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by Mookalafalas
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 1679

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

At the risk of giving you a callous on your scrolling finger, i will attach the contents here. It is long, and Google translated from a Chinese website--some of the spellings are wonky. CD1 Chopin: Smooth swashes and gorgeous Polish dance , Can't wait to here these. :lol: :shock: Turns out that is ...
by Mookalafalas
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 1679

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

Part 2 of this message so that you don't have to keep on scrolling down. There are, according to my calculations, 20 CDs where the two collections overlap. There were also a few (about 5 or 6) where there was only a one year difference between supposed recording dates but as these are live recordin...
by Mookalafalas
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 1679

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

Lance, I agree you don't need another mega-box! BTW, the Rubinstein is disk 61 "Live all Chopin recital in 1964" Disk 99 says something like "Agric" and that is none other than Argerich. I'm listening to a symphonic disk now--Gennady Rozdestvensky conducting Roussel Symphony 1 and 2. I don't have an...
by Mookalafalas
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 1679

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

Yedang is actually a Korean company. All of the recordings are licences from "Pipleline Music Inc." which is the same company the Brilliant box recordings are licensed from. This is definitely NOT just a copy of the big 100 CD Brilliant Russian box, but there is definitely some overlap, but I don't ...
by Mookalafalas
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 1679

Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

Picked this up thanks to a recommendation from a friend. 100 disks of live Soviet recordings of top tier Russian performers for about $95 US, with cheap shipping. Its soloist and small group repertoire mostly, so not much orchestral work. I considered it rather a gamble, but after playing about a qu...
by Mookalafalas
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Bernstein Sony big box due in mid-August
Replies: 8
Views: 1394

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

Thank you, Joe. That's the German Amazon. I guess it amounts to around $110/USD. It says shipping is free, but I doubt it means to the USA. What think? https://www.amazon.de/Leonard-Bernstein-Vocal-Works/dp/B07CRT9WMN/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?__mk_de_DE=ÅMÅZÕÑ&qid=1528973336&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&key...
by Mookalafalas
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is it exciting for you to receive CD packages?
Replies: 16
Views: 3950

Re: Is it exciting for you to receive CD packages?

The FOURTH floor! If you are a heavy collector, books, CDs, LPs, etc. be careful as the fourth floor may come crashing down to the first floor! I had a problem like that storing books in the attic on home-made shelving using cinder blocks to hold the 3/4" shelves. We were concerned because we noted...
by Mookalafalas
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is it exciting for you to receive CD packages?
Replies: 16
Views: 3950

Re: Is it exciting for you to receive CD packages?

Heck ya! My listening room is on the fourth floor of my house, facing the courtyard. The mailman comes on a motorcycle, and if there is a delivery, they shout, so I have to run downstairs. Occasionally it is for the neighbor :evil: :evil: Adds a little spice to the whole day knowing something might ...
by Mookalafalas
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Just released: Leonard Rose - Complete Concerto & Sonata Recordings
Replies: 8
Views: 2587

Re: Just released: Leonard Rose - Complete Concerto & Sonata Recordings

Got my box. Opened it, but haven't played anything yet. Waiting for the right moment. Maybe my 3rd whiskey? :)
by Mookalafalas
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 76
Views: 16131

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

Price already down to 199 Euros from Amazon.de (Germany). They actually take off the VAT when you order, so it gets cheaper, thought they charge a lot for shipping...
by Mookalafalas
Fri May 18, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova, survivor of Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen dies at 90
Replies: 3
Views: 1295

Re: Harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova, survivor of Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen dies at 90

Extremely belated response. I apologize if reviving a moribund thread seems tiresome. However, FINALLY playing some Ruzickova from the Erato box, and I am completely wowed by what she does with the Goldbergs. Like no other version I have heard. She plays them like a symphony. I cannot wait to hear h...
by Mookalafalas
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Claudio Arrau 80-CD box arrived!
Replies: 14
Views: 1542

Re: The Claudio Arrau 80-CD box arrived!

barney wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:28 pm
I second Brian on Brendel. Superb pianist, always interesting and often much more.
Listening to Brendel right now (LvB Sonatas) :)
by Mookalafalas
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Claudio Arrau 80-CD box arrived!
Replies: 14
Views: 1542

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 Mookalafalas
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Claudio Arrau 80-CD box arrived!
Replies: 14
Views: 1542

Re: The Claudio Arrau 80-CD box arrived!

