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by jserraglio
Thu May 27, 2010 6:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kondrashin's Melodiya Recordings
Replies: 20
Views: 2261

Re: Kondrashin's Melodiya Recordings

A great conductor.

I have collected Kondrashin's recordings for some time, mostly on Angel Melodyia LP. I especially like his Shostakovich cycle, also the Kalinnikov symphonies disk.
by jserraglio
Thu May 27, 2010 6:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Le Grand Macabre - NY Phil
Replies: 10
Views: 767

Re: Le Grand Macabre - NY Phil

John Francis,

I bought the recording and would love to see the opera. I envy your being there. A daring move by Gilbert to program this piece.
by jserraglio
Sat May 15, 2010 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Next Gustavo Dudamel?
Replies: 1
Views: 293

The Next Gustavo Dudamel?

by jserraglio
Sun May 09, 2010 6:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NAXOS American Classics series
Replies: 44
Views: 4038

Re: NAXOS American Classics series

They are readily available in the USA, provided you can find a store that still stocks classical CDs. Here are a few recent ones I like: Giannini: Piano Concerto; Symphony No. 4 Samuel Jones: Symphony No. 3, & 'Palo Duro Canyon', Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man; Seven ...
by jserraglio
Sat May 08, 2010 6:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arthur Winograd, Founding JSQ Cellist, Dies on Birthday
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Arthur Winograd, Founding JSQ Cellist, Dies on Birthday

A notable musician. I like his recordings. ----------------------------------- Arthur Winograd, Hartford Symphony Music Director, Dies at 90 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/arts/ ... ograd.html By MARGALIT FOX Arthur Winograd, the founding cellist of the Juilliard String Quartet and later the long...
by jserraglio
Sat May 01, 2010 6:22 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Eastwood & Streep: Bridges of Madison County
Replies: 1
Views: 1171

Eastwood & Streep: Bridges of Madison County

Saw most of this picture for the first time on the TV Guide Channel, of all places. It swept me away. Streep's character is fascinating and Eastwood more than holds his own with this great actress. This movie reminded me of David Lean's Brief Encounter which Andre Previn has just turned into a emoti...
by jserraglio
Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:52 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train
Replies: 4
Views: 1312

Re: Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train

Lance wrote:Shoot, I wanted to see this one and knew it was going to be aired. I haven't, as far as I can recall, seen this Hitchcock film yet.
PLAYING ON TCM: 06 Jun
10:15 AM.

You can set a reminder on the full schedule at the TCM site, if you want. I plan to watch it again.
by jserraglio
Sat Apr 24, 2010 6:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great recordings from surprising quarters
Replies: 7
Views: 562

Re: Great recordings from surprising quarters

Who would connect the dour Fritz Reiner with a fun piece like Rolf Liebermann's Concerto for Jazz Band and Symphony Orchestra ? A wonderful recording. RCA LP LM-1888 Then again, Reiner commissioned & recorded Gershwin's Porgy excerpts (arr. Robert Russell Bennett). And there is the famous Hovhaness ...
by jserraglio
Sat Apr 24, 2010 6:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anyone Like Historical Recordings?
Replies: 15
Views: 1269

Re: Anyone Like Historical Recordings?

SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D804, op. 29, no. 1 Budapest String Quartet (Roisman, Schneider, Ipolyi, Schneider) HMV DB 2224-27 Date: 1934-04-04 Just played the Schubert, and it sounds great. They really did a nice transfer on this historical material. I would be very much interested t...
by jserraglio
Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anyone Like Historical Recordings?
Replies: 15
Views: 1269

Re: Anyone Like Historical Recordings?

Good news ...

The CHARM archive appears to have solved its server problems. Things are now pretty fast. I got 256-478 KB/sec this morning and was able to download from the 'entire composition' button the 1934 Budapest SQ Schubert SQ # 13 in under 4 minutes.
by jserraglio
Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:55 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train
Replies: 4
Views: 1312

Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train

I saw it for the first time last week on TCM and was bowled over. This one belongs right up there with Vertigo, Notorious, Psycho, N by N'west, etc. Robert Walker was terrific as the crazy villain. The moment when he pops the kid's balloon with his cigarette says it all. I loved the sleek, elegant, ...
by jserraglio
Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:42 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: How many of you have seen The Hurt Locker...
Replies: 24
Views: 3879

Re: How many of you have seen The Hurt Locker...

This suspenseful low-budget movie deserves all the acclaim it has received. The scene where the EOD team tries to help the poor Iraqi man chained to a bomb vest is excruciating. But the image that will stay with me occurs in the desert scene where a fly crawls into the eye of Sgt William James and h...
by jserraglio
Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Le Sacre du Printemps
Replies: 54
Views: 4470

Re: Le Sacre du Printemps

I just listened to the Dorati-LSO recording. I liked it a lot but my favorite commercial recording is still Bernstein's with the NYP. Love that LP cover too.

