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by RebLem
Wed Nov 02, 2005 10:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The greatest underrated works
Replies: 54
Views: 16204

Underrated works

Biber's Rosary Sonatas Handel's Dixit Dominus Mozart's Piano Concerto #17 Mozart's two Duos for Violin and Viola Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri Dvorak's 18 Cypresses for string quartet Stenhammar's 6 string quartets Parry's Third Symphony Elgar's Dream of Gerontius Joplin's Treemonisha Prokofi...
by RebLem
Mon Oct 17, 2005 10:15 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: White Sox beat Anaheim for AL pennant; first since 1959
Replies: 5
Views: 1507

White Sox beat Anaheim for AL pennant; first since 1959

Telander: Sox, city finally in after 46 years October 17, 2005 BY RICK TELANDER, [CHICAGO] SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST ANAHEIM, Calif. -- "Ozzie and Harriet'' was a popular cornball TV series the last time the White Sox went to the World Series. Now, 46 years later, we have the Ozzie and A.J. show as the Wh...
by RebLem
Fri Oct 14, 2005 7:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Mendelssohn Symphonies
Replies: 9
Views: 2853

Mendelssohn performances

Gary has already pointed out something which I fear many will miss because of his exposition style. Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch have recorded not only the 5 mature Mendelssohn symphonies, but also the youthful string symphonies, and they are head and shoulders above all the others in ...
by RebLem
Fri Oct 14, 2005 12:34 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Fleisher premieres long lost Hindemith concerto
Replies: 2
Views: 2839

Fleisher premieres long lost Hindemith concerto

Paul Hindemith's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Rejected by Its Dedicatee, Gets Its Belated US Premiere By Georgia Rowe Contra Costa Times [California] - 8 October 2005 San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Herbert Blomstedt (conductor) Leon Fleisher (piano) 5 October 2005 - Davies Symphony Hall, San ...
by RebLem
Fri Oct 14, 2005 12:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Fleisher premieres long lost Hindemith conderto
Replies: 1
Views: 1043

Fleisher premieres long lost Hindemith conderto

Long-Buried Left-Hand Piano Concerto by Paul Hindemith Gets Its Premiere at Last By Richard Scheinin San Jose Mercury News - 5 October 2005 Now that he's 77, pianist Leon Fleisher might be expected to do a slow fade-out, enjoying the twilight of his career. Instead, he's on the road, making headline...
by RebLem
Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 532136

Right now, Charm, I'm listening to Bruckner, too. 3rd Symphony, Jochum, Dresden.
by RebLem
Wed Sep 28, 2005 3:03 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Mahler Symphonies
Replies: 51
Views: 11350

Chailly's Mahler

I haven't heard any of Chailly's Mahler. However, I did recently acquire his set. Stay tuned. I do think everybody's #1 Mahler recording ought to be Klemperer's Second. Not only is it one of the great, all time Mahler recordings, especially in the outer movements, but at more than 79 minutes of musi...
by RebLem
Sun Sep 25, 2005 12:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Mahler Symphonies
Replies: 51
Views: 11350

Dunna like Mahler? Heresy !!!

The Mahler First is very accessible, and I would suggest the Boulez, CSO recording as the best. However, I think the most accessible, and more typically Mahlerian in its reliance on familiar, folk-like melodies, is the Fourth Symphony. Szell, Cleveland and Bernstein DGG with a boy soprano are the be...
by RebLem
Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ten Commandments for Concert-goers
Replies: 21
Views: 5298

Addition

Here's another one-- If, for some reason, thee cannot or will not obey the First Commandment, at least do so in silence, so that others who have may enjoy the concert. I remember one occasion when I attended a Chicago Symphony concert where Giulini conducted the Brahms First Symphony and did what I ...
by RebLem
Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: First Pick: Mahler Symphonies
Replies: 51
Views: 11350

Mahler Symphonies--my picks

Best overall complete set--Tennstdt, though, when completed, the Boulez may well replace it in my affections. Now, for the individual symphonies-- 1-Boulez, Chicago Symphony. Before that came out, my fave was the Levine LSO recording. 2-The two greatest conductors here, I think, are Bernstein (eithe...
by RebLem
Wed Sep 21, 2005 3:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: For Neophytes: What got me into Classical Music
Replies: 62
Views: 16431

Advice to neophytes

I hate to admit this about myself, but I first got interested in classical music because of its snob appeal. The first record I bought was the Cliburn recording of the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto shortly after its first release on LP. I have since come to feel it is a serious competitior for wo...
by RebLem
Sat Sep 03, 2005 2:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Idiotic Programming Change by Philadelphia Orchestra
Replies: 31
Views: 9713

Elephant in the room

You folks are ignoring what I think is the elephant in the room. I betcha 8 bits that they are doing all the Beethoven symphones in one season so they can put out a box of CDs. No matter how many people record them, a box of ole Ludwig's symphonies still stands to be a money maker. I have 14 complet...
by RebLem
Sat Jul 09, 2005 2:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 532136

