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by Rach3
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Leeds Piano Competition
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: 2018 Leeds Piano Competition

FWW, a review of the Leeds , and Wang's Prokofiev 3rd at 2018 Proms:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what- ... ts-review/
by Rach3
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 20
Views: 219

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

jbuck919 wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:26 pm
I heard AR's Opus 12 as long ago as high school, and he actually makes an obvious and rather hideous note mistake in it which he did not bother to go back and fix in the studio.

" Note-perfect " performances are often not perfect performances.
by Rach3
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Antoine Reicha ( 1770-1836) , 36 Fugues for Piano
Replies: 0
Views: 20

Antoine Reicha ( 1770-1836) , 36 Fugues for Piano

A new discovery suggested by a recent review posted at another group. My first hearings. Not “ Art of the Fugue “ , nor the “Hammerklavier “ fugue, nor the Barber Sonata “ Fuga “ , but delightful, lyrical, several gems, remarkable for the era . About 2 hours total , but suggest batches of 6 over a c...
by Rach3
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 20
Views: 219

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

"Carnaval" is another favourite by Schumann; there are so many!! I have a recording of this from Arrau and I must say it doesn't enchant - mostly due to the sound quality. So, recourse to the internet is the next best option. 2 recordings to have: Artur Rubinstein's last studio version, 60's , mine...
by Rach3
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new "Burlesque, a recent Chopin PC # 1
Replies: 6
Views: 64

Re: A new "Burlesque, a recent Chopin PC # 1

Fortunately my French is somewhat better, but I can't make it work. How am I supposed to get past the obvious franglais of connectez-vous? This is the procedure I had to use the first time, but not since ( or only rarely since ). A real pain, but so far worth it. This process gives Radio Belgium th...
by Rach3
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 20
Views: 219

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

I also rate the Fiorentino as the best I’ve heard Op 17 played. Please note that there are two recordings of this by SF. One is live and the other studio and both are from the same era (1990s). It’s hard to rate one above the other but maybe the live version wins it for me. Both are onthe APR label...
by Rach3
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new "Burlesque, a recent Chopin PC # 1
Replies: 6
Views: 64

Re: A new "Burlesque, a recent Chopin PC # 1

Also : "So little time and so little to do." Oscar Levant
by Rach3
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new "Burlesque, a recent Chopin PC # 1
Replies: 6
Views: 64

Re: A new "Burlesque, a recent Chopin PC # 1

maestrob wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:50 pm
So much great music, so little time......
Yes ; I also apply that rule to wine ....
by Rach3
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 20
Views: 219

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

You may also want to hear the Op.17 Fantasy played by the late Sergio Fiorentino, final mov. slower than usually played:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa7LS5A2BhI

Fiorentino said Bach and Schumann were his 2 fav composers.
by Rach3
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new "Burlesque, a recent Chopin PC # 1
Replies: 6
Views: 64

A new "Burlesque, a recent Chopin PC # 1

Mendelssohn - Symphonie No. 3 en la mineur, op. 56 ('Scottish') Chopin - Concerto pour piano No. 1 en mi mineur, op. 21 Avec le pianiste Szymon Nehring, l' Orchestre du XVIIIe Siècle, et le chef d'orchestre Gustavo Gimeno. Enregistré le 29 août 2017, au Chopin et son festival international de musiqu...
by Rach3
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music of Paul Ben Haim
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: Music of Paul Ben Haim

Sorry, Ben HAIM. ( Wait until you're 70 ! ).

Fixed —Ed.
by Rach3
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ma's new Bach Suites cd set
Replies: 1
Views: 68

Ma's new Bach Suites cd set

Entire cd for free listening for awhile. Have not heard yet.

https://www.nporadio4.nl/cds/yo-yo-ma-s ... llo-suites
by Rach3
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music of Paul Ben Haim
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Music of Paul Ben Haim

Was introduced to the composer's work at a Rubinstein Competition broadcast years ago as the " Five Pieces" were a required work if I recall. Suite # 1 fun . Required or not, worth hearing as is his Violin Concerto: http://tinyurl.com/y9v46ku7 ( Piano music, Gila Goldstein, pianist,Centaur label ) h...
by Rach3
Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Leeds Piano Competition
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: 2018 Leeds Piano Competition

