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by RebLem
Mon Dec 19, 2005 8:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Samson Francois
Replies: 10
Views: 3160

I have another Samson Francois 2 CD EMI set., 5 74324 2. It features performances of the Schumann concerto (Paul Kletzki conducting), the two Liszt concerti ( Constantin Silvestri), the Prokofiev 3rd and 5th concerti (Witold Rowicki) and the Prokofiev Piano Sonata #7. I bought it primarily for the L...
by RebLem
Mon Dec 19, 2005 8:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Schumann Symphonies
Replies: 34
Views: 7147

My principal reason for beginning this thread was not so much to get recommendations for recorded versions, though I am grateful for them. Actually, though I consider Szell the greatest conductor who ever lived, I generally prefer the Bernstein originals with NYPO, which stuck to Schumann's own orch...
by RebLem
Mon Dec 19, 2005 2:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Schumann Symphonies
Replies: 34
Views: 7147

Schumann Symphonies

In another thread, one on music we have never been able to get, a discussion arose of Schumann symphonies. I think that discussion is sufficiently complex that it deserves it own thread In 1960, George Szell (greatest conductor of all time, in my opinion) wrote an article for the New York Times on t...
by RebLem
Mon Dec 19, 2005 11:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Pelleas, The Serial
Replies: 67
Views: 12894

Vaseena wrote, " Corlyss, I am Eric's girlfriend."

Sort of his right hand woman? :P
by RebLem
Sat Dec 17, 2005 6:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: 20th/21st Century Music: Ratings 1 to 10
Replies: 77
Views: 16604

Fulsome

My old first edition American Heritage Dictionary from the early 1960's says fullsome means offensively excessive or insincere. The more modern way of conveying this meaning in puterspeak is TMI. However, the word fulsome is often misused, as the AHD article indicates, and I think that is the way it...
by RebLem
Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Christian Dominionists Seek Theocratic America
Replies: 4
Views: 865

Christian Dominionists Seek Theocratic America

The following article is from Rolling Stone and was posted on their website by Bob Moser April 7, 2005. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/_/id/7235393?pageid=rs.Home&pageregion=single7&rnd=1113271947906&has-player=true&version=6.0.12.1040 ----------------------------------------------------...
by RebLem
Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Music you've never been able to "get".
Replies: 109
Views: 27196

I have to say, Strauss's Metamorphosen in one of my favorite works. However, it is also true that most conductors, esp Karajan and Kempe, have no idea how it should go. This is especially startling in the case of Kempe, who recorded all of Strauss's orchestral music in otherwise insightful, exciting...
by RebLem
Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: 20th/21st Century Music: Ratings 1 to 10
Replies: 77
Views: 16604

Blip has it pretty much right...

...except that I would give Hummel and Field a 5, and Arriaga a 6 or 7. Most modern music is crap, but then Goldmark wasn't any great shakes either. I'd give George Crumb and Ellen Taafe Zwilich 7's. Not very familiar with most of the others, except I must protest the inclusion of Benjamin Britten i...
by RebLem
Sun Dec 04, 2005 7:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ditching The "Let's Ignore Them" Strategy
Replies: 2
Views: 887

It might be more interesting to conduct such a poll in a country with a free press. A poll of this nature in the US is, perhaps, more credible than one conducted in North Korea or Myannmar, but ....oh, well, to hell with it.
by RebLem
Tue Nov 29, 2005 11:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Col Ted Westhusing, West Point Ethics Prof Commited Suicide
Replies: 51
Views: 10625

First of all, let me join the chorus of praise for Herman and Brendan. I remember that in the wake of the demise of the Soviet Union, several high level apparatchiks committed suicide because they were old people who saw everything they had believed in and worked for all their lives crumbling around...
by RebLem
Tue Nov 29, 2005 2:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Col Ted Westhusing, West Point Ethics Prof Commited Suicide
Replies: 51
Views: 10625

Col Ted Westhusing, West Point Ethics Prof Commited Suicide

Journey That Ended in Anguish Col. Ted Westhusing, a military ethicist who volunteered to go to Iraq, was upset by what he saw. His apparent suicide raises questions. By T. Christian Miller,Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, Nov 27, 2005 "War is the hardest place to make moral judgments." Col. Ted West...
by RebLem
Sat Nov 12, 2005 8:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Composers of the Kingdom of the Kangaroo & the Koala
Replies: 12
Views: 2386

Source of info on Australian Music

I want to recommend a commercial website that I have found invaluable in this and other areas, http://www.buywell.com/bw/indexb.html Buywell is in Australia; its website is quite easy to navigate and chock full of information. A bit down on the left hand column there is a clickon for Australian/NZ a...
by RebLem
Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Ring Cycle
Replies: 48
Views: 10192

You mean Italian-form opera is about singing. Wagnerian opera is decidedly not -- not by a long shot. Corlyss wrote-- No, I mean opera is about singing. If it weren't about singing, the composers would have written something else. Yes, Corlyss, that's why Wagner called them "music dramas" rather th...
by RebLem
Sat Nov 12, 2005 9:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Haydn String Quartets
Replies: 30
Views: 9628

As far as I am concerned, the Tatrai Quartet complete set is the essential set of the Haydn String Quartets.

