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by Lance
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Annette Céline, soprano
Replies: 4
Views: 1069

Annette Céline, soprano

Pianophiles know well the work of pianist Felicja Blumenthal [1908-1991]. She recorded prolifically mostly for Vox, some for EMI, Bescol, Claudio, Dureco Ars, Leena, Brana, and Brilliant Classics. Many of her recordings for Vox have been reissued on Dureco Ars and Brilliant Classics and others. The ...
by Lance
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 128
Views: 53307

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

England sells merchandise (as does MDT) to the USA without the VAT. Very discourteous to Australians in my opinion. Everything is about $$$.
by Lance
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erich Kunzel
Replies: 5
Views: 618

Re: Erich Kunzel

Bbbut Barney, why? :( A protege of Monteux!
barney wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:39 am

sorry Lance, no.
by Lance
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erich Kunzel
Replies: 5
Views: 618

Re: Erich Kunzel

Not much interest in Kunzel?
by Lance
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alicia de Larrocha (pianist) Decca set [41 CDs]
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Re: Alicia de Larrocha (pianist) Decca set [41 CDs]

The more I'm into this set, the more I am happy I got it. de Larrocha was, indeed, a very special pianist. I can't think of another pianist that does with Granados, Albeniz, and Mompou that de Larrocha does. I know her daughter wrote a book recently on the life of the pianist but I have not yet been...
by Lance
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chausson, Koechlin,Vierne works
Replies: 3
Views: 523

Re: Chausson, Koechlin,Vierne works

The Chausson Concerto for, Violin and String Quartet, Op. 21 is a work I have admired for a long time and have quite a few recordings of the work. The ones that immediately come to mind are with Jorge Bolet, piano; Itzhak Perlman, violin and the Juilliard Quartet on Columbia/Sony; Thibaudet, piano; ...
by Lance
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann’s ‘Faust’
Replies: 4
Views: 589

Re: Schumann’s ‘Faust’

Well! I dare say John Field's nocturnes are "lovely pieces." Do they compare to Chopin? No, but I thought I'd make the comment. I do admire the work John Field wrote well for the piano, including all his seven piano concertos. Regarding Schumann's Scenes of Faust , there are a number of recordings o...
by Lance
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 1748

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

I was never particularly drawn to these concertos, but I love the way the Hungarians perform them: Geza Anda, pianist, and Ferenc Fricsay, conductor on DGG. Also another set of Hungarians: Zoltán Kocsis, piano, and Iván Fischer, conductor on Decca. The third concerto has probably seen the most recor...
by Lance
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erich Kunzel
Replies: 5
Views: 618

Erich Kunzel

Having been tutored by the legendary conductor Pierre Monteux, the late Erich Kunzel recorded prolifically, mostly for Telarc in exceptional sound recordings, but also for Vox in his earlier days, and mostly with the Cincinnati Pops, which included light programming but also some very serious classi...
by Lance
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serious Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 1518

Re: Serious Bernstein

Ditto on the Bernstein Mass. I did very much enjoy his Chichester Psalms, however.
by Lance
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Richter on Richter, and others...
Replies: 23
Views: 1748

Re: Richter on Richter, and others...

I've never been a great fan of Pollini though I have many of his recordings. In a word, I can only describe his playing as being somewhat "cold." I hear that word often in connection with his playing on- or off records. Insofar as his dress code is concerned, that seems irrelevant. I don't agree wit...
by Lance
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mravinsky conducts Bruckner
Replies: 5
Views: 828

Re: Mravinsky conducts Bruckner

Never really knowing for sure the repertoire that Mravinsky duplicated or more on discs, the Bruckner Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, recorded 1959, was issued on Volume 2 of the RCA/Melodiya Edition [29458, Disc 13). The Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, recorded in 1980 ssued in the RCA/Melodiya Edition [2518...
by Lance
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 128
Views: 53307

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

Henry, still an excellent price. You will find much to love and enjoy in this set! Congrats! Just got this Szell set on amazon.com for $131 US. Once shipping, HST and exchange is added, my total landed cost is $216.00 CDN. I have very little Szell in my collection, but I bought this on the strength ...
by Lance
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nothing is ever easy
Replies: 5
Views: 711

