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by stephenjohn
Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn String Quartets
Replies: 13
Views: 3637

Re: Haydn String Quartets

Thanks for the clips - I think seeing the musicians can add something sometimes. Although at others not seeing can help me get lost in the music. I very rarely use YouTube, mainly I listen on my Hi Fi and occasionally attend concerts. The latter both being wonderful but ephemeral for me. Karl, how w...
by stephenjohn
Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn String Quartets
Replies: 13
Views: 3637

Re: Haydn String Quartets

Hello Elpenor
do you have a particular favourite recording of the opus 76 set?
by stephenjohn
Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn String Quartets
Replies: 13
Views: 3637

Haydn String Quartets

Hello Everybody I would like to start a general conversation about Haydn String Quartets and see where it goes. To put my point of view into context, musically I fall into the group of people that Mozart is alleged to have referred to as the ‘long ears’. About 7 years ago I was having a conversation...
by stephenjohn
Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach cantata sung in English?
Replies: 5
Views: 1202

Re: Bach cantata sung in English?

thanks for the posts guys - I've ordered an English St Matthew's passion and the new J E Gardiner of the BWV147 - to see how different it is from my Richter.
best wishes
SJ
by stephenjohn
Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach cantata sung in English?
Replies: 5
Views: 1202

Bach cantata sung in English?

I know it wouldn't be for the purists but can anyone tell me if they know of a recording of any Bach cantatas sung in English? The 147th would be particulary welcome.
by stephenjohn
Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Symphony No.40 - Mozart
Replies: 39
Views: 5123

Re: Symphony No.40 - Mozart

I have 17 recordings of Mozarts 40th and play various ones depending on the mood that takes me - they can be very different! I'd always liked a bit of Mozart but towards the end of my fifth decade started to love his music. I also have 17 of his 41st
by stephenjohn
Sat Oct 10, 2009 5:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How long do you listen?
Replies: 33
Views: 8908

Re: How long do you listen?

I have music on when I am driving or occasionaly when doing another activity. I don't count that as me listening [although I occasionally stop the car is a piece of music captures me so that I need to listen fully]. I sit down an average of 90 minutes per day to try and exclusively listen. Sometimes...
by stephenjohn
Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's solo Sonatas and Partitas - which version?
Replies: 77
Views: 20298

Re: Bach's solo Sonatas and Partitas - which version?

I think the Perman at his best sounds exciting. I have another recording that is so boring I can't remember who it is by or even be bothered to go and look at. It makes me believe, with my limited knowledge, that there is potentially great varaition between recordings and it matters very much about ...
by stephenjohn
Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 12037

Re: Mozart's late symphonies

[ I also love the fruity percolation of period winds, the sharp thwack! of the timpani, the in-your-face blattiness of the brass, and the scrunchy richness of gut strings. I think you'll find the qualties that you like even more in the recent Abado I'm not sure whether this is a period instrument r...
by stephenjohn
Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 12037

Re: Mozart's late symphonies

Hi, I just want to see that it has been a very interesting thread for me so far and I learned a great deal out of it. It made me relisten to my Warriner/Phillips copy of Mozart's last symphonies. They truly are amazing pieces. Like a lot of you, I would have to say that 38 and 39 are my favorite. R...
by stephenjohn
Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart Fricsay Symphonies on DGG: question
Replies: 11
Views: 3646

Re: Mozart Fricsay Symphonies on DGG: question

I own Fricsay Vienna in stereo from 1960/1, 40th and 41st, but it is on Rose records [never heard of them before]. It does sound very good.
by stephenjohn
Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 12037

Re: Mozart's late symphonies

DavidRoss wrote:[ I also love the fruity percolation of period winds, the sharp thwack! of the timpani, the in-your-face blattiness of the brass, and the scrunchy richness of gut strings.
I think you'll find the qualties that you like even more in the recent Abado
by stephenjohn
Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 12037

Re: Mozart's late symphonies

...but what do you think of the Minkowsky?
by stephenjohn
Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 12037

