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by mickey
Sat Oct 18, 2008 6:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Task: Kondrashin's Shostakovich
Replies: 23
Views: 3238

Re: Tonight's Task: Kondrashin's Shostakovich

finished 10, 11, 12, 13... No. 10: Not near the top of my list of Shostakovich symphonies, and Kondrashin seems to mail in this performance... the performance is slightly rounded and not as sharp as it could be No. 11: A good, but not stellar performance... I am partial to the Rostropovich's live wi...
by mickey
Sat Oct 18, 2008 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Task: Kondrashin's Shostakovich
Replies: 23
Views: 3238

Re: Tonight's Task: Kondrashin's Shostakovitch

Forget the music. Tell me what you are writing about. 8) I am writing a note, for the law journal I am a staff member of, on the recent Federal Circuit case Jacobsen v. Katzer... it is the first case to affirmatively grant copyright protection for violations of an open-source software license... wi...
by mickey
Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Task: Kondrashin's Shostakovich
Replies: 23
Views: 3238

Re: Tonight's Task: Kondrashin's Shostakovitch

After a few hours rest I resumed this morning... the paper is coming along and so is the cycle... No. 8: Kondrashin seems to have a way with the brooding, tragic symphonies... written in 1943, its seems clear why the symphony takes this tone... a rather solid performance No. 9: Shostakovich's celebr...
by mickey
Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Task: Kondrashin's Shostakovich
Replies: 23
Views: 3238

Re: Tonight's Task: Kondrashin's Shostakovitch

Just finished the tremendously lengthy 7th... No.6: One of my favorite movements of all of Shosty's symphonies is the third movement here... its a raucous gallop and Kondrashin's tempo and temperament suits it well No.7: Kondrashin's take is insightful, serious, and respectful... its not the best ou...
by mickey
Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Task: Kondrashin's Shostakovich
Replies: 23
Views: 3238

Re: Tonight's Task: Kondrashin's Shostakovitch

Good for you for following through with the entire cycle. Please continue to keep us posted. I hope listening to these symphonies in no way hampers your train of thought! I must say, however, that No. 5 with Bernstein, the live Tokyo performance, is one of the finest I've ever heard. Is this the on...
by mickey
Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Task: Kondrashin's Shostakovich
Replies: 23
Views: 3238

Re: Tonight's Task: Kondrashin's Shostakovitch

Halfway through Symphony No.6 at the moment... some observations... No.1: A wonderful recording of young Shostakovich's first symphony... the symphony is full of wit, humor, emotion, and darkness... Kondrashin and the Moscow Philharmonic capture the Russian sound here nicely No.2: Kondrashin leads t...
by mickey
Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Task: Kondrashin's Shostakovich
Replies: 23
Views: 3238

Tonight's Task: Kondrashin's Shostakovich

Well, as any good law student does, I left an assignment til the last evening... Which means I have 10 more pages of dense legal nonsense to write, and about 18 hours to get it done. While drinking a few cans of red bull, I am going to take on the task of listening to Kondrashin's entire Shostakovit...
by mickey
Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Free downloads from the Concertgebouworchestra
Replies: 27
Views: 3306

Re: Free downloads from the Concertgebouworchestra

thanks for the heads up. looks like i have ten new recordings to listen to soon!
by mickey
Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Krzysztof Penderecki!
Replies: 2
Views: 702

Re: Happy Birthday Krzysztof Penderecki!

Saw the Philadelphia Orchestra performance tonight (tuesday)... it was one of their "access" concerts which involved video enhancement and speaking from the stage about the performance... Penderecki was there and was quite jovial and said the Concerto Grosso for Three Violins easily could have been ...
by mickey
Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A New Memoir by John Adams
Replies: 13
Views: 1386

Re: A New Memoir by John Adams

It's clear from his music that John Adams is quite a "character", having heard Mr. Adams speak from the stage while conducting his own works ( My Father Knew Charles Ives , and The Wound Dresse r) and Beethoven's 7th with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra last year... i'll agree he is a character, b...
by mickey
Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vote for Playboy's "Sexiest Classical Babe"
Replies: 73
Views: 7481

Re: Vote for Playboy's "Sexiest Classical Babe"

Janine Jansen, easily.

