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by Lance
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano sonatas of Franz Lehar
Replies: 1
Views: 40

Re: Piano sonatas of Franz Lehar

I have a four-CD set on CPO [777.639] of which one volume contains piano works played by Wolf Harden, but I didn't realize he was 16- or 17 years old! The other four discs include symphonic works, dances, suites, concertino for violin, etc., et al. This is probably the most comprehensive set of Leha...
by Lance
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mendelssohn's Midsummer Nights Dream with Dialogue
Replies: 2
Views: 76

Re: Mendelssohn's Midsummer Nights Dream with Dialogue

I recall that set, it was a 3-LP set on RCA Vault Treasures LVT-3002, now quite rare. I don't believe that one ever made it to CD. Amazon wants $200.00 for a used copy. I'll pass on this one. I have a lot of LVTs and LCTs LPs, but missed that one. Back in the 1950s there was a complete recordng of "...
by Lance
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Byron Janis, pianist - "On Tour" (Live)
Replies: 4
Views: 63

Byron Janis, pianist - "On Tour" (Live)

BYRON JANIS, pianist "ON TOUR" Janis Eleven Enterprises, Ltd. (Label) 55687 (though this issue doesn't have a real catalogue number). The great Byron Janis [real last name: Yanks] is no spring chicken these days (born 1928, McKeesport PA), aged 91 as I write this, yet his name among piano aficionado...
by Lance
Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 269

Re: How is classical CD buying in Australia?

Well, let's say you have the cash to pay, say $100,000 for a Bentley automobile to be purchased in the USA. And that's ALL you have If the tax is added at 8%, that's $8,000 more to pay the tax - $$$ you don't have. So you don't get your automobile. On the other hand, if all you had was $100,000, you...
by Lance
Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 433

Re: Steinway free streaming service

Didn't mean to shift things around. When I think of an electronic piano today, it's those Korgs, Rolands, and other models that look like an upright piano with added speakers. They have zero strings like a normal piano. Baldwin was the only one that used a concert grand instrument with strings and a...
by Lance
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 37
Views: 1190

Re: The operas of Handel

It is the one pictured above stating "Handel: Acis and Galatea", a photo of a Decca/DGG album of Mozart's Complete Handel Arrangements. Now, because DGG and Decca are under the same umbrella they can issue material from both catalogues. Sorry Lance, I'm a little confused. Which DGG/Decca item? If I ...
by Lance
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 269

Re: How is classical CD buying in Australia?

You said: "I hate taxes" - and at my age now, I DO TOO! [/color] School taxes, sales taxes, county taxes … and on and on. It seems to me that those reaching 70 years of age should not have to pay (at least) school taxes, which rise continually - even if you have a "Star" program. I certainly believe...
by Lance
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 269

Re: How is classical CD buying in Australia?

John F, your point is well taken. For New York City-area dwellers, it probably is very effective cost-wise for you folks. But my state taxes are helping to pay for it and I get no benefit from it on a local level. Much of the state revenue goes to the larger cities with high population and NYC is th...
by Lance
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 433

Re: Steinway free streaming service

I might for the novelty of it, but I seriously doubt any great artist would do it. You may recall the pianist Lorin Hollander . He played the Baldwin electric concert grand during the heyday of LPs - and EMI even published a recording of it. It looked like a nine-foot concert grand, but instead of a...
by Lance
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 37
Views: 1190

Re: The operas of Handel

Barney, I'm not familiar with the DGG/Decca item. Can you give me the catalogue number, please? I'm interested in that! There are indeed some hit tunes in Handel's operas. "Ombra mai fu" is world famous, Polyphemus's "O ruddier than the cherry" is a hoot, and "Love in her eyes sits playing" (in Moza...
by Lance
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Corigliano
Replies: 16
Views: 299

Re: John Corigliano

Thank you! I'll check it out! This is a performance I don't have on record, the Symphony No. 1. I very much enjoyed his Fantasia on an Ostinato and have prepared pianos for this work. But the Symphony No. 1 has a number of recordings. I am thinking about the RCA with Slatkin conducting. Another with...
by Lance
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 433

Re: Steinway free streaming service

Oh, John Francis, but I believe you wouldn't really! Wouldn't you want to hear Chopin, Brahms, Schumann and others hear their music on a bonafide piano?
John F wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:47 pm
If "the likes of a Horowitz or Rubinstein" were to appear on the stage of Carnegie Hall today, I wouldn't care what instrument he played!
by Lance
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 269

Re: How is classical CD buying in Australia?

