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by maestrob
Tue May 21, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One Afternoon, Two Spectacular Orchestras
Replies: 1
Views: 17

Re: One Afternoon, Two Spectacular Orchestras

Len--- I'm a strong admirer of both conductors. Noseda just led a series of fabulous performances of Adriana Lecouvreur at the MET, including a recent telecast, and Honeck's recordings have been favorably reviewed in these pages by yours truly. So very glad to see you posting such positive reviews a...
by maestrob
Tue May 21, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 56
Views: 2019

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

Gentlemen----- What I DID say is that Toscanini anticipated the age of the international travelling conductor. I did not mention unionization. My point is that Toscanini wanted to establish a universal understanding for how music should go, i. e. basic rules of the road, which most conductors use to...
by maestrob
Mon May 20, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hillary Hahn plays Sibelius VC live
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Re: Hillary Hahn plays Sibelius VC live

It's also on YouTube in HD. See the What I Listened To Today thread.i still think of HH as a girl but she's 40 and a mom. Great performance! Just finished the Symphonie fantastique, and am here to report that this too is a fine performance of the work. Franck is a superb conductor, with a "just rig...
by maestrob
Mon May 20, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4033
Views: 762626

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71PHmWZgl-L._SX522_.jpg This superb CD features the solo art of one of the world's finest clarinet players today, Andreas Ottensamer, solo clarinet of the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic. Thanks to Lance and Barney's recommendation, I put this wonder...
by maestrob
Mon May 20, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WIP - LP deaccessioning
Replies: 3
Views: 53

Re: WIP - LP deaccessioning

Classical vinyl, not roots music or jazz What vinyl and vinyl accouterments am I keeping? That surprised even me. 1. All Lyrita and MHS sourced from Lyrita. - about 20. 2. All Albany and Reference (Prof Johnson) - less than 10. 3. All direct-to-disc recordings - 5 4. All Franklin Mint recordings. (...
by maestrob
Mon May 20, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo 151st Role El Gato Montés LA
Replies: 2
Views: 22

Re: Domingo 151st Role El Gato Montés LA

jserraglio wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 8:46 am
I have the Sony recording and like it a lot.
Yes, I do also have it. Domingo's 151st role! Has there ever been another like him? I remember Ivan Koslovsky sang the Lohengrin aria at age 72(?), but he had nowhere near the depth of repertoire that Domingo has sung.
by maestrob
Sun May 19, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hillary Hahn plays Sibelius VC live
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Re: Hillary Hahn plays Sibelius VC live

Listened to this yesterday, and was very impressed both with Hahn and the conductor, Mikko Franck (any relation to the composer?). More than a solid performance, this was well thought through, not dashed off, not a careless note or phrase played. I'm intrigued enough to hear the Symphonie Fantastiqu...
by maestrob
Sat May 18, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Park Ave Armory Performances
Replies: 2
Views: 45

Re: Park Ave Armory Performances

Me neither! Are we falling behind the "avant-garde?" :roll:
by maestrob
Sat May 18, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 56
Views: 2019

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

Toscanini promulgated his ideas of minimalist intervention for very practical reasons, I was taught at Juiliard. One of these, and the most important in my view, was that if there were a universal understanding of how the music should go among musicians (both singers and instrumentalists), then this...
by maestrob
Fri May 17, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More rare Kathleen Ferrier, contralto!
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: More rare Kathleen Ferrier, contralto!

barney wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 8:34 am
It looks a treasure, Lance.
Agree: I'm checking amazon right now. Thanks, Lance!
by maestrob
Fri May 17, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 56
Views: 2019

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

Well there it is. We probably wouldn't be having this discussion, or it wouldn't have gone on this long, if you and Heck148 didn't dismiss performances I think well of as "erratic," I don't regard Furtwangler's performances as "erratic"...I believe he had what he thought were very sound reasons for...
by maestrob
Thu May 16, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bored of the ‘Ring’
Replies: 31
Views: 542

Re: Bored of the ‘Ring’

I may be way off the mark here, but I believe that Nezet-Seguin would make a formidable Wagner interpreter. He's already shown himself to be adept at repertoire as diverse as Dvorak's Rusalka, Verdi's La Traviata, and Bruckner's original version of his Third Symphony. I suspect that, given sufficien...
by maestrob
Thu May 16, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 56
Views: 2019

