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by Holden Fourth
Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?
Replies: 24
Views: 764

Re: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?

I failed to mention a superb recording of the Scarlatti Sonatas by Mikail Pletnev, an artist who unfortunately as abandoned his piano career to become a conductor. What a waste. :( cliftwood Another excellent CD of Scarlatti sonatas is by the little known Mordecai Shehori. I also give a strong thum...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?
Replies: 24
Views: 764

Re: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?

Piano for me and this piece illustrates why. The two harpsichord performances are played slowly compared to the piano. Listening to themI suspect that if they were played at the faster speed, the longer decay of the plucked string would create a blur of tones. Dynamic range is the other reason. The ...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Same piece, different conductor
Replies: 38
Views: 1178

Re: Same piece, different conductor

Comparing Reiner with all of the others it is interesting to see how Reiner uses just the tip of his baton to control the orchestra (note that it is longer than a normal baton). With this he manages to keep both a very precise tempo and also alter that tempo at will. I always wondered how he managed...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norrigton's Beethoven
Replies: 9
Views: 445

Re: Norrigton's Beethoven

Just listened to the 5th. I like the swift tempos in this work and it was quite a good performance but seemed to lack 'bite'. It is for this reason that I always return to HvK (gasp). His readings from the 60s are incredible. There is/was a black and white video on Youtube from the late 50s I believ...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great works for piano written by non-great pianists
Replies: 33
Views: 587

Re: Great works for piano written by non-great pianists

Cecile Chaminade - didn't perform much at all Erik Satie - Georges Mathias described his pupil's piano technique in flatly negative terms, "insignificant and laborious" and "worthless". Have to disagree about Britten. He is an excellent pianist who gave many fine solo and duo recitals plus performin...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata
Replies: 47
Views: 1152

Re: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata

I'll add that for many, Horowitz's 1932 recording of the sonata for EMI is his best, and a celebrated one. It's on YouTube. For me, Horowitz's characteristic piano tone is too bright for this emotionally dark music, beginning with the first two notes, and one reason why I value Simon Barere's perfo...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata
Replies: 47
Views: 1152

Re: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the recording by Simon Barere, the Russian older contemporary of Horowitz whose blazing virtuosity set standards for record collectors in the 1950s and whose Liszt seemed the most Lisztian of all. But maybe that's it; few here were listening to classical records i...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What recordings would you LIKE to see happen in 2017?
Replies: 28
Views: 808

Re: What recordings would you LIKE to see happen in 2017?

Having composed his own set of Etudes based on the Chopin set and also played the Godowsky, I'd like Marc-Andre Hamelin to record the originals. I'm sure he would have something new to say.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata
Replies: 47
Views: 1152

Re: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata

Garrett, at your age your 'fingers' will come back and the WTC is a good way of helping it to happen. Don't get to the stage where they won't. This has happened to me thanks to a couple of broken fingers in my left hand (sport) and now the onset of arthritis. So, go for it and remember that exercise...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Firefox Message
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: Firefox Message

In Control Panel there is a section called User Account Control which allows you to decide whether programs can install updates automatically or not. I always leave this setting on so that I get to decide what does and doesn't install. It looks as if your PC is currently set up the same way. If you ...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Technicality vs. Musicality
Replies: 10
Views: 391

Re: Technicality vs. Musicality

Technique is more than hitting all the right notes, or avoiding wrong notes. For top tier performers, one expects them to surmount technical difficulties to the extent that we hear the musical and emotional content of the work, not the difficulty. But sometimes, that's not the case. I've got to agr...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor
Replies: 4
Views: 512

Re: Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor

+1 from me for Grosvenor.

