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May. 23 2013

Carlos’s Favorites!

By Kati Harrison | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews | 4 Comments

Carlos KalmarIn the following interview, conductor Carlos Kalmar talks about a phenomenal, newish work and about gathering together his favorite music from Prokofiev’s Ballet, Romeo and Juliet,  aka Carlos’s Favorites.   Maestro Kalmar also talks about why he loves American orchestras like the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra which he will conduct this Thursday through Saturday.    Also on the program, Jean-Philippe Collard will perform the Piano Concerto No. 3 by Saint-Saëns. 01 Track 1 (2)

Here is a link to the BSO’s website for more information: http://www.bsomusic.org/main.taf?erube_fh=tessitura&tessitura.submit.CalendarPerfLink=1&PerfNo=10685

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Kati is WBJC's Operations Director and weekend host. Her full bio can be read here.

4 Responses to Carlos’s Favorites!

  • Bruce Zeisel says:

    I read the post about Carlos Kalmar with interest because I am quite taken by his PentaTone recordings of British Music, esp the Vaughn Williams symhonies 4, with Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and the Vaughn Williams #5 paired this time with Elgar and another Britten, the Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia. These are with the Oregon Symphony and the playing is outstanding.

    This is a hybrid SACD which means it will play on any CD player but if played back on appropriate multi-channel SACD equipment, the reflections from the sides and rear of the hall are reproduced from the rear and sides of your listening room to give a far more realistic representation of concert hall than mere stereo can even approach.

    There are 249 PentaTone recordings like this including Julia Fischer playing Katchaturian Prokofiev and Glazunov, Fischer playing Brahms – do you remember her with the Baltimore Symphony when she and Yuri Temirkanov gave such amazing performances of the Beethoven? There are also 266 such recordings from BIS and a total of more than 5500 from all labels including Sony, DG, Decca and many many small independent labels. Among all these my current favorite is the Prokofiev violin concerti played by Arabella Steinbacher at SPAC. Steinbacher in my opinion is even more wonderful than Fischer. They were good friends as teens. Steinbacher began lessons at age 3 and at 9 was accepted as a pupil of Ana Chumachenko at the Hochschule for music and arts in Munich. She was then youngest pupil ever so admitted until Fischer also about 2 yrs later became a Chumachenko pupil. Their playing has a lot that is in common between them but I think Steinbacher is more elegant.

    If you do not have any of these recordings, I will donate some if you promise to play them.

    • Bruce Zeisel says:

      Ouch! – it comes of staying up too late and trying to say too much at once. I meant to say my favorite is Steinbacher’s Prokofiev also on PentaTone. That recording is with the Russian National Orchestra. But before it was released I heard her playing the Prok #1 with the Philadelphia at SPAC. That performance was VERY similar to the beautiful interpretation she gave on the recording with the Russian National Orchestra.

    • Kati Harrison
      Kati Harrison says:

      Carlos Kalmar is and interesting man and a very fine conductor. Hope you had a chance to hear him conduct the BSO when he was here last!

      • Bruce Zeisel says:

        aah I live in Albany NY and hear WBJC on the occassions when I visit my father in Middle River. I enjoy the station very much when I am visiting but I probably will not be moved to attend a concert in the Meyerhoff unless an outstanding violinst such as Julia Fischer or Arabella Steinbacher, (Hahn, for example though she stands head and shoulders above, say Joshua Bell, is not, in my opinion in the same category although Vadim Repin certainly is and so is Leonidas Kovakas). I am a fierce advocate for multi channel “surround sound” where the “surround” is not intended to place the listener in the middle of the orchestra – I detest that practice – but rather to place the listener in a fine seat in the concert hall maybe 10 to 12 rows back from the stage. This is the practice of PentaTone, Chandos, BIS, LSO Live, Chicago Rebound, San Francisco Symphony Live, BSO Classics, Tudor, Mariinsky Ancalagon (violinist Lara St. John’s personal label) Oehms Classics and the many many other classical labels whose preference is to provide state of the art reproduction of concert hall sound.

        That is why I offered to donate PentaTone recordings of Julia Fischer and Arabella Steinbacher to the station if I can get a commitment to have them played. The general public still has too much memory of Itzak Perlman and Joshua Bell – and maybe Anne Sophie Mutter and not enough awareness of the incredible talent that came out of Munich about 10 yrs ago.

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