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by mikealdren
Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grumiaux box
Replies: 12
Views: 155

Re: Grumiaux box

Szeryng was a beautiful player who certainly deserved a higher reputation. But the congnoscenti knew. Yes he was good (I heard him several times) but I tend to agree with Perlman's oft quoted view that 'yes that was good, I wonder who it was - oh Szeryng'. Somhow it's all very well done but there's...
by mikealdren
Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rare Violin Tests Germany’s Commitment to Atone for Its Nazi Past
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: Rare Violin Tests Germany’s Commitment to Atone for Its Nazi Past

Try telling the Scots! Me, I suppose we should be claiming reparations from the Romans!
by mikealdren
Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rare Violin Tests Germany’s Commitment to Atone for Its Nazi Past
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: Rare Violin Tests Germany’s Commitment to Atone for Its Nazi Past

The passage of time makes things harder. This doesn't mean that we should forget the holocaust or slavery but equally, we can't reinvent the past and we need to move on. This was brought home to me recently when someone referred to continued reference by the Scottish and Welsh to England's early con...
by mikealdren
Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rare Violin Tests Germany’s Commitment to Atone for Its Nazi Past
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: Rare Violin Tests Germany’s Commitment to Atone for Its Nazi Past

As time passes, it's getting very difficult. If a violinist, say a professional player, had bought the violin, quite innocently and with no knowledge about its Nazi past, they would probably not be able to afford to pay back the price and would lose the 'tool of their trade'. They are surely chasing...
by mikealdren
Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grumiaux box
Replies: 12
Views: 155

Re: Grumiaux box

barney wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 5:17 pm
Completely agree, Lance. Normally that is indeed my practice. But this time I am committed.
Me too, I suspect I'll have to list the duplicates on Ebay.
by mikealdren
Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remembering pianist Jean Casadesus, Jan. 20
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: Remembering pianist Jean Casadesus, Jan. 20

and it was Henri's brother, Marius, who wrote the 'Mozart Adelaide' concerto that Menuhin premiered and recorded as Mozart.
by mikealdren
Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grumiaux box
Replies: 12
Views: 155

Re: Grumiaux box

Hi Barney and Rob,
apparently it contains ALL his Philips recordings including multiple recordings of, for example, the Bruch No.1, Lalo symphony espagnole, Beethoven concerto etc. It also contains the Mozart adagio and rondo with Colin Davis that have never made it to CD previously.
by mikealdren
Mon Jan 25, 2021 5:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grumiaux box
Replies: 12
Views: 155

Grumiaux box

Gramophone say there will be a complete Grumiaux Philips box (on Decca!) to mark his centenary (Mar 21st).
One of my all time favourite players and I will be very tempted by this 74 CD set although I already have so many of the recordings.
by mikealdren
Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LPs are now outsellng CDs
Replies: 17
Views: 4185

Re: LPs are now outsellng CDs

In my demise, I have told the Mrs. to order some dumpsters and get rid of everything. What do you think of that??? I don't think this is the answer, here are a few reasons: 1. It's not a green solution, as a minimum the plastic should be re-cycled but really the LPs and CDs should go to a new home ...
by mikealdren
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Orchestral Music of Andrzej Panufnik
Replies: 13
Views: 929

Re: Orchestral Music of Andrzej Panufnik

Rach3 wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:47 pm
Yep, I'm getting the cd with all 3 of the concerti.
He wrote a Bassoon concerto too.
by mikealdren
Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why isn't VOLODOS recording more these days?
Replies: 4
Views: 212

Re: Why isn't VOLODOS recording more these days?

Lance wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:51 pm
A superb Russian pianist. His recordings are not coming fast enough for me.
I couldn't agree more, each and every one of his recordings seems quite exceptional.
by mikealdren
Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke
Replies: 43
Views: 1085

Re: Another Attack on Western Music from the Woke

I, too, am surprised and disappointed to see such a review. These attitudes are much less prevalent, hopefully, than they were, but they are still around. (I have commented on reviews of the Emerson Quartet in Gramophone that make sneering references to "New York" that barely avoid crossing the lin...
by mikealdren
Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Isaac Stern 75-CD Analogue Edition - Sony
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: Isaac Stern 75-CD Analogue Edition - Sony

Interestingly the next pieces on my list would have been the Sextets and the Dutilleux/Maxwell Davies coupling. His Bartok and Prokofiev are good but there is so much competition nowadays and, even when they were new, I always preferred Oistrakh's Prokofiev. Indeed despite the awful sound, I can nev...
by mikealdren
Sun Jan 10, 2021 3:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Isaac Stern 75-CD Analogue Edition - Sony
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: Isaac Stern 75-CD Analogue Edition - Sony

I'm not too keen on Stern, I heard him live a couple of times in the early 1970s and neither occasion was very memorable. It's never a good sign when I have more LPs of a performer than CDs and only the Barber violin concerto, Bloch Baal Shem and the Beethoven Archduke trio count as special to me. O...
by mikealdren
Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New cd of Korngold chamber music
Replies: 8
Views: 386

