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by Philip M
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor at Milton Court
Replies: 3
Views: 1072

Re: Benjamin Grosvenor at Milton Court

Chopin 1 and 2 out next month.

I’ll be hearing him in recital in Mold next month and Bradford in March.
by Philip M
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Mark Viner recital
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Re: Mark Viner recital

Couldn’t agree more. Yet bizarrely he played there on the same instrument 3 years ago.

Philip
by Philip M
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berg's Op.6
Replies: 1
Views: 111

Re: Berg's Op.6

The Op.6 are a stunning masterpiece. Not easy listening but worth the effort (they were written more than a century ago - as indeed was Le Sacre, amazingly!). I heard them live twice last week under Simon Rattle - see the reviews section. Karajan said that the Op.6, along with Sibelius 4, were the h...
by Philip M
Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philharmonia Orchestra
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Re: Philharmonia Orchestra

Comprehensive Brain discography here

https://dnyg88x7q9y2e.cloudfront.net/at ... aphy_4.pdf
by Philip M
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Mark Viner recital
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Re: Mark Viner recital

Viber = Viner, sorry!
by Philip M
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Mark Viner recital
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Mark Viner recital

I heard Viber live for the first time tonight, at the rather quaintly named Cosy Hall in Newport, shropshire. A small hall with an audience of just under 100. Sadly the 6 foot Yamaha was awful. It should be condemned to a skip. So a fair review is not possible. Chaminade’s lovely Automne opened the ...
by Philip M
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Rattle conducts Berg and Beethoven
Replies: 0
Views: 262

Rattle conducts Berg and Beethoven

I heard the LSO under Simon Rattle twice this week - in Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Tuesday and in the Barbican in London on Thursday. The programme was the same - Berg in the first half and Beethoven in the second. There were 3 Berg works. The concert opened with Berg’s Seven Early Sings sung su...
by Philip M
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok's Bagatelles for piano,Op.6
Replies: 2
Views: 237

Re: Bartok's Bagatelles for piano,Op.6

Try Kapustin’s Bagatelles Op.59!

https://youtu.be/t1iQdxAmaog
by Philip M
Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 34-cd Sofronitsky set
Replies: 6
Views: 377

Re: 34-cd Sofronitsky set

As so often with Russian pianists, Sofronitsky’s recordings appear on many labels and it is often not clear which recording is which. Here’s a very comprehensive discography (in French but very easy to follow). It’s a real labour of love. https://sofronitskydiscographie.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/d...
by Philip M
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 34-cd Sofronitsky set
Replies: 6
Views: 377

Re: 34-cd Sofronitsky set

Wow! Sofronitsky’s recordings were released on a comprehensive Japanese series 15 years or so ago - I bought those CDs. This set retails for £72, a heck of a lot less than the Japanese CDs. For those that don’t know Sofronitsky - you are in for a treat. One of the greatest pianists of all time. He n...
by Philip M
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thomas Adès Piano Concerto
Replies: 2
Views: 542

Re: Thomas Adès Piano Concerto

Two fabulous works. Ades is the modern day Britten - fantastic composer, conductor and pianist. His music is (broadly!) tonal and very listenable. And he’s a really nice guy, having met him.

Philip
by Philip M
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New cd from pianist Simon Trpceski
Replies: 4
Views: 686

Re: New cd from pianist Simon Trpceski

The transcription of Scheherazade is by Paul Gilson, a little known Belgian composer and transcriber, with further adaptions by Simon T. The Mussorgsky transcription is by Konstantin Chernov.

Philip
by Philip M
Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michelangeli Giulini Beethoven 1st Concerto
Replies: 0
Views: 623

Michelangeli Giulini Beethoven 1st Concerto

It is more than 40 years (February 1979) since this performance of Beethoven’s 1st Concerto was given in the Musikvereinssaal in Vienna by Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (not VPO) under Giulini https://youtu.be/4HpmJ52Q-FU It is extraordinary. The first movement cade...
by Philip M
Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New cd from pianist Simon Trpceski
Replies: 4
Views: 686

Re: New cd from pianist Simon Trpceski

Simon is a friend of mine. I’ll be hearing him in recital twice next month (Abbotsholme and Barbican) then again in March when he comes to the festival I help organise in Codsall. He’ll be playing the Mussorsgsky and Prokofiev from the CD - along with the 7th Sonata. The Scheherazade was in his 2017...
by Philip M
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Handel’s Messiah
Replies: 3
Views: 683

Re: Handel’s Messiah

Daniel has not recorded it commercially. He has only done it twice - about a dozen or so years ago in Paris and this performance last June in Austria.

