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by John F
Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!
Replies: 16
Views: 150

Re: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!

Well, there has been some "serious" classical music composed for the saxophone: Ibert - Concertino da Camera Glazounov - Concerto Creston - Sonata (the piano part is WAY more difficult than the sax part!) Creston - Saxophone Concerto Milhaud - Scaramouche - originally a suite for two pianos (the ve...
by John F
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ania Dorfmann, pianist - Remastered, 9 CDs
Replies: 3
Views: 64

Re: Ania Dorfmann, pianist - Remastered, 9 CDs

Toscanini's concerto performances with pianists other than Horowitz and Dorfman were few and far between. Rudolf Serkin played for him only twice, with the New York Philharmonic and the NBC Symphony - and I have the feeling that this was at least partly because of his admiration for and friendship w...
by John F
Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!
Replies: 13
Views: 116

Re: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!

The notion of playing Bach's music "as he wrote it" may sound good, but I don't think it holds up, any more than playing "as he intended" or "as he would have done." If the period performance movement has taught anything, it's that the written text of 18th century music is far from the last word for...
by John F
Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Salzburg Festival director: who he?
Replies: 3
Views: 85

New Salzburg Festival director: who he?

With the death of Herbert von Karajan, the Salzburg Festival ceased to be a showplace for the best of the best and jumped on the Eurotrash bandwagon, following the Bayreuth Festival. The only relic of the original festival appears to be the participation of the Vienna Philharmonic - and this new guy...
by John F
Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ford's Chariot shuttles hope to fill public transit gaps in the Big Apple
Replies: 15
Views: 376

Re: Ford's Chariot shuttles hope to fill public transit gaps in the Big Apple

For several years now, my legs and back have been punishing me if I walk further than a city block. So I'd prefer any other transportation to my feet.
by John F
Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!
Replies: 16
Views: 150

Re: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!

However, Lance's topic is classical music for saxophone, not jazz.
by John F
Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So much Ozawa is being reissued ...
Replies: 11
Views: 139

Re: So much Ozawa is being reissued ...

That Gurrelieder is magnificent. I heard this in Carnegie Hall. The orchestra and chorus were imposing, magnificent if you like, as I'd expect in this piece as prepared by Ozawa, but interpretively I thought it quite neutral; it left me unmoved. On records, Rafael Kubelik provides what Ozawa doesn'...
by John F
Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ania Dorfmann, pianist - Remastered, 9 CDs
Replies: 3
Views: 64

Re: Ania Dorfmann, pianist - Remastered, 9 CDs

The only Dorfman I've heard was in NBC Symphony broadcasts conducted by Toscanini, in which the conductor was obviously dominant. The only other pianist he often had as a concerto soloist was his son-in-law, Vladimir Horowitz, who was not going to be reduced to anonymity by Toscanini or any other co...
by John F
Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So much Ozawa is being reissued ...
Replies: 11
Views: 139

Re: So much Ozawa is being reissued ...

Ozawa was enormously talented and skilled, aided by a truly photographic memory. (A friend who sings in the Tanglewood Festival Chorus tells of Ozawa giving rehearsal numbers etc. of the Mahler 8th without looking at the score.) But I haven't heard a recording or performance by him that reveals any ...
by John F
Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!
Replies: 13
Views: 116

Re: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!

I haven't heard much Bach by Gieseking - one of the partitas is all I can remember - but it is disappointingly anonymous. He could learn new erpertory with astonishing ease - the story is that he read the score of a Hindemith piano sonata on the train to a recital and performed it without so much as...
by John F
Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!
Replies: 16
Views: 150

Re: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!

The sax was my father's main instrument, but all I can say about it is that I hope that Adolph Sax is in the appropriate circle of hell to have to listen to it for eternity. I'm with you. It's not just that the classical repertoire for saxophone is so sparse and musically unimportant. To my ears, t...
by John F
Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An American In Bayreuth
Replies: 6
Views: 113

Re: An American In Bayreuth

During the Bayreuth Festival, performances start at 4 in the afternoon, and each intermission lasts an hour. Most have dinner in one of the intermissions, but the other provides a lot of time to kill. During this American's one Bayreuth summer, we attended all seven operas (including the Ring cycle)...
by John F
Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!
Replies: 11
Views: 122

Re: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!

