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by bricon
Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Elektra with Gergiev Conducting on LSO Live !
Replies: 3
Views: 475

Re: New Elektra with Gergiev Conducting on LSO Live !

My experience of Gergiev in Strauss has been worse than underwhelming. I saw his Salome with the Kirov in Melbourne about 8 years ago and it was the worst operatic performance that I have ever attended – mostly attributable to the conductor. To be fair I also attended the Kirov’s The Fiery Angel a c...
by bricon
Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Herren Anton und Gustav
Replies: 24
Views: 1239

Re: Herren Anton und Gustav

Tarantella wrote:I put the current interest down to a 360 degree shift in tastes
That's the most accurate statement within your post! :wink:
by bricon
Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Herren Anton und Gustav
Replies: 24
Views: 1239

Re: Herren Anton und Gustav

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by bricon
Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A gift from down under: soprano Emma Matthews
Replies: 17
Views: 1304

Re: A gift from down under: soprano Emma Matthews

José, I'm having problems getting to the operas you refer to at the Sydney Opera House site. Can you send me an active URL that gets me there quickly? ¡Gracias! The Sydney Opera House is not directly associated with Opera Australia, furthermore the SOH's giftshop and merchandise offering is quite p...
by bricon
Sat May 19, 2012 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A gift from down under: soprano Emma Matthews
Replies: 17
Views: 1304

Re: A gift from down under: soprano Emma Matthews

I have followed Emma Matthews since her 1993 debut here (then Emma Lysons). She is a superb singer and a committed actress. She is one of the few singers that I have seen/heard who can triumph in the 4 soprano roles (in a single performance) of Hoffman - including that other Australian soprano.  I w...
by bricon
Thu May 03, 2012 3:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most exciting start to an opera, symphony,concerto .....
Replies: 17
Views: 1313

Re: The most exciting start to an opera, symphony,concerto .

Strauss' Elektra.

Just 3 chords that pin you back into your seat.
After just a few seconds you KNOW that you're in for a wild ride.
by bricon
Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elizabeth Connell RIP
Replies: 3
Views: 523

Re: Elizabeth Connell RIP

Elizabeth Connell had a long association with Opera Australia; as far back as the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973. I saw her many times; particularly memorable was the roles that she sang for the Mackerras Janacek cycle (The Kostelnika, Kabanicha), her Wagner, strauss and (most recently) T...
by bricon
Sun Feb 19, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why No Applause ...
Replies: 26
Views: 1618

Re: Why No Applause ...

In opera you are expected to applaud after every big musical number Not really. Applause during an operatic scene can break the dramatic flow of the work and some composers deliberately composed transitional pieces immediately following a “hit” aria to keep the drama flowing. A good example is Cala...
by bricon
Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What's Wrong With Us Opera People!
Replies: 15
Views: 776

Re: What's Wrong With Us Opera People!

The FA that Gergiev brought to a Melbourne Festival about 10 year ago is one of my greatest artistic experiences. Agreed, that performance was mind blowing ........... unfortunately the Salome that Gergiev/Kirov served up at the same festival (2001) was a total disaster. Stil, it was worth the airf...
by bricon
Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goodall Immolation question
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: Goodall Immolation question

The complete set doesn't have Norman Bailey in Gotterdammerung. Is this a third recording? It's also listed as being DDD, which can't be correct. Does anyone know what this CD is? The complete Goodall Ring on Chandos was recorded between 1973 and 1977 – the current CD issue was remastered (24 bit) ...
by bricon
Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1995854

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41TYHSQW1HL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Just comparing this version to the recent PBS telecast of Netrebko et al: IMHO Netrebko wins hands down, especially now that she has discovered a stunningly beautiful watery trill in the middle of her voice, that made her shine in ...
by bricon
Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Greatest Conductor of the 20th Century?
Replies: 40
Views: 3843

Re: Greatest Conductor of the 20th Century?

Gustav Mahler anyone?
by bricon
Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1995854

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Harnoncourt's wonderful (1989) recording of Lucio Silla with the luxury cast of: Peter Schreier, Edita Gruberova, Cecilia Bartoli, Dawn Upshaw and Yvonne Kenny. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51LdziVO7CL._SL500_AA300_.jpg A fabulous (if under performed/recorded) opera by the 16 years old Moza...
by bricon
Sun Jan 01, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Important composers not considered "great" today ...
Replies: 70
Views: 5124

Re: Important composers not considered "great" today ...

No, I'm sure it's the lack of interest among singers and conductors, and of demand from the opera audience, that's why Meyerbeer's operas are so rarely taken off the shelf. Every decade or so, a major opera house will venture one of the most famous operas, and achieve artistic success with it - the...
by bricon
Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Important composers not considered "great" today ...
Replies: 70
Views: 5124

Re: Important composers not considered "great" today ...

