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by moldyoldie
Fri Dec 29, 2006 7:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

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by moldyoldie
Wed Dec 27, 2006 6:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

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Morning reveille! :D
by moldyoldie
Mon Dec 25, 2006 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

However, I still prefer Klemperer's recording of the Fourth to BP/Jochum and VP/Abbado, both on DG, as well as Klemperer's Sixth , which in my opinion is nonpareil compared to the few others I've heard. Have you heard Celibidache's recording of the sixth on EMI? I felt the same way about the Klempe...
by moldyoldie
Mon Dec 25, 2006 8:36 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Joys of the Season to all CMGers!
Replies: 12
Views: 3904

M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S , Y ' A L L ! "FOOOR unto US A CHILD IS BO-Orn; Unto US A CHILD IS BO-or-Or-OR-Or-or-Or-OR-Or-or-Or-OR-Or-or-Or-OR-Or-or...." -Georg Friedrich Handel And many thanks to all who make this intelligent, insightful, and informative board possible; it's greatly enjoyed!
by moldyoldie
Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000009OQU.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat; Symphony No. 6 in A Staatskapelle Dresden Eugen Jochum, cond. EMI Classics You know, I got the recording of the 8th Symphony from that series and it was marred by some really bad intonatio...
by moldyoldie
Wed Dec 20, 2006 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat; Symphony No. 6 in A
Staatskapelle Dresden
Eugen Jochum, cond.
EMI Classics
by moldyoldie
Wed Dec 13, 2006 7:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karajan's Complete Beethoven Symphonies
Replies: 48
Views: 31213

....I have listened to the 5-CD set all the way through and I'm very happy with my purchase. And that's all that really matters. :D ....I was most impressed with his treatment of the Second and the Pastoral symphonies. The scherzo/storm scene in the Pastoral (my favourite movement and the one by wh...
by moldyoldie
Wed Dec 13, 2006 7:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: carl orff - carmina burana, which cd release to buy?
Replies: 14
Views: 9684

Orff: Trionfi - Carmina Burana, Catulli Carmina, Trionfo di Afrodite Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Prague Symphony Orchestra / Václav Smetácek, cond. Supraphon The Catulli and Trionfo ought to come with warning labels. They were profoundingly disappointing to me when I was expecting something like...
by moldyoldie
Tue Dec 12, 2006 10:36 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: carl orff - carmina burana, which cd release to buy?
Replies: 14
Views: 9684

All that is lacking in Smetacek's version is there in spades in the Jochum/DOB version, great orchestral playing and choral singing, outstanding soloists, and the most important thing is, Jochum knows and understands the music extremely well. There is tons of fine expressive detail that a lot of in...
by moldyoldie
Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karajan's Complete Beethoven Symphonies
Replies: 48
Views: 31213

pizza wrote:I also read great things about Zinman's cycle on Arte Nova although I haven't heard it. But again, for that price, how can you go wrong?
Please sample Zinman's Ninth before you leap, particularly the choral finale. It was a deal breaker for me.
by moldyoldie
Tue Dec 12, 2006 5:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karajan's Complete Beethoven Symphonies
Replies: 48
Views: 31213

I should warn you Ken, that this is all "bandwagon" type thinking here in regards to the 1962 Karajan set. One can find plenty of judiciously dissenting critiques concerning these overly driven and insensitive recordings if one looks around a bit. It's a far from unambiguous good deal IMO, given th...
by moldyoldie
Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karajan's Complete Beethoven Symphonies
Replies: 48
Views: 31213

Thumbs up on the Karajan/BPO '62 set. The late-'70s Karajan/BPO recordings also have a really fine Fifth and Ninth , in my opinion. Never cared for Karajan's Sixth , which seems to be a near consensus opinion. Supplement the Karajan set with the Sixth from Bruno Walter/Columbia Symphony Orch. on Son...
by moldyoldie
Mon Dec 11, 2006 7:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00001W09Z.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg This morning is Leg Two of my virgin voyage with these WWII-era recordings. Disc #2 of 4 Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" Berlin Philharmonic Orch./Wilhelm Furtwängler, cond. Music & Arts I must say, I'm ...
by moldyoldie
Sun Dec 10, 2006 9:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B0000016F8.01._AA130_SCMZZZZZZZ_V1056629203_.jpg Arvo Pärt: Cello Concerto "Pro et Contra"; Perpetuum Mobile; Symphonies Nos. 1-3 Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi, cond. Bis Now, this disc I like! I can't stand Pärt's mystical choral tintinnabulistic what...
by moldyoldie
Sun Dec 10, 2006 3:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

I'd be interested in any recommendations on Flute & harp music. THX. Here's a personal favorite... http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B0009YA43K.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg (Click on image for Amazon page) Nancy Allen Plays Ravel & Debussy Nancy Allen, solo harp Accompaniment on two pieces by: Ran...
by moldyoldie
Sun Dec 10, 2006 11:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: mendelssohn #4
Replies: 26
Views: 6375

