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by mikealdren
Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 46
Views: 1386

Re: A loss

Very sad indeed, I never met or even communicated directly with him but, through this site, I benefited enormously from his encyclopedic knowledge and wonderful use of language.
by mikealdren
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does it "streich" you that ...
Replies: 5
Views: 364

Re: How does it "streich" you that ...

How does it strike you that I would call RITA STREICH one of the finest coloratura sopranos of her time (perhaps even the best). [And, perhaps Galli-Curci before her.] Some might select others. For me, Streich had the whole package: wonderful sense of pitch, wide range of dynamics, opera, lieder, o...
by mikealdren
Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gramophone
Replies: 2
Views: 1316

Re: Gramophone

They have more than one login point! I a login one for the back numbers of the magazine (https://reader.exacteditions.com/magazines/365/issues/), one for the forums (on their main website) and one for the website to access reviews. You may well have lost your access now by cancelling your subscripti...
by mikealdren
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 9971

Re: Family musicians performing together?

Fischer-Dieskau and his wife, Júlia Várady
by mikealdren
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 9971

Re: Family musicians performing together?

Dmitri, Maxim and Dmitri Jr. Shostakovich
by mikealdren
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aaron Rosand RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 3523

Re: Aaron Rosand RIP

Don't know about shoulder rests, but this passage caught my attention: His first recital came at age 9 and his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was a year later, according to a Curtis biography. His New York Philharmonic debut in 1960 with Leonard Bernstein was as soloist in that orchestra...
by mikealdren
Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruch violin concerto no conductor
Replies: 8
Views: 3412

Re: Bruch violin concerto no conductor

I have a DVD of Heifetz performing Bruch's Scottish Fantasy (IIRC) without a conductor, and it almost works, but not perfectly. There are times when Heifetz is playing and the tempo shifts when the orchestra sounds a bit tentative: not bad, but it would have been better with a baton-wielder at the ...
by mikealdren
Mon May 20, 2019 2:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hillary Hahn plays Sibelius VC live
Replies: 5
Views: 4387

Re: Hillary Hahn plays Sibelius VC live

maestrob wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 11:51 am
any relation to the composer?
Given that Mikko is Finnish, I suspect that it is unlikely.
by mikealdren
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's " Essential" Dvorak recordings
Replies: 8
Views: 4765

Re: WQXR's " Essential" Dvorak recordings

With so many fine alternatives, it's hard to imagine how ASM's version of the violin concerto was chosen.
by mikealdren
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andre Previn 1929-2019 R.I.P.
Replies: 14
Views: 6689

Re: Andre Previn 1929-2019 R.I.P.

For me, his two outstanding recordings are Rachmaninov Symphony No.2 (twice, the earlier one with cuts) and Walton Symphony No.1. Both are still arguably the best available. Looking at the other recordings I have of his conducting, it's interesting how many have him as accompanist with singers and i...
by mikealdren
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Verbier Festival: 25 Years / DGG 4 CDs
Replies: 2
Views: 3413

Re: Verbier Festival: 25 Years / DGG 4 CDs

Yes, Yuja Wang's Mendelssohn is great but get the DVD and watch it as well! Just a shame the Orchestra isn't a bit better.
by mikealdren
Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 9143

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

I heard Menuhin 3 times in the 60s and 70s as well as seeing him on television fairly often. He was a major presence in the UK in those days. Sadly he was no longer the great player he had been but he was still capable of very moving performances. He stood in when Oistrakh died for a memorable perfo...
by mikealdren
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavel Haas Quartet plays Shostakovich live
Replies: 2
Views: 2134

Re: Pavel Haas Quartet plays Shostakovich live

I heard them last Monday in the Wigmore Hall, the Janacek quartets (how often do we hear both together in concert?) and the 2nd Smetana. It was fabulous, the best concert I have heard in ages.
by mikealdren
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Henryk Szeryng's 44-CD Decca set
Replies: 7
Views: 3645

