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by Dana
Wed Jun 01, 2005 11:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Shostakovich's String Quartets
Replies: 36
Views: 7165

"Defence?" When were you attacked? all people did was respond to question, undoubtedly not 100% to ze point, but at least they were responses. Agreed about the Michelangelo Sonnets, though. So, Dana, why "final two?" As I recall, 11 thru 15 can be regarded as a group, 11 - 14 dedicated to the vario...
by Dana
Tue May 31, 2005 5:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Shostakovich's String Quartets
Replies: 36
Views: 7165

And just for the record, I do appreciate David's defence, but as for me personally, I'll always accept a little friendly advice :)
by Dana
Tue May 31, 2005 3:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Shostakovich's String Quartets
Replies: 36
Views: 7165

But that wasn't the question that he asked... and giving advise on where to begin is condescending. And from what I could tell from GMG discussions Dana actually studied the score which is a bit more than casually listening to them over a cup of coffee once a year wouldn't you say? Sorry, but no sc...
by Dana
Tue May 31, 2005 10:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Shostakovich's String Quartets
Replies: 36
Views: 7165

You know what I do, Dana? I never start at the beginning. Very often I even start at the end and work backwards. When a guy writes fifteen string quartets, or fifteen symphonies, I skip the first couple and begin where the going gets good. DSCH's first quartet obviously was no piece of juvenilia, b...
by Dana
Mon May 30, 2005 6:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Shostakovich's String Quartets
Replies: 36
Views: 7165

Shostakovich's String Quartets

I bought the Fitzwilliams' cycle late last year, listened to it once through, and let it lie for a bit (it was a decidedly a decidedly positive experience, although not emotionally :cry: ). Recently, I decided to go through them again (when I get through them all, I'll post my impressions), and this...
by Dana
Mon May 30, 2005 6:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441271

Been methodically going through DSCH's string quartets, as performed by the Fitzwilliam Quartet. SQs #1-3 so far, with #4 coming soon.
by Dana
Sat May 28, 2005 12:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bernstein?
Replies: 7
Views: 1827

And who doesn't love the overture to "Candide?" When I first heard it, I didn't like it much, but the entire opera has really grown on me. I think that most 19th 20th century American music really needs to be performed live to appreciate it. I have similar experiences between Mahler & Copeland - No...
by Dana
Sat May 28, 2005 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441271

Ralph wrote:I'm going outside to read - fianlly some sun and warm temperature. WWith my Siscperson goes Mahler's 2 on DG with Bernstein conducting.
Time to make good use of that hammock in the back yard :) Brahms 1st with Bohm & the VPO.
by Dana
Fri May 27, 2005 6:57 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Slatkin Takes Another London Post
Replies: 23
Views: 3296

**Points at Ralph** - What he said :)
by Dana
Thu May 26, 2005 9:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Slatkin Takes Another London Post
Replies: 23
Views: 3296

I agree on the advantages of speaking, it also gives the audience a personal connection with the performers - people will cheer more readily for performers they like, and the performers, in turn, will perform better. 3 From what I've heard orchestra members hate it just as much when the conductor s...
by Dana
Thu May 26, 2005 9:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441271

We are not!

Slatkin's rec of Barber's 3 Essays, Adagio, & School for Scandal. An energetic Overture, and the other three have a nice cool flavor to them.
by Dana
Thu May 26, 2005 8:54 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Slatkin Takes Another London Post
Replies: 23
Views: 3296

He frequently comments on the program before the concert and he's very engaging. Audiences warm to him personally. This habit of chatting to the auditorium before the concert starts - as if he's a dentist telling us it really won't hurt - may actually be one of the reasons why he's not much liked i...
by Dana
Thu May 26, 2005 6:32 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: So! Who's seen Star Wars III?
Replies: 7
Views: 1605

I haven't seen 2-5. I don't think they could do anyting but ruin Star Wars by sequelizing it, so I never went. Gonna give this one a pass too. :shock: But Empire Strikes Back is the best of all 6! And while Return of the Jedi has it's slow spots, it's still a great flick, and really carries the wei...
by Dana
Thu May 26, 2005 6:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Slatkin Takes Another London Post
Replies: 23
Views: 3296

