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by John F
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's 20 "Essential" Mozart recordings
Replies: 5
Views: 30

Re: WQXR's 20 "Essential" Mozart recordings

Rach3 wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:20 pm
Clarinet Quintet , no favorite
This is the one:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CctD1rzY-nc
by John F
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: London's new concert hall
Replies: 2
Views: 20

Re: London's new concert hall

Apart from David Geffen's contribution, which bought naming rights at a rather low price, I haven't heard anything about fundraising for the renovation. Perhaps not surprising since the top manaement of Lincoln Center Inc. has been so unsettled, with Deborah Spar gone and Russell Granet as acting pr...
by John F
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's 20 "Essential" Mozart recordings
Replies: 5
Views: 30

Re: WQXR's 20 "Essential" Mozart recordings

The repertoire is reasonably well chosen, though the string quintets and clarinet quintet which for me are essential are missing. As usual, most of the performances look unappealing; apart from Klemperer's "Magic Flute," Böhm's "Così fan tutte," and Giulini's "Don Giovanni," an opera he had not cond...
by John F
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: London's new concert hall
Replies: 2
Views: 20

London's new concert hall

Simon Rattle made it a condition of his becoming the London Symphony Orchestra's music director. Then and now it seemed unlikely, but apparently it may happen, if they can raise the money. First designs revealed for new £288m London concert hall Cost of 2,000-seat ‘centre of music’ would have to be ...
by John F
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cantata Profana Captures the Death of a Saint
Replies: 4
Views: 31

Re: Cantata Profana Captures the Death of a Saint

Sciarrino's "Macbeth" was performed at the Lincoln Center Festival, where I saw it. If his "Lohengrin" is an invisible opera, "Macbeth" is an almost inaudible one.
by John F
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 23
Views: 216

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

John, I think the answer to both of your examples would be that, as I stated above, Ormandy/Philadelphia really just owned the Rachmaninoff, while the same can be said for Sir Adrian Boult "owning" The Planets. I have almost all the available performances of Planets, and to this day nobody has come...
by John F
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Caballé on CD I didn't know about
Replies: 5
Views: 43

Re: The Caballé on CD I didn't know about

There have been a great many zarzuela recordings published only in Spain and perhaps other Spanish-speaking countries. Many have involved notable singers, such as Pilar Lorengar, but not so famous as to encourage international publication.
by John F
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cantata Profana Captures the Death of a Saint
Replies: 4
Views: 31

Re: Cantata Profana Captures the Death of a Saint

From the title, "Cantata Profana," I expected this to be a review of Bartók's piece by that name, which is truly profane, meaning the opposite of sacred. But no, this is about something else. And from what I know of Sciarrino's music, which isn't all that much, I wouldn't bother with it.
by John F
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 23
Views: 216

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

If the symphony was really popular, why didn't the New York Philharmonic perform it from 1960 to 1983? Except for Henry Lewis as guest conductor in 1980. It's certainly not twice as popular as Beethoven's 5th, which Ormandy recorded only twice. Alan Gilbert is the orchestra's only music director sin...
by John F
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 23
Views: 216

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

The only BSO conductor who might have recorded that symphony was Koussevitzky, but I can't find any info that he ever conducted it. A BSO recording would have been an expensive project, Victor had two recordings of it on the market (Ormandy and Mitropoulos), and the music wasn't that popular anyway.
by John F
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 5
Views: 63

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Down here we haven't seen any snow but there's been a lot of rain. The forecast for today is a high temperature below 20°, that's F not C, but on Wednesday it's supposed to go up to 45° and rain most of the day. Go figure. With the holiday, I don't have to go to the library for my usual Monday shift...
by John F
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 19
Views: 277

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Of course not. But for a for-profit business to assume the role of moral counselor is out of order, even if this time we may think it's right. What if the next time we think it's wrong?
by John F
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas Review
Replies: 6
Views: 90

Re: Pelleas Review

There's a rather strange mismatch between the plot, which is not unlike "Cavalleria Rusticana" and other verismo melodramas, and Maeterlinck's emphasis on fate and associated symbolism. Debussy's music fits the latter somewhat better than the former. Yet I find myself emotionally involved in some of...
by John F
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 19
Views: 277

Re: Toxic Masculinity

It happened that I was in London in 1969, at a hotel with a TV set in the lounge, and watched the longest and most demanding tennis match I've ever seen: Pancho Gonzales v. Charlie Pasarell at Wimbledon in the first round. After losing the first two sets Gonzales, who was 41 (Pasarell was 26), event...
by John F
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas Review
Replies: 6
Views: 90

Re: Pelleas Review

I've seen many performances of this opera at the Met, the great ones conducted by James Levine with world-best casts and a good one led by Simon Rattle. In comparison this cast is unimpressive on paper - it's to be broadcast this afternoon. P.S. After half an hour I've heard enough. None of the sing...
by John F
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 19
Views: 277

Re: Toxic Masculinity

What a strange way to sell safety razor blades. :roll: It's an important topic, for sure, but a 30-second TV ad for a commercial product is hardly an appropriate medium for addressing it.
by John F
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 23
Views: 216

