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by THEHORN
Sun May 06, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don Quichotte
Replies: 6
Views: 299

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: 11
Views: 878

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: 4519

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: 4519

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: 1013

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: 1104

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: 1219

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: 714

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: 3103

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: 1572

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: 3103

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: 1522

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: 1522

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: 1522

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: 749

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: 4199

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: 4199

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: 1848

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: 1848

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: 1848

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: 969

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: 2723

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: 1056

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: 1908

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: 857

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: 516

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: 2075

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: 562

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: 1259

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: 629

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: 629

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: 21
Views: 2723

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: 386
Views: 42979

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: 386
Views: 42979

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: 1444

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: 1161

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: 2323

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: 3038

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: 2840

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: 2174

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: 2840

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: 1852

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: 1077

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: 1077

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: 1077

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: 1604

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: 2232

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: 979

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: 843

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: 2433

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...