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by Febnyc
Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What's the feeling on violinist Takako Nishizaki?
Replies: 11
Views: 3522

Re: What's the feeling on violinist Takako Nishizaki?

I have lots of her recordings - haven't had a quibble with any of them. Here's a disc which is a beaut. A delightful compilation of mostly Russian folk song melodies. Done to a turn... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B00005COXW/sr=1-1/qid=1250442047/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=5174&s=music&qid=...
by Febnyc
Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ten Principles of a Rational, Humane Health Care System
Replies: 9
Views: 1167

Re: Ten Principles of a Rational, Humane Health Care System

Not at all, John - I couldn't resist posting on the "Eagles Fan" thread and that sort of broke the ice for me. I admit to some trepidation as I add another bit of senile thought on non-musical subjects (I can do equally as well on musical ones, too), especially on such a controversial issue - but he...
by Febnyc
Sat Aug 15, 2009 5:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ten Principles of a Rational, Humane Health Care System
Replies: 9
Views: 1167

Re: Ten Principles of a Rational, Humane Health Care System

Hah! We need more rhetoric. Win the hearts and minds. I don't know where to start... Just a couple of points: What makes RebLem think that mutual companies do not/did not make profits? The fact that many of them have de-mutualized has to do with other complicated issues beyond profit/loss. And why s...
by Febnyc
Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I'm Ashamed To Be A Philadelphia Eagles Fan
Replies: 23
Views: 2621

Re: I'm Ashamed To Be A Philadelphia Eagles Fan

Thank you, Richard: Beautifully expressed. I easily empathize with you since I like dogs (and most animals) better than people. I could not have written out my feelings better than you did above, and so won't go any further; I find it difficult, impossible really, even to think about Vick and his su...
by Febnyc
Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A thread for Egon Wellesz
Replies: 10
Views: 1815

Re: A thread for Egon Wellesz

I am not sure what is meant by "derivative." Almost any composer's music could be described as such - there's usually some aural link to be heard which connects one to another. So this becomes more or less a matter of opinion, of course - and I don't find the music of Wellesz to be anything other th...
by Febnyc
Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Comeback For Haydn's Operas ?
Replies: 6
Views: 975

Re: A Comeback For Haydn's Operas ?

I like his Operas, in fact just last week cpo put out a recording of his rarely hear Puppet Opera "Die Feuersbrunst", it was written for Prince Esterhazy's summer palace and instead of singers dressing up and playing the characters the action is done by Puppets... :D Chalkie: FYI - If I recall corr...
by Febnyc
Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mini CMG Dim Sum Get Together
Replies: 30
Views: 3690

Re: Mini CMG Dim Sum Get Together

Lance wrote:Me? I'll stick with:
מיובל בשר וכרוב. In other words: солонины и капусты.
Lance: If I remember correctly, the dimsum included corned beef dumplings. Light up your arrey! (Pardon my poor Mandarin!) :D
by Febnyc
Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mini CMG Dim Sum Get Together
Replies: 30
Views: 3690

Re: Mini CMG Dim Sum Get Together

I'll bet you folks never even mentioned CMG! :) On the contrary, Lance. As soon as I sat down - encountering Ralph's dimsumming in medias res , and exchanging mutual greetings with Ted - the subject of CMG joined the dumplings and shrimp noodles already on the table. Motion was informally made and ...
by Febnyc
Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Planets Is Too Modern For Her !
Replies: 145
Views: 6990

Re: The Planets Is Too Modern For Her !

A solidly neo-romantic work, I would say. The Planets is a modern tone poem of the best kind.

