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by josé echenique
Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy birthday, Karl Henning!
Replies: 13
Views: 6485

Re: Happy birthday, Karl Henning!

Happy birthday Karl, the best to you.

Pepe.
by josé echenique
Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3496101

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://d250ptlkmugbjz.cloudfront.net/images/covers/48/40/8424562234048_600.jpg Like Giovanni Antonini´s Norma, this recording should have been fascinating, but the lead singer let us down big time. Though better known for her work in Baroque music Vivica Genaux sings often Belcanto, but now she has...
by josé echenique
Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3496101

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://www.br-so.de/media/bruckner-10-symphonien-cover-382x400.jpg I know most of us wouldn´t think of Lorin Maazel as a Bruckner conductor, but he is actually good in his recorded performances. There was a good 8th in EMI with the Berlin Philharmonic, but this live Munich cycle is even better, and...
by josé echenique
Sat Oct 03, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dudamel Op Ed on Venezuela
Replies: 5
Views: 1507

Re: Dudamel Op Ed on Venezuela

I have a good friend in Venezuela who keeps me updated in the situation there. It´s no longer bad, it´s ridiculous, and the chavistas act as thugs. To make matters worse, the opposition is a mess and often sabotage themselves. Venezuela´s situation is catastrophic, and oil prices may never again rea...
by josé echenique
Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3496101

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41VwSUGhb%2BL.jpg This literally fell into my hands as I was searching for something else on my shelf, and I remembered it was good, so I put it on this morning. Haitink is not my favorite conductor: he has a tendency to slowness, lack of energy, and in several...
by josé echenique
Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dudamel Op Ed on Venezuela
Replies: 5
Views: 1507

Re: Dudamel Op Ed on Venezuela

Under more normal circumstances his position could be respected, but considering that Venezuela is this close to civil war, he is either very naïve or very perverse.
by josé echenique
Sun Sep 27, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3496101

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

maestrob wrote:Many thanks, Pepe----an embarrassment of riches, for sure!
Yes, from now till December several interesting new releases.
by josé echenique
Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3496101

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://muzoic.com/uploads/release/2015/09/25/ann-hallenberg-stile-galante-stefano-aresi-arias-for-luigi-marchesi.jpg This fascinating recital is just out. Luigi Marchesi was probably the last of the truly great castratos, the castrato of the Napoleonic era as the cover says, and although there were...
by josé echenique
Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3496101

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://www.apartemusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/AP109-cover1-700x450.jpg About 30 years ago Gustav Leonhardt recorded Zaïs for the hard to find Stil label. It was a wonderful recording that served well for 3 decades, but a new one was long overdue. This live recording from the gorgeous Versai...
by josé echenique
Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3496101

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://www.hbdirect.com/coverm/thumbnails/4260123641849.jpg And here is a magnificent recording. I have a few recordings of Franz X. Richter, a Czech composer who lived a long, long life, was born in 1709 and died in Strasbourg in 1789. None of the other works I have heard of him particularly impre...
by josé echenique
Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3496101

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0003/887/MI0003887382.jpg?partner=allrovi.com Talk about rarities, you won´t do better than Ludwig Meinardus. This oratorio was composed in the 1870´s but sounds earlier, let´s say 1840´s, Spohr or Mendelssohn to give you an idea. What caught my eye is tha...
by josé echenique
Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3496101

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Hi Maestro, I visit very often, but there haven´t been many new recordings to recommend, but here are some: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NuSpiqESCcA/VXtmMgguz5I/AAAAAAAAK3M/X-MNB4lVhWk/s1600/Olga%2BPeretyatko%2BRossini%2BAlberto%2BZedda%2BSony%2BClassical%2BCD%2BArias%2Band%2BScenes.jpg The prettiest g...
by josé echenique
Tue Sep 22, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3496101

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51XwdcPgPLL.jpg First re-listen since I bought this complete set, and I'm still solidly impressed by the quality of both the sound and the singers (Hotter is in much better shape than on Solti's later commercial recording). Keilberth's conducting is also more a...
by josé echenique
Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: farewell-to-blackfaced-otellos
Replies: 10
Views: 3591

Re: farewell-to-blackfaced-otellos

What John says is absolutely true. When Domingo sang his first Otello in Hamburg he used a rather pale make up. Sir Lawrence Olivier told him that Otello was black. If the character is going to make any sense is his racial insecurity in a white society. Why would he believe his wife unfaithful to a ...
by josé echenique
Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any of you have noteworthy classical music memorabilia?
Replies: 21
Views: 10108

Re: Any of you have noteworthy classical music memorabilia?

I have pictures of my parents having dinner with Luciano Pavarotti during his first visit to Mexico in 1969. No, they didn´t take me because I was 8 ha,ha. :lol:
by josé echenique
Sun Aug 09, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Congratulations, chalkperson ...
Replies: 8
Views: 2713

Re: Congratulations, chalkperson ...

