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by THEHORN
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring
Replies: 8
Views: 117

Re: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring

Jbuck, I don't think the Met's repertoire is all that conservative . Within the past 20 years or so it as broadened and diversified its repertoire considerably , doing numerous operas you would never have expected them to do in its early years at Lincoln center . This year they're doing the US premi...
by THEHORN
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphony 5
Replies: 10
Views: 504

Re: Dvorak Symphony 5

This is a wonderful symphony , but sadly neglected because most conductors never bother to program any of the Dvorak symphonies beyond the last three . A pity . Audiences would love it if they got a chance to hear it live . And too many concertgoers don't want to hear anything other than their belov...
by THEHORN
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes This Week in Classical Music
Replies: 11
Views: 848

Re: NYTimes This Week in Classical Music

Good news - there is a new DVD of "Tsar Saltan " out from the Mariisky opera with Gergiev conducting . Must get this as soon as possible .
by THEHORN
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Merrill's books
Replies: 2
Views: 403

Re: Robert Merrill's books

Not too long ago , I was watching reruns of the Joan Rovers show on cable TV and she had Robert Merrill as a guest . He was a really funny guy and made all kinds of wisecracks . He had the timing of a first rate standup comedian ! I think he could have made a career as one .
by THEHORN
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again
Replies: 13
Views: 1004

Re: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again

Whatever his faults, Furtwangler was no Anti-Semite , and there is absolutely no evidence of him ever having Anti-Semitic sentiments . He enabled many Jewish musicians to escape Germany , and he he were an Anti-Semite, Yehudi Menuhin, who regularly collaborated with him on violin concertos and admir...
by THEHORN
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anton Rubinstein - a forgotten composer?
Replies: 17
Views: 716

Re: Anton Rubinstein - a forgotten composer?

I have the Naxos recording of his large scale "Ocean" symphony , which is about the length of a Mahler or Bruckner symphony , and airports to evoke the various world oceans and seas . It's certainly an interesting and even different work, but is somewhat repetitious . It's still well worth hearing, ...
by THEHORN
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .
Replies: 12
Views: 831

Re: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .

"The full blooded vitality of their conducting (Petrenko and Nelsons ) is certainly welcome in a time when there's not so much of it about " ? John, are you really suggesting that the work of most of the other conductors of the present day is "lacking in vitality ?" With all due respect, how can you...
by THEHORN
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .
Replies: 12
Views: 831

Re: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .

Actually, the two conductors are not related at all .
by THEHORN
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 37
Views: 1594

Re: Top orchestras

Ranking orchestras is such a futile and subjective thing . Asking which is the "best" is like asking which would cuisine is the best ? Chinese? French? Italian ? Japanese ? The Vienna Philharmonic can be difficult for some conductors to manage, but when it's at its best , you can't beat them ! I rem...
by THEHORN
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .
Replies: 12
Views: 831

Opera News Article On Krill Petrenko .

The July issue of Opera News has a really interesting article on Kirill Petrenko , the rather mysterious and elusive Russian conductor who is set to succeed Sir Simon Rattle as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, and who is currently music director of the Bavarian State opera . Petrenko avoi...
by THEHORN
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Frau ohne Schatten
Replies: 11
Views: 598

Re: Die Frau ohne Schatten

In the story, the reason why the empress cannot have children is because she is half human, and half member of the non-human spirit world . Her husband's fertility is not in question . In the end, her father Keikobad , ruler of the spirit world, grants her full humanity so she will be able to bear c...
by THEHORN
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brandon Ridenour, first-class trumpeter
Replies: 8
Views: 3153

Re: Brandon Ridenour, first-class trumpeter

Chris Martin, who had the difficult job of succeeding Herseth in Chicago but did an outstanding job, is now principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, succeeding Philip Smith , who is also a terrific trumpeter .
by THEHORN
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rattle in Berlin
Replies: 5
Views: 2110

Re: Rattle in Berlin

On the contrary , I've found Rattle's recordings of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler etc to be highly insightful and fresh .Nothing " weak" about them . I've never heard a bad performance form Rattle or one that seemed just ho hum . You can disagree with him about the interpretation of this or th...
by THEHORN
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian conductor Rozhdestvensky dead at 87
Replies: 30
Views: 8688

