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by maestrob
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3808
Views: 298305

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51HR4OGu7bL._SS500.jpg Nimrod Borenstein is a composer unknown to me before acquiring this disc, so it's been laying on my shelf unopened since its release and a positive review from elsewhere. I'm one who gives current music a chance, and I'm now gl...
by maestrob
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Biber, "Rosenkranzsonaten 1 & 2"
Replies: 2
Views: 30

Re: Biber, "Rosenkranzsonaten 1 & 2"

Thank you Belle & jbuck, that was lovely! I have a 2-CD set of Biber's Violin Sonatas, and he's an excellent composer and very original.
by maestrob
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early
Replies: 11
Views: 264

Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

Was that the opening night of the season? I believe the Met shows it for free on HD screens outside the Met, and this year maybe they also made it available to Channel 13 - from what you say, possibly at the last minute. Under the circumstances, other PBS channels may have decided not to disrupt th...
by maestrob
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Cleveland Orchestra marks its 100th this week at Carnegie Hall
Replies: 7
Views: 415

Re: The Cleveland Orchestra marks its 100th this week at Carnegie Hall

Fascinating!

And all these years later, I thought that Ormandy's reading of Rachmaninoff II with Minneapolis from the 1930's was the first commercial recording of this symphony. Congatulations on unearthing this great issue. Now all I need to know is where can I order it??? :D
by maestrob
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's new season announced
Replies: 10
Views: 196

Re: Met's new season announced

Barney....... You're a lucky man in retirement, able to do the thing you love best! I do miss live concerts because live music is the best thing there is, with Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center just 30 minutes away from home and all the great ensembles and singers from around the world parading their...
by maestrob
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early
Replies: 11
Views: 264

Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

I said that because Len has mentioned a couple of PBS broadcasts recently in his area that I haven't been able to see: I wonder if there's a blackout in NYC? Haven't heard anything specific, so I'm only speculating. Brian PBS did Norma a while ago and I DVRed it and already have it copied onto a VC...
by maestrob
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early
Replies: 11
Views: 264

Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

Now if only Gelb would continue the PBS broadcasts so I can hear him! Is there any question of that? According to the Met's press release, both the radio broadcasts on the Met's radio network and the HD transmissions to theaters and on PBS will continue next season. I said that because Len has ment...
by maestrob
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 499

Re: Music in times of distress

Dear Belle,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of distress. So young to have so many troubles...... :(
by maestrob
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early
Replies: 11
Views: 264

Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Lead the Met Opera, Two Years Early

This is excellent news! ........And notice that Nezet-Seguin is leading 2 French operas out of only 3 productions, which is as it should be. He is an exciting conductor who produces excellent results. Now if only Gelb would continue the PBS broadcasts so I can hear him!
by maestrob
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jaap van Zweden
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: Jaap van Zweden

Listening to his recordings over the years, I believe he has gotten better with time. There's an excellent Mahler III with Dallas available, his Brahms Symphonies are pretty good, but his early Rite of Spring was not disciplined enough and lacked character. OTOH, his Ring with Hong Kong has mostly b...
by maestrob
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3808
Views: 298305

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

De gustibus and all that! I find Levine's Chicago Brahms shallow, like most of his orchestral conducting, but that may be just me. Solti's Brahms is my personal favorite, with Lenny/NY a very close second. So be it. Frankly, I agree with you about Leinsdorf. I think he's a vastly underrated conducto...
by maestrob
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3808
Views: 298305

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

Others on this forum including myself disagree about Boston under Leinsdorf, sorry to say. Of course their administrator would brag, but Munch had let the orchestra's discipline and sound quality deteriorate under his tenure, and Leinsdorf, a strict disciplinarian was left with the results. Check ou...
by maestrob
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3808
Views: 298305

