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by John F
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days
Replies: 11
Views: 1813

Re: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days

It's a good thing Len got to see this production one more time, because these are its last performances. Two seasons from now there's to be a new production.
by John F
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days
Replies: 11
Views: 1813

Re: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days

I was looking for performances by Radvanovsky online and couldn't find any. Her web site hasn't been kept up to date - nothing there after 2017 - and the Future Met Wiki site doesn't have much info about singers even for 2019-20. Anna Netrebko has been edging her out of her best repertoire, with Aid...
by John F
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days
Replies: 11
Views: 1813

Re: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days

I recognize that sometimes repertory staples deep in the season return to the stage with precious little rehearsal. But with some in the audience paying hundreds of dollars for tickets, there’s no excuse for something like this. Of course there is. It's known in the theatre as "the show must go on....
by John F
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 590
Views: 233501

Re: What I listened to today

It surprises me how many serious-minded violinists have played and recorded Paganini concertos, which to my ears are trivial and silly. Grumiaux recorded two of them, no. 1 as well; others include Yehudi Menuhin, Henryk Szering and Leonid Kogan. I guess the impulse to show off was too strong for the...
by John F
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 27
Views: 3609

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

Maybe so, I don't remember, though not from me. In an interview at the time Masur cited Bruno Walter as an important influence on him, and I'd say Masur's Bruckner bore that out.
by John F
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 27
Views: 3609

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

Kurt Masur tamed the Philharmonic's brass right from the start, in the Bruckner 7th in his inaugural program, but I guess it didn't last after he left. A possibly contributing factor: unlike some other American orchestras (Los Angeles, Cleveland) whose music directors have had a Viennese background,...
by John F
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparison of recordings Prokofieff VC # 1
Replies: 2
Views: 1046

Re: Comparison of recordings Prokofieff VC # 1

Szigeti and Thomas Beecham made the first recording of the concerto. It's still one of the best.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32VO9Guk1CM
by John F
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 4107

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

John joined CMG on January 28, 2004, if not earlier (some messages have been lost from system crashes), and posted 26,867 messages here. These had tapered off in the last year or so, but he still had the largest number of all active CMG members, even Lance himself. His last was on classical music to...
by John F
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 2225

Re: Schiff and Schubert

As I said, the images Brendel uses to focus his playing are entirely personal. He has never taught, as far as I know. Of course anything in an artist's mind regarding any music is "legitimate" - why not? What counts is not his thinking or intention but the music he makes, by whatever means work for ...
by John F
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 2998

Re: Classical Music Streaming

While we weren't watching, Rihanna has been a top pop singer for 13 years. Wikipedia: "Rihanna is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with 280 million records sold worldwide." Not counting the downloads. In comparison, classical music recording is not just small potatoes, it's mashed ...
by John F
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 4107

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

How awful. He mentioned going into hospital but not what for. I'll miss him a lot.
by John F
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 2225

Re: Schiff and Schubert

Is 'grace' the essence of the Viennese style? Possibly so, if you consider (for example) the style and sound of the Vienna Philharmonic. It's certainly characteristic of the Viennese people, at least those I know - which doesn't mean that the grace can't hide some rather more difficult qualities, a...
by John F
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 2225

Re: Schiff and Schubert

Josef Hofmann used to teach that the musician should have a poetic idea of the music before he starts to play it, and Schiff has at least two: the clip-clop of fiaker horses in the street, and a gypsy band in a Heuriger. To tell the truth, it doesn't sound that Viennese to me, but I like it. From th...
by John F
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 2225

Re: Schiff and Schubert

Here's a quite different way of playing the piece, by Artur Schnabel, with a distinctive rhythm. uLzv1xFGXQQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLzv1xFGXQQ There's a Vienna connection: Schnabel studied there with Theodor Leschetizky, who had studied with Carl Czerny, who was Beethoven's most important ...
by John F
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Record biz news
Replies: 11
Views: 1893

Re: Record biz news

I doubt a dealer would offer you much more than $1 per used LP. Their business depends on the profit margin, and while they might make some serious money from reselling the rarities, the other thousands of records might not sell at all. A panel on this subject, "WHAT DO I DO WITH MY STUFF? PERSPECTI...
by John F
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Willard White, bass-baritone
Replies: 3
Views: 1396

Re: Willard White, bass-baritone

I knew him only from "Porgy and Bess," and wasn't expecting much when he sang the role of Golaud in "Pelléas et Mélisande" at the Met in 2000. He was excellent as both singer and actor. In the following seasons he sang a few smaller roles and hasn't been back since 2011. Too bad.
by John F
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 1915

Re: top 10 operas

If asked by someone who had never seen or heard an opera, you would recommend: A fellow editor at W.W. Norton was a Gilbert & Sullivan enthusiast and was working on a complete Shakespeare, so I took him to see "Falstaff" at the Met, in Franco Zeffirelli's fine production and with an excellent actin...
by John F
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A great bookstore saved
Replies: 1
Views: 711

