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by Lance
Fri May 19, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Simon Music in New York
Replies: 6
Views: 198

Re: Mark Simon Music in New York

Indeed, congrats to you, Mark. If I was in NYC, I would be there! Lotsa luck.
by Lance
Fri May 19, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mouse and Chopin
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: Mouse and Chopin

I've been doing some digging on this but finding nothing yet.
by Lance
Thu May 18, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two ways to view Maria Callas: Singer/Actress
Replies: 2
Views: 113

Two ways to view Maria Callas: Singer/Actress

No question, there remains a HUGE cult for Maria Callas. Callas the singer who also brings her roles to life combined with her extraordinary acting skills. The question is: is Callas considered a soprano with an absolutely gorgeous voice (in comparison to others such as Caballé or Sutherland)? As a ...
by Lance
Thu May 18, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Maria Callas Live' box of remastered live recordings due in Sept
Replies: 4
Views: 177

Re: 'Maria Callas Live' box of remastered live recordings due in Sept

Oh brother, I've got all of those original recordings as well. Just how much better can Warner's "remastered" sound be than the originals. Still nice to have them all in one boxed set.
by Lance
Thu May 18, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prosseda pianist: Complete Mendelssohn plus unpublished
Replies: 1
Views: 78

Prosseda pianist: Complete Mendelssohn plus unpublished

https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51F1jex4gML._AC_US218_.jpg Decca 481.5297, 10 CDs Among pianists on the scene today, Italian pianist Roberto Prosseda seems to have found his niche with the music of Felix Mendelssohn. Some of his Decca single Mendelssohn discs (mostly from the Itali...
by Lance
Sat May 13, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 735

Re: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017

I discovered the following about the contents of the Serkin Complete, as follows: Set contents: DISC 1: Brahms: Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 (1946) Reiner DISC 2: Beethoven: Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor for Piano, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight" (1941) Beethoven: Sonata No. ...
by Lance
Sat May 13, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's programs May 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Lance's programs May 2017

MAY 2017 RADIO BROADCASTS
WPEL-FM, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
http://www.http//wpel.streamon.fm/

May 09: Antonio Meneses, cellist
May 13: Boris Christoff, bass singer
May 20: Mady Mesplé, soprano
May 27: Samson François, pianist
by Lance
Mon May 01, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Glass: Hydrogen Jukebox [opera]
Replies: 0
Views: 150

Philip Glass: Hydrogen Jukebox [opera]

On April 30th, Tri-Cities Opera of Binghamton, New York, presented their final presentation (of many, mostly to sold a sold out house) of Philip Glass's HYDROGEN JUKEBOX based on the life of poet Allen Ginsberg. I was in attendance. It may not be your everyday "opera," and may not appeal to everyone...
by Lance
Mon May 01, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Give us More Meyerbeer
Replies: 24
Views: 917

Re: Give us More Meyerbeer

Ah, DEBORAH RIEDEL! What a soprano and a pity she died so young at age 50. I wish she had recorded more of anything. At times, a serious likeness to Dame Joan Sutherland. I have featured Riedel on several radio programs always to enthusiastic responses from listeners. Long overdue that Semiramide w...
by Lance
Mon May 01, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 735

Re: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017

I have had the book since it's publication (2003, I believe), and highly recommend it to those interested in Rudolf Serkin. I've been to Marlboro, Vermont several times in the past three years. Strange how one feels the "presence" of Serkin there just walking around the lovely facilities. Apparentl...
by Lance
Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dessay After Opera Left Her
Replies: 4
Views: 268

Re: Dessay After Opera Left Her

I was interested in checking out her Schubert CD. It's on Sony Classical but online only seems to be available as an import, very expensively from Amazon. I would assume Dessay has quite a following in the USA. It's surprising that CD is not marketed here, unless it is too new at least for the USA m...
by Lance
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 735

Re: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017

Don't need it either. I have everything that has been issued thus far on CDs of Serkin [not to mention LPs]. However, as noted, there are some things that are making their first appearance on CDs from the mono era. At $2.67/disc it's a far cry from what most of us paid for the original LPs, not to m...
by Lance
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Julia Lezhneva: Graun's Opera Arias
Replies: 1
Views: 193

Julia Lezhneva: Graun's Opera Arias

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51W7tz2+UwL._AC_US218_.jpg Decca 483 1518 The supreme new star of sopranos, Julia Lezhneva comes forth with a new recording consisting of all opera arias by German-born Carl Heinrich Graun (1703/4-1759) . The Russian soprano herself discovered this m...
by Lance
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3695
Views: 208707

