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by maestrob
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Gilels fans
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Re: For Gilels fans

The Radio Belgium Francaise site is a pill to sign in to , but I felt worth my effort here. "Unreleased" recordings of Gilels live at the Concertgebouw.An earlier LvB sonata, then his "Les Aideux", and his #27,Op.90 ; the 4 Brahms Op.10 Ballades ; Schumann's " Arabesque " ; then the Liszt B minor S...
by maestrob
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3944
Views: 551583

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71-8wC7aTNL._SX569_.jpg This is a stunning recording, both in sound quality and musically. Jansons has matured into a Bruckner conductor to rival Szell and Barenboim,without the mannerisms of Solti. This is a straightforward deeply felt performance o...
by maestrob
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Berg fans
Replies: 6
Views: 76

Re: For Berg fans

I heard within the last days Berg's "Seven Early Songs" with the Berliner Philharmoniker. I didn't recognize the name of the soprano (the same one who sang Ravel's "Sheherazade" on the same program) and thought these were wonderful songs. I have a fondness for the work of Alban Berg. His Piano Sona...
by maestrob
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel
Replies: 14
Views: 149

Re: Ravel

Grew up with Charles Munch's recording of the Piano Concerto, done with his niece(?), Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer on RCA. Later on, I discovered Martha Argerich/Abbado, coupled with Beroff in the Concerto written for Wittgenstein, another true masterpiece. What, if any stand out, are your favorite rec...
by maestrob
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow in the Northeast & Listening!
Replies: 3
Views: 48

Re: Snow in the Northeast & Listening!

Weather report:

The snow/slush is almost completely gone here in Manhattan, thankfully! We went out to dinner in the thick of the mess last night, but the evening was well worth it! At least the subways were working.
by maestrob
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel
Replies: 14
Views: 149

Re: Ravel

Yes, that Ansermet/Crespin recording of Ravel's "Scheherezade" & Berlioz's "Nuits d'ete" is an old favorite; a great interpretation that remains a benchmark for me. I've sung the Berlioz in recital, and there is a line from "Le Spectre de la rose" which will be on my wife's tombstone (if I have any ...
by maestrob
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Callas is on tour
Replies: 4
Views: 79

Re: Maria Callas is on tour

Fascinating, John, both from a technological standpoint and the fact that Callas can still sell tickets!
by maestrob
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Too Slow?
Replies: 8
Views: 164

Re: Too Slow?

Caetani had a stint at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the musicians esteemed him highly. (So did I.) But his cycle is with the Milan orchestra, from memory - I haven't heard it. Does the orchestral playing have the necessary depth and richness, Brian? Yes, definitely! The entire set is outst...
by maestrob
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reissue of Columbia Black Composers Series
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: Reissue of Columbia Black Composers Series

Paul Freeman made some very fine records in that series. I look forward to having it on my Christmas wantlist! Thanks for the alert.
by maestrob
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elgar's Piano Quintet live
Replies: 3
Views: 83

Re: Elgar's Piano Quintet live

Rach3, thanks for that. Before I listen, here's my favorite version of the Quintet, played to perfection by Peter Donohue and the Maggini Quartet.....

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by maestrob
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Salzburg Festival is Planning a Mythic Summer
Replies: 4
Views: 65

Re: The Salzburg Festival is Planning a Mythic Summer

Wow! That's some lineup!

I would LOVE to hear Netrebko in Adriana Lecouvreur, one of my favorite unknown operas. And Mathias Goerne is one of the finest singers in the world today, whether it's in Schubert or Wagner.
by maestrob
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Too Slow?
Replies: 8
Views: 164

Re: Too Slow?

