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by SONNET CLV
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphony 5
Replies: 10
Views: 1000

Re: Dvorak Symphony 5

I'm old enough to have LPs of Dvorak's Fifth Symphony which is actually the Ninth Symphony. Don't sell us old-timers short, but … if an orchestra were to advertise a performance of the Dvorak Fifth, perhaps a few folks will show up expecting to hear the "From the New World". Not me, of course, but p...
by SONNET CLV
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: British composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66
Replies: 4
Views: 562

Re: British composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66

"Knussen was born in Glasgow and grew up near London. He began composing at the age of six and wrote his first symphony at the age of 15. He went on to conduct its premiere with the London Symphony Orchestra, where his father was principal double bass." I recall listening to an American NPR broadcas...
by SONNET CLV
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 3415

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

The next time I listen to the Bach B Minor Mass, if it finishes early and there's some time left, I'll put on the Bernstein Mass and give it a listen, to see what all this hubbub is about. I've had a copy of this in my disc collection for years and never opened it. I guess I've been too busy listeni...
by SONNET CLV
Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What is wrong with this?
Replies: 18
Views: 3311

Re: What is wrong with this?

Intriguing post, all round.
This will give me a new appreciation of my Adele records. Love the way she howls those vowels.
by SONNET CLV
Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stanisław Skrowaczewski RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 2493

Re: Stanisław Skrowaczewski RIP

Upon hearing of Maestro Skrowaczewski's death, I went to my music shelves to find something by the man. Quite accidentally I noticed I had the large 28CD box set from OEHMS, unopened. I had forgotten I'd purchased this some months earlier. And so it was the perfect tribute for the conductor/composer...
by SONNET CLV
Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where does it stop: the mega-boxes
Replies: 9
Views: 2049

Re: Where does it stop: the mega-boxes

Megaboxes. I did pick up both of the Bernstein SONY boxes, and have been seriously eyeing the DG box sets ... which I haven't leaped into yet.... Forgive me, but I would advise you against the Bernstein DGG box: the musical quality is not at all what he was able to accomplish in NY, with a few exce...
by SONNET CLV
Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why do we like sad music?
Replies: 44
Views: 5036

Re: Why do we like sad music?

Why do we like sad music?
Sadly, I don't know. Except to say, maybe it makes us ... happy?
by SONNET CLV
Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Having Heard The Two Symphonies Of Kalinnikov ...
Replies: 11
Views: 1893

Re: Having Heard The Two Symphonies Of Kalinnikov ...

For some reason, these two symphonies (of Kalinnikov) rank among the first symphonies I had opportunity to hear many years ago. The two Melodiya Angel LPs with Kondrashin/Moscow in No. 1 and Svetlanov/U.S.S.R. SO in No. 2 (both covers feature horses! -- Is that why I bought the albums?) have been in...
by SONNET CLV
Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical music vs. contemporary music
Replies: 7
Views: 1689

Re: Classical music vs. contemporary music

I certainly notice a lot of "white hair" at the Pittsburgh Symphony concerts, but the PSO concerts are not exactly avant-garde contemporary either. But the concert hall is generally filled to capacity, and the Sunday afternoon concerts seem to have more of a family type crowd. Still, if Sleater-Kinn...
by SONNET CLV
Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where does it stop: the mega-boxes
Replies: 9
Views: 2049

Re: Where does it stop: the mega-boxes

Megaboxes. Which explain why space in my listening room is now coffin sized. Still ... I've been told that my body will shrink more and more so as I age, so .... There should be room to keep adding. I did pick up both of the Bernstein SONY boxes, and have been seriously eyeing the DG box sets ... wh...
by SONNET CLV
Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Golden Shower of Musicology
Replies: 12
Views: 2321

Re: The Golden Shower of Musicology

Interesting read, the above referenced article. I will offer this: We are stuck with never knowing how the great keyboard artists performed their own music. We are left with the fact that the music itself generally suggests its range of correct interpretation, and with the much more worrisome fact t...
by SONNET CLV
Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3935
Views: 511741

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

Though I've cut down considerably in purchasing CDs (I have too many purchased in the past that I have not yet listened to as well as quite a few unheard in the big box sets I've bought -- including several entire big box sets I have not yet even opened!), I still do buy select discs, especially tho...
by SONNET CLV
Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Windows 10
Replies: 28
Views: 3102

Re: Windows 10

Recently received Windows 10 from Microsoft. It's sitting on my computer unused because I read somewhere that it doesn't come with a media player for CDs, only for DVDs. I listen to CDs while I'm on the computer, so Windows 10, by definition, is so far useless to me. Has anyone out there solved thi...
by SONNET CLV
Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Supreme Court Sparring Put To Music--Opera
Replies: 4
Views: 754

Re: Supreme Court Sparring Put To Music--Opera

Interesting post. Interesting opera!

