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by John F
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alan Gilbert: retrospective view
Replies: 14
Views: 414

Re: Alan Gilbert: retrospective view

I've always thought highly of Hamburg since the first time I visited in the '60s. Both the radio orchestra and the state opera are good, and I like the look and atmosphere of the place.
by John F
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alan Gilbert: retrospective view
Replies: 14
Views: 414

Re: Alan Gilbert: retrospective view

Thanks for posting that story, which I missed. I agree that this new post should suit Gilbert very well. The German radio orchestras, and Hamburg's in particular, have long featured modern and new music in their programming, so Gilbert won't have to fight his orchestra's administration to conduct wh...
by John F
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Don't Remember If I Asked This Before:
Replies: 10
Views: 140

Re: I Don't Remember If I Asked This Before:

The problem with that theory is that Copland's early music was hard modernism, the opposite of "socialist realism," or American nationalism as his most popular works are normally characterized. And his Americana phase was instigated by commissions for ballet scores on American subjects with no relev...
by John F
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marcel DuPré. organist - Mercury
Replies: 5
Views: 68

Re: Marcel DuPré. organist - Mercury

So Mercury's recordings of Dupré made in the US were at Saint Thomas Church in New York. As for the Paray/Detroit Symphony recording of Saint-Saens's Symphony #3, the Ford Auditorium where the orchestra then played had a big Aeolian-Skinner organ installed that very year. Maybe the performances and ...
by John F
Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marcel DuPré. organist - Mercury
Replies: 5
Views: 68

Re: Marcel DuPré. organist - Mercury

With organists, it's particularly important what instrument they played. Dupré was the organist at the church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris, whose immense organ built by Cavallé-Coll makes quite an impressive sound on the few Dupré records I've heard. (Not a great fan of organ music, I'm afraid.) What o...
by John F
Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lili Kraus's Complete Mozart Concertos [Sony]
Replies: 9
Views: 107

Re: Lili Kraus's Complete Mozart Concertos [Sony]

Lili Kraus's finest recordings were made before World War II for the Parlophone label - notably sonatas with Szymon Goldberg and trios with Goldberg and Anthony Pini. While on tour in the Far East, she and her family were interned by the Japanese and spent two years in a prisoners' camp. Naturally s...
by John F
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lili Kraus's Complete Mozart Concertos [Sony]
Replies: 9
Views: 107

Re: Lili Kraus's Complete Mozart Concertos [Sony]

There's no such ensemble as the "Vienna Festival Orchestra," so one wonders who they were. One possibility is that the orchestra was under exclusive contract to another label and had to make these recordings under a nom du disque. Another is that they were a group with no great reputation, such as t...
by John F
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Don't Remember If I Asked This Before:
Replies: 10
Views: 140

Re: I Don't Remember If I Asked This Before:

Rossini's retirement isn't that hard to understand. He was said to be very lazy, putting things off until the last minute, reusing arias and overtures and whole operas into new ones (cf. "Le Comte Ory"), even composing while lying in bed. A story has it that he dropped a piece he was working on, and...
by John F
Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto
Replies: 19
Views: 1049

Re: Beethoven Symphony #7 - Allegretto

How nice of Mr. Barber to remember and reply. His notion that Richard Strauss might have conducted the passage sometimes in one of those ways and sometimes in the other is a gallant defense of Carlos Kleiber's mistaken assertion, as one would expect, but it's not plausible; a conductor might choose ...
by John F
Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Don't Remember If I Asked This Before:
Replies: 10
Views: 140

Re: I Don't Remember If I Asked This Before:

As Beckmesser said, Ravel didn't "lose his inspiration," he lost the ability to compose following an injury to the head. See the Wikipedia article about him for details. As for Sibelius and Ives, it's a mystery, as it was to the composers themselves; nothing to say about it. The greater mistery by f...
by John F
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Furtwangler Box
Replies: 2
Views: 69

Re: New Furtwangler Box

Of course it's far from the complete Furtwängler on records, but that would be humongous. The biggest absence is the La Scala Ring cycle with Kirsten Flagstad, and there are nine broadcasts of the Eroica Symphony in addition to the two EMI studio recordings - which of them is the best is, of course,...
by John F
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Charm Of The Baroque--Nothing Discreet About It
Replies: 17
Views: 478

Re: The Charm Of The Baroque--Nothing Discreet About It

Have you ever used the opening section of the "Fireworks" music as a processional? Quite a few YouTube clips of the music say something like that in the caption. This thread began with dulcinea complaining about orchestral arrangements of Bach organ works. I'm not wild about them, but can't object t...
by John F
Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Times Kaufmann Otello Rave Review.
Replies: 7
Views: 176

Re: NY Times Kaufmann Otello Rave Review.

