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by slofstra
Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Treasure trove of interviews from the BPO web site
Replies: 1
Views: 2101

Treasure trove of interviews from the BPO web site

I just discovered that the BPO 'Digital Concert Hall' has assembled all their interview links on one page. You'll find interviews with many of the world's leading active conductors, pianists and other headliners from the BPO concert schedule. There are many dozens of interviews, and they are free to...
by slofstra
Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix
Replies: 26
Views: 11004

Re: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix

lennygoran wrote:
slofstra wrote:

I went to the page just now, and indeed, the links are all dead. I'll send them a note to see what happened.
Thanks! Regards, Len
Len, they responded and said to use the following link.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/interview/22405-4
by slofstra
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix
Replies: 26
Views: 11004

Re: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix

Here's an interview with Rattle and two of the principals regarding a recent performance of Tristan in Berlin. https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/22405 I clicked on the link but when I tried to get to the interview and clicked on this nothing happened. "Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner’s “Tris...
by slofstra
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes, a good thing can come out of Cleveland ...
Replies: 4
Views: 3331

Re: Yes, a good thing can come out of Cleveland ...

Henry---- I grew up on Toscanini, HVK (1963) and George Szell's Beethoven, and I have a great admiration for all three. Szell's of course is a lighter approach than the heavier Berlin set, and Toscanini is in a class of his own, but Szell put forth a fine example of Beethoven's cycle that I admire ...
by slofstra
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes, a good thing can come out of Cleveland ...
Replies: 4
Views: 3331

Re: Yes, a good thing can come out of Cleveland ...

What do you think? Would this make your top ten list of Beethoven symphony sets? Top three? Leaving the 9th out of the evaluation? Szell was a fine conductor of Beethoven, and his orchestra is great, one of the best ever...I esp like Syms 2,4,6 and 7...his overtures are terrific also - esp the grea...
by slofstra
Sat Jul 23, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on Oratorios
Replies: 31
Views: 7039

Re: Question on Oratorios

Berlioz's "Damnation of Faust" is a concert work, in effect an oratorio. It's sometimes performed in the theatre as if it were an opera, and in such performances there's likely to be some dancing in the dance of the sylphs and the minuet of the will-o'-the-wisps. Also, nowadays ballet choreotrapher...
by slofstra
Sat Jul 23, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes, a good thing can come out of Cleveland ...
Replies: 4
Views: 3331

Yes, a good thing can come out of Cleveland ...

although probably not last week. I purchased a number of the small boxes from Sony's recent Masters series of re-issues, including this one with George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra. You can't ever have too many Beethoven symphony performances, I thought, especially at this price ($12 US/...
by slofstra
Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix
Replies: 26
Views: 11004

Re: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix

I shot a Jonathan Miller in 1981, wonderful man, incredibly intelligent, had a great time hanging with him. I like Miller's views on religion but as for opera-that's a different story-still if I ever met him I'd shake his hand. Rattle will be at the Met for the new Tristan-I didn't order a ticket f...
by slofstra
Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Isler Concert Next Week
Replies: 13
Views: 5616

Re: Isler Concert Next Week

That looks like an interesting and varied program, Donald. I'm sure it'll be very enjoyable for the audience.

BTW, I believe the last person that went to Purchase New York was Peter Stuyvesant.
by slofstra
Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix
Replies: 26
Views: 11004

Re: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix

Quite a few Latino women are named Aida, and I've seen the name Radames more often than I'd expect. At work we had a secretary named Aida-she pronounced it differently than the way we opera lovers say Aida-for her it was more ada. Regards, Len Hmm. A bit like the English 'Adelaide' versus the Germa...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix
Replies: 26
Views: 11004

Re: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix

Well, if you're going into pop songs, there's an English pop singer who calls herself Dido. http://www.didomusic.com/ Your point, actually, was that Tristan and Isolde are not as uncommon names for present-day real people as I said they are. But how many Tristans or Isoldes can you name? LOL. I lis...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 17, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix
Replies: 26
Views: 11004

