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by CharmNewton
Sun May 29, 2005 11:30 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Ruth Laredo Dies
Replies: 18
Views: 3319

... Perhaps Sony will re-issue her complete solo Rachmaninoff. John I believe Sony Classical is still making available the CD versions of the Rachmaninoff on CD. Tower is showing them as 'special order' status. I sure hope they are not deleted from the catalogue! The Rachmaninoff will probably be h...
by CharmNewton
Sun May 29, 2005 10:32 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Ruth Laredo Dies
Replies: 18
Views: 3319

...a Connoisseur Society Ravel LP (her debut disc)... My first hearing of La Valse was from this disc in my earliest days as a classical listener. It remains a thrilling recording. Checking older record catalogs, I cannot find any recordings with orchestra other than the Bach you mentioned. Some ot...
by CharmNewton
Sun May 22, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Boulez Bruckner 8
Replies: 23
Views: 5836

Thanks John. Sounds like we may have similar tastes, as there are very Szell recordings I don't love. Have you heard the Dohnanyi/Cleveland 3/8? No, I haven't--at least not the commercial recording of the 8th. I did hear the broadcast of the concert and thought it an exceptionally beautiful reading...
by CharmNewton
Sun May 22, 2005 3:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Boulez Bruckner 8
Replies: 23
Views: 5836

I own the Boulez recording and like it very much. Boulez is a natural Bruckner conductor. He has a very fine ear for harmonic textures and Bruckner's music is very harmonically rich. It's also meticulously scored and Boulez scores well in his ability to balance inner details. He relates tempo shifts...
by CharmNewton
Sat May 21, 2005 8:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bernstein Bio
Replies: 32
Views: 6599

Saw him conduct the VPO in Toronto in 88... cute young ineffectual guy did the general rehearsal..dreadful..the concert was extraordinary..a Brahms 4 to die for as you Americans would say :wink: I only saw Bernstein conduct once at Ravinia with the N.Y. Philharmonic, around 1987. Glenn Dichterow pl...
by CharmNewton
Sat May 21, 2005 8:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bernstein Bio
Replies: 32
Views: 6599

The open reel editions of Bernstein's Columbia recordings sound better than the various CDs, in my opinion. Of the books, Humphrey Burton's biography would be my choice. Bernstein was not happy with Peyser's book. I can understand why as her book gets pretty personal. But he probably respected her ...
by CharmNewton
Sat May 21, 2005 3:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bernstein Bio
Replies: 32
Views: 6599

I generally feel that Bernstein's recorded performances have a good balance of musical qualities, communicativemess and when needed, raw excitement. Recording technology poses some threat to his legacy. A number of his Columbia recordings sounded thin and shrill and while CD improved over earlier LP...
by CharmNewton
Sat May 21, 2005 9:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bernstein Bio
Replies: 32
Views: 6599

I gotta dig out my copy of Peyser. I enjoyed her book but thought it lacked depth in terms of analyzing Bernstein as a composer. I think you're right. I haven't read from it in several years, but she seemed interested in the inneer soul of Bernstein and in that realm she seemed perceptive and insig...
by CharmNewton
Fri May 20, 2005 11:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bernstein Bio
Replies: 32
Views: 6599

I think that some biographers feel Bernstein was not very kind to Koussevitzky when he was climbing the conducting ladder. It's fuzzy right now but didn't he try to get Boston while his mentor was still there? I hadn't recalled reading this of Bernstein, and Koussevitzky was a fixture in Boston. I ...
by CharmNewton
Fri May 20, 2005 7:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bernstein Bio
Replies: 32
Views: 6599

I found Peyser's book lively and very well written. Peyser writes that one of the most powerful conducting influences on the young Bernstein was Dmitri Mitropoulos. This came as a real surprise to me, as I had thought that Reiner and Koussevitzky, particularly the latter, had been the two enormous i...
by CharmNewton
Sat May 14, 2005 9:51 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Sacriligious CD creating
Replies: 17
Views: 2662

Re: Sacriligious CD creating

Recently, I have been seriously considering creating barstardised recordings of music, mixing my favourite performances. In the Emperor, for example, Arrau/Davis 1st Movement Schnabel/Sargeant 2nd Movement Fisher/Furtwangler 3rd Movement Is this criminal? :P It's an interesting way of experimenting...
by CharmNewton
Thu May 12, 2005 8:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Zinman Conducts Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich/Brass Concertos
Replies: 2
Views: 968

