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by Lance
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Barnes & Noble to be bought by hedge fund
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: Barnes & Noble to be bought by hedge fund

I know the Chinese were interested in buying out Steinway & Sons. I haven't heard too much about that lately. America is losing its iconic companies one-by-one. I just read, too, where our local mall, who lost Macy's, Sears, Bon-Ton and a bunch of other stores, has defaulted on payments since March....
by Lance
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I am sick of TV advertising!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 69

Re: I am sick of TV advertising!!!

Well John, I understand they need $$$ to keep those incredible productions going. [But how does Turner Classic Movies do it - no commercial advertising?] However, I try not to pay any attention to the ads, mentally cutting them out, and am thus not interested in ANY of the products. If there are a m...
by Lance
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernard Haitink - last concerts
Replies: 5
Views: 136

Re: Bernard Haitink - last concerts

Well, now it makes three of us! Almost all the recordings I have with Haitink conducting involve his collaborators, of which there were many over a long period of time. Names such as Gendron, Arrau, Szeryng, Grumiaux, Perahia, Ax, Casadesus, Janet Baker, Ashkenazy, Brendel, Jessye Norman, Prey, Star...
by Lance
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I am sick of TV advertising!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 69

I am sick of TV advertising!!!

When I watch TV, usually very late at night and into the early morning, one of my favourite channels is National Geographic. The one thing I despise is the constant interruption of their presentations with ad after ad, many repeating so frequently, sometimes the same one twice in a row and then show...
by Lance
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rosbaud conducting Chopin Piano Concertos 1/2
Replies: 1
Views: 80

Rosbaud conducting Chopin Piano Concertos 1/2

The great Hans Rosbaud's ongoing series on the German SWR Classsics label has presented the two Chopin piano Concertos [19076, 68:46]. Both played with the Southwest Radio Orchestra of Baden-Baden. No. 1 (r. 1961) w/Hans Richter-Haaser, pianist; No. 2 (r.1951) w/Nikita Magaloff, pianist. The Magalof...
by Lance
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tippett's 4th Piano Sonata
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: Tippett's 4th Piano Sonata

I have the Ogdon performances of Sonatas 1/2, and also the four Tippett sonatas with Paul Crossley on the CRD label - and enjoy them very much. Phyllis Sellick also recorded Sonata No. 1 (Somm label) as did Murray Perahia for Sony.
by Lance
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 11
Views: 195

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Well, truth be known, my father was actually Dorian Gray. But I apparently didn't get ALL his genes. And thank you for the greeting. Today I am celebrating my birthday with a dozen musical friends, pianists and opera singers - at a friend's residence … weather is cooperating stunningly. Nonsense Lan...
by Lance
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Balada's "Christopher Columbus" Opera - Caballé
Replies: 3
Views: 94

Re: Balada's "Christopher Columbus" Opera - Caballé

Indeed, one can hear Carreras was struggling. In two words regarding the opera, I was not impressed . In comparison to what I know of Milhaud's work of the same name, I was impressed. Interesting. This was issued ten years ago on CD, but I've not heard of the work until now. As a caveat, by this tim...
by Lance
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Greetings From Francesca
Replies: 5
Views: 132

Re: Greetings From Francesca

Cesca's is a most interesting newsletter. I'm anxious to try out that recipe!
by Lance
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What's the opinion of the voice of Natalie Dessay?
Replies: 6
Views: 141

Re: What's the opinion of the voice of Natalie Dessay?

John, thank you. You have confirmed what I have thought and observed.
by Lance
Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Balada's "Christopher Columbus" Opera - Caballé
Replies: 3
Views: 94

Balada's "Christopher Columbus" Opera - Caballé

Not knowing much about composer Leonardo Balada (b. 1933) his 2-CD set of his two-act opera Cristóbal Colón (1984-86) - Christopher Columbus - has come out on Naxos 660237-38 [64:52, 47:45], and, naturally, being entirely devoted to the voice of Montserrat Caballé not to mention José Carreras, the p...
by Lance
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What's the opinion of the voice of Natalie Dessay?
Replies: 6
Views: 141

What's the opinion of the voice of Natalie Dessay?

I've been listening to Dessay's all-Schubert iieder album on Sony-Germany with pianist Philippe Cassard, [41988]. She seems more effective in the less dramatic songs. Dessay, born in 1965 had what is presented as an illustrious career before she left opera in 2013. She is married to the bass-bariton...
by Lance
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 11
Views: 195

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Thank you, everyone, for the nice comments. Yes, I had a wonderful day. There's just the problem of getting older!!!
by Lance
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About CMG's contributors!
Replies: 514
Views: 100654

Re: About CMG's contributors!

