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by slofstra
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 17
Views: 205

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

Hello, Henry! :D What an amazing hassle with your TVs! Of course, in my NYC apartment, I've got no room for such a large screen, but I have had a similar problem with deliveries of large items. What alarms me most is the number of defective TVs, not so much the scratches, which may be attributed to...
by slofstra
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 17
Views: 205

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

OK, I've struck a problem. When I first plugged in my LaCie HDD it gave me a choice of all Windows, All Mac or a combination. Without really thinking it through I chose all Mac. Now I want to put the AR collection onto an NTFS formatted USB by simpling copying across using a 3.1 USB. FAT32 will onl...
by slofstra
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments
Replies: 12
Views: 245

Re: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments

So much for freedom of speech. I find nothing wrong in expressing an opinion provided it doesn't disadvantage anyone directly. Many people are racist but keep quiet about it. Open debate is silenced before it's even started and it's truly needed but no one dares start it. We in the UK have seen the...
by slofstra
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Claudio Abbado Complete DGG Editions
Replies: 12
Views: 374

Re: Claudio Abbado Complete DGG Editions

Okay, completists, it seems that there is also this: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81TiMP70pfL._AC_SL1500_.jpg Thanks for the info on the DG set though. It seems reasonably priced at CDN$148. But I'll have to think it over. I already have more CDs than I can listen to in a lifetim...
by slofstra
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 17
Views: 205

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

Brian, the AR box was a must have when it came out as I've always enjoyed Rubinstein's music making. On top of that it cost me less than $AUS140 making it the absolute bargain of all time. Now you've got the Richter Black Box which I would dearly love to have but it was out of my price range. Even ...
by slofstra
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 17
Views: 205

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

barney wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:00 am
I have about 1000 LPs, put them on Ebay last year, not a single sniff.
Did you advertise as one lot, or individually? What you should do, is sell a few individual records that are sure to be collector's items ... at a high price. Throw out or donate the rest.
by slofstra
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC Record Review-Five Rachmaninoff works
Replies: 7
Views: 171

Re: BBC Record Review-Five Rachmaninoff works

I grew up with Rachmaninoff's favorite orchestra in Philadelphia, and my parents owned several recordings of his music on 78's. Ormandy's recording of the Second Symphony with the Minneapolis Symphony made just before he was appointed music director in Philadelphia to succeed Stokowski was one of t...
by slofstra
Sat Jul 25, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A little fun with Frozen 2
Replies: 0
Views: 84

A little fun with Frozen 2

We've seen 'Frozen 2' with the grandkids three times now. I love the movie just as much as they do, and there's nothing like seeing a movie with kids to feel like a kid again. Aside from that, the movie is extremely well done. In the last week we've also been watching a 6 part 'Making of' documentar...
by slofstra
Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Daniil Trifonov plays Bach's "Art of the Fugue" live
Replies: 5
Views: 116

Re: Pianist Daniil Trifonov plays Bach's "Art of the Fugue" live

Trifonov is an amazing, amazing pianist. He's also captivating to watch. He was the artist-in-residence, or something to that effect, with the BPO for a year. I flagged Trifonov playing Scriabin's Piano Concerto as one of my all time favourite performances (okay, there are 66 of these, but still). N...
by slofstra
Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interview with Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: Interview with Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear

I did see Goodyear perform all 5 concertoes with our local symphony back in 2015, and that was no great hardship. There were three concerts over two days. In the third concert, the conductor asked for a show of hands as to how many had attended all three. A reasonably healthy minority. https://www.5...
by slofstra
Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4171
Views: 1389769

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

Having enjoyed the COMMAND LP recordings of Beethoven's symphonies with the Pittsburgh Symphony under the baton of William Steinberg , I was happy to recently acquire the 5-CD boxed set from DGG 483 8344 giving us all the symphonies plus the third Leonore Overture. Unlike other sets of this music (...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bland, Blah, Deadpan
Replies: 6
Views: 521

