Search found 8815 matches

by slofstra
Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DVD vs. VCR
Replies: 25
Views: 2810

Re: DVD vs. VCR

Many PVRs now allow attachment of an external drive if you are running out of PVR space. And you can keep filling up external drives with so many programs it'll take centuries to watch them. Thanks is a PVR some kind of DVR? Regards, Len They're the same thing. For some reason Bell calls mine a PVR...
by slofstra
Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Request for New York advice
Replies: 66
Views: 3926

Re: Request for New York advice

On one tour we were put up in New Jersey. If you can figure out how the trains go, you can save a small fortune staying anywhere but Manhattan. Still it's not a great option or we'd be doing it ourselves-by the time an opera ends you may find there is no easy transportation back to NJ. Regards, Len...
by slofstra
Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Request for New York advice
Replies: 66
Views: 3926

Re: Request for New York advice

A friend and I are planning to come to New York next year, some time around February to May, for 3 weeks. Amazingly, I have never been to the East Coast of the US and it's on my bucket list. Although I will do some normal sight-seeing, it is essentially a musical pilgrimage. Does anyone have any ad...
by slofstra
Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DVD vs. VCR
Replies: 25
Views: 2810

Re: DVD vs. VCR

That was very interesting, Henry, thanks. It was written in 2012, however, and since then Best Buy has introduced the first blu-ray recorders, very expensive at roughly $2,000 & $3,000. It's good to know that they're available, which means that the price will come down eventually. http://www.bestbu...
by slofstra
Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DVD vs. VCR
Replies: 25
Views: 2810

Re: DVD vs. VCR

It's very difficult to go digital to digital when recording on to a DVD. Read a bit of this. http://www.avsforum.com/forum/106-dvd-recorders-standard-def/1405124-no-you-cana-ta-transferring-hd-shows-directly-dvr-dvd-year-2012-a.html Using RCA jacks you won't see a great improvement going to DVD. If ...
by slofstra
Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jon Vickers R.I.P.
Replies: 25
Views: 2863

Re: Jon Vickers R.I.P.

From the article I linked above. "When I go home to my bed, to my home, I hope I'm just a dad to my kids, the son of a schoolteacher, just some guy who sings. I can't understand why they make such a fuss about it . But it's nice." He says he feels he's talking about another person when asked to talk...
by slofstra
Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jon Vickers R.I.P.
Replies: 25
Views: 2863

Re: Jon Vickers R.I.P.

A little Googling, and what do you know?

http://library.usask.ca/sni/stories/art11.html

Clearly Vickers was a man who watered his roots.
by slofstra
Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jon Vickers R.I.P.
Replies: 25
Views: 2863

Re: Jon Vickers R.I.P.

From a small prairie town of 35,000. What an incredible life of artistic achievements! Strictly speaking, not prairie but boreal forest in northern Saskatchewan. Grey Owl country. Ok, but you're not entirely accurate either. The city is in the transitional zone between aspen parkland and boreal for...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jon Vickers R.I.P.
Replies: 25
Views: 2863

Re: Jon Vickers R.I.P.

His bio in the Canadian Encyclopedia mentions his performances with our local symphony. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/jon-vickers-emc/ "In 1985 and in 1988 he made concert appearances with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra including entire acts from Die Walküre and Parsifa...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jon Vickers R.I.P.
Replies: 25
Views: 2863

Re: Jon Vickers R.I.P.

piston wrote:From a small prairie town of 35,000. What an incredible life of artistic achievements!
Strictly speaking, not prairie but boreal forest in northern Saskatchewan. Grey Owl country.
by slofstra
Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus
Replies: 18
Views: 2067

Re: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus

This is a great Ring. The singing is solid without any obvious miscasting... try to find that in a modern Ring! Mehta's conducting is fantastic and the orchestra gives it their all. Listen to the overture to Walkure. I haven't heard it conducted that well since Walter. The sets and cherry pickers a...
by slofstra
Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus
Replies: 18
Views: 2067

Re: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus

Fura des Baus did a Masked Ball for Opera Australia that I thought was a travesty. It was absurd and made a mockery of the text and music. But I have written about that before here. Uh, thanks Barney, but I am actually looking for people to persuade me that the effort to watch this will ultimately ...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 05, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus
Replies: 18
Views: 2067

