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by Donaldopato
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erkki Melartin
Replies: 8
Views: 1836

Re: Erkki Melartin

Only ones I know are the Leonid Grin/Tampere Philharmonic on Ondine that have been
referenced above.

And yes, I have been an occasional lurker!
by Donaldopato
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erkki Melartin
Replies: 8
Views: 1836

Re: Erkki Melartin

Don - INDEED, welcome back and hope you stick around. A vibrant contributor to CMG, we look forward to your posts. ALSO A WARM WELCOME TO DR. GIFFORD! Glad you finally made here and hope you enjoy your visits and contribute regularly! Lance Returning to CMG after many a year to say the Melartin Sym...
by Donaldopato
Sun Jun 19, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Agnes Selby (April 4, 1933 - June 18, 2016)
Replies: 18
Views: 5426

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

Agnes was such an inspiration to me and always had something interesting to say. I relished the excerpts from her book and stories of Mozart she would post from time to time. I liked to write concert reviews and post them here. She always encouraged me to continue, which I have. Thanks for the bio D...
by Donaldopato
Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Werner Isler February 9th, 1922 - March 15th, 2013
Replies: 25
Views: 3919

Re: Werner Isler February 9th, 1922 - March 15th, 2013

I was so sad to read on Facebook that Werner had died. When I started to post my concert reviews, he wrote me a short PM to encourage me to continue, as it was clear music was my passion. I enjoyed hearing his YouTube performances, and regret never meeting him in person, but rejoice in knowing him t...
by Donaldopato
Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:43 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: KC Symphony: Adam Schoenberg premiere, + Martinu & Schumann
Replies: 0
Views: 1578

KC Symphony: Adam Schoenberg premiere, + Martinu & Schumann

Adam Schoenberg, born in 1980, is an Oberlin and Julliard graduate and a member of the “Atlanta School” of composers which include Jennifer Higdon, Oswaldo Golijov, and Christopher Theofanidis among others. For his first effort as Composer in Residence, Schoenberg collaborated with Kansas City's wor...
by Donaldopato
Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RIP James DePreist
Replies: 9
Views: 1362

RIP James DePreist

Article from Portland, Or TV news:

http://goo.gl/KXc4i
by Donaldopato
Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Mahler 6 Kansas City Symphony
Replies: 0
Views: 1458

Mahler 6 Kansas City Symphony

“My Sixth seems to be yet another hard nut, one that our critics' feeble little teeth cannot crack.” So wrote Gustav Mahler to conductor Wilhelm Mengelberg. Mahler's Symphony # 6 in A minor was composed during a more contented period in the composer's life, 1902-1903 but not premiered until 1906. Ye...
by Donaldopato
Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:38 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Joyce DiDonato: Drama Queens
Replies: 0
Views: 1786

Joyce DiDonato: Drama Queens

There is no doubt that Joyce DiDonato is THE voice of our time, a consummate artist (and yes even an entertainer in the best sense of the word) at the very peak of her powers, enjoying every moment and note she sings. Other singers (Anna Netrebko, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Dmitri Hvorostovsk...
by Donaldopato
Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Václav Neumann's Dvorak Traversal on Supraphon (8 CDs)
Replies: 18
Views: 3282

Re: Václav Neumann's Dvorak Traversal on Supraphon (8 CDs)

Not quite that good, but when the Bernstein 60 CD Symphony edition first came out, CD Universe offered it for $59.95 pre-order and so I ordered a copy. Sony delayed the release it seems and then finally released it at around $75. They honored the original price and shipping was reasonable. It was go...
by Donaldopato
Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Imagine, an all-Ives disc conducted by Morton Gould!
Replies: 11
Views: 1189

Re: Imagine, an all-Ives disc conducted by Morton Gould!

Is this a currently available CD? Maybe Gould could convince me that Ives wrote anything interesting for orchestra other than the 4th Symphony and the Holidays Symphony.
by Donaldopato
Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anybody Remember These Album Covers ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2800

Re: Anybody Remember These Album Covers ?

The Brahms one is perfect.. :) I had the Planets album.. and the Vila Lobos one too.
by Donaldopato
Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460579

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Got out the Sony Stravinsky box and listened to some late music, Threni, Canticum even the never heard Sermon, Narrative and a Prayer.

