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by Lance
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Levin, LaSalle Quartet founder and James Levine teacher, dead at 92
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Re: Walter Levin, LaSalle Quartet founder and James Levine teacher, dead at 92

Walter Levin was an absolute genius right to the end of his long life. The book, The LaSalle Quartet: Conversations with Walter Levin illustrates his genius wonderfully well in this book by Robert Spruytenburg. I'm in the throes of reading it now and can hardly put it down.
by Lance
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ania Dorfmann, pianist - Remastered, 9 CDs
Replies: 3
Views: 68

Re: Ania Dorfmann, pianist - Remastered, 9 CDs

There was also the Rudolf Serkin performance with Toscanini of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, issued on RCA. The only Dorfman I've heard was in NBC Symphony broadcasts conducted by Toscanini, in which the conductor was obviously dominant. The only other pianist he often had as a concer...
by Lance
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!
Replies: 11
Views: 127

Re: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!

Yes, I have it. I wouldn't miss ANYTHING done by Myra Hess. Some years ago, I think 1993, Music & Arts issued a four-CD set [779 sold as 3 CDs] of live performances by Myra Hess - mostly concertos of Beethoven (3/4), w/E. Kurtz and Boult (1953-1952), Mozart 12 & 27 w/Scholz (1956), Brahms 2 w/NYP-B....
by Lance
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Salzburg Festival director: who he?
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: New Salzburg Festival director: who he?

TIME changes everything. Generally, it isn't so great.
by Lance
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!
Replies: 16
Views: 198

Re: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!

Well, there has been some "serious" classical music composed for the saxophone: Ibert - Concertino da Camera Glazounov - Concerto Creston - Sonata (the piano part is WAY more difficult than the sax part!) Creston - Saxophone Concerto Milhaud - Scaramouche - originally a suite for two pianos (the ver...
by Lance
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!
Replies: 13
Views: 125

Re: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!

Yes, I think Gieseking plays too fast in some of this music. I especially listened tonight to the wonderful WTC Prelude and Fugue No. 24 from Book II in B minor ... I must say the Prelude could almost be from the Romantic era. As Gieseking plays it, it is dry, and not very interesting. A few years a...
by Lance
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So much Ozawa is being reissued ...
Replies: 11
Views: 144

Re: So much Ozawa is being reissued ...

Barney, I have to say that I am in your camp in that regard. The only Ozawa I seemed to be interested in was his collaborative recordings , and I got them because of the soloists , not Ozawa. The list is lengthy and includes names such as: Entremont, Watts, Fleisher, Brailowsky, Volodos, Yo-Yo Ma, v...
by Lance
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!
Replies: 16
Views: 198

Re: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!

Hmm, well John, I never took the saxophone too seriously in classical music, , however, Sax lived in a time when his instrument could create stylistic playing like Paganini or Liszt. Again, I must say, this is an hugely entertaining and ear brightener. I even had to play some of the selections two o...
by Lance
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!
Replies: 13
Views: 125

Re: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!

Well, several points, but only one or two here because you, too make a point! Gieseking had strong opinions on how the music of Bach should be performed, and much of it is revealed in the commentary in this set. One point is that you get to hear it by Gieseking without the use of any pedal . (He was...
by Lance
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!
Replies: 16
Views: 198

The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41N3UmEme5L._SX355_.jpg BIS 1270, 64:43 Here's a CD that's been around for a while [2003] entitled "Historic Saxophone". Claude Delangle plays a variety of historic soprano, tenor, alto, and baritone saxophones beautifully accompanied by Odile Delangl...
by Lance
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!
Replies: 13
Views: 125

Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/612nfJeXbBL._AC_US218_.jpg DGG 479 7362, 7 CDs, all mono. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61ggtQQv3DL._SY355_.jpg "No one, according to some, had ever played Bach like Gieseking, and they rhapsodized over an amazing technic, a tyle th...
by Lance
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So much Ozawa is being reissued ...
Replies: 11
Views: 144

