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by slofstra
Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on vinyl
Replies: 17
Views: 5291

Re: Classical on vinyl

jserraglio wrote:https://www.mikrokosmos.com/index.asp

Canada. Mail order. Deep stock. But cheap they ain't. Merged a while back with Ars Antiqua.
Interesting. It's a Mom and Pop operation in Toronto.

Use this page to see what they have on offer.

https://www.mikrokosmos.com/download_lists.asp
by slofstra
Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on vinyl
Replies: 17
Views: 5291

Re: Classical on vinyl

Interesting. There's not much classical music on their home page, especially toward the top, and at first glance, the prices for those are mostly comparable with what the CDs cost. They must be selling a whole lot of LPs - and CDs, they sell those too - if their annual gross is £50 million ($74 mil...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on vinyl
Replies: 17
Views: 5291

Re: Classical on vinyl

Here is a UK business and web site that is selling £50 million of vinyl a year. The following list provides an indication of the kinds of records in the classical realm that command higher prices. Not surprisingly rarity is an important factor.

http://991.com/Buy/PresetList.aspx?pageID=865
by slofstra
Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on vinyl
Replies: 17
Views: 5291

Re: Classical on vinyl

Well, Lance, maybe a trip to Tokyo would be in order. :)

http://www.vinylrecordcollector.net/201 ... table.html
by slofstra
Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on vinyl
Replies: 17
Views: 5291

Re: Classical on vinyl

I was hoping the thread wouldn't be just opinions on the state of the classical vinyl market, but that we could put our heads together and come up with some actual information on the subject. And there has been some of that. There definitely is an emerging small market for rock classics and for jazz...
by slofstra
Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on vinyl
Replies: 17
Views: 5291

Re: Classical on vinyl

My working assumption is that, while there is no general market for classical vinyl, there is, or may be emerging, a specialised collectors' market.

Here is a picture from a used vinyl store in Toronto.

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by slofstra
Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on vinyl
Replies: 17
Views: 5291

Re: Classical on vinyl

John, I don't have any to sell actually. Well I do have a few, but I don't plan to sell them any time soon. There is some kind of market. For example, here is someone selling vinyl from Sweden on eBay. There are many items sitting at $9.99 with no bids. But a number of items do have bids, including ...
by slofstra
Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical on vinyl
Replies: 17
Views: 5291

Classical on vinyl

Classical on vinyl.

Is there a market for it? Who is selling it? Who is buying it? Who is listening to it?

Or is it all headed for the dumpster?
by slofstra
Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 4480

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

My daughter and her partner bought ME a turntable as a gift a few years ago. In their house old vinyl and digital is all they play. No CDs. A lot of "stuff" goes through a stage where it is obsolete and worthless and only after most of it disappears what is left shoots up in price. Or some of it. Th...
by slofstra
Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 4480

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

Thanks for the information. The situation does not sound promising for the vinyl collector. In terms of Canfield's charity if the monetary amount is sizable I would stiill consult with a tax accountant. It certainly seems on the up-and-up but here in Canada unfortunately various charitable tax shelt...
by slofstra
Fri Mar 27, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 4480

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

Agreed, but . . . charitable deductions are allowed for donated items so long as they are backed by a detailed (and reasonable) appraisal of their value. That is what was provided to my friend who donated not to a tax shelter but to a legitimate charity and he has had no issues with the IRS. LPs ar...
by slofstra
Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 4480

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

You may do better by cherry picking. I have been a collector of Dutch stamps for some years, although the collection has been idle for a couple of decades now. I don't know if anyone collects stamps any more but when they did, the best items in a collection would carry 99% of the value. Absolutely ...
by slofstra
Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 4480

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

You may do better by cherry picking. I have been a collector of Dutch stamps for some years, although the collection has been idle for a couple of decades now. I don't know if anyone collects stamps any more but when they did, the best items in a collection would carry 99% of the value. Absolutely ...
by slofstra
Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 4480

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

I have a couple of boxes on 'Documents' which turns out to be a label produced by Membran. One is a 10 CD set of Smetana's music which I really liked. The other is the Schnabel Beethoven sonata set. The sound in the latter is 'good enough'. There are some intriguing releases on this label at this si...
by slofstra
Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?
Replies: 25
Views: 4480

Re: Thoughts on Membran 10-CD boxed sets?

