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by Lance
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 51
Views: 922

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

Thank you, John F - I am constantly looking at the applicants and check out the IPs. I find the preponderance people trying to sell stuff, especially from foreign countries. I earnestly tried to include those you contacted me about but after several tries, trying to change passwords, etc., from my e...
by Lance
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Book: Nicolas Medtner, composer/pianist
Replies: 2
Views: 27

Book: Nicolas Medtner, composer/pianist

A close relative of Medtner lived in my area, and I met her when she came to one of Classical Pianists of the Future's recitals, one of which featured Medtner's music. She had with her a book - I never knew about it - tried to get it, out of print and costly. Medtner was great friends and colleagues...
by Lance
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stockdale Dies Pavilion Opera
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Re: Stockdale Dies Pavilion Opera

Thank you, Lenny. Most enlightening. There are certainly some very interesting people in our world ... we need more like him!
by Lance
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3964
Views: 571619

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

Well, Brian, I guess I will be satisfied with the several complete sets and individual performances I have of the Mahler symphonies. Complete with: Bernstein/LSO/Israel; Bernstein/NYP; Levine/Philadelphia SO/LSO; all those with Bruno Walter; the DGG set with Kubelik/Mehta/Haitink/Boulez/Bernstein/C-...
by Lance
Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Today's HD Met traviata
Replies: 2
Views: 63

Re: Today's HD Met traviata

As planned, a group of us drove the hour to Ithaca, New York and the Regal Theater to view the Met's HD Traviata. We were all touched and impressed. Damrau was extraordinary. Florez's voice was not as voluminous as it might have been, but his acting and singing was certainly of the highest order, a...
by Lance
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 128
Views: 46084

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Concur completely on Haydn and Szell. My other favourite conductor of Haydn was Sir Thomas Beecham. But then there were Fricsay, Barbirolli, Abendroth, Monteux, Walter, Jochum, and of course Bernstein, and many others that did well for Franz Joseph! I do not own this set yet but Szell's Haydn is amo...
by Lance
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Box Set Bargain
Replies: 12
Views: 229

Re: Haydn Box Set Bargain

Ah, Haydn's 53rd Symphony, "The Imperial." Rarely does anyone mention that symphony. I first heard it performed by Leopold Stokowski and His Symphony Orchestra on an RCA Victor LP (which I still have), and happily it found its way to a Cala CD [0532]. Reb, what is your take on this 53rd? I am totall...
by Lance
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sylvia Sass (sop) Anniversary Edition (Hungaroton)
Replies: 1
Views: 81

Sylvia Sass (sop) Anniversary Edition (Hungaroton)

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51FO3kH1lrL._SY355_.jpg Hungaroton 32788-89, 2 CDs, 70:01; 73:18 • Mozart 3 selections (one with pianist András Schiff), rest w/orchestra • Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder (complete) • R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), Op. Posth. • Wagner; T...
by Lance
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Henryk Szeryng's 44-CD Decca set
Replies: 7
Views: 128

Re: Henryk Szeryng's 44-CD Decca set

One would think, then, that Decca would have included all three of the Brahms violin concerto in this new set. Those were purely RCA Victor recordings and wouldn't be in this box as the blurb describes it. As for the recordings Decca made for RCA Victor in the 1960s, the rights have reverted to Decc...
by Lance
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Henryk Szeryng's 44-CD Decca set
Replies: 7
Views: 128

Re: Henryk Szeryng's 44-CD Decca set

Well, I have to say from the countless recordings I have heard of the Mozart violin sonatas, for me the gold standard is Grumiaux with Clara Haskil at the piano. I have high regard for Haebler as well, but Haskil's contribution, for me, ranks higher. Oddly, both recordings were for Philips. The best...
by Lance
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Going to Ithaca, NY to see "Traviata" [Met]
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Going to Ithaca, NY to see "Traviata" [Met]

Am looking forward to this.
by Lance
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 128
Views: 46084

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

I'm really surprised about your comment on Serkin/Szell/Brahms since both artists were fastidious in their performances and recordings. I'll have to draw some conclusions on that and give it a re-listen since it has been a while. Szell, too, was quite an accomplished pianist. Now, I disagree [...] t...
by Lance
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Henryk Szeryng's 44-CD Decca set
Replies: 7
Views: 128

