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by Reed
Thu May 13, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Herreweghe conducts Stravinsky
Replies: 14
Views: 2641

Re: Herreweghe conducts Stravinsky

Just a quick note to cast a vote for the Herreweghe. Very fine playing and conducting, and an interesting array of pieces. I admit I had not paid much attention to the Bach arrangement, even though it's in the big old Stravinsky conducts box. But this time around I have played it several times and e...
by Reed
Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Slatkin's True Forte
Replies: 5
Views: 1453

Re: Slatkin's True Forte

Indeed, was never all that nuts for Slatkin, EXCEPT for his American composer recordings. There's a great EMI with all three of Barber's Essays for Orchestra, a good Schuman with the 10th Symphony, some good Copland, etc. I hope Naxos can get him to do more of the classic American composers. There a...
by Reed
Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is anybody buying classical CDs these days?
Replies: 72
Views: 9113

Re: Is anybody buying classical CDs these days?

Buy anywhere from 3-4 a month to 10 or so. Many SACDs, which are still coming out fairly often (or in some cases I'm just catching up with things that have been out for awhile--want to get them before they disappear) and some standard CDs. Recent purchases include the new Rimsky orch. suites selecti...
by Reed
Thu Sep 03, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Roy Harris Symphony No. 3
Replies: 22
Views: 5584

Re: Roy Harris Symphony No. 3

A few weeks ago, I saw a fine performance of this wonderful work with David Robertson and the BSO at Tanglewood, on an all-American program consisting also of Bernstein sym. 2 and song cycles of Thomson and Barber sung by Thomas Hampson. A very good concert, and let's hope some of the riches of Amer...
by Reed
Thu Sep 03, 2009 4:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Franck's Le Chasseur Maudit
Replies: 10
Views: 2069

Re: Franck's Le Chasseur Maudit

Munch recorded it with the BSO for RCA. There's an even better Munch/BSO version, live, from the big box set of live BSO recordings put out several years ago by the orchestra.

A fun and exciting piece, yes?
by Reed
Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When Did You Start to Take Boccherini Seriously?
Replies: 20
Views: 2946

Re: When Did You Start to Take Boccherini Seriously?

I was in the late, lamented Tower Records a few years ago, and heard something really interesting, which turned out to be a Boccherini CD by Jordi Savall containing a Sinfonie, a Fandango, and La Musica Norrurna di Madrid. Get the SACD if you have the playback equipment--but in any format, it's a fi...
by Reed
Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you were a musical composition, which one would you be?
Replies: 23
Views: 2459

Re: If you were a musical composition, which one would you be?

This is slightly off the mark, as it doesn't express my personality or my musical taste all that much, but if I could be any composition, it would be an Wagner opera, 'cause then I would last forever!
by Reed
Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: IS HAITINK THE MOST BORING CONDUCTOR, OR IS IT JUST ME?
Replies: 33
Views: 3931

Re: IS HAITINK THE MOST BORING CONDUCTOR, OR IS IT JUST ME?

" . . . orderly, routine."

That's it exactly!

Yes, give me musicians who take chances--I'd even rather be upset with an interpretation than bored by the lack of same.
by Reed
Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: IS HAITINK THE MOST BORING CONDUCTOR, OR IS IT JUST ME?
Replies: 33
Views: 3931

Re: IS HAITINK THE MOST BORING CONDUCTOR, OR IS IT JUST ME?

Just to muddy the issue further, I was focusing on his recordings, but I have also seen Haitink many, many times conducting the BSO. He was able to get them playing pretty well even during the last, sad days of the Ozawa regime, and even during the interegnum, but, as my wife says, "There are no sup...
by Reed
Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why did you move to where you live now?
Replies: 39
Views: 3877

Re: Why did you move to where you live now?

I moved from North Carolina to Massachusetts ostensibly to study art history, but actually because I was madly in love with a woman I thought was my soul mate. The relationship lasted three weeks ("Reed, I guess I should've told you before you moved up, but there is another guy . . "), but school la...
by Reed
Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: IS HAITINK THE MOST BORING CONDUCTOR, OR IS IT JUST ME?
Replies: 33
Views: 3931

Re: IS HAITINK THE MOST BORING CONDUCTOR, OR IS IT JUST ME?

Jack C said what I was thinking better than I said it myself.
by Reed
Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I detest the sound of the electric guitar
Replies: 26
Views: 3246

Re: I detest the sound of the electric guitar

Just the opinion of an old fart, but music shouldn't hurt.
by Reed
Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I detest the sound of the electric guitar
Replies: 26
Views: 3246

Re: I detest the sound of the electric guitar

Not my fave instrument by any stretch, but sometimes I don't think there are any bad instruments, just bad players/composers. Don't like most rock guitar, that high screechy sound, the aural equivalent of a toothache, and can't imagine anyone finding that sound attractive, but good jazz guitar is so...
by Reed
Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: IS HAITINK THE MOST BORING CONDUCTOR, OR IS IT JUST ME?
Replies: 33
Views: 3931

IS HAITINK THE MOST BORING CONDUCTOR, OR IS IT JUST ME?

