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by maestrob
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3837
Views: 328166

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51IZwtW28VL.jpg Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837) pre-dates Chopin by a bit, and, judging by the quality of this music, influenced him by more than a little. Played by Howard Shelley, one of my favorite pianists, the music on this disc shines and spa...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3837
Views: 328166

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71O7DMLtJ%2BL._SX522_.jpg Judging by this generous box set from Hyperion, Angela Hewitt is one of today's major performers of Bach's keyboard music. Here we have her complete Bach recordings to date (the set was released in 2010 and just recently dis...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A note to the classically insecure
Replies: 8
Views: 95

Re: A note to the classically insecure

Good article. I've encountered several folks who have responses to classical music that are similar to the author's microbiologist friend. When they make comments that reflect that insecurity or intimidation, I encourage them to appreciate the music at the level that makes them comfortable. Exactly...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]
Replies: 5
Views: 52

Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Brian, I think you will like what you hear. Magaloff was married to Joseph Szigeti's daughter, Irene. In fact, Magaloff and Szigeti made some recordings together. All I can say is "get 'em now before their prices go sky high!" It already has sold out on amazon, and the asking price for third party ...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arthur Grumiaux's Mono Recordings/Decca
Replies: 2
Views: 48

Re: Arthur Grumiaux's Mono Recordings/Decca

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51%2Bn90q5zOL.jpg HI, Lance! Yes, that looks like a winner! Does your discovery have any duplication with the set pictured above? I can't make sense of the track listings on amazon. Grumiaux was one of the most refined violinists of the last century,...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 311
Views: 20464

Re: What I listened to today

I think you'll enjoy the Gilels/Reiner. Forgot to mention you may also wish to hear Backhaus/Bohm/VPO Brahms PC # 2 , 1969 if I recall, mine a Decca Legends cd if I recall .Backhaus ' last concerto recording. I think its great, as well. There we disagree. Backhaus was a great pianist, but Bohm, lik...
by maestrob
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]
Replies: 5
Views: 52

Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

So much music, so little time! :)

Thanks for the recommendation, Lance. I'm hoping he's on youtube so I can sample his work before I plunge into this box.....
by maestrob
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 311
Views: 20464

Re: What I listened to today

​I recommend it, though, only because you can never have too many recordings of this work. I have well over a dozen, and this is a long way from my favorite. My #1 favorite, bar none, is the Pollini/Abbado/VPO recording. Thanks for the reviews. You have heard, as well, the 1958 Gilels / Reiner / Ch...
by maestrob
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Sonatas by Rudolf Buchbinder
Replies: 10
Views: 122

Re: Haydn Sonatas by Rudolf Buchbinder

No, sorry to say I don't know the pianist by name or otherwise, i.e., recordings. FWW, other discussions of Derzhavina at another on-line group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/rec.music.classical.recordings/derzhavina Thanks! Very enlightening. I'm putting this set on my want list, for ...
by maestrob
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rita Gorr, mezzo-soprano on Guild Historical
Replies: 2
Views: 67

Re: Rita Gorr, mezzo-soprano on Guild Historical

I have Rita Gorr in four operas: Samson et Dalila, Aida (w/Solti/Price), Leinsdorf's Walkure, and Faust w/Victoria de los Angeles. She was a superb singing actress in her heyday, although I never heard her live, and I admire all of these recordings. Thanks for the tip-off, Lance. I'll be sure to get...
by maestrob
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Sonatas by Rudolf Buchbinder
Replies: 10
Views: 122

Re: Haydn Sonatas by Rudolf Buchbinder

I've had the original set of Buchbinder's since 2008, and more power to the pianist for undertaking this repertoire in one sweep. My favourite Haydn pianists include Emanuel Ax, Alfred Brendel, and Gilbert Kalish (Nonesuch recordings, which should be reissued on CD), Martin Galling, Marc-André Hame...
by maestrob
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 36
Views: 552

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

Does this work have any lasting value? I doubt it People are going to be playing Kendrick's music for a long, long time. Sorry that they're not your people. :roll: -G Point taken! I don't follow rap music, but I think that the art form deserves respect just as some of the popular music of my own ge...
by maestrob
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth
Replies: 5
Views: 85