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

Yes, I tend to look more these days for recordings from the past, and as collectors we are fortunate there have been so many, especially in mega-disc boxes at generally reasonable prices that go sky high after so much time. I still scratch my head and say: "Where do we draw the line?" For me now, I'...
by Lance
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's organ music
Replies: 53
Views: 6235

Re: Bach's organ music

Wow. L@@K at the hits on this subject!
by Lance
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: FONSECA-WOLLHEIM Puts Wagner on the Couch
Replies: 5
Views: 309

Re: FONSECA-WOLLHEIM Puts Wagner on the Couch

John Francis, you crack me up! Comment sounds just like you. That's what makes you so special. Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Yeah, no money here, for sure, but the arguments are worth the money! I've been thinking about how to approach her. She seems to quote other writers, no reason why ...
by Lance
Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Pianists of the Future: Alexei Aceto, 17
Replies: 1
Views: 253

Classical Pianists of the Future: Alexei Aceto, 17

As some of you may know, I am president of Classical Pianists of the Future, Inc., in collaboration with Al and Gary Williams, and the rest of the board that has succeeded in bringing outstanding young pianists to our area for the last decade. Indeed, this year marked our tenth anniversary season an...
by Lance
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Los Angeles Phil most important orchestra in America
Replies: 9
Views: 569

Re: Los Angeles Phil most important orchestra in America

The "most important orchestra in America" - Bah, humbug. How can anyone make such a statement? They have done well, but come on, the Boston, Philadelphia, New York and other orchestras?
by Lance
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: FONSECA-WOLLHEIM Puts Wagner on the Couch
Replies: 5
Views: 309

Re: FONSECA-WOLLHEIM Puts Wagner on the Couch

Now THAT would be something to have Ms. Fonseca-Wollheim on CMG. I will make an effort to see if we can get her on board, though John Francis might be more influential. Thanks, great info-if only Fonseca-Wollheim was in our forum so you could discuss this with her-you should write her! Regards, Len
by Lance
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's APRIL 2017 radio programs
Replies: 0
Views: 289

Lance's APRIL 2017 radio programs

Sorry about that ... timing is everything. A busy "concert" season precluded my identification of the lineup of the programs.

April 01:
April 08: Music of the Belle Epoch
April 15: Gary Karr, double-bass
April 22: Frederick Fennell, conductor
April 29: Reinhold Friedrich, trumpet
by Lance
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?
Replies: 24
Views: 1202

Re: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?

Belle: The first time I heard the Sienna instrument, I was quite entranced and fascinated. I have always had the utmost respect for Charles Rosen, his recordings and writings, and if someone like him records on a basically unknown instrument, I figured he must have something to say. The only thing I...
by Lance
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RCA Ozawa "complete" RCA Recordings?????
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: RCA Ozawa "complete" RCA Recordings?????

Well, John, you make a point, though my first impression was his "complete" RCA recordings. It is just a slightly bit misleading in my estimation. You may have piqued my interest in acquiring this set after all! And, of course, I would delight in having Stock's and Rodzinski's recordings in one box...
by Lance
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RCA Ozawa "complete" RCA Recordings?????
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: RCA Ozawa "complete" RCA Recordings?????

After Pennario left Capitol/EMI, he recorded exclusively for RCA Victor, hence the Heifetz collaborations, work with the Boston Pops, etc. I think this is an RCA slipup since the new Ozawa box (which does not particularly interest me unless the Pennario was in it) specifically states Ozawa's "comple...
by Lance
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: RCA Ozawa "complete" RCA Recordings?????
Replies: 7
Views: 439

RCA Ozawa "complete" RCA Recordings?????

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51w++WpTwDL._AC_US218_.jpg RCA has announced "The Complete RCA Recordings" of conductor Seiji Ozawa in a boxed set of six (6) CDs. That cannot possibly be correct. They may be all Ozawa's "Chicago Symphony Orchestra" recordings, however, RCA specific...
by Lance
Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYP 175 Year Anniversary Box from Sony
Replies: 3
Views: 333

Re: NYP 175 Year Anniversary Box from Sony

Totally agree, Brian. And most of those artists are now deceased so it shouldn't be a matter of royalties except, perhaps in the case of Bernstein's family, or Mehta. I must say, however, the Mitropoulos transfers are outstanding. Nickson Records issued some of this material transferred from the ori...
by Lance
Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Superb left-hand Godowsky piano music
Replies: 2
Views: 268

Re: Superb left-hand Godowsky piano music

Indeed, I have often heard Godowsky had a problem with nerves. However, unlike Mr. Chasins, who was a fine pianist and teacher, I have found much joy in Godowsky's inscriptions ... music making from what we so often refer to as the "golden age." Some pianists do not like recording in the studio abs...
by Lance
Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: On a binge for clarinetists of late!
Replies: 9
Views: 419

Re: On a binge for clarinetists of late!