Jonas's Columbia recordings, which were also on LPs, were not well thought of back in the '50s when I started buying my own records, so I've never heard them. In those years there was an abundance of fine Chopin players, Artur Rubinstein for starters, so Jonas seemed excess to requirements. But now ...
by John F
Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ford's Chariot shuttles hope to fill public transit gaps in the Big Apple
Replies: 15
Views: 376

Re: Ford's Chariot shuttles hope to fill public transit gaps in the Big Apple

Nobody ever pays the "full" MTA fare, although its riders do kick in a bigger share of the actual cost than transit riders in other cities. $2.75 / $1.35?--are these not discounted fares What you're talking about is not really the full fare - you recognize that by putting the phrase in scare quotes...
by John F
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anybody know where Chalkie is?
Replies: 13
Views: 364

Re: Anybody know where Chalkie is?

My silence is the opposite of tacit consent. After last fall's stolen election, this isn't my country any more, whatever I might say won't make a nickel's worth of difference, so I'm boycotting the news - especially out of Washington - and focusing on music. Which after all is what this forum is sup...
by John F
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ford's Chariot shuttles hope to fill public transit gaps in the Big Apple
Replies: 15
Views: 376

Re: Ford's Chariot shuttles hope to fill public transit gaps in the Big Apple

That's just what we need, still more vehicles to clog NYC's overcrowded streets and confuse the issues. What will users have to pay? Not a word about that. On the Chariot web site, I see it will be $4.00 a ride, much less than a taxi but over a dollar more than public transit for those who pay full ...
by John F
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3739
Views: 230794

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

However, Reznicek did have one hit tune, the overture to his opera "Donna Diana," which served as incidental music for the radio adventure series "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon." F59Z30NqgyA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F59Z30NqgyA I half-remember that the show came on right after "The Lone Range...
by John F
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don G Well Staged unfussy modern dress Gesamtkunstwerk?
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Re: Don G Well Staged unfussy modern dress Gesamtkunstwerk?

James Jorden is the self-styled La Cieca of Parterre Box, "where opera is king and you, the readers, are queens" :roll: :

http://parterre.com/

That said, he's pretty knowledgeable and often, or at least sometimes, sensible. He's come up in the world if the NY Times is publishing his stuff.
by John F
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 78 RPM online collection released
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: 78 RPM online collection released

My goodness, what a mammoth project! The labels from 78s reproduced on the site are all pop stuff, and the classical sides are a small minority - 25 "classical," 7 "opera." And YouTube is a great source for classical 78s, mostly in LP or CD transfers but some from the originals. But for some, perhap...
by John F
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you already subscribe to Amazon Prime Shipping? If so . . .
Replies: 16
Views: 286

Re: Do you already subscribe to Amazon Prime Shipping? If so . . .

I didn't know that either - thanks for the info. But like Len, I doubt I would use it much. For some reason, concerts and operas on video usually don't do it for me; I want to be in the same space as the performers, or else just listen to the audio.
by John F
Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barbara Cook dead at 89
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Barbara Cook dead at 89

Seymour Barab counts as a classical composer - he wrote loads of one-act operas and much else. That 45 of selections from "Yeomen of the Guard" is surely a real collectors' item. Never heard of any such thing. (Of course there's the TV production of "The Mikado" with Groucho Marx and Helen Traubel, ...
by John F
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dresden Staatskapelle does pop!
Replies: 4
Views: 344

Re: Dresden Staatskapelle does pop!

So many opera houses in Germany have closed down. Is that really so? I don't know of a single one, at least not in the former West Germany. There was talk of merging the Berlin State Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin after the reunification of the city, both heavily subsidized, but it didn't happe...
by John F
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The "top" 35 female composers in classical music
Replies: 7
Views: 317

Re: The "top" 35 female composers in classical music

I use Adblock Plus in Firefox and had no problem reading the article. The Washington Post has a paywall; have you used up your free views for August?
by John F
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kentridge’s Triumphant ‘Wozzeck’ Will Come to the Met Opera
Replies: 2
Views: 166

Re: Kentridge’s Triumphant ‘Wozzeck’ Will Come to the Met Opera

The current production doesn't add up to much. For the 15 scenes it uses a unit set which lacks many of the features Berg composed into the music. Maybe Kentridge will do better.
by John F
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...
Replies: 15
Views: 351

Re: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...

I'm working on a chronology of Toscanini's performances and the Enigma Variations were in his repertoire from before World War I. He also conducted the Introduction and Allegro, but no other Elgar as far as I know.
by John F
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Winterreise"
Replies: 15
Views: 478

Re: "Winterreise"

It's part of a massive Lieder project organized by Michael Raucheisen and broadcast on Berlin radio in the 1940s. You've probably also seen or got all those LP sets of Lieder by other composers - Brahms, Wolf, Strauss, Schumann, et al. The sound is excellent because by 1942, German radio had and was...
by John F
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...
Replies: 15
Views: 351

Re: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...

