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by Marc
Sun Apr 18, 2010 3:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brandenburg Concertos on modern instruments.
Replies: 35
Views: 10699

Re: Brandenburg Concertos on modern instruments.

the HIP-recording of Musica Antiqua Köln with Reinhard Goebel, if it's still available. It's the best I've heard yet, although I do not know them all by far. But this ensemble really had got a beautiful tone, very good instrumentalists and played their baroque music with unbridled energy. I have tr...
by Marc
Sun Apr 18, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An Evaluation of The Solti/Mahler Box-Set, Daniel Stavisky
Replies: 10
Views: 3706

Re: An Evaluation of The Solti/Mahler Box-Set, Daniel Stavisky

Yes, Solti recorded at least 2 Mahler integrals plus maybe even some more 'loose' recordings. The first integral (if my memory is correct) was a London SO/Chicago SO combination. The second integral, in the DDD-age, with the Chicago band only. I think this box is a combination of both integrals and ...
by Marc
Sun Apr 18, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Category of the BACH EDITION That I'll Never Finish:
Replies: 18
Views: 2097

Re: A Category of the BACH EDITION That I'll Never Finish:

Mmm .... I can endure an organ disc or concert for 70 minutes, even without a break. But in most cases the concerts deliver a great variety in pieces and volume. I can image that a disc with only Toccatas by Bach, played almost entirely Organo Pleno, could be 'quite' testing. :) I mentioned Walcha ...
by Marc
Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brandenburg Concertos on modern instruments.
Replies: 35
Views: 10699

Re: Brandenburg Concertos on modern instruments.

I don't listen to the B'burgs on original instruments - the wind instruments esp do not sound good on the wonderful solo parts...these parts are tough, even on modern instruments. These parts are tough indeed. But I don't share your view as a general opinion about performances on period instruments...
by Marc
Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Category of the BACH EDITION That I'll Never Finish:
Replies: 18
Views: 2097

Re: A Category of the BACH EDITION That I'll Never Finish:

Mmm .... I can endure an organ disc or concert for 70 minutes, even without a break. But in most cases the concerts deliver a great variety in pieces and volume. I can image that a disc with only Toccatas by Bach, played almost entirely Organo Pleno, could be 'quite' testing. :) I mentioned Walcha a...
by Marc
Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Category of the BACH EDITION That I'll Never Finish:
Replies: 18
Views: 2097

Re: A Category of the BACH EDITION That I'll Never Finish:

BTW, Dulcinea, like member absinthe, I'm also curious to what performer/organ(s) you've listened to. I never had such an experience of almost 3 cd's of organ monotony. Because of f.i. the registration possibilities I think the organ is a very rich instrument, which also can sound very .... modest. T...
by Marc
Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Category of the BACH EDITION That I'll Never Finish:
Replies: 18
Views: 2097

Re: A Category of the BACH EDITION That I'll Never Finish:

FWIW, here's a (modest) thread about the subject, which might contain some suggestions, too: http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=28286 And, also FWIW :wink:, I completely adore Bach's organ works, as well as the instrument itself. And, my final FWIW of the day: please, don't take...
by Marc
Sat Apr 17, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brandenburg Concertos on modern instruments.
Replies: 35
Views: 10699

Re: Brandenburg Concertos on modern instruments.

I like the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, conducted by Jan Willem de Vriend: modern instruments with lots of 'authentic' (sorry 'bout using that word) influences in their playing. Fresh and vivid performances. Very nice to listen to on a beautiful day in spring. :D Might be difficult to get outsid...
by Marc
Sat Apr 17, 2010 6:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chailly — Brandenburgische Konzerte on Modern Instruments
Replies: 5
Views: 667

Re: Chailly — Brandenburgische Konzerte on Modern Instruments

Hello Neytiri, another welcome here! About this particular recording: not sure if I'm hastily going after it. Maybe I'll abuse the library, at a later date. I saw and heard Chailly's SMP live at the Concertgebouw, Palm Sunday 1997 (on telly and radio that is). I've also bought his Leipzig performanc...
by Marc
Fri Apr 16, 2010 5:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My first "error" in shipment from Amazon 3rd Party!
Replies: 8
Views: 1310

Re: My first "error" in shipment from Amazon 3rd Party!

