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by slofstra
Tue May 12, 2015 10:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........
Replies: 70
Views: 19627

Re: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........

Did the article not allude to a multi-stage voting procedure? For some reason, when our local orchestra loses a conductor the board inflicts conductor try outs on the audience for a couple of years before choosing a new one. At least the BPO will have one lined up ahead of time. (We were also withou...
by slofstra
Sun May 10, 2015 10:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..
Replies: 10
Views: 4879

Re: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..

I've received my copy as well. Very nice presentation and booklet. Really the range of material and quality of performance achieved by Tafelmusik in perhaps a decade or so is quite prodigious. My brother has also bought this set, stating that he could leave this set out for his wife for casual liste...
by slofstra
Wed May 06, 2015 3:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..
Replies: 10
Views: 4879

Re: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..

Mine should be here tomorrow, even though there's a fair bit of duplication to CD I already have, this doubles my Tafelmusik selection.
I remember paying $35 for the Tafelmusik Brandenburg set. Now for a bit more than that you get their entire Vivarte recorded output.
by slofstra
Mon May 04, 2015 12:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..
Replies: 10
Views: 4879

Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..

Best Mozart German Dances. Best Brandenburgs. Best Haydn's Creation. And good to great recordings of Mozart's Requiem, various Haydn symphonies, Vivaldi's Four Seasons (Penguin rosette), Haydn Masses (Penguin rosette), and a great deal more. http://www.tafelmusik.org/sites/default/files/styles/large...
by slofstra
Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schenectedy: It's not fair
Replies: 27
Views: 3958

Re: Schenectedy: It's not fair

I don't know how often you're going to have the chance to hear Winterreise sung by a world rank singer. Whereas Brahms Symphony No. 1? I'd go for Winterreise, although I might prefer Mark Padmore over Bostridge. Still, it'll be fantastic.
by slofstra
Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: a music quiz - [for advanced listeners]
Replies: 8
Views: 3876

Re: a music quiz - [for advanced listeners]

I'm rather pleased that I got 9 correct, even though that's only 4 more than you can get purely by random guessing.
I'm humbled by the general level of musical knowledge present on the board. Please be gentle with the musical novices, a more or less permanent condition for some of us.
by slofstra
Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on transferring Windows Media Player library
Replies: 8
Views: 3344

Re: Question on transferring Windows Media Player library

What you want to do is to store the track information (or metadata)in something called an ID3 tag that sits inside the music file itself. Then when you move the music around the metadata moves with it ... because it's in each individual music file. Windows Media Player (WMP) supports ID3 tags. My pr...
by slofstra
Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Feast of Maria João Pires (pianist)
Replies: 12
Views: 2510

Re: A Feast of Maria João Pires (pianist)

That this was a "lunch time" concert may explain an absence of rehearsal, although I have wondered about that also.
by slofstra
Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meet the 2-string Piezoelectric violin
Replies: 5
Views: 1539

Re: Meet the 2-string Piezoelectric violin

It would be tempting to go over to the Javits Center and check out this beast, whatever it is. But the Javits web site says nothing about it, and the Monad Studio web site gives no dates. If you purchased a 3D printer conceivably you could just print one out. But not play it. The one in the picture...
by slofstra
Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Feast of Maria João Pires (pianist)
Replies: 12
Views: 2510

Re: A Feast of Maria João Pires (pianist)

She looks absolutely panicked. What was the virtue of placing her in that emotional condition?! One would surmise she did it to herself. Basically she rehearsed and prepared the wrong concerto; we don't know which one. She gathered her nerve and with no preparation at all, on a moment's notice, pla...
by slofstra
Thu Apr 16, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meet the 2-string Piezoelectric violin
Replies: 5
Views: 1539

Re: Meet the 2-string Piezoelectric violin

John F wrote:It would be tempting to go over to the Javits Center and check out this beast, whatever it is. But the Javits web site says nothing about it, and the Monad Studio web site gives no dates.
If you purchased a 3D printer conceivably you could just print one out.
by slofstra
Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Feast of Maria João Pires (pianist)
Replies: 12
Views: 2510

