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by rogch
Mon Dec 04, 2006 9:02 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Opera on DVD
Replies: 8
Views: 1322

Operas on DVD is of course not as good as experiencing it live, but that can be said about most music on CD and DVD i guess... The biggest andvantage with opera on DVD compared to records is that it is much easier to follow the music, the narrative and the text at once. I find that difficult if the ...
by rogch
Sun Dec 03, 2006 11:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Bruckner
Replies: 72
Views: 9952

I have not heard the Cleveland/Szell version of the eigth and it is not easy to find these days. But there is a recording with Szell and the Vienna Philharmonic on the label Living Stage. I have no idea how it sounds, but since it is recorded in 1968 the sound quality should not be too dreadfull. An...
by rogch
Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Which "ring" should i start with?
Replies: 17
Views: 2555

Haydnseek wrote: I have no expertise in anything musical
Neither have i, i am just crazy about the stuff :lol: But i value the thoughts of experienced listeners as much as those of professionals. Both can be usefull.
by rogch
Thu Nov 09, 2006 6:02 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: They're Dead, Along With the Rest of the Greatest Generation
Replies: 33
Views: 2074

Re: They're Dead, Along With the Rest of the Greatest Genera

If it wasn't for bloggers, we'd probably still believe that Israel targetted Red Cross ambulances in Lebanon. That the public has to continually point out the factual errors and obvious biased reporting of the MSM is a pain, but we know we cannot trust the media to be balanced these days from the c...
by rogch
Wed Nov 08, 2006 9:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: They're Dead, Along With the Rest of the Greatest Generation
Replies: 33
Views: 2074

Re: They're Dead, Along With the Rest of the Greatest Genera

This change in the media is not a transitory one that will give way to a return to the support of our military when it fights. Journalism, like so much scholarship, now dwells in a postmodern age in which truth is hard to find and statements merely serve someone's interests. Corlyss, i don't know i...
by rogch
Tue Nov 07, 2006 6:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Which "ring" should i start with?
Replies: 17
Views: 2555

I have heard Kempe's Lohengrin and thought it was excelent, although not in a league of its own. I think the Wagner recording which has impressed me the most so far is Solti's Parsifal so i probably will like his ring cycle too. Both Kempe's Lohengrin and Solti's ring cycle has the advantage of havi...
by rogch
Tue Nov 07, 2006 5:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Brahms real talent...
Replies: 177
Views: 19340

This Friday we're going to hear Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle in a concert performance. The other half of the program is the Brahms First . . . and I hope it holds up its half :-) Sounds like an interesting combination. But i would prefer to hear the Brahms first. A matter of taste of course, bu...
by rogch
Mon Nov 06, 2006 1:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Which "ring" should i start with?
Replies: 17
Views: 2555

Which "ring" should i start with?

I think i am ready to "cross the border" now and buy my first Wagner operas.I have warmed up pretty well by listening a lot to Bruckner and Mahler and i have also heard some complete Wagner operas from my local library. I thought i should start with Der Ring des Nibelungen. I have heard most of the ...
by rogch
Mon Nov 06, 2006 1:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Engage him now!
Replies: 19
Views: 1983

Engage him now!

Better late than never i suppose, yesterday i saw the summer concert of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on TV. The theme this concert was the advantures from 1001 nights and other music with some relation to arab culture. Conductor was Neeme Järvi and what a concert it was! There was one of the mo...
by rogch
Mon Nov 06, 2006 1:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Brahms real talent...
Replies: 177
Views: 19340

I am listening to Brahms' second symphony with van Beinum right now. A spectacular recording. I have not always enjoyed Brahms' orchestral works, but i like some recordings better than others. It is different with the choral works, i have enjoyed every single one i have heard. I have considered to b...
by rogch
Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:03 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: "Blind Spots"
Replies: 60
Views: 6268

There are also plenty of conductors whose style I don't like, but who obviously aren't hacks, based on their ability to get jobs with top orchestras. I doubt I'll ever like Welser-Most or Dohnanyi. I have heard that Frank Welser-Most in London was called "Frankly Worse than Most"... His Carmina Bur...
by rogch
Sat Oct 28, 2006 7:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Each country's finest composer
Replies: 129
Views: 11932

Länzchen wrote: When it comes to the sequenzas the only one I have enjoyed was the one for harp; which ones do you like, Rogch?
The one for saxophone i think is the favourite among those i have heard. The sequenza for trombone can be great fun too, but very much is down to the preformer in that piece.
by rogch
Fri Oct 27, 2006 1:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Each country's finest composer
Replies: 129
Views: 11932