Pronounced GROW VEN OR
by Holden Fourth
Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Transcriptions Better Than Their Originals
Replies: 39
Views: 1272

Re: Transcriptions Better Than Their Originals

Liszt I absolutely love the Sonata but was unaware of those transcriptions. Thanks!! -G The Appassioanata had me reaching for my copy of the score which is identical in every way (same edition) except that there is no cadenza. Who was the pianist? It reminds me of a recording of the first movement ...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Transcriptions Better Than Their Originals
Replies: 39
Views: 1272

Re: Transcriptions Better Than Their Originals

I've always preferred the Liszt piano transcription of the LvB 8th to the orchestral version. For me it's all to do with being able to hear all the voices which are hard to pick up when played by orchestra, no matter how small or historically informed. I thought that van Immerseel and the AE orchest...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in c, Op. 111
Replies: 23
Views: 1153

Re: Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in c, Op. 111

I honestly do not hear the performance differences that others here are obsessing about. Sviatoslav Richter is one of the few pianists of our time whose Beethoven performances depart from the literalistic norm, especially in his famous interpretation of the Appassionata sonata. Here's the finale fr...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in c, Op. 111
Replies: 23
Views: 1153

Re: Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in c, Op. 111

I'm with Maestrob in nominating Arrau. The recording I'm referring to is not on CD but on a DVD in the EMI Classic Archive series. It was filmed in London on June 8th 1963. I've heard another Arrau performance on CD that is similar but not as good as this one. Lance, is the Solomon performance part ...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "New master of Beethoven's piano works"
Replies: 5
Views: 539

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

The author of the article has obviously heard very little recorded Beethoven. The recording is like the rest of Osborne's output, technically note perfect with nothing idiosyncratic. It's also boring.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor Awarded NY Philharmonic’s Piano Prize
Replies: 3
Views: 647

Re: Benjamin Grosvenor Awarded NY Philharmonic’s Piano Prize

I am usually very skeptical about 'wunderkind' but this guy gets the tick of approval from me. Here is a young pianist who actually has a sound and style of his own and not some technical robot, indistinguishable from all the others you hear on the competition circuit. I always look forward to his u...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Garrison Keilllor looks beyond Nov. 8
Replies: 4
Views: 424

Re: Garrison Keilllor looks beyond Nov. 8

As a fan of "A Prairie Home Companion" I always enjoy Keillor's tongue in cheek wit.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Oct 15, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature
Replies: 22
Views: 556

Re: Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Hilary to Bill circa 2000

"Bill, what do you think about both of us being President of the US?"

"Honey, Bob Dylan has got more of a chance of winning the Nobel Prize for Literature than that happening!"
by Holden Fourth
Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My Favorite Choral Piece Is The ...
Replies: 52
Views: 1946

Re: My Favorite Choral Piece Is The ...

Verdi's Requiem is the standout for me.

While others may cringe at this I also like the Carmina Burana.

Finally, Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna is a wonderful piece of music.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ASMF founder Neville Marriner dead at 92
Replies: 9
Views: 604

Re: ASMF founder Neville Marriner dead at 92

My favourite Marriner ASMF recording is a twofer of Serenades.

I remember seeing a recording of the Eroica at a friends place and being quite surprised at how good it was.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New SOKOLOV live piano recital on DGG
Replies: 11
Views: 470

Re: New SOKOLOV live piano recital on DGG

I first came across Sokolov as a recommendation from someone on this forum, his Chopin Op 25 on Naive. From that point on I was sold on Sokolov as one of the best pianists I had ever heard. An outstanding Hammerklavier (not this one) and the best Chopin recital I've ever experienced that he played l...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What's the verdict on Russian pianist Denis Matsuev?
Replies: 4
Views: 317

Re: What's the verdict on Russian pianist Denis Matsuev?

