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by Lance
Mon Aug 02, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heard of Rainer Hersch?
Replies: 4
Views: 26

Re: Heard of Rainer Hersch?

We sure COULD use a break. There were many laffs on the CD. Good as Hersch is, Victor Borge had the world by the tail in this regard!
by Lance
Mon Aug 02, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Asians Are Represented in Classical Music. But Are They Seen?
Replies: 22
Views: 348

Re: Asians Are Represented in Classical Music. But Are They Seen?

THAT Horowitz box is filled with treasures! I hope that one sticks around for some time! Love it. Added: I just looked on Amazon. That Horowitz box is going for $899.00. Looking around elsewhere, it is available much cheaper. Mine was slightly less than $100/USD when I got it from Amazon/UK when it ...
by Lance
Mon Aug 02, 2021 12:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heard of Rainer Hersch?
Replies: 4
Views: 26

Heard of Rainer Hersch?

Rainer Hersch would be considered the Victor Borge of England, a stand-up, piano-playing comedian. I just recently listened to his live CD, "All Classical Music Explained." [Laughing Stock 0165.] Such things as Musical Tests, Ever Good Boy Deserves Football, Playing the Piano, Scales, Piano Concerto...
by Lance
Sun Aug 01, 2021 11:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductor Peter Maag: Edition
Replies: 6
Views: 141

Re: Conductor Peter Maag: Edition

Must be not a lot of interest in Peter Maag amongst the CMGers.
by Lance
Sun Aug 01, 2021 11:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: She Was Music’s Greatest Teacher. And Much More.
Replies: 4
Views: 86

Re: She Was Music’s Greatest Teacher. And Much More.

Barney, I have been going back-and-forth on getting that DG Eloquence set, comprised of five American Decca recordings, now all in one box. Some reviewers have pointed out that the sound is not very good. American Decca's pressings were never of the highest standards. Since they were recorded in mon...
by Lance
Sun Aug 01, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Asians Are Represented in Classical Music. But Are They Seen?
Replies: 22
Views: 348

Re: Asians Are Represented in Classical Music. But Are They Seen?

Brian, it was interesting, your take on Uchida's Schubert performances. While I haven't collected her recordings in depth, I have much Schumann, Mozart (sonatas, a few concertos), and the five Beethoven Concertos with Sanderling, about 20 CDs in all. After listening to her Schumann, I was also pleas...
by Lance
Sun Aug 01, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prégardien & Katsaris - joint lieder recital
Replies: 1
Views: 16

Prégardien & Katsaris - joint lieder recital

"Prégardien can always be relied upon to approach art song thoughtfully and adventurously … [He] sounds like he’s in his element, striding assuredly through this hit parade and savouring each word. But Katsaris does not always have the light and sense of fantasy to rescue the heavier-handed or slavi...
by Lance
Thu Jul 29, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't believe it ... finally arrived!
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: Can't believe it ... finally arrived!

WOW, Barney ... you are marvelous ... to guess so correctly that it was, indeed the Rodzinski set. (It's not all Rodzinski, however; Darius Milhaud conducts the NYP in one of his own compositions). The booklet, too, is fascinating in that it offers full colour copies of all the covers of the many wa...
by Lance
Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't believe it ... finally arrived!
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: Can't believe it ... finally arrived!

Can't believe I forgot to mention the key words: Artur Rodzinski set.
by Lance
Wed Jul 28, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't believe it ... finally arrived!
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Can't believe it ... finally arrived!

After what seemed like an inordinate wait of time, the SONY 16-CD set of recordings arrived today. It looks really good. Will there be a Cleveland Orchestra set to follow?
by Lance
Tue Jul 27, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music 'til Dawn
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: Music 'til Dawn

I, too, remember "Music 'Til Dawn.' I listened regularly and thought it was a very fine program. I also remember once when there was an American Airlines air crash, and the program was aired without any advertisements included for the airline. A nice tribute to those who perished.
by Lance
Tue Jul 27, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparative recordings of Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody
Replies: 12
Views: 143

Re: Comparative recordings of Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody

Yes, the Matsuev is also a wonderful rendering with Gergiev and the Mariinsky on the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra ... recorded in 2009 on the Mariinsky label. Matsuev has made quite a few fine recordings for the label. Anyone heard Denis Matsuev's recording of the Rhapsody? I saw him live with Montre...
by Lance
Sun Jul 25, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparative recordings of Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody
Replies: 12
Views: 143

Re: Comparative recordings of Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody

I just wrote a lengthy piece to respond to this thread ... alas, I waited too long to submit it and thus lost it. I may try again in a day or two. Let it be said I've favoured the three Artur Rubinstein recordings of the piece, Moiseiwitsch, Rachmaninoff (himself), Yuja Wang, Pennario and several ot...
by Lance
Sat Jul 24, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rafael Kubelik: Complete Deccas on Eloquence [12 CD]
Replies: 10
Views: 151

