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by slofstra
Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1982 Essay on the N. Y. Philharmonic: WHY ISN'T THE PHILARMONIC BETTER?
Replies: 11
Views: 268

Re: 1982 Essay on the N. Y. Philharmonic: WHY ISN'T THE PHILARMONIC BETTER?

Henry, was there something missing on the end of your post? I was awaiting the insights with interest. Or are you suggesting that I can provide insights on dinosaurs from my experience of being one? Brian, thanks for that link.I read some of the discussion, and I too prefer the Alpine Symphony to E...
by slofstra
Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1982 Essay on the N. Y. Philharmonic: WHY ISN'T THE PHILARMONIC BETTER?
Replies: 11
Views: 268

Re: 1982 Essay on the N. Y. Philharmonic: WHY ISN'T THE PHILARMONIC BETTER?

Thank you Brian, so interesting to see your thoughts. I still use a desktop by the way; I find the phone too irritating. But I am a dinosaur - a brontosaurus perhaps, with a tiny pinhead on a long neck going munch, munch, munch. :D I strongly agree with your observations about standards today. In A...
by slofstra
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4328
Views: 1529000

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

Modest Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition has fascinated me since I first heard the Ravel orchestral version in a recording by Fritz Reiner as a young lad. I have a Vox Turnabout lp ( poor sound ) of Alfred Brendel playing "Pictures" recorded in the early '50's.The lp also has him playing " Is...
by slofstra
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4328
Views: 1529000

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

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81sCICHzKvL._AC_UY436_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg Modest Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition has fascinated me since I first heard the Ravel orchestral version in a recording by Fritz Reiner as a young lad. Soon after, I discovered the piano version, and it was off to t...
by slofstra
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 74
Views: 4002

Re: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works

Some great Ormandy quotes. I have more, if anyone wants them. My favourites are the ones in bold. Now we will play something we have never played before. I didn't mean that. Mahler wrote it as the 3rd Movement of his 4th Symphony. I mean the 4th Movement of his 1st Symphony - we play it third. The ...
by slofstra
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4328
Views: 1529000

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

Sorry, Henry, but I've searched amazon USA thoroughly, and, while they do have downloads available, strangely they haven't made the album available for streaming, even though it's been there since 2017. Unfortunately, I don't subscribe to youtube premium, and I'm not about to do so just to hear one...
by slofstra
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4328
Views: 1529000

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

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/713x1kXHBpL._AC_UY436_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg This excellent CD of popular music by Ralph Vaughan-Williams features Andrew Manze and Canadian violinist James Ehnes in a beautifully recorded CD that captures the strings of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with ...
by slofstra
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4328
Views: 1529000

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

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/713x1kXHBpL._AC_UY436_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg This excellent CD of popular music by Ralph Vaughan-Williams features Andrew Manze and Canadian violinist James Ehnes in a beautifully recorded CD that captures the strings of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with ...
by slofstra
Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4328
Views: 1529000

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

As far as bailing out early, the demand streaming (Youtube Music) inserts gaps between each of the 22 tracks and in this case I could only put up with that for a while. Really annoying. Hello, Henry! Your experience that I quoted above is precisely the reason why I still buy CDs, aside from the fac...
by slofstra
Tue Feb 09, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Its Musicians Are Out of Work, but the Met Is Streaming
Replies: 8
Views: 235

Re: Its Musicians Are Out of Work, but the Met Is Streaming

Couple of questions. Do you get a reduced price on the performance if you subscribe to the Met's 'Opera on Demand' offering? Are there English subtitles for all the songs and aria's in her performance? Thanks. 1) Each concert is available separately for $20 for about two weeks, after then it just d...
by slofstra
Mon Feb 08, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Its Musicians Are Out of Work, but the Met Is Streaming
Replies: 8
Views: 235

Re: Its Musicians Are Out of Work, but the Met Is Streaming

Couple of questions.

Do you get a reduced price on the performance if you subscribe to the Met's 'Opera on Demand' offering?

Are there English subtitles for all the songs and aria's in her performance?

