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by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Aug 02, 2006 4:00 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: It's Time for T-shirts and Jeans for Orchestra Members!
Replies: 24
Views: 5821

I suppose somewhat different standards for the orchestra and audience are inevitable. The unraveling of formality is a poweful force in our times and a very mixed blessing. We live in a era where so many are so drunk with disowning the past that it is easy to either allow oneself to leap off the cli...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Jul 31, 2006 1:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Need help! Composers who wrote works while traveling...
Replies: 35
Views: 12332

An interesting prospect on this topic would be the Russian emmigrant Sergei Rachmaninov. Maybe someone can provide details here. But after the completion of his Second Piano Concerto, he travelled more and more, and it is well known that he was among the most prominent composer-concert soloists of h...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Jul 31, 2006 1:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Need help! Composers who wrote works while traveling...
Replies: 35
Views: 12332

The sleeve notes of a CD I have of Schubert's Trout Quintet state that it was composed in 1819 when the composer was on a walking holiday in Upper Austria. On a related note, and depending how narrowly we define "while traveling", Schubert wrote nothing less than his Ave Maria while vacationing wit...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Jul 28, 2006 4:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Interesting Article About DaPonte
Replies: 29
Views: 7073

Lorenzo Da Ponte was quite a character, and an outstanding writer, whatever else he was or wasn't. I just came across the postings above, and wanted to add that for anyone interested, there is an excellent, extremely colorful account of Da Ponte in Thomas Forest Kelley's "First Nights at The Opera" ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Asian Market for Classical Music
Replies: 4
Views: 1274

A very interesting question - one I've wondered about many times. I strongly suspect the answer is a resounding YES, there is a large and growing Asian market for classical music. I can't provide any raw data, but would be very surprised if this proves incorrect. When I purchased a series of DVD cla...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: D 960 and the slowing down sickness
Replies: 9
Views: 2600

I guess I can't vouch for the "best" way for the D 960 Sonata to be played. But I absolutely love the recording of it with Mitzuko Uchida on the piano. :D
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Jul 07, 2006 4:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: ......some rare GRIEG!
Replies: 10
Views: 2689

A great posting by Wallingford. Very helpful. It may be that Grieg is one of the more underestimated of the well-known composers, and the list of some of his other works above inadvertently touches on one of the reasons for it. He wrote many smaller shorter pieces that sometimes have a tendency to s...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Jun 30, 2006 3:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Which composer scored the most beautiful music for the piano
Replies: 68
Views: 21619

Chopin tops my overall list just for sheer quantity of superb piano music.

Several others come to mind as Piano Greats:

Mozart
Rachmaninov
Beethoven
Field
Rubinstein
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Jun 21, 2006 4:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Bigots at concerts
Replies: 32
Views: 7144

One of the issues I have often thought to write about, and may yet, is the whole question of politics, art, and the politicization of art. Naturally, great works of art don't all emerge in a political vacuum, and artists can be impacted by, or directly involved in matters that are political. Symphon...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Jun 21, 2006 3:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Which composer would you most liike to have met and why?
Replies: 66
Views: 25221

I would love to time-travel and meet ANY of these guys plus many more.

But if I could meet but one, I would have to say Anton Bruckner. Not only because I greatly admire his music but find him so inspired as a person who through his music sought God and expressed what is beautiful and sublime.
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Malaysian Philharmonic's new season bores, says Malaysians
Replies: 5
Views: 3271

I know next to nothing about the orchestra in question here, but it seems that when you are dealing with a struggling, up-and-coming, not well-established orchestra, and maybe a problem with revenue and ticket sales; an understandable response could be to program the "proven" repetoire. But of cours...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: A Question about Mozart
Replies: 7
Views: 3616

It's important to consider that orchestral conducting has evolved dramatically since the days of Mozart. It was only over the course of the 19th century that the role and style of the conductor as we know it today began to really take form. In the 1700s conducting was dramatically undeveloped by tod...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler, any suggestions?
Replies: 23
Views: 25101

Furtwangler's Wagner is fabulous. I have a series of remastered Furtwangler recordings - certainly he was a master of the Austro-German romantic era classics. His Bruckner # 8 seems excellent, although he was gone before much of the modern "discovery" of Bruckner. His Brahms # 1 is also excellent. T...
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue May 30, 2006 3:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Does God Believe in YOU?
Replies: 18
Views: 10811

