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by maestrob
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang plays LvB PC # 2 live
Replies: 1
Views: 38

Re: Lang Lang plays LvB PC # 2 live

Lang Lang plays LvB PC # 2 with RCO under Paavo Jarvi ,at Concertgebouw Nov.8,2019: https://www.nporadio4.nl/concerten/9326-lang-lang-speelt-beethoven Apparently still recovering (? ). For me, the highlight of the work is the slow mov. I thought LL acquitted himself well throughout. Agreed. Also en...
by maestrob
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Akhnaten’ Puts You on Philip Glass Time
Replies: 1
Views: 63

Re: Akhnaten’ Puts You on Philip Glass Time

Hi Len.

Apparently the Times has printed quite a lot about this topic recently. Please let us know about your impressions.
by maestrob
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4092
Views: 1070573

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/7194P9pF5AL._SX522_.jpg Brazilian composer Alberto Nepomuceno (1864-1920) was a prolific and passionate advocate for new music in his day, including the 12-tone system of Schoenberg, Berg, et al. Don't let that reputation put you off. The contents of...
by maestrob
Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Aidan Mikdad live
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Re: Pianist Aidan Mikdad live

Quite an interesting program. This is on my listening schedule for the coming week. Thanks for posting!
by maestrob
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Lukas Vondracek,live 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: Pianist Lukas Vondracek,live 2017

Just finished listening to Vondracek's recital in full. I must admit to being impressed with his Novacek, the Brahms I and his encores, not so much by his erratic tempo choices in the slow movement of Brahms III. He has a CD that I may acquire. Thanks for sharing this interesting artist. I note in p...
by maestrob
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Raymond Lewenthal Set Arrived Today!
Replies: 16
Views: 838

Re: Raymond Lewenthal Set Arrived Today!

Grieg brought his piano concerto to Liszt who proceeded to play it at sght, solo and orchestral parts, to Grieg's amazement. Did any other musician have this extraordinary ability?. Interesting question, John. Making music of what one sight-reads is a miraculous talent. Being able to read an orches...
by maestrob
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Body Wax and Karate Chops: How to Stage a Philip Glass Opera
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Re: Body Wax and Karate Chops: How to Stage a Philip Glass Opera

The music of Phillip Glass has always mesmerized me for some reason. The composer wrote a song cycle for Iris Hiskey's debut recital: she was also a friend and my wife's voice teacher at the time, and I am privileged to have a recording of that recital on reel=to-reel tape. The songs have never been...
by maestrob
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LPs are now outsellng CDs
Replies: 7
Views: 224

Re: LPs are now outsellng CDs

As usual, the article is entirely about non-classical recordings, which is where the money is. My guess would be that streaming services such as Spotify and YouTube get far more play in the classical repertoire than CDs, which in turn are likely to top LPs. Your guess may be right, but it's not tru...
by maestrob
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter at home, ca.1957
Replies: 5
Views: 186

Re: Richter at home, ca.1957

Extraordinary. He actually outdoes Rachmaninoff in the polonaise. Except for the false start in the Schubert, these don't sound like "rehearsals" but fully realized performances. On what occasion? What you said, John & Lance. Richter's greatness shines through the murk and the mis-tuned piano. Than...
by maestrob
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LPs are now outsellng CDs
Replies: 7
Views: 224

Re: LPs are now outsellng CDs

Who would have thought? Are we a retrograde society or what? :mrgreen: I agree that LPs were the ideal format for reading about the music contained therein, but I was never comfortable with Snap, Crackle and Pop as part of my musical experience. That young people are willing to compromise their list...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4092
Views: 1070573

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61Spd85MYHL._SX522_.jpg Ivan Fischer's new Mahler VII is quite good, on a par with his IV. This problematic symphony offers many puzzles to solve, not least of which is the opening tempo, along with a problem bar in the Scherzo where the cymbal crash...
by maestrob
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Schubert "Winterreise" cd
Replies: 20
Views: 454

Re: New Schubert "Winterreise" cd

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:03 am
Not my cup of tea, but assume would be for many here, Peter Mattei,baritone,Lars David Nilsson, pianist,BIS SACD ,complete cd here to listen free for awhile:

https://www.nporadio4.nl/cds/peter-matt ... interreise
Thanks Rach3 for this. It's on my playlist for this week.
by maestrob
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravel's Sonata for Cello and Violin
Replies: 1
Views: 229

