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by Ken
Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Johannes B ...
Replies: 4
Views: 990

Re: About Johannes B ...

In terms of format was Brahms much more of a classicist than Schumann, who favoured a more whimsical narrative style (think of the Concerti, which are 'cadenza-' and 'pauseless', his Fantasiestücke, cycles, and vocal/dramatic works). In the most superficial of measures, Brahms followed a stricter so...
by Ken
Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Need some help on what to purchase
Replies: 32
Views: 6079

Re: Need some help on what to purchase

Well, I hope that after 25 answers you've got some fuel for your fire, Matt, though I can't help but throw in my own benzine: I'd immediately recommend the Sawallisch Brahms set; he's one of my favourite interpreters of the composer, and though I haven't heard his LPO set, I have his WSO set and sti...
by Ken
Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reductions and transcriptions
Replies: 22
Views: 5190

Re: Reductions and transcriptions

Also, the Naxos (17-volume!) series of Brahms Four-Hands piano music with Silke-Thora Matthies and Christian Köhn features not only music originally written for that medium (e.g., Hungarian Dances, Variations on a Theme by Schumann), but the composer's transcriptions of almost all of his orchestral ...
by Ken
Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reductions and transcriptions
Replies: 22
Views: 5190

Re: Reductions and transcriptions

Bartók's own solo piano transcription of his Concerto for Orchestra is fascinating; all the more fascinating in the hands of Gyorgy Sandor.
by Ken
Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C, D.944
Wolfgang Sawallisch/Staatskapelle Dresden
Philips

A wonderful performance!
by Ken
Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anda's Brahms PC#2 with Fricsay/BPO
Replies: 11
Views: 2832

Re: Anda's Brahms PC#2 with Fricsay/BPO

If Anda/Fricsay's account of Brahms's Second is as good as their recording of the Bartók Second Concerto, I'll have to look in to it sometime... As for now, my favourite also remains the same as maestrob's---Richter's outstanding performance with Leinsdorf. In fact, I had a listen to this just a cou...
by Ken
Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 2
Geza Anda
Ferenc Fricsay/Radio Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
DGG
by Ken
Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I made some YouTube clips
Replies: 12
Views: 3534

Re: I made some YouTube clips

Seems as though none of the videos are available to German surfers because of copyright restrictions! :(
by Ken
Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://1.1.1.5/bmi/ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61ns2jZiuvL._SL500_AA240_.jpg Schumann: Symphonic Études, Op. 13; Kinderszenen, Op. 15; Kreisleriana, Op. 16 Wilhelm Kempff DGG Kempff's recording of the Op. 13 is so precise, so clear and momentous; surely one of the greatest performances ever reco...
by Ken
Sat Dec 05, 2009 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bombastic Music That You Actually Like.......
Replies: 30
Views: 2904

Re: Bombastic Music That You Actually Like.......

Mahler One, Two, and Three, the Busoni Piano Concerto, Bartók's Suite to The Miraculous Mandarin and the First Piano Concerto, Bruckner's Ninth, Brahms's Akademische Festouvertüre, Prokofiev's Fifth... The list goes on. Apparently I really enjoy bombastic music!
by Ken
Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/416SSW4SZQL._SL500_AA240_.jpg Mahler: Symphony No. 2, 'Auferstehung' Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hilde Rossel-Majdan Otto Klemperer/Philharmonia Orchestra EMI Great Recordings of the Century I was supposed to see Jansons conduct this at the Concertgebouw last night,...
by Ken
Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical Slow Food ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2208

Re: Musical Slow Food ?

I don't think that 'classical' and 'popular' music are very often comparable, since they are art forms with often very different goals and purposes; it's impossible to determine whether or not rock music, for instance, lies at the opposite extreme of an axis from, say, romantic piano music. We're ta...
by Ken
Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who here wishes Webern a Happy Birthday?
Replies: 15
Views: 2677

Re: Who here wishes Webern a Happy Birthday?

