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by Lance
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Among pianists: Krystian Zimerman
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Among pianists: Krystian Zimerman

Strange, Krystian Zimerman is well regarded in the world of pianists. I have been slow to catch on to his art, but have some of his recordings. I was listening intently to one of his all-Liszt discs on DGG [431.780], which includes the Sonata in B Minor [recently reissued in a 2-CD Liszt compilation...
by Lance
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Review American Composers Orchestra
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Re: Review American Composers Orchestra

Actually, I do listen to some newer American music. But I cannot help it if my inner self is drawn to music from previous periods, predominantly from the Baroque thru to, especially the Romantic period. Yes, there are the usual composers we are all accustomed to: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Sch...
by Lance
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More on Badura-Skoda
Replies: 1
Views: 152

More on Badura-Skoda

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41IAiGMTsrL._AC_US218_.jpg As you know, I'm doing a month of broadcasts commemorating Paul Badura-Skoda's 90th birthday. Badura-Skoda was a man of so much music and all its counterparts, even insofar as being a collector of historical keyboards. For m...
by Lance
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 34
Views: 721

Re: Is the piano recital dying

As the president of Classical Pianists of the Future where we offer opportunities for young artists to perform, it has worked superbly well for us for the past decade. Audience attendance for these "unknowns" was largely very good. We have had such artists as Anastasia Rizikov (now in Paris studying...
by Lance
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 489

Re: Prodigies

I did find this, however, it speaks of Alma and is supposed to be Jay Greenberg. If you go to Wikipedia, you can find out information about Jay Greenberg (composer, not psychoanalyst.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Greenberg_(composer) Last night, 60 Minutes' concluding segment was about Alma De...
by Lance
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andor Foldes, pianist - and a great book by his wife!
Replies: 0
Views: 189

Andor Foldes, pianist - and a great book by his wife!

Since I can remember from the LP days, I always admired the Hungarian pianist ANDOR FOLDES. He recorded for EMI, DGG, a 45-rpm for Mercury Records, and APR (Appian) has brought out some of his earliest recordings. Lately there have been releases on the Australian Eloquence label who issues older DGG...
by Lance
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata
Replies: 6
Views: 461

Re: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata

I have listened to CPE Bach's Hellig , Wq 217. The recording I have appears in a five-CD boxed set on the Capriccio label [7100] in a set entitled "Sacred Music of the Bach Family" issued in 2011. Music from many BACHS appears in the set. But I am curious about something. I am not sure if the "compl...
by Lance
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: de Larrocha's Earliest Records on CD
Replies: 0
Views: 190

de Larrocha's Earliest Records on CD

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61RqhQ9OmeL._SX425_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71JPoJSdMqL._SX425_.jpg DGG Eloquence 482 1546, 3 CDs (mono), TT: 227:17. Anybody who knows anything about Spanish piano music will almost always agree that Alicia de Larrocha wa...
by Lance
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's week: a stupid review
Replies: 20
Views: 469

Re: The Met's week: a stupid review

Hmm, upon first listening to the Puccini Messa di Gloria , I was entranced with some of the vocal numbers and, of course, had to have it on records immediately. I was much younger then and taken with works by major composers that were a bit off their norm. One performance featured a soloist who had ...
by Lance
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's Programs, November 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 296

Lance's Programs, November 2017

PAUL BADURA-SKODA, pianist - 90th Birthday Salute Month-Long Tribute [1] Saturday, November 4, 2017: *J. S. Bach: Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911 (r.1959) *Haydn: Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major ["Gypsy Trio"] with Jean Fournier, violin; Antonio Janigro, cello (r.1955) *Franck: Symphonic Variations with V...
by Lance
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Emanuel Feuermann, on film
Replies: 3
Views: 285

Re: Emanuel Feuermann, on film

Wonderful ... absolutely a fabulous artist who left us far too soon.
by Lance
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 24
Views: 1315

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

Wow, I can't believe this thread has had over 800 hits.
by Lance
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 24
Views: 1315

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

My set arrived finally. The first one got lost somewhere. It was made right immediately. I have been listening to the remastering and it's a first-class job. Westminster's "natural balance" was right on, and if you didn't know some of these recordings were in mono, you might think otherwise. This is...
by Lance
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven
Replies: 19
Views: 721

