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Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 6, 2011 - 09:20pm PT
Vladimir Horowitz:
"There are three kinds of pianists: Jewish pianists, homosexual pianists, and bad pianists."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq7ncjhSqtk
GnomicMaster

Mountain climber
Ventana Wilderness
Apr 6, 2011 - 10:05pm PT
That's ironically hilarious given that Vlato was a Russian homosexual Jew!

There is a huge amount of deliberate humor in that statement you quoted. Vlato was a genius of immense magnitude so he would not have been oblivious to the implications of that statement. And in his youth he was known to be quite the flashy party animal. He was the toast of upper society and he played it well.

I believe it was Steinbeck who wrote that the more profound the intellect the more pronounced the paradoxes.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 6, 2011 - 11:19pm PT
I think of the many delightful evenings I've spent in a hall the single
greatest was a recital by Ashkenazy of a program wholly devoted to Scriabin.
It was like Brubeck arranged by Bach or vice versa. OK, maybe
a little over the top, but that's kinda my take on Scriabin and I'm
stickin' to it. :-)
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Apr 6, 2011 - 11:47pm PT
The Irish master Barry Douglas did a recital of Scriabin Etudes in LA at Ambassador College backwhen their wonderful hall was open to such events. Those pieces are real "knuckle breakers" and he just hit one home run after another.

For Chopin I really like Ivo Pogorellich.

Bach on piano is of course wrong, but if it must be done then Glen Gould did it best.

On harpsichord? Gustav Leonhardt

On Organ? McNeil Robinson

I have really been enjoying Jeno Jando's Beethoven sonatas. New life into old chestnuts.
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 7, 2011 - 12:11am PT
Speaking of new life into old chestnuts, I'm really starting to like Paul Hindemith. Sort of a 20th Century Bach. Like this fugue (who writes fugues anymore?):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTpAIEp6DUo
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Apr 7, 2011 - 12:35am PT
Check out "Symphonic Metamorphosis on a theme by Carl Maria Von Weber" by Paul Hindemith.

True genius.

There is a great recording out there by Chicago Symphony with I think Reiner.
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 7, 2011 - 12:11pm PT
If Amazon has it, I'll get it. Recordings of his work aren't easy to come by, for sure.

BITD, when I was sick, I'd read books. Now I cruise ST. Yikes!

Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Apr 7, 2011 - 12:23pm PT
Wow. I just looked on Amazon and did not find the old Chicago recording. Bummer.

I'd be tempted to go with the Bernstein / Israel Phil recording. Their recording of Rite of Spring is insane!
Gunkie

Trad climber
East Coast US
Apr 7, 2011 - 12:31pm PT
My favorite, single movement (info grabbed from Wikipedia) : Ottorino Respighi -- Pines of Rome (Italian Pini di Roma), 4th movement, The Pines of the Appian Way (I pini della Via Appia)... the big crescendo!

Sound:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pines_of_the_Appian_way.ogg


And my personal Mt. Everest as a trumpet player and the sole reason I bought a Schilke P5-4 piccolo trumpet years ago (and to make money playing weddings...), Brandenburg Concerto No 2:

1st movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1ddHxGl9_8
3rd movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLsNzCx1ots&feature=related (the hard one)
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Apr 7, 2011 - 12:33pm PT
Let's not forget Frank Zappa in this thread. Here's the Ensemble Modern doing the Yellow Shark (Dog Breath Variations)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr3y2MUdq7U
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 7, 2011 - 12:51pm PT
Gunkie, that's crazy good. The Band that Stands!

More Bach, the Little Fugue:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmSaRsAzV4c
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 7, 2011 - 01:04pm PT
can't say, did you see the LA Phil perform Yellow Shark last year?
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Apr 7, 2011 - 01:07pm PT
No I didn't and never knew it was happening, geez my loss. Now I'm totally bummed. If I woulda, coulda, shoulda known I woulda, coulda, shoulda gone.
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 7, 2011 - 01:12pm PT
Same here, was not able to make it. :-(
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Apr 7, 2011 - 02:29pm PT
Gunkie you are a trumpet player?

I played for a living in NYC until I moved to CA in the early 80's. Went to Manhattan School of Music 1972-76.

That Schilke picollo is the best. I still have a Schilke large bore C trumpet, tuning bell deal made of beryllium alloy. Unlike the beautiful picollo, that thing was designed to deafen everyone in front of you...

Funny, when I arrived in LA there was a big musicians strike on, the best players in town were doing weddings. Yamaha dx7 came out about then too. I saw the writing annd shifted into technical studio work which was a great decision for me.
Gunkie

Trad climber
East Coast US
Apr 7, 2011 - 04:09pm PT
Gunkie you are a trumpet player?

I played for a living in NYC until I moved to CA in the early 80's. Went to Manhattan School of Music 1972-76.

That Schilke picollo is the best. I still have a Schilke large bore C trumpet, tuning bell deal made of beryllium alloy. Unlike the beautiful picollo, that thing was designed to deafen everyone in front of you...

Funny, when I arrived in LA there was a big musicians strike on, the best players in town were doing weddings. Yamaha dx7 came out about then too. I saw the writing annd shifted into technical studio work which was a great decision for me.


A lot of good trumpet players in LA. It's a bastion for studio players.

I went to HS just outside of the city and played professionally with the local 806 (or was it the 608?). My teacher was a star student with Maruice Andre' at the Paris Conservatory and he was also a studio musician (William Teubner) in NYC. I actually got past my first round audition at Julliard, but started getting cold feet looking down the barrel of a professional music performance career. I saw dads having to do gigs on Friday and Saturday and Sundays. Was pure fun and good money for a 17 year-old, but seemed terrible for a 40-something year-old. And I heard all of the grumblings from these guys.

So I went to a large state school with lots of options with a music performance grant/scholie and matriculated into electrical engineering after the first semester. Sat 2nd chair in the school orchestra as a freshman to senior Jeff Curnow, who is currently 2nd chair in the Philly Orchestra. That pissed off a bunch of people, one of whom ended up playing my wedding :)

Sadly, I don't play as much as I'd like to these days. It is mandated that my three kids play trumpet or move into the playhouse out back. However, they don't appreciate my trumpet playing pedigree and rarely listen to any of my instruction.

I love tuning bell horns. Had a Bach (from when they were good horns) Eb/D with a tuning bell but sold it after finishing my undergrad. The funds helped augment the $55 I had in the bank. I've been toying with the idea of going Yamaha for my next Eb/D...
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Apr 7, 2011 - 04:26pm PT
I have a Yamaha E flat/D. Love that horn and highly recommend it.

I used to serenade climbers at The Gunks, this pic is from about 1979...

1980. Trumpet calls at The Gunks...
1980. Trumpet calls at The Gunks...
Credit: Julie Lazar photo
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Aug 27, 2011 - 07:51pm PT
Bump.
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Aug 27, 2011 - 08:20pm PT
Went to the Hollywood bowl a couple of times this summer. One was an all Mozart program. Gil Shaham is insane on the violin. It was an excellent evening. The wine was very good.

Oh, and my girlfriend made eye contact and got a wave from the Dude!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Aug 27, 2011 - 08:55pm PT
if you listen to this one, the rythm is pure classical.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfmT9bgXhdg

;)
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