Comments by quesaisje5000
Posted on November 7 at 2 a.m. (Suggest removal)
A fair, balanced, comprehensive review, as usual, but I have one caveat: In the Beethoven, 1st violinist Eugene Drucker had some tuning problems in the first two movements, rectified this for the last two movements, BUT I found this work performed less robustly than I have come to expect from the Emerson, mainly, I surmise, because of Drucker's somewhat anemic playing. I could be wrong, of course, and as Ms. Freedman reported, the large crowd loved it, ALL of it, but I thought Eugene looked very pale and somewhat under the weather, a fact that was reflected in his playing.
Posted on November 6 at 6:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)
To add to my (quesaisje5000) servey reply:
"Crossword Puzzle", yes!
"Sudoku" and "KenKen", yes!
"Wonderword" I can live without.
"Speed Bump" and "Pardon My Planet", also can live without.
"Real Life Adventures", yes!
Posted on November 6 at 10:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)
The "A" List: Marmaduke, Peanuts, Dilbert, Lio
The "B" List: Stone Soup, Mother Goose, Luann, Shoe, Baby Blues
The "C" List: Crankshaft, One Big Happy, Rose Is Rose, Betty, Pooch Cafe, Grand Avenue, The Middletons, Nest Heads, Agnes
The "F" List: Arctic Circle, Tina's Groove, Rex Morgan(Terrible!),
Judge Parker (Terrible!)
Posted on February 4 at 1:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I agree on the whole, but I did think that the Beethoven sonata sounded a little flat. Pärt's "Fratres" just did not work for me, strident, somewhat disorganized, nothing like his choral music.
Posted on December 17 at 1:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I agree on the whole, but I would have liked to hear more about the chorus, especially the tenors, often the subject of ridicule or disparagement, sometimes with some justification.
I also take issue with the generally positive assessment of the bass soloist, who did perform admirably in many difficult passages, but whose range was not up to what was demanded, especially in the upper register.
The soprano soloist did indeed navigate the many challenging passages well enough, and her tone was very good, but I heard a bit too much vibrato, and that chirpy sound you often hear from lyrical sopranos came through now and then.
Curtis Funk well deserves the praise in the review, as there were all of 4 rehearsals before concert week, and with so many singers, plus 4 soloists, and full orchestra!
I am sure our deceased director, George Moross, would have been proud to be associated with this kind of performance!
Peter Gerdine, tenor
Posted on August 18 at 11:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Why not also require a certified birth certificate (Not a photostat or copy) and most recent federal and state income tax returns (Original, not a copy)? I mean, what could be more fair than that? Everyone has these, don't they? And no more early voting or absentee ballot. If you can't get yourself to the polls on election day, you're out of luck. That's the Republican way, isn't?