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by Scott Morrison
Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new and exciting work !
Replies: 3
Views: 733

Re: A new and exciting work !

I only know one work by Ranjbaran -- a Cello Concerto -- from a recording with cellist Paul Tobias which I've reviewed at Amazon.com. I was really taken with it as you'll see if you read my review.
by Scott Morrison
Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best Prokofiev piano sonatas?
Replies: 14
Views: 6622

Re: Best Prokofiev piano sonatas?

Barbara Nissman is noted to be a Prokofiev specialist. Her original set of complete Prokofiev sonatas was made for Newport Records [60092, 60093]. I'm not sure if these have been reissued on Pierian (her new label) or if Pierians are newly recorded, however, the Newport-issued sonatas are highly pr...
by Scott Morrison
Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best Prokofiev piano sonatas?
Replies: 14
Views: 6622

Re: Best Prokofiev piano sonatas?

I am very fond of the complete set played by American pianist Barbara Nissman, on the Pierian label. Unfortunately as listed at Amazon it costs an arm and an eyebrow.
by Scott Morrison
Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical Suicides
Replies: 32
Views: 5924

Re: Musical Suicides

I seem to recall that it was said that Silvestre Revueltas drank himself to death.
by Scott Morrison
Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical Suicides
Replies: 32
Views: 5924

Re: Musical Suicides

British conductor Sir Edward Downes(and his wife) at a Swiss suicide clinic.
by Scott Morrison
Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I love Irony!
Replies: 6
Views: 1388

Re: I love Irony!

What's great about her is that she has no idea when she has her foot in her mouth.

No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people. - H. L. Mencken
by Scott Morrison
Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Don Carlo at the MET
Replies: 10
Views: 1733

Re: New Don Carlo at the MET

josé echenique wrote:I will be at the matinee December 11th.
And a group of us from Middlebury, Vermont, will be going down to hear a tenor, Yonghoon Lee, make his Met debut as Don Carlo. He sang both Don José and Cavaradossi with our Middlebury Opera Company in our first two productions six and seven years ago.
by Scott Morrison
Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Till Fellner All-Beethoven Recital
Replies: 3
Views: 1684

Re: Till Fellner All-Beethoven Recital

Thanks for the review. Now I'm really looking forward to hearing Fellner present the same program in Philadelphia on October 19th. Ivan Moravec was originally scheduled to perform on that date, but cancelled for medical reasons. From all reports, including yours, it appears that Fellner is a worthy...
by Scott Morrison
Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:20 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Till Fellner All-Beethoven Recital
Replies: 3
Views: 1684

Till Fellner All-Beethoven Recital

The outstanding young Austrian pianist, Till Fellner, was heard last night in the concert hall of the Mahaney Center for the Arts on the campus of Middlebury College. He presented a somewhat unusual program that comprised the last three Beethoven piano sonatas, Opp. 109, 110 and 111. These are, of c...
by Scott Morrison
Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:05 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: KC Lyric Opera: Carmen
Replies: 1
Views: 1019

Re: KC Lyric Opera: Carmen

It does my heart good to hear reports from my old 'hometown opera'. I miss the Lyric.
by Scott Morrison
Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anthony Tommasini Article about Glenn Gould in the NYT
Replies: 13
Views: 1631

Re: Anthony Tommasini Article about Glenn Gould in the NYT

karlhenning wrote:Perhaps Gould was homophonophobic.

Cheers,
~Karl
Go to your room!
by Scott Morrison
Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A pleasant meeting with Stephen Sutton
Replies: 2
Views: 793

Re: A pleasant meeting with Stephen Sutton

I, too, recently visited Stephen's shop in Brandon, Vermont, only thirty minutes from my home. Here's its website: http://www.brandon-music.net/. And the page for his record label, Divine Art: http://www.brandon-music.net/DA/DAhome.htm I bought a marvelous recording of one of the 20th century's grea...
by Scott Morrison
Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anthony Tommasini Article about Glenn Gould in the NYT
Replies: 13
Views: 1631

Anthony Tommasini Article about Glenn Gould in the NYT

Fascinating article about Glenn Gould by Anthony Tommasini link
by Scott Morrison
Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Symphony by a Composer Killed at Auschwitz
Replies: 6
Views: 1200

A Symphony by a Composer Killed at Auschwitz

Naxos has just released a recording of a symphony by a composer I'd never heard of, Marcel Tyberg, one of those tragically killed at Auschwitz. The musical style is quintessentially late romantic in style, an interesting amalgam of Mahler and Bruckner. The story of how it came to be found and premie...
by Scott Morrison
Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2706705