My favorite live recording is Martinon's 1967 b'cast with the Chicago.
by jserraglio
Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:06 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: .....some IDEAL DOUBLE FEATURES!
Replies: 23
Views: 4056

Re: .....some IDEAL DOUBLE FEATURES!

Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket v. Stone's Platoon.
--"This is not 'Nam. There are rules."--Walter Sobchak

also a triple feature:
Miracle, Hoosiers, Remember the Titans
by jserraglio
Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why I dislike Modern Atonal music...
Replies: 67
Views: 5341

Re: Why I dislike Modern Atonal music...

I'm not a big 12-tone music fan, but if some of it was good enough for George Szell (cf: Rochberg's Symphony 2 world premiere), it's good enough for me.
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Slatkin's True Forte
Replies: 5
Views: 697

Re: Slatkin's True Forte

April 3, 2010 In a keenly executed, blazingly energetic account of Schuman’s “Circus Overture,” a brassy 1944 curtain raiser, Mr. Slatkin, who is also the music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, instantly showed a well-filled house why he has long been both an important artist and a depen...
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is anybody buying classical CDs these days?
Replies: 72
Views: 4545

Re: Is anybody buying classical CDs these days?

No, I have hundreds of CDs to listen to as it is. No more room on the wall to put them. Also, I have become interested in live broadcast recordings, which I often prefer to studio recordings and are often not on CD at all: --Stokowski's Phila Orch 1960's return concerts. --Cleveland orchestra live c...
by jserraglio
Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Easter music
Replies: 25
Views: 2923

Re: Easter music

J.B. Foerster : Symphony No. 4 ("Easter Eve") 1. Molto sostenuto, a dramatic presentation of Easter eve 2. Allegro decisio, a scherzo also called "A Child's Good Friday" 3. Andante sostenuto, a meditation called "The Charm of Solitude" 4. Lento lugubre - Allegro moderato, "The Victory of Good Frida...
by jserraglio
Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Inglourious Basterds
Replies: 25
Views: 4005

Re: Inglourious Basterds

I haven't heard much about this flick. Is this a "serious" Nazi film or meant to be humorous? Frankly, I can't imagine humour in any Nazi situation. Since I very much want to see movies dealing with WW II and particularly the Holocaust, would this be one for me to see? One recent 'serious" Holocaus...
by jserraglio
Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:17 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Inglourious Basterds
Replies: 25
Views: 4005

Re: Inglourious Basterds

I hated myself for liking this film. I've never seen a Tarentino film before and was prepared to hate this one--Jews scalping Nazis?!--but I couldnt stop watching it. I absolutely loved it to. If it were up to me, it would have won the Best Picture Oscar instead of Hurt Locker . I was riveted to th...
by jserraglio
Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:38 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Your favorite book
Replies: 9
Views: 2044

Re: Your favorite book

If my house were burning down I'd grab Homer, Dante and Shakespeare and figure I had it covered. If I could take only one work, it would be the Iliad --an astounding masterpiece. If two, I'd also grab the Odyssey . Right now though, I am engrossed in Making Toast , Roger Rosenblatt 's moving memoir ...
by jserraglio
Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: .....some IDEAL DOUBLE FEATURES!
Replies: 23
Views: 4056

Re: .....some IDEAL DOUBLE FEATURES!

Another natural Mel Brooks pairing are his two versions of "The Producers", one comedic/musical and the other musical/comedic. Loved the one, didn't like the other. I'll leave you to judge which is which. Film buffs will know without guessing. Yes, great coupling. I bought both on DVD to see as a "...
by jserraglio
Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: How many of you have seen The Hurt Locker...
Replies: 24
Views: 3879

Re: How many of you have seen The Hurt Locker...

I've heard so much about it, I intend to see it very soon.

also want to see . . .

Moon
Shutter Island
A Serious Man
District 9

Any opinions/warnings about those would be greatly appreciated.
by jserraglio
Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Inglourious Basterds
Replies: 25
Views: 4005

Re: Inglourious Basterds

I hated myself for liking this film. I've never seen a Tarentino film before and was prepared to hate this one--Jews scalping Nazis?!--but I couldnt stop watching it.
by jserraglio
Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Advice wanted on CD player
Replies: 49
Views: 2398

Re: Advice wanted on CD player

I guess it was the OPPO of its time. :wink: One thing about the Oppo is that you can only buy it from them, that keeps the price down...I have one in the bedroom and it's excellent, I Beta Tested the BluRay model up against the top of the line Sony and a Linn SACD Player and it did remarkably well,...
by jserraglio
Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:45 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: .....some IDEAL DOUBLE FEATURES!
Replies: 23
Views: 4056

Re: .....some IDEAL DOUBLE FEATURES!

