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by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 02, 2011 7:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on Böhm's Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Replies: 39
Views: 7622

Re: Opinions sought on Böhm's Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelunge

Check out pricing on the Levine Ring. I was able to purchase it recently at a very good price. I've yet to listen to it. This one: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51FofdpFxaL._AA300_.jpg According to one reviewer, this is a Canadian only release, and indeed it's available on amazon.ca for $42...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on Böhm's Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Replies: 39
Views: 7622

Re: Opinions sought on Böhm's Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelunge

Check out pricing on the Levine Ring. I was able to purchase it recently at a very good price. I've yet to listen to it. This one: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51FofdpFxaL._AA300_.jpg According to one reviewer, this is a Canadian only release, and indeed it's available on amazon.ca for $42...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3944
Views: 553495

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

Amazon.com is offering it through third-party sellers for around $80. Here's the link. http://www.amazon.com/Shostakovich-Complete-Symphonies-Dmitry/dp/B000IONEZG/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1317583084&sr=1-2 John Hey! That leaves me with my limbs intact! Thanks for the link John, now I just nee...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 02, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3944
Views: 553495

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

I would certainly not expect to pay anything like that for that set even if it is worth every cent of it!! Below is a link to Amazan UK where you will find it less expensive.... http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B000IONEZG/ref=sr_1_1_olp?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1317580359&sr=1-1&condition=new Be...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 02, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3944
Views: 553495

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

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51E4KntShrL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Just ordered this from Amazon.com for around $42. It isn't quite the complete EMI recordings, as it's missing the 1929 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Bronislaw Huberman. It's also missing this Gershwin recording, which is unfortu...
by CharmNewton
Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A "say something nice about Vivaldi's 4 Seasons" thread!
Replies: 26
Views: 3126

Re: A "say something nice about Vivaldi's 4 Seasons" thread!

Does LANCE love the Four Seasons? You betcha. I have some 60+ recordings to prove it! Among the most shockingly delight is Giuliano Carmignola's HIP rendition. I would probably have never purchased this recording but it was recommended to me right here on CMG. It remains one of the most breathtakin...
by CharmNewton
Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Perlman plays Mendelssohn V.C. - Best Ever?
Replies: 8
Views: 759

Re: Perlman plays Mendelssohn V.C. - Best Ever?

Garrett, I do not get it, my friend. Perlman is being overdubbed? Please explain this travesty of a performance of the beautiful Mendelssohn e minor masterpiece. What an ugly sound. I was appaled at the playing. That cannot be Perlman. Right? :?: :?: :?: :?: Haha, not to worry, Mel. Yes...a violini...
by CharmNewton
Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A "say something nice about Vivaldi's 4 Seasons" thread!
Replies: 26
Views: 3126

Re: A "say something nice about Vivaldi's 4 Seasons" thread!

I love the piece. I've yet to hear a Vivaldi work that I didn't enjoy.

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2441181

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

josé echenique wrote:...sometimes things that you don´t expect that will suit him like "Carmen".
This was my feeling for his Solti's Mahler 8th. The first time I heard it, I was totally unprepared for how beautifully and sensitively he conducts it.

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Forgotten records
Replies: 7
Views: 1428

Re: Forgotten records

I looked through the offerings and i must say I found them disappointing. Just a couple I would like to see reissued that I can think of offhand--back in the early 1950's, Capitol issued what I think is the best ever recording of Sibelius's complete Legends of Lemminkainen conducted by Sixten Ehrli...
by CharmNewton
Sat Sep 24, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Forgotten records
Replies: 7
Views: 1428

Re: Forgotten records

None of the reissues were recorded digitally, so there never was an "original digital version." Very few ever appeared on CD, so they weren't digitized after the fact either. It's just not true. The implication is that Forgotten Records used the masters, and I'll bet any amount of money that in man...
by CharmNewton
Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2441181

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Shostakovich - Symphony No.5 (Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, CBS Masterworks) http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_czcoOhTYhxs/SapzKghpZCI/AAAAAAAAAUc/0m6cxQwdPE4/s320/bernstein+shos+5.jpg I have a version of the Fifth in the 60 cd Bernstein set, it is a marvellous performance, I love it. Perhaps i...
by CharmNewton
Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on the Artemis Quartet Beethoven cycle
Replies: 8
Views: 1762

