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by RebLem
Sun Feb 05, 2006 1:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Big Three? Or Five? Or Seven? Or Ten?
Replies: 83
Views: 23494

Well, you'll probably NEVER see Tchaikovsky in my Big Three, or even my Big Ten......in my book, he's still doing penance for what all he said about Brahms!!! That said, I'd probably have to rate Brahms, in terms of all-time greatness, just below the first 2 B's & Mozart--then again, where does tha...
by RebLem
Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Morgan Freeman Quotes Our Very Own Barry Z
Replies: 12
Views: 1857

Corlyss, was your boss's brother ever raped in a police dept bathroom with a toilet plunger? Has that every happened to a white person in the United States as it did to Abner Louima? Find the case for us, will ya, Corlyss? Secondly, the press has certain standards for what it will report on. It is v...
by RebLem
Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Morgan Freeman Quotes Our Very Own Barry Z
Replies: 12
Views: 1857

Well, Corlyss, I say you are wrong.

Right now, I have not the energy to do the sort of lengthy, ambitious essay on the subject that I would want to do, so I just thought that for now, I would just post this to let Ralph know he is not alone here.
by RebLem
Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:18 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Drink of choice?
Replies: 29
Views: 4602

I like New Mexican pinon coffee, which you can get from http://www.nmpinoncoffee.com/npc_shop/index.asp I also like Ovaltine, and Diet Orange pop, usually Sunkist. I like Sam Adams Octoberfest beer. I like red wines, with a special fondness for the Australian Shiraz wines, which are made with the sa...
by RebLem
Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great American Songbook
Replies: 168
Views: 248695

I agree that Sinatra was not the king of the songbook. For me its hard to beat Tony Bennett. And if you are a fan of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , you know that James Darren has to be up there, too. And may I mention that one of my favorites of all time was Paul Robeson? As for women, I am very stron...
by RebLem
Sat Feb 04, 2006 3:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Iran Bans Beethoven
Replies: 16
Views: 5021

Yes, Gustaw, I agree.

It does seem to me that the Islamic world contains too many people who think respect is a one way street. We owe it to them, but they don't owe it to us. And, there are too many in the West who agree with them.
by RebLem
Sat Feb 04, 2006 2:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Nice Article About Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 4
Views: 1049

Horrors ! :twisted: :evil: :twisted:

No mention of Malcolm Bilson, Byron Janis, Murray Perahia, or Earl Wild?

For shame. :P
by RebLem
Sat Feb 04, 2006 2:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Anyone got this one?
Replies: 20
Views: 3606

Well, first of all, the piano concerti are more than half of all Beethoven's concerti. After that, the most famous and frequently performed of the concerti is the Violin Concerto. There is also a Triple Concerto, and I suppose the Fantasia for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra could be called a piano con...
by RebLem
Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Great Praise to Dell
Replies: 21
Views: 2477

Law professor income, like salaries at law firms, depends on the school and the locale. The East and West coasts and places like Chicago and Ann Arbor are high paying. For Ivy League tenured professors income is $150,000+ but many have endowed chairs which substantially adds to income. My school no...
by RebLem
Fri Feb 03, 2006 6:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Big Three? Or Five? Or Seven? Or Ten?
Replies: 83
Views: 23494

Ok, a few comments. I have never particularly liked Bruckner all that much, but one of my objections to putting him up among the greats is the same as my objection to putting Mahler there, even though I do like Mahler a lot. When I think of Mahler, the thought occurs to me, "Can a composer who reall...
by RebLem
Thu Feb 02, 2006 9:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Classical Music Web Site Andante Shuts Down
Replies: 12
Views: 3149

I never bought any CDs from andante, but I am the founder of a general interest MSN (mostly liberal political) Group, and I frequently posted stories from andante there--mostly obits and news involving musicans' unions and orchestral contract negotiations, and stories about works like Death of Kling...
by RebLem
Thu Feb 02, 2006 5:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Big Three? Or Five? Or Seven? Or Ten?
Replies: 83
Views: 23494

The Big Three? Or Five? Or Seven? Or Ten?