A great bookstore saved

The Drama Book Shop in New York's Times Square is everything such a store should be, and more. I've been there countless times to pick up a playscript or a book about theatre. Thank heavens it will still be there. Lin-Manuel Miranda And 'Hamilton' Partners Save A Manhattan Theater Bookstore January ...
by John F
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Terry Teachout on Verdi's "Falstaff"
Replies: 1
Views: 720

Terry Teachout on Verdi's "Falstaff"

He's the theatre critic of the Wall Street Journal and doesn't ordinarily review opera - and this isn't really a formal review - but I like what he says, and here it is. Chimes at midnight October 24, 2005 by Terry Teachout I haven’t seen much opera lately–Broadway has been keeping me hopping–but wh...
by John F
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fleming Interview
Replies: 2
Views: 829

Re: Fleming Interview

The Stoppard/Previn piece, "Penelope," is for soprano, string quartet and piano. It must be very short as there are three other pieces on the program. After the premiere in Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa concert hall on July 24, I expect there will be more performances elsewhere including at least one in ...
by John F
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 2998

Re: Classical Music Streaming

Rihanna would be in line to receive royalties from 10 of her songs for the time it takes to perform a 30-minute rendition of Beethoven’s Symphony No 9. What a weird sentence. A "rendition" of the 9th doesn't take 30 minutes but well over an hour. And "the time it takes to perform a 30-minute rendit...
by John F
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 1915

Re: top 10 operas

barney wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:46 pm
Greatly regret no Rosenkavalier , also no Britten, Rake's Progress etc
Or "Falstaff." Caviar to the general, I guess.
by John F
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1505

Re: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018

90 performances is a very busy season, nearly two performances a week all year long. In earlier years, James Levine conducted even more at the Met, then settled down to 90. Both of Nelsons's orchestras had major international tours last season in which he conducted every concert; that may account fo...
by John F
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1505

Re: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018

Very surprised to find Gianni Schicchi in the top 20 operas. But can't think of any baroque opera I would put there. Handel's "Giulio Cesare" is probably the most performed Baroque opera, the one that's put on by real opera companies as distinct from period ensembles. The Met has performed it 33 ti...
by John F
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1505

Re: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018

Not one Wagner opera made the list of the 20 most performed, nor one by Richard Strauss, nor "Fidelio." Other than Mozart, the Germans did poorly last season. But they may edge back into the top 20 when "Candide" (Bernstein again) slips back to where it belongs.
by John F
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1505

Re: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018

I predict Bernstein will fall back out of the top 10 this year - and forever.
by John F
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Record biz news
Replies: 11
Views: 1893

Record biz news

Surprise! Though since sales of LPs and cassettes had fallen so low, it doesn't need many units more to make a big percentage. It seems that music sales overall are soaring, and I have to wonder at that. Of course it's non-classical music that's driving the market, but if there are any blockbuster a...
by John F
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 590
Views: 233501

Re: What I listened to today

I have some of her Westminster records, such as the Bartok 2nd and 3rd piano concertos with Hermann Scherchen - very fine.
by John F
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation
Replies: 33
Views: 5232

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation

The abolute top quality string instruments are and aloways have been very expensive, but few players actually need to have them. An excellent modern violin suitable for playing in an orchestra costs $7,000 and up, it says here: https://www.quora.com/How-much-does-a-violin-cost-for-a-professional-orc...
by John F
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation
Replies: 33
Views: 5232

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation

Mehta may have first conducted in Vienna, so what? Not only that, Mehta was educated in Vienna, studied conducting at the academy there as I said and double bass with a Philharmoniker. Over the years he has very often conducted and recorded with the Philharmonic, including five New Year concerts - ...
by John F
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 7345

Re: Speculations

I did not claim that Bach was a "rationalist," but rather that he was unlikely, living when and where he did, and religious as he doubtless was, to have had exactly the same attitude toward God and the world as Martin Luther's. Which I believe Barney was suggesting. It would be nice to know what his...
by John F
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 7345

Re: Speculations

The texts for the Lutheran church were different from those of Catholicism (obviously!) and Bach would have set those texts musically in such a way as to reflect the ideas behind that branch of Christianity - and mainly 'accessible' to insiders. Again, I'm concerned with the music, the notes etc. T...
by John F
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation
Replies: 33
Views: 5232

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation

I think Belle's right. After all, Zubin Mehta learned conducting in Vienna at the state music academy, his teacher was Hans Swarowsky, he made his debut conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in 1961 (I was there!), if anyone should be able to provide an intelligible beat for that orchestra 55 years lat...
by John F
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 7345

Re: Speculations

Martin Luther may have expressed a conviction that all activities being to the glory of God, but did Bach, living two centuries later in the Age of Reason, really believe this rather extreme position and conduct his life accordingly? I'd be interested in anything he may have said or written about t...
by John F
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Opera’s ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ Bristles With Passion and Danger
Replies: 5
Views: 1190

Re: Met Opera’s ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ Bristles With Passion and Danger

