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by John F
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 47
Views: 1995

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

Someone who heard Szell often in concert as well as on records told me that the recordings are "tighter." That agrees with my hearing of his Bruckner 3rd symphony, in concert with the Vienna Philharmonic and on records with the Cleveland Orchestra. How much the independent-minded VPO with a style of...
by John F
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 63
Views: 1227

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

I mentioned Philip Glass as a major American composer who has been passed over for the Pulitzer Prize for decades, it would seem almost systematically. His new oratorio, "The Passion of Ramakrishna," a large-scale work premiered by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra under Carl St. Clair who just now did...
by John F
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 26
Views: 313

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

Oops! Obviously I thought we were talking about Leinsdorf's recordings. As for Konwitschny's, they are certainly competent, but it's for the singers one wants those sets, not the conducting, "one" being me. :mrgreen:
by John F
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: BFI Top 100 British films
Replies: 3
Views: 32

Re: BFI Top 100 British films

="Belle"I wonder what the criteria were for the rankings; whether they were asked to nominate their favourite films or whether specific aspects were to be addressed such as script, acting, direction etc. The criterion, according to the Wikipedia article, was that they be "the greatest British films...
by John F
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: BFI Top 100 British films
Replies: 3
Views: 32

Re: BFI Top 100 British films

You may not think much of "The Third Man," Belle, but it is unquestionably one of the most famous, best known, and often shown British films of all. That's why it tops the British Film Institute's list. In Vienna there are scheduled "Third Man" tours to locations shown in the movie. A "top" British ...
by John F
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Ultimate Darius Milhaud Box Set
Replies: 2
Views: 24

Re: The Ultimate Darius Milhaud Box Set

Does the set include the Budapest String Quartet's Columbia recording of quartets nos. 14 and 15 plus, thanks to overdubbing, the string octet which consists of the two quartets being played simultaneously? It's one of the Budapest's very few recordings of modern music; they also did Bartok no. 2 fo...
by John F
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 324
Views: 21588

Re: What I listened to today

The first complete recording of Mendelssohn's incidental music was included in an HMV recording of Shakespeare's play by the Old Vic theatre company with some visiting stars. Malcolm Sargent conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the music, which I believe was never issued separately. x3fFHO1EnOw h...
by John F
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 26
Views: 313

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

His recordings of Der Fliegende Hollander and Tannhauser are also deservedly acclaimed . Leinsdorf made no studio recordings of those operas, so you must be referring to live recordings, presumably of Metropolitan Opera broadcasts since Leinsdorf followed Bodanzky as the Met's all-purpose Wagner co...
by John F
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 324
Views: 21588

Re: What I listened to today

The liner notes definitely state that the Mendelssohn was recorded by the Dresden Staatskapelle. They do not make clear which recordings were made by the Saxon State Orchestra They're the same orchestra, whose main occupation is as the pit band of the Dresden/Saxon State Opera. Usually the same con...
by John F
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 63
Views: 1227

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

I am indeed dismissing rap. Whatever its "sociological/cultural function," its compulsively rhyming words are mostly inane, its "music" hardly exists - nothing in it to keep the mind alive The last stage in the dumbing down of American popular music, unless something even emptier can be devised. Why...
by John F
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 63
Views: 1227

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

It does signify if rap is treated with wholesale contempt, as it has been by a few here. Why does it signify, compared with the example I gave? When I was in publishing, I read manuscripts that the author had obviously poured years and tears into the making, that were worthless. On the other hand, ...
by John F
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 63
Views: 1227

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

people just can't grasp the immense amount of skill, talent, and dedication required to produce a successful hip hop track. That doesn't signify. It's the finished work that counts, not how and with what effort it was produced. Mozart completed three great symphonies in about six weeks; Brahms labo...
by John F
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 63
Views: 1227

