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by moldyoldie
Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3424391

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Seán wrote:Are you familiar with the wonderful Svetlanov/Russian State Symphony Orchestra ,Rachmaninov Symphony set?
No, not familiar at all, but I take it you recommend them highly. :) What adjectives would best describe the performances and recordings?
by moldyoldie
Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3424391

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Just listened to... http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41SRH6E7WDL._SL500_AA240_.jpg Earlier listened to... http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/ba/49/dc2e828fd7a000092222f010.L._SL500_AA240_.jpg Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3; Symphonic Danses St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra Mariss ...
by moldyoldie
Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3424391

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51B1VF5KMDL._SL500_AA240_.jpg Originally released as... http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61SRMPCVGEL._SL500_AA240_.jpg Berio: Sinfonia; Eindrücke New Swingle Singers Orchestre National de France Pierre Boulez, cond. APEX (orig. ERATO) All I can say is that...
by moldyoldie
Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most overused adjective in the classical music language
Replies: 62
Views: 5486

Re: The most overused adjective in the classical music language

A truly, er, sublime performance of Sibelius Symphony No. 7.
by moldyoldie
Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt: Why am I not enamoured?
Replies: 30
Views: 6010

Re: Klaus Tennstedt: Why am I not enamoured?

My listening experience has been that the late Tennstedt is especially worth hearing in live performance recordings leading his erstwhile band the London Philharmonic, such as those released by BBC and LPO's house label. Depending on the work, performances are often impetuous bordering on wreckless....
by moldyoldie
Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Unfulfilled Agenda
Replies: 5
Views: 638

Re: The Unfulfilled Agenda

And this has "what" to do with classical music? :?
by moldyoldie
Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3424391

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

^^ hmm, the thought of Andrew Litton tackling Rach's infamous 1st is an intriguing and perhaps unlikely partnership.. what do you make of it? :? The work certainly has it moments (and its longueurs, but after all, it's Rachmaninov). The orchestra plays superbly and Litton negotiates the long lines ...
by moldyoldie
Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3424391

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

I've had this in my collection for years along with Maazel's Rachmaninov No. 3 heard yesterday. It's finally receiving some concerted listening from these near-virgin ears. No. 2 has been a long-time favorite, but No. 1 is a youthful effort, apparently performed once (a disaster according to the not...
by moldyoldie
Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most overused adjective in the classical music language
Replies: 62
Views: 5486

Re: The most overused adjective in the classical music language

I never, ever, EVER want to hear the word "definitive" applied to a performance. If ever an adjective was overused.... :roll:
by moldyoldie
Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Worst US National Anthem ever?? (Groban inside)
Replies: 40
Views: 1538

Re: Worst US National Anthem ever?? (Groban inside)

I liked all the YouTube interpretations displayed on this thread. :) Roseanne's was obviously an abomination meant to be "absurdly funny", but certainly wasn't. Who remembers this one from the '68 World Series? (Tigers won in 7 :wink: ) [youtube]<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" v...
by moldyoldie
Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3424391

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Just curious, do you (or anyone) have a personal favorite in the Nielsen No. 4? I'm finding interpretive variances to be both interesting and insightful. I am very fond of the Blomstedt/SFSO recording of the Nielsen 4. Kuchar/Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra on Brilliant Classics is a very fine rendi...
by moldyoldie
Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3424391

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

I was curious about that recording as I do love both symphonies in addition to that I have very few Barbirolli recordings, I do like what I have listened to of his work thus far. Seán, I concur with the seemingly general consensus that Barbirolli's recording of Sibelius No. 2 with the Royal Philhar...
by moldyoldie
Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3424391

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5163iSqO4tL._SL500_AA240_.jpg Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 "The Inextinguishable" Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 Hallé Orchestra Sir John Barbirolli, cond. BBC Both performances are recorded in live performance at London's Royal Albert Hall -- the Nielsen on July 30, 1965...
by moldyoldie
Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:18 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Movies you WALKED OUT ON!!
Replies: 53
Views: 19594

Re: Movies you WALKED OUT ON!!

