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by maestrob
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

10 million views from 180 countries is vastly impressive: I hope to hear replays of the winners when they are chosen. Frankly, I've had issues with medici.tv before, so have avoided this thread, but not through lack of interest.
by maestrob
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sun 1PM July 7 PBS La Fille Du Regiment
Replies: 1
Views: 34

Re: Sun 1PM July 7 PBS La Fille Du Regiment

Thanks, Len, for the reminder! Should be wonderful!
by maestrob
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4043
Views: 815839

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 2006. There was a much earlier op. 47 on Urania by the Colonne Concerts Orchestra conducted by Sebastian, ...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Film
Replies: 11
Views: 174

Re: Pavarotti Film

The location of Crispo's looks good to me - less than a block from the 14th street station on the A and C lines which are the ones I always take from Brooklyn, and with an elevator to the street (when it's working, a big when on the MTA). It's for supper only, not lunch, and it's closed on Sundays,...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Details Matter in Riccardo Muti’s Precise ‘Aida’
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Re: Details Matter in Riccardo Muti’s Precise ‘Aida’

The Chicago Symphony Chorus, founded and for many years conducted by Margaret Hillis, has always been outstanding - certainly much better than most choruses in the world's leading opera houses. So when Muti asked for clarity of diction, and kept the orchestra down, the words could be heard. Not tha...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in the Metadata
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in the Metadata

FWIW: I still prefer the sound quality and accessibility of my CD collection as a primary resource. I have no intention of subscribing to a streaming service until they offer CD-quality sound, but I welcome amazon's ability to "test-drive" CDs before I buy them.
by maestrob
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4043
Views: 815839

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61igv-KHJ%2BL.jpg This is a fine recording of Prokofiev V with Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, but it also contains a rare recording of Prokofiev's original Op. 47 Symphony IV, which he later revised into the performing versio...
by maestrob
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang live at Carnegie Hall May 1
Replies: 4
Views: 678

Re: Yuja Wang live at Carnegie Hall May 1

Ms.Wang tired of it all ? From Lebrecht's blog : https://slippedisc.com/2019/06/yuja-wang-maybe-ill-have-a-baby-maybe-ill-quit-at-35/ The musical life at the top for great artists that so many young talents crave becomes extremely stressful and unfulfilling rather quickly, and many suffer burnout a...
by maestrob
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Film
Replies: 11
Views: 174

Re: Pavarotti Film

John I look forward to your restaurant choices close to subway stops-we'll be in nyc alot this year and are pretty flexible. I'll keep people aware of when we're coming in-we like to book a hotel for maybe 3 nights so we can do alot of things when we do come in. Hope you can get relief for the leg ...
by maestrob
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

Thanks for that, John. Beautiful playing - I see by Gidon Kremer. Fascinating and very witty, but I think I would be disturbed by it in concert. It strays a long way from Beethoven! Still, maybe the odd musical shock inside one's comfort zone is not a bad thing. Actually, that's my reaction to anyt...
by maestrob
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yeou-Cheng Ma, Sister of Yo-Yo, Continues a Legacy
Replies: 1
Views: 101

Re: Yeou-Cheng Ma, Sister of Yo-Yo, Continues a Legacy

What a great story! Totally uplifting! Thanks, Len! :D
by maestrob
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: National stereotype at the Mozart Requiem

Murray Perahia also improvised his own cadenzas, as well as gentle additions to the text, especially in the middle movements of the Mozart Concerti. I don't have scores, so can't point to specifics, but the videos I have of rehearsals that came with his Sony complete box set are fascinating to watch...
by maestrob
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Alice Sara Ott diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
Replies: 6
Views: 203

Re: Pianist Alice Sara Ott diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

Very sad news! I have the album pictured below, released here and in Japan, and admire her greatly. A tragedy to see a young artist so debilitated with such a promising career ahead of her. I had a very promising soprano in my competition struck down by colon cancer (!) at the tender age of 26.........
by maestrob
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Threats, Quid Pro Quo Harassment, & Obscene Messages: Abuse on an Operatic Scale
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: Threats, Quid Pro Quo Harassment, & Obscene Messages: Abuse on an Operatic Scale

So sad, this. Let the sun shine in, and still nothing's done. Teresa and I have both been approached as young people by predators. This problem has persisted throughout the ages; even the MET didn't do anything about Levine until he couldn't conduct any longer. :twisted:
by maestrob
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

Hey, that was fun!