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

What Slater is saying, in effect, is that commercial pop music shouldn't be judged by the same standards as classical music, which in effect is the basis of this year's Pulitzer. My objection is that the Pulitzer committee failed to make that distinction and from now on, classical music will be judg...
by John F
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 26
Views: 313

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

The best Leinsdorf performances I can remember, and luckily I have them on tape, were three all-Mozart programs at Tanglewood in 1963, soon after he took over the BSO, especially three concertos with Rudolf Serkin. Leinsdorf was a good accompanist, and with Serkin in top form they gave outstanding p...
by John F
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 324
Views: 21588

Re: What I listened to today

I would like to hear what John Francis thinks of this conductor. I haven't heard many of his recordings, but when my father was filling in the gaps in the family record collection, for some reason it was the Schuricht/VPO London recording he chose for Beethoven's Symphony No. 2. It was a 2-sided LP...
by John F
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 63
Views: 1227

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

"Of Thee I sing" won the Pulitzer prize for drama , not music. Other musicals that have won include "South Pacific," "A Chorus Line," and quite a few others. It's not a very comfortable fit in a category that has also included "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and "Three Tall Women" (now playing on Br...
by John F
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A "quip" about composer Max Reger
Replies: 8
Views: 151

Re: A "quip" about composer Max Reger

Important musicians have championed Reger - not only Rudolf Serkin but his father-in-law Adolf Busch and uncle Fritz Busch. If even their advocacy couldn't get him a place in the international concert repertoire, I'd say that cause has been lost. Today Reger's music is rarely played even in Germany,...
by John F
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tom Lehrer at 90
Replies: 1
Views: 59

Tom Lehrer at 90

Yes, he's still alive and though retired from teaching, songwriting, and performing, he was sought out by the scientific magazine "Nature" for an interview. Well worth reading.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03922-x
by John F
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 324
Views: 21588

Re: What I listened to today

Also, by then Backhaus was no longer the pianist who recorded the concerto in Dresden just before the War, with a younger Karl Bohm. Backhaus's fingers were still in good shape but his playing had become monochromatic and rather rigid. There's also a monaural Decca recording with Schuricht and the V...
by John F
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 63
Views: 1227

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

New Music People: This modernist piece sounds like noise to you because you need to educate yourself in the specific vocabulary of this type of music. No, I don't need to "educate myself" in the "specific vocabulary" of rap or hip-hop. Which I suppose means indoctrinating myself. I'm not a musical ...
by John F
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A 10-CD French EMI operas set few may know about
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: A 10-CD French EMI operas set few may know about

It's just as easy, if not easier, to capture the URL of the whole Amazon page, which is always more informative about contents etc. and includes the cover art. Click in the address slot once to highlight the URL, then copy it with Ctrl-C, and Bob's your uncle. So if you don't mind, would you do that...
by John F
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beczala Experiment Performing Arts Library
Replies: 4
Views: 87

Re: Beczala Experiment Performing Arts Library

I was in the library when this was done last week, but couldn't stay to see it. To my ears, the acoustic recording shifts the tonal balance downward, making Beczala sound more baritonal than in real life - more Caruso-like, in effect. Remarkable.
by John F
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A 10-CD French EMI operas set few may know about
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: A 10-CD French EMI operas set few may know about

EMI also recorded excerpts from "Les Troyens" with Regine Crespin and Guy Chauvet in the cast, Pretre conducting, but it's not listed in the contents for this set.
by John F
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A note to the classically insecure
Replies: 8
Views: 181

Re: A note to the classically insecure

I'm not so impressed. Hoffmann locates what he calls a "Classical Music Insecurity Complex" in whether people can talk intelligibly about the music they hear. But I've known any number of people who can't talk about music as such, or understand analytical program notes, who like classical music very...
by John F
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]
Replies: 5
Views: 123

Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Lance, in this and your Grumiaux post you've linked to the graphic on the amazon.com page, not to the page itself.
by John F
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Philly 2018/19 season
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: Opera Philly 2018/19 season

"Ne Quittez Pas: A Reimagined La voix humaine." What would that be, other than a new production of "La voix humaine"? The web site blurb speaks of a "site-specific production," without saying what the site will be or why it matters. Is there more information in the booklet? And what, I wonder, would...
by John F
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Menahem Pressler, the SOLO pianist!
Replies: 6
Views: 216

Re: Menahem Pressler, the SOLO pianist!

