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by jserraglio
Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: reading or watching opera?
Replies: 28
Views: 1343

Re: reading or watching opera?

Hi Annalisa, Thanks for posting this interesting poll/topic. Where I live sports no top-flight opera company so I've made a virtue of necessity and heard quite a few operas at music schools. five of which are w/i driving distance. I have come to prefer semi-pro or student productions--their choice o...
by jserraglio
Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2506983

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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great sounding perfs all round - 12 lps beautifully tranferred to 4 cds
by jserraglio
Sun Jun 29, 2008 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Pennario, Piano & Bridge Maestro, Dead at 83
Replies: 22
Views: 1651

Re: Leonard Pennario, Piano & Bridge Maestro, Dead at 83

Embarrassed to admit it, but I finally got around to ordering this set. I have a lot of Pennario on LP but most of this is new to me. ------------------------------------------------------------ LEONARD PENNARIO The Early Years 1950-1958 BARTOK: Piano Sonata, Sz.80 - CHOPIN: Complete Waltzes, Polona...
by jserraglio
Sat Jun 28, 2008 3:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Pennario, Piano & Bridge Maestro, Dead at 83
Replies: 22
Views: 1651

Leonard Pennario, Piano & Bridge Maestro, Dead at 83

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/28/arts/ ... nario.html

I admired Pennario's recordings, 2 favorites being the Gottschalk Piano Works on Angel and the Gershwin Rhapsody with Whiteman on Capitol.
by jserraglio
Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most handsome male violinist
Replies: 17
Views: 2118

Chalkperson wrote:Oh Boy, I was waiting for this dude to show up...fortunately I have never heard or seen him... :wink:
okay, these dudes are buff too

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by jserraglio
Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most beautiful female violinist
Replies: 30
Views: 4255

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by jserraglio
Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most handsome male violinist
Replies: 17
Views: 2118

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by jserraglio
Mon Jun 09, 2008 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cleveland Orchestra Goes All In with FWM
Replies: 2
Views: 426

Cleveland Orchestra Goes All In with FWM

Resisting both neotony and gerontology, The Cleveland Orchestra has extended Franz Welser-Möst's contract till 2018. Good move in my view, though he has been harshly criticized by some critics. Donald Rosenberg, the chief classical music critic of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, has often been harshl...
by jserraglio
Mon May 26, 2008 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First Pick: Verdi's "Requiem"
Replies: 22
Views: 2667

My favorites are the 2 Toscanini's from the 40's and 50's (Is the 1938-BBC available in decent sound?), the two Solti's (I prefer the CSO to the VPO), Fricsay & Guilini. There is a Cleveland bcast perf (2-1-1968) with George Szell (Gabriella Tucci, Janet Baker, Pierre Duval, Martti Talvela, and Robt...
by jserraglio
Wed May 21, 2008 5:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Continuing Curse of the Kennedys?
Replies: 16
Views: 817

The Curse of the Kennedys is that they are the undead. They seem all too mortal to me, one reason maybe that so many people love them. It's their ideas that keep coming back. I'm proud to have been represented at one time by Kennedy (and the late Father Robt Drinan) and am deeply saddened by yester...
by jserraglio
Thu May 15, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More DON GILLIS from Albany/Troy Records!
Replies: 17
Views: 1193

Public Radio Exchange Fred Flaxman presents an hour of symphonic music by American composer Don Gillis from the Albany/Troy recs. Welcome to Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman. Stay with me for the next hour and I’ll share with you the very American music of the very American composer...
by jserraglio
Tue May 13, 2008 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your Top 10 Conductors!
Replies: 86
Views: 8832

currently most often listened to . . .
  • rodzinski

    scherchen

    coates

    munch

    stock

    martinon

    tennstedt

    golovanov

    mitropoulos

    sergei/fabien [Kous]sevitzky
by jserraglio
Sun May 11, 2008 7:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Philharmonic reaches Loewe point
Replies: 16
Views: 1433

John,

Listened to an audio tape of the b-cast yesterday. I like the Celtic lilt of Gabriel Byrne in the King Arthur role and Nathan Gunn as Lancelot does a fine job. Wouldn't have known about it unless you had pointed it out.
by jserraglio
Sat May 10, 2008 2:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Philharmonic reaches Loewe point
Replies: 16
Views: 1433

