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by Holden Fourth
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wilhelm Kempff (Pianist) “Rarities”
Replies: 4
Views: 697

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: 105

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: 223

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: 387

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: 327

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: 327

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: 740

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: 297

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: 644

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: 467

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: 331

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: 44
Views: 1858

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: 855

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: 859

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: 512

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: 373

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: 545

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: 545

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: 886

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: 886

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: 717

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: 699

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: 3478

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!
by Holden Fourth
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 3478

Re: Is the piano recital dying

This thread took off a bit while my attention was elsewhere. How gratifying! I love piano recitals, and in Melbourne we have a really fine auditorium now, seating about 1000. Re Holden Fourth, yes, it is very hard outside Melbourne and Sydney. Musica Viva brings out top pianists who tour the countr...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor - the prodigy grown up
Replies: 3
Views: 977

Re: Benjamin Grosvenor - the prodigy grown up

I look forward to every new Grosvenor recording. The last pianist I did this for was Kissin. I think that Grosvenor is going to be even better.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 3478

Re: Is the piano recital dying

I'll come at this from a different perspective - the piano competition. They proliferate nowadays and the end reward for prize winners is a series of recitals. Recitals are far easier to program than concerto works for obvious reasons and in many places in the world the piano recital is alive and we...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hungerford Video
Replies: 13
Views: 2131

Re: Hungerford Video

I imagine that this set would be almost impossible to acquire given the provenance and recording date. A pity because it has some Hungerford performances on it that I don't see existing anywhere else.
by Holden Fourth
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hungerford Video
Replies: 13
Views: 2131

Re: Hungerford Video

That is the 2 LP album produced in 1978 by the Bruce Hungerford Memorial Foundation, started and run for 25 by my parents and some other Hungerford friends. So did I read it correctly and it does a have a PC4 on it? I'm also interested in what the archives at IPAM contain but I haven't worked out a...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hungerford Video
Replies: 13
Views: 2131

Re: Hungerford Video

Thank you so much, JSerraglio , for putting up the video here! HoldenFourth, do you mean the entire performance is viewable? Reading the youtube comments I was certainly under the impression that this is the case based on a comment from Meloclassiscs themselves. I don't believe that there is an ext...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hungerford Video
Replies: 13
Views: 2131

Re: Hungerford Video

This is awesome and reading the responses on Youtube, Meloclassic have the whole performance!

I can't find any recordings of Hungerford in the LvB PCs so this is an absolute gem.
by Holden Fourth
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Joao Pires retiring
Replies: 4
Views: 807

Re: Maria Joao Pires retiring

I bought her Chopin Waltzes on Erato in the early days of CDs and really liked them. Her nocturnes which were recorded later were a bit too fussy for me. Still, she is a very good pianist. I hope she enjoys here retirement.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford Beethoven PS Discography
Replies: 12
Views: 2088

Re: Bruce Hungerford Beethoven PS Discography

These are what I have 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 30, 31 and 32. Anyone aware of any others? This is what I have of BH's LvB: 20 sonatas in digital format on two Bach Guild/Vanguard Big Boxes costing 99 cents apiece. Also some Hungerford Schubert and Brahms in their res...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford Beethoven PS Discography
Replies: 12
Views: 2088

Re: Bruce Hungerford Beethoven PS Discography

Thank you for the heads up. I knew about that and it would be interesting to hear from Donald what other sonatas Hungerford had in his repertoire. It was great that he could track down those live recordings that appeared on the KASP CDs. I envy Donald because he had so many opportunities to hear him...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford Beethoven PS Discography
Replies: 12
Views: 2088

Bruce Hungerford Beethoven PS Discography

I am a great fan of Hungerford's LvB sonatas and have just gone back to listening to him in the last few days. I have all the sonatas he recorded for Vanguard and the two recordings produced by Donald Isler on KASP. The fact that Hungerford never got the chance to finish the 32 is a great tragedy in...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!
Replies: 21
Views: 3481

Re: Maryla Jonas, pianist - incredible!