Re: Bland, Blah, Deadpan

Yes, I too have heard Tafelmusik several times, and very much appreciated them, though always in repertoire earlier than Mozart. I remember when, several decades ago, the Menuhin/Bath Brandenburgs were very fashionable, but I agree with Slofstra's assessment. I did hear Tafelmusik once online in so...
by slofstra
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bland, Blah, Deadpan
Replies: 6
Views: 521

Re: Bland, Blah, Deadpan

Well, now ... I happen to love Tafelmusik, but their approach may not lend itself well to every piece, so I'll refrain from commenting on 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'. I saw them perform at a Master Class at our local university to which the public was invited. They certainly CAN play expressively when ...
by slofstra
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4171
Views: 1389769

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61X1iv6IDKL.jpg This superb disc of rarely performed British music for viola and orchestra features virtuoso Helen Callas in truly stunning performances of rarely performed works by Vaughan-Williams, Howells, Walton, and Bowen, ably supported by cond...
by slofstra
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Octet in F, D803
Replies: 12
Views: 980

Re: Schubert Octet in F, D803

Hello, Henry. Schubert was a wonderful master of melody, and I agree that the Octet, which I came to late in life as well, needs first-rate players to make it work. Not just the clarinet, but there are moments for horn that can be ruined by poor intonation. I didn't discover this masterpiece until ...
by slofstra
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Octet in F, D803
Replies: 12
Views: 980

Re: Schubert Octet in F, D803

It's a wonderful work, mature Schubert. I've noted before that from when I was 4 my grandmother used to play me Schubert (my constant request was Symphony 5), so when I really discovered classical music in my late teens Schubert was an early priority, as he has remained since. So I've loved this wo...
by slofstra
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Octet in F, D803
Replies: 12
Views: 980

Schubert Octet in F, D803

It's great to discover repertoire that you haven't encountered before, as was the case with this Octet which members of the Berlin Philharmonic performed very recently. Octets might be overlooked because, well, there aren't that many permanent octets around. In any case, the D803 is a tour-de-force,...
by slofstra
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4171
Views: 1389769

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

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81QRJcUiQ6L._SS500_.jpg The Lucerne Festival Orchestra gave its first concert in the summer of 1938 in Switzerland under the direction of non other than Arturo Toscanini. Since then, the festival has taken place on an irregular basis, most recently under the bato...
by slofstra
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4171
Views: 1389769

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71wUrmBLDSL._SX522_.jpg As much as I'd like to give this release by my home team a rave review, that will not yet be possible. Jaap Van Zweden's tenure with NY has indeed begun on a positive note, as this release shows, but these performances lack a ...
by slofstra
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Philharmonic Cancels Fall Season
Replies: 9
Views: 1318

Re: New York Philharmonic Cancels Fall Season

I took the 'charitable donation' option for the tail of the last season. However, I'm not sure I want to do that for the entire new season. OTOH, I don't want to lose the orchestra either. In other news, my barber or hair stylist called today, and it's nice some things are coming back on line. And P...
by slofstra
Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Philharmonic Cancels Fall Season
Replies: 9
Views: 1318

Re: New York Philharmonic Cancels Fall Season

Yikes.

I think people were hoping that we'd be in good shape by Fall, but it's not going to be the case. I've already paid for my 2020/21 season here in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.
It is what it is.
by slofstra
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Crowds Define Opera. They’re Also Keeping It From Returning.
Replies: 5
Views: 1056

Re: Crowds Define Opera. They’re Also Keeping It From Returning.

