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by val
Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Good vuvuzela music
Replies: 7
Views: 534

Re: Good vuvuzela music

To me, vuvuzela is not even an acceptable noise. Music?
by val
Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Schubert's "Moments musicaux" (complete)
Replies: 18
Views: 1879

Re: Taking Stock: Schubert's "Moments musicaux" (complete)

Rudolf Serkin is remarkable. In fact, he was always deeply inspired when playing Schubert. But my favorite, because of his elegance, classic balance, dynamic, and even a certain tenderness: Clifford Curzon, another pianist who was always at his best in Schubert (his version of the Sonata D. 850 is e...
by val
Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2153708

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

RAVEL: Piano Trio, Sonata for violin & cello, Sonata for violin & piano / Trio Dali A recording from 2008, with a great perfection in the details, very clear and with a good sense of the rhythmic contrasts. Perhaps the best version of the Sonata Violin/Cello. In the Trio I still prefer the Beaux-Art...
by val
Sat Jun 26, 2010 4:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2153708

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

ERNST KRENEK: Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae

/ RIAS Kammerchor, Marcus Creed

A very personal work, not without a certain beauty, but almost abstract. It is difficult to me to love a music that seems to avoid any emotion. In special using a text as dramatic as the Lamentations of Jeremiah.
by val
Thu Jun 24, 2010 4:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How Do You Rate FIDELIO?
Replies: 23
Views: 1095

Re: How Do You Rate FIDELIO?

The libretto and the plot may seem a little absurd and the characters are too unidimensional, because Beethoven is not interested in their psychological singularity. They are more symbols, ethical symbols. In this aspect, Fidelio always reminds me of Moses und Aron. This said, the music is extraordi...
by val
Mon Jun 21, 2010 4:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin's Polonaise Op 26 - your thoughts please
Replies: 42
Views: 2859

Re: Chopin's Polonaise Op 26 - your thoughts please

In both Polonaises opus 26, I like the version of Rubinstein, powerful, with a good sense of the architecture of the works. But I would like, in some moments, more elegance and attention to the details. Regarding the First Polonaise I remember being very impressed by an old recording of Svjatoslav R...
by val
Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you could have a major composer as a close friend?
Replies: 18
Views: 932

Re: If you could have a major composer as a close friend?

Bartok or Enescu. Both were not only extraordinary composers but also great men, living according to ethical principles.
by val
Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Desprez "Missa Pange Lingua"
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Desprez "Missa Pange Lingua"

I have two versions:

The Tallis Scholars, my favorite.

The version of the Ensemble Clement Janequin with the Ensemble Organum includes several Gregorian pieces between the movements of the Mass. So their version takes 51'34'' against the 29'25'' of the Tallis Scholars.
by val
Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Hans Rosbaud (conductor) Thread
Replies: 14
Views: 2306

Re: The Hans Rosbaud (conductor) Thread

The first time I heard Schönberg's "Moses und Aron" it was in the version conducted by Rosbaud. I don't remember the name of the soloist who performed Moses but I think that Aron was Helmuth Krebs. It was powerful but the sound was not very good. Years later Boulez and Gielen recorded versions with ...
by val
Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: C.B.E. For Mitsuko Uchida.............Well Deserved Honour!
Replies: 12
Views: 619

Re: C.B.E. For Mitsuko Uchida.............Well Deserved Honour!

Uchida recorded a splendid version of Schönberg's piano concerto, with Boulez and the best version of Webern's Variations opus 27 (very superior to Pollini or Rosen).

It was a big surprise to me, since I never liked her interpretations of Mozart.
by val
Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nielsen's Comic Opera Maskarade On DVD
Replies: 1
Views: 222

Re: Nielsen's Comic Opera Maskarade On DVD

Masquerade is a very beautiful opera, in special the 3rd act. I had a version in an LP from Unicorn, directed by Frandsen, and it is the only I ever heard.

I will try to find the DVD you mentioned.
by val
Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann 200
Replies: 56
Views: 5886

Re: Schumann 200

Listened again last night Schumann's last works. The Variations are not very inspired, seem pale and emotionally empty ... I think that Brahms was right when he showed his opposition to the publication of this work, even if he used one of the themes for his own Variations opus 23. But "Gesange der f...
by val
Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2153708

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

BOCCHERINI: 6 String Quartets opus 2 / Alea Ensemble

This music sounds very personal, with moments of remarkable inspiration like the Quartet in C minor. In this period Haydn didn't do better in his first two opus.
by val
Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Brahms: Piano Sonata #3 in F Minor, Op. 5
Replies: 23
Views: 4993

Re: Taking Stock: Brahms: Piano Sonata #3 in F Minor, Op. 5

I remember seing Rubinstein playing this Sonata in a concert, with his usual enthusiasm when he played live.

