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by val
Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2328017

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

BRUCKNER: Symphony n. 5 / Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Volkmar Andreae (1953) A superb version, with a remarkable cohesion in special in the first and 4th movements. To me, this is one of the greatest interpretations of the work, with Furtwängler (Berlin, 1942) and Jochum (Concertgebow, 1964). Andreae...
by val
Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Barshai, conductor - Top Drawer!
Replies: 21
Views: 1385

Re: Rudolf Barshai, conductor - Top Drawer!

hangos
val,
I rate Barshai's Cologne recording of the 4th as the best I've ever heard - what don't you like about it?
I prefer a more dramatic approach in the first movement and more contrasts in the 3rd. More fantasy and imagination.
I still prefer Kondrashin or Rozhdestvensky.
by val
Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What piece/artist really BUGS you ...
Replies: 55
Views: 2522

Re: What piece/artist really BUGS you ...

Beethoven's Sonata opus 106 by Emil Gilels.
by val
Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Barshai, conductor - Top Drawer!
Replies: 21
Views: 1385

Re: Rudolf Barshai, conductor - Top Drawer!

Let's not forget Barshai's version of Shostakovitch's 15 Symphonies, with the WDR Sinfonieorchester (WDR) (1992/1998). With some exceptions - in special the 4th - it is a very beautiful version, detailed, not to dramatic or sentimental, with great moments in the 6th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 12th and 14th.
by val
Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' chamber music
Replies: 42
Views: 1899

Re: Brahms' chamber music

To me, most of Brahms masterpieces are in his chamber music, the most beautiful between Schubert and Bartok. My suggestion to someone that wants to enter this wonderful paradise of beauty, is to start with: 3rd Sonata violin/piano, by David Oistrakh and Yampolski. The two Sonatas for clarinet and pi...
by val
Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heldentenor Foundation To Close
Replies: 3
Views: 449

Re: Heldentenor Foundation To Close

Melchior was in my opinion the greatest interpreter of Tristan and Siegmund. His only rival, Max Lorenz was perhaps a better Siegfried. The others, Suthaus, Svanholm, were very far from them. We are talking about a kind of extinguished art. Their voices, for sure, but also the style, the intelligenc...
by val
Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stunningly Beautiful Set of Handel's Op. 4 Organ Concertos
Replies: 10
Views: 865

Re: Stunningly Beautiful Set of Handel's Op. 4 Organ Concertos

I love the recent (2007) version of this opus IV, by Lorenzo Ghielmi with the Divina Armonia Ensemble. It is very, very beautiful. The quality of the recording is also amazing.
by val
Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2328017

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

VARÈSE: Octandre, Offrandes, Density 21,5, Intégrales / Ensemble Intercontemporain, Boulez A different aspect of Varese's music, far from the violence of Amériques or Arcana. Octandre, Intégrales are elegant works, with a subtle poetry and as wonderful sense of instrumental color. Density 21,5 remin...
by val
Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Orchestral Works of Karl Goldmark
Replies: 6
Views: 374

Re: Orchestral Works of Karl Goldmark

I am one of those that only know Rustic Wedding Symphony and the violin Concerto (Perlman/Previn). To be honest, I was not impressed by those works.
by val
Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin, Schumann, Debussy
Replies: 38
Views: 3088

Re: Chopin, Schumann, Debussy

To me, Debussy's piano music is at the level of Schumann or Chopin. The Images, Préludes, Études, Estampes, L'Isle Joyeuse, Masques, Pour le piano are wonderful masterpieces. There is a remarkable imagination regarding the harmony and the form seems more free that in many composers of his time, Schö...
by val
Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Piano Concerto 4 recommendations?
Replies: 40
Views: 7395

Re: Beethoven Piano Concerto 4 recommendations?

My favorite version: Gilels with Leopold Ludwig.

Other versions I admire:

Serkin and Toscanini.

Backhaus and Isserstedt.

Gieseking, Karajan.

Kempff, van Kempen.
by val
Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nicolai Gedda (tenor), EMI-Icon 11 CD set
Replies: 5
Views: 704

Re: Nicolai Gedda (tenor), EMI-Icon 11 CD set

I have Gedda singing the tenor part in several operas. Benvenutto Cellini, La Damnation de Faust, Carmen, A Life for the Czar. He was also good in some oratorios, in special L'Enfance du Christ. Perhaps his best recordings are the ones he made of Berlioz music, with Colin Davis or Cluyens.
by val
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Songs of the Wayfarer: is it a "mature" work?
Replies: 8
Views: 750

Re: Songs of the Wayfarer: is it a "mature" work?

