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by Philip M
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Freddy Kempf at the Barber Institute
Replies: 1
Views: 123

Freddy Kempf at the Barber Institute

A concert of two halves tonight. “He sounds like a man in a hurry” was a comment I overheard at the interval of this all Chopin recital. And it was a comment I agreed with. I’ve known Freddy personally for over 20 years but I was disappointed an the extreme speed and dynamic range (too loud) in the ...
by Philip M
Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Peter Donohoe recital 31 Oct 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 291

Peter Donohoe recital 31 Oct 2019

In reviewing an LSO concert last month I bemoaned the fact the it was many years since I had heard a live piano version of Pictures at an Exhibition. Well - last night my wait was over as it ended Peter Donohoe’s recital at Stoke-on-Trent’s Repertory Theatre. The first half of the recital consisted ...
by Philip M
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler, Distilled by Classical Music’s Greatest Duo
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: Mahler, Distilled by Classical Music’s Greatest Duo

Were you at the recital John, and unimpressed? I find that sad and worrying (I respect your views) as Gerhaher has always impressed me hugely when I have heard him live. I last heard him earlier this year as Figaro at Covent Garden.

Philip
by Philip M
Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why Barenboim is the Ring master of our age
Replies: 7
Views: 767

Re: Why Barenboim is the Ring master of our age

Am I the only one who finds Barenboim boring?.......
by Philip M
Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: History of sound recordings - BBC
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Re: History of sound recordings - BBC

John This BBC series is 4 years old! Incidentally I did once go into the famous room 13 at Abbey Road, where EMI did all their historical transfers. Bryan Crimp was transferring for us the glass based acetates of Toscanini conducting the Hague Philharmonic Orchestra that I had brought back from Den ...
by Philip M
Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dohnanyi's 6th Concert Etude
Replies: 6
Views: 611

Re: Dohnanyi's 6th Concert Etude

Benjamin G played this as an encore throughout that season - superbly. His main encore the following season was Grieg’s Erotik (which Michelangeli played and recorded. This season his main encore is Gnomenreigen.

Philip
by Philip M
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich - new set, new label!
Replies: 4
Views: 1763

Re: Martha Argerich - new set, new label!

Do you know the recording dates and locations? I have been sent the CDs but no booklet. Thsnks
by Philip M
Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Trpčeski LSO and Altinoglu
Replies: 1
Views: 1135

Trpčeski LSO and Altinoglu

I was at The Barbican last Thursday for the LSO’s concert under the French conductor Alain Altinoglu. I was there primarily to hear the Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski in Rachmaninov’s 2nd Concerto. Simon (who I should disclose is a friend of mine) has such an outgoing and warm personality, which ...
by Philip M
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alina Ibragimova plays Strauss' Violin Concerto live
Replies: 3
Views: 1561

Re: Alina Ibragimova plays Strauss' Violin Concerto live

Alina is married to Tom Service (those who listen to Radio 3 will know of Tom)
by Philip M
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 8382

Re: Family musicians performing together?

Don’t forget Andris Nelsons and Opolais (they are sadly separated)

Also Rostropovich’s daughters both played with him and Galina.
by Philip M
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 8382

Re: Family musicians performing together?

Piotr Anderszewski and his sister Dorota Anderszewski

Golovanov and his wife Nezhdanova

Viktoria Mullova and her husband Matthew Barley (she also had a child by Abbado)
by Philip M
Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 8382

Re: Family musicians performing together?

Barbirolli and his wife Evelyn Rothwell
by Philip M
Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 8382

Re: Family musicians performing together?

Don’t forget Simon Rattle and Kozena (third and current wife) and Rattle and Elise Ross (first wife), plus Rattle and his clarinetist son Sacha (from first wife)
by Philip M
Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Ax Rattle LSO at Barbican
Replies: 15
Views: 5594

Re: Ax Rattle LSO at Barbican

Donald’s son, David, arranged for his unfinished autobiography to be published just after his death. You might want to read it!


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Bits-My-A ... oks&sr=1-8
by Philip M
Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Ax Rattle LSO at Barbican
Replies: 15
Views: 5594

Re: Ax Rattle LSO at Barbican

Donald had 2 sons - I met them both. But neither of them was a musician....
by Philip M
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Ax Rattle LSO at Barbican
Replies: 15
Views: 5594

Re: Ax Rattle LSO at Barbican

Sorry don’t recall that.

Donald’s mother was seamstress to Chaliapin!
by Philip M
Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 72
Views: 16350

Re: Standards for New Music

Lenny I saw both the world premiere productions at Covent Garden and preferred The Tempest. Perhaps because it had a more traditional structure with obvious arias, duet, trios etc. But I did like the live sheep in The Exterminating Angel! Adès is an amazing talent. A superb pianist and conductor as ...
by Philip M
Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 72
Views: 16350

Re: Standards for New Music

Surely one judgement is - does a new work get played again and again and again..... for years? I’ve heard many first performances over the years (thanks mainly to Simon Rattle), and only 2impressed me - and these are both still played today. They are both by Thomas Adès: Asyla and the opera The Temp...
by Philip M
Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Voces8 at Penkhull
Replies: 0
Views: 1339

Voces8 at Penkhull

The British a capella group Voces8 gave a wonderful concert tonight in St Thomas’ Church at Penkhull, a suburb of Stoke-on-Trent. For those that don’t know them, check out their website http://www.voces8.com/homepage There are 2 sopranos, 2 altos (one male one female), 2 tenors, a baritone and a bas...
by Philip M
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Ax Rattle LSO at Barbican
Replies: 15
Views: 5594

