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by Lance
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's " Essential" Dvorak recordings
Replies: 6
Views: 73

Re: WQXR's " Essential" Dvorak recordings

These lists I have seen from WQXR are usually disappointing. As John Francis says, no mention of Vaclav Talich ... one of the world's most profound interpreters of Dvorak's music. And, as Brian/maestrob notes, people are missing much with the great historical performances from the days of 78s and ea...
by Lance
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notre Dame, Paris, burns
Replies: 18
Views: 618

Re: Notre Dame, Paris, burns

VERY interesting, indeed. And yes, lots of questions about this entire, tragic event.
by Lance
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vale Jörg Demus
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: Vale Jörg Demus

Sue, very sorry to learn this. I have MANY of his recordings. It means I will be doing a radio tribute to the man, a fine pianist who also composed. Thank you for posting this.
by Lance
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notre Dame, Paris, burns
Replies: 18
Views: 618

Re: Notre Dame, Paris, burns

This is such a tragedy. I am very happy that I had the pleasure of being inside this cathedral and remember how glorious it was. Kennicott's article was excellent.
by Lance
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 interviews with Ashkenazy,Thibaudet
Replies: 1
Views: 189

Re: 2018 interviews with Ashkenazy,Thibaudet

These were both wonderful interviews. How could you not love either of these artists not only for their magnificent music-making, but such down-to-earth human beings. I really enjoyed hearing these. Thank you.
by Lance
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lisitsa: Complete Tchaikovsky Solo Piano, 10 CDs
Replies: 2
Views: 290

Lisitsa: Complete Tchaikovsky Solo Piano, 10 CDs

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61gWH6TeluL._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51935XwBJ3L._SX355_.jpg Decca 483 4417, 10 CDs VALENTINA LISITSA, piano My copy arrived today. How honored I was to prepare pianos for Valentina Lisitsa in concert on a couple of...
by Lance
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon

Mark, VERY impressive. I loved the orchestration! This was the first orchestral presentation from what I read. What was the original version? I'm also curious as to what about Silver Spring inspired you to write this piece?
by Lance
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Celibidache,Casadesus,live,1952 cd
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: Celibidache,Casadesus,live,1952 cd

No doubt it is taken from the Orfeo CD. I have never been completely sold on Celibidache, except in some collaborations on discs, but Robert Casadesus was a master pianist. Orfeo also has him playing the Ravel LH concerto with Mitropoulos conducting. There is so much live and commercial Casadesus - ...
by Lance
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eduardo del Pueyo, pianist - Decca Eloquence
Replies: 4
Views: 325

Re: Eduardo del Pueyo, pianist - Decca Eloquence

I know the feeling very well, Brian! But for $25/USD for ALL his Philips recordings, it is too good to pass up. I'm not always happy with the sound of the pianos he uses, but he handles the music in a manner that is appealing. The other superb pianist you might want to check on via Eloquence is Ando...
by Lance
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eduardo del Pueyo, pianist - Decca Eloquence
Replies: 4
Views: 325

Eduardo del Pueyo, pianist - Decca Eloquence

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61uMqWnwX2L._AC_UL436_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/718b4YvffGL._SX425_.jpg Complete Philips Recordings Decca Eloquence 484 0193, 5 CDs Eduardo del Pueyo [1905-1986], a Spanish pianist who spent most of his time in France and Belgium, is ce...
by Lance
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New cd of Faure's Nocturnes
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: New cd of Faure's Nocturnes

I had not known the work of Germaine Thyssens-Valentin until Testament issued five CDs of her work comprised mostly of Faure's music. I was deeply impressed. The pianos she used in those Fauré recordings produced some of the loveliest sounds I've ever heard of this music and it is very different fro...
by Lance
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4025
Views: 724788

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

Brian, when is this performance dated? I have interest! https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71ykkwjmZAL._SX522_.jpg This exquisite recording of the latest edition of Rossini's Semiramide features newly discovered choral scenes that help balance the opera, as well as a cast and conductor...
by Lance
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4025
Views: 724788

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

Two new discs today: 1) Erato/Warner 46250 1 - Franck Violin Sonata in A; Grieg Violin Sonata #3 in c, Op. 45; _____Dvorak Romantic Pieces (4), Op. 75 _____Renaud Capucon, violin; Khatia Buniatishvili, piano (Slightly disappointed in sound/balance) 2) RCA 63587 - Shostakovich Symphony #5 in A, Op. 1...
by Lance
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who knows the work of Alexandre Tharaud, pianist?
Replies: 6
Views: 1044

Re: Who knows the work of Alexandre Tharaud, pianist?