Re: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven

Frankly, I was astonished at Bernstein's remarks in this interview. For me, he was way off base. Max, too, seemed to have a look of astonishment on his face.
by Lance
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michele Esposito (composer 1855-1929)
Replies: 0
Views: 239

Michele Esposito (composer 1855-1929)

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51mkIZnBp-L._AC_US327_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg Brilliant Classics 95102, 2 CDs, 46:40; 52:40 Carmelo Andriani, violin; Vincenzo Maltempo, piano Now here's a composer I knew nothing about, and pleasant it is. An Italian, Esposito spent time in Paris and eventu...
by Lance
Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6
Replies: 22
Views: 771

Re: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6

I could not concur more. Mravinsky was a total dynamic master in the interpretation of Tchaikovsky. He actually recorded two versions of symphonies 4, 5 and 6 for DGG, one in mono [447 423, 2 CDs] which was followed by remakes in stereo [419 745, 2 CDs]. Mravinsky fans, of course will want to have b...
by Lance
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Live at Lyric Opera of Chicago - 1956 [Decca]
Replies: 0
Views: 252

Live at Lyric Opera of Chicago - 1956 [Decca]

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51DZMggXKBL._SY355_.jpg Decca Eloquence 482 7518, 57:11, ADD VERDI: La forza del destino: Overture (Sinfonia)* SAINT-SAËNS Samson et Dalila: S’apre per te il mio cor Giulietta Simionato TCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin: Tatyana’s Letter Scene Renata Tebaldi...
by Lance
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 24
Views: 1315

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

Well, this parcel came from Amazon/England. I've written to the carrier they used but have had no response. Normally, out-of-country parcels are delivered to the post office for final delivery so I trust that his was meant when it said "delivered."
by Lance
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 24
Views: 1315

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

By the way, records indicate my Badura-Skoda set was DELIVERED on October 4th. As of yet, I have not seen it and that is over a week ago! Along with it was his traversal of Schubert's piano sonatas on RCA. Sounds like a mis-delivery to me!!! I was never all that enamoured of Sill's voice, though I c...
by Lance
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Joao Pires retiring
Replies: 4
Views: 380

Re: Maria Joao Pires retiring

I was very sorry to learn this, but having been on the stage since age 5, and now at 73, she is certainly entitled to live her life outside of a pubic keyboard. Pires has been regularly recorded. A marvelous 17-CD set appears on Erato [63106], which contains all her recordings of Bach, Mozart, Beeth...
by Lance
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniel Blumenthal, versatile pianist, indeed!
Replies: 0
Views: 234

Daniel Blumenthal, versatile pianist, indeed!

About Daniel Blumenthal courtesy of Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Blumenthal_(pianist) I became enamoured with this pianist from the outset of his appearance of discs. He records prolifically for a wide variety of labels. Probably one of the most fascinating discs I've heard was hi...
by Lance
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composer Hans Huber's compositional work
Replies: 1
Views: 224

Composer Hans Huber's compositional work

About the composer with this Wikipedia article. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Huber_(composer) https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81fyGQxtwxL._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41SavPY7dvL.jpg Sterling 5-CD set, CDS 5000-2 We really don't hear too much ab...
by Lance
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 31
Views: 1727

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

Another of my favourites! I have far too many. This is what happens what you become interested in the plethora of performing artists . It can become crazy! It took me awhile to decide to acquire Annie Fischer's complete Hungaroton set, and I understand she did NOT give her approval of this entire se...
by Lance
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist
Replies: 19
Views: 688

Re: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist

Sinatra - ABSOLUTELY!
jserraglio wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:19 am
Indeed the '50's were an embarrassing cultural wasteland. Sinatra was an exception.
by Lance
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 31
Views: 1727

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

Yes, and if I had to go to a that island away from everything/everybody, and had to select just one set (unfortunately), it would be the Artur Schnabel edition.
John F wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:00 pm
And then there's Artur Schnabel.
by Lance
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 31
Views: 1727

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

We share many of the same thoughts, Brian! My fav of Kempff, too, is the early mono set. I must confess here that I do not own scores of the Beethoven Sonatas: in fact, my library almost exclusively consists of opera and symphonic scores. So, I defer to the pianists on this board when it comes to ju...
by Lance
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 24
Views: 1315

