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by maestrob
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philadelphia Orchestra musicians vote 20% pay cut
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Re: Philadelphia Orchestra musicians vote 20% pay cut

This is a sad and perilous time for classical music everywhere, and I applaud the Board for continuing to pay the orchestra members. I grew up in Philadelphia's suburbs, and my first exposure to classical music was through free student tickets given to my school (Radnor HS) to concerts at the Academ...
by maestrob
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aldeburgh Festival cancelled
Replies: 5
Views: 103

Re: Aldeburgh Festival cancelled

Very sad, but not unexpected.
by maestrob
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What does pianist Michel Dalberto do for you?
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: What does pianist Michel Dalberto do for you?

Don't know him, Lance, but thanks for the alert! :D
by maestrob
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New cd of Grieg's Violin Sonatas
Replies: 3
Views: 90

Re: New cd of Grieg's Violin Sonatas

Got to listen to this today. Excellent! I have put this CD on my want list. Many thanks!
by maestrob
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fatal LA choir practice
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Re: Fatal LA choir practice

Very sobering. Wow! Thanks, Philip. I'm friends with a woman who runs a local opera company in New Rochelle, NY, which has been in the news recently as a cluster of COVID-19 outbreak. She had to cancel a fundraising concert for her Spring production of Tosca, due to state regulations. After reading ...
by maestrob
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New cd of Grieg's Violin Sonatas
Replies: 3
Views: 90

Re: New cd of Grieg's Violin Sonatas

Eldbjorg Hemsing and Simon Trpceski on BIS here for free listening. I have not heard as not a fan of these works, although I do have the Kreisler/Rachmaninoff recording of # 3: https://www.nporadio4.nl/cds/grieg-the-violin-sonatas Interesting. I'm a fan of Simon Trpceski, but am not familiar with t...
by maestrob
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4121
Views: 1264363

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/812FhbX5P-L._SX522_.jpg Korngold's Symphony in F-sharp has finally taken its rightful place in the recorded repertoire, with more than 10 versions available on CD. Composed after WWII when Korngold was finally again writing for the concert hall and d...
by maestrob
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 911
Views: 725065

Re: What I listened to today

A rare (?) chance to hear live the Korngold, fantastic work. I did not hear the others. Enregistré le 22/10/2018 au Brahms Hall, Musikverein, Vienna Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Trio à clavier No. 6 en Sol Majeur, K. 564 Erich Wolfgang Korngold - Suite pour Piano à la main gauche, 2 violons et violonc...
by maestrob
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven String Quartets live,complete next week
Replies: 1
Views: 79

Re: Beethoven String Quartets live,complete next week

This is most welxcme, Rach3. I love all the Beethoven Quartets, and own multiple versions, although I do return often to the Quartetto Italiano set. Thanks for posting this.
by maestrob
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Our ‘Digital Selves’ Are No Less Real
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Re: Our ‘Digital Selves’ Are No Less Real

Interesting. Thanks, Len! I don't feel that online interactions will ever totally replace face-to-face meetings, but they have certainly gone up in value recently, haven't they? That said, I'm eagerly awaiting a return to "normal" in our society once this virus is conquered by a vaccine available to...
by maestrob
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Star, Charged With Sexual Assault, Is Fired by University of Michigan
Replies: 3
Views: 181

Re: Opera Star, Charged With Sexual Assault, Is Fired by University of Michigan

It never ends, does it? In this case, I believe the victim. Again.
by maestrob
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4121
Views: 1264363

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/611Utj0pTEL._SX522_.jpg The French Baroque is not visited as often by pianists as the German or Italian. Alexandre Tharaud here in this wonderful release, brings us Rameau, Couperin, Lully, and a host of lesser-known composers, who fill this disc wit...
by maestrob
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Philharmonic Cancels Season Because of Coronavirus
Replies: 1
Views: 246

Re: New York Philharmonic Cancels Season Because of Coronavirus

Oh, my! Again, as expected. It's good that health benefits will be covered through September, and even better that salaries are being negotiated. I suspect, however, that concerts may not be happening in the Fall, so after that it's anybody's guess what happens. Hopefully, this will all be over by t...
by maestrob
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Hamelin fans
Replies: 7
Views: 492

Re: For Hamelin fans

Sorry to say that I missed this. I'm just unable to be up at 8AM. :(
by maestrob
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 1715

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

jserraglio wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:01 am
In the interest of maintaining regular order during these irregular, chaotic times, may I suggest, respectfully, that Lance move the political stuff in this thread, from both the New Right and the Old Left, over to the Pub forum?
Agreed.
by maestrob
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 33
Views: 532

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

jserraglio wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:01 am
In the interest of maintaining regular order during these irregular, chaotic times, may I suggest, respectfully, that Lance move the political stuff in this thread, from both the New Right and the Old Left, over to the Pub forum?
Agreed.
by maestrob
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 17
Views: 668

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

Well! I thought you might have an Oppo! I've been running a Sony CD changer for about 6 years now and it works fine still. I made a serious investment in a pair of Bozak Century speakers back when I was at Villanova in 1969, and have been in love with them ever since. They were of course made for L...
by maestrob
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 17
Views: 668

