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Like to ride my road bike 20 miles daily and occasionally write a review for Amazon when something strikes me. Used to collect classical recordings; now collect biking equipment and older classical LPs that never appeared on CD.
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Jaap van Sweeden, the one-time 18-year-old concertmaster of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, took the reins in Dallas in 2008. He has made a number of recordings for Challenge Classics. I first heard him on record conducting Haydn, where I thought his work a tad undercharacterized; many will same the same about this Mahler. He has since gone on to record a lot of Bruckner, some Wagner and other Romantic era composers on the Challenge Classics label, usually in super audio. This recording was made in concert.
Zweeden's view of Mahler's apocalyptic symphony, the one where Mahler's hero battles fate and is struck down by hammer (AKA timpani) blows at the end, is moderate, in my view,… Read more
I live near Lansing, Michigan where the average winter daytime high temperature is 20-30 degrees F. and temps below zero F. are not uncommon. Because of global warming we have milder winters than when I was young so we receive 25-30 inches of snow in the average winter, down from about 50 inches in the typical season (November to March) 40 years ago. Because of this, I can ride on the road about 300 days a year and up to 325 days when I use my modified mountain bike on winter trails.
With the surfeit of good bike gear available, staying warm on a bike in the winter is no problem -- except for my hands. I have tried a lot of different gloves and none kept my hands warm until I… Read more
This marvelous EMI (Odeon) recording of Richard Strauss's Duet-Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon and the Oboe Concerto never made the leap from LP to the digital world. The 1968 Stereo Record Guide Vol. 6, predeceesor to the Penguin Guide, gave it 3 stars, its highest ranking.
"Hans-Werner Watzig's interpretation of the Oboe concerto is...relaxed," they said. "The Duet-Concertino of 1946-47 (Strauss's last orchestral work)...bears out the implied programme: a link to Hans Anderson and Beauty and the beast...Beautiful playing...and honeyed recording quality."
I find the duet-concertino more operatic in style than fairy bookish with its contrasting soloists speaking… Read more
While not everything here is strictly 12 tone in composition, others are on the path to that revolution that changed classical and, especially, film music, and forever altered classical music as we knew it in Germany and Vienna. Don't look for opera on my list; I enjoy the Lulu "symphony"&hellip Read more
Since dad took me to the theater to see Goldfinger, I've been hooked. I've seen many of these films countless times and have seen most in the theater. My qualifications for a great Bond film: a great Bond, great scenery, great story, a great villian and a great Bond girl. Here are my favorites top&hellip Read more