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by Wallingford
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 968
Views: 824087

Re: What I listened to today

Just now I heard Rimsky's Dance of the Tumblers, as conducted by Neville Marriner.

Just to see if he can.
by Wallingford
Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86
Replies: 10
Views: 2617

Re: Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86

I caught him live 30 years ago at the Oregon Bach Festival, when I still lived in Eugene.
by Wallingford
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 8160

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

My take on Bruckner? About a quarter-century ago, when I lived in Seattle, I always hung around the lobby beforehand for 'will-call' tickets. The Seattle Symphony had two items on the agenda--a Mozart piano concerto, featuring soloist Alicia DeLarrocha and maestro Gerard Schwarz, and Bruckner's Fift...
by Wallingford
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: So...anyone dared to see Ken Burns' "Country Music"?
Replies: 4
Views: 3402

Re: So...anyone dared to see Ken Burns' "Country Music"?

Of all the orchestral/chamber/etc. recordings I have heard and music I have performed, one of the best to hear is Willy Nelson doing "Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain". It's very simply presented and tastefully performed. 40years ago my mother bought Willie's new Xmas album, 'Pretty Paper.' The singing...
by Wallingford
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: So...anyone dared to see Ken Burns' "Country Music"?
Replies: 4
Views: 3402

So...anyone dared to see Ken Burns' "Country Music"?

Just wondering....I'd always suspected Burns to be a cheap mainstreamer--at least, going by the opinions of those who've seen his "Jazz"--but seeing/hearing the ads for this one, and reading the synopses on pbs.com, I just about threw my hands up in the air and said, "Ken, how could you sink this lo...
by Wallingford
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky "Little Russian" Symphony #2/Jansons
Replies: 12
Views: 5466

Re: Tchaikovsky "Little Russian" Symphony #2/Jansons

The Second is a work that, until recently, caused me frustration. That main tune to the last movement literally steals the thunder and sweeps aside all that came before it. There's no way the average schmoe in the street can exit the concert hall or the stereo without that tune--and that tune only--...
by Wallingford
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Should you clap between movements?
Replies: 12
Views: 3954

Re: Should you clap between movements?

Much as I've always avoided it, this is a phenomenon that's possibly becoming a permanent thing with today's concert audiences. Leonard Slatkin doesn't appear to make a fuss over it in his live-streaming Detroit Symphony concerts. And for years it's been the norm at BSO Tanglewood concerts.
by Wallingford
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 19261

Re: A loss

I have only just now noticed this thread at the top of the list.

Please add my regards. :(
by Wallingford
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: César Franck
Replies: 24
Views: 9909

Re: César Franck

That is such an infectiously catchy tune in the finale! I worked on it with a violinist during my last term as an undergrad. Tune was on my lips all the time.
by Wallingford
Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mariss Jansons has died
Replies: 9
Views: 3951

Re: Mariss Jansons has died

When I still lived in Seattle in the 90s, He & his Pittsburgh Symphony appeared at Benaroya Hall. They concluded with Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique. The normally noisy & impolite Seattle audience was so quiet--especially in the creepy sections--that you could've heard a pin drop. Gerard Schwarz nev...
by Wallingford
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: At long last--a Kennedy Center Honor goes to someone who deserves it!
Replies: 2
Views: 3561

Re: At long last--a Kennedy Center Honor goes to someone who deserves it!

Trump and his wife's refusal to attend these ceremonies seem, to me, to be the only thing he's doing right. (Though, to do so IS better form and more presidential. )
by Wallingford
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: At long last--a Kennedy Center Honor goes to someone who deserves it!
Replies: 2
Views: 3561

At long last--a Kennedy Center Honor goes to someone who deserves it!

I speak, of course, of MTT himself--Michael Tilson Thomas. Someone who made a genuine contribution to the arts. It's almost enough ( almost, mind you!) to make up for all the Steve Martins, Stings, Lionel Richies, Norman Lears, and rock groups like the Eagles or Led Zeppelin, who won it in the past....
by Wallingford
Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: César Franck
Replies: 24
Views: 9909

Re: César Franck

Six or seven years ago, when I subscribed to the Rhapsody download site, I custom-duped for myself a 6-CD set of Franck works. It excludes the D minor Symphony (not for want of liking it, but to provide his other output with a fair airing). It's got Grand piece symphonique, Les Djinns, the Piano Qui...
by Wallingford
Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: César Franck
Replies: 24
Views: 9909

Re: César Franck

The slow movement of his organ work Grand piece symphonique is one of the most achingly gorgeous things ever written.
by Wallingford
Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: César Franck
Replies: 24
Views: 9909

Re: César Franck

Franck's star has really faded with the decades. Time was when his was REQUIRED repertoire with all the French conductors. I don't believe he was an active part of Dutoit's literature, was he? But the orchestral tone poem Le Chasseur maudit is still trotted out from time to time. Franck deserves bet...
by Wallingford
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 98
Views: 78761

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Sweet baby Jesus!!!! Let me say, this is the first time I've ever seen fit to use this particular violation of the Third Commandment. I'm living proof of the oppressiveness of 'toxic masculinity' and the constrictions it's worked--insidiously--on my own development as a male. In grade school my moth...
by Wallingford
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Social Security "Suspension" phone calls!
Replies: 1
Views: 3412

Re: Social Security "Suspension" phone calls!

