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by CharmNewton
Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Here We Go Again
Replies: 5
Views: 446

Re: Here We Go Again

If you're signed up for Spotify or another service with a good coverage of classical music why not make your self a playlist and listen to what you want. I listened to the Rothenberger Lulu on Spotify as well as sampled some of Leonard Bernstein's piano music on a recent DG download only collection....
by CharmNewton
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Cziffra fans
Replies: 9
Views: 743

Re: For Cziffra fans

Very interesting, John, and thank you for taking the time to check this out. Can you point me to someplace on the Web that is offering this set and where we might find the best price? I have a lot of Milstein material, but it looks like some of this material might be new to CD. Some big ones were t...
by CharmNewton
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Cziffra fans
Replies: 9
Views: 743

Re: For Cziffra fans

John/CharmNewton, can you give me a few examples of the Capitol recordings/sets that did not transfer to Warner that went out of print? William Steinberg recorded for Capitol, but were there others? I haven't kept abreast of these deletions. You're kidding Brian - already OOP? Can't believe it. Eve...
by CharmNewton
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Cziffra fans
Replies: 9
Views: 743

Re: For Cziffra fans

You're kidding Brian - already OOP? Can't believe it. Even on the "used" market? Sometimes when they say "limited edition," I guess they mean it! Another Cziffra fan here, especially his Liszt! :) I sadly dithered over getting the 40CD box, and now of course it's unavailable. Perhaps Warner will re...
by CharmNewton
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1998

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

Thank you, John. That's a heck of a great price. I know several people who paid considerably more. I only paid $150 for mine, no tax and no postage. I'm sure everyone who really wanted this set must have it by now. There must be an overrun of the sets! The highest I saw on Amazon was $900, but I'm ...
by CharmNewton
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1998

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

The Szell collection.

John
by CharmNewton
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1998

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

If anyone was still sitting on the fence on this set, Amazon.com is offering it for $131.99 in stock on November 7th and delivered by Monday November 12th.

John
by CharmNewton
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1998

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

Yes Szeryng's Mozart sonatas with Ingrid Haebler are very good too. I feel he has been badly underestimated since Perlman's quip about not recognising his playing. Mind I sometimes find the same with Gil Shaham, another superb player. I'm not familiar with this quotation. Can you provide it more fu...
by CharmNewton
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barenboim returns to Chicago
Replies: 4
Views: 833

Re: Barenboim returns to Chicago

Barenboim has a long relationship with the Chicago Symphony going back to 1970. I'm not sure his remarks aren't hiding hurt feelings at not being asked to return sooner. Giulini was never asked back after his last concert in 1978, although he did return several times with the L.A. Philharmonic. He w...
by CharmNewton
Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1998

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

Two omissions that stand out to me are a complete RCA/Columbia Pablo Casals Edition and a complete RCA/Columbia Budapest Quartet Edition. Until recently, Sony hasn't shown much interest in the Budapest Quartet at all in the U.S. The not-so-complete EMI Casals Edition omitted his recordings as a cond...
by CharmNewton
Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brailowsky's Chopin on RCA set (complete)
Replies: 12
Views: 3181

Re: Brailowsky's Chopin on RCA set (complete)

I sampled several of these discs via Spotify and compared a number of selections with RCA recordings of Arthur Rubinstein. Brailowsky's playing seemed slightly more nuanced than Rubinstein as far as dynamics, especially in really soft passages. But tempi were pretty straight, sometimes very fast, ev...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3960
Views: 570466

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

This collection contains the 6 discs Milstein recorded for DG and 31 discs recorded for EMI, mostly for Capitol and some later discs that appeared on Angel. The box does not claim the EMI is complete. I came across this set (on eBay) while trying to determine whether Universal or Warner had the righ...
by CharmNewton
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!
Replies: 17
Views: 3629

Re: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!

I haven't seen a listing of the contents of this set. but I have to believe that about two-thirds of it will be material he recorded with Heifetz. That's fine unless you already have it. So this looks like a pass for me.

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 49-CD Celibidache Box on Warner
Replies: 10
Views: 2461

Re: 49-CD Celibidache Box on Warner

This box contains the 48 CDs that made up an earlier 4-box EMI release plus a bonus CD containing Prokofiev's Classical Symphony from Berlin in 1948.