I just listened to the Shostakovich Fifth Symphony in the recording on EMI (now Warner) conducted by Mariss Jansons, and I now am taking the view that he takes the last movement too slow. It makes me want to go back to Bernstein, who rolls through the last movement as though he were the engineer on...
by maestrob
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An organ recital
Replies: 10
Views: 158

Re: An organ recital

Thanks for that, JohnB! I will listen later of course, and comment. I do love the organ, but know very little about the instrument. "Just a guy," indeed! I listen through headphones, so I can appreciate the acoustics of the venue more.
by maestrob
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dobrinka Tabakova's new PC
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Dobrinka Tabakova's new PC

Lance, truthfully, I have not followed Fazil Say, even though he garners good reviews on amazon. So much music, so little time....... :)
by maestrob
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 17
Views: 293

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Just did a search on amazon, and found the set below. It would appear that Angelich has a special relationship with Brahms, and has recorded the 10CD set pictured, along with the Capucon brothers, who, IMHO, are two of the finest string players of their generations. IF you're interested in Brahms as...
by maestrob
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 17
Views: 293

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Belle:)

Thank you for the Angelich link. I'm just now listening to his Rachmaninoff III/3, and find it miraculous that he can play the opening at such a fast tempo. Astounding! The Brahms that precedes it is quite fine, as is the Brahms I concerto that follows. A great concert!
by maestrob
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini, again!
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Re: Toscanini, again!

Toscanini was the first and only conductor to re-think Brahms's First Symphony's first movement opening, leading it in 2 (or 3) instead of in 6 (or 9) which conductors with modern orchestras do. This means that the average listener hears the music at a faster tempo, which makes the music less weight...
by maestrob
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 17
Views: 293

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Of course, no one who knows me will be surprised that my favorite recording of these works is the one by Bruce Hungerford, which is now on Youtube: https://youtu.be/Sd5nzUyNw0w And, if anyone is interested, I am about to release the only video of Hungerford's playing, a DVD of the Beethoven Fourth ...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 17
Views: 293

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Thanks, Belle for bringing up some of my favorite piano music. I'll have to try the Stephen Bishop, and here is my current favorite recording of the three cycles:

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by maestrob
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3944
Views: 551583

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

Nelsons probably wouldn't appreciate his birthplace being given as Soviet Russia. He was born in Riga, Latvia, an independent nation until it was forcibly incorporated into the Soviet Union during World War II; after years of large demonstrations and gradual loosening of the Soviet grip, it regaine...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist

IIRC Litton was trained at Juilliard by Jean Morel, which explains why I've always liked his conducting. Incidentally, Bernstein also recorded the Shostakovich Concerto II leading from the keyboard in 1959, an exceptional reading that I play often.
by maestrob
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3944
Views: 551583

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71w9NwmCpAL._SX522_.jpg Conductor Andris Nelsons was born in Riga, the capital of occupied Latvia, and mentored by the Latvian conductor Maris Jansons, both experiences giving him tremendous authority in the music of Dmitri Shostakovich. He was 13 wh...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's Tucker Gala
Replies: 6
Views: 138

Re: Met's Tucker Gala

I'll defer to the opera experts here, but for me , Holy Cow !! Not to be missed. Extraordinary all.I think Angela Mead " stole the show " with her 2 " Il Lombardi" arias, but what a programme. In my book, Angela Meade is a true star. She's in the process of being discovered by the cognoscenti, but ...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Annette Céline, soprano
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: Annette Céline, soprano

I do have that recording but I have not heard it in some time which will cause me to dig it out in the near future and have a hearing. Céline made a number of recordings, which appeared on her label, Brana, but also on Claudio. Just why she never reached higher levels of popularity remains to be un...
by maestrob
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's Tucker Gala
Replies: 6
Views: 138

Re: Met's Tucker Gala

I have many of these galas on DVD from TV broadcasts on PBS, and they are uniformly excellent. I'm surprised that they're only doing a radio program this year.......

