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by Wallingford
Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok Piano Quartet in C Minor
Replies: 1
Views: 177

Re: Bartok Piano Quartet in C Minor

From what I remember of my studies, Bartok's three big influences were R. Strauss, Debussy, and Brahms.
by Wallingford
Sun Nov 27, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does Sir John Barbirolli stack up with others?
Replies: 14
Views: 1333

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

Oh, by the way:

I've had a new word kicking around in my head many years now--a name that perfectly describes Beecham devotees:

The "Beech-nuts." (Ties in with his dad's chewing gum business.)

I'm amazed no one else has ever thought of it.
by Wallingford
Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Roy Harris Symphony #3
Replies: 19
Views: 716

Re: Roy Harris Symphony #3

This work would be languishing in obscurity were it not for the efforts of Alsop & Jarvi. It's about two decades overdue for a new recording. It boasts one of the true "ringers" among symphonic themes (i.e., the one used as the basis of the fugue--the supposed "third" movement out of "five"). The Th...
by Wallingford
Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does Sir John Barbirolli stack up with others?
Replies: 14
Views: 1333

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

Well, when the short-lived Classic CD magazine published its "100 Greatest Conductors of the Century" in '99, the all-Brit critics put Barbirolli in, something like, the top three. "Glorious John" was always his moniker over there, and his entry concluded how they miss him still. He was hugely haile...
by Wallingford
Sat Oct 15, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My Favorite Choral Piece Is The ...
Replies: 52
Views: 1805

Re: My Favorite Choral Piece Is The ...

Though it doesn't strike as many points for profundity or sublimity or (*cough*) greatness as the "masterworks," I would nominate the Faure Requiem . It's enjoyable and accessible throughout, and of course Faure had a flawless writing technique and real taste. Also, this is a piece that can be worke...
by Wallingford
Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The 'NPO Radio 4' Heart and Soul List
Replies: 1
Views: 260

Re: The 'NPO Radio 4' Heart and Soul List

Just browsed thru their Top 100.

Tastewise, I'll cut them all the slack in the world except for the Schindler's List ST. (As high as #36?!?!?)
by Wallingford
Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ASMF founder Neville Marriner dead at 92
Replies: 9
Views: 501

Re: ASMF founder Neville Marriner dead at 92

I found his complete Brahms and Schumann symphony sets surprisingly very good. Still, I always was befuddled at his Ormandy/Stokowski/Ozawa complex, and taking a whack at the big, blitzy showpieces. As if simply being the greatest living Handel/Haydn/Mozart conductor was really a bad thing. He had l...
by Wallingford
Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Replies: 31
Views: 1086

Re: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"

Disc jockey Barret Hansen ("Dr. Demento") often played Mrs. Miller cuts on his radio show. Her versions of "Strangers In The Night" and "Yellow Submarine" are ever green in the memory.

I never could motivate myself to hear other of her tracks, however.
by Wallingford
Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I've noticed in doing posts ...
Replies: 8
Views: 387

Re: What I've noticed in doing posts ...

I upgraded to 10 just under the wire (before I'd have had to pay for it), and I've since had some luck picking up Wi-Fi in the complex I'm in, though it fritzes out on me all the time. There's I site I just newly joined where I post extensively, and I find I have to compose it on Word first or else ...
by Wallingford
Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Smetana's MA VLAST for Duo Piano???
Replies: 10
Views: 353

Re: Smetana's MA VLAST for Duo Piano???

And, lest we forget, piano 4-hand/2-piano transcriptions are a remnant of the days when there was no such thing as radio and records.
by Wallingford
Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Brahms 1st Piano Concerto
Replies: 29
Views: 1092

Re: The Brahms 1st Piano Concerto

I have many live BSO performances in my collection, and one of my most prized is both Brahms Piano Concertos played at Tanglewood '69 with Cliburn in the First, Andre Watts in the Second. Magnificent both. They were from Leinsdorf's final concerts as BSO music director. The final applause is insane ...
by Wallingford
Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Replies: 31
Views: 1086

Re: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"

It's been numero uno on my viewing list ever since I saw the ads over two months ago. In my area, however, I'll likely have to rent it out--the local Redbox willing.
by Wallingford
Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A question for all you clarinetists....
Replies: 7
Views: 331

Re: A question for all you clarinetists....