Re: Ax Rattle LSO at Barbican

Sorry to hear of your ailments, John, but we all get older 😥 Incidentally, Donald Dean (who sadly died 3 years ago aged 90) said that he was at RFH in 1960 when Mravinsky and the Leningrad PO played Shostakovich 8. He was sat behind Menuhin and Donald said that at the climaxes Menuhin put his hands ...
by Philip M
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Ax Rattle LSO at Barbican
Replies: 15
Views: 5594

Re: Ax Rattle LSO at Barbican

Yes, loud but constricted 😥

If you ever come over again, do try Symphony Hall!
by Philip M
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Ax Rattle LSO at Barbican
Replies: 15
Views: 5594

Ax Rattle LSO at Barbican

The LSO’s new season started last Saturday with a programme of 20th and 21st Century works (including Belshazzar’s Feast) and was followed on Sunday with Messiaen’s Éclairs sur l’Au-delà... The 3rd programme given on Wednesday and repeated last night - I attended the repeat. Two big works - so typic...
by Philip M
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Orchestre de Paris at Edinburgh 23 August
Replies: 5
Views: 2243

Re: Orchestre de Paris at Edinburgh 23 August

sofrinitsky’s Schumann is stunning - 1st sonata and Etudes Symphoniques for instance (how I love the first sonata, even though it does ramble a bit!).

Try his Schubert E flat Impromptu too - though the way he plays it shows he can’t count 😊

Philip
by Philip M
Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!
Replies: 17
Views: 6282

Re: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!

I haven’t seen Stephen North for about 10 years 😥
by Philip M
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!
Replies: 17
Views: 6282

Re: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!

It’s only a small local festival, held in the local school hall. Typical audience is c200. It’s held inMarch so is not competing with the usual summer festivals. Pianists like coming. It is an attentive audience, who listen. We have a free pre recital interview, which is popular too. Chris Morley, f...
by Philip M
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!
Replies: 17
Views: 6282

Re: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!

Hi Lenny

Yes I remember that dinner well. You and Sue were great company. Did you not fly over via Iceland? It must be over 20 years ago? Have you been back since? Hope you are both well.

Philip
by Philip M
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gabetta/Chamayou recital
Replies: 5
Views: 3422

Re: Gabetta/Chamayou recital

The Britten was of course written for Rostropovich who recorded it memorably with Britten. But their live Aldeburgh performance was better!
by Philip M
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Orchestre de Paris at Edinburgh 23 August
Replies: 5
Views: 2243

Re: Orchestre de Paris at Edinburgh 23 August

I heard an excellent recital by Andrew Tyson one Sunday lunchtime in June at Wigmore Hall - the day after seeing Boris Godunov at Covent Garden with Bryn Terfel. Quite a weekend.

Andrew T is a hugely talented young American pianist, based in Philly. His God is Sofronitsky!
by Philip M
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!
Replies: 17
Views: 6282

Re: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!

OK - a but about me. I’m not a professional musician, just enjoy it. Go to quite a few concerts, though not as many as I used to. Used to be on Compuserve Music Forum 20+ years ago, so know people like John F. Worked and lived in USA (based in New York) 1993-96. I know quite a few conductors as acqu...
by Philip M
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!
Replies: 17
Views: 6282

Re: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!

Thanks for the welcome. Just please all avoid the Brexit word!
by Philip M
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniel Harding, Air France pilot
Replies: 4
Views: 2552

Re: Daniel Harding, Air France pilot

John

Daniel told me of this plan some 2-3 years ago. He just adores flying! He hopes to start in June.

Regards

Philip
by Philip M
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann's symphony number 2
Replies: 24
Views: 6596

Re: Schumann's symphony number 2

The finest Schumann 2 I have heard is Daniel Harding with LSO. Sadly not on YouTube but try this - especially movements 2 and 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1zwc59c7b4
by Philip M
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: War Requiem in Edinburgh
Replies: 5
Views: 3621

Re: War Requiem in Edinburgh

Indeed. I remember the BBC TV coverage at the time of the premiere. And attended the 50th anniversary performance at Coventry Cathedral conducted by Andris Nelsons.
by Philip M
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: War Requiem in Edinburgh
Replies: 5
Views: 3621

Re: War Requiem in Edinburgh

John

I heard Rostropovich in it in 1992. As you say, he was tremendous in it, though perhaps at times a bit too much like Alexander Nevsky! But - what a piece!

Philip
by Philip M
Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: War Requiem in Edinburgh
Replies: 5
Views: 3621

War Requiem in Edinburgh

Tonight was the Orchestre de Paris’s second Edinburgh Festival concert - Britten’s War Requiem under Daniel Harding. This must surely be the greatest 20th Century Requiem. Especially when performed like this - the finest live performance I have heard (and I have heard performances under Nelsons, Rat...
by Philip M
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Orchestre de Paris at Edinburgh 23 August
Replies: 5
Views: 2243

Orchestre de Paris at Edinburgh 23 August

The Orchestre de Paris gave the first of their 2 Edinburgh Festival concerts at the Usher Hall tonight under their Music Director Daniel Harding. He steps down from that position after tomorrow’s second concert (the War Requirm). It has sadly not been a happy 3 year relationship, though at least the...
by Philip M
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Rattle and LSO at Edinburgh 20 August
Replies: 2
Views: 1275

Re: Rattle and LSO at Edinburgh 20 August

Mea culpa. It was 21 August!
by Philip M
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Rattle and LSO at Edinburgh 20 August
Replies: 2
Views: 1275

Rattle and LSO at Edinburgh 20 August

Simon Rattle took over the LSO 2 years ago. Last night he brought them again to the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, as part of the 2019 Edinburgh Festival. Just 2 works - Adams’ Harmonielehre and Rachmanonov’s 2nd Symphony - both works that I first heard Simon conduct over a quarter of a century ago with t...