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by maestrob
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer
Replies: 11
Views: 255

Re: Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer

That was lovely, Belle, thank-you. Condolences. For those who are interested, here's a recording with Ottensamer and his two sons: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51qJFEA63HL._SS500.jpg He also recorded clarinet concerti with Colin Davis: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/imag...
by maestrob
Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gundula Janowitz Edition - finally here!
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Gundula Janowitz Edition - finally here!

Brahms's German Requiem, definitely. Haven't heard her recording of the 4 Last Songs, because of her shortcomings as a Lieder singer, but maybe I should. My first choice is still Lisa Della Casa with Böhm and the Vienna Philharmonic, with Schwarzkopf's first (mono) recording as a second choice. But...
by maestrob
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erkki Melartin
Replies: 8
Views: 241

Re: Erkki Melartin

Hello, Don, and welcome back! Hope you've been lurking for a while and that you are well. :)

As for Melartin, III & V have not yet found their way onto my shelves: what recordings do you recommend?
by maestrob
Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gundula Janowitz Edition - finally here!
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Gundula Janowitz Edition - finally here!

GJ was and still is my favorite interpreter of Brahms's German Requiem, and Strauss's Four Last Songs. She could, in spite of her slightly different vocal production, spin out the longest line imaginable, even at HVK's slow tempi. Unfortunately, like John, I lost interest in her because her voice wa...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3726
Views: 225568

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61guERGPL%2BL._SX522_.jpg This is decidedly not the version of Bruckner III that most of us are familiar with, the Novak, which Bruckner himself revised and edited much later in life. No, this is Bruckner's original manuscript from 1873, which he pro...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music Lost and Found
Replies: 4
Views: 74

Re: Music Lost and Found

Who knew music could be so complicated? :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Europe, Opera Takes On Our Time
Replies: 4
Views: 111

Re: Europe, Opera Takes On Our Time

Yes, and so am I. :roll: It's interesting that so many American singers are involved in these productions. Brandon Jovanovich in particular interests me, as he auditioned for me back in the 1990's, and my agent at the time referred him to Manhattan School, where he found an excellent teacher and wit...
by maestrob
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More Bach free online
Replies: 2
Views: 126

Re: More Bach free online

Thank-you, JohnB! Have spent some time on the site this morning, and wonderful performances they are. I can't imagine something like this happening in the U. S. :!:
by maestrob
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cheap Date Alert In Front Of The Met
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Cheap Date Alert In Front Of The Met

Anna Netrebko as Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,”
LOL!
by maestrob
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: S. Richter Live Carnegie Hall 13-CD Sony set announced for Oct
Replies: 5
Views: 206

Re: S. Richter Live Carnegie Hall 13-CD Sony set announced for Oct

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I wonder if this is the same set, available in Europe for some time on the Doremi label.......
by maestrob
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance is back!
Replies: 5
Views: 174

Re: Lance is back!

Welcome back, Lance! I for one wondered why you had gone quiet. Glad to know all is well! :D
by maestrob
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: S. Richter Live Carnegie Hall 13-CD Sony set announced for Oct
Replies: 5
Views: 206

Re: S. Richter Live Carnegie Hall 13-CD Sony set announced for Oct

jserraglio wrote:
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:02 pm
I have very little live commercial Richter so I ordered one.
Enjoy! I'll probably do the same.......
by maestrob
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: S. Richter Live Carnegie Hall 13-CD Sony set announced for Oct
Replies: 5
Views: 206

Re: S. Richter Live Carnegie Hall 13-CD Sony set announced for Oct

The young Richter was at his best in those Carnegie Hall recitals. I'm not sure which have been issued commercially here in the West, but I have the Sony set of Richter's complete commercial releases, and I have the massive Carnegie Hall box. Do I need this one too? It's a conundrum, and I'm mightil...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 19
Views: 467

Re: "Kreisleriana"

Yes, BUT Gould had the advantage of the recording studio and all its resources, while Sokolov does it live.