I was a bit startled when I saw Stonebraker, a newbie here, refer to Bach, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky (<<< that's the correct Latin alphabet spelling, Stonebraker) as the Big Three. I have never heard Tchaikovsky referred to as part of the Big Three--usually, its Brahms instead. But that brings up a ...
by RebLem
Thu Feb 02, 2006 4:54 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Music to Accompany A Heart/Lung Bypass Machine
Replies: 5
Views: 1423

When I had my left nephrectomy in June, 2002 @ Presbyterian Hospital here in Albuquerque, I had the surgeon play my CD of the Mahler 4th by Szell and the Cleveland Orch. :)
by RebLem
Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:44 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Did Alito Send a Coded Message Tonight?
Replies: 11
Views: 1624

All I can say, Ralph, is that this statement should be in the dictioary next to the term "wishful thinking."
by RebLem
Thu Feb 02, 2006 1:32 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Help me, folks
Replies: 17
Views: 2892

John, First of all, I think Corlyss had a lot of good, practical advice. Secondly, remember the advice with which Studs Terkel always ended his radio show--"Take it easy, but take it." In other words, do your job as best you can, and don't screw up enough so they can fire you. But also, don't sweat ...
by RebLem
Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The ultimate classical music playlist? Help!
Replies: 10
Views: 2052

Handel: Messiah--Mackerras, Janet Baker, et al--2 EMI Handel: Water Music; also, Royal Fireworks Music--you will need two CDs for this. Lots of CDs will list both, but they always include abridged versions of the Water Music. There are 3 WM suiites; most recordings with both works listed will contai...
by RebLem
Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: recommended artists
Replies: 4
Views: 1493

Sounds like you might like a lot of Debussy and Ravel, and the Chopin Nocturnes.

And before you say you don't like loud stuff, listen to Klemperer's Mahler Second--79'21" of music, I believe, on one mid price EMI CD, one of the greatest bargains on disc.
by RebLem
Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: ..little help?
Replies: 1
Views: 929

Odysseus,

We get these requests a lot. I suggest you look through past threads for similar requests and responses, starting with the most recent, @ http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/view ... hp?t=10197
by RebLem
Wed Feb 01, 2006 8:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Mozart - Jupiter
Replies: 13
Views: 3159

Ok, if you're only going to have one, I recommend the Christopher Hogwood box of all the Mozart Symphonies. The Szell set is good, too, as someone else mentioned: in my opinion, George Szell was, all things considered, the greatest conductor who ever lived. An excellent introduction to Mozart in gen...
by RebLem
Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: "Satanic" Opera Video May Cost Teacher's Job
Replies: 17
Views: 3696

Ms. Waggoner shall have her revenge. These sorts of outbursts of idiocy are never good for economic development in small towns. Can you imagine someone from Microsoft or Gateway or any other company saying, "Wow, Bennett sounds like just the sort of small town we have been looking for to put an oper...
by RebLem
Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Easy Quiz
Replies: 20
Views: 2793

I think karlhenning is right; in his excellent phrase, "not someone burdened" with much in the way of a sense of modesty. It seems to me that some sort of sense of mysticism is also required here. The only person I can think of who fits both of those requirements besides Wagner is Alexander Scriabin...
by RebLem
Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:44 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Coretta Scott King dead at 78
Replies: 2
Views: 630

Coretta Scott King dead at 78

Martin Luther King Jr's widow dies Tue Jan 31, 2006 1:50 PM GMT ATLANTA (Reuters) - Coretta Scott King, who surged to the front of the fight for racial equality in America after her husband Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in 1968, has died at age 78, friends and family said on Tuesday. She had s...
by RebLem
Mon Jan 30, 2006 9:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Finding the Right Music Director-What a Task!
Replies: 3
Views: 910

Check the thread IRAN BANS BEETHOVEN for another good conductor who is now available.
by RebLem
Mon Jan 30, 2006 8:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Dr. Frist Takes Reality Rx
Replies: 11
Views: 1565

Ralph, I am happy you are back, and I certainly don't begrudge you the half mil, esp since your porspect is for a complete recovery and return to productivity. But if you had what most Americans consider a generous package, you would have been responsible for $100,000 of that bill. And, of course, a...
by RebLem
Mon Jan 30, 2006 5:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Iran Bans Beethoven
Replies: 16
Views: 5021

This Ali Rahbari--is he the same person as Alexander Rahbari? I have the latter's recordings on Naxos of the Brahms Symphonies and recordings of several Beethoven Symphonies, including the Ninth, this last on the Koch International Discover label. This underrated conductor, a fprmer Karajan protege ...
by RebLem
Mon Jan 30, 2006 5:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What other classics would I like ??
Replies: 12
Views: 3150

