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by maestrob
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 385

Re: Classical Music Streaming

I do some downloading, always in CD-quality FLAC or better; I generally then burn the downloads to a CD for playing in my system. (I downloaded the entire Harbison symphony cycle from the Boston Symphony website; most of these works do not yet have a commercial recording on CD available.) I have no...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 13
Views: 105

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

... all our stuff (books, CDs, LPs, and worldly goods and people). There is too much to enjoy no matter how long we live. I think about this many times. Can't take any of it with us! Am I alone in this regard? Wow! Lance: deep thoughts today! Sure, it's a conundrum. I've written a letter to go with...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concertos of Sir Arthur Bliss
Replies: 5
Views: 122

Re: Concertos of Sir Arthur Bliss

I suppose the version of the piano concerto to have is Solomon's - he played the world premiere at the 1939 World Fair in New York. Not on YouTube; all that's there is the slow movement from the broadcast of the premiere. I don't know the other Bliss concertos at all. Solomon recorded the Bliss Pia...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HMV is bankrupt - again
Replies: 11
Views: 632

Re: HMV is bankrupt - again

Thank you, John F, for bringing us up-to-date on the HMV situation. I fear this is only the beginning of many brick and mortar stores disappearing. It is happening all around me. When and if Amazon is finally left to be about the last, watch their prices rise. I have already seen evidence of this. ...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 26
Views: 323

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

I saw the NY Phil. new year's eve concert on PBS conducted by the new man Jaap Van Zweden , and to my ears the brass section was on its bets behavior and at least on television, nothing was harsh or too loud . They recently hired Chris Martin, who succeeded the legendary Bud Herseth in Chicago and ...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3982
Views: 599248

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/719sagVx27L._SX522_.jpg Volodos up to now, in my mind, has been considered an outstanding virtuoso, gifted in difficult piano transcriptions by Liszt and concertos by Rachmaninoff. It is rare for those gifted in that direction to excel in more sensit...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 26
Views: 323

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

I, too, did not attend many Mehta-led concerts during his tenure, nor did I buy many of his recordings, due to my prejudice against the (to my ears) harsh sound of the Philharmonic, both live and on disc. The problems with the acoustics in the hall were evident during one concert led by Rozhdestvens...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3982
Views: 599248

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51h3g0H%2BEuL.jpg This is a live disc from the 2002 Proms which pre-dates Lang Lang's Rachmaninoff discs with Gergiev which have also been well-received. Conductor Yuri Temirkanov allows Lang Lang freedom of expression during appropriate passages wit...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Simon Trpĉeski
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Re: Pianist Simon Trpĉeski

So many fine artists, so little time.....I'll keep my ears open!
by maestrob
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 559
Views: 201173

Re: What I listened to today

TMK Heifetz did not record them, but I'd have to double-check. My memory says no.
by maestrob
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days
Replies: 11
Views: 176

Re: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days

That will be a rerun of the HD transmission of December 15, 2012. The cast: Aida....................Liudmyla Monastyrska Radamès.................Roberto Alagna Amneris.................Olga Borodina Amonasro................George Gagnidze Ramfis..................Stefan Kocán King.......................
by maestrob
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration
Replies: 14
Views: 414

Re: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration

What did Szell say of NY's hall? "Tear it down and start over. It's an insult to music." I attended a Severance Hall recital by Richard Goode, and even from the cheapest seat in the upper balcony I could hear his sotto voce accompaniment to his own playing. In the drab, modernist, pre-renovation st...
by maestrob
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration
Replies: 14
Views: 414

Re: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration

The suite from Die Frau ohne Schatten was new to me, and welcome. That was my favorite work on the program and new to me too. FWM has improved greatly as a conductor over his 17 years as MD, and the Cleveland strings are still playing with that unitary blended sound, as in the Ravel, sounding even ...
by maestrob
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days
Replies: 11
Views: 176

Re: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days

I'll be watching the telecast of Aida on Sunday 1/20/19 at 1PM, but I have no idea of the cast. As of now, I'm assuming it will be Radvanovsky/Rachvelishvili (conductor unknown), and am looking forward very much to the event. Does anyone here remember the cast from the HD presentation in movie theat...
by maestrob
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration
Replies: 14
Views: 414

Re: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration

Thanks for that excellent review. I enjoyed the program immensely. Lang Lang's playing was superb, although his facial contortions were annoying. I thought the concert as a whole was superb. The suite from Die Frau ohne Schatten was new to me, and welcome.
by maestrob
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparison of recordings Prokofieff VC # 1
Replies: 2
Views: 111

Re: Comparison of recordings Prokofieff VC # 1

Recordings of Prokofieff’s 1st Violin Concerto ( one of my fav VC’s period ) sampled and discussed, 23-year old Vilda Frang’s debut recording and Frank Peter Zimmermann the “ winners “ after BBC presenter heard apparently 50 recordings : https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0001zpc Had not realized S...
by maestrob
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3982
Views: 599248