I got a score of 70.78 for downloads and 5.61 for uploads: I guess that's pretty good. I've actually only rarely had a problem with receiving the music posted here, so no complaints at all.

Thanks!
by maestrob
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 42
Views: 734

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

The luck of the draw, I guess. Ceertainly there have been quite a few outstanding Scandinavian pianists, such as Gunnar Johansen (Denmark) and Leif Ove Andsnes (Norway). Neither of them entered any competitions; they didn't need to, having successfully launched their careers in their 20s. That's th...
by maestrob
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 47
Views: 10179

Re: Summer meet-up

Hank,

Sorry to hear about your wife! Please take good care of her, and we'll look forward to seeing you next year.
by maestrob
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Elina Garanca CD - DGG
Replies: 1
Views: 117

Re: New Elina Garanca CD - DGG

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/810H6e78VWL._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51Cgi0CCKdL._SX425_.jpg "Sol y Vida" ELINA GARANCA, mezzo-soprano Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria Karl Mark Chichon, conductor DGG 483 3621, 65:39 A new Elina Garanc a CD i...
by maestrob
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philadelphia Orchestra live at Carnegie last week
Replies: 2
Views: 128

Re: Philadelphia Orchestra live at Carnegie last week

This was an extraordinary concert. Beatrice Rana is a wonder in Prokofiev III, and Nezet-Seguin again showed how he "gets" Rachmaninov by leading a powerful interpretation of his First Symphony, rarely performed and recorded. I do hope a CD is released of this repertoire. The newly discovered Stravi...
by maestrob
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sex and Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 471

Re: Sex and Chopin

:lol: We saw Borge live during the mid 1980's when he was appearing at, IIRC, the Winter Garden theater to sold-out audiences. I remember it was an evening performance, but he was dressed in afternoon grey (jacket and striped pants)! Apparently his son had forgotten to pick up his black evening outf...
by maestrob
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Franco Zeffirelli Made Subtle, Striking Opera. Until He Exploded
Replies: 10
Views: 239

Re: Franco Zeffirelli Made Subtle, Striking Opera. Until He Exploded

Poor Corelli had such stage fright that he had to be pushed out on stage many times. Then, the glory happened!
by maestrob
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Franco Zeffirelli Made Subtle, Striking Opera. Until He Exploded
Replies: 10
Views: 239

Re: Franco Zeffirelli Made Subtle, Striking Opera. Until He Exploded

Ouch! IMHO, that's an unnecessary, offensive and even cruel column. :evil:
by maestrob
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baltimore Symphony Musicians Are ‘Stunned’ After Concerts Are Canceled
Replies: 10
Views: 725

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

Cutting the orchestra's season from 52 weeks to 40 really does downgrade the group, I'm afraid. Incidentally, I disagree with you about David Zinman: he's an excellent conductor in repertoire from Beethoven to Rachmaninoff, with fine attention to detail, tempo and energy level in whatever he leads: ...
by maestrob
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: marin alsop raises the baton for women
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: marin alsop raises the baton for women

I heard Alsop and the Baltimore at Carnegie Hall on my 2016 trip. She was perfectly fine, but not in any way inspired on that night.I wouldn't judge a career on one performance, of course. Yes, Barney, that's my general feeling as well. The discs below impressed me...... https://images-na.ssl-image...
by maestrob
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philadelphia Orchestra live at Carnegie last week
Replies: 2
Views: 128

Re: Philadelphia Orchestra live at Carnegie last week

Thanks for that, Rach3! I will listen with great interest. I'm a fan of both Nezet-Seguin and Beatrice Rana (which means "frog"in Italian btw!). Ormandy made the first stereo recording of Rachmaninoff's Symphony I in the 1960's and it's still available. Rachmaninoff, though he lived in Long Island, ...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: marin alsop raises the baton for women
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: marin alsop raises the baton for women

Alsop has made some fine recordings and some clunkers, just like her male counterparts. She's an OK conductor IMHO and a good musician, at least an honest one. She also expresses herself well in public, which is an asset.

