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by Heck148
Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cheat Sheet From NY Times American Orchestras
Replies: 5
Views: 282

Re: Cheat Sheet From NY Times American Orchestras

I'd like to see James Conlon score a major post in the US. I've heard some very good things from him...
by Heck148
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anshel Brusilow (14 Aug 1928–15 Jan 2018)
Replies: 10
Views: 542

Re: Anshel Brusilow (14 Aug 1928–15 Jan 2018)

jserraglio wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:05 pm
Another great Brusilow recording.

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yup - that's a great one....wonderful music, played superbly....
by Heck148
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anshel Brusilow (14 Aug 1928–15 Jan 2018)
Replies: 10
Views: 542

Re: Anshel Brusilow (14 Aug 1928–15 Jan 2018)

Brusilow's recordings with the Philadelphia Chamber Symphony werre really first-rate - top level - best Brahms Serenade #1 I've ever heard....also the French discs - Ibert, Francaix, Ravel were absolute top level performances... Brusliow, had a long career as an orchestral violinist and concertmaste...
by Heck148
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 736

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

John didn't just say "of his time", he said "of any time". Does that alter it for you at all? No, it does not. The two that I raise as rivals were not "of his time". How do you judge that Toscanini was "more famous" than Bernstein? Toscanini epitomized the image, and the concept of the orchestra co...
by Heck148
Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 736

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

John F wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:15 am
The answers are yes, and because it's true. :)
Yes, agreed - Toscanini was the most famous of his time....he defined "Conductor" or "Maestro" for at least a generation [or two]...
by Heck148
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 736

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

Thanks, John -
I may just have to make a trip to NYC to check that out!!
by Heck148
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 4979

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

The Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland Orchestra stated yesterday that they knew nothing of any misbehavior during Levine's time there in the 60's and early 70's. According to the article, Plain Dealer reporters are now contacting members and former members of the Orchestra to find out ...
by Heck148
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 4979

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

I'd heard about Levine for years, and a shame at this point in his life to face his past in this embarassing manner. I feel badly for the victim, as well. I wonder how all this will affect Levine's career, what is left of it. Pianist Mikhail Pletnev went through something like this awhile back. But...
by Heck148
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "What the composer wants"
Replies: 34
Views: 2162

Re: "What the composer wants"

Though I admire what AT did for music and own his recordings, I do find his conducting rigid and unyielding in most of what I still listen to from him. Seeing AT on film in studio 8H only reinforced that impression. Try the Tchaikovsky Manfred symphony mvt II, 2nd theme - Toscanini/NBC 1/53 - this ...
by Heck148
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "What the composer wants"
Replies: 34
Views: 2162

Re: "What the composer wants"

THEHORN wrote:
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:58 pm
Toscanini was not a totally rigid and metronomic conductor by any means .
Agree completely....AT was in no way a rigid time-beater - check out his Tristan P & L-D, or Brahms 4/IV....it could be just as easily said that Furtwangler was an "idiosyncratic taffy-puller".......
by Heck148
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Georg Solti/Chicago Box
Replies: 10
Views: 1031

Re: Georg Solti/Chicago Box

sorry, 2ble post.
by Heck148
Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Georg Solti/Chicago Box
Replies: 10
Views: 1031

Re: Georg Solti/Chicago Box

2ble post
by Heck148
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Georg Solti/Chicago Box
Replies: 10
Views: 1031

Re: Georg Solti/Chicago Box

The CSO is one of my favourite orchestras, especially under the baton of Fritz Reiner. I agree, as do many professional musicians. Reiner/CSO represents, for many, the epitome, the pinnacle, of conductor/orchestra combination of musical excellence. I would quote Ray Still, long-time principal obois...
by Heck148
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Georg Solti/Chicago Box
Replies: 10
Views: 1031

Re: Georg Solti/Chicago Box

The problem for me with this box is that his recordings were so heavily promoted when they were issued that I have all of the originals in my collection, and like many here, see no reason to duplicate in order to have a "complete" library. Same here...I have most all of them already. So, it's still...
by Heck148
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 3185

Re: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...

