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by maestrob
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In 1919, an Opera Tried to Heal a Broken Europe
Replies: 3
Views: 25

Re: In 1919, an Opera Tried to Heal a Broken Europe

Fascinating reading, Len, many thanks. I had no idea that Empress Zita had lobbied for a restoration in 1945: how interesting that would have made European history in the cold war! 8)
by maestrob
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trifonov's Rachmaninov: "Arrival" CD on DGG
Replies: 1
Views: 28

Re: Trifonov's Rachmaninov: "Arrival" CD on DGG

Thanks, Lance, for the alert. Trifonov is indeed quite wonderful, and at 82:00 he is also generous. Philadelphia was certainly Rachmaninov's favorite orchestra, even though he allowed quite large cuts to his Piano Concerto III when it was recorded. Am I correct in assuming that Trifonov and Nezet-Se...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schnabel/Szell/NYPO LvB PC # 3,live 1945
Replies: 19
Views: 1180

Re: Schnabel/Szell/NYPO LvB PC # 3,live 1945

I tend to agree regarding Kempff and van Kempen. I have both versions, too. The same with Kempff's two complete versions of the Beethoven piano sonatas. I prefer the mono version, and many others I know do, also. Agreed. Kempff by the early 60's had lost the fine technique that had served him well ...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4081
Views: 1014490

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

Strauss's own recordings of his music tend toward understatement, though how he conducted that music when it wasw new we can't tell. The Strauss recordings are informative and I respect them but I don't often listen to them. Yes, that's true for me also. I wonder how much R. Strauss's mild-mannered...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Filming the Show: Pardon the Intrusion? Or Punish It?
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: Filming the Show: Pardon the Intrusion? Or Punish It?

One thing the article doesn't mention is that halls have strict rules about recording concerts that are rigorously enforced by union contract. When I would rent Carnegie Hall for my presentations, they would offer me a contract to record the concert if I wanted to. Said contract would specify that n...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 21
Views: 431

Re: The operas of Handel

Alas, the magic eludes me. I quickly find them tedious. Long da capo arias, and no forward momentum. I remember an Opera Australia Julius Caesar where each singer would sing the aria, turn to walk off stage, then wheel about as if struck by a new thought, and sing it again. For me, baroque opera is...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Denis Matsuev live in Brussels Sept.,2019
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: Denis Matsuev live in Brussels Sept.,2019

Just finished listening. A very fine recital, including a stunning Liszt B minor Sonata, and some very fine Rachmaninoff. There were some highly sensitive moments in the Tchaikovsky pieces, which can be played as empty fluff: not so here! Very enthusiastic audience response, btw. I also learned onli...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Denis Matsuev live in Brussels Sept.,2019
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: Denis Matsuev live in Brussels Sept.,2019

Thanks for sharing! Matsuyev is a pianist I follow....will listen with interest.
by maestrob
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martin Bernheimer, Tartly Eloquent Music Critic, Dies at 83
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: Martin Bernheimer, Tartly Eloquent Music Critic, Dies at 83

Harris Goldsmith used to attend our concerts, and his comments afterward were very positive and helpful. He was always on the look out for new talent. Irving Kolodin was another critic I admired for his objectivity and depth of knowledge. He never bought anything from me, but he used to come into Ar...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4081
Views: 1014490

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/613mX8yMV1L._SX522_.jpg This is a rather understated Zarathustra by Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, but it impresses this reviewer with 1000 details and nuances, rather than its power and virtuosity. I would not be without Reiner...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich - new set, new label!
Replies: 3
Views: 257

Re: Martha Argerich - new set, new label!