Of course I'd like to wish Herrn Webern a happy birthday; I'll do so by listening to his Passacaglia, Op. 1.
by Ken
Fri Dec 04, 2009 5:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4250
Views: 1469726

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

Last night here in Düsseldorf I saw Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov perform Beethoven's Op. 12 Sonatas plus the Op. 47 'Kreuzer' Sonata, which was, to say the least, a wonderful experience. In fact, I was so impressed with the performance that, upon returning home, I defied my self-imposed rec...
by Ken
Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich - love her or hate her?
Replies: 25
Views: 3390

Re: Martha Argerich - love her or hate her?

Hm, my reaction to Argerich's music doesn't ever sway to either 'love' or 'hate'; much of the time I really like her music (especially the chamber recitals) and occasionally I think that the end-product is a touch over-baked for my taste. But on the whole she gets a big thumbs up from me; she still ...
by Ken
Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Music Have To Have Melody ?
Replies: 54
Views: 4436

Re: Does Music Have To Have Melody ?

One of the interesting 'technical' things that I've noticed listening to a few contemporary composers is the treatment of melody across much longer timeframes than in previous times; that is, a melodic line might unravel itself slowly across the length of an entire work, and the listener does not no...
by Ken
Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favorite concertos that are NOT for piano, violin, or cello
Replies: 77
Views: 5838

Re: Favorite concertos that are NOT for piano, violin, or cello

Jared wrote: but I would also have to highlight:

Walton: Viola Concerto (Kennedy/ Previn)
Highlight and double underscore! Great recording.
by Ken
Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: At what age are musicians in their "prime"?
Replies: 18
Views: 3199

Re: At what age are musicians in their "prime"?

Technique and physical ability aside, we can't forget about the other rigours of a musical life that age can have an impact on. I'm speaking of performance, rehearsal, recording, and touring volume and intensity, and the external stress of trying to balance a 'life outside music' (e.g., family life)...
by Ken
Sat Nov 28, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favorite concertos that are NOT for piano, violin, or cello
Replies: 77
Views: 5838

Re: Favorite concertos that are NOT for piano, violin, or cello

Ah, this one's easy! The Walton and Bartók Viola Concertos. :D

Wait, do concerti for 'orchestra' count?
by Ken
Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Another listen to this disappointing Archipel recording:

Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 6, 7, and 9
Sviatoslav Richter
Archipel Records
by Ken
Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which composer's works are the "mostdifficult" to interpret?
Replies: 26
Views: 2204

Re: Which composer's works are the "mostdifficult" to interpret?

Well, Jack, I'm glad to see you mentioned Herr Schumann. I was reluctant to do so because I know I've a personal leaning towards the composer, and I wasn't sure if my heightened knowledge of his works would exaggerate the way I perceive their difficulty. But you're spot-on---at least in terms of the...
by Ken
Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4250
Views: 1469726

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

Haven't had a chance to hear this one yet, but it sure does look interesting. I got my copy for $6/USD through the BMG Music Club which goes by a new name, which escapes me [has something to do with YOURMUSIC]. Normally their single CDs run $6.99/each and there's no postal fees assessed. It's a gre...
by Ken
Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another list to get you worked up ...
Replies: 98
Views: 6512

Re: Another list to get you worked up ...

I must admit that, considering all the lists that I've seen posted on this forum, this one isn't too too outrageous. It seems to make a good judgment of the 'contents' of the top 100 (a few exceptions, of course), though things near the top seem to me to be all in the wrong places. I'm always surpri...
by Ken
Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4250
Views: 1469726

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

http://www.arkivmusic.com/graphics/covers/full/105/1050620.jpg Robert Schumann Violin Sonatas #1 in a, Op. 105 #2 in d, Op. 121 #3 in a, WoO 2 Carolin Widmann, violin Dénes Várjon, piano ECM Records ECM 2047, DDD (Recorded 2007, Lugano, Switzerland) Tragically, Lance, I am still waiting to hear thi...
by Ken
Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most Overrated Composer?
Replies: 130
Views: 14213

Re: Most Overrated Composer?

