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by Lance
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is everybody?
Replies: 12
Views: 353

Where is everybody?

Are people still going to concerts and buying music? I sure hope so or else we will, perhaps, be buying downloads, something I DON'T want to do. Let's hear from you on CMG!
by Lance
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fully Restored Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: Fully Restored Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina

Stunning instrument(s). Glad I don't tune THOSE! 😝
by Lance
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Scam phone call
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Re: Scam phone call

Yes, I've had these calls to. Pay no attention and give NO information whatsoever.
by Lance
Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TCM's Robert Osborne's passing
Replies: 0
Views: 81

TCM's Robert Osborne's passing

I was saddened to see the passing of Turner Classic Movies' spokesman and film host, Robert Osborne , who passed away at age 84 earlier this week. TCM has presented a 48-hour marathon this weekend showing special Private Screenings, many of which I have seen before when initially televised. I think...
by Lance
Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca: 4 CD Set, Australian Singers *****
Replies: 0
Views: 144

Decca: 4 CD Set, Australian Singers *****

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51c9rmX7LzL._AC_US218_.jpg Decca Eloquence 482 5892, 4 CDs https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71ShtKjQ7mL._SX355_.jpg FROM MELBA to SUTHERLAND Australian Singers on Record Now, HERE'S a set that will appeal to vocal collectors. I hope y...
by Lance
Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Caballé's Herodiade (Massenet)
Replies: 1
Views: 132

Caballé's Herodiade (Massenet)

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/611sHXkDrjL._AC_US218_.jpg Not that many complete recordings of Massenet's four-act opera Herodiade have been made. It premiered in 1881 in Belgium. And certainly one featuring the caliber of singers in this live 1984 performance, recorded in Barcelo...
by Lance
Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Preghiera" Rachmaninoff Trios - DGG
Replies: 1
Views: 133

"Preghiera" Rachmaninoff Trios - DGG

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51qx30j5sUL._AC_US218_.jpg DGG 479 6979, 67'07" There have been a number of recordings of Sergei Rachmaninoff's (1873-1943) Piano Trios, namely the Trio Elegiaque No. 1 in G Minor , and the Trio Elegiaque No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 9 . No. 1 was a student...
by Lance
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow means listening to more music!
Replies: 8
Views: 216

Re: Snow means listening to more music!

Well, tomorrow (Thursday), my snow removal man is coming at 7am. Finally. And the Mrs. is returning from Florida saying it has been cold there (Fort Lauderdale area). She's going Amtrak (will never fly). When I was there a few weeks ago it was wonderful. We have now had no mail delivery for two days...
by Lance
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow means listening to more music!
Replies: 8
Views: 216

Snow means listening to more music!

We, in the Binghamton, New York area have been hugely hard-hit with snow. [We even made USA Today for snow amounts!] I cannot recall seeing a storm as bad as "Stella" in many years. In some places around my place, I measured 22 inches of snow. We are in a second day of no travel ban. I patiently awa...
by Lance
Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RIP Alberto Zedda (1928–2017) Rossini Specialist
Replies: 4
Views: 256

Re: RIP Alberto Zedda (1928–2017) Rossini Specialist

I, too, have quite a few of his recordings, the Naxos operas, a Sony recital of arias with Olga Peretyatko, and an EMI recording of opera arias with Agnes Baltsa. I never really acquired recordings with him because of his conducting abilities, but rather for the artists with whom he recorded. That ...
by Lance
Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG's improved software!
Replies: 21
Views: 935

Re: CMG's improved software!

Funny, I am immediately able to type a message with the gray "smiley" face to my
immediate right. I have not experienced any problem thus far. Not sure what to say about
this John. I know Rick looks in on this post from time-to-time. Perhaps he can comment on what you are experiencing.
by Lance
Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Adams dean of American new music
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: John Adams dean of American new music

Outstanding review! Very fine writing, indeed.
by Lance
Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: R.I.P. Kurt Moll (1938-2017 .)
Replies: 8
Views: 303

Re: R.I.P. Kurt Moll (1938-2017 .)

Well, based on opinions hereon, I expect to have a copy of the Karajan PARSIFAL shortly. Thank you for helping to spend my hard-earned $$$!
by Lance
Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New SERVER coming up!
Replies: 11
Views: 560

Re: New SERVER coming up!

Thank you, Rick. Appreciate the prompt service. Will be watching closely.
by Lance
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: R.I.P. Kurt Moll (1938-2017 .)
Replies: 8
Views: 303

Re: R.I.P. Kurt Moll (1938-2017 .)

