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by THEHORN
Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A radio tribute to James Levine?
Replies: 16
Views: 910

Re: A radio tribute to James Levine?

Levine is also suffering from Parkinson's disease, sciatica and arm tremors , so even if there hadn't been any scandals with him he probably will not be able to conduct anywhere again , which is terribly sad . I've never found his conducting or piano playing to be "shallow and facile ". Like his int...
by THEHORN
Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 72
Views: 16110

Re: Standards for New Music

If you're hearing a new or recent work by a contemporary composer at a a concert , or experiencing a new opera in an opera house , it's often difficult to judge it based on one hearing, if it's a work of any length or complexity . In many cases, only repeated hearings will enable you to decide if yo...
by THEHORN
Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martin Bernheimer, Tartly Eloquent Music Critic, Dies at 83
Replies: 5
Views: 1824

Re: Martin Bernheimer, Tartly Eloquent Music Critic, Dies at 83

I know you're not suppose dot speak ill of the dead , but Bernheimer, even though he may have been a distinguished music critic , often wrote grossly unfair and gratuitously nasty reviews of many eminent musicians, such as Mehta, Maazel and others as cited in the obituary . It's one thing to disagre...
by THEHORN
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Will Save Classical Music
Replies: 5
Views: 4607

Re: I Will Save Classical Music

I recently heard his quirky take on "Don Giovanni" on Sony . It certainly isn't boring ! He seems like a really interesting character and I'd like to hear more of his conducting . I don't know why, but there seems to be a lot of hostility toward today's younger generation of conductors here on this ...
by THEHORN
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lyric Opera of Chicago Mazzola Will Take Over
Replies: 3
Views: 4037

Re: Lyric Opera of Chicago Mazzola Will Take Over

Both Bartoletti and Andrew Davis are and were highly respected in Chicago , and Davis is a very distinguished conductor . Not a conductor's opera house ? They've had many eminent ones there over the years . I haven't heard Mazola's conducting yet so I can't judge him , but from what I've read about ...
by THEHORN
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Petrenko / Berlin Phil
Replies: 7
Views: 4991

Re: Petrenko / Berlin Phil

I've only hear some bits of Petrenko's conducting on youtube, but he seems like an extraordinarily gifted conductor . And I was rather annoyed by the way Ross dismissed Solti's conducting of Wagner's Ring . The way he conducts Decca's classic Ring is absolutely thrilling !
by THEHORN
Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is it senseless to have multiple performances on CD?
Replies: 8
Views: 3082

Re: Is it senseless to have multiple performances on CD?

Unfortunately, if you keep adding Beethoven symphony cycles to your collection constantly, you can miss out on getting recordings of so many interesting lesser known symphonies etc by composers such as Berwald, Balakirev, Bax, Enescu, Glazunov, Roussel, Dukas, Taneyev, Mysakovsky , Stenhammar, Szyma...
by THEHORN
Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!
Replies: 17
Views: 6238

Re: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!

Welcome to the forum !
by THEHORN
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buying music (CDs) from Amazon - and taxes!
Replies: 17
Views: 4558

Re: Buying music (CDs) from Amazon - and taxes!

I don't know if arkivmusic.com charges this tax . So why not try it if it doesn't ? They specialize in classical CD and DVDs and have a huge selection, including many classical CDs which are very hard to find .
by THEHORN
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More On Bayreuth Tannhäuser Le Gateau Chocolat Booed Nikitin Tattoo
Replies: 7
Views: 4826

Re: More On Bayreuth Tannhäuser Le Gateau Chocolat Booed Nikitin Tattoo

While it may have been wrong for the Bayreuth audience to treat this drag queen the way it did , this does not mean the production was not absolutely ridiculous . What on earth do drag queens have to do with the story of Tannhauser , which takes place in medieval Germany among the the Minnesingers ?...
by THEHORN
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aaron Rosand RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 3109

Re: Aaron Rosand RIP

I was a member of a summer festival orchestra in Pennsylvania in the 80s , where he played the Sibelius concerto . It was quite impressive .
by THEHORN
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: It's Time To Let Classical Music Die
Replies: 18
Views: 10429

