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by gfweis
Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Groovy Goofy French 19th century composer -> Theodore Gouvy
Replies: 4
Views: 2483

Re: Groovy Goofy French 19th century composer -> Theodore Go

Rolf, thanks what is for me an introduction to Gouvy. I've never heard any of his music. I'm listening to the Piano Trio No. 2 as I write, using your Spotify link. It's not bad, but the surging swells in the first movement put me in a rolling boat (and I don't yet have my sea legs). The andante is m...
by gfweis
Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My next Bethoven Symphony cycle should be?
Replies: 95
Views: 12211

Re: My next Bethoven Symphony cycle should be?

Sorry lads, I have ordered the Abbado set. :D Ah...well, I shan't say, then, what I was going to say about it. At least you didn't get the Hogwood, which I liked even less. Of the HIP sets I've heard, Gardiner's was by far the best. Haven't heard the Zinman. But if I had to recommend just one set, ...
by gfweis
Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where Is The November/December Issue Of Fanfare Magazine?
Replies: 20
Views: 3664

Re: Where Is The November/December Issue Of Fanfare Magazine

How can you guys be posting messages dated in the early a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20, when the current EST here in SC is 10:05pm, November 19? I'm not seeing any messages dated November 20, so whatever the glitch was, it appears to be fixed. Your post has this at the top on my screen, John: "Posted: Tue ...
by gfweis
Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where Is The November/December Issue Of Fanfare Magazine?
Replies: 20
Views: 3664

Re: Where Is The November/December Issue Of Fanfare Magazine

How can you guys be posting messages dated in the early a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20, when the current EST here in SC is 10:05pm, November 19?
by gfweis
Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where Is The November/December Issue Of Fanfare Magazine?
Replies: 20
Views: 3664

Re: Where Is The November/December Issue Of Fanfare Magazine

I confess it has always seemed strange to me that something mailed (in any category of mail) would take so long to get from New Jersey to South Carolina. Perhaps they're still using the 'pony express'!! "In 10 days, riders could deliver a letter the 1,966 miles from the base in St. Joseph, Missouri...
by gfweis
Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where Is The November/December Issue Of Fanfare Magazine?
Replies: 20
Views: 3664

Re: Where Is The November/December Issue Of Fanfare Magazine

I live in South Carolina, and I too have not, as of today's mail (Nov. 15th) received the current Fanfare . But it's not unusual for me to have to wait till past the mid-point of the first month on the cover to get my Fanfare . The editor once, years ago, told me it simply takes the postal service a...
by gfweis
Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn String Quartets
Replies: 13
Views: 2893

Re: Haydn String Quartets

As a nice antidote to that adagio from the Kaiser quartet, I submit the presto finale from the Op. 76, No. 5, in a spirited performance by the Fry Street Quartet. A friend once said about this movement that if it doesn't make you smile, you are already dead! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuHyY3CXVs8
by gfweis
Sat May 12, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For you Mozart Experts
Replies: 11
Views: 2807

Re: For you Mozart Experts

Now for some "seriously" funny instrumental stuff, I love the last "variation" of the finale of Piano Concerto #17 (K453). :D Teresa Teresa, I re-listened to the final movement of that concerto, and I see what you mean! Philip Huscher, in program notes for this concerto for the Chicago Symphony orc...
by gfweis
Thu May 10, 2012 1:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For you Mozart Experts
Replies: 11
Views: 2807

Re: For you Mozart Experts

The younger Sigmund Haffner was Mozart's age and their fathers were friends, but I can't find any evidence that the sons were intimate as gfweis suggests. I had to think for a few moments where I might have read about Mozart & Sigmund Haffner having been childhood friends. Fortunately the second pl...
by gfweis
Thu May 10, 2012 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For you Mozart Experts
Replies: 11
Views: 2807

Re: For you Mozart Experts

I can see why you might think that, but there's no reason to suppose it's what Mozart meant. Who would be laughing, at what, and why in this piece and why in this music, where it would be uncalled for? Thanks, John, for your reply and your musical references. It's all probably a fantasy on my part,...
by gfweis
Wed May 09, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For you Mozart Experts
Replies: 11
Views: 2807

For you Mozart Experts

As many will know, Mozart's Haffner Symphony was written for the celebration of the ennoblement of Sigmund Haffner, Mozart's childhood friend. Very early in the first movement (about 35-40 seconds in, depending on the tempo adopted by the conductor) there occurs a musical phrase that consists in a r...
by gfweis
Wed May 02, 2012 5:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler 9: Walter VPO 1938
Replies: 9
Views: 1869

Re: Mahler 9: Walter VPO 1938

bogshot, thanks very much for your work on this, and for sharing it. I'm listening right now, and am much impressed by your transfer. I've only heard two other transfers, but neither pulled me in the way yours does.
by gfweis
Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Argerich and Lang Lang duet!
Replies: 11
Views: 4918

Re: Argerich and Lang Lang duet!