Re: Henryk Szeryng's 44-CD Decca set

Hi Lance, I think Amazon must be wrong, the RCA Tchaikovsky (Boston/Munch) and Devil's Trill aren't there either. I have quite a lot of duplicates but I am tempted nonetheless. I do like his Mozart sonatas and concerti, the latter got a rough ride in the UK when they were issued as part of the Phill...
by mikealdren
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 10092

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

Yes Szeryng's Mozart sonatas with Ingrid Haebler are very good too. I feel he has been badly underestimated since Perlman's quip about not recognising his playing. Mind I sometimes find the same with Gil Shaham, another superb player. I'm not familiar with this quotation. Can you provide it more fu...
by mikealdren
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 10092

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

Yes Szeryng's Mozart sonatas with Ingrid Haebler are very good too. I feel he has been badly underestimated since Perlman's quip about not recognising his playing. Mind I sometimes find the same with Gil Shaham, another superb player.
by mikealdren
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 10092

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

I plan on getting that Szeryng box when it comes out in December. BBC Magazine just named his Mozart Concerti as the best ever, and I have to hear them. The Szeryng set was unfashionable for a long while and IIRC many complained that it was included in the Philips Mozart edition rather than the Gru...
by mikealdren
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductor's " pieces of a lifetime "
Replies: 3
Views: 2471

Re: Conductor's " pieces of a lifetime "

Very strange collection of conductors.....
by mikealdren
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Szeryng live Brahms VC
Replies: 5
Views: 2604

Re: Szeryng live Brahms VC

Looks a very exciting box, lots of things I only have on LP.
many thanks
Mike
by mikealdren
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A rare Christian Ferras (violin) DGG CD!
Replies: 6
Views: 3423

Re: A rare Christian Ferras (violin) DGG CD!

John, I think that his playing days were over before ASM appeared in about 1975, alcohol had really got him, his records with Karajan were in the 1960s. I never liked his playing much either (I never heard him live) and I particularly disliked an encore disk which I used to joke about in my student ...
by mikealdren
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was Suzuki a fraud?
Replies: 6
Views: 3557

Re: Was Suzuki a fraud?

"You'd be hard-pressed to find high-caliber professional violinists who would tell you they started out with the Suzuki method. You'd be hard-pressed to find high-caliber professional violinists who would tell you they started out with the Suzuki method." Rachel Barton Hilary Hahn Leila Josefewicz J...
by mikealdren
Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 17227

Re: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

One other issue is that for a few recordings in the LSR set you couldn't tell if it was Igor or David Ositrakh. Only David is represented in the Brilliant box set. Judging by the dates and the reference Oistrach and his son, they are all David except some of that one disk of duets. The dates sugges...
by mikealdren
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 17227

Re: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

No sure how you clip and include an image but could this be the same as the 100CD Brilliant Russian Legends box?
by mikealdren
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!
Replies: 18
Views: 12739

Re: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!

Having commented about the importance of listening, there are some remarkable technical solutions in use for remastering nowadays. One is a system that completely removes pitch variations from piano recordings, this really should be mandatory for any old recordings. Not sure how well it works for ot...
by mikealdren
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!
Replies: 18
Views: 12739

Re: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!

I think the problem is often that engineers transfer using their meters rather than their ears. That's why some of the specialists do so much better, even when transferring from 78s/LPs rather than original source material (allowing for John's comments on that having degraded). The oriental market i...
by mikealdren
Wed May 02, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Violinist Wanda Wilkomirska 1929-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 2847

Re: Violinist Wanda Wilkomirska 1929-2018

Very sad, she was a superb violinist and her Szymanowski No.1 recording is the best by far despite the dated sound quality. I heard her play the concerto in the early 70s and it was a very memorable concert, not least because Szymanowski was rarely played in those days.
by mikealdren
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Lívia Rév dead at 101
Replies: 4
Views: 2527

Re: Pianist Lívia Rév dead at 101

I bought 2 of her Saga Debussy CDs recently after reading excellent reviews. How had I missed these marvellous performances for so many years?
by mikealdren
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another conductor: Günter Wand
Replies: 20
Views: 7323

Re: Another conductor: Günter Wand

and Tennstedt conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra not the LSO, not the same and until he came along, not really as good.
by mikealdren
Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Whatever happened to our violinist friend ...
Replies: 19
Views: 6600

Re: Whatever happened to our violinist friend ...

