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by Wallingford
Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3916
Views: 488203

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

Well, this is old news (which I never reported), but for my birthday laste June I bought myself DGG's complete Brahms box.
by Wallingford
Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on transferring Windows Media Player library
Replies: 8
Views: 1422

Re: Question on transferring Windows Media Player library

Thanks. I'll see, if and when I get the new computer in July.
by Wallingford
Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anyone but Hillary, Please!
Replies: 29
Views: 1759

Re: Anyone but Hillary, Please!

A vote for a third party candidate is a wasted vote, and as such it's as much an abdication of responsibility as not voting at all. Those who voted for Ralph Nader in 2000 should be ashamed of themselves; if not for them, George Bush would not have become president, the U.S. would not have invaded ...
by Wallingford
Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2367791

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Haydn's 102nd; Mozart's 38th.

(Beecham, live w/CSO)
by Wallingford
Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:51 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen...
Replies: 17
Views: 11020

Re: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen..

Switching to a film on the list that considerably disappointed me: Sense & Sensibilty . Now let me say first that its director, Ang Lee, I consider to be one of our finest living filmmakers. I think he fully deserved the two Best Director Oscars he won for Brokeback Mountain and Life Of Pi (even wit...
by Wallingford
Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen...
Replies: 17
Views: 11020

Re: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen..

I've got To Kill A Mockingbird in my "play" pile.

I see where it made #2 on the AFI list of "the hundred most inspiring movies of all time," second only to It's A Wonderful Life. (Not that I don't think the American Film Institute's really a lot of hooey.)
by Wallingford
Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on transferring Windows Media Player library
Replies: 8
Views: 1422

Question on transferring Windows Media Player library

I'm anticipating getting a new laptop in the next couple of months...which would be quite welcome, as both computers in the house use a browser that Windows quit supporting since last year. (In fact, I purchased a brand new router just last week--we'd been without home internet for a month.) I have ...
by Wallingford
Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Youtube Is A Goldmine Of Classical Music !
Replies: 9
Views: 1667

Re: Youtube Is A Goldmine Of Classical Music !

Thanks for the advice, John....I never was able to get a clip in a message except the old-fashioned way. I'll bear this in mind next time.
by Wallingford
Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Stan Freberg RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 597

Stan Freberg RIP

I know this is old news, but I found it out just today:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/arts/ ... .html?_r=0
by Wallingford
Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen...
Replies: 17
Views: 11020

Re: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen..

Another four-star pick: Up The Down Staircase. Director Robert Mulligan gives this 60s high school drama an admirably naturalistic feel: lots of intentionally jittery camerawork. There is real catharsis in the conclusion as the young lady teacher ponders whether or not to continue with the challengi...
by Wallingford
Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen...
Replies: 17
Views: 11020

Re: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen..

Here are some films from my list above which I'd give the full four stars: The Artist -- A nice story, well told. Although I don't know why so many critics did handstands over this one, and half of them, 25 years ago, gave lackluster reviews to Charles Lane's silent black-and-white comedy-drama Side...
by Wallingford
Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2367791

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

My first hearings of classical music in about three months:

Bizet's Symphony in C (Bernstein)
Prokofiev's Classical Symphony (Bernstein)
Roussel's Suite in F (Coppola)
by Wallingford
Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2367791

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Note to Rob:

As I recall, Toscanini did a lot of snipping out in Tchaikovsky's Manfred.
by Wallingford
Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen...
Replies: 17
Views: 11020

Re: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen..

Let's start with a couple of musicals. First, It's A Pleasure , directed by William A. Seiter and starring Sonja Heine and Michael O'Shea. A romantic comedy about a hockey star who's gone off the wagon and his troubled marriage to a skater. ***1/2 Next, Lullaby of Broadway , directed by David Butler...
by Wallingford
Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen...
Replies: 17
Views: 11020

Re: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen..

Actually, Truffaut directed The Last Metro , and Bergman did Cries & Whispers . And the Monkey Business I listed isn't the Marx Brothers one (which I didn't see), but an early 50s flick with Cary Grant as a scientist who accidentally stumbles across a serum reverting humans back to the simian stage.
by Wallingford
Thu Apr 02, 2015 3:24 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen...
Replies: 17
Views: 11020

Let's share some thoughts on some films I've just seen...