As yes, they do sound like they have asthma. LOL
by RebLem
Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:30 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Controversial Musicians
Replies: 34
Views: 6770

Reply to Cyril Ignatius.

I did not see Cyril Ignatius's post before I posted mine; I was in the process of composing mine when he posted; otherwise, I would have responded to him in the post above. Obviously, I agree with him about Karajan's Sibelius. However, someone who joined the Austrian Nazi Party on April 9, 1933 as K...
by RebLem
Sat Nov 12, 2005 4:41 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Controversial Musicians
Replies: 34
Views: 6770

Schwarzkopf and Karajan

I own a copy of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 7th edition, edited by Nicolas Slonimsky, all 2577 numbered pages of it, plus 42 pages of roman numeralled pages in front. :D The inimitable Professor Slonimsky liked to go into Nazi pasts, and he was in the regular habit of actually publ...
by RebLem
Thu Nov 10, 2005 1:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Controversial Musicians
Replies: 34
Views: 6770

And then there was a whole other class of conductors, like Koussevitzky and Beecham, who were controversial because their relatives were rich enough to literally buy them orchestras and give them a giant leg up. Rachmaninoff also came from a wealthy family. The Soviets never quite figured out what a...
by RebLem
Thu Nov 10, 2005 1:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Controversial Musicians
Replies: 34
Views: 6770

You might be interested in this...

You might be interested in this little amusing exercise, designed, through a series of multiple choice questions, what dead Russian composer you most resemble.

http://www.doppelgriff.com/russian/

:D
by RebLem
Tue Nov 08, 2005 2:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Beethoven Violin Sonatas
Replies: 26
Views: 5634

Answer to Brendan's question

Brendan, The cello Anner Bylsma plays in these recordings is one made by Mattio Gofriller in Venice in the 1690's. He uses a bow made by W. Bouman at The Hague, in 1973. However, Bilson uses two different fortepianos. For the first CD. which contains the first two sonatas, he uses a 1977 Philip Belt...
by RebLem
Fri Nov 04, 2005 3:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Plamegate's real liar
Replies: 10
Views: 1806

Those who doubt Joe Wilson's partiotism should read this

Profile: Joseph Wilson Ambassador Joseph Wilson had already earned a footnote in history before his wife was revealed as a CIA agent, prompting a furious political storm in Washington. As acting ambassador to Iraq in the run-up to the first Gulf War, he was the last US diplomat to meet with Saddam ...
by RebLem
Fri Nov 04, 2005 3:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Plamegate's real liar
Replies: 10
Views: 1806

Who was better qualified?

Well, Corlyss, Joseph Wilson had been ambassador to Niger and had contacts there. He had also been an ambassador to several other west African countries. He had also been charge d'affaires at our embassy in Baghdad when April Glaspie was ambassador and after that he was briefly the acting ambassador...
by RebLem
Fri Nov 04, 2005 2:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Beethoven Violin Sonatas
Replies: 26
Views: 5634

Lance wrote The Beethoven sonatas Henryk Szeryng recorded with Artur Rubinstein on RCA are also quite exceptional making one wish they recorded them all. That was #s 5, 8, and 9, specifically, and I agree. To me, these are at the top of the list. For the rest, I suppose Schneiderhan & Kempff would b...
by RebLem
Thu Nov 03, 2005 1:56 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Brahms Symphonies
Replies: 43
Views: 8343

Brahms Symphonies

First of all, two sets--those of Solti and Szell are, it seems to me, the two greatest sets, all things considered, particularly Szell's 3rd and Solti's 4th. Now for individual performances. 1--The 1st Symphony is the one most amenable to a wide variety of interpretations. My two favorite middle of ...
by RebLem
Wed Nov 02, 2005 10:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The greatest underrated works
Replies: 54
Views: 14787

Underrated works

Biber's Rosary Sonatas Handel's Dixit Dominus Mozart's Piano Concerto #17 Mozart's two Duos for Violin and Viola Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri Dvorak's 18 Cypresses for string quartet Stenhammar's 6 string quartets Parry's Third Symphony Elgar's Dream of Gerontius Joplin's Treemonisha Prokofi...
by RebLem
Mon Oct 17, 2005 10:15 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: White Sox beat Anaheim for AL pennant; first since 1959
Replies: 5
Views: 1234

