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by Ted Quanrud
Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 463880

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71H%2BqCwYXEL._SX522_.jpg This arrived at the station this week. Piano four-hands arrangements of Smetana's Moldau; Liszt's Les Preludes and the Allegro from Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony by their respective composers, together with transcriptions of Ravel's La Va...
by Ted Quanrud
Tue May 19, 2015 6:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical music streams
Replies: 6
Views: 822

Re: Classical music streams

Thank you for sharing this.
by Ted Quanrud
Sat May 09, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recommend me a period Beethoven cycle, please..?
Replies: 13
Views: 1718

Re: Recommend me a period Beethoven cycle, please..?

If money is no object, I'd follow Pepe's advice and opt for the second Bruggen cycle. The first cycle is very good, but in my opinion is surpassed in most of the symphonies by Bruggen's second shot at them. I also like the Gardiner set on Archiv, although like Bruggen, his second thoughts on several...
by Ted Quanrud
Wed May 06, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gardiner Bach Cantatas
Replies: 4
Views: 849

Re: Gardiner Bach Cantatas

Thanks to the generosity of a wonderful friend, I acquired both the Gardiner and Suzuki sets as they were issued as single volumes. I also have the Leonhardt/Harnoncourt set, as well ax substantial chunks of the Koopman set. The station where I am a volunteer program host has the Rilling. Forced to ...
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2015 Pulitzer for Music
Replies: 1
Views: 626

2015 Pulitzer for Music

The 2015 Pulitzers have been announced. This is from the official website: For distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Awarded to "Anthracite Fields," by Julia Wolfe , premi...
by Ted Quanrud
Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schenectedy: It's not fair
Replies: 27
Views: 2111

Re: Schenectedy: It's not fair

I wish I could have the choice, but my community hasn't had classical music offerings of this caliber in years. Forced to choose one, it would be Winterreise. Like others here, I am not enthusiastic about Bostridge's voice, but deeply admire his interpretive abilities. His profound knowledge of the ...
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3905
Views: 463880

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71D1vN0cELL._SL1500_.jpg A fascinating release. Lowenthal plays the 4th concerto very simply and directly, Thanks to CD technology (and a proper player), you can program in about 8 different cadenzas for the 1st and 4rd movements by the likes of Clara Schumann,...
by Ted Quanrud
Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Noted critic, Andrew Porter, dead
Replies: 2
Views: 507

Noted critic, Andrew Porter, dead

The English music critic, Andrew Porter, has died at 86. During his 20 years at The New Yorker, he shared his immense erudition with the magazine's readers in impeccable prose. He was a joy to read. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/arts/music/andrew-porter-new-yorker-classical-music-critic-dies-at-...
by Ted Quanrud
Fri Apr 03, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: French speaking/translation problem!
Replies: 8
Views: 1234

Re: French speaking/translation problem!

Hi Lance -- I found this on the web: "First, the "Mxnxstrxndxsx" in the title is the way Couperin rendered the name, which he here feigns to consider unspeakable and unprintable, of the Parisian guild of minstrels, the Confrérie de St. Julien-des-Ménétriers. In Couperin's time, there was a running c...
by Ted Quanrud
Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andre Rieu Named Next Music Director Of New York Philharmon
Replies: 7
Views: 1000

Re: Andre Rieu Named Next Music Director Of New York Philhar

One of the funniest April Fool's jokes I've seen this year. Many thanks.
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remarkable orchestrators of other composers
Replies: 34
Views: 2223

Re: Remarkable orchestrators of other composers

Bach's music for organ has often been orchestrated with variable results. For me, the finest example is Elgar's orchestration of the Fantasia and Fugue in C minor. The Fantasia is almost unbearably poignant, especially in the hands of a conductor who understands how the percussion can give the music...
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Avery Fisher Hall now Geffen Hall
Replies: 17
Views: 1309

Re: Avery Fisher Hall now Geffen Hall

slofstra wrote:
Ted Quanrud wrote:Let's just be grateful it is not Donald Tump Hall.
Donald Trump wouldn't be happy with the missing 'r' either. :lol:
You're right! Maybe a missing 'T' would be more appropriate.
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera singers die in air crash
Replies: 39
Views: 2801

Re: Opera singers die in air crash

The crash occurred less than 150 miles from the site where Air France Flight 178 went down on Sept. 1, 1953, killing 42, including the renowned violinist Jacques Thibaud. Thibaud's 1720 Stradivarius was also destroyed. The plane was making its final approach to Nice when it struck Mt Cemet in the Fr...
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Avery Fisher Hall now Geffen Hall
Replies: 17
Views: 1309

Re: Avery Fisher Hall now Geffen Hall

Let's just be grateful it is not Donald Tump Hall.
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Schubert lied: "Delphine" - a beauty!
Replies: 22
Views: 984

Re: A Schubert lied: "Delphine" - a beauty!