Re: Henryk Szeryng's 44-CD Decca set

I have been digging into this set today/tonight. Transfers are outstanding, and Szeryng's musicianship is totally impeccable in every aspect. Such a lovely, singing tone quality. His Schubert Sonatinas and Sonata with Haebler, and the Handel violin sonatas with Huguette Dreyfus make quite an impress...
by Lance
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: BSO to Flutist: You're Worth Less Than an Oboist
Replies: 8
Views: 245

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

I hope she wins her case and sets a new precedent. Is there any merit to paying some orchestral artists more because of their length of service to an orchestra, especially first-chair folks? Nonetheless, I would say these salaries many make are excellent and higher than some might expect. This could...
by Lance
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Box Set Bargain
Replies: 12
Views: 229

Re: Haydn Box Set Bargain

Of the complete Haydn symphonies, it was always my desire to have them on the Decca label [478 1221, 33 CDs with alternative versions] and since 2009 I have enjoyed that set completely. Stunning sound as well. I liked what Dorati did so much in his Haydn I went for his complete Haydn operas [Decca 4...
by Lance
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Henryk Szeryng's 44-CD Decca set
Replies: 7
Views: 128

Henryk Szeryng's 44-CD Decca set

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51xBFiXzKKL._SX425_.jpg Complete DGG, Philips, Decca and Mercury Recordings Here's a blurb on this set, which just arrived today, and I could not be more delighted. But Amazon's blurb says this: "Marking the centenary of this great patrician of 20th c...
by Lance
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Javier Camarena "Contrabandista" on Decca
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Javier Camarena "Contrabandista" on Decca

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81PYiS0wJpL._SY355_.jpg Decca 483 3958, 71:45 [Book-style edition] The great mezzo-soprano, Cecilia Bartoli, had much to do with this release. Tenor Javier Camarena is one of her proteges, and the album has a golden logo, "Mentored by Bartoli." "Javie...
by Lance
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 128
Views: 46084

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

I thought I'd bring this thread back to the top. It's had good press here. Now that we have all had a chance to have our sets for awhile, what do you recommend out of the set for instant listening (not that everything wouldn't be grand). It's an overwhelming set. i see the price keeps coming down no...
by Lance
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Netrebko Review Carnegie Hall Recital
Replies: 2
Views: 97

Re: Netrebko Review Carnegie Hall Recital

I'm flabbergasted as well! I hope this recital will appear on CD. One wonders if DGG had their microphones around. And nothing about Mr. Martineau? Shame.
by Lance
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Box Set Bargain
Replies: 12
Views: 229

Re: Haydn Box Set Bargain

This set I don't have, but do have almost everything of Haydn. One of the greats, for sure! 160 discs of music by one man. Amazing what we can do today!
by Lance
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianophile potpourri
Replies: 4
Views: 135

Re: Pianophile potpourri

That sure is a great list! Thank you for sharing. That Schumann Fantasy in C Major by Backhaus caught my eye. It has been reissued on several labels over the years including Dante, Piano Library and a couple others. But the one to have is the two-CD Appian set with transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. I'l...
by Lance
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuga Wang, piano "The Best & Rarities" [DGG]
Replies: 1
Views: 106

Yuga Wang, piano "The Best & Rarities" [DGG]

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51yGVMgn7rL._SX425_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71-sLD2MTVL._SX425_.jpg DGG 482 6653, 70:43; DVD 48:48 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The (perhaps) over-glamorous pianist, Yuja Wang, has become an international hit in the classical ...
by Lance
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 735

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

In re-reading my comments below Tomassini's quote, I began to wonder about why I do not have the fascination of music composed during the Renaissance period (1400-1600) or the Medieval period. I am, therefore, far more attracted to music from the Baroque through the other periods to about 1940 (and...
by Lance
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Annette Céline, soprano
Replies: 4
Views: 425

Re: Annette Céline, soprano

I have been listening to some recently acquired recordings on the Brana, Claudio, and Olympia labels of Brazilian soprano Annette Céline , daughter of the highly respected pianist, Felicja Blumental . While there some fine qualities in her voice, I don't believe it to be an extraordinary voice, but ...
by Lance
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 51
Views: 922

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

Hi Sue ... just thinking about all my friends, of whom there are many. Probably 80% of the people I know and relate to are friends, associates, pianists, conductors, professors, teachers, record collectors, and what have you; are all involved in music. Outside of music, other fields in the arts. May...
by Lance
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 51
Views: 922

Re: Not too many posts lately ...

