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by StephenSutton
Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I LOATHE Bland
Replies: 46
Views: 6442

Re: I LOATHE Bland

[How can con-poseurs soil thousands of pages of music paper with millions of notes and still not manage to create even one tune that deserves to be admired as catchy??? That's the nub...... music with a catchy tune is only one type of music, just as a painting with photographic realism is only one ...
by StephenSutton
Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Glaring Weak Spot of Modern Music:
Replies: 27
Views: 4451

Re: The Glaring Weak Spot of Modern Music:

cant resist a plug here for 'Madrigali: Fire and Roses' (divine art dda25094) which is out next month in UK and USA and on our website now. For a capella small-choir music, a dsic of which we are very proud and have made our CD of the year. Several original madrigals from 16th-17th century by the ma...
by StephenSutton
Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norman Lebrecht exposes Fanfare Buy A Review policy
Replies: 100
Views: 17368

Re: Norman Lebrecht exposes Fanfare Buy A Review policy

Fair enough that there should be a more explicit distinction between 'front of mag' (paid for) and 'rest of mag' (not paid for). I quite agree with that. The problem is that for indies, and new/perhaps more adventurous musicians, as I said on another thread, there is no other way than to buy some sp...
by StephenSutton
Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Fanfare Thread: POSTIVE POSTS ONLY!!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 4270

Re: New Fanfare Thread: POSTIVE POSTS ONLY!!!!

Donald Isler has posted several times that none of his CDs have ever been reviewed in Fanfare. He's been offered the standard take an ad package. He refused to take an ad and he's never had a review appear. In other threads, Divine Art has stated that there was a period where they didn't advertise ...
by StephenSutton
Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Fanfare Thread: POSTIVE POSTS ONLY!!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 4270

Re: New Fanfare Thread: POSTIVE POSTS ONLY!!!!

Besides, no other source today covers American classical record releases more comprehensively than Fanfare, and if you want to keep up with what's new, you really have no better choice. Seeing as they won't review anything by a minor artist or not on a major label unless they advertise I don't see ...
by StephenSutton
Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norman Lebrecht exposes Fanfare Buy A Review policy
Replies: 100
Views: 17368

Re: Norman Lebrecht exposes Fanfare Buy A Review policy

There's a lot of nonsense here caused by Lebrecht stirring. 1. Reviews in Fanfare are independent, detailed and very rarely matched in depth and knowledge by other mags. 2. Unlike Donald, we get more reviews in Fanfare than in ARG. Yes we advertise in Fanfare now but we only began last year, in orde...
by StephenSutton
Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I LOATHE Bland
Replies: 46
Views: 6442

Re: I LOATHE Bland

Holst is a true one-hit-wonder; if it weren't for THE PLANETS he would deserve total oblivion. Gosh, no! Likewise the majority of the world's population have no clue that Vivaldi wrote anything but the 4 wotsits, and Beethoven's Fifth was the only symphony he wrote. I totally agree bland is unaccep...
by StephenSutton
Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn: Stabat Mater: Any Recommendations?
Replies: 23
Views: 3952

Re: Haydn: Stabat Mater: Any Recommendations?

Classic version from 1978, by Les Solistes de Paris conducted by H C Fantapie. Not big names I know and not the way the piece would necessarily be sung today; it was an extreme rarity at the time; notes by Robbins Landon who worked with the conductor in preparing the edition; in fact this was made f...
by StephenSutton
Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do you copy vinyl to CD?
Replies: 11
Views: 1856

Re: How do you copy vinyl to CD?

Watch the relatively cheap "DJ" decks available from many outlets: some of them are excellent - I use Numark TTF decks for 78 playback, recording to PC and public performance. They can produce either phono or line output, I use the latter to channel through a soundcard with external control box (muc...
by StephenSutton
Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The latest on copyright: sound recordings
Replies: 9
Views: 2862

Re: The latest on copyright: sound recordings

I agree too, and Divine Art as a recording group lobbied AGAINST the extension and would strongly argue for a reduction in the USA to synchronise the legislation worldwide. We take this view not from the selfish attitude of those alrady rich but because the main effect wll be to reduce significantly...
by StephenSutton
Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: FUTURE STARS appearing at Brandon
Replies: 0
Views: 544

FUTURE STARS appearing at Brandon

Seeing the thread about Marlboro Music School in Vermont (we have so many great music facilities) prompts me to mention that we also have the Point Counterpoint summer music school which hosts some fabulous young performers. The senior faculty will be presenting their season finale concert at our pl...
by StephenSutton
Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I am surprised that CMG members
Replies: 67
Views: 4442