Re: Opinions sought on the Artemis Quartet Beethoven cycle

Hmmm, there is no interest in this set then? I intend on getting a copy of it in October anyway. I have preordered the set. Being a completist in this repertoire it is mandatory. BTW Artemis Quartet is not a period instrument (performance) group. I did listen to some clips of the group from the sin...
by CharmNewton
Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The latest on copyright: sound recordings
Replies: 9
Views: 1533

Re: The latest on copyright: sound recordings

I'm not sure what people are asking for here. Is it control of the session masters? Do people want to have these turned over to the artists? The government? Is it allowing the recordings to go into the public domain? The article at the top of the thread gives the answers. It's allowing recordings t...
by CharmNewton
Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on the Artemis Quartet Beethoven cycle
Replies: 8
Views: 1762

Re: Opinions sought on the Artemis Quartet Beethoven cycle

Seán wrote:Hmmm, there is no interest in this set then? I intend on getting a copy of it in October anyway.
It has caught my eye, but I'm unfamiliar with the group. Being on Virgin, I expect it a period performance group. I'd like to hear some clips before I buy, however.

John
by CharmNewton
Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The latest on copyright: sound recordings
Replies: 9
Views: 1533

Re: The latest on copyright: sound recordings

I'm not sure what people are asking for here. Is it control of the session masters? Do people want to have these turned over to the artists? The government? Is it allowing the recordings to go into the public domain?

John
by CharmNewton
Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: new order of recordings
Replies: 6
Views: 814

Re: new order of recordings

Ted, I have preordered the Barenboim/Chicago Bruckner box. I'm thinking about getting this myself. But, I did not know that Ormandy's Sibelius had a new reissue. More info please my friend. Sony or RCA Sibelius/Ormandy? Thank you. Regards, Mel 8) I may be hard to know whether Columbia or RCA is the...
by CharmNewton
Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music of the Enlightenment - Limited Edition 30 CD set
Replies: 20
Views: 2740

Re: Music of the Enlightenment - Limited Edition 30 CD set

ArkivMusic.com is offering this set for $60 + S&H.

http://www.arkivmusic.com/albumpage/612333-E868-5

The page also lists the contents.

John
by CharmNewton
Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang
Replies: 16
Views: 1744

Re: Lang Lang

http://i51.tinypic.com/20j4tie.jpg This cover has been drawing its share of comments: NYT's Anthony Tommasini likens it to "something out of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." The Telegraph's Ivan Hewitt writes "If there were a prize for the most toe-curling CD cover, this new Liszt compilation would...
by CharmNewton
Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Check your Decca "Clara Haskil" Edition for defects!
Replies: 10
Views: 1418

Re: Check your Decca "Clara Haskil" Edition for defects!

This happened to me in the DG Levine Ring Cycle I bought from Amazon Canada. One of the discs in Siegfried is bad. Of course I bought the set 6 mos ago and just got to listen to the disc in question a couple weeks ago. Returning was not an option so I tried something that worked, I downloaded the d...
by CharmNewton
Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Check your Decca "Clara Haskil" Edition for defects!
Replies: 10
Views: 1418

Re: Check your Decca "Clara Haskil" Edition for defects!

This happened to me in the DG Levine Ring Cycle I bought from Amazon Canada. One of the discs in Siegfried is bad. Of course I bought the set 6 mos ago and just got to listen to the disc in question a couple weeks ago. Returning was not an option so I tried something that worked, I downloaded the d...
by CharmNewton
Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Check your Decca "Clara Haskil" Edition for defects!
Replies: 10
Views: 1418

Re: Check your Decca "Clara Haskil" Edition for defects!

Lance, The Decca Label Group is headquartered in New York City. Perhaps you could pay them a visit CD in hand and visit with some CMG friends as well.

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My next Bethoven Symphony cycle should be?
Replies: 95
Views: 9207

Re: My next Bethoven Symphony cycle should be?

Sean, even though I'd go with Zinman, let me make one unmentioned pick: KRIPS . They're solid, mittel -European interpretations. Out of print, but Amazon still has it for (hopefully) reasonable prices. GO WITH THE (pricier) IMPORT, ON THE EVEREST LABEL. The cheapies were mastered from the atrocious...
by CharmNewton
Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!
Replies: 69
Views: 7620

Re: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!

