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by Lance
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who knows the work of Alexandre Tharaud, pianist?
Replies: 3
Views: 41

Re: Who knows the work of Alexandre Tharaud, pianist?

I am soon expecting his recording of Beethoven sonatas 30 thru 32. I'm looking forward to hearing that. This pianist has quite a diversified career. He was the pianist (as himself) in a French film "Amour" but seems to assure everyone that he is not considering a film career. We are actually very bl...
by Lance
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Cheng Zhang plays all 3 Schumann Sonatas live
Replies: 3
Views: 39

Re: Pianist Cheng Zhang plays all 3 Schumann Sonatas live

Ah, so many great recordings of Schumann's piano sonatas. The "Concerto without Orchestra" (Sonata #3 in F Minor, Op. 14) is a superb work. You probably have the Horowitz recording of that, yes?
by Lance
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who knows the work of Alexandre Tharaud, pianist?
Replies: 3
Views: 41

Who knows the work of Alexandre Tharaud, pianist?

Lately I have been collecting the recordings by this outstanding French pianist, Alexandre Tharaud , aged 50 now. I am impressed with what I hear, early music … Rameau, Couperin, Scarlatti and on to Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Satie, Rachmaninoff, contemporary composers, encores, and lots mo...
by Lance
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs
Replies: 40
Views: 740

Re: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs

This has been a most interesting thread. I'm sure everyone knows my love for the PIANO. In the ensuing years from about age 17 and beginning to collect LPs, pianos and pianists became of huge importance to me. I listened to the harpsichord recordings of Wanda Landowska, who used iron-framed Pleyel h...
by Lance
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BBC 3 Record Review
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Re: BBC 3 Record Review

Rach 3, can you tell me more about the Carl Friedberg/Toledo Symphony source, please? Mine now are Gilels/Reiner/CSO RCA lp ca. 1958 , Backhaus/Bohm/VPO BBC Legends cd ca.1968 ( last concerto recording by the pianist ), Rubinstein/Cluytens/RAI Turin live 1962, Carl Friedberg / Toledo Symphony live ...
by Lance
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Traded my Samsung smartphone S8 up to S10
Replies: 0
Views: 44

Traded my Samsung smartphone S8 up to S10

Having had THREE (3) Samsung S8s, I loved the phone, but each one had a problem with hearing telephone calls via the phone itself no matter how much volume you tried to get. The last one I only had for about four months. All these new-fangled phones are very pricey, yet we have come to depend on the...
by Lance
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano music of Alexander Mosolov
Replies: 1
Views: 60

Re: Piano music of Alexander Mosolov

Have some of Mosolov's "futuristic" music and found it difficult to endure. But then, as I always say: different strokes for different folks! Glad you are enjoying the music, nonetheless.
by Lance
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs
Replies: 40
Views: 740

Re: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs

I do realize when one buys a set of "complete" works by such a distinguished composer, one that contains myriad works of which there may be more profound performances and maybe even more well-known artists (such as Charles Munch's Berlioz recordings), there is still much to discover and enjoy of the...
by Lance
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter plays Poulenc
Replies: 1
Views: 93

Re: Richter plays Poulenc

I have a 1965 performance of this with Richter and the Paillard Orchestra (live) on AS Disc 333, which precedes the Doremi disc.
by Lance
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anton Rubinstein by Michael Ponti, piano
Replies: 4
Views: 127

Anton Rubinstein by Michael Ponti, piano

I recently acquired a CD on the German ZYX Music label [4413], which contained Anton Rubinstein's Piano Concerto No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 70. I wanted the disc, however, for a group of seven [7] solo pieces by Anton. The disc, I should add, was a "cheapie." Still, it is Ponti. It behooves me when I dis...
by Lance
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bartok Solo Violin Sonata,Sz.117
Replies: 4
Views: 127

Re: Bartok Solo Violin Sonata,Sz.117

I first heard this on records performed by Yehudi Menuhin. Since then, there's been a huge number of recordings made, mostly by lesser-known violinists, but the list includes such luminaries as Nigel Kennedy, Gidon Kremer, Ivry Gitlis, Szymon Goldberg, Ruggiero Ricci, Viktoria Mullova, and as you in...
by Lance
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs
Replies: 40
Views: 740

Berlioz Complete Works - 27 CDs

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81V6D9tKtbL._AC_UL436_.jpg Warner Classics 56144 Here's a mega-box I pondered, but after checking, it is quite an edition and gives us all his compositions in one handy boxed set. Warner apparently didn't have everything in their own catalogues and licensed some m...
by Lance
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: British Library - Digital Collection
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: British Library - Digital Collection

Most interesting. I'm going to look into this further. I looked at some of the files. Quite a lot of material available.
by Lance
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Boris Giltburg, live video 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 465

Re: Pianist Boris Giltburg, live video 2018

So far, I have very little of Boris Giltburg on discs, but his discography (heavy from Naxos) looks most interesting. Geez, another pianist to collect? Not sure - yet.
by Lance
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jacques Loussier R.I.P.
Replies: 7
Views: 346

Re: Jacques Loussier R.I.P.

