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by Lance
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]
Replies: 3
Views: 8

Re: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

Brian, I think you will like what you hear. Magaloff was married to Joseph Szigeti's daughter, Irene. In fact, Magaloff and Szigeti made some recordings together. All I can say is "get 'em now before their prices go sky high!"
by Lance
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arthur Grumiaux's Mono Recordings/Decca
Replies: 0
Views: 3

Arthur Grumiaux's Mono Recordings/Decca

Mega-boxes keep coming (thankfully). Here's your chance to get some of this great violinist's early repertoire, some of the most elegant violin playing you will ever hear: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51ho1awKbxL._SX355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71azec...
by Lance
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]
Replies: 3
Views: 8

Art of Pianist Nikita Magaloff [Decca]

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81T5k-hQ3PL._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81KimI02%2BFL._SY355_.jpg Here's an edition pianophiles will be interested in knowing about, 21 CDs of Russian pianist Nikita Magaloff (1912-1992). While I had his complete Chopi...
by Lance
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A note to the classically insecure
Replies: 4
Views: 27

Re: A note to the classically insecure

A really excellent article. It even makes me think about the way we talk about music. On my weekly radio broadcast now for 50 years, I attempt to not discuss "harmonic modulations," which the majority of listeners would not comprehend anyway, and might otherwise discourage them because "they don't k...
by Lance
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pogorelich live in Vienna,Apr.17,2018
Replies: 1
Views: 43

Re: Pogorelich live in Vienna,Apr.17,2018

That is the most "lingering" Ballade No. 3 I think I've ever heard. We don't hear too much about Pogorelich these days, nor Andrei Gavrilov for that matter. What are these pianists doing these days?
by Lance
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 28
Views: 399

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

Eloquent, and beautifully said! Yes, there are always some positives! It's like getting a recommendation from someone to hear a new CD that you might not otherwise acquire and be sufficiently surprised that you kept your mind open about it! Thank you! I don't follow the Pulitzer prizes too closely. ...
by Lance
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 44
Views: 1783

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

Maybe we should flip a coin - heads or tails - to determine if this is a worthwhile investment for us. (It probably is ... but ...) Then again, you may be getting your copy at no charge for review! :lol: Szell appears 121 times in my catalogue. That's too many for me to investigate individually. But...
by Lance
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Menahem Pressler, the SOLO pianist!
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: Menahem Pressler, the SOLO pianist!

Yesterday, I heard both of Chopin's piano concertos on Doremi 7989/90. Both concertos fill the first CD. I believe Doremi has used the original Concert Hall Society LPs in the remastering, and it is basically a good remastering. Concert Hall Society was founded by David Josefowitz and his, I think, ...
by Lance
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 28
Views: 399

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

I don't follow the Pulitzer prizes too closely. So, in reading this thread, and like so many other things in our world, has the Pulitzer turned out to be a joke, at least in some categories?
by Lance
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Sonatas by Rudolf Buchbinder
Replies: 10
Views: 96

Re: Haydn Sonatas by Rudolf Buchbinder

No, sorry to say I don't know the pianist by name or otherwise, i.e., recordings.
by Lance
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Sonatas by Rudolf Buchbinder
Replies: 10
Views: 96

Re: Haydn Sonatas by Rudolf Buchbinder

I've had the original set of Buchbinder's since 2008, and more power to the pianist for undertaking this repertoire in one sweep. My favourite Haydn pianists include Emanuel Ax, Alfred Brendel, and Gilbert Kalish (Nonesuch recordings, which should be reissued on CD), Martin Galling, Marc-André Hamel...
by Lance
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rita Gorr, mezzo-soprano on Guild Historical
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Rita Gorr, mezzo-soprano on Guild Historical

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81PuumnxHEL._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61SswlQTUML._SX355_.jpg Guild Historical 2411, 79:49, ADD Belgian mezzo-soprano Rita Gorr (1926-2012) is a singer we don't hear very much about these days. Even her recorded repe...
by Lance
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Argerich and Babayan: Prokofiev
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Argerich and Babayan: Prokofiev

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51Br96R3lqL._AC_US327_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61WJ3bOEzNL._SX355_.jpg DGG 479 9854, 60:12 PROKOFIEV FOR TWO Martha Argerich, piano Sergei Babayan, piano In a beautifully recorded and packaged presentation, we ...
by Lance
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!
Replies: 18
Views: 319

