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by Dickson
Fri Mar 03, 2006 12:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A Naxos CD surprise...
Replies: 14
Views: 4103

Frank, you only paid $9 for the thing...did you really expect music?
And I won't say anything about the blank CD might actually be more enjoyable than the one with music, because you probably like Spohr.
by Dickson
Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Know of any good music schools?
Replies: 35
Views: 9748

JQ...it's a little pretentious of you to think you know something about composition degrees isn't it? You only have 67 posts...geez. Wait..I only have 48. I really miss the old days with Mel and some of the others who could laugh a little. Anybody heard from Mel lately? (and if mentioning that name ...
by Dickson
Thu Feb 16, 2006 8:22 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Know of any good music schools?
Replies: 35
Views: 9748

If JQ reads this....is Cleveland Institute still pretty highly thought of? I know a couple of graduates from there who actually found a college job and seemed to really get a lot out of Erb. I was never into the composition side of life (a composition degree makes my performance degree look marketab...
by Dickson
Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Schoenberg-Still Making Waves
Replies: 35
Views: 9037

I'm awfully sorry I have the wrong tack, but I still don't like Schoenberg.
Can anybody recommend a new tack?
by Dickson
Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:32 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Schoenberg-Still Making Waves
Replies: 35
Views: 9037

Schoenberg seems to be one of those composers that I just haven't gotten (yet). I heard the Variations a couple of weeks ago, and just sat there and told myself that there must be an awful lot of really great 12-tone compositional technique going on, but I was bored out of my mind. I'm certainly not...
by Dickson
Tue Feb 07, 2006 8:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: I'm Back!
Replies: 67
Views: 36913

Ralph, it's good to see your name on the list again. I can see you're working hard to keep up your ppd average too.
by Dickson
Tue Feb 07, 2006 8:06 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Simon Rattled by a Tough Year
Replies: 23
Views: 5641

I saw the Rattle/Berlin concert at Carnegie when they played Ein Heldenleben. You could have fooled me that he's having a tough time...it was a fantastic concert. The best thing they did wasn't even the Strauss...it was the Haydn Symphony. I wouldn't even say I'm a Haydn fan, but Rattle makes it com...
by Dickson
Wed Dec 28, 2005 8:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What's happened to Ralph
Replies: 11
Views: 5065

Wow...Ralph, you take it easy and get back to normal quick. I just hope the doc doesn't limit your message board activity.

And don't listen to Spring...merlot would never work with Carter...you need something much much stronger.
by Dickson
Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: 20th/21st Century Music: Ratings 1 to 10
Replies: 77
Views: 19758

Greg, the 8.3 score I gave was straight from my heart. I'm not sure where the .06 came from.
by Dickson
Fri Dec 09, 2005 7:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: I've Got You Under My Skin...
Replies: 19
Views: 4965

Drinking profusely can also help.
by Dickson
Wed Dec 07, 2005 8:40 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: 20th/21st Century Music: Ratings 1 to 10
Replies: 77
Views: 19758

Boy, what a tough question. I really don't like judging music on a scale...it's like saying X is the greatest composer ever..I can't do that. There's so much in the 20th century to love...Ligeti, Berio, Stravinsky, Webern, Schnittke, Bartok...how can you say anything but that it was a great time in ...
by Dickson
Thu Dec 01, 2005 11:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Verizon Hall
Replies: 5
Views: 1917

Barry, did they end up closing all those doors behind the stage? When I was there it felt like a lot of the sound got trapped back there and didn't project outwards. Though I didn't feel like the sound was bad then, I'm glad it's better now. It's a beautiful hall and well worth the cost of checking ...
by Dickson
Mon Nov 14, 2005 1:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Alice Tully to Get BIG Facelift!
Replies: 7
Views: 2818

That article's right...I didn't know that's where Alice Tully Hall was.
But if they're going to put in an exhibitionist lobby...I might have to find it.
by Dickson
Mon Nov 14, 2005 1:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Slavonic Dances
Replies: 23
Views: 7228