Suit yourselves, but I am reminded of Erich Leinsdorf's opinion, expressed in his book on conducting, that top orchestras should not even be performing the Chopin concertos because the orchestral parts are so easy that they can be performed by any competent provincial or collegiate orchestra. Also ...
by jserraglio
Tue May 06, 2008 6:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nielsen Symphonies
Replies: 28
Views: 6670

another good ONE

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by jserraglio
Sun May 04, 2008 4:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti on Piano
Replies: 25
Views: 2815

I once heard Sergei Babayan in recital playing mesmerizing all-Scarlatti. Now I'll have to hunt down the recording several have referred to above.
by jserraglio
Sat May 03, 2008 5:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composer Henry Brant Dead at 94
Replies: 8
Views: 1142

I just listened to On the Nature of Things (Mester-Louisville) and was intrigued. I dont own any Brant recordings but was able to hear it online at a pretty amazing site I stumbled on that allows you to explore American composers from Billings to Brouwer while providing you with a page of background...
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Matthews/Debussy: 24 Preludes for orchestra!
Replies: 6
Views: 947

Debussy: Fourteen Piano Preludes orchestrated by Hans Henkemans: From Book I: Danseuses de Delphes, Voiles, Le vent dans la plaine, Les collines d'Anacapri, Des pas sur la neige, Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest, La cathédrale engloutie, From Book II: Brouillards, Feuilles mortes, La puerta del vino, Bruy...
by jserraglio
Mon Apr 14, 2008 5:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: REQUEST: recommendation for a book on film
Replies: 9
Views: 1042

Are you aware of www.imdb.com. Not what you're asking but "kids" do seem to do everything on the web today. Henry, You're the second person in a week who's mentioned this site to me, I will make certain to check it out. I use the IBDB site quite often to find out more about Broadway performances--i...
by jserraglio
Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great Berkshire Deal
Replies: 12
Views: 1307

Hi Barry,

Ordered it yesterday. Your rec is good enough for me, esp when it comes to WF.

regards,

joeS
by jserraglio
Mon Apr 14, 2008 5:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: REQUEST: recommendation for a book on film
Replies: 9
Views: 1042

Ralph wrote: Also, I just realized that Lax's book of interviews with Allen about his film-making is perfect!
Ralph,

Thank you again. I picked this one out of the list of many books by Allen yesterday and will definitely have a look at it b/c it deals specifically with his movies.
by jserraglio
Mon Apr 14, 2008 5:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: REQUEST: recommendation for a book on film
Replies: 9
Views: 1042

Re: REQUEST: recommendation for a book on film

How about a book that actually teaches film appreciation? One of the best I've looked at over the past month is Marilyn Fabe's Closely Watched Films But it's a bit dense, like a textbook and I dont want academia. Any other suggestions? I just started reading a fascinating bio of my current favorite...
by jserraglio
Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: REQUEST: recommendation for a book on film
Replies: 9
Views: 1042

Ralph,

Of course, Woody Allen! Perfect for that age group. Cant thank you enough. I didnt even know he wrote books.

My mistake was in not thinking to ask here first instead of thrashing about in the dark for 3 weeks.


jjS
by jserraglio
Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: REQUEST: recommendation for a book on film
Replies: 9
Views: 1042

REQUEST: recommendation for a book on film

Anyone here know of a general book on film appreciation that kids aged 16-18 might enjoy? The adult film buffs I talk to say Garry Wills, Pauline Kael, Roger Ebert, etc., but I'm looking for something less specific & more contemporary. I did stumble upon Jeffrey Overstreet's Through a Screen Darkly ...
by jserraglio
Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pulitzer Prize To Bob Dylan-*Yuchy Dumb Down Special Award*
Replies: 42
Views: 4355

I had never thought of Dylan as a serious poet (singer, yes; songwriter, emphatically yes) till I read Christopher Ricks' madding book Dylan's Visions of Sin . He argues persuasively and at length that the words of the songs can withstand the kind of analysis you might give Eliot's "Four Quartets". ...
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 09, 2008 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pulitzer Prize To Bob Dylan-*Yuchy Dumb Down Special Award*
Replies: 42
Views: 4355

. . . In a musical arena (folk music of Dylan's early years) that presupposed the singing worthiness of... Michael rowed the boat ashore, hallelujah. Michael rowed the boat ashore, hallelujah. ...the vastly more challenging and complex lyrics penned by Dylan in "Maggie's Farm" stand out. Besides, I...
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 09, 2008 4:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pulitzer Prize To Bob Dylan-*Yuchy Dumb Down Special Award*
Replies: 42
Views: 4355

