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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: 140

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: 65

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: 175

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: 3775
Views: 266458

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: 3775
Views: 266458

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: 140

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: 189

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: 189

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. :)
by maestrob
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Replacements Named for Met Opera’s ‘Tosca’
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Replacements Named for Met Opera’s ‘Tosca’

lennygoran wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:51 pm
maestrob wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:03 pm
I wonder if Yoncheva is ready for Tosca.
Brian I sure hope so-we see it Jan 9. Regards, Len
Looking forward to your review....... :D
by maestrob
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1427

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Levine was a great opera conductor and IMHO a good to mediocre conductor in orchestral repertoire. He also had the courage to program modern works (i.e. Moses und Aaron at the MET and music by Charles Wuorinen during his abbreviated tenure in Boston). There is no question about his musicality, nor a...
by maestrob
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Replacements Named for Met Opera’s ‘Tosca’
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Replacements Named for Met Opera’s ‘Tosca’

I wonder if Yoncheva is ready for Tosca. Even as Mimi, her voice seemed small to me in the telecast, and Tosca's Act II is a killer. Gelb has been pushing her forward........
by maestrob
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3775
Views: 266458

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/516voq4xNKL.jpg Julia Lezhneva is a star on the way to a heavenly career. I am a conductor who has worked with many fine young talents in Carnegie Hall, and am delighted and amazed at this truly outstanding recording. I do not agree with or accept th...
by maestrob
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3775
Views: 266458

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81E8cG8SNOL._SX522_.jpg Edward Gardner has shown himself to be a fine conductor in previous releases, and at last has been given the chance to record Elgar with the BBC, the Introduction & Allegro, and the First Symphony (a personal favorite of this ...
by maestrob
Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1427

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

I too have heard the rumors about Levine's extra-curricular activities, and about $50,000 payments for silence. I was furious then, and am furious now. When I was in high school I fired a voice teacher who made passes at me and reported him to my high school conductor right away. Luckily, he was sym...
by maestrob
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composer Anagrams
Replies: 3
Views: 147

Re: Composer Anagrams

:D :D :D

Now why didn't I think of that?????

Thanks for making my day brighter, Robert!
by maestrob
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance back after a week being away ...
Replies: 3
Views: 189

Re: Lance back after a week being away ...

Of course, you were missed, especially for your CD recommendations! I'm now listening to a disc you recommended: piano concertos by Zara Levina. What a find, and thanks for the tip!

Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.
by maestrob
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3775
Views: 266458

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51xHnPJWvnL.jpg This is Benjamin Grosvenor's second recital disc, and a great one it is, ranging from Bach to Gould in its repertoire. Grosvenor has, as always, a magically musical touch. He's never boring, always with something to say without distor...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3775
Views: 266458

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/5172XCM1shL._SS500.jpg Veronique Gens is now an artist at the top of her form, as this recently new disc amply demostrates. Who would have imagined such an operatic masterpiece decades ago, with French conductor Herve Niquet collaborating with the Mu...
by maestrob
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died
Replies: 7
Views: 278

Re: Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died

Very sad. He will be missed by yours truly: he was a great singer, no question.
by maestrob
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 1492

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

Hi Belle :). I'm surprised that as a pianist you don't admire Saint-Saens's piano concerti: his fifth is one of my favorite compositions. As for operas, his Samson & Dalila contains some brilliant music IMHO, including the arias for Dalila and the duet she sings with the High Priest where they plot ...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3775
Views: 266458

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/811GKTTpGJL._SX522_.jpg Pretty Yende is by now enjoying an international career and is a well-established star. This is her debut album, led by Marco Armaliato, who specializes in Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi and Bellini, i.e. music that demands exquisi...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3775
Views: 266458

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71ThDPLFs5L._SX522_.jpg Renard Capucon (pronounced "Capusson) has a definite affinity for Brahms, as his recording of the Violin Concerto (reviewed earlier in these pages) has already shown. This disc of Brahms's exquisite String Sextets stands toget...
by maestrob
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music unfamiliar to me
Replies: 34
Views: 1492

Re: Music unfamiliar to me

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31VP8EQ7HPL.jpg The above image is of the CD issue of a performance led by Eve Queler in Carnegie Hall, recorded live. It's an outstanding performance which received a 25 minute standing ovation (I was there): I've never heard anything quite like it....
by maestrob
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 1275

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Hi, barney! That set is actually from recordings made in Carnegie Hall as early as the 1940's on acetate discs, beautifully restored, and features complete transcriptions starting in the 1950's from tapes, all recorded live, up through the 1970's. It's an astonishing wealth of material: grab a copy ...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3775
Views: 266458

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51ql5eXdjdL.jpg Les Siecles and their founding conductor, Francois-Xavier Roth, have been deeply researching music and the performance practices of it from around the turn of the last century for some time now, and they have turned in some excellent ...
by maestrob
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 1275

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Actually, the younger Horowitz is when he was at his best, Belle. YOu should try his Sony set of live recitals in Carnegie Hall, during which he tackled a wide repertoire with considerable success.

