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by rogch
Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Lieder: Your Recommendations
Replies: 17
Views: 5140

Re: Mahler Lieder: Your Recommendations

Isn't it strange that Claudio Abbado has not recorded Das Lied von der Erde? The man has made so many Mahler recordings that you almost need to be a librarian to know all of them and tell them apart. I am sure he could hand-pick any orchestra and soloists he would like. And hand-picking is exactly w...
by rogch
Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Lieder: Your Recommendations
Replies: 17
Views: 5140

Re: Mahler Lieder: Your Recommendations

For me there is only one Das Lied von der Erde: Singers Violeta Urmana and Michael Schade with Pierre Boulez and the Vienna Phiharnonic. Yes, i have heard many of the legendary names: Klemperer, Haitink, Bernstein (on DVD) and Kubelik. Kubelik is the only one who comes close actually (on Audite). Bu...
by rogch
Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Beethoven's 7th Symphony
Replies: 37
Views: 4917

Re: Taking Stock: Beethoven's 7th Symphony

We don't hear much about the Rattle VPO set, but I've found it has a lot to offer. Then you are a very rare item, rumor had it that he did have a fan, somewhere, now we know who that person is... :wink: Well, the set isn't bad. But it is not the perfection we expect from this orchestra, i guess "in...
by rogch
Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So tired of Wagner uproars
Replies: 56
Views: 5210

Re: So tired of Wagner uproars

90% of people who hate Wagner have no idea what they are talking about. The ignorance about his works and theories is depressing when we think about his importance in the history of music and culture.

By the way: Martin Luther was a rabid anti-semite and people seldom hold that against him.
by rogch
Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Beethoven's 7th Symphony
Replies: 37
Views: 4917

Re: Taking Stock: Beethoven's 7th Symphony

Monteux and the London SO has long been a favourtie of mine. And Anima Eterna with Jos van Immerseel on period instruments is exceptional as well.
by rogch
Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Berlin PO not doing so bad after all?
Replies: 8
Views: 1764

The Berlin PO not doing so bad after all?

Last week i had the pleasure of hearing the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in its own concert hall with Pierre Boulez as conductor. On the program was Boulez' own ...explosante fixe... (it is actually spelled that way) and a concert version of Stravinsky's opera The nightingale. There has been a lot ...
by rogch
Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favorite Bruckner Symphony
Replies: 63
Views: 8350

Re: Favorite Bruckner Symphony

I enjoy the seccond symphony more and more. I suspect it has not reached its full potential on disc yet, even though Wand, Chailly, Giulini, Karajan and Tintner have all made good recordings of it. These recordings are very different from each other but i still like all of them. So this must be an e...
by rogch
Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' Third Symphony
Replies: 45
Views: 7127

Re: Brahms' Third Symphony

Lorin Maazel made a splendid recording with the Berlin PO many years ago. I belive it is now only available as part of the "complete early Berlin recordings" boxed set. For a modern recording, Paavo Berglund and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe are brilliant in all symphonies, including the third. I ...
by rogch
Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Greatest 20th century composer
Replies: 154
Views: 24375

Re: Greatest 20th century composer

For me, it is either Schönberg or Xenakis. Very difficult to choose between the two, they are very different. Perhaps Schönberg had a more diverse production, but i have heard more of his works than Xenakis'.
by rogch
Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andrew Litton
Replies: 4
Views: 1036

Re: Andrew Litton

I actually saw a performance of Wagner's Flying Dutchman in Bergen conducted by Andrew Litton, it was two year ago. I was very impressed with his conducting. Both the orchestra and the singers (not the most famous in the world) exceeded all expectations. The Bergen PO and Litton are currently record...
by rogch
Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prokofiev Piano Sonatas
Replies: 28
Views: 4618

Re: Prokofiev Piano Sonatas

Bernd Glemser on Naxos is very good. Actually he is so good that i have not been in a rush to buy other recordings even though i am a big Prokofiev fan. Glemser doesn't record too often, but when he records something it is usually worth listening too. He has made some good Schumann recordings as well.
by rogch
Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven piano concerti recommendation
Replies: 52
Views: 5522

Re: Beethoven piano concerti recommendation

The Aimard/Harnoncourt set is absolutely brilliant from start to finnish.
by rogch
Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Need best wishes from CMG friends
Replies: 53
Views: 8107

Re: Need best wishes from CMG friends

This is sad news indeed. I wish all the best for both of you and hope your wife will have a full recovery.
by rogch
Sun Jul 18, 2010 6:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms vs. Schumann: 4 Symphonies (only)
Replies: 73
Views: 10096

