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|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.|
|Oct-01-14|| ||scormus: I managed to source a DVD of La Wally, got it today and looking forward to viewing it. I'm not sure the soprano will be at the level of Callas/Tebaldi/Georgiou but it will be good to see as well as listen. Shame I'm away time of the performance at Mannheim.|
|Oct-04-14|| ||waustad: Considering his name, since Asdrubal Cabrera will be a free agent this offseason, I'd like to see him sign with the A's. Their mascot is an elephant and, at least in English, the main names of generals in the Carthaginian armies were Hanibal and Hasdrubal. Reading hisory from then, it is like reading a Russian novel where name and person get often confused.|
|Oct-10-14|| ||Fusilli: Hi there my friend! I went to see La Boheme last night, a production of Nashville Opera. I am still in the clouds. What a superb opera. |
Here's the cast: http://www.nashvilleopera.org/BOHEM...
Rodolfo had a warm voice, but it lost a bit of its warmth in the high notes. Mimi was sweet. La Boheme does not overwhelm the singer with heavy orchestration, so she was able to shine. Marcello and Musetta were terrific, as both singers and actors.
The production overall was delightful.
|Oct-17-14|| ||waustad: After running out of my usual plonk I had a bottle of "special occasion" wine today. It was quite nice, though if it hadn't been on sale I doubt that I'd be willing to pay as much more as they ask than my usual swill often. I didn't have a really special occasion in mind to bring it to (I have several more similar bottles and very little social life) so I thought, tonight you're a spaghetti red. It was a Dry Creek Valley Redemption Zin 2007. Quite nice actually.|
|Oct-18-14|| ||Fusilli: My problem is that I like wine with dinner, but:
1) I rarely eat proper "dinner". Most days a sandwich or a smoothie do it
2) When I do, I can drink no more than one glass of wine anyway.
#2 means that, if I open a 750cc bottle of wine to go with dinner, most of it will go wasted... that is undrunk, and it's not that I'll drink the rest the next day. I'll forget about it and it will go bad, or at least substantially decrease in quality.
I tried buying the little 350cc bottles, but only a few wineries bother to produce those, and they are generally cheap, bad wine.
So, there, I can only drink wine with dinner if dining with other people. Wine drinking requires social life in my case. I have a housemate now, but that doesn't seem to increase my wine intake.
Life is full of incentives and disincentives. Who can sort them out!
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