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by Lance
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 5
Views: 65

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

Can someone post a photo of the BRILLIANT box that is talked about here? I went to Amazon/Japan, set it up so that everything is showing in English, and found that boxed set that way, otherwise it is all in Japanese. I don't believe there was a listing of the contents of this Soviet box, just a phot...
by Lance
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 5
Views: 65

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

Looks like an interesting set. I wonder if much of it has NOT been reissued before in other packages or mega-sets, such as the Melodiya Richter or Gilels sets? Can you make any judgement on this? How much Richter, Gilels, or Berman is in the set?
by Lance
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Bernstein Sony big box due in mid-August
Replies: 7
Views: 180

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

You know, you are absolutely right on this. I put a pre-order in to Amazon Germany for this and the postal fee was showing as around 3 pounds British currency. So, in the end, it looks like this set will run in about $2/USD+ per disc. That's not a bad price for this set. I have NOT seen it advertis...
by Lance
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera About Brooklyn Hasidic Family Review
Replies: 2
Views: 46

Re: Opera About Brooklyn Hasidic Family Review

Looks interesting to me. London is to far at the moment, however!
by Lance
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler Recordings
Replies: 15
Views: 331

Re: Furtwängler Recordings

I have The Devil's Music Master (lousy title, I agree!) and enjoyed it, and John Ardoin's book The Furtwängler Record , Berta Geissmar's Two Worlds of Music , and Bernard Gavoty's bio and picture book, Wilhelm Furtwängler. There's a couple of other books with condensed information about the conduct...
by Lance
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Bernstein Sony big box due in mid-August
Replies: 7
Views: 180

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? I haven't seen this posted yet on Amazon https://www.amazon.de/Leonard-Bernstein-Vocal-Works/dp/B07CRT9WMN/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?__mk_de_DE=ÅMÅZÕÑ&qid=152...
by Lance
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Bernstein Sony big box due in mid-August
Replies: 7
Views: 180

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

I haven't seen this posted yet on Amazon USA or UK. It is still probably in the production schedule. Lots of interesting material therein.
by Lance
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler Recordings
Replies: 15
Views: 331

Re: Furtwängler Recordings

There are not THAT many books on Maestro Furtwängler (at least in English). I have a few and am getting this one: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41ZMDCVTXRL._AC_US218_.jpg According to the blurb: Of the great conductors none has created more controversy than Wilhelm Furtwängler (18...
by Lance
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music of Lou Harrison ( 1917-2003 )
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: Music of Lou Harrison ( 1917-2003 )

Please let me know what you think of it. It's not on my high priority list. Maybe you will change my mind! :? Lou Harrison's Piano Concerto ( 1983-85), Keith Jarrett, Naoto Otomo,New Japan Phil., ca.1996 New World cd : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d85BW_ZUs0&t=67s On the same cd, Harrison's Suit...
by Lance
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Clarinetist's Dream Crushed
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Clarinetist's Dream Crushed

WOW! The [f]ire of a woman in love! Guess that ends the relationship!
by Lance
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler Recordings
Replies: 15
Views: 331

Re: Furtwängler Recordings

Yes, I've read all of Gerald Moore's books. They are wonderful reading and very hard to put down once started. There was also an EMI recording (reissued on a Testament CD) called Am I Too Loud. Very precious recording with Moore's own vice and musical examples. Now there's a good thought/idea/sugges...
by Lance
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strauss: Burleske in D Minor for Piano & Orchestra
Replies: 9
Views: 190

Re: Strauss: Burleske in D Minor for Piano & Orchestra

No question, Argerich is a winner!
by Lance
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky dies at 88
Replies: 18
Views: 297

Re: Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestevsky dies at 88

Sad, indeed. Thankfully, he has left a huge legacy of recordings on myriad labels. I was just looking to see what I had on CDs and it is staggering what he has recorded and with whom, among some of the most celebrated artists. His wife is the pianist Viktoria Postnikova (b. 1944), with whom he has a...
by Lance
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical and jazz musicians's brains differ, study shows
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Re: Classical and jazz musicians's brains differ, study shows

