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by slofstra
Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brexit and the classical CD
Replies: 6
Views: 3667

Re: Brexit and the classical CD

I'm glad some of you are finding some bargains. I've spot checked a few prices, and amazon.ca still comes out the better for me. Our Canadian dollar has dropped significantly with our resource based economy, so that's the issue. I haven't paid a lot of attention to the 'Brexit' campaign as I was cou...
by slofstra
Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brexit and the classical CD
Replies: 6
Views: 3667

Brexit and the classical CD

The bad news (depending on your political bent) is that the UK may be leaving the EU.
The good news is that with the pound dropping to $1.35, it's once again time to look for bargain classical CDs on mdt.co.uk.
by slofstra
Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best of Brahms
Replies: 23
Views: 10150

Re: Best of Brahms

My parents had the earlier Heifetz recording of the violin concerto with Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra; I don't have it and have pretty much forgotten it. However, I've just been listening to the stereo version with Fritz Reiner and it still strikes me as superficial, from th...
by slofstra
Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composing? Not anymore. Throwing in the towel.
Replies: 27
Views: 10125

Re: Composing? Not anymore. Throwing in the towel.

Okay, so it's not music you're tired of. That's good. Unfortunately, making a career of an activity you love often has the effect of taking all the joy out of it. I just watched the excellent documentary of Nina Simone, who, of course, loved to sing and perform to the point that it was a redemptive...
by slofstra
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composing? Not anymore. Throwing in the towel.
Replies: 27
Views: 10125

Re: Composing? Not anymore. Throwing in the towel.

Garrett, I have a question. Do you play an instrument? I do! Studied both piano and guitar for years. I've kept both up, although I'm not going to mislead you into thinking I'm "performance-ready" on either. But I can still play both well enough to read through difficult music and still have it sou...
by slofstra
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best of Brahms
Replies: 23
Views: 10150

Re: Best of Brahms

The Brahms I reach for most often is Solti/Chicago, to be honest. Solti's pacing is just right: disciplined with room to breath. As for muddied up, my target would be HVK's Brahms symphonies: they sound under-rehearsed as though they were dashed off just to make money without accompanying concerts....
by slofstra
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best of Brahms
Replies: 23
Views: 10150

Re: Best of Brahms

As for the concertos, I had to re-listen to several recordings before I could announce a favorite, and I still can't make up my mind. For the piano concerti, the choice is between Fleisher/Szell and Van Cliburn/Reiner in I, and Richter/Chicago/Leinsdorf and Fleisher in II, and no contest with Heife...
by slofstra
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best of Brahms
Replies: 23
Views: 10150

Re: Best of Brahms

There are hundreds if not thousands of recordings of the Brahms symphonies, and I haven't listened to most of them. The ones I come back to were made by Otto Klemperer and the Philharmonia Orchestra in the 1950s - well paced (not too slow), judiciously weighted, and beautifully played by the orches...
by slofstra
Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best of Brahms
Replies: 23
Views: 10150

Best of Brahms

There are so many fine recordings of Brahms' music I don't know which is the best of the best. All I will say, is that the last few years I keep reaching for this one: http://www.arkivmusic.com/graphics/covers/non-muze2/large/504822.jpg This is such an exceptionally fine recording, and delights me e...
by slofstra
Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composing? Not anymore. Throwing in the towel.
Replies: 27
Views: 10125

Re: Composing? Not anymore. Throwing in the towel.

Thought I'd share this here since some of you might have a passing interest in my career. And I'm sure my previous thread makes a bit more sense now... ;) http://garrettshatzer.com/2016/06/an-end-to-composing/ A different type of announcement today, one that’s troubled me for the past several month...
by slofstra
Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adventures of Barney in Wonderland
Replies: 13
Views: 2897

Re: Adventures of Barney in Wonderland

Good article, Barney. It's made me think about saving my pennies for another artistic foray into the Big Apple. Events that we class as momentous, happen every day and every season there, so any trip to New York is guaranteed to be an occasion.
by slofstra
Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Center and New York City
Replies: 4
Views: 1062

Re: Lincoln Center and New York City

$1.2 billion seems like a very large pile of dough for a cultural center. But for anyone who thinks, like I do, that a civilization is built out of the surplus of its production, this is good news for mankind generally speaking. A lot of us out here in the boonies love to visit New York for the very...
by slofstra
Fri May 20, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Riccardo Muti and concert versions
Replies: 26
Views: 4075

