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by Lance
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wilhelm Kempff - 80-CD set forthcoming on DGG
Replies: 3
Views: 33

Wilhelm Kempff - 80-CD set forthcoming on DGG

Wilhelm Kempff looms large in my library. APR has issued a single CD of his recordings for HMV, which is of great interest and I expect that shortly. The new DGG box seems expensive, especially if you have a large percentage of previously issued recordings on CD. The new set is supposed to be everyt...
by Lance
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rodzinski/NYP Sony announced for October 9
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: Rodzinski/NYP Sony announced for October 9

Yes, I ordered the set for $60 - $39 cheaper than Amazon. Bought it through one of Amazon's usual distributors at the much cheaper price, and I believe they already charged the credit card, which should not be done until the item is shipped. I'll be watching with interest how this goes.
by Lance
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How does Garrick Ohlsson fare with you?
Replies: 2
Views: 23

How does Garrick Ohlsson fare with you?

I had the pleasure of preparing pianist Garrick Ohlsson Bosendorfer Imperial concert grand piano for some performances. It looked like a huge, black German tank on the stage! He was quite the gentleman and performed stunningly. He seems to be remembered as a superior Chopinist and, indeed, recorded ...
by Lance
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's "Le poète du piano" set
Replies: 13
Views: 425

Re: Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's "Le poète du piano" set

Well, stage fright/nerves happens with many great (and un-great) artists! I think of legendary Rosa Ponselle who stepped down from live performance at the age of 40 for nerves. I recall my mother telling me when Lily Pons and Lawrence Tibbett came to Binghamton, NY to perform for the great IBM Corpo...
by Lance
Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Cliftwood" is back on CMG!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 137

Re: "Cliftwood" is back on CMG!!!

Harris ... 90 in six weeks? You've GOT to be kidding. I would never have guessed it. It must be Pepper who keeps you looking youthful! Anyway, we are happy you are back amongst us!
by Lance
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell: Complete EMI (Warner) Recordings
Replies: 10
Views: 228

Re: George Szell: Complete EMI (Warner) Recordings

Interesting you say this. There is still a HUGE following for Szell long after his passing. The mega-all-Szell-box set is now going for around $1,500, 65 CDs, which originally sold for around $200. [Sony Classical 85365.] This included all his Epic recordings with Cleveland when it was their "second...
by Lance
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's "Le poète du piano" set
Replies: 13
Views: 425

Re: Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's "Le poète du piano" set

I recently watched the DVD ... it is well done and we see a very humane side of Tharaud. While in French, English translations are at the bottom of the screen. It occurred to me why anyone would want to put themselves through such stress in performing for the public, from acoustics, pianos, trying t...
by Lance
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rodzinski/NYP Sony announced for October 9
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: Rodzinski/NYP Sony announced for October 9

I am still awaiting this set, announced for an October 2020 release. I understand now it will be released in early December. Has anyone received this set yet?
by Lance
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Book on Chopin!
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: New Book on Chopin!

I read the reviews so far ... do not agree with any of the negativity. This is a refreshing, present-day look at Chopin and his times. The book appears to be thoroughly researched. It's an easy and quick read. ***** from yours truly.
by Lance
Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Ruth Slenczynska's American Deccas on DGG!
Replies: 11
Views: 145

Re: Pianist Ruth Slenczynska's American Deccas on DGG!

Thank you, Barney. That was a lot of work!
by Lance
Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Book on Chopin!
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: New Book on Chopin!

Yes, already have it ... read through a few pages, checked the index, and like what I see. It's a different "take" on Chopin. I think you would enjoy it.
by Lance
Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Book on Chopin!
Replies: 6
Views: 88

New Book on Chopin!

New York City writer Annik LaFarge entitled Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions. An exciting new way to view the great Chopin. From the flyleaf, this excerpt: "[...] the book is mostly equally focused on the present and the surprisin...
by Lance
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell: Complete EMI (Warner) Recordings
Replies: 10
Views: 228

Re: George Szell: Complete EMI (Warner) Recordings

Because I am so enamoured of the pianism of Benno Moiseiwitsch, I listened yesterday to the Szell/Moiseiwitsch recording of Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1938. The Warner transfer is quite good, but only in the softest passages sometimes one does n...
by Lance
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ida Haendel 1928-2020
Replies: 16
Views: 1449

Re: Ida Haendel 1928-2020

Yes, I eagerly await this one as well. Unless one uses FexEx on Presto orders, it can be a long time coming. Another local collector and I pool our orders so we can automatically get the FedEx. Awaiting a rather large order from them ... should be here in a few days. Not only a fine violinist, but a...
by Lance
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Ruth Slenczynska's American Deccas on DGG!
Replies: 11
Views: 145

Re: Pianist Ruth Slenczynska's American Deccas on DGG!

