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by Lance
Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NEW: Renée Fleming & Yannick Nézet-Seguin, piano
Replies: 0
Views: 50

NEW: Renée Fleming & Yannick Nézet-Seguin, piano

New from Decca, B0034565, 56:56 VOICE OF NATURE THE ANTHROPOCENE Renée Fleming, soprano Yannick Nézet-Seguin, piano Says Miss Fleming: "This music begins in a time almost two centuries ago when people had a profound connection to the beauty of nature. Now, in the Anthropocene, we see the effects of...
by Lance
Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More than a Myth: Engelberg Humperdinck
Replies: 2
Views: 73

More than a Myth: Engelberg Humperdinck

I speak of Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921), and not the singer of the same name! We all know composer Humperdinck from his great opera, Hansel and Gretel . Hänssler Classic, the fine German label, has issued a CD [21022] entitled More than a Myth: Chamber Music & Songs that gives us a much broader...
by Lance
Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Paderewski's own compositions
Replies: 2
Views: 64

Pianist Paderewski's own compositions

As the note on the new Naxos disc explains of Ignacy Paderewski [1860-1941] : "Although Paderweski is more readily associated with his career as a legendary virtuoso pianist, his modest output of 70 orchestra[, instrumental and vocal works deserves to be more widely known. Prominent among his vocal ...
by Lance
Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First-class oboist: Albrecht Mayer • DGG
Replies: 1
Views: 56

First-class oboist: Albrecht Mayer • DGG

DGG just released an 'expanded edition' of oboist ALBRECHT MAYER performing works for Oboe & Orchestra and Oboe & Piano. This is a follow-up edition to his previously released Mozart CD with CD 2 including bonus tracks of opera arias and other works. The orchestral works include the Deutsche Kammerp...
by Lance
Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Igor Markevitch - conductor - new compilation boxes
Replies: 2
Views: 76

Igor Markevitch - conductor - new compilation boxes

Not sure how conductor Igor Markevitch fares with CMGers. Arrived just a while ago, Decca's reissue of his "The Philips Legacy" [484 1744, 28 CDs boxed set]. Tomorrow I anticipate receiving DGG Eloquence's 21-CD boxed set [484 1659]. The Decca/Philips blurb: "The legendary conductor Igor Markevitch ...
by Lance
Thu Nov 25, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4424
Views: 1754631

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

Lots of new things coming my way - only more time needed to enjoy it all. Lately, Henri Bertini's (1798-1876) Nonetto in D, Op. 107 and his Grand Trio in A, Op. 43, all with Linos Ensemble - CPO 555 353, 70:17.
by Lance
Thu Nov 25, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Kiri in Concert: Montreal 1986 (Full Orchestra)
Replies: 3
Views: 76

Re: Dame Kiri in Concert: Montreal 1986 (Full Orchestra)

Always have had a great love for Dame Kiri and her recordings. While I have most of her recordings - I miss anything new from her! I met her once in Ithaca, New York - she was an absolute charmer - and a beauty!
by Lance
Thu Nov 25, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving to CMG's Family of Music-Loving Friends
Replies: 4
Views: 69

Re: Happy Thanksgiving to CMG's Family of Music-Loving Friends

Ah yes - thank you for the Thanksgiving greeting. It has been a lovely day to celebrate all the wonderful things we still continue to enjoy despite all the problems of the world. Yes, Lance is busier than usual and does try to get in and look around here and add something now and again. I truly love...
by Lance
Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cheesy Holiday Music, Redux
Replies: 9
Views: 168

Re: Cheesy Holiday Music, Redux

Agree completely. Unfortunately, the preponderance of people seem to want to hear the pop tunes associated with Christmas holidays. Besides the traditional classical Christmas music alluded to above there is a wonderful Christmas oratorio by Czech composer Jakub Ryba that few people know about, work...
by Lance
Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alexandre Tharaud plays Schubert on Erato
Replies: 2
Views: 95

