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by John F
Sat May 19, 2007 10:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes, There is a Really Terrible Orchestra
Replies: 5
Views: 1388

There was a really terrible orchestra before the Really Terrible Orchestra. The Portsmouth Sinfonia, founded in 1970, carried on until 1980, and made recordings to document for history just how bad they were. (Is there a reason why orchestras like this are repeatedly founded in England?) There's a w...
by John F
Sat May 19, 2007 6:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Magnificat
Replies: 8
Views: 1539

At my 25th reunion a friend and I "crashed" a session of the Harvard Glee Club/Radcliffe Choral Society alumni in which they sight-sang the Magnificat with music director Elliot Forbes, and soloists taken from the chorus. My friend and classmate was Andrew Schenck, who made a career as a conductor--...
by John F
Fri May 18, 2007 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Beethoven in a tea cup
Replies: 11
Views: 3552

Year in, year out, the National Chorale gives a handful of performances of major choral works at Avery Fisher Hall; this season was their 39th. Martin Josman is their music director, well thought of as a chorus master but with no reputation as a conductor of Beethoven symphonies. Their main claim to...
by John F
Fri May 18, 2007 8:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: mozart symphonies after serenades
Replies: 13
Views: 2848

in my opinion even the Haffner (number 35) is inferior to the serenade on which it is based I just noticed that you said this. The serenade on which the Haffner Symphony is based has not survived, so if you have a recording of it, or even better if you have a score, your fame and fortune are secure...
by John F
Fri May 18, 2007 8:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lo, The Poor Opera Understudy
Replies: 5
Views: 1548

"Underused and unloved"? Come on, give me a break. Glyndebourne may be "unusual" in Europe in covering all its roles, but that's because many houses rely on the concentration of opera companies and singers in a relatively small geographic area, so that if a Rigoletto cancels in Milan another can fly...
by John F
Fri May 18, 2007 1:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Modern Music Masterpieces
Replies: 53
Views: 8966

ichiro wrote:some good music by Corigliano
The Symphony #1, no question. The original recording conducted by Barenboim is probably the one to have.
by John F
Fri May 18, 2007 1:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More Tickets Sold at the Met
Replies: 2
Views: 688

It was the opera house's first ticket-sale increase by season in six years A significant period, as it began in 2001 with the World Trade Center attack. As might be expected, tourism to New York City declined sharply immediately afterwards, and since visitors from elsewhere have long been a signifi...
by John F
Wed May 16, 2007 11:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Exclusivity
Replies: 11
Views: 1714

Moondog (Louis Hardin) was not just a "street person" who dressed oddly. His music has been recorded by major labels and was taken seriously by such diverse classical musicians as conductor Artur Rodzinski, the Kronos String Quartet, and composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass, as well as jazz and po...
by John F
Wed May 16, 2007 3:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: mozart symphonies after serenades
Replies: 13
Views: 2848

I believe (my memory isn't all it should be, I'm afraid) that "Posthorn" contains a 2 movement oboe concerto as the 2nd and 3rd movements. It's a symphonie concertante for the wind instruments, like the one he had composed a few years earlier in Paris. If the Posthorn Serenade was to be played by a...
by John F
Wed May 16, 2007 3:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another view of the siege of Leningrad...
Replies: 7
Views: 1526

The live recording from 1970 in Leningrad This must be of the 1st symphony, if the "Blockade Chronicle Symphony" was composed in 1984, right? Tishchenko studied with Shostakovich at the Leningrad Conservatory from 1962 to 1965 and is one of his most successful pupils. He evidently waited nearly a d...
by John F
Wed May 16, 2007 3:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The best accompanists in classical concertos
Replies: 27
Views: 4329

From the performer's point of view, Charles Rosen has high praise for John Pritchard as a concerto partner: I remember recording the Liszt Concerto no. 1 in E-flat and the Chopin Concerto no. 2 in F Minor with John Pritchard and the New Philharmonia, and both the orchestra and I must have been in re...
by John F
Tue May 15, 2007 3:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Modern Music Masterpieces
Replies: 53
Views: 8966

First of all, the dates. 1940 is way too late for the beginning of what's called the Modern Period, and a bit too early for what's conventionally called "contemporary," which is taken to start after World War II, possibly in 1950. Also, the birth years of the composers are often more significant in ...
by John F
Tue May 15, 2007 1:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And You Think Americans Are Litigious!
Replies: 2
Views: 924

