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by stickles
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jaap van Zweden
Replies: 4
Views: 875

Re: Jaap van Zweden

About 10 years ago, Chailly canceled in Chicago, and JvZ stepped in and changed the program from Mahler 10 to Bruckner 5. I remember on the first performance was so fine that I bought another ticket immediately. He has been a regular visitor in Chicago ever since. Top shelf Bruckner and Shostakovich...
by stickles
Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The highest price you've paid for a CD?
Replies: 13
Views: 1783

Re: The highest price you've paid for a CD?

I remember reading on this very site that a few years back that the Zimerman Brahms piano sonatas and ballads set on DG was sold on eBay for $2000 or some thing like that. That averages out to 1 grand per CD. I still have mine in excellent condition, any takers? But seriously, my limit is in the $40...
by stickles
Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who are the TOP conductors today, in your view?
Replies: 61
Views: 8414

Re: Who are the TOP conductors today, in your view?

Semyon Bychkov, Jaap Van Sweden. One has been around for a while, one is still starting up; neither holds any prestigious posts currently, but they are both tops imo.
by stickles
Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boulez withdraws from US dates
Replies: 5
Views: 708

Re: Boulez withdraws from US dates

I did not know he had emergency eye surgery in Chicago back in October 2010. He was in Chicago then subbing in for Muti, and did Mahler 7, which was videotaped and can be seen on youtube. Last February even though he cancelled the performances with CSO and Cleveland, he was still in town to oversee ...
by stickles
Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boulez withdraws from US dates
Replies: 5
Views: 708

Boulez withdraws from US dates

I just got email notification from the CSO that Boulez has to withdraw from his upcoming March dates in Chicago. The Cleveland Orchestra announced the same for their dates with Boulez citing health reasons. Since he cancellation last year, I don't know know how may concerts he has done. I surely hop...
by stickles
Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: It's Time For Dale Clevenger To Retire From C.S.O.
Replies: 18
Views: 2978

Re: It's Time For Dale Clevenger To Retire From C.S.O.

Update on Dale Clevenger:

http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/23763.html

Looks like the rumor that he will retire at the end of this season may indeed be true.
by stickles
Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist to Watch: Daniil Trifonov
Replies: 5
Views: 678

Re: Pianist to Watch: Daniil Trifonov

Also saw him doing Tchaik with CSO and Dutoit a few months back. Unfortunately it was not a good performance. I was not happy about the fact that he refused to take his foot off the pedal the entire evening. There were problems with the tuning/voicing of the piano too, so maybe he was frazzled by th...
by stickles
Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Finally, some news about Golijov.
Replies: 13
Views: 1446

Re: Finally, some news about Golijov.

I used to be inspired by people, to conceive of music as a theater of sounds. I find this quote quite poignant, as he was branded a plagerist by the press a couple of years ago. I still remember attending a concert performance of Ainadamar some years ago. Unfortunately it will be difficult to re-in...
by stickles
Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: It's Time For Dale Clevenger To Retire From C.S.O.
Replies: 18
Views: 2978

Re: It's Time For Dale Clevenger To Retire From C.S.O.

I attend the CSO concert almost on a weekly basis. The hit/miss ratio for Clevenger's playing is alarming. Because of the dry acoustics in the hall, and because the entire horn section goes for broke every time they play (and yes that why we love them so much), every mistake he makes is exposed. 3 W...
by stickles
Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians begin strike
Replies: 13
Views: 1461

Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians begin strike

I am only a regular subscriber to the CSO, but I will predict that this thing is going to get settled in about a week, and the Carnegie opener will happen. I see the issue is not really about the money, but about equality and respect. The union will not allow a contract that when factoring in the ra...
by stickles
Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are the best seats....
Replies: 7
Views: 2343

Re: What are the best seats....