Quite a secular lot here!!!!!!!!!!!!! :o :o :o Of course God "believes" in us, in the sense of being intimately aware of our existence. As well he should, since He created us. Wether he approves of us is the much more pertinent question, the answer to which is endlessly varied and complex - and depe...
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue May 30, 2006 2:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Aria recommendations
Replies: 8
Views: 32846

Here's a few CDs to start with: "Costa Diva" Angela Gheorghiu sings a series of great arias here in her usual spectacular form. She has others as well. Any good CD compilation of Puccini arias is a must. Renee Fleming has several recordings out that meet the bill here. Anna Netrebko's CDs on DGG are...
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue May 30, 2006 2:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Anton Rubinstein's "Le Bal," Op. 14 for Piano
Replies: 1
Views: 19822

I've been a fan of Anton Rubinstein for some time now, exposed to his music primarily through the great series of recordings by pianist Joseph Banowitz. Le Bal, Op. 14, is one I haven't heard, but certainly would love to hear. In particular, I am fond of Rubinstein's piano concertos - personally I f...
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue May 30, 2006 12:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: What's your favorite Beethoven symphony?
Replies: 55
Views: 25473

Well, I cast mine for the Beethoven 7th Symphony, but in truth, it could have equally been the 3rd, 6th, or 9th, and further truth, I couldn't be without any of them though I tend not to listen to the 5th because it has been overplayed and recorded and commercialized beyond belief. (Poor Beethoven ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu May 25, 2006 12:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Hildegard video
Replies: 8
Views: 22287

Hildegard Von Bingen was (is) one of the most amazing people ever to have lived; her more recent "rediscovery" is genuine and fully deserved. She not only wrote profound spritual music so many centuries ago from her abbey in what is now Germany, but she was intellectually and spiritually supercharge...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu May 25, 2006 10:11 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Condoleezza Rice Top 10 best musical works
Replies: 30
Views: 15357

Brendan wrote:Just need to add my personal fav P.J. quote:

"Giving money and power to governments is like giving whiskey and car-keys to teenage boys."
Wonderful quote, Brendan!! :)
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue May 23, 2006 5:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Condoleezza Rice Top 10 best musical works
Replies: 30
Views: 15357

Sigh, another sellout to eclecticism (to put a polite word on it). I won't assume it's in the name of avoiding the appearance of snobbery or to be politically correct or because she lacks confidence in her own tastes. I don't know the lady. But Eric Clapton over Beethoven's Seventh, when she thinks...
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue May 23, 2006 5:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Corlyss' 8000th--did anyone notice?
Replies: 18
Views: 10764

Congratulations, Corlyss!! :D :D
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue May 23, 2006 5:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Maazel down on the farm
Replies: 7
Views: 6069

I have a number of Maazel's recordings - Ravel, Wagner, and a couple of live VHS recordings of him conducting the Viennese New Year's concert and Live From Lincoln Center - I must say, I can only admire him as a conductor. God forbid, that the New Yoek Philharmonic has the luxury of being comfortabl...
by Cyril Ignatius
Sat May 20, 2006 6:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Romantic Violin: Great Recordings
Replies: 2
Views: 4306

This sounds like a great recording Lance. Any differences in musical style between the different groups of Scandinavians? By the way, Jean Sibelius wrote some really superb short pieces for violin. Anne Sophie-Mutter recorded a couple of them following her Sibelius Violin Concerto on DGG, and more r...
by Cyril Ignatius
Sat May 20, 2006 6:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Joe Volpe on Joe Volpe
Replies: 2
Views: 3905

A very colorful story, that's for sure. One of the recent additions of Opera News has a nice article on the departure of Joseph Volpe and the arrival of the new manager, and the overall sense one gets is an optimism for the coming seasons. I must sympathize wholeheartedly with Angela Gheorghiu and h...
by Cyril Ignatius
Sat May 20, 2006 5:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Jerry Hadley Arrested for DWI
Replies: 41
Views: 19164

Hadley is the tenor in the Bernstein recording of "La Boheme". This slow moving set was generally panned and Bernstein was accused of usinglesser singers in the leads so that they would not overshadow him. Jerry Hadley is no "lesser singer"! If Bernstein had any such motives, I simply have to think...
by Cyril Ignatius
Sat May 20, 2006 5:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Your Pick: GRIEG'S PIANO CONCERTO
Replies: 26
Views: 52930

Edvard Grieg is Evergreen indeed!

