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by slofstra
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bland, Blah, Deadpan
Replies: 6
Views: 266

Re: Bland, Blah, Deadpan

Yes, I too have heard Tafelmusik several times, and very much appreciated them, though always in repertoire earlier than Mozart. I remember when, several decades ago, the Menuhin/Bath Brandenburgs were very fashionable, but I agree with Slofstra's assessment. I did hear Tafelmusik once online in so...
by slofstra
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bland, Blah, Deadpan
Replies: 6
Views: 266

Re: Bland, Blah, Deadpan

Well, now ... I happen to love Tafelmusik, but their approach may not lend itself well to every piece, so I'll refrain from commenting on 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'. I saw them perform at a Master Class at our local university to which the public was invited. They certainly CAN play expressively when ...
by slofstra
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4160
Views: 1371404

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61X1iv6IDKL.jpg This superb disc of rarely performed British music for viola and orchestra features virtuoso Helen Callas in truly stunning performances of rarely performed works by Vaughan-Williams, Howells, Walton, and Bowen, ably supported by cond...
by slofstra
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Octet in F, D803
Replies: 12
Views: 567

Re: Schubert Octet in F, D803

Hello, Henry. Schubert was a wonderful master of melody, and I agree that the Octet, which I came to late in life as well, needs first-rate players to make it work. Not just the clarinet, but there are moments for horn that can be ruined by poor intonation. I didn't discover this masterpiece until ...
by slofstra
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Octet in F, D803
Replies: 12
Views: 567

Re: Schubert Octet in F, D803

It's a wonderful work, mature Schubert. I've noted before that from when I was 4 my grandmother used to play me Schubert (my constant request was Symphony 5), so when I really discovered classical music in my late teens Schubert was an early priority, as he has remained since. So I've loved this wo...
by slofstra
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Octet in F, D803
Replies: 12
Views: 567

Schubert Octet in F, D803

It's great to discover repertoire that you haven't encountered before, as was the case with this Octet which members of the Berlin Philharmonic performed very recently. Octets might be overlooked because, well, there aren't that many permanent octets around. In any case, the D803 is a tour-de-force,...
by slofstra
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4160
Views: 1371404

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81QRJcUiQ6L._SS500_.jpg The Lucerne Festival Orchestra gave its first concert in the summer of 1938 in Switzerland under the direction of non other than Arturo Toscanini. Since then, the festival has taken place on an irregular basis, most recently under the bato...
by slofstra
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4160
Views: 1371404

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71wUrmBLDSL._SX522_.jpg As much as I'd like to give this release by my home team a rave review, that will not yet be possible. Jaap Van Zweden's tenure with NY has indeed begun on a positive note, as this release shows, but these performances lack a ...
by slofstra
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Philharmonic Cancels Fall Season
Replies: 9
Views: 987

Re: New York Philharmonic Cancels Fall Season

I took the 'charitable donation' option for the tail of the last season. However, I'm not sure I want to do that for the entire new season. OTOH, I don't want to lose the orchestra either. In other news, my barber or hair stylist called today, and it's nice some things are coming back on line. And P...
by slofstra
Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Philharmonic Cancels Fall Season
Replies: 9
Views: 987

Re: New York Philharmonic Cancels Fall Season

Yikes.

I think people were hoping that we'd be in good shape by Fall, but it's not going to be the case. I've already paid for my 2020/21 season here in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.
It is what it is.
by slofstra
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Crowds Define Opera. They’re Also Keeping It From Returning.
Replies: 5
Views: 872

Re: Crowds Define Opera. They’re Also Keeping It From Returning.

I don't get these protesters. What's their beef, anyways?
by slofstra
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chamber music - random musings
Replies: 6
Views: 1149

Re: Chamber music - random musings

I guess I have some of the Guarneri as I have the massive Rubinstein box.
by slofstra
Sun May 31, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chamber music - random musings
Replies: 6
Views: 1149

Re: Chamber music - random musings

I have recordings only of the late LvB string quartets,dont connect much with his earlier.But even the late are only an occasional listen, usually Op 131 and 135. I do listen to the Bach Cello Suites more often than those LvB works.Another challenge would be the Bartok and Shostakovich string quart...
by slofstra
Sun May 31, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chamber music - random musings
Replies: 6
Views: 1149

Re: Chamber music - random musings

Chamber music remains somewhat elusive for me compared to any of the other categories: keyboard, concerto, orchestral, operatic and choral. What I mean by elusive is that my responses to it are somewhat erratic and I often can't make a critical evaluation of the performance like I can for any of th...
by slofstra
Sat May 30, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chamber music - random musings
Replies: 6
Views: 1149

Chamber music - random musings

Chamber music remains somewhat elusive for me compared to any of the other categories: keyboard, concerto, orchestral, operatic and choral. What I mean by elusive is that my responses to it are somewhat erratic and I often can't make a critical evaluation of the performance like I can for any of the...
by slofstra
Tue May 26, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met On Demand Otello Sept 1978
Replies: 5
Views: 1398

Re: Met On Demand Otello Sept 1978

Jon Vickers. Canadian, eh? Question - I take it that you're subscribing to Met On Demand. What's your opinion? Is the feed solid? Any interruptions? Good quality picture? Are you watching on a large screen with a good sound system, or on you telephone? I'm getting it free for 3 months because I ord...
by slofstra
Mon May 25, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Knowing What You’re Hearing Matter?
Replies: 5
Views: 1314

Re: Does Knowing What You’re Hearing Matter?

