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by maestrob
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Biggest Waste of Money Ever?
Replies: 7
Views: 155

Re: The Biggest Waste of Money Ever?

This is an issue for historians only. While I agree with JohnF about that Beethoven IX, I'm not much into Berlin radio performances these days, except for singers, as there are better sounding performances with power and passion available in today's market of Furtwangler's repertoire. Then, there's ...
by maestrob
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 594
Views: 236296

Re: What I listened to today

I've been watching a Verbier concert from last year; Beethoven Piano Concerto #1 with Andras Schiff conducting the Verbier Festival Orchestra from the keyboard. From a pleasant start and some interesting humour in the first movement suddenly there are wrong notes, embarrassing memory lapses!! What ...
by maestrob
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rubinstein's 4th PC
Replies: 6
Views: 77

Re: Rubinstein's 4th PC

It's worth mentioning here that the conductor of the BBC Scottish on the Hamelin recording of the Rubinstein IV (paired with Scharwenka) is Michael Stern, Isaac Stern's son, who is having a fine career as a conductor these days.

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by maestrob
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Casadesus Collection (65 CDs)
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: Robert Casadesus Collection (65 CDs)

Brian: I would hate to see you miss this one! What you might do is sell all your Casadesus CDs thus making more room on your shelves for single CDs, and put the Szell box and the Cadadesus edition under your bed for storage - maybe the Perahia as well! You may have to dust them off on occasion sinc...
by maestrob
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4001
Views: 648565

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71o7VyOmQTL._SX522_.jpg Lovingly crafted, this recording of Mozart's final opera has finally been released, with stars Joyce DiDonato and Rolando Villazon, led by the exquisite music-making of Yannick Nezet-Seguin, newly appointed music director of t...
by maestrob
Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Casadesus Collection (65 CDs)
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: Robert Casadesus Collection (65 CDs)

So much great music, so little room! :wink: I still have to open that great Szell set, and haven't touched the Murray Perahia box yet either. The Szeryng set sits on my shelf unopened as well, but surely will be played soon, especially his Mozart. So, I must live without Casadesus for the moment......
by maestrob
Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Great" new Schubert 9 release...
Replies: 4
Views: 90

Re: "Great" new Schubert 9 release...

Thanks, Heck, for posting this. In spite of its flaws, this is an important issue. The reviews contain valuable information as well.
by maestrob
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met la fille du regment
Replies: 4
Views: 54

Re: Tonight's Met la fille du regment

Great fun! :wink:

Great singing is alive & well still! Glad you enjoyed the evening, Len!
by maestrob
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you had to choose one or the other ...
Replies: 11
Views: 155

Re: If you had to choose one or the other ...

Harris Goldsmith! Now there's a name I haven't heard in a while. Harris came to many of my concerts, was very interested in young talent, and was very encouraging in my efforts. A true gentleman. I still have his name somewhere on my mailing list.....
by maestrob
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you had to choose one or the other ...
Replies: 11
Views: 155

Re: If you had to choose one or the other ...

... which would it be insofar as Chinese pianists go: a) Yuja Wang b) Lang Lang Possibly an unfair question because each offers something to the arts. Speaking of Chinese pianists, I do remember well Fou Ts'ong, who was excellent IMHO. And the Taiwanese pianist, Chia Chou, of Chinese extraction, wa...
by maestrob
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca's 41-CD set of Handel's "The Great Oratorios"
Replies: 8
Views: 730

Re: Decca's 41-CD set of Handel's "The Great Oratorios"

Just for the record, I'm more a fan of Handel's operas than of his oratorios, although I have performed Messiah extensively in (now) Geffen Hall and Carnegie Hall. I did sing Solomon in Carnegie Hall with David Randolph in the late 1970's, and enjoyed the piece with its double chorus. The others, li...
by maestrob
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo
Replies: 15
Views: 296

Re: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo

I don't know either the cello sonata or the string trio; have never heard these. In short, Rachmaninov wrote across the genres except, of course, opera and art song. I will check out those two chamber works you mention. That you rate him above Chopin surprises me, but that composer wrote so very li...
by maestrob
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo
Replies: 15
Views: 296