Sounds like the Teatro Massimo has very poor management, and its customers may have good justification to take it to court. Whether they've chosen the right grounds is a question of Italian law about which I know nothing, but others here may be better informed. If nothing else, no performance should...
by John F
Mon May 14, 2007 7:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: classical songs.
Replies: 29
Views: 4353

Just to help in finding the kind of songs you may be looking for: The leading Russian composers of "art songs," often called "romances," include Glinka, Musorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich, and there are also songs by Dargomijsky, Borodin, Rubinstein, Rimsky-Korsakov... Lieder (Ge...
by John F
Mon May 14, 2007 7:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1899 Delibes disc, found in a second hand store....
Replies: 6
Views: 1465

15548u and 15546u are Gramophone Co. matrix numbers, so I can look for the probable recording date in the Kelly discographies. According to the discography for Le Voix de son Maître, 15538u was recorded on March 5, 1910 and 15551u dates from March 19, 1910. So your sides 15548u and 15546u were doubt...
by John F
Mon May 14, 2007 2:55 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Britten War Requiem: St Louis Symphony
Replies: 2
Views: 1730

I didn't know about the LPO Live series, but it already includes quite a few recordings, and yes, there's the War Requiem under Masur, recorded two years ago. Christine Brewer has made quite an impression in New York recently with her Isolde in the concert performances of Wagner's opera by the Los A...
by John F
Mon May 14, 2007 2:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The verdict on von Karajan's Schubert symphonies?
Replies: 2
Views: 844

The recordings were made in the late '70s in a reverberant acoustic, which is pretty much the only complaint about them in "The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs" (concerning an earlier issue). The authors like the performances very much, except perhaps for #4. Haven't heard them myself.
by John F
Mon May 14, 2007 2:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: mozart symphonies after serenades
Replies: 13
Views: 2848

Some of Mozart's serenades for orchestral forces amount to expanded symphonies, often with concerto-style movements as well. The Posthorn Serenade K.320 is an example. Mozart himself extracted the symphonic movements for use in his concerts, usually with the original orchestration. In his book on Mo...
by John F
Mon May 14, 2007 1:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: San Antonio's Game Plan to Get Young Attendees
Replies: 6
Views: 1412

The San Antonio Symphony certainly needs to attract more people to its concerts and generally more support. Twice it has had to suspend operations, in 1987 when the whole season was canceled and the orchestra reorganized, and in 2003 when bankruptcy was declared. Back in business, they now give a cl...
by John F
Sat May 12, 2007 11:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1899 Delibes disc, found in a second hand store....
Replies: 6
Views: 1465

Grammofono 90565 (matrix 13931b) was recorded in Milan on November 18, 1909 (Alan Kelly, "La Voce del Padrone" discography) The Zonophones by Leo van der Haegen aren't in any discography that I have, and I don't know much about that company's labels. The sample you provide is similar to the Gramopho...
by John F
Sat May 12, 2007 8:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chausson, Symphony in B-flat, Anybody?
Replies: 22
Views: 3921

Chausson was indeed one of the French Wagnerians, though not an imitator of Wagner's style. Some of his music is quite popular, such as the Poème for violin and orchestra, and the symphony has been recorded fairly often, though I haven't heard it yet in live concert. Don't know most of the recent re...
by John F
Sat May 12, 2007 8:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductor Carl Schuricht said this:
Replies: 3
Views: 807

"The important thing in the old days was making music." Since he said it in 1956, "the old days" must have been long before then. Schuricht's career had lasted some 50 years when he said this, so for him "the old days" reached back well before World War I. And "making music" must refer to performin...
by John F
Sat May 12, 2007 7:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1899 Delibes disc, found in a second hand store....
Replies: 6
Views: 1465

The sound is quite good for 1899, perhaps too good, and I wonder whether this may be a later rerecording. With records that sold well, the stampers eventually wore out and another recording session might be held with the same musicians, the result being published with the original issue number, or s...
by John F
Fri May 11, 2007 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: classical music catalog entries, what fields?
Replies: 67
Views: 8692

I would REALLY like to begin keeping track of every aria on a complilation. Do you realize what kind of effort this takes? I did something like that for 78s and their reissues only, and yes, it does take a lot of time and effort. I also did it for individual art songs in a compilation, which in the...
by John F
Fri May 11, 2007 8:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Couldn't Happen at Lincoln Center
Replies: 27
Views: 3716

