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by slofstra
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 116
Views: 43917

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Just got this Szell set on amazon.com for $131 US. Once shipping, HST and exchange is added, my total landed cost is $216.00 CDN. I have very little Szell in my collection, but I bought this on the strength of Szell's Mahler Symphony No.6, which was one of my first classical CD purchases ever, and r...
by slofstra
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arrau's Complete Recordings/Decca 80 CDs
Replies: 5
Views: 1617

Re: Arrau's Complete Recordings/Decca 80 CDs

I was quite disappointed with this set (RCA Victor and Columbia), and that's speaking as a fan of his Beethoven Sonatas and a few other recordings by Arrau which I have had for some time. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00UOFWT0K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00 Can I expect that this Decca set would...
by slofstra
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Winterreise"
Replies: 15
Views: 2818

Re: "Winterreise"

I have these: Choral Winterreise D 911 Schreier; Richter 733 Bach Choral Winterreise D 911 Fischer-Dieskau; Moore 148 Choral Winterreise D 911 Hotter 614 Bach Choral Winterreise D 911 Padmore; Lewis 720 Choral Winterreise D 911 Goerne 628 Choral Winterreise D 911 Fischer-Dieskau; Perahia 731 The Hot...
by slofstra
Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For fans of contemporary folk and rock music.
Replies: 3
Views: 1356

Re: For fans of contemporary folk and rock music.

jserraglio wrote:Thanks. I'll check these out.
I like to remind people about the skip button. I hope you find some new music you like.
by slofstra
Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Centre Website
Replies: 4
Views: 1241

Re: Lincoln Centre Website

Had nary a one problem, Henry. Got around fine. Maybe just the time of day, eh? Anyone else have trouble with it? The server gaps out for long intervals as you scroll around the site. Too many organizations develop very fancy web sites these days, and then don't have the horsepower on their servers...
by slofstra
Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Centre Website
Replies: 4
Views: 1241

Re: Lincoln Centre Website

I haven't had any server problems at lincolncenter.org, but after a series of needless redesigns, the site is hard to get information from. So I go directly to the sites for the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, etc. for info about their programming. If I need a calendar of all events at L...
by slofstra
Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For fans of contemporary folk and rock music.
Replies: 3
Views: 1356

For fans of contemporary folk and rock music.

Here's my annual list of the best rock and folk session videos. More info on the blog post.

https://gesprek.net/2016/12/28/best-fol ... s-of-2016/
by slofstra
Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Centre Website
Replies: 4
Views: 1241

Lincoln Centre Website

Anyone else have trouble with it? The server gaps out for long intervals as you scroll around the site. Too many organizations develop very fancy web sites these days, and then don't have the horsepower on their servers to back it up. As this is a preliminary diagnosis on my part, I wonder if anyone...
by slofstra
Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Grateful Dead and the Classical Music
Replies: 4
Views: 1224

Re: The Grateful Dead and the Classical Music

http://robertsimpson.info/

They have also provided some funds to Havergal Brian.

http://www.havergalbrian.org/
by slofstra
Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Replies: 31
Views: 6740

Re: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"

Henry, comments noted. I might also "think" about doing orchestral music with the "infamous" Telemann Society and Richard Schulze. Some of the worst things I ever heard on records. Near as I know, nothing of theirs has ever appeared on CD, not that it would interest me. You could do a show on peopl...
by slofstra
Thu Oct 06, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The 'NPO Radio 4' Heart and Soul List
Replies: 1
Views: 1155

The 'NPO Radio 4' Heart and Soul List

I know how much everyone on the forum loves classical musical rankings so it's with great trepidation, I mean, excitement, that I'm alerting you to NPO Radio 4 (Dutch classical music station) Heart and Soul List. Check out the cool filters at the top of the list. If nothing else, this gives you an i...
by slofstra
Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: better word than "principle"
Replies: 5
Views: 1393

Re: better word than "principle"

I saw a quote from Groucho Marx just this morning, "These are my principles, and if you don't like them, well, I have others." Yes, it's not quite the correct word in the context Mike has provided. Better words off the top of my head, might be: assumptions or working assumptions, preferences, peccad...
by slofstra
Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Replies: 31
Views: 6740

Re: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"

You could do a show on people who couldn't really sing. Yes, I do remember Mrs. Miller and have looked at a few clips on youtube. But, no doubt, she was in the know. I think her first cover, at least the first I remember, was "A Lover's Concerto" originally performed by the Toys. That song's melody ...
by slofstra
Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Replies: 31
Views: 6740

