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by maestrob
Mon May 22, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals
Replies: 15
Views: 345

Re: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals

The MET has just released radio transcription tapes of its inaugural season (mono only) from 1966-7 on CD, so there is potential income from such recordings, as there has been for many of Stokowski's and Toscanini's live performances issued on CD. It's not a huge market, but it's there. Sure, no qu...
by maestrob
Mon May 22, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208649

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71%2Bm791Ug0L._SX522_.jpg The first question one must ask upon seeing this disc is, "Do we really need yet another recording of this repertoire?" My answer, having heard this disc in its entirety is a resounding "Yes!" Herein the recently formed Dori...
by maestrob
Sun May 21, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals
Replies: 15
Views: 345

Re: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals

The MET has just released radio transcription tapes of its inaugural season (mono only) from 1966-7 on CD, so there is potential income from such recordings, as there has been for many of Stokowski's and Toscanini's live performances issued on CD. It's not a huge market, but it's there. Youtube is e...
by maestrob
Sat May 20, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals
Replies: 15
Views: 345

Re: Technology disruptions during concerts/recitals

This was interesting, Belle, thank-you. The article leaves out one very important topic, though, and that's the (obviously available) ability for "smart glasses" to record the concert for future sharing. Right now, smartphones are easily detectable by concert hall staff, and the offender can be sing...
by maestrob
Sat May 20, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Saving Madama Butterfly
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: Saving Madama Butterfly

Stuff & nonsense! They just couldn't find a tenor capable of handling the difficulties of the love duet! :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Fri May 19, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208649

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

For me, the landmark recordings of Nielsen 4 are conducted by two Danes, Launy Grøndahl on HMV and Thomas Jensen in a ferocious broadcast performance on Danacord. 2N6xc6K1NVA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N6xc6K1NVA Jensen's recording of the 5th for Decca is at least the equal of Bernstein's, th...
by maestrob
Fri May 19, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two ways to view Maria Callas: Singer/Actress
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Re: Two ways to view Maria Callas: Singer/Actress

Maria Callas was at her best during the mono era of the LP (1949-1959), which means, sadly, that her stereo recordings in modern sound do not show her at her best. Luckily, we have ears that can appreciate her earlier live recordings as well despite sonic deficiencies. Luckily as well that modern so...
by maestrob
Thu May 18, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208649

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

I picked up this nice little haul the other day Never really heard any Nielsen before! https://www.instagram.com/p/BT9jSHuF06Q/ http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/Dawnrider/PicsArt_05-16-12.34.50_zpsbjbuygzf.jpg My favorite version of IV is pictured below, even above Bernstein's. I don't have th...
by maestrob
Thu May 18, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Maria Callas Live' box of remastered live recordings due in Sept
Replies: 4
Views: 172

Re: 'Maria Callas Live' box of remastered live recordings due in Sept

.......and they say that the CD is dead! Long live the CD! :D Kudos to Warner for doing this. I already have most of these, but I'd love to have the remastered versions. Put me down for a copy, especially the Aida, wherein Callas inserts a high Eb in the triumphal scene that cuts through the entire ...
by maestrob
Wed May 17, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Simon Music in New York
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: Mark Simon Music in New York

Congratulations, Mark, you've made it to the Big Apple! :D
by maestrob
Tue May 16, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208649

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61JtVwO-y5L._SS500.jpg Conductor Masaaki Suzuki is well-known for his Bach, but has recently been branching out to include Mozart's masses in his recorded repertoire. This disc of the Great Mass in C Minor, coupled with the Exsultate Jubilate, perfor...
by maestrob
Tue May 16, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Metropolitan Opera Attendance: Slightly Better, Still Bad
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Re: Metropolitan Opera Attendance: Slightly Better, Still Bad

Is it fair to say that Fleming came up with the seven percent solution? 8) Mine too! :D :roll: I'm of the opinion that the MET is cannibalizing its theatre ticket sales by showing HD broadcasts locally. If sports events can insist on blackouts, why shouldn't the MET? It's suicidal to offer HD broad...
by maestrob
Mon May 15, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208649