There's a passage in Strauss' Don Juan that always fascinated me. At letter G, the cellos make a restatement of the opening theme, first in C major (the work's in E), and then they do another restatement in E-flat. Then the A clarinet takes it up in that same key--transposed to F# major! No matter h...
by Wallingford
Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A question for all you clarinetists....
Replies: 7
Views: 331

A question for all you clarinetists....

Here’s a matter that’s befuddled me, ever since I started reading orchestra scores. And I’m asking this, speaking as someone who once played the clarinet (in wind bands—middle school through college): If the A clarinet was made to accommodate sharp keys, and the B-flat clarinet to accommodate flat k...
by Wallingford
Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Public Domain
Replies: 1
Views: 402

Re: The Public Domain

Hmmm, interesting.....YouTube just removed a video I'd had posted these last 4 years, of an old RCA 78 recording of the Chicago Symphony led by Desire Defaux.

Guess it's not public domain.
by Wallingford
Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Just wondering how Auntie Lynne is ,,,
Replies: 13
Views: 564

Re: Just wondering how Auntie Lynne is ,,,

Auf Wiederseh'n & don't come back, Auntie!
by Wallingford
Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich to receive Kennedy Center Honors
Replies: 3
Views: 228

Re: Martha Argerich to receive Kennedy Center Honors

The frikkin' Eagles?!?

HAR-RRRUMPPPPPPHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
by Wallingford
Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Agnes Selby (April 4, 1933 - June 18, 2016)
Replies: 18
Views: 844

Re: Agnes Selby (April 4, 1933 - June 18, 2016)

Rest in peace, Agnes. It was always nice to read your posts.

--Neil
by Wallingford
Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best of Brahms
Replies: 23
Views: 711

Re: Best of Brahms

I'm not much of a Marriner fan, but he surprisingly does well by the Brahms Symphonies. I'm a great fan of Ormandy, and it's heartening to know he had fine flair for the composer--particularly his second recording of the First. My very favorite Piano Concerto #2 is the third one he collaborated with...
by Wallingford
Wed Jun 08, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 13
Views: 458

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Lance,

Salutations & finest regards of the day!

--Neil
by Wallingford
Mon May 16, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Julius La Rosa R.I.P.
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Julius La Rosa R.I.P.

For the record, Dennis Day did the song on a mid-50s episode of radio's The Jack Benny Program, and Day just can't suppress his own laughter as the song wears on.

It must've been that whistling part at the end of each verse that gets both of 'em.
by Wallingford
Mon May 16, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Julius La Rosa R.I.P.
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Julius La Rosa R.I.P.

Ah, Mr. LaRosa.

"Eh Cumpari" was a million-selling single. Who can ever forget LaRosa's not-quite-flawless performance, in which, after each repetition of the memory trick of all those instruments, LaRosa makes the damnedest effort not to burst out laughing?
by Wallingford
Fri May 13, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century
Replies: 43
Views: 1243

Re: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century

Saint-Saens wrote a Requiem, a Mass, and a Christmas Oratorio.

Not the greatest, but still quite enjoyable.
by Wallingford
Wed May 11, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance is around, but ...
Replies: 6
Views: 439

Re: Lance is around, but ...

Hi Lance:

Sorry I only got to this thread (and site) today as I was dealing yesterday with health issues of my own (my periodic dizzy spells, and a backache). But I feel sad for your predicament and hope you'll be back to normal in little time at all.

Sincerely,
Neil
by Wallingford
Wed Apr 06, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Francis 75.
Replies: 26
Views: 793

Re: John Francis 75.

Amen to what JB said. Hope it's a super one. :D
by Wallingford
Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the Musical Heritage Society still active.
Replies: 7
Views: 799

Re: Is the Musical Heritage Society still active.

MHS is to be honored for its long commitment to unusual, unrecorded repertory. One of my old piano profs, Daniel Graham, recorded for MHS in the 70s (and financed the recording with several thousand dollars of his own money) the Henselt Etudes and the Szymanowski Sonatas, as well as the Anton Rubins...
by Wallingford
Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1821574

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy (Robertson, live w/SFS)
by Wallingford
Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1821574

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Stehman's Symphonie de Poche and Chant Funebre (Remoortel).
by Wallingford
Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Question About Grieg
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Re: A Question About Grieg

Another large-scale work of Grieg's is the Piano Sonata, Op. 7--another product of his student days in Leipzig. Has its moments, is all I can say. There was also a projected unfinished opera, Olav Trygvason . Here's another noteworthy Lyric Piece , called "Bell Ringing".....Debussy must've had this ...
by Wallingford
Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1821574