Slavonic Dances boring? You must not mean the ones written by Dvorak. Or else you've run into some seriously bad recordings. One of my favorite cd's in the last couple of years was the Harnoncourt/Chamber Orch of Europe. Some real gusto. And who cares if it's classical/folk/jazz/band/whatever....it'...
by Dickson
Fri Oct 21, 2005 6:59 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Bruckner's Symphony #7 in E [1881-3]
Replies: 25
Views: 6438

Lots of the great recordings have already been mentioned, but I want to throw Harnoncourt/VPO in the bucket. To me, he's the anti-quasi-spiritual. From my ears anyway, it seems like he approaches the music without the sense that it's other worldly...not that I don't like the quasi-spiritual or simpl...
by Dickson
Tue Oct 18, 2005 7:15 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Buys
Replies: 13
Views: 3634

That Karajan Planets is distinguished in my collection as possibly being the worst recording I ever bought. It's good for comic relief every few years, but the euphonium playing is beyond laughable...it's tragic. Whoever the trombone player that got stuck with that part wanted no part of it...and it...
by Dickson
Tue Oct 18, 2005 7:08 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Critic Goes After Local Conductor: Sky Falls!
Replies: 12
Views: 4788

Whenever I hear a conductor say something like "I can only do what I believe in, which is enabling the orchestra to perform at its best . . . The most difficult thing in performance is to let the music speak for itself and put yourself aside", I wish that orchestras would hand out nodoze instead of ...
by Dickson
Tue Oct 18, 2005 6:54 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Messiaen, Quatuor pour la fin du temps
Replies: 17
Views: 6330

There are lots of great recordings of the Quartet. My favorite is Tashi...made at a time when Richard Stoltzman was just incredible. I kind of grew up with this LP. It's such a great piece though...there's plenty in there for many recordings and many possible favorites. I'd love to find the Guy Depl...
by Dickson
Mon Oct 10, 2005 1:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Brahms Symphonies
Replies: 43
Views: 12424

My Brahms likings are pretty similar to Barry's. I'd take all Furtwangler if it wasn't for Walter/NYPO. I happen to not like the Walter/Columbia recordings at all. There's just something about the NYPO that let Walter let loose. I've read about things that Walter was into in the 60s that made him mo...
by Dickson
Mon Oct 10, 2005 12:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Welcome to the Philharmonic, Maestra Alsop
Replies: 5
Views: 2426

She should be so lucky....we do have standards ya know?
by Dickson
Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Welcome to the Philharmonic, Maestra Alsop
Replies: 5
Views: 2426

I generally like Ms Alsop's conducting, but if her Brahms is genial...I think I'll skip it. Mellow is not a word I associate with Brahms. And with all the details in that article, there was no detail about the "personal relationship" with one of the Colorado musicians. Maybe too much info for some o...
by Dickson
Thu Sep 29, 2005 9:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Louis Spohr (1784-1859) - who's listening to him?
Replies: 21
Views: 5202

My apologies to Ernst. He is a member of the Vienna Philharmonic, not the Berlin Philharmonic.
by Dickson
Thu Sep 29, 2005 6:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Louis Spohr (1784-1859) - who's listening to him?
Replies: 21
Views: 5202

Frank, thank you so much for bringing up the name Jim Leyritz. I had almost (not quite) forgotten about that awful night and that awful hanging slider. This year's Braves are more a tribute to Bobby Cox than anything. We have two veterans who produce and about 15 rookies. One of the rookies went to ...
by Dickson
Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Verdi "Requiem" new on RCA with Harnoncourt
Replies: 5
Views: 2812

I couldn't care less about HIP (but I do like his Beethoven). Harnoncourt really brings out the drama and passion of most music I've heard him conduct. I've seen him conduct Vienna and it's obvious that the musicians would jump through whatever hoop he asked them to jump through. Most conductors wou...
by Dickson
Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Louis Spohr (1784-1859) - who's listening to him?
Replies: 21
Views: 5202

Frank...Spohr isn't one of my favorite composers, but his writing for the clarinet sure did provide some fun music to perform (even if the Six German Songs are good at naptime). Spohr and clarinetist Johann Simon Hermstedt were a team similar to Weber and clarinetist Heinrich Baermann. Both of these...
by Dickson
Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:39 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Have American Orchestral Musician Unions Become Obsolete?
Replies: 6
Views: 2682

