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by josé echenique
Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Handel for beginners
Replies: 40
Views: 2924

Re: Handel for beginners

I must put in a plug for one of my long-time favorite Handel works--the oratorio L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato --with texts by John Milton set to thoroughly delightful music. Maybe we shouldn´t call "L´Allegro" an oratorio, since it´s subject is not religious, so perhaps...a cantata? But ...
by josé echenique
Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3498035

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Fergus, I think I have everything by LvB that Zinman/ZT have recorded and the consistency is impressive. Simply put - if you like the symphonies you will like the concertoes equally, in my opinion :) I liked very much the symphonies, but I think Zinman´s greatest recorded Beethoven is his amazing M...
by josé echenique
Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How many have discovered more "bronzed" CDs?
Replies: 24
Views: 2502

Re: How many have discovered more "bronzed" CDs?

I recently discovered that my original EMI recordings of Les Contes d´Hoffmann with Cambreling (Shicoff, Norman, Serra, etc), and the Rattle Porgy and Bess have been changing colour. It´s not "bronzing" but something different. And this has not happened to much older EMI recordings that I own.They s...
by josé echenique
Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Most Difficult Works To Conduct
Replies: 22
Views: 5996

Re: The Most Difficult Works To Conduct

I think it begs the question, what is the OP's definition of "Difficult"? Technical difficulty, or interpretive? (I'm getting serious deja vu from the difficult piano concertos thread.) I think it´s both. Some music is very difficult because not everything is in the scores, the conductors have to d...
by josé echenique
Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3498035

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

I love the Szell/Fournier recording, and much prefer it to the better known Rostropovich/Karajan. Fournier was so musical, so elegant, a true aristocrat of the cello. I had the good fortune of hearing him live in almost all the important cello concertos and the Bach suites. Fournier has been one of...
by josé echenique
Sun Jan 17, 2010 1:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3498035

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Yesterday I was listening to Nikolaus Harnoncourt´s Szenen aus Goethes Faust, today I opted for his new recording of Porgy and Bess with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in RCA. If you haven´t heard it, it´s deffinitely a "must". Harnoncourt at 80 is conducting better than ever, you won´t believe wha...
by josé echenique
Sun Jan 17, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Most Difficult Works To Conduct
Replies: 22
Views: 5996

Re: The Most Difficult Works To Conduct

Many people don't realize how difficult conducting an orchestra is technically. The just see a man in a tuxedo (now sometimes a woman) waving his arms in front of an orchestra. Some works are quite straightforward technically, and pose no real difficulties for the conductor. Others, many of them 20...
by josé echenique
Sun Jan 17, 2010 1:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3498035

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Dvorak: Cello Concerto Op. 104; Bruch: Kol Nidrei; Bloch: Schelomo Pierre Fournier/George Szell/Berlin PO - DGG http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HdTnSLiXL.jpg Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 Karajan/Berlin PO - DGG http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/9e/36/1a9a810ae7a0d07846c7b110.L...
by josé echenique
Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is Hamelin the best??
Replies: 20
Views: 8839

Re: Is Hamelin the best??

Hamelin has made some truly extraordinary recordings. His Busoni Piano Concerto is even better than Ogdon´s, and the Medtner sonatas are to die for. As I said, he´s a strange but wonderful pianist, he can play unusual music like a god, but sometimes in standard repertoire the results can be less tha...
by josé echenique
Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Beyond the theater: AVATAR causing depression in fans?
Replies: 5
Views: 1291

Re: Beyond the theater: AVATAR causing depression in fans?

Tiger wrote:Amazing - folks depressed for days on end because of a fiction. A little therapy might be in order.
Give them some Rossini. There is no depression known to man that Rossini can´t cure.
by josé echenique
Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 514
Views: 157978

Re: Introducing yourself thread!

HoustonDavid wrote:Welcome Pepe and Prometheus. Hope you feel comfortable here and join in our often
lively - sometimes humorous - discussions of favorite topics.
Thank you Houston, glad to be here. What a great Forum this is.
by josé echenique
Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is Hamelin the best??
Replies: 20
Views: 8839

Re: Is Hamelin the best??

I have heard Hamelin live several times, and he was often magnificent, from Schubert´s D.960 Sonata to some of the Godowsky/Chopin Etudes he played as encores. But in some "regular" Chopin he played, notably the Sonata #3 and the Ballade #3 he was less happy. He sounded impatient and rushed things a...
by josé echenique
Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 514
Views: 157978

Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Seán wrote:Hello Pepe and welcome to CMG.
Thank you Seán.
by josé echenique
Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your Five Favorite Composers
Replies: 242
Views: 19536

Re: Your Five Favorite Composers

1.-Mozart
2.-Bach
3.-Handel
4.-Schubert
5.-Beethoven

I already feel guilty for leaving out Verdi, Monteverdi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Rossini, Buxtehude, Brahms, Rameau (damn! how can I leave Rameau out???)
by josé echenique
Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3498035

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Right now I´m listening to Harnoncourt´s new recording of Schumann´s Szenen aus Goethes Faust with the Concertgebouw in that orchestra´s own label. It is a very theatrical and exciting reading, very well recorded. Among the soloists are Christian Gerhaher, Alastair Miles, Mojca Erdmann and Werner Gü...
by josé echenique
Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 514
Views: 157978

Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Jared wrote:^^ hi Pepe, and a very warm welcome to our friendly forum :!: ...

with interests as varied as those, you will be sure to find members here who have similar interests to you, and much to talk about... :D
Thank you Jared, and by the way I love Beecham too!!!
by josé echenique
Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 514
Views: 157978

Re: About CMG's contributors!

At the suggestion of Slofstra (thank you, Henry), I've changed the title of this thread and have made it "sticky" so it will stay on top. I'm hopeful many more will contribute their "stories" here! ________________________________________ Piston's post about biographies of our musical lives, so to ...