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

Now I think of it, the Rachmaninoff 2nd symphony rather reminds me of Sibelius's early symphonies. More volatile than Bruckner, more conventional in form than Mahler.
by John F
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 23
Views: 216

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

I don't know the symphony well enough to be sure, but I believe Yuri Temirkanov's performance with the Baltimore Symphony some years ago was cut, I couldn't say how much. In YouTube there are 2 Temirkanov performances, the 1977 one at 47 minutes, the 2014 at an hour. One comment says he takes a repe...
by John F
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 23
Views: 216

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

The Ormandy Victor set of the symphony took 12 sides at 78rpm, maybe 50 minutes. His Columbia LP recording runs to about 48 minutes. Complete performances run anything from 60 to 65 minutes according to YouTube, which gives an idea of how deep Ormandy's cuts were.
by John F
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 23
Views: 216

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

Rachmaninoff often authorized cuts in his music even after publishing it. The 3rd concerto may be the best known example of this; Rachmaninoff's own recording is cut, and not just to fit the music onto the 78s. As for the 2nd symphony, the YouTube timings of various versions range from 66 to 47 minu...
by John F
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 23
Views: 216

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

Tommasini's complaint in the first two paragraphs doesn't make sense to me. Why should there be a "particular musical connection or thematic thread linking the two staples performed"? If each piece is worth hearing, and the performances were excellent (as Tommasini says), that in itself is justifica...
by John F
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new play about Toscanini
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: A new play about Toscanini

I have no idea.
by John F
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera-what language to present It In
Replies: 12
Views: 169

Re: Opera-what language to present It In

In the past, it was a good idea for smaller local companies to perform operas in the local language Not just smaller companies but the big ones too. The Vienna State Opera performed everything in German, including "Figaros Hochzeit" and "Don Juan"; the Paris Opéra, everything in French - I heard a ...
by John F
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ukranian institute of america
Replies: 3
Views: 90

Re: ukranian institute of america

For some reason, Americans are much less aware of the Stalin-era atrocities in the Soviet Union than of the Holocaust. Maybe it's because the Soviets were our allies in WWII and, if the truth be told, turned the tide by defeating and decimating the Wehrmacht on the Eastern front, with a major assist...
by John F
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new play about Toscanini
Replies: 2
Views: 80

A new play about Toscanini

Sounds awful. In ‘Maestro,’ a Downbeat Look at the Great Toscanini By Jesse Green Jan. 14, 2019 The problem with plays based on the biographies of artists is that, with rare exceptions, the creation of art cannot be credibly dramatized. Instead, you get anecdotes. Since 2001, Ensemble for the Romant...
by John F
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Responses to Abstract Art
Replies: 1
Views: 57

Responses to Abstract Art

This is on a topic that was raised some time ago by Simkin: is there a qualitative difference between abstract art created by adult human artists and daubs of paint by children or animals. The author of this article, an experimental psychologist, has conducted research designed to find out, more rig...
by John F
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation
Replies: 33
Views: 2398

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation

Mehta's conducting technique , learned in Vienna from Hans Swarowsky, is exemplary. Nobody disputes that. But this is neither sufficient nor necessary for a conductor to achieve great performances. The obvious counterexample is Furtwängler, but look at this: dunn_2wAs0o https://www.youtube.com/watch...
by John F
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera-what language to present It In
Replies: 12
Views: 169

Re: Opera-what language to present It In

One last comment. Naturally, composers set the words before them as well as they can. But I don't know of any who have given "the flow and idiomatic use of the language" priority over the audience (and singers!) being able to understand what the characters are saying. That's antidramatic, the equiva...
by John F
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera-what language to present It In
Replies: 12
Views: 169

Re: Opera-what language to present It In

composers write for the flow and idiomatic use of the language of the libretto, and it is terribly hard to match all involved when transferring to another language. That's a counsel of perfection which few composers have signed on to and few but connoisseurs can actually appreciate. Verdi composed ...
by John F
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 27
Views: 633

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

JohnF says Walter liked it loud and brassy, but not always according to one of my favourite musical quotes: "Already too loud!" - Bruno Walter, at his first rehearsal with an American orchestra, on seeing them reach for their instruments. I didn't say that, Heck148 did, and it's not what I think. W...
by John F
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 315

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

The World Book is not a top-flight encyclopedia; it's aimed at school children. Moreover, Beckmesser's set is 50 years out of date. Wikipedia is both more comprehensive and up to date, and students will use it anyway. If I had the World Book on my shelves, out it would go in the trash, a bit at a ti...
by John F
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 315

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

A last resort would be the thrift shops, particularly Goodwill Industries. Well, the very last resort is the dumpster, but... http://www.goodwill.org/donate-and-shop/donate-stuff/ Used books should be easier to dispose of for money to second-hand bookstores, though probably not much, or to libraries...
by John F
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alan Feinberg, pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: Alan Feinberg, pianist

