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by MarkC
Tue May 18, 2010 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: This is for all the members of this site
Replies: 22
Views: 2156

Re: This is for all the members of this site

Chalkperson wrote:I really love this image from the Website...did she win... :wink:
Really want me to give it away? [smiley suppressed]

no..........made the semi-finals but not the finals
by MarkC
Tue May 18, 2010 12:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Very distinct idioms
Replies: 29
Views: 3601

Re: Very distinct idioms

HoustonDavid wrote:Some very old, well aged Scriabin, from a distinct label and a very dusty instrument
if you get my idiosyncrasity. [deleted smiley]
Not sure I do, unless you mean that my sig has made you see that link hundreds of times...... :mrgreen:
by MarkC
Mon May 17, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Very distinct idioms
Replies: 29
Views: 3601

Re: Very distinct idioms

NancyElla wrote:
MarkC wrote:A bit off the subj, but........the music that to me is absolutely the most distinctive of anything is:
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons :)
(And I think I'm really serious........)
And I think you've been into the Scriabin again! :lol:
Very true! :lol:

As it says down there......
by MarkC
Mon May 17, 2010 11:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: This is for all the members of this site
Replies: 22
Views: 2156

Re: This is for all the members of this site

Can you please give specifics on the recital, MarkC, time where to get tickets, etc. Maybe my daughter will stop by to catch the recital. Good luck with it. I hope you have a good piano! Thanks for noticing (I sort of "hid" it a little) :mrgreen: and for asking. (And thanks to you also, Saul.) It's...
by MarkC
Mon May 17, 2010 11:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Very distinct idioms
Replies: 29
Views: 3601

Re: Very distinct idioms

A bit off the subj, but........the music that to me is absolutely the most distinctive of anything is:

Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons :)

(And I think I'm really serious........)
by MarkC
Mon May 17, 2010 11:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: This is for all the members of this site
Replies: 22
Views: 2156

Re: This is for all the members of this site

Good job! One of my favorite pieces........It's one of those things that works for any occasion, literally. It's a great opener for a concert. It's a great encore. And it's an encore that you can play after anything -- you can play it after a rollicking Liszt rhapsody, or after most solemn works tha...
by MarkC
Mon May 17, 2010 9:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Very distinct idioms
Replies: 29
Views: 3601

Re: Very distinct idioms

I think the "distinct idiom" thing is overrated. Or at least if it's not, I'm awfully stupid. :lol: I consider myself more knowledgeable than the average bear about these things, yet if I hear a work that I don't know, I'm almost always just guessing about the composer, and I'm often wrong. I'll alm...
by MarkC
Mon May 17, 2010 8:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin's works .....you can only choose 5
Replies: 18
Views: 2217

Re: Chopin's works .....you can only choose 5

.....5 - And finally, what for me is the greatest and yet most elusive of Chopin’s masterpieces, the Fantasie in f, Op. 49. Among my favorites too. I've tried to discuss it a bit on a piano discussion site -- and whenever I do, most people say it's not so great. And as if that weren't enough, they ...
by MarkC
Mon May 17, 2010 12:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why
Replies: 30
Views: 5934

Re: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why

......certainly there are about 10 seconds worth of skittish V7 arpeggios at the point where the slow movement gives way to the finale. We're talking about op. 81a, right? Yes, 81a. He said he was talking about the opening of the finale. Sounds like you're talking about the little "intro" before th...
by MarkC
Mon May 17, 2010 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin's works .....you can only choose 5
Replies: 18
Views: 2217

Re: Chopin's works .....you can only choose 5

val wrote:My choice:

Polonaise opus 44......
How great it is to see that!!!
I didn't imagine anyone else would have it as #1, or even on the list at all.

Do you have a favorite performer for it?
by MarkC
Mon May 17, 2010 10:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Question to an orthodox Jew
Replies: 30
Views: 3703

Re: Question to an orthodox Jew

Observations and opinions, not accusations.
by MarkC
Mon May 17, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why
Replies: 30
Views: 5934

Re: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why

"Major-minor 7th" is a term I encountered in theory class..... It refers to a major triad with a minor 7th on top...... I knew that such a thing existed altogether......I meant that there's no such thing THERE -- i.e. in that passage. Sorry I wasn't clearer. (Did you think his analysis pertained? I...
by MarkC
Sun May 16, 2010 11:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin's works .....you can only choose 5
Replies: 18
Views: 2217

