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I love that Prokofiev piano recording.   It's enthusiatically played by a 
true believer in the piece.  It just about leaps out of the speakers.  Great 
record.

Steve Smolian.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Donald Tait
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2014 8:07 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Dora Labbette, Soprano with string quartette: The 
Flowers of the Forests, 1925?

  Reiner also studied percussion as a student in Budapest. Including 
timpani, which might help explain the added prominence of and occasional 
added timpani parts in his CSO recordings (it's harder to tell with his 
Pittsburgh and other recordings). I remember talking to Sam Denov, who was 
then a retired member of the Chicago Symphony's percussion section. He said 
"Reiner was DEATH on percussion." Meaning that he not only heard everything, 
which was a given, but that he knew exactly what he wanted and wouldn't 
settle until he got it. Sam was speaking from his personal CSO 
experience....

  Also, Reiner made piano rolls in 1925 et seq. Four-hand versions in which 
he was credited as being one of the two pianists and others in which he was 
credited as the "conductor." Philip Hart wrote about it on page 44 of his 
biography of Reiner.

  Don Tait







-----Original Message-----
From: John Haley <[log in to unmask]>
To: ARSCLIST <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Mon, May 5, 2014 8:50 am
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Dora Labbette, Soprano with string quartette: The 
Flowers of the Forests, 1925?


I just looked up Fiedler in Wiki, and while born in Boston, his parents
moved to Europe (Vienna and Berlin) and he studied violin with Willy Hess
at the Berlin Hochschule.  I didn't see mention of the Johann Strauss III's
orchestra, but that is possible.  I might be wrong about his playing the
viola.  Monteux was a violist, and both Reiner and Mitropoulos were
pianists.  We have a recording of Mitropoulos performing and conducting a
Prokofiev concerto.

Best,
John Haley


On Mon, May 5, 2014 at 9:23 AM, Roger Kulp 
<[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Szell,Walter,Solti,and Bernstein all made very famous recordings as
> pianists.I have seen it reported that Fiedler played in Johann Strauss
> III's orchestra as a student.Is there any truth to this?
>
> Roger
>
> > Date: Sun, 4 May 2014 12:45:19 -0400
> > From: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Dora Labbette, Soprano with string quartette:
> The Flowers of the Forests, 1925?
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> >
> > I believe Fiedler (whose name means "fiddler") was also a violist.  But
> the
> > violists are in good company with composers.  Beethoven, Rossini and
> Mozart
> > all played the viola, I believe, altho both Beethoven and Mozart had
> > performing careers as pianists.  Most of the famous violinists of the
> 19th
> > Century, and before, were also composers.
> >
> > Best, John
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Sun, May 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM, Dave Burnham <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> >
> > > You're right. And an inordinate number were cellists, the ones you
> mention
> > > along with Kindler, Bourdon, Casals and Rostropovich. I think
> Hindemith did
> > > some conducting as well which would fill out the picture by including 
> > > a
> > > violist.
> > >
> > > db
> > >
> > > Sent from my iPhone
> > >
> > > > On May 4, 2014, at 10:48 AM, John Haley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Most of the great conductors were/are in fact string players, not
> > > pianists.
> > > > Szell, Walter, Solti and Bernstein were pianists, and Stokowski was
> an
> > > > organist (his first job in the US was as organist for St. Bart's
> Church
> > > in
> > > > Manhattan).  Most of the rest were string players.  Munch was a
> > > > concertmaster under Furtwaengler.  Toscanini and Barbirolli were
> > > cellists.
> > > > Koussevitzsky was a bass fiddle virtuoso.  Ormandy was the most
> famous
> > > > violin student of Hubay, Szigeti's teacher.
> > > >
> > > > Best,
> > > > John Haley
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Sun, May 4, 2014 at 4:42 AM, Nick Morgan <
> > > > [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > > >
> > > >> I suppose most conductors trained before orchestral recording 
> > > >> became
> > > >> widespread must have been able to - does anyone know of any that
> > > couldn't?
> > > >>
> > > >> Nick
> > > >> -----Original Message-----
> > > >> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> > > >> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dave Burnham
> > > >> Sent: 04 May 2014 04:11
> > > >> To: [log in to unmask]
> > > >> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Dora Labette, Soprano with string
> quartette: The
> > > >> Flowers of the Forests, 1925?
> > > >>
> > > >> I recently came across a record by Dora Labette with Beecham at the
> > > piano;
> > > >> never realized he could play the piano.
> > > >>
> > > >> db
> > > >>
> > >
>
>