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by Marc
Tue May 19, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1131
Views: 892024

Re: What I listened to today

Bach cantatas BWV BWV 166, 108 and 117, the first two for the 4th Sunday after Easter. (I know I know, I'm running late.) Performed by John Eliot Gardiner and his Monteverdi Choir (London) and the English Baroque Soloists. Part of the 'Soli Deo Gloria' cantata boxset, with live recordings from Gardi...
by Marc
Tue May 12, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump, unmasked, bolts WH press briefing after attacking one reporter and refusing to take question from another
Replies: 13
Views: 3035

Re: Trump, unmasked, bolts WH press briefing after attacking one reporter and refusing to take question from another

Politics ain't beanbag. Maybe that's the problem. People, governors, ministers and representatives think this is mostly about 'politics'. Well, it's not. It's about government, arranging, settling. Seeking solutions for a very severe problem. Anyone who thinks that fighting a war against a dangerou...
by Marc
Tue May 12, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1131
Views: 892024

Re: What I listened to today

Great playing (imho) on the Schnitger et al organ of the Martini Church in Groningen, Netherlands.

With works by Bach, Buxtehude, Tunder, Scheidemann, Böhm and some improvisations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj5KzWtY3IY

(Actually listened to it yesterday evening, hope that's OK. ;))
by Marc
Tue May 12, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump, unmasked, bolts WH press briefing after attacking one reporter and refusing to take question from another
Replies: 13
Views: 3035

Re: Trump, unmasked, bolts WH press briefing after attacking one reporter and refusing to take question from another

It's just a huge tragedy that politicians are using these dramatic cirumstances for their own agendas, and making a match/race/whatever of it. Andrew Cuomo, yesterday, in his press briefing: “In New York, the cases are now on the decline. You look at the rest of the nation outside of New York, the c...
by Marc
Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: We must choose 'loss of American lives' over 'loss of our way of life as Americans'
Replies: 48
Views: 12520

Re: We must choose 'loss of American lives' over 'loss of our way of life as Americans'

Your irrelevant interpretation of my rights not aside, I see nobody is willing to say whether they think it would be alright for people to be locked in, even in parts of the country without a serious problem, for a year-and-a-half, as Emmanuel argued, or even longer. It's a sacrifice indeed. Though...
by Marc
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump suggests 'injection' of disinfectant could beat coronavirus and 'clean' the lungs
Replies: 11
Views: 3566

Re: Trump suggests 'injection' of disinfectant could beat coronavirus and 'clean' the lungs

What's the upset? :roll: Trump is DEAD right. Of course injection of disinfectant will beat corona virus. Tell you what, it will beat everything in your entire body, and for sure it will get you a clean ticket for your journey to the Afterlife. Death . . . comes for us all, my lords. Yes, even for ...
by Marc
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach in My Heart, and My Heart in His Hands
Replies: 3
Views: 2201

Re: Bach in My Heart, and My Heart in His Hands

I always listen to Bach's B Minor Mass at this time of year. I've sung lots of Bach in Carnegie Hall, including the B Minor, and so it brings back memories. Definitely uplifting music! The famous tenor Peter Schreier tried his hand at conducting some decades past, and produced a very fine version w...
by Marc
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump suggests 'injection' of disinfectant could beat coronavirus and 'clean' the lungs
Replies: 11
Views: 3566

Re: Trump suggests 'injection' of disinfectant could beat coronavirus and 'clean' the lungs

What's the upset? :roll:

Trump is DEAD right.

Of course injection of disinfectant will beat corona virus.
Tell you what, it will beat everything in your entire body, and for sure it will get you a clean ticket for your journey to the Afterlife.
by Marc
Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and Christmas
Replies: 9
Views: 4854

Re: Bach and Christmas

This little gem IS Christmas to me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CXsN91oOHg

(desperately searching for a 'heart' emoticon ;))
by Marc
Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 27216

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Very sad to hear this. I'm not a regular here, but I had some nice musical conversations with John, as we both shared our love for Bach and the organ. May he rest in peace.
by Marc
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Andrea Lucchesini
Replies: 4
Views: 3153

Re: Pianist Andrea Lucchesini

The Liszt was quite good, but in poor sound. The Chopin was even better, and in stereo without the annoying hum that accompanied the Liszt, which was monophonic. I'll try the Beethoven later, but this young man has something important to say and should have a major career. BTW: The Valentina Lisist...
by Marc
Tue May 08, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Organ Sonatas
Replies: 7
Views: 3474