EMI began recording on tape in 1949, according to the Walter Legge discography by Alan Sanders, but mainly on the continent (Switzerland, Vienna, Bayreuth), not in London. The 1951 Bayreuth "Die Meistersinger" was of course recorded continuously and the master tape cut into segments for issue on 78...
by CharmNewton
Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!
Replies: 69
Views: 7620

Re: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!

Listening to the YouTube clip through headphones, the sound seems to be genuine stereo. Anyone else get that impression? Which YouTube clip do you mean? The Philharmonia/Lucerne performance, I suppose. Yes, the Lucerne performance linked at the top of this page. The recording balance tilts left, bu...
by CharmNewton
Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang
Replies: 16
Views: 1744

Re: Lang Lang

ratsrcute wrote:Image

I love, love, love this CD. I've heard the music on it is good, too.
I'm glad you posted this. It isn't listed on the DG web site, but Amazon.com shows it available next month.

John
by CharmNewton
Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!
Replies: 69
Views: 7620

Re: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!

Listening to the YouTube clip through headphones, the sound seems to be genuine stereo. Anyone else get that impression?

John
by CharmNewton
Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which version of the BEETHOVEN Late Quartets?
Replies: 13
Views: 1728

Re: Which version of the BEETHOVEN Late Quartets?

Although you asked about the late quartets, a cycle that has grown on me is the one by the Alexander Quartet on Arte Nova. They have a beautifully cultivated sound, darker than the Quartetto Italiano or the Budapest. They also possess the virtuosity to play these quartets well. They have a new recor...
by CharmNewton
Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My next Bethoven Symphony cycle should be?
Replies: 95
Views: 9207

Re: My next Bethoven Symphony cycle should be?

I am wondering which of the following I should get: Abbado/BPO; van Immerseel/Anima Eterna; Hogwood/Academy of Ancient Music or Zinman/Tonhalle. Any suggestions? Did you ever get Solti/Chicago? John Of those you mention, I have Abbado and Zinman and prefer the latter. I didn't like the sound on the...
by CharmNewton
Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My next Bethoven Symphony cycle should be?
Replies: 95
Views: 9207

Re: My next Bethoven Symphony cycle should be?

Seán wrote:I am wondering which of the following I should get:

Abbado/BPO;
van Immerseel/Anima Eterna;
Hogwood/Academy of Ancient Music or
Zinman/Tonhalle.

Any suggestions?
Did you ever get Solti/Chicago?

John
by CharmNewton
Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!
Replies: 69
Views: 7620

Re: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!

I've never heard any Furtwangler live recordings that could be called "trainwrecks", even if they are not always executed perfectly in terms of technique. And it's a myth that Furtwangler was a "slow" conductor,too. Although he can be slower than the norm at times, particularly in slow movements, m...
by CharmNewton
Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!
Replies: 69
Views: 7620

Re: Toscanini's Beethoven - opinions please!

Hi everyone! Hopefully we will have more activity on this forum now that the summer holidays are over (I must say how much I'm missing chalkie, it's not the same without him and his frequent posts!) To the point - amazon.co.uk have Toscanini's 1949-53 live Beethoven symphonies complete with the NBC...
by CharmNewton
Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3944
Views: 553495

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

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51oLauAtnrL._SL500_AA300_.jpg How do you like these? I believe the Schwarz recording was the first stereo recording of the 5th and has remained in the catalog pretty much ever since. John Hi John. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I haven't had much t...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Klemperer's Mahler 2, 4, 7, 9 & Lieder release in October
Replies: 4
Views: 953

Re: Klemperer's Mahler 2, 4, 7, 9 & Lieder release in Octobe

Given the price, this looks like an interesting set. Symphoniy No. 2 and Das Lied von der Erde are included in the EMI Complete Works box, but the 9th wasn't, perhaps because it wouldn't fit on a single disc. His reading of the 7th is not for me, clocking in at approximately 100 minutes. It is defin...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lenny's challenge and my problem with sopranoes
Replies: 12
Views: 1051

Re: Lenny's challenge

Different types of voice develop in response to different demands placed on them. There was no need for a Birgit Nilsson or Lauritz Melchior before Wagner's day, and there are no reports that such heroic voices even existed back then. When I read this, I thought of the castrati of Handel's and Moza...
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 20, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charisma: What is it?
Replies: 19
Views: 2048

Re: Charisma: What is it?