Now, as for Stockhausen, Babbitt and late Carter - hmmm: where's that waterboard? :P
by Febnyc
Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mini CMG Dim Sum Get Together
Replies: 30
Views: 3690

Re: Mini CMG Dim Sum Get Together

It was awfully nice to meet Ted for the first time. I only wish we'd had more than 30 minutes before Ralph had to rush off, ostensibly to a Dittersdorf album signing event. Oh, well - the two shumai and one pork dumpling I managed to reach were fuel enough to get me back home. :roll:
by Febnyc
Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DITTERS VON DITTERSDORF
Replies: 11
Views: 1514

Re: DITTERS VON DITTERSDORF

Charles Rosen suggests you avoid Dittersdope: from his "The Classical Style" (paperback): p.22 - " The works of Dittersdorf, the operas above all, have melodic charm & a certain jolly humor, but anything more than the simplest tonic-dominant relationship is beyond them " p.187 - " The complexity in...
by Febnyc
Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A thread for Alfredo Casella (1883-1947)
Replies: 24
Views: 6798

Re: A thread for Alfredo Casella (1883-1947)

I have one Casella disc, a CPO release with Alun Francis containing some miscellaneous orchestral music, now out of print. I'd love to pick up that symphony disc, but I see no sign of it on any of the CD retail web sites I frequent. I've lots of music by this mostly-forgotten composer. I think he i...
by Febnyc
Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony, best recordings !
Replies: 22
Views: 4758

Re: Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony, best recordings !

One of my favorite symphonies - the epitome of Tchaikovskian beauty. It has all the elements which make Petr Ilyich the master composer he is: power and strength in the first movement; a to-die-for melody in the Andante Cantabile; a delightful waltz (who wrote better symphonic waltzes?); and a might...
by Febnyc
Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Death of a Former CMG Member
Replies: 41
Views: 13613

Re: Death of a Former CMG Member

This is incredibly sad news for me and I feel quite 'gutted' about it. I've been with Mel on a number of forums over the years and while his curmudgeonly and uncompromising approach upset many people, it was a mark of his honesty of character and his intentions to stick with his beliefs. After the ...
by Febnyc
Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4121
Views: 1261058

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

I am just about finished reading Jan Swafford's biography of Johannes Brahms. This is a marvelous book; it breathes life into the composer and creates a human being rather than just a name at the top of a score. As a result of Swafford's excellent analyses of many of Brahms' works, I have been filli...
by Febnyc
Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE PEARL FISHERS
Replies: 14
Views: 2049

Re: THE PEARL FISHERS

I have seen the opera twice. And have a complete version on CD. It's far from boring, in my opinion, and actually is a beautiful work. If you're coming to this opera seeking another Carmen , well you're sure to be disappointed. However, Bizet wrote it a dozen or so years before Carmen and it's a com...
by Febnyc
Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lots of unusuals on CMG... This time: Granville Bantock
Replies: 14
Views: 3763

Re: Lots of unusuals on CMG... This time: Granville Bantock

Lavish it is, and lush as well. But, I also agree that it outwears its welcome, for me anyway. I usually listen to the excerpts of the Prelude and the Camel Caravan which are included on an interesting Hyperion CD along with some other typical Bantockian adventures, such as the weird Thalaba the Des...
by Febnyc
Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elliot Carter
Replies: 12
Views: 3363

Re: Elliot Carter

I think one should hear Carter's Symphony No.1 from 1942.- it shows how his early music sounded. Lots of Americana; Copland-esque. While I admire the man and salute his longevity, I find his musical development going beyond my comfort zone. But back then - it's even listenable.
by Febnyc
Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which German critics to read?
Replies: 12
Views: 1860

Re: Which German critics to read?

Over a hundred years too late, but I'd nominate Eduard Hanslick. Now here was an original who was never afraid to put forth an opinion, even though time and custom has, often, proved him diametrically wrong. Hanslick excoriated Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto at its first performance, and savaged poor...
by Febnyc
Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music of Charles Koechlin ...
Replies: 14
Views: 3253

Re: The music of Charles Koechlin ...

