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by maestrob
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 19
Views: 231

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

CharmNewton wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:54 am
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
Thanks, John, I'll give it a try later.
by maestrob
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 19
Views: 231

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

Many thanks for all the hard work on this topic. I decided to order the box, but was defeated by amazon Japan's requirement of a "postal code," which I could not enter, as it consists of two groups of four numbers. Their address insisted on a local Japanese code, which tells me they're not willing t...
by maestrob
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bye Bye Radio Belgium
Replies: 3
Views: 51

Re: Bye Bye Radio Belgium

Cute response! Would you try a fishing pole? :lol: I wouldn't touch Facebook with a barge pole. Whatever kind of pole, I'm with Belle on this. I do value my privacy and with the recent kerfluffle over Facebook's sharing of information, I've stayed away and will continue to do so. Radio Belgium is f...
by maestrob
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 385628

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71vV-5TZI3L._SY550_.jpg Massenet's Cendrillon has enjoyed few productions over the years, probably because like Puccini's Fanciulla del west, it is through-composed, and therefore not well-known for its arias and scenes. It also takes great imaginati...
by maestrob
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jerusalem Quartet's new Ravel,Debussy cd
Replies: 1
Views: 45

Re: Jerusalem Quartet's new Ravel,Debussy cd

Thanks for that! Excellent performances all around! I grew up with 78RPM records of the Debussy when I was a toddler, and have loved it ever since. The Ravel I discovered in my early teens, and have been regularly listening to it ever since. My favorite LP of the two works was with the Guarneri Quar...
by maestrob
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 385628

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61tTxnKrtDL._SX522_.jpg Aida Garifullina is the real deal. In this, her debut album, she soars in mostly Russian arias for coloratura soprano, arias and songs from Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Rachmanninoff, along with several folk melodies arran...
by maestrob
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 72
Views: 10512

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

jserraglio wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:23 am
pre-order price is $221.98 on amazon.com.us today.
too pricey for me at this juncture.

https://www.amazon.com/George-Szell-Com ... B079VD2YRP
Yes, that's just the opening bid. I'll wait as well. :roll:
by maestrob
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strauss: Burleske in D Minor for Piano & Orchestra
Replies: 9
Views: 360

Re: Strauss: Burleske in D Minor for Piano & Orchestra

Just listened to this. Argerich and Muti really aced the performance. Thanks!
by maestrob
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 19
Views: 231

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

mikealdren wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:20 pm
No sure how you clip and include an image but could this be the same as the 100CD Brilliant Russian Legends box?
I wondered about that too........

Could someone provide a link to the Japanese website that's selling this?
by maestrob
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas and Dmitri sing together from "Pearl Fishers"
Replies: 8
Views: 144

Re: Jonas and Dmitri sing together from "Pearl Fishers"

I grew up with the Merrill/Bjoerling, but later bought the complete opera on CD with Leopold Simoneau and his lovely wife, Pierrette Alarie, and realized that there were massive cuts in the Merrill/Bjoerling. There was a celebratory concert telecast from Carnegie Hall during which Sherrill Milnes sa...
by maestrob
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 385628

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51r3RHby8rL.jpg You mean this, I'm sure John. Yes, I've had that set for years, and have enjoyed the series tremendously. The BBC also used Shostakovich (the haunting slow movement of his 8th String Quartet) for another spy series based on John Le Ca...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tosca PBS Tonight
Replies: 10
Views: 264

Re: Tosca PBS Tonight

Yes, of course, but my ears know how to compensate for that effect. Remember, I brought my singers into the recording studio for years. In fact, smaller voices sound BETTER on microphone than in the house sometimes. Brian thanks-there are so many factors involved-later on in the Toscas Netrebko was...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music of Lou Harrison ( 1917-2003 )
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Re: Music of Lou Harrison ( 1917-2003 )

Lou Harrison remained a cult figure all his life, because of his refusal to go along with the music as noise crowd. There is quite a bit of eastern influence in some of his music (The gamelan features prominently.). The piano concerto is quite listenable, as is the other piece posted (new to my ears...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 385628

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61eOBgWRfTL.jpg This fine disc of rarely performed film music by Shostakovich gives us tantalizing tidbits and odds and ends from "the Man with a Gun," "A Girl Alone," and "King Lear." These are according to the liner notes, World Premiere Recordings...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 385628

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71aaHp%2BEYBL._SX522_.jpg In my earlier review of Giulini's Bruckner VIII w/Vienna, I found no fault and praised the recording with five stars. This recording of VII sounds like a different conductor is in charge. In the first movement, Giulini sound...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tosca PBS Tonight
Replies: 10
Views: 264

Re: Tosca PBS Tonight

As it is, though, I'll continue to call 'em as I see 'em. 😉 Brian definitely--sometimes I find they sound better live at the Met than when you hear them on TV. Regards, Len Yes, of course, but my ears know how to compensate for that effect. Remember, I brought my singers into the recording studio f...
by maestrob
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Clarinetist's Dream Crushed
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Clarinetist's Dream Crushed

OMG!

