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by springrite
Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LA Phil 2013/14: 41 20/21cent composers & 24 everything else
Replies: 8
Views: 430

Re: LA Phil 2013/14: 41 20/21cent composers & 24 everything

I will be going to the October concerts with Salonen conducting (Sibelius, Debussy, Bartok, etc.). I am going to Pheonix for a conference, so I will be going to LA twice--once before the conference and once after, so I can attend two concerts! Yes!
by springrite
Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rattle Mahler Box cheap
Replies: 25
Views: 1328

Re: Rattle Mahler Box cheap

Even if you do like his Mahler recording or performances with Berlin, you do realize that most of this set comes from his time in Birmingham? They are not competitive at all, other than the 10th, which is only somewhat competitive considering that there are relatively fewer competition.
by springrite
Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy 70th Birthday to Brian Ferneyhough
Replies: 3
Views: 338

Re: Happy 70th Birthday to Brian Ferneyhough

"If you want to get some really rough stuff, Just grab a CD by Ferneyhough, If everyone is giving you too much guff, Just grab a CD by Ferneyhough, If you can't get a little and you can't get enough, Just grab a CD by Ferneyhough!" (apologizing in advance) If Emperor Joseph's line from Amadeus: "To...
by springrite
Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Will we ever run out of new music?
Replies: 23
Views: 1304

Re: Will we ever run out of new music?

Yes, we will run out of new music, when you stop listening, which many many people have been doing for ages. We don't listen to the music. Instead we have music in our heads and hope that what enters the ears matches it to a degree at least. There will always be wonderful new music. Pity those who d...
by springrite
Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How many CDs did you acquire in 2012?
Replies: 26
Views: 1721

Re: How many CDs did you acquire in 2012?

My guess would be around 200 to 250.
by springrite
Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Deceased musicians for 2012 (so far)
Replies: 40
Views: 2387

Re: Deceased musicians for 2012 (so far)

Dave Brubeck.

I know, not "classical", but polytonality, so he counts.
by springrite
Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC-FM in Los Angeles in Trouble
Replies: 35
Views: 4697

Re: KUSC-FM in Los Angeles in Trouble

Not that I dislike Szell/Cleveland, but when Bonnie does play something classical, it is too often Cleveland/Szell. I remember when she had a comparative listening program with Rich Caparella, they play several versions, a bit at a time. Everytime she'd say "Oh, I hope I picked Cleveland... I hope I...
by springrite
Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC-FM in Los Angeles in Trouble
Replies: 35
Views: 4697

Re: KUSC-FM in Los Angeles in Trouble

I can still remember more than a decade ago (almost 2?) when KUSC got rid of Bonnie Grice, at the first pledge drive a couple of days after that, an excited jim Svejda said "KUSC is BACK!" And the subscriptions went way up for that year. A few years later, KUSC went back, and became far worse than e...
by springrite
Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A comparable "50 list" of performing artists ...
Replies: 21
Views: 1327

Re: A comparable "50 list" of performing artists ...

Heck148 wrote:such a list is totally impossible for me -

mixing pianists, singers, violinists, conductors, etc all under the same list is a non-strter for me... :|
You may just list wind players, as is your forte.

But for the list as it is, I am sure Solti would be on your list?
by springrite
Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Karl Henning!
Replies: 17
Views: 762

Re: Happy Birthday, Karl Henning!

karlhenning wrote:Thank you all for the kind wishes and warm words!

Party on! Cheers!
~k.
Almost a week after the party started, the birthday boy is finally here! I don't know about you all, but I have never had so much wine, women and song within less than a week and I am spent!

Let's do it again next year!
by springrite
Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Karl Henning!
Replies: 17
Views: 762

Re: Happy Birthday, Karl Henning!

I will start sending Karl birthday cards and gifts when he reaches 100.


Of course, that means I should also be around 100 so it'd be all the more reason to celebrate!
by springrite
Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:52 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: The Alchemist
Replies: 2
Views: 1420

Re: The Alchemist

I have the book but have yet to have the time to read it as more worthy books are bought before I get to it.

