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by maestrob
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 18
Views: 397

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

I find these types of series quite dull and relics of a different era. What is usually lacking is an excellent, thought-provoking script - which is the essence of any TV drama or adaptation if it's to be taken seriously. To that end, if you want a REALLY good 'whodunnit' with a central character as...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime
Replies: 9
Views: 48

Re: First Sadko c/o Amazon Prime

Scheherezade may be Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov's best-known work, but his operas do, I agree, show him at his best rather than his 3 symphonies, which are rather formal (1 & 3) and weak, although II is quite interesting (the "Antar"). My personal favorite is "Tsar's Bride," which Rimsky-Kor...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3935
Views: 509085

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61hmLj4LBXL._SS500.jpg Conductor Andrew Davis is not one of my favorite musicians, but on this disc of Elgar rarities, Maestro Davis excels, with shaping and tempo choices that are spot-on. Falstaff may be the main piece here, played to perfection by...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Daniil Trifonov's latest CD
Replies: 1
Views: 23

Re: Pianist Daniil Trifonov's latest CD

Right up my alley, Lance! Thank-you! :D
by maestrob
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3935
Views: 509085

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

Thanks for that, John. In a word, lovely! My first exposure to Das Lied von der Erde was Bruno Walter's 1960 stereo version with Mildred Miller and Ernst Haefliger, and it has remained my favorite ever since my teens. I came to the 1950 mono version in my 20's, and was disappointed by the singing, a...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 18
Views: 397

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Hough first came to my notice, and I think many others', with his recording of two Hummel piano concertos on Chandos. It's a winner, and so is the music. I've had that one since it was first issued, and I agree with you. You can hear premonitions of Chopin very clearly in the music, which I play at...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3935
Views: 509085

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

The tenor role, Herod, is sometimes cast with a character tenor like Gerhard Stolze, sometimes with a Heldentenor like Max Lorenz, sometimes with an unclassifiable tenor such as Julius Patzak in the standard-setting Clemens Krauss recording for Decca/London. I don't have a preference as long as he ...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 104
Views: 32899

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

$165 for 106 discs this weekend at https://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=2272840#utm_source=ArkivMusic_NL&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=WS-10122018&utm_content=Szell-Columbia Amazon has it back in stock for $195 with free shipping. I got mine from the first pressing, but haven't h...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3935
Views: 509085

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51i-7j4SkGL._SS500.jpg Everything is right about this Salome from the Frankfurt Radio Symphony but the tenor, who sounds old and wobbly throughout. Conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada's mastery of the score is evident in his choices of tempo, orchestral ...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: After 4 Years, Jonas Kaufmann Returns to the Met Opera
Replies: 1
Views: 129

Re: After 4 Years, Jonas Kaufmann Returns to the Met Opera

I'm disappointed that Kaufmann is not mentioning Siegfried in his future plans, but I understand his caution. There are delicate effects in his technique that justify his decision, and if I were in his shoes, I would do the same. Richard Tucker was equally cautious, and look how long he stayed with ...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public
Replies: 18
Views: 543

Re: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public

All but one of Toscanini's many concerts with the BBC Symphony in the 1930s were broadcast. Some were transferred to 78 rpm masters by HMV, others weren't. I wonder if these will be included in the program. We'll soon see! Yes, there's an Elgar "Enigma Variations" and a "La mer" that I'm particular...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: SF Lucrezia Borgia Youtube
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: SF Lucrezia Borgia Youtube

Ouch! Yes, that was harsh! Fleming has been known to phone in an occasional performance, but I doubt she would sabotage this one on purpose, unless she was having a bad night vocally and had to concentrate on her technique. Blaming the singer for poor direction is just not right! If she wasn't react...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box
Replies: 6
Views: 410

Re: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box

Of the BSO recordings I own, I would recommend an excerpt from the Berlioz Requiem, a Berlioz Overture, the March to the Scaffold from the Symphonie fantastique, and the Symphony on a French Mountain Air w/Munch's niece(?), Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer(spelling?), a rarity and delightful listening. Wha...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens
Replies: 7
Views: 228

