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by maestrob
Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: English National Opera C.E.O. to Step Down
Replies: 2
Views: 19

Re: English National Opera C.E.O. to Step Down

Not interested. She wasn't hired for her opinions on artistic matters but to get ENO in better financial shape, which she has done at considerable cost to the company's artistic work. Now she's leaving after only two seasons. Good riddance. Yes, indeed. She did her job and did it well, and probably...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norma Called the Everest of Opera
Replies: 16
Views: 102

Re: Norma Called the Everest of Opera

OOF! That's harsh, jbuck. We each have our own favorites, and your degrees don't make you a superior person, so really, get off your high horse, if it's not to much trouble. :mrgreen: You're entitled to your opinion, of course, crabby though its expression may be. Mozart intended to reach out to aud...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Piano Sonatas
Replies: 9
Views: 146

Re: Schubert Piano Sonatas

Hi, Belle! You've been missed.......

Kempff had a special touch and affinity with Schubert: his set of the Sonatas is a frequent companion in my listening life. As for why your example is not played more frequently, I have no idea! :D Perhaps our resident statistician (JohnF) can answer that.
by maestrob
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Replies: 20
Views: 213

Re: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

I have that Decca set, and Arrau's playing is indeed quite wonderful. My personal favorite in the Diabelli Variations is Maria Yudina, followed by Richter and Brendel on Phillips. https://www.amazon.com/Beethoven-Variations-Diabelli-Prometheus-Eroica/dp/B000001LPP/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1505...
by maestrob
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: brenda lewis
Replies: 15
Views: 257

Re: brenda lewis

I have a Bach B minor Mass and a Christmas Oratorio with PS as soloist that are exceedingly good.

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by maestrob
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Kiri retires
Replies: 24
Views: 406

Re: Dame Kiri retires

Dame Kiri has been singing long past her due date, due to personal problems which I won't go into here. Her appearance on Downton Abbey was a wonderful moment, but her last appearance at a MET Gala singing Korngold was embarrassing. I've adored her for many years, and actually bumped into her one ni...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 237285

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71T2qZ26ieL._SX522_.jpg Thanks to Lance's recommendation, I acquired this fine disc back in April, and have only opened it today. Zara Levina's Piano concertos are well-crafted if not inspirational works, and I enjoyed them immensely as performed on ...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gould-berg Variations Madness
Replies: 10
Views: 247

Re: Gould-berg Variations Madness

The vocalizing still drives me up the wall, and with so many superb realizations on the market and on my shelves, I find I rarely listen to Gould any more. Of course I give him credit for his genius, and for making Bach popular along with Wanda Landowska.
by maestrob
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new Olga Peretyatko (soprano) CD [Sony]
Replies: 1
Views: 102

Re: A new Olga Peretyatko (soprano) CD [Sony]

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51ke8krPw5L.jpg The only recording I have with Peretyako (is she Ukranian?) is the above Rossini set, and it is highly recommended. Russian opera doesn't always go over big in the U. S. but this one looks like a winner, especially the Mad Scene (here...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz's live at Carnegie Hall "Yale Recordings" issued on Pristine Classical
Replies: 7
Views: 360

Re: Horowitz's live at Carnegie Hall "Yale Recordings" issued on Pristine Classical

Carnegie Hall's own recordings of its concerts have that dry feeling to them, as I found when I conducted there. I got much better results by taking my singers into various studios, including (empty) Town Hall. My guess is that these new releases you're talking about have added a subtle amount of re...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz's live at Carnegie Hall "Yale Recordings" issued on Pristine Classical
Replies: 7
Views: 360

Re: Horowitz's live at Carnegie Hall "Yale Recordings" issued on Pristine Classical

This is indeed exciting news! As a Horowitz collector, I think I'll wait until the complete set is issued, but thanks for alerting us to its availability. Something to look forward to.
by maestrob
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 237285

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51yBPyap1UL._SS500.jpg Yannick Nezet-Seguin has a keen sense of himself and there's a rightness about almost every piece of music he touches with his baton. This Mahler I has recently been released by the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, and it's spot-on in...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Surprising Work Performed by a Conductor
Replies: 10
Views: 420

Re: Surprising Work Performed by a Conductor

There's a funny story about Boulez/Brahms Piano Concerto I, told to me by a former cellist in the Cleveland orchestra at the time. It seems that Boulez couldn't get the introduction to work: everything was just too slow. Over and over, he tried, but he just couldn't get the right tempo. Finally, som...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Season From the NY Times
Replies: 2
Views: 201

Re: New Season From the NY Times

........and they say classical music is dying! So much of a good thing. I can't begin to choose what to comment on from so many fine performances, other than to say it's about time the MET ditched that horrible Luc Bondy production of Tosca. :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 237285

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/719hd2zQ6gL._SX522_.jpg Yuri Bashmet has been an unappreciated star in my firmament for some years now. The above disc has sadly been on my want list for some time, and has lain unopened on my shelves for months. It is not new, but I'm delighted to f...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Surprising Work Performed by a Conductor
Replies: 10
Views: 420

Re: Surprising Work Performed by a Conductor

Several years back, I bought a DVD of Massenet's Manon with Netrebko led by, of all people, Barenboim. It's quite good, and I heartily recommend it: he had to learn the work on short notice, but all went well!