So much Ozawa is being reissued ...

https://www.amazon.com/Seiji-Ozawa-Complete-Warner-Recordings/dp/B00UI8TSCU/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1503113995&sr=1-2&keywords=Ozawa 25 CDs https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51lcG1923IL._AC_US218_.jpg 6 CDs https://www.amazon.com/Seiji-Ozawa-Philips-Years-50/dp/B00MG8V7MY/ref=s...
by Lance
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ania Dorfmann, pianist - Remastered, 9 CDs
Replies: 3
Views: 68

Ania Dorfmann, pianist - Remastered, 9 CDs

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71T2WhFfEWL._SY355_.jpg Ania Dorfmann, a noted teacher at Juilliard School when alive, and a pianist whose career got jump-started after a performance of a Beethoven piano concerto, Toscanini conducting, is another cult figure among piano aficionados....
by Lance
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!
Replies: 11
Views: 127

Re: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!

Great! I think you will be mostly impressed with her pianism. No question, like many great artists we don't hear much about, she is a cult figure in music - and in my opinion - for a very good reason. Jonas's Columbia recordings, which were also on LPs, were not well thought of back in the '50s when...
by Lance
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!
Replies: 11
Views: 127

Re: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!

Is there a new Myra Hess CD or set I missed somewhere along the way?
maestrob wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:08 pm
Thank-you Lance, for the recommendation. It's on my want list, right next to Dame Myra Hess.
by Lance
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!
Replies: 11
Views: 127

Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!

https://www.amazon.com/Maryla-Jonas-Story-Complete-Recordings/dp/B072KY1H9B/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1503016964&sr=1-1&keywords=Maryla+Jonas A bit of the Wikipedia blurb, as follows: "Maryla Jonas (May 31, 1911 – July 3, 1959), was a Polish-born classical pianist, who escaped Nazism to settle ...
by Lance
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anybody know where Chalkie is?
Replies: 13
Views: 366

Anybody know where Chalkie is?

He has not been active on CMG since May 15th, 2017. I hope all is okay with him.
by Lance
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's programs, August 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 106

Lance's programs, August 2017

CONDUCTOR KARL BÖHM MONTH [1] Saturday, August 5, 2017 * Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro Dresden State Orchestra (r.1939) * Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (r.1956) * Mozart: Cosi fan tutte, "El parte ... per pieta ben mio perdona" (Act 2) with Irm...
by Lance
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alcyone by Marais
Replies: 8
Views: 502

Re: Alcyone by Marais

One wonders why recordings such as this are allowed to go out of print. It is one I DO NOT HAVE, and wish I did, but not for the asking prices via Internet!
by Lance
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Operatic Pianist: Andrew Wright
Replies: 3
Views: 183

Re: The Operatic Pianist: Andrew Wright

Yes, a fabulous label (or group of labels) well known to dyed-in-the-wool collectors such as yours truly! I have many of their recordings. Indeed, Mr. Stephen Sutton, who is heavily involved with this label, is a member of CMG, though I have not seen his presence for some time. This is a label that ...
by Lance
Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Operatic Pianist: Andrew Wright
Replies: 3
Views: 183

The Operatic Pianist: Andrew Wright

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71E%2BzycuLSL._SX466_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81zmFIV8hhL._SX425_.jpg A good Scottish name, ANDREW WRIGHT , which he is. And a first-class pianist to boot. I knew nothing of this man's work until I heard Divine Art's "The ...
by Lance
Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Winterreise"
Replies: 15
Views: 478

Re: "Winterreise"

I'm uncertain of the source for the Music & Arts release Hotter release. However, DGG issued Winterreise on CD [437 351]. I stuck with the DGG recording on this 1942/3 issue. I believe they are the same performances. Please advise if otherwise. I've come to this thread late, and the only comment is ...
by Lance
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fabulous Viola & Piano Music (unknown)
Replies: 1
Views: 167

Fabulous Viola & Piano Music (unknown)

Centaur Records has produced a number of truly fascinating recordings. One such disc is Centaur 3326 which contains Carl Reinecke's 10 Little Pieces, Op. 213; Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda's Six Nocturnes, Op. 130 and Hans Sitt's Album Leaves, Op. 39. All fairly unknown music but because of American viol...
by Lance
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...
Replies: 15
Views: 351

Re: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...