Re: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo

Where do you think this composer fits into the pantheon of great composers? Belle, I rank Rachmaninoff above great composers like Chopin and Gounod, both of whom wrote successfully in their own idiom (Chopin (piano) and Gounod (opera)). Rachmaninoff's solo keyboard music fills 6-7 CDs, and is highl...
by maestrob
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strauss' Piano Quartet
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: Strauss' Piano Quartet

I believe I have also heard his early Violin Concerto and Violin Sonata , possibly also an early piano sonata. Here is a list I found : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_compositions_by_Richard_Strauss Thanks for posting that page, Rach3! I just heard the Strauss, and it's pleasant enough, but ...
by maestrob
Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Teatro Nuovo
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Re: Teatro Nuovo

Good for Will Crutchfield: Those all look tempting, Len. If I were you, I'd grab tickets right away! Excellent repertoire, right up your alley. I've sung the Stabat Mater, and it's a glorious piece.
by maestrob
Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: City Opera Faces Its Biggest Challenge Since Bankruptcy
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: City Opera Faces Its Biggest Challenge Since Bankruptcy

NYCO is an opera company without a home. Brian we did enjoy the performances at TWC-Rose Theater-they did lovely traditional full productions of a number of operas-we were so disappointed by the schedule this season-we were so looking forward to 2 or 3 or even 4 operas there-good thing we at least ...
by maestrob
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo
Replies: 15
Views: 296

Re: Adagio from Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sym. - piano solo

Rach3: Thanks for that! Rachmaninoff's Symphony II was one of the first classical pieces I heard as a child (in the Ormandy/Minneapolis 78 RPM version you mention!), and it has remained a favorite ever since. In fact, it was the piece of music that made me decide at a VERY young age that I wanted to...
by maestrob
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4001
Views: 648565

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81pvkNyWQTL._SX522_.jpg Vaughan-Williams's "A Sea Symphony" is a massive undertaking (I've performed it in Carnegie Hall), and the stars must align to bring off a great performance of this work. This latest version from Martyn Brabbins and his great ...
by maestrob
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was Yuja Wang’s Concert Satirical or Offensive? It’s Complicated
Replies: 2
Views: 95

Re: Was Yuja Wang’s Concert Satirical or Offensive? It’s Complicated

Being able to laugh at yourself is healthy. Making fun of yourself as a stereotype in public goes too far IMHO, and I'm sure I would have been highly uncomfortable if I had been in the Zankel Hall audience that night. I probably would have walked out at some point.
by maestrob
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: City Opera Faces Its Biggest Challenge Since Bankruptcy
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: City Opera Faces Its Biggest Challenge Since Bankruptcy

NYCO is an opera company without a home. The driving force behind NYCO is now Michael Capasso, who needs an opera company to run since DiCapo declared bankruptcy some years ago. Capasso (Full disclosure: I know him personally.) is an excellent manager and impressarion, conductor and stage director. ...
by maestrob
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2553

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

Quite right, Lance. Hectoring someone because he/she doesn't like what you like is, simply put, not kosher on this forum, or in life. It's best to post examples and hope for the best.
by maestrob
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Comedy Even Opera
Replies: 2
Views: 136

Re: Yuja Comedy Even Opera

This is one I'm glad I missed. PDQ Bach, it seems, was much funnier, at least IMHO. That said, jokes about how sexy she is certainly deserve a place in a comedy skit: how could one avoid that subject? Perhaps they could have been in better taste, though. The problem with being a public person is tha...
by maestrob
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elisso Wirssaladze
Replies: 5
Views: 201

Re: Elisso Wirssaladze

Wow! Lance, you never cease to amaze! I'm delighted you value this fine artist so greatly. I do wish I had room for all those titles. Thanks for that listing: perhaps this thread will prompt Melodiya and Live Classics to issue a box set. I would be first in line to purchase it!
by maestrob
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elisso Wirssaladze
Replies: 5
Views: 201

Elisso Wirssaladze

Georgian pianist Elisso Wirssaladze has long been favored in my listening since I was introduced to her stunning playing by cliftwood many moons ago. Her sheer energy, depth and breadth of talent wowed me from first hearing (I'm currently listening to her Wanderer Fantasy which I consider to be the ...
by maestrob
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 8195