In this role, singing as such, no matter how assured, just isn't enough. It's all academic anyway since Kaufmann isn't going to sing this or any other role here, until he changes his mind again.
by John F
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Charm Of The Baroque--Nothing Discreet About It
Replies: 17
Views: 478

Re: The Charm Of The Baroque--Nothing Discreet About It

All I know of Handel as an organist is that he was an organist, having played in churches in his youth; that he led performances of his oratorios from the organ; and that the organ concertos were played as interludes in the oratorios. At least I believe I know that. I make no claim for Handel's virt...
by John F
Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Charm Of The Baroque--Nothing Discreet About It
Replies: 17
Views: 478

Re: The Charm Of The Baroque--Nothing Discreet About It

And for jbuck919:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxKPeQiU3c0

And why not? Handel was an organist himself.
by John F
Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Charm Of The Baroque--Nothing Discreet About It
Replies: 17
Views: 478

Re: The Charm Of The Baroque--Nothing Discreet About It

Earlier I found just part of Charles Mackerras's great recording of Handel's "Fireworks" music in the original scoring. Now I've found the whole thing, and here it is. OYESzM5Hul4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYESzM5Hul4 The jacket note for the original release said that since the recording requi...
by John F
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Live Met Bargain Box - 8 '50s and '60s Bcsts
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: Live Met Bargain Box - 8 '50s and '60s Bcsts

With no information about casts and performance dates, this could be a pig in a poke. I found this contents listing: CD 1-2 Il Trovatore Fausto Cleva - New York le 27 février 1960 (Stella, Simionato, Bergonzi, Bastianini) CD 3-4 La Traviata Alberto Erede - New York le 1 janvier 1955 (Albanese, Prand...
by John F
Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Zukofsky, violinist and conductor, dead at 73
Replies: 14
Views: 445

Re: Paul Zukofsky, violinist and conductor, dead at 73

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/20/arts ... cutor.html

Most likely, today's New York Times wouldn't review Zukofsky's debut concert.
by John F
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paris: Opéra-Comique reopens
Replies: 1
Views: 71

Paris: Opéra-Comique reopens

A unique Paris institution, the Opéra-Comique (also known as the Salle Favart) had been allowed to go to seed while arts money was poured into the new Opéra Bastille. I'm glad to see that this is over, the building has been refurbished, and the Comique is being used for opera again. Question is, is ...
by John F
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Charm Of The Baroque--Nothing Discreet About It
Replies: 17
Views: 478

Re: The Charm Of The Baroque--Nothing Discreet About It

The size of the performing ensemble doesn't relate to when the music was written. Composers of all ages have written major works for a single keyboard instrument, and some early music is scored for large ensembles - Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks," for example, with its 24 oboes, 12 bassoon...
by John F
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Charm Of The Baroque--Nothing Discreet About It
Replies: 17
Views: 478

Re: The Charm Of The Baroque--Nothing Discreet About It

Every major period in music history has its distinctive qualities. Music of the high Classical era is very different not only from the Baroque but from the high Romanticism of Berlioz and Tchaikovsky, not to mention Verdi and Wagner; and Modernism, with its high dissonance and renunciation of the Cl...
by John F
Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What Were These Landlords Thinking!
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: What Were These Landlords Thinking!

That's nothing compared with what some landlords do to get the tenants out. Of course it could be just a bit inconvenient for tenants in wheelchairs...
by John F
Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rusalka This Sunday
Replies: 2
Views: 136

Re: Rusalka This Sunday

Thanks! By the way, this is the same soprano who has just now broken her contract to sing Tosca in next season's new production. I wonder what her husband Andris Nelsons thinks of that. He's signed to conduct that "Tosca."
by John F
Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cambridge students rated famous poets lower than the unknown ones in a blind test
Replies: 15
Views: 1294

Re: Cambridge students rated famous poets lower than the unknown ones in a blind test

I haven't read Simkin's posts and I won't. However, since he has made it an issue even if for no good reason: my military service was such that when it ended, after four years' active duty, I was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. For those who don't know what that is, see here: http://www.veteran...
by John F
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Computer help needed
Replies: 8
Views: 226

