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by ChrisBrewster
Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glimmerglass Opera tickets: Ariadne auf Naxos, Amer. Tragedy
Replies: 2
Views: 527

Glimmerglass Opera tickets: Ariadne auf Naxos, Amer. Tragedy

I hope this isn't frowned on, but I need to sell two pairs of tickets to Glimmerglass Opera. (If you're not familiar with it, it's a fine summer company in Cooperstown NY, with some ties to the Met.) We had a trip all planned, which fell through, so we can't make it. Selling at our cost... Ariadne a...
by ChrisBrewster
Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Szymanowsi's King Roger on video
Replies: 3
Views: 539

Szymanowsi's King Roger on video

I've long had an audio performance of Szymanowski's King Roger, conducted by Mieczyslaw Mierzejewski. I'd like to get a video version, and I see there are two. These seem to compare like other pairs of recordings I remember: one is from the composer's country, so the singers speak the language and e...
by ChrisBrewster
Tue May 01, 2012 9:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Wagner's Die Walküre
Replies: 10
Views: 1464

Re: The Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Wagner's Die Walkure

For the Met's remote presentations, I have atttended only Rheingold. I've missed the others because of time conflicts, but I would also join the many critics of the Met's infernal "machine". Like most concept staging, all it does is distract from the work of art. My own bias for any theatrical produ...
by ChrisBrewster
Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anyone record Matsuev Prokofiev Conc 3 from Perf Today?
Replies: 4
Views: 702

Anyone record Matsuev Prokofiev Conc 3 from Perf Today?

A couple of weeks ago, Performance Today played a live recording of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto 3, Denis Matsuev piano, Valery Gergiev cond. It was amazing, and I meant to download from the web site. But alas, that wasn't the week I could do it, and then it disappeared. I hope to find someone who dow...
by ChrisBrewster
Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why don't you people talk about Dukas more?
Replies: 30
Views: 2831

Re: Why don't you people talk about Dukas more?

IcedNote wrote:
ChrisBrewster wrote:
Was there a comment in here somewhere, because I sure don't see it! :mrgreen:

-G
Well, there was *supposed* to be a comment, which was-- I love the fanfare from La Peri.
by ChrisBrewster
Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some more fluff from Listen Magazine (re: W. Schuman)
Replies: 8
Views: 682

Re: Some more fluff from Listen Magazine (re: W. Schuman)

Let me comment on Schuman from the perspective of a fan of Roy Harris. As uneven as Harris was, his best works have something genuine and thrilling that (to my ear) comes from his actually having lived the pioneer life (in the remote Oklahoma panhandle until he was 5, and then east of LA, in an era ...
by ChrisBrewster
Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why don't you people talk about Dukas more?
Replies: 30
Views: 2831

Re: Why don't you people talk about Dukas more?

:mrgreen: I came across this piece today...and I love it. RuMW-65XdOE (écrit pour 'Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy) I actually only know "that other piece" of his. Where else should I look? I seem to recall that he didn't compose very much, so perhaps that's a fairly easy question to answer. ;) -G
by ChrisBrewster
Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven violin sonatas
Replies: 13
Views: 8885

Re: Beethoven violin sonatas

Thanks for the interesting responses. I was surprised that there something close to a consensus (for Grumiaux), since questions like mine usually get such diverse responses, one is left just as uncertain. I would agree with my fellow CMGers that the Grumiaux/Haskil is an excellent set. The Oistrakh/...
by ChrisBrewster
Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven violin sonatas
Replies: 13
Views: 8885

Beethoven violin sonatas

Among the important groups of works that I've never heard enough of, I want to get a complete set of the Beethoven violin sonatas and would like your thoughts. All the greatest violinists have done complete sets, so I can choose from among Heifetz, Grumiaux, Szeryng, Perlman, Menuhin, Kremer, Kreisl...
by ChrisBrewster
Sun Dec 12, 2010 1:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prokofiev Piano Sonatas
Replies: 28
Views: 2985

