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by John F
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dinnerstein's Mozart K.467 cadenzas
Replies: 2
Views: 1639

Re: Dinnerstein's Mozart K.467 cadenzas

Yes, very interesting. Mozart wrote no cadenzas for this concerto so many pianists have provided their own. One of Dinnerstein's teachers was a Schnabel pupil but no, these aren't Schnabel's cadenzas. And while she plays Busoni's cadenzas in her Sony recording, according to a review I found online, ...
by John F
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 14936

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Isn't it Larry Rinkel with an R (and an i)? Hope he comes.
by John F
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert Hall Allow Drinks and More
Replies: 38
Views: 6841

Re: Concert Hall Allow Drinks and More

Welser-Möst was appointed music director of the Vienna State Opera in 2010 and left that post (i.e. he was not dismissed) after four years because of "irreconcilable differences of opinion" over artistic matters, presumably with artistic director Dominique Meyer. What those differences were hasn't b...
by John F
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Debussy piano cd of historical recordings
Replies: 3
Views: 1839

Re: New Debussy piano cd of historical recordings

That looks very much worthwhile. I hope it does well enough that Arbiter goes on to make another. George Copeland, an American pianist who was a friend and favored interpreter of Debussy, made some recordings that have not been published except on a limited edition private LP; they more or less dupl...
by John F
Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos
Replies: 13
Views: 3239

Re: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos

Classical composition involves an approach to structure and continuity which popular styles of music generally lack. Classical composition is not defined by style but rather by an approach to structure. It ain't necessarily so, though often it is. jserraglio has provided an instance of a jazz compo...
by John F
Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 458
Views: 82358

Re: What I listened to today

Back in 1971, Angel issued an LP of ten short choral works by Taneyev on its Melodiya label. It was the first of his music that I had heard and it made a strong impression, so I went on to listen to more and more Taneyev, much of it on Soviet export LPs I found at New York's Four Continents Bookstor...
by John F
Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anthony Bourdain dead at 61--shock and horror
Replies: 10
Views: 2282

Re: Anthony Bourdain dead at 61--shock and horror

When hugely successful and apparently happy people suddenly kill themselves for no reason we can know, as two of them did this past week, it has to make you wonder. What did they believe death is, that they preferred it to the life they were living, or any alternative life they might choose to live?...
by John F
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is it exciting for you to receive CD packages?
Replies: 16
Views: 4284

Re: Is it exciting for you to receive CD packages?

I certainly need to know more about Schnittke. I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but do you have any particular recommendations for somebody at my stage of un-knowledge!!?? :roll: Any number of them. Schnittke is one of the few contemporary composers who wrote genuinely funny music, as in "(K)ei...
by John F
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert Hall Allow Drinks and More
Replies: 38
Views: 6841

Re: Concert Hall Allow Drinks and More

The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center has big comfortable seats whose wide arms have cup holders. Classical concerts are given there from time to time, but I don't believe the concession stand sells popcorn and coke for them. For movies, yes.
by John F
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos
Replies: 13
Views: 3239

Re: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos

Brubeck, certainly. For me, there's a difference between making original music and actually writing it down, the difference between improvisation which is ephemeral and varies from day to day and composition which is lasting and repeatable by others. I like Monk's music, some of it, but I'm not awar...
by John F
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos
Replies: 13
Views: 3239

Re: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos

Very recently on NPR I heard excerpts from a jazz composer (yes, there are such, it seems) whose work was about to appear locally. I regret not having gotten the name. It was very definitely jazz (for a small ensemble) but modernist jazz. I already knew that such existed, and while I can't imagine ...
by John F
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert Hall Allow Drinks and More
Replies: 38
Views: 6841

Re: Concert Hall Allow Drinks and More

Louis Lane conducted the Cleveland Orchestra's pop concerts, so I suppose it was the repertoire, and maybe lower ticket prices, that drew the audiences (and you). And the lack of drinks in the hall didn't keep them away.
by John F
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert Hall Allow Drinks and More
Replies: 38
Views: 6841

Re: Concert Hall Allow Drinks and More

Terrible idea. People will spill them, on themselves and the hall's floors and chairs, causing disturbances during the performance and additional cost for cleanup. The way to rebuild audiences for classical music is to make the performance itself irresistable through the choice of repertoire and art...
by John F
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is it exciting for you to receive CD packages?
Replies: 16
Views: 4284

Re: Is it exciting for you to receive CD packages?

