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by val
Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365821

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

ContrapunctusIX

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
Jochum/RCO (live, 1964) - Philips
An extraordinary version, superior to the others that Jochum recorded (Bayern Rundfunks Orchestra and Dresden). In my opinion the best version of the 5th, with a sublime phrasing and a deep spirituality.
by val
Tue Dec 15, 2009 5:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you could buy only one box set of Sibelius' symphonies...
Replies: 62
Views: 5118

Re: If you could buy only one box set of Sibelius' symphonies...

My choice: Berglund with the Helsinki and Bournemouth Orchestras. Perfect balance, powerful. It includes several works less known and other masterpieces, such as Luonotar in the best version available. There are, regarding each Symphony, versions that I prefer, but by different conductors: 1 - Kletz...
by val
Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jean Martinon's recording of L'Enfance du Christ
Replies: 12
Views: 2062

Re: Jean Martinon's recording of L'Enfance du Christ

Some soloists seem very appealing: Vanzo, Berbié and Soyer, three of the best French singers of the sixties. Berbié and Soyer recorded Benvenutto Cellini with Colin Davis and Gedda.
by val
Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jean Martinon's recording of L'Enfance du Christ
Replies: 12
Views: 2062

Re: Jean Martinon's recording of L'Enfance du Christ

I heard several versions of L'Enfance du Christ" but I don't remember the one of Martinon, a conductor that I admire.

Until now, my favorite version remains the one conducted by Cluytens, with Gedda and Victoria de los Angeles.
by val
Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365821

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

OCKEGHEM: Missa "Cuiusvis Toni" / Ensemble Musica Nova This Missa has an extraordinary beauty. Ockeghem conceived it in four versions, in the modes of D, E, F and G, but without changing the notation. The interpreters present all the four versions in this CD. It is one of the most beautiful recordin...
by val
Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Haydn Quartets by Alexander Schneider
Replies: 11
Views: 1361

Re: The Haydn Quartets by Alexander Schneider

I remember listening to an LP with some Haydn Quartets by the Schneider Quartet. This Quartet included Isidore Cohen, member of the Beaux Arts Trio and Herman Busch, brother of Adolf and Fritz Busch. Herman Busch recorded some legendary recordings, with Adolf Busch and Rudolf Serkin, above all the m...
by val
Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So subtle, these Germans: 11 December 1853
Replies: 33
Views: 2119

Re: So subtle, these Germans: 11 December 1853

Visiting a museum in Copenhagen, and impressed by some pieces, Brahms said: this wonderful works should be in Berlin, not here.

And the nazis promoted the idea that Shakespeare was, in fact, German.
by val
Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anda's Brahms PC#2 with Fricsay/BPO
Replies: 11
Views: 1187

Re: Anda's Brahms PC#2 with Fricsay/BPO

I didn't heard the version of Anda/Fricsay. Until now, my favorite version is Gilels/Jochum, never massive, with a deep understanding between the pianist and the conductor. I also love the versions Richter-Haaser/Karajan and Backhaus/Böhm. Richter/Leinsdorf, Gilels/Reiner and Arrau/Haitink are perha...
by val
Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel Orchestra works
Replies: 39
Views: 1991

Re: Ravel Orchestra works

To me, in Bolero and La Valse there are two supreme versions: Monteux with the LSO and Pedro Freitas Branco with an Orchestra of Paris. Monteux, Boulez and Previn are my favorites regarding Ma Mère L'Oye. Munch, with the Boston Orchestra, gave a very beautiful version of the complete ballet Daphnis ...
by val
Fri Dec 04, 2009 5:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who here wishes Webern a Happy Birthday?
Replies: 15
Views: 958

Re: Who here wishes Webern a Happy Birthday?

I love most of Webern's music. The string quartet music (opus 5, 9,28), the orchestral music, the choral music (Two Cantatas, Das Augenlicht) and the piano variations opus 27.
I just don't like most of his Lieder.
by val
Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich - love her or hate her?
Replies: 25
Views: 1241

Re: Martha Argerich - love her or hate her?

