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by moldyoldie
Sun Sep 30, 2007 5:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Beethoven:
Quartet in C major, Op. 59 No. 3 "Rasumovsky"
Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

Alban Berg Quartet
EMI
(disc# 6 of 7)
What a fabulous bargain is this box set!
by moldyoldie
Sat Sep 29, 2007 6:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Essential Beethoven set
Replies: 28
Views: 3721

I've seen Taking Sides twice. The script is slanted and the characters are somewhat two-dimensional, but the subject matter itself makes the film worth seeing. I do think the filmmakers had a good understanding of it, even if certain liberties might have been taken with the actual events depicted fo...
by moldyoldie
Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' piano concerto recommendations
Replies: 83
Views: 15082

Favorites for No. 1 : Curzon/Szell/Cleveland O/Decca (lighter and more nimble) Schiff/Solti/Vienna PO/London (more powerful) Barenboim/Barbirolli/New Philharmonia/EMI (most bombastic) Favorites for No. 2 : Gilels/Jochum/Berlin PO/DG (nearly brought tears to my eyes) Cliburn/Reiner/Chicago SO/RCA (d...
by moldyoldie
Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2 . . . I have come to love Bartók's Violin Concerto , no matter who performs it. . . . Such is the indomitable genius of this work. I remember when I first heard the concerto several months ago, the first thing that popped into my head was John Coltrane. Silly, I know, ...
by moldyoldie
Fri Sep 28, 2007 5:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Essential Beethoven set
Replies: 28
Views: 3721

Should I avoid mono recordings? Why/why not? Goodness gracious, NO! Why? Because mono/stereo is a function of prevailing technology, not an artistic one. You'd never hear the likes of Furtwängler and Toscanini! The history of fine musical performance wouldn't exist for you, and you'd be the poorer ...
by moldyoldie
Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you have a favorite classical music critic?
Replies: 39
Views: 6714

Do you have a favorite classical music critic?
No, I'll read anyone and everyone.
by moldyoldie
Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Best Way to Tackle Music Appreciation?
Replies: 51
Views: 8779

Or...

You can do as I did and work backward from a piece or period you really like to see how it evolved. It's like reading the last chapter of a book and then starting at the beginning, something I've done often. :wink:
by moldyoldie
Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms chamber music
Replies: 33
Views: 5093

by moldyoldie
Tue Sep 25, 2007 12:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms chamber music
Replies: 33
Views: 5093

Another thing about searching on Amazon -- it does NOT forgive misspelling!
by moldyoldie
Tue Sep 25, 2007 12:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms chamber music
Replies: 33
Views: 5093

Piano Trios - Trio Fontenay/Teldec or Stern-Rose-Istomin/Sony Piano Quartets - Stern-Laredo-Ma-Ax/Sony Piano Quintet - Guarneri Quartet & Rubinsten/RCA String Quartets - Alban Berg Quartet/Teldec String Quintets - Leipzig String Quartet & Rohde/MDG (Avoid Julliard Quartet & Trampler/Sony budget rel...
by moldyoldie
Mon Sep 24, 2007 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2; Rhapsodies for Violin & Orchestra Nos. 1 & 2 Gil Shaham, violin Chicago Symphony Orchestra Pierre Boulez, cond. Deutsche Grammophon I have come to love Bartók's Violin Concerto , no matter who performs it. It has entered that rarified personal pantheon of works which ...
by moldyoldie
Sun Sep 23, 2007 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

(Fade up to flashback...) http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51AMPAA47AL._AA240_.jpg Brahms: String Quintet No. 1, Op. 88; String Quintet No. 2, Op. 111 Julliard String Quartet & Walter Trampler, viola Sony Dear Herr Brahms, This CD was my introduction to your chamber music several months ago, ba...
by moldyoldie
Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Bizet: Carmen Suites Nos. 1 & 2 (arranged in dramatic chronological order); L'Arlesienne Suites Nos. 1 & 2 Ulster Orchestra Yan Pascal Tortelier, cond. Chandos The music is a perennial favorite, the performances are very lively and committed, and the beautiful recording is spacious, warm and vivid;...
by moldyoldie
Wed Sep 19, 2007 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