Thanks.
by slofstra
Mon Feb 08, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4328
Views: 1529000

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

I have 2 or 3 other recordings of each buried in some multi-CD boxes, which I should take for a spin, but then again, I could just listen to the Haitink performances one more time. Naturally, I'll have to give Haitink a hearing one of these days. 😉 I just checked, and his new LSO Live recording can...
by slofstra
Mon Feb 08, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4328
Views: 1529000

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91T-p2C59FL._SX425_.jpg A few months ago, diegobueno and I had a wonderful discussion here in a thread about contemporary composers, during which he posted some very interesting examples of recent music on youtube. One of the composers I determined t...
by slofstra
Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich String Quartets
Replies: 8
Views: 306

Re: Shostakovich String Quartets

Drat, my last post here just went to the great bit bucket in the sky. If you coincide with someone else's post as I have just done, you have to be very careful how you answer, or you lose your post. The software should just post and not notify you. I wondered if the lack of engagement to the Shostak...
by slofstra
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's " Grosse Fugue" for piano duet
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Re: Beethoven's " Grosse Fugue" for piano duet

I don't know about Beethoven, but I know that much of Brahms' work exists in the two piano format as a source of additional income. 19th century composers, living prior to the age of mechanical and electronic reproduction, earned a significant living from selling piano sheet music for use in piano p...
by slofstra
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich String Quartets
Replies: 8
Views: 306

Shostakovich String Quartets

Some years ago I purchased a complete set of the Shostakovich string quartets performed live by the Emerson String Quartet. They're going a little fuzzy in the memory, so I began to play some of them again the other day, and boy, do I ever like this set. Shostakovich is always delightful to the ear,...
by slofstra
Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4328
Views: 1529000

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

Do you have a preference between 'Ein Alpensinfonie' and 'Ein Heldenleben'? Good morning! Interesting question, Henry. :D For me it's a no-brainer. When I was a teenager, I fell head-over-heels in love with Rudolf Kempe's first recording of Richard Strauss's Alpine Symphony with the Royal Philharmo...
by slofstra
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4328
Views: 1529000

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

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61Dud5Aun0L._UX358_FMwebp_QL85_.jpg Just opened this remarkable 2018 CD from Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony, and I must congratulate Maestro Davis and his orchestra on what may be their finest recording to date. The hall's just-right acoustics are brilli...
by slofstra
Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 74
Views: 4002

Re: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works

As a reference point, here is the listing on jpc.de. Also shows all contents.

For me to obtain it from there will cost 176.46 EURO plus 62.50 EURO shipping.

https://www.jpc.de/jpcng/classic/detail ... m/10394239
by slofstra
Thu Feb 04, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 74
Views: 4002

Re: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works

The non-Ormandy items, courtesy of Frank Berger @RMCR: Gliere Russian Sailor's Dance from Red Poppy Suite Philadelphia O Caston 1945 Fernandez Batuque Philadelphia O Caston 1945 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto D major op. 35 Philadelphia O Hilsberg Stern 1949 Saint-Saens Cello Concerto A minor 1 op. 33...
by slofstra
Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 74
Views: 4002

Re: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works

The non-Ormandy items, courtesy of Frank Berger @RMCR: Gliere Russian Sailor's Dance from Red Poppy Suite Philadelphia O Caston 1945 Fernandez Batuque Philadelphia O Caston 1945 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto D major op. 35 Philadelphia O Hilsberg Stern 1949 Saint-Saens Cello Concerto A minor 1 op. 33...
by slofstra
Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 41
Views: 1184

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

As a postscript, Janina Fialkowska's Chopin recordings are top notch. They are available on the various music services. She's Canadian, eh! She's already on my list of artists to investigate, thanks to your post here, Henry! 😉 Another French-Canadian pianist I've been listening to quite a bit latel...
by slofstra
Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 74
Views: 4002

Re: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works

FWIW, the Tower Japan site states that this set has the approval of the Phila. Orch. Authorized release with the full cooperation of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Yes, in Japan. That doesn't mean the approval is forthcoming in the USA, or that the orchestra's royalty entitlements aren't quite differe...
by slofstra
Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 74
Views: 4002

