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by maestrob
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 463020

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

I looked around and yes, the Quintessence release is the 1950s Talich recording instead of the earlier versions on 78s. My own copy is on the low-priced Parliament label, and no doubt Quintessence did better with the recorded sound. Worth another listen if you can find it. Parliament had some excel...
by maestrob
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 463020

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

Rafael Kubelik owned this work during his lifetime As did Vaclav Talich during his. Talich and the Czech Philharmonic recorded it twice for HMV/Electrola before the War and again for Supraphon afterwards. There have been many fine recordings of "Vltava" ("The Moldau"), Smetana's greatest hit, but I...
by maestrob
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November
Replies: 9
Views: 100

Re: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November

I might look into this. His Vaughan Williams was excellent. (It is rather interesting that two of the excellent conductors of Vaughan Williams, Previn and Leonard Slatkin, were of Russian origin; all four of Slatkin's grandparents were born in that country, and Previn was born in Germany to parents...
by maestrob
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Relevance in the arts
Replies: 6
Views: 64

Re: Relevance in the arts

A: I am for a proliferation of presenting organizations. This country is so big, and so prosperous, you know? There are 320 million people in it. People usually find their thing. So, I’m for letting thousands of flowers bloom, and letting free people do what they will in a pluralistic society, with...
by maestrob
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”
Replies: 9
Views: 116

Re: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”

The past has to its credit many great conductors and soloists, no question. However, BBC Magazine reviews 110 new recordings every month, a few of which I acquire and review favorably. While it's totally right and proper to revere and collect those great soloists and conductors that introduced us to...
by maestrob
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 776

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

So, wait staff have finally gotten a raise! I note that the law changed at the end of 2017 from your post, JohnF, which is a good thing. I'll still tip generously. Waiting tables is a difficult, stressful job, and when it's done well, I appreciate it. It's a job I could never do, because my head is ...
by maestrob
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 463020

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81%2BTfmtuk7L._SX522_.jpg Jiri Belohlavek and the Czech Philharmonic are a dream team in Smetana's signature work, Ma Vlast (My Country). This new recording compares favorably with Ancerl (1964) and Kubelik (1990), the latter a rousing live recording...
by maestrob
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018

We'll be watching for sure! Gergiev has made great Tchaikovsky recordings with Vienna.

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by maestrob
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”
Replies: 9
Views: 116

Re: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”

JohnF: I agreed with your posting until your last line, which I found very sad. If the world doesn't much care for classical music, well, that may be true in the U. S. A., but certainly not in Europe, Russia, or even, say, China, where middle-class families are reaching out to Western culture in mas...
by maestrob
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November
Replies: 9
Views: 100

Re: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November

Previn was a fine conductor of most anything he put his mind to, and that included composers as diverse as Vaughan-Williams & Saint-Saens. He was also a composer of note, but his opera (Streetcar) was, I believe, recorded late in life by DGG, so it will not be included in this set. His technique was...
by maestrob
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 776

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

We always use the excellent American Express card for everything as we don't like carrying very much cash - so tipping then becomes a bit more problematic. Belle just add the tip to the rest of the bill when it comes to restaurants-if you need cash there are always ATM cards. Regards, Len Actually,...
by maestrob
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 471
Views: 113521

Re: What I listened to today

Sir Simon also has a recording of Szymanowski's two quite beautiful Violin Concerti w/Thomas Zehetmair (one of my favorite violinists in XXth Century repertoire). If you don't know these works, please order this OOP five star disc: it's available used for merely two bucks! https://images-na.ssl-imag...
by maestrob
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"
Replies: 7
Views: 81

Re: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"

FYI: https://www.marstonrecords.com/collections/frontpage/products/rachmaninoff Fascinating! Thank-you! I have always used Ormandy's stereo recording w/Philadelphia Orchestra as my benchmark for this piece. At $54 for 3 CDs it's not cheap, but, like Elgar's "stereo" recording of his Cello Concerto,...
by maestrob
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 463020

