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by Febnyc
Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Australians and Kiwis that Deserve Recognition as Composers
Replies: 14
Views: 3355

Re: Australians and Kiwis that Deserve Recognition as Compos

Douglas Lilburn is a New Zealander whose music has been recorded pretty widely. His Symphonies are Sibelian; also can recommend his orchestral works.

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by Febnyc
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Buffet speaks
Replies: 30
Views: 3459

Re: Buffet speaks

Len - we are 50 miles north/northeast of Manhattan - in Northern Westchester County, near the Connecticut line.

I bow to your gardening prowess, obviously, but I think Round Up is hideous stuff.
by Febnyc
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Buffet speaks
Replies: 30
Views: 3459

Re: Buffet speaks

I surrender! :roll: [And, by the way, we're avid gardeners, too and nowhere on our oft-weed-infested 5 acres do we use weed killer - so your new businessman would not have a customer in us. We either live with the weeds (some of them are very pretty) or pull them out. It's tough on the back but easy...
by Febnyc
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Low Will It Go ?
Replies: 25
Views: 3488

Re: How Low Will It Go ?

But then I don't consider those causes for pessimism. The prosperity of other countries should if anything elevate our own, in absolute if not relative terms. I am more concerned about our doing ourselves in by inadequate government. It is not only Frank who has a fundamental faith in the American ...
by Febnyc
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The System Works !
Replies: 12
Views: 2342

Re: The System Works !

I have felt this way all during the Congressional budget flap. Look, I don't particularly care for the tea party folks but I have to admire them, even begrudgingly. They campaigned on a certain platform and have had the backbone, after they were elected, to do exactly what they said they would do . ...
by Febnyc
Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MALIPIERO
Replies: 18
Views: 3955

Re: MALIPIERO

The Marco Polo recording of Sinfonia Drammatica with Daniel Nazareth and the Slovak SO is now on Naxos, only one I have heard. I have to seek out the Downes recording. Let's face it - Sinfonia Drammatica is not a masterpiece. It's a turgid, rather dense and overlong work which, nevertheless, has in...
by Febnyc
Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Buffet speaks
Replies: 30
Views: 3459

Re: Buffet speaks

Eventually the free market will "make or break" the product, that is true. However, it is beside the point in this discussion because the concept is to start the undertaking and expect it to become a balance sheet-positive item. In other words, that it will return more than it takes, subsidies inclu...
by Febnyc
Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Low Will It Go ?
Replies: 25
Views: 3488

Re: How Low Will It Go ?

I am also hopeful, but I set my assumptions so low to begin with (average five percent growth in diversified investments for the ten to twelve years until I reach something approaching retirement) that not realizing them would be a grim prospect indeed. Yet there is nothing in either history or a r...
by Febnyc
Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Buffet speaks
Replies: 30
Views: 3459

Re: Buffet speaks

Well let's take my hobby gardening-we want products that kill weeds-some entrepeneur sees this and sets up a business getting others to invest with him-why give him any special break to set up such a company? Len To encourage exactly what you describe - the entrepreneurial spirit. To support openin...
by Febnyc
Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Low Will It Go ?
Replies: 25
Views: 3488

Re: How Low Will It Go ?

Apart from the "dead cat bounce" on Tuesday, there have been no large swings - it's all been down, down, down. That "dead cat" seem to have some vigor again today. I'm glad I am not taking investment advice from this source. :lol: Seriously, emotions (which is what was affecting indexes last week) ...
by Febnyc
Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Buffet speaks
Replies: 30
Views: 3459

Re: Buffet speaks

To buy a stock is essentially to place a bet on how it will perform in the future and how well you will cash in. How does this differ from betting on the horses? The "essentials" of share investment, courtesy of our resident opinionator-on-all-subjects. How does buying stock in a corporation differ...
by Febnyc
Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is Afghanistan worth 22 Navy seals?
Replies: 20
Views: 2793

Re: Is Afghanistan worth 22 Navy seals?

To Sarge John F: Here, if you're interested - and if it is not too sentimental to note - are profiles of the Navy SEALs who were killed: http://news.yahoo.com/portraits-navy-seals-killed-helicopter-crash-211229301.html These "drops in the bucket" are real young men - all part of your statistical "so...
by Febnyc
Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Low Will It Go ?
Replies: 25
Views: 3488

Re: How Low Will It Go ?

