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by Belle
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 34
Views: 1344

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

Looking forward to playing my boxed set, " The Great Recordings of Tennstedt ", as recommended by maestrob, which arrived a week or so ago. My Densen D420XS compact disc player has just arrived from Denmark (complete with white gloves for handling! :roll: ). Will come back here with any comments/obs...
by Belle
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Think Someone Already Asked About ...
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: I Think Someone Already Asked About ...

I would love to have met Carlos Kleiber. Charles Barber, his correspondent, told me I would really have 'liked him more if you had met him'. Not only a phenomenal musician who was across a great many scores, but his literary interests, wonderful sense of humour, interesting history and peripatetic l...
by Belle
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Psychology Today"
Replies: 0
Views: 67

"Psychology Today"

Here is an excellent site which is run by psychiatrists, at least two of whom are both very well known in their fields. Dr. Raj Pesaud has written extensively about internet trolls and we saw a BBC program about this only last Monday. The other doctor, Peter Bruggen, is my husband's first cousin, la...
by Belle
Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto
Replies: 19
Views: 1084

Re: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto

Finally, I've had a reply from Charles Barber on this issue with the Allegretto from Symphony #7 of Beethoven and the question of arco, with reference to Kleiber and Richard Strauss: Hi Sue: Apologies for late reply. I am working flat-out on our next commission, and have time for little else. Re CK,...
by Belle
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Times Kaufmann Otello Rave Review.
Replies: 7
Views: 194

Re: NY Times Kaufmann Otello Rave Review.

I saw Kaufmann at the Wiener Musikverein in either 2011 or 2015 singing Wagner with Christian Thielemann on the podium. He's a fine singer but I remember thinking the program really wasn't adequate as he was only on stage for about 20 minutes!!
by Belle
Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Charm Of The Baroque--Nothing Discreet About It
Replies: 17
Views: 499

Re: The Charm Of The Baroque--Nothing Discreet About It

jbuck, many thanks as I was finally able to get the scores from IMSLP!!
by Belle
Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Charm Of The Baroque--Nothing Discreet About It
Replies: 17
Views: 499

Re: The Charm Of The Baroque--Nothing Discreet About It

Handel: I'd put his music right up there with that of immortals like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert. Would absolutely agree with that, though I'd exclude Mozart from that list!! Jbuck, I don't know how to access that free music library IMSLP online where you can get scores; I've tried in the pas...
by Belle
Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Schumann

by Belle
Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Computer help needed
Replies: 11
Views: 259

Re: Computer help needed

First of all, I was responding to jserraglio's graphic with the 'remember me' facility crossed out. This is the only site where I have this problem because Lance told me I should always fully sign in each time I come here. I write on a couple of other places and am logged in with no trouble. It will...
by Belle
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Schumann

Listening via U-Tube I notice that most of the older performances of Waldszenen are of a much slower tempo. I'm not sure that I like it played so slowly.
by Belle
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Computer help needed
Replies: 11
Views: 259

Re: Computer help needed

Thanks, but I've never saved my password on this site. My son fixed the problem only 2 weeks ago and it's back again.

Thanks, JohnF, for the help and advice. I might have to take the computer to "the man".
by Belle
Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Computer help needed
Replies: 11
Views: 259

Re: Computer help needed

My son has already had to fix this situation over passwords once for me and he grows impatient at my requests. I never use automatic sign-in, but in the last week I'm told I've made too many attempts, which is ludicrous. I have Windows 10 and use Firefox. Recently we bought a new Mercedes Benz - a b...
by Belle
Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Schumann

Thanks, I'll take a listen. And I noticed I wrote incorrectly for Waldszenen!! I must say Schumann has been a constant in my musical life, along with Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. I never tire of Schumann.
by Belle
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Schumann

I've noticed my collection of the piano works of Schumann has grown rather tired and needs revamping. I'm particularly wanting a good version Waldscenen and Fantasiestucke and, without listing them all here, other works such as these. I'm sure somebody here will be able to recommend very good perfor...
by Belle
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Computer help needed
Replies: 11
Views: 259

Computer help needed

Nearly every time I log in here I get a message telling me I've made too many log-in attempts (untrue) and I have to complete that code thing. Can somebody please tell me what's going wrong? Computers drive me mad!!!
by Belle
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Böhm, conductor - lots of recordings!
Replies: 10
Views: 497

Re: Karl Böhm, conductor - lots of recordings!

