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by RebLem
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 591
Views: 234489

Re: What I listened to today

It surprises me how many serious-minded violinists have played and recorded Paganini concertos, which to my ears are trivial and silly. Grumiaux recorded two of them, no. 1 as well; others include Yehudi Menuhin, Henryk Szering and Leonid Kogan. I guess the impulse to show off was too strong for th...
by RebLem
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 4150

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

I thought you might be interested in what John's friends on FB said about him when I posted the announcement. Some of the people there are also posters here. I am not the only one.

https://www.facebook.com/john.brosseau.75
by RebLem
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 591
Views: 234489

Re: What I listened to today

​ On Saturday, 12 JAN 2019, I listened to 2 CDs.     1. Jean Sibelius (1865-1957): |Tr. 1-3. Symphony 5 in E Flat Major, Op. 82 (30'24) |Tr. 4-7. Symphony 6 in D Minor, Op. 104 (28'53)--Paavo Berglund, cond., Helsinki Philharmonic Orch. Rec. Helsinki Culture Hall, 18-19 DEC 1986 (#5), MAY, 1986 (#6)...
by RebLem
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 4150

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

I just saw this a few minutes ago. I am shocked beyond words that I, born in 1942, have survived him. I also announced his death on his FB page, and referenced this thread for the benefit of his other FB friends who are not members of CMG.
by RebLem
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1560

Re: Statistics for Classical Music in 2018

I think barney alluded to the reason I think Bernstein was so popular in 2018--it was the centenary of his birth. I don't think he deserves a place in the top 10, or even the top 20, but perhaps does belong in the top 50. Just off the top of my head, I think my top 20 composers are, more or less chr...
by RebLem
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation
Replies: 33
Views: 5334

Re: Vienna Philharmonic Looks to a New Generation

Until the 1970s, the sound culture was easily transmitted as most members studied with a Philharmonic player at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna before joining the orchestra. But in recent years, recruitment has become less and less local. The presence of family dynasties has also...
by RebLem
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Teachers are quitting at a record pace
Replies: 2
Views: 1111

Re: Teachers are quitting at a record pace

I don't know whether your community is representative of Arkansas or not, but I recall way back in the '60's when I was in college talking with a young instructor at my college (Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, MO) who said he had taught in a small, dying town in Arkansas for 5 years. He left ...
by RebLem
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 591
Views: 234489

Re: What I listened to today

​ On New Years Day, 2019, I listened to 2 CDs.     1. CD 5 of a 5 CD SONY set "Robert Casadesus plays Mozart." |Tr. 1-3. Concerto for two pianos & orchestra in E Flat Major, K. 365 (316a) (23'07)--Robert & Gaby Casadesus, duo pianists, Eugene Ormandy, cond., The Philadelphia Orch.--rec. Manhattan Ce...
by RebLem
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 591
Views: 234489

Re: What I listened to today

​ On New Years Eve, 2018, I listened to 5 CDs, and wrote about them in a WORDPAD document, as is my regular practice. I spent hours writing it, and then, I went over all of it to copy it, so I could post it, first on my FB page and then on the two classical music sites where I post all my listening ...
by RebLem
Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.
Replies: 19
Views: 3546

Re: Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.

"​Both Louis C.K. and Mr. Gatti returned to public engagements only months after facing allegations, she added: “The question is when is the penance long enough?” Although Louis C.K. lost his own TV show, he is still listed as the producer of Pamela Adlon's show BETTER THINGS, one of my favorites, a...
by RebLem
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 591
Views: 234489

Re: What I listened to today

​On Sunday, 30 DEC 2018, I listened to 5 CDs: 1) Tahra 188, CD 4 of 5 in a set titled "Hommage a Hermann Scherchen", featuring performances led by said conductor. |Tr. 1. Hector Berlioz (1803-69): Les Troyens a Carthage: Ballet from Act 1 (8'37)--Paris Conservatory Orch., May, 1952. |Tr. 2. Giuseppe...
by RebLem
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In a Season of Boys’ Choirs, a Question: Why No Girls?
Replies: 18
Views: 3147

Re: In a Season of Boys’ Choirs, a Question: Why No Girls?