Re: New cd of Korngold chamber music

Many thanks for this, I'm listening to the Op.1 trio and it's well worth it, an amazing work for a 13 year old.
by mikealdren
Sun Dec 27, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1710 Amati Violin Stolen in Los Angeles
Replies: 10
Views: 412

Re: 1710 Amati Violin Stolen in Los Angeles

I told my wife that the violin should have belonged to a professional musician who would have played it regularly, described Weinstein as "a parasite," and said that it was karma that it had been stolen. Perhaps that was a bit harsh, but those violins should be in the hands of musicians who know wh...
by mikealdren
Wed Dec 23, 2020 3:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1710 Amati Violin Stolen in Los Angeles
Replies: 10
Views: 412

Re: 1710 Amati Violin Stolen in Los Angeles

Agreed, a friend had a valuable cello stolen from his car. I have several reson for never leaving my (much less valuable) violin in the car: The car itself may be stolen The violin may be stolen by idiots not really knowing what it is (rectangular case) The violin isn't insured for theft from an una...
by mikealdren
Thu Dec 17, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glazunov
Replies: 11
Views: 450

Re: Glazunov

The violin concerto is a long term favourite of mine. There are two Heifetz versions and they are both excellent. For sheer virtuosity, Oistrakh is even better but the recording is sadly what you might expect from the USSR in 1947. None of the later recordings I have compares with the excitement of ...
by mikealdren
Sun Dec 06, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 41
Views: 1789

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

Add a few more to Rach3's list ignoring violinists who wrote several (or many concerti)

Goldmark, Glazunov, Korngold, Moeran, Nielsen, Richard Strauss, Walton

Bruch, Haydn, Saint Saens, Lalo, Szymanowski, Wieniawski
My CD catalogue includes violin concerti by 187 composers.
by mikealdren
Fri Dec 04, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 41
Views: 1789

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

I have a Philips 2 CD set of Grumiaux concertos, serial 442 287-2, that contains a Grumiaux/ Haitink/ Concertgebouw recording of the Beethoven VC, as well as Brahms' Romance No. 2, op.50. These were recorded in May of 1960. Try searching for "Favourite Violin Concertos", the title of the CD set. In...
by mikealdren
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 41
Views: 1789

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

Mike, I have the Janine Jansen, and shamefully I am not sure I have ever played it. I got it in a 50-CD set of Decca Sound. I don't have the Mullova, a soloist I respect. I've got the Pat Kop, but it's just a little idiosyncratic for me. I thought I had the Tetzlaff, but I was mixing him up with Th...
by mikealdren
Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 41
Views: 1789

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

Ah yes, I see. Shame really, I'd love to hear Grumiaux with Haitink.
by mikealdren
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 41
Views: 1789

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

Then if you haven't heard Grumiaux you must do so. Aristocratically classical is precisely t he description. He was my father's favourite violinist, and in turn has become mine, though I can safely say I enjoy dozens of accounts of the Beethoven. I have 36 performances in my catalogue - Lance proba...
by mikealdren
Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musicians on How to Bring Racial Equity to Auditions
Replies: 6
Views: 811

Re: Musicians on How to Bring Racial Equity to Auditions

Yes Barney, the problems is the same in the UK but I'm not sure that the problems lies with orchestras, it starts much earlier than that. I suspect that there are not many black musicians coming for audition in the first place. We need to get more black kids learning instruments in schools and colle...
by mikealdren
Sun Aug 30, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich's "The Bedbug"
Replies: 2
Views: 325

Re: Shostakovich's "The Bedbug"

Coincidentally, listened it to the first time on Friday too. It's fun isn't it?
by mikealdren
Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Lewis - Beethoven Sonata #2
Replies: 7
Views: 692

Re: Paul Lewis - Beethoven Sonata #2

Interestingly he has already said that he would like to re-record the 4th concerto.
by mikealdren
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 34
Views: 2793

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

Yes it was a lot of work but I started quite a few years ago when I had fewer disks!

Another benefit is that I rediscovered many disks I had forgotten.
by mikealdren
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ripping My Classical Music Collection
Replies: 34
Views: 2793

Re: Ripping My Classical Music Collection

I've put all my CDs onto computer and it has some major advantages and one disadvantage. For the techies, I built a low noise computer feeding a high quality DAC and the sound is superb, better than my (fairly high quality) CD player. I use my TV screen as the computer display. The advantages are: I...
by mikealdren
Tue May 12, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 125 people on CMG today, Mother's Day!
Replies: 6
Views: 1865

Re: 125 people on CMG today, Mother's Day!

We have Mother's day (or mothering Sunday as it was traditionally called) and it's on the 4th Sunday in lent which was March 22nd this year.
by mikealdren
Mon May 11, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 125 people on CMG today, Mother's Day!
Replies: 6
Views: 1865

Re: 125 people on CMG today, Mother's Day!

Were they all in the USA, it's not mother's day in the UK?
by mikealdren
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Opera
Replies: 3
Views: 1930

Re: 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Opera

I was that Rigoletto quartet that hooked me, Toscanini's amazing performance of the last act. Despite the recording quality it still hits the spot 50 years after I first heard it.

