Initially this post was intended to provide some food for thought until the complete replies were posted to resolve Andrew Patner’s vicious and unwarranted attack on the Slipped Disc blog:
On further consideration, spending any significant effort on what anyone with a reasoning mind can see is drivel is hardly valuable…
Mr Patner, the Chicago music critic blindly said, “Pamela Brown has been called ‘the most exciting musician since Mozart’ and her playing ‘the real magic flute’ by ‘professionals’ we will just refer to as “Monostatos”, who then shunned have attempted to lock her out.” PB also tells us that these people were known to “target my children.”
Mr. Patner’s lack of curiosity here speaks volumes. Considering the fact that Mr. Patner has given indications of knowing precisely what I am talking about and has decided to attempt to ridicule it, the appearance of ennui speaks even louder.
During the MO lockout I referenced a cadre of players who targeted me and my children by calling them “Monostatos”. Those events took place some time ago. Some took place on the stage at Orchestra Hall, behind the back of MOA. (Not all of these players are dead or have left the MO; one still seems to be leading others astray.) It was “Monostatos”, in fact, those very people whom Mr. Patner appears to respect, who made those statements to me in person but declined to do so at the level of the press.
Perhaps Mr. Patner or anyone else who might be looking for consistency in my posts might consider dragging themselves away from the myriad fabulous performances of those of whom they approve of , and sitting down with a vocal score or libretto of Mozart’s last major opera, The Magic Flute, and then reading it with an open mind. Even Mr. Patner might be surprised. :-0
Let me provide a link to one for handy reference:
In addition, let this thread give anyone who has begun to ask themselves just how ‘credible’ Mr. Patner’s stance is an opportunity to ask themselves a serious question — do you listen with your head or with your ears? I ask this because I can assure you that there are many who will happily present themselves as ‘credible’ in order to steer you to where they want you to go. In short, they will be happy to do your thinking for you. If you listen with your head, you will be vulnerable to being deceived and led astray. If you listen with your ears, your chances of staying grounded are considerably stronger.
Then, if you wish, you can ask yourself another question — do you really believe that those who claim to be professionals and insist that they have a trained ear are unable to discern the unique sound of Mozart when they hear it?
If Mr. Patner and “Monostatos” know that what they hear is indeed the essence, or inner voices, of Mozart in die zauberflote, and they are telling you to ridicule this, what does this mean?
I love the Met. I follow Met threads on the Slipped Disc blog. I had just posted about my early memories about being bussed down to the Met in grade school to watch rehearsals. I was enraptured — so were my classmates. One of them even became a docent at the San Francisco Opera.
So you can imagine my abject horror when I received an email showing a new comment to a Met thread. It was not about the Met — it was about me! Not only that, it was a rant that included my name, my actual website, the fact that I also am a JFK assassination researcher, and the rest was libelous drivel. As someone who uses the alias “Amy” on SD and other blogs has been dogging my posts for months, I made the assumption that “Andrew Patner” was probably one of her aliases. I immediately emailed Norman Lebrecht, who runs the SD blog, and begged him to remove the post. He declined to do that, explaining that Andrew Patner is in fact a real person, in fact, an esteemed Chicago music critic, and that he had made that post. Norman suggested that I ‘slug it out’ so to speak, on the SD blog. Here is a link to the thread:
So I did defend myself. And I asked for an apology from him and “Amy” and the other sock-puppets who tried to dogpile on me in that thread. That was a couple of days ago. I am still waiting…