Re: A Feast of Maria João Pires (pianist)

piston wrote:Hello Henry. The video you have posted is "blocked" on this side of the border. The url address will do.
It's a popular clip so here's a few links to try.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJXnYMl_SuA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVO26URqC24


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n10DvWQW9_w
by slofstra
Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Feast of Maria João Pires (pianist)
Replies: 12
Views: 2510

Re: A Feast of Maria João Pires (pianist)

I've sometimes had a bad day at the office, but nothing to compare with this ...

by slofstra
Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets
Replies: 43
Views: 8528

Re: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets

A previous sorry chapter in TSO history occurred in the McCarthy witch-hunt era. If you read through the story you'll see how TSO management and even the musicians' union acted in a morally reprehensible and opportunistic manner.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_Six
by slofstra
Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets
Replies: 43
Views: 8528

Re: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets

There was a brilliant Australian TV satire called Frontline, parodying current affairs television. The anchor was interviewing an author who, irritated, asks: "have you read the book?" "No," the anchor replies, "and that means I can be impartial." A lot of criticism seems to take that as its motto....
by slofstra
Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets
Replies: 43
Views: 8528

Re: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets

Good for them! As I recall she was to perform a Rachmaninov piano concerto-that's not controversial at all-surely she should be entitled to her own political opinions. At least with the Klinghoffer the protesters went after a work they said was antisemitic. As it turned out the work as I saw it was...
by slofstra
Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets
Replies: 43
Views: 8528

Re: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets

The TSO decision has almost been universally derided in the press and online commentary. This is good because we don't want arts organisations to become arbiters of acceptable speech.
The Calgary philharmonic has announced that it is continuing with Ms. Lisitsa's engagement as planned.
by slofstra
Wed Apr 08, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets
Replies: 43
Views: 8528

Re: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets

Thanks! Fialkowska's story is an interesting one. A recent Chopin disc was chosen by BBC Music Magazine as the "Instrumental CD of the Year" for 2013. But this accolade came after decades of live performance and a low profile internationally, and a more recent battle with cancer during which she co...
by slofstra
Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets
Replies: 43
Views: 8528

Re: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets

If Goodyear knew the reason why Lisitsa was fired, he shouldn't have agreed to replace her. Morally, that is, but of course moral principles don't help the bank balance. The orchestra claims it had the "contractual right" to replace Lisitsa. That's surely nonsense. Did the contract actually specify...
by slofstra
Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets
Replies: 43
Views: 8528

Re: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets

John F, you haven't heard of Stewart Goodyear? Google is your friend. http://www.amazon.ca/Beethoven-The-Complete-Piano-Sonatas/dp/B008OHV4GA Meanwhile, the plot thickens - http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2015/04/08/tsos-ukraine-flap-worsens-as-pianist-filling-in-for-valentina-lisitsa-qu...
by slofstra
Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets
Replies: 43
Views: 8528

Re: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets

Sorry, Henry. I first wrote Stewart Goodyear and then changed it to Gordon Stewart for no valid reason. Just a morning mental cramp. So I shall revise again. No problem. Stewart Goodyear is well known to classical music fans here in Canada from his concert appearances and exposure on CBC Radio. He'...
by slofstra
Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Facebook coup
Replies: 7
Views: 1657

Re: Facebook coup

Sure, that's what I supposed. You could drop the name of almost any present-day movie star or pop idol and I'd have to ask, "Who he?" (Or, of course, "Who she?") Heh, heh. Like Stewart Goodyear, for example? You can be excused of course as there are so many fine Canadian pianists languishing in rel...
by slofstra
Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets
Replies: 43
Views: 8528

Re: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets

I also agree in the case of a soloist or singer. But it's more complicated in the case of a potential music director, isn't it? Individuals such as Thielemann and Gergiev have to be careful (or should be) about exercising their freedom of speech because a less than popular point of view or position...
by slofstra
Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets
Replies: 43
Views: 8528