I can't testify to the greatest rendition og the Grieg Piano Concerto, but I will vouch for Krystian Zimmerman with Von Karajan and Berlin on DGG.
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu May 18, 2006 5:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Romantic Violin: Great Recordings
Replies: 2
Views: 4306

Romantic Violin: Great Recordings

One of my absolute favorite listening experiences is the somewhat short violin music written by what might loosely be termed "romantic era" composers of the 19th century through the first several decades of the 20th. This music for the violin was sometimes played as a "lollipop" encore piece by a vi...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu May 18, 2006 4:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush to Say Border Not Fully Under Control ?????(*&^%$##
Replies: 58
Views: 24374

No Werner, just keep the illegals on the other side of the border, through the various means discussed above, and more generally, through this issue and many other challenges we face on other fronts, insist on maintaining our national sovereignty. The importance of reasserting national sovereignty o...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu May 18, 2006 4:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Jerry Hadley Arrested for DWI
Replies: 41
Views: 19164

Jerry Hadley has a fantastic voice! For those who love great song, his recording of operetta arias from Vienna's "Golden Age" (Lehar, Kalman, Oscar Strauss, Korngold) is superb.

As for the DWI charge, he'll probably get a slap-on-the-wrist at most because of the details of the case.
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed May 17, 2006 5:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush to Say Border Not Fully Under Control ?????(*&^%$##
Replies: 58
Views: 24374

No, the shear number of people involved here when you do a longitudinal impact analysis of the policies they are passing, shoe thst it will put the percent foreign born at much higher levels than was the case during the "Great Immigration" wave of 1880-1920. Some of the simple-minded nativistic alar...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed May 17, 2006 5:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush to Say Border Not Fully Under Control ?????(*&^%$##
Replies: 58
Views: 24374

No, border agents are only one part of addressing illegal immigration. Basic inforcement of laws against hiring illegals is actually a much more important part of what is needed. It would not be difficult to track and enforce the laws and penalize companies for hiring illegals. Unfortunately, the po...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed May 17, 2006 4:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush to Say Border Not Fully Under Control ?????(*&^%$##
Replies: 58
Views: 24374

Yes, Bush is hard to really peg, and I've always stopped short of proclaining what the state of his mind is, realizing I couldn't really back up or verify any suggestions I make. But his public actions speak boldly and loudly, and suggest that for whatever reason, he either fails to see the nightmar...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed May 17, 2006 3:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bush to Say Border Not Fully Under Control ?????(*&^%$##
Replies: 58
Views: 24374

President Bush is largely ignoring, and then nickle-and-diming the whole immigration fiasco. And at this point having made critical moves and non-moves on the issue, he has shown us where he, and much of the Republican Party as well, is on it, and that is - part of the problem. Bush, the congress, a...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon May 15, 2006 3:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Brit Teachers' Union on New Anti-Israel Rampage
Replies: 5
Views: 4937

If the British Teachers Union has responded so sharply to what they see as Israel's faults in dealing with the Palistinians whose leaders back terrorism, imagine how dramatic their condemnation must have been of the Hussein regime in Iraqi, the current regimes in North Korea and Iran, and the Muslim...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon May 15, 2006 2:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Levine Doin' Good in Beantown
Replies: 1
Views: 3345

Ralph, perhaps this is as good a place as any to let people know that the get-well card sent to Maestro Levine on behalf of the people at the CMG was received and replied to. This weekend I received a letter from Mary Ann Martini of the Met opera, who had been asked by Maestro Levine to "send many t...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon May 15, 2006 1:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Hey, where's all our great CMG members of late?
Replies: 52
Views: 31757

I'm in the process of turning in final grades here at the college and at a second college in Cincinnati where I teach an evening course. Sometimes the mundane things in life - in this case, teaching six classes per semester - way too much (!!!) - cuts back radically the time to be here at the CMG. H...
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue May 09, 2006 6:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Clinton for UN Sec Gen
Replies: 25
Views: 9910