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

I own, and very much like, a Brahms cycle with the BSO and Leinsdorf on LPs, in the "Aristocrat of Orchestras" series issued 1964-68 during RCA's dynagroove era—LSC-2711, 2809, 2936 and 3010. Thank you, jserraglio . I don't remember those, and I didn't see them available on CDs. Leinsdorf was, IMHO...
by maestrob
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3808
Views: 298305

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61PMeLLeUxL._SS500.jpg Andris Nelsons. the new conductor of the Boston Symphony, has issued a fine set of Brahms Symphonies, recorded live late in 2016 (The First was recorded on election night!), and early 2017. Let me say first that the sound on th...
by maestrob
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Franco Fagioli's new Handel CD [DGG]
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: Franco Fagioli's new Handel CD [DGG]

Thank you for that, John. I had already ordered the disc: your posting only increased my anticipation. :) I don't know if it's true for Lance, but I post album covers with the idea in mind of promoting CD sales to our readers. The thing is, I've not learned how to post youtube selections: although I...
by maestrob
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 258

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

I haven't driven since the 1980's, so I too would be flummoxed by all the new technology in cars. AND they say self-driving cars are just over the horizon......<shudder>
by maestrob
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Franco Fagioli's new Handel CD [DGG]
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: Franco Fagioli's new Handel CD [DGG]

I find it difficult to keep up with all the happenings in the Baroque performance world these days, so thanks for the tip, Lance! This is one I'll definitely look into!
by maestrob
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3808
Views: 298305

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

Hi, Sean! :)

You've been missed.......hope all is well.
by maestrob
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Huberman Violin
Replies: 10
Views: 661

Re: The Huberman Violin

What a fabulous story! Thanks for posting that. I, too, am stunned. :)
by maestrob
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3808
Views: 298305

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

Just because Kaufmann is able to do it, doesn't make a case that it should be done. Way back when, E. Power Biggs played a Handel organ concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra using a Hammond organ - another bad idea. As I said, Mahler had a purpose in dividing the six songs between two singers of...
by maestrob
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3808
Views: 298305

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

This is the first time when Mahler's full cycle has been sung by a single voice... What a terrible idea! Mahler knew what he was doing when he composed it for contrasting voices. What Kaufmann et al. think they are doing, other than a vanity project for the tenor, beats me. If that seems a bit seve...
by maestrob
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3808
Views: 298305

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/613DMKJ%2BxRL._SS500.jpg Jonathan Nott was not the conductor originally engaged for this recording, Daniel Gatti was first choice, yet Nott steps up to the plate with full command of the architecture of Das Lied von der Erde, in a sympathetic reading...
by maestrob
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arrau Live Recitals 1954, 1960, 1963 Ludwigsburg
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: Arrau Live Recitals 1954, 1960, 1963 Ludwigsburg

I reckon Arrau was one of the greatest Beethoven interpreters. And when he played Schubert, he was one of the greatest Beethoven interpreters. And when he played Chopin, ditto. Everything seemed to sound like Beethoven: intense, serious, noble, proportionate. But a truly great pianist. Am going thr...
by maestrob
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 548

Re: Mahler Survey

I very rarely listen to Mahler anymore, but for some 15 to 20 years of my life he was at least weekly bread and butter to me. Which means that I don't know much about recent recordings, even though I sometimes listen to parts of newer stuff on f.i. YouTube. Here's a list of performances that (among...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cheat Sheet From NY Times American Orchestras
Replies: 5
Views: 244

Re: Cheat Sheet From NY Times American Orchestras

I'd like to see Manfred Honeck step up as well: he's led some superb recordings w/Pittsburgh recently (please see my reviews).
by maestrob
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anyone know this composer and/or work?
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: Anyone know this composer and/or work?

IcedNote wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:28 pm
He is a god in the choral world. Like....untouchable. His influence on the modern choral sound is incalculable.

