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by Lance
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca Sound: 55 CD boxed set PIANO edition
Replies: 8
Views: 885

Re: Decca Sound: 55 CD boxed set PIANO edition

And Clifford Curzon was a primary pianist for Decca from the beginning of the LP era. And then came along some other big names in piano: de Larrocha, Bolet, Rogé, Lupu, Schiff, Gulda, Cherkassky, and quite a few others that added substantially to Decca's stable of pianists. Some of these, of course,...
by Lance
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera-what language to present It In
Replies: 12
Views: 159

Re: Opera-what language to present It In

I'm all for original languages ... it fits the music as intended. I have no problem with translations showing so viewers can follow the plot. I have an RCA LP recording of Bizet's Carmen excerpts sung in German with Christa Ludwig as I recall. It did not make an impression.
by Lance
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HMV is bankrupt - again
Replies: 12
Views: 825

Re: HMV is bankrupt - again

Many people outside of the UK I know (including yours truly) buy many recordings from England on a regular basis, Amazon and MDT being the prime suppliers. No doubt the USA has assisted the UK in having higher numbers since the brick and mortar stores are disappearing in the USA and online buying ha...
by Lance
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Simon Trpĉeski
Replies: 4
Views: 166

Re: Pianist Simon Trpĉeski

Very nice and informative review you wrote! I should soon be getting the pianist's PCs 1/3-Prokofiev, it is the only one of his discs I didn't think about acquiring. But of Prokofiev's piano concertos, Nos. 1 and 3 are my favs of the five, with a nod or two to No. 2. I have heard this pianist only ...
by Lance
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cantata Profana Captures the Death of a Saint
Replies: 2
Views: 16

Re: Cantata Profana Captures the Death of a Saint

John F ... I love your frankness! Always did. I would tend to join you on your last statement below. From the title, "Cantata Profana," I expected this to be a review of Bartók's piece by that name, which is truly profane, meaning the opposite of sacred. But no, this is about something else. And fro...
by Lance
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Herbert Schuch plays Schumann PC live
Replies: 1
Views: 9

Re: Pianist Herbert Schuch plays Schumann PC live

Oh, I think the Schumann Piano Concerto is highly regarded among classical music lovers, though the Grieg may have a bit more prominence among the lesser informed. I love the Schumann and have so many recordings of the work that I am embarrassed to say how many! Schumann's other piano/orchestral wor...
by Lance
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 22
Views: 194

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

I did little research on the Boston Symphony and Rachmaninoff Second Symphony. The only thing I could find was a Third Symphony, live 1947 with the BSO, Koussevitzky conducting, which appeared on AS Disc [CD 569] and Lys CD [382], both long OOP and glad I have them.
by Lance
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 4
Views: 41

Re: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

Well, we have minus 1 degree at the moment. How nice. The USPS truck stopped by to deliver an Amazon order but left without leaving the package because they could not get into the driveway or up the stairs. I found my way out of the driveway with the RAV4 to go look for UPS and all the time it was U...
by Lance
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Caballé on CD I didn't know about
Replies: 5
Views: 32

Re: The Caballé on CD I didn't know about

No, the set looks like this: https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51MO6AtkitL._AC_UL436_.jpg Fabulous idea! :) I know a certain someone of Hispanic origins who will appreciate this release. Does the cover of your set of 3 CDs resemble what's below? https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61m...
by Lance
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Caballé on CD I didn't know about
Replies: 5
Views: 32

The Caballé on CD I didn't know about

Montserrat Caballé followers certainly know that the singer performed and recorded some zarzuela material - even excerpts with her husband, Bernabé Marti, which were excellent. But I didn't realize she also recorded two zarzuelas for Sony Classical [71174, 3 CDs], pesented in a DVD-type packaging. T...
by Lance
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...
Replies: 4
Views: 41

Snow/cold incredible, but we have ...

... thankfully, our many recordings to enjoy, books to catch up on, food and warmth, and since few want to take on this miserable weather, why not? Even catching up on sleep is a good idea. Or watching old movies! I don't see much activity this snowy weekend on CMG though we have a lot of viewers bu...
by Lance
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing
Replies: 22
Views: 194

Re: Tommasini Loves van Zweden But Not the Pairing

I have no problem with the Beethoven/Rachmaninoff pairing as presented by van Zweden. I wish I could have attended this concert. Of Rachmaninoff's three symphonies, No. 2 has received the most recordings. Dimitri Mitropoulos commercially recorded it for RCA Victor [LP LM-1068] with the Minneapolis S...
by Lance
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reger's Telemann and Bach Variations live (!)
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: Reger's Telemann and Bach Variations live (!)