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

Well! I thought you might have an Oppo! I've been running a Sony CD changer for about 6 years now and it works fine still. I made a serious investment in a pair of Bozak Century speakers back when I was at Villanova in 1969, and have been in love with them ever since. They were of course made for LP...
by maestrob
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 17
Views: 668

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

I don't think it's been a month since I used the voucher to hear the freebie Petrenko concerts posted earlier. Too bad: I thought everything was supposed to be free now for the duration of the pandemic. I understand your frustration with streaming. Frankly, I just find it simpler to load a CD into m...
by maestrob
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Hamelin fans
Replies: 7
Views: 492

Re: For Hamelin fans

Just tried to access this, but the Hamelin concert has disappeared! :oops: :(
by maestrob
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4121
Views: 1264363

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81-PgRO6YnL._SX522_.jpg This exquisite disc of Debussy's late sonatas features Isabelle Faust in the Violin Sonata w/Alexander Malnikov on piano, Jean-Guihen Queyras in the Cello Sonata w/Javier Perianes on piano, along with the winning combination o...
by maestrob
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 17
Views: 668

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

Thanks, Henry!

Tried to access the concert, but the website said my voucher for free concerts has been used already! I guess they have to straighten themselves out. I'll try later.

Am a great fan of Kirill Petrenko. Hope he starts issuing commercial CDs soon.
by maestrob
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Our first ever Maid of Orleans
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Re: Our first ever Maid of Orleans

That's a rarely-performed piece, indeed. Tchaikovsky's operas are uniformly excellent IMHO, and this one is no exception. Glad you liked it, Len!
by maestrob
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 1715

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

Hello, Lance! Thanks for your concern. Teresa and I are currently spending our time listening to lots of great music, watching our DVD collection of both movies and operas, and shopping for groceries. I take a short walk every day (it's all I can manage now with my scoliosis). Amazon is my daily com...
by maestrob
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 33
Views: 532

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

Hello, Lance! Thanks for your concern. Teresa and I are currently spending our time listening to lots of great music, watching our DVD collection of both movies and operas, and shopping for groceries. I take a short walk every day (it's all I can manage now with my scoliosis). Amazon is my daily com...
by maestrob
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo has coronavirus
Replies: 6
Views: 492

Re: Domingo has coronavirus

Hello Chalkie! Hope you're well!

You've been missed here.
by maestrob
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4121
Views: 1264363

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/8171L366%2BRL._SX522_.jpg The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has been led by illustrious maestros in the past, most notably Paul Kletzki, who recorded extensively with them in a previous generation. Kirill Karabits joins their ranks, with a particula...
by maestrob
Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Before Bach, He Was Germany’s Greatest Composer
Replies: 2
Views: 517

Re: Before Bach, He Was Germany’s Greatest Composer

Schutz is one composer I have always meant to get to one day. The few pieces I have heard are magnificent, if you like early church music. I have no experience of his madrigals. Here's a set I plan to acquire in the near future of his complete works, Volume I: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com...
by maestrob
Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Hamelin fans
Replies: 7
Views: 492

Re: For Hamelin fans

Wonderful! Thanks, Rach3.
by maestrob
Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Metropolitan Opera Lays off All Musicians & Chorus
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Re: Metropolitan Opera Lays off All Musicians & Chorus

Thanks for that, Danny. All is as expected. Very sad, indeed. :(
by maestrob
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An Opera Singer Goes From Tenor to Soprano, and Her Career Takes Off
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Re: An Opera Singer Goes From Tenor to Soprano, and Her Career Takes Off

This article is fascinating to me, and not unexpected. The vocal mechanism can be trained either way, as a belter voice or as a legit instrument. Belter voices (for want of a better term) can be male or female (think Ethel Merman), while legit voices can also be male (think counter-tenors) or female...
by maestrob
Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Metropolitan Opera has canceled the remainder of the 2019–20 season
Replies: 2
Views: 408

Re: Metropolitan Opera has canceled the remainder of the 2019–20 season

Very sad, Len. We will miss your presence in the Big Apple. I do hope that the MET survives the current calamity. China and Japan seem to be recovering nicely. Let's hope we do the same, and that Lincoln Center can re-open in the Fall.
by maestrob
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Disconcerted: A Music Critic’s Empty Nights
Replies: 2
Views: 429

Re: Disconcerted: A Music Critic’s Empty Nights

Yes, indeed! Now you know, by reading this, how I've felt about this since 2002 when I had to give up concertizing. There is nothing like the feeling of connectedness with a full house of enthusiastic supporters standing at the end of a well-rehearsed event! I do miss that tremendously, in spite of ...
by maestrob
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff bio
Replies: 9
Views: 712

Re: Schiff bio

As for András Schiff in Bach's solo keyboard works, I have not been greatly enamoured, but in Bach's concerted works such as in the 1,2,3,4 piano concertos on the Hungaroton label and the Decca label, I thought to be outstanding. Certainly the solo works, such as the WTC, etc., are rendered very we...
by maestrob
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Free streaming due to Corona
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: Free streaming due to Corona

