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by Lance
Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New acquisition: Andor Foldes, pianist (complete DGG)
Replies: 4
Views: 91

New acquisition: Andor Foldes, pianist (complete DGG)

I have long had an interest in this Hungarian pianist, Andor Foldes, who spent much time in the USA (he and his wife became American citizens) but never achieved the popular notariety here of other foreign-born pianists of his time. This is a 19-CD set containing not only all his DGG records (record...
by Lance
Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition
Replies: 21
Views: 662

Re: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition

You may not always agree with some of Gould's interpretations (such as the live 1962 Brahms PC #1 in D Minor with Bernstein conducting/NYP), but he always seems to leave an impression and, happily, I appreciate his art in nearly everything. This is a wonderful set to have and you may even want to tr...
by Lance
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aldo Ciccolini Alert
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Re: Aldo Ciccolini Alert

I got mine for $61 in January 2010. Seems like it was just yesterday. At the current price of around $85 or so, it is entirely worth it. In 10 years it will probably cost 10 times as much! Highly recommended.
by Lance
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Moura Lympany Boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 247

Re: Moura Lympany Boxes

As you probably surmise, I have each of those. The Membran (10-CD boxed sets) are very reasonably priced and most of the newer sets by this company have been very well done in terms of transfers. However, the Decca and APR boxes are must-haves and the restorations are excellent. Decca, of course, wi...
by Lance
Sat Aug 22, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4191
Views: 1416783

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

I just caught this and the picture on the Urania set. I'm sure it wasn't Nathan sitting on the chair, and I'm sure if he was still alive, he wouldn't have approved of this. Another gimmick to sell the Urania pirated recordings. I went looking for a CD with Milstein on the cover, and was rather bumme...
by Lance
Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leslie Howard Liszt Box
Replies: 5
Views: 230

Re: Leslie Howard Liszt Box

I bought all of Howard's Liszt cycle singly. Should have waited, but sometimes we can't wait. Over all, it is a marathon project. Like others, more of the major Liszt pieces I prefer by other pianists, but Howard renders it all quite stunningly. When I come out with my own complete Liszt works on DG...
by Lance
Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mikhail Pletnev plays Rachmaninoff live in 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: Mikhail Pletnev plays Rachmaninoff live in 2017

Given Pletnev's rather extensive discography, it's odd that he hasn't recorded more solo piano music by Rachmaninoff ... checking DGG, EMI, Virgin, Aulos, Melodiya, Granzapis and a fewothers, Rachmaninoff doesn't loom as large as Tchaikovsky, for example, in his discography.
by Lance
Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rach3, Where are You?
Replies: 11
Views: 438

Re: Rach3, Where are You?

I was getting worried too, Steve. Your contributions are very much appreciated here. Glad to know you survived the ordeal and everyone is okay. Sometimes we never really appreciate what we have until we don't have it. Hope all is in the clear for you now. All we need to do is get rid of this life-ch...
by Lance
Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition
Replies: 21
Views: 662

Re: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition

Very well written and thought out — and convincing by Parker Ramsay. I happen to love the harp and perceive it to be much more than a mere "heavenly" instrument! And, I love the Goldbergs. I'll be checking this one out.
by Lance
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Julian Bream: Classical guitarist dies aged 87
Replies: 4
Views: 377

Re: Julian Bream: Classical guitarist dies aged 87

A great loss to the world of music. I can recommend the 40-CD collection brought out by RCA in 2013, which includes two DVDs, if you can find it. It no longer seems to be available on Amazon-USA. Indeed, may he R.I.P.
by Lance
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cyprien Katsaris Beethoven Chronological Odyssey
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Cyprien Katsaris Beethoven Chronological Odyssey

Katsaris, with his own label (Piano 21), comes forth with some highly interesting recordings. The latest is his six-CD set , A Chronological Odyssey: Beethoven . Katsaris, of course, ranks right up their with the most prominent pianists of today. The recordings were all made on superbly maintained B...
by Lance
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition
Replies: 21
Views: 662

Glenn Gould Columbia Edition

Amazing how such an important set of recordings by this great and highly individual Canadian pianist is no longer being made available, and if so, ultra-expensive. I see it on Amazon-USA for between $700 to $1,000 or $302 for the memory stick edition. When that set first came out, I acquired the CD ...
by Lance
Sat Aug 15, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Lewis - Beethoven Sonata #2
Replies: 7
Views: 359

Re: Paul Lewis - Beethoven Sonata #2

Glenn Gould always preferred his New York Steinway until it was dropped and "allegedly" brought back to its supposed original condition. He was not happy with the end results and looked around for his next piano, which was a Yamaha. Near as I know, Gould never played nor performed on a Bosendorfer i...
by Lance
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 57
Views: 10994