Well, I have much, with appreciation and thankfulness, but certainly not everything. I don't think anybody does. I generally collect by performing artist, then repertoire. But when a great artist becomes deceased, I immediately think about doing a memorial radio broadcast or two and look to see what...
by Lance
Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: R.I.P. Kurt Moll (1938-2017 .)
Replies: 8
Views: 303

Re: R.I.P. Kurt Moll (1938-2017 .)

Kurt Moll had a long and distinguished career. I don't have a lot of recordings of his, particularly recitals, but oratorios, some opera, and other collaborative works. Haydn's Creation, duets with Brigitte Fassbaender (Harmonia Mundi), Carl Loewe's lieder (CPO), Mozart opera (Decca), Haydn Seasons ...
by Lance
Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New SERVER coming up!
Replies: 11
Views: 560

Re: New SERVER coming up!

Yes, I've noticed that too and wondered. However, when you go to the actual post, it shows properly. I'll see what Rick has to say about this when initially writing posts. Thanks for the update, Lance! For the record, I've been using Google Chrome and it works fine so far. I wonder if the problem w...
by Lance
Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New SERVER coming up!
Replies: 11
Views: 560

Re: New SERVER coming up!

See update on my original post. Transition to new server will be this coming Thursday and will probably take less than one hour.
by Lance
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New SERVER coming up!
Replies: 11
Views: 560

New SERVER coming up!

I have just been advised by our site guru, Rick, that he is ready to make the transition to an entirely new server. That means we will be down for a period of time. If you cannot log on, this is the reason. In the end, the wait will be worth it. John Francis and I stay in touch so if you can't reac...
by Lance
Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach, Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Re: Bach, Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue

Indeed, one of my favourite pieces of JS Bach as well, and like John Francis, I have always enjoyed Landowska's interpretations of most of her Bach. I have learned to love the harpsichord, and in Landowska's case, maybe it was because I was able to play on her incredible cast-iron made custom-made P...
by Lance
Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's programs 3-25/4-1 2017: Gervase de Peyer, clarinet
Replies: 0
Views: 407

Lance's programs 3-25/4-1 2017: Gervase de Peyer, clarinet

Posted March 25, 2017 Gervase de Peyer, clarinet Two-Part Program Memorial Tribute The clarinet has fared well among audiences, not only popular among popular music lovers, but the classics since the instrument was first heard. Many composers have written great classical music for the clarinet. The...
by Lance
Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grace Bumbry 80th Birthday Set from DGG
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: Grace Bumbry 80th Birthday Set from DGG

Yes, the smiley on the right side of this box gives us a little something extra. I talked to Rick about including it. I, too, notice that when typing, the words split strangely on the box in which we type but all the text comes out properly when actually posted. 🎶😱 Just a little something extra on C...
by Lance
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3668
Views: 191790

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

Actually, far too many new discs since about the first of the year. No doubt last year and this year (so far) has been a tremendous banner year for collectors who grew up largely on LPs and have adapted to the CD format nicely. The mega-boxes from nearly all labels make not wanting to grab some new ...
by Lance
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Same piece, different conductor
Replies: 36
Views: 872

Re: Same piece, different conductor

John Francis, is this the book entitled Notes of Seven Decades by Dorati? I'm not sure if he wrote anything else. If so, I have a copy and will re-read it since I read it so long ago. In a way, I kind of agree with Dorati if he said that. On the other hand, we all have favourite conductors, not nec...
by Lance
Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grace Bumbry 80th Birthday Set from DGG
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Grace Bumbry 80th Birthday Set from DGG

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51g3-kx7hTL._SY450_.jpg DGG 482 7626, 8 CDs, 1 DVD GRACE BUMBRY, mezzo-soprano "The Black Venus" Disc: 1 Handel, Israell in Egypt (Christensen, Bischoff, Bumbry, Blackburn, Watts, Wood, Utah Symphony, Abravanel, conductor) [First release on CD, origi...
by Lance
Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you want to join CMG ... this is the way to do it!
Replies: 5
Views: 12336

Re: If you want to join CMG ... this is the way to do it!

