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by slofstra
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Next Season Met Operas
Replies: 15
Views: 5212

Re: NYTimes Next Season Met Operas

All the recordings I grew up listening to, including Rozhdestvensky's recording of the 3rd Symphony (based on music from the opera) said Flaming Angel , so I've always called it that. The 1960s recording on the Westminster label conducted by Charles Bruck, which was the first recording I was able t...
by slofstra
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Play some BPO
Replies: 9
Views: 3765

Re: Play some BPO

Finally got round to registering, very much enjoying the Beethoven 7. Struck by the organisation of the orchestra, very unusual today - first and second violins either side (that's not so unusual), cellos central, and double basses back on the left (never seen that before). Anyone aware of the reas...
by slofstra
Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Next Season Met Operas
Replies: 15
Views: 5212

Re: NYTimes Next Season Met Operas

That schedule looks mostly quite wonderful, although I have my doubts about the over-sexed Prokofiev. Strangely, I found Netrebko's Aida embarrassing last year, with a quite awful tenor: she just didn't quite feel comfortable in the role vocally yet. I'm sure she will improve, but the new staging d...
by slofstra
Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Play some BPO
Replies: 9
Views: 3765

Re: Play some BPO

You're very welcome!! I've been a paid digital subscriber of the BPO web site for almost a decade now. Every once in a while they offer free teasers like this one, but note that their artist interviews are always free.
by slofstra
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Play some BPO
Replies: 9
Views: 3765

Play some BPO

The BPO is sharing a series of recent performances conducted by Kirill Petrenko at no cost.

Here is the link.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/playlist/10
by slofstra
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings
Replies: 14
Views: 5561

Re: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings

[quote=slofstra post_id=500862 time=1581530591 user_id=3122 There are five piano concertos ranked higher than number 26. Perhaps you saw that, or did you notice the list is in descending sequence by rank, i.e. top choices are at the end of the list? Ye,saw.I would have selected No. 13,15,17,22, or ...
by slofstra
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings
Replies: 14
Views: 5561

Re: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings

Thanks for the Radio 4 poll. Certainly reasonable choices,although I would have chosen a piano concerto other than No.26. There are five piano concertos ranked higher than number 26. Perhaps you saw that, or did you notice the list is in descending sequence by rank, i.e. top choices are at the end ...
by slofstra
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hewitt's piano destroyed
Replies: 10
Views: 4038

Re: Hewitt's piano destroyed

You must be referring to an old Baldwin concert grand that was in pretty bad shape and the pianist took an ax to it? You've certainly seen a few things Lance, and have an encyclopedic knowledge of pianos. I did not know the de Larrocha story. My favourite piano story is the fictitious review in the...
by slofstra
Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings
Replies: 14
Views: 5561

Re: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings

Some serious/glaring omissions here regarding Mozart IF one thinks only of the music and interpretation. Examples: The Great Mass - Ferenc Fricsay/DGG, among many choices Requiem - Bruno Walter [Columbia/Sony] or many others Nah, I give up! I don't agree with much of it. I do concur about Grumiaux/...
by slofstra
Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato
Replies: 9
Views: 3836

Re: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato

ONLY $168.06 for the Monteverdi? I don't get the eight cents part. Is that to make it look more attractive and, perhaps, a better "bargain." It's like the usual $16.99 trick … why not just call it $17 and save the space of two additional digits? For a while I was acquiring some CDs from Canada but t...
by slofstra
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato
Replies: 9
Views: 3836

Re: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato

Some thoughts on technology....... 1) I don't want to deal with the sonic limitations or the fragility of LPs, so I buy only CDs and have found no better or more reliable sound source. 2) I'm a collector, so I want a physical product that I can hold in my hands and read about in liner notes. 3) Goo...
by slofstra
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato
Replies: 9
Views: 3836

Re: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato

Lately, I've been wondering about all my CDs and the amount of space they're taking up. I am also concerned about future availability of quality cd players at reasonable prices.I retain my old diamond needle lp turntable/speakers as I cannot afford to replace all my lp's with remastered cd's ( but ...
by slofstra
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato
Replies: 9
Views: 3836

