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by rogch
Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So how does everyone REALLY feel about minimalist composers?
Replies: 94
Views: 10874

Re: So how does everyone REALLY feel about minimalist composers?

Glass, Adams and Reich are not among my favourite composers, but i like some of their works. Reich's Different Trains is brilliant and so is Adams' Shaker Loops. Another minimalist composer is Stephen Nyman. His opera Man and boy da da is really something else. Not at all what i expected from a mini...
by rogch
Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is Claudio Abbado a great conductor?
Replies: 82
Views: 8461

Re: Is Claudio Abbado a great conductor?

Abbado is not without flaws of course, but i would definitely say he is a great conductor. He has played on a regular basis with most of the great symphony orchestras and he has started two orchestras of his own: The Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of Mozart. His reportoire is huge, from ...
by rogch
Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 514
Views: 163219

Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Hello everyone! I am not new a new member in this forum, but for some reason i haven't been able to log in for a long time. But it is great to be back now! My name is Roger Christensen and i live in Tønsberg in Norway (about 60 miles south of Oslo). Music has always been one of my biggest interests ...
by rogch
Thu May 08, 2008 11:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1321
Views: 752476

I just love old blues recordings. The older, the better. Blind Willie McTell is sensational. Charlie Patton and Skip James are other favorites. The label Yazoo has plenty of interesting records. The compilations "Before the blues" opened my ears to music i knew little about. "Ruckus Juice & Chitlins...
by rogch
Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama
Replies: 17
Views: 6073

The controversies over reverend Wright have reached European media too. But i have heard more about his comments about 9/11 than the comments about racial issues. As i understand it, reverend Wright thinks that the US somehow has itself to blame for 9/11. And Obama felt a need to distance himself fr...
by rogch
Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok-Concerto For Orchestra-My Favorite Recordings
Replies: 15
Views: 3774

The Philadelphia Orchestra's recording with Eugene Ormandy is very good. A few times perhaps a little too slow. but otherwise the playing is excellent. As often with Ormandy,the dynamics sound just about right. Just check out those drums. Has anyone heard Kubelik in this work? His performance is rel...
by rogch
Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great New Opera House in Oslo
Replies: 3
Views: 1428

The location of the new opera house was very controversial some years ago. Just about everyone who worked with opera wanted a new opera house in the building that now houses the Nobel peace price museum (actually an old railway station). That alternative would have been cheaper too. So many people s...
by rogch
Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: J. S. Bach-Six Brandenburg Concertos-My Favorites
Replies: 39
Views: 9283

Concerto Italiano and Rinaldo Alessandrini is my first choice. In vocal works i think Alessandrini can be a bit academic and dry. But that is definitely not the case in the Brandenburg concertos. Very lively performances, but still played with this orchestra's usual precision. I also think Harnoncou...
by rogch
Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Keyboard Solo Works
Replies: 45
Views: 11173

Bernd Glemser on Naxos has some very impressive recordings, competitive at any price as the critics often say. And one of "the usual suspects", Marc-Andre Hamelin on Hyperion, has also recorded some Schumann, but i have not heard those recordings. I too love Wilhelm Kempf's recordings, both in Schum...
by rogch
Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions on the best or your favourite BRUCKNER recordings
Replies: 82
Views: 19525

My favourite set is Chailly on Decca with the Concertgebouw orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin (Not to be confused with the Berlin Philharmonic, but still a very fine orchestra). Very good playing throughout and superb sound. Number four is somewhat disappointing, but you already ...
by rogch
Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovch Piano concerto No.1
Replies: 16
Views: 2580

If it is still available, you should get the "jazz album" played by the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Richardo Chailly. Apart from the so calles jazz suites it has a recording of the first piano concerto with Ronald Brautigam. Both the orchestra and the soloists are on top form. Some of the movements ...
by rogch
Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let's Hear It for Mariss Jansons
Replies: 9
Views: 2049

I was not sure what to expect when Mariss Jansons took over the Concertgebouw. Even though he did a great job in Oslo, taking over one of the world's leading orchestras is another task. But it does not seem like i had anything to worry about. What i have heard so far is very good. His Mahler sixth i...
by rogch
Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A subjective question
Replies: 66
Views: 15384