Re: Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth

What a magnificent restoration! Thanks for posting that, Len. I can imagine Mozart, Haydn, Handel and other Baroque operas and recitals being performed here. In my mind's eye, I see Cecilia Bartoli or Franco Fagioli presenting and filming Baroque recitals there with a small orchestra. Just beautiful...
by maestrob
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Argerich and Babayan: Prokofiev
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: Argerich and Babayan: Prokofiev

To be truthful, I didn't know that Prokofiev wrote operas called Eugene Onegin or The Queen of Spades: I thought they were by Tchaikovsky!! At any rate, this looks like a fascinating release, and it goes on my Want List immediately. Thanks, Lance! :D
by maestrob
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Sonatas by Rudolf Buchbinder
Replies: 10
Views: 122

Haydn Sonatas by Rudolf Buchbinder

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This has just been issued and is available on amazon for $19.28. Comments?
by maestrob
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 20 " essential " Schubert recordings per WQXR
Replies: 5
Views: 96

Re: 20 " essential " Schubert recordings per WQXR

Thanks Lance for spotting my goof! :oops: Of course I meant Edwin Fischer. Another SENIOR MOMENT! .....AND, I agree with you about that Schubert/Leinsdorf Eb Mass, which I sang in Carnegie Hall with David Randolph in the 1970's. The Leinsdorf is one of my most cherished recordings, recently issued o...
by maestrob
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Paul Lewis' new Haydn sonatas cd
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Re: Pianist Paul Lewis' new Haydn sonatas cd

Rach3, Thanks for posting that. Paul Lewis IMHO is one of the finest new pianists active today, and this Haydn release shows his subtle musicianship at its best. My only disappointment with him was the set of Beethoven Sonatas, which he was not quite ready for at the time: a bit premature. His Beeth...
by maestrob
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3837
Views: 328166

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

https://www.mdt.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/O/D/ODE12895.jpg This is a real gem of a disc from Finland, ostensively one of the happiest countries on the planet right now. Unfortunately, you'll still have to go to Europe to acquire this recording, as it...
by maestrob
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 20 " essential " Schubert recordings per WQXR
Replies: 5
Views: 96

Re: 20 " essential " Schubert recordings per WQXR

From NYC's WQXR: https://www.wqxr.org/story/20-essential-schubert-recordings Of these, I have only the Zimerman Impromptus, but preferred Horszowski in the one set he recorded. Interesting list! I prefer the early Brendel Impromptus, as he had studied them with Schnabel extensively. I have the Zimm...
by maestrob
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Lets Us Down
Replies: 12
Views: 161

Re: NYCO Lets Us Down

Lance wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:35 pm
Aha, I just discovered it HAS been issued on RCA 50166, 2 CDs issued around 1998. This must be the one Brian has.
Yep, that's the one! So glad you have it, Lance!
by maestrob
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!
Replies: 18
Views: 348

Re: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!

Just finished listening to the all-Liszt disc on Naxos [573458]. In a word, all I can say is WOW! This is probably the best recording of these Paganini pieces I've ever heard. It all helps with one of the best-sounding Fazioli pianos I've ever heard. Goran Filipec, himself, was the producer of this...
by maestrob
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much music on discs can we really digest?
Replies: 18
Views: 210

Re: How much music on discs can we really digest?

I have more than 10,000 CDs and about 1200 LPs. That is far too many, according to my wife, and not nearly enough, in comparison with collectors like Lance. Because I do music reviews (which is how a good half or more of that collection came about) I get a large number of unsolicited CDs. I have to...
by maestrob
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Lets Us Down
Replies: 12
Views: 161

Re: NYCO Lets Us Down

I don't think we can rule out the possibility of a Met production some time in the future . I'msure they could do it justice . I'm not familiar with the names of the cast other than Cokorinos. I got to know this wonderful opera long ago on LP from the excellent RCA recording with Cesare Siepi and A...
by maestrob
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz 1953 Carnegie recital
Replies: 5
Views: 125

Re: Horowitz 1953 Carnegie recital

Interesting in life that everyone has their personal choices, just as it should be. While I am a great fan of Horowitz and want anything/everything I can find, commercial or private, there were some composers he played that just didn't hit the nail on the head for me. Schubert was one of them. I su...
by maestrob
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Welcome to CMG, Todd Schurk!
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Welcome to CMG, Todd Schurk!

