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by maestrob
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met Will Stage Its First Opera by a Black Composer
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: The Met Will Stage Its First Opera by a Black Composer

Fascinating list, Len. La Selva led the NY premiere of the French version of Don Carlos back in the 1990's. It's more than 3 hours long, and a good friend gave me a video of the piece a few years ago. I'm really glad the Handel operas are there as well. I'm also happy to see that Renee Fleming has b...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Surprise of Jaap van Zweden’s Philharmonic Tenure? Surprise
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Re: The Surprise of Jaap van Zweden’s Philharmonic Tenure? Surprise

Glad to see this, Len. I gave mixed reviews to van Zweden's recordings made before he was appointed to the philharmonic, but I did note that as time went on, he got better and better. He's still learning ("Never go past beautiful." Fabio Luisi), but this review is high praise indeed. Good for Debora...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met Will Stage Its First Opera by a Black Composer
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: The Met Will Stage Its First Opera by a Black Composer

As an avid jazz listener, I have several albums by Terence Blanchard, including his memorial album to the victims of Katrina. Blanchard is a very original composer whose work I admire. As well, Charles Blow is a thoughtful commentator in the NY Times. This should be an interesting work, and I hope t...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 35
Views: 383

Re: Standards for New Music

I don't like Bach cantatas,gin martinis, or Boulez piano sonatas, but those facts do not prohibit me from enjoying immensely other Bach,the odd straight Tanqueray on the rocks, or Werner-Henze's PC's. I " like " what I like, usually try not to pass judgment on what I dont ( Trump aside ), and usual...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Are You Doing On Bastille Day?
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: What Are You Doing On Bastille Day?

Thank-you, Don. JohnB was invariably kind to me as well.
by maestrob
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boston Symphony on Naxos???
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Re: Boston Symphony on Naxos???

It's pure speculation on my part, but I imagine that Naxos publishes self-financed recordings. Indeed, it's not going to far to imagine that New World records did the same. I may be reaching for it, but the Boston Symphony and Nelsons do not work for free, so somebody is paying them, and it's probab...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG

Thanks Brian. I wasn't even aware of that performance , which is my loss. I have the Ferrier/Walter one too (among, obviously, many others), and don't agree with Hurwitz btw. But I will keep an eye out for the final Walter interpretation you cite. Don't knock it untill you've heard it! :D ...and, I...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 828
Views: 506740

Re: What I listened to today

Yes, John, I had that on LP as well. Perfect tempo for the duet: haven't heard it in years. Thanks for posting! :D
by maestrob
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG

Thanks Brian. I wasn't even aware of that performance , which is my loss. I have the Ferrier/Walter one too (among, obviously, many others), and don't agree with Hurwitz btw. But I will keep an eye out for the final Walter interpretation you cite. Don't knock it untill you've heard it! :D ...and, I...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG

IIRC, John, the Viennese mostly took a hiatus from performing Mahler's music from 1939 through the early 1970's with occasional guest appearances by Walter and Mitropoulos), when Bernstein was invited to reintroduce Mahler's symphonies to the Viennese public, performances recorded live and issued fi...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 828
Views: 506740

Re: What I listened to today

Listening today to Cantata BWV78 " Jesu, der du Meine Seele " from the All of Bach project in the Netherlands. Not only first class musicianship but notes accompany the work, similar to the old liner notes on CDs!! https://www.bachvereniging.nl/en/bwv/bwv-78/ Belle, thank you for that exquisite Bac...
by maestrob
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Guardian's The best classical music works of the 21st century
Replies: 14
Views: 1001

Re: Guardian's The best classical music works of the 21st century

Agree with you, Barney, that John Adams's best work was in the past century. His operas don't quite reach me. I've got this disc of Glass and Adams Violin Concerti, and enjoy hearing it from time to time. If you don't have it, I think you'll enjoy it. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I...
by maestrob
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tim Page on music reviewing
Replies: 11
Views: 322