Re: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets

The orchestra is wrong. They say, "As one of Canada's most important cultural institutions, our priority must remain on being a stage for the world's great works of music." Just so. They should not be hiring and firing soloists on the grounds of the artists' or the audience's political beliefs. If ...
by slofstra
Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets
Replies: 43
Views: 8528

Re: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets

The orchestra is wrong. They say, "As one of Canada's most important cultural institutions, our priority must remain on being a stage for the world's great works of music." Just so. They should not be hiring and firing soloists on the grounds of the artists' or the audience's political beliefs. If ...
by slofstra
Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets
Replies: 43
Views: 8528

Re: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets

Interesting that Canada's top classical music news medium, La Scena Musicale, has not posted anything about this whole mess. But this silent treatment is not surprising and the odds are the pro-Russian Ukrainian pianist will be "boycotted" far and wide in that country for years to come. Another con...
by slofstra
Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets
Replies: 43
Views: 8528

Re: Valentina Lisitsa boycotted by TSO over Tweets

John F, you haven't heard of Stewart Goodyear? Google is your friend. http://www.amazon.ca/Beethoven-The-Complete-Piano-Sonatas/dp/B008OHV4GA Meanwhile, the plot thickens - http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2015/04/08/tsos-ukraine-flap-worsens-as-pianist-filling-in-for-valentina-lisitsa-qui...
by slofstra
Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms symphonies: Bruno Walter (or others)?
Replies: 21
Views: 4941

Re: Brahms symphonies: Bruno Walter (or others)?

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$30 were never better spent. In addition to the symphonies you also get the concertoes for piano and for violin and the Serenades and Hungarian Dances.
by slofstra
Fri Apr 03, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andre Rieu Named Next Music Director Of New York Philharmon
Replies: 7
Views: 2132

Re: Andre Rieu Named Next Music Director Of New York Philhar

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I'd buy tickets for it. Problem is, Lincoln Centre is way too small a venue for the crowds he draws.
by slofstra
Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on vinyl
Replies: 17
Views: 5386

Re: Classical on vinyl

jserraglio wrote:https://www.mikrokosmos.com/index.asp

Canada. Mail order. Deep stock. But cheap they ain't. Merged a while back with Ars Antiqua.
Interesting. It's a Mom and Pop operation in Toronto.

Use this page to see what they have on offer.

https://www.mikrokosmos.com/download_lists.asp
by slofstra
Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on vinyl
Replies: 17
Views: 5386

Re: Classical on vinyl

Interesting. There's not much classical music on their home page, especially toward the top, and at first glance, the prices for those are mostly comparable with what the CDs cost. They must be selling a whole lot of LPs - and CDs, they sell those too - if their annual gross is £50 million ($74 mil...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on vinyl
Replies: 17
Views: 5386

Re: Classical on vinyl

Here is a UK business and web site that is selling £50 million of vinyl a year. The following list provides an indication of the kinds of records in the classical realm that command higher prices. Not surprisingly rarity is an important factor.

http://991.com/Buy/PresetList.aspx?pageID=865
by slofstra
Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on vinyl
Replies: 17
Views: 5386

Re: Classical on vinyl

Well, Lance, maybe a trip to Tokyo would be in order. :)

http://www.vinylrecordcollector.net/201 ... table.html
by slofstra
Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on vinyl
Replies: 17
Views: 5386

Re: Classical on vinyl

I was hoping the thread wouldn't be just opinions on the state of the classical vinyl market, but that we could put our heads together and come up with some actual information on the subject. And there has been some of that. There definitely is an emerging small market for rock classics and for jazz...
by slofstra
Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on vinyl
Replies: 17
Views: 5386

Re: Classical on vinyl

My working assumption is that, while there is no general market for classical vinyl, there is, or may be emerging, a specialised collectors' market.

Here is a picture from a used vinyl store in Toronto.