White Sox beat Anaheim for AL pennant; first since 1959

Telander: Sox, city finally in after 46 years October 17, 2005 BY RICK TELANDER, [CHICAGO] SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST ANAHEIM, Calif. -- "Ozzie and Harriet'' was a popular cornball TV series the last time the White Sox went to the World Series. Now, 46 years later, we have the Ozzie and A.J. show as the Wh...
by RebLem
Fri Oct 14, 2005 7:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Mendelssohn Symphonies
Replies: 9
Views: 2330

Mendelssohn performances

Gary has already pointed out something which I fear many will miss because of his exposition style. Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch have recorded not only the 5 mature Mendelssohn symphonies, but also the youthful string symphonies, and they are head and shoulders above all the others in ...
by RebLem
Fri Oct 14, 2005 12:34 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Fleisher premieres long lost Hindemith concerto
Replies: 2
Views: 2434

Fleisher premieres long lost Hindemith concerto

Paul Hindemith's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Rejected by Its Dedicatee, Gets Its Belated US Premiere By Georgia Rowe Contra Costa Times [California] - 8 October 2005 San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Herbert Blomstedt (conductor) Leon Fleisher (piano) 5 October 2005 - Davies Symphony Hall, San ...
by RebLem
Fri Oct 14, 2005 12:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Fleisher premieres long lost Hindemith conderto
Replies: 1
Views: 836

Fleisher premieres long lost Hindemith conderto

Long-Buried Left-Hand Piano Concerto by Paul Hindemith Gets Its Premiere at Last By Richard Scheinin San Jose Mercury News - 5 October 2005 Now that he's 77, pianist Leon Fleisher might be expected to do a slow fade-out, enjoying the twilight of his career. Instead, he's on the road, making headline...
by RebLem
Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441810

Right now, Charm, I'm listening to Bruckner, too. 3rd Symphony, Jochum, Dresden.
by RebLem
Wed Sep 28, 2005 3:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Mahler Symphonies
Replies: 51
Views: 10084

Chailly's Mahler

I haven't heard any of Chailly's Mahler. However, I did recently acquire his set. Stay tuned. I do think everybody's #1 Mahler recording ought to be Klemperer's Second. Not only is it one of the great, all time Mahler recordings, especially in the outer movements, but at more than 79 minutes of musi...
by RebLem
Sun Sep 25, 2005 12:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Mahler Symphonies
Replies: 51
Views: 10084

Dunna like Mahler? Heresy !!!

The Mahler First is very accessible, and I would suggest the Boulez, CSO recording as the best. However, I think the most accessible, and more typically Mahlerian in its reliance on familiar, folk-like melodies, is the Fourth Symphony. Szell, Cleveland and Bernstein DGG with a boy soprano are the be...
by RebLem
Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ten Commandments for Concert-goers
Replies: 21
Views: 4534

Addition

Here's another one-- If, for some reason, thee cannot or will not obey the First Commandment, at least do so in silence, so that others who have may enjoy the concert. I remember one occasion when I attended a Chicago Symphony concert where Giulini conducted the Brahms First Symphony and did what I ...
by RebLem
Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Mahler Symphonies
Replies: 51
Views: 10084

Mahler Symphonies--my picks

Best overall complete set--Tennstdt, though, when completed, the Boulez may well replace it in my affections. Now, for the individual symphonies-- 1-Boulez, Chicago Symphony. Before that came out, my fave was the Levine LSO recording. 2-The two greatest conductors here, I think, are Bernstein (eithe...
by RebLem
Wed Sep 21, 2005 3:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: For Neophytes: What got me into Classical Music
Replies: 62
Views: 14896

Advice to neophytes

I hate to admit this about myself, but I first got interested in classical music because of its snob appeal. The first record I bought was the Cliburn recording of the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto shortly after its first release on LP. I have since come to feel it is a serious competitior for wo...
by RebLem
Sat Sep 03, 2005 2:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Idiotic Programming Change by Philadelphia Orchestra
Replies: 31
Views: 9049

Elephant in the room

You folks are ignoring what I think is the elephant in the room. I betcha 8 bits that they are doing all the Beethoven symphones in one season so they can put out a box of CDs. No matter how many people record them, a box of ole Ludwig's symphonies still stands to be a money maker. I have 14 complet...
by RebLem
Sat Jul 09, 2005 2:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441810