I hear you, Lance....I got one last week myself.
by Wallingford
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 11
Views: 8796

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Heartiest congrats, Lance!
by Wallingford
Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4160
Views: 1371408

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

As I continue to dive wholeheartedly into the current vinyl celebration, I've been bingeing out particularly on orders from philadelphiamusic, found on the discogs.com site. This site's far from having wholly reputable sellers, but philadelphiamusic has a fairly stringent grading system, as well as ...
by Wallingford
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: US vinyl sales climb to 30-year high as CD sales plummet
Replies: 14
Views: 8075

Re: US vinyl sales climb to 30-year high as CD sales plummet

As for myself, I was entranced by vinyl ever since my first record player 55 years ago--not merely the music, but the ways in which discs were pressed, and just watching them go round and round. I'm one of those contributing to the high figures of used vinyl, ordering mainly over ebay and discogs.co...
by Wallingford
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Casadesus Collection (65 CDs)
Replies: 6
Views: 5458

Re: Robert Casadesus Collection (65 CDs)

Definitely of more than passing interest.....
by Wallingford
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Slacker (1991) by Richard Linklater
Replies: 1
Views: 8323

Re: Slacker (1991) by Richard Linklater

There's more than a few of us out there......
by Wallingford
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 25808

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

I've nothing new to add to the above except: He will be deeply missed.
by Wallingford
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4160
Views: 1371408

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

I finally acquired the Puccini volume of Time-Life records' Great Men of Music series. This now completes that series for me. I've now got all 30 volumes.....a total of 44 years to assemble. Really, though, I'll never have a fully complete edition: each volume contained a giant booklet with a fairly...
by Wallingford
Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 25 essential Beethoven recordings per WQXR
Replies: 15
Views: 14427

Re: 25 essential Beethoven recordings per WQXR

I'll go with the historical (pre-stereo) guys any old day, though I'll give some allowance for Karajan's complete symphony set.
by Wallingford
Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to CMGers!
Replies: 8
Views: 6288

Re: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to CMGers!

Best wishes to Lance & Co. !
by Wallingford
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Christmas carols
Replies: 2
Views: 3780

Re: Christmas carols

SXM's all-Xmas channel doesn't play any of the old religious carols. :(
by Wallingford
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4160
Views: 1371408

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Having recently had the long-lost pleasure of getting 20 LPs for a buck a throw, I've found the thrill addictive and come away with another haul, this time on discogs.com, with the shop called philadelphiamusic. They're not like the usual disreputable sellers I get on this site, as they have very st...
by Wallingford
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Henning
Replies: 19
Views: 21977

Re: Karl Henning

Only just now did I get on this page. I'll certainly do my bit to aid Karl & family.
by Wallingford
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 968
Views: 824087

Re: What I listened to today

These past two weeks I’ve been celebrating the installation of a new cartridge by trying it out on a pile of unplayed vinyl….stuff I’ve had over the decades and never played. There’re two Murray Hill sets of Mozart, and my near-complete Time-Life Great Men of music series. The latter include LPs I’v...
by Wallingford
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4160
Views: 1371408

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

At the same sale mentioned above, I got these miniature scores for a dime a throw (they've been really desperate to get rid of their sheet music): Ravel's La Valse Bartok's Divertimento Stravinsky's Octet for Winds Bach Motets #1, 2 & 3 Brahms' Haydn Variations Strauss' Don Quixote Saint-Saens' Pian...
by Wallingford
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4160
Views: 1371408

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

....They were a buck apiece, so didn't break the bank for me.
by Wallingford
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4160
Views: 1371408

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Wow! You know how to pick 'em! Some great material there. Thanks. It's great to know Greeley, Colo. had many classical music fans, thanks in no small measure to the Univ. of Northern Colorado. (There were two copies of the Fleisher/Brahms; I do know that one of my profs there had a copy--he was a F...
by Wallingford
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4160
Views: 1371408

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Two weeks ago, I picked up a load of about twenty vinyl albums at a sale taking place at my alma mater. Among them were: A Chabrier Concert ……Dervaux, Orch. Colonne (Seraphim S-60108) Dvorak Slavonic Dances (complete)…..Dorati, Bamberg Sym. (Turnabout QTV-S 34672) Bartok Concerto for Orchestra ; Jan...
by Wallingford
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 968
Views: 824087