I love some of Argerich's recordings. Above all her version of Liszt Sonata, Prokofiev 3rd Concerto (with Abbado) and Schumann's Fantasiestücke opus 12. Her version of Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit (in special Ondine and Scarbo) is also remarkable. I am not a great admirer of her recordings of Chopin o...
by val
Mon Nov 30, 2009 6:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365821

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

MICHAEL LEVINAS: Les Nègres / Grand Théatre Genève, Kontarsky An opera composed by Levinas in 2004 and based on a strange play of Jean Genet. The music is agreable, with several scenes not far from Rossini or Offenbach. But there is a great cohesion in Levinas style. Time will say if this opera will...
by val
Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gulda's Beethoven Sonatas
Replies: 4
Views: 762

Re: Gulda's Beethoven Sonatas

With Schnabel, Gulda is the most convincing interpreter of Beethoven Sonatas I know. Perfect articulation, a subtle emotion in the slow movements, an impressive dynamic, an unique sense of rhythm. The Arieta of the opus 111 is perhaps his greatest achievement in Beethoven. If we listen each Sonata, ...
by val
Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Luonnotar By Sibelius
Replies: 9
Views: 854

Re: Luonnotar By Sibelius

I love Luonotar, one of the most poetic and original among Sibelius tone poems.

And Valijakka and Berglund are remarkable.
by val
Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365821

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

SHOSTAKOVITCH: Piano Trio opus 67 / Gilels, Kogan, Rostropovitch (1959)

One of the last recordings that this musicians made together. The impressive Largo, 3rd movement, is a great moment that shows the extraordinary level of quality of these great artists.
by val
Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365821

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

ENESCU: 3rd Sonata violin/piano / Ida Haendel, Vladimir Ashkenazy

This is a sort of ideal version of this masterpiece. Ida Haendel played this work for Enescu and he was very pleased with her performance.
by val
Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Legacy of Ernest Ansermet. How good is it?
Replies: 22
Views: 3455

Re: The Legacy of Ernest Ansermet. How good is it?

To me, the best of Ansermet are his recordings of Falla, with Berganza and Maria de Gabarain. He recorded also somes good works of Frank Martin (in special, "Le mystère del la Nativité").
by val
Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's program, Sat. Nov. 14, 2009: Leonid Kogan, violinist
Replies: 10
Views: 1512

Re: Lance's program, Sat. Nov. 14, 2009: Leonid Kogan, violinist

I didn't listen yet the version of Repin and the others. I respect very much Repin: he has a very beautiful sound and an elegant style that reminds me of Grumiaux. His version of Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole is remarkable and would be better with a conductor with more presence and enthusiasm than Naga...
by val
Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's program, Sat. Nov. 14, 2009: Leonid Kogan, violinist
Replies: 10
Views: 1512

Re: Lance's program, Sat. Nov. 14, 2009: Leonid Kogan, violinist

Listened last night 2 Mozart piano Trios and Tchaikovsky Trio opus 50 performed by Gilels, Kogan and Rostropovitch. They were very young at the time, but this interpretations are extraordinary, very natural and lyrical. The way Kogan phrases the sublime first motif of the first movement in Tchaikovs...
by val
Mon Nov 16, 2009 5:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Zoltan Kocsis playing Bartok
Replies: 22
Views: 2161

Re: Zoltan Kocsis playing Bartok

I heard Bartok's piano works for the first time, many years ago, played by Sandor. Then, some of them played by Bishop and other pianists. But I must admit that Kocsis is the best and not only because of the quality of the recording. He has a remarkable sense of the dynamic and the structure, but he...
by val
Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Max Reger
Replies: 34
Views: 3434

Re: Max Reger

The Hiller Variations are, in my opinion, Reger's masterpiece. A splendid orchestration, never heavy, with an imagination even in the rhythm that is not very usual in the composer. My favorite version is the one recorded by Konwitzny with the Gewanthaus Orchestra. It is old but the recording is very...
by val
Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prokofiev-Piano Sonata No. 7-Sviatoslav Richter Is Back
Replies: 3
Views: 453

Re: Prokofiev-Piano Sonata No. 7-Sviatoslav Richter Is Back

To me, Richter was the best interpreter of the 6th, 7th and 9th Sonatas. In the 8th I hesitate between Richter's dynamic and the very impressive eloquence of Gilels. If we remember his splendid versions of the First and 5th Concertos (with Ancerl and Rowicki) we can say that Richter was the greatest...
by val
Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE
Replies: 14
Views: 781

Re: PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE

dulcinea "]I am sorry to say this about a work of Rossini, but this piece is BORING Is there a version of this work with a proper orchestra taking the place of the piano and the harmonium, both of which clearly cannot sustain the weight of a vocal piece that lasts 79:33? It is not one of the most i...
by val
Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music "seems" divine or spiritual, but is secular ...
Replies: 73
Views: 3578

Re: Music "seems" divine or spiritual, but is secular ...

