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by stenka razin
Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schoenberg Meets Dohnanyi....
Replies: 7
Views: 1667

Schoenberg Meets Dohnanyi....

E. Randol Schoenberg (is an L. A. lawyer who specialises in the restitution of art works stolen by the Nazis. The grandson of an immortal composer(Arnold), his greatest legal triumph – the recovery of a pillaged Klimt – is retold in a forthcoming film, 'Woman in Gold', starring Dame Helen Mirren. Sc...
by stenka razin
Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is Le Rat heading for the NYPD
Replies: 15
Views: 2405

Re: Is Le Rat heading for the NYPD

The Berlin Phil is also picking a replacement for Rattle. Does that mean the NYP gets second best? My fellow CMGers, please comment.

Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Sun Feb 01, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aldo Ciccolini 1925-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 3166

Re: Aldo Ciccolini 1925-2015

From Slipped Disc sad, sad news: A great pianist has died, aged 89 February 1, 2015 by norman lebrecht 2 comments. We regret to share news of the death of Aldo Ciccolini, the French-Italian pianist who commanded classical repertoire on EMI in the 1960s and 70s. A Neapolitan of aristocratic family, h...
by stenka razin
Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another star soprano from eastern Europe? Maybe
Replies: 19
Views: 3778

Re: Another star soprano from eastern Europe? Maybe

Here is Sonya's debut CD recording, which is now my sig. Notice the rarities.8) Regards, Mel 8) Works on This Recording 1. Le Cid: Pleurez, mes yeux! by Jules Massenet Performer: Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano) Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin Orchestra/Ensemble: Valencia Community Orchestra Period: Romantic Wr...
by stenka razin
Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is it Sviatoslav Richter never recorded the Rach 3?
Replies: 16
Views: 4004

Re: How is it Sviatoslav Richter never recorded the Rach 3?

Rubinstein never recorded Chopin's complete Etudes and that mystifies me. If Rubinstein is the greatest Chopin player of my lifetime, please explain why?.......Yes, I know the Etudes are fiendishly difficult, but.......??? P.S. I saw Rubinstein on many occasions and he was the supreme Chopin interpr...
by stenka razin
Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Year's Gongs
Replies: 3
Views: 933

Re: New Year's Gongs

Considering that Joan Collins was made a Dame Commander, I think the classical world should have done much better. These honours are becoming irrelevant.


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Sat Dec 20, 2014 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYT critics pick "best" CDs of 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1722

Re: NYT critics pick "best" CDs of 2014

The following recordings from the list above are recommended: BERNSTEIN: ‘WEST SIDE STORY’ Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; San Francisco Symphony; various singers (SFS Media, 821936-0059-2; two CDs). Here is the complete score of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s musical “West Side Story,” ...
by stenka razin
Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stocking Stuffers under $20
Replies: 6
Views: 1961

Re: Stocking Stuffers under $20

Several under-20 dollars deals here: 12/15 only. http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/listPage.jsp?list_id=4056&page_size=100&page_type=4&site_id=E1347 Leontyne Price Operatic Recitals $18 twelve discs Leontyne Price Spirituals and Songs $18 twelve discs Horowitz OJC Sony $12 ten discs Stokowski Com...
by stenka razin
Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Irene Dalis Dead At 89
Replies: 1
Views: 582

Re: Irene Dalis Dead At 89

Please enjoy Ms. Dalis and a truly golden cast from the past:


by stenka razin
Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Irene Dalis Dead At 89
Replies: 1
Views: 582

Irene Dalis Dead At 89

Sad news for opera lovers. The great Ms. Dalis is no more. For those of us who saw her in person, her performances were so memorable. R.I.P. Greetings, Mel :( Following obit from San Francisco Chronicle: Opera legend and founder of Opera San Jose, Irene Dalis poses for a portrait in San Jose, Calif....
by stenka razin
Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Complete Myaskovsky
Replies: 6
Views: 1554

Re: Complete Myaskovsky

Svetlanov and Miaskovsky are a perfect combo. If you do not have the complete Symphonies, it is a best buy.


