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by moreno
Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please help with Spanish words
Replies: 2
Views: 2253

Re: Please help with Spanish words

Even if Spanish has a common orthography, different dialects have their own pronunciations. Andalusian Spanish in particular features a very distinctive pronunciation. This pronunciation is not reflected in the written language, with some exceptions, as in flamenco vocabulary, where the words you're...
by moreno
Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Paco de Lucía has passed away
Replies: 0
Views: 1120

Paco de Lucía has passed away

Guitarist Paco de Lucía has died some minutes ago.
by moreno
Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is video in classical music superfluous?
Replies: 21
Views: 4187

Re: Is video in classical music superfluous?

I wish there was a solid, convnient format for 5:1 sound without video. [...] Actually, there are plenty of them. Almost every modern audio media format supports that. I have ripped some of my DVDs easily in 5.1 audio format. I guess SACD is not good enough for Bigshot's ears, he claims MP3 is just...
by moreno
Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is video in classical music superfluous?
Replies: 21
Views: 4187

Re: Is video in classical music superfluous?

bigshot wrote:I wish there was a solid, convnient format for 5:1 sound without video. [...]
Actually, there are plenty of them. Almost every modern audio media format supports that.
I have ripped some of my DVDs easily in 5.1 audio format.
by moreno
Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Help with ripping CDs
Replies: 10
Views: 6216

Re: Help with ripping CDs

The recent and unexpected acquisition of a second stereo system has finally forced my hand toward ripping my 6,000-plus CDs to hard drives. By doing so, I can stop schlepping CDs between the basement listening room and the upstairs living room. I can also archive the collection in case of fire or s...
by moreno
Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I Do Not Read Neither Cyrillic Nor Phonetic, ...
Replies: 36
Views: 4381

Re: I Do Not Read Neither Cyrillic Nor Phonetic, ...

... so I need an online Russian dictionary that transliterates Russian words into Latin script. It seems that you're interested in the pronunciation of Russian words. If so, you may find interesting the site http://www.forvo.com/ , where you can search for words in any language and hear them pronou...
by moreno
Tue Jul 09, 2013 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Plácido Domingo hospitalised due to pulmonary embolism
Replies: 5
Views: 1746

Plácido Domingo hospitalised due to pulmonary embolism

The tenor, now baritone, who was about to sing Il Postino, is recovering nicely, although his performances, scheduled for this month, have been canceled.
by moreno
Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First zarzuela encore in 30 years
Replies: 2
Views: 1373

Re: First zarzuela encore in 30 years

Ooooh. Tell more more. Any reference to a recording or other article. Always interested in this kind of thing. What was the zarzuela? An unusual event: yesterday Alejandro Roy, clearly moved, was encouraged to sing the popular Hungarian Song a second time. This interesting tenor, with his broad lyr...
by moreno
Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First zarzuela encore in 30 years
Replies: 2
Views: 1373

First zarzuela encore in 30 years

An unusual event: yesterday Alejandro Roy, clearly moved, was encouraged to sing the popular Hungarian Song a second time.

This interesting tenor, with his broad lyrical voice, is a singer to follow.
by moreno
Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Verdi Year: The great Verdi Recordings.
Replies: 105
Views: 36745

Re: Verdi Year: The great Verdi Recordings.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51zhpw1xK-L._SL500_SS500_.jpg The Thomas Schippers La Forza del Destino. There are many superb performances of La Forza del Destino, both live and studio. Of the live ones, the 1943 MET broadcast with Bruno Walter is absolutely stunning, first of all for Bruno ...
by moreno
Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Verdi Year: The great Verdi Recordings.
Replies: 105
Views: 36745

Re: Verdi Year: The great Verdi Recordings.

http://www.israbox.com/uploads/posts/2011-05/1306761226_001bb3db.jpeg The Gavazzeni live 1957 Ballo in Maschera. Once more it HAS to be Maria Callas and Giuseppe Di Stefano. Both recorded Ballo with Antonino Votto, a conductor if anything, even less exciting than Gabriele Santini, but when they san...
by moreno
Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Verdi Year: The great Verdi Recordings.
Replies: 105
Views: 36745

Re: Verdi Year: The great Verdi Recordings.

The second Santini Don Carlo. Don Carlo has been very lucky on records, even those recordings with major vocal flaws like the Giulini or the Abbado versions make up with extraordinary conducting. The DG/Gabriele Santini recording is one of my personal favourites. It´s a stereo remake of the even mo...
by moreno
Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Verdi Year: The great Verdi Recordings.
Replies: 105
Views: 36745

Re: Verdi Year: The great Verdi Recordings.

The Karajan Trovatore. All Il Trovatore needs, like I Puritani, is the 4 greatest singers in the World, and that´s just what we have in this 1956 HMV recording. The role of Manrico was originally meant for Richard Tucker, who already had recorded Forza with Callas. It seems that he refused to work ...
by moreno
Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Verdi Year: The great Verdi Recordings.
Replies: 105
Views: 36745

Re: Verdi Year: The great Verdi Recordings.

