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by slofstra
Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 32
Views: 1910

Re: Haitink documentary

In general, I am a great fan of Haitink as a conductor who puts the music above his own personal glorification. I think that this is very important. The big exception, and, given that I am probably the world's biggest Shostakovich fan, an important exception, is in Russian music, especially Shostak...
by slofstra
Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32
Replies: 52
Views: 3945

Re: Beethoven's 32

I've always had the idea of rating the top performances I own of all 32 of the PS that I own. As well as about 10 full sets, I also have many stand alone recordings. To do this I would have to go back and listen to them all again. There are a number of them that I would probably dismiss after a few...
by slofstra
Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 32
Views: 1910

Re: Haitink documentary

I see conductors as bringing different strengths to the repertoire. Some, like Haitink, are structuralists and they are bent on bringing the utmost in musicality out of the score itself. There's a desire to understand the composer's intent, although knowing when to bend that is important. ... see a...
by slofstra
Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 32
Views: 1910

Re: Haitink documentary

Thank you Henry for putting up your appreciation in such detail. It is very well expressed, and I find hardly anything to cavil at. I'm rather with Brian on the Brahms piano concerti though. In some music, Arrau is wonderful; in some, he is not to my taste - as I've written b efore, his Chopin lack...
by slofstra
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32
Replies: 52
Views: 3945

Re: Beethoven's 32

There's a pattern to these Beethoven threads. Usually there's a new groundbreaking set that everyone ravishes over. A few years ago that was Richard Goode, more recently Paul Lewis. Then everyone talks about Annie Fischer and the mono Kempff set. A couple of years later there's another breakthrough....
by slofstra
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 32
Views: 1910

Re: Haitink documentary

Hello, Henry! IMHO, Haitink has had an intriguing career. From what you've just posted, it sounds like he was an honest appraiser of his own talents, and that's refreshing. That said, I prefer him as an accompanist: his Beethoven Concerto cycle with Perahia won praise, especially the disc of III & ...
by slofstra
Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 32
Views: 1910

Re: Haitink documentary

Thanks for alerting me to this. I might try a week's sub as you suggest. If you do, check out some of the BPO's post COVID work. I was impressed. They put together a number of smaller ensembles exploring corners of the repertoire. The format could look like stopgap, but I think they made the most o...
by slofstra
Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 32
Views: 1910

Haitink documentary

I watched the documentary "It comes my way ..." on Bernard Haitink's conducting career last night. Chock full of interesting insights over its 49 minute length. The title comes from Haitink's statement that he wasn't ambitious but that opportunities just came his way. When asked about his Philips re...
by slofstra
Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aldo Ciccolini Alert
Replies: 6
Views: 383

Re: Aldo Ciccolini Alert

I have really only heard him murder the music of Erik Satie, so I will pass.
by slofstra
Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition
Replies: 24
Views: 1539

Re: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition

I have this set, although I have only dabbled with it. It was very inexpensive when purchased, but now amazon.ca lists it as unavailable.

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by slofstra
Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition
Replies: 24
Views: 1539

Re: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition

You know how youtube keeps showing you stuff.
Here's one with Yo Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan (banjo presumably) performing a song written by Aoife O'Donovan, who peforms with "I'm with Her", in my previous post.
by slofstra
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition
Replies: 24
Views: 1539

Re: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition

I'm not sure how well all of these crossover sessions work out, but it is creative and interesting. Here is Chris Thile as an early teens' mandolin prodigy doing a standard English traditional song in bluegrass. Really, the clip is just to show his raw ability. I've seen the girl on fiddle, Sara Wat...
by slofstra
Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach3, Where are You?
Replies: 11
Views: 712

Re: Rach3, Where are You?

