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by maestrob
Thu May 24, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 32
Views: 730

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

This was Toscanini's NY Phil, then at its peak. I don't suppose Labate talked back to the maestro like that. :) LOL!! No way!! The NYPO did give Rodzinski a hard time tho - He was conducting Mahler's 1st Symphony - sometime in the 30s - rehearsal was not going well, and Rodzinski, he of the Vesuvia...
by maestrob
Tue May 22, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rossini's "Semiramide" (Complete opera)
Replies: 7
Views: 137

Re: Rossini's "Semiramide" (Complete opera)

I have the MET telecast with Renee Fleming on DVD, and it's a stunner. I'll have to acquire the Sutherland/Horne version: I've put it off for years, as I rarely listen to opera CDs any more.
by maestrob
Mon May 21, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3855
Views: 361451

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61GXruVKZBL._SS500.jpg This is a rave review of the Skampa (pronounced SHKAMpa) Quartet playing Dvorak's American String Quartet & Quintet, Opp. 96 & 97. It's not quite a debut disc, but it has the energy and verve in the committed playing of the gro...
by maestrob
Sun May 20, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 68
Views: 7207

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

One of the most amazing recording Szell ever made is of the Tchaikovsky 4th with the LSO. As it's a Decca recording it's not in the box. Another is his Dvorak Cello Concerto with Pierre Fournier and the Berlin Phil. To this day Fournier/Szell is my favorite recording of the Dvorak Cello Concerto. h...
by maestrob
Sat May 19, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Fires Levine
Replies: 43
Views: 3969

Re: Met Fires Levine

This is just the tip of the iceberg. I won't say anything more here, but Levine is not the only guilty party, according to what I've heard. Let's just say that the culture of an organization starts at the top.
by maestrob
Sat May 19, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3855
Views: 361451

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

Richter was at his best in that year when he made his Carnegie Hall debut. Remarkably, Lincoln Center's Philharmonic Hall didn't open until 2 years later, so Richter had to compete with visiting orchestras and the NY Philharmonic for time to make these extraordinary appearances. What a gift to now h...
by maestrob
Sat May 19, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize
Replies: 21
Views: 529

Re: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize

John F wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 4:31 am
Me neither.
Yes, the NYT forum shut down as a cost-saving measure about a decade ago, and was quite active until then. I must say that it was for subscribers to the Times only, and it was far less civil than CMG, which is, thanks to all who post here (especially Lance), especially comfortable.
by maestrob
Fri May 18, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize
Replies: 21
Views: 529

Re: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize

Brian, please try to get your friend to stop lurking and contributing. We would love to see him/her on our site. Indeed, CMG is still going strong after many years, started by Ward Botsford who became a good friend to me and whom I visited several times at his home. There was another classical musi...
by maestrob
Fri May 18, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 384
Views: 42153

Re: What I listened to today

jserraglio.....

I reviewed that Bychkov release in another thread. My opinion is that this is rather tame and polite compared to, say, Ormandy or other versions I own. What's your impression? (It's beautifully played, btw, just no depth to the music.).
by maestrob
Fri May 18, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize
Replies: 21
Views: 529

Re: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize

lennygoran wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 2:51 pm
Brian the CompuServe forum now gone-it was great. Len
.....and so is the NY Times classical music forum, where I first met cliftwood and arepo, as well as diegobueno and another friend who's too intimidated to post here: still a lurker after all these years!
by maestrob
Thu May 17, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's live Schumann PC & Brahms Handel Variations
Replies: 2
Views: 118

Re: Brendel's live Schumann PC & Brahms Handel Variations

Agree. Rattle is the last conductor I would expect to turn in a Romantic piece like the Schumann: I wonder how he does in it? Perhaps Brendel simply played and Rattle followed him? What do you think of the performance Lance? And yes, I do have the Brendel Box, but haven't yet opened it. Can't wait t...
by maestrob
Thu May 17, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 359

Re: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music

Are we talking about "modern" music, or "contemporary " music? As JohnF says, vague is the operative adjective here. I find it difficult to pursue contemporary music these days, due to a dearth of recordings, but from what I'm hearing, composers today are retreating from the ivory tower and are writ...
by maestrob
Wed May 16, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic's Education Program
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: Vienna Philharmonic's Education Program

