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by DSzymborski
Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!
Replies: 175
Views: 64570

Re: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!

I lurk a lot more than I post, but DSzymborski = Dan Szymborski.
by DSzymborski
Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you still use CASSETTES?
Replies: 13
Views: 4386

Re: Do you still use CASSETTES?

No, my last cassette player died years ago. Luckily, I'm young enough that I didn't have time to accumulate a bunch of cassettes. The ones that weren't released, I transferred to digital files using a USB cassette player. Right now, I'm still in the process of transitioning past CDs. I've been rippi...
by DSzymborski
Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!
Replies: 175
Views: 64570

Re: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!

My first name is Dan, though it might be in my signature (I forget). Most of the old regulars that are still around already know that though.

[Edit: Yup, in my signature, so, uh, never mind]
by DSzymborski
Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4121
Views: 1263290

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

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This was the one I somehow missed last year. I was putting Vol. 53 (Reger/Strauss) away and saw there was no 51.
by DSzymborski
Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Good Grief ! HIP Mahler Is Finally Here !
Replies: 26
Views: 2893

Re: Good Grief ! HIP Mahler Is Finally Here !

While I don't expect to *like* a HIP Mahler symphony, I generally find the "composer's intent" to be a rather overblown concept. One of the characteristics of a great work of art is for the meaning to transcend even the artist - I don't think there's anything wrong with someone finding something in ...
by DSzymborski
Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: As one grows older...
Replies: 30
Views: 4849

Re: As one grows older...

While I'm hardly even remotely old, I do find that as I've gotten older, my tastes in the standard repertoire have gotten more extreme. For a lot of the warhorses, I have almost no desire to listen to a middle-of-the-road reading anymore.
by DSzymborski
Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What's the feeling on violinist Takako Nishizaki?
Replies: 11
Views: 3527

Re: What's the feeling on violinist Takako Nishizaki?

I find Nishizaki's work very solid, but not quite to the level of the top violinists. She's served a lot of lesser-played works tremendously well (I'm thinking Joachim, Rubinstein, Boulogne, and Vanhal), but in at least the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky VCs, I found them played too "straight" to put t...
by DSzymborski
Fri Aug 14, 2009 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Khachaturian Piano Concerto
Replies: 13
Views: 3029

Re: Khachaturian Piano Concerto

I suspect the Khachaturian Piano Concerto will survive on the edges of the repertory, though I doubt it'll ever be a staple of the concert hall the way the Tchaikovsky is. I would guess that Berezovsky is the most recent "name" pianist to record it, though it wasn't with a major orchestra, IIRC.
by DSzymborski
Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The first live recording thread
Replies: 7
Views: 2646

Re: The first live recording thread

I always assumed that it was that 1880s recording of Handel's Israel in Egypt was the first, unless you count Leon Scott singing for a few seconds.
by DSzymborski
Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!
Replies: 175
Views: 64570

Re: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!

My name is Dan Szymborski and, in a stunning coincidence, I also go by Dan Szymborski.
by DSzymborski
Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What do CMG members think about Christoph von Dohnányi?
Replies: 33
Views: 1933

Re: What do CMG members think about Christoph von Dohnányi?

Like others, I most enjoy his work with the less tread-upon parts of the repertoire. His recording of the Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra pops out at me. Unfortunately, I also have to agree with the consensus on Dohnanyi in the warhorses. The Dvorak 7th/8th disc on Decca/London strikes me as a go...
by DSzymborski
Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your feelings on the harpsichord?
Replies: 58
Views: 10901

Re: Your feelings on the harpsichord?

While I do enjoy the harpsichord, I find that my stamina for listening to harpsichord tends to be less than with that of the other keyboard instruments. After a couple of discs in a row, I start to lose the plot.
by DSzymborski
Sun Nov 02, 2008 5:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How Do CMG People Feel About Exposition Repeats ?
Replies: 17
Views: 3307

Re: How Do CMG People Feel About Exposition Repeats ?

Whether I like it or not depends on a lot on the piece in question. I can't think of any recording that I liked or did not like because of the absence or presence of a repeat. One of the purposes of repeats was to instill unfamiliar music in the head of the listener - with our modern archival of mus...
by DSzymborski
Mon Jun 30, 2008 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruckner Or Mahler-Desert Island CDs-Which One?
Replies: 31
Views: 3008

Re: Bruckner Or Mahler-Desert Island CDs-Which One?

Why are we always stranded on a desert island yet somehow have a source of electricity? If I have to power my somehow-extant CD player with a coconut, I'm going to bring a recording of 4'33" so that I don't receive additional disappointment. Now, assuming that I can in fact power a CD player, I thin...
by DSzymborski
Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maxell blank CD-Rs ... hard to find!
Replies: 14
Views: 1690

Re: Maxell blank CD-Rs ... hard to find!

Well, the Taiyo Yudens for the more typical CD-Rs of course! When you're willing to spend a little more though, then you get all sorts of neat reflecting surfaces. I can't wait for the double-sided blu-rays to be economical. Being able to backup my music server on a couple hundred discs is something...
by DSzymborski
Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maxell blank CD-Rs ... hard to find!
Replies: 14
Views: 1690

Re: Maxell blank CD-Rs ... hard to find!