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51ZjGo2CQLL._SS500.jpg The Ensemble Intercontemporain has long been known for its performances of contemporary music. This 2-disc set features performances of Bartok on disc 1 and Ligeti's concertos for piano, cello, and violin on disc 2. The Ensembl...
by maestrob
Sat May 13, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 729

Re: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017

Lance, thanks for posting the complete contents. Some of the earlier mono recordings I have already with Ormandy, but I never made a point to collect Serkin's stereo recordings. My loss, until now. Thanks to this set, I'll have them all to study and fill my ears with excellent music. What a treasure...
by maestrob
Thu May 11, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Questions If We Want Yannick Nézet-Séguin To Do It All
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: Tommasini Questions If We Want Yannick Nézet-Séguin To Do It All

Nezet-Seguin has energy to spare, and I agree with JohnF that as long as the quality of what he's doing holds up, who cares? It's a win/win for all those who go to his events and enjoy them, as Tommasini obviously did. IMHO, Yannick Nezet-Seguin is an energetic, fascinating figure, whose talent succ...
by maestrob
Wed May 10, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tartarzan National Symphony Orchestra/Sladkovksy
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: Tartarzan National Symphony Orchestra/Sladkovksy

Hi, Belle! Thanks for posting that. I'm definitely a Rachmaninov fan, and this was a good performance with very individual ideas, well-conceived, although I disagree with the conductor on the very last bars, which were entirely too slow. My go-to performance of this symphony would be Ormandy's 1960'...
by maestrob
Tue May 09, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met Opera by the Numbers
Replies: 13
Views: 422

Re: The Met Opera by the Numbers

Do you have actual salary numbers, for example for the New York Phlharmonic a few yards away from the Met? Anthony McGill must have had I'd be interested to know. The other advantages of playing in a symphony orchestra - I mentioned prestige, also being up there in the public view, shorter working ...
by maestrob
Mon May 08, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vanessa Mannes
Replies: 1
Views: 132

Re: Vanessa Mannes

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81yC6AhNcBL._SX522_.jpg Vanessa is surely a masterpiece of American opera, as is Carlysle Floyd's "Susannah." If you want to hear how Rosalind Elias sounded in her role, do purchase the above recording with Mitropoulos at the helm and Eleanor Steber ...
by maestrob
Mon May 08, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Netrebko Doesn't Like Norma [Opera awards]
Replies: 8
Views: 343

Re: Netrebko Doesn't Like Norma [Opera awards]

Wagner's early style did indeed have roots in Bellini. The Dutchman's big aria in very Bellini-esque, if you look at the score, with chromatic passages that are right out of Norma. OTOH, I had no idea that Wagner himself had composed parts of Norma: can you please explain further? Or am I misunderst...
by maestrob
Mon May 08, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208649

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/918MfV84QWL._SX522_.jpg Maximilian Steinberg was, among other things, Nicolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov's son-in-law, and his favorite composer. If you love the a capella works of Rachmaninov, including the Vespers and the All Night Vigil, you will...
by maestrob
Sat May 06, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met Opera by the Numbers
Replies: 13
Views: 422

Re: The Met Opera by the Numbers

Hi Len, Podles made many recordings with top-level musicians, so I can't imagine why the MET excluded her. I can only suspect that M. Horne saw her as competition and kept her out politically. Podles has outstanding power and range and certainly is a talent that, if she had been allowed to appear at...
by maestrob
Sat May 06, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serenata-Something Like An Opera
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: Serenata-Something Like An Opera

The baritone Marco Nistico started out singing in my competition in 1999, and made several Semifinals appearances, learning arias and scenes in basic repertoire from me. He had to return to Italy because his visa expired before I could invite him to be a finalist: he was very, very good and (I'm sur...
by maestrob
Sat May 06, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met Opera by the Numbers
Replies: 13
Views: 422

Re: The Met Opera by the Numbers

While I haven't attended the MET for many seasons (or any other live performances, due to medical reasons), during the 1980's we had season tickets along with friends from Philadelphia who would travel to spend the day with us and go to the opera. Two memories stand out for me. The first was a perfo...
by maestrob
Wed May 03, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interview with Murray Perahia
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Re: Interview with Murray Perahia

