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by Kwoon
Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Philharmonic 2013-4
Replies: 36
Views: 2838

Re: New York Philharmonic 2013-4

Am I correct in assuming that you are the Kwoon that had that huge CD collection? If so, it's nice to see you back after so many years of absence. :) Yep, I am that notorious former CD collector, and I remember you too! It's good to see quite a few familiar names here, and to learn that Hamelin has...
by Kwoon
Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Philharmonic 2013-4
Replies: 36
Views: 2838

Re: New York Philharmonic 2013-4

Like I said several posts above, Alan Gilbert was "technically very good". But technique doesn't impress me as much as musicality. The ultimate test of musicianship is to see if the conductor/performer can make a hackneyed piece sound interesting, e.g. the "Pathetique" Symphony. You haven't seen him...
by Kwoon
Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Philharmonic 2013-4
Replies: 36
Views: 2838

Re: New York Philharmonic 2013-4

Perhaps Gilbert is a decent musician, but after seeing some fantastic recent performances by Tilson Thomas, Barenboim, Gergiev and Levine, the contrast between these and Gilbert made him look like an amateur. I understand that Gilbert is still young and he is probably very good among his cohort (i.e...
by Kwoon
Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New York Philharmonic 2013-4
Replies: 36
Views: 2838

Re: New York Philharmonic 2013-4

I wonder what you guys think of Alan Gilbert. The NY Phil came to Ann Arbor last week and I saw them perform the "Pathetique" Symphony. Technically very good, but musically plain. Gilbert showed a serious lack of creativity.
by Kwoon
Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Van Cliburn has passed
Replies: 30
Views: 5715

Re: Van Cliburn has passed

His recordings of the Rach 2 and 3, the Brahms concertos, Liszt's 12th Hungarian Rhapsody and Chopin's solo pieces are some of the greatest piano recordings in history. I saw him live once, on May 24th 1997, in Austin TX when he performed the "Emperor" Concerto and MacDowell's 2nd Concerto with the ...
by Kwoon
Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'm not buying any more CDs ...
Replies: 96
Views: 11744

Re: I'm not buying any more CDs ...

I visited for the first time in years and this thread caught my eye right away! Some of you may remember me as the crazy guy who used to buy hundreds of CDs every week. Guess what, after buying DG's 38-CD "Karajan Symphony Edition" on June 24th 2009, I stopped buying for good. Not just CDs, but musi...
by Kwoon
Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Keyboard Solo Works
Replies: 45
Views: 9965

Re:

keninottawa wrote:I don't really enjoy Ashkenazy's approach.
I have his 7-CD set on Decca and agree it's disappointing. In fact, I think these are some of his worst recordings ever.
by Kwoon
Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I bought/ordered/got in the mail today
Replies: 156
Views: 47314

Re: What I bought/ordered/got in the mail today

My collection of Rach 3 recordings has gotten so big that I have been bragging about it whenever and wherever I can. I received my 162nd version yesterday:

Rachmaninoff: piano concertos #1 & #3 (Barry Douglas/Russian State Sym Orch/Svetlanov, RCA Red Seal)
by Kwoon
Wed May 14, 2008 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Looking for musicians to jam with in or near Providence RI
Replies: 5
Views: 929

Looking for musicians to jam with in or near Providence RI

I just logged in for the first time in over a year, clicked on "View your posts", and realized that I had totally forgotten about this Looking for musicians to jam with in Boston/Providence area thread that I had posted back in Jan 2007. Karl , thanks again for suggesting the Copland and Prokofiev p...
by Kwoon
Wed May 14, 2008 7:15 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Watts & the RI Phil played the "Emperor" Cto
Replies: 0
Views: 1193

Watts & the RI Phil played the "Emperor" Cto

I saw Andre Watts and the Rhode Island Philharmonic perform Beethoven's piano concerto #5 last night. It was disappointing. Watts demonstrated plenty of virtuosity but little else. The tempo didn't change the slightest bit throughout each movement. The middle movement was particularly bad -- it was ...
by Kwoon
Sun Apr 22, 2007 6:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3161074

Puccini's "Turandot" by Sutherland/Pavarotti/Mehta on Decca. I've been listening to it (in addition to Bernstein's "Carmen") several times a day because I'll be seeing it at the Met Opera in NYC this coming Wednesday, so I want to become more familiar with it.
by Kwoon
Fri Apr 20, 2007 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What happened to violinist Corey Cerovsek?
Replies: 3
Views: 1782