Re: Prokofiev Piano Sonatas

Is there a nice neat list of Richter's Prokofiev recordings? I went looking for them and realized they aren't organized so as to make it easy to get. And now some that look important are out of print and have prices that are way too high. Is there an easy way through this confusion, or do I just nee...
by ChrisBrewster
Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MPR's latest abuse of music: ruining Christmas
Replies: 27
Views: 2768

Re: MPR's latest abuse of music: ruining Christmas

I am certain that Rutter would have removed the offending text upon hearing the first complaint about it. All of my experience with Rutter's compositions* convinces me that Rutter's greatest fear in life is that of offending someone. Anyone. Anywhere. ... ... I just wanted to insert a snarky commen...
by ChrisBrewster
Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What is happening at the Metropolitan Opera?
Replies: 25
Views: 1469

Re: What is happening at the Metropolitan Opera?

>... I just submitted a message which includes Rheingold--I agree with you completely! Regards, Len This thread in general is mixing comments concerning performance with comments concerning production. So let me make an analogy between Boris G and Rheingold, two of my favorite operas. In both cases...
by ChrisBrewster
Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What is happening at the Metropolitan Opera?
Replies: 25
Views: 1469

Re: What is happening at the Metropolitan Opera?

>something is wrong< Too much money being spent on new productions from Broadway type producers who don't know opera--:( No one has mentioned Rheingold (which I saw at a somewhat bleak multiplex in Minnesota). I lean conservative concerning productions, so the previous Met Ring production suits my ...
by ChrisBrewster
Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christmas works
Replies: 10
Views: 1349

Christmas works

Since I brought up Christmas music, I'll list the ones that define the season for me and my wife, obvious as they may be: - Handel, Messiah. Favorite version: Colin Davis 1966 - Berlioz, L'Enfance du Christ. Favorite: Jean Martinon. (This was once available on Nonesuch. I'm currently lobbying Archiv...
by ChrisBrewster
Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Testimony-Shostakovich
Replies: 10
Views: 924

Re: Testimony-Shostakovich

The strangest aspect of the "controversy" about this book was the skepticism about Shost's disagreement with the Soviet regime. It seemed that people in this country suspected him of being truly an official composer, propagandist, whatever, and that his protestations of resistance or opposition (eve...
by ChrisBrewster
Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Video/movie versions of Rosenkavalier
Replies: 9
Views: 1818

Re: Video/movie versions of Rosenkavalier

The most glamourous "Rosenkavalier" on film is the 1962 ... Herbert von Karajan ... Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Sena Jurinac, Anneliese Rothenberger, and Otto Edelmann, with Erich Kunz in the minor but crucial role of Faninal. My note wasn't very detailed about this, but that's the one I ordered. I saw ...
by ChrisBrewster
Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The voice of tenor Fritz Wunderlich: very special!
Replies: 4
Views: 642

Re: The voice of tenor Fritz Wunderlich: very special!

For me Klemperer's recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde has always been the choice, and Wunderlich is the most important reason. To the qualities you describe in his singing, I'd add strength-- something robust or authoritative that I associate more with baritones. He carries Mahler's movemen...
by ChrisBrewster
Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Video/movie versions of Rosenkavalier
Replies: 9
Views: 1818

Video/movie versions of Rosenkavalier

We watched a broadcast of Rosenkavalier with Renee Fleming, from early this year. We wanted to get a video version, preferably with Fleming but not using updated settings. It appears that no version meets that description. (For me, the setting needs to be compatible with the story in the sense that ...
by ChrisBrewster
Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Commemorating 50 years of the death of Dimitri Mitropoulos
Replies: 11
Views: 1658

Re: Celebrating 50 years of the death of Dimitri Mitropoulos

Perhaps Minnesota could get a mention for being Mitrolpoulos's stepping-stone to New York. The Minneapolis Symphony was also Ormandy's boost to Philadelphia. (Living in a second-tier city, one accepts the role of a farm team. Osmo Vänskä is getting some similar exposure here.) One point: I think you...
by ChrisBrewster
Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on Solti/CSO Beethoven recordings.
Replies: 22
Views: 1929

Re: Opinions sought on Solti/CSO Beethoven recordings.

