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by maestrob
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG
Replies: 3
Views: 54

Re: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG

Haefliger did not make much of an impression with American audiences, as he confined his career mostly to Europe IIRC. As a teenager, I was blown away by his artistry in Bruno Walter's recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde: it's still my favorite recording of the work. I also have Haefliger's ...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4071
Views: 966256

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81208FAFYxL._SX522_.jpg Gianandrea Noseda is now the Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, and as such has taken on the project of recording Tchaikovsky's 3 late symphonies. This disc of Tchaikovsky IV and Ravel's orchestration ...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another "Messiah" by Sven-David Sandstrom
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Another "Messiah" by Sven-David Sandstrom

Well, Brian, it is, indeed, a small world. Johannsen has an extraordinary voice. I hope she does not confine herself, on recordings at least, to the older repertoire. Mozart, of course, is always great to have. Would you ever consider sharing those recordings you made (with her kind permission, too...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another "Messiah" by Sven-David Sandstrom
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Another "Messiah" by Sven-David Sandstrom

Well, well, it's indeed a small world, Lance. Robin Johannsen is a "graduate" of my competition: her first public appearance after graduation was in Carnegie Hall with me, singing Mozart's "Der holle Rache..." and Verdi's "Caro nome...". I remember her quite well: she was very easy to work with and ...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set
Replies: 16
Views: 268

Re: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set

Gieseking did indeed record the Beethoven Fifth Concerto in experimental stereo in 1945 in Berlin with Arthur(?) Rother conducting (If you listen carefully, you can hear the Russian artillery in the quieter moments of the first movement.). The sound is quite good (60-10,000cps), and the performance ...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richard Conrad, Briefly a Bel Canto Star, Dies at 84
Replies: 2
Views: 72

Re: Richard Conrad, Briefly a Bel Canto Star, Dies at 84

For the complete recital, with Marilyn Horne's contributions and other gems omitted from the single CD, this is the CD set to own, now sadly OOP.......

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by maestrob
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach Was a Musician’s Companion to Tragedy
Replies: 3
Views: 133

Re: Bach Was a Musician’s Companion to Tragedy

What a beautiful and horrifying life story! Thanks, Len, for alerting us to this deeply moving book. I have long admired her music-making, and this book belongs on my shelf, along with these CDs:

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by maestrob
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set
Replies: 16
Views: 268

Re: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set

Thanks for the review, Rach3. I may acquire this also, but later, as I've used up my CD allowance for October already! :roll:
by maestrob
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 10 Months of Classical Concerts You Won’t Want to Miss
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: 10 Months of Classical Concerts You Won’t Want to Miss

What a list! Thanks Len!

......and they say classical music is dying :!: :?:.
by maestrob
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set
Replies: 16
Views: 268

Re: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set

I have his Mendelssohn Concerti, and they are quite extraordinary. I'm not sure that I need another set of Beethoven, but I'm sure his readings will be very good and will listen.
by maestrob
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baroque Theatre Music: France (Lully and Rameau)
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: Baroque Theatre Music: France (Lully and Rameau)

Belle: Rameau/Bruggen in Suites from his four famous operas: recommended recording... https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71ex-zD0WFL._SX522_.jpg The Treatise on Harmony by Rameau is one of the most important books on Western music, and has been translated and made available by Dover Bo...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 4863

Re: Your changing musical tastes

For example, I would listen in an entirely different way to the Corigliano than I would Haydn. Having listened to some of the former composer's Clarinet concerto, I can hear strong jazz influences! Well, many influences actually. I find it certainly has more vitality (for me) than the Mozart Clarin...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 819
Views: 498465

Re: What I listened to today

Interesting repertoire for Steven Bishop. I've booked seats for us tomorrow. :)
by maestrob
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dolora Zajick to retire
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: Dolora Zajick to retire

We saw her quite a few times over the years including last season's Aida-enjoyed her alot. Len Dolora Zajcick has made few recordings, but has appeared in several MET telecasts, most notably in my mind as Azucena with an interpolated high C with conductor Armaliato roughly 10 years ago. I admire he...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 4863

