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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: 4
Views: 79

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: 52

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: 8
Views: 132

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: 3786
Views: 285514

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: 3786
Views: 285514

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: 8
Views: 132

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: 72

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: 48

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: 8
Views: 132

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: 98

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, ...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3786
Views: 285514

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61qGOn4IJ6L.jpg This excellent recording by Till Fellner of Beethoven's Piano Concerti IV & V has been sitting on my shelf unopened for many years: it's about time I opened it, wouldn't you agree? :) When it was first issued, reviews were excellent, ...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Callas Hologram Performance
Replies: 2
Views: 106

Re: Callas Hologram Performance

Rather than recommend that fledgling operagoers hear Callas’s hologram, I’d tell them to get to the Metropolitan Opera, where Sonya Yoncheva and Anna Netrebko singing “Tosca” this season will tell them much more about what makes opera so endlessly exciting. Yes, it's fun to wallow in the past, but ...
by maestrob
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Donald Isler!
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Re: Happy Birthday Donald Isler!

Hi, Donald. Many happy returns of the day! :D
by maestrob
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3786
Views: 285514

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61NcnvqJdnL._SS500.jpg Alexandre Tansman, while unofficially the seventh member of Les Six, never received the attention due his excellent music. These two ballet scores (recorded eight years apart) lack nothing in entertainment value, and challenge ...
by maestrob
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3786
Views: 285514

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91DCOhED1ZL._SX522_.jpg My first impression of this disc was unfavorable: I found the music of the Octet and Quintets to be thick-textured and very unlike the sextets of Brahms (whom Bruch admired and emulated) and the great melodic nature of Bruch's...
by maestrob
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More Jorge Bolet on Audite
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: More Jorge Bolet on Audite

I notice by checking on amazon that Volume II is scheduled to be released on January 19th. It will include both Liszt concerti, excerpts from the Petrarch Sonatas and the Tannhauser Overture.
by maestrob
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karajan: First CD releases, ICA Classics
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Re: Karajan: First CD releases, ICA Classics

Modern full-fidelity sound was implemented starting in 1954, whether in mono or stereo. I'm sure these recordings are therefore of the best quality, as were Clara Haskil's complete set of Philips recordings (which I have). Haskil & HVK together would be quite a match. This looks like a must-have, La...
by maestrob
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111

Frankly, I was eager to hear Kissin's account. I have some reservations about his playing at times, but overall, an outstanding pianist especially as he gaines in age. I was both surprised and delighted to hear his Op. 111. My thoughts may change with some repeated listening. My favourite recording...
by maestrob
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111

When one plays the variations movement of the Op.111 , the point where Kissin fails for me is exactly where he slows the tempo to a crawl: it should be done tempo primo, so one hears the silvery shimmering of the piano's treble notes. The impulse to do something "new" infects every performer, and Ki...
by maestrob
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 540

Re: The most-performed composers

They played mainly their own compositions. Kissin doesn't. Yuja Wang doesn't. Big difference.
For that matter, neither did Rachmaninoff! He recorded and played lots of repertoire that was not his own music.
by maestrob
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Phil's New Year Concert 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Re: Vienna Phil's New Year Concert 2018

Thank you, Allen!

I noticed more women in the orchestra than before (3) plus the harp and zither, for a total of five this year. Progress is slow, and there are no people of color, but it's an improvement.
by maestrob
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 540

Re: The most-performed composers

Looks like classical music (at least in concert) is indeed a museum. So be it: I'm comfortable with that. I would love it if recent music would be more appealing, but how are we to know if it's so rarely performed? It looks like the music-going public has made its choice.
by maestrob
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Samson Agrippina News I Missed
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: Samson Agrippina News I Missed

Agrippina? That's why we had something called the City Opera, even though what was then called the New York State Theater was already too big for something like that. (Apologies to the ghost of Julius Rudel.) Years ago, when I was still living there, Baltimore closed its small and cramped opera hou...
by maestrob
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Z Woolfe On Met's Stale Performances
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: Z Woolfe On Met's Stale Performances

