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by THEHORN
Wed Aug 26, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let’s scale down opera
Replies: 5
Views: 275

Re: Let’s scale down opera

"Smaller scale opera " certainly has its place, and I have no objection to it . But there is absolutely nothing wrong with lavish productions of larger than life operas such as Aida, Wagner's Ring, La Gioconda, the Meyerbeer operas , Messiaen's Saint Francis , Les Troyens by Berlioz, and others . Tr...
by THEHORN
Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 57
Views: 11010

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

I've been confirmed Bruckner fan ever since I discovered his music 50 years ago as a teenager , when I got the classic recording of his 9th with Carl Schuricht and the Vienna Philharmonic . His music instantly "clicked " with me and I became familiar with all of his other 8 completed symphonies , an...
by THEHORN
Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Spectator on Don Carlo
Replies: 9
Views: 557

Re: Spectator on Don Carlo

An interesting article, but it doesn't mention one of the best recordings of the opera, namely Solti, with Tebaldi , Bumbry, Bergonzi, Fischer-Dieskau , Ghiaurov and Talvela, a cast which would e hard o beat anywhere , any time . And yes, Fischer-Dieskau was a much better Verdi baritone than most cr...
by THEHORN
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Claudio Abbado Complete DGG Editions
Replies: 12
Views: 807

Re: Claudio Abbado Complete DGG Editions

I've never found Abbado's performances to be "bland " or "too polite ". Certainly not his Chicago recordings . For example his recording of Prokofiev's " Scythian" suite with them is terrifically exciting . Possibly some get the impression of "too polite" because of his unpretentious,mild-mannered p...
by THEHORN
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance G. Hill!
Replies: 9
Views: 1598

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance G. Hill!

Happy birthday, Lance !
by THEHORN
Mon May 18, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing
Replies: 36
Views: 8549

Re: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing

I'm still stuck here at United Hebrew in New Rochelle because of my disability unfortunately . Things aren't too bad here but I've been stuck on my floor for about two months because of the corona virus , no visitors are allowed until further notice even immediate family , and I've been feeling pret...
by THEHORN
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Vision Channel On Youtube .
Replies: 1
Views: 1440

Opera Vision Channel On Youtube .

There's an excellent opera channel on youtube called "Opera Vision " where you can see recent performances of operas , popular and obscure with large and clear English titles . The performances are from all over Europe from towns as diverse as Venice, Naples, Stockholm and Riga . Among the operas I'...
by THEHORN
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Our first ever Maid of Orleans
Replies: 3
Views: 2130

Re: Our first ever Maid of Orleans

I too enjoyed this DVD performance very much . I had known this opera from way back on LP in the stone age , because my local library had the LP with Irina Arkhipova and the late Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducting . I think "The Maid of Orleans " could be big hit in a Met production , say with Gergie...
by THEHORN
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bayreuth Festival cancelled
Replies: 2
Views: 1218

Re: Bayreuth Festival cancelled

Oh weh ! Beckmesser's revenge !
by THEHORN
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: period instruments for beethoven
Replies: 4
Views: 2516

Re: period instruments for beethoven

I've heard Gardiner's set of the Beethoven symphonies on Archiv with the same orchestra , and I enjoyed it on the whole . I wish I could attend the upcoming cycle at Carnegie hall .The only thing that bothers me is Gardiner's begging the question, assuming that we are actually hearing what the music...
by THEHORN
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A principal oboist from "the wrong school?" Oh my
Replies: 4
Views: 2340

Re: A principal oboist from "the wrong school?" Oh my

He would never have been chosen for this key position in the Philadelphia orchestra if they didn't like his sound and style of playing a lot !
by THEHORN
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My First Hans Heiling
Replies: 5
Views: 2396

Re: My First Hans Heiling

Yikes ! I haven't heard this opera, although I've been aware of it for who knows ho long . I have a CD of Marschner's opera "Der Vampyr " with the late Helmut Froschauer conducting the Cologne radio orchestra and chorus . The cast includes the young Jonas Kaufmann before became an operatic superstar...
by THEHORN
Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ashkenazy retires
Replies: 22
Views: 6435

Re: Ashkenazy retires

Sad to see him retiring from performing . I've enjoyed many of the recordings of him as a conductor too . He's been regular with the Royal Concertgebouw, the Philharmonic , the Royal Philharmonic, the Cleveland orchestra , the Czech Philharmonic , the Deutsches Sinfonie Berlin, formerly the Berlin R...
by THEHORN
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Belated birthday greetings: DONALD ISLER!
Replies: 7
Views: 3074

Re: Belated birthday greetings: DONALD ISLER!