Re: It's Time To Let Classical Music Die

Western classical music is "inherently racist ?" This is like saying basketball is "inherently racist" because there aren't more short, nerdy Jewish men on basketball teams . This is nothing but a straw man . None of our symphony orchestras and opera occupancies etc is trying to exclude anyone on th...
by THEHORN
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Franco Zeffirelli Made Subtle, Striking Opera. Until He Exploded
Replies: 12
Views: 7617

Re: Franco Zeffirelli Made Subtle, Striking Opera. Until He Exploded

Oh well. Spectacular opera productions are nothing new . They were the norm in 19th century Paris during the heyday of Giacomo Meyerbeer . Is there anything actually wrong with this ?I don't think so . I'm sure some of those Paris productions might have made those of the late Franco look modest by c...
by THEHORN
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 11
Views: 5256

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Happy birthday , Lance !
by THEHORN
Sat May 18, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bored of the ‘Ring’
Replies: 31
Views: 12580

Re: Bored of the ‘Ring’

John, I'm only about 13 years younger than you and have been listening to Ring performances an recordings , not to mention all the other Wagner take works , since I was a teenager . While I admire great Wagner conductors of the past such as Furtwangler, Knappertsbusch and others , I've heard many on...
by THEHORN
Thu May 16, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bored of the ‘Ring’
Replies: 31
Views: 12580

Re: Bored of the ‘Ring’

John, I didn't see or hear this Ring, but many others have great admiration for the way Philippe Jordan conducted it , including Anthony Tommasini . You are the only individual I know of who has called Jordan's conducting of the Ring "weak ". With all due respect, you have consistently shown here ho...
by THEHORN
Mon May 13, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 63
Views: 26307

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

Heck, the kind of vibrato ridden , blaring trumpet sound may be ideal for Gershwin , but it's grotesquely wrong for composers such as Wagner, Bruckner, Mahler and Richard Strauss etc .
It's like an actor playing the role of a German or Austrian aristocrat and using a Brooklyn accent .
by THEHORN
Sat May 11, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 63
Views: 26307

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

The main source of coarseness in sound in Toscanini's NBC symphony recordings are the crude, blaring ,vibrato ridden trumpets . The woodwinds also have an unpleasant fluttery rapid vibrato which may have been induced by fear of playing under him for all I know . This interferes with orchestral blend .
by THEHORN
Thu May 09, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 63
Views: 26307

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

Furtwangler may have been an erratic conductor, but at his best, his performances were absolutely transcendent . I don't think orchestras such as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic etc played all that sloppily " for him . But he wasn't concerned with neatness and accuracy . I've always preferred Fur...
by THEHORN
Thu May 02, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michael Tippett's Piano Concerto
Replies: 1
Views: 1829

Re: Michael Tippett's Piano Concerto

I have the Chandos recording with an English pianist whose name I can't recall off hand, with Richard Hickox and the Bournemouth symphony orchestra . It's couples with Tippett's first symphony . Excellent performances of interesting, rarely heard works by one of England's greatest composers .
by THEHORN
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's " Essential" Dvorak recordings
Replies: 8
Views: 4508

Re: WQXR's " Essential" Dvorak recordings

MaestroB , Josef Suk was the great grandson, not grandson of Dvorak .
by THEHORN
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Don G
Replies: 8
Views: 4227

Re: Tonight's Met Don G

I haven't heard Cornelius Meister conduct yet, but he seems to be a rising name among the younger generation of conductors and he has had considerable success in Europe . So I wouldn't rush to judgment about his his presence in Stuttgart .
by THEHORN
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karina Canellakis to Detroit???
Replies: 7
Views: 4789

Re: Karina Canellakis to Detroit???

Thanks for the information !
by THEHORN
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karina Canellakis to Detroit???
Replies: 7
Views: 4789

Re: Karina Canellakis to Detroit???