Re: Your changing musical tastes

Thanks for the Weber, John. Here's my preferred version:

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by maestrob
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Will Save Classical Music
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: I Will Save Classical Music

he is in high demand everywhere Not here. Currentzis talks big, but I've sampled quite a few of the many clips on YouTube and heard nothing wonderful so far. Agreed. He can be highly erratic (Tchaikovsky VI) and/or undisciplined (Rite of Spring). His is an aggressive, uneven style that's not for me...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 4863

Re: Your changing musical tastes

For me, musical tastes haven't changed that much since about the age of 14 or thereabouts. I continue to be hugely interested in, particularly, the Romantic period, but Baroque and Classical are not far behind. Besides, they are constantly discovering music and composers from these periods. For exa...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Petrenko / Berlin Phil
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: Petrenko / Berlin Phil

Yes, an interesting review. I haven't heard Kirill Petrenko's conducting, so perhaps I shouldn't comment, but as described I would prefer his approach to Nelsons, whose Boston Symphony Shostakovich leaves me dissatisfied in the main.Nelsons also chose his wife to sing Wagner's Liebestod in a recent ...
by maestrob
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joseph Jongen's Symphonie Concertante live
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Re: Joseph Jongen's Symphonie Concertante live

I enjoy Joseph Jongen's solo piano works, but had not heard any of his larger scale works. His Symphonie Concertante, Op.81, for Organ and Orchestra a beauty, symphonic tone poem. I did a back to back hearing , here Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig under Louis Langree,Michael Schoenheit,orga...
by maestrob
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joseph Jongen's Symphonie Concertante live
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Re: Joseph Jongen's Symphonie Concertante live

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Have this and recommend it highly! :)
by maestrob
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4071
Views: 966256

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81wz8HAbN6L._SX522_.jpg This is one of the finest discs of Mendelssohn's music I have heard, featuring South African pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout with the Freiburger Barockorchester under Pablo Heras-Casado. As befitting the youthful nature of the m...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Igor Levit's new complete Beethoven sonatas
Replies: 12
Views: 421

Re: Pianist Igor Levit's new complete Beethoven sonatas

Brendel's first Beethoven sonata cycle, recorded for the cut-price Vox Box label in the early '60s when he was in his thirties, is praised by some but not particularly by me. The playing is accurate and intelligent but has nothing like the character of Brendel's later recorded and concert cycles, a...
by maestrob
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 4863

Re: Your changing musical tastes

Lovely, Len. Thanks for all the pictures. Wayne is where I grew up: it's barely 10 minutes away from Villanova (2 short stops on the train). So glad you got to visit the area!
by maestrob
Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chausson, Koechlin,Vierne works
Replies: 11
Views: 4252

Re: Chausson, Koechlin,Vierne works

John, thanks for the Chausson, a new piece for me. Lovely! You inspired me to buy this excellent CD, which updates my up to now favorite recording of the Bb Symphony by Munch, which dates to the 1960's:

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by maestrob
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Igor Levit's new complete Beethoven sonatas
Replies: 12
Views: 421

Re: Pianist Igor Levit's new complete Beethoven sonatas

Igor Levit is quite a mature artist IMHO, and the success of his 3 disc set including a very fine Diabelli Variations and Bach's Goldberg Variations bodes well for the release of his Beethoven Sonatas. FWIW, Brendel recorded the Beethoven Sonatas 3 times, and the middle one recorded for Philips labe...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 97 CDs of Zubin Mehta?
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: 97 CDs of Zubin Mehta?