It certainly looks impressive! Imagine being a school student or young music student and having access to this - one of the world's great orchestras: https://www.wienerphilharmoniker.at/language/en-US/Homepage/Jugend/Aktuelles#gabetta Quite wonderful, Belle, and an example for orchestras everywhere...
by maestrob
Wed May 16, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 384
Views: 42153

Re: What I listened to today

No comment necessary. :shock:
by maestrob
Tue May 15, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize
Replies: 21
Views: 529

Re: Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize

Birgit Nilsson was known for her cutting sense of humor, and like every diva, she defended her territory assiduously. One late evening at what was then O'Niel's restaurant, Nilsson settled in with a table full of her MET colleagues after a performance of (IIRC) Turandot. The conversation began smoot...
by maestrob
Mon May 14, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 29
Views: 699

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Would love to be there as well, but as you know my sleep disorder limits my availability. Please keep us posted as you decide on the time and place. For lunch I can be there at 2PM. My dinner time is later (9PM), and Teresa has special needs for food, so she may not be able to attend. We'll try our ...
by maestrob
Mon May 14, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 32
Views: 730

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

True, but the better the orchestra the more they should respond to the musical ability of a fine conductor. Or is that naive? How did the NYPO make Mitropoulos' life a misery? Any conductor needs a strong personality - the better the orchestra, the more the need for both musical ability and strengt...
by maestrob
Sun May 13, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3855
Views: 361451

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61MdzfxT5aL._SS500.jpg The attraction for me to this CD is not the Sinfonia Antartica by Ralph Vaughan-Williams, but the rarely performed Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra, here played by the fine pair of Louis Lortie (famed for his excellent Chopi...
by maestrob
Sun May 13, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductors are "bullies" now!!
Replies: 32
Views: 730

Re: Conductors are "bullies" now!!

Great conducting these days is a dying art. It takes energy and enthusiasm to bring out the best in an orchestra, and often these are mistaken for negative energy. Bernstein was often excoriated privately by his NY players, yet look at the results he produced consistently. Nowadays we have too many ...
by maestrob
Sun May 13, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 384
Views: 42153

Re: What I listened to today

Delighted! :D
by maestrob
Sat May 12, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3855
Views: 361451

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71Pyks0x7sL._SX522_.jpg Boris Giltburg has become a prolific and well-respected recording artist on the Naxos label in recent years. This recording of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto, unfortunately, lacks a conductor of similar stature, and it s...
by maestrob
Sat May 12, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Irmgard Seefried, soprano [DGG-Australia]
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Re: Irmgard Seefried, soprano [DGG-Australia]

The DVD pictured below was issued in 2010 and is still available. It's a 1965 performance of Otello in German, featuring Jurunac and Wolfgang Windgassen in very good mono sound for the period. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71zjtFkKpIL._SY550_.jpg So much music, so little time! Per...
by maestrob
Sat May 12, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Romantic Piano Concerto #75 - RIES
Replies: 1
Views: 137

Re: Romantic Piano Concerto #75 - RIES

Done! Thanks Lance! I've long been a champion of Czerny, now I'll be happy to explore these works as well. :)
by maestrob
Sat May 12, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Deborah Borda New York Philharmonic Interview
Replies: 3
Views: 195

Re: Deborah Borda New York Philharmonic Interview

Thanks Len, for posting this. Borda is a visionary with some excellent ideas ($5 tickets!). .......And now I know how to pronounce Jaap Van Zweden! :D
by maestrob
Sat May 12, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano
Replies: 23
Views: 1074

Re: Florence Austral, forgotten Australian soprano

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Found this on American amazon for only $6.98.......

......and this collectors' item for $35 (8.99 in mp3 downloads)

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by maestrob
Sat May 12, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 384
Views: 42153

Re: What I listened to today

Listening today to Schubert Piano Sonata A minor D784, from Wilhelm Kempff. I absolutely ADORE this work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1bfi-KO2KM The recitativo passages at the opening of the Andante; perfect heaven. Kempff is my go-to pianist for Schubert, along with the young Alfred Brendel i...
by maestrob
Fri May 11, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: El Sistema in Baltimore?
Replies: 5
Views: 216

El Sistema in Baltimore?

