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  1. CanadianMaestro

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    Love Brahms' 2nd piano!! Especially that horn that opens the piece, wow. So many versions -- Fleisher, Pollini, Barenboim, etc. Jasper is a sweet place, less touristy than Banff and quieter even in peak summer season. Near Jasper, be sure to see tiny Spirit Island by boat tour cruise...
  2. CanadianMaestro

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    Time for Handel's Hallelujah chorus!!
  3. CanadianMaestro

    A Bit of Music and a Bit of Fun

  4. CanadianMaestro

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    Hello LM, I'm OK, hope you are too. Just enjoying my stereo system and musik whenever I can. Getting pumped for retirement this fall. Looking forward to other projects and to spending more time with family out east. Hoping to getting some travel done now that restrictions are easing at...
  5. CanadianMaestro

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    Angela Hewitt talks about recording: https://www.cbc.ca/music/how-angela-hewitt-gets-the-most-out-of-her-recording-sessions-1.6333981?cmp=FEED_PROG_music
  6. CanadianMaestro

    Classical music discussion, what do you like?

    Angela Hewitt interview, on recording and on Beethoven's sonatas: https://www.cbc.ca/music/how-angela-hewitt-gets-the-most-out-of-her-recording-sessions-1.6333981?cmp=FEED_PROG_music
  7. CanadianMaestro

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    LuisMad, thanks for this documentary re. Gergiev. He's an interesting character, with very mixed reviews for his Bruckner (Munich) and other conductors. Some conductors communicate with their eyes, others, like him, seem to prefer just a flick of their hands. Abbado did both, Haitink hands...
  8. CanadianMaestro

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    Cheers LM.
  9. CanadianMaestro

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    ^ Hilarious, CC. That's mostly why I keep this forum bookmarked, and for the musik from Luis and LM too. Haven't listened to Barenboim's Beethoven in a while, so you have peaked my interest to go and dig them out. His Mozart ctos with the ECO are very good too. Stay safe, CM
  10. CanadianMaestro

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    ^ I haven't attended a Mozart opera since the Met in the 90s. I guess the "modernization" of these classics with ridiculous costumes and sets is a feeble attempt at originality. Remember the Salzburg production of Don Giovanni where the female extras were in two-piece lingerie?
  11. CanadianMaestro

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    Totally right on. Generally, Mozart loved composing operas, and most of them were sublime. I must say, attending Mozart operas at the Met in the 1990s, I always walked away (late at night!) humming a few tunes from the operas! They just stick in my hippocampus! I honestly cannot say the same...
  12. CanadianMaestro

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    Not really into tenors that much (prefer sopranos), but I gotta admit, this album is a gem: Fritz Wunderlich https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/8169174--fritz-wunderlich-the-50-greatest-tracks
  13. CanadianMaestro

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    Usually each winter, we get two weeks when the highs are around -20 every day. "Arctic front", "ice dome", etc. When the temp rises to -10C after it's done, I've become so acclimated that it's t-shirt and shorts in the house! cheers CM
  14. CanadianMaestro

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    Beethoven in Vienna (a whimsy extract from 2020 Vienna Concert)
  15. CanadianMaestro

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    Love listening to this at this time of the year: https://ca.7digital.com/artist/peter-schreier-thomanerchor-leipzig-hans-joachim-rotzsch-and-staatskapelle-dresden/release/christmas-carols-2025006?f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2
  16. CanadianMaestro

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    Was surprised what a good recording and performance this is: (that album cover is just too good :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:) https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/7978074--bellini-i-capuleti-e-i-montecchi Back to Mahler, I'm hoping Garanca will record Song of the Earth. And with...
  17. CanadianMaestro

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    Hey Christer, I'm well here, it's cold (-15C today's high) but clear skies, snow on the ground (Alberta). We like to say here, "it's a dry cold.."! Not as humid/damp as out east. But even the slightest breeze can do a nasty windchill. Mahler's 4th is indeed a fine symphony, not as long as the...
  18. CanadianMaestro

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    Garanca in Salzburg: https://www.prostudiomasters.com/search?cs=1&q=garanca#quickview/album/112839 https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/9265857--wagner-wesendonck-lieder-mahler-ruckert-lieder#videos More Garanca: https://ca.7digital.com/search/release?q=garanca&f=20,19,12,16,17,9,2...
  19. CanadianMaestro

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    ^ Thumbs up on Elina Garanca. She's my fav m-s, period. Very versatile too. https://elinagaranca.com/ Also a big nod to Petra Lang. They're both also d-d beautiful. :relieved: https://www.petralang.com/
  20. CanadianMaestro

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  21. CanadianMaestro

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    My home stereo and music library keep me humming. No concerts unless it is really 5-stars special.
  22. CanadianMaestro

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    Lazar Berman, Schubert's D960
  23. CanadianMaestro

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    Unfortunate, LM. Hope the sensory adaptation has not been too traumatic. Hearing the world in mono must take a lot of perseverance. There are a lot of excellent mono recordings available, like some Beecham (Beeth 7th with RPO), Szell, and even Karajan (early Philharmonia). :L3000: :beerchug:
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  25. CanadianMaestro

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    Yup, it's Ireland with mountains and better beer! :beyersmile:
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