And not to forget Richard Stoltzman, certainly the most prominent solo clarinetist of our time, one of the few who can make a whole career as a soloist, without the need for an orchestral gig. His own playing style is so unique, he pretty much has to be the soloist. Yes, I believe that is true - I ...
by Heck148
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 3185

Re: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...

I find the comments about Benny Goodman and his playing of the Nielsen and Hindemith concertos as being "over his head" to be very condescending. Would a musician who performed and recorded with contemporary composers Bartok, Bernstein, Copland, Gould, and Stravinsky not understand what the Nielsen...
by Heck148
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 3185

Re: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...

The Nielsen Concerto recording, on the other hand, is generally recognized as one of his worst classical recordings. It has technical problems that are not found in other difficult concertos. Nothing special, just weird sequences of notes that twist your fingers into knots and supernaturally fast t...
by Heck148
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!
Replies: 20
Views: 2167

Re: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!

Discover the joy of classical sax. Vaughan Williams - Job, Scene VI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re2jHx7L9AE [VW} uses the [saxophone's] seductive sensuality to connote the oily hypocrisy of Job’s Comforters. Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 6, mvt. 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFzWCXqQriU&l...
by Heck148
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!
Replies: 20
Views: 2167

Re: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!

Bereft of snob appeal, the low-born sax, played by master musicians, is capable of the sublime. The great Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter tried to imitate its sound. Sonny Rollins Ben Webster John Coltrane Coleman Hawkins Lester Young Sidney Bechet Wayne Shorter Charlie Parker Add Johnny Hodges to t...
by Heck148
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Slatkin’s 10 Forgotten American Masterpieces
Replies: 11
Views: 1574

Re: Leonard Slatkin’s 10 Forgotten American Masterpieces

Quite a good list, Mr. Slatkin has ID'd some fine works that are deserving of more exposure.
by Heck148
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Solti/Chicago Decca box 108 CDs TOC
Replies: 8
Views: 1869

Re: Solti/Chicago Decca box 108 CDs TOC

I have Solti's Mahler & Bruckner, and a host of other CDs, including a magnificent Shostakovich V and the Schumann symphonies (Vienna) and Brahms symphonies (Chicago). Frankly, I don't need this set, but there are treasures in it for those who wish to collect Solti. Same here...I have most all of t...
by Heck148
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Toscanini biography -- Yikes!
Replies: 17
Views: 2103

Re: New Toscanini biography -- Yikes!

Sexual/extra-marital affairs are nothing new to conductors...they are strong, powerful personalities, and many women find this attractive...

Reiner and Eugene Goosens had extra-marital affairs that cost them positions during their careers - Reiner[Cincinnati], Goosens [Sydney, Australia]
by Heck148
Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rosenthal Archives, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, back online
Replies: 3
Views: 611

Re: Rosenthal Archives, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, back online

I didn't know it was off-line...
The CSO website is really good...it has the best "past musicians roster" of any I've seen...I wish all major orchestras would do the same...
by Heck148
Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Hindemith
Replies: 8
Views: 1133

Re: Paul Hindemith

arepo wrote:
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:18 am
Hindemith's Symphony in E flat remains never performed and remains one my all-time favorite works. Never could understand the lack of enthusiasm for this marvelous work. cliftwood
agree completely - marvelous work - should be a concert staple.
by Heck148
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 43
Views: 5219

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

This is a tad off-topic, but it was Hindemith's ambition to write at least one sonata for each instrument in a standard symphony orchestra. He never completed the project, but he got pretty far along. Go to ​https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_compositions_by_Paul_Hindemith#Chamber_music for a li...
by Heck148
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 43
Views: 5219

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

Hindemith is a composer I would like to know much more about. I know precious little about his conducting. Any suggestions on where to start with his works? (Perhaps a new thread?) There was a great Bernstein/NYPO disc available with three Hindemith mainstays: Symphony in Eb - a really fine work, d...
by Heck148
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 43
Views: 5219

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

RebLem..... Thanks so much for the hot tip on the Chicago Symphony sale. Am looking forward to recieving it in the mail. It looks like a real treasure! I'm especially curious about how Hindemith conducts Bruckner VII. The Hindemith Bruckner 7 is only the first mvt - it was taken from a WGN-TV [3/63...
by Heck148
Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 43
Views: 5219

