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by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Feb 20, 2006 3:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Where's the ACLU when you need it?
Replies: 26
Views: 2996

Unfortunately, there are many of these Holocaust denyers out there today - some of them running entire nations as it turns out.
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Feb 20, 2006 3:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Making an Opera's Plot Understandable
Replies: 26
Views: 9563

For most of the standard repertoire, reading the story before the patron puts his butt in the seat would suffice. Of course, the regulars don't need to rely on program-notes writers because they could sing it in the shower. Howerever, for silly confections like La Finta Giardiniera such solutions a...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Feb 20, 2006 12:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Urgent: Bruckner-help needed!
Replies: 31
Views: 5408

Hello Roger, I'm another of the Brucknerians. My love of Bruckner's music focuses especially on symphonies 4-9 and the motets. Symphony # 2 and 3 get considerable attention and respect, but my own feeling is that Bruckner really arrived with number four, the so-called "romantic". Each of these six s...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 684030

Nicolai Ghiaurov - French and Russian Arias, with the London Symphony Orchestra, Edward Downes
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The days of an aggressive US foreign policy are gone
Replies: 11
Views: 2092

If this creeping ambivalence in the White House is coupled with the dramatic developments in Iran, the steady militarization of China, and the steady planning of new terrorist attacks that will dwarf 911, we are all up a creek without a paddle. As far as George Bush goes, Jr., this is the latest in ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: John Field: Complete Solo Piano Music (6 CDs)
Replies: 7
Views: 2623

I don't have this set, nor am I familiar with the pianists, but this sounds like a good set to have. What I have the two O'Conor CDs - which are outstanding in my judgement. The first is a recording of most of the nocturnes - and a recording that has great reviews. The second has several sonotas fol...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Replies: 13
Views: 3289

Great postings from the Maestro!

I love the piano concerto. What a songful quality in this peice.
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 17, 2006 12:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Please, I Need To Know:
Replies: 27
Views: 5565

Jbuck is right. It peaked. And at least we have had the benefits of orchestras, committed musicians, and let us not forget - financial donors - whose hard work and generosity has allowed classical music to thrive over the many years since the great composers wrote. Having said that, it is also worth...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 17, 2006 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Radu Lupu: The Rasputin of the Keyboard
Replies: 5
Views: 3714

Lance, your descriptions of his playing fit well with the intuitive impressions I've had in attending his live performance and watching the VHS of him playing Brahms. And that is why I really thought his Brahms might be the one to have. I figured he would handle Schubert well.
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: WERNER ISLER: Belated 84th birthday greetings!
Replies: 23
Views: 4010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WERNER! May your next 84 years be even better!
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A Disappointment
Replies: 18
Views: 3203

Some interesting elements about John Field can be gleaned from eyewitness accounts of the intimate salon concerts he regularly in Moscow and St. Petersberg, where people were mesmerized by the warmth and poetic charm of his music. He really captivated audiences. He wasn't into virtuosity for it's ow...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A Disappointment
Replies: 18
Views: 3203

I don't think Bach was superior to the best of the latter composers. Yes of course he was a great composer, but Vivaldi was as well. And Mozart Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, (and yes, John Field in his own realm of the nocturne) Bruckner, Mahler and others developed the artform decisively and carv...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Know of any good music schools?
Replies: 35
Views: 10631

How about the Curtis Institute? I believe Sarah Chang came through there.

