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by Holden Fourth
Tue Oct 28, 2014 3:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: the Liszt Sonata in B minor
Replies: 13
Views: 2101

Re: the Liszt Sonata in B minor

My favourite is by Cziffra. Surprisingly, it's not the barnstorming performance you'd expect from him and has many wonderfully contemplative moments. This is a side of Liszt's music that we tend to forget and was so wonderfully brought out by Fiorentino in his CD of the same title seen in the Fioren...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jasper, ABQ BioPark Tasmainian devil, dies
Replies: 3
Views: 895

Re: Jasper, ABQ BioPark Tasmainian devil, dies

Tasmanian devils are unique creatures in that they transmit cancer to each other by their fight bites. I don't have a link, or rather am too lazy to look one up, but if anyone is interested I'm sure they can easily find out the details. .......and a fight is likely to be the initial cause of Jasper...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Sep 27, 2014 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NORMALCY
Replies: 33
Views: 2228

Re: NORMALCY

From DSOTM

"We're all of us mad........"
by Holden Fourth
Sat Sep 13, 2014 4:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A bad Facebook experience
Replies: 22
Views: 1759

Re: A bad Facebook experience

I also love FB as a way of keeping up with distant family and friends and I have a similar experience to yours. One of my nieces writes the most execrable drivel and it's an embarrassment to read it. Rather than 'unfriend' her which would not be a nice thing to do, I have rest my news page to ignore...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Sep 13, 2014 3:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jorge Bolet's complete RCA & Columbia LPs now on CDs!
Replies: 5
Views: 1458

Re: Jorge Bolet's complete RCA & Columbia LPs now on CDs!

These two discs constitute the Bolet component of the series, Great Pianists of the Twentieth Century. It's Bolet at his best: [6-7] Bolet at Carnegie Hall 1974: Bach/Busoni Chaconne; Chopin 24 Preludes, Op. 28; Schulz-Evler Arabesques from J. Strauss's 'By the Beautiful Blue Danube'; Johann Straus...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Historic piano recordings
Replies: 9
Views: 1300

Re: Historic piano recordings

Kentner seems to have suffered from his vinyl recordings not making it to CD. I have at home a two LP set of Kentner playing all the Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies. As he was a noted Liszt specialist this is a recording of historical interest but the only version on CD is the one I had made for me by a ...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jokes So Awful They Could Provoke You To Murder
Replies: 163
Views: 35860

Re: Jokes So Awful They Could Provoke You To Murder

What do you call a man with no arms or legs swimming - Bob. What do you call a man with Seagulls on his head - Cliff What do you call a one legged Irish woman - Eileen What do you call a man with a shovel in his head - Doug What do you call a man without a shovel in his head - Douglas What do you ca...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does anybody know how to ... ? (technical question)
Replies: 19
Views: 1198

Re: Does anybody know how to ... ? (technical question)

Image

Simple solution

I posted this using Firefox

find the image

Right click on image

choose: Copy Image Location

Then paste as usual in your post
by Holden Fourth
Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marie-Aimee Varro
Replies: 10
Views: 1962

Re: Marie-Aimee Varro

The label is Orion but Naxos has 46 pages in its listings so this would be a long way around finding everything by Varro in its database.

I found the recordings by typing Varro into the NML Keyword Search box.

If you still have problems then I do have another solution.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marie-Aimee Varro
Replies: 10
Views: 1962

Re: Marie-Aimee Varro

NML has 8 CDs of her performances.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marie-Aimee Varro
Replies: 10
Views: 1962

Marie-Aimee Varro

There was a previous thread about her in 2006 which is now locked. http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=11145&sid=de08ab5d00676a765741d4b2bafa66f3 Her recordings are now available on NML and include, joy of joys, her exciting rendition of the Liszt Paganini Etudes. I haven't heard ...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The VERDI Requiem
Replies: 33
Views: 6478

Re: The VERDI Requiem

Cliftwood here.. Some other suggestions of this masterpiece worth hearing.. Boston/Leinsdorf..Nilsson,Chookasian, Bergonzi,Flagello Rome Opera/Serafin..Caniglia,Stignani, Gigli, Pinza NY Philharmonic/Bernstein..Arroyo, Veasey, Domingo,Raimondi Hi, maestrob and holden !! Can't get here with my old p...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The VERDI Requiem
Replies: 33
Views: 6478

