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by Lance
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Piano Sonatas
Replies: 19
Views: 258

Re: Schubert Piano Sonatas

Ho Barney! I'm not going to mention how many versions of D960 I have (too many, as usual. I love this work right alongside the A Major, Op. Posth. as well). However, you mentioned one of my most beloved pianists, Artur Rubinstein . I'm not sure people are aware that Rubinstein recorded it twice for ...
by Lance
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!
Replies: 22
Views: 874

Re: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!

Just noticed, over 800 hits on this post. 21 responses. I'm sure Rudolf Serkin has his admirers and followers. This is a fabulous box to have. His life's work for Columbia ... quite a presentation. Any takers for it yet?
by Lance
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann, tenor "L'Opera"
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: Jonas Kaufmann, tenor "L'Opera"

Lenny, did you see about this disc? I'm sure it may be your cup o' tea!
by Lance
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Symphony No. 8
Replies: 4
Views: 81

Re: Schubert Symphony No. 8

I have a few bios on Schubert. Like you, I have been highly fascinated by his life in music. These are the books I have: 1) Arthur Hitchings: Schubert 2) George R. Marek: Schubert 3) John Reed: Schubert: The Final Years 4) David Ewen: The Unfinished Symphony (bio of Schubert) There may be others tha...
by Lance
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Piano Sonatas
Replies: 19
Views: 258

Re: Schubert Piano Sonatas

[Note: Somehow my post got attributed to Allen. I have no idea what happened.] Absolutely - Walter Klien is a first class pianist. I have many of his recordings on several labels. Another Austrian pianist who has this music in his blood. I thought the Vox recordings of his Schubert were exceptional....
by Lance
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: José Carreras Exits on His Terms
Replies: 20
Views: 221

Re: José Carreras Exits on His Terms

As most artists know, when it's time to step down, they know it in their hearts. I remember when I first heard Carreras before his illness, it was a stunningly gorgeous voice. After his illness, it became quite a different voice, but music remained in his heart. And, contrary to what the opinions we...
by Lance
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norma Called the Everest of Opera
Replies: 22
Views: 187

Re: Norma Called the Everest of Opera

Much as I love Mozart's operas, I think on my personal desert island, I would have to have the bel canto operas first. Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini, but not necessarily in that precise order.
by Lance
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Forgotten Monsieur Enescu
Replies: 4
Views: 90

Re: The Forgotten Monsieur Enescu

There's not too much of Enescu I have acquired over the years. I still love his Romanian Rhapsodies, however. They make ones blood move! There seems to be some interest in his Violin Sonata No. 2. Some years ago, I think it was the Erato label who issued a good deal of his orchestral music. I was al...
by Lance
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter's Schubert Live in Moscow - 10CDs
Replies: 2
Views: 78

Re: Richter's Schubert Live in Moscow - 10CDs

Not sure, but some of this material may be had in the mega-50 CD deluxe boxed set issued by Russian Melodiya a while back.
by Lance
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Piano Sonatas
Replies: 19
Views: 258

Re: Schubert Piano Sonatas

Speaking of Schubert's piano sonatas, I was thinking today of a marvelous set from the house of Vox as performed by Friedrich Wuhrer. I have those old Vox LP boxes, and, recorded in mono only by a true Viennese pianist, I wish Vox or one of the companies with whom they license recordings would issue...
by Lance
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dinu Lipatti Collection on Hanssler 12 CDs
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Dinu Lipatti Collection on Hanssler 12 CDs

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51jV3u1dCCL._AC_US327_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71pye3A1p0L._SY355_.jpg What have we here? Twelve CDs of the celebrated pianist Dinu Lipatti, who has always held a special place at the keyboard for me. He passed...
by Lance
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter's Schubert Live in Moscow - 10CDs
Replies: 2
Views: 78

Richter's Schubert Live in Moscow - 10CDs

http://www.arkivmusic.com/graphics/covers/naxos/large/881488170054.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71TE0n375cL._SY355_.jpg More Richter. The problem with some/many of his recordings is how many times material has been reissued. Hanssler Classics Profil series now offers a 10 CD ...
by Lance
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Evgeny Kissin - Beethoven Live [DGG, 2 CDs]
Replies: 0
Views: 77

Evgeny Kissin - Beethoven Live [DGG, 2 CDs]