But his recording is not at that level.

My favorite version is the one of Curzon. Perfect articulation, emotion, superb dynamic.

Then, perhaps Arrau, Lupu and Kissin.
by val
Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn: Creation. Your Favourite Disks?
Replies: 37
Views: 1280

Re: Haydn: Creation. Your Favourite Disks?

The first version of Karajan may seem too dense and massive in certain moments.But he is powerful and with the best vocal soloists we can imagine (in special Janowitz and Wunderlich). No one played the Chaos the way Karajan did: it is unforgettable.
by val
Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2153708

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

RICHARD STRAUSS: Vier letzte Lieder / Gundula Janowitz, BPO, Karajan Janowitz voice is beautiful, the Berlin Philharmonic has also a beautiful color. A version a bit slow that never reaches the intense emotion of Schwarzkopf and Ackermann. But it is better than the version that Karajan recorded year...
by val
Thu Jun 03, 2010 4:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In Six Months, the First Decade of the 21st Century Ends:
Replies: 8
Views: 480

Re: In Six Months, the First Decade of the 21st Century Ends:

For now, I can only remember one composer: Hugues Dufour. Some of the parts of his masterpiece Les Hivers were composed in 2001. But he is not exactly a young man. Regarding interpreters, the most recent good surprise I had, was the Jerusalem String Quartet. I have also a great hope in the pianists ...
by val
Mon May 31, 2010 4:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The voice of soprano Anita Cerquetti [Decca]
Replies: 14
Views: 1359

Re: The voice of soprano Anita Cerquetti [Decca]

I only heard Cerquetti in Gioconda. It was an old LP, with Del Monaco, Bastianini, Siepi and Simionato. In fact it was the only complete version of this opera that I ever had. All of them were great, deeply living their characters and with very beautiful voices.
by val
Sat May 29, 2010 4:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Else Did Igor Fedorovich Write ...
Replies: 14
Views: 577

Re: What Else Did Igor Fedorovich Write ...

I think that The Rite of Spring was Stravinsky's supreme achievement. But he composed other masterpieces: Petrushka, Les Noces, L'Histoire du Soldat, the Symphony in three movements, the Symphony of Psalms, the Mass, the Cantata, the ballet Orfeus, Le Chant du Rossignol, Renard, In Memoriam Dylan Th...
by val
Thu May 27, 2010 4:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kondrashin's Melodiya Recordings
Replies: 20
Views: 1977

Re: Kondrashin's Melodiya Recordings

To me, the most remarkable recordings of Kondrashin are the box with Shostakovitch 15 Symphonies (in special the n. 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 & 13) and his recording of Glinka's Russlan and Ludmila with fabulous singers such as Nelepp, Lemeshev, Petrov and Firsova. I also love his recordings of Chopin's Fir...
by val
Thu May 27, 2010 2:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RCA: Paavo Järvi's Bruckner 7th review by Gary Lemco
Replies: 5
Views: 764

Re: RCA: Paavo Järvi's Bruckner 7th review by Gary Lemco

It was a big surprise to me, since I never liked much Paavo Jarvi.

But this is a splendid version, perhaps the second best - with those of van Beinum, Jochum and Furtwängler - after the extraordinary interpretation of Karl Böhm with the VPO.
by val
Wed May 26, 2010 4:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann's Piano Quintet w/Sviatoslav Richter
Replies: 4
Views: 452

Re: Schumann's Piano Quintet w/Sviatoslav Richter

I never found a version as powerful and well balanced as the one of the Alban Berg Quartet in Schubert's 14th Quartet. The version of the Artis Quartet is very different, almost fragile, but very touching. These are my favorite versions. Regarding Schumann's piano Quintet, Serkin and the Budapest ga...
by val
Sat May 22, 2010 4:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Welsh Tenor Stuart Burrows
Replies: 14
Views: 1107

Re: Welsh Tenor Stuart Burrows

The best souvenir I have of Stuart Burrows was his beautiful incarnation of Tamino in the version of the Magic Flute directed by Solti
by val
Thu May 20, 2010 2:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruckner's Magnificent Cantata Helgoland
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Re: Bruckner's Magnificent Cantata Helgoland

Helgoland is Bruckner's last work and in fact very beautiful. But, regarding Bruckner's choral music, I believe he did much better in the Te Deum, The Psalm 150 or the Mass in E minor.
by val
Tue May 18, 2010 4:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: COLIN DAVIS LSO 'LIVE' SIBELIUS
Replies: 5
Views: 438

