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by Marc
Thu May 03, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 100-CD Beethoven Boxset Due in September!
Replies: 28
Views: 6829

I have always wanted to (once my financial situation is more free, that is) purchase the complete Haydn symphonies and have a marathon chronologically-ordered listening session of the music. I fear, however, that I would tire of this mission at No. 40 or so and the rest of the collection would beco...
by Marc
Wed May 02, 2007 8:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 100-CD Beethoven Boxset Due in September!
Replies: 28
Views: 6829

Hopefully this ´Beethoven Brilliant Bargain´ does not come only in one 100CD-set. I´d prefer to make different choices. The complete Bach and Mozart-sets were rather disappointing at some points (mainly vocal works). The Warner Harnoncourt set is on my (short?)list, too. And I would also like to pur...
by Marc
Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 11
Views: 5189

Vocal works, keyboard music, organ music, chamber music, orchestral music, whatever .... JS Bach is already 30 years my favourite composer. It all began with his Passions .... and I still haven't 'discovered' all the rest. It will probably take a lifetime. Bach's Musick ist die allerbeste Musick ! B...
by Marc
Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Spring is in the Air! What music spells Spring to you?
Replies: 38
Views: 11381

Bach's Passions. Because of childhood memories, I guess: going to a Bach Passion with my parents, walking in the evening twilight, smelling spring and listening to the blackbirds sing, and then joining the impressive and anticipating queue in front of the church .... the perfect prelude to a musical...
by Marc
Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 638949

I've been listening to the first act of Bizet's Carmen in the recording of Sir Thomas Beecham. Sir Thomas, with his priggish bouncing little goatee, must be the perfect Frenchman! Ofcourse, the cast is great, too, with De Los Angeles and Gedda (among others). Maybe Janine Micheau sounds a bit too ol...
by Marc
Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 638949

The Sonata for violin and piano in A major by César Franck. Played by Gidon Kremer and Oleg Maisenberg. It's a live recording from 1980, and this great piece is played very intensely.
by Marc
Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart piano sonatas
Replies: 69
Views: 32879

Bart van Oort at Brilliant Classics, Complete Keyboard Works . Maybe you should try to find this set somewhere. Fourteen discs of Mozart, for a reasonable price, played on various fortepianos. IMHO, Van Oort plays with more spirit than Brautigam. It's not really complete though, the set is without t...
by Marc
Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 638949

I'm listening to my favourite Bruckner composition: the string quintet in F major, played by L'Archibudelli. Great music.
by Marc
Sun Feb 25, 2007 3:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: G. F. HANDEL and J. S. BACH
Replies: 43
Views: 28459

Yes, it's hard to be a contemporary of guys like Bach and Mozart. :wink: But .... just after I completed my 'thoughts about Bach and his contemporaries', I listened to a CD with cantates of Johann Friedrich Fasch (played by Hermann Max and Das Kleine Konzert). And then I think: I would not call this...
by Marc
Sun Feb 25, 2007 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: G. F. HANDEL and J. S. BACH
Replies: 43
Views: 28459

There were just not many composers of Protestant church music.. If 'Protestant' stands for 'Calvinist', you're right. Composing and performing church music was forbidden there. There were a lot of (German) Lutheran church music composers in Bach's time though, I think at least hundreds of them, and...
by Marc
Sat Feb 24, 2007 4:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: G. F. HANDEL and J. S. BACH
Replies: 43
Views: 28459

There were just not many composers of Protestant church music.. If 'Protestant' stands for 'Calvinist', you're right. Composing and performing church music was forbidden there. There were a lot of (German) Lutheran church music composers in Bach's time though, I think at least hundreds of them, and...
by Marc
Tue Jan 30, 2007 4:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Marin Alsop on Mahler's Fifth
Replies: 16
Views: 9830

I just don't see the need for Another Mahler Fifth. Yes. This growing forest of Mahler productions is almost an uncontrolled growth. And Naxos already has a Mahler Fifth with Antoni Wit, and last year another one with James DePreist was released. For the 'old' Naxos policy that would be enough. The...
by Marc
Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms - not as appreciated as Beethoven, Mozart... (?)
Replies: 148
Views: 90271

karlhenning wrote:
Marc wrote:There is this unique combination of melody and melancholy.
That's one of the things I love about Tchaikovsky :-)

Cheers,
~Karl
Quite.

Unique, but in a different, unique way.
OK?

Here's looking at you, Karl,

Marc.

:)

PS: aimez-vous Brahms?
by Marc
Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms - not as appreciated as Beethoven, Mozart... (?)
Replies: 148
Views: 90271

I came to realize something that you people probably already have long ago: Loving classical music is not like loving any other kind of music; the depths and sentiments that are reached in classical music are very special... This feeling intensifies especially in light of nowadays' "music"... Again...
by Marc
Sat Jan 27, 2007 6:42 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: my first post = question #1 :)
Replies: 27
Views: 14787

Hello Paco! Great to see someone 'falling in love' with Bach. He's my favourite composer, too. I also like Mozart, and I take the liberty to give you just a few examples of 'Mozartian' counterpoint: The Finale of Symphony No. 41, KV 551 Jupiter The Mass for the Dead Requiem , KV 626: especially the ...
by Marc
Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Edvard Grieg
Replies: 19
Views: 9945

Peer Gynt : Solveigs Sang Fire Salmer , op. 74 I always liked the instrumental version of Solveig's Song from the Peer Gynt suite , but when I heard Lucia Popp sing it (German version, with Neville Marriner) I really held my breath wile listening. She certainly tops the nevertheless delightful Barb...
by Marc
Thu Jan 25, 2007 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 638949

At this moment the singing flutist Hans-Martin Linde is performing So oft ich meine Tobackspfeife, part of Bach's Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach, with Gustav Leonhardt at harpsichord.
Too bad I stopped smoking!