Realized again that this music is as dry and lifeless as a old bone. Have to be reminded occasionally.
by Donaldopato
Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Rattle Bruckner 9th Is Here
Replies: 41
Views: 5823

Re: The Rattle Bruckner 9th Is Here

When I saw the combo of Rattle and the team of Nicola Samale and Giuseppe Mazzuca (who made the most hideous completion of Mahler 10, even redoing parts of the Adagio) I knew this turkey was doomed.
by Donaldopato
Sun May 27, 2012 8:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thumbs Up or Down for Myaskovskiy?
Replies: 13
Views: 1761

Re: Thumbs Up or Down for Myaskovskiy?

Like the equally prolific Martinu, Myaskovsky wrote some wonderful works (Symphony # 6, 21, 17, Cello Concerto) and a lot that are fine but not necessarily memorable. As a slight obsessive, I collected all the Symphonies and assorted short works on Olympia/Alto because each disc had a letter on the ...
by Donaldopato
Sat May 26, 2012 7:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking stock: Britten´s War Requiem
Replies: 22
Views: 4254

Re: Taking stock: Britten´s War Requiem

Pears, Fischer-Dieskau, Vishnevskaya, LSO/Britten Decca

Dean Griffey, Finley, Brewer, LPO/Masur LPO

Both fine performances. Heard the same soloists as in the Masur/LPO in St Louis with the StLSO and David Robertson, so it is a sentimental favorite as well.
by Donaldopato
Wed May 23, 2012 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who has the Leonard Bernstein Symphony Edition Box Set?
Replies: 8
Views: 1298

Re: Who has the Leonard Bernstein Symphony Edition Box Set?

I got the Bernstein when it first came out at the bargain price of $75. I had a lot of the stuff on there, but was missing the Sibelius, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky cycles from my collection. It was worth that for those recordings alone. It is not easy to shelve and the discs are in sleeves that can s...
by Donaldopato
Tue May 22, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Opus 78 of Monsieur Charles-Camille
Replies: 13
Views: 1989

Re: The Opus 78 of Monsieur Charles-Camille

Disney was a model for Kauffman in many ways.
by Donaldopato
Tue May 22, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Opus 78 of Monsieur Charles-Camille
Replies: 13
Views: 1989

Re: The Opus 78 of Monsieur Charles-Camille

Image

Kind of a funky looking but very lovely and surprisingly mellow sounding instrument.
by Donaldopato
Tue May 22, 2012 9:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Opus 78 of Monsieur Charles-Camille
Replies: 13
Views: 1989

Re: The Opus 78 of Monsieur Charles-Camille

The Munch/Boston was my first and favorite recording, LP and CD.

On June 9 The KC Symphony is inaugurating the new Cassavant organ in its first appearance with the orchestra with the op 78, Paul Jacobs on the organ. My first time live and with a real live pipe organ too.
by Donaldopato
Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tony Duggan
Replies: 0
Views: 691

Tony Duggan

Tony Duggan, British writer and Mahler Specialist, died of a stroke on February 23rd. He was 58. Many of us have probably read or at least heard of his "Synoptic Survey of Mahler Symphonies", a very readable yet scholarly review of the symphonies, Das Lied and the major song cycles or read his revie...
by Donaldopato
Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bass drum concerto?!
Replies: 4
Views: 805

Re: Bass drum concerto?!

Either a poor performance or a poorly conceived work...maybe both, in my opinion.
by Donaldopato
Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grammy Classical Winners 02/12/12......Um......
Replies: 4
Views: 755

Re: Grammy Classical Winners 02/12/12......Um......