I'm just saying....... :)
by maestrob
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3726
Views: 225568

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/5177BjpaTDL.jpg Lounging on my shelf of unopened discs for nearly a decade, don't you think that it's about time to open this excellent disc of Bach by the acclaimed interpreter Angela Hewitt? I do! This is my first exposure to this fine artist, who ...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3726
Views: 225568

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61izrkMv0VL.jpg The composer of Der Sieger was, by all accounts, friendly with Richard Strauss and thus a contemporary. Von Reznicek, however, was unlucky in life (his first wife and daughter both died young), and he considered himself deeply wounded...
by maestrob
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 19
Views: 467

Re: "Kreisleriana"

Yes, one of the things I really want in late baroque is clarity of articulation. Michelangeli seems to think he is playing Liszt. I can't remember whether I have posted this before, but it is a real and oft-visited favourite: 2.5 minutes of Sokolov playing Couperin with a wonderful clarity and affe...
by maestrob
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3726
Views: 225568

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

That's my first and last choice for the mass; the tenor matters much less than the organist, and Frantisek Michalek has the right stuff. :) As for Bernstein's recording, sorry, not for me; his chorus seems not to have a clue as to the style and meaning of the work. https://images-na.ssl-images-amaz...
by maestrob
Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erkki Melartin
Replies: 8
Views: 241

Re: Erkki Melartin

Until I received jserraglio's reply to my Melartin post I thought there were only three ways to hear new (to me) works: 1. Borrow a copy from a friend (very limited in my case). 2. Find a library copy (surprisingly successful quite often). 3. Buy the recording (often expensive. The Melartin symphon...
by maestrob
Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music before 1750 or after 1950 Countertenor's Life
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Re: Music before 1750 or after 1950 Countertenor's Life

Singers often pay for productions to be mounted around them here in New York, trying to launch their careers and make a recording of themselves in a live role. That's why the subject of the article (Costanzo) is listed as a producer. No less a luminary than Lorin Maazel financed a production of his ...
by maestrob
Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 19
Views: 467

Re: "Kreisleriana"

arepo wrote:
Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:21 pm
maestro..
Your knowledge of music and your excellent taste in performances has always been admirable. :D
cliftwood
Many thanks for the vote of confidence, sir! :D
by maestrob
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3726
Views: 225568

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61q21FXXaCL.jpg This is a historically significant recording, led by a conductor (Bretislav Bakala) who studied with Janacek. The conducting in these premiere recordings made just five and six years after the end of WWII is fiery and extremely discip...
by maestrob
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 19
Views: 467

Re: "Kreisleriana"

Perahia is good for me as well. Perahia is, IMHO, a vastly under-appreciated artist in general, yet I find that, no matter the repertoire, he satisfies me with a well-thought-out interpretation. I have his complete set on Sony,and not one disc is a disappointment, whether it's Bach, Mozart, Schubert...
by maestrob
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: This Sunday Idomeneo PBS Thirteen
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: This Sunday Idomeneo PBS Thirteen

I have a 2CD set of Pavarotti singing the title role back in the 1960's in London(?) that does nicely for when I want to hear this opera without all his affectations in the 1980's MET telecast that was released on videocassette (partnered by John Alexander who outsang Pavarotti by a mile, IMHO.). Th...
by maestrob
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga
Replies: 19
Views: 441

Re: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga

Hi, Len! Capasso did a walk-on speaking role (I forgot the name of the character) at the end of the last act, wearing a suit and tie, appropriate for a modern staging. I can't for the life of me remember the character's name or the lines spoken, as I've never studied the work, but Michael was there ...
by maestrob
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniil Trifonov
Replies: 6
Views: 205

Re: Daniil Trifonov

Trifinov is , without question, one of the most skilled young pianists in the world . If you want to hear his work, just go to medici.tv or YouTube and hold on to your hat. An astounding talent. cliftwood And we agree yet again! I have the Liszt Transcendental Etudes and they are stunning, with mor...
by maestrob
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Solti/Chicago Decca box 108 CDs TOC
Replies: 8
Views: 299