Thanks,Allen. I heard only the concerto round of the 5 Finalists, with the exception of Lu, whose solo "recital" ( 3rd and 4th movs. of Chopin's "Funeral March" Sonata) I also heard. Based on the concertos alone, he would have been my " winner " choice. His LvB PC # 4 is worth hearing ; at age 20 !!...
by Rach3
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andsnes plays, conducts Mozart PC's live
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Andsnes plays, conducts Mozart PC's live

A pianist I usually follow, here conducting and playing. Have heard him and this orchestra live broadcasts recently in a few of the Beethoven PC’s , but dont think in any of the Mozart PC’s. https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_concert-de-l-apres-midi?id=2396599 K.466 starts about 22:00 in. Great playin...
by Rach3
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Leeds Piano Competition
Replies: 3
Views: 89

2018 Leeds Piano Competition

You may ( or may not ) wish to hear the Finals of the 2018 Leeds Piano Competition. Interesting format in that each Finalist proposes 2 concertos, the jury picks the one they wish to hear, on rather short notice to the pianist , I believe. I’ve heard Friday. No Federico Colli (2012 winner ) so far. ...
by Rach3
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Small solo piano works of Mompou,Lourie,Bowen
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Small solo piano works of Mompou,Lourie,Bowen

FWW .These are not the “ best “ work of each composer Mompou, Bowen, and Lourie, but may be a useful brief introduction to their solo piano works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTAVbNDB9O4 ( Mompou, Paisajes , Arcadi Volodos ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_KHCl3_d1c (Lourie, Phoenix Park Noctur...
by Rach3
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Florence Price
Replies: 4
Views: 920

Re: Florence Price

Music of Florence Price, Albany cd, her Piano Concerto and Symphony in E Minor heard today :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ54dddRI08 ( Concerto )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jgJ1Ok ... kjnaI&t=18 (Sym.)

Pleasant listening, if probably a one-hear for me.
by Rach3
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More obscure piano concertos
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: More obscure piano concertos

jbuck919 wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:55 pm
On the other hand, since before you became a member I've been doing the same thing with violin concertos. Go figure.

I understand , good for you !! Heard York Bowen's VC ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWxj032psl8
by Rach3
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More obscure piano concertos
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: More obscure piano concertos

One more to hear, a guilty pleasure :

Czech Vladimir Soukup’s ( 1930-2012) Piano Concerto of 1961 :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dga66XAWhhY
by Rach3
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karen Walwyn's "Reflections on 9/11"
Replies: 1
Views: 114

Karen Walwyn's "Reflections on 9/11"

I listened ( my first hearing ) to this powerful , seven-movement Karen Walwyn solo piano work at end of the WQXR article. Too painful for more today. A click on the arrow starts a YouTube autoplay of entire approx. 60 minute work, “ That Day “ , “Aftermath”, “Anguish “, “ Unanswered Question “ , “ ...
by Rach3
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto live
Replies: 0
Views: 103

Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto live

Clara Schumann’s brief, youthful ( written over a period when she was 14 - 17 , with some orchestration by Robert ) Piano Concerto,Op.7, live, Kit Armstrong, pianist, Bern Symphony,Bern,Switzerland recently: https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_concert-du-soir?id=2395249 To my ear, very Hummel,Moscheles...
by Rach3
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New LvB solo piano by Pavel Kolesnikov
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Re: New LvB solo piano by Pavel Kolesnikov

Finished hearing. Will need to listen again, especially since some of these works were unfamiliar to me. BBC Music Magazine October 2018 : Unexpected tempos, but the atmosphere is unmistakable. Kolesnikov finds nocturnal quietude in the Moonlight Sonata, and his lucid, thoughtful approach pays off e...
by Rach3
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gergiev and Trifonov on MediciTV
Replies: 6
Views: 173

Re: Gergiev and Trifonov on MediciTV

Belle wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:54 pm
I don't know Mompou or York Bowen; never heard of them.
Hough’s Mompou and Bowen cd’s at Amazon-US :

http://tinyurl.com/ydaus9sl

http://tinyurl.com/yb3g2ksr
by Rach3
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New LvB solo piano by Pavel Kolesnikov
Replies: 2
Views: 114

New LvB solo piano by Pavel Kolesnikov

A young pianist I follow, just hearing now, interesting so far, free listening of entire Hyperion cd here : https://www.nporadio4.nl/cds/pavel-kolesnikov-beethoven-moonlight-sonata-other-piano-music "Moonlight" Sonata,Sonata # 10 ( Op.14,# 2),Op.33 Bagatelles ( complete I believe ) , Andante WoO.211...
by Rach3
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gergiev and Trifonov on MediciTV
Replies: 6
Views: 173

Re: Gergiev and Trifonov on MediciTV

Belle wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:17 am
Stephen Hough: a very thoughtful player and one of the very best.
Yes, I have several of Hough's cd's. Often at his best in smaller forms ,perhaps. His cd's of Mompou and York Bowen are musts for me.