I was at the new production of Tosca last night and it was my impression that the audience loved it. I can understand why critics want to see something new or different instead of the "same old, same old" but much of the audience seems to prefer opera as a "museum." John is right in arguing that it...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 907

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

I haven't used the Port Authority terminal in years, but when I did, they cleared out the homeless etc. by playing classical music on the PA system. I'm not kidding, it's a fact. Wow, amazing-I'll check this out over the next 5 days--hope they'll play some Donizetti! Regards, Len :lol: Like it or n...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Phil Review Safe and Predictable
Replies: 6
Views: 206

Re: NY Phil Review Safe and Predictable

John:

Thanks for that. I didn't know that it existed until you posted it. I enjoyed it tremendously.
by maestrob
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3786
Views: 285514

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81HxgDp9g7L._SX522_.jpg Martin Yates is a conductor new to me, and I found his work on the music to Ralph Vaughan Williams's complete score to the movie Scott of the Antarctic, with Sir John Mills in the title role, excellent and well-researched. I'v...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 907

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

Hi, Belle. Our homeless who refuse to go to shelters linger in the subway system, where they can sleep in heated cars that run all 24hrs/day. It's a tough situation here in Manhattan, with rents for s studio apartment costing well over $3000/month, and 1 bedroom apartments, even in older buildings, ...
by maestrob
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Glass Concert: Save the Date
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Re: Philip Glass Concert: Save the Date

Frankly, I cannot mind anyone whose relatives have a serious job. I mean look at my own situation, which depended on the fact that the military employs otherwise unemployable musicians of very serious talent, even if they don't know the difference between Beethoven and Roll Over Beethoven. But Phil...
by maestrob
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 907

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

We're just hunkered down living off supplies and food delivered from nearby restaurants. It's 6 degrees outside as I write, listening to Bach cantatas. We have several grocery delivery services available, but so far they haven't been necessary. Our apartment is toasty, but the windows are fogged wit...
by maestrob
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111

Sorry, Belle, but Kissin still doesn't "get it." I wish I had a score so I could point to exactly where he slows down too much, but I don't. It happens in the development section of the second movement, where he slows to a snail's crawl in the treble clef section, and it's downhill from there: I sim...
by maestrob
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Glass Concert: Save the Date
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Re: Philip Glass Concert: Save the Date

Carl St. Clair has a good reputation for leading the Pacific Symphony in less well-known XXth Century repertoire, and has lots of recordings available with that ensemble. He also managed to squeeze in Wagner's Ring on DVD:

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by maestrob
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 4209

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Thank you, Chalkie, for your honesty and humility. Please accept my condolences for your unfortunate history, and feel free to post here (more often, hopefully). Life is complicated, and blowing one's stack is never a pleasant experience either for the subject or the objects. Let's all put this behi...
by maestrob
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Glass Concert: Save the Date
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Philip Glass Concert: Save the Date

My nephew has been invited to play French horn with the Pacific Symphony on Saturday, April 21, in an afternoon concert @ Carnegie Hall, including much music new to New Yorkers by Philip Glass. The Concerto #3 for Sitar & Orchestra by Ravi Shankar is played by Anoushka Shankar, Ravi's daughter, for ...
by maestrob
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 545

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

Duplicate post deleted by poster.
by maestrob
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound
Replies: 12
Views: 545

Re: Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

Wow! Here we are, talking about Toscanini and Bernstein again. I think your perception, Barney, comes from living in Australia, where Toscanini's influence, while felt in the style of conducting of your music makers, was not as strong as it was here in the U. S. Toscanini reinvented music-making: co...
by maestrob
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 4209

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

MHO is that Chalkie may have been hacked by an impersonator, which is trying to ruin his reputation online. It's been known to happen to celebrities before........