If you need top of the lines, why not go for the Taiyo Yudens?
by DSzymborski
Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Brilliant box of Septets, Octets & Nonets!
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Re: A Brilliant box of Septets, Octets & Nonets!

I'm holding out for the box with the dodectets.

I find big megaboxes to be quite useful at times. Let's be honest, who's *really* going to comparison shop to find the perfect performance of a Mozart sonata with a 2-digit Köchel number or similar lesser works by the greats?
by DSzymborski
Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New: Kuhlau (1786-1832) piano sonatas/sonatinas
Replies: 4
Views: 924

Re: New: Kuhlau (1786-1832) piano sonatas/sonatinas

There's a 2-disc set of Heller Etudes on Brilliant.
by DSzymborski
Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New: Kuhlau (1786-1832) piano sonatas/sonatinas
Replies: 4
Views: 924

Re: New: Kuhlau (1786-1832) piano sonatas/sonatinas

Kuhlau's a lot of fun to play. The Op. 127 Sonata's fun to play and there are a few sets of variations. I once did an emergency fill-in for a flautist that didn't have her accompaniment (Kuhlau wrote a lot of flute literature) and everything he wrote fits the hand as easily as those easy little sona...
by DSzymborski
Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Most Complete Collections
Replies: 26
Views: 3344

I like complete collections. Not as primary recordings, but almost for archival reasons. I have the Philips Complete Mozart, for example, but there are plenty of discs in that set I listened to once and will probably never hear again until the day I die. One appreciates the "Jupiter" anew once he or...
by DSzymborski
Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ann Coulter Supports Hillary over McCain
Replies: 38
Views: 2990

all he and the other Republicans did IMO is permit them to retain it in their kit of practices to frustrate the will of the majority. I wouldn't underestimate the value of that as there's a very good chance that the two elected branches will be controlled by Democrats in 2009-2010. Looking at actua...
by DSzymborski
Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 645 registered users
Replies: 5
Views: 1019

When it comes to spamming, I've always felt bad for the real victims of the Nigerian bank fraud scams. Namely, the real African political figures who are now unable to use e-mail in order to find people to launder their money!
by DSzymborski
Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: USB turntables
Replies: 4
Views: 1084

You don't really need to shell out to get a USB turntable - it's generally far easier (and far more versatile) to pick up a dongle that turns audio input jacks into USB. Though for geek cred, one really needs a laser turntable. Of course, for that, one also needs a burlap sack with a dollar sign on ...
by DSzymborski
Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music of Saint-Saens
Replies: 101
Views: 14743

<I>Yes, but isn't it confusing?</I>

My personalities are good at identifying context.
by DSzymborski
Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 555 Sonatas in one day!
Replies: 10
Views: 1756

Aside from sleep, I can't think of anything I'd want to do for 12 hours. I can concentrate on music up to the length of 1.0 Les Troyenses, but not past that.
by DSzymborski
Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music of Saint-Saens
Replies: 101
Views: 14743

I have multiple personalities as well. Thankfully, they all decided to be called Dan, which I always find convenient.
by DSzymborski
Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Sterling label - a treasure.
Replies: 5
Views: 1420

My favorite Sterling discs are some terrific recordings of the very underrated Hans Huber.
by DSzymborski
Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Joseph Joachim Raff Monument in Lachen
Replies: 7
Views: 2495

For the 5th, I don't think anyone could do better than the Bernard Herrmann recording on Unicorn.

The Stadlmair recordings probably have to probably be the "standard" recommendations now - they're propulsive and have better recording and ensemble than the Schneiders on Marco Polo.
by DSzymborski
Thu Oct 11, 2007 12:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Series
Replies: 14
Views: 1629

Corlyss, yup, you got it right. Gould actually applied this specifically to baseball as well. You don't even have to go by different eras to see this in practice - the phenomenon also exists as you go down the ladder through the professional leagues, through college and even high school. And, as you...
by DSzymborski
Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago CD Collectors in Desperate State
Replies: 24
Views: 3286

Honestly, while I admit I enjoy the tactile response of flipping through CDs, I think the demise of brick-and-mortar retailers for classical music has overall been a good thing for classical music lovers. The growth of the internet has resulted in those retailers simply being an inefficient distribu...
by DSzymborski
Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Series
Replies: 14
Views: 1629

I have a couple quibbles here. First, steroids and illegal drugs. There's no real reason to think that this is a recent development - we have Tom House talking to the SFGate pretty candidly a few years ago about how steroids were already widespread by the late 60s and we have players such as Pete Ro...
by DSzymborski
Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composers' strengths and weaknesses
Replies: 48
Views: 5290

I don't think it's so much that Schumann's orchestration is weak rather than that Schumann's orchestration tends to be rather ill-served by modern orchestras, especially in venues with warmer acoustics. I feel that a muddy, dense sound damages Schumann's music more than pretty much every composer, w...
by DSzymborski
Tue Sep 18, 2007 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best April fool musical joke?
Replies: 35
Views: 5508

I heartily endorse any and all attempts to feed my ego.
by DSzymborski
Tue Sep 18, 2007 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Getting high on the clarinet!
Replies: 24
Views: 3426

When I saw the header, I was hoping that it would contain directions on converting a clarinet into a bong!

