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by Modernistfan
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Loeffler out
Replies: 16
Views: 477

Re: Loeffler out

If the count follows the pattern from November, a scenario confirmed by Gabriel Sterling, a Republican election official in Georgia who has been in the news lately for pushing back against Trump's nonsensical claims of fraud, the margins for Ossoff and Warnock will increase. The remaining votes to b...
by Modernistfan
Sun Dec 27, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fiddling While Rome Burns
Replies: 9
Views: 523

Fiddling While Rome Burns

Trump's conduct, especially golfing in Florida while the fate of the COVID relief bill is uncertain and a possible government shutdown looms, reminds me of the behavior ascribed to the Roman emperor Nero, "fiddling while Rome burns." In actual fact, Nero could not have been fiddling because the viol...
by Modernistfan
Fri Dec 25, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1710 Amati Violin Stolen in Los Angeles
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Re: 1710 Amati Violin Stolen in Los Angeles

Well, more information has been published in the Los Angeles Times about the theft. The owner of the violin was not a professional violinist, but an art dealer named Rowland Weinstein. He did allow musician friends and professional violinists to play it; however, apparently he did not even play the ...
by Modernistfan
Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1710 Amati Violin Stolen in Los Angeles
Replies: 10
Views: 726

1710 Amati Violin Stolen in Los Angeles

A valuable 1710 Amati violin has been reported stolen from a vehicle parked at a residence in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. I do not have any identification as to the owner. This brings back memories of the Strads stolen from Roman Totenberg and Bronislaw Huberman, which were never recovered un...
by Modernistfan
Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump’s horseflies buzz the SCOTUS again to toss out Pa.’s electors
Replies: 6
Views: 398

Re: Trump’s horseflies buzz the SCOTUS again to toss out Pa.’s electors

Trump's legal strategy is analogous to me trying to defend against a speeding ticket I got on the freeway for going 75 in a 55 zone by arguing that the California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (who controls drivers' licenses) should be abolished.
by Modernistfan
Tue Dec 22, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump’s horseflies buzz the SCOTUS again to toss out Pa.’s electors
Replies: 6
Views: 398

Re: Trump’s horseflies buzz the SCOTUS again to toss out Pa.’s electors

As unfortunately needs to be repeated again, there is no proof of fraud in any of these states that would be sufficient to overturn any of the margins for Biden. What happened in these states is that the Democrats voted heavily early by mail but those votes were not counted because of Republican obj...
by Modernistfan
Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christophe Bertrand
Replies: 3
Views: 632

Christophe Bertrand

I saw a notification of a recording of the complete instrumental music, including orchestral music, of the short-lived French composer Christophe Bertrand. He died at age 29 in 2010, apparently a suicide. This is on the label Bastille Musique, a 3-CD set. It is tough to obtain; the only sources I ha...
by Modernistfan
Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wack Jobs for Trump
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Wack Jobs for Trump

In Houston, a week or so before the election, a self-described "vigilante" ran a truck off the road and held the driver at gunpoint, somehow believing that the truck held 750,000 fake ballots. He was, of course, arrested. In reality, the truck was an air-conditioning service truck, the driver of the...
by Modernistfan
Fri Dec 18, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How to Reform the Presidency After the Wreckage of Trump
Replies: 8
Views: 654

Re: How to Reform the Presidency After the Wreckage of Trump

I absolutely disagree that the number of executive positions requiring confirmation by the Senate should be sharply reduced. Although I do agree that temporary appointments have been seriously abused and that the process of Senate approval needs to be streamlined, I think that the number of non-Cabi...
by Modernistfan
Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thank the Supreme Court, for Now
Replies: 5
Views: 494

Re: Thank the Supreme Court, for Now

Unfortunately, we now have a situation in Wisconsin where two members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court who rejected the lawsuit of the Trump supporters, Jill Karofsky and Rebecca Dallet, who happen to be female and Jewish, are getting bombarded with anti-Semitic and misogynist messages. The justices a...
by Modernistfan
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glazunov
Replies: 15
Views: 1400

Re: Glazunov

There is also another complete set of the symphonies on Brilliant, conducted by Valery Polyansky (except for Symphony 7 and the suite from Raymonda), with more extras: the Violin Concerto, the Coronation Cantata, both Concert Waltzes, the Characteristic Suite, the ballet suite from Raymonda, the Com...
by Modernistfan
Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glazunov
Replies: 15
Views: 1400

Re: Glazunov

I do like Glazunov, particularly the symphonies (of course, I will listen to pretty much anything written by a composer with a name ending in -vich or -ov or -sky!). I have that Serebrier set. Serebrier, although born in Uruguay, has Russian ancestry (the name was originally "Serebryakov"). I will a...
by Modernistfan
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump Allies Eye Long-Shot Election Reversal in Congress, Testing Pence
Replies: 14
Views: 848

Re: Trump Allies Eye Long-Shot Election Reversal in Congress, Testing Pence

The chances of any significant shenanigans on January 6 has decreased drastically with many senior Republicans in the Senate, even McConnell, now referring to Biden as the President-elect. Already, a number of Senate Republicans, including Romney, Murkowski, and Collins, have stated that they will a...
by Modernistfan
Fri Dec 11, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: SCOTUS to Trumpists: ‘Kiss off’.
Replies: 12
Views: 993

Re: SCOTUS to Trumpists: ‘Kiss off’.

