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by maestrob
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4039
Views: 790971

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71LUQhiZXrL._SX522_.jpg Zhu Xiaou-Mei has been quietly making extraordinarily good recordings while teaching in France for nearly a decade now, and this is one of her best. The innocence and purity she brings to Bach's French Suites resonates with me...
by maestrob
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4039
Views: 790971

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71%2BV362-x6L._SX522_.jpg When Karl Goldmark first appeared on the scene in 1865, he attracted attention with his chamber works, then his Rustic Wedding Symphony and an opera The Queen of Sheba. Throughout his career he was a friend of Brahms and an ...
by maestrob
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernard Haitink - last concerts
Replies: 8
Views: 166

Re: Bernard Haitink - last concerts

Lovely, lovely report. We should all retire and say farewell in such a way! 8)
by maestrob
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 39
Views: 7843

Re: Summer meet-up

Just reviving this thread to confirm our Summer of 2019 CMG meet-up will be happening a week from today, Saturday June 22, starting at 2:00PM at the Pomodoro Rosso restaurant, favorite of Seinfeld fans!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there! :D
by maestrob
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Jupiter Symphony - again
Replies: 5
Views: 87

Re: The Jupiter Symphony - again

Enjoy! My list of essential Mozart is perhaps longer than yours (or anybody's), and it definitely includes the 39th symphony. This was the last of Mozart's big 4 that I heard, in a concert when I was 15. I could hardly believe how beautiful it is, in quite a different way from the other late sympho...
by maestrob
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philharmonic and Met Go Outside
Replies: 1
Views: 44

Re: Philharmonic and Met Go Outside

It seems a darn shame that now that the MET has no competition from La Selva all they can provide for their best singers is a piano recital!
by maestrob
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trying To Get Rid of Post I put in Wrong Place
Replies: 13
Views: 134

Re: Trying To Get Rid of Post I put in Wrong Place

lennygoran wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:38 pm
barney wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:54 pm
Good luck with that Len. I try every day not to blunder and every day I fail.
But I feel a bit mean for putting you to so much grief. It was only a joke. :(
Barney why not come back to NYC and we can discuss this further! Len :lol:
Second the motion! 8) :D
by maestrob
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Jupiter Symphony - again
Replies: 5
Views: 87

Re: The Jupiter Symphony - again

My goodness, John, you are up early, or is it very late? :D I will listen to and absorb your posts. I have admired, respected and loved Mozart's last two symphonies from a very early age, along with his fourth Violin Concerto and bassoon concerto, the latter of which is rarely played (IIRC mine was ...
by maestrob
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernard Haitink - last concerts
Replies: 8
Views: 166

Re: Bernard Haitink - last concerts

Speaking of van Zweden, his recording of Le Sacre in NY received good reviews (4 1/2 stars in BBC Magazine). I have yet to hear it, so can't comment, and remember that you saw the live concert and were not impressed, John.
by maestrob
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernard Haitink - last concerts
Replies: 8
Views: 166

Re: Bernard Haitink - last concerts

Haitink has not been a favorite conductor in what I've heard of him over the years. He tends toward slowness (Sea Symphony & Shostakovich IV) and his Mahler recordings lack energy. OTOH, he made an excellent case for Bartok's second violin concerto w/Szeryng, and Beethoven's Piano Concerti w/Perahia...
by maestrob
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andsnes,Hamelin 2-piano recital
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: Andsnes,Hamelin 2-piano recital

The sound on this was a bit distant, but the playing was excellent! What a fine team they make! I actually thought Sacre du printemps was the best-played piece on the program, but maybe that's because I'm not a fan of the Debussy. Thanks for sharing, Rach3.
by maestrob
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BP sponsorship pollutes free opera
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: BP sponsorship pollutes free opera

How is it sensible to condemn a company, whatever its faults, for an action that clearly benefits everyone with no downside to them? John thanks-I'm with you on this--you put it so well! Regards, Len For decades, Exxon-Mobil supported Masterpiece Theater on PBS and no-one raised a peep about them. ...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR "Essential " piano recordings
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: WQXR "Essential " piano recordings

