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by moldyoldie
Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Toughest Nut to Crack? Mine Is.......
Replies: 39
Views: 4675

Let me add another: Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique. Until I heard Bernstein's NYP recording, I felt absolutely no love for this supposed warhorse. Lenny put the "drug-addled" into the performance. :wink:
by moldyoldie
Wed Apr 23, 2008 7:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789765

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/3113YRAD1FL._SL500_AA130_.jpg Prokofiev: Violin Concertos No. 1 and No. 2 Dmitri Sitkovetsky, violin London Symphony Orchestra Sir Colin Davis, cond. Shostakovich: Violin Concertos No. 1 and No. 2 Dmitri Sitkovetsky, violin BBC Symphony Orchestra Andrew Davis, ...
by moldyoldie
Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Toughest Nut to Crack? Mine Is.......
Replies: 39
Views: 4675

Shostakovich Symphony No. 15 , but it's kinda fun getting there. Mahler Symphony No. 5 , until I heard Barshai's recording. Mahler's Symphony No. 9 , but it came to me as an epiphany. Other than Finlandia and Symphony No. 2 , the music of Sibelius . It wasn't until I lived over twenty years in Nort...
by moldyoldie
Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789765

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41KzOXyXyWL._SL500_AA240_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31Ydw1YfgnL._SL500_AA240_.jpg Sibelius: Finlandia; Karelia Suite; Luonnotar; Tapiola; En Saga Elizabeth Soderstrom, soprano (on Luonnotar ) Philharmonia Orchestra Vladimir Ashkenazy, cond. Sibe...
by moldyoldie
Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789765

Just had a virgin voyage with... Sibelius: Symphony No. 7, Op. 105; Rakastava for Strings, Op. 14 Prokofiev: Andante for String Orchestra, Op. 50 bis Glauzunov: Scènes de Ballet, Op. 52 USSR State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra Gennady Rozhdestvensky, cond. Yedang Classics Yes, this is the ...
by moldyoldie
Sat Apr 19, 2008 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789765

Seán wrote:The music is very good but one would be forgiven for thinking that the microphones are placed 100 metres from the orchestra, it's a poor recording.
One suggestion: crank up the volume; oftentimes the spaciousness and wide dynamic range of such a recording requires it.
by moldyoldie
Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789765

Debussy: Preludes Books I & II Paul Jacobs, piano Nonesuch I've had Jacobs' recordings of these on both LP and CD and have never been compelled to search out others -- pianistic bliss and perfection! Brahms: Haydn Variations; Symphony No. 1 Philharmonia Orchestra Otto Klemperer, cond. EMI Klemperer...
by moldyoldie
Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789765

Sibelius: - Symphony No. 7 in C major - Kuolema (Death), incidental music for orchestra (I), Op. 44 - Night Ride & Sunrise, Op. 55 Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Neeme Järvi, cond. BIS This was my first-ever recording of the Seventh , released sometime in the mid-'80s -- a fleet, direct performance ...
by moldyoldie
Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I bought/ordered/got in the mail today
Replies: 156
Views: 56208

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41KNE44RRBL._SL500_AA240_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Y2AHQWRCL._SL500_AA240_.jpg Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor Katchaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor Sergey Khachatryan, violin Sinfonia Varsovia Emmanuel Krivine, cond. Naïve I've been ...
by moldyoldie
Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any one else miss liner notes?
Replies: 17
Views: 7466

I've always enjoyed reading the liner notes, especially historical information and recording techniques, considering that I'm a non-musician. The problem with CD notes isn't the content so much as the type size. Hell, I even enjoy the cover art/photography/design. In my opinion, the lack of such is ...
by moldyoldie
Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789765

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41MDJET9RXL._SL500_AA240_.jpg (Disc #4 of 7) Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi; Oboe Concerto in A minor; Symphony No. 5 in D Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra Vernon Handley, cond. Classics for Pleasure The highlight for me is hearing the haunting and ...
by moldyoldie
Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789765

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41MDJET9RXL._SL500_AA240_.jpg (Disc #3 of 7) Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite; A Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No. 3); Symphony No. 4 in F minor Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Vernon Handley, cond. Classics for Pleasure Yes, as inspired by the Va...
by moldyoldie
Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favorite Vaughan-Williams symphony!
Replies: 77
Views: 9997