Re: Solti/Chicago Decca box 108 CDs TOC

I have Solti's Mahler & Bruckner, and a host of other CDs, including a magnificent Shostakovich V and the Schumann symphonies (Vienna) and Brahms symphonies (Chicago). Frankly, I don't need this set, but there are treasures in it for those who wish to collect Solti. He was mostly fine, but his Beeth...
by maestrob
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga
Replies: 19
Views: 441

Re: Cradle Will Rock Saratoga

Kurt Weill's big American opera is Street scene , set in a city block in Manhattan populated by various nationalities of European immigrants. It calls for operatic and Broadway-type voices and employs a diversity of styles. Brian we saw this at Dicapo--quite wonderful! Regards, Len So did we! The s...
by maestrob
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music before 1750 or after 1950 Countertenor's Life
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Re: Music before 1750 or after 1950 Countertenor's Life

There are two ways to train the singing voice, and they have nothing to do with the gender of the soloist, but they are mutually exclusive. It is possible to train a female soloist to sing the way male opera singers usually sing with a chest dominant tone (see Ethel Merman). In the same way, a worki...
by maestrob
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor
Replies: 11
Views: 313

Re: Levine Will Be Tosca Replacement Conductor

I've commented before on this, but it bears repeating. Opera contracts are signed five years or so in advance, and predicting what a singer's voice will be like five years in the future is an iffy project. Opalais is an attractive and fine singer, but her voice has not grown with time, as, say, Netr...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3726
Views: 225568

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81BP11V54NL._SX522_.jpg This delectable CD of Mozart arias and bons-bons delights the ear with energetic playing from Pygmalion, led by Raphael Pichon and exquisite singing from star singer/musician Sabine Devieilhe (she began her musical studies as ...
by maestrob
Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3726
Views: 225568

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/617AB4ddRKL._SY550_.jpg Boris Giltburg is a young genius of a pianist that has been launched upon the world suddenly and without the fanfare that accompanied, say, Evgeny Kissen. In this recital, taped in Miami of all places when he was in his early ...
by maestrob
Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Denby on Arturo Toscanini + AT in '3D Sound' on YT
Replies: 11
Views: 348

Re: Denby on Arturo Toscanini + AT in '3D Sound' on YT

Toscanini liked the sound of Studio 8H, probably because it reminded him of the many opera pits he had worked in, very dry and with a short reverb time. Unlike Stokowski, Toscanini was uncomfortable with recording technology of his day, and I agree. We're lucky to have all we do of the Maestro, cons...
by maestrob
Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"
Replies: 22
Views: 503

Re: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"

I bought the Carnegie Hall recital CDs and was very impressed to the point where I would wait for a new Kissin CD to be released. I was disappointed. Recordings, made in the studio while technically great weren't that musical. Then I saw him live on Youtube and realised that this is a pianist who n...
by maestrob
Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New megabox targets HvK fans and completists
Replies: 5
Views: 264

Re: New megabox targets HvK fans and completists

Good Lord, what a monster! 330 CDs, and that doesn't include his EMI repertoire! I already have what I want from the Maestro, and some that I don't want, frankly. I guess I'll pass on this one, if only because I simply would have great difficulty fitting it into my shelves, what with all the unneces...
by maestrob
Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glorious pieces of music
Replies: 15
Views: 409

Re: Glorious pieces of music

JohnF, I think Simoneau is reason enough to own that "Cosi," while Dennis Brain is decidedly a bonus. I checked on amazon, and it's issued now as a "Great recording of the Century," and is rated at five stars. Simoneau was certainly a great voice, so I'll have to have this one. The reviews say that ...
by maestrob
Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andre Cluytens Box
Replies: 12
Views: 465

Re: Andre Cluytens Box

Wow! I'm glad I waited! Thanks for that.

