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by Lance
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Whatever happened to our violinist friend ...
Replies: 0
Views: 1

Whatever happened to our violinist friend ...

... the one from England? I haven't seen nor heard from him in a long time. I can't think of his name or sign-on name at the moment. How I miss our old friends Agnes Selby, Ralph Stein, Werner Isler, and our founder, Ward Botsford, along with many others.
by Lance
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sony Box Set for Anniversary of Zurich Tonhalle
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: Sony Box Set for Anniversary of Zurich Tonhalle

This would NOT be a set in which I would be interested in though I'm sure there are some great things therein. I have some recordings by the Zurich Tonhalle on an individual basis that are excellent, mostly because of the collaborative artists, but as a set, I'm not a taker on this one.
by Lance
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some unbelievable pricing? Sure is!
Replies: 12
Views: 292

Re: Some unbelievable pricing? Sure is!

If the death of the CD as we know it is imminent (due to downloading more and more), then that's where I stop. I have enough music to last for several lifetimes. While the LP seems to be coming back to some degree, I don't believe that will outlast the CD. I don't intend to download unless it's of g...
by Lance
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfredo Campoli, violin on 12 Decca Eloquence CDs
Replies: 8
Views: 99

Re: Alfredo Campoli, violin on 12 Decca Eloquence CDs

Mike, agree on your findings below for Lang Lang (doesn't get it), Pletnev (wonderful but odd somehow), Kissin (getting better all the time with maturity), Volodos - absolutely, as is Trifonov. The others you mention not sure about yet either, though excellent in many ways. Hough, and Hamelin still ...
by Lance
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ruggiero Ricci, violinist - 13 CDs [Decca]
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Ruggiero Ricci, violinist - 13 CDs [Decca]

Me, too! Only have the LP. The CD, I think, came out in Holland, and as stated, carries a very high price. It probably isn't the kind of recording you will pick up often, so the LP will suffice for me. But Decca missed their chance (unless there is a sequel to the Ricci box, which I hope there is) t...
by Lance
Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some unbelievable pricing? Sure is!
Replies: 12
Views: 292

Re: Some unbelievable pricing? Sure is!

Yes, that's a truly fabulous set put out by EMI (before the Warner takeover?), which includes Cziffra's Philips recordings owned by Universal. I got that set when it first came out due to my profound interest in the art of pianist Georges Cziffra. I have checked various sites to see how used copies ...
by Lance
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some unbelievable pricing? Sure is!
Replies: 12
Views: 292

Re: Some unbelievable pricing? Sure is!

I have noted that Japanese sellers are often the most pricey of product that can be had for substantially lower pricing. I don't think Amazon has anything to do with the pricing from third-party sellers. As long as they don't violate any rules they can ask for as much as they want for the items they...
by Lance
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ruggiero Ricci, violinist - 13 CDs [Decca]
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Ruggiero Ricci, violinist - 13 CDs [Decca]

I, too, felt the Italian transcription disc lacked in comparison to the original Decca stereo LP. American Decca's pressings were not always of the best quality, so insofar as their transfer to LP, some equalization for removal of any background noise took away some of the quality and tonal properti...
by Lance
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I have fallen in love with Martina Arroyo's Voice!
Replies: 5
Views: 47

Re: I have fallen in love with Martina Arroyo's Voice!

Her website does not bring forth some of her recordings. Must be it is not kept up-to-date. But there is also a marvelous Centaur CD [2060] recorded in 1988 at Louisiana State University of 21 spirituals with pianist Henri Venanzi at the piano. Under recorded and under appreciated is putting it mild...
by Lance
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I have fallen in love with Martina Arroyo's Voice!
Replies: 5
Views: 47

I have fallen in love with Martina Arroyo's Voice!

For a woman with a voice like THAT, I can't believe she doesn't have a much larger discography. I thought somewhere along the way I missed a commercially recorded Verdi Aida, but, apparently one was never made. Strange, because she made such a big hit at the MET substituting on short notice for Birg...
by Lance
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfredo Campoli, violin on 12 Decca Eloquence CDs
Replies: 8
Views: 99

Re: Alfredo Campoli, violin on 12 Decca Eloquence CDs

"Campoli's Choice" on Pearl [9744] contains unreleased material and 78-rpm transfers from Campoli's personal collection is worth having and enjoying. And, as Mike Aldren says, after having so many of the true masterworks by the greatest artists of the past, is it necessary to have newer recordings b...
by Lance
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The CONTEXT Debut Recordings
Replies: 2
Views: 162

Re: The CONTEXT Debut Recordings

It is excellent, got it awhile ago, and it uses a REAL piano rather than an historical one. I highly recommend it. It is a Membran issue [taken from original tapes I believe], no notes or information, but all the music is there. Fine release. Louis Ferdinand's complete works are available in a 5 CD ...
by Lance
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some unbelievable pricing? Sure is!
Replies: 12
Views: 292

Re: Some unbelievable pricing? Sure is!

