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by slofstra
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 40
Views: 712

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Yes, I agree that Previn is quite underrated as an overall talent. His work with the London Symphony is particularly impressive, and I agree with you about his instinctive bond with Vaughan-Williams. There is much in his output from that era that I like, including his Shostakovich symphonies & Tcha...
by slofstra
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 40
Views: 712

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Modernistfan wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:58 pm
Is the Jeremy Dutcher album entitled "Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa"? (Please don't ask me to pronounce that.)
Indeed, it is. It's also available on all the streaming services.

Let me know if this link works for you.

https://music.youtube.com/browse/MPREb_XX4jsBE5c22
by slofstra
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simon Rattle to Leave the London Symphony for Munich
Replies: 3
Views: 107

Re: Simon Rattle to Leave the London Symphony for Munich

First of all, this set is practically being given away. https://www.amazon.ca/Bernard-Portrait-Symphonieorchester-Bayerischen-Rundfunks/dp/B07L5VN3T5/ref=sr_1_1 I couldn't resist it a couple of months ago, and have been very pleasantly surprised at the quality of performance. This set contains all l...
by slofstra
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 40
Views: 712

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Somehow I feel the basics are the basics. And learning the pentatonic scale or the fundamentals of sitar music is still best left for advanced courses. Speaking of sitar music, have you heard Ravi Shankar play his Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra? It was issued first on LP and then CD. A lovely wor...
by slofstra
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 40
Views: 712

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Slofstra, who is that composer who based works on Mi'kmak traditional music? I would like to know and to get the CD if it is available. This is always very interesting. After all, look at the composers who have based works on Eastern European traditional music of various ethnicities, including klez...
by slofstra
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 40
Views: 712

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

A fine post, absinthe, thank you. I'm a firm believer in laying solid groundwork before allowing imagination to take hold. Otherwise, how is the student to know that he/she actually is imaginative, or simply trying to reinvent the wheel and wasting effort? A firm grasp of the evolution of musical c...
by slofstra
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 40
Views: 712

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Does Pizzaro's genocide in Peru somehow affect what Mozart wrote on the page? At least we know how Pizzaro's actions towards Florestan affected Beethoven. 8) I wonder if there's a link. Both were scoundrels, that's for certain. And it's been a while since I've watched/ listened to Fidelio.
by slofstra
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 40
Views: 712

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

You'll get terribly bogged down arguing about whether current musical curriculum embodies white supremacism. What if it does? Perhaps the way we engineer bridges and skyscrapers does as well, not allowing for alternative more organic methods of building. (On Netflix, there's an interesting profile o...
by slofstra
Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 32
Views: 1376

Re: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works

Menotti Violin Concerto and Barber Adagio for Strings. The Three B's? His Beethoven Ninth was not chopped liver. Nor was the Brahms German Requiem in English. The Bach St John Passion. Honegger's St Joan at the Stake in French with Vera Zorina blew me away. ETC., ETC. That version of the Barber sti...
by slofstra
Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Folk and Acoustic Music 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 129

Folk and Acoustic Music 2020

This is the time of year when my interest turns to folk and acoustic performance music for a few weeks exclusively. If you have an interest in this genre, here is my eighth annual list of folk and acoustic sessions for your viewing or listening pleasure. https://gesprek.net/2020/12/31/artsfols-2020-...
by slofstra
Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs
Replies: 28
Views: 1551

Re: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs

If you did want to switch there is a web site that will convert your spotify playlists to YouTube. Henry thanks-I'm having trouble doing this-tried free your music but it's a hassle. YouTube premium is also a hassle-I can't get you tube with the roku to recognize me as a premium member-I'm now lean...
by slofstra
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs
Replies: 28
Views: 1551

Re: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs

I did connect to my car's USB port with an ipod, but now I connect using my phone and Bluetooth. Henry thanks-yesterday was a nice day and Sue and I went for a ride to an outdoor park-Merrill Creek-both going and coming home I plugged my smartphone into the car's usb port and listened to one of my ...
by slofstra
Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs
Replies: 28
Views: 1551

