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by Lance
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A rare Christian Ferras (violin) DGG CD!
Replies: 3
Views: 57

A rare Christian Ferras (violin) DGG CD!

I didn't know about this recording — like many people and collectors — and, apparently, neither did DGG when they issued their recordings of violinist Christian Ferras in their big set [480 6655, 10 CDs]. Ferras committed suicide but left us a wonderful legacy of recordings on basically two major la...
by Lance
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: another tenor I didn't know
Replies: 2
Views: 35

Re: another tenor I didn't know

Harris - yes, another great voice! Who said things were changing with regard to great singers?
by Lance
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: is this a voice ... or what?
Replies: 1
Views: 28

Re: is this a voice ... or what?

Great voice!
by Lance
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grieg's Cello Sonata
Replies: 2
Views: 39

Re: Grieg's Cello Sonata

Indeed, both lovely works by Grieg. His piano sonata is a fabulous piece, and I love his Violin Sonata #3 of all three of the violin sonatas.
by Lance
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remembering Birgit Nilsson
Replies: 7
Views: 205

Re: Remembering Birgit Nilsson

Nilsson - a personal favourite - was probably the last of the great Wagnerian singers, preceded, of course, (as noted by Brian/maestrob), Kirsten Flagstad. Nilsson had the "package," as they say, and a great personality, but most of all, an enormous set of lungs. I have many of her recordings on var...
by Lance
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Community Music Program July to November 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 2183

Re: Community Music Program July to November 2018

Mendelssohn wrote quite a bit of organ music. Probably the best known are his six sonatas for organ solo that form his opus 65. Then there were numerous other works such as preludes and fugues, etc. This sounds like a wonderful presentation for your group. I wish I was there! Probably the least-know...
by Lance
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Small solo piano works of Mompou,Lourie,Bowen
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: Small solo piano works of Mompou,Lourie,Bowen

I am certainly aware of Federico Mompou's music and have been aware of it for a long time. It seems to be making its way into recitals and recordings much more frequently these days (Stephen Hough, Martin Jones, De Larrocha, Volodos, Earl Wild, Magda Tagliaferro, and many others). Even Mompou, himse...
by Lance
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Indiana U. Jacobs SoM webcast - (R)evolution of Steve Jobs - Mason Bates 7:30 PM 9/14-15
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: Indiana U. Jacobs SoM webcast - (R)evolution of Steve Jobs - Mason Bates 7:30 PM 9/14-15

I guess, like many organizations in music — opera companies, and symphony orchestra primarily — are attempting to garner a new and younger audience that reflects more of what is happening in their own time. I doubt that too many gray-haired opera-goers will be enticed to take this one on, regardless...
by Lance
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Community Music Program July to November 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 2183

Re: Community Music Program July to November 2018

Interesting that you should bring up Johann Quantz . I can't recall any other discussions about the composer on these boards but there may be some. Quantz was not only a performing flute virtuoso (since the oboe didn't work out for him), he was a prolific composer offering hundreds of works for his ...
by Lance
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 318

Re: In defense of libraries

Understand that problem completely, John Francis! While I have, personally, had no need to visit a library in a long time, except to attend NYCON conventions, I have my own ever-expanding library in a variety of subjects My personal library is large and growing, but I also read books which I'm not g...
by Lance
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In defense of libraries
Replies: 16
Views: 318

Re: In defense of libraries

We have many libraries in large- and small communities. I see them being used regularly by all sorts of people, young and old and in-between. While I have, personally, had no need to visit a library in a long time, except to attend NYCON conventions, I have my own ever-expanding library in a variety...
by Lance
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls
Replies: 15
Views: 272

Being Inundated with Unwanted Phone Calls

This is happening on a land line. I receive between 6 and 14 calls on a daily basis for some medical stuff being offered, often paid for by Medicare, or that my computer is in sad shape (it isn't!). Many of the numbers calling are LOCAL numbers showing the same area code that I have. When answering,...
by Lance
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca's Claudio Arrau Edition
Replies: 5
Views: 791

