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|Jul-15-14|| ||waustad: In a typical game in the bar, the opponent does something seriously weak early and the game ends. After some of those I wound up as black in a main line Kings Indian. After giving him a Mulligan after one immediate loss blunder, we wound up in a draw. As much as I like to win, even games are a lot more interesting than thrashing a newby. A week ago I wound up drawing a player I randomly ran into who was rated higher than I was when last active. He did win the 3 minute tiebreak on time in a position I'd consider equal. Both flags were teetering and mine fell first. Maybe I'll play again some time while sober. That would be a change, but finding opponents would be harder.|
|Jul-16-14|| ||waustad: It is still early, but I'm in awe of how well Sander Konya is doing as Walter in Die Meistersinger tonight on Viva La Voce. Maybe his studio work was better than live - I don't know - but he's the best Lohengrin I've heard on recording and his Walter is awesome so far. Why isn't he included in some lists of the greatest Heldentenors? All I have heard is recordings, so maybe that's the issue. Bjorling's Otello recordings are magnificent but he never did it on stage. Maybe Konya live didn't do as well.|
|Jul-16-14|| ||waustad: I understand why some conductors live to be very old. Doing something like die Meistersinger takes both sprint work like doing the prelude and the stamina to keep at it for most of 5 hours. There are parts where conducting is a fairly serious bit of very emotional dance.|
|Jul-17-14|| ||parisattack: Arturo Toscanini made 90 or very close. But perhaps the greatest of them all, Carlos Kleiber was 74 when he passed.|
|Jul-18-14|| ||waustad: <paris>I saw Karl Böhm conduct his last performance of Die Frau ohne Schatten in Vienna in the late 1970s. He was in his 80s at the time and was taking longer works out of his repertoire. Sadly, Walter Berry was ill and tried to sing but his voice fell apart and it was not a good performance over all. I'd seen it a few nights earlier and it was fine. They recorded it earlier with Birgit Nilsson, Walter Berry, Leonie Rysanek and James King. That was mostly the same cast.|
|Jul-19-14|| ||parisattack: <Waustad> I've seen clips of some of Klemperer's last performances...somewhat sad. Of course he always interpreted (especially Beethoven) slow because of his emphasis on dynamics. But those final performances were difficult to follow. Toscanini seemed sharp right up to the end, however.|
|Jul-21-14|| ||waustad: Interesting comic: http://xkcd.com/1392/large/|
|Jul-29-14|| ||OhioChessFan: Carlo Bergonzi died a few days ago. Did you like him?|
|Aug-01-14|| ||waustad: I'm sorry to hear that. He was a great singer, who could even do a fine job of the Tosti songs much later in his career than when he had the glorious voice of his youth. If they'd come up with the 3 tenors idea some years earlier, they might have picked Carlo Bergonzi, Jussi Björling and Fritz Wunderlich.|
Perhaps this is an appropriate way to say goodbye with one of the aforementioned Tosti songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF8Y...
|Aug-01-14|| ||technical draw: Klemperer"s Beethoven was really slow. He died at 88. What made it slow was his longer than average rests. Sometimes I would get fooled into thinking the music stopped.|
|Aug-02-14|| ||parisattack: <technical draw: Klemperer"s Beethoven was really slow. He died at 88. What made it slow was his longer than average rests. Sometimes I would get fooled into thinking the music stopped.>|
Some years ago a friend of mine did a study of the times for each movement of Beethoven's 7th symphony - Klemperer from the 30s-60s. It was clear they gradually slowed done - even though as I said his interpretation was slow from the outset. By the 60s the 4th movement sounded more like a dirge than allegro con brio.
|Aug-16-14|| ||waustad: Finding an old favorite recording on youtube is often entertaining. Here I see some Loewe songs done by Hans Hotter with Gerald Moore. Some day I'd love to perform the one starting slightly after 8:30 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3A...|
The piano part is, shall we say, non-trivial.
|Aug-16-14|| ||waustad: At the moment my asthma is not entirely under control so I have no breath but the bottom is great. Coughing does that. The top doesn't exist.|
|Aug-16-14|| ||waustad: To do something like Osmin I'd need to be coughing for the bottom and healthy for the top. Not likely.|
|Aug-27-14|| ||waustad: I've loved the duet everybody knows for years, but here is a newer fine rendition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV5...