Wow! Thanks, Lance! I MUST acquire this! :D Christmas list, here we come.......
by maestrob
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich playing Scarlatti
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Re: Martha Argerich playing Scarlatti

Belle and Holden Forth--

I've been using Microsoft to view and play the links. My Google Chrome browser comes up with a picture with an arrow to play at its center, but the link doesn't play. Annoying. When JohnF posts the actual picture with the arrow in the center, those work with google chrome.
by maestrob
Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tenor Marcello Giordani Dies at 56
Replies: 1
Views: 215

Re: Tenor Marcello Giordani Dies at 56

If memory serves me well, we saw Giordani sing an extraordinary Des Grieux at the MET led by Julius Rudel. He was in great form that evening, and impressed us with his long line and melting tone. This is a great loss to opera.
by maestrob
Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Classical Duo ‘Nerding Out’ on the Cosmos
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Re: A Classical Duo ‘Nerding Out’ on the Cosmos

Martinez looks absolutely star-struck in the photo: what a lovely couple! I wish them all the good luck in the world. :)
by maestrob
Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich playing Scarlatti
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Re: Martha Argerich playing Scarlatti

Thanks, Danny! Argerich is one of my favorite artists: I have all her recordings in box sets now. In your clip, the Beethoven's not bad either!
by maestrob
Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schnabel/Szell/NYPO LvB PC # 3,live 1945
Replies: 19
Views: 1180

Re: Schnabel/Szell/NYPO LvB PC # 3,live 1945

I grew up with Fleisher/Szell, and recommend it highly. If you want a digital set, Paul Lewis released a very fine traversal last year that was well received. I also agree with Lance's choices, with the addition of Van Cliburn/Reiner in IV & V. Then there's Brendel/Rattle, Perahia/Haitink (The disc ...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andsnes recital
Replies: 1
Views: 185

Re: Andsnes recital

Thanks for this, Rach3. Very interesting recital. Will listen soon-perhaps tomorrow. :)
by maestrob
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jessye Norman, Regal American Soprano, Is Dead at 74
Replies: 12
Views: 823

Re: Jessye Norman, Regal American Soprano, Is Dead at 74

Lovely, Barney. Thanks for posting.
by maestrob
Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Plácido Domingo has resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: Plácido Domingo has resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera

None of Domingo’s forthcoming performances in Europe has been cancelled.
This figures. In a part of the world that celebrates Roman Polanski and Woody Allen, Domingo would also be celebrated. So would Pavarotti if he were still alive.
by maestrob
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alina Ibragimova plays Strauss' Violin Concerto live
Replies: 3
Views: 287

Re: Alina Ibragimova plays Strauss' Violin Concerto live

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Agreed. The Violin Sonata is a fine piece, while the concerto is of a lesser quality. The recording above is with Rudolf Kempe and part of Kempe's recordings of Strauss's complete oeuvre, which I've had since they were issued on CDs.
by maestrob
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jessye Norman, Regal American Soprano, Is Dead at 74
Replies: 12
Views: 823

Re: Jessye Norman, Regal American Soprano, Is Dead at 74

Yes, Jessye Norman was a truly unique and great singer. One of her finest moments was broadcast from England in 1987, when she sang a Christmas Symphony composed for her, narrated by Deryck Jacobi. An extraordinary evening, never released on DVD or CD TMK. I heard her at the MET as Ariadne, and in C...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4081
Views: 1014490

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/615Y3PpuMJL.jpg Karen Cargill is the star of this recording! Her French is well-nigh perfect (only one liason gets lost in the shuffle), while who would expect the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to have such a French sound, thanks to Robin Ticciati's sup...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A former Australian PM's relationship to music and one musician
Replies: 32
Views: 1913

Re: A former Australian PM's relationship to music and one musician

For the record, John, I was referring to Klemperer's 1965 stereo remake, as issued on this CD: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51oezPqGiML.jpg Also, I find I now prefer Abbado's 40 & 41 with the Mozart Orchestra: a model of transparency and orchestral detail, not rushed at all: http...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 848
Views: 537554

Re: What I listened to today

Belle: Do try the excellent John Adams CD pictured below led by Sir Simon (If you have amazon Prime you can stream it.) It's one of Rattles's best efforts; the disc simply explodes with energy. Harmonielehre may be Adams's greatest work to date, as he confessed to working really hard on it. Short Ri...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 848
Views: 537554

