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by Yi-Peng
Mon Oct 01, 2007 7:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The "greatest" British/Irish composer (and why?)
Replies: 130
Views: 13519

Re: The "greatest" British/Irish composer (and why

I think I would probably vote either for Sullivan, Elgar and Vaughan Williams. Although Sullivan was most-known for the G&S operettas, his serious music also helped him to get noticed in the ranks of British composers. He was like the equivalent of Mozart and Mendelssohn, with that distinctive Briti...
by Yi-Peng
Sat Sep 29, 2007 11:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The ones that got away ....
Replies: 20
Views: 2018

I wish that Solti had had a chance to record Elgar's Introduction and Allegro, and the Serenade for Strings. Normally Solti would conduct big orchestras, but I guess he was not really ready to conduct works that demanded smaller forces. I also wish Marriner and the Academy had had the chance to reco...
by Yi-Peng
Sat Sep 29, 2007 11:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Bland Leading the Bland
Replies: 74
Views: 8562

Might there be a mention of Satie's Vexations? I understand that there are some CDs that are filled with repetitions of this work and are perhaps much worse than Gorecki's Sorrowful Songs symphony. Though I disagree with many of Norman Lebrecht's ideas in his Maestros, Masterpieces and Madness, I fo...
by Yi-Peng
Sat Sep 29, 2007 11:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart piano sonatas Box question
Replies: 68
Views: 7283

Re: Mozart piano sonatas Box question

Have you thought about giving the Uchida set a try? Her approach has a light delicacy that I'm very fond of.
by Yi-Peng
Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Box sets explosion
Replies: 26
Views: 3716

(Often the repackages are in sleeves in a small cardboard box, which is a much better format anyway.) I like this format, as it's neater and cheaper. I only wish they wouldn't sacrifice on the quality of the liner notes. I wish this format were adopted for DG's boxed sets of Beethoven with Gardiner...
by Yi-Peng
Sat Sep 29, 2007 8:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' piano concerto recommendations
Replies: 83
Views: 7707

Re: So Donald has outed me....

Are there any hidden gems in those 225 renditions? Maybe not best in class, but surprisingly good or unique in approach. Yes, but I fear I may not be qualified to talk about No. 2 as I would No. 1. I think that the Zimerman-Bernstein version of No. 1 is like a hidden gem in itself, and I wish it we...
by Yi-Peng
Sat Sep 29, 2007 4:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' piano concerto recommendations
Replies: 83
Views: 7707

Have you tried the DG recording with Gilels and Jochum? It should demonstrate Gilels' maturity in his rendition of the piece. Perhaps you could also consider the DVD of Zimerman/Bernstein, which also contains a superb Brahms 1, where the introspection of the work is just as valid as the traditional ...
by Yi-Peng
Wed Sep 26, 2007 12:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Passacaglias
Replies: 23
Views: 2478

I will second the Brahms that someone has mentioned before.
by Yi-Peng
Fri Sep 21, 2007 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Have your tastes in classical music changed over the years?
Replies: 104
Views: 10065

My tastes have only fluctuated over time, but I have remained constantly against 20th-century atonalism. I would like to say that I started off with works like Beethoven's symphonies and the Dvorak New World, but I've grown to like a little more. I've grown to like the Brahms First Piano Concerto, a...
by Yi-Peng
Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Changes in Fashion in Beethoven Interpretation
Replies: 23
Views: 2251

I grew up listening to the traditional, weighter-sounding renditions of Beethoven's symphonies, as the HIP-styled renditions had yet to catch on. Then, like a breath of fresh air, my Singaporean classical radio stations aired Sir Gardiner's complete cycle, and I felt it was like a totally new breath...
by Yi-Peng
Tue Sep 11, 2007 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More Bad Classical Music News/Abbado cancels NYC appearances
Replies: 9
Views: 1272

I am aware of the cancer that Abbado suffered almost ten years ago. I hope this illness is not a resurgent cancer, as I admire Abbado very deeply. I feel that though he has achieved some fine work in the past, he still has the energy to treat us to some marvellous performances with his orchestras.
by Yi-Peng
Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert essentials
Replies: 56
Views: 5581

I generally agree with Barry. I might add, though this might be more cryptic than useful, that Schubert, like Mozart is a composer with a rough chronological cutoff between his less and more important works that can be useful to the listener even though it is not entirely reliable. Where that is is...
by Yi-Peng
Sun Sep 02, 2007 2:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ozawa
Replies: 49
Views: 5128

I've never been a great Ozawa fan. I have many of his recordings on LP or CD but they are not heard very often with one possible exception, a Mahler First Symphony he recorded for Deutsche Grammophon and I have that only on a DGG LP. I'm not sure if it was ever transferred to CD. He also made some ...
by Yi-Peng
Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on Brahms Symphony CD
Replies: 46
Views: 4003

Might it please you that I can recommend the sets by Abbado and Mackerras? Abbado's set is an ideal balance of drama and lyricism, but he does not present Brahms in an overly-slushy way. Mackerras offers a lean texture and a propulsive drive that I think might suit your purpose.
by Yi-Peng
Sat Aug 18, 2007 8:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sheherazade recommendation
Replies: 46
Views: 5858

I know my recommendation may be out of print, and I know it may not be one you've heard before, but I'd gladly like to recommend the Mercury Living Presence recording of the work with Antal Dorati conducting the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. This propulsive recording still finds room for colour an...
by Yi-Peng
Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Preference: to hear "monologues" in works, or not?
Replies: 29
Views: 4292

Vivaldi Seasons with monologues?

This is such an interesting discussion on monologues. However, I do have one secret wish that I could probably post here: Yes, I'm glad you've mentioned the pure perfection of the DG disc of the Midsummer with Ozawa and Judi Dench introducing each excerpt with the appropriate passage. Such absolute ...
by Yi-Peng
Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms symphonies
Replies: 96
Views: 21650

Abbado in Brahms

Dear all, I'm new to the board and I couldn't find a place to introduce myself. I discovered this forum by accident and thought about joining in. But for my first post here I would like to add something to your discussion on Brahms symphonies. I do love the Abbado renditions of this cycle and yes I ...