For instance, if one were to state (and has!) that Berio were "the greatest Italian composer" then it only follows that that person's choice for the greatest British composer might well be Humphrey Searle---and the greatest German composer Karl-Heinz Stockhausen or Hans-Werner Henze. Likewise, if J...
by rogch
Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:24 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Each country's finest composer
Replies: 129
Views: 11932

This sort of lists may be useless, but they are fun to make anyway. A nice way to start a debate. To start with the (arguably) easy ones: Germany: Bach Austria: Mozart Finland: Sibelius Norway: Grieg Hungary: Bartok Greece: Xenakis Denmark: Nielsen And then the not-so-obvious: Sweden: Berwald France...
by rogch
Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:50 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Eschenbach leaving Philadelphia
Replies: 6
Views: 940

Never heard about them? They are perhaps among the biggest stars but they have distinguished carreers. Hänchen is perhaps most famous as conductor for the Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Orchestra and Tate for his work with the English Chamber Orchestra (their recordings of some of Mozart's piano concerto...
by rogch
Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:06 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Eschenbach leaving Philadelphia
Replies: 6
Views: 940

How about Hartmut Hänchen or Jeffrey Tate? They both have a broad reportoire and are very experienced. And music director for the Philadelphia Orchestra would be a more prestigous post than the ones they hold for the moment.
by rogch
Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:25 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Bourbon anyone?
Replies: 22
Views: 1662

I prefer Scotch, but i am not i bigot about it as some people are, i can enjoy a good Bourbon too. Which bourbons are the best? I don't know them too well.
by rogch
Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:18 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Works that you gain from listening to repeatedly....
Replies: 32
Views: 5110

Beethoven's piano sonatas are so origianal and so many that i get surprised almost every time i listen to them, apart from the most famous ones. Bruckner's symphonies often get better the more you listen to them, in particlar before you know them well. The fifth is a real mountain-climb with looong ...
by rogch
Mon Oct 09, 2006 12:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Best String Quartets
Replies: 31
Views: 4052

Schoenberg , Bartók and Shostakovich .... 'nuff said. Well Karl, you forgot Webern's string quartets and trios, they fit perfectly into a single CD played by the Arditti Quartet, sensational stuff. I was not sure if i wanted to buy all of Shostakovich' string quartets. But then the Brilliant Classi...
by rogch
Thu Oct 05, 2006 10:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Chess and Music
Replies: 11
Views: 1314

Unfortunately i can't help you with that one. But British composer Arthur Bliss
has a piece called Checkmate. I haven't heard it yet.
by rogch
Thu Oct 05, 2006 5:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Which recordings of these for newbie?
Replies: 16
Views: 1944

Welcome to the forum! For a newbie you have already chosen some very good recordings for your collection. If you want to explore Mahler i suggest that you start with symphonies 1.2 and 4. Plenty of good recordings: Bernstein, Abbado, Boulez, Haitink and Solti just to name a few. The best recording i...
by rogch
Thu Oct 05, 2006 5:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Antidepressants and School Shooters
Replies: 6
Views: 611

It is very difficult to say something definite about drugs against depression. Some years ago the market was full of new antidepressants reported to be much better than the old ones. For some years we were given the impression that they almost had a miraculous effekt. Now that more research has beco...
by rogch
Thu Oct 05, 2006 4:41 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Any experiences with classical music on mp3 players?
Replies: 14
Views: 2090

I would have liked to join you among the "rebels" against the empire. But i am a bit of a coward so i went for the safe alternetive :) Funny that Apple is the dominant producers of mp3 players, normally they are the underdogs compared to Microsoft.
by rogch
Wed Oct 04, 2006 10:20 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Any experiences with classical music on mp3 players?
Replies: 14
Views: 2090

I am glad to hear that. If it satisfies an experienced listener like you i will probably be satisfied too.
by rogch
Wed Oct 04, 2006 6:18 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Chess and Music
Replies: 11
Views: 1314

I love the game of chess and have played it for many years. The story about Kubelik and Ajechine is interesting because chess is sometimes copared to art. I think that is a little far-fetched, but some of Aljechin's games are perhaps among the few that can be considered as pieces of art. Philidor is...
by rogch
Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Any experiences with classical music on mp3 players?
Replies: 14
Views: 2090

