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by Lance
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Live at Lyric Opera of Chicago - 1956 [Decca]
Replies: 0
Views: 58

Live at Lyric Opera of Chicago - 1956 [Decca]

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51DZMggXKBL._SY355_.jpg Decca Eloquence 482 7518, 57:11, ADD VERDI: La forza del destino: Overture (Sinfonia)* SAINT-SAËNS Samson et Dalila: S’apre per te il mio cor Giulietta Simionato TCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin: Tatyana’s Letter Scene Renata Tebaldi...
by Lance
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 22
Views: 508

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

Well, this parcel came from Amazon/England. I've written to the carrier they used but have had no response. Normally, out-of-country parcels are delivered to the post office for final delivery so I trust that his was meant when it said "delivered."
by Lance
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 22
Views: 508

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

By the way, records indicate my Badura-Skoda set was DELIVERED on October 4th. As of yet, I have not seen it and that is over a week ago! Along with it was his traversal of Schubert's piano sonatas on RCA. Sounds like a mis-delivery to me!!! I was never all that enamoured of Sill's voice, though I c...
by Lance
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Joao Pires retiring
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Maria Joao Pires retiring

I was very sorry to learn this, but having been on the stage since age 5, and now at 73, she is certainly entitled to live her life outside of a pubic keyboard. Pires has been regularly recorded. A marvelous 17-CD set appears on Erato [63106], which contains all her recordings of Bach, Mozart, Beeth...
by Lance
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniel Blumenthal, versatile pianist, indeed!
Replies: 0
Views: 83

Daniel Blumenthal, versatile pianist, indeed!

About Daniel Blumenthal courtesy of Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Blumenthal_(pianist) I became enamoured with this pianist from the outset of his appearance of discs. He records prolifically for a wide variety of labels. Probably one of the most fascinating discs I've heard was hi...
by Lance
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composer Hans Huber's compositional work
Replies: 1
Views: 75

Composer Hans Huber's compositional work

About the composer with this Wikipedia article. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Huber_(composer) https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81fyGQxtwxL._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41SavPY7dvL.jpg Sterling 5-CD set, CDS 5000-2 We really don't hear too much ab...
by Lance
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

Another of my favourites! I have far too many. This is what happens what you become interested in the plethora of performing artists . It can become crazy! It took me awhile to decide to acquire Annie Fischer's complete Hungaroton set, and I understand she did NOT give her approval of this entire se...
by Lance
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist
Replies: 19
Views: 312

Re: Neil Sedaka as classical pianist

Sinatra - ABSOLUTELY!
jserraglio wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:19 am
Indeed the '50's were an embarrassing cultural wasteland. Sinatra was an exception.
by Lance
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

Yes, and if I had to go to a that island away from everything/everybody, and had to select just one set (unfortunately), it would be the Artur Schnabel edition.
John F wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:00 pm
And then there's Artur Schnabel.
by Lance
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

We share many of the same thoughts, Brian! My fav of Kempff, too, is the early mono set. I must confess here that I do not own scores of the Beethoven Sonatas: in fact, my library almost exclusively consists of opera and symphonic scores. So, I defer to the pianists on this board when it comes to ju...
by Lance
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 22
Views: 508

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

I was never all that enamoured of Sill's voice, though I certainly recognized her impeccable musicianship. I have collected her recordings with interest, nonetheless. And me, too, glad to see the Badura-Skoda issue. I am getting impatient to get my copy, in fact. IIRC, Westminster was "absorbed" by ...
by Lance
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: Beethoven's 32: Stephen Kovacevich

I'm fascinated with your intense interest in the "correctness" of the playing when following a score, or even different scores. I think I would drive myself crazy this way (some already think I am!), but I listen to the entire interpretation as the pianist plays it given his own "authoritative" appr...
by Lance
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Netrebko & Eyvazov "Romanza" [DGG]
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: Netrebko & Eyvazov "Romanza" [DGG]

Yes, Brian, I know this feeling VERY WELL, indeed! Maybe your lovely other half will surprise you!
maestrob wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:47 pm
Sounds intriguing, Lance, but I've already spent my allowance for October! I'll put this one on my Christmas list.......
by Lance
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 22
Views: 508