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

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81lcLvDNYiL._SS500_.jpg This recent (2013) recording of music by John Adams (Dr. Atomic Symphony, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, & Harmonielehre) features Peter Oundjian conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in some very fine music-making. Oundjian take...
by maestrob
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 385

Re: Classical Music Streaming

Yesterday I contacted my hi fi dealer about a Network Audio Player. He advised the Marantz NA8005. It's all rather confusing, but I need to be able to get the sound down to the other end of the house from this computer - or an App - into my beautiful amplifier and speakers. Then I phoned an online ...
by maestrob
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 26
Views: 323

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

The NY Philharmonic has had a problem with loudness since the days of Zubin Mehta, mainly because of the acoustics on stage: it's hard for the musicians to hear each other, even with the modifications put in by Kurt Masur. The way the hall is set up, the sound travels out to the audience directly, a...
by maestrob
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 351

Re: Schiff and Schubert

eThanks to a gift from a dear friend, I just listened to the DG recordings of Kempff's complete Schubert piano sonatas, which are simply outstanding and a revelation for me. Frankly, there are so many fine Schubert interpreters, including Serkin, Uchida, Brendel, Schnabel, Lupu, among others. All t...
by maestrob
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bazzini's (1818-1897) opera transcriptions complete!
Replies: 1
Views: 101

Re: Bazzini's (1818-1897) opera transcriptions complete!

Sounds delectable! You do keep up with many interesting recordings, Lance!
by maestrob
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 351

Re: Schiff and Schubert

Fascinating topic, thank you all! I agree with Lance about Brendel's early Vox recording of the Schubert Impromptus being his best. I, too, have all of Brendel's recordings, and the early Impromtus are simply magical. My favorite set of Schubert Sonatas is not Schiff, who is very good, but Wilhelm K...
by maestrob
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What a musical genius that CZERNY!
Replies: 1
Views: 115

Re: What a musical genius that CZERNY!

Thanks for bringing this up, Lance. I have the three-record set you mentioned with Kuerti, and admire Czerny's music very much. I'll put the CPO release on my wantlist right away!
by maestrob
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 20
Views: 633

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Just read this thread, and am shocked beyond words. Jbuck919 was a consistently kind, erudite and knowledgeable man, and I will miss him here and in life. So sad that he could not make last year's conclave. Now I understand why.
by maestrob
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Record biz news
Replies: 11
Views: 364

Re: Record biz news

jserraglio:

I'd say your project has been shelved! Great photo! :lol:
by maestrob
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24
Replies: 4
Views: 202

Re: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24

My most recent introduction was with Jean-Marc Luisada's recording of French RCA and it made a deep impression enough to include in my radio tribute to him. Dina Ugorskaja and Pavlina Dokovska also were top contenders as was Schiff. I know it's hard to choose from all those great artists, but do yo...
by maestrob
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 333

Re: top 10 operas

My favorite opera, Brian what a list-GREAT! And how you've been involved in them!!! Regards, Len Thanks, Len. I've also sung Germont (Traviata), Barnaba (Gioconda), Scarpia (Tosca), Marcello (Boheme), Silvio (Pagliacci) and Rigoletto, all in conducting class with La Selva (he sang tenor!). That was...
by maestrob
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Record biz news
Replies: 11
Views: 364

Re: Record biz news

There is a flood of classical LPs in the market, right now. I had the owner of Academy Records over to evaluate my LP collection, and all he was interested in was European pressings for a few dollars each. He told me that he has a warehouse full of classical LPs, and that the old pressings are not s...
by maestrob
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24
Replies: 4
Views: 202

Re: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24

I know it's hard to choose from all those great artists, but do you have a personal favorite, Lance? Perhaps Igor Levit?
by maestrob
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 333

Re: top 10 operas

Rach3 wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:13 pm
If asked by someone who had never seen or heard an opera, you would recommend:

Traviata
Boheme
Don Giovanni
Carmen
Aida

Other ?i
Wow! That's a strong list, Rach3. I agree with Len, who recommended Boheme, or Verdi's Aida, or Carmen.
by maestrob
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 333

Re: top 10 operas

My favorite opera, in whatever edition (although I prefer the Rimsky-Korsakov complete, not the truncated Soviet version), is Boris Godunov. After that: Verdi's Otello Wagner's Ring cycle, which I've studied and sung parts of the Walkure Wotan. Ponchieli's La Gioconda, not because of the plot, which...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 385

Re: Classical Music Streaming

Yes, it certainly is strange. The piece is obviously written by somebody who only understands streaming from a popular music perspective. Ergo, the language example "rendition". And iTunes never fitted classical music either; I can remember the nightmare several years ago of loading pieces onto my ...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Record biz news
Replies: 11
Views: 364

Re: Record biz news

Am surprised about the cassette sales figure: I thought that commercial cassettes had died out years ago. Still, less than 500,000 is a low figure indeed. The figures for vinyl are astonishing, and welcome. I prefer CDs myself, but the news that collectors are buying a physical format in such quanti...
by maestrob
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3982
Views: 599248