Let me put in a plug for the recording that is my only tenuous connection with greatness. My dad sang in the Chgo Symph Chorus 1966-74. In that time Solti made only one recording with the chorus, Beethoven 9. (Recorded at Krannert Center, University of Illinois, Champaign.) On the Decca edition, the...
by ChrisBrewster
Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'm Listening to a Symphony by Bloch, ...
Replies: 17
Views: 1305

Re: I'm Listening to a Symphony by Bloch, ...

... and I'm really impressed; 'tis music with an unique personality... Bloch is my own newest discovery. I highly recommend the following. Bloch: Concerto Symphonique; Concerto Grosso #1. Jenny Lin, piano; Jiri Starek, cond.; SWR Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern. Hanssler Classics CD 93,192. In the a...
by ChrisBrewster
Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Symphony by Schubert....?!
Replies: 9
Views: 1029

Re: New Symphony by Schubert....?!

The original sketches of the "Unfinished" scherzo with Stein's completion are just as gratifying as the "completed" Mahler 10th.... I think these cases are fundamentally different. Mahler's intended the 10th as a symphony and it didn't exist in any other form. He wrote a COMPLETE four-staff score o...
by ChrisBrewster
Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MPR's latest abuse of music: ruining Christmas
Replies: 27
Views: 2768

Re: MPR's latest abuse of music: ruining Christmas

Is it Christmas music, or Christmas muzak? It's good music. At its most legitimate, they're playing things like Bach's Advent cantatas. But much of it is the the kind of choral or orchestral music that's almost too evocative for this early in the season. And even if it's appropriate to play a few o...
by ChrisBrewster
Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical Suicides
Replies: 32
Views: 4845

Re: Musical Suicides

Not a classical performer, but Susannah McCorkle was one of the best jazz-oriented singers. 1946-2001, a suicide. (If you know the Jobim song "Waters of March", her rendition has to be the last word on it.)
by ChrisBrewster
Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MPR's latest abuse of music: ruining Christmas
Replies: 27
Views: 2768

MPR's latest abuse of music: ruining Christmas

The once-excellent classical music service of Minnesota Public Radio has found a new misuse of the airwaves: it has been playing almost exclusively Christmas music, beginning sometime on Thanksgiving weekend. Many of these works push emotional buttons, and it's just wrong to use them this way. Certa...
by ChrisBrewster
Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composers who lost something as they got older
Replies: 50
Views: 6905

Composers who lost something as they got older

I think I get this from my mother-- thinking of some odd category and then making a list. Among composers, I usually expect the later work to be the strongest, and it usually is. The three standard greatest-- Bach, Beethoven, Mozart-- managed to hit even greater heights than previously with their la...
by ChrisBrewster
Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recommendations for Schumann quartets?
Replies: 13
Views: 1794

Recommendations for Schumann quartets?

Let's see, what can I add to that eloquent subject line? I've become a Schumann fan. It's tempting to group him with Mendelssohn and Chopin because of the birth years, and he's by far my favorite of the three. So... any favorite packages of the quartets?
by ChrisBrewster
Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical stations on the web
Replies: 5
Views: 701

Re: Classical stations on the web

slofstra: > I generally like stations that have on-line playlists. The US has laws that prevent stations showing > ahead of time what they are playing, so you can't plan to tape stuff. This is arcane and should be changed. So THAT's the problem!? I wondered why the information was so spotty. But at ...
by ChrisBrewster
Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical stations on the web
Replies: 5
Views: 701

Re: Classical stations on the web

Thanks for the tip about Oregon's radio service. No one else has discoveries to pass along? Funny you mention the early 70s because that's just when I came to Chicago, so I know the whole set you mention. The environment was perfect for someone just discovering music-- CSO with Solti and Giulini, Ro...
by ChrisBrewster
Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical stations on the web
Replies: 5
Views: 701