I can already anticipate that riots will break out following the premier. And well they should!
by SONNET CLV
Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gunther Schuller dies at 89
Replies: 23
Views: 2194

Re: Gunther Schuller dies at 89

One of my favorite 20th century symphonies (works! -- Heck, take out "20th century"!) is Gunther Schuller's Symphony 1965 , which I first heard on a Turnabout LP as performed by Donald Johanos conducting the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. A "Programme Note" by the Composer here: http://www.musicsalescla...
by SONNET CLV
Wed May 06, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gardiner Bach Cantatas
Replies: 4
Views: 902

Re: Gardiner Bach Cantatas

This is the set that features the haunting portrait photographs by Steve McCurry as cover photos for each of the discs. The original price of the set is well worth it for those photos alone ... and you get Bach's glorious music as a side benefit. And -- if the price has dropped! You've got two great...
by SONNET CLV
Wed May 06, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..
Replies: 10
Views: 2108

Re: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..

Ordered mine. Looks like a good deal.
I've been immersing myself in 21st century music (from some recent releases I acquired) in recent weeks, so it will be good to get back to "the roots", so to speak.
by SONNET CLV
Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: a music quiz - [for advanced listeners]
Replies: 8
Views: 1274

Re: a music quiz - [for advanced listeners]

I don't know if I'm an "advanced listener" or not (I'm certainly not an advanced music scholar or musician), but I landed 15 of 20, though I'm most embarrassed to admit I erred on the first item, which is unconscionable and should have me disbarred from the Pachelbel Canon International Fan Club. (T...
by SONNET CLV
Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An "Imaginary Symphony"? You bet!
Replies: 7
Views: 1157

Re: An "Imaginary Symphony"? You bet!

I've had that Minkowski ARCHIV disc in my collection since its initial release, at least 10 years now I think. It is indeed a finely recorded and interesting collection of Rameau "tunes". (I'm playing it right now.) It reminds me that I picked up this disc when I was preparing a musical version of m...
by SONNET CLV
Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Besides Wagner, Other Artists With Unpleasant Personalities
Replies: 27
Views: 1921

Re: Besides Wagner, Other Artists With Unpleasant Personalit

Isn't there a fellow named Gesualdo who sports a rather intriguing biography?
by SONNET CLV
Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How Do You Listen To A Musikwerk?
Replies: 4
Views: 921

Re: How Do You Listen To A Musikwerk?

Of course, it depends upon the piece -- and a lot of other dynamics. Such as ... whether it is a piece new to me, or an old favorite on an old and familiar recording or an old favorite in a new and previously unheard interpretation .... Genre matters. I tend to approach a symphony with a different e...
by SONNET CLV
Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The world's No. 1 record collector.
Replies: 14
Views: 1920

Re: The world's No. 1 record collector.

My God! How did I miss that Roberto Carlos record? What's the title? Canta para a juventude? Gotta get over to Discogs, fast.

PS -- I do think Zero Freitas could do with a better turntable rig than the one shown in the video.
by SONNET CLV
Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: French speaking/translation problem!
Replies: 8
Views: 1295

Re: French speaking/translation problem!

I just tried to say that word, John ... (several times in a row). First I broke it up as MIX-EN_SIX-EN-STIX-EN-DI-SIX, but it seemed easier to say it as follows. MIXEN-SIXEN-STIXEN-DISIX. But ... aint there an "R" in that there Frenchy word? Mxnxst r xndxsx Mixen-exst r ixen-dix-six Heck. I'm still...
by SONNET CLV
Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: God’s Fiddler
Replies: 10
Views: 1457

Re: God’s Fiddler

What? Heifetz is God's fiddler? I always thought God's fiddler was that boy Johnny in the Charlie Daniels Band's song "The Devil Went Down To Georgia". The Devil went down to Georgia. He was lookin' for a soul to steal. He was in a bind 'cause he was way behind. He was willing to make a deal When he...
by SONNET CLV
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca's Scriabin's Complete Works on Decca ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2518

Re: Decca's Scriabin's Complete Works on Decca ...