Corlyss, it is true that Bjorling is the best Pinkerton, but Callas is the best Butterfly. But that's OK, any serious collector should have both--at least. Given the pieces you already like, I think you would like Rudolf Kempe's 9 disc set, available at a bargain price, of Richard Strauss's orchestr...
by RebLem
Mon Jan 30, 2006 4:05 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Need classical detective help!
Replies: 11
Views: 2676

I recommend starting with a 10 CD set, EMI 5-85562-2. I have recommended this set in these pages before. It has 12 hours, 35 minutes, and 19 seconds worth of concerted violin music performed by Yehudi Menuhin, one of the great violinists. The shortest of the ten discs is 70 minutes and 54 seconds, a...
by RebLem
Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Dr. Frist Takes Reality Rx
Replies: 11
Views: 1565

Millions, perhaps scores of millions of Americans, at this point, have seen their loved ones get hospice care and are very happy and comfortable with the whole idea. They, in turn, have influenced millions of others with no personal experience with it, to the same view. My parents both died in a hos...
by RebLem
Sun Jan 29, 2006 11:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: 10 Books
Replies: 14
Views: 2540

To supplement the 2 volume bio of Ike Ralph recommended, you might want to try John Bartlow Martin's 2 volume biography of Adlai Stevenson. Oh, and I swear I had not read the post previous to the last one I wrote before I recommended P.G. Wodehouse. You might want ti skip the Darrow bio I mentioned....
by RebLem
Sun Jan 29, 2006 2:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: 10 Books
Replies: 14
Views: 2540

A fine memoir--Jimmy Carter's AN HOUR BEFORE DAYLIGHT. An excellent sci-fi book, from my favorite sub-genre of sci-fi, the alternative history--Phillip K Dick's THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE. In this book, The Axis powers have won WWII and occupied America. The US is really divided into 4 sections. Eve...
by RebLem
Sun Jan 29, 2006 1:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Coulter should be the one given rat poison
Replies: 17
Views: 2238

Ann Coulter has served very few functions as far as I am concerned. One of them was to give William F Buckley the opportunity, finally, to demonstrate that there is indeed someone who is so far to the right as to be unacceptable to him. He fired her for writing in a column for publication in Nationa...
by RebLem
Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Oh for the Life of a Waiter
Replies: 8
Views: 1699

Tips

I used to give 20% tips increased to the next highest multiple of a quarter if the bill was under $15 and the next highest multiple of $1 if it was more. But then I went to cooking school at CHIC (Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago) and earned a Professional Cooking Certificate after an 8 ...
by RebLem
Sat Jan 28, 2006 6:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: An open note to General Michael Hayden
Replies: 10
Views: 1746

An open note to General Michael Hayden

Amendment IV to the Constitution of the United States of America The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause , supported by Oath or affirma...
by RebLem
Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What is the BWV?
Replies: 3
Views: 1116

I'd just like to add that, because the catalogue was developed by Wolfgang Schmieder, some have taken to substituting the S for BWV before the catalogue #. Thus, BWV 1080 would be S. 1080. This is popular with space challenged cataloguers.
by RebLem
Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: An unknown classical piece
Replies: 4
Views: 1330

I say its probably not classical, and, if it is, its certainly been, shall we say, reorchestrated. :P Sounds like something someone from Mannheim Steamroller might have done with Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals when he was, oh, 8 or so.
by RebLem
Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Harper to form minority gov as left & right squeeze Libs
Replies: 3
Views: 844

Corlyss, I agree that the Canadian results are being overinterpreted, but mostly by the American right wing; not really by anyone else. The righties, whose attention span is conditioned by the 10-25 seconds it takes to run an average NFL or NCAA football play, see Conservatives beat Liberals, and st...
by RebLem
Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:46 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Todays Purchases
Replies: 179
Views: 63966

This is the stuff I received in the mail yesterday. It came from two different sources. From Amazon UK, I received the 5 CD set of the complete eighteen Milhaud String Quartets, unavailable from American sources, on the Naive label performed by the Parisii Quartet. The Octet (Quartets 14 & 15 played...
by RebLem
Tue Jan 24, 2006 9:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Viotti's Complete Violin Concertos on Dynamic (Italy)
Replies: 15
Views: 3672

Where can I get the 10 disc set in a box? All the sites I have checked are selling only the individual volumes--at full price.
by RebLem
Tue Jan 24, 2006 5:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: And They Wonder Why the Mainstream Doesn't Listen to Them!
Replies: 19
Views: 2955

