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by Ken
Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann 200
Replies: 56
Views: 25068

Re: Schumann 200

Which Fischer-Dieskau recording, Chalkie? If you've not yet heard the live take from the Salzburg Festival in 1956... Don't hesitate much longer to rush to YouTube and have a (free) listen---fantastic!
by Ken
Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann 200
Replies: 56
Views: 25068

Re: Schumann 200

For those of you who can understand German, here's a fantastic little Deutsche Welle segment about the concert here in Düsseldorf on Tuesday: http://www.dw-world.de/popups/popup_single_mediaplayer/0,,5668017_type_video_struct_1534_contentId_2829781,00.html Christoph Eschenbach led the Düsseldorfer S...
by Ken
Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann 200
Replies: 56
Views: 25068

Schumann 200

Robert Alexander Schumann * 8.6.1810 - Zwickau ✝ 29.7.1856 - Bonn/Endenich http://portrait.kaar.at/Musikgeschichte%2019.Jhd%20Teil%202/images/robert_schumann-1.jpg 148 - Works published with Opus numbers 31 - Works published without Opus numbers "Nur erst, wenn Dir die Form klar wird, wird Dir der G...
by Ken
Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662881

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Schumann: Adagio und Allegro, Op. 70; 3 Romanzen, Op. 94; Phantasiestücke, Op. 73; 5 Stücke 'im Volkston', Op. 102
Marek Jerie
Ivan Klansky
Brilliant Classics

...only two days until the big anniversary!
by Ken
Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Brahms: Piano Sonata #3 in F Minor, Op. 5
Replies: 23
Views: 8893

Re: Taking Stock: Brahms: Piano Sonata #3 in F Minor, Op. 5

I'm going to give the big thumbs-up to my countryman André Laplante here, whose exceptional, intelligent reading of the Sonata really opened my eyes to the work.

Otherwise I have accounts by Ronan O'Hara, Peter Rösel and Wilhelm Kempff.
by Ken
Mon May 31, 2010 2:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)
Replies: 40
Views: 7739

Re: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)

^ Good to hear you've decided to go easy on him, Chalkie... Only 8 days until the 200th birthday! ;)
by Ken
Sun May 30, 2010 3:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Düsseldorf: Japan am Rhein
Replies: 2
Views: 907

Re: Düsseldorf: Japan am Rhein

Yes, I saw this live, although my perspective wasn't ideal (hundreds of thousands of people crowd the Rhein on Japan-Tag) so I'd imagine that the TV-viewers got the "Schumann" part of the experience much more clearly than I. But Schumannfest here in Düsseldorf is now in full swing! Check out the pro...
by Ken
Sun May 30, 2010 3:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)
Replies: 40
Views: 7739

Re: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)

I also have many of the works in the EMI release, which, even despite its genre-based separation into several smaller sets, is not quite as extensive in its traversal of Schumann's oeuvre as the DGG set. It also adds up to be a bit more expensive. HOWEVER---the Orchestral set is NOT TO BE MISSED if ...
by Ken
Sun May 23, 2010 1:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fischer: The best Fourth ever?
Replies: 38
Views: 3647

Re: Fischer: The best Fourth ever?

A magnificent reading, indeed, and certainly my favourite of the several recordings that I have in my collection. The texturing in the first movement alone is awe-inspiring, and I find the performance throughout to be very charismatic---there's somehow more 'wit' in Fischer's reading than is typical.
by Ken
Fri May 21, 2010 10:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662881

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

^ Fantastic recording---I agree with you completely!
by Ken
Fri May 21, 2010 4:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)
Replies: 40
Views: 7739

Re: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)

I have just ordered this mega set. I cannot wait to receive it and let you all know my reaction. I am looking forward to the Fischer-Dieskau vocal contributions and the Benjamin Britten conducted Faust vocal/choral piece. 8) You will definitely NOT be disappointed in the Britten "Faust" performance...
by Ken
Fri May 21, 2010 1:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)
Replies: 40
Views: 7739

Re: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)