Thanks, Lance. It's no shame and not much of a surprise for a musician who is excellent in other repertoire to be nothing special in Chopin, Not that Chopin's music requires a specialist, Artur Rubinstein was by no means a specialist, but it does require aptitudes different from Beethoven and Haydn....
by John F
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jamie Oliver restaurant chain collapses
Replies: 8
Views: 156

Re: Jamie Oliver restaurant chain collapses

If people continue to do business with somebody after a bankruptcy that's their look-out. Or, in my country, elect such a person president. Trump has filed four business bankruptcies, or maybe it's six, all for casinos and hotels, and all before the 2016 election. Jamie Oliver is a piker in compari...
by John F
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 63
Views: 1227

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

I was going to sample this, on a whim, until jserraglio gratuitously made it an issue of integrity. That made me disinclined, as my whim wasn't that strong. But being confident of my assessment of rap, and trusting reviews and comments that say "Damn" is essentially rap, I changed my mind again, and...
by John F
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 63
Views: 1227

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

The difference is that reviewers have professional responsibilities for which they are paid, while we have no such responsibilities and may say whatever we please, and I do.
by John F
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 63
Views: 1227

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

Note that she concludes, "I think this is a huge moment for the music industry ." Not that it's a huge moment for music. Pulitzer Prize Administrator Explains How Kendrick Lamar Won 4/16/2018 by Joe Lynch On Monday (April 16), the Pulitzer Prize Board awarded Kendrick Lamar the Pulitzer Prize for Mu...
by John F
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jamie Oliver restaurant chain collapses
Replies: 8
Views: 156

Re: Jamie Oliver restaurant chain collapses

I'd no idea Oliver had put his name on so many businesses around the world. Clearly he was way overextended and I'd guess he was underqualified for all that management too.
by John F
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rita Gorr, mezzo-soprano on Guild Historical
Replies: 2
Views: 128

Re: Rita Gorr, mezzo-soprano on Guild Historical

Rita Gorr sang at the Bayreuth Festival in 1958, Fricka and small roles in the Ring, and 1959, Ortrud in "Lohengrin." I'd like to hear the latter; Lovro von Matacic conducting and Elisabeth Grümmer, Sándor Kónya, Ernest Blanc, with Eberhard Wächter as the herald. Wieland Wagner assembled some deluxe...
by John F
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth
Replies: 5
Views: 157

Re: Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth

“Today, Bayreuth is the cultural capital of Bavaria,” Markus Söder, the minister president of Bavaria, said before the gala opening of the theater on Thursday.
What an extraordinary thing for a Bavarian politician and official to say. Has Munich suddenly been wiped off the map?
by John F
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 63
Views: 1227

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

the Pulitzer rules were amended some time ago to classify recorded music as performed music Right - the Pulitzer site now says, "For distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year." Even that is apparently flexib...
by John F
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: A sample instead of a (full) review
Replies: 1
Views: 140

Re: A sample instead of a (full) review

"Incredible" as often used these days doesn't mean incredible at all, i.e. impossible to believe. Instead it means one thinks he, she, or it is very good. Better to use an adjective that means outstanding, superb, magnificent, whatever, or that describes just how he/she/it is outstanding.
by John F
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Sonatas by Rudolf Buchbinder
Replies: 10
Views: 205

Re: Haydn Sonatas by Rudolf Buchbinder

I've heard Buchbinder a few times in concerts and for me he's a dull performer, no special reason to hear him again.
by John F
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 63
Views: 1227

