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by Sporkadelic
Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schoenberg's Gurrelieder
Replies: 37
Views: 9189

Re: Schoenberg's Gurrelieder

The GURRELIEDER is among the few pieces of Schoenberg that I really enjoy. I have the 2-CD set conducted by René Leibowitz (Paris Orchestra) with some fine soloists on the now defunct Lys label [557-558], but the one I grew up with, and continue to hear on occasions, was Leopold Stokowski's on RCA ...
by Sporkadelic
Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'The Record Of Singing' will be arriving soon.........
Replies: 24
Views: 13426

Re: 'The Record Of Singing' will be arriving soon.........

Giampiero Malaspina baritone 6 PUCCINI: Tre sbirri, una carozza (Tosca, Act I) Keith Hardwick tenor Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Michael Mudie 1.VII.1948, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London • Victor Carne • Douglas Larter CAX 10293-1 (Columbia DX 1514) Could it be the...
by Sporkadelic
Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: eBay announces it's Classical Music catalog!
Replies: 6
Views: 1221

Re: eBay announces it's Classical Music catalog!

What I expect this will mean in practice is that more classical listings will use stock photos and information. The upside is that you may get more information about a CD than the seller might have been willing to type in on his own. The downside is that you're not likely to see the actual item you'...
by Sporkadelic
Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The mathematics of the Beatles' music
Replies: 46
Views: 3713

Re: The mathematics of the Beatles' music

This latest bit of analysis is all well and good, but surely I'm not the only one who has always heard a piano in that "Hard Day's Night" opening chord.

By the way, Cathy Berberian's "Beatles Arias" album was put out on CD in France a couple years back, complete with live bonus tracks!
by Sporkadelic
Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich and Dora Schwarzberg / Violin & Piano
Replies: 2
Views: 1086

Re: Martha Argerich and Dora Schwarzberg / Violin & Piano

Does Argerich hold the record for Franck Sonata Recordings? Here's chapter and verse from the Argerich discography at Andrys Basten's website. (I might be skeptical that the 1976 and 1977 recordings with Gitlis are not identical, but I haven't heard them.) Franck, César * Sonata for Piano & Violin i...
by Sporkadelic
Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Help with DUTCH pronunciation of a name ...
Replies: 6
Views: 1670

Re: Help with DUTCH pronunciation of a name ...

Radio Netherlands used to have a webpage where one could hear an announcer giving the names of Dutch musicians. Sad to report, the page appears to have vanished.
by Sporkadelic
Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Desert island pianist
Replies: 68
Views: 6300

Re: Desert island pianist

With the shops fresh out of Richter, and in spite of the tempting Rubinstein option, what about Gieseking? Certainly the breadth of repertoire is there. Not as much Chopin as I'd like, but there's a WTC, most of the Beethoven sonatas, Debussy and Ravel, the lovely Mendelssohn and Grieg pieces, and e...
by Sporkadelic
Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sundays 4pm EST Masters of the Bow LIVE interactive LECTURE
Replies: 65
Views: 6686

Re: TODAY Dec 7 Masters of the Bow LIVE interactive LECTURE

Sorry I had to leave rather abruptly today. I enjoyed what I was able to hear, in spite of the technical obstacles.
by Sporkadelic
Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I am crazy about Jean Martinon!
Replies: 32
Views: 3430

Re: I am crazy about Jean Martinon!

Here's an oddity from my collection. It's a 10" LP: noces.jpg Ernst Lumpe has identified the real musicians behind the pseudonyms: The performance is the 1953 radio studio production of WDR Cologne with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under Jean Martinon. The singers are Anny Schlemm...
by Sporkadelic
Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How Do CMG People Feel About Exposition Repeats ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2982

Re: How Do CMG People Feel About Exposition Repeats ?

In general I'm all for taking exposition repeats. The influence of HIP has brought faster tempi, and that makes it possible to consider even repeats such as the Eroica first movement. (To adopt a slow tempo as Giulini does, and take the repeat anyway, is just too much.) Of course you need a repeat w...
by Sporkadelic
Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 514
Views: 143724

Re: About CMG's contributors!

piston wrote:
I once spent an afternoon working as a shopping-mall Santa
You qualify as a presidential candidate!
I'll be casting a write-in vote for myself on Tuesday!
by Sporkadelic
Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 514
Views: 143724

Re: About CMG's contributors!

