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by Ken
Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favorite language in vocal music
Replies: 53
Views: 2384

Re: Your favorite language in vocal music

^ Bei den Tamino-Klassikforen wäre dies kein Thema; die Antworte wären selbstverständlich. Zum Glück sind wir gerade bei einem etwas 'internationaleren' Forum, da wir es in Kauf nehmen müssen, andere haben unterschiedliche Meinungen wie uns. ;)
by Ken
Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365639

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Andre Rieu - The Homecoming!
Various Composers
Johann Strauss Orchestra Netherlands
Denon Records
by Ken
Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What composer have you become DISENCHANTED with?
Replies: 92
Views: 5093

Re: What composer have you become DISENCHANTED with?

Chalkperson wrote:I always held Schumann (and Brahms) in low esteem, and, continue to do so, but, that said i'll try pretty much anything, and even if I don't enjoy it i'm not too bothered, at least I heard it... :D
In order to become disenchanted with something does one not first have to be enchanted with it?
by Ken
Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favorite language in vocal music
Replies: 53
Views: 2384

Re: Your favorite language in vocal music

Deutsch, natürlich...
by Ken
Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: March 29: Musical Births and Deaths
Replies: 1
Views: 237

Re: March 29: Musical Births and Deaths

Happy Birthday, Willie! I'll be listening to some Henry V today in your honour...
by Ken
Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aargh ! Damaged Hindemith CD From My Library !
Replies: 10
Views: 610

Re: Aargh ! Damaged Hindemith CD From My Library !

I'm very sorry to hear this, TheHorn---though perhaps this will motivate you to check out the Bernstein/NYPO recording of the selfsame work on Sony, if you haven't already... It's a real treat! ;)
by Ken
Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What piece/artist really BUGS you ...
Replies: 55
Views: 2657

Re: What piece/artist really BUGS you ...

I just remembered another artist who, to directly translate a common German expression, really "goes me animally on the cookies": Thielemann. He seems to believe that he's the greatest thing to happen to German music since his alleged podium predecessor, Furtwängler. And I cannot say that I've ever ...
by Ken
Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365639

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Hindemith: Piano Sonatas 1-3
Glenn Gould
Sony
by Ken
Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What piece/artist really BUGS you ...
Replies: 55
Views: 2657

Re: What piece/artist really BUGS you ...

I hate to admit it, but I can't really deal with Gidon Kremer. His performance of Glass's Violin Concerto with Dohnanyi and the Wiener Philharmoniker is just about the only recording I've heard where I don't periodically cringe at the lack of tone depth and the strange liberties he takes in phrasing...
by Ken
Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365639

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Beethoven: Violinesonate Nr. 9, 'Kreutzer'
Isabelle Faust
Alexander Melnikov
Harmonia Mundi (First Recording, 2007)
by Ken
Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365639

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schumann: Klaviertrio in d-Moll, Op. 63
Alfred Cortot, Jacques Thibaud, Pablo Casals
Naxos Historical
by Ken
Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Many Of His Works Are No Longer Played
Replies: 22
Views: 2256

Re: Many Of His Works Are No Longer Played

True, although saying this implies that many of his works were in fact at one point played. I imagine most composers are lucky if their entire output in fact makes its way to the concert hall. That said, has Saint-Saëns enjoyed a comeback since the 1960s? I'm not too aware of how his popularity has ...
by Ken
Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Quantity vs. Quality
Replies: 16
Views: 1414

Re: Quantity vs. Quality

Jack, you have mentioned Zweitausendeins before, which is a store that I also quite enjoy to browse (even if the organization of CDs is a bit mish-mash). Where else do you enjoy looking for music in this country?
by Ken
Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Quantity vs. Quality
Replies: 16
Views: 1414

Re: Quantity vs. Quality

Though I've obviously not a long collecting history considering my age, what I do notice today is consistent recording quality in unexpected places. 'Minor' labels like Orfeo, BIS, Hyperion, ECM, PentaTone and Hännsler continue to amaze me with the caliber of performances that they release to disc a...
by Ken
Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Compared to other CMG posters
Replies: 28
Views: 3361

Re: Compared to other CMG posters

Right now I'm purchasing only about one CD per month. In the past this rate was much, much higher---but I tend to buy in spurts. This said, I don't feel as though less purchasing is acting as a hindrance to my enjoyment of the music.

I've also learned how to stop worrying and love YouTube.
by Ken
Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365639

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Hindemith: Violinsonaten
Ulf Wallin
Roland Pöntinen
BIS
by Ken
Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365639

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schumann: Klavierquintett in E-moll, Op. 44
Thomas Rajna
Alberni String Quartet
Brilliant

Quite a lovely recording.
by Ken
Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365639

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

In advance of seeing Midori play the selfsame work in recital tonight:

Schumann: Violinsonate Nr. 2 in d-moll, Op. 121

Isabelle Faust/Silke Avenhaus
CPO

Carolin Widmann/Denes Varjon
ECM New Series

George Enescu/Celiny Chilley
Naxos

Ara Malikian/Serouj Kradjian
Hänssler
by Ken
Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How many cities have you called "home?"
Replies: 31
Views: 1971

Re: How many cities have you called "home?"