I don't know where to begin! How could they leave out Gieseking's Debussy, or Richter's WTC?????? Certainly there are interesting discs here (I'm glad to see Perahia's & Uchida's Mozart, Brendel's Beethoven), but where are Arrau's Beethoven, Ashkenazy's Rachmaninoff, Van Cliburn's Tchaikovsky, De La...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nezét-Séguin Brings Both of His Orchestras to Carnegie Hall
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Yannick Nezét-Séguin Brings Both of His Orchestras to Carnegie Hall

I envy you, Hank, for having heard Nezet-Seguin live. Sadly, I cannot attend live performances because my sleep disorder interferes, but from what I've seen on TV and heard on CD, Nezet-Seguin is as electrifying in repertoire as diverse as Dvorak, Bizet, & Verdi, as he is in Mahler & Bruckner. His e...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 732
Views: 356497

Re: What I listened to today

To tell the truth, I haven't listened to radio in years, preferring to have control over my listening from my CD collection. Our TV cable company has 2 channels dedicated to classical music with zero commercials, but their taste in recordings leaves me wanting to change the channel (Dohnanyi/Vienna ...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rosbaud conducting Chopin Piano Concertos 1/2
Replies: 1
Views: 86

Re: Rosbaud conducting Chopin Piano Concertos 1/2

The great Hans Rosbaud's ongoing series on the German SWR Classsics label has presented the two Chopin piano Concertos [19076, 68:46]. Both played with the Southwest Radio Orchestra of Baden-Baden. No. 1 (r. 1961) w/Hans Richter-Haaser, pianist; No. 2 (r.1951) w/Nikita Magaloff, pianist. The Magalo...
by maestrob
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Greetings From Francesca
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: Greetings From Francesca

Lance wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:13 pm
Cesca's is a most interesting newsletter. I'm anxious to try out that recipe!
Too hot for me! I can't eat anything with hot peppers now: I'd end up in the hospital! .....And somehow, eggplant and I have a disagreement, along with tomato sauce.......
by maestrob
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Balada's "Christopher Columbus" Opera - Caballé
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: Balada's "Christopher Columbus" Opera - Caballé

Interesting. This was issued ten years ago on CD, but I've not heard of the work until now. As a caveat, by this time Carreras was struggling with his high notes after singing Radames with HVK and undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. I'm curious, Lance, what did you think of this piece?
by maestrob
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What's the opinion of the voice of Natalie Dessay?
Replies: 6
Views: 147

Re: What's the opinion of the voice of Natalie Dessay?

Her "Fille du regiment" and Lucia at the MET were both outstanding, IMHO. But Schubert? I, too, have my doubts.
by maestrob
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A $55 Million Gift Aims to Ensure the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Recovery
Replies: 5
Views: 147

Re: A $55 Million Gift Aims to Ensure the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Recovery

Rach3 wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:14 am
barney wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:57 am
Wonderful bit of generosity. But still only a stop-gap, even if a long one.
$50M just isn't what it used to be.
Yep! It just about covers the cost of a luxury apartment here in Manhattan. After that, the maintenance is up to you!
by maestrob
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 482

Re: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera

Pavarotti had PRESENCE, which made him a great singer in spite of his shortcomings. I have a home video of him taped in Montreal (now thankfully transferred to DVD) in December of 1987 when he was in his prime singing Christmas selections live in concert that I admire greatly. Other treasures includ...
by maestrob
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 11
Views: 201

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Yes, fellow Gemini, many happy returns of the day!
by maestrob
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Europa News
Replies: 3
Views: 127

Re: Opera Europa News

Opera America is indeed a valuable organization for professionals in the field. My competition and my studio were listed in the annual guide they publish, and one of their board members was also a judge in my competition.
by maestrob
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Argerich live,1978
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: Argerich live,1978

Rach3 wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:48 am
Per BBC Magazine : " The shaping intellect is always in control, even when the intensity is white hot."
Well-put. An excellent recital! Thanks for finding it. :D
by maestrob
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 732
Views: 356497