Re: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix

Back when I was a kid, the upstairs neighbors named their Siamese cats Dido and Aeneas. If there had been children instead of cats, who knows? Parents can give their children some extraordinary names. Nicolas Slonimsky named his daughter Electra. And then there are Dweezle and Moon Unit Zappa. So f...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fun on Amazon
Replies: 7
Views: 3879

Re: Fun on Amazon

Modernistfan wrote:I just rechecked that Amazon third-party-seller site; the price for the Richard Goode Beethoven sonatas set, and the other ridiculous prices, have now been cut to $50,000.00 each. Such a deal!
Too bad you can't short Amazon merchandise.
by slofstra
Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix
Replies: 26
Views: 11004

Re: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix

There's nothing "obscure" about Dido and Aeneas, not to me anyway. Certainly less obscure than Tristan (or Tristram) and Isolde (or Iseult), characters in Medieval romance who owe their name recognition to just one opera. :) There are countless operas with such titles based on love stories that are...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix
Replies: 26
Views: 11004

Re: Pelleas et Mélisande in Aix

To take this in a slightly different direction. How many operas or oratorios titles can you name which consist of two obscure names seperated by 'et' or 'and'. Acis and Galatea Dido and Aeneas I can only name two. Now here's the method to my madness. How do you pronounce the various names involved i...
by slofstra
Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andris Nelsons cancels Bayreuth
Replies: 39
Views: 9635

Re: Andris Nelsons cancels Bayreuth

You're right that the announcements have been diplomatically vague, but my guess is that Nelsons was less bothered by the production (about which we know nothing yet) than by Christian Thielemann kibitzing his rehearsals for "Parsifal" and actually taking part. That's what the report in "Die Welt" ...
by slofstra
Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Claudio Arrau's RCA & Columbia boxed set coming!
Replies: 4
Views: 2719

Re: Claudio Arrau's RCA & Columbia boxed set coming!

I thought this one as little more pricey than usual, but still worth it. As I may have said, I recognized Arrau 's pianism and appreciated it early on in his American Decca and EMI days. (He produced some fabulous sounds from his Baldwin concert grand back then, and switched to Steinway later.) Whe...
by slofstra
Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fun on Amazon
Replies: 7
Views: 3879

Re: Fun on Amazon

I think that I can top all of these crazy prices. For some reason, I was browsing for the complete Beethoven piano sonatas with Richard Goode and there was one for the eminently reasonable price of $99,999,999,999.00 (plus, of course, $3.99 shipping). That's nearly 100 BILLION dollars for those of ...
by slofstra
Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jaap van Zweden
Replies: 31
Views: 12270

Re: Jaap van Zweden

maestrob wrote:Pardon my ignorance, but can anyone tell me how to pronounce Jaap van Zweden?

It goes by a bit fast in the video. Here it is in phonetic English, in slow motion.

Yup fan Su-way'-den.

The 'aa' is slightly elongated. Short 'u'.
by slofstra
Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Claudio Arrau's RCA & Columbia boxed set coming!
Replies: 4
Views: 2719

Re: Claudio Arrau's RCA & Columbia boxed set coming!

Thanks for the notice, Lance. I pre-ordered this immediately, especially when I saw the very reasonable price. Arrau continues to be one of my favourite pianists. Just last night I was listening to his rendition of Brahm's Variations on a Theme by Haydn. The rhythm and colour displayed in his pianis...
by slofstra
Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brexit and the classical CD
Replies: 6
Views: 3558

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: 3558

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: 9851

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: 9672

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: 9672

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: 9851

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: 9851

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: 9851

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: 9851

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: 9672

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: 2785

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: 1022

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: 3892

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: 3892

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: 3892

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: 3892

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: 3892

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: 8244

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: 3892

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: 8244

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: 8244

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: 8244

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: 4738

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: 4883

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: 12890

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: 12890

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: 12890

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: 12890

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: 12890

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...