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by Handelian
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertos played by Richter
Replies: 36
Views: 2193

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

Those are interesting responses. When I don't like something, and the performers are top-tier, then I always wonder if it's just me, which I'm perfectly okay with, or if the issue is more general. So it would seem to be more general. The Triple Concerto with Hvk, with Rostoprovich, Oistrakh and Ric...
by Handelian
Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1331
Views: 945236

Re: What I listened to today

Don Carlo broadcast from the Met. Great to see it.
by Handelian
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's early "Fifth"
Replies: 2
Views: 366

Re: Beethoven's early "Fifth"

I don’t think the modulation was quite the same to my ear but it’s interesting. Of course Handel a great one for recycling material and Beethoven didn’t mind occasionally like the last movement of the Eroica. Composers had no conscience about recycling their own material but there was a big no-no ab...
by Handelian
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4341
Views: 1555013

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

I will look forward to that tuba! Now as far as 1963 Hvk as a benchmark. Do you find it better than the 1977 version? That would be the benchmark for me. Also, as a footnote the entire 1963 set is available on a single Blu-Ray set. Pop into your Blu-ray player and you have Beethoven for the day. Al...
by Handelian
Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eric Heidsieck, pianist - Complete Edition
Replies: 36
Views: 2367

Re: Eric Heidsieck, pianist - Complete Edition

I remember buying my first Mozart piano Concertos played by this guy at a time they were are on LP. Nos 20 and 23
by Handelian
Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos Revisiting the 1988 Met On Demand
Replies: 8
Views: 674

Re: Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos Revisiting the 1988 Met On Demand

Unprofessional behaviour is completely unacceptable. The great Joan Sutherland when asked about being a ‘prima Donna’ said,”I was brought up on a farm with six children. If you played the prima Donna there you were sent to bed with no supper!” I know when Karajan asked Battle to sing at Vienna New Y...
by Handelian
Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared
Replies: 20
Views: 1338

Re: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared

Richter performer the sonata at the Festival Hall during the 1970s and we listened on the radio to the broadcast. A stupendous performance in which he repeated the last movement as an encore. I have it on disc though unfortunately without the encore. One of the greatest Hammerklaviers though not eve...
by Handelian
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Woman Who Built Beethoven’s Pianos
Replies: 2
Views: 277

Re: The Woman Who Built Beethoven’s Pianos

Jan Swafford talks about her in his Beethoven biography.
by Handelian
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1331
Views: 945236

Re: What I listened to today

I listen to the Romeo and Juliet from the Metropolitan Opera yesterday. Well worth hearing with Anna Netrebko and Robert Algana in fine form. The production was absolutely sumptuous
by Handelian
Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared
Replies: 20
Views: 1338

Re: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared

I did write to the BBC after the review saying I thought the review was very poor as she omitted many many great recordings and didn’t even consider them. Obviously one realises that with nearly 100 recordings she cannot cover them all but the number left out was unacceptable. So classics like Serki...
by Handelian
Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1331
Views: 945236

Re: What I listened to today

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Handel - Julius Caesar from Glyndebourne
by Handelian
Wed Nov 04, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Revisiting The Met's McVicar NORMA
Replies: 11
Views: 706

Re: Revisiting The Met's McVicar NORMA

Also Julius Casaar arrived. We've seen the Met do Giulio Cesare twice-once traditionally and also McVicar's-we preferred the traditional but I must say when Dessay did her dance number in his comedy version it was just fabulous-to this day I don't know how she pulled that off-we watch that segment ...
by Handelian
Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:54 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The 10 most popular American movies
Replies: 7
Views: 11996

Re: The 10 most popular American movies

Both Spielberg films here are among his best in their very different ways which is saying something. Can you believe ET lost out to Rocky in the Oscars? Snow White was the first feature length cartoon and holds its charm. A magnificent achievement. Zhivago bored me to tears. Never see what people se...
by Handelian
Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4341
Views: 1555013

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

Got a deal on Pollini’s legendary performances of modern music which arrived today. Tremendous performances of Stravinsky and Prokofiev. Not sure about Webern and Boulez but one has to admire the technique! The Boulez piano sonatas remain inscrutable to me if one on your recording.Several years ago...
by Handelian
Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Revisiting The Met's McVicar NORMA
Replies: 11
Views: 706