Rafael Kubelik: Complete Deccas on Eloquence [12 CD]

While my catalogue of recordings by Rafael Kubelik is heavy on his DGG recordings, any many on EMI, a few on American Columbia I had, near as I can determine, none on the British Decca label. Having just acquired Kubelik's complete Chicago SO recordings, I continued looking to see what I missed ... ...
by Lance
Sat Jul 24, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductor Peter Maag: Edition
Replies: 6
Views: 141

Re: Conductor Peter Maag: Edition

Hi Brian, just looked into my CMG message box and don't find a PM from July 4th. Normally, I get notified if there is a PM. Sorry about that. I hope I didn't miss anything!
maestrob wrote:
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:12 am
... ... ...
BTW: Did you get my PM on July 4? I suspect that you're not getting email notifications......
by Lance
Fri Jul 23, 2021 11:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductor Peter Maag: Edition
Replies: 6
Views: 141

Conductor Peter Maag: Edition

Given the plethora of boxed sets released over the years, they still keep coming, thankfully. Today, Decca Eloquence's Peter Maag Edition [484 1485] arrived. This includes his complete recordings for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon and Westminster, all on 20 CDs at a reasonable price. These include all h...
by Lance
Mon Jul 19, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sergio Fiorentino live, 1994
Replies: 25
Views: 3968

Re: Sergio Fiorentino live, 1994

I have the Taiwanese Rhine [006] 6-CD boxed set ... arrived recently, all-Rachmaninoff, but haven't heard it yet. The box arrived with CD 2 in a white envelope indicating the original CD 2 might have some flaws. I thought that was a fine gesture.
by Lance
Wed Jul 14, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sergio Fiorentino live, 1994
Replies: 25
Views: 3968

Re: Sergio Fiorentino live, 1994

I have followed Fiorentino's art since the days of LPs. At this point, I have all the APR issues, of which there are many, and a huge number of Concert Artist/Fidelio CDs. Given the problems the the Concert Artist label where recordings were issued actually performed by other pianists, I have wonder...
by Lance
Wed Jul 14, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wilhelm Kempff Edition: Complete DGG Recordings
Replies: 13
Views: 467

Re: Wilhelm Kempff Edition: Complete DGG Recordings

I have, like many, already have a huge catalogue of Kempff's recordings on major labels, and underground performances and other reissues. 74 listings on major labels, with more than double that number in actual discs . And there's another 63 listings on secondary labels such as Andante, Andromeda, A...
by Lance
Wed Jul 14, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Houston Appoints New Music Director--Americans Need Not Apply
Replies: 9
Views: 283

Re: Houston Appoints New Music Director--Americans Need Not Apply

These are strange times, indeed! I see major changes in our culture, some not so good.
by Lance
Wed Jul 14, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My First Ariane et Barbe-Bleue by Paul Dukas
Replies: 35
Views: 492

Re: My First Ariane et Barbe-Bleue by Paul Dukas

I first thought you were talking of a barbecue? :roll:
by Lance
Wed Jul 14, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I've had a request ...
Replies: 5
Views: 230

I've had a request ...

Yes, I have had a request to SELL CMG to a group buyer, second one I've had. Must be they like what they see, eh? I could not bring myself to do it ... UNLESS $5,000,000,000 was the offer! :lol:
by Lance
Mon Jul 12, 2021 4:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two forgotten English pianists on APR
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Two forgotten English pianists on APR

Also arrived, Appian [APR 6035, 2-CDs] of two English pianists I had never heard of: Mr. Evlyn Howard-Jones (complete solo recordings); and Edward Isaacs (complete solo recordings) . The booklet is hugely informative as information about these artists is almost nil. Haven't heard the recordings yet,...
by Lance
Mon Jul 12, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Mercury/Kubelik box was waiting for me!
Replies: 2
Views: 220

The Mercury/Kubelik box was waiting for me!

Happy to have all of Rafael Kubelik's Chicago SO recordings available in one box. The first CD [Mussorgsky Pictures] comes in at about 28 minutes, nothing else on it! :( But it's worth it. Very interesting book for the set as well. Claudia (Acidy) Cassidy never liked him, hence one reason he left th...
by Lance
Mon Jul 12, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'm back after an extended (needed) vacation!
Replies: 5
Views: 232

I'm back after an extended (needed) vacation!