By the way, this is "on sale" from Amazon.de for 153 Euros right now...
by Mookalafalas
Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 76
Views: 16131

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

I bought the 49 disk Korean Issue box a couple of years back. I'll have to go back to that fora while and see if I find an irrepressible need for "more"... :wink:
by Mookalafalas
Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erik Satie & Friends Collection [Sony Classical]
Replies: 1
Views: 437

Re: Erik Satie & Friends Collection [Sony Classical]

But why do I have the feeling this is a set that will not be around for long? You are probably right! Quite a few things came out for Satie's 150th, in 2016. I eyeballed this box a couple of times at my local shop, but didn't pull the trigger. It is a bit ironic, because Satie used to be the ONLY n...
by Mookalafalas
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Claudio Arrau 80-CD box arrived!
Replies: 14
Views: 1542

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 Mookalafalas
Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Claudio Arrau 80-CD box arrived!
Replies: 14
Views: 1542

Re: The Claudio Arrau 80-CD box arrived!

You're my hero, Lance :shock: I want to get it, but am not sure if there are enough hours left of my life to get to everything! I'm going to sit back and see if the price goes down to $140 or so. Of course my wallet will hardly notice the difference, but if I feel it is a steal, I'll feel less guilt...
by Mookalafalas
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Musical America" names Yuja Wang 2017 Artist of the Year
Replies: 7
Views: 2320

Re: "Musical America" names Yuja Wang 2017 Artist of the Yea

I just bought Tickets to see the San Francisco Orchestra visiting my town here in Southern Taiwan. So little comes this way I didn't even look at soloists or such before getting tickets. Imagine my surprise when I saw it is Yuja Wang. Looking forward to it (Actually, I look forward to anything--don'...
by Mookalafalas
Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where does it stop: the mega-boxes
Replies: 9
Views: 1793

Re: Where does it stop: the mega-boxes

The Mega-box blizzard has been one of the luckiest events of my life. I probably would have remained a classical "nibbler" til the end of my days, but once I got caught up in that onslaught, how could I not become a fanatic?! That said, if it stops now I really won't mind. I'll be 50 this year, and ...
by Mookalafalas
Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Jean Martinon 14-CD "Icon" box on Erato
Replies: 11
Views: 2583

Re: New Jean Martinon 14-CD "Icon" box on Erato

I finally started playing through the Erato box. Wow! What a joy. And it gets better and better as you go through it. I've played Franck's Symphony in D-Minor many times, but never really loved it til this one. Worth the price of the whole set. Listening to his Honegger now. I may start the whole bo...
by Mookalafalas
Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Jean Martinon 14-CD "Icon" box on Erato
Replies: 11
Views: 2583

Re: New Jean Martinon 14-CD "Icon" box on Erato

Just ordered the Erato from Amazon UK. A nice price (Got the Columbia Gunter Wand box too, so Jean wouldn't be lonely on his long journey to my door 8) )

Thanks again, Lance.
by Mookalafalas
Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Jean Martinon 14-CD "Icon" box on Erato
Replies: 11
Views: 2583

Re: New Jean Martinon 14-CD "Icon" box on Erato

Got the box (The RCA/CSO one, that is) and played through everything once (plus a bit more). Very impressive! Better than I had hoped. Very good sound and some off-the-beaten-track repertoire mixed in with a couple of war-horses (closing disc 10 with Bolero wouldn't have been my choice...). All in a...
by Mookalafalas
Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Jean Martinon 14-CD "Icon" box on Erato
Replies: 11
Views: 2583

Re: New Jean Martinon 14-CD "Icon" box on Erato

Well Al, RCA remastered the sound on their issue and what I've heard from it sounds very good. The Chicago Symphony has always been among my most treasured orchestra (especially under Reiner), and the pricing for the RCA is excellent. The Erato/Warner box is an extraordinary set. I would not want t...
by Mookalafalas
Sun Oct 04, 2015 9:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Jean Martinon 14-CD "Icon" box on Erato
Replies: 11
Views: 2583

Re: New Jean Martinon 14-CD "Icon" box on Erato

A lot of crickets hereabouts... I'm quite interested. I didn't know who Martinon was until the buzz around the 10 disc RCA CSO set that came out a few months ago. My take was that everyone agrees he was a great conductor, but several of the discs in that box had really poor sound. If the Erato doesn...
by Mookalafalas
Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The RCA Monteux Edition has arrived!
Replies: 12
Views: 2245

Re: The RCA Monteux Edition has arrived!

