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by maestrob
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Starting times for concerts
Replies: 5
Views: 94

Re: Starting times for concerts

The New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera both moved their usual starting times from 8pm to 7:30. The Met polled its customers; I've seen it suggested that many prefer the earlier time so they can catch their trains home. The Philharmonic's starting time for evening concerts was 8:45 int...
by maestrob
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notre-Dame Musicians Rejoice That Cathedral’s Organ Was Spared
Replies: 1
Views: 35

Re: Notre-Dame Musicians Rejoice That Cathedral’s Organ Was Spared

Thanks for this, Len: an article about good news is always welcome these days!
by maestrob
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 21
Views: 225

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

Belle.... You could always cite CMG as your authority! :mrgreen: :lol: If you have a copy of the Penguin Guide in your library, you could then find those discs that have a Rosette attached to them, and use some examples. Also, Boult's earlier stereo analog recording of The Planets for EMI (with the ...
by maestrob
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 673
Views: 301359

Re: What I listened to today

Belle wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:09 pm
jserraglio wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:33 am
Keiser Reinhard (attr.) - Markus Passion
attributed to Reinhard Keiser. It may also have been composed by his father Gottfried or by Friedrich Nicolaus Bruhns.
://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eWigKs0EKQ

Absolutely gorgeous!!!
Agreed! Thanks for posting!
by maestrob
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 21
Views: 225

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

I am absolutely perplexed why EMI/Warner has still not issued an Icon (or a comparable in scope) box set of John Barbirolli recordings. Does anybody know if it's in the works or, if not, the reason for this conspicuous absence. I just don't want to purchase all his records individually only to disc...
by maestrob
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 21
Views: 225

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

I would appreciate some advice on what criteria could be used to assess how a recording fits in the category of "great". I'm sure to be asked this question. Superlative playing, taut and imaginative conducting, frisson between soloist and orchestra....what else? Help please. Your audience will deci...
by maestrob
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir John Barbirolli
Replies: 21
Views: 225

Re: Sir John Barbirolli

Some topic! 8) I agree with all of the selections above: they are great recordings of the XXth Century. Let me also add a few personal favorites in stereo that are easily found on amazon, Belle, if you need to provide examples for your lecture: Mahler II: Abbado/Lucerne (The "Urlicht" solo brings a ...
by maestrob
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4025
Views: 726751

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81DPOcJcJPL._SX522_.jpg That Pretty Yende is a star has been fairly established by now. She can do wonderful things with her voice that put her in the absolute top class of singers today. Here she explores Lucia for the first time with conductor Giac...
by maestrob
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart PC #27 - 2nd mov.
Replies: 4
Views: 102

Re: Mozart PC #27 - 2nd mov.

Actually, the clip you posted, John, included both the 2nd and 3rd movements, both beautifully played. Thanks for that! Here's a box set of Curzon's complete recordings for Decca to look out for (I don't have it either.). Amazon indicates it's not available right now, but who knows what the future m...
by maestrob
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.
Replies: 22
Views: 5142

Re: Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.

All that means to me is that the parties involved managed to avoid a legal confrontation like that happening between Levine and the MET. Who else has the $$ for that? A waste of resources, I say, on both sides. Once your reputation is gone, it's gone for good in this "#metoo" world, as it should be....
by maestrob
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's " Essential" Dvorak recordings
Replies: 6
Views: 108

Re: WQXR's " Essential" Dvorak recordings

mikealdren wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:46 am
With so many fine alternatives, it's hard to imagine how ASM's version of the violin concerto was chosen.
My point exactly. :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's " Essential" Dvorak recordings
Replies: 6
Views: 108

Re: WQXR's " Essential" Dvorak recordings

For that matter, no mention at all is made of Vaclav Talich. But then, I wouldn't have expected such a thing from the WQXR lists. Yes, of course! It's sad that few recommendations refer to monaural recordings at all. No one seems to care, and the present generation is missing out on nearly 50 years...
by maestrob
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4025
Views: 726751