We are a one-man show running CMG -- me! Sorry for your disappointment, but some things slip through the cracks. Can you advise me your NEW sign-on name and I'll check it out. Did you also use a new e-mail address? You can also text me this information by private message through CMG.
by Lance
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Center Turns Away Woman Wearing Anti-Trump Sign
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Re: Lincoln Center Turns Away Woman Wearing Anti-Trump Sign

Touchy business. Personally, I would NOT have worn something like that to ANY public performance arts center, museum, or like venues. It is not the place to display personal thoughts and ideas on politics, at least in my way of thinking. Even if Ms. Heinz was sitting down and her sign did not appear...
by Lance
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG's improved software!
Replies: 21
Views: 935

CMG's improved software!

Hello everyone! We have an updated look thanks to our guru, RICK! Soon we will be on a new server and things should be noticeably better. You should see vast improvements in working the site. You will edit differently now, etc., and we have many new colors, however, it will only take a few moments t...
by Lance
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stanisław Skrowaczewski RIP
Replies: 9
Views: 512

Re: Stanisław Skrowaczewski RIP

I have a number of recordings of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski , especially in collaborations. OEHMS has issued a big box set of all the Beethoven 9, Brahms 4, Schumann 4 and Bruckner symphonies, etc. For some reason, I am not inclined to go for this one. Some of his Mercury recordings were excellent. and...
by Lance
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Brendel - Complete Philips CDs
Replies: 1
Views: 229

Alfred Brendel - Complete Philips CDs

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71gEXu-fuxL._SX522_.jpg Alfred Brendel has had a wonderful career as a pianist and his artistry has been documented from the beginning on a variety of labels, but mostly Vox and Philips. Brilliant Classics gathered all his Vox, Turnabout and Vanguard...
by Lance
Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist Pierre Fournier Edition on DGG
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: Cellist Pierre Fournier Edition on DGG

Well, there is the Stravinsky segment in the new DGG box. Fournier also recorded some Poulenc for EMI, Walton's Cello Concerto on BBC Legends, the Shostakovich Cello Concerto on BBC Legends, some Ravel now on Membran, but not too much else we might consider more contemporary music.
by Lance
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cellist Pierre Fournier Edition on DGG
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Cellist Pierre Fournier Edition on DGG

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/716M5ha2G0L._SX522_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61XB9QgWg5L.jpg One of my most admired cellists over the years has been PIERRE FOURNIER [1906-1986] , who has left an extraordinary legacy of recordings on myriad labels includi...
by Lance
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Hautzig Dies at 95
Replies: 15
Views: 441

Re: Walter Hautzig Dies at 95

I have around 52 of Brendel's recordings on Philips and Decca, and of course, many LPs acquired over the years. This complete edition certainly looks inviting, especially at $2/disc if still available. So there would be much duplication of music. You're right, I "probably" don't need this particular...
by Lance
Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anyone aware of pianist Lev Vinocour?
Replies: 1
Views: 176

Anyone aware of pianist Lev Vinocour?

I've been listening to the Russian pianist Lev Vinocour's recorded repertoire, most recently his Chopin Etudes, Opp. 10/25 complete along with the three Nouvelle Etudes, 27 [RCA 46936] in all. In reading Vinocour's notes, he sticks to Chopin's original markings and uses the most authoritative scores...
by Lance
Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Hautzig Dies at 95
Replies: 15
Views: 441

Re: Walter Hautzig Dies at 95

Brendel's was the first Beethoven sonata set I owned as a teenager (it was inexpensive), so I was impressed that ANYONE could play such amazing music. As Brendel matured, so did I, and so I think his later recordings got better and better in Beethoven. Thankfully, I was gifted his last set of the s...
by Lance
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Top Problem Facing Lovers Of Musical Theatre:
Replies: 22
Views: 529

Re: The Top Problem Facing Lovers Of Musical Theatre:

I quite agree, though I was taken with the music score of Gulliver's Travels, by Bernard Herrmann, who conducted some of this music on a British Decca CD [443.899]. Some of him conducting this music can be seen on YouTube. Looking for silly plots in serious works of art? Try Gulliver's Travels , Ca...
by Lance
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Hautzig Dies at 95
Replies: 15
Views: 441

Re: Walter Hautzig Dies at 95

I was not as impressed with Brendel's Vox recordings of the music of Beethoven , probably due, to a great degree, of the difference of the sound and pianos at that time. However, his SCHUBERT , for me on Vox was superior over all, though some of his Schubert on Philips was inspiring, too (the Hunga...
by Lance
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Zara Levina's [1906-1976] two piano concertos
Replies: 4
Views: 228

