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by AntonioA
Sat Jan 15, 2011 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The diversity of Montserrat Caballé is ... incredible!
Replies: 42
Views: 1358

Re: The diversity of Montserrat Caballé is ... incredible!

I saw Caballe in 1990 in Stockholm , a recital with Miguel Zanetti on piano and José de Udaeta playing castanets in some of the Spanish numbers. A wonderful evening!
by AntonioA
Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: EMI Classics Icon: Alicia De Larrocha
Replies: 39
Views: 2138

Re: EMI Classics Icon: Alicia De Larrocha

stenka razin I love the piano music of Granados, especially Goyescas. And Albeniz Iberia is pure magic.The Corpus Cristi en Sevilla is the Ibeira piece (the same melody can be found in a Spanish folk tune called la Tarara) i like most. Rubinstein was also great interpreter of Spanish music, but he d...
by AntonioA
Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reference discs for auditioning
Replies: 27
Views: 1150

Re: Reference discs for auditioning

Mahler: Symphony Nr 5/Rückert Lieder/Baker, NPO, Barbirolli, HMV SLS 785 (2 lp:s).
by AntonioA
Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: EMI Classics Icon: Alicia De Larrocha
Replies: 39
Views: 2138

Re: EMI Classics Icon: Alicia De Larrocha

Larrrochas recordings introduced me the music of my native country. When i received the news of Larrochas death, i tuned in to www.rne.es hoping that the Spanish radio would celebrate her memory. But they disappointed me and (a lot of other Spanish piano lovers too, i suppose). The EMI box seem to b...
by AntonioA
Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music-???
Replies: 19
Views: 3000

Re: The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music-???

My personal favorite Carmen is the one with Andre Cluytens conducting, from 1950 or so. He used the the first version with dialogue, perhaps less complete than the one maestrob mentions, but probably more french than the singing that Frühbeck de Burgos could get from his more international cast (i m...
by AntonioA
Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Le Sacre du Printemps
Replies: 54
Views: 1033

Re: Le Sacre du Printemps

There is an exhibition of the Russian Ballet from the Diaghilev ballet here in Stockholm at the moment. A lot of costumes are being shown there, Boutique Fantasque, Petrouchka and of course Sacre. I was there this saturday and it was a magic moment for me to SEE those costumes. I have several record...
by AntonioA
Sun Feb 28, 2010 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Worst crossover you ever heard ...
Replies: 41
Views: 529

Re: Worst crossover you ever heard ...

When We Dance with Sting/Pavarotti. But the list can be long.

Montserrat Caballé and Freddie Mercury in Barcelona is my fav and perhaps the only crossover tune i like.
Both seemed to have fun singing together. Normally "crossover" smells money.
by AntonioA
Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music of Hector Berlioz
Replies: 49
Views: 838

Re: The music of Hector Berlioz

I love Berlioz! Especially Nuits déte. I have the recordings by Eleanor Steber, Susanne Danco, Regine Crespin and Janet Baker (the first one i heard of this song cycle) and love to them all.

Romeo et Juliette is very beautiful too.
by AntonioA
Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grand pianos used in movies
Replies: 54
Views: 1102

Re: Grand pianos used in movies

Un Chien Andalou by Luis Bunuel. TWO pianos with rotten donkeys. Luis Bunuel wrote a small part (a scene with a severed hand) of Beast With Five Fingers, but he is not credited. A piano (and a severed hand) can also be seen in Bunuels The Exterminating Angel from 1962.
by AntonioA
Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nostalgia corner: Camden Classics.
Replies: 21
Views: 726

Re: Nostalgia corner: Camden Classics.

