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by parsifal
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More of John W. Francis
Replies: 5
Views: 1963

Re: More of John W. Francis

The missing link from March 28. 2020 ​The link to John Francis’s Performing Arts Library presentation didn’t survive the journey from my computer to the chat room, but you can get to the video by (1) copying and pasting into your browser the URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg1yNIL8DMc&feature=yo...
by parsifal
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More of John W. Francis
Replies: 5
Views: 1963

More of John W. Francis

Here follows a little more of the activities of John W. Francis. Kjell Nilsson. Trelleborg, Sweden. ​John Francis’s brother Sam has provided a video of “Treasures from the Sound Archive,” John’s 2015 presentation at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. You can watch the video by clic...
by parsifal
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When Coronavirus Cancels Concerts, Critics Put on Headphones
Replies: 4
Views: 2007

Re: When Coronavirus Cancels Concerts, Critics Put on Headphones

I find headphones ideal. I live in a rather small apartment, and when I listen to my favorite music with headphones other activities might go on in my apartment. Another advantage is that I can listen with loud volume without disturbing neighbors. In my little town there are no concert halls nor ope...
by parsifal
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 8116

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

I guess there is no use in saying that one doesn´t warm to the music of Bruckner. Anyone of the members of CMG can come up with stuff like that. I know there is no use for me saying that I don´t warm to Stravinskij adding that "Les Noces" is the ugliest music I have on disc. I follow the advice to l...
by parsifal
Sun Mar 01, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 8116

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

De gustibus non est disputandum!
by parsifal
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schoenberg Violin Concerto live
Replies: 12
Views: 4572

Re: Schoenberg Violin Concerto live

Hillary Hahn performed the Schönberg concerto in Stockholm. I heard it and I have the recording from it. She brought off a splendid performance together with Salonen. I know Schönberg would have been happy to be present and what had made him even more happy would be that the enthousiastic applause f...
by parsifal
Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Oh, John Francis ... how we miss you!
Replies: 5
Views: 2164

Re: Oh, John Francis ... how we miss you!

Indeed we miss you, John. For me your passing away was a disaster. I never forget our almost daily e-mails and many transatlantic phone calls. All the times we went together to record stores and book stores in New York are unforgettable. Unforgettable are also the times you came to visit us in Swede...
by parsifal
Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mariss Jansons has died
Replies: 9
Views: 3946

Re: Mariss Jansons has died

I heard Maris Jansons once in Malmö conducting the Moscow Phil. Orch. in Sjostakovitj´s 7th symphony. I also got his great recordings of the Tjajkovskij- symphonies on Chandos. A monumentum aere perennius.
Kjell Nilsson.
Sweden.
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by parsifal
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 19198

Re: A loss

Here follows an obituary of John W. Francis sent to me by his sister-in-law. ​ John Winthrop Nelson Francis, author and discographer, died at home in Brooklyn, NY, on December 3 at the age of 78. Born in Lancaster, PA, he was an alumnus of William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia and a 1963 gradu...
by parsifal
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 19198

Re: A loss

An instrument with (to my ears) got an ugly sound is the soprano saxophone. "Classical" music with a sound of a saxophone must be written after the invention of Sax. Of course any saxophonist can play music of Bach just for the fun of it. Once in Germany I heard a man play Bach´s Toccata and Fugue i...
by parsifal
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 19198

Re: A loss

I know that John W. Francis didn´t warm to the saxophone. It is well known that the saxophone is mostly used in jazz music. I have some immortal favorites like Lester Young and Charlie Parker. I started with jazz and if course I came across those giants, and i still give my records with them an airi...
by parsifal
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 19198

Re: A loss

John visited my wife and me several times in Sweden. Once he came for the premiere of Stjedrin´s opera "Lolita" in Stockholm and stayed with us for some days Once we sat talking until 3 in the morning. We always had a good time together. I also visited him in Brooklyn. I never forget when he played ...
by parsifal
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 19198

A loss

I just heard that my friend John W Francis just passed away. A terrible loss for us, his friends and a loss for CMG.
Kjell Nilsson.
Sweden
by parsifal
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann's symphony number 2
Replies: 24
Views: 11135

Re: Schumann's symphony number 2

I have always found Daniel Harding as being a good Schumann conductor. He is working in Stockholm. he says that Schumann is his favorite composer. My favorite recording is by Sawallisch. The Zinman-set is also good. The Klemperer-set is marred by the symphonies 2 and 3, I think.
Kjell Nilsson.
by parsifal
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel
Replies: 15
Views: 9999