Re: Decca's Claudio Arrau Edition

This is no doubt due to when these products are first released, they are quickly snapped up. The remainder then moves slowly and prices frequently come down until the sets are basically gone ... then, of course, the price goes back up to sometimes extraordinary asking prices. Law of supply and deman...
by Lance
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norman Lebrecht Publishes My Gary Graffman Interview
Replies: 9
Views: 254

Re: Norman Lebrecht Publishes My Gary Graffman Interview

Donald, wonderful interview ... just the kind that captures me. Of course, Graffman, one of the greats, always for me. Thankfully, I have just about all his recordings, all on RCA and Columbia, Bridge, one on Decca (with Katchen), the Rorem Left-Hand Concerto with Preven conducting, and the Schnittk...
by Lance
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak Symphony 5
Replies: 10
Views: 504

Re: Dvorak Symphony 5

Ah ... so THAT'S why Alfred Brendel never recorded any of Grieg's music (that I can immediately think of)! Music for a chamberpot? Err ... chambermaid.
by Lance
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buywell
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: Buywell

To add to the above post regarding Bohm's Brahms Symphony No. 1 with the Berlin PO, I quote annotator Andrea Fasano: "It is no surprise, then, that the 1958 recording of Brahms' First Symphony was so authoritative. This was a piece very close to Bohm's heart, and the experience of hearing it perform...
by Lance
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms
Replies: 34
Views: 577

Re: Britten's "War Requiem" at 2018 Proms

Britten's music is not one of my personal loves. I do listen, have many recordings, and have enjoyed Britten more as a conductor and/or pianist in other composer's compositions. I certainly admit to his genius. His music, I'm sure, will continue to live. The fact that I am so steeped in music from t...
by Lance
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Article Anton Reicha
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: NYTimes Article Anton Reicha

I have quite of few CDs of Reicha's music but hate to admit he doesn't fall into my regular listening habits; I don't know why. Perhaps I shall pick him up again! I can recommend a 3-CD set on the Alpha label [369] that contains a piano trio, trios for three celli, piano sonatas and other works perf...
by Lance
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buywell
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: Buywell

Reb, you said: "Oh, oh! I checked at Amazon, and found this Australian Eloquence CD is now available there. Its coupled with the Tragic Overture. If you don't have it, jump on it! Its far better than Bohm's very good remake of all 4 with the VPO, and all three customer reviews give it 5 stars, as I...
by Lance
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buywell
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: Buywell

I bought many an item from Buywell, especially the Australian Universal Eloquence CDs. Now those CDs have become more available through England and other gateways. I used to correspond with the original owner of Buywell who ultimately sold it off to someone else. It has been awhile since I've dealt ...
by Lance
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music Tidbits (and Mishaps) #3
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Music Tidbits (and Mishaps) #3

Composer Max Reger Sits in the Smallest Room [This one never fails to make me smile!] It was after the premiere performance of Reger's Sinfonietta , Op. 90 that the music critic of the Münchener Neueste Nachrichten , Rudolf Louis, deplored the modernity of the work in his review on February 7th, 19...
by Lance
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music Tidbits (and Mishaps) #2
Replies: 1
Views: 245

Music Tidbits (and Mishaps) #2

SOME ADVICE FOR PIANO PUPILS: Always wash your hands before Fingering the virgin score; Never park your boiled sweets, please, On the clean piano keys; Practice scales? Of course, you must — Pedaled softly, though, we trust! Do not, with a single digit, Pick out tunes that make us fidget; Lest the ...
by Lance
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 943

Re: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/418peeZ8xAL._SY355_.jpg Indeed, Brilliant gives us a 35-CD boxed set [93761] of all of Brendel's Early Vox and Turnabout recordings as well as those he did for Vanguard. It's hard to believe this set is now a bit over 10 years old in the Brilliant inc...
by Lance
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral
Replies: 34
Views: 1228

Re: Renee Fleming Danny Boy McCain Funeral

I cannot recall off the top of my head, but did Fleming ever make a recording of "Danny Boy?"
by Lance
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"
Replies: 32
Views: 943

Brendel's book: "Music, Sense and Nonsense"

