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by dirkronk
Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording
Replies: 26
Views: 444

Re: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording

On my honeymoon in NYC in 1984, I was shopping at the old Tower Records basement annex and chanced upon a vinyl set of Toscanini Brahms with the Philharmonia. Had it shipped home to Texas and, from that point on, it was often Toskie (Phil) vs Toskie (NBC) in Brahms…the performances were SO different...
by dirkronk
Mon Nov 22, 2021 11:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording
Replies: 26
Views: 444

Re: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording

My favorite Brahms 4s are Toscanini/NBC ['51] and Reiner/RoyalPO...great performances, by the time they get to the finale, things are really cooking!! Agreed, Heck. Have not heard Honeck in anything, truth be told, but my personal preference lies also with Reiner/RPO for Brahms 4th. Never did warm ...
by dirkronk
Fri Oct 22, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernard Haitink, Conductor Who Let Music Speak for Itself, Dies at 92
Replies: 19
Views: 1086

Re: Bernard Haitink, Conductor Who Let Music Speak for Itself, Dies at 92

maestrob's post reminded me of Haitink's skill in accompaniment, whether live OR in studio. Examples would have to include two superb Beethoven violin concerto recordings with the COA: one with Krebbers, the other with Grumiaux (my listening buddy Mark's all-time fave). And I would be remiss if I di...
by dirkronk
Thu Oct 21, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernard Haitink, Conductor Who Let Music Speak for Itself, Dies at 92
Replies: 19
Views: 1086

Re: Bernard Haitink, Conductor Who Let Music Speak for Itself, Dies at 92

RIP, Mr. Haitink.

Have to say that I was not always impressed by Haitink’s studio albums…I could probably count the ones I still own on a couple of hands. But the collection of live performances with the Concertgebouw on Q Disc is utterly extraordinary…and a true prize.

Dirk
by dirkronk
Wed Oct 20, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Canfield Guides, anyone?
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: Canfield Guides, anyone?

FYI, Canfield’s guide had zero evaluations of performances. Its value was in providing accurate and(then) current market prices on collectible classical LPs…much like Goldmine did for rock, jazz and pop. Classical was notoriously lacking in that kind of reference until Dave’s guides came along. The ...
by dirkronk
Wed Oct 20, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Canfield Guides, anyone?
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: Canfield Guides, anyone?

Lance wrote:
Wed Oct 20, 2021 4:01 pm
The CDs, however, will continue to grow ... as if I can live to 150 years old or more.
Hey, that's the plan, right? I'll be rootin' for ya, Lance! Well...at least for as long as I hold out myself.
:lol:

Dirk
by dirkronk
Wed Oct 20, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cziffra Complete Studio Recordings
Replies: 17
Views: 1009

Re: Cziffra Complete Studio Recordings

Per a just-now perusal of my comprehensive CD list (this is a joke...I haven't updated it in a l-o-o-o-n-g time), I'm a piker when it comes to Cziffra...just 13 assorted CDs, many CDr copies of live performances (though yes, the obligatory Liszt and Chopin stuff on EMI). Still, I'm not in acquisitio...
by dirkronk
Wed Oct 20, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Canfield Guides, anyone?
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Canfield Guides, anyone?

Hi all. Dirk popping up again...after being sidelined for a few months by surgical (hernia repair) and dental issues (two crowns +) and assorted other stuff. Now that I can lift things again, I'm in the midst of "honey-do" chores around the house. This includes elimination of excess bookshelf fodder...
by dirkronk
Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Father Usually (aka Padre Soler)
Replies: 10
Views: 1066

Re: Father Usually (aka Padre Soler)

Well, Richter also had a famously low opinion of his own performances during his 1960 trip to the US, especially the Carnegie Hall pieces. I listen to his encore Appassionata from his all-Beethoven evening and simply cannot agree; I think it's one of the top handful of performances of that piece tha...
by dirkronk
Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My granddaddy and the violin
Replies: 1
Views: 436