Well, join the club. I, too, have had some frustrations with Amazon third party sellers . Just yesterday I received a CD that was cracked, thus unplayable. The jewel case was in perfect condition indicating it was not damaged in transit. The third party that sold it sent me a defective/broken copy. ...
by Lance
Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Corigliano
Replies: 16
Views: 299

Re: John Corigliano

This is a performance I don't have on record, the Symphony No. 1. I very much enjoyed his Fantasia on an Ostinato and have prepared pianos for this work. But the Symphony No. 1 has a number of recordings. I am thinking about the RCA with Slatkin conducting. Another with Barenboim conducting, and yet...
by Lance
Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 433

Re: Steinway free streaming service

Very interesting comments regarding your lecture. The thing I dread is that one day, the stage at Carnegie Hall will have an electric piano on stage with the likes of a Horowitz or Rubinstein playing a full program of Chopin! While electric pianos have come a long way, they have an even longer way t...
by Lance
Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 269

Re: How is classical CD buying in Australia?

Sue, cannot understand why you cannot buy from Amazon/USA since they are now charging sales tax to all states (apparently) that have taxes that could work in Australia, I should think. Have you tried Amazon/UK, or Presto Records in England (a fine place with a huge catalogue). It was unfortunate tha...
by Lance
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alexei Aceto, pianist to play in Binghamton, NY
Replies: 1
Views: 75

Alexei Aceto, pianist to play in Binghamton, NY

Website: http://www.alexeiaceto.com/ In the Phelps Mansion Museum's (in Binghamton, New York) upcoming Sunday afternoon chamber concert, we are presenting a 20-year-old pianist, Alexei Aceto , who is studying at Ithaca College with Dr. Charis Dimaras. Other teachers include Trudy Borden (Eastman), S...
by Lance
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jessye Norman, Regal American Soprano, Is Dead at 74
Replies: 13
Views: 1192

Re: Jessye Norman, Regal American Soprano, Is Dead at 74

Indeed … REGAL … a great word for her. I've been auditioning many of her recordings for two forthcoming radio broadcasts in her honor. Her legacy on discs is enormous - and almost everything is a jewel. Lieder, opera, oratorio, popular music, contemporary, spirituals … all have something very specia...
by Lance
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In ‘Manon,’ a Soprano Charms Her Way to the Top
Replies: 2
Views: 448

Re: In ‘Manon,’ a Soprano Charms Her Way to the Top

I'll be going to Ithaca, New York soon to see the HD performance of [i[Manon[/i]. Looking forward to it … and am hoping to see Turandot as well.
by Lance
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How is classical CD buying in Australia?
Replies: 21
Views: 269

How is classical CD buying in Australia?

I used to buy a lot of CDs from Australia, mostly on the Eloquence label, but very few now. Around the USA, with the exception of perhaps NYC and larger cities, brick-and-mortar stores are now absent. Places like Barnes & Noble have just a bare minimum of what they used to carry and I haven't purcha...
by Lance
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mendelssohn's Midsummer Nights Dream with Dialogue
Replies: 2
Views: 76

Mendelssohn's Midsummer Nights Dream with Dialogue

I've been listening to a DGG recording [439 897] of Mendelssohn's composition on Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream with Kathleen Battle, soprano, Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Judi Dench is the narrator for this r...
by Lance
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 433

Re: Steinway free streaming service

Well, thank you! I am totally addicted to pianos - can you tell?!? I love talking about them. I suppose one day they will bury me in one unless I gain any more weight.
by Lance
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 433

Re: Steinway free streaming service

Richter played many piano brands … he didn't seem overly fussy about his pianos but made the best of them. I remember my old friend, long deceased, pianist Ethel Newcomb, Leschetizky's assistant in Austria (who wrote an excellent book, Leschetizky As I Knew Him ) had the best pianos available there ...
by Lance
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 433

Re: Steinway free streaming service

Don't get me wrong. Bösendorfer, for a time, was owned by Jasper Corporation in Indiana when they took over from the Kimball Piano Company, once the world's largest manufacturer of pianos and furniture. Bösendorfer eventually bought it back. Baldwin Piano bought Bechstein and was eventually bought b...
by Lance
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 433

Re: Steinway free streaming service

I have listened to the link comparing three pianos a number of times. Would not we be lucky to have any one of those great pianos? You can bet all three were tuned and prepared to perfection prior to making this video. Each one has some special qualities. Of course, the Bösendorfer is noted for its ...
by Lance
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Steinway free streaming service
Replies: 27
Views: 433

Re: Steinway free streaming service

Hi Sue … John Francis beat me to it with regard to the differences between the New York and Hamburg Steinways. I have done some work on the German model, but most of the Steinways I see are the New York models. If I had to say one thing about the differences, the Germans are meticulous craftsmen wit...
by Lance
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich - new set, new label!
Replies: 4
Views: 477

Re: Martha Argerich - new set, new label!

