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by CharmNewton
Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:55 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?

Seán wrote: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
by CharmNewton
Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!
Replies: 69
Views: 6534

Re: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!

I've never heard any Furtwangler live recordings that could be called "trainwrecks", even if they are not always executed perfectly in terms of technique. And it's a myth that Furtwangler was a "slow" conductor,too. Although he can be slower than the norm at times, particularly in slow movements, m...
by CharmNewton
Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!
Replies: 69
Views: 6534

Re: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!

Hi everyone! Hopefully we will have more activity on this forum now that the summer holidays are over (I must say how much I'm missing chalkie, it's not the same without him and his frequent posts!) To the point - amazon.co.uk have Toscanini's 1949-53 live Beethoven symphonies complete with the NBC...
by CharmNewton
Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 384174

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

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51oLauAtnrL._SL500_AA300_.jpg How do you like these? I believe the Schwarz recording was the first stereo recording of the 5th and has remained in the catalog pretty much ever since. John Hi John. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I haven't had much t...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klemperer's Mahler 2, 4, 7, 9 & Lieder release in October
Replies: 4
Views: 848

Re: Klemperer's Mahler 2, 4, 7, 9 & Lieder release in Octobe

Given the price, this looks like an interesting set. Symphoniy No. 2 and Das Lied von der Erde are included in the EMI Complete Works box, but the 9th wasn't, perhaps because it wouldn't fit on a single disc. His reading of the 7th is not for me, clocking in at approximately 100 minutes. It is defin...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lenny's challenge and my problem with sopranoes
Replies: 12
Views: 844

Re: Lenny's challenge

Different types of voice develop in response to different demands placed on them. There was no need for a Birgit Nilsson or Lauritz Melchior before Wagner's day, and there are no reports that such heroic voices even existed back then. When I read this, I thought of the castrati of Handel's and Moza...
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 20, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charisma: What is it?
Replies: 19
Views: 1715

Re: Charisma: What is it?

http://youtu.be/-nEu8BNVCeA

I've seen this video about 50 times so that must count for something on the charisma scale. When I want to hear this duet, this is where I go. Alvarez and Netrebko work wonderfully together. If I were him, I'd be crowing too! :D

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 384174

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

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51jJzldon-L._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Jo3EXMy9L._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41t48GcOZxL._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/415XVmKKR7L._SL500_AA300_.jpg I found all four together i...
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 384174

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

Seán wrote:Image
That looks interesting.
The Kubelik cycle is a good one. He recorded each of the symphonies with a different orchestra. I believe they have all been issued on CD in 2-fers like this one and in Japan as a set.

John
by CharmNewton
Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A sad note....
Replies: 40
Views: 2769

Re: A sad note....

Heck, I have thought of you and your wife and am sorry to hear of her passing.

John
by CharmNewton
Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231966

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

maestrob wrote:Mahler VI: Solti/Chicago

Image
What's wrong with this picture? :D

John
by CharmNewton
Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Mozart mystery
Replies: 19
Views: 2045

Re: A Mozart mystery

CharmNewton beat me to it about early recordings of the serenade, most of them abridged to keep the number of 78 rpm discs down and improve the chances for sales. I thought of you as I looked up the piece in WERM. I didn't expect that Furtwangler's recording would likely be the first complete one, ...
by CharmNewton
Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hmmm. How many CMG members would be interested in this?
Replies: 13
Views: 910

Re: Hmmm. How many CMG members would be interested in this?

I'd like to hear his Beethoven, but I wouldn't commit a lot of money to another cycle.

What an awful photo.

John
by CharmNewton
Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Mozart mystery
Replies: 19
Views: 2045

Re: A Mozart mystery

It´s interesting to see how many recordings there are of this sublime serenade. I´m not sure if Furtwängler with the VPO winds was the first ever (1947), but at the moment it seems to be the oldest in the catalogue. Many great conductors like Scherchen (only 2 movements 1951), Talich (only 4 moveme...
by CharmNewton
Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is Nigel Kennedy right??
Replies: 29
Views: 2128

Re: Is Nigel Kennedy right??

