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by Lance
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Snow in the Northeast & Listening!
Replies: 1
Views: 12

Snow in the Northeast & Listening!

Ah yes, our first snow fall that is sticking in upstate New York. So, take the time to enjoy some of your newly acquired recordings. A very good day/night for it!
by Lance
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trifonov
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Re: Trifonov

Trifonov has long been on my musical radar. How long can he keep going like this? Good qustion. He's a risk-taker, very much in the tradition of the younger Horowitz or an Earl Wild, among some others.
by Lance
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reissue of Columbia Black Composers Series
Replies: 2
Views: 52

Re: Reissue of Columbia Black Composers Series

Very good news, indeed. This is the first I've heard of this release. It will be on my list as well!
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 118

Re: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist

I remember HANON well! I studied it in my early days of learning to play the piano. I just would not have thought about Hanon linked Shostakovitch. But, I suppose it happens all the time between composers and getting their inspiration! I just looked up the Wikipedia article on Hanon and discovered t...
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An organ recital
Replies: 10
Views: 109

Re: An organ recital

It is too bad, perhaps, my life centers around PIANOS. But I truly love the organ, collect many recordings of the instrument, but know very little about them. If you were to write a brief essay on pipe organs, the various kinds, and what all the specifications really mean, that would be a great hono...
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!
Replies: 16
Views: 1032

Re: Pianist Oscar Levant to the fore!

So now I am very curious. Has ANYBODY sought this Oscar Levant release? Sometimes I think I am far too sentimental about performing artists. Surprising how many don't even know his name today.
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dobrinka Tabakova's new PC
Replies: 3
Views: 71

Re: Dobrinka Tabakova's new PC

Interesting about FAZIL SAY. I have some of his recordings. I am unsure where I fall with regard to his art. What do others think of Fazil's pianism, I wonder? Dobrinka Tabakova’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, “Together Remember To Dance “ , London premiere, BBC Concert Orchestra under Bra...
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hyperion's "Liszt Complete" ... continues!
Replies: 2
Views: 64

Hyperion's "Liszt Complete" ... continues!

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51OV+gG4geL._AC_US218_.jpg Just when we think we have the fabulous collection of all of Franz Liszt's solo piano music on Hyperion, another one of "new discoveries" comes forth. Leslie Howard , again, the pianist, presents what is believed to be first...
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Danacord's 2017 Rarities at Schloss vor Husum out!
Replies: 0
Views: 35

Danacord's 2017 Rarities at Schloss vor Husum out!

Danacord 799 Rarities of Piano Music, Husum Festival, 2017 I have faithfully added each one, year-by-year from the beginning. This series always follows by a year after each festival. It does not present the entire festival's music but highlights featuring many pianists. This edition, which just arr...
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini, again!
Replies: 1
Views: 60

Toscanini, again!

From the beginning of my LP record collecting days from the age of 17, recordings by Toscanini played a major part of my collection. Then came forth his mega-sets from RCA. EMI issued some CDs as did Sony Classical from the Columbia days. Then there was the gathering of his work, and then on many ot...
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An organ recital
Replies: 10
Views: 109

Re: An organ recital

I always loved that Flentrop organ at the Busch-Reisinger Museum. Biggs did, indeed, make many a recording at Harvard. I had the pleasure of seeing him live in Syracuse, NY one time. I think his wife, Peggy, was at his side helping with stops, etc. The place was packed and it was a memorable recital...
by Lance
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 118

Re: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist

I just learned something about that second piano concerto! Thank you, Beckmesser! I've read through the Shostakovich Second Piano Concerto a few times and I didn't find it especially difficult. I suppose it had just the right degree of difficulty for the composer's son who was presumably an advanced...
by Lance
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118
Replies: 17
Views: 243