This CD is on Spotify in 320 Kbps sound and I'm listening to it now. I can't listen to HR2 without going back to the late great Cziffra who could toss off this piece as easily as if it was Chopsticks yet give it so much expression. An amazing performance by Matsuev for sure but good old Gyorgy remai...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler's Beethoven "9" on Warner (remastered)
Replies: 3
Views: 404

Re: Furtwängler's Beethoven "9" on Warner (remastered)

Furtwängler died before EMI could record him in Beethoven's 2nd and 8th symphonies and make a studio recording of the 9th with a better orchestra than the 1951 Bayreuth Festival's pick-up group. Thirteen Furtwängler 9ths have been published on disk, and the last of them - with the Philharmonia Orch...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Juan Diego Flórez Rule Britannia 2016's Last Night Proms
Replies: 4
Views: 285

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

I saw the whole concert on TV the other night and was very impressed with his ability to communicate with an audience. He's not the greatest tenor the world has seen but what he's got he uses to the max.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Emil Gilels: Melodiya is issuing a biggie like the Richter!
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: Emil Gilels: Melodiya is issuing a biggie like the Richt

Anyone have a tracklist? Here it is: http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Melodiya/MELCD1002433 A heck of a lot of repeated repertoire and at the same time many outstanding performances missing. For example, Gilels famed Moscow 'Appassionata' of 1960, is not there. There are others as well. I can't s...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Aug 27, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dumbed down American electorate
Replies: 3
Views: 328

Re: The dumbed down American electorate

....because conservative media has spent more than two decades tearing down the idea of objective fact. The US is not alone in this regard. The days in which we were taught to question the printed word and what we saw on television by doing some honest research are well and truly gone. Today, If it...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata
Replies: 14
Views: 525

Re: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata

Many interesting comments here. (But nothing that draws my "ire," John B!) I reviewed a concert last weekend by Alexander Kobrin which included this sonata. That performance did include the repeat of the first movement. I don't object to the music in the first ending, but playing the repeat does ma...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata
Replies: 14
Views: 525

Re: Paul Lewis on Schubert's last sonata

This movement both starts and concludes Bruno Monsaigneon's "Richter the Enigma". I really like the way that Richter plays this. He, also, was not given to being overly sentimental and in this work he truly let's the music speak for itself. It's a piece that I also enjoy playing as it's so easy to s...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are the Democrats waiting for??
Replies: 9
Views: 385

Re: What are the Democrats waiting for??

Gentlemen, you have to remember that this is the media we are dealing with, a group that is not well known for its ability to report the facts or for its veracity. Puh-leeze. I don't know what "media" you're talking about, but I read the New York Times and Washington Post, and I view the PBS NewsHo...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Jul 30, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are the Democrats waiting for??
Replies: 9
Views: 385

Re: What are the Democrats waiting for??

Gentlemen, you have to remember that this is the media we are dealing with, a group that is not well known for its ability to report the facts or for its veracity. Instead, it thinks it's a branch of Hollywood and repeated obliges by serving us dear readers/viewers with the fantasies we desire. You ...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thunderbird
Replies: 5
Views: 282

Re: Thunderbird

I've been happily using Thunderbird for a long time now. Mozilla have a done a great job of developing the program through that time and continue to do so. Can't see my self using anything else though I have no choice but to use Outlook at work as this has been mandated as the only client we are all...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's programs 22 & 29 Nov 2014: José Iturbi, piano
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: Lance's programs 22 & 29 Nov 2014: José Iturbi, piano

I'm listening to Iturbi in Spotify. I really like his approach to Mozart (K332) - full blooded with plenty of drama. I see that APR has a 3 disc set of his playing that might be worth a look at. Based on his Mozart I'd also be interested in his LvB. From what I can see he recorded Op 14/1 and Op 27/2.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: U.K. to leave the European Union
Replies: 13
Views: 575

Re: U.K. to leave the European Union

Marion Morrison aka John Wayne and Carol O'Connor are two American examples of the same thing. I think both have Irish origins.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 22
Views: 896

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

I'm another who hasn't found Menihin to be compelling. I've got other violinists (Grumiaux, early Heifetz, Milstein, etc) whose recordings I go to first.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jun 26, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: U.K. to leave the European Union
Replies: 13
Views: 575