We have choral groups of gay men all over the place, but I know of no lesbian choirs. Have I missed something, or is it true? If it is, and you can figure out why, I think we will be closer to answering the question in the first post in this thread.
by RebLem
Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Checking NEW subscribers to CMG
Replies: 5
Views: 1543

Re: Checking NEW subscribers to CMG

I have recently gone through 956 new possible subscribers to CMG. it is unfortunate that the overwhelming number of them, in checking their ISPs, are fake, or are those who want to sell a trip to Hawaii or elsewhere or some "spectacular" product they are offering. I have been keen to keep these out...
by RebLem
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 25 essential Beethoven recordings per WQXR
Replies: 15
Views: 3326

Re: 25 essential Beethoven recordings per WQXR

I have the Paul Lewis set of the piano sonatas. It is good, but far from best. OTOH, I have never been as enamoured of Artur Schnabel as most other classical music lovers. My pick for the sonatas, if you're having only one set, is Annie Fischer's.
by RebLem
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 25 essential Beethoven recordings per WQXR
Replies: 15
Views: 3326

Re: 25 essential Beethoven recordings per WQXR

I think the list is filled mostly with mediocrities. I agree with a few--Klemperer in Fidelio and the Missa Solemnis, Szell in the Pastoral, and Carlos Kleiber in the 5th & 7th.
by RebLem
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speculations
Replies: 48
Views: 7592

Re: Speculations

Only four Christian religious traditions go beyond mere hymn singing and have fostered more complex music in longer forms: 1) Catholicism, 2) Eastern Orthodoxy, especially Russian Orthodoxy, 3) Lutheranism, and 4) Anglicanism. I have often disagreed with Belle here, especially her cultish and nearly...
by RebLem
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 591
Views: 234489

Re: What I listened to today

​ On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, I only had time to listen to 1--count them, 1 CD. And it was a short one, too, only 33'47 long--   Mussorgsky-Stokowski: Tr. 1-8. Pictures at an Exhibition (27'11) |Tr. 9. Debussy: La Cathedrale engloutie (The Submerged Cathedral) (Preludes, Book 1: #10 of 12, orch...
by RebLem
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Gotta Admit
Replies: 9
Views: 2262

Re: Tchaikovsky Gotta Admit

Gary Graffman recorded all three Tchaikovsky piano concerti.
by RebLem
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 591
Views: 234489

Re: What I listened to today

​ On Sunday, 16 DEC 2018, I listened to the following:   1) CD 4 of a 6 CD Chandos set of the complete orchestral works of Frank Bridge (1879-1941). Tr. 1. Rebus, H 191 (1940), Overture for orchestra (10'44) |Tr. 2. Ovation (Concerto elegiaco), H. 180 (1929-30) for solo cello & orchestra (29'17) |Tr...
by RebLem
Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 591
Views: 234489

Re: What I listened to today

​ On Saturday, December 15, 2018, I listened to the following:   1) CD 7 of 10 containing the complete works of Arcangelo Corelli (1655-1715): Sonatas for vioin and cello with cembalo, Op. 5, #s 1-6 (Rome, 1700) (63'34)--Brilliant Classics. Remy Baudet, violin, Jaap ter Linden, cello, Mike Fentross,...
by RebLem
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 591
Views: 234489

Re: What I listened to today

​ On Friday, 14 DEC 2018, I listened to the following:   1. Tahra 187, CD 3 of a set of 5. Hermann Scherchen, cond. a) J.S. Bach: Prelude & Fugue in E Flat Major (17'56)--Orchester des Hessischen Rundfunks, 2 FEB 1960. b) Arnold Schoenberg: Symphonie de Chambre 1, Op. 9 (20'51), Orchestre de la Radi...
by RebLem
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Box Set Bargain
Replies: 12
Views: 2530

Re: Haydn Box Set Bargain

I agree that Dorati is an underrated conductor--one of my favorites is his Bartok Bluebeard's Castle. I like Dorati's Haydn, too, but my favorite Haydn symphony recordings are the partial set by Sigiswald Kuijken and the La Letite Bande Orchestra. He recorded Symphonies 26, 52, 53, and 82-104 + the ...
by RebLem
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ryan Speedo Green 60 minutes
Replies: 2
Views: 1060

Re: Ryan Speedo Green 60 minutes

I saw it, too, and he has an inspiring story, including a number of good, ordinary people who just refused to give up on him.
by RebLem
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Box Set Bargain
Replies: 12
Views: 2530

Re: Haydn Box Set Bargain

I already bought the symphonies, this offering is just abusive. I'm not going to fall for it.
by RebLem
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 4781

