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by maestrob
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kennedy Center Honors 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 48

Re: Kennedy Center Honors 2019

Also, it shows that the President couldn't care less about the arts, which is not surprising. His staying away might be interpreted by some as a thoughtful gesture. I'm not one of them.
by maestrob
Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute
Replies: 11
Views: 220

Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Lovely, Mark. Thanks for sharing!
by maestrob
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Petter Grimes - BBC TV conducted by Britten
Replies: 1
Views: 70

Re: Petter Grimes - BBC TV conducted by Britten

Thanks, John. I'll give this a look and listen very soon!
by maestrob
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snowball the dancing parrot
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: Snowball the dancing parrot

lennygoran wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:07 am
Wonder how he'd be in tomorrow night's The Thieving Magpie! Regards, Len :lol:
That was painful! :D :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4057
Views: 864337

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61MrnlGLdCL._SX522_.jpg Well now, back to Prokofiev. These early recordings by Jean Martinon for Decca (1959/60) with the Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire show off Decca's sound world at the time, but I suspect that this CD was n...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute
Replies: 11
Views: 220

Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Agree, prefer the Prokofiev in the violin version. Yes, I'll go along with that. I also like the Ibert concerto. For the curious, James Galway transcribed the Khachaturian violin concerto into one for flute and orchestra, quite successfully. Here's the CD, still available...... https://images-na.ss...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 472

Re: Castrato voice

Interesting thread. If I may add my 2 cents as the resident voice teacher........ There are two ways to train any voice, male or female, which have nothing to do with whether the male has been castrated or not. Either the vice is legit (think female opera singers and what we now call "counter-tenors...
by maestrob
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4057
Views: 864337

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

John F wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:26 pm
What a pity that Lorraine Hunt Lieberson wasn't recorded in the title role, which she sang at New York City Opera. A treasurable artist, much missed.
Agreed!
by maestrob
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4057
Views: 864337

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51I3Q8KGukL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg Handel's opera, Serse, has had many good recordings since the advent of HIP; this is the finest I've heard. Franco Fagioli is simply a force of nature, equal in talent to the superb Bartoli, and may be her heir...
by maestrob
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aaron Rosand RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 295

Re: Aaron Rosand RIP

Don't know about shoulder rests, but this passage caught my attention: His first recital came at age 9 and his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was a year later, according to a Curtis biography. His New York Philharmonic debut in 1960 with Leonard Bernstein was as soloist in that orchestra’...
by maestrob
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti: Every ensemble a tenor aria with obbligato
Replies: 5
Views: 166

Re: Pavarotti: Every ensemble a tenor aria with obbligato

I have avoided listening to or acquiring Pavarotti's recording of Otello mainly because I've always thought that the role was beyond his capabilities, as it most embarrassingly was for Carlo Bergonzi when he attempted the role live in Carnegie Hall. Being able to sing a role in a vocal or recording ...
by maestrob
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Morris Playfully Tackles ‘Sport’ at Mostly Mozart
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re: Mark Morris Playfully Tackles ‘Sport’ at Mostly Mozart

Hi, Len!

The only piece I see here is "Empire Garden." I have not heard the Ives and don't know it, but I doubt that Ives's music has anything to do with gardening per se. All in all, this doesn't seem to have much to do with Mozart, either! :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chants d'Auvergne - English translation of lyrics
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: Chants d'Auvergne - English translation of lyrics

Hi, Danny!

Dame Kiri Te Kanewa recorded a complete set of the Chants d'Auvergne for Decca about three decades ago: the 2 CD set is available now on amazon for $3.98 and contains the translations of all the songs, I'm sure.

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by maestrob
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aaron Rosand RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 295

Re: Aaron Rosand RIP

I have many of his recordings, including Brahms, Bruch, and a recital disc or two. I see on amazon that there are several DVDs as well. Rosand was a fine artist: why he never caught on has always been puzzling to me. Beautiful tone, fine and clear articulation, my experience of him on disc has alway...
by maestrob
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic
Replies: 18
Views: 773

Re: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic

Casals recorded the Brandenburg Concertos at the Prades Festival in 1950. Eugene Istomin played the keyboard part in no. 5 on the piano, with John Wummer, flute, and Joseph Szigeti, violin. In no. 2 the trumpet part was played on the soprano saxophone by Marcel Mule, with John Wummer, flute; Marcel...
by maestrob
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic
Replies: 18
Views: 773

Re: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic

More exciting than Toscanini?! High praise indeed! I will listen to that one with great interest.

