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by slofstra
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertos played by Richter
Replies: 36
Views: 1097

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

The life and death of classical music.
by slofstra
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Lifelong Rock Critic Goes Back to the Actual Classics
Replies: 4
Views: 164

Re: A Lifelong Rock Critic Goes Back to the Actual Classics

I couldn't disagree with you more about pop music, Brian. I blog about folk and indie music extensively at gesprek.net. I've focused more extensively on acoustic music the last few years, and here is my review of the year 2019. https://gesprek.net/2019/12/09/artsfols-best-unplugged-sessions-countdo...
by slofstra
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertos played by Richter
Replies: 36
Views: 1097

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

Those are interesting responses. When I don't like something, and the performers are top-tier, then I always wonder if it's just me, which I'm perfectly okay with, or if the issue is more general. So it would seem to be more general. The Triple Concerto with Hvk, with Rostoprovich, Oistrakh and Ric...
by slofstra
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertos played by Richter
Replies: 36
Views: 1097

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

Rach3 wrote: Richter also panned one of his most successful recordings of all time, the Brahms Piano Concerto II with Leinsdorf/Chicago. In fact, the second movement was done brilliantly in just one take! From the same source: Bruno Monsaingeon, Sviatoslav Richter – Notebooks and Conversations, p. ...
by slofstra
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's "Le poète du piano" set
Replies: 8
Views: 305

Re: Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's "Le poète du piano" set

I have become a huge fan of the French pianist, Alexandre Tharaud. His repertoire is very wide, even to include popular music (performed strikingly well). Erato has come forth with a three-CD set [51808] with each CD marked "Solo," "Concertos," and "Rarities and Surprises." Each of the discs contai...
by slofstra
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Lifelong Rock Critic Goes Back to the Actual Classics
Replies: 4
Views: 164

Re: A Lifelong Rock Critic Goes Back to the Actual Classics

I couldn't disagree with you more about pop music, Brian. I blog about folk and indie music extensively at gesprek.net. I've focused more extensively on acoustic music the last few years, and here is my review of the year 2019. https://gesprek.net/2019/12/09/artsfols-best-unplugged-sessions-countdow...
by slofstra
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertos played by Richter
Replies: 36
Views: 1097

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

Rach3 wrote: Richter also panned one of his most successful recordings of all time, the Brahms Piano Concerto II with Leinsdorf/Chicago. In fact, the second movement was done brilliantly in just one take! From the same source: Bruno Monsaingeon, Sviatoslav Richter – Notebooks and Conversations, p. ...
by slofstra
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4242
Views: 1461163

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

Interesting take on Von Karajan's Beethoven from all! I must give that 1977 Ninth another hearing, as well as whatever else from that cycle I can find on amazon. :) Henry, I do admire and appreciate how you challenge my opinions in such a gentlemanly way, probing the depths of my reasoning. It make...
by slofstra
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Doodlechaos and Beethoven
Replies: 0
Views: 58

Doodlechaos and Beethoven

Doodlechaos describes his exceedingly clever line art animation (linked below) for the opening movement of Beethoven's 5th. At this moment, the animation has over 120 million views! I spent over 3 months synchronizing a line rider track to Beethoven's 5th drawing everything by hand.Any time a charac...
by slofstra
Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4242
Views: 1461163

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

Now as far as 1963 Hvk as a benchmark. Do you find it better than the 1977 version? AS far as the 1977 set is concerned, it's been so long since I've heard it, it's impossible to remember details, honestly. All I can remember is that the sound of the orchestra was too homogenized for my ears, but I...
by slofstra
Thu Nov 12, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4242
Views: 1461163

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

I will look forward to that tuba! Now as far as 1963 Hvk as a benchmark. Do you find it better than the 1977 version? That would be the benchmark for me. Also, as a footnote the entire 1963 set is available on a single Blu-Ray set. Pop into your Blu-ray player and you have Beethoven for the day. Als...
by slofstra
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ivan Moravec
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Ivan Moravec

That box ain't cheap here in Canada, over 100 looneys.
While Moravec plays with great sensitivity, he often doesn't play by the book, to my recollection.
by slofstra
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4242
Views: 1461163

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71cUWdp3e4L._SX522_.jpg Thanks to an alert by Lance a while back, I acquired this fine box of Steinberg's Beethoven cycle, finally given its due in a superb restoration of the 35mm magnetic film stereo recordings made for Command Classics in the 1960...
by slofstra
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared
Replies: 20
Views: 586