Thanks for mentoning this disc, Lance. It will be on my short list. I see that they have also recorded Strauss tone poems, which also will rate a try. Zinman's Beethoven cycle on this label is top class, extremely well played and recorded and often thrilling--his disc of 5 & 6 particularly command a...
by CharmNewton
Wed May 11, 2005 10:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Ralph Kirkpatrick's Bach on DGG/Archiv [8 CDs]
Replies: 18
Views: 7212

I have all of these recordings on LP and they sound very fine in that format. The intimacy of the sound he produced is very attractive and his Goldbergs remain a favorite alongside Gould II and Maggie Cole. Kirkpatrick also recorded the Well Tempered Clavier on both the harpsichord and clovichord. I...
by CharmNewton
Wed May 11, 2005 7:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Dvorak 9
Replies: 62
Views: 9323

For the 9th I like the Giulini/Chicago Symphony recording and the one with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Symphony. In Giulini's recording, the 9th sounds like a work written on the cusp of the 20th century. The harmonic originality is striking. No other performance I've heard strikes me this way. Th...
by CharmNewton
Tue May 10, 2005 8:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Mahler's Eighth Symphony survey
Replies: 17
Views: 4183

I was hoping to tease John into saying why he referred to it as "direct" when I can think at least 6 others that are far more accessible, more frequently heard, more human, and much less - well, this is not ususally a term I use with Mahler, but here it is - bombastic. The last movement especially ...
by CharmNewton
Sun May 08, 2005 11:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Mahler's Eighth Symphony survey
Replies: 17
Views: 4183

I've heard the Chailly several times and didn't like it. Each time I was left with the impression that the performance as a whole was lacking involvement and joy. The 8th is Mahler's most direct work and audiences responded to it right from its premiere. This one seems to mail it in. I haven't heard...
by CharmNewton
Tue May 03, 2005 10:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Heifetz Sibelius Concerto on RCA SACD
Replies: 9
Views: 2291

I still have the old 80s remastering and have listened to it and compared it to the SACD. You, on the other hand, have made comments regarding a SACD w/o even having a SACD player or having tried to hear it. As noted on the insert card, this disc is playable on conventional CD players abd BMG has m...
by CharmNewton
Tue May 03, 2005 7:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Heifetz Sibelius Concerto on RCA SACD
Replies: 9
Views: 2291

Unless you have a SACD setup, how in the world can you comment on the new remastering? 1. I typed my comments and questions at the keyboard just like you did. :) 2. I plunked down some money for a performance I value greatly, listened a couple of times to it and was disappointed. I also said why I ...
by CharmNewton
Tue May 03, 2005 7:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Heifetz Sibelius Concerto on RCA SACD
Replies: 9
Views: 2291

Re: Heifetz Sibelius Concerto on RCA SACD

John: Your question is a little complicated. Also do you have a SACD stereo only player, or a conventional CD player? I have a regular CD player, now about 10 years old. :D I have purchased all the RCA SACD reissues, including the Heifetz/Sibelius. I'm sorry to say I haven't listened to this partic...
by CharmNewton
Mon May 02, 2005 7:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Heifetz Sibelius Concerto on RCA SACD
Replies: 9
Views: 2291

Heifetz Sibelius Concerto on RCA SACD

I just purchased this recording in its new hybrid SACD mastering and after two listenings I am disappointed. I own the first CD issue of this of this recording (1986) which projects the gripping intensity of this performance, but has some distortion in final movement. This looked like a good way to ...
by CharmNewton
Sun Apr 24, 2005 9:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: CD "rot" - I've got it - first time this bad!
Replies: 37
Views: 7379

[quote= Funny, when I looked at these, the Caruso probably a year ago, I didn't see this kind of deterioration. I acquired them when issued so it took all this time for them to finally start showing these signs. [/quote] It could be that the playing of the discs accelerated the problem. Since the pl...
by CharmNewton
Sun Apr 24, 2005 3:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Anna Netrebko at the BBC Proms
Replies: 14
Views: 3784