Despite some minor imperfections, Kubelik's is certainly one of the best Rigolettos ever. But one MUST also have some recording with Kraus in it. Unfortunately, none of them is globally outstanding. In my opinion, the best of them is the one under the dull baton of Gavazzeni, featuring great voices ...
by moreno
Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Battle of Stalingrad's anniversary
Replies: 2
Views: 1084

Battle of Stalingrad's anniversary

Yesterday was the anniversary of the decissive battle of Stalingrad.
by moreno
Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Pears' voice - top-notch???
Replies: 18
Views: 4168

Re: Peter Pears' voice - top-notch?

I admit that his voice was not particularly beautiful, but this minor shortcoming, along with the predominance of the head register, were clearly outweighed by his solid technique, richly timbered voice, expressiveness and his remarkable extension of register. I'm not very sure how to set a total or...
by moreno
Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happily, the CD format is still with us and ...
Replies: 82
Views: 13576

Re: Happily, the CD format is still with us and ...

[...] And of course, there have been many carefully conducted double blind test of cables that have shown that if properly constructed, there is absolutely no difference between cables. Radio Shack wires score the same as much more expensive ones. There's even a million-dollar challenge for anyone ...
by moreno
Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cataloging Classical CDs
Replies: 34
Views: 7413

Re: Cataloging Classical CDs

The problem I have had with CDDB in the past, is that the data is not properly normalized. [...] You're right on the lack of quality in CDDB, but Musicbrainz, while not perfect, is much more normalised and structured. If you look up some composer, chances are that the vast majority of his/her works...
by moreno
Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cataloging Classical CDs
Replies: 34
Views: 7413

Re: Cataloging Classical CDs

Save yourself a lot of work and use a cataloguing software that takes advantage of CDDB or, better, Musicbrainz.
For me, adding a new item to my catalogue consists of introducing the CD into the CD drive and pushing a button. All the fields are automatically filled in.
by moreno
Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happily, the CD format is still with us and ...
Replies: 82
Views: 13576

Re: Happily, the CD format is still with us and ...

bigshot wrote:I don't know about London. I work in Los Angeles. Here in Hollywood a wire is a wire.
Hollywood engineers prove to be very intelligent. They know how to invest their budget wisely.
by moreno
Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Equality
Replies: 3
Views: 1153

Equality

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by moreno
Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Things are looking pretty Grimm!!
Replies: 14
Views: 2848

Re: Things are looking pretty Grimm!!

[...] La Fontaine's fable about the Cricket and the Ant [...] Actually, a cicada. When I learned that it had been translated as "grasshopper" in English, I wondered why English readers weren't intrigued by the choice of a grasshopper to play fiddle all the summer. I guess each culture is heavily li...
by moreno
Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert band music
Replies: 36
Views: 10694

Re: Concert band music

Some sugestions: - Le Chant du 14 Juillet and Te Deum (François-Joseph Gossec) - Suites for Band (Holst) - Dionysiaques (Florent Schmitt) - Symphonie pour Orchestre d'Harmonie (Ida Gotkovsky) - A lot of works by Serge Lancen - Chant du Départ (Méhul) - Several works by Germaine Tailleferre - A lot o...
by moreno
Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you like "Pierrot Lunaire"?
Replies: 34
Views: 4926

Re: Do you like "Pierrot Lunaire"?

What question did Lance ask? John F started a thread on the subject in which I expressed my opinion that I love the work, which I repeated in my vote here. Near the end of the thread http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=41498 : [...]Curious to know if I'm in the minority or major...
by moreno
Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you like "Pierrot Lunaire"?
Replies: 34
Views: 4926

Do you like "Pierrot Lunaire"?

Inspired by the question Lance asked in another post, I'm starting this poll just to gauge the forum's feeling about that work.
by moreno
Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierrot Lunaire
Replies: 16
Views: 3337

Re: Pierrot Lunaire

For me, it's a work of a stunning beauty, very intense and moving, disturbing at times. The Part 8 is just amazing. It is, in my opinion, the most perfect of Schönberg's works. Not to mention its influence in contemporary music, like this Louis Van Gaal's vehement speech transformed into Sprechgesan...
by moreno
Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Today is Josep (José) Carreras's Birthday
Replies: 5
Views: 2201

Re: Today is Josep (José) Carreras's Birthday

[...] Actually, his friends called him Pepe, just like our own José. You can hear it in Bernsteins' video of his recording of West Side Story. No wonder he ended up so pissed off :-) Seriously, none of his closest friends or relatives would call him José, much less Pepe. Look, for example, at the p...
by moreno
Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What Do You Eat for Fun?
Replies: 5
Views: 2394

Re: What Do You Eat for Fun?

Acorn Jabugo Ham and some particular cheese varieties.
I also love mi-cuits and sobrasada.
And imaginative tapas or pintxos...
Spicy snails too.
So many things...
by moreno
Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Today is Josep (José) Carreras's Birthday
Replies: 5
Views: 2201

Re: Today is Josep (José) Carreras's Birthday

It's funny, someone edited this post's title for some reason.
by moreno
Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kurt Baum
Replies: 9
Views: 3259

Re: Kurt Baum

A singer with a rather unpleasant voice who lacked a polished technique (e.g.: he was unable to do an appianamento).
On the other hand, he was a brave singer with an ease to reach high notes.
by moreno
Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Are there any relatives of ...
Replies: 16
Views: 6244

Re: Are there any relatives of ...

