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by Brahms
Tue May 27, 2008 6:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My gosh - I passed the 5,000 post mark - unnoticed!
Replies: 29
Views: 1792

Congrats!
by Brahms
Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Henry Hits 2,500...
Replies: 12
Views: 961

fantabulous!
by Brahms
Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Greatest Conductor of All-Time?
Replies: 15
Views: 1388

Re: Greatest Conductor of All-Time?

keaggy220 wrote::lol:

Carefully watch the Conductor through this 2 minutes clip. The symphony plays splendidly so I think this guy is serious - which makes it funnier...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1d6QwaZXvY
"The louder, the better"
by Brahms
Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is anyone else allergic to Brahms?
Replies: 83
Views: 8792

Re: Is anyone else allergic to Brahms?

We can all be happy that we have all of these great masters! :D We agree. :D However, it would be unfortunate if an innocent reader stumbled upon your aspersions regarding Brahms 1st PC and Double Concerto without the accompanying caveat that your highly subjective conclusions are distinctly in the...
by Brahms
Thu Feb 14, 2008 1:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is anyone else allergic to Brahms?
Replies: 83
Views: 8792

I might occasionally over-react to some posts of the large Brahms cult's idolatry of their man, but I really do love most of Brahms' works---and even those that I've criticized (or quoted from others) I enjoy listening to occasionally (when I've got the time :wink: ). Tschüß! Jack I'm curious which...
by Brahms
Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is anyone else allergic to Brahms?
Replies: 83
Views: 8792

Schumann is ... heads and shoulders above Brahms in original rhythmic expression and harmonic/melodic invention. *** Yet with Brahms, even some of his best-known orchestral works (1st mvt, First Piano Concerto, "Double Concerto, 1st mvt) there is that artificial "straining too hard" to over-compens...
by Brahms
Tue Feb 05, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is anyone else allergic to Brahms?
Replies: 83
Views: 8792

Yet with Brahms, even some of his best-known orchestral works (1st mvt, First Piano Concerto, "Double Concerto, 1st mvt) there is that artificial "straining too hard" to over-compensate for frequently inferior inspiration---and the form becomes wobbly due often to overuse of synthetic material. Tsc...
by Brahms
Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is anyone else allergic to Brahms?
Replies: 83
Views: 8792

Brahms has a superb sense of the form, and regarding the rhythm he is perhaps the greatest German composer after Beethoven. But, in the same time, he is a master of the variation, a much more free style of composition. However, I think that the greatness of Brahms is in the fact that the beauty of ...
by Brahms
Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is anyone else allergic to Brahms?
Replies: 83
Views: 8792

Love Brahms, prefer him so much more than either Mozart & Beethoven. To me; he's way ahead of them...the symphonies contain great profundity, and I'm usually allergic to that sort of large scale writing. Also the Ballades for piano and mixed piano/strings work (Trios, Quartets & Quintet), but above...
by Brahms
Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who is the last of the great composers?
Replies: 94
Views: 9630

It goes without saying that Johannes Brahms was the last of the "Immortals" ........
by Brahms
Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music for Two Pianos/Piano Four-Hands
Replies: 24
Views: 2607

keninottawa wrote:By the way, I've gone and ordered the Brahms four-hand versions of the Deutsches Requiem as well as the Symphony no. 1. I'll be sure to give you my analysis once the discs come in the mail!
Also consider Brahms own arrangement of his piano concerto no. 1 in d minor, op. 15, for 4 hands ........
by Brahms
Sat Dec 01, 2007 7:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A subjective question
Replies: 66
Views: 8676

arglebargle wrote: Mozart, Sinfonia Concertante K364, 1st movement
Gotta agree, except that I wouldn't limit this to the 1st mvt (2d mvt is sublimely beautiful).

I would also add Brahms Violin Concerto.
by Brahms
Fri Nov 30, 2007 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A subjective question
Replies: 66
Views: 8676

Schubert's Quintets
Schubert's Trios
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata
Brahms 2d Piano Concerto
Brahms 3d Symphony
Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata
Mozart's piano concerti (all of them)
by Brahms
Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Copland's Organ Symphony
Replies: 5
Views: 830

I love this recording: Bernstein + E. Power Biggs + NYPO

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by Brahms
Sat Oct 13, 2007 4:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Henning (CMGer) Birthday: October 6!
Replies: 13
Views: 1148

Belated birthday wishes, Karl ........
by Brahms
Sat Oct 13, 2007 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most depressing music ever?
Replies: 31
Views: 3877

Obviously Shosty's 14th, but, Kurtag hands down beats all others, I really like him though... :D Have you listened to Pettersson 7 ? Nothing has come remotely close to infusing my brain with depressing thoughts as that symphony. It's in a class of its own ..... by several orders of magnitude .........
by Brahms
Tue Oct 09, 2007 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why is classical music a rare taste?
Replies: 107
Views: 10057

The ability to appreciate classical music is entirely a matter of genetics ......
by Brahms
Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: About That Federal Prosecutor Caught in the Sex Sting
Replies: 18
Views: 1258

According to the article: "Atchison was charged with three felonies, the most serious of which is crossing state lines with intent to have sex with someone under 12."