A few words about myself. • are male or female [it's hard to tell by sign-on names!] Male • sign-on name AND what do your friends call you? a. Sporkadelic b. Russell (or Russ, that's okay too) • what country you reside in USA • study music - if so what instrument No, but I do a lot of reading on all...
by Sporkadelic
Sat Sep 13, 2008 7:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Ninth: the slowest by far
Replies: 18
Views: 3086

Beethoven's Ninth: the slowest by far

For some time there has been a website selling recordings by the conductor Maximianno Cobra, who has some unusual ideas about proper tempi. Now you can watch a video of the complete Beethoven Ninth Symphony, if you have an hour and forty-five minutes or so. http://tinyurl.com/68shkz If you're impati...
by Sporkadelic
Fri Sep 12, 2008 2:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Attachments ***
Replies: 8
Views: 1048

Re: Attachments ***

Here I'm displaying an image that I uploaded to Photobucket. That shouldn't use any CMG server resources, should it?
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by Sporkadelic
Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stylus won't move from one groove to another.
Replies: 9
Views: 2017

Re: Stylus won't move from one groove to another.

How do I figure out if the stylus is damaged? There is really no sure way to do that without a microscope. You could look at the cantilever (the shaft the stylus tip is attached to); is it straight? Do you know how to check tracking force and anti-skating force on your turntable? We might be able t...
by Sporkadelic
Sat Jul 26, 2008 1:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stylus won't move from one groove to another.
Replies: 9
Views: 2017

Re: Stylus won't move from one groove to another.

I bought a used (of course) vinyl record and it won't play, ie, it continually gets stuck in the groove. The same passage plays over & over no matter where in the record it is. There are no scratches or gouges that I can see. I have never had this problem with an entire record. Any ideas? It is not...
by Sporkadelic
Thu Jul 17, 2008 7:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I am hoping to create a ...
Replies: 53
Views: 14685

Re: I am hoping to create a ...

May I respectfully disagree with the proponents of subforums. We don't have such a large number of new threads every day that it's impossible to keep up by visiting the Chatterbox main page. I've found that when forums are excessively categorized, some subforums are less frequently visited and good ...
by Sporkadelic
Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (Ravel)
Replies: 10
Views: 1981

Re: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (Ravel)

Orchestral. I didn't realize there was a piano version. Well i just learned something new. Thanks! If you'd like to listen to the piano version, here's a link to a performance given earlier this year by Hélène Wickett in the studios of WGBH Boston. http://streams.wgbh.org/online/clas/clas_performan...
by Sporkadelic
Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year: Kosher for Passover Coke!
Replies: 2
Views: 997

It's that time of year: Kosher for Passover Coke!

For years, I wondered why soft drinks tasted so much better when I was a kid. Then I learned that gradually, bottlers have switched from sweetening with cane sugar to using more and more high-fructose corn syrup. Now, every year, we have an opportunity to get the good stuff. Look for the 2-liter bot...
by Sporkadelic
Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ACLU Panders to their Base
Replies: 40
Views: 4448

Folks, if we don't give these war criminals this type of multi-million dollar, world class defense our very rights could be in jeopardy! What will civilization say about us in a thousand years unless we spend eight million dollars?! How much is the government spending on their prosecution? Of cours...
by Sporkadelic
Sat Apr 05, 2008 2:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can anyone help with this request? A disc from L'Oiseau Lyre
Replies: 6
Views: 1908

Thanks, but ... I'm seeking to purchase the newly released (or, apparently newly released) disc, and that site you linked seems a library repository of some sort. As well, I don't believe it's the same disc -- for Campra is the coupling work, not ballet music by Gretry. There's no disc. When the De...
by Sporkadelic
Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin Preludes
Replies: 39
Views: 5242

Pires and Alexeev were available on ArkivCD, but I ordered only one of those so I can see how it turns out. I'm quite concerned that they use archive quality CDs to burn these, as I notice ordinary CD-Rs wear out after only a few years. I have not had this experience, using (almost exclusively) Tai...
by Sporkadelic
Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin Preludes
Replies: 39
Views: 5242