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

I was never all that enamoured of Sill's voice, though I certainly recognized her impeccable musicianship. I have collected her recordings with interest, nonetheless. And me, too, glad to see the Badura-Skoda issue. I am getting impatient to get my copy, in fact. IIRC, Westminster was "absorbed" by ...
by Lance
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 31
Views: 1727

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

I'm fascinated with your intense interest in the "correctness" of the playing when following a score, or even different scores. I think I would drive myself crazy this way (some already think I am!), but I listen to the entire interpretation as the pianist plays it given his own "authoritative" appr...
by Lance
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Netrebko & Eyvazov "Romanza" [DGG]
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Re: Netrebko & Eyvazov "Romanza" [DGG]

Yes, Brian, I know this feeling VERY WELL, indeed! Maybe your lovely other half will surprise you!
maestrob wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:47 pm
Sounds intriguing, Lance, but I've already spent my allowance for October! I'll put this one on my Christmas list.......
by Lance
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 24
Views: 1315

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

A lot of us "oldsters" grew up with Paul Badura-Skoda; I'm sure the younger set will not know his name to well. On the other hand, so much music (yes, mostly in mono sound) for such a reasonable cost for generally outstanding recordings and substantial repertoire, you really don't think this set wil...
by Lance
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 33
Views: 1430

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

John, just curious: did you ever acquire the 10 CD set of Mercury's complete recordings of organist Marcel DuPre? Mercury 478.8838, produced by Philips with the Mercury logo still being used? Alabiev, Bargiel and Huber . Aha! Another law firm. :) It is everything I can do to keep up with 20th centur...
by Lance
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 24
Views: 1315

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

Yes, I have seen DGG display the Westminster logo at times, but not on a regular basis. They have nothing to fear anyway ... those who want any of these recordings are delighted to have them in CD form now. Besides, the Westminster label did much to bring fine music and artists to recordings and the...
by Lance
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 24
Views: 1315

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

It is tantamount to what Warner Classics has done with all their acquired labels. Apparently due to their buyout of EMI, that logo cannot be used on their products though I do see the name Parlophone on technical details. So all of Callas and the myriad EMI artists fall under the Warner name exclusi...
by Lance
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 24
Views: 1315

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

Probably means monetary investment in their Westminster acquisition, and doing all the remastering. Looking at what's included, the output is massive.
John F wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:26 am
jserraglio wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:42 pm
DG, current owner of the Westminster catalog, has a lot of skin in the game.
I have no idea at all what that means.
by Lance
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Juan Diego Florez / Mozart on Sony
Replies: 0
Views: 234

Juan Diego Florez / Mozart on Sony

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/516ih7H-H4L._AC_US218_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/712F6Lmwq0L._SX425_.jpg Sony Classical 43086. "Everybody loves Mozart's music. You don't have to understand why you love it, you just do. I've always wanted to record it, but ...
by Lance
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniil Trifonov's Chopin's "Evocations" on DGG (2CD)
Replies: 1
Views: 252

Daniil Trifonov's Chopin's "Evocations" on DGG (2CD)

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61sjVh3inNL._SX355_.jpg DGG 479.7518 Arrived today (Sunday). Nice to get a package on a Sunday! Trifonov has developed quite a following. His DGG CDs are all worth acquiring (some on Decca, Dux and Mariinsky as well) ... he's a fine pianist in the gre...
by Lance
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Maria Callas Live' box of remastered live recordings due in Sept
Replies: 5
Views: 956

Re: 'Maria Callas Live' box of remastered live recordings due in Sept

Anybody got this one yet? I haven't heard anything yet from my set, but am awaiting some decent time to pay attention to the "remastering" and what it does for the Callas voice.
by Lance
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Netrebko & Eyvazov "Romanza" [DGG]
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Netrebko & Eyvazov "Romanza" [DGG]

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71nbaiTSljL._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61%2BLWP6D4OL._SX355_.jpg DGG 479 7679 [2 CDs] (Deluxe Edition) Well, here's an interesting "crossover" CD of 18 tracks on one disc by the Ukranian-Russian composer Igor Krutoy [...
by Lance
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Villazon/Abdrazkov "Duets" on DGG
Replies: 0
Views: 219