The Telemann, Bach, and Hiller Variations are among the pieces I enjoy most by Max Reger. Marc-André Hamelin gave us a wonderful recording on Hyperion of the Telemann and Bach.
by Lance
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Willard White, bass-baritone
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Re: Willard White, bass-baritone

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51kpH3ogtwL._AC_UL436_.jpg Another recital disc has come forth entitled Willard White: My Way on Sony Classical 92943 [57:46] issued in 2005 and I had never before seen it advertised. This is quite a potpourri of material all conducted by Carl Davis and the BBC Co...
by Lance
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Simon Trpĉeski
Replies: 4
Views: 166

Re: Pianist Simon Trpĉeski

More of his discs keep coming and I am delighted. Two of the latest are live recitals from Wigmore Hall in London on their own label. One [0058] offers Schubert's 16 German Dances, the Wanderer Fantasy; the Bach/Liszt Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543; Liszt's Sonetto del Petrarca No. 104, Les j...
by Lance
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 1013

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Now THAT Is quite a tribute to Mr. Brosseau! He may be looking down at you smiling. I am very sorry to read this news. John and I seemed to disagree about everything one could disagree about, at least on the musical side of this forum, though I usually liked what he had to say about politics on the ...
by Lance
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vincenzo Bellini's Masses
Replies: 0
Views: 31

Vincenzo Bellini's Masses

Rarely do I hear anyone talking about this great master's masses. I recently received a recording on Italy's Nuova Era label CD [224175] entitled "Due Messe 'Catanesi' (1818" with soloists, chorus and orchestra. No time to hear the disc yet, but am anticipating something special. Anyone know about t...
by Lance
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 603

Re: Classical Music Streaming

Barney, first of all, I am sad about the loss of two of your children as described in the other thread. So many sentimental issues with that in attempting to unload stuff we collect over life. I cannot imagine such a situation as that. Absolutely, veteran collectors would not "do" with Spotify. Righ...
by Lance
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 296

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

I wonder what our good friends in Australia think about this? Sue ... Barney?
by Lance
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 296

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

Yes, understand all this completely. We, too, have boxes and boxes of stuff, even gifts from our wedding that still sit in those boxes (mostly used, however). It is easy to become a hoarder (do you ever watch the TV program that shows the lives of hoarders?). My thought is if you haven't seen or use...
by Lance
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 296

Re: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

Ah, Brian - you caught that! Yes, on occasion I give some thoughts to this. But what a glorious life in having so much great music to have at one's fingertips - and the ears to enjoy it! On the other hand, when we get past the Pearly White Gates, we don't know what awaits us but I have great expecta...
by Lance
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, we're going to die. What happens to ...
Replies: 21
Views: 296

So, we're going to die. What happens to ...

... all our stuff (books, CDs, LPs, and worldly goods and people). There is too much to enjoy no matter how long we live. I think about this many times. Can't take any of it with us! Am I alone in this regard?
by Lance
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: German Opera singer Theo Adam dead at 92
Replies: 1
Views: 232

Re: German Opera singer Theo Adam dead at 92

Fortunately, Theo Adam left a lot on discs, some of Wagner operas. One disc I particularly enjoyed was non-opera: Lieder of Carl Loewe and Franz Schubert on Berlin Classics [3044] with Rudolf Dunckel, pianist, a CD I've had since year 2000!
by Lance
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Music Streaming
Replies: 18
Views: 603

Re: Classical Music Streaming

Streaming is something I have not taken too - as yet, and probably won't. I guess I'm too old fashioned. I still want the CD (or LP, now rarely), the artwork, notes, etc. Maybe I am missing something, but as interested as I am in historical performing artists and repertoire (and current performing a...
by Lance
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HMV is bankrupt - again
Replies: 12
Views: 825

Re: HMV is bankrupt - again

Indeed, Brian. Good food for thought about the future. Amazon is very powerful now. They could possibly make things change! New York State imposed a tax on goods we buy even though they did not have an office or brick/mortar building within the state. They were losing so much tax revenue that steps ...
by Lance
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alan Feinberg, pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 106