Re: What I listened to today

Pletnev playing " Pictures" , not sure where, when, possibly Germany circa 2009-2011, quite something,especially left hand voicing in "Great Gate ". Video and audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMg_A8eYweY I have the CD issued at that time, and I find Pletnev's approach highly individual, but n...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A former Australian PM's relationship to music and one musician
Replies: 32
Views: 1913

Re: A former Australian PM's relationship to music and one musician

My aunt sang in the Philharmonia Choir with Klemperer in the Bach Mass in B minor, c1959. It was one of the great experiences of her life. To me, Klemperer always had a majestic integrity, even if sometimes far too slow. Barney, I still think Klemperer's EMI issue of the Beethoven Missa Solemnis is...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Andrew Tyson cd's
Replies: 7
Views: 2887

Re: Pianist Andrew Tyson cd's

No apologies necessary! :D I enjoyed about half of the Chopin before the intrusive ads finally frustrated me. Ad Block Pro will solve that problem for you. Hi, Holden Fourth. That wouldn't work for me. I have to use another browser for youtube, as youtube is completely blocked by my chrome browser:...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A former Australian PM's relationship to music and one musician
Replies: 32
Views: 1913

Re: A former Australian PM's relationship to music and one musician

Belle, thank you for a most powerful and illuminating article. I have Tozer's Medtner concerti, as well as the disc of Respighi pieces pictured below. Tozer had, IMHO, amazing technique but also depth of feeling in everything I've heard by him. So sad that he couldn't take care of himself. https://i...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In ‘Manon,’ a Soprano Charms Her Way to the Top
Replies: 1
Views: 301

Re: In ‘Manon,’ a Soprano Charms Her Way to the Top

Thanks, Len. Manon is one of my favorite operas, and I look forward to a telecast with this new star singer.
by maestrob
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Mark Viner: Alkan - Volume 2 - out!
Replies: 8
Views: 700

Re: Pianist Mark Viner: Alkan - Volume 2 - out!

Lance, I enjoyed Mark Viner's Chaminade CD because of your recommendation (see below), and will give his Alkan a try. I have a recording by Ronald Smith which didn't quite hit the mark for me, but I suspect that Viner is better. Thanks for the tip! https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ruggiero Ricci (violin) - NEW CD Treasures!
Replies: 2
Views: 343

Re: Ruggiero Ricci (violin) -NEW CD Treasures!

Didn't he record a recital in Carnegie Hall with the young Martha Argerich?

I picked up this 2CD set some time ago, and liked Ricci's playing very much. Thanks for the alert on the discovered tapes sets: I may pick those up for Christmas!
by maestrob
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura Skoda
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Re: Paul Badura Skoda

https://www.francemusique.fr/actualite-musicale/le-pianiste-paul-badura-skoda-est-mort-76933 Very sad. I have several discs of Badura-Skoda. His Schubert is particularly fine. 91 is a good, long life. I may spring for the set pictured below: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91Rw7VGz...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vittorio Grigolo suspended by the Royal Opera House
Replies: 4
Views: 542

Re: Vittorio Grigolo suspended by the Royal Opera House

Do you think this stuff will EVER end? So many people I want to pay tribute on for my radio broadcasts but I am hesitant … Levine, Domingo, Dutoit, Grigolo/Gigolo, Daniels, Preucil, Gatti. Hmm, who did I miss? Pavarotti. He died before #metoo happened, but, according to my panel member/judge Joann ...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 3250

Re: Family musicians performing together?

I have a recording of Ravel's Piano Concerto and d'Indy's Symphony on a French Mountain Air with Charles Munch leading Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer (his niece by marriage) and the Boston Symphony from the 1960's. It's an excellent reading of both pieces. She also recorded Prokofiev II with Munch, IIRC.
by maestrob
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Plácido Domingo Leaves Met Opera Amid Sexual Harassment Inquiry
Replies: 2
Views: 402

Re: Plácido Domingo Leaves Met Opera Amid Sexual Harassment Inquiry

It's about time. I have no first-hand knowledge of this situation, but I believe the accusers. Very sad.
by maestrob
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cable channels: Music Choice
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Re: Cable channels: Music Choice