^ Yes, und auf Deutsch, natürlich. According to the TestDaF Institute all the time(/money) I invested in German intensive courses have paid off and I'm able to carry out academic work. Whether or not I'm able to carry out idiomatic everyday conversations with lots of charismatic figures of speech is...
by Ken
Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How many cities have you called "home?"
Replies: 31
Views: 1971

Re: How many cities have you called "home?"

I'm at three: 1. Ottawa, Ontario 2. Halifax, Nova Scotia 3. Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen The odds of me staying here in Düsseldorf at least for the beginning of my doctoral work (as opposed to moving to the city where my supervising faculty is--either Berlin, Weimar, Dortmund, or Aachen) are pret...
by Ken
Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Dynamic Duo put out another awesome disc...
Replies: 14
Views: 653

Re: The Dynamic Duo put out another awesome disc...

All I can add to this conversation is that I wish Hyperion discs were somewhat more affordable...
by Ken
Sat Mar 13, 2010 3:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365639

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

^ Ahem, yeah... And mine, too!

This said, Karajan's recording of the Fourth Symphony from around 1960, which on EMI is paired with his Philharmonia recording of Brahms's Fourth, is well executed.
by Ken
Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365639

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 4, 5, 10
Isabelle Faust
Alexander Melnikov
Harmonia Mundi
by Ken
Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365639

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

In-optimistic-honour-of-spring Musik:

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante, Concertone
Julia Fischer
Gordan Nikolic
Yakov Kreizberg/Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
PentaTone
by Ken
Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: To Applaud Or Not To Applaud.....The No Applause Rule
Replies: 40
Views: 3143

Re: To Applaud Or Not To Applaud.....The No Applause Rule

This said, Schumann was a notorious opponent of applause between the movements of his orchestral works. Because of this we're left with: - The 'attacca' between the Scherzo/Trio and Finale of the Frühlingssinfonie - The lovely flowing, swelling form of the Piano Concerto - The channeled narrative of...
by Ken
Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: To Applaud Or Not To Applaud.....The No Applause Rule
Replies: 40
Views: 3143

Re: To Applaud Or Not To Applaud.....The No Applause Rule

A matter of taste, opinion, context, and a whole number of other subjective factors. I dare say that the contemporary attitude towards applause at a classical concert reflects the modern classical-patron demographic and the big scary institution that so-called 'serious' music has turned into. Like R...
by Ken
Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What's your opinion of the classical CD market?
Replies: 39
Views: 3453

Re: What's your opinion of the classical CD market?

and what about the younger set? Are they buying CDs or downloading? As a member of this set (I assume!), I'll pitch in my personal experience: "yes and yes, though not at the moment." When I do buy music I still prefer to have the hard-copy CD in front of me, jewel case, liner notes and all. Often ...
by Ken
Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Piano Concerto 4 recommendations?
Replies: 40
Views: 7665

Re: Beethoven Piano Concerto 4 recommendations?

Surprised not to see any mention of Arrau's fabulous recording on Philips with Haitink and the Concertgebouw. I think this is my benchmark for this work.
by Ken
Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365639

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schumannjahr 2010 includes the occasional diversion into 'other Schuman(n)s'.

William Schuman: Violin Concerto
Philippe Quint
José Serebrier/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Naxos
by Ken
Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Upcoming Classical Releases.......Gotcha!........
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: Upcoming Classical Releases.......Gotcha!........

^ Critics like Hurwitz are of course fully guilty for overpraising each and every new Argerich release and assigning them full stars. I can't remember the last time I saw a new Argerich (Live or '& Friends') record that didn't receive undivided acclaim from the press.
by Ken
Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Upcoming Classical Releases.......Gotcha!........
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: Upcoming Classical Releases.......Gotcha!........

"Legendary pianist and recluse Martha Argerich will continue to release live performances of music that she has recorded numerous times previously."

:lol:
by Ken
Sat Mar 06, 2010 3:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2365639

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Yesterday:

Walton: Violin, Viola Concertos
Yehudi Menuhin
Sir William Walton/Philharmonia Orchestra of London
EMI
by Ken
Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Gould's Bach
Replies: 25
Views: 3650

Re: Richter on Gould's Bach

slofstra wrote:I played the piano sonatas upstairs the other night and even my wife and niece remarked on how good this music is.
Honestly one of my favourite discs in my collection. A real gem.
by Ken
Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Gould's Bach
Replies: 25
Views: 3650

Re: Richter on Gould's Bach

Interesting, because sometimes I find the sheer power and drive of Richter's playing to evoke the same kind of superficiality that he hears in Gould. Nevertheless, both are tremendous interpreters with highly charismatic styles, which I believe is one of the things that I like most about their playi...
by Ken
Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you play your music loud enough?
Replies: 19
Views: 657

Re: Do you play your music loud enough?