I am still patiently awaiting the Ida Haendel box - and you already have the Slenczynska set - really lucky you! Of course, those Eloquence sets originate in Australia so it is reasonable you would have it first! The only one I'm not sure about yet is the Boulanger. Amazon shows the Slenczynska set ...
by Lance
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Ruth Slenczynska's American Deccas on DGG!
Replies: 11
Views: 145

Pianist Ruth Slenczynska's American Deccas on DGG!

More American Decca recordings have been reissued in a 10-CD box by Deutsche Grammophon/Universal who owns the rights to these recordings and issued with original covers and an extensive booklet with photos, etc. I usually have at least once-a-year correspondence with Miss Slenczynska who is still p...
by Lance
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nadia Boulanger's new 5-CD set, DGG
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Nadia Boulanger's new 5-CD set, DGG

While I have certainly appreciated the success Nadia has had with so many of the world's finest artists, I have not personally been overly involved in the type of repertoire she, herself, has recorded. She recorded several LPs for the American Decca label, now owned by Universal/DGG, who has just is...
by Lance
Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Cliftwood" is back on CMG!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 137

"Cliftwood" is back on CMG!!!

Our good friend, Harris/Cliftwood, is back on CMG. One of our great contributors of the past was not able to log on after a change he made in his profile. I found a way to get around that and am proud that I was successful. You will enjoy Cliftwood ... a wonderful writer about music, very enthusiast...
by Lance
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Opera Seeks Pay Cuts in Exchange for Pandemic Paychecks
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: Met Opera Seeks Pay Cuts in Exchange for Pandemic Paychecks

While nothing can compare to live performances, those of us who love great music-making can still hear the best that we have in our recording collections. For that, I am most appreciative even though it is not the same as attending live performances. It looks bleak for young artists in universities ...
by Lance
Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Four concertos played by Richter
Replies: 36
Views: 1163

Re: Four concertoes played by Richter

In one of his posts, Henry Slofstra made mention of the Tchaikovsky symphonies and his liking of Ormandy's recordings. For me, once I heard either the mono or stereo set of the Symphonies 4, 5 and 6, as performed by the Leningrad Symphony under Yevgeny Mravinsky (both on DGG), there were very few ot...
by Lance
Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's "Le poète du piano" set
Replies: 13
Views: 425

Re: Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's "Le poète du piano" set

Well, I may be pushing the envelope here a bit ... there are not as many pianists today as in the past, but I look at it as a whole, taking into account some very important names of the past as well. Of the younger set, as you say, Hough, Grosvenor, and Mark Viner, Howard Shelley, Martin Jones, Jack...
by Lance
Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's "Le poète du piano" set
Replies: 13
Views: 425

Re: Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's "Le poète du piano" set

The French pianists are right up there, but I think the Russian pianists still take the top slot with England not far behind. But truly, love them all. Each has something - of the best of them - to say! In former days, the French had many fine artists ... it was, after all, the "golden age" of piani...
by Lance
Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR cd choices for November
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: WQXR cd choices for November

I once had the pleasure of preparing Andreas Haefliger's piano for a concert, seems now like a long time ago. He was a very fine pianist if memory serves.
by Lance
Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell: Complete EMI (Warner) Recordings
Replies: 10
Views: 228

Re: George Szell: Complete EMI (Warner) Recordings

There is a note on each inner wallet that the Cleveland Orchestra "Appears by courtesy of CBS Records." Even at the later time of the original EMI recordings, there must have been some contractual arrangement for that repertoire and orchestra to appear on the EMI product. Sounds good, Lance. How did...
by Lance
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Revisiting Puccini's Edgar
Replies: 10
Views: 193

Re: Revisiting Puccini's Edgar

The only complete recording I have of Puccini's Edgar is on Sony Classical [79213. 2-CDs] with Scotto, Bergonzi and others with Eve Queler conducting made at Carnegie Hall in NYC in April 1977. I see DGG also has a complete recording available but having the Columbia/Sony set filled the gap. There a...
by Lance
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's "Le poète du piano" set
Replies: 13
Views: 425