Incidentally, Armaliato is one of the finest opera conductors in circulation these days.
by maestrob
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marx in London Jonathan Dove
Replies: 3
Views: 114

Re: Marx in London Jonathan Dove

Marx was the Steve Bannon of his age: he never ruled, but he inspired the political ideas behind the Russian revolution, and ruined Russia, China and Eastern Europe in the end. I'd like to see this opera!
by maestrob
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Mefistofele’ at the Met Opera
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: ‘Mefistofele’ at the Met Opera

I am listening to a rip of the webcast of the 2018 Met performance as I type this. I'm remembering Norman Treigle writhing about the stage in the NYCO production of the 1970's. Treigle was a small man with an immense sound, and he triumphed in the role. As for Toscanini, he recorded the Prologue wi...
by maestrob
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion,live
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Re: Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion,live

John, you're a wonder! The things you find! :D
by maestrob
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's new cd picks for October
Replies: 2
Views: 125

Re: WQXR's new cd picks for October

Rach3 wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:38 pm
Have not heard any of these eclectic selections, several artists new to me:

https://www.wqxr.org/story/best-classic ... tober-2018
As you said, rather eclectic (Sacre du printemps in Luxembourg??). :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 488

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

I've never been a great fan of Pollini though I have many of his recordings. In a word, I can only describe his playing as being somewhat "cold." I hear that word often in connection with his playing on- or off records. Insofar as his dress code is concerned, that seems irrelevant. I don't agree wi...
by maestrob
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Annette Céline, soprano
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: Annette Céline, soprano

Interesting, Lance. I wonder why she only made one major label recording (Luisa Miller w/Pavarotti & Caballe). Do you have it and, if so, what do you think of it?

My favorite Luisa Miller is with Moffo, of course! :)
by maestrob
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 116
Views: 43776

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

It's a general rule. I think it's because the Australian Government now requires online retailers to collect the GST (tax), and they don't want to go there. That's delving into the dim recesses of my memory. Correct, and I'm furious about the disruption to my buying of books and CDs from Amazon in ...
by maestrob
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 461

Re: Serious Bernstein

Well, well. Sorry, jserraglio, but I agree with jbuck here. As many fans of LB did, I acquired the LP edition of Mass when it first came out, and have disliked it ever since. I know there are a couple of new recordings of the piece, but I will not buy them. That said, I also am also not taken by his...
by maestrob
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 488

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

With Richter it's the later the lesser, at least for me. Agreed,although the Decca recording he did, I believe live in Italy in 1986,Richter 71,of the Brahms 1st and 2nd Piano Sonatas is a must, my reference performances of those Sonatas: https://tinyurl.com/y8zyphac Agreed. Richter's late Beethove...
by maestrob
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 116
Views: 43776

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

I just ordered it for $131.99 from Amazon, but they won't deliver to Australia. URRKKK! Frustrating! I wonder, does that policy apply to just the Szell set, or is it a general rule now? One might try calling customer service and complaining, while offering to pay a bit more for shipping........ :wi...
by maestrob
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chausson, Koechlin,Vierne works
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Re: Chausson, Koechlin,Vierne works

Hi, Rach3.

The Chausson was very well done, and beautifully recorded. Thanks. I'll listen to the others as time goes by...... :)
by maestrob
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3944
Views: 551583

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/517HP3oIe5L._SS500.jpg Christian Lindberg and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra must have had fun with this recording of Bernstein's effervescent and demanding Broadway scores. The Overture to Candide appropriately opens the album, followed ...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"
Replies: 7
Views: 559

Re: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"

I absolutely am absolutely taken with Rachvelishvili's voice. It has none of the characteristics of vocalists from the Russian region that I have heard so much years ago. The good thing about the Kaufmann disc of the Italian live recital is that where she participates with him in duets, they both d...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kurt Weill's Violin Concerto
Replies: 4
Views: 380

Re: Kurt Weill's Violin Concerto

I don't know the violin concertos but I do know the two symphonies. From them you could guess that Weill had studied with Busoni, and that's one reason I like them. :) Like you, John, I have not heard the Violin Concerto, and will happily give it a listen. I'm familiar with the two symphonies and l...
by maestrob
Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Antonio Pappano interview
Replies: 2
Views: 379