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

Here's my baker's dozen: Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak, Verdi, Strauss, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich. Six more to make it 20: Schubert, Berlioz, Wagner, Puccini, Britten, and Copland.
by RebLem
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 4781

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

If you want books that describe composers, their styles, and some of their major compositions, in my opinion you can't beat two books by David Ewen: The Complete Book of Classical Music, and The World of Twentieth Century Music.
by RebLem
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 591
Views: 234489

Re: What I listened to today

​ On Sunday, November 2, 2018, I listened to two CDs.   1. Frank Bridge (1879-1941): CD 3 of 6 in a set titled "Bridge Orchestral Works." |Tr. 1. Coronation March, H97 (1911) (6'19) (world premiere recording) |Tr. 2. Summer, H 116 (1915) (10'42) |Tr. 3. Phantasm for piano and orchestra, H 182 (1931)...
by RebLem
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hyperion's "Liszt Complete" ... continues!
Replies: 2
Views: 824

Re: Hyperion's "Liszt Complete" ... continues!

I am waiting for someone to publish a 2 volume set--one with all the original works, and the other with all the adaptations, piano reductions, paraphrases, and other derivative works. I am really only interested in the former.
by RebLem
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Growing up amid books = literacy
Replies: 26
Views: 7995

Re: Growing up amid books = literacy

And also why perch, which used to be a common fish, is no longer available anywhere. Are they extinct? Completely fished out?
by RebLem
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strauss' Oboe Concerto
Replies: 6
Views: 1293

Re: Strauss' Oboe Concerto

One of my favorite Strauss issues is a Virgin Classics twofer which includes a performance of the Oboe Concerto by the redoubtable Ray Still along with The Academy of London conducted by Richard Stamp, which occupies the first 24'19" of CD 2. On CD 1 is the same ensemble and conductor in nine songs ...
by RebLem
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alicia de Larrocha (pianist) Decca set [41 CDs]
Replies: 5
Views: 1340

Re: Alicia de Larrocha (pianist) Decca set [41 CDs]

​Alicia de Larrocha's cycle of the Mozart piano sonatas are among my favorites.


I own the following sets, listed alphabetically: Eschenbach, Gieseking, Kraus, Larrocha, Uchida, and Wurtz.
I like Gieseking best for structure, Larrocha best for details and ornamentation and phrasing.
by RebLem
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Frederick August Stock
Replies: 2
Views: 1119

Frederick August Stock

​Today, 20 October 2018, is the 76th anniversary of the death of Frederick August Stock, who was music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1905 until his death on this date in 1942, five days before my own birth.
​​https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Stock
by RebLem
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!
Replies: 16
Views: 2735

Re: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!

I remember him from his many appearances on the Jack Paar show. Len Yes, believe it or not, I have some of those that were released on a DVD set of the best of Jack Paar. Levant was a real character, and a fine musician, but he made such a spectacle of himself that the concert-going public never to...
by RebLem
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens
Replies: 9
Views: 2936

Re: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens

For one thing, perhaps they could make CD or DVD recordings of their operas. The Grant Park Orchestra, which is regularly recorded by Cedille Records in Chicago, is, I understand, a summer orchestra consisting largely of Lyric Opera musicians. Perhaps they could record Lyric Opera productions, too, ...
by RebLem
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kavanaugh confirmed
Replies: 30
Views: 8848

Re: Kavanaugh confirmed

My concerns are with that family's safety, particularly those 2 girls who are very likely to be subjected to bullying at school. Just dreadful. I know about these things because of my son's high level political job. Apparently, you are unconcerned for Dr. Ford's safety, who is living in hiding, hav...
by RebLem
Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowships
Replies: 4
Views: 2275

Re: MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowships

The only one I recognize is Rev. William Barber II, a major contemporary civil rights leader in North Carolina, and founder of the "Moral Mondays" movement. They have engaged in all sorts of civil rights activities centered around opposing racially motivated gerrymandering and purging of voter lists...
by RebLem
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 4554

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

Maybe so, but he still bailed out of the Thirteenth Symphony, and that apparently caused a substantial break in relations between Shostakovich and Mravinsky. I think that probably had more to do with political cowardice that anti-Semitism. After all, Mravinsky was one of the few Soviet artists who ...
by RebLem
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 4554