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61k8zVs3fIL.jpg This is one of Pletnev's first discs, but it's new to my collection, so here goes. The Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition is magnificent and occasionally inventive, with original pianistic touches here and there that add to the musi...
by maestrob
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 92
Views: 24277

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

I ordered my copy from amazon just to be sure, and it was shipped today. Will report on arrival. It seems there's a lot of buzz about this box, and I wanted to be sure to have a copy. Szell wasn't a perfect musician, but he one of the greats, and I'm glad to have this on my shelves next to the Berns...
by maestrob
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Merrill's books
Replies: 2
Views: 59

Re: Robert Merrill's books

I checked on amazon this morning, and yes, there are used copies of the book there still. The book "The Divas" was written by a now-deceased friend of mine, Fred Jarvis, who was a judge in my vocal competition (and member of my Board) and Entertainment Director for the New York Athletic Club during ...
by maestrob
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 776

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

JohnF, Sue & Len,

Just wanted to say thanks for setting up our little get-together. We must do this again soon!

Brian
by maestrob
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 471
Views: 113521

Re: What I listened to today

Walter Carlos (Wendy Carlos) Switched-On Bach 1968 Columbia MS 7194 https://img1.daumcdn.net/thumb/R720x0.q80/?scode=mtistory&fname=http%3A%2F%2Fcfile7.uf.tistory.com%2Fimage%2F134B6F384F0D795F3167C3 What a delightful record! I remember it was so popular when it came out in the 1960's, I grabbed a ...
by maestrob
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 776

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Yes, folks, I blew it. I'm not exactly old and feeble, but from where I live I just don't have this kind of trip in me anymore. I live alone and would need someone else to kick my arse out of here to motivate me. I hope you will forgive me, and that those of you who did attend had a wonderful time....
by maestrob
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamelin at 2018 Schwarzenberg Fest
Replies: 8
Views: 129

Re: Hamelin at 2018 Schwarzenberg Fest

May I put in a plug for what's below as well? Hamelin plays the Brahms Quartets brilliantly, with a full sense of the style of the music, and his Brahms Piano Concerto II w/Litton conducting is stunningly good IMHO, in spite of amazons low rating. Hamelin has a five-star rating in obscure repertoire...
by maestrob
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anatol Ugorski
Replies: 7
Views: 246

Re: Anatol Ugorski

Thank-you, Lance! I'll see what I think of the DGG box, & get back to you. :)
by maestrob
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Angela Hewitt's new Beethoven cd
Replies: 13
Views: 355

Re: Pianist Angela Hewitt's new Beethoven cd

While I enjoyed her Op.79 and 109, they are a bit Bach-ian at times for me. As is the last mov. of her " Tempest." Sorry, you two good people, but I don't agree. Hewitt's Bach is very straightforward, yet her Beethoven is characterized by a clear sense of subtle rubato, something that Beethoven him...
by maestrob
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Keene plays Hummel
Replies: 9
Views: 185

Re: Keene plays Hummel

Rach3 wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:16 pm
Hummel’s great A minor PC, Op.85, Hough’s recording :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTjJNO_U5kY
Have had the MHS issue of this since it came out 30 years ago. You can hear shades of Chopin developing in these very under-rated minor masterpieces.
by maestrob
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamelin at 2018 Schwarzenberg Fest
Replies: 8
Views: 129

Re: Hamelin at 2018 Schwarzenberg Fest

And Hamelin joins the Takacs Quartet at 2018 Edinburgh Festival in a new one for me, Dohnanyi’s Piano Quintet, Op.1 : https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/b0bdbtyd ( Starts at about 1 :17 : 00 into the programme ) Per Hamelin perhaps the most remarkable Op.1 “ in musical history” , and “ without a drop...
by maestrob
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 776

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

lennygoran wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:52 am
Belle wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:45 pm
Anna was singing Lady Macbeth and I was struck by the rowdy enthusiasm of the audience!!
Belle yeah-she's great! Regards, Len :D
Netrebko's Lady MacBeth has been issued on DVD......She's spectacular!
by maestrob
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 463020