Welcome, Todd! Glad to have you aboard. Please post early and often!
by maestrob
Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Center’s President Quits After a Single, Rocky Year
Replies: 5
Views: 277

Re: Lincoln Center’s President Quits After a Single, Rocky Year

From what I remember, Philharmonic Hall was really a dead space to perform in. The sound from the stage was soaked up by the red velvet covering the floor, seats and walking areas: it was quite awful because you couldn't hear yourself properly. When Avery Fisher put his name on the Hall in 1976(?), ...
by maestrob
Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much music on discs can we really digest?
Replies: 18
Views: 210

Re: How much music on discs can we really digest?

Well, this subject is getting some looks and responses. I am pleased about that. Aside from the monetary factors, and space requirements for growing collections, I have done something now for a while that seems to work. If you are ordering online from Amazon, or whoever, put everything in your bask...
by maestrob
Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much music on discs can we really digest?
Replies: 18
Views: 210

Re: How much music on discs can we really digest?

Maestrob mirrors my thoughts on record collecting to an uncanny degree! I can only add that he's about 2,500 records ahead of me, which means that I better get down to work! :D 8) Believe me, it doesn't take long to get to 5,000 at today's prices! Just make sure that you only buy those that you rea...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much music on discs can we really digest?
Replies: 18
Views: 210

Re: How much music on discs can we really digest?

Hi, Lance! Being a musician, well done recorded music is like air to me: I must listen, the same as I must breathe. I actually listen to four to six CDs/day, depending on my schedule. Also, I do my best to keep up with recommended new recordings, buying two new discs/week (plus bargain boxes at the ...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!
Replies: 18
Views: 348

Re: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!

Rach3: Thanks for those. It's been a while since I've spoken French, and I'm pleased to say I could follow the discussion. Filipec wasn't allowed to play complete works on the talk-show, but what I heard was quite good. Imagine such a program being produced and airing here in the U. S. Never happen!...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 44
Views: 1842

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

Hi all, this is the thread that got me to register, and this my first post. It's in reference to Lance's point about the Szell box not being absolutely complete. Off hand Lance, do you have an idea of what exactly might be missing? You mentioned possibly some of the Epic releases. I'm going to spri...
by maestrob
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Living the Classical Life: Emmanuel Ax"
Replies: 11
Views: 224

Re: "Living the Classical Life: Emmanuel Ax"

What intrigues me is how they can afford to rent in NYC when they don't have full time jobs!! It's a tough call going into classical music academies and then looking for a career. Same for all the performing arts. When I was in my late teens I wanted to be on the stage - even spending 2 years part-...
by maestrob
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!
Replies: 18
Views: 348

Re: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!

A true gentleman! I've got both his CDs on order from amazon, and am looking forward to hearing them.
by maestrob
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 311
Views: 20464

Re: What I listened to today

RebLem, Carl Schuricht was a fine conductor, almost forgotten these days, yet Decca and EMI/Warner have both issued boxes of his complete recordings. His Bruckner VIII is outstanding (it fits on one disc), and, until Szell's Columbia reading w/Cleveland came along, was my preferred recording of the ...
by maestrob
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's "Lucia" w/Peretyatko & Grigolo
Replies: 11
Views: 209

Re: Met's "Lucia" w/Peretyatko & Grigolo

Performances at the Met vary in quality, the same as with every opera house period . Sometimes a performance may be vocally lackluster and other times it may be superlative . And thishas always been true of opera performances . No mater how badly any Met singer of the present day may sing, I guaran...
by maestrob
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: mcclatchey dies
Replies: 2
Views: 128

Re: mcclatchey dies

Thanks for that, Len. I just bought the CD set of "Our Town" which is available at amazon. Haven't heard it yet, but I've heard good things about the opera. Good luck with your future concerts......
by maestrob
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debussy article NYTimes
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: Debussy article NYTimes

Debussy's one great choral work is "Le martyre de St. Sebastien," written for massive forces including a narrator. Inglebrecht's recording is the touchstone for me, but it was also recorded by Ormandy, Bernstein (with Felicia Monteleagre as narrator), and Ansermet. The only current recording I could...
by maestrob
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's "Lucia" w/Peretyatko & Grigolo
Replies: 11
Views: 209

