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by Marc
Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does music need a listener?
Replies: 36
Views: 2397

Re: Does music need a listener?

[....]No, quite a lot of music doesn't "need a listener," other than the actual players.[....] other than , which I think means: performers are listeners, too . Which is a very important notion. No performing means no listening, and no listening means no performing. When a pianist is playing the pi...
by Marc
Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Harnoncourt Conducts Porgy and Bess???!!
Replies: 21
Views: 3094

Re: Harnoncourt Conducts Porgy and Bess???!!

Yikes - it's so sad. I remember the days when I treasured the Harnoncourt/VCM first recordings of the Brandenburgs, the orchestral suites, the b minor mass, the Matthew and St John Passions and eagerly awaited the release each new volume of the Bach Cantatas. Then something went wrong, terribly, tr...
by Marc
Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Death of HC Robbins Landon
Replies: 10
Views: 1069

Re: Death of HC Robbins Landon

:(

Rest in peace.
by Marc
Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Luca Popp, soprano - New EMI 7 CD set
Replies: 6
Views: 926

Re: Luca Popp, soprano - New EMI 7 CD set

My favourite lyric soprano, no doubt. Although I think that in this case I already have most of the original issues. I'm still hoping her Jugendstil Lieder-CD will be reissued .... some day. Was she really underrated? Almost every review I read is/was very enthousiastic. I think she didn't act like ...
by Marc
Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'm All Done With The Really Boring Early Mozart Operas;
Replies: 66
Views: 18760

Re: I'm All Done With The Really Boring Early Mozart Operas;

Yes. I have already listened years ago to FIGARO, DON and MAGIC FLUTE; COSI's plot I find irritatingly inane, while I'm puzzled at the suggestion that the Queen of the Night is Maria Theresia, a lady who is remembered with more affection than her dimwit son, Joseph II. About Così : to me, these peo...
by Marc
Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'm All Done With The Really Boring Early Mozart Operas;
Replies: 66
Views: 18760

Re: I'm All Done With The Really Boring Early Mozart Operas;

. . . if it's even worthwhile to investigate the 'mature' so-called masterpieces, f.i. Così and Zauberflöte . "So-called"? So-called? Cheers, ~Karl Yes, for explanation I was trying to quote Dulcinea in different words: ...those regarded as his masterpieces... . My personal answer would be: no ques...
by Marc
Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'm All Done With The Really Boring Early Mozart Operas;
Replies: 66
Views: 18760

Re: I'm All Done With The Really Boring Early Mozart Operas;

I guessed: there's a ; in the topic title, so probably there's more to come. So: Dulcinea is done with early Mozart operas, because she finds them boring, and now she wants to know if it's even worthwhile to investigate the 'mature' so-called masterpieces, f.i. Così and Zauberflöte . Could this be a...
by Marc
Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'm All Done With The Really Boring Early Mozart Operas;
Replies: 66
Views: 18760

Re: I'm All Done With The Really Boring Early Mozart Operas;

what must I look for in those regarded as his masterpieces? For ex, what am I supposed to see and hear in COSI FAN TUTTE, whose plot is sillier than many sitcoms I could mention, and THE MAGIC FLUTE, whose plot is among the strangest and most confusing in all opera? :? :? :? Strange, confusing: sou...
by Marc
Sun Aug 16, 2009 6:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's solo Sonatas and Partitas - which version?
Replies: 77
Views: 19325

Re: Bach's Solo Sonats and Partitas - which version

Ingrid Matthews (Centaur Records) plays a baroque violin, and she does this with great skill, as far as I'm concerned. She's very good in building the tension in each movement. I'm also fond of the first recording by Sigiswald Kuijken for Harmonia Mundi. With him, there's a total lack of mannerism....
by Marc
Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's solo Sonatas and Partitas - which version?
Replies: 77
Views: 19325

