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by Lance
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ida Haendel 1928-2020
Replies: 5
Views: 51

Re: Ida Haendel 1928-2020

Very sorry to learn this as well. Fortunately, I have many of her recordings, EMI, Testament, British Decca, ABC Australia, Doremi (many), Dutton, Hanssler, Membran, Pearl, Supraphon, Tahra and VAI. Between labels, there is some duplication or better restoration. She was quite the lady in her prime!
by Lance
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gladys Cooper, English actress
Replies: 0
Views: 27

Gladys Cooper, English actress

I have just finished reading a biography of this marvelous actress, Gladys Cooper, written by her grandson, Sheridan Morley (son of actor Robert Morley). I have long recognized her wondrous acting abilities from the first time I ever saw any of her movies. But the one that grabbed my heart was her p...
by Lance
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TV ads (again) way too much!
Replies: 5
Views: 70

TV ads (again) way too much!

Many of us are watching TV more to keep up on the coronavirus and the weather. I brought this subject up a long time ago and it seems many people do not mind how many commercials interrupt programs we watch. I understand the need to have advertising to pay employees and operations of the station. Ho...
by Lance
Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sergio Gallo, another pianist to watch/hear!
Replies: 2
Views: 132

Sergio Gallo, another pianist to watch/hear!

SERGIO GALLO. Here's a pianist I didn't know too much about but have a number of recordings that I have found that deserve attention. You can find out much about him here: http://drsergiogallo.co Now a Steinway artist, he has made a number of recordings for the Eroica, Quartz, Naxos labels and one ...
by Lance
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Warner issues complete Barbirolli Edition: 109 CDs
Replies: 10
Views: 365

Re: Warner issues complete Barbirolli Edition: 109 CDs

Barney, you make some very good points. No doubt, like LPs, CDs will eventually be a thing of the past. I never thought the LP would leave us, and like you, I have many, many, many. However, until I join you "in the ground," I will enjoy everything disc as much as I can. I can go to my grave knowing...
by Lance
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Warner issues complete Barbirolli Edition: 109 CDs
Replies: 10
Views: 365

Re: Warner issues complete Barbirolli Edition: 109 CDs

To Barney and Maestrob/Brian: Well, first, most know that I have a huge personal interest in performing artists/singers/other instrumentalists/conductors ... then comes repertoire, largely from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods (and some from other periods, of course). In many cases, I wi...
by Lance
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Warner issues complete Barbirolli Edition: 109 CDs
Replies: 10
Views: 365

Warner issues complete Barbirolli Edition: 109 CDs

Me, probably like you, already have developed an impressive collection of Barbirolli's recordings, including a recent boxed set from Sony Classical of his work with the New York Philharmonic. Prices vary a little, but on average, are about $2/disc-USA. The set is worthy of consideration especially ...
by Lance
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Octet in F, D803
Replies: 12
Views: 428

Re: Schubert Octet in F, D803

Barney, I'll be looking for you. If you find I'm not there for some reason, please pull a few strings for me! Most anything by Schubert is some of the world's finest music from that period. However, for me, the Mendelssohn Octet remains as supreme. The opening movement, once heard, stays in the mind...
by Lance
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NYS universities to open by August 26, 2020 ...
Replies: 6
Views: 315

NYS universities to open by August 26, 2020 ...

If you look for details for Vestal, New York [located in the Binghamton, New York area] with regard to confirmed cases and deaths, you will note we have fared well through this pandemic. Both state- and private universities are scheduled to open near the end of August. When these education instituti...
by Lance
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center Cancel Fall Performances
Replies: 8
Views: 505

Re: Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center Cancel Fall Performances

Everywhere this is happening. Such a shame. i know so many artists, singers, and performers who are in misery not performing. Our museums, orchestra, opera company, ballet ... all we take for granted, are at a standstill. Even opening up, people are afraid to go to anything including funeral parlors...
by Lance
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Octet in F, D803
Replies: 12
Views: 428

Re: Schubert Octet in F, D803

Most anything by Schubert is some of the world's finest music from that period. However, for me, the Mendelssohn Octet remains as supreme. The opening movement, once heard, stays in the mind. Both men, geniuses! If i get to the Pearly White Gates, I want to spend time with both of these composers. A...
by Lance
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music From the Death Camps: Alive and Being Readied for a New Home
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: Music From the Death Camps: Alive and Being Readied for a New Home

