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by Modernistfan
Thu May 12, 2005 10:42 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: "Who's On First" --New Version
Replies: 8
Views: 3545

By the way, with a steadily increasing number of Asian players (both Chinese and Korean, as well as Japanese) in the major leagues in baseball, I am waiting for someone to sign a first baseman named Hu. It will happen soon, I am sure. Then you will really have "Hu's on first." (The Dodgers now have ...
by Modernistfan
Tue May 10, 2005 5:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Looks Interesting: New NAXOS Release
Replies: 6
Views: 1991

Yes, the Schuman should be good. It is not clear why this never came out on Delos. For Schumaniacs, I hope that RCA or BMG/Sony rereleases the 10th Symphony. They have been rereleasing a bunch of stuff lately, so one can hope for that.
by Modernistfan
Tue May 10, 2005 3:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Looks Interesting: New NAXOS Release
Replies: 6
Views: 1991

A REALLY interesting new Naxos release this month is the first appearance on CD of William Schuman's Ninth Symphony ("Le Fosse Ardeatine"). This is together with Schuman's Fourth Symphony and a couple of otherwise unavailable shorter orchestral works. There was a recording of his Ninth with Ormandy,...
by Modernistfan
Tue May 10, 2005 10:18 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Looks Interesting: New NAXOS Release
Replies: 6
Views: 1991

Sorry, Ralph, I have to disagree with you on this one. This looks like overcommercialized junk, and I wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole (or even a 10-foot Russian). I would rather see this project record and issue more of Jewish-American composers of actual merit like Hugo Weisgall, Leon Kirchne...
by Modernistfan
Mon May 09, 2005 5:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Uh-Oh
Replies: 16
Views: 5907

Of course, there was the famous review by the Russian critic Leonid Sabaneyev in Moscow that ripped into Prokofiev's "Scythian Suite." There was one slight problem, however; at the last minute, the orchestra had decided to replace the Prokofiev work with another piece by another composer entirely. ....
by Modernistfan
Sat May 07, 2005 6:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Uh-Oh
Replies: 16
Views: 5907

See the new thread on Shafran. Caveat discum compactum emptor!
by Modernistfan
Sat May 07, 2005 6:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Daniel Shafran on Melodiya
Replies: 3
Views: 2211

Whoopsie doodle! That "Shafran" performance on Regis is not Shafran at all. Regis has admitted, per a notice in Gramophone, that they were snookered and that performance is really a recently recorded performance (DDD sound!) with Frans Helmerson and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra under Polyans...
by Modernistfan
Thu May 05, 2005 2:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: What's Going to Happen to GM and Ford?
Replies: 44
Views: 9916

Not unless they start making vehicles that combine quality, reliability, fuel economy, and up-to-date engineering. At this point, I would not buy an American car even if someone put a gun to my head. Since 1975, when I started buying new cars, I have owned three Toyotas, an Acura, and two Hondas. I ...
by Modernistfan
Thu May 05, 2005 10:54 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Why Don't the Japanese Support Their Own Composers?
Replies: 7
Views: 2390

Naxos already has started a "Japanese Classics" series, using mainly Japanese conductors with both Japanese and European orchestras. Maybe I should write them and suggest that they record the symphonies of Ikuma Dan. I do have some Japanese composers on Fontec and JVC, though. Sony has done very lit...
by Modernistfan
Wed May 04, 2005 3:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Why Don't the Japanese Support Their Own Composers?
Replies: 7
Views: 2390

The issue is not whether the Japanese musicians pick up, say, German if they are working in Germany. The issue is whether a German, for example, conductor can pick up enough Japanese to work effectively with a Japanese orchestra in Japan. That is not a given. Few Westerners speak that language, alth...
by Modernistfan
Wed May 04, 2005 3:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Why Don't the Japanese Support Their Own Composers?
Replies: 7
Views: 2390

Yes, but the Japanese seem to have made this music an integral part of their culture very quickly and to a far greater extent than in the United States. Tokyo has something like seven full-size orchestras. Moreover, unlike in the United States, where, say, the Vice-Kapellmeister of the Mecklenburg-S...
by Modernistfan
Wed May 04, 2005 2:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Why Don't the Japanese Support Their Own Composers?
Replies: 7
Views: 2390

Why Don't the Japanese Support Their Own Composers?

Why don't the Japanese support their own composers? With the exception, perhaps, of Toru Takemitsu, the Japanese rarely record their own composers. Major composers like Toshio Hosokawa are far more likely to be found on European labels like Col Legno than they are on Japanese-run labels. The Japanes...
by Modernistfan
Wed May 04, 2005 11:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Villa-Lobos String Quartets
Replies: 13
Views: 3657

Regarding Villa-Lobos, does anyone know what in the heck they are chanting in Chôro No. 10? I have not been able to find a text for it in any recording that I have. That is a wild piece. I kid my wife that it sounds like "Cucamonga," the name of a small town about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, but I...
by Modernistfan
Mon May 02, 2005 10:04 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Masur's Bruckner Budget Box Set on RCA
Replies: 9
Views: 3595