Re: I am surprised that CMG members

HM. I can only assume what has happened (having been away for a week or so) from the comments, I don't see an official post about the issue. Anyway I am sure I didnt post anything of vital importance except to announce our new releases and several dozen other things.. but it must be right to set up ...
by StephenSutton
Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: new releases from Divine Art
Replies: 8
Views: 1156

Re: new releases from Divine Art

Volume 6 Rachmaninov is being mastered in front of me as I type - release April. Sonata no. 2, Variations on a Theme of Corelli and a number of Preludes and Etudes-Tableaux, played by Sergei Dukachev ( a real Russian!) Volume 7 again by Dukachev, is for Prokofiev, sonatas 2 and 7, four sections fro...
by StephenSutton
Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: new releases from Divine Art
Replies: 8
Views: 1156

Re: new releases from Divine Art

Athene ath23016 Tchaikovsky 2nd Piano Concerto/Shostakovich 9th Symphony (Andreas Boyde/Freiburg Philharmonic) - one Fanfare critic said 'the best I have heard' Which one - best Shostakovich 9th or best Tchaikovsky 2nd? The Tchaik. Don't ask me which issue as the backup drive we kept such things on...
by StephenSutton
Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Donald Isler.
Replies: 13
Views: 2774

Re: Happy Birthday Donald Isler.

Many happy returns!
by StephenSutton
Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: US composers by regions and states
Replies: 21
Views: 3950

Re: US composers by regions and states

New York ( I think) : Carson Cooman
California: Morten Lauridsen
by StephenSutton
Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: new releases from Divine Art
Replies: 8
Views: 1156

Re: new releases from Divine Art

Volume 6 Rachmaninov is being mastered in front of me as I type - release April. Sonata no. 2, Variations on a Theme of Corelli and a number of Preludes and Etudes-Tableaux, played by Sergei Dukachev ( a real Russian!) Volume 7 again by Dukachev, is for Prokofiev, sonatas 2 and 7, four sections from...
by StephenSutton
Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: new releases from Divine Art
Replies: 8
Views: 1156

new releases from Divine Art

I don't think that the list of November and December releases appeared on here, and I have been disrupted by a critical family illness over the past few weeks so with apologies if this is repeating anything here goes for the new releases incluing the February ones which are now available for direct ...
by StephenSutton
Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: EMI may/will be taken over by Citigroup...
Replies: 24
Views: 2082

Re: EMI may/will be taken over by Citigroup...

EMI lost the plot completely when it dropped the HMV label (mid 80s more or less) and then sold the European rights to Columbia back to Sony. No sense of brand/customer loyalty at all.
by StephenSutton
Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Traditional Classical vs. Contemporary 20th/21st Century
Replies: 56
Views: 14557

Re: Traditional Classical vs. Contemporary 20th/21st Century

quite agree, it will be a melting pot of all styles and more blurred lines between 'contemporary classical' and other genres; we are now working on a number of discs of very new music (from 1930 up to 'still being written' in totally or mainly tonal form, completely free of both classical constraint...
by StephenSutton
Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composer Anniversaries 2011?
Replies: 42
Views: 9868

Re: Composer Anniversaries 2011?

one more not in the list: music on the light side but no less entertaining and well constructed for that:
Lionel Monckton, composer of English operetta post-Sullivan par excellence, born 150 years ago (1861-1924)
by StephenSutton
Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composer Anniversaries 2011?
Replies: 42
Views: 9868

Re: Composer Anniversaries 2011?

First Liszt anniversary concert?? Peter Seivewright, between regular trips to the Far East and currently Professor of Music at the University of Trinidad and Tobago will be performing the Liszt Piano Sonata at Brandon Music on Saturday January15. Starts at 7pm, tickets $15. The music cafe will be op...
by StephenSutton
Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Early Shostakovich
Replies: 14
Views: 1550

Re: Early Shostakovich

Nose is great fun and so off-the wall - I have a 50s L:p recording of it back home in the uk - can;t remember who performs/conducts. First symphonies: for me Nielsen, Mahler and Khachaturian.... the latter contains the first use of many themese he later rather lazily revisited - a totally original s...
by StephenSutton
Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music by Pupils of Frédéric Chopin (Naxos)
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Re: Music by Pupils of Frédéric Chopin (Naxos)

It was Mikuli who co-operated with Chopin on their joint transcription of the 2nd Piano Concerto in piano duo form. An arrangement which to me somehow seems to retain 'orchestral' texture and colour, more so than Grieg's 2-piano version of his Concerto for example.
by StephenSutton
Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD
Replies: 48
Views: 4038

