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by maestrob
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang
Replies: 1
Views: 33

Re: Yuja Wang

Hi, Belle.:) I tend to agree with you about the Beethoven. There's a lack of musical tension, although her tone is quite beautiful, and she has the notes down pat, but there's no depth of feeling to her playing. I'll listen to the Schumann tomorrow when I have time and let you know about that as well.
by maestrob
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 20
Views: 177

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

Leinsdorf never had the stature, the prowess of the real podium tyrants of the day Are there any tyrant conductors today ; or has the culture changed ? Yes, I think so, but the climate has changed radically...union contracts and wide-spread industry standards have changed things...much better for t...
by maestrob
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 319
Views: 20796

Re: What I listened to today

I have Schuricht in an EMI box set of Bruckner VIII & IX, and they are both quite good. Interestingly, his interpretation of VIII fits all on one disc, which makes Schuricht quite a bit faster than Szell, for example, who needs 2 discs for the same music (no cuts in Schurucht). Those same performanc...
by maestrob
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arthur Grumiaux's Mono Recordings/Decca
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: Arthur Grumiaux's Mono Recordings/Decca

Thank-you, Lance for all your research! Wow! That is helpful. This set looks really complete, and I've placed it on my want list for now. I hope it'll be around for about 2 months: I definitely want it, right next to the Heifetz and Oistrakh sets on my shelf.
by maestrob
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Glass Concert: Save the Date
Replies: 5
Views: 499

Re: Philip Glass Concert: Save the Date

Just a quick observation...... My nephew Mike's concert with the Pacific Symphony featuring music by Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar, led by Carl St. Clair, is sold out tonight in Carnegie's Stern Auditorium. Congratulations to all! We had dinner last night and he's looking forward to auditioning for ...
by maestrob
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A "quip" about composer Max Reger
Replies: 8
Views: 86

Re: A "quip" about composer Max Reger

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61VWhbYZy1L._SS500.jpg Agree with most of what's been said above. I'll have to check out the clarinet piece diegobueno mentions. The above is an excellent CD of Reger's more accessible music, and I find it lovely. I bought it when it was first issued...
by maestrob
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wilhelm Kempff (Pianist) “Rarities”
Replies: 4
Views: 715

Re: Wilhelm Kempff (Pianist) “Rarities”

Hi Lance (or anyone else for that matter), I am wondering if you might have any leads on where to look for this apparently out of print box set. I am devoted to Kempff, but have not been able to find this available anywhere, except on Amazon where they are asking for over $700 for it. Yikes. In any...
by maestrob
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another laugh from 1884!
Replies: 2
Views: 50

Re: Another laugh from 1884!

:oops: :lol:
by maestrob
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arthur Grumiaux's Mono Recordings/Decca
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: Arthur Grumiaux's Mono Recordings/Decca

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Looking around, I couldn't find the Decca set on MDT, but they have the 10 CD set above available for about $14. :)
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: 329478

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: 329478

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: 123

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: 75

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: 6
Views: 88

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: 319
Views: 20796

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: 75

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: 319
Views: 20796

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: 161

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: 89

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: 161

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: 51
Views: 831

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: 109

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: 122

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: 161

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: 122

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: 84

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: 329478

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: 122

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: 217

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: 381

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: 251

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: 217

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: 150

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: 164

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: 298

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: 251

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: 251

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: 251

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: 381

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: 1901

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: 254

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: 381

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: 319
Views: 20796

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: 233

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: 142

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: 135

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: 233

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: 233

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: 381

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: 208

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.