No, I am still awaiting my copy! Did they forget to include the booklet when you received the CDs?
Philip M wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:16 pm
Do you know the recording dates and locations? I have been sent the CDs but no booklet. Thsnks
by Lance
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any news of Karl Henning?
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Re: Any news of Karl Henning?

Hmm. I'm curious why he isn't visiting us any longer. Thank you for these snippets. At least he seems to have recovered. I don't have a Faceache account so unless he has a public page I won't be able to visit it. I'll try, though. Edit: There are so many Karl Hennings on Faceache.... Just register w...
by Lance
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trifonov's Rachmaninov: "Arrival" CD on DGG
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Trifonov's Rachmaninov: "Arrival" CD on DGG

Daniil Trifonov's newest CD for DGG [483 6617, 81:55, DDD] has just come in and it's a "lulu" as they say! Generously filled with almost 82 minutes, we have Trifonov's piano transcription of The Silver Bells, Op. 35, first movement, and his Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 16. But the winners here are the stu...
by Lance
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any news of Karl Henning?
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Re: Any news of Karl Henning?

Oddly, I have heard nothing from Karl Henning since his illness quite some time ago. I had some correspondence with his wife, Maria Bablyak, but cannot find the e-mail now. I checked his web site but cannot find any way to contact him directly. Apparently he is "up and running" again, thankfully.
by Lance
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays
Replies: 8
Views: 715

Re: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays

Congratulations! You seem to be making some headway. I hope it continues. The wheel that squeaks the most - gets the grease! Very interesting comments about Rimsky-Korsakov. Well, they did mention the holiday today and did play a few additional selections, namely: another short work by Salamone Ross...
by Lance
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schnabel/Szell/NYPO LvB PC # 3,live 1945
Replies: 19
Views: 1845

Re: Schnabel/Szell/NYPO LvB PC # 3,live 1945

I tend to agree regarding Kempff and van Kempen. I have both versions, too. The same with Kempff's two complete versions of the Beethoven piano sonatas. I prefer the mono version, and many others I know do, also.
by Lance
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Denis Matsuev live in Brussels Sept.,2019
Replies: 5
Views: 610

Re: Denis Matsuev live in Brussels Sept.,2019

I have heard that, too, especially from other fine Russian pianists who seem to have little regard for Matsuev. In this case, we must just consider the talent. For some reason this musician often gets a 'bad press'. Many people think he's too close to Putin, like Gergiev. But how has this anything t...
by Lance
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 37
Views: 1190

Re: The operas of Handel

Of the almost 50 operas Handel wrote, I have some of them and enjoy them very much. Unlike a complete edition of HAYDN operas, as issued by Decca on 20 CDs), nobody near as I know, has come forth with a complete edition of Handel's operas. I would think, it would be a massive set. I don't even belie...
by Lance
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Denis Matsuev live in Brussels Sept.,2019
Replies: 5
Views: 610

Re: Denis Matsuev live in Brussels Sept.,2019

I, too, am a follower of Matsuev. A very fine pianist and have all his recordings thus far. The pianist I am waiting for more from is Arcadi Volodos (who doesn't record often enough to suit me) AND Mark Viner, the latter who is barnstorming the piano scene!
by Lance
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schnabel/Szell/NYPO LvB PC # 3,live 1945
Replies: 19
Views: 1845

Re: Schnabel/Szell/NYPO LvB PC # 3,live 1945

With so many copies of the complete sonatas (hate to tell you how many!), and even more of individual performances, I have now drawn the line of adding any more symphonies or sonatas of Beethoven (in complete sets). I will, of course, be hearing someone else's recordings of these sonatas, but if you...
by Lance
Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich - new set, new label!
Replies: 4
Views: 477

Martha Argerich - new set, new label!

