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by slofstra
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 17
Views: 668

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

I actually only have three recordings of Shostakovich's 4th, and two of them are conducted by Bernard Haitink. One doesn't usually use Haitink and dissonance in the same sentence. However, I did replay the recent recording of the 4th with Haitink and the CSO and it is top drawer. (I remember it begi...
by slofstra
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 1715

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

I have loved this scene from 'Bend it Like Beckham' since I first saw it a couple of decades ago. The father wants his daughter to take an opportunity that he had given up. The father had been a good cricketer on the English team but when he encountered racist resistance, he quit in protest. "Who su...
by slofstra
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 33
Views: 532

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

I have loved this scene from 'Bend it Like Beckham' since I first saw it a couple of decades ago. The father wants his daughter to take an opportunity that he had given up. The father had been a good cricketer on the English team but when he encountered racist resistance, he quit in protest. "Who su...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 17
Views: 668

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

I definitely like all of these works. Stravinsky, of course, was in his neoclassical period at that point. He didn't take up serialism until something more than a decade later. The funny thing is that, though, whether Stravinsky was in his early period of The Firebird, Petrushka, or The Rite of Spr...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 17
Views: 668

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

Well! I thought you might have an Oppo! I've been running a Sony CD changer for about 6 years now and it works fine still. I made a serious investment in a pair of Bozak Century speakers back when I was at Villanova in 1969, and have been in love with them ever since. They were of course made for L...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 17
Views: 668

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

I don't think it's been a month since I used the voucher to hear the freebie Petrenko concerts posted earlier. Too bad: I thought everything was supposed to be free now for the duration of the pandemic. I understand your frustration with streaming. Frankly, I just find it simpler to load a CD into ...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 1715

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

I realize that this isn't the airport and I don't have to announce my departure, but I thought I'd give my reason for leaving the group. It's quite simple, I'm sick to death of all the Trump bashing. I guess everyone just assumes that if you enjoy the arts and classical music (I'm a retired profess...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 33
Views: 532

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

I realize that this isn't the airport and I don't have to announce my departure, but I thought I'd give my reason for leaving the group. It's quite simple, I'm sick to death of all the Trump bashing. I guess everyone just assumes that if you enjoy the arts and classical music (I'm a retired profess...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 44
Views: 1715

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

One reason I was spending a bit more time on CMG again is that I had delegated running my business more and more so I could work on a part-time basis. I haven't had to work all that hard the last few years but with grandchildren just down the street and increased travel and other activities, CMG fel...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just checking in with my CMGers ...
Replies: 33
Views: 532

Re: Just checking in with my CMGers ...

One reason I was spending a bit more time on CMG again is that I had delegated running my business more and more so I could work on a part-time basis. I haven't had to work all that hard the last few years but with grandchildren just down the street and increased travel and other activities, CMG fel...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 17
Views: 668

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

I think we had a conversation recently about digital streaming versus CDs. Just to give you an update on that, I have backed off a bit on my plans. I had purchased a fairly sophisticated DAC for my computer in order to stream HD sound from my music streaming service. But it was very buggy, and I sen...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 17
Views: 668

Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

(With apologies to the Who, whose album title I adapted.) I was sooo impressed with this concert, which is available free (while it lasts), here: https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/52528 Of course, this is the BPO, conducted by Kirill Petrenko. The repertoire: Igor Stravinsky Symphony in ...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nessun dorma
Replies: 5
Views: 514

Re: Nessun dorma

I put that straight on my Facebook page. Wonderful.

Curious about the record with which he was singing along. Is it some kind of a karaoke recording with the lead dubbed out? Or was the recorded male vocal just drowned out by his voice?
by slofstra
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Free streaming due to Corona
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: Free streaming due to Corona

Thanks for this, Henry! The MET's offer is particularly generous, but so is Berlin's. I've also become a member of the Berlin service, and their new conductor, Kirill Petrenko, is a surefire winner. And the archives are incredible as it's been building for a decade, and they have back filled with v...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus
Replies: 15
Views: 1317

Re: Cancelled concerts due to coronavirus

You'll have an easier time listing what's still going. Basically, everything is cancelled everywhere. And if you think this is bad, wait until cities go into complete lockdown. It could be avoided if people followed guidelines, but they aren't. We have only 5 cases in our city of half a million, but...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Free streaming due to Corona
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: Free streaming due to Corona

And the Met is streaming an opera each night beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 16.

