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by C.B.
Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two new Beethoven cycles
Replies: 4
Views: 777

Two new Beethoven cycles

Hi guys (and gals). Been away for a while, thought you might find this interesting... The first cycle in question is from the Russian National Orchestra under Pletnev (DGG), and the other from Paavo Jarvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen on RCA. Heard excerpts of the Third and Fourth symph...
by C.B.
Tue Jun 26, 2007 10:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The absolute best Mahler Symphony Cycle (boxed set)
Replies: 43
Views: 11852

Lance wrote:It would be nice to see more VOTES on this post.
I abstained from voting because I prefer to pick and choose from individual recordings. But of couse, this is the problem with any "complete set", whether it's Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Haydn, or whatever.
by C.B.
Tue Jun 26, 2007 6:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gardiner, Gardiner. Where for thou art Gardiner?
Replies: 18
Views: 2607

Re: Gardiner, Gardiner. Where for thou art Gardiner?

The Pinnacle for me is his DVD on the Christmas Oratorio. WOW! Niklas Eklund on baroque trumpet is absolutely the best in the world. Effortless octave leaps and lip trills... even very low lip trills! Amazing. The Bass Aria, GroBer Herr, is accompanied by the trumpet, and what a masterful display o...
by C.B.
Mon Jun 25, 2007 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The absolute best Mahler Symphony Cycle (boxed set)
Replies: 43
Views: 11852

Abbado is a great Mahler conductor - his CSO recordings are esp fine - #5 is one of the best ever, right up there with Solti's, and his 1,2 and 6 are excellent as well. Wow--I never thought I'd find somebody who shares my opinion of Abbado's Fifth! Despite the gimmicky sound (DG added reverb to thi...
by C.B.
Fri May 25, 2007 9:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Good Trombone Player is Hard to Find
Replies: 6
Views: 1243

Re: A Good Trombone Player is Hard to Find

Robert Levine, principal viola of the Milwaukee Symphony and senior editor at the orchestral musicians' forum Polyphonic.org, said that for an orchestral position to stay open for two years is "probably on the farther end of normal," but not unheard of. "Five years would be weird," he said. Hell--t...
by C.B.
Fri May 25, 2007 3:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Gets New Period-Instruments Orchestra
Replies: 2
Views: 935

Re: Chicago Gets New Period-Instruments Orchestra

More generally, Clarke is aiming high. He fully intends to establish a group on the level of Toronto's Tafelmusik and San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque, the only two full-time period-instrument orchestras in North America. Whew! What about Boston Baroque or Apollo's Fire in Cleveland? Or the bar...
by C.B.
Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serenading bassoons
Replies: 14
Views: 3280

Lance - The IDRS Conference this year is from June 12-16 at Ithaca College. You owe it to yourself to check out the list of events on the webwsite--scads of recitals, lectures and masterclasses. Many of the world's top oboists and bassoonists will be there. The Alex Klein masterclass, for example (o...
by C.B.
Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serenading bassoons
Replies: 14
Views: 3280

IDRS=International Double Reed Society

http://idrs2.colorado.edu/home/
by C.B.
Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serenading bassoons
Replies: 14
Views: 3280

10-4, good buddy!

I assume by the moniker that you play a Heckel. Me, I'm stuck with a Renard 240 for the moment.

Any plans to attend the IDRS conference in Ithaca this June? My wife (an oboist) and I will be there.
by C.B.
Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serenading bassoons
Replies: 14
Views: 3280

Bassoonists do indeed play standing up (I know--I'm one myself). This almost certainly was the case in Mozart's day as well, as nearly every exant early bassoon--the ones I've seen, at any rate--has a eyelet at the top of the boot joint where a neck strap can be attached. Nowadays, bassoonists use e...
by C.B.
Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Salonen Adds London to L.A.
Replies: 10
Views: 1776

Lance wrote:I love the LA Philharmonic, but the "top" American orchestra? Please, give me a break! Did Boston and New York disappear down the ... drain?
Not to mention Chicago, Philadelphia and Cleveland!
by C.B.
Fri Nov 03, 2006 9:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Decca & Philips: October Newsletter
Replies: 5
Views: 1053

I remember that about 25 years ago, I heard a tape of a broadcast from East German radio which described the work being performed, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, as an "oratorio." Because Beethoven's setting of the Ordinary of the Mass ("Missa Solemnis" in D major Op. 123) is entirely unsuited for use...
by C.B.
Sat Oct 07, 2006 7:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Great Stravinsky Recordings
Replies: 49
Views: 12087