Re: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato

I'm almost all the way through. This is a very impressive CD. I don't know of anything else quite like it. I suppose these pieces should be played on a fortepiano, and I think the trick is to retain some of the flat dynamics of that instrument while adding some colour, but not too much. There is les...
by slofstra
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings
Replies: 14
Views: 5561

Re: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings

I also can't believe that Davis/LSO would be the best Requiem on offer. I have no idea which version is best. I have listened to Neville Marriner's for years. And I like what Tafelmusik did with it, although the Rex Tremendae isn't awfully Tremendae with the small forces involved.
by slofstra
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings
Replies: 14
Views: 5561

Re: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings

Count me a fan of Rene Jacobs. And on this list, the recommendation is for Jacobs' Marriage of Figaro.
Never heard it. However, I have 4 Don Giovanni's on DVD. The only satisfying one is Jacobs. The worst one is the Joseph Losey fully staged movie version. It's so, so bad.
by slofstra
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato
Replies: 9
Views: 3836

Re: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato

Just a brief comment on this. Not long ago I noticed that some of the CDs I wanted to purchase were getting close to $30 in price. Long story, but I ended up with Tidal's high definition streaming service (MQA - 96 kHz 24 bit when decoded). I'm a fan of Tharaud, and have a number of his CDs. But for...
by slofstra
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kirill Petrenko's inaugural concert with BPO live
Replies: 4
Views: 2524

Re: Kirill Petrenko's inaugural concert with BPO live

I'll have to look out for the 9th. I just saw the Mahler 6th on Sunday night, and liked it for the most part. I thought I would have liked to hear a bit more legato playing in the first movement and the scherzo. I know they are marches, and I'm not referring to the opening passages, which were perfo...
by slofstra
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Our First Porgy and Bess
Replies: 4
Views: 2548

Re: Our First Porgy and Bess

Porgy & Bess gets a mixed review from me. The arias and duets are great music for me, and some of the orchestral writing is quite effective. The in-between music I find mostly boring, but that's just my taste. It's a great work, no doubt, but I find it overly long, frankly. Just MHO. I mostly agree...
by slofstra
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Porgy and Bess HD Live Sat Sells Out
Replies: 1
Views: 1989

Re: Porgy and Bess HD Live Sat Sells Out

Saw it. It was great. No problem getting seats in Waterloo, Canada, but there were a good number on hand.
by slofstra
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYC Arts Leif Ove Andsne
Replies: 6
Views: 2788

Re: NYC Arts Leif Ove Andsne

He's up in the stratosphere of top pianists. The Grieg 'Lyric Pieces' are one of my very favourite recordings, but I have a bunch.
He played with the BPO a few weeks ago and was very impressive with Mozart's Piano Concerto No.22, k.482.
by slofstra
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Los Angeles Times Ignores Classical Grammys
Replies: 15
Views: 4956

Re: Los Angeles Times Ignores Classical Grammys

Took me all of 10 seconds!! LOL.
by slofstra
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Los Angeles Times Ignores Classical Grammys
Replies: 15
Views: 4956

Re: Los Angeles Times Ignores Classical Grammys

You knew this was coming, right?

by slofstra
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Los Angeles Times Ignores Classical Grammys
Replies: 15
Views: 4956

Re: Los Angeles Times Ignores Classical Grammys

Just to show how the commercial, lowest-common-denominator entertainment industry overshadows everything else in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times today did not even mention the classical Grammy awards last night, even though the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, won the Gram...
by slofstra
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: : Gustavo Dudamel Jolts the ‘New World’ Symphony to Life
Replies: 13
Views: 4704

Re: : Gustavo Dudamel Jolts the ‘New World’ Symphony to Life

I have the George Szell box, still in plastic. One day I will find out. I no longer buy large boxes, or very many CDs for that matter.
by slofstra
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nelson Freire, pianist / Encores CD, Decca
Replies: 10
Views: 3595

Re: Nelson Freire, pianist / Encores CD, Decca

Lastly, the only CDs that I have of Freire that I cannot recommend is his recording of the two Brahms concerti. The failure of this set lies directly in the hands of Chailly, whose conducting is confused, unclear and turgid and does not serve the music well. My advice is to avoid this set at all co...
by slofstra
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Herreweghe (and Mozart ) fans
Replies: 3
Views: 1821