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

John--- I have piano recordings (rolls) of Debussy playing his own music, and it's decidedly NOT in the style of Gieseking, who set today's standard of how to play Debussy's music. The composer's playing is quite idiosyncratic, and very different from Gieseking's approach, yet if a modern pianist to...
by maestrob
Wed May 15, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 31
Views: 4832

Re: Summer meet-up

Well, unfortunately, due to concert conflicts and the need for me to be present here, I will NOT be able to make this meet-up. I will also be gone most of July (which I probably should not do), but one does have to take a break and recharge the batteries. I hope you will not be disappointed. We wil...
by maestrob
Wed May 15, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bored of the ‘Ring’
Replies: 31
Views: 542

Re: Bored of the ‘Ring’

At least the better voices in this cast are acknowledged. I was not happy with Deborah Voigt's past her prime Brunnhilde last time around: Goerke sounds fresher and with better acting, according to the review. I do wish the MET would telecast this current cycle, but it may be too soon for another Ri...
by maestrob
Tue May 14, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Firing Up the Neural Symphony
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: Firing Up the Neural Symphony

Excellent article, Len. Thank-you! 8)
by maestrob
Tue May 14, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Louis Schwizgebel plays Saint-Saens PC #5
Replies: 6
Views: 215

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

With a name like Schwizgebel, he better be good! I have now listened to the piano concerto. Schwizgebel has a light, fluid touch that suits the music admirably, BUT I wonder how much he can change his style to suit, say, Beethoven or Bach. Time will tell, I suppose. Thanks for posting! He has about...
by maestrob
Tue May 14, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heather Mac Donald's Met Tosca Review
Replies: 1
Views: 108

Re: Heather Mac Donald's Met Tosca Review

Right on, Len! Great review, and I agree with her very strongly. 8)
by maestrob
Tue May 14, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 56
Views: 2019

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

Heck, the kind of vibrato ridden , blaring trumpet sound may be ideal for Gershwin , but it's grotesquely wrong for composers such as Wagner, Bruckner, Mahler and Richard Strauss etc . It's like an actor playing the role of a German or Austrian aristocrat and using a Brooklyn accent . It was the pr...
by maestrob
Tue May 14, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4033
Views: 762626

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

Alfred Brendel has a son named Adrian, but he plays the cello. There are other Brendels around who aren't necessarily related, such as the baritone Wolfgang Brendel. So, it IS Brendel's son, as the CD lists him as playing cello. Small world indeed, and congatulstions to him for contributing to such...
by maestrob
Mon May 13, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4033
Views: 762626

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

Thanks for that, John! I'll listen tomorrow, as I'm off to an appointment. I wonder if the horn player, Adrian Brendel, is related to Alfred?
by maestrob
Mon May 13, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4033
Views: 762626

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81j7TJmelpL._SX522_.jpg Erno Dohnanyi, unlike his contemporaries Bartok and Kodaly, has not taken his rightful place in concert halls around the world. This disc will certainly garner acclaim and new respect for his work. Played with panache and styl...
by maestrob
Mon May 13, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Dreyfus
Replies: 10
Views: 318

Re: George Dreyfus

What a story! ....And his son is soon to be AG? Talk about friends in high places! Thank-you Belle for making my day an interesting one.
by maestrob
Mon May 13, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Katia Buniatishvili's new Schubert cd
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: Pianist Katia Buniatishvili's new Schubert cd

Thanks for the Sydney review,Barney, I have not been impressed with most of her previous playing I've heard, usually in concertos. However,here where the 2 reviews I posted ,and yours, are positive, I agree with the reviews ; where the 3 reviews are negative, I disagree with the reviews. My recordi...
by maestrob
Sat May 11, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 56
Views: 2019

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

The Brahms symphonies maestrob mentions were not with the BBC Symphony but the Philharmonia, in 1952 at the Royal Festival Hall.
Yes, of course! Thank-you John!
by maestrob
Fri May 10, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For His 200th Birthday, a Composer Gets a Closer Look
Replies: 6
Views: 282

Re: For His 200th Birthday, a Composer Gets a Closer Look

My first date with Teresa was at an FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology for non-New Yorkers) production of Gerolstein in April 1980, a NY premiere, starring Teresa's voice teacher at the time in the title role. It was great fun: we loved the piece! Brian I didn't even know FIT did operas-Sue knows...
by maestrob
Fri May 10, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Severin von Eckardstein new cd-Debussy,Dupont
Replies: 1
Views: 147

Re: Pianist Severin von Eckardstein new cd-Debussy,Dupont

Lovely repertoire. A great listen!

