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by maestrob
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3960
Views: 569389

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41RyG6MHUaL._SS500.jpg Adam Fischer is not a great Mahlerian yet: he's too polite. Mahler's music requires passionate excess IMHO, and we find none of that here. Sure, all the notes are in place, and tempi are acceptable, but this phoned-in performan...
by maestrob
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 128
Views: 45682

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

Well, I'm going to add my 2 cent's worth, since I've lived with most of these recordings for 4+ decades. First of all, I've listened to the Serkin/Szell Brahms concerti since they were first issued and don't find either any sloppiness or odd tempi. They're magnificent! As for favorite selections I ...
by maestrob
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sylvia Sass (sop) Anniversary Edition (Hungaroton)
Replies: 1
Views: 41

Re: Sylvia Sass (sop) Anniversary Edition (Hungaroton)

Thia is now on my wantlist! Thanks Lance!

Very few singers can handle the Wesendonk Lieder and Strauss's Four Last Songs: both require very different voices.
by maestrob
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianophile potpourri
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: Pianophile potpourri

Have listened so far to Vasary and Volodos so far, and must say that I prefer the Hungarian to the Russian any day. Vasary's passion and virtuosity far surpass Volodos, who has technique to burn and produces a beautiful tone, but lacks passion and depth. MHO, but there it is.

More later..... :wink:
by maestrob
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BSO to Flutist: You're Worth Less Than an Oboist
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Re: BSO to Flutist: You're Worth Less Than an Oboist

Not to mention: Paying for a child to attend an elite university could easily set Ms. Rowe back 1/4 of her yearly salary. That's certainly true, but Democrats have recently passed a bill in Albany (our state legislature) that funds FREE education at CUNY/SUNY if the student makes plans to live & wo...
by maestrob
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BSO to Flutist: You're Worth Less Than an Oboist
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Re: BSO to Flutist: You're Worth Less Than an Oboist

I hope she wins her case and sets a new precedent. Is there any merit to paying some orchestral artists more because of their length of service to an orchestra, especially first-chair folks? Nonetheless, I would say these salaries many make are excellent and higher than some might expect. This coul...
by maestrob
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Henryk Szeryng's 44-CD Decca set
Replies: 7
Views: 75

Re: Henryk Szeryng's 44-CD Decca set

Hi, Lance!

I have that set coming in the mail soon as well. Szeryng's Mozart is non-pareil IMHO, and was recently rated Best on Record by BBC Magazine. Can't wait to start listening!
by maestrob
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 128
Views: 45682

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

I'm really surprised about your comment on Serkin/Szell/Brahms since both artists were fastidious in their performances and recordings. I'll have to draw some conclusions on that and give it a re-listen since it has been a while. Szell, too, was quite an accomplished pianist. Now, I disagree [...] ...
by maestrob
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 49
Views: 692

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

Yes, JohnF, thanks for that! Wasn't 1987 the year that Horowitz went to Moscow? IIRC, his Moscow program was quite different from the Vienna one. I have the DVD; must pull it off the shelves and give it a spin.

What an extraordinary artist Horowitz was.
by maestrob
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dudamel’s Favorite Part of ‘Otello’ is a Quiet Prayer
Replies: 2
Views: 50

Re: Dudamel’s Favorite Part of ‘Otello’ is a Quiet Prayer

Interesting. Orchestral conductors generally gravitate towards Verdi's Otello because the score is written so clearly that all you have to do is follow what Verdi wrote (as is the Requiem, which Dudamel has done in the Hollywood Bowl, quite successfully and without I baton, I might add!). I wonder i...
by maestrob
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach 333
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Re: Bach 333

Sorry Brian, I missed your reply at the time. You are right, and you probably do have every work you could want. But I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for it - every major singer and soloist and conductor, more or less, since 1931 is here. About 150 CDs are all the repertoire, and the other 50+ are fa...
by maestrob
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 128
Views: 45682