I think the Seven Stars Symphony is a total flop. Maybe it's the Hollywood connection, but I never have understood the relative popularity of this bland piece, especially when compared to, say, Koechlin's hauntingly interesting impressionistic works. Has it been mentioned? - Paysages et marines , in...
by Febnyc
Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lots of unusuals on CMG... This time: Granville Bantock
Replies: 14
Views: 3763

Re: Lots of unusuals on CMG... This time: Granville Bantock

Bantock's music defines late romanticism and delves into the pseudo-occult at times. He also uses mysterious and exotic prose/poetry as bases for his themes. I think he is a acquired taste and some of his works are over the top in picture-painting. Nevertheless, in my opinion, he's an unjustly forgo...
by Febnyc
Thu May 28, 2009 7:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World War II in a nutshell
Replies: 16
Views: 1331

Re: World War II in a nutshell

You think this is a subject for obscenties and comedy? This ranks as the stupidest, most offensive, most childish and least sensitive post I have seen on this site in my 6 years aboard. And your timing, just on the heels of Memorial Day, is impeccable for such trash. Perfect! May I suggest you find ...
by Febnyc
Fri May 22, 2009 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Albert Roussel - yes or no - Piston's idea!
Replies: 25
Views: 3072

Re: Albert Roussel - yes or no - Piston's idea!

The nicest Roussel piece I've heard is his stage music for Le Marchand de sable qui passé (The passing Sandman). Excerpted and score for nonet, this is a lovely chamber suite. Actually, Roussel's smaller pieces interest me more than the orchestral ones, which don't affect me very much. His First Sym...
by Febnyc
Thu May 21, 2009 2:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Just Finished on 19 May ...
Replies: 2
Views: 707

Re: I Just Finished on 19 May ...

If you're looking for composers with multiple doubling-up of letters in their surname - try Ángel Illarramendi. And his Seventh Symphony is a knockout work - powerful music.
by Febnyc
Thu May 21, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Musical Riddle
Replies: 13
Views: 2750

Re: A Musical Riddle

Clever, very clever.

OK, I'll try one:


What famous conductor never would check his baggage on airplanes?

Herbert Von Carry-on
by Febnyc
Sun May 17, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Portugal's composers: a brief survey of orchestral works
Replies: 19
Views: 4252

Re: Portugal's composers: a brief survey of orchestral works

Yes, Freitas Branco, of the generation before that of Braga Santos, wrote some lovely music. The "Artificial Paradises" simply is an exquisite tone poem which has had far too little exposure. Both composers used the Alentejo region to inspire them. Each composed at least one work which used folk mus...
by Febnyc
Sun May 17, 2009 9:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Portugal's composers: a brief survey of orchestral works
Replies: 19
Views: 4252

Re: Portugal's composers: a brief survey of orchestral works

It's mandatory to add to this survey the name of Joly Braga Santos (Lisbon, 1924-1988). His symphonies, in particular, are marvelous. Of these, the Fourth, in my opinion, is one of the great 20th century orchestral works. (Later on, he went "modern" and, for me, became much less appealing.) Here's a...
by Febnyc
Wed May 13, 2009 5:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Etudes by Benjamin Godard?!?
Replies: 3
Views: 995

Re: Piano Etudes by Benjamin Godard?!?

Yes, indeed - an interesting composer.

Besides the works mentioned above, Godard's Cello Sonata is to die for, and his Piano Trios are lovely, lyrical chamber works. I also located a recording of his Second Violin Concerto.
by Febnyc
Wed May 13, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thalberg's piano music on MDG by Stefan Irmer
Replies: 2
Views: 1004

Re: Thalberg's piano music on MDG by Stefan Irmer

Lance: The Italian pianist Francesco Nicolosi has recorded a lot of Thalberg's music on the Marco Polo/Naxos labels. I would imagine the MD&G sound is better, but the Nicolosi performances are wonderful in themselves. Thalberg, who Brahms heard perform in Hamburg, and who indeed was on the "circuit"...
by Febnyc
Mon May 11, 2009 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' Opus 10 Ballades
Replies: 6
Views: 1723

Re: Brahms' Opus 10 Ballades

I think that link is a valid one. The fourth Ballade could be a feeling for Clara and the slow movement of the D Minor Piano Concerto has been described as a "tender portrait" of her. Jan Swafford, in his wonderful biography of Brahms, writes that, "The tone of the music - gently spiritual, hymnlike...
by Febnyc
Sun May 10, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' Opus 10 Ballades
Replies: 6
Views: 1723

