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by stenka razin
Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Wrote the 'War And Peace' Ballet in The Olympics?
Replies: 9
Views: 1926

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

P.S. Considering that Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Glinka(Slava), Stravinsky, Khachaturian, Sviridov and even Schnittke's music were used, I am baffled. Could the music have been by Shostakovich or Prokofiev?.Both composers absence was shocking.......... Mel I saw War and Peace at the Met--I just can't re...
by stenka razin
Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Wrote the 'War And Peace' Ballet in The Olympics?
Replies: 9
Views: 1926

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

The ultimate quiz for all of us. We all know that Prokofiev wrote a great opera based on 'War and Peace'. So, it seemed obvious that Valery Gergiev would use music by this great composer to accompany the ultra lavish centerpiece of the opening ceremonies where hundreds of ballet stars danced. Nyet.....
by stenka razin
Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RCA's Sir Colin Davis "Complete" Boxed Set
Replies: 32
Views: 6878

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

The Davis Decca box is an essential purchase and is available easily around the world and is offered for just $60 at Arkiv is the Berlioz Orchestral and Choral works. Buy it before it disappears, if you want the very best of Sir Colin. 8) P.S. I recently received this 13 CD reissue box of classic Ph...
by stenka razin
Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Lance Armstrong of Classical Music
Replies: 9
Views: 2129

Re: The Lance Armstrong of Classical Music

The New York Times obviously does not know the difference between a 'renowned' composer and this Japanese charlatan.

He is described as a 'Renowned Japanese Composer Admits Fraud' in their front page on the internet........Renowned my eye!


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Solti - The Ring Cycle - Deluxe Limited Edition + more Ring
Replies: 54
Views: 8659

Re: Solti - The Ring Cycle - Deluxe Limited Edition + more R

I own and have listened to all Ring cycles available commercially and even with some slight faults, the Solti is the overall best Ring. I love it so much that I purchased the Solti/Wagner 10 opera set on MP3m just for the Ring included. It is the only way to obtain the Solti/Ring on MP3. It is not s...
by stenka razin
Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Euryanthe Weber Good and Bad News
Replies: 4
Views: 850

Re: Euryanthe Weber Good and Bad News

Len, Euryanthe is a wonderful but unduly neglected Weber beauty. I love the music and unless the director goes wild in his staging, the music should make you very happy, my friend.


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 50 Greatest Recordings of All Time
Replies: 25
Views: 7218

Re: 50 Greatest Recordings of All Time

Not a bad list at all. In fact, many of the greatest recordings of the past are there. The first seven selections are right on target and the Solti/Ring in the number one spot is a bullseye.


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grammie's Lifetime Achievement Award Given To????????????
Replies: 15
Views: 2189

Grammie's Lifetime Achievement Award Given To????????????

You will not believe the chutzpah of the Grammy Awards to give Maud Powell......................! an award a century too late........ :shock: :roll: Yes, I have the few Powell Naxos Historical CDs that were issued many years ago, but, why dig this luminary of a century ago up and laud Maude? Sort of...
by stenka razin
Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Super Bowl!
Replies: 22
Views: 2421

Re: Renee Fleming Super Bowl!

Considering the age and affluence of the crowd at Met-Life Stadium, maybe the fans will appreciate a real 'Prima Donna' not a pop star wanna be, 'Diva' and relish the fact that this is the first Super Bowl to have a true classical artist as the opening Star Spangled Banner singer. I think it is grea...
by stenka razin
Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Farewell, Claudio ABBADO
Replies: 68
Views: 16437

Re: Farewell, Claudio ABBADO

He was a giant and he will be sadly missed. Long may his recordings be in print, so that future generations of music lovers experience his greatness. I am so sad. :(


Regards,
Mel :(
by stenka razin
Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York's Vanishing Record Stores-Academy Music?
Replies: 1
Views: 554

New York's Vanishing Record Stores-Academy Music?

I just saw this article and thought you might like to read it. bitly.com/1gnRIZy or use http://www.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2014/jan/10/classical-cd-shops-disappearing-new-york-london By the way, do any of our CMGers know Academy Music and can they recommend it for classical music? Regar...
by stenka razin
Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where's Lance?
Replies: 9
Views: 1550

Re: Where's Lance?

I miss Lance and his observations and CD reviews. Please come back on a regular basis, my friend. We all miss you so much.


