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by Lance
Fri Jul 23, 2021 11:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Conductor Peter Maag: Edition
Replies: 0
Views: 4

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: 24
Views: 3815

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: 24
Views: 3815

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: 334

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: 188

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: 338

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: 139

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: 138

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: 140

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: 161

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: 4379
Views: 1629392

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: 479

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: 262

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: 252

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: 557

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: 15520

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: 430

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: 1157

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: 239

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: 610

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: 11152

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: 343

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: 1457

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: 15520

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: 772

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: 755

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: 755

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: 755

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: 772

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: 755

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: 694

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: 626

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: 1457

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: 743

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...
by Lance
Sat May 22, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MAGIC! (Please!)
Replies: 18
Views: 1365

Re: MAGIC! (Please!)

Completely concur on the 7th , particularly (for me), the Mravinsky 1953 recording (recently sonically so-called "improved" on the Vanguard label.) Not sure if there was ever another Mravinsky recording of the "Leningrad" Symphony. [... ...] So it was, in fact, Mravinsky and Bernstein who gave me "m...
by Lance
Fri May 21, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Slow movements of lesser-known piano concertos
Replies: 5
Views: 573

Re: Slow movements of lesser-known piano concertos

You just might want to add the second movement of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102. I happen to love both of his piano concertos even more than his symphonies [Lance says very softly!].
by Lance
Tue May 18, 2021 1:22 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Sarah M. Broom: The Yellow House (2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 3746

Re: Sarah M. Broom: The Yellow House (2019)

I had to do a double-take on that title. I was thinking it was "Requiem for a Yellow Brick Brewery," the history of the Metropolitan Opera by John Briggs. Broom's book does look interesting nonetheless.
by Lance
Tue May 18, 2021 1:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do you introduce non-classical listeners to this music?
Replies: 7
Views: 658

Re: How do you introduce non-classical listeners to this music?

Yes, Dirk ... an excellent post. I plan to respond to your post. You have some workable thoughts. At 2:13am, it's not a good time to tackle that ... sleep time!
by Lance
Mon May 17, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is Import CDs on the up-and-up?
Replies: 57
Views: 3811

Re: Is Import CDs on the up-and-up?

I've just heard from Import CDs that the Rodzinski Sony set order has been canceled. I ordered that in October 2020. One wonders what the hold-up is with this release. Does anyone on CMG know where to get this set at a reasonable price these days? It's a must-have for me. I would say Import CDs is a...
by Lance
Sun May 16, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 9 Symphonies after Liszt for Piano Solo
Replies: 22
Views: 1157

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

I have many recordings by Konstantin Scherbakov - love him as a pianist. I never acquired his Liszt/Beethoven nine symphonies, however, today, I ordered a copy of the complete set on Naxos. I am anxious to hear his take on them. Heaven only knows I don't NEED another set of these, but we collectors ...
by Lance
Sun May 16, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 9 Symphonies after Liszt for Piano Solo
Replies: 22
Views: 1157

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

Premont ... great to see you here! More, please!!!
by Lance
Sun May 16, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: dirkronk checking back in.
Replies: 23
Views: 1457

Re: dirkronk checking back in.

Can't figure out why we lose some of our CMGers other than going to the Great Beyond. We've been online for years and are stable, kind, informed, and willing to listen to anybody! One would think — with the pandemic — that we would have more and more classical music lovers. How do we get some of tho...
by Lance
Sun May 16, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: dirkronk checking back in.
Replies: 23
Views: 1457

Re: dirkronk checking back in.

Well, Dirk, WELCOME BACK! We hope you are here to stay for a while now! We have missed you as well.
by Lance
Sun May 16, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Conductor Who Whipped American Orchestras Into Shape
Replies: 12
Views: 1128

Re: The Conductor Who Whipped American Orchestras Into Shape

Adolph "Bud" Herseth was a fabulous trumpeter. If I have any regrets about him, he should have recorded more prolifically more works featuring the trumpet. I think I mentioned before that his participation in the Mahler Third Symphony under James Levine (RCA) and the Chicago SO, remains my favoured ...
by Lance
Sat May 15, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Songs of (Sir) Arthur Sullivan [1842-1900]
Replies: 2
Views: 461

Re: Songs of (Sir) Arthur Sullivan [1842-1900]

SONGS OF SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN (1842-1900) The other Chandos 2-CD set [10935] just arrived after I listened to the set mentioned above. In this one, we get five Shakespearen Songs, in addition to 41 other songs, all with interesting titles. This is the kind of music we simply do not hear much these da...
by Lance
Sat May 15, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
Replies: 20
Views: 1820

Re: Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

Gee Barney, I could have told you: it works! How interesting we can hear some inner workings of a piece when a score is reduced that when we hear it as original composed. See my note on Beethoven/Liszt Nine Symphonies performed by Idil Biret on Naxos. Reading this, just hopped across to YT. They are...
by Lance
Sat May 15, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 9 Symphonies after Liszt for Piano Solo
Replies: 22
Views: 1157

Beethoven's 9 Symphonies after Liszt for Piano Solo

The Turkish-born pianist IDIL BIRET (born in 1941) studied with Nadia Boulanger, Alfred Cortot and Wilhelm Kempff. That, in itself, is impressive. If you look at her discography, one will find it vast, indeed. The bulk of her recordings are now being issued or re-released by Naxos and is ever-growin...
by Lance
Sat May 15, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Conductor Who Whipped American Orchestras Into Shape
Replies: 12
Views: 1128

Re: The Conductor Who Whipped American Orchestras Into Shape

I still await my Sony set of Rodzinski - have been waiting since it was first introduced in the winter of 2020. Amazon/USA's price is way out of line especially when you judge the price against the recent 16-CD boxed set of Josef Szigeti. In the meantime, I've done an evaluation of my own Rodzinski ...
by Lance
Fri May 14, 2021 11:58 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: I like to dream a bit ... about actresses ...
Replies: 3
Views: 1337

Re: I like to dream a bit ... about actresses ...

Interesting ... what is there about Gloria Grahame that makes her so fascinating? Why is no one else responding to this? Just tell it like you feel it.
david johnson wrote:
Fri May 07, 2021 2:11 am
Raquel Welch
young Bridget Bardot
Debra Paget
Yvonne De Carlo
Lauren Bacall
Gloria Grahame
by Lance
Fri May 14, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 134
Views: 15520

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

Bruce, welcome to CMG! You mentioned the Rodzinski set. I am still waiting for it and ordered it when first issued. Do you know when it was finally available to the CD-buying public? I've managed to get through the first 101 discs - simply put, it's the set of the year. So many magnificent performan...