Re: Brahms' Opus 10 Ballades

Well, the Balladen were, indeed, composed before Schumann died, but after he plunged into the Rhine and subsequently was taken to the asylum from which he never returned until he died two years later. So the shock of these developments was fresh in the emotions of the 21-year old Brahms. However, yo...
by Febnyc
Sun May 10, 2009 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' Opus 10 Ballades
Replies: 6
Views: 1723

Brahms' Opus 10 Ballades

Most of the early works of Brahms - the Piano Sonatas , the Eb Minor Scherzo - even the D Minor Piano Concerto , for example, border on the frenetic, the powerful - with pounding octaves, etc. The first movement of the Piano Concerto , describing the horror of Brahms' friend Robert Schumann's plunge...
by Febnyc
Sun May 10, 2009 6:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Curtain falls on the Third Tenor José Carreras
Replies: 18
Views: 3602

Re: Curtain falls on the Third Tenor José Carreras

Thanks, Lance. No special secrets - just keeping it simple and fun. Working 5 acres, doing impossible crossword puzzles, listening to music, coaching youth sports, lunches and dinners with friends and ex-business colleagues, a marvelous wife of 45 years, fabulous kids and grandkids, getting to the g...
by Febnyc
Sat May 09, 2009 6:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Curtain falls on the Third Tenor José Carreras
Replies: 18
Views: 3602

Re: Curtain falls on the Third Tenor José Carreras

OH! I typed the wrong number. Try 67 ! And you CAN'T be older than that, can you? Truth is, I don't know where the time went but I'd sure love 67 more years! I find that hard to believe...if it is true you look, as Billy Crystal would say, Mahhhvelous! Lance - I have you beat. 68 years, 7 months. :...
by Febnyc
Sat May 09, 2009 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Curtain falls on the Third Tenor José Carreras
Replies: 18
Views: 3602

Re: Curtain falls on the Third Tenor José Carreras

I find that hard to believe...if it is true you look, as Billy Crystal would say, Mahhhvelous!
by Febnyc
Sat May 09, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Curtain falls on the Third Tenor José Carreras
Replies: 18
Views: 3602

Re: Curtain falls on the Third Tenor José Carreras

HaHa - thanks, Werner. It was impossible for me to get into town for this year's meet-up. But, hopefully next time...
by Febnyc
Sat May 09, 2009 8:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Curtain falls on the Third Tenor José Carreras
Replies: 18
Views: 3602

Re: Curtain falls on the Third Tenor José Carreras

Agreed, Lance, you're right of course. It's the nuance in the colloquial use of the word "sad" that is the issue - a minor one for sure.

And a look at your youthful visage on the Manhattan meeting pix assures me that I am older than you!
by Febnyc
Fri May 08, 2009 9:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Curtain falls on the Third Tenor José Carreras
Replies: 18
Views: 3602

Re: Curtain falls on the Third Tenor José Carreras

I wouldn't call it "sad." It's as natural as time - and time affects all of us as we age. In different ways, for sure, and some sooner/some later, but that old man and his hourglass cannot be denied. Sad it would be if he were younger - but he's no spring chicken and he's had serious health problems...
by Febnyc
Thu May 07, 2009 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hooray for the Canadians - Trio Hochelaga & the Atma label
Replies: 5
Views: 1132

Re: Hooray for the Canadians - Trio Hochelaga & the Atma label

Well, Lance and Ken - thanks, and you really need to hear all three CDs. This is, as Chalkie very well describes it, magical music.
by Febnyc
Wed May 06, 2009 6:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hooray for the Canadians - Trio Hochelaga & the Atma label
Replies: 5
Views: 1132

Hooray for the Canadians - Trio Hochelaga & the Atma label

Hochelaga, I now have learned, is the ancient Iroquois Indian name of the site of the City of Montréal. Its eponymous present-day musical incarnation is the Trio Hochelaga, which consists of three young Canadians (what else?). This ensemble has been entertaining me for the past week or so with their...
by Febnyc
Tue May 05, 2009 5:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A treat for Lance - Sergei Bortkiewicz Piano Concertos 2&3
Replies: 5
Views: 1361