Re: For Herreweghe (and Mozart ) fans

Thanks. I'm actively courting semi-retirement so we'll see how long it lasts. :)
by slofstra
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musicians Love the Conductor Kirill Petrenko. It Shows
Replies: 2
Views: 1344

Re: Musicians Love the Conductor Kirill Petrenko. It Shows

I have subscribed to the BPO's online streaming service virtually since it began around 2010. I almost dropped the service four or five years ago when they had issue with the Adobe technology, but they told me they were developing their own, and it's been nearly perfect ever since. I still have mixe...
by slofstra
Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philharmonia Orchestra
Replies: 3
Views: 1780

Re: Philharmonia Orchestra

Comprehensive Brain discography here That's an impressive discography. The dates line up for the Klemperer/ Philharmonia performance of the Brahms 1st and 2nd in the Fall of 1956. Klemperer is not listed on this discography for the 3rd and 4th symphonies records in March 1957. I'm sure the question...
by slofstra
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philharmonia Orchestra
Replies: 3
Views: 1780

Philharmonia Orchestra

I generally like their recordings, but particularly Klemperer's Brahms and Beethoven symphonies (excluding the Ninth). Somehow the Brahm's symphony recordings bring out some under-currents in the melodic progression that border on the divine. I'm thinking here of the first three symphonies to which ...
by slofstra
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Herreweghe (and Mozart ) fans
Replies: 3
Views: 1821

Re: For Herreweghe (and Mozart ) fans

Herreweghe's is another name I really like. His recent recording of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine is particularly sumptuous. His recording of the St. Matthew Passion is also one of my favourites, although I have quite a number of favourites of that masterpiece. I'm not sure though that Her...
by slofstra
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: : Gustavo Dudamel Jolts the ‘New World’ Symphony to Life
Replies: 13
Views: 4704

Re: : Gustavo Dudamel Jolts the ‘New World’ Symphony to Life

Count me a bit skeptical of this review. If there are 100 recordings of the 'New World', I'm sure 50 of them are great. No one is going to top Fritz Reiner's recording made in 1957, are they?
by slofstra
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Ehnes fans
Replies: 2
Views: 1431

Re: For Ehnes fans

I used to buy everything with the 'Ehnes' name on it. However, lately CD prices have gone out of sight, and I've downloaded some of his recent releases on my TIDAL music service. Not quite the same, but good enough. His approach to the Beethoven Violin Concerto was interesting, aiming more for textu...
by slofstra
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 133
Views: 117621

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Just got this Szell set on amazon.com for $131 US. Once shipping, HST and exchange is added, my total landed cost is $216.00 CDN. I have very little Szell in my collection, but I bought this on the strength of Szell's Mahler Symphony No.6, which was one of my first classical CD purchases ever, and r...
by slofstra
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arrau's Complete Recordings/Decca 80 CDs
Replies: 5
Views: 4494

Re: Arrau's Complete Recordings/Decca 80 CDs

I was quite disappointed with this set (RCA Victor and Columbia), and that's speaking as a fan of his Beethoven Sonatas and a few other recordings by Arrau which I have had for some time. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00UOFWT0K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00 Can I expect that this Decca set would...
by slofstra
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Winterreise"
Replies: 15
Views: 6730

Re: "Winterreise"

I have these: Choral Winterreise D 911 Schreier; Richter 733 Bach Choral Winterreise D 911 Fischer-Dieskau; Moore 148 Choral Winterreise D 911 Hotter 614 Bach Choral Winterreise D 911 Padmore; Lewis 720 Choral Winterreise D 911 Goerne 628 Choral Winterreise D 911 Fischer-Dieskau; Perahia 731 The Hot...
by slofstra
Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For fans of contemporary folk and rock music.
Replies: 3
Views: 3124

Re: For fans of contemporary folk and rock music.

jserraglio wrote:Thanks. I'll check these out.
I like to remind people about the skip button. I hope you find some new music you like.
by slofstra
Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Centre Website
Replies: 4
Views: 3484

Re: Lincoln Centre Website

Had nary a one problem, Henry. Got around fine. Maybe just the time of day, eh? Anyone else have trouble with it? The server gaps out for long intervals as you scroll around the site. Too many organizations develop very fancy web sites these days, and then don't have the horsepower on their servers...
by slofstra
Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Centre Website
Replies: 4
Views: 3484

Re: Lincoln Centre Website

I haven't had any server problems at lincolncenter.org, but after a series of needless redesigns, the site is hard to get information from. So I go directly to the sites for the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, etc. for info about their programming. If I need a calendar of all events at L...
by slofstra
Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: For fans of contemporary folk and rock music.
Replies: 3
Views: 3124

For fans of contemporary folk and rock music.