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Here in Brooklyn the temp is below freezing and we're getting snow, then freezing rain, then rain all day and most of the night. Tomorrow it's to be 10° warmer. This year we never know what to expect. :roll: John we got snow coming down now-so far maybe 2 inches-the garden is white-ice is supposed ...
by maestrob
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 858

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

Yes, I have that set, Brian. It is really fine. One of the first versions I really loved was the Leitner/Kempff, and later I got to love the Van Kempen, which might be more poetic, but less "authoritative". I'm sorry to say, I don't really know the Peter Raabe. I didn't play it when I got the set b...
by maestrob
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MDT is Gone!
Replies: 5
Views: 326

MDT is Gone!

Just heard from a fellow classical music lover that MDT has closed up shop, headed for bankruptcy. No access to their website either!

So sad! :cry:

I can't find any articles online about the situation. Can anyone here confirm this?

I will miss them.
by maestrob
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4001
Views: 648565

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

The C major symphony was originally no. 7, I guess on the assumption that the B minor was unfinished because of Schubert's death. Today's standard numbering was based on the assumption that a missing "Gastein symphony" came after no. 6 in C major. It turned out that the symphony Schubert composed p...
by maestrob
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Grammies
Replies: 1
Views: 277

Re: Classical Grammies

Opera recordings are now mostly issued on DVD, so the field is rather narrow I would imagine. That said, Ned Rorem's new opera was most memorable for me..... https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/718oRdE1dRL._SX522_.jpg That said, I think the Shostakovich set was quite well recorded in Bo...
by maestrob
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 858

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

My collection contains more than 50 accounts of the Emperor, though I am sure that pales into insignificance compared with Lance. So it's almost impossible to single out favourites. Nevertheless, I am going to nominate Wilhelm Kempff, Edwin Fischer, Alfred Brendel, Emil Gilels and Clifford Curzon. ...
by maestrob
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A second new concert hall for London
Replies: 2
Views: 310

Re: A second new concert hall for London

Astounding! I envision this new Wimbledon project as a rough equivalent to Carnegie's Zankel Hall, which has been quite a success. Good idea. Now if we could only get Geffen Hall renovated...... :roll:
by maestrob
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4001
Views: 648565

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

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81RCcp5LfbL._SS500_.jpg This is a perfect Schubert IX, even though it's labeled Schubert VIII. Confusing to the average listener, but who cares? Mariss Jansons shapes his interpretation just right, keeping warmth and propulsion on solid rhythmic ground, yet this ...
by maestrob
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: German Opera singer Theo Adam dead at 92
Replies: 11
Views: 2002

Re: German Opera singer Theo Adam dead at 92

Has anyone else noticed that this thread has garnered 30% more hits than Yehudi Menuhin? Yikes!
by maestrob
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Tenor Reaches 18 High C’s at the Metropolitan Opera
Replies: 2
Views: 335

Re: A Tenor Reaches 18 High C’s at the Metropolitan Opera

Love both of those young singers. Pretty Yende is a star a well. Here's her album, filled with glorious singing........enjoy the show, Len & Sue!

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by maestrob
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3
Replies: 22
Views: 858

Re: "Emperor" recordings compared by BBCR3

I have both the Arrau and the Zimmerman, and agree both are good. There also exists a 1945 STEREO recording with Gieseking/Rother recorded in Berlin. It's the only complete work the Nazis happened to record in stereo on magnetic tape before the regime fell, with limited fidelity, but the sound is qu...
by maestrob
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4001
Views: 648565

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

All 320kbs mp3 downloads from UK's Presto Classical : Martinu Double Concerto H.271 Mozart Clarinet Quintet Gerhard Violin Concerto Dutilleux Cello Concerto Rautavaara Cello Concerto Rautavaara PC #1 Ustvolskaya Grand Duet Bliss Cello Concerto Have you burned them to CDs yet, as a backup? :wink:
by maestrob
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Paris Still Have the Ugliest Opera House in Europe?
Replies: 2
Views: 374

Re: Does Paris Still Have the Ugliest Opera House in Europe?