A new 7-CD set from AVANTI - not EMI/Warner, not DGG or Erato ... but AVANTI! Some entirely new stuff! Live recordings! "Legendary pianist Martha Argerich initiated a new musical rendezvous at the end of June 20, 18 at the wonderful Laeiszhalle of Hamburg, Germany. From Beethoven to Debussy, from Br...
by Lance
Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martin Bernheimer, Tartly Eloquent Music Critic, Dies at 83
Replies: 5
Views: 606

Re: Martin Bernheimer, Tartly Eloquent Music Critic, Dies at 83

Probably true. I've frequently heard music critics are frustrated "musicians" who cannot perform themselves. One of the critics I admired most was Virgil Thomson. I felt the same way about Harris Goldsmith whose reviews especially for High-Fidellty magazine was one from whom you could actually [i[le...
by Lance
Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 25
Views: 4277

Re: Family musicians performing together?

Be sure to check out the bottom of list for new additions. We can also add gay marriages. I'm trying to think of some!
by Lance
Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Classical Duo ‘Nerding Out’ on the Cosmos
Replies: 2
Views: 387

Re: A Classical Duo ‘Nerding Out’ on the Cosmos

What a beautiful-looking couple - both musicians! I've already added to my "Family of Musicians" thread! I wish them much happiness.
by Lance
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich playing Scarlatti
Replies: 7
Views: 580

Re: Martha Argerich playing Scarlatti

Argerich is brilliant. One wonders why Scarlatti is NOT featured more in her many, many recordings. Good stuff!
by Lance
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schnabel/Szell/NYPO LvB PC # 3,live 1945
Replies: 19
Views: 1845

Re: Schnabel/Szell/NYPO LvB PC # 3,live 1945

I would also suggest the Leon Fleisher , pianist w/Cleveland Orchestra, Szell conducting, Sony Classical. Also Solomon 's recordings on EMI/Warner Classics. Artur Rubinstein /, Krips conducting (the pianist's first complete set; he also did two more of the entire series of concerti). Some of his bes...
by Lance
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How the Silence Makes the Music
Replies: 2
Views: 447

Re: How the Silence Makes the Music

Pianist Artur Schnabel: 'The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides.'

That quote sums it up!
by Lance
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Harpsichorrdist Zuzana Ruzickova's autobiography
Replies: 7
Views: 704

Re: Harpsichorrdist Zuzana Ruzickova's autobiography

I have an incredibly vivid imagination … so I can only imagine!
Belle wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:36 pm
I remember it well. The whole incident of the recordings has become family lore and it's not unknown for people to ask me about the latest Terms and Conditions!!
by Lance
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jessye Norman, Regal American Soprano, Is Dead at 74
Replies: 13
Views: 1192

Re: Jessye Norman, Regal American Soprano, Is Dead at 74

Outstanding tribute to this extraordinary singer. Thank you!
by Lance
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays
Replies: 8
Views: 715

Re: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays

There are some wonderful recordings by clarinetist Giora Feidman, one called Yiddish Soul. I featured many of his recordings - exclusively on Fiedman - on my radio broadcasts and had many comments about his music-making. Surely KUSC-FM must have some of his recordings, which are many on Sony, Plane,...
by Lance
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura Skoda
Replies: 11
Views: 1246

Re: Paul Badura Skoda

Sue, you have a wonderful sense of humour, which is contagious! Yes, I've always had trouble spelling that activity. I looked it up on Google before posting that and it described a game - the game my friend plays. Knit one, pearl one, plain one; not that isn't it. He hits a ball between two posts. N...
by Lance
Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Badura Skoda
Replies: 11
Views: 1246

Re: Paul Badura-Skoda

Very interesting to see Badura-Skoda's final recital. Yes, tempos change periodically, overuse of the sustaining pedal, and some slips here and there, but, at 91 - still quite wonderful to see and hear. One of those cases where the mind wants to but sometimes the body is unwilling. The artistry rem...
by Lance
Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Harpsichorrdist Zuzana Ruzickova's autobiography
Replies: 7
Views: 704

Re: Harpsichorrdist Zuzana Ruzickova's autobiography

Well, of course, movies have been made about the holocaust, and some specifically geared to musicians. It is a marvel, however, how Zuzana reinvented her life especially with the music of JS Bach. Her story is an inspiration.
diegobueno wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:44 pm
Sounds like movie material. They could call it The Harpsichordist.