I somehow ran into this post which started a long time ago. Many who contributed are already deceased or have left us for one reason or another. But WE are still here. You might take a gander at some of these when you have nothing better to do at a moment!
by Lance
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Clara Haskil fans
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Re: For Clara Haskil fans

Some or all of this material may have been previously issued on: Music & Arts 859, Ludwigsburg 4/11/53 and/or Tahra 368 - Ludwigsburg 4/11/53 The only thing that may make the SWR disc better is that they use the original master tapes. I'm uncertain of what M&A's or Tahra's source is. Anything by Cla...
by Lance
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reynaldo Hahn: Piano Quintet in F# Minor
Replies: 2
Views: 179

Reynaldo Hahn: Piano Quintet in F# Minor

Reynaldo Hahn (1875-1947) was a prolific composer. He wrote a considerable number of songs, quite a bit piano music, but I was unfamiliar with his chamber music. Many of you know how interested I have become in the piano art of French pianist Alexandre Tharaud . I discovered a long-unavailable CD on...
by Lance
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG is back online
Replies: 2
Views: 214

Re: CMG is back online

Yes, back online. Server problem. Our site guru is domiciled in Springfield, Missouri - and we all know what's been happening with tornadoes, floods and son in that location. But he thankfully got us up and running. Thanks to those who wrote expressing concern. Indeed, we are still alive and hopeful...
by Lance
Fri May 31, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Previn plays Gershwin
Replies: 5
Views: 563

Re: Previn plays Gershwin

Well, Joe, thank you for showing this.
jserraglio wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 3:36 am
Lance wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 6:56 pm
Do I understand that the Big Ten-Inch record site is making this music available on a CD?
No. Only in digital format for private listening.
by Lance
Fri May 31, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For pianophiles - Vikingur Olafsson recital
Replies: 9
Views: 3790

Re: For pianophiles - Vikingur Olafsson recital

I have Olafsson's Bach disc comprised mostly of transcriptions, and his Philip Glass CD, both on DGG. Here is a superb pianist in every sense of the word. I hope he continues to make recordings for DGG. They have served him well! Both of these recordings offer highly satisfying performances. And wha...
by Lance
Fri May 31, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Beveridge Webster redux
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: Pianist Beveridge Webster redux

I've been through the Julliard site. Quite outstanding. I have long loved the work of Beveridge Webster. His DOVER recordings were outstanding, but unfortunately, apparently the master tapes were lost. I've communicated with Dover directly about this and with Webster's son. Nobody seems to know abou...
by Lance
Fri May 31, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Unpublished Cziffra recital
Replies: 7
Views: 321

Re: Unpublished Cziffra recital

Worked for me, too. You might try going into Firefox or Microsoft's Edge and see if it will play for you. What are you using now to open these sites?
by Lance
Tue May 28, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Previn plays Gershwin
Replies: 5
Views: 563

Re: Previn plays Gershwin

I have many 10-inch RCA LP discs in my collection. Sony Classical recently issued a 55-CD set honoring Previn. Inasmuch as Sony owns the rights to both Columbia and RCA catalogues, it could have done included. While I was not interested in acquiring this set (I have much of Previn on LP and CD alrea...
by Lance
Tue May 28, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question for pop fans about "Barbara" (1930-97)
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Question for pop fans about "Barbara" (1930-97)

In 2017, Erato/Warner issued a double CD album [57591, second CD is "Echo," a documentary of sorts] of songs by the French chanteuse 'Barbara'. It was pianist Alexandre Tharaud 's idea to do something in her honour and memory, which was borne out of his visit to the cemetery when she died. It took t...
by Lance
Tue May 28, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Unpublished Cziffra recital
Replies: 7
Views: 321

Re: Unpublished Cziffra recital

Me, a big fan of Cziffra, like many others. I have collected his recordings with vigour. I wonder if this will be issued on CD at some point. I'm sure that most - if not all - of these pieces at this recital have been recorded. Still, his live performance recordings a wonderful to hear. Thank you fo...
by Lance
Fri May 24, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mendelssohn piano rarities, but bad piano!
Replies: 2
Views: 493

Mendelssohn piano rarities, but bad piano!

Felix Mendelssohn EARLY PIANO MUSIC Two Sonatas (1820); Sonatina (1821); Andante in D; Prestissimo in f; Vivace in c; Six Fugues (1822-1826) Sergio Monteiro, piano Naxos 573946 , 61:21, DDD Here is what could have been a delightful album of piano pieces by Felix Mendelssohn of works that are not wel...
by Lance
Fri May 24, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another set of Beethoven's 32. Yeah, it interested me!
Replies: 2
Views: 560

Another set of Beethoven's 32. Yeah, it interested me!