This is a remarkable book that has been around for awhile, but this 2017 edition published in England by Biteback Publishing and is a 454 page compendium of many musical subjects. Critics have stated: "Brendel not only discusses the works in hand with his usual clarity and warmth but also sets them ...
by Lance
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical Tidbits (and Mishaps) #1
Replies: 2
Views: 266

Musical Tidbits (and Mishaps) #1

Prior to conductor Hugo Rignold becoming chief conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic in 1948, he spent some of his wartime service in Cairo, Egypt where he led the Middle East Symphony Orchestra. This was an ad-hoc group consisting of army musicians joined with such local or expatriate players as...
by Lance
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vladimir Feltsman, 1987 and 2014
Replies: 5
Views: 325

Re: Vladimir Feltsman, 1987 and 2014

Years ago, I had the pleasure of preparing Vladimir Feltsman's Steinway concert grand for two performances of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor. It goes without saying that his performance was outstanding. I had the opportunity to go to dinner with him and other guests where the moo...
by Lance
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: About "Cher," the singer
Replies: 7
Views: 352

About "Cher," the singer

I was recently invited to go to the movie "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," which is the sequel to the original "Mamma Mia." I never saw the original film. This is not usually the kind of movie I attend, but I must say it was entertaining, particularly musically . I have never collected any recordings ...
by Lance
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Announces
Replies: 9
Views: 501

Re: NYCO Announces

Indeed, rather disappointing to me, too. For me, the vocal recital would be the most interesting one to hear/see.
by Lance
Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Jonathan Plowright: Josef Suk piano music
Replies: 0
Views: 284

Pianist Jonathan Plowright: Josef Suk piano music

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81Rz-zrOjDL._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71iSB-1AXBL._SX355_.jpg Hyperion 68198, 76:38 JOSEF SUK, composer [1874-1935] Jonathan Plowright, pianist (Recorded in England, September 2017) A pupil of Antonin Dvorak (he also...
by Lance
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Oreo cookies - made in Mexico!
Replies: 4
Views: 333

Re: Oreo cookies - made in Mexico!

I have a Toyota RAV4 Limited which is probably the best, most dependable car I have ever had. Previously, I had another RAV4, and before that a Camry XLE. And truly, they are the most dependable cars I've ever had, and there have been many. However, some people I have talked with say they are no lon...
by Lance
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera
Replies: 15
Views: 699

Re: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera

My humble apologies to our devoted/dedicated John Francis! Originally I did type John Francis' name but then changed it to Lenny. Perhaps losing my marbles. So thank YOU, John Francis! > Thank you, Lenny, for informing us of this book. I well remember C.L.O.'s reviews from High Fidelity magazine. < ...
by Lance
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Oreo cookies - made in Mexico!
Replies: 4
Views: 333

Oreo cookies - made in Mexico!

I was at a party this evening where the famous Oreo cookies were served while playing cards. I had three, and someone said, "Lance, made in Mexico now!" Seeing is believing, the packaging is very clear where the product is made. Am I to believe that America is now choosing to have name-brand cookies...
by Lance
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marc-André Hamelin's Schubert B-Flat, Op. Posth. Sonata
Replies: 5
Views: 440

Marc-André Hamelin's Schubert B-Flat, Op. Posth. Sonata

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61p80ZRpinL._AC_US327_QL65_.jpg Hyperion 68213, 81:52 I approached this CD with a bit of trepidation. Hamelin has made an impression upon me long ago for his work in playing some of the world's least-performed virtuosic music, always a joy to hear. I ...
by Lance
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Now It's David Daniels
Replies: 4
Views: 632

Re: Now It's David Daniels

Agreed!
by Lance
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Inge Borkh 1921-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 621

Re: Inge Borkh 1921-2018

Loved Inge Borkh. Have many recordings (still all too few for an artist of this caliber), including commercial and live-performance recordings. Imagine 97 (or older)!
by Lance
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera
Replies: 15
Views: 699