On a virgin voyage with... Grieg: String Quartet in G minor, Op.27 Nielsen: Ved en ung Kunstners Baare (At the Bier of a Young Artist), Op. 58 Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56 "Voces Intimae" Emerson String Quartet Deutsche Grammophon The disc won a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performan...
by moldyoldie
Tue Sep 18, 2007 12:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Dvořák: Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60 Janáček: Rhapsody for Orchestra "Taras Bulba" The Cleveland Orchestra Christoph von Dohnányi, cond. London For what it's worth, this is the only recording of both these works I've ever owned. I suppose one can imagine more Slavic flavor here in the Dvořák N...
by moldyoldie
Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Leonard Slatkin, cond Brahms: Symphony No. 1 Chicago Symphony Orchestra James Levine, cond. Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn Philadelphia Orchestra Eugene Ormandy, cond RCA This is one of those budget "Basic 100" CDs released b...
by moldyoldie
Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BARSHAI'S MAHLER 5 - just how good is it?
Replies: 18
Views: 4221

Let me just add that of the four recordings of Mahler No. 5 I've collected over time, Barshai's is the most lucid of the bunch. I wish I had heard his first of all.
by moldyoldie
Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Schubert: Rosamunde Overture (D.644) * Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 Emmy Loose, soprano (in Mahler No. 4 ) Philharmonia Orchestra Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* Paul Kletzki, cond. EMI This is Disc #2 of an EMI Gemini Series two-fer with Disc #1 comprising Mahler...
by moldyoldie
Wed Sep 12, 2007 9:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert essentials
Replies: 56
Views: 9701

Does anyone here recommend the Bernstein 8th and 9th of Schubert? Yes, it was one of my recommendations in my earlier post on page 1, mainly because of the performance/recording/price comparison. Know that it's a more expansive rendition (more drawn out in tempo) than the George Szell version of si...
by moldyoldie
Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert essentials
Replies: 56
Views: 9701

Brendan wrote:Damn. The Amazon blurb says it has both trios.
I think by two-fer, Corlyss meant two CDs in a single-width jewelcase for about the price of one.
by moldyoldie
Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 Keith Jarrett, piano ECM Inspired by Bach, composed in 1950, and performed with both panache and understanding by noted jazz master Jarrett in a marvelous recording -- love it! I'm a big Keith Jarrett fan. When did he record this? How does it compare to ...
by moldyoldie
Mon Sep 10, 2007 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87
Keith Jarrett, piano
ECM

Inspired by Bach, composed in 1950, and performed with both panache and understanding by noted jazz master Jarrett in a marvelous recording -- love it!
by moldyoldie
Mon Sep 10, 2007 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert essentials
Replies: 56
Views: 9701

Re: Schubert essentials

What Schubert pieces/CD's do you recommend? Begin with the chamber works: -String Quintet in C -Piano Quintet in A major "Trout" -String Quartet No. 14 "Death and the Maiden" -Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat A fine bargain is the 3-CD set of Schubert's Late Quartets and Quintet in C performed by the Eme...
by moldyoldie
Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Re: listening to the Lindsays

Schubert: String Quintet in C The Lindsays & Douglas Cummings, cello ASV Certainly an expansive, understated, and more-than-somewhat imprecise reading, but I especially love their over seventeen-minute adagio second movement...hushed and ethereal! I feel the same way about the Lindsays Schubert, ex...
by moldyoldie
Thu Aug 30, 2007 7:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ozawa
Replies: 49
Views: 7782

I'll always have a soft spot for Ozawa's first recording of Orff's Carmina Burana , with the BSO on RCA. I like to say that it sounds more a paean to Venus as opposed to Bacchus with Ozawa and the soloists presenting a meltingly beautiful rendering of the usually raucous and rakish music -- totally ...
by moldyoldie
Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on Brahms Symphony CD
Replies: 46
Views: 5971