Great to have you back, Jack! Hope you don't hit the road no more, no more, no more, no more. ;)
by Ken
Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Last night I had my first listening to the following recording: Schumann: Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 34 Frank Peter Zimmermann Hans Vonk/Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester EMI (long out-of-print) In the early '90s, Hans Vonk undertook a large-scale Schumann project with the Kölner Rundfunk-Sinf...
by Ken
Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97 "Rheinische" Sir Georg Solti/Wiener Philharmoniker Decca This version of my favourite work is currently playing on WDR3... And I am not amused. Then turn off the Radio... :lol: Nah, I had some kind of macabre fascination with the whole ordeal, and I ...
by Ken
Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97 "Rheinische"
Sir Georg Solti/Wiener Philharmoniker
Decca

This version of my favourite work is currently playing on WDR3... And I am not amused.
by Ken
Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grieg Piano Sonata in E minor, Op.7
Replies: 7
Views: 1871

Re: Grieg Piano Sonata in E minor, Op.7

^ Here's an Andsnes fan, though listening to the Pletnev recording, I can hear why you're fond of it. And I'm impressed that YouTube has the rare Gould recording! Ah, the internet...
by Ken
Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which composer's works are the "mostdifficult" to interpret?
Replies: 26
Views: 2204

Re: Which composer's works are the "mostdifficult" to interpret?

I'll agree with all the votes for Mozart, though after about thirty seconds of calculation in my head, the one example of this that popped to mind was Schubert. It seems as though his music often rides a fine balance that separates two (or more) completely different moods; lean too far in one direct...
by Ken
Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

A lot of listening this weekend. For dinner I'm having:

Beethoven: Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
Claudio Arrau
Philips

Coupled with a couple of glasses of 2009 Frühroter Veltliner from Niederösterreich. The whole experience is ganz spritzig.
by Ken
Sat Nov 21, 2009 2:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
Viktoria Mullova
André Preview/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Philips

...Is a great recording!
by Ken
Sat Nov 21, 2009 2:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

I have heard excerpts of that recording and I wondered what all of the fuss was about, it didn't move me at all. Perhaps I should give it another try. Sean, I think you've got a more discriminating ear when it comes to Mahler. I've not much in the ways of Mahler Fours (I think five or six records n...
by Ken
Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://1.1.1.2/bmi/www.arkivmusic.com/graphics/covers/full/106/1068871.jpg Mahler: Symphony No. 4 Miah Persson (sop.) Ivan Fischer/Budapest Festival Orchestra Channel Classics After my first listen to this disc, I'm inclined to agree with David Hurwitz's gushing ClassicsToday.com appraisal: it migh...
by Ken
Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://1.1.1.1/bmi/www.arkivmusic.com/graphics/covers/full/44/442946.JPG Schumann, Widmann: Cello Concertos Jan Vogler Christoph Poppen/Münchener Kammerorchester Berlin Classics http://1.1.1.2/bmi/www.arkivmusic.com/graphics/covers/full/60/603747.jpg Schumann: Cello Concerto Janos Starker Stanislaw...
by Ken
Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C D.944
Sir Neville Marriner/Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Arkiv

A great reading, complete repeats and all...
by Ken
Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who are the Leading Contemporary Composers?
Replies: 26
Views: 4088

Re: Who are the Leading Contemporary Composers?

Jörg Widmann gets a lot of attention in Germany, and with good reason---his compositions are very creative and playful, and (at least in my opinion) don't strike the listener as incorrigibly abstract. He's also very young (35, I believe?), meaning the best of his works are likely yet to come.
by Ken
Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

^ I prefer Blomstedt in those three works.