I have the first "Heifetz Edition" that came out in a set of two Plexiglas cases in 1996. I never see that one advertised at all these days, but then the other one you mention is the latest more complete original jacket edition with all the RCA, EMI, and Decca recordings, plus bonuses. This latter s...
by Lance
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arrau's Complete Recordings/Decca 80 CDs
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Re: Arrau's Complete Recordings/Decca 80 CDs

Well, those RCAs and Columbias were largely from the days of 78s as I recall. I was glad to get it as I admired the younger Arrau more than in his latest years. I always felt those recordings he made for EMI were some of his best commercial efforts even though in good mono sound for most of the solo...
by Lance
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfredo Campoli, violin on 12 Decca Eloquence CDs
Replies: 8
Views: 99

Re: Alfredo Campoli, violin on 12 Decca Eloquence CDs

Yes, Decca recorded him in just about everything, including salon music. ASV of England came out with a CD [5135] of some salon music transferred from the original shellacs. Outside of that, I don't think any of the lighter material was issued by Decca. Pearl, Dutton, Beaulah reissued material that ...
by Lance
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfredo Campoli, violin on 12 Decca Eloquence CDs
Replies: 8
Views: 99

Alfredo Campoli, violin on 12 Decca Eloquence CDs

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51h2e2QDoPL._AC_US327_QL65_.jpg Photo of 2-CD set Volume 1: [482 5175] Volume 2: 2-CD set [482 5171] Volume 3: 2-CD set [482 5159] Volume 4: 2-CD set [482 5151] Volume 5: 2-CD set [482 5143] Volume 6: 2-CD set [482 5135] Generally the volume's catalog...
by Lance
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some unbelievable pricing? Sure is!
Replies: 12
Views: 292

Some unbelievable pricing? Sure is!

I was just looking over the Amazon site regarding Henri Temianka, the late violinist. He and pianist Leonard Shure made a recording of Beethoven's ten violin sonatas (complete) at Washington, D. C.'s Library of Congress in 1946. This is what it looks like: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/ima...
by Lance
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arrau's Complete Recordings/Decca 80 CDs
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Re: Arrau's Complete Recordings/Decca 80 CDs

Well that's one way to do it. Did you get decent prices on the individual units?
Len_Z wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:57 pm
I'll definitely go for it. I did have all the Philips CDs, but in anticipation of this release sold most of them on Ebay.
by Lance
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arrau's Complete Recordings/Decca 80 CDs
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Arrau's Complete Recordings/Decca 80 CDs

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81eFcV6SXlL._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/918yJ%2BYMnlL._SY355_.jpg Packaged very much in the same manner as Decca's Alfred Brendel complete recordings, this set looks like a winner for Arrau fans. What I like is that it...
by Lance
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 589

Re: Music in times of distress

I'm wondering how things are progressing with the family. Hope all is improving. And I truly believe that music is a great healer! Please keep us advised.
by Lance
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jaap van Zweden
Replies: 4
Views: 155

Re: Jaap van Zweden

I am all in favour of JvZ. I have many recordings of him on various labels as a violinist. I think this new blood is absolutely needed for the NYP. I am sure we shall see many great happenings from the conductor.
by Lance
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The CONTEXT Debut Recordings
Replies: 2
Views: 162

The CONTEXT Debut Recordings

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61AulW0PB4L._AC_US327_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg The Zephyr label has produced three CD recordings of music by Robert Schumann and Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia, all performed on original instruments. *Volume 1: 123: Piano Quartet in C Minor (1829); Ferdin...
by Lance
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ruggiero Ricci, violinist - 13 CDs [Decca]
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Ruggiero Ricci violinist - 13 CDs [Decca]

Regarding Sarasate's music as performed by Ruggiero Ricci on American Decca, I discovered that, while Decca Universal has not released this special album, all the music has been remastered from an apparent stereo LP disc. It includes all the Sarasate music with pianist Brooks Smith on the American ...
by Lance
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Franco Fagioli's new Handel CD [DGG]
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Franco Fagioli's new Handel CD [DGG]

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61SfvkDC42L._AC_US327_FMwebp_QL65_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61vhgGUSjgL._SX355_.jpg DGG 479 7541, 79:43, DDD The Argentinian/Spanish countertenor Franco Fagioli is among the four or five best countertenors currently before ...
by Lance
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Huberman Violin
Replies: 10
Views: 709