I got a look at the contents on jpc, which may not be complete (it doesn't seem that the listing that they have is enough to fill 96 CDs and 1 DVD). For one thing, it does not include the Richard Strauss Mehta recordings already re-released in a Sony box set, which I already have, and which is some...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 4863

Re: Your changing musical tastes

Belle is that the villanova in Pa-we're down here in that area for garden viewing-both yesterday at private gardens and again today for a public garden-great weather! We've been staying in wilmington delaware and king of prussia, Pa. Villanova has a nice garden too if I recall. Len https://www.goog...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Secret of Verdi’s ‘Otello’ and ‘Falstaff’? His Publisher
Replies: 9
Views: 337

Re: The Secret of Verdi’s ‘Otello’ and ‘Falstaff’? His Publisher

Besides Mefistofele, Boito wrote Nerone, which was performed here in Carnegie Hall and released commercially by Hungaratron on CD in 1996, if memory serves me correctly. Boito couldn't hold a candle to Verdi as a composer, but his libretti for Otello and Falstaff are very fine, IMHO. Here's the Nero...
by maestrob
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 4863

Re: Your changing musical tastes

Also, maestrob, for what it's worth - Carlos Kleiber was largely 'self taught' too!! Thanks, Belle! For the record, I graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Modern Languages and a double major (Education/French, with Russian as my minor) before moving to Manhattan in 1973. This means ...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fabio Luisi / Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Replies: 15
Views: 545

Re: Fabio Luisi / Dallas Symphony Orchestra

I liked Luisi's conducting while he was at the MET, and the Dallas Symphony is indeed a fine orchestra. I particularly resonate with Luisi's dictum: "Never go beyond beautiful." That makes sense to me. 8)
by maestrob
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dallas Opera Cancels Gala Starring Plácido Domingo
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Re: Dallas Opera Cancels Gala Starring Plácido Domingo

Good riddance. MHO: It's about time this happened.
by maestrob
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 4863

Re: Your changing musical tastes

With that kind of musical pedigree I'm sure you're justifiably proud, together with your wife. What an honour to have even enrolled at Juilliard, let alone to have graduated - and then some. I'm more than impressed. Some people talk the talk but others, like yourself, walk the walk!! Those are big ...
by maestrob
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 4863

Re: Your changing musical tastes

To get back to the original topic: I used to fall in love with whatever music I was working on (when I was performing), whether it was studying the role of Scarpia in Tosca at Juilliard in class with Vincent La Selva, performing the Bach B Minor Mass in Carnegie Hall with David Randolph, or reading...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 4863

Re: Your changing musical tastes

To get back to the original topic: I used to fall in love with whatever music I was working on (when I was performing), whether it was studying the role of Scarpia in Tosca at Juilliard in class with Vincent La Selva, performing the Bach B Minor Mass in Carnegie Hall with David Randolph, or reading ...
by maestrob
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 97 CDs of Zubin Mehta?
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: 97 CDs of Zubin Mehta?

You said it for me, John. Mehta's early years produced some very fine recordings in Los Angeles, and his Tosca with Leontyne Price remains a touchstone of sensitivity to the singers' needs. There is also an excellent Mahler II with Vienna that I like. His conducting today is very odd in spots: I don...
by maestrob
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: To save opera, we have to let it die
Replies: 6
Views: 336

Re: To save opera, we have to let it die

It should be noted that titles of articles in the Post are written by the editor in order to attract eyeballs, rather than by the author of the piece. It is indeed a bland presentation, juiced up by the editor, no more. :mrgreen: Even so, the title of this article is an accurate precis of its conte...
by maestrob
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4071
Views: 966256

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81OVAFWgDAL._SX522_.jpg Andriss Nelsons has firmly established himself as the conductor of the moment, especially in regard to Shostakovich. This new release of Symphonies VI & VII has received accolades from critics, and is rated currently with 5 st...
by maestrob
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: To save opera, we have to let it die
Replies: 6
Views: 336

Re: To save opera, we have to let it die

It should be noted that titles of articles in the Post are written by the editor in order to attract eyeballs, rather than by the author of the piece. It is indeed a bland presentation, juiced up by the editor, no more. :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gabetta/Chamayou recital
Replies: 5
Views: 670

Re: Gabetta/Chamayou recital

Excellent concert: the second half with cellist Gabetta in particular. Bertrand Chamayou is a pianist I now follow, with excellent results. He's got technique to burn (notably in the Ravel), and his collaborative style in both the Debussy and Britten sonatas brought those pieces to life for me. Been...
by maestrob
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!
Replies: 17
Views: 1441

Re: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!