Re: Bach's Solo Sonats and Partitas - which version

I like the Henryk Szeryng 2cd set of DG. It's a bit stubborn, maybe not always that fluent, but still I find his playing rather interesting. Thomas Zehetmaier (Teldec) is very vivid, he's really playing like a young man who's enjoying life, Bach's music and the violin. Ingrid Matthews (Centaur Recor...
by Marc
Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's organ music
Replies: 53
Views: 17425

Re: Bach's organ music

Ordered at Amazon.com. The price ($58.43 = eventually € 48,07/brand new/factory sealed) made it attractive for a European guy :). It's sold by Import-CDs , feedback rating 98%. I also checked other sites, like jpc.de, presto classical UK, amazon.de, amazon.co.uk, mdt.co.uk and the DG site itself. B...
by Marc
Sat Aug 01, 2009 5:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's organ music
Replies: 53
Views: 17425

Re: Bach's organ music

Who did you order it from? I ask on the chance that it might come faster from a source you didn't check but that one or more other poster might know about. Ordered at Amazon.com. The price ($58.43 = eventually € 48,07/brand new/factory sealed) made it attractive for a European guy :). It's sold by ...
by Marc
Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's organ music
Replies: 53
Views: 17425

Re: Bach's organ music

Me, too, on Bach's organ works as performed by Helmut Walcha , the blind organist/harspchordist. I frequently listen to Walcha on a marvelous DGG-Arkhiv 12-CD set [419 904] that has since been reissued in a lesser-priced version. Walcha is great. Period. :D His 10cd mono set (1947-1952) is also ver...
by Marc
Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music of Dominico Scarlatti. Advices for a beginner ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2170

Re: The music of Dominico Scarlatti. Advices for a beginner ?

jbuck919 wrote:
BWV 1080 wrote:I would start with the Sonatas
:lol: :lol: :lol:
Yes, one might. Pieter Belder on Brilliant Classics f.i.: solid performances on harpsichord, not too expensive either.
Another possibility to start with :):
http://www.amazon.com/Iste-Confessore-C ... B00005QIRK
by Marc
Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 11370

Re: Mozart's late symphonies

Nut and Marc - perhaps there is a huge difference between HIP/original instrument performances - but to me, it is not that important - the original instruments sound like sh*t. :P sorry. I've tried, I just do not enjoy the sound - they display all the weaknesses, flaws, that you are taught to avoid...
by Marc
Wed Jul 15, 2009 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 11370

Re: Mozart's late symphonies

I've got Mackerras/Prague/Telarc playing #s 31,33, 34 [a favorite of mine :D] .... Hmm, not to be considered late Mozart symphonies, but I share your feelings about KV 338. Immediately fell in love with that one, whilst listening to a Karl Böhm recording on vinyl. If I remember well, he inserted th...
by Marc
Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's organ music
Replies: 53
Views: 17425

Re: Bach's organ music

Me, too, on Bach's organ works as performed by Helmut Walcha , the blind organist/harspchordist. I frequently listen to Walcha on a marvelous DGG-Arkhiv 12-CD set [419 904] that has since been reissued in a lesser-priced version. Walcha is great. Period. :D His 10cd mono set (1947-1952) is also ver...
by Marc
Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's late symphonies
Replies: 89
Views: 11370

Re: Mozart's late symphonies

the sterile HIP approach. :shock: :?: Another :shock: here. :mrgreen: With the odd exception here & there, in my opinion 'the' HIP approach is far from sterile. But then again, I don't believe 'the' HIP approach really exists. And 'the' non-HIP approach, either. I would not dare to throw every reco...
by Marc
Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: IS HAITINK THE MOST BORING CONDUCTOR, OR IS IT JUST ME?
Replies: 33
Views: 4595

Re: IS HAITINK THE MOST BORING CONDUCTOR, OR IS IT JUST ME?

Mr. Excitement he's not; a long-lived tortoise perhaps, rather than a speedy hare. But as my own beard grows grayer I find virtues in the tortoise that I had overlooked in my somewhat hasty youth. :D You might have hit the nail on the head with that. Because of his lack of mannerism there are no re...
by Marc
Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: E Power Biggs & Virgil Fox: thoughts?
Replies: 18
Views: 2565

Re: E Power Biggs & Virgil Fox: thoughts?

