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by gperkins151
Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Check your Decca "Clara Haskil" Edition for defects!
Replies: 10
Views: 2721

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 gperkins151
Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Check your Decca "Clara Haskil" Edition for defects!
Replies: 10
Views: 2721

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 gperkins151
Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you need to know the lyrics?
Replies: 13
Views: 2882

Re: Do you need to know the lyrics?

How important is it to have the lyrics at hand when you listen to vocal music? . I only speak English and I never read along when I am listening to vocal works - and I always enjoy it. I have no issue with that, as I know you're not alone in that. So, you're listening to the voice purely as an inst...
by gperkins151
Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Check your Decca "Clara Haskil" Edition for defects!
Replies: 10
Views: 2721

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

However, this is my THIRD set wherein I find Disc No. 16 (Mozart Violin Sonata with violinist Arthur Grumiaux) skipping on Tracks 1 or 2, and on Track 10. K301 and K378, right? I have been slow to hear all the recordings in this set, but chose Disc 16/Mozart Violin Sonatas first because I think the...
by gperkins151
Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you need to know the lyrics?
Replies: 13
Views: 2882

Re: Do you need to know the lyrics?

slofstra wrote:How important is it to have the lyrics at hand when you listen to vocal music? .
I only speak English and I never read along when I am listening to vocal works - and I always enjoy it.
by gperkins151
Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Which version of the BEETHOVEN Late Quartets?
Replies: 13
Views: 3054

Re: Which version of the BEETHOVEN Late Quartets?

I like the Vegh stereo set.
by gperkins151
Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The ELGAR Edition (all electrical recordings, 1926-33), EMI
Replies: 7
Views: 1532

Re: The ELGAR Edition (all electrical recordings, 1926-33),

Lance wrote:The first three CDs contain material remastered by Michael J. Dutton, one of the best in the restoration business from my perspective.
Thanks Lance! Can I ask who did the transfers/mastering for the other 6CDs?
by gperkins151
Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Byron Janis
Replies: 5
Views: 1125

Re: Byron Janis

Cliftwood wrote:Try the Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto, also on Mercury. :)
Yes, I have that. It's great!
by gperkins151
Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Byron Janis
Replies: 5
Views: 1125

Byron Janis

Just found this wonderful documentary on youtube of Janis speaking about (and playing) Chopin:

http://youtu.be/BCE6jxQbys8

I have always admired his Rachmaninoff recordings with Dorati and Kondrashin, but haven't picked up anything else. Any great solo CDs out there by this pianist?
by gperkins151
Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang Concert Outfit-Yes Or No?
Replies: 56
Views: 10879

Re: Yuja Wang Concert Outfit-Yes Or No?

Yuja Wang, no!!!!

Outfit, yes!!
by gperkins151
Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My reposting of my annual Chinese zodiac thread.....
Replies: 4
Views: 639

Re: My reposting of my annual Chinese zodiac thread.....

I am confused why this is in the Classical Board.
by gperkins151
Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CDs you want to see (and own) before you kick the bucket ...
Replies: 45
Views: 7496

Re: CDs you want to see (and own) before you kick the bucket

I've got both sets. I will give them a gander at a more appropriate time than near 2:00 in the morning - unless someone beats me to it. I cannot now recall, but I think the Pearl set was remastered much more professionally than many of their early-on transfers - and by one of the big names is sound...
by gperkins151
Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CDs you want to see (and own) before you kick the bucket ...
Replies: 45
Views: 7496

Re: CDs you want to see (and own) before you kick the bucket

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How much of this set appeared in that Andante set devoted to this composer?
by gperkins151
Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CDs you want to see (and own) before you kick the bucket ...
Replies: 45
Views: 7496

Re: CDs you want to see (and own) before you kick the bucket

Indeed! I already have my copy on pre-order. Were the Petri and/or Lewenthal Beethoven sonata recordings ever issued on CD? No they weren't. The ones the did are Moonlight, Pathetique, and Appassionata for both of them plus a Hammerklavier for Petri. Thanks. There should have been a law against rec...
by gperkins151
Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CDs you want to see (and own) before you kick the bucket ...
Replies: 45
Views: 7496

Re: CDs you want to see (and own) before you kick the bucket

The easiest thing is if I just copy something I already wrote about the set for another group. It explains a bit about what's in the set.. This is a really interesting piano release. I've been looking forward to it since I first heard about it. For those who didn't take a good look at it here are a...
by gperkins151
Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pre-Orders at MDT
Replies: 6
Views: 1660

Re: Pre-Orders at MDT

Guitarist wrote: Just e-mail them--I've done it. They have excellent customer service.
Thanks for the info!