Re: Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestevsky dies at 88

Sad news . He was certainly one of the foremost conductors of our time . His repertoire was huge, by no means limited to Russian music . Among other things he recorded the complete symphony of Bruckner in Moscow , including the various different extent revisions . He conducted English music , and ev...
by THEHORN
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A live Bruckner 5th
Replies: 5
Views: 5231

Re: A live Bruckner 5th

Blomstedt has already recorded a Bruckner cycle with his former orchestra, the Gewandhaus, but I can't recall the label . Haven't heard it but would definitely like to . He has also recorded the 6th for Decca with the San Fransisco symphony , and a couple of others with the Staatskapelle, Dresden , ...
by THEHORN
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 27362

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Also, while I enjoyed the get together at the Atlantic Grill, it was pretty loud because it was filled with customers and I had some difficulty with conversation because of this . At one of the previous dinners , we had a separate room where there was no difficulty with conversation .
by THEHORN
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 27362

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

I'd love to attend but transportation would be a problem, as I'm confined to a wheelchair andmy neurological condition which has made me unable to walk has been getting worse gradually .
by THEHORN
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New book on Leonard Bernstein
Replies: 3
Views: 4245

Re: New book on Leonard Bernstein

This is not only interesting but a weird co-incidence ! I once answer an ad to be assistant to a world class musician in the zNY times around 1981 , and was called in for an interview with Bernstein's business manager Harry Kraut , and lo and behold I found out it was for being his assistant ! I did...
by THEHORN
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heard an great Mahler Sym #9!!
Replies: 6
Views: 6040

Re: Heard an great Mahler Sym #9!!

Daniel Gingrich is actually the acting principal horn of the CSO , and because principal when the legendary Dale Clevenger retired a few years ago . He used to be associate principal . Apparently, the orchestra has no intention of holding auditions for another principal horn . Muti is somewhat notor...
by THEHORN
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 8
Views: 4829

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Happy birthday, Lance !
by THEHORN
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Replies: 22
Views: 6308

Re: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

John, the Keilberth recording from the Bavarian State opera is from a live performance , although I hear that parts of it were possibly taken from the dress rehearsal .
by THEHORN
Mon May 28, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Zubin Mehta, conductor
Replies: 19
Views: 3760

Re: Zubin Mehta, conductor

I know this will be considered heretical by many , but I've long felt Mehta to be the most underrated and unjustly maligned conductor of our time . It's one thing not to like a particular conductor's work in general, but Mehta was treated like dirt by the music critics in New York when he was music ...
by THEHORN
Sun May 06, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don Quichotte
Replies: 6
Views: 983

Re: Don Quichotte

I've heard the Plasson with Van Damrecording and the earlier one conducted by Kazimierz Kord conducting on Decca and with Ghiaurov and Crsspin but haven't seen a staged production yet . I would certainly like to and the Met should definitely revive it . It's a beautiful opera and John, I would''t ca...
by THEHORN
Tue May 01, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein at 100
Replies: 13
Views: 7020

Re: Bernstein at 100

I don't agree about Mehta's tenure with the Philharmonic . In fact, the orchestra, especially the brass often sounded appallingly course under Bernstein and other conductors such as Mitropolous . Which is not to say they didn't do some terrific work with the orchestra . Mehta was treated in an unbel...
by THEHORN
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 39
Views: 8586

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

Have you heard his recording of the Reger Hiller variations on Berlin Classics with the Gewandhaus orchestra ? Absolutely first rate . His recordings of Der Fliegende Hollander and Tannhauser are also deservedly acclaimed .
by THEHORN
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 39
Views: 8586

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

Heck,Franz Konwitschny is very little known in America and I don't believe he ever appeared here . But he left some terrific recordings, such as his Beethoven symphonies with the Gewandhaus orchestra to name only one example . I recently heard it on youtube and recommend it highly . He was I believe...
by THEHORN
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A note to the classically insecure
Replies: 8
Views: 2192

Re: A note to the classically insecure

Excellent article . I remember the commentary of Miles Hoffmann on an NPR classical music program whose name I don't recall offhand , and his explanations of classical music terminology etc were the kind which are extremely helpful to people who may like classical music but don't know much about it ...
by THEHORN
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Lets Us Down
Replies: 12
Views: 2166

Re: NYCO Lets Us Down

I don't think we can rule out the possibility of a Met production some time in the future . I'msure they could do it justice . I'm not familiar with the names of the cast other than Cokorinos. I got to know this wonderful opera long ago on LP from the excellent RCA recording with Cesare Siepi and An...
by THEHORN
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much music on discs can we really digest?
Replies: 18
Views: 2794

Re: How much music on discs can we really digest?

