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by maestrob
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Chicago Symphony brass
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: The Chicago Symphony brass

The article mentions two recordings I have had since they were originally issued: Mahler VII/Solti, and Shostakovich VII/Bernstein. Both are benchmarks in my library. I was fortunate enough to hear Bernstein/Shostakovich VII when he brought the Chicago Symphony to Avery Fisher Hall in June of 1988. ...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pressure by activists on institutions such as the British Museum is leading the oil giant to review its financial backin
Replies: 9
Views: 155

Re: Pressure by activists on institutions such as the British Museum is leading the oil giant to review its financial ba

This is all part of "Cancel Culture" that's sweeping the globe these days. If you're not pure, you should be eliminated. Never mind the sacrifices to be made. Some years ago, Texaco stopped sponsoring the MET opera radio and television broadcasts, and was happily replaced by Toll Brothers, builder o...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4094
Views: 1086590

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/718nAkbBk4L._SX522_.jpg Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga (1806-1826) barely survived 19 years, but as a child prodigy composed his first opera at 14, and was sent to Paris to study music soon after. Only fragments of that work survive today, including the ...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4094
Views: 1086590

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/718nAkbBk4L._SX522_.jpg Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga (1806-1826) barely survived 19 years, but as a child prodigy composed his first opera at 14, and was sent to Paris to study music soon after. Only fragments of that work survive today, including the ...
by maestrob
Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: At the Boston Symphony, Andris Nelsons Still Seeks an Identity
Replies: 8
Views: 190

Re: At the Boston Symphony, Andris Nelsons Still Seeks an Identity

The only Nelsons/Boston music-making I've heard so far has been a live telecast with Opalais and Kaufman during which Opalais tried to sing the Liebestod and missed the mark, although the rest of the program was fine. I've heard the Shostakovich releases on DGG, and found them to be a mixed bag, som...
by maestrob
Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stokowski Collectors for Discs from Cala/England
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: Stokowski Collectors for Discs from Cala/England

Thanks for posting that link, Joe. I have heard all my life about the Bell Labs recordings, but this is the first time I'm hearing them, believe it or not! I would love to own them in a CD collection, but have never been able to track them down. :)
by maestrob
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Madama Butterfly
Replies: 13
Views: 458

Re: Tonight's Madama Butterfly

Where do these singers go to grow and mature? Now, they must migrate to Europe, where opera culture flourishes. Which of course a great many American singers did during the 1950s and 1960s. Leontyne Price was singing Aida (1958) and Pamina (1959) in Vienna years before her Met debut in 1961. Some n...
by maestrob
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stokowski Collectors for Discs from Cala/England
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: Stokowski Collectors for Discs from Cala/England

Stokowski, unlike Toscanini, was fascinated by sound reproduction and the high fidelity recording process. During the 1960's and '70's, Stokey recorded some 20+ albums for Decca of standard repertoire plus even a few digital sessions for EMI, all exemplary IMHO except for a rather eccentric Rachmani...
by maestrob
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marilyn Horne Foundation Recital Recordings Live
Replies: 1
Views: 109

Re: Marilyn Horne Foundation Recital Recordings Live

I'm afraid I must disappoint you, Lance. My world was opera, and Marilyn Horne's world at that time was the recital stage. Quite different and separate. Only great singers manage to cross over from opera to song recital, and I was dealing with young conservatory graduates who were pining for a more ...
by maestrob
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Madama Butterfly
Replies: 13
Views: 458

Re: Tonight's Madama Butterfly

where is the audience for opera? Companies like New York City Opera, New York Grand Opera, Eve Queler's Carnegie performances, DiCapo Opera, all have ceased to exist. The MET is the last standing Of course this is true only of New York City, which we New Yorkers sometimes provincially take to be th...
by maestrob
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Madama Butterfly
Replies: 13
Views: 458

Re: Tonight's Madama Butterfly

With an attractive cast, even the most hackneyed revival can fill the Met's many seats. It's the fans who need a reason to come. In 1988 Carlos Kleiber made his Met debut in "La Boheme" with Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni in the leading roles. Not only did the house sell out for all five perfo...
by maestrob
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang plays LvB PC # 2 live
Replies: 8
Views: 328

Re: Lang Lang plays LvB PC # 2 live

Lang Lang plays LvB PC # 2 with RCO under Paavo Jarvi ,at Concertgebouw Nov.8,2019: https://www.nporadio4.nl/concerten/9326-lang-lang-speelt-beethoven Apparently still recovering (? ). For me, the highlight of the work is the slow mov. I thought LL acquitted himself well throughout. Agreed. Also en...
by maestrob
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Akhnaten’ Puts You on Philip Glass Time
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Re: Akhnaten’ Puts You on Philip Glass Time

Hi Len.