Alexandre Tharaud plays Schubert on Erato

I have long been following the pianism of Alexandre Tharaud on the several labels for whom he has recorded, Erato, EMI, Virgin, Alpha, Arion, Dante, Harmonia Mundi, LPO, Naive/Valois, and Naxos. His newest is a 71:44-minute recording of Schubert's piano music: 4 Impromptus, D899/Op. 90; 6 Moments mu...
by Lance
Sat Nov 20, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording
Replies: 26
Views: 447

Re: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording

Well, yes, of course, but then I think of Schumann when I see Brahms' name. Insofar as Beethoven is concerned, however, I would choose the 7th and 9th though they are all indispensable. And somehow I recall that Schumann's 4th was published as the fourth though the 3rd/Rhenish was finished first. I ...
by Lance
Sat Nov 20, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording
Replies: 26
Views: 447

Re: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording

Actually, that's how I feel. On the other hand, we have to give today's artists a chance to record if not necessarily for us "oldsters," then for the "newbies." Yes?
diegobueno wrote:
Sat Nov 20, 2021 5:48 pm
Oh boy! Just what the world needs! Another recording of Brahms 4th. :roll:
by Lance
Sat Nov 20, 2021 1:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording
Replies: 26
Views: 447

Re: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording

Somewhere along the way, I realize I have to draw the line. I will, no doubt, audition the Honeck recording somewhere but will not add it to my collection. When I see a thread like this, I always wonder how many recording of the Brahms 4th do I have of this or any composition. I almost hesitate to t...
by Lance
Mon Nov 08, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New BIS releases
Replies: 24
Views: 2842

Re: New BIS releases

I quite agree. For me the Grumiaux/Haskil takes first place followed by Casadesus/Francescatti . Oddly, Grumiaux never completed the Beethoven cycle with Arrau. The others you mention I also have, and quite wonderful are they as well. We have so many choices ... how lucky we are, eh? Arthur Grumiau...
by Lance
Sun Nov 07, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: She Was an Organist for the Ages
Replies: 2
Views: 342

Re: She Was an Organist for the Ages

Oddly, the only CD recording I had of Jeanne Demessieux [1921-1968] appeared on Decca Eloquence 480 0833, two Handel organ concertos with Ernest Ansermet conducting. A couple days ago, her complete Decca Legacy set arrived on my doorstep, 8 CDs [484 1424] featuring all her Decca recordings includin...
by Lance
Sun Nov 07, 2021 12:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Celebrated Brazilian classical pianist Nelson Freire has died, aged 77
Replies: 27
Views: 1164

Re: Celebrated Brazilian classical pianist Nelson Freire has died, aged 77

In 2014, Sony Classical came out with Freire's complete recordings (7 CDs) [00228]. I'm wondering if Decca will come forth with a complete Freire set embracing all his Decca, DGG, and Philips recordings. These would include his collaborations with Argerich. There were also one or two CDs with Argeri...
by Lance
Sun Nov 07, 2021 12:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marian Anderson: A Voice of Authenticity and Justice
Replies: 3
Views: 323

Re: Marian Anderson: A Voice of Authenticity and Justice

Tommasini nails it! This turns out to be a wonderful and memorable set. I wrote here about it when first released, got the set immediately and have not been disappointed. This release could be the set of the year.
by Lance
Sun Nov 07, 2021 12:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Review: Michael Tilson Thomas, a Podium Hero, Returns
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: Review: Michael Tilson Thomas, a Podium Hero, Returns

Very pleased MTT has returned to the podium and has survived his trauma.
by Lance
Sun Nov 07, 2021 12:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jake Gardner, bass-baritone dies
Replies: 1
Views: 240

Jake Gardner, bass-baritone dies

One of our favorite local and international singers, JAKE GARDNER, and someone I have communicated with over the years, has passed away. Here is a link providing more information from our one of our local writers.

https://broomearts.org/charismatic-tco- ... ain-tumor/
by Lance
Wed Nov 03, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cziffra Complete Studio Recordings
Replies: 17
Views: 1009

Re: Cziffra Complete Studio Recordings

I haven't looked yet, but what is the average price of this new reissue of Cziffra?
by Lance
Tue Nov 02, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Celebrated Brazilian classical pianist Nelson Freire has died, aged 77
Replies: 27
Views: 1164