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

Watch out with respect to earlier Soviet recordings of the Thirteenth Symphony. Because of government pressures, the text in the first movement ("Babi Yar") was changed to soften the emphasis on anti-Semitism after the original premiere. Quite so, but Shostakovich authorized both versions, and his ...
by RebLem
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 4554

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

I have individual symphonies by Shostakovich. I note a number of complete recordings of the symphonies have been issued. The symphonies are not a top priority for me, but if one was looking to get a complete set, what's the recommendation? I recommend the Oleg Caetani set if you're only going to ha...
by RebLem
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Lev Oborin
Replies: 7
Views: 2509

Re: Pianist Lev Oborin

I have a four CD Philips box of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas by Oistrakh and Oborin. 486 406-2, recorded in Paris 1962. ​https://www.amazon.com/Beethoven-Violin-Sonatas-4-CDs/dp/B0015RZMR8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538627337&sr=8-1&keywords=Beethoven+violin+sonatas%2C+Oistrakh%2C+Oborin&dpID=51wGyF1bj...
by RebLem
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 4554

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

I love the Babi Yar symphony just as you do, Barney, and your review was one of the strongest and most poetic I have read. KUDOS for that. But I do not share your slighting of the Prokofiev Sinfonietta. You should know that that work is more popular in Chicago than in many places because Dieter Kobe...
by RebLem
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 49-CD Celibidache Box on Warner
Replies: 10
Views: 3065

Re: 49-CD Celibidache Box on Warner

Here's an excellent, and not at all eccentric, to my ears, at any rate, recording of the Dvorak New World Symphony with the Munich Phil from 1991.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9RT2nHD6CQ
by RebLem
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: hatuey memory of fire review
Replies: 2
Views: 1162

Re: hatuey memory of fire review

Yiddish in an opera about the Spanish Inquisition? I could see Ladino, but Yiddish? Really? Yiddish is the language of Ashkenazy Jews. Ladino is the language of Sephardic Jews.
by RebLem
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Fox News: Student slumbers during Obama lecture
Replies: 5
Views: 2147

Re: Fox News: Student slumbers during Obana lecture

I doubt that Trump has any problem sleeping at all. The problem he has is staying awake. (I would not be surprised if it were eventually discovered that he was on pills prescribed by physicians he pays off not to tattle on him.) He always sniffles in his speeches like someone who is snorting someth...
by RebLem
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A few comments from a retiring oboist
Replies: 5
Views: 1513

Re: A few comments from a retiring oboist

A few random thoughts. Most movie scores, I agree. But some exceptions manifest themselves to me, including any films where the music was composed by George Gershwin, Sergei Prokofiev, or Miklos Rozsa. Also, the film Scott of the Antarctic, whose music was composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and fro...
by RebLem
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buywell
Replies: 8
Views: 1860

Re: Buywell

Reb, you said: "Oh, oh! I checked at Amazon, and found this Australian Eloquence CD is now available there. Its coupled with the Tragic Overture. If you don't have it, jump on it! Its far better than Bohm's very good remake of all 4 with the VPO, and all three customer reviews give it 5 stars, as I...
by RebLem
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buywell
Replies: 8
Views: 1860

Re: Buywell

I bought many an item from Buywell, especially the Australian Universal Eloquence CDs. Now those CDs have become more available through England and other gateways. I used to correspond with the original owner of Buywell who ultimately sold it off to someone else. It has been awhile since I've dealt...
by RebLem
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buywell
Replies: 8
Views: 1860

Re: Buywell

I bought many an item from Buywell, especially the Australian Universal Eloquence CDs. Now those CDs have become more available through England and other gateways. I used to correspond with the original owner of Buywell who ultimately sold it off to someone else. It has been awhile since I've dealt...
by RebLem
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buywell
Replies: 8
Views: 1860

Re: Buywell

I get the same thing, and I'm in Australia. I wonder if their domain name lapsed and they failed to renew, and the Canadian firm bought it? Pure speculation. Or they may indeed have gone under. Ohhhh, I hope not! Let me know if you find out any more information. Perhaps it has just been renamed? I ...
by RebLem
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buywell
Replies: 8
Views: 1860

Buywell

I can't access Buywell Australia anymore. I Google Buywell, and it still shows up, but I enter it as an address and it shows me a new Canadian site for health care products. Is it still in operation? Have they gone dark outside Australia?

WHAT GIVES?