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by jserraglio
Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach Guild Big Box MP3 sets at Amazon: $0.99
Replies: 9
Views: 2490

Re: Bach Guild Big Box MP3 sets at Amazon: $0.99

Back in 1963 when I was a staff announcer at WBAI in New York, every night when we signed off and went off the air we played the duet "Wir eilen mit schwachen doch emsigen Schritten" from the Bach Guild recording of Cantata #78. The singers were Teresa Stich-Randall and Dagmar Hermann, and here it ...
by jserraglio
Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach Guild Big Box MP3 sets at Amazon: $0.99
Replies: 9
Views: 2490

Bach Guild Big Box MP3 sets at Amazon: $0.99

Listed at $0.99 apiece, or all for 5.94. Classic Vanguard Bach Guild Recordings from the 60s. Click on images below to go to page: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61Sjrsb3kxL._SL500_AA280_.jpg ..... http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Vk-xiwAsL._SL500_AA280_.jpg ..... http://ecx.images-ama...
by jserraglio
Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So Massenet Has Been Honoured With A Collection ...
Replies: 12
Views: 1206

Re: So Massenet Has Been Honoured With A Collection ...

[snip] At present I plan to buy the DECCA Handel: The Masterworks volume, which is the GFH collection that is most praised by the public. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61eAP%2BuedPL._SL500_AA280_.jpg 14 hours of Handel for 99 cents, classic Vanguard Bach Guild performances in excellent soun...
by jserraglio
Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Working for a living: young Britten's film music
Replies: 8
Views: 721

Re: Working for a living: young Britten's film music

I can't find a 1940 movie of D.H. Lawrence's famous story "The Rocking Horse Winner," but there is one from 1949, which I have seen. IMDb says the score is by someone named Alwyn, but it is of a quality that would not exclude Britten. That would be William Alwyn who wrote a lot of excellent music. ...
by jserraglio
Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who are the TOP conductors today, in your view?
Replies: 61
Views: 10947

Re: Who are the TOP conductors today, in your view?

James Gaffigan , Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, music director; Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, principal guest cond.; Gürzenich Orchestra, Cologne, principal guest cond. Former associate to MTT at the SFSO and assistant to FWM in Cleveland. I heard him conduct in Cleveland several times, and he is ve...
by jserraglio
Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who are the TOP conductors today, in your view?
Replies: 61
Views: 10947

Re: Who are the TOP conductors today, in your view?

You're right! Pretre is still around, at nearly ninety years of age. Any Poulenc fan has got to love Pretre! BTW, I like the name of these categories, even though I would have placed Nagano elsewhere. Pretre is a great Berlioz conductor. I listen to a lot of his live recordings bcst from France Mus...
by jserraglio
Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who are the TOP conductors today, in your view?
Replies: 61
Views: 10947

Re: Who are the TOP conductors today, in your view?

Gold:
Levine
Pretre
Blomstedt
I. Fischer

Silver:
Gatti
Chung
Tilson Thomas
Salonen

Bronze:
Boulez
Muti
Abbado
Maazel
Gergiev

Iron:
Dohnanyi
Rattle

Tin:
Welser-Most
Alsop

Pyrite:
Dudamel
by jserraglio
Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich: Katerina Ismailova
Replies: 19
Views: 1674

Re: Shostakovich: Katerina Ismailova

Nobody knows for sure what Stalin's problem with "Lady Macbeth" really was, but the consensus seems to be that beyond the Pravda article's objection to the sympathetic portrayal of a murderer, it was about Stalin's moral prudery and dislike of modernistic music in general. [snip] Stalin should have...
by jserraglio
Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich: Katerina Ismailova
Replies: 19
Views: 1674

Re: Shostakovich: Katerina Ismailova

This is the revised version of "Lady Macbeth of Mzensk," and it was filmed in 1966 with Galina Vishnevskaya in the title role. I've just found the movie on YouTube, all of it! Back to Katerina : Now that I've finally heard this opera with some understanding, I see why Stalin and his goon squad hate...
by jserraglio
Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich: Katerina Ismailova
Replies: 19
Views: 1674