I have a number of his CDs mostly on the Teldec/Erato and Telarc labels. I've enjoyed his music-making.
by Lance
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michael Gielen, 1927-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 504

Re: Michael Gielen, 1927-2019

Gielen has been around for a long time. I have nothing considered "contemporary" him on recordings, and I didn't realize he was a composer. The recordings I have are not on major labels but include collaborations with Alfred Brendel, Friedrich Führer, Felicja Blumental, Stefan Litwin, Nelson Freire ...
by Lance
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Casadesus (piano) 65-CD set arrived today!
Replies: 1
Views: 254

Robert Casadesus (piano) 65-CD set arrived today!

All I can say is WHAT a package. One of the best books I've found among mega-sets in a long time. Some surprises, too, not just Robert Casadesus, but the recordings his son Jean made for RCA Victor, including Debussy songs with soprano Anna Moffo, a private recording of Jean performing Beethoven's P...
by Lance
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A special Egon Petri (pianist) CD
Replies: 4
Views: 571

Re: A special Egon Petri (pianist) CD

I would like to see all the Allegro LPs on CD. But in 1955, I'm sure the vinyl was full of cracks and pops, and probably those recordings are very rare now as well. It would have been better if Pristine Audio had included the whole Allegro Brahms LP on the CD in place of one or both of the 78rpm tra...
by Lance
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A special Egon Petri (pianist) CD
Replies: 4
Views: 571

A special Egon Petri (pianist) CD

Pristine Audio has produced a number of superbly accomplished reissues of music by a huge number of the finest-known performing artists. One I recently acquired features the pianist Egon Petri, who always astonished me with his art. Pristine 076 brings together an all-Brahms disc featuring: [1] Viol...
by Lance
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andre Previn 1929-2019 R.I.P.
Replies: 14
Views: 1569

Re: Andre Previn 1929-2019 R.I.P.

Among Previn's many recordings, the Vaughn Williams symphonies seems to be one of the hallmarks of his recorded legacy. What other recordings of his do people think are outstanding?
by Lance
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Hurford 1930-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 472

Re: Peter Hurford 1930-2019

Another great artist passes. I'm pleased that I have some of his many recordings.
by Lance
Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andre Previn 1929-2019 R.I.P.
Replies: 14
Views: 1569

Re: Andre Previn 1929-2019 R.I.P.

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81qaWgfLeEL._AC_UL436_.jpg Interesting that this mega-set would be issued just about the time of André Previn's passing. I often wonder if record companies are aware of this kind of situation months in advance of "the end" to grow interest in the artist's repertoi...
by Lance
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wonder If To Kill A Mockingbird Would Be A Good Opera
Replies: 12
Views: 2164

Re: Wonder If To Kill A Mockingbird Would Be A Good Opera

I have always loved To Kill a Mockingbird movie. Gregory Peck did a superlative job in this film. As for an opera? Why not? If the music wasn't … way out, if you get my drift … I believe it would work.
by Lance
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniel Barenboim Seemed Untouchable. Now He’s Accused of Bullying
Replies: 7
Views: 1013

Re: Daniel Barenboim Seemed Untouchable. Now He’s Accused of Bullying

Sometimes, being a perfectionist draws this kind of temperament out of highly-gifted artists. Few conductors would ever get away with this kind of thing in today's world. One immediately thinks of Toscanini, among others, who scared the wits out of their orchestral member. I am rather surprised abou...
by Lance
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peyton M. Hibbitt, founder Tri-Cities Opera dies
Replies: 1
Views: 448

Peyton M. Hibbitt, founder Tri-Cities Opera dies

It was with a sad heart mid-morning on March 1st, 2019 that I learned of the passing of Peyton M. Hibbitt, 93, who co-founded Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, New York in 1949 with Carmen S. Savoca (also deceased). As the orchestra's conductor, I have known him since I was seven years old. My mother...
by Lance
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andre Previn 1929-2019 R.I.P.
Replies: 14
Views: 1569

Re: Andre Previn 1929-2019 R.I.P.

