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by maestrob
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Interesting WQXR article on Bach's "Goldberg" Variations
Replies: 1
Views: 9

Re: Interesting WQXR article on Bach's "Goldberg" Variations

https://www.wqxr.org/story/bachs-goldberg-variations-loopholes/ Thanks, Rach3. I enjoyed that. I had forgotten about the time difference between Glen Gould's two versions. These days, I'm finding much enjoyment in Beatrice Rana's recent recording. She bubbles over with youth and vigor, yet plays wi...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4192
Views: 1417970

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/713Hvi9GtbL._SX522_.jpg Conductor/composer Paul Kletzki's wide-ranging musical career has been the stuff of legend among musicians and record collectors. Not much has been available outside the British Isles for us to cherish, but now that gap has be...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Star Anna Netrebko Is Hospitalized With Covid-19
Replies: 2
Views: 46

Re: Opera Star Anna Netrebko Is Hospitalized With Covid-19

david johnson wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:34 am
May God bless her with quick healing.
Amen!

She was scheduled to sing in a MET online broadcast in early October. It would be really sad if she misses that. Leave it to Putin to screw things up! I hope he doesn't insist that she should take his new vaccine! :twisted:
by maestrob
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: From George Eliot to Neo-Nazi Skinheads: The Chaotic Cult of Richard Wagner
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: From George Eliot to Neo-Nazi Skinheads: The Chaotic Cult of Richard Wagner

Ever since the publication of The Rest is Noise, I have admired the writing of Alex Ross.

Must get this!

Thanks, Len! :)
by maestrob
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A 639-year-long piece by John Cage
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: A 639-year-long piece by John Cage

Danny wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:59 pm
Does anyone have a recording of this work? :lol: :lol:
:D Not yet!
by maestrob
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kopatchinskaja's new Vivaldi cd
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Kopatchinskaja's new Vivaldi cd

Rach3 wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:54 am
Interesting, same orchestra, conductor, on the Bartoli dvd as on the Kopatchinskaja cd.
Well, that's a plus for Kopatchinskaja for sure! :)
by maestrob
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joyce DiDonato MET Concert in Bochum Germany
Replies: 0
Views: 35

Joyce DiDonato MET Concert in Bochum Germany

Has anyone else here watched this online broadcast? It's available until September 25 (next Friday) for $20 at metopera.org, and features Il pomo d'oro as well as an excellent pianist. This event moved me deeply. She is such a great artist IMHO, and at the height of her powers right now. There is a ...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anthony McGill, ‘Citizen Musician,’ Wins $100,000 Award
Replies: 4
Views: 58

Re: Anthony McGill, ‘Citizen Musician,’ Wins $100,000 Award

Magnificent! McGill certainly deserves this. He's an excellent musician, and a model citizen and activist as well. Brian I had never heard of him but that clip of him with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Gabriela Montero at Obama's inauguration was great! Regards, Len I remember watching that, and it ...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anthony McGill, ‘Citizen Musician,’ Wins $100,000 Award
Replies: 4
Views: 58

Re: Anthony McGill, ‘Citizen Musician,’ Wins $100,000 Award

Magnificent! McGill certainly deserves this. He's an excellent musician, and a model citizen and activist as well.
by maestrob
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kopatchinskaja's new Vivaldi cd
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Kopatchinskaja's new Vivaldi cd

A little Vivaldi goes a long way with me, so I heard just the first 2 concertos. How true that is. I feel Vivaldi wrote the same work 600 times; they are all interchangeable. I don't mind if I never hear the Four Seasons again. I like the violinist, though. Yes, well, as far as Vivaldi's instrument...
by maestrob
Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Violinist Lost His Seat and His Job. He Blames China
Replies: 2
Views: 111

Re: A Violinist Lost His Seat and His Job. He Blames China

Agreed, Barney! Now the CCP is using cancel culture tactics to destroy people's lives because of alleged slights. Wow!
by maestrob
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4192
Views: 1417970

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71xKE7%2B%2BECL._SX522_.jpg This two-disc set of live Rachmaninoff led by Paavo Jarvi with the Orchestre de Paris provides an intriguing contrast with Neeme Jarvi's superb recordings of the major pieces included here, the Third Symphony and the Symph...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4192
Views: 1417970