Arbiter Records has 2 cd's I have of Samuil Feinberg's playing, including a wonderful Scriabin 5th Sonata and " Appassionata." At YT I believe. Not sure about APR. Samuil Feinberg recorded a great deal of Bach, ikncluding both books of the Well Tempered Clavier. Haven't heard them as they weren't a...
by John F
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Aida
Replies: 3
Views: 77

Re: Tonight's Met Aida

As always. :)
by John F
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera-what language to present It In
Replies: 12
Views: 169

Re: Opera-what language to present It In

Until the 1950s, nearly every opera company performed in the language of the country where it was based. The conspicuous exception was the Metropolitan Opera, and even the Met gave whole seasons in German and Italian before settling into the original language - when that language was Italian, German...
by John F
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concertos of Sir Arthur Bliss
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Re: Concertos of Sir Arthur Bliss

I suppose the version of the piano concerto to have is Solomon's - he played the world premiere at the 1939 World Fair in New York. Not on YouTube; all that's there is the slow movement from the broadcast of the premiere. I don't know the other Bliss concertos at all.
by John F
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alan Feinberg, pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: Alan Feinberg, pianist

He's the wrong Feinberg. Have many or any of Samuil Feinberg's recordings made it to CD?
by John F
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca Sound: 55 CD boxed set PIANO edition
Replies: 8
Views: 918

Re: Decca Sound: 55 CD boxed set PIANO edition

English Decca came late to classical music and their soloists were the leavings of older companies such as Victor, Columbia, HMV, English Columbia, and so on. Of their few exclusive pianists, I suppose the most important were Backhaus, Katchen, and Ashkenazy, two of whom were previously HMV artists ...
by John F
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HMV is bankrupt - again
Replies: 12
Views: 855

Re: HMV is bankrupt - again

Unfortunately it's not the beginning - record stores have been closing for years, with Tower Records the first domino to fall. One of several reasons I don't buy records any more is that most often the stimulus came from browsing the racks at Tower, HMV, and so on. In continental Europe and the far ...
by John F
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Aida
Replies: 3
Views: 77

Re: Tonight's Met Aida

While you were in the auditorium, I was passing through the lobby on the way home from the library, and stopped for a few minutes to see the show on the video screen there. Not one of the opera's many highlights, but a reminder of how excellent "Aida" is - perhaps the best spectacular grand opera of...
by John F
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HMV is bankrupt - again
Replies: 12
Views: 855

Re: HMV is bankrupt - again

Potential HMV buyers given until Tuesday to make an offer Richard Partington 13 Jan 2019 The future of the troubled HMV retail chain will be decided this week, with companies hoping to buy the long-established music retailer, which employs 2,200 people, set a deadline of Tuesday to submit bids. HMV ...
by John F
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3983
Views: 605074

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

I heard a quite good Emperor concerto by Lang Lang and Yuri Temirkanov with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Maybe he takes his cue from the conductor - both Gergiev and Temirkanov are strong personalities. I haven't heard any of Lang Lang's solo recitals and don't know what his playing is like whe...
by John F
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 562
Views: 205149

Re: What I listened to today

Heifetz never played a Paganini concerto with the New York Philharmonic, and while he recorded three of the caprices and the Moto Perpetuo - in arrangements with piano accompaniment - his enormous discography does not include the concertos. His discography is here - see for yourselves: http://jascha...
by John F
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Dear Erich’ Combines Opera, Jazz and the Holocaust
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: ‘Dear Erich’ Combines Opera, Jazz and the Holocaust

Sounds very interesting. I might have gone to see it if I'd known about it, but now it's too late - the final performance was yesterday.
by John F
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 27
Views: 633

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

No doubt an outstanding player can make a piston trumpet sound more dolce, and a rotary valve trumpet more aggressive. But the different character of those instruments' basic tone seems to me beyond dispute. That's not just from hearing many concerts in which the rotary valve instruments have been p...
by John F
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days
Replies: 11
Views: 411

Re: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days

That will be a rerun of the HD transmission of December 15, 2012. The cast: Aida....................Liudmyla Monastyrska Radamès.................Roberto Alagna Amneris.................Olga Borodina Amonasro................George Gagnidze Ramfis..................Stefan Kocán King....................M...
by John F
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration
Replies: 14
Views: 691

Re: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration

maestrob wrote: Now, why can't we in NY have a hall that's of equal quality?
We do. Its name is Carnegie Hall. :mrgreen:
by John F
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days
Replies: 11
Views: 411

Re: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days

It's a good thing Len got to see this production one more time, because these are its last performances. Two seasons from now there's to be a new production.
by John F
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days
Replies: 11
Views: 411

Re: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days

I was looking for performances by Radvanovsky online and couldn't find any. Her web site hasn't been kept up to date - nothing there after 2017 - and the Future Met Wiki site doesn't have much info about singers even for 2019-20. Anna Netrebko has been edging her out of her best repertoire, with Aid...
by John F
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days
Replies: 11
Views: 411

Re: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days

I recognize that sometimes repertory staples deep in the season return to the stage with precious little rehearsal. But with some in the audience paying hundreds of dollars for tickets, there’s no excuse for something like this. Of course there is. It's known in the theatre as "the show must go on....