I am not planning on cancelling, but wanted to know the rules in case I needed to do so.
by gperkins151
Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pre-Orders at MDT
Replies: 6
Views: 1660

Re: Pre-Orders at MDT

I have pre-ordered from them before. Sometimes you will see a pre-authorization charge, mostly to ensure you have sufficient funds or that the card is valid, that policy depends on the electronic payment service used or card issuer. MDT does not charge you totally until the item is shipped when it ...
by gperkins151
Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pre-Orders at MDT
Replies: 6
Views: 1660

Pre-Orders at MDT

Can someone explain how pre-orders work at MDT?

Do they wait to charge you until the CD is released/ships?

Do they generally ship so that you receive it on the day of release or do they ship it on the day of release?

Thanks,
George
by gperkins151
Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Experience ordering from Ruslania?
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Re: Experience ordering from Ruslania?

stenka razin wrote:George, never heard of this company. But, thanks for the warning my friend. I hope you get what you purchased sooner rather than later. 8)

Regards,
Mel 8)
Thanks, Mel!
by gperkins151
Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Experience ordering from Ruslania?
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Experience ordering from Ruslania?

I ordered something recently from Ruslania via amazon, but they have yet to ship and it's been almost a week.

Anyone here have experience ordering from them?

George
by gperkins151
Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shura Cherkassky
Replies: 20
Views: 4041

Re: Shura Cherkassky

Cherkassky was a spontaneous musician above all, and I knew him mainly from his concert performances. From these I can say that there was no falling off in the quality of his playing as late as the early '90s, which were his 80s. Not only were his fingers still functioning, but his touch and sense ...
by gperkins151
Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shura Cherkassky
Replies: 20
Views: 4041

Re: Shura Cherkassky

A gentle bump, as I would like to request some of the essential CD releases by this great pianist. I only recently have begun to collect his stuff and enjoy it very much.

So:

1. What are the essential Cherkassky CD releases?
2. Was there a drop off in the quality of his playing at some point?
by gperkins151
Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 3 Review Project
Replies: 4
Views: 2513

Re: The Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 3 Review Project

Horowitz/Barbirolli - This is a live recording from Carnegie Hall, originally performed on May 4th, 1941. Like Horowitz's other recordings that I have heard (Reiner, 1951 and Ormandy, 1978), the piano is placed unnaturally forward in the mix. And also like the other recordings I have heard, Horowit...
by gperkins151
Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 3 Review Project
Replies: 4
Views: 2513

Re: The Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 3 Review Project

Santiago Rodriguez/McRae - Having loved much of Rodriguez’s recordings of solo Rachmaninov, I wanted to give his Rach 3 a try. The first thing I noticed was the distant miking on this live recording, something I have never liked, for everything sounds too far away, no matter how loud it is played. ...
by gperkins151
Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 3 Review Project
Replies: 4
Views: 2513

The Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 3 Review Project

On another forum, I wrote a number of informal reviews of all the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 3 recordings that I owned. Along the way, I picked up a number of new recordings that were suggested by others and reviewed those too. I am pasting them here for those who are interested in reading them and/...
by gperkins151
Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sviatoslav Richter plays Schubert Sonatas
Replies: 6
Views: 7894

Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Schubert Sonatas

D 459 First release ever of this performance. The only version by Richter known to be recorded of this work. From a Live Performance, Hohenems, June 18, 1980 http://www.doremi.com/img/Richter15.jpg The sound was unfortunately a letdown immediately, as the high frequencies are drastically cut. Some ...
by gperkins151
Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sviatoslav Richter plays Schubert Sonatas
Replies: 6
Views: 7894

Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Schubert Sonatas

I recommend that people start with the Schubert CD from Master Series. It features superb performances, great sound and is in print and easy to find.
by gperkins151
Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sviatoslav Richter plays Schubert Sonatas
Replies: 6
Views: 7894

Sviatoslav Richter plays Schubert Sonatas

Over the last year or so, I spent some time listening to all of the available commercial recordings of Sviatoslav Richter's Schubert sonatas. Many people consider him to be one of the very best pianists of all time and he was particularly skilled at interpreting an extremely wide variety of composer...
by gperkins151
Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question on the lost pages
Replies: 39
Views: 2854

Re: Question on the lost pages

To try and help out, I will soon be reposting my monster posts/threads on Richter's Schubert Sonatas and Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto 3.
by gperkins151
Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on the Quartetto Italiano Beethoven works
Replies: 13
Views: 2441

Re: Opinions sought on the Quartetto Italiano Beethoven works

In case you need another push to get the set, Sean, consider me pushing enthusiastically. :)
by gperkins151
Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debussy in the Snow in NYC
Replies: 16
Views: 1364

Re: Debussy in the Snow in NYC

You guys are funny. As I have the day off from work due to the snow, I assume the pianist does as well. Pianists have days off? Cheers, ~Karl Off in the sense that he doesn't have to come out into the windy city to play. Don't worry, he'll be practicing most of the day in a cold, damp basement. :lol:
by gperkins151
Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debussy in the Snow in NYC
Replies: 16
Views: 1364

