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by Holden Fourth
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 29
Views: 1988

Re: Getting a new computer

Since we home non-corporate users can't prevent the Windows 10 on our computers from downloading and installing Windows updates - I believe that's so - and they haven't given a hint of what they intend to do, the possibility of disaster is still hanging over us. I quickly checked my Win10 PC (which...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting a new computer
Replies: 29
Views: 1988

Re: Getting a new computer

Win10 works well for an MS product and is probably their most stable OS ever.

You have the choice with updates of

Manual

A notification from MS with a number of choices to download.

Automatic.

I use the second option.

At work they’ve implemented the auto option and it’s a nightmare.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 1839

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

Solomon’s is also worth a listen.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano Music of Schumann
Replies: 22
Views: 1839

Re: Piano Music of Schumann

You may also want to hear the Op.17 Fantasy played by the late Sergio Fiorentino, final mov. slower than usually played: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa7LS5A2BhI Fiorentino said Bach and Schumann were his 2 fav composers. I also rate the Fiorentino as the best I’ve heard Op 17 played. Please not...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which streaming service?
Replies: 15
Views: 1212

Re: Which streaming service?

I've also tried Tidal and yes, there are recordings on it in CD quality or FLAC/ALAC, but not that many and only a small percentage are classical. The rest of their recordings are the same as Spotify's at 320 kbps. Considering that Spotify is considerably cheaper and has a lot more content it's a no...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Meet the latest PM of Australia
Replies: 13
Views: 1481

Re: Meet the latest PM of Australia

Belle, I would have to agree with you about the Australian Greens. Their extreme dogmatism and an “I am right, you are wrong” approach makes them loathed by many. While environmental issues are important, careful research should be done before action is mooted. The greens do not do this and seem to...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Meet the latest PM of Australia
Replies: 13
Views: 1481

Re: Meet the latest PM of Australia

Belle, I would have to agree with you about the Australian Greens. Their extreme dogmatism and an “I am right, you are wrong” approach makes them loathed by many. While environmental issues are important, careful research should be done before action is mooted. The greens do not do this and seem to ...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Displacing the unwanted
Replies: 3
Views: 851

Re: Displacing the unwanted

It would certainly drive me away!
by Holden Fourth
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford's Beethoven piano sonatas
Replies: 7
Views: 900

Re: Bruce Hungerford's Beethoven piano sonatas

If Hungerford had been able to complete the 32 they might well have been considered as one of the 'ultimate' set of the LvB PS, like Annie Fischer's or Wilhelm Kempff's (mono) are today. I have all 22 plus some repeats on the KASP label.
by Holden Fourth
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...
Replies: 25
Views: 2396

Re: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...

German:

ei as in stein is pronounced as STINE

ie (as in Lieder) pronounced as LEEDER

So Dinnerstein should technically be pronounced as DinnerSTINE but I suppose you can say your name any way you want.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ralph Michael Stein
Replies: 16
Views: 1322

Re: Ralph Michael Stein

I remember him fondly as one of the leading lights of this forum.
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang’s Return
Replies: 6
Views: 814

Re: Lang Lang’s Return

bang fizz
by Holden Fourth
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: What's Wrong about Facebook
Replies: 6
Views: 2732

Re: What's Wrong about Facebook

What's wrong about Amazon? The same thing. Not at all. Amazon sells products, and the only personal information they require is the minimum needed to collect payments and ship purchases, which any online or mail order vendor needs to have since the Sears catalog and before. While customers can post...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 6742

Re: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

Part 2 of this message so that you don't have to keep on scrolling down. There are, according to my calculations, 20 CDs where the two collections overlap. There were also a few (about 5 or 6) where there was only a one year difference between supposed recording dates but as these are live recording...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 6742

Re: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

OK, here goes. I will be highlighting the overlaps as it will take less time. CD1 Chopin: Smooth swashes and gorgeous Polish dance, Mozart Don Juan theme variation Piano: Postnikova Roževstevinski Conducts Soviet Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture (1990, 1984) Debussy: Two excerpts of "Ki...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 6742

Re: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

The Rubinstein was initially issued by the Russian Revelation label about 20 or so years ago I know this because I bought it. It’s all the Chopin from the legendary October 1964 concert in Moscow. It has since been released as part of the 142 CD Rubinstein Collection which also includes the encores ...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 6742

Re: Super Bargain Doorstop box, but only from Amazon Japan

The Brilliant Classics box (which I have) is different from the Legendary Soviet Recordings box though I imagine that there would be some overlap. The Legendary box is from Yendang and does, I believe, include the famous Richter/Borodin Trio recording of the Dvorak Op 81. The BC box is all about sol...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas and Dmitri sing together from "Pearl Fishers"
Replies: 8
Views: 4433

Re: Jonas and Dmitri sing together from "Pearl Fishers"