Re: Alan Feinberg, pianist

Wow. He looks much older with white hair. Ah well, we ALL age! Such is life!
Rach3 wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:02 am
Lance's Feinberg : https://music.princeton.edu/people/alan-feinberg
by Lance
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alan Feinberg, pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 106

Re: Alan Feinberg, pianist

Indeed, Samuil Feinberg's recordings have made it to CD. These are the ones I have: •Arbiter 118: First recordings 1929-1948, Bach, Beethoven, Scriabin •Melodiya 1001005: Feinberg Piano Cto., his Piano Suite, Beethoven Sonata, Op. 22 •Monopole 020: Beethoven Sonatas 4,11,19,20 (r.1950s) •Russian CD ...
by Lance
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HMV is bankrupt - again
Replies: 12
Views: 825

Re: HMV is bankrupt - again

Thank you, John F, for bringing us up-to-date on the HMV situation. I fear this is only the beginning of many brick and mortar stores disappearing. It is happening all around me. When and if Amazon is finally left to be about the last, watch their prices rise. I have already seen evidence of this. M...
by Lance
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca Sound: 55 CD boxed set PIANO edition
Replies: 8
Views: 885

Re: Decca Sound: 55 CD boxed set PIANO edition

Barney, indeed, that IS the "Kaleidoscope" disc with Shura Cherkassky in the 55-CD Decca "The Piano Edition." I did get the box after all - for a pittance, actually, too hard to pass up. Lots of duplication but some others discs that make the set most worthwhile - all with original jackets to bring ...
by Lance
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alan Feinberg, pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 106

Alan Feinberg, pianist

I've been surveying my recordings of New York-born ALAN FEINBERG in preparation for a future radio broadcast (or two). He is in a unique position among pianists in that his performances and recordings pair old music with new. He seems to be successful with that approach, more so than other pianists....
by Lance
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3983
Views: 604323

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

Indeed! I have two of his Telarc discs, including the Rachmaninoff #3 [80582] and a solo recital [80524]. Those were the first days that Lang Lang was making an international success. For me, however, outside of his technical prowess, which is enviable, his music spoke less and less to me. I continu...
by Lance
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3983
Views: 604323

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

Could not concur more! Fabulous pianist who is, apparently, careful in what he records and how much. Each one, so far for me, is a jewel. The one thing we seem to have in the way of instrumentalists is pianists of the highest quality. It is almost overwhelming especially to keep up with it all. The ...
by Lance
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gottschalk and Cuba
Replies: 0
Views: 136

Gottschalk and Cuba

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91yaS44Nu0L._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/A1Q83IFxRVL._SY355_.jpg Antonio Iturrioz, pianist Steinway & Sons (label), 30102 Here's a newly acquired recording that may capture your eye and ears! I try to find anything new ...
by Lance
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Simon Trpĉeski
Replies: 4
Views: 166

Pianist Simon Trpĉeski

https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.o7H6R7mbB7mUQbIQydB_ZgAAAA&w=152&h=105&c=8&rs=1&qlt=90&pid=3.1&rm=2 Oddly, while I heard of the Macedonian pianist Simon Trpĉeski, I never acquired any of his recordings until recently. We heard him in a Chopin Mazurka on NPR the other day and went wild. He began h...
by Lance
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration
Replies: 14
Views: 668

Re: Great Performances The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration

Hey, that's MY auditorium. Glad you enjoyed it! :lol:
jserraglio wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:10 pm
I guess I had been spoiled by the likes of Symphony, Severance and Jordan Halls, Sanders Theatre and Hill Auditorium.
by Lance
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 1013

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

Chalkie, what a lovely and heartwarming tribute to John Brosseau. I have also contacted his sister. There will be no obituary in the newspapers, as per his request, which she is following to the letter. I hope for John that it was a peaceful passing. I cannot put into words how sad this makes me fe...
by Lance
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 1013

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

I just logged on to CMG at 1:10 on Saturday morning, January 12, 2019, and learned this very sad news about jbuck. This is coming as a shock and was totally unexpected by me and others. We have all enjoyed John Brosseau's comments as noted herein. To say he will be missed here is an understatement. ...
by Lance
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bazzini's (1818-1897) opera transcriptions complete!
Replies: 1
Views: 211

Bazzini's (1818-1897) opera transcriptions complete!