It can not possibly be worse than the Alchemist Symphony, can it?
by springrite
Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Le Sacre du Printemps' 39 Different Versions In One Box!
Replies: 28
Views: 3272

Re: 'Le Sacre du Printemps' 39 Different Versions In One Box

I already have at least a dozen of them on disc, and am only interested in a handful others so the boxset would not be an economical purchase. Otherwise (had they had a few more recordings I am interested in and not have yet) I might be tempted.
by springrite
Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Le Sacre du Printemps' 39 Different Versions In One Box!
Replies: 28
Views: 3272

Re: 'Le Sacre du Printemps' 39 Different Versions In One Box

So where is that? I did not see it at amazon.
by springrite
Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Check out my group!!
Replies: 5
Views: 512

Re: Check out my group!!

Heck, It's great to see you and hear you in action. I assume you're the bassoonist with the white hair and the beard. :) Farmer's markets are such a pleasant venue for that kind of playing. When did it turn white? The last time I had a chance to look it was short, spotty, and not a hint of white or...
by springrite
Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you still use CASSETTES?
Replies: 13
Views: 961

Re: Do you still use CASSETTES?

Yes, but only because I have a few recordings on them and they have not come out on CD, or they are too expensive on CD. For instance, Noel Lee's recording of Charles Thomlinson Griffes, Carter's Triple Duo (now I have it on CD!), etc. But as the player is about to retire, I think my cassette days w...
by springrite
Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you still use CASSETTES?
Replies: 13
Views: 961

Re: Do you still use CASSETTES?

Yes, but only because I have a few recordings on them and they have not come out on CD, or they are too expensive on CD. For instance, Noel Lee's recording of Charles Thomlinson Griffes, Carter's Triple Duo (now I have it on CD!), etc. But as the player is about to retire, I think my cassette days w...
by springrite
Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:32 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Cohen's recital
Replies: 7
Views: 1284

Re: Cohen's recital

Guitarist wrote:I just bought his Liszt Concertos on the BIS label a few days ago. That recording is my introduction to his playing, and while it's certainly excellent, I find it a little less electrifying than Richter's old Philips version.
Well, "a little less electrifying than Richter" is not bad at all!
by springrite
Sat Dec 25, 2010 8:23 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Sergio Tiempo, pianist - by Gary R. Lemco
Replies: 1
Views: 1361

Re: Sergio Tiempo, pianist - by Gary R. Lemco

Tiempo will be in Beijing next year for a recital. I have been offered a ticket or two (I can have any ticket at that particular venue). I guess I will pick up my option then!
by springrite
Sat Dec 25, 2010 8:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Merry Christmas CMGers!
Replies: 28
Views: 1026

Re: Merry Christmas CMGers!

Lance wrote:Image

May we have peace, health, friendship, and prosperity now
and in the coming New Year!
In my case, 3 out of 4 ain't bad at all!

Merry Christmas to all!
by springrite
Sat Dec 25, 2010 6:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best "First" symphonies
Replies: 69
Views: 3264

Re: Best "First" symphonies

Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967): Symphony in C Major (1960) This is Kodály's only symphony and final orchestral work, completed when he was 78, probably the latest first symphony by any composer. According to Wikipedia, he began it in the 1930s. John But according to Wikileak, he started working on it 18...
by springrite
Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best "First" symphonies
Replies: 69
Views: 3264

Re: Best "First" symphonies

MaestroDJS wrote:... Rózsa lived to hear his Symphony performed and recorded.

An interesting side note, Rosza may be the only composer to hear every one of his works performed and recorded in his lifetime. How must other composers envy him in that!