For me at least, one of the best things about classical CDs today is the incredible amount and variety of off-beat, out of the way repertoire which is so easily available . Why get your umpteenth recording of the nine Beethoven symphonies when you can the symphonies of Myaskovsky, Balakirev, Taneyev...
by THEHORN
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's "Lucia" w/Peretyatko & Grigolo
Replies: 11
Views: 1573

Re: Met's "Lucia" w/Peretyatko & Grigolo

Performances at the Met vary in quality, the same as with every opera house period . Sometimes a performance may be vocally lackluster and other times it may be superlative . And thishas always been true of opera performances . No mater how badly any Met singer of the present day may sing, I guarant...
by THEHORN
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and religion
Replies: 35
Views: 6079

Re: Bach and religion

Bach was required to use a variety of religious texts for the cantatas he composed ; this was part of his job as a Cantor and Kapellmeister . So we can't be sure he agreed with all the sentiments expressed in them . Therefore, we can't be sure he was as hostile to Catholicism as the tex in the cant ...
by THEHORN
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rosenkavalier Now Owned By Bavarian and Petrenko
Replies: 21
Views: 2780

Re: Rosenkavalier Now Owned By Bavarian and Petrenko

I wasn't there for this performance, although I would loved to have heard it . John, the Bavarian State orchestra, which also plays concerts, is a wonderful orchestra, no doubt about it . I recently say a youtube video showing the overture to the recent Munich Tannhauser production with Petrenko con...
by THEHORN
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and religion
Replies: 35
Views: 6079

Re: Bach and religion

Interesting article, but the claim about Bach allegedly having a "contempt for Judaism, Catholicism and Islam " as well as for "foreigners " strikes me as questionable . As far as I know, there is no evidence that Bach, devout as he was as a Lutheran, was this intolerant toward other religions or fo...
by THEHORN
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another conductor: Günter Wand
Replies: 20
Views: 3028

Re: Another conductor: Günter Wand

Damn autocorrect ! I didn't even notice this ! But my eyesight isn't fully recovered from a recent cataract removal surgery .
by THEHORN
Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another conductor: Günter Wand
Replies: 20
Views: 3028

Re: Another conductor: Günter Wand

OOPs ! I should have said "Once again I disagree with you John ."
by THEHORN
Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another conductor: Günter Wand
Replies: 20
Views: 3028

Re: Another conductor: Günter Wand

Once again, I disagree with you on everything . Wand was an outstanding conductor ; he was never a flashy interpreter, but neither was he in any way a "kapellmeister" in the negative or derogatory sense of the word . I recently borrowed the set of the Beethoven symphonies with the NDR symphony , whi...
by THEHORN
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More Roerich Stage Sets Needed at Met!
Replies: 7
Views: 1182

Re: More Roerich Stage Sets Needed at Met!

A couple of these paintings look like mountain landscapes from the Caucasus , which was not originally a part of Russia and has long been inhabited by a wide variety of indigenous Muslim mountain tribes such as the Chechens , Circassians and others .
by THEHORN
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Fires Levine
Replies: 43
Views: 7877

Re: Met Fires Levine

I didn't hear enough of Gilbert's work with the Philharmonic to form a definite opinion about him , or his work with other orchestras. But what I have hear has been very impressive , and I am very confident about him and the Elbephilharmonie in Hamburg, previously the NDR symphony orchestra in the n...
by THEHORN
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Fires Levine
Replies: 43
Views: 7877

Re: Met Fires Levine

MaestroB, I disagree with you about the New York Philharmonic . It has had great conductors since Bernstein, and they certainly gave many wonderful performances . Boulez, Mehta, Masur, Maazel - these aren't exactly chopped liver ! I heard some absolutely magnificent performances by the orchestra und...
by THEHORN
Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's new season announced
Replies: 22
Views: 3078

