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by maestrob
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Drink to me only
Replies: 5
Views: 42

Re: Drink to me only

Schwarzkopf had a natural voice, as opposed to one that was built up technically. In the early 1980's, when I was learning about vocal technique by sitting in on others' voice lessons, Schwarzkopf also came into the studio to observe and let it be known that she would be teaching master classes in N...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6
Replies: 13
Views: 170

Re: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6

Sure, but Rachmaninoff wrote 3 excellent symphonies plus the Symphonic Dances, which is symphonic in length, plus his tone poem "The Isle of the Dead." As well, he wrote four piano concerti and 3 CDs of exquisite art songs (known as Romances in Russia). Don't forget his mini-opera Aleko and various...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6
Replies: 13
Views: 170

Re: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6

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by maestrob
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6
Replies: 13
Views: 170

Re: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6

Len: Well, Tchaikovsky wrote operas that were successful and remain in the repertoire, but Rachmaninoff did write roughly 5 CDs worth of exquisite solo piano music, which I admire greatly. Brian but what about all the other stuff from Tchaikovsky-all those great concertos-the symphonies? Regards, L...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6
Replies: 13
Views: 170

Re: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6

Len: Well, Tchaikovsky wrote operas that were successful and remain in the repertoire, but Rachmaninoff did write roughly 5 CDs worth of exquisite solo piano music, which I admire greatly. Belle, since you admire Tchaikovsky's late symphonies, may I heartily recommend Gergiev/Vienna as well as Petre...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Geffen Hall Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way
Replies: 6
Views: 86

Re: Geffen Hall Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way

Louis Langree is a fine conductor of Mozart and French music, lively and sparkling. I, too, did not know that he's now leading Cincinnati, and am delighted to hear it. He has recorded (besides Mozart) Chausson, Berlioz & Franck, all in very fine readings. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/imag...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "What the composer wants"
Replies: 34
Views: 486

Re: "What the composer wants"

Thanks, Mark, for returning us to the subject at hand. 8)
by maestrob
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3756
Views: 248796

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71OvzkPUu%2BL._SX522_.jpg Rafal Blechacz is an artist new to these ears, and what a treat this album is! Devoted entirely to Bach, the disc includes many popular pieces, such as the Italian Concerto and the First Partita, played with sensitivity and ...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3756
Views: 248796

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71FBVnvgZNL._SX522_.jpg Ivan Fischer with his Budapest Festival Orchestra seem to be on a slow-motion mission to record Mahler's Symphonies, and that's fine by me! His recent Mahler IV was exquisitely crafted, and so is this new III, served up on two...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "What the composer wants"
Replies: 34
Views: 486

Re: "What the composer wants"

Prokofiev's own recording of his now popular Concerto III is very different from what's in the score, especially when compared to Graffman/Szell, which is the first recording made in the modern style I heard when I was a teenager. Szell's interpretation has been emulated by many other conductor/pian...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ten things Lucy Worsley has learnt about opera
Replies: 2
Views: 131

Re: Ten things Lucy Worsley has learnt about opera

Thanks for that, Len. Very entertaining! :)
by maestrob
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: London Times On Concert Hall Mess In New York
Replies: 7
Views: 149

Re: London Times On Concert Hall Mess In New York

The idea that NY is a "second-tier" orchestra is sheer nonsense: it's our current conductor who is second tier most of the time, although he has his moments of inspiration. Jaap Van Zweden may be too polite for some, but his recent recordings show that at least he knows how the music should go (I'm ...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 357

Re: Schumann

JohnF:

Well, I can only repeat myself in slightly a slightly different way: I admire Furtwangler's way with Schumann IV, even though I violently disagree with it. We've gone down this path before with Shostakovich V and Rostropovich among other conductors, so I don't see the need to belabor my point.
by maestrob
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sad News Vincent La Selva
Replies: 1
Views: 115

Re: Sad News Vincent La Selva

Sad, sad news indeed. La Selva was my friend and mentor: I studied with him for six years at Juilliard. He taught me much of the standard repertoire, both operatic and symphonic, and encouraged me to begin my own vocal competition in Carnegie Hall. He was a demanding and generous teacher who knew al...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don Carlos Paris
Replies: 7
Views: 159

Re: Don Carlos Paris

FWIW the Ricordi edition of the score has five acts in Italian, the Schirmer has only four.
by maestrob
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 22
Views: 580

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

Lance, if this were my situation I would go to "My Orders" on amazon, find the order, and request a refund because the item was not received or signed for by you. I'm just saying.......
by maestrob
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 357

Re: Schumann

Szell's complete set of Schumann symphonies are favorites of mine, all four. Szell actually rescored the winds to fit the wider range of modern instruments, and IIRC may have touched up the brass as well. Anyway, I didn't know that when I got the set as a teenager, and have enjoyed them since then a...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 357

