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by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Dec 09, 2005 3:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Schubert, any recommendations?
Replies: 18
Views: 5157

Many excellent suggestions above. Here are some of my favorites: Symphonies 8 and 9 with Bohm on the DG label. Winterreisse with Dietrich Fischer Deskau Maid of the Mill with Wolfgang Holzmair Sonota D 960 with Mitzuko Uchida (what an inspired composition!) Schubert was an Austrian, Viennese at that...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Dec 08, 2005 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 670473

Currently listening to John Field, Nocturnes, Volume 1, Mary Louise Boehm on the piano. Both volumes are very nice.
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Dec 07, 2005 5:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Great Christmas Music
Replies: 12
Views: 5354

Great Christmas Music

I see that some have groaned at the state of Christmas music in these times, even to the tune of crawling into a hole until Groundhog Day. I would like to offer a list of a few recordings, some not well known, but each of which in my own judgement, will offer a practical alternative and warm many he...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Dec 07, 2005 4:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The CMG 'Greatest Composer' Poll - 2005 Edition!!!!!
Replies: 81
Views: 17451

Karlhenning's point hits the target - discerning the greatest composers is a combination of individual judgements, which are partly subjective, together with larger external standards. DavidRoss' comments on these standards are very useful. And I think this is why the names Beethoven, Mozart Bach an...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 670473

I'm currently listening to Carl Czerny's Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 214, with Felicja Blumental and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Helmuth Froschauer. I discovered this recording not long ago, and it has become a charming favorite.
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:01 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The CMG 'Greatest Composer' Poll - 2005 Edition!!!!!
Replies: 81
Views: 17451

An impressive posting by Jack Kelso. It might be a pretty solid assessment. I have a few questions, maybe stemming from my own preferences, maybe not. See what yiu think: 1) Why is Schumann placed so High? Granted he has a great piano concerto, but I would argue that Anton Rubinstein had several gre...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Dec 05, 2005 3:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Top 10 Orchestral Works
Replies: 33
Views: 8672

Here are a few additional, but highly recommended possibilities:

Kark Goldmark - Rustic Wedding Symphony
Mili Balakirov Symphony # 1
Any/all of Sibelius' tone poems -Swan of Tuonela, Tapiola, The Bard, etc..
Saint Saens - Symphony # 3 "The Organ Symphony"
Brahms Symphony # 2
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Dec 05, 2005 2:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Composer for Classical Harmonica needs help.
Replies: 2
Views: 1259

I have occasionally heard Garrison Keillor's show years ago, and he does have some unique acts, although most often the musical style seems to be various forms of bluegrass, etc.., and far afield from what I do. But they do get some classical musicians in there - in fact the great violinist Gil Shah...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Dec 05, 2005 2:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: 20th/21st Century Music: Ratings 1 to 10
Replies: 77
Views: 20880

With Beethoven, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky and Brahms as 10s, I might collectively give recent compositions a five, very generously. I can only give a vague collective rating because so few of the compositions I've heard really intice me to look further. They often play them as opening pieces in the conc...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Do you agree with Stravinskys famous comments about Vivaldi?
Replies: 54
Views: 17728

I'm certainly no expert on Vivaldi and tend to listen to works written much later, but I have really been impressed with several pieces Vivaldi wrote, among them a recording of the Four Seasons with Sophie-Mutter on the Violin. Only a genius could have written some of the pieces he wrote.
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Favourite Classical Christams Song/Carol
Replies: 51
Views: 18521

There is so much great Christmas music to choose from. I think music is the greatest thing about Christmas, accompanied of course by excellent beer and good food. Lo How a Rose E're Blooming Lully Lullay Thy Little Tiny Child O Little Town of Bethlehem Ceremony of Carols, by Benjamin Britten Silent ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The CMG 'Greatest Composer' Poll - 2005 Edition!!!!!
Replies: 81
Views: 17451

Quite the debate here. I can't solve these many issues, but I do think DanielFullard's question is intriguing anyway. No, I won't attempt to provide my top 20 ranked, I wouldn't know how to arrive at any definitive ranking. What shapes the popularity of a composer's works? We do seem to have a canon...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Im going to see La Boheme!
Replies: 7
Views: 2812

Marvelous choice! I love basically any Puccini aria.
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Image Of Classical Music in the present day
Replies: 9
Views: 3366

I'm a college professor and get different varieties of the same response from students. The main response I would have to say ranges from an unknowing blank stare, polite tolerance on their part, and I suppose sometimes, outright boredom. In one classroom back in Wisconsin they used the term "long-h...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Nov 30, 2005 2:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 670473

Just finished listening to Anton Bruckner's Requiem in D minor, with Hans Michael Beuerle conducting the Laubacher Kantorei and Werner Keltsch Instrumental Ensemble. A nice gentle requiem!
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue Nov 29, 2005 11:52 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Richard Nixon's piano play
Replies: 32
Views: 7813

