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by CharmNewton
Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2467810

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/82/e8/cca2e03ae7a03e79b901f110.L._AA300_.jpg It has been a tradition of mine to close out the year with Beethoven's 9th, and this year I chose the Reiner/CSO, one of my earliest CD purchases. Starting with the stern and majestic opening movement, a sch...
by CharmNewton
Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MEMBRAN or ANDROMEDA?
Replies: 5
Views: 1246

Re: MEMBRAN or ANDROMEDA?

Isn't Andromeda a Membran label? I have this Klemperer set on order and expect it next week, so I'll report back about it. Membran is a huge re-issue company, which includes pop and jazz as well as classical. Their general production values are very good. No notes on the issues I have, but I haven't...
by CharmNewton
Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2467810

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Disc 2 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51VXbL0rhtL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Hogwood may very well be my favourite interpreter of Mozart's works :) Those recordings are among the finest he ever made, in my opinion. I also have a great fondness for his recording of William Byrd's My Ladye Nevells Book...
by CharmNewton
Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2467810

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

[quote="CharmNewton] It's close to 25 years since these performances first appeared. Controversial then for their adherence to Beethoven's metronome markings (which are printed alongside the tempo indications) they remain enjoyable today with forward wind and brass and sharp tympani. John I also li...
by CharmNewton
Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2467810

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61%2B2MSNO0mL._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51FNB1T3YBL._SL500_AA300_.jpg It's close to 25 years since these performances first appeared. Controversial then for their adherence to Beethoven's metronome markings (which are printed along...
by CharmNewton
Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2012 Composer Anniversaries
Replies: 22
Views: 2398

Re: 2012 Composer Anniversaries

It also marks the 75th anniversary of the passing of Ravel, Roussel and Gershwin.

John
by CharmNewton
Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3960
Views: 570025

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

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41AHPpTX%2B9L._AA300_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41vMOsxCOZL._AA300_.jpg My first hearing of Tokarev was of Bach in a collection from the Ruhr Piano Festival. I really liked his light, nimble playing and ordered this disc, which I've played sever...
by CharmNewton
Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC-FM in Los Angeles in Trouble
Replies: 35
Views: 7080

Re: KUSC-FM in Los Angeles in Trouble

some guy wrote:
CharmNewton wrote:I remember a station in San Francisco playing Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra at 7 A.M. Sounded weird to me.
That's rather alarming.
LOL! :lol:

John
by CharmNewton
Sun Dec 04, 2011 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC-FM in Los Angeles in Trouble
Replies: 35
Views: 7080

Re: KUSC-FM in Los Angeles in Trouble

Chicago had two very successful examples of short-selection, drive-time programming. WFMT's Morning Program and WNIB's 5 P.M to 7 P.M. programming (WNIB no longer exists). One might hear Reiner, Monteux, Stokowski, Galli-Curci, John McCormack and many other great artists, past and present. A number ...
by CharmNewton
Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comments on pianist Marc-André Hamelin please
Replies: 30
Views: 5346

Re: Comments on pianist Marc-André Hamelin please

He's played a lot of music that doesn't interest me, so I was eager to hear his first volume of Haydn sonatas and was disappointed. They seemed rushed and uninteresting to me. I also chanced upon part of a radio broadcast (Chopin) of a recital he gave here in Portland, Oregon. Again his playing lack...
by CharmNewton
Sat Dec 03, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: It's just a F'ing little 16th note. But you have to play it.
Replies: 4
Views: 702

Re: It's just a F'ing little 16th note. But you have to play

I've just listened to the opening of the Allemande, and I don't get what this is about. The second note is not a passing note but a long note, the tonic. Maybe he means the third note? He's referring to the first note, a D, which is a 16th, and precedes the first bar. The second note is actually tw...
by CharmNewton
Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2467810

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ga%2BJ%2BK5qL._SL500_AA300_.jpg I've collected the recordings of David Munrow over the years, first on LP and later on CD. I've liked his approach to music making which seemed to combine the novel sounds of antique instruments with seemingly timeless values o...
by CharmNewton
Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2467810

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ga%2BJ%2BK5qL._SL500_AA300_.jpg I've collected the recordings of David Munrow over the years, first on LP and later on CD. I've liked his approach to music making which seemed to combine the novel sounds of antique instruments with seemingly timeless values o...
by CharmNewton
Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2467810