Re: Riccardo Muti and concert versions

Johannes Brahms once declined an invitation to see "Don Giovanni" at the opera, saying he could get a better performance by reading the score at home. That, I suppose, would be the purest musical satisfaction. I wanted to ask you more about this-I'm so amazed that there are those who could do somet...
by slofstra
Fri May 20, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Riccardo Muti and concert versions
Replies: 26
Views: 4075

Re: Riccardo Muti and concert versions

I, too, fall in the league of the MUSIC in opera over the full staging if I had to make a choice. Just to be clear - if you had to make a choice between unstaged and staged opera (both necessarily including the music or it isn't opera at all), you'd prefer it unstaged? We'd all prefer it staged, I'...
by slofstra
Thu May 19, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Riccardo Muti and concert versions
Replies: 26
Views: 4075

Re: Riccardo Muti and concert versions

An opera could be divided into two parts, the musical part and what we see from the stage. But if I must prefer one of the elements I prefer the music. It is fully possible to attend a great concert performance of - say - Il Trovatore, but barely a staged performance without Verdi´s music. When I l...
by slofstra
Thu May 19, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Riccardo Muti and concert versions
Replies: 26
Views: 4075

Re: Riccardo Muti and concert versions

Johannes Brahms once declined an invitation to see "Don Giovanni" at the opera, saying he could get a better performance by reading the score at home. That, I suppose, would be the purest musical satisfaction. But of course it's available to very few, and it has nothing to do with the nature of ope...
by slofstra
Wed May 18, 2016 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Riccardo Muti and concert versions
Replies: 26
Views: 4075

Re: Riccardo Muti and concert versions

The BPO has performed 'The Magic Flute' and other operas in concert with some minimal staging. IMO, it is preferred. First of all, the orchestra is of a higher calibre than what you normally find in the pit of Glyndebourne and the like. Second, theatre stagings often do not come across on the scree...
by slofstra
Wed May 18, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CDs Always in Stock
Replies: 16
Views: 8839

Re: CDs Always in Stock

If by digital versions you mean downloads instead of physical copies, it isn't possible to "run out" of them. Is it possible to say "Captain Obvious" in a jocular, non-malevolent way? Obvious to you and me but not to everybody. More generally, when a statement is made that's wrong (to put it in a n...
by slofstra
Wed May 18, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Riccardo Muti and concert versions
Replies: 26
Views: 4075

Re: Riccardo Muti and concert versions

The BPO has performed 'The Magic Flute' and other operas in concert with some minimal staging. IMO, it is preferred. First of all, the orchestra is of a higher calibre than what you normally find in the pit of Glyndebourne and the like. Second, theatre stagings often do not come across on the screen...
by slofstra
Wed May 18, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CDs Always in Stock
Replies: 16
Views: 8839

Re: CDs Always in Stock

Well Amazon does not run out of digital versions because every time one is downloaded an Amazon employee in their digital warehouse quickly orders a replacement copy from the publisher Do you know that for a fact? After all, if Amazon.com has one copy in digital format on its server, it can technic...
by slofstra
Wed May 18, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CDs Always in Stock
Replies: 16
Views: 8839

Re: CDs Always in Stock

John F wrote:If by digital versions you mean downloads instead of physical copies, it isn't possible to "run out" of them.
Is it possible to say "Captain Obvious" in a jocular, non-malevolent way?
by slofstra
Wed May 18, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CDs Always in Stock
Replies: 16
Views: 8839

Re: CDs Always in Stock

BWV 1080 wrote:And I have yet to see Amazon run out of any of the digital versions of their music or books
LOL.
by slofstra
Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where does it stop: the mega-boxes
Replies: 9
Views: 4933

Re: Where does it stop: the mega-boxes

One thing that has inhibited me is the price jump in these boxes here in Canada, generally 50 to 100% higher than a couple of years ago. This is partly due to the drop in our currency, and partly the record companies' pricing. Good thing I bought so many of these sets a few years back. I may even ca...
by slofstra
Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Jean Martinon 14-CD "Icon" box on Erato
Replies: 11
Views: 5103

Re: New Jean Martinon 14-CD "Icon" box on Erato

Just this past month I've been working through the Martinon/ CSO box, and I'm about half way through. I really like the CSO sound, big, brassy (but not overly) and more expressive than orchestras of that time were on the European side. (Although I treasure my RCO recordings of the 1960s also). One C...
by slofstra
Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who is the most recent composer to have entered The Canon?
Replies: 32
Views: 13878

