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by Lance
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 61
Views: 1560

Re: What I listened to today

Your allusion to FRICSAY immediately caught my eye. I have long been a fan of this conductor. I am exceedingly happy that DGG released all of his recordings in two boxed sets. A conductor who largely gained an international reputation from his recordings died too young. Surprising how many people d...
by Lance
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler cycle & 90 other concerts streaming for NYP's 175th anniversary
Replies: 3
Views: 90

Re: Mahler cycle & 90 other concerts streaming for NYP's 175th anniversary

Just verifying: is this the 65-CD 175th Anniversary NYP set specifically? [Sony Classical 33636]. Or were there some other things the NYP issued as well?
by Lance
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Viner's CD "Alkan 12 Etudes, Op. 35" incredible!
Replies: 2
Views: 62

Re: Mark Viner's CD "Alkan 12 Etudes, Op. 35" incredible!

Yes - you will love this, Brian. And while you are at it, try to get Raymond Lewenthal's RCA recording that was reissued some time ago in their "High Performance" series. I see it is on Amazon for around $10 - but I have seen much higher prices as I do not think it is any longer in the catalogue. Le...
by Lance
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Viner's CD "Alkan 12 Etudes, Op. 35" incredible!
Replies: 2
Views: 62

Mark Viner's CD "Alkan 12 Etudes, Op. 35" incredible!

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/517L034x3SL._AC_US327_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg Piano Classics 10127, 68:27 Nineteen century piano music truly exploded with music composed by Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888) . Commencing with Busoni, who performed this incredibly difficult music (but alas,...
by Lance
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dido and Aeneas Article
Replies: 8
Views: 116

Re: Dido and Aeneas Article

John F, I'm right beside you regarding the EMI recording featuring Kirsten Flagstad. It remains my favourite of any I have heard or added to my collection though I did very much enjoy Dame Janet Baker on Decca. I've always wondered whether "Dido and Aeneas," with the leading role of Aeneas for a ba...
by Lance
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, what CDs might you like to get for gifts?
Replies: 4
Views: 138

Re: So, what CDs might you like to get for gifts?

Hmm. Outside of Brian/Maesbrob, apparently nobody wants any holiday gifts. And here I was going to send everybody what they wanted! {Kidding, of course.}
by Lance
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinyl sales hit 25-year high
Replies: 6
Views: 173

Re: Vinyl sales hit 25-year high

I believe the classical LP market has also improved somewhat but certainly not as much as the pop market. I'm hopeful at some point to sell my complete Classical LP collection (hopefully with no "cherry-picking." Am I dreaming?
by Lance
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sibelius Piano Music by Leif Ove Andsnes on Sony
Replies: 1
Views: 87

Sibelius Piano Music by Leif Ove Andsnes on Sony

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71yYzuVnglL._SX355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71mftlfefgL._SY355_.jpg Sony Classical 40805 We don't find too many really well-known pianists performing the music of Jean Sibelius, but that great master wrote quite a bit of m...
by Lance
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Opera Session" CD for Piano going unnoticed, I think
Replies: 0
Views: 75

"Opera Session" CD for Piano going unnoticed, I think

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71dbNH%2BWFAL._SX355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71Hh-gP06TL._SX355_.jpg Andromeda 9126 Most of us pianophiles are very much aware of the transcriptions of opera excerpts made by other composers, especially those of Franz Lis...
by Lance
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, what CDs might you like to get for gifts?
Replies: 4
Views: 138

So, what CDs might you like to get for gifts?

