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by MarkC
Wed May 12, 2010 12:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WBA Super welterweight world Champion Yuri Foreman
Replies: 9
Views: 886

Re: WBA Super welterweight world Champion Yuri Foreman

OK -- agreed.

Now we can talk about HUNTING........
by MarkC
Wed May 12, 2010 12:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WBA Super welterweight world Champion Yuri Foreman
Replies: 9
Views: 886

Re: WBA Super welterweight world Champion Yuri Foreman

I like it!!!

Off the subj, but......I'm beyond ambivalent about boxing. I think it's a horrible sport and shouldn't be allowed to exist........but I love it.

I must be a hypocrite. :)
by MarkC
Wed May 12, 2010 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why
Replies: 30
Views: 5933

Re: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why

Opus 110
Just "because." :)

But ask me in 10 minutes and I might say any of about 15 others instead.

There have been times that the Moonlight was my #1.
by MarkC
Wed May 12, 2010 12:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?
Replies: 33
Views: 1719

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

MarkC ... These would be MY guesses, as shown in red below, but of course, they could be entirely different than the composers YOU had in mind. How did I score? Let's try some other composers, all (arguably) of at least equal reputation: FC = Frédéric Chopin DS = Domenico Scarlatti AS (2 possible a...
by MarkC
Tue May 11, 2010 11:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Study busts Mozart effect.
Replies: 11
Views: 1686

Re: Study busts Mozart effect.

The study didn't necessarily bust nuthin. :lol:

We'd need to look at the details of all the studies they looked at. But they're right that we shouldn't necessarily assume the effect to be true.

Do I believe in the effect??
YES.
by MarkC
Tue May 11, 2010 9:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?
Replies: 33
Views: 1719

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

Chalkperson wrote:.....No, i'm with John, Dulcinea always makes me smile whenever she starts a Thread, it's fun working out who the hell she is talking about......
I guess that means you don't mind all those new medical abbreviations either?
(I'm in the field and I don't even get them.........)
by MarkC
Tue May 11, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?
Replies: 33
Views: 1719

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

TO GET BACK TO THE TOPIC: on St-Saens' Third, which certainly merits a few threads' worth of discussion.... It seems you absolutely must mean that tongue-in-cheek, but then it seems like you're serious...... Don't get me wrong, I think just about any piece merits a few threads worth of discussion. ...
by MarkC
Tue May 11, 2010 8:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kagan
Replies: 35
Views: 17946

Re: Kagan

Chalkperson wrote:......I had gotten used to you playing piano music as stories......
It's easier to do a story when you feel anything can mean anything. [smiley suppressed]

But at the same time, it's easier to grasp the composer's story when you know the full range of what something can mean.
by MarkC
Tue May 11, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?
Replies: 33
Views: 1719

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

Well, to begin with, when I see "Opus 78," all I can think of anyway is Beethoven's neat little piano sonata in F-sharp major.

it's in 2 movements. The 2nd one is pretty funny. :)
by MarkC
Tue May 11, 2010 8:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kagan
Replies: 35
Views: 17946

Re: Kagan

.....Justice Stevens was an excellent bridge player and a Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League. Ms. Kagan is known as a poker player, but is not known to be a bridge player. As a tournament bridge player myself, we need one on the Court!) Let me digress. :) My bridge experience (relat...
by MarkC
Tue May 11, 2010 1:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?
Replies: 33
Views: 1719

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

Let's try some other composers, all (arguably) of at least equal reputation: FC DS AS (2 possible answers) MR HB CMVW BTW......(which stands for by the way) :mrgreen: -- I would recommend saying "Saint-Saens." Otherwise it makes people feel stupid -- like I did for a few minutes there. And probably ...
by MarkC
Tue May 11, 2010 1:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Do You Imagine When You Listen to Opus 78 of CCS-S?
Replies: 33
Views: 1719

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

WHY do people use arcane abbreviations? (I have no idea what that is, whatsoever.) People in my own field do it too -- a lot. I kick their butts over it every chance I get, but of course it doesn't do any good. :lol: {edit: I think I just realized -- that's Saint-Saens? I think it came up before, an...
by MarkC
Mon May 10, 2010 8:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Singers who got there without the pipes ...
Replies: 91
Views: 5700

Re: Singers who got there without the pipes ...

lennygoran wrote:>Schicchi by itself is thin<

Thin, surely you jest--it's a great comedy--okay it can't top Falstaff...still... Regards, Len :)
No jest. :)

I mean, I love it, and it's more than enough for me.
But most people insist on more than just an hour of lightness.
For some reason. :)
by MarkC
Mon May 10, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kagan
Replies: 35
Views: 17946

Re: Kagan

SaulChanukah wrote:.....In her undergraduate thesis.....
Her UNDERGRADUATE THESIS????

