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by Philip M
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus
Replies: 15
Views: 5219

Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus

I am surprised there has been nothing re this on the forum. Most of mainland Europe has significant concert and opera closures. Obviously everything in Italy has been cancelled. But now Munich has cancelled the opera as has Paris and Vienna and others. Vienna affects me as I was due to go next week ...
by Philip M
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Gabriela Montero in recital
Replies: 0
Views: 2874

Gabriela Montero in recital

Gabriela Montero gave a very impressive and enjoyable recital yesterday in Birmingham's Symphony Hall. The recital was at 4pm, Horowitz’s favoured start time. As she explained, the programme was a contrast of the innocence of childhood and the experience of later life. She began with Schumann’s Kind...
by Philip M
Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Simon Trpceski at Abbotsholme
Replies: 4
Views: 3625

Re: Simon Trpceski at Abbotsholme

Simon is 40!
by Philip M
Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Igor Levit plays live Busoni's "Fantasia contrappuntista"
Replies: 4
Views: 2283

Re: Igor Levit plays live Busoni's "Fantasia contrappuntista"

It was given in 22 July 2019 at Salzburg.
by Philip M
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Simon Trpceski at Abbotsholme
Replies: 4
Views: 3625

Re: Simon Trpceski at Abbotsholme

Don’t think so. He has twin boys aged 3!
by Philip M
Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Stephen Hough in recital in Stoke
Replies: 2
Views: 2137

Re: Stephen Hough in recital in Stoke

The only other person I have heard play it live is André Watts in the 90s.
by Philip M
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Stephen Hough in recital in Stoke
Replies: 2
Views: 2137

Stephen Hough in recital in Stoke

I attended my third piano recital in 5 days last night - Stephen Hough at The Repertory Theatre in Stoke-on- Trent. An interesting programme with the theme of "death". I did wonder whether I should wear a black tie but in the end stuck to a black trenchcoat! He opened with the Bach-Busoni Chaconne. ...
by Philip M
Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Simon Trpceski at Abbotsholme
Replies: 4
Views: 3625

Simon Trpceski at Abbotsholme

The Abbotsholme Arts Society started in 1968. Concerts are given in the small chapel of the Abbotsholme School, which seats c150. It is on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border in the small town of Rocester (pronounced Roster), which rather bizarrely is the global headquarters of JCB. The Society was ...
by Philip M
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor in Mold
Replies: 2
Views: 3070

Benjamin Grosvenor in Mold

I attended Benjamin Grosvenor’s recital last night at the Anthony Hopkins Hall in Theatr Clywd in Mold. For those who don’t know, Mold is in North Wales about 12 miles from Chester and hence the theatre has a Welsh spelling, with no “e”. He opened with Rameau’s Gavotte and Variations, which was play...
by Philip M
Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Proper pronunciation: Ketèlbey
Replies: 8
Views: 3713

Re: Proper pronunciation: Ketèlbey

Ke-TELL-bee!
by Philip M
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Rattle LSO Beethoven 9
Replies: 0
Views: 4556

Rattle LSO Beethoven 9

After 2nd rate Beethoven last Thursday, it was back to the highest imaginable tonight - the 9th and Simon Rattle gave us a ‘Simon special’ tonight. I’ve heard Simon do Beethoven 9 quite a few times but tonight’s was exceptional. A fabulous performance that reminded us how revolutionary the piece is,...
by Philip M
Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Rattle LSO Christ on the Mount of Olives
Replies: 2
Views: 2480

Rattle LSO Christ on the Mount of Olives

At least I can now claim to be one of the few people who have heard Beethoven’s Christ on theMount of Olives live, having been at last night’s Barbican LSO concert under Sir Simon Rattle. But it is a rather empty claim as its rarity is entirely justified. The excellent performance could not hide the...
by Philip M
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Ute Lemper “A rendezvous with Dietrich”
Replies: 0
Views: 4224

Ute Lemper “A rendezvous with Dietrich”