Re: A treat for Lance - Sergei Bortkiewicz Piano Concertos 2&3

Lance - In the opening minutes of the left-hand concerto, I could swear I hear both bass and treble notes from the piano. I had my wife (a pianist) listen and she, too, was amazed that the sound she heard was produced by only one hand on the keyboard. I would love to see a score to figure out how it...
by Febnyc
Sat May 02, 2009 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Has anyone heard Mark O'Connor's "Americana" Symphony?
Replies: 0
Views: 486

Has anyone heard Mark O'Connor's "Americana" Symphony?

I just listened for the first time - and found the music quite beautiful. The six sections describe a sort of pioneer trek across the US, over the continental divide and finally to the "western horizons." O'Connor uses the theme from his Appalachian Waltz ditty as a base from which he does a very ni...
by Febnyc
Fri May 01, 2009 8:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A treat for Lance - Sergei Bortkiewicz Piano Concertos 2&3
Replies: 5
Views: 1361

A treat for Lance - Sergei Bortkiewicz Piano Concertos 2&3

At the recommendation of a good friend, from whom I've received much excellent advice, I headed to the website of the Nederlands Muziek Instituut. I was after their release on CD of two piano concertos by Sergei Bortkiewicz (1877-1952) - found it, purchased it, received it in a few days and now am b...
by Febnyc
Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Foote Favorites For Fabulous Fun........
Replies: 5
Views: 1154

Re: Foote Favorites For Fabulous Fun........

My visit to J&R Music World in Manhattan this afternoon was successful (and, incidentally, the dim sum lunch preceding was first class) - four new CDs - but the Foote disc is not due until the end of May. (I'm also waiting for the Naxos Joaquin Turina Violin Sonatas CD - same schedule). When I got b...
by Febnyc
Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Foote Favorites For Fabulous Fun........
Replies: 5
Views: 1154

Re: Foote Favorites For Fabulous Fun........

Well I sure will comment on Arthur Foote. I have three Naxos CDs of his chamber music - and Foote is a lost master of this genre. The pieces are lyrical and a joy to hear. Foote's music is so rarely heard and I am surprised to see even a couple of minutes of it on YouTube. The clip exhibits his beau...
by Febnyc
Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any Broadway Original Cast Musicals CD Collectors?
Replies: 2
Views: 702

Re: Any Broadway Original Cast Musicals CD Collectors?

Mel: I have dozens of original cast recordings. I love Broadway music and listen all the time. I also own a number of compilations from old shows - individual numbers by the original artists. I'm partial to Rodgers & Hammerstein, Porter, Jerry Herman, Lerner/Loewe, the Gershwins, and also enjoy the ...
by Febnyc
Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Constant Lambert: quite the musician/composer
Replies: 10
Views: 1623

Re: Constant Lambert: quite the musician/composer

For sure, the Rio Grande is one of Lambert's mini-triumphs as a composer, I think. There's an old (1992) Argo disc which has a fine performance of it - and also Lambert's Piano Concerto (Kathryn Stott, soloist) and the aforementioned Horoscope. Unusual and diverting music.
by Febnyc
Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Hardanger Fiddle
Replies: 6
Views: 1108

Re: The Hardanger Fiddle

Corlyss: The Norwegian composer Geirr Tveitt (1908-1981) collected and adapted hundreds of folksongs from the Hardanger district. Naxos (among other labels) has recorded a batch of them. He also composed two concertos for the Hardanger fiddle, which you'll find on a BIS CD.
by Febnyc
Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martinu smaller works
Replies: 22
Views: 2348

Re: Martniu smaller works

I agree about the brilliant "Frescoes." I think it is Martinu's best work. And the Sextet, too, is a gem.

I would add to the recommendations of "smaller" works the various Serenades - Martinu wrote a batch of them for different ensembles. They are excellent.