Bingo!!! The Supreme Court tossed the nonsensical Texas case for lack of standing and did not reach the merits. (The quality of the lawyering and fact-checking in that case is illustrated by the claim that was made that no one has ever won the presidency while losing both Florida and Ohio. That woul...
by Modernistfan
Thu Dec 10, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs
Replies: 28
Views: 2293

Re: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs

Well, I just got a message from DHL stating that that huge box set has been delivered. The only thing that would make me happier would be news that the Supreme Court tossed Trump's suit.
by Modernistfan
Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs
Replies: 28
Views: 2293

Re: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs

No, I am definitely not getting rid of my CDs either. I do some downloading, but I then burn the downloads to a CD (I do not download at any resolution lower than CD quality, as available from Presto Classical or Qobuz, my major downloading sources). Right now, I am awaiting a 36-CD box set from the...
by Modernistfan
Wed Dec 09, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wuorinen's "Haroun and the Sea of Stories"
Replies: 2
Views: 386

Wuorinen's "Haroun and the Sea of Stories"

A recording of Charles Wuorinen's "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" has just been issued on the BMOP label. I believe that some excerpts were available on an Albany recording, but this is the first recording of the complete opera. Now, can we hope for Wuorinen's "Brokeback Mountain"?
by Modernistfan
Wed Dec 09, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: SCOTUS to Trumpists: ‘Kiss off’.
Replies: 12
Views: 993

Re: SCOTUS to Trumpists: ‘Kiss off’.

True, but that hardly makes the suit before the Supreme Court any more credible. I would like to see the briefs filed by the defendant states; their arguments would be worth reading for my understanding of these issues.
by Modernistfan
Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: SCOTUS to Trumpists: ‘Kiss off’.
Replies: 12
Views: 993

Re: SCOTUS to Trumpists: ‘Kiss off’.

The ridiculous suit filed by the Texas Attorney General will meet a similar fate. Although the Supreme Court will consider it, they will not reach the merits for at least two reasons: mootness and lack of standing. Regarding the mootness issue, the states that are defendants have all certified their...
by Modernistfan
Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven and sickeningly stupid culture warriors
Replies: 18
Views: 1885

Re: Beethoven and sickeningly stupid culture warriors

I could name a number of worthwhile Australian composers: Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Carl Vine, Margaret Hyde, Peter Sculthorpe, Brenton Broadstock, Michael Smetanin, Ross Edwards, Elena Kats-Chernin (born in the Soviet Union but living in Australia for many years), Andrew Ford, Richard Meale, Larry Sit...
by Modernistfan
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump lays out the case for a rigged election
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: Trump lays out the case for a rigged election

But could you sue the hamsters?
by Modernistfan
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own
Replies: 9
Views: 533

Re: The MAGA Revolution Devours Its Own

If Trump tried to stage a coup, it has to be described as a coo-coo coup.
by Modernistfan
Fri Dec 04, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Louis Andriessen Has Alzheimer's Disease
Replies: 1
Views: 269

Louis Andriessen Has Alzheimer's Disease

The prominent Dutch composer Louis Andriessen has Alzheimer's Disease and will watch the premiere of his last composition, entitled "May" from a care facility. This is terrible news. Andriessen is 81. He is one of my favorite living composers, and I have bought recordings of pretty much all of his m...
by Modernistfan
Fri Dec 04, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump lays out the case for a rigged election
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: Trump lays out the case for a rigged election

Well, Ms. Powell has done it again. She filed a suit in Wisconsin to invalidate the certification in which she referred to irregularities in the vote count in Detroit. However, Detroit is not in Wisconsin; it is in Michigan. As far as the accuracy of the vote count in Wisconsin is concerned, it woul...
by Modernistfan
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea
Replies: 52
Views: 2126

Re: Why Prosecuting Trump Is a Very Bad Idea

I completely agree with Professor Posner. Biden needs to focus on moving forward, not rehashing the circus of the past four years. Stopping the pandemic, creating new jobs, and fixing American infrastructure will resonate with the American public far more than any prosecution of Trump would.
by Modernistfan
Tue Dec 01, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump lays out the case for a rigged election
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: Trump lays out the case for a rigged election