It's time to revive the flagging Movie Forum. During my recovery these last three months, my brain somehow or other didn't have much desire to listen to music, so instead I thought I'd catch up on a few of the 600+ movies I've dubbed to DVD but haven't watched yet. You're invited to share your impre...
by Wallingford
Thu Apr 02, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tom Koch RIP
Replies: 3
Views: 779

Re: Tom Koch RIP

:roll: More dubiously, Koch was also one of the head writers for My Mother The Car.
by Wallingford
Thu Apr 02, 2015 2:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remarkable orchestrators of other composers
Replies: 34
Views: 2470

Re: Remarkable orchestrators of other composers

If I'm not mistaken, the Bizet suites (Carmen and L'Arlesienne) with which we're so familiar were arranged from the composer's own opera/play scoring, by Ernest Guiraud.
by Wallingford
Thu Mar 26, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice
Replies: 17
Views: 1673

Re: Recordings of Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice

Two have just popped back into my memory:

Gamba
Fricsay
by Wallingford
Thu Mar 26, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 2327

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

It's like you say, Lance--the quality runs the gamut.

From just fine to downright gooey--the same as if you duped a CD-R copy of a professional legit disc off of a laptop.

I have the Royal Danish Orch. historical set, and also the Beecham set.
by Wallingford
Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy birthday Lenny Goran
Replies: 12
Views: 1523

Re: Happy birthday Lenny Goran

Heartiest regards of the day!
by Wallingford
Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: At This Moment The Mustelids ...
Replies: 9
Views: 1235

Re: At This Moment The Mustelids ...

Sometimes I'm convinced John Field's eleventh Nocturne, in E-flat, is the most gorgeous thing ever written....and his originating this form spurred Chopin on to even greater heights!
by Wallingford
Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice
Replies: 17
Views: 1673

Re: Recordings of Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice

Come to think of it, I also have Leibowitz. I also have two anonymous recordings: one was part of the late-50s set Basic Library Of The World's Greatest Music , which was sold for super-cheap as part of a grocery chain promotion. The other was part of the Bowmar Orchestral Library , a set of records...
by Wallingford
Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice
Replies: 17
Views: 1673

Re: Recordings of Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice

Here are a few other possessions that popped into my brain: Solti (w/Israel Phil.) Remoortel Rosznayi Ansermet 1 & 2 (PCO & Suisse Romande) I agree on the Bernstein--one of the worst. The tempos of the opening & closing sections don't match (the latter is too fast), and when the apprentice slits the...
by Wallingford
Sat Mar 14, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice
Replies: 17
Views: 1673

Re: Recordings of Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice

I'll listen to ANY recoerding of this perfectly honed work. Residing in my personal library are those recordings of: Stokowski (both Philly recordings, the studio one & the Fantasia one) Jorda 1 Ormandy 1,2, & 3 Wolff Marriner (THE worst!) Paray (w/DSO, and live with BSO) Slatkin Ronald (possibly th...
by Wallingford
Sat Mar 14, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does the late Wolfgang Sawallisch fare in your lineup?
Replies: 23
Views: 2679

Re: How does the late Wolfgang Sawallisch fare in your lineu

He's all right in my book, though not one of my big faves. As a teen my first Brahms symphony set was Sawallisch's (with a rapid fire Academic Festival Overture that other conductors could take a cue from). When I was living in Seattle, he & the Philadelphians on tour played an unbeatable Brahms Fou...
by Wallingford
Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gilbert Leaving NY Philharmonic
Replies: 90
Views: 4514

Re: Gilbert Leaving NY Philharmonic

Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic had an exclusive recording contract with Columbia Records, later CBS, Sony Classical, and whatever, which lasted until he left the orchestra. After that, he recorded mainly for Deutsche Grammophon with a number of orchestras, notably the Vienna Philha...
by Wallingford
Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gilbert Leaving NY Philharmonic
Replies: 90
Views: 4514

Re: Gilbert Leaving NY Philharmonic

Ah well, I've amassed a good 18 CDs worth of off-the-air dubs of the Gilbert/NYP legacy.
by Wallingford
Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphony Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 4557

Re: Beethoven Symphony Thread

In my lifetime I've heard two perfect Sevenths: Cantelli & Karajan '63.

(To the best of my memory, neither takes the third movement repeat.)
by Wallingford
Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphony Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 4557

Re: Beethoven Symphony Thread

Unless I cannot recall, Ormandy and the glorious Philadelphia Orchestra never made a complete recording of the cycle. . Actually, Ormandy did....the 7-record Columbia set was released in '67. A very mixed bag at best....the most successful are the performances of #8 & #9. Among my own "definitive" ...
by Wallingford
Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical musicians born in the YEAR OF THE SHEEP!
Replies: 2
Views: 559

Classical musicians born in the YEAR OF THE SHEEP!

