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by anasazi
Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vaughan Williams ... the SYMPHONIES
Replies: 79
Views: 2388

Re: Vaugan Williams ... the SYMPHONIES

I loved the even-numbered RVW symphonies instantly since I first heard them. The odd-numbered ones have taken a bit longer to work their way into my soul, but those too eventually found their place. I love that neat little March in Sym #8/II [Scherzo alla Marcia]. what a cool piece for wind ensembl...
by anasazi
Sun Nov 23, 2008 8:13 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Exactly when did Blake Edwards beome a hasbeen?
Replies: 6
Views: 972

Re: Exactly when did Blake Edwards beome a hasbeen?

Blake Edwards really made most of my favorite movies ("The Party" ,................" - not to mention all those panthers). Birdie Num Num?? Exactly! I have been to more than enough parties where I probably appeared to be an idiot. So many scenes in THE PARTY are just like that. UPDATE! This web sit...
by anasazi
Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: America's New Hero!
Replies: 18
Views: 554

Re: America's New Hero!

I'm always a dollar short and a day late. If only they had debated why my IRA has tanked.
by anasazi
Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:54 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Exactly when did Blake Edwards beome a hasbeen?
Replies: 6
Views: 972

Re: Exactly when did Blake Edwards beome a hasbeen?

I agree about "A Fine Mess". There are other Edwards films also in the same infertile vein. And not to make excuses for the guy, but I did read that Blake was ill at the time, seriously ill such that the film was edited by the studio, and that Edwards was not able to oversee the completion of it. St...
by anasazi
Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why is Bach so flippin' hard to play on piano?
Replies: 21
Views: 1343

Re: Why is Bach so flippin' hard to play on piano?

As I have said often enough, the piano--a percussion instrument--is simply not right for music that was written for the harpsichord, which is basically an string instrument; why do you think Bach and Scarlatti sound so well on the guitar? Harpsichord... or Clavichord? Could be either, or both. But ...
by anasazi
Wed Oct 15, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why is Bach so flippin' hard to play on piano?
Replies: 21
Views: 1343

Re: Why is Bach so flippin' hard to play on piano?

I'm not a professional grade pianist, but the one insight that I happened upon (thanks to the editor of one of my Bach publications) and which none of my old piano teachers had ever offered me, was (and this applies to J.S. Bach especially) that I didn't have to keep my right hand in the treble and ...
by anasazi
Sun Oct 12, 2008 7:24 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Exactly when did Blake Edwards beome a hasbeen?
Replies: 6
Views: 972

Re: Exactly when did Blake Edwards beome a hasbeen?

Blake Edwards really made most of my favorite movies ("The Party", "10", "S.O.B." and "Victor/Victoria" - not to mention all those panthers). Not that I believe they are in the high realms of cinematic 'art' - they just make me feel good and have a good laugh. There are indeed many little touches in...
by anasazi
Sun Oct 12, 2008 7:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Note By Note-The Making of Steinway L1037"
Replies: 13
Views: 816

Re: "Note By Note-The Making of Steinway L1037"

Only 81 minutes long? (not 88?) Seems they mised the last seven notes. ;-)

Heck, I can only dream about a Steinway, but I am glad they make them.
by anasazi
Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BEST BRUCKNER 9?
Replies: 31
Views: 4549

Re: BEST BRUCKNER 9?

Heck148 wrote:
david johnson wrote:giulini/chicago
yes, great recording...I also still enjoy Walter/ColSO. my first exposure to the work..
The Walter CSO is still my choice, but I haven't kept up. Is the Giulini sllllloooowww? I think I may give it a listen in any case. No doubt improved sound and all.
by anasazi
Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: J. S. Bach demoted.
Replies: 19
Views: 701

Re: J. S. Bach demoted.

Food for thought jbuck, for certain. The first thing that came to my mind, and lilke you, being one who regularly plays Bach (although I forfeit to a modern piano) it occurs to me that if Starker, Casals or Rostopovich have all found Bach in these pieces, then no amount of handwriting experts will p...
by anasazi
Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: One conclusion from the debate
Replies: 44
Views: 1137

Re: One conclusion from the debate

While I don't agree that this years' candidates are better than either Senator Kerry or Vice President Gore, at least McCain seemed to be on good debating ground. Perhaps his abilities were underestimated? While I felt that McC scored more points, for me, they were often the wrong points. But if I w...
by anasazi
Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "The End of Music CDs?"
Replies: 47
Views: 2037

Re: "The End of Music CDs?"