Well, here's the story. I heard from the supplier who is sending me the Orfeo recording of Dieter Klöcker. They grabbed the recording from the wrong bin, apparently. In the meantime, I listened to French Suites 4, 5, and 6 by Keith Jarrett on the harpsichord. They are truly wonderful performances. ...
by Marc
Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concertgebouw concert last Saturday, April 3
Replies: 18
Views: 2044

Re: Concertgebouw concert last Saturday, April 3

slofstra wrote:
Marc wrote:Try looking for this greasy spoon, recommended:

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I'm only interested if they serve potatoes.
No kidding! :o
Just ask the greasy waiter, a certain mr. Vincent van G., and everything will be all right .... I guess.
by Marc
Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concertgebouw concert last Saturday, April 3
Replies: 18
Views: 2044

Re: Concertgebouw concert last Saturday, April 3

Try looking for this greasy spoon, recommended:

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by Marc
Fri Apr 09, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grand pianos used in movies
Replies: 54
Views: 15262

Re: Grand pianos used in movies

A Day at the Races (1937)!

:D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MExljPsMEbA

And a lot of other Marx Brothers stuff!
by Marc
Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concertgebouw concert last Saturday, April 3
Replies: 18
Views: 2044

Re: Concertgebouw concert last Saturday, April 3

Sounds like you had a fine evening! Incidentally, the Netherlands Bach Society (if that's the chorus you heard) has a long history going back to 1922 and recorded the St. Matthew Passion under Ton Koopman in 1993 and Jos van Veldhoven (their artistic director) in 1997. I did not know that, I have a...
by Marc
Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concertgebouw concert last Saturday, April 3
Replies: 18
Views: 2044

Re: Concertgebouw concert last Saturday, April 3

There's no link between Leusink and the Bach Society. They have their traditional SMP's in the last week before Easter Sunday in Naarden (and some Utrecht performances, if I'm not mistaken). About Chailly's new (live) recording: it's a swift one: 2 discs only. I've listened to it only once. The temp...
by Marc
Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concertgebouw concert last Saturday, April 3
Replies: 18
Views: 2044

Re: Concertgebouw concert last Saturday, April 3

Also, I had dinner at a nearby restaurant. Although I ordered my meal well before 6 I was lucky to get out by 7 for the 7.30 show. One table of 4 had arrived at 5 and were not served their main course until 7. In fact, all the tables around me had not been served their meal before 7 PM. Yeah .... b...
by Marc
Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concertgebouw concert last Saturday, April 3
Replies: 18
Views: 2044

Re: Concertgebouw concert last Saturday, April 3

Also, I had dinner at a nearby restaurant. Although I ordered my meal well before 6 I was lucky to get out by 7 for the 7.30 show. One table of 4 had arrived at 5 and were not served their main course until 7. In fact, all the tables around me had not been served their meal before 7 PM. Yeah .... b...
by Marc
Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An Evaluation of Bernstein's Mahler Cycles, Daniel Stavisky
Replies: 24
Views: 4127

Re: An Evaluation of Bernstein's Mahler Cycles, Daniel Stavisky

Heck, It's one of those truisms that we all remember where we were when we heard that Kennedy had been shot (even here in the UK). However you've put me right on one thing, I had always believed that Bernstein played the Adagietto from the 5th symphony at Kennedy's funeral but a quick check on the ...
by Marc
Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on Gardiner's Bach recordings on DG & Decca
Replies: 24
Views: 2789