Wasn't some of Casals's Bach issued on 78RPM discs by Columbia? I vaguely remember a Brandenburg 5.....
by maestrob
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Radu Lupu retires this year
Replies: 1
Views: 128

Re: Radu Lupu retires this year

I first heard Lupu when he partnered with Murray Perahia in Schubert and other composers in the 1980's in Carnegie Hall. It remains one of the very best concerts I have ever attended, and the resulting recording received many awards when it was issued (We were lucky enough to have stage seats for th...
by maestrob
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Telarc's recording engineer RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Re: Telarc's recording engineer RIP

A sad day for audiophiles. I've admired Telarc records since its inception, and own many, including the ones mentioned in the article by Frederick Fennell and a piano recording which were issued in 1983 and still play perfectly on my stereo. The recordings made with Robert Shaw (Berlioz, Brahms) are...
by maestrob
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: André Previn: Hear the Many Facets of a Musical Polymath
Replies: 1
Views: 141

Re: André Previn: Hear the Many Facets of a Musical Polymath

As an opera buff, I've always admired Previn for writing "Streetcar," and I must admit that it's more successful than Bernstein's "A Quiet Place." That said, Bernstein's"West Side Story" remains one of the most successful musicals of all time. Previn never equaled that. Bernstein's work for Violin a...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4057
Views: 864337

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/613eN3l7RuL._SX522_.jpg Boris Giltburg is fast becoming my favorite pianist of the new generation. His solo recordings have been consistently excellent in repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev, now with Liszt's magn...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Coming to Met-A New Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Re: Coming to Met-A New Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Somehow, I've never been able to connect to this opera, although I've loved Threepenny Opera since childhood. My feeling is that this work is an over-reach by the composer, so it just doesn't work for me. My fault, I'm sure. Several years ago, there was a televised production starring Audra McDonald...
by maestrob
Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A ‘Tosca’ Makes Room for Two Prima Donnas
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: A ‘Tosca’ Makes Room for Two Prima Donnas

Weird! I think I'll stay away also! :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruch violin concerto no conductor
Replies: 8
Views: 345

Re: Bruch violin concerto no conductor

I have a DVD of Heifetz performing Bruch's Scottish Fantasy (IIRC) without a conductor, and it almost works, but not perfectly. There are times when Heifetz is playing and the tempo shifts when the orchestra sounds a bit tentative: not bad, but it would have been better with a baton-wielder at the h...
by maestrob
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Woody Allen at La Scala
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: Woody Allen at La Scala

Roman Polanski was also welcomed in Europe in spite of his scandals here.

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by maestrob
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic
Replies: 18
Views: 773

Re: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic

There exists also a four-hand transcription (Liszt also) of Beethoven IX that deserves notice from, say, the dream team of Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire.

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by maestrob
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic
Replies: 18
Views: 773

Re: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic

I first became aware of Liszt's transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies while studying orchestral works at Juilliard. They are fabulous works, especially the four-hand transcription of IX, and I would welcome a recording by a major pianist. Cyprien Katsaris has recorded them, and they are quite e...
by maestrob
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Live performances of note
Replies: 8
Views: 419

Re: Live performances of note

Many Western singers have sung in Russian operas - "Boris Godunov," "Evgeny Onegin," and so on - since they started being performed in Russian rather than English or Italian at the Met, Covent Garden, etc. But vocal recitals have become pretty scarce in recent years, and enterprising explorers of t...
by maestrob
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich Quartet no. 8
Replies: 6
Views: 389

Re: Shostakovich Quartet no. 8

Shostakovich Quartet VIII has also been transcribed for piano by Boris Giltburg (interesting, but IMHO unsuccessfully), and for string orchestra by Rudolf Barshai on DGG, now sadly OOP with just one copy available on amazon as of this writing: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61EoHBm...
by maestrob
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 74
Views: 7897

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

Agree about the Richter recording of Brahms Sonatas I & II. They are decidedly not Brahms at his best, but there are moments in each that are worth hearing. III, OTOH, is a gem from start to finish: it's in a class by itself, far above the other two, and is often played and recorded. Murray Perahia ...
by maestrob
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Live performances of note
Replies: 8
Views: 419

Re: Live performances of note

I would hazard two guesses why they are not often performed: 1)The politics of the XXth Century precluded interest in Russian songs in general among Western students, and 2) The Russian language is perceived as quite different from Romance languages and even German, intimidating students who simply ...
by maestrob
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Live performances of note
Replies: 8
Views: 419

Re: Live performances of note

Rach3--Thanks for that! I'm very interested in performances of Rachmaninoff songs (called Romances in Russian), and find them extremely satisfying. I had a lovely Ukranian soprano in my competition who specialized in Rachmaninoff, and as a bonus to her I invited her to perform her best repertoire in...
by maestrob
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled
Replies: 15
Views: 3465

Re: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled

Thanks for this article. $83K is certainly not excessive. Does the Governor think most of the orchestra members are Democrats ? Sadly, without support from donors, orchestras have become too expensive to maintain. Perhaps Baltimore has degenerated to the point where they no longer deserve to have a...
by maestrob
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Today's Nixon in China mccarter theater princeton
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Re: Today's Nixon in China mccarter theater princeton

Hi, Len!