I have plenty of Camden lp:s, especially with Koussevitsky, Monteux, and Stokowski. Some lp:s have the real names of the performers, some have not. Great hidden treasures from the 78 rpm era.
by AntonioA
Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Request from a discouraged member: Wilhelm Peterson-Berger
Replies: 35
Views: 3013

Re: Request from a discouraged member: Wilhelm Peterson-Berger

Ravel, As you can see on the link below, Swedish radio recorded a 1960 perfomance and it was availible on LP. I´m not sure if i have seen that Lp, but I will grab it when i see it (Caprice records) There was also a 1973 EMI recording of excerps from that opera. Easy to find in flea markets in Sweden...
by AntonioA
Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Request from a discouraged member: Wilhelm Peterson-Berger
Replies: 35
Views: 3013

Re: Request from a discouraged member: Wilhelm Peterson-Berger

Nice to see that WPB is appreciated outside Sweden. He also wrote essays and articles about music. And a sarcastic critic too. I have a nice old compilation with his writings (in Swedish).
by AntonioA
Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elisabeth Söderström dead at 82
Replies: 7
Views: 280

Elisabeth Söderström dead at 82

I just read the sad news in the Swedish newspapers.
by AntonioA
Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alicia de Larrocha Dies at 86
Replies: 25
Views: 651

Re: Alicia de Larrocha Dies at 86

She surely enriched MY life. Her recordings were obvious first choices when i startet to listen to classical music from my home country. Rubinstein was great too in Falla, Granados and Albeniz, but he didn´t record very much of that repertoire. Gracias, Alicia.
by AntonioA
Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rene Leibowitz site passes 10,000 hits...
Replies: 11
Views: 393

Re: Rene Leibowitz site passes 10,000 hits...

Nice to see that the site is still out there. I have several RL recordings on lp, mostly French music (for example a couple of Offenbach operettas) but also an interesting Pierrot Lunaire and Wellingtons Victory. His recording of L`Heure Espagnole is very fine. I will grab the Beethoven symphonies w...
by AntonioA
Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Death of a Former CMG Member
Replies: 41
Views: 2577

Re: Death of a Former CMG Member

I remember Mel from the past too, perhaps also from the CI days. R.I.P.
by AntonioA
Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: All time great Mozart "The Magic Flute" (Fricsay)
Replies: 5
Views: 433

Re: All time great Mozart "The Magic Flute" (Fricsay)

Corlyss, I have not seen Hour of the Wolf except that scene. I´m quite sure he used Fricsays recording, I remember Bergman telling that in an interview. Next time I see his Magic Flute I will look for the detail with the Parsifal score. I don´t know how many operas he staged. Perhaps it was only Mag...
by AntonioA
Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: All time great Mozart "The Magic Flute" (Fricsay)
Replies: 5
Views: 433

Re: All time great Mozart "The Magic Flute" (Fricsay)

Ingmar Bergman said in several interviews that he admired this recording and didn´t think that his film could match it musically. Fricsays Magic Flute is my favorite (i´m also an owner of the original lp set) together with a Salzburg Furtwängler from 1951.Definitive or not, it is a great listening e...
by AntonioA
Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best Sibelius 5th?
Replies: 50
Views: 3679

Re: Best Sibelius 5th?

Wonderful sympony! I have the Kajanus (world records), Ormandy (Columbia), Collins (Decca) and the first Karajan (Angel). Collins recording is the one I listen to most without being able to decide which I really prefer.
by AntonioA
Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penguin & Gramophone Guides: Authoritative or Overhyped?
Replies: 40
Views: 1213

Re: Penguin & Gramophone Guides: Authoritative or Overhyped?

The Penguin Guide was very useful to me when I started to listen to classical music in the 80:s. It introduced me to names like Barbirolli, Schwarzkopf and Du Pre. But I learned quickly that it was better to READ the reviews than just looking up which recording was on the top of the list. Sometimes ...
by AntonioA
Fri Jul 24, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What is your opinion on the Essential Sibelius box set?
Replies: 31
Views: 1114

Re: What is your opinion on the Essential Sibelius box set?

I have seen Stina Ekblad (who is listed on disc 10) perfoming on stage several times here in Stockholm. A wonderful actress. No doubt the right choice for a narrator in a Sibelius piece.

I know that BIS recorded an earlier version of VC, but it is obviously not included in the box.
by AntonioA
Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Iberia revisited
Replies: 13
Views: 455

Re: Iberia revisited

Chalk, I´m glad you mentioned Esteban Sanchez. His Iberia recording is unknown to me so I ordered an lp copy a few minutes ago. I have several other lp:s with Sanchez including Albeniz Suite Espanola and a Faure collection. I have the Michael Block Iberia too, but I have not taken the time to listen...
by AntonioA
Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Claude Debussy and Spain, by Manuel de Falla
Replies: 2
Views: 1021

Re: Claude Debussy and Spain, by Manuel de Falla

Interesting article. La revue musicale commissioned Falla's quitar pieceTombeau de Claude Debussy.
I have a fascinating Spanish compilation with several music articles written by Falla. He also wrote about Wagner for example.