Saul, did you realize what you were citing?

(Undergraduate thesis?) :lol: :lol:
by MarkC
Mon May 10, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: String quartet seating
Replies: 5
Views: 3440

Re: String quartet seating

John F wrote:......so the second violinist has to be on the right.....
And from the looks of it, he's not too happy about it. :lol:
by MarkC
Mon May 10, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Singers who got there without the pipes ...
Replies: 91
Views: 5700

Re: Singers who got there without the pipes ...

......Could you imagine Lanza attempting a double bill of Pag and Cav! :) Regards, Len Let me digress. :) One of my greatest opera afternoons was a double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci Schicchi by itself is thin, but put it as a "prelude" to Pag, and then you've really got something.
by MarkC
Mon May 10, 2010 2:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kagan
Replies: 35
Views: 17946

Re: Kagan

NancyElla wrote:.....Ralph, is that a real article in a real journal?.....
I think your sense of probability failed you again!
But I must admit I had to think about it for a few seconds myself. :)
by MarkC
Mon May 10, 2010 1:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kagan
Replies: 35
Views: 17946

Re: Kagan

Ralph wrote:You might want to access Kornstein, "The Influence of Oboists on the Development of American Constitutional Law," 38 Classical Music Law Review 197 (1999).
OK, now you're making us call upon our sense of probabilities..... :lol:
by MarkC
Mon May 10, 2010 1:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kagan
Replies: 35
Views: 17946

Re: Kagan

.....I think only the other one (Wood) plays the oboe...... Sigh.....You are correct..... Thanks for the correction! (I would have loved them both to be oboists too!) I have a 'method' about things like this, and it's pretty reliable. It's very simple: When something seems to be extremely improbabl...
by MarkC
Mon May 10, 2010 1:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Singers who got there without the pipes ...
Replies: 91
Views: 5700

Re: Singers who got there without the pipes ...

lennygoran wrote:>I tried looking this up a bit and didn't find anything,<

Wiki seems to cover the ground pretty well.....
Oh........I should have been clearer what I meant by "this" (my syntax was awful).

I just meant about Pagliacci.
by MarkC
Mon May 10, 2010 3:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lena Horne, R.I.P.
Replies: 3
Views: 3532

Re: Lena Horne, R.I.P.

Sad to see her go, but it's great that she kept going as long as she did, including as a performer. I saw her on Broadway in the early '80's, when she was 'only' about 63. :)
She was still great -- some said "better than ever" -- and she was my kind of musician.
by MarkC
Mon May 10, 2010 3:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kagan
Replies: 35
Views: 17946

Re: Kagan

The important thing about Kagan, from my point of view, is that she's an oboist..... Are you sure??? I think only the other one (Wood) plays the oboe. (I was more for her even without knowing that.) :mrgreen: BTW.....I see that Stephen Colbert is being quoted in some places as saying Kagan plays ob...
by MarkC
Sun May 09, 2010 10:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Speaking of Maine
Replies: 49
Views: 2658

Re: Speaking of Maine

I think of how beautiful it is there, provided it is.

Maine is. :)

P.S. We did our honeymoon there.......
by MarkC
Sun May 09, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kagan
Replies: 35
Views: 17946

Re: Kagan

Just wondering: Why would "Jewish" be in the headline? I guess this was in some religiously-oriented publication. (I'm not happy either with that last line of the article. It's an interesting factoid but IMO doesn't deserve mention in such an article.) I would have liked any of the contenders, and b...
by MarkC
Sun May 09, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Neanderthal in All of Us
Replies: 28
Views: 18791

Re: The Neanderthal in All of Us

.....In animal studies I have read, the female is the who chooses the mate and signals her willingness for sex........ So what happened with us??????????????? :lol: Sorry Mark. Are you saying you haven't been chosen? :roll: LOL.......nah, I'm just talking about the tendencies and practices of our s...
by MarkC
Sun May 09, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: String quartet seating
Replies: 5
Views: 3440

Re: String quartet seating

Nice rug! [smiley suppressed]

Never thought about it before. I'd guess it was always 2 violins over there, cello over there, and viola between them. But I wouldn't bet my string of poloponies on it.

And anyway it's different than in that pic.
(Am I wrong that it's usually how I said??????)
by MarkC
Sun May 09, 2010 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Singers who got there without the pipes ...
Replies: 91
Views: 5700

Re: Singers who got there without the pipes ...