Re: Computer help needed

Thanks, but I've never saved my password on this site. I'm suggesting that not saving your password may be the source of your problem. Why not try it? It's a straightforward process, it's safe, it's reversible, and it works. Why ask for advice and then reject it for no reason? My son fixed the prob...
by John F
Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Computer help needed
Replies: 8
Views: 226

Re: Computer help needed

One reason you might have that problem is if you've tried to login repeatedly with a mistaken password. This protects you from hackers who try to access your account with various possible passwords, a form of identity theft. I suggest that the next time you login successfully, you save the user ID a...
by John F
Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Re: Schumann

My favorite recording of the Waldszenen is by Sviatoslav Richter for Deutsche Grammophon in 1956. At the same time, Richter did 6 of the Fantasiestücke - he never recorded #4 and 6 - and I like that recording too. In the old days, "Vogel als Prophet" from Waldszenen was one of the most recorded piec...
by John F
Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Computer help needed
Replies: 8
Views: 226

Re: Computer help needed

If you provide some information about your setup, maybe someone here can figure it out. Probably not me, as I've never gotten that error message in 10 years of logging in to CMG. What operating system does your computer use (for example, Windows 10)? What web browser? (For example, Internet Explorer...
by John F
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Gossett
Replies: 8
Views: 243

Re: Philip Gossett

a manuscript devotee ... who was born to wealth and loved music but by his own admission had no talent. He decided to devote his fortune to buying manuscripts and donating them to various institutions. That sounds like Hans Moldenhauer, who died in 1987 in Spokane, WA and whose extraordinary archiv...
by John F
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Gossett
Replies: 8
Views: 243

Re: Philip Gossett

I'm very sorry to hear that. Just the other day I was browsing in one of his books, and he played an important part in the revival of many bel canto operas. Also, he was a year younger than me. :cry:
by John F
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Böhm, conductor - lots of recordings!
Replies: 10
Views: 479

Re: Karl Böhm, conductor - lots of recordings!

I too think the Bayreuth/Böhm "Dutchman" is very good, and while Thomas Stewart is no Hans Hotter, he's no Theo Adam either. :) As for the 1966/67 Ring, hey, it's your money. :D About that Ring. Böhm conducted all four operas in the production's premiere season of 1966, but for some reason only "Wal...
by John F
Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gorecki's 3rd symphony - remember?
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: Gorecki's 3rd symphony - remember?

Dawn Upshaw is in her 50s, but her kind of light lyric soprano usually ages well - Elisabeth Schumann still sounded much the same and was singing well in her 60s. I hope Upshaw is well - no recurrence of the cancer, etc.
by John F
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gorecki's 3rd symphony - remember?
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: Gorecki's 3rd symphony - remember?

Incidentally, I haven't seen or heard much of Dawn Upshaw in recent years. Her performances are nearly all recitals of contemporary music, and she's also teaching voice at Bard Conservatory and the Tanglewood Music Center. She has no personal web site, and her artists manager's blurb is uninformativ...
by John F
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Böhm, conductor - lots of recordings!
Replies: 10
Views: 479

Re: Karl Böhm, conductor - lots of recordings!

For me, Böhm's 1966-1967 Bayreuth Ring is not on the same level as his "Tristan" of about the same time. Racing tempos, coarse playing, matter-of-fact interpretation (as one reviewer describes it), weigh heavily against him. If you think well of Theo Adam's light and rather gray voice and underplaye...
by John F
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gorecki's 3rd symphony - remember?
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Gorecki's 3rd symphony - remember?

It's 25 years ago that the symphony became an unprecedented best-seller for Nonesuch Records. How a Somber Symphony Sold More Than a Million Records By WILLIAM ROBIN JUNE 9, 2017 In 1989, the record executive Robert Hurwitz attended a London performance of the Polish composer Henryk Gorecki’s Sympho...
by John F
Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RCA's "Living Stereo" was supreme ...
Replies: 5
Views: 319

Re: RCA's "Living Stereo" was supreme ...

Karajan recorded no Bruckner with the Vienna Philharmonic for Decca/London, it was all with the Berlin Philharmonic for EMI and DG, so that's beside my point. His Decca recordings include "Aida," "Otello," "Die Fledermaus," "Also sprach Zarathustra" and other Richard Strauss tone poems, "The Planets...
by John F
Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Böhm, conductor - lots of recordings!
Replies: 10
Views: 479

Re: Karl Böhm, conductor - lots of recordings!

