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by THEHORN
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: bard summer opera the demon
Replies: 9
Views: 161

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: The Cleveland Orchestra marks its 100th this week at Carnegie Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 492

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: 230

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: 251

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: 623

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: 284

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 ...
by THEHORN
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Exhausted by Harmony, Schoenberg Found Atonality
Replies: 10
Views: 695

Re: Exhausted by Harmony, Schoenberg Found Atonality

John, unfortunately, Dawn Upshaw has been fighting breast cancer in recent years , which explains her increasing rarity in public . I hope she will recover fully .
by THEHORN
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composer Anagrams
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Re: Composer Anagrams

Glad you liked these ! I got them from another classical music forum which shall remain nameless .
by THEHORN
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composer Anagrams
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Composer Anagrams

I found these very clever composer anagrams on another classical music forum which shall remain nameless . Eve forks pierogi : Sergei Prokofiev . Each Klutz honks a siren : Karlheinz Stockhausen . Hi , uglier incubi : Luigi Cherubini . Free Bulgaria : Gabriel Faure . Dank innovator : Antonin Dvorak ...
by THEHORN
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's week: a stupid review
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: The Met's week: a stupid review

It's been this way for as long I can remember with critics, not only Times ones, reviewing Met performances . The company is damned if it does and damned if it doesn't . No matter how any Met director or designer do a given opera, the critics whine and cavil. If a production is lush and traditional,...
by THEHORN
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 197
Views: 11049

Re: What I listened to today

OOPS ! I left the name of Hovhaness out !Sorry, my bad .
by THEHORN
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 197
Views: 11049

Re: What I listened to today

Lately I've been listening to some things borrowed from my local library on interloan . You can reserve anything from any of the Westchester country libraries , books, magazines, CDs and DVDs on line at your local library website within the country , and it comes to your library within about a week ...
by THEHORN
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony
Replies: 10
Views: 1054

Re: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony

Thomas has agreed to spent four weeks per season with the San Francisco symphony orchestra after he steps down . He's leaving big shoes to be filled .
by THEHORN
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: London Times On Concert Hall Mess In New York
Replies: 7
Views: 857

Re: London Times On Concert Hall Mess In New York

I agree . To call the New York Philharmonic a "second tier orchestra " is truly asinine . I haven't heard much of Van Zweden's conducting so I can't pass judgment on him, but he has become one of today's leading conductors ,is said to have done outstanding work with the Dallas symphony and raised it...
by THEHORN
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In questo foro, how do we feel about this?
Replies: 19
Views: 1576

Re: In questo foro, how do we feel about this?

Opera is about life . And in life, people do bad things to each other , whether men to women, women to men, men to men, or women to women . As far as I can tell, Puccini was no more of a misogynist than other famous composers .
by THEHORN
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "What the composer wants"
Replies: 34
Views: 2161

Re: "What the composer wants"

Toscanini was not a totally rigid and metronomic conductor by any means . Unfortunately, too many of his NBC symphony orchestra recordings, made late in life , seem that way . His earlier recordings with the New York Philharmonic are much more flexible as well as other live performances with other o...
by THEHORN
Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Operas, Ballets & Other Works About Trump
Replies: 24
Views: 1871

Re: New Operas, Ballets & Other Works About Trump

I missed two letters on one . Should be "Infidelio ". My bad .
by THEHORN
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Norma
Replies: 23
Views: 1454

Re: Tonight's Met Norma

Whether Bellini would have develop into a truly major and influential opera composer is moot . We'll never know. But I'm sure he COULD have become one .
by THEHORN
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Operas, Ballets & Other Works About Trump
Replies: 24
Views: 1871

New Operas, Ballets & Other Works About Trump

Here are some titles for operas, ballets, and other works to be written about Donald Trump, his family and administration : False Staff . The Desecration of the house . The Not So Merry Wives Of Trump . Lady Macbeth of the District of Washington . Melania Di Lammermoor . Swine Lake (To be drained ) ...
by THEHORN
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norma Called the Everest of Opera
Replies: 22
Views: 1318

Re: Norma Called the Everest of Opera

The legendary 19th century soprano Lilli Lehman , famous for Wagner, said this about the role of Norma " It's more difficult than the roles of Isolde and Brunnhilde combined ".
by THEHORN
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera News Annual Season Forecast
Replies: 6
Views: 785

Re: Opera News Annual Season Forecast

Lenny, I take it you don't subscribe to Opera News . But you should . You can also check their website . No opera fan should miss the September issue with the season preview .
by THEHORN
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera News Annual Season Forecast
Replies: 6
Views: 785