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71Mo5yU9fYL._SX522_.jpg The Utah Symphony has come far since its days under Maurice Abravanel, judging by this recording. Unfortunately, Hyperion's engineers fail to capture the depth necessary for this repertoire: volume level is low, so this passes...
by maestrob
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's " Essential" Dvorak recordings
Replies: 6
Views: 108

Re: WQXR's " Essential" Dvorak recordings

FWW : https://www.wqxr.org/story/essential-dvorak-recordings/ Wow! That's some list. It would take me weeks just to scratch the surface, but I disagree with some of the selection here. Fleming's Rusalka is ravishing, and her command of the language is quite good, but if you prefer an authentic Czec...
by maestrob
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 5 Minutes That Will Make You......
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: 5 Minutes That Will Make You......

Belle wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:07 pm
The "Railroad (Travel Song)" sounded like it should go with this - an ideal accompaniment!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPjwmp5qqm8

I loved the Messiaen!! And, of course, Scarlatti, Chopin and Debussy.
Not Messiaen for me, but I'll listen again. Otherwise, we agree! 8)
by maestrob
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 5 Minutes That Will Make You......
Replies: 3
Views: 112

5 Minutes That Will Make You......

......Love the Piano!

Included in this article is an example from Alexandre Tharaud's Rameau CD:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/19/arts ... e=Homepage
by maestrob
Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian "Easter "
Replies: 1
Views: 55

Re: Russian "Easter "

Well done, Rach3! My own favorite recording of this is either her recording of the second suite et al with Nelson Freire on Phillips or what's pictured below, with Rabinovitch, in spite of the mixed reviews on amazon, an excellent recording: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51oTU73%2...
by maestrob
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Article on Billy Budd
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: NYTimes Article on Billy Budd

Just an observation: I wonder if Melville had Shakespeare's Iago in mind when he created Claggert? Morris has also sung that role.
by maestrob
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Argerich live next week
Replies: 3
Views: 94

Re: Argerich live next week

Avec Martha Argerich et Stephen Kavacevich, piano I'm glad to hear that she's on good terms with her ex--at least musically. Yes, indeed! I'll keep my ears open for this. Hopefully, a CD will be issued as well. Argerich has already recorded the Rachmaninoff (not with Kovacevich), but the other work...
by maestrob
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aegyptische Helene
Replies: 1
Views: 71

Re: Aegyptische Helene

Oh my...... :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Studies for Operas Redacted?
Replies: 2
Views: 102

Re: Studies for Operas Redacted?

John F wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:57 am
From this, I don't think I need to waste my time on David T. Little's music, if that's what it is.
Yikes! Agreed! What was all that about? A lot of strangeness......
by maestrob
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: Summer meet-up

Len, you'll let us know when you've confirmed the reservation! Thanks for doing that. Brian Sue and I had a chance to get over there today around 2 and the upstairs was dark and empty-there were some tables occupied in the other levels-the owner who I've worked with before was there-we're set up fo...
by maestrob
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: Summer meet-up

Either Friday or Saturday is OK. I wasn't aware that a date had been set, but June 22 is fine if that's to be it. Thanks, John! I've already invited two friends who will be coming, classical music lovers like us, Ed & Pat. Lovely people! Looking forward to seeing everyone at Pomodoro Rosso on June ...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: Summer meet-up

Brian they don't start serving lunch until 3PM on Sat-that's why I had to ask about it for 3 rather than 2. IOW lunch starts at 3PM. Len [heading out for hudson yards and the brooklyn seder. ] Len OK Len, no problem. A little mix-up occasionally is good for the soul. :) JohnF clarified the situatio...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: Summer meet-up

Well, John, since the date has already been announced as Saturday, June 22, I think we should stick to that, as people are already making plans. Besides, we would miss you if you would have to rush off at 3:15 to go to work at the library.....wouldn't you be more comfortable on Saturday? Seems a sha...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karina Canellakis to Detroit???
Replies: 7
Views: 515

Re: Karina Canellakis to Detroit???