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

A lot of us "oldsters" grew up with Paul Badura-Skoda; I'm sure the younger set will not know his name to well. On the other hand, so much music (yes, mostly in mono sound) for such a reasonable cost for generally outstanding recordings and substantial repertoire, you really don't think this set wil...
by Lance
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 32
Views: 650

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

John, just curious: did you ever acquire the 10 CD set of Mercury's complete recordings of organist Marcel DuPre? Mercury 478.8838, produced by Philips with the Mercury logo still being used? Alabiev, Bargiel and Huber . Aha! Another law firm. :) It is everything I can do to keep up with 20th centur...
by Lance
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 22
Views: 508

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

Yes, I have seen DGG display the Westminster logo at times, but not on a regular basis. They have nothing to fear anyway ... those who want any of these recordings are delighted to have them in CD form now. Besides, the Westminster label did much to bring fine music and artists to recordings and the...
by Lance
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 22
Views: 508

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

It is tantamount to what Warner Classics has done with all their acquired labels. Apparently due to their buyout of EMI, that logo cannot be used on their products though I do see the name Parlophone on technical details. So all of Callas and the myriad EMI artists fall under the Warner name exclusi...
by Lance
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 22
Views: 508

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

Probably means monetary investment in their Westminster acquisition, and doing all the remastering. Looking at what's included, the output is massive.
John F wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:26 am
jserraglio wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:42 pm
DG, current owner of the Westminster catalog, has a lot of skin in the game.
I have no idea at all what that means.
by Lance
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Juan Diego Florez / Mozart on Sony
Replies: 0
Views: 108

Juan Diego Florez / Mozart on Sony

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/516ih7H-H4L._AC_US218_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/712F6Lmwq0L._SX425_.jpg Sony Classical 43086. "Everybody loves Mozart's music. You don't have to understand why you love it, you just do. I've always wanted to record it, but ...
by Lance
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniil Trifonov's Chopin's "Evocations" on DGG (2CD)
Replies: 1
Views: 121

Daniil Trifonov's Chopin's "Evocations" on DGG (2CD)

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61sjVh3inNL._SX355_.jpg DGG 479.7518 Arrived today (Sunday). Nice to get a package on a Sunday! Trifonov has developed quite a following. His DGG CDs are all worth acquiring (some on Decca, Dux and Mariinsky as well) ... he's a fine pianist in the gre...
by Lance
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Maria Callas Live' box of remastered live recordings due in Sept
Replies: 5
Views: 774

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

Anybody got this one yet? I haven't heard anything yet from my set, but am awaiting some decent time to pay attention to the "remastering" and what it does for the Callas voice.
by Lance
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Netrebko & Eyvazov "Romanza" [DGG]
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Netrebko & Eyvazov "Romanza" [DGG]

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71nbaiTSljL._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61%2BLWP6D4OL._SX355_.jpg DGG 479 7679 [2 CDs] (Deluxe Edition) Well, here's an interesting "crossover" CD of 18 tracks on one disc by the Ukranian-Russian composer Igor Krutoy [...
by Lance
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Villazon/Abdrazkov "Duets" on DGG
Replies: 0
Views: 106

Villazon/Abdrazkov "Duets" on DGG

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71rCqOJ29AL._SX355_.jpg DGG 479 6901, 61:22 Roland Villazon, tenor Ildar Abdrazakov, bass Metroplitan Orchestra-Montreal Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor "Two of the world's top opera stars - Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon and Russian bass Ildar Abdraz...
by Lance
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Guido Cantelli
Replies: 4
Views: 157

Re: Guido Cantelli

Indeed, Guido Cantelli has long been a favourite. Aside from the "Icon" box on EMI/Warner [79043, 9 CDs], Testament issued three volumes of broadcast performances [12 CDs in all, catalogue numbers 1306, 1317, 1336] plus all the NBC recordings on two CDs [Testament 2194]. I believe all of these are n...
by Lance
Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: LP needle wear and tear
Replies: 5
Views: 200

Re: LP needle wear and tear

Interesting to talk of needles, turntables, etc. I have three or four turntables, but generally use my Thorens turntable with an Ortofon tone arm (from Denmark) and various diamond styli. Given 70,000 classical LPs over the years since I was around 17, I've never worn out a vinyl disc. The problems,...
by Lance
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: West Hill Radio Archives - who?
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: West Hill Radio Archives - who?