He also attacks the teaching of Ivan Galamian, or at least what he believes to be the school of Galamian's methods. Some famous violinists who studied with Galamian or his assistants include Kyung-Wha Chung, Jaime Laredo, Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman. There are many others. See this Wikipedia...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Virtuosos Becoming a Dime a Dozen!
Replies: 21
Views: 1655

Re: Virtuosos Becoming a Dime a Dozen!

Expecting a pianist in his/her twenties to have the same depth of perception about a well-known piece is expecting too much, IMHO. However, what's exciting about young artists is that we now have more than a century of recordings by great pianists for today's young set to study and learn from: some...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231966

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21dwks5f7aL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3 Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, Waldstein Vladimir Ashkenazy, pianist The idea for listening to this pairing came from the soon to be released (it's already available in Japan) recording by Al...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 384174

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

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CCJbrND2L._SL500_AA300_.jpg How do you like these, Darren? Rozhdestventsky has a great reputation, but I've not enjoyed his conducting over the years. How does he compare with Blomstedt or Bernstein? One of the thoughts I had about the latter was that he made...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 384174

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

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51f-NwvFzwL._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51oLauAtnrL._SL500_AA300_.jpg How do you like these? I believe the Schwarz recording was the first stereo recording of the 5th and has remained in the catalog pretty much ever since. John
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Virtuosos Becoming a Dime a Dozen!
Replies: 21
Views: 1655

Re: Virtuosos Becoming a Dime a Dozen!

We should be reaching conclusions based on what we hear. These young artists have tremendous abilities that we see in the here and now. They also have important artistic limitations, those of them that I have heard, and for some listeners these limitations weigh at least as heavily as technical dex...
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Virtuosos Becoming a Dime a Dozen!
Replies: 21
Views: 1655

Re: Virtuosos Becoming a Dime a Dozen!

Why is it that when young artists are mentioned some have the desire to put them down by mentioning older or deceased artists who have had full careers to mature? Why feel threatened by these young artists? Nobody feels "threatened." And why not compare performances and performers as we hear them? ...
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Virtuosos Becoming a Dime a Dozen!
Replies: 21
Views: 1655

Re: Virtuosos Becoming a Dime a Dozen!

Why is it that when young artists are mentioned some have the desire to put them down by mentioning older or deceased artists who have had full careers to mature? Why feel threatened by these young artists? They bring vitality and the joy of discovery to their music making. Here's a link of Alice Sa...
by CharmNewton
Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5--the cellists.
Replies: 1
Views: 342

Re: Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5--the cellists.

Can anyone identify the seven cellists accompanying Leonard Rose in the famous Bidu Sayao Columbia recording of Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5? (This is a repeat of a question that was lost during the recent problems in this website.) I haven't been able to find a listing of the players. P...
by CharmNewton
Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231966

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Have to disagree with you guys about Tennstedt [with all due respect of course :wink: ]. The studio set is patchy in places but I would not want to be without the 1st [great bass drum in the final movement], 2-4 and 8. I listened to Tennstedt's 8th today (it is also included in the EMI Complete Wor...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir Colin Davis' Beethoven symphonies on Newton Classics
Replies: 2
Views: 695

Re: Sir Colin Davis' Beethoven symphonies on Newton Classics

Hello all! I found this item in the September listings on the MDT website: https://secure.mdt.co.uk/MDTSite/pages/product/product.asp?ctlg=MDT&prod=8802077 Sir Colin Davis conducting the Staatskapelle Dresden in the Beethoven symphonies, apparenty around 1990. Does anyone know about it? Is this the...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231966

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

His live Mahler Sixth is very good though. I find that Tennstedt is really hit and miss in Mahler, so I'm inclined to give him a miss. I'd give him a miss, too. I ordered his EMI cycle second-hand from Zoverstocks a few months ago, but they wrote back to cancel the order saying the discs didn't pas...
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One decade with one orchestra
Replies: 10
Views: 878

