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  1. Conductors & Conducting
    Anyone who has ever heard about this conductor? Apparently he has a Brahms 4th symphony recording with Berlin Phil. made around, I think, 1950's or possibly earlier. Seems there exists nothing about him neither on Google nor on YouTube, Spotify or any other streaming platform. Also I couldn't...
  2. Conductors & Conducting
    It's been long since Mariss Jansons' passing away. Covid may have stopped things from January to September. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of my favourites today. I have found a fine Q&A from the BR site about the succession process but I want to know who do you think would be the...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    We went to hear Dvorak's Stabat Mater yesterday, and once again I was struck by the rigidity of all the orchestra members. They move nothing but what's needed to play the instrument. Every now and then (2 or 3 times in the performance) someone would start nodding their head in a normal, but...
  4. Classical Music Discussion
    Please, name your favorite musician. Let's limit it to 20th -21st century. It can be anyone: performer, composer, conductor,etc First I wanted to ask you to name all time favorite musician but I think that would be too difficult to choose. I'm curious to know :)
  5. Classical Music Discussion
    I Mostly Have Listened To Stravinsky Which He's Conducted His Music And I Wanna Check Other Conductors Work . So Who Do You Recommend To Be The Best Conductor For Stravinsky?
  6. News, Concerts and Events
    Long article about him in the NYTimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/20/arts/music/kurt-masur-new-york-philharmonic-conductor-dies.html
  7. Classical Music Discussion
    Few conductors, if any, divide opinion like HvK. There are those who love his recordings and those who loathe them. What are your thoughts on Herbie? There are, for me, Karajan recordings that are miles in front of their rivals, but that's not to say I'm a dedicated HvK fanboy. (with my...
  8. Opera
    I have many recordings both live and studio that I like very much. But not even many of my favorites are perfect. Not even those that are my choice for an opera. Usually there is room to improve, but in some cases I'm completely satisfied. Like the Callas Tosca from 1953. Of course stereo sound...
  9. Classical Music Discussion
    Hello all! Good to see you all are alive and well, sorta. I feel like for the past 4 years while I was in college, I completely neglected TC except for scant posts in the community forum and a little bit of Russian propagating here and there. I'm sorry to have missed the discussions of so many...
  10. Composer Guestbooks
    I'm very surprised that such a significant composer and conductor of today has not a composer guestbook.....until now! Pintscher's music is widely performed by orchestras and ensembles these days and he's currently the musical director of Ensemble InterContemporain, but it isn't often his...
  11. Classical Music Discussion
    You get to name things over-rated alongside things under-rated, BUT, here's the catch: there must be something that links the two things together. In addition, it would be nice to read your thoughts on the WHY. For example: Over: Essa Pekka Salonen, the composer. Under: Essa Pekka Salonen, the...
  12. Off Topic Pub
    A player suggests a valid anagram for a well-known conductor's name. Whoever identifies the conductor gets fame and glory, but must also propose a new anagram. The anagrams can easily be generated here: http://wordsmith.org/anagram/ OK, here goes. Dead Tuvalu smog
  13. Opera
    Here's the hokey setup: You have a time machine, and you have access to any singer, conductor, orchestra and venue you wish, plus, all the money in the world to mount a one night only production of one extant opera of your choice. You also have complete creative control over the staging...
  14. Musicians
    The Musician and Conductor Guestbook Forum is a place for information, opinions, thoughts, and questions related to specific musicians, conductors and their recordings. This thread contains information about the Musicians Guestbook Forum as well as an index of all current guestbooks (musician...
  15. Composer Guestbooks
    A most wonderful conductor but surprisingly not a very strong composer at all. This is of historical interest however. Here is an example: Put it this way... he ain't no Bruckner that's for sure.
  16. Classical Music Discussion
    Georges Prêtre? Reportedly Maria Callas favorite conductor... and still alive at 90. Herbert von Karajan invited him to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in Capriccio of Richard Strauss with the late Lisa Della Casa. The French have declared him a "trésor national". A recent article on Prêtre...
  17. Classical Music Discussion
    This will likely seem frivolous, but I have a real reason for making this inquiry. I have a recollection that's old and vague, in fact, I might have mistaken an observation of my own for a phrase or odd cliche that I guessed had been in circulation for many years. The phrase goes something like...
  18. Politics and Religion in Classical Music
    PASSIONS ON THE CONDUCTOR AND ORCHESTRA Among all big theatrical and musical scandals for being dismissed and sent to retirement, the most controversial was the suspension and the following dismissal of Mark Gorenstain as a chief conductor of the State Symphony Orchestra of the Soviet Union...
  19. Classical Music Discussion
    Sad news ... German conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch died two days ago at his home in Bavaria, aged 89. Short obituary here.
  20. Conductors & Conducting
    Hi everybody, I'm looking for names of the "greatest" BAND conductors. I've found a lot about orchestra conductors, but not much in terms of wind band. I'm starting a Master's in Wind Band Conducting this August, and I'm hoping to find some inspiration from the "great ones" in order to better...
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