The problem with us modest UK investors buying American equities is the withholding tax on dividends. I filled out my form W, truly a pernickerty operation, and (as I understand) it means a reduced tax take and we get a certficate to claim back anything over our official rate here (I think that's 1...
by Febnyc
Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MALIPIERO
Replies: 18
Views: 3955

Re: MALIPIERO

Unlike Respighi, this paisano was brave enough to write symphonies, something which I always find very interesting. What do you think of him and his ouevre? Oh, and by the way - Signore Respighi did, indeed, compose a symphony - Sinfonia Drammatica (1914). It's an hour-long Mahlerian wallow. Wonder...
by Febnyc
Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MALIPIERO
Replies: 18
Views: 3955

Re: MALIPIERO

In an article I once read (or maybe some album notes) I remember Pizzetti being credited with a symphony written for the Japanese Government for the anniversary of the Empire. The same one that rejected Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem. Correct! This Symphony was composed in 1940 - I never have seen o...
by Febnyc
Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MALIPIERO
Replies: 18
Views: 3955

Re: MALIPIERO

If there are other Italian symphonists in the 20th and 21st centuries I want to know them. Vittorio Giannini (1903-1966) - well, from Philadelphia, but a real Italian-American and his symphonies, particularly the Fourth (on Naxos - with a magnificent Piano Concerto) are very well done. That would l...
by Febnyc
Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MALIPIERO
Replies: 18
Views: 3955

Re: MALIPIERO

If there are other Italian symphonists in the 20th and 21st centuries I want to know them. Alfredo Casella (1183-1947), absolutely. Powerful works - especially the First and Second Symphonies. Franco Alfano (1875-1954) - best known for completing Puccini's Turandot - there are two symphonies which ...
by Febnyc
Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Things Not To Do If You Hate Taxes
Replies: 12
Views: 1740

Re: Things Not To Do If You Hate Taxes

Cosima___J wrote:John, they are IOUs. With what is our government going to pay off those IOUs?
First sentence: Right on, correct.

Second sentence: More IOUs. :cry:
by Febnyc
Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Things Not To Do If You Hate Taxes
Replies: 12
Views: 1740

Re: Things Not To Do If You Hate Taxes

Couldn't miss my daily chuckle at ol' RebLem who possesses the world's greatest one-track mind. There's no one close. This is an item for the Guinness Book. :roll: He must relish having the Republicans around to blame for anything and everything negative that he reads, hears or which happens to him ...
by Febnyc
Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Low Will It Go ?
Replies: 25
Views: 3488

Re: How Low Will It Go ?

Bargains, indeed. You're on the right track... Yesterday I bought shares of some fine companies at almost 52-week lows: Alcoa Boeing Ford United Health Care JP Morgan Chase General Electric Great future earnings - high dividend rate (except for F) - in some cases (GE) almost 4% at current price. Get...
by Febnyc
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is Afghanistan worth 22 Navy seals?
Replies: 20
Views: 2793

Re: Is Afghanistan worth 22 Navy seals?

One thing we veterans don't usually do is sentimentalize military service, even the casualties, as you are doing. Oh no? Why not attend my annual reunion of Navy vets - men who served in WWII and almost all combat situations since? Or then again perhaps you should not - you battle-hardened, medal-t...
by Febnyc
Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is Afghanistan worth 22 Navy seals?
Replies: 20
Views: 2793

Re: Is Afghanistan worth 22 Navy seals?

Combat soldiers get killed in wars, and the Seals' mission is high-risk special operations, so of course they're going to get killed too. 22 casualties? A drop in the bucket. Why make an issue of them in particular? Sentimentality, as with Vietnam's "Ballad of the Green Berets"? The real question i...
by Febnyc
Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A moose in my freezer
Replies: 12
Views: 2140

Re: A moose in my freezer

What a macho man! This Neanderthal lies in wait and uses his pinhead of a brain to lure a beautiful, majestic, and unsuspecting creature into the range of his rifle. Then this Philistine goes on to brag about his "achievement" on the Internet. And he gets kudos from his train of sycophantic numbskul...
by Febnyc
Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kurt Atterberg
Replies: 10
Views: 2803

Re: Kurt Atterberg

Atterberg's music is beautiful. The Symphonies - all of them - are lyrical and entertaining. His Violin Sonata and the Autumn Ballads for Piano are wonderful examples of his abilities with smaller forms. Of all his works the one, for me, which stands out the most is the tone poem Älven - The River ....
by Febnyc
Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rottweiler earns bravery award
Replies: 29
Views: 3068

Re: Rottweiler earns bravery award

Why do I never learn not to post here?
by Febnyc
Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rottweiler earns bravery award
Replies: 29
Views: 3068

Re: Rottweiler earns bravery award

Why do I never learn not to post here?
by Febnyc
Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: As one grows older...
Replies: 30
Views: 4811

Re: As one grows older...