Rachmaninoff's own recording of his Rhapsody should be heard, too, despite the sound.
by Rach3
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More obscure piano concertos
Replies: 3
Views: 190

More obscure piano concertos

In addition to the Ilmari Hannikainin PC posted earlier today, do these works deserve their obscurity ? I think not ; my first hearings today : Leo Ornstein’s Piano Concerto ( 1925 ) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9zpBnn8Flk Larysa Kuzmenko’s Piano Concerto No.1 ( 1996 ) : https://www.youtube.co...
by Rach3
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norman Lebrecht Publishes My Gary Graffman Interview
Replies: 9
Views: 231

Re: Norman Lebrecht Publishes My Gary Graffman Interview

FWW , Graffman's Beethoven " Waldstein" Sonata, mine the Columbia lp paired with the " Appassionata" , remains one of my 3 fav " Waldstein" , along with Schnabel, and Paul Jacobs live on an Arbiter Records cd.
by Rach3
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff plays Bach at 2018 Proms
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Re: Schiff plays Bach at 2018 Proms

Schiff is one of my favorite Bach interpreters. Another Schiff to hear if you missed it earlier. As an encore , he played the entire " Italian Concerto " : https://www.wqxr.org/story/carnegie-hall-live-evening-piano-music-sir-andras-schiff Mendelssohn: Fantasia in F-sharp Minor, Op. 28 Beethoven: P...
by Rach3
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gergiev and Trifonov on MediciTV
Replies: 6
Views: 173

Re: Gergiev and Trifonov on MediciTV

You may be correct, and my aural memory is far from reliable, but I listened couple of times from the start of the 18th Variation on and did not hear any problems. ( I have no score. ) The Medici sound is so bright, and Trifonov’s playing and phrasing so forceful and transparent ( and perhaps a litt...
by Rach3
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ilmari Hannikainen's Piano Concerto
Replies: 0
Views: 115

Ilmari Hannikainen's Piano Concerto

I can recommend hearing this obscure work if you enjoy piano concertos.My first hearing this am , I will listen again later today : Ilmari Hannikainen (1892-1955) Piano Concerto, Op 7 Arto Satukangas (Piano), Helsinki Radio Symphony Orchestra, Petri Sakari (Conductor) Listened on BBC Radio 3 , Throu...
by Rach3
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An evening of superb piano music
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: An evening of superb piano music

Schumann Piano Sonata #3 in F Minor I love Schumann very dearly and am really enjoying this Sonata #3 this evening, Horowitz recorded the work for RCA in 1976 or 1977 . I heard him play it live in 1975 or 1976 as the entire first half of a recital. Not a work I've ever warmed to, but it has been ye...
by Rach3
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norman Lebrecht Publishes My Gary Graffman Interview
Replies: 9
Views: 231

Re: Norman Lebrecht Publishes My Gary Graffman Interview

Many thanks for this ! I still fondly recall hearing Graffman live at my College in 1970 or 1971 ( there would have been an audience of not more than 300-400 ) . Very generous program: 2 Scarlatti Sonatas Beethoven " Appassionata" Sonata Liszt B minor Sonata Intermission Ravel, Gaspard A Scriabin Pr...
by Rach3
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 858

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

In defense of Charles Rosen as a pianist, I must say that his only failure in the studio was the Beethoven Op. 111. In other repertoire, he did very well, IMHO, with excellent performances of Haydn, at a time when both Richter and Horowitz were just beginning to explore that composer. Rosen’s 1966 ...
by Rach3
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 505

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

Nobody ever wrote a bad violin concerto. Tend to agree with you , but “ bad” of course is in the ear of the listener . For me , these can be charitably referred to as “ interesting “ ; perhaps ? : Giacinto Scelsi, “Anahit “ for Violin and Orchestra ( 1965 ) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVCPJrA...
by Rach3
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphony 5
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Re: Dvorak Symphony 5

Richter was a big Grieg fan ... " Grieg,for example , of whom I'm very fond and who's a remarkable composer,almost a genius.Alfred Brendel says that it's music for a chambermaid.May God have mercy upon him! " From the following YT post : "I consider this recording of the Grieg Concerto with Matacic...
by Rach3
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 505