Re: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works

It's entirely possible that some of the recordings have slipped out of copyright protection in other countries but not in the US. I'm guessing at this but the USA does protect works for longer time periods than other countries. I thought Sony owned the Columbia catalog lock, stock and barrel. I jus...
by slofstra
Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 35
Views: 2524

Re: Haitink documentary

Just a footnote that from the Handley set, I frequently pull and play the 'Flos Campi' and the 'Oboe Concerto' which are combined on one disc with the Symphony No. 5.
by slofstra
Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 41
Views: 1184

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

As a postscript, Janina Fialkowska's Chopin recordings are top notch. They are available on the various music services.
She's Canadian, eh!
by slofstra
Thu Jan 28, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 41
Views: 1184

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

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by slofstra
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 41
Views: 1184

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

Henry, that's the one! A thousand thanks. I'll order it immediately. Free shipping first order, time no object. I also finally read the article, and was fascinated. Do you think that Rubinstein took us away from Chopin? My view is not so, because I find him so poetic, and poetry is the utter essenc...
by slofstra
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 41
Views: 1184

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

Brian makes some good points when he refers to the fact that Chopin didn't have a modern powerful grand piano and that should be taken into account when playing his works today. This is where many of our young virtuosi fall down. Note spinning simply because "Hell, I can do it" doesn't cut it with ...
by slofstra
Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Louis Andriessen Recording from Nonesuch
Replies: 1
Views: 348

Re: New Louis Andriessen Recording from Nonesuch

That could be interesting. Because we've also been discussing Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" I just pulled and played a CD containing that piece and Andriessen's "De Snelheid", which I think could be subtitled, "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" meets "Sleigh Bells". It's been a while since I pla...
by slofstra
Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 41
Views: 1184

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

Brian makes some good points when he refers to the fact that Chopin didn't have a modern powerful grand piano and that should be taken into account when playing his works today. This is where many of our young virtuosi fall down. Note spinning simply because "Hell, I can do it" doesn't cut it with ...
by slofstra
Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 41
Views: 1184

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

Yes, Brian that is true. But Henry's link took me to Canada. I too have found other sources now. But I am awaiting a new credit card after mine was hacked. I lost $1500, which I am sure will be reimbursed once the bank accepts it was fraud, and the bank blocked another $4000. From the first fraud t...
by slofstra
Mon Jan 25, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 41
Views: 1184

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

After a previous discussion here I ordered the 3-CD Novaes set from Presto. They just told me it's out of print and they can't get it. They did send me the CD of her complete 78s and the two concertos with Szell. It's not this set is it? https://www.amazon.ca/Guiomar-Novaes-Chopin-GUIOMAR-NOVAES/dp...
by slofstra
Mon Jan 25, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 41
Views: 1184

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

Before I say anything more, I agree with those who take Rubinstein as the Gold Standard of how Chopin should be played, with the exception of his Mazurkas, which I find a bit dry. That said, Rubinstein has, in fact, established how Chopin should be played in our modern era, just as Gieseking did fo...
by slofstra
Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 41
Views: 1184

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

Without getting too involved in this discussion at this moment, it appears you have the Condon piano ROLL recordings. Condon has done probably the most favourable reproduction of piano roll recordings. They are the most realistic. At times, however, there can be strange tempi or extraneous sounds i...
by slofstra
Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 41
Views: 1184

Re: Notes on Interpreting Chopin

My issue with much of the modern approach to playing Chopin is the overuse of rubato and there are some recordings by feted pianists I can't listen to. This is why Arthur Rubinstein is probably my all time favourite Chopin interpreter. He simply plays the music as it is set out on the page yet at t...
by slofstra
Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 74
Views: 4002

Re: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works

Oddly, Amazon/Germany says they cannot ship to me in the USA. On the other hand JPC/Germany can ship ... cost is slightly smaller in Euros, however the postal fee is heavy. I have not seen this one appear on Amazon/USA or any other supplier. I wonder why. It's entirely possible that some of the rec...
by slofstra
Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notes on Interpreting Chopin
Replies: 41
Views: 1184