I didn't think I would ever want nor acquire another set of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas. But I fell for it. First time on CD [Pavane Records 7073, 9 CDs]. Eduardo del Pueyo is the pianist. I've read up on him some. This set was issued in 2016 to represent the 30th anniversary of the passing of pian...
by Lance
Fri May 24, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Orfeo finally coming around with a "twofer" or two!
Replies: 1
Views: 527

Orfeo finally coming around with a "twofer" or two!

Masters of the Mozart Era Rosetti, Benda, Kozeluch, Vanhal, Hoffmeister Solére, Salieri, and Kraus Orfeo 2-CD set 1805 https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81WT2Dgz7cL._SX355_.jpg Orfeo's catalogue, of course, is very rich with great artists, live recitals and generally first-class pres...
by Lance
Fri May 24, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ravishing coloratura: Sabine Devielhe!
Replies: 1
Views: 493

Ravishing coloratura: Sabine Devielhe!

I would have thought, given my profound interest in coloratura sopranos, I would have discovered this highly gifted singer - Sabine Devielhe - long ago. The discovery was made while auditioning selections for my series of Alexandre Tharaud (pianist) radio programs wherein he accompanies the singer i...
by Lance
Fri May 24, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4037
Views: 790347

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

I was very happy to discover this disc. It was so good I had to get another one, "A Journey." I would like to see her record much more. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81DPOcJcJPL._SX522_.jpg That Pretty Yende is a star has been fairly established by now. She can do wonderful things...
by Lance
Fri May 24, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4037
Views: 790347

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

Brian, I wholeheartedly agree on Ottensamer - or ANY of the Ottensamers. I have embarked on acquiring any recordings by the father and his two sons, either as soloists or as a trio "Clarinotts". Ernst has made a number of recordings for Naxos, Daniel for Sony, and Andreas for DGG. Each one is a gem....
by Lance
Fri May 24, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Diabelli" and "Goldberg" Variations
Replies: 16
Views: 1346

Re: "Diabelli" and "Goldberg" Variations

Me? I love both, the Goldbergs and the Diabelli . With around 71+ recordings of the Goldbergs, mostly for piano solo, some for harpsichord, and some arrangements for string trio, and even one for two pianos. For me, as a pianophile, I find both sets very interesting to see what pianists do with such...
by Lance
Thu May 23, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Solo piano music of Ronald Stevenson
Replies: 2
Views: 642

Re: Solo piano music of Ronald Stevenson

You might also be interested in Stevenson's APR (Appian) recording [5630] recorded live in 1976 entitled "Transcendental Tradition." This includes music by Schubert/Liszt, Chopin/Godowsky, Gluck/Alkan, Gershwin/Grainger, Bach/Busoni.
by Lance
Thu May 23, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Igor Levit live
Replies: 7
Views: 929

Re: Pianist Igor Levit live

Interesting that you brought Igor Levit's name up. I have only a two-disc CD set from Sony Classical from Germany [42445] entitled "Life," only because of a most interesting program spread over the discs. I was impressed with his pianism, but haven't acquired anything else by him - as yet. This set ...
by Lance
Wed May 22, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glass' Double Concerto (2010 )
Replies: 2
Views: 732

Re: Glass' Double Concerto (2010 )

Rach 3, I didn't track down the one you mentioned on Amazon, but can you tell me what label the Double Concerto is on, and does it feature Gidon Kremer as violinist? And is Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė the cellist. I have given some thought to the complete concerto recordings of Kremer on DGG. Do you have ...
by Lance
Wed May 22, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WIP - LP deaccessioning
Replies: 11
Views: 1446

Re: WIP - LP deaccessioning

I am still having a difficult time even thinking about unloading hoards of classical LPs. I hate to even tell you how many. A lifetime of collecting vinyl from age 16 or 17 until about 1984 when CDs became available. I look at these racks and racks of beautifully-stored LPs, many of which have not b...
by Lance
Tue May 21, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Skalkottas' piano works cd
Replies: 3
Views: 963

Re: New Skalkottas' piano works cd

I am reminded of a delightful two-CD set pianist Idith Meshulam-Korman gave me back in 2008. On the GM label [catalogue 2074], it contained 32 piano pieces. Even pianists such as Shura Cherkassky played his work in concert. Thanks to conductors such as Dimitri Mitropoulos and John Gibbons, the name ...
by Lance
Fri May 17, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More rare Kathleen Ferrier, contralto!
Replies: 4
Views: 1077

Re: More rare Kathleen Ferrier, contralto!

Thank you, John Francis! I should have known better but wasn't thinking! :( My original post has been corrected! SOMM CD 5004, 77:41 It includes quite a cast of singers, including Otto Edelmann, Irmgard Seefried, William Herbert, among others. Ferrier was the only non-German singer in this Vienna pe...
by Lance
Thu May 16, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More rare Kathleen Ferrier, contralto!
Replies: 4
Views: 1077

More rare Kathleen Ferrier, contralto!