Yes, the holiday season is upon us. What could be better than getting some CDs you really want to have but don't want to lay out the cash hoping to be "gifted?" It hasn't happened yet, but it is hopeful that RCA/Coumbia under the SONY label will one day issue ALL of the recordings in a boxed set con...
by Lance
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 2433

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

As John F indicated, the Mozart Ein Musikalischer Spaß [A Musical Joke], K. 522 was recorded by the Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet for Westminster. It was subsequently reissued in a 59-CD boxed set by Deutsche Grammophon (all Westminster-based recordings), as catalogue number 812.735 , which I was (smar...
by Lance
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG
Replies: 7
Views: 187

Re: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG

I'm not sure now long it has been, but I've taken a new interest in his recordings. I understand he is difficult to deal with regarding pianos and other matters, and didn't make an impression in the USA stating his political thoughts/beliefs. The stage is not the place for such things when all peopl...
by Lance
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anybody heard or seen "Chalkie" lately?
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Anybody heard or seen "Chalkie" lately?

I hope he is doing okay.
by Lance
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1414

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

It seems Levine's situation has captivated attention world-wide. I can only imagine him walking around his NYC apartment reliving things he did in the past, now at 74. No doubt this will affect his career tremendously and he may, given his health situation, step out of things totally. I had been thi...
by Lance
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Guests on CMG ... please join us by registering.
Replies: 0
Views: 191

Guests on CMG ... please join us by registering.

I see we have many guests appearing on our web site due to the closure of other classical music forums, or lack of interest in those that exist. It has long been my aim to enhance CMG with new members. I receive countless requests weekly to join, but most of them are bogus trying to sell something. ...
by Lance
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG
Replies: 7
Views: 187

Re: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG

No question, lots of stiff competition. I probably have just about every recording made by pianists of note and then some. But when we speak of Schubert, it is music that speaks to the heart with both of these Schubert sonatas, probably his magnum opuses at the end of his life and anticipating death...
by Lance
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG
Replies: 7
Views: 187

Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71fz%2BYbCY4L._SY355_.jpg DGG 479.7588, 80+ minutes, DDD It has been some time since pianist Krystian Zimerman has made a new recording. The latest one, recorded in January 2016 at the acoustically marvelous Kashiwazaki City Performing Arts Center in ...
by Lance
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The tragedy of cellist Emanuel Feuermann
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: The tragedy of cellist Emanuel Feuermann

In traversing the "Unexpected Treasures" set on this WHRA set, you will find some sloppy playing at times -- live recordings often reveal these kinds of things. Still, the Feuermann tone is worth hearing most of the time. I found myself very fond of his live recording of the Reicha Cello Concerto.
by Lance
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christian Ferras, violinist: new "Icon" set
Replies: 1
Views: 143

Christian Ferras, violinist: new "Icon" set

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61iF4MODjQL._AC_US327_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71EGVu5qjML._SY355_.jpg Another musical tragedy when French violinist CHRISTIAN FERRAS (1933-1982) committed suicide after an up-and-down career. Wikipedia carries...
by Lance
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Reputations Risen From Oblivion
Replies: 53
Views: 2433

Re: Reputations Risen From Oblivion

BARNEY WROTE: I can't point the finger - I have listened to yodelling on YouTube!" Now, YODELLING caught my eye. All of you know me as a classical music enthusiast of the highest order, but on occasion, I run into something very interesting to the ear, because, it is very much an "art" to yodel. I p...
by Lance
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1414

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Well, it does involve a famous classical music artist. I think it's okay for here.
by Lance
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The tragedy of cellist Emanuel Feuermann
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: The tragedy of cellist Emanuel Feuermann

That must be Chanterelle 2001. You are the only other person I know who has a copy of that! I have an early CD of Feuermann from the days when CDs were expensive to produce. To optimise the use of the plastic, the left channel contains one set of mono recordings, the right channel, another set. I've...
by Lance
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1414

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

I'd heard about Levine for years, and a shame at this point in his life to face his past in this embarassing manner. I feel badly for the victim, as well. I wonder how all this will affect Levine's career, what is left of it. Pianist Mikhail Pletnev went through something like this awhile back. But ...
by Lance
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composer Anagrams
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Composer Anagrams

I looked at many of them and did not guess them at all! It would take quite a bit of time to figure them out. Clever idea.
by Lance
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Famous musicians photographed together
Replies: 4
Views: 189