By the way, Ricardo Vines recorded la Soirée dans Grenade.
by AntonioA
Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Iberia revisited
Replies: 13
Views: 455

Re: Iberia revisited

One of my favorite works of all time . I have the old Columbia/Hispavox Lp with Larrocha and Leopoldo Querol on the old Ducretet Thompson label and both recordings are wonderful. Jean Morel did a fine recording of the Arbos/Surinach orchestrations. It was coupled with Ravels Rapsodie Esapagnole. A g...
by AntonioA
Tue May 19, 2009 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: classical guitar music
Replies: 23
Views: 469

Re: classical guitar music

Thanks David for filling my post with music! I believe this piece is under-recorded. Julian Bream is fine too.
by AntonioA
Tue May 19, 2009 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: classical guitar music
Replies: 23
Views: 469

Re: classical guitar music

Falla´s Homage to Debussy is my favorite composition for guitar. Segovia and Yepes made fine recordings of that short piece made shortly after Debussy´s death.
by AntonioA
Tue May 19, 2009 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1829147

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Mahler 1, LSO Horenstein
by AntonioA
Mon May 11, 2009 1:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter in Prague needs reissuing
Replies: 22
Views: 522

Re: Richter in Prague needs reissuing

A reissue will make that set worthless. Was any of this recorded material released in the LP era?
by AntonioA
Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak-Cello Concerto In B Minor-My Favorite Recordings
Replies: 25
Views: 579

Re: Dvorak-Cello Concerto In B Minor-My Favorite Recordings

The Casals/Szell is one of the most moving cello recordings I have ever heard.
The first Rostropovich with Talich is fine too.
by AntonioA
Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius' Third Symphony
Replies: 23
Views: 2102

Re: Sibelius' Third Symphony

smitty1931

I have some old LP:s of Sixten Ehrling conducting Sibelius (Mercury and Capitol and HMV) I know his Mercury Series are on CD using LP copies since the original master tapes are lost or damaged.

My favorite Sibelius third is Anthony Collins on Decca/London and the old Kajanus
by AntonioA
Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your feelings on the harpsichord?
Replies: 58
Views: 1151

Re: Your feelings on the harpsichord?

I love the sound of that instrument, not least in modern music. Falla´s Harpsichord concerto is one of my favorite pieces ever, especially the middle movement. A pity Landowska never recorded it, it was after all written for her. But i believe Falla´s Retablo del Maese Pedro was the first modern pie...
by AntonioA
Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky's Ballets Recordings + Baroque Connection?
Replies: 19
Views: 425

Re: Tchaikovsky's Ballets Recordings + Baroque Connection?

I own Anatole Fistoulares recording of Swan Lake (performing the most complete edition of the score) on Decca Phase 4 and Rodzinskis complete Nutcracker on Westminster. I haven´t made much comparisions, (i tried Dorati on both ballets) but i can´t imagine better recordings. I have several old highli...
by AntonioA
Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Has anybody musical DIED lately?
Replies: 16
Views: 320

Re: Has anybody musical DIED lately?

Yma Sumac passed away a couple of days ago. Not a classical musician, but what a voice!
by AntonioA
Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The definitive Mahler 7th
Replies: 20
Views: 386

Re: The definitive Mahler 7th

I have two copies of the original EMI Klemperer 7th. Just in case. Both found in flea markets in great condition. Klemperer made me appreciate this symphony more than Solti, Bernstein, Abbado or Rosbaud
(i tried them all).
by AntonioA
Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?
Replies: 248
Views: 5815

Re: Is SOLTI among the "greats" in your view?