The set is on Spotify. One piece immediately stood out - the Berceuse. It's a very hard piece to play without it sounding rushed but if you play it as slow as it should be then you run the risk of losing any forward momentum. This is the second best recording I've ever heard of this work. First priz...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28
Replies: 10
Views: 1327

Re: Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28

Interesting. I sat down at the piano played from about bar 160 and took out that whole passage by stopping at bar 218. This gave a very abrupt and truncated end so I can see why Beethoven winds it down as it also leads nicely back to the beginning. This doesn't happen if you stop at bar 218. You als...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Need Printer Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 1294

Re: Need Printer Advice

Brother printers are notorious for having wifi issues. They just go offline for no reason at all and just as mysteriously come back online again - not when you need it of course. Avoid.
by Holden Fourth
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniil Trifonov
Replies: 6
Views: 1149

Daniil Trifonov

There have been a number of posts about Trifonov but I can't find a thread about him I first saw/heard him via the classical channel of my cable provider. He's not nice to watch as he sweats profusely and this can be off putting. I did like how he played and thought I'd try him out on Spotify and Ti...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"
Replies: 22
Views: 3294

Re: Kissin is "world's most acclaimed classical pianist"

I bought the Carnegie Hall recital CDs and was very impressed to the point where I would wait for a new Kissin CD to be released. I was disappointed. Recordings, made in the studio while technically great weren't that musical. Then I saw him live on Youtube and realised that this is a pianist who ne...
by Holden Fourth
Sat May 13, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 6045

Re: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017

...and the LvB sonatas I mentioned in an earlier post are there too. Best Waldstein ever IMO.
by Holden Fourth
Mon May 08, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor
Replies: 6
Views: 1573

Re: Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor

Returning to this topic after listening to the 'Homages' CD. This young man has to be the best thing to happen to classical piano for many decades. It's the unerring combination of superb articulation, wide dynamic range and a natural feel for the composer whose works he is playing that raises the h...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 6045

Re: Rudolf Serkin - Columbia Album Collection Aug 2017

Some of my favourite Serkin recordings are probably not in this set but as I've not seen the contents I could be wrong. LvB sonatas recorded 1945 - 1952 on Music&Arts and a 1954 recording of the Diabellis plus op 109 (also on M&A) are highly treasured recordings in my collection?
by Holden Fourth
Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?
Replies: 24
Views: 4323

Re: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?

I failed to mention a superb recording of the Scarlatti Sonatas by Mikail Pletnev, an artist who unfortunately as abandoned his piano career to become a conductor. What a waste. :( cliftwood Another excellent CD of Scarlatti sonatas is by the little known Mordecai Shehori. I also give a strong thum...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?
Replies: 24
Views: 4323

Re: Scarlatti: Piano or Harpsichord?

Piano for me and this piece illustrates why. The two harpsichord performances are played slowly compared to the piano. Listening to themI suspect that if they were played at the faster speed, the longer decay of the plucked string would create a blur of tones. Dynamic range is the other reason. The ...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Same piece, different conductor
Replies: 38
Views: 4133

Re: Same piece, different conductor

Comparing Reiner with all of the others it is interesting to see how Reiner uses just the tip of his baton to control the orchestra (note that it is longer than a normal baton). With this he manages to keep both a very precise tempo and also alter that tempo at will. I always wondered how he managed...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Norrigton's Beethoven
Replies: 9
Views: 1417

Re: Norrigton's Beethoven

Just listened to the 5th. I like the swift tempos in this work and it was quite a good performance but seemed to lack 'bite'. It is for this reason that I always return to HvK (gasp). His readings from the 60s are incredible. There is/was a black and white video on Youtube from the late 50s I believ...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great works for piano written by non-great pianists
Replies: 33
Views: 2229

Re: Great works for piano written by non-great pianists

Cecile Chaminade - didn't perform much at all Erik Satie - Georges Mathias described his pupil's piano technique in flatly negative terms, "insignificant and laborious" and "worthless". Have to disagree about Britten. He is an excellent pianist who gave many fine solo and duo recitals plus performin...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata
Replies: 47
Views: 4502

Re: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata

I'll add that for many, Horowitz's 1932 recording of the sonata for EMI is his best, and a celebrated one. It's on YouTube. For me, Horowitz's characteristic piano tone is too bright for this emotionally dark music, beginning with the first two notes, and one reason why I value Simon Barere's perfo...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata
Replies: 47
Views: 4502

Re: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the recording by Simon Barere, the Russian older contemporary of Horowitz whose blazing virtuosity set standards for record collectors in the 1950s and whose Liszt seemed the most Lisztian of all. But maybe that's it; few here were listening to classical records i...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What recordings would you LIKE to see happen in 2017?
Replies: 28
Views: 3003

Re: What recordings would you LIKE to see happen in 2017?

Having composed his own set of Etudes based on the Chopin set and also played the Godowsky, I'd like Marc-Andre Hamelin to record the originals. I'm sure he would have something new to say.