That's nearly impossible to prove. Maybe he just wanted to bring her gifts and chat with her?
by Brahms
Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 7th and 8th symphonies
Replies: 64
Views: 4701

Barry Z wrote:Objectively, I agree that the seventh was the greater of the two symphonies.
Really? And how did you "objectively" arrive at this conclusion?
by Brahms
Sun Sep 30, 2007 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' piano concerto recommendations
Replies: 83
Views: 5611

Re: So Donald has outed me....

Also good:

Backhaus / Bohm
Arrau / Haitink
Ashkenazy / Haitink

No slouches:

Brendel / Abbado
Weissenberg / Maag
Peter Serkin / Shaw
by Brahms
Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' piano concerto recommendations
Replies: 83
Views: 5611

[Pollini] recorded the Beethoven and the Brahms Concertos with Abbado, they are both good but there is so much competition in these works, he just doesn't rise to the top... Correct. This is a hyper-competitive arena. The greatest pianist can be brought down by a simply not having the right "magic"...
by Brahms
Sat Sep 29, 2007 11:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' piano concerto recommendations
Replies: 83
Views: 5611

Yi-Peng wrote: DVD of Zimerman/Bernstein
My favorite DVD of anything ........
by Brahms
Sat Sep 29, 2007 11:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' piano concerto recommendations
Replies: 83
Views: 5611

Has anyone heard Kondrashin conducting Brahms 2d PC? There are two of interest: Richter/Kondrashin/Czech Phil (1950 mono) (w/Saint-Sains Egyptian) http://www.arkivmusic.com/graphics/covers/full/48/489972.JPG Cliburn/Kondrashin/Moscow Phil (1972) (w/Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rach) http://www...
by Brahms
Sat Sep 29, 2007 6:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' piano concerto recommendations
Replies: 83
Views: 5611

Gilels (Reiner) (Jochum)
Richter
Serkin (Szell)
Fleisher (Szell)
Zimerman (Bernstein)
Rubinstein (Krips)
Cliburn (Reiner)
Solomon (Dobrowen)
Katchen (Ferencsik)
by Brahms
Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2091708

Third Movement of Mendelssohn's Third Symphony -- 3 times .......
by Brahms
Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Angela Gheorghiu's Live La Scala Recital on EMI
Replies: 2
Views: 575

Super.
by Brahms
Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who will represent Beethoven in his malpractice suit?
Replies: 12
Views: 1336

Mozart died from antimony poisoning admnistered by his doctor
Beethoven died from lead poisoning administered by his doctor

Somehow Bach was able to avoid the quack medicine ........
by Brahms
Sat Aug 25, 2007 1:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prokofiev and the piano
Replies: 36
Views: 3327

I'll take Prokofiev over Debussy any day ..........
by Brahms
Wed Aug 15, 2007 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DG Complete Brahms Edition?!?!
Replies: 4
Views: 1705

Re: DG Complete Brahms Edition?!?!

ch1525 wrote: A 46 CD set for $625!!!! That's about $13.60 per CD!!!
I'm surprised that Brahms complete output comprises only 46 CD's. That's roughly half of Beethoven's output and a small fraction of Mozart's and Bach's ........
by Brahms
Sat Aug 11, 2007 11:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some guidance please
Replies: 32
Views: 3287

Re: Some guidance please

And then why just those four suggestions, including the lovely but secondary (on Brahms' own terms) Serenade? Sheesh. Hey, lighten. Even Brahms listening has a starting point. IOW, you gotta start somewhere ........ so I selected 4 sets of works which most logically follow from the opening post's p...
by Brahms
Sat Aug 11, 2007 9:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some guidance please
Replies: 32
Views: 3287

Re: Some guidance please

knotslip wrote: Brahms - Violin Concerto
Brahms Piano Concerti
Brahms Double Concerto
Brahms Symphonies
Brahms Serenade no. 1
by Brahms
Sat Aug 11, 2007 7:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do any of you intentionally fall asleep to classical music?
Replies: 32
Views: 3398

Elgar induces a rapid, non-restful sleep ..........
by Brahms
Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Juon - the Russian Brahms
Replies: 8
Views: 1091

Re: Paul Juon - the Russian Brahms

Febnyc wrote: -- although he wrote four symphonies, none of them appear to have been recorded. However, the chamber pieces are excellent.
These 4 symphonies merit investigation .........
by Brahms
Sat Aug 04, 2007 12:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz's reading of the Rach third
Replies: 28
Views: 2528

Re: Horowitz's reading of the Rach third

SaulChanukah wrote:There is something amazing about his performance.
It is an amazing performance. And I rate Cliburn just as highly.
by Brahms
Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anti-Beethovens
Replies: 54
Views: 5061

Re: Beethoven remains inescapable

Saphire wrote:
You never know, they might stumble across Wellington's Victory as well. A really "non-great" work both intrinsically and extrinsically.