When the opera house opened in 1989, it wasn’t quite finished ... and it didn’t even have a music director. Barone has dropped the ball. The Opéra-Bastille's music director, appointed before it opened, was Daniel Barenboim, who recruited its orchestra. (His requirement that the bassoonists not play...
by maestrob
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4001
Views: 648565

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71qaSyxjljL._SX522_.jpg Ligeti is not my favorite composer, yet in this recent recital disc (recorded in Berlin 2018), Yuja Wang manages to make music with his thorny intervals. Also on the program were pieces by Rachmaninoff, Scriabin (tenth sonata)...
by maestrob
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 88
Views: 8195

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

He did vintages at Coonawarra when he first started in the industry. He sources his grapes from the southern highlands region of NSW and down near the Snowy region - and not the vineyard surrounding the winery. His colder-area grapes are trucked in from a long distance. I'm not a big wine drinker (...
by maestrob
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's "Best" January releases
Replies: 2
Views: 354

Re: WQXR's "Best" January releases

Interesting group. Boris Giltburg is a pianist I've followed since his debut album on EMI with Moussorgsky's Pictures (the finest reading since Richter 1958 IMHO), and he has pleased me greatly in his solo albums, but poor choice of conductors marred his Rachmaninoff concerti on Naxos (don't bother)...
by maestrob
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: M. Doidzhashviti, Russian pianist???
Replies: 3
Views: 542

Re: M. Doidzhashviti, Russian pianist???

Funny, I thought it might be a typo! :D
by maestrob
Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First Stand Alone DVD Player
Replies: 4
Views: 608

Re: First Stand Alone DVD Player

Len, I'm sorry to inform you, but the last factory that made parts for VCRs closed recently. That's why the few remaining sets are so hideously expensive! Incidentally, Blu-ray players can also play regular DVDs, so I don't think the format will disappear so quickly. Ironically, I have a VHS/DVD com...
by maestrob
Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 2434

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

One does wonder, nonetheless, about many of the highly-lauded ones today who will not have recording contracts because of the major changes people listen to music today on discs, and/or in the concert hall. Indeed, and only so many college and university teaching jobs in an environment where libera...
by maestrob
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question about CD blanks
Replies: 17
Views: 1682

Re: Question about CD blanks

Thanks, John. Very informative!

At this point, I'm not looking to overburn 80 minute CDs, but rather to try out the 90 minute CDs you pointed to on amazon. I'll let you know what happens..... :wink:
by maestrob
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist: Mark Viner - Chaminade CD
Replies: 5
Views: 722

Re: Pianist: Mark Viner - Chaminade CD

Thanks Lance. It's on my list!
by maestrob
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question about CD blanks
Replies: 17
Views: 1682

Re: Question about CD blanks

John, thank you for finding out about those 90 minute CDs. I had no idea they existed. Will give them a try with my Roxio software and report back....... I'm not convinced that using them will harm my CD computer drives. There's nothing in the reviews on the amazon product page warning about this. I...
by maestrob
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aprile Millo NYTimes article
Replies: 5
Views: 941

Re: Aprile Millo NYTimes article

Thanks Len for posting that. I'm sorry I couldn't be there. :(
by maestrob
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4001
Views: 648565

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81tT6oiCbHL._SX522_.jpg This is a stunning disc! Marc-Andre Hamelin and Leif Ove Andsnes play with such depth of feeling and accuracy, it makes one feel that you're at the premiere performance of the 2 piano version as played by Stravinsky and Debuss...
by maestrob
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Signs with DG
Replies: 4
Views: 700

Re: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Signs with DG

More nasty comments sneering about the quality of the CBSO and suggesting that Deutsche Grammophon would be slumming to have them on their label. Seemingly, according to such comments, the only worthwhile orchestras for DG would be the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic (maybe the Bava...
by maestrob
Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question about CD blanks
Replies: 17
Views: 1682

Re: Question about CD blanks

I used to have an external drive from a company called Plextor that came with proprietary software that would compress data onto discs that would play up to 99 minutes or a bit more. One can find them all over ebay for about $30, but I'm not sure if they still come with the special software. It's w...