Philip
by Philip M
Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Handel’s Messiah
Replies: 3
Views: 683

Handel’s Messiah

If you want to be festive, try this, broadcast on Christmas Day on Austrian Radio

It’s conducted by my friend Daniel Harding. It’s not sleepy! interestingly it was recorded last June, hardly normal summer programming.

https://oe1.orf.at/player/20191225/582801
by Philip M
Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Inon Barnatan live
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Re: Pianist Inon Barnatan live

You forgot the weblink!
by Philip M
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Mark Bebbington at Stoke
Replies: 2
Views: 1297

Mark Bebbington at Stoke

The latest piano recital in the Harding Trust series at The Repertory Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent last night was given by Mark Bebbington. The recital opened with 3 Scarlatti sonatas. I am so glad it seems to be back in fashion to start a recital this way (when Andrew Tyson came to the piano series I ...
by Philip M
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC 3 Record Review Dec.14
Replies: 2
Views: 833

Re: BBC 3 Record Review Dec.14

I’ll be hearing Robin Ticciati in London and Vienna in March - am going to Vienna for Falstaff conducted by Daniel Harding. Have known Robin for about 15 years. He’s a lovely guy.

Philip
by Philip M
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC
Replies: 8
Views: 1749

Re: Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC

I was at that Bach/Mozart concert! I went to see Benjamin backstage afterwards.

Is the mutual friend Michael Glover?

Philip
by Philip M
Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 49 years ago today!
Replies: 9
Views: 1584

Re: 49 years ago today!

Richter definitely never went to Australia, sorry. As to the death of BBC Legends, I think the BBC are basically a huge broadcasting company and their CD production was a rounding error, hence got cut. ICA was the brain child of John Pattrick, who had previously run BBC Legends. I met him and suppli...
by Philip M
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 49 years ago today!
Replies: 9
Views: 1584

49 years ago today!

On 7 December 1970 I attended my first Sviatoslav Richter concert, in the Royal Festival Hall. I remember it vividly. The programme had originally been announced as all Beethoven: 6 Variation Op.34, Eroica Variations and Diabelli Variations. A couple of weeks before the recital he changed it to Schu...
by Philip M
Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Ex Cathedra at Christmas
Replies: 0
Views: 1112

Ex Cathedra at Christmas

I attended a delightful concert last evening given by Ex Cathedra at the wonderful circular church of St Chad in Shrewsbury (the county town of Shropshire in deepest rural England). The large church dates from 1820 and is unusual being round, and 2 storeys high. It has an excellent acoustic (provide...
by Philip M
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Egon Petri - Recital Records LP RR430
Replies: 6
Views: 1171

Re: Egon Petri - Recital Records LP RR430

We set up dell’Arte in 1981. It came about because 4 of us, who were all members of the Leopold Stokowski Society, were fed up that the major record companies were not reissuing Stokowski’s recordings. We were 4 enthusiasts, all amateurs and all working full time. So we found out how to produce an L...
by Philip M
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Egon Petri - Recital Records LP RR430
Replies: 6
Views: 1171

Re: Egon Petri - Recital Records LP RR430

Having double checked - the Opp.109/110/111 on Music and Arts are the same as dell’Arte - even though we licensed them exclusively! Typical of the late Fred Maroth...
by Philip M
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Egon Petri - Recital Records LP RR430
Replies: 6
Views: 1171

Re: Egon Petri - Recital Records LP RR430

No different late Beethoven Sonatas.

Yes dell’Arte was all me!
by Philip M
Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Egon Petri - Recital Records LP RR430
Replies: 6
Views: 1171

Egon Petri - Recital Records LP RR430

CRQ have just reissued this 1970’s LP as a remastered download. It consists of Beethoven Op.90 Liszt Piano Concerto No.2 - with unnamed orchestra conducted by Alfred Wallenstein (is it LAPO?) Liszt Venezia e Napoli Busoni Indian Diary and All’Italia, Perpetuum Mobile Anyone any idea of the date and ...
by Philip M
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 8409

Re: A loss

I hope they will go to a suitable institution.

My collection, which has many unique live recordings, will go to the British Library.
by Philip M
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC
Replies: 8
Views: 1749

Re: Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC

I’ve known him and his family personally since 2010. He’s such a lovely guy - as is is partner Heyoon. She’s a very fine violinist too.

He’s the youngest of 5 boys. One of his brother’s, Jonathan, has Down’s syndrome. Benjamin absolutely adores him. And rightly so as Jonathan is a super person!
by Philip M
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 8409

Re: A loss

John was 78.

See the Rattle Ax LSO thread in Concert Reviews.

Philip
by Philip M
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC
Replies: 8
Views: 1749

Re: Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC

Hopefully you’ll catch him soon.

Philip
by Philip M
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC
Replies: 8
Views: 1749

Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC

I was wondering if any members went to his recital on 1 December and if so what they thought?