Re: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs

Good morning, Len! Who says classical music is dying? Not so, says I! Idagio looks interesting. Will check it out soon. Thanks for the tip! :D I use streaming as a supplement to my CDs, and also for indie, folk and acoustic music in general. To obtain high fidelity from streaming requires special D...
by slofstra
Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs
Replies: 28
Views: 1551

Re: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs

Thanks, Henry, for the youtube idea. Frankly, I've avoided subscribing there, as I don't use youtube very often, preferring Amazon's many CD selections, but I'm slowly being persuaded. I suppose it's in my future..... 😉 Lance, I think you've hit on something there, about living an extra 50 years. I...
by slofstra
Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs
Replies: 28
Views: 1551

Re: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs

You can try out the music player part of it by going to music.youtube.com . What they have done is quite clever. If you use youtube, you might have noticed that there are now quite a number of audio recordings with no real picture. You can also access this new material using the audio player, like ...
by slofstra
Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs
Replies: 28
Views: 1551

Re: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs

we have switched to Youtube Premium which includes a Youtube music player. The music player does work quite reliably, and not only that, but you lose all those annoying commercials when watching youtube videos. Henry I have to look into this premium youtube-I'm getting more and more annoyed with th...
by slofstra
Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs
Replies: 28
Views: 1551

Re: No, I Am Not Getting Rid of My Thousands of CDs

If Tomassini has five CD cabinets like the two shown in the left hand photo, then I am certain he has far more than 4000 CDs. 4000 titles, possibly. The way I count CDs, the 15 Ring sets would amount to 150 to 200 CDs, not 15 CDs. I recently flirted with high definition technology on my entertainmen...
by slofstra
Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4271
Views: 1498797

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

The article is a bit vague. Here is the tragedy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOUSFNgEy7c The announcer initially stated the correct order when advising what pieces would be played, but then apparently said the Rach would be played first,which appeared to surprise Petrenko who obviously assumed ...
by slofstra
Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4271
Views: 1498797

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

With the piano entry in the Rachmaninoff almost immediate, the performance "began with a failure". I don't quite get what this means. Oh, wait. I think it means a very short tutti, then An began playing the Tchaikovsky? Yikes. Then what happened. Did they regroup after the false start? The article ...
by slofstra
Sat Dec 05, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 41
Views: 1719

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

I think we can safely agree that the Beethoven violin concerto stands alongside a few others at the very summit of classical concertos, and that we are incredibly well-served with wonderful recordings. And one aspect of the riches is the various interpretations we have. Trite and obvious, but worth...
by slofstra
Sat Dec 05, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"
Replies: 21
Views: 890

Re: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"

Yes, Henry, even I read it despite my disdain for Christmas compilations. Well done indeed, very thorough. Mind you, I still wouldn't want most of them, but we're all allowed our preferences. :D Nowhere do you see recording artists dialing in performances for cash more apparently than with Christma...
by slofstra
Sat Dec 05, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 41
Views: 1719

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

I have a Philips 2 CD set of Grumiaux concertos, serial 442 287-2, that contains a Grumiaux/ Haitink/ Concertgebouw recording of the Beethoven VC, as well as Brahms' Romance No. 2, op.50. These were recorded in May of 1960. Try searching for "Favourite Violin Concertos", the title of the CD set. In...
by slofstra
Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 41
Views: 1719

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

However, I still can't find the recording that you have with Haitink anywhere on American Amazon or on Presto's website, even as a download. I have a Philips 2 CD set of Grumiaux concertos, serial 442 287-2, that contains a Grumiaux/ Haitink/ Concertgebouw recording of the Beethoven VC, as well as ...
by slofstra
Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 41
Views: 1719

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

Zino Francescatti was eclipsed by Heifetz so much in his day that he is largely forgotten now, but I find his artistry quite equal to Heifetz in every way. In addition to the Francescatti with Walter, listed by others, I also have a performance with Eduard van Beinum and the Concertgebouw. I'll hav...
by slofstra
Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"
Replies: 21
Views: 890

Re: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"

Yes, Henry, even I read it despite my disdain for Christmas compilations. Well done indeed, very thorough. Mind you, I still wouldn't want most of them, but we're all allowed our preferences. :D Nowhere do you see recording artists dialing in performances for cash more apparently than with Christma...
by slofstra
Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"
Replies: 21
Views: 890