I have no doubt that it is a mature work. More than that, it is a masterpiece. The Lied "Ich hab'ein glühend' Messer" is the most violent and expressionist of Mahler's Lieder, until the opening Lied of Das Lied von der Erde. Fischer Dieskau left several versions. The one with Furtwängler is very imp...
by val
Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler / Bruckner - Box Sets - Bernstein / Jochum
Replies: 53
Views: 3104

Re: Mahler / Bruckner - Box Sets - Bernstein / Jochum

I prefer the first version of Jochum, for DG. The second one, EMI, wirth the Staatskapelle Dresden doesn't seem as natural and inspired, with the exception of the 3rd Symphony. The best version of the 5th that Jochum recorded was with the Concertgebow Orchestra (1964, live). A few days ago I receive...
by val
Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann's Konzertstück für vier Hörner, Op. 86
Replies: 14
Views: 1534

Re: Schumann's Konzertstück für vier Hörner, Op. 86

The first version I heard of this work, many years ago, was conducted by Ristenpart with the Orchestre de Chambre du Sarre. I would like to find it again in CD.
by val
Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music of Robert Schumann
Replies: 81
Views: 2964

Re: The music of Robert Schumann

To me, and this a question of personal taste, Schumann's piano music is the best, with Debussy, composed after Beethoven. Carnaval, Fantasiestücke opus 12, Etudes Symphoniques, First Sonata, Kreisleriana (his absolute masterpiece), Fantasia, Humoresque, Nachtstücke, Waldszenen, Gesänge der Fruhe, ar...
by val
Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn's string quartets - suggestions!!!
Replies: 25
Views: 4988

Re: Haydn's string quartets - suggestions!!!

The Mosaiques are my favorite in the opus 20 and 77. The Lindsays recorded splendid versions of the opus 33, 54 and 55, full of life and energy. Regarding the beautiful opus 50 my preference goes to the version of the Festetics. In the 3 Quartets opus 71 I have some doubts: the Lindsays ot the Amade...
by val
Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hugo Wolf Was Born 150 Years Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 1272

Re: Hugo Wolf Was Born 150 Years Ago

To me, Hugo Wolf is one of the greatest composer of Lieder in German language. The "Spanisches Liederbuch" - a great masterpiece - the Italian Liederbuch and, above all, the Lieder he composed on poems of Möricke. The box with 6 CD, with Fischer Dieskau and Barenboim and the recital of Schwarzkopf w...
by val
Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2328017

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

DUTILLEUX: Tout un monde lointain CAPLET: Epiphanie / Marc Coppley (cello), Liege Philharmonic Orchestra, Pascal Rophé A very good version of Dutilleux cello concerto and a splendid interpretation of Epiphanie, a very lyrical work of Caplet. This recording includes a CD with a long interview with Du...
by val
Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian Mezzo Irina Arkhipova Has Died At 85
Replies: 9
Views: 533

Re: Russian Mezzo Irina Arkhipova Has Died At 85

To me, Arkhipova was one of the greatest mezzos of the XX century. She was an extraordinary Marfa in the version of Kovantchina conducted by Khaikihin. I also remember her version of Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death, with the pianist Wustman. It was the best version I ever heard of this master...
by val
Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music of Hector Berlioz
Replies: 49
Views: 3742

Re: The music of Hector Berlioz

Romeo and Juliet and Les Troyens are extraordinary works. He was one of the first masters of the orchestra with a remarkable sense of the color, as we can see in the Symphonie Phantastique and in some moments of La Damnation de Faust (in special, "La course à l'abime"). He also created moments of su...
by val
Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2328017

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

HUGUES DUFOURT: Le Cyprès Blanc / Surgir / Gerard Caussé, Luxembourg Orchestra, Valade Dufourt composed "Le cyprès blanc" in 2004 and it is one of his best works, the best I have heard since "Les Hivers". The work is mysterious, poetic, with some dramatic moments in the central part, and with the sa...
by val
Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Richter's Bach-Yes or No?
Replies: 22
Views: 1569

Re: Karl Richter's Bach-Yes or No?