This is a difficult thread for me to plunge in to: I listen almost exclusively with headphones, and the poster who mentioned that he wishes to preserve his musician's ears is right---I don't want to be deaf at 40! ;)
by Ken
Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music of Robert Schumann
Replies: 81
Views: 3058

Re: The music of Robert Schumann

Chalkperson wrote:oh, I just checked, Woody Allen does not like Schumann either, he calls it "flowery" and much prefers Schubert (of course, now there is a real Composer)... :wink:
Ah, good---I've just found one more reason not to like Woody Allen! ;)
by Ken
Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music of Robert Schumann
Replies: 81
Views: 3058

Re: The music of Robert Schumann

...and Brahm's Handel Variations are superb, so is his Requiem, Schumann's Vocal Music is like a wet fish handshake by comparison... :wink: When was the last time you listened to Szenen aus Goethes 'Faust' or Manfred , Chalk? Or perhaps the Romanzen und Balladen from his Dresden period, in which he...
by Ken
Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann's Konzertstück für vier Hörner, Op. 86
Replies: 14
Views: 1570

Schumann's Konzertstück für vier Hörner, Op. 86

Those who believe that Schumann was a less-than-capable orchestrator, or that he had difficulty blending singular instrumental lines into an ensemble must confront the composer's lively and clever Konzertstück für vier Hörner , perhaps one of the most creative---not to mention challenging---concerta...
by Ken
Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music of Robert Schumann
Replies: 81
Views: 3058

Re: The music of Robert Schumann

^ I would love to see a new recording of his neglected Düsseldorf-era voice and orchestra works, 'Der Könnigssohn', 'Rheinweinlied', and 'Neujahrslied', which as far as I know do not exist on CD. The latter two I had the pleasure of hearing here in Düsseldorf on New Year's Day and was very impressed...
by Ken
Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music of Robert Schumann
Replies: 81
Views: 3058

Re: The music of Robert Schumann

I must disagree a little, however, with my friend, Ken. Schumann's art-songs are as important to his overall output as Beethoven's piano sonatas are to the Bonn Master; but we must be careful not to commit a "Grieg-ism" and proclaim Schumann as primarily a song-composer, any more than Mendelssohn o...
by Ken
Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music of Robert Schumann
Replies: 81
Views: 3058

Re: The music of Robert Schumann

Now a question to all: which single Schumann work do you find the most challenging/difficult to enjoy/understand? This should be very interesting. Tschüß, Jack I possibly the F minor Sonata, 'Concert sans orchestre', the most challenging of his works. It seems to run tangentially to anything he had...
by Ken
Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music of Robert Schumann
Replies: 81
Views: 3058

Re: The music of Robert Schumann

That Schumann is my favourite composer should not surprise those of you who know my posting history in these forums. His music is at once highly personal and characteristic, and his complete musical intelligence and contribution to Romanticism both as a composer and as a writer should not be underes...
by Ken
Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jacques Hétu is gone
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Re: Jacques Hétu is gone

Sad to hear about Hétu's passing; he had certainly made his name as one of the best Canadian composers.
by Ken
Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Should Conductors Talk To Audiences At Concerts ?
Replies: 29
Views: 2236

Re: Should Conductors Talk To Audiences At Concerts ?

I find it irritating when a conductor addresses the audience without saying anything that most people did not already know, or just to try to 'break the ice', as it were. I also don't enjoy it very much when through his or her speech the conductor gives away a critical 'secret' in the music that lis...
by Ken
Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who was the greatest conductor of the 20th century?
Replies: 73
Views: 6436

Re: Who was the greatest conductor of the 20th century?

Chalkperson wrote:
Ken wrote:Do we measure greatness in terms of impact and influence? If so, then probably Furtwängler, Toscanini, and Karajan---not necessarily in that order.
Turning your back on Christoph von Dohnányi I see... :wink:
I might be biased, but I'm not blind to history! ;)
by Ken
Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I note that CMG kind of dies during the night!
Replies: 18
Views: 925

Re: I note that CMG kind of dies during the night!

I often log on at 8:00 CEST (2:00 EST) and post a few of my meanderings... So you can't blame me for the early-morning lull! But really, folks---a good night's sleep is probably more advisable than staying up until morning-grey electronically arguing about your five favourite page-turners with other...
by Ken
Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who was the greatest conductor of the 20th century?
Replies: 73
Views: 6436

Re: Who was the greatest conductor of the 20th century?

Do we measure greatness in terms of impact and influence? If so, then probably Furtwängler, Toscanini, and Karajan---not necessarily in that order.
by Ken
Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CHALKPERSON!
Replies: 25
Views: 771

Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CHALKPERSON!

Better late than never: Herzlichen Glückwünsch nachträglich zum Geburtstag, Chalkperson!
by Ken
Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The British Music Thread!
Replies: 41
Views: 3063

Re: The British Music Thread!

Great project!

I have not a drop of British blood, but find quite an affinity for the language, as well as the musik of Elgar, Britten, Tippett, Adès, and especially William Walton. Look forward to reading your commentary on some of these composers!
by Ken
Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert's birthday, January 31
Replies: 22
Views: 1137

Re: Schubert's birthday, January 31

Wow, I almost missed the occasion---thanks for reminding us, Lance! I still have time to make good by listening to Brendel play one or two of the Sonatas.