Re: Celebrated Brazilian classical pianist Nelson Freire has died, aged 77

Very sad to learn of Freire's passing. Fortunately, I have a massive catalogue of his recordings from the early days right up to his final recordings for Decca. I have always greatly admired his artistry. One-by-one, they leave us.
by Lance
Wed Oct 27, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert attendance still not where it needs to be
Replies: 1
Views: 312

Concert attendance still not where it needs to be

Working as I do as a concert piano technician, I am around all sorts of artists and people working assiduously to improve this situation. Perhaps it is better in the major cities. In smaller areas, however, just about every artist and administrator I know is attempting to forge ahead with recitals ...
by Lance
Wed Oct 27, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More Furtwängler: his complete Deccas, 3 CDs.
Replies: 0
Views: 242

More Furtwängler: his complete Deccas, 3 CDs.

If the massive Warner set isn't enough of Furtwängler for you, you can amplify that with another three CDs totaling another 190 minutes. The tray liner notes: "Two legendary studio recordings and a 1951 concert from Munich: the small but precious Decca legacy of one of the twentieth century's greate...
by Lance
Wed Oct 27, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Handel's complete organ concertos for PIANO and Orchestra
Replies: 1
Views: 247

Handel's complete organ concertos for PIANO and Orchestra

This is a totally new set for me of Handel's organ concertos, originally recorded in 2013 and 2014 for the fine German label CPO. They have now all been released by CPO in a 3-CD set [555.413, all SACDs]. The pianist is Matthias Kirschneriet with the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss under the directio...
by Lance
Mon Oct 25, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mady Mesple, French coloratura soprano
Replies: 1
Views: 229

Re: Mady Mesple, French coloratura soprano

What a coloratura! Always loved her. Collected everything I could, all EMI's and Eratos. But then I always had a fascination for red-heads! There is also an interesting opera by Adam, La Toreador , on Musidisc 201672 with Eugene Bigot conducting. Mesple had quite a diverse repertoire and had some gr...
by Lance
Fri Oct 22, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Goodbye, white tie and tails
Replies: 8
Views: 696

Re: Goodbye, white tie and tails

Oh, didn't you know, Brian and Barney ... you buy a "clip-on!" and hope it doesn't fall off. (Ho, ho, ho!) :oops:
maestrob wrote:
Sat Oct 09, 2021 6:57 am
Besides, who knows how to tie a bow tie these days, let alone make a Windsor knot? 😉
by Lance
Fri Oct 22, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chinese Pianist Is Held on Prostitution Suspicion, State Media Says
Replies: 4
Views: 406

Re: Chinese Pianist Is Held on Prostitution Suspicion, State Media Says

Well, nothing surprises me any more. This will, no doubt, have a negative affect on the career of this fine pianist.
by Lance
Fri Oct 22, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Grumiaux surprise in the mail today!
Replies: 2
Views: 331

A Grumiaux surprise in the mail today!

Yes, all the way from England regarding the complete Arthur Grumiaux set ... the replacement disc #45, Beethoven Violin Concerto with Concertgebouw-Colin Davis and Romances, Opp. 40/50 with the New Philharmonia under De Waart. I was about ready to give up on hoping Decca would replace the incorrect ...
by Lance
Fri Oct 22, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernard Haitink, Conductor Who Let Music Speak for Itself, Dies at 92
Replies: 19
Views: 1086

Re: Bernard Haitink, Conductor Who Let Music Speak for Itself, Dies at 92

I was surprised to see how much I have on CD recordings by Haitink. I usually bought him because of the amazing number of collaborations he appears in ... name a soloist or singer and you will probably find a recording with Haitink conducting. Naturally, have all Beethoven symphonies, Bruckner and m...
by Lance
Thu Oct 21, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Backblaze Cloud Storage Question
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Re: Backblaze Cloud Storage Question

Sorry, cannot comment on this inasmuch as I don't use this service, or any similar to it. All of my music is on CD (or LP, the latter of which I don't play very often) these days.
by Lance
Wed Oct 20, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Canfield Guides, anyone?
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: Canfield Guides, anyone?