Here is the link.

https://www.metopera.org/about/press-re ... s-closure/
by slofstra
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Free streaming due to Corona
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Free streaming due to Corona

I thought I'd make this a general thread, because of the number of free streaming services on offer due to closure of public performances. The first is the Berlin Philharmonic, who are offering free streaming for the next month. I've been a paid subscriber for almost a decade and this service is FAN...
by slofstra
Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Enescu
Replies: 3
Views: 395

George Enescu

The new maestro of the K-W Symphony Orchestra, whose concerts we have attended since 1980, is Andrei Feher, a young German man with Romanian roots. Last year, he programmed a short piece written by George Enescu. This year, a guest conductor, likely a Romanian connection, programmed another Enescu s...
by slofstra
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 3295

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

Klemperer is good in Bruckner IV on EMI with the Philharmonia. I also have a live recording where he rushes the tempo a bit in the first movement, so I was careful not to include that one. His recording of VI was a favorite for quite a while, along with Solti's, but they have both been supplanted b...
by slofstra
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 3295

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

So the next time I have 77 minutes (or ideally, somewhat less as suggested) I'll pull up the Bruno Walter rendition and have a listen. Here's Otto Klemperer, my choice for the 4th. I don't know if it will change your opinion, but you can save yourself 17 minutes, for his runs exactly one hour. I co...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 3295

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

I have never had a problem enjoying Bruckner's music :) But doesn't it give you the feeling that you'd rather be listening to something else? It's like Beethoven symphony number 1, which our local symphony performed last time out. Why? When we have 2 through 9. No, and I enjoy Beethoven's 1st quite...
by slofstra
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 3295

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

Thanks for the various recommendations and comments. I looked at my catalogue and while I have a smattering of Bruckner recordings, the only rendition of the 4th symphony is Karl Boehm and the VSO within my 'Decca Sound' box set. I checked my TIDAL music service, and there are 143 distinct recording...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 3295

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

The only Bruckner recording I have is of his 7th Symphony (Solti/CSO/London).You might try that one,which I enjoy. At his debut concert as new principal conductor/music director of the NYPO, Kurt Masur presented the 7th ( a live TV broadcast ) , with a piece by John Adams and Copland's "Four Americ...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 3295

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

I guess there is no use in saying that one doesn´t warm to the music of Bruckner. Anyone of the members of CMG can come up with stuff like that. I know there is no use for me saying that I don´t warm to Stravinskij adding that "Les Noces" is the ugliest music I have on disc. I follow the advice to ...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 3295

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

I have some sympathy for your position. I have to be in the mood for Bruckner. But I love the fourth - I think it's magnificent. The opening always reminds me of Mahler 5. And in the last months of his life, my friend Barry Tuckwell (separate thread) listened to Bruckner 8 more than anything. Do yo...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 3295

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

parsifal wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 2:40 am
De gustibus non est disputandum!
Yes, of course, but a little friendly counterpoint can be fun.
by slofstra
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 3295

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

david johnson wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 3:29 am
I have never had a problem enjoying Bruckner's music :)
But doesn't it give you the feeling that you'd rather be listening to something else?

It's like Beethoven symphony number 1, which our local symphony performed last time out. Why? When we have 2 through 9.
by slofstra
Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 27
Views: 3295

Can't warm to Bruckner

It's not that I dislike his music, but I don't like it very much. Sometimes I'll hear new music and know it needs to be given repeated listenings to give it a proper chance. It doesn't seem to be this way with Bruckner. His symphonies are ponderously long, and there's not much to see along the way. ...
by slofstra
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Next Season Met Operas
Replies: 15
Views: 2537

Re: NYTimes Next Season Met Operas

All the recordings I grew up listening to, including Rozhdestvensky's recording of the 3rd Symphony (based on music from the opera) said Flaming Angel , so I've always called it that. The 1960s recording on the Westminster label conducted by Charles Bruck, which was the first recording I was able t...
by slofstra
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Play some BPO
Replies: 9
Views: 2028

Re: Play some BPO

Finally got round to registering, very much enjoying the Beethoven 7. Struck by the organisation of the orchestra, very unusual today - first and second violins either side (that's not so unusual), cellos central, and double basses back on the left (never seen that before). Anyone aware of the reas...
by slofstra
Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Next Season Met Operas
Replies: 15
Views: 2537

Re: NYTimes Next Season Met Operas

That schedule looks mostly quite wonderful, although I have my doubts about the over-sexed Prokofiev. Strangely, I found Netrebko's Aida embarrassing last year, with a quite awful tenor: she just didn't quite feel comfortable in the role vocally yet. I'm sure she will improve, but the new staging d...
by slofstra
Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Play some BPO
Replies: 9
Views: 2028

Re: Play some BPO

You're very welcome!! I've been a paid digital subscriber of the BPO web site for almost a decade now. Every once in a while they offer free teasers like this one, but note that their artist interviews are always free.
by slofstra
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Play some BPO
Replies: 9
Views: 2028

Play some BPO

The BPO is sharing a series of recent performances conducted by Kirill Petrenko at no cost.