I have been, as time allows, very carefully surveying the piano art of Alexandre Tharaud and the more I listen, the more I find so positive in this man's music making. Hence, you will see that I am planning a three-week radio series on him. I have yet to find a CD that didn't have something reveali...
by Lance
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Curzon plays Schubert D960
Replies: 5
Views: 497

Re: Curzon plays Schubert D960

The Schubert B-Flat, Op. Posth. Sonata is one of the grandest works written for the piano, and represents Schubert at his best. Clifford Curzon [1907-1982], given his outstanding background of teachers included Katherine Goodson (herself a pupil of Leschetizky), Artur Schnabel, Wanda Landowska, and ...
by Lance
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Philharmonic Invites, and the Audience Packs the House
Replies: 2
Views: 344

Re: The Philharmonic Invites, and the Audience Packs the House

Absolutely stunning to see something like this. Other orchestras: TAKE NOTE!
by Lance
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Birgit Nilsson Great Performances Fri March 22
Replies: 4
Views: 2084

Re: Birgit Nilsson Great Performances Fri March 22

That was a thrilling program to watch. What a documentary in honor of one of the world's most prominent singers!
by Lance
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's radio programs: April thru June 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 495

Lance's radio programs: April thru June 2019

APRIL •April 6, 2019: Christoph Hammer, fortepianist •April 13. 2019: Simon Trpceski, pianist (Part 1 of 2) •April 20, 2019: Simon Trpceski, pianist (Part 2 of 2) •April 27, 2019: Marina Tarasova, cellist (Part 1 of 2) MAY •May 4, 2019: Marina Tarasova, cellist (Part 2 of 2) •May 11, 2019: Alexandr...
by Lance
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Symphony Orchestra on strike
Replies: 31
Views: 3273

Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra on strike

Indeed, well put: a mess. Such a shame. Does anybody win here?

Here's a late report:
https://www.sfcv.org/music-news/chicago ... ook-is-dim
by Lance
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniil Trifonov live at Verbier,2018
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Re: Daniil Trifonov live at Verbier,2018

Trifonov, one of the many reigning pianists we have today.
by Lance
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" for trumpet and piano
Replies: 1
Views: 419

Re: Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" for trumpet and piano

Nothing can really replace Gershwin's idea of the Rhapsody in Blue with clarinet. On the other hand, several prominent trumpeters have done a nice job using the trumpet. These are the ones I have: Timofei Dokshizer did it with trumpet Rich Ridenour with trumpet Sergei Nakariakov with trumpet and, be...
by Lance
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Orlando Gibbons keyboard works
Replies: 1
Views: 317

Re: Orlando Gibbons keyboard works

Could never quite get into Gibbons' music, even with GG performing. Not sure why.
by Lance
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who knows the work of Alexandre Tharaud, pianist?
Replies: 6
Views: 1044

Re: Who knows the work of Alexandre Tharaud, pianist?

I am soon expecting his recording of Beethoven sonatas 30 thru 32. I'm looking forward to hearing that. This pianist has quite a diversified career. He was the pianist (as himself) in a French film "Amour" but seems to assure everyone that he is not considering a film career. We are actually very bl...
by Lance
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Cheng Zhang plays all 3 Schumann Sonatas live
Replies: 3
Views: 658

Re: Pianist Cheng Zhang plays all 3 Schumann Sonatas live

Ah, so many great recordings of Schumann's piano sonatas. The "Concerto without Orchestra" (Sonata #3 in F Minor, Op. 14) is a superb work. You probably have the Horowitz recording of that, yes?
by Lance
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who knows the work of Alexandre Tharaud, pianist?
Replies: 6
Views: 1044

Who knows the work of Alexandre Tharaud, pianist?