Re: Ravel

It was good to see someone who commented on Crespin´s wonderful interpretation of Ravel´s Scheherazade with the now forgotten Ansermet. I bought this record on LP, later on the CD. I love "Asie" too. There is much to enjoy when you turn back to the past. Another great Ravel-recording is Daphnis et C...
by parsifal
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A live Bruckner 5th
Replies: 5
Views: 7425

Re: A live Bruckner 5th

I bet Bruckner´s fifth became an experience when Herbert Blomstedt conducted it. Blomstedt is a marvelous Brucknerian. He returns regularly to Stockholm where he often conducts just Bruckner. Fortunately these concerts are broadcast. I´ve heard that he will record a Bruckner-cycle. I do hope he does...
by parsifal
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why hasn't Reiner's non-CSO recordings been reissued?
Replies: 11
Views: 5852

Re: Why hasn't Reiner's non-CSO recordings been reissued?

Thank you Lance for bringing this up. I have some Pittsburg recordings and they are good. I think one reason for not publishing them is that they say that much of it Reiner rerecorded with CSO and that those recordings are better. Personally I can´t get enough of Reiner, so please give it to us! Kje...
by parsifal
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carmen new ending in support of Italy’s battered women
Replies: 4
Views: 2248

Re: Carmen new ending in support of Italy’s battered women

Are we also changing the end of Otello in order to support women who are killed in operas?
K. Nilsson
by parsifal
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6
Replies: 22
Views: 7174

Re: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6

Great recordings of these masterworks are numerous. To be sure of getting the best why not trying to get Mravinskij on DG, if they are still available. Added to that set is a breathtaking account of the fourth.
Kjell Nilsson
by parsifal
Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 24604

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

I´ll thank John Francis for taking up the cudgels for my countryman´s music. The four symphonies of Berwald were written the same decade as the four of Robert Schumann, in the 1840s. Both sets are good but very different as John points out. I don´t understand why the symphonies of Berwald are not mo...
by parsifal
Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Think of life without recordings. How would it affect you?
Replies: 12
Views: 5407

Re: Think of life without recordings. How would it affect yo

I life without recordings! Think of people living out in the "diasphora" far from places where great music is produced. Also, recordings let us listen whenever we want to. If I want to listen only to a part of a work I do that. We are able to get the views of how great masters from the past played -...
by parsifal
Thu May 19, 2016 6:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Riccardo Muti and concert versions
Replies: 26
Views: 4625

Re: Riccardo Muti and concert versions

An opera could be divided into two parts, the musical part and what we see from the stage. But if I must prefer one of the elements I prefer the music. It is fully possible to attend a great concert performance of - say - Il Trovatore, but barely a staged performance without Verdi´s music. When I le...
by parsifal
Thu May 19, 2016 1:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Riccardo Muti and concert versions
Replies: 26
Views: 4625

Re: Riccardo Muti and concert versions

I know that the idea of opera is to see it staged. But isn´t the musical satisfaction greater when you attend a fine concert performance than to see an awful staging of an opera which you have paid a fortune to see. Your anger diminishes the enjoyment of the genial music of Mozart or whoever. Some o...
by parsifal
Tue May 17, 2016 2:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Riccardo Muti and concert versions
Replies: 26
Views: 4625

Riccardo Muti and concert versions

Riccardo Muti is now in Stockholm conducting a concert performance of Verdi´s Macbeth (1865). That he chooses concert performance is a statement. As sick and tired of what modern opera directors bring about he has now decided to conduct operas in concert versions only. His Stockholm concert was a tr...
by parsifal
Tue May 17, 2016 2:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Riccardo Muti and concert versions
Replies: 0
Views: 1736

Riccardo Muti and concert versions

Riccardo Muti is now in Stockholm conducting a concert performance of Verdi´s Macbeth (1865). That he chooses concert performance is a statement. As sick and tired of what modern opera directors bring about he has now decided to conduct operas in concert versions only. His Stockholm concert was a tr...
by parsifal
Thu May 05, 2016 4:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: how is Schoenberg viewed nowadays?
Replies: 23
Views: 6565

Re: how is Schoenberg viewed nowadays?

Schönberg who must have suffered from his unpopularity once said that he just wanted to be another Tjajkovskij, although a little better. Well, it is a matter of opinion.

