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by CharmNewton
Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meade live Netrebko HD Bolena
Replies: 25
Views: 1034

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: 2822

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: 3876
Views: 384120

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: 652

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: 731

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: 646

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: 1882

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: 7183

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: 646

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: 7183

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: 1706

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: 981

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: 981

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: 3876
Views: 384120

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: 1288

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: 1288

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: 438

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: 3319

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: 1036

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: 597

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 ...
by CharmNewton
Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arthur Rubinstein - The Complete Album collection
Replies: 20
Views: 4249

Arthur Rubinstein - The Complete Album collection

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You knew it was coming. 144 CDs. Lance, will you be getting this one? :D

John
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 02, 2011 7:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on Böhm's Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Replies: 39
Views: 6799

Re: Opinions sought on Böhm's Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelunge

Check out pricing on the Levine Ring. I was able to purchase it recently at a very good price. I've yet to listen to it. This one: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51FofdpFxaL._AA300_.jpg According to one reviewer, this is a Canadian only release, and indeed it's available on amazon.ca for $42...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on Böhm's Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Replies: 39
Views: 6799

Re: Opinions sought on Böhm's Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelunge

Check out pricing on the Levine Ring. I was able to purchase it recently at a very good price. I've yet to listen to it. This one: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51FofdpFxaL._AA300_.jpg According to one reviewer, this is a Canadian only release, and indeed it's available on amazon.ca for $42...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 384120

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

Amazon.com is offering it through third-party sellers for around $80. Here's the link. http://www.amazon.com/Shostakovich-Complete-Symphonies-Dmitry/dp/B000IONEZG/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1317583084&sr=1-2 John Hey! That leaves me with my limbs intact! Thanks for the link John, now I just nee...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 02, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 384120

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

I would certainly not expect to pay anything like that for that set even if it is worth every cent of it!! Below is a link to Amazan UK where you will find it less expensive.... http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B000IONEZG/ref=sr_1_1_olp?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1317580359&sr=1-1&condition=new Be...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 02, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 384120

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

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51E4KntShrL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Just ordered this from Amazon.com for around $42. It isn't quite the complete EMI recordings, as it's missing the 1929 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Bronislaw Huberman. It's also missing this Gershwin recording, which is unfortu...
by CharmNewton
Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A "say something nice about Vivaldi's 4 Seasons" thread!
Replies: 26
Views: 2149

Re: A "say something nice about Vivaldi's 4 Seasons" thread!

Does LANCE love the Four Seasons? You betcha. I have some 60+ recordings to prove it! Among the most shockingly delight is Giuliano Carmignola's HIP rendition. I would probably have never purchased this recording but it was recommended to me right here on CMG. It remains one of the most breathtakin...
by CharmNewton
Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Perlman plays Mendelssohn V.C. - Best Ever?
Replies: 8
Views: 640

Re: Perlman plays Mendelssohn V.C. - Best Ever?

Garrett, I do not get it, my friend. Perlman is being overdubbed? Please explain this travesty of a performance of the beautiful Mendelssohn e minor masterpiece. What an ugly sound. I was appaled at the playing. That cannot be Perlman. Right? :?: :?: :?: :?: Haha, not to worry, Mel. Yes...a violini...
by CharmNewton
Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A "say something nice about Vivaldi's 4 Seasons" thread!
Replies: 26
Views: 2149

Re: A "say something nice about Vivaldi's 4 Seasons" thread!

I love the piece. I've yet to hear a Vivaldi work that I didn't enjoy.

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231812

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

josé echenique wrote:...sometimes things that you don´t expect that will suit him like "Carmen".
This was my feeling for his Solti's Mahler 8th. The first time I heard it, I was totally unprepared for how beautifully and sensitively he conducts it.

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Forgotten records
Replies: 7
Views: 1096

Re: Forgotten records

I looked through the offerings and i must say I found them disappointing. Just a couple I would like to see reissued that I can think of offhand--back in the early 1950's, Capitol issued what I think is the best ever recording of Sibelius's complete Legends of Lemminkainen conducted by Sixten Ehrli...
by CharmNewton
Sat Sep 24, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Forgotten records
Replies: 7
Views: 1096

Re: Forgotten records

None of the reissues were recorded digitally, so there never was an "original digital version." Very few ever appeared on CD, so they weren't digitized after the fact either. It's just not true. The implication is that Forgotten Records used the masters, and I'll bet any amount of money that in man...
by CharmNewton
Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231812

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Shostakovich - Symphony No.5 (Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, CBS Masterworks) http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_czcoOhTYhxs/SapzKghpZCI/AAAAAAAAAUc/0m6cxQwdPE4/s320/bernstein+shos+5.jpg I have a version of the Fifth in the 60 cd Bernstein set, it is a marvellous performance, I love it. Perhaps i...
by CharmNewton
Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on the Artemis Quartet Beethoven cycle
Replies: 8
Views: 1442

Re: Opinions sought on the Artemis Quartet Beethoven cycle

Hmmm, there is no interest in this set then? I intend on getting a copy of it in October anyway. I have preordered the set. Being a completist in this repertoire it is mandatory. BTW Artemis Quartet is not a period instrument (performance) group. I did listen to some clips of the group from the sin...
by CharmNewton
Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The latest on copyright: sound recordings
Replies: 9
Views: 1078

Re: The latest on copyright: sound recordings

I'm not sure what people are asking for here. Is it control of the session masters? Do people want to have these turned over to the artists? The government? Is it allowing the recordings to go into the public domain? The article at the top of the thread gives the answers. It's allowing recordings t...
by CharmNewton
Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on the Artemis Quartet Beethoven cycle
Replies: 8
Views: 1442

Re: Opinions sought on the Artemis Quartet Beethoven cycle

Seán wrote:Hmmm, there is no interest in this set then? I intend on getting a copy of it in October anyway.
It has caught my eye, but I'm unfamiliar with the group. Being on Virgin, I expect it a period performance group. I'd like to hear some clips before I buy, however.