Is Karina Canellakis related to the conductor Martin Canellakis, who regularly conducted concerts with a part time orchestra he had founded at the Colden center auditorium at Queens college, C.U.N.Y . when I was a graduate student there ?
by THEHORN
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera
Replies: 23
Views: 9543

Re: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera

I remember Osborne's reviews of opera recordings all the way back from the 1970s in High Fidelity magazine . While I respect his vast knowledge of opera and opera singing and expertise in judging singer's techniques , I rarely of ever agreed with him when it came to purely subjective evaluations of ...
by THEHORN
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 8404

Re: Janacek's operas

Maestrob, the Slavonic Mass is actually a setting of the Mass in old Church Slavonic, which is actually an old form of Bulgarian which became the liturgical language of Russia, Ukraine, Serbia and Bulgaria as they were orthodox Christians . Modern Bulgarian has diverged a lot from the old language .
by THEHORN
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Weighs In On Return of Met Ring
Replies: 23
Views: 6710

Re: Tommasini Weighs In On Return of Met Ring

This article was written some time before the Met's acclaimed production of "L'Amour de Loin" .
by THEHORN
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Weighs In On Return of Met Ring
Replies: 23
Views: 6710

Re: Tommasini Weighs In On Return of Met Ring

"Passing fumbles in the brass ?" Das Rheingold is a killer for brass players . The other Ring operas are grueling enough for them, but Rheingold is two and a half hours non stop . One of my horn teachers, the late Arthur Goldstein , who used to play in the Met orchestra, said to me "When you play a ...
by THEHORN
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wonder If To Kill A Mockingbird Would Be A Good Opera
Replies: 12
Views: 7580

Re: Wonder If To Kill A Mockingbird Would Be A Good Opera

I think this story has possibilities as an opera . Another one which I think might make a really good opera is "Inherit the Wind ".
by THEHORN
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Finishing the Unfinished Symphony - again
Replies: 3
Views: 3490

Re: Finishing the Unfinished Symphony - again

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity . . . . . . . .
by THEHORN
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: German Opera singer Theo Adam dead at 92
Replies: 11
Views: 7284

Re: German Opera singer Theo Adam dead at 92

One of Adam's best recordings is his vivid portrayal of the cantankerous Sir Morosus in "Die Schweigsame Frau by Richard Strauss , a sadly underrated opera which deserves to be performed more often , on the EMI recording conducted by Marek Janowski with the Staatskapelle, Dresden . This is the only ...
by THEHORN
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 23
Views: 9299

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

In fact, there is a recent version of the Rachmaninov 2nd as a piano concerto, with a piano part added by someone whose name I can't recall off hand , and you can hear it on youtube . It's called the Rachmaninov piano concerto number five ! I posted it on Facebook for some of mu musician friends the...
by THEHORN
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 16375

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

Very sad news . He will be missed . My sincerest condolences to his family .
by THEHORN
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera-what language to present It In
Replies: 12
Views: 5511

Re: Opera-what language to present It In

Nowadays, with supertitles and the Met's unique Met title system , the easy availability of librettos with translations in complete opera recordings and titles on DVDs etc , opera in the original language is no longer a problem . And with major international opera companies in New York, London, Pari...
by THEHORN
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concertos of Sir Arthur Bliss
Replies: 5
Views: 3062

Re: Concertos of Sir Arthur Bliss

I have the excellent Naxos CD of the Bliss piano concerto and two piano concert with Martin Roscoe and David Lloyd Jones conducting . The pain concerto is a real bravado virtuoso concerto and deserves to be better known .
by THEHORN
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better
Replies: 27
Views: 13536

Re: Memo to the New York Philharmonic: Louder Isn’t Better

I saw the NY Phil. new year's eve concert on PBS conducted by the new man Jaap Van Zweden , and to my ears the brass section was on its bets behavior and at least on television, nothing was harsh or too loud . They recently hired Chris Martin, who succeeded the legendary Bud Herseth in Chicago and w...
by THEHORN
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Henning
Replies: 19
Views: 14110

Re: Karl Henning

This is sad news indeed . I hope he'll recover soon .
by THEHORN
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: glimmerglass 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 2154