Not heard many of them. Di Donato deserves hers and Eighth Blackbird is always interesting.
by Donaldopato
Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Kansas City Symphony: Recording Dress Rehearsal
Replies: 0
Views: 1439

Kansas City Symphony: Recording Dress Rehearsal

A group of about 400 invited subscribers and friends of the Kansas City Symphony gathered at Helzberg Hall Wednesday for a most interesting and enlightening experience, a preview concert of a new recording of the Symphony by Reference Recordings. Gone forever, it seems, are the days when the major o...
by Donaldopato
Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dudamel swings by Sesame Street to visit Elmo
Replies: 3
Views: 732

Re: Dudamel swings by Sesame Street to visit Elmo

Writer Alex Ross wants to start a movement to have Boulez appear on Sesame Street. From his "Tweet": "Bonjour les enfants! R is for retrograde..."
by Donaldopato
Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:30 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Kansas City Symphony: Mahler 2nd
Replies: 1
Views: 1685

Kansas City Symphony: Mahler 2nd

They say no one likes a show-off, but can we make an exception for the Kansas City Symphony? When you have a fine new venue such as Helzberg Hall you just have to show everyone what it can do. A work tailor made for showing what a hall and ensemble can do was the sole work on this weekend’s program,...
by Donaldopato
Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:03 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Europa Galante CO, Vivica Genaux: Vivaldi Pyrotechnics
Replies: 1
Views: 1496

Europa Galante CO, Vivica Genaux: Vivaldi Pyrotechnics

Sometimes, the best laid plans... I looked forward to seeing my conducting hero Stanislaw Skrowaczewski perform the Schubert 9th in St Louis with the St Louis SO. At 88, he can't be conducting much longer. I thought the same when I saw him do the Bruckner 8th in St Louis in 2009, so hope I am wrong....
by Donaldopato
Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Universe Symphony of Charles Ives
Replies: 5
Views: 1220

Re: The Universe Symphony of Charles Ives

Mike, as usual you are correct. The Universe sounds more 4th movement of the Symphony # 4 than the 2nd. I was alluding to the more advanced sound world of the movements as opposed to the 1st and 3rd movements of the 4th.

I am not sure the Stern recording is still available.
by Donaldopato
Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Universe Symphony of Charles Ives
Replies: 5
Views: 1220

Re: The Universe Symphony of Charles Ives

From what I understand there are a couple arrangements of what Ives left. I know only the OOP recording by Michael Stern and the Saarbrucken Radio SO on Col Legno. If you know the 4th Symphony especially the 2nd and 4th movements, you will have an idea of the Universe Symphony.
by Donaldopato
Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Soprano Christine Brewer's new CD
Replies: 11
Views: 1607

Re: Soprano Christine Brewer's new CD

No, it was Santa Baby.
by Donaldopato
Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Soprano Christine Brewer's new CD
Replies: 11
Views: 1607

Re: Soprano Christine Brewer's new CD

I have not heard this disc and I agree that the repertoire may not be my cup of tea, but Christine is a wonderful singer and a fabulous and generous person. She still lives in her small Illinois town and sings in the church choir when she is at home. I have had the privilege of getting to know her p...
by Donaldopato
Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: KCS: Kahane conducts Mozart and Rachmaninoff
Replies: 1
Views: 1717

KCS: Kahane conducts Mozart and Rachmaninoff

Presumably, when a concert featured a piano or violin concerto in, let's say, 1760, the soloist was the composer and had written the piece for himself. Very likely, the composer/soloist would also conduct the orchestra. Such was the case of Mozart who wrote most of his early concerti (1-13) for hims...
by Donaldopato
Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fan of Rachmaninoff?
Replies: 62
Views: 6972

Re: Fan of Rachmaninoff?

I am a huge fan of the Symphonic Dances and the lovely Vespers. The rest is so so in my book.
by Donaldopato
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday to Donald Isler
Replies: 21
Views: 3838

Re: Happy Birthday to Donald Isler

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, O thee with a glorious first name! :wink:

have a great one!
by Donaldopato
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow & wind in Binghamton = great listening time!
Replies: 25
Views: 3449

Re: Snow & wind in Binghamton = great listening time!