I don't get these protesters. What's their beef, anyways?
by slofstra
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chamber music - random musings
Replies: 6
Views: 1371

Re: Chamber music - random musings

I guess I have some of the Guarneri as I have the massive Rubinstein box.
by slofstra
Sun May 31, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chamber music - random musings
Replies: 6
Views: 1371

Re: Chamber music - random musings

I have recordings only of the late LvB string quartets,dont connect much with his earlier.But even the late are only an occasional listen, usually Op 131 and 135. I do listen to the Bach Cello Suites more often than those LvB works.Another challenge would be the Bartok and Shostakovich string quart...
by slofstra
Sun May 31, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chamber music - random musings
Replies: 6
Views: 1371

Re: Chamber music - random musings

Chamber music remains somewhat elusive for me compared to any of the other categories: keyboard, concerto, orchestral, operatic and choral. What I mean by elusive is that my responses to it are somewhat erratic and I often can't make a critical evaluation of the performance like I can for any of th...
by slofstra
Sat May 30, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chamber music - random musings
Replies: 6
Views: 1371

Chamber music - random musings

Chamber music remains somewhat elusive for me compared to any of the other categories: keyboard, concerto, orchestral, operatic and choral. What I mean by elusive is that my responses to it are somewhat erratic and I often can't make a critical evaluation of the performance like I can for any of the...
by slofstra
Tue May 26, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met On Demand Otello Sept 1978
Replies: 5
Views: 1527

Re: Met On Demand Otello Sept 1978

Jon Vickers. Canadian, eh? Question - I take it that you're subscribing to Met On Demand. What's your opinion? Is the feed solid? Any interruptions? Good quality picture? Are you watching on a large screen with a good sound system, or on you telephone? I'm getting it free for 3 months because I ord...
by slofstra
Mon May 25, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Knowing What You’re Hearing Matter?
Replies: 5
Views: 1473

Re: Does Knowing What You’re Hearing Matter?

If you know it's Yuja Wang, or any one of a dozen other active incredible classical pianists, then who cares what they play? You know it's going to be good. If you go to see a pop performer, like Paul Simon or Alison Krauss, you'll have no idea what will be played from one song to the next. In fact,...
by slofstra
Mon May 25, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met On Demand Otello Sept 1978
Replies: 5
Views: 1527

Re: Met On Demand Otello Sept 1978

Jon Vickers. Canadian, eh? I began testing the waters with classical music around 1980. I certainly had a few classical recordings, but mostly I was a rock/popular music listener at that time. I also attended many musical performances through the 1970s, in that vein. There were a few seminal events ...
by slofstra
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7748

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

Well, as far as what I'm looking for, that depends. von Karajan was said to be a master as far as beauty of tone, but his Tchaikovsky is dreary. I think what I like in both Brahms and Beethoven is majesty and weight. No one does that better than Klemperer, although his Ninth (in the set I have) is a...
by slofstra
Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Keyboard works of Orlando Gibbons
Replies: 8
Views: 2567

Re: Keyboard works of Orlando Gibbons

I can't pass by the name 'Orlando Gibbons' without thinking of Glenn Gould, who claimed Gibbons was his favourite composer, or something outlandish like that. I found an article about this here. https://www.orlandogibbons.com/gould-on-gibbons/ The following quote represents Gould at his most laughin...
by slofstra
Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7748

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

Hello, Henry. Generally agree with your assessment of Kondrashin and Haitink. The thing is, I'm not generally a fan of Haitink's and, after re-listening to that CSO disc this morning, I have to say that it's one of Haitink's better performances. The recorded sound is exemplary, but still there are ...
by slofstra
Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7748

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

There is no other source that backs up the story (if there is, I'd like to be corerected). No idea source here : https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/latest/maria-yudina-stalin/ The wording here, especially the account of Yudina's letter and Stalin's reaction very closely echoes the wording of ...
by slofstra
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7748

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

I actually only have three recordings of Shostakovich's 4th, and two of them are conducted by Bernard Haitink. One doesn't usually use Haitink and dissonance in the same sentence. However, I did replay the recent recording of the 4th with Haitink and the CSO and it is top drawer. (I remember it begi...
by slofstra
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 15063

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

I have loved this scene from 'Bend it Like Beckham' since I first saw it a couple of decades ago. The father wants his daughter to take an opportunity that he had given up. The father had been a good cricketer on the English team but when he encountered racist resistance, he quit in protest. "Who su...
by slofstra
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 33
Views: 6705