Re: Famous musicians photographed together

What a wonderful collection of photos! It is so sentimental to look at these pictures from parties and gatherings and can almost hear the conversations. This is a great contribution to the CMG posts! THANK YOU!
by Lance
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The tragedy of cellist Emanuel Feuermann
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: The tragedy of cellist Emanuel Feuermann

Well thought-out and stated, John Francis!
by Lance
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The tragedy of cellist Emanuel Feuermann
Replies: 6
Views: 236

The tragedy of cellist Emanuel Feuermann

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61DJM6y9RxL._SX355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81vE8O%2BOy1L._SX355_.jpg West Hills Radio Archives 6042 [4 CDs as 3 priced] The tragedy, of course, was the death of this magnificent cellist, aged 39, who died the result of a ...
by Lance
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lost and found 2: a Stravinsky orchestral work
Replies: 8
Views: 973

Re: Lost and found 2: a Stravinsky orchestral work

Yes, early Stravinsky really appeals to me very much. A must-have CD for me, too.
by Lance
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's radio programs: December 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 227

Lance's radio programs: December 2017

Composite listing, December 2017 for "Music and the Artist" broadcasts: December 2, 2017: Vadim Repin, violinist - Part I of II December 9, 2017: Vadim Repin, violinist - Part II of II December 16, 2017: Great Singers from Christmases Past December 23, 2017: Ryba: Christmas Mass & Rita Streich, sopr...
by Lance
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Régine Crespin, soprano: "Portrait" 10-CD box set
Replies: 0
Views: 136

Régine Crespin, soprano: "Portrait" 10-CD box set

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71eGbMU8rAL._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71en6%2BJ40hL._SL1219_.jpg Warner Classics 58867, 10 CDs "Inimitable in her native French, but equally superb in German and Italian, Régine Crespin was one of the reigning prima ...
by Lance
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carol Neblett Dies At 71
Replies: 2
Views: 166

Re: Carol Neblett Dies At 71

Very surprising to learn of her passing. She, indeed, was a beautiful woman. Too bad she didn't make many recordings. It would have been good to have some recital-type recordings of her voice. Am I missing something? Maybe there was some. I should check my LP collection; notice not much available on...
by Lance
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: IMPORTANT: We are migrating to a new server ...
Replies: 2
Views: 226

IMPORTANT: We are migrating to a new server ...

It will start very soon, today, November 28th, 2017, and take an hour or so. If you cannot get on to CMG, this is the reason.
by Lance
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance back after a week being away ...
Replies: 3
Views: 188

Lance back after a week being away ...

I'm sure nobody missed me, but I'm back! Very sorry to hear of Hvorovstovsky and Salzman. I have collected Hvorostovsky's recordings with great interest since the beginning.
by Lance
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Among pianists: Krystian Zimerman
Replies: 3
Views: 339

Among pianists: Krystian Zimerman

Strange, Krystian Zimerman is well regarded in the world of pianists. I have been slow to catch on to his art, but have some of his recordings. I was listening intently to one of his all-Liszt discs on DGG [431.780], which includes the Sonata in B Minor [recently reissued in a 2-CD Liszt compilation...
by Lance
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Review American Composers Orchestra
Replies: 2
Views: 283

Re: Review American Composers Orchestra

Actually, I do listen to some newer American music. But I cannot help it if my inner self is drawn to music from previous periods, predominantly from the Baroque thru to, especially the Romantic period. Yes, there are the usual composers we are all accustomed to: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Sch...
by Lance
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More on Badura-Skoda
Replies: 1
Views: 253

More on Badura-Skoda

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41IAiGMTsrL._AC_US218_.jpg As you know, I'm doing a month of broadcasts commemorating Paul Badura-Skoda's 90th birthday. Badura-Skoda was a man of so much music and all its counterparts, even insofar as being a collector of historical keyboards. For m...
by Lance
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 1265

Re: Is the piano recital dying

As the president of Classical Pianists of the Future where we offer opportunities for young artists to perform, it has worked superbly well for us for the past decade. Audience attendance for these "unknowns" was largely very good. We have had such artists as Anastasia Rizikov (now in Paris studying...
by Lance
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 703

Re: Prodigies

I did find this, however, it speaks of Alma and is supposed to be Jay Greenberg. If you go to Wikipedia, you can find out information about Jay Greenberg (composer, not psychoanalyst.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Greenberg_(composer) Last night, 60 Minutes' concluding segment was about Alma De...
by Lance
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Andor Foldes, pianist - and a great book by his wife!
Replies: 0
Views: 279

Andor Foldes, pianist - and a great book by his wife!