Hi is Cheniston Roland and he lives in Liverpool. I suspect he's quite elderly now and I know he has had health issues.

If you have a contact, it would be great to see how he's doing, he used to do a weekly podcast but that seems to have stopped some years ago.
by mikealdren
Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ruggiero Ricci, violinist - 13 CDs [Decca]
Replies: 5
Views: 1947

Re: Ruggiero Ricci, violinist - 13 CDs [Decca]

I've seen CDs of the MCA Glory of Cremona recording on sale in the Decca label too but I must have missed them when new and they're far too expensive now. Unless they are re-released, I'll have to make do with my Lp.
by mikealdren
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ruggiero Ricci, violinist - 13 CDs [Decca]
Replies: 5
Views: 1947

Re: Ruggiero Ricci, violinist - 13 CDs [Decca]

Not sure how I missed this! I have long loved the original LP of the Sarasate, in fact it's probably the best Sarasate disk I have (and I have a lot) and it was on my (now) very short list of great recordings that have not made it to CD. The Persinger recordings are nowhere near as good. I bought th...
by mikealdren
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfredo Campoli, violin on 12 Decca Eloquence CDs
Replies: 9
Views: 2729

Re: Alfredo Campoli, violin on 12 Decca Eloquence CDs

Not really my area of expertise but there are some really fantastic younger pianists around. There are a quite few other established (older?) artists who I rate very highly e.g. Uchida, Kovacevitch, Perahia, Pollini, Pires. It's always interesting when you start with those who start as exceptional t...
by mikealdren
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfredo Campoli, violin on 12 Decca Eloquence CDs
Replies: 9
Views: 2729

Re: Alfredo Campoli, violin on 12 Decca Eloquence CDs

Interesting view John and I agree to a certain extent. Nowadays for instance, there are so many fantastic violinists it's hard to justify yet another recording of the Beethoven/Brahms/Sibelius/Tchaikovsky etc..... Campoli however did have a distinctive voice that made his best recordings special. Fo...
by mikealdren
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfredo Campoli, violin on 12 Decca Eloquence CDs
Replies: 9
Views: 2729

Re: Alfredo Campoli, violin on 12 Decca Eloquence CDs

Hi Lance, Most of the concertante works have been available on CD for a while but some have probably been pirated from LPs and, in all cases where I have compared, the new CDs sound as good or better. More than that, the Bruch/Saint Saens was the first LP I ever bought and it has not been available ...
by mikealdren
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Famous musicians photographed together
Replies: 4
Views: 1622

Re: Famous musicians photographed together

Having gone through a couple of dozen, it is a little annoying that they only nametwo people when there are three in the photo, eg Bakala and Chalabala and anonymous, and I have no idea who is who. When one is Bernstein or Barenboim or Stravinsky, different matter of course. But I second Lance's gr...
by mikealdren
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The tragedy of cellist Emanuel Feuermann
Replies: 6
Views: 2131

Re: The tragedy of cellist Emanuel Feuermann

Yes it was, amazing how we accepted that odd solution to keep the costs down. I thought costs would come down but I certainly never expected CDs to become so cheap. Probably because I was brought up with LPs which cost so much in the 1960s. Even more astonishing is how cheap CD players are, being ab...
by mikealdren
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The tragedy of cellist Emanuel Feuermann
Replies: 6
Views: 2131

Re: The tragedy of cellist Emanuel Feuermann

I have an early CD of Feuermann from the days when CDs were expensive to produce. To optimise the use of the plastic, the left channel contains one set of mono recordings, the right channel, another set.

I've since transferred the contents onto two CDs!
by mikealdren
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: On a binge for clarinetists of late!
Replies: 9
Views: 3725

Re: On a binge for clarinetists of late!