Re: The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD

Nor did I design the cover which is horrendous (we acquired Athene after this came out and I am looking forward to selling out so we can redesign it!) http://www.divineartrecords.com/CD/graphics/athcd18.jpg His hair cut, his glasses, his tie, his suit, all these need a makeover, grab a Constructivi...
by StephenSutton
Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The question of values in American Music
Replies: 23
Views: 2490

Re: The question of values in American Music

A warm welcome from me too. As a relative newcomer myself, most of this crowd seem decent on the whole!
by StephenSutton
Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD
Replies: 48
Views: 4038

Re: The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD

I wasn't going to join in and blow my own trumpet, as we have several piano discs I regard as top class sound (and several which are not); I personally prefer a bright forward sound, I can't stand reverberant "big-hall" solo piano recordings, but accept that this is a personal choice. Also not that ...
by StephenSutton
Fri Dec 10, 2010 5:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Franck Piano Concerto No. 2
Replies: 6
Views: 1266

Re: Franck Piano Concerto No. 2

That's new to me too, sounds very interesting. Like Franck: Symphony and the Flute Sonata (or its violin orginal)
by StephenSutton
Fri Dec 10, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The question of values in American Music
Replies: 23
Views: 2490

Re: the question of values in American Music

And not just American music of course, but very true. The problem is that sometimes the message is all and the music created to express it is - shall I say utterly dreadful: I speak of those who call themselves 'classical composers' and send demos of bilge.... among which are a few real gems; there ...
by StephenSutton
Fri Dec 10, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4087
Views: 1031678

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

The disgrace of "little" labels is the lack of knowledge of the public in general about their performers and the hidden treasures that they intend to be known. The above from Amazon.com....I couldn't have said it better myself! I CONCUR WHOLEHEARTEDLY!!!!! Both as regards Donald's work and little l...
by StephenSutton
Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composer Anniversaries 2011?
Replies: 42
Views: 9868

Re: Composer Anniversaries 2011?

That's a super list, and will save me a lot of time and work (we have a webpage listing anniversary-composers with recordings in our catalog). Two we have dealt with who are a lot better than often credited are Arensky (piano music - chopinesque -great) and Grainger (yes, often light, but try out th...
by StephenSutton
Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Exotic composers?
Replies: 16
Views: 2756

Re: Exotic composers?

loads of 'em - we packed a few into a CD called 'Orientale' My own personal pick probably Holst's 'Beni Mora' Suite of the top of my head. Michael Finnissy;s 'Folklore' has to be near the top of any exocita list To me as a Khachaturian lover, any music with that super Armenian flavor so include Tjek...
by StephenSutton
Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A. Ross doing good work for 20-C music
Replies: 15
Views: 1683

Re: A. Ross doing good work for 20-C music

it makes me think, this association of 'classical music' with 'relaxation' and utter blandness, as we often are approached by people wanting to produce (or worse, who have already produced) CDs of "my new relaxing classical compositions" - I just had some awful stuff sent to me quite seriously and s...
by StephenSutton
Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A. Ross doing good work for 20-C music
Replies: 15
Views: 1683

Re: A. Ross doing good work for 20-C music

I CONCUR. but I also think many people should get out of their little boxes and explore 'new' older music too :roll:
by StephenSutton
Sat Nov 27, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Piano Sonatas
Replies: 51
Views: 22669

Re: Schubert Piano Sonatas

Lance wrote:I can hardly wait for this one! What a wonderful idea for Goldstone to make this recording in Curcio's honor! Certainly a must-have for piano aficionados.
in our webstore now with lots of other super new releases. Lance did you get the list of NRs??
by StephenSutton
Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New (to you) Repertoire: Your 2012 CMG Pledge!
Replies: 65
Views: 10529

Re: New (to you) Repertoire: Your 2011 CMG Pledge!

It's a lovely thought but not practical for me as I never have time to investigate other than discs I am working on - 99% of those will be of repertoire I don't know so that takes care of my 'new music exploring' for 2011... and not much point in listing (unless asked) as the CDs won;t be out until ...
by StephenSutton
Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4087
Views: 1031678

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

Always good to see a new name - not that long since I joined actually. They seem a good crowd on the whole! Welcome and hope you find the community enjoyable and informative. Here's a thought which I think is true if you consider it carefully: most music by the best known composers (including those ...
by StephenSutton
Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Earliest discs on the market: E. Berliner's Gramophone
Replies: 10
Views: 1622