If language isn't a barrier, what about Vienna?
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Best Four Seasons
Replies: 31
Views: 16674

Ralph wrote:Anne-Sophie Mutter and the disc also features Tartini's "Devil's Trill," beautifully played.
I agree. Annie Sophie Mutter recorded this on Deutche Grammaphon with a (Scandanavian?) string ensemble. Its first rate.
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Operatic Date
Replies: 14
Views: 3901

The Merry Widow
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Feb 13, 2006 5:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Favorite Operas?
Replies: 54
Views: 11898

In this order: 1. Boris Godunov 2. Boris Godunov 3. Boris Godunov 4. Boris Godunov 5. Boris Godunov Such clear conviction is rarely seen, and really quite inspiring. I came to opera through the arias. I rarely see an opera in it's entirety as staged. (but have seen Puccini operas) I have great lang...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Feb 13, 2006 5:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A Disappointment
Replies: 18
Views: 3203

Thank you, Maestro Dave. And the booknotes are well-put. Field did not compose great big concertos or large bombastic pieces. He composed gentle pieces for the salons of the Russian elite. There's a story about Field attending a Franz Liszt concert on Field's big trip abroad (he very rarely left Rus...
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Feb 13, 2006 4:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A Disappointment
Replies: 18
Views: 3203

Re: A Disappointment

:cry: Yesterday I finished listening to the COMPLETE PIANO CONCERTOS of John Field, played by Miceal O'Rourke and the London Mozart Players. Can't recommend them: bland mushy pap with absolutely no nutritional value--sort of garbage from the wastebaskets of Chopin and Hummel. 'tis truly regrettable...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 10, 2006 5:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great American Songbook
Replies: 168
Views: 310119

I readily concede that my choice of Neil Diamond missed the mark here. He was my favorite pop singer by far, but now I think I see the genre you are referring to. If Julie Andrews is fair game, she would be far and away my clear choice. And she's light years beyond Steisand. Better voice and better ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 10, 2006 4:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Reparations for Campus Conservatives?
Replies: 12
Views: 1754

A great posting by Corlyss! I am a college professor all too familiar with The Great Dreary Waste of Academia. Roger Kimball and many others have written probing insightful accounts of the Left-Wing Orthodoxy at the center of higher education, particularly the humanities and social sciences. Too oft...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 10, 2006 2:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: CMG Stands With the Danes!
Replies: 136
Views: 17807

Impower has it exactly right. President Bush has on several occasions delivered nice barnstorming speeches on the need for a serious response against the cancerous spread of Islamofacism, but he often seems to lose his compass. Are his key advisors a bunch of empty suits as many have suggested, or d...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 10, 2006 2:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Lebrecht on Schumann
Replies: 10
Views: 3812

Schumann songs

I would like to hear a good assessment of the differences/similarities between Schumann's and Schubert's Lieder. I've been listening to Schubert's for a long time - Wintereisse, Maid of the Mill song cycles, and always, the Ave Maria and Erlkonig, etc. I've been playing a good number of his songs on...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Feb 09, 2006 4:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Importance of Mozart?
Replies: 60
Views: 11663

Re: Importance of Mozart?

You may be taking "universal" too literally here, Karl. Universal is also the term used to express Beethoven's wide appeal over time and throughout so many places. The Viennese themselves, as great as they were in support of music, were not immune from fads and intrigues like any other people, espec...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Feb 09, 2006 11:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Lebrecht on madness and missed opportunities
Replies: 8
Views: 2219

There is much that is good in Lebrecht's article, but jbuck is right in pointing out its problems. The situation with Brahms and Clara, and his four symphonies is different than Lebrecht's suggestions. Brahms was an artistic power - he was inferior to no composer of his times. And he knew this. And ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Feb 08, 2006 5:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Another good argument for the death penalty
Replies: 11
Views: 1295

I think much of this only underscores the need for us to treat terrorism as a war and not a criminal justice matter. I oppose the death penalty here in America, but I also think our society is struggling with itself over terrorism., and terrorism is the larger picture here. Terrorists and people who...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Feb 08, 2006 5:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Allegro vivace assai
Replies: 10
Views: 6479

You might want to pick up one of two things - A little pockets size musical dictionary (Barnes and Noble carries them) and or a large encyclopedia of music with articles and oictures on everything from composers to musical forms and terminilogy. Also should include a specific glossary of musical ter...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What's going on in the concerthall?
Replies: 4
Views: 1258

