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by maestrob
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Caballé on CD I didn't know about
Replies: 5
Views: 26

Re: The Caballé on CD I didn't know about

Thanks, Lance! I'll be sure to put that one on my wantlist!
by maestrob
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 22
Views: 184

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

If the symphony was really popular, why didn't the New York Philharmonic perform it from 1960 to 1983? Except for Henry Lewis as guest conductor in 1980. It's certainly not twice as popular as Beethoven's 5th, which Ormandy recorded only twice. Alan Gilbert is the orchestra's only music director si...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3983
Views: 604310

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81lFb53LHYL._SX522_.jpg When Hyperion announced the conclusion of their 8CD traversal of ALL of R. Strauss's lieder, well I had to have it. Pianist Roger Vignoles plays as if he's reminding us of all the orchestral colors implied in the music (Straus...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 4
Views: 37

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Down here we haven't seen any snow but there's been a lot of rain. The forecast for today is a high temperature below 20°, that's F not C, but on Wednesday it's supposed to go up to 45° and rain most of the day. Go figure. With the holiday, I don't have to go to the library for my usual Monday shif...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 22
Views: 184

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

The only BSO conductor who might have recorded that symphony was Koussevitzky, but I can't find any info that he ever conducted it. A BSO recording would have been an expensive project, Victor had two recordings of it on the market (Ormandy and Mitropoulos), and the music wasn't that popular anyway...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Caballé on CD I didn't know about
Replies: 5
Views: 26

Re: The Caballé on CD I didn't know about

Fabulous idea! :) I know a certain someone of Hispanic origins who will appreciate this release. Does the cover of your set of 3 CDs resemble what's below?

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by maestrob
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas Review
Replies: 6
Views: 83

Re: Pelleas Review

While I am very fond of Debussy's music I have never been able to appreciate his only opera. The fault, I'm sure, is mine because professional musicians and knowledgeable music lovers hold the work in such high esteem. I'm not exactly sure what my blind spot is, but I think it is the dramatic eleme...
by maestrob
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Last Minute Opera PBS Alert Aida
Replies: 1
Views: 40

Re: Last Minute Opera PBS Alert Aida

With a great cast! PBS Thirteen Sunday tomorrow 1:00 pm Great Performances at the Met Aida Verdi's grand opera is conducted by Nicola Luisotti and stars vocal powerhouse Anna Netrebko. Thanks, Len! We're all set up here for the broadcast. Netrebko, I've heard, is awesome, and Rachvelishvili is also...
by maestrob
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 562
Views: 204883

Re: What I listened to today

It's nearly midnight here and I have on my iPod and headphones Beethoven #9. Anima Eterna/Jos Van Immerseel on period instruments. Lovely, translucent sound and timbre - especially the divine third movement. It's taken me years to come to terms with this symphony because I'm not especially enamored...
by maestrob
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 22
Views: 184

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

Nearly everything Rachmaninoff wrote works for me, except the First and Fourth Piano concerti, which are too Baroque for my taste and seem to go nowhere. His Symphonies are masterpieces, as are the Symphonic Dances. Van Zweden would be, IMHO, an ideal Rachmaninoff conductor. Rachmaninoff's solo pian...
by maestrob
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 22
Views: 184

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

The Ormandy Victor set of the symphony took 12 sides at 78rpm, maybe 50 minutes. His Columbia LP recording runs to about 48 minutes. Complete performances run anything from 60 to 65 minutes according to YouTube, which gives an idea of how deep Ormandy's cuts were. Ormandy recorded Rachmaninoff's Se...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ukranian institute of america
Replies: 3
Views: 84

Re: ukranian institute of america

OTOH, some Russian oligarch (I assume) has opened a museum glorifying the KGB in our neighborhood, complete with life-size busts of Stalin & Lenin. I won't go in: the idea gives me the creepy-crawlies; it's like glorifying Hitler with an SS museum. I am deeply ashamed that such a thing should exist ...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Noseda and the NSO give a concert at a D.C. high school with mixed results
Replies: 1
Views: 68

Re: Noseda and the NSO give a concert at a D.C. high school with mixed results

Outreach programs are all we have left, since arts programs have mostly been eliminated from the curriculae in city schools. Happily, Carnegie Hall has such a program for suburban schools: chorus members pay $300 to participate in voice lessons and a chance to sing with their colleagues in Carnegie ...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera-what language to present It In
Replies: 12
Views: 157

Re: Opera-what language to present It In

Just as an aside....