What's the difference between the 1933 Cortot and his earlier version from 1926? I've got the 1926 on Naxos and on a second listen, prompted by the previous post, this is very good indeed (in fact the sound quality for the era is surprising). I've heard the 1933 recording but it was a long time ago...
by Sporkadelic
Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Saint Louis Symphony Goes Download-Only-Good Grief......
Replies: 12
Views: 2787

I can burn CDs and print covers, so download-only releases are no problem. What I refuse to support is lossy compression such as mp3. We have been used to CD quality, and that should be the minimum standard. For classical music in particular, along with mp3 (for which there's a market worth supporti...
by Sporkadelic
Tue Apr 01, 2008 9:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Challenge to elitist scientific orthodoxy suppressed!
Replies: 35
Views: 5108

Kant and Aquinas did for Anselm a long time ago. True enough, although that hasn't stopped some folks from trying to propose his ontological argument. But I've borrowed just the one premise; do Kant or Aquinas take issue with that premise? (I'm afraid I have forgotten many of the details over the y...
by Sporkadelic
Mon Mar 31, 2008 11:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Challenge to elitist scientific orthodoxy suppressed!
Replies: 35
Views: 5108

Try an alternate train of logic: Only God is perfect Whatever God creates is not God Man is part of God's creation, but is not God Man is not perfect The Bible says that creation is Good, not perfect. Only God is perfect. Whatever God creates is not God. Therefore, God's creation is not perfect. Go...
by Sporkadelic
Mon Mar 31, 2008 11:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Oldest Recording? - Au Clair de la Lune Apr 9, 1860
Replies: 10
Views: 2852

When you see the phonautograph, and Edison's original tinfoil phonograph, there's such a similarity that it's hard to believe it took more than 20 years to make the leap from one to the other. And then, just as Edison is at work, Charles Cros has the same idea independently.
by Sporkadelic
Mon Mar 31, 2008 11:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: UN Human Rights Council rejects free speech
Replies: 2
Views: 937

Not unexpected, but very sad all the same. I don't buy into every article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but we must have freedom of conscience and freedom of speech.
by Sporkadelic
Mon Mar 31, 2008 11:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Let's Hear It for the First Amendment in Kansas!
Replies: 3
Views: 1086

The answer to offensive speech is not to silence it, but to counter it with more speech. That's the right way.
by Sporkadelic
Mon Mar 31, 2008 11:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin Preludes
Replies: 39
Views: 5242

slofstra wrote:
Either the 1933 version (currently available from EMI) or the 1926 will do nicely.
Ooh, how is the sound?
Fine, for the date. There are audio samples at amazon.com; do a music search for "cortot chopin preludes" and the EMI disc should be the first result.
by Sporkadelic
Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin Preludes
Replies: 39
Views: 5242

The first prelude of Chopin's Op. 28 has, in my view, the character of an introduction to the rest of the set, but then one could say the same of the first of Liszt's Transcendental Etudes. Rubinstein recorded the Chopin set only once, in 1946, and it's generally considered less successful than most...
by Sporkadelic
Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: J. S. Bach-Six Brandenburg Concertos-My Favorites
Replies: 39
Views: 7735

Also worth a mention: Goebel and Musica Antiqua Köln (DG/Archiv).

I would love to see Sony reissue the Goberman set, and his other recordings too.
by Sporkadelic
Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Challenge to creationist movie suppressed!
Replies: 0
Views: 870

Challenge to creationist movie suppressed!

Biologist PZ Myers, who was interviewed in the creationist movie Expelled! and thanked in the credits, showed up with his family and friends at a screening of the film. On recognizing Myers, the film's producer had him ejected from the theatre. Apparently he didn't recognize one of Myers' friends, n...
by Sporkadelic
Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Diabelli Variations
Replies: 28
Views: 10180

I understand that Richter's recording of the Diabelli Variations is the same on Regis (which I haven't heard) as on Philips, and that it's a composite of Amsterdam and Moscow performances.
by Sporkadelic
Sun Mar 23, 2008 4:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Monteux VPO Symphonie Fantastique
Replies: 18
Views: 5962

Fearless prediction: no takers at that price! It's been years since I heard that Fantastique, but my impression was much the same.
by Sporkadelic
Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: You gotta see the new trailer for
Replies: 7
Views: 1509

Hey, I thought it was funny!
by Sporkadelic
Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms Lieder (Songs) - a question ...
Replies: 3
Views: 1160