Re: Ravel's Sonata for Cello and Violin

Tried these obscure pieces, but MHO is that they deserve to stay in obscurity. :wink:
by maestrob
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: At the Philharmonic, a Major Return Played Safe
Replies: 1
Views: 208

Re: At the Philharmonic, a Major Return Played Safe

My guess is that Maestro Jordan didn't have much time to spare for rehearsal for this program. It would have been good to hear him lead a Honegger symphony, for example, but that would have taken more time to prepare.
by maestrob
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler, Distilled by Classical Music’s Greatest Duo
Replies: 4
Views: 329

Re: Mahler, Distilled by Classical Music’s Greatest Duo

This is some of my favorite repertoire. Mahler knew how to write for the voice, challenging the vocalist to new heights that demand ultimate technical skills as well as an unerring ability to convey drama. Fischer-Dieskau, Janet Baker and Mildred Miller (Bruno Walter's favored mezzo during the 1960'...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does anyone know how to pronounce ...
Replies: 5
Views: 380

Re: Does anyone know how to pronounce ...

pianissimo wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:24 pm
The Surname, Futral, is pronounced like fewtral , Futral.
Accent on the first syllable. Her preference, according to a TV interview I saw.
by maestrob
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caught in U.S.-China Crossfire, Eastman Orchestra Cancels Tour
Replies: 8
Views: 509

Re: Caught in U.S.-China Crossfire, Eastman Orchestra Cancels Tour

Good on the school. China is always pushing its weight around these days. For a while it seemed it would join the civilised group of nations. But its treatment of Tibet, of Uighurs, of Falun Gong, of Christians, its organ harvesting, its 1984-style facial recognition technology and its social credi...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A radio tribute to James Levine?
Replies: 16
Views: 910

Re: A radio tribute to James Levine?

Very interesting responses here. MHO is that it's too soon to do this. Sure, Levine remade the MET orchestra & chorus from a scrappy ensemble sound to world-class: there's no denying it. Those of us "in the business" know this. But I personally feel it's too soon to praise Levine publicly, after all...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4092
Views: 1070573

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81G4VSYJ47L._SX522_.jpg Chausson's perfect Symphonie is given a fine outing here by the Orchestre National de Lille , led by their new music director Alexandre Bloch. Bloch takes a broader approach to the symphony than is usual, reveling in the sound...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Today's HD Manon Rockaway NJ Mall
Replies: 6
Views: 598

Re: Today's HD Manon Rockaway NJ Mall

lennygoran wrote:
Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:57 pm
maestrob wrote:
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:49 am
Co you remember who was the conductor?
Brian yes-Maurizio Benini. Regards, Len
Hmmm.....never heard of him. I'll let you know what I think of him when I hear the telecast.
by maestrob
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Today's HD Manon Rockaway NJ Mall
Replies: 6
Views: 598

Re: Today's HD Manon Rockaway NJ Mall

in Ithaca, NY. Theater was fairly well filled. Lance interesting-our theater had pretty sparse attendance. Regards, Len That's sad about the attendance, Len. Manon is one of my favorite operas, but it's not a crowd-pleaser like Puccini and Verdi. I would have thought that with all the publicity sur...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Raymond Lewenthal Set Arrived Today!
Replies: 16
Views: 838

Re: Raymond Lewenthal Set Arrived Today!

Thank you, Lance, as always, for keeping us informed. This is a must-buy for me!
by maestrob
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debunking Domingo
Replies: 16
Views: 1125

Re: Debunking Domingo

IMHO this is a human problem, not a political one. I find it interesting that a conservative woman is standing up for Domingo, but her politics are irrelevant to the issue. What this IS about, is the current transformation of relations between men and women, where Domingo's "old school" macho behavi...
by maestrob
Sat Oct 26, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met’s Herculean Task: 4 Operas in 48 Hours
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Re: The Met’s Herculean Task: 4 Operas in 48 Hours

Indeed, a mammoth undertaking! I've been wondering about the Sunday matinees, and whether having them is improving the MET box office take.

One thing's for sure, the MET people do work hard, and they earn their money.

