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by Philip M
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR new recordings picks for July
Replies: 7
Views: 220

Re: WQXR new recordings picks for July

“Anna Prohaska's new Bach release intrigued me. I wonder if she's any relation to the well-known conductor and Bach interpreter Felix Prohaska? Paquito D'Rivera's disc also piqued my interest, as did the Four Seasons release. Don't know if I'll buy any of these, but I'll certainly listen. :)” Yes sh...
by Philip M
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ida Haendel 1928-2020
Replies: 13
Views: 741

Re: Ida Haendel 1928-2020

Oh a cricketer would be frustrated if they got out on 96! Nothing beats a century at Lords!!
by Philip M
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ida Haendel 1928-2020
Replies: 13
Views: 741

Re: Ida Haendel 1928-2020

She was always rather coy about her age but I am reliably informed by Tully Potter that she was 96.

Philip
by Philip M
Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nashville SO shuts till Aug 2021
Replies: 3
Views: 721

Re: Nashville SO shuts till Aug 2021

Very worrying in the UK. Look at these letters to The Times (1) and The Guardian (2) 1. Sir, In the most difficult days of history, the arts — and perhaps especially music — enhanced the spirit. But today we cannot do so. We are prevented from performing in live spaces, from reaching the eyes and ea...
by Philip M
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new YouTube concert series
Replies: 0
Views: 755

A new YouTube concert series

This may be of interest to some of you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvPRxVk-lD4&feature=youtu.be A disclosure: I am a trustee of Shropshire Music Trust, who are behind this series, though it is funded by the UK Arts Council. Zoe Beyers has just taken over as leader/concertmaster of the Hallé Orch...
by Philip M
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cziffra on Meloclassic CD
Replies: 8
Views: 1108

Re: Cziffra on Meloclassic CD

Yes a superb little known label. Any idea who owns them? Re the 1960 v 1983 Faschingsswanks, the radically different Scherzos are a classic example of why we keep on hearing the same pianist play the same piece over and over again in different performnces, a concept that non music lovers cannot unde...
by Philip M
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cziffra on Meloclassic CD
Replies: 8
Views: 1108

Re: Cziffra on Meloclassic CD

That 1983 Cziffra scherzo is about half the speed and twice the weight of the 1960 one.

I agree - Richter never convinced me in this piece.

I think I have the 1973 RFH ABM performances somewhere...it was not broadcast but I guess someone taped it in the hall. Must dig it out.
by Philip M
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cziffra on Meloclassic CD
Replies: 8
Views: 1108

Cziffra on Meloclassic CD

I have been listening to a recital by Georges Cziffra from the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées given on 29th January 1960. It is on the Meloclassic label. It opens with Beethoven’s little F Major Sonata Op.54. I’ve long loved this gem of a sonata. It was a favourite of Richter, who played it in one of Ca...
by Philip M
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nashville SO shuts till Aug 2021
Replies: 3
Views: 721

Nashville SO shuts till Aug 2021

The Nashville Symphony has cancelled the whole of next season and sent staff and 79 musicians on furlough.

Nashville says it cannot meet its $1.2 million monthly payroll.

More orchestras to follow? It’s all very depressing, but realistic.

Philip
by Philip M
Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: After 25 Years, San Francisco’s Maverick Conductor Moves On
Replies: 2
Views: 799

Re: After 25 Years, San Francisco’s Maverick Conductor Moves On

I was at Davies Symphony Hall for his second week of concerts (13th Sept 1995). Ives orchestral songs, Schoenberg’s Survivor from Warsaw and Beethoven 9. It was very much “an occasion” but I am afraid I was unmoved by his Beethoven. The best was the Schoenberg, with Benjamin Luxon.

Philip
by Philip M
Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC Record Review June 7
Replies: 2
Views: 817

Re: BBC Record Review June 7

I was lucky enough to hear Richter play all 4 Scherzi live at Eton School Hall (yes that Eton!) that same year ie Sept 1977. If you think the commercial recording is good - well that night Richter was truly inspired. It was riveting, full of drive and passion, as well as beauty. It was a privilege t...
by Philip M
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A possible way for future concerts?
Replies: 3
Views: 780

A possible way for future concerts?

Leonard Slatkin sets out some logical and sensible options here

https://www.leonardslatkin.com/june-202 ... on-part-1/
by Philip M
Fri May 29, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Perseverance of André Watts
Replies: 3
Views: 1023

Re: The Perseverance of André Watts

So sad to hear that his cancer has returned. Andre is a lovely man. I tried to persuade him to come to play at the UK festival I helped organise a few years ago. He wanted to come but sadly then he developed the cancer...

I wish him a full recovery and a return to the 2 hand repertoire too.