I am the very model of a tuned-in senior citizen I have my iPod and the dock that I can fit it in I keep up with all latest the news from BBC And never ever miss a Monsieur Poirot mystery. Chorus: And never miss, no never miss He watches Poirot mysteries My eyes can spot what isn't far away I drive...
by Febnyc
Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Online purchase of classical CDs
Replies: 25
Views: 3871

Re: Online purchase of classical CDs

Where are you purchasing classical CDs from lately, and why? Most of my orders for the last year have been through MDT in England (I live in Canada). However, I see the pound is quite a bit higher now, and with increases in shipping charges, my last order went to Amazon USA. I'm not particularly fo...
by Febnyc
Mon Aug 09, 2010 6:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Need best wishes from CMG friends
Replies: 53
Views: 8931

Re: Need best wishes from CMG friends

Dave: I have been thinking of you recently in two connections - I attended the annual performance up in the Adirondacks of the Syracuse Symphony, about which we've corresponded in the past, and, just yesterday, I was listening to the Franz Danzi Bassoon Quintets which conjured up your specialty. Now...
by Febnyc
Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 2010 World Cup Final-Netherlands vs. Spain
Replies: 21
Views: 2267

Re: 2010 World Cup Final-Netherlands vs. Spain

Boring. The spectacle itself is interesting - with all the hullabaloo and colors and multitudes, etc. However, even though I am a great sports fan, I find more excitement watching my lawn grow.

(Maybe I just don't appreciate the fine points of the game. 8) )
by Febnyc
Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG Meet-Up ... wonderful!
Replies: 34
Views: 7734

Re: CMG Meet-Up ... wonderful!

Nice to hear the Meet-Up was a success. I regret I could not attend - was away in Maine at a Navy vets reunion through Sunday morning. Maybe next time. Best to all from about 50 miles north-northeast of Gabriel's.
by Febnyc
Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Solo piano music of Alexis de Castillon (1838-73)
Replies: 2
Views: 575

Re: Solo piano music of Alexis de Castillon (1838-73)

The Piano Concerto is a lovely work. I think the best example of de Castillon's ability appears in his gorgeous Piano Quartet. I have a recording on the Arion label which is coupled with an equally enchanting (maybe an even better work) Piano Quartet by Chausson. One of the great discs of unsung cha...
by Febnyc
Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Violin Concerti Worthy of Being Heard A Second Time
Replies: 29
Views: 2739

Re: Violin Concerti Worthy of Being Heard A Second Time

Hands down - no contest - the Violin Concerto (2002) of Lionel Sainsbury. A soaring, gorgeous work. Some of it is here: http://www.lionelsainsbury.com/orchestral-music.html#violin Feb, I just obtained and listened to the Sainsbury.....It is gorgeous........A great discovery, mate. Does anyone know ...
by Febnyc
Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Violin Concerti Worthy of Being Heard A Second Time
Replies: 29
Views: 2739

Re: Violin Concerti Worthy of Being Heard A Second Time

Hands down - no contest - the Violin Concerto (2002) of Lionel Sainsbury. A soaring, gorgeous work.

Some of it is here:

http://www.lionelsainsbury.com/orchestr ... tml#violin
by Febnyc
Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rufinatscha!
Replies: 4
Views: 749

Re: Rufinatscha!

I've admired this composer for quite a while. I have opined that he might be the "missing link" between Beethoven and Brahms (if, indeed, one is missing at all!). Anyway - Here's some information in a thread I started and attempted to keep alive: http://classicalmusicguide.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1...
by Febnyc
Sat May 15, 2010 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Benjamin Godard's Piano Trios (on MDG)
Replies: 8
Views: 1649

Re: Benjamin Godard's Piano Trios (on MDG)

Hi Bill - great to "hear" from you. Trust all's well with you and Mary. And, yup, I am alive, kicking and still adding CDs to the shelves. Thanks for your message. Perhaps the York Bowen cover which lies half-a-world away is this one?: http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/jpegs/034571168388.png It's ti...
by Febnyc
Fri May 14, 2010 6:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Franck ( Eduard not Cesar) Symphony in A
Replies: 2
Views: 838

Re: Franck ( Eduard not Cesar) Symphony in A

Yup - I have a few discs of chamber music by Eduard Franck and one of the aforementioned "other" symphony, in Bb Major which is coupled with Franck's (other) very fine violin concerto, Op.57. PS - (Not to change the subject, but...) Eduard Franck had a son, Richard (1858-1938) whose music has been t...
by Febnyc
Fri May 14, 2010 8:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Benjamin Godard's Piano Trios (on MDG)
Replies: 8
Views: 1649

Re: Benjamin Godard's Piano Trios (on MDG)