The second movement from Mozart's piano concerto no. 23.
by rogch
Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlin Philharmonic Admits Its Past
Replies: 18
Views: 2650

Yes, Karajan was a Nazi though I think most people know that. So was R Strauss for that matter. As far as i know, Richard Strauss was not a Nazi by conviction. But there is every reason to criticize parts of his attitude towards the Nazi government. It must be remembered though that Goebbels was fu...
by rogch
Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: At the Risk of Sounding ...
Replies: 43
Views: 5650

When i hear La Valse and read Ravel's comments about it i get the impression that he is portraying a musical form. There is some distance to the music so that the listener observe some characteristics rather than listening to it as an "ordinary" work. The blurry opening notes also make the music sou...
by rogch
Sun Oct 07, 2007 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' piano concerto recommendations
Replies: 83
Views: 14048

The Freire/Chailly recording has just won a Gramophone award as "disc of the year" so it should be worth checking out. The recommendations in this forum has a tendency to be dominated by old recordings.
by rogch
Sun Sep 16, 2007 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most controversial musician?
Replies: 104
Views: 14256

Harnoncourt can still cause havoc, he did it with Figaro in last year's Salzburg festival. Hopefully it arrives in my mailbox within a few days, i can't wait to see it. And some people still want to kill him after his recording of Smetana's Ma Vlast.
by rogch
Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most controversial musician?
Replies: 104
Views: 14256

Nicolaus Harnoncourt often divides opinions. Many listeners agree that he is sometimes brilliant and sometimes weird. It is more difficult to agree about which recordings are brilliant and which are weird. His recent Marriage of Figaro from the Salzburg festival is a good excample. Pierre Boulez is ...
by rogch
Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ozawa
Replies: 49
Views: 7378

Ozawa's recording of Schönberg's Gurre-lieder used to be a top choice among the critics, but now other recordings have taken over that position. This perhaps illustrates Ozawa's reputation. But i agree about his recording of Mahler's first symphony. And i would also like to point out his recording o...
by rogch
Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruckner
Replies: 102
Views: 14297

Levine and the Chicago symphony orchestra in Prokofiev's fifth? I haven't heard about that one, but i am sure it is worth checking out. The CSO is a very good Prokofiev orchestra. Such a shame that Abbado (as far as i know) has not recorded the fifth. Does anyone know if Lorin Maazel has recorded it...
by rogch
Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruckner
Replies: 102
Views: 14297

I am very satisfied with my Dutoit/Montreal SO recording of Prokofiev's fifth. But that one is perhaps difficult to find these days, i bought it used. Karajan's recording is very popular, but for some reason i haven't bought it yet.
by rogch
Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruckner
Replies: 102
Views: 14297

I make absolutely no apologies for never having heard of someone with the ridiculous name Francois Frederic Guy. Should we avoid artists because they have unusual names? Quite a number of distinguished artists would be forgotten. I have to start with Peter Wispelwey. His name is almost identical to...
by rogch
Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A question about SCANDINAVIAN APPLAUSE
Replies: 16
Views: 5829

Re: A question about SCANDINAVIAN APPLAUSE

Without exception, any "live" recording I hear of a Scandinavian orchestra (playing in a Scandinavian hall) has the applause, particularly if it's prolonged applause after an exceptional performance, eventually becoming RHYTHMIC, and IN UNISON.....this supposedly occurs around the second or third c...
by rogch
Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sheherazade recommendation
Replies: 46
Views: 10996

Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna have recorded Scheherazade on period instruments. Sounds like a crazy idea, if it was Gardiner or (God forbid) Norrington i wouldn't go near it. But van Immerseel is such a good musician i am a little tempted to check it out.
by rogch
Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruckner
Replies: 102
Views: 14297

According to a number of web sites, Brahms called Bruckner's symphonies "symphonic boa constrictors". The origin of the quote is not quite clear though. According to some, Brahms said it about the fourth symphony, according to others it was about Bruckner's symphonies in general. And yet another web...
by rogch
Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms symphonies
Replies: 96
Views: 27891

How about Toscanini's recordings with the Philharmonia orchestra on Testament? Sounds like a winning combination to me. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf claimed in an interview that Toscanini only made one correction during the rehearsals, and we know what a perfectionist he was. But Schwarzkopf is perhaps an ...
by rogch
Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruckner
Replies: 102
Views: 14297