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71%2Bi0pdn6FL._SX522_.jpg This remarkable recital by Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexandre Tharaud, recorded and released just months before Covid-19 shut down most musical activities, contains much remarkable music-making, featuringvirtuoso pieces that ...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musicians on How to Bring Racial Equity to Auditions
Replies: 1
Views: 62

Re: Musicians on How to Bring Racial Equity to Auditions

Good morning, Len! Really fine comments in this article. People have given this a lot of thought. I was particularly informed by the comments from the four Black musicians in the MET orchestra. Leonard Slatkin's admission that he has not hired even one Black musician during his career was especially...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1039
Views: 854875

Re: What I listened to today

Pianist Claire Huangchi live in Sweden in Jan., 2020. An exhilarating recital by a pianist I follow, and who continues to mature.My fav Schubert piano sonata , rare chance ( in my experience) to hear the solo piano versions of the Brahms live.I’ll defer to the Scarlatti experts here ; torrential Ra...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An Operatic Innovator Takes On Detroit
Replies: 2
Views: 97

Re: An Operatic Innovator Takes On Detroit

Interesting read, Len, thanks! He sounds a bit far out for my taste, however. Thinking of the Ring in terms of Black Lives Matter? I don't get it! :oops:
by maestrob
Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1039
Views: 854875

Re: What I listened to today

Thanks Rach3 for those two recitals, which I will get to soon! Been listening today to excerpts from the Rubinstein Box, many of which can be found now on amazon for free listening. Beethoven, Brahms Trios & Sonatas, as well as some Schubert, all excellent. Also, I've been exploring the music of Cha...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertoes played by Richter
Replies: 23
Views: 300

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

I didn't know that Gould/Bernstein story. It almost beggars belief, a conductor coming on stage before a concert and disavowing the soloist and the performance. But at least Bernstein did let Gould determine the tempi. Rubinstein/Reiner story is fascinating too. I am sure it happens more often than...
by maestrob
Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertoes played by Richter
Replies: 23
Views: 300

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

I didn't know that Gould/Bernstein story. It almost beggars belief, a conductor coming on stage before a concert and disavowing the soloist and the performance. But at least Bernstein did let Gould determine the tempi. Rubinstein/Reiner story is fascinating too. I am sure it happens more often than...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4192
Views: 1417970

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71Q%2B%2B64dSaL._SX522_.jpg In this, her latest CD, Nicola Benedetti's youthful and passionate playing in Elgar's Violin Concerto rivals that of Yehudi Menuhin's classic recording made with the composer when he was only 16 years old. Benedetti and Ju...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love the Violin
Replies: 5
Views: 114

Re: 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love the Violin

Happy Labor Day weekend to both you and Sue! :D Brian thanks-same to you and Teresa-are you finding NYC getting any easier for you with regard to Corona? Regards, Len Good morning, Len! Actualy, we're living the same way we were six months ago, still wearing masks when we go out, still having every...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4192
Views: 1417970

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91eD43tJtjL._SX522_.jpg Although I haven't heard this entire box yet, I am certainly a follower of Isabelle Faust, Jean Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov. I have heard the Beethoven Violin Sonatas, and can safely attest that there is much exquisi...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love the Violin
Replies: 5
Views: 114

Re: 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love the Violin

Yes, Len, I've been meaning to get to this article, and your post is a welcome reminder. Of course many of the works listed are familiar territory, but I look forward to the others. As to choices, I'm surprised that Dvorak's early Romance isn't mentioned, along with the second movement of Prokofiev'...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 24
Views: 629

Re: Haitink documentary

Yes, such rituals are very affirming. I think my favourite religious work is Messiah because it is so exquisite yet so accessible, though the St Matthew Passion and Mass in B minor are possibly greater musical achievements. This will (probably) be the first time in years that I have not attended a ...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertoes played by Richter
Replies: 23
Views: 300

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

Thanks Rach3 for the book excerpt. Can you please clarify when that interview took place? Others are probably more knowledgable, and I may err, but it appears Richter himself kept his own notebooks from about 1970 to 1995.He then worked with Monsaingeon from about 1995 until Richter's death in 1997...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertoes played by Richter
Replies: 23
Views: 300

