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by Gregg
Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Munch: Late Romantic Masterpieces [7 CD set]
Replies: 33
Views: 5105

Re: Charles Munch: Late Romantic Masterpieces [7 CD set]

Well, there were some interesting responses on the Munch era on this thread. Thanks everyone for the insight. Greg your link is not working, and I would be interested in reading that article if you can fix the link. As far as these particular recordings I will trust my ears and they like what they ...
by Gregg
Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Munch: Late Romantic Masterpieces [7 CD set]
Replies: 33
Views: 5105

Re: Charles Munch: Late Romantic Masterpieces [7 CD set]

For Munch fans. It's more about LP making, but great none the less. Appologies if this is well known here. It was new to me.

Gregg

Sound And The Story (1956)
http://www.archive.org/details/SoundAndTheS
by Gregg
Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Life before Gieseking. So tell me about Marcelle Meyer?
Replies: 7
Views: 2053

Life before Gieseking. So tell me about Marcelle Meyer?

Some thread, somewhere online lead me to Marcelle Meyer, and I listened to some works performed by this French pianist of the first 1/2 of the last century on you tube. I'd like to solicit some opinions and to know about any other french pianists, particularly woman, whose performed Debussy in the e...
by Gregg
Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What do you like or dislike about HvK?
Replies: 88
Views: 27762

Re: What do you like or dislike about HvK?

A lot of good comments in the thread. How the mighty have fallen, HvK placed on a level with the over exposed Ormandy. One of the first records I ever bought was his early seventies recording of Symphonie Fantastique (bought in the afore mentioned early seventies as a new release). Now having more F...
by Gregg
Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don't Act Out if You Don't Like the Music
Replies: 104
Views: 16565

Individual artists within this region are circles Thank you for the explanation. I had thought it might have been a dam metaphor (i.e. modern composers filling in the cracks in the barrier created by great composers to prevent...?) and I was curious to know what you thought was being held back. An ...
by Gregg
Thu Jun 14, 2007 3:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don't Act Out if You Don't Like the Music
Replies: 104
Views: 16565

jbuck919 wrote:
I am sorry, said the guru, but this must remain a mystery. :wink:
My spiritual growth stifled again....
Well I'll just make something up and say you said it, great religions have been built on less.

GD
by Gregg
Wed Jun 13, 2007 9:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don't Act Out if You Don't Like the Music
Replies: 104
Views: 16565

Corlyss_D wrote:
Very rich reasons to think so. Andy Warhol is a great example. So is Roy Lichtenstein. So is John Cage. And Glass. Their whole careers are just one big joke on the bourgeoisie.
Why?


Gregg
by Gregg
Wed Jun 13, 2007 9:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don't Act Out if You Don't Like the Music
Replies: 104
Views: 16565

jbuck919,

What do you mean "filling in the cracks?"

I am intrigued.


Gregg
by Gregg
Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don't Act Out if You Don't Like the Music
Replies: 104
Views: 16565

It won't work. These people are so indignant they're impervious to humiliation, or reason, for that matter. There is something that I identified when I was an art student in college, forgive me if I'm going over well trod ground here, and it does not pertain to the those in any of the arts who have...
by Gregg
Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance involved in local piano series for the young!
Replies: 11
Views: 2706

That's great Lance, if you ever take the show on the road to NYC give me some advance word, please.

Starting up a non-profits is no picnic.



Gregg
by Gregg
Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don't Act Out if You Don't Like the Music
Replies: 104
Views: 16565

Re: Don't Act Out if You Don't Like the Music

As long as the symphony boards have to make some money, that means they have to cater to the tonal neanderthals like me. I refuse pay to be annoyed and nobody is going to make me feel guilty for my reactions on the basis that critics didn't like Beethoven's 4th sym. Hell, I don't like Beethoven's 4...
by Gregg
Mon Jun 11, 2007 11:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don't Act Out if You Don't Like the Music
Replies: 104
Views: 16565

Re: Don't Act Out if You Don't Like the Music

".... a crass monster, a hideously writhing wounded dragon, that refuses to expire, and though bleeding in the Finale, furiously beats about with its tail erect," Are your sure that wasn't written about Boléro ? It seems accurate. Actually, I'd be indignant too. If I made the effort to sit through ...
by Gregg
Thu Jun 07, 2007 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Lance!!!!!!
Replies: 40
Views: 8871

Happy Birthday Lance,

And thanks again for fighting the good fight
with the site!

