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by Werner
Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Are Smart People Ugly?
Replies: 28
Views: 4349

Re: Are Smart People Ugly?

Beautiful!
by Werner
Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: jbuck919!
Replies: 8
Views: 1803

Re: jbuck919!

John, my suggestion for what it's worth (if any): Stick with 919. and take seriously only posts that warrant it.
by Werner
Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: phrasing
Replies: 13
Views: 6889

Re: phrasing

I note that Mike's opening post deals with phrasing as an aspect of composition - which is the subject he's studying - which leaves little room for consideration of phrasing in performance, which is where the written work is brought to life. I would suggest that he consider the change in effect that...
by Werner
Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday HoustonDavid
Replies: 13
Views: 6019

Re: Happy Birthday HoustonDavid

A day late - but just the same, best wishes for the year(s) ro come!
by Werner
Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday HoustonDavid
Replies: 13
Views: 6019

Re: Happy Birthday HoustonDavid

A day late - but just the same, best wishes for the year(s) ro come!
by Werner
Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My name in the paper (for something good)
Replies: 12
Views: 2231

Re: My name in the paper (for something good)

Well, Cosi, I havve long had a lot of respect for John's posts here - it's just another field to which he's applied his ability. I agree with Agnes and am glad we've got him on the Pub.
by Werner
Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sad News - Thomas Quasthoff To Retire For Health Reasons
Replies: 7
Views: 1841

Re: Sad News - Thomas Quasthoff To Retire For Health Reasons

The retirement of any great artist leaves a mixture of impressions. Having heard Mr. Quasthoff several times - not often enough - Can ulimately leave a grateful memory, gratitude for the experiences he left us, and the good feeling that we can look back end enjoy much of his good worrk on record. .....
by Werner
Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Holden Fourth!
Replies: 9
Views: 3883

Re: Happy Birthday, Holden Fourth!

The best of wished to you, Rick -valuablea and knowledgeable CMGer for many - how many?-years. Let's look forward to many more.
by Werner
Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Opinion piece from Down Under.
Replies: 13
Views: 2784

Re: Opinion piece from Down Under.

Agnes, I think your posts hits the spot. Who's got anything to fear with THAT caliber of competition? To me, this piece turns out to have some unecpected but justufied points, after beginning with that quotation from the GOP airhead-in-chief. Palin. Her quote, along with the level of what comes out ...
by Werner
Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Damage of 2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1499

Re: The Damage of 2011

And thank you, Randall, for acknowledging it. I believe that there is a growing awareness that a higher general tax level covering all taxpayers proportionately will be needed to run a lrage modern nation like the US. Not just the middle class and the working class - EVERYBODY. The difficulty is: ho...
by Werner
Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HAPPY NEW YEAR, CMGers and Lurkers!
Replies: 6
Views: 2007

Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR, CMGers and Lurkers!

Csan anyone say it better than Sean just did?

To all CMGers, health, happiness, success for 2012 and YEARS to come!
by Werner
Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Excuse Me???
Replies: 17
Views: 6017

Re: Excuse Me???

As most of you know, I don't believe in numerical rankings of this sort, so i won't play in this game.

My only purpose in this post is to remind Absinthe that G. F.'s original handle was GEORG FRIEDERICH HÄDNDEL, as you undoubtedly already knew.
by Werner
Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Constanze Mozart's 250th Birthday Celebrations.
Replies: 18
Views: 4239

Re: Constanze Mozart's 250th Birthday Celebrations.

Happy birthday, Constanze - a bit late, but if it weren't for Agnes, I wouldn't know - so a tip of the hat to you, Agnes, and all our wishes for a festive holidey get-together in Sydney,- and many more to come!
by Werner
Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great conductors discuss Mahler (videos; 2009/2010)
Replies: 26
Views: 3507

Re: Great conductors discuss Mahler (videos; 2009/2010)

I can't put my finger on it but I suspect Chalkie's got something there when he prefers Mahler over Beethoven for the 21st century, although Beethoven, to me, remains the quintessential musical creative master. As for any "issues" Toscanini may have had with Mahler, their times with the orchetra (Ma...
by Werner
Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hopeful political sign in latest House vote?
Replies: 53
Views: 6899

Re: Hopeful political sign in latest House vote?

Another notr: with the global advance of technology and communications we don't have as much time to outrun the competition as we used to have. Alternative to keeping up with economic, scientific, and technological advances - e. g. the well-establiched, functioning, and accepted health systems in mo...
by Werner
Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hopeful political sign in latest House vote?
Replies: 53
Views: 6899

Re: Hopeful political sign in latest House vote?

I'm afraid yo're right, John - but we can hoope, can't we? After all, this nation didnot grow bgreat from taking such abject wrong turn as we're engaged in now. Somewhere there were the votes for the right weay forward.
by Werner
Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hopeful political sign in latest House vote?
Replies: 53
Views: 6899

Re: Hopeful political sign in latest House vote?

Considering all of the foregoing and the Congressional approval rating reported between nine and eleven percent, how likely is it to expect an electoral landslide sweeping the sabotage gang out - abd we know who they are, don't we?
by Werner
Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Odd Rand Story...
Replies: 11
Views: 3620

Re: The Odd Rand Story...