Re: The VERDI Requiem

If I started to collect music DVDs (I'm already into movies!), I would end up in the poor house! It's bad enough just with compact discs, as it was with LPs during their heyday! One wonders why major companies like DGG would not issue a CD of the performance given such a glorious cast as you mentio...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jun 22, 2014 3:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The VERDI Requiem
Replies: 33
Views: 6478

Re: The VERDI Requiem

Ted/Lance: I have the new Barenboim/Verdi Requiem, and it's quite good. Barenboim has tamed his style in recent years, and seems more disciplined to my ears. His recent Manon w/Netrebko on DVD was outstanding, as have his Bruckner IV & V (also on DVD) and Elgar II and Cello Concerto on CD (w/Alisa ...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jun 22, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: This IPod thing is awesome!
Replies: 4
Views: 657

Re: This IPod thing is awesome!

.....and of course your iPhone and iPad will also allow you to do this.

Thanks for the heads up about CD option - has anyone found it on their iPad/Phone or is it an iPod only feature?
by Holden Fourth
Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The VERDI Requiem
Replies: 33
Views: 6478

Re: The VERDI Requiem

If I started to collect music DVDs (I'm already into movies!), I would end up in the poor house! It's bad enough just with compact discs, as it was with LPs during their heyday! One wonders why major companies like DGG would not issue a CD of the performance given such a glorious cast as you mentio...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Jun 21, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The VERDI Requiem
Replies: 33
Views: 6478

Re: The VERDI Requiem

I agree with you Lance that this is glorious music. I either own or have heard a number of the recordings in your list but my favourite isn't there. It's a DVD made in La Scala conducted by von Karajan. He has a superb groups of soloists: Cossotto, Ghiaurov, Leontyne Price and a young, non-bearded P...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Iraq about to fall?
Replies: 74
Views: 6412

Re: Iraq about to fall?

Why bother? The place is medieval and we should just step back and let them get on with killing each other in the name of conflicting versions of their own personal god. So they own a bit of oil - who cares? Let's leave the Arabs to sort out their own excrement by themselves.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday to Lance
Replies: 22
Views: 2610

Re: Happy Birthday to Lance

Happy Birthday Lance - hope it's a good one
by Holden Fourth
Wed May 28, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Orff: Carmina Burana recorded renditions
Replies: 14
Views: 4596

Re: Orff: Carmina Burana recorded renditions

My seminal recording of this work was: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Krr%2B%2BoknL._SL500_AA280_.jpg and it still rates very highly. However, I also acquired the Ormandy and like Lance, I tend to see this as the version I prefer above all others. There is a lot of support for the Jochum bu...
by Holden Fourth
Mon May 19, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Witold Malcuzynski
Replies: 7
Views: 1071

Re: Witold Malcuzynski

Amazon US has this listed for $34.00 not the $23 quoted. Still cheap and still worth getting.

I've placed my order through Amazon UK and have ended up paying $AUS 34.50 including p&h.
by Holden Fourth
Sun May 18, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Witold Malcuzynski
Replies: 7
Views: 1071

Re: Witold Malcuzynski

I had some LPs of his Chopin which I thought were excellent so I will probably invest in this box set. I already have the Brahms and Beethoven on another CD but it's his Chopin I want to hear again.
by Holden Fourth
Thu May 08, 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: On Melodiya's 50th anniversary
Replies: 14
Views: 2015

Re: On Melodiya's 50th anniversary

I would be interested to see what Melodiya have got of Grigory Sokolov that is not available elsewhere. I know that there is a lot of LvB that he recorded that is not currently available so here's hoping.
by Holden Fourth
Sat May 03, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is there still hope for us so-so pianists?
Replies: 6
Views: 967

Re: Is there still hope for us so-so pianists?