Re: Nothing is ever easy

Given the time frame of Shostakovich (1906-1975) and Gershwin (1898-1937), the pairing of the Shostakovich Second Piano Concerto and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue seem like a good "mix" to appeal to an audience. The Shostakovich was composed in 1957 and the Rhapsody in Blue in in 1924, about 33 years ...
by Lance
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"
Replies: 7
Views: 949

Re: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"

I am absolutely taken with Rachvelishvili's voice. It has none of the characteristics of vocalists from the Russian region that I have heard so much years ago. The good thing about the Kaufmann disc of the Italian live recital is that where she participates with him in duets, they both do very well...
by Lance
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"
Replies: 7
Views: 949

Re: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"

I am absolutely taken with Rachvelishvili's voice. It has none of the characteristics of vocalists from the Russian region that I have heard so much years ago. The good thing about the Kaufmann disc of the Italian live recital is that where she participates with him in duets, they both do very well...
by Lance
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"
Replies: 7
Views: 949

Re: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"

I absolutely am absolutely taken with Rachvelishvili's voice. It has none of the characteristics of vocalists from the Russian region that I have heard so much years ago. The good thing about the Kaufmann disc of the Italian live recital is that where she participates with him in duets, they both do...
by Lance
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 2593

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

Thank you, John. That's a heck of a great price. I know several people who paid considerably more. I only paid $150 for mine, no tax and no postage. I'm sure everyone who really wanted this set must have it by now. There must be an overrun of the sets! The highest I saw on Amazon was $900, but I'm ...
by Lance
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 2593

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

I'm not clear on which set CharmNewton/John is referring to here. Can someone put me wise?
CharmNewton wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:57 pm
If anyone was still sitting on the fence on this set, Amazon.com is offering it for $131.99 in stock on November 7th and delivered by Monday November 12th.

John
by Lance
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"
Replies: 7
Views: 949

Re: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"

Found this on Kaufmann, probably more information around.

https://www.ft.com/content/b268e896-ec5 ... 9a44939bb6
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"
Replies: 7
Views: 949

Jonas Kaufmann "A [Live] Italian Night"

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71rzTl98nqL._SX355_.jpg https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71Brjf-kZPL._SX425_.jpghttps://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51dbFUzRINL._AC_US218_.jpg Sony Classical 87933, 80:00 Like many others, I have found much to enjoy in the...
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pretty Yende, soprano (quite a find)
Replies: 2
Views: 619

Pretty Yende, soprano (quite a find)

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/5122mUUXVWL._AC_US218_.jpg Sony Classical 32169 https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51gVOlnTC3L._AC_US218_.jpg Sony Classical 43015 PRETTY YENDE, soprano Born: 6 March 1985 (age 33 at this writing) Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, South Africa In...
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eldar Nebolsin, pianist
Replies: 3
Views: 778

Re: Eldar Nebolsin, pianist

My pleasure, Brian ... you know how I love to talk about recordings! And Gary Graffman - another top choice that I also snapped up when released, but now it's in his "edition" issued by Sony Classics for those who missed the original CDs [94737 (2 CDs) and edition 46239 (24 CDs)].
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone new DGG CD
Replies: 0
Views: 801

Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone new DGG CD

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51tZk9AuHUL._AC_US218_.jpg DGG 483 5514, 47:42 DREAMS AND SONGS •E. Drake: I Believe •P. St. John: The Fields of Athenry w/Lottie Rhodes •J. Denver: Perhaps Love w/Alfie Boe •J. Bock: Fiddler on the Roof: If I Were a Rich Man _____Do You Love Me w/Emm...
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eldar Nebolsin, pianist
Replies: 3
Views: 778

Eldar Nebolsin, pianist

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/512dYQOIWWL._AC_US218_.jpg Naxos 573462, 72:20, DDD Tchaikovsky: •Piano Concerto #2 in G Major, Op. 44 (original version) •Concert Fantasia in G Major, Op. 56 Eldar Nebolsin, piano New Zealand Symphony orchestra Michael Stern, conductor I've taken qui...
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini on Classical Music
Replies: 5
Views: 803