I have tried to find works with some of the same characteristics as Bruckner's, but it is not easy. Mahler is the most obvious. The finale in his ninth symphony sound a little like the slow movement of Bruckner's ninth, although the strings are much more dominant. And Richard Strauss is worth a try....
by rogch
Wed Aug 08, 2007 5:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven performed on Authentic Instruments
Replies: 258
Views: 33748

when I listen to original instruments struggling to play the music of Beethoven, I know why I so much prefer modern instrument renditions... They are not all struggling. And there is plenty of mediocre Beethoven-playing these days, also on modern instruments. They don't articulate the tones properl...
by rogch
Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven performed on Authentic Instruments
Replies: 258
Views: 33748

Well I said earlier in this topic HIP is meanstream now, so people are going to have to get used to it whether they like it or not. For much of the music I like there is simply no choice other than authentic intrument recordings! I don't mind period performances at all. I like many of them and i th...
by rogch
Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven performed on Authentic Instruments
Replies: 258
Views: 33748

Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata is in a world of trouble. Anyone ever heard an "authentic" performance? I believe i have. At least played on an Arpeggione, i don't know how authentic it was otherwise. It didn't sound too bad actually. I don't know if the instrument had a worse reputation than it deser...
by rogch
Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven performed on Authentic Instruments
Replies: 258
Views: 33748

Musicians who aim for authenticity have worked their way through much of the catalogue now. Roger Norrington and Philippe Herreweghe have recorded Mahler and Herreweghe has even recorded Schönberg. Van Immerseel has recorded Ravel. If this development continues the next few years could be very inter...
by rogch
Tue Aug 07, 2007 5:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Current day masters?
Replies: 74
Views: 10532

Although he died a few years ago Iannis Xenakis is definitely a composer of our time. And in my book he is one of the greatest ever. His original and often provocative style is well known. But it is more to his music than that. He was a pupil of Messiaen who was inspired by Debussy. Xenakis was scho...
by rogch
Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Calling EM Fans!
Replies: 131
Views: 37305

I have just bought my first Monteverdi DVDs, and they can be addictive i've been told. Depends on the opera and the production. If they are not operas, what's the point of a DVD? They are opera DVDs. I have bought some vespers and madrigals on CD. The DVDs are Harnoncourt's three operas on DG. They...
by rogch
Sun Aug 05, 2007 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Reminiscence, by Eugene Ormandy
Replies: 34
Views: 5466

A very fascinating article. Not to be missed is Ormandy's recording of Sibelius' Leminkainen suite (just released on EMI encore). I can't believe Sibelius wasn't satisfied with that work. In my opinion it is one of the most underrated works of classical music. His Carmina Burana is excellent too, on...
by rogch
Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sheherazade recommendation
Replies: 46
Views: 10996

I second the recommendation for Kondrashin and the Concertgebouw orchestra. And Enrique Batiz and the Philharmonia orchestra on Naxos is a good alternative at budget prize.

Has anyone heard Celibidache in this work? It wouldn't surprise me if he played this music well.
by rogch
Wed Aug 01, 2007 6:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven performed on Authentic Instruments
Replies: 258
Views: 33748

I have the symphonies played by London Classical Players and Roger Norrington. It is a very uneven set. No. 2 is very good and no. 8 is perhaps the best recording i have heard of that work. No. 5 works surprisingly well. But the third and seventh are dull and the sixth is a disaster. Are there any s...
by rogch
Wed Aug 01, 2007 6:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Calling EM Fans!
Replies: 131
Views: 37305

I have just bought my first Monteverdi DVDs, and they can be addictive i've been told.
by rogch
Thu Jun 21, 2007 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cherau's Die Walküre very near the mark
Replies: 2
Views: 1379

I love Parsifal too. It was the first Wagner opera i heard in its entirety. There was no particular reason why i started with Parsifal, i just went to my local library and picked a Wagner opera. But it was a lucky choice, i soon became a "convert". I was a little inaccurate in my post yesterday. The...
by rogch
Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cherau's Die Walküre very near the mark
Replies: 2
Views: 1379