Saphire
What is "intrinsic greatness?"

What is "extrinsic greatness?"
by Brahms
Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anti-Beethovens
Replies: 54
Views: 5061

You might want to avoid Brahms 1st Symphony .......
by Brahms
Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Help me choose who to explore next...
Replies: 34
Views: 3268

Brahms
by Brahms
Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How many are buying classical DVDS vs CDs?
Replies: 10
Views: 1373

I buy both in equal measure ...........
by Brahms
Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do we get too 'used' to recordings.
Replies: 44
Views: 3914

It would also not be cute with Bach. Speaking of which, there are some works that are almost impossible to realize adequately and according to the intentions of the composer by live forces, including the St. Matthew Passion, which requires among other things two complete sets of soloists. So in a s...
by Brahms
Tue Jul 10, 2007 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lyrical Piece In F sharp Minor
Replies: 14
Views: 1483

Nice pictures .........
by Brahms
Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best Mendelssohn Complete String Symphonies?
Replies: 5
Views: 966

Gurn Blanston wrote: Period instrument is my only interest
What about food, water, sex, money, happiness, love, health? No interest in those?
by Brahms
Thu Jun 21, 2007 1:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: His music sounds better than it is
Replies: 52
Views: 4706

Saint-Saens is so decidedly a first-rank composer that it boggles my mind when anyone opines otherwise. That he composed with great facility and didn't always infuse his music with ponderous depth should not be a detraction ....... because what really matters at the end of the day is that we derive ...
by Brahms
Tue Jun 05, 2007 4:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Stephen Hough Banned in Vietnam for Being Gay
Replies: 28
Views: 4050

It must be devastating to be banned from the vibrant Vietnamese art scene. I understand that the only thing worse is to be banned from Bangladesh .......
by Brahms
Mon May 07, 2007 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which music have you "outgrown"?
Replies: 38
Views: 4217

Truly great masterpieces are tough to outgrow because they harbor hidden, deepseated complexities and emotional depth that become further appreciated with repeated listening. Even works as seemingly trite as Mozart's 40th Symphony and Beethoven's Fifth become susceptible to heightened appreciation w...
by Brahms
Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 20th-century Opera
Replies: 22
Views: 2764

some guy wrote:Tchelio, welcome and enjoy!
Yes, Tchelio, welcome!

:D
by Brahms
Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top 20 composers
Replies: 89
Views: 11983

It strikes me that Chopin inspires tremendous loyalty in some listeners - (some of whom are not even Polish :D). Perhaps more than any other composer. Do you think that is so? Definitely. Why? Perhaps because Chopin was such a horsesh!t orchestrator that he's attained "underdog" status ..... such t...
by Brahms
Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top 20 composers
Replies: 89
Views: 11983

I like groupings of 4:

1
Bach
Beethoven
Brahms
Mozart

2
Wagner
Haydn
Schubert
Handel

3
Bruckner
Mahler
Tchaikovsky
Prokofiev

4
Stravinsky
Shostakovich
Schumann
Mendelssohn

5
Dvorak
Chopin
Verdi
Liszt
by Brahms
Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms - not as appreciated as Beethoven, Mozart... (?)
Replies: 148
Views: 36225

Dissing Schumann is silly. Europe produced plenty of great composers, and Brahms needs his place up there, as does Schumann. Ordinarily, it would never dawn on me to compare Brahms to Schumann; however, when a previous post endorses the position that "Schumann is artistic, Brahms is artificial," su...
by Brahms
Sun Feb 18, 2007 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So I'm supposed to like this?
Replies: 99
Views: 18588

Thanks for reminding me to enjoy the 4th again. Been listening to the last 3 Bruckner syms with transcendent delight and rapt fascination for the last few days. I need to work back to his earlier glories. Klemperer's live 4th is quite my cup of tea. Yeah, ditto . . . . . . Thanks for reminding me, ...
by Brahms
Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms - not as appreciated as Beethoven, Mozart... (?)
Replies: 148
Views: 36225

I believe it was Weingartner who once said, "Schumann ist künsterisch, Brahms ist gekünstelt" (Schumann is artistic, Brahms is artificial). This comparison was not intended to insult Brahms. It does, however, show a difference in their basic inspiration and work ethic---similarly like Haydn (the "a...