Villazon/Abdrazkov "Duets" on DGG

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71rCqOJ29AL._SX355_.jpg DGG 479 6901, 61:22 Roland Villazon, tenor Ildar Abdrazakov, bass Metroplitan Orchestra-Montreal Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor "Two of the world's top opera stars - Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon and Russian bass Ildar Abdraz...
by Lance
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Guido Cantelli
Replies: 4
Views: 307

Re: Guido Cantelli

Indeed, Guido Cantelli has long been a favourite. Aside from the "Icon" box on EMI/Warner [79043, 9 CDs], Testament issued three volumes of broadcast performances [12 CDs in all, catalogue numbers 1306, 1317, 1336] plus all the NBC recordings on two CDs [Testament 2194]. I believe all of these are n...
by Lance
Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LP needle wear and tear
Replies: 5
Views: 374

Re: LP needle wear and tear

Interesting to talk of needles, turntables, etc. I have three or four turntables, but generally use my Thorens turntable with an Ortofon tone arm (from Denmark) and various diamond styli. Given 70,000 classical LPs over the years since I was around 17, I've never worn out a vinyl disc. The problems,...
by Lance
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: West Hill Radio Archives - who?
Replies: 6
Views: 361

Re: West Hill Radio Archives - who?

I have many things with work done by Lani Spahr , and he has done me a couple of favors for which I am grateful. I have some of the West Hills Radio Archives series recordings and always knew of the connection with Fred Maroth and Music & Arts. And we can be thankful for the WHRA series because of C...
by Lance
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich Box Sets
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Re: Martha Argerich Box Sets

Had I known, I would not have purchased Argerich's recordings one-by-one as they were released. I am mesmerized by her artistry, always have been. If I had waited until now to get these sets, I would have missed much great music over the years. These are tremendous bargains at these prices. GO FOR IT!
by Lance
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Times article on Antonio Pappano
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Re: NY Times article on Antonio Pappano

Lenny, a very, very interesting article. I have heard Pappano as piano co-artist with singers and he is first-rate in my view. From out of the woods emerges a highly interesting and, apparently, down-to-earth man and artist.
by Lance
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 33
Views: 1430

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Listen to some of the works of Waldemar Bargiel [1828-1897], half brother of Clara Wieck Schumann. Even Robert thought he had potential. Some good stuff out there. Alexander Alabiev [Alabieff, Ayabyev] [1787-1851]. A fine Russian composer remembered for songs {The Nightingale}, but who wrote some ex...
by Lance
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3769
Views: 258097

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

Yes, got this one immediately and treasure it. Wonderful pianist in every respect. Tatiana Nikolayeva became well-known for playing Shostakovich, yet her other concert repertoire deserves more attention, as this 1989 Athens recital attests. Her Bach is attentive to serious detail, her Schumann Symph...
by Lance
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norman Lebrecht
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Re: Norman Lebrecht

Agreed. He's not worth the time. I think Lebrecht KNOWS he raises the brows and tempers of people everywhere ... this is what he wants and likes. I pay zero attention to him. Here's a little blurb on him: http://www.overgrownpath.com/2007/10/norman-lebrecht-and-unchecked-trivia.html Obviously the ma...
by Lance
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 24
Views: 1315

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

I am expecting this set at any time now and am looking forward to it. I well remember Badura-Skoda's Westminster LPs and have many of them. This is a wide-ranging collection of his work mostly from his earliest to middle periods. Westminster often gave their pianists some of the finest piano sound I...
by Lance
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norman Lebrecht
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Re: Norman Lebrecht

I think Lebrecht KNOWS he raises the brows and tempers of people everywhere ... this is what he wants and likes. I pay zero attention to him.

Here's a little blurb on him:

http://www.overgrownpath.com/2007/10/no ... rivia.html
by Lance
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky's homosexuality
Replies: 8
Views: 453

Re: Tchaikovsky's homosexuality

I have a number of books on Tchaikovsky, I can't recall much about the details of his personal life, though I have always been interested in the relationship between him and Nadezhda von Meck, a woman with whom he had a close association. Some of these may help: 1] Tchaikovsky Through Others' Eyes -...