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by Haydnseek
Thu Mar 08, 2007 4:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The 'Rite' Stuff
Replies: 20
Views: 5586

One of the recordings that turned me on to classical music was Colin Davis's Rite with the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. I get out the LP every now and then and it hasn't lost its magic for me. It was reissued by Philips not too long ago as a twofer with other Stravinsky Ballets in the Phili...
by Haydnseek
Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Spring is in the Air! What music spells Spring to you?
Replies: 38
Views: 9516

Mendelssohn's Spring Song - The Looney Tunes version especially.

I usually play Beethoven's Pastorale Symphony when the first really fine weather arrives.
by Haydnseek
Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anniversary of the Dred Scott Decision
Replies: 8
Views: 2788

Here is an article about Chief Justice Taney that some might find interesting:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/li ... life-today
by Haydnseek
Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Posting Pictures
Replies: 5
Views: 4526

Re: Posting Pictures

If posting pictures is slowing the forum down significantly for some can the software be set to not allow images at all? No. We thought of that too and I looked in vain for such a toggle in the master configuration page. We never figured out how to activate the avatar feature, so right now it is no...
by Haydnseek
Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Posting Pictures
Replies: 5
Views: 4526

Posting Pictures

If posting pictures is slowing the forum down significantly for some can the software be set to not allow images at all? I enjoy adding them but they aren't necessary and I won't miss them very much. And this would eliminate abuse of this feature.

How do the rest of you feel about it?
by Haydnseek
Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Small Matter, But It Vexes Me
Replies: 8
Views: 5045

Has anyone here read William F. Buckley's spy novels about CIA agent Blackford Oakes set during the Cold War? The reviews I've seen were positive, including in left wing journals. They are apparently pretty witty, as one might expect.
by Haydnseek
Sun Feb 25, 2007 10:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not so beginner questions (lots of questions, long post)
Replies: 18
Views: 8103

Re: Pronunciations

Stonebraker wrote:Quick question for anyone, is the Concertgebouworkest the same as the Concertgebouw?
Concertgebouw is literally "concert building" in English. Concert Hall would be the best equivalent.

Concertgebouworkest is the orchestra in residence there. Other ensembles and individuals use the hall too.
by Haydnseek
Sun Feb 25, 2007 7:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An Upside-Down World
Replies: 4
Views: 3808

An Upside-Down World

An Upside-Down World The British far left makes common cause with Muslim reactionaries. BY NICK COHEN Sunday, February 25, 2007 12:01 a.m. LONDON--The other day Ken Livingstone, the mayor of my hometown of London, organized a conference on Islam and the West. It was a carefully rigged affair in whic...
by Haydnseek
Sun Feb 25, 2007 7:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Small Matter, But It Vexes Me
Replies: 8
Views: 5045

I love Le Carre's "Smiley" books and I think the television versions of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People were some of the best things ever made for the small screen. Another interesting TV series was Reilly: The Ace of Spies which was inspired by a real person. John Buchan wrote some...
by Haydnseek
Fri Feb 23, 2007 9:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Second Best Performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto
Replies: 32
Views: 11257

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by Haydnseek
Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:00 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: RIDDLE ME THIS!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 16972

Webster: Main Entry: 3camp Function: noun Etymology: origin unknown 1 : exaggerated effeminate mannerisms exhibited especially by homosexuals 2 a : something so outrageously artificial, affected, inappropriate, or out-of-date as to be considered amusing b : a style or mode of personal or creative e...
by Haydnseek
Sun Feb 18, 2007 7:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Your favorite author
Replies: 27
Views: 31314

Well I find with Proust, as well as with Tolstoy, that they are rather "quick" read once you start. Mainly because their style of writing is so interesting that it enraptures. I can read Tolstoy faster than I can read Melville. :D War and Peace keeps moving like a great river. I think this is partl...
by Haydnseek
Sun Feb 18, 2007 7:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 573732

Mahler 5 & 7 and Beethoven 3 - Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra
by Haydnseek
Sun Feb 18, 2007 3:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Your favorite author
Replies: 27
Views: 31314

