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by Lance
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 488

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

In re-reading my comments below Tomassini's quote, I began to wonder about why I do not have the fascination of music composed during the Renaissance period (1400-1600) or the Medieval period. I am, therefore, far more attracted to music from the Baroque through the other periods to about 1940 (and...
by Lance
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Annette Céline, soprano
Replies: 4
Views: 347

Re: Annette Céline, soprano

I have been listening to some recently acquired recordings on the Brana, Claudio, and Olympia labels of Brazilian soprano Annette Céline , daughter of the highly respected pianist, Felicja Blumental . While there some fine qualities in her voice, I don't believe it to be an extraordinary voice, but ...
by Lance
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 44
Views: 499

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

Hi Sue ... just thinking about all my friends, of whom there are many. Probably 80% of the people I know and relate to are friends, associates, pianists, conductors, professors, teachers, record collectors, and what have you; are all involved in music. Outside of music, other fields in the arts. May...
by Lance
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 44
Views: 499

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

Well, some of us are trying to keep it alive as much as possible. Things change, life changes, music changes, performers change, interpretations change ... but I still love it and live for classical music. We must try!
Chalkperson wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:57 pm
Classical Music died years ago.
by Lance
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Henning
Replies: 13
Views: 266

Re: Karl Henning

Thanks to Seán out in Ireland, he conveyed to me the first I heard about Karl Henning's issues. Karl has been on these boards — as Gurn has noted above — for many years. I hope Karl fully recovers and we can continue to enjoy his input and friendship on these boards. And Seán, you are greatly missed...
by Lance
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's La Traviata
Replies: 9
Views: 149

Re: Tonight's La Traviata

CHALKIE! I almost fell over when I saw your name appear here. How are things? We miss you around these parts. Hope you have a great holiday season. Send me an email and let me know what's going on!
Chalkperson wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:56 pm
The Met is dead, only its rotting corpse remains.
by Lance
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 44
Views: 499

Not too many posts lately ...

... is everyone involved with the requirements of the season? Insofar as CDs are concerned, I haven't seen anything too interesting of late. Sometimes December brings forth some new material or reissues that boosts sales of music for the holidays. But I haven't seen much. Maybe everything they can t...
by Lance
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nézet-Séguin NYC Arts Interview
Replies: 2
Views: 168

Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin NYC Arts Interview

Thank you, Lenny - I loved it!
by Lance
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vadim Repin - live at 21
Replies: 4
Views: 209

Re: Vadim Repin - live at 21

I have much with Repin on discs. Wonderful violinist. I also prepared a piano for Alexander Markovich once some time ago. It's a small world! There's an interesting 10-CD set on Erato [63263] with much material. He has also recorded with pianists Berezovsky, Argerich, Lang Lang, and Lugansky. Many r...
by Lance
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: FWW: Obscure piano works
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: FWW: Obscure piano works

I see you enjoy many of the more modern piano works. The one I know pretty well is that of Mathieu. Sowerby I think might be interesting, and the Janacek I'm of aware of as well. Many piano works deserve their obscurity ; these don’t,IMHO. I have not checked, but suspect several, possibly all , of t...
by Lance
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert Pianist Denk Reviews Robert Schumann Book
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Re: Concert Pianist Denk Reviews Robert Schumann Book

The book arrived a couple days ago and I'm delighted with it. Well researched and written, and some color photographs within. Probably one of the better books on Schumann that I have read. Recommended.
by Lance
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 488

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

Quoted: "[Tommasini] has expanded his list of indispensable composers from 10 to 17, all, it seems safe to say, unarguably great: Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Verdi, Wagner, Brahms, Puccini, Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Bartok. While I would ...
by Lance
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 589

Re: Richter

The discography is fantastic, and exceedingly well done. Since it was released in 2012, many more of Richter's recordings have been released or reissued. A shame that discography is not brought up to current date or at least contains a supplement to recordings issued when that discography was comple...
by Lance
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 589

Re: Richter

You selected a great "bender," Sue! Unquestionably one of the greats. Richter's is probably the largest discography I have of any single pianist. And live recordings are still coming around!
by Lance
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Lugansky,Moser cd's free listening complete
Replies: 1
Views: 173

Re: New Lugansky,Moser cd's free listening complete

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61lHfqqQR3L._SX355_.jpg Paladino 0100, released just now Lugansky is a phenomenal pianist from everything I've heard and have. I would be most curious about his Debussy nonetheless. Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy has just come forth with Debussy's Prelude...
by Lance
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What can we hear at 3-degrees Upstate NY?
Replies: 9
Views: 400

Re: What can we hear at 3-degrees Upstate NY?

Been a long time since I heard that one. For some reason, it didn't "take" to my brain. Maybe I should give it a second chance. I certainly have the recordings! I was being facetious about Wothe Vaughan-Williams.It's good to see so many serious suggestions,and none specially name like Tchaikovsky's ...
by Lance
Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What can we hear at 3-degrees Upstate NY?
Replies: 9
Views: 400

Re: What can we hear at 3-degrees Upstate NY?

