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by jserraglio
Sat Dec 23, 2006 5:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

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by jserraglio
Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

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Prokofiev: The Ugly Duckling - Summer Day - Overture on Hebrew Themes
Jouve/Theatre Des Champs Elysees [London Ducretet-Thomson DTL 93084]
by jserraglio
Thu Dec 21, 2006 5:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: .....let's unearth SOME OBSCURE CAROLS!
Replies: 29
Views: 10667

________________________________ A Hymn of the Nativity, sung by the Shepherds Virgil Thomson Richard Crashaw (1613—1649) [excerpts] CHORUS. Heaven in earth ! and God in man ! Great little one, whose all-embracing birth Lifts earth to Heaven, stoops Heaven to earth ! Welcome, tho' nor to gold, nor s...
by jserraglio
Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Quotations from Finnish conductor Leif Segerstam
Replies: 16
Views: 4938

I have heard only a couple of Segerstam's recordings [Pettersson]. Any opinions on Segerstam as a composer? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Two Toscanini quotes: 1) After I die, I shall return to Earth as a gatekeeper of a bordello and I won't let...
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Quotations from Finnish conductor Leif Segerstam
Replies: 16
Views: 4938

Szell may not have done Debussy well, but he did do quite well by Henri Dutilleux. Yes, and recognizing his own limitations, Szell brought in Boulez who liked to conduct Debussy, Ravel, and modern repertoire. But my first record of La Mer was Szell's and I still think it's pretty darn good. And the...
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karajan's Complete Beethoven Symphonies
Replies: 48
Views: 13858

Yes, many--perhaps most--do suffer from noisy vinyl. I know that this can get frustrating, BUT don't give up looking for these. After buying Szell's Dvorak 9th on about 5 or 6 different Gold Radial pressings, I finally found one that was truly mint...meaning it didn't give off the typical continual...
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 19, 2006 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Violin concertos--not a poll
Replies: 53
Views: 12793

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Neither of these works would be embarrassed by their parentage or their siblings.
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 19, 2006 2:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Quotations from Finnish conductor Leif Segerstam
Replies: 16
Views: 4938

"He has an enormously wide repertory. He can conduct anything, provided it's by Beethoven, Brahms or Wagner. He tried Debussy's La Mer once. It came out as Das Merde ." --Anonymous Orchestra Member on George Szell "People say I hate musicians. They are wrong. I only hate the bad ones." --Fritz Rein...
by jserraglio
Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: New Naxos!!
Replies: 18
Views: 3705

Thanks for the heads up. .....I have never heard the 3rd and am unlikely to in concert anytime soon, so a good recording would help. if you can find it - get the Bernstein/NYPO/Sony release with Syms#3, 5 and 8....it's a great deal... Yes, this is a sensational disk, readily available on Amazon ver...
by jserraglio
Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: .....let's unearth SOME OBSCURE CAROLS!
Replies: 29
Views: 10667

http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B0000EI9W9.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg O come, o come Emmanuel, 'Veni, veni Emmanuel' Composed by Traditional Of the Father's heart begotten Composed by Traditional Verbum patris humanatur Composed by Anonymous Lo! he comes with clouds descending Composed by Trad...
by jserraglio
Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: New Naxos!!
Replies: 18
Views: 3705

I like Bernstein's Columbia recordings of Schuman's Third, Fifth and Eighth and Ormandy's of the Fourth, Ninth, Credendum and New England Triptych. Ormandy recorded Schuman's Third in the early fifties, Col. ML 4413, its first commercial recording. If anyone has heard that, would you be willing to s...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 17, 2006 5:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Symphony Since Rachmaninov and Prokofiev
Replies: 23
Views: 5364

The British composer Robert Simpson wrote 11 symphonies, all worth a listen. There's a slew of excellent symphonists from mid 20th century America (Bernstein and Ormandy pushed a lot of these)--Harold Shapero, Morton Gould, Richard Yardumian, Alan Hovhaness, Don Gillis, Randall Thompson, David Diamo...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 17, 2006 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

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by jserraglio
Sun Dec 17, 2006 11:30 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Happy Birthday Big B
Replies: 29
Views: 5148

Yes, I thought I had heard WCLV announce LvB's birthday yesterday, but then, inexplicably, they followed the announcement with a Haydn symphony (the Second) from 1757-- and a fussy period-intrument performance at that (Hogwood). Gimme shelter -- Szell's soaring integral set of LvB symphonies.
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 17, 2006 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Violin concertos--not a poll
Replies: 53
Views: 12793