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ga%2BJ%2BK5qL._SL500_AA300_.jpg I've collected the recordings of David Munrow over the years, first on LP and later on CD. I've liked his approach to music making which seemed to combine the novel sounds of antique instruments with seemingly timeless values o...
by CharmNewton
Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2467810

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ga%2BJ%2BK5qL._SL500_AA300_.jpg I've collected the recordings of David Munrow over the years, first on LP and later on CD. I've liked his approach to music making which seemed to combine the novel sounds of antique instruments with seemingly timeless values o...
by CharmNewton
Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Germany votes extra 50 million Euros for culture
Replies: 15
Views: 1161

Re: Germany votes extra 50 million Euros for culture

As far as classical music is concerned, do people here really want their orchestras and artists answering to the government? Sooner or later they will feel the lash of the attached strings. That will never happen here. It has never happened in any democratic society, including those in which govern...
by CharmNewton
Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Help me out! Suggest pieces with fantastic orchestration
Replies: 44
Views: 4407

Re: Help me out! Suggest pieces with fantastic orchestration

Respighi: Pines of Rome
Prokofiev: Classical Symphony

John
by CharmNewton
Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2467810

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Fergus wrote:Image
That's a noisy, lively recording of the Fireworks music. Guaranteed to bring a smile. I love it.

John
by CharmNewton
Thu Nov 24, 2011 6:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2467810

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major Profofiev: Classical Symphony Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini (from the new 5-CD DG box of Chicago recordings) Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 for Piano, Op. 82 Iolanta Miroshnikova, pianist (Melodiya LP C 10-15037/38) The Classical Symphony is a colorful a...
by CharmNewton
Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving!
Replies: 6
Views: 683

Re: Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, CMGers who celebrate this holiday. We have much for which to be thankful, even in the worst of current times. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. From the perspective of classical music, never has so much been available so inexpensively. It's really a wnderful time to be a classi...
by CharmNewton
Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Germany votes extra 50 million Euros for culture
Replies: 15
Views: 1161

Re: Germany votes extra 50 million Euros for culture

The U.S. government does support donations to arts organizations through tax deductions and those deductions are available to any U.S. taxpayer on this board who chooses to make them within the rules defined by the government. There is the added advantage that the organization has to continue to ea...
by CharmNewton
Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2467810

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

The Mercury Living Stereo mega box is the next logical step. I'd buy that in a heartbeat. The Mercury moniker was Living Presence. BMG has issued a box that contains many (60) of the recordings that were issued in the RCA Living Stereo series. BTW, does anyone have that BMG box? Does it contain hyb...
by CharmNewton
Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3960
Views: 570025

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

bombasticDarren wrote:Image
I have about half of those recordings on LP. They were gripping when they first appeared, much like Biondi's Vivaldi. They probably remain so today. Vibrantly recorded too. I hope you enjoy them.

John
by CharmNewton
Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Germany votes extra 50 million Euros for culture
Replies: 15
Views: 1161

Re: Germany votes extra 50 million Euros for culture

The U.S. government does support donations to arts organizations through tax deductions and those deductions are available to any U.S. taxpayer on this board who chooses to make them within the rules defined by the government. There is the added advantage that the organization has to continue to ear...
by CharmNewton
Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is the attendances of your local concerts?
Replies: 18
Views: 1715

Re: How is the attendances of your local concerts?

The last concert I attended also saw me as piano tech/tuner for the Binghamton Philharmonic. The major works were Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto in G Major with Israeli pianist Shai Wosner who gave a stunning performance. The program concluded with Schumann's Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish). The 1200-s...
by CharmNewton
Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1960s DG AvantGarde LPs: available here as FLACs
Replies: 11
Views: 1876

Re: 1960s DG AvantGarde LPs: available here as FLACs

I wonder why none of these have never been committed to CD or even re-released in a mega-box set as DGG is prone to do. Some of these recordings (or selections from them) were issued in DG's mid-price 20th Century Classics series in the late 1980s. I have LaSalle Quartet playing Lutoslawski, Perder...
by CharmNewton
Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3960
Views: 570025