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

I looked though this entire thread to see if the CSO Bruckner 7 was mentioned and finally found it in Heck's post above. I agree with the review, but want to add that this is still available from the Chicago Symphony Store ​http://www.symphonystore.com/ It is on Disc 6 of a 10 disc set. Cost is $90...
by Heck148
Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 43
Views: 5219

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

Tennstedt could be hit or miss in my book - he tended to go for the big line, and but often rhythmic imprecision and slackness were evident....he could be effective, tho - I heard him conduct the London PO live in Boston, doing Mahler 5, it was OK, but not up to the Abbado/LSO performance I heard sh...
by Heck148
Sun May 07, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carl Vine: Five Hallucinations for Trombone & Orch. Mulcahy/Gaffigan/CSO 2016 world premiere
Replies: 4
Views: 1009

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

I think I am right that the soloist, Mulcahey, is a brilliant Australian trombonist and a great loss to this country. Chicago's gain. Yes, Mike Mulcahy is Australian, a great trombonist....He plays Trombone II in CSO, but sometimes gets solo roles as well - years ago I heard CSO with Barenboim perf...
by Heck148
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 6600

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

I guess I find myself someplace midway between the preferences expressed re Sibelius symphonies - #5 is my favorite, most satisfying in both form and content. next, I love #1, for me, one of the greatest "First" symphonies....great tunes, esp in mvts I and II. I like his use of the opening clarinet ...
by Heck148
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 6600

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

I'm with Heck148 about the Bernstein (Columbia/Sony) cycle. Stokowski also recorded a fabulous I for Columbia, but never recorded the other symphonies. Nothing beats the passion of Bernstein and Stokowski, who really knew how to inspire their players. Stoki did record #2 with NBC - 1954, and it is ...
by Heck148
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 6600

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

jserraglio wrote:
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:28 pm

favorite second
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5GwvCLtJ_U
That's a good one...
I think my favorite #2 is Monteux/LSO, Stkowski/NBC, Toscanini [1940] and the
Barbirolli/RPO are all excellent too..
by Heck148
Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 6600

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

The Sibelius symphonies are wonderful...

You can't go wrong with Bernstein/NYPO set on Sony....excellent throughout...with some
really stellar renditions - 1, 5, 3, 7.......
by Heck148
Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One musician's experience with the CSO
Replies: 11
Views: 1375

Re: One musician's experience with the CSO

jserraglio wrote:Softer since Solti?
Probably about the same - I've heard CSO in their home Orchestra Hall - several times, different conductors - the dynamic range is still pretty impressive....
Heard CSO with Solti in Carnegie Hall, and Boston Sym Hall...unbelievable...
by Heck148
Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Look mummy; no hands with Haydn!!"
Replies: 7
Views: 940

Re: "Look mummy; no hands with Haydn!!"

I've also seen conductors stop conducting in mid-movement for quite a long time; Two of the best I ever played for - Walter Hendl and Boris Goldovsky - would frequently stop conducting, put their hands down, and let the orchestra play...of course, they still had the eye contact going "full on", and...
by Heck148
Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Look mummy; no hands with Haydn!!"
Replies: 7
Views: 940

Re: "Look mummy; no hands with Haydn!!"

maestrob wrote:Thank you, Belle. I've never seen a conductor lead with his face before! :lol:
Watch some Reiner videos...
by Heck148
Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Long live the turntable!
Replies: 10
Views: 1121

Re: Long live the turntable!

......but pops, ticks and inner groove distortion (not to mention problems with pressing quality-remember RCA's Dynagroove?) all frustrated my listening experience. Reel-to-reel tape was my preferred format until CDs came along (Barclay-Crocker anyone?), then it was no contest. Yup, agreed all the ...
by Heck148
Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2016 classical necrology
Replies: 6
Views: 971

Re: 2016 classical necrology

<<April 4 – Royston Nash, British conductor, 82>> I was saddened by the death of Royston Nash....I played for him for years, and he was a good friend and a fine conductor... Royston had real charisma - he was very English, and had in aura of English nobility about him, but he was not at all snobby o...
by Heck148
Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's Horn Concertos
Replies: 32
Views: 3932