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by slofstra
Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on vinyl
Replies: 17
Views: 5386

Re: Classical on vinyl

John, I don't have any to sell actually. Well I do have a few, but I don't plan to sell them any time soon. There is some kind of market. For example, here is someone selling vinyl from Sweden on eBay. There are many items sitting at $9.99 with no bids. But a number of items do have bids, including ...
by slofstra
Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on vinyl
Replies: 17
Views: 5386

Classical on vinyl

Classical on vinyl.

Is there a market for it? Who is selling it? Who is buying it? Who is listening to it?

Or is it all headed for the dumpster?
by slofstra
Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 4649

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

My daughter and her partner bought ME a turntable as a gift a few years ago. In their house old vinyl and digital is all they play. No CDs. A lot of "stuff" goes through a stage where it is obsolete and worthless and only after most of it disappears what is left shoots up in price. Or some of it. Th...
by slofstra
Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 4649

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

Thanks for the information. The situation does not sound promising for the vinyl collector. In terms of Canfield's charity if the monetary amount is sizable I would stiill consult with a tax accountant. It certainly seems on the up-and-up but here in Canada unfortunately various charitable tax shelt...
by slofstra
Fri Mar 27, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 4649

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

Agreed, but . . . charitable deductions are allowed for donated items so long as they are backed by a detailed (and reasonable) appraisal of their value. That is what was provided to my friend who donated not to a tax shelter but to a legitimate charity and he has had no issues with the IRS. LPs ar...
by slofstra
Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 4649

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

You may do better by cherry picking. I have been a collector of Dutch stamps for some years, although the collection has been idle for a couple of decades now. I don't know if anyone collects stamps any more but when they did, the best items in a collection would carry 99% of the value. Absolutely ...
by slofstra
Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 4649

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

You may do better by cherry picking. I have been a collector of Dutch stamps for some years, although the collection has been idle for a couple of decades now. I don't know if anyone collects stamps any more but when they did, the best items in a collection would carry 99% of the value. Absolutely ...
by slofstra
Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 4649

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

I have a couple of boxes on 'Documents' which turns out to be a label produced by Membran. One is a 10 CD set of Smetana's music which I really liked. The other is the Schnabel Beethoven sonata set. The sound in the latter is 'good enough'. There are some intriguing releases on this label at this si...
by slofstra
Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 4649

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

I know, sometimes this happens to me ... impatience. I get sooooo excited about recordings I guess I think everyone is the same! My apologies. Now, if you're getting rid of your recordings, let me in on the secret. I have 70,000 classical LPs I would like to also dispose of ... many collector's ite...
by slofstra
Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where are all the ladies on CMG?
Replies: 54
Views: 9788

Re: Where are all the ladies on CMG?

jserraglio wrote:
Auntie Lynn wrote: ... This site is dominated by a bunch of tired old pooftahs who hand down their
exclusive opinions as fatwahs of gospel truth. And they have absolutely NO sense of
humor....
argumentum ad homoinem?
It's simply not true. We are not a "bunch" but a "group". Bananas come in bunches.
by slofstra
Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Avery Fisher Hall now Geffen Hall
Replies: 17
Views: 2546

Re: Avery Fisher Hall now Geffen Hall

Ted Quanrud wrote:Let's just be grateful it is not Donald Tump Hall.
Donald Trump wouldn't be happy with the missing 'r' either. :lol:
by slofstra
Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where are all the ladies on CMG?
Replies: 54
Views: 9788

Re: Where are all the ladies on CMG?

I do not collect recordings, so I have little to contribute to this site. I think that Agnes has hit upon a major factor why this site may be perceived as unwelcoming to women (and remember, perception is reality): collecting recordings, in fact, collecting anything, is predominantly a male pursuit...
by slofstra
Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where are all the ladies on CMG?
Replies: 54
Views: 9788

Re: Where are all the ladies on CMG?

Lance wrote: But, what about addressing the audience, as I often do, by saying "Ladies and Gentlemen" versus "Men and Women," etc.?


So ... you haven't tried the "Ladies and Germs" shtick?