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2015-Sibelius, Nielsen & Glazunov Head The Anniversary List
Replies: 2
Views: 767

Re: 2015-Sibelius, Nielsen & Glazunov Head The Anniversary L

Ted Quanrud wrote:Hi Mel --

Paul Dukas - 150
Hi Ted,

My mother in-in-law met Dukas son while working in New York in the 1960's. Small world, isn't it? :wink:


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lydia Mordkovitch Passes Away At 70
Replies: 4
Views: 1655

Lydia Mordkovitch Passes Away At 70

Great violinist Lydia Mordkovitch dies at the age of 70 from cancer. Sad news for those of us who have collected her Chandos recordings over the last 25 years. A student of David Oistrakh and later his assistant, Lydia lived in Israel in the 1970s. In 1980 she moved to England, where she recorded va...
by stenka razin
Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2015-Sibelius, Nielsen & Glazunov Head The Anniversary List
Replies: 2
Views: 767

2015-Sibelius, Nielsen & Glazunov Head The Anniversary List

It is time for our annual listing of those composers who are observing important anniversaries in 2015. My top three are the 150th anniversaries of the birth of three giants: Sibelius, Nielsen and Glazunov. CMGers, can you suggest other composers deserving of recognition in 2015? Regards, Mel 8) P.S...
by stenka razin
Sun Nov 23, 2014 7:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Encores Great Performances at the Met Dec 11 Thirteen
Replies: 2
Views: 629

Re: Encores Great Performances at the Met Dec 11 Thirteen

Len, thanks for the heads up. I will be watching on 12/11 this star studded operatic extravaganza. 8)


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Amazon Classical Music Forum Slaps Our Faces............!
Replies: 97
Views: 14474

Amazon Classical Music Forum Slaps Our Faces............!

This is very upsetting.....Please comment, my fellow CMGers. Quote below: 'Auntie Lynn says: Don't look now, but this site is so far superior to everything else out there...CMG has been hijacked by a bunch of leftists with no musical credentials, Piano World has several good people but it's kind of ...
by stenka razin
Mon Nov 17, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: balakirov or miakovsky
Replies: 48
Views: 9824

Re: balakirov or miakovsky

Len, listen to Balakirev's 1st Symphony and you will be in paradise, my friend. Absolutely gorgeous music!


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Sun Nov 02, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Irving Fine 1914-1962
Replies: 3
Views: 1228

Re: Irving Fine 1914-1962

John, I thought I was the just about only CMG member who remembered Fine. But, you proved me wrong, m8. The Symphony is magnificent and I have the CD and had the original LP. Thank you for reminding us of Irving's centenary year. He deserves the respect you have shown him. Bravo!


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartoli's Decca "St. Petersburg" deluxe CD
Replies: 5
Views: 1388

Re: Bartoli's Decca "St. Petersburg" deluxe CD

A beautiful Bartoli album and another outstanding contribution from Cecilia to her career long devotion to her art. Long may this great singer continue her off the beaten track list of winning discs....and she still does not do crossover. That is big news! :D :D :D :D


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anita Cerquetti - RIP
Replies: 8
Views: 1844

Re: Anita Cerquetti - RIP

Cerquetti was probably as close as we ever got to hearing another Callas. Well, I may be exaggerating, but for a short period way back in the 50's Anita had a stupendous voice, which blew out way too soon. May she R.I.P. :( :( :( :(


Regards,
Mel :(
by stenka razin
Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's 300th year!
Replies: 4
Views: 2040

Re: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's 300th year!

I also have the DHM box and it is marvelous.

Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speaking of boy sopranos
Replies: 5
Views: 2340

Re: Speaking of boy sopranos

Beautiful........! 8)


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Danielle Gatti Wins The Jackpot
Replies: 11
Views: 3057

Re: Danielle Gatti Wins The Jackpot

John F wrote:Should be Daniele Gatti.
Thank you, John. I stand corrected and my sig. is quite classy. I just ordered Ms. Bartoli's Russian album and I am expecting some baroque rarities, well done..

Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Sat Oct 04, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Danielle Gatti Wins The Jackpot
Replies: 11
Views: 3057

Danielle Gatti Wins The Jackpot

Gatti was just named the music director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra beating out some of the world's greatest conductors for this prestigious position.

Any opinions from our CMG members about Gatti?