Sometimes trolls in your life can do the most horrible things! Thank God it turned out for the poor guy. Talent will out, as they say. :D
by maestrob
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tosca PBS Tonight
Replies: 10
Views: 264

Re: Tosca PBS Tonight

Sadly, the Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva and the Italian tenor Grigolo were uneven vocally, and not up to the vocal demands of their roles. Brian surprised at your reaction--we thought both of them were very good. We don't expect every tenor at the Met to match what Domingo achieved--same for a ...
by maestrob
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tosca PBS Tonight
Replies: 10
Views: 264

Re: Tosca PBS Tonight

Wow! Did no one else watch this? I have good news and bad news. First the good news. The conducting and preparation by the conductor was absolutely first-rate, and he deserved his ovation. The production and sets are stunning in every detail. The Scarpia, Lucic, deserves a medal for handling his tou...
by maestrob
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky dies at 88
Replies: 20
Views: 594

Re: Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestevsky dies at 88

Very sad. Rozhdestvensky, like other Russian conductors of his era (Svetlanov, Mravinsky) made music under the most difficult of circumstances, yet they triumphed. As a teenager, I knew Svetlanov for his electrifying Shostakovich, and Rozhdestvensky for his Prokofiev symphonies (released here on Ang...
by maestrob
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 385628

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71Dw34u1ksL._SX522_.jpg Andris Nelsons, in his newly-appointed position as at the head of the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester has been recording the mature Bruckner Symphonies in CD releases recently. This Bruckner VII is IMHO the best of them all so far...
by maestrob
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical and jazz musicians's brains differ, study shows
Replies: 8
Views: 337

Re: Classical and jazz musicians's brains differ, study shows

.......and then there is Keith Jarrett, who recorded lots of Bach, including both books of the WTC and the Goldbergs, etc., as well as the Shostakovich 24 Preludes and Fugues. Not as scintillating as, say, Richter, but impressive nonetheless!
by maestrob
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tosca PBS Tonight
Replies: 10
Views: 264

Re: Tosca PBS Tonight

Yes, we'll be watching! Thanks for the heads-up!

Have you heard Yoncheva's new Verdi disc?
by maestrob
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 12 pianists' lifetime piece
Replies: 5
Views: 235

Re: 12 pianists' lifetime piece

barney wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:31 pm
Discs "two" and "three" are the two 100-CD volumes that together make up the 200-CD Philips Great Pianists series. Four might be the complete Verdi operas. I'm up to nearly 500 CDs already.
:lol: :wink:

Keep trying, barney! No room for bathing trunks or flip-flops in your luggage!
by maestrob
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women of the Philharmonic Can Play It All. Just Not in Pants
Replies: 7
Views: 275

Re: Women of the Philharmonic Can Play It All. Just Not in Pants

More to the point, who DOESN'T wear jeans in Central Park? :mrgreen:
by maestrob
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strauss: Burleske in D Minor for Piano & Orchestra
Replies: 9
Views: 360

Re: Strauss: Burleske in D Minor for Piano & Orchestra

Lance! Teresa calls my CD collecting a "magnificent obsession," and in my apartment, we have shelves and bookcases everywhere. I've just asked our resident contractor super to build cabinets at my entryway. This will be my final space available for storage, so eventually I'll just have to stop! As i...
by maestrob
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler Recordings
Replies: 15
Views: 559

Re: Furtwängler Recordings

In my retirement, I've become more accepting and less dismissive of Furtwangler's music-making. It's not what I was taught, and Toscanini had his reasons for promulgating a certain universal way of making music. First and foremost, it takes less rehearsal time to prepare an orchestra, and in this je...
by maestrob
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A live Bruckner 5th
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: A live Bruckner 5th

I bet Bruckner´s fifth became an experience when Herbert Blomstedt conducted it. Blomstedt is a marvelous Brucknerian. He returns regularly to Stockholm where he often conducts just Bruckner. Fortunately these concerts are broadcast. I´ve heard that he will record a Bruckner-cycle. I do hope he doe...
by maestrob
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strauss: Burleske in D Minor for Piano & Orchestra
Replies: 9
Views: 360

Re: Strauss: Burleske in D Minor for Piano & Orchestra

OK, Lance, you've got me beat again! Where DO you find the room???
by maestrob
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Bernstein Sony big box due in mid-August
Replies: 8
Views: 334

Re: New Bernstein Sony big box due in mid-August

Thanks for the heads-up! Looks like another acquisition for my already bulging shelves. Now if they would only release the Szell box.......!
by maestrob
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!
Replies: 18
Views: 668

Re: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!

Number one in importance for good audio, or so I am told, is the quality of the recording. Next would be the listening room and, unless you use headphones, the placement of the speakers. Though they can make a difference, audio playback equipment (speakers, amps, CD or LP players, cables, etc.) is ...
by maestrob
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!
Replies: 18
Views: 668

Re: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!