My 2¢...introduce yourself to the Brahms symphonies via the lean & mean, relentless, and orchestrally precise performances of George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. Perhaps complement that with the aforementioned Klemperer set, whose impeccable sense of orchestral balance and musical architecture...
by moldyoldie
Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789787

J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1 - 6 The English Concert Trevor Pinnock, cond. Archiv Pinnock and the English Concert manage to imbue these popular pieces with both originality and good taste on period instruments. Other ensembles might throw all caution to the wind in striving for a sort of...
by moldyoldie
Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruckner
Replies: 102
Views: 14988

rogch wrote:....Prokofiev's fifth? ....Does anyone know if Lorin Maazel has recorded it?
Yes, with the Cleveland Orchestra in the late '70s. It's included on this seemingly attractive Prokofiev compilation from DG.
by moldyoldie
Wed Aug 15, 2007 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Preference: to hear "monologues" in works, or not?
Replies: 29
Views: 6182

the superscriptions to the five movements of the Vaughan Williams Sinfonia antartica 'delivered' as part of the performance. Are you serious? Someone actually did that? John Gielgud read these superscriptions on the first recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia antartica , which Sir Adrian Bo...
by moldyoldie
Sun Aug 12, 2007 11:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some guidance please
Replies: 32
Views: 6551

Might I suggest the music of Camille Saint-Saëns ? It's so derivative of much that came before it, but there's absolutely nothing not to like. I'm not talking about his Carnival of the Animals , but his concertos and symphonies. The most well-worn is probably his Symphony No. 3 , the so-called "Orga...
by moldyoldie
Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do any of you intentionally fall asleep to classical music?
Replies: 32
Views: 6486

The most marvelous doze to music I remember was to Stockhausen's Stimmung. Image
by moldyoldie
Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Brahms Piano concerto No.2 Performed by Barenboim, great reading, loved his playing. I just ordered that a couple days ago! :) The EMI Gemini two-fer with Barbirolli conducting. Currently listening to... Schubert: String Quintet in C The Lindsays & Douglas Cummings, cello ASV Certainly an expansive...
by moldyoldie
Fri Aug 03, 2007 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789787

http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51VJV44QEYL._AA240_.jpg http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/411S85BY45L._AA240_.jpg Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor Schubert: Rondo in A for Violin and Strings Nigel Kennedy, violin English Chamber Orchestra Jef...
by moldyoldie
Wed Aug 01, 2007 2:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sheherazade recommendation
Replies: 46
Views: 11655

Another very fine, though perhaps alternative version of Scheherazade is found in the early '90s Denon release featuring Emmanuel Krivine and the Philharmonia Orchestra . Jean-Jacques Kantorow is the violinist. I played it just two days ago and was thoroughly taken by the understated and dramatic pe...
by moldyoldie
Mon Jul 02, 2007 6:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Over the weekend, it's been... Ravel: Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano Debussy: Trio in G Fauré: Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello Trio Fontenay Teldec Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1; Piano Trio No. 2 Haydn: Piano Trio, Hob. XV:10 Isaac Stern, violin; Leonard Rose, cello; Eugene Istomin Mozart: Piano Q...
by moldyoldie
Sat Jun 23, 2007 5:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The absolute best Mahler Symphony Cycle (boxed set)
Replies: 43
Views: 20548

Mark Preece wrote:I find it interesting that nobody has mentioned anything about Abbado, positive or negative.
I'll take care of that right now. Abbado's first DG recording of Mahler's Ninth Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic sent me where I've never been before!
by moldyoldie
Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

So far this morning.... Mozart: String Quartet No. 21 in D major, K.575; String Quartet No. 22 in B-flat major, K.589; String Quartet No. 23 in F major, K.590 Alban Berg Quartet Teldec Mozart: String Quintet in D major, K.593; String Quintet in B major, K.614 Talich Quartet and Karel Rehak, viola Ca...
by moldyoldie
Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Saint-Saens observes an ant
Replies: 4
Views: 1507

Saint-Saëns was a man after my own heart, jack of all trades and master of none. :lol:

