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by John F
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfredo Campoli, violin on 12 Decca Eloquence CDs
Replies: 5
Views: 40

Re: Alfredo Campoli, violin on 12 Decca Eloquence CDs

Decca recorded him in everything, didn't they? But while he and his records seem to have been popular in England, here he was overshadowed by Heifetz, Milstein, and others. I never got a Campoli recording, never even considered it.
by John F
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Cleveland Orchestra marks its 100th this week at Carnegie Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 486

Re: The Cleveland Orchestra marks its 100th this week at Carnegie Hall

Writing about Rodzinski and the Cleveland Orchestra reminds me of one of the first LPs I bought with my own money, of Strauss's "Till Eulenspiegel," and the "Rosenkavalier" waltzes. Listening to it now, after maybe 60 years and many other performances and recordings of that music, I can hear that th...
by John F
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Cleveland Orchestra marks its 100th this week at Carnegie Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 486

Re: The Cleveland Orchestra marks its 100th this week at Carnegie Hall

Szell was really special, but Rodzinski had the orchestra in pretty good shape long before Szell got there... Quite so, and there are many Columbia recordings to prove it, including the first of the Berg violin concerto. Which testifies that Rodzinski was a more frequent and more committed performe...
by John F
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3810
Views: 299472

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

I've never heard of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra or its founder/music director Marios Papadopoulos, so the blurb on its web site reads like hype: The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the leading orchestras in the UK. Praised as ‘excellent’ by Gramophone Magazine and ‘thoroughly impressiv...
by John F
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early
Replies: 11
Views: 303

Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

Was that the opening night of the season? I believe the Met shows it for free on HD screens outside the Met, and this year maybe they also made it available to Channel 13 - from what you say, possibly at the last minute. Under the circumstances, other PBS channels may have decided not to disrupt the...
by John F
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: bard summer opera the demon
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: bard summer opera the demon

Lisitsian's recording of Prince Yeletsky's aria from "Queen of Spades" is so beautifully sung that you have to wonder why Lisa dumps him for a nut like Hermann.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgXU1VEEKkA
by John F
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: bard summer opera the demon
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: bard summer opera the demon

And what a singer Pavel Lisitsian was! They don't make 'em like that any more.
by John F
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's new season announced
Replies: 11
Views: 251

Re: Met's new season announced

Barry, until fairly recently I did much as you say. Now in my mid-70s, which has slowed me down physically, and with over half a century of memories of great performances here and abroad both live and on records, I'm spoiled for the everyday, even here in NYC. Next time you're over here, I could sho...
by John F
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: bard summer opera the demon
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: bard summer opera the demon

The demon's big aria, "I am he whom you called," is pretty well known to collectors of vocal records, as it was often recorded by major Russian basses and baritones including Chaliapin. And I find more recent versions on YouTube by Ghiaurov and Hvorostovsky. I've heard nothing else from the opera.
by John F
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early
Replies: 11
Views: 303

Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

That's strange. Channel 13, PBS's flagship station in NYC, always telecasts the Met's HD shows, or it always has whenever I wanted to watch them. Can't you receive 13 where you are?
by John F
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early
Replies: 11
Views: 303

Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

maestrob wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:48 am
Now if only Gelb would continue the PBS broadcasts so I can hear him!
Is there any question of that? According to the Met's press release, both the radio broadcasts on the Met's radio network and the HD transmissions to theaters and on PBS will continue next season.
by John F
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Volume 1 Issue Nº1: Welcome to The People's Post
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: Volume 1 Issue Nº1: Welcome to The People's Post

I believe that performance of the Montemezzi was in concert. Though the opera was in vogue between the wars, the Met hasn't performed it in nearly 70 years. Ezio Pinza used to sing the role of the blind king Arcibaldo, and in the early years the role of Avito was sung by Caruso; Toscanini conducted ...
by John F
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 196
Views: 10972

Re: What I listened to today

I never "got" the Sibelius 7th until a concert by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Colin Davis revealed it to me. They recorded it at about the same time.
by John F
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jaap van Zweden
Replies: 4
Views: 130