Re: Revisiting The Met's McVicar NORMA

Also Julius Casaar arrived. We've seen the Met do Giulio Cesare twice-once traditionally and also McVicar's-we preferred the traditional but I must say when Dessay did her dance number in his comedy version it was just fabulous-to this day I don't know how she pulled that off-we watch that segment ...
by Handelian
Tue Nov 03, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Handel at the Met
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Re: Handel at the Met

Just watched. Absolutely fantastically well sung imo. Fleming and Scholl stand outs.
by Handelian
Tue Nov 03, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Revisiting Met's McVicar Donizetti Roberto Devereux
Replies: 6
Views: 449

Re: Revisiting Met's McVicar Donizetti Roberto Devereux

Lucky you, Len! Sadly, the MET did not broadcast all 3 queens on PBS, so I had to miss this. I do have the Anna Bolena by Netrebko, which I still find stunningly sung and acted. What a great singer she is!< Barney we saw the Bolena live with Angela Meade-then saw it on HD with Netrebko-I know peopl...
by Handelian
Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1331
Views: 945236

Re: What I listened to today

Handel’s Messiah with William Christie. Five amazing soloists
by Handelian
Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Revisiting The Met's McVicar NORMA
Replies: 11
Views: 706

Re: Revisiting The Met's McVicar NORMA

Great cast. I also like McVicar as a director, though an idiosyncracy is that he loves very dark sets. Over the past few years in Australia he directed successively Figaro, Don Giovanni and Cosi. All well done. I have watched several of his - always interesting. Have his Figaro. Also Julius Casaar ...
by Handelian
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4341
Views: 1555013

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

Bought Handel’s Tamerlano with Gardiner and Serse with McGegan.
I’ve suspended my cinema membership due to the epidemic so indulging in a few discs
by Handelian
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1331
Views: 945236

Re: What I listened to today

Handel’s Ode to Queen Anne. A lady that had so much amazing music written for her.
by Handelian
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Revisiting The Met's McVicar NORMA
Replies: 11
Views: 706

Re: Revisiting The Met's McVicar NORMA

I saw this live broadcast from the Met. Don't go a deal on Bellini but it was very well sung. There was also a broadcast from ROH London on Sky Arts the other week which I recorded. A production which had the Druids dressed as a cross between KKK and an extreme Roman Catholiccult. Of course, if some...
by Handelian
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Spectator on Don Carlo
Replies: 20
Views: 1984

Re: Spectator on Don Carlo

Frankly, I never bought that Carmen because of Corelli's really awful French! Same with his Faust with Sutherland. Couldn't stand to listen to it! :mrgreen: I know the French is not spoken in France but dig the voice! Corelli was absolutely great in Italian opera: no question! But, IMHO, his sound ...
by Handelian
Sun Nov 01, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Spectator on Don Carlo
Replies: 20
Views: 1984

Re: Spectator on Don Carlo

maestrob wrote:
Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:47 pm
Frankly, I never bought that Carmen because of Corelli's really awful French! Same with his Faust with Sutherland. Couldn't stand to listen to it! :mrgreen:
I know the French is not spoken in France but dig the voice!
by Handelian
Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Spectator on Don Carlo
Replies: 20
Views: 1984

Re: Spectator on Don Carlo

:lol:What a cynic you are, Handelian. You'll be right at home here! I have the recording of Rigoletto with Kubelik conducting and I wouldn’t call it a classic by any means I have the Kubelik Rigoletto and wouldn’t exactly call it ‘classic’. Interesting maybe Yes, hardly! 😉 I grew up with Anna Moffo...
by Handelian
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32
Replies: 52
Views: 4605

Re: Beethoven's 32

World famous as the land of my birth (Merton County Hospital, Wimbledon, London)! My parents were studying at the Royal Academy of Music. I was raised in NZ and came to Australia in 1978, with the result that I enjoy three nationalities. I suppose a few other famous and talented people were born th...
by Handelian
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Spectator on Don Carlo
Replies: 20
Views: 1984