I recall only one movie I've ever walked out on: Timothy Carey's not-quite-completed color follow-up to his cult classic The World's Greatest Sinner called Tweet's Ladies of Pasadena -- PAINFULLY AWFUL! :lol: Both films were shown in what seemed to be a touring exhibition presented by the late Carey...
by moldyoldie
Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven and Karl Böhm
Replies: 13
Views: 3560

Re: Beethoven and Karl Böhm

....it's on the other end of the spectrum from Karajan: more classical in approach, with carefully balanced voices and a more "traditional" approach to Beethoven (moderate tempi, big-boned sonorities). I mostly concur with this assessment and would add that, in my opinion, DG gave this bunch (Böhm/...
by moldyoldie
Fri Jan 01, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How many NAXOS discs in your collection?
Replies: 62
Views: 5749

Re: How many NAXOS discs in your collection?

Naxos represents a very small percentage of my collection -- currently 12 out of roughly 2000 classical CDs. I think the reason is my propensity toward less obscure and esoteric classical fare and the relative cheapness of used CDs with major artists on major labels. I'm thinking, however, that Naxo...
by moldyoldie
Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joyless And Depressing Musical Downers That You Like
Replies: 51
Views: 10125

Re: Joyless And Depressing Musical Downers That You Like

I'll certainly echo Schmidt Symphony No. 4 and Shostakovich No. 8! :D I'll add Sibelius' Symphony No. 4 and R. Strauss' Metamorphosen.
by moldyoldie
Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Let's have some fun: superlatives in classical music!
Replies: 43
Views: 5145

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

Seán wrote:
nut-job wrote:
IcedNote wrote:The trombone is the most uninspiring instrument of the orchestra.

-G
You need to listen to more Bruckner.
and Duke Ellington too. :wink:
...and the Sibelius Symphony No. 7. :!:
by moldyoldie
Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:09 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: ....movies you WON'T SEE, no matter what everyone else says!
Replies: 24
Views: 3634

Re: ....movies you WON'T SEE, no matter what everyone else says!

"Won't see" denotes a fairly long time, but I've been most reluctant to view Mel Gibson's otherwise esteemed The Passion of the Christ merely due to its ostensible graphic and incessant depiction of torture. :| Perhaps someone here can change my mind.
by moldyoldie
Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:35 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: “Twilight Zone” (Rod Serling) - 156 episodes
Replies: 17
Views: 3335

Re: “Twilight Zone” (Rod Serling) - 156 episodes

I can't speak to the quality of the DVDs, Lance, but in addition to the usual suspects that nearly every TZ fan cites, my favorite has to be one from the lone season of hour-long episodes called On Thursday We Leave For Home -- Serling's story and James Whitmore as Capt. Benteen were both outstanding!
by moldyoldie
Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:27 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: worst movie you have personally seen in your lifetime
Replies: 65
Views: 12657

Re: worst movie you have personally seen in your lifetime

worst movie you have personally seen in your lifetime The worst in my lifetime? I believe I might have just seen it recently on the tube, an execrable piece of garbage called Crimewave , a misguided early "effort" from fellow Motowner Sam Raimi and his pals the Coen Brothers. It was so bad it inspi...
by moldyoldie
Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday moldyoldie
Replies: 10
Views: 1270

Re: Happy Birthday moldyoldie

Folks, I just now saw this thread and want to belatedly thank everyone for their birthday well-wishes and for merely "being there" on this very fine forum. :D Yes, I've been quiet of late; mostly due to summer weather, family issues, and baseball; but I do make a habit of checking in occasionally to...
by moldyoldie
Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: A couple of new DVDs arrived today. It's exciting!
Replies: 4
Views: 1593

Re: A couple of new DVDs arrived today. It's exciting!

I'm an avid viewer of TCM. They absolutely do NOT interrupt films to air commercials, only an occasional translucent ID bug in the corner. What's more, they show movies uncut and letterboxed...my heroes! Between films, they may run promos of what's coming, but they're usually in the form of the orig...
by moldyoldie
Sun Jul 19, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1321
Views: 702024

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5194QCC38KL._SL500_AA240_.jpg Suzanne Vega: Live at Montreux 2004 -Suzanne Vega EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT (DVD+CD) I've always been enamored of Suzanne Vega's intelligent, anecdotal songwriting and feathery, waif-like delivery. The songs here are impeccably perf...
by moldyoldie
Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:48 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What's the worst movie made by a GREAT director??
Replies: 44
Views: 12029

Re: What's the worst movie made by a GREAT director??