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

Stokowski loved to experiment with audio technology and he's the one name conductor you'd expect to record in Decca/London's disreputable Phase 4 series. But 23 CDs' worth? Well, it was an excuse to rerecord his repertory all over again for the nth time. I never heard a Phase 4 record, we didn't pl...
by maestrob
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Voices PBS Great Performances
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Re: Chicago Voices PBS Great Performances

I see that Anna Moffo was another Radnor graduate, class of '50. Did you date? 😉 :lol: No, but she sang at my middle school graduation, stunningly so. I graduated in 1968, so we never saw each other. I adored her throughout her career, and remain an ardent champion of her work to this day. Not many...
by maestrob
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 463020

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71bPOah9vgL._SX522_.jpg Edward Gardner has recently taken on the task of recording William Walton's music for Chandos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and this is the third disc in a fine cycle. Included are two rarely done works, the Partita for Orc...
by maestrob
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Voices PBS Great Performances
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Re: Chicago Voices PBS Great Performances

This is mainly for maestrob, who may remember exactly what I'm talking about. One of the first professional vocal ensembles aside from an opera company was in Philadelphia, and what I heard them sing (over the radio) was the unique and wondrous Bach cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden. They were perf...
by maestrob
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 776

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

As for temperature, the Weather Channel is predicting a balmy high of 74 degrees, with scattered thunderstorms, which very often fail to materialize until later in the day. It should be a fine day in Manhattan.

Looking forward to seeing you all......
by maestrob
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway for sale?
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Re: Steinway for sale?

OMG!

This is what happens when "big money" takes over private business. Doubling his money is not bad for the original investor, but to have Steinway owned and operated by the Chinese, in spite of such growth in sales in that country, well, is not my cuppa to say the least! :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufman at Carnegie Hall
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Jonas Kaufman at Carnegie Hall

I'll bet that Kaufmann has recently done an operetta CD, and his current tour is aimed at promoting it. (No, I haven't looked it up.) I googled! https://www.amazon.com/You-Mean-World-Jonas-Kaufmann/dp/B00KXUW5KA Regards, Len :lol: If by recently you mean 2014, which is when the album was issued.......
by maestrob
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 776

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Lance, you & Steve will be missed greatly!
by maestrob
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufman at Carnegie Hall
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Jonas Kaufman at Carnegie Hall

Kaufman is a star in whatever repertoire he performs, from Strauss songs to the roles of Parsifal and Siegmund. This repertoire is not my cuppa, but it's an interesting idea and probably restful for his voice after a heavy summer of Wagner.
by maestrob
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In a Wagnerian Whirlwind, One Conductor Breaks Through
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Re: In a Wagnerian Whirlwind, One Conductor Breaks Through

Fascinating review, Len, thank-you! So Kaufmann is now singing Siegmund (and well!). I imagine that he'll take some more time before doing Siegfried (in a smaller European house for sure), but I'll wager that he'll eventually be seduced by the challenge of the role. What a great talent! Good to see ...
by maestrob
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anatol Ugorski
Replies: 7
Views: 246

Re: Anatol Ugorski

I, too, am a great fan of Anatol Ugorski. (He also has a talented daughter-pianist). I have collected any recordings of his I could find and only missed a few. Fortunately the 13-CD boxed set has come out, which I have also acquired. Ugorski is a profound thinker and plays exactly as he feels, some...
by maestrob
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier
Replies: 18
Views: 316

Re: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier

Would love you to hear Maria Tipo in Scarlatti: her superb EMI disc is still available here. I don't have her Scarlatti, but can certainly recommend her EMI cd's of Bach Partitas and Clementi Piano Sonatas. Yes, I agree. The only recording by her that I don't like is her 2-disc set of Chopin's Noct...
by maestrob
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier
Replies: 18
Views: 316

Re: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier

Actually, I admire Schiff very much. My only disappointment with him is his Scarlatti, which I find too dry and without the sparkling humor that makes that composer so special. Of course every great musician has his/her limits: even James Levine once admitted in an interview that he felt no sympath...
by maestrob
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brexit Opera Connection
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: Brexit Opera Connection