Proust (Rememberance of Things Past): I love the cohesiveness of this sprawling mass of life. Language has never been used more beautifully, and this is in translation. I can only imagine how it reads in French. It most be breathtaking. I've been intending to read this and even bought a used editio...
by Haydnseek
Fri Feb 16, 2007 10:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are You Watching and/or Reading?
Replies: 128
Views: 37093

The Conspiracy of Pontiac by Francis Parkman A masterful account of the rebellion against British rule led by the Ottawa chief Pontiac in the Great Lakes region in the 1760's. My edition is from the Library of America and also includes Parkman's The Oregon Trail , a fascinating account of the young...
by Haydnseek
Fri Feb 16, 2007 10:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Matching visual arts with music: cd covers.
Replies: 27
Views: 47307

Chuck Jones and Ravel

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by Haydnseek
Fri Feb 16, 2007 4:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Harback Mountain: Giving books the kiss-off
Replies: 0
Views: 2183

Harback Mountain: Giving books the kiss-off

Hardback Mountain Giving my books the kiss-off. BY TUNKU VARADARAJAN Friday, February 16, 2007 12:01 a.m. I was once told by an old graybeard (was he a teacher at school? an uncle in Madras? alas, I can't remember . . .) that a cultured man should have very few friends but very many books. I must ha...
by Haydnseek
Fri Feb 16, 2007 2:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Anyone Remember the Movie, The Egyptian?
Replies: 7
Views: 4437

I've seen the movie on TV several times and remember that it stars someone who never appeared in anything else (his name was Edmund Purdom according to Corlyss and I suppose IMDb). Purdom had the lead in the "The Student Prince" filling in for Mario Lanza who began the project by recording the musi...
by Haydnseek
Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:30 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Matching visual arts with music: cd covers.
Replies: 27
Views: 47307

Two Mahler cycles: Bernstein's DG series used a series of illustrations by Erté on white background to great effect. http://mahler.nayes.net/bernstein5dg.jpg Likewise, Philips used a series of prints by Oskar Kokoschka on a woodgrain background for their not quite complete cycle by Haitink. http://i...
by Haydnseek
Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: A moment in Oscar's history: 1973.
Replies: 9
Views: 6057

That was her casino's quarterly report she was holding. Her expression indicates she's one discontented shareholder.
by Haydnseek
Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:39 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: So She Wasn't a Perfect "10"
Replies: 9
Views: 4849

So it looks as if Amanda Barrie and Sid James, from the 1964 parody Carry On Cleo, bore more resemblance to the
originals than Taylor and Burton.

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by Haydnseek
Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: What marks out fine orchestras from the rest of the pack?
Replies: 20
Views: 8404

Assuming things go according to plan, I'm going to get to see two of those three, the VPO and Gewandhaus, as well as the Philadelphia Orchestra in under 48 hours (between Friday night and Sunday afternoon) in early March. I've never done anything like that and am extremely excited. The programs are...
by Haydnseek
Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: In solidarity with Oswego Co., NY
Replies: 44
Views: 12144

Re: In solidarity with Oswego Co., NY

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In Denver they call this "Light Accumulation."
by Haydnseek
Sun Feb 11, 2007 7:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Replies: 35
Views: 40470

The negative clichés used to denigrate some of Strauss's works are quite persistant. They appear to have been passed on with the language virtually unchanged over the years which indicates to me that they are just phrases heard or read and repeated without any real consideration. I think Ein Alpensi...
by Haydnseek
Sun Feb 11, 2007 5:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: d'Indy
Replies: 5
Views: 3989

The three string quartets and the string sextet are outstanding.
by Haydnseek
Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:38 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Your favorite author
Replies: 27
Views: 31314

Charles Dickens is my favorite author. My most profound experiences of art in any form, including music, have been reading some of his novels and seeing a couple of good performances of Shakespeare. Nineteenth century novels make up a great deal of my reading. Thackeray stands out for me after Dicke...
by Haydnseek
Sat Feb 10, 2007 5:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: What marks out fine orchestras from the rest of the pack?
Replies: 20
Views: 8404

What marks out fine orchestras from the rest of the pack?