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51SNXhwn-BL._SX355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/512u0N1QcJL._SX355_.jpg DGG 479 7581, 2 CDs All Beethoven: Piano Sonata #3 in C Op. 2/3 (r.2006 Seoul) Piano Sonata #14 in c#, Op. 27/2 {"Moonlight"} (r.2012 NYC) Piano Sonata #2...
by Lance
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann, tenor "L'Opera"
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Jonas Kaufmann, tenor "L'Opera"

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91K4N47VAQL._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/715H7HgrLSL._SX355_.jpg Sony Classical 39076 A Jonas Kaufmann recording is a most welcome release when vocal recordings are considered. This one is a beaut! An all-French recital...
by Lance
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Kiri retires
Replies: 24
Views: 438

Re: Dame Kiri retires

Well, Dame Kiri has certainly given the world much pleasure with her extraordinary voice. Singers are not always too sure when they should step down, some shouldn't have as early as this did (Rosa Ponselle), and others kept going that shouldn't have (Helge Roswaenge) for example. I applaud Dame Kiri...
by Lance
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 8
Views: 398

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

Interesting post. I suppose it is all in the mind of the interpreter, which makes all music the more interesting. I wonder how you would compare Kovacevich's to Artur Schnabel's recording from the 1930s, or those by Rubinstein, Rudolf Serkin or Wilhelm Backhaus or Wilhelm Kempff. There are so many g...
by Lance
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Replies: 20
Views: 248

Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

What a unique work is Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120. Imagine a mind that could put together a piece of music consisting of a waltz theme with 33 variations. Like the Goldberg Variations, I have an exorbitant number of recordings of the Diabelli. We have talked about Claudio Arrau on this ...
by Lance
Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Callas: on the 40th Anniversary of her death (16 September 1977)
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: Maria Callas: on the 40th Anniversary of her death (16 September 1977)

I suppose that Radio Italiana, if they offered them to any record company back then, it would have been on the Cetra label. While I cannot recall right now, it seems some of them may have appeared on that label. But for a company the size of Warner Classics, who had the funds to secure the great EMI...
by Lance
Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gould-berg Variations Madness
Replies: 10
Views: 262

Re: Gould-berg Variations Madness

Well, I'm all for Glenn Gould, especially his Bach. It was this very recording (1955) that brought entirely new meaning to me of the piece and his has stuck ever since. I've even had the pleasure of discussing the making of this recording with the late producer, Howard H. Scott. The price is steep f...
by Lance
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The last of Martha Argerich Swiss Live Concerts
Replies: 0
Views: 129

The last of Martha Argerich Swiss Live Concerts

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71L-OiMtaLL._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81qJEEBn3hL._SY355_.jpg LIVE FROM LUGANO, 2016 Warner Classics 58316, 3 CDs. A note from the back of the boxed set: "As in so many memorable seasons past, Martha Argerich has gat...
by Lance
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new Olga Peretyatko (soprano) CD [Sony]
Replies: 1
Views: 115

A new Olga Peretyatko (soprano) CD [Sony]

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/714P0cLSoML._SX355_.jpg Here is an interesting album make-up, all Russian material collectively entitled "Russian Light" with Olga Peretyatko accompanied by the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra under Dmitry Liss's baton. This, I believe, is her third recit...
by Lance
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz's live at Carnegie Hall "Yale Recordings" issued on Pristine Classical
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: Horowitz's live at Carnegie Hall "Yale Recordings" issued on Pristine Classical

Anything by Horowitz is, of course, of great interest to me. Horowitz still sells, thankfully ... his pianist style was certainly very unique even among duplicated performances. Perhaps this will be a long, ongoing project for Mr. Rose, and I hope he succeeds in his venture.
by Lance
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Callas: on the 40th Anniversary of her death (16 September 1977)
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: Maria Callas: on the 40th Anniversary of her death (16 September 1977)

I just received the set yesterday, haven't had a chance to hear anything yet, but it is a beautifully put-together set, individual booklets outlining plots and tracks, and a hardback book of "Notes" along with a set of DVDs of live concerts in Paris, Hamburg, and London. Funny, I see the price, in o...
by Lance
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Canadian pianists
Replies: 18
Views: 756

Re: Canadian pianists

Has anything changed with regard to my original post TWELVE years ago?
by Lance
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's programs, September 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 219

Lance's programs, September 2017

MUSIC AND THE ARTIST PROGRAM September 2017 Radio Broadcasts 02 - Dinu Lipatti, pianist 09 - Gaspar Cassado, cellist 16 - Ignaz Pleyel, composer - Part I 23 - Ignaz Pleyel, composer - Part II 30 - Sigismund Thalberg, composer 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, WPEL, 96.5 FM On Internet at: http://wpel.streamon...
by Lance
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!
Replies: 21
Views: 773

Re: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!

