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by josé echenique
Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Think of life without recordings. How would it affect you?
Replies: 12
Views: 2478

Re: Think of life without recordings. How would it affect yo

Recordings do help in a number of ways: they preserve a great performance for posterity, they make music available where it might be impossible to hear live, and often a recording is cheaper than a theater ticket for those who can't afford them. I love my CDs.
by josé echenique
Thu May 05, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3964
Views: 571023

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

maestrob wrote:Thanks, Pepe. It's now on my birthday want-list...... :)
Very enjoyable and very well done, I´ll be surprised if you don´t love it.
by josé echenique
Tue May 03, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3964
Views: 571023

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

http://i.ndcd.net/13/Item/500/345133.jpg Not much new these days worth mentioning, but this late Baroque Te Deum is a worthy successor to Charpentier´s. Henry Madin only has a handful of CDs to his credit, including smaller scaled motets, but this festive and large scaled Te Deum is surely going to...
by josé echenique
Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3964
Views: 571023

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

Currentzis can afford the luxury of over extended rehearsal time recording in the middle of the Urals to get everything as he likes it. That said, I didn´t love his Mozart and was not interested in his Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.
by josé echenique
Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Tosca" in Vienna: where's Tosca?
Replies: 9
Views: 1464

Re: "Tosca" in Vienna: where's Tosca?

The Lady Vanishes.
by josé echenique
Fri Mar 25, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3964
Views: 571023

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

http://www.francemusique.fr/sites/default/files/styles/image_ppale_full/public/asset/images/2016/03/aiglon.jpg?itok=jyg1hsz5 Quite a discovery, hugely enjoyable. I don´t know if we should call L´ Aiglon an operetta, though every now and then it sounds like Chabrier, based on the short life of Napol...
by josé echenique
Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The threat of hackers and malware
Replies: 10
Views: 1573

Re: The threat of hackers and malware

What a nightmare.
by josé echenique
Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Well I Like The Polish Scene-Boris
Replies: 8
Views: 1734

Re: Well I Like The Polish Scene-Boris

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Though I love the Gergiev, the Karajan and the old Melyk-Pashaev versions, it is the Abbado the one I enjoy the most.
by josé echenique
Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Javier Camarena Does It Again
Replies: 4
Views: 1290

Re: Javier Camarena Does It Again

I just hope people appreciated the wonderful mezza voce and the musicianship, not only the high D at the end of the cabaletta.
by josé echenique
Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Richter's "Revealing Bach" DGG-Archiv set
Replies: 14
Views: 2477

Re: Karl Richter's "Revealing Bach" DGG-Archiv set

Richter`s Christmas Oratorio quartet has never been matched, that´s a tough act to follow, but Eugen Jochum also had a fine quartet in Elly Ameling, Brigitte Fassbaender, Horst Laubenthal and Hermann Prey [Laubenthal though, not quite in the level]. René Jacobs also has a superb quartet in Dorothea ...
by josé echenique
Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hey, me down with computer problems!
Replies: 12
Views: 2120

Re: Hey, me down with computer problems!

Sorry this happened to you Lance. May you recover all your data.
by josé echenique
Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nikolaus Harnoncourt dies at 86
Replies: 2
Views: 1393

Re: Nikolaus Harnoncourt dies at 86

Easily the most influential musician of our time. Music was not the same after him.
by josé echenique
Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2469938

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

https://www.br-klassik.de/orchester-und-chor/br-klassik-cds/br-klassik-wissen/cd-cover-bach-johannes-passion-dijkstra-100~_h-558_v-img__16__9__xl_w-994_-e1d284d92729d9396a907e303225e0f2d9fa53b4.jpg?version=4aaeb Dutch maestro Peter Dijkstra gets better and better. A cohesive, eloquent and very beau...
by josé echenique
Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 11/20/14 Centennial Tribute To Jorge Bolet
Replies: 3
Views: 1385

Re: 11/20/14 Centennial Tribute To Jorge Bolet

Heard him several times live, both with orchestra and in recital. He may have played the most encores I have ever heard in my life in a single concert: some 45 minutes worth of Liszt.
by josé echenique
Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3964
Views: 571023

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

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Lent always brings interesting offerings from the record labels. A beautiful Stabat Mater in the Pergolesi mould, but for 4 voices. Beautiful recording.
by josé echenique
Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3964
Views: 571023

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

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This music needs imagination, fantasy and as Garcia Lorca used to say, "duende", and this is what we get from Roberta Invernizzi and harpist Margret Köll.
by josé echenique
Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What A Piano
Replies: 7
Views: 886

Re: What A Piano

Awesome!
by josé echenique
Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So - what's on your TO GET list on CDs in 2016?
Replies: 24
Views: 4919

Re: So - what's on your TO GET list on CDs in 2016?