I have many things with work done by Lani Spahr , and he has done me a couple of favors for which I am grateful. I have some of the West Hills Radio Archives series recordings and always knew of the connection with Fred Maroth and Music & Arts. And we can be thankful for the WHRA series because of C...
by Lance
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich Box Sets
Replies: 2
Views: 158

Re: Martha Argerich Box Sets

Had I known, I would not have purchased Argerich's recordings one-by-one as they were released. I am mesmerized by her artistry, always have been. If I had waited until now to get these sets, I would have missed much great music over the years. These are tremendous bargains at these prices. GO FOR IT!
by Lance
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Times article on Antonio Pappano
Replies: 3
Views: 146

Re: NY Times article on Antonio Pappano

Lenny, a very, very interesting article. I have heard Pappano as piano co-artist with singers and he is first-rate in my view. From out of the woods emerges a highly interesting and, apparently, down-to-earth man and artist.
by Lance
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 32
Views: 650

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

Listen to some of the works of Waldemar Bargiel [1828-1897], half brother of Clara Wieck Schumann. Even Robert thought he had potential. Some good stuff out there. Alexander Alabiev [Alabieff, Ayabyev] [1787-1851]. A fine Russian composer remembered for songs {The Nightingale}, but who wrote some ex...
by Lance
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3756
Views: 247091

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

Yes, got this one immediately and treasure it. Wonderful pianist in every respect. Tatiana Nikolayeva became well-known for playing Shostakovich, yet her other concert repertoire deserves more attention, as this 1989 Athens recital attests. Her Bach is attentive to serious detail, her Schumann Symph...
by Lance
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norman Lebrecht
Replies: 6
Views: 337

Re: Norman Lebrecht

Agreed. He's not worth the time. I think Lebrecht KNOWS he raises the brows and tempers of people everywhere ... this is what he wants and likes. I pay zero attention to him. Here's a little blurb on him: http://www.overgrownpath.com/2007/10/norman-lebrecht-and-unchecked-trivia.html Obviously the ma...
by Lance
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 22
Views: 508

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

I am expecting this set at any time now and am looking forward to it. I well remember Badura-Skoda's Westminster LPs and have many of them. This is a wide-ranging collection of his work mostly from his earliest to middle periods. Westminster often gave their pianists some of the finest piano sound I...
by Lance
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norman Lebrecht
Replies: 6
Views: 337

Re: Norman Lebrecht

I think Lebrecht KNOWS he raises the brows and tempers of people everywhere ... this is what he wants and likes. I pay zero attention to him.

Here's a little blurb on him:

http://www.overgrownpath.com/2007/10/no ... rivia.html
by Lance
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky's homosexuality
Replies: 8
Views: 276

Re: Tchaikovsky's homosexuality

I have a number of books on Tchaikovsky, I can't recall much about the details of his personal life, though I have always been interested in the relationship between him and Nadezhda von Meck, a woman with whom he had a close association. Some of these may help: 1] Tchaikovsky Through Others' Eyes -...
by Lance
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's programs, October 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 296

Lance's programs, October 2017

OCTOBER 2017 "Music and the Artist" programs October 7, 2017: Gérard Souzay, baritone October 14, 2017: Roger Norrington, conductor (Part I of II) October 21, 2017: Roger Norrington, conductor (Part II of II) October 28, 2017: Alexander Slobodyanik, pianist 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, WPEL, 96.5 FM On I...
by Lance
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For pianophiles: Ignaz Friedman 1940 broadcast has surfaced in Australia
Replies: 9
Views: 384

Re: For pianophiles: Ignaz Friedman 1940 broadcast has surfaced in Australia

Very, VERY interesting to me. Love Friedman. Please keep us up-to-date on anything you learn about these possible releases. Thank you!
by Lance
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova, survivor of Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen dies at 90
Replies: 1
Views: 226

Re: Harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzickova, survivor of Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen dies at 90

Very sorry to learn this about Ruzickova. I have many of her recordings, and most recently the new Erato 20-CD [59304] set of her all-Bach performances keyboard music plus violin sonatas with Joseph Suk, cello sonatas with Fournier, and also material with Jean-Pierre Rampal. Having visited Auschwitz...
by Lance
Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini on Met Norma
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: Tommasini on Met Norma