Happy birthday, Donald !
by THEHORN
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .
Replies: 18
Views: 7706

R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .

Sad news . The great Barry Tuckwell, one of the greatest horn players of all time, has passed away at 88 . His virtuosity on this treacherous instrument was almost superhuman . His ability to play the instrument's treacherous high register with pupate and accuracy and agility in rapid fire passages ...
by THEHORN
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: dudamel contract extension
Replies: 2
Views: 1537

Re: dudamel contract extension

Like his conducting or not, Dudamel is the real thing, no shallow ,flashy glamor boy or flash in the pan . He's proven his ability and is was not created by slick publicity . He would not be music director of the L.A. Phil. and a regular with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics and other top orchest...
by THEHORN
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Our First Le Villi
Replies: 9
Views: 2565

Re: Our First Le Villi

I've also seen a DVD of both of these early Puccini operas from one of the Italian music festivals, I don't recall which one conducted by Hungarian maestro Tamas Pal . This is also worth trying . If I remember correctly, I got this trough Netflix, which has an excellent selection of of opera and cla...
by THEHORN
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How a Forgotten Opera Made a Big Comeback
Replies: 4
Views: 1627

Re: How a Forgotten Opera Made a Big Comeback

The New York city opera had a production of "Die Tote Stadt " from I believe the 70s, which it did with considerable success . If I remember, the late Julius Rudel conducted it .
by THEHORN
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Opera Has a Racism Problem
Replies: 21
Views: 4602

Re: Classical Opera Has a Racism Problem

Much ado about nothing . These operas were not written with the intention of disparaging non-whites or to incite racist hatred of them . Actors and operatic tenors have traditionally performed the role of Othello or Otello with makeup to make the skin appear darker not out of racism but in an attemp...
by THEHORN
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 20764

Re: A loss

So sorry to hear about this . I often disagreed with John, but he was certainly a highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic music lover . He will be missed at this forum .
by THEHORN
Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?
Replies: 41
Views: 13590

Re: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?

If you compare the programming of the New York Philharmonic with many other US orchestras, they have actually been doing more new or recent works than most of them for decades . They have performed new or recent works by Philip Glass, John Adams, Christopher Rouse,Thomas Ades, Henze, Tan Dun, Unsuk ...
by THEHORN
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Gelb’s Contract Is Extended at the Metropolitan Opera
Replies: 8
Views: 3855

Re: Peter Gelb’s Contract Is Extended at the Metropolitan Opera

Being general manager of the Met is one of the most thankless jobs in classical music . You're damned if you do and damned if you don't . No matter how hard you try , somebody will always be pissed off about your choice of repertoire , casting, conductors , directors and designers etc . Some people ...
by THEHORN
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: César Franck
Replies: 24
Views: 10629

Re: César Franck

"Les Djinns" by Franck, inspired by Arabic folklore from where we get the word Genie " is an interesting work - sort of a symphonic poem / concertante work for orchestra and solo piano . I remember this from a n old EMI LP with the lae Aldo Ciccolini and if I remember , Serge Baudo conducting . Ther...
by THEHORN
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: spontini opera article
Replies: 7
Views: 3115

Re: spontini opera article

Not too long ago, I borrowed a live recording of Callas and Corelli in "La Vestale " through library interloan on the same pirate label and enjoyed it too .
by THEHORN
Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A radio tribute to James Levine?
Replies: 21
Views: 12389

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: 45333

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: 5114

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: 6267

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: 5326

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: 7049

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: 4944

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: 10403

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: 7626

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: 6750

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: 5412

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: 14120

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: 9403

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: 9105

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: 17544

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: 17544

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: 39872

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: 39872

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: 39872

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: 2409

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: 6005

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: 5370

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: 6237

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: 6237

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: 12418

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: 10870

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 .