I first heard Ute Lemper live nearly 30 years when I attended a preview night of Chicago in London - a super cast that included Ruthie Henshall and Nigel Planer. As I left the theatre the exit door was held open for me by Sir Cliff Richard, no less, who had clearly enjoyed the evening! Since then I ...
by Philip M
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Martin James Bartlett in recital
Replies: 0
Views: 4462

Martin James Bartlett in recital

23 year old Martin James Bartlett won the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014. He gave a recital tonight in the Repertory Theatre in Stoke. I heard him 2 years ago and was not impressed - I left at the interval. Bartlett has significantly matured in the intervening 2 years and I enjoyed tonight m...
by Philip M
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bryn Terfel, Injured Opera Star, Leaves the Met’s New ‘Dutchman’
Replies: 4
Views: 2232

Re: Bryn Terfel, Injured Opera Star, Leaves the Met’s New ‘Dutchman’

Sad loss to the Met. I've seen Sir Bryn in Dutchman twice - once at Royal Opera House and once in Birmingham (Welsh National Opera production). Wonderful, both times.

Philip
by Philip M
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Kleiber video
Replies: 1
Views: 1400

New Kleiber video

There will be a lot of Beethoven this year but you won’t hear anything better than this with the Bavarian State Orchestra under Carlos Kleiber in Tokyo in 19 May 1981 Beethoven 4 https://youtu.be/3Ca8rzdzdFk and https://youtu.be/VFWPeSuuY9U Beethoven 7 https://youtu.be/RPTxuUJ0Yzg Encores https://yo...
by Philip M
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor at Milton Court
Replies: 4
Views: 4472

Re: Benjamin Grosvenor at Milton Court

Chopin 1 and 2 out next month.

I’ll be hearing him in recital in Mold next month and Bradford in March.
by Philip M
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Mark Viner recital
Replies: 3
Views: 3320

Re: Mark Viner recital

Couldn’t agree more. Yet bizarrely he played there on the same instrument 3 years ago.

Philip
by Philip M
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berg's Op.6
Replies: 1
Views: 1387

Re: Berg's Op.6

The Op.6 are a stunning masterpiece. Not easy listening but worth the effort (they were written more than a century ago - as indeed was Le Sacre, amazingly!). I heard them live twice last week under Simon Rattle - see the reviews section. Karajan said that the Op.6, along with Sibelius 4, were the h...
by Philip M
Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philharmonia Orchestra
Replies: 3
Views: 1972

Re: Philharmonia Orchestra

Comprehensive Brain discography here

https://dnyg88x7q9y2e.cloudfront.net/at ... aphy_4.pdf
by Philip M
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Mark Viner recital
Replies: 3
Views: 3320

Re: Mark Viner recital

Viber = Viner, sorry!
by Philip M
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Mark Viner recital
Replies: 3
Views: 3320

Mark Viner recital

I heard Viber live for the first time tonight, at the rather quaintly named Cosy Hall in Newport, shropshire. A small hall with an audience of just under 100. Sadly the 6 foot Yamaha was awful. It should be condemned to a skip. So a fair review is not possible. Chaminade’s lovely Automne opened the ...
by Philip M
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Rattle conducts Berg and Beethoven
Replies: 0
Views: 4140

Rattle conducts Berg and Beethoven

I heard the LSO under Simon Rattle twice this week - in Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Tuesday and in the Barbican in London on Thursday. The programme was the same - Berg in the first half and Beethoven in the second. There were 3 Berg works. The concert opened with Berg’s Seven Early Sings sung su...
by Philip M
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok's Bagatelles for piano,Op.6
Replies: 2
Views: 1323

Re: Bartok's Bagatelles for piano,Op.6

Try Kapustin’s Bagatelles Op.59!

https://youtu.be/t1iQdxAmaog
by Philip M
Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 34-cd Sofronitsky set
Replies: 6
Views: 2273

