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by Lance
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lili Kraus's Complete Mozart Concertos [Sony]
Replies: 9
Views: 114

Re: Lili Kraus's Complete Mozart Concertos [Sony]

Yes, I have heard in her later years, the memory lapses were frequent. There was a story somewhere about a time when she dedicated a new Bosendorfer Imperial concert grand piano with orchestra, I think in South Carolina. It was the piano's first public appearance. Someone pushed the wrong button to ...
by Lance
Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another "Icon" set [ Louis Frémaux]
Replies: 1
Views: 52

Another "Icon" set [ Louis Frémaux]

The Icons keep coming! Warner has issued all of Frémaux's recordings made with England's City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (the orchestra that later went to Sir Simon Rattle). A very interesting set, indeed, with mostly French repertoire. Collaborative artists include the Tortelier family, Jill ...
by Lance
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marcel DuPré. organist - Mercury
Replies: 5
Views: 68

Marcel DuPré. organist - Mercury

I have long had a passion for organ music. There is really so much available on discs, and like any music one is interested in, it is quite impossible to have everything. DuPré, however, made a big hit whenever he appeared in the USA. He made a series of ten LPs for Mercury's "Living Presence" label...
by Lance
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lili Kraus's Complete Mozart Concertos [Sony]
Replies: 9
Views: 114

Lili Kraus's Complete Mozart Concertos [Sony]

I long enjoyed Lili Kraus's Mozart piano concertos in four Epic (offshoot of Columbia) sets of the Mozart piano concertos under American conductor Stephen Simon, who led the Vienna Festival Orchestra. Japanese Sony issued on CD some of the late concertos, but this is the first time all her Mozart co...
by Lance
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I Don't Remember If I Asked This Before:
Replies: 12
Views: 164

Re: I Don't Remember If I Asked This Before:

I've heard it stated somewhere that Sibelius had a problem with alcohol, which apparently greatly affected his ability to compose. Another composer who seemed to lose inspiration from the style of music so associated with him is Aaron Copland. I read somewhere that he admitted he was having problems...
by Lance
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Furtwangler Box
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Re: New Furtwangler Box

This isn't a NEW box; I've had my set since December 2013 when it was selling on Amazon for a mere $90. Indeed, it's wonderful to have so much of Furtwangler in one boxed set at such a great monetary value not to mention the great conductor's musical prowess, which is worth everything. I am so enam...
by Lance
Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Re: Schumann

Ah, Robert Schumann ... my desert island piano composer (but then I could never choose just one!). Schumann has been so well represented on recordings that is difficult to select just one recording of anything he composed. However, among the plethora of recordings of both the Waldscenen and the Fant...
by Lance
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist John Browning's complete RCA CDs
Replies: 1
Views: 128

Pianist John Browning's complete RCA CDs

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81v6TqXp3bL._SX425_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61z-aRM7KhL._SX425_.jpg RCA 12 CD set 39503 I had the pleasure of preparing John Browning's Steinway for a couple of concerts and also had the pleasure of dining with him. He ha...
by Lance
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Zukofsky, violinist and conductor, dead at 73
Replies: 14
Views: 450

Re: Paul Zukofsky, violinist and conductor, dead at 73

I am a great fan of both Paul Jacobs and Gilbert Kalish . Both were Baldwin piano artists. I have Jacobs' Debussy recordings on Nonesuch/Elektra CDs and a number of LPs on Nonesuch with him, which are fabulous. Unfortunately, Jacobs seems almost totally forgotten. But also a great fan of Gilbert Ka...
by Lance
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gorecki's 3rd symphony - remember?
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Re: Gorecki's 3rd symphony - remember?

Well, born in July 1960, and having experienced breast cancer, she is undoubtedly pushing herself slowly these days. She seems to have had a fine career, and, as you say, it was focused somewhat on more contemporary music.
by Lance
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gorecki's 3rd symphony - remember?
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Re: Gorecki's 3rd symphony - remember?