Re: One decade with one orchestra

Having read Theodore Thomas's biography, I would love to hear the Chicago Symphony in its first decade (1891-1900) as well as the conducting of its founder, one of the tireless giants of classical music in America. I'd like to get into the time machine and hear the American premiere of Also sprach Z...
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231966

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

His live Mahler Sixth is very good though. I find that Tennstedt is really hit and miss in Mahler, so I'm inclined to give him a miss. I'd give him a miss, too. I ordered his EMI cycle second-hand from Zoverstocks a few months ago, but they wrote back to cancel the order saying the discs didn't pas...
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 06, 2011 3:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 384174

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

I really like this set, I hope you get round to hearing it:- http://pixhost.info/avaxhome/2008-05-21/euridice.jpg So it comes with a recommendation then Darren, knowing my soft spot for JEG :?: :lol: Sylvia McNair has one of the most beautiful soprano voices on record. She's also one of the few cla...
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 06, 2011 3:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231966

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61SJfK0bWoL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Symphony No. 4 London Philharmonic Orchestra Jascha Horenstein, conducting Margaret Price, soprano Symphony No. 5 London Philharmonic Orchestra Klaus Tennstedt, conducting (Recorded live, 1988) Horenstein's recording is very fine. ...
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231966

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schubert : Sonata in G major, Op. 78 Peter Serkin, pianist RCA Victor LSC-2874 (LP) Breaking in a new Stanton cartridge , listening to the Schubert sonata. Serkin was a teen-ager when he made this recording in c. 1966. His sound is very warm and full-bodied and his Schubert has much grace. I don't ...
by CharmNewton
Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231966

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schubert : Sonata in G major, Op. 78 Peter Serkin, pianist RCA Victor LSC-2874 (LP) Breaking in a new Stanton cartridge , listening to the Schubert sonata. Serkin was a teen-ager when he made this recording in c. 1966. His sound is very warm and full-bodied and his Schubert has much grace. I don't ...
by CharmNewton
Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I am surprised that CMG members
Replies: 67
Views: 2996

Re: I am surprised that CMG members

Does anyone know what database is being used and whether it maintains transaction logs? If it does, and they were kept on a different hard drive then it should be possible to restore the database from them.

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231966

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schubert : Sonata in G major, Op. 78 Peter Serkin, pianist RCA Victor LSC-2874 (LP) Breaking in a new Stanton cartridge, listening to the Schubert sonata. Serkin was a teen-ager when he made this recording in c. 1966. His sound is very warm and full-bodied and his Schubert has much grace. I don't k...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on the Quartetto Italiano Beethoven works
Replies: 13
Views: 1161

Re: Opinions sought on the Quartetto Italiano Beethoven works

I have a large number of their recordings on vinyl. If your interest in this set has been piqued by the quartet sound of the Budapest Quartet, you will not be disappointed. This is one of the loveliest sounding of quartets and they are very well recorded. They play with extraordinary polish and I've...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some new EMI “Icon” Boxed Sets to Keep in Mind
Replies: 4
Views: 511

Re: Some new EMI “Icon” Boxed Sets to Keep in Mind

Fergus wrote:
Lance wrote: Image

EMI Icon 18459, 10 CDs
Hmmm..... 8)
Agreed. This set looks very interesting. Lovely photo too.

John
by CharmNewton
Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on the works of Jascha Heifetz.
Replies: 41
Views: 1670

Re: Opinions sought on the works of Jascha Heifetz.

erato wrote:What; no remote? Considering all the stuff you do not like, you must be very fit indeed!
LOL! :lol:

John
by CharmNewton
Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 384174

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

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51iaRxnElTL._SS400_.jpg I am trying to pick up all of Beethoven 1-9/Reiner - does anyone know the easiest [and cheapest!] way to [legally!] pick up CDs containg Symphonies 1, 4 and 8? Symphony No. 1 was re-issued on a Gold Seal CD with the Pastoral , which shou...
by CharmNewton
Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on the works of Jascha Heifetz.
Replies: 41
Views: 1670

Re: Opinions sought on the works of Jascha Heifetz.