Kjell Nilsson.
by parsifal
Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: how is Schoenberg viewed nowadays?
Replies: 23
Views: 6565

Re: how is Schoenberg viewed nowadays?

Diegobueno mentioned the violin concerto, preferably with Hillary Hahn. I remember when she played that one on a live performance on the Swedish Radio, masterly with Salonen conducting. The enthusiastic applause afterwards made her give tow encores. Oh, I would hope Schönberg himself had been there ...
by parsifal
Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Francis 75.
Replies: 26
Views: 13403

John Francis 75.

Today John Francis turns 75. The warmest congratulations from somebody who has the great privilege to have him as a personal friend since the middle of the 1960-ies. Go on dear friend, the first 75 are the trickiest, then it turns easier! Your wit and knowledge are a blessing for all the members of ...
by parsifal
Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A musical quiz question for you
Replies: 7
Views: 2999

Re: A musical quiz question for you

I think it was Mozart.

Kjell Nilsson
by parsifal
Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ormandy's all-Sibelius box is out!
Replies: 15
Views: 5456

Re: Ormandy's all-Sibelius box is out!

My first contact with Sibelius 4th and 5th symphonies came through Ormandy´s Columbia mono-recording with the Philadelphia orchestra. I liked it pretty much. Then I´ve asked myself what happened to the recordings of Ormandy? He was a great orchestra leader, but was he a great conductor?
by parsifal
Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: tonight`s tannhauser
Replies: 4
Views: 1864

Re: tonight`s tannhauser

Dear friends, "Dich teure Halle, grüss ich wieder" : It is of course the correct form here. It was just a misspelling from my side, or my fingers got wild. Well, this was not the subject of my post anyway.

Kjell Nilsson.
by parsifal
Sun Nov 01, 2015 3:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: tonight`s tannhauser
Replies: 4
Views: 1864

Re: tonight`s tannhauser

We saw and heard Met´s Tannhäuser here in Sweden (Live on screen). It was good. Botha´s voice was impressive and so was Peter Matthei´s. But Eva- Maria Westbroek´s vibrato in "Dich theure Halle" was indeed ugly, I think. I also like Levine´s happy face while conducting. Some conductors look like the...
by parsifal
Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any of you have noteworthy classical music memorabilia?
Replies: 21
Views: 10058

Re: Any of you have noteworthy classical music memorabilia?

When I saw Albert Schweitzer I was 21 and had read much about him. he was on his way to Copenhagen to receive the Sonning award.

Kjell Nilsson.
by parsifal
Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any of you have noteworthy classical music memorabilia?
Replies: 21
Views: 10058

Re: Any of you have noteworthy classical music memorabilia?

Once, back in the fifties I happened to see Albert Schweitzer on the same ferry as I travelled with. I went up to him and asked for an autograph. Unfortunately I had no paper at hand so I took up a picture postcard with a picture of - Wagner!. He kindly signed it, but I felt embarrassed. Even though...
by parsifal
Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: This Is Parsifal?
Replies: 16
Views: 3986

Re: This Is Parsifal?

What we can be happy about is that nobody forces us to spend money on productions like this. It is far better to stay home with Kna´s recordings and feel stimulated instead of annoyed with what we see. As long as we attend the crap those directors provide us with they´ll go on. I´ll say as always: T...
by parsifal
Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: PATHETIQUE Symphony, Opus 74
Replies: 9
Views: 2461

Re: PATHETIQUE Symphony, Opus 74

In case a conductor expects riot-like enthusiasm after the march why not programme only this movement and play something else as pièce de résistance, for instance a Schumann symphony which usually doesn´t awaken such tumultuous feelings.

Kjell Nilsson.
by parsifal
Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius symphonies
Replies: 59
Views: 51768

Re: Sibelius symphonies

When I found ´the recordings of Maazel good I meant his recordings of #4 and #7. Another set that should not be overlooked is the one by Sixten Ehrling on Finlandia, formerly Metronome.
Ehrling also had good relations with the master.

Kjell Nilsson
by parsifal
Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius symphonies
Replies: 59
Views: 51768

Re: Sibelius symphonies

I see that there is a huge response to Sibelius and the recordings of his symphonies. "As a beginner" I had a hard work to come to grips with the 4th. Because of that it is now the most beloved of his symphonies. I started with Ormandy. Then I like Maazel and Beecham. I Think there is a special rela...
by parsifal
Sun Jul 05, 2015 1:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Muchisimas Gracias For Your Enthusiastic Response To ...
Replies: 22
Views: 4566

Re: Muchisimas Gracias For Your Enthusiastic Response To ...