Like Mozart, I suppose Elgar got his basic musical education from his father. From Wikipedia: His father, William Henry Elgar (1821–1906), was raised in Dover and had been apprenticed to a London music publisher. In 1841 William moved to Worcester, where he worked as a piano tuner and set up a shop ...
by John F
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3739
Views: 230794

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

That recording, and that cycle, are symptomatic of what's wrong with the classical record business. Nobody needs them, nobody really wants them, they merely clutter the Amazon.com listings and confuse uninformed customers - it's purely a vanity project for the orchestra, the conductor, and the recor...
by John F
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll
Replies: 20
Views: 532

Re: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll

That may be the most enjoyment for you, but as the story at the head of this thread (and many others) make abundantly clear, many don't enjoy it at all, among them younger people on whom the future of live performances depends. That's the issue we're supposedly discussing here, and we have to step b...
by John F
Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll
Replies: 20
Views: 532

Re: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll

Nothing can replace live performances, in my opinion. When live performances are not available, as in Lancaster PA where I grew up, or when they don't appeal, as the article that started this thread maintains, recordings are a fine replacement - not just better than nothing, often better than what ...
by John F
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart: Clemenza di Tito: medici.tv: Currentzis & Sellars Salzburg August 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 270

Re: Mozart: Clemenza di Tito: medici.tv: Currentzis & Sellars Salzburg August 2017

When my family saw two Mozart operas at the 1956 Salzburg Festival, a promising young conductor was in charge of "The Magic Flute": Georg Solti. But the cast was top-flight, mainly from the Vienna State Opera, and the orchestra was the Vienna Phiharmonic. As for "Figaro" the next night: conductor: K...
by John F
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 18
Views: 373

Re: Moving to NYC...!

The problem with that is, the last PATH to New Jersey leaves Manhattan before 11:30 pm, and many Metropolitan Opera performances run to nearly midnight. (Len Goran knows more about these options than I do.) Most if not all of New York's subways run 24/7/365 and some buses run late too.
by John F
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll
Replies: 20
Views: 532

Re: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll

The future of classical recording has long looked bleak, as the major labels are no longer making many new records of mainstream repertoire with top-line orchestras, conductors, and ensembles (such as they are nowadays). But with so many outstanding older recordings already on the market, easily ava...
by John F
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 18
Views: 373

Re: Moving to NYC...!

Yeah, 98% certain going to end up in Manhattan. Almost all nonprofits are based there, and my ladyfriend is an actress, so all of her gigs are there as well. Even if you work in Manhattan, you don't need to live there. I've lived in Brooklyn for 45 years and always relied on the subway to get me to...
by John F
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Winterreise"
Replies: 15
Views: 478

Re: "Winterreise"

Though Hotter studied with an opera singer, Matthäus Roemer, who had sung the role of Parsifal at Bayreuth, he says that most of the work was with Lieder, and that he only studied operatic roles later. No doubt this is one reason why Hotter's Wotan etc. make so much of the words, not just as diction...
by John F
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The "top" 35 female composers in classical music
Replies: 7
Views: 317

Re: The "top" 35 female composers in classical music

Thanks for posting that. Yeah, "top" is indefensible, "some" would be more like it. I know more composers in Midgette's supplementary list than in the main article. The ones I know are very much worth hearing and thanks to recordings, and indeed YouTube, we can hear them.
by John F
Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll
Replies: 20
Views: 532

Re: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll

Any such poll or discussion which ignores the role of sound recordings is worthless. Many people, me included, came to love classical music by listening to records, which can be played anywhere at any time as often as you like, dressed (or undressed) as you like. And after all, most classical music ...
by John F
Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vocal music of Liza Lehmann (1862-1918)
Replies: 1
Views: 173

Re: Vocal music of Liza Lehmann (1862-1918)

The song by Liza Lehmann, for most, is "There are Fairies at the Bottom of Our Garden," which strangely appears to be missing from the Naxos discs. And the classic recording of it is by Beatrice Lillie, which sends up the poem, the music, and a certain kind of singer, all at once. gwAyAZ25TWQ https:...
by John F
Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart: Clemenza di Tito: medici.tv: Currentzis & Sellars Salzburg August 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 270