For a long time after LPs ceased being issued, I bought no recordings at all. Eventually I got back into the habit, but only for special projects - Koch/Schwann's Vienna State Opera live recordings, all the works I could find by Alfred Schnittke, dozens of pieces by the lesser contemporaries of Hayd...
by John F
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Phil - 1926 sound movie
Replies: 4
Views: 2166

Re: NY Phil - 1926 sound movie

Another Vitaphone film, this one particularly for Belle. The Italian baritone Apollo Granforte - splendid name! - toured Australia with Nellie Melba in 1924, and he returned in 1932 when your mother was six. While with the Williamson-Imperial Grand Opera Company, he was filmed singing Figaro's "Larg...
by John F
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "How Shakespeare Used Music to Tell Stories"
Replies: 2
Views: 1904

Re: "How Shakespeare Used Music to Tell Stories"

music was actually an equally important component of Shakespeare’s dramaturgy Surely overstated considering how little direct evidence we have of what music was actually played in the original Globe and Blackfriars productions of Shakespeare's plays. All we really have is the lyrics of songs that S...
by John F
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Replies: 22
Views: 3927

Re: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Well, I can't quote the whole review here, let alone Furie's reviews of all the other complete "Meistersinger" recordings of the time. Since none are wholly satisfactory to him, he chose what for him was the least unsatisfactory one. I heard far too much of Otto Wiener during my time in Germany, whi...
by John F
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Phil - 1926 sound movie
Replies: 4
Views: 2166

NY Phil - 1926 sound movie

The music is the overture to Wagner's "Tannhäuser," nearly complete. The conductor is Henry Hadley, the orchestra's associate conductor at the time, but the virtuosity of the playing is surely due to their work with Mengelberg, their music director from 1922 to 1930 (the last two seasons jointly wit...
by John F
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Regina St. Louis Susan Graham
Replies: 5
Views: 2219

Re: Regina St. Louis Susan Graham

City Opera did perform "Regina" in two different productions, the second in 1958, and it was recorded with the 1958 cast by Columbia. Not on YouTube.
by John F
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fabio Luisi to Dallas
Replies: 4
Views: 2210

Re: Fabio Luisi to Dallas

As reported yesterday by jserraglio and commented on by me in "Fabio Luisi is Dallas Symphony's new music director":

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by John F
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Replies: 22
Views: 3927

Re: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

That's what I said and repeated: The lack of a fully successful studio recording is underlined by Kenneth Furie's recommendation, in "The Metropolitan Opera Guide to Recorded Opera," of the live performance that reopened Munich's National Theater in 1963, though he says of its Sachs "The best that c...
by John F
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fabio Luisi is Dallas Symphony's new music director
Replies: 1
Views: 1554

Re: Fabio Luisi is Dallas Symphony's new music director

Fabio Luisi joined CompuServe's Music Forum way back when, using his real name, and came across as friendly and with no pretensions. Good luck to him in Dallas!
by John F
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Letter The Met and James Levine
Replies: 24
Views: 4941

Re: Letter The Met and James Levine

Each of us must do what he/she believes is right. Presently Levine's personal conduct is front and center, with lawsuits in the air, so perhaps it's as well to let some time pass and events take their course, whatever it may be. There's certainly no urgency to celebrate Levine's achievement and infl...
by John F
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Letter The Met and James Levine
Replies: 24
Views: 4941

Re: Letter The Met and James Levine

Maybe the Times correspondent overstated what's happening at the Met. I hope so. As for the "relevance" of Levine's misconduct to his artistic achievement and legacy, no way. How can it? His reputation as a man may be tainted, as are the personal reputations of any number of other artists, but not h...
by John F
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Letter The Met and James Levine
Replies: 24
Views: 4941

Re: Letter The Met and James Levine

If so, then it's shameful. For some 40 years James Levine was the Met, raising it from an artistic low ebb to become arguably the world's greatest opera company; his legacy in the form of many recordings and telecast videos remains as testimony. His misconduct, as yet unproven (that may or may not h...
by John F
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 458
Views: 82358