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

I've been listening to a delicious new release: Louis Lortie playing Chopin (on Chandos). The program is neatly laid out: four Nocturnes each followed by a Scherzo in a related key, and then the great B Flat Minor Sonata. All of it on a magnificent Fazioli grand that is somehow both mellow and brill...
by Scott Morrison
Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's 35-CD "Schumann Edition"
Replies: 24
Views: 4439

Re: DGG's 35-CD "Schumann Edition"

I've finally gotten around to listening to a bunch of the Lieder in this collection and am thrilled with the sound of and the artistry of Fischer-Dieskau and Edith Mathis. And lots of songs I'd never heard before. More and more goodies in this collection!
by Scott Morrison
Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Cup: USA & England Go Through
Replies: 19
Views: 2032

Re: World Cup: USA & England Go Through

We have a international student from Turkey, who is back home in Istanbul for the summer, and he too predicts Germany/Netherlands and is rabidly in favor of Germany. I finally figured it's because of Germany's Mesut Özil who is a German born of Turkish immigrants. Well, I'm for Germany, too. So that...
by Scott Morrison
Sun Jul 04, 2010 5:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's 35-CD "Schumann Edition"
Replies: 24
Views: 4439

Re: DGG's 35-CD "Schumann Edition"

I just listened to Schumann's never-before-heard 'Zwickau' Symphony and find things in it that are beautiful. So much to discover yet in this box set from DG.
by Scott Morrison
Sat Jul 03, 2010 2:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Cup: USA & England Go Through
Replies: 19
Views: 2032

Re: World Cup: USA & England Go Through

Well, today Germany certainly showed what they're capable of. I found myself a little sorry for one of my heroes, Diego Maradona, Argentina's coach. I am predicting an all-European final. But then what do I know? :P
by Scott Morrison
Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Cup: USA & England Go Through
Replies: 19
Views: 2032

Re: World Cup: USA & England Go Through

Today was the best day yet. And both my teams won, although I wound up rooting for Ghana toward the end and couldn't believe the way it ended. That hand ball by Suarez was unbelievable.
by Scott Morrison
Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great Pianists of the 20th century -- 200 CDs
Replies: 9
Views: 1408

Re: Great Pianists of the 20th century -- 200 CDs

I have them all, purchased for a marvelously low price some years ago from Berkshire Record Outlet. I just checked, though, and they no longer offer it. As I recall, the word got out immediately back then and a feeding frenzy resulted.
by Scott Morrison
Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's 35-CD "Schumann Edition"
Replies: 24
Views: 4439

Re: DGG's 35-CD "Schumann Edition"

[slofstra, I just appended a little explanation to my original post. Thanks for suggesting it.] I just finished listening to Paradise and the Peri and although the text is pure codswallop the music itself is gorgeous. Barbara Bonney is marvelous and even Christoph Prégardien, whom I'd not been parti...
by Scott Morrison
Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's 35-CD "Schumann Edition"
Replies: 24
Views: 4439

Re: DGG's 35-CD "Schumann Edition"

I knew I should have looked to see if anyone else had posted about this incredible box set. But I was so excited about it I just plunged in with a new thread. Thanks, Lance, for consolidating them.

As I write this I'm listening the incomparable Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing Dichterliebe. Heaven!
by Scott Morrison
Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's 35-CD "Schumann Edition"
Replies: 24
Views: 4439

35 Discs of Schumann's 'Masterworks' at an Astonishing Price

[I submitted this post not realizing there was already a thread about this box-set. Lance, bless him, has consolidated the two threads.] I just ran across an amazing bargain if this sort of thing appeals to you. 35 discs of music by Robert Schumann, all done by major artists on Deutsche Grammophon, ...
by Scott Morrison
Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert's Moments Musicaux -- Recommendations?
Replies: 16
Views: 12582

Re: Schubert's Moments Musicaux -- Recommendations?

Thanks to all for their recommendations. I'll have to think about what I'm going to get. (Or get them all. Naaahh!) I am intrigued by Lance's list. I've always loved Radu Lupu's Schubert. And Schnabel's. The recommendation of Serkin has me intrigued. Hmmm. What to do, what to do.
by Scott Morrison
Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert's Moments Musicaux -- Recommendations?
Replies: 16
Views: 12582

Schubert's Moments Musicaux -- Recommendations?