You've probably guessed that my favorite shot of the ones you posted was the CD store! 8) :lol:

Glad you and Sue had a good time there.
by maestrob
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: It's Time To Let Classical Music Die
Replies: 18
Views: 1143

Re: It's Time To Let Classical Music Die

FWIW: For my competition I auditioned many black sopranos, four of whom became winners (and a fifth who was grabbed by the MET before she could enter the finals), out of 30 total winners, about roughly in proportion to population share. OTOH, I heard very few male singers of color, and none were win...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Today's Nixon in China mccarter theater princeton
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Re: Today's Nixon in China mccarter theater princeton

Hi, Len! I have two connections to Princeton. The first is that my voice teacher, Dan Merriman, was invited there to give a series of guest lectures on his vocal technique (He was a pupil of Cornelius Ried.) during the mid-1980's. The second is that one of my pianists in my competition (Regina Yakub...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4057
Views: 864337

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71myxCajYfL._SX522_.jpg Bach's Orchestral Suites are favorite listening, notably by Trevor Pinnock. This superb disc by the Boston Baroque led by Martin Pearlman has lain unopened on my shelves since its publication in 2004, and I deeply regret my ne...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mariss Jansons cancels
Replies: 10
Views: 911

Re: Mariss Jansons cancels

Thanks so much for your kindness and advice. My husband needs a double knee replacement and this will involve months of pain and rehabilitation. We could not consider going before Feb 2020. He wore his knees out working for the family so I naturally put his needs first. My husband is a real hero: s...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remember ORION Master Recordings?
Replies: 7
Views: 1335

Re: Remember ORION Master Recordings?

Hello, montreal, nice to have you aboard. You've piqued my curiosity with your post, and I for one would be interested if you eventually issue a CD of this recital. 8)

Do keep us posted.
by maestrob
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4057
Views: 864337

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

jserraglio : Thanks for your contribution. :) I'm in a Bach/Handel mood today, but I'll get to Gergiev soon. I understand why you like Martinon though, he's an outstanding and vastly underrated conductor (I have all his Chicago recordings in an RCA box set), and his Prokofiev V & VII have been reis...
by maestrob
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Artur Balsam
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Re: Pianist Artur Balsam

Lots of Balsam's recordings are available on amazon, thankfully, many available for listening with amazon prime in mp3 format. The only recording I have on my shelves is a scintillating four hand performance of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances with Gena Raps.
by maestrob
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mariss Jansons cancels
Replies: 10
Views: 911

Re: Mariss Jansons cancels

I've always admired Jansons, thinking him completely free of ego and histrionics!! My son and daughter-in-law have just arrived back from Europe after an aborted visit of just 3 weeks because of the unexpected election win here (the boss wants him back at work!!). We were looking at their pictures ...
by maestrob
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4057
Views: 864337

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

Valery Gergiev conducted both versions of Prokofiev's 4th, op. 47 and op. 112, in his cycle of the symphonies with the London Symphony Orchestra which was broadcast and then published on CD in 2005. There was a much earlier op. 47 on Urania by the Colonne Concerts Orchestra conducted by Sebastian, ...
by maestrob
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Membran 10-CD boxed sets!
Replies: 8
Views: 735

Re: Membran 10-CD boxed sets!

I would suspect, as time moves on and these sets go out of print - and as younger collectors become as interested in historical artists, these sets may garner top dollar. In the case of most of these artists
Above is the last paragraph that I could read, Lance. FWIW......
by maestrob
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: It's Time To Let Classical Music Die
Replies: 18
Views: 1143

Re: It's Time To Let Classical Music Die

According to the blurb on New Music USA, "Nebal Maysaud is a queer Lebanese composer based in the Washington D.C. Metro Area. Since buying their first notation software in 2009, Nebal (pronounced [niˈbæ:l]) has grown to become an impactful, socially minded composer." Yeah, right. The strangest thin...
by maestrob
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Membran 10-CD boxed sets!
Replies: 8
Views: 735

Re: Membran 10-CD boxed sets!

I'll be glad to have that Feuerman set, Lance, but the other two are unknown to me, and one has to draw the line somewhere. Always appreciate your level of knowledge. Thanks for the alert! :D

PS: Your post ran out at the end......... :?:
by maestrob
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mariss Jansons cancels
Replies: 10
Views: 911

Re: Mariss Jansons cancels

I've always really liked Mariss Jansons and hope he goes well. I do especially remember this, from 2012 - just a very short time after my return from a year-long stay in Vienna. I sat watching this concert, especially at 16:20 , and regretted having to return to Australia!! Now, I'm not a fan of th...
by maestrob
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 74
Views: 7897

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

Shiraz? I don't actually drink more than the occasional Chardonnay, to be honest. " I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food." W. C. Fields Absolute gold!!! I've watch the Kantorov performances now and I was deeply impressed with the "Firebird" transcription in the semi-finals. What a ...
by maestrob
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When Jaap Met Yannick: New Maestros in New York
Replies: 2
Views: 489

Re: When Jaap Met Yannick: New Maestros in New York

Lance wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:13 pm
A joy to see this friendship and interchange between two conductors at the helm of the NYP and the MET.
.......and we're getting great music as well!
by maestrob
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boris Berezovsky
Replies: 7
Views: 999

Re: Boris Berezovsky

Not to mention the plethora of older pianists whom you may know well, but many don't. As you say, the line has to be drawn somewhere; I think I drew it at about 1970. :) :lol: True, but a 10CD set for $20 is a compelling argument for a purchase and a place on my new shelves, especially considering ...