Re: What I listened to today

Thanks for those. It's a shame that Decca recorded only Leinsdorf's Walkure with George London, but at the time they were also recording Culshaw/Solti and decided not to compete, I suppose.
by maestrob
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone
Replies: 13
Views: 419

Re: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone

I resent this greatly, typical high-handed Apple. I use iTunes to back up my phone, for example. A friend has burnt all my CDs, nearly 10,000, and put them on an NAS (don't ask me) which I access via iTunes. When I listened to podcasts I downloaded them through iTunes. My next phone won't be Apple....
by maestrob
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniel Barenboim’s Contract Is Extended Despite Bullying Accusations
Replies: 3
Views: 216

Re: Daniel Barenboim’s Contract Is Extended Despite Bullying Accusations

Great music-making ain't beanbag. Sometimes, in preparation, a conductor has to raise his/her voice. It's that simple. As to "a climate of fear," well, that exists in every musical organization I've known, but it should not be excessive. Just enough to keep everyone on edge so each musician plays an...
by maestrob
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 732
Views: 356497

Re: What I listened to today

jserraglio wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:48 pm
maestrob wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:13 am
Never heard of Hans Hopf
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Hopf

A thumbs-down take on Hans Hopf in the 1960s: http://littlemurphydog-sacrifice.blogsp ... f.html?m=1
Thanks for the links! 8)
by maestrob
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 482

Re: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera

John F wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:29 am
A lady asked at the library's information desk where the movie would be showing on Friday, and we looked everywhere we could think of online and couldn't find out.
Try googling "Pavarotti documentary." There are two theatres in Manhattan that are showing it: The Paris theater is one of them.
by maestrob
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone
Replies: 13
Views: 419

Re: Apple's I -Tunes to be gone

I'm a dinosaur who refuses to do downloads, so this doesn't affect me. I want a physical product that I OWN, not some ephemeral file in the cloud that could disappear at a whim. CDs come with artwork, booklets, and a feeling of permanence like a good hardbound book. Neither format will go out of sty...
by maestrob
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 482

Re: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera

As James Levine once said in a TV interview, "Thank God we had them both!"
by maestrob
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 732
Views: 356497

Re: What I listened to today

John F wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:03 am
That had the potential of being an outstanding Ring cycle if not for two of the participants: Hans Hopf and Erich Leinsdorf.
Now, really! I have Leinsdorf's Walkure on CD, and he does it quite well. :? Never heard of Hans Hopf, however......
by maestrob
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled
Replies: 5
Views: 291

Re: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled

Well, I'm glad nobody's blaming attendance revenue or Alsop's musical quality at least. Now that the economy has recovered from the crash of 2008, maybe some donors will come up with chunks of cash for the endowment. The truth is that orchestras are expensive, and less and less relevant as interest ...
by maestrob
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reynaldo Hahn: Piano Quintet in F# Minor
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Re: Reynaldo Hahn: Piano Quintet in F# Minor

John,

The things you find! I enjoyed that!
Thanks!
by maestrob
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG is back online
Replies: 2
Views: 227

Re: CMG is back online

John F wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:15 am
Good going, Lance.
Yes, thank-you! 8)
by maestrob
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Unpublished Cziffra recital
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Re: Unpublished Cziffra recital

Am listening now. The sound is acceptable: it's obviously an amateur recording using either a portable reel-to-reel deck or a cassette in stereo. It sounds like the recordist was sitting in the front row, and has edited out the applause. Cziffra is in fine form throughout. Thanks for posting this ra...
by maestrob
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled
Replies: 5
Views: 291

Re: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled

Back in 1987, when David Zinman was conducting the Baltimore Symphony, PBS broadcast a fabulous mix of jazz and classical music coming from Baltimore, featuring the likes of Mel Torme, Dianne Schuur and Wynton Marsalis in cabaret performances interspersed with Richard Stolzman (clarinet) and Mel Tor...
by maestrob
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ying Fang, a rising star at the Metropolitan Opera
Replies: 1
Views: 149

Re: Ying Fang, a rising star at the Metropolitan Opera

Good peek at the life of a singer. It sounds rather sad and lonely, this need to be silent to conserve the voice: not all singers live like that. Her dedication is admirable.
by maestrob
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Unpublished Cziffra recital
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Re: Unpublished Cziffra recital

