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Comment #336002 on Vienna Philharmonic to Bring Maazel’s 70-Minute 'Ring' to Carnegie Hall

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:17:51 -0500

Repeating my comment to programming: You play too much Wagner. It's one thing to go and spend your resources to go after him if that's your thing, after all, folks need their gigs, but to squander your precious air-time on his bombast just because of his rich heirs is an imposition to many of us, when there are so many more worthies without hearings. Please , rachmanus. SIR www.renaissancechorus.org



Comment #335559 on Vienna Philharmonic to Bring Maazel’s 70-Minute 'Ring' to Carnegie Hall

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 13:12:44 -0500

As a great fan of the Vienna Philharmonic I "tuned in" to the WQXR live stream on the internet to listen to the concert. I was extremely disappointed with the poor quality of the audio which sounded more like an AM radio broadcast than the decent quality I expect from WQXR, as evidenced in the preceeding live broadcast of AIDA from the Met. I wonder what is causing the low quality of the stream? Is it a technical issue at the venue, i.e. less than optimum placement of the microphones or poor choice of the codec used? I regularly listen to the live broadcasts of the Berlin Philharmonic over the internet. Transmitted in a 320 kbps stream, it has a very decent quality when played through my Martin Logan electrostatic speakers ( which are very revealing of any artifacts in the audio stream).



Comment #335514 on Vienna Philharmonic to Bring Maazel’s 70-Minute 'Ring' to Carnegie Hall

Sat, 03 Mar 2012 23:23:42 -0500

I have often spent summers in rehearsals and performances at the Wagner Music Festivals in Bayreuth, as well as years with Maazel in Munich with the Sinfonieorcheser des Bayrischen Rundfunks, and all of his years with The New York Philharmonic, so I have some idea of how Wagner is supposed to sound. I must say I was dreadfully disappointed with this most boring evening at Carnegie Hall. Sadly the audience has been taught when to applaud, so they do even when they have no idea whether what they are applauding is mediocre or wonderful. Since they assume it must be wonderful, they applaud. What a disappointment this evening was in comparison with the absolute perfection of Sir Simon Rattle's evening with the Berlin Philharmonic last week.



Comment #335448 on Vienna Philharmonic to Bring Maazel’s 70-Minute 'Ring' to Carnegie Hall

Sat, 03 Mar 2012 12:49:45 -0500

I was fortunate to see a few of Russell's farewell concerts. She sometimes sounds better than certain singers of Wagner we have today. Al least she knew the material thru & thru.



Comment #335444 on Vienna Philharmonic to Bring Maazel’s 70-Minute 'Ring' to Carnegie Hall

Sat, 03 Mar 2012 12:43:03 -0500

I never heard of this, but, to me Wagner music with out words, reminds me my childhood watching cartoons, lot's of then have the Ride of the Walkure,neverthelesss. I'll listen to it tough. I'm a hard die fan of the voice. You'll never know right?



Comment #335391 on Vienna Philharmonic to Bring Maazel’s 70-Minute 'Ring' to Carnegie Hall

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 18:55:55 -0500

What's old is new again. Did anyone have the Stokowski Ring highlights with some vocals including a fantastic Wotan's Abschied sung by LAWRENCE TIBBETT?? !!! It was recorded between 1933-34 with one exerpt from 1927 with Agnes Davies & Frederick Jagel. Now that's great music. But Wagner without words has been around for years. It serves a purpose ONLY if it draws the listener to the real thing. (and not necessarily the Met's current Ring).



Comment #335341 on Vienna Philharmonic to Bring Maazel’s 70-Minute 'Ring' to Carnegie Hall

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 13:01:39 -0500

Anna Russell! Anna Russell! Yes! A reference to one of the greatest Wagnerians ever. This has made my day. I've only heard her recordings, I never saw her live in performance, but I heard her Ring Cycle 'narrative' from LP's and CD's. She ranks right up there Birgit Nilsson, Helen Traubel and Kirsten Flagstad. "I'm not making this up, you know!"



Comment #335180 on Vienna Philharmonic to Bring Maazel’s 70-Minute 'Ring' to Carnegie Hall

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 03:17:39 -0500

With music, the more words needed to explain it, the more pessimistic the outlook. But, here's hoping!



Comment #335161 on Vienna Philharmonic to Bring Maazel’s 70-Minute 'Ring' to Carnegie Hall

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 22:29:55 -0500

Obviously Brian Wise never heard Anna Russell's Ring Cycle -- the real shortest on record. Not a tasteless pastiche, but a 25-minute or so true distillation -- complete with Ms. Russell's expertly-played piano reduction (completely from memory), singing key parts, no matter the voice range. Her Rhine Maidens warbled, her Faffner menaced. A wonderful musician and superb humorist, she delivered the salient points with wit, bravado, and musicianship. Hers was a true Wagnerian appreciation lesson, not a pastiche. And I loved her punch line: "And do you know, after 20 hours ... you're right back where you started!"



Comment #335132 on Vienna Philharmonic to Bring Maazel’s 70-Minute 'Ring' to Carnegie Hall

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 17:41:14 -0500

I won't be listening to this--I heard it already as Maazel's try-out piece with the New York Philharmonic. I found it a distasteful pastiche, and hoped the Philharmonic wouldn't hire Maazel. Unfortunately, they did, and I was tempted to discontinue a 50+ year subscription because of butchered music, especially a Mahler's Seventh that caused me and my spouse to boo.



Comment #335119 on Vienna Philharmonic to Bring Maazel’s 70-Minute 'Ring' to Carnegie Hall

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 15:58:25 -0500

I will stay on topic, be civil, and be brief. Hi. :)