Re: Met's new season announced

Philippe Jordan is not as well known as Thielemann, Rattle, and Barenboim, but he's younger , and this may change . I've seen DVDs of him conducting Busoni' s Doktor Faust with the Zurich opera and Werher with eh Vienna State opera, and would recommend them to anyone . His work as music director of ...
by THEHORN
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's new season announced
Replies: 22
Views: 3078

Re: Met's new season announced

I'm disappointed to see only four new productions next season , but I'm curious about the new Nico Muhly opera, and I supposed it's not a bad idea to do a new Adriana, since the old one dates to before the Met moved to Lincoln Center , and some people really like this opera . They could have done mo...
by THEHORN
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's new season announced
Replies: 22
Views: 3078

Re: Met's new season announced

John, I would ver much like to see how Philippe Jordan conducts the Ring . He's a very gifted conductor and one of the finest Wagner conductors of the younger generation . I'm not familiar with Greer Grimsley, but I've heard highly enthusiastic reports of him in Wagner . We almost never seem to agre...
by THEHORN
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sony Box Set for Anniversary of Zurich Tonhalle
Replies: 5
Views: 1459

Re: Sony Box Set for Anniversary of Zurich Tonhalle

John, I haven't heard many recordings by the Tonhalle orchestra , mostly the ones with Zinman conducting , but at least under Zinman , it did not sound like a "second rate orchestra " to me . The playing on their Mahler cycle , in particular , and Beethoven under Zinman did not seem inferior to more...
by THEHORN
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's week: a stupid review
Replies: 21
Views: 3866

Re: The Met's week: a stupid review

I'm talking about music critics in general, not the New York Times , especially at the New Yorker and New York magazine (not currently ) . I've noticed a general critical hostility to the
Met regarding casting, conducting, sets , directors etc . You name it .
by THEHORN
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: bard summer opera the demon
Replies: 11
Views: 1599

Re: bard summer opera the demon

I have a live performance of this opera on CD from the Wexford festival in Ireland conducted by Alexander Anissimov , and have seen production of it from the Riga, Latvia opera . It's certainly an interesting opera , worth doing . The story deals with a demon who is weary of being evil and wants to ...
by THEHORN
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nikolai Sokoloff & the Cleveland Orchestra: Complete Recordings
Replies: 16
Views: 3011

Re: The Cleveland Orchestra marks its 100th this week at Carnegie Hall

I don't think "everybody pretty much sounds like everybody else ". I haven't had a s much chance to hear America's different orchestras and compare them in recent years , because, unfortunately, they have been making far fewer recordings , radio and TV broadcasts and telecasts are far less common th...
by THEHORN
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: kosky interview ny times
Replies: 8
Views: 1346

Re: kosky interview ny times

When I first saw this , I thought it read "kooky" interview in NY Times . Well, Koskie is a kooky opera director . I'm not opposed to a director and designer having a concept for any given opera , but I can't stand ones that are full of ridiculous arbitrary gimmicks . About a year or so I saw a DVD ...
by THEHORN
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Spano Will Leave the Atlanta Symphony After 20 Years
Replies: 2
Views: 743

Re: Spano Will Leave the Atlanta Symphony After 20 Years

I haven't heard a lot of Spano's conducting , buI was very much impressed with his DG recording of Osvaldo Golijov's opera "Ainadamar " with Dawn Upshaw . The Atlanta symphony is an excellent orchestra and I think there are quite a few distinguished conductors around who would be glad to be named it...
by THEHORN
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 4031

Re: Mahler Survey

There are so many outstanding recordings of Mahler symphonies I find it impossible to choose favorites among them . But this is true of so many other composers with me. Just to go alphabetically , all of these conductors have made memorable Mahler recordings: Abbado, Boulez Bernstein Barbirolli Chai...
by THEHORN
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Phil Review Safe and Predictable
Replies: 6
Views: 924

Re: NY Phil Review Safe and Predictable

Despite the HIP movement, mainstream orchestras do still perform music written before 1830 , and why not ? There is absolutely nothing wrong with this , and I for one actually find it refreshing to come back to the "wrong instruments ". I'm not opposed to HIP performances and recordings at all, and ...