John, thank you for that: I hadn't seen it before. Fascinating interview. I had always wondered why Perahia had not played the Beethoven Op. 111. I hope he gets around to recording it soon. I would love to have a complete set of Beethoven from the new edition he's working on!
by maestrob
Mon May 01, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208649

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/5150hIJgTEL._SS500.jpg Emmanuel Pahud is, to my ears, the dean of flute players for our age, much as Jean-Pierre Rampal was for his generation. With the explosion of interest in HIP performance practice, recorders are the "in thing" at the moment, bu...
by maestrob
Mon May 01, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208649

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61rOsSlJ%2BdL._SS500.jpg This is the third volume in Edward Gardner's excellent survey of Janacek's orchestral works, and it pleased me very much. Gardner's tempi are spot-on, and the chorus has been well-coached in the Czech text. The Bregen Philhar...
by maestrob
Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Julia Lezhneva: Graun's Opera Arias
Replies: 1
Views: 192

Re: Julia Lezhneva: Graun's Opera Arias

Thanks Lance, for the tip-off. I have Lezhneva's Vivaldi/Mozart and Handel albums and will acquire this one instantly. She is a true star, a great singer: best in class!
by maestrob
Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!
Replies: 5
Views: 593

Re: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!

Wow! No Mahler or Bruckner either, in this age of short attention spans. Yikes! I also would have thought John Adams's "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" would have made the list as well, given how often it's played. I've seen it twice on TV, once with Masur/NY Philh. and once with Zinman/Baltimore in t...
by maestrob
Sat Apr 29, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Give us More Meyerbeer
Replies: 24
Views: 914

Re: Give us More Meyerbeer

Hi, Len! Meyerbeer is problematic for me. Casting is the main problem, as it is for Rossini, and some of Meyerbeer's writing for the voice is unkind, unlike Verdi or Wagner. I've not studied any of Meyerbeer's scores,but in general I like what I hear, and would appreciate hearing more. I only know L...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 729

Re: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017

I knew Serkin's daughter briefly during the 1970's: she was a friend of my wife's and taught special ed students for a living here in NYC. Ursula once told me that listening to her father play Mozart made her cry, and that she avoided listening to most classical music: having a famous father that ha...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Inon Barnatan to substitute for Ingrid Fliter
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: Inon Barnatan to substitute for Ingrid Fliter

Barnatan is certainly less well-known than Fliter, but he might be a new discovery for both of us. I certainly hope you attend, and report your findings here. Also, maybe the recital will make it to youtube, so we can all watch it. Do keep us informed! :D
by maestrob
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Inon Barnatan to substitute for Ingrid Fliter
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: Inon Barnatan to substitute for Ingrid Fliter

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71WHzmG5PRL._SX522_.jpg I like his Schubert very much, but his other recordings only get 4 stars on amazon. Fliter is amazing in Chopin, and her Beethoven ain't bad either. Sorry she had to cancel: she's a great artist. I'm curious: what was on her p...
by maestrob
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208649

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51o5Mcl-JQL._SS500.jpg Here's an interesting collection of American piano concerti played to the hilt by a pianist new to me, Xaiyin Wang. Samuel Barber's 1962 concerto starts off the disc, unfortunately with less electricity than the premiere record...
by maestrob
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208649

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61n2H%2BVXoCL._SS500.jpg Mariella Devia is not the only star-quality singer in this excellent cast of Parisina, an obscure Donizetti opera. The men, including Dalmacio Gonzales, Giorgio Zacanaro, & Dmitri Kavrakos sing lustily and with great fervor, ...
by maestrob
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?
Replies: 24
Views: 1199

Re: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?

What a fascinating sound for an instrument. No wonder Rosen wanted to record it. I never knew of this recording! Thanks for posting it. :)
by maestrob
Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RCA Ozawa "complete" RCA Recordings?????
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: RCA Ozawa "complete" RCA Recordings?????