Re: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81msEfSYvoL._SY355_.jpg Another two-CD set arrived today, which I have listened to already, and the artistry of this superb artist still has me in shock. This is some of the best Liszt playing I have ever heard on records. This one is available from C...
by Lance
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin on an 1847 Pleyel
Replies: 1
Views: 46

Re: Chopin on an 1847 Pleyel

Ah, the PLEYEL, Chopin's favourite piano. Among the most interesting of Emanuel Ax's recordings is his performances of Chopin's two piano concertos and other piano/orchestral works on original instruments, including the piano. I normally do not prefer original instrument keyboards instruments (early...
by Lance
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 20 " essential " Schubert recordings per WQXR
Replies: 5
Views: 74

Re: 20 " essential " Schubert recordings per WQXR

Well, of course there are some good listings there, but I would have selected others as we probably all would. Reference is made to Schubert's complete Impromptu sets . Rach3 mentions Brendel's, and my favourite interpretations by him appear on the Vox label (not so much the Philips). I believe even...
by Lance
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Menahem Pressler, the SOLO pianist!
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: Menahem Pressler, the SOLO pianist!

I have to re-listen to the Chopin material again to make any comment. It's been a while that I've traversed Pressler's solo material. I'll give them a listen very soon. Pressler was outstanding as leader of the Beaux Arts Trio, but I haven't heard any of his solo recordings. Have you listened to the...
by Lance
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 44
Views: 1783

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

Thank you, John. More and more will unfold, I'm sure, as it is discovered what is really missing from this mega-set.
by Lance
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!
Replies: 18
Views: 319

Re: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51rBRQ3QH5L._AC_US327_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71QGVH0VLzL._SX355_.jpg Naxos 573705, DDD, 69:24 [Volume 49 in Naxos' complete piano music series] Just arrived today, thanks to prime service! Already heard from ...
by Lance
Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adrian Aeschbacher, pianist
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: Adrian Aeschbacher, pianist

There is a superb recording of the Brahms PC #2 with Furtwängler from 1943, which he recorded on two other occasions with different orchestras and conductors. I also felt his Schubert and Schumann performances were excellent. i think of Aeschbacher as a pianist in the manner of Edwin Fischer and tha...
by Lance
Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano accompanist Irwin Gage dead at 78
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Re: Piano accompanist Irwin Gage dead at 78

Very sorry to learn this. Gage was a superb accompanist. I have his work preserved on many recordings with among some of the world's finest singers.
by Lance
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Lets Us Down
Replies: 12
Views: 130

Re: NYCO Lets Us Down

Aha, I just discovered it HAS been issued on RCA 50166, 2 CDs issued around 1998. This must be the one Brian has.
by Lance
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Lets Us Down
Replies: 12
Views: 130

Re: NYCO Lets Us Down

Brian, did you say you have the CD set of the Montemezzi opera on CD? If so, how did I miss it? Can you give me the catalogue number? OTOT, I may have it but it is not catalogued. I find this happens on occasion. I don't think we can rule out the possibility of a Met production some time in the futu...
by Lance
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 44
Views: 1783

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

In looking over my own discography of Szell, it is quite extensive. I have five or six Decca CDs of his work ... not sure if there were more he made with this label, but it seems Decca might offer a "short box" on his recordings with the label. EMI, however, could have a good-sized box set of all th...
by Lance
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Menahem Pressler, the SOLO pianist!
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Menahem Pressler, the SOLO pianist!

At 94 years young, Menahem Pressler, the German-born, Israeli-American pianist (whom I've had the pleasure of meeting, talking with, and preparing his Steinway ... and what a gentleman!) is re-emerging as a solo pianist. No doubt, he is one of the finest chamber music pianists one might find atteste...
by Lance
Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!
Replies: 18
Views: 319

Re: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!

Just finished listening to the all-Liszt disc on Naxos [573458]. In a word, all I can say is WOW! This is probably the best recording of these Paganini pieces I've ever heard. It all helps with one of the best-sounding Fazioli pianos I've ever heard. Goran Filipec, himself, was the producer of this ...
by Lance
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adrian Aeschbacher, pianist
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Adrian Aeschbacher, pianist

Thanks to my good friends, the ISLERS , both father and son, my interest took off on the celebrated Swiss pianist, ADRIAN AESCHBACHER (1912-2002) . He recorded prolifically, especially major piano literature. Among his teachers was Artur Schnabel. The Schnabel pupils I have heard carry on the tradit...
by Lance
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!
Replies: 18
Views: 319

Re: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!