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51LJ13-PcOL._AC_US218_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71SJDCa1kRL._SX425_.jpg Brilliant 5-CD set 95674 Anca Vasile Caraman, violin Alessandro Trebeschi, piano Antonio Bazzini today may be remembered for chiefly one piece for viol...
by Lance
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What a musical genius that CZERNY!
Replies: 1
Views: 224

What a musical genius that CZERNY!

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51sqDyMq7vL._AC_US218_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61eeJMF0kzL._SX425_.jpg CPO 777.822, 73:48 Those who have studied piano are very much aware of the work of Carl Czerny (1791-1857). But he was so much more, and I am very happ...
by Lance
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fleming Interview
Replies: 2
Views: 267

Re: Fleming Interview

Wonderful interview. Loved it!
by Lance
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: top 10 operas
Replies: 18
Views: 623

Re: top 10 operas

Everyone has their favourites, of course. Mine list would contain: Verdi's Aida (and Traviata, Trovatore, Don Carlo, Forza and others) Giordano: Fedora (Magda Olivero, of course) Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov Most of the operas by Bellini and Donizetti Rossini's and Mozart's operas (just about all of th...
by Lance
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Willard White, bass-baritone
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Re: Willard White, bass-baritone

White seemed to be highly regarded in Porgy. I never heard much of him until I heard the live material on the Alto label, but his Chandos disc of spirituals and the Copland Old American Songs were done superbly well. Born in 1946 and now 72, no doubt we don't be hearing much from him any longer. I k...
by Lance
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24

My most recent introduction was with Jean-Marc Luisada's recording of French RCA and it made a deep impression enough to include in my radio tribute to him. Dina Ugorskaja and Pavlina Dokovska also were top contenders as was Schiff. I know it's hard to choose from all those great artists, but do you...
by Lance
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Record biz news
Replies: 11
Views: 589

Re: Record biz news

It IS very discouraging. Frankly, I would rather burn all my LPs than to let them go for a dollar, two, or three apiece. You might try the Japanese market. They are heavy into vinyl for classical music. Why vinyl hasn't taken the course of pop music for connoisseurs I do not know. But I must admit, ...
by Lance
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schiff and Schubert
Replies: 16
Views: 609

Re: Schiff and Schubert

An interesting subject for sure. I have collected many recordings by András Schiff and have never been disappointed. He has recorded prolifically for a number of labels and his complete set of Schubert sonatas on Decca [478 3018, 9 CDs, includes both sets of Impromptus, Moments Musicaux, Hungarian M...
by Lance
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mompou's "Impresiones Intimas" for piano solo
Replies: 1
Views: 273

Re: Mompou's "Impresiones Intimas" for piano solo

Federico Mompou, a very intersting composer, indeed. The de Larrocha recordings of his piano works has been issued singly on Decca and all are included in her big all-Decca mega-set now [483 4120, 41 CDs]. She also recorded a disc of Mompou for RCA [62554]. Stephen Hough recorded a disc for Hyperion...
by Lance
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Willard White, bass-baritone
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Willard White, bass-baritone

I have taken an interest in this Jamaican-born bass, WILLARD WHITE , mostly from an introduction (to me) of a CD appearing on the Alto label [1305], which contains spirituals, the famous "Pearl Fishers" duet, some popular-type songs ... quite a diverse recital, recorded live, and performed with the ...
by Lance
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24

Sue (Belle), you certainly have a grand way of setting out your thoughts on certain pieces, and you're quite right! I presented on my weekly radio program Jean-Marc Luisada's recording of Schumann's "Ghost Variations," and had quite a few comments from listeners about the work. Most people knew noth...
by Lance
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Record biz news
Replies: 11
Views: 589

Re: Record biz news

Bbbut, Barney, $1/LP is nothing! Vinyl is being priced today at two- to three times the price of a CD. As someone pointed out, however, that the vinyl market seems to be lent to music other than classical. Still, vinyl is being produced for classical music. Given my 70,000+ LPs, like you, I rarely p...
by Lance
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Op. 109
Replies: 4
Views: 373

Re: Beethoven Op. 109

Sue (Belle), what intereseting comments you make about the music you love. Indeed, the Op. 109/Beethoven does exactly as you say. There have been many superb recordings of this piece by myriad pianists too many to name. But I single out one performed by the exceptional British pianist, Dame MYRA HES...