-G
Hi Garrett! After hearing this beautiful and moving piece, I would agree. Many thanks, John, for posting it.
by maestrob
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3808
Views: 298305

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51vwrZxhLJL._AC_US327_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg JoAnn Falletta has been having an excellent career with the Buffalo Philharmonic, and this new disc bears that out. This is the intimate Strauss, not the bombastic Strauss, with the Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite a...
by maestrob
Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Louis Ferdinand's music (1772-1806)
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Re: Louis Ferdinand's music (1772-1806)

Thanks, Lance, I believe I will give this one a try! :D
by maestrob
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...
Replies: 14
Views: 557

Re: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...

Sad to say, Lance, that I agree you should avoid giving air time to Levine at this point. Amazon has not pulled his many recordings, however, so they remain available. I just bought 2 copies of the MET's 100 yr. Anniversary Gala, of which I attended the afternoon concert as a guest of Kurt Baum, and...
by maestrob
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cruzar la Cara de la Luna
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Re: Cruzar la Cara de la Luna

Very timely. I'm glad Tommasini gave the opera a good review. Thanks, Len, for the alert.
by maestrob
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 548

Re: Mahler Survey

I want to hear more about these "many new members." Don't we wish. Lurkers, da, members, nyet. Recently I stumbled across a program of a major orchestra that has programmed "Mahler's Tenth." Unfortunately I cannot now find the link. You tell me, because to my shame I can't tell you. Mahler complete...
by maestrob
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 548

Mahler Survey

It's been some time since we've discussed Mahler's Symphonies, and we have many new members who are posting regularly, so I thought it wise to bring up the topic again and ask "What are your favorite recordings?" There's been a great deal of activity with new issues: Have any of them replaced your f...
by maestrob
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 499

Re: Music in times of distress

For me, its always the Klemperer or Marriner recording of Strauss's Metamorphosen, or any good recording of the Mahler 9th--especially the 1938 Bruno Walter Vienna Phil CD. Also, sometimes, the Abschied from Das Lied von der Erde, especially the Ferrier, Walter recording. Regarding your choices, I'...
by maestrob
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Whispering Opera
Replies: 1
Views: 166

Re: The Whispering Opera

Oh, my! Pretentious claptrap, says I! :roll: :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Surprise Star Steals the Met’s ‘Il Trovatore’
Replies: 8
Views: 325

Re: A Surprise Star Steals the Met’s ‘Il Trovatore’

lennygoran wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:52 am
maestrob wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:49 am
audience members who don't really care beyond wanting a good-tasting "sausage,"
Brian thanks-now yopu've made me hungry and lunch time is still more than an hour away! Regards, Len [fleeing]
Enjoy! :D :lol:
by maestrob
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Surprise Star Steals the Met’s ‘Il Trovatore’
Replies: 8
Views: 325

Re: A Surprise Star Steals the Met’s ‘Il Trovatore’

And, as usual, no credit is given to the conductor, Armaliato, Brian maybe not enough credit given but he was mentioned: "Under Marco Armiliato, the orchestra plays with spirited polish." The Times link had her singing and Sue said she wanted to see this live-unfortunately for her it's too late for...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eileen Joyce Complete Studio Recordings
Replies: 2
Views: 236

Eileen Joyce Complete Studio Recordings

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51mzUg5D01L.jpg Australian pianist Eileen Joyce, whose recording of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto was immortalised in the film Brief Encounter, is represented here by an issue of all her studio recordings. Praised by Percy Grainger as "the mos...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 499

Re: Music in times of distress

Belle: What a terrifying story! So young (35!)!

For me it's Chopin, especially the Nocturnes. I also have a disc of my own personal favorite Adagios, (It's called Moments of Reflection).