Sidney Powell, undoubtedly the greatest American legal mind since Chief Justice John Marshall, has filed another suit in Federal district court in Michigan alleging fraud and seeking that the electoral votes in that state be awarded to Trump. A sample of the argument follows: In another case for Edi...
by Modernistfan
Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump lays out the case for a rigged election
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: Trump lays out the case for a rigged election

Someone blathering in a press conference about suspecting something fishy does not constitute evidence.
by Modernistfan
Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump lays out the case for a rigged election
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: Trump lays out the case for a rigged election

Trump has no evidence, period. What would constitute "evidence" would be something like the following. Note that this is completely hypothetical and absolutely did not occur. Let us say that John Smith was working in the vote tabulation center in Philadelphia County on November 5, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. ...
by Modernistfan
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Duty or Party? For Republicans, a Test of Whether to Enable Trump
Replies: 4
Views: 449

Re: Duty or Party? For Republicans, a Test of Whether to Enable Trump

Trump's "legal" claims remind me of those lawsuits filed by prisoners acting as their own attorneys ( pro se in legal jargon), who are suing pretty much everybody, including the governor of their state, the President, the Pope, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and the Commissioner of Maj...
by Modernistfan
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Side effects from Covid vaccine shots won't be 'a walk in the park'
Replies: 4
Views: 488

Re: Side effects from Covid vaccine shots won't be 'a walk in the park'

My wife and I are still planning to take it. So I'll feel cruddy for a day or so; I'll go to bed and my wife will make chicken soup. It's worth it. I have had some reactions from flu vaccines, but I take them every year.
by Modernistfan
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gramophone Names Philadelphia Orchestra of the Year??
Replies: 3
Views: 582

Gramophone Names Philadelphia Orchestra of the Year??

In the Awards issue of Gramophone , which I just received, the magazine named the Philadelphia Orchestra the Orchestra of the Year. The question I have is: "Why???" The Philadelphia Orchestra, like most other major American orchestras, exists primarily to provide safe, familiar, ultra-comfy programm...
by Modernistfan
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Dead Don't Vote (or Dance)
Replies: 2
Views: 261

The Dead Don't Vote (or Dance)

Trump and the right-wing media have been making a great deal about a dead woman in Georgia named Deborah Jean Christensen who had supposedly voted. The truth, uncovered by CNN, is rather different. It turned out that there were two women in Georgia with the exact same name (but different birthdates ...
by Modernistfan
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Real Voter Fraud, Part Deux!!
Replies: 0
Views: 624

Real Voter Fraud, Part Deux!!

London (CNN)A lengthy and bitter election campaign that dragged in competing interest groups and was sullied by a voter fraud scandal came to an unlikely end on Monday, when a fat, flightless and nocturnal parrot stunned pundits to claim an upset victory. The kakapo, officially the world's heaviest...
by Modernistfan
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Real Voter Fraud!!
Replies: 3
Views: 279

Re: Real Voter Fraud!!

Maybe this explains Trump's strategy with respect to the coronavirus. Ignore the pandemic, let the deaths pile up, and then get the dead to vote for him!
by Modernistfan
Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Real Voter Fraud!!
Replies: 3
Views: 279

Real Voter Fraud!!

According to John Fetterman, the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, a man in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania (a huge metropolis of 4200 people close to Wilkes-Barre), attempted to get an absentee ballot for his dead mother so she could vote for Trump. That is about the only substantiated case of likely v...
by Modernistfan
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: After a Decade of Silence, a Composer Reappears
Replies: 4
Views: 641

Re: After a Decade of Silence, a Composer Reappears

I hope that he can keep going. I wonder if any of those unfinished commissions, specifically the violin concerto and the opera for the Met, will ever appear. I hope that they do not wind up like the Sibelius Eighth Symphony (which I am still hoping will somehow turn up in a performable state).
by Modernistfan
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Recording of Ginastera Violin Concerto
Replies: 0
Views: 500

New Recording of Ginastera Violin Concerto

Finally, a new recording of Alberto Ginastera's very difficult (and percussion-loaded) violin concerto is to be released. This is on the Canadian label Analekta (AN28920) with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano and soloist Andrew Wan. The couplings are Leonard Bernstein's Seren...
by Modernistfan
Mon Nov 09, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Orchestras Are Rushing to Add Black Composers. Will It Last?
Replies: 7
Views: 1102

Re: Orchestras Are Rushing to Add Black Composers. Will It Last?