In short: I have a nice CD with Preludes & Fugues a.o. works (Bach) played by E. Power Biggs. I especially like his sensitive playing in the Pastorale in F major BWV 590. I remember it really felt like Christmas when I first listened to it. Virgil Fox: seen some things with him on the internet. Wasn...
by Marc
Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Need a favor from a Scandanavian (Danish?) speaker!
Replies: 25
Views: 1833

Re: Need a favor from a Scandanavian (Danish?) speaker!

Ah .... about eleven, sir. Joke aside, I have since long harboured a desire to learn Dutch, but I am afraid it is even more difficult than Danish. Well, I've always loved Scandinavian languages, but maybe Danish is the most difficult to speak, with words that could literally get my tongue tangled u...
by Marc
Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's organ music
Replies: 53
Views: 17425

Re: Bach's organ music

[review of James Kibbie's Online Bach edition] None of what I have written disqualifies this as an excellent set. It would be a doltish organist indeed who attempted a complete Bach and didn't get at least a great deal of it right. John, thanks for the review. I enjoyed reading it, and in general I...
by Marc
Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's organ music
Replies: 53
Views: 17425

Re: Bach's organ music

[....] my favourite of Bach's Organ Works are the Neumeister Chorales, I could play them every day for the rest of my life and would never tire of them... That's nice! One very rarely hears such exclusive praise for them. But what about the Orgelbüchlein BWV 599-644? I myself certainly like those g...
by Marc
Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Need a favor from a Scandanavian (Danish?) speaker!
Replies: 25
Views: 1833

Re: Need a favor from a Scandanavian (Danish?) speaker!

premont wrote:Selvom jeg elsker mit modersmål, er det nu ikke for at propagere for dette, at jeg udlagde teksten, men kun fordi IcedNote bad om en oversættelse.
Ah .... about eleven, sir.
premont wrote: Du har også smukke lyse piger i dit land.
And thwow him to the floow again, sir?
by Marc
Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's organ music
Replies: 53
Views: 17425

Re: Bach's organ music

I'll definitely be downloading (a lot) more. A couple of my "usual questions" have not been answered yet. :) And? Could you tell us something more? Just curious .... although a life with more questions than answers is far more exciting, of course. I've been listening (a.o.) to some Rübsam tonight. ...
by Marc
Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Need a favor from a Scandanavian (Danish?) speaker!
Replies: 25
Views: 1833

Re: Need a favor from a Scandanavian (Danish?) speaker!

Det er forbudt Biblioteker, Skoler, Læseselskaber , Foreninger eller lignende at udlaane eller udleje dette Værk uden Forlagets tilladelse. A " læseselskab " is a private society (with paying members), which undertakes to run a library with papers, books and maybe recordings for the use of the memb...
by Marc
Sun May 24, 2009 2:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BAROQUE? More LIKE BROQUE!
Replies: 44
Views: 6882

Re: BAROQUE? More LIKE BROQUE!

Chalkperson wrote:Excellent answer Ken... :D
Seconded. :)
by Marc
Thu May 21, 2009 4:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BAROQUE? More LIKE BROQUE!
Replies: 44
Views: 6882

Re: BAROQUE? More LIKE BROQUE!

Why have people like Grieg--the Holberg Suite--and Respighi--Ancient Airs and Dances--misunderstood the Baroque style so badly? I'm afraid that this question is impossible to answer for anyone around here. I myself don't dislike all of these 'pastiches', btw. I'm fond of Grieg & Ravel, but also ver...
by Marc
Thu May 21, 2009 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BAROQUE? More LIKE BROQUE!
Replies: 44
Views: 6882

Re: BAROQUE? More LIKE BROQUE!

I thought Lady Madonna was one of the few songs (the only song?) sung by Ringo..... :!: Yellow Submarine and Octopus's Garden were sung by Ringo Starr, perhaps others. I thought it was pretty obvious that McCartney is lead singer on Lady Madonna. Yes, definitely. McCartney can do a lot with his voi...
by Marc
Sat May 02, 2009 4:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Save La Petite Bande!
Replies: 4
Views: 1181

Re: Save La Petite Bande!