This is a purely personal preference, and I can't and won't opine on what medium is "best". I learned a long time again that when it comes to audio, you can and should listen to top quality equipment etc, but in the end you have to buy what sounds best to YOU. I completely agree and could not have ...
by anasazi
Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Teresa!
Replies: 13
Views: 693

Re: Happy Birthday Teresa!

I'm late also, but I hope you had a Happy Birthday Teresa!.
by anasazi
Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Holst's The Planets
Replies: 39
Views: 4964

Re: Holst's The Planets

I highly recommend the Previn/LSO recording on EMI. Is that still in-print? Hope so. You can avoid the Previn/RPO on Telarc as far as I'm concerned.
by anasazi
Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What would we do if we ...
Replies: 17
Views: 692

Re: What would we do if we ...

It's great - I love reading through the threads. I don't know what I would do if I used the time for something else. Probably napping I guess.

Now, woodwind players, they would definitely be cutting reeds. :lol:
by anasazi
Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The French Horn: That Wild Card of the Orchestra
Replies: 11
Views: 827

Re: The French Horn: That Wild Card of the Orchestra

In all seriousness, isn't part of it because: 1. in the 19th and 20th century orchestral repertoire, the French Horn has many many more solos than any other member of either the woodwind section (where it doesn't belong) or the brass section (where it does belong). What thrilling trumpet or trombone...
by anasazi
Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The French Horn: That Wild Card of the Orchestra
Replies: 11
Views: 827

Re: The French Horn: That Wild Card of the Orchestra

Corlyss_D wrote:And I'm sure y'all are talking about the modern valved horn. Imagine the fun of using one that isn't, as some OI bands do.

Yeah, all I have to do is put on my CD of Teleman by Musica Antiqua Koln and I think "thank God somebody invented a valved horn". :lol:
by anasazi
Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WHO MADE YOU REALLY LISTEN?
Replies: 20
Views: 1444

Re: WHO MADE YOU REALLY LISTEN?

This may sound self-serving, but it was actually my own playing the piano that finally, and only after 40 years of doing it, got me to appreciate what J.S. Bach's music could mean to me. Bach's music, at least on keyboard, is so different for me finally. I can make it through most of the 48 and mos...
by anasazi
Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bryden Thomson´s RVW cycle on Chandos
Replies: 34
Views: 2315

Re: Bryden Thomson´s RVW cycle on Chandos

Henry, don't forget the Walt Whitman text in 'A Sea Symphony' also. RVW really had a great fondness for Whitman didn't he? Maybe it was that Whitman's verse did not restrict him so much musically? I don't mean the meaning or essence, simply the rhythm and the accents of the words. The Five Mystical ...
by anasazi
Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who plays what?
Replies: 28
Views: 904

Re: Who plays what?

I play the chromatic harmonica, an instrument which shares the status of one of my musical idols, Anton Rubenstein, of being generally overlooked in the classical music world. Its a sorry state indeed. Third World Syndrome. Debussy and Ravel would have enjoyed composing for harmonica. And so would ...
by anasazi
Wed Sep 03, 2008 8:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who plays what?
Replies: 28
Views: 904

Re: Who plays what?

Beckmesser wrote:Amateur pianist, slowly working my way through The Well-Tempered Clavier, among other things.
I'm also a pianist, and also working on the WTC.
by anasazi
Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bryden Thomson´s RVW cycle on Chandos
Replies: 34
Views: 2315

Re: Bryden Thomson´s RVW cycle on Chandos

Henry, I need to look more closely at what is in the EMI set because I have a lot of RVW on vinyl already. Although I used to kind of be on automatic when it came to upgrading an old record for a CD, I have changed lately into someone who still appreciates black gold. But it is an apparently good de...
by anasazi
Tue Sep 02, 2008 3:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bryden Thomson´s RVW cycle on Chandos
Replies: 34
Views: 2315

Re: Bryden Thomson´s RVW cycle on Chandos

At sometime, I'll come into some money and invest in the Handley and the Haitink sets. The bargain 30 CD RVW set on EMI includes all the Handley symphonies. If you don't have the Handley symphonies already what are you waiting for? There's also a lot of EMI material from the vaults that will likely...
by anasazi
Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bryden Thomson´s RVW cycle on Chandos
Replies: 34
Views: 2315

Re: Bryden Thomson´s RVW cycle on Chandos

I will go on record as claiming the Thomson set (I have them as individual entries) as the best RVW on recordings I've yet heard - so far. But I haven't heard them all. Of those I am comparing against, Boult is just a little stodgy for me, either set actually. I like the Previn set better, but RCA ...
by anasazi
Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bryden Thomson´s RVW cycle on Chandos
Replies: 34
Views: 2315