Re: Brahms vs. Schumann: 4 Symphonies (only)

Interesting that twice as many people (at this exact moment) select Brahms over Brahms's mentor, Schumann . So, it seems to be generally felt that Brahms took music to another (higher) level. I totally disagree. Brahms' symphonies may be a little better, but Schumann is better in just about everyth...
by rogch
Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bertini Mahler set
Replies: 29
Views: 4034

Re: Bertini Mahler set

I really liked this set the first time i heard it, but i have somehow lost my interest. I suspect i am not the only one. A couple of years ago i read and heard about this set everywhere and individual recordings were often used as reference recordings. That does not seem to be the case anymore. I ag...
by rogch
Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Historical vs. Current Recordings: Which way do you go?
Replies: 45
Views: 5419

Re: Historical vs. Current Recordings: Which way do you go?

I have no idea how it sounded in their lifetime it does not really interest me. But period intrument ensembles often sound spectacular. I would not like them to replace modern orchestras, not at all. But now we have both. In older recordings the access to baroque music is very limited and modern rec...
by rogch
Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The best conducting technique
Replies: 30
Views: 3349

Re: The best conducting technique

I believe Toscanini said that Pierre Monteux had the best stick technique in the world. Richard Strauss was also impressive, great results with small gestures. His personal authority perhahps helped as well... And speaking of small gestures, surely we must mention Pierre Boulez? He seems to always g...
by rogch
Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Historical vs. Current Recordings: Which way do you go?
Replies: 45
Views: 5419

Re: Historical vs. Current Recordings: Which way do you go?

Does anybody prefer Reiner and Szell to Jacobs and Herreweghe in baroque music? I suspect not many people do. The drastic improvement in baroque performances al least deserves to be mentioned in this discussion.
by rogch
Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ring on DVD
Replies: 41
Views: 4748

Re: Ring on DVD

The people behind the Met ring don't have all their ideas from Wagner either, even if they like to think so themselves. Plenty of flaws there. The giants are not very big, Mime and Alberich just look ridiculous, Loge looks like a reptile of some sort and "Walhalla" hardly looks like a castle at all....
by rogch
Sat Jul 03, 2010 5:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ring on DVD
Replies: 41
Views: 4748

Re: Ring on DVD

I have to respectfully disagree. The Boulez/Cherau ring is for me the ring to have. I have seen the Met ring too. It was actually the first one i saw and i really enjoyed it. But when i saw the Boulez/Cherau ring i thought it was in a class of its own. Afterwords i have seen the Barenboim/Kupfer rin...
by rogch
Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Historical vs. Current Recordings: Which way do you go?
Replies: 45
Views: 5419

Re: Historical vs. Current Recordings. Which way to go?

With the risk of sounding boring: I like both. If i had to choose, it would had to be modern recordings though. Just think about baroque music. Most of the benchmark baroque recordings are not very old. And all the great chamber ensembles. I believe i have heard most of the best orchestras and many ...
by rogch
Sun Jun 20, 2010 7:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ms. Corlyss
Replies: 27
Views: 6355

Re: Ms. Corlyss

I am really saddended to hear about Corlyss' health problems. I did not know about it until now, i haven't visited the forum very often lately. I also wish her a speedy recovery and i am glad to hear that she is doing quite well. In the meantime, i am one of many people who will miss her in this for...
by rogch
Mon May 03, 2010 6:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 10 (or so) opera DVDs
Replies: 24
Views: 2936

Re: 10 (or so) opera DVDs

I don't think Cherau totally demythologizes Wagner. Many people say he does, perhaps even himself. But Siegmund, Sieglinde and Siegfried appear very much like mythological figures. Sieglinde looks like a mythological figure trapped in a modern world, which makes a lot of sence if you ask me. Notice ...
by rogch
Sun May 02, 2010 6:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 10 (or so) opera DVDs
Replies: 24
Views: 2936

Re: 10 (or so) opera DVDs

The stage production of The Copenhagen Ring is just dreadfull. The overall aproach is so far removed from the work that it totally overshadows some of the qualities of the production. And i don't say this because i don't like original productions in general. I often like them very much (including Si...
by rogch
Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
Replies: 17
Views: 2626

Re: Taking Stock: Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

The Naxos recording with Dame Edna Everage as narrator is very funny. It makes the story sound a little ironic at times, but i suspect that was Prokofiev's intention.
by rogch
Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why I dislike Modern Atonal music...
Replies: 67
Views: 6895

Re: Why I dislike Modern Atonal music...