Re: Chopin's works .....you can only choose 5

Here's this morning's list. By tomorrow (even by this afternoon) it could change...... Indeed. And thanks for giving me an opening to give these other lists: :mrgreen: My list when I was 15: 1. Polonaise in Ab major, Op. 53 2. Polonaise in F# minor, Op. 44 3. Scherzo #2 (Bb minor, Op. 31) 4. Ballad...
by MarkC
Sun May 16, 2010 11:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Question to an orthodox Jew
Replies: 30
Views: 3703

Re: Question to an orthodox Jew

Saul, do you write just for yourself, or do you hope to influence others? If the latter, this ain't a way to do it. Clearly, Saul is not hoping to influence others, i.e., those who are not Orthodox Jews. I have relatives and close friends who are Orthodox, including a rabbi (and I mean "real" Ortho...
by MarkC
Sun May 16, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Question to an orthodox Jew
Replies: 30
Views: 3703

Re: Question to an orthodox Jew

.....Saul, do you write just for yourself, or do you hope to influence others? If the latter, this ain't a way to do it. Mark, you are relatively new here. You will soon realise that Saul is engaged in promoting anti-Semitism. He doesn't realize it but it's sort of true. As a fellow Jew, I am frank...
by MarkC
Sun May 16, 2010 11:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter
Replies: 53
Views: 4276

Re: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter

Lance wrote:Well, it's just one comment......
......and sorry that the basketball stuff has been more than one comment. :mrgreen:
We'll make sure not to expand it into a full-fledged hijack. :lol:
by MarkC
Sun May 16, 2010 11:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter
Replies: 53
Views: 4276

Re: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter

......I remember one Paul Seymour--a real roughian...... :( ......who was rewarded by being made coach!!! BTW....even further off the subj, but.......I have the 1957 Topps cards of the whole starting lineup of that team: Seymour Costello (not Lou) :mrgreen: Kerr Schayes Conlin I got them so I could...
by MarkC
Sun May 16, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is the Republican Party coming unglued?
Replies: 21
Views: 3243

Re: Is the Republican Party coming unglued?

.....thereby rejecting the identity of "Party of No" in favor of "Party of Moe, Larry & Curly." :lol:
by MarkC
Sun May 16, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: May 16, 2010: Corlyss is alive and getting better ...
Replies: 12
Views: 1490

Re: May 16, 2010: Corlyss is alive and getting better ...

Thanks, Lance!
And in case you're reading this, Corylss -- looking forward to seeing you back! And hope you're doing reasonably all right.
by MarkC
Sun May 16, 2010 11:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Origins of Some Conventions
Replies: 5
Views: 820

Re: The Origins of Some Conventions

I dunno........I mean, I personally make a point of putting that space between the "T." and the "S." However, notice that I didn't make a point (no pun intended) of adding an extra "." after the "S." up there. i.e. The "." represented both the dot after the "S" and the period for the end of the sent...
by MarkC
Sun May 16, 2010 12:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Question to an orthodox Jew
Replies: 30
Views: 3703

Re: Question to an orthodox Jew

Saul -- I just skimmed your post (I hope you don't think a lot of people will actually read such a post). And let me say........ You're not going to help much toward world peace by saying stuff like: .......The Christian religion fails to understand...... ......or....... .........And we also can rec...
by MarkC
Sun May 16, 2010 12:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin's works .....you can only choose 5
Replies: 18
Views: 2217

Re: Chopin's works .....you can only choose 5

P.S. I "insist" on being allowed an alternate list :) ......the 5 Chopin works that we don't hear enough:

1. Tarantelle, Opus 43
2. Introduction and Rondo in Eb major, Opus 16
3. the Polonaise that I picked as #1 above, Opus 44 in F# minor
4. Impromptu in Gb major, Opus 51
5. almost any Mazurka
by MarkC
Sun May 16, 2010 12:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter
Replies: 53
Views: 4276

Re: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter

.....Dolph Schayes..... I'll never forget his high arching set shot--amazing--of course I hated the Syracuse Nationals because they always winded up slaughtering my cherished NY Knicks! My favorite Carl Braun had a pretty good set shot too! Regards, Len :) (.....and looks like maybe Chalkie knew of...
by MarkC
Sun May 16, 2010 12:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin's works .....you can only choose 5
Replies: 18
Views: 2217

Re: Chopin's works .....you can only choose 5

Nocturne in D flat, op.27 no.2 Ballade no.1 op.23 Polonaise op.53 Barcarolle op.60 Mazurka op.41 no.4 in C sharp minor...... Love it!!!!! The whole subject, and your chosen 5. I live and die by Chopin, and have for most of my life, but I've never thought of a "top 5" before -- and I'll enjoy it. Le...
by MarkC
Sat May 15, 2010 11:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why
Replies: 30
Views: 5934