Re: Bryden Thomson´s RVW cycle on Chandos

I will go on record as claiming the Thomson set (I have them as individual entries) as the best RVW on recordings I've yet heard - so far. But I haven't heard them all. Of those I am comparing against, Boult is just a little stodgy for me, either set actually. I like the Previn set better, but RCA r...
by anasazi
Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Warsaw Concerto - score and video
Replies: 12
Views: 1181

Re: Warsaw Concerto - score and video

The video links refer to the variouse versions (solo, orquestra and windband), and the scores too. But i would like feedback about Richard Addinsel`s Warsaw Concerto, if anyone knows it... I talk for my self, i only got to know it when i had to record it. Even so, all the senior members of my famil...
by anasazi
Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Democratic Convention: News, Views, Raves, Rants
Replies: 35
Views: 3136

Re: Democratic Convention: News, Views, Raves, Rants

but I kind of thought that Obama intruded on Biden's time on camera by appearing at the last minute. Only a 'Rock Star' would do that, the 'Surprise Guest' routine turned me right off...after all he chose to upstage the Convention by having his Coronation at a larger venue so coming in to bask in h...
by anasazi
Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Democratic Convention: News, Views, Raves, Rants
Replies: 35
Views: 3136

Re: Democratic Convention: News, Views, Raves, Rants

The slimers still haven't given up on the "celebrity" attack. FAUX News did a story from the stadium a few minutes ago in which they posted @ the bottom that Obama has the same set designer as Britney Spears. Well, you know the definition of a celebrity is someone whose famous for being famous . If...
by anasazi
Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?
Replies: 46
Views: 1936

Re: Most beautiful place you've seen a concert?

I'm really envious of those of you who have been to Tanglewood. I love outdoor concerts in settings such as that and have long wanted to attend. Not every outdoor venue is the same or as good, but I have heard about Tanglewood for a long time. I don't think any of the places I've been would compare....
by anasazi
Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WHO MADE YOU REALLY LISTEN?
Replies: 20
Views: 1444

Re: WHO MADE YOU REALLY LISTEN?

This may sound self-serving, but it was actually my own playing the piano that finally, and only after 40 years of doing it, got me to appreciate what J.S. Bach's music could mean to me. Over years, I have heard Gould, Tureck, many wonderful musicians. I'm not even close to them, that's not what I m...
by anasazi
Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BEST BRUCKNER 9?
Replies: 31
Views: 4549

Re: BEST BRUCKNER 9?

#1 is Walter and the Columbia Symphony
#2 is Haitink and the Concertgebow Orchestra
by anasazi
Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How can you Americans stand it?
Replies: 19
Views: 1074

Re: How can you Americans stand it?

I think you are quite right. It is way too long. I'm burned out already. Just seems like it is non-stop politics in the U.S. today. No excuses. I can't stop it myself, even though I also find it useless and distasteful. I think there is just so much money involved in it... I mostly just try to tune ...
by anasazi
Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Democratic Convention: News, Views, Raves, Rants
Replies: 35
Views: 3136

Re: Democratic Convention: News, Views, Raves, Rants

O.K I guess this is in the rant category. Now my wife made me watch the convention, so I take no responsibility, but I kind of thought that Obama intruded on Biden's time on camera by appearing at the last minute. After all, tomorrow is Obama's night to speak. Other than that, just the usual speechi...
by anasazi
Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If the house were burning and you could save only one . . .
Replies: 67
Views: 2703

Re: If the house were burning and you could save only one . . .

I figue I can replace about anything else, but I would have to take a CD that was part of a convention I attended in 1993 in L.A. for composer Jerry Goldsmith. Yeah, they show up on eBay, but it just would be the same. Not the greatest music I own, just a sentimental choice. In other words, I really...
by anasazi
Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: William Walton
Replies: 14
Views: 1272

Re: William Walton

Walton wrote some of the most attractive (to me) music of the past 100 years. I am most happy to aggree, although, unfortunately, his output was not great, still we are left with a small few undeniable masterpieces. Just a short quick comment though Ken, and as one who really loves the HENRY V music...
by anasazi
Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Just curious: who still plays their LPs?
Replies: 68
Views: 3628

Re: Just curious: who still plays their LPs?