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

For me, other perhaps under-appreciated Britten works would be his Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, and Cello Symphony, although I prefer the first two. Just finished my hearing of the " War Requiem ". As I noted, I am not much of choral fan, but there certainly were nice moments , and I agree was w...
by Rach3
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphony 5
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Re: Dvorak Symphony 5

I'm surprised to read that he thought Kleiber 'wasn't on form' as it is one of so very few recordings we have of the conductor. Richter made 3 other negative comments about his Dvorak PC recording with Kleiber I did not post here earlier. Here are 2 clips : "Kleiber and I were rather tense at the t...
by Rach3
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A few comments from a retiring oboist
Replies: 5
Views: 316

Re: A few comments from a retiring oboist

Thanks for this. Interesting insights about the " sound" and movie scores.
by Rach3
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 505

Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

Requiems are not my cup of tea, but I am trying to listen through the Britten "War Requiem" given at this year's Proms, thought you may be interested:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/m00009n6
by Rach3
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphony 5
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Re: Dvorak Symphony 5

What do you think of the Dvorak Piano Concerto which Kleiber recorded with Richter? Kleiber absolutely loved Richter and vice versa. Thanks for this link. I have not heard yet, but will.To compare,I'll first listen to my Richter-Kondrashin Dvorak recorded in 1961. Here is what Richter apparently sa...
by Rach3
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Love Classical Music
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: NYTimes Love Classical Music

Perhaps the Largo from Bach's keyboard concerto No.5, BWV 1056 ?
by Rach3
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphony 5
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Re: Dvorak Symphony 5

And too many concertgoers don't want to hear anything other than their beloved warhorses of the repertoire and shy away from concerts featuring unfamiliar repertoire . Paeticularly the older audience members . And most of the older are retired, with plenty of time to hear , explore, learn new reper...
by Rach3
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Beatrice Rana
Replies: 1
Views: 154

Pianist Beatrice Rana


I believe recorded at BBC in March,2017. A pianist I follow, but had not heard her in these works that I recall . She played the Clementi during the 2013 Cliburn Competition ( she was Silver medal I think.) I suspect these are one-takes even though in studio. https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/m00009...
by Rach3
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vladimir Feltsman, 1987 and 2014
Replies: 5
Views: 302

Re: Vladimir Feltsman, 1987 and 2014

I think his sublime Brahms is a major event and probably the best piano recording of the year. Thanks for the suggestion. I love all Brahms' piano music.The Brahms set you mention is here, just starting to listen, in small doses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4xvQ3Y2yDg&index=1&list=OLAK5uy_nwxQ...
by Rach3
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd
Replies: 10
Views: 379

Re: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd

I simply had to listen again to the Schoenberg,Webern,Berg tracks this am. Wonderful. A cd I may have to acquire.
by Rach3
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 858

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

If you have not heard these early Brendel recordings , all ca. 1955 I believe, worth a listen 👍 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FVaMxmZNmo ( Prokofiev , Piano Concerto No.5 ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfqVGWCYfw8&t=55s ( Mussorgsky, " Pictures " ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDGdthy9UIY (...
by Rach3
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd
Replies: 10
Views: 379

New Barbara Hannigan lieder cd

"Vienna :Fin de Siecle " My first hearing of these works .Know Ms.Hannigan only by reputation , nor in any event able to judge here. Assume she chose wisely with her choice of pianist.Very attractive music and singing to my ear, even though no librettos at hand, nor understand German.The Webern, Ber...
by Rach3
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vladimir Feltsman, 1987 and 2014
Replies: 5
Views: 302

Vladimir Feltsman, 1987 and 2014

(A) Live , Nov.11, 1987,Carnegie Hall , the SONY Classics cd I believe : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y48xWBkwacU&index=1&list=PLjWJFs0JfI1ANk_P7WPxBL_4XTyJJx4ce ( autoplay, but with irritating ads ) Schubert, Piano Sonata in A major, Op.120, D.664 Messiaen : Vingt Regards sur L’enfant Jesus, Nos...
by Rach3
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt's Giovanni - Figaro Fantasy,S.697
Replies: 0
Views: 228

Liszt's Giovanni - Figaro Fantasy,S.697

Liszt: Fantasy on Themes from Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Don Giovanni" , S. 697 My first hearing of this Liszt work , over the top even for Liszt. Apparently unfinished at Liszt’s death, revised and “ completed “ by Busoni, but completed and restored differently ca. 1997 by Aussie pianis...