Search found 18106 matches

by Lance
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC
Replies: 5
Views: 86

Re: Benjamin Grosvenor at Town Hall NYC

Never saw him in recital - yet hope to. I only know him by all his recordings thus far … and I was impressed.
by Lance
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 23
Views: 352

Re: A loss

Sue, yes, I read that post about Clive James, too. He was looking forward to getting that book. However … the best laid plans of mice and men. I'm still grieving over this myself and cannot let it go. I know John Francis loved CMG and he would only want us to continue to forge ahead for all of us mu...
by Lance
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 23
Views: 352

Re: A loss

WHAT??? This is very shocking news to me. I had no idea he was in bad shape. He contributed to this forum regularly and knew his stuff - and we texted frequently. I am just very sorry. RIP John Francis, and thank you for being our good friend here. You will be sorely missed.
by Lance
Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Late pianist Iren Marik
Replies: 3
Views: 114

Re: Late pianist Iren Marik

I have one of her Arbiters coming. I knew nothing about this artist.
by Lance
Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Bruce Hungerford on To Tell The Truth
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Re: Pianist Bruce Hungerford on To Tell The Truth

Loved it … and a nice plug for Vanguard Records! A great pity he wasn't able to finish the Beethoven sonata project.
by Lance
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heads up! RUDOLF FIRKUSNY 18-CD set/Sony
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: Heads up! RUDOLF FIRKUSNY 18-CD set/Sony

You will love this set. Lewenthal now Firkusny. I hope it never stops. I am hopeful they will bring out a complete "Koussevitzky" one of these days, but I doubt it. I hope you win the lottery! We are all going to go broke and heaven knows, we can't EAT CDs! But if we get them early on, the prices ar...
by Lance
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: spontini opera article
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: spontini opera article

Thanks to maestrob/Brian - my copy arrived today!
by Lance
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heads up! RUDOLF FIRKUSNY 18-CD set/Sony
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Heads up! RUDOLF FIRKUSNY 18-CD set/Sony

Sony Classics 92281, 18 CDs (first CD incarnation for most of the early mono Columbias) THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA AND RCA VICTOR RECORDINGS (mono and stereo) While there have been some important pianists from the Czech Republic, among the most outstanding was Rudolf Firkusny (the other would probably be...
by Lance
Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does it "streich" you that ...
Replies: 5
Views: 172

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

Well, that one box you show on your response [Membran 600196] is a good buy if found at the original price of around $20/USD). I see there is one on Amazon/USA for almost $100/USD now, way overpriced. If I had to select just one Streich issue, it would be her DGG 8-CD boxed set entitled "The Viennes...
by Lance
Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Handel and the Bank of England
Replies: 4
Views: 152

Re: Handel and the Bank of England

Sue, what a most interesting read. Indeed, it looks like Handel died a rich man. Also noteworthy is his signature over a period of many years. Thank you for posting this.
by Lance
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: César Franck
Replies: 23
Views: 1109

Re: César Franck

It was the Ciccolini recording EMI that captured my interest in the piece from the first time I heard it. His conductor for that recording, however, was André Cluytens. Other pianists I have playing the piece include various performances by Sviatoslav Richter, Joshua Pierce, Joel-Francois Thiollier ...
by Lance
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Obituary: Jonathan Miller
Replies: 2
Views: 431

Re: Obituary: Jonathan Miller

It sounds like Jonathan Miller led a very colourful life but was sorry he invested his life in what he did rather than medicine. It must have made him very unhappy at times. It has to be tough for anyone who doesn't really love what they do for a life's work. In my own endeavours, I have never becom...
by Lance
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: spontini opera article
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: spontini opera article

You know, somehow I missed that one and I have many of those Opera d'Oro sets. As a Caballé fan, I'm surprised I would miss that. Rare repertoire even for her! But what a cast. Thank you.
maestrob wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:01 pm
Image

The above set is highly recommended! :D
by Lance
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does it "streich" you that ...
Replies: 5
Views: 172

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, op...
by Lance
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hermann Prey vs. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritones
Replies: 3
Views: 161