Today, Filipec's Naxos "Complete Piano Music • 42" arrived, entitled "Paganini Studies. I am about to audition it now. Interesting that FAZIOLI, the relatively new high-class piano maker apparently sponsored this CD. Filipec, of course, uses their concert grand piano for the recording made at Faziol...
by Lance
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 44
Views: 1783

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

It seems as though I recall someone asking (was it Rach3?) what was actually MISSING from the forthcoming SZELL set. Has anyone done any looking to see what is missing that SHOULD be there that has access to a complete listing of what IS available on this set as opposed to what is NOT? Sony must ha...
by Lance
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much music on discs can we really digest?
Replies: 18
Views: 184

Re: How much music on discs can we really digest?

Barney, always great to read your posts! They are so lifelike with day-to-day facts of living! I smiled when I read this one. Yes, I, too (as probably most of us) have some CDs with the cellophane wrap still on just waiting to be auditioned. I, too, receive many CDs for radio broadcast courtesy of t...
by Lance
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYCO Lets Us Down
Replies: 12
Views: 130

Re: NYCO Lets Us Down

I well remember this Montemezzi opera. I still have the original RCA stereo recording, just one of those operas that has yet to be reissued (near as I know) in Sony Classical's continuing RCA and Columbia opera series recordings. It may yet reappear only on CD this time.
by Lance
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music for TWO organs!
Replies: 1
Views: 56

Music for TWO organs!

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31LaHrbxRwL._AC_US218_.jpg Hungaroton 32167, TT=72:13, DDD Looking for something unusual to hear that I haven't heard for a long time, I pulled out this CD "Music for Two Organs from the 18th & 19th Centuries." What a very uplifting surprise! The two ...
by Lance
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pavarotti's butler
Replies: 2
Views: 72

Re: Pavarotti's butler

Very interesting, Barney. Pavarotti was a very sick man at the end, everything to live for (and he did pretty good at it by any standards). Good that we have so many recordings that still provide endless enjoyment regardless of repertoire. I often wonder how Caruso would sound given magnetic tape da...
by Lance
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz 1953 Carnegie recital
Replies: 5
Views: 104

Re: Horowitz 1953 Carnegie recital

Interesting in life that everyone has their personal choices, just as it should be. While I am a great fan of Horowitz and want anything/everything I can find, commercial or private, there were some composers he played that just didn't hit the nail on the head for me. Schubert was one of them. I sup...
by Lance
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Edith Piaf
Replies: 2
Views: 69

Re: Edith Piaf

Ah yes, but at least your recognized it! :D She was adored by her public, French and otherwise, and her recordings are still coming forth. I am among the last on that bandwagon. Still, I give her much credit for putting her songs across so that even a devoted classical music enthusiast like me took ...
by Lance
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Coming Out of the Performing Arts Library
Replies: 6
Views: 140

Re: Coming Out of the Performing Arts Library

Well, tell us! Tell us who it was!!! Why on Earth would you assume that? Why not? :) A joke, John, though I really did think it was by you because we associate you with the library. However, I thought maybe something like "Coming out of the Performing Arts Library I saw Renée Fleming and you'll neve...
by Lance
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much music on discs can we really digest?
Replies: 18
Views: 184

Re: How much music on discs can we really digest?

Well, this subject is getting some looks and responses. I am pleased about that. Aside from the monetary factors, and space requirements for growing collections, I have done something now for a while that seems to work. If you are ordering online from Amazon, or whoever, put everything in your baske...
by Lance
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much music on discs can we really digest?
Replies: 18
Views: 184

How much music on discs can we really digest?

Those of us who have rather extensive record (LP or CD) collections must be asking ourselves at times ... "what are we doing?" Given our age(s) and the fact that we aren't going to live to be 150 years old, where does one draw the line on "the art of collecting?" And I do think, in a way it is an "a...
by Lance
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Patsy Cline's memory lives on!
Replies: 1
Views: 57

Patsy Cline's memory lives on!