Many of my favorite recordings of American music are those made during his St. Louis tenure. I sure like his American stuff better than the rest of it. His disc of Russian showpieces is just boring, but I like his Barber Adagio & Essays a good deal. The Adagio in particular shows a certain amount o...
by Dana
Thu May 26, 2005 6:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441271

Beethoven's Emperor with Leon Fleisher and Szell with Cleveland. Superb accompaniment from Szell of course, he's one of my favorites with Beethoven. This is the first I've heard from Fleisher, he plays with a strange frankness that I'm unaccustomed to.
by Dana
Wed May 25, 2005 8:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Life at Juilliard
Replies: 5
Views: 2032

One word that consistently stood out at me was competetive, something I disagree with in music on principal (one of the few principals I have). How can you hope to make any music when you're worrying about whether the person sitting across from you is going to stab you in the back? To make music wit...
by Dana
Wed May 25, 2005 8:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441271

Berlioz Harold in Italy with Nobuko Imai playing the solo part, and Sir Colin Davis leading the LSO. This is one of my favorite symphonies, and not just because I play the viola :P The inner movements are gorgeous.
by Dana
Wed May 25, 2005 6:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: So! Who's seen Star Wars III?
Replies: 7
Views: 1605

So! Who's seen Star Wars III?

It was unquestionably the best of the new trilogy, and might have even been as good as the originals if not for Hayden Christenson & Natalie Portman's mediocre dialogue. Seriously, some of the stuff I heard coming out of Portman's mouth in particular sounded like it was lifted straighted out of the ...
by Dana
Wed May 25, 2005 6:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: You guys are still 300 posts behind us in the Pub!
Replies: 9
Views: 1863

Re: You guys are still 300 posts behind us in the Pub!

Corlyss_D wrote:Come on, now! Where's the school spirit?????
So sorry, I shall try harder now ;)
by Dana
Wed May 25, 2005 1:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441271

Brahms' Requiem, Klemperer EMI/GROC. My other rec is Gardiner's. Gardiner's is very good as well, but compared to Klemperer's, it seems... Distant somehow. Schwartzkopff is lovely, and the whole Klemperer performance just sounds like it's empathizing with the listener (I have no idea how I would jus...
by Dana
Tue May 24, 2005 10:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Gergiev to Join LSO
Replies: 12
Views: 2348

His symphonic concerts - ie.e those that are not partly directed by the soloist - have for many years been uniformely lousy. Hurried, chaotic, no real sustained vision, you name it. :( I've got tickets to see him conduct a bunch of Shostakovich later this year... I've never heard him before, so I g...
by Dana
Mon May 23, 2005 10:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441271

Robert Schumann - Piano Quintet, Andante & Variations, Fantasiestucke, & Marchenbilder, with Martha Argerich, and assorted string players. Natalia Gutman plays the cello on the Fantasiestucke, and Nobuko Imai the viola on the Marchenbilder. I think Imai is my favorite violist, since hearing her do H...
by Dana
Sun May 22, 2005 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441271

Vaughan-Williams' Sea Symphony by Boult on EMI. Nothing needs be said except Nelson :)
by Dana
Fri May 20, 2005 4:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Most Impressive Concert You Attended in the Past Six Months?
Replies: 17
Views: 2826

Joshua Bell played Tchaikovsky in Syracuse in early March. Man, he played the hell out of that concerto. I've seen it live thrice, but this was the best it's been. A close second would be when Syracuse did Beethoven's 9th just a month ago. The scherzo absolutely sizzled with energy, the solo quartet...
by Dana
Fri May 20, 2005 6:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441271

Symphonie Fantastique - Davis & the LSO on Philips. What a classic Berlioz-ian ending :)
by Dana
Wed May 18, 2005 9:31 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: BMG Court Settlement
Replies: 6
Views: 1258

If you follow the appropriate links in my post, on the actual news-post itself, you'll find the link to the voucher on the left side of the screen.
by Dana
Wed May 18, 2005 9:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441271

Sibelius 7th Symphony Bernstein/VPO/DG. This is such a tense symphony. R-K's Scheherazade, one of my favorite pieces which I tend to listen to frequently in spurts of a week or two at a time. This particular recording, my favorite one, is by Stokowski and the London Symphony. My youth orchestra play...
by Dana
Wed May 18, 2005 9:21 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: BMG Court Settlement
Replies: 6
Views: 1258