Hermann Prey vs. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritones

I have long been an admirer of both of these German baritones, Hermann Prey and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Having many recordings of both, the Fischer-Dieskau discs far outweigh Prey in sheer number. Both have rather distinct voices. For those who know both voices, my question would be: how would you...
by Lance
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: César Franck
Replies: 23
Views: 1109

Re: César Franck

Ah yes, Sergio Fiorentino - wonderful pianist especially for piano aficionados - but somewhat forgotten. It appears Fiorentino didn't record for major labels, but Appian (APR) and Concert Artists/Fidelio (also issued by APR) has given us a huge amount of the pianist's material. I found the Richter s...
by Lance
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klemperer recordings
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Re: Klemperer recordings

Excellent and well put-together information on Klemperer's recordings. My own collection contains about 140 CD recordings of Klemperer but, oddly, I don't find myself returning to them very frequently (except for his collaborations with soloists) though I highly praise his "Pastoral" symphony of Bee...
by Lance
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Met Statue
Replies: 21
Views: 743

Re: New Met Statue

Another indication that we are, for sure, living in changing times. I just heard about another chain of stores closing down completely, A. C. Moore, a major store for hobbyists and craft people. We have one here that I visit from time-to-time, but shopping centers and major stores and major food cha...
by Lance
Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vincenzo Maltempo's Liszt Rhapsodies cd
Replies: 2
Views: 297

Re: Vincenzo Maltempo's Liszt Rhapsodies cd

Indeed, Maltempo is a fabulous pianist. I have that set of the Hungarian Rhapsodies and it a winner. Among the present-day pianists, he is also a fine "Alkanist." He has recently come out with Brahms' Piano Concertos 1 and 2, which I eagerly await despite that I already have too many of both. How lu...
by Lance
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Gelb’s Contract Is Extended at the Metropolitan Opera
Replies: 8
Views: 377

Re: Peter Gelb’s Contract Is Extended at the Metropolitan Opera

Exactly, given credit when it is due regarding Levine. Tragic his career has concluded in this way. I've no candidate of my own for the job, now that James Levine is out of the picture. By all accounts he wasn't much of an admnistrator but he did have an ear for talent and the level of casting at th...
by Lance
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Met Statue
Replies: 21
Views: 743

Re: New Met Statue

Nor my cup o' tea either!
by Lance
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 1613

Re: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?

I had no idea about trumpeter Helmut Wobisch until John Francis's mention of it above. This article from Wikipedia regarding the Vienna Philharmonic seems to give a lot of information you might like to read:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Philharmonic
by Lance
Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Gelb’s Contract Is Extended at the Metropolitan Opera
Replies: 8
Views: 377

Re: Peter Gelb’s Contract Is Extended at the Metropolitan Opera

The Met board must like what Gelb is doing to extend his contract for another five years (at least). Who else would be able to handle the circumstances that the Met has/is going through?
by Lance
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 1613

Re: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?

Here's a relatively newer discussion on Furtwangler: https://www.artsjournal.com/uq/2018/08/furtwangler-and-the-nazis.html I never perceived Furtwangler a Nazi, but as Joe Horowitz says in his article: " Furtwängler was no Nazi . Behind the scenes, he helped Jewish musicians. Before the war ended, h...
by Lance
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The 5 Browns Christmas Album
Replies: 0
Views: 522

The 5 Browns Christmas Album

Exclusive Steinway artists, Steinway & Sons label has issued The 5 Browns on their label before but now comes a Christmas album that has many inspirations and charms to enjoy. We get some of the traditional pieces one might hear at Christmastime including excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite...
by Lance
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and Christmas
Replies: 5
Views: 319

Re: Bach and Christmas

Couldn't concur more on Karl Richter and JS Bach! DGG/Archiv brought out a 10-CD boxed set of the composer's "Sacred Masterpieces" [463 701], which was quite a bargain. It contains the Mass in B Minor, St. Matthew- and St. John Passions and the Christmas Oratorio, all with superlative singers, orche...
by Lance
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: César Franck
Replies: 23
Views: 1109

Re: César Franck

I believe there are over 60 recordings of the Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, probably the best-known piano work by Franck. Richter has five recordings of this work available … he always makes an impression that is lasting. Kissin seems to be coming more into his own the older he gets; alas, I wasn't le...
by Lance
Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist PAUL WEE plays Alkan (on Bis)
Replies: 5
Views: 421

