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by Wallingford
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Henning
Replies: 13
Views: 273

Re: Karl Henning

Only just now did I get on this page. I'll certainly do my bit to aid Karl & family.
by Wallingford
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 529
Views: 179946

Re: What I listened to today

These past two weeks I’ve been celebrating the installation of a new cartridge by trying it out on a pile of unplayed vinyl….stuff I’ve had over the decades and never played. There’re two Murray Hill sets of Mozart, and my near-complete Time-Life Great Men of music series. The latter include LPs I’v...
by Wallingford
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3958
Views: 565997

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

At the same sale mentioned above, I got these miniature scores for a dime a throw (they've been really desperate to get rid of their sheet music): Ravel's La Valse Bartok's Divertimento Stravinsky's Octet for Winds Bach Motets #1, 2 & 3 Brahms' Haydn Variations Strauss' Don Quixote Saint-Saens' Pian...
by Wallingford
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3958
Views: 565997

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

....They were a buck apiece, so didn't break the bank for me.
by Wallingford
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3958
Views: 565997

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Wow! You know how to pick 'em! Some great material there. Thanks. It's great to know Greeley, Colo. had many classical music fans, thanks in no small measure to the Univ. of Northern Colorado. (There were two copies of the Fleisher/Brahms; I do know that one of my profs there had a copy--he was a F...
by Wallingford
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3958
Views: 565997

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Two weeks ago, I picked up a load of about twenty vinyl albums at a sale taking place at my alma mater. Among them were: A Chabrier Concert ……Dervaux, Orch. Colonne (Seraphim S-60108) Dvorak Slavonic Dances (complete)…..Dorati, Bamberg Sym. (Turnabout QTV-S 34672) Bartok Concerto for Orchestra ; Jan...
by Wallingford
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 529
Views: 179946

Re: What I listened to today

And what, out of this group, captured your musical heart the most? This isn't today, but rather the LPs I listened to the past few weeks, using the old cartridge and saving the new cartridge for some fresh, unopened vinyl: Weber's Oberon and Der Freischutz Overtures, and Smetana's Moldau (Szell, NY...
by Wallingford
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 529
Views: 179946

Re: What I listened to today

This isn't today, but rather the LPs I listened to the past few weeks, using the old cartridge and saving the new cartridge for some fresh, unopened vinyl: Weber's Oberon and Der Freischutz Overtures, and Smetana's Moldau (Szell, NYP) Tchaikovsky's Symphony #4 (Koussevitzky) Gershwin's Cuban Overtur...
by Wallingford
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3958
Views: 565997

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

An update on my near-complete Time-Life Great Men of Music LP sets. Off of ebay I got, at an attractive price, two brand new, unopened sets, the Wagner one (which I hadn't yet got), and the Mendelssohn (to replace the crappy-condition copy I got off of discogs.com). Now, it's all down to just gettin...
by Wallingford
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3958
Views: 565997

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

This past year or so I've been slowly bringing to completion my library of the seventies' Time-Life Great Men of Music series. My mother subscribed to this for me up until the time I moved away to college, so my collection stopped at the Chopin volume. So, I've acquired, mainly thru the ebay and dis...
by Wallingford
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'Like pinning Jello to the wall' — Trump sucks up to Putin and Xi; disses Merkel and May. Why?
Replies: 1
Views: 599

Re: 'Like pinning Jello to the wall' — Trump sucks up to Putin and Xi; disses Merkel and May. Why?

As long as I'm fleetingly reunited with you folks on this site: I'm in full accord with Stephen Colbert's conclusion about Putin and Trump. It's got to be the only logical one. I thought this for several months, and I only found out about Colbert's big stir a few days ago after doing a Google using ...
by Wallingford
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 5030

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Let's just say it was a grand experiment that didn't work out.
by Wallingford
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anyone ever heard of a contrabass trumpet?
Replies: 5
Views: 1785

Re: Anyone ever heard of a contrabass trumpet?

