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by josé echenique
Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlin Philharnonic: May 11
Replies: 15
Views: 2292

Re: Berlin Philharnonic: May 11

I agree, Barenboim can´t be too happy that the orchestra ignored him 13 years ago. Let´s just hope that this time they choose a real conductor and not the nice-guy-next-door, especially if he comes from Venezuela.
by josé echenique
Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Noted critic, Andrew Porter, dead
Replies: 2
Views: 907

Re: Noted critic, Andrew Porter, dead

He was indeed Ted. Miss the old days of the New Yorker when you could read Pauline Kale´s movie reviews and Andrew Porter´s splendid criticism.
by josé echenique
Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Yannick's fresh look at a classic
Replies: 1
Views: 4103

Re: Yannick's fresh look at a classic

And this week´s gloriously conducted Met Don Carlo if any more proof is needed.
by josé echenique
Sat Mar 28, 2015 3:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms symphonies: Bruno Walter (or others)?
Replies: 21
Views: 5490

Re: Brahms symphonies: Bruno Walter (or others)?

So many wonderful Brahms performances on record. For a modern digital cycle I love the Harnoncourt/Berlin Philharmonic, warm, magisterial readings with out of this world orchestral playing and luxurious sound. Some cycles have a couple of great performances and maybe a disappointing one, not Harnonc...
by josé echenique
Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera singers die in air crash
Replies: 39
Views: 4237

Re: Opera singers die in air crash

Seems the co-pilot crashed the plane. Horrible news.

Was he suicidal? Passengers are throughly screened, now airlines should be much more careful with their crews.
by josé echenique
Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paisiello’s The Barber of Seville
Replies: 11
Views: 1810

Re: Paisiello’s The Barber of Seville

Paisiello´s Barbiere was the first fully staged Italian Opera in Mexico. René Jacobs conducted it just last week in Vienna. Jose this sounds like something with potential for us-I like this: " Sung in Italian with projected English translations" I wonder about this though: "The production will be u...
by josé echenique
Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paisiello’s The Barber of Seville
Replies: 11
Views: 1810

Re: Paisiello’s The Barber of Seville

Paisiello´s Barbiere was the first fully staged Italian Opera in Mexico. René Jacobs conducted it just last week in Vienna.
by josé echenique
Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sumi Jo (soprano) not well-known DGG CDs!
Replies: 7
Views: 1220

Re: Sumi Jo (soprano) not well-known DGG CDs!

She sang here a couple of years ago, and sadly there were some signs of decline.
The last I heard of her was her Adalgisa next to the non-Norma of Bartoli.
by josé echenique
Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Teresa Berganza is 80 years old today.
Replies: 7
Views: 2176

Re: Teresa Berganza is 80 years old today.

Thank you Lance, both are very dear to me and both were some of the first opera singers I ever heard, When I was 11 or 12 I saw a TV special called Barbra Streisand and other Musical Instruments where she sang [gulp!] a Schubert song of all things. It was Auf den wasser zu singen, I remember very we...
by josé echenique
Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does the late Wolfgang Sawallisch fare in your lineup?
Replies: 23
Views: 6372

Re: How does the late Wolfgang Sawallisch fare in your lineu

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This is a good example of Sawallisch at his best. Sure enough, Reiner and others could be more lovable or exciting, but Sawallisch let´s everything unfold so naturally, so right, this is still the best of all digital versions.
by josé echenique
Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Teresa Berganza is 80 years old today.
Replies: 7
Views: 2176

Teresa Berganza is 80 years old today.

http://img.rtve.es/imagenes/teresa-berganza-entrevista-completa/1405925356263.jpg The great Teresa Berganza is 80 years old today. Claudio Abbado called her the greatest singer he had ever worked with. Feliz cumpleaños doña Teresa!!!! And Christa Ludwig shares the same birthday, but she is 87 today...
by josé echenique
Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3498019

