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by Ken
Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Seventh Swan of Zwickau
Replies: 11
Views: 495

Re: The Seventh Swan of Zwickau

The Robert Schumann Gesellschaft here in Düsseldorf is working in cooperation with the Tonhalle Orchester, the biannual Schumannfest, and the local Robert Schumann Musikhochschule to stage the composer's full repertory over the course of the year. I know this isn't a recorded release, but I think it...
by Ken
Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2369892

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Canadian Music in the 20th Century
(Morawitz, Anhalt, Hétu)
Glenn Gould
Sony
by Ken
Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your 5 favourite pianists
Replies: 121
Views: 6190

Re: Your 5 favourite pianists

Wow, very difficult to say...

Sviatoslav Richter
Martha Argerich
Wilhelm Kempff
Marc-André Hamelin
Claudio Arrau
by Ken
Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 5 Favourite Conductors
Replies: 63
Views: 2745

Re: 5 Favourite Conductors

Genau, Ken...das ist gerade das Problem: wen sollte man wählen, wen nicht?! Auch Masur dirigiert eine fantastische Aufnahme von Schumanns "Genoveva"! Tschüß, Jack Jack, ich kenne zwar die Masur Aufführung nicht, aber höre sehr gerne dem Rest seines Schumann-Repertoires zu. Hast Du aber die Harnonco...
by Ken
Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your Ten favorite symphonies
Replies: 37
Views: 1650

Re: Your Ten favorite symphonies

Not quite fair for all composers, because once I've listed the four symphonies of both Schumann and Brahms I'm only left with two extra picks, na? OK, I'll try to keep my composer list as diverse as possible: 1. Schumann: Symphony No. 3, 'Rheinische' 2. Brahms: Symphony No. 1 3. Schumann: Symphony N...
by Ken
Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 5 Favourite Conductors
Replies: 63
Views: 2745

Re: 5 Favourite Conductors

Schwer festzulegen...

Dohnányi
Masur
Previn
Sawallisch
Marriner
by Ken
Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your Five Favorite Composers
Replies: 242
Views: 9671

Re: Your Five Favorite Composers

Tough.

1. Schumann
2. Brahms
3. Hindemith
4. Bartok
5. Walton

Listen of course also to Borodin very happily.
by Ken
Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Violin & Cello Concertos: Recommendations Please!
Replies: 16
Views: 2359

Re: Schumann Violin & Cello Concertos: Recommendations Please!

Not much time to write an insightful, detailed response, but I will short mention that if you can find a copy of the Frank Peter Zimmermann/Vonk/Kölner RSO performance of the Violin Concerto, do not pass it up! . This is since a few years out of print, but is easily the most flowing, artistically in...
by Ken
Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most difficult to perform violin concertos
Replies: 40
Views: 3821

Re: The most difficult to perform violin concertos

Jack Kelso wrote:While perhaps not from the standpoint of virtuosity, the Schumann Concerto (third movement especially) submits great interpretive challenges to the soloist.
Yes! And have you looked into that Zimmermann performance yet? ;)
by Ken
Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most overused adjective in the classical music language
Replies: 62
Views: 3390

Re: The most overused adjective in the classical music language

Sublime? First thing that comes to my mind is Brahms's First Symphony, which bleeds sublimity.
by Ken
Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most difficult to perform piano concertos
Replies: 88
Views: 7751

Re: The most difficult to perform piano concertos

Possibly also Alkan's Concerto for Solo Piano, if that counts.
by Ken
Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Symphony Boxset: Which One?
Replies: 40
Views: 2168

Re: Schumann Symphony Boxset: Which One?

^ Adding to that, though, I should mention that the Schumann Symphonies in the hands of a skilled chamber orchestra can be spectacular experiences. There are a lot of subtleties in Schumann's orchestration that indeed tend to be drowned out by modern forces, though modern orchestras can certainly fl...
by Ken
Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Symphony Boxset: Which One?
Replies: 40
Views: 2168

Re: Schumann Symphony Boxset: Which One?

