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by Lance
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 25
Views: 773

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

My gawd ... over 700 hits on this thread? What does this tell you?
by Lance
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 17
Views: 663

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

Sue, don't tell me this is happening in Australia, too? We are living in a completely changed world!
Belle wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:56 pm
... that's something we all learned to do at church once a week - a 'skill' which largely seems to have gone down the drain these days"!!
by Lance
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lenny and Opera Rara's Great Opera Collection!
Replies: 0
Views: 2

Lenny and Opera Rara's Great Opera Collection!

Lenny, among operas, mostly lesser-known ones, do I assume correctly that you have peeked into this wondrous British catalogue? Fabulous recordings and artists in some great material. I have many of them, including their recital-type releases. Some really good material here.
by Lance
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony
Replies: 5
Views: 89

Re: Sibelius' 3rd Symphony

As a Sibelius fan, with regard to his symphonies, I still cannot get away with either his first- or second symphony. Yes, the rest are wonderful, but I always think of his 1st and 2nd symphonies as being among his best. I feel Mahler's 1st, 3rd, and 8th symphonies are his magnum opus symphonies. Tha...
by Lance
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 107
Views: 33914

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

Brian, I can't believe you haven't opened your set as yet! I am in awe of what is one of the finest collections of the great George Szell in one box, conducting three orchestra, first and foremost, the Cleveland, New York Philharmonic, and the Columbia Symphony. When we stop to think of the time per...
by Lance
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy birthday, Gary Graffman
Replies: 2
Views: 62

Re: Happy birthday, Gary Graffman

WHAT a birthday party that must have been. I wish I was a fly on the wall (they could not swat!). Graffman, always revered as one of America's great pianists. Pianophiles would do well to acquire his 24-CD collection on Sony Classical [46239], which combines all his early RCA recordings along with h...
by Lance
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arensky's Ballet Music "Egyptian Night"
Replies: 0
Views: 2

Arensky's Ballet Music "Egyptian Night"

The Russian composers are, of course, very well known for writing ballet music. I am familiar with much of it, particularly Tchaikovsky's, whose is pretty much hard to match given its overall beauty and majesty. Other famous Russian composers also include Kabalevsky, Gliere, Glazunov, Shostakovich, ...
by Lance
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!
Replies: 11
Views: 84

Re: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!

Yes, and the accompanying book has all the full color photos of the original album covers. It is like visiting a time back in the 1940s!
by Lance
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!
Replies: 11
Views: 84

Re: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!

Rach3 wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:57 pm
My parents' 78's of his Gershwin Preludes were among my first introductions to CM, along with Iturbi's Liszt Rhapsody # 2 .

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by Lance
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Being an Artur Rubinstein "freak," ...
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Being an Artur Rubinstein "freak," ...

Any time I see a live performance recording of Rubinstein, I have to have it. Doesn't matter how many recordings of these pieces he has made commercially, it's nice to "look in" to a live performance. Such it is I discovered one I missed: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71e7gANaFhL....
by Lance
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!
Replies: 11
Views: 84

Re: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!

The fabulous book accompanying this book-type set shows many pictures with him with the cigarette in hand. He was quite an accomplished pianist. I've been listening to this set and am impressed with his pianism and musicianship. Quite the guy in his heyday! He wrote at least three books that I have:...
by Lance
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!
Replies: 11
Views: 84

Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71yf0CkY8QL._SY355_.jpg Sony Classical Book-type presentation with eight (8) CDs - Complete Columbia Recordings Here is a wonderful "coffee table" type book, just released, first-class presentation and just arrived today, October 17, 2018. It is on th...
by Lance
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 107
Views: 33914

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

Hooray! My Szell set came in yesterday (Tuesday, 10-16-2018) in perfect condition. (I understand some deliveries were not so lucky to recipients.) It is QUITE a package. Sony has done a marathon job in assembling this set. I am anxious to dig in to it, especially, the early stuff, like maestrob! It ...
by Lance
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek "Glagolitic Mass"
Replies: 4
Views: 103