What's this one? http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00008W7OY.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_V60589490_.jpg Click on image for the Amazon page. Is it the same Masur/Leipzig performance mentioned earlier in the thread? If so, and listening to the sample seems to confirm that it is, it's now available separ...
by moldyoldie
Sun Dec 10, 2006 9:06 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: mendelssohn #4
Replies: 26
Views: 6375

Gary wrote:
moldyoldie wrote:I've read there was a fine recording with Maag conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, but I've yet to hear it.
The one that you're thinking of is Maag's excellent recording of the 3rd Symphony. See here.
Ah, thank you for the correction. :)
by moldyoldie
Sun Dec 10, 2006 8:40 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: mendelssohn #4
Replies: 26
Views: 6375

Of the mere three I own, the recording to which I return most often is unfortunately out-of-print, but I've seen it dirt cheap on the used market: Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"; Overtures: The Hebrides, Op. 26; Son and Stranger; The Fair Melusina Bern Symphony Orch./Peter ...
by moldyoldie
Sat Dec 09, 2006 7:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: carl orff - carmina burana, which cd release to buy?
Replies: 14
Views: 9684

This is the one I "imprinted" on; it's still my favorite and it's also inexpensive... http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B0001TSWLY.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_V65369128_.jpg Orff: Carmina Burana Evelyn Mandac, soprano; Stanley Kolk, tenor; Sherrill Milnes, baritone Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa...
by moldyoldie
Sat Dec 09, 2006 4:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Always liked Tubin. Currently listening to... http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000003F2H.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2 "A London Symphony"; Concerto Accademico; The Wasps: Overture London Symphony Orch./André Previn, cond. RCA I've always loved Previn's way with Va...
by moldyoldie
Fri Dec 08, 2006 7:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

I guess Gary loves his gee-tar. :D http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B0000942LO.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major "Prague" Vienna Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein, cond. Deutsche Grammophon This is a great, relatively inexpensive 3-CD set including Mozart's late symphoni...
by moldyoldie
Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

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Handel: Messiah
The English Concert & Choir/Trevor Pinnock, cond.
Archiv
by moldyoldie
Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

A radio broadcast of...

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2
Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam/Neeme Järvi, cond.
by moldyoldie
Tue Dec 05, 2006 7:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: the best recording for Max Bruch Violin concerto No 1
Replies: 10
Views: 7140

Re: the best recording for Max Bruch Violin concerto No 1

chulheekim wrote:I'm looking for the best recording for Max Bruch Violin concerto No 1.

What is your favorite?
My favorite is the only one I own...

Nigel Kennedy (now known as just Kennedy)
English Chamber Orchestra/Jeffrey Tate
EMI

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by moldyoldie
Tue Dec 05, 2006 6:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000009IZR.01._AA180_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg Actually, I fell asleep to it last night -- no reflection on the performance, which is quite fine, but it makes me think I can sleep through a tornado! :P It was still in the CD player this morning. The Adagio espressivo mov...
by moldyoldie
Mon Dec 04, 2006 9:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Only one way to countervail Shostakovich in the morning...

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...Stravinsky in the evening. :D My favorite Petrushka.
by moldyoldie
Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

I am emotionally drained, having just listened to... Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 Berlin Philharmonic/Semyon Bychkov, cond. Philips http://www.semyonbychkov.com/images/bp0002.jpg Heckuva way to start your day! After about a half-hour of quiet contemplation to regather my wits, I'm still not in the m...
by moldyoldie
Sun Dec 03, 2006 9:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Opera on DVD
Replies: 8
Views: 3096

I recently viewed a video of Strauss' Salome and was disappointed by the barebones staging and uninspired video direction. I enjoy the opera on CD and let my imagination do the staging. Per se, staged opera on video is a hit-or-miss thing. Filmed opera such as those by directors Franco Zeffirelli an...
by moldyoldie
Sun Dec 03, 2006 8:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Bruckner
Replies: 72
Views: 14206

Concerning Bruckner's Eighth , I perhaps made the mistake of purchasing DG's 2-disc full-price Karajan/VPO as my introduction to the work. On first listen, I was thoroughly unconvinced as to the hype surrounding its release and the raves from the critics. Like viewing a Tarkovsky film, it took three...
by moldyoldie
Sun Dec 03, 2006 7:52 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE of Music
Replies: 12
Views: 2842

Director Tim Burton's biopic Ed Wood from 1994 is inspired, well-made, and definitely sympathetic to its subject. The cast was great; along with Johnny Depp as Wood, Martin Landau won an Oscar for his portrayal of a drug-dependent Bela Lugosi and Vincent D'Onofrio played a marvelous, shadow-draped O...
by moldyoldie
Fri Dec 01, 2006 8:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

As a predicted foot of snow begins its gentle, all-day descent on Northwest Lower Michigan...

Stravinsky: Les Noces (sung in German)
Orff: Catulli Carmina
Soloists, Frankfurter Kantorei/Wolfgang Schäfer, dir.
Koch Schwann/Musica Mundi 314 021
by moldyoldie
Thu Nov 30, 2006 7:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: What Should I Buy?
Replies: 14
Views: 4620

Somber, eh?