Re: Spectator on Don Carlo

Handelian wrote:
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:06 am
barney wrote:
Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:30 am
:lol:What a cynic you are, Handelian. You'll be right at home here!
I have the recording of Rigoletto with Kubelik conducting and I wouldn’t call it a classic by any means
I have the Kubelik Rigoletto and wouldn’t exactly call it ‘classic’. Interesting maybe
by Handelian
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Spectator on Don Carlo
Replies: 20
Views: 1984

Re: Spectator on Don Carlo

barney wrote:
Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:30 am
:lol:What a cynic you are, Handelian. You'll be right at home here!
I have the recording of Rigoletto with Kubelik conducting and I wouldn’t call it a classic by any means
by Handelian
Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Handel at the Met
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Handel at the Met

Note that the Met is broadcasting Handel’s Rodelinda on Monday (American time).
Interesting article here

https://www.metopera.org/discover/archi ... t-the-met/
by Handelian
Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Spectator on Don Carlo
Replies: 20
Views: 1984

Re: Spectator on Don Carlo

An interesting article, but it doesn't mention one of the best recordings of the opera, namely Solti, with Tebaldi , Bumbry, Bergonzi, Fischer-Dieskau , Ghiaurov and Talvela, a cast which would e hard o beat anywhere , any time . And yes, Fischer-Dieskau was a much better Verdi baritone than most c...
by Handelian
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 35
Views: 2791

Re: Haitink documentary

I agree. I am always delighted when I listen to a Bach cantata, but would become fatigued after half a dozen, let alone 150, if I wanted to play them in order. I do think we make a mistake when we listen to music in the way the composer never intended. I can remember listening to the complete WTC p...
by Handelian
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32
Replies: 52
Views: 4605

Re: Beethoven's 32

When you say "a local pianist", Handelian, where is local - if you don't mind me asking. For some entirely unknown reason I've been imagining you as British. CMG members - at least those who regularly post - are mostly American, with a couple of Australians (including me) and English and at least o...
by Handelian
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Black Violinist Who Inspired Beethoven
Replies: 9
Views: 729

Re: The Black Violinist Who Inspired Beethoven

barney wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:08 pm
Indeed. It's always amused me that by far his most commercially successful work was Wellington's Victory, which was perhaps his worst pot-boiler of a composition.
He said of it, “My sh*t is better than the best they can do!”
by Handelian
Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32
Replies: 52
Views: 4605

Re: Beethoven's 32

I read Damian Thompson article and decided to listen to the 32 sonatas over a few weeks. And most rewarding experience especially as I have some of the top pianists n my shelf. They include Kempff 1and 2, Annie Fischer, Kovacevich, Schnabel, Richter, Solomon, Serkin, etc.. Some simply great stuff h...
by Handelian
Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Welcome to CMG HANDELIAN!
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: Welcome to CMG HANDELIAN!

Hi maestrob! I first came across Joyce when I bought her recital CD of Handel. She really is one of the exceptional singers of our generation. I am also a great fan of her Rossini and have followed her in Cenerentola, Barber, Donna and Compte d’Ory. She was in a Massenet Cinderella recently from the...
by Handelian
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32
Replies: 52
Views: 4605

Re: Beethoven's 32

I read Damian Thompson article and decided to listen to the 32 sonatas over a few weeks. And most rewarding experience especially as I have some of the top pianists n my shelf. They include Kempff 1and 2, Annie Fischer, Kovacevich, Schnabel, Richter, Solomon, Serkin, etc.. Some simply great stuff he...
by Handelian
Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Black Violinist Who Inspired Beethoven
Replies: 9
Views: 729

Re: The Black Violinist Who Inspired Beethoven

Welcome Handelian. Was Beethoven the Donald Trump of music - at least in that one area of personality? Thanks! Beethoven had the genius of upsetting everyone around him. He certainly didn’t have any genius for making money though. It’s interesting to compare biographies of Beethoven and Handel. Bee...
by Handelian
Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Black Violinist Who Inspired Beethoven
Replies: 9
Views: 729