Felicidades Chalkie.
by josé echenique
Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Ivan Moravec 1930-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 3261

Re: Pianist Ivan Moravec 1930-2015

How sad, a truly great pianist, R.I.P.
by josé echenique
Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thomas Quasthoff, conductor
Replies: 9
Views: 2265

Re: Thomas Quasthoff, conductor

Walter Berry in "Mache dich mein herze rein" indeed turns blue, yellow, pink, red....
by josé echenique
Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Luisa Tetrazzini, soprano
Replies: 1
Views: 809

Re: Luisa Tetrazzini, soprano

Luisa Tetrazzini visited Mexico City with great success sometime before 1910, can´t remember the exact date, but she was a huge success and got paid handsomely. It was a time when you could catch Tetrazzini singing Sonnambula in the Teatro Principal and on the same evening María Barrientos singing B...
by josé echenique
Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: r.i.p. Alan Curtis 1934-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1243

Re: r.i.p. Alan Curtis 1934-2015

He was probably the conductor that recorded more opera in the past 10 years, and no wonder, Handel is much less costly than Verdi or Wagner.
by josé echenique
Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jon Vickers R.I.P.
Replies: 25
Views: 6442

Re: Jon Vickers R.I.P.

A truly glorious singer: individual, powerful, electric and yet very musical. We won´t see the likes of him again.
by josé echenique
Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A consolation prize for Christian Thielemann
Replies: 2
Views: 762

Re: A consolation prize for Christian Thielemann

I don´t think he needs to be consoled when he has the fabulous Dresden Staatskapelle, an orchestra second to none.
by josé echenique
Sun Jun 21, 2015 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3496101

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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13 CDs plus a DVD with a Mahler 4th.

So far I have heard the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra, Tod ind Verklärung and Rachmaninov´s Second.
Glorious playing as expected.
Got an excellent price in Amazon.fr: 82 euros with the detaxe.
by josé echenique
Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: barber of seville paisiello
Replies: 3
Views: 530

Re: barber of seville paisiello

Looks like great fun, bravo to the company.
by josé echenique
Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3496101

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://www.europadisc.co.uk/images/products-190/1432718256_ES1019.jpg As expected, this is superior to the other 2 recordings of Les Danaïdes. Recorded live at the Metz Arsenal, the sound is sumptuous and well defined. Les Talens Lyriques play superbly, and Judith van Wanroij is a fantastic heroine.
by josé echenique
Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY City Opera: back from the dead?
Replies: 2
Views: 673

Re: NY City Opera: back from the dead?

The City Opera certainly played a role in NY´s musical life. You could see there many operas that the MET wouldn´t touch, and that included a lot of Rossini and Donizetti. Beverly Sills put a lot of effort and time while she was the general manager, she really loved the company, and that´s what´s ne...
by josé echenique
Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3496101

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://www.israbox.org/uploads/posts/2015-05/1432908511_front.jpg After the sensational worldwide success of Leonardo Vinci´s Artaserse with Cencic and Fagioli, it was only to be expected that Parnassus Productions, the company they created, will give a go to another Vinci opera, and sooner than la...
by josé echenique
Sun May 31, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Poliuto at Glyndebourne
Replies: 5
Views: 1562

Re: Poliuto at Glyndebourne

Not even the British liked the production Lenny, but the singing was reported fabulous to compensate.
by josé echenique
Sun May 24, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Delightful anti-Bruckner review
Replies: 8
Views: 3550

Re: Delightful anti-Bruckner review

Once Eugene Ormandy invited Beverly Sills to sing in Bruckner´s Mass #3 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She said "what a bore!", Ormandy never invited her back.
by josé echenique
Thu May 14, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3496101

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://static1.squarespace.com/static/519bed0ee4b09e4694be34ce/t/553e8de3e4b09c5d25d9f42c/1430162917031/ Les Martyrs is Donizetti´s reworking of his Italian opera Poliuto for the Paris Opera. It had never been recorded before, and it´s fantastic, substantially different from the original version wi...
by josé echenique
Mon May 11, 2015 8:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salieri's opera: Les Danaïdes
Replies: 7
Views: 2207

Re: Salieri's opera: Les Danaïdes

The Hofstetter is very good indeed, and Les Danaïdes is well served indeed. I wonder why not record another yet unrecorded opera, but it will be easy to predict that the Rousset will be the best of all.
by josé echenique
Sat May 09, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recommend me a period Beethoven cycle, please..?
Replies: 13
Views: 4445

Re: Recommend me a period Beethoven cycle, please..?