Haydn would work in The Seasons as would Vaughan Williams. But for winter, on a cold night we might also hear the following: Schubert: Winterreise Tchaikovsky: "Winter Dreams," Symphony No. 1 Raff: Symphony #11 "Winter" Halley's Winter Dream Dett: Tropic Winter Dohnanyi: Winter Dances for Piano Hols...
by Lance
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes article on Debussy book
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: NYTimes article on Debussy book

My copy arrived today, November 23, 2018 - and I'm already involved in it.
by Lance
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schimmel pianos
Replies: 1
Views: 227

Re: Schimmel pianos

Yes, I have worked on a number of them over the years. At one time Schimmel was one of Germany's great names in pianos, having been made for well over 100 years. One of the big grands I tended to I thought was voiced very brightly to the point of hurting the ears on the high end. The piano industry ...
by Lance
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rediscovered Symphony Radiates Cosmic Grandeur
Replies: 1
Views: 273

Re: Rediscovered Symphony Radiates Cosmic Grandeur

New to me, too. Not a relative of George Eastman, for sure. What a way to have to live a life. George Eastman died in 1932 of a gunshot wound to the head.
by Lance
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Turkey Day
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Re: Turkey Day

I trust everyone had a memorable Thanksgiving Day. Great food, friends, and most thankful for all the music we love and enjoy.
by Lance
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert Pianist Denk Reviews Robert Schumann Book
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Re: Concert Pianist Denk Reviews Robert Schumann Book

Looks very interesting. My love for Schumann's music is endless. This looks well researched. I've ordered it.
by Lance
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What can we hear at 3-degrees Upstate NY?
Replies: 9
Views: 400

What can we hear at 3-degrees Upstate NY?

Yeah, 3 degrees, and supposed to be -1 as the night moves along.

Time for Vivaldi's Four Seasons "Winter," I guess.
by Lance
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3958
Views: 565955

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

Wow! You know how to pick 'em! Some great material there.
by Lance
Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018
Replies: 12
Views: 877

Re: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018

Well, that is most UNFORTUNATE for him. Knowing about classical music might have changed him dramatically!
Rach3 wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:42 pm
Fortunately,Trump has no clue about classical music.
by Lance
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018
Replies: 12
Views: 877

Re: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018

Who would have thought? I guess we should have KNOWN. I'm surprised about Gilels, who turns out to be one of my favourite pianists. Apparently Richter didn't put up with any ... you know! I never realized until I saw a recent documentary on TV that Stalin was a lover of classical music. Perhaps some...
by Lance
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Water Music Ti-ya, ti-ya, pa, pa, pa
Replies: 1
Views: 273

Re: Water Music Ti-ya, ti-ya, pa, pa, pa

Wow, Lenny. A great read. I'm so pleased the orchestra is willing to listen and employ some of these ideas. If she was successful with, especially, the Vienna Philharmonic, known to be difficult at times, and the Berlin Philharmonic, she could be successful with her ideas probably with any orchestra.
by Lance
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Cziffra fans
Replies: 9
Views: 648

Re: For Cziffra fans

Very interesting, John, and thank you for taking the time to check this out. Can you point me to someplace on the Web that is offering this set and where we might find the best price? I have a lot of Milstein material, but it looks like some of this material might be new to CD. Some big ones were th...
by Lance
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Mefistofele
Replies: 6
Views: 439

Re: Tonight's Met Mefistofele

Did you eat it anyway, Lenny?
by Lance
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Cziffra fans
Replies: 9
Views: 648

Re: For Cziffra fans

John/CharmNewton, can you give me a few examples of the Capitol recordings/sets that did not transfer to Warner that went out of print? William Steinberg recorded for Capitol, but were there others? I haven't kept abreast of these deletions. You're kidding Brian - already OOP? Can't believe it. Eve...
by Lance
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018
Replies: 12
Views: 877

Re: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018

Cannot blame your physician's thoughts. However, musicians, for the most part, were largely not to be included in the lineup. Think of what poor Maria Yudina had to go through ... but as much as she detested the Stalin regime, he held her in the very highest esteem. I never realized until I saw a re...
by Lance
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes article on Debussy book
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: NYTimes article on Debussy book

I, too, didn't realize Debussy had such a life. All the more reason to read this book.
by Lance
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Cziffra fans
Replies: 9
Views: 648

Re: For Cziffra fans

You're kidding Brian - already OOP? Can't believe it. Even on the "used" market? Sometimes when they say "limited edition," I guess they mean it! Another Cziffra fan here, especially his Liszt! :) I sadly dithered over getting the 40CD box, and now of course it's unavailable. Perhaps Warner will rei...
by Lance
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes article on Debussy book
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: NYTimes article on Debussy book

Lenny, very interesting article. This is a book that I must read! Thank you.
by Lance
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Cziffra fans
Replies: 9
Views: 648