Giacomo Meyerbeer -- In the 1830s and 1840s, he was arguably the most famous and successful composer in the world. Today, he is a virtual unknown, even to many people who consider themselves classical music buffs. They may have heard of his name, but none of his music. He does live on in various th...
by bricon
Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Who uses headphones?
Replies: 10
Views: 1220

Re: Who uses headphones?

lennygoran wrote:too much Donizetti I'm afraid!

Too much Donizetti is barely enough.
by bricon
Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The latest on copyright: sound recordings
Replies: 9
Views: 704

Re: The latest on copyright: sound recordings

Failing that, the artists could make copies of their own from the CDs or whatever. I doubt that an artist could legally use a commercially released CD as the master for re-releases of their own work. Copyright also exists for the re-engineered masters that were made to produce CDs. The copyright ge...
by bricon
Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 234655

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, e

Mark Harwood wrote:
bricon wrote:Image
Yessir.
Check out the DVD, To Tulsa And Back.

I have that DVD - as enjoyable as it is, I find that the documentary format becomes a little tiresome for repeated viewings.

I'd love to get a (pure) concert J.J. Cale DVD.
by bricon
Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 234655

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, e

Mark Harwood wrote:
bricon wrote:Image
Yessir.
Check out the DVD, To Tulsa And Back.

I have that DVD - as enjoyable as it is, I find that the documentary format becomes a little tiresome for repeated viewings.

I'd love to get a (pure) concert J.J. Cale DVD.
by bricon
Thu Aug 04, 2011 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Masterpiece of Janacek
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Re: The Masterpiece of Janacek

I almost always recommend a Mackerras recording as a top choice (or near so) when it comes to Janáček – except with the Glagolitic Mass . The recording that I return to most often (I have over a dozen including all of the previously mentioned ones) is this one: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/...
by bricon
Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 234655

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.

The Beatles vs. The Stones....back in the day I was a Beatles fan through and through :D So was I. In recent years I have come to appreciate how good the (early) Rolling Stones were. I don't know where the whole "Beatles vs. Stones" thing sprang from - it is possible to like both; I just never saw ...
by bricon
Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1995854

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Dvorak
Violin Concerto
Legends Op,59


Nordic Chamber Orchestra/Christian Lihdberg (c)
Richard Tognetti – violin

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by bricon
Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1995854

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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by bricon
Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1995854

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

karlhenning wrote:
Britten
War Requiem, Opus 66
Elisabeth Söderström, soprano
Robt Tear, tenor
Sir Thos Allen, baritone
Mark Blatchley, chamber organ
Boys of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
CBSO Chorus
CBSO
Sir Simon Rattle
This looks VERY tempting.

karl what are your thoughts about the recording?
by bricon
Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What do you like or dislike about HvK?
Replies: 88
Views: 3604

Re: What do you like or dislike about HvK?

When I first started to seriously collect recordings (about 40 years ago) I bought a lot of HvK material – in the past 20 years or so very little with him at the helm. I think a problem with “label” conductors like HvK (DGG), Solti (Decca), Ormandy and Szell (CBS) etc is that they are forced to cove...
by bricon
Mon Dec 20, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 234655

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.

Chalkperson wrote:do you have the Mono Mix Box Set...
No.

All my Beatles CDs are from the first (CD) editions.

So, my copies of Please, Please Me: With the Beatles: Beatles For Sale and A Hard Day's Night are mono - the others are all stereo.
by bricon
Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 234655

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.

Fergus: The Beatles may have equalled Revolver with their later albums but it was never bettered.
by bricon
Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1995854

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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by bricon
Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1995854

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

This is surely one of THE bargains in the catalogue.

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Both of these recordings are amongst the finest ever.
by bricon
Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 234655

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.

I certainly remember Mary Hopkin. BTW Paul McCartney suggested that The Moody Blues record Those Were The Days – the idea was knocked by Graham Edge because (even though he recognised the song’s hit potential) he didn’t want the band to be identified as “pop”, as they were trying to develop the prog...
by bricon
Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1995854

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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by bricon
Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1995854

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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by bricon
Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 234655

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.

Steve Stills and Neil Young still include some Buffalo Springfield material in their concerts. One of my favourites is this 1991 clip of Stills performing For What It's Worth solo - just Stills and a Telecaster. This clip is taken from a Stills solo section in a Crosby, Stills & Nash concert. http:/...
by bricon
Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 234655

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.

My Buffalo Srpringfield retrospective fittingly ends with:

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by bricon
Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 234655

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.

I have no idea why, but, they re-mastered all the Buffalo Springfield Albums except that one... I recall the issue of the album being available as mono and stereo, but was unaware of remastering issues. I looked it up on Wikipedia to see what info it had. "In 1997, Buffalo Springfield was remastere...
by bricon
Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1995854

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Puccini - Le Villi

Placido Domingo, Renata Scotto, Leo Nucci, Tito Gobbi/Lorin Maazel

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by bricon
Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 234655

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.

Chalkperson wrote:Pentangling, a Box of three CD's by...
Tont Bennett
Tont?

Would that be Tonto Bennett the great Cherokee crooner?