The first four symphonies are almost equally good in both cycles, but the Fifth and the Sixth are a huge improvement. The Fifth especially gets a unique performance, more Classical and restrained but none the worse for that, one suddenly realizes that well, yes, maybe this is what Beethoven meant. A...
by josé echenique
Fri May 08, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salieri's opera: Les Danaïdes
Replies: 7
Views: 2207

Re: Salieri's opera: Les Danaïdes

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A new recording of Les Danaïdes is coming soon. With Les Talens Lyriques and Rousset it will surely be more stylish than the EMI.
by josé echenique
Fri May 08, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Herold the Obscure
Replies: 4
Views: 1110

Re: Herold the Obscure

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His piano concertos are charming. If you like Chopin´s, you may enjoy Herold´s.
by josé echenique
Fri May 08, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recommend me a period Beethoven cycle, please..?
Replies: 13
Views: 4445

Re: Recommend me a period Beethoven cycle, please..?

http://www.orchestra18c-webshop.com/WebRoot/StoreNL/Shops/63024268/506E/A6C8/2E48/0DBC/E4F9/C0A8/28B8/B103/Symphonies_front.jpg To me it´s a no brainer, Frans Brüggen´s second cycle in Glossa [he has an earlier cycle in Philips, now DECCA, and it´s currently at budget price, but the GLOSSA has supe...
by josé echenique
Sat May 02, 2015 10:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini ...
Replies: 12
Views: 1956

Re: Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini ...

Of course.
by josé echenique
Fri May 01, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini ...
Replies: 12
Views: 1956

Re: Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini ...

So many B´s missing: Buxtehude, a giant in music [ask Bach or Handel], Bellini, Berg, Bizet, Bantock, Borodin, Barber, Bononcini [ Antonio Maria and Giovanni], Bax, Binchois, Börresen, Boulez, Bruch, Boieldieu, Bonporti, Brossard, Brunetti...did I leave Irving Berlin out?
by josé echenique
Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Big Box from RCO Live!
Replies: 6
Views: 2159

Re: Another Big Box from RCO Live!

Amazon.de has it in 99 euros in preorder. Amsterdam is a very expensive city and the prices of the RCO site show it.
by josé echenique
Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG Forum Dinner Wed June 10 5PM
Replies: 32
Views: 10017

Re: CMG Forum Dinner Wed June 10 5PM

I do love NY in June LOL, unfortunately tons of work. November is usually better for me.
by josé echenique
Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Two Great 8ths!!
Replies: 11
Views: 8296

Re: Two Great 8ths!!

Last time Bychkov visited us he brought the Orchestre de Paris, one concert featuring Shostakovich awesome Symphony 10, and in the second program Dutilleux´s Second. Both concerts were marvelous of course, but I can only wonder what they might have been with the CSO.
by josé echenique
Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG Forum Dinner Wed June 10 5PM
Replies: 32
Views: 10017

Re: CMG Forum Dinner Wed June 10 5PM

I would love to be there Lenny, but can´t make it to NY in June, still, have a great time.
by josé echenique
Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3496101

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Rita Gorr had a fabulous, rich tone: she's more famous for singing Saint-Saens Dalila opposite Jon Vickers in this recording, which your post prompted me to pull off the shelves: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51lTypjHHDL.jpg This is a magnificent recording: it's never been out of print sinc...
by josé echenique
Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruckner journeys
Replies: 18
Views: 8137

Re: Bruckner journeys

Among recent recordings, for the Fifth I definitely like Sinopoli a lot, with the Dresden Staatskapelle. This was his last Bruckner recording before he passed away, and it´s a brilliant and powerful performance [DG]. And it´s a great pity that it was his last because none of his earlier recordings w...
by josé echenique
Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3496101

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

https://www.jpc.de/image/w600/front/0/0888750559821.jpg After the tremendous success of last year´s Semiramide album with Anna Bonitatibus in DHM, here comes the Swedish Ann with a sample of arias based on the character of Agrippina [actually 3 different women with the same name]. Ann Hallenberg li...
by josé echenique
Mon Apr 13, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: José van Dam (B/B) 10-CD boxed set out!
Replies: 6
Views: 2244

Re: José van Dam (B/B) 10-CD boxed set out!

Drop dead gorgeous voice.
by josé echenique
Fri Apr 10, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert symphonies advice
Replies: 22
Views: 6445

Re: Schubert symphonies advice

Wand´s Schubert is excellent too, old school of course, Brahmsian Schubert, beefy but insightful.


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by josé echenique
Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The greatest Tosca
Replies: 6
Views: 1198

Re: The greatest Tosca

This is probably not only the greatest Tosca ever recorded, but the greatest operatic recording of all time. Very possibly true - in the sense that an educated consensus could probably be found in its favour. I wonder what rivals there are - or should that be another thread? The Karajan Rosenkavali...
by josé echenique
Wed Apr 08, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The greatest Tosca
Replies: 6
Views: 1198

Re: The greatest Tosca

This is probably not only the greatest Tosca ever recorded, but the greatest operatic recording of all time.
by josé echenique
Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert symphonies advice
Replies: 22
Views: 6445

Re: Schubert symphonies advice

So many fine cycles: Abbado/COE if you prefer a mid-size "chamber" orchestra, some 50 strong in the Ninth, youthful, adorable performances. Blomstedt/Staatskapelle Dresden, probably the finest with modern size symphony orchestra. Frans Brüggen/Orchestra of the XVIII Century, exquisite performances o...