Having visited Auschwitz, it remains unbelievable to me today that such a place, as the other concentration camps, would have ever existed. Yet they did, and I saw it myself. Some people continue to say these places never existed. To actually go to see these evil places will leave an indelible impre...
by Lance
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Boris Giltburg's Beethoven sonatas project
Replies: 12
Views: 538

Re: Pianist Boris Giltburg's Beethoven sonatas project

Yes, I have found Pollini to be "cool" in his performances of most things I have on disc, and I have quite a bit. He is not the first "great" pianist I turn to ... emotionally, he does not leave me with a great impression with regard to interpretation. He plays technically superbly well. I have a lo...
by Lance
Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Boris Giltburg's Beethoven sonatas project
Replies: 12
Views: 538

Re: Pianist Boris Giltburg's Beethoven sonatas project

Indeed, a wonderful pianist. I have many of his Naxos recordings, one on Orchid and the Dvorak Piano Quintet on Supraphon. Aren't we lucky to have so many pianists in front of us today including not only Giltburg, but Viner, Hamelin, Hough, Maltempo and a plethora of others. It seems to be another "...
by Lance
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So You Want to Be a Socially Distanced Orchestra
Replies: 1
Views: 362

Re: So You Want to Be a Socially Distanced Orchestra

I have often wondered: how does one socially distance between two and (possibly 6, but usually not more than 2, 3 or 4) pianists on just one piano - and there can only be one piano? I'm afraid two people playing duets in concert on piano is out of the question until this pandemic is over.
by Lance
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sorabji Etudes redux
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Re: Sorabji Etudes redux

Hmm, if you are finding you like Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji's compositional art, you might check out his Opus clavicembalisticum performed by British pianist John Ogdon. Personally, I could not get through it very far, but I really, really tried! Knowing Ogdon, however, this would be his "cup o' tea...
by Lance
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 35-CD Peter Serkin Edition Arrived!
Replies: 1
Views: 192

35-CD Peter Serkin Edition Arrived!

It was interesting for me to learn that Peter Serkin was very much involved in the presentation of the RCA and Columbia/Sony release of all his "old" recordings but, unfortunately, never lived to see the final package. It does great justice to the late pianist. While he mentions in the notes that a...
by Lance
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Allan Evans,RIP
Replies: 4
Views: 539

Re: Allan Evans,RIP

Did anyone ever find out what caused Allan's early passing?
by Lance
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Grand History of Small Operas
Replies: 7
Views: 855

Re: A Grand History of Small Operas

Well, if you are looking for more traditional operas issued with the best excerpts from those operas, there's a 10-CD set on EMI/Warner [73089, 10 CDs] entitled "10 French Operas." Famous singers and ensembles are used throughout. Just thought I'd throw that in to try to make Lenny a little happier!...
by Lance
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: String works of Anton Rubinstein
Replies: 2
Views: 351

Re: String works of Anton Rubinstein

Indeed, the man wrote so much music for other than the piano ... I have tried to find much of his chamber music and have quite a bit of it: cello and violin sonatas, trios, quartets. A number of labels have hopped on the Anton bandwagon: Brilliant, Dynamic, Koch, Hyperion, Naxos, Marco Polo, Metrono...
by Lance
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nashville SO shuts till Aug 2021
Replies: 3
Views: 382

Re: Nashville SO shuts till Aug 2021

This is killing musicians, orchestras and ensembles across our land. Very depressing. How are the many great orchestra throughout the UK holding up these days?
by Lance
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cziffra on Meloclassic CD
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: Cziffra on Meloclassic CD

I do not know who is responsible for the label productions or owners. You are so right about Schumann's Faschingschwank ... I feel the same way about Schubert's Moment musicaux. Among the best performances of that, IMHO, is the one recorded by Rudolf Serkin in his mono-era discs, but there are many ...
by Lance
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cziffra on Meloclassic CD
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: Cziffra on Meloclassic CD

It is on MC1014 and can be obtained from their website https://www.meloclassic.com. But note that they currently cannot ship to some countries, notably to you poor Americans (!). Melo are based in the Far East (Thailand?). Philip Philip, I have that Melo Classics CD and have long enjoyed it. Cziffr...
by Lance
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Allan Evans,RIP
Replies: 4
Views: 539

Re: Allan Evans,RIP

I, too have many of Arbiter's recordings. How Allan Evans located some of this material is beyond me but he has added much especially to the historical period of recordings. I've had occasion to talk with Allan ... erudite gentleman. RIP.
by Lance
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance G. Hill!
Replies: 9
Views: 931

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance G. Hill!

