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by Ted Quanrud
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Kiri retires
Replies: 13
Views: 151

Dame Kiri retires

The renowned New Zealand soprano, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, has announced that she is through singing in public.

Here is a fine account from The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/ ... ade-career
by Ted Quanrud
Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gould-berg Variations Madness
Replies: 10
Views: 167

Gould-berg Variations Madness

Sony has issued a deluxe set of Glenn Gould's 1955 recording of the Goldbergs. Five CDs are devoted to every single session take of each variation (18 takes of Variation 12). One CD is devoted to the final result and another CD to an interview of Gould with critic Tim Page.The original LP is reprodu...
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 236853

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/712yng7R5vL._SL1417_.jpg Vol. 72 of the Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto Series is devoted to works of Cipriani Potter, a now-largely forgotten figure, but once a leading light in British music in the first half of the 19th Century. A renowned pianis...
by Ted Quanrud
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 236853

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

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Nelson Freire made his recording debut in 1967 with Brahms' F minor sonata. Now--50 years later--he has returned to it with this beautifully performed and recorded CD. The accompanying shorter pieces are also very fine.
by Ted Quanrud
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 236853

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

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Recently issued to commemorate the completion of Suzuki and the BCJ's recording of the Bach cantatas. Predictably excellent performances of three cantatas, plus interviews with Suzuki and other participating musicians.
by Ted Quanrud
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer
Replies: 11
Views: 707

Re: Shock death of Ernst Ottensamer

My sympathies, Belle, and my thanks to you for providing this sad information. I am re-programming my radio show for tonight to include a recording by Ernst Ottensamer.
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: This Sunday Idomeneo PBS Thirteen
Replies: 4
Views: 341

Re: This Sunday Idomeneo PBS Thirteen

Thanks for the alert, Len. I would have missed it otherwise, but instead had an enjoyable Sunday afternoon watching and listening to it.
by Ted Quanrud
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 236853

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81O5jqg0ggL._SL1400_.jpg The entire Karajan Ring on a single Blu-ray disc. It will never be my favorite Ring, but it certainly has its moments. The accompanying hardcover book is well done, although some of the included photos are unintentionally fun...
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tate/Mozart
Replies: 10
Views: 476

Re: Tate/Mozart

Hi David --

Keeping in mind my preference for period instruments, I also recommend the Hogwood set, aswell as this fine set from Pinnock.Image
by Ted Quanrud
Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 236853

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61a6m98nG0L._SL1207_.jpg I was in the audience when this live recording was made, so it is a nice souvenir of a wonderful week in Chicago. Beyond that, it is a fine Bruckner 9th. Not my favorite (Haitink, Abbado, Karajan take the palm for me) but ver...
by Ted Quanrud
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Toscanini biography -- Yikes!
Replies: 17
Views: 931

New Toscanini biography -- Yikes!

There are some things about the great conductor I would rather not know.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/book ... ries-below
by Ted Quanrud
Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 236853

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91xTdUByFDL._SL1500_.jpg This 2-CD set marks the completion of cpo's effort to record all of Johannes Brahms 200-plus lieder. Like the preceding 9 volumes it is a worthy effort. Soprano Juliane Banse won't erase memories of Ameling, Schwarzkopf and L...
by Ted Quanrud
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 7
Views: 452

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Happy (belated) Birthday, Lance. May you have many more filled with music.
by Ted Quanrud
Thu May 18, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prosseda pianist: Complete Mendelssohn plus unpublished
Replies: 1
Views: 431

Re: Prosseda pianist: Complete Mendelssohn plus unpublished

Thanks, Lance; I will keep my eye out for it. I see it runs about $42 on Amazon UK.
by Ted Quanrud
Tue May 16, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 236853

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71JCl5qwJLL._SL1200_.jpg I have assiduously collected Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series since it began in 1991, and for the most part enjoyed the individual releases. Volume 71 is an exception. Despite Howard Shelley's ardent and skillful adv...
by Ted Quanrud
Tue May 02, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Monteverdi the magnificent
Replies: 2
Views: 420

Re: Monteverdi the magnificent

I already have my tickets for Oct. 12-15 when Sir John Eliot Gardiner brings his Monteverdi Choir and other forces to the Harris Theater in Chicago for all three Monteverdi operas. As a sort of counterbalance, I will be back in Chicago the following month for two performances of Die Walkure at the L...
by Ted Quanrud
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming bids farewell to the Met
Replies: 3
Views: 496

Renee Fleming bids farewell to the Met

I sincerely hope this performance was recorded and will be available on DVD or for broadcast. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/14/arts/music/rosenkavalier-renee-fleming-met.html?&target=comments&hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&modref=HPCommentsRefer&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-regi...
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Du Yun wins 2017 Pulitzer for music
Replies: 2
Views: 435

Du Yun wins 2017 Pulitzer for music

Composer Du Yun has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for her opera "Angel's Bone."

http://wbaa.org/post/du-yuns-angels-bon ... c#stream/0
by Ted Quanrud
Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 2776