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by maestrob
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera News Annual Season Forecast
Replies: 6
Views: 211

Re: Opera News Annual Season Forecast

I just watched that Pecheurs de perles last night. The singing was extraordinary but the scene in the office did put me off, especially when Zurga pulled out a cigarette and lit it after his big aria! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: It seemed ridiculous to have everybody in modern dress, while Leila was done up...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 749

Re: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...

Thanks for that, Mark! I love the Brahms, and McGill's playing is superb!
by maestrob
Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Surprising Work Performed by a Conductor
Replies: 10
Views: 420

Re: Surprising Work Performed by a Conductor

The first idea that comes to mind is Ozawa's recording! in Boston of Mahler VIII, which shows that he simply had no affinity for Mahler at all.

This is a good question, and deserves some reflection.....
by maestrob
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A wonderful discovery
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: A wonderful discovery

Hi cliftwood, glad to see you here! :)

Mendelssohn actually wrote 7 string quartets, and IMHO they are all marvelous. Here's a great set I plan on purchasing soon, which includes all his chamber music for strings:

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by maestrob
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!
Replies: 21
Views: 837

Re: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!

From the contents listing, this set includes many CDs that are nowhere near full - a waste of collectors' shelf space. That could be said of all the "original jacket" collections, since most of those recordings were produced in LP days, where the average music content was 45 minutes! I'm not gripin...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 237285

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51CMXk-AmNL._SS500.jpg Job is a new work for me, while the Ninth Symphony by Vaughan-Williams has been in my repertoire since Adrian Boult's pioneering recording for Everest, which was supposed to be made in the presence of the composer. Sadly, Vaugh...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 8
Views: 376

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

My favorite Beethoven 32 is still Brendel's second traversal for Phillips. He has something to say with every note, and luckily it was a gift! :D I understand why Brendel disavowed his early recordings for Vox: tempo choices are not always right, and there's a lack of depth in the playing. My second...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cecilia Bartoli, Last Seen With a Beard, May Return to New York
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: Cecilia Bartoli, Last Seen With a Beard, May Return to New York

Thanks for that, Len. Bartoli is a truly great artist, and news of her coming to NY would be a great event in my book. I'll bet she'll sell out in a heartbeat. If you can't find this Vivaldi concert on youtube, buy the DVD: it's one of the great concerts of my lifetime...... https://images-na.ssl-im...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They have not the creative power
Replies: 23
Views: 964

Re: They have not the creative power

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Have enjoyed this 2003 release: highly recommended........
by maestrob
Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wilhelm Kempff, pre-war & wartime transfers
Replies: 2
Views: 244

Re: Wilhelm Kempff, pre-war & wartime transfers

I too admire Kempff's Schubert set (in stereo) and his mono Beethoven Sonatas. The stereo Beethoven set has some strange moments in the later sonatas where Kempff simply cannot handle the passagework technically; I find that set unsatisfying. The Schubert stereo set is, however, so full of meaning a...
by maestrob
Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!
Replies: 21
Views: 837

Re: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!

That's for me! Thanks, Lance!
by maestrob
Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 749

Re: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...

Richard Stolzman should be mentioned in this thread, as he is such an outstanding artist and has made some very fine recordings, in a wide range of repertoire from Messiaen to Mozart. Perhaps Sony could do us all a favor and issue a Big Box containing Stolzman's recordings.......
by maestrob
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 237285

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71osey9qDuL._SX522_.jpg Manfred Honeck and his Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have made many fine recordings over the past decade or so, and this excellent world premiere recording of Honeck's arrangement of music from Elektra hits the spot for me. I'...
by maestrob
Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 749

Re: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...

Thanks Mark. All of the music Hindemith conducted for EMI has been issued ina stereo 2 CD set with excellent sound, including the clarinet concerto. https://www.amazon.com/Hindemith-conducts-Various-artists/dp/B013HLL0E8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503855405&sr=8-1&keywords=Hindemith+Clarinet+concerto A...
by maestrob
Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Catalogue d’Oiseaux NYC
Replies: 15
Views: 560

Re: Catalogue d’Oiseaux NYC

Len, Messiaen is not my cup of tea either, esp. including that massive symphony of his that I can never spell correctly. :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin Loved Opera-Rossini!
Replies: 8
Views: 381

Re: Chopin Loved Opera-Rossini!