Re: Mozart's Horn Concertos

Again, John - we're talking about great musicians here, everyone named so far, wonderful musicians...I don't mean to negate or downgrade anyone, we're talking about superlatives, and infinitesimal degrees of difference. :) Thanks for giving all that detail, and you may be surprised that it more or ...
by Heck148
Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's Horn Concertos
Replies: 32
Views: 3932

Re: Mozart's Horn Concertos

I've heard Tuckwell's concerto recordings and one by Clevenger, and while they certainly had command of their instrument and made a fine sound, neither had Brain's subtlety and imagination as a soloist. very subjective, of course :) Tuckwell and Clevenger both exceed Brain in dynamic range, power o...
by Heck148
Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's Horn Concertos
Replies: 32
Views: 3932

Re: Mozart's Horn Concertos

Fine as those players were, I wouldn't put them in the same class as Dennis Brain, the nonpareil. I rate them all in the same superior class. Tuckwell and Clevenger are amazing players...in some ways better than Brain, in others, maybe not as much. all top level....all great soloists, and great orc...
by Heck148
Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's Horn Concertos
Replies: 32
Views: 3932

Re: Mozart's Horn Concertos

Dennis Brain was a great artist for sure....his recordings of the Mozart, and the Strauss concerti are top-notch. I also include Dale Clevenger and Barry Tuckwell in the same category - marvelous artists, who really explore the expressive and tonal possibilities of the horn. Their Mozart recordings ...
by Heck148
Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's Horn Concertos
Replies: 32
Views: 3932

Re: Mozart's Horn Concertos

such as the Weber concertino, which calls for the soloist to play chords ! in the cadenza by a technique of making overtones audible., We played this a few years back - Eric Ruske was soloist - in rehearsal, he got the chord nicely - play one note, sing another, and have the third note "sound in".....
by Heck148
Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does Sir John Barbirolli stack up with others?
Replies: 14
Views: 2911

Re: How does Sir John Barbirolli stack up with others?

Barbirolli conducted the Houston Symphony from 1961-67, a good friend of mine [now deceased] played for him there. The musicians loved him. Barbirolli was son of an Italian father and French mother, tho he was born in England and considered himself to be cockney all the way. Sir John was fluent in a...
by Heck148
Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hanson Sym 4
Replies: 7
Views: 1035

Re: Hanson Sym 4

Thanks for the further information about the Eastman-Rochester orchestra. They certainly play like professionals in the recordings I've heard. ......I have to wonder, though, if it wasn't an Eastman School orchestra, how did "Eastman" get into its name? Did George Eastman endow it separately from t...
by Heck148
Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hanson Sym 4
Replies: 7
Views: 1035

Re: Hanson Sym 4

Howard Hanson's services to American music went well beyond his own compositions. He was director of the Eastman School of Music for 40 years, and as conductor of the school's symphony orchestra (including professional ringers from the Rochester Philharmonic), made dozens of fine-sounding records f...
by Heck148
Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Roy Harris Symphony #3
Replies: 19
Views: 2003

Re: Roy Harris Symphony #3

From my perspective, the Wm.Schuman 3rd and the Hindemith E Flat symphonies are two works written in America during the same period that are superior to any of the aforementioned works. Yes, Schuman 3 is a great work...Copland 3 and Harris 3 are very good, tho...also - Hanson #3 is his best, IMO. v...
by Heck148
Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I First Heard The 1st, 2d, and 3d Symphonies Of CH ...
Replies: 7
Views: 1293

Re: I First Heard The 1st, 2d, and 3d Symphonies Of CH ...

... in a 1970s collection that also included the MANFRED and the four Suites. That is all very charming music, every bit as agreeable as the 4th, the 5th, and the 6th Symphonies, so why were they neglected for so long? I really enjoy the first three Tchaikovsky symphonies, far more than #s 4 and 5....
by Heck148
Mon Oct 24, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My Favorite Choral Piece Is The ...
Replies: 52
Views: 5563

Re: My Favorite Choral Piece Is The ...

jserraglio wrote: So, one more fave choral piece— Poulenc's Gloria.
excellent choice!!