Re: Who is the most recent composer to have entered The Cano

enough time has to have elapsed for a broad, lasting consensus to form, not just among performers but critics, music historians, musicologists, and other opinion-makers and -shapers. (Sorry, some guy, but that's how it is.) Hahaha, John. You should really read more carefully. Yeah, that's how canon...
by slofstra
Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who is the most recent composer to have entered The Canon?
Replies: 32
Views: 13878

Re: Who is the most recent composer to have entered The Cano

Okay, I just figured this out. Google reference count, using first and last name. Brian Ferneyhough - 145,000 Oscar Golijov - 224,000 Ernest Chausson - 352,000 Dmitri Shostakovich - 382,000 Aaron Copland - 483,000 Frederic Chopin - 1,470,000 Joseph Haydn - 10,600,000 Ludwig van Beethoven - 15,400,0...
by slofstra
Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who is the most recent composer to have entered The Canon?
Replies: 32
Views: 13878

Re: Who is the most recent composer to have entered The Cano

Okay, I just figured this out. Google reference count, using first and last name. Brian Ferneyhough - 145,000 Oscar Golijov - 224,000 Ernest Chausson - 352,000 Dmitri Shostakovich - 382,000 Aaron Copland - 483,000 Frederic Chopin - 1,470,000 Joseph Haydn - 10,600,000 Ludwig van Beethoven - 15,400,00...
by slofstra
Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who is the most recent composer to have entered The Canon?
Replies: 32
Views: 13878

Re: Who is the most recent composer to have entered The Cano

The list was not terribly impressive, but even so, there were many names on it which are BIG, though probably only to that infamous "specialized audience for contemporary music," which is a convenient way to marginalize what should really be the norm, convenient for those who locate the norm somewh...
by slofstra
Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who is the most recent composer to have entered The Canon?
Replies: 32
Views: 13878

Re: Who is the most recent composer to have entered The Cano

Here is my own crack at defining the point at which a composer enters the canon. It's the point at which the composer's music is played by multiple major orchestras (or vocalists, ensembles, soloists or opera companies, as the case may be), around the world, purely because of the perceived merits of...
by slofstra
Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musician sues Royal Opera House over ruined hearing
Replies: 19
Views: 2412

Re: Musician sues Royal Opera House over ruined hearing

137 decibels out of the brass section? That is difficult to believe. I heard some incredibly loud rock bands back in the day, bad enough that I left the venue. None were ever that loud, and I don't see how you could get those kinds of volumes out of acoustically amplified devices. Perhaps if Donald ...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NCAA Brackets Contest
Replies: 6
Views: 1588

Re: NCAA Brackets Contest

I know that college basketball is the spectator sport of choice for classical music fans... Where did you get that idea? Over here, those CM fans I know who care about sports at all are mostly baseball fans, and the only sport I follow is top-flight soccer/football in the Barclays Premier League. I...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NCAA Brackets Contest
Replies: 6
Views: 1588

NCAA Brackets Contest

I'm running another NCAA brackets contest this year. Admission is free and there are prizes. I know that college basketball is the spectator sport of choice for classical music fans so that's why I'm letting you know about this.

www.slofstra.net/ncaa
by slofstra
Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jaap van Zweden to head NY Phil
Replies: 47
Views: 12541

Re: Jaap van Zweden to head NY Phil

I saw this on Radio 4 NL, which I listen to on occasion, and then noticed this thread.

There are five concerts you can stream, with van Zweden leading the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest.

http://www.radio4.nl/thema/Jaap%20van%20Zweden
by slofstra
Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie
Replies: 25
Views: 13603

Re: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie

I will have to catch up with the youtube clips later. In the meantime my Messaien sojourn continues. Generally, I've been playing two versions of each piece. Actually, you need to hear a piece more than twice to get a proper sense of it, but twice is better than once. Two pieces I have liked are the...
by slofstra
Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie
Replies: 25
Views: 13603

Re: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie

No, jbuck's post is Chang conducting. The interesting thing about messiaen's music is that it really blossomed and became fully realizied after he absorbed post-war modernism. Hindemith never left neoclassicism and stravinsky adopted serial techniques in his own idiosyncratic way. Messiaen produced...
by slofstra
Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie
Replies: 25
Views: 13603

Re: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie

There is also Kent Nagano, which I have in the Messiaen Edition boxed set of Erato and Teldec recordings: http://www.amazon.com/Messiaen-Edition-18CD-Olivier/dp/B000A2ACWO But the Myung Whun Chang is the one to have if push comes to shove. I love the work, but think his later orchestral pieces like...
by slofstra
Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie
Replies: 25
Views: 13603