Re: 34-cd Sofronitsky set

As so often with Russian pianists, Sofronitsky’s recordings appear on many labels and it is often not clear which recording is which. Here’s a very comprehensive discography (in French but very easy to follow). It’s a real labour of love. https://sofronitskydiscographie.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/d...
by Philip M
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 34-cd Sofronitsky set
Replies: 6
Views: 2273

Re: 34-cd Sofronitsky set

Wow! Sofronitsky’s recordings were released on a comprehensive Japanese series 15 years or so ago - I bought those CDs. This set retails for £72, a heck of a lot less than the Japanese CDs. For those that don’t know Sofronitsky - you are in for a treat. One of the greatest pianists of all time. He n...
by Philip M
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thomas Adès Piano Concerto
Replies: 2
Views: 1578

Re: Thomas Adès Piano Concerto

Two fabulous works. Ades is the modern day Britten - fantastic composer, conductor and pianist. His music is (broadly!) tonal and very listenable. And he’s a really nice guy, having met him.

Philip
by Philip M
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New cd from pianist Simon Trpceski
Replies: 6
Views: 3027

Re: New cd from pianist Simon Trpceski

The transcription of Scheherazade is by Paul Gilson, a little known Belgian composer and transcriber, with further adaptions by Simon T. The Mussorgsky transcription is by Konstantin Chernov.

Philip
by Philip M
Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michelangeli Giulini Beethoven 1st Concerto
Replies: 0
Views: 2008

Michelangeli Giulini Beethoven 1st Concerto

It is more than 40 years (February 1979) since this performance of Beethoven’s 1st Concerto was given in the Musikvereinssaal in Vienna by Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (not VPO) under Giulini https://youtu.be/4HpmJ52Q-FU It is extraordinary. The first movement cade...
by Philip M
Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New cd from pianist Simon Trpceski
Replies: 6
Views: 3027

Re: New cd from pianist Simon Trpceski

Simon is a friend of mine. I’ll be hearing him in recital twice next month (Abbotsholme and Barbican) then again in March when he comes to the festival I help organise in Codsall. He’ll be playing the Mussorsgsky and Prokofiev from the CD - along with the 7th Sonata. The Scheherazade was in his 2017...
by Philip M
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Handel’s Messiah
Replies: 3
Views: 1717

Re: Handel’s Messiah

Daniel has not recorded it commercially. He has only done it twice - about a dozen or so years ago in Paris and this performance last June in Austria.

Philip
by Philip M
Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Handel’s Messiah
Replies: 3
Views: 1717

Handel’s Messiah

If you want to be festive, try this, broadcast on Christmas Day on Austrian Radio

It’s conducted by my friend Daniel Harding. It’s not sleepy! interestingly it was recorded last June, hardly normal summer programming.

https://oe1.orf.at/player/20191225/582801
by Philip M
Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Inon Barnatan live
Replies: 2
Views: 1454

Re: Pianist Inon Barnatan live

You forgot the weblink!
by Philip M
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Mark Bebbington at Stoke
Replies: 2
Views: 4091

Mark Bebbington at Stoke

The latest piano recital in the Harding Trust series at The Repertory Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent last night was given by Mark Bebbington. The recital opened with 3 Scarlatti sonatas. I am so glad it seems to be back in fashion to start a recital this way (when Andrew Tyson came to the piano series I ...
by Philip M
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC 3 Record Review Dec.14
Replies: 2
Views: 1598

Re: BBC 3 Record Review Dec.14

I’ll be hearing Robin Ticciati in London and Vienna in March - am going to Vienna for Falstaff conducted by Daniel Harding. Have known Robin for about 15 years. He’s a lovely guy.

Philip
by Philip M
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC
Replies: 8
Views: 3450

Re: Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC

I was at that Bach/Mozart concert! I went to see Benjamin backstage afterwards.

Is the mutual friend Michael Glover?

Philip
by Philip M
Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 49 years ago today!
Replies: 9
Views: 3466

Re: 49 years ago today!