IMHO, Brexit was and is a stupid move for the British, who will suffer economically as a result. Since it's going forward anyway, I think professional musicians should be exempt from visa requirements and should be able to carry a special passport that says so, which would also allow them to bring t...
by maestrob
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier
Replies: 18
Views: 316

Re: Yuja Wang's Prokofieff PC's at Verbier

Actually, I admire Schiff very much. My only disappointment with him is his Scarlatti, which I find too dry and without the sparkling humor that makes that composer so special. Of course every great musician has his/her limits: even James Levine once admitted in an interview that he felt no sympathy...
by maestrob
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anne Sophie van Otter
Replies: 9
Views: 220

Re: Anne Sophie van Otter

Van Otter is only doing what women and children of abusers have done since time began, defending her husband's reputation in public. Of course there should be an investigation by independent authorities. A terribly sad situation. As for orchestrating Schubert's songs, I have no objection, just as I ...
by maestrob
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bayreuth Christian Thielemann Interview
Replies: 7
Views: 227

Re: Bayreuth Christian Thielemann Interview

Whatever your opinion of Gergiev's conducting, the Mariinsky orchestra also knows every note of "Die Walküre," having rehearsed and performed it often in Russia and abroad, so Domingo could as easily get through it as a passenger as he could at Bayreuth - probably more easily, considering the speci...
by maestrob
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trifonov's 2018 Verbier Prokofieff PC # 2
Replies: 4
Views: 194

Re: Trifonov's 2018 Verbier Prokofieff PC # 2

Was not going to watch , but glad I did. With Noseda, Verbier Festival Orchestra . Simply put , not to be missed !!: https://www.medici.tv/en/concerts/noseda-prokofiev-matsuev/ The link is ok, “ matsuev “ is a typo. I would have suggestions for the 3rd mov. here, but small potatoes. Tried this link...
by maestrob
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again
Replies: 13
Views: 370

Re: Furtwängler and the Nazis - again

Very interesting, JohnF, thank you. Furtwangler's reasons for staying in Germany have always been obscure to me, and despite the article and your comments, they still are. Was it for the sake of his career? Was his reasoning philosophical? I understand much better Toscanini's thinking in opposing Hi...
by maestrob
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bayreuth Christian Thielemann Interview
Replies: 7
Views: 227

Re: Bayreuth Christian Thielemann Interview

Too bad for Domingo. I've seen him conduct on TV at the MET (Romeo & Juliette, Boheme), and he's clumsy, but he got the job done well enough. Leading Wagner is somewhat at a different level of difficulty, especially at Bayreuth where the orchestra knows how every bar should go, and so does the audie...
by maestrob
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Milky Salome
Replies: 4
Views: 200

Re: A Milky Salome

Oh good grief. Another ET production. Not my cuppa, just weird. :P
by maestrob
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphonies 7, 8 and 9
Replies: 17
Views: 375

Re: Dvorak Symphonies 7, 8 and 9

I recommend multiple recordings of these works. One essential set is the Szell/Cleveland set of all three. He re-recorded the 8th for EMI, but I don't like it as much. Belohlavek and the Czech Phil are good. My personal favorite 9th I one by Zdenek Macal and the London Phil on the mid=price Classic...
by maestrob
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New contracts at the Met
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: New contracts at the Met

Just curious------ What has the MET not performing on Sundays to do with the Blue Laws? I thought they applied only to liquor and retail stores! Good grief! When NYCO was in Lincoln Center, they performed on Sundays during their entire season with no trouble from anyone. I'm sad to see the Times con...
by maestrob
Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anatol Ugorski
Replies: 7
Views: 246

Anatol Ugorski

DGG has just issued a new 13 CD box of his recordings, and I wondered what all the fuss is about. Does anyone here have experience of this pianist?

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by maestrob
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 463020

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81j7bJjYfvL._SX522_.jpg The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has matured quite nicely over the past decade and a half, and in this recording of rare repertoire by composer Dag Wiren they do quite nicely under the baton of conductor Rumon Gamba. The recordi...