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

Does this work have any lasting value? ... That should be the criterion. That isn't and can't be the criterion for the Pulitzer Prize for Music or any other annual award. The judges can't be expected to foresee which of the year's new compositions will prove to have had "lasting value," however tha...
by John F
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 63
Views: 1227

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

After the Nobel Prize for Literature went to Bob Dylan, maybe the Pulitzer judges thought it would be trendy to do likewise for music.
by John F
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 20 " essential " Schubert recordings per WQXR
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Re: 20 " essential " Schubert recordings per WQXR

Performances apart, the repertoire is strange. All nine symphonies? All those overtures? All the music for solo violin and piano? Hardly "essential." Only the last three piano sonatas? Hardly any of the individual songs? And like Holden Fourth, I disagree with nearly all the chosen recordings.
by John F
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 324
Views: 21588

Re: What I listened to today

I see that No. 29 is missing from the list. On another CD? Mozart composed an alternate slow movement for No. 31 - does Pinnock include both, and which does he use in the context of the complete symphony? Klemperer's monaural Philharmonia recordings of the 1950s are indeed generally better than the ...
by John F
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Phil Amadeus Live
Replies: 1
Views: 118

Re: NY Phil Amadeus Live

Anything to fill the seats.
by John F
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Lets Us Down
Replies: 12
Views: 276

Re: NYCO Lets Us Down

Realistically, the only reason the Met might revive it is the demand of a star singer or conductor, and I don't see why Plácido Domingo would want to do this one. :)
by John F
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Catching up
Replies: 0
Views: 129

Catching up

I've just now ordered a 22-year-old book from Barnes & Noble online - John Lahr's "Light Fantastic," a collection of his New Yorker reviews up to 1994 or so. For me, Lahr has been the most insightful and stylish writer on theatre and drama in English, during the last few decades at least, and his re...
by John F
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adrian Aeschbacher, pianist
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Re: Adrian Aeschbacher, pianist

I have a couple of his recordings, notably Beethoven's 1st piano concerto with Furtwängler, but can't say he's made much of an impression on me - an honest musician, for sure, but if he's more than that, it doesn't show in the few recordings I've heard. Which would you say are particularly outstandi...
by John F
Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Menahem Pressler, the SOLO pianist!
Replies: 6
Views: 216

Re: Menahem Pressler, the SOLO pianist!

Pressler was outstanding as leader of the Beaux Arts Trio, but I haven't heard any of his solo recordings. Have you listened to the Chopin disc yet? I wouldn't think Pressler's rather aggressive style would suit the concertos at all well, but you never know.
by John F
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz 1953 Carnegie recital
Replies: 5
Views: 191

Re: Horowitz 1953 Carnegie recital

Is that the same 25th anniversary recital that RCA Victor published complete in the 1950s? I remember reviews that tut-tutted about Horowitz's Schubert, so I didn't bother to listen to it. (I was just in my teens at the time.) What strikes me now is that Horowitz bothered to play the sonata at all, ...
by John F
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 324
Views: 21588

Re: What I listened to today

I'd certainly agree that the 14th symphony - actually a song cycle - is one of Shostakovich's greatest works, and it has received several great recordings; the top of my list is Rostropovich with Vishnevskaya and Mark Reshetin. "Three Lilies" ("The Suicide") is devastating. Death had been one of Sho...
by John F
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Lets Us Down
Replies: 12
Views: 276

Re: NYCO Lets Us Down

As usual, for you it's all about the look of the production, with almost nothing to say about the music ("not the greatest opera of all times") or the singing ("for the most part okay"). Oh well, so be it, and I won't keep complaining. When it was new, "L'Amore di Tre Re" was performed by La Scala a...
by John F
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much music on discs can we really digest?
Replies: 18
Views: 295

Re: How much music on discs can we really digest?

For many years I accumulated records that I thought might be useful, for radoi shows or other writing, and I haven't listened to all of them and now I never will. Then, when it became clear that I wasn't going to use my records in that way, I limited myself to records I specifically wanted to have, ...