Re: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"

Henry, that was amazingly informative, thank-you! I will take some time during the season to study your recommendations in more detail, but I agree with you about many of them on your 2007 list, including The Chieftans, The Kings' Singers and the Wyndam Hill selections. I grew up with the Perry Com...
by slofstra
Wed Dec 02, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"
Replies: 21
Views: 890

Re: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"

And here is what I do now. The last playlist I made with Christmas songs was in 2018. It contains mostly videos of choirs and sentimental pop selections. https://gesprek.net/2018/12/04/christmas-songs-2018/ Pretty happy with this one, also. https://gesprek.net/2016/12/07/traditional-christmas-songs-...
by slofstra
Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"
Replies: 21
Views: 890

Re: Jonas Kaufmann 2-CD set, "It's Christmas"

In the early years of burning CDs, when it was still quite a novelty, I would burn a compilation CD each Christmas and give them to clients, family and friends. They did get played a lot and were quite appreciated. As the novelty wore off, I gave up the practice, but I ended up with seven compilatio...
by slofstra
Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 41
Views: 1719

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

I have a Mendelssohn VC / Midori / Janssons / BPO recording. I'll have to give that a spin. Not who I would think would be strong in the Mendelssohn. And Janssons often sounds very dreary to me. I don't go looking for anything that he records. Again, I've made no attempt at determining a favourite, ...
by slofstra
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4271
Views: 1498797

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

Vadym Kholodenko won the coveted Gold Medal in the Van Cliburn 2013 piano competition, and I'm only now catching up to him on CD. A pianist I follow, often as you note original insights. After I heard in real time , or shortly after, his very first solo recital at the 2013 Cliburn ,I remarked to ot...
by slofstra
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 41
Views: 1719

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

What about Perlman? I'm at a complete loss to list favourites of the Beethoven VC. I always enjoy every rendition and the Werner Iseler axiom of "the best performance is the one I'm listening to now" very much applies. However, I did engage in an analysis of a few youtube videos with my violin playi...
by slofstra
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 41
Views: 1719

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

Heard her new Beethoven VC per local FM radio.You may of course disagree, but I found her sound, attack, approach too thin and delicate, almost pre- Beethoven in some respects, for my taste. While I do not enjoy overly Romanticized readings, eg. my Perlman/Giulini/Philhrmonia, my ideal is aristocra...
by slofstra
Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4271
Views: 1498797

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71aIzPdKQvL._SX522_.jpg The young and fiery talent of violinist Vilde Frang is definitely one to watch, especially after hearing her stunning recording of the Korngold Concerto reviewed elsewhere in these pages, and now this recent release of the Fir...
by slofstra
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's "Le poète du piano" set
Replies: 13
Views: 961

Re: Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's "Le poète du piano" set

Well, it's stretching a point of course, but Bronx-born Murray Perahia, although he had a close relationship with Horowitz who was based in New York City, has lived and worked in London since 1975, and was knighted in 2007. He did record and conduct his outstanding set of Mozart Concertos with the ...
by slofstra
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertos played by Richter
Replies: 36
Views: 1705

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

The life and death of classical music.
by slofstra
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Lifelong Rock Critic Goes Back to the Actual Classics
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: A Lifelong Rock Critic Goes Back to the Actual Classics

I couldn't disagree with you more about pop music, Brian. I blog about folk and indie music extensively at gesprek.net. I've focused more extensively on acoustic music the last few years, and here is my review of the year 2019. https://gesprek.net/2019/12/09/artsfols-best-unplugged-sessions-countdo...
by slofstra
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertos played by Richter
Replies: 36
Views: 1705

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

Those are interesting responses. When I don't like something, and the performers are top-tier, then I always wonder if it's just me, which I'm perfectly okay with, or if the issue is more general. So it would seem to be more general. The Triple Concerto with Hvk, with Rostoprovich, Oistrakh and Ric...
by slofstra
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertos played by Richter
Replies: 36
Views: 1705

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

Rach3 wrote: Richter also panned one of his most successful recordings of all time, the Brahms Piano Concerto II with Leinsdorf/Chicago. In fact, the second movement was done brilliantly in just one take! From the same source: Bruno Monsaingeon, Sviatoslav Richter – Notebooks and Conversations, p. ...
by slofstra
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's "Le poète du piano" set
Replies: 13
Views: 961