Re: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"

Those answers make the movie, and its subject, all the more fascinating, Lance. It still seems incredible that, like the Emperor with his "new clothes", Jenkins did not know how bad her voice actually was. And yet, the movie made it entirely believable. I'd like to believe that people back then had ...
by slofstra
Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Replies: 31
Views: 6740

Re: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"

Finally, finally saw this movie at a matinee here in Waterloo. It's been playing for almost a month, and there were 20 or 30 patrons for the showing. I was wondering how interesting a feature length movie about a novelty act would be. The script and acting were superb and maintained interest through...
by slofstra
Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Listening vs. Watching: Your Preference
Replies: 7
Views: 1421

Re: Listening vs. Watching: Your Preference

My favourite way to relax is to play CDs from my classical CD collection while playing one of 50 varieties of Free Cell on my big screen TV from www.freecell.net. Aside from that, I subscribe to the Berlin Philharmonic in HD video and sound from www.digitalconcerthall.com. I've also recently added M...
by slofstra
Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bigger is better ..
Replies: 11
Views: 2244

Re: Bigger is better ..

I did not wish to give the impression that I have not enjoyed miked performances at Saratoga, Wolf Trap, etc., or that I am not aware of acoustic outdoor performances, The Sunday concerts of the West Point Band at Trophy Point were entirely acoustic. Once I accompanied a middle school class to Meye...
by slofstra
Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bigger is better ..
Replies: 11
Views: 2244

Re: Bigger is better ..

I live next door to Saratoga, and the answer is clear. Outdoor performances cannot be done acoustically. It's as simple as that. If "acoustically" means with good audio quality, that is simply wrong. The BPO outdoor concert is simple evidence of that; you don't receive standing ovations with bad au...
by slofstra
Thu Aug 04, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bigger is better ..
Replies: 11
Views: 2244

Re: Bigger is better ..

I live next door to Saratoga, and the answer is clear. Outdoor performances cannot be done acoustically. It's as simple as that. If "acoustically" means with good audio quality, that is simply wrong. The BPO outdoor concert is simple evidence of that; you don't receive standing ovations with bad au...
by slofstra
Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bigger is better ..
Replies: 11
Views: 2244

Bigger is better ..

I had just watched the recent Berlin Philharmonic concert at the Waldbuehne, online, when I read the article "smaller is better". Surely, this concert and the enthusiastic, almost rhapsodic, response of the 20,000+ in attendance proves that the very opposite can also be true. It strikes me that a co...
by slofstra
Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Treasure trove of interviews from the BPO web site
Replies: 1
Views: 1018

Treasure trove of interviews from the BPO web site

I just discovered that the BPO 'Digital Concert Hall' has assembled all their interview links on one page. You'll find interviews with many of the world's leading active conductors, pianists and other headliners from the BPO concert schedule. There are many dozens of interviews, and they are free to...
by slofstra
Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix
Replies: 26
Views: 4603

Re: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix

lennygoran wrote:
slofstra wrote:

I went to the page just now, and indeed, the links are all dead. I'll send them a note to see what happened.
Thanks! Regards, Len
Len, they responded and said to use the following link.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/interview/22405-4
by slofstra
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix
Replies: 26
Views: 4603

Re: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix

Here's an interview with Rattle and two of the principals regarding a recent performance of Tristan in Berlin. https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/22405 I clicked on the link but when I tried to get to the interview and clicked on this nothing happened. "Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner’s “Tris...
by slofstra
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes, a good thing can come out of Cleveland ...
Replies: 4
Views: 1453

Re: Yes, a good thing can come out of Cleveland ...

Henry---- I grew up on Toscanini, HVK (1963) and George Szell's Beethoven, and I have a great admiration for all three. Szell's of course is a lighter approach than the heavier Berlin set, and Toscanini is in a class of his own, but Szell put forth a fine example of Beethoven's cycle that I admire ...
by slofstra
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes, a good thing can come out of Cleveland ...
Replies: 4
Views: 1453

Re: Yes, a good thing can come out of Cleveland ...