Eve Queler used to provide complete libretti to her audiences in Carnegie Hall when she would perform concert versions of rare operas. You could hear the rustle of pages turning every so often in the hall, as the listeners would follow the words dutifully! Very classy.
by maestrob
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 602

Re: Classical Music Streaming

I do some downloading, always in CD-quality FLAC or better; I generally then burn the downloads to a CD for playing in my system. (I downloaded the entire Harbison symphony cycle from the Boston Symphony website; most of these works do not yet have a commercial recording on CD available.) I have no...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 295

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

... all our stuff (books, CDs, LPs, and worldly goods and people). There is too much to enjoy no matter how long we live. I think about this many times. Can't take any of it with us! Am I alone in this regard? Wow! Lance: deep thoughts today! Sure, it's a conundrum. I've written a letter to go with...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concertos of Sir Arthur Bliss
Replies: 5
Views: 236

Re: Concertos of Sir Arthur Bliss

I suppose the version of the piano concerto to have is Solomon's - he played the world premiere at the 1939 World Fair in New York. Not on YouTube; all that's there is the slow movement from the broadcast of the premiere. I don't know the other Bliss concertos at all. Solomon recorded the Bliss Pia...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HMV is bankrupt - again
Replies: 12
Views: 820

Re: HMV is bankrupt - again

Thank you, John F, for bringing us up-to-date on the HMV situation. I fear this is only the beginning of many brick and mortar stores disappearing. It is happening all around me. When and if Amazon is finally left to be about the last, watch their prices rise. I have already seen evidence of this. ...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 27
Views: 617

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

I saw the NY Phil. new year's eve concert on PBS conducted by the new man Jaap Van Zweden , and to my ears the brass section was on its bets behavior and at least on television, nothing was harsh or too loud . They recently hired Chris Martin, who succeeded the legendary Bud Herseth in Chicago and ...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3983
Views: 604310

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/719sagVx27L._SX522_.jpg Volodos up to now, in my mind, has been considered an outstanding virtuoso, gifted in difficult piano transcriptions by Liszt and concertos by Rachmaninoff. It is rare for those gifted in that direction to excel in more sensit...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 27
Views: 617

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

I, too, did not attend many Mehta-led concerts during his tenure, nor did I buy many of his recordings, due to my prejudice against the (to my ears) harsh sound of the Philharmonic, both live and on disc. The problems with the acoustics in the hall were evident during one concert led by Rozhdestvens...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3983
Views: 604310

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51h3g0H%2BEuL.jpg This is a live disc from the 2002 Proms which pre-dates Lang Lang's Rachmaninoff discs with Gergiev which have also been well-received. Conductor Yuri Temirkanov allows Lang Lang freedom of expression during appropriate passages wit...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Simon Trpĉeski
Replies: 4
Views: 164

Re: Pianist Simon Trpĉeski

So many fine artists, so little time.....I'll keep my ears open!
by maestrob
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 562
Views: 204883

Re: What I listened to today

TMK Heifetz did not record them, but I'd have to double-check. My memory says no.
by maestrob
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days
Replies: 11
Views: 391

Re: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days

That will be a rerun of the HD transmission of December 15, 2012. The cast: Aida....................Liudmyla Monastyrska Radamès.................Roberto Alagna Amneris.................Olga Borodina Amonasro................George Gagnidze Ramfis..................Stefan Kocán King.......................
by maestrob
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration
Replies: 14
Views: 667