There is only one musician's union. It covers all types of music...broadway to orchestral to jazz to pop.
I won't go into my usual tirade towards the AFM, but Modernistfan summed up my feelings pretty well, even if he is a liberal.
by Dickson
Wed Sep 07, 2005 7:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The "Obbligato" Clarinet
Replies: 4
Views: 2687

http://www.clarinet.demon.co.uk/
I went looking for Colin Bradbury and found this website. It says that he was clarinetist in the BBC...I sure thought it was the Philharmonia though. His editions of clarinet music that he's brought back to life is pretty impressive too.
by Dickson
Wed Sep 07, 2005 6:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The "Obbligato" Clarinet
Replies: 4
Views: 2687

Lance, what an interesting lineup on this recording. Colin Bradbury, who was principal with the Philharmonia/New Philharmonia/whatever else they were called (not sure if he still is), was a fine clarinetist who went out of his way to find some totally forgotten clarinet music. Some/much of it deserv...
by Dickson
Wed Aug 24, 2005 7:40 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The CBC going through big troubles!
Replies: 12
Views: 6139

Now I'm wondering if NPR could be convinced to have a general labor dispute...which would cover all local outlets. Maybe they'd get away from their non-stop chatter and play some music...any music. No wait, they play music from 1-3pm every weekday...I guess that's enough. Yes...good old state sponso...
by Dickson
Wed Aug 24, 2005 7:31 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: First Pick: Brahms Clarinet Quintet
Replies: 5
Views: 34075

I'll agree with Peter here. The Kell/Busch is definitely my favorite in a very crowded field. And yes, we've had discussions about the Brahms quintet many times, but I'll keep putting my opinion whenever the subject is brought up. The Stoltzman/Cleveland is excellent as well. The idea that Stoltzman...
by Dickson
Tue Aug 16, 2005 1:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: 20 Million dollars for a year without Music?
Replies: 22
Views: 41984

For 20M in a year, I'd not only give up music...I'd give up art, reading, travel, and a few unnecessary body parts.
by Dickson
Fri Aug 05, 2005 8:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Future of Art Music
Replies: 12
Views: 9985

If the Finns value art music so highly, why do they need "considerable state subsidies"?
by Dickson
Fri Aug 05, 2005 8:44 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Forget About an iPod for Classical Music
Replies: 6
Views: 5959

You listen to harpsichord music at the gym? Isn't that taking the "no pain, no gain" saying a little too far? I can't relate to this article at all. Believe it or not, for some people, having a quiet place, being all alone, and having nothing to think about but music is only a nice sounding dream. I...
by Dickson
Tue Jul 26, 2005 11:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Who are the best players today of the following instruments?
Replies: 21
Views: 9799

I'm glad to see that Alan Hacker is still going strong. It looks like he's concentrating more time on arranging works for clarinet ensembles, which is a great thing. And he wasn't just a HIP clarinetist. He was one of the more important "new music" clarinet players in the 70s and 80s. One of the gro...
by Dickson
Mon Jul 25, 2005 9:02 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Reginald Kell (clarinet) fans ... rejoice!
Replies: 5
Views: 5725

Spork, Universal should be ashamed then. They didn't have to call the set "American Decca" or whatever. Call it whatever they want..just put maybe one of my three favorite clarinet recordings ever on it. They put the two Mozart serenades in the collection...they are mediocre at best. The Brahms is o...
by Dickson
Mon Jul 25, 2005 8:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: $22
Replies: 15
Views: 8628

Barry, I found the same thing when trying to find the Frederick Thurston cd that just came out on Testament...$22.99. One thing I did notice though is that Amazon Canada has the recording for $23 Canadian. I'm not sure why it's like that, but it's very interesting to say the least. I've never tried ...
by Dickson
Sun Jul 24, 2005 11:54 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Reginald Kell (clarinet) fans ... rejoice!
Replies: 5
Views: 5725

I checked online for the Kell collection. It's not going to be released in the US until Sept 13, but it's already available from England...maybe other countries as well, but I didn't check anywhere else. Now if whoever owns the rights to the Mercury Brahms clarinet sonatas with Kell and Horszowski w...
by Dickson
Fri Jul 22, 2005 6:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Reginald Kell (clarinet) fans ... rejoice!
Replies: 5
Views: 5725