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

Now, I disagree with the "pick" of Prokofiev V as a recording to recommend. Yes, it's pushed, but too much, especially in the first movement. IMHO, it's one of Szell's failures, along with the Brahms concerto with Rudolf Serkin: some odd tempi and careless playing from both pianist and orchestra. Th...
by maestrob
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Box Set Bargain
Replies: 12
Views: 152

Re: Haydn Box Set Bargain

Adam Fischer's recordings of all the Haydn symphonies are online here: http://www.haydn107.com/index.php You have a choice between Fischer's recordings, Doati's, and (shudder) Hogwood's. My preference is Dorati, whose tempos sometimes suit the music better than the others'. For example, in the earl...
by maestrob
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Box Set Bargain
Replies: 12
Views: 152

Re: Haydn Box Set Bargain

barney wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:18 am
Brian, how did you fit it in your apartment? 😉
I haven't bought it........yet! :wink:
by maestrob
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianophile potpourri
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: Pianophile potpourri

Wow! That's some list!

Thanks, Rach3. Looks like I'll be sampling these for some time........
by maestrob
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Netrebko Review Carnegie Hall Recital
Replies: 2
Views: 55

Re: Netrebko Review Carnegie Hall Recital

Anna Netrebko "cold"? This, about the most passionate soprano star on the world stage?

I'm flabbergasted! :P
by maestrob
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3960
Views: 569389

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51%2BK4u97OEL._SS500.jpg Adam Fischer's latest foray into Mahler with this live recording with the Dusseldorfer Symphoniker had my approval until the finale, where Fischer holds back the excitement too much by slowing his tempo almost to the breaking...
by maestrob
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Box Set Bargain
Replies: 12
Views: 152

Haydn Box Set Bargain

Adam Fischer's complete Haydn Symphonies has been playing on my system on and off since I received it several years ago, giving me great pleasure. That set is included in this magnificent 160CD box st, priced for gift-giving on amazon for $199 with free shipping. The set includes only one opera, but...
by maestrob
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuga Wang, piano "The Best & Rarities" [DGG]
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Re: Yuga Wang, piano "The Best & Rarities" [DGG]

Yuja Wang excels in this repertoire, and the DVD is a nice bonus. I'll be getting this. Thanks, Lance! :D
by maestrob
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ryan Speedo Green 60 minutes
Replies: 2
Views: 62

Re: Ryan Speedo Green 60 minutes

Ryan Speedo Green was featured in a segment of 60 minutes yesterday-you can watch it here-I enjoyed it alot! Regards, Len https://www.cbsnews.com/video/ryan-speedo-green-from-juvenile-delinquency-to-opera-stardom-60-minutes/ Yes, Len, I saw that on Sunday! What an outstanding human being, and what ...
by maestrob
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hula Hoop Hilary
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Re: Hula Hoop Hilary

We already know that Hilary Hahn, technically and musically, is a superb violinist. So I think she's entitled to a show off a little bit and have some fun. Here she is, with two associates, performing Paganini's 24th Caprice while keeping a hula hoop going (most of the time). Watch and enjoy! https...
by maestrob
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 49
Views: 692

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

OK, Len, I understand, but perhaps a little research beforehand would have provided you with a better understanding of the staging and you would have avoided the production. At any rate, my experience there was far happier than yours, especially as their opera department director was very supportive...
by maestrob
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anna Netrebko May Be Extra, but That’s Why We Love Her
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Re: Anna Netrebko May Be Extra, but That’s Why We Love Her

Thanks for that, Len!

Netrebko is an enthusiastic, over-the-top person, which accounts for her success on stage. We absolutely adore her, and this glimpse into her online life was welcome, as we don't do social media ourselves.
by maestrob
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 601

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

In re-reading my comments below Tomassini's quote, I began to wonder about why I do not have the fascination of music composed during the Renaissance period (1400-1600) or the Medieval period. I am, therefore, far more attracted to music from the Baroque through the other periods to about 1940 (and...
by maestrob
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 49
Views: 692

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

I have always found student productions educational and charming and have seen many live here in the idyllic Heartland. Try this site. Past seasons archived. Operas are subtitled. Alternate casts and performances in almost every case. Great way to get to know an opera intimately. https://music.indi...
by maestrob
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 49
Views: 692