This set is a very good introduction to the work of Jascha Heifetz. He is one of my favorite violinists.

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 384174

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

One of my morning, before I go to work, projects over the last several months has been listening to both the Adam Fischer and Antal Dorati Haydn symphony cycles. I'm up to about Symphony No. 49 in both cycles and I find Fischer to be clearly preferable. In matters of phrasing, orchestral balance, c...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Janet Baker's extraordinary 5-CD EMI Icon set!
Replies: 10
Views: 1301

Re: Dame Janet Baker's extraordinary 5-CD EMI Icon set!

... and we will speak of them disparagingly if their performances so indicate. Nobody is 100% perfection, but that's the greatness of art! I don't believe there is a need to speak disparagingly of artists because we don't like their performances. Artists work very hard to achieve the level of techn...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 384174

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

One of my morning, before I go to work, projects over the last several months has been listening to both the Adam Fischer and Antal Dorati Haydn symphony cycles. I'm up to about Symphony No. 49 in both cycles and I find Fischer to be clearly preferable. In matters of phrasing, orchestral balance, cl...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231966

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Sibelius Symphony # 2 Szell Cleveland Orchestra Recorded live in Tokyo May 22 1970, one of Szell's last performances and simply amazing. I hadn't considered Szell and the Cleveland performing Sibelius music and I certainly wasn't aware of that recording. I must investigate further. This one is not ...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz "Complete" Original Jacket Collection!!!
Replies: 15
Views: 1564

Re: Horowitz "Complete" Original Jacket Collection!!!

For me, Horowitz is best heard in small portions, just a few pieces at a time. He seems to have been more comfortable in miniatures--his discography doesn't contain many concerto recordings or big solo works, nor was he interested in complete cycles of this or that. He seems to have only performed a...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Babylon Wales: Chalkie Davies
Replies: 32
Views: 1734

Re: Babylon Wales: Chalkie Davies

Chalkie, you have a gift of capturing warmth in artists who don't generally project that quality. The artists are very much at ease.

I'm curious how you got that picture of Paul McCartney's bass (with its hand-written copy of the program taped to it) in San Francisco in 1966.

John
by CharmNewton
Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler's Second----best recording....?!
Replies: 46
Views: 5497

Re: Mahler's Second----best recording....?!

Oskar Fried, Berliner Staatskapelle, 1924 This may be the closest we can get to the way Mahler himself conducted the symphony. Less than 20 years before making this recording of the complete work, Fried was personally instructed by Mahler as to tempos and style before conducting it in concert. Of c...
by CharmNewton
Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231966

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

....If I can get a copy of the entire set at a reasonable price I'll snap it up... That cycle should be in every (Mahler) collection :wink: I only have the 1st and 8th from that cycle. I have heard good things about it, but it is out of print and rather expensive. Hopefully it will be reissued one ...
by CharmNewton
Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Life before Gieseking. So tell me about Marcelle Meyer?
Replies: 7
Views: 1042

Re: Life before Gieseking. So tell me about Marcelle Meyer?

Some thread, somewhere online lead me to Marcelle Meyer, and I listened to some works performed by this French pianist of the first 1/2 of the last century on you tube. I'd like to solicit some opinions and to know about any other french pianists, particularly woman, whose performed Debussy in the ...
by CharmNewton
Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2231966

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41m2teb1S%2BL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Another Reiner favorite recording, recently re-issued in the U.K. at mid-price. This Living Stereo mastering improves on earlier issues and reveals the color and richness of the CSO strings and winds. Magnificent brass playing. J...
by CharmNewton
Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy 2011 CMGers!
Replies: 15
Views: 796

Re: Happy 2011 CMGers!

Happy New Year to all in CMGland.

John