Re: Debussy in the Snow in NYC

You guys are funny. As I have the day off from work due to the snow, I assume the pianist does as well.
by gperkins151
Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debussy in the Snow in NYC
Replies: 16
Views: 1364

Re: Debussy in the Snow in NYC

Hut wrote:Cool, George! Any idea how much bread had been tossed into the bucket?
Not much. After every few songs, he'd smile and turn to the audience, pointing with both hands to the bucket.
by gperkins151
Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debussy in the Snow in NYC
Replies: 16
Views: 1364

Re: Debussy in the Snow in NYC

He should have been playing "Des pas sur la neige." :) Last fall there were upright pianos all over town with invitations for passers-by to play them. I thought they were gone now, but you found one of them. No, this is something very different. He wheels his piano into the park on two dollies and ...
by gperkins151
Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debussy in the Snow in NYC
Replies: 16
Views: 1364

Debussy in the Snow in NYC

http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/8867/washsqpicture.jpg Was walking through Washington Square Park Today (it was about 30 degrees Fahrenheit) and a pianist was playing an upright Baldwin piano near the center of the park. Right there out in the sun, amongst the snowbanks - what a trooper! I took ...
by gperkins151
Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Life before Gieseking. So tell me about Marcelle Meyer?
Replies: 7
Views: 2084

Re: Life before Gieseking. So tell me about Marcelle Meyer?

Marcelle Meyer was not that well known outside France, both Lance and I had copies of her Introuvables Boxes on French EMI, it was like discovering something fresh and new, but, very few others had those discs or had ever heard of her..they re-mastered all her discs into one 17 disc Box Set, get it...
by gperkins151
Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who were Baldwin piano artists?
Replies: 24
Views: 4710

Re: Who were Baldwin piano artists?

Thanks guys!

What about Arrau? At which point did he switch to Steinway? I adore his tone.
by gperkins151
Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who were Baldwin piano artists?
Replies: 24
Views: 4710

Re: Who were Baldwin piano artists?

Lance wrote:The great Wilhelm Backhaus, a Bösendorfer artist, played Baldwin pianos in the USA for tours and recordings.
Do you happen to know which piano he used on his stereo set of Beethoven sonata recordings? My set has no place of recording on it.
by gperkins151
Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Moriz Rosenthal
Replies: 5
Views: 1318

Re: Moriz Rosenthal

He was a superb Chopin interpreter. I have both Pearl CDs and both Biddulph CDs issued. I treasure them.
by gperkins151
Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD
Replies: 48
Views: 4219

Re: The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD

Thanks George for doing that comparison - I gave that two-fer to a friend - maybe it was a bad move :lol: . I am interested to hear what your objections are to modern mastering techniques. Sorry, I should have said modern re-mastering techniques. The end result usually sounds processed to me, less ...
by gperkins151
Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD
Replies: 48
Views: 4219

Re: The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD

Silverman used some kind of interesting player piano to record the Beethoven sonatas some years back. One of these pianos that records mechanical action digitally so that it can faithfully reproduce what you've just played. You can then change just a bar or two if you want to. The advantage here is...
by gperkins151
Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD
Replies: 48
Views: 4219

Re: The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD

I see what you mean - it could be read as saying that those transfers are in the box. I read it that he was letting people know that the Nocturnes etc. sound better in the Philips 50 transfers - but I think you may be right. The Philips 50 set is only 5 pounds on Amazon UK at the moment if you want...
by gperkins151
Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD
Replies: 48
Views: 4219

Re: The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD

In regards to the the remastering in the box set - I don't think it is the same as in the Philips 50 set. Jed Distler comments on this in the following review: http://www.classicstoday.com/review.asp?ReviewNum=4453 Cheers, Justin Hi Justin, In Jed's review, he states: I detect no sonic differences ...
by gperkins151
Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD
Replies: 48
Views: 4219

Re: The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51n5DC8BLTL._SL500_AA300_.jpg For a great concert hall perspective this recording - in this remastering - is very useful IMO. Really? I understand that mastering is also in this Chopin box: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51AwgyNhmiL._SL500_AA300_.jpg I b...
by gperkins151
Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Natan Brand
Replies: 4
Views: 869

Re: Natan Brand

fmnewyork wrote:How were the CDs defective?
Digital noises in the last 3 or 4 minutes of the CD.
by gperkins151
Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Natan Brand
Replies: 4
Views: 869

Natan Brand

Today is the 20th anniversary of the pianist Natan Brand's death. For those who don't know about him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natan_Brand I have been in email contact with his widow over the past week. She has told me that she has some copies of his only studio recording (pictured below.) This ...
by gperkins151
Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD
Replies: 48
Views: 4219

Re: The Most Realistic Sounding Solo Piano Recordings on CD

maestrob wrote: Chopin: Nocturnes: Moravec (also a Debussy recital on Vox)
Yes, these two are the best that I have heard yet.