Re: Earliest discs on the market: E. Berliner's Gramophone

yep.. i don't have that one, years ago I started a website label gallery and got quite a few done (i have over 920 different labels - label names that is not color varriations etc) and lost nearly all of it before I learned about backups... all to do again. :oops:
by StephenSutton
Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak's Piano Concerto
Replies: 9
Views: 1422

Re: Dvorak's Piano Concerto

disagree this time.. the Dvorak concerto I don;t find lame at all - not full of fireworks but as fulfilling as many major concertos. Its always popular when playing in our cafe (the Andreas Boyde version of course)
by StephenSutton
Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Earliest discs on the market: E. Berliner's Gramophone
Replies: 10
Views: 1622

Re: Earliest discs on the market: Berliner-Zonophone

Regarding orchestras, John F, you are right and I did say 'most' - where strings were included they were often, as you say, underpinned by woodwind and brass too. I recall working on the 1920 La Scala Faust which we released recently - it was a mighty effort to get the strings audible, but they were...
by StephenSutton
Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical music review magazines
Replies: 41
Views: 3640

Re: Classical music review magazines

Our view (held strongly by our PR manager who has had the same experiences for 20+ years since he was at Sony/BMG) is that the British magazines are still more concerned with 'celebrity' than with actual skill and musicianship - they won't generally print you on the cover unless you are young and ph...
by StephenSutton
Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Piano Sonatas
Replies: 51
Views: 22669

Re: Schubert Piano Sonatas

Personal favorite: D960 Interpretation: no I am biased and there are many great ones, but read the reviews of Goldstone's versions (including his completion of the unfinsihed 'Reliquie' Sonata - Fanfare found them superior to Uchida etc; by the way Uchida and Goldstone shared, with Radu Lupu and oth...
by StephenSutton
Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's program, Sat. Nov. 13, 2010: Peter Katin, piano
Replies: 2
Views: 821

Re: Lance's program, Sat. Nov. 13, 2010: Peter Katin, piano

There's a biog of Peter (a couple of years out of date), and a full discography, which he supplied so it should be accurate, on ou profile page athttp://www.divine-art.co.uk/AS/katin.htm
by StephenSutton
Thu Nov 18, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Earliest discs on the market: E. Berliner's Gramophone
Replies: 10
Views: 1622

Re: Earliest discs on the market: Berliner-Zonophone

Slight corrections: the first disc recordings were made by the Berliner Gramophone Co. founded by Emil Berliner. Later Berliner sold out to Eldridge Johnson, who sacked Berliner, and took legal action to prevent him from making and selling his own invention..Berliner went to Canada and set up. I hav...
by StephenSutton
Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical music review magazines
Replies: 41
Views: 3640

Re: Classical music review magazines

Fanfare is still the 'most comprehensive and stimulating of the crop', as you wrote above, m8. 8) but certainly NOT the case that they review every record they are sent!!! I know for a fact, or I did when I was writing for Fanfare, that its managing editor Joel Flegler did not pick and choose among...
by StephenSutton
Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical music review magazines
Replies: 41
Views: 3640

Re: Classical music review magazines

Stephen, your Leslie Heward/Halle/Moeran Symphony CD is a treasure. I just love it. Heward would have been a major player in the world of the LP if he had not died so tragically during WW 2. Your DA CD's are well done and the supurb variety of composers and performers is amazing. Thank you for givi...
by StephenSutton
Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical music review magazines
Replies: 41
Views: 3640

Re: Classical music review magazines

One solution is to do a monthly browse of record co. websites or subscribe to thier newsletters to get info on all new releases. Most companies will then add reviews when they are published. Our policy is to be honest and lay out all reviews good or bad. Over the last two years we've issued two majo...
by StephenSutton
Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical music review magazines
Replies: 41
Views: 3640

Re: Classical music review magazines

Fanfare is different from the other magazines because every record it's sent gets reviewed at least once - none are left out to save space - and its reviewers can write as long (or short) as they like, and what they write will go into print essentially unedited in-house. Unfortunately the number of...
by StephenSutton
Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gotta Love Amazon.com!
Replies: 16
Views: 2065

Re: Gotta Love Amazon.com!

Frankly I don't think I would use Amazon for private sales (as oposed to our full catalog) for those reasons.. I sell individual personal items on GEMM but they tend to be old pop singles generally. At least there you can be absolutely certain of what will appear on screen And the digital world is j...
by StephenSutton
Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 3044348

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Mendelssohn music for cello: (Move)
Zoe Kighton, cello
Amir Farid, piano
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Super sound and playing; it wasnt until today that I realised I had never heard the Second Cello Sonata; what a sumptious slow movement piano intro....gorgeous..