My granddaddy and the violin

Not sure if this belongs here or in Corner Pub, but because it involves a violin, I'll try here... My grandfather played fiddle, but I never got to hear him play. When I knew him, he was a brilliant man, read voraciously (history, science, philosophy, comparative religion). But he was an autodidact....
by dirkronk
Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Father Usually (aka Padre Soler)
Replies: 10
Views: 1066

Re: Father Usually (aka Padre Soler)

I'd like to say it's odd that, if de Larrocha had such a clear affinity for Soler, she only committed eight sonatas of his to record, but then, this is so often true of great artists. Rubinstein's album of Spanish music, for example, is stellar, but it is just that - one album. Or we can think of R...
by dirkronk
Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What pieces bring you to tears?
Replies: 13
Views: 1484

Re: What pieces bring you to tears?

Thanks for adding to the list, maestrob! The Beethoven is an old friend. The Elgar, Novak and Suk...I've heard the pieces but years ago and I can't be certain with the artists specified. The Magnard...recognize the name but actually don't remember hearing the piece. I have my work cut out for me! Dirk
by dirkronk
Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Father Usually (aka Padre Soler)
Replies: 10
Views: 1066

Re: Father Usually (aka Padre Soler)

Hi ayevey, Allow me to opine that you have lucked into what are probably the best performances you'll find. I say that because in Spanish piano repertoire, I am hopelessly enamored of the divine Alicia. Here's a comment I made on another board back in 2002: "Once you have plenty of orchestral stuff,...
by dirkronk
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What pieces bring you to tears?
Replies: 13
Views: 1484

Re: What pieces bring you to tears?

Great start, guys. I’ll start my own personal blubber fest this weekend so further examples will be welcome. 😉

Cheers,
Dirk
by dirkronk
Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What pieces bring you to tears?
Replies: 13
Views: 1484

What pieces bring you to tears?

So over on the Acoustic Guitar Forum, someone asked what solo instruments can bring a person to tears (assuming, of course, a truly talented person is playing said instrument). My answer has traditionally been twofold. First, instruments that fall within the typical range of the human voice: cello, ...
by dirkronk
Sat Jun 05, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favorite recording of Eine kleine Nachtmusik?
Replies: 32
Views: 13053

Re: Favorite recording of Eine kleine Nachtmusik?

OK, I’m following up my own post because I just looked up “Harmonia Mundi Musique d’abord” and the label has kept the name for what I suppose is a download service but replaced the players. There is in fact a Nachtmusik but it’s done by Manze and the English Concert, who may do a splendid job...but ...
by dirkronk
Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favorite recording of Eine kleine Nachtmusik?
Replies: 32
Views: 13053

Re: Favorite recording of Eine kleine Nachtmusik?

My faves in large ensembles: Reiner (mono) and Szell. I once had a French Harmonia Mundi LP of a small chamber group with equal lilt, speed, expression AND wonderfully open texture...but I cannot for the life of me recall their name. (It was one of those generic cover Musique d’Abord issues for thos...
by dirkronk
Tue May 25, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do you organize and display your music collection?
Replies: 12
Views: 1815

Re: How do you organize and display your music collection?

I concur with Lance's comment that keeping track (of a larger collection) on computer is a must. In my case, I did it in a way that not everyone would find advisable: as a single Microsoft Word document (!). I'm not kidding. I do my rock/folk/jazz stuff on a separate document, but all of my classica...
by dirkronk
Tue May 25, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: dirkronk checking back in.
Replies: 23
Views: 3538

Re: dirkronk checking back in.

I was born in the province of Groningen in northern Holland but left at the age of 5 when my own parents emigrated to Alberta, in 1959. Wow, a true "northerner" (just looked on a map). :wink: Thanks to Facebook and the Internet I'm more connected to the extended family in both Alberta and the Nethe...
by dirkronk
Tue May 25, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do you organize and display your music collection?
Replies: 12
Views: 1815

Re: How do you organize and display your music collection?