Re: Tommasini on Classical Music

Quite agree, maestrob/Brian! I have that EMI/Rattle disc as well, and truly fell in love with Short Ride in a Fast Machine . When I was writing program notes for our symphony orchestra, who performed it, I had no knowledge of this piece and it was the Rattle disc that brought it to life for me. Inso...
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 2878

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Sue, you have a wonderful attitude about all this and that can only be helpful in a total recovery. Keep up the spirit! Concerned about you and this "drama." And you are right ... we can take nothing for granted ... ever! Thanks. I was told before the surgery that at least radiotherapy is coming my ...
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tommasini on Classical Music
Replies: 5
Views: 803

Re: Tommasini on Classical Music

Excellent article. He writes very well, indeed.
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 2878

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Glad to know you are back home now Sue. So sorry there may be a "next," however, there may also NOT be a next! We keep rooting for you! Back home from hospital and receiving visitors and flowers. Thanks for the support here on CMG. I won't know much until pathology results on 12th as to what comes n...
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Strauss' Oboe Concerto
Replies: 6
Views: 985

Re: Strauss' Oboe Concerto

Well, no doubt the most famous oboist was the British LEON GOOSSENS who made the very first recording of Strauss's Oboe Concerto in D (composed 1945) in 1947. I think it appeared on LP at one time, but it became available on the Testament label [1009] in their first group of releases several years a...
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paderewski's Piano Concerto
Replies: 2
Views: 604

Re: Paderewski's Piano Concerto

Hard to believe Fialkowska is 67 already. I have some 16 of her recordings on ATMA, CBC, Opening Day Records, Danacord, and Naxos (the Paderewski piano concerto). She is a wonderful pianist though we don't hear that much about her currently. While I enjoy Paderewski's Piano Concerto in A Minor (Earl...
by Lance
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alicia de Larrocha (pianist) Decca set [41 CDs]
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Re: Alicia de Larrocha (pianist) Decca set [41 CDs]

Maybe you'll get a free review copy! Indeed, Australian Eloquence is a godsend! I have many of their issues. Used to be one could only get them from Australia, but Amazon and others now carry the line. Decca Eloquence - the ultra budget arm in Australia - put out heaps of her piano recordings in the...
by Lance
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 559
Views: 202363

Re: What I listened to today

And what, out of this group, captured your musical heart the most? This isn't today, but rather the LPs I listened to the past few weeks, using the old cartridge and saving the new cartridge for some fresh, unopened vinyl: Weber's Oberon and Der Freischutz Overtures, and Smetana's Moldau (Szell, NYP...
by Lance
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alicia de Larrocha (pianist) Decca set [41 CDs]
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Alicia de Larrocha (pianist) Decca set [41 CDs]

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71Q-igffGZL._SY355_.jpg Decca 483 4120, 41 CDs + booklet Having loved De Larrocha from her initial American Decca recordings (out-of-tune piano and all), I have followed her career to the end. She recorded for American Decca (monly only), British Decc...
by Lance
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert's D.929 Piano Trio
Replies: 6
Views: 951

Re: Schubert's D.929 Piano Trio

Very well stated, John Francis. There may even be some platinum amongst the gold and maybe a few glittering diamonds!
John F wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:47 am
... ... There's plenty of gold in my record collection already.
by Lance
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert's D.929 Piano Trio
Replies: 6
Views: 951

Re: Schubert's D.929 Piano Trio

I, too, love the Rubinstein/Heifetz/Feuermann recording of the Trio No. 1. However, I concur completely with John Francis on Trio No. 2 with Serkin and the Busches. It is now my favourite of the those two trios. I would also have to give high praise for the Trio No. 2 with Casals/Horszowski/A. Schne...
by Lance
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Essential" Brahms recordings
Replies: 7
Views: 1067

Re: "Essential" Brahms recordings

I tend to agree with the below statement. It is surprising to me in my piano work that young people barely know the names of some of the world's most illustrious performing artists. Toscanini is hardly remembered at all. I guess, more and more, time changes things. It appears to me that a younger pe...
by Lance
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pogorelich live 1981,1982
Replies: 14
Views: 1615

Re: Pogorelich live 1981,1982

Wow! What an embarrassing review. I had heard Pogorelich was greatly affected by the death of his teacher/wife. And so it appears that his early DGG recordings may well represent him at his then best. It is a tragedy and very sad.
by Lance
Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pogorelich live 1981,1982
Replies: 14
Views: 1615