Re: Antonio Pappano interview

Pappano is one of the world's great conductors, especially of opera. He knows how to get the bestout of great singers. I have his Verdi Requiem and his recent Aida on CD, and admire them greatly. Thanks for posting this!
by maestrob
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adams,Glass Violin Concertos
Replies: 1
Views: 317

Re: Adams,Glass Violin Concertos

As a couple members discussed in the " Tomassini" topic here music of John Adams and Philip Glass they enjoy, thought I'd mention a couple I enjoy: Adams' Violin Concerto ( perhaps my fav work of his ) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SueNunMJeI&list=PLj3aM13_pBCWugw5kLAlU9-Qhel6PBv-Z Glass' Viol...
by maestrob
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pretty Yende, soprano (quite a find)
Replies: 2
Views: 389

Re: Pretty Yende, soprano (quite a find)

Lance, I'm delighted that you are finally catching up on your vocal releases. Pretty Yende has been a star in my firmament since I posted a review of her debut disc about a year ago. She's the real deal!

Glad to know you like her as well!
by maestrob
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"
Replies: 7
Views: 559

Re: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"

Kaufmann had vocal problems? When & where? I haven't heard, and I'm sure we would all be interested in knowing........

I must say that his over-use of softer tones on his high notes sometimes worries me, as it can put a strain on his technique.
by maestrob
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eldar Nebolsin, pianist
Replies: 3
Views: 425

Re: Eldar Nebolsin, pianist

Although Gergiev is not my favorite conductor, his take on Tchaikovsky's Second Concerto in its full version is an exceptionally good performance with Matsuyev. I first heard the concerto when Ormandy recorded it and the third with Gary Graffman, only briefly available on CD (I snapped up a copy!). ...
by maestrob
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recent Gavrylyuk recital
Replies: 4
Views: 475

Re: Recent Gavrylyuk recital

Finally got to listen to the Prokofiev VII. It's not the best I've heard (that would be Richter or Sokolov) but it is very good, if not quite as inspired as his Liszt. All-in-all, this was a good recital, with the Liszt and Prokofiev showing where his heart is. Gavrylyuk needs to understand that Moz...
by maestrob
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini on Classical Music
Replies: 5
Views: 515

Re: Tommasini on Classical Music

That's the spirit, Lance! I'm afraid I'm not qualified to pontificate on contemporary music, as I don't get to concerts these days and must rely on recordings, but I hope Modernistfan will agree that one benefits by keeping an open mind about the music of today. As for Philip Glass, my wife studied ...
by maestrob
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 18
Views: 1396

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

So glad that you're home, Belle! :D As for what's next, with modern treatments, they may skip chemotherapy altogether and go directly to immunotherapy. Be guided by your doctors, but don't let them railroad you into something that doesn't feel right. Remember, YOU have the last word about your choic...
by maestrob
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini on Classical Music
Replies: 5
Views: 515

Re: Tommasini on Classical Music

Tommasini hits the nail on the head for me when he talks about greatness, and our obsession with it. Toscanini was a great conductor, yet he never performed Mahler's music (They were both conductors, yet Mahler died just after the turn of the last century, and Toscanini could have taken up the chall...
by maestrob
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recent Gavrylyuk recital
Replies: 4
Views: 475

Re: Recent Gavrylyuk recital

The Liszt Dante Sonata was indeed well-done, and surprisingly so since I found the Mozart and Chopin a bit too restrained for my taste. The Rachmaninoff was well-done, but unexceptional. I'll listen to the Prokofiev tomorrow. Thanks, Rach3, for sharing this. It's a good recital, in spite of my nit-p...
by maestrob
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: goldscheider v royal opera house
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Re: goldscheider v royal opera house

Good article, Len, thank-you. The loudness of classical music's big symphonies and Wagner's operas are well-known, but stress injuries of classical musicians are not so well-known and are rarely covered by the media. I'm on Goldscheider's side in this argument, no question.