Re: Opera News Annual Season Forecast

I borrowed the CD of the Met Pearl Fishers from my local library last week and enjoyed it very much . The office didn't bother me. The production was set in the modern day , but there were no idiotic Eurotrash elements in it . I also got the Met's Prince Igor from my library , and the performance wa...
by THEHORN
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera News Annual Season Forecast
Replies: 6
Views: 785

Opera News Annual Season Forecast

In response to Len's profile of 11 operas being performed this season around the globe , I recently received the September issue of Opera News magazine , which has its annual preview of the opera season all over the globe . The sheer diversity of operatic repertoire scheduled is simply amazing . Eve...
by THEHORN
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Surprising Work Performed by a Conductor
Replies: 10
Views: 1243

Re: Surprising Work Performed by a Conductor

I like that Mahler 8th . Ozawa has recorded all nine Mahler symphonies with the BSO for Philips . I haven't heard 1,2, 7 and 9 , but the others are pretty good . Ozawa's Mahler is somewhat more restrained than some other Mahlerians, but not at all dull .
by THEHORN
Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Salzburg Festival director: who he?
Replies: 13
Views: 1810

Re: New Salzburg Festival director: who he?

I've only heard a few isolated bits Currentzis conducting on youtube, so I'll have to reserve judgment on him until I hear more . But he certainly sounds like a fascinating character and definitely not a boring conductor whatever you may think of his conducting . This show you the double standard so...
by THEHORN
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An American In Bayreuth
Replies: 6
Views: 787

Re: An American In Bayreuth

Apparently , it's easier to get an audience with the Pope than getting tickets to Bayreuth !


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by THEHORN
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Musical Terms
Replies: 2
Views: 661

New Musical Terms

Alleregretto : When you're 16 measures into a piece and suddenly realize you've set too fast a tempo . Angus Dei : To play with a divinely beefy tone . Sprizzicato : An indication to string players to produce a bright and bubbly sound . A Patella : Accompanies by knee-slapping . Aploggiatura : \A co...
by THEHORN
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...
Replies: 15
Views: 1707

Re: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...

Dvorak is a greater composer than many give him credit for being . Outside England, his onlyreally well known works are the familiar Enigma variations, one or two of the "Pomp and Circumstances " marches, the cello concerto , and maybe one or two other works, but many listeners are not familiar with...
by THEHORN
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: prager conductor santa monica sym
Replies: 4
Views: 697

Re: prager conductor santa monica sym

I haven't met Prager , but decades ago, my parents were close friends of his in New York . We may have met decades ago when we were young boys (he's a few years older than I am ),. but I don't remember . My mother remembered his mother Hilda, who died shortly before mine several years ago,into her n...
by THEHORN
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kosky Wagner Bayreuth
Replies: 5
Views: 788

Re: Kosky Wagner Bayreuth

There are many operas which can survive a gimmicky Eurotrash production, but Die Meistersinger is not one of them ! I shudder to think about this new production .
From what I've read about the previous Bayreuth Meistersinger directed by Katharina Wagner, it sounded grotesquely idiotic . Oy vey !
by THEHORN
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Dimitri Bard Fall of Communism Production
Replies: 4
Views: 701

Re: A Dimitri Bard Fall of Communism Production

I suppose this isn't going to be the worst kind of directorial meddling, as the two periods of Russian history, past and present are not totally unrelated , such as you find in so many updated productions . Back in the 90s there was a production of Boris Godunov conducted by Abbado set in the presen...
by THEHORN
Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance is back!
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Re: Lance is back!

Welcome back, Lance !
by THEHORN
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor
Replies: 11
Views: 1196

Re: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor

John I'm not sure Levine will be better than Nelsons in Tosca. I admire Levine greatly in a wide variety of repertoire,operatic and orchestral, but his health is now very precarious . I'm certainly rooting for him the same as everyone, but I see no reason why Nelsons could not have done an absolutel...
by THEHORN
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Denby on Arturo Toscanini + AT in '3D Sound' on YT
Replies: 11
Views: 1128

Re: Denby on Arturo Toscanini + AT in '3D Sound' on YT

Even though Denby is best known as a film critic , he has been a classical music lover for his entire life, and is quite knowledgable about it . He has made some questionable statements about is such as "The New York Philharmonic's repertoire has changed little in the past 50 years ," even though it...
by THEHORN
Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Complete Columbia Bernstein Mahler on Vinyl
Replies: 1
Views: 485

Re: Complete Columbia Bernstein Mahler on Vinyl

I'm so accustomed to CDs I don't think I would ever want to go back to LPs . Who needs pops, clicks, the constant risk of scratching them, having to change them after only 20 to 25 minutes etc ?
by THEHORN
Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dmitri Tcherniakov’s Carmen AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Replies: 5
Views: 712

Re: Dmitri Tcherniakov’s Carmen AIX-EN-PROVENCE

OOPS ! This sounds like of one the hokiest productions I've ever heard of . Please pardon my spelling . I'm recovering from a cataract operation .
by THEHORN
Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dmitri Tcherniakov’s Carmen AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Replies: 5
Views: 712

Re: Dmitri Tcherniakov’s Carmen AIX-EN-PROVENCE

This sounds like one of the hokiest opera productions I've ever hear dog . But I'll reserve judgment on it until I can see it , although I'm not sure if it will come out on DVD .
by THEHORN
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Toscanini biography -- Yikes!
Replies: 17
Views: 2101

Re: New Toscanini biography -- Yikes!

