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by daycart
Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday to RALPH (July 14)!
Replies: 30
Views: 4519

HB!![/i][/b]
by daycart
Sun Jun 24, 2007 8:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When do we ever really talk about number one?
Replies: 38
Views: 5300

LvB is great and that Sonata is a fine piece, but the Franck violin Sonata (for example) is vastly superior... 8)
by daycart
Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Listening Equipment
Replies: 14
Views: 2824

My main piece is a VPI TNT turntable. I also like headphones, especially the AKG K1000 which are "earspeakers".
by daycart
Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best Chopin Pianist?
Replies: 28
Views: 6275

BWV 1080 wrote:Moravec deserves top ranking, as does Zimerman
I second Moravec.

After that, Michelangeli.

Horowitz is distiguished by his amazing tonal colors. This is certainly unlike what Chopin himself would have done, but very beautiful!
by daycart
Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music Videos on YouTube
Replies: 33
Views: 10816

great thread; thanks everyone! The youtube search is good, but it somehow hadn't occurred to me to use it this way.
by daycart
Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: New DVD of pianist Marc-André Hamelin
Replies: 23
Views: 6705

The DVD is good news, though I'd prefer more music and less yakking.

I enjoyed his chamber recital on the OVATION cable TV channel--Dvorak and Faure-mmmmm!. Did anyone else catch it?
by daycart
Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms - not as appreciated as Beethoven, Mozart... (?)
Replies: 148
Views: 43311

Despite the efforts of some critics, I don't think Brahms gets a lot of points for originality or influence. But for sheer beauty, Brahms is #1 with me! 8) (I got some early exposure because he was my mother's favorite as well). In every genre in which he worked I love his works best, except perhaps...
by daycart
Mon Nov 06, 2006 7:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Great Article on Helene Grimaud
Replies: 8
Views: 1570

There is a fabulous 5 cd set on Brilliant Classics. Pretty fine playing I think (Brahms, Schumann, Ravel) except for the Rach 2nd Sonata, which struck me as a bit lifeless.
by daycart
Mon Nov 06, 2006 7:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Which "ring" should i start with?
Replies: 17
Views: 3106

HehHeh, in the old days one would have thought it necessary to warm up for Mahler and Bruckner with Wagner!

I love the Furty ring too. If you need better sound, then Solti!
by daycart
Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:59 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Thank you for the Brahms suggestion
Replies: 19
Views: 4395

I think my favorite for the p. quintet is the Budapest/Serkin. The Cleveland/Ax is very nicely recorded. The Richter/Borodin has some fine moments, though the recorded sound is less satisfying overall. Just wait'll you hear the Clarinet Quintet! There is a lot of discussion of this piece in the arch...
by daycart
Mon Jul 17, 2006 8:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Composer Battle, Round 2: Rachmaninoff vs. Scriabin
Replies: 45
Views: 6469

I love both, but put Scriabin first. I find his early Chopin-esque stuff amazingly good: the Op. 11 preludes, for example. And the later music, while perhaps lacking some in variety has almost unmatched attention to piano sound. For me, their orchestral music is about equal, but I have to admit that...
by daycart
Sun Jul 09, 2006 2:42 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Thank you for the Brahms suggestion
Replies: 19
Views: 4395

Did Brahms leave behind any unfinished work or sketches that could be constructed into "new" music? There is a piano trio in A that has been recorded more than once as a Brahms composition. The Ashkenazy-Perlman-Harrell is pretty nice; I can believe that it is Brahms. Does anyone here have any good...
by daycart
Sun Jul 09, 2006 2:39 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: New on Sony - Glenn Gould fans will love this!
Replies: 10
Views: 2454

Wow! Is there going to be more of this stuff coming out?
by daycart
Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Most Romantic
Replies: 18
Views: 4076

Erotic: 1. Scriabin, "Poem of Ecstasy" (this is cleverly paired with the Tchai. R&J on a BSO/Abbado disc on DGG. 2. Franck Piano Quintet, 1st movement 3. The aforementioned Tristan stuff, plus the "love duet" Romantic: Here I'll go along with the Chopin Nocturnes other Nocturne-like pieces) and the ...
by daycart
Fri Feb 10, 2006 12:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Hélène Grimaud's new recording of the Schumann Concerto
Replies: 6
Views: 1789

If you can find it, her set of Brilliant Classics CDs is a great bargain. Her Brahms and Schumann are excellent! I thought her Rach 2nd Sonata was less good, but that piece has a special kind of competition...mainly Horowitz.
by daycart
Fri Feb 10, 2006 12:22 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Big Three? Or Five? Or Seven? Or Ten?
Replies: 83
Views: 17511

I find a list like this hard because of the tradeoffs between quantity (e.g. lot of undistinguished Mozart against his great works), diversity (e.g. Chopin's piano music and dearth of other stuff, or Wagner's opera) and favorite pieces. OK here goes (I suppose this tracks time spent listening and sc...
by daycart
Fri Feb 10, 2006 12:11 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Hamelin Plays Schumann - Hyperion
Replies: 11
Views: 3075