Hey it's poetry too, in your honor!


Gregg
by Gregg
Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Magazine Cans Long Time Music Critic
Replies: 14
Views: 3332

Corlyss_D wrote:Greg Sandow.
Greg is a busy guy, he's working on his own stuff., but it's a good idea. I might need to look far afield, but there is something about the image of academe that I am hoping might be fruitful.


Gregg
by Gregg
Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart Pianists
Replies: 44
Views: 9784

I'd like to toss one contemporary in the mix, Lars Vogt. A very good solo collection particularly the Fantasias. I might like the collection he does in twenty years, my one criticism is that he needs a little more variety in the ways he speeds up and speeds down (if you know what I mean), but it's a...
by Gregg
Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Magazine Cans Long Time Music Critic
Replies: 14
Views: 3332

What's happened to most of the classical review mags? That is the question. I say this a lot when I am talking about my point of view, it's obvious but bear with me. My farther, for decades, has subscribed to Smithsonian and Natural History magazines. Every year they have civil war covers and monke...
by Gregg
Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Magazine Cans Long Time Music Critic
Replies: 14
Views: 3332

Seriously, one of the things that most annoys me about the NY Times Sunday Arts section is that it used to list virtually every concert taking place in New York, and then they eliminated this page. More demoting of the importance of classical music! If there is one thing that steams New York musici...
by Gregg
Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elgar Sesquewhatever Celebrations
Replies: 38
Views: 9496

John F wrote: Lincoln Center's "Great Performers" concerts in 2007-8 are online at
I thought I could find them on line, but I just finished my summer listings but I did not want to be disappointed....

Elgar in the wilderness again!


Gregg
by Gregg
Sat Jun 02, 2007 5:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernest Ansermet: New Decca Budget Box (6 CDs)
Replies: 22
Views: 8748

No, since the mono era begins with the invention of the phonograph. Thank you that goes in to the permanent repertoire! Though I am not an Ansermet cultist I bought a 2 CD set with Ansermet recordings from 1916, the second CD has 30's and 40's recordings. I won't pass judgement, this is a we love A...
by Gregg
Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernest Ansermet: New Decca Budget Box (6 CDs)
Replies: 22
Views: 8748

There is a lot of Ansermet out there, and several recordings of a lot of important works. I have some early 50's monos that I like, but I also remember hearing a rehearsal recording of Stravinsky done with the LSO in his last year (or close to it, if my memory serves me right) a fantastic performanc...
by Gregg
Sat Jun 02, 2007 3:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Flap Over Soprano's Canning in San Francisco
Replies: 6
Views: 2148

jbuck919 wrote:A fat black cow with a viibrato as wide as the New Jersey Turnpike between exits 14 and 8A, when approximately ten thousand sopranos in the world can sing Donna Anna adequately. Nothing poliically correct going on here.
Would you mind telling me how you came to have this information?

Gregg
by Gregg
Sat Jun 02, 2007 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elgar Sesquewhatever Celebrations
Replies: 38
Views: 9496

Elgar will be featured at this summer's Bard College Festival I wish there was more Elgar in New York. In January I had some one who was willing to write about Elgar, if there was a performance that I could tie it to - but there was nothing to be found. Maybe when the LSO comes in September? I thin...
by Gregg
Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strad Heist in Vienna
Replies: 6
Views: 2082

Re: Strad Heist in Vienna

jbuck919 wrote: and the most likely explanation of the fate of those works is that they have been destroyed.
What makes you think they were destroyed, I always assumed that it was a targeted theft and that the works are in someone's art hideaway somewhere in the world?


Gregg
by Gregg
Thu May 31, 2007 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Willem van Otterloo, conductor
Replies: 15
Views: 3999

...still his era has passed, along with the shade of Toscanini..... Or so it might be said. And in his place we have Haitink. I'll offer no editorializing, having in my youth been a Haitink fan. He was my first exposure to Bruckner, and several other composers. I rarely listen to his recordings now,...
by Gregg
Thu May 31, 2007 10:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Willem van Otterloo, conductor
Replies: 15
Views: 3999

Just to spread gossip.... I believe that he was infamous for his temper, which I am told, kept him from being considered for the Concertgebouw after van Beinum's death.