I have had contact with Dave Canfield and over the years have purchased LPs from him. I don't have his lists, however. I do have CD recordings (and LPs) of his work nonetheless. He may even remember me! Please convey my best wishes to him. I have a HUGE LP collection which I would like to let go at ...
by Lance
Wed Oct 20, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cziffra Complete Studio Recordings
Replies: 17
Views: 1009

Re: Cziffra Complete Studio Recordings

I got the original EMI set when first issued for $86/USD including postage from France. I understand the set went big-time price wise. Try to get anything and everything with the pianist including his Decca, Appian, Hungaroton, Aura/Ermitage, ICA, Medici Arts, Melo, Zenith and quite a number of priv...
by Lance
Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Conductor’s Impossible Legacy
Replies: 17
Views: 1116

Re: A Conductor’s Impossible Legacy

The below is from Presto's web site from the UK. To hear the actual podcast you need to visit the Presto site. Rob Cowan & David Hurwitz By Paul Thomas "German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886-1954) was one of the towering musical giants of the 20th century, a man whose near-mythical reputation i...
by Lance
Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fabulous American tenor: Michael Spyres
Replies: 1
Views: 241

Fabulous American tenor: Michael Spyres

My interest in American tenor Michael Spyres happened after I listened to his Erato recording [52694] with tenor Lawrence Brownlee entitled "Friends/Rivals" [Amici e Rivali]. The quest to get his other recordings has produced three additional CDs of the man's voice for my ever-growing collection eve...
by Lance
Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Female Conductor Joins the Ranks of Top U.S. Orchestras
Replies: 5
Views: 652

Re: Female Conductor Joins the Ranks of Top U.S. Orchestras

I am so pleased Stutzmann has the Atlanta position. Atlanta has come a LONG way in becoming a top-rated American orchestra from the time Robert Shaw took over its reigns and is evidenced in many Telarc recordings. I have heard some wonderful, live concerts in Atlanta. Also, I am a devoted fan of Stu...
by Lance
Sun Oct 17, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Blackface ‘Othello’ Shocks, and a Professor Steps Back From Class
Replies: 10
Views: 680

Re: A Blackface ‘Othello’ Shocks, and a Professor Steps Back From Class

Where blackface is employed, I, too, feel it is often extreme and offensive. I had forgotten that Maggie Smith was the Desdemona in this controversial film, and that this prescient review existed. Thanks for unearthing it. I do remember that when I saw the film originally, I thought the makeup was e...
by Lance
Sun Oct 17, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jaime Laredo - Complete RCA/Columbia Recordings
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Re: Jaime Laredo - Complete RCA/Columbia Recordings

Yes, you will be pleased. My copy arrived today ... very well done as an honor to Jaime Laredo. I was quite surprised about his age as well.
by Lance
Sat Oct 16, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Conductor’s Impossible Legacy
Replies: 17
Views: 1116

Re: A Conductor’s Impossible Legacy

I've got five of Michael H. Kater's books all dealing with Nazi matters. He researches his subjects supremely well.
by Lance
Sat Oct 16, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jaime Laredo - Complete RCA/Columbia Recordings
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Jaime Laredo - Complete RCA/Columbia Recordings

https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/search?search_query=Jaime%20Laredo "The complete recordings by Grammy-winning violinist Jaime Laredo in a single 22-CD edition in celebration of his 80th birthday June 7, 2021. This set covers his first recordings for RCA after his win of the famous Concours Rei...
by Lance
Tue Oct 05, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stokowski rehearses Rachmaninoff Rhapsody
Replies: 2
Views: 379

Re: Stokowski rehearses Rachmaninoff Rhapsody

Loved this ... am a devoted follower to the work of Leopold Stokowski. Very nice find on your part!
by Lance
Mon Oct 04, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler: 55-CD Warner set has arrived!
Replies: 12
Views: 1202

Re: Furtwängler: 55-CD Warner set has arrived!