Thanks Len. Very informative.
by maestrob
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: World Opera Day
Replies: 2
Views: 307

Re: World Opera Day

Great idea! Thanks, Len.
by maestrob
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Händel "The Messiah"
Replies: 9
Views: 661

Re: Händel "The Messiah"

Handel's Messiah is, I think, my #1 oratorio, having sung it approximately 50 times in Philharmonic/Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall with David Randolph. Randolph had a special way with the music in the 1970's when HIP was first getting started. He would double-dot the eighth notes, turning them ...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vale Raymond Leppard
Replies: 8
Views: 933

Re: Vale Raymond Leppard

That's an interesting cover, Brian. Not only did they not think highly enough of Leppard to name him there, or the orchestra, they did not think enough of themselves. Unusual for there to be no mention of the label! Yep, I noticed that too. It's the National Symphony, recorded by Columbia Records o...
by maestrob
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Henningmusick
Replies: 547
Views: 161056

Re: Henningmusick

karlhenning wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:46 pm
Hello, all.
Hello, Karl. :)

Nice to have you back with us. Hope you're doing well! Your presence here is valued. You have been missed.
by maestrob
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vale Raymond Leppard
Replies: 8
Views: 933

Re: Vale Raymond Leppard

Oh my, another great musician passes. Very sad indeed. Leppard seemed to fade from view during the past 15 or so years. I didn't know he was still with us. Most of what I had by him was on vinyl, but note that he was the conductor of Wynton Marsalis's debut as a classical artist, very well thought o...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debunking Domingo
Replies: 16
Views: 1125

Re: Debunking Domingo

It is a grotesque inversion of the proper hierarchy between public accomplishment and private sexual behavior to sacrifice an artist of Domingo’s stature for the sake of 20 disgruntled bit players,... Hmmmm....... So, just because they are "bit players," certain women are not entitled to respect? A...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Badura-Skoda: Schubert Trios on Gramola
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Re: Badura-Skoda: Schubert Trios on Gramola

Thanks for the alert, Lance. I have just opened the DGG box and will search out the Schubert trios. I must say, Badura-Skoda's Schubert Sonatas rival those of Kempff and Brendel:

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by maestrob
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why Barenboim is the Ring master of our age
Replies: 7
Views: 686

Re: Why Barenboim is the Ring master of our age

Am I the only one who finds Barenboim boring?....... In opera or in symphonic repertoire? MHO is that his middle period in Chicago was occasionally uneven, but within the past 10 years or so he's become more disciplined. His Bruckner with the Staatskapelle Berlin (on DVD) is outstanding, as is his ...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Margaret Price, soprano: Recital on Eloquence (2-CDs)
Replies: 2
Views: 408

Re: Margaret Price, soprano: Recital on Eloquence (2-CDs)

Thank you Lance, that's a must-buy for me. I first heard Price in the role of Amelia led by Solti in her London/Decca recording of Verdi's Ballo in Maschera. She was also an outstanding Mozart singer, the voice centered and pure throughout all the pyrotechnics of whatever aria. Her lieder are non-pa...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4092
Views: 1070573

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71KgTU6K4mL._SX522_.jpg This deeply fulfilling two-disc set of Handel's Italian Cantatas features electrifying conducting by Emmanuelle Haim leading Le Concert d'Astree coupled with stunning singing by Sabine Devieilhe and Lea Dasandre. Both singers ...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christopher Rouse Leaves a Haunting Final Symphony
Replies: 2
Views: 396

Re: Christopher Rouse Leaves a Haunting Final Symphony

Modernistfan wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:49 pm
This definitely needs to be recorded. Fortunately, the Cincinnati Symphony has its own label and does not depend on the major labels to get such new repertoire out. I shall watch for this.
Yes, indeed. Thanks, Len, for the alert. 8)
by maestrob
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: History of sound recordings - BBC
Replies: 3
Views: 461

Re: History of sound recordings - BBC

The BBC is running a five-part series on the radio of the early history of sounc recording. Called "His Master's Voices," it begins by playing the very first discs cut in London in 1898. Very enjoyable as well as informative. The first program is here on the BBC Radio 4 Extra web site: https://www....
by maestrob
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Swiss Orchestra Dances Beyond the Boundaries of Classical Music
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Re: A Swiss Orchestra Dances Beyond the Boundaries of Classical Music