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

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81ZapJfy2yL._SS500_.jpg Conductor Teodor Currentzis has been much hyped in classical music media as a sort of second coming. I find his rendition of Tchaikovsky VI alternately pretentious and awe-inspiring, depending on what movement I'm listening to. The first i...
by maestrob
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration
Replies: 14
Views: 414

Re: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration

Looking forward to it Len, thanks! :D J. STRAUSS - Waltz: Wiener Blut [Viennese Spirit] MOZART - Piano Concerto No. 24 [Lang Lang] R. STRAUSS - Fantasy from Die Frau ohne Schatten RAVEL - La Valse I downloaded from somewhere and watched this video a couple weeks ago. The CleveOrch minus Preucil sou...
by maestrob
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MacArthur Genius Award winner brings healing community to LA’s Skid Row
Replies: 1
Views: 224

Re: MacArthur Genius Award winner brings healing community to LA’s Skid Row

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/through-music-vijay-gupta-brings-healing-community-to-las-skid-row Vijay Gupta is a Juilliard-trained violinist who's been using music as a way to connect with L.A.’s homeless and incarcerated and promote healing. A movement that began with one Skid Row occupant ha...
by maestrob
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation
Replies: 32
Views: 1623

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation

Mehta may have first conducted in Vienna, so what? Not only that, Mehta was educated in Vienna, studied conducting at the academy there as I said and double bass with a Philharmoniker. Over the years he has very often conducted and recorded with the Philharmonic, including five New Year concerts - ...
by maestrob
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert's D.929 ( Op.100 ) Piano Trio
Replies: 4
Views: 378

Re: Schubert's D.929 ( Op.100 ) Piano Trio

Very impressive web page, I must admit. I'll have to try some of his recordings, especially his Mozart......
by maestrob
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation
Replies: 32
Views: 1623

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation

Mehta may have first conducted in Vienna, so what? He had his first steady engagement with Los Angeles, and spent (how many?) years in New York. His style of conducting is definitely American: had to be, in order to work with these orchestras successfully. As for the Grieg Concerto, I have the video...
by maestrob
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert's D.929 ( Op.100 ) Piano Trio
Replies: 4
Views: 378

Re: Schubert's D.929 ( Op.100 ) Piano Trio

A live performance not to be missed , IMHO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDYDjRd2JFk&t=110s Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano), Viktoria Mullova (violin), Pieter Wispelwey (cello) Live 28.06.2009 Venue not given at YT. Congratulations on a fine pick! Played with passion, respect and ultra-fine m...
by maestrob
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation
Replies: 32
Views: 1623

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation

Hi, Belle! :) German orchestras have gotten defensive over the years, so they generally focus on the concertmaster and wait for him to start playing: it comes from generations of unclear conductors, such as Thielemann. It's called playing "behind the beat." American conductors work differently, and ...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Opera’s ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ Bristles With Passion and Danger
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: Met Opera’s ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ Bristles With Passion and Danger

Adriana Lecouvreur has long needed a new production at the MET. Glad to see it's such a success! Hope they broadcast it.........
by maestrob
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Welcome to Musicwaiter, new to CMG!
Replies: 3
Views: 365

Re: Welcome to Musicwaiter, new to CMG!

Yes, welcome! Please post often and frequently as well!
by maestrob
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation
Replies: 32
Views: 1623

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation

I agree with JohnF that the music went well. Thielemann often started conducting 2-3 beats before the orchestra came in for several pieces, and I found this unsettling, but it didn't spoil the music. However, I had two caveats: 1) Hugh Bonneville appeared in a suit with NO TIE, just an open collar. ...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New cd of Walton,Prokofieff # 1 VC's
Replies: 2
Views: 408

Re: New cd of Walton,Prokofieff # 1 VC's

New Challenge Classics cd of the Walton Violin Concerto and Prokofieff 1st Violin Concerto ( one of my fav VC’s ) available for free listening of complete cd here, young violinist Isabelle van Keulen with NDR Phil. under Andrew Manze: https://www.nporadio4.nl/cds/isabelle-van-keulen-prokofiev-walto...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy New Year CMGers!
Replies: 4
Views: 490

Re: Happy New Year CMGers!

Here's wishing all here a happy, healthy, and prosperous musical New Year! Thanks all for being here, and especially thanks to Lance for making it all possible!
by maestrob
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I’ll Never Be Rachmaninoff
Replies: 2
Views: 590

Re: I’ll Never Be Rachmaninoff

Lucky person! If I tried now to return to the piano, my arthritis would stop me cold. That's been true for years now, unfortunately. When I was in fifth grade, I won a school contest by playing Liszt and Mendelssohn, pieces chosen for me by my mother, who taught me music theory just as soon as I cou...
by maestrob
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation
Replies: 32
Views: 1623

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation

Yes, they even had Dudamel two years ago, and while he wasn't brilliant, his enthusiasm shone through every note, and thing went well enough.
by maestrob
Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.
Replies: 19
Views: 1793

Re: Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.

Horrifying! I believe that this attitude is what kept Levine active at the MET for so long, despite many allegations over the years against him. Levine's "Droit du seigneur" expired only when he was finally unable to function as a conductor.

Despicable! :twisted: