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by CharmNewton
Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy 100th Birthday to the Federal Income Tax
Replies: 10
Views: 1455

Re: Happy 100th Birthday to the Federal Income Tax

I stand corrected on the importance of the Federal excise tax on liquor to overall revenue. I suspect tobacco played a part as well. I'll have to get a copy of Oreck's book. Looking at the relationship between the temperance movement and the passage of the Revenue Act of 1913, it's hard to see a con...
by CharmNewton
Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy 100th Birthday to the Federal Income Tax
Replies: 10
Views: 1455

Re: Happy 100th Birthday to the Federal Income Tax

The Revenue Act of 1913 was signed into law 100 years ago today by Woodrow Wilson (D). The act had the additional purpose of updating tariff rates (reducing a great many), which up until the imposition of an income tax on individuals had been the main source of revenue for the Federal Government. I...
by CharmNewton
Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Happy 100th Birthday to the Federal Income Tax
Replies: 10
Views: 1455

Happy 100th Birthday to the Federal Income Tax

The Revenue Act of 1913 was signed into law 100 years ago today by Woodrow Wilson (D). The act had the additional purpose of updating tariff rates (reducing a great many), which up until the imposition of an income tax on individuals had been the main source of revenue for the Federal Government. Pe...
by CharmNewton
Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New EMI Icon sets
Replies: 13
Views: 2063

Re: New EMI Icon sets

The Malcuzynski set interests me as well.

I've seen photos of these with the Warner Classics logo, not EMI. I find it a bit disconcerting. I hope the EMI brand isn't disappearing.

John
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Gary Graffman Edition has arrived!
Replies: 14
Views: 2274

Re: The Gary Graffman Edition has arrived!

Sony has been issuing CDs as Original Jacket replicas of LPs for many years now. The DG Originals series may have started things rolling, but they issued the CDs in jewel cases. The non-playing side looked like a mini-LP, even mimicking the look of grooves. Sony/BMG is getting very good at this sor...
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Gary Graffman Edition has arrived!
Replies: 14
Views: 2274

Re: The Gary Graffman Edition has arrived!

Can these actually be CDs from the new set, mocked up to look like analog discs with facsimiles of the original labels? It's a puzzlement. At first I thought they could not possibly be CDs until I realized that you can have a hole in the middle as it needs no spindle in order to play, and there is ...
by CharmNewton
Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Noel Lee has died, age 88
Replies: 12
Views: 1796

Re: Noel Lee has died, age 88

My LP is with a friend overseas and I haven't heard it in along time but am listening to some of it on Youtube. None of the schmaltzy, dripping with saccharine, style of playing for Lee. These were composed in the classical period and nearly all recordings are too slow and overuse rubato. Lee recog...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, who's going for the REINER EDITION?
Replies: 33
Views: 4044

Re: So, who's going for the REINER EDITION?

Here are some things in the set you might not have... Beethoven 3, 6, 8, & 9 Reiner didn't make a commercial recording of Beethoven's 8th in Chicago (I would be nice if one was in the can), as RCA had recorded it in Boston with Munch (originally coupled with Beethoven's 9th--there's a rare shaded d...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Noel Lee has died, age 88
Replies: 12
Views: 1796

Re: Noel Lee has died, age 88

Holden Fourth wrote:Thank you John. I don't have a turntable any more and relied on my questionable memory. Didn't Nonesuch get taken over by Warner?
Nonesuch was a subsidiary label of Elektra. Warner acquired Elektra and it became part of the WEA group in the 1970s carrying Nonesuch with it.

John
by CharmNewton
Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Sony 10 CD boxed set "Rite of Spring"
Replies: 11
Views: 1958

Re: The Sony 10 CD boxed set "Rite of Spring"

As for Szell, I don't know that he would have conducted the 10th anyway, or if he ever did. He made an early stereo recording of the two movements completed by Mahler (Epic LC-3568/BC-1024 coupled with Walton's Partita for Orchestra ). It was also used to fill out his concert recording of Mahler's ...
by CharmNewton
Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Noel Lee has died, age 88
Replies: 12
Views: 1796

Re: Noel Lee has died, age 88

I believe you are correct. The Field incomplete Nocturnes on Turnabout was never reissued. I'm glad I kept my LP, as I have retained EVERY LP I own (how ridiculous in that much is replicated on CD). Noel Lee was accomplished American pianist who seemed to do better in Europe than in the USA in term...
by CharmNewton
Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, who's going for the REINER EDITION?
Replies: 33
Views: 4044

Re: So, who's going for the REINER EDITION?

I believe this set only contains the CSO recordings and his last recording made in New York (which fills out the disc with Haydn Symphony No. 88 and which was originally coupled on LP with Das Lied von der Erde ). Some of the titles will be re-mastered (such as Beethoven's 9th). Beethoven's Pastoral...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Amar Bose RIP
Replies: 3
Views: 883

Re: Amar Bose RIP

The Bose 901 is still available, now in Series VI. Along with the Klipschhorn, it is one of the longest running lines of audio components to remain continuously available. I first heard the 901s back in 1969 and loved their sound, but they were far out of my reach. Today, they sell for around $1,500...
by CharmNewton
Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein's new reissue of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring"
Replies: 14
Views: 1970

Re: Bernstein's new reissue of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring"

I found an early pressing of this recording, still new, in the late 1970s or early 1980s. I didn't think much of the sound and don't remember much about the performance, and since I no longer have it I can't add anything new. But the one thing I do recall about the recording was the gimmicky, ping-p...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinyl LPs make a comeback
Replies: 24
Views: 3635

Re: Vinyl LPs make a comeback

Thanks again--many thanks. This is not from the recording, but it is Chapuis performing Bach's most improbable and greatest organ fugue, and on one of the world's great organs. (Who else in his right mind would compose a fugue on such a subject?). In the Telefunken series, Chapuis was still enamore...
by CharmNewton
Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinyl LPs make a comeback
Replies: 24
Views: 3635

Re: Vinyl LPs make a comeback

My contribution to this thread: http://www.discogs.com/Bach-Daniel-Chorzempa-Organ-Works/release/3553118 Yes, I still have it. It is the best performance of the Passacaglia I have ever heard, and I would keep a turntable around just to be able to hear it again. There are a number of copies of this ...
by CharmNewton
Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinyl LPs make a comeback
Replies: 24
Views: 3635

Re: Vinyl LPs make a comeback

My contribution to this thread: http://www.discogs.com/Bach-Daniel-Chorzempa-Organ-Works/release/3553118 Yes, I still have it. It is the best performance of the Passacaglia I have ever heard, and I would keep a turntable around just to be able to hear it again. There are a number of copies of this ...
by CharmNewton
Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The big five American orchestras
Replies: 30
Views: 2001

Re: The big five American orchestras

If British and European Orchestra's can do so well with their own labels then why can't the many Great American Orchestras do the same... Chicago has put out quite a number of fine recordings on its Resound label - Haitink, Boulez, Muti the BSO released a couple, IIRC, anmd I think NYPO has as well...
by CharmNewton
Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some new big-box sets to watch for ...
Replies: 23
Views: 4766

Re: Some new big-box sets to watch for ...

Regarding the Janis box, reviewers on Amazon.com note that three recordings previously issued are missing from this collection. Listed below are the contents (as described from Sony Classical, Germany) that are supposed to be in the box: CD 1: Beethoven - Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 "Tem...
by CharmNewton
Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Some brief thoughts on the election...
Replies: 27
Views: 1211

Re: Some brief thoughts on the election...

Anyone that votes for someone who has conducted himself in as brazenly a fraudulent manner as Obama has during his presidency deserves every last bit of what they get if he is re-elected. I have absolutely nothing more to say on the matter. The fraud in this election is not the President but Mitt R...
by CharmNewton
Sat Nov 03, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2230908

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Barenboim This is from Barenboim's early Bruckner cycle in Chicago. The Eighth was one of the last of the symphonies to be recorded (December, 1980) and is in digital sound, It uses the Haas Edition of the score. To me, the CD improves on the dryis...
by CharmNewton
Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2230908

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61%2BkuRU4EiL._SL500_AA300_.jpg This is a fine concert of gems from Scriabin, Schumann, Ravel and Liszt, including encores, presented complete on two discs. HIghly recommended! It seems Volodos is one of the most under-the-radar pianists in recorded history. Hi...
by CharmNewton
Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New DVD Of Humperdinck's Konigskinder !
Replies: 11
Views: 1242

Re: New DVD Of Humperdinck's Konigskinder !

This is all I could find: Met-Konigskinder Check out the cast below! :shock: :D :D :D :D Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 28 December 1910 (Conductor: Alfred Hertz) Goose-Girl (Gänsemagd) soprano Geraldine Farrar Witch (Hexe) contralto Louise Homer King's son (Köningssohn) tenor Herman Jadlowker Fidd...
by CharmNewton
Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New DVD Of Humperdinck's Konigskinder !
Replies: 11
Views: 1242

Re: New DVD Of Humperdinck's Konigskinder !

John, I rarely go by reviews if it is a work that is not performed regularly. I love 'Hansel und Gretel' and I have heard 'Konigskinder' on CD. This may be the only time I will ever see this underrated opera, so I will take my chances and hope for the best visually. 8) Regards, Mel 8) I hope you en...
by CharmNewton
Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New DVD Of Humperdinck's Konigskinder !
Replies: 11
Views: 1242

Re: New DVD Of Humperdinck's Konigskinder !

stenka razin wrote:Thank you, John. I really appreciate your research, my friend. 8)


Regards,
Mel 8)
Are you still planning on ordering it?