Now that's interesting, Ken. "Same vintage" meaning contemporaneous?! Does that mean Brahms should be played like Raff or Bruckner? Schumann like Mendelssohn? Sibelius like Mahler? Sorry, I'd like to have a beer with him over that opinion! Tschüß, Jack Basically meaning the same angle of attack in ...
by Ken
Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most difficult to perform violin concertos
Replies: 40
Views: 3821

Re: The most difficult to perform violin concertos

The Prokofiev and Shostakovich Concerti have always appeared and heard to me to be very difficult works, though I'm no expert.
by Ken
Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Symphony Boxset: Which One?
Replies: 40
Views: 2168

Re: Schumann Symphony Boxset: Which One?

Jared wrote:Ken... as an aside, what do you think of the Harnoncourt set?? :?:
Jared, I've actually not heard the Harnoncourt recordings, though I'm a sympathizer of his and I find his other Schumann releases to be fantastic.
by Ken
Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Symphony Boxset: Which One?
Replies: 40
Views: 2168

Re: Schumann Symphony Boxset: Which One?

Not sure what Ken means when he says Zinman has "a philosophy" on Schumann's symphonies. Zinman himself has said in an interview that he just prefers quicker tempi now. I don't feel any special philosophy in his Schumann. Taking this from a Gramophone interview around the time of his first release ...
by Ken
Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Symphony Boxset: Which One?
Replies: 40
Views: 2168

Re: Schumann Symphony Boxset: Which One?

I would like to invest in another set of Schumann Symphonies, OUT OF THE FOLLOWING SEVEN ONLY! I have a personal frontrunner in my mind, but could possibly be persuaded to the contrary by reasoned argument, so I'll be most interested to read your thoughts... :D * Staatskapelle Dresden/ Wolfgang Saw...
by Ken
Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: January 5: Musical Births and Deaths
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Re: January 5: Musical Births and Deaths

Michelangeli, Brendel, and Pollini share a birthday today? What a pianistic talent-laden day!
by Ken
Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2369892

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Glass: Another Look at Harmony, Part. 4
Michael Riesman
Wester Wind Vocal Ensemble
Orange Mountain Music

The points brought up in the recent Minimal Music thread notwithstanding, this is pretty amazing stuff to hear.
by Ken
Tue Dec 29, 2009 5:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you could buy only one box set of Sibelius' symphonies...
Replies: 62
Views: 5137

Re: If you could buy only one box set of Sibelius' symphonies...

Hate to admit it, but based on what I've heard of many of the examples given in this thread, I'd have to stick with Simon Rattle and the CBSO's cycle from the early 90s for EMI. Overall wonderful music-making.
by Ken
Tue Dec 29, 2009 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Most Listened To Classical Piece According To The BBC
Replies: 32
Views: 1628

Re: The Most Listened To Classical Piece According To The BBC

The Schumann surprised me at #5. How about you? :shock: Jack Kelso's responsible for that, with a little help from his friend Ken... :wink: No, this definitely surprised me, too. I didn't know that the composer's Op. 28 Drei Romanzen were at all as popular as this survey reveals. At any rate is the...
by Ken
Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on the passacaglia finale of Brahms #4
Replies: 17
Views: 916

Re: Question on the passacaglia finale of Brahms #4

Poor Brahms! The most scholarly of composers up until his own time and he borrows Bach that is not by Bach and Haydn that is not by Haydn (at least the Handel is by Handel). And the Schumann that once borrowed was indeed Schumann, although Schumann believed it was communicated to him through the sp...
by Ken
Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 3.....Really?
Replies: 24
Views: 992

Re: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 3.....Really?