Many thanks to all of you and your best wishes. Even given all the problems the world seems to now be enduring, I had a lovely day, lots of food, some special gifts that I will enjoy. It is a distinct pleasure to have all of you on CMG, which has been going strong for many years now. Again, thank you!
by Lance
Fri Jun 05, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Soprano Mady Mesplé Obituary
Replies: 6
Views: 788

Soprano Mady Mesplé Obituary

The below obituary is courtesy of Presto Classical written by Katherine Cooper. I have long been an admirer of the gorgeous redhead with the stunning voice. I will cherish her many recordings more than ever. The French soprano Mady Mesplé, who possessed one of the greatest coloratura voices of the ...
by Lance
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4156
Views: 1366918

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

Having enjoyed the COMMAND LP recordings of Beethoven's symphonies with the Pittsburgh Symphony under the baton of William Steinberg , I was happy to recently acquire the 5-CD boxed set from DGG 483 8344 giving us all the symphonies plus the third Leonore Overture. Unlike other sets of this music (n...
by Lance
Sat May 30, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mendelssohn Octet as you’ve never heard it!
Replies: 1
Views: 522

Re: Mendelssohn Octet as you’ve never heard it!

Absolutely loved it! What an idea. I love the work anyway. One man playing all eight parts! I think Mendelssohn may have even approved.
by Lance
Fri May 29, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4156
Views: 1366918

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

Yes, I am very happy to see this set released. I'm still waiting. Shipping from overseas has become slower than ever. I wasn't going to get any more complete "9" of Beethoven since I already have so many, but the price was right and, having seen Steinberg conduct in person many times, I am enamoured...
by Lance
Fri May 29, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Backhaus Box
Replies: 9
Views: 1952

Re: Backhaus Box

Well, the Backhaus box has arrived, and it is a beauty! It is all you would expect and remains one of Decca's best boxes of the many they have produced. The booklet has one of the finest articles I have ever read on the pianist - by Jonathan Summers. All we need now is to have the HMV/EMI/Warner rec...
by Lance
Sat May 23, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New live Beethoven Triple Concerto, DGG
Replies: 1
Views: 692

New live Beethoven Triple Concerto, DGG

Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra in C Major, Op. 56 {Triple Concerto} Daniel Barenboim, piano/conductor Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin Yo-Yo Ma, cello Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92; West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. DGG 483 8242, 73:51 "Three legendary musicians join forces fo...
by Lance
Sat May 23, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bard College Music Student Sues School, Citing Instructor’s Conduct
Replies: 3
Views: 1015

Re: Bard College Music Student Sues School, Citing Instructor’s Conduct

Incredible story. I'm sure all of us somehow involved in music could tell our stories of what we have seen or endured!
by Lance
Sat May 23, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Backhaus Box
Replies: 9
Views: 1952

Re: Backhaus Box

Ah ... so much Backhaus! A great pianist for sure. I have the preponderance of his Decca recordings, including reissues from Japan-Italy Decca, and some 60 off-label recordings. However, this would be a wonderful acquisition to have everything in one box as I'm sure there are some surprises therein ...
by Lance
Thu May 21, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does Knowing What You’re Hearing Matter?
Replies: 5
Views: 1261

Re: Does Knowing What You’re Hearing Matter?

Well, I, for one, very much value Tommasini's reviews, and I am a great admirer of Yuja Wang. Still, when one goes to a concert, probably a greater percentage that go to classical concerts are at least aware of the various "styles" of music presented, i.e., baroque, classical, romantic of contempora...
by Lance
Mon May 11, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 125 people on CMG today, Mother's Day!
Replies: 6
Views: 1268

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

We never really know who is "lurking" on CMG, but both, members and people who are interested in site don't always join in, as I wish they would. There IS a quick way to join, as shown on another thread at the top. What, NO Mother's Day or Father's Day in the UK? I never knew that until now. How abo...
by Lance
Mon May 11, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rosalind Elias, a Popular American Mezzo-Soprano, Dies at 90
Replies: 9
Views: 1832

Re: Rosalind Elias, a Popular American Mezzo-Soprano, Dies at 90

Great story … loved it! Thank you for sharing your memories.
by Lance
Sun May 10, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is that really your name?
Replies: 9
Views: 1887

Re: Is that really your name?

I really laughed at these. In the same vein, I actually know a fellow named John A. Hole. Guess what many people think may be his middle name?
by Lance
Sun May 10, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 125 people on CMG today, Mother's Day!
Replies: 6
Views: 1268

125 people on CMG today, Mother's Day!