PS: But unfortunately I have never heard his Symphony.
by springrite
Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best "First" symphonies
Replies: 69
Views: 3264

Re: Best "First" symphonies

Mahler
Brahms
Brian
by springrite
Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The question of values in American Music
Replies: 23
Views: 848

Re: The question of values in American Music

According to the Chinese in 1982, Ives was teaching people how to behave in society. Care to elaborate on that? What does that refer to? I was the first American pianist to perform all american music in the PRC in 1982. My program included the entire Concord Sonata by Ives with commentary before ea...
by springrite
Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The question of values in American Music
Replies: 23
Views: 848

Re: The question of values in American Music

nina deutsch wrote: According to the Chinese in 1982, Ives was teaching people how to behave in society.
Care to elaborate on that? What does that refer to?
by springrite
Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Hofmann - RIP
Replies: 6
Views: 549

Re: Peter Hofmann - RIP

He got me into Wagner.

RIP.
by springrite
Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Biography Of John Cage
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Re: New Biography Of John Cage

Cage is anything but a Chalatan. I have yet to finish readin the Cage book I have, but I may look into this one as well later.
by springrite
Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Exotic composers?
Replies: 16
Views: 823

Re: Exotic composers?

Lou Harrison Oh, absolutely! I love Harrison's works. For me, there is a huge difference between Harrison and some of the other names mentioned. Some are considered "exotic" simply because of the use of "foreign" elements. For instance, some Chinese (or what seems to be "Chinese") elements are simp...
by springrite
Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Exotic composers?
Replies: 16
Views: 823

Re: Exotic composers?

Since "exotic" often refer to things that are "foreign", "strangely different in a good way", I guess for some of my fellow countrymen, Bach would qualify.

For me, Feldman and Takemitsu.
by springrite
Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical joke of the day. . .
Replies: 16
Views: 958

Re: Musical joke of the day. . .

A note at the door of the music teacher's lock office:

"Gone Chopin. Bach in a Minuet."
What does a banana peel on the floor and music has in common?

If you don't C sharp, you might B flat!
by springrite
Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG members you would like to thank for a suggestion to you
Replies: 34
Views: 1159

Re: CMG members you would like to thank for a suggestion to you

It is not often that I thank people for leading me to financial ruins, but I would like to M_forver for recommending the Markowitch recordings (both of them on one CD) of the Rite of Spring.
by springrite
Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alkan's music
Replies: 13
Views: 526

Re: Alkan's music

One of my favorite pianist-composers, for sure. I had planned to name all the rooms in my house after one -- The Bach Room, the Chopin Room, the Beethoven Room, the Liszt Room, the Medtner Room and the Alkan Room. Alkan got the study because of the legend of the fallen bookshelf. But the plan did n...
by springrite
Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What CDs do you hope to find under the tree?
Replies: 46
Views: 1567

Re: What CDs do you hope to find under the tree?

The complete CPO catalog. :D
by springrite
Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alkan's music
Replies: 13
Views: 526

Re: Alkan's music

One of my favorite pianist-composers, for sure. I had planned to name all the rooms in my house after one -- The Bach Room, the Chopin Room, the Beethoven Room, the Liszt Room, the Medtner Room and the Alkan Room. Alkan got the study because of the legend of the fallen bookshelf. But the plan did no...
by springrite
Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach French Suites
Replies: 15
Views: 2871

Re: Bach French Suites

I prefer the Gavrilov EMI recording by a country mile over the others I have heard, which include Gould, Hewitt, Schiff, etc. But I do like the three others I mentioned and have kept them for each have its own merit.
by springrite
Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most Overrated Composer?
Replies: 130
Views: 5355

Re: Most Overrated Composer?