Regards,
Mel :)
by stenka razin
Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best new operas of the past 40 years
Replies: 26
Views: 2192

Re: Best new operas of the past 40 years

Poul Ruder's 'The Handmaid's Tale' is my choice. 8) Marianne Rørholm (Offred) Hanne Fischer (Offred's "Double") Poul Elming (Luke) Ull Kudsk Jensen (Offred's Mother) Anne Margrethe Dahl (Aunt Lydia) Djina Mai-Mai (Moira) Lise-Lotte Nielsen (Janine) Susanne Resmark (Serena Joy) Kari Hamnøy (Rita) Aag...
by stenka razin
Tue Dec 31, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Le Rat gets a new Gong from the Queen...
Replies: 37
Views: 4012

Re: Le Rat gets a new Gong from the Queen...

By the way, in glancing at the full list, the distinguished pianist, Stephen Hough was given a CBE or was that an MBE? Whatever, he definitely deserves an honor, especially when you see Katherine Jenkins as one of the new musical honorees. The Awards committee is still trying to please the masses mu...
by stenka razin
Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Le Rat gets a new Gong from the Queen...
Replies: 37
Views: 4012

Re: Le Rat gets a new Gong from the Queen...

Chalkie, so, is this the same honor bestowed on Benjamin Britten? Shall we know call Sir Simon, Lord Rattle? That has such a nice ring to it? Doesn't it? Or are they trying to lure him back to the British Isles?........;) Remember Sir Simon's Berlin gig is up in 2018............I wonder......... :w...
by stenka razin
Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York music: my short list
Replies: 11
Views: 3237

Re: New York music: my short list

John, thank you for the enticing list. But for me there is one item that stands out. Look below:


Metropolitan Opera
2/6,3/4 Prince Igor

Rarely heard, great opera, which the USA has barely seen in over a century....I think.... :D :D :D :D


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Le Rat gets a new Gong from the Queen...
Replies: 37
Views: 4012

Re: Le Rat gets a new Gong from the Queen...

Chalkie, so, is this the same honor bestowed on Benjamin Britten? Shall we know call Sir Simon, Lord Rattle? That has such a nice ring to it? Doesn't it? Or are they trying to lure him back to the British Isles?........;) Remember Sir Simon's Berlin gig is up in 2018............I wonder......... :wi...
by stenka razin
Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best Wishes.
Replies: 11
Views: 2109

Re: Best Wishes.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our CMG members. 8)


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Guess Who Gave The Nashville Symphony, $100, 000?
Replies: 4
Views: 1325

Guess Who Gave The Nashville Symphony, $100, 000?

You won't believe this? A positive sign, if there ever was one.........! :D :D :D :D


http://nyti.ms/18SDRFX


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: J & R stops selling CD's altogether, even online.
Replies: 22
Views: 8553

Re: J & R closes CD store and fires all the staff !!!

karlhenning wrote:Still, 25% of your business is not "the CD is dead."

Cheers,
~Karl
Karl, you are right, but, it means that the CD as we know it may be just about be over by 2018....sadly, my friend.
Can you imagine what will be offered to us? More Beethoven for Babies or Brahms for Lovers?


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: J & R stops selling CD's altogether, even online.
Replies: 22
Views: 8553

Re: J & R closes CD store and fires all the staff !!!

Klaus Heymann, the owner of Naxos has stated that he expects the CD to be about 25% of his business by 2018. He expects that MP3, FLACS, etc. will make up most of his companies business plus his subscription service where he makes all of his Naxos material available for a monthly charge. Regards, Me...
by stenka razin
Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Amahl for the holiday season
Replies: 3
Views: 789

Re: Amahl for the holiday season

I loved 'Amahl' when it debuted on TV when I was tyke and I still love the original so much.....Memories..memories. :D


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Historic Mahler
Replies: 4
Views: 984

Re: Historic Mahler

Barney, thank you for the heads up, m8. This box looks quite tempting.