John
by CharmNewton
Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Helene Grimaud plays Bach/Busoni Chaconne in D Minor
Replies: 26
Views: 3187

Re: Helene Grimaud plays Bach/Busoni Chaconne in D Minor

Well, I didn't stop breathing, but I did come to tears as the camera showed the faces of young people responding with life-changing awe to that kind of performance. At the risk of breaking the spell, there is a theory that Bach's most famous organ work, the Toccata and Fugue in D minor, is in fact ...
by CharmNewton
Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Is There To Admire About Xenakis?
Replies: 13
Views: 1658

Re: What Is There To Admire About Xenakis?

Many years ago I attended a lecture given by David Burge where he played (and carefully drew out on the large lecture hall blackboard) a piece by Xenakis, which if I recall correctly allowed the performer to pick and choose what and when he wished to perform from separate passages of music, each sev...
by CharmNewton
Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3875
Views: 383278

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

Have been exploring the these two sets from Italian DG: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/316N%2BrhTAEL._SL500_AA300_.jpg and http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51i-hGOXp-L._SL500_AA300_.jpg Volume 1 (8 CDs) can be generally had from several U.S. sources, and may be of more interest to some a...
by CharmNewton
Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz playing Mozart
Replies: 43
Views: 4482

Re: Horowitz playing Mozart

I once owned an equally improbable recording of that concerto by Artur Rubinstein with Rudolf Serkin conducting (RCA Red Label as I recall), and it was wonderful. I'd love to know what happened in the studio for that one, since Rubinstein occasionally let a performance with a mistake make the press...
by CharmNewton
Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pop artist Beck releasing new "album" as sheet music only
Replies: 55
Views: 2119

Re: Pop artist Beck releasing new "album" as sheet music onl

Film and Show Music can be often found in the Classical section, so, for that reason Hamlish would fit within my reading of the CMG Guidelines, also, Hamlish played the Music of Scott Joplin for The Sting, Joplin is considered to be a Classical Composer by all the Record Companies and CD Stores, Th...
by CharmNewton
Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cleaning vinyl with wood glue
Replies: 11
Views: 1091

Re: Cleaning vinyl with wood glue

There are all kinds of methods for cleaning LPs and 78s, some of them pretty strange, but this do beat all. Not on my records, thank you - I have other methods that work well enough for me. (He sure let a lot of dust pile up on that LP before finally getting around to cleaning it. That shouldn't ha...
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your Favorite Top 10 Voices Of All Time.............
Replies: 54
Views: 2438

Re: Your Favorite Top 10 Voices Of All Time.............

Jussi Bjorling
Kathleen Battle
Maria Callas
Anneliese Rothenberger
Nicolai Gedda
Fritz Wunderlich
Boris Christoff
Enrico Caruso
Lucia Popp

On the popular side:

(early) Joni Mitchell
Alison Krauss

John
by CharmNewton
Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cleaning vinyl with wood glue
Replies: 11
Views: 1091

Cleaning vinyl with wood glue

Searching out information on magnetic tape recording led to a YouTube search for video of or about Jack Mullin which led to this video on cleaning vinyl: _gyvipBs6Vs&feature=related Looks like it requires some care, but the before and after shows marked improvement. Anyone here have experience with ...
by CharmNewton
Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's last three sonatas
Replies: 26
Views: 2713

Re: Beethoven's last three sonatas

I have spent many recent hours listening to many versions of the Opus 109, 100 & 111 by a wide assortment of great pianists, trying to determine if any one stands out as the most special, the most definite and the most musically satisfying. This was a labour of love and to come to a definitive conc...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Falling in love with Yuja Wang, i.e., her pianism
Replies: 14
Views: 1849

Re: Falling in love with Yuja Wang, i.e., her pianism

Thank you Harris. I stand corrected (and corrected my initial post). I was so taken with her playing that I referred to the incorrect school. Graffman has done wonders with some of his students! Lance.. I believe you're incorrect about her studies. She was a student of Graffman at the Curtis Instit...
by CharmNewton
Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Falling in love with Yuja Wang, i.e., her pianism
Replies: 14
Views: 1849

Re: Falling in love with Yuja Wang, i.e., her pianism

I bought her first CD, but have stayed away from the others as her sound comes across to me as spiky and colorless. Perhaps her tone is better than what has been captured on disc.

John
by CharmNewton
Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Complete Toscanini
Replies: 26
Views: 2422

Re: Complete Toscanini

I expect my AT Edition in the new form at any time. I understand the set has been improved sonically. The original AT Edition/Collection was also delightful with full booklets with each CD or set of CDs. The price is right for this edition (I think it's 85 CDs) which can generally be had for less t...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does Ashkenazy's Beethoven 32 stack up for you?
Replies: 26
Views: 3478

Re: How does Ashkenazy's Beethoven 32 stack up for you?

A number of months back I compared Ashkenazy with Alice Sara Ott's then new release of Sonatas 3 and 21, and I greatly preferred Ms Ott. Technically she sounds like a stronger player, is more overtly expressive and she produces a ravishing piano tone. An Alberti bass in her hands sounds like a beaut...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: You will share my concern for Ralph Stein
Replies: 22
Views: 1598

Re: You will share my concern for Ralph Stein

Both he and pizza (another who hasn't posted in a long while and I hope is well) got into a number of lively discussions. I hope Ralph's health improves.

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" and Opus 109
Replies: 90
Views: 7172

Re: Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" and Opus 109

:shock: All I can say is that if Tarantella managed to get a regular member interested in such an important work then this whole kerfuffle was worth it. (I can recommend the performance by Charles Rosen if you can find it, but as usual I am not the top person here for making such recommendations.) ...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" and Opus 109
Replies: 90
Views: 7172

Re: Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" and Opus 109

As to Opus 109 - final movement: those tender few notes in that melody, which allow the piano to sing a kind of hymn. It's as if Beethoven is saying, 'I'm going to close this late sonata with a set of variations on a simple melody because I've stripped music to it's abstract essence and I firmly be...
by CharmNewton
Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gustav HOLST collection on EMI now out!
Replies: 6
Views: 700

Re: Gustav HOLST collection on EMI now out!

Chalkperson wrote:How come this is not a single disc collection? and that disc should be Previn, not Boult for the 300th time... :mrgreen:
I suspect the Previn will be issued on SACD by itself as part of their new re-issue series. It was (and probably still is) an audiophile classic.

John
by CharmNewton
Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gustav HOLST collection on EMI now out!
Replies: 6
Views: 700

Re: Gustav HOLST collection on EMI now out!

I purchased this set and have listened to the first two discs and part of the third, and like what I've heard. The Fugal Concerto is memorable in this lovely performance. Boult's 1979 The Planets sounds stunning in this 2002 re-mastering.

John
by CharmNewton
Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brigitte Engerer has died
Replies: 2
Views: 437

Re: Brigitte Engerer has died

I felt sad to read this. I've enjoyed her recordings that have come my way.

John
by CharmNewton
Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anyone augmenting their Fischer-Dieskau collections?
Replies: 3
Views: 551

Re: Anyone augmenting their Fischer-Dieskau collections?

Nor does it include the 1964 Salzburg recital of the Magelone cycle and four other songs (recorded by ORF) issued by EMI in 1989 (part of a 3-CD collection of Salzburg recitals by DFD and Moore), which can be had for as little as $5 in the Amazon.com marketplace. http://www.amazon.com/Salzburg-Recit...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Václav Neumann's Dvorak Traversal on Supraphon (8 CDs)
Replies: 18
Views: 2645

Re: Václav Neumann's Dvorak Traversal on Supraphon (8 CDs)

I note that Qualiton is the supplier to Amazon for this set. Amazon must've had a run on orders for this set at the $7.99 price for the set and didn't realize their pricing error until later. No doubt Qualiton could had to reorder for the initial enslaught of orders in April given the great price. ...
by CharmNewton
Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata in g
Replies: 21
Views: 3728

Re: Taking Stock: Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata in g

Interesting stuff. RCA Victor did get the Beethoven sonatas from Piatigorsky with Solomon as the pianist, through its partnership with HMV (which was soon to lapse). And the Rachmaninoff sonata with Piatigorsky and Horowitz would surely have been wild and woolly. :) But if a Piatigorsky-Kapell reco...
by CharmNewton
Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata in g
Replies: 21
Views: 3728

Re: Taking Stock: Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata in g

You're right that Piatigorsky never recorded the sonata, and it's kind of curious that he didn't, and that his record company RCA Victor recorded the sonata with Edmund Kurtz instead. Piatigorsky was on friendly terms with Rachmaninoff and did record the Vocalise. Maybe he played the sonata though ...
by CharmNewton
Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Taking Stock: Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata in g
Replies: 21
Views: 3728

Re: Taking Stock: Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata in g

Off the top of my head, Leonard Rose is another who didn't record it. An equally interesting list would include all the major cellists who have not recorded the Rachmaninoff. At the top would be Pablo Casals, of course; Peter Wispelwey has been named; I could add Pierre Fournier. Who else? Feuerman...
by CharmNewton
Mon May 28, 2012 1:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A hi-fi 78
Replies: 11
Views: 1305

Re: A hi-fi 78

You're right, Decca did issue the Soviet recording in the UK, though they didn't make it themselves. I believe it has also had many other LP and CD incarnations over the years (one never knows with Soviet era recordings as these artists appeared together often under orchestras of various names). Su...