Thank you, Teresa, for posting the first thorough exposure ot Ayn Rand I've had the patience to read. To make a long story short, it confirms my longtime view of her qualities (taking time to write her version of "Mein Kampf" along her despicable way), as well as the intelligence of her still living...
by Werner
Sun Dec 18, 2011 1:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Stolen babies
Replies: 23
Views: 3481

Re: Stolen babies

I see that I was listening to the Philharmonic's "Messiah" a lively discussion has been going on here. To answer your most recent post, Agnes - not that I don't think you really knew the answer -Mr. Obama is no different than other politicians in that they need to look for the greatest financial sup...
by Werner
Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Stolen babies
Replies: 23
Views: 3481

Re: Stolen babies

Scanning this thread. it seems to me that the best thing to do with it is to forget about it, delete it, or pretend it doesn't exist. Here is a tragedy that happened in Spain being brought into our sufficiently sordid political arguments. Sorry, John, I don't agree with you this time. Actually it se...
by Werner
Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I'll be off for a while
Replies: 10
Views: 2331

Re: I'll be off for a while

Chalkie's wit is up to standard. My memory of trade shows and conventions has faded into the distant past - having been retired for 14 years.

It seems to me you're going out with the right approch. Don't work too hard, enjoy your stay - and come back a Democrat (!!??)

CMG will be waiting for you!
by Werner
Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Government shutdown threat - again???
Replies: 6
Views: 1872

Re: Government shutdown threat - again???

And what happens to the slight matter of gettingthings done? Or is it the aim of these people to sabotage the functioning of the government they were elected to run?
by Werner
Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anyone notice anything wrong with this picture?
Replies: 60
Views: 11715

Re: Anyone notice anything wrong with this picture?

If this pitiful story has no legs, Keaggy - and you're right there - why not let it at last be gone, and make room for something worth while, if anyone can find it?

(Note: Although this post ends with a question mark, no answer is required!)
by Werner
Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Are GOPers determined to lose in 2012?
Replies: 18
Views: 2846

Re: Are GOPers determined to lose in 2012?

A good point, John, considering that Congress has a way to go to recover from a lesss than 10% approval rating.

And to leave the nation's financial fate up to THAT super committee from THAT congress!
by Werner
Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Should There Be A Statute of Limitations For Child Abuse ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1411

Re: Should There Be A Statute of Limitations For Child Abuse

An interesting question, Cosi. What are YOUR thoughts on the subject?
by Werner
Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anyone notice anything wrong with this picture?
Replies: 60
Views: 11715

Re: Anyone notice anything wrong with this picture?

Do tell us, Keaggy, what IS wrong with this picture?
by Werner
Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comments on pianist Marc-André Hamelin please
Replies: 30
Views: 8198

Re: Comments on pianist Marc-André Hamelin please

Chalkie, I must tell you that I tend to side with Lance on this one. There are many variations between great and horrible, especially when it comes to transcriptions of the music of one composer by another, but to me Busoni's piano transcriptions, as well as Stokowski's transcriptions for orchestra ...
by Werner
Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:19 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Richard Goode in Philadelphia
Replies: 6
Views: 5018

Re: Richard Goode in Philadelphia

I don't think that either Schnabel or any of his colleagues make a habit of having memory lapses. I don't recall this happening in any Beethoven concerto - nor does any other occurrence come to mind, except one - Mozart K 488 in A Major on a Sunday afternoon broadcast in 1945/46, Rozinsky conducting...
by Werner
Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Voters want court to kill Obama health care law
Replies: 10
Views: 2087

Re: Voters want court to kill Obama health care law

Right you are, Harris. The Supreme Court-endorsed slogan still is "MONEY TALKS."

There is still work - a lot of work - to be done.
by Werner
Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My prediction for Republican Presidential Nominee
Replies: 81
Views: 7588

Re: My prediction for Republican Presidential Nominee

He did manage to avenge the terrorist in Ben Laden]s acts - something that no one on either side of the divide would criticise - here is an act of punitive energy, which would be rare to imagine, Yes, I know - the judicial system - right, if Bin Laden was in a jurisdiction on an allied power. As it ...
by Werner
Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norman Lebrecht exposes Fanfare Buy A Review policy
Replies: 100
Views: 23504

Re: Norman Lebrecht exposes Fanfare Buy A Review policy

Nothing new about this. Interersting to hear from John Francis and Farhan on the subject. We've seen these offers for years and accordingly skipped reading Fanfare. I know that as a reader, or Donald as a performer and label owner can't trust Fanfare reviews obtained under such circumstances on ther...
by Werner
Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: First post Cain scandal national poll
Replies: 26
Views: 4313

Re: First post Cain scandal national poll

Looking at this list of contenders gives you a porrtrait of the quality of the Republican electorate. To be approached (or rejected) with total caution.