I know, sometimes this happens to me ... impatience. I get sooooo excited about recordings I guess I think everyone is the same! My apologies. Now, if you're getting rid of your recordings, let me in on the secret. I have 70,000 classical LPs I would like to also dispose of ... many collector's ite...
by slofstra
Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where are all the ladies on CMG?
Replies: 54
Views: 9461

Re: Where are all the ladies on CMG?

jserraglio wrote:
Auntie Lynn wrote: ... This site is dominated by a bunch of tired old pooftahs who hand down their
exclusive opinions as fatwahs of gospel truth. And they have absolutely NO sense of
humor....
argumentum ad homoinem?
It's simply not true. We are not a "bunch" but a "group". Bananas come in bunches.
by slofstra
Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Avery Fisher Hall now Geffen Hall
Replies: 17
Views: 2465

Re: Avery Fisher Hall now Geffen Hall

Ted Quanrud wrote:Let's just be grateful it is not Donald Tump Hall.
Donald Trump wouldn't be happy with the missing 'r' either. :lol:
by slofstra
Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where are all the ladies on CMG?
Replies: 54
Views: 9461

Re: Where are all the ladies on CMG?

I do not collect recordings, so I have little to contribute to this site. I think that Agnes has hit upon a major factor why this site may be perceived as unwelcoming to women (and remember, perception is reality): collecting recordings, in fact, collecting anything, is predominantly a male pursuit...
by slofstra
Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where are all the ladies on CMG?
Replies: 54
Views: 9461

Re: Where are all the ladies on CMG?

Lance wrote: But, what about addressing the audience, as I often do, by saying "Ladies and Gentlemen" versus "Men and Women," etc.?


So ... you haven't tried the "Ladies and Germs" shtick?
by slofstra
Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where are all the ladies on CMG?
Replies: 54
Views: 9461

Re: Where are all the ladies on CMG?

Just a little note to say that I found the reference to women as LADIES most respectful and truly "nice". I like to be considered a lady! Although I do not wear white gloves, there was a time when I was reported by a fellow train traveller on my way home from school for not wearing my white gloves....
by slofstra
Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where are all the ladies on CMG?
Replies: 54
Views: 9461

Re: Where are all the ladies on CMG?

I see young women using the term all the time. Lance is not a young woman. Black people refer to each other as "nigger" all the time, too. It would not be appropriate for me, a white person, to do so, however. It would, at the very least, be incivil. Lance asked a sincere question. I took it be so,...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Where are all the ladies on CMG?
Replies: 54
Views: 9461

Re: Where are all the ladies on CMG?

To all the ladies and germs. There really isn't any problem with the term 'ladies'. Possibly a bit dated, but I see young women using the term all the time. It does connote something, I'm not sure what. The term 'women' is a bit more neutral. Apparently, Beyonce has a song called 'Single Ladies'. I ...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Problem with Big Verdi Decca Box
Replies: 8
Views: 1777

Re: Problem with Big Verdi Decca Box

It's annoying when you discover errors some years after buying a box set. I have the Angeles' complete Haydn String Quartets box. Just recently I discovered I have two CD 16's and no CD 17 *. The jacket sleeves are proper, but the CDs are not. On previous play throughs I guess I did not notice liste...
by slofstra
Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NCAA brackets contest
Replies: 1
Views: 910

NCAA brackets contest

I am running another brackets contest this year. Entries close at Noon tomorrow.

The site is www.slofstra.net/ncaa.

No entry fee and first prize is a Kobo e-reader.
by slofstra
Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparing orchestras' financial health:impossible!
Replies: 19
Views: 3340

Re: Comparing orchestras' financial health:impossible!

You also need to look at earnings on an orchestra's endowment fund. These will often match or exceed ticket revenue. The bigger, longer standing orchestras have large endowment funds, and often do not earn significantly more from ticket sales over a middle size orchestra, while paying higher salari...
by slofstra
Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Old EMI Callas box vs. Warner remastered box???
Replies: 12
Views: 2885

Re: Old EMI Callas box vs. Warner remastered box???

Selling for 167 euros + SH on amazon.it = $175 at the current favorable exchange rate. As with the earlier set, all librettos are provided on disc. That's cheaper for the record company but hardly convenient for the buyer, who is expected to have one machine for playback and another in the same roo...
by slofstra
Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparing orchestras' financial health:impossible!
Replies: 19
Views: 3340

Re: Comparing orchestras' financial health:impossible!