Re: Janacek "Glagolitic Mass"

Is this the recording with Kubelik conducting? I have, believe-it-or-not, one CD recording of the work, Leonard Bernstein conducting. I haven't heard it in a long time. I'll give it a listen! Janacék is not among my top 20 composers, however I do enjoy some of his solo piano music.
by Lance
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sublime Shostakovich
Replies: 20
Views: 1088

Re: Sublime Shostakovich

I, too, have the Ormandy/Philadelphia with Tom Krause, baritone on the Shostakovich #13 [Japanese RCA 38298] and also the Masur/NYP with Sergei Leiferkus, bass, and poet Yevtushenko reciting the poetry [Teldec 90848]. I think both are excellent but if I had to choose but one, it would most likely be...
by Lance
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 25
Views: 773

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

What I have read so far is quite shocking for a novel. But I can only think that much of this story is based on, perhaps, real life experiences especially given what is happening with regard to the Catholic church across the world. It is descriptive beyond words. I'm really not glad that I have this...
by Lance
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Daniil Trifonov's latest CD
Replies: 1
Views: 93

Pianist Daniil Trifonov's latest CD

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51MtPGogk7L._AC_US327_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg Destination Rachmaninov — Departure DGG B0028799 Sergei Rachmaninov [1873-1943] : — Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 for Piano and Orchestra ** — Concerto No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 40 for Piano and Orchestra ** — Su...
by Lance
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public
Replies: 18
Views: 926

Re: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public

I ordered it, too. Oddly, I didn't have it for reasons unknown. So many books have been written about Toscanini. A whole book, "Toscanini in Britain" by Christopher Dyment, contains all the details about the BBC Symphony Orchestra broadcasts. You can read much of it online, though now and then pages...
by Lance
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 107
Views: 33914

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

Well observe, Barney. Many of us have learned the hard way and missed something we should have gotten when the gettin' was good. I seriously doubt, now, that the Szell said would sell for much over the retail price because they are in abundance across the world. Time will tell. Given that the royalt...
by Lance
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 107
Views: 33914

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

Good price! Mine is supposed to arrive today or Monday, $150, including post. Did you see on Amazon last price when I looked was I think almost $900. But I understand Sony has manufactured many more sets. It sold much better than they expected due to all the hype and the love of the Cleveland Orches...
by Lance
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fischer-Dieskau,Brendel,1984 live "Winterreise"
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Re: Fischer-Dieskau,Brendel,1984 live "Winterreise"

Actually, there are quite a few recordings of "Winterreise" with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: 1} Sony Classical with Murray Perahia, piano 2} DGG with Jorg Demus, piano 3} DGG with Daniel Barenboim, piano 4} DGG with Gerald Moore, piano 5} DGG with Hertha Klust, piano 6} EMI with Gerald Moore, piano 7}...
by Lance
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Lev Oborin
Replies: 7
Views: 558

Re: Pianist Lev Oborin

There is a new CD out from Russia of a live 1950 recital by Lev Oborin. It is kind of pricey for one CD.

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by Lance
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 17
Views: 663

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

Interesting, I was not aware of the use of the "sails" other than the non-commercial light shows. It will be interesting to see how, in the end, it all turns out. Who can actually make a final decision about this? I agree 100% with these comments from Brendan O'Neill about the 'advertising' on SOH: ...
by Lance
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens
Replies: 8
Views: 435

Re: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens

Excellent suggestion. But I know that making recordings today in the USA is ultra-expensive. Many now go to Canada or abroad unless it is a major orchestra or soloist. For one thing, perhaps they could make CD or DVD recordings of their operas. The Grant Park Orchestra, which is regularly recorded b...
by Lance
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public
Replies: 18
Views: 926

Re: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public

Just checking my own catalogue for BBC recordings, commercial or private releases: *BBC Legends 4016: Beethoven Missa Solemnis w/Milanov, Thorborg, Moscona; Symphony No. 7; Mozart Symphony No. 35 *Music & Arts 1144: Beethoven Symphony No. 9 w/I-Baillie, Jarred, P-Jones (r.1937) *EMI 23334 [6 CDs]: S...
by Lance
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box
Replies: 6
Views: 602