The NY Times has covered the Pops incident under the headline, "You Go to a Fight, and a Boston Pops Concert Breaks Out." <grin> According to the Boston Globe, which apparently had no reporter on the scene and took its story from Associated Press, the Pops were playing "a medley from the movie "Gigi...
by John F
Fri May 11, 2007 2:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Couldn't Happen at Lincoln Center
Replies: 27
Views: 3716

New York is either too sophisticated or too wary to have a "classical" pops scene. Actually, the New York Pops has played at Carnegie Hall every year since it was founded in 1983 by Skitch Henderson. Their web site boosts them as "the largest independent symphonic pops orchestra in the United State...
by John F
Thu May 10, 2007 6:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: classical music catalog entries, what fields?
Replies: 67
Views: 8692

As for Brahms and Mahler, both have made recordings. Which of course is why I mentioned them in particular. Including/excluding composers from performers lists (and vice versa) is easily accomplished by including check boxes on the form used to enter/update information for the musician. I don't see...
by John F
Thu May 10, 2007 6:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Couldn't Happen at Lincoln Center
Replies: 27
Views: 3716

an Elliot Carter piece was announced as a substitution for the Bruckner 4th At a Boston Pops concert featuring rocker Ben Folds? I do not believe this story. Whoever wrote it didn't even spell Elliott Carter's name correctly. Maybe when the BSO web site is online again, some of it might be verifiab...
by John F
Mon May 07, 2007 10:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thus Passeth the Glory of Mistaken Attributions
Replies: 2
Views: 928

Mozart's Symphony #37 is actually by Michael Haydn, with a slow introduction by WAM. Joseph Haydn's Toy Symphony is actually three movements from the Cassatio ex G by Leopold Mozart, WAM's father. Joseph Haydn's string quartets op. 3, including the famous "serenade," are apparently by Roman Hoffsted...
by John F
Sun May 06, 2007 8:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: classical music catalog entries, what fields?
Replies: 67
Views: 8692

In a classical database most of one's information should be in look-up tables Definitely, not just to save time but to avoid typos and splits. The row for W.A. Mozart would include a column to show he should appear in the composer drop-down, but not the performer list With dead composers who couldn...
by John F
Sun May 06, 2007 1:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: classical music catalog entries, what fields?
Replies: 67
Views: 8692

There are all kinds of issues relating to what is a work, and what is a selection. (Consider Beethoven's sonatas) I don't have many separate recordings of sonata movements. However, I have a great many recordings of opera arias, and quite a few of art songs that are part of song cycles and collecti...
by John F
Sat May 05, 2007 6:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: classical music catalog entries, what fields?
Replies: 67
Views: 8692

thats pretty much exactly what I had in mind If "that" includes making a relational database with multiple tables and views, then you're a better programmer than I am, Gunga Din! Anyway, if what I posted does look like what you have in mind, here's another long message with the data structure I had...
by John F
Fri May 04, 2007 7:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Andor Foldes - Wizard of the Keyboard on DG
Replies: 4
Views: 1526

DG recorded 4 LPs' worth of Földes' Bartók, and it was as a Bartók player that he was best known, so it's surprising how little they've included in this tribute. But Földes enthusiasts may already have all his Bartók and want all that previously unreleased material. Personally, I've found his playin...
by John F
Fri May 04, 2007 7:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Subject: Classical music stations in general?
Replies: 5
Views: 1263

WHRB in Cambridge, Mass. isn't all-classical, but its classical music programming is among the most varied and sophisticated in the US. Not bad for a radio station run entirely by college undergraduates. (I worked there long ago.) The link for its webcast: http://www.whrb.org/ Right now, during the ...
by John F
Fri May 04, 2007 7:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And Now 18 Months Without Alice Tully Hall
Replies: 7
Views: 1306

During the closure, events that would have been given in Tully will take place in Jazz for Lincoln Center's Rose Theater in the new Time-Warner building on Columbus Circle. That's pretty nice too. Before the performance you can stop on the 4th floor for sushi at Masa for a mere $350 prix fixe, drink...
by John F
Fri May 04, 2007 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: classical music catalog entries, what fields?
Replies: 67
Views: 8692

I catalogued most of my records long ago on 3x5 index cards, and have no wish to recatalog those thousands of LPs and maybe tens of thousands of musical works (if you count each Schubert song as a separate work) on the computer. But I did have a go at setting up a computerized record catalog, more t...
by John F
Thu May 03, 2007 7:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kirov Opera - Ring Cycle - tickets
Replies: 2
Views: 722

