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by Werner
Tue May 03, 2005 12:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Wow! I'm gonna sit right next to the Mostly Mozart Ork!
Replies: 3
Views: 2509

No, but right on top of them - we've tried to get left First Tier boxes close to the orchestra for years and generally got them. Now I see from the illustration that we should be able to read over the concertmaster's shoulder (eyesight permitting.)
by Werner
Tue May 03, 2005 8:30 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Crazy Person Pat Robertson's Latest
Replies: 18
Views: 7017

Poor Bill Frist. A good man, now apparently permanently lost to medicine.

And there is no malpractice insurance that I know of that covers politicians.
by Werner
Tue May 03, 2005 8:18 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Wow! I'm gonna sit right next to the Mostly Mozart Ork!
Replies: 3
Views: 2509

Interesting. We'll have to see shat effect it has on where we'll be in our usual seats.
by Werner
Mon May 02, 2005 9:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Crazy Person Pat Robertson's Latest
Replies: 18
Views: 7017

I was waiting for you, Corlyss!

I see that you can't invent an excuse for this, either. I guess we'll have to let nature take its course - the balance alternating direction. It seems to have swung far enough to the right, judging by the caliber of what's gotten nominated - and elected.
by Werner
Mon May 02, 2005 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 669879

And it's great to see you here again, Thomas. You know you're always welcome. What a coincidence that you mention Rostropovich. If you'll check the Concert Review thread, - maybe you have already - you'll see that several of us heard him - and pianist Martha Argerich at the Philharmonic last week. I...
by Werner
Mon May 02, 2005 1:57 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Martha Argerich is Still Extraordinary
Replies: 14
Views: 11148

The was not an effort to mike the piano, as far as I could see. Distributed all over the stage were lots of other microphones, placed there, I suspect, nit for sound amplification but to record the performance. Don't be surprised if a commercial recording appears one of these days.
by Werner
Mon May 02, 2005 8:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: What was Bush thinking?
Replies: 14
Views: 5098

All I can say is I hope we'll have something left in the way of international standing, moral standing, and economic health by the time this crew leaves office. And as to Farenheit 9/11, Corlyss, I can see where you're coming from. I finally did see it on video and foiund that while it did say some ...
by Werner
Mon May 02, 2005 8:11 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Crazy Person Pat Robertson's Latest
Replies: 18
Views: 7017

And not so long ago the Republicans allowed this specimen to be a serious candidate for their presidential nomination. Along with a couple of more recent doozies like Alan Keyes and Gary Bauer.

I rest my case.
by Werner
Mon May 02, 2005 8:01 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Martha Argerich is Still Extraordinary
Replies: 14
Views: 11148

Well, you reached out to him - it was no more than returning your graciousness. We were on the first tier, too - should have looked for you. I agree with you about Argerich, of course. And what do you think of Slava's energy at his age? And the evident lovefest of aplause? I don't remember any recen...
by Werner
Mon May 02, 2005 7:52 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bayreuth, by gosh (from your correspondent in Bamberg)
Replies: 8
Views: 3479

A Mexican restaurant in Bayreuth? There's globalization for you! Anyway, I'm glad you made it there - I seem to remember suggesting it to you when you first moved to Bamberg. Did you see anything else thre - such as the beautiful old Markgräfische Opernhaus? Or Richard and Cosima's grave? (Do they l...
by Werner
Fri Apr 29, 2005 8:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Heartbreak of the Shallow Bench
Replies: 15
Views: 7134

We can hope, can't we?

After all, the problems have only gotten worse.

How long can a trusting public be misled?And this time the incumbent won't be a candidate.
by Werner
Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Heartbreak of the Shallow Bench
Replies: 15
Views: 7134

Well, Corlyss, what we're in now is the Republican march to bankruptcy, so elegantly started by the sainted Ronald Reagan and boldly interrupted by Clinton. The reason Bush won't complete it is that his time will run out. And we sure don't need a continuation in that dismal dorection. And if Hillary...
by Werner
Fri Apr 29, 2005 5:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Stick a fork in him: he's done
Replies: 22
Views: 7032

Easy noy, Coprlyss! No use remembering the Dems in Chicago when What's -his-name ruled the roost. That's past history. The rot is now Republican, and DeLay is the poster child - there are many more behind him - not even going back to the crony capitalism that almost had "KennyBoy" Lay become Energy ...
by Werner
Fri Apr 29, 2005 5:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Heartbreak of the Shallow Bench
Replies: 15
Views: 7134

I'll grant you he was there for 9/11 and performed heroically. But as I see it usefulness is strictly limited to the sort of performance he gave as Mayor, even apart from 9/11 - he put himself on the line and paid that extra amount of attention. I must admit that in spite of that, I still don't like...
by Werner
Fri Apr 29, 2005 8:51 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: CMG enlists PETER SCHENKMAN as Cello Specialist
Replies: 47
Views: 11759

No strings attached to a cello'f a lot of fun!

