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by stenka razin
Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does Sir John Barbirolli stack up with others?
Replies: 14
Views: 2343

Re: How does Sir John Barbirolli stack up with others?

Sir John was a delightful man. I saw him conduct on a few occasions and he always was excellent. I even got the chance to interview him for my college paper. His recordings of Elgar are as definitive as you can get. He loved the two great Elgar Symphonies and his recordings show his greatness. Regar...
by stenka razin
Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ASMF founder Neville Marriner dead at 92
Replies: 9
Views: 1145

Re: ASMF founder Neville Marriner dead at 92

OMG.........One of our greatest conductors is no more. Truly a sad day........ :( :( :( :(


Regards,
Mel :cry:
by stenka razin
Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Is The Highest Paid Music Director In The USA? Really!
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Who Is The Highest Paid Music Director In The USA? Reall

Jaap van Zweden surprised me: I had no idea that Dallas paid so much. He sure has worked wonders with that group judging by recent recordings: I can't wait for him to get started in NY. Will maestro van Zweden ask for more or will he accept less In NY? Why is he leaving Dallas? How is the NYP suppo...
by stenka razin
Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Is The Highest Paid Music Director In The USA? Really!
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Who Is The Highest Paid Music Director In The USA? Really!

List of the top six below: 1 Jaap Van Zweden, Dallas, $5m 2 Riccardio Muti, Chicago Symphony $2,309,837 3 Christoph Eschenbach, NSO, $2,274,151 4 Alan Gilbert, NY, $1,751,570 5 Gustavo Dudamel, LA Phil, $1,661,493 6 David Robertson, St Louis Symphony $1,043,313 - See more at: http://slippedisc.com/2...
by stenka razin
Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 13
Views: 1297

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Have a happy birthday and many more, chief. :D :D :D :D


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Sun Jun 05, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Did anyone see Maureen O'Hara w/Robert Osborne?
Replies: 3
Views: 2430

Re: Did anyone see Maureen O'Hara w/Robert Osborne?

Sad news better late then never:

Ms. O'Hara died October 24, 2015, Boise, ID.

Regards,
Mel :(
by stenka razin
Sun Jun 05, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Olivier's "Hamlet" 1948
Replies: 8
Views: 4140

Re: Olivier's "Hamlet" 1948

One of the greatest movies of all time. Olivier is superb and the other cast members are excellent. In addition, Walton's score is magnificent. 4 stars. 8)


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Sun Jun 05, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Adams violin concerto
Replies: 51
Views: 2650

Re: John Adams violin concerto

From Music Web International: Violinist Chloe Hanslip's performance on Naxos is reviewed below: 'The opening of his Violin Concerto has been compared to the drowning scene in Berg’s ‘Wozzeck’, but with the fluid undulations in the orchestra being extended over the whole of the first movement it is m...
by stenka razin
Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: James Levine: End of an era
Replies: 3
Views: 641

Re: James Levine: End of an era

Lance wrote:Absolutely tragic what has happened to Levine. From the time he first appeared, even as a pianist, I felt him to be one of the finest musicians of current times.
I agree completely. So sad.


Regards,
Mel
by stenka razin
Tue May 17, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: INTERNATIONAL OPERA AWARDS 2016 WINNERS
Replies: 8
Views: 873

Re: INTERNATIONAL OPERA AWARDS 2016 WINNERS

Len, I was overjoyed at your info about an opera by Offenbach that I had never heard of. Thank you, my friend. :D


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Wed May 04, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Having Heard The Two Symphonies Of Kalinnikov ...
Replies: 11
Views: 1092

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

The Kalinnikov Symphony No.1 was one of my first loves in classical music in the 1950's. Here is a link to a wonderful thread in 2009 concerning this charming and luscious symphony: http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=30691&p=308436&hilit=kalinikov#p308436 Regards, Mel 8) P.S. Fo...
by stenka razin
Sun May 01, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Historic Budd Telecast NBC Opera 1952
Replies: 7
Views: 834

Re: Historic Budd Telecast NBC Opera 1952

OMG.................Thank you, thank you, thank you.........!

Regards,
Mel :D :D :D :D
by stenka razin
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two replacements for Levine
Replies: 3
Views: 476

Re: Two replacements for Levine

Speaking of David Robertson, I wonder if the NYP considered him as music director? He would have been a wonderful choice.


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Lance, The Piano Tuner........
Replies: 2
Views: 392

For Lance, The Piano Tuner........

Lance, you should enjoy this, my friend. 8)


http://www.factsandarts.com/music-revie ... -or-woman/



Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Francis 75.
Replies: 26
Views: 1784

Re: John Francis 75.

Happy Birthday, John. I wish you many more, my friend. :D


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An ‘Elektra’ at the Met
Replies: 6
Views: 437

Re: An ‘Elektra’ at the Met

Len, one of my ten favorite operas. Elektra is probably the most powerful opera ever written. It still raises my blood pressure after 60 years of listening experience.........!

Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Well I Like The Polish Scene-Boris
Replies: 8
Views: 847

Re: Well I Like The Polish Scene-Boris

The reharmonization is one reason why I like the Rimsky-Korsakov version. One need not think Musorgsky's original "ungrammatical" or incompetent to feel somehow unsatisfied when listening to it. Rimsky's version made a "Boris" enthusiast of me in my teens and it still satisfies me very much. John, ...
by stenka razin
Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the Musical Heritage Society still active.
Replies: 7
Views: 1216

Re: Is the Musical Heritage Society still active.

Passionato, which succeeded MHS is dead. I hope this does not mean the the Musical Heritage library is dead, too.


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Javier Camarena Does It Again
Replies: 4
Views: 599

Re: Javier Camarena Does It Again

Len, Camarena is on a roll lately and I think that is fabulous. What a wonderful voice, m8.


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Obituary: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Replies: 8
Views: 880

Re: Obituary: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Len, If you have to start somewhere after 'An Orkney Wedding With Sunrise', try the fascinating, but challenging 7th Symphony. The orchestration is terrific and the invention is superb. Happy listening my friend.



Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Georg Friedrich Haas Morgen und Abend
Replies: 6
Views: 677

Re: Georg Friedrich Haas Morgen und Abend

Here is his Piano Concerto from 2007. Any comments?

Regards,
Mel 8)

by stenka razin
Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 11/20/14 Centennial Tribute To Jorge Bolet
Replies: 3
Views: 657

Re: 11/20/14 Centennial Tribute To Jorge Bolet

Bolet was one of my favorite pianists of the past century. I saw him on many occasions and he was always a titan of the keyboard. His Liszt was sensational and he cut a huge figure on stage. Unforgettable and brilliant. Every good CD collection deserves some Bolet.


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano. My music. CD. Naxos.
Replies: 7
Views: 769

Re: Piano. My music. CD. Naxos.

Garrett, what fabulous news. 8)


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composer Steven Stucky (1949-2016)
Replies: 3
Views: 567

Re: Composer Steven Stucky (1949-2016)

Here is Stucky's Symphony as played by Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil. Comments please my fellow CMGers.

Regards,
Mel 8)

by stenka razin
Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Louis Lane (December 25, 1923 – February 15, 2016)
Replies: 13
Views: 870

Re: Louis Lane (December 25, 1923 – February 15, 2016)

When George Szell was ill in 1969, I saw Louis Lane replace him as maestro for the Cleveland Orchestra concert in NYC. I do not remember the program, but, I must say Szell was sorely missed that evening.

Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grammys Feb. 15, 2016-Classical Music Winners-Really?
Replies: 8
Views: 1032

Re: Grammys Feb. 15, 2016-Classical Music Winners-Really?

Sorry for the incomplete list. Here is the complete list of winners: Regards, Mel 8) Engineered Album, Classical “Ask Your Mama,” Leslie Ann Jones, John Kilgore, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum and Justin Merrill, engineers; Patricia Sullivan, mastering engineer (George Manahan and San Francisco Ballet Orchest...
by stenka razin
Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grammys Feb. 15, 2016-Classical Music Winners-Really?
Replies: 8
Views: 1032

Grammys Feb. 15, 2016-Classical Music Winners-Really?

I want to post this to read the comments that the list below engenders. Everyone deserves a good laugh......... :lol: Regards, Mel :roll: Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Stephen Paulus, Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano, Joyce...
by stenka razin
Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on the music of Nino Rota (1911-1979)
Replies: 4
Views: 614

Re: Thoughts on the music of Nino Rota (1911-1979)

His film music is what will be remembered before his fine concert music in the future. He was one of the titans of the cinema. Just listen to his score for 'La Strada' or 'The Godfather' and you will hear his greatness. 8)

Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dudamel and YOLA at Super Bowl--Why????
Replies: 19
Views: 1145

Re: Dudamel and YOLA at Super Bowl--Why????

At the conclusion of the Half Time show, Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay turned and thanked Dudamel. That was very nice and in clear view for all of us to see. Martin invited Dudamel and his young colorfully dressed LA youth orchestra to be half time participants. I see nothing wrong in ha...
by stenka razin
Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla New Music Director in Birmingham (UK)
Replies: 3
Views: 594

Re: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla New Music Director in Birmingham (U

An impressive young conductor on her way up the ladder. All you need to know in the link below. Regards, Mel 8) http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/feb/04/cbso-appoints-mirga-grazinyte-tyla-music-director-birmingham-symphony P.S. I look forward to hearing her 1st recording with the wonderful City ...
by stenka razin
Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Medication change may prolong Levine's career
Replies: 13
Views: 1218

Re: Medication change may prolong Levine's career

Maestro b, I've seen several performances conducted by Welser-Most on DVD when he was music director of the Zurich opera , and they are all excellent . They include repertoire as diverse as Britten's Peter Grimes, Schubert's long forgotten Fierrabras , Tiefland by D'Albert and Rossini's Il Turco in...
by stenka razin
Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie
Replies: 25
Views: 1821

Re: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie

You mean, you read in some publication that Bernstein intended to record the Turangalila Symphony? Coule b, I suppose, but I don't believe it. If he cared that much about that music, he would surely have conducted it at lesat once in concert, and as far as I can tell, he never did. Boulez never did...
by stenka razin
Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie
Replies: 25
Views: 1821

Re: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie

The Messiaen was one of the projects that sadly never came to fruition. Peter Grimes was another casualty, of Lenny's passing on. Remember, Bernstein's death happened in 1990 and what I read was probably in a publication long since gone with the wind.

Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie
Replies: 25
Views: 1821

Re: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie

Did you all know that Leonard Bernstein was scheduled to record Messiaen's gorgeous monsterwork? Considering the fact that Lenny premiered this always fascinating work, what a recording for the ages that would have been.

Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Sun Jan 31, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette
Replies: 11
Views: 898

Re: Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette

Len, the 'Love Scene' is one of the most gorgeous pieces in all of classical music. Once heard, never forgotten, my friend. 8)


Regards,
Mel 8)

by stenka razin
Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wagner Ring Exhibit at the Morgan NYC
Replies: 9
Views: 815

Re: Wagner Ring Exhibit at the Morgan NYC

Len, Florida, where so many of us go in later years. But, NY is always in my mind and my heart, my friend. Mel thanks-we've been to Florida many times over the years-in the winter it's great! Are you close enough to the Sarasota Opera-they're doing an opera I've never seen but I love the music! The...
by stenka razin
Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wagner Ring Exhibit at the Morgan NYC
Replies: 9
Views: 815

Re: Wagner Ring Exhibit at the Morgan NYC

Len, your Wagner note, made me want to come back to NYC. Thanks for the heads up, my friend. :D Regards, Mel 8) Mel I forgot or just never knew- where are you now-I thought you might still be in NY? Regards, Len Len, Florida, where so many of us go in later years. But, NY is always in my mind and m...
by stenka razin
Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wagner Ring Exhibit at the Morgan NYC
Replies: 9
Views: 815

Re: Wagner Ring Exhibit at the Morgan NYC

Len, your Wagner note, made me want to come back to NYC. Thanks for the heads up, my friend. :D


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Poulenc
Replies: 22
Views: 1737

Re: poulenc

maestrob wrote:Carmelites is his great work, although I'm very fond of his organ concerto. His Gloria tips my scales as well.
I totally agree, m8.

Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy birthday dear Chalkie
Replies: 6
Views: 672

Re: Happy birthday dear Chalkie

Happy Birthday, m8. It is so nice to have you back where you belong.

Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jaap van Zweden to head NY Phil
Replies: 47
Views: 2771

Re: Jaap van Zweden to head NY Phil

A big surprise. I hope the NYP made the right choice. Good luck to Jaap. He will need it in NY.

Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: David Bowie & Philip Glass Symphony No.1
Replies: 7
Views: 1139

David Bowie & Philip Glass Symphony No.1

In 1986, Glass wrote his 1st Symphony 'Low" based on Bowie's album 'Low', In honor of Bowie's sad passing from cancer, here is the 1st movement of Glass' Symphony.

Regards,
Mel :(

by stenka razin
Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierre Boulez dies at 90
Replies: 38
Views: 3224

Re: Pierre Boulez dies at 90

Sad, sad news about one of the 20th century's outstanding composers and conductors. Below are some Boulez observations about his 10 picks for the greatest 20th century works:


http://soundcheck.wnyc.org/story/10-gre ... -birthday/


Regards,
Mel :(
by stenka razin
Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda
Replies: 5
Views: 1175

Re: National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda

An excellent choice. Noseda's Italian series on Chandos is superb. Lucky Washington.

Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Queens New Years Honours List 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1258

Queens New Years Honours List 2016

Some big names in classical music here. Any comments, my fellow CMGers?

Regard,
Mel 8)

http://www.classicfm.com/music-news/new ... l0joU5R.97
by stenka razin
Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Time for my annual Christmas post
Replies: 10
Views: 1445

Re: Time for my annual Christmas post

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of our CMG members. 8)


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Obama's Official Playlist
Replies: 12
Views: 1578

Obama's Official Playlist

Comments, please. No Bach, Beethoven or Brahms, much less Satie or even John Williams 'Star Wars'....So sad....... :( Regards, Mel :( CNN) The White House released two Spotify playlists of songs on Friday morning, one for day and one for night, that were hand-picked by President Barack Obama, who's ...
by stenka razin
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight`s Lulu
Replies: 4
Views: 749

Re: Tonight`s Lulu

Len, both of you must have had a wonderful time. But, please tell us who was Lulu and who conducted Berg's great opera?


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 245th birthday listening project--VOTE
Replies: 12
Views: 1711

Re: Beethoven's 245th birthday listening project--VOTE

Hard choices...

Solti for the Symphonies

Barenboim/Klemperer for the Piano Concertos

Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nikolaus Harnoncourt Announces Retirement
Replies: 5
Views: 837

Re: Nikolaus Harnoncourt Announces Retirement

A great music master, who shall be missed.

Regards,
Mel 8)