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by brownswan
Sun Jul 10, 2005 11:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bach Without Fear [Article]
Replies: 51
Views: 13606

BWV 1080 wrote:
Corlyss_D wrote:Is there an article "Bach Without Boredom?"
You must mean "Bruckner without Boredom" (although that is a lost cause)
Bruckner has never bored me, but nothing nothing really bores me except all popular culture.
by brownswan
Sun Jul 10, 2005 10:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 668872

Shostakovich: Symphony No.8 / Leningrad Phil./Mravinsky -- BBC, 1960 I heard Mravinsky and the (then) Leningrad perform this in Chicago in 1962, at McCormick Place, instead of Orchestra Hall. Up till then I had only heard a radio broadcast of the 1st movt. by Koussevitsky and the Boston Symphony Orc...
by brownswan
Sat Jun 04, 2005 9:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Shostakovich's String Quartets
Replies: 36
Views: 10661

Anyway by the time DSCH was writing SQ nr 15 he was well aware that this was going to be the end - hence the six adagios, hence the dedication to himself. There is something to this. No 15 is Op.144; his final work, the viola Sonata, is Op.147. Elisabeth Wilson offers touching interviews with a num...
by brownswan
Sat Jun 04, 2005 8:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Shostakovich's String Quartets
Replies: 36
Views: 10661

Peter's remark that Shostakovich was already an accomplished composer at the time of the First Quartet is much to the point; I wonder what 'weakness' such a first quartet might suffer from .... None, in this case, if I consider a musician's response to the music. When I was a student at Indiana Uni...
by brownswan
Sun May 29, 2005 10:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bruckner 4
Replies: 36
Views: 11072

Lenny recorded the 9th twice, and there is a recording of the 6th available in the set of NY Phil broadcasts in a $200.+ box. I don't recall him performing the 4th -- from whence a pirate? -- but who could imagine him performing the 6th, for that matter? Evidently Toscanini performed both the 4th an...
by brownswan
Sun May 29, 2005 5:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bruckner 4
Replies: 36
Views: 11072

I have Klemperer's earlier commercial recording of the 4th with the Vienna Symphony on VOX, also the Tintner, Jochum (EMI/Dresden), Marin (BBC Scottish SO, really very good!), and two recordings of the 'revised' Loewe/Schalk edition of 1889 -- Furtwaengler/VPO on Orfeo, and von Matacic/Philharmonia ...
by brownswan
Sun May 29, 2005 5:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Tower Raises Naxos Prices
Replies: 25
Views: 7369

I think I recall a friend telliing me NAXOS was in a dispute with Capitol Records or EMI over the historical issues -- many of which were originally issued on EMI 78s. There may be an injunction forcing NAXOS to withdraw the series until the dispute is settled. I'm glad I got those Weingartner/Beeth...
by brownswan
Sun May 29, 2005 8:54 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A Fine New Bartók String Quartet Set by the Vermeer Quartet
Replies: 26
Views: 20157

I never liked the Juilliard set that much. I prefer a warmer, more idiomatic approach. I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Takacs. I mentioned them, along with the Vegh and Tatrai Quartets -- they all remain my favorites in this music, and the sound on the Takacs discs is incredible. Has anyone ...
by brownswan
Thu May 26, 2005 3:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: A Fine New Bartók String Quartet Set by the Vermeer Quartet
Replies: 26
Views: 20157

That is a fine review you wrote. The only other bargain set I know of is the Novak Quartet on Phillips duo, a rather mild-mannered recording compared to what the Vegh, Tatrai, and Takacs quartets offer, for example. The Vermeer set sounds like it could be a strong first choice for someone new to the...
by brownswan
Thu May 26, 2005 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 668872

Ralph, I also frequent Academy, where often I find a better buy than online. I usually check there first to see if I can find a particular item. We may have bumped into each other there, unwittingly-- and literally. The place can be very crowded, and I think that's why they blast the hip-hop - to cl...
by brownswan
Thu May 26, 2005 10:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Boulez Bruckner 8
Replies: 23
Views: 8688

There are 2 Nowak editions. One is of the 1887 'original version' of the score, which Bruckner presented to Hermann Levi -- and which Levi rejected as ' a closed book' to him. Bruckner's intitial reaction was complete shock, since Levi had championed the 7th Symphony in Munich, where it was a great ...
by brownswan
Thu May 26, 2005 7:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 668872


Their Beethoven cycle is on my want list but, curiously, I haven't seen it in Tower. Gotta extend my search.
Try amazon.com. You can save a bundle on used copies -- even for low priced labels.
by brownswan
Thu May 26, 2005 7:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 668872

karlhenning wrote:Welcome, swan!

Though I expect your feathers may in fact be white, with judicious removal of the New York soot :-)
I have inhaled too much of it to ever be removed, I fear. You are what you inhale. Smoking is redundant here, just breath normally and enjoy the buzz.
by brownswan
Thu May 26, 2005 7:06 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Boulez Bruckner 8
Replies: 23
Views: 8688

MACHINA weapon wrote: Horenstein is my personal favorite. Grittier than other recordings mentioned above. It has greatest timpani playing I've ever heard and the coda was absolutely earth-shattering.
This is Horenstein's later recording of the Haas ed. issued on BBC or the earlier Vienna recording of Nowak on VOX?
by brownswan
Wed May 25, 2005 10:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Boulez Bruckner 8
Replies: 23
Views: 8688

My favorite among von Karajan's recordings of Bruckner 8 remains his 1958 recording for EMI -- still available in their von Karajan edition. It was also my first lp recording of the 8th -- though not the first I heard. That was Jochum/Hamburg on 3 US Decca lps (via DG 78s -- or at least the tapes in...
by brownswan
Wed May 25, 2005 9:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 668872

Yes, I have most of the Haydn Quartets by the Kodalys as well, with the Tatrai, Caspar de Salo, Endellion, and Amadeus Quartets filling in the gaps. My wife prefers piano solo and chamber music above all, and I had long loved the Beethoven and Shostakovich quartets, so converting me was an easy matt...
by brownswan
Wed May 25, 2005 9:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Sad Classical Music?
Replies: 28
Views: 10113

Haydn String Quartet in D major, op.71 no.2, III Adagio cantabile; Bach, Aria that begins and ends the Goldberg Variations; Schubert, Quintet in C, II Adagio; Mahler, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen; Shostakovich, String Quartet No.15 op. 144 -- pretty much the whole thing.
by brownswan
Wed May 25, 2005 9:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Shostakovich 15
Replies: 15
Views: 4223

I am fond of the Solti/Chicago Symphony recording. Not only is it well played and suberbly recorded, but it offers egually fine performances of the Shostakovich orchestration of Mussorgsky's Songs And Dances Of Death and the Khovanshchina Prelude -- arranged on the disc in a concert sequence that be...
by brownswan
Wed May 25, 2005 8:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 668872

New here, and I'm glad to see some one else listening to Haydn string quartets. In my case: op. 64 no.6, op.71.nos. 1&2 -- Aeolian String Quartet. For the past year I have been listening to chamber music more than anything else, and string quartets, in particular.