For a day or so, I was concerned that you might have been upset about me asking you to correct a thread....Glad all is well now. Many thanks for your concerns, and no issue ever about correcting me. After 42 years of marriage ( to the same lady ), and 2 headstrong ( they take after their mother ) 3...
by slofstra
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition
Replies: 24
Views: 1539

Re: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition

Chris Thile’s fast-as-lighting mandolin treatments of the Violin Partitas I just recently heard of this. I have been a fan of Chris Thile for decades, but for his bluegrass work with Nickel Creek, and other musical endeavours including hosting NPR's 'Live from Here', a live roots music show. So the...
by slofstra
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 57
Views: 14885

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

Indeed, that is the one. Pretty spectacular - thanks for the link. I guess it's not much news to say I almost visited it. My son and I had a weekend to spend on a return train trip from Copenhagen to Amsterdam. Hamburg was a stopover and we considered a stay there. Berlin was too much for a couple ...
by slofstra
Tue Aug 18, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition
Replies: 24
Views: 1539

Re: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition

That sounds like it's worth a listen. Bach's work is the most malleable of all music.
by slofstra
Tue Aug 18, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 57
Views: 14885

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

In the late 90s and early 2000s Simone Young was a really fine chief conductor (that might not have been her title) at Opera Australia, including a magnificent Lulu. She left, and eventually went to Hamburg, because her ambitions outstripped what OA beancounters saw as their budget. I'm sure there ...
by slofstra
Tue Aug 18, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach3, Where are You?
Replies: 11
Views: 712

Re: Rach3, Where are You?

Wow. No news of this up here in Canada, whatsoever. With COVID, domestic political turmoil and the usual array of Trump stupidity, quite a bit of news doesn't get through. For a day or so, I was concerned that you might have been upset about me asking you to correct a thread title typo. Believe me, ...
by slofstra
Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 57
Views: 14885

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

Barenboim has been a difficult musician to follow, at least for me. His tenure in Chicago produced some good recordings, but I felt there were some careless moments in them. His early attempts as a conductor were also rather facile, although I remember a quite lively Mozart LP. Same with his piano ...
by slofstra
Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition
Replies: 24
Views: 1539

Re: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition

Playing through the entire Glenn Gould collection is a bit like Forrest Gump's comment on a box of chocolate, "you never know what you're going to get". I began recording my responses after CD #45 and this was a few years ago now. The following had three stars out of three: 47 - Hindemith, Sonatas 1...
by slofstra
Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition
Replies: 24
Views: 1539

Re: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition

I believe a prime motive for a retreat into the recording studio was to obtain artistic control over his output without various pressures. Yes, I understand that to be the case. He was quite open about it. Have you heard the delightful anecdote below? Gould and Rubinstein were being jointly intervi...
by slofstra
Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 34
Views: 2752

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

I have finally ripped all the CDs (apart from the dodgy ones) in the 'composers' section of my CD collection. Now I move on to pianists/violinists/conductors/chamber ensembles/etc. I reckon I've already ripped about 40% or maybe more of my collection so I am well ahead of the play. Using FLAC Level...
by slofstra
Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: He Wasn’t Toscanini, but He Made Orchestras Sing
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: He Wasn’t Toscanini, but He Made Orchestras Sing

I've been listening to several large scale works from the Sony Barbirolli box (Brahms 2, Sibelius 1 & 2, and some Baroque suites) and find the playing and readings dull. The set wasn't helped by airless sound which led to some wooden phrasing. Sibelius 2 was probably the best of the group. Sibelius...
by slofstra
Sun Aug 16, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Lewis - Beethoven Sonata #2
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: Paul Lewis - Beethoven Sonata #2

Glenn Gould always preferred his New York Steinway until it was dropped and "allegedly" brought back to its supposed original condition. He was not happy with the end results and looked around for his next piano, which was a Yamaha. Near as I know, Gould never played nor performed on a Bosendorfer ...
by slofstra
Sun Aug 16, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments
Replies: 18
Views: 1641

Re: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments

One of the posts that really touched the point has been edited. Freedom of Speech, you lot? First Amendment? I think I have to go. As I said, open debate is silenced at the first stroke. Are you quite sure? I looked at your post, and I had quoted it. My quote on August 3rd and your post as of today...
by slofstra
Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition
Replies: 24
Views: 1539

Re: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition

There were two complete Gould editions in recent years. This is the more recent one. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/813UgEWRsIL._AC_SL1500_.jpg And then this older one, which I have. I listened to it from beginning to end and briefly rated each CD. There's a lot of ups and downs, b...
by slofstra
Sat Aug 15, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: He Wasn’t Toscanini, but He Made Orchestras Sing
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: He Wasn’t Toscanini, but He Made Orchestras Sing