Hope things went well on CMG for the last three weeks! After much needed R&R, trying to get back into the swing of things. You've heard the saying: "I need a vacation from the vacation!" Well, not quite. Anyway, glad to be back amongst my dear CMGers!
by Lance
Wed Jun 16, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4386
Views: 1634783

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

My copy of "Dreams of a New Day" arrived today. I am looking forward to hearing it. I also am expecting another of his discs. Thank you for the recommendation, Brian.
by Lance
Wed Jun 16, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Kubelik Mercury and Decca Recordings
Replies: 5
Views: 534

Re: The Kubelik Mercury and Decca Recordings

I have a huge number of Rafael Kubelik's recordings on EMI, DGG, Sony Classical, a few Deccas, some on Testament and a few of those issued individually on Mercury. I've already ordered the Mercury/Chicago recordings. I did NOT order the Decca Eloquence box , but Universal apparently did not include ...
by Lance
Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sergei Lyapunov's Transcendental Etudes
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Re: Sergei Lyapunov's Transcendental Etudes

It is always interesting to hear recordings of the same repertoire by the same artist recorded years a part. I've done this with Kenter's recordings, the 1949 EMI recordings which now appear on Appian [5620], also same on Pearl [0154], and his last traversal on Vox, which came out on CD on Carlton C...
by Lance
Tue Jun 15, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dennis Brain 11-CD "complete" issue on Warner
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Dennis Brain 11-CD "complete" issue on Warner

Those of you who have the Dennis Brain EMI or Warner 4-CD set [06010] will be happy to know that Warner has issued their 11-CD set, "Dennis Brain Homage." The recordings were made between 1938 and 1957 and include mono and stereo recordings, world premieres, and CD premieres. See Warner CD set 5019...
by Lance
Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori gets Kennedy Center Honor
Replies: 11
Views: 565

Re: Midori gets Kennedy Center Honor

I once prepared a piano for Midori and her accompanist, McDonald. She was a joy. He was not very pleasant.
by Lance
Mon Jun 07, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 134
Views: 15959

Re: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works

I heard yesterday from SONY. They are sending a replacement disc No. 103 for the faulty disc. It will.be coming from Germany.
by Lance
Mon Jun 07, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 9
Views: 443

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Thank you all for your greetings. Much appreciated. Love all my CMGers. Great music makes it all worthwhile.
by Lance
Sun Jun 06, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 9 Symphonies after Liszt for Piano Solo
Replies: 22
Views: 1203

Re: Beethoven's 9 Symphonies after Liszt for Piano Solo

Given so many sets of complete Beethoven sonatas and symphonies, I have put a damper on getting any more of either. I will, of course, be hearing some of the more recent recordings with collector friends or online. I hesitate to advise how many complete sets I actually have and not to even mention c...
by Lance
Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Doctor’s Call to Return to the Activities You Love
Replies: 1
Views: 243

Re: A Doctor’s Call to Return to the Activities You Love

A very upbeat and inspiring message. Many of us need to really take that message to heart.
by Lance
Fri Jun 04, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Want More Diverse Conductors? Orchestras Should Look to Assistants
Replies: 14
Views: 619

Re: Want More Diverse Conductors? Orchestras Should Look to Assistants

And I wish them luck right along side you! Given the circumstances of the pandemic for over a year now, I think it is going to be a long time before things get back to what we call "normal." It's not the orchestral members or conductors I'm concerned about, but instead, the concert-going public who ...
by Lance
Fri Jun 04, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favorite recording of Eine kleine Nachtmusik?
Replies: 32
Views: 11281

Re: Favorite recording of Eine kleine Nachtmusik?

Well, first off, WELCOME to CMG! We hope you check in with us frequently. You just may become a lover of the world's greatest music! You've selected a major, popular piece by Mozart. Me? I have around 60+ recordings of this favourite serenade. I've always had a preference for Bruno Walter as a condu...
by Lance
Fri Jun 04, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renaud Capucon's new Elgar cd
Replies: 3
Views: 346

Re: Renaud Capucon's new Elgar cd

That Naxos recording with Sammons , 8.110952, I've had since 2002. Actually the Naxos Historical Series has some wonderful recordings, stunningly remastered. I'm glad it remains in the Naxos catalogue. Fascinating read, Rach3, thanks! Although I've had the famous Menuhin recording with the composer ...
by Lance
Thu Jun 03, 2021 11:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: dirkronk checking back in.
Replies: 23
Views: 1481

Re: dirkronk checking back in.