Classical stations on the web

I'm a longtime fan of classical radio stations, if the announcers are involved with music and are given the latitude to follow their musical passions. In my Chicago days I got much benefit from the great WFMT (even enduring its wordy commercials for luxury businesses). Here in Minnesota, there used ...
by ChrisBrewster
Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reduction to a few composers
Replies: 140
Views: 8013

Re: Reduction to a few composers

And not only Purcell, who SHOULD be known by everyone not living in a cave ... I appreciate the good word for Purcell, who has a distinction in my own mind, as the earliest composer who became one of my "gut favorites"-- you know the category I mean, the ones who become part of you. My favorites ar...
by ChrisBrewster
Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reduction to a few composers
Replies: 140
Views: 8013

Re: Reduction to a few composers

And not only Purcell, who SHOULD be known by everyone not living in a cave ... I appreciate the good word for Purcell, who has a distinction in my own mind, as the earliest composer who became one of my "gut favorites"-- you know the category I mean, the ones who become part of you. My favorites ar...
by ChrisBrewster
Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tell me more about Arnold Bax
Replies: 28
Views: 2221

Re: Tell me more about Arnold Bax

Since you're discussing impressionism in the hands of a British composer, let me mention John Ireland, who is also classified as an impressionist. But he is a bit closer to the French type of impressionism. I've heard only a little but was impressed. Would be interested in recommendations if there a...
by ChrisBrewster
Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Looking for Bernstein article: cynicism among musicians
Replies: 3
Views: 450

Looking for Bernstein article: cynicism among musicians

In the mid-70s (I think) High Fidelity magazine (I think) ran an essay by Leonard Bernstein (I'm sure) about the hard attitudes among professional musicians, and how little they actually love music. Does this ring a bell with anyone? I've searched a list of articles on a site about LB, and it doesn'...
by ChrisBrewster
Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jean Martinon's recording of L'Enfance du Christ
Replies: 12
Views: 2231

Re: Jean Martinon's recording of L'Enfance du Christ

Thanks. That's more information than I've ever found using a search. What labels do reissues, and how does one encourage something to be reissued? Is this something ArchivMusik would do? It is still around in its LP form. http://ring.cdandlp.com/grigo/photo_grande/113522742.jpg The corresponding Non...
by ChrisBrewster
Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of Britten's Ceremony of Carols
Replies: 6
Views: 2257

Recordings of Britten's Ceremony of Carols

I'd like to get a good recent recording of Britten's Ceremony of Carols. It's written for treble voices, though there is also a version for mixed chorus. The only recordings I know are old ones, such as Robert Shaw's 1964 version, using all women for the chorus and the soloists. Maybe because that's...
by ChrisBrewster
Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jean Martinon's recording of L'Enfance du Christ
Replies: 12
Views: 2231

Jean Martinon's recording of L'Enfance du Christ

I've long felt that the Jean Martinon recording of Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ was the best one. I'm not the only one who likes it. In a 1995 New York Times commentary ( http://www.nytimes.com/1995/12/07/arts/classical-music-works-apart-these-may-be-but-they-re-not-atypical.html?scp=18&sq=%22l%27e...
by ChrisBrewster
Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein
Replies: 18
Views: 1255

Bernstein

I'm old enough to have taken a jaded attitude toward Bernstein for quite a bit of his career, for his politics and excesses, which I heard also in his conducting-- overwrought and so forth. I tended to accept him when he was the lone champion of someone like Ives or Nielsen, but tended not to go far...
by ChrisBrewster
Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A pattern that might spoil some RVW works for you
Replies: 13
Views: 1238

A pattern that might spoil some RVW works for you

The Vaughan Williams thread made me think of something I started to notice about his works in the opera/oratorio category, such as Hodie and Pilgrim's Progress. (Note: Hodie is a favorite of mine, notwithstanding the following observation.) I noticed something a bit simplistic in his settings: if a ...
by ChrisBrewster
Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best classical programming (non-local)?
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Best classical programming (non-local)?