If you know it's Yuja Wang, or any one of a dozen other active incredible classical pianists, then who cares what they play? You know it's going to be good. If you go to see a pop performer, like Paul Simon or Alison Krauss, you'll have no idea what will be played from one song to the next. In fact,...
by slofstra
Mon May 25, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met On Demand Otello Sept 1978
Replies: 5
Views: 1398

Re: Met On Demand Otello Sept 1978

Jon Vickers. Canadian, eh? I began testing the waters with classical music around 1980. I certainly had a few classical recordings, but mostly I was a rock/popular music listener at that time. I also attended many musical performances through the 1970s, in that vein. There were a few seminal events ...
by slofstra
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7427

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

Well, as far as what I'm looking for, that depends. von Karajan was said to be a master as far as beauty of tone, but his Tchaikovsky is dreary. I think what I like in both Brahms and Beethoven is majesty and weight. No one does that better than Klemperer, although his Ninth (in the set I have) is a...
by slofstra
Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Keyboard works of Orlando Gibbons
Replies: 8
Views: 2434

Re: Keyboard works of Orlando Gibbons

I can't pass by the name 'Orlando Gibbons' without thinking of Glenn Gould, who claimed Gibbons was his favourite composer, or something outlandish like that. I found an article about this here. https://www.orlandogibbons.com/gould-on-gibbons/ The following quote represents Gould at his most laughin...
by slofstra
Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7427

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

Hello, Henry. Generally agree with your assessment of Kondrashin and Haitink. The thing is, I'm not generally a fan of Haitink's and, after re-listening to that CSO disc this morning, I have to say that it's one of Haitink's better performances. The recorded sound is exemplary, but still there are ...
by slofstra
Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7427

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

There is no other source that backs up the story (if there is, I'd like to be corerected). No idea source here : https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/latest/maria-yudina-stalin/ The wording here, especially the account of Yudina's letter and Stalin's reaction very closely echoes the wording of ...
by slofstra
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7427

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

I actually only have three recordings of Shostakovich's 4th, and two of them are conducted by Bernard Haitink. One doesn't usually use Haitink and dissonance in the same sentence. However, I did replay the recent recording of the 4th with Haitink and the CSO and it is top drawer. (I remember it begi...
by slofstra
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 14371

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

I have loved this scene from 'Bend it Like Beckham' since I first saw it a couple of decades ago. The father wants his daughter to take an opportunity that he had given up. The father had been a good cricketer on the English team but when he encountered racist resistance, he quit in protest. "Who su...
by slofstra
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 33
Views: 6310

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

I have loved this scene from 'Bend it Like Beckham' since I first saw it a couple of decades ago. The father wants his daughter to take an opportunity that he had given up. The father had been a good cricketer on the English team but when he encountered racist resistance, he quit in protest. "Who su...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7427

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

I definitely like all of these works. Stravinsky, of course, was in his neoclassical period at that point. He didn't take up serialism until something more than a decade later. The funny thing is that, though, whether Stravinsky was in his early period of The Firebird, Petrushka, or The Rite of Spr...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7427

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

Well! I thought you might have an Oppo! I've been running a Sony CD changer for about 6 years now and it works fine still. I made a serious investment in a pair of Bozak Century speakers back when I was at Villanova in 1969, and have been in love with them ever since. They were of course made for L...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7427

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

I don't think it's been a month since I used the voucher to hear the freebie Petrenko concerts posted earlier. Too bad: I thought everything was supposed to be free now for the duration of the pandemic. I understand your frustration with streaming. Frankly, I just find it simpler to load a CD into ...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 14371

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

I realize that this isn't the airport and I don't have to announce my departure, but I thought I'd give my reason for leaving the group. It's quite simple, I'm sick to death of all the Trump bashing. I guess everyone just assumes that if you enjoy the arts and classical music (I'm a retired profess...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 33
Views: 6310

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

I realize that this isn't the airport and I don't have to announce my departure, but I thought I'd give my reason for leaving the group. It's quite simple, I'm sick to death of all the Trump bashing. I guess everyone just assumes that if you enjoy the arts and classical music (I'm a retired profess...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 14371

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

One reason I was spending a bit more time on CMG again is that I had delegated running my business more and more so I could work on a part-time basis. I haven't had to work all that hard the last few years but with grandchildren just down the street and increased travel and other activities, CMG fel...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 33
Views: 6310

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

One reason I was spending a bit more time on CMG again is that I had delegated running my business more and more so I could work on a part-time basis. I haven't had to work all that hard the last few years but with grandchildren just down the street and increased travel and other activities, CMG fel...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7427

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

I think we had a conversation recently about digital streaming versus CDs. Just to give you an update on that, I have backed off a bit on my plans. I had purchased a fairly sophisticated DAC for my computer in order to stream HD sound from my music streaming service. But it was very buggy, and I sen...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7427

Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

(With apologies to the Who, whose album title I adapted.) I was sooo impressed with this concert, which is available free (while it lasts), here: https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/52528 Of course, this is the BPO, conducted by Kirill Petrenko. The repertoire: Igor Stravinsky Symphony in ...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nessun dorma
Replies: 5
Views: 2212

Re: Nessun dorma

I put that straight on my Facebook page. Wonderful.