I received the set, which I ordered on the strength of the box claiming to be "complete". I have a bit of the "standard classics" of Scriabin in my collection, and a couple versions of the piano sonatas which I tend to enjoy, but there seems to be music here worth exploring further, if only on days ...
by SONNET CLV
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets
Replies: 43
Views: 3540

Re: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets

Whatever her politics, perhaps Valentina Lisitsa deserves a more flattering photo than the one posted at the start of this thread.

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by SONNET CLV
Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rodion Shchedrin's "The Lefthander"
Replies: 7
Views: 1218

Re: Rodion Shchedrin's "The Lefthander"

While we're on the topic of Lefthanders, perhaps we can have a hardy (or is it a "rowdy") Bronx Cheer for Charles Ives's Study No. 21 subtitled "Some Southpaw Pitching" (c1918-19). For those of you who don't have time for a full Shchedrin opera, know that the Ives is rather brief. https://youtu.be/x...
by SONNET CLV
Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: At This Moment The Mustelids ...
Replies: 9
Views: 1311

Re: At This Moment The Mustelids ...

Raymond Deane does some fine work. Well worth a listen to on a day like March 17th ... or any other day for that matter!
by SONNET CLV
Sat Feb 14, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist-composer John McCabe dies, age 75
Replies: 10
Views: 1724

Re: Pianist-composer John McCabe dies, age 75

Sad news. http://i2.liverpoolecho.co.uk/incoming/article8642884.ece/alternates/s615b/JS56792149.jpg McCabe's Haydn sonatas have proved a worthy addition to my Haydn collection since it was reissued in a box format sometime in the mid '90s. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51BMeoZavlL.jpg A pers...
by SONNET CLV
Sat Feb 14, 2015 9:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Amazing life!
Replies: 5
Views: 918

Re: Amazing life!

Eleanor Sokoloff is 100 years old and still teaching at the Curtis Institute!!!!! Her list of students in Philadelphia is profound. It seems everyone except Ben Franklin studied with her. And because of her age, it's almost believable that Ben might have. I hope to hear she's still at Curtis when s...
by SONNET CLV
Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A missed concert--grrrrr
Replies: 4
Views: 706

Re: A missed concert--grrrrr

The program? BACH: No.2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV: 1004 DEBUSSY: Sonata in G minor PROKOFIEV: Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 Jill Levy, Violin Margaret Kampmeier, Piano $15 students; $18 seniors; $20 adults That looks like a great program to have heard. Sorry you missed it. One question: I s...
by SONNET CLV
Fri Feb 06, 2015 7:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein Edition II
Replies: 6
Views: 1297

Re: Bernstein Edition II

Got mine. It makes a great companion to the Symphony Box.
Now, as long I can squeeze in enough time to hear all this stuff.
by SONNET CLV
Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductor Dies on Stage
Replies: 8
Views: 1188

Re: Conductor Dies on Stage

GENEVA — The Israeli conductor Israel Yinon collapsed during a youth concert at a Swiss university on Thursday evening and died, a member of the university staff reported. Mr. Yinon, 59, was conducting the Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz orchestra in a performance of “An Alpine Symphony” by Richa...
by SONNET CLV
Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphony Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 4738

Re: Beethoven Symphony Thread

I have enjoyed Beethoven for well over a century. I have also often broken my vows over Beethoven. How many times have I sworn never to buy another "Complete Set of Symphonies" by the guy. Yet, this morning's mail delivered to me my umpteenth set, purchased from Berkshire: the COL LEGNO recordings o...
by SONNET CLV
Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please, please, please!!!
Replies: 32
Views: 4834

Re: Please, please, please!!!

I opened this thread in shock thinking this was a post about the James Brown song "Please, Please, Please". Alas, it was about the Forum slipping even lower than I expected.
by SONNET CLV
Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic set - another triumph
Replies: 11
Views: 2548

Re: Vienna Philharmonic set - another triumph

I, too, just received my copy of this mega-box, and I started with Disc 1, the Haydn "Surprise" Symphony conducted by Monteux. What immediately struck me was the quality of this 1959 stereo recording. Beautiful, full sound. What I pondered afterwards was this particular conductor doing Haydn. I know...
by SONNET CLV
Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Big Boxes - everybody's going crazy!
Replies: 73
Views: 8045

Re: Big Boxes - everybody's going crazy!