I wanted to heard Bruckner's mighty 8th Symphony, one of my favorite pieces, and I wanted it to be played by one of the world's greatest orchestras. The Concertgebouw would certainly qualify. Lastly, I wanted it to be in good sound, so I could hear every part clearly. So I reached up to the shelf an...
by Reed
Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Zander speaks on classical music, Chopin, and passion
Replies: 7
Views: 1502

Re: Zander speaks on classical music, Chopin, and passion

One of the great things about living in the Boston area is the presence of Ben Zander. His Boston Philharmonic is made up of amateurs, professionals, and students, and play far beyond the level one would expect, especially in recent seasons. He encourages each player to give him/herself totally to t...
by Reed
Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3104636

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Saint-Saens, Helene and Persian Night, a brief opera on Helen of Troy, and a briefer cantata on some 19th century orientalizing poetry. Performances, recording and notes with texts and translations are all first rate. It's a hybrid SACD on the Australian Melba label and is a must for fans of 19th ce...
by Reed
Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 514
Views: 142609

Re: About CMG's contributors!

Reed is acutally my middle name, but Edward was already taken as an online name when I signed up. I used to play classical guitar, but that was a LOONNG time ago. I have been listening to classical music since the 70's (just turned 56), and have several thousand CDs, and several hundred SACDs. Got r...
by Reed
Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I just got a Christmas card from ...
Replies: 17
Views: 2612

Re: I just got a Christmas card from ...

I didn't get a Christmas card from Dame Sutherland, but I did get Christmas fudge from Teddie Kennedy and his wife, Miss Vickie, for some constituent work I did for them last year in my job as Ombudsman for a government agency.
by Reed
Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Roussel's opera/ballet Padmavati on EMI-Don't miss it
Replies: 14
Views: 3277

Re: Roussel's opera/ballet Padmavati on EMI-Don't miss it

For fans of this opera, of which I am one, I would recommend his early orchestral work, Evocations. It's from the same period, and what is being evoked is India, so it's a good "chaser" or "warm-up act" to the opera. It was (is?) available on EMI in a performance by Plasson. Very haunting and, uh, e...
by Reed
Mon Nov 24, 2008 1:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian Conductor Walks Out on Boston
Replies: 25
Views: 2995

Re: Russian Conductor Walks Out on Boston

I think Gennadi behaved like a spoiled child. "My name wasn't big enough on the poster and I wasn't listed under "great conducters" in the season's promotional brochure, so I'm gonna cancel." Mrs. Reed and I went to the BSO concert Sat. night and Keurti (with one rehearsal) did a fine job. The BSO p...
by Reed
Sat Nov 15, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lyndon Johnson And The Jews- A Story I Never Heard Before
Replies: 26
Views: 3756

Re: Lyndon Johnson And The Jews- A Story I Never Heard Before

A very interesting article. Didn't know any of this, and I doubt many did, including old codgers like me who lived through the period. Even more remarkable, for a child of the south, was his concern for blacks having equal rights. He said his actions would lose the south for democrats for a generati...
by Reed
Wed Oct 08, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Winter 'Dreams
Replies: 11
Views: 1855

Re: Winter 'Dreams

Thank you so much for this wonderful article.

Thank you, Peter Illych, for this wonderful symphony.

I'm going home right now and listen to Tilson Thomas and the BSO in my favorite performance of this work. It's on a DG Originals CD, beautifully re-mastered.
by Reed
Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About the Budapest Festival Orchestra
Replies: 5
Views: 1083

Re: About the Budapest Festival Orchestra

Their Bartok series on Phillips was wonderful. And Dvorak 8 and 9.

I also enjoy their Mahler 2--a dramatic performance in sound quality (at least on SACD) as good an any I've heard.

I have their Beet. 7, but haven't listened to it yet. I have a feeling, I'm in for a treat.
by Reed
Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My Favorite Music for Pure Delight ...
Replies: 17
Views: 2438

Re: My Favorite Music for Pure Delight ...

The first thing that came to mind when I saw this topic was, the incidental music to Pelleas and Melisande by Faure.

The second thing that came to mind were several of the Piano Concertos of Mozart.