Nice signature, Mr. Inverness!
by daycart
Sun Jan 29, 2006 3:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: I'm Back!
Replies: 67
Views: 23277

Just checked in after a while away from the forum; it was great to see your post, Ralph!
by daycart
Sun Jan 29, 2006 3:27 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Richter, October 1960 Carnegie Hall Recitals
Replies: 17
Views: 5906

I have enjoyed the Richter recording on LP of the Saint-Saens Piano Concerto # 5 with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kirl Kondrashin. The recording also includes the Impromptus A Flat-E Flat. How would you assess this recording? Like just about everything Richter performed or recorded ...
by daycart
Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Richter, October 1960 Carnegie Hall Recitals
Replies: 17
Views: 5906

I found the vinyls to be readily available on ebay. The sound is not so great (as usual for Richter vinyl), so CD reissues might be the way to go.
by daycart
Sun Jan 01, 2006 2:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ormandy
Replies: 47
Views: 12402

Ormandy's kind of consistency is difficult to achieve but sounds easy and effortless. It's probably easier to write about the dramatism of a Bernstein or the so-called tyrannical natures of Reiner or Szell, but he exhibited consistently excellent musicianship over a wide variety of music, much like...
by daycart
Sun Dec 25, 2005 6:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What's happened to Ralph
Replies: 11
Views: 3230

Get well, Ralph! I hope you have a good portable player and headphones in the hospital.
by daycart
Thu Dec 15, 2005 11:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: OPERA on DVD
Replies: 18
Views: 3901

The Levine/Met Ring is a nice way to spend a few hours--well, quite a few.
by daycart
Thu Dec 15, 2005 11:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Samson Francois
Replies: 10
Views: 3099

I've got CDs of French EMI Chopin from the 60's; Preludes and Nocturnes. The sound is disappointing==more like 50's sound, but the performances are very interesting and individual. I also have an old Angel vinyl of the Liszt Concerti--these are less individualistic.
by daycart
Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What was the first Classical Cd you bought?
Replies: 21
Views: 5006

I can't remember my first CD. But my first vinyl was as a high schooler in about 1972: Brahms' 4th Walter/columbia on a cheapo "Odyssey" reissue.
by daycart
Fri Nov 11, 2005 1:42 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Ring Cycle
Replies: 48
Views: 10003

Wow. No Ring fans here. Corlyss, I'm surprised at you! :cry: I have to be in the mood for the Ring. I haven't been in the mood since 1978. I listened to my Furtwangler mono Ring quite a bit and then I didn't want to hear the Ring any more. We'll talk when you move on to the Christian mystery dramas...
by daycart
Fri Nov 11, 2005 1:22 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Ring Cycle
Replies: 48
Views: 10003

Gerhardt Stoltze OWNS Loge/Mime. After you hear him, nothing else works!
by daycart
Sun Oct 30, 2005 10:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Yesterday, I took a major (unexpected) step...
Replies: 14
Views: 2439

I've got the vinyl of that one--my favorite recording (well...perhaps after the Gerald Moore one....)
by daycart
Wed Oct 19, 2005 10:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Geza Anda
Replies: 13
Views: 2527

His set of Chopin's preludes on DG vinyls was one of the first I acquired. It still sounds great.
by daycart
Mon Oct 17, 2005 1:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Wilhelm Backhaus
Replies: 35
Views: 6417

Backhaus is good when you're in the mood for a brisk performance of Brahms.

I have a "Brilliant Classics" Chopin collection that includes an oooold, complete performance of the Etudes. Very impressive. I find his later London recordings of Chopin too staid.
by daycart
Mon Oct 17, 2005 1:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Wagner: Tannhauser, Overture
Replies: 6
Views: 2743

THere is a cool video of Toscanini and the NBC doing it that is often played on "Classical Arts Showcase" on TV.
by daycart
Wed Oct 12, 2005 8:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: An AMAZING pianist ... CYPRIEN KATSARIS
Replies: 11
Views: 2704

I've got only one: the Teldec vinyl of the Chopin Ballades and Scherzi. Very nice piano tone. I also particularly like his interpretations of the 2nd and 4th Scherzi.
by daycart
Wed Oct 12, 2005 8:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Brahms Symphonies
Replies: 43
Views: 8195

I think the most expressive #2 is the Bernstein/NYP -- especially those strings in the first movement! Very nice slow movement, too. For #1 I like the Stokowski, but the sound on the Kertesz is much better.... Serenades: No. 1 in D Major, No. 2 in A Major. London Symphony Orchestra / István Kertész....
by daycart
Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Headphones: A Close Friend Needs Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 3109

I agree about the Sennheiser 600/650.