I've been working on this set lately and must say, it is very, very impressive. Everything clicks, firing on all cylinders, in the groove, etc. etc.
by Mookalafalas
Thu May 14, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..
Replies: 10
Views: 1777

Re: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..

I've been wallowing in this set for the last couple of days. It is wonderful. The playing is bright, light, virtuosic and full of charm. Depth? Maybe not as much as some bring to this repertoire (SEON, for example), but for me it has been a constant pleasure. The SEON set looks quite attractive als...
by Mookalafalas
Thu May 14, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..
Replies: 10
Views: 1777

Re: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..

I've been wallowing in this set for the last couple of days. It is wonderful. The playing is bright, light, virtuosic and full of charm. Depth? Maybe not as much as some bring to this repertoire (SEON, for example), but for me it has been a constant pleasure.
by Mookalafalas
Sun May 10, 2015 8:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..
Replies: 10
Views: 1777

Re: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..

A pleasant surprise, mine just came in--way ahead of schedule. $56US including shipping from Amazon.de Looks like a real gem--loaded with Lamon and Weil for those who like their baroque (etc.) sharp and lively. I'm still enjoying the sublime SEON set, so probably won't get too serious about listenin...
by Mookalafalas
Wed May 06, 2015 7:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..
Replies: 10
Views: 1777

Re: Yes! Tafelmusik Sony recordings complete ..

Mine should be here tomorrow, even though there's a fair bit of duplication to CD I already have, this doubles my Tafelmusik selection. I remember paying $35 for the Tafelmusik Brandenburg set. Now for a bit more than that you get their entire Vivarte recorded output. Tomorrow :shock: I'm getting m...
by Mookalafalas
Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: God’s Fiddler
Replies: 10
Views: 1250

Re: God’s Fiddler

Was just watching PBS Thirteen's Metrofocus and one of the segments describes a show coming up next wee-we'll be in Charleston but my DVR will be churning! "And virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman joins anchor Jack Ford to talk about legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz, who is the subject of the upcom...
by Mookalafalas
Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca's Scriabin's Complete Works on Decca ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2299

Re: Decca's Scriabin's Complete Works on Decca ...

Thanks for the heads up, Lance. I've been a bit curious about this box. I went back to the first volume of Rubinstein's autobiography. He has an anecdote about being introduced to Scriabin by his (Rubinstein's) manager, who knew Rubinstein was a fan. Scriabin asked Rubinstein out for a cup of tea. H...
by Mookalafalas
Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The RCA Monteux Edition has arrived!
Replies: 12
Views: 2245

Re: The RCA Monteux Edition has arrived!

78 Euros here, before VAT is subtracted (and before shipping is added).
http://www.amazon.it/Monteux-Complete-R ... ds=monteux
by Mookalafalas
Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For completists: Vivaldi's 27 Cello Concertos [cheap, too]
Replies: 6
Views: 865

Re: For completists: Vivaldi's 27 Cello Concertos [cheap, to

Hey, gentlemen..... You should try Vivaldi's operas. No kidding, it's great stuff! 8) Honest! It's ALL good. 100 years ago it was common knowledge that Bach wrote dry, repetitive music--and then people started actually listening to Bach. Vivaldi's music is in the midst of being similarly re-discove...
by Mookalafalas
Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 2008

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

The duration of European copyright in sound recordings has been extended by the EU to 70 years. Presumably this applies in Germany as a member of the EU. If so, then all recordings made or published since 1945 are still under copyright. If Germany has a different system than the EU's, I haven't fou...
by Mookalafalas
Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 2008

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

As I understand it, the Membran label's stuff is cheap mainly due to a (German?) law that causes the copy rite on musical performances to expire after 50 years. As time passes, their "newer" releases should sound better and better. I have several of their boxes, including four "100 disc" boxes--3 ja...
by Mookalafalas
Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein Edition II
Replies: 6
Views: 1134

Re: Bernstein Edition II

Now, to only win the $250 million lottery, eh? We already did :D Back when most of the music we are enjoying was made, you had to be so rich you could have your own orchestra to be able to listen to whatever you wanted, when you wanted (and be warm in winter, have good medical care, rich variety of...
by Mookalafalas
Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein Edition II
Replies: 6
Views: 1134

Re: Bernstein Edition II

I agree enthusiastically. I have this box, and it is packed with gems.
by Mookalafalas
Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heifetz Piatigorsky Concerts (21 CDs) now out!
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Re: Heifetz Piatigorsky Concerts (21 CDs) now out!