Fascinating topic: _______________________ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button v. Forrest Gump - "My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you before you can move on." Screenplays by Erik Roth. I was transfixed by Button but have never been able to get thru Gump, I need to try again. My...
by jserraglio
Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:05 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: LB's Candide at Oberlin
Replies: 0
Views: 561

LB's Candide at Oberlin

Last Sunday I saw a staged performance of Candide (the Wheeler version) at Oberlin College Hall Auditorium. This is my favorite Bernstein work but I have never seen it before. I think Act I is an astounding Offenbachian masterpiece, one infectious number after another. Great singing from the student...
by jserraglio
Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anyone Like Historical Recordings?
Replies: 15
Views: 1269

Re: Anyone Like Historical Recordings?

Listed in the CHARM archive

SCHUBERT
String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D804, op. 29, no. 1
Budapest String Quartet (Roisman, Schneider, Ipolyi, Schneider)
HMV DB2224
Date: 1934-04-04

This prewar recording apparently has not been reissued.
by jserraglio
Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anyone Like Historical Recordings?
Replies: 15
Views: 1269

Re: Anyone Like Historical Recordings?

What a fascinating website, many thanks Mike Another good one is Internet Archive , in particular F Reeder's 78rpm transfers (most all of Rodzinski's Cleveland recordings plus much more), which in many cases I prefer to the lp or cd reissues. (I think this transfer engineer might be the Fred Reeder...
by jserraglio
Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anyone Like Historical Recordings?
Replies: 15
Views: 1269

Re: Anyone Like Historical Recordings?

The only problem is, my download window is telling me that downloading John McCormack singing a little song by Bantock will take another 3+ hours...I have a fast connection and download quite a bit from Grumpy & others so that is not the problem. The download speeds were fine at first but it appear...
by jserraglio
Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anyone Like Historical Recordings?
Replies: 15
Views: 1269

Anyone Like Historical Recordings?

CHARM [Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music] sound archive goes online. http://www.charm.kcl.ac.uk/index.html http://www.charm.kcl.ac.uk/sound/sound.html http://www.charm.kcl.ac.uk/sound/sound_search.html CHARM sound archive goes online http://grumpyclassics.blogspot.com/2010/03/cha...
by jserraglio
Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Nose By Shostakovich-Sheer Operatic Lunacy!
Replies: 21
Views: 1081

Re: The Nose By Shostakovich-Sheer Operatic Lunacy!

The Met broadcast yesterday was sensational. Between performances of "Nose," Gergiev was leading his Mariinsky forces in a stunning concert performance of Berlioz's "Les Troyens" - what versatility, concentration, and sheer energy the man has! I agree. I have a tape of this b.cast and it blew me aw...
by jserraglio
Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why So Many People Can't Stand Modern Music
Replies: 28
Views: 1550

Re: Why So Many People Can't Stand Modern Music

To some extent it depends on who is playing it. I usually dont get 12-tone music, like Rochberg's Second Symphony or Sessions' Seventh. But Rochberg-Szell-Cleveland and Sessions-Martinon-Chicago tell a whole different story: without the 'dry' formalism & played like Schumann by virtuoso orchestras, ...
by jserraglio
Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which conductor Had The Largest Repertoire ?
Replies: 12
Views: 778

Re: Which conductor Had The Largest Repertoire ?

Sir Henry Wood (long forgotten, but he had a huge repertoire. Has any one here heard any of his recordings?), Yes, I have heard these by Wood (I'm a fan of Sir Hamilton Harty too): Bach Brandenburg Concertos 3 & 6 1930-32 Bach-Wood Toccata & Fugue in D minor Queen's Hall Beethoven Symphony No. 3 Ne...
by jserraglio
Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:01 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Recommendations, Please!
Replies: 7
Views: 1749

Re: Recommendations, Please!

Ben Affleck's first movie, Gone Baby Gone--a byzantine plot, a disturbing ending, and strong performances by Amy Ryan (Academy Award nominee), Casey Affleck, and the Boston rapper, Slaine
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Centennials Of Kempe And Martinon This Year
Replies: 21
Views: 717

Re: Centennials Of Kempe And Martinon This Year

I attended the performance, and even as a nonmusician I knew I was hearing something special. Martinon's treatment of Stravinsky's rhythms was shattering, unlike any other performance I've ever heard. A kind Chicagoan recently provided me with the broadcast (excellent sound for that period) and agr...
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jserraglio - please note!
Replies: 2
Views: 260

Re: Jserraglio - please note!