I once saw Solti conducting the Chicago Symphony here in Stockholm. It will forever be a great memory in my life as it was one of the first times I went to a classical concert. He conducted the Eroica and some Bartok at that concert. The audience almost brought the house down. But I don´t have a sin...
by AntonioA
Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favorite Ring Cycle
Replies: 32
Views: 889

Re: Favorite Ring Cycle

I "learned" the ring with Soltis Decca recording many years ago.The soundstage on the ride of the Walkyries impressed me a lot back then. But now I prefer Krauss 1953 live recording.
by AntonioA
Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1829147

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Now playing: Mariage of Figaro. Klemperers recording. Underrated recording.
by AntonioA
Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinyl coming soon to a Best Buy near you?
Replies: 10
Views: 429

I still buy lp:s. But some new pressings of old recordings are probably made from digitally remastered tapes, so I avoid them.
by AntonioA
Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED
Replies: 45
Views: 6916

Spanish conductor Ataulfo Argenta died in 1958 by accidental inhalation of carbon monoxide. He made many recordings of Spanish music and zarzuelas, but there is also a nice recording of the Liszt concertos with Julius Katchen. I will add some non-classical musicians who died in accidents: Otis Redin...
by AntonioA
Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven-Fidelio-My Favorite Recordings
Replies: 12
Views: 869

My favorites are :

Klemperers Covent Garden recording from 1961 and Furtwänglers 1953 EMI studio recording. Quite different from each other, but I love both.
by AntonioA
Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I bought/ordered/got in the mail today
Replies: 156
Views: 26016

Karl Böhms DG berlin recording of Also Sprach Zarathustra on a mono Lp .
by AntonioA
Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any one else miss liner notes?
Replies: 17
Views: 1326

Three examples of great liner notes come to my mind: Eric Blom´s liner notes for the Schnabel Beethoven sonatas. The liner notes for Boris Christoffs boxed set with all the Mussorgsky songs. A very beautiful booklet. The nice booklets included in Victoria de los Angeles Medieval and Andalusian colle...
by AntonioA
Sun Mar 30, 2008 5:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Monteux VPO Symphonie Fantastique
Replies: 18
Views: 1254

Probably a misprint. Impossible price for that edition. It is probably Maazels complete 1972 Decca recording of Romeo et Juliette coupled with the Monteux 1958 Vienna recording of Symphonie Fantastique. The original American RCA Living Stereo LP of the Monteux may reach a price like that, but not th...
by AntonioA
Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Monteux VPO Symphonie Fantastique
Replies: 18
Views: 1254

I have Monteux SF recording on LM 1131. The recording date was news to me, I thought it was the 1940:s recording. I also enjoy listening to Cluytens, Munchs and (surprisingly) Klemperer´s recordings.
by AntonioA
Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Italian/French operas in German: Yes or no?
Replies: 18
Views: 1276

I want the original language, at least on records. I can´t even imagine Verdis Don Carlos or Rossinis Vilhelm Tell in Italian for repeaded listening, although I know there are very good italian recordings of the former work. I don´t mind translations when i go to the opera house. I live in Stockholm...
by AntonioA
Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Albeniz-Iberia-My Favorite Recordings
Replies: 18
Views: 1909

I´m talking about the RCA recording from the 40:s with Hollywood Bowl. A CD edition is probably still availible on the Dutton label.
by AntonioA
Sat Mar 29, 2008 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Albeniz-Iberia-My Favorite Recordings
Replies: 18
Views: 1909

About the Amor Brujo and the Sombrero de Tres picos suites, I'll stay with old Ansermet. I love him! Ansermet conducted the first perfomance of El Sombrero and his both recordings for Decca are complete, not just the suites. His Amor Brujo is very good too, but my favorite is the first Stokowski re...
by AntonioA
Sat Mar 29, 2008 12:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Albeniz-Iberia-My Favorite Recordings
Replies: 18
Views: 1909

A pity that Rubinstein never made a complete recording of Iberia.
by AntonioA
Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Albeniz-Iberia-My Favorite Recordings
Replies: 18
Views: 1909

I have the Leopoldo Querol recording on a Ducretet Thomson Lp and the first Larrocha on a US Columbia Lp. Both recordings are great. I will try the 1962
Larrocha when I find it on Lp. I guess it´s the one that was availible on MHS,
Epic and Hispavox.
by AntonioA
Sat Mar 22, 2008 1:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1829147

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde live from the Metropolitan.