I've just discovered that through some unexplainable oversight my CD collection does not include any of Schubert's Moments Musicaux! Sonatas, yes, Impromptus, yes, Klavierstücke, yes, even four-hand music. But Moments Musicaux, no! Any recommendations?
by Scott Morrison
Sun Jun 13, 2010 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philadelphia Music Director Search Apparently Over
Replies: 38
Views: 4923

Re: Philadelphia Music Director Search Apparently Over

We live fairly close to Montréal and have heard him a number of times with the Orchestre Métropolitain. I've been very impressed. He is particularly good, I think, and not surprisingly, in the French repertoire. I remember a stunning Daphnis et Chloé, for instance.
by Scott Morrison
Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alexis Weissenberg: Love him? Hate him?
Replies: 21
Views: 3575

Re: Alexis Weissenberg: Love him? Hate him?

I may have missed it but I don't recall anyone mentioning the extraordinary film of Weissenberg playing the Three Movements from Petrouchka . It's utterly stunning, not only his playing but the film itself which uses very unusual editing to show Weissenberg playing from all angles. It was only after...
by Scott Morrison
Tue May 18, 2010 3:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A 99-cent mp3 album: proceeds go to Nashville flood relief
Replies: 0
Views: 461

A 99-cent mp3 album: proceeds go to Nashville flood relief

Naxos of America, based in Franklin, Tennessee, is making available for download from Amazon.com for 99 cents a 40-track mp3 album of classical selections, all 'water-themed'. 100% of the proceeds go to flood relief for flood-ravaged Nashville. Sounds like a super idea to me. Go to the link to see w...
by Scott Morrison
Sun May 09, 2010 7:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NAXOS American Classics series
Replies: 44
Views: 5991

Re: NAXOS American Classics series

American record companies do record American music just like the Brits and other Europeans do their own music. Just off the top of my head I'd suggest you might try the Albany, Delos, New World (formerly CRI), Dorian and Nonesuch labels, as well as the burgeoning Naxos American series. I'm sure othe...
by Scott Morrison
Sun May 02, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Performance by Marc-André Hamelin of Liszt's B Minor Sonata
Replies: 1
Views: 628

Performance by Marc-André Hamelin of Liszt's B Minor Sonata

A live performance of the Liszt B Minor Sonata by Marc-André Hamelin from the studio of Boston's WGBH. There's also an interview with Hamelin and he plays two of his own charming Etudes in all the Minor Keys (shades of Alkan!). link
by Scott Morrison
Sat May 01, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Hong Xu, Replacement for Paul Lewis Due to the Volcanic Ash
Replies: 3
Views: 1680

Re: Hong Xu, Replacement for Paul Lewis Due to the Volcanic Ash

It was both and I can't say it was more one than the other.
by Scott Morrison
Sat Apr 24, 2010 6:13 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Hong Xu, Replacement for Paul Lewis Due to the Volcanic Ash
Replies: 3
Views: 1680

Hong Xu, Replacement for Paul Lewis Due to the Volcanic Ash

Paul Lewis was due to give a recital here at Middlebury College (and play, among other things, the Schumann Fantasy). But he wasn't able to get out of Europe due to the volcanic ash disruption of air travel. He was replaced by a fellow artist from the Ingpen and Williams agency of London, Hong Xu. ...
by Scott Morrison
Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Surprisingly Wonderful Onslow String Quartets
Replies: 4
Views: 1048

Re: Surprisingly Wonderful Onslow String Quartets

Thanks for informing us about the 'other' Diotima, of whom I had known nothing. The things one learns here!!
by Scott Morrison
Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Surprisingly Wonderful Onslow String Quartets
Replies: 4
Views: 1048

Surprisingly Wonderful Onslow String Quartets

I can't get over how much I'm taken by this music by George Onslow. I wrote a review at Amazon.com for this recent CD . This is what I wrote: Wowee wow!! I had little expectation for this CD. I'd never heard of Quatuor Diotima and had heard previously heard enough music by George Onslow to believe t...
by Scott Morrison
Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Gould's Bach
Replies: 25
Views: 4962

Re: Richter on Gould's Bach

Gould's perfectionism comes across as coldness to me, now that I've heard many other great Bach interpreters, from Richter to Anne-Marie McDermott. I agree with you about McDermott. I've reviewed her Bach disc here . There appear to be some readers who don't agree with me, but what do they know? :l...
by Scott Morrison
Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I'm a lucky man!
Replies: 14
Views: 1904

Re: I'm a lucky man!