....Didn't Lanza appear on stage at the very beginning f his career before Hollywood beckoned? I seem to vaguely remember a story of him appearing in Pag. I tried looking this up a bit and didn't find anything, but I did come across a book, "Mario Lanza: an American Tragedy," whose title will give ...
by MarkC
Sun May 09, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: BLAAAAAAAHHHRRRRRR'-fi-gar
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

Re: BLAAAAAAAHHHRRRRRR'-fi-gar

Chalkperson wrote:...I don't watch TV... :mrgreen:
Does that mean you missed "Horowitz on Television"? [smiley suppressed]
by MarkC
Sun May 09, 2010 4:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: BLAAAAAAAHHHRRRRRR'-fi-gar
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

Re: BLAAAAAAAHHHRRRRRR'-fi-gar

jbuck919 wrote:......Looking forward to the DVD.
Cool!
You'll love it.

It was one of the very best SNL shows ever.
It more than equaled the hype and anticipation.
by MarkC
Sun May 09, 2010 4:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: BLAAAAAAAHHHRRRRRR'-fi-gar
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

Re: BLAAAAAAAHHHRRRRRR'-fi-gar

It's from one of Betty White's hilarious routines on SNL. A census taker knocks on her door and asks the usual questions. All of Betty's answers are either impaired or non-sequitorious. This was the answer to "What is your last name." Also, to "What is your first name." When the census person asked ...
by MarkC
Sun May 09, 2010 12:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: BLAAAAAAAHHHRRRRRR'-fi-gar
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

Re: BLAAAAAAAHHHRRRRRR'-fi-gar

Well of course!

It's 'hot off the presses.' (I did say 'with it,' didn't I........)

Plus, even once it gets on the net, I have a feeling that spelling will vary. [smiley suppressed]
by MarkC
Sun May 09, 2010 12:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: BLAAAAAAAHHHRRRRRR'-fi-gar
Replies: 10
Views: 1369

BLAAAAAAAHHHRRRRRR'-fi-gar

If you're 'with it,' you know what that is. :lol:
by MarkC
Sat May 08, 2010 9:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Taking my new banjo for a spin
Replies: 3
Views: 469

Re: Taking my new banjo for a spin

Nice! (And congrats!)

BTW......nice T-shirt too. :mrgreen:
by MarkC
Sat May 08, 2010 9:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Neanderthal in All of Us
Replies: 28
Views: 18791

Re: The Neanderthal in All of Us

Agnes Selby wrote:.....In what way did I misunderstand this thread? Please qualify....
I can do better than qualify it.
I take it back. :)

As I said, I was "wondering," and it was only because I thought maybe you had been referring to things on this thread -- which, as you just said, you weren't.
by MarkC
Sat May 08, 2010 7:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Neanderthal in All of Us
Replies: 28
Views: 18791

Re: The Neanderthal in All of Us

Although I decided not to post here anymore as I find the language offensive particularly when it is directed at my best friend of many years..... I'm probably fortunate that I have no idea whom or what that's been about. I certainly haven't noticed anything on this thread being directed at anybody...
by MarkC
Sat May 08, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Proof That Slatkin CAN Conduct Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 3296

Re: Proof That Slatkin CAN Conduct Opera

Wiki is intrinsically odd. Nobody is responsible for writing and updating its articles; people just do, or they don't. In that context, what's odd is that you and I see that an article needs updating, we have the option to do it, but we choose not to. Mox nix to me, but if you care, why not add a c...
by MarkC
Sat May 08, 2010 12:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Schumann - Dichterliebe (cycle)
Replies: 24
Views: 5843

Re: Taking Stock: Schumann - Dichterliebe (cycle)

Chalkperson wrote:My favourite is John Cage's version entitled 30 Minutes 7 Secs... :mrgreen:
You can get the same effect from the Fischer-Dieskau/Horowitz recording if you put the volume on 0.
by MarkC
Sat May 08, 2010 12:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Schumann - Dichterliebe (cycle)
Replies: 24
Views: 5843

Re: Taking Stock: Schumann - Dichterliebe (cycle)

......whereas I always feel Horowitz is very much out of his element. However, for the "Concert of the Century," the combination of Fischer-Dieskau and Horowitz makes for a grand collaboration for such an event! Nah........surely it was just an oversight that you neglected to highlight Fischer-Dies...
by MarkC
Sat May 08, 2010 12:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Are Standing Ovations Really Too Common Today?
Replies: 42
Views: 3103

Re: Are Standing Ovations Really Too Common Today?