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

Um, John, that was yours truly who thinks that we're in a Golden Age of classical music, not Belle. Just to set the "record" straight. :wink: As for golden age, I'm talking about the quality of performers today, not their status in society which is, of course, diminished compared to fifty years ago....
by maestrob
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 49
Views: 692

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

One of the fellows who lectures for our community music group sings in the Pinchgut Opera. I don't follow their events myself. But the link you provided shows that the baroque is alive and well in Australia. Pinchgut Opera :!: :lol: I wish someone here (JohnF?) could find figures to back me up, but...
by maestrob
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 49
Views: 692

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

If classical music is dead, then why are so many fine pianists and violinists emerging from the Chinese Empire and Europe and Russia? Not to mention great singers. We're going through a rough patch here in the USA, that's true. However, the rest of the world looks fine to me. My nephew (French horn)...
by maestrob
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 601

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

If Carlos Kleiber's taste is your measure of operatic merit, he conducted two Verdi operas, "La Traviata" and "Otello," and one by Puccini, "La Boheme." He chose to make his Metropolitan Opera debut with "La Boheme." After all, if it was good enough for Toscanini, it was good enough for Kleiber, if...
by maestrob
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 601

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

Having studied and performed a great deal of both Verdi and Puccini at Juilliard, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, I must take a stand for both composers' greatness. Verdi evolved from Nabucco to Rigoletto and then on to Otello and Falstaff (I agree John this is his greatest work.). I truly regret ...
by maestrob
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salonen to San Francisco
Replies: 4
Views: 167

Re: Salonen to San Francisco

Well, well.

America's gain, I think.
by maestrob
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Osmo Vänskä leaving Minnesota Orchestra
Replies: 10
Views: 240

Re: Osmo Vänskä leaving Minnesota Orchestra

The Minnesota Orchestra (formerly known as the Minneapolis Symphony) has not, IMHO, been appreciated as an American institution except among cognoscenti (Eugene Ormandy got his start as a conductor there in the 1930's.). Vanska's recordings have won praise, but the ensemble never makes it to TV so I...
by maestrob
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Trittico
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Re: Tonight's Trittico

Our seats tonight were A109 and A 111-first row center of the balcony-a perfect spot to savor this superb production-wonderful settings for all 3 the operas. In Suor Angelica Opolais was great! As for Domingo as Schicchi I must say I preferred it with Corbelli but Domingo was fine. Len Opolais is t...
by maestrob
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach 333
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Re: Bach 333

Has anyone else got the Bach 333 set? 222 CDs. I regard it as the best box set I've ever seen, marginally ahead of Mozart 225 (2016) and the Philips 200-CD Great Pianists of the 20th Century (1999) https://www.bach333.com/en/ Wow! When do you listen to all of it, Barney? I've got so much Bach in in...
by maestrob
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Henning
Replies: 13
Views: 364

Re: Karl Henning

Belle wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:26 am
This is very sad news for Karl and his family. Let's hope he's able to make a recovery and return to what he enjoys doing - making and composing music.

Thoughts from Australia.
Ditto. Our best to Karl and family in these difficult times.
by maestrob
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's La Traviata
Replies: 9
Views: 205

Re: Tonight's La Traviata

Nice review, Len, and a kind one (I notice Tommasini doesn't carp too much about the "traditional" setting!). Good to know that YN-S has critical support. IMHO, he deserves it. He's a fine musician in all kinds of repertoire, with more depth in symphonic music than Levine. Can you imagine Levine tac...
by maestrob
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's La Traviata
Replies: 9
Views: 205

Re: Tonight's La Traviata

We found this new production to be quite beautiful-Damrau and Quinn Kelsey as Giogio Germont were excellent-while we like juan diego florez quite a lot we found him kind of weak at times. For the final bows yannick brought the whole met orchestra up on the stage! As we left the opera house free sma...
by maestrob
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 49
Views: 692