This morning: some 'Ancerl Gold':

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Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
Karl Ancerl/Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Supraphon
by Ken
Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Angela Hewitt (piano) Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 7164

Re: Angela Hewitt (piano) Thread

^ Hm... I also forgot to ask--were you listening to Gould's disc of music by Canadian composers? Or do you have this recording? I'm quite impressed by it.
by Ken
Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Angela Hewitt (piano) Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 7164

Re: Angela Hewitt (piano) Thread

How very Canadian, Henry--sitting in your study, listening to Glenn Gould and Angela Hewitt while reading a biography of Champlain... Were you perchance drinking a large Double-Double at the time? ;)
by Ken
Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
Herbert von Karajan/Berliner Philharmoniker
DGG

A classic.
by Ken
Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Angela Hewitt (piano) Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 7164

Re: Angela Hewitt (piano) Thread

^ Well, I haven't heard any performances of the Intermezzi that have been schmalzy enough to make me do the 'pointing-in-opened-mouth-to-indicate-figurative-gagging' action, though the recordings of certain pianists who are known to tend in such a direction have brought me close. Kempff and Gould re...
by Ken
Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662913

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 19 Julia Fischer Yakov Kreizberg/Russian National Orchestra PentaTone Gearing up for this afternoon's concert in Dortmund, in which the aforementioned artist will play the aforementioned work with Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersberg Philharmonic. The first h...
by Ken
Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Angela Hewitt (piano) Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 7164

Re: Angela Hewitt (piano) Thread

Some might have reservations about exactly that crisp. détaché style. Count me as one of those who find Gould's playing to be mechanically perfect but almost always lacking in soul and passion. When people say this I recommend them Gould's recordings of the Hindemith Sonatas; if you haven't yet hea...
by Ken
Sat Nov 14, 2009 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Zoltan Kocsis playing Bartok
Replies: 22
Views: 4284

Re: Zoltan Kocsis playing Bartok

^ The vocal accompaniments in the Third Book of Bartók's Mikrokosmos were the composer's own original intention.
by Ken
Sat Nov 14, 2009 2:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Symphonic Music Inspired by Trains, Airplanes or Automobiles
Replies: 16
Views: 3417

Re: Symphonic Music Inspired by Trains, Airplanes or Automobiles

Plus Walton's gripping musical score to accompany the Battle in the Sky sequence from the film The Battle of Britain, not to mention his 'Spitfire' Prelude and Fugue from 1942.
by Ken
Sat Nov 14, 2009 2:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Symphonic Music Inspired by Trains, Airplanes or Automobiles
Replies: 16
Views: 3417

Re: Symphonic Music Inspired by Trains, Airplanes or Automobiles

Reich's Different Trains

Stockhausen's Helicopter Streichquartett
by Ken
Sat Nov 14, 2009 2:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Preconceived Notions About Classical Music
Replies: 15
Views: 3587

Re: Preconceived Notions About Classical Music

I've noticed that the 'preconceptions' about classical music aren't as strong here as they are in North America, probably because many Germans are taught about music history as youngsters and because instrumental training is much more common here. But in speaking with people in my age group, I still...
by Ken
Sat Nov 14, 2009 2:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let's have some fun: superlatives in classical music!
Replies: 43
Views: 5356

Re: Let's have some fun: superlatives in classical music!

Borodin is the greatest 'spare-time' composer in the history of music, and certainly the greatest composer amongst aldehyde chemists.

(P.S.: Happy belated 176th, Alexander!)
by Ken
Sat Nov 14, 2009 1:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Zoltan Kocsis playing Bartok
Replies: 22
Views: 4284

Re: Zoltan Kocsis playing Bartok

^ Going to second the vote for Grygory Sandor's Bartók recordings; his deeply-conceived performances of the Concertos are the most recommendable starting point, but if you can find a copy, try to listen to his recording of the solo piano transcription of the Concerto for Orchestra , which is somethi...