Re: Mozart: Clemenza di Tito: medici.tv: Currentzis & Sellars Salzburg August 2017

What a low-calibre cast and conductor for Mozart at the Salzburg Festival, of all places. The only name singer is the bass Willard White, a superb Golaud at the Met (and, inevitably, Porgy elsewhere), but here he's in the nothing role of Publio. O Schmach, o Schande.
by John F
Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Left-Hand Piano Music
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: Left-Hand Piano Music

Leopold Godowski lost the use of his right hand following a stroke while recording Chopin's scherzos for Columbia, and composed some music for the left hand, though he never played one-handed in public. Godowski's music doesn't appeal to me much but it does have its fans. The only major pianist I kn...
by John F
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Winterreise"
Replies: 15
Views: 478

Re: "Winterreise"

I hadn't listened to it, and I still haven't heard most of it. With a recording, I usually begin at the end, with "Die Nebensonnen" and "Der Leiermann," and I'm much impressed with Kaufmann's singing (less so with the heavy-handed accompaniment by Helmut Deutsch). There are two versions on YouTube; ...
by John F
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 18
Views: 373

Re: Moving to NYC...!

Well, well! I hope it works out well for you. Unfortunately I no longer have any connections in publishing; everybody I knew is retired or dead, and the business has changed a lot in the 30 years since I left it. But if I can help, I'd be glad to try.
by John F
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Winterreise"
Replies: 15
Views: 478

Re: "Winterreise"

Hotter sang "Winterreise" over 100 times in his career, and there are recordings from every phase. The earliest, made for German Radio during the war with Michael Raucheisen, gives us his voice in its best estate, and he was already a cogent interpreter of the cycle. Then came the EMI version with G...
by John F
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Winterreise"
Replies: 15
Views: 478

Re: "Winterreise"

Presumably Kaufmann sings the cycle in Schubert's original keys, preserving the original key relationships between the songs. Fischer-Dieskau's high baritone may make that possible, though I've never checked it out. Some think this is an important issue, though I don't; for me the most profound and ...
by John F
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: philippe jordan takes over vienna state opera
Replies: 2
Views: 230

Re: philippe jordan takes over vienna state opera

Those are very big shoes to fill, or they used to be. In the past, conductors were appointed director of the opera, not just music director, and up to the 1990s it was a very distinguished list: Gustav Mahler (1897–1907) Felix Weingartner (first term, 1908–11) Richard Strauss / Franz Schalk (1919–24...
by John F
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Question Inspired By MUSIC CHOICE
Replies: 22
Views: 1058

Re: A Question Inspired By MUSIC CHOICE

So much for Ben Jonson, whose plays are rarely and selectively performed in the English-speaking countries and even more rarely elsewhere, while of course Shakespeare's plays - every one of them - are performed everywhere all the time.
by John F
Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An interview with organist Paul Jacobs
Replies: 4
Views: 287

Re: An interview with organist Paul Jacobs

Well, John, for those who don't particularly follow organs and organists, "Paul Jacobs" still signifies "pianist." And from what this Paul Jacobs says, recognition of the instrument and its players is declining. By the way, there is a pipe organ at Lincoln Center. It's in Alice Tully Hall, and Paul ...
by John F
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Sound of 78s vs. Hi-Fi/Stereo
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: Piano Sound of 78s vs. Hi-Fi/Stereo

Schnabel and Fischer played Bechstein pianos in the 1930s, Cortot a Pleyel. Schnabel changed to Steinway in the 1940s for political reasons - Mrs. Bechstein was a Nazi enthusiast. Brendel's comments refer not to the original sound of those artists' pianos, whatever they were, but to the sound obtain...
by John F
Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Sound of 78s vs. Hi-Fi/Stereo
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: Piano Sound of 78s vs. Hi-Fi/Stereo

Does your opinion of the sound of those 1930s recordings differ from Brendel's? Regarding more recent recordings, he writes: While the engineers of the old 78-rpm days may still in all innocence have heard the music as a horizontal succession of sounds, their present-day colleagues, with their impos...
by John F
Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Sound of 78s vs. Hi-Fi/Stereo
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: Piano Sound of 78s vs. Hi-Fi/Stereo

Brendel says several times in his writings, in different words but adding up to the same point, that the piano recordings of Cortot, Fischer et al. made in the 1930s sound more like real pianos than much of what came later. I often find that the most beautiful sound imaginable is from recordings mad...