Tommasini, of course, is VERY good with words and knows precisely how to explain his thoughts.
by Lance
Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Georg Solti/Chicago Box
Replies: 10
Views: 441

Re: Georg Solti/Chicago Box

I've got well over 100 of Solti's CDs not to mention LPs. As much as I love these mega-sets, I think I will pass on this one even though the price is certainly appealing. I have most everything he did even as a pianist, which was of much more interest to me ... and of course, many operas and orchest...
by Lance
Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erik Then-Bergh, pianist
Replies: 2
Views: 174

Re: Erik Then-Bergh, pianist

I have never been enamoured with the Reger Piano Concerto, and also have the one with Rudolf Serkin, whose art I also admire tremendously. But he didn't do much for the work either. With orchestra, Then-Bergh has live recordings of Beethoven's Fourth Concerto, Mozart's 24th, all live with Abendroth ...
by Lance
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erik Then-Bergh, pianist
Replies: 2
Views: 174

Erik Then-Bergh, pianist

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71CqPmPU%2B0L._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71y4XuMofvL._SX355_.jpg Appian (APR) has issued a two-CD set [6021] of the complete Electrola and Deutsche Grammophon recordings made by this truly outstanding pianist between ...
by Lance
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Symphony No. 8
Replies: 8
Views: 394

Re: Schubert Symphony No. 8

I love all the Schubert cycles. While I have some of Bostridge's recordings with the outstanding co-artist, Julius Drake, I have quite taken to Bostridge's voice in lieder ... too "light" for me most of the time. No one can deny his impeccable musicianship, however. I may investigate this book. Than...
by Lance
Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Piano Sonatas
Replies: 23
Views: 795

Re: Schubert Piano Sonatas

Yes, Lupu is outstanding as well as Schiff. Having met Uchida in Marlboro, VT last year and hearing her play, I acquired her Schubert as well. It's crazy to have so much but it is wonderful being under the spell of these superb artists - so many of them. So nice to see you here, Harris. I'd like to ...
by Lance
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Piano Sonatas
Replies: 23
Views: 795

Re: Schubert Piano Sonatas

Ho Barney! I'm not going to mention how many versions of D960 I have (too many, as usual. I love this work right alongside the A Major, Op. Posth. as well). However, you mentioned one of my most beloved pianists, Artur Rubinstein . I'm not sure people are aware that Rubinstein recorded it twice for ...
by Lance
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!
Replies: 22
Views: 1199

Re: The gigantic SERKIN box is here!

Just noticed, over 800 hits on this post. 21 responses. I'm sure Rudolf Serkin has his admirers and followers. This is a fabulous box to have. His life's work for Columbia ... quite a presentation. Any takers for it yet?
by Lance
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann, tenor "L'Opera"
Replies: 2
Views: 260

Re: Jonas Kaufmann, tenor "L'Opera"

Lenny, did you see about this disc? I'm sure it may be your cup o' tea!
by Lance
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Symphony No. 8
Replies: 8
Views: 394

Re: Schubert Symphony No. 8

I have a few bios on Schubert. Like you, I have been highly fascinated by his life in music. These are the books I have: 1) Arthur Hitchings: Schubert 2) George R. Marek: Schubert 3) John Reed: Schubert: The Final Years 4) David Ewen: The Unfinished Symphony (bio of Schubert) There may be others tha...
by Lance
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Piano Sonatas
Replies: 23
Views: 795

Re: Schubert Piano Sonatas

[Note: Somehow my post got attributed to Allen. I have no idea what happened.] Absolutely - Walter Klien is a first class pianist. I have many of his recordings on several labels. Another Austrian pianist who has this music in his blood. I thought the Vox recordings of his Schubert were exceptional....
by Lance
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: José Carreras Exits on His Terms
Replies: 20
Views: 573

Re: José Carreras Exits on His Terms

As most artists know, when it's time to step down, they know it in their hearts. I remember when I first heard Carreras before his illness, it was a stunningly gorgeous voice. After his illness, it became quite a different voice, but music remained in his heart. And, contrary to what the opinions we...
by Lance
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norma Called the Everest of Opera
Replies: 22
Views: 489

Re: Norma Called the Everest of Opera

Much as I love Mozart's operas, I think on my personal desert island, I would have to have the bel canto operas first. Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini, but not necessarily in that precise order.