Re: Zara Levina's [1906-1976] two piano concertos

Well, I like contemporary music to a degree, especially if it has connections with the older traditions. One immediate case in point is Henryk Gorecki's Suite in the Olden Style, and his Symphony No. 3. Then there is Shostakovich, some of whose works I truly admire - his two piano concertos, the Fif...
by Lance
Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Hautzig Dies at 95
Replies: 15
Views: 441

Re: Walter Hautzig Dies at 95

Yes, I felt that way about where I "thought" Hautzig would be at his best. His earlier recordings for Monitor Records I thought were much more convincing, but, as do many artists, the older they become, the music takes on other characteristics, such as in much slower tempos alla Claudio Arrau, for e...
by Lance
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Hautzig Dies at 95
Replies: 15
Views: 441

Re: Walter Hautzig Dies at 95

In listening to many of Walter Hautzig's recordings of late in preparation of a radio tribute in his honour, I find his tonal properties very similar to that of Egon Petri, on the one hand, and Ernst Levy on the other (the latter's recordings are on the Marston label). That is to say, the man is a ...
by Lance
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Zara Levina's [1906-1976] two piano concertos
Replies: 4
Views: 228

Zara Levina's [1906-1976] two piano concertos

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61ZeCTKW4TL._SY450_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71%2BrNfnE-DL._SX522_.jpg Capriccio CD 5269 Zara Levina (1906-1976) *Piano Concerto No. 1 (1942) *Piano Concerto No. 2 (1975) Maria Lettberg, piano Symphony Orchestra, Radio Ber...
by Lance
Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nicolai Gedda RIP
Replies: 23
Views: 595

Re: Nicolai Gedda RIP

AMAZING the things we learn on CMG! Gedda, who had a light lyric tenor voice when he started, would have had to make himself heard not only through Puccini's orchestra doubling his vocal line but also, in the act 1 duet, to match a spinto soprano. The first Pinkerton, in both the premiere and the r...
by Lance
Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New picture of Chopin discovered
Replies: 23
Views: 622

Re: New picture of Chopin discovered

I'm with you. I'm not 100% satisfied with high-priced Starbucks coffee either and I've had it in many of their outlets in the Northeast USA. I prefer Dunkin' Donuts to Starbucks and have noted the "bitter" taste of Starbucks. However, I don't mind at all that this message is connected to the music b...
by Lance
Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I bought/ordered/got in the mail today
Replies: 156
Views: 25948

Re: What I bought/ordered/got in the mail today

Being away even for a week, it is nice to come home and find some fabulous things waiting. 1] Naxos 8.559798: Michael Daugherty (b.1954): Tales of Hemingway (2015) for Cello and Orchestra w/Zuill Bailey, cello; American Gothic for Orchestra (2013); Once Upon a Castle (2015) for Organ and Orchestra w...
by Lance
Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hello from sunny Florida!
Replies: 11
Views: 450

Re: Hello from sunny Florida!

Yes, Time-Warner has switched apparently everywhere in a massive sellout, including here in Binghamton, New York, where I use them for Internet service and long-line telephone service. The name Spectrum is supposed to show up here, too. I have not yet seen or been deluged as you have, however, with...
by Lance
Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carlo Bergonzi, tenor, great two-CD set (RCA)
Replies: 0
Views: 236

Carlo Bergonzi, tenor, great two-CD set (RCA)

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51Nf8nycKOL._SY450_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81OFXrscfGL._SX522_.jpg RCA 01808, 2 CDs, 123'30" Here's an interesting set that was released in September 2014. Somehow I missed it as it gives important opera excerpts with in...
by Lance
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Hautzig Dies at 95
Replies: 15
Views: 441

Re: Walter Hautzig Dies at 95

I have re-read Hautzig's book described above. Highly interesting reading. You will learn much about his life, playing the piano, travels, etc. Many of his CDs were issued on the Americus label, much of which was recorded in Norway where Hautzig spent considerable time.
by Lance
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hello from sunny Florida!
Replies: 11
Views: 450

Re: Hello from sunny Florida!

Well, I'm back safe and sound. Just in time to "enjoy" a snowstorm that may produce 6 to 12 inches of snow. (I doubt it though.) Lines at the Fort Lauderdale, FL airport were horrendous most likely due to the cancellations of previous days. I had a constant cougher across the aisle seat that hacked ...
by Lance
Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nicolai Gedda RIP
Replies: 23
Views: 595

Re: Nicolai Gedda RIP

VERY, very sorry to hear this news of Gedda. I adored his voice and Bjoerlings probably the most of all tenors as I am sure many have. I suspect I have nearly all available commercial and private recordings by these gents.