Wallingford wrote:FORGET about a new Brahms concerto......I'm itching to hear that alleged "Ragtime Symphony"!
You're out of luck, musicologists are most certain that Brahms burned the manuscript in the same garbage bin as the sketches for his comic opera, The Sting.
by Ken
Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2369892

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Chalkperson wrote:
Ken wrote:Bartók: The String Quartets
Emerson String Quartet
DGG

1988, with stunning rhythmic accuracy.
Stunning accuracy yet no real Soul... :wink:
They aren't Hungarian; we can't expect them to overdramatize the Hungarian aspects of the music.
by Ken
Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms for Christmas
Replies: 22
Views: 1164

Re: Brahms for Christmas

Which one is Nr. 1 and which one is Nr. 2? 8)
by Ken
Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Did anybody get SUSAN BOYLE for Christmas?
Replies: 12
Views: 1029

Re: Did anybody get SUSAN BOYLE for Christmas?

Yep!
























... That is to say, I'm sure somebody out there got Susan Boyle for Christmas!
by Ken
Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2369892

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Bartók: The String Quartets
Emerson String Quartet
DGG

1988, with stunning rhythmic accuracy.
by Ken
Sun Dec 27, 2009 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How many NAXOS discs in your collection?
Replies: 62
Views: 2457

Re: How many NAXOS discs in your collection?

I'll count when I get my CDs organized again, though my sum (in a collection, mind you, of only around 300) is fairly moderate (I'd guess in the range of 20-30). I'm convinved, though, that Naxos doesn't deserve the cheapo-reputation that it sometimes earns.
by Ken
Sun Dec 27, 2009 9:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 3.....Really?
Replies: 24
Views: 992

Re: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 3.....Really?

I'm intrigued! Think it's not a bad idea at all.
by Ken
Sat Dec 26, 2009 6:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms for Christmas
Replies: 22
Views: 1164

Re: Brahms for Christmas

Hard for me to pin down single favourites for both of these beloved works, but here are the recordings that I like:

Symphony No. 2: Walter, Dohnányi, Sawallisch, Karajan (70s)
Symphony No. 3: Dohnányi, Alsop, Sawallisch, Masur
by Ken
Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Merry Christmas, CMGers!
Replies: 24
Views: 1679

Re: Merry Christmas, CMGers!

Frohe Weihnachten aus Düsseldorf!
by Ken
Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2369892

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61iH3RlDqxL._SL500_AA280_.jpg Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Op. 100 Mariss Jansons/Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra Chandos I stumbled across this little-known recording at eMusic and am quite impressed by it: a booming acoustic, energetic cadences and bright, pow...
by Ken
Wed Dec 23, 2009 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mendelssohn Conductors
Replies: 11
Views: 1011

Re: Mendelssohn Conductors

^ Actually haven't heard the Sawallisch recording of the Mendelssohn Symphonies; I'll keep it in mind, since I'm also so fond of his Schumann and Brahms.

...Come to think of it, Kurt Masur might indeed be the closest thing we have to a 'Mendelssohn Conductor'.
by Ken
Wed Dec 23, 2009 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prokofiev's Complete Symphonies
Replies: 14
Views: 856

Re: Prokofiev's Complete Symphonies

Jack, where did you pick up this set? I've been thinking of getting a box of the Prokofievs but I don't want to lay down the kind of € for the Jaarvi set on Chandos. There's this store in Mannheim, "2001"----they carry hard-to-find CD's, books and DVD's. I've found some excellent things there (e.g....
by Ken
Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mendelssohn Conductors
Replies: 11
Views: 1011

Re: Mendelssohn Conductors

I've also the Masur set and very much enjoy it, though my own tastes lead me to Dohnányi for the Mendelssohn Symphonies.
by Ken
Wed Dec 23, 2009 6:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mendelssohn Conductors
Replies: 11
Views: 1011

Mendelssohn Conductors

A contemplation as Mendelssohnjahr 2009 draws to a close: there are many conductors out there who 'cut their teeth', as it were, on one or two composers' works, and whose identities tend to become attached to these composers. There are Mozart conductors (Pinnock, Böhm), Beethoven conductors (Furtwän...
by Ken
Wed Dec 23, 2009 6:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Major Label's Merchandising
Replies: 7
Views: 590