Greetings, jserraglio! You mentioned you could burn a copy of a CD for me, one that is long out of print. Can you still do that for me? I can forward my address via Private Message unless you already have it. Please advise! [See original thread below.] I don't want to lose track of this. http://www...
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Centennials Of Kempe And Martinon This Year
Replies: 21
Views: 717

Re: Centennials Of Kempe And Martinon This Year

A former CSO member told me that Martinon's excellent work with the orchestra played a big part in the success of the CSO's recording the following year with Ozawa...there are parts of the score that give Ozawa real trouble...the Orchestra knew how to play it, and just went right thru, Ozawa follow...
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Centennials Of Kempe And Martinon This Year
Replies: 21
Views: 717

Re: Centennials Of Kempe And Martinon This Year

The Chicago Symphony Archives sit on a tremendous Martinon treasure trove of performances and I hope they will do something special in his memory this year. John They should issue Martinon's stunning Rite of Spring from 1967. A former CSO member told me that Martinon's excellent work with the orche...
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some good music from the past decade
Replies: 18
Views: 1092

Re: Some good music from the past decade

Movie music, although I'm still waiting for the heir to Rosza to appear. Andre Previn's new opera Brief Encounter takes "movie music" to a new level. I love Previn's soaring romantic orchestral numbers a la Strauss/Korngold & the nods to Bernstein & Herrmann. Elizabeth Futral is moving as Laura Jen...
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 09, 2010 6:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Centennials Of Kempe And Martinon This Year
Replies: 21
Views: 717

Re: Centennials Of Kempe And Martinon This Year

CharmNewton wrote:
The Chicago Symphony Archives sit on a tremendous Martinon treasure trove of performances and I hope they will do something special in his memory this year.

John
They should issue Martinon's stunning Rite of Spring from 1967.
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 02, 2010 3:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky - your recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 608

Re: Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky - your recommendations?

This one is my first choice, in Russian too.

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by jserraglio
Sat Jan 02, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RARE LIVE CHARLES MUNCH BOSTON SYMPHONY PERFORMANCES:
Replies: 21
Views: 1658

Re: RARE LIVE CHARLES MUNCH BOSTON SYMPHONY PERFORMANCES:

Now that the thread has re-opened, I'd like to know who produced these recordings. Are they home-made CD-Rs? Independent Label? I've never seen this set before, and cannot find any copies of it searching other vendors. John Seconded. Does it duplicate any of the material in these recently issued We...
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Remembers Concert Hall lps?
Replies: 20
Views: 5321

Re: Who Remembers Concert Hall lps?

BTW re: Concert Hall Society recordings ... Just recalled that this Bruckner discography site has several of the Concert Hall Society Bruckner LPs for free download, including the Walter Goehr/Netherlands Philharmonic Bruckner Third: http://www.abruckner.com/downloads/downloadofthemonth/ http://www....
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Remembers Concert Hall lps?
Replies: 20
Views: 5321

Re: Who Remembers Concert Hall lps?

My Pascal Quartet set is packaged in a large dark blue box, and as I said, the lps are beautiful red vinyl. This must have been one of their special luxury items. The mono sound has strong presence. The vinyl surface is perhaps a bit loud by later standards but I find that this only adds character....
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 02, 2010 6:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Samuel Beckett on Furtwängler
Replies: 14
Views: 1371

Re: Samuel Beckett on Furtwängler

I was just reading Alex Ross' review of the Schubert/Beckett duet in my current issue of the New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/musical/2010/01/04/100104crmu_music_ross -- btw, is anyone familiar with & willing to offer an opinion on this book? Beckett's Dying Words by Christopher Ric...
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Remembers Concert Hall lps?
Replies: 20
Views: 5321

Re: Who Remembers Concert Hall lps?

This is wonderful! I'll go to that site as soon as possible. Their Paperbacks link takes you to a ton of free high-quality recordings (Maag, Fou Ts'ong, Swarowsky, Kostelanetz, Fistoulari, etc.) and their Listen link to a "radio" stream of their recordings. They have issued some of Karl Ristenpart'...
by jserraglio
Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Remembers Concert Hall lps?
Replies: 20
Views: 5321

Re: Who Remembers Concert Hall lps?

I was listening recently to the Pascal String Quartet performing the complete Beethoven String Quartets on the Concert Hall label (red vinyl lps). What a strong, powerful set---it really should be reissued on cd. I like the Pascal Quartet a lot but you wont find much on commercial CD. The Beethoven...