Re: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus

The second Ring cycle from the Met, conducted half by Levine and half by Luisi but with a consistent cast, is available in Blu-ray. There are better Rings on DVD and still better on CD, but if you're dead set on Blu-ray, here it is: http://www.amazon.com/Wagner-Nibelungen-Blu-ray-Metropolitan-Opera...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus
Replies: 18
Views: 2067

Re: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus

The obvious choice was Levine and the Met, but I wanted BluRay. Of the many choices available in that format I thought surely there'd be one decent one. But I'm beginning to think there are only a few excellent Rings. And plenty of also-rans. I saw a complete Ring in Toronto a few years ago, and whi...
by slofstra
Sun Jul 05, 2015 10:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus
Replies: 18
Views: 2067

Mehta's Ring with La Fura des Baus

I've wanted to have a Blu-Ray Ring for some time and plunked my money on the Amazon barrelhead for this production under Zubin Mehta. I don't have much problem with re-staging in a non-traditional setting and the reviews for this video were generally good. But I'm quite disappointed. I've only watch...
by slofstra
Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schone Mullerin and suicide
Replies: 12
Views: 971

Re: Schone Mullerin and suicide

Well, if the miller boy kills himself, then he can hardly also be the traveller in "Winterreise," can he? All they have in common is that both are rejected lovers. That is surely a common enough experience that it doesn't require that both of Müller's personae are the same persons, or that either o...
by slofstra
Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schone Mullerin and suicide
Replies: 12
Views: 971

Re: Schone Mullerin and suicide

You could take the death as the end of boyhood innocence and love, replaced by a more world-wise but less passionate sensibility. I don't think you can. There's no such thing in the poems or the music. For a more worldly-wise sensibilithy, you want "Winterreise." Good point. "Winterreise" is the se...
by slofstra
Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schone Mullerin and suicide
Replies: 12
Views: 971

Re: Schone Mullerin and suicide

You could take the death as the end of boyhood innocence and love, replaced by a more world-wise but less passionate sensibility. These schmaltzy Romantic poems are often much too overwrought, and Schubert had a predilection for such stuff. It's a bit much for the present day listener to take litera...
by slofstra
Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Petrenko (Kirill) gets the nod to head BPO
Replies: 25
Views: 3809

Re: Petrenko (Kirill) gets the nod to head BPO

No relation to Vasily, I believe? Kirill Petrenko has only guest conducted the orchestra on 2 occasions in the last five years. Given the number of guest conductors that work with the BPO, I wonder how they made the selection. Press conference video of the announcement earlier today (in German and E...
by slofstra
Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical musician fatalities in World War I
Replies: 22
Views: 3022

Re: Classical musician fatalities in World War I

Right you are. But Oscar Wilde and Richard Strauss did not "tell it like it was." The Bible story is just a couple of sentences, and most of the libretto is a decadent post-Romantic creation. I studied Wilde's original libretto, at least the English version, in English lit. It gives one a very disc...
by slofstra
Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical musician fatalities in World War I
Replies: 22
Views: 3022

Re: Classical musician fatalities in World War I

John F wrote:
slofstra wrote:No better way to find no audience at all than with an erotic retelling of a Bible story
Oh, I don't know, Richard Strauss's "Salome" does pretty well at the box office. :)
Okay, now re-read my post. :) No, I didn't change it.
by slofstra
Mon Jun 15, 2015 3:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical musician fatalities in World War I
Replies: 22
Views: 3022

Re: Classical musician fatalities in World War I

Rudi Stephan's only opera is based on Otto Borngraber's erotic version of the Bible's Abel and Cain. They're both in love with, or lusting for, Eve whose sexual desires are no longer being satisfied by a frigid older Adam. STEPHAN: Die ersten Menschen. Nancy Gustafson (Chawa, soprano), Franz Hawlat...
by slofstra
Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ozawa: a role model for the "Eastern World"?
Replies: 16
Views: 1554

Re: Ozawa: a role model for the "Eastern World"?

What does it mean to "clam a solo"? Kinda like "dialing it in"? "clamming" = hitting a wrong note, a flub...or a cracked note...a constant peril in musical performance. it can happen on any wind instrument - but the ones in the brass, esp during solos, are particularly noticeable. Okay, thanks. Now...
by slofstra
Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ozawa: a role model for the "Eastern World"?
Replies: 16
Views: 1554

Re: Ozawa: a role model for the "Eastern World"?

What does it mean to "clam a solo"? Kinda like "dialing it in"?
by slofstra
Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........
Replies: 70
Views: 6211

Re: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........