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by maestrob
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 704

Re: Prodigies

Who said myth? Of course this condition exists, in fact 60 minutes did a segment in the recent past about just such people. I'm not disputing that at all! :) Having grown up with my brother, such people do not disturb me as much as they do others, I imagine.
by maestrob
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 704

Re: Prodigies

As the brother of a severely autistic man (now deceased) I would heartily agree with Ricordanza on this. Her social interactions during the interview were very normal. As for the accents, I'd say she is still developing her public persona and is experimenting with options. Nothing "idiote-savante" a...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3775
Views: 266458

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51kZrfX-jYL._SS500.jpg Not that I think this 2-disc set needs any further publicity from yours truly, but Trifonov is a wonder, full of sparkle and depth of meaning with technique to burn. This young man is indeed a star, easily comparable to, say, B...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3775
Views: 266458

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81xEVXkie1L._SX522_.jpg Franz Konwitschny founded the Eterna record label in the late 1950's to record and issue his interpretations of Brahms, Beethoven and Schumann in the then technologically advances stereo format. This Brahms I is one of his mos...
by maestrob
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven
Replies: 19
Views: 878

Re: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven

As you say, JohnF, the congruence between HIP tempi in Beethoven & Brahms and Toscanini's interpretation may be mere coincidence, but I still say Toscanini started the whole evolution of musical thought that manifests itself in today's modern performances. We'll just have to agree to disagree on how...
by maestrob
Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Reformation
Replies: 43
Views: 1475

Re: The Reformation

It is very nice that the Evangelical (Lutheran) Church and the Roman Catholic Church in Germany now get along very well, a fact of which I have some personal experience, but all of this is an ingenious evasion of what is still an essential difference between them. If the two denominations want to g...
by maestrob
Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mateusz Borowiak - Three Recital NY Debut
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Re: Mateusz Borowiak - Three Recital NY Debut

Thanks! I just ordered the Soler through amazon. Will post a review when I get it. Appreciate the recommendation.
by maestrob
Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mateusz Borowiak - Three Recital NY Debut
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Re: Mateusz Borowiak - Three Recital NY Debut

Hi, Donald! :)

Are there any published recordings we can buy?
by maestrob
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven
Replies: 19
Views: 878

Re: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven

As usual, JohnF, you got me wrong. You're not a musician, you're an intellectual, so you don't understand the connection between Toscanini and today's HIP practices. I was talking about tempo, and Toscanini was the pioneer in going back to the original tempo in Beethoven and other composers (Brahms,...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven
Replies: 19
Views: 878

Re: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven

That's my point, though I stated it in a foggy way. There was such a thing as "the composer's original intention," which was what Toscanini was aiming for. The term HIP didn't come into common use until after that Bernstein interview, but, in retrospect, I perceive Toscanini as the godfather of the ...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven
Replies: 19
Views: 878

Re: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven

As soon as I heard that fellow say the drop-dead gorgeous Max Schell (born in Vienna) was a "German actor" I worried about his credibility, but I believe you're right. He does make a compelling case against Bernstein. What remains enigmatic is why Bernstein persisted with this thinking, as I've see...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Emanuel Feuermann, on film
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Re: Emanuel Feuermann, on film

Thank you, John, for posting that treasure. For those who are interested, it's available from amazon.

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by maestrob
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven
Replies: 19
Views: 878

Re: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven

From where I sit, I half-way agree with you, but I have to say that Bernstein's interpretations were very carefully thought through, with deep introspection and careful attention to detail, at least while he was in NY. Also, watching him conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in Mahler's Symphonies during ...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3775
Views: 266458

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51TWsvc8rEL._SS500.jpg Alexander Melnikov is not just another Russian pianist that is in great demand throughout the world. He is a consummate artist with depth and feeling few pianists of today can muster. This, his first recording, dating from Janu...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven
Replies: 19
Views: 878

Re: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven

Bernstein's lectures on the Young People's Concerts on TV were interesting: he knew how to hold an audience. OTOH, I have the Harvard lectures on VHS and watched most of them years ago. They were entertaining, but when Bernstein started grunting and groaning his way through Webern and Schoenberg, I ...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?
Replies: 10
Views: 457

Re: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?

Under no circumstances miss an opportunity to hear Trifonov live, if it is at all possible to get there. I've just been reading this: https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2017/10/27/wunderkind-daniil-trifonov-takes-the-classical-music-world-by-storm/ I have his Liszt and Chopin albums sitting unopened on my s...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3775
Views: 266458

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71pQKTJKYLL._SX522_.jpg Simply put, this is great music-making. Sokolov doesn't do concertos any more, so these gems from Mozart & Rachmaninov must serve to satisfy our need to hear the great pianist recorded live in such repertoire. The Mozart #23 w...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?
Replies: 10
Views: 457

Re: Concerts in NYC - November 15-17?

Looking forward to the review.......... :D
by maestrob
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: TOMMASINI Loves Exterminating Angel
Replies: 1
Views: 285

Re: TOMMASINI Loves Exterminating Angel

He would. :mrgreen:

I heard the excerpts on NYC Arts a while ago. Not my cuppa.
by maestrob
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘La Bohème’: Should Opera’s Most Beloved Classic Be Changed?
Replies: 10
Views: 560

Re: ‘La Bohème’: Should Opera’s Most Beloved Classic Be Changed?

Well, Zefirelli's staging of Boheme is still a hit: Why "fix" something that ain't broken???? Boheme is one of the standards, like Tosca, where the directions for the staging are contained in the music as much as in the stage directions. These two operas are money-makers for the MET and around the w...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3775
Views: 266458

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51HcQRpv35L.jpg Sergei Rachmaninoff was one of the XXth Century's finest composers, writing in a late Romantic style. These trios (the second composed on the death of Tchaikovsky) are two of his finest compositions, yet they are rarely performed due ...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3775
Views: 266458

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81yWI4wjItL._SX522_.jpg George Antheil, like other film composers of his generation (Korngold, Herrmann, Rosza, etc.) had concert hall ambitions. He wrote six good symphonies that have largely been neglected; he even withdrew two of them from publica...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: dolores claiborne nyco tobias picker
Replies: 2
Views: 265

Re: dolores claiborne nyco tobias picker

What a terrible subject for an opera: Yikes! Glad you enjoyed it though, Len. Looking forward to the review..... :D