Hi Lance,
try Martin Fröst, not sure of he's really made it across the Atlantic but he's a simply sensational performer and his CDs are marvellous too.

Mike
by mikealdren
Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More Krossover Krap from Yo-Yo Ma
Replies: 9
Views: 3279

Re: More Krossover Krap from Yo-Yo Ma

If one of the poodles plays the kazoo, does that make it a trio?
by mikealdren
Thu Jan 26, 2017 4:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your view of VIeuxtemps?
Replies: 10
Views: 2892

Re: Your view of VIeuxtemps?

Lovely tuneful undemanding works, like Wieniawski they're among the best of their type. Do people still pay them? Well I'm sure students still learn them and since Heifetz concertos have been recorded by (among others): Sarah Chang Zino Francescatti Arthur Grumiaux Hilary Hahn Misha Keylin Leonid Ko...
by mikealdren
Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pinchas Zukerman, 22 CD Collection on DGG
Replies: 15
Views: 3688

Re: Pinchas Zukerman, 22 CD Collection on DGG

Come on now. Naming a few celebrities among the hundred whose opinions BBC Music sought, cuts no ice. Who says they are experts on the history of violin playing? Anyway, the value of any poll depends on the validity of its results, and you don't dispute that the results of this poll are clearly not...
by mikealdren
Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘The Mikado’ in a Balancing Act of Taste
Replies: 7
Views: 2171

Re: ‘The Mikado’ in a Balancing Act of Taste

and it was set in Japan to reflect, and poke fun at, the prevailing Victorian obsession with all things Japanese.
by mikealdren
Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's Horn Concertos
Replies: 32
Views: 9187

Re: Mozart's Horn Concertos

The Alan Green list is indeed a bit of a joke but most lists are. The problem is that he seems to feel that he has to include a flute concerto and a horn concerto and a violin concerto. You could easily argue that 9 of Mozart's top 10 are all piano concertos plus the clarinet concerto. After all the...
by mikealdren
Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's Horn Concertos
Replies: 32
Views: 9187

Re: Mozart's Horn Concertos

Not only was he the preeminent horn player but Boyd Neel is often quoted as saying that Brain was the finest Mozartian on any instrument and listening to his recordings, you can see why he thought so.
by mikealdren
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "New master of Beethoven's piano works"
Replies: 5
Views: 2476

Re: "New master of Beethoven's piano works"

I suspect there's a degree of Scottish nationalism at play here. He's a fine pianist but, from the few sections I have heard on the radio including the Appassionata, Paul Lewis's is a safer bet.

Mike
by mikealdren
Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What a treasure trove from RCA!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 3902

Re: What a treasure trove from RCA!!!

Kogan and Szeryng are top rank players but there's not enough of them to justify the rest of the box. Sadly, as with previous boxes, these are not available separately.

Mike
by mikealdren
Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alisa Weilerstein's Shostakovich Cello Concertos
Replies: 10
Views: 2978

Re: Alisa Weilerstein's Shostakovich Cello Concertos

Although Weilerstein has stated that her idol was Jacqueline du Pre, she is a far more intense and emotional performer than du Pre (du Pre never recorded either of the Shostakovich cello concertos, or, for that matter, the Prokofiev "Symphonie Concertante") I'm surprised at this comment, JdP was no...
by mikealdren
Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philly in Trouble Again
Replies: 26
Views: 9337

Re: Philly in Trouble Again

My point is that I don't believe that the current situation is sustainable and sooner or later the bubble will burst, there isn't enough money in the system to pay these exorbitant fees, publicists and managers have managed to maintain the levels for far to long, it can't last. It would be interesti...
by mikealdren
Sat Sep 10, 2016 4:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philly in Trouble Again
Replies: 26
Views: 9337

Re: Philly in Trouble Again

Are conductors really worth $500k+? If the orchestras are dying who will pay them that in the future, especially if they don't attract the audiences. The highest paid stars that attract the big fees do so by filling halls (Lang Lang, YoYo Ma, Fleming, Netrebko, DiDonato, Kaufmann, Bartoli etc). As f...