Re: COLIN DAVIS LSO 'LIVE' SIBELIUS

Yes, Colin Davis with the Boston Orchestra gave a very good version of Sibelius Symphonies, in special the 5th. The 2nd is also good.
by val
Mon May 17, 2010 4:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin's works .....you can only choose 5
Replies: 18
Views: 781

Re: Chopin's works .....you can only choose 5

My choice:

Polonaise opus 44

24 Preludes opus 28

Nocturne opus 48/1

Nocturne opus 32/2

First Piano Concerto
by val
Sat May 15, 2010 4:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2153708

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

ENESCU: Symphonhie de chambre; Dixtuor / Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, Foster One of the most essential recordings of Enescu. The Symphonie de chambre, is Enecu's last work and one of his supreme masterpieces. The Dixtuor, composed almost 50 years before the Symphonie de chambre, is a very poeti...
by val
Fri May 14, 2010 4:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Beethoven's Sonata #32 in C Minor, Op. 111
Replies: 54
Views: 2222

Re: Taking Stock: Beethoven's Sonata #32 in C Minor, Op. 111

My favorite is Friedrich Gulda (now on BRILLANT CLASSICS). The perfection of the articulation in the first movement and the sensational sense of the rhythm in the variations of the Arietta. Solomon is very powerful in the first movement but his version of the Arietta suffers from a certain uniformit...
by val
Wed May 12, 2010 4:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beautiful for Strings: Melodic, Polyphonic
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: Beautiful for Strings: Melodic, Polyphonic

ENESCU: Octet for strings. Very beautiful.
by val
Wed May 12, 2010 4:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why
Replies: 30
Views: 1122

Re: Your favorite Beethoven Sonata and why

My favorite Sonata is the n. 29, opus 106. The Adagio is, to me, the greatest moment of Beethoven. The Fugue of the 4th movement is another extraordinary moment. This Sonata has a perfect architecture and a supreme quality of inspiration. After the opus 106 my favorite Sonatas are the opus 111, 110,...
by val
Mon May 10, 2010 4:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2153708

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

PURCELL: "Music for a while" / Alfred Deller, William Christie (1979)

The last recording of Alfred Deller and his best.
No one was able to sing with such emotion and elegance these songs, in special "O Solitude", one of Purcell's greatest inspirations.
by val
Thu May 06, 2010 2:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RIP Giulietta Simionato
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Re: RIP Giulietta Simionato

I remember listening to many of her records. Preciosilla with Del Monaco and Tebaldi in "La Forza del Destino", the legendary "Norma" with Callas and Del Monaco, "La Cenerentola" with Cesare Valetti, "Aida" with Tebaldi, Bergonzi and Karajan. She was a great artist, the best Italian mezzo soprano of...
by val
Wed May 05, 2010 4:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Schumann - Dichterliebe (cycle)
Replies: 24
Views: 3434

Re: Taking Stock: Schumann - Dichterliebe (cycle)

My favorite versions, even if the diction is not perfect are Souzay/Baldwin and Charles Panzera/Cortot. They are very subtle and with a wonderful sense of the poetry of this work. Fischer Dieskau with Eschenbach is very good, but this version is more artificial than those of the two French barytons....
by val
Mon May 03, 2010 4:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2153708

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

SMETANA: The Kiss, opera / Cervinkova, Blachut, Chalabala (1952) The plot is so naif that it makes us smile. But the music is very beautiful. Smetana was already deaf when he composed it. The Kiss is one of Smetana's masterpieces and would deserve to be much more known. A good interpretation of Chal...
by val
Sat May 01, 2010 4:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2153708

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

BANCHIERI / STRIGGIO: Comedy Madrigals / Concerto Italiano, Alessandrini I was surprised with the quality of Striggio's Madrigals. The polyphony is superb, and the imititative style suggests the influence of Janequin. I wouldn't say the same regarding the works of Banchieri. The music is poor, only ...
by val
Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scriabin: why the "rambling" feeling?
Replies: 40
Views: 1366

Re: Scriabin: why the "rambling" feeling?

May I suggest a new interpreter? I was very impressed with this CD.