Re: Jaap van Zweden

That's certainly good news. I've been planning to go to some of his concerts next season, and now I look forward to them. Here's the NY Times review, somewhat more restrained than Len_Z's: Review: Restrained Wagner at the New York Philharmonic By ANTHONY TOMMASINI FEB. 15, 2018 Jaap van Zweden, the ...
by John F
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's new season announced
Replies: 11
Views: 251

Re: Met's new season announced

A more usable overview is in the Met's press release, here: https://www.metopera.org/About/Press-Releases/1819SeasonAnnouncement/ Its headliner is that Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met's new music director, will take up his post this fall instead of in 2020. He will be conducting three operas instead o...
by John F
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Volume 1 Issue Nº1: Welcome to The People's Post
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: Volume 1 Issue Nº1: Welcome to The People's Post

"Recipes"? Yes, there's a pasta recipe, and more are promised from the company's general director Michael Capasso. I expect Lenny to test them in his kitchen. This "newsletter" is a strange beast, for sure. One thing it reveals is just how thin the artistic activities of "New York City Opera" are - ...
by John F
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 196
Views: 10972

Re: What I listened to today

I'd agree that Roger Voisin's tone color was unique - blaring and loud. For me he wasn't a BSO asset but a liability. Similarly principal horn James Stagliano. Leinsdorf replaced the orchestra's substandard principals when he could, but that was limited.
by John F
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3810
Views: 299472

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

I agree that Leinsdorf's main contribution to the BSO was restoring the quality of its playing, or much of it, that had been lost under Charles Munch. I too like his Prokofiev BSO recordings and some others, such as Berg's "Der Wein," but have never heard anything special in his performances and rec...
by John F
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 196
Views: 10972

Re: What I listened to today

"The Golden Age" was revived by the Bolshoi Ballet some years ago. The choreography by Yuri Grigorovich, restaged by Alexei Ratmansky, had nothing to do with football (soccer) players; it is set in a restaurant named The Golden Age. This is the only ballet I've seen in which a bear crosses the stage...
by John F
Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 196
Views: 10972

Re: What I listened to today

If the Stokowski box includes his monaural recordings with "His Symphony Orchestra," some of his best post-Philadelphia work on records, it should provide excellent listening. The Schumann 2nd symphony was a clear-cut first choice in its day. So who was "His Symphony Orchestra" anyway? I've found a ...
by John F
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3810
Views: 299472

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

Just because Kaufmann is able to do it, doesn't make a case that it should be done. Way back when, E. Power Biggs played a Handel organ concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra using a Hammond organ - another bad idea. As I said, Mahler had a purpose in dividing the six songs between two singers of ...
by John F
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 196
Views: 10972

Re: What I listened to today

Miaskovsky's Symphony #6 is my pick of the Miaskovsky I've heard. Indeed, I think it's a great work. But there are two different versions on records, one with a chorus in the last movement and the other with the choral parts played by the orchestra. Get the choral version! It's not just about textur...
by John F
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3810
Views: 299472

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

This is the first time when Mahler's full cycle has been sung by a single voice... What a terrible idea! Mahler knew what he was doing when he composed it for contrasting voices. What Kaufmann et al. think they are doing, other than a vanity project for the tenor, beats me. If that seems a bit seve...
by John F
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Now it's Copley
Replies: 12
Views: 345

Re: Now it's Copley

Belle wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:09 pm
Soon male sexuality will be regulated by the state.
Really, that has zero to do with this topic.
by John F
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cheat Sheet From NY Times American Orchestras
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: Cheat Sheet From NY Times American Orchestras

Whatever the length of its season, Chicago's opera company has long been one of the big three American opera companies (San Francisco is the other), and its performances have equaled the Met's in quality and importance if not in number. They, not the Met, presented Maria Callas's American debut, as ...
by John F
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Now it's Copley
Replies: 12
Views: 345