Interesting study. I have personally known some pianists who enjoyed playing either classical or jazz ... Peter Serkin, who has self-admitted this, Jean Casadesus. Another was Friedrich Gulda who loved both, and of course, as mentioned, Keith Jarrett. Of course, improvisation is one of the key eleme...
by Lance
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler Recordings
Replies: 15
Views: 331

Re: Furtwängler Recordings

Ah, for me, the Fischer-Dieskau/Moore collaboration is something to have been made in heaven! Their recordings together are, indeed, very, very special.
Belle wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:01 am
I do find myself listening to Fischer-Dieskau/Moore rather more in this repertoire nowadays.
by Lance
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women of the Philharmonic Can Play It All. Just Not in Pants
Replies: 7
Views: 139

Re: Women of the Philharmonic Can Play It All. Just Not in Pants

In the classical or romantic period days when women did play (on occasion) in orchestras, orchestral dress was always formal, always black. Since when did attire interfere with playing a musical instrument. But I also understand both sides of the issue.
by Lance
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 12 pianists' lifetime piece
Replies: 5
Views: 122

Re: 12 pianists' lifetime piece

Very interesting to see what each pianist selects as their "one piece." I'm with Hamelin with regard to the B-flat, Op. Posth. Sonata. If I could play it in the manner that Clara Haskil did, I would be as happy as that proverbial "pig!" Insofar as the Barber Piano Sonata is concerned, that would not...
by Lance
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strauss: Burleske in D Minor for Piano & Orchestra
Replies: 9
Views: 190

Re: Strauss: Burleske in D Minor for Piano & Orchestra

Apartment-dwelling in NYC seems to be the way of life. I love NYC but now avoid if (since my daughter lives elsewhere) and my sister moved south. It's only about a 2.5 hour drive, but I dislike traffic and going to Brooklyn with bumper-to-bumper traffic. Time is now more valuable than ever. Unless y...
by Lance
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Bernstein Sony big box due in mid-August
Replies: 7
Views: 180

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

I already have the two LP-sized boxes of Bernstein, so my question is, with the acquisition of this new set due in August, will that COMPLETE the entire Bernstein catalogue of recordings for Columbia/Sony and RCA? What could possibly be next? I already have much on CD of what is contained in this ne...
by Lance
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strauss: Burleske in D Minor for Piano & Orchestra
Replies: 9
Views: 190

Re: Strauss: Burleske in D Minor for Piano & Orchestra

Well, it's really not a matter of "beating" anybody, but this is what happens when you start collecting recorded music at 17 years of age (slowly of course then). And given my particular interest in performing artists, as a collector, I am interested in what almost every artist has to say. Some I li...
by Lance
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strauss: Burleske in D Minor for Piano & Orchestra
Replies: 9
Views: 190

Strauss: Burleske in D Minor for Piano & Orchestra

Rach3's post on Trifonov's performance of Strauss's Burleske prompts this post. I have loved the Burleske since the first time I ever heard it many years ago. I could not believe how many recordings have been made of the work meaning it is not that unpopular on discs but may be in live concerts. The...
by Lance
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler Recordings
Replies: 15
Views: 331

Furtwängler Recordings

I was assessing my CD recordings of Wilhelm Furtwängler and I have 200 entries (by label) for the man, who died in 1954. Some of these are multi-CD sets, which means there are considerably more than 200 discs alone. These CDs are on many labels, very heavy on DGG and EMI (a Decca or two, and Testame...
by Lance
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cassettes
Replies: 8
Views: 201

Re: Cassettes

It's showing as $109 + tax from Amazon Prime. But I have a couple of questions: 1) Does it have a headphone jack? 2) Can I plug in a two-channel mixer in the back, which will also utilize a stereo microphone and plugs to attach a CD player? It appears none of the name brands we know so well make cas...
by Lance
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!
Replies: 18
Views: 433

Re: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!