Lowe Balcony is always the the best choice: good sound and visuals. However avoid the first two rows, as the parapet wall may cut into your vision. Upper Balcony only the first row is acceptable to me sonically. Gallery: Tricky place. With conventional orchestra seating, the center, and left is alwa...
by stickles
Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MET HD: Reviewing the Experience
Replies: 9
Views: 1220

Re: MET HD: Reviewing the Experience

I have been to 2 screenings: Nixon in China and Anna Bolena. The theater I went to just opened a couple of years ago, and with very comfortable seats and up to date equipment. Unfortunately I still have reservations about my experience on both occasions. Nixon in China was going along fine until the...
by stickles
Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interview with CSO piano tuner
Replies: 7
Views: 783

Re: Interview with CSO piano tuner

Baldwin's pianos may be good, but the company lost its way in the '60s, diversified unwisely, filed for bankruptcy twice, and is now a subsidiary of the Gibson Guitar Corporation. Any time in the last 50 years would have been a good time to switch. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin_Piano_Company...
by stickles
Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interview with CSO piano tuner
Replies: 7
Views: 783

Interview with CSO piano tuner

I came across this article, and it reminded me of Lance. I am posting the link here for your reading pleasure.
http://timeoutchicago.com/music-nightli ... -interview
by stickles
Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fistfight at Chicago Symphony
Replies: 10
Views: 918

Re: Fistfight at Chicago Symphony

It gets all explained here, by none other than our esteemed neighbor and rival, Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony.
http://www.insidethearts.com/nondivisi/ ... -breaking/
:lol:
by stickles
Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fistfight at Chicago Symphony
Replies: 10
Views: 918

Re: Fistfight at Chicago Symphony

I was there. It happend in a private box, so no one would have known what happend other than those in that box. To the rest of the audience it was just a loud thud of a door being slammed. There was no shouting or yelling of any kind. Muti waited about half a minute to make sure all was well before ...
by stickles
Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Argerich and Lang Lang duet!
Replies: 11
Views: 2022

Re: Argerich and Lang Lang duet!

I am watching this at work with NO sound, and I nearly fell to the floor laughing becuase of LL's goofball faces.
by stickles
Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mariusz Kwiecień, Polish baritone
Replies: 9
Views: 1060

Re: Mariusz Kwiecień, Polish baritone

After having seen his Onegin and Count Almaviva, I agree with everything John F has said. Not just a fine singer, he is born for the stage.
by stickles
Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: most definitions
Replies: 17
Views: 1099

Re: most definitions

ok, give us a hint, how many definitions are we talking about? anyway, if it is in any way music related, I would say bar.
by stickles
Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Attn West Coast
Replies: 1
Views: 355

Attn West Coast

I just came back from a second helping of the Schubert/Clyne program by CSO/MUTI. One word to describe it: STUPENDOUS!
CSO is taking this program and the one from last week (Honegger/Bates/Franck) on tour to California starting next Tuesday. Do not miss it.
by stickles
Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: orchestration quiz
Replies: 10
Views: 736

Re: orchestration quiz

Concert staples? I guess you don't mean Ameriques, which is the fist thing that pops up in my mind. The second would be The Rite of Spring.
by stickles
Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Left Unfinished And Completed Posthumously
Replies: 28
Views: 3751

Re: Left Unfinished And Completed Posthumously

For nearly half a century, Alban Berg's Lulu was left unfinished. He took time away from his opera to write his violin concerto, only to succum to the poisonous effects of a bug sting before he was able to complete the final act of Lulu. He had first 2 acts and some portions of the 3rd act completed...
by stickles
Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Guardian: Why There Are So Few Female Composers
Replies: 6
Views: 694

Re: Guardian: Why There Are So Few Female Composers

Since the mid 80's, the local band here in Chicago has had a composer in residence. So far 6 have been appointed: John Corigliano, Shulamit Ran, Augusta Reed Thomas, Mark Anthony Turnage, Osvaldo Golijov, Mason Bates and Anna Clyne. 3 men and 3 women. I just heard back to back concerts with premiere...
by stickles
Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nathalie Stutzmann - contralto & conductor! (on DGG)
Replies: 1
Views: 384

Re: Nathalie Stutzmann - contralto & conductor! (on DGG)

Please do give us your impressions after hearing this. And thank you for pointing out the correct search on Amazon for the Schumann set. I was able to order a copy :)
by stickles
Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nathalie Stutzmann's Schumann lieder recordings
Replies: 3
Views: 1058

Re: Nathalie Stutzmann's Schumann lieder recordings

I have her Brahms lieder disc with Sodergren, and it's a gem. Difficiencies in her projection in a live setting should not stop one from enjoying her studio recordings. Is this Schumann set available on Amazon? I can't seem to find it.
by stickles
Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remembering the 80's: The Last Decade that Music Mattered
Replies: 30
Views: 2350

Re: Remembering the 80's: The Last Decade that Music Mattere

Portable cassette players which I preferred to the CD walkmans, because they were smaller, and didn't skip. Karajan, Solti, Bernstein, Giulini were still with us. Kleiber's new year concert Horowitz, Richter, Stern, Rostropovich. Mutter was still considered a prodigy, but then there came Kissin and ...
by stickles
Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions on Gerhard Oppitz?
Replies: 15
Views: 1827

Re: Opinions on Gerhard Oppitz?