As expected, Ashkenazy's performance of the Piano Concerto left me wanting more (not that I need any more recordings of the Piano Concerto!). But his solo recordings are fantastic---especially his reading of the Bunte Blätter (Op. 99) and the Drei Romanzen (Op. 28).
by Ken
Thu May 20, 2010 8:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)
Replies: 40
Views: 7739

Re: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)

Well, my set came in the mail today. Reactions to follow (even though I've already heard about half of the contents!).
by Ken
Tue May 18, 2010 1:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662881

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Chalkperson wrote:Personally, I can't stand Gidon Kremer's "sound" give me Scratching on a Blackboard any day, it's far more musical... :mrgreen:
...Chalkie! We finally agree on something! ;)
by Ken
Tue May 18, 2010 1:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: This is for all the members of this site
Replies: 22
Views: 2409

Re: This is for all the members of this site

Great performance, Saul! I feel honoured. :oops:
by Ken
Tue May 18, 2010 1:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Very distinct idioms
Replies: 29
Views: 3850

Re: Very distinct idioms

To a certain extent I find the music of Schumann, Bartók, and Walton very singular and identifiable. But I think the most recognizable style amongst my favourite composers belongs to Hindemith, whose trademark phrasing is very charismatic and, as you say, full of 'idiom'.
by Ken
Mon May 17, 2010 9:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662881

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Schumann: Bunte Blätter, Op. 99
Sviatoslav Richter
BBC Legends
by Ken
Sun May 16, 2010 2:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)
Replies: 40
Views: 7739

Re: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)

^ The first movement, "Mit Energie und Leidenschaft", must be one of my favourites of the composer's output---so cleverly structured and full of narrative swings in emotion. I actually consider the First Piano Trio (and the contemporaneous Second Symphony) as a stylistic turning point in his career...
by Ken
Fri May 14, 2010 7:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)
Replies: 40
Views: 7739

Re: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)

^ No, but that does call into my mind a question about the Piano Trios: the DGG set features recordings of the works by the Beaux-Arts Trio. I already have the very fine recordings of the works by the ensemble on the Philips label---are these the same takes that will be featured in the Deutsche Gram...
by Ken
Fri May 14, 2010 1:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)
Replies: 40
Views: 7739

Re: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)

^ The one thing that springs to mind is the Orchestral box for EMI: the Sawallisch recordings of the Symphonies and the Zimmermann/Vonk recording of the Violin Concerto are both tops on my list of favourite recordings for each of those respective works. Those who still don't have these two accounts ...
by Ken
Thu May 13, 2010 3:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)
Replies: 40
Views: 7739

ROBERT SCHUMANN Masterworks Edition (35-CD - DGG)

In celebration of Schumann's 200th anniversary on the 8th of June (by the way--less than a month away, for those who have also been counting) Deutsche Grammophon is releasing a 35-CD box set that encompasses almost all of the composer's works (discounting substantial gaps in the Lieder and four-hand...
by Ken
Sat May 08, 2010 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Are Standing Ovations Really Too Common Today?
Replies: 42
Views: 3205

Re: Are Standing Ovations Really Too Common Today?

Andsnes's playing is certainly sparking---perhaps too shiny at times, though he seems to be able to give the major concertos the 'big romantic' treatment without delving into the glam tactics of certain pop-classical artists. His release of the Grieg/Schumann Concerti with Jansons and the BPO remain...
by Ken
Sat May 08, 2010 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Are Standing Ovations Really Too Common Today?
Replies: 42
Views: 3205

Re: Are Standing Ovations Really Too Common Today?

One thing is certain, I have never seen a German audience standing up to applaud, no matter how great the performance was, and who was the artist. It happens here too, though audiences seem much more reluctant to jump to their feet and usually only stand after a couple of curtain calls. When this h...
by Ken
Thu May 06, 2010 8:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Schumann - Dichterliebe (cycle)
Replies: 24
Views: 6065

Re: Taking Stock: Schumann - Dichterliebe (cycle)

Any other fans of Peter Schreier's recording of the cycle with Norman Shetler? Although I prefer Baritones for most all of Schumann's Lieder and Lied-Cycles, the quality and emotional range of Schreier's tenor ist most impressive. For my estimate of this work he's right up there with Fischer-Dieskau.
by Ken
Wed May 05, 2010 12:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Schumann - Dichterliebe (cycle)
Replies: 24
Views: 6065