(Wandering slightly off-topic.......) Over the years I've learned that sound quality in a sound system is actually more influenced by the mechanical, i.e. the phono cartridge and the speakers, rather than the electronic components (amplifier & CD player), wiring, etc. I never use the tone controls o...
by maestrob
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler Recordings
Replies: 15
Views: 559

Re: Furtwängler Recordings

Furtwangler had very individual ideas about how to make music, which go against everything I studied at Juilliard, which was Toscanini's way. I've grown more accepting of Furtwangler's unmarked accelerandi and tempo choices, but I rarely listen to his performances just out of personal preference. Ce...
by maestrob
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cassettes
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: Cassettes

Hi, Lance!

Well, I actually haven't opened the box yet, but I don't think it has a headphone jack. This machine is specifically made to create mp3 files on your computer, but I'm only assuming you can plug it into your stereo with RCA plugs. I'll let you know when I have time to open the box.......
by maestrob
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cassettes
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: Cassettes

I still have quite a few video cassettes, and what it takes to play them, but I haven't viewed any of them in years. I've heard rumors that the last factory that used to make parts for VHS recorders has closed in Asia, so the ones available on amazon will be the last players we'll be able to buy. I...
by maestrob
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cassettes
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: Cassettes

I still have several high-quality cassette decks. I've always loved the convenience of them and yes, have many myself of some live performances, and for other uses as well. I'd be curious to know which deck you recently bought for $89 and whether one can record on them as well. Can you furnish any ...
by maestrob
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cassettes
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Cassettes

Every once in a while I pull out an ancient cassette, so I just bought a new deck to play them for roughly $89 just to keep my collection available. The ones I wanted to transfer to CDs have already been done, and quite a few of the commercial issues have become unplayable, so they've been replaced ...
by maestrob
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!
Replies: 18
Views: 668

Re: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!

I just opened the Cortot box and played the first CD (1919-21), and found the restorations to be wondrously good considering their age. Highly recommended! As for other remasterings, some of the finest CDs were issued 35 years ago when Japan was the only country that had a CD factory: I remember pic...
by maestrob
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ruth Ann Swenson, soprano
Replies: 2
Views: 231

Re: Ruth Ann Swenson, soprano

Interesting article Lance, thank-you. As for Ruth Ann Swenson, I have an arias album, which is superbly done, and the Gounod Romeo et Juliette with Domingo, which includes the poison aria, while Freni/Corelli does not, altho Freni could have easily sung the aria. Naturally, I prefer the Swenson/Domi...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 385628

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

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71dGj09XaUL._SX522_.jpg Renaud Capucon's musicianship and sheer beauty of tone are showcased here in this 2009 recording of Beethoven and Korngold, ably accompanied by Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. I must first commen...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3876
Views: 385628

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

Bruckner VIII is my favorite Bruckner symphony, and as I've related over the years, George Szell's inestimably great version with Cleveland has been my favorite all along. This 1995 release by Giulini takes its place right alongside Szell's, with the added bonus that it comes with first-rate discipl...
by maestrob
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mother & Son Piano Duo: Helen & Harvey Davies
Replies: 2
Views: 212

Re: Mother & Son Piano Duo: Helen & Harvey Davies

Lance, where DO you come up with these goodies?? Thanks for the tip-off: I love four-hand piano music! Czerny was not a great composer, but his music is worthy of attention.
by maestrob
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG Lunch July 18th Wed 2PM
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: CMG Lunch July 18th Thurs 2PM

Len,

Sorry to burst your bubble :) but July 18th is a Wednesday!
by maestrob
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 5
Views: 362

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Len, this is wonderful! 2PM works best for us, and we'll be happy to be there.
by maestrob
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert Hall Allow Drinks and More
Replies: 38
Views: 2020

Re: Concert Hall Allow Drinks and More

jserraglio wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:29 am
jbuck919 wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:22 am
I agree, and anyway that won't allow anything a lot of people would like to drink. ;)
If alcohol is banned, cannabis-infused salted caramel popcorn may not be.
8) :lol:
by maestrob
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Paul Lewis live today
Replies: 7
Views: 584

Re: Pianist Paul Lewis live today

Undoubtedly a fine pianist. I just don't have it in my heart to start collecting his recordings though. Too many others occupy that position already. I agree with you that Paul Lewis is a fine pianist, Lance. However, I cannot recommend his set of the Beethoven Sonatas, which has moments of discomb...
by maestrob
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 75
Views: 5130

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

so I would have thought that the problem would not be finding a restaurant where there's room for us, but finding one that serves lunch on Saturday. I can't make the executive decision that some still think falls on me unless we solve that problem. Eating at the same place both times, if it is open...
by maestrob
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Buchbinder redux
Replies: 9
Views: 921

Re: Rudolf Buchbinder redux

Brian, I'm curious. Brendel has recorded the Beethoven 32 on at least three occasions, first for Vox (for me good recordings, except sonics variable throughout, but generally always good pianos and fine interpretations). Then two for Philips (now Decca). You are attracted to Brendel's first set (I ...
by maestrob
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 8
Views: 513

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Many happy returns of the day, fellow Gemini! :D
by maestrob
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Romantic "Recorder"? Yes!
Replies: 1
Views: 303

Re: The Romantic "Recorder"? Yes!

Thanks for the tip-off, Lance. It's always a great thrill to discover new music, and especially so through young people, which happened often for me in the auditions for my competition.