What do you think? Would this make your top ten list of Beethoven symphony sets? Top three? Leaving the 9th out of the evaluation? Szell was a fine conductor of Beethoven, and his orchestra is great, one of the best ever...I esp like Syms 2,4,6 and 7...his overtures are terrific also - esp the grea...
by slofstra
Sat Jul 23, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on Oratorios
Replies: 31
Views: 3053

Re: Question on Oratorios

Berlioz's "Damnation of Faust" is a concert work, in effect an oratorio. It's sometimes performed in the theatre as if it were an opera, and in such performances there's likely to be some dancing in the dance of the sylphs and the minuet of the will-o'-the-wisps. Also, nowadays ballet choreotrapher...
by slofstra
Sat Jul 23, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes, a good thing can come out of Cleveland ...
Replies: 4
Views: 1453

Yes, a good thing can come out of Cleveland ...

although probably not last week. I purchased a number of the small boxes from Sony's recent Masters series of re-issues, including this one with George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra. You can't ever have too many Beethoven symphony performances, I thought, especially at this price ($12 US/...
by slofstra
Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix
Replies: 26
Views: 4603

Re: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix

I shot a Jonathan Miller in 1981, wonderful man, incredibly intelligent, had a great time hanging with him. I like Miller's views on religion but as for opera-that's a different story-still if I ever met him I'd shake his hand. Rattle will be at the Met for the new Tristan-I didn't order a ticket f...
by slofstra
Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Isler Concert Next Week
Replies: 13
Views: 2580

Re: Isler Concert Next Week

That looks like an interesting and varied program, Donald. I'm sure it'll be very enjoyable for the audience.

BTW, I believe the last person that went to Purchase New York was Peter Stuyvesant.
by slofstra
Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix
Replies: 26
Views: 4603

Re: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix

Quite a few Latino women are named Aida, and I've seen the name Radames more often than I'd expect. At work we had a secretary named Aida-she pronounced it differently than the way we opera lovers say Aida-for her it was more ada. Regards, Len Hmm. A bit like the English 'Adelaide' versus the Germa...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix
Replies: 26
Views: 4603

Re: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix

Well, if you're going into pop songs, there's an English pop singer who calls herself Dido. http://www.didomusic.com/ Your point, actually, was that Tristan and Isolde are not as uncommon names for present-day real people as I said they are. But how many Tristans or Isoldes can you name? LOL. I lis...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 17, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix
Replies: 26
Views: 4603

Re: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix

Back when I was a kid, the upstairs neighbors named their Siamese cats Dido and Aeneas. If there had been children instead of cats, who knows? Parents can give their children some extraordinary names. Nicolas Slonimsky named his daughter Electra. And then there are Dweezle and Moon Unit Zappa. So f...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fun on Amazon
Replies: 7
Views: 1882

Re: Fun on Amazon

Modernistfan wrote:I just rechecked that Amazon third-party-seller site; the price for the Richard Goode Beethoven sonatas set, and the other ridiculous prices, have now been cut to $50,000.00 each. Such a deal!
Too bad you can't short Amazon merchandise.
by slofstra
Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix
Replies: 26
Views: 4603

Re: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix

There's nothing "obscure" about Dido and Aeneas, not to me anyway. Certainly less obscure than Tristan (or Tristram) and Isolde (or Iseult), characters in Medieval romance who owe their name recognition to just one opera. :) There are countless operas with such titles based on love stories that are...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix
Replies: 26
Views: 4603

Re: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix

To take this in a slightly different direction. How many operas or oratorios titles can you name which consist of two obscure names seperated by 'et' or 'and'. Acis and Galatea Dido and Aeneas I can only name two. Now here's the method to my madness. How do you pronounce the various names involved i...
by slofstra
Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andris Nelsons cancels Bayreuth
Replies: 39
Views: 4929

Re: Andris Nelsons cancels Bayreuth

You're right that the announcements have been diplomatically vague, but my guess is that Nelsons was less bothered by the production (about which we know nothing yet) than by Christian Thielemann kibitzing his rehearsals for "Parsifal" and actually taking part. That's what the report in "Die Welt" ...
by slofstra
Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Claudio Arrau's RCA & Columbia boxed set coming!
Replies: 4
Views: 1234

Re: Claudio Arrau's RCA & Columbia boxed set coming!