Hi John, I certainly know Louis Cahuzac and have a few of his recordings of which I've been paying more attention to of late. The 1947 British Columbia recording you refer to was, apparently, the first recording ever made of the work. It has since been transferred to an excellent two-CD set on the D...
by Lance
Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: On a binge for clarinetists of late!
Replies: 9
Views: 419

Re: On a binge for clarinetists of late!

Another superb clarinetist is local, Dr. Timothy B. Perry . Recently, I prepared a piano for him and his illustrious piano collaborator, Pej Reitz , for a Sunday afternoon recital at our Phelps Mansion Museum in Binghamton, New York. The program was absolutely incredible and greatly appreciated by ...
by Lance
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: On a binge for clarinetists of late!
Replies: 9
Views: 419

On a binge for clarinetists of late!

I have long loved the art of classical clarinetists Thea King, Jack Brymer, Jon Manasse, Dieter Klocker, Sabine Meyer, David Shifrin, Michael Collins, Reginald Kell, Richard Stoltzman, Karl Leister, Gervase de Peyer, Emma Johnson, and many, many others, to be sure. Some of the newer ones include Rob...
by Lance
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Superb left-hand Godowsky piano music
Replies: 2
Views: 268

Superb left-hand Godowsky piano music

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/917%2B3dEWGJL._SL1500_.jpg There has been, over the years, a number of fine recordings of just left-hand piano music. One of the most interesting I've heard recently is Konstantin Scherbakov 's Marco Polo release [8.225367] of his traversal of the co...
by Lance
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYP 175 Year Anniversary Box from Sony
Replies: 3
Views: 333

NYP 175 Year Anniversary Box from Sony

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81gmxyRXmaL._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81kaLeFrEFL._SL1317_.jpg Celebrating the 175th Annivesary of the New York Philharmonic, America's First Orchestra Well, comes this big new 65-CD boxed set and book celebrating t...
by Lance
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nagano and a VERY contemporary staging of Bach
Replies: 4
Views: 333

Re: Nagano and a VERY contemporary staging of Bach

Me, too!
Belle wrote:
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:10 pm
... And I'm ambivalent about Ian Bostridge.
by Lance
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Reger fans
Replies: 7
Views: 456

Re: For Reger fans

I, too, was more or less introduced to Reger's music with the piano concerto recorded by Rudolf Serkin. And I have augmented my Reger discs with those by Hamelin, Bolet, Tal & Groethuysen (piano arrangements), Oppitz among others - just in piano works, and have already some organ, vocal and chamber ...
by Lance
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang goes on the DL
Replies: 3
Views: 333

Re: Lang Lang goes on the DL

I'm very sorry to hear this about Lang Lang, or any pianist who endures such things. While I have never been totally convinced of his playing, he has a masterly technique, and now having all his recordings made thus far, I still feel the same way, but am still vastly interested in his career. He has...
by Lance
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Brendel
Replies: 6
Views: 488

Re: Alfred Brendel

Yes, I have been digging into this set myself. While I had many of Brendel's original recordings on Philips, this one was far too good to pass up. The stunning booklet, in itself, is a prize in this package. I have the Brilliant set of all Brendel's Vox/Turnabout and Vanguard recordings as well and...
by Lance
Sun Apr 16, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tatiana Nikolyeva, piano {live!}
Replies: 4
Views: 310

Re: Tatiana Nikolyeva, piano {live!}

You will enjoy both of these recitals. I, too, have the Orfeo, and, indeed, many of their vocal and piano issues. A great label! AND HAPPY EASTER! Thanks, Lance, for the tip! I have ordered the CD along with the disc pictured below on Orfeo which looked attractive to me. Nikolyeva's has long been my...
by Lance
Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tatiana Nikolyeva, piano {live!}
Replies: 4
Views: 310

Tatiana Nikolyeva, piano {live!}

I have long been drawn to the pianism of Russian pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva [1924-1993] who was in the midst of playing Shostakovich's Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87 in recital in San Francisco in 1993 when she had a stroke during the performance, continued to the intermission and did not complete her re...
by Lance
Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 1795

