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by Gregg
Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms - not as appreciated as Beethoven, Mozart... (?)
Replies: 148
Views: 90269

All the musicians I know in the real world worship Brahms as one of the "holy trinity" as has been stated here. As someone who came to Brahms later in life, I used to be surprised at the deep love people had for his music. Particularly musicians and music professionals (although this young crop kee...
by Gregg
Wed Sep 27, 2006 10:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Anyone listen to the BBC Mackerras broadcasts?
Replies: 0
Views: 602

Anyone listen to the BBC Mackerras broadcasts?

They tend to roll over old broadcasts with a new weeks material, but I just thought I'd pop in (I hardly have time to haunt, sorry) and suggest that any one interested give the Mackerras broadcasts a try. I've never paid a lot of attention to him, now that he's 80+ I'd better start. I keep trying th...
by Gregg
Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: So, what's the plan for your LP collections?
Replies: 31
Views: 7160

OK, I suppose I'd better stop taking that protein powder supplement to boost my musculature. Since I won't be hauling any records.


Gregg
by Gregg
Mon Jul 10, 2006 5:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: So, what's the plan for your LP collections?
Replies: 31
Views: 7160

My LPs have been in the attic for almost two decades. I won't take the trouble to get rid of them - my executor will. Ralph, I will gladly take your LPs so that you may have the satisfaction of knowing that your attic is cleared for the CD's which will soon to be replaced by the next audio media do...
by Gregg
Tue Jun 06, 2006 7:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Mitropoulos and Bachauer question
Replies: 6
Views: 3356

Yes, most definitely. Her Brahms 2 remains one of my favorites.

Gregg
by Gregg
Sat Jun 03, 2006 12:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: What's your favorite Beethoven symphony?
Replies: 55
Views: 24091

I don't really understand this - #4 and #2 are wonderful works... #4 is probably the most difficult technically...it's such a great piece. both 2 and 4 have great slow mvts - some of the best Beethoven ever wrote... I am sure that I am not alone in loving the beginning of Four. I have always wonder...
by Gregg
Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Can someone point out the difference?
Replies: 24
Views: 14884

My two cents would be for the Szell set for starters, it's a matter of taste. Szell or Karajan either would do to get an introduction to the symphonies on a very high level. I don't know that I follow similar advice for Brahms. Bruno Walter was my first set, and I still love it, even though many con...
by Gregg
Tue May 30, 2006 8:52 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Essential reading for newbie
Replies: 34
Views: 63140

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As a former comic book collector i remembered this, it's my only Corlyss knowledge. Not from my collection.

I'll add my 2 cents for Harold Schoenberg's book The Great Conductors and Great Pianists. Good beach reading.
by Gregg
Mon May 29, 2006 10:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: What's your favorite Beethoven symphony?
Replies: 55
Views: 24091

I voted for number 8. One reason is because no one else will, and the another is because it is the most misunderstood of all the symphonies, and I always root for the underdog. I have a suspicion that Beethoven wrote the work to prove that he could turn straw into gold. I mean, who could respect the...
by Gregg
Fri May 26, 2006 8:30 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Mendelssohn Oratorio suggestions wanted
Replies: 6
Views: 21486

My thanks to you all.

First it's a trip to Academy Records/CDs, since I hate to buy retail, if they are Elijah-less on to Tower!

I am inclined to buy an english performance. Shaw might be the ticket, we shall see what Academy provides...


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by Gregg
Thu May 25, 2006 7:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Mendelssohn Oratorio suggestions wanted
Replies: 6
Views: 21486

Mendelssohn Oratorio suggestions wanted

I don't know either St. Paul or Elijah, I'll probably try Elijah first. It will be vacation listening.

Any suggestions on a recording?


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by Gregg
Mon May 22, 2006 7:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Definitive performance -- is there such an animal?
Replies: 66
Views: 94182

Hah, here's where we differ! Thanks to Naxos Historical, I have had a chance to compare Toscanini and Furtwangler's performances of the Beethoven symphonies. : Hi keninottawa I was being a bit tongue and cheek, I should have written that we presume to have a lock on definitive.... You have to hang ...
by Gregg
Sun May 21, 2006 9:42 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Definitive performance -- is there such an animal?
Replies: 66
Views: 94182

Hi Pizza, Actually I have to hope that we never reach a consensus on definitive performance. I'm a Furtwangler fan and we tend to have a vice grip on definitive performances - but valid differences seem to be more exciting once I get to know a piece of music. I'm not trying to derail your thought, b...
by Gregg
Sat May 20, 2006 6:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Anyone attend Ruth Laredo's memorial, May 18, NYC?
Replies: 1
Views: 3497

I did, I don't get out much, but I had to see this. I never saw Ruth Laredo but I have a few LPs. It seems sort of wrong to talk about highlights, but ... the Edmund Battersby and James Tocco playing 2 works from the four hand arrangement of Ravel's Mother Goose was inspired. Paula Robison told some...
by Gregg
Sat May 20, 2006 5:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Jean Martinon: Big 9-CD box from Decca/England
Replies: 13
Views: 9254

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Hi Lance, It must be a bad pressing. The sound on the CD makes the recordings sound like records from the 1920's. I couldn't even play them in the car, and I thought I could play anything and get away with it in the car. I have a lot of the material on the set, but I wanted trouble free CDs of the B...
by Gregg
Fri May 19, 2006 11:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Jean Martinon: Big 9-CD box from Decca/England
Replies: 13
Views: 9254