I thought this one as little more pricey than usual, but still worth it. As I may have said, I recognized Arrau 's pianism and appreciated it early on in his American Decca and EMI days. (He produced some fabulous sounds from his Baldwin concert grand back then, and switched to Steinway later.) Whe...
by slofstra
Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fun on Amazon
Replies: 7
Views: 1882

Re: Fun on Amazon

I think that I can top all of these crazy prices. For some reason, I was browsing for the complete Beethoven piano sonatas with Richard Goode and there was one for the eminently reasonable price of $99,999,999,999.00 (plus, of course, $3.99 shipping). That's nearly 100 BILLION dollars for those of ...
by slofstra
Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jaap van Zweden
Replies: 31
Views: 6613

Re: Jaap van Zweden

maestrob wrote:Pardon my ignorance, but can anyone tell me how to pronounce Jaap van Zweden?

It goes by a bit fast in the video. Here it is in phonetic English, in slow motion.

Yup fan Su-way'-den.

The 'aa' is slightly elongated. Short 'u'.
by slofstra
Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Claudio Arrau's RCA & Columbia boxed set coming!
Replies: 4
Views: 1234

Re: Claudio Arrau's RCA & Columbia boxed set coming!

Thanks for the notice, Lance. I pre-ordered this immediately, especially when I saw the very reasonable price. Arrau continues to be one of my favourite pianists. Just last night I was listening to his rendition of Brahm's Variations on a Theme by Haydn. The rhythm and colour displayed in his pianis...
by slofstra
Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brexit and the classical CD
Replies: 6
Views: 1612

Re: Brexit and the classical CD

I'm glad some of you are finding some bargains. I've spot checked a few prices, and amazon.ca still comes out the better for me. Our Canadian dollar has dropped significantly with our resource based economy, so that's the issue. I haven't paid a lot of attention to the 'Brexit' campaign as I was cou...
by slofstra
Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brexit and the classical CD
Replies: 6
Views: 1612

Brexit and the classical CD

The bad news (depending on your political bent) is that the UK may be leaving the EU.
The good news is that with the pound dropping to $1.35, it's once again time to look for bargain classical CDs on mdt.co.uk.
by slofstra
Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best of Brahms
Replies: 23
Views: 4767

Re: Best of Brahms

My parents had the earlier Heifetz recording of the violin concerto with Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra; I don't have it and have pretty much forgotten it. However, I've just been listening to the stereo version with Fritz Reiner and it still strikes me as superficial, from th...
by slofstra
Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composing? Not anymore. Throwing in the towel.
Replies: 27
Views: 4157

Re: Composing? Not anymore. Throwing in the towel.

Okay, so it's not music you're tired of. That's good. Unfortunately, making a career of an activity you love often has the effect of taking all the joy out of it. I just watched the excellent documentary of Nina Simone, who, of course, loved to sing and perform to the point that it was a redemptive...
by slofstra
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composing? Not anymore. Throwing in the towel.
Replies: 27
Views: 4157

Re: Composing? Not anymore. Throwing in the towel.

Garrett, I have a question. Do you play an instrument? I do! Studied both piano and guitar for years. I've kept both up, although I'm not going to mislead you into thinking I'm "performance-ready" on either. But I can still play both well enough to read through difficult music and still have it sou...
by slofstra
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best of Brahms
Replies: 23
Views: 4767

Re: Best of Brahms

The Brahms I reach for most often is Solti/Chicago, to be honest. Solti's pacing is just right: disciplined with room to breath. As for muddied up, my target would be HVK's Brahms symphonies: they sound under-rehearsed as though they were dashed off just to make money without accompanying concerts....
by slofstra
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best of Brahms
Replies: 23
Views: 4767

Re: Best of Brahms

As for the concertos, I had to re-listen to several recordings before I could announce a favorite, and I still can't make up my mind. For the piano concerti, the choice is between Fleisher/Szell and Van Cliburn/Reiner in I, and Richter/Chicago/Leinsdorf and Fleisher in II, and no contest with Heife...
by slofstra
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best of Brahms
Replies: 23
Views: 4767

Re: Best of Brahms

There are hundreds if not thousands of recordings of the Brahms symphonies, and I haven't listened to most of them. The ones I come back to were made by Otto Klemperer and the Philharmonia Orchestra in the 1950s - well paced (not too slow), judiciously weighted, and beautifully played by the orches...
by slofstra
Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best of Brahms
Replies: 23
Views: 4767

Best of Brahms

There are so many fine recordings of Brahms' music I don't know which is the best of the best. All I will say, is that the last few years I keep reaching for this one: http://www.arkivmusic.com/graphics/covers/non-muze2/large/504822.jpg This is such an exceptionally fine recording, and delights me e...