It's a great box, but came out back in 2013. It can be had now (supposedly--Amazon 3rd party sellers) for as low as $24. I'm very happy with mine.
by Mookalafalas
Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The mega Richter box is upon us: 51 CDs
Replies: 31
Views: 3658

Re: The mega Richter box is upon us: 51 CDs

I have a friend who would like to get the Arthur Rubinstein original jacket collection mega box. It appears the price has risen dramatically; I remember, just after it's release, it was going for around $125/set, perhaps less in some places. Anybody know where I can point this collector to get this...
by Mookalafalas
Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The mega Richter box is upon us: 51 CDs
Replies: 31
Views: 3658

Re: The mega Richter box is upon us: 51 CDs

I don't think I'll be getting this one.
I just bought this box, which was new last year:

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It has 33 discs, all of which will apparently be in the "new" box. I generally like Decca, but this rubs me the wrong way.
by Mookalafalas
Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: James Levine's Mozart Symphonies Reissued
Replies: 6
Views: 1600

Re: James Levine's Mozart Symphonies Reissued

The 11 discs are included in the big DG Vienna Philharmonic box that came out last year. Personally, I find I prefer either More Hip (Pinnock, Hogwood) or full on big orchestra grand (Bohm). Although if you are going to have only one set, maybe the Levine would be a happy medium...
by Mookalafalas
Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barenboim leaving La Scala
Replies: 2
Views: 696

Re: Barenboim leaving La Scala

Auntie Lynn wrote:I never could stand this guy. He conducts/performs here with the SFS. Unctious...
I'm sorry to hear that. Of course, not everybody can have your charm and likability.
by Mookalafalas
Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's WTC and interpretation
Replies: 45
Views: 4281

Re: Bach's WTC and interpretation

What's the point of your post, exactly? I mean, why did you object to mine? In script writing, when things are getting dull, it's often recommended to add some conflict and tension. It seems like you guys are always trying to liven up the threads this way :wink: {edit: wow, another comment came up ...
by Mookalafalas
Sat Nov 15, 2014 7:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hi-Fi guru Harry Pearson dead
Replies: 6
Views: 1578

Re: Hi-Fi guru Harry Pearson dead

I'm a fan of a magazine (now a dying blog) called "The Audio Critic" by only old Hungarian gentleman named Peter Aczel. He vilifies Pearson in no uncertain terms as an ignoramus, one of central arch-enemies of real hi-fi. Aczel has a degree in electrical engineering, but ended up making a living in ...
by Mookalafalas
Sat Nov 15, 2014 7:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's WTC and interpretation
Replies: 45
Views: 4281

Re: Bach's WTC and interpretation

What's the point of your post, exactly? I mean, why did you object to mine? In script writing, when things are getting dull, it's often recommended to add some conflict and tension. It seems like you guys are always trying to liven up the threads this way :wink: {edit: wow, another comment came up ...
by Mookalafalas
Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's WTC and interpretation
Replies: 45
Views: 4281

Re: Bach's WTC and interpretation

I just started listening to Pieter-Jan Belder's version, which comes in the super-bargain "Brilliant Classics" Bach box. I wasn't expecting much, but am very pleasantly surprised. He plays on the harpsichord, but somehow manages to impart a real warmth (yeah, I know that sounds unlikely, but I'm lis...
by Mookalafalas
Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's WTC and interpretation
Replies: 45
Views: 4281

Re: Bach's WTC and interpretation

Not as many interpretations mentioned here as i would have thought. Actually, I don't have any of those listed, but have lately been listening the the Gulda, which is almost ridiculously warm and inviting, at least in comparison to the rather icy formality one often hears in the piece. On period ins...
by Mookalafalas
Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hey - I should have the new Bernstein Box 2 by Monday!
Replies: 22
Views: 2353

Re: Hey - I should have the new Bernstein Box 2 by Monday!

jserraglio, thanks for the article. My big Bernstein came in today, and Wow :shock: , that's a big boy. Just starting, but so far Lennie's batting a thousand. Since I got it (with shipping) for under $100, and it is 80 discs with a lot of repertoire I have little of, I think it may be one of the bes...
by Mookalafalas
Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Big Boxes - everybody's going crazy!
Replies: 73
Views: 7409

Re: Big Boxes - everybody's going crazy!

I haven't had any problems with importcds. They list things that are on back order that they never are able to get in, but after a little wait, they always credit back my paypal. Sometimes I have to let them know I am no longer willing to wait. That doesn't bother me. And they respond? Maybe they j...