Re: Opinions sought on Gardiner's Bach recordings on DG & Decca

In general, I rate Gardiner rather highly as an operatic conductor, but I'm less convinced by him when a spiritual approach is asked for. I enjoy his performances of f.i. Händel's Water Music and of Mozart operas ( Idomeneo !!). In some cases, if a religious work asks for a more operatic interpretat...
by Marc
Sat Apr 03, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's organ music
Replies: 53
Views: 16867

Re: Bach's organ music

[comment made in this 'Preston'-thread: http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=34762] Just FYI, Marc, I've since downloaded most of Kibbie's performances (not all Bach organ music is very interesting, I am sorry to say). Actually listened to some of them too. :) They are certainly ...
by Marc
Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on Gardiner's Bach recordings on DG & Decca
Replies: 24
Views: 2789

Re: Opinions sought on Gardiner's Bach recordings on DG & Decca

Dunno about all of Gardiner's Bach recordings. He's not my fave Bach interpreter. Still, I loved and still love his Johannes-Passion ! To me, the major disappointment was BWV 244: rushed, too slick and far from spiritual; trying, in a forced manner, to make it sound as dramatic as BWV 245, which, IM...
by Marc
Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simon Preston Plays Bach Organ Works-Complete-DG Best Buy
Replies: 16
Views: 4535

Re: Simon Preston Plays Bach Organ Works-Complete-DG Best Buy

I hate to say this, but I do not like the organ he is playing in the Youtube of the D minor Toccata. (I looked it up and it is a modern instrument, rather restricted at two manuals, I can't remember the details.) Either the organ itself or the acoustics or the engineering or any combination of thos...
by Marc
Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simon Preston Plays Bach Organ Works-Complete-DG Best Buy
Replies: 16
Views: 4535

Re: Simon Preston Plays Bach Organ Works-Complete-DG Best Buy

I have to leave da house for the rest of the day because of appointments and many nice things to look forward to, so I will make this one a shorty .... but I'm afraid I have to say that Preston is one of my least fave Bach organists. With the exception of some chorales and the trio sonates, I must a...
by Marc
Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Art of Fugue
Replies: 27
Views: 5283

Re: Bach's Art of Fugue

I read something before about the controversy concerning the 'Finale' of Bach's Die Kunst der Fuge . But I'm only a (interested) layman in this field. It's difficult enough for me to even 'grab' the composition, if not impossible. :wink: The subject of this thread is interesting, though. And, even t...
by Marc
Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hey, where are all our CMGers ...
Replies: 32
Views: 5316

Re: Hey, where are all our CMGers ...

I was probably in the bed (or thinking about going to), either sleeping or listening to Bach's Kunst der Fuge. :D
by Marc
Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: People who speaks french! Please HELP me!
Replies: 17
Views: 1455

Re: People who speaks french! Please HELP me!

Here's a book (just an example): http://www.amazon.ca/Musique-classique-John-Burrows/dp/2700013476/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269552191&sr=1-4 Here's a board: http://leforumdelamusique.xooit.fr/f16-Theorie.htm Or: go to the Google search homepage, and use words like musique, classique, livres, ...
by Marc
Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4137
Views: 1331924

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Early organ music from Iberia , thanx to some advices I recently received .... on their way now (I hope) to my house: http://i44.tinypic.com/dzt7px.jpg http://i39.tinypic.com/or30rb.jpg As I wrote elsewhere, the Naxos is outstanding. But I would be very interested to hear your impressions of the ot...
by Marc
Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Advice needed on Concertgebouw
Replies: 16
Views: 5618

Re: Advice needed on Concertgebouw

Slofstra, I wish you a good concert! Thanks Marc. I was thinking about your comments on that choir, and wanted to remind you that when it comes to Bach the Dutch are never less than Brilliant. :wink: http://records.joanrecords.com/isroot/joan/Images/logos/headtext_brilliant.gif That's a kind thing ...
by Marc
Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Advice needed on Concertgebouw
Replies: 16
Views: 5618

