Wednesday, July 29, 2009

More Steinberg

Further commentary on the great writer's passing here:

12 comments:

winpal said...

Lisa - re: your post over at Civic Center, La Cieca has an Isabeau in her Unnatural Acts of Opera 2006 archive at parterre.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Ooooh, thank you! I will have to find that.

Russell Maddox said...

Here's another tribute, from Sam Bergman at the Minnesota Orchestra blog - http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org/insidetheclassics/blog/2009/07/remembering-michael.html

There's even a sound clip of an interview Sam did with Steinberg.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Thank you, Russell.

calimac said...

And thanks, too, to Edwin Outwater, for posting that wonderful poem by Lisel Mueller. Every time A Certain Radio Station makes another sniggering remark about Brahms, I shall think of that poem and cleanse my soul.

Lisa Hirsch said...

You listen to A Certain Radio Station? Why? :)

calimac said...

Because of the vast assortment of, um, one that we have at our disposal around here.

Besides, I can always count on them playing Beethoven's First Symphony (advantage to them: it's the shortest; advantage to me: I like it) every evening at 8 when they play A Complete Work, or at least that's almost always the chosen work on evenings that I'm listening.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Two words: Internet radio. There are ways to connect a computer to a stereo system.

calimac said...

Problem is, I rarely listen to the radio when I'm working (i.e. at the computer). Even the best station's natter is too distracting. And with the slow DSL connection I'm allowed, I can't afford the bandwidth when I'm also doing web work.

Instead, I listen to the radio while I'm driving. If you can reveal a way to get Internet radio in the car, I'm open to it.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Seems like there are multiple issues here. Do you listen to the radio when you're not at the computer and not in the car, as an alternative to CDs or LPs? If so, it's a matter of wiring your computer's sound card to the stereo receiver.

Many Internet radio stations also offer different bandwidths suitable for different connection types. Take a look at the OperaCast station page, which has details. Bartok Radio offers from 353K down to 40K. Cesky Rozhlas offers down to 16K mono. You may find Czech or Magyar natter distracting or might not; they're both fantastic stations.

As far as Internet radio in the car goes, there's the Blaupunkt Internet car radio. Surely there will be more of these in the future.

calimac said...

I really only listen to the radio in the car. It's the only place I can stand the natter, and not much then. The link doesn't say how much the Blaupunkt costs (my guess, a lot) or how well it works (my guess, not very well).

40K/sec is half my bandwidth. I can't afford that kind of hogging when I'm on the net, though I might consider it when I'm doing something else in the office. I am really not going to attempt to hook up any other stereos in the house to the computer: wired would be impractical, and I do not want a wireless network.

Thanks for ideas, tho.

Lisa Hirsch said...

The expected cost of the Blaupunkt is $400, meaning in a couple of years it'll be $200.

My solution to terrible radio in the car is a CD player.