Re: The Black Violinist Who Inspired Beethoven

barney wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:08 am
Welcome Handelian. Was Beethoven the Donald Trump of music - at least in that one area of personality?
Beethoven was incapable outside of music. See my post below
by Handelian
Sat Oct 31, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition
Replies: 26
Views: 2195

Re: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition

The book ‘Wondrous Strange’ by Kevin Bazzana does try to delve into Gould’s make up. He was a highly indulged boy and of course highly gifted but one who would take no correction whatever as he grew up. If someone tried to correct him he would just cut them off. I think he had a problem with conflic...
by Handelian
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Movie: "1917" [World War I]
Replies: 2
Views: 5032

Re: Movie: "1917" [World War I]

Must confess I was very disappointed in it as it degenerated into an action movie which was more suitable for Tom Cruise. An elderly friend of mine who had been a regular soldier also went to see it and we discussed it together and he said that any semblance of reality in the movie had gone right at...
by Handelian
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: John Culshaw: Ring Resounding (1967)
Replies: 1
Views: 2106

Re: John Culshaw: Ring Resounding (1967)

I read it many years ago when the Decca Ring had just been made. It is certainly a very interesting page turner as Culshaw was also a professional writer as well as a Record Producer. His other unfinished autobiography, ‘Putting the Record Straight’ was Written after he left Decca and is a lot more ...
by Handelian
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertos played by Richter
Replies: 36
Views: 2193

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

Interesting comments about the Richter/Oistrakh/Rostropovich/HvK Beethoven Triple Concerto.Frankly, I've loved that recording ... I remembered the name of the critic. He's not obscure, but sometimes it's embarrassing what I can't bring to mind. https://slippedisc.com/2020/01/a-beethoven-a-day-troub...
by Handelian
Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould:How Mozart became a bad composer
Replies: 1
Views: 857

Re: Glenn Gould:How Mozart became a bad composer

To me this always proves that Glenn Gould was a man who lost too many opportunities of keeping his mouth shut. He sadly made a complete fool of himself. Brilliant pianist as long as he didn’t start talking. At the start of his career he played Mozart well then he seemed to decide he ought to prove h...
by Handelian
Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Blast at Boulez by Matthew Aucoin
Replies: 3
Views: 588

Re: Blast at Boulez by Matthew Aucoin

Boulez is somebody I’ve never had much time for. I don’t like people who reckon they are iconoclasts and then get sponsored by the state as fat cats. I have one of his recordings of Mahler six and it is pretty bloodless but interesting none the less. But to me he is totally overrated. I know John Cu...
by Handelian
Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Purchasing CD's - Confusion?
Replies: 13
Views: 1533

Re: Purchasing CD's - Confusion?

Hi! You might try eBay and Music-Magpie too. They do have quite a few offers so it is worth putting on the sort button and making sure you’re getting the lowest price for that particular CD
by Handelian
Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4341
Views: 1555013

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

Got a deal on Pollini’s legendary performances of modern music which arrived today. Tremendous performances of Stravinsky and Prokofiev. Not sure about Webern and Boulez but one has to admire the technique!
by Handelian
Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Samson Francois Complete Warner Box: New Release
Replies: 17
Views: 1630

Re: Samson Francois Complete Warner Box: New Release

I came across Samson François when I was a lad and bought his recordings of Chopin and Schumann piano concertos which were pretty eccentric. He had a fabulous technique but in addition a drug and alcohol problem combined with a pretty wild lifestyle, if reports are to be believed. I have his recordi...
by Handelian
Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Welcome to CMG HANDELIAN!
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: Welcome to CMG HANDELIAN!

Thanks! Yes I do love the music of Handel. And much else beside! I do hope on that subject some of you managed to see the terrific Agrippina from the Met broadcast this week with the wonderful Joyce di Donato in the title role. I saw it live and also a couple of times in the broadcast. Quite breatht...
by Handelian
Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Black Violinist Who Inspired Beethoven
Replies: 9
Views: 729

Re: The Black Violinist Who Inspired Beethoven

Fascinating article, Len, thanks. You learn something new every day! :D Who knew that Kreutzer never played the sonata dedicated to him? This article corrects history to some extent, and I'm glad I read it. Am about to investigate the links as well. It is a well-known fact that Kreutzer never playe...