Thank you for your inputs. The decission is made, and i it was a predictable one: I have ordered an iPod. Chad made me seriously consider a zen player. But i suspect he knows more than me about how to handle this sort of technology so i went for the safe alternative...
by rogch
Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:17 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: So---what's wrong with Prokofiev...?!
Replies: 65
Views: 7199

One thing Shostakovich said is that prokofiev had a time with orchestration. Others had to help him out, and still it lacks to a ceratin standard. I have heard that claim too, and i get the impression that some people take Shostakovich' word for it. I don't know where Shostaovich has got this idea ...
by rogch
Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: So---what's wrong with Prokofiev...?!
Replies: 65
Views: 7199

Very good point, Jack. I wondered if i could get tired of Mozart during his anniversery, that has not happened. But i am about to get tired of Shostakovich, even though i like many of his works. And in my opinion Shostakovich can't really be compared to Prokofiev. I would without hesitation say that...
by rogch
Mon Oct 02, 2006 8:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Any experiences with classical music on mp3 players?
Replies: 14
Views: 2090

I am quite satisfied with my Creative Zen Vision:M. It pretty much can play any type of audio format as well as many video formats. The display is beautiful. The audio quality is quite good through my Shure e2C headphones. The Zen mp3 players have done well in different tests. But is it correct tha...
by rogch
Sun Oct 01, 2006 1:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Still Debating About Sir Simon
Replies: 17
Views: 1958

The idea about a typical "German sound" is an oversimplification at best. Abbado was different from Karajan who was very different from Furtwängler. Naturally there would be some changes under Rattle. Of course, the fact that he was a success in Birmingham was not a guarantee that he would be a succ...
by rogch
Sun Oct 01, 2006 10:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Tempo of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata"
Replies: 17
Views: 6708

I don't know much about music theory. All i can say is that Emil Gilels seems to get it about right.
by rogch
Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Any experiences with classical music on mp3 players?
Replies: 14
Views: 2090

Any experiences with classical music on mp3 players?

Just to calm everybody: I don't plan to buy loads of music on mp3 instead of records. But i want a mp3 player so that i can bring with me some of my music when i am away from home. The last time i went on a holiday i did not hear classical music for a week. I did not hear much music at all, but i fo...
by rogch
Sun Sep 17, 2006 6:27 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Is it an Arab pathology, an Islamic pathology, or something
Replies: 8
Views: 1063

This attitude of Muslims as disaffected victims of the West is what is idiotic. The West has nothing to apologize for with the Crusades. They were too long ago to matter and they were just one part in a nearly 1000 year battle for Europe preserve its independence from militant Islam. If the Muslims...
by rogch
Sun Sep 17, 2006 6:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Is it an Arab pathology, an Islamic pathology, or something
Replies: 8
Views: 1063

No wonder there is turmoil in the Middle East. First of all there is the climate and shortage of fresh water. The Middle East was also the cradle of christianity and islam, probably the most violent religions the world has ever seen. And when large concentrations of oil is found in this particular a...
by rogch
Sun Sep 17, 2006 5:44 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: My 170 Mozart Discs Are Here!
Replies: 9
Views: 1151

I have the 40 disc-set, it was one of my first buys as a devoted listener to classical music. The piano concertos are very good. The Philharmonia Orchestra is splendid as usual. I have heard less about pianist Derek Han and conductor Paul Freeman. The interpretations are perhaps the not the most ori...
by rogch
Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Remember the Danish Cartoon Riots?
Replies: 36
Views: 4237

Well, i would say they have a better reason for being upset this time. The pope is more important than a small Danish newspaper and the moslem extremists have stills some way to go before they have killed as many people as the catholic church. But let us hope that the reactions are more sensible thi...
by rogch
Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Neither the Time nor the Place
Replies: 14
Views: 1888

Is it true that Karl Böhm gave a Hitler salute before he conducted a concert even though that was one of the few occations in which such a salute was considered inappropriate? We hear a lot about how Furtwängler and Karajan dealt with the nazis, haven't heard much about Böhm.
by rogch
Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: I'm A Purist, and for Good Reason
Replies: 26
Views: 2722

In the classical and early romantic reportoire i don't listen to recordings on period instruments as much as i used to. Many of the great conductors are not at all as dull, heavy and slow as some purists claim. But in the baroque reportoire i think period instrments often are superior, but i wouldn'...
by rogch
Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:17 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: I'm A Purist, and for Good Reason
Replies: 26
Views: 2722