Gregg
by Gregg
Tue May 29, 2007 7:48 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Beethoven in a tea cup
Replies: 11
Views: 4338

I could not resist the chance to tie two of the threads (in this thread) together for New Yorkers. YOU are the soloist and chorus! Spring 2007 Sunday, June 24th, 2007, 3PM David Bernard, Conductor Alan Moverman, Piano BEETHOVEN SING!!!! For this performance of the Choral Symphony, the Park Avenue Ch...
by Gregg
Mon May 21, 2007 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Maestro as Teacher
Replies: 3
Views: 1612

in these days of jet-set guest conductors , and short term music directors, this function is severely abridged or eliminated...often the orchestra "teaches" the conductor - << this is how we play it, you can change a few things if you address them specifically, otherwise, this is how we do it >> Ve...
by Gregg
Fri May 18, 2007 5:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chausson, Symphony in B-flat, Anybody?
Replies: 22
Views: 5348

Ok, ok, you beat me down, I'll listen to it again, and I won't think of Liszt (much).

Gregg
by Gregg
Thu May 17, 2007 10:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chausson, Symphony in B-flat, Anybody?
Replies: 22
Views: 5348

Just because Franck "quoted slightly" Liszt's "Les Préludes" doesn't lower the quality of spiritual value of the symphony. It's pure César Franck----through and through.....and stands with the finest contemporary symphonic creations of Bruckner, Brahms and Tschaikowsky. Well, I was being a little t...
by Gregg
Wed May 16, 2007 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chausson, Symphony in B-flat, Anybody?
Replies: 22
Views: 5348

Well, if you are going to pick on Wagner, then the late-Romantic French are sitting ducks - and it's hunting season - as per Chuck Jones. Actually I really like some of those composers, particularly in chamber music. As Lance said, the "concerto" really is a great work. But if one does have to pick ...
by Gregg
Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich Symphonies/ Rozhdestvensky
Replies: 5
Views: 2712

The notes indicate they were recorded throughout the '80s and as late as '91. The symphonies are performed by the USSR Ministry of Culture SO, and some of the orchestral works are by the Moscow Phil. O. and Leningrad PO. Some are DDD and others ADD. Sorry for the delay... I hate to presume, but som...
by Gregg
Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remembering cellist Gregor Piatigorsky
Replies: 9
Views: 3668

Two cents to add: His recording of the Walton concerto made me love his playing and particularly his cello. I recently found a box set of LP (mono) of the Beethoven sonatas with Solomon (a real surprise for me). As soon as I get a new mono cartridge they will be on deck. I seem to remember that anot...
by Gregg
Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich Symphonies/ Rozhdestvensky
Replies: 5
Views: 2712

Pizza, Are those the same as the early 80s digital recordings? I look for the early JVC/japan issues. I've seen the other ones but I have not bought any. 15 is indeed great, it was the first one I bought. 5 is also good... I think he gets the bombastic humor just right. In fact I like all that I hav...
by Gregg
Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Got You Interested in Art Music?
Replies: 16
Views: 3156

Seeing a repeat of Lost in Space in the 70s. There was a particularly awful episode with a space Valkure, and whenever she appeared the Ride was on the soundtrack. I never did get it out of my head. By the time I started high school I found out what it was and started down the long dark path of art ...
by Gregg
Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I bought/ordered/got in the mail today
Replies: 156
Views: 46718

Gulda set of the Beethoven piano sonatas. Really great music. But I don't have a favorite for complete (BTW) One thing I like about the Gulda recordings, is that he brings out a "dance" feeling in many of the movements, and ( pace HIP) I think that gives aspects of the pieces a feeling of "original ...
by Gregg
Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best Shostakovich quartet? Why is it always no.8?
Replies: 23
Views: 10181

Not to worry, Gregg ; none of the audience can plot where a composer will go after such-&-so a piece. Only the artist himself can discover his path. Cheers, ~Karl Untrue! There was an audience poll taken directly after the first performance of the Rite of Spring , and the overwhelming response of t...
by Gregg
Mon Mar 12, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best Shostakovich quartet? Why is it always no.8?
Replies: 23
Views: 10181

Thanks Piston,

I like 15, but if he continued in the direction he was going in, I don't know if I could imagine (or possibly sit through) the pace and sparseness of a quartet No. 30.....