Is Karina Canellakis related to the conductor Martin Canellakis, who regularly conducted concerts with a part time orchestra he had founded at the Colden center auditorium at Queens college, C.U.N.Y . when I was a graduate student there ? Hi, Robert. The answer is yes. Wikipedia says that Karina is...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Don G
Replies: 7
Views: 129

Re: Tonight's Met Don G

MHO: It's the conductor that sets the pace of the opera, especially in Mozart. If tempi are flabby and just slightly slow, the whole production loses energy and the sparkle of energy that's so necessary to Mozart. I don't blame the singers, I blame the conductor who did not know how to bring out the...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: Summer meet-up

Well, the actual time of the luncheon is 2PM, but that still shouldn't present a problem, since Matinee performances at Lincoln Center start at 2PM, so the restaurant should be relatively empty, methinks. Besides, we've been treated quite well at Pomodoro Rosso, so why don't we just make arrangement...
by maestrob
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vale Jörg Demus
Replies: 5
Views: 368

Re: Vale Jörg Demus

Image

This box just issued last year.......

He was known for his Schumann, Bach and Debussy, all available in complete sets.

Thank you Belle for alerting us.
by maestrob
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wagner's "Ring" is louder than a jet engine
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: Wagner's "Ring" is louder than a jet engine

Thanks Allen/Danny for posting! A very interesting article. indeed. I once attended a NY Philharmonic concert where they played Respighi's famous three pieces (Pines, Fountains & Festivals) and the noise level was VERY hard on my ears in the balcony! I can imagine what it must have been like for the...
by maestrob
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: Summer meet-up

I'm open to your idea of Cafe Fiorello as someplace new to try, but only if they'll take individual checks, as Len suggested. Len, would you be kind and give them a call? Brian we're gonna be at the Met tomorrow for a Don G and Sue and I plan on going in to talk to people at Cafe Fiorello. Regards,...
by maestrob
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: Summer meet-up

Rach3 wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:48 pm
I cannot join, but would recommend the Valpolicella , chilled well before opened, and then opened about 90 minutes in advance.
You'll be missed! :D
by maestrob
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: Summer meet-up

OK, so it looks like we're down to two Saturdays, either the 22nd or the 29th, so let's say we'll go for the 22nd and celebrate the beginning of summer! JohnF, I'm open to your idea of Cafe Fiorello as someplace new to try, but only if they'll take individual checks, as Len suggested. Len, would you...
by maestrob
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boris Giltburg recital
Replies: 1
Views: 236

Re: Boris Giltburg recital

Pianist Boris Giltburg recital, April 14,2019,Concertgebouw,Amsterdam, Rachmaninoff 5 Preludes,1 Etude Tableaux, Prokofieff 3rd Sonata, and Giltburg’s own transcription of Shostakovich’s 3rd String Quartet ( Giltburg has also done the composer’s 8th SQ ) . A recital worth-hearing, IMHO. Giltburg us...
by maestrob
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notre Dame, Paris, burns
Replies: 19
Views: 748

Re: Notre Dame, Paris, burns

Terrible, heart-breaking news! We were inconsolable watching this on CNN. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France. We will, of course, contribute to the rebuilding once appeals are made.

Thank you Rach3, for posting the Berlioz. I will listen when I can muster up the courage to do so.
by maestrob
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4025
Views: 726751

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91UrlxLWXXL._SX522_.jpg Manfred Honeck with his muscular Pittsburgh Symphony offer here a very fine account of Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony, filled with interesting details that enhance the music rather than offend the ear. Honeck's conception is fi...
by maestrob
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Summer meet-up

Hello, everyone! It's time to start thinking about when and where to plan our annual meet-up! Since the sad passing of JohnB, I thought I might take it upon myself to bring up the topic this year. I hope I'm not being too presumptuous, but there it is. I've been in touch with Lance, and he advises m...
by maestrob
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4025
Views: 726751