There are some misconceptions about Thielemann here. Next fall his first concerts with the Berlin Phil will consist of Chausson, Debussy, and Fauré (the Requiem). His second group will include a piece by Aribert Reimann premiered in 1988. I think of him mainly as an opera conductor. He hasn't been ...
by slofstra
Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........
Replies: 70
Views: 6211

Re: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........

I found an article which puts a sharper focus on the Thielemann controversy. This thread made me curious for some particulars.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/fe ... se-1.67085

It sounds like a tempest in a teapot to me.
by slofstra
Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ozawa: a role model for the "Eastern World"?
Replies: 16
Views: 1554

Re: Ozawa: a role model for the "Eastern World"?

W.C., piston? Water closet. That can't be it. The set does look interesting. I don't think the TSO ever recovered from his departure and that was in 1969.
by slofstra
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........
Replies: 70
Views: 6211

Re: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........

I like CT's conducting and if he wants to speak up on behalf of his community (Dresden) then he is entitled to do that. As I say, he's much loved in Vienna. I guess those misguided folks just don't know anything about real music. I'm with you on the conducting. He's done some very good work guest c...
by slofstra
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........
Replies: 70
Views: 6211

Re: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........

Christian Thielemann is still the likely candidate, IMO (despite the usual bile from Lebrecht): he's got skin in the game!! http://www.spectator.co.uk/arts/music/9535612/what-really-happened-in-the-berlin-philharmonic-election/ Just looking at political history, if the front-runner and obvious cand...
by slofstra
Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Weasels Just Finished Playing EROICA
Replies: 7
Views: 908

Re: The Weasels Just Finished Playing EROICA

piston wrote:Very fast metabolism in dealing with cobra poison: an attribute every classical music artist dreams about!
Can they wear it off while sleeping?
by slofstra
Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Weasels Just Finished Playing EROICA
Replies: 7
Views: 908

Re: The Weasels Just Finished Playing EROICA

Of course, no mustelid compares with the honey badger, which is truly a bad ass animal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb6bWsa_LdQ

Warning: profanity in the soundtrack, visual is okay.
by slofstra
Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Analysis of recent Richter box sets
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Re: Analysis of recent Richter box sets

Very nice, indeed! One could expand this list now to include the Teldec 3-CD set, the 14-CD BMC set (Richter in Hungary), the Brilliant 10-CD set, all the Doremi CDs issued thus far, all the Live Classics CDs, the many Music & Arts issues, the Olympia CDs, the Orfeos, the 15-CD set from Praga, the ...
by slofstra
Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Analysis of recent Richter box sets
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Analysis of recent Richter box sets

I've blogged on this. http://gesprek.net/2015/06/03/recent-recording-compilations-by-sviatoslav-richter/ The blog entry relates to 3 recent Richter box sets, https://artsfols.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/richter-1.jpg?w=323&h=837 and includes a link to this spreadsheet, provided here as a convenience...
by slofstra
Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My Wireless Is Becoming Obsolete
Replies: 9
Views: 1196

Re: My Wireless Is Becoming Obsolete

I did find this review of your wireless speakers. http://wireless-computer-speakers-review.toptenreviews.com/auvio-wireless-amplified-stereo-speakers-review.html It mentions that the speakers rely on a 910 MHz audio transmitter. I can't seem to find any 910 MHZ audio transmitters online, with the po...
by slofstra
Wed May 27, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........
Replies: 70
Views: 6211

Re: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........

Christian Thielemann is still the likely candidate, IMO (despite the usual bile from Lebrecht): he's got skin in the game!! http://www.spectator.co.uk/arts/music/9535612/what-really-happened-in-the-berlin-philharmonic-election/ Just looking at political history, if the front-runner and obvious cand...
by slofstra
Wed May 27, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........
Replies: 70
Views: 6211

Re: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........

The Berliners will not vote again till next year. Can you believe that? :( I'd guess that means there was nowhere near a consensus or even a clear-cut front-runner. If so, then it's as well to give time for minds to change, new members to join the orchestra, and more guest appearances by potential ...
by slofstra
Fri May 22, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Box: Beethoven cycle/Klemperer 60, Brahms cycle/Kempe 75-6
Replies: 11
Views: 1394

Re: Box: Beethoven cycle/Klemperer 60, Brahms cycle/Kempe 75

Do you already have this very excellent set?

Image

A superb set, with the exception of a badly executed 9th.
by slofstra
Thu May 14, 2015 3:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..
Replies: 10
Views: 1561

Re: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..