I was at a Ma & Ax concert in January where they did this. Here's the post I did about it on another site (after we had coincidentally just been talking about the pros and cons of applause between movements): The stuffy strict constructionists are about to bite the dust. :lol: On a couple of other t...
by MarkC
Fri May 07, 2010 11:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Neanderthal in All of Us
Replies: 28
Views: 18791

Re: The Neanderthal in All of Us

NancyElla wrote:.....In animal studies I have read, the female is the who chooses the mate and signals her willingness for sex........
So what happened with us??????????????? :lol:
by MarkC
Fri May 07, 2010 5:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which Is Worse?Dry Or Over-reverberant Sound?
Replies: 29
Views: 2109

Re: Which Is Worse?Dry Or Over-reverberant Sound?

Between the two extremes, dry is worse for me. It just grates on me after a while. I think maybe that means you haven't heard the extreme of over-reverberant. :) As with almost everything, it all depends what we mean. I guarantee (I think) that I could show you "over-reverberant" that would make yo...
by MarkC
Fri May 07, 2010 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which Is Worse?Dry Or Over-reverberant Sound?
Replies: 29
Views: 2109

Re: Which Is Worse?Dry Or Over-reverberant Sound?

Chalkperson wrote:
MarkC wrote: I had been "spoiled" by people like Rubinstein and Horowitz, whose basic SOUND was unfailing.
Interesting, it's their "sound" that is part of the reason I don't like them... :wink:
You're tough!
by MarkC
Fri May 07, 2010 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which Is Worse?Dry Or Over-reverberant Sound?
Replies: 29
Views: 2109

Re: Which Is Worse?Dry Or Over-reverberant Sound?

One wishes for a third choice. :lol: I think you're asking us to pick between two things that are both no good. Back in the day, when I started listening to records, I was struck by how the recordings by what we might call "lesser" performers suffered from one of those two things -- usually "over-re...
by MarkC
Fri May 07, 2010 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Are Standing Ovations Really Too Common Today?
Replies: 42
Views: 3103

Re: Are Standing Ovations Really Too Common Today?

Cool -- Vivian Schweitzer again!

About the applause between movements: It sounds like you don't realize that Ax & Ma make a point of ENCOURAGING it.

They make an OSTENTATIOUS point of it.
And usually quite humorously. :)

(Probably the review should have noted that.)
by MarkC
Fri May 07, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Neanderthal in All of Us
Replies: 28
Views: 18791

Re: The Neanderthal in All of Us

Huh..........those scientists need to check Daryl Hannah's DNA to see if that's her!!

But seriously folks.......good get, Jean.
So the movie has already been made! :)
by MarkC
Fri May 07, 2010 2:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Are Standing Ovations Really Too Common Today?
Replies: 42
Views: 3103

Re: Are Standing Ovations Really Too Common Today?

slofstra wrote:......The featured soloist will receive a standing O about 80-90% of the time.....
That's not what I see, maybe because I happen not to go to very many concerto performances.
by MarkC
Fri May 07, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Are Standing Ovations Really Too Common Today?
Replies: 42
Views: 3103

Re: Are Standing Ovations Really Too Common Today?

For some time I've been hearing claims by various classical music mavens that standing ovations are too common today,and that audiences will even do this at"mediocre" performances. I'm not sure about this..... I think they're not common enough. I'm usually leading the standing. :) And sometimes I'm...
by MarkC
Fri May 07, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Neanderthal in All of Us
Replies: 28
Views: 18791

Re: The Neanderthal in All of Us

NancyElla wrote:Who will play the shy Neanderthal maiden? Who will play the dashing human lad? Who will be the angry parents -- two Neanderthal, two human? What possibilities!
Paging those TV "cavemen"............ :lol:
by MarkC
Fri May 07, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recent Thoughts on pianist Vladimir Horowitz
Replies: 5
Views: 1000

Re: Recent Thoughts on pianist Vladimir Horowitz

Nice article! -- a comprehensive and well-done review. Thanks for posting it. He seems to feel that Horowitz's reputation has risen and the doubts have receded in these last couple of decades. ("That damnation with faint praise, once prevalent, has been reversed since Horowitz’s death.") I wish that...
by MarkC
Fri May 07, 2010 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Proof That Slatkin CAN Conduct Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 3296

Re: Proof That Slatkin CAN Conduct Opera

That's the oddest thing I've ever come across on Wiki.

Because even things that are basically about nothing usually get updated more than that.