Now THERE'S a work I immediately fell in love with in a live performance give by the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra in Binghamton, New York, John Covelli, conducting. It made a HUGE impression on the audience in general. I love the work so much I had to have several recordings of it. For those in...
by Lance
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: David Golub, pianist
Replies: 1
Views: 160

Re: David Golub, pianist

Does no one recall this pianist?
by Lance
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Zukofsky, violinist and conductor, dead at 73
Replies: 14
Views: 450

Re: Paul Zukofsky, violinist and conductor, dead at 73

Oddly, this is one violinist who shows ZERO in my catalogue. I wonder why? Perhaps it is his repertoire?
by Lance
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Julius Katchen
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: Julius Katchen

Fabulous pianist who died far, too young, but he committed his art very well to recordings. I would very much recommend his complete British Decca set [483 065, 35 CDs], which also contains never previously released material and all recordings for the label. Katchen is still spoken of with reverence...
by Lance
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3706
Views: 218581

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

I decided to forget this one. There are so many grand recordings of these concertos, there almost has to be a point to be satisfied -- entirely satisfied -- with the many renditions most of us have on our shelves that we want few others. I would concur with both your recommendations of Heifetz/Tchai...
by Lance
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RCA's "Living Stereo" was supreme ...
Replies: 5
Views: 321

RCA's "Living Stereo" was supreme ...

Indeed, having been re-listening to many RCA "Living Stereo" recordings, I have found them to be among the best stereo recordings of just about any other label. The presence and over all sound quality and balances on the preponderance of them has been "very much like being there," as is often said....
by Lance
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Böhm, conductor - lots of recordings!
Replies: 10
Views: 480

Karl Böhm, conductor - lots of recordings!

I have never given a lot of deep thought to conductor Karl Böhm [1894-1981], born and died in Austria. He has a rather extensive discography from the days of 78s through the stereo era and recorded prolifically for EMI and Deutsche Grammophon, both his two major labels. There were a few things on Br...
by Lance
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beecham's Delius on Warner [7 CDs]
Replies: 2
Views: 195

Re: Beecham's Delius on Warner [7 CDs]

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/612qEeZv11L._AC_US218_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51En9e13s8L.jpg Warner (EMI) 84175, 18 CDs Well, there is the above set on Warner Classics, which includes performances by Beecham and several other conductors, orchestras, s...
by Lance
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: David Golub, pianist
Replies: 1
Views: 160

David Golub, pianist

https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.plCE2HR6OwYObV79yC9kQADAEs&w=72&h=105&c=8&rs=1&qlt=90&dpr=1.05&pid=3.1&rm=2 Lately, I have been traversing the many recordings by American pianist David Golub. Whether in solo, chamber, or concerto, the man was a phenomenally gifted pianist who passed far too soon...
by Lance
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beecham's Delius on Warner [7 CDs]
Replies: 2
Views: 195

Beecham's Delius on Warner [7 CDs]

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51X2mHrinhL._AC_US218_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81GcPcI--zL._SL1219_.jpg Warner Classics (EMI) 58692, 7 CDs "No conductor has yet surpassed [Beecham] in conjuring up to sheer perfection the hidden beauties of Delius's Scri...
by Lance
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erick Friedman, violinist - RCA Complete Collection
Replies: 0
Views: 134

Erick Friedman, violinist - RCA Complete Collection

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51M9p7gng9L._AC_US218_.jpg RCA 39504, 9 CDs, original covers Incredible what these major companies are giving us for reality prices in these boxed sets. Erick Friedman was an highly-touted violinist at one time, but seems largely to be forgotten toda...
by Lance
Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Violinist vs. Airline
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Re: Violinist vs. Airline

Feel badly for this lady and her violin. While we all see the need for security these days, to treat a customer in this manner is ridiculous only because these attendants and some security people know nothing of the traveling musician and their instruments. Seems to me that in the case of a violin o...
by Lance
Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Well, THANK YOU, one and all. This was a major birthday in time: SEVENTY FIVE (75)! I hardly feel that except for a few pains here and there. But am still very active, love my work with pianos, recordings, etc., and PEOPLE most of all! What a fine family we have here on CMG. Thank you for rememberin...
by Lance
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klaus Tennstedt
Replies: 27
Views: 1254

Re: Klaus Tennstedt

Interesting conductor in many ways. I seemed to be more interested in him in the long-play disc era, but have about 25-30 of commercial and live recordings of Tennstedt's work. I never had an opportunity to hear him live. Insofar as his recordings go, I did enjoy the Mahler I heard, but tended to go...
by Lance
Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jiri Belohlavek, Czech Conductor, Dies at 71
Replies: 5
Views: 347

Re: Jiri Belohlavek, Czech Conductor, Dies at 71

In checking my own acquisitions of Belohlavek, it is minimal. I know his work with Czech composers was exemplary, however, if one has the Supraphon recordings with especially Talich (monos) or Smetacek (stereos), those, too, are outstanding. Duplication of orchestral repertoire seems sometimes unnec...
by Lance
Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 100-disc Bernstein Remastered OJC Set (Sony, Nov 10)
Replies: 3
Views: 341