Re: I'm A Purist, and for Good Reason

Original instruments. I can't really see the Vienna Philharmonic doing Dittersdorf. Perhaps not the Vienna Philharmonic. But i am sure Harnoncourt could have done it well with the Concertgebouw orchestra or Chamber orchestra of Europe.
by rogch
Sat Sep 09, 2006 7:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Conductors who have not coducted the New year's concert
Replies: 17
Views: 1791

It's time for the VPO to bring Marin Alsop to the New Year's Day concert podium. I have to hope that she has enough sense to know that she would be a plaything as the first woman conductor (the VPO was all male way, way, into modern times). She should sit back and consider herself superior to Berns...
by rogch
Sat Sep 09, 2006 7:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Conductors who have not coducted the New year's concert
Replies: 17
Views: 1791

Regarding the reportoire, i think they could be a little more flexible. If they want to play dance music, residents of Vienna like Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert have written some lovely dances. And why not try out some of Schönberg's arrangements of Strauss waltzes? They are great fun and Schönber...
by rogch
Tue Sep 05, 2006 12:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Who is Furtwängler's "Mr. K"?
Replies: 16
Views: 2527

There is no doubt that Karajan had some admiration for Furtwängler, but that does not have to mean that Furtwängler liked Karajan. And it does definitely not mean that their musical philosphies were the same. Furtwängler was often best in concerts, his ideal was inspired and personal interpretations...
by rogch
Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Who is Furtwängler's "Mr. K"?
Replies: 16
Views: 2527

Who is Furtwängler's "Mr. K"?

A few days ago i bought the DVD "great conductors of the past". There are interviews with different artists on the disc, among them Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. She praised a number of conductors and arttists, but there was no doubt that her favourite was Wilhelm Furtwängler. And she said one very interst...
by rogch
Mon Sep 04, 2006 7:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Conductors who have not coducted the New year's concert
Replies: 17
Views: 1791

The new year's concert has never been one of my favourite musical events, although i enjoy it more now than i did a few years ago. But if it is such a prestigous job to conduct it as they say it is, i think more conductors should have been given that honor. Regarding the reportoire, i think they cou...
by rogch
Sun Sep 03, 2006 12:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Conductors who have not coducted the New year's concert
Replies: 17
Views: 1791

Conductors who have not coducted the New year's concert

It is perpaps one of the most prestigious jobs in classical music to conduct the New year's concert in Vienna. Therefore i was curious about who had held this post over the years. To my surprise, i found that the tradition with year to year-appointments was started only 20 years ago. The concertmast...
by rogch
Sun Sep 03, 2006 11:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Naxos : TAKEMITSU Orchestral Works
Replies: 3
Views: 752

I have listened to parts of it over the internet. It sounds OK to me, but i am not a Takemitsu expert. But the Bournemouth symphony orchestra and Marin Alsop should be competent artists in this music. Just note that this is not the only budget-prized Takemitsu record available. A fantastic bargain i...
by rogch
Sun Sep 03, 2006 11:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Top Ten British Orchestras
Replies: 35
Views: 4030

I thought that BBCs main orchestra perhaps was the best British orchestra, but i did not know that BBC philharmonic and BBC symphony orchestra were two different orchestras. And then we have the BBC Scottish symphony orchestra and the BBC symphony orchestra of Wales. Have i forgotten any? It's hard ...
by rogch
Sun Jul 16, 2006 5:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Israel Enigma
Replies: 69
Views: 9254

This was claimed in the documentary "the world according to Bush" and i can't say it seems unlikely. Read the post on docu-ganda. The World According to Bush is not a documentary. It's propaganda. You might as well be watching films of Nazi rallies for all the Truth there is in such efforts. Now, l...
by rogch
Fri Jul 14, 2006 12:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Israel Enigma
Replies: 69
Views: 9254

There are plenty of things i could comment in this debate, but before i do i would like an answer from some of the Amerian members of the forum. Is it the belief of members of the US administration that defending Israel is a religious duty? This was claimed in the documentary "the world according to...
by rogch
Mon Jul 03, 2006 2:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Thanks Again, New York Times
Replies: 82
Views: 7764

The war with Belgium remark was a joke of course. But the point was that the war on terror is used as an excuse for just about anything these days: The press should not criticize the government, the authorities can spy on its citizens and the Belgians have no right to be pissed of when the US has mo...