And just when I decided to exert more discipline to my CD purchasing ... these big boxes come along. Alas. I must admit that a week or so ago I picked up the Wagner set, which seemed a "steal" of a price. I have Bernstein's big Symphony box, so this new Bernstein set would prove a great companion. W...
by SONNET CLV
Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ravel string quartet
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Re: ravel string quartet

I never tire of this quartet. In fact, it's probably the string quartet to which I've listened to more times than any other work in the form. A "desert island" piece for me, certainly.
by SONNET CLV
Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speaking of boy sopranos
Replies: 5
Views: 1043

Re: Speaking of boy sopranos

Re: Speaking of boy sopranos
jbuck919 wrote:I don't wish to appear to be obsessed by this topic ...

Obsessions with boy sopranos have landed folks in jail. Be careful out there.
by SONNET CLV
Wed Sep 10, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you still use CASSETTES?
Replies: 10
Views: 1336

Re: Do you still use CASSETTES?

Yes. On occasion. But then, nearly everything I do anymore is "on occasion". My old Jeep is still set up to play cassettes, and I carry a shoe box full in the vehicle. Can't always find a classical or jazz station. It seems that Christian broadcasting, right wing ranting, and country music prolifera...
by SONNET CLV
Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strauss: Four Last Songs Recordings
Replies: 23
Views: 5096

Re: Strauss: Four Last Songs Recordings

If my family ever needs proof of my insanity in an effort to have me committed, they can offer my collection of 50 recordings of Vier letzte lieder as Exhibit A. Don't ask about why I have this obsession; I don't understand it myself, but I certainly enjoy it. Here goes: Auger - Previn - Telarc et ...
by SONNET CLV
Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: REMEMBERING THE VIOLINIST GEORGES ENESCU ON HIS BIRTHDAY - 1
Replies: 4
Views: 1109

Re: REMEMBERING THE VIOLINIST GEORGES ENESCU ON HIS BIRTHDAY

Upon reading this thread, I spent part of my Saturday evening listening session with Enescu and Bach (Sonata No. 1) on the Classica D'Oro CDO 2014.

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by SONNET CLV
Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Van Cliburn recordings
Replies: 6
Views: 1083

Re: Van Cliburn recordings

Not many Texas musicians like Van Cliburn any more. They tend towards redneck music rather than longhair music nowadays. Alas ....
by SONNET CLV
Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: embedding clips from youtube here
Replies: 29
Views: 1829

Re: embedding clips from youtube here

Great information. Both Otello vids opened for me, but the "linked" one took over my Forum page; I should have opened it in a new window. (Is there a way to command this? -- to open in a separate window?) The embedded video, of course, opened right there. I like that. However, try as I might, I coul...
by SONNET CLV
Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Neeme Jarvi's new disc of Massenet
Replies: 7
Views: 1089

Re: Neeme Jarvi's new disc of Massenet

Massenet remains a composer of whose music I have much left to discover, but I did a while back purchase the Decca Massenet Edition Box set (23 discs including the major operas, songs, and orchestral works), and I have not been disappointed those times I've dipped into the man's music. Massenet surp...
by SONNET CLV
Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Frans Brüggen rest in peace
Replies: 9
Views: 2036

Re: Frans Brüggen rest in peace

I just finished listening to one of Brüggen's recordings, and enjoyed it immensely. The man may no longer be with us, but his work, thankfully, survives. That's both sad and inspiring, I suppose.
by SONNET CLV
Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Poll on % of record collections with "new" music
Replies: 22
Views: 2014

Re: Poll on % of record collections with "new" music

By "new" music, I'd think most people would mean music composed much more recently than 1920! That's nearly a century ago. At least since we were born, then, whenever that was. In my case, "Peter Grimes" was premiered very early in my life and that could serve as a dividing line, though personally ...
by SONNET CLV
Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Poll on % of record collections with "new" music
Replies: 22
Views: 2014

Re: Poll on % of record collections with "new" music

I voted for "At least 50%", but that may be too low. The only other reasonable choice for me would be "the bulk of my collection". I took a look at my classical CD shelf, and selected the first, third, and fifth shelf, approximating some 200 discs total. I quickly determined that some 135 of these d...
by SONNET CLV
Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why should orchestras support new music?
Replies: 75
Views: 3977

Re: Why should orchestras support new music?

What'd I'd like to ask you is: why should orchestras support new music? What are your primary reasons for believing so? -G Why should orchestras support "new" music? Because that is their life blood. After all, the "old" music is already laid down in countless recordings. There is actually no need ...