Robert Merrill and Jussi Bjorling. Brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. This has to be one of the greatest opera performances of all time. I don't use the word definitive often but this has to be it.
by Holden Fourth
Fri May 11, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Early Mozart piano concertos source
Replies: 15
Views: 2000

Re: Early Mozart piano concertos source

I have the complete Perahia set and love it. While there are some performances of the later concertos by other pianists which have been outstanding this set by Perahia is just so satisfying to listen to. The one that switched me onto his Mozart PCs was a single CD I bought of the 9th and 21. I bough...
by Holden Fourth
Thu May 10, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another piano Wunderkind
Replies: 3
Views: 917

Re: Another piano Wunderkind

Unfortunately, it's not just confined to CM. As a coach of competitive swimming I see the exact same thing, the parental drive to have their child achieve at the highest possible level at the earliest possible age. I know of one boy who trains eight sessions a week and he's only nine years old. It '...
by Holden Fourth
Wed May 09, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another piano Wunderkind
Replies: 3
Views: 917

Re: Another piano Wunderkind

To put this into perspective, this competition is for pianists under the age of 16. Still, it's amazing to hear a 10 year old play this well.
by Holden Fourth
Sat May 05, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marcelle Meyer
Replies: 11
Views: 1993

Re: Marcelle Meyer

I have a CD of her playing Scarlatti - it's excellent.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Klaviersonaten
Replies: 64
Views: 8761

Re: Beethoven Klaviersonaten

In his younger years Ashkenazy was one of the finest Chopin pianists around. The LP recorded when he placed second in the Warsaw competition (Adam Harasiewicz was first), including the second concerto and some solo pieces, and Melodiya's complete recording of the Chopin etudes, are still tops for m...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Klaviersonaten
Replies: 64
Views: 8761

Re: Beethoven Klaviersonaten

I've not heard Sherman. I have the first of Brendel's set of the '32 and like the approach he takes with most of it. For me, Arrau is hit and miss. His Op 111 is absolutely outstanding but other sonatas I've heard have been neither here nor there. That said, I have listened to all 32 by him. I agree...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eileen Joyce plays " Rustle of Spring", 1939
Replies: 2
Views: 1405

Re: Eileen Joyce plays " Rustle of Spring", 1939

While this was a hackneyed piece, Eileen Joyce's articulation is stunning.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Klaviersonaten
Replies: 64
Views: 8761

Re: Beethoven Klaviersonaten

The first movement doesn't work for me. Ashkenazy had a reputation for being a bit of a 'basher' in his early days and it seems to be very evident here. The second and third movements are much better though the heavy hands do reappear in the finale. For me there are two Op 13s that work really well....
by Holden Fourth
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang
Replies: 14
Views: 3223

Re: Yuja Wang

Is Yuja Wang just another example of the new breed of highly technically proficient 'wunderkind' who have very little musical 'soul' (for want of a better word but I hope you know what I mean)? Is she representative of the current group of young piano prodigies who have dutifully done the rounds of ...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wilhelm Kempff (Pianist) “Rarities”
Replies: 12
Views: 3645

Re: Wilhelm Kempff (Pianist) “Rarities”

The box is on Spotify - I'm listening to it now.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 20 " essential " Schubert recordings per WQXR
Replies: 5
Views: 1355

Re: 20 " essential " Schubert recordings per WQXR

Can't say that I agree with virtually any of that. The exceptions are the Britten/Rostropovich Arpeggione and the Schubert String Quintet.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How much music on discs can we really digest?
Replies: 18
Views: 2976

Re: How much music on discs can we really digest?

I've virtually stopped buying CDs and for two reasons. As others have said I have enough LvB PS/Symphs/Ctos to last me a long time and the same goes for all of the other composers that I consider core repertoire. The same goes for those great performers. On top of that there is streaming music from ...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 7 Schnabel
Replies: 7
Views: 1491

Re: Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 7 Schnabel

I am another who prefers Schnabel’s Schubert over his LvB.
by Holden Fourth
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Decca Ozawa/Argerich Beethoven 1
Replies: 5
Views: 1123

Re: New Decca Ozawa/Argerich Beethoven 1

It could be a variety of things. If it's the free version of Spotify then this is a lower bit rate which could affect sound quality. Why and how are you relaying the sound to/from a bluetooth device when you have (or could have) Spotify installed directly on your PC and therefore playing directly to...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Decca Ozawa/Argerich Beethoven 1
Replies: 5
Views: 1123

Re: New Decca Ozawa/Argerich Beethoven 1

This is available on Spotify and I've been listening to it as I write this post. Ozawa's tempo is quick enough for the work not to lag and while Martha's opening solo seemed to be behind the tempo Ozawa set, once the orchestra chimed in all was resolved. Argerich can still command a light and fleet ...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Concerned Fake Warning
Replies: 17
Views: 2998

Re: Concerned Fake Warning

Some AV programs will prevent this from happening. The best at the moment appears to be Bitdefender though Norton ranked very highly as well.