"Glengarry Glen Ross" <I know, I know, people raved about it, I thought it was horrid> Yes....Simply awful. I'd be willing to wager that neither of you have a career in sales since so much of Glengarry Glen Ross rings chillingly true...or perhaps you have worked in sales and the scenario strikes to...
by moldyoldie
Sat Jul 18, 2009 6:43 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What's the worst movie made by a GREAT director??
Replies: 44
Views: 12029

Re: What's the worst movie made by a GREAT director??

I would have picked Until the End of the World as Wenders "mistake". I'm withholding final judgment till I see the three-part 280-minute director's cut...which may be never. :? I do accord Wenders plenty of style points on the theatrical version. Another one some cinastes seem to look down on is Th...
by moldyoldie
Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3424391

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

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I've got some nice things to say about these, but no time now. Maybe later.
by moldyoldie
Fri Jul 17, 2009 7:17 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What's the worst movie made by a GREAT director??
Replies: 44
Views: 12029

Re: What's the worst movie made by a GREAT director??

Just saw a candidate this morning on AMC: Modesty Blaise -Joseph Losey...though I understand his The Assassination of Trotsky is on many such lists. Others: The Shining -Stanley Kubrick...a film clearly elevating style over substance, but what style! FWIW, I love Barry Lyndon and Eyes Wide Shut , as...
by moldyoldie
Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductor Edward Downes and wife dead at 85 & 74
Replies: 18
Views: 1908

Re: Conductor Edward Downes and wife dead at 85 & 74

Goodness gracious. :( I swear, not more than five minutes ago I clicked "Order" on the Downes recording of Glière's Ilya Murametz.
by moldyoldie
Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3424391

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

There is a reading by Leon Botstein and the LSO on Telarc that is way better than Faberman, however the Farberman disc also contains the Cello Concerto... Indeed, the 2005 re-release of the Farberman on the Regis label does include the Cello Concerto, though it's not on my Unicorn-Kanchana release....
by moldyoldie
Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3424391

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/612APNRPP2L._SL500_AA240_.jpg Glière: Symphony No. 3 "Ilya Murometz" Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Harold Farberman, cond. UNICORN-KANCHANA (2 CDs) This is an interminable, nearly 100-minute exercise in Late Romantic non-expression. The first hour might make for...
by moldyoldie
Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3424391

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41EXCM74QTL._SL500_AA240_.jpg Moeran: Violin Concerto; Lonely Waters; Whythorne's Shadow Lydia Mordkovitch, violin (in concerto) Ulster Orchestra Vernon Handley, cond. Moeran: Cello Concerto Raphael Wallfisch, cello Bouremouth Sinfonietta Norman Del Mar, cond. ...
by moldyoldie
Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3424391

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

On a virgin voyage with... http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51NCD8X6R8L._SL500_AA240_.jpg Arnold: A Grand, Grand Overture; Concerto for 2 Pianos, 3 Hands & Orchestra; 4 Scottish Dances; Serenade for Small Orchestra; English Dances, Op. 33; Larch Trees; Cornish Dances; The Padstow Lifeboat (Vari...
by moldyoldie
Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 11110

Re: Mozart's late symphonies

A stimulating coupling of 40 & 41 not already mentioned is Levine and the CSO at Ravinia on RCA. The recording is early digital, thus a bit steely, but very listenable. This and the Böhm/BPO have become my favorites.

Mackerras/PCO on Telarc is tops for me in 36 & 38.
by moldyoldie
Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overrecorded but I'm interested: non-HIP Händel
Replies: 27
Views: 822

Re: Overrecorded but I'm interested: non-HIP Händel

English Chamber Orchestra
Raymond Leppard, cond.
PHILIPS

I also really like their Brandenburg Concertos. :wink:
by moldyoldie
Fri May 22, 2009 8:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you know what an augmented sixth chord is?
Replies: 28
Views: 1875

Re: Do you know what an augmented sixth chord is?

I wouldn't know a sixth chord, augmented or otherwise.
by moldyoldie
Fri May 22, 2009 7:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Albert Roussel - yes or no - Piston's idea!
Replies: 25
Views: 3217

Re: Albert Roussel - yes or no - Piston's idea!