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://oficinatresminutos.com/vi/files/p/48/blandine_red.jpg Mezzos and countertenors keep coming. Blandine Staskiewicz is definitely one to watch. A high mezzo with a flawless technique, she sings with passion and taste at the same time. In this recital of "storm" arias she proves equal to all the...
by josé echenique
Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Handel: "Con l'ali di costanza" from Ariodante
Replies: 10
Views: 1721

Re: Handel: "Con l'ali di costanza" from Ariodante

I was a young, very young teen when the Cantata Lucrezia was released in 1974. It won several awards including the High Fidelity, so I bought it and started my life long love affair with Handel´s music.
by josé echenique
Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3498019

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Another great vocal recording. De Lalande´s Lecons de Tenebres are not as well known as Couperin´s but they are exquisite and Sophie Karthäuser´s singing is heavenly.
by josé echenique
Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3498019

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0003/836/MI0003836508.jpg?partner=allrovi.com This is Fabio Biondi´s third recording with his Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. The previous one, Alessandro Scarlatti´s marvelous opera Carlo Re d´Allemagna sounded splendid in spite of only a few period instrum...
by josé echenique
Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3498019

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9BDJF2IAAATvDr.jpg Musique de Femme! Marianna Martines was the first woman ever admitted to the prestigious Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, she was a singer and harpsichord player, and among her teachers was no other than Joseph Haydn himself. In this well planned CD ...
by josé echenique
Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Handel: "Con l'ali di costanza" from Ariodante
Replies: 10
Views: 1721

Re: Handel: "Con l'ali di costanza" from Ariodante

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I´d be surprised if you don´t have it Lance. This is surely one of Baker´s finest records.
by josé echenique
Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does the late Wolfgang Sawallisch fare in your lineup?
Replies: 23
Views: 6372

Re: How does the late Wolfgang Sawallisch fare in your lineu

He also did the Bruckner 4th here in Mexico City, one of the finest 4ths I have ever heard. gloriously played by the Philadelphia Orchestra. I actually like Sawallisch a lot, a no nonsense conductor like Böhm. His Schumann symphonies are of course very fine, both with the Staatskapelle Dresden and t...
by josé echenique
Sun Mar 08, 2015 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Handel: "Con l'ali di costanza" from Ariodante
Replies: 10
Views: 1721

Re: Handel: "Con l'ali di costanza" from Ariodante

http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0003/182/MI0003182760.jpg?partner=allrovi.com Joyce DiDonato of course. Janet Baker was caught just that bit after her prime in the complete recording. It´s more obvious if you compare her Dopo Notte there with the one she recorded some 4 years earlier in ...
by josé echenique
Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Avery Fisher Hall now Geffen Hall
Replies: 17
Views: 2799

Re: Avery Fisher Hall now Geffen Hall

John F wrote:
josé echenique wrote:Wouldn´t have been nice if they rename the Hall Leonard Bernstein?

Well, 100 million gives you some rights.
As Mae West might have said but didn't, niceness has nothing to do with it. :)


Very true.
by josé echenique
Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Avery Fisher Hall now Geffen Hall
Replies: 17
Views: 2799

Re: Avery Fisher Hall now Geffen Hall

Wouldn´t have been nice if they rename the Hall Leonard Bernstein?

Well, 100 million gives you some rights.
by josé echenique
Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gigliola Frazzoni, soprano
Replies: 4
Views: 717

Re: Gigliola Frazzoni, soprano

Yes dear Lance, I know the Fanciulla thanks to Opera d´Oro, and I have heard the Tosca. Frazzoni rather like Stella seems to have posed a sizable spinto. The Fanciulla is more exciting than the Tosca, was that a very good night for her or was she usually this good? Not much information is available ...
by josé echenique
Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3498019

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

There is unfortunately very little available of Frazzoni to get the whole picture dear Lance. The Fanciulla is very good, the Tosca slightly less interesting. She had the misfortune of living in an era when Callas, Milanov, Olivero, Tebaldi, Steber, Kirsten, and so many others dominated the World st...
by josé echenique
Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3498019