Re: Great Stravinsky Recordings

...and Solti/CSO which in some ways does Bernstein even better..the closing sections of Part I feature some of the most amazing orchestral playing I've ever heard... Sorry, but I can't go along with you on this one. Le Sacre was not Solti's piece, and the orchestra knows it. The orchestral playing ...
by C.B.
Sat Oct 07, 2006 8:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Great Stravinsky Recordings
Replies: 49
Views: 12087

Re: Great Stravinsky Recordings

...give me animal violence, and walloping impact for this masterpiece!! :lol: Bernstein/NYPO/1958 Solti/CSO Boulez/Cleveland... If that's the case, then the two following recorded performances should be on your list: Ozawa, Chicago Symphony on RCA--recorded 1968 Dorati, Detroit Symphony on London/D...
by C.B.
Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: In Memory of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
Replies: 8
Views: 1651

Wow--Alex Ross's description of the final measures of the "Neruda Songs" makes me want to rush and buy a copy of the CD as soon as it appears.

But it's not clear from the article--did Ms. Hunt-Lieberson record them before she died?
by C.B.
Mon Sep 18, 2006 3:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: An Interview with the New Oboist of the NY Phil.
Replies: 14
Views: 2668

I caught part of the NYP broadcast on PBS last night that included Maazel and the orchestra performing Beethoven's Eroica . Judging by the beautifully played oboe solo in the last movement, they've snagged themselves a winner. BTW, there were a few errors in the article. The cane is tied on--in one ...
by C.B.
Tue Aug 29, 2006 7:12 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Leopold Simoneau dies at 90
Replies: 2
Views: 846

Thanks for posting--I was beginning to fear that nobody here would remember the name!

Simoneau was indeed a great Mozart tenor, but I'll always cherish his recording of the solo in the Berlioz Requiem with Munch--no one has done it better.
by C.B.
Wed Aug 23, 2006 12:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Harpsichord=Piano? Wrong Again, WUSF-FM!
Replies: 46
Views: 6337

Ed Parmentier was a grad student at you-know-where when I was an undergrad. His harpsichord at the time was one of the first that I ever played. It was the 70s. Was that your instrument? Unfortunately, no. Ed has always been a staunch supporter of Keith Hill and his instruments. Never did understan...
by C.B.
Wed Aug 23, 2006 11:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Harpsichord=Piano? Wrong Again, WUSF-FM!
Replies: 46
Views: 6337

Are you actually a harpsichordist? It is far more difficult to realize that delicate touch than to master the normal touch of the piano, no matter what music you are playing. My main claim to fame is not as a performer, but as a builder--I was active in the '70s & '80s, and I like to think that I a...
by C.B.
Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:11 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Harpsichord=Piano? Wrong Again, WUSF-FM!
Replies: 46
Views: 6337

I guess we have to agree to disagree, and I certainly don't want to get into another argument like I did last night. Many people hear the timbre of the harpsichord exactly as you seem to hear that of the piano and find it detrimental to the realization of rapid passages, among other things. It is t...
by C.B.
Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Harpsichord=Piano? Wrong Again, WUSF-FM!
Replies: 46
Views: 6337

Can´t but agree. Even I find the technical properties and the sound of the modern piano completely unsuited for music at least from before 1750. Defenders of the modern piano claim, this is a question of taste, but it is rather a question of style. If someone claims, that Bachs organ music is bette...
by C.B.
Mon Jul 24, 2006 1:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Sad news about John Mack
Replies: 9
Views: 2584

No obit yet--I'll pass one on when I see it.

I don't believe it was John Mack for whom Francaix (not Poulenc) wrote L'horloge de flore--I seem to remember that this might have been for John de Lancie, but I couldn't find any verification of that on the Web just now.
by C.B.
Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:17 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Sad news about John Mack
Replies: 9
Views: 2584

Sad news about John Mack

Thought you all might like to know that John Mack, the former principal oboe of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell and others, died on Sunday. He had been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor just a few months ago, I believe. In a way, it's good that he went so fast--he and his family did...
by C.B.
Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Mozart Symphonies - Complete Sets
Replies: 26
Views: 7367

Anyone else familiar with the Hogwood and have opinions about it vs. other major contenders mentioned above? Last year I bought the complete set by Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert on Archiv, and I'm glad I did. The best place to buy it, BTW, is Archambault in Canada, much cheaper than in the...
by C.B.
Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: A Question about Mozart
Replies: 7
Views: 2402

Actually, the use of a keyboard in orchestral music was fairly widespread during most of the 18th century--its use went beyond the usual "continuo" practice of the Baroque, in that the keyboard could outline melodies in the treble, in addition to playing the bass line and filling in chords. Conventi...
by C.B.
Fri May 19, 2006 9:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Musica Antiqua Cologne stops!
Replies: 6
Views: 3056

