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by xiaopv
Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!
Replies: 175
Views: 48099

Re: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!

If I may... it is pronounced "Shao" (the "ao" should sound like "ow"). :D The first xiao and second xiao are pronounced slightly differently but the tonal differences are difficult to describe with letters. Thank you Henry! In fact, the first Xiao and the second Xiao are pronounced exactly the same...
by xiaopv
Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!
Replies: 175
Views: 48099

Re: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!

xiaopv= Xiao Xiao No, I do not have the same first name and last name. They look the same in English but not in Chinese. The English version of a Chinese name only tells you how to read but not the meaning. One pronunciation can correspond to as many as 100 Chinese characters. This is my Chinese nam...
by xiaopv
Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you are a "collector" and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2708

Re: If you are a "collector" and ...

Do you have any comments on those "last" recordings of Arrau? How do they affect you? After a cup of coffee, it just come to me that you meant the exact Philips's last session, the 7 discs set. I have heard five discs. (I try to buy the original paper box edition and it is not easy) One Schubert, t...
by xiaopv
Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you are a "collector" and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2708

Re: If you are a "collector" and ...

I haven't heard a great deal of Arrau playing chamber music but undoubtedly it exists. There is an early recording of Beethoven Violin Sonatas. The partner was Szigeti. Don't ask me how it is because I haven't heard it. Other chamber music that I know are Mozart's Piano Quartet(M&A) and Piano Trio(...
by xiaopv
Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you are a "collector" and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2708

Re: If you are a "collector" and ...

Do you have any comments on those "last" recordings of Arrau? How do they affect you? Every so often, I was trying to find the answer to this question: do I like his earlier recording better or the later recording better? I ended up in a dilemma. I guess it just depends on the pieces. I have some f...
by xiaopv
Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you are a "collector" and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2708

Re: If you are a "collector" and ...

I am a fan of Claudio Arrau and I want to collect ALMOST every one of his recording available on CD. Philips, EMI, Marston, BBC, M&A, Dante, Naxos, Vanguard, etc... I say almost because I don't collect pirated recording. (Usually they are published by some small companies. I am not sure if this is w...
by xiaopv
Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How to clean sponge markings?
Replies: 11
Views: 1371

Re: How to clean sponge markings?

We just had a discussion about this on GMG--the solution our distraught poster found worked for him was to soak the discs in distilled water, then the foam bits came off easily with gentle cleaning (soft, moist cloth, wiping radially only, please, from center hole to circumference). Thanks for the ...
by xiaopv
Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How to clean sponge markings?
Replies: 11
Views: 1371

Re: How to clean sponge markings?

Chalkperson: I remember reading some posts somewhere saying that it is more important to protect the label side than the playing side since that is where the information stored.

Xiao
by xiaopv
Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How to clean sponge markings?
Replies: 11
Views: 1371

How to clean sponge markings?

Some of my discs have a sponge marking problem. Early released box sets usually have a square sponge between two discs. (I guess that is to protect discs) But because of moist and temperature, sponges resolve, go bad and leave a serious marking on discs. I tried to use some mild hand soap and cotton...
by xiaopv
Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I bought/ordered/got in the mail today
Replies: 156
Views: 34102

Re: What I bought/ordered/got in the mail today

I just ordered The Complete 78rpm Recording by Otto Klemperer at http://www.archiphon.de Archiphon is a small label in Germany that produces historic recording of Klemperer, Lipatti, Schuricht, etc. This label has stopped producing CDs since 2006, but luckily, this Klemperer's set is still available...
by xiaopv
Sat May 10, 2008 11:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jascha Horenstein, conductor - born May 6, 1898
Replies: 24
Views: 3210

The only disc I have conducted by Horenstein is his Mahler No. 3 with LSO. It is him who leads me to this piece and it is still my favorite version.
by xiaopv
Sat May 10, 2008 11:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Great Pianists?
Replies: 40
Views: 3747