I've been at the Cincinnati Symphony with season tickets since my teaching career took me to this area in August 2004, and I must say this symphony has many great things going on. An excellent conductor in Paavo Jarvi and an orchestra with a solid reputation that is recording at an impressive rate. ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Big Three? Or Five? Or Seven? Or Ten?
Replies: 83
Views: 27531

What a great post from the Maestro! I read one of the classic biographies of Brahms last year. For several years I had been listening more and more to Brahms works and had come to regard him as one of my favorites and one of the true greats. He didn't write that many symphonies or concertos, but wha...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Importance of Mozart?
Replies: 60
Views: 11663

Bbow, Listen to Mozart's 27 piano concertos, and "The Marriage of Figaro." Never again will you wonder why he is perhaps the greatest composer the world has ever known. 8) At least, until you hear Prokofiev's five piano concertos, and War & Peace :-) Cheers, ~Karl My own sense is that Mozart produc...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Hélène Grimaud's new recording of the Schumann Concerto
Replies: 6
Views: 3222

I saw Helene Grimaud live performing Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra a few years ago, and have her CD recording of the fourth. She's for real; it doesn't surprise me she is getting publicity. She's also an interesting character. The last I heard she lives in New York S...
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue Feb 07, 2006 2:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Simon Rattled by a Tough Year
Replies: 23
Views: 6395

I hope Simon Rattle will survive the turbulence, some of which invariably comes with leading what is arguably the most visible orchestra in the world. And some of it due to especific events in his life there. Such a prominent position is like life in a fishbowl perhaps. Herbert Von Karajan always ha...
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:36 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Simon Rattled by a Tough Year
Replies: 23
Views: 6395

Ralph wrote:Too many Bruckner Fourth recordings out there.
There can never be too many Bruckner Fourth recordings! Assuming they are good ones of course. :wink:
by Cyril Ignatius
Sat Feb 04, 2006 7:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great American Songbook
Replies: 168
Views: 310119

Oops. I guess I misunderstood. Diamond had his own songbook - and he was American. But I see what you mean - he didn't sing the poular tunes of others very much. How about Presley? He didn't write much, and he did get into a variety of other's work. On the female side - how about Joan Baez? Not poli...
by Cyril Ignatius
Sat Feb 04, 2006 5:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Great American Songbook
Replies: 168
Views: 310119

I'm really stumped on this one. Female pop singer of American song. That is tough! I came along way too late to really know many of these people - what little I've heard says Rosemary Clooney is probably it. Barbara Streisand later on, in spite of herself of course! :) However, I really don't think ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Sat Feb 04, 2006 5:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Drink of choice?
Replies: 29
Views: 5037

I normally drink amber ale or amber lager with supper - Schell Firebrick is great, Munich Spaten Oktoberfest is another. If I'm on the road at a concert or teaching my night class, I don't have any beer until later at night, usually way after supper. I more gentle golden lager is often what I prefer...
by Cyril Ignatius
Sat Feb 04, 2006 5:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New from BBC Legends: Firkusny Recital (1969)
Replies: 1
Views: 998

I am delighted with the recording of Firkusny playing the Dvorak Piano Concerto, with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. A gem! It also includes a series of Dvorak short pieces.
by Cyril Ignatius
Sat Feb 04, 2006 5:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Big Three? Or Five? Or Seven? Or Ten?
Replies: 83
Views: 27531

The question of The Big Three or Top Ten composers makes for interesting and lively discussion. Among them the issue of how many different realms a composer is successful in - and of course the difficulties of getting any definitive agreements on success even within a particular realm. My own observ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 03, 2006 5:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Vienna's Big Bash Continues
Replies: 2
Views: 688

It sounds great. Will there be special concert ticket/restaurant discounts for Classical Music Guide forum members? :)
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 03, 2006 5:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Documentary on Philly O.
Replies: 1
Views: 633

What a great post! And reading it, I found myself trying to sense how much and in what way the drama, tension and struggle that goes into musicmaking was simply being reflected in these stories, and how much and in what way the filmakers own biases/perceptions of classical music were being reflected...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 03, 2006 3:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: CMG Stands With the Danes!
Replies: 136
Views: 17807

Long live Denmark!