Well, some of us are trying to keep it alive as much as possible. Things change, life changes, music changes, performers change, interpretations change ... but I still love it and live for classical music. We must try!
Chalkperson wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:57 pm
Classical Music died years ago.
by Lance
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Henning
Replies: 13
Views: 421

Re: Karl Henning

Thanks to Seán out in Ireland, he conveyed to me the first I heard about Karl Henning's issues. Karl has been on these boards — as Gurn has noted above — for many years. I hope Karl fully recovers and we can continue to enjoy his input and friendship on these boards. And Seán, you are greatly missed...
by Lance
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's La Traviata
Replies: 9
Views: 273

Re: Tonight's La Traviata

CHALKIE! I almost fell over when I saw your name appear here. How are things? We miss you around these parts. Hope you have a great holiday season. Send me an email and let me know what's going on!
Chalkperson wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:56 pm
The Met is dead, only its rotting corpse remains.
by Lance
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Not too many posts lately ...
Replies: 51
Views: 922

Not too many posts lately ...

... is everyone involved with the requirements of the season? Insofar as CDs are concerned, I haven't seen anything too interesting of late. Sometimes December brings forth some new material or reissues that boosts sales of music for the holidays. But I haven't seen much. Maybe everything they can t...
by Lance
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yannick Nézet-Séguin NYC Arts Interview
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: Yannick Nézet-Séguin NYC Arts Interview

Thank you, Lenny - I loved it!
by Lance
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vadim Repin - live at 21
Replies: 4
Views: 316

Re: Vadim Repin - live at 21

I have much with Repin on discs. Wonderful violinist. I also prepared a piano for Alexander Markovich once some time ago. It's a small world! There's an interesting 10-CD set on Erato [63263] with much material. He has also recorded with pianists Berezovsky, Argerich, Lang Lang, and Lugansky. Many r...
by Lance
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: FWW: Obscure piano works
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Re: FWW: Obscure piano works

I see you enjoy many of the more modern piano works. The one I know pretty well is that of Mathieu. Sowerby I think might be interesting, and the Janacek I'm of aware of as well. Many piano works deserve their obscurity ; these don’t,IMHO. I have not checked, but suspect several, possibly all , of t...
by Lance
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert Pianist Denk Reviews Robert Schumann Book
Replies: 5
Views: 535

Re: Concert Pianist Denk Reviews Robert Schumann Book

The book arrived a couple days ago and I'm delighted with it. Well researched and written, and some color photographs within. Probably one of the better books on Schumann that I have read. Recommended.
by Lance
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Greatest Composers Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 735

Re: The Greatest Composers Ever

Quoted: "[Tommasini] has expanded his list of indispensable composers from 10 to 17, all, it seems safe to say, unarguably great: Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Verdi, Wagner, Brahms, Puccini, Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Bartok. While I would ...
by Lance
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 797

Re: Richter

The discography is fantastic, and exceedingly well done. Since it was released in 2012, many more of Richter's recordings have been released or reissued. A shame that discography is not brought up to current date or at least contains a supplement to recordings issued when that discography was comple...
by Lance
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter
Replies: 20
Views: 797

Re: Richter

You selected a great "bender," Sue! Unquestionably one of the greats. Richter's is probably the largest discography I have of any single pianist. And live recordings are still coming around!
by Lance
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Lugansky,Moser cd's free listening complete
Replies: 1
Views: 246

Re: New Lugansky,Moser cd's free listening complete

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61lHfqqQR3L._SX355_.jpg Paladino 0100, released just now Lugansky is a phenomenal pianist from everything I've heard and have. I would be most curious about his Debussy nonetheless. Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy has just come forth with Debussy's Prelude...
by Lance
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What can we hear at 3-degrees Upstate NY?
Replies: 9
Views: 520

Re: What can we hear at 3-degrees Upstate NY?