Apart from having a marvellous wife & son, and good physical health, I'm fortunate to live in a special place, and now have a job as tour guide in a whisky distillery. Here's what I mean: http://www.arranwhisky.com/Home.aspx I truly hope that you have at least some of the good luck that's come my w...
by Scott Morrison
Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A genius at work
Replies: 9
Views: 1489

Re: A genius at work

Moi aussi. I don't think I've ever hard any recording of Richter doing Debussy, but the idea of it is intriguing.
by Scott Morrison
Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New! Measha Brueggergosman CD on DGG
Replies: 5
Views: 906

Re: New! Measha Brueggergosman CD on DGG

Ooh, I hadn't heard about the ruptured aorta. I guess she's lucky to be alive.
by Scott Morrison
Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Marc-André Hamelin In Recital
Replies: 4
Views: 1204

Re: Marc-André Hamelin In Recital

As a former Kansas Citian -- for more than forty years -- I heartily agree with what you say about that fair city, Donaldopato. And I appreciate your review of the recital given by Hamelin. I envy you, especially for the Alkan and the delicious Haydn F Minor Variations. I was fortunate to hear him, ...
by Scott Morrison
Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New! Measha Brueggergosman CD on DGG
Replies: 5
Views: 906

Re: New! Measha Brueggergosman CD on DGG

A major, major talent, Ms Brueggergosman. And it looks, from the picture on the cover of this CD, as if she has slimmed down considerably.
by Scott Morrison
Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bizet's Pearl Fishers....recommendations please
Replies: 24
Views: 6648

Re: Bizet's Pearl Fishers....recommendations please

I am looking to elicit recommendations for Bizet's Pearl Fishers please. What is your favourite recording? I am not sure whether or not versions come sung in English but the one stipulation that I have is that it must be sung in French :D As it happens, our local opera company -- Opera Company of M...
by Scott Morrison
Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vivica Genaux
Replies: 7
Views: 1153

Re: Vivica Genaux

ch1525 wrote:
josé echenique wrote:If only Palin had been that lucky.
Hey, José, when's the last time you got paid $100,000 to give a speech. Yeah, she's doing pretty well for herself.
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. H. L. Mencken
by Scott Morrison
Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The First (1854) Version of Brahms's Piano Trio, Op. 8
Replies: 2
Views: 632

The First (1854) Version of Brahms's Piano Trio, Op. 8

I'd never heard it before. But there's a new recording. The CD also includes Steuermann's piano trio version of Verklärte Nacht. My review here.
by Scott Morrison
Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 24" of snow so far and still coming hard
Replies: 67
Views: 5253

Re: 24" of snow so far and still coming hard

Up here in balmy northern Vermont we're scratching our heads about your weather down South. Not that we mind. Still, our planned snowshoing tomorrow will require heading up into the mountains to find enough snow.
by Scott Morrison
Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boulez/Chicago/Stravinsky - Sensational New Live Recording
Replies: 7
Views: 1187

Re: Boulez/Chicago/Stravinsky - Sensational New Live Recording

karlhenning wrote:What did you think of the Pulcinella, Scott? Fellow elsewhere was unenthused by this reading.

Cheers,
~Karl
Apparently you didn't follow the link to my review. :? I loved it.
by Scott Morrison
Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boulez/Chicago/Stravinsky - Sensational New Live Recording
Replies: 7
Views: 1187

Boulez/Chicago/Stravinsky - Sensational New Live Recording

A really special hybrid SACD from Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony. Live performances of Stravinsky's Pulcinella, Four Études , and Symphony in Three Movements . I am more and more impressed with Boulez as a conductor. And, my god, he's now 85!! I remember when he was the hot new thing back in...
by Scott Morrison
Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most Classical Music Has Proved To Be Ephemeral
Replies: 79
Views: 4254

Re: Most Classical Music Has Proved To Be Ephemeral

stenka razin wrote:
jbuck919 wrote:
Scott Morrison wrote:Julius Röntgen
Didn't he discover X-rays? :)

His cousin, Wilhelm discovered the X Ray. 8)
I'm a physician, and when I wrote my original comment in fact I DID write Wilhelm and but only on proofreading realized I'd inadvertently slipped categories from music to medical science. :?
by Scott Morrison
Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most Classical Music Has Proved To Be Ephemeral
Replies: 79
Views: 4254

Re: Most Classical Music Has Proved To Be Ephemeral

And we are living in an absolute golden age, as regards recordings, of worthwhile but virtually forgotten music now being played, recorded and distributed. Just look at what the wonderful cpo label has done for the likes of Julius Röntgen, Otto Nicolai, Felix Weingartner, Johan Wagenaar, Ferdinand R...
by Scott Morrison
Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pieces of music you're sick of
Replies: 71
Views: 5630

Re: Pieces of music you're sick of

I'm not actually weary of this piece of music, but I'm weary of its being a persistent Uhrwurm since the HD broadcast of Carmen several weeks ago. It's the Card Scene. Oy, everytime I replace it with something else by listening to, say, Schubert (violin sonatinas) or Bartók (some of Mikrokosmos ), o...