Re: glimmerglass 2019

I agree, Lenny . You shouldn't pass up any opportunity to see "The Ghosts Of Versailles ".
by THEHORN
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mravinsky conducts Bruckner
Replies: 5
Views: 2437

Re: Mravinsky conducts Bruckner

No, orchestras do not sound like today . I've never hear things this way . There have been CHANGES in the way individual orchestras sound as their personnel changes , but they still do not sound alike . True, French orchestras no longer use the same instruments they used decades ago , but they still...
by THEHORN
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dobrinka Tabakova's new PC
Replies: 3
Views: 1865

Re: Dobrinka Tabakova's new PC

New name to me . Does anyone know if she is related to the Bulgarian conductor and composer Emil Tabakov , who has recorded a surprisingly good Mahler cycle with the Sofia Philharmonic for the Capriccio label ?
by THEHORN
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mravinsky conducts Bruckner
Replies: 5
Views: 2437

Re: Mravinsky conducts Bruckner

Mravinsky's Bruckner recordings are remarkable, but the rough brass playing full of vibrato is just not idiomatic . This takes some getting used to
by THEHORN
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Enchantress
Replies: 2
Views: 1371

Re: Tchaikovsky Enchantress

I remember a CBS/Melodiya LP of this opera from long, long ago which was in my local library , before the CD era . It's a really interesting opera with a rather creepy plot , and I like the music very much .
I would welcome a revival by Gergiev and the Mariinsky opera and a recording .
by THEHORN
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Hungarian State Opera Link Up
Replies: 2
Views: 1662

Re: NYCO Hungarian State Opera Link Up

This looks really interesting . Erkel's operas are totally unknown in America , although there have been recordings of them available herefrom Hungaroton for as long as I can remember . They're naturally very popular in Hungary , and I believe there have been some performances in translation in othe...
by THEHORN
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony
Replies: 16
Views: 6306

Re: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony

I agree . The Sibelius 3rd is a very underrated and unjustly neglected work . There are plenty of excellent recordings of it it , but it's rarely performed live for some reason . This is the sunniest and most cheerful of the Sibelius symphonies . Or as the composer put it , "clear, fresh spring wate...
by THEHORN
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Foulds' Piano Concerto
Replies: 4
Views: 3353

Re: John Foulds' Piano Concerto

Several years ago, Chandos released the world premiere recording of the "World Requiem" by Foulds, a large scale work written to commemorate the terrible effects of the first world war . It does not use the traditional text of the Latin Requiem used by so many other great composers , but the English...
by THEHORN
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Boheme
Replies: 7
Views: 3410

Re: Met Boheme

Ho him. Critics never seem to be able to avoid saying nasty things about the Met , and for the most part, they never have . The company is damned if it does and damned if it doesn't . If they do a traditional , realistic Zeffirelli production, the critic sneer . If they do s non realistic, non-tradi...
by THEHORN
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Phil season opens
Replies: 11
Views: 4401

Re: NY Phil season opens

I haven't heard much of Zweden's conducting yet , so I will have to reserve judgment about how his relationship with the orchestra will work out . Apparently the orchestra really likes and respects him, otherwise he would not have been chosen . From all reports, the Dallas symphony and Zweden have b...
by THEHORN
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring
Replies: 8
Views: 3525

Re: NYTimes Calendar for the Fall and into Next Spring

Jbuck, I don't think the Met's repertoire is all that conservative . Within the past 20 years or so it as broadened and diversified its repertoire considerably , doing numerous operas you would never have expected them to do in its early years at Lincoln center . This year they're doing the US premi...
by THEHORN
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphony 5
Replies: 10
Views: 3970

Re: Dvorak Symphony 5

This is a wonderful symphony , but sadly neglected because most conductors never bother to program any of the Dvorak symphonies beyond the last three . A pity . Audiences would love it if they got a chance to hear it live . And too many concertgoers don't want to hear anything other than their belov...
by THEHORN
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes This Week in Classical Music
Replies: 11
Views: 3829

Re: NYTimes This Week in Classical Music

Good news - there is a new DVD of "Tsar Saltan " out from the Mariisky opera with Gergiev conducting . Must get this as soon as possible .