Re: Now it's Copley

I have to wonder about this. One member of the chorus took amiss something Copley allegedly said during a rehearsal. What was it, and what did the rest of the chorus think? The Met's announcement says nothing about investigating the complaint or whether it was confirmed by the witnesses present. Cop...
by John F
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cheat Sheet From NY Times American Orchestras
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: Cheat Sheet From NY Times American Orchestras

The Lyric Opera of Chicago still has its inaugural music director: Andrew Davis, who became the first conductor to hold that position at the company in 2000 Misleading. Bruno Bartoletti was not just principal conductor but artistic director for 35 years; artistic director is higher-ranking than mus...
by John F
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...
Replies: 14
Views: 612

Re: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...

I am not so sure it is a good idea to make all sexual abusers, regardless of their more positive contributions to society, non-persons. Nobody in this thread is suggesting such a thing. But if a musician's private life is controversial in the wrong way, as these conductors now are, any tribute to t...
by John F
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...
Replies: 14
Views: 612

Re: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...

Lance wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:41 pm
Does everyone feel the same about Dutoit?
Unless you deliberately want to provoke controversy, at the risk of losing at least some of your audience, I don't see the point of seeking out classical musicians in disgrace, one after another, while the scandal is still reverberating.
by John F
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...
Replies: 14
Views: 612

Re: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...

It's less than 2 months since those scandalous news stories broke, James Levine was suspended at the Met, and general manager Peter Gelb ordered an investigation. No new accusations have been made since then, and the Illinois police to whom the complaints were made have announced they will bring no ...
by John F
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anshel Brusilow (14 Aug 1928–15 Jan 2018)
Replies: 10
Views: 534

Re: Anshel Brusilow (14 Aug 1928–15 Jan 2018)

That's a good question. Krachmalnick was concertmaster through 1958, when he left for the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Brusilow took that position in the fall of 1959.
by John F
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Zambello email
Replies: 2
Views: 238

Re: Zambello email

She may not remember it, but in the '90s she was briefly a member of CompuServe's Music Forum, using the nickname Cesca. Since we were pretty unfriendly toward "revisionist" stage productions back then (some of us still are), she may have decided it wasn't her kind of place.
by John F
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Spano Will Leave the Atlanta Symphony After 20 Years
Replies: 2
Views: 244

Re: Spano Will Leave the Atlanta Symphony After 20 Years

20 years ago, Spano was widely considered a rising star. He was even rumored to be in line to succeed Seiji Ozawa at the Boston Symphony. But that didn't happen, and nobody thinks that way any more; as far as I know, he hasn't been seriously considered for an orchestra at a higher level, nor does he...
by John F
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: REQUIEM AETERNAM, Kochel 626 Version
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: REQUIEM AETERNAM, Kochel 626 Version

Yes, the trombone solo does go on and on. But the latest scholarship as of 1994, on which Christoph Wolff's book about the Requiem is based, attributes the beginning of the solo to Mozart but its continuation to Süssmayr. The most crass example is perhaps in the 'Tuba mirum,'.. where Mozart uses the...
by John F
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 196
Views: 10972

Re: What I listened to today

Loris Tjeknavorian had a brief career in the West, then pretty much disappeared back into Armenia and Iran. His recordings for RCA Victor with the London Symphony Orchestra got a lot of ballyhoo and, as I remember, were well received in The Gramophone, but he was never music director of a major orch...
by John F
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 37
Views: 2695

Re: Moving to NYC...!

Good for you! If you come to the performing arts library at Lincoln Center tomorrow after 3:30, next to the Met, you'll find me at the Welcome Desk just inside the main entrance - and you'll also find remarkable exhibitions about Leonard Bernstein, Arturo Toscanini, and recorded sound preservation ...
by John F
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: REQUIEM AETERNAM, Kochel 626 Version
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: REQUIEM AETERNAM, Kochel 626 Version

This reminds me of something said by among my most favourite pianists, Artur Rubinstein. As I recall it was a New York Times article wherein he said people should applaud any time they feel like it if they are so moved during a performance. At a concert he gave the next day or so, people applauded ...
by John F
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 196
Views: 10972