I never liked Richter conducting the Suites. Too heavy, dense, no dynamic. But in the Cantatas there are many good moments. The orchestra has remarkable soloists, and sometimes the vocal soloists are also remarkable (Mathis, Häfliger). The versions of the BWV 44 or 96, among others, are perhaps the ...
by val
Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Beniamino Gigli Voice
Replies: 11
Views: 720

Re: The Beniamino Gigli Voice

To me, it was the most beautiful tenor voice of the century, with Bjorling and Schipa. I have his versions of Ballo in Maschera, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliaci. He had, not only a glorious voice but also a sort of grace, of presence, that gave the characters a deep life. Of course, I am talking a...
by val
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2328017

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

BRUCKNER: Symphony n. 7 / Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi This was a surprise to me. I was not expecting from Paavo Jarvi an interpretation of this Symphony with such a quality. A perfect balance, tension, eloquence. After Karl Böhm, unique in this work, this version will stay, with the versi...
by val
Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favourite Boris Godunovs?
Replies: 33
Views: 1059

Re: Favourite Boris Godunovs?

My absolute favourite is the version with Ivan Petrov, and the Bolshoi, under the direction of Melik-Pachaev. But it is the version of Rimsky-Korsakov. Among the versions that use Mussorgsky's original score, I would mention the version of Claudio Abbado. The interpretation, with a mediocre Boris an...
by val
Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chabrier's Whimsical Comic Opera L'Etoile
Replies: 6
Views: 672

Re: Chabrier's Whimsical Comic Opera L'Etoile

I love this opera. Not only the music but also the libretto, with French humour at its best.
by val
Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your 5 Favorite Mezzos
Replies: 40
Views: 2016

Re: Your 5 Favorite Mezzos

Christa Ludwig

Kathleen Ferrier

Janet Baker

Irina Arkhipova

Giulietta Simionato
by val
Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your Four Favorite Sopranos
Replies: 47
Views: 2691

Re: Your Four Favorite Sopranos

Maria Callas

Kirsten Flagstad

Gundula Janowitz

Elisabeth Schumann
by val
Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your Five Favourite Haydn Symphonies
Replies: 6
Views: 505

Re: Your Five Favourite Haydn Symphonies

n. 44 (Tafelmusik, Bruno Weil)

n. 82 (NYP, Bernstein)

n. 86 (NYP, Bernstein)

n. 92 (Cleveland, Szell)

n. 93 (Cleveland, Szell)

n. 104 (London Philharmonic, Jochum)
by val
Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music about death or dying
Replies: 47
Views: 2527

Re: Music about death or dying

I cannot imagine work more morbid than Schoeck's "Lebendig begraben". It is a cycle of Lieder, but the singer seems already dead or, at least, burried alive. There is a very good version with Fischer Dieskau, and the Orchestra of Radio Berlin is conducted by Fritz Rieger.
by val
Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your Five Favorite Composers
Replies: 242
Views: 9155

Re: Your Five Favorite Composers

Beethoven.

JS Bach.

Wagner.

Brahms.

Mozart.
by val
Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Violin & Cello Concertos: Recommendations Please!
Replies: 16
Views: 2231

Re: Schumann Violin & Cello Concertos: Recommendations Please!

Regarding the Cello Concerto, my choice goes to Pierre Fournier, with Sargent or with Fricsay. In both cases a superb eloquence and a perfect balance.
by val
Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buxtehude: "Jesu, meines Lebens Leben" - and question!
Replies: 15
Views: 1448

Re: Buxtehude: "Jesu, meines Lebens Leben" - and question!

I suggest two great masterpieces of Buxtehude. I don't think they are as painful as you want, but they are very, very beautiful: the Organ Preludes in E minor and G minor, BuxWV 143 & 149.
by val
Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Most Difficult Operatic Roles
Replies: 18
Views: 3633

Re: The Most Difficult Operatic Roles

For a soprano, I think Elektra is the most difficult. But Turandot, Isolde and Renata (Fiery Angel) are also terrible.

For a tenor, I have no doubts: Tristan.
by val
Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin Etudes
Replies: 18
Views: 1561

Re: Chopin Etudes

Cortot would be my first choice.

The second: Nikolai Lugansky, with a very beautiful CD (ERATO) recorded in 1999.
by val
Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What does CMG think of the Swingle Singers?
Replies: 15
Views: 776

Re: What does CMG think of the Swingle Singers?