The third thing--virtually anything by Ravel.
by Reed
Sat Sep 06, 2008 2:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who Are Some Composers Whose Music You Can't Stand
Replies: 101
Views: 10781

Re: Who Are Some Composers Whose Music You Can't Stand

Phillip Glass . . . Phillip Glass . . . Phillip Glass . . . Steve Reich . . . Steve Reich . . . Steve Reich Or any of the minimalists, or as Virgin Thompson called them, "The repetition boys." Never understood the concept of endless repetition in music, or literature, or theatre, etc. Was in an arts...
by Reed
Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How About Those Great Youth Orchestras
Replies: 5
Views: 1422

Re: How About Those Great Youth Orchestras

I think many youth orchestras are fine, disregarding their age and lack of professional credentials. The Boston area boasts the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony Orchestra, Ben Zander's group. I have been to several concerts by each of these ense...
by Reed
Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dittersdorf on Haydn and Mozart
Replies: 8
Views: 1704

Re: Dittersdorf on Haydn and Mozart

Great article, but I do have to wonder, how do we know word for word what was said between the Emperor and Ditters? Reminds me of those bios where we read verbatim accounts of what somone said to Lincoln in the White House in 1863. That was just a bit before they put the taping system in, I believe ...
by Reed
Wed Aug 20, 2008 8:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Whose chamber/ solo music is the most rewarding?
Replies: 51
Views: 4579

Re: Whose chamber/ solo music is the most rewarding?

The ones I most often return to, in no particular order:

Dvorak

Faure

Mozart

Schubert

Always something new to discover, even in pieces I thought I knew well. So I guess that would be a good working definition of "rewarding."

Great topic!
by Reed
Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Beatles Box On EMI.............Um........
Replies: 43
Views: 3827

Re: Classical Beatles Box On EMI.............Um........

Wikipedia has an entry for EPs, under Extended Play, which is what it stands for. But then they refer to them as Early Pressings, which makes no sense. Anyway, for fans of trivia related to various formats of recorded music. And there were classical EPs. Usually a waltz or overture on each side. DG ...
by Reed
Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Beatles Box On EMI.............Um........
Replies: 43
Views: 3827

Re: Classical Beatles Box On EMI.............Um........

Too much trivia, perhaps, and not classically related, but Magical Mystery Tour was not in the lp box because, in England, it was never an lp. It was released as an EP with only the songs from the tv show. EPs never caught on in America. They're like mini-lps, 10 inches, with 2 or 3 songs per side. ...
by Reed
Fri Aug 08, 2008 2:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Morricone: the classical music composer
Replies: 24
Views: 2952

Re: Morricone: the classical music composer

Previn has recorded the Korngold Violin Concerto twice, once with Gil Shahan and once with his then-wife Anne-Sophie Mutter; both are fine performances. Sursum Corda is given a good recording on Chandos. And I can't resist adding this: Korngold arranged various pieces of Mendelssohn's for the film o...
by Reed
Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Morricone: the classical music composer
Replies: 24
Views: 2952

Re: Morricone: the classical music composer

Don't know Morricone's concert music. Enjoy Korngold, though, especially his symphony and violin concerto. His tone poem Sursum Corda is also a stirring orchestral piece. People feel his concert music sounds like movie music. It's more accurate to say that film music of classic hollywood sounds like...
by Reed
Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glière's CELLO Concerto, Op. 87
Replies: 10
Views: 1774

Re: Glière's CELLO Concerto, Op. 87

I've gotta check these concertos out! I love the 3rd symphony in all it's over-wrought glory! The version on Telarc SACD really tests out the sound system! Heard some duos for violin and cello by Gliere recently in a chamber concert. Was the first time I've heard any Gliere live, in all the hundreds...
by Reed
Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Quintets
Replies: 33
Views: 4272

Re: Piano Quintets

lismahago (and others), Re Reynaldo Hahn recommendations: I've not heard a lot of the recordings out there, but of the ones I have, I'd particularly recommend: 1) La Belle Epoque, Susan Graham doing a selection of Hahn songs. Some of those very knowing love songs were written when he was 13 and 14 y...
by Reed
Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: War Threatens Last Night of The Proms
Replies: 7
Views: 2020

Re: War Threatens Last Night of The Proms

Given a choice between Sir Borrington's "musicologically correct" (though as many have pointed out, here and elsewhere, even that's debateable) versions of, say Beethoven and Furtwrangler's "historically incorrect" ones, I'll take Furt any day. Of course, it's not that simple, and while I love the F...
by Reed
Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Quintets
Replies: 33
Views: 4272

Re: Piano Quintets

Reynaldo Hahn! Gabriel Pierne!

Yes, a wonderful form, chamber music but with a somtimes almost symphonic force.

The Dvorak is a particular favorite of mine. And of course Brahms.
by Reed
Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Listening to 'Water Music'
Replies: 6
Views: 1183

Re: Listening to 'Water Music'

Really? What was it like?