Every year, the Chicago symphony puts out a 2 CD set which is material from concert tapes never before made available to the public. They are available for a contribution of $50 to the orchestra. Right now I am listening to a Beethoven Emperor Concerto from Nov. 24, 1966 with Jean Martinon and Emil ...
by RebLem
Sat Jul 09, 2005 3:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Music That I Have Not Yet Discovered
Replies: 22
Views: 5157

No, Nielsen was Danish. Why just Norwegians? I would like to recommend three composers, none Norwegian. One is Wilhelm Stenhammar. I suggest starting with the string quartets. Secondly is a German composer named Norbert Burgmuller (1810-36). Schumann considered his premature death almost as great a ...
by RebLem
Sun Jun 19, 2005 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441810

Right now I am listening to Simon Rattle's Beethoven Pastorale Symphony. Today I have already listened to Claudio Abbado's Beethoven 5 & 6, and most of Rattle's 5th. About halfway through the last movement, however, the CD started to skip. So I put it in my Nitty Gritty CD cleaning machine and gave ...
by RebLem
Fri Jun 17, 2005 5:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Carlo Maria Giulini dead at 91
Replies: 19
Views: 3637

I also heard Giulini live on a number of occasions in Chicago. My favorite recording of his is Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition with the CSO, but I have to say that a live performance of it I heard him do was even better than the recording. For me, the touchstone on the piece is The Ballad of ...
by RebLem
Mon Jun 06, 2005 3:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 441810

This week, I am listening to Beethoven symphonies. I have two new sets, bringing my total of complete sets to 14. They are the Abbado and Rattle sets. I am going through each symphony and listening to the two performances back to back. I have already listend to the first two symphonies in each set. ...
by RebLem
Thu Jun 02, 2005 2:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Anti-Intellectualism and Reverse Snobbery in U.S.
Replies: 44
Views: 6425

Richard Hofstadter

I don't know why I didn't mention Hofstadter. The book in question was written as his response to the anti-intellectualism of the McCarthy movement. He was a brilliant historian. I loved his book The American Political Tradition, which provides biographical essays on a select number of American poli...
by RebLem
Thu May 26, 2005 2:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: need help
Replies: 9
Views: 2045

Read Aaron Copland's HOW TO LISTEN TO MUSIC. Also, any book by David Ewen is good. There is an Australian soprano/commedienne named Anna Russell who has 3 albums out, including one twofer. Her 21 minute routine on Wagner's Ring Cycle is a classic--it is very funny, and very accurate. She earns a liv...
by RebLem
Thu May 26, 2005 2:17 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Sad Classical Music?
Replies: 28
Views: 6245

Sad music

Shostakovich--Symphony # 15, esp the last movement which very quietly reprises some of the playful music of the first movement over a funeral dirge. The whole symphony is a meditation on a man's whole life and death. Also, his String Quartet #15. Oh, the 8th Symphony is very sad, too. Richard Straus...
by RebLem
Wed May 25, 2005 2:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: BBC television Beethoven-fest
Replies: 4
Views: 1368

Free download of BBC Beethoven Symphony set

The Beethoven Symphonies played by Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic will be available for free download beginning June 6 @ www.bbc.co.uk/radio3
by RebLem
Wed May 25, 2005 2:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Chailly Mahler Box Set
Replies: 63
Views: 10724

I have not heard Chailly's set, but I do own and have listened to both Bernstein's, the Abbado, Sinopoli, Solti, and Tennstedt as well as individual recordings by many who have not recorded complete cycles. To me, the best, most consistent cycle is likely to be one which has yet to be completed--Pie...
by RebLem
Wed May 25, 2005 2:21 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Anti-Intellectualism and Reverse Snobbery in U.S.
Replies: 44
Views: 6425

Anti-intellectualism in America

Of course, anti-intellectualism is to be found everywhere. But only in America have anti-intellectuals politically organized to demand, and get, places at the tables where public policy is made. BTW, someone made a snide comment about William Jennings Bryan. And certainly, in the context of the side...
by RebLem
Sun May 22, 2005 8:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Hyperion in trouble?
Replies: 16
Views: 3283

Sawkins Shoots Self in Foot?

Still, the net effect of this will almost certainly be that recording companies will be even less likely than they are now to record adventuresome repertoire. I fear that Dr. Sawkins has shot himself and his professional colleagues in the foot with this one.
by RebLem
Sun May 22, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Online Music Retailers
Replies: 15
Views: 5826

I want to thank all of you for the recommendations. I intend to check into at least two of them. I buy most of my CDs from www.arkivmusic.com However. it ships only to US and Canadian addresses. I recommended this in a discussion on the subject in Fanfare magazine recently (through the Letters colum...