Re: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens

The "answer" is that our culture is changing here in America. Young people are simply not being exposed to classical music in the way that we were, thus audiences are dwindling. What we need is more enthusiasm from parents and teachers, something like El Sistema could be established. When Verdi pass...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3935
Views: 509085

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

Has anyone else noticed that this thread has passed the half-million mark in number of views? Should we start a magazine?? :D
by maestrob
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3935
Views: 509085

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51UerJ1chsL._SS500.jpg Donald Isler proves himself to be a fine interpreter of Schubert, Schumann & Brahms in this excellent recording. His playing has both depth of feeling and clarity, plunging the depths of these three composers. Clear and concise...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: verdi Parma
Replies: 5
Views: 180

Re: verdi Parma

JohnF: I've heard that story, but to this day I can't remember who the singer was. :D

Len: That's fascinating about Cornell MacNeil, that's a new one on me. Thanks.
by maestrob
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 516
Views: 141311

Re: What I listened to today

2018 is turning out to be a bad year for our old friends. One of the library volunteers just lost his best friend to cancer, and my oldest friend - we go back nearly 60 years to college - is dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known in America as Lou Gehrig's Disease. We older ones had bet...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nikolai Tokarev, superb Russian pianist!
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: Nikolai Tokarev, superb Russian pianist!

Hmm, I'm surprised. For a then-youngster, especially in his early Liszt, it is amazing to me the depth of performance along with an incredible technique to match. I wonder what you think of another Russian pianist: Denis Matsuev. Sorry, gentlemen, but I'm not impressed. I listened as far as the Lis...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nikolai Tokarev, superb Russian pianist!
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: Nikolai Tokarev, superb Russian pianist!

Live video , Moscow,2015 , 3 brief Cimarosa sonatas ; Chopin mazurkas ( Op.17,Nos.3,4; Op.33,No.4 ) ; Rachmaninoff ,The Prelude) ; Liszt , “Campanella “ . YT autoplay : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtBxuHDCZLE&index=1&list=PLEEvqLaLfgOcFi-QrCcj442TjMnLUYPQi Sorry, gentlemen, but I'm not impresse...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box
Replies: 6
Views: 410

Re: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box

Brian/maestrob, is this possibly on your "to get" list, of do you have enough of Munch? Lance, I'll be truthful and as kind as I can be here. Munch's recordings of French repertoire w/Boston are very well done, except for the harsh sound of the orchestra to my ears. I treasure his Berlioz Requiem w...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: “La Fanciulla del West” at the Metropolitan Opera.
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: “La Fanciulla del West” at the Metropolitan Opera.

. As for the singers, I only know Lucic, and he's a fine baritone (We saw him as Scarpia in the recent Tosca telecast.). (T)he Met abandoned the terrible Luc Bondy production and now has a wonderful new production! Lucic was imo very good! Regards, Len Yes, indeed! Thank heaven for small favors! :)
by maestrob
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Melodiya's Rachmaninoff Edition
Replies: 10
Views: 383

Re: Melodiya's Rachmaninoff Edition

Perhaps of little relevance, but I believe it was reported that Vladimir Horowitz insisted on Ormandy conducting the NYPO on the TV broadcast of the Rach 3 in NYC they did ca. 1976 ? Yes, that's true. Horowitz also insisted on no rehearsal with the orchestra before the concert, IIRC, and it shows i...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Melodiya's Rachmaninoff Edition
Replies: 10
Views: 383

Re: Melodiya's Rachmaninoff Edition

Brilliant analysis. Thank you John. That said, I still consider Ormandy's Symphonic Dances my benchmark recording. Also, Stokowski made a recording of Symphony III for EMI late in his career, which bends the rules quite too much for my ears: I still prefer Ormandy, but that's my taste. Stokowski did...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed
Replies: 19
Views: 518

Re: Jupiter Symphony finale analyzed

Indeed! For all their interesting content, there's nothing in Haydn's output that can match the complexity of Mozart, methinks.