John
by CharmNewton
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which streaming service?
Replies: 15
Views: 2210

Re: Which streaming service?

I'm a paid subscriber to Spotify and I like the service. I initially signed up for the free version to listen to new releases, but they have a vast amount of classical music available (for example, Leonard Bernstein's complete music for solo piano in a new DG, download-only release by Katie Mahan wh...
by CharmNewton
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"
Replies: 19
Views: 2721

Re: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"

Thanks! That answers one question about the substitution, that Toscanini did know about it and approved it. Other questions remain, chiefly how Toscanini came to record the same music in two different tempos in the space of maybe half an hour, but since everyone involved is now dead, they'll probab...
by CharmNewton
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"
Replies: 19
Views: 2721

Re: Newly discovered Rachmaninoff recording of his " Dances"

Robert C. Marsh, longtime music critic of the Chicag0 Sun-Times, on p. 134 of his book Toscanini and the Art of Conducting wrote about the 1936 Beethoven 7th: "... The best statement of Toscanini's performance is the 1936 set as originally issued , that is, with the opening pages taken slowly and ma...
by CharmNewton
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Bernstein's Piano Sonata ( 1938 )
Replies: 4
Views: 1384

Re: Leonard Bernstein's Piano Sonata ( 1938 )

I looked in vain to find even a commercial recording of Bernstein's 1938 piano sonata. I don't believe it is in any of his mega boxed sets performed by anyone. Other than YT, does anyone know of a commercial recording of the work? U.S. Amazon.com has three recordings which are part of collections o...
by CharmNewton
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November
Replies: 11
Views: 2324

Re: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November

Well, he recorded Albinoni, a bunch of Haydn symphonies, some Mozart on the piano and in collaboration with Frederica von Stade. I do not believe there was much else. Did Previn record any music from before the mid-19th century, and is it any good? All I've heard is late 19th to 20th century. He re...
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphonies 7, 8 and 9
Replies: 17
Views: 1570

Re: Dvorak Symphonies 7, 8 and 9

Bruno Walter's Columbia Symphony recording of Symphony No. 8 has a joyfulness I find captivating. Charles Munch's recording, made around the same time, is pretty exciting and still holds up well today. Both are well recorded too. Giulini's Chicago Symphony recording of the Symphony No. 9 brings out ...
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Klaviersonaten
Replies: 64
Views: 11719

Re: Beethoven Klaviersonaten

Professor Drake visited the University of Illinois at Chicago c. 1971 where he gave a lecture and performed Beethoven on a Broadwood piano from, I believe, the 1850s. This was pretty novel back then. I remember seeing him preparing his piano before his lecture and delighted in the warm and intimate ...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Klaviersonaten
Replies: 64
Views: 11719

Re: Beethoven Klaviersonaten

I've got a question. Can anybody help, please? My G. Henle Verlag score of Beethoven's Op. 2/1 has a repeat marking at the end of the first movement back to Bar 19 (the development). That doesn't seem to be observed in any of the recordings or the analyses I've encountered. Can anybody tell me, the...
by CharmNewton
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marta Deyanova??????
Replies: 12
Views: 1322

Re: Marta Deyanova??????

She made a number of recordings for Nimbus in the early days of CD. Looks like she recorded No. 3 of the D. 899 set and all four of the D. 935. You can listen to them on Spotify. I didn't like the sound of the piano as reproduced--somewhat distant and clangorous, bright and spiky. I believe these Ni...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 536
Views: 181884

Re: What I listened to today

https://tinyurl.com/yazlpxds I remember buying this as a new release and still have my copy. It was the first recording I'd ever heard that had all the repeats. Like Monteux's Vienna Eroica , which used Beethoven's orchestration for the climax near the end of the first movement, it had the jolt of ...
by CharmNewton
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3960
Views: 570466

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71pClJfVftL._SL1073_.jpg I've enjoyed Ms. Haebler's recordings of Mozart, Schubert, Chopin (her recording of the Nocturnes for Vox is one of the best I've heard, never issued on CD as far as I can tell) and J.C. Bach and was delighted to find this re...
by CharmNewton
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]
Replies: 19
Views: 4408

Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

My thanks to maestro for uncovering this set here in the U.S. at such an attractive price. I only have a couple of CDs of Magaloff recorded late in his career, so I'm looking forward to exploring this wide ranging set.