This is a toughie, but I opted to vote for No. 3 as my favorite. Generally, I've always loved Previn's way with Vaughan Williams as opposed to Boult, Handley, et al.; as well as RCA's recordings. However, I've never outright eschewed anyone's performances. Again, generally, I think Haitink's were th...
by moldyoldie
Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mendelssohn's Octet
Replies: 29
Views: 7271

My recommended CDs: 1-Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields Chamber Ensemble-Philips-1978-Reissued 1987-****-Modern 2-Hausmusik London-(2 Cds)-Virgin Veritas-!990-Reissued 2000-***1/2-Period 3-Casals-Marlboro Festival Orchestra-Sony-1960-Reissued 1991-***1/2-Modern 4-Toscanini-NBC Symphony-RCA-1947-R...
by moldyoldie
Sun Mar 30, 2008 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mendelssohn's Octet
Replies: 29
Views: 7271

My recommended CDs: 1-Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields Chamber Ensemble-Philips-1978-Reissued 1987-****-Modern 2-Hausmusik London-(2 Cds)-Virgin Veritas-!990-Reissued 2000-***1/2-Period 3-Casals-Marlboro Festival Orchestra-Sony-1960-Reissued 1991-***1/2-Modern 4-Toscanini-NBC Symphony-RCA-1947-R...
by moldyoldie
Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: J. S. Bach-Six Brandenburg Concertos-My Favorites
Replies: 39
Views: 9825

I do have to add that the variety on the market does present an embarrassment of riches, so to speak.
by moldyoldie
Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: J. S. Bach-Six Brandenburg Concertos-My Favorites
Replies: 39
Views: 9825

1. Leppard/ECO/Philips 2. Pinnock/English Concert/Archiv 3. Britten/ECO/Decca These three well-played sets offer appreciable change-ups on music that can become overly familiar, but that almost no one doesn't like at least once in a while. I was never all that enamored of the revved-up "punk Baroque...
by moldyoldie
Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Barshai and Dmitri Shoshtakovich.
Replies: 24
Views: 3909

Re: Rudolf Barshai and Dmitri Shoshtakovich.

Do you have an opinion on Shostakovich's Symphonic work? Yes, I find it to be the most consistently intriguing, dramatic, and listenable of any major 20th century composer's body of symphonic work. This also includes his violin, cello, and piano concertos. However, I found his Symphony No. 14 , whi...
by moldyoldie
Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789765

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51zwJtj%2BALL._AA240_.jpg Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 London Symphony Orchestra André Previn, cond. EMI This was the recording (on LP) which introduced me to this most powerful of twentieth century symphonies; I've been intrigued and enamored of it ever since ...
by moldyoldie
Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Recording From A Recital
Replies: 16
Views: 2829

Beautiful! :) I just played it.
by moldyoldie
Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789765

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/311W6XNRZRL._AA130_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21A3GJKR3NL._AA130_.jpg Currently marketed in this 2-CD reissue... http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Z3PYCA3XL._AA240_.jpg Ravel: Complete Music for Solo Piano - Pavane pour une infante défunte...
by moldyoldie
Fri Mar 07, 2008 7:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789765

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by moldyoldie
Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When film music improves a movie
Replies: 55
Views: 7842

The French Connection - Don Ellis I adore Don Ellis -- and still need to see this film! Goodness, rent it yesterday! :) OH, I forgot to mention..."The World Of Henry Orient!" Ahh, agreed! A couple more off the top of my head (actually, the back of my head): My Bodyguard - Dave Grusin The Martian Ch...
by moldyoldie
Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When film music improves a movie
Replies: 55
Views: 7842

Off the top of my head, fine films made better by the original music: The French Connection - Don Ellis The Blue Max and Patton - Jerry Goldsmith Field of Dreams - James Horner Do the Right Thing - Bill Lee Ben-Hur and King of Kings - Miklos Rosza The Great Escape - Elmer Bernstein There are probabl...
by moldyoldie
Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions on the best or your favourite Mahler recordings
Replies: 96
Views: 15243

Has anyone mentioned Maazel yet? I have his Fifth---and it is excellent. Though far from my favorite Mahler symphony, Maazel's is my favorite Fourth , if for no other reason than Kathleen Battle's incomparable finale full of childlike wonder. Other Fourths I have are Szell/CO/Raskin and Kletzki/Phi...
by moldyoldie
Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789765