Bruckner

Tchaikovsky

Gorecki

Adams

Messiaen
by springrite
Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A thread for Egon Wellesz
Replies: 10
Views: 448

Re: A thread for Egon Wellesz

The above comments are right on the money. I would like to add that for most people not into "modern" works, his second symphony, nicknamed "English" may be the best place to start. He composed it while in Oxford and took into account that the British at the time did not like modern sounds and prefe...
by springrite
Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mini CMG Dim Sum Get Together
Replies: 30
Views: 787

Re: Mini CMG Dim Sum Get Together

Ralph,

If you come to Beijing, I will not only take you out to Dim Sum, but also ask the Beijing Chamber Music Society to play an all Dittersdorf concert in your honor, with only a Feldman String Quartet as filler.
by springrite
Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mini CMG Dim Sum Get Together
Replies: 30
Views: 787

Re: Mini CMG Dim Sum Get Together

Oh it's so nice to be back in China where Dim Sum is no longer served from a tiny pathetic little menu of less than 200 selections. :)
by springrite
Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Death of a Former CMG Member
Replies: 41
Views: 3451

Re: Death of a Former CMG Member

We have been friends for more than ten years and shared many wonderful moments together, in person as well as in cyberspace. I am proud to have been his friend. I will miss him.

Paul
by springrite
Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Whatever Happened to Jim Svejda?
Replies: 7
Views: 931

Re: Whatever Happened to Jim Svejda?

This isn't the first time Svejda had to face this. In the 90's, Bonnie Brice and her husband pretty much ran the station and it was like a hip trying to be funny talkshow style with easy and popular classical music. After a few years it did not work and the pair was let go. On the first day of the c...
by springrite
Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Its been quite a year for me!
Replies: 35
Views: 1062

Re: Its been quite a year for me!

Most of us started with a similar story, or at least I did. So I can certainly relate. No, this is not self indulgent at all. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your exploration and a lifetime of enjoyment!
by springrite
Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horacio Gutierrez
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Re: Horacio Gutierrez

I know him primarily because his recording of his recording of the Tchaikovsky (opening bars) was used as the theme of the KFAC Evening Concerts on the radio in Los Angeles. I had the pleasure to hear him in concert once and was very impressed. Interestingly, I have a large book on pianists publishe...
by springrite
Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Amato Opera calls it a day
Replies: 8
Views: 433

Re: Amato Opera calls it a day

This is truly sad. I have never been to one of their productions since I lived in the west coast before moving back to China. But I have been planning to eventually go to a performance there when I get to NY next time. Now they are gone! I am glad I at least taped the PBS special on them and brought...
by springrite
Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruno Maderna - your opinions?
Replies: 12
Views: 807

I have two discs, and possibly some minor works on some compilation CD. I like the music very much. As far as conducting goes, I like his take on Stockhausen, which I have two CDs, but less so of his recordings of Mahler, which I have three. Overall, with the limited exposure and knowledge, I prefer...
by springrite
Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert's most beautiful piano sonata?
Replies: 30
Views: 7317

If I had to select only one sonata, it would be the G Major, D894. Best single recording is by Anton Kuerti. The G major is also my favorite. Of the several recordings I have, the Richter (forgot the year) is my favorite, although most of the others are quite good as well. Have not heard the Kuerti...
by springrite
Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy 99th to Elliott Carter
Replies: 18
Views: 1595

karlhenning wrote:
... I was delighted when Maria told me how much she enjoyed the Horn Concerto.
Thanks for the story. I am looking forward to the horn concerto to be recorded and see if it does the trick for Vanessa as well!
by springrite
Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Mennin
Replies: 34
Views: 4291

Both the Cello Concerto (that springrite mentioned) and his Piano Concerto are terrific. Unfortunately, neither recording is outstanding sonically. You are right. The cello concerto recording is well played (not outstanding) but the sound is not great and overall nowhere close to what I heard LIVE ...
by springrite
Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Mennin
Replies: 34
Views: 4291

I love the 5th and 7th symphony as well. But my favorite Mennin work is the Cello Concerto.
by springrite
Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Death of Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)
Replies: 36
Views: 5065

Spare me from "artists" who feel it necessary to turn ongoing personal tragedy into an expression of their own brilliance at metaphor, while real, live victims weep. Teresa Did you read the entire transcript of the interview? How is saying The Devil (whom Lucifer represents) would consider 9-11 "th...