It should be noted that Goebel is a left-handed violinist--that is, he bows with his left hand, rather than his right. I know this for a fact from seeing him perform live here in Detroit several years ago. This explains why he isn't listed as an orchestra member--only conductor--on many of the later...
by C.B.
Thu Apr 27, 2006 11:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Best Chamber Orchestra?
Replies: 16
Views: 4893

I dunno about that Ralph--there are two great chamber orchestras right in your hometown--The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and The Orchestra of St. Luke's--that I think are more exciting (and accessible) than the COE. For one thing, the oboe players in those groups--Randall Wolfgang and Stephen Taylor--...
by C.B.
Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:15 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: a good place for classical sheet music?
Replies: 7
Views: 2079

Patelson's is OK, but the place where the pros go to get scores and orchestral parts is Luck's Music (in my backyard) -

http://www.lucksmusic.com/
by C.B.
Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:46 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Wanted: NYC Summer Outdoor Venue for
Replies: 8
Views: 1761

"Wanted --NYC summer outdoor concert venue for the world's greatest orchestra"

So the Vienna Philharmonic is coming to New York--that's great news!
by C.B.
Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Digital Music Playback for Audiophiles
Replies: 5
Views: 2799

Unfortunately (or "Fortunately" depending on how you look at it), I'm one of those audiophiles that can't STAND the sound of mp3s. They drive me absolutely nuts. Hell, I can't even stand to listen to the radio. So, no thanks. :D -G Ditto. I can bearly tolerate the sound of CDs as it is. Now, SACD a...
by C.B.
Fri Apr 21, 2006 6:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Favorite MISPRONUNCIATIONS of composers' names
Replies: 16
Views: 3137

Mispronunciations

The most egregious mispronunciation, to my mind, is the typical American rendition of the name of German baroque organist/composer Johannes Pachelbel (older contemporary of Sebastian Bach). No, it does NOT rhyme with the name of a Mexican fast-food restaurant! In Germany, where I lived for several y...
by C.B.
Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:03 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ronald Brautigam, Dutch pianist
Replies: 10
Views: 2705

Brautigam is indeed "a pianist to watch". I have both volumes of his Beethoven series on BIS (all that has been issued so far), and the playing is stunning. If all you are used to in Beethoven is Rubinstein, Serkin, Bachaus, etc., then you will be in for a bit of a shock. The tempos are fleet, but s...
by C.B.
Wed Mar 08, 2006 10:17 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Jan Dismas Zelenka; is he a great composer or what?
Replies: 3
Views: 860

Dresden

Nice article about Zelenka and Dresden. The truth of the matter is, Dresden was an amazing center of music during the reign of Augustus the Strong, with many composers active at court and vying for recognition (nothing wrong with a little competition, I guess). Just consider this partial list of nam...
by C.B.
Fri Feb 24, 2006 11:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Pseudonyms for orchestras
Replies: 24
Views: 7075

Mention should also be made of the "Columbia Symphony Orchestra", which was in reality at least four different groups through the years. Formed by CBS/Columbia for their various in-house recording projects, the name was used for pick-up orchestras in New York (recordings by Bruno Walter and Leonard ...
by C.B.
Tue Feb 21, 2006 10:46 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Detroit S. O. Looks to Fill Jarvi's Big Shoes
Replies: 2
Views: 731

I'm surprised that Lawrence B. Johnson didn't mention the recent appearance at the helm of the DSO by Andrey Boreyko, who did a bang-up job with Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel and Second Horn Concerto (our principal horn, Carl Pituch, was phenomenal). Along with Peter Oundjian (who did an outstanding M...
by C.B.
Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Hélène Grimaud's new recording of the Schumann Concerto
Replies: 6
Views: 1676

Hélène Grimaud's new recording of the Schumann Concerto

I caught the first movement on Jurgen Gothe's program yesterday--did anybody else hear it?