Indeed, André Previn was a musical genius. I never collected his recordings voraciously, but have quite a few nonetheless as a conductor, pianist, and even a few of his jazz albums. No doubt I will be doing a radio tribute to him in the near future. I attended a concert at Tanglewood a few years ago...
by Lance
Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trifonov at Carnegie Hall
Replies: 5
Views: 1070

Re: Trifonov at Carnegie Hall

I recall reading where pianist Alfred Brendel saw some footage of him and noticed how his facial features contorted during playing. I understand he put a stop to it and was more aware of it than ever and wanted to discontinue. Of course now, he is retired. Lang Lang does the same thing and it is ver...
by Lance
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Uchida's Debussy Etudes cd
Replies: 3
Views: 901

Re: Uchida's Debussy Etudes cd

Uchida IS, indeed, a magical pianist. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Marlboro Festival in Vermont … a lovely person. I'm not familiar with Bavouzet (see Brian, I don't have EVERYTHING!). How does, to you, these Debussy Etudes compare to the great Walter Gieseking who was so well noted for ...
by Lance
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pressler at 93
Replies: 4
Views: 903

Re: Pressler at 93

A most remarkable man and pianist. I had the pleasure of preparing his piano on a couple of occasions. He had a great demeanor and was very pleasant to work with. I have many of his solo/concerto recordings well outside of his work with the Beaux Arts Trio. An interesting program you show!
by Lance
Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hilde Zadek, Mainstay of the Vienna State Opera, Dies at 101
Replies: 9
Views: 1570

Re: Hilde Zadek, Mainstay of the Vienna State Opera, Dies at 101

No, not EVERYTHING, but in so many years of collecting and loving music as I do, I surprise myself with what I do have and, of course, am very appreciative and thankful for what I have. Unfortunately, I can't take anything with me at the end of the road! :( One does have to draw the line, and that i...
by Lance
Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Verbier Festival: 25 Years / DGG 4 CDs
Replies: 2
Views: 1105

Re: Verbier Festival: 25 Years / DGG 4 CDs

One would have expected better from Masur!
mikealdren wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:10 am
Yes, Yuja Wang's Mendelssohn is great but get the DVD and watch it as well! Just a shame the Orchestra isn't a bit better.
by Lance
Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hilde Zadek, Mainstay of the Vienna State Opera, Dies at 101
Replies: 9
Views: 1570

Re: Hilde Zadek, Mainstay of the Vienna State Opera, Dies at 101

Interesting story about Hilde Zadek. I ran a search in my collection and was surprised to find I do have a few things with her participation. It's not a voice that I recall in any way, nonetheless, she performed with some illustrious other singers (and conductors). Perhaps some of this will interest...
by Lance
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Leonard Pennario's complete RCAs
Replies: 7
Views: 1600

Re: Pianist Leonard Pennario's complete RCAs

The Pennario set arrived today! Very nice compilation with facsimile LP covers and booklet. Nice to have it all in one box!
by Lance
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Viennese piano bon-bons
Replies: 9
Views: 1827

Re: Viennese piano bon-bons

I have that Thomas Labe recording on Dorian … delightful, and of course, Buchbinder's Teldec-Apex-Erato disc of transcriptions. The latter pianist I expect to do a radio tribute to sometime in the future. And John Francis is spot on about the Josef Lhevinne recording. Too bad the pianist didn't make...
by Lance
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mendelssohn's solo music at its best!
Replies: 7
Views: 1764

Mendelssohn's solo music at its best!

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/515E9eL1mXL._AC_UL436_.jpg Oehms Classics, OC 430, 71:06 BERND GLEMSER, piano Mendelssohn: • 16 Songs Without Words from Opp. 19, 30, 38, 62, 67, 53, 102 • Phantasie for Piano in F# Major, (Sonate ecossaise), Op. 28 • Variations sérieuses in D Major, Op. 54 • 3 Et...
by Lance
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Verbier Festival: 25 Years / DGG 4 CDs
Replies: 2
Views: 1105

Verbier Festival: 25 Years / DGG 4 CDs

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/716ZH3chlLL._AC_UL436_.jpg DGG 483 5143, 4 CDs [1] •Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in b, Op. 74 {Pathetique} •Berio: Folk Songs with Malena Ernman, mezzo-soprano Verbier Festival Orchestra; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor [live 2015] [2] •Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1...
by Lance
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BSO to Flutist: You're Worth Less Than an Oboist
Replies: 15
Views: 4766

Re: BSO to Flutist: You're Worth Less Than an Oboist

One wonders, nonetheless, how the BSO top people feel about having a lawsuit and having to pay, and still keeping the artist on their roster. Might they be looking for anything and everything that may led to her leaving the orchestra? Will they continue to feature her as they have in the past?
by Lance
Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin Century Editions, questions.
Replies: 6
Views: 1511

Re: Yehudi Menuhin Century Editions, questions.

