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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: 2351

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: 1526

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: 1526

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: 11954

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: 12585

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: 12585

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: 12585

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: 12585

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: 12585

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: 12585

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: 12585

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: 908

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: 908

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: 20121

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: 2276

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: 1771

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: 2879

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: 7434

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: 2879

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: 7434

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...
by slofstra
Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Windows 10
Replies: 28
Views: 7434

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...
by slofstra
Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thielemann uncovered
Replies: 11
Views: 2879

Re: Thielemann uncovered

The unnamed author of this book review is remarkably ignorant about the Bayreuth Festival and German musical life generally. He says of the Bayreuth post, "a position perhaps in Thielemann’s mind even more important in the German musical world than the Berlin Philharmonic." That's nonsense; until t...
by slofstra
Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Invitation
Replies: 25
Views: 6961

Re: Invitation

Piston, forget Latin-America. I don't care nor are fan of that music. I'm a citizen of the world and only love European classical. My birth in Argentina was only caused by a very serious mistake of my grandparents, who thought that there they could have a better future. I'll never forgive them for ...
by slofstra
Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on transferring Windows Media Player library
Replies: 8
Views: 3192

Re: Question on transferring Windows Media Player library

An update on my whole situation: The Computer Doctors in Ft. Collins sold me a nice, refurbished Latitude for $319 plus tax, and they were able to get my entire Windows Media Player library intact (for an extra $50). I'm quite pleased, especially as there's no degradation in sound quality....sounds...
by slofstra
Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Congratulations, chalkperson ...
Replies: 8
Views: 2342

Re: Congratulations, chalkperson ...

Well done, chalkperson! My time with rock music was a bit earlier than yours (the Sex Pistols are later than my teenage years, so I had lost interest by then), but I do remember an all-night concert by Hot Tuna that blew me away in my early twenties, believe it or not. :lol: Hot Tuna was a side pro...
by slofstra
Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Congratulations, chalkperson ...
Replies: 8
Views: 2342

Congratulations, chalkperson ...

Or Chalkie. BBC 4 at 22:30 UCT today, 9 August, or 5:30 PM Eastern daylight time is showing a life retrospective on the work of Chalkie Davies. I assumed this has aired before as I have viewed it on the BBC iplayer. But CMGers might find the following link of interest. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programme...
by slofstra
Thu Aug 06, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chamber Music.
Replies: 9
Views: 5472

Re: Chamber Music.

Also don't forget wikipedia, Agnes.

Here is a "jumping off" page for string quartet ensembles.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_s ... _ensembles

And one for classical music trios.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category: ... usic_trios
by slofstra
Thu Aug 06, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chamber Music.
Replies: 9
Views: 5472

Re: Chamber Music.

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=15243121416&searchurl=sts%3Dt%26tn%3Dbeaux+arts+trio http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=15736763634&searchurl=kn%3Dguarneri+quartet%26sts%3Dt http://www.abebooks.com/products/isbn/9780374527006?cm_sp=bdp-_-9780374527006-_-isbn13 http://w...
by slofstra
Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Virtuosity - The Cliburn
Replies: 5
Views: 1581

Re: Virtuosity - The Cliburn

This film is about the 2013 Cliburn competition. It has toured film festivals for a number of months, and now will be shown on PBS.

Here is a trailer about the film.

http://www.cliburn.org/competitions/cli ... irtuosity/
by slofstra
Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz megabox slated for October release
Replies: 15
Views: 3643

Re: Horowitz megabox slated for October release

Amazon.com has the Sony 70 CD original jacket collection at $86.24 today. I've never seen it at that low a price.

http://www.amazon.com/Vladimir-Horowitz ... nal+jacket
by slofstra
Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Request for New York advice
Replies: 66
Views: 7712

Re: Request for New York advice

Later edit -This subway line seems to go around the clock. Yes we know the Path but late at night the schedule is not so good-also the stops they take you to don't always have decent hotels-an exception is Jersey City--we were just there and stayed overnight-it was a Sunday-- which has hotels withi...
by slofstra
Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DVD vs. VCR
Replies: 25
Views: 3937

Re: DVD vs. VCR

Many PVRs now allow attachment of an external drive if you are running out of PVR space. And you can keep filling up external drives with so many programs it'll take centuries to watch them. Thanks is a PVR some kind of DVR? Regards, Len They're the same thing. For some reason Bell calls mine a PVR...
by slofstra
Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Request for New York advice
Replies: 66
Views: 7712

Re: Request for New York advice

On one tour we were put up in New Jersey. If you can figure out how the trains go, you can save a small fortune staying anywhere but Manhattan. Still it's not a great option or we'd be doing it ourselves-by the time an opera ends you may find there is no easy transportation back to NJ. Regards, Len...
by slofstra
Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Request for New York advice
Replies: 66
Views: 7712

Re: Request for New York advice

A friend and I are planning to come to New York next year, some time around February to May, for 3 weeks. Amazingly, I have never been to the East Coast of the US and it's on my bucket list. Although I will do some normal sight-seeing, it is essentially a musical pilgrimage. Does anyone have any ad...
by slofstra
Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DVD vs. VCR
Replies: 25
Views: 3937

Re: DVD vs. VCR

That was very interesting, Henry, thanks. It was written in 2012, however, and since then Best Buy has introduced the first blu-ray recorders, very expensive at roughly $2,000 & $3,000. It's good to know that they're available, which means that the price will come down eventually. http://www.bestbu...
by slofstra
Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DVD vs. VCR
Replies: 25
Views: 3937

Re: DVD vs. VCR

It's very difficult to go digital to digital when recording on to a DVD. Read a bit of this. http://www.avsforum.com/forum/106-dvd-recorders-standard-def/1405124-no-you-cana-ta-transferring-hd-shows-directly-dvr-dvd-year-2012-a.html Using RCA jacks you won't see a great improvement going to DVD. If ...
by slofstra
Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jon Vickers R.I.P.
Replies: 25
Views: 5862

Re: Jon Vickers R.I.P.