I wonder about this. It's not a special anniversary for Böhm, and while his studio recordings seldom fall below a high standard of accomplishment, thanks to his finicky rehearsing down to the smallest detail, for me they even more seldom rise to the level of greatness. More often than not I'd call t...
by John F
Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RCA's "Living Stereo" was supreme ...
Replies: 5
Views: 319

Re: RCA's "Living Stereo" was supreme ...

For me, it wasn't RCA Victor's products but the European recordings of Decca/London that set the standard for clarity and brilliance. Particularly the Solti "Das Rheingold" and Karajan's "Also sprach Zarathustra," which so impressed Stanley Kubrick that he used it in the soundtrack of "2001: A Space...
by John F
Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beecham's Delius on Warner [7 CDs]
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: Beecham's Delius on Warner [7 CDs]

This is far from a complete reissue of Beecham's Delius. Much of this music he recorded twice, in the Delius Society sets with the London Philharmonic before the war and with the Royal Philharmonic afterwards, but for Warner Music one version is enough - and it may be, as Lance says, all the Beechem...
by John F
Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 27
Views: 1249

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

In effect, then, until Tennstedt came West, he was mainly an opera conductor, and his positions were at second- or maybe even third-rate companies. Such career paths in the Soviet bloc were not necessarily determined just by talent and personal ambition, and it may be that Tennstedt was held back fo...
by John F
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 27
Views: 1249

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

Good catch! Since that company doesn't have "opera" or "Oper" in its name, it eludes Google. I'll translate the German Wikipedia article: The Landesbühnen Sachsen (Regional Theaters of Saxony) are Germany's second-largest touring theater company based in Radebeuf near Dresden. Its director since Oct...
by John F
Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 27
Views: 1249

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

THEHORN is right. As far as I can tell, Klaus Tennstedt was never music director of the Dresden State Opera or Saxon State Opera, known today as the Semperoper, or of its orchestra which is also famous in its own right. Their music directors in that period were Otmar Suitner and Kurt Sanderling. I c...
by John F
Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: St. Louis Symphony's new conductor
Replies: 0
Views: 188

St. Louis Symphony's new conductor

David Robertson's tenure as music director will end next year. Last December it was announced that his contract was extended through 2018-19, but now, six months later, that extension has been rescinded. What this back and forth is about, and indeed why he's leaving at all (unless he and/or the orch...
by John F
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alan Gilbert: retrospective view
Replies: 14
Views: 414

Re: Alan Gilbert: retrospective view

I know about your attitude toward Gilbert's performances, and you know that mine is much more positive. You also know, if you read the Times review I linked to, that their critic took a far more positive view of "Das Rheingold" that I did. Obviously, Gilbert's work doesn't "click" with you, you've t...
by John F
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alan Gilbert: retrospective view
Replies: 14
Views: 414

Re: Alan Gilbert: retrospective view

Went to "Das Rheingold" last night, Gilbert and the Philharmonic. My response was less enthusiastic than Zachary Woolfe's to the first performance, which begins, "It began as a compromise, and ended as a triumph": https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/arts/music/review-the-philharmonic-makes-wagners-go...
by John F
Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Philippe de Montebello on museums
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: Philippe de Montebello on museums

So do you have anything to say about the exhibitions at those museums? After all, it's museums that this thread is about, not the London weather.
by John F
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 27
Views: 1249

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

Unfortunately, given the passing of some of these great artists and conductors, all we have to judge them by is their recordings ... kind of like Toscanini and Furtwangler among so many others of celebrated fame. Regardless of sound quality, one can always detect the brilliance of their music-makin...
by John F
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Philippe de Montebello on museums
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Philippe de Montebello on museums

Montebello is the former director of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and co-host of NYC Arts on NYC's public TV. Art in conversation by Philippe de Montebello On museums as havens for culture. Editors’ note: The following is an edited version of oral remarks delivered at The New Criterion’s ga...
by John F
Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 27
Views: 1249

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

Tennstedt's specialties were Mahler and Bruckner. His New York performances were not many and within a short period. At least once he cancelled because of illness, so I heard Zdenek Macal's Mahler instead; on another occasion he was dissatisfied with the New York Philharmonic's responsiveness to his...