Albéniz's great-great-nephew is currently the Minister of Justice.
Additionally he had played the role of his famous ancestor in the recently released film "Holmes & Watson. Madrid Days"!
by moreno
Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Montserrat Caballé suffers a stroke
Replies: 2
Views: 1400

Montserrat Caballé suffers a stroke

Apparently it's been a mild stroke, but it made her faint and break her humerus.
Happily, she's recovering nicely.
by moreno
Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Good news: the Codex Calixtinus, recovered
Replies: 8
Views: 2109

Good news: the Codex Calixtinus, recovered

The Codex Calixtinus, which includes some of the earliest polyphonic music in Europe, has finally been recovered.
It had been stolen from the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela by an electrician who had been previously sacked from the temple.
Happily, the codex is in perfect condition.
by moreno
Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming...and a Rolex Endorsement Deal
Replies: 16
Views: 4989

Re: Renee Fleming...and a Rolex Endorsement Deal

An endorsement deal with an opera singer is certainly unusual, but what is even more unusual is the president of the company singing in their own commercials. That's what happened with The Widow Marchioness of Taurisano, president of the Ocaso Group, who used a famous song from The Barber of Seville...
by moreno
Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Is LIST OF SYMPHONY COMPOSERS?
Replies: 4
Views: 1503

Re: What Is LIST OF SYMPHONY COMPOSERS?

Tan Dun's peculiar Internet Symphony features car disc brakes.

A much more interesting symphony, Messiaen's Turangalîla, uses ondes martenot. And the whole symphony looks like a piano concerto.
by moreno
Sat May 19, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The greatest recording of Otello?
Replies: 41
Views: 17832

Re: THe greatest recording of Otello?

[...] On the other hand, J.B. Steane, the critic who has not only heard but studied and assessed and written about more vocal recordings than any of his colleagues alive or dead - cf. "The Grand Tradition" - writes five pages about Domingo on records and in the flesh that celebrate the voice in its...
by moreno
Sun May 06, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The greatest recording of Otello?
Replies: 41
Views: 17832

Re: THe greatest recording of Otello?

Technique is a relative thing, [...] Not so relative, in my opinion. I think there's a consensus on whether an artist has a good technique or not. [...]some singers with reputedly a great technique have had short careers, and others with debatable voice production have had long and distinguished ca...
by moreno
Sun May 06, 2012 7:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The greatest recording of Otello?
Replies: 41
Views: 17832

Re: THe greatest recording of Otello?

<As for Domingo's performances, my recommendation is... none of them. Domingo, as usual, sings in an impersonal, superficial, unnuanced way, with his spurious technique. And when he tries to add some dramatic effects, he's almost grotesque.> I have read some strange things and then this... I can un...
by moreno
Fri May 04, 2012 6:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The greatest recording of Otello?
Replies: 41
Views: 17832

Re: The greatest recording of Otello?

I recently downloaded Toscanini's 1947 recording and have been amazed at the heady mixture of elan and lyricism. [...] Interesting. I'd say that the balance is clearly tipped towards elan, although sometimes Nelli brings some touches of lyricism. This is certainly one of the best recordings availab...
by moreno
Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Today is Gypsy people's day
Replies: 5
Views: 1825

Re: Today is Gypsy people's day

jbuck919 wrote:[...]

Camarón was a flamenco dancer [...]
:shock: :shock: :shock:
by moreno
Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Today is Gypsy people's day
Replies: 5
Views: 1825

Today is Gypsy people's day

My tribute to that people, often persecuted, which has given the world artists like Michael Caine, Ron Wood (Rolling Stones' guitarist), Camarón or Charles Chaplin.
Some gypsy tunes by Béla Bartók:
by moreno
Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cristina Deutekom, Dutch soprano ... hmmm
Replies: 11
Views: 4300

Re: Cristina Deutekom, Dutch soprano ... hmmm

I wouldn't classify her as a dramatic soprano but as a lyric soprano with a rather powerful voice. In any case, not dramatic. The qualities of her voice make her suitable for roles like The Queen of the Night. And certainly, she has been one of the best sopranos for that role ever. Dramatic sopranos...
by moreno
Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiaen Is Worth His Salt; ...
Replies: 5
Views: 1479

Re: Messiaen Is Worth His Salt; ...

... what about Arvo Part? WSMR-FM plays him regularly, and I'm not favourably impressed by his glum and morose religious works. People of faith know that religious music is supposed to burst with joy and gladness. In my humble opinion, you should give him another shot. Pärt is a very interesting co...
by moreno
Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HER NANNY ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2442

Re: HER NANNY ...

Frankly I don't think Victor Hugo's characters are one-dimensional nor do I think that he'd tried to emulate Shakespeare. First of all, he's not just a playwright, as it's been already mentioned; his works spans several genres: novels, theater, poetry, travel diaries and even political speeches. He'...