Re: What I listened to today

And what, out of this group, captured your musical heart the most? This isn't today, but rather the LPs I listened to the past few weeks, using the old cartridge and saving the new cartridge for some fresh, unopened vinyl: Weber's Oberon and Der Freischutz Overtures, and Smetana's Moldau (Szell, NY...
by Wallingford
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 968
Views: 824087

Re: What I listened to today

This isn't today, but rather the LPs I listened to the past few weeks, using the old cartridge and saving the new cartridge for some fresh, unopened vinyl: Weber's Oberon and Der Freischutz Overtures, and Smetana's Moldau (Szell, NYP) Tchaikovsky's Symphony #4 (Koussevitzky) Gershwin's Cuban Overtur...
by Wallingford
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4160
Views: 1371408

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

An update on my near-complete Time-Life Great Men of Music LP sets. Off of ebay I got, at an attractive price, two brand new, unopened sets, the Wagner one (which I hadn't yet got), and the Mendelssohn (to replace the crappy-condition copy I got off of discogs.com). Now, it's all down to just gettin...
by Wallingford
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4160
Views: 1371408

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

This past year or so I've been slowly bringing to completion my library of the seventies' Time-Life Great Men of Music series. My mother subscribed to this for me up until the time I moved away to college, so my collection stopped at the Chopin volume. So, I've acquired, mainly thru the ebay and dis...
by Wallingford
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'Like pinning Jello to the wall' — Trump sucks up to Putin and Xi; disses Merkel and May. Why?
Replies: 1
Views: 2490

Re: 'Like pinning Jello to the wall' — Trump sucks up to Putin and Xi; disses Merkel and May. Why?

As long as I'm fleetingly reunited with you folks on this site: I'm in full accord with Stephen Colbert's conclusion about Putin and Trump. It's got to be the only logical one. I thought this for several months, and I only found out about Colbert's big stir a few days ago after doing a Google using ...
by Wallingford
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 26441

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Let's just say it was a grand experiment that didn't work out.
by Wallingford
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anyone ever heard of a contrabass trumpet?
Replies: 5
Views: 4907

Re: Anyone ever heard of a contrabass trumpet?

I swear, I'd be filthy rich if I had a dime for everyone I've heard use the word "trumpetist."
by Wallingford
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anshel Brusilow (14 Aug 1928–15 Jan 2018)
Replies: 10
Views: 7882

Re: Anshel Brusilow (14 Aug 1928–15 Jan 2018)

Ormandy's April '59 recording of Danse Macabre had what I always considered the best performance of the concertmaster's part. The Sony reissue doesn't list either the producer or the soloist. Could it have been Brusilow, or was it Jacob Krachmalnik?
by Wallingford
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 24830

Re: Is the piano recital dying

I see some consolation in this thread's title. Being a cripple, both in keyboard technique as well as overall physique, I can see why and how I wouldn't have gone far at all as a recitalist, and today it's a lost cause for all but a mere handful.
by Wallingford
Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony
Replies: 10
Views: 6902

Re: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony

If the phrase "fruitful partnership" applied to anything, it was definitely MTT & SFS. Tilson Thomas (that's how I've always rather cumbersomely referred to him--I'm not the one who initiated that trend, however) led the pack in terms of inventive, innovative programming on the part of maestros. I d...
by Wallingford
Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: After calling out NFL, Trump faces open contempt and defiance
Replies: 11
Views: 8735

Re: After calling out NFL, Trump faces open contempt and defiance

Where do I stand on Trump's supporters? Well, whenever I go on the treadmill at the senior center, a lot of simple folk who claim Trump's completely tactless statements exactly mirrored what they wanted to say, simply has me seething inside. Well-meaning seniors who're part of the so-called "heartla...
by Wallingford
Thu May 18, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Curse Of Tone Deafness
Replies: 10
Views: 8126

Re: The Curse Of Tone Deafness

Speaking of tone-deafness: I read in a Stereo Review article from about half a century ago, that Francis Scott Key, who bent and twisted the charming melody of the old English drinking song "To Anacreon In Heaven" to make our national anthem, was tone-deaf. Not only that, but his children and grandc...
by Wallingford
Thu May 18, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE STING
Replies: 17
Views: 12011

Re: THE STING

Speaking as an ex-keyboardist, I distinctly recall, in my volumes of piano rags, that Joplin specifically wanted these works to be rendered in a classical manner, and that huge embellishments and liberties are a decided no-no. He wanted them to be treated as seriously as a Chopin piece. Remember, to...
by Wallingford
Tue May 16, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE STING
Replies: 17
Views: 12011

Re: THE STING

Actually, as of late 1973 there was a big revival in general of Joplin's music--E. Power Biggs released two albums on Columbia in which he played Joplin's music on the pedal harpsichord (not really the best medium for this music), and pianists like Max Morath were busy plying their trade. Gunther Sc...