I am not very convinced that it will last. I think that some of the earlier generations of Black composers, such as William Grant Still and Florence Price, will be played more frequently, but I am far less optimistic about the prospects of more recent composers, such as the late Olly Wilson, Anthony...
by Modernistfan
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting Rid of the Electoral College
Replies: 13
Views: 1011

Re: Getting Rid of the Electoral College

This could, indeed, work. The current system is unwieldy and undemocratic ("small-d," please). We are the only country that elects our chief executive in such a manner. In Canada and the United Kingdom, which use parliamentary systems and have a limited number of parties, the chief executive is mere...
by Modernistfan
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wine Blunder At Famous NYC Restaurant
Replies: 12
Views: 649

Re: Wine Blunder At Famous NYC Restaurant

Hysterical! I used to be something of a wine snob, but no longer. Some years ago, my wife and I went out to dinner with a client and his wife in Silicon Valley at a fancy Italian dinner near San Jose. The client ordered a pretty expensive bottle of Italian wine. I took a couple of sips and realized ...
by Modernistfan
Sat Oct 24, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Blast at Boulez by Matthew Aucoin
Replies: 3
Views: 633

Re: Blast at Boulez by Matthew Aucoin

Agreed. Some of Boulez's choices of repertoire and recordings make sense. To me, it definitely makes sense that the only French composer prior to Debussy and Ravel he was interested in was Hector Berlioz, that avant-gardiste avant le lettre . I would not have expected him to record Gounod, Saint-Saë...
by Modernistfan
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Blast at Boulez by Matthew Aucoin
Replies: 3
Views: 633

Blast at Boulez by Matthew Aucoin

Composer-conductor Matthew Aucoin has a commentary on Pierre Boulez's book "Music Lessons" in the New York Review of Books: In 2014, when I was an apprentice conductor with the Chicago Symphony, I first conducted that ensemble in public with an enormous projection of Pierre Boulez looming over me. B...
by Modernistfan
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Projects on Naxos
Replies: 0
Views: 674

New Projects on Naxos

Naxos has just announced that they are starting major projects to record the orchestral music of Russian composer Alexander Mosolov and Czech composer Viteszlav Novak. For Mosolov, I hope that that they can somehow come up with the complete score for the ballet "Steel," from which the short fragment...
by Modernistfan
Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Cleveland Orchestra, America’s Finest, Restarts Recording
Replies: 12
Views: 1334

Re: The Cleveland Orchestra, America’s Finest, Restarts Recording

Although I have several recordings of the Schubert Ninth (to use the traditional numbering), which is one of my favorite pieces, I will definitely get this for the Krenek. We need more Krenek recorded!
by Modernistfan
Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gallup: Most Say Immigration is Good for America
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Re: Gallup: Most Say Immigration is Good for America

One real problem with restricting immigration is that we are not training nearly enough highly skilled people who can handle top-level jobs in areas such as high-tech and biotech. I just saw on CNBC that the real-estate sector is scrambling to find enough lab space for biotech ventures, and that sec...
by Modernistfan
Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maynard Solomon, Provocative Biographer of Composers, Dies at 90
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Re: Maynard Solomon, Provocative Biographer of Composers, Dies at 90

I have a number of those reissues on CD, including that Milhaud piece (I do not believe that any other recording of the Milhaud exists).
by Modernistfan
Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC's "Classical California Ultimate Playlist"
Replies: 8
Views: 2890

Re: KUSC's "Classical California Ultimate Playlist"

You bet! They would rather have the announcers eat a live rat with Béarnaise sauce on the air than play anything like Ustvolskaya, or, for that matter, Ruth Crawford Seeger or Lucia Dlugoszewski.
by Modernistfan
Mon Oct 05, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC's "Classical California Ultimate Playlist"
Replies: 8
Views: 2890

Re: KUSC's "Classical California Ultimate Playlist"

Also, regarding women composers, they virtually never play anything by such relatively audience-friendly contemporary American female composers such as Jennifer Higdon, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, or Joan Tower. They absolutely never play music composed by such contemporary composers as Sofia Gubaidulina,...
by Modernistfan
Mon Oct 05, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC's "Classical California Ultimate Playlist"
Replies: 8
Views: 2890

Re: KUSC's "Classical California Ultimate Playlist"

Agreed regarding Florence Price and Joseph de Boulogne, but I would like to see them play music by contemporary African-American composers such as Anthony Davis, Alvin Singleton, Tania Leon, and many others.
by Modernistfan
Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC's "Classical California Ultimate Playlist"
Replies: 8
Views: 2890

KUSC's "Classical California Ultimate Playlist"

KUSC in Los Angeles, following votes from listeners, has posted their "Classical California Ultimate Playlist" as shown below: 1. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony #9 2. George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue 3. Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 4. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 5. Ludwig van Beetho...