Re: U.K. to leave the European Union

The immigration issue is an interesting one, compounded for the UK by the fact that it's already had to take in many people from its former colonies. When a country takes in immigrants, as we do here in Australia, the expectation is that they become productive members of society. To do this, constra...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Agnes Selby (April 4, 1933 - June 18, 2016)
Replies: 18
Views: 921

Re: Agnes Selby (April 4, 1933 - June, 2016)

RIP Agnes from a fellow Aussie
by Holden Fourth
Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 13
Views: 551

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Many happy returns Lance
by Holden Fourth
Sat May 28, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Beethoven "32" from Friedrich Gulda!
Replies: 13
Views: 2378

Re: Another Beethoven "32" from Friedrich Gulda!

I'm resurrecting this thread because NML have now made the Orfeo available to listen to. Just recently I bought the Amadeo/Brilliant and despite the hype and rave reviews I just don't like it. I listened to it over three days and in the end it became just relentlessly the same. It's technically very...
by Holden Fourth
Fri May 27, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Stopping robocalls
Replies: 21
Views: 974

Re: Stopping robocalls

John F wrote:How exactly do you block incoming calls? And does it work with a land line, which is all I have or want to have?
My iPhone has this feature. I don't use a landline.
by Holden Fourth
Thu May 26, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Stopping robocalls
Replies: 21
Views: 974

Re: Stopping robocalls

They have to get your number from somewhere, these systems don't just guess. I have a simple two step policy with my mobile phone 1.' No Caller ID' means 'I Don't Answer'. They never call back. 2. Any cold call with caller ID results in that number being blocked by me. The cold calls I receive nowad...
by Holden Fourth
Tue May 24, 2016 2:31 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Shoot the Pianist", classical recital
Replies: 5
Views: 807

Re: "Shoot the Pianist", classical recital

There are hints of:
Chopin's Op 10/1 etude, Schumann's Carnaval, Ravel, Debussy and maybe some Liszt though I don't hear any of the Transcendental Etudes. I suspect that it is indeed a pastiche composed specifically for the film.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hey, me down with computer problems!
Replies: 12
Views: 692

Re: Hey, me down with computer problems!

I'm wondering if maybe it wasn't a hacking problem at all as the only thing that seemed to be affected was your wireless keyboard. I had a similar problem a while ago that affected both mouse and keyboard. The issue was a driver problem that went all the way back to W8 but only showed up after I ins...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Mar 12, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hey, me down with computer problems!
Replies: 12
Views: 692

Re: Hey, me down with computer problems!

Hello Lance

I have a question. Apart from the keyboard problem, I'm assuming your mouse was affected as well, was there anything else wrong?
by Holden Fourth
Sat Mar 12, 2016 6:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hey, me down with computer problems!
Replies: 12
Views: 692

Re: Hey, me down with computer problems!

I'm not sure how they accessed your PC via your smart phone unless you use a remote access to share files via your android phone. Please let us all now how it happened so we can avoid a similar fate.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Feb 27, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Hungerford CD Album
Replies: 17
Views: 1468

Re: New Hungerford CD Album

My first order from CDbaby didn't arrive and they accepted this and sent another which I've now got. The all LvB recital is great and while one hears some differences to his Vanguard recordings his approach remains essentially the same. What I like is that he doesn't sound like any other pianist and...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Feb 14, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So - what's on your TO GET list on CDs in 2016?
Replies: 24
Views: 1449

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

Just ordered the new Sudbin Scarlatti CD via Sudbin's own website. Will be interested to see how long it takes to get here.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Stupor Bowl 50
Replies: 23
Views: 616

Re: Stupor Bowl 50

We'll have to ban walking soon......those recurrent hip and knee injuries resulting in severe incapacitation in later life and costing the taxpayers billions in medical dollars. Easier to just lie on the couch...and watch football