Forgive me if the question is otiose, but I presume the CDs are not included? I have about 27 of the Hyperion CDs, but would be tempted by the lot. I'd like to know myself. Incidientally, the Erlkönig in that set is a less than stunning performance. Margaret Price is OK, but apparently Johnson was ...
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Schubert lied: "Delphine" - a beauty!
Replies: 22
Views: 984

Re: A Schubert lied: "Delphine" - a beauty!

Hi Lance -- I have both the Hyperion Schubert Edition and the new, three-volume "Franz Schubert: The Complete Songs." I had acquired the individual CDs as they were issued starting in the late 1980s. When Hyperion announced the entire undertaking would be issued in a single box, I happily boxed them...
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Schubert lied: "Delphine" - a beauty!
Replies: 22
Views: 984

Re: A Schubert lied: "Delphine" - a beauty!

Another "Delphine" worthy of consideration is that of the late Arleen Auger, accompanied by Graham Johnson, in Volume 9 of the Hyperion Schubert Edition. Auger performed and recorded a considerable amount of Schubert in her career, and although this was taped late, you would never guess it. While on...
by Ted Quanrud
Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where are all the ladies on CMG?
Replies: 54
Views: 4160

Re: Where are all the ladies on CMG?

I too am dismayed by the small percentage of women participants in this forum. I miss Corlyss and I can't recall of hearing from Agnes lately. I'm glad Dulcinea chooses to hang in there with the rest of us. In truth, all the classical record collectors I personally know, save one, are men. That one ...
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does the late Wolfgang Sawallisch fare in your lineup?
Replies: 23
Views: 2522

Re: How does the late Wolfgang Sawallisch fare in your lineu

I think, as a summer project, I will pesent a month long series of radio programs on Sawallisch. I'm using material from the Korean 25-CD Decca box as well as the EMI/Warner Icon set among several single CDs ... featuring him as the conductor with orchestra - and perhaps one program with Sawallisch...
by Ted Quanrud
Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: At This Moment The Mustelids ...
Replies: 9
Views: 1189

Re: At This Moment The Mustelids ...

The blind harpist, singer and composer Turlough O'Carolan (Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin) (1670 – 25 March 1738) has been called Ireland's national composer. I have a wonderful CD of harpist Patrick Ball playing music of O'Carolan, including such selections as "Carolan's Receipt for Drinking," Carol...
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aldo Ciccolini 1925-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 2130

Re: Aldo Ciccolini 1925-2015

This was posted on the Warner Classics site today. It says a lot about this remarkable musician. I certainly don't agree with all he has to say, but his honesty is unassailable. Aldo Ciccolini in his own words "Thoughts and reminiscences from the legendary pianist, who passed away yesterday. For the...
by Ted Quanrud
Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions of Solti's Wagner "Parsifal" on Decca
Replies: 11
Views: 1424

Re: Opinions of Solti's Wagner "Parsifal" on Decca

I heard the Solti/Parsifal for the first time just this past year -- it was included in DGG's all-the-Wagner-operas box. Given the participants, it is as one would expect a fine performance, and were I allowed to have it as my only recording of Parsifal, I would be content. Fortunately, I can have a...
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remember Collins Classics?
Replies: 8
Views: 1313

Re: Remember Collins Classics?

According to Wikipedia, "Collins Classics was a record label which specialised in classical music. It was founded in 1989. Artists who recorded for the label included Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Duke Quartet, choral group the Sixteen, Harry Christophers and Joanna MacGregor. In 2008 the label was ...
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I wonder how the "mega-boxes" are selling?
Replies: 7
Views: 636

Re: I wonder how the "mega-boxes" are selling?