Re: Taking Stock: Schumann - Dichterliebe (cycle)

I've got:

Bästlein/Laux/Hännsler
Güra/Schultsz/Harmonia Mundi
Quasthoff/Szidon/RCA
Wunderlich/Giesen/DGG
Fischer-Dieskau/Eschenbach/DGG
Fischer-Dieskau/Moore/Orfeo
Schreier/Shetler/Berlin
by Ken
Sun May 02, 2010 4:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662881

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Schumann: Klaviersonate Nr. 2 in G-moll
Martha Argerich
DGG

Astounding.
by Ken
Fri Apr 30, 2010 1:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NEW MESSAGE! Fischer-Dieskau's Schumann set on DGG
Replies: 16
Views: 3290

Re: Fischer-Dieskau's Schumann set on DGG

To me, this interpretations are (with the Wolf Lieder with Barenboim) the best of Fischer Dieskau. I only see two other barytons at this level: Panzera and Souzay. I have both Souzay and Wunderlich (tenor) doing the "Dichterliebe". In "Ich grolle nicht" Souzay chooses not to take the octave leap at...
by Ken
Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Suggestions for Schumann programm
Replies: 20
Views: 4237

Re: Suggestions for Schumann programm

^ The Quintet is a fantastic work, though we can hear the composer's maturation in writing for chamber forces from the Quintet (Op. 44) to the Quartet (Op. 47) to the First Trio (Op. 63); the coherence in mood of the latter two pieces and the expressive fineness of the Trio in particular are quite r...
by Ken
Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most popular Shakespeare work in music
Replies: 20
Views: 2353

Re: Most popular Shakespeare work in music

Walton's fantastic setting of music for Olivier's Henry V from 1944 is still my favourite...
by Ken
Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Suggestions for Schumann programm
Replies: 20
Views: 4237

Re: Suggestions for Schumann programm

^ Here's support for the Zehetmair Quartet recording of Op. 41 Nr. 3... Though I'm not all to fond of Horowitz's Kinderszenen, if I'm honest. :)
by Ken
Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Halls With Great and Dreadful Acoustics
Replies: 13
Views: 2211

Re: Halls With Great and Dreadful Acoustics

I'll share some insights from my own experiences. The Alte Oper in Frankfurt has tremendous acoustics; still very resonant in the style of 19th-century opera houses but the sound quality (thanks to a recent renovation) is quite sharp and true. If one likes a deep and cavernous acoustic, the Gewandha...
by Ken
Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Suggestions for Schumann programm
Replies: 20
Views: 4237

Re: Suggestions for Schumann programm

I'm not too ashamed or too partisan to admit that one or two of the master's later choral works lack something in the way of texture; the Mass in C is somewhat one-dimensional (though not without its inspiring moments) and the Requiem sounds somewhat out of character. That said, the Rose Pilgerfahrt...
by Ken
Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Suggestions for Schumann programm
Replies: 20
Views: 4237

Re: Suggestions for Schumann programm

Within the Schumann repertory there are very few 'seminal' recordings, which I'm sure makes radio programming much more exciting. I'm quite partisan when it comes to recordings of the works of my favourite composer, but I'll nonetheless make a handful of suggestions that could fit well into your sch...
by Ken
Tue Apr 20, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein & Beethoven
Replies: 13
Views: 2471

Re: Bernstein & Beethoven

I'm quite fond of his recordings of nrs. 2 and 7 on Sony...
by Ken
Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Works which live/die by the orchestra soloists
Replies: 26
Views: 2268

Re: Works which live/die by the orchestra soloists

Just about everything that Bartók wrote for orchestra!
by Ken
Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your Top Symphonies, one for each of your years.
Replies: 49
Views: 4043

Re: Your Top Symphonies, one for each of your years.