The violin is said to be the devil's instrument: Are there composers who would make a Faustian bargain and trade their souls for a killer violin concerto? One exception I can think of is Menotti whose V.C. is overshadowed by his other works. Incidentally, I look forward to hearing the world premiere...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 17, 2006 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karajan's Complete Beethoven Symphonies
Replies: 48
Views: 13858

re: Szell's Beethoven on Epic and Columbia . . . I own complete "blue label" symphony sets on Epic in both stereo and mono. I'm not sure that box ever came out with the original gold radial labels--only as individual issues, some of which I have. The blue box does show up from time to time--I have ...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 16, 2006 8:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1235
Views: 344450

http://www.dustygroove.com/images/products/v/vaugha_sara_newscene~_101b.jpg found this on LP but there is a CD. nice record. "Sarah grooves up her bag a bit here -- working through some great 60s pop tunes, set to arrangements by Luchi De Jesus that have a nice little swing! The jazz component of t...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 16, 2006 7:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karajan's Complete Beethoven Symphonies
Replies: 48
Views: 13858

Just thought I'D put in a little vote here for the KRIPS set--on Everest. And there's George Szell. Yesterday, I replaced my LP sets of his LvB sym and concertos (Fleisher) with mint copies I picked up for the laughable price of $2 per set. For some reason I prefer these LP versions to the CD reiss...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 16, 2006 4:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

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by jserraglio
Wed Dec 13, 2006 7:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Violin concertos--not a poll
Replies: 53
Views: 12793

It shouldn't be too difficult to find Sessions second symphony in this wonderful recording. The last movement's "moto perpetuo" like - tune lingers in the mind. Peter http://www.arkivmusic.com/graphics/covers/full/05/55265.jpg I agree. For anyone interested, here's a link to a list of Roger Session...
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Violin concertos--not a poll
Replies: 53
Views: 12793

I'd sure like to hear that Sessions VC though. The Sessions is very elusive. It has only ever been recorded by Paul Zukofsky, and I foolishly, er, disaccessioned my LP some years ago. It was reissued on CD and then went out of print, and then came up as a possible item in a catalog by an obscure co...
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Violin concertos--not a poll
Replies: 53
Views: 12793

interesting question: Max Bruch's Concerto No. 1 in G minor comes to mind as (possibly) rising above his other compositions: I'm not all that familiar with his symphonies. I once heard a student performance of his VC #2 and liked it so much I went out and found a recording. I'd sure like to hear tha...
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karajan's Complete Beethoven Symphonies
Replies: 48
Views: 13858

I should warn you Ken, that this is all "bandwagon" type thinking here in regards to the 1962 Karajan set. One can find plenty of judiciously dissenting critiques concerning these overly driven and insensitive recordings if one looks around a bit. It's a far from unambiguous good deal IMO, given th...
by jserraglio
Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karajan's Complete Beethoven Symphonies
Replies: 48
Views: 13858

HvK's '62 set was my intro. to Beethoven in LP format and it's wonderful--I found the set used and cheap on CD a couple months ago and bought it w/o hesitation.

If I saw the later set at 20$ I'd grab that one too. I dont always agree with his perfs but he's always worth listening to.
by jserraglio
Mon Dec 11, 2006 7:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

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by jserraglio
Sun Dec 10, 2006 4:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Reger: Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Mozart
Bohm/BPO
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 10, 2006 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: These Are America's Top Five Orchestras?
Replies: 44
Views: 11000

You wont get any argument from me about Dohnanyi or Welser-Most. They are both fine musicians but not entirely to my taste either, tho' I did like how CvD programmed works by obscure avantgarde composers (a real education there) and how FWM regularly conducts big choral and operatic works--Verdi's R...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 10, 2006 2:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: These Are America's Top Five Orchestras?
Replies: 44
Views: 11000

great news--I didnt know there were two Fischers--one for Cleveland and one for Philly? Philly could do a lot worse than another Ormandy--not just good, great. Austria-Hungary produced a line of wonderful conductors--Reiner was from there too, no? I expect Welser-Most to split for the Vienna Opera b...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 10, 2006 10:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: These Are America's Top Five Orchestras?
Replies: 44
Views: 11000

My favorite set of Haydn symphonies is conducted by Ivan Fischer (Brilliant Classics). I prefer it to Dorati. Fischer conducts in Cleveland all the time to excellent reviews. In Feb he's appearing here with Hilary Hahn in works by Dohnanyi and Dvorak. He also has an exclusive record contract with Ph...
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 10, 2006 3:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

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by jserraglio
Sat Dec 09, 2006 5:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

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by jserraglio
Thu Dec 07, 2006 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

<img src="http://images.napster.com/mp3s/1015/resources/303/613/files/30361395.jpg" width="250" height="250"> Ozawa-Chicago from the late '60s. Always wanted to hear this perf ever since I heard Martinon do it live with the same orch. didnt have the record though. But thanks to a tip in PC Mag , I f...
by jserraglio
Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: These Are America's Top Five Orchestras?
Replies: 44
Views: 11000