The pressing of the Szell box was terrible. I hope these are better. I could not listen to those CDs and it had some of the Decca/London recordings that I love (i.e, Brahms and Dvorak). Martinon's recording of Saint Saen's 3rd was one of my first records. Soon followed by his Ravel recordings. So I ...
by Gregg
Fri May 19, 2006 11:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Vinyl......HERE TO STAY???
Replies: 17
Views: 10337

Frankly what amazes me is how many turntables there are, between the US, Asia and Europe there are hundreds of models. Most are several thousand dollars without the arm or cartridge. Before I started my site I was thiiisssssssss close to buying an expensive table and arm… Vinyl is definitely here to...
by Gregg
Fri May 19, 2006 11:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Trying to gain a firm foothold
Replies: 18
Views: 11345

Hi Mojo, Sorry I'm late to the party. You have received some great responses; personally I file by composer. I used to separate my LPs by stereo and mono orchestral/concerto & chamber. I simply got to busy and I never bought that expensive turntable with two arms – so now it’s one big composer wall....
by Gregg
Sun Apr 30, 2006 10:00 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What are some of your favorite classical music periodicals?
Replies: 17
Views: 10718

Classical Record Collector.

I read many different magazines off and on, but I learn the most with the above. I do get a lot of information online.


Gregg
by Gregg
Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Anna Wrote J.S.'s Six Cello Suites?
Replies: 19
Views: 4020

Ahh that’s the answer... if some one will only go to the Vienna Kunsthalle für Musikaccumulation and check the huge, but neglected, collection of Anna Magdalena manuscripts. Looking under “C” for cantata and we might be able to fill out the lost cantatas that we erroneously assumed would have been w...
by Gregg
Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Another Victim of Tokenism
Replies: 8
Views: 2547

One vote for Egdon Heath. A really great piece. Note: please do not listen to after Sibelius. The ballet music to the Perfect Fool is good, they are usually paired.

It has been a long time since I herd the choral music so I don't know what I'd think of it now.

Gregg
by Gregg
Sun Mar 05, 2006 10:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Gina Bachauer
Replies: 4
Views: 2001

Sorry to resurrect an old thread - but any Bachauer fan should try her recording of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2. Musically one of the best (well, the best) performances of the concerto. The only hitch is that the Mercury CD re-issue seems to gloss over the subtleties of the piano. It does bring out...
by Gregg
Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Expensive Sound System Goes to the Dogs
Replies: 4
Views: 1498

If they played Mozart the puppies would be smarter.....


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by Gregg
Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:27 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Big Three? Or Five? Or Seven? Or Ten?
Replies: 83
Views: 25616

To me the three b's will always be the big three.

Right now, the big three for me are: Brahms, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

Also, is it Beethoven or Mozart who was made into an Austrian, as the saying goes. I thought it was Mozart? I realize both were Wein-centric.


Gregg
by Gregg
Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:20 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Berio Ending for "Turandot"
Replies: 3
Views: 1402

I agree, the third act is awkward, How do you sing a love duet after the opera's only pure soul has just been tortured to death by Turandot? Perhaps Puccini would have emphasized the Fairy tale nature of the score, the Hero and the goddess removed us from reality? Certainly the libretto as it stands...
by Gregg
Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:20 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: I'm Back!
Replies: 67
Views: 36964

Zabar's does opera?

Well, I bet they have the best intermission spread.

I can see their contributor fundraising levels:

Caviar
Sturgeon
Lox spread


Gregg
by Gregg
Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: I'm Back!
Replies: 67
Views: 36964

Ralph wrote:I like herring in cream sauce.
Sorry, the Britten Herring only comes mit schmaltz


Gregg
by Gregg
Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: I'm Back!
Replies: 67
Views: 36964

Ralph, I too have not been on the site for a while. So what can I say, I'm glad your still with us, and recovering. A good friend of mine who beat cancer was felled by complications and is now beating all doctors predictions, having been given two weeks to live. So I'm uncharacteristically on the op...
by Gregg
Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Mahler and Chopin At 1st Week of Philharmonic Season
Replies: 4
Views: 3344

I attended the open rehearsal and listened to parts of the concert via my stereo. Fascinating contrasts from a listening perspective, but that's for a different forum. I think that the Honeymoon may be easing. In the Mahler, Maazel looked as if he was trying to pull a different type of performance f...
by Gregg
Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:01 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: E-mail Sent Tonight to New York Philharmonic Management
Replies: 14
Views: 4024

Ralph,

I hope they listen. These should remain free, and the $5.00 is meaningless. I am not sure why they would want to dissuade anyone. Now if they imposed a two drink minimum....


Gregg
by Gregg
Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:27 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: NAXOS Goes to Podcasting!
Replies: 12
Views: 3039

Hi Corlyss, On the upper right hand side of the Naxos home page there is a "log in" button it will take you to the subscription page. The service used to be free, as of (perhaps) two years ago. I have listened to most of the historical material and tried a lot of lesser known names that I would have...
by Gregg
Tue Sep 20, 2005 12:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: NAXOS Goes to Podcasting!
Replies: 12
Views: 3039

I have not tried the Naxos radio, but I'm happy with the $20.00 Naxos catalog subscription. I've heard a lot of new things and that has paid off for Naxos and other labels.

Gregg