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

This is, after all, a "chatterbox" so it should be a place people can let their hair down and not take themselves or others too seriously. In that it is distinct from writing a review, but even Amazon and listener reviews in general should be much more in the line of a personal response than trying...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertoes played by Richter
Replies: 23
Views: 300

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

Yes, John Francis was himself a critic, and he took the issue of integrity in what is written and said about music and musicians very seriously, as do I. I'm extremely grateful for my life in music, both as a performer and a student of music performance, from choral singing in my twenties in Carnegi...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New BIS releases
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: New BIS releases

You will enjoy this wide ranging interview with Frank Peter Zimmerman, I think. He talks about the masters and how they influenced him as a child, about performance approaches to the Beethoven VC, which he has played 300 times, and sundry other matters that are all interesting. He mentions the Beet...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1039
Views: 854875

Re: What I listened to today

Thanks, Mark! I always enjoy your discoveries in contemporary music, and will check this out soon. Happy Labor Day weekend to you!. :D
by maestrob
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertoes played by Richter
Replies: 23
Views: 300

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

Interesting comments about the Richter/Oistrakh/Rostropovich/HvK Beethoven Triple Concerto.Frankly, I've loved that recording ... I remembered the name of the critic. He's not obscure, but sometimes it's embarrassing what I can't bring to mind. https://slippedisc.com/2020/01/a-beethoven-a-day-troub...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New acquisition: Andor Foldes, pianist (complete DGG)
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: New acquisition: Andor Foldes, pianist (complete DGG)

Fascinating! I guess he wasn't much promoted here in the USA, as I've not heard of him either. What a tragedy: killed by a fall! That happened to my voice teacher, who was in otherwise great health, but suddenly began suffering bouts of dizziness. One day, he got up too quickly and......just toppled...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertoes played by Richter
Replies: 23
Views: 300

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

Interesting comments about the Richter/Oistrakh/Rostropovich/HvK Beethoven Triple Concerto.Frankly, I've loved that recording since I first heard it as a teenager, along with the Brahms Double Concerto recorded around the same time. I remember Richter was unhappy, but about what, I'm not sure. Was i...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 24
Views: 629

Re: Haitink documentary

Good morning, gents, and a Happy Labor Day Weekend to you both! Just to clarify, when I spend time with the complete Bach Cantatas, I work them in with other titles from different centuries, so no more than one or two Bach discs a day, thus my ears don't get tired. Remember that I'm trained also in ...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New BIS releases
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: New BIS releases

FYI. I have heard neither, but find all the artists usually excellent. Alexandre Kantorow plays Brahms, Bartók & Liszt BIS-2380 | SACD EAN 7318599923802 TT: 66'28 The winner of the 2019 Tchaikovsky competition in recital Johannes Brahms: Rhapsody No.1 in B minor, Op.79 No.1; Piano Sonata No 2 in F ...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fritz Werner: Bach Cantata Box
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: Fritz Werner: Bach Cantata Box

Bach/Sacred Cantatas/Werner/SW German Chamber Orchestra - I picked up the Bach Sacred Cantata box (Erato) from Arkivmusic for $20.00 on sale. I had been considering this type of purchase, but was thinking of the more expensive versions. Since I had none of these works this seemed the way to go. The...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1039
Views: 854875

Re: What I listened to today

Listened today to the Piano Concertos Nos.1 and 2, and Cello Concerto, of Marie Jaell ( 1846-1925 ), a virtuoso pianist , friend of Saint-Saens, and composer previously unknown to me, interested because her life will be discussed , and many of her works played, on next week’s 5 - part “Composer of ...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4192
Views: 1417970

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81qKedFnQBL._SS500_.jpg Schubert led a tragically short life, but he produced a massive output of great music, from songs to symphonies. The above album cover is not actually for a CD set, but a release by the Bach Guild I've just discovered on American Amazon th...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 24
Views: 629

Re: Haitink documentary

Yes, and conductors like the much-admired Labadie in Bach play far too fast for my liking. The music is strangled, and where there are singers they often can't really articulate. He wouldn't have to slow down a lot to let the music breathe just a little and still keep the excitement he wants. I rem...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1039
Views: 854875