Re: Shostakovich: Katerina Ismailova

I'm not sure what you mean by "film translations" as opposed to " opera on video" relating to the Britten operas. "Katerina Ismailova" is indeed a film meant for movie theatres, but the others were either produced for television or, in the case of the Royal Opera's "Peter Grimes," televised live fr...
by jserraglio
Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich: Katerina Ismailova
Replies: 19
Views: 1674

Re: Shostakovich: Katerina Ismailova

I have located more Britten on YT. Most of these were posted late last year by Oliver Drake, son of baritone Bryan Drake, who obviously had access to archival material from the BBC: Oliver Drake wrote: I was there when the BBC recorded this [Peter Grimes] - It is a mystery that they didn't use any l...
by jserraglio
Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich: Katerina Ismailova
Replies: 19
Views: 1674

Re: Shostakovich: Katerina Ismailova

I also loved it. I have never been able to absorb this opera from LP [Angel/Melodiya] or CD [EMI]. But it was easy to follow on video. Another plus--this YT movie looked pretty good on a 55" screen! ---------- Now that I can see YT videos in their entirety in one file and on a big screen I am planni...
by jserraglio
Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Van Cliburn has passed
Replies: 30
Views: 5064

Re: Van Cliburn has passed

Another question: is there anything in that new boxed edition that was NOT reissued on CD before this boxed set? [qtd from amazon.com reviews] [CD28] "Op.43 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" Rachmaninov: "Op.83 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major," Brahms: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra Kiril Kondra...
by jserraglio
Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich: Katerina Ismailova
Replies: 19
Views: 1674

Re: Shostakovich: Katerina Ismailova

Thanks. Found and printed below a contemporaneous NYT review of the flick. Also several long but informative reviews are posted on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Shostakovich-Katerina-Izmailova-Galina-Vishnevskaya/product-reviews/B000I5YRJC/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmiss...
by jserraglio
Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Van Cliburn has passed
Replies: 30
Views: 5064

Re: Van Cliburn has passed

This is the best assessment I've read of Van Cliburn's career. Now here's my own. Though a highly talented pianist, of course, Van Cliburn became a phenomenon not because of his artistic achievement but because of the international politics of the time. Had he come in second, or if he had won any o...
by jserraglio
Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Van Cliburn has passed
Replies: 30
Views: 5064

Re: Van Cliburn has passed



1972 Rachmaninoff PC 2 Kondrashin/Moscow PO -- entire perf in 4 pts
by jserraglio
Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Van Cliburn has passed
Replies: 30
Views: 5064

Re: Van Cliburn has passed

by jserraglio
Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Harpsichordist Rafael Puyana (14 Oct 1931 - 1 March 2013)
Replies: 1
Views: 3206

Harpsichordist Rafael Puyana (14 Oct 1931 - 1 March 2013)

A student of Landowska. I admire his Mercury/Philips recordings. http://www.eltiempo.com/entretenimiento/IMAGEN/IMAGEN-12627943-2.png http://www.eltiempo.com/entretenimiento/musica/rafael-puyana-un-virtuoso-de-la-musica-barroca_12630109-4 A los 81 años, falleció en París. Era considerado uno de los ...
by jserraglio
Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Van Cliburn has passed
Replies: 30
Views: 5064

Re: Van Cliburn has passed

How many Beethoven sonatas did he play? He recorded only the three most popular, the Pathetique, Moonlight, and Appassionata, and if any others made their way into his recital programs, I'm not aware of it. I heard Cliburn in recital (Ann Arbor, March 15, 1968). One of the pieces he performed was B...
by jserraglio
Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Good box sets for intro to opera?
Replies: 25
Views: 2869

Re: Good box sets for intro to opera?

slofstra wrote: Can an ipod Touch do the Naxos library? It can certainly do radio. The Touch model has built in wifi.
I believe not. Wireless access it has, but the iPod Touch lacks the cellular connectivity of iPhone and some pricier iPads.
by jserraglio
Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: met rigoletto don rickles style
Replies: 14
Views: 1273

Re: met rigoletto don rickles style

As they say, it ain't over till the fat lady dances.
by jserraglio
Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Good box sets for intro to opera?
Replies: 25
Views: 2869

Re: Good box sets for intro to opera?