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

Wow, almost 9,000 hits on this thread as I write this. I have never been in awe of Bruckner as I have been of Mahler's symphonic writing though my favourites of Bruckner are Nos. 5 and 7, especially 7. Just thought I'd throw in my two cents worth.
by Lance
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul Lewis - Beethoven Sonata #2
Replies: 7
Views: 359

Paul Lewis - Beethoven Sonata #2

While traveling today, Sirius-XM Radio played a recording of Paul Lewis performing Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2/2. His technique was impressive, and there were some fine moments, however, most of the beauty of Beethoven was lost with the piano he used, which was overly strident (...
by Lance
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barbirolli Edition (109 CDs) arrived today!
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: Barbirolli Edition (109 CDs) arrived today!

Well Barney, I was trying to be realistic at least to some degree. 350 years is asking a bit much. I did have an aunt that lived to be 104. I asked her once what her secret was to get to that age. Her comment: "I never got married!" But truth is, collecting great music really IS a "good" disease of ...
by Lance
Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barbirolli Edition (109 CDs) arrived today!
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: Barbirolli Edition (109 CDs) arrived today!

Yes, I have the NYP set from Sony Classical, and many outstanding restorations from Dutton and the Barbirolli Society, plus many live performance recordings. Yes, it will take a long time to go through it all, but I think I will go into eBay or Amazon and start selling off the single CDs that all ap...
by Lance
Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barbirolli Edition (109 CDs) arrived today!
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Barbirolli Edition (109 CDs) arrived today!

What a knockout boxed set! I'm just now getting to know it. Full of many surprises. Not only all of the conductor's HMV/EMI recordings, but those done for the PYE label, which Warner also owns and, indeed, presents the whole box as "The Warner Recordings." There are many discs of Barbirolli's 78-rpm...
by Lance
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rare piano music by Adolf Barjansky [1851-1900]
Replies: 5
Views: 445

Re: Rare piano music by Adolf Barjansky [1851-1900]

My pleasure! I was quite astonished with this music; the composer should surely be better known and Miss Severus has given us something new! Thanks, Lance! I'd like to point out that the complete CD is available for streaming on American amazon. This certainly looks interesting, and I will explore s...
by Lance
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rare piano music by Adolf Barjansky [1851-1900]
Replies: 5
Views: 445

Re: Rare piano music by Adolf Barjansky [1851-1900]

Rach3, interesting that you mention ALKAN as those were my thoughts exactly as I listened throughout these pieces. There is definitely a reference to Alkan, one of my favourite piano music composers! Just wish i could play this stuff! :( Thanks for this ,Lance !! I heard from the new cd Barjansky's ...
by Lance
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Leschetizky cd from BIS
Replies: 2
Views: 278

Re: New Leschetizky cd from BIS

Leschetizky has great meaning to me most likely because my own piano teacher had connections to him through Ethel Newcomb, considered one of Europe's finest pianists in her heyday. Her home was about one-half hour from whence I reside. I even played for Ethel in the 1950s and she was complementary t...
by Lance
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rare piano music by Adolf Barjansky [1851-1900]
Replies: 5
Views: 445

Rare piano music by Adolf Barjansky [1851-1900]

Romantic piano music is certainly among the finest music ever composed for the piano. Grand Piano [796] is in the throes of offering the complete piano works of the composer, this being the first volume issued just this year. The music is highly original though not without its influences of other co...
by Lance
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leon Fleisher, 92, Dies; Spellbinding Pianist With One Hand or Two
Replies: 7
Views: 640

Re: Leon Fleisher, 92, Dies; Spellbinding Pianist With One Hand or Two

Brian, you are a mind reader! Yes, I have already been planning one in my mind ... it may be a double- or triple program tribute. I have to keep changing my program schedules due to so many great performing artists passing lately. I am still planning a double program tribute to violinist Ida Haendel...
by Lance
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments
Replies: 18
Views: 1022

Re: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments

Barney stated: "And I'm afraid that it's simply not true that anyone can get in if they try hard enough. To take a non-racial example, it was notorious that you had to get on with Isaac Stern if you wanted a successful solo violin career in the US. Sometimes it's simply a matter of influence or luck...
by Lance
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leon Fleisher, 92, Dies; Spellbinding Pianist With One Hand or Two
Replies: 7
Views: 640