I just recently prepared a piano at a theater that is presenting three live shows on Patsy Cline, whose voice was incredible for the music she sang. Another great artist who died s tragically at age 30 in an air crash. It wasn't until I saw the film "Sweet Dreams" [with Jessica Lange, 1985] that I l...
by Lance
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Edith Piaf
Replies: 2
Views: 69

Edith Piaf

No, I'm not a collector of Edith Piaf, but some of you may have seen a commercial with her singing "Non, je ne regrette rien." I had none of her records but there was something in this song that attracted me to her rendering of it. So, naturally, one has to have a complete recording of the song. She...
by Lance
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!
Replies: 18
Views: 319

Re: Goran Filipec - stunning pianist!

Indeed, sounds like a very true gentleman! I can hardly wait for some other discs of his that should be forthcoming. I still cannot believe this playing the piano in such a grand manner.
by Lance
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Living the Classical Life: Emmanuel Ax"
Replies: 11
Views: 201

Re: "Living the Classical Life: Emmanuel Ax"

You beat me to the punch mentioning WALTER GIESEKING. One of my favourite pianists, but on occasion his lack of practicing has presented itself (especially in live recordings). Interesting, I believe Ax says Schubert's Sonata No.9, B major, D.575 is too hard for Ax to play. Brendel live in Amsterdam...
by Lance
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Welcome to CMG, Todd Schurk!
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Welcome to CMG, Todd Schurk!

We hope you come here and participate in our many discussions regularly!
by Lance
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's "Lucia" w/Peretyatko & Grigolo
Replies: 11
Views: 179

Re: Met's "Lucia" w/Peretyatko & Grigolo

Hi, I don't believe the reference to Roberto Abbado was meant to infer that Claudio Abbado was the father of Roberto, but to Roberto's father, Marcello Abbado, himself a pianist and composer of note. Roberto was the cousin of Claudio Abbado. The entire Abbado family was highly gifted in the musical ...
by Lance
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor - the prodigy grown up
Replies: 3
Views: 959

Re: Benjamin Grosvenor - the prodigy grown up

I, too, am "sold" on Grosvenor and eager await more recordings. When I did a radio tribute to him, I received many comments from listeners who loved what they heard.
by Lance
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Living the Classical Life: Emmanuel Ax"
Replies: 11
Views: 201

Re: "Living the Classical Life: Emmanuel Ax"

I've watched several of these now, loved the Ax and Seymour Bernstein and DiDonato interviews. I've seen Ax in concert several times, prepared his piano once, and in this video I saw a much more humane and warm character. I never realized, like so many great performing artists, he, too, is afflicted...
by Lance
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's "Lucia" w/Peretyatko & Grigolo
Replies: 11
Views: 179

Re: Met's "Lucia" w/Peretyatko & Grigolo

My soprano friend responds: "It's probably more of an age thing than a professional jealousy thing. Yes, all older divas think and say that current singers are not as good "as we were!" But in this case it is that more was expected and required of me and my fellow singers in my era than what this Lu...
by Lance
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conducting Mahler's 4th symphony
Replies: 5
Views: 173

Re: Conducting Mahler's 4th symphony

Very interesting article, indeed. For those interested in making comparisons, the Mengelberg recording of the Mahler 4th with soprano Jo Vincent has appeared on CD several times. More recently, there are these: Philips 426 108 Philips 480 7636 [17 CD set, complete Mengelberg recordings with Concert...
by Lance
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met's "Lucia" w/Peretyatko & Grigolo
Replies: 11
Views: 179

Re: Met's "Lucia" w/Peretyatko & Grigolo

This is what a well-known soprano and teacher of voice relayed to me about this Lucia di Lammermoor performance: "In this case, what [Tommasini] doesn't say is as revealing as what he does say. And this must have been one of those performances where you had to see it, not just hear it. The soprano w...
by Lance
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conducting Mahler's 4th symphony
Replies: 5
Views: 173

Re: Conducting Mahler's 4th symphony

Very interesting article, indeed. For those interested in making comparisons, the Mengelberg recording of the Mahler 4th with soprano Jo Vincent has appeared on CD several times. More recently, there are these: Philips 426 108 Philips 480 7636 [17 CD set, complete Mengelberg recordings with Concertg...