Re: What I listened to today

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71DGX078N7L._SX425_.jpg Soulful music; soulful playing. Includes the justly popular Rachmaninoff sonata, but also less familiar works by Miaskovsky, Schnittke and others. Highly recommended. Just finished hearing this on amazon. What a lovely disc, H...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met Opera’s Newest Star Returns, on the Small Screen
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: The Met Opera’s Newest Star Returns, on the Small Screen

Finally got the chance to watch/hear Lise Davidsen's online recital yesterday. Wanted to think about it overnight before I posted comments, and a friend asked me by email this morning what were my thoughts, so here goes: I thought the whole event was quite worthy of the MET. Also, she is very sweet,...
by maestrob
Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New cd pianist Nino Gvetadze
Replies: 4
Views: 130

Re: New cd pianist Nino Gvetadze

A new all - Schumann solo piano cd by the pianist, complete cd here for free listening. My first hearing of this pianist. Arabesque,Kinderscenen,Kreisleriana,encores. I heard only the Arabesque, “Prophet Bird”, and last 2 sections of Kinderscenen.Challenge Classics label. Brief bio : https://en.wik...
by maestrob
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Columbia Artists Management Inc, rep for legendary artists, to shut down
Replies: 4
Views: 157

Re: Columbia Artists Management Inc, rep for legendary artists, to shut down

I respectfully disagree. This is probably the best thing that happened to classical music since the introduction of recording. Orchestras and other presenting organizations have been financially strapped by their seeming need to pay “superstars” managed by agencies such as CAMI excessively large am...
by maestrob
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: With a Pickup Truck and an Open Mind, the Philharmonic Returns
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: With a Pickup Truck and an Open Mind, the Philharmonic Returns

Good morning, Len!

What a fine article! So encouraging! What took them so long!

:D
by maestrob
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 24
Views: 629

Re: Haitink documentary

During my training at Juilliard, my Maestro, Vincent La Selva, continuously stressed that "Faster is not necessarily more exciting!" It's true. Excitement and the electricity of the finest performances come from the commitment and passion of the musicians involved. Many conductors make this mistake...
by maestrob
Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Columbia Artists Management Inc, rep for legendary artists, to shut down
Replies: 4
Views: 157

Re: Columbia Artists Management Inc, rep for legendary artists. to shut down

Wow! That's tragic. Columbia Artists owns a building just across from Carnegie Hall on West 57th Street in Manhattan that contains a small auditorium (CAMI Hall) used for both public programs and auditions by all the major agents in the NY area. Opera companies from around the world used to hold aud...
by maestrob
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4192
Views: 1417970

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91pRyVXqZ7L._SX522_.jpg Vasily Petrenko has recently taken to recording the works of Edward Elgar with his Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and the results have been as well-received as his excellent cycle of Shostakovich Symphonies. This late...
by maestrob
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 24
Views: 629

Re: Haitink documentary

OK, Henry! So, I will definitely seek out Haitink's early Brahms from the 1970's. I should mention that his recording of the Brahms Piano Concerto II with Brendel is quite good (Phillips), so that gives me some hope! It just doesn't inspire me the way Richter/Leinsdorf does. You can hear it on amazo...
by maestrob
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vincent La Selva Verdi Overtures CD
Replies: 2
Views: 252

Re: Vincent La Selva Verdi Overtures CD

Just in case you haven't heard, noted Verdi interpreter Vincent La Selva's disc of the complete Verdi Oyertures, his only commercial recording, is now available for free listening on American amazon to Prime Members. Brian thanks-I happen to have Amazon Prime. Regards, Len Enjoy! I should clarify t...
by maestrob
Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vincent La Selva Verdi Overtures CD
Replies: 2
Views: 252

Vincent La Selva Verdi Overtures CD

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51FhGhFRafL.jpg Just in case you haven't heard, noted Verdi interpreter Vincent La Selva's disc of the complete Verdi Oyertures, his only commercial recording, is now available for free listening on American amazon to Prime Members. This recording fe...
by maestrob
Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haitink documentary
Replies: 24
Views: 629

Re: Haitink documentary

I see conductors as bringing different strengths to the repertoire. Some, like Haitink, are structuralists and they are bent on bringing the utmost in musicality out of the score itself. There's a desire to understand the composer's intent, although knowing when to bend that is important.Then there...