Music Choice is indeed sloppy on occasion, I've noticed too. Don't listen to them much: the quality of what they broadcast is uneven, so I prefer to listen to CDs that I can choose.
by maestrob
Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4081
Views: 1014490

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

Thanks, John. I hadn't heard that.
by maestrob
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4081
Views: 1014490

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51r2NDfr63L.jpg Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky was one of Russia's great composers, and is often ignored in the West, except for his Colas Breugnon Overture (recorded by Reiner) and the ever-present suite from The Comedians. He also wrote and recorded ...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled
Replies: 29
Views: 14303

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

Well, something is better than nothing. Thanks for letting us know, John.
by maestrob
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met Will Stage Its First Opera by a Black Composer
Replies: 4
Views: 678

Re: The Met Will Stage Its First Opera by a Black Composer

Fascinating list, Len. La Selva led the NY premiere of the French version of Don Carlos back in the 1990's. It's more than 3 hours long, and a good friend gave me a video of the piece a few years ago. I'm really glad the Handel operas are there as well. I'm also happy to see that Renee Fleming has b...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Surprise of Jaap van Zweden’s Philharmonic Tenure? Surprise
Replies: 1
Views: 449

Re: The Surprise of Jaap van Zweden’s Philharmonic Tenure? Surprise

Glad to see this, Len. I gave mixed reviews to van Zweden's recordings made before he was appointed to the philharmonic, but I did note that as time went on, he got better and better. He's still learning ("Never go past beautiful." Fabio Luisi), but this review is high praise indeed. Good for Debora...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met Will Stage Its First Opera by a Black Composer
Replies: 4
Views: 678

Re: The Met Will Stage Its First Opera by a Black Composer

As an avid jazz listener, I have several albums by Terence Blanchard, including his memorial album to the victims of Katrina. Blanchard is a very original composer whose work I admire. As well, Charles Blow is a thoughtful commentator in the NY Times. This should be an interesting work, and I hope t...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 70
Views: 4917

Re: Standards for New Music

I don't like Bach cantatas,gin martinis, or Boulez piano sonatas, but those facts do not prohibit me from enjoying immensely other Bach,the odd straight Tanqueray on the rocks, or Werner-Henze's PC's. I " like " what I like, usually try not to pass judgment on what I dont ( Trump aside ), and usual...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Are You Doing On Bastille Day?
Replies: 2
Views: 802

Re: What Are You Doing On Bastille Day?

Thank-you, Don. JohnB was invariably kind to me as well.
by maestrob
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boston Symphony on Naxos???
Replies: 3
Views: 872

Re: Boston Symphony on Naxos???

It's pure speculation on my part, but I imagine that Naxos publishes self-financed recordings. Indeed, it's not going to far to imagine that New World records did the same. I may be reaching for it, but the Boston Symphony and Nelsons do not work for free, so somebody is paying them, and it's probab...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG
Replies: 11
Views: 2602

Re: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG

Thanks Brian. I wasn't even aware of that performance , which is my loss. I have the Ferrier/Walter one too (among, obviously, many others), and don't agree with Hurwitz btw. But I will keep an eye out for the final Walter interpretation you cite. Don't knock it untill you've heard it! :D ...and, I...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 848
Views: 537554

Re: What I listened to today

Yes, John, I had that on LP as well. Perfect tempo for the duet: haven't heard it in years. Thanks for posting! :D
by maestrob
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG
Replies: 11
Views: 2602

Re: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG

Thanks Brian. I wasn't even aware of that performance , which is my loss. I have the Ferrier/Walter one too (among, obviously, many others), and don't agree with Hurwitz btw. But I will keep an eye out for the final Walter interpretation you cite. Don't knock it untill you've heard it! :D ...and, I...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG
Replies: 11
Views: 2602

Re: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG

IIRC, John, the Viennese mostly took a hiatus from performing Mahler's music from 1939 through the early 1970's with occasional guest appearances by Walter and Mitropoulos), when Bernstein was invited to reintroduce Mahler's symphonies to the Viennese public, performances recorded live and issued fi...