Re: Tim Page on music reviewing

Page makes a few good points here. I've had success buying discs based on reading amazon reviews, but that's only because I know how to judge the reviewers themselves based on my own taste. As a guideline, I rarely buy anything that has less than six or seven five-star reviews. That eliminates the d...
by maestrob
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4072
Views: 976494

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

Noseda studied with Valery Gergiev and then became his principal guest conductor at the Mariinsky Opera, so doubtless he knows the Russian repertoire specially well. Gergiev's Tchaikovsky IV w/Vienna is particularly fine, and Noseda's matches it here with excellent attention to detail and perfect t...
by maestrob
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG

Haefliger did not make much of an impression with American audiences, as he confined his career mostly to Europe IIRC. As a teenager, I was blown away by his artistry in Bruno Walter's recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde: it's still my favorite recording of the work. I also have Haefliger's...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG

Haefliger did not make much of an impression with American audiences, as he confined his career mostly to Europe IIRC. As a teenager, I was blown away by his artistry in Bruno Walter's recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde: it's still my favorite recording of the work. I also have Haefliger's ...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4072
Views: 976494

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81208FAFYxL._SX522_.jpg Gianandrea Noseda is now the Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, and as such has taken on the project of recording Tchaikovsky's 3 late symphonies. This disc of Tchaikovsky IV and Ravel's orchestration ...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another "Messiah" by Sven-David Sandstrom
Replies: 4
Views: 376

Re: Another "Messiah" by Sven-David Sandstrom

Well, Brian, it is, indeed, a small world. Johannsen has an extraordinary voice. I hope she does not confine herself, on recordings at least, to the older repertoire. Mozart, of course, is always great to have. Would you ever consider sharing those recordings you made (with her kind permission, too...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another "Messiah" by Sven-David Sandstrom
Replies: 4
Views: 376

Re: Another "Messiah" by Sven-David Sandstrom

Well, well, it's indeed a small world, Lance. Robin Johannsen is a "graduate" of my competition: her first public appearance after graduation was in Carnegie Hall with me, singing Mozart's "Der holle Rache..." and Verdi's "Caro nome...". I remember her quite well: she was very easy to work with and ...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set
Replies: 16
Views: 1064

Re: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set

Gieseking did indeed record the Beethoven Fifth Concerto in experimental stereo in 1945 in Berlin with Arthur(?) Rother conducting (If you listen carefully, you can hear the Russian artillery in the quieter moments of the first movement.). The sound is quite good (60-10,000cps), and the performance ...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richard Conrad, Briefly a Bel Canto Star, Dies at 84
Replies: 2
Views: 393

Re: Richard Conrad, Briefly a Bel Canto Star, Dies at 84

For the complete recital, with Marilyn Horne's contributions and other gems omitted from the single CD, this is the CD set to own, now sadly OOP.......

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by maestrob
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach Was a Musician’s Companion to Tragedy
Replies: 3
Views: 457

Re: Bach Was a Musician’s Companion to Tragedy

What a beautiful and horrifying life story! Thanks, Len, for alerting us to this deeply moving book. I have long admired her music-making, and this book belongs on my shelf, along with these CDs:

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by maestrob
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set
Replies: 16
Views: 1064

Re: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set

Thanks for the review, Rach3. I may acquire this also, but later, as I've used up my CD allowance for October already! :roll:
by maestrob
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 10 Months of Classical Concerts You Won’t Want to Miss
Replies: 2
Views: 433

Re: 10 Months of Classical Concerts You Won’t Want to Miss

What a list! Thanks Len!