Re: Bach's Organ Sonatas

I guess you are referring to something that's called 'coupling'. These old mechanic Dutch/German organs are built according to the so-called Werkprinzip: each manual is in fact the 'entrance' to one single instrument or 'work' (mostly called 'division'). When organ specifics are given, it's mostly ...
by Marc
Sun May 06, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Organ Sonatas
Replies: 7
Views: 3474

Re: Bach's Organ Sonatas

It's off topic, I realize, but here is a 'swift' example of how the organist uses a good ole 'slider coupling' (around 6:17) in Buxtehude's BuxWV 155 D minor Toccata. After Bernard Foccroulle's delicate push, the two upper manuals are coupled.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjHkzqSOxnw
by Marc
Sat May 05, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Organ Sonatas
Replies: 7
Views: 3474

Re: Bach's Organ Sonatas

I guess you are referring to something that's called 'coupling'. These old mechanic Dutch/German organs are built according to the so-called Werkprinzip: each manual is in fact the 'entrance' to one single instrument or 'work' (mostly called 'division'). When organ specifics are given, it's mostly d...
by Marc
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 12164

Re: Mahler Survey

I actually conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra doing Beethoven 7 for about a minute. They were doing a promotion at the local station, giving passers-by a minute burst of conducting a chamber-sized group, and I was sent down to cover it. Despite my embarrassment - I had a lot to lose as occa...
by Marc
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 12164

Re: Mahler Survey

And he didn't mention me, conducting in my living room. Of course, he hasn't had the ill-fortune, as my wife has, of actually seeing me. But the sound that comes out of the speakers (Haitink or Walter or Bernstein or Solti or...) is actually pretty damn fine... :D :lol: Yeah, peacefully listening o...
by Marc
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 12164

Re: Mahler Survey

barney wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:47 am
[...]
It might have been easier to list the great conductors who did NOT make fine Mahler recordings! [...]
And he's even forgotten Abravanel, Bertini, Fischer and De Waart. ;)
by Marc
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 12164

Re: Mahler Survey

[...] You rarely listen to Mahler nowadays? Wow! He's still bread and butter for me, and I listen to roughly one symphony every 10 days or so. Am especially interested in good new recordings as they come out, as few as they are. [...] Now that I'm old and grey, I've turned more and more towards 16t...
by Marc
Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 12164

Re: Mahler Survey

I very rarely listen to Mahler anymore, but for some 15 to 20 years of my life he was at least weekly bread and butter to me. Which means that I don't know much about recent recordings, even though I sometimes listen to parts of newer stuff on f.i. YouTube. Here's a list of performances that (among ...
by Marc
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 31
Views: 12557

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

Of course there's also the question: how reliable or truthful is a score? Even when it's a so-called Urtext ? Cases where the composer had bad penmanship (for example, Beethoven) or revised the work after publication, [...] create difficulties. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urtext_edition]. And wha...
by Marc
Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 31
Views: 12557

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

[...] It comes down to personal preference, but there isn't one single PERFORMANCE for me - so far - which has everything I'm wanting from this sonata. I'm searching for 'the unicorn', probably!! :D [...] Say no more. :mrgreen: In general: I'm happy I bought this set for a budget price. Like many o...
by Marc
Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's organ music
Replies: 53
Views: 18720

Re: Bach's organ music

O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig BWV 656, played by Ton Koopman on the Christian Müller of the Grote Kerk in Leeuwarden, NL.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1R4CQxyAtc
by Marc
Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’ Review
Replies: 4
Views: 1911

Re: Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’ Review

​ ​These links might be interesting (concerning the St. John Gospel and Luther, and their position towards "the Jews"): ​https://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/research_sites/cjl/sites/partners/cbaa_seminar/townsend.htm ​https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_and_antisemitism BTW, I like both Pas...
by Marc
Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bram Beekman - Bach Complete Organ Works on YT
Replies: 12
Views: 4903

Re: Bram Beekman - Bach Complete Organ Works on YT

Beekman's set is great.
Sometimes maybe a tad too 'stiff' in the free works, but IMO he's got a natural and instinctive feel for the chorale-based works. The old organs are sounding superb, too. Too bad the set went OOP and was never re-issued.
by Marc
Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruckner Critics Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 6931