Been a long time since I heard that one. For some reason, it didn't "take" to my brain. Maybe I should give it a second chance. I certainly have the recordings! I was being facetious about Wothe Vaughan-Williams.It's good to see so many serious suggestions,and none specially name like Tchaikovsky's ...
by Lance
Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What can we hear at 3-degrees Upstate NY?
Replies: 9
Views: 520

Re: What can we hear at 3-degrees Upstate NY?

Haydn would work in The Seasons as would Vaughan Williams. But for winter, on a cold night we might also hear the following: Schubert: Winterreise Tchaikovsky: "Winter Dreams," Symphony No. 1 Raff: Symphony #11 "Winter" Halley's Winter Dream Dett: Tropic Winter Dohnanyi: Winter Dances for Piano Hols...
by Lance
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes article on Debussy book
Replies: 9
Views: 763

Re: NYTimes article on Debussy book

My copy arrived today, November 23, 2018 - and I'm already involved in it.
by Lance
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schimmel pianos
Replies: 1
Views: 283

Re: Schimmel pianos

Yes, I have worked on a number of them over the years. At one time Schimmel was one of Germany's great names in pianos, having been made for well over 100 years. One of the big grands I tended to I thought was voiced very brightly to the point of hurting the ears on the high end. The piano industry ...
by Lance
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rediscovered Symphony Radiates Cosmic Grandeur
Replies: 1
Views: 322

Re: Rediscovered Symphony Radiates Cosmic Grandeur

New to me, too. Not a relative of George Eastman, for sure. What a way to have to live a life. George Eastman died in 1932 of a gunshot wound to the head.
by Lance
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Turkey Day
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Re: Turkey Day

I trust everyone had a memorable Thanksgiving Day. Great food, friends, and most thankful for all the music we love and enjoy.
by Lance
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert Pianist Denk Reviews Robert Schumann Book
Replies: 5
Views: 535

Re: Concert Pianist Denk Reviews Robert Schumann Book

Looks very interesting. My love for Schumann's music is endless. This looks well researched. I've ordered it.
by Lance
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What can we hear at 3-degrees Upstate NY?
Replies: 9
Views: 520

What can we hear at 3-degrees Upstate NY?

Yeah, 3 degrees, and supposed to be -1 as the night moves along.

Time for Vivaldi's Four Seasons "Winter," I guess.
by Lance
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3964
Views: 571619

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

Wow! You know how to pick 'em! Some great material there.
by Lance
Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018
Replies: 12
Views: 992

Re: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018

Well, that is most UNFORTUNATE for him. Knowing about classical music might have changed him dramatically!
Rach3 wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:42 pm
Fortunately,Trump has no clue about classical music.
by Lance
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018
Replies: 12
Views: 992

Re: Pianist Denis Matsuev live at Carnegie Hall Nov.9,2018

Who would have thought? I guess we should have KNOWN. I'm surprised about Gilels, who turns out to be one of my favourite pianists. Apparently Richter didn't put up with any ... you know! I never realized until I saw a recent documentary on TV that Stalin was a lover of classical music. Perhaps some...
by Lance
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Water Music Ti-ya, ti-ya, pa, pa, pa
Replies: 1
Views: 315

Re: Water Music Ti-ya, ti-ya, pa, pa, pa

Wow, Lenny. A great read. I'm so pleased the orchestra is willing to listen and employ some of these ideas. If she was successful with, especially, the Vienna Philharmonic, known to be difficult at times, and the Berlin Philharmonic, she could be successful with her ideas probably with any orchestra.
by Lance
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Cziffra fans
Replies: 9
Views: 747

Re: For Cziffra fans

Very interesting, John, and thank you for taking the time to check this out. Can you point me to someplace on the Web that is offering this set and where we might find the best price? I have a lot of Milstein material, but it looks like some of this material might be new to CD. Some big ones were th...