Masur's Bruckner Budget Box Set on RCA

There is a recently issued budget box set of the 9 Bruckner symphonies (No No. 0 or "Study Symphony" (No. 00)) on RCA conducted by Kurt Masur with the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra. Does anyone know anything about this set? The recordings are analogue and I presume that they originated with the old E...
by Modernistfan
Wed Apr 27, 2005 4:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Philadelphia Orchestra recording contract
Replies: 19
Views: 5847

This is very important. Let us hope that more orchestras can depart from the outmoded AFM agreement. This is getting closer to the model now increasingly being used in Europe, where the musicians share in profits and are not guaranteed a fixed fee. I believe that this is the basis of the new labels ...
by Modernistfan
Mon Apr 25, 2005 10:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Tough Choices for American Jews
Replies: 18
Views: 6153

Most of the Democratic Party is pro-Israel but there has been a real reluctance to condemn people such as Louis Farrakhan and others, particularly if they are seen as spokespersons for the oppressed or are "of color." I realize that these people are marginalized somewhat by the need for the Democrat...
by Modernistfan
Mon Apr 25, 2005 9:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Tough Choices for American Jews
Replies: 18
Views: 6153

Tough Choices for American Jews

The changing political landscape has given American Jews a very unpleasant political choice. On one hand, they can support a party whose leader has made no secret of his support for Israel and his opposition to antisemitism, particularly in countries that do not support his war on Iraq/war on terror...
by Modernistfan
Thu Apr 21, 2005 4:30 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Did Alfred Cortot Denounce Vlado Perlemuter to the Nazis?
Replies: 10
Views: 8252

No sources were cited in the ICRC article, which was really just a review of certain recordings.
by Modernistfan
Thu Apr 21, 2005 2:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Did Alfred Cortot Denounce Vlado Perlemuter to the Nazis?
Replies: 10
Views: 8252

Did Alfred Cortot Denounce Vlado Perlemuter to the Nazis?

I just picked up a copy of the International Classic Record Collector magazine, and in a review of historical recordings by the Lithuanian-French pianist Vlado Perlemuter, saw the statement that Alfred Cortot, who had actually been Perlemuter's teacher in France, denounced him to the Gestapo during ...
by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 19, 2005 11:32 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: About That Conductor We Ran Out of New York
Replies: 8
Views: 3852

I respectfully beg to differ with Brendan. The charge of "lack of accessibility" has been leveled at practically every innovator in music from Monteverdi onward: Beethoven, Berlioz, Wagner, Schoenberg, Stravinsky . . . . Many works that are now standard repertoire were not immediately accessible to ...
by Modernistfan
Mon Apr 18, 2005 8:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Nashville Symphony Conductor Dies
Replies: 8
Views: 4017

Nashville Symphony Conductor Dies

The Nashville Symphony conductor, Kenneth Schermerhorn, who led that ensemble for 22 years, has apparently died. It is known that he was undergoing treatment for cancer. This is a terrible blow to American music, as that orchestra has come seemingly out of nowhere to gain tremendous notice for its r...
by Modernistfan
Sat Apr 16, 2005 10:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Paul Hindemith
Replies: 19
Views: 9046

Yes, Hindemith is seriously underrated. He is rarely heard in the concert hall, except perhaps for the Symphonic Metamorphoses and the "Mathis der Maler" symphony. Luckily, there are very good to excellent recordings of most of his major works (even his operas now). For example, the series recorded ...
by Modernistfan
Fri Apr 15, 2005 5:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Marin Alsop on Women's Chances to Conduct
Replies: 20
Views: 6917

I think the fundraising issue is more of an excuse than anything else. Why should Europeans be more adept at fundraising anyway, given that the job description of a music director or equivalent position in Europe involves far less fundraising than would be the norm at a major American orchestra? Thi...
by Modernistfan
Thu Apr 14, 2005 5:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Marin Alsop on Women's Chances to Conduct
Replies: 20
Views: 6917

No, that was probably Telemann. Bach was turned down for it.
by Modernistfan
Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:30 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Resurrection of Arte Nova
Replies: 14
Views: 7320

Probably, they won't. To the best of my knowledge, all of the stuff that has gone to Oehms has remained with Oehms; none of it has reverted to Arte Nova. Oehms has some very interesting stuff on its own, though. it is more expensive that Arte Nova but still less than full price. There are some very ...
by Modernistfan
Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:00 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Marin Alsop on Women's Chances to Conduct
Replies: 20
Views: 6917

Alsop should be considered the next time a major U.S. music directorship comes up. Perhaps New York, where Maazel has to be considered a stopgap despite his obvious quality and musicianship? If the track record of the Big Five is examined, though, she won't have much of a chance, not so much because...
by Modernistfan
Thu Apr 14, 2005 12:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Poul Ruders's "Kafka's Trial"
Replies: 2
Views: 3516

Poul Ruders's "Kafka's Trial"

The latest opera of Poul Ruders, "Kafka's Trial," has been premiered in Denmark to widespread acclaim. The libretto is based on "The Trial" by the Czech writer Franz Kafka. Ruders is rapidly getting a huge reputation for opera; his "The Handmaid's Tale," after the book by Margaret Attwood, was a big...
by Modernistfan
Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:20 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Marin Alsop on Women's Chances to Conduct
Replies: 20
Views: 6917