Re: Leon Fleisher, 92, Dies; Spellbinding Pianist With One Hand or Two

I was very sad to learn of Fleisher's passing. It was my pleasure to prepare his pianos for concerto performances and found him to be not only a great pianist but a wonderful gentleman and a pleasure to talk with. I also had the pleasure of hearing and talking with him many times at Marlboro, Vermon...
by Lance
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: His Name Is Joseph Boulogne, Not ‘Black Mozart’
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: His Name Is Joseph Boulogne, Not ‘Black Mozart’

Added one more: "Mozart Noir," on CBC 5225; Boulogne: Symphony in G Major, Op. 11/1; Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 3/1 w/Linda Melsted, violin; L'Amant anonyme Overture (also as Symphony in # Major, op. 11/2; and ballet excerpts from L'Amant enonyme. Disc includes Jean-Marie Leclair's Allegro from...
by Lance
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: His Name Is Joseph Boulogne, Not ‘Black Mozart’
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: His Name Is Joseph Boulogne, Not ‘Black Mozart’

I, too, have long been interested in the art of the Chevalier. It has been somewhat difficult to find many recordings of his works. I have six: 2 on Naxos, 1 on Cedille, 1 on Arion, 1 on Calliope, and 1 on Sony in their boxed set of music by Black composers. If anyone knows of others, I would be cur...
by Lance
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR new recordings picks for July
Replies: 7
Views: 526

Re: WQXR new recordings picks for July

My error, thank you! I was thinking one thing and wrote another.
Modernistfan wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:12 am
Lance, the work on that recording is not by Hershy Kay, but rather by Ulysses Kay. Hershy Kay was mostly an arranger and orchestrator for Broadway.
by Lance
Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR new recordings picks for July
Replies: 7
Views: 526

Re: WQXR new recordings picks for July

I really didn't see much that interested me in the WQXR lineup. The most interesting was the Dawson/Kay release. I knew the Dawson symphony from Leopold Stokowski's recording made long ago and I have always been fascinated by anything by Hershey Kay.
by Lance
Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments
Replies: 18
Views: 1022

Re: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments

Incredible and sorrowful comments to read by David N. Tucker.
by Lance
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Isaac Stern Analogue Years 75-CD set
Replies: 1
Views: 288

Isaac Stern Analogue Years 75-CD set

Well, that marvelous set arrived a couple of days ago and I could not be better pleased. 35 of the 75-CD set are issued here for the first time on CD. All original covers for the sentimentalists (that's me!), a deluxe hard-cover book. Way too much to say about this set except to say that if you love...
by Lance
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anthony Tommasini Calls for End to Blind Auditions
Replies: 9
Views: 598

Re: Anthony Tommasini Calls for End to Blind Auditions

I, too, agree with the "blind screening." Since it is the music that is most important, that should be top consideration over anything else. It seems to be the most fair approach IMHO.
by Lance
Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 32
Replies: 33
Views: 1639

Re: Beethoven's 32

I'm happy that Damian Thompson put Artur Schnabel into the group. That is my go-to set because of the scholarly and studied way Schnabel presented the sonatas, and I loved his Bechstein piano sound. When we think of recording during the 78-rpm era, it was amazing that the artist could give such a wo...
by Lance
Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gabriella Tucci, 90, Dies; Italian Soprano and Met Opera Mainstay
Replies: 3
Views: 380

Re: Gabriella Tucci, 90, Dies; Italian Soprano and Met Opera Mainstay

Sorry to hear of her passing. Oddly, she is not well represented in my LP or CD collections. She really did not make that many recordings that answer being likely the vocal competition of that period as mentioned in the article. May she RIP.
by Lance
Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speaking of Lang Lang (another thread) ...
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: Speaking of Lang Lang (another thread) ...

Thank you, Brian. That may well be the reason that I don't have it!
maestrob wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:45 pm
Hi, Lance!

The disc you mention is really more of a pops release than one for serious classical collectors, which may be why you don't have it. I suggest you listen to it on amazon before you buy.......
by Lance
Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Backhaus Box
Replies: 14
Views: 3003

Re: Backhaus Box

Well, maybe. I am always ultra-careful by nature I guess, in retrieving the CDs from whatever folder they are in. I generally agree that it might be easier to have each CD in its own sturdy cardboard cover. It would also seem to me to perhaps be cheaper to do it that way anyway. Yes, Lance, I agree ...
by Lance
Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Backhaus Box
Replies: 14
Views: 3003

Re: Backhaus Box

One reviewer on Amazon regarding the Backhaus boxed set was not very happy with the packaging. I thought it was fine. And always, with these cardboard inserts which house two or more CDs, i have always been ultra careful to handle them carefully so they do not tear or rip apart. And, especially giv...
by Lance
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Speaking of Lang Lang (another thread) ...
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Speaking of Lang Lang (another thread) ...