I swear, I'd be filthy rich if I had a dime for everyone I've heard use the word "trumpetist."
by Wallingford
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anshel Brusilow (14 Aug 1928–15 Jan 2018)
Replies: 10
Views: 2418

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

Ormandy's April '59 recording of Danse Macabre had what I always considered the best performance of the concertmaster's part. The Sony reissue doesn't list either the producer or the soloist. Could it have been Brusilow, or was it Jacob Krachmalnik?
by Wallingford
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 9944

Re: Is the piano recital dying

I see some consolation in this thread's title. Being a cripple, both in keyboard technique as well as overall physique, I can see why and how I wouldn't have gone far at all as a recitalist, and today it's a lost cause for all but a mere handful.
by Wallingford
Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony
Replies: 10
Views: 2497

Re: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony

If the phrase "fruitful partnership" applied to anything, it was definitely MTT & SFS. Tilson Thomas (that's how I've always rather cumbersomely referred to him--I'm not the one who initiated that trend, however) led the pack in terms of inventive, innovative programming on the part of maestros. I d...
by Wallingford
Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: After calling out NFL, Trump faces open contempt and defiance
Replies: 11
Views: 3601

Re: After calling out NFL, Trump faces open contempt and defiance

Where do I stand on Trump's supporters? Well, whenever I go on the treadmill at the senior center, a lot of simple folk who claim Trump's completely tactless statements exactly mirrored what they wanted to say, simply has me seething inside. Well-meaning seniors who're part of the so-called "heartla...
by Wallingford
Thu May 18, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Curse Of Tone Deafness
Replies: 10
Views: 3233

Re: The Curse Of Tone Deafness

Speaking of tone-deafness: I read in a Stereo Review article from about half a century ago, that Francis Scott Key, who bent and twisted the charming melody of the old English drinking song "To Anacreon In Heaven" to make our national anthem, was tone-deaf. Not only that, but his children and grandc...
by Wallingford
Thu May 18, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE STING
Replies: 17
Views: 4719

Re: THE STING

Speaking as an ex-keyboardist, I distinctly recall, in my volumes of piano rags, that Joplin specifically wanted these works to be rendered in a classical manner, and that huge embellishments and liberties are a decided no-no. He wanted them to be treated as seriously as a Chopin piece. Remember, to...
by Wallingford
Tue May 16, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE STING
Replies: 17
Views: 4719

Re: THE STING

Actually, as of late 1973 there was a big revival in general of Joplin's music--E. Power Biggs released two albums on Columbia in which he played Joplin's music on the pedal harpsichord (not really the best medium for this music), and pianists like Max Morath were busy plying their trade. Gunther Sc...
by Wallingford
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 13819

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

John F wrote:
Sat Apr 08, 2017 2:03 pm
You don't find Sibelius very often in American concert programs these days, except of course in Minneapolis.
We mustn't discount the work of our contemporary Scandinavian maestros and their maintenance of the symphonies in the active repertory.
by Wallingford
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Every Time MUSIC CHOICE Identifies Grieg ...
Replies: 5
Views: 1809

Re: Every Time MUSIC CHOICE Identifies Grieg ...

There's Johan Svendsen, all of whose symphonies were recorded years ago on EMI by Maris Jansons and he Oslo Phiharmonic.

Maybe no big points for profundity, but quite entertaining nonetheless.

Neeme Jarvi often plays his Romanza as an encore.
by Wallingford
Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok Piano Quartet in C Minor
Replies: 1
Views: 1142

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: 4725

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: 3972

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: 4725

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: 10877

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: 1186

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: 2885

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: 6868

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: 2265

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: 2128

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: 5969

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: 6868

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: 2113

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: 2113

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: 1178

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: 2610

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: 1278

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: 5428

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: 4879

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: 3697

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: 1802

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: 1802

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: 6363

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: 2035

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: 5897

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: 2439

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...