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by John F
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing
Replies: 19
Views: 1325

Re: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing

The recorded sound is far from clear, especially when the orchestra is involved, and the balance strongly favors the piano. Even so, in the passage beginning at 0:50 which I believe is what you're talking about, when the strings repeat the opening theme under the piano's 16th notes, at a slightly fa...
by John F
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martinu's Double Concerto , H.271
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Re: Martinu's Double Concerto , H.271

Nearly the same performing forces as Bartók's Music for Strings Percussion and Celesta which he finished in 1936 - another Paul Sacher commission. I should think Martinu knew it when writing his own piece.
by John F
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First Stand Alone DVD Player
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: First Stand Alone DVD Player

There are quite a few combo dvd/vhs players listed on Amazon with prices going down to $65.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss ... vhs+player
by John F
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing
Replies: 19
Views: 1325

Re: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing

Belle, would you tell us exactly where you think Horowitz and Rodzinski aren't together? Give me the timing where you think you hear that. I've listened to the first four minutes of the first movement and Rodzinski is with Horowitz through several tempo changes, those marked in the score. In other w...
by John F
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing
Replies: 19
Views: 1325

Re: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing

Rachmaninoff might have disagreed with you. Horowitz's tempos are like those in his New York Philharmonic performance of 1941, which are presumably those of his Hollywood Bowl performance in 1942. According to Horowitz as quoted by Harold C. Schonberg in his Horowitz biography, "One of the greatest ...
by John F
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing
Replies: 19
Views: 1325

Re: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing

Indeed, amazing how quickly the tempo changed in the first movement. It didn't take Rodzinski long to "get going," either! Apparently Horowitz wasn't happy with the starting tempo, either that, or it was pure nerves. Maybe a bit of both. Neither. It's written in the score, "piu mosso," which means ...
by John F
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 1644

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

Menuhin had a great career, and he was very popular with audiences. He was a member of a great generation of violinists, not only in the US but in Russia, and he certainly doesn't belong in the top tier along with Jascha Heifetz and David Oistrakh, but he certainly shouldn't be dismissed.
by John F
Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing
Replies: 19
Views: 1325

Re: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing

The New York Times review of this concert by Olin Downes: The overwhelming sensation of this concert was Vladimir Horowitz's performance of Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto. The performance was one in which the conductor shared the interpretive burden with the pianist, to the concerto's great adv...
by John F
Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 587
Views: 230693

Re: What I listened to today

I just shared that piece with friends who didn't know it - I suppose it's the least played of Schubert's last quartets, and I think it might be the greatest of them.
by John F
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question about CD blanks
Replies: 17
Views: 1159

Re: Question about CD blanks

At this point, I'm not looking to overburn 80 minute CDs, but rather to try out the 90 minute CDs you pointed to on amazon. 😉 Good luck with that! I've found a very detailed explanation of overburning that looks authoritative, though you never know. It does not mention extended play CD-Rs at all. F...
by John F
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question about CD blanks
Replies: 17
Views: 1159

Re: Question about CD blanks

maestrob, I've seen warnings about the risk of damaging the CD-R drive in several places, but no explanation of just what the problem might be. The drive is made to play and burn the standard 80-minute CDs, and if the extended play CD has tracks that are closer together, or that go further toward th...
by John F
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question about CD blanks
Replies: 17
Views: 1159

Re: Question about CD blanks

Nothing to it, Lance - I just use Google and ask a few simple questions. :) I really know nothing about this and am learning as I go. Cyberlink's FAQs include this: "The Disc overburn feature, which is only available when burning data disc, let's you add 5 - 10MB extra to your disc. This feature was...
by John F
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question about CD blanks
Replies: 17
Views: 1159

Re: Question about CD blanks

Why don't you just buy a few of the extended play CD-Rs and try them? They aren't expensive. For example: https://www.amazon.com/CD-R-40X-High-Capacity-800MB/dp/B0002U9RQQ/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1549138328&sr=8-2-fkmr1&keywords=cd-r+800+mg The customer comments speak of "overburning" to get th...
by John F
Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Adult supervision in the Beltway — Pelosi may be most qualified to become first woman in the WH
Replies: 7
Views: 630