http://youtu.be/-nEu8BNVCeA

I've seen this video about 50 times so that must count for something on the charisma scale. When I want to hear this duet, this is where I go. Alvarez and Netrebko work wonderfully together. If I were him, I'd be crowing too! :D

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3944
Views: 553495

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

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51jJzldon-L._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Jo3EXMy9L._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41t48GcOZxL._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/415XVmKKR7L._SL500_AA300_.jpg I found all four together i...
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3944
Views: 553495

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

Seán wrote:Image
That looks interesting.
The Kubelik cycle is a good one. He recorded each of the symphonies with a different orchestra. I believe they have all been issued on CD in 2-fers like this one and in Japan as a set.

John
by CharmNewton
Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A sad note....
Replies: 40
Views: 4380

Re: A sad note....

Heck, I have thought of you and your wife and am sorry to hear of her passing.

John
by CharmNewton
Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2441181

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

maestrob wrote:Mahler VI: Solti/Chicago

Image
What's wrong with this picture? :D

John
by CharmNewton
Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Mozart mystery
Replies: 19
Views: 2565

Re: A Mozart mystery

CharmNewton beat me to it about early recordings of the serenade, most of them abridged to keep the number of 78 rpm discs down and improve the chances for sales. I thought of you as I looked up the piece in WERM. I didn't expect that Furtwangler's recording would likely be the first complete one, ...
by CharmNewton
Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hmmm. How many CMG members would be interested in this?
Replies: 13
Views: 1105

Re: Hmmm. How many CMG members would be interested in this?

I'd like to hear his Beethoven, but I wouldn't commit a lot of money to another cycle.

What an awful photo.

John
by CharmNewton
Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Mozart mystery
Replies: 19
Views: 2565

Re: A Mozart mystery

It´s interesting to see how many recordings there are of this sublime serenade. I´m not sure if Furtwängler with the VPO winds was the first ever (1947), but at the moment it seems to be the oldest in the catalogue. Many great conductors like Scherchen (only 2 movements 1951), Talich (only 4 moveme...
by CharmNewton
Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is Nigel Kennedy right??
Replies: 29
Views: 2404

Re: Is Nigel Kennedy right??

He also attacks the teaching of Ivan Galamian, or at least what he believes to be the school of Galamian's methods. Some famous violinists who studied with Galamian or his assistants include Kyung-Wha Chung, Jaime Laredo, Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman. There are many others. See this Wikipedia...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Virtuosos Becoming a Dime a Dozen!
Replies: 21
Views: 4090

Re: Virtuosos Becoming a Dime a Dozen!

Expecting a pianist in his/her twenties to have the same depth of perception about a well-known piece is expecting too much, IMHO. However, what's exciting about young artists is that we now have more than a century of recordings by great pianists for today's young set to study and learn from: some...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2441181

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21dwks5f7aL._SL500_AA300_.jpg Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3 Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, Waldstein Vladimir Ashkenazy, pianist The idea for listening to this pairing came from the soon to be released (it's already available in Japan) recording by Al...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3944
Views: 553495

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

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CCJbrND2L._SL500_AA300_.jpg How do you like these, Darren? Rozhdestventsky has a great reputation, but I've not enjoyed his conducting over the years. How does he compare with Blomstedt or Bernstein? One of the thoughts I had about the latter was that he made...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3944
Views: 553495

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

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51f-NwvFzwL._SL500_AA300_.jpg http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51oLauAtnrL._SL500_AA300_.jpg How do you like these? I believe the Schwarz recording was the first stereo recording of the 5th and has remained in the catalog pretty much ever since. John
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 13, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Virtuosos Becoming a Dime a Dozen!
Replies: 21
Views: 4090

Re: Virtuosos Becoming a Dime a Dozen!

We should be reaching conclusions based on what we hear. These young artists have tremendous abilities that we see in the here and now. They also have important artistic limitations, those of them that I have heard, and for some listeners these limitations weigh at least as heavily as technical dex...
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Virtuosos Becoming a Dime a Dozen!
Replies: 21
Views: 4090

Re: Virtuosos Becoming a Dime a Dozen!

Why is it that when young artists are mentioned some have the desire to put them down by mentioning older or deceased artists who have had full careers to mature? Why feel threatened by these young artists? Nobody feels "threatened." And why not compare performances and performers as we hear them? ...