I´m looking forward in February and March to Pergolesi´s Adriano in Siria in Decca, the Zelenka´s Italian arias recorded in Accent by gorgeous Czech soprano Hana Blaziková and Handel´s Imeneo in the Dublin version with Ann Hallenberg andFabio Biondi in Glossa. Ann Hallenberg also recorded a Farinell...
by josé echenique
Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda
Replies: 5
Views: 1817

Re: National Symphony Orchestra: Gianandrea Noseda

He does have a good Liszt Faust Symphony, a difficult work that tests a conductor.
by josé echenique
Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First I Lombardi
Replies: 6
Views: 1508

Re: First I Lombardi

I first heard I Lombardi in a live Rome Opera tape with Scotto and Pavarotti conducted by Gavazzeni. In spite of the less admirable sound, it still is the finest Lombardi I have ever heard, Pavarotti was in glorious voice and Scotto outclasses big time Deutekom in the Philips recording.
by josé echenique
Mon Dec 28, 2015 7:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Finally Missa solemnis
Replies: 9
Views: 2140

Re: Finally Missa solemnis

Now this is a first--apparently I'm the precocious one here. I "got" it the first time I heard it. It was a broadcast of a live performance from St. Peter's Basilica, of all places, with Pope Paul VI in attendance. The acoustics must have been terrible at the site, but this did not come across in t...
by josé echenique
Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Finally Missa solemnis
Replies: 9
Views: 2140

Re: Finally Missa solemnis

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/91fMB3hYfvL._SX522_.jpg This is my favorite reading, formerly available on EMI....... I suppose you could say that I "got" the piece in my forties or thereabouts. Wish I had sung it, but never had the chance. That was also my first recording, a noble and compel...
by josé echenique
Sat Dec 26, 2015 10:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Merry Christmas and ...
Replies: 8
Views: 3768

Re: Merry Christmas and ...

Merry Christmas to all and thank you for one more year of your friendship.


Pepe.
by josé echenique
Fri Dec 25, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Finally Missa solemnis
Replies: 9
Views: 2140

Re: Finally Missa solemnis

I think the Missa Solemnis Beethoven´s greatest work, in fact I remember reading that he said so himself. It´s a big, long, demanding work, with frightening demands for the chorus and soloists, but it´s also, noble, compassionate and awe inspiring. The sheer number of recordings now available contra...
by josé echenique
Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Time for my annual Christmas post
Replies: 10
Views: 2800

Re: Time for my annual Christmas post

lennygoran wrote:
josé echenique wrote:Merry Christmas to all.
Jose same thoughts from me from a rare 70 degree temperature day here in NJ! Regards, Len :)


I know, isn´t it weird?

Even in Mexico City it´s a little warmer than usual for December.

Peace, Health and Joy dear Lenny.
by josé echenique
Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Time for my annual Christmas post
Replies: 10
Views: 2800

Re: Time for my annual Christmas post

Merry Christmas to all. Hugs from Mexico.

Pepe.
by josé echenique
Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3964
Views: 571023

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

I´m sure you won´t be disappointed with Dijkstra´s dear Maestro. The last thing one wants is a routine Messiah, and this is not.
by josé echenique
Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3964
Views: 571023

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

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/713GLXfAK2L._SX522_.jpg An early Christmas present, I couldn't wait to hear these three Sibelius discs, as I had heard good things. Okko Kamu was a conductor unknown to me: his attention to shape, pacing and detail turned out to be excellent, but the one elemen...
by josé echenique
Sun Dec 20, 2015 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Juan Diego Flórez: the voice is changing
Replies: 11
Views: 2117

Re: Juan Diego Flórez: the voice is changing

I don´t think he is a very interesting artist. Jose respectfully have to disagree-he's been sensational in the roles we've seen him in--his stage presence is super imo. Regards, Len He is certainly a great singer and has a unique voice Lenny, I didn´t mean to say he is bad, it´s just that he sings ...
by josé echenique
Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3964
Views: 571023

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

http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0003/932/MI0003932802.jpg?partner=allrovi.com Not just a new recording of Messiah, but a very special one. Superbly conducted by Dutch maestro Peter Dijkstra, this is a Messiah as thrilling, awe inspiring, and beautiful as any you have heard. The amazing B...
by josé echenique
Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Juan Diego Flórez: the voice is changing
Replies: 11
Views: 2117

Re: Juan Diego Flórez: the voice is changing

Perhaps he sang Mozart early in his career, but not since he became famous. He dropped the Duke after a few performances, but at least it was filmed in a curious Dresden production. There´s nothing wrong to concentrate on 5 roles of course, but in spite of his dazzling high C´s in La Fille, I don´t ...
by josé echenique
Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Juan Diego Flórez: the voice is changing
Replies: 11
Views: 2117

Re: Juan Diego Flórez: the voice is changing

Still there´s something monotonous about his career. No Mozart, especially Ferrando and Don Ottavio that might have seemed tailor made for him, almost no Baroque music, and too many Tonios and Almavivas.
by josé echenique
Fri Dec 11, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ryba's "Czech Christmas Mass," a total winner!
Replies: 3
Views: 1111

Re: Ryba's "Czech Christmas Mass," a total winner!