Re: 100-disc Bernstein Remastered OJC Set (Sony, Nov 10)

The Sony Classical Symphonies box (80 discs) and Concertos, etc. (60 discs) already gives us 140 discs of Bernstein's recordings. I believe the only thing missing may be the OPERAS. One wonders what other material may be in the new 100-CD boxed set other than operas that didn't appear in the 80- and...
by Lance
Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's programs, June 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 252

Lance's programs, June 2017

JUNE 2017 BROADCASTS

06/03 - Antal Dorati, conductor - Part 1 of 2
06/10 - Antal Dorati, conductor - Part 2 of 2
06/17 - Johanna Martzy, violin - Part 1 of 2
06/24 - Johanna Martzy, violin - Part 2 of 2

7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, WPEL, 96.5 FM
Or on Internet at: http://wpel.streamon.fm/
by Lance
Tue May 30, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britannic [ocean liner] organ music on Oehms Classics
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: Britannic [ocean liner] organ music on Oehms Classics

Where is jbuck on this thread? I'm sure he would be able to offer some insights on the Britannic project.
by Lance
Tue May 30, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Artur Schnabel: Complete RCA Recordings
Replies: 3
Views: 322

Re: Artur Schnabel: Complete RCA Recordings

Indeed, Helene Bechstein's association with Adolf Hitler is well documented. She provided Hitler with not only a piano, but monies, and I believe a Mercedes automobile and saw to it that Hitler was invited to many social events. After the war, many Bechstein artists (Serkin, Edwin Fischer among many...
by Lance
Mon May 29, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Artur Schnabel: Complete RCA Recordings
Replies: 3
Views: 322

Artur Schnabel: Complete RCA Recordings

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51p2blfxO3L._SX355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/710li50ufkL._SX425_.jpg RCA Victor 38971, 2-CDs, "Without any doubt, Artur Schnabel was one of the 20th century's most influential pianists and musical thinkers. [This set] brin...
by Lance
Mon May 29, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3706
Views: 218581

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

I have been eyeing this one for a while, especially because of Devia, whose voice I adore. Seems she should be much better known than she is in the USA. And, of course, there is Donizetti, one of the greats of the bel canto era. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61n2H%2BVXoCL._SS500.j...
by Lance
Mon May 29, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3706
Views: 218581

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

Couldn't agree with you more. I had to have this one when it was HOT off the press! I try never to miss anything with Gilels though much of his repertoire has been recorded of the same material many times over. One of the supreme pianists of his time. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I...
by Lance
Sun May 28, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Britannic [ocean liner] organ music on Oehms Classics
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Britannic [ocean liner] organ music on Oehms Classics

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51lkU0Y4U4L._AC_US218_.jpg Above, an image of one of the volumes. I have recently made some wonderful discoveries not knowing what was in store for my listening pleasure. Many pianophiles are aware of the various processes used for "reproducing piano...
by Lance
Sat May 27, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reinhold Glière's solo piano music on Brilliant
Replies: 1
Views: 226

Reinhold Glière's solo piano music on Brilliant

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51W2ATOyZbL._SS500.jpg Brilliant Classics 95296, 70'22" (r.2016) Reinhold Glière [1875-1956] is better known for his orchestral works than his solo piano music of which there are a number of opuses. Of special interest here is his 25 Preludes, Op. 30...
by Lance
Sat May 27, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steven Isserlis, cello: Complete RCA Recordings
Replies: 3
Views: 350

Steven Isserlis, cello: Complete RCA Recordings

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51ay-1-rN3L._AC_US218_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81dHAk8THmL._SY355_.jpg RCA 31257, 10 CDs, 14'17" "The Complete RCA Recordings" Those who have followed the cello art of British-born [1958] Steven Isserlis will be pleased t...
by Lance
Fri May 19, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Simon Music in New York
Replies: 6
Views: 457

Re: Mark Simon Music in New York

Indeed, congrats to you, Mark. If I was in NYC, I would be there! Lotsa luck.
by Lance
Fri May 19, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mouse and Chopin
Replies: 2
Views: 320

Re: Mouse and Chopin

I've been doing some digging on this but finding nothing yet.
by Lance
Thu May 18, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two ways to view Maria Callas: Singer/Actress
Replies: 2
Views: 297