Apparently the Times has printed quite a lot about this topic recently. Please let us know about your impressions.
by maestrob
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4094
Views: 1086590

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/7194P9pF5AL._SX522_.jpg Brazilian composer Alberto Nepomuceno (1864-1920) was a prolific and passionate advocate for new music in his day, including the 12-tone system of Schoenberg, Berg, et al. Don't let that reputation put you off. The contents of...
by maestrob
Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Aidan Mikdad live
Replies: 2
Views: 293

Re: Pianist Aidan Mikdad live

Quite an interesting program. This is on my listening schedule for the coming week. Thanks for posting!
by maestrob
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Lukas Vondracek,live 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 308

Re: Pianist Lukas Vondracek,live 2017

Just finished listening to Vondracek's recital in full. I must admit to being impressed with his Novacek, the Brahms I and his encores, not so much by his erratic tempo choices in the slow movement of Brahms III. He has a CD that I may acquire. Thanks for sharing this interesting artist. I note in p...
by maestrob
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Raymond Lewenthal Set Arrived Today!
Replies: 17
Views: 1671

Re: Raymond Lewenthal Set Arrived Today!

Grieg brought his piano concerto to Liszt who proceeded to play it at sght, solo and orchestral parts, to Grieg's amazement. Did any other musician have this extraordinary ability?. Interesting question, John. Making music of what one sight-reads is a miraculous talent. Being able to read an orches...
by maestrob
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Body Wax and Karate Chops: How to Stage a Philip Glass Opera
Replies: 1
Views: 238

Re: Body Wax and Karate Chops: How to Stage a Philip Glass Opera

The music of Phillip Glass has always mesmerized me for some reason. The composer wrote a song cycle for Iris Hiskey's debut recital: she was also a friend and my wife's voice teacher at the time, and I am privileged to have a recording of that recital on reel=to-reel tape. The songs have never been...
by maestrob
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LPs are now outsellng CDs
Replies: 7
Views: 647

Re: LPs are now outsellng CDs

As usual, the article is entirely about non-classical recordings, which is where the money is. My guess would be that streaming services such as Spotify and YouTube get far more play in the classical repertoire than CDs, which in turn are likely to top LPs. Your guess may be right, but it's not tru...
by maestrob
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter at home, ca.1957
Replies: 5
Views: 517

Re: Richter at home, ca.1957

Extraordinary. He actually outdoes Rachmaninoff in the polonaise. Except for the false start in the Schubert, these don't sound like "rehearsals" but fully realized performances. On what occasion? What you said, John & Lance. Richter's greatness shines through the murk and the mis-tuned piano. Than...
by maestrob
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LPs are now outsellng CDs
Replies: 7
Views: 647

Re: LPs are now outsellng CDs

Who would have thought? Are we a retrograde society or what? :mrgreen: I agree that LPs were the ideal format for reading about the music contained therein, but I was never comfortable with Snap, Crackle and Pop as part of my musical experience. That young people are willing to compromise their list...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4094
Views: 1086590

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61Spd85MYHL._SX522_.jpg Ivan Fischer's new Mahler VII is quite good, on a par with his IV. This problematic symphony offers many puzzles to solve, not least of which is the opening tempo, along with a problem bar in the Scherzo where the cymbal crash...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Schubert "Winterreise" cd
Replies: 20
Views: 1235

Re: New Schubert "Winterreise" cd

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:03 am
Not my cup of tea, but assume would be for many here, Peter Mattei,baritone,Lars David Nilsson, pianist,BIS SACD ,complete cd here to listen free for awhile:

https://www.nporadio4.nl/cds/peter-matt ... interreise
Thanks Rach3 for this. It's on my playlist for this week.
by maestrob
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel's Sonata for Cello and Violin
Replies: 1
Views: 536

Re: Ravel's Sonata for Cello and Violin

Tried these obscure pieces, but MHO is that they deserve to stay in obscurity. :wink:
by maestrob
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: At the Philharmonic, a Major Return Played Safe
Replies: 1
Views: 516