Philip
by Philip M
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 8409

Re: A loss

That’s such sad and unexpected news. I’d known John since c1994 when I moved the USA for work for 3.5 years. Met him many times. I last saw him at The Barbican in 2013. We went to Brussels together in January 2000 (with Donald Dean) for Peter Brook’s amazing Don Giovanni. He was 82 I think. RIP Philip
by Philip M
Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: English String Orchestra at Stafford
Replies: 0
Views: 1308

English String Orchestra at Stafford

There are a number of lesser known orchestras in Britain that are generally based outside of the major cities. The Orchestra of the Swan is based in Stratford on Avon and the Northern Sinfonia in Gateshead, for instance. The English Symphony Orchestra was founded by William Boughton in 1978 and has ...
by Philip M
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor at Milton Court
Replies: 3
Views: 1072

Re: Benjamin Grosvenor at Milton Court

I forgot to say that the concert was recorded by the BBC and will be broadcast on Radio 3 at 7.30pm GMT on Thursday 5 December.
by Philip M
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor at Milton Court
Replies: 3
Views: 1072

Benjamin Grosvenor at Milton Court

Benjamin Grosvenor played 2 concertos at Milton Court tonight with the Britten Sinfonia directed by Thomas Gould (Milton Court is the “smaller” hall in the Barbican area, opened in 2013: it has a nice acoustic). Bach’s F minor Concerto, No.5 BWV 1056 opened the concert. Benjamin was on outstanding f...
by Philip M
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Freddy Kempf at the Barber Institute
Replies: 1
Views: 1702

Freddy Kempf at the Barber Institute

A concert of two halves tonight. “He sounds like a man in a hurry” was a comment I overheard at the interval of this all Chopin recital. And it was a comment I agreed with. I’ve known Freddy personally for over 20 years but I was disappointed an the extreme speed and dynamic range (too loud) in the ...
by Philip M
Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Peter Donohoe recital 31 Oct 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 3068

Peter Donohoe recital 31 Oct 2019

In reviewing an LSO concert last month I bemoaned the fact the it was many years since I had heard a live piano version of Pictures at an Exhibition. Well - last night my wait was over as it ended Peter Donohoe’s recital at Stoke-on-Trent’s Repertory Theatre. The first half of the recital consisted ...
by Philip M
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler, Distilled by Classical Music’s Greatest Duo
Replies: 4
Views: 2909

Re: Mahler, Distilled by Classical Music’s Greatest Duo

Were you at the recital John, and unimpressed? I find that sad and worrying (I respect your views) as Gerhaher has always impressed me hugely when I have heard him live. I last heard him earlier this year as Figaro at Covent Garden.

Philip
by Philip M
Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why Barenboim is the Ring master of our age
Replies: 7
Views: 3790

Re: Why Barenboim is the Ring master of our age

Am I the only one who finds Barenboim boring?.......
by Philip M
Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: History of sound recordings - BBC
Replies: 3
Views: 2818

Re: History of sound recordings - BBC

John This BBC series is 4 years old! Incidentally I did once go into the famous room 13 at Abbey Road, where EMI did all their historical transfers. Bryan Crimp was transferring for us the glass based acetates of Toscanini conducting the Hague Philharmonic Orchestra that I had brought back from Den ...
by Philip M
Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dohnanyi's 6th Concert Etude
Replies: 6
Views: 3524

Re: Dohnanyi's 6th Concert Etude

Benjamin G played this as an encore throughout that season - superbly. His main encore the following season was Grieg’s Erotik (which Michelangeli played and recorded. This season his main encore is Gnomenreigen.

Philip
by Philip M
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich - new set, new label!
Replies: 4
Views: 3393

Re: Martha Argerich - new set, new label!

Do you know the recording dates and locations? I have been sent the CDs but no booklet. Thsnks
by Philip M
Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Trpčeski LSO and Altinoglu
Replies: 1
Views: 3281

Trpčeski LSO and Altinoglu

I was at The Barbican last Thursday for the LSO’s concert under the French conductor Alain Altinoglu. I was there primarily to hear the Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski in Rachmaninov’s 2nd Concerto. Simon (who I should disclose is a friend of mine) has such an outgoing and warm personality, which ...
by Philip M
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alina Ibragimova plays Strauss' Violin Concerto live
Replies: 3
Views: 2356

Re: Alina Ibragimova plays Strauss' Violin Concerto live

Alina is married to Tom Service (those who listen to Radio 3 will know of Tom)
by Philip M
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 13187

Re: Family musicians performing together?

Don’t forget Andris Nelsons and Opolais (they are sadly separated)

Also Rostropovich’s daughters both played with him and Galina.
by Philip M
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 13187

Re: Family musicians performing together?

Piotr Anderszewski and his sister Dorota Anderszewski

Golovanov and his wife Nezhdanova

Viktoria Mullova and her husband Matthew Barley (she also had a child by Abbado)
by Philip M
Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 13187

Re: Family musicians performing together?

Barbirolli and his wife Evelyn Rothwell
by Philip M
Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 13187

Re: Family musicians performing together?

Don’t forget Simon Rattle and Kozena (third and current wife) and Rattle and Elise Ross (first wife), plus Rattle and his clarinetist son Sacha (from first wife)
by Philip M
Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Ax Rattle LSO at Barbican
Replies: 15
Views: 10749

Re: Ax Rattle LSO at Barbican

Donald’s son, David, arranged for his unfinished autobiography to be published just after his death. You might want to read it!


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Bits-My-A ... oks&sr=1-8