We have had little snow here, but the last two days have been windy and quite cold. Mozart is on the tap for today, with a KCS concert tonight. Rach Symphony # 2 and Mozart Piano Concerto # 25.
by Donaldopato
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460579

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

The Mozart Piano Concerto threat inspired this AM's listening on Spotify:

Piano Concerti #23 and 24 (probably 25-27 too)
Perahia English Chamber Orchestra
by Donaldopato
Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ben Zander fired from Youth Orch for ties to sex offender
Replies: 18
Views: 4044

Re: Ben Zander fired from Youth Orch for ties to sex offende

With current US sexaphobic laws, it would have been much harder to find out if the videographer was a paroled killer. But that is a discussion for the pub I suppose. The loser here seems to be the conservatory.
by Donaldopato
Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What's your ringtone currently?
Replies: 26
Views: 3083

Re: What's your ringtone currently?

erato wrote:Marimba. I also like to sit in the front rows of the Avery Fisher Hall. :wink:
There would be a trio with mine there! :lol:
by Donaldopato
Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460579

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Saint-Saëns Symphony # 3
Paray Mass for the 500th Anniversary of the Death of Joan of Arc

Marcel Dupré Organ
Paul Paray Detroit SO

Mercury Living Presence

(the LP of this was my first exposure to the Organ Symphony and something like my 3-4th LP ever purchased)
by Donaldopato
Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460579

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2005/Nov05/Scriabin_Muti_92744.jpg Alexander Scriabin Le Poème de l'extase Phildelphia Orchestra Ricardo Muti - conducting. I had forgotten how much I liked this music and in particular this 'Building a Library' Winner. Many say these are Muti's best r...
by Donaldopato
Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Old music that "sounds modern"
Replies: 25
Views: 3753

Re: Old music that "sounds modern"

Rebel's "Les élémens. Written in 1737, the opening "Representation of Chaos" begins with a tone cluster that would make Ives or Cowell proud.
by Donaldopato
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mercury Living Presence 50 CD set
Replies: 12
Views: 3055

Mercury Living Presence 50 CD set

Tempting.. I have some of these in earlier iterations, but these extraordinary documents have been poorly served for years with poor remasterings and short lived availability. I am sure many classical music fans of my age group (mid 50s+) grew up on these recordings. Some, like the Starker Bach Cell...
by Donaldopato
Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460579

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Winter cold/bronchitis season has me down... so a little sunny and lively Haydn is on tap for the eve:

Haydn "London" Symphonies 93-99
Bernstein NYP
by Donaldopato
Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Günter Wand - The Great Recordings
Replies: 5
Views: 2202

Re: Günter Wand - The Great Recordings

I have the utmost admiration for Wand. Not flashy or showy, but certainly faithful to the score and always a fine performance. I have heard his Schubert 8 and 9 and they are certainly excellent performances.
by Donaldopato
Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460579

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Saint-Saëns Symphony # 3 "Organ"

Berj Zamkochian Organ, Munch Boston SO

RCA
by Donaldopato
Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RIP Alexis Weissenberg
Replies: 13
Views: 2118

Re: RIP Alexis Weissenberg

I could not get the link to work.

Maybe this one works: http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/ ... -dies.html
by Donaldopato
Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460579

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Beethoven Piano Concerto # 1 Goode/Fischer Budapest Festival Orchestra Nonesuch Fine playing, excellent tempo choices, but a bit mechanical to my ear. Orchestra is magnificent. Still prefer Bronfman/Zinman or the classic Fleisher/Szell, but this is quite rewarding for the detail and the excellent ac...
by Donaldopato
Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Turangalîla-Symphonie by Olivier Messian
Replies: 15
Views: 3810

Re: Turangalîla-Symphonie by Olivier Messian

Messiaen's 'Turangalila' is a work that has fascinated me for a half century. I always find something new when i listen to this 20th century masterpiece. P.S. Bernstein was scheduled to record this work, which he premiered with the Boston Symphony. Sadly, Lenny did not live long enough to record th...
by Donaldopato
Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Turangalîla-Symphonie by Olivier Messian
Replies: 15
Views: 3810

Re: Turangalîla-Symphonie by Olivier Messian

Amazing music. Saw it live in St Louis with the late Hans Vonk, the performance was recorded and released on their own label. Garrick Ohlsson was the pianist.
by Donaldopato
Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460579

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Maniacal! :wink:

Nancarrow Studies for Player Piano

"The Original 1750 Arch Recordings"

Other Minds Recordings OM1012-15

So wonderful to have these classics available again. I had the LPs, sadly lost in a flood.