Re: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared

There are a number of versions in my collection, but I've by no means heard all the renditions mentioned here. I do have Uchida's. For me, the standout is Brendel's. And that's because of the adagio. I love his handling of the adagio for the same reason he excels in the D.940 and the late Schubert s...
by slofstra
Mon Nov 02, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4242
Views: 1461163

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61K-qAbdYML.jpg Just discovered and listened to this wonderful CD featuring the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on amazon today, by your home town band, Barney! James Ehnes is, of course, a fine violinist, and the Melbourne Symphony is truly energized b...
by slofstra
Mon Nov 02, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 32
Views: 1480

Re: Haitink documentary

I agree. I am always delighted when I listen to a Bach cantata, but would become fatigued after half a dozen, let alone 150, if I wanted to play them in order. I do think we make a mistake when we listen to music in the way the composer never intended. I can remember listening to the complete WTC p...
by slofstra
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition
Replies: 24
Views: 1297

Re: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition

The book ‘Wondrous Strange’ by Kevin Bazzana does try to delve into Gould’s make up. He was a highly indulged boy and of course highly gifted but one who would take no correction whatever as he grew up. If someone tried to correct him he would just cut them off. I think he had a problem with confli...
by slofstra
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparative listening: Bach's English Suites
Replies: 24
Views: 962

Re: Comparative listening: Bach's English Suites

Well, Brian, I just played this on my smartphone while eating my breakfast cereal, and it certainly brought more joy than what I usually do at this time of day: check on the latest in the American election.

by slofstra
Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Manufacturing defects
Replies: 5
Views: 259

Re: Manufacturing defects

I'm blaming the CD, not the player. Otherwise, why would all my older CDs play just fine, but not this one label's newer production? Somehow they've changed the spec on these CDs. I'll try to find a specific example.
by slofstra
Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Manufacturing defects
Replies: 5
Views: 259

Re: Manufacturing defects

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:33 pm
Occasionally, but my cd player is older, and / or weaker now.How old is your cd player?
It's 15 years old, but I had a new laser head put in a few years ago. It's a specific kind of CD that gives it trouble, and it won't even recognize the CD when you put it in the player.
by slofstra
Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparative listening: Bach's English Suites
Replies: 24
Views: 962

Re: Comparative listening: Bach's English Suites

A most interesting discussion on JS Bach's English Suites. Like many others, I favour the English- over the French Suites though the latter certainly has its fine points as you would expect from Bach. I have most of those complete sets shown in the first post by John. It was actually Glenn Gould wh...
by slofstra
Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Manufacturing defects
Replies: 5
Views: 259

Manufacturing defects

Across the hundreds of CDs purchased over the years there have been very few manufacturing defects, but then suddenly two in the last month. The most annoying one I have had is the doubling up of one CD in a fairly pricey set of Haydn string quartets. Bought it years ago, still annoyed. A recent pur...
by slofstra
Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4242
Views: 1461163

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

I like Rattle's Mahler. In one interview he stated (paraphrased) that Mahler's compositions are like chamber music, but for a large instrumental force. I certainly find that in Rattle's approach: every nuance of orchestration is carefully teased out, perhaps at the expense of the wash of crescendoes...
by slofstra
Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparative listening: Bach's English Suites
Replies: 24
Views: 962

Re: Comparative listening: Bach's English Suites

It's the first CD in the comprehensive Richter Decca/Philips/DG box, recorded in March 1991, in Rolandseck, Germany.
I don't know if that matches up or not. Only the English Suites 3, 4 and 6 are included.

And I think he's smiling at those flowers.
by slofstra
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparative listening: Bach's English Suites
Replies: 24
Views: 962

Re: Comparative listening: Bach's English Suites

I decided to give the English Suites a whirl today, so here are a few observations. I began with Perahia's English Suite No. 2. The Prelude is an especial delight, with a lovely forward momentum while bringing out the polyphony of the piece through a very adept left hand. Then, going through the var...
by slofstra
Sun Oct 11, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maynard Solomon, Provocative Biographer of Composers, Dies at 90
Replies: 5
Views: 260

Re: Maynard Solomon, Provocative Biographer of Composers, Dies at 90

Vanguard made important recordings with Joan Baez, Odetta, Mississippi John Hurt, Larry Coryell and other major folk and jazz artists. Never mind the psycho-analysis, this one sentence secures Mr. Solomon's reputation for me. Vanguard also recorded Ian and Sylvia, including the song 'Four Strong Wi...
by slofstra
Sun Oct 11, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maynard Solomon, Provocative Biographer of Composers, Dies at 90
Replies: 5
Views: 260