SOMM CD 5004, 77:41 No question, in my mind, no other singer had a voice quite like British contralto Kathleen Ferrier. I have collected her recordings from the days of LPs forward since I was 17 years old. Fortunately, live recordings have been discovered since her untimely death in 1953 at the ag...
by Lance
Wed May 15, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Summer meet-up
Replies: 39
Views: 7710

Re: Summer meet-up

Well, unfortunately, due to concert conflicts and the need for me to be present here, I will NOT be able to make this meet-up. I will also be gone most of July (which I probably should not do), but one does have to take a break and recharge the batteries. I hope you will not be disappointed. We will...
by Lance
Wed May 15, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Louis Schwizgebel plays Saint-Saens PC #5
Replies: 10
Views: 1459

Re: Pianist Louis Schwizgebel plays Saint-Saens PC #5

Yes, I have that 4-CD set entitled "Masters of Chopin," on Arbiter 158. I kind of forgot about that one and will have to listen to Tiegerman's recording again. Thanks for bringing that to our attention.
by Lance
Tue May 14, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Katia Buniatishvili's new Schubert cd
Replies: 8
Views: 1298

Re: Pianist Katia Buniatishvili's new Schubert cd

I have all of Buniatishvili's recordings thus far with the exception of the Tchaikovsky A minor Trio on ECM. Her new Schubert CD I am re-hearing at some point as time allows. Schubert's D960 is a truly spiritual work, and listening to the opening movement always lets me know immediately what I can e...
by Lance
Tue May 14, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Louis Schwizgebel plays Saint-Saens PC #5
Replies: 10
Views: 1459

Re: Pianist Louis Schwizgebel plays Saint-Saens PC #5

One of my absolutely favourite piano concertos! Many recordings of this on hand. Especially like Richter's and Jean-Marie Darré's - the latter a fine pianist we don't hear much about anymore. She recorded all five of the S-S concertos for EMI (long unavailable and high-priced on Amazon). Schwizgebel...
by Lance
Thu May 09, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tedd Joselson, pianist - Complete RCA collection
Replies: 1
Views: 686

Tedd Joselson, pianist - Complete RCA collection

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tedd-Joselson-Complete-Album-Collection/dp/B07LD4VTQQ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Tedd+Joselson&qid=1557454369&s=music&sr=1-1-catcorr Tedd Joselson was a hot pianist in the days of RCA Stereo LPs. Oddly, we don't hear about him much these days. I do hope, nonetheless that he is happ...
by Lance
Tue May 07, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boris Giltburg's new Rachmaninoff Preludes cd
Replies: 2
Views: 567

Re: Boris Giltburg's new Rachmaninoff Preludes cd

Oh brother, yet another complete Rachmaninoff Preludes. I love Giltburg. I will probably want to get this one day as well.
by Lance
Tue May 07, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leopold Kozeluch's Gustav Vasa
Replies: 2
Views: 588

Re: Leopold Kozeluch's Gustav Vasa

Kozeluch, 1747-1818, was a prolific composer, and like you, I have not heard of this opera. He wrote piano concertos, songs, chamber works, symphonies, cantatas, many piano sonatas, clarinet, oboe and English horn concertos, and on and on. I have some 14 or 15 CDs of these works. Most of his works a...
by Lance
Mon May 06, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alex Ross on Furtwangler
Replies: 63
Views: 6828

Re: Alex Ross on Furtwangler

This is the blurb on the Berlin Philharmonic's own label of Furtwangler's Radio Recordings, 1939-1945. 22 CDs, completely remastered, and a coffee table-like book accompanying the set. I have long been a fan of Furtwangler and have too many recordings, live and commercial, to count. Amazon is listin...
by Lance
Wed May 01, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy MAY, CMGers!
Replies: 0
Views: 559

Happy MAY, CMGers!

I'm still waiting for spring! My university piano schedule is still overwhelming until mid-May ... recitals galore … keeping me up burning midnight oil! And there are other things going on using pianos at the opera and other venues. Hopefully soon, I will be reviewing a DVD from KASP Records (from o...
by Lance
Wed May 01, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Discovering clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer!
Replies: 4
Views: 717

Discovering clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer!

What a nice find for me … to discover this superb clarinetist through his numerous DGG and Decca recordings. Andreas comes from a family (father and brother: Ernst and Daniel) who are also clarinetists of the highest rank and appear together as The Clarinotts. They have recorded some very unusual re...
by Lance
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.
Replies: 23
Views: 7636

Re: Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.

WOW … this is a "hot topic" around here! Look at the hits!