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

Hi Maestro -- There are several fine Sibelius symphony cycles in modern sound. For reasons I don't understand the British have proven to be champions of the Finnish composer. Colin Davis has recorded the cycle at least three times (all very fine). Then there are Beecham and Barbirolli. For me, as I ...
by Ted Quanrud
Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlin concertmaster dead
Replies: 1
Views: 408

Berlin concertmaster dead

The Berlin Philharmonic has announced the death of its former and long-time concertmaster,Thomas Brandis: The violinist Thomas Brandis earned the highest of reputations as 1st concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, a soloist and as a chamber musician. On 30 March, he died at the age of 81. Bo...
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 236853

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71AFWXePzqL._SL1200_.jpg Volume 70 of Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series. No Beethoven 4th or Brahms 1st here, but three previously unknown works, enjoyable in beautifully played and recorded performances. Volume 71, devoted to concertos by Ca...
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music of Sergei Bortkiewicz
Replies: 4
Views: 392

Re: Music of Sergei Bortkiewicz

Hi Len --

Hyperion has served Bortkiewicz rather well. Stephen Coombs has recorded a double album (2 for the price of 1) of solo piano music, as well as the composer's piano concerto. Martyn Brabbins has recorded the Symphonies 1 & 2. I recommend all of them.
by Ted Quanrud
Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is everybody?
Replies: 15
Views: 1299

Re: Where is everybody?

Vision problems have somewhat curtailed my piano practice lately but upcoming cataract surgery might help. Once the weather warms up (this is the Mid-Hudson Valley) I will resume work on my harpsichord project (I do the spray painting out in the garage). Hope and prayers the surgery goes well. Woul...
by Ted Quanrud
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is everybody?
Replies: 15
Views: 1299

Re: Where is everybody?

Vision problems have somewhat curtailed my piano practice lately but upcoming cataract surgery might help. Once the weather warms up (this is the Mid-Hudson Valley) I will resume work on my harpsichord project (I do the spray painting out in the garage). Hope and prayers the surgery goes well. Woul...
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is everybody?
Replies: 15
Views: 1299

Re: Where is everybody?

Hi Lance -- Opportunities for live classical music in the middle of North Dakota are exceedingly rare. I just returned from L.A. where I heard the Philharmonic with Helene Grimaud in the Brahms 1st Concerto and then the following night the Venice Baroque in a program of Vivaldi, Geminiani, Galuppi a...
by Ted Quanrud
Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Monteverdi 450
Replies: 0
Views: 422

Monteverdi 450

Sir John Eliot Gardiner is bringing his Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists to the US in October for performances of Monteverdi's Orfeo, Il Ritorno di Ulisse and Incoronazione di Poppaea. The tour opens at Chicago's Harris Theater and then moves to Lincoln Center. I just scored good ticket...
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Deborah Borda returns to the NY Philharmonic
Replies: 7
Views: 605

Deborah Borda returns to the NY Philharmonic

Good news, I think, for New York; less so for Los Angeles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/arts ... v=top-news
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow means listening to more music!
Replies: 8
Views: 645

Re: Snow means listening to more music!

Hi Lance -- I think people in more southern climes don't understand the joy of "snow days." Earlier this year, I was snow-blocked in my house for four days, but I had a well-stocked larder, liquor cabinet and wine cellar, thousands of CDs and books, a happy little cat and a comfy chair. I almost res...
by Ted Quanrud
Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 236853

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

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Dutch fortepianist Ronald Brautigam has completed his survey of the complete piano works of Beethoven. Devoted mostly to the Diabelli Variations, this new CD upholds the excellence of previous volumes.
by Ted Quanrud
Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: R.I.P. Kurt Moll (1938-2017 .)
Replies: 8
Views: 677

Re: R.I.P. Kurt Moll (1938-2017 .)

If I had to live with just two recordings of "Parsifal," Karajan's would be one of them - the most beautiful "Parsifal" I've ever heard. The other would be the Philips recording from Bayreuth 1962 conducted by Knappertsbusch, the most profound. This not just in the conducting but the singing, in bo...
by Ted Quanrud
Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: R.I.P. Kurt Moll (1938-2017 .)
Replies: 8
Views: 677

Re: R.I.P. Kurt Moll (1938-2017 .)

Here is Kurt Moll in one of his finest roles -- the Commendatore -- in what has to be one of the finest opera stagings ever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK1_vm0FMAU
by Ted Quanrud
Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler biographer dead at 92
Replies: 3
Views: 398

Mahler biographer dead at 92

Henry-Louis de la Grange, whose obsession with Gustav Mahler led him to write a 3,600-page biography of the composer, has died at the age of 92. Here's a link to the NYT obituary: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/books/henry-louis-de-la-grange-dead-mahler-biographer.html?hpw&rref=obituaries&action...
by Ted Quanrud
Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One musician's experience with the CSO
Replies: 11
Views: 946

Re: One musician's experience with the CSO

Thanks for posting this, Belle. It is indeed "slightly disturbing."
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 236853

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

The conclusion of The Cardinall's Musick survey of the complete sacred music of Thomas Tallis. Of special interest is the motet "Sing and Glory," with an English test set to the Tallis's magnificent 40-part "Spem in alium."