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christopher Hogwood Dead at 73
Replies: 2
Views: 990

Christopher Hogwood Dead at 73

Sad, sad news.......... :( 24 September 2014 Christopher Hogwood, conductor and founder of the Academy of Ancient Music has died The Academy of Ancient Music is deeply saddened to announce the death of Christopher Hogwood CBE, conductor, musicologist, keyboard player and founder of the Academy of An...
by stenka razin
Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strauss: Four Last Songs Recordings
Replies: 23
Views: 9100

Re: Strauss: Four Last Songs Recordings

I agree about Della Casa at the top, but I must also include Schwarzkopf, preferably in her recording with Otto Ackermann.


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Frans Brüggen rest in peace
Replies: 9
Views: 4508

Re: Frans Brüggen rest in peace

A great musician is now resting in heaven. R.I.P. :(


Regards,
Mel :(
by stenka razin
Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday to Lance
Replies: 22
Views: 3924

Re: Happy Birthday to Lance

Been away, but now that I am back, Happy B Day, to our great leader and many more to come.


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Mon May 26, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The 100 Greatest Classical Composers
Replies: 8
Views: 2623

Re: The 100 Greatest Classical Composers

That top 100 list is full of holes and not worth looking at more than once. So be it.


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight`s Cenerentola
Replies: 11
Views: 1366

Re: Tonight`s Cenerentola

I think Camerena's encore aria during the opera was only the 3rd time in 70 years this has happened! Just amazing and Camerena is going to be vaulted way up the ladder in the world of Bel Canto opera singers. A high C, too......! Bravo Javier.


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classics Today Subscription-$49-Is It Worth It?
Replies: 0
Views: 892

Classics Today Subscription-$49-Is It Worth It?

I saw an ad for Classics Today and wondered if any of my fellow CMGers is an online subscriber and what do you think of this classical reviews magazine. Is it worth it? Is it available on the web and ipad? Are the reviews worthwhile? With so few classical music publications available today, I was re...
by stenka razin
Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor
Replies: 23
Views: 2980

Re: Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor

For a wonderful modern CD recording of Tchaikovsky's great Piano Trio, try the following:


Regards,
Mel 8)


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by stenka razin
Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where/when does the collecting cease?
Replies: 41
Views: 14400

Re: Where/when does the collecting cease?

I have noticed that since my available house space is truly shrinking for CDs, I have been spending more and more time collecting Blu Rays of operas and ballets only, because I believe that the Blu Ray is here to stay at least for the rest of my life, hopefully. In addition I was 'given' a ton of Au...
by stenka razin
Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top composer-orchestrator combo?
Replies: 31
Views: 2838

Re: Top composer-orchestrator combo?

Satie/Debussy (the Gymnopedies). Rimsky-Korsakov didn't just orchestrate "Boris Godunov," he recomposed it, "normalizing" the harmony and adding for example a brief contrapuntal passage to the chorus in the coronation scene. To tell the truth, I like that version better than Musorgsky's original, e...
by stenka razin
Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top composer-orchestrator combo?
Replies: 31
Views: 2838

Re: Top composer-orchestrator combo?

Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov. Well, R-K definitely worked hard on some of Modeste's greatest compositions, finishing and touching up the orchestration. Think 'Boris Godunov' and 'Night On Bald Mountain'. In fact the R-K orchestrations of both are still my favorites. Yes, I know the Mussorgsky/Shostako...
by stenka razin
Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chalkie goes Click (at Snap)
Replies: 15
Views: 1664

Re: Chalkie goes Click (at Snap)

Chalkie, what a great honor. You worked hard to receive this recognition, my friend. A great lifetime of photography is recognized and we are all happy for you and yours. Congrats! 8)


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernst Lévy, pianist (2 Parts), March 1 & 8, 2014
Replies: 5
Views: 883

Re: Ernst Lévy, pianist (Part II of II), March 8, 2014

I knew Levy and saw him perform and interviewed him many, many years ago at CUNY. Wonderful memories of a great pianist and a kindly gent. 8)


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera director Gerard Mortier dies at 70
Replies: 3
Views: 535

Re: Opera director Gerard Mortier dies at 70

Mortier was an essentially destructive force at the opera companies and festivals he led. If the Times follows up with an assessment of his career, I expect it will have more to say about the deadly effect of his coming and going at New York City Opera, which was not the only victim. I agree with J...
by stenka razin
Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Ashley, opera composer, dies at 83
Replies: 2
Views: 526

Re: Robert Ashley, opera composer, dies at 83

I have never been able to get into Ashley no matter how hard I tried to listen to his 'music'. An example below:


Regards,
Mel 8)

by stenka razin
Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: C. P. E. Bach is 300 years old today.
Replies: 8
Views: 1552

Re: C. P. E. Bach is 300 years old today.