Re: Pogorelich live 1981,1982

Thank you, Rach3. I was able to read the Gavrilov link below and was disheartened to see what he has been experiencing during the last eight years. Tragic, indeed. Thank God for the freedoms we have and enjoy! I was NOT able to open the link on Pogorelich. Can you double-check that link and send it ...
by Lance
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Frederick August Stock
Replies: 2
Views: 930

Re: Frederick August Stock

I have always been a fan of Frederick Stock who, indeed, take a hit with regard to his stature of conductor of one of America's finest orchestras. And like you, I have all the volumes of the Dante/Lys transfers. Some good recordings also appeared on Biddulph and the Private Collection of the CSO. An...
by Lance
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pogorelich live 1981,1982
Replies: 14
Views: 1615

Re: Pogorelich live 1981,1982

Yes, like you, Brian, I have the 14 originally-released CDs (including some of the LPs that fortunately made it to CD). Individualism is right-on about his playing. I felt the same way about Russian pianist André Gavrilov, who, unfortunately, went off on a rather very deep end. Gavrilov's early reco...
by Lance
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Essential" Brahms recordings
Replies: 7
Views: 1067

Re: "Essential" Brahms recordings

I found the list disappointing, too. Some excellent recordings are shown thereon, but, like Brian/maestrob, some of the great recordings of the past far outweigh many of those listed. Music is, after all, much more than the finest in just sound reproduction. Furtwangler, Toscanini, and many others, ...
by Lance
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 2593

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

Barney, absolutely delight in the work of both violinists. While I have almost everything Grumiaux recorded (I never did get the big box years ago before mega-boxes came forth) but collected his recordings on LPs and CDs voraciously. Szeryng is also a grand artist, quite different, as has been noted...
by Lance
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Community Music Appreciation Program 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 915

Re: Community Music Appreciation Program 2019

Sue, for February 28th, you present: “Frank Loesser – A Man of Many Talents” (Ian Wheeler); The composer of such musicals as “Where’s Charlie?”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Most Happy Fella”, “How to Succeed in Business” and “Greenwillow”. Today, a look at the musicals of this excellent theatre composer. To ...
by Lance
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach
Replies: 21
Views: 2878

Re: The consolation of Johann Sebastian Bach

Sue, VERY SORRY to hear about a "very serious surgery." Keep your delightful spirits up. I cannot think of a better way to get prepared than by listening to, especially, Johann Sebastian Bach. For me, Mozart does some wonders, and Schubert, both especially in their choral works. Our thoughts and pra...
by Lance
Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Selling the Pittsburg Sym Orch
Replies: 4
Views: 958

Re: Selling the Pittsburg Sym Orch

I have lots with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Reiner, lots of Steinberg, Previn, Maazel. But I think I will stop there insofar as Pittsburgh's orchestra is concerned, except if there are some amazing collaborations.
by Lance
Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 2593

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

Yes, Brian, I quite concur. I don't think I would be in the market for a complete Ormandy edition either. Like you, have much on LP and a considerable amount on CD already, singly and in the smaller boxed sets that have been issued. We DO have to draw a line somewhere, though Szell was quite a diffe...
by Lance
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Selling the Pittsburg Sym Orch
Replies: 4
Views: 958

Re: Selling the Pittsburg Sym Orch

Yes, I see these major changes in symphony programs, nationally and locally. In large communities, you may get more non-grey-heads and not the general attendees who come to hear the traditional symphonic works, concertos, etc. If you aren't a NYC or a Pittsburgh, etc., the small community orchestra ...
by Lance
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 2593

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

The closest I've seen to a Casadesus "edition" was issued in France, acquired by me in 2004 (it may have come out much earlier than that year). I haven't seen another copy since, but it consisted of 19 CDs on Sony Classical [5034002], which included performances with his wife Gaby, son Jean, and col...
by Lance
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?
Replies: 22
Views: 2593

Re: So, now what's left after Szell to buy?

THAT would really have to be a mega-box! No doubt surpassing Szell's given all of Ormandy's Columbia and RCA discs.
jserraglio wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:35 am
Ormandy