In all things, I wish you and your family the best of outcomes.
by maestrob
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Surprise Star Steals the Met’s ‘Il Trovatore’
Replies: 8
Views: 325

Re: A Surprise Star Steals the Met’s ‘Il Trovatore’

And, as usual, no credit is given to the conductor, Armaliato, who prepared this whole spectacular music with flair and ornaments that show off the remarkable talents of the cast. Armaliato has been leading Trovatore at the MET for about a decade now, and has done a spectacular job of it, IMHO. Also...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)
Replies: 9
Views: 446

Re: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)

Hmmmm----- Why not try ordering the Goodman from American amazon? I know it's available used at a reasonable price...... https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91SRcV%2BNZLL._SX522_.jpg https://www.amazon.com/Schumann-Symphonies-Overture-Scherzo-Finale/dp/B000003FMI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Cleveland Orchestra marks its 100th this week at Carnegie Hall
Replies: 7
Views: 415

Re: The Cleveland Orchestra marks its 100th this week at Carnegie Hall

Szell was really special, but Rodzinski had the orchestra in pretty good shape long before Szell got there, Maazel, Boulez and Dohnanyi kept it up long afterwards, and recordings of all four conductors with this orchestra show it. I have heard the CO live and they still project that blended, chambe...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stokowski's Phase 4 Recordings: Decca
Replies: 3
Views: 311

Re: Stokowski's Phase 4 Recordings: Decca

Hi, Lance! As I recall by checking my shelves, these titles were previously released (minus the RCA disc and the radio interview) in two boxes, beautifully restored, altho with some distortion from the original masters, especially in the Mussorgsky/Stokowski Pictures. Great music-making all around: ...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)
Replies: 9
Views: 446

Re: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)

Interesting comments, especially those about period instrument performances (which I mostly prefer myself). I'll try and get those Goodman versions from Amazon; thanks for the tip. From what I've read about Schumann (quite a lot) the suggestion was that it was his uncertainty and timidity which cau...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3808
Views: 298305

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41dpHAN7tWL.jpg Zoltan Kocsis made the transition from pianist to conductor more than a decade ago, and has been hugely successful in the repertoire of his fellow Hungarian, Bartok. This disc has lain unopened on my shelf for far too long, and is fin...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3808
Views: 298305

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51nFEItjncL._SS500.jpg The Beethoven Violin Concerto is one of the mainstays in the marketplace, here played by the renowned Mozart violinist Wolfgang Schneiderhan, and ably accompanied by Eugen Jochum with the Berlin Philharmonic. This has been one ...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)
Replies: 9
Views: 446

Re: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)

This is very interesting! Schumann had problems as a conductor and seems not to have understood orchestras very well; he lacked authority in keeping them together. I wonder if this lack of understanding translated to his composing for an orchestra? No, not at all, IMHO. Schumann was very much a com...
by maestrob
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 35 years of opera supertitles
Replies: 4
Views: 307

Re: 35 years of opera supertitles

Michael Capasso (of DiCapo and now NYC Opera fame) used his supertitle display at DiCapo theatre to instruct his audiences to turn off their cellphones before the performance by stating "Violators will be shot!" It always brought a chuckle from those in the audience as they sat down and obediently t...
by maestrob
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Norma PBS Jan 26
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: Met Norma PBS Jan 26

Thanks for the heads-up, Len! I've heard great things about Radvanovsky (Yes, she's American, from the midwest.) and the production. My DVD will be running too!
by maestrob
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)
Replies: 9
Views: 446

Re: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)

Mahler's re-orchestrations of Schumann's Symphonies make sense, in light of the changes in modern instruments (range & sonority). I find Chailly's interpretation immensely enjoyable. George Szell also re-wrote Schumann's Symphonies to accommodate the ranges of modern instruments (mostly woodwinds) i...
by maestrob
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Donizetti Revival at the Met Hints at More to Come
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Re: Donizetti Revival at the Met Hints at More to Come

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51lZm9zZA3L._SS500.jpg Pretty Yende's debut album is an outstanding portrait of a true star, and has been followed by two further releases in quick order. There is a great deal of excitement in operatic circles about this fine South African soprano, ...