Lance This thought occurred to me, as stated in the topic line above. We may know of music that touches us in a spiritual manner though that music may not have any particular divine source or inspiration though it may have been divinely inspired without our knowledge. Such things are entirely possi...
by val
Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The early Baroque thread
Replies: 8
Views: 1036

Re: The early Baroque thread

Regarding Madrigals, I suggest that, other than Gesualdo and Monteverdi, composers such as Arcadelt. Marenzio and Lotti should be much better known. I will give some examples of extraordinary beautiful works: Arcadelt: "Il bianco e dolce cigno", "O felic'occhi miei" Lotti: "Moralita di una perla", "...
by val
Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365821

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

JOHN TAVERNER: Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas / Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips A beautiful work, very developped. As usual in English composers of this period, Taverner didn't compose the Kyrie. The "In Nomine" from the Benedictus was used for variations by several composers in the 16th and 17th centur...
by val
Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tartini's VIOLIN concertos
Replies: 4
Views: 351

Re: Tartini's VIOLIN concertos

I love Tartini's Concertos. In fact, I prefer them to those of Vivaldi.

To me, the old CD recorded by Piero Toso and Claudio Scimone with the Concertos D 2, 67, 115, 125 and, the best of all, the D 96, remains the best anthology of this works.
by val
Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1062

Re: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau ?

Imperfect Pitch Val: In that case you must love ]Karl Böhm's classic 1968 recording of Figaro, which features both Prey (Figaro) and Fischer-Dieskau (Count). I have that version and it is one of my favorites, after the glorious version of Erich Kleiber. But in other operas of Mozart he was a good D...
by val
Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1062

Re: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau ?

One of the most important singers of the century. Regarding the Lied, his recordings of Beethoven with Gerald Moore are unique, in special the one published by ORFEO. He was also a very good interpreter of Schubert (in special Winterreise) and Schumann (the several CD with Eschenbach). But the great...
by val
Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365821

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

BARTOK: The Six Quartets / Belcea Quartet Very beautiful version, intense, deeply expressive.The best version I know of the First Quartet. But everything is remarkable - the Adagio in the 5th Quartet for instance. I still prefer the balance and the perfection of the Tokyo Quartet, but this CD of the...
by val
Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Manuel de Falla's EL RETABLO DE MAESE PEDRO: anyone seen it?
Replies: 5
Views: 400

Re: Manuel de Falla's EL RETABLO DE MAESE PEDRO: anyone seen it?

I saw it some years ago, and, to be honest, I didn't like. I think it is almost impossible to give some theatrical life to this work. Perhaps the cinema could help. But the music is extraordinary. Until now, my choice of interpreters go to the versions of Freitas Branco, Argenta, Rattle - because of...
by val
Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words
Replies: 16
Views: 1343

Re: Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words

Nikita Magaloff recorded only 9 Songs without words, in his CD recorded in the Festival of Montreux-Vevey 1998. But it includes an extraordinary version of the sublime Variations serieuses and the curious Sonata opus 106 (?).
by val
Tue Oct 20, 2009 3:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Faure Piano Music
Replies: 23
Views: 1745

Re: Faure Piano Music

My favorite works are the Nocturnes. There is a splendid version by Erik Heidsiek.

Regarding the anthologies, I prefer those of Vlado Perlemuter with five Nocturnes and the sublime Theme et Variations, and Esteban Sanchez with some Nocturnes, Impromptus and two Barcaroles.
by val
Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The finest performance you have personally attended.
Replies: 33
Views: 2547

Re: The finest performance you have personally attended.

BRUCKNER: 7th Symphony / Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Eugen Jochum

MAHLER: First Symphony / BRO, Kubelik

WEBERN: Work for string Quartet / LaSalle Quartet

LISZT: Sonata in B minor / Emil Gilels

MONTEVERDI: Orfeo / Eric Tappy, Corboz
by val
Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sunk into oblivion: Hasse
Replies: 3
Views: 279

Re: Sunk into oblivion: Hasse

I have a good anthology, with Barbara Bonney, Bernarda Fink, and the Musica Antiqua Köln directed by Goebel.

It includes two beautiful Salve Regina and 2 Symphonies, less original. The best of this CD is, to me, the great Fuga in G minor.
by val
Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Sonata #32 in C Minor, Op. 111
Replies: 50
Views: 8833

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

Yes, Schnabel is very good. But not the best, concerning the opus 111. Friedrich Gulda recorded, in my opinion, one of the greatest piano interpretations I know. Listen how he plays the theme of the Arietta, and the sensational rhythmic characterization of the variations. Solomon is also extraordina...
by val
Wed Oct 07, 2009 4:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Replies: 12
Views: 663

Re: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

The Symphony in B minor is also my favorite. I heard it, many years ago directed by Karl Ristenpart. Among CPE Bach best works I would include the Quartets with flute, the Symphonies Wq 182 and 183, the Cello Concertos and the keyboard Sonatas Wq 48 and 49 (great examples of the aesthetic of the Stu...
by val
Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How long do you listen?
Replies: 33
Views: 2615

Re: How long do you listen?

