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by GK
Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is Hamelin the best??
Replies: 20
Views: 1379

Re: Is Hamelin the best??

After the Hatto scandal in which major music critics couldn't discern that umpteen different pianists were responsible for the Hatto discs, in some cases praising the "Hatto" version after panning the original, can anyone really tell the differences among prominent pianists?
by GK
Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Violin Concerto: Kennedy/ Tennstedt.. oh boy!
Replies: 29
Views: 1437

Re: Beethoven Violin Concerto: Kennedy/ Tennstedt.. oh boy!

Kennedy/Tennstedt produced the worst recording ever of the Brahms violin concerto. Kennedy did much better in the Mendelssohn and Bruch concertos with Jeffrey Tate.
by GK
Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert band music
Replies: 36
Views: 2844

Re: Concert band music

Perhaps the greatest symphonic work ever composed for band is John Corigliano's Symphony #3, "Circus Maximus". I heard it done by the Marine Band under Leonard Slatkin who also did it with the Detroit Symphony. It is currently on the schedule of the Baltimore Symphony with Marin Alsop.
by GK
Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bychkov cancels Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts
Replies: 7
Views: 445

Re: Bychkov cancels Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts

Is there an anti US rebellion by Russian conductors because of Rozhdestvensky's treatment by the Boston Symphony?
by GK
Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:08 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Marine Chamber Orchestra nails Schubert's 9th
Replies: 0
Views: 608

Marine Chamber Orchestra nails Schubert's 9th

I'm a great fan of the Marine Chamber Orchestra and go to many of their concerts. Nevertheless I wondered about this concert which featured Schubert's 9th Symphony. I've heard the work played by a chamber orchestra on record, but could this 30 piece ensemble do justice to this great symphony in a go...
by GK
Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Washington Gets a New Orchestra!
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: Washington Gets a New Orchestra!

The area has another new orchestra, "The Symphony of the Potomac". It is the same orchestra which used to be called "The JCC orchestra" when it performed at Rockville's Jewish Community Center. In its new guise it performs at several venues in the area. The conductor is Joel Lazaar who occasionally ...
by GK
Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Frank Wiens piano recital
Replies: 3
Views: 1374

Re: Frank Wiens piano recital

A friend bought the CD and this is from the label:

Fanfare Records
Intersound Inc., an American Company
P.O. Box 1724, Roswell, GA 30077
by GK
Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:29 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Frank Wiens piano recital
Replies: 3
Views: 1374

Re: Frank Wiens piano recital

http://www.radix.net~chinatom/rach.html

If this doesn't work it is Fanfare Records #3540
by GK
Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:42 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Frank Wiens piano recital
Replies: 3
Views: 1374

Frank Wiens piano recital

Frank Wiens a touring professional pianist who is also a music professor at the University of the Pacific gave a recital at Riderwood Village a senior community in Silver Spring, MD where I reside. The program: Mozart- Adagio in B Minor Grieg-Ballade in G Minor Kodaly-Dances of Marosszek Liszt-Sonat...
by GK
Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven: Symphonies / Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden
Replies: 42
Views: 4290

Re: Beethoven: Symphonies / Blomstedt, Staatskapelle Dresden

I have a very good recording of Beethoven's 1st and 3rd symphonies. It's by the San Francisco Symphony, not the Dresden.

For a fiery 5th you may want the highly acclaimed Dudamel recording. You can sample it on Arkiv. I heard the companion 7th on radio and it is indeed fiery.
by GK
Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don Giovanni Unmasked
Replies: 10
Views: 593

Re: Don Giovanni Unmasked

No, alternating performances.
by GK
Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don Giovanni Unmasked
Replies: 10
Views: 593

Re: Don Giovanni Unmasked

It was not the case of the same man singing the two roles, but some years back Samuel Ramey snd Ferrucio Furlanetta alternated the roles of the Don and Leporello at the Met and other venues.
by GK
Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What do you think about André Previn?
Replies: 31
Views: 1052

Re: What do you think about André Previn?

Also recommended is his recording of Gershwin's piano concerto with Kostelanetz
by GK
Sat Dec 27, 2008 3:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Man shot for talking at the movies
Replies: 17
Views: 691

Re: Man shot for talking at the movies

Of the three offenses listed, the last is the one I'm most in sympathy with. :wink:
by GK
Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'm having a CD storage problem!
Replies: 42
Views: 1556

Re: I'm having a CD storage problem!

Two CDR's fit perfectly into storage spaces designed for one CD. I've done that for some of my CDs in which the jewel box did not contain a booklet including all my BBC Music Magazine discs which were slim but larger than CDR"s.
by GK
Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barenboim's program for Neujahrskonzert
Replies: 38
Views: 1413

Re: Barenboim's program for Neujahrskonzert

Most of these Vienna New Year's concerts are somewhat more varied than the all Strauss family program offered by Barenboim. Why not some Lehar, Kalman, Waldteufel, or Offenbach?
by GK
Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are some definitive recordings of The Rite of Spring?
Replies: 79
Views: 1908

Re: What are some definitive recordings of The Rite of Spring?