Fred Kirshnit wrote:THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA The finest orchestra in America in the 1960s, with the sainted George Szell on the podium
. . . okay, if Szell merits sainthood, I reckon Reiner and Toscanini oughta be numbered among the Cherubim and Seraphim.
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 03, 2006 7:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1235
Views: 344450

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great 6 LP set with a detailed book enclosed
by jserraglio
Sun Dec 03, 2006 8:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

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<div align="center">a double take on Strauss' first Horn Concerto
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 02, 2006 4:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1235
Views: 344450

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"Artie Shaw, featuring Roy Eldridge." LP vinyl, RCA LPV-582 "Vintage Series."

Just bought a factory-sealed copy today and love it!
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 02, 2006 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

Has this ever been reissued on cd before? http://www.sonyclassical.com/special/masterworks_heritage/gfx/jpgs/62353cvr.jpg Yes, as johnq pointed out, and lavishly too, on Sony Masterworks Heritage MHK 62353 coupled with E. Power Biggs' album, Music for Organ and Brass . Great holiday music. The imag...
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 02, 2006 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

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by jserraglio
Fri Dec 01, 2006 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1
Rachmaninoff: The Isle of the Dead
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 25, 2006 8:16 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: You Tube
Replies: 12
Views: 3100

Someone posted an astonishing video of Oistrakh playing the complete Tchaikovsky VC, with Dimitri Shostakovich clearly visible in the audience. Clear pic and clear sound.

Also great clips of Hilary Hahn playing the Shostakovich and Prokofiev 1st VCs.
by jserraglio
Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: You Tube
Replies: 12
Views: 3100

Youtube is an amazing source of historical footage. I've even seen video of Rubinstein's historic October 1st 1964 concert in Moscow. However, some works are transitory. a wonderful performance by ABM of the Chopin 1st Ballade was there for a couple of months and then just disappeared. Luckily I've...
by jserraglio
Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

<img src="http://sonymusic.com/images/selection/200/60894cvr.jpg" width="185"height="185"> | http://www.sonyclassical.com/special/masterworks_heritage/gfx/jpgs/62339cvr.jpg | http://www.sonyclassical.com/special/masterworks_heritage/gfx/jpgs/63316cvr.jpg | <img src="http://www.sonyclassical.com/spec...
by jserraglio
Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

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by jserraglio
Mon Nov 20, 2006 6:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Homer
Replies: 2
Views: 700

Of modern translations, I like those of Robert Fagles and Robert Fitzgerald . I read both, but prefer Fagles -- Professor Fagles captures the narrative sweep of Homer better, uses an unpretentious verse line, and writes vibrant, clear, contemporary English. Why some translators make Homer sound arch...
by jserraglio
Sat Nov 18, 2006 5:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

Startled to find this at Half Price Books yesterday: <img src="http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000EQHV9I.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V60798825_.jpg" width="300" height="300"> Roberto Gerhard: The Plague Alec McCowen speaker National Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Washington D.C. Antal Dorati A chillin...
by jserraglio
Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: best recording of Faure's Requiem?
Replies: 12
Views: 10542

1st pick: Faure : Requiem Choir of King's College, Cambridge Conducted By : David Willcocks New Philharmonia Orchestra LP Seraphim : S-60096 CD ASIN: B000002S4X http://i1.ebayimg.com/06/i/08/c9/c1/48_1_b.JPG _______________________________________________________ 2nd Pick: Cluytens/PCO with de losAn...
by jserraglio
Tue Nov 14, 2006 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

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also, stereo recordings of Beethoven's Fifth and Eighth and an album of Romantic String music with the same performers
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 12, 2006 4:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 3873

If it's savagery you crave . . . <div align="left"> http://ec3.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00000I9MQ.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Stravinsky, Rite of Spring - Ozawa-Chicago - RCA</div> <div align="center"> http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000001GQC.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Prokofiev, Scythian Su...
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 12, 2006 10:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 431787

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Irish Night At The Pops - Fiedler - LP RCA LSC 2946
live in Symphony Hall - the ambience of this great hall full of people reproduced handsomely, the music is wonderful, and the orchestra plays like a million bucks.
by jserraglio
Sun Nov 12, 2006 3:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Mahler Symphony No. 1 - Walter/NY
Replies: 23
Views: 4609

Interesting. Does Theo also sell copies of these? I would really like to hear some of these early stereo recordings. Yes, Stokowski's Bell Lab stereo recordings are included on the 2 sets pictured above. cf. a message of October 15, 2006 by Larry Friedman on the Association for Recorded Sound Discu...