Agree, some of the earliest CDs, especially from RCA I thought were on the harsh and too brilliant side. I find this true even today especially with CDs remastered by Berliner in Germany for DGG. However, that's why we have tone controls and we can eliminate some of that harshness to our individual ...
by Lance
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cassettes
Replies: 8
Views: 201

Re: Cassettes

I still have several high-quality cassette decks. I've always loved the convenience of them and yes, have many myself of some live performances, and for other uses as well. I'd be curious to know which deck you recently bought for $89 and whether one can record on them as well. Can you furnish any i...
by Lance
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Feico Deutekom new cd
Replies: 1
Views: 112

Re: Pianist Feico Deutekom new cd

I wonder if the pianist is related to soprano Christina Deutekom who died in 2014 at age 82.
by Lance
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR recommended piano cd's
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Re: WQXR recommended piano cd's

It is unusual to make a comment like that about Schumann's Piano Concerto. I love it too, but ... it's really more of a personal opinion. Some of the items on WQXR's list are good, but there many others totally left out. Even for me, a pianophile, it would difficult to select 10 recordings of the mo...
by Lance
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ruth Ann Swenson, soprano
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Ruth Ann Swenson, soprano

I've been reading up on soprano Ruth Ann Swenson, who appeared so many times at the Metropolitan Opera but apparently felt she wasn't "liked" by then manager Peter Gelb. I see she had a bout with cancer but is hopefully over all that phase. In the meantime, I'm not hearing much about her these days,...
by Lance
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is it exciting for you to receive CD packages?
Replies: 16
Views: 812

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 Lance
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: One wonders about remastering on big boxes!
Replies: 18
Views: 433

One wonders about remastering on big boxes!

No question, the big-box market has been amplified considerably over the past decade and especially the last half dozen years or so. I was tempted to get the Warner Icon edition of the 50th anniversary of the death of conductor Joseph Keilberth. After reading some reviews, I hear the transfers are n...
by Lance
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mother & Son Piano Duo: Helen & Harvey Davies
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: Mother & Son Piano Duo: Helen & Harvey Davies

Hi Brian ... well, I look for just about anything by Czerny — don't forget, he was closely connected to Ludwig van Beethoven and was among the first to recognize Beethoven's hearing problems! There is so much more to Czerny than his still-used-today piano exercises. There's piano concertos, one even...
by Lance
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mother & Son Piano Duo: Helen & Harvey Davies
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Mother & Son Piano Duo: Helen & Harvey Davies

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61IxrQ1+I0L._AC_US327_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg Prima Facie 083 (Recorded 2001) Helen and Harvey Davies, mother and son piano duo [one piano, four hands] •Mozart: Andante with Five Variations in G Major, K. 501 •Czerny: Fantasy on Scottish Melodies, Op. 467 [W...
by Lance
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Debussy piano cd of historical recordings
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Re: New Debussy piano cd of historical recordings

I am pleased the name of George Copeland came up. As a very young collector, Copeland's MGM records were added to my then meager collection. I still have them! In the meantime, a few CDs releases of Copeland's work have been issued (probably out of print by now for the most part). Those interested m...
by Lance
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New book on Leonard Bernstein
Replies: 3
Views: 378

Re: New book on Leonard Bernstein

Well, on this one, you can count yourself lucky! It all sounds interesting but there are always two sides to every coin. This is not only interesting but a weird co-incidence ! I once answer an ad to be assistant to a world class musician in the zNY times around 1981 , and was called in for an inter...
by Lance
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Paul Lewis live today
Replies: 7
Views: 398

Re: Pianist Paul Lewis live today

Undoubtedly a fine pianist. I just don't have it in my heart to start collecting his recordings though. Too many others occupy that position already.
by Lance
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 8
Views: 351

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Yep - another year older ... a little bit scary heading for another new decade!
by Lance
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Buchbinder redux
Replies: 9
Views: 704

Re: Rudolf Buchbinder redux

Brian, I'm curious. Brendel has recorded the Beethoven 32 on at least three occasions, first for Vox (for me good recordings, except sonics variable throughout, but generally always good pianos and fine interpretations). Then two for Philips (now Decca). You are attracted to Brendel's first set (I g...
by Lance
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Mennin - Symphony 2; Flute Concerto 1983
Replies: 1
Views: 159