Re: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box

I've thought of doing a radio tribute to Munch but using non-Boston Symphony Orchestra recordings . There is actually quite a bit commercially and privately. Yet, as I view his BSO mega-set, it would be a shame not to include some of his Berlioz, and a collaboration or two with Rubinstein, Janis, He...
by Lance
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thank You Mile Long Opera
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Thank You Mile Long Opera

Lenny ... my, my - how you and yours Mrs. sure do get around!
by Lance
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public
Replies: 18
Views: 926

Re: BBC to release much of classical music back catalogue to public

Much BBC music has been issued on BBC Legends label and some are appearing on the ICA (ica) label. I have enjoyed these live concert recordings very much and have many of them. I was sorry to see BBC Legends drop off the board in additional productions. It would be really interesting to see what art...
by Lance
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3935
Views: 514793

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

Lately, I have become interested in the music of ANTON EBERL [1765-1807], the Viennese composer. There are already a number of CDs of his music available and I have acquired a number of them. Anybody else know that name?
by Lance
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate
Replies: 17
Views: 663

Re: Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate

I am very fond of the people of Australia, Canada, and England (half my genes come from the latter!). An opera house is an opera house. Yes, it is used for operas, concerts and other non-classical music events, perhaps. As someone mentioned, I cannot see anyone advertising on our great monuments of ...
by Lance
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens
Replies: 8
Views: 435

Re: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens

THAT is a poignant and essential question. Where WILL they find comparable work given what's happening in most music organizations, opera or otherwise. Otherwise, either a "world-class" company is not realistic (where would Lyric Opera musicians find equivalent work if Lyric folds?) , or fans of th...
by Lance
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens
Replies: 8
Views: 435

Re: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens

Indeed, a continuously growing problem. Sports activities for children seem more important to most parents. A shame they don't realize children can't take their sports with them through their lives, except as spectators. To respond to your last question with regard to today's composers. Other than L...
by Lance
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens
Replies: 8
Views: 435

Re: Chicago Lyric Opera Musicians Walk Out as Season Opens

While I can certainly understand the musician's views in wanting to protect their positions with the great Chicago Lyric Opera, monies are simply not coming in. This is not new for any professional opera or orchestra across the USA. It is always necessary to cut back to be sure of survival of the fu...
by Lance
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3935
Views: 514793

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

Greetings, greetings! I haven't seen you here for awhile though it is near impossible to check everything! Glad you are here. An update on my near-complete Time-Life Great Men of Music LP sets. Off of ebay I got, at an attractive price, two brand new, unopened sets, the Wagner one (which I hadn't ye...
by Lance
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3935
Views: 514793

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

Have had one for a long, long time, bought it in Toronto - and totally agree here. Outstanding disc. Since those Virgin days [I've got 18 of his discs on the label), he has gone on to work with DGG, EMI, and RCA, with a couple items on British Decca and Philips. He had a problem awhile back (in the ...
by Lance
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mormon Tabernacle Choir renamed
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Re: Mormon Tabernacle Choir renamed

It will be difficult to adopt the new name after all these years. Perhaps if all of us are gone, newer listeners/collectors will, by then, have become used to the new name.
by Lance
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 25
Views: 773

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

Interesting. I didn't realize Hough was an author as well. Very talented pianist. Am I remembering correctly that he considered being a Catholic priest? It seems like this book has come out at an opportune time given so much happening in the church. I'm not much of a novel reader, but I've ordered t...
by Lance
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nikolai Tokarev, superb Russian pianist!
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: Nikolai Tokarev, superb Russian pianist!