It is Andrei Korobeinikov and he recorded the Sonatas 4, 5, 8 & 9 and some Poems, including Vers la flamme.
A deep poetic interpretation, with a very beautiful sound.
by val
Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NEW MESSAGE! Fischer-Dieskau's Schumann set on DGG
Replies: 16
Views: 961

Re: Fischer-Dieskau's Schumann set on DGG

To me, this interpretations are (with the Wolf Lieder with Barenboim) the best of Fischer Dieskau. I only see two other barytons at this level: Panzera and Souzay.
by val
Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Suggestions for Schumann programm
Replies: 20
Views: 1540

Re: Suggestions for Schumann programm

My suggestion:

- Carnaval opus 9 (Nelson Freire)

- Frauenliebe und Leben (Sena Jurinac)

- Kreisleriana (Horowitz)

- Piano Quintet (Serkin, Budapest Quartet)

- First Symphony (Sawallisch)

- Manfred Overture (Furtwängler, Berlin Philharmonic)

- Requiem für Mignon (Bernhard Klee)
by val
Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Debussy lovers
Replies: 24
Views: 1189

Re: For Debussy lovers

Above all, the piano music. The Images, Preludes, Etudes, Estampes, Pour le piano, Isle Joyeuse, Masques. And En Blanc et Noir. To me, the best works composed for the piano after Beethoven. The chamber music has not the same quality. I think that the string Quartet is a minor work. But the three Son...
by val
Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom/Rachmaninov
Replies: 18
Views: 2680

Re: Liturgy of St.John Chrysostom/Rachmaninov

The only version I have of The Liturgy is the one with the Choir of the Bulgarian Radio, directed by Milkov. It is very beautiful.

Regarding the Vespers I believe that the version of Svechnikov is the best.

This two works are, at least in my humble opinion, Rachmaninov's masterpieces.
by val
Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klemperer's Haydn
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: Klemperer's Haydn

I never liked Klemperer in Haydn. I remember listening to one of his last recordings, an LP with the Symphonies 92 & 95. It was really massive, with no dynamic, no nuances. Regarding the Symphony 102, with the sublime Adagio, my favorite version is the one of Jochum with the LPO. But the old version...
by val
Sat Apr 17, 2010 4:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Le Sacre du Printemps
Replies: 54
Views: 2751

Re: Le Sacre du Printemps

Regarding all the versions I have heard (this is my favorite orchestral work of the 20th century) my preference goes to: Markevitch, Philharmonia. Markevitch, Suisse Romande. And perhaps above all the others, Ancerl with the Czech Philharmonic. But there are other versions that I love: Boulez with C...
by val
Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debussy and Ravel String Quartets-Your Favorite Performance?
Replies: 10
Views: 1281

Re: Debussy and Ravel String Quartets-Your Favorite Performance?

In both quartets I prefer the emotion and the beautiful sound of the Italiano Quartet (PHILIPS).
I also love the version of the Talich Quartet, more lyrical, in special in Debussy.
by val
Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2153708

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

BRUCKNER: The nine Symphonies / Te Deum / Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Volkmar Andreae (1953) A very remarkable box, one of the best versions of the symphonies and Te Deum with the first recorded by Jochum (DG). Andreae is very fast, tense and dramatic, with an extraordinary cohesion regarding the str...
by val
Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mussorgsky: like him or not?
Replies: 22
Views: 952

Re: Mussorgsky: like him or not?

Love his music. Boris Godunov, Khovantchina and the songs.

My favorite Russian composer with Stravinsky.
by val
Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Easter music
Replies: 25
Views: 2310

Re: Easter music

GESUALDO DA VENOSA: Tenebrae / Hilliard Ensemble

One of the greatest monuments of music.
by val
Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine's Orchestral Recordings - What To Collect?
Replies: 21
Views: 1111

Re: Levine's Orchestral Recordings - What To Collect?

My favorite among Levine's recordings and one of the few that I really love:

BERLIOZ: Romeo et Juliette, with von Otter, Langridge and the Berlin Philharmonic (DG).

Berlioz orchestra never sound so beautiful.
by val
Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Clementi : Works and Recordings
Replies: 31
Views: 934

Re: Clementi : Works and Recordings

Chalkperson
the problem with Clementi is that he has no voice of his own, he's just like Spohr in that respect...
Sometimes, Clementi has a voice of his own, and pretty impressive. Listen to the Sonata opus 34/2 played by Andreas Staier and it will be a surprise.
by val
Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aargh ! Damaged Hindemith CD From My Library !
Replies: 10
Views: 533

Re: Aargh ! Damaged Hindemith CD From My Library !

Regarding the Symphony, I think the best choice would be Bernstein with the NYP (SONY). The ballet Nobilissima Visione is one of Hindemith's greatest masterpieces: the version conducted by Blomstedt with the San Francisco Orchestra (DECCA) is very beautiful and includes the Konzertmusik opus 50 and ...
by val
Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' chamber music
Replies: 42
Views: 1662

Re: Brahms' chamber music

fishgrit I need to defend the Lindsays. Overall I think their Beethoven is great. Please find me a better Op 132 Heiliger Dankgesang. Two. The versions of the Italiano Quartet and the Busch Quartet. In fact, I don't think that the 15th Quartet is one of the best among the Lindsays interpretations. ...