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by Wallingford
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 618

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: 444

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: 667

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: 1299

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: 2104

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: 2104

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: 3565

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: 717

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: 476

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: 2314

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: 1479

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: 2314

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: 3626

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: 485

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: 1122

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: 2176

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: 928

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: 775

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: 2367

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: 2176

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: 728

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: 728

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: 594

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: 1089

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: 449

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: 1714

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: 1573

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: 1283

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: 653

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: 653

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: 2285

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: 805

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: 1763

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: 1209

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: 1995232

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: 1995232

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: 678

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: 1995232

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: 1255

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: 1255

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: 1016

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: 1995232

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: 1995232

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: 1995232

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: 1995232

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: 1995232

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: 574

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: 1432

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.