I saw him perform with the Rhode Island Philharmonic in Jan 2006. I think they played the Saint-Saens 3rd concerto. He played fairly well, though technically shaky at times.
by Kwoon
Fri Apr 20, 2007 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein: How good a conductor?
Replies: 55
Views: 17403

I'm familiar with two Bernstein opera recordings. "Carmen" with a surprisingly good Marilyn Horne worked very well. I just bought this 1972 "Carmen" last week and have been listening to it five times a day. I'm not picky at all about the vocalists, so I focus mainly on the orchestral parts. Bernste...
by Kwoon
Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Looking for musicians to jam with in Boston/Providence area
Replies: 13
Views: 6859

Corlyss_D wrote:I didn't know there were 40 sets!
Around 60 sets have been recorded, many of which are extremely hard to find.
by Kwoon
Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Looking for musicians to jam with in Boston/Providence area
Replies: 13
Views: 6859

I think you'll enjoy the site quite a bit, Lance! It looks like you're better off accessing early in the day because the bandwidth for the site is exceeded eventually. Thanks for the compliment! Yeah, traffic exceeding the quota has been a problem for years and last night, I finally got my lazy ars...
by Kwoon
Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Looking for musicians to jam with in Boston/Providence area
Replies: 13
Views: 6859

DavidW wrote:Well if you need an audience, let me know. :lol:
Are you the same DavidW that I met on the GoodMusicGuide forum? So you're in the Boston area still?
by Kwoon
Thu Jan 18, 2007 1:50 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Looking for musicians to jam with in Boston/Providence area
Replies: 13
Views: 6859

ch1525 wrote:Can't help you where the Chamber Music is concerned (besides, you wouldn't need another pianist :D ).
In fact, I would! I just updated my original post to reflect this.
by Kwoon
Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Looking for musicians to jam with in Boston/Providence area
Replies: 13
Views: 6859

Looking for musicians to jam with in Boston/Providence area

I have tried posting ads on Craigslist to find classical musicians to play chamber music with but have never had much success. If you are in the Boston MA or Providence RI area and are interested in playing some chamber music with a pianist (i.e. me), please PM or email me. Thanks! EDIT: I have acce...
by Kwoon
Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Rubinstein Live Moscow Recital Used - Priced a Bit High?
Replies: 12
Views: 6034

Re: Rubinstein Live Moscow Recital Used - Priced a Bit High?

Holden Fourth wrote:I have the Russian revelation version which has all the Chopin but not the Villa-Lobos.
I have it too. It's preferable to the RCA version because the memory lapses in the Chopin Second Sonata aren't edited out.
by Kwoon
Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Classical sales up
Replies: 15
Views: 6760

Ralph wrote:I do my best but Bocelli? Not even because he's a fellow lawyer will I buy his CDs.
Hey Ralph, this is my first time on this board in many months. How many CDs do you own now? Even more than your total number of posts I guess?
by Kwoon
Sun Jul 24, 2005 10:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: $22
Replies: 15
Views: 7377

Today, I went to a Strawberries store in Providence RI and saw something even more incredible: $9.99 for each Naxos CD!!!!!!
by Kwoon
Sat Jul 16, 2005 2:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: About CDs ... did you know?
Replies: 9
Views: 5997

Don't forget to check out the DG web site, which has some awesome video and audio clips you won't find anywhere else (Like an interview with Hilary Hahn on recording the Elgar Violin Concerto). John Oh, my beloved violinist! I will definitely check out those video clips. I just purchased a ticket t...
by Kwoon
Sat Jul 16, 2005 12:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Hamelin's Iberia
Replies: 5
Views: 3936

I seldom warm up to Hamelin's usually dull playing, but I quite enjoyed his live performance in Boston of three pieces from Iberia. So I will definitely try to get a copy of this. BMG Music Club has been able to license many of Hamelin's recent recordings from Hyperion, and if they succeed again BMG...
by Kwoon
Sat Jul 16, 2005 12:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: About CDs ... did you know?
Replies: 9
Views: 5997

CharmNewton wrote:Courtesy of the Universal Classics web site.

http://www.deccaclassics.com/music/orig ... 56835.html
Hurray!!! I have been waiting for this re-issue for years! Thanks for the URL! And Lance's memory is pretty good!
by Kwoon
Fri Jul 15, 2005 7:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Zinman/Tonhalle 7-CD Box of Richard Strauss Orchestral Music
Replies: 6
Views: 4690

How does Zinman's Till Eulenspiegels compare to Kempe's excellent rendition? It's my favorite R. Strauss piece!
by Kwoon
Fri Jul 15, 2005 7:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: About CDs ... did you know?
Replies: 9
Views: 5997

Re: About CDs ... did you know?