To Jserraglio I can answer that Rosenberg was a great Swedish composer. I count him among the moderns, or better let´s call his style moderate modernism.

Kjell Nilsson
by parsifal
Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Muchisimas Gracias For Your Enthusiastic Response To ...
Replies: 22
Views: 4566

Re: Muchisimas Gracias For Your Enthusiastic Response To ...

Other contributors have already mentioned some good Swedish Composers or symphonists like Berwald and Stenhammar. To them I might add Hugo Alfvén, Ture Rangström, Erland von Koch and Eduard Tubin, who was Estonian originally but lived and worked in Sweden and his ten very fine symphonies exist in ve...
by parsifal
Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: yelling in Scheherazade
Replies: 7
Views: 3345

Re: yelling in Scheherazade

I´m the Swedish friend John mentioned, and I can say that Segerstam is a serious conductor, very good in Sibelius, Nielsen and Mahler. He also recorded an overlooked Mahler cycle on Chandos. I have a very fine recording of Wozzeck with him. He is a splendid conductor of modern music. He works pretty...
by parsifal
Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: As I Listen To The 7th of Beethoven ...
Replies: 12
Views: 2891

Re: As I Listen To The 7th of Beethoven ...

It is common to like new and "awful" music after repeated listenings and with a real interest to come to grips with it. John, if you meant me with your example of the Bartók quartet I´ll correct you by saying that it was the 4th quartet I found so abominable at the first hearing(s) Perhaps I´ll disc...
by parsifal
Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Poliuto at Glyndebourne
Replies: 5
Views: 1542

Re: Poliuto at Glyndebourne

Unfortunately opera has become a playground for directors. Thanks heaven for recordings!

Kjell Nilsson. :(
by parsifal
Thu Apr 30, 2015 1:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rare recordings! Me! Come and hear!
Replies: 15
Views: 2913

Re: Rare recordings! Me! Come and hear!

Oh John! I would like to come all the way from Sweden to attend your show. To see you as well, as a good friend of mine is also something that attracts me. To see your show in a direct transmission on our TV is maybe to ask for too much, (unfortunately)

Kjell Nilsson.
by parsifal
Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruckner journeys
Replies: 18
Views: 8092

Re: Bruckner journeys

I started with Walter´s account of the 9th, which I still like very much. You don´t have to go for cycles. If you want good and cheap recordings of the symphonies try Tintner on Naxos. Good brucknerians beside the others mentioned are Skrowaczewski, Haitink and Van Beinum. as a matter of fact you ha...
by parsifal
Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert symphonies advice
Replies: 22
Views: 6425

Re: Schubert symphonies advice

In case you want one outstanding CD with Schubert symphonies, please don´t miss Beecham´s #3, #5 and #6 (EMI) Krips´s #9 is also a great account.

Kjell Nilsson.
by parsifal
Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms symphonies: Bruno Walter (or others)?
Replies: 21
Views: 5479

Re: Brahms symphonies: Bruno Walter (or others)?

A great Brahmsian who isn´t mentioned her was Otto Klemperer whose cycle is fine, especially the very beginning of the first symphony is breathtaking. Walter´s account of the second sym. with NYPO is also very good. You do well in choosing recordings by the old heroes in these so often recordig work...
by parsifal
Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: States assert right to death sentence!
Replies: 75
Views: 11219

Re: States assert right to death sentence!

We have heard of how chemical preparations have lenghtened the agony of the sentenced. European enterprices refuse for ethical reasons to send their products to American prisons. Now they experiment with combinations of different preparations. The result is inhuman executions not unlike torture. The...
by parsifal
Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A review of soprano Jessye Norman (2013)
Replies: 5
Views: 1702

Re: A review of soprano Jessye Norman (2013)

Jessye Norman made good recordings, but her 4 last songs (Strauss) with Masur is almost unbeatable, (I think) These so often recorded songs give me a great pleasure.

Kjell Nilsson.
by parsifal
Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hammerblows in Mahler´s 6th.
Replies: 1
Views: 908

Hammerblows in Mahler´s 6th.

As I am a rather new member of CMG I don´t know if this question has been up for discussion. I often wonder why the overwhelming number of Mahler-conductors exclude the third hammerblow in the final mvt. Everyone who has heard it knows what a devastating effect it has in its right place "when it fel...