[snip] what about for someone like me on a tight budget? http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/517fSgAjQ7L._SL500_AA280_.jpg RE: WAGNER Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen cond. Hans Swarowsky MP3 Music 4.2 out of 5 stars Price: $7.99 http://www.amazon.com/Wagner-Der-Ring-des-Nibelungen/dp/B003JFTNKG/r...
by jserraglio
Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Good box sets for intro to opera?
Replies: 25
Views: 2869

Re: Good box sets for intro to opera?

[snip] what about for someone like me on a tight budget? http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51auLbR6XML._SL500_AA280_.jpg RE: VERDI 9+ hours of highlight selections from more than 10 Verdi operas Price: $2.99 http://www.amazon.com/100-Must-Have-Verdi-Masterpieces/dp/B007HLGYJ6/ref=pd_sim_dmusic_...
by jserraglio
Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Good box sets for intro to opera?
Replies: 25
Views: 2869

Re: Good box sets for intro to opera?

[snip] what about for someone like me on a tight budget? RE: MOZART http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51tXBVDEPAL._SL500_AA280_.jpg http://www.amazon.com/Mozarts-Best-Operas/dp/B003U8Q7NS/ref=pd_sim_dmusic_a_2 MP3 Set Price: $1.99 Classic performances of the 4 major Mozart operas for about the ...
by jserraglio
Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: met rigoletto don rickles style
Replies: 14
Views: 1273

Re: met rigoletto don rickles style

I think Sinatra would have been flattered by Beczala's vocalism but might have given him a few pointers on how a cool dude wristflips a mic cord.
by jserraglio
Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: met rigoletto don rickles style
Replies: 14
Views: 1273

Re: met rigoletto don rickles style

I attended the HD performance yesterday, expecting to be completely repelled by the "modern" version of this great opera. I must confess that in spite of the glitz and the Las Vegas setting, I managed to survive my negative expectations by ignoring the "scene" by just listening to and watching the ...
by jserraglio
Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: met rigoletto don rickles style
Replies: 14
Views: 1273

Re: met rigoletto don rickles style

I heard the audio-only broadcast this morning. Vegas aside, the singers, chorus and orchestra seemed fine. Haven't heard this opera in a long time and had forgotten what a thrilling work it is.

by jserraglio
Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Massenet Edition - 23 CDs on Decca
Replies: 5
Views: 1016

Re: The Massenet Edition - 23 CDs on Decca

I was lucky enough to hear France Musique's recent bcst of Massenet's Le Mage (1891). I was bowled over by the beauty of this totally unknown (at least to me) work. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fc/Massenet_Le_Mage.jpg The box set looks interesting. Unfortunately I already have all...
by jserraglio
Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Naxos' Gershwin Porgy & Bess 2-CD compilation
Replies: 6
Views: 1060

Re: Naxos' Gershwin Porgy & Bess 2-CD compilation

Another "historical" Porgy worth hearing is conducted by Alexander Smallens (who led the 1935 Broadway premiere) and features a very young Leontyne Price, William Warfield and Cab Calloway. Recorded live in Germany in 1952 and heavily cut, it is nevertheless an astonishing performance in very good s...
by jserraglio
Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rattle Mahler Box cheap
Replies: 25
Views: 2409

Re: Rattle Mahler Box cheap

I believe it is so cheap b/c it is slated for deletion.
by jserraglio
Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: abuse scandal at elite UK conservatories
Replies: 4
Views: 1538

Re: abuse scandal at elite UK conservatories

And then there are the sad and disturbing allegations made by former students at the Horace Mann School against the late composer and conductor Johannes Somary (among others): The Horace Mann School’s Secret History of Sexual Abuse http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/10/magazine/the-horace-mann-schools-s...
by jserraglio
Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rattle Mahler Box cheap
Replies: 25
Views: 2409

Rattle Mahler Box cheap

This looks tempting. Has anyone heard any of these? Mahler: Symphonies 1-9 (complete) (including Blumine) Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major Performing version by Deryck Cooke City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Symphonies 1-4, 6-8 Berliner Philharmoniker (Nos. 5 & 10) Wiener Philharmoniker (No. 9)...
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinci-Artaserse-5 Castratos and 5 Stars From Me...........!
Replies: 5
Views: 1176

Re: Vinci-Artaserse-5 Castratos and 5 Stars From Me.........