Every year, the Chicago symphony puts out a 2 CD set which is material from concert tapes never before made available to the public. They are available for a contribution of $50 to the orchestra. Right now I am listening to a Beethoven Emperor Concerto from Nov. 24, 1966 with Jean Martinon and Emil ...
by RebLem
Sat Jul 09, 2005 3:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Music That I Have Not Yet Discovered
Replies: 22
Views: 5930

No, Nielsen was Danish. Why just Norwegians? I would like to recommend three composers, none Norwegian. One is Wilhelm Stenhammar. I suggest starting with the string quartets. Secondly is a German composer named Norbert Burgmuller (1810-36). Schumann considered his premature death almost as great a ...
by RebLem
Sun Jun 19, 2005 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 532136

Right now I am listening to Simon Rattle's Beethoven Pastorale Symphony. Today I have already listened to Claudio Abbado's Beethoven 5 & 6, and most of Rattle's 5th. About halfway through the last movement, however, the CD started to skip. So I put it in my Nitty Gritty CD cleaning machine and gave ...
by RebLem
Fri Jun 17, 2005 5:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Carlo Maria Giulini dead at 91
Replies: 19
Views: 4137

I also heard Giulini live on a number of occasions in Chicago. My favorite recording of his is Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition with the CSO, but I have to say that a live performance of it I heard him do was even better than the recording. For me, the touchstone on the piece is The Ballad of ...
by RebLem
Mon Jun 06, 2005 3:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 532136

This week, I am listening to Beethoven symphonies. I have two new sets, bringing my total of complete sets to 14. They are the Abbado and Rattle sets. I am going through each symphony and listening to the two performances back to back. I have already listend to the first two symphonies in each set. ...
by RebLem
Thu Jun 02, 2005 2:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Anti-Intellectualism and Reverse Snobbery in U.S.
Replies: 44
Views: 7167

Richard Hofstadter

I don't know why I didn't mention Hofstadter. The book in question was written as his response to the anti-intellectualism of the McCarthy movement. He was a brilliant historian. I loved his book The American Political Tradition, which provides biographical essays on a select number of American poli...
by RebLem
Thu May 26, 2005 2:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: need help
Replies: 9
Views: 2437

Read Aaron Copland's HOW TO LISTEN TO MUSIC. Also, any book by David Ewen is good. There is an Australian soprano/commedienne named Anna Russell who has 3 albums out, including one twofer. Her 21 minute routine on Wagner's Ring Cycle is a classic--it is very funny, and very accurate. She earns a liv...
by RebLem
Thu May 26, 2005 2:17 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Sad Classical Music?
Replies: 28
Views: 7519

Sad music

Shostakovich--Symphony # 15, esp the last movement which very quietly reprises some of the playful music of the first movement over a funeral dirge. The whole symphony is a meditation on a man's whole life and death. Also, his String Quartet #15. Oh, the 8th Symphony is very sad, too. Richard Straus...
by RebLem
Wed May 25, 2005 2:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: BBC television Beethoven-fest
Replies: 4
Views: 1619

Free download of BBC Beethoven Symphony set

The Beethoven Symphonies played by Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic will be available for free download beginning June 6 @ www.bbc.co.uk/radio3
by RebLem
Wed May 25, 2005 2:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Chailly Mahler Box Set
Replies: 63
Views: 11939

I have not heard Chailly's set, but I do own and have listened to both Bernstein's, the Abbado, Sinopoli, Solti, and Tennstedt as well as individual recordings by many who have not recorded complete cycles. To me, the best, most consistent cycle is likely to be one which has yet to be completed--Pie...
by RebLem
Wed May 25, 2005 2:21 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Anti-Intellectualism and Reverse Snobbery in U.S.
Replies: 44
Views: 7167

Anti-intellectualism in America

Of course, anti-intellectualism is to be found everywhere. But only in America have anti-intellectuals politically organized to demand, and get, places at the tables where public policy is made. BTW, someone made a snide comment about William Jennings Bryan. And certainly, in the context of the side...
by RebLem
Sun May 22, 2005 8:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Hyperion in trouble?
Replies: 16
Views: 3689

Sawkins Shoots Self in Foot?

Still, the net effect of this will almost certainly be that recording companies will be even less likely than they are now to record adventuresome repertoire. I fear that Dr. Sawkins has shot himself and his professional colleagues in the foot with this one.
by RebLem
Sun May 22, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Online Music Retailers
Replies: 15
Views: 6429

I want to thank all of you for the recommendations. I intend to check into at least two of them. I buy most of my CDs from www.arkivmusic.com However. it ships only to US and Canadian addresses. I recommended this in a discussion on the subject in Fanfare magazine recently (through the Letters colum...