Re: Maynard Solomon, Provocative Biographer of Composers, Dies at 90

What an impressive life, and such a terrible diagnosis! Living for eight years or so while such a fine mind degenerated must have been a terrible experience for all involved. R. I. P. Vanguard records made many wonderful recordings in my library, including one of Peter Serkin's first commercial rec...
by slofstra
Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparative listening: Bach's English Suites
Replies: 24
Views: 962

Re: Comparative listening: Bach's English Suites

I remember buying the various Perahia Bach recordings as they came out - the English and the French Suites. But I haven't listened to them a great deal since. The Well-Tempered Clavier is my 'go to' in Bach. I can't get enough of it. But perhaps it's time to pull the English Suites and give them a s...
by slofstra
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Cleveland Orchestra, America’s Finest, Restarts Recording
Replies: 12
Views: 656

Re: The Cleveland Orchestra, America’s Finest, Restarts Recording

Here is the link with more information. https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/News-and-Updates/Sound-Recordings/new-century/ I had to dig down fairly deep to find that the discs are hybrid SACD. I would not purchase anything of this nature if it wasn't either SACD or Blu-ray Audio. The CSO, LSO and BPO...
by slofstra
Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists before 1960
Replies: 43
Views: 1283

Re: Pianists before 1960

Henry, over the years I have written several million words for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, probably at least half a million on music and more than 200 CD reviews, but I never put a review on Amazon. Sorry. Oops. :oops: Well I'm not completely bonkers. A bit of searching on the site and I rea...
by slofstra
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists before 1960
Replies: 43
Views: 1283

Re: Pianists before 1960

The whole problem is fellows like Barney who write such glowing reviews of this material on Amazon. Sold me. I'm sure you won't regret those purchases, though I can't think Ogden cheap at $100. I bought the Novaes 3-CD box set from Presto Classical, which is to say I ordered it. The website said it...
by slofstra
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists before 1960
Replies: 43
Views: 1283

Re: Pianists before 1960

This is the Rudolf Serkin recording to get. This is at Presto. https://d1iiivw74516uk.cloudfront.net/eyJidWNrZXQiOiJwcmVzdG8tY292ZXItaW1hZ2VzIiwia2V5IjoiNzkzMjIyNy4xLmpwZyIsImVkaXRzIjp7InJlc2l6ZSI6eyJ3aWR0aCI6MzAwfSwianBlZyI6eyJxdWFsaXR5Ijo2NX0sInRvRm9ybWF0IjoianBlZyJ9LCJ0aW1lc3RhbXAiOjE0MDE5ODI0OD...
by slofstra
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists before 1960
Replies: 43
Views: 1283

Re: Pianists before 1960

The whole problem is fellows like Barney who write such glowing reviews of this material on Amazon. Sold me. I'm sure you won't regret those purchases, though I can't think Ogden cheap at $100. I bought the Novaes 3-CD box set from Presto Classical, which is to say I ordered it. The website said it...
by slofstra
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists before 1960
Replies: 43
Views: 1283

Re: Pianists before 1960

The whole problem is fellows like Barney who write such glowing reviews of this material on Amazon. Sold me. I'm sure you won't regret those purchases, though I can't think Ogden cheap at $100. I bought the Novaes 3-CD box set from Presto Classical, which is to say I ordered it. The website said it...
by slofstra
Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists before 1960
Replies: 43
Views: 1283

Re: Pianists before 1960

So .... A few days ago, I targeted a few names on this list, and became quite frustrated in trying to source CDs. I guess I was hoping for an independent seller who would offer one stop shopping for the 4 CDs on the list, at a reasonable price. Frustration. Well today, I decided, at a minimum, to pu...
by slofstra
Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Curtis Institute report on Lara St. John allegations
Replies: 9
Views: 458

Re: Curtis Institute report on Lara St. John allegations

Good grief - now Curtis is in the mix? Will it ever stop? And what caused all this to "open up" in more recent years than ever before? The tendency years ago was to sweep it under the carpet. Of course that only perpetuates the problem. Society has grown up to understand the extent of the problem, ...
by slofstra
Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Curtis Institute report on Lara St. John allegations
Replies: 9
Views: 458

Re: Curtis Institute report on Lara St. John allegations

I guess this story broke in June 2019. Here is more insight. Lara St. John has performed with our local symphony and she graciously autographed my program. I apologize if that seems incongruous with this story.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/l ... -1.5234406
by slofstra
Sun Oct 04, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists before 1960
Replies: 43
Views: 1283