Corlyss, I know not what course John will take, but I have to say I embrace being an elitist. The vast amjority of Americans would say that ANYONE who belongs to a forum on classical music is an elitist. It seems to me that politicians very often play to the crowd, or rather the mob, and pass laws t...
by RebLem
Tue Jan 24, 2006 11:36 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Offensive music project?
Replies: 10
Views: 2525

dirkronk,

I think there should be a special Academy Award for "The Most Judicious Use of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings in a Film" from the previous year. Its certainly used often enough that you could always find five nominees. :shock:
by RebLem
Tue Jan 24, 2006 11:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Worst thing you can call a Canadian: 'American'
Replies: 19
Views: 4047

Corlyss, I would like it known that I am not one of the people who has been complaining about Lilith. Generally speaking, I feel Lilith and her mostly equally childish critics deserve each other. The rest of us deserve none of them. Just one man's opinion. I wouldn't have said anything if you hadn't...
by RebLem
Tue Jan 24, 2006 11:16 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Harper to form minority gov as left & right squeeze Libs
Replies: 3
Views: 844

Harper to form minority gov as left & right squeeze Libs

The 3-minute election summary The Sun's extensive coverage of Monday's federal election continues inside today's paper. For those in a rush, reporter William Boei scanned the situation and boiled down the outcomes into the following quick read. William Boei Vancouver Sun Tuesday, January 24, 2006 QU...
by RebLem
Mon Jan 23, 2006 8:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Offensive music project?
Replies: 10
Views: 2525

Strictly my opinion

Danny, Depends on how and to whom it is marketed. I think it was Mannheim Steamroller that took lots of classical pieces, like the last movement of the Beethoven 9th Symphony, for example, gutted them, dumbed them down so they would appeal to adults who hate classical music. That was offensive. If y...
by RebLem
Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Another CD link request.
Replies: 5
Views: 1694

I have the Accardo box of which you speak. Its is OK, but I haven't duplicated any of them except perhaps for the couplings. Except for the Caprices, Paganini is just not a composer that appeals to me. The fault, I believe, however, is in Paganini or, perhaps, me, but definitely not in eithe Messrs....
by RebLem
Sun Jan 22, 2006 12:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: And They Wonder Why the Mainstream Doesn't Listen to Them!
Replies: 19
Views: 2955

Corlyss,


One of the most trenchant comments on this subject was that of Brtish statesman Edmund Burke, who said a legislator "owe his constituents his judgment as well as his industry."
by RebLem
Sat Jan 21, 2006 9:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 597979

Ok, see above. I did wind up listening to something else too--the Mercury Living Presence CD containing Dorati's recording of the Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony (LSO) and the March Slav, and two excerpts from Eugene Onegin with the Minneapolis Sym. And I have laid out three stacks of "new" (previously unl...
by RebLem
Sat Jan 21, 2006 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 597979

Today, I listened first the the Shostakovich String Quarter #10--St Petersburg Quartet. I listened to the two other quartets on the disc yesterday. Then to this wonderful, Naxos issue of 2 violin concerti, one by Myaskovsky, and the other by Vainberg. Highly rrecommened. Now I am listening to the la...
by RebLem
Sat Jan 21, 2006 6:17 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Todays Purchases
Replies: 179
Views: 63966

Recently ordered

I recently ordered a 5 disc boxed set of the complete Milhaud String Quartets (all 18 of them) on the Naive label from Amazon UK, as the set is, so far as I know, unavailable from sources here in the US. I haven't received it yet, though I have received email confirmation that it has been shipped fr...
by RebLem
Sat Jan 21, 2006 5:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: And They Wonder Why the Mainstream Doesn't Listen to Them!
Replies: 19
Views: 2955

Is the GOP a Borg Collective?

You know, Corlyss, anyone who does not understand that the question about the Boss, and Senator Durbin's reference to it in his press conference, was a highly successful attempt at humor, is in serious need of some kind of medication. Tell you what I can't understand. In 2000, Bush won the South Car...
by RebLem
Wed Jan 18, 2006 7:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Thanks for your Beethoven Recommendations! Now more please!
Replies: 23
Views: 7702

Klemperer is good, but I always preferred Bernstein. Either his Columbia or his DG recording. I see little difference in approach, unlike some of his other re-recordings. Another interesting performance is the rather understated one by Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, which seems to empha...