I'll need to pick together 26. Just off of the top of my head: Schumann 1, 2, 3, 4 Brahms 1, 2, 3, 4 Mahler 1, 2, 3, 4 Beethoven 3, 6, 7, 8 Bodorin 1, 2 Sibelius 2, 3 Prokofiev 5 Hindemith E-Flat Mendelssohn 5 Bruckner 9 Walton 1 Schubert 9 I might have to tweak this list as this thread develops and...
by Ken
Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662881

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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Hindemith: 3 Gesänge für Sopran und großes Orchester, Op. 9
Janis Martin
Gerd Albrecht/Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Wergo
by Ken
Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann's Symphonic Etudes - Richter and....
Replies: 13
Views: 3801

Re: Schumann's Symphonic Etudes - Richter and....

For Schumann's brilliant Opus 13 I'm partial to Kempff (very well thought-out with spectacular textures), Richter on BBC Legends (power!) and Gilels. I can't say I'm too fond of Pollini's take; don't know exactly why.
by Ken
Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 4/4: Happy Birthday, Ken of Düsseldorf, Germany
Replies: 16
Views: 1644

Re: 4/4: Happy Birthday, Ken of Düsseldorf, Germany

^ If I am honest, Henry, I don't miss it very much at all. But friends and family remain of course very important to me.

Thanks for the wishes!
by Ken
Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662881

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51fdeIa6DOL._SL500_AA240_.jpg Schumann, Brahms: Symphony No. 4 Herbert von Karajan Berliner Philharmoniker/Philharmonia Orchestra of London EMI I'm at it again. I can't seem to make up my mind about Karajan's interpretations of both of these composers. I find o...
by Ken
Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buying music is ... essentially ...
Replies: 27
Views: 3739

Re: Buying music is ... essentially ...

Call me old-fashioned, but I much prefer seeing music live than buying a CD. I'm even prepared to pay more to buy a concert ticket in order to do this, though since the rebates here for students and younger folk are fantastic, I'm more readily shelling out a few Euros to see a live concert.
by Ken
Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is anybody buying classical CDs these days?
Replies: 72
Views: 11336

Re: Is anybody buying classical CDs these days?

I'm not buying CDs right now, though not out of 'boredom' or what not, but rather because of finances. I think that in three or four years, once I'm truly finished with my studies, I'll be able to start exploring the world of new recordings once again.
by Ken
Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 4/4: Happy Birthday, Ken of Düsseldorf, Germany
Replies: 16
Views: 1644

Re: 4/4: Happy Birthday, Ken of Düsseldorf, Germany

Hey, thanks everyone for the good wishes!

Chalkie, of course I still like you. I especially like bickering with you about our good man Robert. ;)

But what's all this about Borodin?
by Ken
Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Agnes Selby!
Replies: 17
Views: 1904

Re: Happy Birthday, Agnes Selby!

Agnes, many best wishes from the other side of the world!

Seems, too, as though great minds... Are 'born' alike. ;)
by Ken
Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662881

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

On a little bit of a Johannes run...

Brahms: The Complete Piano Trios
Beaux-Arts Trio
Philips
by Ken
Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mussorgsky: like him or not?
Replies: 22
Views: 2725

Re: Mussorgsky: like him or not?

The operas and piano music are brilliant. "Two thumbs way up."
by Ken
Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berwald's Symphonies: What to Buy?
Replies: 9
Views: 2230

Re: Berwald's Symphonies: What to Buy?

Like most of his releases that I've heard, I can only underscore Dausgaard's recordings of the Berwald Symphonies. Very, very clear and energetic performances.
by Ken
Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662881

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Brahms: Piano Sonata Nr. 3 in F Minor, Two Rhapsodies Op. 79
André Laplante
Analekta Fleur de Lys
by Ken
Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3662881

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

'Wake-up' music:

Schumann: Symphonie Nr. 4 in d-Moll, Op. 120
Wilhelm Furtwängler/Berliner Philharmoniker
DGG
by Ken
Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What composer have you become DISENCHANTED with?
Replies: 92
Views: 9810

Re: What composer have you become DISENCHANTED with?

^ I could respond to your question, Chalkie, though I'm sure in return you'd come up with yet another snap at poor ol' Robert Alexander. To appease you, I'll list a handful of his works that I find positively enchanting: Piano Sonata Op. 14 Eichendorff-Liederkreis Op. 39 Symphony Nr. 2, Op. 61 Piano...