Re: Brahms 6 Klavierstücke, Op.118

Ah, the Brahms pieces! I have the Katchen on Decca and Audite, Gieseking's EMI recordings (now on Appian), Kubalek on Dorian, all by Kempff on Decca and DGG, Volodos on Sony, Richter on Eurodisc, Egon Petri, Grimaud (Erato), and Lupu. I have been most touched by the recordings of Radu Lupu on Decca,...
by Lance
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough
Replies: 35
Views: 4433

Re: Novel by Pianist Stephen Hough

WOW! Sometimes I'm amazed at how many HITS certain topics get on CMG. This one gets well over 4,000 hits, but only 30-some responses. Has anyone acquired Hough's novel since the original posting of this subject?
by Lance
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 420

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

Quite agree about the Geza Anda complete DGG Mozart concertos. I have them on CD; however, Anda recorded many Mozart concertos for other labels, some live performances, with conductors such as Paumgartner, Keilberth, Jochum, Bour, Boulez, Silvestri, and several others with Anda conducting, outside t...
by Lance
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist
Replies: 6
Views: 118

Andrew Litton, conductor/pianist

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61pWxMc15vL._AC_US218_.jpg I recently acquired Delos 3246, an all-Shostakovich program consisting of the Festive Overture, the Piano Concerto No. 2, and the Symphony No. 5, all recorded with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in an "actual reality recordin...
by Lance
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eldar Nebolsin, pianist
Replies: 3
Views: 392

Re: Eldar Nebolsin, pianist

I have been playing catch-up with pianist Eldar Nebolsin 's recorded legacy thus far. The Liszt two piano concertos, Totentanz [Naxos], an early Decca recording of Chopin works, and best of all, the complete Preludes of Rachmaninoff recorded in England in 2007 [Naxos], Arensky chamber music [Naxos]....
by Lance
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 420

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

I disagree, too!
John F wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:36 am
I got many of those recordings when Columbia briefly published them on LP in the '60s, then withdrew them when Richter objected publicly. He thought he played badly; I disagree.
by Lance
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any news on the status of James Levine ...
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Any news on the status of James Levine ...

... or any of the others who experienced similar circumstances? I was listening to Sirius XM radio today and noted they were playing an opera with Levine conducting. But with regard to NPR stations, I have not heard his name mentioned - though I don't spend all day listening to the radio. Levine's o...
by Lance
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Annette Céline, soprano
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: Annette Céline, soprano

I do have that recording but I have not heard it in some time which will cause me to dig it out in the near future and have a hearing. Céline made a number of recordings, which appeared on her label, Brana, but also on Claudio. Just why she never reached higher levels of popularity remains to be unk...
by Lance
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 420

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

Indeed, those Richter performances of the Brahms first- and second sonatas are outstanding. And hard as it may be to believe, my most favourite recording of the Brahms first sonata was with Walter Klien for the Vox label. Have you ever heard it? With Richter it's the later the lesser, at least for m...
by Lance
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 420

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

If you are a Sandor fan, be sure to check out his complete Bartok solo piano music recorded for Vox in 1963 in New York City [3610]. As for Horenstein, I collect his recordings with very great interest.
Rach3 wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:58 am
My recording of # 3 is an old one by Gyorgy Sandor and Jascha Hohrenstein.
by Lance
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tveitt piano concertos
Replies: 1
Views: 59

Re: Tveitt piano concertos

I discovered I have nothing of Tveitt! However, have a number of recordings with Gimse and you're right, wonderful pianist!
by Lance
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion,live
Replies: 6
Views: 141

Re: Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion,live

I don't recall Minute Man, must be long before my daughter went to Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. But I can tell you I spent a lot of time (and $$$) at the Tower store in Boston - up on the second floor, classical department. It was a great store.
by Lance
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Annette Céline, soprano
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Annette Céline, soprano

Pianophiles know well the work of pianist Felicja Blumenthal [1908-1991]. She recorded prolifically mostly for Vox, some for EMI, Bescol, Claudio, Dureco Ars, Leena, Brana, and Brilliant Classics. Many of her recordings for Vox have been reissued on Dureco Ars and Brilliant Classics and others. The ...
by Lance
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 116
Views: 43691