Re: Major Label's Merchandising

^ True, though I wonder how much 'selling power' in terms of pure record sales a David Oistrakh or a Fischer-Dieskau has in comparison to a Janine Jansen or a Kate Royal these days. I think Karajan could still command pretty big sales, especially because of the recent anniversary year, though most K...
by Ken
Tue Dec 22, 2009 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC Music Mag: January Edition: Noseda Conducts Schumann 4
Replies: 13
Views: 534

Re: BBC Music Mag: January Edition: Noseda Conducts Schumann 4

Erm, it's Schumannjahr 2010... Those other macks just rid on his coattails.
by Ken
Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music for Christmas
Replies: 16
Views: 1045

Re: Music for Christmas

Interesting article in yesterday's Süddeutsche Zeitung that claimed that sales (and perhaps also releases, I don't recall) of Bach recordings as well as occurrence of Bach performances peak at Christmas time and slump in the summer. Ho ho ho!
by Ken
Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC Music Mag: January Edition: Noseda Conducts Schumann 4
Replies: 13
Views: 534

Re: BBC Music Mag: January Edition: Noseda Conducts Schumann 4

I won't be purchasing this, but it's good to see that the Beeb is getting Schumannjahr 2010 off to a correct start! ;)
by Ken
Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Major Label's Merchandising
Replies: 7
Views: 590

Re: Major Label's Merchandising

Generally has to do with the age of the release/status of the instrumental soloist or orchestra, I believe. Anne-Sophie Mutter, for instance, still has a big contract with the label and the label presumably still sells a lot of her earlier releases, and thus sees the benefit in keeping them at full ...
by Ken
Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music That's Joyous And Life-affirming
Replies: 22
Views: 2237

Re: Music That's Joyous And Life-affirming

Ditto the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra. ( NB Ken: this is 20th century music). Bartók's magnificent work was the first thing that popped to mind when I tried to think of joyous 20th Century music this morning; the same goes for his Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta and his Second Piano Con...
by Ken
Tue Dec 22, 2009 3:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2369892

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Gade: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5
Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
Christopher Hogwood/Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Chandos

Superb!
by Ken
Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert symphonies by HIP groups (or others)
Replies: 38
Views: 2612

Re: Schubert symphonies by HIP groups (or others)

I like the Marriner/ASMF recording on Arkiv, which very much represents a balance between HIP principles and modern orchestral standards. It also features recordings of the 7th, the 'finished' 8th, and the further-constructed 10th Symphonies.
by Ken
Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music That's Joyous And Life-affirming
Replies: 22
Views: 2237

Re: Music That's Joyous And Life-affirming

There's so much out there, and I tend to uplifting music as opposed to downers. Schumann's Rheinische Symphony, composed at one of the most optimistic times of the master's life, is my favourite orchestral work, likely for sentimental reasons, but also because of its overwhelmingly cheerful demeanou...
by Ken
Mon Dec 21, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok's 1936 masterpiece on youtube!
Replies: 2
Views: 311

Re: Bartok's 1936 masterpiece on youtube!

Made a post about this clip on my blog a while back; Dohnányi's recording of the selfsame piece isn't half bad, either. ;)
by Ken
Sun Dec 20, 2009 1:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prokofiev's Complete Symphonies
Replies: 14
Views: 856

Re: Prokofiev's Complete Symphonies

Jack, where did you pick up this set? I've been thinking of getting a box of the Prokofievs but I don't want to lay down the kind of € for the Jaarvi set on Chandos.
by Ken
Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joyless And Depressing Musical Downers That You Like
Replies: 51
Views: 4649

Re: Joyless And Depressing Musical Downers That You Like

slofstra wrote:Instrumentally, I don't think there is anything more melancholy and tinged with sadness than movement III of Schumann's Piano Quartet, op. 47.
Interesting; I find the movement to be very plush and quasi-sentimental!
by Ken
Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joyless And Depressing Musical Downers That You Like
Replies: 51
Views: 4649

Re: Joyless And Depressing Musical Downers That You Like

Hm, surprisingly no mention of Mahler in here, though I know there are fans of Kindertotenlieder and the Ninth and (Tenth) Symphonies around these parts.