Re: At the Philharmonic, a Major Return Played Safe

My guess is that Maestro Jordan didn't have much time to spare for rehearsal for this program. It would have been good to hear him lead a Honegger symphony, for example, but that would have taken more time to prepare.
by maestrob
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler, Distilled by Classical Music’s Greatest Duo
Replies: 4
Views: 711

Re: Mahler, Distilled by Classical Music’s Greatest Duo

This is some of my favorite repertoire. Mahler knew how to write for the voice, challenging the vocalist to new heights that demand ultimate technical skills as well as an unerring ability to convey drama. Fischer-Dieskau, Janet Baker and Mildred Miller (Bruno Walter's favored mezzo during the 1960'...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does anyone know how to pronounce ...
Replies: 5
Views: 765

Re: Does anyone know how to pronounce ...

pianissimo wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:24 pm
The Surname, Futral, is pronounced like fewtral , Futral.
Accent on the first syllable. Her preference, according to a TV interview I saw.
by maestrob
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caught in U.S.-China Crossfire, Eastman Orchestra Cancels Tour
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: Caught in U.S.-China Crossfire, Eastman Orchestra Cancels Tour

Good on the school. China is always pushing its weight around these days. For a while it seemed it would join the civilised group of nations. But its treatment of Tibet, of Uighurs, of Falun Gong, of Christians, its organ harvesting, its 1984-style facial recognition technology and its social credi...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A radio tribute to James Levine?
Replies: 17
Views: 1663

Re: A radio tribute to James Levine?

Very interesting responses here. MHO is that it's too soon to do this. Sure, Levine remade the MET orchestra & chorus from a scrappy ensemble sound to world-class: there's no denying it. Those of us "in the business" know this. But I personally feel it's too soon to praise Levine publicly, after all...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4094
Views: 1086590

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81G4VSYJ47L._SX522_.jpg Chausson's perfect Symphonie is given a fine outing here by the Orchestre National de Lille , led by their new music director Alexandre Bloch. Bloch takes a broader approach to the symphony than is usual, reveling in the sound...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Today's HD Manon Rockaway NJ Mall
Replies: 6
Views: 1091

Re: Today's HD Manon Rockaway NJ Mall

lennygoran wrote:
Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:57 pm
maestrob wrote:
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:49 am
Co you remember who was the conductor?
Brian yes-Maurizio Benini. Regards, Len
Hmmm.....never heard of him. I'll let you know what I think of him when I hear the telecast.
by maestrob
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Today's HD Manon Rockaway NJ Mall
Replies: 6
Views: 1091

Re: Today's HD Manon Rockaway NJ Mall

in Ithaca, NY. Theater was fairly well filled. Lance interesting-our theater had pretty sparse attendance. Regards, Len That's sad about the attendance, Len. Manon is one of my favorite operas, but it's not a crowd-pleaser like Puccini and Verdi. I would have thought that with all the publicity sur...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Raymond Lewenthal Set Arrived Today!
Replies: 17
Views: 1671

Re: Raymond Lewenthal Set Arrived Today!

Thank you, Lance, as always, for keeping us informed. This is a must-buy for me!
by maestrob
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debunking Domingo
Replies: 16
Views: 1771

Re: Debunking Domingo

IMHO this is a human problem, not a political one. I find it interesting that a conservative woman is standing up for Domingo, but her politics are irrelevant to the issue. What this IS about, is the current transformation of relations between men and women, where Domingo's "old school" macho behavi...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 26, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met’s Herculean Task: 4 Operas in 48 Hours
Replies: 2
Views: 606

Re: The Met’s Herculean Task: 4 Operas in 48 Hours

Indeed, a mammoth undertaking! I've been wondering about the Sunday matinees, and whether having them is improving the MET box office take.

One thing's for sure, the MET people do work hard, and they earn their money.