Re: What I listened to today

Toscanini occasionally conducted Brahms's Serenade No. 2, but almost always just a movement or two of the first serenade, usually the first movement, sometimes the fourth. He did conduct it complete but only once, with the New York Philharmonic in 1935 and never again. It's an uncomfortable length t...
by John F
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: REQUIEM AETERNAM, Kochel 626 Version
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: REQUIEM AETERNAM, Kochel 626 Version

That's remarkable! The only performances I've attended when audience applause has actually interrupted the music so early in a movement has been ballet, when a dancer has completed a difficult move or is actually doing it. Kind of like the circus. Of course audiences often applaud at the end of an a...
by John F
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 37
Views: 2695

Re: Moving to NYC...!

Good for you! If you come to the performing arts library at Lincoln Center tomorrow after 3:30, next to the Met, you'll find me at the Welcome Desk just inside the main entrance - and you'll also find remarkable exhibitions about Leonard Bernstein, Arturo Toscanini, and recorded sound preservation a...
by John F
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 940

Re: The most-performed composers

When I worked at Central Opera Service, we compiled statistics on opera companies and repertoire in the US every year. The most-performed opera, year after year, was Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors," mainly by amateur groups. If any American organization still does this, it would be OPERAmer...
by John F
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Victor de Sabata complete DGG/Decca on CD
Replies: 4
Views: 353

Re: Victor de Sabata complete DGG/Decca on CD

As you know, there's quite a lot of De Sabata material captured from live performances, chiefly radio broadcasts. He was a guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, for example, and a few of his Philharmonic performances that were broadcast have circulated on "private" recordings or person-to-...
by John F
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 940

Re: The most-performed composers

I believe - no statistics! - that Stravinsky and possibly Shostakovich might have made the top 20 during their lifetimes. No composer since them is likely to have scored over 700 performances worldwide, however popular they may have been in their home countries - Copland in America, Britten in Brita...
by John F
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 940

The most-performed composers

An outfit called Bachtrack tabulates about 32,000 "events" a year, concerts only (not opera), and tells us which composers and which works were the most performed. In 2017, they were Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky. Audiences have come a long way from when Tchaikovsky was ...
by John F
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chinese search engine
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Chinese search engine

Just now I looked at the bottom of the page and besides myself and 17 guests, I saw Baidu (Spider). Say what? Wikipedia to the rescue. Baidu is a Chinese web services company headquartered in Beijing. As of 2017, Baidu Search released Spider 3.0 which is capable of indexing over trillions of web pag...
by John F
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 196
Views: 10972

Re: What I listened to today

I also, like Belle, do not know why you have singled out that symphony, which while excellent strikes me as entirely characteristic. I also do not know, so please enlighten me, how he picked up the silly nickname "Papa" Haydn If you read the Wikipedia article on "Papa Haydn" that I linked to in my ...
by John F
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Z Woolfe On Met's Stale Performances
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Re: Z Woolfe On Met's Stale Performances

It's not the performances that Woolfe is complaining about. To the contrary, he praises them. It's the repertory. The Met premiered its new "Tosca" on New Year's Eve, wound up its holiday season run of "Merry Widow," revived "Cav" and "Pag," and before the month is out there'll be revivals of "Marri...
by John F
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's radio programs: January 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 563

Re: Lance's radio programs: January 2018

Ah so. But since the next two programs are TBA, nothing prevents you from playing some more Crespin. :)
by John F
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 196
Views: 10972

Re: What I listened to today

You misunderstand. "Papa Haydn" is the conventional and sometimes dismissive image of the elderly benevolent composer. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papa_Haydn) This symphony is unlike any of the later symphonies by which he is best known. Of course the symphony is splendid, I said it's a wonde...
by John F
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Victor de Sabata complete DGG/Decca on CD
Replies: 4
Views: 353

Re: Victor de Sabata complete DGG/Decca on CD

The recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic in the '30s are impressive, but the Eroica with the London Philharmonic is disappointing - heavy and dull.