I'm posting this link here because you MUST see the pictures that accompany the article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/arts ... n=Trending

So encouraging!
by maestrob
Fri May 11, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Early Mozart piano concertos source
Replies: 15
Views: 371

Re: Early Mozart piano concertos source

The first complete set of Mozart's Piano Concerti was with Lili Kraus in the 1960's, playing with a pick-up band that was exceedingly awful. I had them on reel-to-reel tape, and they disappointed me to say the least. Then, in the 1970's, Geza Anda's set with himself leading from the keyboard was iss...
by maestrob
Fri May 11, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich's two piano concertos
Replies: 10
Views: 377

Re: Shostakovich's two piano concertos

Not necessarily. What disappoints me in the EMI recording is Shostakovich's playing, which you say nothing about. As I remember, it's accurate enough but more tense and nervous than the earlier Russian version, not to the music's benefit. Tense and nervous? Sorry JohnF, I don't hear it that way at ...
by maestrob
Thu May 10, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's ROH MacBeth
Replies: 2
Views: 154

Re: Tonight's ROH MacBeth

Netrebko was sensational at the MET as Lady MacBeth: no reason she would fail to please London audiences as well. Congratulations on a rare find, Len!
by maestrob
Thu May 10, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: James Ehnes plays Shostakovich VC #1 live with Ashkenazy
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: James Ehnes plays Shostakovich VC #1 live with Ashkenazy

One of my favourites is 13, probably because it's the first Shostakovich symphony I got to know. But I find it deeply profound. Agree with you here, Barney. When I was in college (Villanova), I studied the texts in Russian (I'm a licensed teacher with a French major and a Russian minor). The 13th S...
by maestrob
Thu May 10, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich's two piano concertos
Replies: 10
Views: 377

Re: Shostakovich's two piano concertos

Shostakovich was an excellent pianist, and his recordings of his own music are worth having. That said, the EMI recording with Cluytens is rather disappointing, and his earlier Russian recordings are worth seeking out if you can. "Rather disappointing," my foot! That EMI recording is in excellent s...
by maestrob
Wed May 09, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: James Ehnes plays Shostakovich VC #1 live with Ashkenazy
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: James Ehnes plays Shostakovich VC #1 live with Ashkenazy

Frankly, I have never been able to connect very well with the Shostakovich Fourth, either. However, I accept this as my own deficiency, not Shostakovich's. It was his own favorite of his symphonies, and Vasily Petrenko says it is one of his two greatest symphonies, along with the Fourteenth. My per...
by maestrob
Wed May 09, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barenboim's Beethoven's 5 Piano Concertos with Klemperer
Replies: 4
Views: 235

Re: Barenboim's Beethoven's 5 Piano Concertos with Klemperer

The youthful Barenboim was quite a prodigy, IMHO, and his early recordings for EMI can be quite good, especially his Mozart. The Beethoven Trios he recorded are outstanding, yet his Beethoven Sonatas, while listenable, lack the depth of a mature artist, which is probably why he recorded them again f...
by maestrob
Wed May 09, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich's two piano concertos
Replies: 10
Views: 377

Re: Shostakovich's two piano concertos

Yes, Lance, I just acquired this superb CD with Boris Giltburg, which includes not only the two piano concerti but Giltburg's world premiere recording of his arrangement for piano of the Shostakovich Quartet VIII. It's a superb disc (pictured below) which I am proud to own. Giltburg is IMHO a young ...
by maestrob
Tue May 08, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: James Ehnes plays Shostakovich VC #1 live with Ashkenazy
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: James Ehnes plays Shostakovich VC #1 live with Ashkenazy

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If you haven't connected to Shostakovich IV yet, do try the world premiere recording pictured above..... :)
by maestrob
Tue May 08, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 828

Re: Musical claims to fame

What a fun topic! I have posted the stories below before, but for newcomers I'll do this again. :D During my career in retail menswear, as I was studying to become a working musician, my wife and I often attended the MET during the 1980's, sometimes with free seats and sometimes with our subscriptio...
by maestrob
Tue May 08, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Brahms
Replies: 10
Views: 368

Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

Brahms wrote so much consistently great music that for me it's impossible to nominate one work to celebrate with. Where do you start? The German Requiem, his Third Symphony (the most difficult to conduct!), the Piano Concerti? I just don't know where to begin. Perhaps his Piano Sonata III, or the Op...
by maestrob
Tue May 08, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3855
Views: 361451

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61phEOnzG0L._SS500.jpg Manfred Honeck, in taking the helm in Pittsburgh, has shaped that orchestra into a very fine ensemble, and has produced some very fine recordings with them, notably his Richard Strauss Elektra/Rosenkavalier disc reviewed earlie...
by maestrob
Mon May 07, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3855
Views: 361451

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71cK2Myx6hL._SX522_.jpg The Maltise tenor Joseph Calleja began his career singing lighter roles and, as his voice has grown, is now singing more dramatic Verdi roles on stage. He is very well thought of for the depth of characterization in his roles,...
by maestrob
Mon May 07, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Did I hear right?
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: Did I hear right?

Just talking to someone about Sirius XM radio in that they will not play any music led by pianist/conductor James Levine; and that the Metropolitan broadcasts will not feature ANY opera with Levine as conductor. Is there truth in this? Sirius can do as it pleases. As for the Met broadcasts, since L...
by maestrob
Sun May 06, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don Quichotte
Replies: 6
Views: 254

Re: Don Quichotte

I agree with JohnF here: I have the CD set pictured below with Teresa Berganza and Jose Van Dam, truly luxury casting, led by Michel Plasson. The weakness of Massenet's music is quite evident. Perhaps on stage it works better.

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by maestrob
Sun May 06, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marcelle Meyer
Replies: 11
Views: 522

Re: Marcelle Meyer

Thanks everyone for your responses. I'm definitely getting this set! :D
by maestrob
Sat May 05, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marcelle Meyer
Replies: 11
Views: 522

Marcelle Meyer

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71cAj9XPkkL._SX522_.jpg While browsing on amazon, I discovered this set of Marcelle Meyer's complete recordings for EMI, 1925-1957. Has anyone heard of this pianist, and should I buy the box? I've heard that her Scarlatti is superb, and there are two...
by maestrob
Sat May 05, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3855
Views: 361451

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51lunsD7nSL._SS500.jpg This excellent recording of Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony, with the Czech Philharmonic ably led by Semyon Bychkov, has at its heart one of the world's great orchestras. Bychkov's reputation for first-rate music-making is not c...
by maestrob
Sat May 05, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some insight on Leinsdorf - through interviews
Replies: 35
Views: 2038

Re: Some insight on Leinsdorf - through interviews

L: No. I make here a very clear distinction — and I have written about it — that recordings should never be used by the professional performer as a study aid or as a means to learn the music. As such, recordings are absolute poison for the professional who misuses them. For the public, I think they...
by maestrob
Fri May 04, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stavenhagen's PC # 1,Op.4
Replies: 2
Views: 577

Re: Stavenhagen's PC # 1,Op.4

Thanks Rach3 for posting that link. The following PC by Mosonyi is quite good also.
by maestrob
Wed May 02, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 7-Eleven deploys classical music, especially opera, to disinvite 'riffraff'
Replies: 9
Views: 1116

Re: 7-Eleven deploys classical music, especially opera, to disinvite unwanted visitorso

Our major bus terminal here in NYC has been successfully using this strategy for decades. Identifying classical music as a disinfectant, though, has its drawbacks, I would think. More like throwing the baby out with the bath water for 7-Eleven. Better to hire a guard and have a NO LOITERING policy. ...
by maestrob
Tue May 01, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Menahem Pressler's Schubert ... exquisite!
Replies: 1
Views: 594

Re: Menahem Pressler's Schubert ... exquisite!

Thank-you, Lance! This CD gives us all hope, and it's now on my Want List.
by maestrob
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein at 100
Replies: 5
Views: 719

Re: Bernstein at 100

Thank-you Belle! I must say, I find the author's characterization of Bernstein's late style to be very generous, and his description of Bernstein's years in NY as a failure rocks my world. I thought then and still do that his NY years were his best music-making, most consistently excellent: he remad...