I surely enjoyed that hangos. Thanks. I would not have found that on my own.
by gfweis
Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruno Walter's MAHLER on Sony -
Replies: 6
Views: 1630

Re: Bruno Walter's MAHLER on Sony -

Thanks for the heads-up, Lance. At the current price of less than $15, plus amazon's $2.98 shipping, I could not resist. I look forward to seeing how/whether the sound has been improved on these re-issues (24-bit, etc., whatever that means).
by gfweis
Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: YouTube has Toscanini's non-commercial repertoire
Replies: 10
Views: 1701

Re: YouTube has Toscanini's non-commercial repertoire

Many thanks, Wallingford. This will keep me occupied for weeks.
by gfweis
Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony
Replies: 8
Views: 1861

Re: Taking Stock: Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony

Of the dozen or so I've heard, I have two favorites. First, the Swarowsky/VSOO (with organist Franz Eibner), which I have loved for many, many years, first on lp, then on a Forlane cd (coupled with the Goossens*/LPO Mendelssohn Reformation Symphony). Swarowsky's poco adagio is the one that always b...
by gfweis
Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony
Replies: 8
Views: 1861

Re: Taking Stock: Saint-Saens' "Organ" Symphony

Of the dozen or so I've heard, I have two favorites. First, the Swarowsky/VSOO (with organist Franz Eibner), which I have loved for many, many years, first on lp, then on a Forlane cd (coupled with the Goossens*/LPO Mendelssohn Reformation Symphony). Swarowsky's poco adagio is the one that always br...
by gfweis
Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sir Thomas Allen Stirs Some Feathers.................
Replies: 12
Views: 2558

Re: Sir Thomas Allen Stirs Some Feathers.................

I don't know enough to have an opinion on the subject of this thread, but I have enjoyed reading it. One question: it appears to me that Ms. Jenkins is lip-synching in the youtube video. If she is, is that in any way relevant to the discussion?
by gfweis
Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Viktor Tretiakov - the last of the Soviet titans?
Replies: 8
Views: 1916

Re: Viktor Tretiakov - the last of the Soviet titans?

There's a great Tretyakov Shostakovich No. 1, conducted by Temirkanov, that is worth getting to supplement the Brilliant box (which has in it the No. 1 conducted by Fedoseyev, as I recall). It comes either on a Russia Revelation cd (which is the one I have): http://www.amazon.com/Plays-Shostakovich-...
by gfweis
Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fan of Rachmaninoff?
Replies: 62
Views: 12395

Re: Fan of Rachmaninoff?

When I was about 14, the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini was one of the handful of pieces that really turned me on to classical music (I'm almost certain it was the Fleischer/Szell recording). Now, fifty years later, the piece still rouses and delights me.
by gfweis
Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which complete Mozart piano concertos?
Replies: 32
Views: 22894

Re: Which complete Mozart piano concertos?

As has been said, get all the Haskil and Curzon you can. But don't fail, if you can afford it, to get Haebler: http://www.amazon.com/Mozart-Piano-Conc ... B00000410O (might be cheaper from Japan).
by gfweis
Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MEMBRAN or ANDROMEDA?
Replies: 5
Views: 2119

Re: MEMBRAN or ANDROMEDA?

In my experience, Andromeda's are often harsh-sounding, with unbearable trebles; and Membran's are routinely over-filtered/dull. Tempting, I know, because of the price; but I'd say you should pass on both. They're a false economy.
by gfweis
Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your Favourite NEW Recordings of 2011
Replies: 26
Views: 5550

Re: Your Favourite NEW Recordings of 2011

Lance wrote:I added many titles for CDs (including multi-CD sets), probably my least productive year in the last 10.
Perhaps "consumptive" might be a better word than "productive"! :lol:
by gfweis
Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Munch: Late Romantic Masterpieces [7 CD set]
Replies: 33
Views: 5166

Re: Charles Munch: Late Romantic Masterpieces [7 CD set]

As the subject of Steinberg's recordings with the BSO has been raised, I feel obliged to mention his excellent Schubert 9th: http://www.amazon.com/Schubert-Symphony-No-Major-Great/dp/B00000E6KH?SubscriptionId=AKIAJ5K7PY4I6TJRVFLQ&tag=httpwwwcrimco-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeAS...
by gfweis
Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Digital version Pougnet, Riddle, and Pini's Mozart, K. 563
Replies: 3
Views: 1124