Awaken Vikings! Awaken at once!
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 03, 2006 3:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Big Three? Or Five? Or Seven? Or Ten?
Replies: 83
Views: 27531

Re: The Big Three? Or Five? Or Seven? Or Ten?

I was a bit startled when I saw Stonebraker, a newbie here, refer to Bach, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky (<<< that's the correct Latin alphabet spelling, Stonebraker) as the Big Three. I have never heard Tchaikovsky referred to as part of the Big Three--usually, its Brahms instead. But that brings up a...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 03, 2006 3:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Big Three? Or Five? Or Seven? Or Ten?
Replies: 83
Views: 27531

I actually do have a pretty clear cut Big Three favorite composers and they all start with B, but Bach isn't one of them. They're Beethoven (the King now and forever), Brahms and Bruckner. Were I to expand it to five, I'd add Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, then just below them would be a handful of ...
by Cyril Ignatius
Fri Feb 03, 2006 2:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Fritz Kreisler, by Amy Biancolli
Replies: 7
Views: 3005

My thanks as well, Donald. Yes, Amy is the daughter of Jeanne Mitchell and Louis Biancolli. Sorry for the delay, my computor has been crashing/malfunctioning for months, the computor services people here at the college have been unable to fix it. Amy notes in the preface of "Fritz Kreisler" that she...
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Feb 02, 2006 4:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: I'm Back!
Replies: 67
Views: 38511

Dear Ralph,

Although I am among the slowest at most things and subject to constant daydreams, fantasies and wanderings, your medical plight and heroic recovery has now finally reached my consciousness, and I hereby offer my sincere welcome back and best wishes!
by Cyril Ignatius
Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:50 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Fritz Kreisler, by Amy Biancolli
Replies: 7
Views: 3005

Fritz Kreisler, by Amy Biancolli

The great violinist and composer Friedrich "Fritz" Kreisler's was born on thid day, February 2nd of 1875 in Vienna. Noted both for his warm and engaging performances of Romantic concertos and solo pieces for the violin as well as his own masterful and charming miniatures for the violin, he conquered...
by Cyril Ignatius
Wed Feb 01, 2006 5:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: "Satanic" Opera Video May Cost Teacher's Job
Replies: 17
Views: 4354

What a sad story. I share the view of many that out airwaves, classrooms and other venues are often loaded with various forms of smut and mindless empty garbage. What adds to my disgust is when a genuine concern for the toxic environment kids grow up in is coupled with an estounding ignorance of the...
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What other classics would I like ??
Replies: 12
Views: 4076

Don't overlook the many gems that aren't part of a huge orchestral composition and were written relatively late: Fritz Kreisler - Violin pieces. Vaughan-Williams - short pieces such as The Lark Ascending, Norfolk Rhapsody, In the Fen, The Tallis Fantasy, etc... Franz Lehar - Vilja and other opperett...
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The ultimate classical music playlist? Help!
Replies: 10
Views: 2404

Puccini. Get her a CD of Puccini arias. What more could she or anyone want for a birthday! :D !?
by Cyril Ignatius
Tue Jan 31, 2006 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Radu Lupu: The Rasputin of the Keyboard
Replies: 5
Views: 3714

I saw him live last season playing a concerto with the Cincinnati Symphony and have seen footage of him playing Brahms. I would like to pick up any recordings he has of Brahms and Schubert's works for solo piano. Any recommendations?
by Cyril Ignatius
Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:50 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Jarvi Conducts Bruckner
Replies: 0
Views: 1769

Jarvi Conducts Bruckner

Paavo Jarvi lead the Cincinnati Symphony through the Bruckner Fifth Symphony this past weekend. Attending the Friday night concert, the Bruckner's Fifth I witnessed was well conducted and well played. This is a very strong orchestra that is in excellent hands with Jarvi as its conductor. Since movin...