Gregg

I should add that I assume he was not serious.
by Gregg
Sun Mar 11, 2007 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If Only N.Y. Would Follow Baltimore's Example
Replies: 17
Views: 6056

I for one would like to hear your story. Thank you for asking. But I'll spare everyone the details. I've spent the weekend re-tooling some funding applications and I am spent... I think my site has a great potential, it's up to me to reach out for sources of funding. I have a great resource for the...
by Gregg
Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If Only N.Y. Would Follow Baltimore's Example
Replies: 17
Views: 6056

What I want to know is "how did a businessman with an understanding of markets and pricing ever get into an arts organization?" Speaking as someone who left the profit world to embrace the non-profit. Any businessman who exhibits aesthetic feeling is some one to be embraced. I have over 12,000 peop...
by Gregg
Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best Shostakovich quartet? Why is it always no.8?
Replies: 23
Views: 10181

Another reason why he composed so many of them later in life is said to be his friendly competition with Moshei Weinberg for who completed the greatest number of string quartets I should spend some time looking it up, but I can't. Didn't he plan on 24, one for every key, similar to a set of etudes?...
by Gregg
Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If Only N.Y. Would Follow Baltimore's Example
Replies: 17
Views: 6056

It's not the NYP's style, it's so - New York City Opera....

On the other hand, a million dollar grant to lower ticket prices, I wonder how the math works...


In true NYP style, they raised the price of rehearsal tickets to $15.00.


Gregg
by Gregg
Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok string quartets revived
Replies: 38
Views: 13134

Shostakovitch, Schönberg, Webern, Bartok, Ravel, Hindemith, Reger, Alban Berg, Dutilleux, all composed splendid masterpieces. Totally agree, sometimes I think the quartet is primary musical idiom for the 20th C.. I do mean the string quartet since no one would dispute the dominance of the pop/rock ...
by Gregg
Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Memorable Concert.
Replies: 5
Views: 3103

Re: A Memorable Concert.

pardew wrote: a rousing final, a surprise considering the Conductor,Tchaikovsky Symphony No4.
That is one of my favorite lines of the week.

I've seen Davis a couple of time in NYC, with the NYP, but never with his traveling bands.

Happy birthday,


Gregg
edit for spelling, darn spell check
by Gregg
Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best Shostakovich quartet? Why is it always no.8?
Replies: 23
Views: 10181

Yes, I'll take a double dose of 15. One of my fondest musical memories was when I first heard the symphony, via recording. As I was taking a few seconds to try to figure out the symphony's first movement, when the second movement began - I was jolted into changing mental states, back in to my genera...
by Gregg
Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best Shostakovich quartet? Why is it always no.8?
Replies: 23
Views: 10181

Nos. 4 and 15 for starters.

I think 4 runs second to 8 in popularity, nothing wrong with that.

Also well said, like Beethoven 5, Shostakovich quartet no. 8's popularity doesn't diminish the work's power or importance.


Gregg
by Gregg
Sun Mar 04, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok string quartets revived
Replies: 38
Views: 13134

Re: Bartok string quartets revived

My favourite set is DG Tokyo for their unmatched finesse and concentration, aided by the razor sharp sound Hi Hangos, Thanks for the tip. I just have the second series Juilliard LPs and the CD set with recordings across the five decades of JSQ incarnations. I can't listen to their Beethoven any mor...
by Gregg
Fri Feb 16, 2007 1:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joyce Hatto -- a strange discovery
Replies: 62
Views: 32154

The Hatto hoaxers had good taste. The Bronfman/Salonen recording of Rachmaninoff's second concerto is the best I ever heard. And if anyone finds out who made the Rachmaninoff solo CD reviewed on the BBC, please let me know they were great. I'd still buy the forgeries just to have them. At reduced p...
by Gregg
Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:39 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: The Parker String Quartet Debuts at Lincoln Center
Replies: 1
Views: 1714

I saw them at Barbes, a tiny bar/club in Brooklyn, last year. Pretty good, but there is so much competition. They are named after the Parker House in Boston. So are some sort of bread rolls if I remember correctly. I heard a little of the Calder quartet at the Chamber Music America conference. They ...
by Gregg
Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms - not as appreciated as Beethoven, Mozart... (?)
Replies: 148
Views: 71066

most of the really serious musicians I've met or have ever known have all unanimously liked Brahms & JS Bach, HOWEVER, not the case with regards to both Beethoven and especially Mozart... most of the women i know or have known, (heck, could extend that to MOST PEOPLE I know), don't really like musi...
by Gregg
Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Neglected Pianists
Replies: 33
Views: 16524

Aimard is great in Debussy/Ravel, a tonic for my over reliance on Gieseking. I agree he should have stayed away from Beethoven.

I'm familiar with his Messiaen connection, I'd like to compare his recordings of Messiaen with Yvonne Loriod's.


Gregg