Hmm, I'm surprised. For a then-youngster, especially in his early Liszt, it is amazing to me the depth of performance along with an incredible technique to match. I wonder what you think of another Russian pianist: Denis Matsuev. Sorry, gentlemen, but I'm not impressed. I listened as far as the Lisz...
by Lance
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brailowsky's Chopin on RCA set (complete)
Replies: 9
Views: 1097

Re: Brailowsky's Chopin on RCA set (complete)

Yes, of course, it always seems to be that way when it comes to performing artists.
by Lance
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box
Replies: 6
Views: 602

Re: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box

Brian/maestrob, is this possibly on your "to get" list, of do you have enough of Munch?
by Lance
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nikolai Tokarev, superb Russian pianist!
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Nikolai Tokarev, superb Russian pianist!

What would we do without recordings?!? The discovery of superb new talent, for me, especially pianists, singers, and instrumentalists. I've recently discovered NIKOLAI TOKAREV . Who is he? Find out more here: http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Tokarew-Nikolai.htm where one can see photos of the artist...
by Lance
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Montserrat Caballé, Barcelona opera singer, dies at 85
Replies: 7
Views: 513

Re: Montserrat Caballé, Barcelona opera singer, dies at 85

Wow ... what a loss. My most favourite soprano. Wondrous and gorgeous voice, ii]pianissimi[/i] that were the best I have heard ... such control. How much did I love her? I have over 160 entries in my CD catalogue with her participation, complete operas, recitals, live material. 85, however, is a goo...
by Lance
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Melodiya's Rachmaninoff Edition
Replies: 10
Views: 662

Re: Melodiya's Rachmaninoff Edition

I agree with what John Francis relayed in his note above. I have, for a long time, heard that Ormandy was a “puppy” and a “servant" to those with whom he collaborated. Having seen Ormandy live a number of times, some things he did supremely well, and probably most conductors would given the brillian...
by Lance
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Igor Levit, pianist "Life"
Replies: 1
Views: 271

Igor Levit, pianist "Life"

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51A9mdDgK8L._AC_US327_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg German CBS-Sony Classical 42445, 2 CDs CD 1 *Busoni: Fantasia after J. S. Bach *J. S. Bach/Brahms: Chcaconne from partita for Solo Violin No. 2 for Left-Hand * Schumann Variations in E-flat Major on an Original T...
by Lance
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: “La Fanciulla del West” at the Metropolitan Opera.
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Re: “La Fanciulla del West” at the Metropolitan Opera.

Hmm. Well, I get a little bit of an idea of what she's talking about. However, it is difficult to put into words! :lol:
by Lance
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!
Replies: 15
Views: 1072

Re: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!

In line with your thought, is there an item or two you WISHED you had gotten, but they became unavailable or far too costly? If so, what were they? Quite so!! As it stands, I buy 2-4 single CDs/month: only the cream of the crop will do for me now, many thanks to your (and others') postings here on C...
by Lance
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pierre Fournier Edition on DGG
Replies: 2
Views: 351

Re: Pierre Fournier Edition on DGG

On Amazon, I would suspect it is REAL. If you were to order it, you would probably get it at that price. Amazon also has the new SZELL Edition for, last I looked, near $900. I understand it is being given a second production because it exceeded Sony's ideas of just how it would sell. Sell, it did! T...
by Lance
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!
Replies: 15
Views: 1072

Re: Piatigorsky RCA/Columbia Complete!

You do know, Brian, that if we are destined to have and addiction or disease, I cannot find a better one that collecting recordings and actually listening to as much music as we possibly can in the time available.
by Lance
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Aaron Pilsan
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Re: Pianist Aaron Pilsan

Wow, another pianist's work I do not know. But I have discovered another young Russian pianist that is supreme. More about that later!
by Lance
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's radio programs: Oct-Nov-Dec 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 486

Lance's radio programs: Oct-Nov-Dec 2018

ALL PROGRAMS SATURDAY EVENING, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time OCTOBER •October 6, 2018: Anton Kubalek, pianist •October 13, 2018: Duo Praxedis (Harp and Piano), Part 1 of 2 •October 20, 2018: Duo Praxedis (Harp and Piano), Part 2 of 2 •October 27, 2018: NOVEMBER •November 3, 2018: •November 10, 2018: •Nove...