Never listened to his recordings, but heard him live once with Muti/CSO doing Martucci's Piano Concerto 2. Throughout the entire affair I wish another pianist were playing, maybe a Lisitsa or Feltsman, you know people with real "balls". Lang Lang would have done a much better job. Oppitz played all ...
by stickles
Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Discoveries of quotations and references
Replies: 9
Views: 1223

Re: Discoveries of quotations and references

Indeed a lot of movies quote other tunes in their sound tracks. However, I always feel somewhat indignant when I hear Mahler 8 in Schindler's List, since it is always credited to John Williams as an original theme.
by stickles
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tempos: Why Are They Always Too Slow ?
Replies: 23
Views: 2935

Re: Tempos: Why Are They Always Too Slow ?

That's easy: slower tempi = fewer pieces needed to fill out a concert program! :lol: many mistakenly equate slowness with profundity. as orchestras get larger and larger, coordination problems may lead to slower tempi. However, personally I don't think we are in a slow age of music. We are equally b...
by stickles
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Discoveries of quotations and references
Replies: 9
Views: 1223

Discoveries of quotations and references

One of the joys of music for me is to discover of music quotations and references among different composers and compositions. The fact remains that music quotations are everywhere (some more obvious than others) and to uncover one usually deepens one's understanding of that composer and his/her work...
by stickles
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gilbert stops Mahler's 9th to confront a cellphone user
Replies: 46
Views: 4236

Re: Gilbert stops Mahler's 9th to confront a cellphone user

All things considered, maybe the house manager should have stepped in at some point and take charge, especially if the offender is not responding to correct the situation? As for the unwanted noises in the auditorium, there is nothing worse than a hearing aid on steroids. I once had to sit through a...
by stickles
Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most memorable performance
Replies: 15
Views: 1775

Re: Most memorable performance

Kissin playing Brahms PC 1 with CSO/Dutoit a few years ago had the most impact on me recently. This was after Andras Schiff's heartaching redition of the 3rd mvmt of Schumann's Fantasy in a recital a few month before. Opera wise, Billy Budd at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2002 in a McVicar producti...
by stickles
Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Greatest Conductor of the 20th Century?
Replies: 40
Views: 5748

Re: Greatest Conductor of the 20th Century?

Well there has got to be a difinitive answer stastically. No offense to the C. Kleiber fans, I propose to add the total number of concert performances, opera performaces, and recordings in each catagory for each of the candidates starting from age 45 to 75 (or active years after reaches 45), and tak...
by stickles
Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Have recordings/TV hampered live concert attendance?
Replies: 3
Views: 519

Re: Have recordings/TV hampered live concert attendance?

There is no doubt that recorde media has turned some people away from the concert hall. And I know people who have replaced their opera subsciptions with MET HD broadcasts. I'd imagine for many music lovers it is just simple ecconomics. However I'd also presume that when you reach a certain age grou...
by stickles
Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is the attendances of your local concerts?
Replies: 18
Views: 1639

Re: How is the attendances of your local concerts?

I read about the new Kauffman Center in Kansas City on commandopera.com. It seems to be a really nice venue, with very handsome achitecture inside. I hope the buzz it has generated will go a long way.
by stickles
Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is the attendances of your local concerts?
Replies: 18
Views: 1639

How is the attendances of your local concerts?

So far this season, I have been to all but one progam offere by the Chicago Symphony at Orchestra Hall. So far every program has been an artistic success to a varying degree. However I am really saddened to see that our orchestra is now playing to half empty halls. I doubt some of the concerts even ...
by stickles
Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Philharmonic Seeks New Manager
Replies: 4
Views: 506

Re: NY Philharmonic Seeks New Manager

I think they may be going about it the wrong way, or information is leaked to the media prematurely. Unlike being a music director where it is usually a 2-3 month committment to the orchestra every year, a manager is a really full time job. They need to find out who is really interested first before...
by stickles
Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your thoughts on Brahms' Op. 116 to 119
Replies: 43
Views: 4921