If 20th century "atonal" music is bad, a number of conductors must have misunderstood many works, they have all concucted many of them: Claudio Abbado, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Eugene Ormandy, Lorin Maazel, Simon Rattle, Serge Koussevitzky, Valery Gergiev, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (loves both Berg and Bartok)...
by rogch
Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms' chamber music
Replies: 42
Views: 4416

Re: Brahms' chamber music

And let us not forget the trio for piano, flute and horn, a brilliant piece which is very rarely performed. Hyperion has released a box set with all of Brahms's chamber works. It is a very good set, but it looks like it is much more expensive in the US than in Europe. If the shipping is affordable, ...
by rogch
Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wolfgang Wagner Has Died
Replies: 5
Views: 1043

Re: Wolfgang Wagner Has Died

The story about the brothers Wieland and Wolfgang Wagner and "new Bayreuth" is a remarkable one. The festival's reputation after World war 2 was damaged to say the least because of their association with the Nazi regime. Winifred was obviously the leading nazi of the family, while the roles her sons...
by rogch
Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great "New World"
Replies: 36
Views: 7744

Re: Great "New World"

It is hard to imagine a better recording of this work than Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
by rogch
Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Piano Concerto 4 recommendations?
Replies: 40
Views: 10722

Re: Beethoven Piano Concerto 4 recommendations?

For something completely different, check out Arthur Schoonderwoerd with the Christofori Ensemble on Alpha. Their purist "authentic" approach can be a little boring to read about, but they play with as much passion and virtuosity as anybody else. This is perhaps a kind of recording you love or hate,...
by rogch
Sun Mar 07, 2010 1:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Help with Haydn...?
Replies: 28
Views: 3409

Re: Help with Haydn...?

His most famous symphonies (apart from "the farewell") are the Paris Symphonies and the London Symphonies. But the symphonies between them (88-92) are excellent as well. They are well played on a double CD with the Berlin Phiharmonic and Simon Rattle. On period instruments, Sigiswald Kuijken's box s...
by rogch
Sun Mar 07, 2010 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which boxset of Mozart's symphonies?
Replies: 40
Views: 7089

Re: Which boxset of Mozart's symphonies?

I like Böhm very much in the late symphonies. In the earliest symphonies i think the strings are too dominant and the performances are a little stiff. It's easy to forgive that, these were pioneer recordings. And every Mozart symphony isn't a masterpiece, you can live with so-so performances of some...
by rogch
Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: SACD Recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 2280

Re: SACD Recommendations

Absolutely, and i don't have all the volumes yet. They want to record every single sonata, not just the mature ones. It probably will take some time before i have all 8 volumes... Labels like Channel classics are more expensive than the bigger labels who have a large back-catalogue. But sometimes "t...
by rogch
Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A brilliant Winterreise from Padmore and Lewis
Replies: 2
Views: 488

A brilliant Winterreise from Padmore and Lewis

This is the kind of recording that sounds just right and at the same time very different. It really made me wonder what interpreters of lieder have been doing all these years. Many reviewers have praised Padmore's singing, and rightly so. But this is not the sort of "brilliance" we normally hear in ...
by rogch
Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: SACD Recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 2280

Re: SACD Recommendations

Rachel Podger and Gary Cooper's recordings of Mozart's violin sonatas are essential. I have only played them on a SACD-player, but i believe they will be most satisfying on regular CD-players as well (they are hybrid discs like most SACDs). The interpretations are so fresh, for me they were almost a...
by rogch
Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which conductor Had The Largest Repertoire ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1477

Re: Which conductor Had The Largest Repertoire ?

I would say Claudio Abbado. It stretches from Pergolesi to Stockhausen. He has recently recorded his second Stabat Mater (by Pergolesi), this time on period instruments. Not long ago he recorded Mozart with the same orhcestra. Not long ago he recorded an acclaimed The magic flute, this time with his...
by rogch
Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who was the greatest conductor of the 20th century?
Replies: 73
Views: 16875

Re: Who was the greatest conductor of the 20th century?