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

England sells merchandise (as does MDT) to the USA without the VAT. Very discourteous to Australians in my opinion. Everything is about $$$.
by Lance
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erich Kunzel
Replies: 5
Views: 131

Re: Erich Kunzel

Bbbut Barney, why? :( A protege of Monteux!
barney wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:39 am

sorry Lance, no.
by Lance
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erich Kunzel
Replies: 5
Views: 131

Re: Erich Kunzel

Not much interest in Kunzel?
by Lance
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alicia de Larrocha (pianist) Decca set [41 CDs]
Replies: 5
Views: 532

Re: Alicia de Larrocha (pianist) Decca set [41 CDs]

The more I'm into this set, the more I am happy I got it. de Larrocha was, indeed, a very special pianist. I can't think of another pianist that does with Granados, Albeniz, and Mompou that de Larrocha does. I know her daughter wrote a book recently on the life of the pianist but I have not yet been...
by Lance
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chausson, Koechlin,Vierne works
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Re: Chausson, Koechlin,Vierne works

The Chausson Concerto for, Violin and String Quartet, Op. 21 is a work I have admired for a long time and have quite a few recordings of the work. The ones that immediately come to mind are with Jorge Bolet, piano; Itzhak Perlman, violin and the Juilliard Quartet on Columbia/Sony; Thibaudet, piano; ...
by Lance
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann’s ‘Faust’
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Schumann’s ‘Faust’

Well! I dare say John Field's nocturnes are "lovely pieces." Do they compare to Chopin? No, but I thought I'd make the comment. I do admire the work John Field wrote well for the piano, including all his seven piano concertos. Regarding Schumann's Scenes of Faust , there are a number of recordings o...
by Lance
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 420

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

I was never particularly drawn to these concertos, but I love the way the Hungarians perform them: Geza Anda, pianist, and Ferenc Fricsay, conductor on DGG. Also another set of Hungarians: Zoltán Kocsis, piano, and Iván Fischer, conductor on Decca. The third concerto has probably seen the most recor...
by Lance
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erich Kunzel
Replies: 5
Views: 131

Erich Kunzel

Having been tutored by the legendary conductor Pierre Monteux, the late Erich Kunzel recorded prolifically, mostly for Telarc in exceptional sound recordings, but also for Vox in his earlier days, and mostly with the Cincinnati Pops, which included light programming but also some very serious classi...
by Lance
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 404

Re: Serious Bernstein

Ditto on the Bernstein Mass. I did very much enjoy his Chichester Psalms, however.
by Lance
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 420

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

I've never been a great fan of Pollini though I have many of his recordings. In a word, I can only describe his playing as being somewhat "cold." I hear that word often in connection with his playing on- or off records. Insofar as his dress code is concerned, that seems irrelevant. I don't agree wit...
by Lance
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mravinsky conducts Bruckner
Replies: 3
Views: 135

Re: Mravinsky conducts Bruckner

Never really knowing for sure the repertoire that Mravinsky duplicated or more on discs, the Bruckner Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, recorded 1959, was issued on Volume 2 of the RCA/Melodiya Edition [29458, Disc 13). The Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, recorded in 1980 ssued in the RCA/Melodiya Edition [2518...
by Lance
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 116
Views: 43691

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

Henry, still an excellent price. You will find much to love and enjoy in this set! Congrats! Just got this Szell set on amazon.com for $131 US. Once shipping, HST and exchange is added, my total landed cost is $216.00 CDN. I have very little Szell in my collection, but I bought this on the strength ...
by Lance
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nothing is ever easy
Replies: 5
Views: 335

Re: Nothing is ever easy

Given the time frame of Shostakovich (1906-1975) and Gershwin (1898-1937), the pairing of the Shostakovich Second Piano Concerto and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue seem like a good "mix" to appeal to an audience. The Shostakovich was composed in 1957 and the Rhapsody in Blue in in 1924, about 33 years ...
by Lance
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"