Lately I have been collecting the recordings by this outstanding French pianist, Alexandre Tharaud , aged 50 now. I am impressed with what I hear, early music … Rameau, Couperin, Scarlatti and on to Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Satie, Rachmaninoff, contemporary composers, encores, and lots mo...
by Lance
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs
Replies: 42
Views: 3873

Re: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs

This has been a most interesting thread. I'm sure everyone knows my love for the PIANO. In the ensuing years from about age 17 and beginning to collect LPs, pianos and pianists became of huge importance to me. I listened to the harpsichord recordings of Wanda Landowska, who used iron-framed Pleyel h...
by Lance
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC 3 Record Review
Replies: 5
Views: 918

Re: BBC 3 Record Review

Rach 3, can you tell me more about the Carl Friedberg/Toledo Symphony source, please? Mine now are Gilels/Reiner/CSO RCA lp ca. 1958 , Backhaus/Bohm/VPO BBC Legends cd ca.1968 ( last concerto recording by the pianist ), Rubinstein/Cluytens/RAI Turin live 1962, Carl Friedberg / Toledo Symphony live ...
by Lance
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Traded my Samsung smartphone S8 up to S10
Replies: 0
Views: 459

Traded my Samsung smartphone S8 up to S10

Having had THREE (3) Samsung S8s, I loved the phone, but each one had a problem with hearing telephone calls via the phone itself no matter how much volume you tried to get. The last one I only had for about four months. All these new-fangled phones are very pricey, yet we have come to depend on the...
by Lance
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano music of Alexander Mosolov
Replies: 1
Views: 593

Re: Piano music of Alexander Mosolov

Have some of Mosolov's "futuristic" music and found it difficult to endure. But then, as I always say: different strokes for different folks! Glad you are enjoying the music, nonetheless.
by Lance
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs
Replies: 42
Views: 3873

Re: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs

I do realize when one buys a set of "complete" works by such a distinguished composer, one that contains myriad works of which there may be more profound performances and maybe even more well-known artists (such as Charles Munch's Berlioz recordings), there is still much to discover and enjoy of the...
by Lance
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter plays Poulenc
Replies: 1
Views: 604

Re: Richter plays Poulenc

I have a 1965 performance of this with Richter and the Paillard Orchestra (live) on AS Disc 333, which precedes the Doremi disc.
by Lance
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anton Rubinstein by Michael Ponti, piano
Replies: 4
Views: 855

Anton Rubinstein by Michael Ponti, piano

I recently acquired a CD on the German ZYX Music label [4413], which contained Anton Rubinstein's Piano Concerto No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 70. I wanted the disc, however, for a group of seven [7] solo pieces by Anton. The disc, I should add, was a "cheapie." Still, it is Ponti. It behooves me when I dis...
by Lance
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok Solo Violin Sonata,Sz.117
Replies: 4
Views: 812

Re: Bartok Solo Violin Sonata,Sz.117

I first heard this on records performed by Yehudi Menuhin. Since then, there's been a huge number of recordings made, mostly by lesser-known violinists, but the list includes such luminaries as Nigel Kennedy, Gidon Kremer, Ivry Gitlis, Szymon Goldberg, Ruggiero Ricci, Viktoria Mullova, and as you in...
by Lance
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs
Replies: 42
Views: 3873

Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81V6D9tKtbL._AC_UL436_.jpg Warner Classics 56144 Here's a mega-box I pondered, but after checking, it is quite an edition and gives us all his compositions in one handy boxed set. Warner apparently didn't have everything in their own catalogues and licensed some m...
by Lance
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: British Library - Digital Collection
Replies: 3
Views: 744

Re: British Library - Digital Collection

Most interesting. I'm going to look into this further. I looked at some of the files. Quite a lot of material available.
by Lance
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Boris Giltburg, live video 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1321

Re: Pianist Boris Giltburg, live video 2018

So far, I have very little of Boris Giltburg on discs, but his discography (heavy from Naxos) looks most interesting. Geez, another pianist to collect? Not sure - yet.
by Lance
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jacques Loussier R.I.P.
Replies: 7
Views: 1186

Re: Jacques Loussier R.I.P.