Re: Your thoughts on Brahms' Op. 116 to 119

As miniatures go, 119/3 is an absolute gem , it allways puts a smile on my face every time I listen to it.
by stickles
Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Titans Clash over a Mere Cadenza [Grimaud & Abbado]
Replies: 37
Views: 3245

Re: Titans Clash over a Mere Cadenza

A couple of seasons ago, she was to perform the Emporer in Chicago, but she thought she was playing the 4th. She learned of her mistake from an interviewer two weeks in advance of the concert date, and cancelled, citing that she didn't have enough time to perpare for the Emporer.
by stickles
Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gustavo Dudamel
Replies: 21
Views: 1540

Re: Gustavo Dudamel

I have not heard any of the his recordings nor broadcasts, but I have attended four concerts with him (two with Chicago Symphony, one with LA, and one with Simon Bolivar). First of all, it is an entirely different experience attending a concert, as I can easily get caught up in all the excitements, ...
by stickles
Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gustavo Dudamel
Replies: 21
Views: 1540

Re: Gustavo Dudamel

My advice with GD is to stick to 20th century repertoire concerts, and let older guest conductors be your choice for Brahms, Beethoven, et al. Just my instinct. I certainly hope that he takes your advice... :wink: My own advice for myself is simpler than that... don't go to any Dudamel concerts. He...
by stickles
Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Titans Clash over a Mere Cadenza [Grimaud & Abbado]
Replies: 37
Views: 3245

Re: Titans Clash over a Mere Cadenza

Magnetism also repulses. It's two magnets in this case.
by stickles
Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karajan Was Tutored By Joseph Goebbels ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1241

Re: Karajan Was Tutored By Joseph Goebbels ?

The highlight of this chicago seaon for me so far is not any of the CSO concerts, but the Music of the Baroque (MOB) concert under their music director Jane Glover. MOB is not a period ensemble, but a chamber orchestra made up with player in the CSO and the Lyric Opera. They tend to focus on baroque...
by stickles
Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink Returning TO New York Philharmonic Next Month
Replies: 7
Views: 654

Re: Haitink Returning TO New York Philharmonic Next Month

Haitiank is currently in Chicago. He turned in a sublime Mahler 4 last week, and this week is Haydn's The Creation which he is performing for the first time. There was a chair on the podium for him to rest between the movements, but he looked fine, and conducted standing the entire evening. Haitink ...
by stickles
Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'm page-turning for Hilary Hahn's pianist Saturday
Replies: 20
Views: 2087

Re: I'm page-turning for Hilary Hahn's pianist Saturday

Hey, I am suer you'll have a blast. I went to their recitial last sunday in Chicago, and it was a pretty fun affair. She played 15 of the new pieces. They are a bit uneven, but all are short so no harm done even if some of them don't live up to the standards of their peers. Lisitsa is always in a ma...
by stickles
Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Symphony in red
Replies: 8
Views: 817

Chicago Symphony in red

It's not the end of the world, but alarming nonetheless. http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/8308033-421/cso-posts-a-deficit-for-last-season.html I wonder what the lost ticket revenue would be with all those cancellations. Of course the Cleveland Orchestra concert was a big deal because they calle...
by stickles
Sat Oct 08, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Phil's union authorizes strike
Replies: 10
Views: 1115

Re: NY Phil's union authorizes strike

It's sad there will be more cases like this across the nation, e.g. one of the other CSOs (Colorado), anybody? But I bet this one is going to get resolved pretty soon. One thing though, to say musicians will leave the orchestra for Boston, Chicago or LA are just empty threats, and it doesn't make th...
by stickles
Sat Oct 08, 2011 1:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martucci? Gerard Oppitz?
Replies: 4
Views: 691

Re: Martucci? Gerard Oppitz?

Thanks guys. I enjoyed the youtube clips. Certainly confirms my suspicion that this music could be much more than what I heard in that concert. Opptiz seemed to be preoccupied with hitting the right notes than shaping the music. Maybe he just had an off night. The CSO broadcasts are usually very goo...
by stickles
Sat Oct 08, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martucci? Gerard Oppitz?
Replies: 4
Views: 691

Martucci? Gerard Oppitz?

Went to an interesting concert last night at the CSO. Muti repeated a program that was to be the very last concert Mahler conducted before he died. Gerard Oppitz was the soloist in Martucci's piano concerto #2. The performance was difficult to take, especially in the gargantuan 1st movement, where I...