Interesting that the author also includes the Michelangeli performance which is the best I've ever heard.
by Holden Fourth
Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Alternatives to Internet Explorer
Replies: 10
Views: 1080

Re: Alternatives to Internet Explorer

Haven't used IE in years. It's bloated, contains all sorts of features that I don't want and is slower than the other browsers. I'm a Firefox fan on my PC for some of the reasons listed in John's post and I use Chrome on my iPad. If there was a Firefox app for iPad I'd use that too.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Firefox version 29
Replies: 12
Views: 1208

Re: Firefox version 29

I have Windows 8 here at work (and at home) and have just updated. I'll report back but as I also use Chrome I can't see any issues for me.
by Holden Fourth
Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Donald Isler Plays Beethoven Sonata No. 31, Op. 110
Replies: 6
Views: 1236

Re: Donald Isler Plays Beethoven Sonata No. 31, Op. 110

Donald, I have your CD of this sonata and once again I was in awe of what you can do with the slow movements in the LvB sonatas.
by Holden Fourth
Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Education: Common Core under attack
Replies: 24
Views: 1750

Re: Education: Common Core under attack

Holden, one cannot have 'understanding' without 'knowledge'. This 'either/or' thing with education is part of the problem, IMO. I agree that knowledge is a prerequisite for understanding and this leads to the point I am trying to make. How you use knowledge is what should be paramount. If the Core ...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Education: Common Core under attack
Replies: 24
Views: 1750

Re: Education: Common Core under attack

Any system that seeks to assess knowledge, as opposed to understanding, is assessing only a small part of the human intellect and is therefore doing the majority of its students a major disservice
by Holden Fourth
Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor
Replies: 23
Views: 2132

Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor

I've just listened to the Kogan/Rostropovich/Gilels on Spotify. I've heard others that are very good (Heifetz/Piatigorsky/Rubinstein) but this performance just jumped out at me as being exceptional.
by Holden Fourth
Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert
Replies: 52
Views: 4774

Re: Schubert

As a fellow lover of Schubert's music there are a few other works I'd like to add to Tarantella's list. The Arpeggione sonata for Cello and Piano is a beautiful example of his gift for creating exquisite melodies. The two Piano trios are also wonderful. Finally, the Wanderer Fantasy for solo piano i...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arthur Rubinstein Complete Edition Odyssey
Replies: 20
Views: 2590

Re: Arthur Rubinstein Complete Edition Odyssey

Excellent post, thanks. I agree re Chopin: note for note, he is my all-time favourite, especially with the nocturnes, which are probably my favourite Chopin. An excellent Schubert, the last piano sonata, was not on your list but would be on mine. There were two D960s in the box, which one are you r...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arthur Rubinstein Complete Edition Odyssey
Replies: 20
Views: 2590

Re: Arthur Rubinstein Complete Edition Odyssey

Order the Moscow concert DVD that was left out of this set and prepare to have your mind blown all over again! I've been thinking about doing that. I have a CD recording from the now defunct Russian Revelation label which had all the Chopin from that concert and your post has convinced me that this...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arthur Rubinstein Complete Edition Odyssey
Replies: 20
Views: 2590

Arthur Rubinstein Complete Edition Odyssey

I purchased the Arthur Rubinstein complete edition towards the end of last year and every weekend since then I have played at least a couple of the CDs each morning in order from CD 1 to CD 142. It is now time to set down my thoughts on the edition and Rubinstein the musician. The most striking thin...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia: land of perpetual climactic extremes?
Replies: 11
Views: 1953

Re: Australia: land of perpetual climactic extremes?

I'm 1000 kms further north than Tarantella and our summer has been one of ups and downs as far as temperature goes. Overall, I'd have to say it's been a relatively warm summer for us but not extreme. The one thing we could really do with here is rain which we have seen very little of for the last fo...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Feb 22, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What's wrong with American news media
Replies: 32
Views: 2869

Re: What's wrong with American news media

There will never be a perfect society; what's 'wrong' with the media is generally what's 'wrong' with society at large. We mostly get the media we deserve; unless people stop consuming rubbish it will continue to be dished up to them. Last night I watched an interview with a popular Australian colu...
by Holden Fourth
Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Need basic smart phone advice
Replies: 3
Views: 538