She plays a wonderful Bruch Violin Concerto to boot.
by mickey
Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why I've Never Been Able To Play The Piano
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

Re: Why I've Never Been Able To Play The Piano

i have a different problem. i am cursed with Irish potato picking hands... short and stumpy.
by mickey
Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Commemorating Rautavaara's 80th anniversary.
Replies: 6
Views: 915

Re: Commemorating Rautavaara's 80th anniversary.

always been a fan of his Cantus Arcticus... cheers to year 80!
by mickey
Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3280412

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Dutilleux and Lutoslawski Cello Concertos
played by Rostropovich and the Orchestre De Paris
conducted by Serge Baudo and Lutoslawski respectively
by mickey
Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 514
Views: 150401

Re: More about YOU, the person on CMG!

• are male or female: Male, 26 years old • sign-on name AND what do your friends call you? People call me either Ryan (my given name) or Mickey • what country you reside in: USA • study music - if so what instrument: I was a hip-hop DJ back in college • are a performing/practicing musician: not any ...
by mickey
Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you seeing this Fall?
Replies: 22
Views: 1541

Re: What are you seeing this Fall?

a couple highlights for me which I will be attending this season: -Philadelphia Orchestra with Simon Rattle: The Damnation of Faust (April 2009) -Philadelphia Orchestra with Charles Dutoit: Debussy - Images, Shostakovich - Symphony 5 (June 2009) -Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with John Adams and Lei...
by mickey
Sun May 18, 2008 3:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3280412

John Tavener: The Protecting Veil
Werthen w/ Flanders Fiamminghi Orchestra and Springuel (solo cello)
by mickey
Sat May 17, 2008 9:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LAO's most performed contemporary composers 2006-7
Replies: 10
Views: 1790

Lance,

Part is on the list (7 performances/3 works)... Like I was getting at with Messiaen and Dutilleux, Gorecki also is one of those composers who misses the cut for the 25 years... Symphony No. 3 was written in 76 and thus is too "old"
by mickey
Sat May 17, 2008 9:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LAO's most performed contemporary composers 2006-7
Replies: 10
Views: 1790

keninottawa wrote:I'm surprised that Arvo Pärt hasn't earned more recent performances. Has the Pärt craze passed, is he simply not a fixture in American concert halls, or has his written output tapered off?
he probably has written about a dozen or so works since 2000, however, about half of these are choral works.
by mickey
Sat May 17, 2008 7:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LAO's most performed contemporary composers 2006-7
Replies: 10
Views: 1790

As for Olivier, ever the same piece! They dont programmmm The Ascension anymore ! :D (Never Indeeeeed) i think the neat thing about this list is the definition (a work within the last 25 years)... for many of these "contemporary composers" they fall to the bottom of the list because the majority of...
by mickey
Thu May 15, 2008 8:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your Top 10 Conductors!
Replies: 86
Views: 11912

Bro wrote:I had meant to include Donald Runnicles to my honorable mention list.
saw him with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2007... stellar concert.. Adams' Harmonielehre, Messiaen's Hymne and Bruch's Violin Concerto with Janine Jensen... Runnicles and Jensen put together a wonderful rendition.
by mickey
Thu May 15, 2008 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3280412

Anders Hillborg - Celestial Mechanics
Salonen w/ Stockholm Chamber Orchestra
by mickey
Wed May 14, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3280412

lismahago wrote:Most people who've heard both seem to prefer the Nielsen/San Francisco/Blomstedt to the Danish one: I've only heard the SF version, which I have (4 and 5 on a very crowded LP also!) so I can't compare!
i only have the danish ones... if the sfo ones are better then they are off the charts
by mickey
Wed May 14, 2008 5:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3280412

listened to the entire nielsen symphony cycle from blomstedt/denmark radio symphony orchestra ... was excellent.. in order of enjoyment: 5,4,2,3,1,6
by mickey
Wed May 14, 2008 5:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recommendations sought for recordings of Dvorak's Symphonies
Replies: 16
Views: 2342

in addition to the kubelik i would recommend kertesz's recordings of dvorak
by mickey
Tue May 13, 2008 11:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your Top 10 Conductors!
Replies: 86
Views: 11912

tough... ormandy = for his work with the philadelphia orchestra and his vast recordings dutoit = for his orchestration, may his years with philadelphia be fruitful sawallish = was responsible for my first exposure to the philadelphia orchestra von karajan = vast collection of recordings, notably his...
by mickey
Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any Dutilleux fans out there?
Replies: 13
Views: 2366

I am a big fan of his work. His music is throughly crafted and quite beautiful.