Re: Advice needed on Concertgebouw

Slofstra, I wish you a good concert!
by Marc
Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Advice needed on Concertgebouw
Replies: 16
Views: 5618

Re: Advice needed on Concertgebouw

The actual building that is. I plan to be in Holland around Easter weekend. One of my dreams may come true, to see a concert in the Concertgebouw, and perhaps I may see one or two other legendary halls as well on this trip. Here is my question. On SAT 3 April the Concertgebouw is staging a St. Matt...
by Marc
Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4137
Views: 1331924

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Early organ music from Iberia, thanx to some advices I recently received .... on their way now (I hope) to my house:

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by Marc
Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: London 2012 Olympics...What Should The Theme Tune Be?.....
Replies: 26
Views: 4325

Re: London 2012 Olympics...What Should The Theme Tune Be?.....

I am tempted to respond with "some oul pop song about drugs" as it is mainly a drug fest anyway, but I will buy in to the hype and not do so. :lol: With a Little Help From My Friends ? Yeah. Good suggestion. Although I myself was thinking of All Together Now , a fine little tune for the Olympics IM...
by Marc
Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your favorite Dawn Upshaw?
Replies: 15
Views: 2711

Re: Your favorite Dawn Upshaw?

Actually I should not be in this 'competition', 'cause I haven't got that many discs of her. I mean: not that many compared to her true fans .... Not that I don't like her voice, though! On the contrary .... I remember very well seeing her on TV (in the late eighties), singing a beautiful Susanna in...
by Marc
Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do we have VOCAL music lovers on CMG?
Replies: 38
Views: 4211

Re: Do we have VOCAL music lovers on CMG?

Hi Lance -- I am very vocal about my love of music -- some would say too much so. :D Seriously, I really do love vocal music. Renaissance choral music, madrigals, Bach cantatas, Haydn masses, Schubert lieder, Wagnerian opera, bring it on. Another one here, although I'm not a Wagnerian. To me, the h...
by Marc
Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler / Bruckner - Box Sets - Bernstein / Jochum
Replies: 53
Views: 5078

Re: Mahler / Bruckner - Box Sets - Bernstein / Jochum

. . . Maybe it's also the only Mahler performance of the Berliner Phil in which the trombonists fell asleep :wink: Not that we could ever prove that . . . . ; ) True. Maybe they all fell off their chairs unisono ? Or had not yet finished their Berliner Kaffee ? Kaffee, Kaffee, muss ich haben, und w...
by Marc
Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler / Bruckner - Box Sets - Bernstein / Jochum
Replies: 53
Views: 5078

Re: Mahler / Bruckner - Box Sets - Bernstein / Jochum

Maybe it's also the only Mahler performance of the Berliner Phil in which the trombonists fell asleep :wink:. They can't be heard in the dramatic climax of the 4th movement .... one wonders why they released a recording that contains such a disastrous f--k-up. :roll: you would think that they would...
by Marc
Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler / Bruckner - Box Sets - Bernstein / Jochum
Replies: 53
Views: 5078

Re: Mahler / Bruckner - Box Sets - Bernstein / Jochum

A worthy add-on to any Bernstein/Mahler collection IMO would be his recording of the 9th with the Berliner Philharmoniker (a once in a lifetime concert), live performance 1979. Not perfect, but very very intense! AFAIK, it's the only performance of Berstein and Von Karajan's band, which makes it a s...
by Marc
Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do we have VOCAL music lovers on CMG?
Replies: 38
Views: 4211

Re: Do we have VOCAL music lovers on CMG?