Thank you, one and all, for looking into the Maryla Jonas live recordings situation for me. It could be that, given the interest in the new Sony reissue of her commercial recordings, someone, somewhere, might further investigate. How I would love to have those live recitals, and any orchestral colla...
by Lance
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A wonderful discovery
Replies: 3
Views: 285

Re: A wonderful discovery

For me, too, Mendelssohn, one of my TOP 10 composers of all time. The man was an absolute genius ... orchestral, choral, piano, concertos, songs, songs without words, chamber music ... even the smallest works are gems. We can also thank Mendelssohn for bringing back the music of JS Bach and others w...
by Lance
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!
Replies: 22
Views: 874

Re: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!

Well, you make a point, John F., however, toreplicate the original jackets--which I am in favour of for sentimental reasons--if you took all the 75 LPs times list prices on LPs once CDs came on the scene, this is still very much a bargain for the whole set, remastering, the booklet and all the detai...
by Lance
Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!
Replies: 22
Views: 874

Re: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!

Interesting that Mark Obert-Thorn picked up on the uncompletedness (a word?) in the Serkin set as early as April 2017 regarding Lashanska, Feuermann and Elman, but by now, of course, he probably has the Serkin set as well and has noticed the Lashanska 1939 items were, indeed, included in the big box...
by Lance
Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!
Replies: 22
Views: 874

Re: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!

I acquired many of those CSP LPs as soon as they came out. They were generally available for around $2/USA - and enjoyed them enormously ... still have them, in fact. The fake stereo didn't bother me at all. I'm curious about the article you mention by Dennis Rooney. Can you point me to a link on th...
by Lance
Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!
Replies: 21
Views: 773

Re: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!

Thank you for checking. I'm sure somewhere in recitals given live during her career, recordings must have been made, even on primitive equipment of the period. Thank you for trying to find something. Much appreciated. I've never heard of any live recordings. This discog doesn't seem to list any that...
by Lance
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!
Replies: 21
Views: 773

Re: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!

I've been listening to much of Jonas on these four CDs. I must say, my heart and ears were captured by absolutely stunning playing and projection of tone. It is only a pity that more of her work, especially in major piano works, was not recorded. The artist displays a quality of tone and musical sen...
by Lance
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 8
Views: 398

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

Very nice post, Brian. Thank you. I, too, have the early Arrau set (now on Decca) but forgot to include it. I am less interested in the later version, however. With Arrau, I find I am more fascinated with his art in his early recordings for American Decca and EMI and RCA than in his work with Philip...
by Lance
Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 8
Views: 398

Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51fT+9gTQqL._AC_US218_.jpg Warner Classics 58692, 9 CDs I didn't NEED it, another set of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, but the price was right, and I do admire Kovacevich very much. However, Warner has issued the 32 plus the two sets of Bagatelles, Op...
by Lance
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: There is no excuse for untuned pianos on discs!
Replies: 1
Views: 213

There is no excuse for untuned pianos on discs!

Oddly, I was surprised when my late, good friend, Harris Goldsmith, made some recordings that were ultimately issued with the piano being very obviously badly out-of-tune. The recordings were made in the studio, to boot! I had the pleasure of preparing Goldsmith's piano on occasions for some recital...
by Lance
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cecilia Bartoli, Last Seen With a Beard, May Return to New York
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: Cecilia Bartoli, Last Seen With a Beard, May Return to New York

Seems like we are "due" some more recordings from Bartoli. It's been a while, and I've enjoyed every one she has had released so far. Quite an extraordinary voice.
by Lance
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!
Replies: 22
Views: 874

Re: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!

WOW, Harris ... what an honour to have worked with Serkin. Such memories. Tell us more about all this! Speaking of the Brahms 1st Concerto. . I was a student at Curtis in 1945 and had the rare privilege of accompanying Rudolf in two practice sessions where I played the orchestra part of the first an...
by Lance
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!
Replies: 22
Views: 874

Re: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!

I guess the Reiner recording was withdrawn by Columbia when alternate versions were made by that label. Indeed, from 78s first and then transferred to LPs, which were difficult to find after awhile. I did manage to find it, but this version is the best transfer I have yet heard. Insofar as the 15 re...
by Lance
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!
Replies: 22
Views: 874

Re: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!