Re: What I listened to today

For me the Graffman disc is a complete surprise - I'd no idea he played that music. Praise to Columbia for recording and publishing it.
by John F
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Replies: 22
Views: 3927

Re: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Ah yes, Bryn Terfel, who canceled his role debut at the last minute leaving Opera Australia's new production of "Meistersinger" high and dry. The word was that he was so busy singing concerts, which are more remunerative than opera, that he hadn't time to learn that long and taxing role. Finally san...
by John F
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Replies: 22
Views: 3927

Re: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

The six versions I mentioned: Jochum, discussed above Solti from 1976 Varviso's Bayreuth performance from 1974 And then three interesting ones that I wonder if any of you know and can tell me about: Kempe, Keilberth and Knappertsbusch. Perhaps I should start with the Keilberth (1963) as it has Hans...
by John F
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 14936

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Lance, we need you to tell us what would be a convenient date or dates for you to join us. If you can, of course. If not, then I expect we'll just have one get-together, in July.
by John F
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Replies: 22
Views: 3927

Re: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

With this opera, for me, nothing less than a great performance will do, and the Met/Levine is certainly that. Jochum's studio recording is not, mainly because the crucial role of Hans Sachs is miscast. The role calls for a bass-baritone and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is a tenor-baritone. While he make...
by John F
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Replies: 22
Views: 3927

Re: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

If you got that "Meistersinger" recording in the 1950s, and it was conducted by Karajan, that would have been the 1951 Bayreuth performance. It was first issued by Columbia Records, then reissued in 1968 on EMI's Seraphim label. Karajan's other recording, the one Belle has been listening to, was pub...
by John F
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 14936

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

Since August was brought up only because Lance says he can't make it in July, let's wait for him to pick a date and see if it works. Meanwhile, July 18 will have to go ahead without him.
by John F
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Moderate Soprano
Replies: 3
Views: 1411

Re: The Moderate Soprano

I'd love to see this, and in earlier years when I was traveling to London every few years, this would have been the occasion for a trip. But my last time there, in 2011, getting around had become too difficult, and it hasn't gotten better since then, so I guess I'll have to satisfy myself with the p...
by John F
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Replies: 22
Views: 3927

Re: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Unlike Lance, if I could have only one Wagner opera, this would be it. The first complete "Meistersinger" I ever heard was conducted by Karajan but not this recording, it was from the 1951 Bayreuth Festival with a good if not extraordinary cast. My mother had the Dresden/Böhm Act 3 from the 1930s on...
by John F
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hans Rosbaud, conductor (new Haydn release)
Replies: 11
Views: 2443

Re: Hans Rosbaud, conductor (new Haydn release)

No, I didn't know that story. In the Westminster Records thread I've provided a little more information about what happened to Westminster in the 1960s. It's doubtful that the company as it then was would have undertaken that project out of its own pocket, but I can't pin down the specifics. Maybe t...
by John F
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Westminster label
Replies: 9
Views: 1817

Re: The Westminster label

Westminster was acquired by ABC-Paramount in the 1960s and it was never the same. In addition to the Sills recordings it published a crummy patchwork Riing cycle with jokey covers; for Die Walkure, a brassiere of Volkswagen hubcaps. Sheesh!
by John F
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hans Rosbaud, conductor (new Haydn release)
Replies: 11
Views: 2443

Re: Hans Rosbaud, conductor (new Haydn release)

Those were very late recordings, not typical of Westminster's repertoire and artists in the 1950s. I think I once heard that they were subsidized by Sills and/or her husband.
by John F
Thu May 31, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Westminster label
Replies: 9
Views: 1817

Re: The Westminster label

There's a nice history of Westminster's early years on the DG site: https://www.deutschegrammophon.com/us/album/westminster-legacy/home.html Tells me some things I didn't know, such as that the recording venue for orchestral and chamber music was the Konzerthaus. https://www.deutschegrammophon.com/u...
by John F
Thu May 31, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 14936

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

I work at the library until 6pm on Fridays, so Saturday Aug 11 would be my preference.