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

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518NTBUU9PL._SL500_AA300_.jpg I await your brickbats. :) I have some of Karajan's 'big band' Mozart and it's just fine if you like it that way :wink: For me, there's room for a range of interpretations; I hope you enjoy your purchase Thumper. Let us know... Tha...
by CharmNewton
Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norman Lebrecht exposes Fanfare Buy A Review policy
Replies: 100
Views: 11028

Re: Norman Lebrecht exposes Fanfare Buy A Review policy

Perhaps if Barney had seen a copy, or read a copy, or benefited from that in as much as it helps his knowledge of Classical Music then he may feel differently, I find it hilarious that he gets so worked up about something he has never seen... Barney can take a look for himself by visiting Fanfare's...
by CharmNewton
Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2467810

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Orchestre National de la RTF
Charles Munch, conducting

Samson François, pianist (live performance from November, 1957)

(from the 36-CD EMI L'édition intégrale)
by CharmNewton
Sat Nov 12, 2011 6:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3960
Views: 570025

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

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/7d/99/fc73e03ae7a0149036c22210.L._AA300_.jpg This lovely recital was released in 1997, although I hadn't seen it before. Recorded live at the 1976 Edinburgh Festival, it consists of music of Dorumsgaard, Mahler, Ives, Poulenc and Britten and two encore...
by CharmNewton
Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meade live Netrebko HD Bolena
Replies: 25
Views: 1477

Re: Meade live Netrebko HD Bolena

(Hi Len, pardon my ignorence, but what do you mean by that?) For example the director changes the original story of the opera, changes the personality of a character or adds characters. I could offer more but right now power is still out5on't have the pc-only the clumsy blackberry. Len Why use the ...
by CharmNewton
Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Titans Clash over a Mere Cadenza [Grimaud & Abbado]
Replies: 37
Views: 3519

Re: Abbado Musical Break-up: How it Happened

I'm with Ms. Grimaud on this one. In my opinion, the cadenza is the soloist's choice, even if the composer has supplied one.

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3960
Views: 570025

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

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I've listened to this disc several times and really like lyrical phrasing and articulation. Beautiful piano tone as well.

John
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Looking at Franz Liszt
Replies: 7
Views: 819

Re: Looking at Franz Liszt

Mr. Hamilton wrote: 'And this is where things really get interesting. Liszt’s achievement remains unusually uneven, ranging from some of the greatest music of the 19th century (the Piano Sonata in B minor, the “Stabat mater dolorosa” from the oratorio “Christus”) to some of its greatest drivel (“Gr...
by CharmNewton
Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Symphony in red
Replies: 8
Views: 950

Re: Chicago Symphony in red

Yes, the CSO owns Orchestra Hall, which was purpose built. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_Center Are you sure of that? The Wikipedia article doesn't say so, only that it's the CSO's "home." Avery Fisher Hall is the New York Philharmonic's home and was originally named Philharmonic Hall, but ...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Ives' Four Violin Sonatas w/Hahn & Lisitsa
Replies: 6
Views: 789

Re: Charles Ives' Four Violin Sonatas w/Hahn & Lisitsa

John, you raised a good point about what violin Ms. Hahn is using in her new recording. I searched the program booklet and could find no other information about what instrument is being used. Therefore, I will assume that is Ms. Hahn's own violin, a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin from 1864 is being...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Oh, oh, oh! That new DGG/Westminster 10-CD piano set ...
Replies: 16
Views: 2530

Re: Oh, oh, oh! That new DGG/Westminster 10-CD piano set ...

EMI simply does not bother with Remasterings... :wink: It is interesting that when they have several digital masterings to choose from for a particular recording, they do not always choose the most recent one. Some of their earliest historical CDs were very bright and harsh. It was clear that the m...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'm not buying any more CDs ...
Replies: 96
Views: 8840

Re: I'm not buying any more CDs ...

Is there a difference between SACD and DVD-Audio? I have some DVDs of recitals that when played back as audio-only are stunning, very likelike. Yes there is a difference. DVD Audio uses primarily 96khz/24bit PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) and SACD uses DSD (Direct Stream Digital). Regular CD is 44.1kh...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Ives' Four Violin Sonatas w/Hahn & Lisitsa
Replies: 6
Views: 789

Re: Charles Ives' Four Violin Sonatas w/Hahn & Lisitsa

Lance, I just finished listening to this new Ives disc. Thankfully the magical combo of Hahn and Lisitsa shave about a dozen minutes off of the other recorded version of this quartet of Sonatas on a Naxos CD. I am happy that there is more life in the new DG recording. The 4th Sonata is extremely we...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'm not buying any more CDs ...
Replies: 96
Views: 8840

Re: I'm not buying any more CDs ...