I've been wallowing in this set for the last couple of days. It is wonderful. The playing is bright, light, virtuosic and full of charm. Depth? Maybe not as much as some bring to this repertoire (SEON, for example), but for me it has been a constant pleasure. The SEON set looks quite attractive als...
by slofstra
Tue May 12, 2015 10:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recommend me a period Beethoven cycle, please..?
Replies: 13
Views: 1479

Re: Recommend me a period Beethoven cycle, please..?

Vanska and the MSO. Okay, it's not period, but it is quite different than anything that has gone before. Very high marks for all symphonies, except the 9th and 7th. The strings are amazing; the woodwinds and horns are not virtuoso, and the flute suffers at times. This from my notes. But the overall ...
by slofstra
Tue May 12, 2015 10:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........
Replies: 70
Views: 6211

Re: Berlin Philharmonic Prepares to Vote..........

Did the article not allude to a multi-stage voting procedure? For some reason, when our local orchestra loses a conductor the board inflicts conductor try outs on the audience for a couple of years before choosing a new one. At least the BPO will have one lined up ahead of time. (We were also withou...
by slofstra
Sun May 10, 2015 10:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..
Replies: 10
Views: 1561

Re: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..

I've received my copy as well. Very nice presentation and booklet. Really the range of material and quality of performance achieved by Tafelmusik in perhaps a decade or so is quite prodigious. My brother has also bought this set, stating that he could leave this set out for his wife for casual liste...
by slofstra
Wed May 06, 2015 3:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..
Replies: 10
Views: 1561

Re: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..

Mine should be here tomorrow, even though there's a fair bit of duplication to CD I already have, this doubles my Tafelmusik selection.
I remember paying $35 for the Tafelmusik Brandenburg set. Now for a bit more than that you get their entire Vivarte recorded output.
by slofstra
Mon May 04, 2015 12:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..
Replies: 10
Views: 1561

Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..

Best Mozart German Dances. Best Brandenburgs. Best Haydn's Creation. And good to great recordings of Mozart's Requiem, various Haydn symphonies, Vivaldi's Four Seasons (Penguin rosette), Haydn Masses (Penguin rosette), and a great deal more. http://www.tafelmusik.org/sites/default/files/styles/large...
by slofstra
Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schenectedy: It's not fair
Replies: 27
Views: 1793

Re: Schenectedy: It's not fair

I don't know how often you're going to have the chance to hear Winterreise sung by a world rank singer. Whereas Brahms Symphony No. 1? I'd go for Winterreise, although I might prefer Mark Padmore over Bostridge. Still, it'll be fantastic.
by slofstra
Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: a music quiz - [for advanced listeners]
Replies: 8
Views: 888

Re: a music quiz - [for advanced listeners]

I'm rather pleased that I got 9 correct, even though that's only 4 more than you can get purely by random guessing.
I'm humbled by the general level of musical knowledge present on the board. Please be gentle with the musical novices, a more or less permanent condition for some of us.
by slofstra
Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on transferring Windows Media Player library
Replies: 8
Views: 1166

Re: Question on transferring Windows Media Player library

What you want to do is to store the track information (or metadata)in something called an ID3 tag that sits inside the music file itself. Then when you move the music around the metadata moves with it ... because it's in each individual music file. Windows Media Player (WMP) supports ID3 tags. My pr...
by slofstra
Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Feast of Maria João Pires (pianist)
Replies: 12
Views: 1152

Re: A Feast of Maria João Pires (pianist)

That this was a "lunch time" concert may explain an absence of rehearsal, although I have wondered about that also.
by slofstra
Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meet the 2-string Piezoelectric violin
Replies: 5
Views: 676

Re: Meet the 2-string Piezoelectric violin

It would be tempting to go over to the Javits Center and check out this beast, whatever it is. But the Javits web site says nothing about it, and the Monad Studio web site gives no dates. If you purchased a 3D printer conceivably you could just print one out. But not play it. The one in the picture...
by slofstra
Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Feast of Maria João Pires (pianist)
Replies: 12
Views: 1152

Re: A Feast of Maria João Pires (pianist)

She looks absolutely panicked. What was the virtue of placing her in that emotional condition?! One would surmise she did it to herself. Basically she rehearsed and prepared the wrong concerto; we don't know which one. She gathered her nerve and with no preparation at all, on a moment's notice, pla...