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

Very interesting commentary from a guy who knows! I am curious, in contrast to the Symphony #7, how it relates in your mind to the first and second symphonies, which, for me, are my favourites. Why am I drawn to those two more than the others? Especially the last movement of the second. Sibelius' m...
by Lance
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The symphonies of Sibelius
Replies: 47
Views: 1795

Re: The symphonies of Sibelius

I was kind of late getting into Sibelius's music until I heard one of the two recordings made by Koussevitzky of the Symphony No. 2 and the Boston Symphony (among his last recordings made in 1951 just prior to his passing. He cut the first one on 78s in, I believe, 1935). That led me to the First Sy...
by Lance
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?
Replies: 24
Views: 1202

Re: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?

Well, I like it either way, but have a preference for the piano. Among the finest recordings I have ever heard on the piano are those recorded by Horowitz for Columbia/Sony Classical. One doesn't know for sure, even given the earlier pianos available during Scarlatti's times, if he actually "heard" ...
by Lance
Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Technical question: How does one ...
Replies: 3
Views: 423

Technical question: How does one ...

... take the musical contents of a DVD and copy (and possibly track) to a regular compact disc this musical content. Is there software for such a thing? There have been performances on DVD that did not have CD music-only counterparts, and it is a pity. I'd like to be able to this myself. Any suggest...
by Lance
Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cameron Carpenter, organist
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Cameron Carpenter, organist

Virgil Fox is gone, so is E. Power Biggs, Helmut Walcha, Carl Weinrich, Maurice Durufle, the Alains, Richard Ellsasser, Frederick Swann, Carlo Curley and a few others. There are, of course, some outstanding ones in our midst. Simon Preston, Lionel Rogg, Jane Parker-Smith, Susan McDonald, Ulrik Span...
by Lance
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach/Busoni 'Chaconne in D Minor'
Replies: 16
Views: 745

Re: Bach/Busoni 'Chaconne in D Minor'

Ah, one of my favourite pieces for piano. I recall as a boy seeing a black & white movie that portrayed JUST the hand (no body!) playing this on a grand piano. It made an indelible impression. (Why do I think the movie was called The Hand , and maybe it was.) But when one looks at the plethora of re...
by Lance
Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Every Time MUSIC CHOICE Identifies Grieg ...
Replies: 5
Views: 393

Re: Every Time MUSIC CHOICE Identifies Grieg ...

Well, no doubt Edvard Grieg IS the most famous of Norwegian composers, who became even more famous to the world after his passing. However, some that I have enjoyed include Ole Bull, Thomas Tellefsen, and perhaps some remember Rikard Nordraak , famous for composing Norway's national anthem. Beyond t...
by Lance
Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bram Beekman - Bach Complete Organ Works on YT
Replies: 11
Views: 564

Re: Bram Beekman - Bach Complete Organ Works on YT

Insofar as complete organ works of JS Bach are concerned, I limited myself to one, Helmut Walcha's [DGG]. Walcha was blind, and I knew one of his students who became a professor at our university who gave Walcha the highest marks. I also have some Electrola recordings of Walcha playing the harpsicho...
by Lance
Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Oleg Marshev, pianist
Replies: 0
Views: 266

Oleg Marshev, pianist

I've long had a fascination with Russian pianist OLEG MARSHEV who has recorded extensively for Denmark's Danacord label. What an incredible pianist. Just today, I was listening to his Liszt disc of music with orchestra, the two concertos, Totentanz and the Hungarian Fantasy. Rarely have I heard such...
by Lance
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where is everybody?
Replies: 15
Views: 864

Where is everybody?

Are people still going to concerts and buying music? I sure hope so or else we will, perhaps, be buying downloads, something I DON'T want to do. Let's hear from you on CMG!
by Lance
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fully Restored Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina
Replies: 4
Views: 353

Re: Fully Restored Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina

Stunning instrument(s). Glad I don't tune THOSE! 😝
by Lance
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Scam phone call
Replies: 6
Views: 356

Re: Scam phone call

Yes, I've had these calls to. Pay no attention and give NO information whatsoever.
by Lance
Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TCM's Robert Osborne's passing
Replies: 0
Views: 284

TCM's Robert Osborne's passing

I was saddened to see the passing of Turner Classic Movies' spokesman and film host, Robert Osborne , who passed away at age 84 earlier this week. TCM has presented a 48-hour marathon this weekend showing special Private Screenings, many of which I have seen before when initially televised. I think...