A little more information about this set. All recordings were made between 1939 to 1985. 35 of the recordings are newly remastered, mixed and mastered from the original analogue tapes using 24 bit / 192kHz technology; 13 recordings are being issued for the first time on CD; 15 recordings are issued ...
by Lance
Sat Sep 02, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ania Dorfmann's Complete RCA Collection
Replies: 4
Views: 256

Re: Ania Dorfmann's Complete RCA Collection

Sitting here just thinking as I was looking at the new Maryla Jonas and Ania Dorfmann CD sets. If you could only get one, my recommendation would be the Jonas. But then, it is necessary for me to have both of them.
by Lance
Sat Sep 02, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rossini's Extensive Piano Music
Replies: 10
Views: 330

Re: Rossini's Extensive Piano Music

Hi jbuck, sorry, but I don't agree at all, and with all due respect to dear old Mrs. Troidle. I doubt she ever heard these particular compositions. The particular disc I mentioned of mostly preludes (Volume 5 of the 8 CDs] allows us to hear another side of Rossini's recognized compositional genius. ...
by Lance
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rossini's Extensive Piano Music
Replies: 10
Views: 330

Rossini's Extensive Piano Music

The German firm of Dabringhaus und Grimm has issued eight CDs of Gioacchino Rossini's [1792-1868] piano music performed by Stefan Irmer who performs all the music on a 1901 Steinway concert grand piano. They are all entitled "Péchés de Viellesse," and I'm slowly traversing the discs. The most recent...
by Lance
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!
Replies: 22
Views: 874

Re: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!

Indeed, there's more actual live material out there than people know. A lot of it is much the same music he recorded commercially. One of our former members of CMG (he passed on) provided me with a number of copies of Serkin's live recitals. I heard Serkin play the Diabelli Var live in Boston (Jorda...
by Lance
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ania Dorfmann's Complete RCA Collection
Replies: 4
Views: 256

Re: Ania Dorfmann's Complete RCA Collection

John, you crack me up and caused a big smile with that response! I guess maybe this set will be a sleeper after all!
Lance wrote:
Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:14 pm
No one recalls Ania Dorfmann? Will this set be a "sleeper?"
by Lance
Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wilhelm Kempff, pre-war & wartime transfers
Replies: 2
Views: 244

Wilhelm Kempff, pre-war & wartime transfers

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51o9+Xbz8QL._AC_US218_.jpg Appian (APR) 6019, two CDs priced as one [Concertos except No. 2 plus solos) https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51P0oR1Q9BL._AC_US218_.jpg Appian (APR) 6018, two CDs priced as one (Sonatas 24,26,27,28,29,30,31,...
by Lance
Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ania Dorfmann's Complete RCA Collection
Replies: 4
Views: 256

Re: Ania Dorfmann's Complete RCA Collection

No one recalls Ania Dorfmann? Will this set be a "sleeper?"
by Lance
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debussy, Rodrigo, different perceptions.
Replies: 6
Views: 795

Re: Debussy, Rodrigo, different perceptions.

Yes, definitely. I have missed Piston, too. I think he is from the state of Maine, so maybe he moved by now. It has been far too long since we have seen him.

JACQUES, are you listening?!?
by Lance
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!
Replies: 22
Views: 874

The gigantic SERKIN box is here!

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51P63YfIUnL._AC_US218_.jpg Sony Classical 40406, 75 CDs I have always had a passion for the playing of Rudolf Serkin , especially anything he played of Schubert, but then there was Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn (the piano concertos rank among my favo...
by Lance
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ania Dorfmann's Complete RCA Collection
Replies: 4
Views: 256

Ania Dorfmann's Complete RCA Collection

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51qOaS6UIkL._AC_US218_.jpg RCA 39010, 9 CDs Well, it has arrived and a handsome box it is with original covers bringing back lots of memories from the LP days. Pianophiles, of course, will be interested in her. She had a wonderful reputation as a teac...
by Lance
Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Toscanini biography -- Yikes!
Replies: 17
Views: 960

Re: New Toscanini biography -- Yikes!

I, too, am into the book now. Lots of reading, and of course, lots of surprises. It was interesting, also, reading about Carlos Kleiber. I had no idea! Where have I been because I have such an interest in the lives of performing artists of every kind.