I remember strolling through Grinzing, an extremely elegant outer suburb of Vienna, in 2011 and coming across a smart residence containing 4 apartments and which had a sign on the front, alongside the Austrian flag, which read: "the conductor Karl Böhm lived in this house..." I remember thinking it ...
by Belle
Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Julius Katchen
Replies: 5
Views: 315

Re: Julius Katchen

Thanks, Lance, for that excellent information. I could present a program about him for our Music Appreciation group next year and buy that boxed set you've recommended; the folks like to hear great music but they also appreciate interesting facts and details about musicians and composers. Apart from...
by Belle
Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Julius Katchen
Replies: 5
Views: 315

Julius Katchen

I've been listening on U-Tube and following with the scores the wonderful playing of this pianist, whom I remember first hearing in my childhood in the late 1950s. My mother had some of his recordings but I can't remember which works specifically she had as she also collected Richter, Cliburn (well,...
by Belle
Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 34
Views: 1344

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

Some excellent detective work here, and especially the comment about Dirigent and its ambiguous English translation. To access the BBC4 program you need to press "Download" as it wasn't available in Australia either. This way I was able to make it work. A caveat: it was the presenter of the program ...
by Belle
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 34
Views: 1344

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

Tennstedt was not music director of the famous Dresden State opera, but another, secondaryDresden company , the Municipal opera of Dresden if I remember correctly . A set of all nine Beethoven symphonies live with the London Philharmonic has recently been issued , but I can't recall the label . It'...
by Belle
Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 34
Views: 1344

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

I just ordered the Tennstedt boxed set that you recommended!! "Im Abendrot" is playing...so beautiful and I love what the conductor does with his superb orchestra (in all of them, actually). This article is very interesting: https://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/focus/klaus-tennstedt-captured-in-con...
by Belle
Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 34
Views: 1344

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

Many thanks for those excellent recommendations!! I'm listening right now to my new "Vier Letzte Lieder" as I write this and it's 3.25am Sydney time. Husband asleep at the far end of the house, and no close neighbours!! The other version I have of this is BPO/Karajan/Janowitz - a very different perf...
by Belle
Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 34
Views: 1344

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

Thanks for posting those two links!! I've had them on intermittently during the day along with the Schubert #9 . The Strauss " Vier Letzte Lieder " LPO/Tennstedt/Popp arrived by courier today and I'm excited about hearing it. On Thursday week we have " Desert Island Discs " to end the term for our m...
by Belle
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 34
Views: 1344

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

You people are amazing!! Thanks for your thoughts and links, which have broadened my knowledge considerably. I want to present to our music group a program on Tennstedt next year; we have power point, good speakers and a large TV so I'm looking for audio-visual resources as well as CDs. The Symphony...
by Belle
Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 34
Views: 1344

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

I do know his Mahler and Bruckner performances have been widely praised. I didn't know about the many others you've mentioned. He was a first class violinist before a hand injury restricted his playing. He tells some anecdotes in a BBC4 program "Desert Island Discs" from 1991 about listening, with h...
by Belle
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 34
Views: 1344

Klaus Tennstedt

I've been researching this conductor because I read about him in one of Carlos Kleiber's letters to Dr. Charles Barber. I've known about the conductor in name and reputation for many years. In some ways Kleiber and Tennstedt were very similar personalities and musicians and Carlos wrote to Barber af...
by Belle
Thu May 11, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carl Vine: Five Hallucinations for Trombone & Orch. Mulcahy/Gaffigan/CSO 2016 world premiere
Replies: 4
Views: 508

Re: Carl Vine: Five Hallucinations for Trombone & Orch. Mulcahy/Gaffigan/CSO 2016 world premiere

I spoke to my friend about this concert today. He said "it didn't sound all that pleasant; it lacked melodic interest" and implied that this was nearly impossible anyway with an ensemble of trombones. He was surprised by how enthusiastically the house responded to the work and to Carl Vine, though h...
by Belle
Thu May 11, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tartarzan National Symphony Orchestra/Sladkovksy
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Re: Tartarzan National Symphony Orchestra/Sladkovksy

I didn't really know this splendid symphony by Rachmaninov. It reminds me of Sibelius at times. Anyway, I thought the TNSO was superb and would love to hear more from them and their conductor.
by Belle
Tue May 09, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tartarzan National Symphony Orchestra/Sladkovksy
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Tartarzan National Symphony Orchestra/Sladkovksy

I discovered this splendid orchestra yesterday while watching Foxtel Arts. They were playing Tchaikovsky's "Manfred Symphony" extremely well. After a little research I discovered that the conductor, Alexander Sladkovsky, has a recording contract with his orchestra. And he's a delicious piece of eye ...
by Belle
Wed May 03, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Schnittke "Clowns und Kinder"
Replies: 1
Views: 269

Alfred Schnittke "Clowns und Kinder"

I didn't know this composer wrote film music. Here are his offerings from a film unknown to me, "Clowns und Kinder". Very eclectic. I was often reminded of Prokofiev and Cole Porter!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKuMJL1qdnw
by Belle
Tue May 02, 2017 4:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Re: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"

Excellent conundrums!! I looked firstly at those beats where you mentioned the designated triplets and I could only make sense of it with what you suggested; that the crotchet has to be part of that!! This seems 'odd' to me; that he includes that note value with triplets over quavers. I couldn't get...
by Belle
Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Re: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"