Philip
by Philip M
Mon May 04, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Viner's CD "Alkan 12 Etudes, Op. 35" incredible!
Replies: 4
Views: 2357

Re: Mark Viner's CD "Alkan 12 Etudes, Op. 35" incredible!

I think it is Viner’s recital from Husum 28 Aug 2019.

Philip
by Philip M
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Beatrice Rana live
Replies: 4
Views: 1643

Re: Pianist Beatrice Rana live

The link is missing.... 😥
by Philip M
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky: Piano Sonata #2, Op. 37(Grand Sonata)
Replies: 4
Views: 1959

Re: Tchaikovsky: Piano Sonata #2, Op. 37(Grand Sonata)

For me Richter is supreme in this sonata.

I have only heard it live once - Freddy Kempf in 2016.

Philip
by Philip M
Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing
Replies: 36
Views: 7832

Re: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing

Hi Lance All OK in this UK household, thanks, though we like many others are housebound. Fortunately we live in the country and have a decent sized garden. It’s still very serious here. Boris in now back at No. 10 and has just spoken to the nation. Clearly his personal near death experience has made...
by Philip M
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Cyprien Katsaris live
Replies: 6
Views: 2273

Re: Pianist Cyprien Katsaris live

And here’s the review of Nimrod Borenstein’s specially commissioned work.

https://www.midlandsmusicreviews.com/20 ... -arts.html

You may recognise Richard Bratby’s name - he is a regular reviewer of The Gramophone and The Spectator.

Philip
by Philip M
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Cyprien Katsaris live
Replies: 6
Views: 2273

Re: Pianist Cyprien Katsaris live

Here’s the review of his concert with us

https://www.business-live.co.uk/retail- ... ty-6849646
by Philip M
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Cyprien Katsaris live
Replies: 6
Views: 2273

Re: Pianist Cyprien Katsaris live

Cyprien is a charming man as well as a superb pianist. He came to the UK festival I helped organise the previous year, 2014. Only his 2nd UK recital in over 20 years. He was totally delightful. He was a late replacement for Konstantin Lifschitz (who had programmed the 3 Op.2 sonatas of Beethoven plu...
by Philip M
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The extraordinary Richter
Replies: 4
Views: 1703

Re: The extraordinary Richter

Yes it was a very special evening.
by Philip M
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The extraordinary Richter
Replies: 4
Views: 1703

The extraordinary Richter

Whilst you stay safe at home, set aside a couple of hours to enjoy this extraordinary all Schubert recital that Sviatoslav Richter gave at The Maltings in Snape (near Aldeburgh). https://youtu.be/pJAMZEt8FmY It was given on 27 September 1977. And I was there! But there’s an extra story to this recit...
by Philip M
Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aix is off
Replies: 0
Views: 1990

Aix is off

As expected, the Aix-en-Provence Festival due in June/July is off.

And we were scheduled to go 😂

Philip
by Philip M
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Keyboard works of Orlando Gibbons
Replies: 8
Views: 2576

Re: Keyboard works of Orlando Gibbons

Yes he was off to record the Schubert Sonatas after his Codsall recital. They have not been released yet.

He writes well too. His Schubert programme notes

http://danielbenpienaar.com/essays/Prog ... onatas.htm
by Philip M
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Keyboard works of Orlando Gibbons
Replies: 8
Views: 2576

Re: Keyboard works of Orlando Gibbons

Daniel-Ben is a super pianist. He came to the festival I help organise a few years ago. He’s a really nice guy too. One of his pupils was Benjamin Grosvenor.

Philip
by Philip M
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cheltenham Festival cancelled
Replies: 0
Views: 1567

Cheltenham Festival cancelled

Due to take place in July, they’ve issued the following statement “With deep regret we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Cheltenham Music Festival. We had been optimistic that our Music Festival could still go ahead in July, but because of the continuing impact of the COVID 19 virus, we ...
by Philip M
Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter his best Liszt, live, Hungary 1958
Replies: 4
Views: 1524

Re: Richter his best Liszt, live, Hungary 1958

Richter was indeed the finest pianist I ever heard - and I was lucky to hear him many times from 1970 onwards, for a quarter of a century or so. As you say, virtually all his concerts from the mid 1980’s were recorded either by a radio station or someone in the audience. Thank goodness. I agree with...
by Philip M
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What does pianist Michel Dalberto do for you?
Replies: 4
Views: 1714

Re: What does pianist Michel Dalberto do for you?