You also need to look at earnings on an orchestra's endowment fund. These will often match or exceed ticket revenue. The bigger, longer standing orchestras have large endowment funds, and often do not earn significantly more from ticket sales over a middle size orchestra, while paying higher salarie...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.
Replies: 52
Views: 6738

Re: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.

A confusing thread, if you ask me! Even our most dedicated anti-Rattle CMGer is going for Yankee jugulars over an observation (note the word observation) that there's Rattlemania right now in the UK. I think that this last statement is a fact: there is Rattlemania. It's probably good for classical ...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.
Replies: 52
Views: 6738

Re: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.

I was speaking on the topic of classical music and its performers, and I stand by what I said. The Brits have commonly chosen their compatriots as music directors of their leading orchestras; Americans seldom do. James Levine was the first and only American-born head of the Boston Symphony, Leonard...
by slofstra
Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.
Replies: 52
Views: 6738

Re: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.

If you want to give Rattle and the BPO a whirl, you can watch a concert free right now, in HD sound. The cost of the "free" concert is your name going on their email list, which isn't so bad. Here is the link: https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/20250 Are you ever going to stop plugging t...
by slofstra
Sat Mar 07, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.
Replies: 52
Views: 6738

Re: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.

If you want to give Rattle and the BPO a whirl, you can watch a concert free right now, in HD sound. The cost of the "free" concert is your name going on their email list, which isn't so bad.
Here is the link:

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/20250
by slofstra
Sat Mar 07, 2015 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.
Replies: 52
Views: 6738

Re: Simon Rattle on his future, etc.

I was speaking on the topic of classical music and its performers, and I stand by what I said. The Brits have commonly chosen their compatriots as music directors of their leading orchestras; Americans seldom do. James Levine was the first and only American-born head of the Boston Symphony, Leonard...
by slofstra
Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pollini's Beethoven 32 - yes or no?
Replies: 14
Views: 3784

Re: Pollini's Beethoven 32 - yes or no?

Canadian Stewart Goodyear has released a Beethoven sonata cycle to pretty good reviews. Apparently released in 2012 I've just learned about it recently.
by slofstra
Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pollini's Beethoven 32 - yes or no?
Replies: 14
Views: 3784

Re: Pollini's Beethoven 32 - yes or no?

His 'Waldstein' recording is one of my favourite Beethoven sonata recordings. I detect a little more dance in his playing than the more crystalline Brendel or Kempff. I'd put him in league with Arrau stylistically speaking.
I would consider this purchase, but I have to see the price.
by slofstra
Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist-composer John McCabe dies, age 75
Replies: 10
Views: 3915

Re: Pianist-composer John McCabe dies, age 75

Okay, Lance, I will add just one more. I recognise this thread is really about John McCabe, but this is worth mentioning.

A single CD for over $100,000.00 ...

http://www.amazon.com/Marin-Marais-Pi%C ... B0000DET8L
by slofstra
Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist-composer John McCabe dies, age 75
Replies: 10
Views: 3915

Re: Pianist-composer John McCabe dies, age 75

If you think that is something would you pay over $2700 for a Pachelbel CD with some other bleeding chunks.

http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Clas ... B000JRYNWA
by slofstra
Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist-composer John McCabe dies, age 75
Replies: 10
Views: 3915

Re: Pianist-composer John McCabe dies, age 75

Yes - Dutton CDs seem to be priced high. However, Michael Dutton does a superior job in remastering and presenting his CDs, even his original recordings. I have most of Dutton's historical series and was shocked to see that his issue on Wanda Landowska [Dutton 9738] and is going on Amazon for betwe...
by slofstra
Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist-composer John McCabe dies, age 75
Replies: 10
Views: 3915

Re: Pianist-composer John McCabe dies, age 75

I heard this on ABC Classic FM and was impressed enough to move it to my Amazon 'wish list'. It has languished there, but the time for making more purchases is coming soon. I was deterred by the over $20 price for a single CD.