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81iZxjb8eRL._SX355_.jpg http://static.qobuz.com/images/covers/05/41/0002894794105_600.jpg Well aria recitals keep coming like if we were in 1910, but since it´s ever more difficult to hope for complete opera recordings [though Warner is recording in Rome this w...
by josé echenique
Fri Feb 27, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A review of soprano Jessye Norman (2013)
Replies: 5
Views: 1720

Re: A review of soprano Jessye Norman (2013)

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Some singers can do it, other [Domingo] can´t.
by josé echenique
Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Saw Inspiration for La Mer
Replies: 5
Views: 1261

Re: Saw Inspiration for La Mer

maestrob wrote:
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Too bad the recording doesn't live up to the cover! :mrgreen:

Yes, not really terrible, but far more was expected from Boulez.
by josé echenique
Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pollini's Beethoven 32 - yes or no?
Replies: 14
Views: 4288

Re: Pollini's Beethoven 32 - yes or no?

The 1977 Hammerklavier is commanding and deserves a place among the finest, I´m less enthusiastic about his late Beethoven, but the DG Schubert sonatas are very good by any standard.
by josé echenique
Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: La Donna del Lago - Met
Replies: 25
Views: 1973

Re: la donna del lago met

Maurizio Pollini!
by josé echenique
Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler's Kindertotenlieder
Replies: 7
Views: 1720

Re: Mahler's Kindertotenlieder

The Jessye Norman version first appeared as a coupling to a Mahler symphony Lance, but later appeared briefly with more Mahler songs.
by josé echenique
Sat Feb 14, 2015 8:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler's Kindertotenlieder
Replies: 7
Views: 1720

Re: Mahler's Kindertotenlieder

You have most of the finest recordings Lance, others I like: Jessye Norma with the BSO and Ozawa, Anne Sofie von Otter with Boulez, and Sara Mingardo and Bernarda Fink, these last 2 with chamber orchestras.
by josé echenique
Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dutoit on what happened in Montreal
Replies: 13
Views: 2157

Re: Dutoit on what happened in Montreal

They have made some recordings with Kent Nagano dear Maestro, but long gone are the glory days of the DECCA recordings.
by josé echenique
Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: Voice of the Century
Replies: 4
Views: 1112

Re: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: Voice of the Century

I must have most of what´s there, but one can always marvel at the sheer scope of this man´s career.
Who else has sung Buxtehude and Verdi? The Buxtehude disc with tenor Georg Jelden is a jewel, I have it a previous reissue, but I´m glad it´s in the box.
by josé echenique
Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nice Surprise for VOCAL collectors! [Seefried]
Replies: 14
Views: 1929

Re: Nice Surprise for VOCAL collectors!

I adore her, I much prefer her to Schwarzkopf in Lieder, her charm is irresistible.
by josé echenique
Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3498019

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0001/047/MI0001047646.jpg?partner=allrovi.com Leoš Janáček Sinfonietta Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rafael Kubelik conducting. Antonín Dvořák Symphony No 6 Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rafael Kubelik conducting. Superb performances, beautifully p...
by josé echenique
Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3498019

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://i.prs.to/t_200/naivenc40012.jpg Luigi Boccherini Piano Quintet No. 1, 2 & 5 Patrick Cohen - Pianoforte Quatuor Mosaïques String Quartet This is a wonderful 2 cd set of Boccherini's quintets, it is gorgeous music, beautifully played. Wonderful recordings of beautifully crafted chamber music. ...
by josé echenique
Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The fabulous voice of Lella Cuberli!
Replies: 4
Views: 745

Re: The fabulous voice of Lella Cuberli!

No Lance, she seems to be a very private person. I can´t recall if she ever gave master classes, probably she did. She was a great favorite of Daniel Barenboim and Patrice Chereau, and of course Herbert von Karajan. She was not only a superb singer, with a gorgeous, unique voice, but SUCH a beautifu...
by josé echenique
Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The fabulous voice of Lella Cuberli!
Replies: 4
Views: 745

Re: The fabulous voice of Lella Cuberli!

