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by Steinway
Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ** CMG MEETUP ** 10-FEB-2007 Update.
Replies: 183
Views: 38666

I have three suggestions for a dinner spot before the concert, one across the street from Lincoln Center, one three blocks away and one five blocks away. My wife and I have eaten in all three and they're all quite good and reasonably priced for NYC. Perhaps those folks who are attending could check ...
by Steinway
Fri Oct 26, 2007 5:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG meetup discussion - see new thread.
Replies: 65
Views: 9328

Barry.. FYI... Saturday, Feb.24.2008 Russian National Orchestra Vladimir Jurowski,Conductor Schubert Symphony # 8 Brahms Piano Concerto in D Minor Stephen Hough, Pianist Avery Fisher Hall @ 3 p.m. I'd like to attend that one! Another possibility.. Sunday, April 13, 2008 Minnesota Orchestra Osmo Vans...
by Steinway
Tue Sep 18, 2007 10:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter plays Schubert Sonatas
Replies: 25
Views: 4491

Richter's D.960 is legendary and his Wanderer Fantasy is certainly very special, but overall I do find his Schubert to be not up to the quality he achieves with some other composers. There are some superb Schubert interpreters not mentioned on this thread, including: Wirssaladze, Uchida, Leonskaja, ...
by Steinway
Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti K208/209
Replies: 7
Views: 1793

Steve..

Are you familiar with Kurt Rodarmer's transcription of the Goldberg Variations, which should be right up your alley?
by Steinway
Tue Apr 10, 2007 11:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Too Bad This Guy Can't Run for President
Replies: 4
Views: 1554

" Doing something of Value" are your words. Entering into a war which was contrived and manipulated by our great leader only shows that the French are more perceptive than we were. Going after the Taliban & Ben Laden was absolutely sensible and if we had done that, we wouldn't be embroiled in the me...
by Steinway
Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Emanuel Ax: Musician at Work
Replies: 4
Views: 2836

Ricordanza..

Just saw this review.

I concur completely with your thoughts. Ax is a craftsman and a complete musician. His Appasionata was indeed as fine a rendition as I ever heard and really memorable.

Thanks for the fine review. We were both fortunate to have been there.
by Steinway
Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A scandAL-RIDDEN aDMINISTRATION
Replies: 20
Views: 3949

At the risk of repeating myself...

This President and his bunch of cronies will be marked in the history books as the most incompetent , inept and disasterous ever.

By the way, the people in Congress voted for this policy because they were lied to. The facts on this subject are indisputable.
by Steinway
Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ruth Ann Swenson's Met Future
Replies: 11
Views: 6033

McCracken might have been a mediocre actor, but after hearing the Sirius broadcast today of Otello with him, Caballe & Gobbi, I never heard a more convincing version of this opera. As far as I'm concerned, his Otello tops them all. :lol:
by Steinway
Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cinema: "The Page Turner"
Replies: 3
Views: 2849

Lance..

I saw the movie this week and it's quite remarkable...and scary. Loved it!
by Steinway
Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A scandAL-RIDDEN aDMINISTRATION
Replies: 20
Views: 3949

Werner..

Your post is accurate and well stated.

There's no doubt in my mind that this President will have his place in American history as the worst and most incompetent of all time.
by Steinway
Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ruth Ann Swenson's Met Future
Replies: 11
Views: 6033

I was saddened to learn of Ruth Ann Swenson's health problems and am pleased to hear she's making a return. I have admired her singing for years and rarely have I been nothing but impressed with her consistent performances. She has been the recipient of a bad rap for years on some of the other opera...
by Steinway
Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart piano sonatas
Replies: 69
Views: 34172

I'm really enjoying the discussion between Premont & John F. Just as an aside, my firm belief is that Mozart and most composers of his era , having access and knowledge of the modern Steinway, would have composed their piano music exclusively for that instrument. The expansive opportunity to broaden...
by Steinway
Wed Mar 28, 2007 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Piano Sonatas
Replies: 17
Views: 8708

Can't put up a dispute about the quality of Richter or Brendel's Haydn but will be very interested in your appraisal of Hamelin.
by Steinway
Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Piano Sonatas
Replies: 17
Views: 8708

Haydn Piano Sonatas

Until recently, my favorite set of Haydn sonatas was by Andras Schiff. After acquiring the new two cd set by Marc-Andre Hamelin, his version goes to the top of my list. It's remarkably distinguished playing and certainly should prove to the naysayers that Hamelin has limitations when it comes to sta...
by Steinway
Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart piano sonatas
Replies: 69
Views: 34172

Overall, I rank Klara Wurtz's Mozart as the premier interpretation.

Closely following are Zacharias, Eschenbach, Uchida , Giesiking & Schiff for complete sets.

Forget Gould. His dislike for Mozart is clearly evident in his playing.
by Steinway
Thu Mar 15, 2007 12:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Live Performances of Great Pianists you've Attended
Replies: 48
Views: 10566

Pizza..

Me bad.. I stand corrected. Long may they live. :roll:
by Steinway
Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Live Performances of Great Pianists you've Attended
Replies: 48
Views: 10566

Live Performances of Great Pianists you've Attended

Just pondering how fortunate I've been over many years to have seen these great ones in recitals or with an orchestra: Rachmaninoff, Hoffman, Ornstein, Bolet, Kapell, Sandor, Richter, Horowitz, Rubinstein, Horszowski, Landowska, Tureck, Arrau, Serkin, Nikolayeva, Gilels, Wild, Berman, Katchen, Istom...
by Steinway
Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philadelphia Orchestra Names Chief Conductor
Replies: 10
Views: 8881

This is a fine move by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Dutoit has a long and amiable relationship with the players and the many performances I've heard over the years have consistently been splendid.