Sorry to be tangential, but I love the story of Jimi Hendrix looking for a lead singer as he couldn't sing himself. Then he heard Dylan - and decided he could sing after all. Great story! Thanks be to Dylan for giving us Hendrix--curiously, from the opposite end, Baryshnikov's remarks about Fred As...
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pulitzer Prize To Bob Dylan-*Yuchy Dumb Down Special Award*
Replies: 42
Views: 4355

dirkronk and jserraglio, you both make excellent points. But, don't you think that Bob Dylan is being treated just a little too seriously? For goodness sakes, he isn't that great a poet? Is he? A few popular and timely lyrics and he is considered to be a genius..I think not and I was there when he ...
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pulitzer Prize To Bob Dylan-*Yuchy Dumb Down Special Award*
Replies: 42
Views: 4355

Re: Pulitzer Prize To Bob Dylan-*Yuchy Dumb Down Special Awa

Dylan's voice has never been accurately called mellifluous, true. He started his career imitating the nasal bleating of Woody Guthrie--most effectively, to be honest--and went downhill from there. In fact, having heard him in concert several years back, I'd say he can't even mumble all that well an...
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pulitzer Prize To Bob Dylan-*Yuchy Dumb Down Special Award*
Replies: 42
Views: 4355

Vic Damone he aint, but even allowing he cant sing, he knew how to write a song, maybe even a poem now and then.

http://tinyurl.com/3zk9kq


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by jserraglio
Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is Palestrina when you need him?
Replies: 6
Views: 897

Re: Where is Palestrina when you need him?

jbuck919 wrote:Pope Gregory XVI Ratzinger is a German of extremely cultured taste.
Yes, but Pope Benedict may come across as too refined. "He leaves me cold," says my mother, a devout Catholic for 89 years whom I have never heard utter a sour note about any pope, nada, never . . . till now.
by jserraglio
Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karajan Conducts New York Philharmonic (Carnegie Hall, 1958)
Replies: 3
Views: 855

Karajan Conducts New York Philharmonic (Carnegie Hall, 1958)

I just about fell off my chair when I saw these 1958 Carnegie Hall broadcast tapes made available on another board. The performances are excellent & the sound very good for its period and source. Like Stokowski, Karajan was able to change the orchestra's sound in a brief guest-conducting stint, the ...
by jserraglio
Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Oldest Recording? - Au Clair de la Lune Apr 9, 1860
Replies: 10
Views: 2044

Oldest Recording? - Au Clair de la Lune Apr 9, 1860

March 27, 2008 NY Times Researchers Play Tune Recorded Before Edison By JODY ROSEN http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/27/arts/27soun.html?ref=arts&pagewanted=all For more than a century, since he captured the spoken words “Mary had a little lamb” on a sheet of tinfoil, Thomas Edison has been considered ...
by jserraglio
Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano Dies at 86
Replies: 7
Views: 1265

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I picked this record up on LP out of curiosity and was stunned by the beauty of Di Stefano's voice in the early 50s. For all his flaws, maybe even because of them, Di Stefano was a thrilling singer who moved many listeners deeply.
by jserraglio
Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano Dies at 86
Replies: 7
Views: 1265

Tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano Dies at 86

Giuseppe Di Stefano, one of the greatest tenors of the 20th century and a celebrated singing partner of soprano Maria Callas, died Monday . . . .
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iDCi ... QD8V65M680
by jserraglio
Sun Feb 24, 2008 6:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beware secondary sources of Amazon
Replies: 8
Views: 846

John, Nothing kills online sales faster than negative feedback from customers. If you havent done so already, contact the third-party seller and ask for a refund. After purchasing a "new" iPod Nano, actually a hydrid of 2 others manufactured in 2 diff. countries (the Apple Store had never seen anyth...
by jserraglio
Sun Feb 17, 2008 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Solti and Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra
Replies: 90
Views: 8547

I am partial to the CSO in this work, whether it be Reiner, Solti, Boulez or Martinon (live, 1968). Another is Leinsdorf's Boston recording, a beautiful performance in excellent sound. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41WS45F0YRL._AA240_.jpg But Reiner is my top choice. If I could have a second...
by jserraglio
Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your top recording(s) of Appalachian Spring?
Replies: 30
Views: 2800

Ormandy's mono version from the fifties (COLUMBIA ML 5157, the first rec of the complete ballet?) takes first prize for me. The Phila Orch players blew me away and the sound is great, even in mono. but there's no commercial CD issue. http://i4.ebayimg.com/07/i/000/d2/51/1959_1.JPG on CD I like MTT's...
by jserraglio
Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Munch - Debussy
Replies: 10
Views: 1317