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: R.I.P. Tom Krause
Replies: 4
Views: 1075

Re: R.I.P. Tom Krause

A wonderful singer who made many excellent recordings. RIP. :(

Regards,
Mel :(
by stenka razin
Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Forgotten CD's
Replies: 12
Views: 3043

Re: Forgotten CD's

absinthe wrote:Berg: Lulu. Silja / Dohnanyi / Vienna PO
The Dohanyi/ Berg Lulu is available from Arkiv:



http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/alb ... _id=167257


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pape Won't Do Hans Sachs
Replies: 11
Views: 2290

Re: Pape Won't Do Hans Sachs

That's what he says now, but he could well change his mind as his voice changes with age. His main problem, he says, is with the part's vocal range - not its other demands, mainly endurance. Let's hope he does change his mind - that a conductor he trusts talks him into it. And that there's a produc...
by stenka razin
Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simon Boccanegra: live and on fire
Replies: 8
Views: 1119

Re: Simon Boccanegra: live and on fire

I agree with what has been stated above, but, do not forget the following pair in Simon. Christoff and Gobbi can compare with any other bass-baritione duo in the history of Verdi's masterpiece. 8)

Open your ears and enjoy my favorite combo:





Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My first experience of "Das Rheingold"
Replies: 82
Views: 7723

Re: My first experience of "Das Rheingold"

Thanks Mel, that's certainly stirring music. It's a better version than the Bayreuth one projected onto a screen through computer yesterday. In that one I couldn't hear the German or understand the words. What I love about Wagner's music is that lack of a cadential points and his long passages with...
by stenka razin
Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My first experience of "Das Rheingold"
Replies: 82
Views: 7723

Re: My first experience of "Das Rheingold"

Tarantella one of my top favorite scenes in all of opera is the 'Entrance of the Gods Into Valhalla'. The final scene of Das Rheingold is mind blowing. Please give Wagner's gorgeous music another chance, m8. It is worth the effort. A lifetime of pleasure awaits you.8) Regards, Mel 8) GjqDic27Ook
by stenka razin
Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Suzuki completes the Bach cantatas ...
Replies: 26
Views: 6597

Re: Suzuki completes the Bach cantatas ...

I expect a complete box will follow quite shortly and at reduced price hopefully. 8)


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's next Brünnhilde: Christine Goerke
Replies: 5
Views: 1199

Re: The Met's next Brünnhilde: Christine Goerke

For those forum members who want a taste of Ms. Goerke's voice, look below and enjoy:


Regards,
Mel 8)


by stenka razin
Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composer John Tavener dead at 69
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Re: Composer John Tavener dead at 69

In honour of Tavener's passing here are his two most famous pieces. May he rest in peace: :(


Regards,
Mel :(





by stenka razin
Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Monteux plays Sibelius score WITH ALTERED ENDING!
Replies: 15
Views: 4029

Re: Monteux plays Sibelius score WITH ALTERED ENDING!

On the basis of what John said, there's a large part of me that wants to deny Monteux would've willfully altered the score....there may be some plausibility that Kajanus would've given him the supposed first edition, and that it may have been Sibelius' original ending. Then, too, Monteux might've g...
by stenka razin
Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Monteux plays Sibelius score WITH ALTERED ENDING!
Replies: 15
Views: 4029

Re: Monteux plays Sibelius score WITH ALTERED ENDING!

What a strange and unexpected ending. Someone must find out why one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century did not play the standard version. The ending is too abrupt and triumphant and distorts what Sibelius wanted. Very strange, indeed. P.S. I am a lifelong Monteux advocate and cannot unde...
by stenka razin
Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Soliciting thoughts on "The Szell Edition"
Replies: 24
Views: 6310

Re: Soliciting thoughts on "The Szell Edition"

I have heard most of those recordings in the box and still own some of them. You will enjoy the Szell box. A strong second here for your recommendation. I saw Szell numerous times way back when and he was one of the titans of the podium. My CD collection still contains most of the recordings listed...
by stenka razin
Sat Oct 26, 2013 1:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, RebLem!
Replies: 8
Views: 2019

Re: Happy Birthday, RebLem!

Happy Birthday, Rob. :D


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Karl Henning!
Replies: 9
Views: 2110

Re: Happy Birthday, Karl Henning!

Happy B day, Karl. It is always a pleasure to read your comments. :D


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Onegin
Replies: 4
Views: 741

Re: Met Onegin

Very nice production tonight of Onegin--fine singing from Netrebko, Kwiecien and Beczala-what I expect the Met to do! Len from nyc Len. I am so happy to hear your review about Onegin. Did I miss the telecast? Or did you see it in person, my friend? Love Netrebko in Russian repertoire, my friend. 8)...
by stenka razin
Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, do I understand correctly ???
Replies: 3
Views: 891

Re: So, do I understand correctly ???