Here's my annual list of the best rock and folk session videos. More info on the blog post.

https://gesprek.net/2016/12/28/best-fol ... s-of-2016/
by slofstra
Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Centre Website
Replies: 4
Views: 3484

Lincoln Centre Website

Anyone else have trouble with it? The server gaps out for long intervals as you scroll around the site. Too many organizations develop very fancy web sites these days, and then don't have the horsepower on their servers to back it up. As this is a preliminary diagnosis on my part, I wonder if anyone...
by slofstra
Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Grateful Dead and the Classical Music
Replies: 4
Views: 2922

Re: The Grateful Dead and the Classical Music

http://robertsimpson.info/

They have also provided some funds to Havergal Brian.

http://www.havergalbrian.org/
by slofstra
Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Replies: 31
Views: 17251

Re: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"

Henry, comments noted. I might also "think" about doing orchestral music with the "infamous" Telemann Society and Richard Schulze. Some of the worst things I ever heard on records. Near as I know, nothing of theirs has ever appeared on CD, not that it would interest me. You could do a show on peopl...
by slofstra
Thu Oct 06, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The 'NPO Radio 4' Heart and Soul List
Replies: 1
Views: 3058

The 'NPO Radio 4' Heart and Soul List

I know how much everyone on the forum loves classical musical rankings so it's with great trepidation, I mean, excitement, that I'm alerting you to NPO Radio 4 (Dutch classical music station) Heart and Soul List. Check out the cool filters at the top of the list. If nothing else, this gives you an i...
by slofstra
Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: better word than "principle"
Replies: 5
Views: 3362

Re: better word than "principle"

I saw a quote from Groucho Marx just this morning, "These are my principles, and if you don't like them, well, I have others." Yes, it's not quite the correct word in the context Mike has provided. Better words off the top of my head, might be: assumptions or working assumptions, preferences, peccad...
by slofstra
Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Replies: 31
Views: 17251

Re: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"

You could do a show on people who couldn't really sing. Yes, I do remember Mrs. Miller and have looked at a few clips on youtube. But, no doubt, she was in the know. I think her first cover, at least the first I remember, was "A Lover's Concerto" originally performed by the Toys. That song's melody ...
by slofstra
Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Replies: 31
Views: 17251

Re: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"

Those answers make the movie, and its subject, all the more fascinating, Lance. It still seems incredible that, like the Emperor with his "new clothes", Jenkins did not know how bad her voice actually was. And yet, the movie made it entirely believable. I'd like to believe that people back then had ...
by slofstra
Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Replies: 31
Views: 17251

Re: The film: "Florence Foster Jenkins"

Finally, finally saw this movie at a matinee here in Waterloo. It's been playing for almost a month, and there were 20 or 30 patrons for the showing. I was wondering how interesting a feature length movie about a novelty act would be. The script and acting were superb and maintained interest through...
by slofstra
Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Listening vs. Watching: Your Preference
Replies: 7
Views: 3422

Re: Listening vs. Watching: Your Preference

My favourite way to relax is to play CDs from my classical CD collection while playing one of 50 varieties of Free Cell on my big screen TV from www.freecell.net. Aside from that, I subscribe to the Berlin Philharmonic in HD video and sound from www.digitalconcerthall.com. I've also recently added M...
by slofstra
Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bigger is better ..
Replies: 11
Views: 5865

Re: Bigger is better ..

I did not wish to give the impression that I have not enjoyed miked performances at Saratoga, Wolf Trap, etc., or that I am not aware of acoustic outdoor performances, The Sunday concerts of the West Point Band at Trophy Point were entirely acoustic. Once I accompanied a middle school class to Meye...
by slofstra
Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bigger is better ..
Replies: 11
Views: 5865

Re: Bigger is better ..

I live next door to Saratoga, and the answer is clear. Outdoor performances cannot be done acoustically. It's as simple as that. If "acoustically" means with good audio quality, that is simply wrong. The BPO outdoor concert is simple evidence of that; you don't receive standing ovations with bad au...