I cannot play Liszt; period. I love the B Minor Sonata, but it did take me some time to feel that way. He's always a composer worth revisiting. My husband read the 3 tomes on Liszt by Alan Walker while we were living in Vienna in 2011 and it aroused my interest when he asked me to explain the musica...
by Belle
Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Wagners: The Dramas of a Musical Dynasty
Replies: 3
Views: 375

Re: The Wagners: The Dramas of a Musical Dynasty

A thoroughly enjoyable and erudite read! Thanks for that background information and appraisal of the book. The intrigues of the Wagner family never cease to amaze and surprise. This is sure to keep authors busy for at least the next 50 years!! I think Christian Thielemann is in his element at Bayreu...
by Belle
Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1077

Re: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017

I absolutely adore this musician; adore, I say!! And he refers to Serkin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYHVNb4n5v4
by Belle
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carl Vine: Five Hallucinations for Trombone & Orch. Mulcahy/Gaffigan/CSO 2016 world premiere
Replies: 4
Views: 508

Re: Carl Vine: Five Hallucinations for Trombone & Orch. Mulcahy/Gaffigan/CSO 2016 world premiere

A friend and colleague from our Music Appreciation group was going to a performance of that work with the SSO last month at the Sydney Opera House and I will see him next week to find out his response. My friend is a trombonist, having started in jazz at an early age. But he once said to me, "if you...
by Belle
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?
Replies: 24
Views: 1469

Re: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?

Thanks for the links. I must say I'm not exactly enamoured with the sound of the Siena Fortepiano. Sometimes it seems to go out of tune as well.
by Belle
Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Re: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"

I haven't a clue how one quotes in this new site format but... at 29 seconds, just after the start of the thematic stuff, it's 2/4. The bass is in 2/4, the decorations in the middle stave are also 2/4 in groups, per half beat, of i) a quaver rest + 2 semiquavers and ii) 4 semiquavers, the group mak...
by Belle
Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Re: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"

mikealdren wrote:
Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:52 am
You cn see the score here:

http://imslp.org/wiki/Études_d%27exécut ... zt,_Franz)
Thanks for that. I cannot get that site to work as I've tried before.
by Belle
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 "Mazeppa"

Calling all keyboard musicians; help wanted! ! I've been listening to this tonight and following the score but, for the life of me, I cannot work out the notes to the time signatures. In some sections, eg. 2/4, it's fairly straightforward BUT with all those ornaments and runs and extra staves Liszt...
by Belle
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming
Replies: 24
Views: 1087

Re: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming

"Candide" was written as a cross-over by a composer who had his feet in cross-over (just look at the balletic "West Side Story") and serious art music. And he did it brilliantly!! As you say. he did it brilliantly, but LB allowed Candide to be adapted (book not music) into a more serious "opera" in...
by Belle
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming
Replies: 24
Views: 1087

Re: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming

"Candide" was written as a cross-over by a composer who had his feet in cross-over (just look at the balletic "West Side Story"), straight musical comedy and serious art music. And he did it brilliantly!! I notice that Kiri appeared in the 1985 recording of "West Side Story" which Bernstein himself ...
by Belle
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming
Replies: 24
Views: 1087

Re: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming

I'm just not a fan of cross-over. Here's another. Bryn Terfel: http://www.deutschegrammophon.com/en/cat/4491632? And Kiri ta Kanawa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMIDfTcMuAM Both charming in their own right, but these shows were written for Broadway, not for opera houses. In becoming vehicles for...
by Belle
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming
Replies: 24
Views: 1087

Re: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming

Seems there are some other non-believers!!

http://slippedisc.com/2017/04/renee-fle ... e-jenkins/
by Belle
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming
Replies: 24
Views: 1087

Re: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming

"Rosenkavalier" to "Carousel". Yep; enigmatic.
by Belle
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nagano and a VERY contemporary staging of Bach
Replies: 4
Views: 425

Re: Nagano and a VERY contemporary staging of Bach

I lost patience with the wrestling and gave up!! Nice to hear all the instruments groups and their distinct roles in the work; that's something I've not noticed before in performances of this magnificent work. And I'm ambivalent about Ian Bostridge.
by Belle
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming
Replies: 24
Views: 1087

Re: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming

I wouldn't mind seeing a modern stage production of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Some years ago " Oklahoma " was presented at the National Theatre in London with our Hugh Jackman in the role of Curly and broadcast on television. Decades ago when I worked at our national broadcaster, the ABC, I...
by Belle
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Los Angeles Phil most important orchestra in America
Replies: 9
Views: 715

Re: Los Angeles Phil most important orchestra in America

>There's a complication for us; our landlady may have died as I've tried to contact her without success. In 2015 she was already quite ill with lung cancer and only just 50 years of age! Belle is that a landlady in LA-were you thinking of coming to the US? Sorry to hear about her condition. Regards...