Re: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration

What did Szell say of NY's hall? "Tear it down and start over. It's an insult to music." I attended a Severance Hall recital by Richard Goode, and even from the cheapest seat in the upper balcony I could hear his sotto voce accompaniment to his own playing. In the drab, modernist, pre-renovation st...
by maestrob
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration
Replies: 14
Views: 667

Re: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration

The suite from Die Frau ohne Schatten was new to me, and welcome. That was my favorite work on the program and new to me too. FWM has improved greatly as a conductor over his 17 years as MD, and the Cleveland strings are still playing with that unitary blended sound, as in the Ravel, sounding even ...
by maestrob
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days
Replies: 11
Views: 391

Re: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days

I'll be watching the telecast of Aida on Sunday 1/20/19 at 1PM, but I have no idea of the cast. As of now, I'm assuming it will be Radvanovsky/Rachvelishvili (conductor unknown), and am looking forward very much to the event. Does anyone here remember the cast from the HD presentation in movie theat...
by maestrob
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration
Replies: 14
Views: 667

Re: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration

Thanks for that excellent review. I enjoyed the program immensely. Lang Lang's playing was superb, although his facial contortions were annoying. I thought the concert as a whole was superb. The suite from Die Frau ohne Schatten was new to me, and welcome.
by maestrob
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparison of recordings Prokofieff VC # 1
Replies: 2
Views: 227

Re: Comparison of recordings Prokofieff VC # 1

Recordings of Prokofieff’s 1st Violin Concerto ( one of my fav VC’s period ) sampled and discussed, 23-year old Vilda Frang’s debut recording and Frank Peter Zimmermann the “ winners “ after BBC presenter heard apparently 50 recordings : https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0001zpc Had not realized S...
by maestrob
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3983
Views: 604310

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

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81lcLvDNYiL._SS500_.jpg This recent (2013) recording of music by John Adams (Dr. Atomic Symphony, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, & Harmonielehre) features Peter Oundjian conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in some very fine music-making. Oundjian take...
by maestrob
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 602

Re: Classical Music Streaming

Yesterday I contacted my hi fi dealer about a Network Audio Player. He advised the Marantz NA8005. It's all rather confusing, but I need to be able to get the sound down to the other end of the house from this computer - or an App - into my beautiful amplifier and speakers. Then I phoned an online ...
by maestrob
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 27
Views: 617

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

The NY Philharmonic has had a problem with loudness since the days of Zubin Mehta, mainly because of the acoustics on stage: it's hard for the musicians to hear each other, even with the modifications put in by Kurt Masur. The way the hall is set up, the sound travels out to the audience directly, a...
by maestrob
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 608

Re: Schiff and Schubert

eThanks to a gift from a dear friend, I just listened to the DG recordings of Kempff's complete Schubert piano sonatas, which are simply outstanding and a revelation for me. Frankly, there are so many fine Schubert interpreters, including Serkin, Uchida, Brendel, Schnabel, Lupu, among others. All t...
by maestrob
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bazzini's (1818-1897) opera transcriptions complete!
Replies: 1
Views: 210

Re: Bazzini's (1818-1897) opera transcriptions complete!

Sounds delectable! You do keep up with many interesting recordings, Lance!
by maestrob
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 608

Re: Schiff and Schubert

Fascinating topic, thank you all! I agree with Lance about Brendel's early Vox recording of the Schubert Impromptus being his best. I, too, have all of Brendel's recordings, and the early Impromtus are simply magical. My favorite set of Schubert Sonatas is not Schiff, who is very good, but Wilhelm K...
by maestrob
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What a musical genius that CZERNY!
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Re: What a musical genius that CZERNY!