I saw the two deleted messages when they first appeared and figured this was the case.
by maestrob
Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3786
Views: 285514

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51D55eqe8uL._SS500.jpg The financially struggling Detroit Symphony sure doesn't sound like it's struggling in this fine release in Slatkin's Copland series. The Third Symphony is a hard nut to crack: even Copland himself didn't get it right in his ow...
by maestrob
Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 138
Views: 5507

Re: What I listened to today

RebLem:

I have that Dvorak set since it came out and find it ultimately very satisfying...... :)
by maestrob
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's blog
Replies: 7
Views: 486

Re: Conrad L. Osborne's blog

Osborne's wife was a singer trying to establish a career as an agent during the 1980's who studied with my voice teacher. Osborne wrote a book at that time about a pick-up production of L'Africaine and all the politicking and insider shenanigans that go into producing such a performance (I have a si...
by maestrob
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3786
Views: 285514

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51bEkbX%2BznL.jpg Nikolai Kapustin wrote jazzy, virtuoso piano pieces in a style reminiscent of Morton Gould toward the end of the previous century; this is my first exposure to them. Marc-Andre Hamelin has an outstanding talent for resurrecting unkn...
by maestrob
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3786
Views: 285514

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51J4PNMkvGL._SS500.jpg The Faust Symphony of Franz Liszt is here presented in a piano transcription arranged by his pupil Carl Tausig, in a sensitively and well thought out interpretation by Istvan Lajko. The piano tone is impeccable, as is Lajko's r...
by maestrob
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, what CDs might you like to get for gifts?
Replies: 4
Views: 414

Re: So, what CDs might you like to get for gifts?

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Here's another set that's on my wishlist..........

So much music, so little time! :wink:
by maestrob
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Viner's CD "Alkan 12 Etudes, Op. 35" incredible!
Replies: 2
Views: 359

Re: Mark Viner's CD "Alkan 12 Etudes, Op. 35" incredible!

Thanks, Lance! The only recording I have of Alkan's music is a two CD set by Ronald Smith. I'll check out this new release on your recommendation.
by maestrob
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinyl sales hit 25-year high
Replies: 6
Views: 490

Re: Vinyl sales hit 25-year high

I believe the classical LP market has also improved somewhat but certainly not as much as the pop market. I'm hopeful at some point to sell my complete Classical LP collection (hopefully with no "cherry-picking." Am I dreaming? In the summer, I invited the owner of Academy Records over to assess my...
by maestrob
Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3786
Views: 285514

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51lsUVswj8L.jpg Boris Giltburg's debut recital album on EMI has eluded me for a decade, having gone out of print along with the demise of EMI as an independent label, but I had a stroke of good luck in finding a used copy on amazon recently. Immensel...
by maestrob
Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3786
Views: 285514

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51SaNZzcoTL.jpg This Rachmaninov disc, entitled Preghiera, features performances of Rachmaninov's two Elegiac Trios for violin (Gidon Kremer), cello (Dirvanauskaite) and piano (Trifonov). Outstanding, sensitive playing from all three musicians, this ...
by maestrob
Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, what CDs might you like to get for gifts?
Replies: 4
Views: 414

Re: So, what CDs might you like to get for gifts?

The Martha Argerich Box Set on DGG is my choice. I have loads of piano music, but Argerich is special...... 8)
by maestrob
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG
Replies: 7
Views: 453

Re: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG

Zimerman made what I think is an excellent set of the Beethoven Piano Concerti on CD (1992), released later on DVD (2007) postumous to Bernstein's demise, recorded in Vienna. IIRC, Bernstein only conducted Nos. 3-5:

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by maestrob
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG
Replies: 7
Views: 453

Re: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG

Up to now, my top three in this repertoire are Kempff, Brendel, and Clara Haskil, so Zimerman is indeed up against some tough competition. Thanks to Lance and barney, I'll get this disc (Has it really been 25 years since his last recording?) and will report in the New Year. :)