Thanks for that one, Len: very atmospheric and informative. :)
by maestrob
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anna Netrebko Storms Salzburg
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: Anna Netrebko Storms Salzburg

“Here, in this city, in this time,” Ms. Netrebko said of the Salzburg swirl, “it’s crazy.”
I can't imagine a scene like this here in America! O tempo, o mores.
by maestrob
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!
Replies: 16
Views: 567

Re: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!

When Toscanini was about to give the premiere of Verdi's "Te Deum," he was able to visit the composer and play through the music for criticism and correction of his tempos. At one point he made a rallentando not in the score and Verdi clapped him on the shoulder and said "Bravo!" As Harvey Sachs te...
by maestrob
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Times Best youtube Moments This Week
Replies: 0
Views: 264

NY Times Best youtube Moments This Week

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/arts/music/bleak-gentle-and-sweet-this-weeks-eight-best-classical-music-moments-on-youtube.html?module=WatchingPortal®ion=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=thumb_square&state=standard&contentPlacement=13&version=internal&contentColle...
by maestrob
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rattle & LSO - Schoenberg Gurrelieder BBC Proms 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Re: Rattle & LSO - Schoenberg Gurrelieder BBC Proms 2017

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My favorite version is the above live recording by Voigt, Heppner and Levine in Munich, sadly no longer available here.
by maestrob
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!
Replies: 21
Views: 760

Re: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!

Yes, but there are five third party sellers who are offering the set for $21.XX plus $3.99 shipping here in the U.S.
by maestrob
Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!
Replies: 16
Views: 567

Re: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!

The best point you make, John, is that the score is the starting point for the performer, rather than the last word. What's on the printed page is merely the map, not the territory, in other words. Every performance is an interpretation, whether of Bach, or Stravinsky. Whether one agrees with the re...
by maestrob
Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Salzburg Festival director: who he?
Replies: 13
Views: 814

Re: New Salzburg Festival director: who he?

Currentzis & Mozart? Now THERE's a combination I'll pass on.
by maestrob
Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!
Replies: 20
Views: 733

Re: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!

Thanks, I'm a fan of Schmitt but hadn't heard it. ________________________________________ Same here. Thanks, Mark & Lance! :) I've long been a fan of the instrument in jazz and am familiar with every name on the list above. Please add Gerry Mulligan to that list of jazz greats (he played baritone)...
by maestrob
Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So much Ozawa is being reissued ...
Replies: 11
Views: 536

Re: So much Ozawa is being reissued ...

Notice, please, that the recordings listed are 98% twentieth century repertoire. Ozawa had a brilliant talent for the music you mention, but failed miserably in Romantic standards. He simply had no feel for them. The worst Mahler VIII I own is Ozawa's: he's totally out of his depth. I once had a you...
by maestrob
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!
Replies: 21
Views: 760

Re: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!

Is there a new Myra Hess CD or set I missed somewhere along the way? Thank-you Lance, for the recommendation. It's on my want list, right next to Dame Myra Hess. Hi, Lance! You probably have this: it was issued in 2013..... https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71n%2BCCtHoxL._SX522_.jpg
by maestrob
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!
Replies: 21
Views: 760

Re: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!

Thank-you Lance, for the recommendation. It's on my want list, right next to Dame Myra Hess.
by maestrob
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anybody know where Chalkie is?
Replies: 13
Views: 745

Re: Anybody know where Chalkie is?

I'm basically with JohnF on this. I am in no position physically to attend protests (Because of a bad back, I cannot stand/walk for more than 1/2 hour, and my sleep disorder leaves me dysfunctional during the business day except for several hours in the afternoon.). The truth is that I do not recogn...
by maestrob
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Musical Terms
Replies: 2
Views: 291

Re: New Musical Terms

Thanks, Robert. I needed that! :lol: :lol: :D
by maestrob
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Slatkin’s 10 Forgotten American Masterpieces
Replies: 11
Views: 689

Re: Leonard Slatkin’s 10 Forgotten American Masterpieces

OK, I typed "pages" when I should have said "selections. :oops: But, as the recording from 1997 below shows, Hovhanness has not been completely forgotten.....

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by maestrob
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 237285

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71Qq3oD7k9L._SX522_.jpg Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek was a less successful composer than his contemporary, Richard Strauss, but he composed in much the same style, which your author finds quite entertaining. On this disc, we have two of his tone poems,...
by maestrob
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...
Replies: 15
Views: 579

Re: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...

Barenboim has recorded Elgar's two great symphonies along with the cello concerto and other works with the Berlin Staatskapelle where he is music director, and the results are outstanding: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71my63thzcL._SX522_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.co...
by maestrob
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Operatic Pianist: Andrew Wright
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: The Operatic Pianist: Andrew Wright

Thanks, Lance! That one's for me 8).
by maestrob
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...
Replies: 15
Views: 579

Re: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...

Elgar was indeed self-taught, that is he learned at his parents' knees, so to speak. His genius was apparent from an early age, so why not? His music is so very original, I appreciate him even more knowing that he was "home-instructed."