Corlyss doesn't watch DVDs of operas, anyway. And even if she did, she couldn't possibly gain its fullest enjoyment. She doesn't have her DVD player hooked into her stereo system. She and Anthony Tommasini are soul mates. Corlyss, say it isn't so. :D On Classic Arts Showcase, I saw an excerpt of on...
by CharmNewton
Sun Apr 24, 2005 3:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: CD "rot" - I've got it - first time this bad!
Replies: 37
Views: 7379

Corlyss_D wrote:Gee! And think! SACDs appear just in time to salvage the industry from the long-predicted deterioration of the medium!!! Is that timing or what?
And since the hybrids are dual layer, if one of them should deteriorate, there is a built in backup. :D

John
by CharmNewton
Sun Apr 24, 2005 3:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: CD "rot" - I've got it - first time this bad!
Replies: 37
Views: 7379

... I have all the Rachmaninoff LPs which had been released in 1973 during the Rachmaninoff Centennial, so I took them out of storage and now I play them instead. Dave While the LPs duplicate about 99.99% of the content of the CDs, the one difference centers on the first (1924) recording of the 2nd...
by CharmNewton
Sat Apr 23, 2005 10:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: CD "rot" - I've got it - first time this bad!
Replies: 37
Views: 7379

Here is a list of stamper numbers for the Complete Rachmaninoff Disc 1-11/93 3DA2 Disc 2-12/93 3DA4 Disc 3-12/93 1DA3 Disc 4-12/93 2DB1 Disc 5-11/93 2DA1 Disc 6-11/93 2DB1 Disc 7-12/93 2DB7 Disc 8-12/93 1DA4 Disc 9-12/93 1DA3 Disc 10-11/93 2DA1 For the Complete Caruso Disc 1-6/93 3DA4 Disc 2-9/93 2D...
by CharmNewton
Sat Apr 23, 2005 10:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: CD "rot" - I've got it - first time this bad!
Replies: 37
Views: 7379

I have both sets and so far both are fine. I acquired both sets through the BMG club at least 10 years ago and probably 12-13 years ago so I will certainly keep an eye on them. There is nothing on the discs or boxes to indicate that these were specially pressed for the club and only carry the origin...
by CharmNewton
Sat Apr 23, 2005 5:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Anna Netrebko at the BBC Proms
Replies: 14
Views: 3784

Well Corlyss, I didn't want to mention the great Nedda-Silvio duet she did with Hvorostovkky on the St. Petersburg Gala DVD (unfortunately not yet released in the U.S.) from Pagliacci. I know how you feel about that opera. :D

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Apr 23, 2005 3:05 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Anna Netrebko at the BBC Proms
Replies: 14
Views: 3784

Corlyss, check out Netrebko in Russlan and Ludmilla. THe costumes are gorgeous and she has real stage command and a beautiful lyric soprano voice. I didn't see the Discovery program and anyone can have an off day, but the critical quote sounds a bit like sniping and yapping to me. She's the hottest ...
by CharmNewton
Wed Apr 20, 2005 12:32 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bad news for reissue labels
Replies: 18
Views: 4301

Ralph, if the Federal Appeals Court were to rule against naxos, would it (or is this just one possibility) ultimately mean that Naxos violated EMI's copyright in New York but not in other states which do not provide perpetual protection and that the Court's decision would be enforceable in any state...
by CharmNewton
Sun Apr 17, 2005 2:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: In your opinion, how does The "Rach TWO" ...
Replies: 14
Views: 3288

While I haven't heard the Graffman/Bernstein recording in 15 years, I remember liking it very much then and was also impressed by the excellent quality of the recording. Right now, I really love the Zimerman/Ozawa recording on DG, which combines poetry, fire and awesome recorded sound. I'm looking f...
by CharmNewton
Sun Apr 17, 2005 1:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bad news for reissue labels
Replies: 18
Views: 4301

If I understand this decision, it says that Capitol can proceed with a suit against Naxos based on New York common law which grants pertetual protection to the owner of the property in question. Since pre-1972 recordings have no Federal copyright protection, any judgements from such a suit would onl...
by CharmNewton
Sun Apr 17, 2005 1:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: REVIEW: Neglected CELLO concertos by Pleyel
Replies: 1
Views: 1151

Lance, thanks for mentioning this set. I will keep an eye out for it (I just ordered the Nelsova Decca recordings, so I don't want to get too carried away). I wasn't aware of these pieces. Pleyel was a prolific composer, especially of chamber music and some for unusual instrumental combinations. Slo...