Re: Bruckner Critics Discussion

Actually, Jochum's tempos in Bruckner are all over the place, and I never understood what he intended by that. I thought Van Beinum's recording of the 9th was in stereo, though I bought it in mono; it dates from 1956, so I'm probably wrong. When published on a single Epic LP, the scherzo was split ...
by Marc
Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruckner Critics Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 6931

Re: Bruckner Critics Discussion

[...] Another positive factor in my early exposure to Bruckner was doubtless the style of the conductor. As van Beinum's Bruckner recordings show, he moved the music along, not luxuriating in slow tempos like Karajan and Jochum; his first movement of the 8th symphony is Beethovenesque in its urgenc...
by Marc
Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why do we like sad music?
Replies: 44
Views: 12598

Re: Why do we like sad music?

Wnat attracts and rewards us is not the emotions it expresses but its esthetic qualities. That's a pretty good description of how and why I listen to classical music - and why I get so little out of other kinds of music. I'd have to think more about this but it doesn't seem to apply with regard to ...
by Marc
Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why do we like sad music?
Replies: 44
Views: 12598

Re: Why do we like sad music?

Wnat attracts and rewards us is not the emotions it expresses but its esthetic qualities. That's a pretty good description of how and why I listen to classical music - and why I get so little out of other kinds of music. I'd have to think more about this but it doesn't seem to apply with regard to ...
by Marc
Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why do we like sad music?
Replies: 44
Views: 12598

Re: Why do we like sad music?

I think it's got something to do with emotional empathy and consolation.
IMO, these feelings are beautiful and positive.
And that's why it feels good to experience them.

I think.
by Marc
Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert symphonies advice
Replies: 22
Views: 7334

Re: Schubert symphonies advice

My favourite cycle on period instruments is the one with Jos van Immerseel conducting his Anima Eterna, first released in 1997. In general, I find them a bit more entertaining than Brüggen. http://www.amazon.com/Schubert-Complete-Symphonies-Franz-Vienna/dp/B00008PW45 http://www.amazon.com/Schubert-S...
by Marc
Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does the late Wolfgang Sawallisch fare in your lineup?
Replies: 23
Views: 7252

Re: How does the late Wolfgang Sawallisch fare in your lineu

Philadelphia, February 1994: http://articles.philly.com/1994-02-13/news/25857058_1_philadelphia-orchestra-wolfgang-sawallisch-orchestra-spokeswoman I myself don't know that much about him, but I do admire his no nonsense approach, without mannerisms, towards music in general. Here are some personal ...
by Marc
Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Playing the organ a dying art? Well....
Replies: 14
Views: 5180

Re: Playing the organ a dying art? Well....

[....]Pursuing a career in medicine? Well of course that will guarantee a decent salary, but even doctors these days are veering toward slave labor in the US, where only hedge fund managers and the like actually make any good money and dominate politics to make sure that it stays that way. He told ...
by Marc
Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Playing the organ a dying art? Well....
Replies: 14
Views: 5180

Re: Playing the organ a dying art? Well....

Well, uderneath the surface maybe (for outsiders), but in 'organ country' the Netherlands there are many worries about the future of organ playing and about the future of the instrument itself, mainly due to the secularisation of the last half century. No matter if protestant or roman-catholic, chur...
by Marc
Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Frans Brüggen rest in peace
Replies: 9
Views: 5485

Re: Frans Brüggen rest in peace

Listened to and enjoyed his recorder playing from my dad's vinyl, enjoyed his concerts (a.o. Bach, Mozart, Schubert) and his recordings, especially his first Beethoven symphony integral (Philips, recently re-issued on Decca, including a very fine violin concerto with Zehetmair). http://www.deccaclas...
by Marc
Wed May 28, 2014 5:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Orff: Carmina Burana recorded renditions
Replies: 14
Views: 8346

Re: Orff: Carmina Burana recorded renditions

When I was young .... this was one of my favourites. Well .... To be honest, I don't listen to it anymore, with the odd exception of course, but I've always liked Herbert Kegel (once re-issued on Philips Silver Line Classics), Kurt Eichhorn (the (in)famous Ponnelle movie/DVD with Lucia Popp, John v...
by Marc
Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler and Irony
Replies: 92
Views: 11707

Re: Mahler and Irony

Tarantella wrote:That's the beauty of it though - we're capable of having more than one time at a time!
Exactly!