RGM and I may be referring to very different video clips of Nixon playing the piano. While Nixon never pretended to be anything like a master musician, the clip did seem to suggest he could play the piano quite respectably. And he seemed to like classical music. A biography of Nixon mentions his put...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Nov 28, 2005 4:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Looking for suggestions please
Replies: 13
Views: 4158

Welcome, Glenn. Some excellent recommendations have been made. For the criteria you mention, let me offer these: First, and easy to find - Nocturnes, Etudes and the Bacarolle of Chopin; the Nocturnes of John Field, and solo works by Albinez - (I have Barenbom's Albinez and it is fantastic). But let ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Nov 25, 2005 7:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Cheryl Studer Suffers "Mild" Heart Attack
Replies: 1
Views: 1099

She's also done excellent singing on Mahler's 2nd, and Barber's Knoxville, Summer, 1916. Let us wish her a speedy and complete revovery.
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Nov 25, 2005 7:05 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Slavonic Dances
Replies: 23
Views: 7690

Dvorak's Slavanic Dances are wonderful! I recommend Ivan Fischer's recording with the Budapest Philharmonic.
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Nov 25, 2005 6:54 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Dutoit and Chang Shine at Philharmonic Concert
Replies: 6
Views: 4375

In the past couple of years, I've attended Sarah Chang's performances of the Dvorak Violin Concert with the North Carolina Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony. Both performances seemed rock solid, and were received very warmly by the audiences. She is truly one of the great ones.
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Nov 23, 2005 4:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Composer for Classical Harmonica needs help.
Replies: 2
Views: 1259

Composer for Classical Harmonica needs help.

I am a composer of short pieces for solo harmonica (10 hole chromatic in C) typically 2-4 minutes in length, and perhaps best termed "light classical miniatures", my compositions vary, but are generally not too complex, and I suppose would be considered in the "New Romantics" genre. I began playing ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Nov 21, 2005 2:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Richard Nixon's piano play
Replies: 32
Views: 7813

I just came across this conversation on Nixon, politicians and musical performances. Nixon played a piano piece on television, perhaps on the Ed Sullivan show. I think it was sometime during the 1960s, in his "wilderness years", when he was quietly preparing his comeback in the Presidential Election...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Nov 17, 2005 3:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: MOZART Piano Sonatas (Complete) : Maria Joao Pires
Replies: 19
Views: 7418

I don't have the Pires recording, but I have two Brandel CDs of the Mozart Sontas 330-333, and other solo pieces - these are both outstanding recordings - I highly recommend them!
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Nov 17, 2005 3:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos
Replies: 18
Views: 6384

I love Rachmaninov, although I certainly haven't heard a good number of the versions mentioned above. I have Volodos with Berlin on the Third and Yefim Bronman with the Philharmonia? on the Second and Third, both of these CDs seem excellent. Also Andrea Watts on the 2nd and 3rd. And I've heard other...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 670473

Wallingford, The entire Brahms Symphony # 2 with Haitink is great! The Johann Strauss with Vienna/Willi Boskovsky is also great. I'm currently listening to an LP of Sviatoslav Richter playing the Saint-Saens Piano Concerto # 5, with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, which is followed by the Schubert Im...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Down With the Piano!!!!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 6083

Way to go Lance and 12tone! My instrument is the harmonica. I am a composer and performer of short light classical pieces for the harmonica - and I think the harmonica (a good quality chromatic) is truly marlelous instrument. But this in no way stops me from constantly seeking piano music to listen ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Nov 16, 2005 4:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Composer recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 4508

Welcome, Lark. Some excellent recommendations have been made. If you want something somewhat pastoral or serene, I would greatly recommend the Nocturnes of John Field. And, in a different vein, but absolutely gorgeous - the motets of Anton Bruckner. Come to think of it - if not now, perhaps down the...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Nov 11, 2005 4:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Controversial Musicians
Replies: 34
Views: 8694

No argument here on Maestro Karl Bohm, definitely one of the great ones, his Beethoven 6th Symphony and his Schubert 8th and 9th on Deutche Grammophon are among my favorites. And there were other truly great conductors, who don't get the praise they should. To add to my earlier comments on Von Karaj...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Nov 10, 2005 3:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Controversial Musicians
Replies: 34
Views: 8694

Did I misread the reference suggesting that by all accounts Von Karajan was involved in Nazi activities? Forgive me if this sounds strident in any way, for that is not my intent, (I was in fact born long after the days of the Nazis, and maybe my information is incorrect) but the reading I have done,...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Sep 14, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: new to classical
Replies: 17
Views: 5039

Several people mentioned Orff's Carmina Burana, and I would strongly agree. For choral music, I would also recommend Rachmaninov's Vesper's Mass, Bruckner's Motets, Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe, and the Requiems of Faure and Rutter.
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Sep 09, 2005 3:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Rachmaninov Piano Concertos - which recording?
Replies: 17
Views: 14888

I'm sure this won't solve the question as to good recordings of the Rachmaninov concertos, but if you love them, as I do, it seems that you often prefer, at least for a while, whichever edition you were listening to as you came to know the concerto. At any rate, it takes some doing to adjust to a sl...