It took me some time to come to the music of Sir Edward Elgar, but recordings have helped enormously. He wrote a plethora of music, and if, indeed, he was primarily self-taught or influenced by his immediate family, it is not a bad way to go given what we have by which to judge his output. I have ad...
by Lance
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll
Replies: 20
Views: 534

Re: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll

John Francis makes some excellent points. In listening to recordings of the world's finest instrumentalists, singers, orchestras and chamber ensembles, we "condition" our ears as to what "outstanding" music can sound like in the presence of our own homes, on hopefully excellent sound reproducing equ...
by Lance
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Left-Hand Piano Music
Replies: 2
Views: 218

Left-Hand Piano Music

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51Mt-RBs6kL.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51Q1JE3jEcL.jpg I have always had an interest in left-hand piano music. More recently in the twentieth century, there is a reason why some left-hand music has been composed: the pianist ...
by Lance
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vocal music of Liza Lehmann (1862-1918)
Replies: 1
Views: 173

Vocal music of Liza Lehmann (1862-1918)

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/515E3YtAWHL._AC_US218_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81C6h6j8oiL._SX450_.jpg Originally issued on the British Collins label in 1977, one of a series of CDs entitled "The English Song Series," volume 8 is dedicated to the vocal c...
by Lance
Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll
Replies: 20
Views: 534

Re: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll

My distinct pleasure! And your quote below ... EXCELLENT and exceedingly fitting!
Belle wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:52 pm
Thanks for those comments, Lance! :D

In short, and as an academic once said to me, 'if you're going to eat an elephant you can't do it all at once"!!
by Lance
Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dresden Staatskapelle does pop!
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: Dresden Staatskapelle does pop!

I would suspect it would be a horror for concert-goers who attend Dresden concerts for years and years! Given the fact the orchestra has been around since the mid-1500s or so, people like conductor Karl Bohm and the myriad other greats who have led this orchestra would probably turn over in their gr...
by Lance
Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll
Replies: 20
Views: 534

Re: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll

You make some very good points! In my travels across the globe, I have found that classical music in the US and interest in it in the USA has slipped, some of this no doubt due to economic conditions. Canada, on the other hand, I have always found to show much greater interest in classical music as ...
by Lance
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Winterreise"
Replies: 15
Views: 478

Re: "Winterreise"

Yes, I have too many, about 50 on CD and many more on LP. For me, Fischer-Dieskau and Hotter rise to the top for me in this repertoire, and always, when Gerald Moore is the pianist, there is even more benefit to those recordings. I love all three of Schubert's song cycles. How lucky are we to have s...
by Lance
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An interview with organist Paul Jacobs
Replies: 4
Views: 287

Re: An interview with organist Paul Jacobs

Well John, there WAS pianist Paul Jacobs, too! And what an artist. This was an extremely informative interview. I have always had a special place in my musical heart for the organ and have a huge number of recordings to prove it ... recordings from the 78-rpm days (transferred to LP or CD), all of F...
by Lance
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang's livery
Replies: 16
Views: 654

Re: Yuja Wang's livery

Well, Yuja does seem to have the "whole package," as it were. But I do think her dress code is substandard for a concert artist. I don't necessarily consider myself an "old fogey," either! In the clip you included, I was watching the orchestral members giving her a pretty good "look over" as well! O...
by Lance
Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Sound of 78s vs. Hi-Fi/Stereo
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: Piano Sound of 78s vs. Hi-Fi/Stereo