We're capable of almost anything!

:)
by Marc
Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favorite recording of Eine kleine Nachtmusik?
Replies: 26
Views: 8650

Re: Favorite recording of Eine kleine Nachtmusik?

[....] I do have a favorite one. It's by the Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet plus double bass, one player to a part, which most likely is how it was originally played. They're members of the Vienna Philharmonic and play Mozart con amore. One of my favourites would be a Eurodisc vinyl gem from 1979 with ...
by Marc
Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler and Irony
Replies: 92
Views: 11707

Re: Mahler and Irony

[....] These comments are entirely my own opinions: Mahler suits the zeitgeist. Everything about our world is large and somewhat grand in style - large TV screens and wide cinematic aspect ratio, huge public spectacles (fireworks, sport and the like), grand opera, over-the-top rock performances in ...
by Marc
Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where/when does the collecting cease?
Replies: 41
Views: 18134

Re: Where/when does the collecting cease?

Thank you, Marc! Well one can't really have "everything." Well, maybe one can. I am just delighted that I have been able to amass these things over a period of many years ... am and most thankful! The above was NOT a bragging effort, but merely to illustrate how the great beauty of a piece of music...
by Marc
Thu Mar 27, 2014 5:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where/when does the collecting cease?
Replies: 41
Views: 18134

Re: Where/when does the collecting cease?

I'm not a KV 466 collector (though I love the piece), but at least I've got a recording which is not on the Luscious Lance List! :P Roberte Mamou with the Berliner Symphoniker, conducted by Gerard Oskamp. http://112.imagebam.com/download/goOh0luqI7cob-5XXQTc6Q/31704/317035468/wam-466%26491-rmgo.jpg ...
by Marc
Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where/when does the collecting cease?
Replies: 41
Views: 18134

Re: Where/when does the collecting cease?

Well, let's consider it a luxury problem. I recognize the problem though, also because of severe budget limitations, but there is still room to move. Of course there's nothing wrong with drawing lines or making a more strict selection. But there's also nothing wrong with exploring lesser known compo...
by Marc
Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Cantata #83 "Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde"
Replies: 16
Views: 4549

Re: Bach's Cantata #83 "Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde"

[....]These days I am often inspired to turn to YouTube, which seems to have covered every cantata one way or the other. Lance was moved by the fourth number in Cantata 125, but the second is even more astonishing, worthy of a place in one of the passions: bJ6PcSG-7SM QFT. The first time I listened...
by Marc
Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's "Christmas Oratorio"
Replies: 36
Views: 8457

Re: Bach's "Christmas Oratorio"

The social-democratic God-denying Dutch minister of Home Affairs, Plasterk, insists on singing along with such a large SMP performance each and every year .... probably even if Holland is in acute danger of some flood. :) Now now, don't go pointing the finger at us unbelieving devotees of music wit...
by Marc
Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's "Christmas Oratorio"
Replies: 36
Views: 8457

Re: Bach's "Christmas Oratorio"

I'm somewhere in between musically, coinciding I suppose with my being apparently older than you and younger than John F. Thank you. I feel like a teenager again! (Right now I'm dancing on some Bach bourrée.) I had to learn late that there were good performances of Bach before the Harnoncourt/Telef...
by Marc
Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's "Christmas Oratorio"
Replies: 36
Views: 8457

Re: Bach's "Christmas Oratorio"

[....] many of the recordings of this music that I like best were made by musicians who didn't venture into the pre-Baroque at all: not only Dorati but Leonard Bernstein, George Szell, and of the previous generation Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, and Serge Koussevitzky. Christopher Hogwood and his...
by Marc
Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's "Christmas Oratorio"
Replies: 36
Views: 8457

Re: Bach's "Christmas Oratorio"

[....] many of the recordings of this music that I like best were made by musicians who didn't venture into the pre-Baroque at all: not only Dorati but Leonard Bernstein, George Szell, and of the previous generation Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, and Serge Koussevitzky. Christopher Hogwood and his...
by Marc
Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's "Christmas Oratorio"
Replies: 36
Views: 8457

Re: Bach's "Christmas Oratorio"

I loved it when I lived in Germany and the young woman at the Deutsche Telekom office who spoke good English told me that I would become an invoice. (German bekommen=receive) I'm glad she didn't offer me a free gift for being a new customer. (Gift=poison) Widerstehe doch der Sünde, Sonst ergreifet ...