Unlike the days when my music collection was all on vinyl, my CDs are organized differently and stored differently. Right now, alas, "storage" is about 20 boxes out in the garage. In fact, I'm looking for inside-the-house storage options myself -- not to display but to hide (to mollify the SO), poss...
by dirkronk
Sat May 22, 2021 11:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MAGIC! (Please!)
Replies: 18
Views: 2704

Re: MAGIC! (Please!)

Finally, Bernsteins Eroica with the NYPO. Ah...one from left field and another one that I'll have to source. Haven't heard that one in years and my LP copy went in the huge university library donation years back...but I'll bet either my local library or YouTube has it. So Ric... You mentioning Bern...
by dirkronk
Sat May 22, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MAGIC! (Please!)
Replies: 18
Views: 2704

Re: MAGIC! (Please!)

Equally though provoking is the Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony which is often maligned by critics, and is even mocked by Bartok. I fear that I too maligned it...for a while. Here's a post I wrote back in 2007, in a thread about "depressing music": dirkronk wrote:For years, I looked on the Shosta...
by dirkronk
Fri May 21, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MAGIC! (Please!)
Replies: 18
Views: 2704

Re: MAGIC! (Please!)

Beautiful examples, stickles! Thanks so much for sharing those memories.

Dirk
by dirkronk
Fri May 21, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: dirkronk checking back in.
Replies: 23
Views: 3538

Re: dirkronk checking back in.

Fascinating. My own family journey took us through Alberta as well, although I've lived in Ontario since 1967. I still have a large extended family there, and our daughter has settled in Edmonton. Small world! So were you born in Holland or Canada? And when did your family journey take place? I oft...
by dirkronk
Fri May 21, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MAGIC! (Please!)
Replies: 18
Views: 2704

Re: MAGIC! (Please!)

There is something really special in the Pesek version of the Suk String Serenade if you can find it, not least of which is the ability of digital recording to capture the warm, woody overtones of the Czech Philharmonic's strings. Gotcha. Note to self: don't ask for MAGIC! and then suppose you can ...
by dirkronk
Fri May 21, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MAGIC! (Please!)
Replies: 18
Views: 2704

Re: MAGIC! (Please!)

2) Beethoven String Quartet #135, arr. for string orchestra, Lento: Bernstein/Vienna 5) Suk: Serenade Mvt. 3 (Adagio): Pesek/Czech Philharmonic I actually remember owning the Bernstein/Beethoven...though on LP, so it was part of the big university library donation from many years ago. Have Talich d...
by dirkronk
Thu May 20, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MAGIC! (Please!)
Replies: 18
Views: 2704

Re: MAGIC! (Please!)

What immediately came to mind was Sergei Babayan's Scarlatti recording on the Pro Piano label. No surprise there...a longtime favorite of mine, as well. And luckily, a friend provided me with a copy some years ago -- so it goes on the list for sure. :mrgreen: And I've just got Orozco's Chopin Prelu...
by dirkronk
Thu May 20, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: dirkronk checking back in.
Replies: 23
Views: 3538

Re: dirkronk checking back in.

Hello Dirk, from one who drifts in and out of this lovely site. Unfortunately the lovely Cheniston died a few years ago, this site has lost some really good friends and contributors. I do remember you. Sorry to hear about Cheniston. Not really surprised (he was getting up there in age, as we all ar...
by dirkronk
Thu May 20, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MAGIC! (Please!)
Replies: 18
Views: 2704

MAGIC! (Please!)

For those who haven't seen my first two posts, I'm returning to classical listening after a 10-year dry spell. I mean, I've been to assorted concerts (chamber music, mainly) pre-pandemic and so on, but I haven't delved into my classical recording collection for a l-o-o-n-g time. And my thought is, m...
by dirkronk
Wed May 19, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: dirkronk checking back in.
Replies: 23
Views: 3538

Re: dirkronk checking back in.