I'm sure that the Eschenbach hater, Peter Dobrin, will be happy about this. :D
by Steinway
Mon Feb 12, 2007 4:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Mark G. Simon, farewell concert
Replies: 18
Views: 33897

Mark..

My sincere congratulations on your career in Ithaca and best wishes from one member of your fan club on the NYTimes forum.

Owlice is a special person and the two of you are a success waiting to happen!

Much luck to you both.
by Steinway
Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: CANADIAN Thread: Music, performers, etc. et al
Replies: 18
Views: 12374

I was a little miffed when I saw from the first post that the great Kuerti was not there, but that was soon corrected.

I'd certainly add two outstanding pianists to the Canadien list..

Louis Lortie & Naida Cole.
by Steinway
Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: something to ponder
Replies: 4
Views: 4920

something to ponder

If the modern Steinway was invented in 1650 and all of the Baroque composers were aware of it, would they have continued to compose for the harpsichord?

My guess is an emphatic no, but perhaps others would disagree.
by Steinway
Mon Feb 05, 2007 12:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: To Clap or Not to Clap
Replies: 21
Views: 12399

I never applaud between movements and resent the too frequent necessity for people to do this. It breaks the spell of the total work for me.
by Steinway
Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:12 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: New DVD of pianist Marc-André Hamelin
Replies: 23
Views: 13528

Ricordanza..

I expect to be there. We'll have to figure out how to identify ourselves. :D
by Steinway
Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Gian Carlo Menotti Dead at 95
Replies: 7
Views: 5944

How sad it is to lose this musical giant.

His operas The Consul & the Saint of Bleecker Street would certainly qualify as among the great ones ever composed by an American .

Rest in Peace.
by Steinway
Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: G. F. HANDEL and J. S. BACH
Replies: 43
Views: 29695

Jack.. I really think your descriptions of Bach..the instrumentalist..and Handel..the dramatist..are a good summary of the two geniuses. Handel did compose some outstanding keyboard music, particularly his Keyboard Suites, which are sorely neglected. How would you rank the great Antonio Vivaldi agai...
by Steinway
Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: New DVD of pianist Marc-André Hamelin
Replies: 23
Views: 13528

Ricordanza.. I was at that concert and attend the series. Next is Solzhenitsyn on Feb.7. Your review was excellent and very well written. Hamelin is certainly one of the great pianists currently performing. He has recorded the Villa-Lobos piece he played on his album of the composer's works on Hyper...
by Steinway
Tue Jan 30, 2007 3:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: New DVD of pianist Marc-André Hamelin
Replies: 23
Views: 13528

Barry..

Hamelin just performed at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society on January 12th. He was, as usual, awesome.

He has recorded the Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto with Litton/Dallas, recently issued.
by Steinway
Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Haydn's Cello Concertos 1 and 2
Replies: 4
Views: 5049

Mork with Brown is just about perfect, on the 1st Concerto.
by Steinway
Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:44 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: New DVD of pianist Marc-André Hamelin
Replies: 23
Views: 13528

Lance..

Thanks for heads up on Hamelin's new CD. Can't wait to grab it.

He may be, pound for pound, the finest pianist in the world today.
by Steinway
Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:56 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Great American Symphony; Reality; Possibility; Illusion
Replies: 54
Views: 24163

I'd have to select the William Schuman 3rd as my choice, but that work has some strong competition for top prize if we can include the
Hindemith E flat symphony, which was composed in America by a German.

I do admire the Harris 3rd very much, just slightly behind the above two!
by Steinway
Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists in repertoire you wished they had recorded
Replies: 45
Views: 26934

Dirk..I agree.

Are you still at the same address as you were?
by Steinway
Sun Jan 28, 2007 10:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists in repertoire you wished they had recorded
Replies: 45
Views: 26934

With the exception of Lipatti, all of my fantasy list is possible. :lol:
by Steinway
Sun Jan 28, 2007 9:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists in repertoire you wished they had recorded
Replies: 45
Views: 26934

A short wish list:

Schepkin..tbe Bach English Suites, French Suites & Toccatas

Hamelin..Liszt Sonata, Beethoven 32 Cycle, Scarlatti Sonatas

Babayan..Anything Bach

Koroliov..Handel Keyboard Suites

Arnaldo Cohen..anything

Klara Wurtz..Haydn Sonatas

Vieru.. anything

Lipatti ..anything
by Steinway
Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:16 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Neglected gems
Replies: 29
Views: 16726

Jack..

The Hindemith E Flat by Bernstein is on Sony..NY Philharmonic &

Tortelier on Chandos..BBC Philharmonic

I admire your taste!
by Steinway
Tue Jan 23, 2007 3:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Neglected gems
Replies: 29
Views: 16726

Neglected gems

Two of my favorite American symphonies..Wm. Schuman's 3rd & Hindemith's E Flat are never performed and almost totally neglected in recordings. Thanks to Bernstein, who did them both, there's precious little attention to either. Anyone have an opinion about these works and have similar feelings about...