Re: Peter Mennin - Symphony 2; Flute Concerto 1983

How wonderful to see you posting again! Hope all is well there in the great UK!
by Lance
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is it exciting for you to receive CD packages?
Replies: 16
Views: 812

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

May I recommend a few Schnittke things (these are not "far out," as it were): 1) Suite in the Olden Style (many fine recordings available) 2) Congratulatory Rondo 3) Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61 with Schnittke's cadenza (shockingly delightful!) with Gidon Kremer. Used to be on the Philip...
by Lance
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 8
Views: 351

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Well, thank you everyone for remembering! Much appreciated. Loved the cartoon, Lenny!
by Lance
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is it exciting for you to receive CD packages?
Replies: 16
Views: 812

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

Come on guys, FESS UP! Let's hear what you have to say about this subject. Don't be shy!
by Lance
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Romantic "Recorder"? Yes!
Replies: 1
Views: 213

The Romantic "Recorder"? Yes!

As an adjudicator for our local Harmony Club, who annually presents wonderful young musicians of all kinds (usually gifted high school students going on to college). They receive monetary awards to help them with college expenses, and presented me with some outstanding music. A teenager, for example...
by Lance
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Letter The Met and James Levine
Replies: 24
Views: 1519

Re: Letter The Met and James Levine

I had no idea about Johannes Somary until I read all this information. It seems to me incredible that all this is now coming forward. The man has died, lived very much like Levine (with young folks). Now he is deceased and hopefully getting his "rewards" accordingly. One can only guess at the proble...
by Lance
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is it exciting for you to receive CD packages?
Replies: 16
Views: 812

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

Glad to know others share this. At least I am not the ONLY hopeless case!
by Lance
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3874
Views: 381601

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

Yes, you have some great material there. The Guild label did some remastering of older LPs from HMV and Decca; some of that material was reissued on the original labels on CD later on. I've got about 85 of the Guild label, mostly historical. I hope they are not leaving the business! ​ The following ...
by Lance
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3874
Views: 381601

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

Yes, I had to have this, too. I also have them on DOREMI. I understand Richter was NOT happy about Columbia issuing these on their label. Richter was at his best in that year when he made his Carnegie Hall debut. Remarkably, Lincoln Center's Philharmonic Hall didn't open until 2 years later, so Rich...
by Lance
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is it exciting for you to receive CD packages?
Replies: 16
Views: 812

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

I just got about thirteen discs from them on Guild, too! Mostly Toscanini, one Furtwangler, some Barbirolli, and any Adolf Busch I didn't already have. I'll check out what you got.
by Lance
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould - Live Recordings, legal or otherwise
Replies: 0
Views: 275

Glenn Gould - Live Recordings, legal or otherwise

I was doing some research on among my favourite J. S. Bach performers, GLENN GOULD, who is responsible for revealing to me the secrets of the Goldberg Variations in his first recording made in 1955 for Columbia Records. In between the time of Gould's unprecedented passing at age 50 and the passing o...
by Lance
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is it exciting for you to receive CD packages?
Replies: 16
Views: 812

Is it exciting for you to receive CD packages?

I look with great interest for the mailman every day, or the UPS man, sometimes the FedEx man. Even the USPS will deliver packages from Amazon/Prime on a Sunday. But is it me or is it a thrill to most everybody to look forward to getting parcels with CDs/books you expect and know you are going to ge...
by Lance
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hans Rosbaud, conductor (new Haydn release)
Replies: 11
Views: 618

Re: Hans Rosbaud, conductor (new Haydn release)

Another Rosbaud disc has arrived today on the SWR Classic label [19040, 79'40"], which includes five von Weber overtures plus his Konzertstück in F Minor, Op. 79 with pianist Robert Casadesus; Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream selections, and finally, Mendelssohn's Capriccio brillante, Op. 22 wi...