Re: Schumann

When I think of Schumann, I first think of his Symphonies, of which the Rhenish (III) was my first acquaintance. It wasn't until Solti recorded them in Vienna that I was completely satisfied with a complete set, and that set is still my benchmark to this day, although Abbado made an extraordinary re...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 22
Views: 580

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

Lance:

Wow! I had that happen to me twice with amazon, and I live in a doorman building in Manhattan! I must say that I waited 2 weeks from the supposed "delivery" date, and wrote amazon an email: they credited my account immediately for both items.
by maestrob
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don Carlos Paris
Replies: 7
Views: 159

Re: Don Carlos Paris

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I liked this one better: Alagna's voice is tailor-made for the role, as is Jose Van Dam. Exquisite singing all around, led by the extraordinarily musical Pappano.
by maestrob
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist
Replies: 19
Views: 349

Re: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist

Speaking of crossover....... Nelson Riddle was IMHO the classiest arranger of popular songs in the business, as he proved in Sinatra's release of "Only the Lonely" in the early 1960's, and in his other work at the time with great pop stars of that age (see Rosemary Clooney, etc.). Riddle's last assi...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 31
Views: 1113

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

Yes, JohnF, I agree with your evaluation of Backhaus. I have a live recital disc where his playing of the Beethoven Op. 111 is totally overwhelming, but that's about all I'm interested in.
by maestrob
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist
Replies: 19
Views: 349

Re: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist

Sinatra - ABSOLUTELY! Indeed the '50's were an embarrassing cultural wasteland. Sinatra was an exception. Strange to find Frank Sinatra as a topic on this board, yet I find "Only the Lonely" his best album, equal in artistic depth and vision to much of what we discuss here. https://images-na.ssl-im...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 31
Views: 1113

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

Yes, indeed! .....and then there's Annie Fischer, some of which I've heard, but do not own.....
by maestrob
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: L’Arpeggiata Luigi Rossi
Replies: 13
Views: 285

Re: L’Arpeggiata Luigi Rossi

What does it for me is the B Minor Mass, and the Christmas Oratorio, both of which I sang in Carnegie Hall many moons ago in my twenties. I still am moved by this great music when it's done well.

BUT, we're way off Len's topic now, so I'll stop here before I start comparing recordings.
by maestrob
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 31
Views: 1113

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

I must confess here that I do not own scores of the Beethoven Sonatas: in fact, my library almost exclusively consists of opera and symphonic scores. So, I defer to the pianists on this board when it comes to judging how faithful any individual performer is to the score in this repertoire, but still...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 31
Views: 1113

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

The map is not the territory. What's written on the page is only the beginning. Though I am a Toscanini fan, I think that there are many ways to interpret any score by reading between the lines, and great musicians certainly know how to do so, just as great actors in a play do so. I think we agree o...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 22
Views: 580

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

IIRC, Westminster was "absorbed" by DGG back in the late 1990's, partly because there was such widespread demand for the Beverly Sills recordings of the Donizatti "3 Queens" operas. Though they sold well, I never thought that Sills's voice was suited to those roles, and indeed, she went into vocal d...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3756
Views: 248796

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51Bb6FvagFL._SS500.jpg Boris Giltburg has been reviewed favorably in these pages before, and this latest release (recorded in 2015) shows he has not lost that magic he displayed earlier. Though still young, Giltburg displays an unusual maturity coupl...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3756
Views: 248796

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71R2rGOZw4L._SX522_.jpg Martyn Brabbins has recently begun a project of recording Vaughan-Williams, and this is his first disc of rare material, aptly entitled "Discoveries." Each of the vocal pieces is a gem, with Jennifer Johnston (mezzo) and Roder...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Geffen Hall Renovation Scrapped
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: Geffen Hall Renovation Scrapped

Sorry to denigrate Boston/Munch, but even as a teenager I found Munch inferior to the other "big five," with the exception of the Symphonie Fantastique and the Berlioz Requiem.

We each have our own ways of appreciating music: that's as it should be. :)
by maestrob
Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Netrebko & Eyvazov "Romanza" [DGG]
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Re: Netrebko & Eyvazov "Romanza" [DGG]

Sounds intriguing, Lance, but I've already spent my allowance for October! I'll put this one on my Christmas list.......
by maestrob
Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniil Trifonov's Chopin's "Evocations" on DGG (2CD)
Replies: 1
Views: 134

Re: Daniil Trifonov's Chopin's "Evocations" on DGG (2CD)

Chopin was not the greatest orchestrater in the world, but his efforts in the two piano concerti have never been questioned TMK until now. How do you find these revisions, Lance? The issue intrigues me.
by maestrob
Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 32
Views: 715