Does anyone know Lang Lang's apparent "crossover" Sony CD [33292 issued 2016] entitled New York Rhapsody ? I thought I had it but apparently do not. Here's the blurb; I would enjoying knowing your impression of the playing/disc. "As it has wowed musicians for over a century, the magic of New York Ci...
by Lance
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Willian Grant Still: Miss Sally's Party
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Willian Grant Still: Miss Sally's Party

How wonderful Sirius-XM radio is when you are traveling! The other day I heard a piece by William Grant Still that I had to have. (We've all been there, I know!). This piece was entitled Miss Sally's Dance , comprised of eight sections in all. There is a marvelous piano part in the piece, but no men...
by Lance
Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang Records the Goldberg Variations
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Lang Lang Records the Goldberg Variations

Well, at least it is being sold two discs for the price of one!
by Lance
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Claudio Abbado Complete DGG Editions
Replies: 12
Views: 794

Re: Claudio Abbado Complete DGG Editions

Hi Brian! Haven't intended to be that quiet! I think all that is going on in the world plays havoc with our minds ... virus, economy, and so much more. Am doing, thankfully, very well. Elaine and I are avoiding crowds, just enjoying the easy life, reading lots more on a sunny patio, listening to lot...
by Lance
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Claudio Abbado Complete DGG Editions
Replies: 12
Views: 794

Re: Claudio Abbado Complete DGG Editions

Brian, could not agree with you more about Claudio Abbado being one of the finest conductors around prior to his passing. I have TONS of his recordings on RCA, Sony, Decca, DGG, EMI, Philips and material on minor labels. At this point, I will probably avoid both of these sets, which otherwise, look ...
by Lance
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New BIS releases
Replies: 3
Views: 486

Re: New BIS releases

Speaking of BIS, there is a new CD coming out soon featuring the music of composer-pianist Theodore Leschetizky. Inasmuch as my own piano studies were based on his teaching practices, my interest is more than casual on this great professor!
by Lance
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: US and Australia, so little in common?
Replies: 14
Views: 872

Re: US and Australia, so little in common?

Sue ... it is soooo gooood to see you here! Having been born in 1942, I grew up in an America that was wonderful in so many ways. We were on a roll after WW2 until about the mid-1960s. There's one word that keeps coming up in my mind, a big word: GREED. Most families were no longer families who all ...
by Lance
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Robo calls on longline commencing again! (Ugh)
Replies: 3
Views: 487

Robo calls on longline commencing again! (Ugh)

Starting this week, my landline phone has been ringing constantly with them. 12 on Monday, 14 on Tuesday, 16 on Wednesday. One starts: "This is the last chance you will have to ..." and I've had probably, over time, about 30 of them, all with the same voice. If one wants to sleep late, a robo call ...
by Lance
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ida Haendel 1928-2020
Replies: 13
Views: 1067

Re: Ida Haendel 1928-2020

Very sorry to learn this as well. Fortunately, I have many of her recordings, EMI, Testament, British Decca, ABC Australia, Doremi (many), Dutton, Hanssler, Membran, Pearl, Supraphon, Tahra and VAI. Between labels, there is some duplication or better restoration. She was quite the lady in her prime!
by Lance
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gladys Cooper, English actress
Replies: 0
Views: 664

Gladys Cooper, English actress

I have just finished reading a biography of this marvelous actress, Gladys Cooper, written by her grandson, Sheridan Morley (son of actor Robert Morley). I have long recognized her wondrous acting abilities from the first time I ever saw any of her movies. But the one that grabbed my heart was her p...
by Lance
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TV ads (again) way too much!
Replies: 8
Views: 759

TV ads (again) way too much!

Many of us are watching TV more to keep up on the coronavirus and the weather. I brought this subject up a long time ago and it seems many people do not mind how many commercials interrupt programs we watch. I understand the need to have advertising to pay employees and operations of the station. Ho...
by Lance
Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sergio Gallo, another pianist to watch/hear!
Replies: 2
Views: 468

Sergio Gallo, another pianist to watch/hear!

SERGIO GALLO. Here's a pianist I didn't know too much about but have a number of recordings that I have found that deserve attention. You can find out much about him here: http://drsergiogallo.co Now a Steinway artist, he has made a number of recordings for the Eroica, Quartz, Naxos labels and one ...
by Lance
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Warner issues complete Barbirolli Edition: 109 CDs
Replies: 10
Views: 1181

Re: Warner issues complete Barbirolli Edition: 109 CDs

Barney, you make some very good points. No doubt, like LPs, CDs will eventually be a thing of the past. I never thought the LP would leave us, and like you, I have many, many, many. However, until I join you "in the ground," I will enjoy everything disc as much as I can. I can go to my grave knowing...