For anyone who's interested:

About a week ago the Belgian government decided to support La Petite Bande, against the advice of the cultural committee.
by Marc
Sun Apr 26, 2009 3:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your earliest memory of "magic" in classical music?
Replies: 36
Views: 3518

Re: Your earliest memory of "magic" in classical music?

Two times Bach: As a child, trying (in vain) to learn to play the piano: Bourrée, from the Suite in E minor BWV 996. Also as a child, slightly older (13? 14?): hearing the opening choir of Bach's Johannes Passion , home alone, on Palm Sunday, listening to a live broadcast performance from the Amster...
by Marc
Sun Apr 26, 2009 1:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach Cantata Series - your favourite & why
Replies: 45
Views: 8190

Re: Bach Cantata Series - your favourite & why

At the moment I am traversing their set along with the Leusink set, which I despite its shortcomings find natural and unmannered in expression (except the countertenor!) Sytze Buwalda isn't my favourite voice, either. On the other hand: I consider him a steady factor in the Leusink set (along with ...
by Marc
Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's organ music
Replies: 53
Views: 17425

Re: Bach's organ music

I'll download some of that today and then get back to this thread. I don't think I ever welcomed our newer poster Marc, so welcome! Thanks, John. It's fun to read I'm considered a newer member. But I admit: I'm not a very regular poster. You and I have met before on this board, discussing about con...
by Marc
Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's organ music
Replies: 53
Views: 17425

Bach's organ music

Couldn't find a thread about this in the 'new' section of the board. That's why I began this one. Have been listening a lot to Bach's organ music during the last months. Plenty of treasures to be found. One of organists I've listened to is James Kibbie. He plays on historic organs in Germany. Check ...
by Marc
Sat Apr 25, 2009 5:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama in France
Replies: 62
Views: 2711

Re: Obama in France

You're supposed to be a moderator, which implies that you monitor posts with fairness and objectivity, but your hard-line conservative philosophy always seems to get in the way of your objectivity. You and others have been peddling this bs that I should monitor for content so you wouldn't have to b...
by Marc
Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach Cantata Series - your favourite & why
Replies: 45
Views: 8190

Re: Bach Cantata Series - your favourite & why

Cantata connoisseurs : did it take you a while before these works started clicking for you? For me the glorious fusion of choral and instrumental music that is a Bach cantata was an instant attraction that has not waned in about 25 years. Same here. Only change 25 into 30. :) Favourite Bach cantata...
by Marc
Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Save La Petite Bande!
Replies: 4
Views: 1181

Save La Petite Bande!

In Europe, lots of ensembles are dependent on financial support from their governments. Lately, their have been some problems in the Low Countries. Last year Ton Koopman's Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra was cut off from their subventions by the Dutch Government. Results so far: 6 people fired (Koopman'...
by Marc
Thu Sep 25, 2008 1:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What work have you most versions of?
Replies: 154
Views: 42228

Re: What work have you most versions of?

And the winner is .... the Johannes-Passion of Johann Sebastian Bach! It was almost too close to call after a tough battle with .... the Matthäus-Passion of Johann Sebastian Bach! :wink: Of both works I have 23 recordings on either vinyl, Mini-Disc or CD, but I have 2 DVD's of the JP, and only 1 of ...
by Marc
Wed Sep 24, 2008 2:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recommended recordings of Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Replies: 23
Views: 20761

Re: Recommended recordings of Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Oh dear, how many flutes do I still have to collect? Well, I haven't got the Fricsay, and I think he's a very interesting Mozartian, so that would be my first pick.... in the future. :wink: Solti I is on the list, too, because Solti II, which I already have, was a small disappointment, though it's t...
by Marc
Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vote for Playboy's "Sexiest Classical Babe"
Replies: 73
Views: 8055

Re: Vote for Playboy's "Sexiest Classical Babe"