I have a number of his CDs mostly on the Teldec/Erato and Telarc labels. I've enjoyed his music-making.
by Lance
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michael Gielen, 1927-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1589

Re: Michael Gielen, 1927-2019

Gielen has been around for a long time. I have nothing considered "contemporary" him on recordings, and I didn't realize he was a composer. The recordings I have are not on major labels but include collaborations with Alfred Brendel, Friedrich Führer, Felicja Blumental, Stefan Litwin, Nelson Freire ...
by Lance
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Casadesus (piano) 65-CD set arrived today!
Replies: 1
Views: 768

Robert Casadesus (piano) 65-CD set arrived today!

All I can say is WHAT a package. One of the best books I've found among mega-sets in a long time. Some surprises, too, not just Robert Casadesus, but the recordings his son Jean made for RCA Victor, including Debussy songs with soprano Anna Moffo, a private recording of Jean performing Beethoven's P...
by Lance
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A special Egon Petri (pianist) CD
Replies: 4
Views: 1429

Re: A special Egon Petri (pianist) CD

I would like to see all the Allegro LPs on CD. But in 1955, I'm sure the vinyl was full of cracks and pops, and probably those recordings are very rare now as well. It would have been better if Pristine Audio had included the whole Allegro Brahms LP on the CD in place of one or both of the 78rpm tra...
by Lance
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A special Egon Petri (pianist) CD
Replies: 4
Views: 1429

A special Egon Petri (pianist) CD

Pristine Audio has produced a number of superbly accomplished reissues of music by a huge number of the finest-known performing artists. One I recently acquired features the pianist Egon Petri, who always astonished me with his art. Pristine 076 brings together an all-Brahms disc featuring: [1] Viol...
by Lance
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andre Previn 1929-2019 R.I.P.
Replies: 14
Views: 3348

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

Among Previn's many recordings, the Vaughn Williams symphonies seems to be one of the hallmarks of his recorded legacy. What other recordings of his do people think are outstanding?
by Lance
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Hurford 1930-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1216

Re: Peter Hurford 1930-2019

Another great artist passes. I'm pleased that I have some of his many recordings.
by Lance
Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andre Previn 1929-2019 R.I.P.
Replies: 14
Views: 3348

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

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81qaWgfLeEL._AC_UL436_.jpg Interesting that this mega-set would be issued just about the time of André Previn's passing. I often wonder if record companies are aware of this kind of situation months in advance of "the end" to grow interest in the artist's repertoi...
by Lance
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wonder If To Kill A Mockingbird Would Be A Good Opera
Replies: 12
Views: 4066

Re: Wonder If To Kill A Mockingbird Would Be A Good Opera

I have always loved To Kill a Mockingbird movie. Gregory Peck did a superlative job in this film. As for an opera? Why not? If the music wasn't … way out, if you get my drift … I believe it would work.
by Lance
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniel Barenboim Seemed Untouchable. Now He’s Accused of Bullying
Replies: 7
Views: 2215

Re: Daniel Barenboim Seemed Untouchable. Now He’s Accused of Bullying

Sometimes, being a perfectionist draws this kind of temperament out of highly-gifted artists. Few conductors would ever get away with this kind of thing in today's world. One immediately thinks of Toscanini, among others, who scared the wits out of their orchestral member. I am rather surprised abou...
by Lance
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peyton M. Hibbitt, founder Tri-Cities Opera dies
Replies: 1
Views: 1159

Peyton M. Hibbitt, founder Tri-Cities Opera dies

It was with a sad heart mid-morning on March 1st, 2019 that I learned of the passing of Peyton M. Hibbitt, 93, who co-founded Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, New York in 1949 with Carmen S. Savoca (also deceased). As the orchestra's conductor, I have known him since I was seven years old. My mother...
by Lance
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andre Previn 1929-2019 R.I.P.
Replies: 14
Views: 3348

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

Indeed, André Previn was a musical genius. I never collected his recordings voraciously, but have quite a few nonetheless as a conductor, pianist, and even a few of his jazz albums. No doubt I will be doing a radio tribute to him in the near future. I attended a concert at Tanglewood a few years ago...
by Lance
Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trifonov at Carnegie Hall
Replies: 5
Views: 2304

Re: Trifonov at Carnegie Hall

I recall reading where pianist Alfred Brendel saw some footage of him and noticed how his facial features contorted during playing. I understand he put a stop to it and was more aware of it than ever and wanted to discontinue. Of course now, he is retired. Lang Lang does the same thing and it is ver...