Pierre Monteux was an outstanding conductor, he might very well have been the best. He pioneered the music of Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky and his recordings of these composeres are still popular. But he was also flawless in the Austrian and German reportoire, his recordings of Haydn, Beethoven and...
by rogch
Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang's noisy populism wins $3 million contract
Replies: 27
Views: 2248

Re: Lang Lang's noisy populism wins $3 million contract

Not all of Lang Langs recordings are "noisy populism". His recordings of Chopin's piano concertos with Zubin Mehta are very good. It must be Mehtas best recording in years too.
by rogch
Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: All Right, So Wagner Was Not A Nice Guy; ...
Replies: 34
Views: 3898

Re: All Right, So Wagner Was Not A Nice Guy; ...

Wagner was not always a nice guy, far from it. But he was not always a monster either. He was a complex personality to say the least. His articles and books leave a very mixed impression. On one hand he was an individualist to the extreme, he said or did exactly what he wanted no matter what other p...
by rogch
Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most Overrated Composer?
Replies: 130
Views: 11778

Re: Most Overrated Composer?

My main point was that there are too many Shostakovich recordings. What the orchestras play instead is less important, "just about anything" would be my answer to that. I agree that Prokofiev's symphonies are quite well represented on disc. But i would definitely welcome more recordings, there are s...
by rogch
Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4098
Views: 1110390

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

A couple of weeks ago i bought "Lorin Maazel, the complete early Berlin recordings" (Deutsche Grammophon). I have listened to all the discs now and i can definitely recommend this set. As expected, the orchestral sound is detailed and transparent. And in most works there is no lack of energy (Maazel...
by rogch
Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Most Overrated Composer?
Replies: 130
Views: 11778

Re: Most Overrated Composer?

Definetely Shostakovich. At least these days. A few years ago many people thought his works lacked depth. We don't hear much of that now. There is a ridiculous number of new Shostakovich recordings, of his symphonies in particular. Why on earth don't they record Prokofiev instead?
by rogch
Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Davies Challenges Dorati & Fischer In Haydn-Update-05/13/10
Replies: 52
Views: 7014

Re: Davies Challenges Dorati & Fischer In Haydn-Update-10/27/09

It is interesting that Fischer has recorded some of the symphonies again, this time on the label Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm (MDG). I don't know how many of the symphonies he plans to record on that label. Thomas Fey plans to record an entire cycle though. I love many of these recordings, ...
by rogch
Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prokofiev's Ferocious Second Symphony
Replies: 27
Views: 1781

Re: Prokofiev's Ferocious Second Symphony

Charles Dutoit is a terrific Prokofiev conductor. His versions of symphonies 1 and 5 with the Montreal SO are both among the best i have heard. But to my knowledge he has not recorded the second. I hope he will record more Prokofiev as chief conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. I have not yet he...
by rogch
Sat Aug 29, 2009 4:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Boehm Birthday Today
Replies: 11
Views: 1590

Re: Karl Boehm Birthday Today

A couple of years ago Audite released two Bruckner recordings with Karl Böhm and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the 7th an 8th. Both are stunning interpretations, even better than Böhm's own from Vienna. They are among the best recordings i have heard of both works. Excellent sound too.
by rogch
Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms Symphony Sets: Your Favourites
Replies: 104
Views: 10384

Re: Brahms Symphony Sets: Your Favourites

Paavo Berglund's cycle with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe on Ondine is absolutely brilliant. The textures are lighter than in some other recordings, but the tempos are moderate. I like this combination, the music becomes very transparent. The standard of this orchestra is generally very high, and ...
by rogch
Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boris Berezovsky: Top-flight piano wizardry
Replies: 30
Views: 4130

Re: Boris Berezovsky: Top-flight piano wizardry

Berezovsky has made a number of recordings, i don't know if all of them are still available. My general impression is that he gets good reviews, but not the same publicity as some other star pianists. I haven't heard too many of his recordings, but i have planned to check out some of them. Among his...
by rogch
Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So much music is available to us that ...
Replies: 19
Views: 2121

Re: So much music is available to us that ...

I absolutely agree with Lance. First of all we have a huge number of legendary recordings available, often at a very good price. And we also get plenty of brilliant new recordings from labels like Harmonia Mundi, BIS, Channel Classics and Hyperion just to name a few (Harmonia Mundi and Hyperion alre...
by rogch
Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 514
Views: 145595

Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Well, the last time I checked I was alive :) Thank you for your kind words Corlyss, I appreciate it!
by rogch
Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 514
Views: 145595

Re: Introducing yourself thread!

Thank you for the welcome! I don't know what happened, i am sure it was just a technical problem. The "send new password"-function did not work, but it worked now. And my old profile is still intact, i did not have to make a new one. I am sure plenty of people have asked you this, but what do you th...