Thanks! I have enjoyed baroque opera since Harnoncourt's first recordings of Monteverdi on Telefunken. I have not heard this CD yet but I have heard a live production from Lausanne, France on OperaShare that has much the same cast. I was VERY impressed with this work by a composer I had never heard ...
by jserraglio
Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinyl Resurgent
Replies: 8
Views: 1109

Re: Vinyl Resurgent

Martzy's recordings are prized by collectors and have gone for big bucks for years. She was pretty good but her records are rare in the original editions b/c she wasn't that well known. This article gives an informative overview of her pluses and minuses and why she has achieved cult status after he...
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Amazon AutoRip
Replies: 4
Views: 924

Re: Amazon AutoRip

How do you retrieve previous purchases of CD's that have auto rip retroactively from Amazon? I have no idea how to do that. The recent orders I have placed automatically gave me the auto rip needed for the Amazon Cloud and the CD. But, I cannot figure out how to to get items that have auto rip and ...
by jserraglio
Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Deceased musicians for 2012 (so far)
Replies: 40
Views: 6318

Re: Deceased musicians for 2012 (so far)

Pianist Victor Karpovich Merzhanov (August 15, 1919 – December 20, 2012) "Victor Merzhanov has made numerous recordings for major labels in the USA, Italy, Japan and the USSR (Melodiya and Vista Vera). His recordings show his repertoire, including works from the Baroque period to contemporary music,...
by jserraglio
Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2713919

Re: What are YOU listening to today?



Entire concerto, amazing violin. AFAIK, she hasn't recorded it yet.
by jserraglio
Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:46 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Les Miserables
Replies: 7
Views: 5219

Re: Les Miserables

Have never seen a stage production other than by talented high-schoolers, so I actually enjoyed the "non-professional" singing in this film. The mise en scene of the film was overwhelming, as was the high-romanticism of the acting. May just be the most moving film adaptation of a musical I have ever...
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Deceased musicians for 2012 (so far)
Replies: 40
Views: 6318

Re: Deceased musicians for 2012 (so far)

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (29 March 1936 – 24 December 2012)
by jserraglio
Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2713919

Re: What are YOU listening to today?



Siegfried Köhler (1927-1984), East-Germany

SYMPHONY No 3 op 57 (1974/75)
for Orchestra, String Quartet , Wind Quartet and 1 Synthesizer
Staatskapelle Dresden / Siegfried Kurz.

recorded from Nova Stereo LP made in GDR (DDR, 1977).
by jserraglio
Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2713919

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Orchestral works from the former German Democratic Republic: E.H. Meyer, Hanns Eisler, Max Butting, etc. All uploaded from rare Eterna and Nova LP issues. Massive archive in decent sound with logical playlists for composers and genres. A great way to explore interesting and rarely heard orchestral m...
by jserraglio
Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The right Rite
Replies: 15
Views: 1557

Re: The right Rite

I like the Bernstein/NYP and Ozawa/CSO studio recs, but some of the best performances I have heard were live. Martinon/CSO (1967) - I was in the audience for this one Rosbaud/SWFSO (1956) and my current favorite: Steinberg/BSO (1970) an amazing performance by an orchestra and conductor I don't usual...
by jserraglio
Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dave Brubeck Dead At 91
Replies: 19
Views: 1846

Re: Dave Brubeck Dead At 91

"Makin' Time"--Rare alternate take of "Audrey" released on a Columbia compilation LP called I Like Jazz! around 1955.

by jserraglio
Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2713919

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Britten conducting Britten
by jserraglio
Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Henri Barda
Replies: 0
Views: 832

Pianist Henri Barda

Allan Evans on another board recommended this elusive, reclusive pianist: HJ Lim 's teacher (see http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=39314&p=418403&hilit=barda#p418403), himself once the prize student of Ignace Tiegerman (never heard of him either). But I am impressed with Barda'...
by jserraglio
Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Deceased musicians for 2012 (so far)
Replies: 40
Views: 6318

Re: Deceased musicians for 2012 (so far)

John F wrote:And the other Dutch composer is?
Simeon ten Holt (24 january 1923 – 25 november 2012)