Many think that top of the line STAX headphones are the gold standard for classical music--but these might be outside the bounds of financial reason--close to two grand with the proprietary amplifier.
by daycart
Tue Oct 04, 2005 10:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Are these "Boris" recordings goodunov?
Replies: 17
Views: 2872

Oh, right. Goodenuf, Badenov... in re: the pun in the original post. :)
But the recording IS impressive!
by daycart
Mon Oct 03, 2005 10:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Are these "Boris" recordings goodunov?
Replies: 17
Views: 2872

Moose and Squirrel add two votes for Bolshoi/London

Corlyss_D wrote:Forget all of those also-rans. Go immediately and get the 1964 Bolshoi recording with George London.
by daycart
Fri Sep 23, 2005 12:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Brand new KISSIN CD from RCA Red Seal
Replies: 4
Views: 1338

I need this one! I have an old Russian CD of E.K. as a youngun playing Scriabin etudes and preludes VERY well. I'm really curious to see what he is doing with it now.

Medtner is still underrecorded. The Hyperion disc by Demikenko is near the top, I think.
by daycart
Fri Sep 23, 2005 12:32 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ten Commandments for Concert-goers
Replies: 21
Views: 4463

AND FURTHERMORE, thou shalt not interminably lean forward in thy seat chin perched on hands and elbows on knees, thus ruining the sightlines for about five rows back... I tellya, some people need to get out more often... I don't get this one! If someone leans forward don't they improve the sight li...
by daycart
Sun Sep 18, 2005 9:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Do you still use CASSETTES?
Replies: 20
Views: 3408

I thought cassettes were tutto finito as well, but I bought a new car last year and, in addition to the ubiquitous CD-changer, lo and behold! it also has a cassette slot. So, I guess the "beast" lives. I don't have any tapes, however. Just yesterday my son got a new Hyundai with a cassette player a...
by daycart
Sun Sep 11, 2005 9:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 14327

On my local cable service there are a few nice music channels.

Everytime something played by Artur Rubinstein is on, they put up a graphic:

Rubinstein was considered a great composer in the 19th century.

Haha, they mix up their A. Rubinsteins. :P :P
by daycart
Thu Sep 08, 2005 10:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A Bruch Update
Replies: 25
Views: 6666

I always get those two guys mixed up! :? But it's a good story anyway! :wink: Just once I'd like to see Reger's name come up here without someone feeling compelled to repeat that tiresome anecdote, - let alone bring it through the backdoor of a Bruch thread as well. HehHeh! OK. Like Bruch, Reger wr...
by daycart
Thu Sep 08, 2005 9:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Is "timing" better on CMG now?
Replies: 22
Views: 5472

Just slightly slow--not too bad, on my cable modem. :?
by daycart
Tue Aug 30, 2005 8:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Rachmaninov Piano Concertos - which recording?
Replies: 17
Views: 10113

#1 Richter, Rachmaninov
#2 Weissenberg, Richter
#3 Berman, Horowitz (from the 30's)
#4 Richter, Rachmaninov
by daycart
Fri Aug 26, 2005 8:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Vladimir Sofronitsky
Replies: 32
Views: 7420

Are there any biographies of Sofronitsky that might someday be translated into English?
by daycart
Wed Aug 17, 2005 11:38 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Playing it all wrong but getting it right!
Replies: 25
Views: 7581

Good idea! Here's one:

In Arrau's Columbia traversal of Chopin's Preludes, he takes the E-flat minor in largo instead of the usual allegro (presumably because some MS seems to have that notation). Very effective!
by daycart
Mon Aug 15, 2005 12:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Trouble With Aleksandr
Replies: 11
Views: 18311

I've been listening to the piano Etudes recently--quite worthwhile!
by daycart
Mon Aug 15, 2005 12:52 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What are your views on PIANO ROLLS?
Replies: 17
Views: 8973

I agree with Lance's points. Piano rolls aren't accurate representations of significant artists. And there isn't much point in listening to rolls when the same pieces from the same period in a pianist's career are available on 78s. But when all we have of a great artist's work is piano rolls, it see...
by daycart
Mon Aug 15, 2005 12:51 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What are your views on PIANO ROLLS?
Replies: 17
Views: 8973

I agree with Lance's points. Piano rolls aren't accurate representations of significant artists. And there isn't much point in listening to rolls when the same pieces from the same period in a pianist's career are available on 78s. But when all we have of a great artist's work is piano rolls, it see...
by daycart
Sat Aug 13, 2005 6:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Takako Nishizaki - Naxos' star violinist -Help!
Replies: 3
Views: 2917

Good luck!

The Grieg #3 that made it to Naxos (with the Franck) is quite nice.
by daycart
Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What are your views on PIANO ROLLS?
Replies: 17
Views: 8973

OK, so these are not hi-fi despite the good sound quality. But it is still thrilling to hear something whose existence was caused by Scriabin or Grieg, or ....