BMG Court Settlement

If you were a member of BMG from '98-'05, check this out. In a nutshell, this guy filed suit because of "deceptive business practices" regarding the totalling of charges, so now everyone who ordered from BMG for the last 7 years gets two discs at 75% off and no S&H. I'm liking this :) One has to won...
by Dana
Fri May 13, 2005 8:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441271

Ralph wrote:Beethoven's Seventh Symphony conducted by Bernstein at Tanglewood, his last appearance in front of an orchestra.
What's it like?
by Dana
Tue May 10, 2005 6:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441271

The organ symphonies of Alexandre Guillmante. Unusual listening for me which I received from a friend at GMG. It's strange, I can hear the romantic influences of Brahms and Tchaikovsky, but these symphonies are so obviously not from either of these composers because they lack the idiomatic Russian o...
by Dana
Sat May 07, 2005 9:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441271

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps - Colin Davis, Concertgebow Orchestra Do you have Bernstein's LSO rec on Sony Masterworks? Incredible! Beethoven Romances with Oistrakh on DG Originals. These works are paired with Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Bach violin concertos on two discs. Listened to the Tchaik ...
by Dana
Sat May 07, 2005 1:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Physics of the Scale
Replies: 22
Views: 4832

Maestro - is there a relationship between 3rd & 6ths, and 4ths & 5ths, and 2nds & 7ths - since in each pair the latter is the inversion of the former?
by Dana
Fri May 06, 2005 7:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: How's This for Protecting Our Youth from Corruption?
Replies: 6
Views: 1466

Boy if only they could hear the lyrics for the barbershop quartet music we'll be singing in two weeks... We sang Sweet Georgia Brown to a bunch of middle schoolers early this week :shock:
by Dana
Fri May 06, 2005 7:00 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Hello
Replies: 31
Views: 4829

Philoctetes wrote:
Dana wrote:Hi Kevin. You'll always be welcome in my book :)
Thanks, Dana. Sorry about deleting the post.
Whew! I thought I was going nuts for a minute there :P
by Dana
Fri May 06, 2005 8:54 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Hello
Replies: 31
Views: 4829

Hi Kevin. You'll always be welcome in my book :)
by Dana
Thu May 05, 2005 11:57 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Budget Cuts in High School Music Programs
Replies: 6
Views: 1757

Music education programs in American high schools (and middle and grade schools) have been suffering for a long time. If I understand it correctly, New York just passed a law that will allow public high schools to drop general music classes - what has long been considered the bare minimum in music ...
by Dana
Thu May 05, 2005 6:31 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Hello
Replies: 31
Views: 4829

They've got a great concert music series too. Yes, in Hill Auditorium. The way I recall it (I spent most of the nineties in AA) the downside of the excellent music program is the concerts were rather few and far between. It obviously costs a fortune to have the Vienna Philharmonic make a detour to ...
by Dana
Thu May 05, 2005 6:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441271

Starting the morning with the Atlanta Symphony's Beethoven Ninth, a very good TELARC release. Aftere that I might go to work. I'm always on the lookout for another 9th, how does this interpretation compare to others? ***** Well there are sooo many Beethoven 9ths. I bought this CD a few weeks ago on...
by Dana
Thu May 05, 2005 6:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Hello
Replies: 31
Views: 4829

What stormy reception???? Aren't you the fella that lived near or around Cortland? Lessee, the last conversation I remember having with you was about the respective merits of our surrounding landscapes. Yeah that was me. My reception wasn't really bad , but a stupid little altercation with Mark ove...
by Dana
Wed May 04, 2005 9:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441271

Ralph wrote:Starting the morning with the Atlanta Symphony's Beethoven Ninth, a very good TELARC release. Aftere that I might go to work.
I'm always on the lookout for another 9th, how does this interpretation compare to others?
by Dana
Wed May 04, 2005 9:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Hello
Replies: 31
Views: 4829

Hello

Hello. My name is Dana, previously known here as Cyber. Ordinarily I wouldn't go through the fanfare to start a whole new thread just to do an intro, but my reception last time was slightly stormy, so I want to make sure I get it right this time. I'm a violist living in Central NY (just about an hou...