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  1. Off Topic Pub
    My stance used to be: unless I can pick the album, it is highly unlikely that anyone could pick an album that I would want to keep. I have opened up hugely to alternate performances and to composers not yet in my collection. Given that they are major composers or ones that are nearly as well...
  2. Opera
    I'll start with mine, Joan Sutherland: Lucia di Lammermoor and Semiramide that's not to say that I don't enjoy these performances. they are wonderful, but, imo, they don't capture the whole picture of what made Sutherland great, which was not only her effortless coloratura, but the heroic...
  3. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    The Canadian label Immortal Performances, which specializes in historical Classical Music live recordings, is set to release in December or early 2016 the live recording of Joan Sutherland's role debut as Norma, which took place at Vancouver Opera in 1963. For more details, including how to...
  4. Opera
    My next major musical goal for myself is to attend an opera live. I've started searching the performances out there for one that I want to see, but I've run into a conundrum: they're all the same!! If I want to see Carmen, La Boheme, or Rigoletto, I have about 80 options to pick from almost...
  5. Orchestral Music
    In another thread, various posts expressed divergent opinions re contemporary violin soloists. Most comments focused on sound, but I think that there is another factor at work. Hilary Hahn is technically superb and has produced breathtaking performances, but has an impassive facial expression...
  6. Opera
    http://futuremet.wikia.com/wiki/Future_Met_Wiki For upcoming opera Met performances in the future.
  7. Ballet
    As a very new member, I have been really struck by the number of people who post that they enjoy ballet or ballet scores, but have never actually seen a live on-stage performance. Why is that? Is it that no live performances ever take place in the region where they live? Is it that they fear...
  8. Opera
    We often see reference on TC to the numerous performances by Maria Callas which we wish had been recorded, but what other performances are you aware of which would be fascinating to hear? I ask this because last night I came across an intriguing run of 3 performances of Die Walkure at the Met...
  9. Classical Music Discussion
    What would you do with it? Who would you like to interview? What performances would you like to feature? Would you host it yourself? But let's cut past idyllic fantasies and think of a few tough questions too: how would you keep and attract interest? Do you think you're capable? Would you have...
  10. Classical Music Discussion
    What do you like to see? Do you go to concerts often? Do you prefer to stay at home and listen to recordings or watch videos of performances? Personally I love to see music performed live. There is something about the real presence of the music and it's existence in the moment which fascinates...
  11. Classical Music Discussion
    Researchers in Austria have discovered the manuscript of an instrumental completion of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, the "Choral." It was known that Beethoven had suggested to composer Carl Czerny his intention to replace the choral finale to the symphony with a purely instrumental movement, but...
  12. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    The French label Malibran are at last bringing out a CD of the important French heroic tenor Agustarello Affre, one of the biggest stars of the 1890s and early 1900s and a prolific recording artist whose discs are among the best examples of tenor singing. Unaccountably, hardly any of his output...
  13. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    I know there are some people who prefer repeats to not be taken into account during a performance, and I know some recordings do so strictly for recording space, but am I the only one who gets annoyed that performers/conductors don't read the repeats? This especially annoys me with Classical Era...
  14. Composer Guestbooks
    A young female composer whose work emphasizes the idea of percussion as well as using video art in her performances. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabrina_Pe%C3%B1a_Young
  15. Classical Music Discussion
    The debate about older legends has been appreciative or not inspired me to conjure up a thread where we can think of examples of recent recordings or performances beating out the older version. So I will start: is much better than the Furtwangler version almost 2 decades earlier: And...
  16. Classical Music Discussion
    I am sure that everyone who has attended any number of concerts has been present at one or more first performances, usually of works that almost immediately vanish into obscurity. So the question, have you ever attended the premier of a work that did manage to get a foothold in the repertoire...
  17. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    Just as the poll says. And why?
  18. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    A perennial issue here. Some people want the experience of great sonics; one person recently posted that they'd never buy a CD with audible tape hiss. Others place little stock in the sound but search for the most magnificent performances, regardless of the sound. Where do you stand? Click your...
  19. Classical Music Discussion
    This morning as I created my Sol Gabetta mixtape on Minidisc I thought about the good old days of cassette tape mixtapes (think the movie High Fidelity). So a Minidisc (not the Hi-MD ones) can include about 2.5 hours worth of music per disc. If you had the chance to include all of the pieces on...
  20. Classical Music Discussion
    I've been enjoying watching the Berliner Philharmoniker on their digital concert hall https://www.digitalconcerthall.com where you can watch live performances or their archive of performances. It's a pay for view service. I have been very happy with the service and the quality of the video /...
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