Thank you, Premont. Well stated, as usual. Based on what I see on other forums, I believe CMG is more polite and respectful, as we well should be. Now that summer is upon us, and given the long pandemic problems, we will be more "quiet" until the fall season. But we are always here, thankfully, when...
by Lance
Thu Jun 03, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 134
Views: 15959

Re: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works

Yes, my copy is defective, too, with an incomplete Ravel Tzigane . I wonder if there are any other problems with this set. Speaking of replacement discs, I have not had a replacement from Decca on the Arthur Grumiaux set. Has anyone heard from Decca about this yet? I suppose, with these mega-boxed s...
by Lance
Wed Jun 02, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Finally, FINALLY: The Szigeti Boxed Set Arrived!
Replies: 8
Views: 784

Re: Finally, FINALLY: The Szigeti Boxed Set Arrived!

The Scribendum Rodzinski box was done exceedingly well. I have I enjoyed it since its initial release. Well worth that price, too! Lance, I'm sold. Been considering this box, as it's been in my wantlist for some time. I'm expecting delivery tomorrow. Luckily, I did order the Rodzinski Columbia box b...
by Lance
Wed Jun 02, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Artur Balsam, pianist 10-CD boxed set
Replies: 10
Views: 771

Re: Artur Balsam, pianist 10-CD boxed set

Donald, did you ever put that article you wrote on CMG? Would love to read it. And as far as the three "Arturs" go, it doesn't get much better than that! Thanks for letting us know about the Balsam release, Lance! I studied chamber music with him for several years at Manhattan School of Music and th...
by Lance
Wed Jun 02, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Artur Balsam, pianist 10-CD boxed set
Replies: 10
Views: 771

Re: Artur Balsam, pianist 10-CD boxed set

I never thought about checking my LP collection, but I also have the two Vox Boxes [5452, 5453] - so you are correct - Kentner did record the complete Hungarian Rhapsodies! [Thank you for making me l@@k!] I'm rather surprised that Vox never reissued those on CD; after all, Kentner was known to be a ...
by Lance
Tue Jun 01, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Artur Balsam, pianist 10-CD boxed set
Replies: 10
Views: 771

Re: Artur Balsam, pianist 10-CD boxed set

It includes the Lyapunov Etudes, Op. 11, not the complete Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies. I am not even certain Kentner recorded all the Liszt Rhapsodies, however. I will do some checking on that. Appian/APR has among some of the best transfers and repertoire in their series on Kentner. If Kentner recor...
by Lance
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Finally, FINALLY: The Szigeti Boxed Set Arrived!
Replies: 8
Views: 784

Re: Finally, FINALLY: The Szigeti Boxed Set Arrived!

Among the treasures I am very happy to have available on CD — inasmuch as I had the entire "Casals Festival at Prades" issued by Columbia on LP years ago — recorded in 1952-53, is the works of Schubert and Brahms with pianist (Dame) Myra Hess . How remarkable Hess remains to my years long after her...
by Lance
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Artur Balsam, pianist 10-CD boxed set
Replies: 10
Views: 771

Artur Balsam, pianist 10-CD boxed set

I have always admired the art of Polish pianist Artur Balsam [1906-1994] . He was among the first to record one of the piano concertos of Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Now Hanssler/Profil has issued a 10-CD set of recordings of Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss, Hindemith, Clementi, CPE Bach, Paganini, Hu...
by Lance
Sat May 29, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Beloved London Concert Hall Grows Bold as It Turns 120
Replies: 9
Views: 698

Re: A Beloved London Concert Hall Grows Bold as It Turns 120

I don't believe there was a Piano QUARTET, just the Piano QUINTET. EMI issued a 30-CD [03603] set, priced low, I think around 2010 that I acquired simply to hear a lot of Elgar's music I did not know well or at all. Now, I don't see that set around. The Naxos Quintet Brian alludes to is excellent. T...
by Lance
Sat May 29, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The "dilemma" of Hummel orchestrally?
Replies: 10
Views: 636

The "dilemma" of Hummel orchestrally?

Haydn: 1732-1809 Mozart: 1756-1791 Beethoven: 1770-1827 Hummel: 1778-1837 Johann Nepomuk Hummel has become one of my favourite composers. What we find in his music is tunefulness, melody, great care in the writing and highly entertaining. Not only was Hummel one of the most gifted and renowned pian...
by Lance
Tue May 25, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: dirkronk checking back in.
Replies: 23
Views: 1481

Re: dirkronk checking back in.

Premont, yours was an excellent response. More power to all of us interested in the music we love on any board. Our Corylss was also interested in your areas of music, but she abandoned us in order to fulfill her life's other ambitions. Do we miss her? Of course, though I remain in touch with her fr...
by Lance
Tue May 25, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do you organize and display your music collection?
Replies: 12
Views: 784

Re: How do you organize and display your music collection?

Hello, Ayevey. I understand your dilemma completely. If I had to move my LP and CD collection after all these years, it would be next to catastrophic, not to mention the same problem with books. We, apparently, think we are going to live forever, and so the collecting goes on unceasingly and the pro...