Two ways to view Maria Callas: Singer/Actress

No question, there remains a HUGE cult for Maria Callas. Callas the singer who also brings her roles to life combined with her extraordinary acting skills. The question is: is Callas considered a soprano with an absolutely gorgeous voice (in comparison to others such as Caballé or Sutherland)? As a ...
by Lance
Thu May 18, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Maria Callas Live' box of remastered live recordings due in Sept
Replies: 4
Views: 391

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

Oh brother, I've got all of those original recordings as well. Just how much better can Warner's "remastered" sound be than the originals. Still nice to have them all in one boxed set.
by Lance
Thu May 18, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prosseda pianist: Complete Mendelssohn plus unpublished
Replies: 1
Views: 249

Prosseda pianist: Complete Mendelssohn plus unpublished

https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51F1jex4gML._AC_US218_.jpg Decca 481.5297, 10 CDs Among pianists on the scene today, Italian pianist Roberto Prosseda seems to have found his niche with the music of Felix Mendelssohn. Some of his Decca single Mendelssohn discs (mostly from the Itali...
by Lance
Sat May 13, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1041

Re: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017

I discovered the following about the contents of the Serkin Complete, as follows: Set contents: DISC 1: Brahms: Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 (1946) Reiner DISC 2: Beethoven: Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor for Piano, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight" (1941) Beethoven: Sonata No. ...
by Lance
Sat May 13, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's programs May 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 438

Lance's programs May 2017

MAY 2017 RADIO BROADCASTS
WPEL-FM, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
http://www.http//wpel.streamon.fm/

May 09: Antonio Meneses, cellist
May 13: Boris Christoff, bass singer
May 20: Mady Mesplé, soprano
May 27: Samson François, pianist
by Lance
Mon May 01, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Glass: Hydrogen Jukebox [opera]
Replies: 0
Views: 216

Philip Glass: Hydrogen Jukebox [opera]

On April 30th, Tri-Cities Opera of Binghamton, New York, presented their final presentation (of many, mostly to sold a sold out house) of Philip Glass's HYDROGEN JUKEBOX based on the life of poet Allen Ginsberg. I was in attendance. It may not be your everyday "opera," and may not appeal to everyone...
by Lance
Mon May 01, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Give us More Meyerbeer
Replies: 24
Views: 1144

Re: Give us More Meyerbeer

Ah, DEBORAH RIEDEL! What a soprano and a pity she died so young at age 50. I wish she had recorded more of anything. At times, a serious likeness to Dame Joan Sutherland. I have featured Riedel on several radio programs always to enthusiastic responses from listeners. Long overdue that Semiramide w...
by Lance
Mon May 01, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1041

Re: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017

I have had the book since it's publication (2003, I believe), and highly recommend it to those interested in Rudolf Serkin. I've been to Marlboro, Vermont several times in the past three years. Strange how one feels the "presence" of Serkin there just walking around the lovely facilities. Apparentl...
by Lance
Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dessay After Opera Left Her
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: Dessay After Opera Left Her

I was interested in checking out her Schubert CD. It's on Sony Classical but online only seems to be available as an import, very expensively from Amazon. I would assume Dessay has quite a following in the USA. It's surprising that CD is not marketed here, unless it is too new at least for the USA m...
by Lance
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1041

Re: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017

Don't need it either. I have everything that has been issued thus far on CDs of Serkin [not to mention LPs]. However, as noted, there are some things that are making their first appearance on CDs from the mono era. At $2.67/disc it's a far cry from what most of us paid for the original LPs, not to m...
by Lance
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Julia Lezhneva: Graun's Opera Arias
Replies: 1
Views: 261

Julia Lezhneva: Graun's Opera Arias

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51W7tz2+UwL._AC_US218_.jpg Decca 483 1518 The supreme new star of sopranos, Julia Lezhneva comes forth with a new recording consisting of all opera arias by German-born Carl Heinrich Graun (1703/4-1759) . The Russian soprano herself discovered this m...
by Lance
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3706
Views: 218581

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

Yes, I tend to look more these days for recordings from the past, and as collectors we are fortunate there have been so many, especially in mega-disc boxes at generally reasonable prices that go sky high after so much time. I still scratch my head and say: "Where do we draw the line?" For me now, I'...
by Lance
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's organ music
Replies: 53
Views: 6523

Re: Bach's organ music

Wow. L@@K at the hits on this subject!