Curious about the record with which he was singing along. Is it some kind of a karaoke recording with the lead dubbed out? Or was the recorded male vocal just drowned out by his voice?
by slofstra
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Free streaming due to Corona
Replies: 3
Views: 1763

Re: Free streaming due to Corona

Thanks for this, Henry! The MET's offer is particularly generous, but so is Berlin's. I've also become a member of the Berlin service, and their new conductor, Kirill Petrenko, is a surefire winner. And the archives are incredible as it's been building for a decade, and they have back filled with v...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus
Replies: 15
Views: 4526

Re: Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus

You'll have an easier time listing what's still going. Basically, everything is cancelled everywhere. And if you think this is bad, wait until cities go into complete lockdown. It could be avoided if people followed guidelines, but they aren't. We have only 5 cases in our city of half a million, but...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Free streaming due to Corona
Replies: 3
Views: 1763

Re: Free streaming due to Corona

And the Met is streaming an opera each night beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 16.

Here is the link.

https://www.metopera.org/about/press-re ... s-closure/
by slofstra
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Free streaming due to Corona
Replies: 3
Views: 1763

Free streaming due to Corona

I thought I'd make this a general thread, because of the number of free streaming services on offer due to closure of public performances. The first is the Berlin Philharmonic, who are offering free streaming for the next month. I've been a paid subscriber for almost a decade and this service is FAN...
by slofstra
Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Enescu
Replies: 3
Views: 1874

George Enescu

The new maestro of the K-W Symphony Orchestra, whose concerts we have attended since 1980, is Andrei Feher, a young German man with Romanian roots. Last year, he programmed a short piece written by George Enescu. This year, a guest conductor, likely a Romanian connection, programmed another Enescu s...
by slofstra
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 8160

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

Klemperer is good in Bruckner IV on EMI with the Philharmonia. I also have a live recording where he rushes the tempo a bit in the first movement, so I was careful not to include that one. His recording of VI was a favorite for quite a while, along with Solti's, but they have both been supplanted b...
by slofstra
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 8160

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

So the next time I have 77 minutes (or ideally, somewhat less as suggested) I'll pull up the Bruno Walter rendition and have a listen. Here's Otto Klemperer, my choice for the 4th. I don't know if it will change your opinion, but you can save yourself 17 minutes, for his runs exactly one hour. I co...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 8160

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

I have never had a problem enjoying Bruckner's music :) But doesn't it give you the feeling that you'd rather be listening to something else? It's like Beethoven symphony number 1, which our local symphony performed last time out. Why? When we have 2 through 9. No, and I enjoy Beethoven's 1st quite...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 8160

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

Thanks for the various recommendations and comments. I looked at my catalogue and while I have a smattering of Bruckner recordings, the only rendition of the 4th symphony is Karl Boehm and the VSO within my 'Decca Sound' box set. I checked my TIDAL music service, and there are 143 distinct recording...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 8160

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

The only Bruckner recording I have is of his 7th Symphony (Solti/CSO/London).You might try that one,which I enjoy. At his debut concert as new principal conductor/music director of the NYPO, Kurt Masur presented the 7th ( a live TV broadcast ) , with a piece by John Adams and Copland's "Four Americ...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 8160

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

I guess there is no use in saying that one doesn´t warm to the music of Bruckner. Anyone of the members of CMG can come up with stuff like that. I know there is no use for me saying that I don´t warm to Stravinskij adding that "Les Noces" is the ugliest music I have on disc. I follow the advice to ...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 8160

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

I have some sympathy for your position. I have to be in the mood for Bruckner. But I love the fourth - I think it's magnificent. The opening always reminds me of Mahler 5. And in the last months of his life, my friend Barry Tuckwell (separate thread) listened to Bruckner 8 more than anything. Do yo...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 8160

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

parsifal wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 2:40 am
De gustibus non est disputandum!
Yes, of course, but a little friendly counterpoint can be fun.
by slofstra
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 8160

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

david johnson wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 3:29 am
I have never had a problem enjoying Bruckner's music :)
But doesn't it give you the feeling that you'd rather be listening to something else?

It's like Beethoven symphony number 1, which our local symphony performed last time out. Why? When we have 2 through 9.
by slofstra
Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 8160

Can't warm to Bruckner

It's not that I dislike his music, but I don't like it very much. Sometimes I'll hear new music and know it needs to be given repeated listenings to give it a proper chance. It doesn't seem to be this way with Bruckner. His symphonies are ponderously long, and there's not much to see along the way. ...