Yes, Lance - I also have the Godard/Moszkowski Violin Concerto disc. Nice, unassuming stuff; I prefer Godard's chamber music, however. The Godard/Boëllmann Hyperion CD has a quite striking cover. It's a painting called "Paris: A Rainy Day" by one of my favorite artists, Gustave Caillebotte. http://w...
by Febnyc
Thu May 13, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Benjamin Godard's Piano Trios (on MDG)
Replies: 8
Views: 1649

Re: Benjamin Godard's Piano Trios (on MDG)

Lance - it always amazes me that works by rather obscure composers such as Benjamin Godard lie moldering for decades and then, suddenly, not one but two recordings appear. I have the Piano Trios on a Koch disc - and I have enjoyed them for some time now. I would recommend Godard's beautiful Cello So...
by Febnyc
Sun May 02, 2010 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rare Cello Music from Dutton of England
Replies: 3
Views: 935

Re: Rare Cello Music from Dutton of England

Lance - more romantic cello music from England (and this disc is on sale for £4.99 at the Duttton website: http://www.duttonvocalion.co.uk/prodimages/7102.gif Works: William Yeates Hurlstone: Cello Sonata in D Major Sir Hamilton Harty: Romance & Scherzo; Waldesstille; Schmetterling Sir Charles H. H....
by Febnyc
Sun May 02, 2010 6:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rare Cello Music from Dutton of England
Replies: 3
Views: 935

Re: Rare Cello Music from Dutton of England

Well, Lance - that's a wonderful CD. As a matter of fact, the Dutton label is one of the leaders in introducing unknown or little-known repertoire. I have just about every release in the Epoch series - rarely a disappointment. On the contrary, continuous pleasure and the attraction of music hitherto...
by Febnyc
Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Canadian Brass Are Favorites of WUSF; ...
Replies: 7
Views: 1224

Re: The Canadian Brass Are Favorites of WUSF; ...

Tell the radio station to play any (or all) of the magnificent piano concertos of André Mathieu (1929-1968), born in Montréal.
by Febnyc
Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is anybody buying classical CDs these days?
Replies: 72
Views: 10105

Re: Is anybody buying classical CDs these days?

Mario Lavista - String Quartets - Toccata There's an interesting Ithaca connection with this one. I was tutoring a wealthy old lady in music. She was in her 90s, and of the opinion that music really only began with Debussy and that anything written before 1890 wasn't worth listening to. She just wa...
by Febnyc
Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Insurance Pool To Offer Reduced Rate Coverage
Replies: 1
Views: 889

Re: Insurance Pool To Offer Reduced Rate Coverage

These appear to be nothing different from the current Assigned Risk Plans for automobile insurance or the so-called FAIR Plans for homeowners' coverage. They operate through assessments on state-licensed insurers - and are expensive to support, unwieldy to administer. The State bureaucracies built t...
by Febnyc
Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is anybody buying classical CDs these days?
Replies: 72
Views: 10105

Re: Is anybody buying classical CDs these days?

c..........J&R is the last frontier for music lovers like yourself..........Just about the last of a dying breed......Oh, the memories of the old J&R.......Those were the days......... :wink: Precisely! I've been a customer of J&R's since it opened in 1971. My office was just a few blocks south of ...
by Febnyc
Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is anybody buying classical CDs these days?
Replies: 72
Views: 10105

Re: Is anybody buying classical CDs these days?

Frankly, there is not too much NEW material on the horizon that is of interest though my ears continually perk up on historical material being discovered and issued. Huh? Well, Lance, of course we all have our own individual preferences - but as far as I am concerned there are dozens of new CDs wor...
by Febnyc
Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rainbow Body (review): Beautiful discoveries
Replies: 8
Views: 2175

Re: Rainbow Body (review): Beautiful discoveries

Who said that no modern composers were interesting ? Not I. Jennifer Higdon and Chris Theofanides are merely two (albeit very good) examples of modern composers who write music that is eminently listenable. One such is Thomas Schmidt-Kowalski. I would venture to write that he's one of the best livi...
by Febnyc
Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lox not kosher?
Replies: 48
Views: 14659

Re: Lox not kosher?

A hungry young Rebbe named Fox Ate a large bagel with lox; He was sure it was safe But learned the salmon was treyf; "So what?," said the Rebbe, "lox rocks!" His friend, nonobservant Shapiro, Who even liked pork on a hero, Said "A bug in my fish Means I can't eat that dish, And my interest in koshe...
by Febnyc
Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lox not kosher?
Replies: 48
Views: 14659

Re: Lox not kosher?

Barry - I very well remember our awfully nice lunch at the Second Ave Deli, but not what I ate. It was your excellent company which was the point of my attention and not the food. However, if you say it was lox, I believe it! (Although I am not sure if it was a kosher restaurant - how could I have e...