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51AMZRYK5SL._AA240_.jpg Mahler: Symphony No. 6 Frankfort Radio Symphony Orchestra Eliahu Inbal, cond. Denon (2 CDs) This performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 6 from 1986 is about as straightforward and no-nonsense as any Mahler symphony I've heard -- no fawning...
by moldyoldie
Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789765

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HJAQM8H1L._AA240_.jpg Debussy: Orchestral Works 1 -La Mer -Trois Nocturnes -Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune -Marche écossaise -Berceuse héroique -Musiques pour Le Roi Lear -Jeux -Images -Printemps Orchestre National de l'O.R.T.F. Jean Martinon, cond. EMI (2...
by moldyoldie
Wed Dec 26, 2007 4:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christmas Greetings to CMGers
Replies: 16
Views: 1802

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...from an infrequent contributor, but avid lurker. :D
by moldyoldie
Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt Piano Sonata
Replies: 35
Views: 7303

I love my recording by Van Cliburn/RCA, moreso than my other one, Richter/Philips. I believe it's a matter of Cliburn's expansive tempos and more poetic expression, not necessarily sheer slam-bang virtuosity. I've yet to hear Argerich, Zimerman, Horowitz, nor any of the numerous others; perhaps I sh...
by moldyoldie
Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Come on, admit it, you liked it ...
Replies: 27
Views: 4077

I was 12-13 at the time and it switched me on to the Brandenburg Concertos, not necessarily Bach per se. Yes, it sounded cool!

The follow-up album The Well-Tempered Synthesizer was even better, especially the Monteverdi!

I'm sure I could listen to it today and still enjoy it.
by moldyoldie
Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which Was Your Introduction to Kunstmusik?
Replies: 22
Views: 3172

Growing up, the folks played it in the house. When I learned how to use the phonograph, and the flat was empty for whatever reason, I'd delve into their record collection, which also had a few 78s by Mitch Miller. The LPs I remember playing most are a Ravel collection by Charles Munch and the BSO on...
by moldyoldie
Mon Oct 29, 2007 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What % of your listening is classical music?
Replies: 33
Views: 11719

These days, it's roughly half with the remainder between pop/rock/folk, jazz, and new age/world. This seems to change periodically. I rarely listen to opera and practically never to country/western.
by moldyoldie
Sat Oct 20, 2007 7:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41KV6X8P30L._AA240_.jpg W. A. Mozart: Wind Concertos Decca (2 CDs) Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622 Gervase de Peyer, clarinet London Symphony Orchestra Peter Maag, cond. Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K.313 William Bennett, flute English Chamber Orchestra...
by moldyoldie
Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any suggestions for a newcommer?
Replies: 33
Views: 6779

Let me add a coupla' wall & window shakers: Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 "Organ" Jongens: Symphonie Concertante for Organ and Orchestra Of course, no collection is complete without a collection of Wagner preludes and overtures: Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre
by moldyoldie
Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/413CSWNC4SL._AA240_.jpg The Mission (Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) -Composed and conducted by Ennio Morricone London Philharmonic Orchestra Virgin Probably most well-known as the composer of music for Sergio Leone's "spaghetti westerns", Ennio Mo...
by moldyoldie
Sat Oct 13, 2007 5:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most depressing music ever?
Replies: 31
Views: 6602

Arvo Pärt: Miserere -- can't stand listening to it, nor most things by him. I'll concur with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 14 -- I heard the Ormandy recording once many years ago and have been loathe to revisit it; it might be time. However, in most of Shostakovich's late works, I also sense a speck ...
by moldyoldie
Fri Oct 12, 2007 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

F. J. Haydn: Symphony No. 6 "Le Matin"; Symphony No. 7 "Le Midi"; Symphony No. 8 "Le Soir" The English Concert Trevor Pinnock, cond. Archiv In the beginning, I was somewhat repelled by the sound of original instruments; e.g., I could listen to Pinnock's Archiv recording of Bach's Brandenburg Concer...
by moldyoldie
Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51OaeaxRE6L._AA240_.jpg György Ligeti: "Clear or Cloudy" (Disc #1 of 4) Deutsche Grammophon Sonata for Solo Cello -Matt Heimovitz, cello 6 Bagatelles for Wind Quintet -Zoon-Boyd-Hosford-Sommerville-Wilkie String Quartet No. 1 "Métamorphoses nocturnes" -Hagen Qu...
by moldyoldie
Mon Oct 08, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Slatkin heads for Detroit
Replies: 9
Views: 1870