Re: Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's "Le poète du piano" set

I have become a huge fan of the French pianist, Alexandre Tharaud. His repertoire is very wide, even to include popular music (performed strikingly well). Erato has come forth with a three-CD set [51808] with each CD marked "Solo," "Concertos," and "Rarities and Surprises." Each of the discs contai...
by slofstra
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Lifelong Rock Critic Goes Back to the Actual Classics
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: A Lifelong Rock Critic Goes Back to the Actual Classics

I couldn't disagree with you more about pop music, Brian. I blog about folk and indie music extensively at gesprek.net. I've focused more extensively on acoustic music the last few years, and here is my review of the year 2019. https://gesprek.net/2019/12/09/artsfols-best-unplugged-sessions-countdow...
by slofstra
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertos played by Richter
Replies: 36
Views: 1705

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

Rach3 wrote: Richter also panned one of his most successful recordings of all time, the Brahms Piano Concerto II with Leinsdorf/Chicago. In fact, the second movement was done brilliantly in just one take! From the same source: Bruno Monsaingeon, Sviatoslav Richter – Notebooks and Conversations, p. ...
by slofstra
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4271
Views: 1498797

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

Interesting take on Von Karajan's Beethoven from all! I must give that 1977 Ninth another hearing, as well as whatever else from that cycle I can find on amazon. :) Henry, I do admire and appreciate how you challenge my opinions in such a gentlemanly way, probing the depths of my reasoning. It make...
by slofstra
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Doodlechaos and Beethoven
Replies: 0
Views: 360

Doodlechaos and Beethoven

Doodlechaos describes his exceedingly clever line art animation (linked below) for the opening movement of Beethoven's 5th. At this moment, the animation has over 120 million views! I spent over 3 months synchronizing a line rider track to Beethoven's 5th drawing everything by hand.Any time a charac...
by slofstra
Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4271
Views: 1498797

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

Now as far as 1963 Hvk as a benchmark. Do you find it better than the 1977 version? AS far as the 1977 set is concerned, it's been so long since I've heard it, it's impossible to remember details, honestly. All I can remember is that the sound of the orchestra was too homogenized for my ears, but I...
by slofstra
Thu Nov 12, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4271
Views: 1498797

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

I will look forward to that tuba! Now as far as 1963 Hvk as a benchmark. Do you find it better than the 1977 version? That would be the benchmark for me. Also, as a footnote the entire 1963 set is available on a single Blu-Ray set. Pop into your Blu-ray player and you have Beethoven for the day. Als...
by slofstra
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ivan Moravec
Replies: 4
Views: 323

Re: Ivan Moravec

That box ain't cheap here in Canada, over 100 looneys.
While Moravec plays with great sensitivity, he often doesn't play by the book, to my recollection.
by slofstra
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4271
Views: 1498797

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71cUWdp3e4L._SX522_.jpg Thanks to an alert by Lance a while back, I acquired this fine box of Steinberg's Beethoven cycle, finally given its due in a superb restoration of the 35mm magnetic film stereo recordings made for Command Classics in the 1960...
by slofstra
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared
Replies: 20
Views: 1005

Re: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared

There are a number of versions in my collection, but I've by no means heard all the renditions mentioned here. I do have Uchida's. For me, the standout is Brendel's. And that's because of the adagio. I love his handling of the adagio for the same reason he excels in the D.940 and the late Schubert s...
by slofstra
Mon Nov 02, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4271
Views: 1498797

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61K-qAbdYML.jpg Just discovered and listened to this wonderful CD featuring the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on amazon today, by your home town band, Barney! James Ehnes is, of course, a fine violinist, and the Melbourne Symphony is truly energized b...
by slofstra
Mon Nov 02, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 32
Views: 1864

Re: Haitink documentary

I agree. I am always delighted when I listen to a Bach cantata, but would become fatigued after half a dozen, let alone 150, if I wanted to play them in order. I do think we make a mistake when we listen to music in the way the composer never intended. I can remember listening to the complete WTC p...