Shelf space does become a problem and if there is much duplicity/triplicity (as in the case of Richter), one can always sell the single items on Amazon or eBay. Forgive me, Lance, but you are dealing with an old and cranky, former copy editor here. I think you mean "duplication." While there is cer...
by Ted Quanrud
Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speaking of OBOISTS ...
Replies: 4
Views: 493

Re: Speaking of OBOISTS ...

In May 1990, I had an excellent seat in Chicago's Symphony Hall to hear the CSO's renowned principal oboist. Ray Still Still, play Strauss's Oboe Concerto, accompanied by the CSO, conducted by Klaus Tennstedt. I'll let the Sun Times Robert Marsh provide the description: "Klaus Tennstedt is presiding...
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The mega Richter box is upon us: 51 CDs
Replies: 31
Views: 3822

Re: The mega Richter box is upon us: 51 CDs

It doesn't seem like this new box would be worth getting, although it would take me half an hour to really figure it out. It might help if someone could tell me how EMI relates to Decca, DG and Philips. I really can't keep track of who owns who any more. I believe that EMI and Decca are related at ...
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The mega Richter box is upon us: 51 CDs
Replies: 31
Views: 3822

Re: The mega Richter box is upon us: 51 CDs

Thanks, Lance, for the heads-up. It's on order.
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anatol Ugorski, pianist
Replies: 14
Views: 2477

Anatol Ugorski, pianist

Hi Lance --

Check out Archiv Music at http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/Dri ... mp_id=3127
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How Was Your Introduction to Haydn?
Replies: 10
Views: 1271

Re: How Was Your Introduction to Haydn?

We're talking ancient history (and an undependable memory) here, but I think it was the Beecham set of the London symphonies. The local library had added it to their collection, and I was fortunate enough to be the first to check it out before the people with the five-pound tonearms and a tendency t...
by Ted Quanrud
Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Year's Gongs
Replies: 3
Views: 471

New Year's Gongs

The New Year's Honours have been announced, and BBC Music Magazine has scoured the list (I gave up after about 300 of more than 1,000 names) to find out if the British government cares about classical music. It apparently does, but not much. Here's the story: Leading figures in classical music award...
by Ted Quanrud
Thu Jan 01, 2015 9:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy New Year!
Replies: 6
Views: 688

Re: Happy New Year!

Thank you, Maestro, and may I add my best wishes to you and to all CMGers for a Happy New Year!
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2014 Classical Music Necrology
Replies: 0
Views: 555

2014 Classical Music Necrology

It's that time of year again to look back and remember people who have bettered our lives through music and have passed from the scene. My editing of the following list taken from Wikipedia leaves only the people I have heard of and probably all too well reflects my prejudices and ignorance. • Janua...
by Ted Quanrud
Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baroque Christmas Playlist... !
Replies: 14
Views: 1543

Re: Baroque Christmas Playlist... !

Merry Christmas, everyone. Here's my Christmas playlist for 2014" Plainchant: A solis ortus cardine Tallis Scholars/Philips Martin Luther: Christum wir sollen loben schon Roskilde Cathedral Choir/Oleson Byrd: Puer natus est nobis Handle & Haydn Society Choir/Llewellyn Handel: Messiah: For unto us a ...
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Dec 22, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My other Christmas message
Replies: 14
Views: 1044

Re: My other Christmas message

Here are two other Christmas pieces. The first one is of no use to most of us,and would not be to me except that is pure fun. The second will also be known to every one of you, but when I worked for the Center for Applied Linguistics, we happened to have a capable quartet to sing this with indoor c...
by Ted Quanrud
Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYT critics pick "best" CDs of 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 911

NYT critics pick "best" CDs of 2014

Here we go again The critics of the New York Times have announced their picks for best recordings of 2014. The list is about as worthwhile as similar efforts from Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and the like. Classical Critics Pick the Top Music Recordings of 2014 By ANTHONY TOMMASINI DEC. 18, 2014 H...
by Ted Quanrud
Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stocking Stuffers under $20
Replies: 6
Views: 885

Re: Stocking Stuffers under $20

Thanks for posting this. I have the larger Das Alte Werke set, which the Sony almost perfectly complements. Only the Goldbergs are repeated in different recordings. I was unaware of the Sony set, but it's on order now.
by Ted Quanrud
Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca's "Complete" Rachmaninoff boxed set
Replies: 11
Views: 1270

Re: Decca's "Complete" Rachmaninoff boxed set

Why the scare quotes around "complete"? Is there something missing from these sets? The quotation marks are warranted in the case of the Brilliant Classics box, which states on the back cover: "This set contains the officially published works with opus number and does not contain incomplete/unfinis...
by Ted Quanrud
Thu Dec 11, 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pabst and More?
Replies: 6
Views: 345

Re: Pabst and More?