I won't be getting this set, but I thought about it quite seriously. The main reason in favour of purchase is that I'm very much interested in the early 20th century British school (actually, all early 20th C music) and there's a reasonable dollop of this music in this set. I quite enjoyed listening...
by slofstra
Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Lewis - Beethoven Sonata #2
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: Paul Lewis - Beethoven Sonata #2

Lately I have been listening to Andras Schiff's set of the sonatas. This was a must purchase for me, because 1) Schiff, and 2) ECM. But I mention it here because of the subject of the piano, itself. Schiff switches between a Steinway and a Bosendorfer. But he refuses to indicate which he uses on any...
by slofstra
Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Lewis - Beethoven Sonata #2
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: Paul Lewis - Beethoven Sonata #2

This thread opened up a wonderful memory of seeing Emanuel Ax playing an early Beethoven sonata in recital, which opened up the possibilities of these early works for me. (Richter is incredible with these as well.) So, in Googling for information on when and where I saw this performance, I came upon...
by slofstra
Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BPO playlist 'Music of our time' - free of charge
Replies: 0
Views: 993

BPO playlist 'Music of our time' - free of charge

I don't know long this playlist will be up, free of charge, but the content is sure to interest CMG participants.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/playlist/36

The playlist features the music of Kurtag, Lindberg, Ades and others.
by slofstra
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 57
Views: 14885

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

I asked for counterpoint in my original post and sure got some. It does make me think that I'm missing something that I haven't seen yet. My opinions are always subject to revision, of course, and I appreciate reading everyone's viewpoint. If we all thought the same way there wouldn't be much use f...
by slofstra
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR 20 essential Mozart recordings
Replies: 6
Views: 717

Re: WQXR 20 essentila MOzart recordings

Some comments on the top 20. 1) Great Mass. It doesn't make my top 20, as a composition I mean, although on the listeners' poll I posted above it comes in at #15, so evidently people like. The recordings I have are stuffy to say the least. 2) Requiem. My goto version has been from the Academy of St....
by slofstra
Sat Aug 15, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR 20 essential Mozart recordings
Replies: 6
Views: 717

Re: WQXR 20 essentila MOzart recordings

By way of comparison, here are the results of a recent listeners' poll and NPO Radio 4 (Dutch classical station).
https://www.nporadio4.nl/images/2019061 ... 50-DEF.pdf
by slofstra
Sat Aug 15, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 57
Views: 14885

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

I asked for counterpoint in my original post and sure got some. It does make me think that I'm missing something that I haven't seen yet. My opinions are always subject to revision, of course, and I appreciate reading everyone's viewpoint. If we all thought the same way there wouldn't be much use fo...
by slofstra
Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments
Replies: 18
Views: 1641

Re: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments

You have freedom of speech, but not freedom from the consequences of your speech. Ask the Dixie Chicks (now the Chicks). Anyone with a high public profile, or representative of an organization with a high public profile has the added burden of needing to moderate their speech, since anything they s...
by slofstra
Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 34
Views: 2752

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

I've put all my CDs onto computer and it has some major advantages and one disadvantage. For the techies, I built a low noise computer feeding a high quality DAC and the sound is superb, better than my (fairly high quality) CD player. I use my TV screen as the computer display. The advantages are: ...
by slofstra
Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 34
Views: 2752

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

Based on your description I've now gotr a clear idea of what you've got and how it connects I go back to work tomorrow so my digital transfers will slow down. One plus is that I've just finished the 'B's. Now while that might not sound like much progress when I consider how much Bach and Beethoven ...
by slofstra
Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 34
Views: 2752

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

I asked my friend to describe how he set up my system after he ripped the CDs. Here is his description. I think it will mean something to Slofstra, and perhaps to Holden Fourth. The system is based on a Devialet, a French machine that combines DAC, pre-amp and amps (about 100 watts per channel) and...
by slofstra
Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 34
Views: 2752

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

I just chanced on this. This is what we used to worry about. Today, musical artists can't make anything on CDs or streaming. The streaming services are especially miserly in paying royalties. Even successful musical artists refer to it as 'pizza money'.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04z4sv8
by slofstra
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 34
Views: 2752

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: 34
Views: 2752

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: 18
Views: 1641

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: 1292

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: 34
Views: 2752

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: 34
Views: 2752

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: 839

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: 997

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: 585

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: 598

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...