Munch is one of my favorite conductors, esp with the BSO. I like him best in broadcast concerts of composers like Mozart or Piston, where he often really cuts loose.
by jserraglio
Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Munch - Debussy
Replies: 10
Views: 1317

Not currently on CD but LP, the ORTF you mentioned above -- it may serve your turn till the CD is re-issued: From Julianbooks: http://www.juliansbooks.com/cgi-bin/julian/92243.html DEBUSSY: - vinyl lp. LA MER - PRELUDE A L'APRES - MIDI D'UN FAUNE - 3 NOCTURNES Author: MUNCH, CHARLES (CONDUCTS) ORCHE...
by jserraglio
Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Replies: 12
Views: 1719

I heard Skrowaczewski conduct at the pre-renovated Avery Fisher Hall in the late 70's and was impressed though I hated the sound of the hall. I was seated on the right side of that concrete coffin and couldn't hear the orchestra clearly. In spite of the wretched acoustics, Skrowaczewski made a huge ...
by jserraglio
Sun Feb 10, 2008 5:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Replies: 43
Views: 3039

I almost fainted when I saw the Stokowski being recommended. Those would be bloated Romanticized, turgid, over-orchestrated and robbed of all Baroque-like ornamentation and spontaneity. http://planetsmilies.net/ill-violated-dead-smiley-9436.gif My God! Somebody! Smelling salts . . . The Ormandy/Phi...
by jserraglio
Sun Feb 10, 2008 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Replies: 43
Views: 3039

Picked this one up for 2 bucks used and like it a lot. Sells as a two-fer: <div align="left"> http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/517DR75XJHL._AA240_.jpg </div> <div align="center">another two-fer: Stokowski-New Philh (Hugh Bean) coupled with Messiah hlts on Cala: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/imag...
by jserraglio
Sat Feb 02, 2008 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fauré Violin Sonatas (Fournier-Doyen) Giveaway (not quite)
Replies: 10
Views: 1108

I used an echeck and didnt have to wait more than a few hours for it to clear bcause of the trivial amt involved.
Pristine sent the dload links right away, note that they expire in 48 hrs so dont wait too long to download.

regards . . .
by jserraglio
Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music as Diplomacy: historical benchmarks
Replies: 13
Views: 1726

Re: Classical Music as Diplomacy: historical benchmarks

Wouldn't disapproval by the US State Department place this cultural event in a different historical category? Ever since Paul Robeson's political "initiatives" in or with the USSR, African-American activists did use such cultural events as a means to pressure, or to shame, the United States federal...
by jserraglio
Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music as Diplomacy: historical benchmarks
Replies: 13
Views: 1726

Re: Classical Music as Diplomacy: historical benchmarks

Who were the great American classical music ambassadors to the Soviet Union during the fifties, after Stalin's death? I thought immediately of Robt Breen's Porgy and Bess tour (originally sponsored in 1952 by the State Dept) visiting Russia in 1955: In December of that same year (1955), the opera c...
by jserraglio
Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2506983

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Mahler's Fourth - Tennstedt - Chicago SO in a live perf from 1990.

Arleen Auger, soloist

a breathtaking performance
by jserraglio
Sat Feb 02, 2008 7:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anyone Here Miss the Classical Music Google Group?
Replies: 13
Views: 1557

I think RMCR is worth a look. There are many folks there (as there are here) who are polite to a fault and whose breadth and depth of knowledge about recordings is mind-boggling. Don Tait (the retired WFMT announcer?), to name only one, has always responded to questions about my cherished CSO with a...
by jserraglio
Sat Feb 02, 2008 6:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fauré Violin Sonatas (Fournier-Doyen) Giveaway (not quite)
Replies: 10
Views: 1108

Fauré Violin Sonatas (Fournier-Doyen) Giveaway (not quite)

Posted for anyone here who might be interested. HQ transfer with cover and cue sheet also available. Rose's Pristine Audio transfers have been favorably reviewed in Fanfare . You can listen to an entire mvmt beforehand. If you're pinching pennies, that one-cent Euro price is gonna ring up as 2 penni...
by jserraglio
Sat Jan 26, 2008 6:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lenny as composer
Replies: 11
Views: 1127

Candide, On the Town, West Side Story, Wonderful Town are my favorite works.

But his poetic lectures on music made a powerful impact too.