If that was in the Zaandam area, then possibly they were a part of a very interesting Protestant sect who ran all the windmills in the area. <SNIP> These are all industrial windmills used for fabrication, milling, et cetera, as opposed to simply pumping water back out to the sea, so your great gran...
by dirkronk
Tue May 18, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: dirkronk checking back in.
Replies: 23
Views: 3538

Re: dirkronk checking back in.

Digressing a bit here, but my own background is also Dutch, and I happened to spend a day in the Zaandam area 2 years ago on a trip. Search youtube on "drone Zaandam" or "drone Zaanse Schans" and you'll find all kinds of great footage of this area of the country, famous for preserving a battery of ...
by dirkronk
Tue May 18, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do you introduce non-classical listeners to this music?
Replies: 7
Views: 1174

Re: How do you introduce non-classical listeners to this music?

I'll totally agree with my colleagues here that your post is very thoughtful and yet you don't "talk down" to your readers. It's a great way to start the conversation. Thanks, maestrob. That is what I was shooting for. As an old married man but with no kids (but with a grown niece and nephew), I al...
by dirkronk
Tue May 18, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do you introduce non-classical listeners to this music?
Replies: 7
Views: 1174

Re: How do you introduce non-classical listeners to this music?

Since this was an acoustic guitar group, why no mention of Segovia? These folks already know their guitarists! In fact, earlier in the thread, people had mentioned Presti and Lagoya, Sharon Isbin and other names. I could have mentioned Julian Bream, Christoper Parkening, and Carlos Montoya as some ...
by dirkronk
Mon May 17, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do you introduce non-classical listeners to this music?
Replies: 7
Views: 1174

How do you introduce non-classical listeners to this music?

In the decade I've been away, I've been posting on forums with folks who, by and large, don't talk at all about classical music. Of course, that has seldom stopped ME from yammering away if the opportunity presents itself. So last year, on the Acoustic Guitar Forum's "Open Mic" area, someone asked "...
by dirkronk
Mon May 17, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: dirkronk checking back in.
Replies: 23
Views: 3538

Re: dirkronk checking back in.

Welcome back, dirkronk. Is your handle a nod to the great 'Dave van Ronk'? Hi slofstra. I do know about Dave van Ronk, but no, Ronk is just my family name. Near as I can tell, we never used the "van" but my records only go back to my great-great-grandfather (on my dad's side). "Van" of course typic...
by dirkronk
Mon May 17, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: dirkronk checking back in.
Replies: 23
Views: 3538

Re: dirkronk checking back in.

Thanks, all. OK, so I guess some 'splainin' is in order here. As in, where have I been all this time? And what have I been up to these past X years? Well... Working – until May 2020 (as a reminder, I was an advertising creative director & senior copywriter). I turned 70 last July – max-out age for s...
by dirkronk
Sun May 16, 2021 2:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: dirkronk checking back in.
Replies: 23
Views: 3538

dirkronk checking back in.

Hi Lance, Corlyss, et al. 'Sup? Dirk here...reporting in after a number of months offline. Well, maybe a few years. Wow, OK, make that a decade. (Really?) So...what did I miss? :mrgreen: Dirk (...hoping to say "hi" once more to Holden, georgeb, Heck, Que, Mandryka, Cheniston (violinland) and countle...
by dirkronk
Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Treasures of New York,"
Replies: 6
Views: 3252

Re: "Treasures of New York,"

jbuck919 wrote:Durn, I read the subject and was about to go out an buy a metal detector.
This is allowable only if you are wearing big ol' shorts...either oversize plaid Bermudas or safari-style with the giant sewn-on exterior pockets. The dorkier, the better.

Just sayin'...
:lol:

Dirk
by dirkronk
Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not the Bruckner of Belgium
Replies: 9
Views: 3715

Re: Not the Bruckner of Belgium

I once found Franck's symphony completely uninspired and uninspiring. Then I heard Mengelberg's version and it finally started to make sense. There was even excitement in the notes. And then I heard Monteux/Chicago, which added the element of good stereo recording (albeit with some compression in th...
by dirkronk
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your WORST-EVER CONCERT experience.
Replies: 28
Views: 7933

Re: Your WORST-EVER CONCERT experience.