From bravo to bravissimo By Andrew Clark Published: February 9 2007 16:47 | Last updated: February 9 2007 16:47 At a recent seminar held by one of the UK’s regional orchestras, I was put on the spot: what steps did I think the orchestra should take to fulfil its ambition of becoming a market leader?...
by Haydnseek
Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Learning about Classical Music
Replies: 9
Views: 5755

Welcome! If you have broadband internet, then a wonderful resource for learning about classical music is the BBC radio program "Discovering Music." They archive their one hour long shows, which examine and explain great works of music in terms that anyone can understand, so you can listen whenever y...
by Haydnseek
Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1321
Views: 567626

I discovered some superb big band jazz recently on the Sea Breeze label. Gary Urwin is a conservatory graduate (Oberlin) who later became an attorney but continued to make music on the side. These recordings feature top quality musicians playing Urwin’s swinging, colorful and very interesting arrang...
by Haydnseek
Tue Feb 06, 2007 1:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: To Clap or Not to Clap
Replies: 21
Views: 9825

A bit of applause between movements would be acceptable to me. In jazz the audience usually applauds briefly after solos to a degree suitable to the quality of the effort. It adds to the excitement of a live performance and helps bond the musicians with the listeners. I worry, though, that classical...
by Haydnseek
Mon Feb 05, 2007 4:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: A thread devoted to global warming
Replies: 33
Views: 11528

Climate of Opinion The latest U.N. report shows the "warming" debate is far from settled. Monday, February 5, 2007 12:01 a.m. Last week's headlines about the United Nations' latest report on global warming were typically breathless, predicting doom and human damnation like the most fervent religious...
by Haydnseek
Mon Feb 05, 2007 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What do you think of "completists"?
Replies: 69
Views: 30313

I'm a sucker for box sets, especially cheap ones, which offer the complete whatever by whomever. Like Corlyss, books are my real weakness and I have several "Complete Works of ..." sets which actually do provide me with most of my reading material.
by Haydnseek
Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: A thread devoted to global warming
Replies: 33
Views: 11528

I’m not very worried about it yet. Climate change is normal and continuous and has been occurring since long before mankind existed, not to mention industrialized. The questions are, are we really affecting the climate in a serious way that could make our lives more difficult or dangerous, and could...
by Haydnseek
Sun Feb 04, 2007 6:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: NAXOS IS THE Label!
Replies: 19
Views: 8411

I didn't know Lisbon, Iowa had an orchestra. Good for them!
by Haydnseek
Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Do you collect classical music DVDs as well?
Replies: 27
Views: 13741

When the DVD was introduced I expected to build up a collection of operas but it hasn't happened. I find it very difficult to sit through an opera, even in the theater, (I used to spend at least one act standing at the back) and prefer to wander about the house listening to CDs and doing other activ...
by Haydnseek
Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:11 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Bear down, Chicago Bears !
Replies: 8
Views: 4667

Good luck to the Bears! Although most pundits have picked the Colts to win, Allen St. John who writes the "By the Numbers" column for the Wall Street Journal, which analyzes sports mathematically, picked the Bears. In the past 22 years, 18 Super Bowls “were won by the team that came into the game af...
by Haydnseek
Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:46 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Tannhauser
Replies: 6
Views: 4547

Here is the only one I have and I do enjoy it:

http://www.emiclassics.com/releasedetails.php?rid=698
by Haydnseek
Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Edvard Grieg
Replies: 19
Views: 7896

I’ve gotten much pleasure from Gerhard Oppitz’s 7 disc set of Grieg piano music from RCA. I’m listening to a disc with the Humoresques, Op. 6, Albumleaves, Op. 28, Moods, Op 73 and other pieces as I write. Oppitz plays with taste and sensitivity on a Bösendorfer that sounds just right for this music.
by Haydnseek
Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: And the Oscar Contenders Are
Replies: 8
Views: 3848