And I hope mother's are at least, somehow, enjoy your special day! You KNOW you are loved! And those of us who no longer have our mothers, we greatly miss them and think about them so much.

Just checked again: 162 now.
by Lance
Sat May 09, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Sokolov cd set
Replies: 3
Views: 1110

Re: New Sokolov cd set

Yeah … me too, from Presto. God bless Presto! A little more waiting time than usual, however. And if you are in to Barenboim, there is a new Beethoven "Triple" Concerto on DGG [483 8242] with Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin and Yo-Yo Ma, cello plus a Beethoven Symphony 7, all with the West-Eastern Divan ...
by Lance
Fri May 08, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rosalind Elias, a Popular American Mezzo-Soprano, Dies at 90
Replies: 9
Views: 1832

Re: Rosalind Elias, a Popular American Mezzo-Soprano, Dies at 90

I know her work through her operatic recordings. Apparently she didn't make any "recital" recordings, or song material of the great lieder composers. Does anyone know of any?
by Lance
Tue May 05, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Guarneri Quartet
Replies: 5
Views: 1394

Re: Guarneri Quartet

John … right on! I, too, am much more enamored with the RCA recordings and really never got into the Philips recordings. The Guarneri's RCA recording [62310] of Schubert's String Quintet in C Major, D956 (with Leonard Rose, cellist) is one of the most extraordinary recordings of that work I have eve...
by Lance
Tue May 05, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Louise Farrenc, French composer/pianist
Replies: 7
Views: 2399

Re: Louise Farrenc, French composer/pianist

Brian, you are absolutely correct about performers! They make all the difference in the world. Insofar as solo piano music concerned, Joanne Polk is the best I've heard thus far. I have learned from her that ALL the Etudes of Ferrenc will be forthcoming! That was very good news, indeed. Only a few o...
by Lance
Mon May 04, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist Lynn Harrell Has Died, Age 76
Replies: 9
Views: 2699

Re: Cellist Lynn Harrell Has Died, Age 76

Right you are, John … the Guarneri Quartet was in residence at Binghamton State University (SUNY) for a long time, I knew them all well, tuned their pianos in their homes. The quartet also consisted of Arnold Steinhardt and John Dalley. It was during that time that they were making their incredible ...
by Lance
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist Lynn Harrell Has Died, Age 76
Replies: 9
Views: 2699

Re: Cellist Lynn Harrell Has Died, Age 76

Very sorry to hear this. Thankfully, I have many of his recordings. Will offer a radio tribute to him soon.
by Lance
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky: Piano Sonata #2, Op. 37(Grand Sonata)
Replies: 4
Views: 1815

Re: Tchaikovsky: Piano Sonata #2, Op. 37(Grand Sonata)

Well, if you have a chance to hear Lugansky play this, don't miss it! He has amassed quite a discography thus far.
by Lance
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing
Replies: 36
Views: 6906

Re: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing

LOL! Yes, I've heard that comment many times around here, too, but not because someone is wrong … this site can be addictive - and of course, I love being here. The only thing I have noticed in myself is how tired one gets from NOT doing what we normally do during the day. Nice to sleep later and I ...
by Lance
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing
Replies: 36
Views: 6906

Re: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing

Thank you, Brian. Very interesting, indeed, how each of us handles this situation. I sent you a private message a while back … not sure if it went through. Glad you both are staying as safe as possible. NYC has so much to offer and it must seem strange to view the streets as they are. Thanks for ask...
by Lance
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing
Replies: 36
Views: 6906

Re: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing

WOW! It sounds like you have everything under good control Down Under. Hope it stays that way. Me, Zoom? I haven't gotten into that yet. Everyone seems to be using it. Teachers using it at the university are dealing with it but it is difficult to teach music properly via this method. Still, it's bet...
by Lance
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing
Replies: 36
Views: 6906

Re: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing

Many thanks for all these messages here. As is often said, "we are all in this together." It is not always fun to take the steps to not go out except for groceries or meds. So far I have not relied on delivery services and, wearing masks and using hand sanitizer and sometimes doctor-type gloves, I c...
by Lance
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Garrick Ohlsson live
Replies: 5
Views: 1792

Re: Pianist Garrick Ohlsson live

Indeed, Ohlsson is a wonderful pianist. He is another artist I've had the pleasure of meeting and preparing his piano for a concerted work. At that time, he brought his own Bösendorfer Imperial concert grand. It was like a huge black tank on the stage … but a lovely instrument to work on in every de...