......and they say classical music is dying :!: :?:.
by maestrob
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set
Replies: 16
Views: 1064

Re: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set

I have his Mendelssohn Concerti, and they are quite extraordinary. I'm not sure that I need another set of Beethoven, but I'm sure his readings will be very good and will listen.
by maestrob
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baroque Theatre Music: France (Lully and Rameau)
Replies: 3
Views: 415

Re: Baroque Theatre Music: France (Lully and Rameau)

Belle: Rameau/Bruggen in Suites from his four famous operas: recommended recording... https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71ex-zD0WFL._SX522_.jpg The Treatise on Harmony by Rameau is one of the most important books on Western music, and has been translated and made available by Dover Bo...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 8144

Re: Your changing musical tastes

For example, I would listen in an entirely different way to the Corigliano than I would Haydn. Having listened to some of the former composer's Clarinet concerto, I can hear strong jazz influences! Well, many influences actually. I find it certainly has more vitality (for me) than the Mozart Clarin...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 828
Views: 506740

Re: What I listened to today

Interesting repertoire for Steven Bishop. I've booked seats for us tomorrow. :)
by maestrob
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dolora Zajick to retire
Replies: 2
Views: 427

Re: Dolora Zajick to retire

We saw her quite a few times over the years including last season's Aida-enjoyed her alot. Len Dolora Zajcick has made few recordings, but has appeared in several MET telecasts, most notably in my mind as Azucena with an interpolated high C with conductor Armaliato roughly 10 years ago. I admire he...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 8144

Re: Your changing musical tastes

Thanks for the Weber, John. Here's my preferred version:

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by maestrob
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Will Save Classical Music
Replies: 5
Views: 580

Re: I Will Save Classical Music

he is in high demand everywhere Not here. Currentzis talks big, but I've sampled quite a few of the many clips on YouTube and heard nothing wonderful so far. Agreed. He can be highly erratic (Tchaikovsky VI) and/or undisciplined (Rite of Spring). His is an aggressive, uneven style that's not for me...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 8144

Re: Your changing musical tastes

For me, musical tastes haven't changed that much since about the age of 14 or thereabouts. I continue to be hugely interested in, particularly, the Romantic period, but Baroque and Classical are not far behind. Besides, they are constantly discovering music and composers from these periods. For exa...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Petrenko / Berlin Phil
Replies: 7
Views: 612

Re: Petrenko / Berlin Phil

Yes, an interesting review. I haven't heard Kirill Petrenko's conducting, so perhaps I shouldn't comment, but as described I would prefer his approach to Nelsons, whose Boston Symphony Shostakovich leaves me dissatisfied in the main.Nelsons also chose his wife to sing Wagner's Liebestod in a recent ...
by maestrob
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joseph Jongen's Symphonie Concertante live
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: Joseph Jongen's Symphonie Concertante live

I enjoy Joseph Jongen's solo piano works, but had not heard any of his larger scale works. His Symphonie Concertante, Op.81, for Organ and Orchestra a beauty, symphonic tone poem. I did a back to back hearing , here Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig under Louis Langree,Michael Schoenheit,orga...
by maestrob
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joseph Jongen's Symphonie Concertante live
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: Joseph Jongen's Symphonie Concertante live

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Have this and recommend it highly! :)
by maestrob
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4072
Views: 976494

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81wz8HAbN6L._SX522_.jpg This is one of the finest discs of Mendelssohn's music I have heard, featuring South African pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout with the Freiburger Barockorchester under Pablo Heras-Casado. As befitting the youthful nature of the m...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Igor Levit's new complete Beethoven sonatas
Replies: 12
Views: 1146

Re: Pianist Igor Levit's new complete Beethoven sonatas

Brendel's first Beethoven sonata cycle, recorded for the cut-price Vox Box label in the early '60s when he was in his thirties, is praised by some but not particularly by me. The playing is accurate and intelligent but has nothing like the character of Brendel's later recorded and concert cycles, a...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 8144

Re: Your changing musical tastes

Lovely, Len. Thanks for all the pictures. Wayne is where I grew up: it's barely 10 minutes away from Villanova (2 short stops on the train). So glad you got to visit the area!
by maestrob
Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chausson, Koechlin,Vierne works
Replies: 11
Views: 4725