Is there a difference between SACD and DVD-Audio? I have some DVDs of recitals that when played back as audio-only are stunning, very likelike.

Likewise, the bonus DVD that came with the Netrebko/Villazon La Traviata excerpts sounds decidedly better than the CD.

John
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Are you looking forward to the new Susan Boyle CD?
Replies: 24
Views: 2008

Re: Are you looking forward to the new Susan Boyle CD?

Susan Boyle is a pop singer. She's never recorded any classical music in her life, and as far as I know she's never sung as much as one aria or art song. An uncomfortable fit in Classical Music Chatterbox. I've followed opera singers even uglier than Boyle - the cover photo is a masterpiece of the ...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Ataulfo Argenta, conductor ...
Replies: 10
Views: 1142

Re: About Ataulfo Argenta, conductor ...

The famous series of Zarzuelas conducted by Aregenta for Montilla in Spain in the 1950's are extraordinary. They have not been reissued on CD as far as I know. They are urgently needed for our listening pleasure. Regards, Mel 8) Is this label still extant? If not, any idea who has the rights to the...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Ataulfo Argenta, conductor ...
Replies: 10
Views: 1142

Re: About Ataulfo Argenta, conductor ...

I don't remember what was in the boxed set, but the Argenta recording I return to most often is Ernesto Halffter's neoclassical Sinfonietta. Very pleasing music. It may not have been reissued as a CD; amazon.com lists only the London LP, which is what I have. No that piece was not included i the De...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3960
Views: 570025

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

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Listening to the sound bites led to the purchase of this 8-disc set. It was completely unfamiliar and sounds similar to Beethoven's early works for violin and piano.

John
by CharmNewton
Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: William Steinberg (conductor) on 20 EMI CDs
Replies: 6
Views: 1545

Re: William Steinberg (conductor) on 20 EMI CDs

Thank you, John, for bringing these omissions to our attention. I should have caught that myself because I have collected Pennario recordings with great interest and fervour. It appears Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony and the Gershwin Piano Concerto w/Pennario were never released on CD. I have the Gersh...
by CharmNewton
Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: William Steinberg (conductor) on 20 EMI CDs
Replies: 6
Views: 1545

Re: William Steinberg (conductor) on 20 EMI CDs

I've ordered this set and it should arrive shortly. It isn't the complete EMI recordings. Perhaps the omission of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Bronislaw Huberman was due to his being known as Hans Wilhelm Steinberg in those days. But the omission of his recording of Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphon...
by CharmNewton
Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Metropolitan Opera Donations Hit $182 Million
Replies: 4
Views: 523

Re: Metropolitan Opera Donations Hit $182 Million

For the first time in seven years, the Met had balanced its budget, thanks partly to $11 million in profits last year from its HD movie theater transmissions, which had been operating for only five years. I've been to two of these, and while neither the video quality nor the sound were what I would...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Swarowsky's Ring des Nibelungen
Replies: 11
Views: 3894

Re: Swarowsky's Ring des Nibelungen

It looks abridged. I don't believe the Ring can be squeezed onto 10 CDs. The orchestral playing I heard on some of the bites was professional, but tentative and flat. No match for some of the great orchestras that have recorded this music. Through headphones. the recorded sound was very good.

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Phil's union authorizes strike
Replies: 10
Views: 1232

Re: NY Phil's union authorizes strike

John F wrote: At the same time, the orchestra has 16 openings. Members of the orchestra’s negotiating committee declined to comment.
I wouldn't have expected that many openings. There will be a lot of people competing for those positions.

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Oct 08, 2011 1:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martucci? Gerard Oppitz?
Replies: 4
Views: 784

Re: Martucci? Gerard Oppitz?

Went to an interesting concert last night at the CSO. Muti repeated a program that was to be the very last concert Mahler conducted before he died. Gerard Oppitz was the soloist in Martucci's piano concerto #2. The performance was difficult to take, especially in the gargantuan 1st movement, where ...