Re: Met's "Lucia" w/Peretyatko & Grigolo

The only leg I have to stand on is that I have been listening to MET telecasts that I've put on DVD since they started, and they are uniformly excellent. Just watched Netrebko et al in a Don Pasquale led by Levine in 2010, and a Trovatore led by Armaliato from 2008(?). Outstanding. BUT, I don't atte...
by maestrob
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's "Lucia" w/Peretyatko & Grigolo
Replies: 11
Views: 209

Re: Met's "Lucia" w/Peretyatko & Grigolo

What she says is probably accurate, Lance. However, I detect a bit of professional jealousy in your quote. I rarely trust singers' evaluations of each other. That said, the Times has been known to gloss over mediocre performances before IMHO, and Tommasini is no exception. Wish I could have heard th...
by maestrob
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!
Replies: 18
Views: 348

Re: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!

BTW: Filipec (pronounced Filipetz) has a new CD coming out which will be released in the U. S. A. on April 18. More Liszt.......available for pre-order from amazon:

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by maestrob
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conducting Mahler's 4th symphony
Replies: 5
Views: 194

Re: Conducting Mahler's 4th symphony

Thanks for posting that article, John. Very interesting. I'll have to check out the Mengelberg. I grew up with George Szell's reading with Cleveland and Judith Raskin, and it remains a favorite (along with Ivan Fischer) to this day.
by maestrob
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3837
Views: 328166

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91-wRb90gJL._SX522_.jpg Franz Schmidt was a violinist in the Vienna Philharmonic who played under Gustav Mahler among other great conductors of the period, and a composer in his own right. The VP introduced Schmidt's music, especially his Symphony #2...
by maestrob
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!
Replies: 18
Views: 348

Re: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!

Am listening to Filipec's recital, and, yes indeed, he is a wonder! Sadly, I've already spent my allowance for this month, so his recordings must go on my "want list," but they're there to stay. Thanks for the recommendation and all the youtube links!
by maestrob
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cziffra redux
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re: Cziffra redux

Lance wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:21 pm
Ah, CZIFFRA ... cannot get enough of his playing. Simply astounding artist. I get anything and everything I can by the pianist. Thank you for putting these here for us to enjoy!
Second the motion! :D
by maestrob
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New album released with a piece of mine -- listen!
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: New album released with a piece of mine -- listen!

Quite intriguing. Thanks for sharing!
by maestrob
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rosenkavalier Now Owned By Bavarian and Petrenko
Replies: 21
Views: 587

Re: Rosenkavalier Now Owned By Bavarian and Petrenko

And, FWIW, I regard recorded performances as the inferior to live concerts/operas/recitals. Back in the day, we used to listen to LP records and follow along with the 12" printed libretto booklet. Now that we have opera on video (either tape or DVD), I much prefer watching a DVD or tape with subtit...
by maestrob
Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Center’s President Quits After a Single, Rocky Year
Replies: 5
Views: 277

Re: Lincoln Center’s President Quits After a Single, Rocky Year

Good grief! Geffen Hall needs a freshening up, at least. By now the hall must be looking dingy, to say the least. I have no idea of the acoustics since I haven't been there in more than a decade, but SOMETHING must be done. Hopefully Van Zweden will refresh the spirit of the orchestra, but the condi...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Claudio Arrau 80-CD box arrived!
Replies: 14
Views: 576

Re: The Claudio Arrau 80-CD box arrived!

I have finally managed to manifest this entire set into my computer. Big job but what an accomplishment! They way the set is arranged, however, makes it easy to group things together in cataloging the set. It is now easier than ever to pull all the individual singles and sets and maybe dispose of t...
by maestrob
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and religion
Replies: 35
Views: 1016

Re: Bach and religion

John F wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:14 am
Cynicism is cheap especially when based on ignorance, as it often is.
Amen. :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leeds Piano Competition goes global
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: Leeds Piano Competition goes global

A " new " Leeds Competition approach to the ordeal.Still for horses ? From New York Times today: https://tinyurl.com/yb4yztkg As someone who produced a vocal competition in NYC in Carnegie Hall for 10 years, I applaud Paul Lewis's efforts to rethink the very idea of competitions. This is a format t...