Re: The Huberman Violin

Absolutely wonderful story. Just my kind of reading!
by Lance
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ruggiero Ricci, violinist - 13 CDs [Decca]
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Ruggiero Ricci, violinist - 13 CDs [Decca]

https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61JqiJtf-ZL._AC_US218_.jpg Decca 482 7661, 13 CDs Ruggiero Ricci (Roger Woodrow Wilson Rich) has always been one of the very special fiddlers for me. I've tried to gather everything he has recorded over the years, but it includes many labels, several ...
by Lance
Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arrau Live Recitals 1954, 1960, 1963 Ludwigsburg
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Arrau Live Recitals 1954, 1960, 1963 Ludwigsburg

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71xMu7GAWlL._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/814XvaBKf9L._SY355_.jpg SWR Music, 19504, 5 CDws Other than his earliest recordings for RCA and EMI, the late Claudio Arrau did not prove to be as interesting to me as much as in...
by Lance
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Muti & the CSO tie the knot through 2022
Replies: 10
Views: 439

Re: Muti & the CSO tie the knot through 2022

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Tell me more about this one, please. I'm not sure if I have this on LP or CD. Can you advise information on it? Many thanks
by Lance
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's radio programs: February 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 385

Lance's radio programs: February 2018

PROGRAMS HEARD EVERY SATURDAY February 3, 2018: UTO UGHI, violinist (Part 1 of 2) ___Dvořák: Four Romantic Pieces, op. 75 with Leonardo Bartelloni, piano (r.1993) ___Bruch: Violin Concerto #1 in G Minor, Op. 26 w/Philharmonia Orchestra, Georges Prêtre, conductor (r.1983) ___Tartini: Sonata in G Min...
by Lance
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Art of Soprano Edith Mathis [DGG]
Replies: 0
Views: 214

The Art of Soprano Edith Mathis [DGG]

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91CXKHq05oL._SY355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91iaoNNGRQL._SX355_.jpg DGG479 8337, 7 CDs Here's a soprano we don't often talk about but should. "Mathis is a conviction singer. Everything she tackles is done with her whole he...
by Lance
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Louis Ferdinand's music (1772-1806)
Replies: 2
Views: 262

Re: Louis Ferdinand's music (1772-1806)

I have been listening to this five CD set and marvel at the originality of the work of Prince Louis! Death at only 33 on the battlefield, but his 13 opuses are stunning and very entertaining works. If you don't know this composer's work - please give it a try.
by Lance
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...
Replies: 14
Views: 651

Re: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...

Well, my conversation about Levine started whilst talking with the conductor. That's what prompted this post. I forgot to include that! I'm getting old, I fear! :) The general consensus thus far is to NOT pay a tribute to Levine, which was my original plan after all this mess occurred. Does everyone...
by Lance
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cruzar la Cara de la Luna
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Re: Cruzar la Cara de la Luna

This is one I would definitely like to see. I wonder if a recording will come forth?
by Lance
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...
Replies: 14
Views: 651

Talking to a well-known conductor about Levine ...

We don't hear much about Levine's situation currently. When one traverses the legacy this great musician has left, and now at this point in his life, he seems to be avoided musically with regard to the playing of his live Met performances, and/or recordings of him in front of an orchestra or in coll...
by Lance
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 658

Re: Mahler Survey

This is really a tough one to respond to. There has been much great Mahler on discs. While my personal favourites are numbers 1 through 3, number 4 also in the favs list, I have many complete sets and equally as many individual recordings of each symphony. I would comment that No. 3, for yours truly...
by Lance
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eileen Joyce Complete Studio Recordings
Replies: 2
Views: 268

Re: Eileen Joyce Complete Studio Recordings

Have it ... love it. Nowadays, somewhat forgotten. Included are all her Saga recordings made in England ... the last of her work before microphones. Richard Davis wrote her biography entitlted Eileen Joyce: A Portrait , which I have had for some time and must re-read it. Australia has just published...
by Lance
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stokowski's Phase 4 Recordings: Decca
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: Stokowski's Phase 4 Recordings: Decca

Yes, I believe you are correct. There were two multi-disc boxes on Decca [475.145, 5 CDs; 475.6090, 6 CDs} and the balance were issued singly. So the new big set is a duplication. I'm not sure if they have been completely remastered for this new 23 boxed set, and the "Inspiration" RCA disc I haven't...
by Lance
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stokowski's Phase 4 Recordings: Decca
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Stokowski's Phase 4 Recordings: Decca