DG had a complete Brahms edition. The volume of Lieder ran to 7 CDs. I believe it was mostly Fischer-Dieskau with some contributions by Jessye Norman.
by Sporkadelic
Sat Jan 26, 2008 3:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Andre Tchaikowsky Website...
Replies: 3
Views: 1408

Despite what I had been led to believe, it's apparently not the case that the Royal Shakespeare Company actually used Mr. Tchaikowsky's skull onstage as that of Yorick, as the pianist had wished. In the event, a sense of propriety led them to employ a cast copy. The story is told in Shakespeare's Vi...
by Sporkadelic
Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Blue Note Vinyl Re-issue
Replies: 1
Views: 923

Re: Blue Note Vinyl Re-issue

Seán wrote:For those of us who love vinyl, particularly Jazz on vinyl here is a welcome announcement from Blue Note:

http://musicmattersjazz.com/
I'm not in the market for new vinyl, but with Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray doing the mastering, these ought to be superb.
by Sporkadelic
Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Idle, pointless question about soloist/conductors
Replies: 24
Views: 3453

two of the greatrest conductors I've played for - Walter Hendl and Boris Goldovsky - would often stop conducting if things were going well - they'd fold up their hands and let the players communicate..of course, they were always watchful [ earful ] ready to jump in for important entrances or detail...
by Sporkadelic
Sun Dec 30, 2007 3:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fasten your seat belts, its going to be a bumpy ride!
Replies: 5
Views: 1324

I'm against anyone who wants to end the gridlock in Washington! The less the government actually manages to do, the better off we are. Division in the government reflects real disagreement among voters, and that's healthy.
by Sporkadelic
Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartók the greatest composer?
Replies: 28
Views: 5241

Re: Bartók the greatest composer?

Bartók did not write any sets of variations. The second movement of the 1937-38 violin concerto is a theme and variations. I've always imagined that Bartók may have been inspired by Beethoven's "Kreutzer" sonata, which he performed regularly (one such occasion having been preserved as a sound recor...
by Sporkadelic
Sat Dec 29, 2007 9:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Whatch ya got on? Your mind?
Replies: 4
Views: 1455

Ralph wrote:People weren't worried about the alleged demise of classical music?
They were all too engrossed in the Hatto scandal to give it much thought!
by Sporkadelic
Sat Dec 29, 2007 9:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: American Songbook Quiz
Replies: 13
Views: 3194

I will bump this with some clues: The composer of Song A wrote a piano concerto for Arthur Rubinstein, but Rubinstein never performed it. (The composer never got around to finishing the orchestration, so it wasn't Rubinstein's fault.) The composer of Song B dedicated his violin concerto to Joseph Sz...
by Sporkadelic
Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The bulk of Scriabin's piano music
Replies: 5
Views: 1666

Has anyone else recorded all, or nearly all, Scriabin's solo piano works? The Ponti set is cheap, and when listening to it I was impressed by the overall level of quality of this music, both the earlier Romantic and the later far-out stuff. I find the sonatas to be the least satisfactory part of Pon...
by Sporkadelic
Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert's most beautiful piano sonata?
Replies: 30
Views: 13307

As the question is which Schubert sonata is the most beautiful (not necessarily the best, or one's own favorite) I will agree with D664. Here's the first movement, played by Wilhelm Kempff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv6XQc2s6Jc
by Sporkadelic
Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: American Songbook Quiz
Replies: 13
Views: 3194

Excellent video! Do we need a hint on the quiz question, or are folks just busy with the holidays?
by Sporkadelic
Sat Dec 22, 2007 11:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: American Songbook Quiz
Replies: 13
Views: 3194

Corlyss_D wrote:Song A: I Won't Dance, from Roberta. Music by Kern and (the famous) lyrics by Fields & McHugh.
Not the song I was thinking of. Of course, now that you've mentioned it, I want to hear it! Time to grab "Starring Fred Astaire" (Columbia) off the shelf.
by Sporkadelic
Sat Dec 22, 2007 10:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: American Songbook Quiz
Replies: 13
Views: 3194

While we're playing trivia, how about this one? I'm thinking of two Broadway songs, each having something in common with Thanks For The Memory. Like that song, Song A was introduced by Bob Hope. The lyric of Song B, like that of Thanks For The Memory, mentions classical composers. Song B was a big s...