Thanks for posting.
by maestrob
Fri May 10, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tedd Joselson, pianist - Complete RCA collection
Replies: 1
Views: 171

Re: Tedd Joselson, pianist - Complete RCA collection

Joselson is now living in Singapore, and quite active, teaching and performing there. Here's an article: https://www.weekendnotes.com/tedd-joselsons-golden-jubilee/ Here's a disc I have of Joselson playing Barber's Piano Concerto: very fine, IMHO: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61R...
by maestrob
Fri May 10, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For His 200th Birthday, a Composer Gets a Closer Look
Replies: 6
Views: 282

Re: For His 200th Birthday, a Composer Gets a Closer Look

Fascinating! Thanks, Len!

My first date with Teresa was at an FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology for non-New Yorkers) production of Gerolstein in April 1980, a NY premiere, starring Teresa's voice teacher at the time in the title role. It was great fun: we loved the piece!
by maestrob
Fri May 10, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 56
Views: 2019

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

Toscanini's detractors (Furtwangler among them) called him stiff and metronomic, but I don't find that the case at all. He is disciplined, but certainly not metronomic, for example, in his Beethoven IX, or his Aida video w/Tucker from 1948. I've sung the Amonasro scene with Aida to that recording, a...
by maestrob
Thu May 09, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Paul Lewis live
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Re: Pianist Paul Lewis live

Rach3: Agree with your assessment. Paul Lewis is a fine artist. I wish he had waited to record the Beethoven Sonatas (he just wasn't quite ready to handle all the technical demands), but his cycle of the Concertos is very fine, and this recital shows him to be in good form. Interesting repertoire: t...
by maestrob
Thu May 09, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 3688

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

Belle, congratulations on a successful presentation! Well-deserved, as you worked hard enough on it at the last moment. For the record (pun intended), stereo recording in the studio began in 1954 here in the U. S. for commercial release on reel-to-reel tape (RCA and Mercury (?)), but stereo LPs were...
by maestrob
Wed May 08, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elgar chamber works live
Replies: 2
Views: 185

Re: Elgar chamber works live

The piano Quintet has long been a favorite work: the slow movement is, when done right, very moving. Thanks for posting this. The Quartet is also a strong work, rarely performed. If you want a CD, here's my recommendation:

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by maestrob
Tue May 07, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boris Giltburg's new Rachmaninoff Preludes cd
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Re: Boris Giltburg's new Rachmaninoff Preludes cd

Rach3 wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 9:02 am
FYI. I have not heard this new Naxos cd released April 12, plan to, here free entire cd for awhile:

https://www.nporadio4.nl/cds/boris-gilt ... 4-preludes
Another winner for Giltburg! Five stars!

Thanks for posting this: it's now on my wantlist.
by maestrob
Tue May 07, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 56
Views: 2019

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

That would be saying too much. Furtwangler conducted quite a lot of modern music, especially in his younger years but right up to the end. The concert listing published by Tahra includes Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements, Hindemith's Harmonie der Welt symphony and Concerto for Orchestra, Bar...
by maestrob
Mon May 06, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4033
Views: 762626

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81pvCw5f9XL._SX522_.jpg Vasily Petrenko and his Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra appear here in another fine release of Stravinsky's complete Firebird ballet, coupled, appropriately enough, with a suite from Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Le coq d'or ...
by maestrob
Mon May 06, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 3688

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

Yes, Belle, bonne chance with your presentation! Incidentally, the Nuits d'Ete that you're using with Crespin is conducted by Ansermet, no?....as is the Sheherezade? Those were released in the 1960's on London (Decca to you!), and are still my favorite incarnation of both works. For reasons I've giv...
by maestrob
Sun May 05, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 56
Views: 2019