I use an AV on my iMac just in case.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ivan Davis RIP
Replies: 2
Views: 856

Ivan Davis RIP

Ivan Davis, who introduced me to the amazing music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk has died.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/o ... 25919.html
by Holden Fourth
Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why hasn't Reiner's non-CSO recordings been reissued?
Replies: 11
Views: 2210

Re: Why hasn't Reiner's non-CSO recordings been reissued?

I have CDRs of parts of volumes 2&3 of the series mentioned by Reblem. it is the only way I could get a complete 'cycle' of the LvB symphonies as RCA only published 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 9. #2 comes from the Pittsburgh Years and was issued on CD by Columbia. 2&4 come from the CSO series mentioned above. I...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alexis Weissenberg plays Scarlatti
Replies: 7
Views: 1355

Re: Alexis Weissenberg plays Scarlatti

I love Scarlatti who I think was well ahead of his time so I have recordings by many pianists (though nothing on harpsichord). Top interpretations for me include Sergei Babayan, Dubravka Tomsic, Mordecai Shehori, Yevgeny Sudbin, Gilels and of course Horowitz. Weissenberg is 2nd tier for me.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Father Peyton interviews Marshall McLuhan
Replies: 3
Views: 1078

Re: Father Peyton interviews Marshall McLuhan

McLuhan is one of my gurus - a true modern day philosopher.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 105
Views: 33464

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

One of the most amazing recording Szell ever made is of the Tchaikovsky 4th with the LSO. As it's a Decca recording it's not in the box.
by Holden Fourth
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Whatever happened to our violinist friend ...
Replies: 19
Views: 3195

Re: Whatever happened to our violinist friend ...

Wow, Len.!! Quite a photo, too long ago to remember when that was. :lol: How about these names from the past ? Lofstra, piston, Stenka Razin, Heck, Calvin, Bob Zeidler, Pczipott, baldric, tom Dill, A.C Douglas, Junendon, TM Kerch, Scott Morrison, Peter McNally, owlice, opera lover, Perry Tannenbaum...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some unbelievable pricing? Sure is!
Replies: 12
Views: 2070

Re: Some unbelievable pricing? Sure is!

I'm so glad I got my Rubinstein collection when it first came out. I think it was $104.00. Not bad for 142 discs.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Special counsel issues indictment against 13 Russians
Replies: 5
Views: 1517

Re: Special counsel issues indictment against 13 Russians

Special Counsel........hmmm The current head of the US OSC is: Henry Kerner(TBD) Confirmed by the 115th United States Senate (voice vote) on October 16, 2017. He graduated from Harvard Law School and spent 18 years working as a career prosecutor in California. In 2011, he joined the staff of the Hou...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: K475
Replies: 1
Views: 853

K475

The recent spate of Mozart piano sonata posts in a number of classical music forums has had me listening to a variety of pianists in this repertoire over the last few months. Usually, when I come to K457 in C minor it's preceded by the K475 fantasia and it's been interesting to hear how they have re...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Donald Isler!
Replies: 5
Views: 1541

Re: Happy Birthday Donald Isler!

Donald Isler wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:26 am
Well, thank you all for these kind greetings, which I only discovered just now! I appreciate them! And Happy Belated Birthday to Holden, who, I believe, is a day older than me!
Seniority has it's privileges. :D
by Holden Fourth
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Donald Isler!
Replies: 5
Views: 1541

Re: Happy Birthday Donald Isler!

Ditto from me too Donald from another Capricorn.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111
Replies: 13
Views: 2104

Re: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111

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 never been that impressed with Kissin in Beethoven but what I heard made me go back and listen to the whole sonata. This gets a big thumbs up from me. It's not in the typica...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111
Replies: 13
Views: 2104

Re: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111

Op 111 is a work that polarises opinion because of the many ways that it can be interpreted. My first recording was Barenboim on EMI and he probably set the way that I like this work to be played. The Arietta is one of the most sublime pieces of piano writing ever composed IMO. What I want to hear i...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG
Replies: 7
Views: 1470

Re: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG

He's up against some serious competition in D960. Haskil, Richter, Curzon, Kovacevich, Schnabel and Kempff. I'll give it a listen but to best Richter it will have to be very special.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Verdi’s Requiem Recast as Memorial for Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Replies: 6
Views: 1337

Re: Verdi’s Requiem Recast as Memorial for Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Whenever someone I know and love passes on, the Verdi Requiem is always played as a mark of respect.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 8270

Re: Is the piano recital dying

I've got long service leave in early 2019 and am headed for the UK so Wigmore Hall here I come. I was in London in April this year and got to experience the Good Friday performance of the Messiah at the RAH. Absolutely brilliant!