Notes on Interpreting Chopin

Here's an interesting article I found on playing Chopin, then some comments. Please do read it as my comments won't make much sense without it. https://www.pianostreet.com/blog/articles/notes-on-interpreting-chopin-3603/ My comments - I've been enjoying the 3 CD set on VoxBox of Guiomar Novaes playi...
by slofstra
Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1645

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Western Classical Music had its origin in Europe centuries ago . So what ? Big deal . Who cares ? This in itself is no reason to dismiss it as an art form or berate anyone for composing, performing or listening to it . Classical music is no more "evil" and of baleful influence than any other genre ...
by slofstra
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How Classical Music Can Help You Hear the Open Road
Replies: 11
Views: 664

Re: How Classical Music Can Help You Hear the Open Road

I've heard it live a few times as well.

Now I want to play some of my Adams' CDs. Probably the best in the post modern crowd.
by slofstra
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How Classical Music Can Help You Hear the Open Road
Replies: 11
Views: 664

Re: How Classical Music Can Help You Hear the Open Road

....has such a strong sense of motion with the ostinato, that repeated motif in the orchestra — almost like telephone poles against which you can measure the speed of the soloist. It’s kind of an aural analogue to what they call optic flow. Like if you’re driving in a tunnel with lights — or, as yo...
by slofstra
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1645

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Yes, I agree that Previn is quite underrated as an overall talent. His work with the London Symphony is particularly impressive, and I agree with you about his instinctive bond with Vaughan-Williams. There is much in his output from that era that I like, including his Shostakovich symphonies & Tcha...
by slofstra
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1645

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Modernistfan wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:58 pm
Is the Jeremy Dutcher album entitled "Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa"? (Please don't ask me to pronounce that.)
Indeed, it is. It's also available on all the streaming services.

Let me know if this link works for you.

https://music.youtube.com/browse/MPREb_XX4jsBE5c22
by slofstra
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simon Rattle to Leave the London Symphony for Munich
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: Simon Rattle to Leave the London Symphony for Munich

First of all, this set is practically being given away. https://www.amazon.ca/Bernard-Portrait-Symphonieorchester-Bayerischen-Rundfunks/dp/B07L5VN3T5/ref=sr_1_1 I couldn't resist it a couple of months ago, and have been very pleasantly surprised at the quality of performance. This set contains all l...
by slofstra
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1645

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Somehow I feel the basics are the basics. And learning the pentatonic scale or the fundamentals of sitar music is still best left for advanced courses. Speaking of sitar music, have you heard Ravi Shankar play his Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra? It was issued first on LP and then CD. A lovely wor...
by slofstra
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1645

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Slofstra, who is that composer who based works on Mi'kmak traditional music? I would like to know and to get the CD if it is available. This is always very interesting. After all, look at the composers who have based works on Eastern European traditional music of various ethnicities, including klez...
by slofstra
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1645

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

A fine post, absinthe, thank you. I'm a firm believer in laying solid groundwork before allowing imagination to take hold. Otherwise, how is the student to know that he/she actually is imaginative, or simply trying to reinvent the wheel and wasting effort? A firm grasp of the evolution of musical c...
by slofstra
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1645

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

Does Pizzaro's genocide in Peru somehow affect what Mozart wrote on the page? At least we know how Pizzaro's actions towards Florestan affected Beethoven. 8) I wonder if there's a link. Both were scoundrels, that's for certain. And it's been a while since I've watched/ listened to Fidelio.
by slofstra
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1645

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

You'll get terribly bogged down arguing about whether current musical curriculum embodies white supremacism. What if it does? Perhaps the way we engineer bridges and skyscrapers does as well, not allowing for alternative more organic methods of building. (On Netflix, there's an interesting profile o...
by slofstra
Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 74
Views: 4002

Re: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works

Menotti Violin Concerto and Barber Adagio for Strings. The Three B's? His Beethoven Ninth was not chopped liver. Nor was the Brahms German Requiem in English. The Bach St John Passion. Honegger's St Joan at the Stake in French with Vera Zorina blew me away. ETC., ETC. That version of the Barber sti...