Here is the link.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/playlist/10
by slofstra
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings
Replies: 14
Views: 3187

Re: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings

[quote=slofstra post_id=500862 time=1581530591 user_id=3122 There are five piano concertos ranked higher than number 26. Perhaps you saw that, or did you notice the list is in descending sequence by rank, i.e. top choices are at the end of the list? Ye,saw.I would have selected No. 13,15,17,22, or ...
by slofstra
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings
Replies: 14
Views: 3187

Re: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings

Thanks for the Radio 4 poll. Certainly reasonable choices,although I would have chosen a piano concerto other than No.26. There are five piano concertos ranked higher than number 26. Perhaps you saw that, or did you notice the list is in descending sequence by rank, i.e. top choices are at the end ...
by slofstra
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hewitt's piano destroyed
Replies: 10
Views: 2197

Re: Hewitt's piano destroyed

You must be referring to an old Baldwin concert grand that was in pretty bad shape and the pianist took an ax to it? You've certainly seen a few things Lance, and have an encyclopedic knowledge of pianos. I did not know the de Larrocha story. My favourite piano story is the fictitious review in the...
by slofstra
Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings
Replies: 14
Views: 3187

Re: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings

Some serious/glaring omissions here regarding Mozart IF one thinks only of the music and interpretation. Examples: The Great Mass - Ferenc Fricsay/DGG, among many choices Requiem - Bruno Walter [Columbia/Sony] or many others Nah, I give up! I don't agree with much of it. I do concur about Grumiaux/...
by slofstra
Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato
Replies: 9
Views: 2147

Re: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato

ONLY $168.06 for the Monteverdi? I don't get the eight cents part. Is that to make it look more attractive and, perhaps, a better "bargain." It's like the usual $16.99 trick … why not just call it $17 and save the space of two additional digits? For a while I was acquiring some CDs from Canada but t...
by slofstra
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato
Replies: 9
Views: 2147

Re: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato

Some thoughts on technology....... 1) I don't want to deal with the sonic limitations or the fragility of LPs, so I buy only CDs and have found no better or more reliable sound source. 2) I'm a collector, so I want a physical product that I can hold in my hands and read about in liner notes. 3) Goo...
by slofstra
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato
Replies: 9
Views: 2147

Re: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato

Lately, I've been wondering about all my CDs and the amount of space they're taking up. I am also concerned about future availability of quality cd players at reasonable prices.I retain my old diamond needle lp turntable/speakers as I cannot afford to replace all my lp's with remastered cd's ( but ...
by slofstra
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato
Replies: 9
Views: 2147

Re: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato

I'm almost all the way through. This is a very impressive CD. I don't know of anything else quite like it. I suppose these pieces should be played on a fortepiano, and I think the trick is to retain some of the flat dynamics of that instrument while adding some colour, but not too much. There is les...
by slofstra
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings
Replies: 14
Views: 3187

Re: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings

I also can't believe that Davis/LSO would be the best Requiem on offer. I have no idea which version is best. I have listened to Neville Marriner's for years. And I like what Tafelmusik did with it, although the Rex Tremendae isn't awfully Tremendae with the small forces involved.
by slofstra
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings
Replies: 14
Views: 3187

Re: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings

Count me a fan of Rene Jacobs. And on this list, the recommendation is for Jacobs' Marriage of Figaro.
Never heard it. However, I have 4 Don Giovanni's on DVD. The only satisfying one is Jacobs. The worst one is the Joseph Losey fully staged movie version. It's so, so bad.
by slofstra
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato
Replies: 9
Views: 2147

Re: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato

Just a brief comment on this. Not long ago I noticed that some of the CDs I wanted to purchase were getting close to $30 in price. Long story, but I ended up with Tidal's high definition streaming service (MQA - 96 kHz 24 bit when decoded). I'm a fan of Tharaud, and have a number of his CDs. But for...
by slofstra
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kirill Petrenko's inaugural concert with BPO live
Replies: 4
Views: 1813

Re: Kirill Petrenko's inaugural concert with BPO live

I'll have to look out for the 9th. I just saw the Mahler 6th on Sunday night, and liked it for the most part. I thought I would have liked to hear a bit more legato playing in the first movement and the scherzo. I know they are marches, and I'm not referring to the opening passages, which were perfo...
by slofstra
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Our First Porgy and Bess
Replies: 4
Views: 1759

Re: Our First Porgy and Bess

Porgy & Bess gets a mixed review from me. The arias and duets are great music for me, and some of the orchestral writing is quite effective. The in-between music I find mostly boring, but that's just my taste. It's a great work, no doubt, but I find it overly long, frankly. Just MHO. I mostly agree...
by slofstra
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Porgy and Bess HD Live Sat Sells Out
Replies: 1
Views: 1577

Re: Porgy and Bess HD Live Sat Sells Out

Saw it. It was great. No problem getting seats in Waterloo, Canada, but there were a good number on hand.
by slofstra
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYC Arts Leif Ove Andsne
Replies: 6
Views: 1803

Re: NYC Arts Leif Ove Andsne

He's up in the stratosphere of top pianists. The Grieg 'Lyric Pieces' are one of my very favourite recordings, but I have a bunch.
He played with the BPO a few weeks ago and was very impressive with Mozart's Piano Concerto No.22, k.482.
by slofstra
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Los Angeles Times Ignores Classical Grammys
Replies: 15
Views: 2974

Re: Los Angeles Times Ignores Classical Grammys

Took me all of 10 seconds!! LOL.
by slofstra
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Los Angeles Times Ignores Classical Grammys
Replies: 15
Views: 2974

Re: Los Angeles Times Ignores Classical Grammys

You knew this was coming, right?