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by Wallingford
Sat Apr 16, 2005 12:22 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: In your opinion, how does The "Rach TWO" ...
Replies: 14
Views: 3291

Let me cast my vote here for a long, LONG gone RCA Camden LP by Kjell Baekkelund, with Oivin Fjeldstad & the Oslo Philharmonic. About as youthful & fresh-sounding as you can get. (AND, never rereleased.)
by Wallingford
Sat Apr 16, 2005 12:10 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Classical music that's POLITICALLY INCORRECT...!
Replies: 21
Views: 3973

Classical music that's POLITICALLY INCORRECT...!

There are scads of pieces which long since have kept a low profile on account of their dealing with subjects that are suddenly ultra-sensitive or taboo: Pieces like Morton Gould's mid-40s orchestral display piece, "Minstrel Show".....the only recording ever to appear was Dimitri Mitropoulos's RCA 78...
by Wallingford
Fri Apr 15, 2005 11:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Let's Hear It for Osmo Vanska!
Replies: 11
Views: 3159

Apropos of Vanska, I fully intend on getting the new Beethoven Fourth CD he's done with the Minnesotans. And apropos of the Minnesotans: they've been just as good as ANY ensemble on earth these last 2 decades.....in fact, conversely, it's also been their shortcoming, IMO. Marriner & De Waart made it...
by Wallingford
Mon Apr 11, 2005 8:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bad news for reissue labels
Replies: 18
Views: 4304

Yeah, but as someone who bought a goodly number of these CDs (mainly of pianists Alfred Cortot & Benno Moiseiwitsch), I still must say:

WOTTA BUNCHA BASTARDS!! :evil:
by Wallingford
Mon Apr 11, 2005 8:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Concert Companion
Replies: 10
Views: 4299

The Bagar-Biancolli volume was one of my early "bibles." Lots of richly descriptive stuff on the music itself, and seldom-told stories on the composers' lives. But any of you DIE-HARD ROMANTICS who love reading extra-musical details into anything and everything ever written (a favorite pastime of Ma...
by Wallingford
Sun Apr 10, 2005 11:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: How come nobody makes movies for ME anymore?
Replies: 18
Views: 6760

No, I don't KNOW anyone presently. But it's a good bet I'm within a 100-yard radius of someone who considers it such. The kind folks who help run any major-metropolitan-area video emporium (the only kind worth patronizing, to my mind) probably espouse the film dearly. I've just returned a DVD (Class...
by Wallingford
Sun Apr 10, 2005 11:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Another used-record store bites the dust
Replies: 1
Views: 1810

Another used-record store bites the dust

It's Filipi's Books And Records in downtown Seattle. A landmark for many people (and a very short walk from where I live), and as for myself I'm sorry I only discovered it four years back after a good friend sung its praises many times before. It was a great place (actually the ONLY place) for gazin...
by Wallingford
Sun Apr 10, 2005 11:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: How come nobody makes movies for ME anymore?
Replies: 18
Views: 6760

Maybe if we're all highbrow here, we should be PROUD of it. It's frightening to contemplate what influence certain movie critcs wield over the masses--like that little egomaniac Leonard Maltin. I've always admired his books on animation & comedy shorts, but the renowned "Maltin Guide" to feature fil...
by Wallingford
Sun Apr 10, 2005 4:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Dorian Bankruptcy?
Replies: 6
Views: 3673

Breaks my heart, that's all I can say. :cry:

They put out many of the more creative issues among newer CDs.
by Wallingford
Sun Apr 10, 2005 4:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: How come nobody makes movies for ME anymore?
Replies: 18
Views: 6760

Yes, AND, the 1980s home-video revolution hastened the feature-film's artistic demise. It's all but influenced the way we watch movies: like, for instance, the way all other business-as-usual in the household's taking place, like the phone ringing, any small emergencies, and the like. (Not to mentio...
by Wallingford
Sat Apr 09, 2005 7:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: How come nobody makes movies for ME anymore?
Replies: 18
Views: 6760

How come nobody makes movies for ME anymore?

Yeah, you heard me. I used to be quite the film buff. But after moving to Seattle 12 years ago, I've just become totally disenfranchised with the whole movie scene. I don't know if the industry's finally become too commercialized to be bearable anymore, or if--after so many decades--there's now a re...
by Wallingford
Sat Apr 09, 2005 12:10 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 31
Views: 6332

Well, I've just heard Niels Wilhelm Gade's Symphony #1 in C Minor. MASTERPIECE. I've got a Chandos-label CD with CHristopher Hogwood & the DRSO; I also have an old Turnabout LP with Hye-Knudsen & the Royal Danish Orch. You can't go wrong with either performance. Mendelssohn was so enamored of this w...
by Wallingford
Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: DUCK & COVER!--Another anniversary for Wolfie
Replies: 21
Views: 8047

DUCK & COVER!--Another anniversary for Wolfie

While gazing thru Carnegie Hall's site the other day, I noticed something to make all you anti-Mozarteans' skin crawl:

2006 marks Mozart's 250th birthday. (Yeah, not a death date, but a bona fide birthday.)
by Wallingford
Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:22 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: ClassiMusic, makes us more intelligent and emotional or not?
Replies: 24
Views: 8609

I wouldn't make any real conclusions, but..... As a college junior, I found that slapping the headphones on with Schnabel's Beethoven Sonata recordings playing non-stop while I was desperately cramming for a class I thought I'd get a "D" in, really helped me absorb information faster to just squeak ...
by Wallingford
Wed Apr 06, 2005 9:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Fluff I have known and loved
Replies: 22
Views: 7076

Also: these days I'm groovin' on Kreisler's "Caprice Chinoise".......even if it IS rather dated & politically-incorrect. AND: Louis Moreau Gottschalk's "Le Banjo." If I could still play the piano the way I used to, I'd give it an EXTRA vulgarization: after the finale's final repetition of the "Campt...
by Wallingford
Sun Apr 03, 2005 4:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Fluff I have known and loved
Replies: 22
Views: 7076

ANYTHING by Benjamin Godard--especially his piano piece "Au Matin"......one of the most GORGEOUS melodies ever.

The LSO's "Classic Rock" efforts--so cheesy they're amusing.

Beethoven's "Wellington's Victory."

Mozart's round, "Bona nox, bist a rechta Ox"--ample testimony to his potty-mouth.