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61ErDW00sUL._SX355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91FQcL0P4gL._SX355_.jpg STOKOWSKI still sells. It's a magical name among conductors, showmanship at its best! Decca has now issued all of Stokowski's Phase 4 stereophonic recordi...
by Lance
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Cleveland Orchestra marks its 100th this week at Carnegie Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 516

Re: The Cleveland Orchestra marks its 100th this week at Carnegie Hall

Congratulations on their centennial. 100 years for an orchestra is wonderful. I have long revered my SZELL recordings of the Cleveland Orchestra and learned much from them. I truly believe he "made" that orchestra into the great ensemble it was during his tenure. I have never felt 100% that it is th...
by Lance
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Louis Ferdinand's music (1772-1806)
Replies: 2
Views: 262

Louis Ferdinand's music (1772-1806)

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71XTJjZ6nmL._SX355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91Yg%2BG2RK9L._SX355_.jpg MEMBRAN 234465, 5 CDs. Louis Ferdinand, Prinz von Preussen. As the box back on this five-CD set from Membran/Bella Music says: "Louis Ferdinand was not ...
by Lance
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 35 years of opera supertitles
Replies: 4
Views: 326

Re: 35 years of opera supertitles

Totally agree, supertitles gave opera a big lift. Even here with our local opera company, Tri-Cities Opera, supertitles have brought more people to opera and they keep coming back for more.
by Lance
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)
Replies: 9
Views: 468

Re: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)

Sometimes, if you have an opportunity, you should check out the Mahler Edition of the four Schumann Symphonies. He re-orchestrated them. A good version: Decca 478 0037, 2CDs, with Riccardo Chailly conducting the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Be interesting to hear your comments on his Rhenish!
by Lance
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwänglerites never stop collecting, do they?
Replies: 1
Views: 298

Furtwänglerites never stop collecting, do they?

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61400qb3siL._SX355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71exUwpoggL._SL1200_.jpg I jumped on the Furtwängler bandwagon in my early LP collecting days, encouraged by other fans of his who proved to me, by listening, that Furtwängler ha...
by Lance
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Unreleased FRICSAY discs (4) from DGG
Replies: 0
Views: 241

Unreleased FRICSAY discs (4) from DGG

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81FVg9V%2BROL._SY355_.jpg DGG 479.8275, 4 CDs. The big mega-CD boxed sets of Ferenc Fricsay's recordings on DGG contain much music that has been coveted by his admirers since his early passing at the age of only 48 in 1963. For a largely "house conduc...
by Lance
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: REQUIEM AETERNAM, Kochel 626 Version
Replies: 8
Views: 404

Re: REQUIEM AETERNAM, Kochel 626 Version

This reminds me of something said by among my most favourite pianists, Artur Rubinstein. As I recall it was a New York Times article wherein he said people should applaud any time they feel like it if they are so moved during a performance. At a concert he gave the next day or so, people applauded b...
by Lance
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anshel Brusilow (14 Aug 1928–15 Jan 2018)
Replies: 10
Views: 565

Re: Anshel Brusilow (14 Aug 1928–15 Jan 2018)

Got the book, "Shoot the Conductor," very enjoyable. A pity more of Brusilow's recordings have not been committed to CD though I have a few of them and plan to offer a memorial program in honour of the man. I should check my LP stock as I might have some of those recordings as well.
by Lance
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Organ music by Carl Czerny? Yes!
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: Organ music by Carl Czerny? Yes!

Thank you for your comments, jbuck! I am vastly interested in Czerny much more than just his "exercises," which are wonderful in their own right. I would never have thought Czerny would have written for the organ, but the man was a musical genius in many ways. The organ music is conceived quite diff...
by Lance
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Donald Isler!
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Happy Birthday Donald Isler!

I'm a bit late, but you also got a greeting from me on Facebook, Donald. Hope all is well. We have not chatted for a long time. I was glad to receive Charlotte's greeting card and hope she is back to her self! May you have many more grand birthdays!
by Lance
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111
Replies: 13
Views: 686

Re: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111

Glad to hear this from you! I was immediately impressed with the whole performance. Different from the "norm," so to speak, but nonetheless, very musical and interesting. So I bit the bullet and clicked on the Youtube link and immediately went to the part of the arietta after the variations. I've ne...
by Lance
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Verizon cell service - lots of problems!
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Verizon cell service - lots of problems!

I've been using Verizon for years, still think they are the best of all the services I have used. But they must be going through bad times. Thousands of complaints lately from all over the USA, including my area. Very poor customer service. I had nine dropped cell phone calls today so far. True, we'...