I'll take Bjoerling over Alagna, but Terfel is just ine here.|
|Aug-27-14|| ||waustad: Here is a more lyrical version with Alfredo Kraus (who was a marvelous singer within his Fach) and Barry McDaniel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HT...|
|Aug-27-14|| ||waustad: While I'm at it, here is a version by two of the greatest singers I've ever seen live: Luciano Pavarotti and Nikolai Ghiarov: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAU...
For the later I walked into downtown Vienna before the trams started (in '77 or '78) to get a place in line to see him do Boris Godunov. While walking under the street to get to the Stadtsoper, I saw that there had been a schedule change and that it was Nikola Guisalev (sp?). That's his best part that I've seen, but I turned around went home, because it wasn't necessary to grab a place in line. Strangely enough I think the role I saw Ghiarov do a couple of times was Dr. Bartolo. In the recording mentioned above we have Mirilla Freni's husband and childhood friend. Of the three, she's the only one still alive.|
|Aug-27-14|| ||waustad: Here is the guy I mentioned above: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicola...
He often performed in Wien while I lived there. I recall him doing an aria in Faust where they stopped and nobody applauded. He wasn't bad, but perhaps it was a claque issue. His Boris was by far the best role I ever saw him in.|
|Aug-28-14|| ||waustad: Continuing this stream of conscience musical rant, here is some of Nicola Ghiuselev's Boris: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrO...|
|Sep-02-14|| ||waustad: While sitting and musing I just thought that, despite having played through thousands of Ruy Lopez games, I don't remember having played one. That being said, I mostly play these days in bars and usually play black, unless I know that the opponent is a lot stronger than most random opponents. I usually play the Sicilian if they play e4 and have now for around 40 years. maybe I ought to give it a go. I've seen so much analysis, but in the real world of playing mostly fish, that isn't much help. One of these years I'll make it to either Gibraltar for Gibtel, Bunratty, or the Chess Train. Another thought is to make it to one of the New Zealand tournaments organized by the only GM I've ever played, Murray Chandler.|
I could have played the Ruy many times decades ago while playing blitz in the bar, but I don't recall them. Amazingly enough, one of my more frequent places to play now is the same bar I played in so much in the '70s. It is a lot easier to find opponents later than I'm usually out at this stage of my career though.
|Sep-06-14|| ||waustad: Greinke pairings: http://chess-results.com/tnr143773....|
|Sep-07-14|| ||scormus: Thanks for the link, La Wally a favourite opera of mine. I thought there might be a public performance but it seems a radio production, but no doubt I will listen anyway. |
It would be great to be at a performance. A few weeks after there is one in Mannheim, but I'll be in England at the time. Schade :(
|Sep-11-14|| ||waustad: I remember one day in Wien in 1977/78 when I had lunch with my boss at Hostel Ruthensteiner and several other people. When Walter Ruthensteiner (my boss) asked (in German naturally) "What is Stefaniebraten?" I answered giving details of how it was made. Since my job there was painting, doing plaster, moving furniture, and spraying for bedbugs, he was taken aback that the American was telling him how to make an Austrian speciality. FYI it is basically a meatloaf with hard boiled eggs in the middle. It can also be more done like a baked Scotch egg in individual portions, which was what I was used to from Gastwirtschaft Rakoshan(sp?) where this and many other meals happened in those days. After a year people finally answered what I said to them in Viennese dialect, though my German is only good enough to do daily life. I'd become a part of the furinture! The location of one bakery (Vienna is a great city for baking - bakeries were everywhere in the late 70s) that I went to is now the Bank of America office.|
|Sep-12-14|| ||waustad: Bilbao masters time control: The rate of play will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes to finish the game, with 10 extra seconds per move from move number 41.|
|Sep-15-14|| ||waustad: A close friend in Boston went to this: http://www.classical-scene.com/2014...
and loved it. I'm delighted to hear that Jay Hunter Morris, one of the two tenors I'd hoped might take on Paul, has done so at least in a concert version. The other one is Jonas Kaufmann since the part is a tough one and takes a real world class singer to do it justice. My friend said that the audience members all were asking each other why it isn't performed more. Maybe it'll make it to the Met for the first time in decades.|
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