For the older generation, Arrau is my favorite. For those who are still with us, I would say Alfred Brendel.
by xiaopv
Fri Mar 28, 2008 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CD store in Philadelphia?
Replies: 8
Views: 1320

Come back from Philly. The one on Fifth Street is indeed called Philadelphia Record Exchange, mentioned by mariskr earlier in the post. And they did closed on Monday which is unfortunate because I would guess that is the place where I will most likely spend my money. The other two stores mentioned e...
by xiaopv
Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CD store in Philadelphia?
Replies: 8
Views: 1320

If you're specifically looking for classical music, don't go to AKA Music. I don't think they sell any classical. Unfortunately, there aren't any stores here with a real good classical selection. There are a few with small classical collections. One is on 13th Street, just north of Pine Street. Ano...
by xiaopv
Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CD store in Philadelphia?
Replies: 8
Views: 1320

CD store in Philadelphia?

I am going to visit Philadelphia next Monday for the first time. Besides sightseeing and eating Chinese food, I would also like to visit some CD store. I am mainly looking for used (2nd handed) CD since they are usually cheap and I like collecting old versions of some recordings. Since I will only h...
by xiaopv
Thu Oct 25, 2007 10:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Unusual conducting techniques
Replies: 38
Views: 3081

I like to watch Claudio Abbado conducting a lot. He is so passionate. His gesture is elegant and spontaneous.

Check out his Mahler's No.2 on youtube. This is just the last few minutes of the last movement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKeH3oYkFiw
by xiaopv
Wed Jun 27, 2007 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New "Great Performances" from Sony/BMG
Replies: 19
Views: 4123

Fantastic! More Gould to add to my collection! :) Well, it's the same Gould just in new wraps. I hope you got the Glenn Gould Edition when Sony issued that. Then you would have just about everything! Given the economic condition of the classical music industry, which I don't really feel is doing ba...
by xiaopv
Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New "Great Performances" from Sony/BMG
Replies: 19
Views: 4123

I think the big news here, with these new releases, is the OISTRAKH recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. While the disc doesn't say so, I believe this "may" be the first recording issued in the USA on compact disc of this work. If anyone is aware...
by xiaopv
Wed May 23, 2007 12:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2nd chance: Claudio Arrau's LAST recordings
Replies: 1
Views: 894

Arrau is always my favorite pianist. It is a pity that he didn't finish the second cycle of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. The missing two are my favorite piece, Moonlight and Hammerklavier :(
by xiaopv
Wed May 23, 2007 12:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The best accompanists in classical concertos
Replies: 27
Views: 4357

I personally like Giulini a lot. His collabration with Perlman, Arrau, Michelangeli, Zimerman. Those all become classical interpretations.
by xiaopv
Fri May 11, 2007 4:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Second handed CD stores in NYC
Replies: 2
Views: 1092

Second handed CD stores in NYC

I plan to go to NYC in a couple of days. Anybody can tell me some big second handed CD stores there? If there are public transportations nearby, that will be awesome since I don't drive there. Thank you in advanced!
by xiaopv
Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2364718

Mozart Piano Concertos Nos 23 & 24 Kempff, Leitner, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra DG 423 885-2 This is my first Mozart Piano Concerto CD. It is AMAZING, IMO, full of personal feeling, especially in the adagio of 23. Want to get a full set of Mozart Piano Concertos. Anybody have any suggestions? Thanks ...
by xiaopv
Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 424271

Now I am listening Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony. I have been listening many Mendelssohn's works this week: Piano Concertos, Violin Concerto, Octet, Symphonies and Overtures. I think I have a little feeling about his style: Something similar to Mozart but more romantic, more feelings from the compo...
by xiaopv
Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart piano sonatas
Replies: 69
Views: 20223

Anybody have any comments on Gieseking/EMI set and Schiff/Decca set? By hearing some samples of Schiff, he plays relatively faster than Gieseking. But other than the speed, I couldn't tell much difference between these interpretations out of these samples. I think both of them shouldn't go wrong. Th...
by xiaopv
Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Schumann's works
Replies: 38
Views: 9148