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71Q4i%2BhQm0L._SX522_.jpg This excellent album by Carolyn Sampson, Andreas Wolf and the Freiburger Barockorchester brings together an ideal combination of expertise and superbly sensitive music-making true to the period. Intonation in the orchestra i...
by maestrob
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In the Met’s ‘Siegfried,’ Singers Transcend the Staging
Replies: 1
Views: 230

Re: In the Met’s ‘Siegfried,’ Singers Transcend the Staging

Glad to see that Philippe Jordan is finally doing Wagner, and successfully, according to the review. Did Barone stay for the final duet between Siegfried and Brinnhilde? He doesn't comment on it, except for Brunhilde's first line, so I suspect not. At any rate, I hope this Ring is put on DVD. It cer...
by maestrob
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lisitsa: Complete Tchaikovsky Solo Piano, 10 CDs
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Re: Lisitsa: Complete Tchaikovsky Solo Piano, 10 CDs

I'm thinking about getting this. Sets of complete or nearly complete Tchaikovsky solo piano music are pretty scarce. There is the old Michael Ponti originally on Vox, Viktoria Postnikova (which I have) on Erato, and a set on Dynamic with Franco Trabucco (of whom I have never heard), and which has g...
by maestrob
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New BIS cd-pianist Can Cakmur
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: New BIS cd-pianist Can Cakmur

Rach3 wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:51 pm
I felt the first YT with the Beethoven the better of the two I posted.The Haydn,Liszt fine.
We agree. :)
by maestrob
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New BIS cd-pianist Can Cakmur
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: New BIS cd-pianist Can Cakmur

Found him on amazon: his debut recital disc will be released on April19 on the Bis label, as already noted here. Comments on the youtube: Scarlatti is not his thing: he has technique to burn, but there's no meaning in the notes, no colors, no wit. He just doesn't get it yet. The Chopin was no better...
by maestrob
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Breakout Star of the Met Opera’s ‘Ring’
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Re: The Breakout Star of the Met Opera’s ‘Ring’

Very interesting point of view. Wotan as a mafioso!

Thanks, Len, as always.
by maestrob
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon
Replies: 3
Views: 346

Re: Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon

Congratulations, Mark, and thank you for sharing with us. It's always good to hear from you! Very impressive. I also enjoyed your recent CD.
by maestrob
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eduardo del Pueyo, pianist - Decca Eloquence
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: Eduardo del Pueyo, pianist - Decca Eloquence

I know the feeling very well, Brian! But for $25/USD for ALL his Philips recordings, it is too good to pass up. I'm not always happy with the sound of the pianos he uses, but he handles the music in a manner that is appealing. The other superb pianist you might want to check on via Eloquence is And...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eduardo del Pueyo, pianist - Decca Eloquence
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: Eduardo del Pueyo, pianist - Decca Eloquence

So much great music, so little time! Looks like another $25 goes down the tubes to add to my already bursting shelves! Thanks for that, Lance. :D :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New BIS cd-pianist Can Cakmur
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: New BIS cd-pianist Can Cakmur

I noticed the cedille under the "C" in his last name. Not being Turkish, I'm wondering how to pronounce his name.....? His website link posted here gives the pronunciation. Thanks, I should have thought of that! Listened to the Beethoven et al and found him very impressive! Right in my comfort zone...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New books about music
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: New books about music

Brilliant review, John, thank-you! It looks like I'll be getting these for my birthday, coming up soon! :D
by maestrob
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hungarian Opera Asks White Cast of ‘Porgy and Bess’ to Say They Are African-American
Replies: 7
Views: 506

Re: Hungarian Opera Asks White Cast of ‘Porgy and Bess’ to Say They Are African-American

"Porgy and Bess" has often been performed in other countries with no singers of color in the cast. But if the requirement applies to "dramatic productions" only, then concert performances and radio broadcasts wouldn't have to comply. And does the Gershwin estate really require that any dramatic pro...
by maestrob
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New BIS cd-pianist Can Cakmur
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: New BIS cd-pianist Can Cakmur

I noticed the cedille under the "C" in his last name. Not being Turkish, I'm wondering how to pronounce his name.....?