Re: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie

Some of Turangalila (and Messiaen's other music) does indeed sound like a Hollywood soundtrack score of the more garish kind, but I can't say I heard Gershwin in it. If it is, that would be quite a discovery! One work by Messiaen I want to hear (and see) is the opera "Saint Francis of Assisi." Othe...
by slofstra
Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie
Replies: 25
Views: 13603

Re: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie

You mean, you read in some publication that Bernstein intended to record the Turangalila Symphony? Coule b, I suppose, but I don't believe it. If he cared that much about that music, he would surely have conducted it at lesat once in concert, and as far as I can tell, he never did. Boulez never did...
by slofstra
Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie
Replies: 25
Views: 13603

Re: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie

Some of Turangalila (and Messiaen's other music) does indeed sound like a Hollywood soundtrack score of the more garish kind, but I can't say I heard Gershwin in it. If it is, that would be quite a discovery! One work by Messiaen I want to hear (and see) is the opera "Saint Francis of Assisi." Othe...
by slofstra
Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie
Replies: 25
Views: 13603

Messiaen's Turangalila-Symphonie

Well, we're feeling fairly settled in our renovated "small house". We're in the downtown area of our city and I can walk to my office in the tech district. My library and CD collection are back in order, and hopefully I'll be able to post with a little more regularity. One of my long awaited project...
by slofstra
Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CBC Piano Hero 2016
Replies: 2
Views: 945

Re: CBC Piano Hero 2016

If you'd like to review and vote for more entries, here is the link. It's pretty cool. http://piano2016.strutta.com/entries?filter=submit&sort=votes There are 176 entries you can view and vote for. The link above sorts them according to their current standing. (If anyone down in the bowels is partic...
by slofstra
Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CBC Piano Hero 2016
Replies: 2
Views: 945

CBC Piano Hero 2016

A friend of our daughter's is looking for votes in a CBC piano competition. Here is the link ... http://piano2016.strutta.com/entry/9972449 Apparently 10 entrants proceed to the next level of competition and he is sitting tenuously at 10th place. Okay, with that out of the way, here is more news on ...
by slofstra
Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So - what's on your TO GET list on CDs in 2016?
Replies: 39
Views: 21757

Re: So - what's on your TO GET list on CDs in 2016?

Today amazon.ca began accepting pre-orders for a Dutoit/ Montreal box set of 35 CDs. Price under $100 CDN. I need to see a list of what's on it, but I'll likely get this one. The recordings I have now of Dutoit/ Montreal/ Tchaikovsky and Bizet are among my favourites of those two composers.
by slofstra
Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A different spin on "classical music is in trouble"...
Replies: 6
Views: 2337

Re: A different spin on "classical music is in trouble"...

The future of classical music is likely described at this link. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_symphony_orchestras#Asia Julliard has recently set up a school in China. Still, only a small percentage of Asians listen to Western classical music, but the audience is growing, not declining, as it...
by slofstra
Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Folk and rock session videos - 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 1785

Folk and rock session videos - 2015

Once again this year I've compiled a playlist of my 30 (or so) folk and rock videos released during the past year.

http://gesprek.net/2016/01/04/best-folk ... s-of-2015/

I hope everyone had a good and safe holiday. I hope to be posting a bit more on the classical side this winter.
by slofstra
Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thielemann uncovered
Replies: 11
Views: 2993

Re: Thielemann uncovered

It was somewhat confused by the issue of whether there had ever before been a music director of the Bayreuth Festival. I didn't think so and neither did the book reviewer, but it turned out that Furtwängler had been named to such a position in 1930 and resigned within a year after conducting all of...
by slofstra
Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Windows 10
Replies: 28
Views: 7642

Re: Windows 10

Windows 3.1, released in 1992, was not a "bad" version. To the contrary, it was the first really usable version of Windows. I remember it well. It was essentially a shall for MS-DOS/PC-DOS, and of course Windows has become infinitely more powerful since then, as have personal computers. Ah yes, the...
by slofstra
Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thielemann uncovered
Replies: 11
Views: 2993

Re: Thielemann uncovered

No, Henry, read my post beginning "Thanks for the link." Winifred Wagner inherited the official position of festival director on the death of her husband Siegfried. Incapable of managing it, she first brought in a music director, Furtwängler, and then the director of the Berlin State Opera, Heinz T...
by slofstra
Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Windows 10
Replies: 28
Views: 7642

Re: Windows 10

That's what people keep telling me. But I have to be sure all my PC-related materials can open up in specifically Microsoft programs. I understand that CAN be done. True? I do have an iPad, which I took to Europe with me, specifically to use Skype. It worked fine, but otherwise, I don't relate very...