As I've written elsewhere, I'm really enjoying his concertos, which seem to be derivative of most of the major influences at the time...maybe even that popular Irish stage show Lord of the Ants. (Sorry.)
by moldyoldie
Tue May 29, 2007 8:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Chalkperson wrote:....if there is one piece of music I could live without, it would have to be Eine, Kleine, Nachtmusic... :wink:

or Rondo Alla Turka... :wink:
I feel the same way about The Four Seasons, or anything by Telemann. :wink: :)
by moldyoldie
Tue May 29, 2007 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

So far this evening, it's been... Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 1; Piano Concerto No. 2; Piano Concerto No. 4 Jean-Philippe Collard, piano Royal Philharmonic Orchestra André Previn, cond. EMI I hesitate to call this "ersatz romantic", but I hear shades of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, and even a li...
by moldyoldie
Mon May 28, 2007 6:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

In the last twenty-four hours... Debussy: La Mer; Nocturnes; Prelude a l'Apres-Midi d'un Faune; Marche Ecossaise; Berceuse Heroique; Musiques pour Le Roi Lear; Jeux; Images for Orchestra; Printemps Orchestre National de l'O.R.T.F. Jean Martinon, cond. EMI (Gemini Series) This has to be one of the gr...
by moldyoldie
Sun May 27, 2007 7:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Taking another chance on period instruments... Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2; String Quintet No. 1; String Quintet No. 2; Octet for Strings Hausmusik London Virgin Veritas This was a top recommendation in the Penguin Guide . For a 2-CD set under $8 new at Amazon, it was worth the risk. I've been...
by moldyoldie
Thu May 24, 2007 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

This morning... Debussy: La Mer; Nocturnes Philharmonia Orchestra Michael Tilson Thomas, cond. CBS Masterworks This is one very portentous and powerful sea! Of the several recordings I've heard, this is the only one that has the cymbal, probably spotlit miked, almost drown the orchestra during the c...
by moldyoldie
Wed May 23, 2007 7:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

On the player right now...

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No.3 "Eroica"
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan, cond. ('63)
Deutsche Grammophon
by moldyoldie
Tue May 22, 2007 11:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

A fine CBS super-budget disc with: Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 Yo-Yo Ma, cello Orchestre National de France Lorin Maazel, cond. Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 Cecile Licad, piano London Philharmonic Orchestra André Previn, cond. Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 Cho-Liang Lin, violin Philh...
by moldyoldie
Tue May 22, 2007 11:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Franz Peter Schubert
Replies: 11
Views: 3722

Modern academia can't seem to make up its mind as to whether the "Great C Major" Symphony is Schubert's No. 9, No. 8, or No. 7. :roll: In recent years, I've seen it labeled variously as all three; e.g., as No. 8 on Harnoncourt's release.
by moldyoldie
Mon May 21, 2007 8:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: to while with jazz?
Replies: 9
Views: 3335

TheFlayinDutchmn wrote:Any more suggestions on more jazz-influcenced classical music?
Music from The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) by Kurt Weill

Rhapsody In Blue by George Gershwin (Quintessential!)
by moldyoldie
Sat May 19, 2007 8:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3789787

Stravinsky: Petrushka; Symphony in Three Movements London Symphony Orchestra Gennady Rozhdestvensky, cond. Nimbus Being that Petrushka is one of my favorite works, I've compiled several recordings over the years which yield varying degrees of attraction and satisfaction. I can honestly say that Roz...
by moldyoldie
Mon May 07, 2007 9:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liked it more/liked it less
Replies: 36
Views: 6329

With regard to multiple listenings until it clicks because all those people can't be wrong, it has never worked for me, and believe me, I have tried. It might work better for others, but personally, I would always be wary that I was experiencing some adult form of peer pressure if I decided at the ...
by moldyoldie
Mon May 07, 2007 9:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liked it more/liked it less
Replies: 36
Views: 6329

Agreed, great thread topic! :) Liked it less: Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique - I've heard several recordings and it's just never done anything for me outside the famous March to the Scaffold . Liked it much more: Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8 Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 "Romantic" I would heartily agr...