Yes, I already have it, but did not manifest each selection as I normally would because of the of how extensive this set in the repertoire. One day, time permitting, I will catalogue it properly. So, if you have the five individual boxed sets, you've got the whole thing without the booklet and LP-si...
by Lance
Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin Century Editions, questions.
Replies: 6
Views: 1511

Re: Yehudi Menuhin Century Editions, questions.

My question was pertaining to the individual boxed sets of the "Century Editions" were all included in the big 91-CD set. There were FIVE individual boxed sets within the LP-sized box and were the same periods sold separately for those who did not want- or could not afford to have the jumbo set. I h...
by Lance
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yehudi Menuhin Century Editions, questions.
Replies: 6
Views: 1511

Yehudi Menuhin Century Editions, questions.

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/71i ... UL436_.jpg

Never mind. I answered my own "question." All I had to do was L@@K!
by Lance
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Biggest Waste of Money Ever?
Replies: 9
Views: 1621

Re: The Biggest Waste of Money Ever?

https://d27t0qkxhe4r68.cloudfront.net/t_900/bphr180181.jpg?1548672651 Catalogue No. BPHR180181, 22 SACDs Thank you for that post, Modernistfan. Followers of Wilhelm Furtwängler abound and probably always will. It was my impression that Furtwängler fought loud and hard to keep his Jewish musicians wi...
by Lance
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rubinstein's 4th PC
Replies: 6
Views: 1374

Re: Rubinstein's 4th PC

Yes, thank you John F for pointing that out - Anton Rubinstein's 3rd PC, not Beethoven's. I must've been half asleep! So, did the RODZINSKI/Hofmann Rubinstein 4th PC ever made it to CD? As for the specially built concert Steinway, I believe, in conversing with pianist Mordecai Shehori, that he owns ...
by Lance
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Leonard Pennario's complete RCAs
Replies: 7
Views: 1600

Re: Pianist Leonard Pennario's complete RCAs

Interesting you would meet him this way. He was very good friends with Joan Fontaine, too. Did he ever bring her along to these tournaments? Last photos I saw of Pennario, he was in a wheel chair and I believe it was his brother who was looking after him. I should get this. I also knew Pennario. He ...
by Lance
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Casadesus Collection (65 CDs)
Replies: 6
Views: 1362

Re: Robert Casadesus Collection (65 CDs)

Brian: I would hate to see you miss this one! What you might do is sell all your Casadesus CDs thus making more room on your shelves for single CDs, and put the Szell box and the Cadadesus edition under your bed for storage - maybe the Perahia as well! You may have to dust them off on occasion sinc...
by Lance
Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rubinstein's 4th PC
Replies: 6
Views: 1374

Re: Rubinstein's 4th PC

Did you happen to notice the piano lid on the lower picture (Beethoven PC #3). Hofmann was always experimenting with piano actions, etc., and it looks like an acoustical device (with holes) has been appended under the piano lid to, I suspect, made the tone move less forward and more to himself. Noti...
by Lance
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Leonard Pennario's complete RCAs
Replies: 7
Views: 1600

Re: Pianist Leonard Pennario's complete RCAs

Somewhere I read a comment that Pennario sold more piano recordings in the early 1960s than any other pianist. He told me he was very honoured to be selected by Piatigorsky and Heifetz to participate in their famous series of recordings. His Liszt concertos with Leibowitz received rave reviews. And ...
by Lance
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Robert Casadesus Collection (65 CDs)
Replies: 6
Views: 1362

Robert Casadesus Collection (65 CDs)

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/8163Uj5EpYL._SY355_.jpg It was my distinct pleasure to know members of the Casadesus family, escpecially his wife, Gaby, whose personality and sweetness I very much enjoyed at parties and get-togethers. I knew Robert and Gaby's son, Jean, who was arti...
by Lance
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Leonard Pennario's complete RCAs
Replies: 7
Views: 1600

Pianist Leonard Pennario's complete RCAs

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/6148liYgGHL._SX355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71peWjYBieL._SX355_.jpg I've been waiting for RCA to release a "complete" Pennario package, and here it is! I hope that this spurs Warner to also issue a complete package of his ...
by Lance
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you had to choose one or the other ...
Replies: 11
Views: 2123

Re: If you had to choose one or the other ...

Well, my question was not to denigrate either pianist in any way. People have often brought up the question of who was the more "ideal" pianist, Rubinstein or Horowitz? Well, I loved them both and could choose NOT to select one over the other. I have collected nearly all of Lang Lang's recordings an...