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by maestrob
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYP 175 Year Anniversary Box from Sony
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Re: NYP 175 Year Anniversary Box from Sony

I'm disappointed that this box contains much previously released material (esp. Bernstein, which I have already), so I'll not be acquiring this set. If the MET could issue a set of broadcast material, why couldn't the NY Philharmonic do so as well? :roll:
by maestrob
Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208649

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51yDF2LHWEL.jpg Julia Lezhneva has again recorded an outstanding album, fully equal to her debut album reviewed earlier in these pages. Hers is a voice replete with both tenderness and fire, suitable both for pyrotechnics and for heart breaking adagi...
by maestrob
Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming
Replies: 24
Views: 869

Re: Carousel Bdway Renée Fleming

" You'll Never Walk Alone " Belle that's what Fleming will get to sing--also "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" – Nettie Fowler and Chorus--also "This Was a Real Nice Clambake" – Carrie, Nettie, Julie, Enoch and Chorus. BTW former opera star Shirley Verrett also sang Nettie-Verrett was a soprano we rea...
by maestrob
Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?
Replies: 24
Views: 1199

Re: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?

I've always preferred the modern piano, just as I do for Bach's solo keyboard works (not counting organ of course). For some reason, add instruments and I do a 180. I can barely stand Bach on the piano, whether it is for a concerto, an instrumental sonata, or heaven help us anything involving a con...
by maestrob
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208649

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81nS6BL5yoL._SX522_.jpg The above is actually a recent release of a newly-discovered recital tape from 1964, showing the Ukranian pianist Emil Gilels at his absolute best, in a wide variety of repertoire, from Beethoven and Chopin to Prokofiev and St...
by maestrob
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Brendel
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Re: Alfred Brendel

I'm happy to say that I've acquired both the set pictured below (the Phillips recordings) as well as the earlier Vox/Vanguard set; I'm about half-way through, and no grunting or vocalization to be heard so far. Perhaps he was in pain from a bad back during your concert, but I can safely say that thi...
by maestrob
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tatiana Nikolyeva, piano {live!}
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Tatiana Nikolyeva, piano {live!}

Thanks, Lance, for the tip! I have ordered the CD along with the disc pictured below on Orfeo which looked attractive to me. Nikolyeva's has long been my go-to performance for the Shostakovich cycle, now it's time to hear her in other works. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71g4apQBK...
by maestrob
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kovacevich and Argerich duo-pianists
Replies: 4
Views: 369

Re: Kovacevich and Argerich duo-pianists

What might also seem a little odd is that Argerich was briefly married to the American pianist, from San Pedro and known then as Stephen Bishop, in the 1970s. They have a daughter, Stephanie Argerich, who made an unflinchingly personal film about her mother called “Bloody Daughter.” This quote from...
by maestrob
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?
Replies: 24
Views: 1199

Re: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?

jserraglio: you made my day with those Scarlatti examples! Many thanks........ :wink:
by maestrob
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kovacevich and Argerich duo-pianists
Replies: 4
Views: 369

Re: Kovacevich and Argerich duo-pianists

Belle: I think they were, back when he was known as Bishop-Kovacevich. What a wonderful concert!
by maestrob
Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 1787

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

I've heard most of the contemporary Sibelius recordings, including Vanska, yet I still find that I prefer Bernstein for his passion and attention to detail. Well, of course I'm not talking about "contemporary" recordings but all recordings of the symphonies (and, after all, Bernstein's are hardly c...
by maestrob
Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?
Replies: 24
Views: 1199

Re: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?

I must confess to the simple truth that I do not like the sound of a harpsichord, finding it to be too metallic, too harsh and lacking any audible subtlety. The sound of Scarlatti's superb sonatas on the modern piano are totally gratifying to my ear and I suspect that if the modern day piano existe...
by maestrob
Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208649

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81mu33dJu0L._SX522_.jpg Here is a disc of gems for the Francophile, delicious repertoire (including three exquisite Duparc encores). The highlight of this disc is Berlioz's masterpiece "Les nuits d'Ete," written for two distinct voice types (baritone...
by maestrob
Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 1787

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

I've heard most of the contemporary Sibelius recordings, including Vanska, yet I still find that I prefer Bernstein for his passion and attention to detail. And, of course (IMHO) NY is a superior orchestra to Minnesota, which while quite good, cannot match the committment of Bernstein's well-prepare...