When I listen, I never do anything else. I use to spent one or two hours each evening, listening to new recordings or to the old ones.
by val
Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Enescu the Unknown
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Re: Enescu the Unknown

The Chamber Symphony is a masterpiece. It may sound excessive, but I think it is at the same level of Bartok's Music for strings, percussion and celesta. Among the works I know, the 3rd Sonata violin/piano, Vox Maris, the 2nd Symphony and, obviously the extraordinary opera Oedipe, seem to me the bes...
by val
Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Dvorak Concerto
Replies: 13
Views: 1170

Re: The Dvorak Concerto

I prefer the version Suk/Ancerl. The emotion of Suk with the dynamic and cohesion of Ancerl.

Among the other versions I heard, some in concert, I never found one that gave me such pleasure as Suk/Ancerl. The version of Milstein and Dorati was perhaps the one that approached the most.
by val
Sat Sep 26, 2009 4:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do have an opinion on the symphonies of Arthur Honegger?
Replies: 13
Views: 570

Re: Do have an opinion on the symphonies of Arthur Honegger?

I love this Symphonies, in special the 3rd, the most tragic but also the most beautiful: the 2nd movement, De Profundis, is among the most impressive music I know. The 5th is also remarkable, with the furious last movement, where the Choral theme ends submerged by the irrational violence. Honegger w...
by val
Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composers who wrote/write their own texts
Replies: 11
Views: 1686

Re: Composers who wrote/write their own texts

Mussorgsky wrote the librettos from Boris Godunov (adapted from Pushkin) and Khovanchina. He did the same regarding the Sorotchinsy Fair (adapted from Gogol). Tippett also wrote the libretto of King Priam and The Midsummer Marriage (in this last case, I must admit I never understood the plot). I nev...
by val
Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ataúlfo Argenta: Complete Decca Recordings
Replies: 5
Views: 424

Re: Ataúlfo Argenta: Complete Decca Recordings

The set doesn't include the two most remarkable interpretations of Argenta: Los Retablos de Maestro Pedro (Fala) and Llanto per Ignazio Sanchez Mejias (Ohana).

Argenta also left a very beautiful version of Berlioz Symphonhie Fantastique.
by val
Sat Sep 19, 2009 4:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hindemith's Intriguing Opera Cardillac
Replies: 8
Views: 794

Re: Hindemith's Intriguing Opera Cardillac

This is one of my favorite operas. But it needs an extraordinary interpreter for Cardillac - Fischer Dieskau was that interpreter - and a conductor that nows how to keep the balance of the work, without imposing himself too much. Keilberth was remarkable. The last scenes are among the most inspired ...
by val
Sat Sep 19, 2009 4:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings you thought were great, but ...
Replies: 24
Views: 989

Re: Recordings you thought were great, but ...

I remember listening to Schubert's 8th Symphony played by Cantelli with the Philharmonia, some 40 years ago. It seemed to me, at the time, some sort of ideal in the interpretation of the work. 4 or 5 years ago I listened to it again, in a CD, and I was deeply disappointed. It is a very good version,...
by val
Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365821

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

MAX REGER: Hiller Variations / Gewandhaus Orchestra, Konwitschny (1961)

Reger's orchestral masterpiece in the best interpretation I know, full of life, enthusiasm and a splendid orchestra. Much better than the boring CD of Colin Davis.
by val
Mon Sep 14, 2009 5:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365821

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

SCRIABIN: Sonatas 4, 5, 8 & 9; Piano Poems / Andrei Korobeinikov (2008) Amazing. This is one the most beautiful recordings of Scriabin's piano music I have heard. This young Russian pianist has the ideal sense of color for this music, can be lyrical in the right moments (example: the Andante of the ...
by val
Sat Sep 12, 2009 4:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hindemith String Quartets
Replies: 9
Views: 1065

Re: Hindemith String Quartets

I have the complete Quartets by the Kocian Quartet. The First is very beautiful, but all of them are very interesting. The 3rd, the 4th with the final Passacaglia, the perfect balance of the 5th (and its so touching 3rd movement). To me,these 6 Quartets (the nº 0 offers less interest) are among the ...
by val
Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composers by frequency, 1400-1550
Replies: 22
Views: 882

Re: Composers by frequency, 1400-1550

Dufay above all. Then Byrd, Janequin, Lassus, Palestrina.
by val
Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composers b. 1098-1645 listening frequency
Replies: 11
Views: 491

Re: Composers b. 1098-1645 listening frequency

Dufay - he doesn't seem to be mentioned, I wonder why - Gesualdo, Lassus, Monteverdi, Gibbons. Not forgetting Palestrina.