I have the Stravinsky/Columbia SO and the Boulez/Cleveland SO on Sony. I much prefer the Stravinsky.
by GK
Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your most unusual "stopping" during a live concert!
Replies: 43
Views: 1733

Re: Your most unusual "stopping" during a live concert!

During a performance of the Brahms 2nd concerto with David Zinman and the Baltimore SO, Garrick Ohlssen's piano bench leaked hydraulic fluid. The bench gradually lowered as liquid spilled on the floor. As soon as they realized what was happening the music stopped. The mess was cleaned up, a new benc...
by GK
Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rachmaninoff Concerto
Replies: 54
Views: 2839

Re: Rachmaninoff Concerto

Let's not forget that Mozart, needing some quick cash, rewrote his oboe concerto for flute. I prefer the flute version to the oboe one.
by GK
Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The VP debate [Thread Retitled]
Replies: 100
Views: 2015

Re: The VP debate [Thread Retitled]

Two losers emerged from last night's debate:

Gwen Ifill who allowed Palin to evade answering questions by making speeches.

Barak Obama for not selecting Hillary as his VP. Hillary would have clobbered Palin.
by GK
Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Live Performances of Great Pianists you've Attended
Replies: 48
Views: 4230

Re: Live Performances of Great Pianists you've Attended

Rubinstein, Watts, Browning, Ohlsson, De Larrocha, Kallir, Rodriguez, Istomin, Toradze, Fleischer (in the Ravel concerto for left hand.) Also, though not generally known as a pianist, conductor Hugh Wolff who performed Mozart's #21 with the Annapolis Symphonny at the time that he was an assistant co...
by GK
Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: One conclusion from the debate
Replies: 44
Views: 1139

Re: One conclusion from the debate

The smirker was McCain not Obama.
by GK
Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Tuner Joke
Replies: 6
Views: 488

Re: Piano Tuner Joke

Some years ago when we had a piano tuner in our social group we always inquired about his health. We were afraid of mercury getting into our tuner.
by GK
Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Liberal Warnings on the Consequences of an Obama Loss
Replies: 27
Views: 854

Re: Liberal Warnings on the Consequences of an Obama Loss

If Obama loses, before I even consider racism as a cause, I will wonder about his stupidity in not selecting Hillary Clinton as his VP.
by GK
Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maazel Finally Gets It!
Replies: 22
Views: 1219

Re: Maazel Finally Gets It!

Re: Opening the concert season with the Star Spangled Banner

One year after the Washington Redskins won the Super Bowl, Mstislav Rostropovich opened the next concert with "Hail to the Redskins". How's that for patriotism?
by GK
Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: September 8: Names in Music
Replies: 2
Views: 489

Re: September 8: Names in Music

Was Windgassen born again? What would Sarah Palin say about that?
by GK
Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin: Pros and Cons [Thread Retitled]
Replies: 696
Views: 19878

Re: Palin's Problem Pastor

I expected to see a lot of Rev. Wright on Fox the next two months. Now this may not happen.
by GK
Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin: Pros and Cons [Thread Retitled]
Replies: 696
Views: 19878

Re: Inexperience

It is obvious, based on the principal theme of last night's speeches, that the Republicans will soon reverse their ticket running Palin for president and McCain for VP. By their definition she is by far the more qualified of the two.
by GK
Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 5 point lead
Replies: 40
Views: 1101

Re: 5 point lead

While the Zogby poll is in the minority it has generally been the most accurate over the past two decades, a notable exception being the New Hampshire primary. Also a close analysis of all the polls point to a narrowing of the race. It may be time for the Obama people to reconsider the VP situation ...
by GK
Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pilz classical label
Replies: 29
Views: 2311

Re: Pilz classical label

In the mid 1990's Best Buy sold Pilz 2CD packs for $1.49 and single CDs for 99 cents. At the same time Best Buy's arch rival Circuit City was selling many of the same performances for $1.99 per CD on such labels as Point Classics and Classical Gallery, and Sam Goody was selling the same material for...
by GK
Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC Music Magazine CDs
Replies: 24
Views: 1251

Re: BBC Music Magazine CDs

One of my 56 BBC discs is "Music for Christmas:An anthology from the 12th to the 20th century". It is a fine recording including works by Bach, Handel, Liszt, Webern and Schoenberg performed by the Taverner Consort.
by GK
Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC Music Magazine CDs
Replies: 24
Views: 1251

Re: BBC Music Magazine CDs

A few years ago a thrift shop in our senior development sold them for 50 cents each and I bought all they had--56. Even at $1 I'd consider Ralph's advice and buy them all. In any case buy all the chamber, and solo works. Also buy works by composers that you are not likely to buy at a higher price, e...
by GK
Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New and/or lesser known violinists.
Replies: 24
Views: 1391

Re: New and/or lesser known violinists.

I have a wonderful recording of Mozart's concertos 3 & 5 made in 1981. Google research indicates that she's still performing but she never gets mention.
by GK
Sat Aug 02, 2008 7:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New and/or lesser known violinists.
Replies: 24
Views: 1391

Re: New and/or lesser known violinists.