I just recently replaced an older turntable with a 'new' used model on eBay. Nothing really high-end or anything, just a simple Technics model. I still absolutely love the style and the design and the engineering of turntables and vinyl. and still have a large number of LPs, some of them survivors o...
by anasazi
Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius Violin Concerto
Replies: 84
Views: 5740

Re: Sibelius Violin Concerto

O Wow! Many thanks for this link, I will look into this.
by anasazi
Tue Aug 05, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius Violin Concerto
Replies: 84
Views: 5740

Re: Sibelius Violin Concerto

Although this is my favorite Violin Concerto, I'm still searching for the definitive recording. Not that I haven't enjoyed the Heifetz or the others. I really began my love of this piece with a Christian Ferras on a DGG LP. It seems a bit tame to me now though. Not that I don't love most of the reco...
by anasazi
Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: M. Tilson Thomas' Mahler: your opinion
Replies: 13
Views: 892

Re: M. Tilson Thomas' Mahler: your opinion

I recently bought MTT's recordings of #1 and #6 on sale at B&N. I've only listened to the #1 so far, but I did enjoy it, a lot! It is a hybrid CD, but even my regular old Marantz player picked up some fine sounds thereon. For instance the brass that is supposed to be offstage really does sound that ...
by anasazi
Mon Jun 16, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you reading on classical music?
Replies: 28
Views: 1478

Re: What are you reading on classical music?

Currently reading "Dear People" a bio of Robert Shaw by Musselman. Interesting, but not all that well written (meaning, the author isn't a good story-teller). Also, it badly needs to be updated, since it only goes to about 1976 or so. It was very difficult to locate this book, I had to use my librar...
by anasazi
Mon Jun 16, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Helele Grimaud-The Most Beautiful and Gifted Female Pianist
Replies: 42
Views: 3115

Re: Helele Grimaud-The Most Beautiful and Gifted Female Pianist

I have always been a great fan of Dame Myra Hess, and have (I believe) all her recordings, she played lunchtime Concerts in Central London during the Blitz of WW2, in support of the King and Queen, who refused to leave Buckingham Palace, and of course she transcribed Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring... ...
by anasazi
Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier
Replies: 27
Views: 3084

I am also planning to buy the Richter set at some point. From what I've sampled, I like it. I already have the Gould set, which I sort of grew up with, but I often tire of Gould ocassionally going a little wacko on one of the preludes or fugues. He does nice for half-dozen, then seemingly just goes ...
by anasazi
Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you reading on classical music?
Replies: 28
Views: 1478

I'm now slowly winding my way through both Harlow Robinson's biography of Prokofiev and Michael Kennedy's biography of R. Strauss. I like to note the somewhat vague similarities that I have discovered. But in any case, both are very interesting reading.
by anasazi
Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Helele Grimaud-The Most Beautiful and Gifted Female Pianist
Replies: 42
Views: 3115

I agree the lady is delightful to gaze upon. But at the risk of darts, I must say that of the recordings I have heard (I have not heard her play live) I did not like the tone she produced on the piano. Rather harsh to my ears.
by anasazi
Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vaughan Williams 30 CD Box From EMI-A Bonanza Of Goodies!
Replies: 12
Views: 1554

I will look forward to the US pricing for this item myself. It's hopeful and since I don't already have the Handley set of Symphonies, that is even better.
by anasazi
Fri May 30, 2008 7:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which living conductors equal the ones of yore?
Replies: 37
Views: 2029

Does Bernstein count as a contemporary of Reiner and Munch, or of the latter group? (Abbado, etc.). I'm kind of unclear about that myself. My own preference, and since I love how well the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra conducts it's own music, then I suppose I don't have a choice. How much is a conductor...
by anasazi
Fri May 30, 2008 7:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Choose ONE PC Mozart!
Replies: 39
Views: 2240

Thanks, Kamila! How about recording some Mozart and posting it some time? I notice you chose K449 as a fav--I like that one very much, and played that one 3 years ago. Maria Joao Pires has a nice recording of it. Teresa I have an F major sonata and B flat major sonata and P.C. #19 under my belt, bu...
by anasazi
Wed May 28, 2008 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Choose ONE PC Mozart!
Replies: 39
Views: 2240

Teresa B wrote:Piano Concerto no 17, my version! Image

Teresa

P.S. Seriously, I like Perahia very much.
When do we get to hear it Teresa? :D
by anasazi
Wed May 28, 2008 7:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Choose ONE PC Mozart!
Replies: 39
Views: 2240

Not really being able to truly choose just one, I would probably go back to the one that got me hooked: #20 in d minor as recorded by Rubinstein.