Are these new fangled things they LPs for hipsters or 'hippies'? :roll: :shock: :lol: :wink:
by stenka razin
Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist James Rhodes Rips Gramophone's Awards Ceremony
Replies: 67
Views: 8311

Re: Pianist James Rhodes Rips Gramophone's Awards Ceremony

By the way, brilliant young Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja won recording of the year at The 2013 Gramophone Awards. She records for Naïve and her 2 CD winning disc contains my favorite 20th century Violin Concerto, Bartok #2 as well as the Ligeti Violin Concerto and a piece by the conduc...
by stenka razin
Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rattle to ruin LSO when he is done in Berlin?
Replies: 7
Views: 1620

Re: Rattle to ruin LSO when he is done in Berlin?

Rattle would be a great choice for the London Symphony. I think this rumour has legs. Good combo, if it happens and a win-win for both the conductor and the orchestra. 8)


Regards,
Mel 8)


P.S. The LSO will never stop making CDs with Rattle there. :D
by stenka razin
Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Times Weighs In on Music Season
Replies: 29
Views: 3998

Re: NY Times Weighs In on Music Season

Len, thanks for informing me of all the fabulous musical events that I will sadly miss. It makes me want to be young again and to be able to experience so many of these amazing performances with my wife and children. But, at least I know you and your wife will be attending many of these events and l...
by stenka razin
Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: William Schwann's "Basic Record Library"
Replies: 11
Views: 2560

Re: William Schwann's "Basic Record Library"

I thought someone else would answer this post, but no one has. So as it started to go down to the bottom of page 1, I began to see it more often when I was switching over to Corner Pub, and it began to plague me, because the Schwann Basic Record Library was invaluable to me, too, when I first start...
by stenka razin
Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: kiri-te-kanawas-downton-abbey yeah!
Replies: 13
Views: 2412

Re: kiri-te-kanawas-downton-abbey yeah!

Lenny and Jose, you old sourpusses, just how many Nellie Melba recordings do you have? I have lots, and what a voice...and guess what...she was Australian, and Dame Kiri is from New Zealand. I'm happy a real Opera Songer is portraying her instead of an actress. I also worked with Dame Kiri a number...
by stenka razin
Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Regina Resnik RIP at 91
Replies: 10
Views: 1802

Re: Regina Resnik RIP at 91

jbuck919 wrote:
stenka razin wrote:I saw her as a young man in 'Die Fledermaus'
Did you intend that to have the double meaning? Whether you did or not, I love it. :D

Ah, I thought I had put that down perfectly.......but.........! :wink:

Good for you, my friend. :D


Regards,
Mel 8)
by stenka razin
Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Regina Resnik RIP at 91
Replies: 10
Views: 1802

Re: Regina Resnik RIP at 91

A great artist who will be sadly missed. I saw her as a young man in 'Die Fledermaus' and she was wonderful. May she rest in peace. :( :( :( :(


Regards,
Mel 8)


by stenka razin
Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speaker's Corner LP Reissues Are Very Expensive Aren't They?
Replies: 9
Views: 2184

Speaker's Corner LP Reissues Are Very Expensive Aren't They?

Try this example of the great, late Janos Starker playing the 6 solo Cello Suites of Bach on Mercury LP reissues from over half a century ago on Speaker's Corner LPs. Only $113.24 for the 3 LP set on Amazon!.........The other basically Decca and DG single LPs go for over $41 a pop and the double LPs...
by stenka razin
Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'm back more regularly - kind of anyway ...
Replies: 12
Views: 2173

Re: I'm back more regularly - kind of anyway ...

Lance, I have had sciatica problems off and on for many years. Please try other alternatives rather than having back surgery. I suggest trying physical therapy, before surgery. It worked for me. Ask your doctor to write a prescription for physical therapy, for one to three months. Feel better, my fr...
by stenka razin
Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is The 'Classics Today' Website Worth $49 A Year?
Replies: 13
Views: 3524

Re: Is The 'Classics Today' Website Worth $49 A Year?

David Hurwitz is not just one of Classics Today's writers, he's its executive editor. It's the executive editor's job to assign reviews to writers who are able to tell readers who would possibly be interested in a recording, what they need to know about it. Hurwitz's polemic is not only empty of in...