Actually seeing Orchestra 2001 (http://www.orchestra2001.org/) play Mysteres de l'instant in about an hour...
by mickey
Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:15 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Colin Davis /NYPO and why I hate the NY Phil subscribers
Replies: 18
Views: 5934

at least you didnt have to sit as a cell phone went off during ligetti's atmospheres and at the close of strauss' also sprach zarathustra last night at the philadelphia orchestra... the second of which was accompanied by a "jesus christ" from the offender's mouth
by mickey
Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Ways to Purchase Subscriptions in Philadelphia
Replies: 6
Views: 1210

you wont see me at any of the on-stage visual concerts you might see me at some of the concerts with commentary you will see me at the traditional concerts.... i imagine there are a few people out there that wont mind either way, and there will be a few that really like the commentary and visuals......
by mickey
Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: We Need Recordings!
Replies: 26
Views: 4775

Re: We Need Recordings!

Modernistfan wrote: Anders Hillborg's orchestral work, "Exquisite Corpse." (Salonen on DG, anyone?)
Saw the Philadelphia Orchestra perform this tonight under the baton of Alan Gilbert... Hillborg himself was in attendance... i need this on cd asap!
by mickey
Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:51 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Janine Jansen Makes a Great Debut With the Philharmonic
Replies: 2
Views: 1638

Re: Janine Jansen Makes a Great Debut With the Philharmonic

Ralph wrote:Ms. Jansen is a truly superb talent whose career is moving along very nicely but again it just happens that she's a rather beautiful young woman.
This past season, she played Bruch's Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra... quite masterful...
by mickey
Sat Oct 06, 2007 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Philadelphia Orchesta and Midori
Replies: 1
Views: 1388

Here is Peter Dobrin's take.. seems to be quietly bashing Eschenbach while trying to find every way to praise the musicians http://www.philly.com/inquirer/weekend/classical_music/20071006_The_strange_juxtaposition_of_Berlioz__Britten__Debussy.html The strange juxtaposition of Berlioz, Britten, Debus...
by mickey
Fri Oct 05, 2007 9:46 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Philadelphia Orchesta and Midori
Replies: 1
Views: 1388

Philadelphia Orchesta and Midori

Last night saw the return of Midori with the Philadelphia Orchestra... Up first was Berlioz' Roman Carnival which was played rather well by Eschenbach and the gang.. nothing too special, but enjoyable Followed by Midori and Britten's Violin Concerto... I think was the start of the theme of the night...
by mickey
Mon Sep 24, 2007 8:48 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Philadelphians launch season with Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky
Replies: 5
Views: 1883

I also attended Sunday's performance... Tchaikovsky's 1st was well played and quite enjoyable.... The Rite of Spring, a piece I don't listen to outside of a live performance, was a pleasure to listen to... The extra large ensemble was rather dynamic under Eschenbach's baton... and the woodwinds were...
by mickey
Wed Sep 19, 2007 2:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philly's Verizon Hall Not So Great
Replies: 17
Views: 4591

I won't be at this Thursday's performance, but I will be at Friday's instead... Personally, I haven't experienced any unpleasantness that I could attribute directly to the acoustics of Verizon hall... i go as a student, so I get placed down on the orchestra floor, the usher loves me and my fiancee,...
by mickey
Wed Sep 19, 2007 1:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philly's Verizon Hall Not So Great
Replies: 17
Views: 4591

I won't be at this Thursday's performance, but I will be at Friday's instead... Personally, I haven't experienced any unpleasantness that I could attribute directly to the acoustics of Verizon hall... i go as a student, so I get placed down on the orchestra floor, the usher loves me and my fiancee, ...
by mickey
Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak's symphonies
Replies: 27
Views: 3796

as a few have stated above, the Kertesz/LSO set truly is magnificent and is the place to start with Dvorak's Symphonies... i also am partial to Munch/Boston Symphony's #8...