What responsible and patriotic party can pick such a bunch?
by Werner
Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My prediction for Republican Presidential Nominee
Replies: 81
Views: 7588

Re: My prediction for Republican Presidential Nominee

What an incredible thread of speculation started by Keaggy's imagination. Congratulations for starting a flood of creative wrriting, Keaggy. Of course, you're right - none of us, myself included, knows what's likely to happen - so we're all right. (HA!) I note some ideas here - the speculation that ...
by Werner
Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Titans Clash over a Mere Cadenza [Grimaud & Abbado]
Replies: 37
Views: 6971

Re: Titans Clash over a Mere Cadenza

Her magnetism doesn't seem to be attracting Abbado at the moment.
by Werner
Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: new topic test
Replies: 17
Views: 3259

Re: new topic test

Len, I guess we've all had our experiences with power outages. I'm sorry that it hit you tis time, and hope that you'll have yours restored soon. Thank goodness, we were lucky this time.
by Werner
Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: new topic test
Replies: 17
Views: 3259

Re: new topic test

You've got some very familiar-looking shots, there, Len. Imagine a Halloween snowstorm! I never remember seeing anything like it. As the trees are still full of leaves, I've heard of branches breaking and falling either on the porch (the scene that Chalkie said looks like a tomb,) but here it's a br...
by Werner
Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you could wish for a biography of a famous ...
Replies: 21
Views: 2594

Re: If you could wish for a biography of a famous ...

Wonderful, Chalkie! and she keeps her poise as well as her voice. and how much more can a young Solti do to conduct a horse's entrance?

THe things you learn on CMG!
by Werner
Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, RebLem!
Replies: 23
Views: 4116

Re: Happy Birthday, RebLem!

Many happy returns, Rob. Looking forward to sharing your knowledge and wisdon on CMG for a long and interesting future.
by Werner
Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lucia Di Leningrad ?
Replies: 14
Views: 2498

Re: Lucia Di Leningrad ?

An nteresting topic, Robert. I'm surprised at the reviewer's disapproval of Gergiev, since he seems to cover such a huge range of repertoire- especially on what seems to be his home ground. But it seems that Ms Malafronte herself is stuck in past history. I remember hearing opera - Tchaikovsky, not ...
by Werner
Thu Oct 20, 2011 3:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: True Love
Replies: 3
Views: 988

Re: True Love

Touching - truly a life-long devotion.
by Werner
Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Unmarried Black Women; Down or Out
Replies: 17
Views: 3495

Re: Unmarried Black Women; Down or Out

And what name were you going by at that point?
by Werner
Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mormonism as an issue in 2012
Replies: 29
Views: 2975

Re: Mormonism as an issue in 2012

We've certainly been getting away from the original theme, haven't we?
by Werner
Wed Oct 19, 2011 4:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mormonism as an issue in 2012
Replies: 29
Views: 2975

Re: Mormonism as an issue in 2012

Problem: if you remove Romney on grounds of, if I can summarize your remarks, of character and/or credibility, what have you got left?
by Werner
Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mormonism as an issue in 2012
Replies: 29
Views: 2975

Re: Mormonism as an issue in 2012

A nice point, perhaps - and I didn't catch it. You seem to leave a question, John, whether this discussion covers fine points of theology or the qualifications for the Presidency. The former does not concern me much; the latter does.
by Werner
Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mormonism as an issue in 2012
Replies: 29
Views: 2975

Re: Mormonism as an issue in 2012

This whole discussion is and has been based on an incorrect premise. Various versions of Christianity comment on each other, operating under the assumption that this is a Christian nation. For all the discussion about the separation between church and state, the two represent different concepts of c...
by Werner
Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Colin Davis in NY
Replies: 6
Views: 1599

Re: Colin Davis in NY

Thanks, John - of course I should have (and eventuially did) deleted that first version. But then I seem to have a problem that's unique to my computer. Proceding on the idea that I'm a reasonable speller but COULD make some typos, I usually proofread my posts, and feel that they're reasonably corre...
by Werner
Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:19 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Unbroken: A WW II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemption
Replies: 18
Views: 9618

Re: Unbroken: A WW II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemp

"Unbroken" has been on the bst-sellers list so long that I wonder if therer is anyone who doesn't know about it, which would render my comments on it at his time immaterial. Keaggy mentioned getting it on his Kindle, and that's where I read it early into my Kindle ownership. I bought it almost by ac...
by Werner
Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Living to 150 plus?
Replies: 4
Views: 1242

Re: Living to 150 plus?

A scary story! We'ce been going so long in our admiration of medicine as the science and art of life preservation that one has to wonder what will happen if this life extension to a hundred and fifty becomes a reality, even partially. Coincidentally, there is a piece in today's NY Times about the fa...
by Werner
Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Colin Davis in NY
Replies: 6
Views: 1599

Re: Colin Davis in NY

A lovely tribute to an artiost who is worthy of it. And the idea of "his life steering further down the alphabet" is so apt as to be almost poetic.
by Werner
Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Colin Davis in NY
Replies: 6
Views: 1599

Re: Colin Davis in NY

A ;pve;y tribute tp an artiost who is worthy of it. And the idea of "his life steering further down the alphabet is so apt as to be almost poetic.