Niow tell me honestly - COULD this get worse?
by Werner
Wed Apr 27, 2005 5:05 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: A musical "moral of the story" tune that ...
Replies: 3
Views: 3036

I love it!
by Werner
Mon Apr 25, 2005 7:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Robert Shaw, your most inspiring recording of his?
Replies: 8
Views: 4825

I'd say that the degree of HIP level means little as compared to the level of music making, and I believe that with Robert Shaw, as with others such as Corlyss' reference to Colin Davis, that comes first. I can't add to the discussion of Robert Shaw recordings - I find that the only representation I...
by Werner
Mon Apr 25, 2005 7:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: CMG enlists PETER SCHENKMAN as Cello Specialist
Replies: 47
Views: 11759

This is welcome news, and will add much valuable information to CMG. So let me say Welcome, Indeed. We can learn much from our new member, and I look forward to Peter's posts. I've always had the sense that two instruments are the most expressive in the orchestra - the cello and the oboe. Do I hear ...
by Werner
Sun Apr 24, 2005 10:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: How misled can we be?
Replies: 2
Views: 2873

How misled can we be?

A qyuote from The Kiplinger Letter, April 15: " The U.S.will deploy a misile defense system, probably by 2009., But it won't be easy. Sevefal more setbacks are likely before anything close to a reliable missile shiels is ready to operate. And costs will continue to mount - about $8 billion a year. O...
by Werner
Sat Apr 23, 2005 4:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Is This What The Republicans Mean By Less Government?
Replies: 17
Views: 7558

Corlyss, isn't it strange that none of the right-wing antifilibusterers have thought of mentioning FDR's notorious court-packing plan? Ix it becauise it's too much like theirs? Oh I know I'll get a lot of nitpicking answers from the defenders of extremist judges, trying to show in what detail they d...
by Werner
Fri Apr 22, 2005 6:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Good Time For a Concert
Replies: 12
Views: 4788

Remember FDR's "Day that Will Live In Infamy" - that was December 7th, 1941. It was a Sunday afternoon broadcast - the NY Philharmonic's regular broadcast - when Rubinstein played the Brahms Second Concerto, and the horrible news from Pearl Harbor interrupted and ultimately drowned out the music. I ...
by Werner
Fri Apr 22, 2005 12:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Did Alfred Cortot Denounce Vlado Perlemuter to the Nazis?
Replies: 10
Views: 8620

If I'm not mistaken (and I can't take the time right now to Google the question) Cortot was born in Switzerland - so his move there might have sonsituted a return "home.""
by Werner
Fri Apr 22, 2005 9:56 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The New York Times and the Holocaust
Replies: 30
Views: 10376

Hats off, Ralph - a great post, and a balanced one. And as to the subject of great men, I understand and agree with Pizza's appreciation of the men he mentioned. But in the context of the times, my vote has to go to those two, with all their failings , who played the leading roles in forestalling th...
by Werner
Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The New York Times and the Holocaust
Replies: 30
Views: 10376

Corlyss: I get your point regarding FDR and his failings with respect to helping European Jews, to mention one often discussed aspect of his shortcomings in this area. But I think it is a sort of cynicism to say that he was just a political animal, with no thought about the serious challenges of the...
by Werner
Thu Apr 21, 2005 10:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Another Reason Why I Hate the GOP
Replies: 15
Views: 6920

I guess that this boils down to a discussion of politics. And my sense is that in all the years since FDR, I have not seen politics sink to the level we're seeing now. And I believe it has something to do with what party has been in control for all this time. DeLay is the poster child for the presen...
by Werner
Tue Apr 19, 2005 4:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: It's Ratzinger!
Replies: 123
Views: 34642

I've just happened on to this thread, and I don't know whether I have anything to contribute that would matter to either side here. But Pizza's and Frank's contributions - statements of principle, really, remind me of an experience many years ago when I had a customer in Virginia with whom I was on ...
by Werner
Sat Apr 16, 2005 11:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Stick a fork in him: he's done
Replies: 22
Views: 7032

Yeah, but you know which way he balance has swung lately - time to swing it back.

And let's face it, without politicians we'd be stuck - with what?
by Werner
Fri Apr 15, 2005 11:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Stick a fork in him: he's done
Replies: 22
Views: 7032

One caution about Hastert: As I recall, DeLay put him up for Speaker - so he may be to some extent in DeLay's pocket.

To the whole rotten bunch - good riddance, without delay! (Or wiithin the parameters of constitutional procedures.)
by Werner
Fri Apr 15, 2005 11:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: For VIOLINLAND: Ossy Renardy, violinist
Replies: 7
Views: 6255

Lance: I just checked my catalog and find that Remington LP. Haven't looked for it yet physically, but I assume it should be here - I generally don't lose of misplace that sort of thing. Another odd recollection: on my 21st birthday I took part in a recital with a soprano in Paterson, NJ, in which I...
by Werner
Thu Apr 14, 2005 7:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Brilliant RICHTER on the Brilliant Classics label
Replies: 17
Views: 9740

But Richter didn't bang, did he?