I can't think of anything of his (mostly Dutoit's on Erato) I haven't enjoyed. :)
by moldyoldie
Mon May 18, 2009 12:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: T or F: Bruckner's 4th goes on too long
Replies: 56
Views: 7277

Re: T or F: Bruckner's 4th goes on too long

maestrob wrote:Maybe it was the uninspired conducting :?: :evil:
Bingo. :wink:
by moldyoldie
Mon May 18, 2009 9:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3424391

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51WKWzxONTL._SL500_AA240_.jpg Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8; Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87 Isaac Stern, violin; Leonard Rose, cello; Eugene Istomin, piano SONY (CD #1 of 3) The youthful and melodic Op. 8 (actually amended by Brahms in later y...
by moldyoldie
Thu May 14, 2009 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Are you more of a Verdi or more of a Puccini fan?
Replies: 36
Views: 5983

Re: Are you more of a Verdi or more of a Puccini fan?

Tosca, Turandot, Madama Butterfly...PUCCINI!
by moldyoldie
Thu May 14, 2009 8:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann's a minor violin sonata op. 105
Replies: 4
Views: 947

Re: Schumann's a minor violin sonata op. 105

[Pasted from the "What Are YOU Listening To Today?" thread.] http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31GNVrKBu8L._SL500_AA240_.jpg Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105; Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121; Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, WoO 2 Carolin Widmann, violin; Dénes Várjon, pi...
by moldyoldie
Thu May 14, 2009 5:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3424391

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Your note about the 'ebb and flow' of the music is an interesting one; I've found that a successful interpreter of Schumann's chamber music is often one who can take advantage of that undulating mood without going so far as to induce seasickness. If you need an example, listen to one of Kremer's re...
by moldyoldie
Wed May 13, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3424391

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31GNVrKBu8L._SL500_AA240_.jpg Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105; Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121; Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, WoO 2 Carolin Widmann, violin; Dénes Várjon, piano ECM NEW SERIES This is my long-delayed introduction to t...
by moldyoldie
Tue May 12, 2009 8:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prokofiev Piano Concertos 2-3
Replies: 26
Views: 3573

Re: Prokofiev Piano Concertos 2-3

No. 2 is a personal favorite; I'm quite partial to Gutiérrez/Järvi/RCO on Chandos and Paik/Wit/PNRSO on Naxos.
by moldyoldie
Sat May 09, 2009 3:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bolcom's Songs Of Innocence And Experience
Replies: 7
Views: 781

Re: Bolcom's Songs Of Innocence And Experience

It's certainly a fun and eclectic listen, but a bit much for one sitting, IMO.
by moldyoldie
Sat May 09, 2009 2:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pied Piper of Hamelin
Replies: 10
Views: 1193

Re: Pied Piper of Hamelin

Chalkperson wrote:
Lance wrote:Funny, that was my first thought, too!
Ken wrote:Hm, for a moment I was expecting to open this thread to find a discussion of pianist Marc-André Hamelin.
Mine also... :lol:
Obviously, he needs to change his name. :P :lol:
by moldyoldie
Sat May 09, 2009 7:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pied Piper of Hamelin
Replies: 10
Views: 1193

Re: Pied Piper of Hamelin

Thank you both for your replies. ....I think you may be referring to the version by the Late Nicolas Flagello... Goodness, that's gotta be it, but I can't seem to find any evidence online that it was ever presented on PBS. I distinctly remember seeing a large formally clad and tiered youth choir on ...
by moldyoldie
Fri May 08, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pied Piper of Hamelin
Replies: 10
Views: 1193

Pied Piper of Hamelin

Back in the '60s or early '70s, PBS (or its predecessor in name) aired a live performance of a contemporary large choral work based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Does anyone here remember it and the composer's name?
by moldyoldie
Fri May 08, 2009 5:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Compositions that use "fire" as inspiration ...
Replies: 21
Views: 1399

Re: Compositions that use "fire" as inspiration ...

Would these be a stretch?

Music for the Royal Fireworks
- Handel

The Gong on the Hook and Ladder, or Firemen's Parade on Main Street
- Ives

The Firebird
-Stravinsky