Cherau's Die Walküre very near the mark

Recently i bought the controversial Ring des Nibelungen-cycle by Pierre Boulez and Patrice Cherau on DVD (It is perhaps less controversial now than 30 years ago, but people still feel very strongly for or against these performances). I expected some interesting and perhaps provocative re-interpretat...
by rogch
Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms symphonies
Replies: 96
Views: 27891

I know most of you prefer older recordings by established conducting legends, but I wish to bring up a more recent account: I have heard mixed reviews about the Mariss Jansons/Oslo recording of the complete Symphonies on Simax (unfortunately, this label is very difficult to find in North America). ...
by rogch
Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms symphonies
Replies: 96
Views: 27891

I consider the Berlin Philharmonic the orchestra when it comes to Brahms symphonies. Not only do they have a long tradition with these works, they have also presented quite different interpretations: Furtwängler, Karajan, Jochum, Abbado and Harnoncourt have all played Brahms with the Berlin PO. I sh...
by rogch
Tue May 15, 2007 2:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The best accompanists in classical concertos
Replies: 27
Views: 6810

The best accompanists in classical concertos

I think that there is often too much emphasis on the soloist when performances of classical concertos are reviewed. Of course the soloist is essential. Not least in the virtuoso concertos from the romantic era. But the orchestra and conductor also have to be on top for the performance to be a truly ...
by rogch
Sun May 13, 2007 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Running EM Thread [nee Buxtehude fans]
Replies: 102
Views: 20803

I will definitely consider that set. And there is more to Buxtehude than organ music. I like his chamber works and choral works even better, lovely melodies and harmonies in my opinion.
by rogch
Sun May 06, 2007 6:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recommended Brahms First Symphony
Replies: 52
Views: 14526

I had to think about the Brahms Symphony No. 1 for awhile. This is a list of recordings I grew up on - on LONG PLAY discs (remember those?): Stokowski/LSO (London Phase 4) Jochum/BERLIN PO (DGG) I believe DG now has released a Jochum Brahms cycle on CD, i don't know if it is the same recording of t...
by rogch
Sat May 05, 2007 8:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DG Collectors Edition - too much!
Replies: 53
Views: 11898

Böhm's Mozart symphony cycle with the Berlin PO is a classic. But now DG has also released a set with Böhm conducting the Concertgebouw Orcestra in Mozart and Richard Strauss. Very tempting indeed, has anybody heard it? This combination of Mozart and Richard Strauss seemed a little far fetched at on...
by rogch
Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My wish list for reissues and new projects; Yours?
Replies: 24
Views: 7824

I don't know if Rozhdestsvesky has recorded all of Prokofiev's symphonies on CD. If he has, they are not easy to find. And isn't it time that the Concertgebouw orchestra record a Beethoven cycle to compete with the best? They have a couple of decent cycles and of course plenty of brilliant recording...
by rogch
Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salonen to Leave L.A., Dudamel is His Successor
Replies: 10
Views: 4096

Re: Salonen to Leave L.A., Dudamel is His Successor

calendarlive.com In the 2008-09 season, his last with the Philharmonic, Salonen is also set to become chief conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. But that position comes with no administrative duties and does not require him to conduct the enormous amount of standard repertory expected...
by rogch
Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein: How good a conductor?
Replies: 55
Views: 20181

For many years Sibelius was more popular in England and the US than in Germany and Austria. This perhaps explains why Bernstein made better Sibelius recordings in New York than in Vienna. The Berliners learned Sibelius' music through Karajan's enduring enthusiasm. Later Lorin Maazel has recorded the...
by rogch
Sun Apr 01, 2007 6:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein: How good a conductor?
Replies: 55
Views: 20181

Unlike a couple of other posters i am very fond of Bernstein's Mozart recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic (at least the symphonies). Their interpretations aren't very fashionable these days, but show very good musicianship in my opinion. But i had to hear them a few times before i fully apprecia...
by rogch
Sat Mar 31, 2007 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Birthday wishes: Corlyss M. Drinkard
Replies: 29
Views: 10368

Many congratulations, Corlyss! I really appreciate the work you and Lance do with this forum. And it is always a pleasure to have discussions with you, both
heated poltical debates in the pub and pleasant conversations about music in the chatterbox.