i'd be curious to hear what PhDP's introduction to his #9 was?
by mickey
Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wow. What a kick off.
Replies: 12
Views: 1759

very nice to see the use of Adams' Chairman Dances in the opening performance
by mickey
Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3280412

Dutilleux's Second Symphony (Tortelier and the BBC Symphony)
Adams' Hallelujah Junction (Hodges & Hind)
Messiaen's Les Offrendes Ouiblees (ORTF Philharmonic and Constant)
Respighi's Pini Di Roma (Dutoit and Montreal Symphony Orchestra)
by mickey
Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Henryk Gorecki: Symphony 3
Replies: 8
Views: 1834

Chalkperson wrote:Arvo Part - Tabula Rasa - Gil Shaham
good call... i prefer the Arvo Part "Sanctuary" release that features Tabula Rasa by the Bournemouth Sinfonietta (conducted by Studt) ... it also features a truly great interpretation of Part's Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
by mickey
Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert essentials
Replies: 56
Views: 7986

personally, i recommend the 2006 recording by the Takacs Quartet of Schubert's Death and the Maiden (str. quartet 14) which is paired with his 13th string quartet... the recording is simply beautiful and has been incredibly well received by critics... definitely first rate
by mickey
Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Otar Taktakishvili Piano Concerto No.1 (Recording)
Replies: 11
Views: 2533

Yes, it is. Reminds me of the Violin Concerto I raved about on an earlier thread - that of Alexi Matchavariani - go here: http://www.matchavariani.ge/main/audioeng.html and scroll down a bit to the three movements of the Matchavariani Violin Concerto. I'll have to take a listen to the Matchavaiani ...
by mickey
Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Otar Taktakishvili Piano Concerto No.1 (Recording)
Replies: 11
Views: 2533

I would like to find the Violin Concerto. I imagine it is a beauty. http://www.georgian-music.com/listen/taktakishvili_violin/track01.wma http://www.georgian-music.com/listen/taktakishvili_violin/track02.wma http://www.georgian-music.com/listen/taktakishvili_violin/track03.wma http://www.georgian-m...
by mickey
Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sheherazade recommendation
Replies: 46
Views: 9321

the peabody symphony orchestra has a recording available for free download

http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/584

give it a listen. its enjoyable
by mickey
Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lutoslawski recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 2678

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definitely the cello concerto by rostropovich coupled with dutilleux's cello concerto
by mickey
Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any Dvorak fans on this forum?
Replies: 65
Views: 11529

make sure you get the Kertesz / London Symphony Orchestra Symphony set... it'll be a gem in your collection!
by mickey
Sat Jun 30, 2007 1:09 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Perlman (6/27) & Weilerstein (6/28) with the Phila. Orch
Replies: 2
Views: 1987

apparently David Patrick Stearns of the Philadlephia Inquirer disagrees with both my reviews: he thought perlman was mediocre: http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/arts/8240472.html and weilerstein great: http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/arts/20070630_Morlot_and_Weilerstein_memorable...
by mickey
Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:27 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Perlman (6/27) & Weilerstein (6/28) with the Phila. Orch
Replies: 2
Views: 1987

Perlman (6/27) & Weilerstein (6/28) with the Phila. Orch

Weds. Night was the second Philadelphia Orchestra outdoor concert of the summer out at the Mann Center. On tap was Chabrier's Espana followed by Itzhak Perlman playing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and topped off with Shcheridan's Carmen Suite. The opening piece was a lively piece depicting the roma...
by mickey
Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3280412

My local radio programme has decided to torture me this morning with The Lark Ascending , which I am not fond of at all. Can you believe that ClassicalFM magazine readers voted it the #1 piece of all time in their annual survey? :shock: i actually rather like that piece and have three versions of i...
by mickey
Tue Jun 26, 2007 10:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3280412

Dutilleux: The Complete Orchestral Works [Chandos]

Symphony 1; Symphony 2; L'arbre des songes; Sonnets de Jean Cassou; Timbres, espace, mouvement, ou La Nuit étoilée; Prière pour Nous autre charnels; Métaboles; Tout un monde lointain; Mystère de l'instant; The Shadows of Time[/list][/list]