Oh my gawd--absolutely blew me away! This could be a performance for the ages. Orchestra (Dresden) was good, too.
by C.B.
Mon Feb 06, 2006 11:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Trumpets in Cantatas before Bach
Replies: 12
Views: 2361

It has always seemed to me an act of wonderful imagination for Bach to draw in the the incredibly talented town trumpeters and use them the way he did. I have to wonder how many sociable beers they had together to make it click. In the second Brandenburg, you can almost hear the wheels turning in h...
by C.B.
Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Review of new history of Western music
Replies: 8
Views: 1755

Fascinating--one can always count on the iconoclastic Taruskin for an engaging read, and Charles Rosen's review is nearly as interesting. I doubt, however, that a three-volume work, however stimulating, will ever supplant the firmly-established, single-volume Grout in undergraduate music history cou...
by C.B.
Mon Feb 06, 2006 7:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Trumpets in Cantatas before Bach
Replies: 12
Views: 2361

I can only give the sketchiest beginning of a response. I believe that Gabrieli's famous antiphonal music for the Cathedral of St. Mark in Venice makes extensive use of the trumpet. Other uses of which I am aware, such as the prelude to Orfeo by Monteverdi and one movement in the Christmas Oratoria...
by C.B.
Fri Feb 03, 2006 3:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Big Three? Or Five? Or Seven? Or Ten?
Replies: 83
Views: 16613

Just for the record, I wasn't trying to limit myself to the Renaissance & Baroque (my tastes range up to the present day), but rather to show that there are scores of composers earlier than Bach worthy of consideration, and that to compile a list of the Big Three, or Big Ten, or even Big Fifty is ra...
by C.B.
Fri Feb 03, 2006 1:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Big Three? Or Five? Or Seven? Or Ten?
Replies: 83
Views: 16613

Three Bs

To get back to the original topic... Since the discussion was about the Pantheon, and since we were asked (allowed) to expand past the number Three, I'm surprised that no one has felt the urge to reach back in time. Somebody mentioned Monteverdi, who should be on everyone's short list. But how about...
by C.B.
Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:44 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: At now at 71 Norrington tackles Mahler
Replies: 8
Views: 1737

Norington

There are several troubling aspects to this discussion, so I'll try to deal with them more or less in descending order of importance. First and formost, when the New York Times cites Norrington's Beethoven as some kind of watershed event in the HIP (Historically Informed Performance) movement, I hav...
by C.B.
Wed Nov 02, 2005 12:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Neeme Jarvi
Replies: 13
Views: 2566

Neeme and the DSO

I've had the opportunity to sample Neeme (as he's always referred to around here) and his conducting on many occaisions over the 15 years he's been in Detroit. Undoubtedly, he has been a major boost to the prestige and morale of the orchestra during this time. The Chandos contract has done wonders f...
by C.B.
Wed Oct 12, 2005 12:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Who is buying SACDs vs regular CDs?
Replies: 4
Views: 1125

SACD

A few months ago, I bought a cheap Toshiba universal DVD player (with SACD), and even though the player hardly qualifies in audiophile circles, and despite the rather awkward controls and extremely slow loading time, the sound from this unit is noticeably better than RBCD. So much so that now-- 1) I...
by C.B.
Mon Oct 10, 2005 3:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Brahms Symphonies
Replies: 43
Views: 7883

Brahms Symphonies

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the following conductors:

Carlos Kleiber/VPO - No. 4

Istvan Kertesz/VPO - all 4

Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia - all 4

James Levine/CSO - all 4

The latter set is especially fine, full of red-blooded, spontaneous music-making, and cries out for re-issue on CD.
by C.B.
Thu Oct 06, 2005 6:15 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble
Replies: 10
Views: 2065

I'm not sure if it's common knowledge on this side of the Atlantic, but Philip Jones was for many years the Principal Trumpet of the Old Philharmonia. He can be heard on all those great old recordings of Klemperer, Guilini, Karajan, etc. etc.
by C.B.
Wed Sep 21, 2005 4:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: HUNGARIAN CONDUCTORS--Weren't they real meanies!?
Replies: 28
Views: 5616

One more Dorati story

...told to me by Neville Marriner, when he was guest conducting the Detroit Symphony at Meadowbrook, sometime in the late '70s. It is general knowledge that Dorati was a regular conductor of the London Symphony during the '50s and '60s, when Marriner was Principal Second Violin of that group. And, o...
by C.B.
Mon Sep 19, 2005 4:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: HUNGARIAN CONDUCTORS--Weren't they real meanies!?
Replies: 28
Views: 5616

Dorati

I was a member of the Kenneth Jewell Chorale during the years that Antal Dorati was Music Director of the Detroit Symphony, roughly 1977-1983, and as such, I had a chance to sing under the Hungarian maestro on many occasions. To his credit, Dorati was a big supporter of choral music--he included the...
by C.B.
Tue Sep 13, 2005 11:03 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Don't Send Your Kid to a Conservatory
Replies: 24
Views: 6037

Or the comparison between a scientist, and engineer, an accountant, and a classical musician--

A scientist asks, "why does it work?" An engineer asks, "how does it work?" An accountant asks, "how much does it cost?" A classical musician asks, "do you want fries with that?"