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Bela Fleck's Banjo Concerto (Fleck, live w/Guerrero, Cleveland Orch. )
by Wallingford
Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Bernstein And Bruckner
Replies: 10
Views: 723

Re: Leonard Bernstein And Bruckner

OK, now it's fixed above....thanks for the alert.
by Wallingford
Sat Feb 27, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Bernstein And Bruckner
Replies: 10
Views: 723

Re: Leonard Bernstein And Bruckner

It's rather unlikely Saint-Saens had much exposure to Bruckner's music until, perhaps, the last decade or so of his life (he did die in 1921). No, among the Austrian masters, Saint-Saens focused on Beethoven and Mozart: a few years before he reached the age of ten, he could play all five Beethoven c...
by Wallingford
Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grammys Feb. 15, 2016-Classical Music Winners-Really?
Replies: 8
Views: 498

Re: Grammys Feb. 15, 2016-Classical Music Winners-Really?

I'm interested in the Ravel L'Enfant--I'm curious for hearing any performance of his two operas.
by Wallingford
Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1821574

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Sibelius' En Saga (Robertson)
by Wallingford
Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1821574

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Sowerby's Prairie and From the Northland (D. Dixon)
by Wallingford
Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1821574

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Haydn's 102nd (Beecham...live w/CSO)
by Wallingford
Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1821574

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Saint-Saens's La jeunesse d'Hercule (Pretre/VSO)
by Wallingford
Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1821574

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schumann's First (Masur...live w/BSO)
by Wallingford
Fri Feb 05, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical musicians born in the YEAR OF THE MONKEY!
Replies: 0
Views: 350

Classical musicians born in the YEAR OF THE MONKEY!

2016 : THE YEAR OF THE FIRE MONKEY On February 8, we will be entering the Lunar New Year, and in China the Year of the Monkey will be celebrated. As a refresher to how the various "animal years" were initiated: the legend of the god Buddha relates that, when he was to leave the earth, he invited al...
by Wallingford
Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Cortot 40CD Set
Replies: 13
Views: 777

Re: Alfred Cortot 40CD Set

The cover's not too tempting. It's rather disheartening. Warner should've used a photo from when his hair was still black. By the time the present photo was taken, Cortot couldn't play two right notes in succession, and his already-faulty memory was further failing him.
by Wallingford
Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Called to jury duty
Replies: 20
Views: 604

Re: Called to jury duty

If you want a better chance at being dismissed early, fall asleep. That's what I did both times I served (was dismissed the first time, not the second).
by Wallingford
Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierre Boulez dies at 90
Replies: 38
Views: 2265

Re: Pierre Boulez dies at 90

He wouldn't do Shostakovich or Gubaidulina.

The only Prokofiev he conducted was the Scythian Suite.
by Wallingford
Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierre Boulez dies at 90
Replies: 38
Views: 2265

Re: Pierre Boulez dies at 90

When I think of Boulez, my mind turns immediately to all the fine contemporary composers he DIDN'T conduct.
by Wallingford
Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Time for my annual Christmas post
Replies: 10
Views: 941

Re: Time for my annual Christmas post

Happy Christmas to all (to quote the dubious Clement C. Moore).
by Wallingford
Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The 2015 Kennedy Center Honors
Replies: 2
Views: 349

The 2015 Kennedy Center Honors

....at least I'm not outraged this time out:

http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/ ... ts/honors/
by Wallingford
Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Obama's Official Playlist
Replies: 12
Views: 1134

Re: Obama's Official Playlist

Leave it to Obama to bestow upon Al Green a Kennedy Center Honor!
by Wallingford
Tue Dec 15, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who recalls conductor NICOLAI MALKO?
Replies: 5
Views: 869

Re: Who recalls conductor NICOLAI MALKO?

I have the 2-CD set on Danacord (549-550) of Malko's EMI recordings with the Philharmonia and the Danish Radio Sym.

The man did very fine work indeed.
by Wallingford
Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Love & Mercy"
Replies: 2
Views: 630

"Love & Mercy"

I just thought, before we get inundated with Star Wars posts, that I'd comment on a film I recently saw, Love & Mercy --the story of Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson's struggle out of mental illness. Wilson began losing it around 1964, when he threw a tantrum on a plane on tour. (The movie, however, p...