Thanks for finding this.
by maestrob
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: “La Fanciulla del West” at the Metropolitan Opera.
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: “La Fanciulla del West” at the Metropolitan Opera.

My view at the time was the opera was really about, and the hero was, Jack Rance, who finally relents and acknowledges the better man has won her heart . That's not my view-Minnie's the hero! Regards, Len :lol: I'm with you, Len, which is why she's the title character (The GIRL of the Golden West)....
by maestrob
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Montserrat Caballé, Barcelona opera singer, dies at 85
Replies: 7
Views: 303

Re: Montserrat Caballé, Barcelona opera singer, dies at 85

Caballe was one of the greats. She even recorded an album of songs with her daughter, who had a pleasant voice. Caballe often partnered with Marilyn Horne on stage, and I remember a recital of bel canto material that simply blew me away with such great singing from both divas. A great loss, she sang...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Igor Levit, pianist "Life"
Replies: 1
Views: 168

Re: Igor Levit, pianist "Life"

I have Igor Levit's Goldberg Variations, and they're quite excellent. Thanks for bringing this up, Lance. The Schumann piece intrigues me, as I have not heard it yet.
by maestrob
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Melodiya's Rachmaninoff Edition
Replies: 10
Views: 383

Re: Melodiya's Rachmaninoff Edition

And he premiered his 3rd piano concerto with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Mahler. I'm not taking anything away from Philadelphia, my father grew up there at the time those concerto recordings were being made, but I'd like to see Rachmaninoff actually saying he preferred that orchestra and...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: YouTube problems
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: YouTube problems

Just for the record, gentlemen, I've been using Chrome for years and have had no problems with youtube videos. This is the first I'm hearing about it. John, I'm glad you finally updated your computer to a Windows 10 model. Microsoft updates me regularly and automatically, and while they're not happy...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 19
Views: 616

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

I, too, am fond of Bernstein's V & VII, no question. When Bernstein brought the Chicago Symphony to NY in Avery Fisher Hall the year he recorded VII for DGG, I was in the audience seated on the front row right next to the cellos, and it was one of the greatest concerts I've ever attended.
by maestrob
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Melodiya's Rachmaninoff Edition
Replies: 10
Views: 383

Re: Melodiya's Rachmaninoff Edition

Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra were Rachmaninoff's chosen conductor and orchestra The Philadelphia Orchestra under Stokowski and Ormandy were RCA Victor's choice for Rachmaninoff's recordings with orchestra, but he often performed with many other orchestras, notably the New York Phil...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!
Replies: 15
Views: 606

Re: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!

In line with your thought, is there an item or two you WISHED you had gotten, but they became unavailable or far too costly? If so, what were they? Quite so!! As it stands, I buy 2-4 single CDs/month: only the cream of the crop will do for me now, many thanks to your (and others') postings here on ...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Melodiya's Rachmaninoff Edition
Replies: 10
Views: 383

Re: Melodiya's Rachmaninoff Edition

Interesting that Melodiya uses Rachmaninoff's preferred Anglican spelling instead of the correct transliteration "Rachmaninov." Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra were Rachmaninoff's chosen conductor and orchestra: the composer's own recordings have been available since they were made in ...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!
Replies: 15
Views: 606

Re: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!

You do know, Brian, that if we are destined to have and addiction or disease, I cannot find a better one that collecting recordings and actually listening to as much music as we possibly can in the time available. Quite so!! As it stands, I buy 2-4 single CDs/month: only the cream of the crop will ...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!
Replies: 15
Views: 606

Re: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!

I've got some 100 discs of Rostropovich on major labels and a similar or greater amount on other labels. Not only as a cellist, conductor, and pianist ... and certainly one of the finest artists during the 20th century. The question begins in the mind: when are we going to have all the time necessa...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 19
Views: 616

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

I have individual symphonies by Shostakovich. I note a number of complete recordings of the symphonies have been issued. The symphonies are not a top priority for me, but if one was looking to get a complete set, what's the recommendation? I, too, recommend the Oleg Caetani set (He's actually the s...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!
Replies: 15
Views: 606

Re: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!