In his later years when he conducted the NBC symphony , Toscanini's repertoire was rather limited and conservative, but in his earlier years he regularly conducted new works of many then contemporary composers , especially Italian composers who are pretty much forgotten today such as Giuseppe Martuc...
by THEHORN
Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Zukofsky, violinist and conductor, dead at 73
Replies: 14
Views: 1645

Re: Paul Zukofsky, violinist and conductor, dead at 73

According to the Times obituary , Zukofsky was a very difficult, cantankerous character whowas not easy to get along with and who disparaged more famous and conventional violin contemporaries of his such as Perlman and Zukerman .
by THEHORN
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Böhm, conductor - lots of recordings!
Replies: 10
Views: 1414

Re: Karl Böhm, conductor - lots of recordings!

Maestrorob, I remember Bohm's VPO DG set of the Beethoven symphonies all the way back from the LP era , and as far as I am concerned, it's anything but lackluster ! These are some of the finest recordings of these works I've ever heard . Vigorous but not hard-driven , powerful and weighty but never ...
by THEHORN
Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Major Article on Why Alan Gilbert Left the NYPO
Replies: 10
Views: 1467

Re: Major Article on Why Alan Gilbert Left the NYPO

Interesting article, but the title is really stupid . It implies that the NY Phil. needed to be "saved " whatever that is . I wonder if an editor came up with the title . If so, he needs to be reprimanded , possibly even fired . This reminds me of the stupid name for the famous or infamous article b...
by THEHORN
Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 43
Views: 5217

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

Tennstedt was not music director of the famous Dresden State opera, but another, secondaryDresden company , the Municipal opera of Dresden if I remember correctly . A set of all nine Beethoven symphonies live with the London Philharmonic has recently been issued , but I can't recall the label . It's...
by THEHORN
Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 7
Views: 942

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Happy birthday indeed ,Lance !
by THEHORN
Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alan Gilbert: retrospective view
Replies: 14
Views: 1500

Re: Alan Gilbert: retrospective view

I haven't heard enough of Gilbert's conducting to evaluate his overall tenure with the New York Philharmonic, but the few performances by him I've seen have been quite favorable , and Iwould like to hear more of him . I certainly admire his commitment to contemporary music and out of the way reperto...
by THEHORN
Thu May 18, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Curse Of Tone Deafness
Replies: 10
Views: 1681

Re: The Curse Of Tone Deafness

This is odd, because from all reports, Pope Francis is a big opera fan .
by THEHORN
Tue May 16, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Putin How's His Legato
Replies: 1
Views: 550

Re: Putin How's His Legato

Putin plays Trump much better than he plays the piano !
by THEHORN
Mon May 08, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met Opera by the Numbers
Replies: 13
Views: 1418

Re: The Met Opera by the Numbers

John , the Met orchestra is very well paid , about as well as any of the other top American orchestras . I don't know what the current minimum salary is, but it's something many orchestral musicians would kill for .
by THEHORN
Mon May 08, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nabucco PBS Reminder
Replies: 3
Views: 564

Re: Nabucco PBS Reminder

Not too long ago, I saw a DVD of a production of Nabucco directed by Barrie Koskie . It was almost a caricature of Eurotrash , and so wacky I actually had fun ! The cast and chorus are in what looks like 1940s dress and Nabucco's daughter Fenena has a taxidermied monkey on her shoulder ! The chorus ...
by THEHORN
Tue May 02, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Give us More Meyerbeer
Replies: 24
Views: 2224

Re: Give us More Meyerbeer

There's a DVD of Meyerbeer's oddball opera "Dinorah " from the opera house in Compiegne, France several years ago . This is an opera which features goats, yes coats in the cast, as the title character is a shepherdess . The so-called "shadow aria " of Dinorah used to be a showpiece for coloratura so...
by THEHORN
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Reger fans
Replies: 7
Views: 1082

Re: For Reger fans

Another Reger work which I like very much is the "Variations on a theme by Johann Adam Hiller " for orchestra , which is one of his most appealing and accessible works . It's a sparkling and inventive piece . I have the excellent recording by Franz Konwitschny and the Gewandhaus orchestra on Berlin ...