Thanks for the article, Len. :)
by maestrob
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Central Park 5 Reviewed
Replies: 1
Views: 101

Re: Opera Central Park 5 Reviewed

I say that this is an important work, whatever the nit-picking criticism of the details. This story should be told over and over as an object lesson in what's not working in our dysfunctional society.

We still haven't reached maturity in many ways.
by maestrob
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4043
Views: 815839

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71LUQhiZXrL._SX522_.jpg Zhu Xiaou-Mei has been quietly making extraordinarily good recordings while teaching in France for nearly a decade now, and this is one of her best. The innocence and purity she brings to Bach's French Suites resonates with me...
by maestrob
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4043
Views: 815839

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71%2BV362-x6L._SX522_.jpg When Karl Goldmark first appeared on the scene in 1865, he attracted attention with his chamber works, then his Rustic Wedding Symphony and an opera The Queen of Sheba. Throughout his career he was a friend of Brahms and an ...
by maestrob
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernard Haitink - last concerts
Replies: 9
Views: 388

Re: Bernard Haitink - last concerts

Lovely, lovely report. We should all retire and say farewell in such a way! 8)
by maestrob
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 47
Views: 10179

Re: Summer meet-up

Just reviving this thread to confirm our Summer of 2019 CMG meet-up will be happening a week from today, Saturday June 22, starting at 2:00PM at the Pomodoro Rosso restaurant, favorite of Seinfeld fans!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there! :D
by maestrob
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Jupiter Symphony - again
Replies: 5
Views: 226

Re: The Jupiter Symphony - again

Enjoy! My list of essential Mozart is perhaps longer than yours (or anybody's), and it definitely includes the 39th symphony. This was the last of Mozart's big 4 that I heard, in a concert when I was 15. I could hardly believe how beautiful it is, in quite a different way from the other late sympho...
by maestrob
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philharmonic and Met Go Outside
Replies: 1
Views: 144

Re: Philharmonic and Met Go Outside

It seems a darn shame that now that the MET has no competition from La Selva all they can provide for their best singers is a piano recital!
by maestrob
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trying To Get Rid of Post I put in Wrong Place
Replies: 13
Views: 390

Re: Trying To Get Rid of Post I put in Wrong Place

lennygoran wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:38 pm
barney wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:54 pm
Good luck with that Len. I try every day not to blunder and every day I fail.
But I feel a bit mean for putting you to so much grief. It was only a joke. :(
Barney why not come back to NYC and we can discuss this further! Len :lol:
Second the motion! 8) :D
by maestrob
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Jupiter Symphony - again
Replies: 5
Views: 226

Re: The Jupiter Symphony - again

My goodness, John, you are up early, or is it very late? :D I will listen to and absorb your posts. I have admired, respected and loved Mozart's last two symphonies from a very early age, along with his fourth Violin Concerto and bassoon concerto, the latter of which is rarely played (IIRC mine was ...
by maestrob
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernard Haitink - last concerts
Replies: 9
Views: 388

Re: Bernard Haitink - last concerts

Speaking of van Zweden, his recording of Le Sacre in NY received good reviews (4 1/2 stars in BBC Magazine). I have yet to hear it, so can't comment, and remember that you saw the live concert and were not impressed, John.
by maestrob
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernard Haitink - last concerts
Replies: 9
Views: 388

Re: Bernard Haitink - last concerts

Haitink has not been a favorite conductor in what I've heard of him over the years. He tends toward slowness (Sea Symphony & Shostakovich IV) and his Mahler recordings lack energy. OTOH, he made an excellent case for Bartok's second violin concerto w/Szeryng, and Beethoven's Piano Concerti w/Perahia...
by maestrob
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andsnes,Hamelin 2-piano recital
Replies: 3
Views: 210

Re: Andsnes,Hamelin 2-piano recital

The sound on this was a bit distant, but the playing was excellent! What a fine team they make! I actually thought Sacre du printemps was the best-played piece on the program, but maybe that's because I'm not a fan of the Debussy. Thanks for sharing, Rach3.
by maestrob
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BP sponsorship pollutes free opera
Replies: 4
Views: 233