John
by CharmNewton
Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The latest on copyright: sound recordings
Replies: 9
Views: 1078

Re: The latest on copyright: sound recordings

I'm not sure what people are asking for here. Is it control of the session masters? Do people want to have these turned over to the artists? The government? Is it allowing the recordings to go into the public domain?

John
by CharmNewton
Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: new order of recordings
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: new order of recordings

Ted, I have preordered the Barenboim/Chicago Bruckner box. I'm thinking about getting this myself. But, I did not know that Ormandy's Sibelius had a new reissue. More info please my friend. Sony or RCA Sibelius/Ormandy? Thank you. Regards, Mel 8) I may be hard to know whether Columbia or RCA is the...
by CharmNewton
Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music of the Enlightenment - Limited Edition 30 CD set
Replies: 20
Views: 2512

Re: Music of the Enlightenment - Limited Edition 30 CD set

ArkivMusic.com is offering this set for $60 + S&H.

http://www.arkivmusic.com/albumpage/612333-E868-5

The page also lists the contents.

John
by CharmNewton
Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang
Replies: 16
Views: 1467

Re: Lang Lang

http://i51.tinypic.com/20j4tie.jpg This cover has been drawing its share of comments: NYT's Anthony Tommasini likens it to "something out of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." The Telegraph's Ivan Hewitt writes "If there were a prize for the most toe-curling CD cover, this new Liszt compilation would...
by CharmNewton
Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Check your Decca "Clara Haskil" Edition for defects!
Replies: 10
Views: 1099

Re: Check your Decca "Clara Haskil" Edition for defects!

This happened to me in the DG Levine Ring Cycle I bought from Amazon Canada. One of the discs in Siegfried is bad. Of course I bought the set 6 mos ago and just got to listen to the disc in question a couple weeks ago. Returning was not an option so I tried something that worked, I downloaded the d...
by CharmNewton
Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Check your Decca "Clara Haskil" Edition for defects!
Replies: 10
Views: 1099

Re: Check your Decca "Clara Haskil" Edition for defects!

This happened to me in the DG Levine Ring Cycle I bought from Amazon Canada. One of the discs in Siegfried is bad. Of course I bought the set 6 mos ago and just got to listen to the disc in question a couple weeks ago. Returning was not an option so I tried something that worked, I downloaded the d...
by CharmNewton
Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Check your Decca "Clara Haskil" Edition for defects!
Replies: 10
Views: 1099

Re: Check your Decca "Clara Haskil" Edition for defects!

Lance, The Decca Label Group is headquartered in New York City. Perhaps you could pay them a visit CD in hand and visit with some CMG friends as well.

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My next Bethoven Symphony cycle should be?
Replies: 95
Views: 7909

Re: My next Bethoven Symphony cycle should be?

Sean, even though I'd go with Zinman, let me make one unmentioned pick: KRIPS . They're solid, mittel -European interpretations. Out of print, but Amazon still has it for (hopefully) reasonable prices. GO WITH THE (pricier) IMPORT, ON THE EVEREST LABEL. The cheapies were mastered from the atrocious...
by CharmNewton
Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!
Replies: 69
Views: 6533

Re: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!

EMI began recording on tape in 1949, according to the Walter Legge discography by Alan Sanders, but mainly on the continent (Switzerland, Vienna, Bayreuth), not in London. The 1951 Bayreuth "Die Meistersinger" was of course recorded continuously and the master tape cut into segments for issue on 78...
by CharmNewton
Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!
Replies: 69
Views: 6533

Re: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!

Listening to the YouTube clip through headphones, the sound seems to be genuine stereo. Anyone else get that impression? Which YouTube clip do you mean? The Philharmonia/Lucerne performance, I suppose. Yes, the Lucerne performance linked at the top of this page. The recording balance tilts left, bu...
by CharmNewton
Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang
Replies: 16
Views: 1467

Re: Lang Lang

ratsrcute wrote:Image

I love, love, love this CD. I've heard the music on it is good, too.
I'm glad you posted this. It isn't listed on the DG web site, but Amazon.com shows it available next month.

John
by CharmNewton
Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!
Replies: 69
Views: 6533

Re: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!

Listening to the YouTube clip through headphones, the sound seems to be genuine stereo. Anyone else get that impression?

John
by CharmNewton
Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which version of the BEETHOVEN Late Quartets?
Replies: 13
Views: 1353

Re: Which version of the BEETHOVEN Late Quartets?

Although you asked about the late quartets, a cycle that has grown on me is the one by the Alexander Quartet on Arte Nova. They have a beautifully cultivated sound, darker than the Quartetto Italiano or the Budapest. They also possess the virtuosity to play these quartets well. They have a new recor...
by CharmNewton
Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My next Bethoven Symphony cycle should be?
Replies: 95
Views: 7909

Re: My next Bethoven Symphony cycle should be?

I am wondering which of the following I should get: Abbado/BPO; van Immerseel/Anima Eterna; Hogwood/Academy of Ancient Music or Zinman/Tonhalle. Any suggestions? Did you ever get Solti/Chicago? John Of those you mention, I have Abbado and Zinman and prefer the latter. I didn't like the sound on the...