I only saw them, in a concert with Berio's Symphony, and I was very impressed.
by val
Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martinu Symphonies and Other Works
Replies: 15
Views: 1671

Re: Martinu Symphonies and Other Works

There are many important works that I need to listen. Regarding the ones I know, the most impressive are: Opera - Julietta, a masterpiece, even if the libretto is not very appealing. The Greek Passion, another splendid work, although less personal than Julietta. Cantata - Gilgamesh. As far as I know...
by val
Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your latest "doh!" moments!
Replies: 8
Views: 819

Re: Your latest "doh!" moments!

Not an extraordinary moment, but I was impressed by Peppings "Passionsbericht des Matthäus", composed in 1950.
by val
Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2328017

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

ERNST PEPPING: "Passionsbericht des Matthäus" / Rundfunkchoir Berlin, Parkman This Passion has little to do with the German tradition that started with Bach. It seems closer to Renaissance music or to the Passions of Schütz. Very severe, almost abstract in some moments, with no soloists and two choi...
by val
Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven and Karl Böhm
Replies: 13
Views: 1813

Re: Beethoven and Karl Böhm

I never liked much those versions of Karl Böhm. The best is perhaps the 4th movement of the 9th Symphony, conceived more as an opera than a movement of a symphony. The great problem of this versions, at least to me, is the poor dynamic and the lack of tension, when compared to Furtwängler, Monteux, ...
by val
Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven complete piano sonatas. Which one would you get ?
Replies: 80
Views: 8066

Re: Beethoven complete piano sonatas. Which one would you get ?

My choices would be Artur Schnabel, the first to record the 32 Sonatas, and Friedrich Gulda. But to have a more complete perspective of this extraordinary masterpieces, I suggest also Backhaus, Kempff (1951), Arrau and Brendel (VOX or PHILIPS). I certain works I would also chose Serkin (sonatas opus...
by val
Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of Britten's Ceremony of Carols
Replies: 6
Views: 2090

Re: Recordings of Britten's Ceremony of Carols

I like the SONY version recorded in 1996, by the Westminster Abbey Choir directed by Martin Neary. It includes the Cantata "Rejoice in the Lamb" and "Abraham and Isaac".

Among the soloists we find Michael Chance and Ian Bostridge.
by val
Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Anders (tenor) 2-CD set on Audite
Replies: 4
Views: 490

Re: Peter Anders (tenor) 2-CD set on Audite

I never liked Beethoven's Lied "Adelaide". Until I heard Peter Anders. It was sublime.
by val
Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2328017

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

CAVALLI: L'ORMINDO / Soloists, Les Paladins, Jerome Correas

The opera has beautiful moments, but the libretto is too conventionel. We are very far from the life of La Calisto.

The interpreters are decent, in special Crook and Visse.
by val
Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music for Christmas
Replies: 16
Views: 1024

Re: Music for Christmas

Last night I heard again Bach's Christmas Oratorio in the Harnoncourt version.
The work is a miracle of enthusiasm, poetry and, above all, joy.

Harnoncourt is almost ideal, with the quality of the Concentus Musicus, of the Wiener Sangerknaben and Equiluz and Nimsgern.

It was an wonderful night.
by val
Wed Dec 23, 2009 5:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music That's Joyous And Life-affirming
Replies: 22
Views: 2162

Re: Music That's Joyous And Life-affirming

Joyous and Life-affirming? Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia". Or Janacek's Sinfonietta. Or Bach's "Christmas Oratorio". or ... or ... All composers wrote depressed music and joyous music. Mozart's string Quintet K 516 is depressed, sad, even tragic, but the Symphony 41 is an hymn to life. There is...
by val
Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven String Quartets
Replies: 28
Views: 2881

Re: Beethoven String Quartets

Regarding the complete Quartets, my favorite version is the one of the Juilliard Quartet (1964/1970). The perfect balance, eloquence, good dynamic. For individual versions, there are some extraordinary interpretations: The Italiano Quartet in the opus 18/1 & 6, 74, 127 & 132. The Capet Quartet in th...
by val
Sat Dec 19, 2009 8:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joyless And Depressing Musical Downers That You Like
Replies: 51
Views: 4104

Re: Joyless And Depressing Musical Downers That You Like

SCHUBERT: The Andante of the Trio D 929.

DVORAK: The Poco Adagio of the Trio opus 65.
by val
Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favorite Chopin Waltz?
Replies: 24
Views: 1099

Re: Favorite Chopin Waltz?

My favorite is perhaps the opus 34/2, in A minor.