Re: Conrad L. Osborne's new book on opera

A most interesting review by Joe Horowitz, which means this is a book I must have. Thank you, Lenny, for informing us of this book. I well remember C.L.O.'s reviews from High Fidelity magazine. I also learned much from the late Harris Goldsmith who wrote extensively about the performance of piano mu...
by Lance
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Bernstein's Piano Sonata ( 1938 )
Replies: 4
Views: 701

Re: Leonard Bernstein's Piano Sonata ( 1938 )

I looked in vain to find even a commercial recording of Bernstein's 1938 piano sonata. I don't believe it is in any of his mega boxed sets performed by anyone. Other than YT, does anyone know of a commercial recording of the work?
by Lance
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Bernstein: Vocal Works Edition
Replies: 3
Views: 555

Leonard Bernstein: Vocal Works Edition

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51zCJwT+ofL._AC_US327_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg Sony Classical 86048, 56 CDs, Limited Edition My copy arrived yesterday, and quite a package it is. Of course there are much more than vocal works in this set. There is symphonic works, chamber music, etc. There ...
by Lance
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Now It's David Daniels
Replies: 4
Views: 632

Re: Now It's David Daniels

Will this stuff never end? Have many of Daniels' recordings. No doubt this will cut his career short.
by Lance
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...
Replies: 25
Views: 1596

Re: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...

Steinweg SHTINEVEG = Steinway SHTINEVAY

Steinweg was the original German name of the Steinway family.
The Grotrian Steinweg piano is still being made today but no longer associated with
the German/American Steinway facilities.
by Lance
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Böhm lived here!!
Replies: 12
Views: 968

Re: Karl Böhm lived here!!

What a lovely place. I'd love to live there. I wonder if it is an apartment building or whether the whole house was his living quarters. When I was in Vienna, I don't remember seeing that place.
by Lance
Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...
Replies: 25
Views: 1596

Re: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...

How beautifully put! I am still rolling on the floor. When John Boehner was Speaker of the House, I made the incredibly stupid mistake of asking an Academic Bowl question and pronouncing it Boner. My left-leaning spouse has pronounced it BONER for many years now, with an added dollop of contempt. Bu...
by Lance
Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 99
Views: 30335

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

I eagerly await my copy for $150/USD, which includes postage. Not Amazon, who apparently gets the lion's share of the sets for distribution. It may be a wait but if it gets here soon, I'll be very happy. I also have on order the Alicia de Larrocha set, which I think I got a good deal on, too. In com...
by Lance
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Igor Levit plays LvB's " Diabelli " live
Replies: 3
Views: 539

Re: Igor Levit plays LvB's " Diabelli " live

I have grown to love the Diabelli Variations by Beethoven. It is amazing to me what Beethoven could do with the original theme. There are, of course, dozens of recordings on CD. These are amongs the ones I have, so pick your pianist! R. Serkin (commercial recording Sony); Daniel Varsano (Sony); Wilh...
by Lance
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Stephen Hough's "Dream Album" (Hyperion)
Replies: 0
Views: 498

Pianist Stephen Hough's "Dream Album" (Hyperion)

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61ZF7W8n7SL._SY90_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71DyHlbomBL._SL1200_.jpg Hyperion 68176, 80:03, DDD [very generous offering time-wise!] What a unique release! All transcriptions, many transcribed by Hough or composed by himself...
by Lance
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November
Replies: 11
Views: 1042

Re: Make room for the Andre Previn megabox come November

I once heard Previn conduct Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. I did not find it particularly impressive, but it was the BSO! No question, Previn is an highly talented musician with broad interests in a huge range of music. Given all the releases of mega-box...
by Lance
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”
Replies: 15
Views: 1093

Re: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”

No question, there are many very great artists today in front of the public. I wholeheartedly agree with you that it is "society's" fault. As I often say, EVERYTHING is always in a state of change from birth to death. Often I am pleasantly surprised and enjoy what I hear, too.
by Lance
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...
Replies: 25
Views: 1596

About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...

I have heard many people interpret the steens or steins differently or incorrectly from what we know. Rubinstein pronounced his name as STINE, Bernstein as STINE, Milstein as STINE, yet we have DinnerSTEEN. Other than hearing it from the person directly, even people that are not famous, how do we KN...