I thought the DSO getting Neeme Järvi was quite the coup, but this may be even bigger! :D Ironically, I've always compared the two maestros by their recordings of Samuel Barber; Slatkin always seemed to win out.
by moldyoldie
Sun Oct 07, 2007 8:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alan Gilbert
Replies: 13
Views: 2712

Re: Alan Gilbert

But the relationship with the orchestra as a whole seems to have run its natural course. The players have voted to approve a new chief conductor , Sakari Oramo. It is time for a change, several said. Please forgive my abject ignorance on the subject, but is it usual for the players to vote on wheth...
by moldyoldie
Sun Oct 07, 2007 6:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Naxos Label Aaron Copeland Clarinet Concerto - Question
Replies: 104
Views: 11135

My spectrum analyzer said that the tone was actually around 15,000 Hz. If anybody is interested, you can download Audacity , which has a "tone generator," and test the upper frequency bounds of your ears (or the upper frequency bounds of your speakers; whichever one comes first :wink: ). I'm pretty...
by moldyoldie
Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/4127RBCYPGL._AA240_.jpg labyrinthine scheme of harmonies... Never was a big fan of Bruckner's music, but I like this clear & balanced performance under Boulez That performance "convinced" me on first listen, unlike Karajan, Furtwängler, Jochum, et al. Boulez's ...
by moldyoldie
Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

That must be the recording to which I had my Mahler Ninth epiphany awhile back. Not that it means anything, but I could never imagine jogging to it! :) It is quite simple, actually. I know that composition inside out, so I do not struggle any longer while listening to it. I think I studied the firs...
by moldyoldie
Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' piano concerto recommendations
Replies: 83
Views: 15082

....did Kleiber do any other of the Brahm's symphonies? I presently have the 4th in my amazon shopping cart and am looking forward to getting it. Kleiber also recorded Brahms' Symphony No. 2 , though the most economical way of getting it is probably on this DVD . Also, just to bring it to your atte...
by moldyoldie
Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

While jogging, I listened to Bruckner's Ninth (Abbado, Wiener Philharmoniker). That must be the recording to which I had my Mahler Ninth epiphany awhile back. Not that it means anything, but I could never imagine jogging to it! :) Listening to... Poulenc: - Concerto in G minor for Organ, String Orc...
by moldyoldie
Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 in C minor Staatskapelle Dresden Eugen Jochum, cond. Brilliant Classics (Disc# 1 of 10, also on EMI) Hey, it's early in the morning and I'm not up to handling the heavier lifting of later Bruckner. These early symphonies are good, fairly enjoyable, and "uncluttered" illustr...
by moldyoldie
Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The "greatest" British/Irish composer (and why?)
Replies: 130
Views: 21143

Vaughan Williams is at the pinnacle; it's his symphonies and other orchestral and choral works that compel duplication in my collection. When I think Vaughan Williams, whether in pastoral romantic or modernist mode, I think quintessentially British and the first half of the 20th century -- the count...
by moldyoldie
Tue Oct 02, 2007 3:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Naxos Label Aaron Copeland Clarinet Concerto - Question
Replies: 104
Views: 11135

I agree with Diegobueno, intonation is off. While the section is very beautiful and lyrical, the player sounds as if she's struggling with the notes and not the "soul". This is definitely a cringe moment, but in itself not a dealbreaker. Thanks for posting that, Henry. I didn't hear this with my Shi...
by moldyoldie
Mon Oct 01, 2007 2:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Naxos Label Aaron Copeland Clarinet Concerto - Question
Replies: 104
Views: 11135

I just listened to my only recording of Copland's Clarinet Concerto and heard nothing that wasn't musical, and certainly nothing that could be described as avian torture. David Schifrin, clarinet New York Chamber Symphony Gerard Schwarz, cond. EMI You want tortured birds? Listen to some of John Colt...
by moldyoldie
Sun Sep 30, 2007 11:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697783

Stockhausen: Hymnen (Anthems for Electronic and Concrete Sounds) Electronic Realization from WDR - Cologne, West Germany Deutsche Grammophon (2 LPs) Avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen had his fifteen minutes of quasi-fame in the late-'60s/early-'70s during the height of Cold War tensions an...