Re: Chausson, Koechlin,Vierne works

John, thanks for the Chausson, a new piece for me. Lovely! You inspired me to buy this excellent CD, which updates my up to now favorite recording of the Bb Symphony by Munch, which dates to the 1960's:

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by maestrob
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Igor Levit's new complete Beethoven sonatas
Replies: 12
Views: 1146

Re: Pianist Igor Levit's new complete Beethoven sonatas

Igor Levit is quite a mature artist IMHO, and the success of his 3 disc set including a very fine Diabelli Variations and Bach's Goldberg Variations bodes well for the release of his Beethoven Sonatas. FWIW, Brendel recorded the Beethoven Sonatas 3 times, and the middle one recorded for Philips labe...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 97 CDs of Zubin Mehta?
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: 97 CDs of Zubin Mehta?

I got a look at the contents on jpc, which may not be complete (it doesn't seem that the listing that they have is enough to fill 96 CDs and 1 DVD). For one thing, it does not include the Richard Strauss Mehta recordings already re-released in a Sony box set, which I already have, and which is some...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 8144

Re: Your changing musical tastes

Belle is that the villanova in Pa-we're down here in that area for garden viewing-both yesterday at private gardens and again today for a public garden-great weather! We've been staying in wilmington delaware and king of prussia, Pa. Villanova has a nice garden too if I recall. Len https://www.goog...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Secret of Verdi’s ‘Otello’ and ‘Falstaff’? His Publisher
Replies: 9
Views: 964

Re: The Secret of Verdi’s ‘Otello’ and ‘Falstaff’? His Publisher

Besides Mefistofele, Boito wrote Nerone, which was performed here in Carnegie Hall and released commercially by Hungaratron on CD in 1996, if memory serves me correctly. Boito couldn't hold a candle to Verdi as a composer, but his libretti for Otello and Falstaff are very fine, IMHO. Here's the Nero...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 8144

Re: Your changing musical tastes

Also, maestrob, for what it's worth - Carlos Kleiber was largely 'self taught' too!! Thanks, Belle! For the record, I graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Modern Languages and a double major (Education/French, with Russian as my minor) before moving to Manhattan in 1973. This means ...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fabio Luisi / Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Replies: 15
Views: 1420

Re: Fabio Luisi / Dallas Symphony Orchestra

I liked Luisi's conducting while he was at the MET, and the Dallas Symphony is indeed a fine orchestra. I particularly resonate with Luisi's dictum: "Never go beyond beautiful." That makes sense to me. 8)
by maestrob
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dallas Opera Cancels Gala Starring Plácido Domingo
Replies: 1
Views: 423

Re: Dallas Opera Cancels Gala Starring Plácido Domingo

Good riddance. MHO: It's about time this happened.
by maestrob
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 8144

Re: Your changing musical tastes

With that kind of musical pedigree I'm sure you're justifiably proud, together with your wife. What an honour to have even enrolled at Juilliard, let alone to have graduated - and then some. I'm more than impressed. Some people talk the talk but others, like yourself, walk the walk!! Those are big ...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 8144

Re: Your changing musical tastes

To get back to the original topic: I used to fall in love with whatever music I was working on (when I was performing), whether it was studying the role of Scarpia in Tosca at Juilliard in class with Vincent La Selva, performing the Bach B Minor Mass in Carnegie Hall with David Randolph, or reading...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 8144

Re: Your changing musical tastes

To get back to the original topic: I used to fall in love with whatever music I was working on (when I was performing), whether it was studying the role of Scarpia in Tosca at Juilliard in class with Vincent La Selva, performing the Bach B Minor Mass in Carnegie Hall with David Randolph, or reading ...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 97 CDs of Zubin Mehta?
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: 97 CDs of Zubin Mehta?

You said it for me, John. Mehta's early years produced some very fine recordings in Los Angeles, and his Tosca with Leontyne Price remains a touchstone of sensitivity to the singers' needs. There is also an excellent Mahler II with Vienna that I like. His conducting today is very odd in spots: I don...