One of my all time favorite sopranos Lance. I won´t repeat myself because as you said we have discussed her before. Saw her in Salzburg in 1986 singing the Countess in Figaro under Levine and Beethoven´s Missa Solemnis with Karajan. Stunningly beautiful woman and drop dead gorgeous voice. She record...
by josé echenique
Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remember Collins Classics?
Replies: 8
Views: 2935

Re: Remember Collins Classics?

My favorite Collins recording was Antonio de Teixeira´s Te Deum with The Sixteen, at over 80 minutes the longest Te Deum on records . This is still available in Coro.
by josé echenique
Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparing Recent Recordings to Old Favorites
Replies: 25
Views: 3901

Re: Comparing Recent Recordings to Old Favorites

My first Resurrections bought when I was 13 or so, were Bernstein´s LSO version, better recorded than his earlier CBS version, but still the over reverberant acoustics of the Ely Cathedral not really satisfactory, and the VPO/Mehta, which sonically at the time, I thought awesome. I also loved the si...
by josé echenique
Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3498019

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Hi, Pepe. My understanding is that this version of the score was made especially by Zoltan Pesko uniquely for this performance which was recorded live by Columbia. Who knows what has happened to the manuscript and who owns the rights (Pesko? Columbia? Whatever patron funded the undertaking? etc.)? ...
by josé echenique
Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3498019

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Vk5H895GL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Mussorgsky never completed his first opera, Salammbo, leaving only sketches that, in this recording, have been ably completed by conductor Zoltan Pesko. Beautifully sung by obviously hand-picked soloists, this 2 CD set, long OOP, w...
by josé echenique
Sun Jan 18, 2015 2:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nikolai Demidenko
Replies: 7
Views: 3809

Re: Nikolai Demidenko

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This is a personal favorite of mine, his Medtner concertos are superb too.
by josé echenique
Sun Jan 18, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elena Obraztsova, Jewel of the Bolshoi, is Dead @ 75
Replies: 4
Views: 829

Re: Elena Obraztsova, Jewel of the Bolshoi, is Dead @ 75

I heard her in Carmen, wrong, wrong voice for the role, pity I never saw her as Azucena.
by josé echenique
Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is it Sviatoslav Richter never recorded the Rach 3?
Replies: 16
Views: 4615

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

Sometimes it´s not the performer´s decision what to record. Montserrat Caballé wanted to record Trovatore and Forza, and she got neither. Rachmaninov proposed RCA to record his Symphonic Variations with Horowitz (just imagine THAT!) and RCA said no, thanks.
by josé echenique
Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schoenberg's Gurrelieder
Replies: 37
Views: 10452

Re: Schoenberg's Gurrelieder

I have a fetish for Gurrelieder, I own so many recordings and love all of them. The Munich/Levine is splendid, as is the old DG/Kubelik, always a favorite.
by josé echenique
Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is it Sviatoslav Richter never recorded the Rach 3?
Replies: 16
Views: 4615

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

Giulini and Abbado never conducted Puccini, not at least since they became famous, I guess it´s a very personal choice.
by josé echenique
Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of Fritz Reiner
Replies: 25
Views: 4878

Re: Recordings of Fritz Reiner

Nope, no one like him today. Why is that? Maybe because those conductors lived through 2 World Wars that marked them for life. Maybe because they still met great composers like Strauss and Sibelius?
There must be many reasons.
by josé echenique
Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gaupner's Christmas Oratorio (well, sort of :-)
Replies: 13
Views: 3407

Re: Gaupner's Christmas Oratorio (well, sort of :-)

Awful is a very personal description. Here is a review: Christoph Graupner is one of those German composers of the baroque era who for a long time was almost completely neglected, and who now is one of the most fashionable. In recent years a remarkable number of discs with his music have been releas...