Re: Pianist PAUL WEE plays Alkan (on Bis)

I missed that review on Gramophone - it's a fine review and corresponds exactly to my own opinion.
Rach3 wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:57 pm
Gramaphone review:
https://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/alk ... o-paul-wee
by Lance
Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: César Franck
Replies: 23
Views: 1109

Re: César Franck

Franck? For me, a very important composer, enough so that I count some 400 CDs with something by the composer. There have been many commercial recordings with among the world's most noted performers who have committed Franck to disc. But for those who might want to delve into Franck without breaking...
by Lance
Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist PAUL WEE plays Alkan (on Bis)
Replies: 5
Views: 421

Pianist PAUL WEE plays Alkan (on Bis)

BIS 2465 - Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888) •Symphony for Solo Piano, Op. 39 (Nos. 4-7 from 12 Etudes in Minor Keys) •Concerto for Solo Piano, Op. 39 (Nos. 8-10 from 12 Etudes in Minor Keys) PAUL WEE, piano (Steinway) Born in Australia ( thank you Australia for providing the world with so many in...
by Lance
Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 1613

Re: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?

Interesting. I guess it is all a matter of interpretation that creates the interest. Long after his passing, Furtwangler still sells and has quite a following. It is my understanding that Furtwangler assisted Jews many times, and helped to keep them in their musical posts with his orchestras. I have...
by Lance
Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A radio tribute to James Levine?
Replies: 21
Views: 3184

Re: A radio tribute to James Levine?

Indeed, also accompanist to mezzo-soprano Jennie Tourel, chamber music of Poulenc, pianist/conductor in Gershwin, pianist in Schubert's "Trout" Quintet, four-hand works with Evgeny Kissin. Levine: highly gifted musician. He was, as you know, also a fine piano accompanist, for example with Kathleen B...
by Lance
Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New VOLODOS (pianist) Schubert CD on Sony
Replies: 6
Views: 457

Re: New VOLODOS (pianist) Schubert CD on Sony

Agree about Friedrich Wührer. I have the LP Vox Box sets of those sonatas. I believe they may have been issued by someone on CD but have never been able to verify that. That was another favourite set - the Wührer. Do you know if they appeared on CD? Wührer today is almost completely forgotten. Thank...
by Lance
Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?
Replies: 41
Views: 1613

DGG's Furtwangler Edition - who's going for it?

DGG has now issued Furtwangler's complete DGG and Decca and early Polydor recordings on 35 CDs. This is the first time we have the complete edition released by DGG though many of the recordings have been issued independently before. Apparently it is selling very well as many suppliers are waiting fo...
by Lance
Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New VOLODOS (pianist) Schubert CD on Sony
Replies: 6
Views: 457

New VOLODOS (pianist) Schubert CD on Sony

SONY Classical CD 86829 Any new VOLODOS CD is worth seeking. He's an amazing pianist who just doesn't make recordings one after the other. He thinks about a work for a long, long time before deciding to record it. Now Sony has issued the stunning Schubert Sonata in A Major, Op. Posth., D859 along w...
by Lance
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Accidents during performance
Replies: 18
Views: 1009

Re: Accidents during performance

I wonder what other CMGers may have seen in the way of "accidents" at events they attended?
by Lance
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A radio tribute to James Levine?
Replies: 21
Views: 3184

Re: A radio tribute to James Levine?

You make an excellent point. And you are correct: I do have a lifetime's supply of other possibilities. I'm thinking about it carefully. Some candidates I am thinking about have also collaborated with Levine on discs (other than singers). He did so much more than opera. I have about 125 references t...
by Lance
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Accidents during performance
Replies: 18
Views: 1009

Re: Accidents during performance

Pedals falling off during a concert happens more than you think. One problem is, pianists sometimes really stomp on them and if there is a loose connection or not tight to begin with, off they go. Seems to me I've seen one of these on YouTube happening. I'll try to find it and put on the link here.
by Lance
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Accidents during performance
Replies: 18
Views: 1009

Re: Accidents during performance

Love those "accidents." I have seen a few myself in concert. Fire alarms are among the worst, especially if a live recording is in process. Theater lights have gone out … piano pedals fall off (fortunately, none of my pianos!). Music falling can be another problem especially in outdoor concerts.
by Lance
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What happened to the Bryn Terfel post?
Replies: 9
Views: 485

Re: What happened to the Bryn Terfel post?