Gotcha! Understand. On the other hand, Liberace was quite the entertainer. I don't know if there would ever be a $150 box given to the artist, but even then, I can't fathom buying the Stockhausen material. Nonetheless, it might be interesting to hear. Not for me, thanks. (I would rather spend $150.0...
by Lance
Mon Oct 04, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler: 55-CD Warner set has arrived!
Replies: 12
Views: 1202

Re: Furtwängler: 55-CD Warner set has arrived!

Well, perhaps I WAS stretching the point! But you know what I mean. Insofar the Victorian composers , I am very interested in them. It would have been better to say conductors from the very late 1890s who made some recordings and those to about 1950! Thank you, as always, for clarifying my point, Ba...
by Lance
Mon Oct 04, 2021 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler: 55-CD Warner set has arrived!
Replies: 12
Views: 1202

Re: Furtwängler: 55-CD Warner set has arrived!

Hmm, interesting. No question, we all have our likes/dislikes/favourites/etc. and for whatever reasons, no one should deny us. I held Toscanini, Mengelberg, Weingartner, Koussevitzky, Beecham, Walter and some others of that period in the same vein recognizing the difference among their conceptions o...
by Lance
Mon Oct 04, 2021 12:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2016 New Yorker Magazine interview with Yuja Wang
Replies: 4
Views: 712

Re: 2016 New Yorker Magazine interview with Yuja Wang

Absolutely enjoyed reading this entire article on Yuja. People often forget that great artists are human beings—great as they are—and have the same needs and desires we all do. We place them on a pedestal, and why not? They give us something special. In that vein of humanism, today, Sunday, October ...
by Lance
Mon Oct 04, 2021 12:12 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Eroica Duo: Sara Sant'Ambrogio and Erika Nickrenz
Replies: 0
Views: 484

Eroica Duo: Sara Sant'Ambrogio and Erika Nickrenz

Today, Sunday, I had the pleasure of preparing a piano for cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio —my third or fourth time preparing her piano for concert. It had been a few years since I last saw her. Her pianist was an equally gifted Erika Nickrenz ; the pair are called the Eroica Duo , like the Eroica Trio ...
by Lance
Sun Oct 03, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Furtwängler: 55-CD Warner set has arrived!
Replies: 12
Views: 1202

Furtwängler: 55-CD Warner set has arrived!

Most collectors of recorded performances I know covet the recordings of conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler [1986-1954]. The major labels for whom he recorded include EMI, DGG, very few for British Decca, and myriad other labels such as the massive 107-CD boxed set on Brilliant Classics containing many l...
by Lance
Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A glimpse of an Australian Pianist: William Murdoch
Replies: 0
Views: 280

A glimpse of an Australian Pianist: William Murdoch

Always seeking piano recordings , especially of the historical ones who bring to their performances the pianistic practices of their times. Now comes WILLIAM MURDOCH [1888-1942]. Leave it APR (Appian) of England to resurrect these now forgotten recordings and restoring them for the best possible so...
by Lance
Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Felix Slatkin, conductor
Replies: 4
Views: 633

Re: Felix Slatkin, conductor

David, must be and I are the only ones around our platform that are familiar with the art of Felix Slatkin! :(
david johnson wrote:
Fri Sep 24, 2021 2:23 am
The 'Bugler's Dream' on that album is super!
by Lance
Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Sibelius symphonies ...
Replies: 9
Views: 969

Re: The Sibelius symphonies ...

One supplier of CDs shows this for the number of recordings available for each of Sibelius' symphonies. Interestingly, No. 2 takes the high spot with No. 5 following. Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39 (71) Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 43 (87) Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 52 (47) Symphony no 4 in A ...
by Lance
Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Sibelius symphonies ...
Replies: 9
Views: 969

Re: The Sibelius symphonies ...

There is no question: Sibelius was a superlative symphonist. Given just his eight symphonies (actually Nos. 1 thru 7), I could never get much beyond the Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39 [1898] and the Symphony No. 2 in in D Major, Op. 43 [1901]. There are momentous moments in both of those symphon...