Ms. Meyer, the orchestra’s general director, said that the most frustrating part of her job can be explaining to presenters exactly what category the Camerata belongs to. Is it an orchestra? A dance group? Some kind of music-theater ensemble? The answer to all these questions may be yes. Or more li...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Poulenc's Sonatas for Flute and Oboe
Replies: 1
Views: 329

Re: Poulenc's Sonatas for Flute and Oboe

Thanks for these. Delightful! Not familiar with any of the first-rate artists involved.
by maestrob
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC Radio 3 Record Review and some Gramophone 2019 winners
Replies: 1
Views: 439

Re: BBC Radio 3 Record Review and some Gramophone 2019 winners

Thanks for all those ideas, Rach3! I own and recommend the Yuja Wang Berlin recital: it's one of the best discs I've heard this year. I also have several discs of Igor Levit, and based on those I find him a well-rounded and thoughtful pianist. I plan on purchasing his Beethoven in the near future. I...
by maestrob
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 1736

Re: How is classical CD buying in Australia?

Lance, A point worth making here is that I buy quite a lot from amazon's third party sellers, and find them very reliable. I've only been stiffed once, by an outfit that sent me the wrong title twice, and I applied for a return/refund and got my money back within a week each time. In fact, I find am...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4092
Views: 1070573

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

BTW: Has anyone else noticed that we now have reached over one million hits on this thread? 8)
by maestrob
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4092
Views: 1070573

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71l%2BYrmG90L._SX522_.jpg Handel's Queens is a new release by London Early Opera, featuring the superb musicianship of conductor/harpsichordist Bridget Cunningham, with sopranos Mary Bevan and Lucy Crowe, who sing with clever abandon. The two-disc se...
by maestrob
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Review Paris Operas Indes Traviata
Replies: 1
Views: 433

Re: NYTimes Review Paris Operas Indes Traviata

Soprano Sabine Deveilhe has recorded several discs, all of which are quite excellent if anyone wishes to sample her wares: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/913C%2B6uJFML._SX522_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71SXjNkclGL._SX522_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-...
by maestrob
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 2428

Re: Steinway free streaming service

An absolute treasure trove! Thanks, Barney! :D
by maestrob
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4092
Views: 1070573

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

Thanks for that, John. I have heard the Pearl release, but have this 1941 recording in my collection. The reviewers on amazon prefer it to the 1928: frankly, I like both. Hledenleben is not a piece I listen to often, but my preferred stereo versiona are Kempe or Reiner. https://images-na.ssl-images-...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 37
Views: 5124

Re: The operas of Handel

Thank you, Belle & JohnF for those examples. You've both proven the point that Handel was a great all-around composer to my satisfaction at least! :D Seriously, though, I feel that a knowledge and appreciation of vocal technique and ornamentation adds to one's enjoyment of the operas, which are inde...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 72
Views: 16115

Re: Standards for New Music

Just musing aloud, really, but doesn't music require some sort of organising principle? It doesn't have to be rhythm, melody or harmony but it's pretty hard without at least one of them for me to enjoy it. You might see that simply as a personal failure by me, and you might be right. Some people ju...
by maestrob
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4092
Views: 1070573

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/619EzI%2BrwqL._SX522_.jpg While Robin Ticciati's Bruckner is on solid ground here, with fine attention to dynamics and orchestral detail, there is no way the Symphonie-Orchester Berlin can match Solti's blazing brass or Klemperer's profundity in this...
by maestrob
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In 1919, an Opera Tried to Heal a Broken Europe
Replies: 4
Views: 1093

Re: In 1919, an Opera Tried to Heal a Broken Europe

Fascinating reading, Len, many thanks. I had no idea that Empress Zita had lobbied for a restoration in 1945: how interesting that would have made European history in the cold war! 8)
by maestrob
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trifonov's Rachmaninov: "Arrival" CD on DGG
Replies: 1
Views: 948

Re: Trifonov's Rachmaninov: "Arrival" CD on DGG

Thanks, Lance, for the alert. Trifonov is indeed quite wonderful, and at 82:00 he is also generous. Philadelphia was certainly Rachmaninov's favorite orchestra, even though he allowed quite large cuts to his Piano Concerto III when it was recorded. Am I correct in assuming that Trifonov and Nezet-Se...