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

I have loved this scene from 'Bend it Like Beckham' since I first saw it a couple of decades ago. The father wants his daughter to take an opportunity that he had given up. The father had been a good cricketer on the English team but when he encountered racist resistance, he quit in protest. "Who su...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7748

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

I definitely like all of these works. Stravinsky, of course, was in his neoclassical period at that point. He didn't take up serialism until something more than a decade later. The funny thing is that, though, whether Stravinsky was in his early period of The Firebird, Petrushka, or The Rite of Spr...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7748

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

Well! I thought you might have an Oppo! I've been running a Sony CD changer for about 6 years now and it works fine still. I made a serious investment in a pair of Bozak Century speakers back when I was at Villanova in 1969, and have been in love with them ever since. They were of course made for L...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7748

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

I don't think it's been a month since I used the voucher to hear the freebie Petrenko concerts posted earlier. Too bad: I thought everything was supposed to be free now for the duration of the pandemic. I understand your frustration with streaming. Frankly, I just find it simpler to load a CD into ...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 15063

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

I realize that this isn't the airport and I don't have to announce my departure, but I thought I'd give my reason for leaving the group. It's quite simple, I'm sick to death of all the Trump bashing. I guess everyone just assumes that if you enjoy the arts and classical music (I'm a retired profess...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 33
Views: 6705

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

I realize that this isn't the airport and I don't have to announce my departure, but I thought I'd give my reason for leaving the group. It's quite simple, I'm sick to death of all the Trump bashing. I guess everyone just assumes that if you enjoy the arts and classical music (I'm a retired profess...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 15063

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

One reason I was spending a bit more time on CMG again is that I had delegated running my business more and more so I could work on a part-time basis. I haven't had to work all that hard the last few years but with grandchildren just down the street and increased travel and other activities, CMG fel...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 33
Views: 6705

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

One reason I was spending a bit more time on CMG again is that I had delegated running my business more and more so I could work on a part-time basis. I haven't had to work all that hard the last few years but with grandchildren just down the street and increased travel and other activities, CMG fel...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7748

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

I think we had a conversation recently about digital streaming versus CDs. Just to give you an update on that, I have backed off a bit on my plans. I had purchased a fairly sophisticated DAC for my computer in order to stream HD sound from my music streaming service. But it was very buggy, and I sen...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 7748

Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

(With apologies to the Who, whose album title I adapted.) I was sooo impressed with this concert, which is available free (while it lasts), here: https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/52528 Of course, this is the BPO, conducted by Kirill Petrenko. The repertoire: Igor Stravinsky Symphony in ...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nessun dorma
Replies: 5
Views: 2300

Re: Nessun dorma

I put that straight on my Facebook page. Wonderful.

Curious about the record with which he was singing along. Is it some kind of a karaoke recording with the lead dubbed out? Or was the recorded male vocal just drowned out by his voice?
by slofstra
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Free streaming due to Corona
Replies: 3
Views: 1840

Re: Free streaming due to Corona

Thanks for this, Henry! The MET's offer is particularly generous, but so is Berlin's. I've also become a member of the Berlin service, and their new conductor, Kirill Petrenko, is a surefire winner. And the archives are incredible as it's been building for a decade, and they have back filled with v...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus
Replies: 15
Views: 4648

Re: Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus

You'll have an easier time listing what's still going. Basically, everything is cancelled everywhere. And if you think this is bad, wait until cities go into complete lockdown. It could be avoided if people followed guidelines, but they aren't. We have only 5 cases in our city of half a million, but...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Free streaming due to Corona
Replies: 3
Views: 1840

Re: Free streaming due to Corona

And the Met is streaming an opera each night beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 16.

Here is the link.

https://www.metopera.org/about/press-re ... s-closure/
by slofstra
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Free streaming due to Corona
Replies: 3
Views: 1840

Free streaming due to Corona

I thought I'd make this a general thread, because of the number of free streaming services on offer due to closure of public performances. The first is the Berlin Philharmonic, who are offering free streaming for the next month. I've been a paid subscriber for almost a decade and this service is FAN...