Among the reasons Artur Schnabel came to the American shores so late in his otherwise European fame was that the Bechstein piano he loved so much was not generally available here. Steinway wanted him to switch solely to their piano, but an arrangement was made to use American Steinways in the USA an...
by Lance
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Sound of 78s vs. Hi-Fi/Stereo
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: Piano Sound of 78s vs. Hi-Fi/Stereo

Brendel is universally known for being very "picky" about his pianos and has frequently alienated his piano technicians by bringing his own "tools" of the trade to make changes that he deemed necessary to satisfy his own needs. Those "changes" he made, particularly with the hammers, might not be sui...
by Lance
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 20
Views: 805

Re: "Kreisleriana"

One thing is for certain: none of us will be taking our collections along with us at the end of the line! What a shame!!! Loved reading those anecdotes and all about your considerable recorded music collection. A (deceased) friend of mine was an enthusiast for pianists of the past and (long) before...
by Lance
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Sound of 78s vs. Hi-Fi/Stereo
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Piano Sound of 78s vs. Hi-Fi/Stereo

For many years now, as a concert piano technician and record collector with heavy emphasis on piano recordings, I have observed that the piano sound from the electrical era (commencing around 1926), as well as some early acoustical piano recordings (pre-1926), the piano tone and quality was often ti...
by Lance
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rikard Nordraak, Norwegian Composer
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Rikard Nordraak, Norwegian Composer

A very youthful composer born in Norway in 1842. Rikard Nordraak died of tuberculosis in Paris in 1866 at the age of 23. He was buried in Berlin and later his casket was transferred to Norway for burial there. He is famous for creating Norway's national anthem, Ja, vi elsker dette landet . Edvard G...
by Lance
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gundula Janowitz Edition - finally here!
Replies: 4
Views: 334

Gundula Janowitz Edition - finally here!

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51ukkFuBrhL._AC_US218_.jpg DGG 479 7348, 14 CDs, plus booklet https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61tslCkliQL._SX425_.jpg According the the back of box blurb: "As a tribute to the great German-born Austrian soprano Gundula Janowitz celebr...
by Lance
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 20
Views: 805

Re: "Kreisleriana"

Ah yes, Eileen Joyce. I have probably most of what she recorded from 78s and on LPs and into the few CD transfers made. She was an outstanding pianist. Very nice comeback on this thread! Thank you. You are wondering about your friend's huge record collection and you know what? I'm wondering where a...
by Lance
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Kreisleriana"
Replies: 20
Views: 805

Re: "Kreisleriana"

This is one of my favourite pieces by Schumann. I have about 75 recordings of the piece. I, too, loved the Horowitz, have a lot of respect for Rubinstein's and many others, but a name in pianists that I never see too much on these boards or anywhere else is that of Benno Moiseiwitsch , who, with his...
by Lance
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance is back!
Replies: 5
Views: 363

Re: Lance is back!

Indeed, it was both all three: HOT, HUMID, and WET, with incredible electric storms, thunder and all the rest. Just about every day pouring rain but then cleared up quite beautifully. While there, I was entranced reading a book Shoot the Conductor by Anshel Brusilow who writes about his associations...
by Lance
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music Lost and Found
Replies: 4
Views: 235

Re: Music Lost and Found

Very good news, indeed. More and more, I have become interested in Holst's music. No doubt recordings will be forthcoming.
by Lance
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance is back!
Replies: 5
Views: 363

Lance is back!

Spent about 16 days in the southern states. Loved it, but lots of rain, then sunshine, then huge storms, but very enjoyable nonetheless: swimming, boating, tons of great restaurants, and many friends. Looks like things are going good on CMG! Probably nobody missed me! : :( And yes, LOTS of good thin...
by Lance
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lili Kraus's Complete Mozart Concertos [Sony]
Replies: 9
Views: 442

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: 272

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: 348

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: 442

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: 481

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: 315

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...