2015: THE YEAR OF THE WOOD SHEEP On February 19, we will be entering the Lunar New Year, and in China the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Goat, or Ram) will be celebrated. As a refresher to how the various "animal years" were initiated: the legend of the god Buddha relates that, when he was to...
by Wallingford
Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ...Why I've been away so long
Replies: 10
Views: 1433

Re: ...Why I've been away so long

Thanks, John, happy to know you're doing better.
by Wallingford
Sun Jan 25, 2015 4:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ...Why I've been away so long
Replies: 10
Views: 1433

Re: ...Why I've been away so long

Thank you, everyone.
by Wallingford
Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ...Why I've been away so long
Replies: 10
Views: 1433

...Why I've been away so long

I was almost going to title this thread "I really should be dead," but that would've been grim, wouldn't it have? The truth is, though, I was very nearly at death's door during the New Year holiday, which I spent in hospital. I hadn't been scrupulous enough about my diabetic diet, and my glucose num...
by Wallingford
Thu Dec 25, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Nightmare before Christmas over
Replies: 2
Views: 586

Re: Nightmare before Christmas over

Heartiest congrats!

For the record,my keyboard technique never was the same since getting TOS 28 years ago, but I made it through last evening's 11 pm service AOK.
by Wallingford
Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2367791

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Tchaikovsky's Pathetique
R.Strauss' Alpine Symphony

......both conducted by the great, forgotten Oskar Fried
by Wallingford
Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2367791

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Handel's Messiah (Bernstein)
by Wallingford
Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2367791

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet (Ozawa)
Chopin's Nocturnes (Godowsky)
Chopin's Sonata #2 (Godowsky)
Alfven's Midsommarvaka (Fjeldstad)
by Wallingford
Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: .....regarding Alec Wilder
Replies: 6
Views: 1032

Re: .....regarding Alec Wilder

The Sinatra album is on YouTube, and that and Eileen Farrell's 1981 disc of Wilder's songs (on Rhapsody) are lined up for my next listening session.
by Wallingford
Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: .....regarding Alec Wilder
Replies: 6
Views: 1032

.....regarding Alec Wilder

My latest musical fix has been Alec Wilder. I've been immersing myself in his compositions and reading what almost adds up to an autobiography, Letters I Never Mailed (publ. by Little, Brown & Co., 1975). It's not easy describing Wilder's music. He certainly was not one of the great innovators or pa...
by Wallingford
Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving!
Replies: 15
Views: 1527

Re: Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope it's a happy one, to one and all.
by Wallingford
Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2367791

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Milhaud's La creation du monde and Suite provencale (Munch)
by Wallingford
Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2367791

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Beethoven's Sixth, the"Pastoral" (Toscanini 1, w/BBC SO)
by Wallingford
Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2367791

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Brahms' Piano Concerto #2 (Bachauer/Dorati)
by Wallingford
Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Center can now rename Avery Fisher Hall
Replies: 6
Views: 940

Re: Lincoln Center can now rename Avery Fisher Hall

Gee, I hope I end up liking the name.....I don't forsee myself getting out there to see any concerts till another five years pass by (that's when--or if--I get to celebrate my 60th birthday).....
by Wallingford
Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2367791

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schubert's Divertissement a la Hongroise (A. & K.U. Schnabel)
Weber's Invitation to the Dance (in the Berlioz arrangement....Toscanini 1, w/BBC SO)
Barber's First (Hanson)
Tcherepnin's Georgiana Suite (Barati)
by Wallingford
Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2367791

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Bach's Concerto for 3 Claviers in d (R., G. & J. Casadesus/Ormandy)
Bach's Italian Concerto (R.Casadesus)
Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole (Stokowski 1)
Liszt's Todtentanz (Watts/Leinsdorf)
by Wallingford
Sun Nov 09, 2014 9:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2367791

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Mussorgsky's Salammbo

...conducted (and orchestrated and edited) by Zoltan Pesko; sung by Shemchuk, Seleznev, Stone, Surjan, Tieppo, and Michalopoulos

This is a premiere recording by CBS Masterworks, M2-36939 ('81).
by Wallingford
Sun Nov 09, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2367791

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Wagner's Tannhauser Overture
Respighi's Pines Of Rome
Gubaidulina's Offertorium
Bartok's Miraculous Mandarin suite

.....Andris Nelsons, his first few concerts as music director of BSO