Re: Adult supervision in the Beltway — Pelosi may be most qualified to become first woman in the WH

Remember 2018? American voters just don't care about qualifications any more. I hope the Trump voters have learned their lesson from the last 2 years, but from what I've seen, they haven't. To beat Trump in 2020 the Democrats should forget about issues and programs and nominate someone, anyone, who'...
by John F
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing
Replies: 19
Views: 1325

Re: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing

A part of the 2nd Mov. of the 1943 with Rodzinski is missing from the YT, perhaps why no lp or cd of the 1943 I could find ? Off-the-air recordings are sometimes incomplete or otherwise defective. A friend recently played me the Horowitz/Rodzinski broadcast which wasn't missing that bit of the 2nd ...
by John F
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question about CD blanks
Replies: 17
Views: 1159

Re: Question about CD blanks

This seems to be authoritative: What capacities of blank CD-R and CD-RW discs are available? Manufacturers commonly express disc capacity in terms of how much Red Book digital audio (in minutes) and computer data (in megabytes) a disc can contain. Historically, 63 minute/550 MB (12 cm) and 18 minute...
by John F
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Young mom carrying stroller down subway stairs plunges onto Manhattan train platform and dies
Replies: 5
Views: 539

Re: Young mom carrying stroller down subway stairs plunges onto Manhattan train platform and dies

I was wondering if this might be the case: Two days after a 22-year-old woman with her 1-year-old daughter in a stroller fell down the steps of a Manhattan subway station, the city’s medical examiner suggested that the woman’s death was not caused by the fall but “appears to be related to a pre-exis...
by John F
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 86
Views: 6046

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

And yet the forecast for Monday in NYC is a high temp of 53°. That's a swing of 35° in four days.
by John F
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing
Replies: 19
Views: 1325

Re: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing

Horowitz's tempos in the RCA Victor recording are less precipitous than in these live performances of 8-9 years earlier; the timing with Reiner is five minutes longer. Rodzinski prided himself in always being exactly with the soloist in concertos, and he and Horowitz are certainly at one in the Rach...
by John F
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing
Replies: 19
Views: 1325

Re: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing

I've listened to the finale of Barbirolli/1940-41, which is on YouTube, and it's essentially the same interpretation of the music, but sometimes Horowitz sounds like he's on the verge of losing control, while in 1943 he's secure at the same extraordinary tempos. Either performance would be the makin...
by John F
Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing
Replies: 19
Views: 1325

Rach 3 Horowitz 1943 - amazing

This performance with the New York Philharmonic and Rodzinski was in memory of Rachmaninoff who died earlier that year. Some of the playing is not just amazing, I'd have thought it impossible if I hadn't heard it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqNvYmCRUVU
by John F
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Young mom carrying stroller down subway stairs plunges onto Manhattan train platform and dies
Replies: 5
Views: 539

Re: Young mom carrying stroller down subway stairs plunges onto Manhattan train platform and dies

More than half of NYC's subway stations have no elevator or escalator to the street. The federal deadline for rectifying this is long past but it seems the MTA is stretched just to keep the elevators it has in working order. In the last weeks, the elevators in two stations I use on my way to Lincoln...
by John F
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Effect of CM on cats
Replies: 3
Views: 590

Re: Effect of CM on cats

That's an Ig Nobel Prize winner, right?