Thanks Len. Very informative.
by maestrob
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: World Opera Day
Replies: 2
Views: 630

Re: World Opera Day

Great idea! Thanks, Len.
by maestrob
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Händel "The Messiah"
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: Händel "The Messiah"

Handel's Messiah is, I think, my #1 oratorio, having sung it approximately 50 times in Philharmonic/Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall with David Randolph. Randolph had a special way with the music in the 1970's when HIP was first getting started. He would double-dot the eighth notes, turning them ...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vale Raymond Leppard
Replies: 8
Views: 1425

Re: Vale Raymond Leppard

That's an interesting cover, Brian. Not only did they not think highly enough of Leppard to name him there, or the orchestra, they did not think enough of themselves. Unusual for there to be no mention of the label! Yep, I noticed that too. It's the National Symphony, recorded by Columbia Records o...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Henningmusick
Replies: 547
Views: 167779

Re: Henningmusick

karlhenning wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:46 pm
Hello, all.
Hello, Karl. :)

Nice to have you back with us. Hope you're doing well! Your presence here is valued. You have been missed.
by maestrob
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vale Raymond Leppard
Replies: 8
Views: 1425

Re: Vale Raymond Leppard

Oh my, another great musician passes. Very sad indeed. Leppard seemed to fade from view during the past 15 or so years. I didn't know he was still with us. Most of what I had by him was on vinyl, but note that he was the conductor of Wynton Marsalis's debut as a classical artist, very well thought o...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debunking Domingo
Replies: 16
Views: 1771

Re: Debunking Domingo

It is a grotesque inversion of the proper hierarchy between public accomplishment and private sexual behavior to sacrifice an artist of Domingo’s stature for the sake of 20 disgruntled bit players,... Hmmmm....... So, just because they are "bit players," certain women are not entitled to respect? A...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Badura-Skoda: Schubert Trios on Gramola
Replies: 2
Views: 615

Re: Badura-Skoda: Schubert Trios on Gramola

Thanks for the alert, Lance. I have just opened the DGG box and will search out the Schubert trios. I must say, Badura-Skoda's Schubert Sonatas rival those of Kempff and Brendel:

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by maestrob
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why Barenboim is the Ring master of our age
Replies: 7
Views: 1073

Re: Why Barenboim is the Ring master of our age

Am I the only one who finds Barenboim boring?....... In opera or in symphonic repertoire? MHO is that his middle period in Chicago was occasionally uneven, but within the past 10 years or so he's become more disciplined. His Bruckner with the Staatskapelle Berlin (on DVD) is outstanding, as is his ...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Margaret Price, soprano: Recital on Eloquence (2-CDs)
Replies: 2
Views: 673

Re: Margaret Price, soprano: Recital on Eloquence (2-CDs)

Thank you Lance, that's a must-buy for me. I first heard Price in the role of Amelia led by Solti in her London/Decca recording of Verdi's Ballo in Maschera. She was also an outstanding Mozart singer, the voice centered and pure throughout all the pyrotechnics of whatever aria. Her lieder are non-pa...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4094
Views: 1086590

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71KgTU6K4mL._SX522_.jpg This deeply fulfilling two-disc set of Handel's Italian Cantatas features electrifying conducting by Emmanuelle Haim leading Le Concert d'Astree coupled with stunning singing by Sabine Devieilhe and Lea Dasandre. Both singers ...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christopher Rouse Leaves a Haunting Final Symphony
Replies: 2
Views: 619

Re: Christopher Rouse Leaves a Haunting Final Symphony

Modernistfan wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:49 pm
This definitely needs to be recorded. Fortunately, the Cincinnati Symphony has its own label and does not depend on the major labels to get such new repertoire out. I shall watch for this.
Yes, indeed. Thanks, Len, for the alert. 8)
by maestrob
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: History of sound recordings - BBC
Replies: 3
Views: 713

Re: History of sound recordings - BBC

The BBC is running a five-part series on the radio of the early history of sounc recording. Called "His Master's Voices," it begins by playing the very first discs cut in London in 1898. Very enjoyable as well as informative. The first program is here on the BBC Radio 4 Extra web site: https://www....
by maestrob
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Swiss Orchestra Dances Beyond the Boundaries of Classical Music
Replies: 2
Views: 631

Re: A Swiss Orchestra Dances Beyond the Boundaries of Classical Music

Ms. Meyer, the orchestra’s general director, said that the most frustrating part of her job can be explaining to presenters exactly what category the Camerata belongs to. Is it an orchestra? A dance group? Some kind of music-theater ensemble? The answer to all these questions may be yes. Or more li...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Poulenc's Sonatas for Flute and Oboe
Replies: 1
Views: 538

Re: Poulenc's Sonatas for Flute and Oboe

Thanks for these. Delightful! Not familiar with any of the first-rate artists involved.