Re: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why

I cast a vote here for "Les adieux".....there's nothing to compare, in all of Beethoven's literature, with the finale's opening B-flat major-minor-7 chord (followed by skittish arpeggios on same) symbolizing Ludwig & the Archduke's big bear hug at their reunion. I love the sonata, but I gotta wonde...
by MarkC
Sat May 15, 2010 12:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Beethoven's Sonata #32 in C Minor, Op. 111
Replies: 54
Views: 5610

Re: Taking Stock: Beethoven's Sonata #32 in C Minor, Op. 111

Egon Petri (Columbia 78s), especially for the first movement, Michelangeli especially for the second movement. Funny.........while it would seem mostly impossible to separate those out for a piece like this, it does make sense. Yet, wouldn't it seem odd if someone programmed either movement separat...
by MarkC
Fri May 14, 2010 11:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter
Replies: 53
Views: 4276

Re: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter

......He just used his initials to create the company name, but I would not want that KGB connotation either. Absolutely. If my initials were A-S-S, I wouldn't use those for my company's name either. IMO this is even worse -- truly. It would almost be like having the name of Hitler and having to li...
by MarkC
Fri May 14, 2010 11:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter
Replies: 53
Views: 4276

Re: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter

(Just in case anyone is puzzled and wants to google it, that's KGB.) :) BTW.....there's some kind of company called "KGB" that's been running commercials on TV and radio. (I hear them a lot on N.Y. Yankee broadcasts.) I wonder if either the company or the stations have a clue about what 'else' those...
by MarkC
Fri May 14, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?
Replies: 33
Views: 1720

Re: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?

Lance wrote:......Like heck you don't get it! I learned that reading the new Richter book.....
BTW.....it's not that I don't find it of interest. I do.
Why?
That's complicated. :)
by MarkC
Fri May 14, 2010 9:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?
Replies: 33
Views: 1720

Re: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?

And I'm not sure that he was HS. Where's the smoking gun? He was married and a father, that's the only smoking gun I know of. Well that proves it!!!!!! :lol: (Y'know, the quasi-Freudian interpretation of 'counterphobic behavior' and denial and all that -- by which Casanova and Don Juan were gay too!)
by MarkC
Fri May 14, 2010 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?
Replies: 33
Views: 1720

Re: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?

HoustonDavid wrote:Well I didn't......
......and actually I didn't either.
When I said that I knew, I had lost track of who we were talking about, between all these threads...... :)

(Not gonna say who I thought it was.) :lol:
by MarkC
Fri May 14, 2010 3:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?
Replies: 33
Views: 1720

Re: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?

oy vey.........

(yes I did know that)
by MarkC
Fri May 14, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why
Replies: 30
Views: 5934

Re: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why

Chalkperson wrote:........Bridge is a Card Game... :roll:
Well yeah :roll: (you used that smiley so I figured I may also) [sm. suppr.] but I already referred to that and it seemed you had meant that wasn't it.

(Who am I............why am I here?) [sm. suppr]
by MarkC
Fri May 14, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Beethoven's Sonata #32 in C Minor, Op. 111
Replies: 54
Views: 5610

Re: Taking Stock: Beethoven's Sonata #32 in C Minor, Op. 111

.....How good is Elly Ney? As is well known she was a certain dictator's favourite pianist which didn't help her later career. If we can put this aside did she stand with the many listed above?i I'm sorry to say she was real good. I didn't know either, so I checked YouTube.....and there's quite a b...
by MarkC
Fri May 14, 2010 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter
Replies: 53
Views: 4276

Re: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter

......Surely, this book is all about hearsay...... Good point, but IMO it's not the degree of problem that you say. "Hearsay" is that much of a problem only in court. In 'real life,' we rely on it all the time -- and that includes in most biographies. And arguably it's extra important (if not criti...
by MarkC
Fri May 14, 2010 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Beethoven's Sonata #32 in C Minor, Op. 111
Replies: 54
Views: 5610

Re: Taking Stock: Beethoven's Sonata #32 in C Minor, Op. 111

......The pianist who attempts the most and who has come the closest to capturing even half of what is in this music is Schnabel. The best of the rest capture, on their best days, perhaps 25%. :wink: Schnabel was quoted as saying something like that he was glad when he achieved 40% of what he tried...
by MarkC
Fri May 14, 2010 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Slatkin Learns Traviata from the MET, then Withdraws
Replies: 40
Views: 3636

Re: Slatkin Learns Traviata from the MET, then Withdraws

Looks to me like the writer couldn't make up his mind if he was being sympathetic or sarcastic.
by MarkC
Thu May 13, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Beethoven's Sonata #32 in C Minor, Op. 111
Replies: 54
Views: 5610

Re: Taking Stock: Beethoven's Sonata #32 in C Minor, Op. 111

Lance wrote:......As I recall, his wife is also a pianist.....
Yes she is (Tania Heidsieck). They both studied with Cortot.
My wife and I have spent some time with them. He speaks terrific English; she doesn't. Fortunately my wife speaks French. :)
by MarkC
Thu May 13, 2010 11:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Beethoven's Sonata #32 in C Minor, Op. 111
Replies: 54
Views: 5610

Re: Taking Stock: Beethoven's Sonata #32 in C Minor, Op. 111

I looked especially to see if you have HEIDSIECK, and I'm glad to see that you do.
I didn't expect it. :)
I've had the privilege of working with him a bit. He's a remarkable pianist and person, and not well enough known in the U.S.
by MarkC
Thu May 13, 2010 11:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?
Replies: 33
Views: 1720

Re: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?

No foolin', Lance -- I haven't a clue!

(Although......when I checked a little to try to find out, I saw that he was "of Jewish descent," which I did not know. Quite surprising for a "Saint," is it not......)
by MarkC
Thu May 13, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why
Replies: 30
Views: 5934

Re: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why

Chalkperson wrote:Wassup, you can't even remember what you posted yesterday... :wink:
Maybe not! [sm. suppr]
I don't remember saying anything about cards except that post about bridge which I mentioned.
And that wasn't yesterday...... ["shrug" smiley suppressed only with great resolve]
by MarkC
Thu May 13, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter
Replies: 53
Views: 4276

Re: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter

Thanks for posting about it!
I might have to get it. :D
by MarkC
Thu May 13, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?
Replies: 33
Views: 1720

Re: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?

Lance wrote:.....DYKWIM?
GOT IT -- and yes I do. :)
....BTW.....
Got it
.....CS-S.....
Got it
.......was a HS..... :mrgreen:
Don't get it. :lol:

HS.......let's see........
"High school"? no
Medical abbreviation for "bedtime"? nah, that doesn't work either

Hmmmmm..........
by MarkC
Thu May 13, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why
Replies: 30
Views: 5934

Re: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why

Chalkperson wrote:You mean that when you are playing cards and listening to Opus 111 you hear Scott Joplin... :mrgreen:
Huh......is this about the "bridge" thing?
Otherwise, you got me. [sm. suppr]
by MarkC
Thu May 13, 2010 1:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why
Replies: 30
Views: 5934

Re: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why

maestrob wrote:I am fascinated by the jazzy rhythms in Op. 111....
Absolutely. One of the variations IS "ragtime."
I mean, it isn't exactly, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it. :)
by MarkC
Thu May 13, 2010 12:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Study busts Mozart effect.
Replies: 11
Views: 1688

Re: Study busts Mozart effect.

Music.....sets language pathways in the brain, especially when studied early in life - it establishes pathways for many to learn another language more easily, according to many brain researchers..... Yes -- well said. Although......we don't even need that to "defend" the original study. IMO all we ...
by MarkC
Wed May 12, 2010 9:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?
Replies: 33
Views: 1720

Re: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?

NancyElla wrote:And I was certain that DS was Dmitri Shostakovitch. . .
Probably a better guess than the actual answer. :lol:
by MarkC
Wed May 12, 2010 2:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How's this for a "D'oh" headline.......
Replies: 1
Views: 320

How's this for a "D'oh" headline.......

Article in NY Times:

In Greek Crisis, Some See Parallels to U.S. Debt Woes
by MarkC
Wed May 12, 2010 2:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WBA Super welterweight world Champion Yuri Foreman
Replies: 9
Views: 886

Re: WBA Super welterweight world Champion Yuri Foreman

Chalkperson wrote:......Razor Ruddock.....
For a while I sort of thought he and Riddick Bowe were the same guy. [smiley suppressed]

Greatest heavyweight boxing disappointments of our generation:
1. Riddick Bowe
2. Buster Douglas

Although of course in his own way Tyson out-disappoints them all.
by MarkC
Wed May 12, 2010 2:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WBA Super welterweight world Champion Yuri Foreman
Replies: 9
Views: 886

Re: WBA Super welterweight world Champion Yuri Foreman

Chalkperson wrote:....I can't believe that a man, who, like myself eats no veal, could possibly make jokes about hunting... :?
No SMILIE in one of my posts, and you thought I was making a joke? [smiley suppressed]