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by Wallingford
Sun May 15, 2005 3:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Any thoughts on DINO CIANI ?
Replies: 2
Views: 874

Any thoughts on DINO CIANI ?

One of the more tragic figures in piano lore (1941-1974), he was killed in a car wreck, and I'm curious as to why he hasn't developed a cult since then (like Lipatti & Kapell have). He was a pianist of major inspiration & imagination.
by Wallingford
Sun May 15, 2005 2:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The "HOMERIC" SYMPHONY:why isn't it better known?
Replies: 2
Views: 1173

Here's one link devoted to the composer--it only lists, at the top, those works of his commercially recorded, and the work I'm talking about is mentioned at the bottom. As it says, you'd have to catch it on a radio presentation.
http://www.musicweb-international.com/c ... Berger.htm
by Wallingford
Sun May 15, 2005 2:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The "HOMERIC" SYMPHONY:why isn't it better known?
Replies: 2
Views: 1173

The "HOMERIC" SYMPHONY:why isn't it better known?

Hey, forget what all I posted on the "what-are-you-listening-to" thread.......what I'M hung up about is, why hasn't the world caught onto Berger's "Homerische Symphonie"? I took a re-listen to it last night; my own copy's a 20-year-old German reel-to-reel radio dub (in MONO, for cryin' out loud!.......
by Wallingford
Sun May 15, 2005 1:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 486114

I recently bought a used CD of the late, lamented Hans Vonk doing Mahler's First (St. Louis Sym., on ArchMedia 1003). It had to have been one of the few discs he got to do with that group. Also: an old Capitol LP of 70's British rocker Jon Lord's token try at grandiose pop/classical, his "Gemini Sui...
by Wallingford
Sat May 14, 2005 12:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Grieg have a dinner party.
Replies: 11
Views: 3218

jbuck919 wrote:Brahms had good things to say about Grieg's music? This I didn't know.
Yes--one of Brahms's little quirks of musical taste was his liking for some of the Nationalists.......like Dvorak, for instance, whose music he went out of his way to promote.
by Wallingford
Fri May 13, 2005 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 486114

Well, I've been putting together some mix tapes of a couple of the greatest Scandinavian orchestras--the STOCKHOLM PHILHARMONIC & the DANISH RADIO SYMPHONY. Of the former, I've got Blomstedt conducting Lidholm's Poem For Orchestra, and Rosenberg's Sinfonia Grave (Symphony #2--both on Discofil 33160)...
by Wallingford
Fri May 13, 2005 4:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Classical music that's POLITICALLY INCORRECT...!
Replies: 21
Views: 4693

Interestingly (though not approvingly), the "N" word managed to find its way into the vernacular of many a foreign language as well: If there is ANY obscure work of Grieg which I suggest anyone sample, it's his song cycle "Haugtussa" (Opus 67). The storyline is about a shepherd-girl blessed with abi...
by Wallingford
Fri May 13, 2005 4:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Grieg have a dinner party.
Replies: 11
Views: 3218

Actually, consult ANY biography of Grieg & you'll find the two "incompatible" masters, despite an antipathy toward each others' music, found a common ground in their liking for Grieg, personality-wise AND music-wise.
by Wallingford
Wed May 11, 2005 3:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Classical music that's POLITICALLY INCORRECT...!
Replies: 21
Views: 4693

Just re-read Abram Chasins's classic book on golden-age pianism, SPEAKING OF PIANISTS. He mentioned the (relative) popularity of his Four Chinese Pieces, the most famous of which is "Rush Hour In Hong Kong." Rather quaint little works, but ones that just might find a new audience if not for That Tit...
by Wallingford
Wed May 11, 2005 3:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Your thoughts on the lovable tuba
Replies: 32
Views: 7048

This isn't an actual SOLO work, but just a passage: One of my very favorite passages in all orchestral music is in Gershwin's American In Paris, right before the riotous coda where the tuba makes one final re-quotation of the last chunk of the "blues" theme. Beautiful beyond words. You'd think more ...
by Wallingford
Sun May 08, 2005 2:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: William Walton
Replies: 16
Views: 3474

If you're like many, you'll prefer a smaller-scale taster of a new composer's music. Try Walton's "Crown Imperial" March (probably my all-time favorite march), or his "Facade" (done to poems of Edith Sitwell).
by Wallingford
Fri May 06, 2005 3:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 486114

WELL! Sorry I took so long in my response, I didn't know this thread existed, but I've been heartily enjoying the new stylus I just bought. And I always commemorate the occasion with a nice new stack of UNOPENED VINYL--I keep around a nice big pile of new LP's to admire just how flawlessly & quietly...
by Wallingford
Fri May 06, 2005 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: BENAROYA HALL: Joshua Bell/Orpheus Chamber
Replies: 0
Views: 2252

BENAROYA HALL: Joshua Bell/Orpheus Chamber

Well, it was all I could remember to do to attend this concert, part of the mini-series of concerts entitled "Visiting Orchestras." MY chief motivation for springing for a package this year was the fact the Cleveland Orchestra's playing at the end of this month (for which I'll duly give a report als...
by Wallingford
Sun Apr 24, 2005 3:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Brooding Piano Recommendations for a Novice?
Replies: 15
Views: 7108

The GRIEG BALLADE. (Op. 24, in G Minor.) I did it in my first college recital, and many consider it Grieg's greatest piano work. It's in the form of variations on a particularly-devastated-sounding Norwegian folktune. What the composer does with the melody over 15 minutes' time is just incredible, a...
by Wallingford
Sun Apr 24, 2005 3:27 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Ravel's Piano Concertos
Replies: 16
Views: 5047

Ravel's Piano Concertos

This site's been way, WAY overdue for a thread on these works. They're both quite remarkable, & they've been concert stalwarts for a quarter-century now. Even though critics harp on Ravel's "impersonal" or "unemotional" nature--even a "lack of depth"--the Concertos in D & in G turn out to be media f...
by Wallingford
Sat Apr 23, 2005 4:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: George Bizet Symphony in C
Replies: 18
Views: 5309

I really vacillate on favorite performances of this symphony, but....... Munch's lickety-split treatment (running barely over 23 minutes!) with the RPO is something special. And the old Ansermet mono disc rates highly, by virtue of the most bewitching oboe sound in the world, the gent who played in ...
by Wallingford
Thu Apr 21, 2005 8:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Did Alfred Cortot Denounce Vlado Perlemuter to the Nazis?
Replies: 10
Views: 5857

Cortot was WAY too interested in German Wagnerian culture for his own good. His playing--as well as his visual style, both at the keyboard and conducting--were full of irrepressibly-Romantic gestures. I sometimes feel like putting on a Casadesus recording after hearing a Cortot disc, just so I remem...
by Wallingford
Sat Apr 16, 2005 10:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Classical music that's POLITICALLY INCORRECT...!
Replies: 21
Views: 4693

One piece I've gotten belatedly hooked on recently has been Fritz Kreisler"s "Caprice Chinoise".....I've come across it on a number of old 78s. Clever little melody, it has a faintly-modernist feel to it and may very well catch some new listeners if only that title were changed. Also, a stalwart sec...
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: 3779

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: 4693

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: 3779

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: 4879

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: 4830

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: 7415

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: 2027

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: 7415

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: 4122

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: 7415

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: 7415

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: 6906

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: 8730

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: 9381

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: 7835

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: 7835

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.