John
by CharmNewton
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 7993

Re: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

A few comments about the packaging of the LSR collection. Each CD is housed in a glossy paper sleeve that reproduces the booklet cover photo of the original Yedang CD. They are nice to the touch and generally attractive. However, frequently the contents on the back of each disc are listed in a font ...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 7993

Re: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

For those who wish to know how much duplication exists between the Yedang Classics Legendary Soviet Recordings (LSR) and Brilliant Classics Russian Legends (RL) boxes, I've gone through the contents of both and listed the duplications below: David Oistrakh: Beethoven: "Kreutzer" Sonata w/ Frieda Bau...
by CharmNewton
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strange - at Best Buy!
Replies: 13
Views: 1959

Re: Strange - at Best Buy!

Thank you, thank you! I'll check them out. Appreciate it. Crutchfield is still selling car CD players. If your car's receiver has a line input that takes a stereo mini-jack (like you see on headphones) you should be able to connect a portable CD player to it via the player's headphone jack. With Mi...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 7993

Re: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

Maestrob, you should contact amazon.co.jp Customer Service via Help. They can help you through the process. Once you get set up, you'll have a login that will differ from the one for other Amazon sites but ordering will be easy.

John
by CharmNewton
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!
Replies: 18
Views: 8710

Re: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!

I've listened to about half of the Cortot EMI box and it is compiled from both new and very old transfers. The newer ones, such as the Victor acoustics and early electrics sound very good. Victor mastered electrical recording quickly and captured his sound well. There are others that sound awful. Fo...
by CharmNewton
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Just released: Leonard Rose - Complete Concerto & Sonata Recordings
Replies: 8
Views: 13182

Re: Just released: Leonard Rose - Complete Concerto & Sonata Recordings

My copy arrived on Friday. First up was the Brahms Double Concerto conducted by Bruno Walter. It sounded really awful, as if it was recorded in a cave. I still have a copy of the LP (ML 5076) and listened to it yesterday. While it seemed a bit lacking in highs and some orchestral details, it sounded...
by CharmNewton
Sun May 06, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marcelle Meyer
Replies: 11
Views: 2402

Re: Marcelle Meyer

I understand that Membran licensed this set from Warner as well as the Yves Nat complete edition, which contains an excellent complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle. The Marcelle Meyer collection is not quite complete. She made two recordings of Mozart's Sonata, K. 310. The second recording is in the...
by CharmNewton
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 128
Views: 45939

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

What is, however, interesting is that the new box set lists Bruckner's 8th as coming in two recorded versions. I am sure one is the stereo version with Cleveland of 1969. But what could the other be? According to abruckner.com's discography, there is another take of this symphony with Szell and Cle...
by CharmNewton
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jean-Claude Malgoire (1940–2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 926

Re: Jean-Claude Malgoire (1940–2018)

Sorry to read this. I've enjoyed his recording of Handel's Concerti Grossi, Op. 6. Lively and colorful music making.

John
by CharmNewton
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 128
Views: 45939

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

I agree with T. Schurk that recordings by Szell originating on the Sony label are excluded from this collection (one has to sometimes read the titles to these collections like a lawyer). Sony issued 3 CDs of Szell in the 1990s that were licensed from the Austrian Radio (Bruckner symphonies 3 and 7 a...
by CharmNewton
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anshel Brusilow (14 Aug 1928–15 Jan 2018)
Replies: 10
Views: 2435

Re: Anshel Brusilow (14 Aug 1928–15 Jan 2018)

He posted a review of his recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Ormandy on Amazon.com, giving it 5 stars and supplying a succinct assessment -- "I think it's the best 4 Seasons recorded. Of course I would.". Sounds like a delightful guy.

John
by CharmNewton
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 24
Views: 5965

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

Lance, the tracking information from amazon.co.uk is very unreliable, and depending on how much time has passed since your order it may still be on its way. I've had a package reported as delivered that came a week later and others that I've received long ago still showing as in transit. But if it h...
by CharmNewton
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!
Replies: 21
Views: 6557

Re: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!

