Monthly Archives: January 2008

“That Day Will be One of Tears”

As opposed to the insubstantial jangling below, here’s Sir Colin Davis conducting the Lacrymosa from the Berlioz Requiem: Persuasive advocates like Sir Colin that expanded our knowledge of the the music of Berlioz. For the Philips label Davis recorded most … Continue reading

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Madame Flops

The Cattle Baroness came in third last night in the Ioway caucuses, a stinging blow to her image of inevitability. Mark Steyn makes a point I’ve long held: The Clintons’ leadership of the Democratic Party was great for the Clintons, … Continue reading

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Wasted Talent

Here’s a couple of classical music’s A-listers, Artur Rubenstein and Eugene Ormandy, unsuccessfully expending their considerable efforts justfying Leith Stevens’ Piano Concerto in C minor in the movie Night Song. In a review of this film, Bosley Crowther said, “But … Continue reading

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Nifty!

Growing up near Philadelphia, I read the Bulletin, the afternoon newspaper; the reputation of the morning Inquirer at the time was quite low. And why shouldn’t I have? Their motto was “Nearly Everybody Reads the Bulletin.” By 1970 the Annenberg … Continue reading

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A Strange New Respect

Nobel-prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman says: Taking even a cursory stock of current events, I am driven to the ultimately wise advice of my Columbia mentor, I.I. Rabi, who, in our many corridor bull sessions, urged his students to run for … Continue reading

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The Whining Begins

If you thought the presidential campaign lasts too long, you can add to it the quadrennial whining from abroad, of which Simon Heffer seems to have the first sob: I doubt we shall be much the wiser on Friday about … Continue reading

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Who Were the Victims?

Details about the horrific Seattle killings have emerged: Court documents said McEnroe, a store clerk, and Anderson, who is unemployed, told detectives they armed themselves on Christmas Eve and went to her parents’ home near Carnation, about 25 miles east … Continue reading

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