Lance wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 7:19 pm
Worked for me, too. You might try going into Firefox or Microsoft's Edge and see if it will play for you. What are you using now to open these sites?
Am using Chrome, don't have Firefox. Tried with Microsoft and it worked! Thanks for the suggestion, Lance. :)
by maestrob
Fri May 31, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Unpublished Cziffra recital
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Re: Unpublished Cziffra recital

Rach3---- I have tried for a few times to get the Cziffra link to work, but it doesn't play. It just links to a page with small pictures of various programs, with Cziffra at the top; none of them play for me. Would love to hear this: can you check it out please and post a link that works? Thanks.......
by maestrob
Fri May 31, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Central Park Five” is now an opera.
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Re: The Central Park Five” is now an opera.

Thanks, Len!

It's a good thing this is happening in this day and age. 8)
by maestrob
Wed May 29, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Louis Schwizgebel plays Saint-Saens PC #5
Replies: 10
Views: 1503

Re: Pianist Louis Schwizgebel plays Saint-Saens PC #5

Young 20-something Swiss pianist Louis Schwizgebel live recently at the UK Hay Festival, “Ondine” from Ravel’s “Gaspard “ , Debussy’s “L’isle joyous”, and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures” complete. A pianist I follow , bravos here : https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0005gw0 Mostly very good, especially in ...
by maestrob
Wed May 29, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question for pop fans about "Barbara" (1930-97)
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Re: Question for pop fans about "Barbara" (1930-97)

In 2017, Erato/Warner issued a double CD album [57591, second CD is "Echo," a documentary of sorts] of songs by the French chanteuse 'Barbara'. It was pianist Alexandre Tharaud 's idea to do something in her honour and memory, which was borne out of his visit to the cemetery when she died. It took ...
by maestrob
Wed May 29, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Viscount Hidemaro Konoye, conductor
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: Viscount Hidemaro Konoye, conductor

The things you come up with, John! Thank-you :D.
by maestrob
Tue May 28, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Viscount Hidemaro Konoye, conductor
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: Viscount Hidemaro Konoye, conductor

Thanks, John: very interesting! I'd not heard of him before. Asian cultures have always taken to Western classical music, not only classical but jazz and even New Age (Look up Tomita's Debussy album as one of the more successful ventures in that genre: there are others.). Even Seiji Ozawa has had hi...
by maestrob
Mon May 27, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 732
Views: 356497

Re: What I listened to today

Grew up with the recording below: it's the only classical recording Skitch Henderson made IIRC, and it's a surefire winner. William Warfield was a client of mine at the NYAC during the 1980's, but he never autographed my CD because it was issued in 1990...... https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/...
by maestrob
Sun May 26, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Jiggy" Gardiner's pecadillo
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Re: 'Jiggy" Gardiner's pecadillo

barney wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 5:32 pm
Ah, a character! The sort we love to read about, so long as we don't have to work with them.
8) :lol:
by maestrob
Sun May 26, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Faust HD ROH Allentown Pa
Replies: 2
Views: 403

Re: Faust HD ROH Allentown Pa

Michael Fabiano, who sang Faust in that production has just recently released a debut album of late Donizetti and early Verdi, which received a great review from BBC Magazine: I plan on purchasing it.

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by maestrob
Sun May 26, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 732
Views: 356497

Re: What I listened to today

Leinsdorf/Boston - Strauss Ein Heldenleben 1962 RCA LP vinyl. An excellent recording by a conductor often dismissed in this country. The Japanese, connoisseurs of CM, have long since reissued it. Dismissed? Not by me! It wasn't Leinsdorf's fault that the Boston Symphony was in such sorry shape when...
by maestrob
Sun May 26, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For pianophiles - Vikingur Olafsson recital
Replies: 9
Views: 3827

Re: For pianophiles - Vikingur Olafsson recital

Just reviving this thread to note that Vikingur Olafsson's recent Bach album has won Record of the Year from BBC Magazine. A tremendous achievement, and enthusiastically supported by yours truly! (See my review elsewhere!)

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