Given how much live material there is for Vladimir Horowitz (and some others), it seems recorded recitals weren't uncommon back then. Perhaps Horowitz wanted his recitals recorded. Carnegie Hall had an in-house recording setup, as it was that system that was used to record Richter's recitals in 1960...
by CharmNewton
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!
Replies: 21
Views: 6557

Re: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!

An online search of the Carnegie Hall archives list 11 entries for Ms. Jonas, with her appearance with the New York Philharmonic of 10/13/1946 being broadcast.

Possibly any recordings of the 8 solo recitals that she gave there are in the possession of her family.

John
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So much Ozawa is being reissued ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2995

Re: So much Ozawa is being reissued ...

I'm currently enjoying The Philips Years box along with the RCA CSO collection. I plan to picj up the German Masterworks box and maybe one of the others from Universal, but duplication may be a problem as Universal Italy is overlapping some of the parent company. Among the older, golden generation O...
by CharmNewton
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steven Isserlis, cello: Complete RCA Recordings
Replies: 3
Views: 1686

Re: Steven Isserlis, cello: Complete RCA Recordings

Isserlis is one of the outstanding cellists before the public today. His playing is engaging and sounds effortless. He plays a Stradivarius that is an exceptional instrument, even for Stradivarius. This is an outstanding collection. This set isn't quite complete as it omits his recording of the Barb...
by CharmNewton
Fri May 12, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New addition to Cleveland Orchestra discography?
Replies: 1
Views: 1061

Re: New addition to Cleveland Orchestra discography?

You may be correct. The recordings were made in St. Paul's Church in Cleveland on May 5-7, 1958.

John
by CharmNewton
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RCA Ozawa "complete" RCA Recordings?????
Replies: 7
Views: 2464

Re: RCA Ozawa "complete" RCA Recordings?????

Well, John, you make a point, though my first impression was his "complete" RCA recordings. It is just a slightly bit misleading in my estimation. You may have piqued my interest in acquiring this set after all! And, of course, I would delight in having Stock's and Rodzinski's recordings in one box...
by CharmNewton
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RCA Ozawa "complete" RCA Recordings?????
Replies: 7
Views: 2464

Re: RCA Ozawa "complete" RCA Recordings?????

Like Mr. Johnson, I took this to mean Mr. Ozawa's CSO recordings for RCA. It's part of a series that started with the release of Reiner's recordings in Chicago, continued with those of Jean Martinon, Morton Gould and now Seiji Ozawa. James Levine can't be too far away. Whether we see the CSO recordi...
by CharmNewton
Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruckner Critics Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 3159

Re: Bruckner Critics Discussion

All things Bruckner here on John Berky's site, including a complete commercial recordings discog and the Bruckner Society of America. https://www.abruckner.com I'm tempted to believe that AB's cycle is the most affecting of the Romantic Age. My favorite perf is by the Chicago led by Barenboim on DG...
by CharmNewton
Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata
Replies: 47
Views: 7881

Re: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata

[1)] Zimerman can't possibly have needed anything like that many retakes; he mostly plays it safe technically. Unless he kept changing his mind about how he wanted to interpret the sonata and had to start over from scratch repeatedly. [2)] While I'm writing, it turns out that Rachmaninoff offered t...
by CharmNewton
Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3960
Views: 570466

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Hello there, I thought I might drop in and say hello to my wonderful friends on CMG and wish you all a very Happy New Year. These wonderful additions to my modest library arrived last week: http://www.deccaclassics.com/imgs/s300x300/4789604.jpg I don't know why I waited so long to buy this CD: http...
by CharmNewton
Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Musical America" names Yuja Wang 2017 Artist of the Year
Replies: 7
Views: 3153

Re: "Musical America" names Yuja Wang 2017 Artist of the Yea

I don't like the sound of her piano, at least as recorded by DG. To me it lacks distinction. Perhaps her tone is lovelier in concert.

John
by CharmNewton
Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schnabel's Beethoven "32", new edition from Warner
Replies: 4
Views: 1813

Re: Schnabel's Beethoven "32", new edition from Warner

David Bloesch's definitive Schnabel discography in ARSC Journal vol. 18 shows that Schnabel recorded Sonata #15 twice, on 2/3/32 and 2/3&17/33. Why the sonata was rerecorded when all six sides had been approved as master takes, the discography doesn't say. Only inspection of the actual 78s would co...