Haven't heard about Pamela Frank in recent years.

From the past--Bronislaw Gimpel & Ruggerio Ricci
by GK
Fri Aug 01, 2008 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The DVD Thread
Replies: 55
Views: 4388

Re: The DVD Thread

Last night one of our local PBS stations showed the recent Met Opera production of Donizetti's "Daughter of the Regiment".I regard it as perhaps the best opera production I've ever seen with respect to singing, acting, and directing. The just about perfect cast was headed by two of today's operatic ...
by GK
Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Hatikvah" - Variations for Piano
Replies: 22
Views: 2308

Re: "Hatikvah" - Variations for Piano

Some years ago when the cold war was still on but there was a thaw in the relations, my cousin visited eastern Europe. In a cafe (I don't recall the location) a pianist was ostensibly playing the Moldau theme. At one point my cousin, who knows his classical music, realized that he was actually playi...
by GK
Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The DVD Thread
Replies: 55
Views: 4388

Re: The DVD Thread

For operas, you may consider renting. A large number of opera DVDs are available at Netflix.
by GK
Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Slatkin-A Conductor Comes To A Coda
Replies: 4
Views: 1634

Re: Leonard Slatkin-A Conductor Comes To A Coda

Interesting that Slatkin admitted that he didn't do his best in the early 2000s implying that he was over committed. But isn't he over committed now as music director in Detroit as well as involvements with the Royal Philharmonic and Louisville Symphony?
by GK
Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martin Bernheimer: Critics in a hostile world
Replies: 8
Views: 700

Re: Martin Bernheimer: Critics in a hostile world

Tim Page was one of many Washington Post journalists who recently took a buy-out. The Post is reducing staff because of the decline in circulation which is affecting most US newspapers. Page originally planned to take a year's absence to teach at the University of Southern California. His final depa...
by GK
Thu Jun 12, 2008 9:23 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Washington Savoyards do "Pirates of Penzance"
Replies: 1
Views: 856

Washington Savoyards do "Pirates of Penzance"

The Washington Savoyards have been around for 35 years doing Gilbert & Sullivan works in various venues around the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. In recent years they also began doing other operettas and musicals. Last Sunday they did "Pirates of Penzance" at the Clarence Smith Performing Arts C...
by GK
Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: There's a huge hole in my collection and need your advice
Replies: 32
Views: 1729

My favorite is Markevich & the Lamoureux Orch.
by GK
Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2013063

DVD Tosca at Verona with Fiorenza Cedonis, Marcello Alverez, and Ruggero Raimondi in the leads with Daniel Oren conducting. On a bi-monthly basis the Italian club in our senior development presents an opera DVD. The man in charge prefers videos of actual performances to films. On this criterion this...
by GK
Mon May 19, 2008 10:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question for opera gurus...
Replies: 4
Views: 494

by GK
Fri May 16, 2008 8:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark G. Simon in recital
Replies: 8
Views: 888

The Church is not too far from where I live and ordinarily I would be interested. However I have a conflict. The Alexandria Kleztet, a klezmer band which also features an outstanding clarinetist is performing at our senior development, and we have invited friends to join us.
by GK
Fri May 16, 2008 8:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Forgotten Conductors
Replies: 77
Views: 4486

One name that may or may not belong in this discussion is Gilbert Levine. His is more a case of never was rather than forgotten. Until recent years that is. Somehow this Jewish lad from Brooklyn made alliances with both the previous and present Popes and conducted concerts they sponsored. PBS recent...
by GK
Tue May 13, 2008 11:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your Top 10 Conductors!
Replies: 86
Views: 6323

Based on the number of outstanding recordings--

Karajan
Ormandy
Solti
Bernstein
Maazell
Klemperer
Abbado
Reiner
Bohm
Haitink
by GK
Mon May 12, 2008 11:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First Pick: Wagner "Wesendonck" Lieder Recordings
Replies: 9
Views: 2202

I have a recording with Flagstad and Walter (on piano) on the Legend label lwhich I assume is the same performance as on your two recordings with this couple. My recording is a bit scratchy, but Flagstad comes across loud and clear. I also have a recording of a live performance with Waltraud Meier a...
by GK
Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Remember there is no such thing as alternative medicine
Replies: 32
Views: 1907

My internist who's mostly against "Alternative Medicine" suggested that I try CoQ10 for leg cramps. It didn't work. On the other hand he told me that I was wasting good money by buying Soothherbs lozenges, a combination of vitamin C, echinacea, and zinc. I still take them at the first sign of a cold...
by GK
Fri Apr 25, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A New "King of the High Cs?"
Replies: 6
Views: 721

I'm glad that Florez is back in fine form. He missed a series of performances when a fishbone damaged his vocal cords.
by GK
Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Take this quiz
Replies: 9
Views: 884

I'm the dunce so far--51 or 85%, missing 1.9,16,23,26,35,36,48 and 54.