Re: BP sponsorship pollutes free opera

How is it sensible to condemn a company, whatever its faults, for an action that clearly benefits everyone with no downside to them? John thanks-I'm with you on this--you put it so well! Regards, Len For decades, Exxon-Mobil supported Masterpiece Theater on PBS and no-one raised a peep about them. ...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR "Essential " piano recordings
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: WQXR "Essential " piano recordings

I don't know where to begin! How could they leave out Gieseking's Debussy, or Richter's WTC?????? Certainly there are interesting discs here (I'm glad to see Perahia's & Uchida's Mozart, Brendel's Beethoven), but where are Arrau's Beethoven, Ashkenazy's Rachmaninoff, Van Cliburn's Tchaikovsky, De La...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nezét-Séguin Brings Both of His Orchestras to Carnegie Hall
Replies: 5
Views: 287

Re: Yannick Nezét-Séguin Brings Both of His Orchestras to Carnegie Hall

I envy you, Hank, for having heard Nezet-Seguin live. Sadly, I cannot attend live performances because my sleep disorder interferes, but from what I've seen on TV and heard on CD, Nezet-Seguin is as electrifying in repertoire as diverse as Dvorak, Bizet, & Verdi, as he is in Mahler & Bruckner. His e...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 764
Views: 373808

Re: What I listened to today

To tell the truth, I haven't listened to radio in years, preferring to have control over my listening from my CD collection. Our TV cable company has 2 channels dedicated to classical music with zero commercials, but their taste in recordings leaves me wanting to change the channel (Dohnanyi/Vienna ...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rosbaud conducting Chopin Piano Concertos 1/2
Replies: 1
Views: 172

Re: Rosbaud conducting Chopin Piano Concertos 1/2

The great Hans Rosbaud's ongoing series on the German SWR Classsics label has presented the two Chopin piano Concertos [19076, 68:46]. Both played with the Southwest Radio Orchestra of Baden-Baden. No. 1 (r. 1961) w/Hans Richter-Haaser, pianist; No. 2 (r.1951) w/Nikita Magaloff, pianist. The Magalo...
by maestrob
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Greetings From Francesca
Replies: 5
Views: 349

Re: Greetings From Francesca

Lance wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:13 pm
Cesca's is a most interesting newsletter. I'm anxious to try out that recipe!
Too hot for me! I can't eat anything with hot peppers now: I'd end up in the hospital! .....And somehow, eggplant and I have a disagreement, along with tomato sauce.......
by maestrob
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Balada's "Christopher Columbus" Opera - Caballé
Replies: 3
Views: 246

Re: Balada's "Christopher Columbus" Opera - Caballé

Interesting. This was issued ten years ago on CD, but I've not heard of the work until now. As a caveat, by this time Carreras was struggling with his high notes after singing Radames with HVK and undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. I'm curious, Lance, what did you think of this piece?
by maestrob
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What's the opinion of the voice of Natalie Dessay?
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Re: What's the opinion of the voice of Natalie Dessay?

Her "Fille du regiment" and Lucia at the MET were both outstanding, IMHO. But Schubert? I, too, have my doubts.
by maestrob
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A $55 Million Gift Aims to Ensure the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Recovery
Replies: 5
Views: 417

Re: A $55 Million Gift Aims to Ensure the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Recovery

Rach3 wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:14 am
barney wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:57 am
Wonderful bit of generosity. But still only a stop-gap, even if a long one.
$50M just isn't what it used to be.
Yep! It just about covers the cost of a luxury apartment here in Manhattan. After that, the maintenance is up to you!
by maestrob
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 996

Re: Pavarotti Captured the Sublime and Vulgar Sides of Opera

Pavarotti had PRESENCE, which made him a great singer in spite of his shortcomings. I have a home video of him taped in Montreal (now thankfully transferred to DVD) in December of 1987 when he was in his prime singing Christmas selections live in concert that I admire greatly. Other treasures includ...
by maestrob
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 11
Views: 562

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Yes, fellow Gemini, many happy returns of the day!
by maestrob
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Europa News
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Re: Opera Europa News

Opera America is indeed a valuable organization for professionals in the field. My competition and my studio were listed in the annual guide they publish, and one of their board members was also a judge in my competition.