I forget what I have of Rostropovich on DGG, but getting the set is worth the duplications. The only Rostropovich I have that I don't like is his Dvorak Concerto w/HVK (much prefer Fournier/Szell), but I can always skip playing that one when going through the box. IMHO, Rostropovich was much better ...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!
Replies: 15
Views: 606

Re: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!

My purchases this Fall will include the Szeryng box due out in November, and more Argerich, whom I adore (mostly) as a pianist. I still lack her Warner set, which is currently winging its way to my mailbox from Germany, while Piatigorsky remains on my wantlist. Still, I must give priority to Rostrop...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Lev Oborin
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Re: Pianist Lev Oborin

Lev Oborin and David Oistrakh are famous for an edition of the Beethoven sonatas, published in Russia.....

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by maestrob
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My Parsifal Conductor
Replies: 1
Views: 196

Re: My Parsifal Conductor

Sounds enticing, John, thanks for the idea. As you know, I cannot be there with you, but please report. :)
by maestrob
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 19
Views: 616

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

I attended both the Western premiere of XIII in Philadelphia w/Ormandy conducting while I was attending Villanova and studying the Russian language (we read Yevtushenko's poetry in class), as well as Masur's performence with Yevtushenko reading his poetry before a rapt audience, and have both recor...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3935
Views: 509085

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71DgcDc3dUL._SX522_.jpg Boris Giltburg is an outstanding pianist that I've been following with interest, and his solo Rachmaninov has previously been very fine. That said, I didn't care for his interpretation of the Second Concerto, a dislike which I...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Phil season opens
Replies: 11
Views: 467

Re: NY Phil season opens

Yes, I've heard that one, and will listen again tomorrow when I have time. Thanks. Of course, I've heard better, notably Szell/Cleveland and Giulini/Vienna. NY is not known for its Bruckner, so van Zweden will have to work some magic to bring the orchestra up to snuff. My own estimation of van Zwede...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 19
Views: 616

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

I attended both the Western premiere of XIII in Philadelphia w/Ormandy conducting while I was attending Villanova and studying the Russian language (we read Yevtushenko's poetry in class), as well as Masur's performence with Yevtushenko reading his poetry before a rapt audience, and have both record...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Phil season opens
Replies: 11
Views: 467

Re: NY Phil season opens

I'm glad Van Zweden received a good review for his Bruckner. He's good at it, especially VIII, which he has recorded previously. Sorry I couldn't be there!

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by maestrob
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductor's " pieces of a lifetime "
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: Conductor's " pieces of a lifetime "

I note that two of the respondents chose Mahler III, a miracle of a work, but it requires 2 choruses (boys' and women's), as well as a contralto soloist. Also Wagner's Ring was chosen twice. As you said, a bit silly. Only one person mentioned the Bach B Minor Mass, which would be my choice, having p...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 49-CD Celibidache Box on Warner
Replies: 10
Views: 895

Re: 49-CD Celibidache Box on Warner

In looking what is inside this box, almost every conductor of greatest prominence has recorded nearly all these works with the finest orchestras in the world. While the Munich Phlharmonic may be a superb orchestra, there is nothing in this set that immediately appeals to me with Celibidache/Munich....
by maestrob
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brailowsky's Chopin on RCA set (complete)
Replies: 9
Views: 840

Re: Brailowsky's Chopin on RCA set (complete)

During his lifetime, Brailowsky was noted for his Chopin. Today, unfortunately, few too people of the younger generation even know his name. I know Brailowsky's name but I didn't get any of his solo records, just the Chopin/Saint-Saens concertos with Munch and the BSO for the repertoire (a convenie...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For pianophiles - Vikingur Olafsson recital
Replies: 3
Views: 251

Re: For pianophiles - Vikingur Olafsson recital

Beautiful concert, Rach3! Well worth a concentrated listen. I have the CD on next month's buy list.

Many thanks.