This year I’ve already seen as many films in theaters as last year: two. I saw Happy Feet in the IMAX version and Dreamgirls – the former was clever and imaginative and the latter had a strong first half before weakening and overstaying its welcome. Usually, I see a few recent movies when they come ...
by Haydnseek
Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Neglected gems
Replies: 29
Views: 13042

Lance, in a recent issue of a music magazine, the two most prominent advertisements for pianos were for Boston (now owned by Steinway) and Mason & Hamlin which has been revived. I thought that was interesting. Maybe it's old news to you.
by Haydnseek
Tue Jan 23, 2007 3:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: I need epic classical pieces
Replies: 42
Views: 17192

Holst's The Planets. The Gardiner CD also includes the boisterous "The Warriors" by Percy Grainger which might also appeal to you.

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by Haydnseek
Tue Jan 23, 2007 2:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: I need epic classical pieces
Replies: 42
Views: 17192

Some of our newer members have referred to video game music. Not playing the games myself, I've never thought much about it but this must be a growing field for composers who need to make a living or who may decide to specialize in it. Who are the Korngolds and Hermanns of video games? Will we hear ...
by Haydnseek
Sun Jan 21, 2007 9:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: General Lee
Replies: 36
Views: 10538

"Johnston's tactics in this campaign do not seem to have met with much favor, either in the eyes of the administration at Richmond, or of the people of that section of the South in which he was commanding. The very fact of a change of commanders being ordered under such circumstances was an indicati...
by Haydnseek
Sat Jan 20, 2007 1:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: China: With strings attached
Replies: 0
Views: 2276

China: With strings attached

With strings attached By Barbara Koh Published: January 19 2007 16:57 | Last updated: January 19 2007 16:57 Away from the rumble of Shanghai’s highways and the cacophony of the shopping districts, stroll down side streets filled with rows of tall brick houses. In the early evening or on a weekend mo...
by Haydnseek
Fri Jan 19, 2007 8:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: General Lee
Replies: 36
Views: 10538

"The natural disposition of most people is to clothe a commander of a large army whom they do not know, with almost superhuman abilities. A large part of the National army, for instance, and most of the press of the country, clothed General Lee with just such qualities, but I had known him personall...
by Haydnseek
Thu Jan 18, 2007 7:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1321
Views: 567626

Claude Thornhill: 1947 Transcription Performances from the valuable Hep label in the UK. http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00000I7GV.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Thornhill’s admirers included Ellington, Monk, and Miles Davis who a year after these recordings would hire his musicians Gil Evans, Ger...
by Haydnseek
Thu Jan 18, 2007 3:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Greg Sandow on the Future of Classical Music
Replies: 7
Views: 4613

Greg Sandow on the Future of Classical Music

Greg Sandow on the Future of Classical Music http://www.artsjournal.com/sandow/2007/01/where_we_stand_1.html January 11, 2007 Where we stand (1) I've been doing historical research, as readers of this blog know. And finally I think I know enough to make some predictions. Or at least to speculate abo...
by Haydnseek
Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Architectural marvels--let's make our own list
Replies: 38
Views: 44419

Cincinnati Union Terminal
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by Haydnseek
Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Pause to Remember a Great President
Replies: 12
Views: 4965

Hayes volunteered for military service in the Civil War at age 40, was wounded in action, and rose to the rank of Brigadier General. He really appears to have distinguished himself as an officer.

Another bit of Hayes trivia: he signed the bill allowing women to argue before the Supreme Court.
by Haydnseek
Mon Jan 15, 2007 1:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Online sampling and CD buying habits
Replies: 21
Views: 8332

Online sampling and CD buying habits

How has the ability to listen to samples of recordings affected your buying habits? For me it cuts both ways. I am less likely to make an impulse buy in a store now, preferring to go home and have a listen first. Usually I decide not to buy. On the other hand, listening to samples of recordings not ...