For anyone but the pathological Clinton haters, an intriguimg thought. At least here is a man with a brilliant mind, a strong worth ethic, and a sense of the politivally possible. And while Bill goes to the UN, I'll be just as happy to keep Hillary in the Senate. Yes, the brilliant mind and strong ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue May 09, 2006 6:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Litton Finishes Up in Dallas
Replies: 4
Views: 4572

I've seen Litton conduct a good number of times at the Minnesota Sommerfest. I think he's an excellent conductor. And he's quite the Piano player - I attended his performance of the Ravel Piano Concerto last year. If he is superficial, how was it that the Dallas Symphony rose so markedly under his w...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed May 03, 2006 2:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Help the NSO select a conductor
Replies: 10
Views: 6733

I saw Conlon conduct at Mayfest in Cincinnati last year. He is immensely appreciated here. Conlon played an instrumental role in bringing Zemlinsky's masterpiece, 'The Mermaid' back into more regular play. Ivan Fisher's recording of Brahms Hungarian Dances is excellent. The other two conductors I am...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed May 03, 2006 2:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 683042

Elgar, Violin Concerto
The Lark Ascending

Hilary Hahn on Violin
Sir Colin Davis, Conductor
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed May 03, 2006 11:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: CSO MD search continues; Haitink “principal conductor”!
Replies: 34
Views: 15809

Who else? There are excellent conductors who haven't even been mentioned or considered. There's Neeme Jarvi, Richard Bonynge, Zubin Mehta and Charles Dutoit among the older, better-known musicians. Then there's Jan Pascal Tortelier, Thomas Sanderling, David Alan Miller and Paavo Jarvi among the "yo...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed May 03, 2006 11:02 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What are some of your favorite classical music periodicals?
Replies: 17
Views: 11488

I receive Opera News, which I am pleased with. Excellent features on singers, conductors, directors of music, coupled with great photography. There are also many advertisements/features that keep one abreast of upcoming festivals and interesting events. A second source is WCPE the classical music st...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: CSO MD search continues; Haitink “principal conductor”!
Replies: 34
Views: 15809

What a powerhouse team of conductors! Lucky Chicago. Haitink's recording of Vaughan Williams Symphony # 5 is supreme; it would be nice to hear him conduct this in Chicago. And Boulez' recording of Mahler # 3 with Vienna on DG is outstanding. He also has an outstanding Debussey recording with the Cle...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Apr 24, 2006 4:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Any glaring omissions in your library?
Replies: 42
Views: 18104

Bach - very little indeed.

Xavier Scharwenka - I have a great concerto of his, but need the works for solo piano.

Lupu performing Brahms.
by Cyril Ignatius
Sat Apr 22, 2006 12:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Music Relating to Speedy Travel
Replies: 16
Views: 5220

Ballet pieces from Gounod's Faust is about the best piece I've heard for this.

Prokofiev's piece for cello and orchestra (Concertina??) conveys a sense of rapid movement, perfect for flying along at high speed.
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Holocaust archives to be released
Replies: 4
Views: 1292

Send complimentary copies to the Iranian leader and to the United Nations.
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Apr 21, 2006 4:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: BEER!
Replies: 12
Views: 4315

American beer has improved greatly over the past 25 years or so thanks to the micro-brew trend, but I regret that sweet tasting ales seem to be the most common sort you find now among the small brewers. I like my beer bitter. A couple of micro-brewed American beers that I enjoy are Resurrection Ale...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Apr 21, 2006 4:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: So.....what's your instrument?
Replies: 11
Views: 4362

Harmonica. Ten-Hole Chromatic in C, to be precise. I've had voice training, and for a while kept both voice and harmonica going, thinking/hoping that one would eventually go into rapid takeoff, which of course, the harmonica did. I write short miniatures for the instrument. The great, late Tommy Rei...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Apr 20, 2006 2:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Essential reading for newbie
Replies: 34
Views: 65139

A couple of lines of reading might be possible. One is books providing an overview of different realms of claasical music. One of my favorites is Karl Haas book on music. He's an excellent source, a conductor, and weaves the essentials into a narrative that is interesting. And of course, a litttle p...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Apr 19, 2006 4:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: To Bomb or Not to Bomb
Replies: 59
Views: 8561

Cyril Ignatius: Do you think it is right that we should annoint India and provide them with nuclear technology? You can say they are a more peaceful nation right now...but can you guarantee that in the future? What gives us the right to annoint some and destroy the others? Did Iran drop the bomb on...