Re: Mozart's late symphonies

The Minkowski came on Friday. It is enjoyable. Second impressions are that it is somewhere between Mackerras and Abado recent recordings and a more Romantic[?] style. I prefer it to both the other two recent ones that I named. [Nut Job, the Makerras was recorded in 2007 according to the sleeve notes].
by stephenjohn
Fri Jul 03, 2009 1:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 12037

Re: Mozart's late symphonies

I have just ordered Minkowski's too. A reviewer on Amazon UK said '...Mozart seen throught the eyes of Rameau' . Curiosity got the better of me too
by stephenjohn
Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 12037

Re: Mozart's late symphonies

The recent Mackerras [Scotish Chamber] is a bit raucous - lots of drums and brass are evident. It got fabulous reviews and seems to be in vogue at the moment. It is good to listen to in the car because it cuts through the road noise. Not very relaxing at home though. I don't think Mackerras was aim...
by stephenjohn
Tue Jun 30, 2009 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 12037

Re: Mozart's late symphonies

the sterile HIP approach. :shock: :?: I'd tend to agree with you, David... I'd rather listen to the Pinnock versions over the Karajan or Levine ones, any day (I have heard all three, and recently disposed of the latter two, stodgy, mushy ones, upon purchasing the 11CD Pinnock Box-set... that's prec...
by stephenjohn
Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on Haydn box set.
Replies: 35
Views: 2591

Re: Opinions sought on Haydn box set.

I have the first 2 volumes and enjoy them very much. The box set is a bargain and can be bought for the same price as my 2 volumes - it seems a must to me
by stephenjohn
Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 12037

Re: Mozart's late symphonies

Goodness! thanks to people here I am up to owning 12 recordings now, or will be when the next ones arrive. It is very interesting. Last night I listened to the Harnoncourt again with fresh ears, after the positive and negative comments I got here, and the Szell for comparison [well not really for co...
by stephenjohn
Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 12037

Re: Mozart's late symphonies

Klemperer Bohm Szell Karajan [VPO and BPO] Bernstein Abado [LSO and Mozart players] Harnoncourt Wordsworth [Naxos] Mariner Maag Mackerras and Pinnock is on the way. Many of these are under-determined references. I know of at least 3 Bohm recordings, 2 Karajan BPO recordings, 2 Berstein, 2 Harnoncou...
by stephenjohn
Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 12037

Re: Mozart's late symphonies

Your bad luck, then. Fricsay is not so much revelatory as perfection and grace.
It's hard to imagine a better recommendation - I ordered it from Amazon
by stephenjohn
Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 12037

Re: Mozart's late symphonies

I think I'd very much like to hear the Walter. I'll probably order it, if it's available
I forgot to say the Klemperer might be very good but for me it is let down by the lack of clarity in the recording
by stephenjohn
Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 514
Views: 160668

Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Hello Corlyss_D and everyone else, I have always wish that I could come here and share thoughts on some pieces or passage of pieces. For example, I just love the way Prokofiev use the saxophone in Romeo and Juliet, any thoughts on that ? And then no one will reply to that even if they know the piec...
by stephenjohn
Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 12037

Mozart's late symphonies

Hello everyone, this is my first music post on the forum. I own several recordings of Mozart’s last two symphonies: Klemperer Bohm Szell Karajan [VPO and BPO] Bernstein Abado [LSO and Mozart players] Harnoncourt Wordsworth [Naxos] Mariner Maag Mackerras and Pinnock is on the way. I know there are an...
by stephenjohn
Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 514
Views: 160668

Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Thanks for all the greetings. In answer to the questions I got into classical music in my 20s - I had heard pieces I liked and some I didn't so wondered how to find my way in. I read that there were over 10 CDs of Vivaldi's Four Seasons made already [it was a new medium then]. I thought this must me...
by stephenjohn
Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 514
Views: 160668

Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Hello
I am a new member. I have been listening to classical music since 1984. I am currently enjoying Mozart and Haydn a lot. Previous obsessions have been 20th century string quartets and Baroque music.best wishes
SJ