Re: Robert Schumann's works

I just started to enjoy Schumann's piano work. Symphonic Etude is the first piece I tried and it caught me immediately. In my opinion, it definitely worth a trial. By the way, the one I have is by by Kempff.
by xiaopv
Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:26 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Matching visual arts with music: cd covers.
Replies: 27
Views: 36692

Debussy's Nocturnes by Bernard Haitink, Philips 400 023-2

The cover is a paint by J.A.M. Whistler called "Nocturne in Blue and Silver".
by xiaopv
Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Which conductors do you like? Need some help...
Replies: 29
Views: 24922

Re: Which conductors do you like? Need some help...

Barry Z wrote: I'd say HvK was up there with Jochum as the two best Bruckner conductors on record. His Wagner orchestral excerpts on EMI are also classics.
Recently I have a chance to compare Wagner's orchestral excerpts by Karajan, Klemperer and Tennstedt. Klemperer is still my favourite in these pieces.
by xiaopv
Sun Jan 28, 2007 2:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists in repertoire you wished they had recorded
Replies: 45
Views: 11977

I wish I could hear Sir Clifford Curzon playing LvB's Piano Sonatas cycle.

I wish I have never heard his interpretation of Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, since Arrau/Giulini is already a monument for me. Curzon's interpretation just weaks the good impression I gained from his Schubert. :(
by xiaopv
Sat Jan 27, 2007 4:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Suggest Some Composers
Replies: 19
Views: 5435

Maybe you want to give a shot to Elgar's Cello concerto.
by xiaopv
Fri Jan 19, 2007 11:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: [Need Recommendations]Kempff's Beethoven
Replies: 21
Views: 7115

Thanks again to everyone.

I think I am going to get the mono version of Piano Sonatas and the stereo version of Piano Concertos.

Thank you George for the online store information.
by xiaopv
Fri Jan 19, 2007 10:02 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: [Need Recommendations]Kempff's Beethoven
Replies: 21
Views: 7115

Many thanks to everyone for so many words! Annie Fischer remains my favorite (on Hungaroton). Ironically, hers is a more masculine version of these works. I listened a few sample pieces including the first movement of Moonlight and the three movement of Appassionata at Amazon. It is much more mascul...
by xiaopv
Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: [Need Recommendations]Kempff's Beethoven
Replies: 21
Views: 7115

Thanks everyone! The one that were recommended to me were: His MONO Sonata set. The performances are better than the stereo set IMO, with a bit more life to them. believe it or not, the sound is better too, with more bass. I can't say that Kempff is my favorite in the sonatas, but if you are locked ...
by xiaopv
Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: [Need Recommendations]Kempff's Beethoven
Replies: 21
Views: 7115

[Need Recommendations]Kempff's Beethoven

I am a newie here and I need some suggestions from you guys. I want to get Kempff's Beethoven, violin sonatas, piano sonatas and piano concertos. It seems to me that for each work(s), I have (at least) two choices and they seem to cost roughly the same amount. Beethoven's <i>complete violin sonatas<...
by xiaopv
Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great Pieces you wish you weren't burnt out on
Replies: 40
Views: 9325

Ralph wrote:All of Mahler's symphonies.
Can't agree more!!
by xiaopv
Wed Jan 17, 2007 7:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 424271

Now I start to listen to string quartet. I am listening: Dvorak's String Quartet No.12 "American" & Smetana's String Quartet No.1 "From My Life" by Alban Berg Quartett issued by EMI. It is a digital live recording. The sound is so good. I can't say I have already understood much but at least the mel...
by xiaopv
Wed Jan 17, 2007 6:58 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Bizet's Symphony No. 1 in C...simply amazing!
Replies: 19
Views: 4995

I grew up with one that I think is still incomparable, that with Sir Thomas Beecham conducting on EMI 47794. I own this CD and used to enjoyed it until recently I read something about <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Beecham">Beecham</a> saying something about how he disrespect other Br...