: 17
Views: 1710

Re: How The Middle Class Has Fared Under 6 Years Of Barack O

lennygoran wrote:Surely you jest-you`re one slippery guy. Len
I see this as inverse Trolling, you never stop asking the same questions and Randall never replies.
by Chalkperson
Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Opus 66 of Myaskovsky
Replies: 4
Views: 862

Re: The Opus 66 of Myaskovsky

I'd take it over some you name any day.
by Chalkperson
Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYC Subways-Unappetizing but no public-health problem
Replies: 4
Views: 675

Re: NYC Subways-Unappetizing but no public-health problem

So what? The ridership in the NYC subway is over 5 million people every weekday, over 1.5 trillion per year. Not all of them are in perfect health, and those who aren't do not travel in cocoons. I've been riding the rails for nearly 50 years and haven't caught the bubonic plague yet. Agreed, if you...
by Chalkperson
Fri Feb 06, 2015 11:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is Le Rat heading for the NYPD
Replies: 15
Views: 2699

Is Le Rat heading for the NYPD

My guess is that they will want a well-known conductor whose career and reputation will help them sell tickets - preferably also with a recording contract with one of the prestigious labels, as recordings make money for the orchestra and its players. Who that might be, I wouldn't try to guess. You ...
by Chalkperson
Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphony Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 13491

Re: Beethoven Symphony Thread

Sir Charles Mackerras
by Chalkperson
Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aldo Ciccolini 1925-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 3451

Re: Aldo Ciccolini 1925-2015

I know that some admire Ciccolini more than I do, but I'm picky about when I use the word "great." You didn't use it, you chose to contradict Mel, he called him great. How about being picky about your comments, and keep some of them to yourself. You know, like when people die, and the rest of us ar...
by Chalkperson
Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aldo Ciccolini 1925-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 3451

Re: Aldo Ciccolini 1925-2015

A great pianist? Surely not. I've enjoyed some of his recordings, especially his first LP of Satie's piano music which is nicely straight-faced, but haven't heard anything from him that really stands out. I didn't know that Ciccolini ever accompanied Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. He certainly didn't on re...
by Chalkperson
Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparing Recent Recordings to Old Favorites
Replies: 25
Views: 3907

Re: Comparing Recent Recordings to Old Favorites

This of course boils down to personal taste, and having a conductor on this board gives him a credence we mere listeners cannot quite match. Whilst I'm almost always in favor of a Russian conducting Shosty's Fifth, Kondrashin, Mravinsky and Jansons being my benchmarks. I see one recording I value hi...
by Chalkperson
Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.
Replies: 52
Views: 7355

Re: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.

[quote="John

I'm not guessing who will succeed Rattle at the Philharmonic; that's a mug's game as the unexpected choice of Simon Rattle last time made clear enough.[/quote]
It certainly is a mugs game, with the BPO being the mugs when they signed up Le Rat.
by Chalkperson
Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: At Least 6 Inches
Replies: 75
Views: 7397

Re: At Least 6 Inches

NYC has officially battened down the hatches. Based on the forecast, the MTA has shut down - no subways, buses, PATH, Metro North and Long Island Rail Road as of 11pm. No indication of for how long, but it could last all day tomorrow until the snow stops falling. No cars or taxis either; any driver...
by Chalkperson
Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hitler Exports His Jews to the USA
Replies: 29
Views: 3314

Re: Hitler Exports His Jews to the USA

My mind immediately thought of harpsichordist/pianist Wanda Landowska , who lost everything she had that she couldn't take with her when she left France. I visited Landowska's home in Lakeville, Connecticut and interviewed her companion and student, Denise Restout (now deceased), who related much t...
by Chalkperson
Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: At Least 6 Inches
Replies: 75
Views: 7397

Re: At Least 6 Inches

I was due to go to Florida tomorrow to celebrate my 60th birthday on Wednesday, my flight just got cancelled.

Because I'm in the middle of printing my retrospective I can't reschedule. And, my opening has been cancelled because the Governmebt declared a general election on that day.
by Chalkperson
Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hitler Exports His Jews to the USA
Replies: 29
Views: 3314

Re: Hitler Exports His Jews to the USA

You all know how many talented Jews had to leave Europe because of Hitler; how many can you mention? Not just Jews. Many non-Jews who were opposed to Naziism had to flee for their lives, and many of them came eventually to the United States, though of course this wasn't their only place of refuge. ...