Re: Digital version Pougnet, Riddle, and Pini's Mozart, K. 5

Thanks, John. I hadn't thought of a tape. I'll ask him if he has access to a tape player. This is a marvelous recording, the first I owned and still my favorite. But Westminster's many chamber music recordings made in Vienna and London in the '50s have had few reissues on CD. So I'm holding on to my...
by gfweis
Sat Nov 05, 2011 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Digital version Pougnet, Riddle, and Pini's Mozart, K. 563
Replies: 3
Views: 1124

Digital version Pougnet, Riddle, and Pini's Mozart, K. 563

As some, at least, will no doubt remember, Jean Pougnet, Frederick Riddle, and Anthony Pini recorded Mozart's K.563 Divertimento, and it appeared in the 1950's on a Westminster lp. I have been surprised that I have not been able to find, searching all the sites I know of, and using Google as well, a...
by gfweis
Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Titans Clash over a Mere Cadenza [Grimaud & Abbado]
Replies: 37
Views: 5469

Re: Titans Clash over a Mere Cadenza [Grimaud & Abbado]

That was fun indeed! Thanks. I'd have said that Busoni's music generally, and this cadenza too, is harmonically rather more astringent than lush, though for me attractively so. But then I'm a serious Busoni fan. And Busoni was a serious Mozart fan. He played 11 of the Mozart concertos from the begin...
by gfweis
Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Titans Clash over a Mere Cadenza [Grimaud & Abbado]
Replies: 37
Views: 5469

Re: Titans Clash over a Mere Cadenza [Grimaud & Abbado]

John, I too want to thank you for this video. I knew I'd heard this cadenza, but wasn't sure where/how. I do think now it must have been a Horowitz recording. When the NYT's reporter, Daniel Wakin, says the "Busoni also has a lush, Romantic sound with hints of Brahms and Liszt," he's hearing somethi...
by gfweis
Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Titans Clash over a Mere Cadenza [Grimaud & Abbado]
Replies: 37
Views: 5469

Re: Titans Clash over a Mere Cadenza [Grimaud & Abbado]

One thing puzzles me about the events described in the NYT article (and one must remember that we are getting essentially Grimaud's version of what happened...Abbado himself refused to comment). It is reported that Abbado and Grimaud re-convened with the orchestra to do the touch-ups, and that it wa...
by gfweis
Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on Budapest String Quartet Beethoven cycle.
Replies: 20
Views: 5728

Re: Opinions sought on Budapest String Quartet Beethoven cyc

Thanks to Sean I can report in detail, for those who are interested, that on amazon.co.uk, amazon seller harmonia_mundi is currently offering the United Archives box of cd transfers of the early 1950's Budapest SQ Carnegie Hall Beethoven string quartets (8 cds) for 21.75 pounds plus 3.08 pounds ship...
by gfweis
Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on Budapest String Quartet Beethoven cycle.
Replies: 20
Views: 5728

Re: Opinions sought on Budapest String Quartet Beethoven cyc

Sean, many thanks for this heads-up. I had not known about it and am about to act!

Greg
by gfweis
Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A sad note....
Replies: 40
Views: 11333

Re: A sad note....

Very sorry to hear about your loss, Heck. You have my deepest condolences.
by gfweis
Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philisophical question: "Why do you listen to the radio?"
Replies: 48
Views: 9839

Re: Philisophical question: "Why do you listen to the radio?"

Perhaps there is a participatory/communal dimension operating in listening to music on the radio that is absent in purely private listening. As with Lance, most of the classical music I listen to on the radio is heard in the car, where I think I am always at least faintly aware, as I listen, that I ...
by gfweis
Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Life before Gieseking. So tell me about Marcelle Meyer?
Replies: 7
Views: 2086

Re: Life before Gieseking. So tell me about Marcelle Meyer?

John, thanks very much for the link to the movement from the Marguerite Long Ravel concerto. I did not know about this recording, and was just captivated by it.
by gfweis
Sun Dec 26, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jiri Belohlavek To Czech Philharmonic
Replies: 8
Views: 1553

Re: Jiri Belohlavek To Czech Philharmonic

On the basis of several earlier recordings, but especially of Belohlavek's recording of Mozart's Symphonies 35 & 36 with the Prague Philharmonic (2005, Harmonia Mundi), which is astonishingly good, I'm delighted with this appointment.
by gfweis
Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best "First" symphonies
Replies: 69
Views: 21139

Re: Best "First" symphonies

Those three--Sibelius, Shostakovich, Walton---are surely good ones. I think I would say: Brahms, Mahler, Prokofiev. But your three would not be far behind (and the Sibelius would challenge the Prokofiev).
by gfweis
Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lemco's sizzling Simone Dinnerstein Bach review ...
Replies: 12
Views: 2868

Re: Lemco's sizzling Simone Dinnerstein Bach review ...