Now, of course, Lance will say he can't make it then either...
by John F
Thu May 31, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hans Rosbaud, conductor (new Haydn release)
Replies: 11
Views: 2443

Re: Hans Rosbaud, conductor (new Haydn release)

The main gap in Westminster's catalog was opera - they recorded a few but little standard repertoire. In this they were wise not to go into competition with EMI, RCA Victor, DG, and Decca/London. On the other hand, their chamber music catalog was outstanding. Many of the recordings were made in Vien...
by John F
Thu May 31, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hans Rosbaud, conductor (new Haydn release)
Replies: 11
Views: 2443

Re: Hans Rosbaud, conductor (new Haydn release)

Scherchen was willing to record for a lesser record label, Westminster, which was building a catalog from scratch to include all the basic classical repertoire. He had no position at the time, unlike Rosbaud who was established as music director at Southwest German Radio. And he may have been willin...
by John F
Thu May 31, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 14936

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

If the idea is to tie in our luncheon to a Mostly Mozart concert, the last will be on August 10-11, a Friday and Saturday: Mozart's concerto no. 21 with Stephen Hough and the Requiem. Of these, Saturday may be best for those of us with weekday jobs. If that suits Lance, maestrob, and the others, it'...
by John F
Thu May 31, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hans Rosbaud, conductor (new Haydn release)
Replies: 11
Views: 2443

Re: Hans Rosbaud, conductor (new Haydn release)

Surprising, that Rosbaud conducted so much Haydn. DG recorded him in only two symphonies, 92 and 104, and No. 82 appeared on Mercury. Maybe Rosbaud wasn't well enough known in the major markets for classical records, the UK and US, and there mainly as an exponent of difficult contemporary music, for...
by John F
Thu May 31, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Zubin Mehta, conductor
Replies: 19
Views: 2734

Re: Zubin Mehta, conductor

I only heard NYPO with Mehta a few times - once, a Mahler 1st at Boston Sym Hall - where the horns clobbered consistently, esp in the last movement - one clam on top of another... A number of years later, I heard them again play Mahler #1 under Masur, at Tanglewood - the playing was flawless, the h...
by John F
Thu May 31, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richard Strauss' Violin Sonata
Replies: 4
Views: 965

Re: Richard Strauss' Violin Sonata

The Strauss sonata is an early and uncharacteristic work, but it's attractive enough that a number of famous violinists played it and some recorded it, including Heifetz and Ginette Neveu. My favorite is by Leonid Kogan. All are on YouTube.
by John F
Tue May 29, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Frank Martin Choral Works One Opera
Replies: 4
Views: 1119

Re: Frank Martin Choral Works One Opera

Actually, the R&H sound archive accepts donations of materials of significant importance that it doesn't already have. That's how the collection grows, because there's little or no budget for buying currently available recordings. Also, I have a deal with the curator. :) For a sample of "Der Sturm,"...
by John F
Tue May 29, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Zubin Mehta, conductor
Replies: 19
Views: 2734

Re: Zubin Mehta, conductor

If you look back you'll see that I spoke well of Mehta's Los Angeles recordings, but of course they were in the rather distant past. It's his tenure with the New York Philharmonic that has caused me to change my opinion of him, not their recordings which I don't know but a fair number of concerts I ...
by John F
Tue May 29, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Frank Martin Choral Works One Opera
Replies: 4
Views: 1119

Re: Frank Martin Choral Works One Opera

Frank Martin is a composer I've appreciated since hearing his harpsichord concerto 60 years ago. His best-known work is probably the Petite Symphonie Concertante for piano, harp, harpsichord, and strings, one of many great works commissioned by Paul Sacher for his Basel Chamber Orchestra. Of "The Te...
by John F
Mon May 28, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 14936

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

July 18 suits me fine. We've been talking in terms of the Lincoln Center area, with the Mostly Mozart concert on some people's minds, so let's do that and keep it simple. Where we eat depends on what we want to eat. A proper meal or hamburgers, sandwiches, salads? Any of the above is fine with me. A...
by John F
Mon May 28, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: PBS Thirteen Fleming Carousel Singing Comparison to Opera
Replies: 7
Views: 1356

Re: PBS Thirteen Fleming Carousel Singing Comparison to Opera

Just opened at the performing arts library: an exhibition on the 75th anniversary of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Lots to see, for those who are like musicals and R&H. I'm not really one of them, but it isn't just Broadway publicity that claims primacy for "Carousel." As for Renée Fleming, she...