Thanks for this, Henry! The MET's offer is particularly generous, but so is Berlin's. I've also become a member of the Berlin service, and their new conductor, Kirill Petrenko, is a surefire winner.
by maestrob
Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When Coronavirus Cancels Concerts, Critics Put on Headphones
Replies: 4
Views: 555

Re: When Coronavirus Cancels Concerts, Critics Put on Headphones

Listening to recordings on CD through headphones is something I do every day, and Tommasini mentions two of my favorites: Serkins Brahms I with Shaw/Atlanta, and Van Cliburn's live Rachmaninoff III with Kondrashin, both great recordings in my view also. Serkin's Brahms is very fine (he also recorded...
by maestrob
Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Our first La Scala Di Seta (The Silken Ladder)
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Re: Our first La Scala Di Seta (The Silken Ladder)

Thanks for posting this. We find Rossini delightful, especially when done in period costume. I just bought the DVD for $7.01 used, and look forward to watching it! :D
by maestrob
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 911
Views: 725065

Re: What I listened to today

Yesterday's two-piano concert was a real winner, many thanks! The Janacek was a very effective piece, and new to me. The Brahms was well-known and loved: I have this Martha Argerich disc pictured below, also available in her boxed set of Warner recordings. The Rachmaninoff was strangely incomplete: ...
by maestrob
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff bio
Replies: 9
Views: 712

Re: Schiff bio

Yes, Barney, thanks. Schiff makes some good points, but he misses the overwhelming fact that audiences in the USA are diminishing due to a lack of education and interest in the younger generation. The same could happen in England soon. My guess is that Schiff is thinking about European and British a...
by maestrob
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: At the Armory, Monteverdi’s ‘Vespers’ Are Newly Immersive
Replies: 3
Views: 388

Re: At the Armory, Monteverdi’s ‘Vespers’ Are Newly Immersive

Too bad this was canceled, after so much deep preparation. A huge financial blow for the performers and those who financed the production with such care and attention. Brian this coronavirus is causing a lot of trouble-it sure isn't a hoax-wonder how it will all become mid and late April? Regards, ...
by maestrob
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: At the Armory, Monteverdi’s ‘Vespers’ Are Newly Immersive
Replies: 3
Views: 388

Re: At the Armory, Monteverdi’s ‘Vespers’ Are Newly Immersive

Too bad this was canceled, after so much deep preparation. A huge financial blow for the performers and those who financed the production with such care and attention.
by maestrob
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Close the Theaters. Close the Opera. Close the Concert Halls. Now.
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Re: Close the Theaters. Close the Opera. Close the Concert Halls. Now.

Yes, well, I agree with this. For now. I have had several social events canceled this month in response to the emergency out of an abundance of caution. As of today, there are 62 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in NYC, out of a population of 9 million or so, which makes the virus pretty rare. Let's keep...
by maestrob
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anton Coppola, Opera Conductor in Filmmaking Clan, Dies at 102
Replies: 2
Views: 586

Re: Anton Coppola, Opera Conductor in Filmmaking Clan, Dies at 102

Although the article doesn't mention it, Coppola was a regular conductor with DiCapo Opera as well. As an example, he led La Traviata when it starred a winner in my competition, Olexandra Hrabova, when she received rave reviews in Opera News. Coppola was a fine maestro and he will be missed.
by maestrob
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Conductor Makes His Philharmonic Debut, at Last
Replies: 1
Views: 600

Re: A Conductor Makes His Philharmonic Debut, at Last

Louis Langree is a conductor I follow, and I've been pleased with his recordings of French music, his forte. Was initially impressed with him when he took over Mostly Mozart from Gerard Schwarz. Langree has a fine ear for detail and balance, and his use of tempo is tasteful. I'm not sure how he woul...
by maestrob
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cleveland Orchestra Joins the Own-Label Brigade
Replies: 5
Views: 944

Re: Cleveland Orchestra Joins the Own-Label Brigade

Thanks for the alert! This is interesting to me, as I don't have, well, anything by Welser-Most in my library, except for a Carnegie Hall telecast on DVD. Please keep us updated.
by maestrob
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Sydney Opera House Goes Quiet. Finally.
Replies: 6
Views: 1033

Re: The Sydney Opera House Goes Quiet. Finally.

Fascinating article, Len, thanks! I see that the hall has similar acoustic problems to Avery Fisher (now David Geffen) Hall in NY, in that it's hard to hear yourself and other musicians on stage. One thing that did intrigue me though, is the cost of renovation. Here in NY updating David Geffen Hall ...
by maestrob
Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gardiner's Beethoven live
Replies: 2
Views: 639

Re: Gardiner's Beethoven live

Did listen today. What a fine performance! Not note-perfect (there were the expected occasional clams from the brass and winds), but overall an exciting and deeply fulfilling concert. Beethoven would have been overjoyed! The conducting was superb, just how I like it. The finale of VIII managed the a...