Since I can remember from the LP days, I always admired the Hungarian pianist ANDOR FOLDES. He recorded for EMI, DGG, a 45-rpm for Mercury Records, and APR (Appian) has brought out some of his earliest recordings. Lately there have been releases on the Australian Eloquence label who issues older DGG...
by Lance
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Re: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata

I have listened to CPE Bach's Hellig , Wq 217. The recording I have appears in a five-CD boxed set on the Capriccio label [7100] in a set entitled "Sacred Music of the Bach Family" issued in 2011. Music from many BACHS appears in the set. But I am curious about something. I am not sure if the "compl...
by Lance
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: de Larrocha's Earliest Records on CD
Replies: 0
Views: 284

de Larrocha's Earliest Records on CD

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61RqhQ9OmeL._SX425_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71JPoJSdMqL._SX425_.jpg DGG Eloquence 482 1546, 3 CDs (mono), TT: 227:17. Anybody who knows anything about Spanish piano music will almost always agree that Alicia de Larrocha wa...
by Lance
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's week: a stupid review
Replies: 20
Views: 820

Re: The Met's week: a stupid review

Hmm, upon first listening to the Puccini Messa di Gloria , I was entranced with some of the vocal numbers and, of course, had to have it on records immediately. I was much younger then and taken with works by major composers that were a bit off their norm. One performance featured a soloist who had ...
by Lance
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's Programs, November 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 493

Lance's Programs, November 2017

PAUL BADURA-SKODA, pianist - 90th Birthday Salute Month-Long Tribute [1] Saturday, November 4, 2017: *J. S. Bach: Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911 (r.1959) *Haydn: Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major ["Gypsy Trio"] with Jean Fournier, violin; Antonio Janigro, cello (r.1955) *Franck: Symphonic Variations with V...
by Lance
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Emanuel Feuermann, on film
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Re: Emanuel Feuermann, on film

Wonderful ... absolutely a fabulous artist who left us far too soon.
by Lance
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 24
Views: 1556

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

Wow, I can't believe this thread has had over 800 hits.
by Lance
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura-Skoda
Replies: 24
Views: 1556

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

My set arrived finally. The first one got lost somewhere. It was made right immediately. I have been listening to the remastering and it's a first-class job. Westminster's "natural balance" was right on, and if you didn't know some of these recordings were in mono, you might think otherwise. This is...
by Lance
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven
Replies: 19
Views: 873

Re: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven

Frankly, I was astonished at Bernstein's remarks in this interview. For me, he was way off base. Max, too, seemed to have a look of astonishment on his face.
by Lance
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michele Esposito (composer 1855-1929)
Replies: 0
Views: 295

Michele Esposito (composer 1855-1929)

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51mkIZnBp-L._AC_US327_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg Brilliant Classics 95102, 2 CDs, 46:40; 52:40 Carmelo Andriani, violin; Vincenzo Maltempo, piano Now here's a composer I knew nothing about, and pleasant it is. An Italian, Esposito spent time in Paris and eventu...
by Lance
Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6
Replies: 22
Views: 941

Re: Tchaikovsky Symphonies #5 and #6

I could not concur more. Mravinsky was a total dynamic master in the interpretation of Tchaikovsky. He actually recorded two versions of symphonies 4, 5 and 6 for DGG, one in mono [447 423, 2 CDs] which was followed by remakes in stereo [419 745, 2 CDs]. Mravinsky fans, of course will want to have b...
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: 322

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...