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

Hi, Lance! Merry Christmas! It's true that there haven't been many posts recently: I guess people are busy with the holidays. Me too! Yet I feel like old faithful, reading and posting at least one or two answers to threads, and a review of a new issue here and there. I've ordered the new Henryk Szer...
by maestrob
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nézet-Séguin NYC Arts Interview
Replies: 2
Views: 220

Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin NYC Arts Interview

Yes, Len, thanks! YN-S is one of the finest musicians working today. I was quite impressed when he took on Rusalka with Fleming & Beczala, and his Carmen was superb, of course. He's consistently good in orchestral repertoire, including both Bruckner and Mahler, a rare feat. I do hope he can get past...
by maestrob
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3960
Views: 569389

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81OftA6pWiL._SX569_.jpg Maestro Edward Gardner has turned in a series of very fine recordings during the past decade or so, and this excellent disc of Elgar II and the Serenade for Strings is one of them. Couple this with Gardner's outstanding readin...
by maestrob
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vadim Repin - live at 21
Replies: 4
Views: 270

Re: Vadim Repin - live at 21

I have the CD pictured below, and gave it a five-star review. Thanks for posting the concert. :D

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by maestrob
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Isabelle Faust fans
Replies: 1
Views: 227

Re: For Isabelle Faust fans

I am a fan , here Faust in the Beethoven Violin Concerto live with Herreweghe, RCO in Amsterdam,Nov.22,2018: https://www.nporadio4.nl/concerten/8426-isabelle-faust-philippe-herreweghe-en-beethoven Thanks for this, Rach3! I indeed am a fan of this violinist, and found her Beethoven absolutely first-...
by maestrob
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 697

Re: Richter

Monsaingeon also did a book, "Sviatoslav Richter: Notebooks and Conversations," which is very revealing about his personality, musical tastes, etc. Much of it is Richter's journal of his listening, mainly to recordings, in which he's candid about which of his own recordings he likes (very few) and ...
by maestrob
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 601

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

As a guide to music appreciation this might possibly have some value, though at 500 pages and $30 it's a substantial investment for the unconverted. As criticism, it's worthless. Not that critics shouldn't compare and judge - that's part of the job description - but their measures should be less cr...
by maestrob
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Achucarro's Ravel Left-hand PC - Live at 81 !
Replies: 3
Views: 261

Re: Achucarro's Ravel Left-hand PC - Live at 81 !

Sorry to say, Achurro is no longer available at the link you posted, Rach3. They're now playing an obscure Saint-Saens opera, no piano in :mrgreen: sight!

Sigh!
by maestrob
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 697

Re: Richter

Many great, of course, here one that seems to get overlooked, his Decca recording of the first two Brahms Piano Sonatas,at live recitals in Italy,1987,I believe that Decca here.This link is to the opening of the 1st Sonata, links to the remainder of the 1st Sonata are set forth in "Show More" at th...
by maestrob
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Best" 2018 releases per WQXR
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: "Best" 2018 releases per WQXR

"Best" 2018 Classical releases per WQXR,fww: https://www.wqxr.org/story/best-classical-releases-2018/ Glad to see Vikingur Olafsson on the list: his Bach CD is truly a standout. Also glad to see Marin Alsop back in Baltimore w/Romeo & Juliet, another favorite. Lots of goodies there to add to my wan...
by maestrob
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3960
Views: 569389

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

For me, the most beautiful recording of the 1st concerto's first movement is by Isaac Stern and Eugene Ormandy. wICkne2WsD8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wICkne2WsD8 By the way, Stefi Geyer, for whom Bartok composed the concerto but who never played it, was in the original Lucerne Festival Orches...
by maestrob
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2 Opera Books With Mad in the Title
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: 2 Opera Books With Mad in the Title

The review mentions Beverly Sills, but doesn't say a word about Placido Domingo, who got his start at NYCO. NYCO was a great training ground for young singers: I placed more than 10 singers there from my competition. The MET may survive due to contributions, but they've lost a great training ground ...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3960
Views: 569389

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71NFzHqOEEL._SX522_.jpg There have been several excellent recordings of Bartok's two Violin Concertos in recent years, and this latest endeavor joins them. Christian Tetzlaff joins conductor Hannu Lintu with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in th...