I have only heard her Beethoven Cello Sonatas. I thought that, although she and Bailey employ rather extreme rubato, the performances were utterly convincing, even captivating. On the basis of that recording, I would say she (and bailey) are superb musicians.
by gfweis
Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some great Eroicas
Replies: 55
Views: 15069

Re: Some great Eroicas

Thanks. That was just a slip. I meant to say ACO, not LSO.
by gfweis
Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some great Eroicas
Replies: 55
Views: 15069

Re: Some great Eroicas

I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I not only have trouble ranking the Eroica's I like best, but I even have trouble deciding whether I like the faster, propulsive approach, or the monumental approach. I quite appreciate the wonderfully paced '49 Toscanini and the Reiner, but they actually wouldn't b...
by gfweis
Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 12 Top-Rated Violinists ... your thoughts?
Replies: 17
Views: 1835

Re: 12 Top-Rated Violinists ... your thoughts?

Chalkperson wrote:How can you answer a list that contains Composers and that puts Menuhin at the top...
...and that leaves out Kogan.
by gfweis
Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on Budapest String Quartet Beethoven cycle.
Replies: 20
Views: 5728

Re: Opinions sought on Budapest String Quartet Beethoven cycle.

Justin, thanks for this information. France is not a place from which to obtain cds cheaply! I will keep my eye out for this set on ebay. I do not hold you responsible for being the bearer of news that is largely depressing! :cry:

Greg
by gfweis
Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on Budapest String Quartet Beethoven cycle.
Replies: 20
Views: 5728

Re: Opinions sought on Budapest String Quartet Beethoven cycle.

arthound has usefully shown us an image of the red cd box of the early '50's Budapest mono recordings. I have been able to learn that this box is catalogued as United Archives UAR 001.8. I cannot, however, find it anywhere currently for sale. Anyone know of a vendor? I would dearly love to get these.
by gfweis
Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best MAIL ORDER firm
Replies: 18
Views: 5479

Re: Best MAIL ORDER firm

I like mdt and use them frequently. They not only charge only .75 pounds per cd to ship to the U.S., but they often, maybe always, ship twofers for the same .75 pounds. My wife said just yesterday that she cannot believe that I can get a cd from the U.K. cheaper than I can from an amazon seller or o...
by gfweis
Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Beethoven's 7th Symphony
Replies: 37
Views: 4917

Re: Taking Stock: Beethoven's 7th Symphony

Did I miss it, or has no one yet mentioned the Munch/BSO? A great one. In this symphony I prefer what I think it is correct to call a "true" allegretto, i.e. not the slow movement that so many conductors turn it into. In addition to the Munch, I like best the Steinberg/PSO, the one that came out on ...
by gfweis
Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: EMI 3 Disk Berwald Set
Replies: 9
Views: 1780

Re: EMI 3 Disk Berwald Set

I recently acquired both the Goodman and the Kamu Berwald Symphonies 1-4 (the Goodman was surprisingly somewhat disappointing). As I had been very impressed by the online musical excerpts from Bjorlin's recordings of these symphonies, which seem to have wonderful pace (the relatively reverberant aco...
by gfweis
Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schuricht's Beethoven 9 Symphonies (EMI)?
Replies: 8
Views: 1713

Re: Schuricht's Beethoven 9 Symphonies (EMI)?

I'm a big fan of Schuricht, and I saw this Beethoven box for less than $30 on amazon in the past year. I did not pull the trigger. I still ask myself why.
by gfweis
Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphonies - Cluytens
Replies: 19
Views: 5176

Re: Beethoven Symphonies - Cluytens

Lance raises an interesting question: does the 2006 EMI Classics box "Les 9 Symphonies" (I think is the latest iteration of these recordings) consist of re-mastered cds relative to the circa 1997 Seraphim cds (which are the ones I, like Lance, have). Anyone know? I have the newer set you mentioned,...
by gfweis
Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphonies - Cluytens
Replies: 19
Views: 5176

Re: Beethoven Symphonies - Cluytens

Lance raises an interesting question: does the 2006 EMI Classics box "Les 9 Symphonies" (I think is the latest iteration of these recordings) consist of re-mastered cds relative to the circa 1997 Seraphim cds (which are the ones I, like Lance, have). Anyone know?
by gfweis
Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Symphonies - Cluytens
Replies: 19
Views: 5176

Re: Beethoven Symphonies - Cluytens

Just to second some remarks already made, especially by val and Holden Fourth, I think the set is absolutely worth getting. The orchestra plays superbly (it was very much still the orchestra Furtwangler built, as these were recorded not long after he died), and the conducting has good drive and pace...