Thanks for bringing this up, Lance. I have the three-record set you mentioned with Kuerti, and admire Czerny's music very much. I'll put the CPO release on my wantlist right away!
by maestrob
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 1012

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Just read this thread, and am shocked beyond words. Jbuck919 was a consistently kind, erudite and knowledgeable man, and I will miss him here and in life. So sad that he could not make last year's conclave. Now I understand why.
by maestrob
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Record biz news
Replies: 11
Views: 588

Re: Record biz news

jserraglio:

I'd say your project has been shelved! Great photo! :lol:
by maestrob
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24

My most recent introduction was with Jean-Marc Luisada's recording of French RCA and it made a deep impression enough to include in my radio tribute to him. Dina Ugorskaja and Pavlina Dokovska also were top contenders as was Schiff. I know it's hard to choose from all those great artists, but do yo...
by maestrob
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 622

Re: top 10 operas

My favorite opera, Brian what a list-GREAT! And how you've been involved in them!!! Regards, Len Thanks, Len. I've also sung Germont (Traviata), Barnaba (Gioconda), Scarpia (Tosca), Marcello (Boheme), Silvio (Pagliacci) and Rigoletto, all in conducting class with La Selva (he sang tenor!). That was...
by maestrob
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Record biz news
Replies: 11
Views: 588

Re: Record biz news

There is a flood of classical LPs in the market, right now. I had the owner of Academy Records over to evaluate my LP collection, and all he was interested in was European pressings for a few dollars each. He told me that he has a warehouse full of classical LPs, and that the old pressings are not s...
by maestrob
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24

I know it's hard to choose from all those great artists, but do you have a personal favorite, Lance? Perhaps Igor Levit?
by maestrob
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 622

Re: top 10 operas

Rach3 wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:13 pm
If asked by someone who had never seen or heard an opera, you would recommend:

Traviata
Boheme
Don Giovanni
Carmen
Aida

Other ?i
Wow! That's a strong list, Rach3. I agree with Len, who recommended Boheme, or Verdi's Aida, or Carmen.
by maestrob
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 622

Re: top 10 operas

My favorite opera, in whatever edition (although I prefer the Rimsky-Korsakov complete, not the truncated Soviet version), is Boris Godunov. After that: Verdi's Otello Wagner's Ring cycle, which I've studied and sung parts of the Walkure Wotan. Ponchieli's La Gioconda, not because of the plot, which...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 602

Re: Classical Music Streaming

Yes, it certainly is strange. The piece is obviously written by somebody who only understands streaming from a popular music perspective. Ergo, the language example "rendition". And iTunes never fitted classical music either; I can remember the nightmare several years ago of loading pieces onto my ...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Record biz news
Replies: 11
Views: 588

Re: Record biz news

Am surprised about the cassette sales figure: I thought that commercial cassettes had died out years ago. Still, less than 500,000 is a low figure indeed. The figures for vinyl are astonishing, and welcome. I prefer CDs myself, but the news that collectors are buying a physical format in such quanti...
by maestrob
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3983
Views: 604310

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

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81ZapJfy2yL._SS500_.jpg Conductor Teodor Currentzis has been much hyped in classical music media as a sort of second coming. I find his rendition of Tchaikovsky VI alternately pretentious and awe-inspiring, depending on what movement I'm listening to. The first i...
by maestrob
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration
Replies: 14
Views: 667

Re: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration

Looking forward to it Len, thanks! :D J. STRAUSS - Waltz: Wiener Blut [Viennese Spirit] MOZART - Piano Concerto No. 24 [Lang Lang] R. STRAUSS - Fantasy from Die Frau ohne Schatten RAVEL - La Valse I downloaded from somewhere and watched this video a couple weeks ago. The CleveOrch minus Preucil sou...
by maestrob
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MacArthur Genius Award winner brings healing community to LA’s Skid Row
Replies: 1
Views: 323

Re: MacArthur Genius Award winner brings healing community to LA’s Skid Row

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/through-music-vijay-gupta-brings-healing-community-to-las-skid-row Vijay Gupta is a Juilliard-trained violinist who's been using music as a way to connect with L.A.’s homeless and incarcerated and promote healing. A movement that began with one Skid Row occupant ha...