I have a recording of the Pabst concerto with Oleg Marshev. It's pretty good, but I wouldn't call it blue ribbon.
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lydia Mordkovitch Passes Away At 70
Replies: 4
Views: 1042

Re: Lydia Mordkovitch Passes Away At 70

Hi Mel -- Thanks for the heads-up on this. After signing up with Chandos Records, Ms. Mordkovitch made a memorable series of recordings of 20th Century British composers. I will broadcast her recording of Ernest Moeran's violin concerto on my Sunday night program. Gramophone's redoubtable Edward Gre...
by Ted Quanrud
Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Ricordanza!
Replies: 7
Views: 915

Re: Happy Birthday, Ricordanza!

Happy birthday and best wishes for many, many more!
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin: Fantasy on Polish Airs, Op. 13
Replies: 7
Views: 1487

Re: Chopin: Fantasy on Polish Airs, Op. 13

I first heard the Fantasy on Polish Airs about 1970, when I unwisely bought the EMI set of all the Chopin concerted works with Alexis Weissenberg, accompanied by a French orchestra conducted by Stanislax Skrowaczewski. Loved the music, hated most of the performances. Today, I have the following reco...
by Ted Quanrud
Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grammy nominees
Replies: 0
Views: 482

Grammy nominees

The 2015 Grammy nominees have been announced. Frankly, I think they they are just about as meaningful as any other music awards, only noisier Here's the classical list: 74. BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE Adams, John: City Noir David Robertson, conductor (St. Louis Symphony) Label: Nonesuch Dutilleux: S...
by Ted Quanrud
Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some favorite recordings of 2014.
Replies: 11
Views: 1237

Re: Some favorite recordings of 2014.

Hi Pepe -- As usual, your annual listing of favorite recordings acquired over the past year is both impressive and inspiring. My own, more meager list, contains some duplicates, purchased on your recommendation from other threads. Here goes: Cecilia Bartoli's mannerisms are becoming more pronounced,...
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Amazon Classical Music Forum Slaps Our Faces............!
Replies: 97
Views: 7206

Re: Amazon Classical Music Forum Slaps Our Faces............

Seán wrote:
karlhenning wrote:Was just working on a flute and alto sax duet for my nieces, in fact . . . .

Cheers,
~k.
How lovely.
It is indeed lovely -- something I wish I had the talent to do for my nieces. As it is, they get Barnes & Noble gift certificates.
by Ted Quanrud
Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving!
Replies: 15
Views: 1460

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have much to be thankful for in 2014. I weathered a third heart attack, a new pacemaker, two cancerous tumors (both basal cell, so not that serious) and diabetes. I paid my house off. I acquired the audio speakers of my dreams. I heard Sir John Eliot Gardiner conduct Bach and Handel and Susan Grah...
by Ted Quanrud
Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: The Orcheste Révolutionnaire et Romantique in Mexico
Replies: 8
Views: 2685

Re: The Orcheste Révolutionnaire et Romantique in Mexico

Hi Pepe -- I had hoped to be at the Gardiner concerts in Mexico City, but health matters interfered. Your review makes me wish I had told my doctor that the new pacemaker could wait, and that two evenings with Sir John, the ORR and the wonderful Susan Graham would probably do my heart more good than...
by Ted Quanrud
Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jokes So Awful They Could Provoke You To Murder
Replies: 163
Views: 28785

Re: Jokes So Awful They Could Provoke You To Murder

How many Episcopalians does it take to change a light bulb?

Three: One to call the electrician, one to mix the drinks and one to talk about how much better the old one was.
by Ted Quanrud
Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jokes So Awful They Could Provoke You To Murder
Replies: 163
Views: 28785

Re: Jokes So Awful They Could Provoke You To Murder

Why do the French eat only one egg for breakfast?

Because one egg is "un oeuf."