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|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!
|Oct-26-14|| ||waustad: <fusilli>There are now some quite palatable box wines available, unlike a few years ago. The best part of a boxed red wine is that it will keep after opening for quite a while without oxidizing. These are not top of the line fancy wines, but at around $20 for 3 liters they are good value for table wines. I have a Black Box Chilean Cab open now, though there are also some nice Australian and California wines available here using a boxed bladder pack.|
|Nov-07-14|| ||waustad: We all like games that go sac sac mate, but most of us don't get to play them very often against players of approximately equal strength. Yesterday was one of those rare occasions. It was a Sicilian that turned into some flavor of Rossolimo with opposite side castling. I pointed everything at his king, opened some lines and when he grabbed material I sacced a rook, figuring it was at least good for a perp. I'd be horrified to see what the computer would say about some of our moves, but it was fun.|
|Nov-16-14|| ||waustad: The bar I've played chess in since the 70s had a major fire last night. It will be some time before the Union is open again. Several other close businesses were also damaged.|
|Nov-16-14|| ||parisattack: Not happy news for you <waustad>! That is a long time to be frequenting the same establishment.I hope it reopens quickly.|
|Nov-18-14|| ||waustad: The owners stated that they'd open again. They may have to start from scratch considering the damage.|
|Nov-22-14|| ||waustad: I just read that Magda Olivero died a month later than Carlo Bergonzi at the same medical facility in Milan. She was 104. Here's a recording of her, though I suspect most of what we find on youtube is from when she was rather long in the tooth for an opera singer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFjr...|
|Nov-22-14|| ||juan31: Waustad; sorry the intromision
LEON = Lion in english
TXO dont have traslation but the pronunciation is similar to starting " tuxedo", without "do"
|Dec-11-14|| ||waustad: During a recent house cleaning I ran across my complete set of the American Chess Quarterly. It is strange seeing English discriptive notation again. That's one reason I so rarely look at my old books and almost exclusively look at professional chess on the computer.|
|Dec-25-14|| ||wordfunph: <waustad> Merry Christmas!|
|Dec-31-14|| ||Fusilli: Best wishes for 2015!|
|Jan-01-15|| ||ketchuplover: ditto!|
|Jan-08-15|| ||waustad: Thanks folks! The sun is slowly returning.|
|Feb-01-15|| ||waustad: I remember trying to buy this recording but finding that it was not available at that time in the US. How could they not have Fritz Wunderlich in a show with both Von Apfelblüten einen Kranz and Dein ist mein ganzes Herz? Here it is on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eX...|
|Feb-01-15|| ||technical draw: Speaking of Deis is mien ganzes Herz:
|Feb-02-15|| ||waustad: <td>Yes, Lehar at a pops concert or as an encore sounds like a great choice.|
|Mar-21-15|| ||waustad: Yesterday was a bad day to be one of my faves. Let's hope tomorrow is better. I suppose it is today now since it's after midnight.|
|Apr-17-15|| ||waustad: This year's SABR convention: http://sabr.org/convention|
|Apr-20-15|| ||waustad: Bullpens are so volatile! The Indians are getting good starting pitching most nights but the pen is not holding the lead even if they get one. When you aren't hitting very well, this can be fatal. I know it is very early and everything can change, but KC and Detroit are both looking like the class of the division.|
|Jul-24-15|| ||waustad: I'm not sure what to think about Klaus Florian Vogt. I bought a Finnish production of Die tote Stadt with him singing Paul. I've also checked out some other recordings of him and the one that seems to fit his voice the best is Tamino. He has a much more comfortable sounding top than most people who try many of these parts and that puts him more in the Sandor Konya end of the Heldentenor realm say Lauritz Melchior. Most tenors, ever since Tauber seem to struggle at least some at the top doing Paul, including King and Kerl. I haven't heard Jay Hunter Morris do it yet, but I very much want to. I've also heard parts of the Rene Kollo performance that was what turned me on to this opera to begin with, and that was very nice. With Vogt it seems more like nice singing than an actual operatic performance. If he were to perform in a town nearby I'd go in a heartbeat, but in the production I saw he seemed a bit wooden. Then again, they said that about Bjorling too, though the similarity doesn't go much beyond that.|
|Jul-25-15|| ||waustad: Seeing different productions does help understanding what is going on in an opera. The Finnish production I mentioned below makes a lot more sense than the Denoke - Kerl production I've seen before. Maybe spending less on the sets was a help here, though a lot of props specifically mentioned were ignored.|
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