Lance, Thank you so much for this. I am a big Reginald Kell fan and have almost all of the LP's (I've never found the Mozart Trio with Fuchs). Any contribution from DG is welcome. I really need to find the set and pick it up. Kell has always been a very controversial subject in the clarinet world (2...
by Dickson
Wed Jun 22, 2005 9:40 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Your First Pick? Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat
Replies: 22
Views: 5906

I didn't even know there was a Walter/NYPO. I'll have to try and find that one. I'm not a huge Schumann symphony fan, but I do like Szell/Cleveland, so I must be dry. I heard an HIP performances once on the radio that was very interesting...I forget the conductor, maybe Gardiner??? not sure. Really ...
by Dickson
Tue Jun 21, 2005 5:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Your opinon on a new series of posts ...
Replies: 18
Views: 4379

I think the idea is great too. I pretty much have no interest in "discussions" of "music", but I love to read about recordings and try to pick up hints on ones I might like. This board has been having far too little recording talk lately. I think the posting of catalogue numbers, recording session d...
by Dickson
Wed Jun 08, 2005 6:32 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: More Respect Due to the Bassoon!
Replies: 16
Views: 4416

A bassoon can be ok if you can't find a bass clarinet.
by Dickson
Fri May 20, 2005 6:17 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Brahms Clarinet music
Replies: 10
Views: 5128

Diogenes, I believe Carbonare did record Mozart. It's on the disk with the Rossini Variations and another work that I can't remember at the moment. The disk is wonderful, but may be OOP already. Carbonare's disks didn't last too long on the "shelf". If you see it, grab it. I've yet to be disappointe...
by Dickson
Fri May 13, 2005 11:38 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Philadelphia Orchestra president resigns
Replies: 3
Views: 1667

Barry,
Is that recording deal even a success? The orchestra is basically paying for somebody to print some cds, and hoping that they can break even by selling more than they could possibly hope to sell. If that's the greatest thing this guy did...it's not saying much.
by Dickson
Mon May 02, 2005 6:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Jacques Loussier Trio - Classical/Jazz personified
Replies: 9
Views: 3981

Hi Frank, I love jazz...most types, and the MJQ Blues on Bach (isn't that the name of the recording?) is wonderful. Some great harpsichord playing...and I don't even really like harpsichord. I like what the MJQ does much more than Loussier in relation to "classical tunes"...probably because they com...
by Dickson
Thu Apr 28, 2005 5:41 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Philadelphia Orchestra recording contract
Replies: 19
Views: 5705

I'll agree that it's great news that Philly will be on records again...but...to think that it took eight years of negotiations to come up with a plan to pay a recording company to record your concerts and put them on disk...and if it's a huge success, you might not be in the hole...is kind of sad.
by Dickson
Tue Apr 26, 2005 3:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: MARK G. SIMON enlisted as CMG's Winds Specialist
Replies: 22
Views: 6644

Did Mark S have a name previous to this? I'm just glad his last name isn't Adams.
by Dickson
Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:01 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: No More Death Tax?
Replies: 38
Views: 12380

I didn't even know this board was here. How long has this pub thing been here? Boy...a good tax argument...just like the old days. I have feelings for both sides of this issue. I think that the estate tax in itself is a miserable way to generate revenue, but it's almost a better way than making all ...
by Dickson
Wed Apr 13, 2005 6:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: What do you think?
Replies: 10
Views: 6480

I'm never influenced by the physical appearance of a true artist. The fact that this young lady is gorgeous would have nothing to do with my wanting to attend a concert by her. I will be checking for her appearances in the south.
Did somebody say that she was a singer too?
by Dickson
Tue Apr 12, 2005 6:54 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Brahms Clarinet music
Replies: 10
Views: 5128

My favorite Brahms quintet is the Reginald Kell/Busch quartet. Everything else is in another league. Reginald Kell sounds like his last name was Busch...he's so in with the quartet. I also like the Stoltzman/Cleveland recording...stay away from the Tokyo quartet version...there's very little there. ...