Re: Need basic smart phone advice

There are only two phones on the market worth considering - Samsung Galaxy and iPhone 5s.
by Holden Fourth
Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Climate change is a fact"
Replies: 101
Views: 3695

Re: "Climate change is a fact"

What would you accept as empirical evidence? Because it seems to me that there's plenty of evidence that humans have changed the environment in other ways, such as the effect of aerosol gas on the ozone layer. So I'm open to the argument that we are changing the climate as well, by pouring greenhou...
by Holden Fourth
Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Climate change is a fact"
Replies: 101
Views: 3695

Re: "Climate change is a fact"

Yes, this old argument which we heard many times before on these forums: a. there's no climate change; b. there's always been climate change over the millenia; c. there's climate change but it ain't caused by humans. I bet rwetmore's and holden fourth's prior messages, particularly four or so years...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 50 Greatest Recordings of All Time
Replies: 25
Views: 4499

Re: 50 Greatest Recordings of All Time

As for methodology, I don't see how there can be one when we're talking about "greatness." Criteria, perhaps; historical authority and importance (the composer himself performing, or performers with a close connection with the composer), influence on performance practice, etc. Toscanini would quali...
by Holden Fourth
Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Climate change is a fact"
Replies: 101
Views: 3695

Re: "Climate change is a fact"

a demonstration of the ability of any politician to state the obvious as if it was a revelation. He is certainly correct, the earth's climate has not been in stasis for many millenia now but that's nature I guess.
by Holden Fourth
Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brendel and Beethoven
Replies: 18
Views: 3878

Re: Brendel and Beethoven

I should have made it more apparent in my comments that while I prefer the second of his three Beethoven cycles, there at least a dozen other cycles I would recommend ahead of it. But I've not heard anyone play the slow movement of the Hammerklavier the way Brendel plays it. He is a master of the l...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Donald Isler!
Replies: 15
Views: 2061

Re: Happy Birthday, Donald Isler!

Many happy returns to a fellow Capricorn.
by Holden Fourth
Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Holden Fourth!
Replies: 6
Views: 1096

Re: Happy Birthday, Holden Fourth!

Thank you for you birthday wishes. just arrived back home last night . Let's hope that this year is far less traumatic and dramatic than the last one. :roll:
by Holden Fourth
Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Noise-cancelling earbuds recommendation needed
Replies: 2
Views: 1054

Re: Noise-cancelling earbuds recommendation needed

Noise-cancelling earbuds recommendation needed. For all-around listening, including classical. Would someone be willing to recommend one of these? What about the Bose QuietComfort 20? I would be willing to pay up to 300 dollars. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Nearly all in ear monitors (IEM...
by Holden Fourth
Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Hungerford CD of a Live Beethoven Recital Released
Replies: 3
Views: 808

Re: New Hungerford CD of a Live Beethoven Recital Released

KASP Records is happy to announce that the new 2 CD album of Bruce Hungerford playing a live Beethoven sonata recital is now available. The program, which includes five sonatas (one of them being Op. 111) plus two encores is the first ever released live recording of the works of the composer with w...
by Holden Fourth
Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cholesterol: new guidelines
Replies: 28
Views: 2587

Re: Cholesterol: new guidelines

I stopped taking my prescribed statin nearly 2 weeks ago, and after just a few days the symptoms (easily tired legs when walking, sore lower back) diminished quite a lot. Whether it's cause and effect or some kind of negative placebo effect, who knows? Whatever, it's a significant improvement. Even...
by Holden Fourth
Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About those boxed sets...
Replies: 33
Views: 4308

Re: About those boxed sets...

With access to online streaming music services such as Spotify, I thought that my CD buying days were virtually over. So I can't explain why I've just purchased the 142 CD Arthur Rubinstein Complete Album Collection. Glad I did though, the remastering is sonically impressive and all the other littl...
by Holden Fourth
Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About those boxed sets...
Replies: 33
Views: 4308

Re: About those boxed sets...

With access to online streaming music services such as Spotify, I thought that my CD buying days were virtually over. So I can't explain why I've just purchased the 142 CD Arthur Rubinstein Complete Album Collection. Glad I did though, the remastering is sonically impressive and all the other little...