Mike
by mikealdren
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wigmore Hall closed till September
Replies: 2
Views: 1480

Re: Wigmore Hall closed till September

Our media in the UK cover Trump too but more under comedy than news.
by mikealdren
Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 23523

Re: A loss

Very sad indeed, I never met or even communicated directly with him but, through this site, I benefited enormously from his encyclopedic knowledge and wonderful use of language.
by mikealdren
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does it "streich" you that ...
Replies: 5
Views: 2784

Re: How does it "streich" you that ...

How does it strike you that I would call RITA STREICH one of the finest coloratura sopranos of her time (perhaps even the best). [And, perhaps Galli-Curci before her.] Some might select others. For me, Streich had the whole package: wonderful sense of pitch, wide range of dynamics, opera, lieder, o...
by mikealdren
Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gramophone
Replies: 2
Views: 3684

Re: Gramophone

They have more than one login point! I a login one for the back numbers of the magazine (https://reader.exacteditions.com/magazines/365/issues/), one for the forums (on their main website) and one for the website to access reviews. You may well have lost your access now by cancelling your subscripti...
by mikealdren
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 22021

Re: Family musicians performing together?

Fischer-Dieskau and his wife, Júlia Várady
by mikealdren
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 22021

Re: Family musicians performing together?

Dmitri, Maxim and Dmitri Jr. Shostakovich
by mikealdren
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aaron Rosand RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 5818

Re: Aaron Rosand RIP

Don't know about shoulder rests, but this passage caught my attention: His first recital came at age 9 and his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was a year later, according to a Curtis biography. His New York Philharmonic debut in 1960 with Leonard Bernstein was as soloist in that orchestra...
by mikealdren
Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruch violin concerto no conductor
Replies: 8
Views: 4478

Re: Bruch violin concerto no conductor

I have a DVD of Heifetz performing Bruch's Scottish Fantasy (IIRC) without a conductor, and it almost works, but not perfectly. There are times when Heifetz is playing and the tempo shifts when the orchestra sounds a bit tentative: not bad, but it would have been better with a baton-wielder at the ...
by mikealdren
Mon May 20, 2019 2:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hillary Hahn plays Sibelius VC live
Replies: 5
Views: 5234

Re: Hillary Hahn plays Sibelius VC live

maestrob wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 11:51 am
any relation to the composer?
Given that Mikko is Finnish, I suspect that it is unlikely.
by mikealdren
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's " Essential" Dvorak recordings
Replies: 8
Views: 6356

Re: WQXR's " Essential" Dvorak recordings

With so many fine alternatives, it's hard to imagine how ASM's version of the violin concerto was chosen.
by mikealdren
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andre Previn 1929-2019 R.I.P.
Replies: 14
Views: 8207

Re: Andre Previn 1929-2019 R.I.P.

For me, his two outstanding recordings are Rachmaninov Symphony No.2 (twice, the earlier one with cuts) and Walton Symphony No.1. Both are still arguably the best available. Looking at the other recordings I have of his conducting, it's interesting how many have him as accompanist with singers and i...
by mikealdren
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Verbier Festival: 25 Years / DGG 4 CDs
Replies: 2
Views: 3934

Re: Verbier Festival: 25 Years / DGG 4 CDs

Yes, Yuja Wang's Mendelssohn is great but get the DVD and watch it as well! Just a shame the Orchestra isn't a bit better.
by mikealdren
Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin
Replies: 21
Views: 11420

Re: Yehudi Menuhin

I heard Menuhin 3 times in the 60s and 70s as well as seeing him on television fairly often. He was a major presence in the UK in those days. Sadly he was no longer the great player he had been but he was still capable of very moving performances. He stood in when Oistrakh died for a memorable perfo...
by mikealdren
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavel Haas Quartet plays Shostakovich live
Replies: 2
Views: 2611

Re: Pavel Haas Quartet plays Shostakovich live

I heard them last Monday in the Wigmore Hall, the Janacek quartets (how often do we hear both together in concert?) and the 2nd Smetana. It was fabulous, the best concert I have heard in ages.
by mikealdren
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Henryk Szeryng's 44-CD Decca set
Replies: 7
Views: 4614

Re: Henryk Szeryng's 44-CD Decca set

Hi Lance, I think Amazon must be wrong, the RCA Tchaikovsky (Boston/Munch) and Devil's Trill aren't there either. I have quite a lot of duplicates but I am tempted nonetheless. I do like his Mozart sonatas and concerti, the latter got a rough ride in the UK when they were issued as part of the Phill...
by mikealdren
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 14745

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 mikealdren
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 14745

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.
by mikealdren
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 14745

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

I plan on getting that Szeryng box when it comes out in December. BBC Magazine just named his Mozart Concerti as the best ever, and I have to hear them. The Szeryng set was unfashionable for a long while and IIRC many complained that it was included in the Philips Mozart edition rather than the Gru...
by mikealdren
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductor's " pieces of a lifetime "
Replies: 3
Views: 3439

Re: Conductor's " pieces of a lifetime "

Very strange collection of conductors.....