Sorry, Lance - but that was too tempting as a pun!)[/u]
by Werner
Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Anyone know what happened to ...
Replies: 27
Views: 14592

Just a word to say that it's nice to see you back, Cheniston - and I hope your bad health episode is well behind you.
by Werner
Sun Apr 10, 2005 10:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: An Article Worth Thinking About
Replies: 5
Views: 4775

I had meant to report an event that bears on this subject when the hacker struck. We were fortunate to "win" some free tickets (as subscribers) to a Philharmonic concert featuring Bach (the first and final Contraapunctus from the Art of the Fugue and the concerto for Oboe and violin) and Messiaen's ...
by Werner
Wed Apr 06, 2005 10:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Is Jimmy Gonna Ditch Us for Beantown?
Replies: 3
Views: 3393

No one can "do it all." James Levine has left anm indelible mark on the Met - did anyone ever har of the Met Orchestra before him? Add to that his symphonic work with teh Chicago orchestra and his versatility in style and genres, and I get the feeling that he is THE genius of his generation, as co d...
by Werner
Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Real Names vs. False Names
Replies: 56
Views: 40786

Of course, Dick Ostrich could be Dick Bouquet - depending on whether you prefer flora or fauna.

Or Johnny Flower Bunch the Elder (or Younger?)
by Werner
Sat Apr 02, 2005 7:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: I'm Not Cathoic, but .....
Replies: 50
Views: 22017

I certainly did not share John Pauls' beliefs or policies. But there is no doubt in my mind that he was a great man. And the passig of such a man has an impact, whether you're on his side or not.

If the leaders of all factions were of the calibre of this man, the world would be a better place.
by Werner
Sat Apr 02, 2005 6:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Rudolf Serkin CDs continue to flow (Sony-France)
Replies: 4
Views: 4928

I also have the Reger concerto on LP (by Serkin père.) I also seem to remember hearing it performed by Peter Serkin, and not thinking much of it. But I never heard of Rudolph playing Prokofiev.
by Werner
Sat Apr 02, 2005 1:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Real Names vs. False Names
Replies: 56
Views: 40786

The Aeschbachers were a Swiss family of musicians - apart from the name being somewhat common in Switzerland. Adrian was the oldest of three brothers and made quite an eminent career, particularly in Europe. When his brother Rudolf settled on a pianist's career, Adrian (or Adrian's wife?) saw to it ...
by Werner
Sat Apr 02, 2005 10:57 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Real Names vs. False Names
Replies: 56
Views: 40786

Then there was Olga Samaroff, who married Leopold Stokowski (for a while.) Would he have married the original tag, Lucy Hickenlooper?
by Werner
Fri Apr 01, 2005 3:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Cheer up, Mark. I'm back!
Replies: 21
Views: 11221

Brudce Hungerford made his mark in several areas. Mark remained just Mark.

Enough said.
by Werner
Thu Mar 31, 2005 10:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Cheer up, Mark. I'm back!
Replies: 21
Views: 11221

Ralph, it would be a privilege to take up your offer of mediation - but I can't because there is no controversy. Mr. Anstendig will do whatever he likes, and I will defernine what I react to - or not. He did state that he was "fascinated" by my offer when I made it - but that means as much as anythi...
by Werner
Thu Mar 31, 2005 7:00 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Massive Undertakings
Replies: 9
Views: 6645

Dave: I saw your listings of the Rachmaninoff pianists but somehow missed the small print in which you listed Ogdon ans Ohlsson for the Busoni. My error. I did manage to see it the second time aroung, though.
by Werner
Thu Mar 31, 2005 10:18 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Cheer up, Mark. I'm back!
Replies: 21
Views: 11221

Overruled. Again someone can't keep the facts straight. I never called anyone an antisemite. Neither did Donald, who, BTW, points out that I'm the senior Semite here. I suggest that before kicking the discussion to a higher apellate level, counsel and the publich at large consult the facts laid out ...
by Werner
Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Alzheimer’s Vaccine?
Replies: 6
Views: 4263

That's nothing to joke about.
by Werner
Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Cheer up, Mark. I'm back!
Replies: 21
Views: 11221

No problem.
by Werner
Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Massive Undertakings
Replies: 9
Views: 6645

Who was the pianist?
by Werner
Wed Mar 30, 2005 9:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Cheer up, Mark. I'm back!
Replies: 21
Views: 11221

Cheer up, Mark. I'm back!

It finally happened - the contact its resuned. So I can tell you that since the records I sent you have not found an appropriate home, just send them back to me, prepaid and in good condition. And you can take your inspiration where you can. And that will be the end of Mark Anstendig as far as I am ...