Why can't we vote for dead babes? :twisted: And where are my favourites? :x http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2005/09/11/arts/oest.184.2.jpg http://www.longbeachopera.org/uploads/images/artists/frederica_von_stade.jpg http://www.johannettezomer.com/media/jzomer_vlechtjes.jpg http://www.brittensinf...
by Marc
Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bryden Thomson´s RVW cycle on Chandos
Replies: 34
Views: 10061

Re: Bryden Thomson´s RVW cycle on Chandos

The other Whitman text he set was 'Toward the Unknown Region', also a fine piece. In a similar mould is Gerald Finzi's Intimations of Immortality . If you enjoy DNP I would look this one up; you will notice RVW's influence. Last time I looked berkshirerecordoutlet.com had the Matthew Best version o...
by Marc
Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bryden Thomson´s RVW cycle on Chandos
Replies: 34
Views: 10061

Re: Bryden Thomson´s RVW cycle on Chandos

For whatever reason, Dona Nobis Pacem is overlooked. I think it's one of his best pieces. Agreed. I would like to agree also, but I can't .... because my 'knowledge' of Vaughan Williams' oeuvre is not sufficient. :| What I do know, is that I like The Lark Ascending , the Fantasias on Tallis and on ...
by Marc
Thu Jul 10, 2008 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: mahler's symphonies
Replies: 70
Views: 7757

Re: mahler's symphonies

I love Mahler's symphonies, but I really adore Number Four! My favourite conductors of the 4th are Kubelik, Bertini and Haitink. They don't overdo the drama and give a lot of attention to the lyrical aspects, which I think fits this composition pretty well. But hey, I guess there must be dozens of ...
by Marc
Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: mahler's symphonies
Replies: 70
Views: 7757

Re: mahler's symphonies

I love Mahler's symphonies, but I really adore Number Four! It's the only symphony of which I can't choose a favourite movement, because every one of them is just wonderful to me. Well, I must admit, it's more or less the same with the Fifth. But with a gun against my head I would say: in the 5th I ...
by Marc
Sat Jun 28, 2008 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: tchaikovsky
Replies: 15
Views: 1216

Re: tchaikovsky

Sixth symphony, still a favourite after oh so many years.
Every movement is a thrill to me.
Wallingford wrote: [....] he was one of the absolute greatest melodists ever, and one of the genius orchestrators of all time [....].
Fully agreed.
Therefore: yes, I do like Tchaikovsky!
by Marc
Thu Sep 06, 2007 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti Dead at 71 (Nee Pavarotti´s health)
Replies: 12
Views: 2962

He certainly was a great tenor with an incomparable voice. I heard him last year at the Winter Olympics (Torino 2006) and was really quite amazed to hear him sing so well, at the age of 70. In his younger years (I once heard some broadcast performances around 1970) he sounded really creamy. Beautifu...
by Marc
Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms symphonies
Replies: 96
Views: 26361

Hmmm .... do try Van Beinum (1950's, Concertgebouw, mono/stereo). I remember walking into a music shop some years ago and they played Brahms 2. I asked: what's this new fresh vivid Brahms? They said: it's good old Eduard van B.! So I bought it; the rest is history :D. Niper, good luck, with any purc...
by Marc
Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Old friends and why we love them
Replies: 18
Views: 3206

Re: Old friends and why we love them

" Music Begins and Ends with Bach" Not for me, thank god. I'd go stark raving mad if I had to listen to THAT all day. Raving? Yes, ABOUT Bach. My 'classical life' began with him. I owe my discovery of classical music almost entirely to him. Finally, when I was around twenty years of age, with the h...
by Marc
Fri May 04, 2007 2:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 100-CD Beethoven Boxset Due in September!
Replies: 28
Views: 6808

What about the complete 33CD-set of Fischer? Isn't that one available anymore? I can really recommend it. Especially considering the price (it used to differ from budget to mid-price) and the amount of great music you get for it. Even I draw the line somewhere, [....] Me, too. [....] well sometimes...