I am absolutely taken with Rachvelishvili's voice. It has none of the characteristics of vocalists from the Russian region that I have heard so much years ago. The good thing about the Kaufmann disc of the Italian live recital is that where she participates with him in duets, they both do very well...
by Lance
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"

I am absolutely taken with Rachvelishvili's voice. It has none of the characteristics of vocalists from the Russian region that I have heard so much years ago. The good thing about the Kaufmann disc of the Italian live recital is that where she participates with him in duets, they both do very well...
by Lance
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"

I absolutely am absolutely taken with Rachvelishvili's voice. It has none of the characteristics of vocalists from the Russian region that I have heard so much years ago. The good thing about the Kaufmann disc of the Italian live recital is that where she participates with him in duets, they both do...
by Lance
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1631

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

Thank you, John. That's a heck of a great price. I know several people who paid considerably more. I only paid $150 for mine, no tax and no postage. I'm sure everyone who really wanted this set must have it by now. There must be an overrun of the sets! The highest I saw on Amazon was $900, but I'm ...
by Lance
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1631

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

I'm not clear on which set CharmNewton/John is referring to here. Can someone put me wise?
CharmNewton wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:57 pm
If anyone was still sitting on the fence on this set, Amazon.com is offering it for $131.99 in stock on November 7th and delivered by Monday November 12th.

John
by Lance
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"

Found this on Kaufmann, probably more information around.

https://www.ft.com/content/b268e896-ec5 ... 9a44939bb6
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71rzTl98nqL._SX355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71Brjf-kZPL._SX425_.jpghttps://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51dbFUzRINL._AC_US218_.jpg Sony Classical 87933, 80:00 Like many others, I have found much to enjoy in the...
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pretty Yende, soprano (quite a find)
Replies: 2
Views: 378

Pretty Yende, soprano (quite a find)

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/5122mUUXVWL._AC_US218_.jpg Sony Classical 32169 https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51gVOlnTC3L._AC_US218_.jpg Sony Classical 43015 PRETTY YENDE, soprano Born: 6 March 1985 (age 33 at this writing) Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, South Africa In...
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eldar Nebolsin, pianist
Replies: 3
Views: 392

Re: Eldar Nebolsin, pianist

My pleasure, Brian ... you know how I love to talk about recordings! And Gary Graffman - another top choice that I also snapped up when released, but now it's in his "edition" issued by Sony Classics for those who missed the original CDs [94737 (2 CDs) and edition 46239 (24 CDs)].
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone new DGG CD
Replies: 0
Views: 389

Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone new DGG CD

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51tZk9AuHUL._AC_US218_.jpg DGG 483 5514, 47:42 DREAMS AND SONGS •E. Drake: I Believe •P. St. John: The Fields of Athenry w/Lottie Rhodes •J. Denver: Perhaps Love w/Alfie Boe •J. Bock: Fiddler on the Roof: If I Were a Rich Man _____Do You Love Me w/Emm...
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eldar Nebolsin, pianist
Replies: 3
Views: 392

Eldar Nebolsin, pianist

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/512dYQOIWWL._AC_US218_.jpg Naxos 573462, 72:20, DDD Tchaikovsky: •Piano Concerto #2 in G Major, Op. 44 (original version) •Concert Fantasia in G Major, Op. 56 Eldar Nebolsin, piano New Zealand Symphony orchestra Michael Stern, conductor I've taken qui...
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini on Classical Music
Replies: 5
Views: 504

Re: Tommasini on Classical Music

Quite agree, maestrob/Brian! I have that EMI/Rattle disc as well, and truly fell in love with Short Ride in a Fast Machine . When I was writing program notes for our symphony orchestra, who performed it, I had no knowledge of this piece and it was the Rattle disc that brought it to life for me. Inso...