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by slofstra
Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler's Kindertotenlieder
Replies: 7
Views: 1462

Re: Mahler's Kindertotenlieder

•C Robbin, m/s; Waterloo SO/Armenian, CBC/Canada This is an interesting entry from your list. It's actually our own Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and the conductor from 1971 to 1993 was Raffi Armenian. I remember attending a live performance of Kindertotenlieder under his baton back in the 1980s. I w...
by slofstra
Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler's Kindertotenlieder
Replies: 7
Views: 1462

Re: Mahler's Kindertotenlieder

Thank you for reminding me about the Marilyn Horne recording, which is in her magnificent 11-CD set of her complete Decca recitals [478 0165]. This is what happens when you do not manifest at least the major selections within a box like this. I've added it to my original listing. The only major rec...
by slofstra
Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dutoit on what happened in Montreal
Replies: 13
Views: 1847

Re: Dutoit on what happened in Montreal

As a footnote, my favourite Tchaikovsky recordings are those recorded by the MSO under Dutoit. Perhaps Mravinsky's recordings are equally good, but they're difficult to compare because they're so different.
by slofstra
Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dutoit on what happened in Montreal
Replies: 13
Views: 1847

Re: Dutoit on what happened in Montreal

Well, that's his side of the story, as of now. He hasn't made many recordings since he left, has he? None that I know of, but then I don't follow new recordings at all closely. The recording history of the MSO or Dutoit has little to do with this story. Basically, there was a boom in classical CD s...
by slofstra
Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Lucks Out-Keep The Pressure on Gelb-TOMMASINI Must Go!
Replies: 66
Views: 6042

Re: NY Lucks Out-Keep The Pressure on Gelb-TOMMASINI Must Go

"I don't see a great difference between "evil, but appealing" and "good, but with a fatal weakness"." Do you mean there's no meaningful difference between Mussolini and Nixon? Sometimes it helps to think of these distinctions in political terms. I'm not sure which of those two would be "evil, but a...
by slofstra
Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Lucks Out-Keep The Pressure on Gelb-TOMMASINI Must Go!
Replies: 66
Views: 6042

Re: NY Lucks Out-Keep The Pressure on Gelb-TOMMASINI Must Go

This isn't about what da Ponte and Mozart may have felt. It's about what they actually wrote. Any feelings they may have had that aren't expressed in the words and music are not part of the opera. And it's the opera, not da Ponte's and Mozart's feelings about "Don Giovanni" which neither of them ev...
by slofstra
Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Lucks Out-Keep The Pressure on Gelb-TOMMASINI Must Go!
Replies: 66
Views: 6042

Re: NY Lucks Out-Keep The Pressure on Gelb-TOMMASINI Must Go

Lenny, I'm afraid you have the soul of a Eurotrash director. :mrgreen: You prefer an interpretation of the opera that makes your kind of sense and you believe improves the opera, to mine that respects what da Ponte wrote and Mozart set to music. Since you've ignored my point-by-point refutation of ...
by slofstra
Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Lucks Out-Keep The Pressure on Gelb-TOMMASINI Must Go!
Replies: 66
Views: 6042

Re: NY Lucks Out-Keep The Pressure on Gelb-TOMMASINI Must Go

Who're you quoting, and why should we care what she/he says? :mrgreen: a. Don Ottavio does not ask Donna Anna, "what exactly was that guy doing in your bedroom?" I've quoted the whole scene, and nowhere does he put her on the spot like that. He wants to know more-he asks her as follows: DON OTTAVIO...
by slofstra
Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Lucks Out-Keep The Pressure on Gelb-TOMMASINI Must Go!
Replies: 66
Views: 6042

Re: NY Lucks Out-Keep The Pressure on Gelb-TOMMASINI Must Go

(On rereading this scene, however, I see that the encounter as Donna Anna describes it does indeed come across as an attempted rape - sorry, Lenny! - though she never actually calls Giovanni a rapist, just a lot of other bad names. So I'm guilty of inattention too. You should have quoted the libret...
by slofstra
Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Lucks Out-Keep The Pressure on Gelb-TOMMASINI Must Go!
Replies: 66
Views: 6042

Re: NY Lucks Out-Keep The Pressure on Gelb-TOMMASINI Must Go

Should operas be changed because their 18th-century social norms and values find no justification in the 20th century? I think that's called "presentism." They "should"n't be anything in particular. It's a question of the motivation of the director. A feminist director may well wish to show another...