Hi Lance -- I am very vocal about my love of music -- some would say too much so. :D Seriously, I really do love vocal music. Renaissance choral music, madrigals, Bach cantatas, Haydn masses, Schubert lieder, Wagnerian opera, bring it on. Another one here, although I'm not a Wagnerian. To me, the h...
by Marc
Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein's Haydn Box
Replies: 27
Views: 1277

Re: Bernstein's Haydn Box

Period-instrument performances of Haydn make him sound like a mediocre late-Baroque/Rococo composer. You hear all this propaganda from HIP proponents that period instruments give you an advantage in music of this period that you can play full out without overwhelming the music--don't believe the hy...
by Marc
Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler / Bruckner - Box Sets - Bernstein / Jochum
Replies: 53
Views: 5078

Re: Mahler / Bruckner - Box Sets - Bernstein / Jochum

I currently own the Bernstein Sony and Jochum EMI, but have not heard from the Bernstein DG or Jochum DG. I have considered the idea of purchasing the latter two boxes, but thought it would be worthwhile to ask for opinions first. for Bernstein - stick with the earlier set CBS/Sony. it's better all...
by Marc
Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Gets Down and Dirty........
Replies: 34
Views: 4705

Re: Renee Fleming Gets Down and Dirty........

I have absolutely no problems with this at all.
It's her life, it's her fun, she's free to perform whatever music she wants.

Which doesn't mean that I'm gonna buy this disc, because I won't. (I just wanted to make that clear. :wink:)
by Marc
Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I can't stand those faces
Replies: 68
Views: 3811

Re: I can't stand those faces

Marc, I was not referring to Uchida in particular but speaking generally of grimacing artists. In that respect, I personally agree with Saul. Understood. But I was referring to Uchida, because she was more or less the 'cause' of this thread and served as an example for Saul's opinion. Personally, I...
by Marc
Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I can't stand those faces
Replies: 68
Views: 3811

Re: I can't stand those faces

MarkC wrote:
Marc wrote:Downgrading the quality of playing: there isn't any objective proof of that.....
I don't think anyone said it does.
I know. That's why I mentioned Agnes Selby's very wise notion. :wink:
by Marc
Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I can't stand those faces
Replies: 68
Views: 3811

Re: I can't stand those faces

I must admit, I agree with Saul. If the pianist is trying to show emotion by pulling faces, he/she fails as far as I am concerned. It is most disturbing and takes away from the quality of playing. Very wise notion: as far as I am concerned . :) Nevertheless: Disturbance: sure, this can happen. It d...
by Marc
Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I can't stand those faces
Replies: 68
Views: 3811

Re: I can't stand those faces

Chalkie has said it as it is - and I hope this finally puts an end to this silliness. I second that :D. Well, in the end it's not Uchida who is or has the problem. She's given concerts with dozens and dozens of orchestras and other musicians, in front of thousands and thousands of listeners and spe...
by Marc
Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I can't stand those faces
Replies: 68
Views: 3811

Re: I can't stand those faces

"Pianists should be heard but not seen"? :? Hear,hear!! Actually this is the very reason why I have never considered the acquisition of a DVD music gear. The look of the musicians may often be interesting - even if this essentially has nothing with the music or the enjoyment of the music to do - bu...
by Marc
Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I can't stand those faces
Replies: 68
Views: 3811

Re: I can't stand those faces

In the end, I'm only interested how the music sounds.

At home, I have a load of cd's, and a handful of DVD's.

I'm a happy man.

:D
by Marc
Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Richter's Bach-Yes or No?
Replies: 22
Views: 2945

Re: Karl Richter's Bach-Yes or No?

Yes, there are always gems to find. My personal Richter gem is a recording of BWV 243, the magnificent Magnificat . Bought it on vinyl (DG) long time ago, combined with BWV 140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme . I always preferred the performance of BWV 243, not suffering from heavy pondering .... al...
by Marc
Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Richter's Bach-Yes or No?
Replies: 22
Views: 2945

Re: Karl Richter's Bach-Yes or No?

I was around 13 years of age when I fell in love with Bach's music, at that particular time mainly with his vocal / choral compositions. Like a young madman I checked a bunch of national and international radio broadcasting stations and got to know various interpreters and musicians. Karl Richter wa...