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by Holden Fourth
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krystian Zimerman's Schubert - DGG
Replies: 7
Views: 156

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: 205

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: 1226

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: 1226

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: 2
Views: 259

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: 1226

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: 914

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: 914

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: 914

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: 914

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: 439

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: 1109

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: 1109

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: 1109

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: 1592

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: 957

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: 671

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: 715

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: 1763

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: 3758

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: 1208

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: 3758

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: 2604

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: 2604

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: 2672

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: 1004

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: 1564

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: 3079

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: 3079

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: 2148

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.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata
Replies: 47
Views: 3079

Re: 2017 & My Quest to Learn the Liszt Sonata

Garrett, at your age your 'fingers' will come back and the WTC is a good way of helping it to happen. Don't get to the stage where they won't. This has happened to me thanks to a couple of broken fingers in my left hand (sport) and now the onset of arthritis. So, go for it and remember that exercise...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Firefox Message
Replies: 4
Views: 555

Re: Firefox Message

In Control Panel there is a section called User Account Control which allows you to decide whether programs can install updates automatically or not. I always leave this setting on so that I get to decide what does and doesn't install. It looks as if your PC is currently set up the same way. If you ...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Technicality vs. Musicality
Replies: 10
Views: 902

Re: Technicality vs. Musicality

Technique is more than hitting all the right notes, or avoiding wrong notes. For top tier performers, one expects them to surmount technical difficulties to the extent that we hear the musical and emotional content of the work, not the difficulty. But sometimes, that's not the case. I've got to agr...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor
Replies: 6
Views: 1208

Re: Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor

+1 from me for Grosvenor.

Pronounced GROW VEN OR
by Holden Fourth
Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Transcriptions Better Than Their Originals
Replies: 39
Views: 3134

Re: Transcriptions Better Than Their Originals

Liszt I absolutely love the Sonata but was unaware of those transcriptions. Thanks!! -G The Appassioanata had me reaching for my copy of the score which is identical in every way (same edition) except that there is no cadenza. Who was the pianist? It reminds me of a recording of the first movement ...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Transcriptions Better Than Their Originals
Replies: 39
Views: 3134

Re: Transcriptions Better Than Their Originals

I've always preferred the Liszt piano transcription of the LvB 8th to the orchestral version. For me it's all to do with being able to hear all the voices which are hard to pick up when played by orchestra, no matter how small or historically informed. I thought that van Immerseel and the AE orchest...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in c, Op. 111
Replies: 23
Views: 1943

Re: Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in c, Op. 111

I honestly do not hear the performance differences that others here are obsessing about. Sviatoslav Richter is one of the few pianists of our time whose Beethoven performances depart from the literalistic norm, especially in his famous interpretation of the Appassionata sonata. Here's the finale fr...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in c, Op. 111
Replies: 23
Views: 1943

Re: Beethoven's Sonata No. 32 in c, Op. 111

I'm with Maestrob in nominating Arrau. The recording I'm referring to is not on CD but on a DVD in the EMI Classic Archive series. It was filmed in London on June 8th 1963. I've heard another Arrau performance on CD that is similar but not as good as this one. Lance, is the Solomon performance part ...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "New master of Beethoven's piano works"
Replies: 5
Views: 922

Re: "New master of Beethoven's piano works"

The author of the article has obviously heard very little recorded Beethoven. The recording is like the rest of Osborne's output, technically note perfect with nothing idiosyncratic. It's also boring.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor Awarded NY Philharmonic’s Piano Prize
Replies: 3
Views: 867

Re: Benjamin Grosvenor Awarded NY Philharmonic’s Piano Prize

I am usually very skeptical about 'wunderkind' but this guy gets the tick of approval from me. Here is a young pianist who actually has a sound and style of his own and not some technical robot, indistinguishable from all the others you hear on the competition circuit. I always look forward to his u...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Garrison Keilllor looks beyond Nov. 8
Replies: 4
Views: 706

Re: Garrison Keilllor looks beyond Nov. 8

As a fan of "A Prairie Home Companion" I always enjoy Keillor's tongue in cheek wit.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Oct 15, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature
Replies: 22
Views: 1180

Re: Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Hilary to Bill circa 2000

"Bill, what do you think about both of us being President of the US?"

"Honey, Bob Dylan has got more of a chance of winning the Nobel Prize for Literature than that happening!"
by Holden Fourth
Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My Favorite Choral Piece Is The ...
Replies: 52
Views: 4250

Re: My Favorite Choral Piece Is The ...

Verdi's Requiem is the standout for me.

While others may cringe at this I also like the Carmina Burana.

Finally, Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna is a wonderful piece of music.
by Holden Fourth
Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ASMF founder Neville Marriner dead at 92
Replies: 9
Views: 1225

Re: ASMF founder Neville Marriner dead at 92

My favourite Marriner ASMF recording is a twofer of Serenades.

I remember seeing a recording of the Eroica at a friends place and being quite surprised at how good it was.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New SOKOLOV live piano recital on DGG
Replies: 11
Views: 933

Re: New SOKOLOV live piano recital on DGG

I first came across Sokolov as a recommendation from someone on this forum, his Chopin Op 25 on Naive. From that point on I was sold on Sokolov as one of the best pianists I had ever heard. An outstanding Hammerklavier (not this one) and the best Chopin recital I've ever experienced that he played l...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What's the verdict on Russian pianist Denis Matsuev?
Replies: 4
Views: 646

Re: What's the verdict on Russian pianist Denis Matsuev?

This CD is on Spotify in 320 Kbps sound and I'm listening to it now. I can't listen to HR2 without going back to the late great Cziffra who could toss off this piece as easily as if it was Chopsticks yet give it so much expression. An amazing performance by Matsuev for sure but good old Gyorgy remai...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler's Beethoven "9" on Warner (remastered)
Replies: 3
Views: 773

Re: Furtwängler's Beethoven "9" on Warner (remastered)

Furtwängler died before EMI could record him in Beethoven's 2nd and 8th symphonies and make a studio recording of the 9th with a better orchestra than the 1951 Bayreuth Festival's pick-up group. Thirteen Furtwängler 9ths have been published on disk, and the last of them - with the Philharmonia Orch...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Juan Diego Flórez Rule Britannia 2016's Last Night Proms
Replies: 4
Views: 603

Re: Juan Diego Flórez Rule Britannia 2016's Last Night Proms

I saw the whole concert on TV the other night and was very impressed with his ability to communicate with an audience. He's not the greatest tenor the world has seen but what he's got he uses to the max.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Emil Gilels: Melodiya is issuing a biggie like the Richter!
Replies: 12
Views: 1081

Re: Emil Gilels: Melodiya is issuing a biggie like the Richt

Anyone have a tracklist? Here it is: http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Melodiya/MELCD1002433 A heck of a lot of repeated repertoire and at the same time many outstanding performances missing. For example, Gilels famed Moscow 'Appassionata' of 1960, is not there. There are others as well. I can't s...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Aug 27, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dumbed down American electorate
Replies: 3
Views: 582

Re: The dumbed down American electorate

....because conservative media has spent more than two decades tearing down the idea of objective fact. The US is not alone in this regard. The days in which we were taught to question the printed word and what we saw on television by doing some honest research are well and truly gone. Today, If it...