Since I can't get radio where I work, I asked in another forum about good classical streasms on the web, and one person suggested Vermont Public Radio. This service is excellent, but I'm wondering if any others are in this league. My question can apply to satellite radio and any other service that i...
by ChrisBrewster
Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms Symphony Sets: Your Favourites
Replies: 104
Views: 8389

Re: Brahms Symphony Sets: Your Favourites

I'd like to mention Szell's Brahms. When I was first hearing the basic repertoire, some publication recommended Klemperer for Mozart and Szell for Brahms. In a sense both of these choices are like casting actors "against type": one would expect Szell to be right for the classical period and Klempere...
by ChrisBrewster
Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A word (well, more than one) for the Dvorak Eighth Symphony
Replies: 26
Views: 1490

Re: A word (well, more than one) for the Dvorak Eighth Symphony

Let me add another vote for #8-- by far my favorite Dvorak symphony and probably my favorite of all worsk by him. #9 just doesn't affect me much, don't know if it's the "warhorse" status but it doesn't have nearly the heart and energy of #8. Are there any other fans of this Symphony? I bet there are...
by ChrisBrewster
Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Faure piano trio op 120-- best version?
Replies: 6
Views: 862

Faure piano trio op 120-- best version?

This forum doesn't seem to have inquiries like the following one, so I hope this isn't frowned on. I'd like a recommendation for a recording of Faure's piano trio. I may choose on the basis of the other works included, but I'm wondering if the trio has any exceptional or widely acclaimed versions.
by ChrisBrewster
Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I was in Barnes & Noble today, and ...
Replies: 16
Views: 1246

Re: I was in Barnes & Noble today, and ...

Speaking of classical message boards (plural), I started looking at this one because I couldn't find any others that looked any good (low volume, tepid content, etc). Are there any good ones that I missed?
jbuck919 wrote:it seems like we've had them forever--like e-mail, and classical music message boards. :)
by ChrisBrewster
Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Bernstein Mass
Replies: 27
Views: 1207

Re: The Bernstein Mass

For me, an example of a composer doing his own work the wrong way is Prokofiev's recording of the 3rd concerto, one of my favorite works. Any performance of this that fails (for me) it's because the performers take it too fast, thereby burying the wonderful detailing that's in the score. Prokofiev d...
by ChrisBrewster
Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok speaks!
Replies: 12
Views: 947

Re: Bartok speaks!

I hate to use up one of my few contacts with greatness when I just got here, but I met Bartok's son. I was at Stanford for a course in 1988 and was eating next to an old guy in the cafeteria. A stream of apparently European people kept walking up to greet him. I asked him what the group was and he s...
by ChrisBrewster
Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eugen Jochum's Beethoven Symphony cycle.
Replies: 67
Views: 7164

Gardiner and Missa Solemnis

Since you bring up Gardiner and Beethoven, I'm interested in people's reaction to his Missa Solemnis. I'm trying to make sense of how my taste has evolved. When I was much younger I was interested in the Brahms German Requiem and discovered Klemperer's version. This performance seemed absolutely gri...
by ChrisBrewster
Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 512
Views: 93311

Re: About CMG's contributors!

• Male • ChrisBrewster: full name Christopher, called Chris • USA (Minnesota) • Was involved in music when young, wish I had practiced more • Not a musician, beyond trying things for my own interest • Thousands of recordings at home • Three works that have been peaks for me: Mozart 40, Nielsen 3, Ma...
by ChrisBrewster
Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Are The Most Prolific Composers ?
Replies: 19
Views: 6413

Re: Who Are The Most Prolific Composers ?

Among 20th-c. composers, Milhaud and Martinu were prolific.
by ChrisBrewster
Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Modern Times" on KUSC--What a Waste of Potential
Replies: 31
Views: 3146

Re: "Modern Times" on KUSC--What a Waste of Potential

Some reactions to your post... We're confronting several kinds of erosion: possibly of the quality of contemporary composition, definitely the influence of serious music, the quality of classical radio, etc. From your post I'm unclear whether the show is about modern music or American music, or both...