Well, I had written quite a paragraph on my thoughts about Terfel but then it wouldn't "take." But John Francis's Covent Garden article probably says it all best. A look at my own Terfel discography shows many recordings of Welsh songs (which I love), oratorio, opera (solo, duets, etc., ) symphonic ...
by Lance
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Sweetie" with Genevieve Lemon
Replies: 1
Views: 189

"Sweetie" with Genevieve Lemon

"Sweetie," an 1989 film directed by Jane Campion. With Geneviève Lemon, Karen Colston, Tom Lycos, Jon Darling. An introspective young woman's life is upturned by the arrival of her maladjusted sister. This was one of the most unusual movies I have ever seen! About Geneviève Lemon: Genevieve Lemon (b...
by Lance
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Bette Davis Movies on TCM
Replies: 1
Views: 164

Bette Davis Movies on TCM

TCM has been showing a lot of Bette Davis's earliest movies. They are wonderful. What a superb actor was she! I can never see Now, Voyager enough, however, one of her finest films IMHO. And isn't it wonderful not to have interruptions with ads, etc. TCM is tops for me.
by Lance
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 25
Views: 1820

Re: Australian fires

Am following this thread. While Australia is burning with fires being intentionally set, in the USA we have people shooting their guns in parking lots and schools killing innocent souls. The world seems to be going mad. Our hearts go out to you, Sue, and all the people of Australia who are dealing w...
by Lance
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What happened to the Bryn Terfel post?
Replies: 9
Views: 485

What happened to the Bryn Terfel post?

I went to respond to Sue's post regarding the cruise ship that Terfel was on, and it disappeared! Something strange happened. Can you repost that for us/me, Sue, please?
by Lance
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 25
Views: 1820

Re: Australian fires

Think of our dear Australian friends all the time as we read about the fires. I find it hard to believe people are actually lighting fires. You are in our thoughts/prayers for your safety. Please keep us abreast of what is really going on there.
by Lance
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stokowski Collectors for Discs from Cala/England
Replies: 6
Views: 901

Re: Stokowski Collectors for Discs from Cala/England

Indeed, Decca's boxed set is wonderful to have. That Rach 3 symphony was originally issued on a Desmar stereo LP - and because Stokowski was so interested in sound techniques, that was the big push behind that symphony. There were even warnings on the LP edition to be careful of volume on the speake...
by Lance
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schulhoff,Brahms chamber music live
Replies: 2
Views: 685

Re: Schulhoff,Brahms chamber music live

Hard as I try, I have not been able to "get into" the music of Schulhoff. Of course, he really didn't live that long and was born more into the early twentieth century dying in 1942 (born 1894) What am I missing? What would you say is his magnum opus?
by Lance
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang plays LvB PC # 2 live
Replies: 8
Views: 1068

Re: Lang Lang plays LvB PC # 2 live

Interesting to me that Lang Lang would choose this particular Beethoven concerto to play with the great Concertgebouw Orchestra-Amsterdam. That seemed to be a piece that Martha Argerich liked to perform as well more frequently than any of the others. The demands of the pianism of No. 2 (which was re...
by Lance
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Stanislav Bunin live, 1987
Replies: 5
Views: 1582

Re: Pianist Stanislav Bunin live, 1987

In examining the discography of Stanislaw Bunin, so far I am most impressed with his presentation/interpretations of the music of J. S. Bach. I have been somewhat slightly disappointed with his Chopin (of which there is much), which I often find disjointed and played, perhaps, too carefully, missing...
by Lance
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stokowski Collectors for Discs from Cala/England
Replies: 6
Views: 901

Stokowski Collectors for Discs from Cala/England

Leopold Stokowski has done much for me regarding the enjoyment of great music in the same manner what Glenn Gould did for Johann Sebastian Bach . 35 recordings (some issued for the first time on CD - and some even first time in stereo - were issued on Cala until Voume 35 was released in year 2009. C...