“'Adriana' must have a superior cast and conductor to succeed," the review says. A superior soprano, anyway. It's nearly always mounted to please an aging diva; Renata Tebaldi refused to return to the Met unless Rudolf Bing put on "Adriana" for her, which he didn't want to do but ultimately had to. ...
by John F
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation
Replies: 33
Views: 5232

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation

There are now 16 women in the VPO, half of them violinists. All but one are full members, i.e. not probationary. The director of the telecast made sure to include at least one woman in as many shots of the orchestra as possible. :) https://www.wienerphilharmoniker.at/orchestra/members There's only o...
by John F
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation
Replies: 33
Views: 5232

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation

This year's concert went particularly well, I thought. Thielemann's approach was flexible in the right way, and the orchestra stayed together no matter what he did. As usual the ballet sequences were a trial, but at the end of the first one - danced within the State Opera House - the dancers looked ...
by John F
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 590
Views: 233501

Re: What I listened to today

Hector Berlioz (1803-69): Les Troyens a Carthage: Ballet from Act 1 (8'37)--Paris Conservatory Orch., May, 1952. This is presumably taken from the complete recording of LTAC, published in the US on Westminster in 1952. I believe the recording was made by the French label Ducretet-Thomson. For many ...
by John F
Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation
Replies: 33
Views: 5232

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation

It's also a record-marketing enterprise. The Philharmonic chooses a different conductor every year with at least one eye on how this will affect sales of the concert recording and video. Gone are the days when Clemens Krauss, then Willi Boskovsky, then Lorin Maazel conducted the concert year after y...
by John F
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation
Replies: 33
Views: 5232

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation

Next Tuesday we can see and, more importantly, hear the present-day Vienna Philharmonic in its New Year's Day concert. This year's conductor is Christian THielemann, unless he walks out. :mrgreen: I don't expect an idiomatic Johann Strauss style from him, but as in the past (Georges Prêtre, Seiji Oz...
by John F
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HMV is bankrupt - again
Replies: 12
Views: 2658

Re: HMV is bankrupt - again

Elgar didn't "found" the HMV record store, HMV did, but Elgar was one of their busiest and most celebrated artists, he liked making recordings, so when they asked him to take part in the opening ceremony, he agreed. He also took part in the dedication of their new recording studios at Abbey Road in ...
by John F
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation
Replies: 33
Views: 5232

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation

Until the 1970s, the sound culture was easily transmitted as most members studied with a Philharmonic player at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna before joining the orchestra. But in recent years, recruitment has become less and less local. The presence of family dynasties has also...
by John F
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Restoring Musical Legacies in Vienna
Replies: 4
Views: 1396

Re: Restoring Musical Legacies in Vienna

Quite a lot of Bricht's music on YouTube, including the first movement of his first symphony. Interesting.
by John F
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HMV is bankrupt - again
Replies: 12
Views: 2658

Re: HMV is bankrupt - again

HMV: The rise and fall of a music icon By Jennifer Scott, BBC News It was on 20 July 1921 that British composer Sir Edward Elgar opened the doors of a new shop at 363 Oxford Street, named "His Master's Voice". But the history of the brand that became known as HMV reaches back to the introduction of ...
by John F
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HMV is bankrupt - again
Replies: 12
Views: 2658

HMV is bankrupt - again

HMV, short for His Master's Voice - the retailer, not the record label - declared bankruptcy in 2012, came back in 2013, and now is going down again. They own 125 record stores, so it's easy to see why their business has been so bad. HMV calls in administrators for second time in six years Music ret...
by John F
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hail, Dance, and Farewell to the Critic’s Life
Replies: 0
Views: 1381

Hail, Dance, and Farewell to the Critic’s Life

New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay retires with this final article. I think he's been the finest reviewer and reporter on any of the performing arts in this city - Alex Ross might be a contender but the New Yorker doesn't give him the scope - and far outclasses any of the Times's music re...
by John F
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Bagatelles
Replies: 7
Views: 1551

Re: Beethoven's Bagatelles

These are among the first sets of short character pieces, comparable with Schubert's Impromptus and Moments Musicals [sic], and many of them bear comparison with the short piano pieces of Schumann and Brahms. Sviatoslav Richter recorded only these three bagatelles from op. 126, for some reason known...
by John F
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Ambiguous Sexism of Marius Petipa
Replies: 4
Views: 1415

Re: The Ambiguous Sexism of Marius Petipa

Alastair Macaulay is giving a pair of talks about Petipa at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. He's been a regular in our series "The Dance Historian Is In," but he's retiring from the NY Times and returning to his native England so I guess we won't be seeing him here any more.
by John F
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to CMGers!
Replies: 8
Views: 1682

Re: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to CMGers!

And the same wishes for the holidays to you, Lance.
by John F
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Checking NEW subscribers to CMG
Replies: 5
Views: 1522

Re: Checking NEW subscribers to CMG

Thanks for the info, Lance. But I have to say, neither Bill Pearce nor Dan Richards changed their email addresses after registering with CMG. It must have been something else that kept you from validating their membership even when I'd emailed you with a heads-up about each of them and then followed...