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Casella :!:
by maestrob
Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Times article on Antonio Pappano
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: NY Times article on Antonio Pappano

Pappano is one of my favorite conductors: he would make an outstanding replacement for Levine at the MET. I just like how he understands music: his recent Aida recording on CD won all sorts of awards. Go see him, if you can!
by maestrob
Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Guido Cantelli
Replies: 4
Views: 176

Re: Guido Cantelli

Cantelli was one of the great ones, whose life was cut short by a plane crash, IIRC. He was inspired in his musical thinking by his relationship with Toscanini, and was thought by the great Maestro to be his heir apparent. Cantelli's complete EMI output is available in an ICON box, and I would recom...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich Box Sets
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: Martha Argerich Box Sets

I have many of those single-disc releases as well, but at these prices I'm not worried about duplications. Thanks for your encouragement, Lance: these two sets are now on my Christmas list! :D
by maestrob
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Norma
Replies: 23
Views: 409

Re: Tonight's Met Norma

Yes, Belle, NYC is actually very hospitable, safe and easy to navigate above 14th Street. Taxis are everywhere if your feet get tired (we all wear sneakers for walking on concrete). Also the food in restaurants is excellent generally due to massive competition: a dinner for two away from the Central...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Geffen Hall Renovation Scrapped
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: Geffen Hall Renovation Scrapped

I understand why your preferences are based mainly (entirely?) on recordings, but as we both know, you have to see and hear the conductor and orchestra in action to make a proper assessment of their interaction and chemistry. Riccardo Muti's recordings of Verdi operas don't do much for me, but ther...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich Box Sets
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Martha Argerich Box Sets

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71JPFU%2Bj80L._SX522_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81yV7PJAqHL._SX522_.jpg These two outstanding sets marketed at $2/CD are a bargain, especially considering the artistry of the performers included in the releases. Just a few ...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Geffen Hall Renovation Scrapped
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: Geffen Hall Renovation Scrapped

Rattle is alive but not available - his term as music director of the London Symphony began last month with an initial 5-year contract, and for what it's worth, he told the LSO that this is his last job. And would you believe it, his demand that London build a new concert hall looks like being met....
by maestrob
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Geffen Hall Renovation Scrapped
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: Geffen Hall Renovation Scrapped

Who would you choose that's alive and available? Rattle :mrgreen: Seriously, though, you pose an excellent question. Both the MET and NY Philharmonic need new blood, and although I've heard some very fine recordings and MET broadcasts from Nezet-Seguin, who has already been chosen by the MET, the N...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3756
Views: 248796

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71-YE1IRA%2BL._SX522_.jpg Tatiana Nikolayeva became well-known for playing Shostakovich, yet her other concert repertoire deserves more attention, as this 1989 Athens recital attests. Her Bach is attentive to serious detail, her Schumann Symphonic Et...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Geffen Hall Renovation Scrapped
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: Geffen Hall Renovation Scrapped

This is not surprising to me at all. There are multiple problems with the NY Philharmonic that go beyond the hall itself: both financial and musical. Maybe Jaap van Zweden can solve the musical problems, but something needs to be done about attendance, which is down. The hall is in poor shape, and s...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 22
Views: 580

Paul Badura-Skoda

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This set of Badura-Skoda's complete DGG recordings is being released soon, and I wondered what the forum thinks of his artistry. My own experience is limited to rumor and gossip......
by maestrob
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Opera Coming “The Little Rock Nine,”
Replies: 1
Views: 131

Re: New Opera Coming “The Little Rock Nine,”

Tania Leon, when she was just getting started, was the Assistant Conductor for Vincent La Selva for a Carnegie Hall performance of the Verdi Requiem in which I appeared in the early 1980's. She was very professional and quite brilliant.
by maestrob
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elgar "Introduction and Allegro"
Replies: 10
Views: 362

Re: Elgar "Introduction and Allegro"

Hi, Belle. Electrical recording using tube amplifiers and microphones was invented and patented in 1925 or 6 for records, and quickly became the new standard due to its superior sound. Superior to mechanical recording, in which a singer or instrumentalist stood in front of a huge horn while the soun...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elgar "Introduction and Allegro"
Replies: 10
Views: 362

Re: Elgar "Introduction and Allegro"

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61%2B1do8ZySL._SS500.jpg In the early 1990's, EMI remastered Elgar's electrical recordings by pressing the original 78RPM metal masters on to vinyl records, then playing them with modern equipment and further touching up the result. The sound is spec...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Voice Must Be Heard
Replies: 11
Views: 405

Re: The Voice Must Be Heard

The sad fact is that the public makes stars happen, and the greatest star of them all, James Levine, is only vaguely associated with the MET nowadays, for very sad reasons. We are in a period with many great singers in the world, but many prefer not to appear at the MET, because they don't get to wo...