Re: For Cziffra fans

Very great fan of Cziffra ... have communicated with his late wife as well. The mega-box from EMI is a treasure and contains his Philips and Decca recordings as well. And don't miss out on any of his Hungaroton recordings. There are many other labels offering his art in live performances such as Aur...
by Lance
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018
Replies: 12
Views: 877

Re: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018

Hmm. I have been personally impressed by Matsuev's pianism. The first CD recordings I acquired were on RCA and I had pleasure in tracking all of them down. These include a live 2007 recital at Carnegie Hall [RCA 29146 or a 43-CD set 03227 entitled "Great Moments at Carnegie Hall."] Another RCA disc ...
by Lance
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow in the Northeast & Listening!
Replies: 3
Views: 408

Snow in the Northeast & Listening!

Ah yes, our first snow fall that is sticking in upstate New York. So, take the time to enjoy some of your newly acquired recordings. A very good day/night for it!
by Lance
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trifonov
Replies: 1
Views: 301

Re: Trifonov

Trifonov has long been on my musical radar. How long can he keep going like this? Good qustion. He's a risk-taker, very much in the tradition of the younger Horowitz or an Earl Wild, among some others.
by Lance
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reissue of Columbia Black Composers Series
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Re: Reissue of Columbia Black Composers Series

Very good news, indeed. This is the first I've heard of this release. It will be on my list as well!
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 482

Re: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist

I remember HANON well! I studied it in my early days of learning to play the piano. I just would not have thought about Hanon linked Shostakovitch. But, I suppose it happens all the time between composers and getting their inspiration! I just looked up the Wikipedia article on Hanon and discovered t...
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An organ recital
Replies: 10
Views: 597

Re: An organ recital

It is too bad, perhaps, my life centers around PIANOS. But I truly love the organ, collect many recordings of the instrument, but know very little about them. If you were to write a brief essay on pipe organs, the various kinds, and what all the specifications really mean, that would be a great hono...
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!
Replies: 16
Views: 1502

Re: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!

So now I am very curious. Has ANYBODY sought this Oscar Levant release? Sometimes I think I am far too sentimental about performing artists. Surprising how many don't even know his name today.
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dobrinka Tabakova's new PC
Replies: 3
Views: 405

Re: Dobrinka Tabakova's new PC

Interesting about FAZIL SAY. I have some of his recordings. I am unsure where I fall with regard to his art. What do others think of Fazil's pianism, I wonder? Dobrinka Tabakova’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, “Together Remember To Dance “ , London premiere, BBC Concert Orchestra under Bra...
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hyperion's "Liszt Complete" ... continues!
Replies: 2
Views: 334

Hyperion's "Liszt Complete" ... continues!

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51OV+gG4geL._AC_US218_.jpg Just when we think we have the fabulous collection of all of Franz Liszt's solo piano music on Hyperion, another one of "new discoveries" comes forth. Leslie Howard , again, the pianist, presents what is believed to be first...
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Danacord's 2017 Rarities at Schloss vor Husum out!
Replies: 0
Views: 290

Danacord's 2017 Rarities at Schloss vor Husum out!

Danacord 799 Rarities of Piano Music, Husum Festival, 2017 I have faithfully added each one, year-by-year from the beginning. This series always follows by a year after each festival. It does not present the entire festival's music but highlights featuring many pianists. This edition, which just arr...
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini, again!
Replies: 1
Views: 290

Toscanini, again!

From the beginning of my LP record collecting days from the age of 17, recordings by Toscanini played a major part of my collection. Then came forth his mega-sets from RCA. EMI issued some CDs as did Sony Classical from the Columbia days. Then there was the gathering of his work, and then on many ot...
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An organ recital
Replies: 10
Views: 597

Re: An organ recital

I always loved that Flentrop organ at the Busch-Reisinger Museum. Biggs did, indeed, make many a recording at Harvard. I had the pleasure of seeing him live in Syracuse, NY one time. I think his wife, Peggy, was at his side helping with stops, etc. The place was packed and it was a memorable recital...
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 482

Re: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist

I just learned something about that second piano concerto! Thank you, Beckmesser! I've read through the Shostakovich Second Piano Concerto a few times and I didn't find it especially difficult. I suppose it had just the right degree of difficulty for the composer's son who was presumably an advanced...
by Lance
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 18
Views: 1214

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Ah, the Brahms pieces! I have the Katchen on Decca and Audite, Gieseking's EMI recordings (now on Appian), Kubalek on Dorian, all by Kempff on Decca and DGG, Volodos on Sony, Richter on Eurodisc, Egon Petri, Grimaud (Erato), and Lupu. I have been most touched by the recordings of Radu Lupu on Decca,...
by Lance
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 35
Views: 5039

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

WOW! Sometimes I'm amazed at how many HITS certain topics get on CMG. This one gets well over 4,000 hits, but only 30-some responses. Has anyone acquired Hough's novel since the original posting of this subject?