While on the subject:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOr2O0FfpT8
by John F
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2035

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

My point is that keeping the limitations of amateur players in mind, not just their technique but also their musical understanding, was a concern of Haydn and Mozart but not Beethoven in his later years. What effect this might have had on the quartets they wrote, no one can say. But we do know that ...
by John F
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Google gives money to Wikipedia
Replies: 5
Views: 829

Re: Google gives money to Wikipedia

Let's just say the tendency of Google to de-platform anyone who doesn't conform to their ideology and an unwillingness to pay tax in Australia has been the catalyst for my cynicism. Exploiting tax shelters is not illegal and frankly I don't see it as immoral. It's a standard business practice whose...
by John F
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Google gives money to Wikipedia
Replies: 5
Views: 829

Re: Google gives money to Wikipedia

By cynicism I mean "an inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest" (my emphasis), even when they do good deeds that harm no one. I believe credit should be given where it is due.
by John F
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 1644

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

Your story bears enough resemblance to fact, since it names Menuhin and he did play concerts in Moscow, that it was fair to assume you were telling us something about Menuhin in Moscow, not a fiction having nothing to do with him or anybody else. It doesn't even work as a joke, as all those music-lo...
by John F
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4000
Views: 641002

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Speaking of Stenhammar, I get a lot of pleasure from his string quartets, especially this one:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFrS1jMw6Js

The first movement harks back to middle-period Beethoven, which for me is a Good Thing.
by John F
Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 1644

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

A nice story, perhaps, but I don't believe it. It doesn't ring true for a host of reasons. And if it's not true, what's its point? That Menuhin was picky about his audience? Shortly before playing in Moscow he and Britten played two recitals for survivors of the Belsen concentration camp, who aren't...
by John F
Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2035

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

An important factor is that Haydn, and perhaps also Schubert, assumed their string quartets would be played in the home by amateurs, with perhaps a small gathering of family and the social circle. Mozart's quartets dedicated to Haydn were first planed in this way - the four composers, including Moza...
by John F
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Slice Joints Made Pizza the Perfect New York City Food
Replies: 6
Views: 514

Re: Slice Joints Made Pizza the Perfect New York City Food

Include me out - I don't much like pizza, haven't had any in years.
by John F
Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2035

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

Yes, and the late Beethoven quartets are structurally and harmonically simpler than the Bartók quartets. Comparisons are odorous. :) My argument is with the word "simple" and the characterization of Haydn's music as essentially lightweight. No question that in his later works, not just the string qu...
by John F
Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 1644

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

I saw Menuhin perform twice, both times in 1961 in Vienna: a recital with his sister Hephzibah Menuhin at the piano, and the Bartok concerto with Ferenc Fricsay and the Berlin Radio Symphony. His tone and technique were nothing special, and the recital, including sonatas by Beethoven and Debussy, wa...
by John F
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2035

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

the lovely simplicity of Haydn Of course I have to respond to that. Some of Haydn's music is indeed lovely, but simple? His contemporaries didn[t think so and neither do I. Just a sample of the rougher, more challenging Haydn, the minuet from his op. 76 no. 2: H6KuI81BoOY https://www.youtube.com/wa...
by John F
Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new Chopin biography
Replies: 5
Views: 794

Re: A new Chopin biography

Étude, Brute? - The case for Chopin Jan, 2019 by Terry Teachout Of the well-known composers of the 19th century, Fryderyk Chopin (as his name is spelled in Polish, his native tongue) is the only one whose complete works continue to be played regularly—indeed, without cease. Most of the pianists who ...
by John F
Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MET Carmen Bargain
Replies: 2
Views: 602

Re: MET Carmen Bargain

The cast:

Carmen - Clémentine Margaine
Don José - Roberto Alagna
Escamillo - Alexander Vinogradov
Micaëla - Aleksandra Kurzak
conductor - Louis Langrée
by John F
Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new Chopin biography
Replies: 5
Views: 794

A new Chopin biography

Chopin: dismissive, anti-Semitic and a ‘poet of sweet sound’ By Tim Page January 25 at 9:20 AM An ideal composer biography should combine several qualities: a deep knowledge of the artist’s life and milieu, fortified by a reexamination of all available sources; an intimate understanding of the compo...
by John F
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2035

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

In the past, the piano was the standard domestic musical instrument in households that could afford it, essentially middle class and upward. But now, perhaps beginning in the 1950s, it has been replaced by the guitar, which appeals more to younger and pop-oriented people and of course is portable. T...
by John F
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 2035