Re: Pianists before 1960

Thanks so much for all these suggestions. There is a method to my madness. Since I listen to so much of this material already, I'd like to build a larger collection just in this particular area. One of the virtues of focusing on this material is that there are only a finite number of recordings ava...
by slofstra
Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists before 1960
Replies: 43
Views: 1283

Re: Pianists before 1960

Thanks so much for all these suggestions. There is a method to my madness. Since I listen to so much of this material already, I'd like to build a larger collection just in this particular area. One of the virtues of focusing on this material is that there are only a finite number of recordings avai...
by slofstra
Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists before 1960
Replies: 43
Views: 1283

Re: Pianists before 1960

Petri Borowsky Wild Nyiereghazi Erdmann Kreutzer These are very good additions, all of you. Philip, having listened for so long and - like Henry - especially to piano music, I am not often surprised. But I've never even heard of two on your list, Nyiereghazi and Erdmann. Thank you, I'll have to fol...
by slofstra
Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists before 1960
Replies: 43
Views: 1283

Re: Pianists before 1960

Cortot Chopin, Schumann Fischer Edwin Renard Ashkenazy - Chopin Etudes in Moscow Mewton-Wood Hess anything Fischer is on my list and I listen to my Fischer box set quite often. I have the massive Ashkenazy box set and didn't see him as pre-1960 largely. But maybe I'm wrong about that. Ashkenazy's C...
by slofstra
Fri Oct 02, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Purchasing CD's - Confusion?
Replies: 13
Views: 910

Re: Purchasing CD's - Confusion?

Hi all and thanks for accepting me into your forum, I really appreciate it. I am new to Classical music in general, and I am trying to obtain some works on CD. I know that I would like some Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, Vivaldi to name a few but I don't know where to start when it comes to obtai...
by slofstra
Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists before 1960
Replies: 43
Views: 1283

Pianists before 1960

I listen to piano music more than any other genre, and in the main that's because I often tune in and out as I'm doing other work. I've especially enjoyed some of the piano box sets in my CD collection, and often these represent career retrospectives of certain pianists. Here's a list of pianists, r...
by slofstra
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 32
Views: 1480

Re: Haitink documentary

Just bringing up this thread to let slofstra know that I have finally completed listening to Haitink's 1970's Brahms Symphony cycle, and frankly, I can find nothing to criticize. He does indeed surrender to the music, and the Concertgebouw plays with commitment and beauty. Nothing egotistical or fl...
by slofstra
Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Violinist Lost His Seat and His Job. He Blames China
Replies: 5
Views: 480

Re: A Violinist Lost His Seat and His Job. He Blames China

Just ordered that book on your recommendation, Henry. Thanks for the suggestion! :) Oh, and she spells her name Madeleine Thien, just for the record. Okay,thanks for the correction. I'll likely have it straight the next time. This is a very good book and won a number of awards here in Canada. I thi...
by slofstra
Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Violinist Lost His Seat and His Job. He Blames China
Replies: 5
Views: 480

Re: A Violinist Lost His Seat and His Job. He Blames China

Deja vu all over again. Performers and teachers of western classical music suffered terribly during the Cultural Revolution. Some were killed through purges by the Red Guard, and the more fortunate spent years in prison camps. If you're a reader I recommend the novel 'Do not say we have nothing' by ...
by slofstra
Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joyce DiDonato MET Concert in Bochum Germany
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: Joyce DiDonato MET Concert in Bochum Germany

I continue to muse about purchasing the Met HD subscription. Will this performance be available in their archive?
by slofstra
Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A 639-year-long piece by John Cage
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: A 639-year-long piece by John Cage

It's too late in the game for me to start on this one. Wish you would have posted this back in the 1950s and I might have had a chance at catching the first tenth of this. I wonder what the thinking was here. I personally believe that all highly abstract conceptions of music should be limited in len...
by slofstra
Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New approaches to recordings
Replies: 1
Views: 266

Re: New approaches to recordings

I would rather pull one of Tharaud's or Janina Fialkowski's carefully curated Chopin CDs than listen to 59 mazurkas in a row, though of course, I do both. I'm not sure that this is really a new approach. I am looking forward to listening through my Decca vocal recitals box. It took a bloody year to ...
by slofstra
Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32
Replies: 48
Views: 3036

Re: Beethoven's 32

I haven't listened to all of Igor Levit's Beethoven sonata recordings, but his rendition of the last five sonatas compares favorably with any others I've heard. This writer's hasty dismissal of Levit is undeserved. I completely agree. FYI: Levit live from Berlin’s Philharmonie on these dates. I mis...