There are several recordings of the Ryba mass, including some in stereo. It is very popular in the Czech Republic.


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by josé echenique
Fri Dec 11, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is PETER SERKIN viewed by piano aficionados?
Replies: 9
Views: 1819

Re: How is PETER SERKIN viewed by piano aficionados?

TASHI was a remarkable group whose core members were those needed to perform Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time": Peter Serkin, Richard Stoltzman (clarinet), Ida Kavafian (violin), Fred Sherry (cello). The ensemble existed from 1973 to 1978. I'm surprised to hear that they performed the Trout ...
by josé echenique
Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is PETER SERKIN viewed by piano aficionados?
Replies: 9
Views: 1819

Re: How is PETER SERKIN viewed by piano aficionados?

I remember a performance of Schubert´s Die Forelle quintet with him and a group called Tashi or something, he came a few times in the 70´s, and then I lost sight of him.
by josé echenique
Thu Nov 26, 2015 6:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music for Thanksgiving
Replies: 4
Views: 845

Re: Music for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends.
by josé echenique
Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2469938

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71SWgFy6GlL._SX466_.jpg Partenope is perhaps not among Handel´s top 5 operas [Giulio Cesare, Rodelinda, Alcina, Ariodante and Orlando] but it must be number 6. This adorable romantic comedy has had several fine recordings, including the early Sigiswald Kuijken ...
by josé echenique
Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2469938

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/v/t1.0-9/12208554_10206744802272553_6951272236862445229_n.jpg?oh=f46f326d02cb15bd5701eff7fd150134&oe=56BD0654 This 2010 live recording from Vienna is a most welcome addition to the Meyerbeer discography [Lenny should celebrate!]. Emma di Resburgo wa...
by josé echenique
Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2469938

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://d250ptlkmugbjz.cloudfront.net/images/covers/37/36/5400439003637_600.jpg Glorious needless to say, there hasn´t been a recording of this masterpiece since Malgoire´s 1975 version for CBS, never released on CD by the way, but this new Ricercar recording is in a different league. Les Agrémens a...
by josé echenique
Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2469938

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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A lovely opéra-comique from Gounod, the kind of discovery one expects from Opera Rara. Lovingly conducted by Mark Elder and beautifully sung by Camarena, Morley and Naouri.
by josé echenique
Tue Nov 03, 2015 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2469938

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0003/946/MI0003946359.jpg?partner=allrovi.com http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0003/876/MI0003876893.jpg?partner=allrovi.com What are the chances of seeing two major recordings of the same opera these days? Nézet-Seguin continues with his Mozart ...
by josé echenique
Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2469938

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513fqJLlEoL.jpg Félicien David has indeed been enjoying an outing lately. His opera Herculanum show us a very different composer from the one in Le Désert, perhaps a more traditional one, but never less than interesting. The recording is good, both Véronique Ge...
by josé echenique
Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Concerto for Orchestra: Bartok's great legacy!
Replies: 17
Views: 3423

Re: The Concerto for Orchestra: Bartok's great legacy!

The important thing is that it´s a masterpiece, and a showpiece for a great orchestra in the best sense of the word.
by josé echenique
Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphonies
Replies: 17
Views: 2927

Re: Dvorak Symphonies

Am currently listening to Symphonies IV & V. Have listened to roughly all of the early works and the concerti, and I must admit this is a standout set. My one disappointment is the piano concerto, which Garrick Ohlsson plays like Chopin: very bland. I prefer a muscular approach, i.e. Firkusny, but ...
by josé echenique
Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2469938

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://www.francemusique.fr/sites/default/files/styles/image_ppale_full/public/asset/images/2015/09/sortie2octobre.png?itok=D8lAWi-n An expensive opera studio recording! This is something we haven´t seen in a long time, and in the case of Aida, not since Harnoncourt´s recording of 2001. Fortunately...
by josé echenique
Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New soprano & repertoire discovery (for me!)
Replies: 3
Views: 1187

Re: New soprano & repertoire discovery (for me!)

Angélica is pronounced the A as in Apple, the gé which has the accent, is more tricky, it is not as in generous, since we have a different pronunciation for the g, it´s a sharper sound, damn, can´t think of something similar in English.
by josé echenique
Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New soprano & repertoire discovery (for me!)
Replies: 3
Views: 1187

Re: New soprano & repertoire discovery (for me!)

No problem dear Lance, Luz is pronounced like Lou and the z like sss, instead of thhh as in Spain.
Uribe also every vocal is pronounced, the U as in University, ri as in river, and be as in Beethoven.
by josé echenique
Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2469938

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

It´s Kubelik!!!!