The difficulty of modern music and other topics

I've just read a long and penetrating essay by Denis Dutton that I want to share with you. Ostensibly a review of Charles Rosen's little book "Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist," which as the title suggests is largely about piano playing, it takes up many subjects that we've discussed here, disc...
by John F
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sony's "Black Composers Series" has arrived
Replies: 1
Views: 698

Re: Sony's "Black Composers Series" has arrived

I picked up the disk of music by the Chevalier de Saint-Georges when exploring the less known composers of the Haydn/Mozart era. It's well made music, typical of its time and place, with not a hint of the composer's ethnicity.
by John F
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 86
Views: 6046

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

In New York City, the temperature is often or usually a degree or two warmer than in the surrounding countryside at the same time, because of radiant heat from all the buildings and other causes. But the difference is seldom if ever noticeable.
by John F
Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's 20 "Essential" Mozart recordings
Replies: 10
Views: 1916

Re: WQXR's 20 "Essential" Mozart recordings

By the way, Mozart wrote another clarinet quintet, though just the exposition of a first movement in B flat. It may be that he never meant to finish it; in any case, more's the pity that he didn't. But the young Robert Levin composed a completion of the one movement, and here it is: utHRgEJZ67g http...
by John F
Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's 20 "Essential" Mozart recordings
Replies: 10
Views: 1916

Re: WQXR's 20 "Essential" Mozart recordings

All four movements are on YouTube though they're scattered: 3E1Hw4HfiN0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E1Hw4HfiN0 CctD1rzY-nc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CctD1rzY-nc 35MXUXBGVBA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35MXUXBGVBA 9hWO99JsxBc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hWO99JsxBc Amazingly beauti...
by John F
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's 20 "Essential" Mozart recordings
Replies: 10
Views: 1916

Re: WQXR's 20 "Essential" Mozart recordings

Jack Brymer was principal clarinet in Thomas Beecham's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra almost from its creation (Reginald Kell played in its first year) until after Beecham's death. On the recommendation of Dennis Brain, Beecham hired him after a remarkably informal audition, though he was an amateur, ...
by John F
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: London's new concert hall
Replies: 3
Views: 941

Re: London's new concert hall

For illustrations of the architects' plans, click the link at the end of this article. London’s Next Concert Hall Design Looks Crazy, But the Design Has a Purpose Feargus O'Sullivan Jan 22, 2019 According to plans released Monday, London could soon be getting a new “acoustically perfect” concert hal...
by John F
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Google gives money to Wikipedia
Replies: 5
Views: 829

Google gives money to Wikipedia

They've done it before, and now they're more than doubling their support. As far as this article goes, Google is not trying to influence Wikipedia's content but to expand its coverage in languages other than English and to secure its future through endowment. No doubt there will be those who believe...
by John F
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4000
Views: 641002

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Quite a few of the orchestral versions of Strauss songs were made by others. Felix Mottl orchestrated "Ständchen," Robert Heger orchestrated "Allerseelen," "Traum durch die Dämmerung" and "Zueignung," and so on. Strauss conducted them as well as his own orchestrations and obviously approved of them....
by John F
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's 20 "Essential" Mozart recordings
Replies: 10
Views: 1916

Re: WQXR's 20 "Essential" Mozart recordings

Rach3 wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:20 pm
Clarinet Quintet , no favorite
This is the one:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CctD1rzY-nc
by John F
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: London's new concert hall
Replies: 3
Views: 941

Re: London's new concert hall

Apart from David Geffen's contribution, which bought naming rights at a rather low price, I haven't heard anything about fundraising for the renovation. Perhaps not surprising since the top manaement of Lincoln Center Inc. has been so unsettled, with Deborah Spar gone and Russell Granet as acting pr...
by John F
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's 20 "Essential" Mozart recordings
Replies: 10
Views: 1916

Re: WQXR's 20 "Essential" Mozart recordings

The repertoire is reasonably well chosen, though the string quintets and clarinet quintet which for me are essential are missing. As usual, most of the performances look unappealing; apart from Klemperer's "Magic Flute," Böhm's "Così fan tutte," and Giulini's "Don Giovanni," an opera he had not cond...