German. Since Valery Gergiev took over, the Kirov Opera has been performing most if not all of its repertoire in the original languages, though it used to be otherwise. Now that the Iron Curtain is no more and the leading Russian singers routinely make international careers if they can, they have mo...
by John F
Thu May 03, 2007 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: greetings, aslo bartok quesiton
Replies: 23
Views: 3533

Ralph wrote:I heard the full cycle performed by that quartet at Lincoln Center
I was there too. If you're still in the NYC area, maybe we might meet sometime?
by John F
Thu May 03, 2007 6:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And Now 18 Months Without Alice Tully Hall
Replies: 7
Views: 1306

As far as I know, the auditorium will not be changed very much. Alice Tully herself was involved in its design, and apart from the lack of a center aisle, it's the most audience-friendly concert hall in the area. Outside the auditorium, however, there's a lot that could be done, though I don't know ...
by John F
Thu May 03, 2007 6:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Historical Recordings Causing Headaches or Hearing Damage?
Replies: 10
Views: 1769

gperkins151 wrote:I have noticed lately that when I listen to historical recordings I end up with a headache and wanted to know if this happens to others. Does it happen to you?
Never.
by John F
Thu May 03, 2007 6:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tristan und Viola
Replies: 0
Views: 552

Tristan und Viola

Or as it's titled by the promoters, "The Tristan Project." This is a semistaged concert version of Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" which instead of scenery is backed by a continuous video by the artist Bill Viola, with soloists and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen. A fully staged v...
by John F
Tue May 01, 2007 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kirov Opera - Ring Cycle - tickets
Replies: 2
Views: 722

Kirov Opera - Ring Cycle - tickets

Starting today, tickets to both of the Kirov Opera's _Ring_ cycles in the Metropolitan Opera House are on sale online at www.lincolncenter.org and at the Avery Fisher Hall box office at the base prices, that is, without the big donation that has inflated the price by maybe 50%. These aren't the best...
by John F
Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why no OISTRAKH biography to date?
Replies: 9
Views: 1928

New Grove has an article on I. Yampolsky, and it says he was the son of cellist Mark Yampolsky, and studied violin with his (Izrael's) uncle Abram Yampolsky at the Moscow Conservatory. Definitely a musical family! But Vladimir Yampolsky is not mentioned in the articles about Abram and Izrael, so may...
by John F
Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Copycats?
Replies: 5
Views: 1334

Copycats?

BBC Radio 3's CD Review last week began with the second movement, Intermezzo, of Charles Villiers Stanford's Symphony #4, which the announcer described as "Brahmsian." The symphony was composed in 1888, soon after Brahms's 4th, and it was premiered in Berlin. To my ears the resemblance is so close a...
by John F
Sun Apr 29, 2007 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can classical music escape the noose?
Replies: 9
Views: 1996

I don't think we do take him seriously. I wouldn't have thought that you do, but somebody over there must be reading him, as his columns and books not only appear there first but are written and talked about in the various media. Of course, the various media over here have so little interest in cla...
by John F
Sun Apr 29, 2007 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why no OISTRAKH biography to date?
Replies: 9
Views: 1928

[quote+"Lance"]I have a Groves set 15 feet from me[/quote] Mine is 4 feet from me, so it's easier. <grin> Heifetz and Warren were different cases from Oistrakh. Heifetz became an American citizen in 1925 and lived here over 60 years; Warren was born in the U.S.A. and hardly ever sang elsewhere. Natu...
by John F
Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bad News -- Slava has died
Replies: 28
Views: 4003

From the New York Times: "Ralph Kirshbaum, an American cellist living in London, recalled a car ride with Mr. Rostropovich two years ago. The Russian said he was working on a new Penderecki piece. How many premieres had Mr. Rostropovich given, Mr. Kirshbaum idly asked. “It is No. 224,” Mr. Rostropov...
by John F
Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why no OISTRAKH biography to date?
Replies: 9
Views: 1928

New Grove lists an Oistrakh biography by Yampolsky (1964 & 1968, pub. in Russia) in addition to the Soroker book you mention, and there are several other books in Russian and German for Oistrakh-fanciers. Since he died 33 years ago and was known in the US mostly through foreign-made records, there m...
by John F
Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can classical music escape the noose?
Replies: 9
Views: 1996

<< there’s a giant hole in Lebrecht’s argument >>

It amazes me that the Brits continue to take Norman Lebrecht at all seriously. All his arguments are full of giant holes, indeed they're more hole than argument.
by John F
Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: greetings, aslo bartok quesiton
Replies: 23
Views: 3533

The Emerson Quartet has recorded the Bartok quartets too, and their set makes a good alternative to the Takacs version others like.