From the article I linked above. "When I go home to my bed, to my home, I hope I'm just a dad to my kids, the son of a schoolteacher, just some guy who sings. I can't understand why they make such a fuss about it . But it's nice." He says he feels he's talking about another person when asked to talk...
by slofstra
Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jon Vickers R.I.P.
Replies: 25
Views: 5862

Re: Jon Vickers R.I.P.

A little Googling, and what do you know?

http://library.usask.ca/sni/stories/art11.html

Clearly Vickers was a man who watered his roots.
by slofstra
Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jon Vickers R.I.P.
Replies: 25
Views: 5862

Re: Jon Vickers R.I.P.

From a small prairie town of 35,000. What an incredible life of artistic achievements! Strictly speaking, not prairie but boreal forest in northern Saskatchewan. Grey Owl country. Ok, but you're not entirely accurate either. The city is in the transitional zone between aspen parkland and boreal for...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jon Vickers R.I.P.
Replies: 25
Views: 5862

Re: Jon Vickers R.I.P.

His bio in the Canadian Encyclopedia mentions his performances with our local symphony. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/jon-vickers-emc/ "In 1985 and in 1988 he made concert appearances with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra including entire acts from Die Walküre and Parsifa...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jon Vickers R.I.P.
Replies: 25
Views: 5862

Re: Jon Vickers R.I.P.

piston wrote:From a small prairie town of 35,000. What an incredible life of artistic achievements!
Strictly speaking, not prairie but boreal forest in northern Saskatchewan. Grey Owl country.
by slofstra
Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus
Replies: 18
Views: 4334

Re: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus

This is a great Ring. The singing is solid without any obvious miscasting... try to find that in a modern Ring! Mehta's conducting is fantastic and the orchestra gives it their all. Listen to the overture to Walkure. I haven't heard it conducted that well since Walter. The sets and cherry pickers a...
by slofstra
Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus
Replies: 18
Views: 4334

Re: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus

Fura des Baus did a Masked Ball for Opera Australia that I thought was a travesty. It was absurd and made a mockery of the text and music. But I have written about that before here. Uh, thanks Barney, but I am actually looking for people to persuade me that the effort to watch this will ultimately ...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 05, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus
Replies: 18
Views: 4334

Re: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus

The second Ring cycle from the Met, conducted half by Levine and half by Luisi but with a consistent cast, is available in Blu-ray. There are better Rings on DVD and still better on CD, but if you're dead set on Blu-ray, here it is: http://www.amazon.com/Wagner-Nibelungen-Blu-ray-Metropolitan-Opera...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus
Replies: 18
Views: 4334

Re: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus

The obvious choice was Levine and the Met, but I wanted BluRay. Of the many choices available in that format I thought surely there'd be one decent one. But I'm beginning to think there are only a few excellent Rings. And plenty of also-rans. I saw a complete Ring in Toronto a few years ago, and whi...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 05, 2015 10:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus
Replies: 18
Views: 4334

Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus

I've wanted to have a Blu-Ray Ring for some time and plunked my money on the Amazon barrelhead for this production under Zubin Mehta. I don't have much problem with re-staging in a non-traditional setting and the reviews for this video were generally good. But I'm quite disappointed. I've only watch...
by slofstra
Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schone Mullerin and suicide
Replies: 12
Views: 2176

Re: Schone Mullerin and suicide

Well, if the miller boy kills himself, then he can hardly also be the traveller in "Winterreise," can he? All they have in common is that both are rejected lovers. That is surely a common enough experience that it doesn't require that both of Müller's personae are the same persons, or that either o...
by slofstra
Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schone Mullerin and suicide
Replies: 12
Views: 2176

Re: Schone Mullerin and suicide

You could take the death as the end of boyhood innocence and love, replaced by a more world-wise but less passionate sensibility. I don't think you can. There's no such thing in the poems or the music. For a more worldly-wise sensibilithy, you want "Winterreise." Good point. "Winterreise" is the se...
by slofstra
Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schone Mullerin and suicide
Replies: 12
Views: 2176

Re: Schone Mullerin and suicide

You could take the death as the end of boyhood innocence and love, replaced by a more world-wise but less passionate sensibility. These schmaltzy Romantic poems are often much too overwrought, and Schubert had a predilection for such stuff. It's a bit much for the present day listener to take litera...
by slofstra
Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Petrenko (Kirill) gets the nod to head BPO
Replies: 25
Views: 8206

Re: Petrenko (Kirill) gets the nod to head BPO

No relation to Vasily, I believe? Kirill Petrenko has only guest conducted the orchestra on 2 occasions in the last five years. Given the number of guest conductors that work with the BPO, I wonder how they made the selection. Press conference video of the announcement earlier today (in German and E...