Two examples for me. 1. About twenty years back, maybe a bit more, my listening buddy Mark suggested we forego our usual hi-fi evening in favor of a live rendering of Rimsky's Scheherazade by the San Antonio Symphony. The local group was going through some internal ups and downs and I hadn't been in...
by dirkronk
Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Claudio Arrau - 12 CD EMI Icon box
Replies: 6
Views: 3878

Re: Claudio Arrau - 12 CD EMI Icon box

I'll recommend it, too, but for a more specific reason. Except for a few performances of Liszt and Chopin (and anything live...I never count Arrau out in a concert setting), I don't really care for the Arrau I hear in post mid-1960s recordings. Often too slow, self-consciously "profound" and...well,...
by dirkronk
Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday HoustonDavid
Replies: 14
Views: 5896

Re: Happy Birthday HoustonDavid

Wow...must be birthday season! Have a great one, David.

Dirk
by dirkronk
Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Holden Fourth!
Replies: 13
Views: 6794

Re: Happy Birthday, Holden Fourth!

Happy birthday, Holden! May many wonderful musical notes fill your ears, today and throughout the year!

Dirk
by dirkronk
Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leopold Stokowski vs. Instrumental Soloists
Replies: 6
Views: 6174

Re: Leopold Stokowski vs. Instrumental Soloists

William Kapell did a few things with Stokowski (though live, I believe, and not planned recordings for official release): a live Prokofiev PC#3 with the NBC Symphony Orchestra...and (IIRC) some de Falla.

Cheers,

Dirk
by dirkronk
Sat Jan 08, 2011 4:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any Peter Mattei fans here?
Replies: 6
Views: 3063

Re: Any Peter Mattei fans here?

It would appear the Kaleidoscope CD came out only recently and is one of his very few compilation albums. Might be a good place for me to start, since my library seems to have none of his complete operas. Might just go ahead and spring for that Carmina Burana...since I liked the whole thing, not jus...
by dirkronk
Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any Peter Mattei fans here?
Replies: 6
Views: 3063

Any Peter Mattei fans here?

At a listening session with friends last night, I heard a chamber version of Orff's Carmina Burana on BIS. I liked it quite a bit, and was particularly impressed by the singing of baritone Peter Mattei. Naturally, I'm curious to know what else he's done and what recordings present his voice in best ...
by dirkronk
Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The diversity of Montserrat Caballé is ... incredible!
Replies: 42
Views: 17370

Re: The diversity of Montserrat Caballé is ... incredible!

As I've repeated here often enough, I'm not a fan of many voices, but Caballe is certainly one. When I first heard her voice, back in LP days, it was one of her earliest albums of operatic arias that first attracted me. But the clincher was the first time I heard her sing zarzuelas. Good lord, she w...
by dirkronk
Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And the award for strangest album cover...
Replies: 12
Views: 5486

Re: And the award for strangest album cover...

That IS the most unusual cover I've seen in a long while. I'm trying to figure out just what the man in front of the lovely lady is attempting to do? Is he adjusting her necklace? :lol: Why, Lance...it's obvious! Pictured here is a simple, should we say "classic" case of bodice malfunction, which t...
by dirkronk
Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The best French/Swiss conductors (3 votes)
Replies: 37
Views: 14401

Re: The best French/Swiss conductors (3 votes)

val wrote:My favorite is Pierre Monteux: Beethoven's 2nd and 7th Symphonies...
And his 4th (all with the LSO)...my personal all-time favorite of that piece.

Dirk
by dirkronk
Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The best French/Swiss conductors (3 votes)
Replies: 37
Views: 14401

Re: The best French/Swiss conductors (3 votes)

I went with Monteux, Munch and Paray, based on the conductors from the group whose recordings I love to listen to most often. That said, I do have regrets that I could not include Leibowitz, whose interps almost always act as an aural Q-tip for me...and Ansermet and Martinon, who served to introduce...