Did the fireworks go off with or without vibrato?
by Reed
Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: War Threatens Last Night of The Proms
Replies: 7
Views: 2020

Re: War Threatens Last Night of The Proms

And if Mozart had had central heat, he would've used it! But seriously, folks, can anyone stop Borrington (and his pal, Christopher Hogwash) before they ruin any more music? It was bad enough when they did dessicated versions of the classics, but when they expanded into the romantic literature, yuck!
by Reed
Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Magnard And Ansermet Are A Match Made in Heaven-A Rave Rec!
Replies: 11
Views: 2239

Re: Magnard And Ansermet Are A Match Made in Heaven-A Rave Rec!

With all my thousands of CDs, I must confess that I have no work at all by Leku. I will definitely look for this recording, and other works by him. I have read of him and his tragically short life, and been intrigued, but have not yet explored him. Thanks for the suggestion. So much music, so little...
by Reed
Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: McCain's Gaffes
Replies: 8
Views: 1557

Re: McCain's Gaffes

Someone who doesn't know his Dittersdorf from his Salieri obviously is not qualified to be president!

Has anyone questioned Obama about his Dittersdorf knowledge? If he is equally ignorant, we may have to write in Ralph's name in the fall!
by Reed
Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Magnard And Ansermet Are A Match Made in Heaven-A Rave Rec!
Replies: 11
Views: 2239

Re: Magnard And Ansermet Are A Match Made in Heaven-A Rave Rec!

I have the Plasson set, and had the Ansermet on an old Decca cassette from the '80s! I have waited in vain for its appearance on CD. Will definitely seek this out. Thanks. Been on something of a kick of listening, or mostly re-listening, to recordings of French music from the late 19th century. Love...
by Reed
Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More Hints of Obama's Pragmatism in Foreign Policy
Replies: 15
Views: 2271

Re: More Hints of Obama's Pragmatism in Foreign Policy

Corlyss, I was wondering about the Victor Davis Hanson quote at the bottom of your post, regarding Obama, history and "oppression studies." It really doesn't sound like something he'd say, so I did a Google search, and the only references to Obama and oppression studes I could find were other articl...
by Reed
Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on SACD
Replies: 29
Views: 5230

Re: Classical on SACD

I just listen in stereo, as I don't have surround-sound capability, and I can still hear a quite large difference in MOST SACDs I've auditioned, where I either have a hybrid and compare the layers, or where I have had the same disc before in standard CD.
by Reed
Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Satiring the Satire
Replies: 1
Views: 869

Re: Satiring the Satire

What I was interested in is your quote. Is there any authentication for the Obama "quote" that says what we need is more oppression studies? Sounds like the same old made-up nonsense about him. If it's real, then I apologize in advance. ADDENDUM: I did a quick Google search, and all I found under "O...
by Reed
Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on SACD
Replies: 29
Views: 5230

Re: Classical on SACD

Yes, I am playing them both on the same system. However, the Denon is rated quite highly, even by The Absolute Sound, as a good all-round player. Also, before I got it, I had a good Rotel CD player and a cheap Phillips SACD system. Again, the SACDs sounded much better played through the cheapie SACD...
by Reed
Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on SACD
Replies: 29
Views: 5230

Re: Classical on SACD

Well, I like the Mozart last four syms. cond. by Mackerris on Lynn. Some have commented on the wiry tone, and not all have liked the performances. I have only listened to 38 and 39, and I like sound and performances just fine. My first Linn SACD, though definitely not my last. I'm very interested in...
by Reed
Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CD Box Set Sales Drop Off-Any Classical Ramifications?
Replies: 11
Views: 2314

Re: CD Box Set Sales Drop Off-Any Classical Ramifications?

Well, ALL CD sales are way off, so it's no surprise. I wonder how the labels can make any money on some of the reissues. For instance, EMI just brought out a 30-CD Vaughan-Williams box for around sixty bucks. Good for the consumer, but I wonder if it's cost effective for the label, even if is sells ...
by Reed
Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine in Top Form
Replies: 13
Views: 2548

Re: Levine in Top Form

Yeah, perhaps the death of Dido is a bit anticlimactic. It also goes on a loooong time. I have not seen it staged, even on a video, but only heard CDs and these live performances. So, I keep thinking Dido is already dead, then she sings again. Reminds me of one of the King Louis of France, who was o...
by Reed
Tue Jul 08, 2008 4:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine in Top Form
Replies: 13
Views: 2548

Re: Levine in Top Form

My wife and I saw the spring performances of Troyens. We saw Part I the week is was performed at Symphony Hall, Part II the following week, and then the whole thing in early May, as their last concert of the season--with a two + hour dinner break in the middle! We also saw Part II at Tanglewood Sund...
by Reed
Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: mahler's symphonies
Replies: 70
Views: 6950

Re: mahler's symphonies

Jack,

No, IVAN Fischer recorded the Mahler 2, on Channel Classics. You mean, both brothers do a mean M2? Wow, tres cool.