There is a broadcast of Dalberto on France Musique on Monday at 6pm GMT

https://www.francemusique.fr/emissions/ ... lyon-82759
by Philip M
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And now Edinburgh
Replies: 2
Views: 1025

Re: And now Edinburgh

So far just Salzburg Easter Festival, but summer will go too no doubt
by Philip M
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And now Edinburgh
Replies: 2
Views: 1025

And now Edinburgh

All 5 Edinburgh Festivals have been cancelled today, including the International Festival and Fringe.

It’s all very depressing.

Philip
by Philip M
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Now it's The Barbican
Replies: 0
Views: 1541

Now it's The Barbican

Closed till at least 1st July (and probably longer?) 😥
by Philip M
Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bayreuth Festival cancelled
Replies: 2
Views: 1146

Bayreuth Festival cancelled

The latest....
by Philip M
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo out of hospital
Replies: 4
Views: 1819

Domingo out of hospital

CNN Mexico reports he was discharged today after being treated for Covid-19.

He is back home in Acapulco in a stable condition.

Philip
by Philip M
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aldeburgh Festival cancelled
Replies: 5
Views: 1890

Aldeburgh Festival cancelled

This year’s Aldeburgh Festival (which Britten and Pears set up), due to take place in June, has been cancelled.

Philip
by Philip M
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wigmore Hall closed till September
Replies: 2
Views: 1236

Wigmore Hall closed till September

As a reminder as to how long our lives are likely to be disrupted, Wigmore Hall, the premier chamber music hall in London has cancelled all concerts till 31 July and says it plans to reopen for its 2020/21 season on 10th September. Of course that opening date is subject to any restrictions that may ...
by Philip M
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo in hospital
Replies: 4
Views: 1753

Re: Domingo in hospital

Len Apparently he’s over the most critical stages and will be released in the coming days, according to dpa. We're all ok thanks. We’ve had the “stay at home” policy for 6 days here in the UK. Months more to come I suspect. We live out in the country on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border so at leas...
by Philip M
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo in hospital
Replies: 4
Views: 1753

Domingo in hospital

Placido Domingo, who is suffering from Coronavirus, has been hospitalised in Acapulco, Mexico. A spokesperson said his condition was stable.

The report appeared in local media in Acapulco.

We wish him a speedy and full recovery.

Philip
by Philip M
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo has coronavirus
Replies: 6
Views: 2731

Re: Domingo has coronavirus

“He said his father thought Kleiber the Greatest Conductor.”

Can’t argue with that! He’s certainly the greatest I have heard live (I heard Stokowski very late in his life so, amazing as he was, he was not in his prime).

Philip
by Philip M
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Domingo has coronavirus
Replies: 6
Views: 2731

Domingo has coronavirus

I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive for COVID19, the Corona virus. My Family and I are all in self isolation for as long as it is deemed medically necessary. Currently we are all in good health but I experienced fever and cough symptoms therefore deciding to get...
by Philip M
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Emma Johnson and friends in Shrewsbury
Replies: 0
Views: 2278

Emma Johnson and friends in Shrewsbury

With concerts being cancelled all over the world (surely the UK will belatedly follow suit when Boris pronounces again on Tuesday?), I attended last night what I fear will be my last concert for 4-6 months - for that is at least how long coronavirus will be impacting (more likely till the end of 202...
by Philip M
Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nessun dorma
Replies: 5
Views: 2307

Re: Nessun dorma

Only in Italia! Bravo!
by Philip M
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Ticciati Mutter et al at RFH
Replies: 0
Views: 2354

Ticciati Mutter et al at RFH

Tonight’s London Philharmonic concert at the Royal Festival Hall brought back memories for me. The first half was Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, with soloists Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pablo Ferrández and Khatia Buniatishvili. The conductor was Robin Ticciati. Memories because some 40 years ago I heard Mutt...
by Philip M
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus
Replies: 15
Views: 4667

Re: Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus

Don’t worry I will not be travelling to USA till there is a change at the top! I know by the way that Cleveland Orchestra have cancelled their imminent European tour. And it has just been announced in the UK that our Health Minister had tested positive for coronavirus. She was with Boris on Sunday. ...
by Philip M
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus
Replies: 15
Views: 4667

Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus

I am surprised there has been nothing re this on the forum. Most of mainland Europe has significant concert and opera closures. Obviously everything in Italy has been cancelled. But now Munich has cancelled the opera as has Paris and Vienna and others. Vienna affects me as I was due to go next week ...
by Philip M
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Gabriela Montero in recital
Replies: 0
Views: 2446

Gabriela Montero in recital

Gabriela Montero gave a very impressive and enjoyable recital yesterday in Birmingham's Symphony Hall. The recital was at 4pm, Horowitz’s favoured start time. As she explained, the programme was a contrast of the innocence of childhood and the experience of later life. She began with Schumann’s Kind...