Here is a brand new 10 CD reissue bargain box from Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. I ordered from UK Amazon for about $20. It is available for more in the USA.

Highly recommended.


Regards,
Mel 8)

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by stenka razin
Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DVORAK: Piano Concerto g-minor op. 33
Replies: 13
Views: 3049

Re: DVORAK: Piano Concerto g-minor op. 33

Len, the Piano Concerto is a splendid Dvorak beauty. I love it, too. May I put in a good word for the Richter/Kleiber version on EMI. Dynamic performance. 8)





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Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RCA's Sir Colin Davis "Complete" Boxed Set
Replies: 32
Views: 6682

Re: RCA's Sir Colin Davis "Complete" Boxed Set

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/sites/gramophone.co.uk/files/imagecache/gallery_main_image/Gardiner_SDG_Pilgrimage.jpg Today I received this 56 cds box set. I actually bought quite a few of these recordings when they were originally released, but not all of them. Now Amazo,de is selling it as 170 euros...
by stenka razin
Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight`s Werther at the Met
Replies: 25
Views: 1745

Re: Tonight`s Werther at the Met

Len, the Kaufman/Koch 'Werther' is now available in DVD and Blu Ray editions, so we all can enjoy Massenet's great and extremely moving masterpiece. Lucky you, getting to see this touching treat. 8)


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Met Season Sorry Way Too Boring For Me
Replies: 27
Views: 2715

Re: New Met Season Sorry Way Too Boring For Me

Len and other CMGers, Here is the stirring, final scene from Tchaikovsky's 'Iolanta'. It is one of my favorite opera endings. Please listen and enjoy. You will touched by this wonderful late Tchaikovsky masterpiece. A rarely performed opera that I am so happy to see the Met doing. 8) Regards, Mel 8)...
by stenka razin
Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New "Icon" sets
Replies: 5
Views: 2345

Re: New "Icon" sets

I'm with you, Ted. I eagerly look forward to, especially, the Malcolm Sargent set. Fabulous conductor, highly underrated, and these days almost forgotten. I probably have most if not all of the Starker and Annie Fischer material but Warner/Icon may give us some surprises! I, like you, hope the seri...
by stenka razin
Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Wrote the 'War And Peace' Ballet in The Olympics?
Replies: 9
Views: 1861

Re: Who Wrote the 'War And Peace' Ballet in The Olympics?

Found it. Never heard the music before, but thought it sounded like movie music, and so it is. The American announcer said it's "Doga's Waltz: My Sweet and Tender [something]". Googling on that, I found "Doga's waltz: My Sweet and Tender Beast," Doga being the composer Eugen Doga (b. 1937), and "My...
by stenka razin
Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparing Goldbergs
Replies: 63
Views: 10178

Re: Comparing Goldbergs

As much as I admire Perahia in the Goldberg, the original 1955 Gould Goldberg is the one to go for. It is a once in a lifetime performance. Highy recommended.


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Wrote the 'War And Peace' Ballet in The Olympics?
Replies: 9
Views: 1861

Re: Who Wrote the 'War And Peace' Ballet in The Olympics?

John F wrote:Is that part of the ceremony online anywhere?
John and my fellow CMGers, the answer is yes. NBC is offering repeats of the entire opening ceremony only at the following:


http://stream.nbcolympics.com/opening-c ... ter/15447/


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Igor Great News
Replies: 8
Views: 1768

Re: Igor Great News

We've always known this opera's flaws--now the Met fixes it!'' "The plot has big holes in it. Every production is a reclamation job. " http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/08/arts/music/a-new-vision-for-prince-igor-at-the-met.html?hp&_r=1 Regards, Len :( len, flaws or not, Prince Igor is an opera I would...
by stenka razin
Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Olympic Open Ceremony-Thumbs Up!
Replies: 13
Views: 2491

Re: Olympic Open Ceremony-Thumbs Up!

Then you skipped over Thailand, and missed the news that, of all people, violinist Vanessa Mae , is representing Thailand in the alpine skiing competition! Her father is Thai, and she is competing under his name, Vanessa Vanakom: http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/winter-sports/thailand/winter-olympics/ne...