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

I just listened yesterday to Furtwangler's last performance of Beethoven IX, recorded in 1954 with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Lucerne, just to remind myself after many years of not hearing it, how much and why I disliked Furtwangler's interpretation. The first movement was slow and heavy, the sec...
by maestrob
Sat May 04, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Prayer at the Heart of a ‘Quintessentially French’ Opera
Replies: 9
Views: 847

Re: The Prayer at the Heart of a ‘Quintessentially French’ Opera

The Reign of Terror is very personal for me: I had family who fled persecution in France in 1791. My grandmother painted a copy of a family painting of my ancestors' home in northern France that hangs on my wall: my nephew has a portrait of my many times great grandfather hanging on his step-mother'...
by maestrob
Sat May 04, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trial by Jury-Scalia/Ginsburg wilmington delaware opera
Replies: 1
Views: 183

Re: Trial by Jury-Scalia/Ginsburg wilmington delaware opera

I thought with all the news on the courts I've been clued too of late I might not go for the above combination but they did a wonderful job. scalia/Ginsburg was an eye-opener-very creative and imaginative. We sat right behind the director and had a nice chat with her. Tomorrow dead man walking--rig...
by maestrob
Sat May 04, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 3688

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

Thanks so much for your excellent recommendations! I won't play Beethoven sonatas because my final program on the late Beethoven sonatas is only next month and we have program on Beethoven next week. He really is the composer of the moment. Always. And why not? I'm trying to find a translation of t...
by maestrob
Fri May 03, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky sym 4
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Re: Tchaikovsky sym 4

I've been using my roku youtube TV more to listen to classical music and opera while working in the kitchen-I have wifi headsets which bring the sound right into my ears--to day I wanted to hear Tchaikovky's 4th sym and a search of youtube immediately gave me bernstein, gergiev and abbado in that o...
by maestrob
Fri May 03, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 3688

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

Yes, of course; I'm on overload and on a short time limitation before next Thursday. And, thanks, yes I have been listening to the suggestions here. Our "tech" man has been emailing me about getting most of the program through my Android. I can play " I am Lost to the World ". Will be using Regine ...
by maestrob
Wed May 01, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Alex Cattaneo live
Replies: 1
Views: 240

Re: Pianist Alex Cattaneo live

Excellent playing! Listened to the Bach and Ravel only so far, but this fine Swiss pianist bursts with musicality and sensitive playing. Will explore further later. Thanks for posting this..... :D Later observations: for a 21-year-old, Alex Cattaneo plays with surprising depth and sensitivity. He ne...
by maestrob
Wed May 01, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 3688

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

Extraordinary singing and playing. This is from one of my desert island discs, which I haven't played in some time. Thanks for posting that, John. :D
by maestrob
Wed May 01, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For fans of pianist Nikolai Lugansky
Replies: 6
Views: 511

Re: For fans of pianist Nikolai Lugansky

barney wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:48 pm
My wife and I are about an hour back from a month in Europe, one of the great highlights of which was Lugansky doing Beethoven 4 with the Czech Philharmonic in Prague. Amazing!
Welcome back, Barney! You've been missed! Wondered what happened to you....

Do post some photos, if you can. 8)
by maestrob
Wed May 01, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's " Essential" Dvorak recordings
Replies: 8
Views: 1388

Re: WQXR's " Essential" Dvorak recordings

THEHORN wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:43 pm
MaestroB , Josef Suk was the great grandson, not grandson of Dvorak .
Gotcha! Thanks......
by maestrob
Wed May 01, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Starting times for concerts
Replies: 11
Views: 1112

Re: Starting times for concerts

John F wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 3:29 am
Sunday performances are always matinees, I believe, never in the evening. I don't know why not, but that's how it seems.
Could it be that that's when PBS broadcasts Masterpiece Theatre? I'm just saying..... :wink: :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 75
Views: 3688

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

Love it! :lol: Barbirolli did make some fine recordings for EMI with his Halle Orchestra and others: I've ordered the EMI box set pictured above in another post and look forward to exploring that repertoire. Thanks for the stories Heck148: always love to hear good gossip! It's what makes this site s...