Alsop is definitely someone to watch. Most of her Naxos recordings with the Bournemouth have been very good, especially her Samuel Barber series. Any arbitrary restrictions, such as race, ethnicity, or gender, have the effect of making the talent pool shallower than it needs to be. There is not so m...
by Modernistfan
Wed Apr 13, 2005 5:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Resurrection of Arte Nova
Replies: 14
Views: 7320

Zinman, with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, has actually played and recorded quite a bit of modern Swiss music. Some of this, from composers little known in the United States, has turned up on Grammont/MGB CDs from Switzerland available from Records International. Maybe he will get a chance to recor...
by Modernistfan
Wed Apr 13, 2005 4:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Singing the Classical Music Blues
Replies: 5
Views: 9290

A lot of this is valid. I would question, though, the assertion that of Bernstein, Cliburn, and Stern, the only one dedicated to new music was Bernstein. Stern played (and recorded) a ton of new music in his time. Not only did he record Bartok, he recorded the solo violin part in Bernstein's own "Se...
by Modernistfan
Wed Apr 13, 2005 8:57 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Resurrection of Arte Nova
Replies: 14
Views: 7320

Hogwood has actually conducted a fair amount of twentieth-century music. He has made several recordings of Martinu. One was on Decca (London) some years ago. Recently, he recorded a version of "La Revue de Cuisine" by Martinu on the Czech label Supraphon that has additional music beyond what had bee...
by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 12, 2005 10:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Good News? New Sony BMG Classical label
Replies: 6
Views: 4658

Give 'em a chance to see how this plays out. Even when Sony was independent, they rarely pushed such Japanese crossover performers into the international market. They may look at the bottom line, but if they can realize revenue from reissues of excellent recordings that are sitting in the vaults, yi...
by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 12, 2005 4:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Uh-Oh
Replies: 16
Views: 5907

Uh-Oh

There are a lot of critics who had egg on their faces a short time ago. About five years ago, Chandos Records, in England, released a recording of the Shostakovich First Cello Concerto played by Frans Helmerson and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Polyansky. Most of the criti...
by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 12, 2005 3:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Wimpy Programmers and Repertoire Shrinkage
Replies: 0
Views: 2293

Wimpy Programmers and Repertoire Shrinkage

No, this is not going to be another diatribe about "why everyone doesn't like Wuorinen, Babbitt, Boulez, et al." What I am referring to is that there are a lot of tonal, yet hard-hitting composers whose music is rarely, if ever heard now, either in concerts or on the radio. What brought this up was ...
by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 12, 2005 1:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bad news for reissue labels
Replies: 18
Views: 7193

Thank you. I am following this for the law (I work in intellectual property). In practice, I buy very few historical reissues (only if the work is not available in a more modern recording). I have not bought any of the disputed Naxos reissues.
by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 12, 2005 12:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bad news for reissue labels
Replies: 18
Views: 7193

There might be grounds for appeal to the United States Supreme Court after all if it could be argued that this is a matter of federal preemption; the federal courts have the last say on that issue as a general doctrine. It is far from certain that the Supreme Court would actually grant certiorari (t...
by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 12, 2005 11:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Good News? New Sony BMG Classical label
Replies: 6
Views: 4658

I hope that when they talk of selling over the Internet, they mean a burn-to-order approach along the lines of those now being used by Peter Maxwell Davies, and, slightly differently, by the Vox label and now by Archiv Music. I would accept downloads, which I could then transfer to discs, as long as...
by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 12, 2005 11:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Good News? New Sony BMG Classical label
Replies: 6
Views: 4658

This is actually pretty good news. It is good to see that they are going to pretty much dump crossover. Gelb's approach made very little economic sense, because that stuff ages pretty fast, whereas you have a much longer life for legitimate classical. On the RCA/BMG side, they have already begun rei...
by Modernistfan
Tue Apr 12, 2005 10:50 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Similar to Carl Orff
Replies: 11
Views: 8562

Stravinsky's "Les Noces" ("The Wedding" or "Svadebka" in Russian). This is choral, sung in Russian, backed by four pianos and percussion. It may have been the major influence on Orff's "Carmina Burana." Leonard Bernstein had a famous recording, but it is now out of print. There is a fairly recent re...
by Modernistfan
Wed Apr 06, 2005 3:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Carlo M. Giulini
Replies: 14
Views: 7549

Guilini's earlier recordings were tremendous, but his later recordings (mostly for Sony), were very disappointing. His tempos were far too slow, in my opinion. I remember listening to his Dvorak Eighth Symphony in the car one evening on my local classical radio station and shouting: "Get on with it!"
by Modernistfan
Wed Apr 06, 2005 10:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Real Names vs. False Names
Replies: 56
Views: 39649

There were a lot of names changed when Eastern Europeans emigrated to the United States around 1900 or shortly later. A lot of them were changed for convenience, as those Russian/Ukrainian/Polish names can get very long and unwieldy. For example, composer Benjamin Lees, born of Russian or Ukrainian ...