Philip..... What a terrific line-up of artists you know/have presented! I'm delighted to meet you and to have you aboard. I'm sure you will post many fine examples of music here, along with intelligent observations. When & if you manage to travel to NY again, I'm sure we would be happy to host a din...
by maestrob
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 13 strange deaths of composers ...
Replies: 16
Views: 712

Re: 13 strange deaths of composers ...

This link comes courtesy of Australia's LIMELIGHT. https://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/the-13-strangest-composer-deaths-in-classical-music/ Fascinating, Lance, if rather morbid. I didn't know about the bicycle accident: what a terrible way to go (also Lully with his foot injury lingering ...
by maestrob
Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stephanie Blythe Will Be There But Not Me
Replies: 2
Views: 259

Re: Stephanie Blythe Will Be There But Not Me

It looks like the participants see the point of all this. I don't.
by maestrob
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!
Replies: 17
Views: 1441

Re: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!

Thanks for the welcome. Just please all avoid the Brexit word! Hello, Philip. :) We don't discuss politics here in the chatterbox. For the record, politics is reserved for the Pub, which most of us avoid, so you are welcome to do the same. Please tell us about yourself, as much as you'd like to rev...
by maestrob
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Berlin Philharmonic’s Anti-Anti-Maestro
Replies: 17
Views: 1685

Re: The Berlin Philharmonic’s Anti-Anti-Maestro

I wonder if conductors have as much control as they once did. In the famous account of Beethoven's triple concerto with Karajan and the BPO I've heard that Richter and, I think, Oistrakh, hated it and wanted it not be issued, but Karajan overruled. This is from memory - no doubt others can be more ...
by maestrob
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann's symphony number 2
Replies: 24
Views: 2338

Re: Schumann's symphony number 2

Just finished listening to Harding's Schumann II. What an eexcellent performance! Thanks for posting! Harding definitely has good instincts with regard to romantic music, IMHO. I have the CD below with Harding leading the Vienna Philharmonic with Renaud Capucon in the Brahms Violin Concerto (also th...
by maestrob
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz: "Come Back" Edition!
Replies: 12
Views: 1324

Re: Horowitz: "Come Back" Edition!

There is some new material and recitals that are not in the other extraordinary box, all recorded at Carnegie Hall. The book, in size, is about 11" by 11" so it should fit on a shelf that will accommodate that height and depth. It should also be said that, if Horowitz was still amongst us, he proba...
by maestrob
Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann's symphony number 2
Replies: 24
Views: 2338

Re: Schumann's symphony number 2

The finest Schumann 2 I have heard is Daniel Harding with LSO. Sadly not on YouTube but try this - especially movements 2 and 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1zwc59c7b4 Hello, Philip, and welcome. :) I just tried to access the link you posted with Google Chrome, but the video didn't play. I'll t...
by maestrob
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz: "Come Back" Edition!
Replies: 12
Views: 1324

Re: Horowitz: "Come Back" Edition!

Horowitz in his later years became a miniaturist, preferring to concentrate on shorter pieces with depth and colors that no other pianist could muster then or now. One of the best examples of this, IMHO, is his emotional return to Russia (Moscow) in 1987 just before the demise of the communist syste...
by maestrob
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Berlin Philharmonic’s Anti-Anti-Maestro
Replies: 17
Views: 1685

Re: The Berlin Philharmonic’s Anti-Anti-Maestro

Bernstein's Beethoven IX at the Berlin Wall was definitely old-style, slow and heavy. Tastes have changed since then, and Petrenko probably reflects this in his interpretation. I like his work ethic: he'll have to learn a great deal of repertoire, and I admire that. As for commercial recordings, I h...
by maestrob
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz: "Come Back" Edition!
Replies: 12
Views: 1324

Re: Horowitz: "Come Back" Edition!

Well, I surely cannot get enough of Horowitz either, that's for sure! In fact, I have the Carnegie Hall set of his complete recordings made in that glorious hall, and wonder if this Sony set is merely duplication, or is there some new material that was not included in the original box? I surely woul...