BTW: The box I posted says very clearly on the cover "64CD" and the graphic you posted says "65". I wonder which it is?

I think I'll get this.....
by maestrob
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glorious pieces of music
Replies: 15
Views: 409

Re: Glorious pieces of music

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81XL1-0wg3L._SX522_.jpg Hi, Belle! Sorry to hear about your spell under the weather. Rubinstein is, of course, a sublime artist in anything Chopin wrote, but no artist has the last word in interpretation, and I would recommend the disc above as a des...
by maestrob
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"
Replies: 22
Views: 503

Re: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"

Thanks for that, Garrett! I've been wondering what has happened to Kissen and why there have been no recent recordings. Glad to know he admires Sokolov: he's one of my favorite pianists, and a genius at Beethoven, which Kissen needs to (by his own admission) study further. I have his debut performan...
by maestrob
Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dmitri Tcherniakov’s Carmen AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Dmitri Tcherniakov’s Carmen AIX-EN-PROVENCE

Oh good grief! I'm with you, Len! :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anja Harteros Article
Replies: 4
Views: 227

Re: Anja Harteros Article

Hi, Barney!

The disc is in the mail! I'll report in the usual way when I get it...........
by maestrob
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tate/Mozart
Replies: 10
Views: 335

Re: Tate/Mozart

All good suggestions. My own preference with modern instruments goes to Neville Marriner, which has long been a staple in my listening routine. I had the Hogwood set on Barclay-Crocker reel-to-reel and found it excellently recorded and played, but I'm looking for a replacement by a more recent ensem...
by maestrob
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anja Harteros Article
Replies: 4
Views: 227

Re: Anja Harteros Article

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61KKsWpQUbL.jpg I have her Aida with Pappano and her Verdi Requiem, both are superb. The disc above just landed in my cart at amazon of its own free will: Harteros is an ideal voice for Strauss, and Luisi is a first-rate conductor. Hard to beat this ...
by maestrob
Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3726
Views: 225568

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41FFWqPXOJL._SS500.jpg Paavo Jarvi has been establishing himself as a fine conductor for at least 15 years, working with top ensembles around the world. His style is disciplined and electric, which suits me fine. I've reviewed his Bruckner recordings...
by maestrob
Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andre Cluytens Box
Replies: 12
Views: 465

Re: Andre Cluytens Box

Thanks, gentlemen for the information! I'll give a listen, and report later...... :D

I've also treasured his Faust and Boris Godunov since they were first issued on LP when I was a teenager.
by maestrob
Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Complete Columbia Bernstein Mahler on Vinyl
Replies: 1
Views: 205

Complete Columbia Bernstein Mahler on Vinyl

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Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the complete set can be yours in new vinyl pressings for $279.99........

Any takers? :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andre Cluytens Box
Replies: 12
Views: 465

Re: Andre Cluytens Box

I have the Faure Requiem and the Shostakovich XI on LP (the Shostakovich was only released in mono, IIRC.). Both are great. By checking the reviews on amazon, I find that the stereo studio tapes of the Shostakovich have (except for a short gap) survived: for that alone, I would buy this box. His Rav...
by maestrob
Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andre Cluytens Box
Replies: 12
Views: 465

Andre Cluytens Box

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81Y0HddDHlL._SX522_.jpg Andre Cluytens is well-known to all of us here. He has been long-regarded as much more than a conductor of French music, as his excellent set of Beethoven Symphonies (among other gems) readily attests. Here presented is a coll...
by maestrob
Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rosenthal Archives, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, back online
Replies: 3
Views: 248

Re: Rosenthal Archives, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, back online

Now if they would only put their concerts online the way NY does (he said hopefully :))!
by maestrob
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Hindemith
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Paul Hindemith

Hindemith's Symphony in E flat remains never performed and remains one my all-time favorite works. Never could understand the lack of enthusiasm for this marvelous work. cliftwood agree completely - marvelous work - should be a concert staple. Second the motion! :) On amazon, there are nine pages o...