[quote="Lance"]The UNIVERSAL Group is issuing 1) an 11-CD set on Decca of Friedrich Gulda's Beethoven recordings, some of which include Beethoven violin sonatas with Ruggiero Ricci. Gulda recorded two cycles of the 32 sonatas, and the 1967 stereo one has been re-issued quite a few times. Is this the...
by Kwoon
Sat Jun 25, 2005 4:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Your First Pick? Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Replies: 44
Views: 13240

Re: Your First Pick? Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12

Lance wrote:Schumann: Fantasiestücke (Fantasy Pieces), Op. 12
Okay - your turn! Or did I select a work that's not all that popular here?
I love this work! Have very few versions of it though. I enjoy Rubinstein's recordings very much.
by Kwoon
Tue Jun 14, 2005 11:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: ...Where Do I Post My Music?...
Replies: 12
Views: 3712

The account has just been set up! Go to http://mail.yahoo.com and log in using the following user name and password: GMGrecordings goodmusicguide You will see that my silly recording of Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata Mvt 1 is already there! Please upload files of your own recordings! The total storag...
by Kwoon
Tue Jun 14, 2005 6:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: ...Where Do I Post My Music?...
Replies: 12
Views: 3712

Re: ...Where Do I Post My Music?...

Each time I learn a new song/compose a new song (which I'll start here soon) and record in my studio, where do I post it for feedback/review? Here? ]!LL Perfect timing! On the Good Music Guide web site, several of us are interested in uploading our own recordings to a site from which other members ...
by Kwoon
Sat May 28, 2005 10:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: getting together in New York City?
Replies: 18
Views: 4407

I have to report on Tuesday morning for Jury Duty and even if I'm not picked for a panel there's a good chance they'll keep me around for four days. Do you have a phone number where I can reach you on Thursday evening? Ralph But they MUST let you out to buy CDs, right? I just sent you an email. I h...
by Kwoon
Fri May 27, 2005 2:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: getting together in New York City?
Replies: 18
Views: 4407

Kwoon, I may be available for lunch on 3 June-we're giving a surprise 50th birthday dinner that evening for a colleague. I don't know about 1 & 2 June-Thursday night I teach but I have to report on 31 May for jury duty and who knows if I'll be sprung free that week at all. I'm hoping they'll let me...
by Kwoon
Sun May 08, 2005 8:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: getting together in New York City?
Replies: 18
Views: 4407

Re: getting together in New York City?

Hi, I am planning to be in NYC on June 1 - 3. I will most likely visit Academy at least once. I hope to see some of you there! Kwoon ***** And I look forward to meeting you. Please e-mail me when you know your plans. Lunch or dinner is on me! Do you eat Chinese food? Great, I can finally meet Ralph...
by Kwoon
Sun May 08, 2005 1:05 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Uh-Oh
Replies: 16
Views: 5055

Re: Uh-Oh

Modernistfan wrote:There are a lot of critics who had egg on their faces a short time ago.......
Modernistfan, thanks for the interesting post!
by Kwoon
Sun May 08, 2005 1:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: getting together in New York City?
Replies: 18
Views: 4407

getting together in New York City?

Hi,

I am planning to be in NYC on June 1 - 3. I will most likely visit Academy at least once. I hope to see some of you there!

Kwoon
by Kwoon
Sun Apr 17, 2005 12:44 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Horowitz on Naxos (but not in the USA)
Replies: 12
Views: 4236

Re: Horowitz on Naxos (but not in the USA)

I was able to download the first disc from the Naxos web site for free several years back. All I had to do was sign up for their newsletters. Not sure if you can still do that. If you are a Horowitz fanatic , you never give up trying to find the best possible transfers of his old recordings, particu...