Richter definitely never went to Australia, sorry. As to the death of BBC Legends, I think the BBC are basically a huge broadcasting company and their CD production was a rounding error, hence got cut. ICA was the brain child of John Pattrick, who had previously run BBC Legends. I met him and suppli...
by Philip M
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 49 years ago today!
Replies: 9
Views: 3466

49 years ago today!

On 7 December 1970 I attended my first Sviatoslav Richter concert, in the Royal Festival Hall. I remember it vividly. The programme had originally been announced as all Beethoven: 6 Variation Op.34, Eroica Variations and Diabelli Variations. A couple of weeks before the recital he changed it to Schu...
by Philip M
Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Ex Cathedra at Christmas
Replies: 0
Views: 3720

Ex Cathedra at Christmas

I attended a delightful concert last evening given by Ex Cathedra at the wonderful circular church of St Chad in Shrewsbury (the county town of Shropshire in deepest rural England). The large church dates from 1820 and is unusual being round, and 2 storeys high. It has an excellent acoustic (provide...
by Philip M
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Egon Petri - Recital Records LP RR430
Replies: 6
Views: 2586

Re: Egon Petri - Recital Records LP RR430

We set up dell’Arte in 1981. It came about because 4 of us, who were all members of the Leopold Stokowski Society, were fed up that the major record companies were not reissuing Stokowski’s recordings. We were 4 enthusiasts, all amateurs and all working full time. So we found out how to produce an L...
by Philip M
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Egon Petri - Recital Records LP RR430
Replies: 6
Views: 2586

Re: Egon Petri - Recital Records LP RR430

Having double checked - the Opp.109/110/111 on Music and Arts are the same as dell’Arte - even though we licensed them exclusively! Typical of the late Fred Maroth...
by Philip M
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Egon Petri - Recital Records LP RR430
Replies: 6
Views: 2586

Re: Egon Petri - Recital Records LP RR430

No different late Beethoven Sonatas.

Yes dell’Arte was all me!
by Philip M
Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Egon Petri - Recital Records LP RR430
Replies: 6
Views: 2586

Egon Petri - Recital Records LP RR430

CRQ have just reissued this 1970’s LP as a remastered download. It consists of Beethoven Op.90 Liszt Piano Concerto No.2 - with unnamed orchestra conducted by Alfred Wallenstein (is it LAPO?) Liszt Venezia e Napoli Busoni Indian Diary and All’Italia, Perpetuum Mobile Anyone any idea of the date and ...
by Philip M
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 22152

Re: A loss

I hope they will go to a suitable institution.

My collection, which has many unique live recordings, will go to the British Library.
by Philip M
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC
Replies: 8
Views: 3450

Re: Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC

I’ve known him and his family personally since 2010. He’s such a lovely guy - as is is partner Heyoon. She’s a very fine violinist too.

He’s the youngest of 5 boys. One of his brother’s, Jonathan, has Down’s syndrome. Benjamin absolutely adores him. And rightly so as Jonathan is a super person!
by Philip M
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 22152

Re: A loss

John was 78.

See the Rattle Ax LSO thread in Concert Reviews.

Philip
by Philip M
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC
Replies: 8
Views: 3450

Re: Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC

Hopefully you’ll catch him soon.

Philip
by Philip M
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC
Replies: 8
Views: 3450

Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC

I was wondering if any members went to his recital on 1 December and if so what they thought?

Philip
by Philip M
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 22152

Re: A loss

That’s such sad and unexpected news. I’d known John since c1994 when I moved the USA for work for 3.5 years. Met him many times. I last saw him at The Barbican in 2013. We went to Brussels together in January 2000 (with Donald Dean) for Peter Brook’s amazing Don Giovanni. He was 82 I think. RIP Philip
by Philip M
Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: English String Orchestra at Stafford
Replies: 0
Views: 3956

English String Orchestra at Stafford

There are a number of lesser known orchestras in Britain that are generally based outside of the major cities. The Orchestra of the Swan is based in Stratford on Avon and the Northern Sinfonia in Gateshead, for instance. The English Symphony Orchestra was founded by William Boughton in 1978 and has ...