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8

It don't get no somberer :P ...nor more powerful.
by moldyoldie
Thu Nov 30, 2006 7:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Love the Bax symphonies, almost as much as Vaughan-Williams. Listening to the marvelously performed and recorded transcription for flute of Khatchaturian's Violin Concerto -- Khachaturian: Concerto for Flute & Orchestra Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute National Orchestra of the O.R.T.F./Jean Martinon, cond...
by moldyoldie
Wed Nov 29, 2006 5:39 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE of Music
Replies: 12
Views: 2842

Florence Foster Jenkins. Thank you! :D It was driving me nuts trying to come up with the name. Attempts at Googling were like diving into a bottomless pit. At times, I've felt the likes of John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Philip Glass to border on EdWoodism ...then I hear something that strike...
by moldyoldie
Tue Nov 28, 2006 6:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE of Music
Replies: 12
Views: 2842

Who was that eccentric rich lady from the pre-stereo era who thought she could sing opera and was so terrible that she became a hit? Our local public radio station plays her by request every so often.
by moldyoldie
Tue Nov 28, 2006 6:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Preparing dinner to...

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G; Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat
Peter Donohoe, piano
Bournemouth Symphony Orch./Rudolph Barshai, cond.
EMI
by moldyoldie
Tue Nov 28, 2006 6:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Kids and Classical Music
Replies: 8
Views: 2407

Play it at home (classical music, that is).

Grew up with Carmen and Khatchaturian playing in the house...as well as The Kingston Trio and Barbra Streisand. :P
by moldyoldie
Tue Nov 28, 2006 5:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Waking up (re: first cuppa java) this particular morning to...

Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70; The Golden Spinning Wheel, Op. 109
Scottish National Orch./Neeme Järvi, cond.
Chandos
by moldyoldie
Sun Nov 26, 2006 7:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Having a cuppa java with... Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911 vers.) ; Symphony in Three Movements London Symphony Orch./Gennadi Rozhdestvensky Nimbus The Petrushka sounds slow and measured (near plodding in spots, but strangely effective in the final 4th Scene ), quite different from Abbado's shimmering ...
by moldyoldie
Sun Nov 26, 2006 6:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Waking up this morning to...

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Cleveland Orch./Christoph von Dohnányi
Telarc
by moldyoldie
Sat Nov 25, 2006 7:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Robert Altman Dead at 81
Replies: 12
Views: 2459

In my opinion, Altman was "hit or miss" in the same way as other prolific artists. You paid your money and took your chances, but ultimately, one realizes they were chances worth taking. I've never felt compelled to seek out the latest Altman film, instead waiting for the time when they would someho...
by moldyoldie
Fri Nov 24, 2006 7:14 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Orff's Die Kluge and Der Mond
Replies: 5
Views: 3195

Got 'em from eBay. :wink: Thanks again.
by moldyoldie
Thu Nov 23, 2006 4:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving CMGers!
Replies: 8
Views: 2327

...and thank you for this board and to all who participate. It's a place to learn and impart both wisdom and insight.
by moldyoldie
Thu Nov 23, 2006 4:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Now, that looks familiar. :wink: Probably sounds familiar, too. :)
by moldyoldie
Wed Nov 22, 2006 9:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

A morning of Chopin: Malcolm Frager on Telarc -Polonaise, Op. 53 "Heroic" -Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op. 22 (aaaaaaahhhh!) -Variations Brillantes on an Aria from Ludovic by Hérold, Op. 12 -Mazurkas, Op. 6 -Contredanse -Tarentelle, Op. 43 -Sonata, Op. 58 Maurizio Pollini on DG -2 Polonai...
by moldyoldie
Tue Nov 21, 2006 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 -Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Rudolph Barshai - Brilliant Classics Wow! These are kids?!? No. They are all top level students, most of them just about to start their career in professional orchestras, in any case advanced students from music academies. Of course, and the resu...
by moldyoldie
Mon Nov 20, 2006 2:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Currently listening to a colorful 3-CD set of Rimsky-Korsakov's Suites from:
-The Snow Maiden
-Tsar Saltan
-The Invisible City of Kitezh
-Christmas Eve
-Mlada
-The Golden Cockerel


Scottish National Orch. / Neeme Järvi - Chandos
by moldyoldie
Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

I'm going to have to save up for that Barshai/Shostakovich box! :wink: Currently listening to... Stravinsky: Symphony No. 1; Scherzo Fantastique Detroit Symphony Orch./Antal Dorati - London The symphony is colorful but definitely pre- Rite of Spring -- more romantic than modern, but I like it. Not b...
by moldyoldie
Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Mahler: Symphony No. 5
-Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Rudolph Barshai - Brilliant Classics

Wow! These are kids?!?
by moldyoldie
Sat Nov 18, 2006 6:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 697786

Last evening was a Mendelssohn/Schumann evening. Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 "Scottish" and Symphony No. 4 "Italian" -Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch., Kurt Masur - Teldec Mendelssohn: Overtures: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage; The Hebrides; Son and Stranger; The Fair Melusina -Bern Symphony Orch., Peter Ma...