As that doesn't appear to be a case, I think the Spohr concertos aren't played as much as they ought to be, though they've fared pretty well in recordings. I also much enjoy Arnold's concertos.
by DSzymborski
Sun Sep 16, 2007 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music and iPods...
Replies: 65
Views: 8134

Yeah, you can use DVDs as a storage medium for CDs - you just need to rip the CDs as the desired file type and then load up the DVD. You can usually fit in the neighborhood of 10-15 CDs per DVD with flac encoding (lossless), my personal favorite. I only use CDs in the car now - I built a dedicated s...
by DSzymborski
Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best April fool musical joke?
Replies: 35
Views: 5508

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
Herbert von Karajan/Hanover Band
by DSzymborski
Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music and iPods...
Replies: 65
Views: 8134

I love my portable MP3 player (I use a SanDisk, not an I-Pod). It's certainly cost me a lot of money, unfortunately as it gave me the idea to store my entire collection in lossless and it turned out that I've needed more terabytes than I thought. The only drawback is that it caused me to discover th...
by DSzymborski
Sat Sep 15, 2007 8:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Literature for Right-Hand Only
Replies: 8
Views: 1354

Much obliged. Probably won't go too well based on my experiences with some of Op. 39, but I've got the time!
by DSzymborski
Sat Sep 15, 2007 7:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Literature for Right-Hand Only
Replies: 8
Views: 1354

Piano Literature for Right-Hand Only

I recently tore a ligament in my left wrist and it'll probably be a couple of months before I can play with it safely. Unfortunately, the literature for right-hand only seems to be quite limited as, for some bizarre reason, every single pianist in history that loses one of their arms ends up losing ...
by DSzymborski
Sat Sep 08, 2007 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The persistence of the piano
Replies: 88
Views: 10983

I'm constantly fishing loose change out of my piano.
by DSzymborski
Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Dead at 71 (Nee Pavarotti´s health)
Replies: 12
Views: 2797

That's really too bad and I'm glad that he had a rich and fulfilling life before he went. It was probably almost a mercy at this point - pancreatic cancer is pretty excruciating, both pain-wise and for its near-certainty.
by DSzymborski
Sun Jun 03, 2007 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Stephen Hough Banned in Vietnam for Being Gay
Replies: 28
Views: 6335

I have to second the recommendations for the Hough disc of Hummel concertos. Definitely the best recordings of those two concertos (I'm a bit of a Hummel fetishist). Not mentioned so far, I don't believe, is Hough's set of Saint-Saëns concertos on Hyperion, is also excellent, right up there with Col...
by DSzymborski
Mon May 14, 2007 11:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Record Stores in NYC - largely gone!
Replies: 13
Views: 2641

I have to admit that I rarely go into physical music stores any more. The tactile sense of pawing through CDs just never did it for me and my propensity to buy CDs already in my collection was pretty exasperating. It helps me from a repertoire standpoint as well - I'm less inclined to buy yet anothe...
by DSzymborski
Tue May 01, 2007 1:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If Edinburgh is pronounced ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2973

Lance, Edinburgh is pronounced that way because of the differences between Scottish Gaelic, a Celtic language and English, a Germanic language. You only see the spelling with burgh start to creep in during the 14th and 15th centuries due to long-term changes wrought as a result of Scotland's own Nor...
by DSzymborski
Tue May 01, 2007 1:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you use PC software to catalog your CDs/LPs?
Replies: 30
Views: 5809

I've used the aforementioned ClassiCat for a number of years. I expect it to work with future operating versions - it's more or less a good Access front-end and has worked fine since the Windows 95 years.
by DSzymborski
Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Useless Gutless Parasitic Nation
Replies: 44
Views: 8193

Honestly, does the presence of the French really help things? Have they won a military confrontation since Ligny in 1815?
by DSzymborski
Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My latest Orchestral work
Replies: 9
Views: 2172

<I>Have all the world's great composers "limited" their work by giving each piece a name? </I>

At the very least it makes organizing one's music database a little more practical.
by DSzymborski
Thu Mar 29, 2007 1:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which music needs good sound?
Replies: 21
Views: 8139

Re: Which music needs good sound?

<I>
For many years I would get upset with Donald Vroon, the editor of "American Record Guide," </I>

I believe this category includes pretty much everyone who's familiar with the unbelievably loud, opinionated Vroon.
by DSzymborski
Wed Mar 28, 2007 4:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which music needs good sound?
Replies: 21
Views: 8139

<I>You also have a point, Dan - scratches, swishes, warps and blips would totally spoil the wonderful stillness of anticipation we are supposed to feel.</I>

Nah, I just can't resist an opportunity to be flippant.
by DSzymborski
Wed Mar 28, 2007 3:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you use Dial-Up or Hi-Speed for Internet?
Replies: 20
Views: 8890

I'm on broadband and after becoming used to it, I'd rather eat a pine cone than switch back to dial-up.