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by Ted Quanrud
Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert's Masses
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Schubert's Masses

I too support Lance's recommendation. I've usually found Leinsdorf to be a dependably pedestrian conductor, but somehow this particular work really lit his fire. Also on Testment is a wonderful recording by Rafael Kubelik. Then there is the 7-CD set of Schubert sacred works by Wolfgang Sawallisch. S...
by Ted Quanrud
Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Performers who can only do one composer well
Replies: 23
Views: 1313

Re: Performers who can only do one composer well

Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), a leading composer and keyboard performer of the late Elizabethan and early Jacobean eras.
by Ted Quanrud
Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Roberta Peters, RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 294

Roberta Peters, RIP

A well-written obituary in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/arts ... ottom-well
by Ted Quanrud
Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Donald Isler!
Replies: 4
Views: 397

Re: Happy Birthday, Donald Isler!

Happy Birthday, Donald, with best wishes for many, many more!
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata
Replies: 47
Views: 2076

Re: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata

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Hi Garrett --

Agree completely with maestrob's recommendations and would add this superb performance by Minoru Kojima which has long been highly regarded by critics and audiophiles.
by Ted Quanrud
Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A very Happy New Year, CMGers!
Replies: 16
Views: 840

Re: A very Happy New Year, CMGers!

A happy and music-filled New Year to all!
by Ted Quanrud
Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 236853

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

Maestrob asked "(...and what's that American eagle doing on the cover......?)"

The beak is the wrong color, but otherwise the coloration is close to that of the European version of the Golden Eagle which is found in the Alps
by Ted Quanrud
Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2016 classical necrology
Replies: 6
Views: 708

2016 classical necrology

It's that time of year again when we look on the past 12 months and recall those who have died and have contributed to our enthusiasm for classical music. This is a much-pruned list from Wikipedia. Please feel free to add to it. January 1: Gilbert Kaplan, American businessman and amateur conductor o...
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does Sir John Barbirolli stack up with others?
Replies: 14
Views: 2000

Re: How does Sir John Barbirolli stack up with others?

My first Barbirolli recording, a superb 1967 Eroica, recommended by Stereo Review, made me an admirer of Sir.John. Several years later, I bought his unsurpassed 1962 Tallis Fantasia (a desert island choice if there ever was one). It confirmed for me that he was a truly great conductor. This Dec. 19,...
by Ted Quanrud
Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3748
Views: 236853

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

Our local library holds two used book/record sales every year to raise money for various special projects, most especially our splendid children's library. The Friends of the Library, who unbox and sort the books and who man the cash register, are given a three-hour pre-sale opportunity to stock up....
by Ted Quanrud
Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Lyric Ring
Replies: 2
Views: 420

Re: Chicago Lyric Ring

Leave for Chicago in three days with tickets for Rheingold on the 9th and again on the 13th. Will report when I get back.
by Ted Quanrud
Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hyperion's "Classic" Piano Concerto Series
Replies: 10
Views: 788

Re: Hyperion's "Classic" Piano Concerto Series

I have many of the Romantic Piano Concerto series, but it runs to dozens and dozens, and I'm not sure I'll embark on this series. Ted and Lance, what are the Mozart fils concertos like? Worth hearing? I have one work by him, a Diabelli variations entry on the marvellous double CD set by Demus. Hi B...
by Ted Quanrud
Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hyperion's "Classic" Piano Concerto Series
Replies: 10
Views: 788

Re: Hyperion's "Classic" Piano Concerto Series

A little disappointing so far. Three releases, all with the same soloist, all on modern instruments. Much I admire Howard Shelley, I hope Hyperion will look for new talent, especially younger artists who have grown up with period instruments. The cover artwork could also be improved. Hyperion has a ...
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Juan Diego Flórez Rule Britannia 2016's Last Night Proms
Replies: 4
Views: 455

Re: Juan Diego Flórez Rule Britannia 2016's Last Night Proms

Thanks, Lenny, for posting this. Perhaps not as funny as the 2009 Proms when Sarah Connolly appeared dressed as Lord Nelson, but it made my day.
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Mozart complete edition
Replies: 20
Views: 2495

Re: New Mozart complete edition

This admittedly impressive collection (agree completely with John F's rejection of the term "edition" for this set) contains a number of items I want to hear and possibly own, but the cost of admission, now somewhere between $330 and $480, is too steep, especially now that I am on fixed income. I am...
by Ted Quanrud
Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Brahms 1st Piano Concerto
Replies: 29
Views: 1788

Re: The Brahms 1st Piano Concerto

Richter recorded the second concerto, not the first. As far as I know, he never played it, though he would never explain such choices, or would give a non-explanation such as that other pianists played it very well. (He didn't play Beethoven's 4th and 5th concertos or Rachmaninoff 3.) Thanks, John,...