Pianist Alexandre Tharaud's "Le poète du piano" set

I have become a huge fan of the French pianist, Alexandre Tharaud. His repertoire is very wide, even to include popular music (performed strikingly well). Erato has come forth with a three-CD set [51808] with each CD marked "Solo," "Concertos," and "Rarities and Surprises." Each of the discs contain...
by Lance
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell: Complete EMI (Warner) Recordings
Replies: 10
Views: 228

George Szell: Complete EMI (Warner) Recordings

Just arrived, and am, of course, delighted! Warner's new 14-CD set contains all his recordings made between 1934 and 1970. According to the box blurb: "George Szell's commitment to musical truth made him an intimidating figure - even among the other formidable conductors of the 20th century. His unc...
by Lance
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4242
Views: 1462413

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

For me, of all the HvK Beethoven complete sets, the 1963 DGG takes the prize - and for many of my symphonic collector friends and conductors who know these sets very well. Perhaps DGG's analogue recording process was at its best at this time. On the other hand, I am not the devoteé of HvK as I am to...
by Lance
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Samson Francois Complete Warner Box: New Release
Replies: 17
Views: 890

Re: Samson Francois Complete Warner Box: New Release

Brian, if you ARE able to find a copy if you are searching - maybe two (2) copies — one for you, one for me, I would be delighted and will pay the price accordingly. So far, no luck for me in tracking down the translated-to-English book. [/b] The new Samson Francois set arrived yesterday. It has lo...
by Lance
Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eric Heidsieck, pianist - Complete Edition
Replies: 8
Views: 177

Eric Heidsieck, pianist - Complete Edition

Some may not even know the name of Eric Heidsieck , but he has quite a reputation beyond the east side of the Atlantic. I have prepared a couple of radio programs in his honour in the past and received many comments from listeners. Now Warner has issued all his EMI and Erato recordings in one box at...
by Lance
Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Samson Francois Complete Warner Box: New Release
Replies: 17
Views: 890

Re: Samson Francois Complete Warner Box: New Release

Brian! Maybe you could do the translation and with, perhaps, the consent of his remaining family members, it could be published! Stranger things have happened. This is a book I would very much like to read. Consider it, eh? The new Samson Francois set arrived yesterday. It has lovingly been put tog...
by Lance
Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4242
Views: 1462413

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

1) Danacord 849: 2019 - Piano Music at Schloss vor Husum includes Mark Viner, Cyprien Katsaris, Roland Pontinen 2) Nimbus 5996 - Julius Rontgen (composer) Volume 5: Music for Two Pianos with Mark Anderson and Michelle Mares 3) Hyperion 68302 - Johann Baptist Cramer: Piano Concertos 1, 3, and 6 with ...
by Lance
Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Samson Francois Complete Warner Box: New Release
Replies: 17
Views: 890

Re: Samson Francois Complete Warner Box: New Release

The new Samson Francois set arrived yesterday. It has lovingly been put together ... and it does look like an original album-by-album release from all the original jackets and all 54 CDs are under the ERATO logo label. The booklet has two wonderful articles about the pianist, one by his late son, Ma...
by Lance
Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared
Replies: 20
Views: 608

Re: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared

Thank you for referring to BEVERIDGE WEBSTER. I have all of his DOVER Publication LPs, and have discussed the possible issuance of those magnificent recordings on CD, including with his son. Unfortunately, no one knows where the original tapes are. Webster's recording of von Weber's Piano Sonata No....
by Lance
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared
Replies: 20
Views: 608

Re: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared

You may want to see what this link has to say!

https://slippedisc.com/2020/03/sorting- ... erklavier/
by Lance
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared
Replies: 20
Views: 608

Re: "Hammerklavier" recordings compared

Having most every major recording of Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" piano sonata, two have long stayed with me due to the symphonic nature of, particularly, the first movement. 1) Egon Petri - originally on Westminster (now on DGG) 2) Ernst Levy - on Marston Either rendition is "not for the faint of he...
by Lance
Sat Nov 07, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rachmaninoff's Orchestral Transcriptions, 2 pianos
Replies: 1
Views: 146

Rachmaninoff's Orchestral Transcriptions, 2 pianos

I wasn't immediately aware of this—maybe my brain power has receded during this virus situation—but I recently discovered that Sergei Rachmaninoff transcribed at least two orchestral works for two pianos: 1] Glazunov's Symphony No. 6 in C Minor, Op. 58 (all four movements) 2] Rachmaninoff: Fantasy, ...
by Lance
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When RBG's son dropped out of law school . . .
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Re: When RBG's son dropped out of law school . . .

That is a beautiful and uplifting story. I have many recordings from their catalogue (including all those by Paperno, who I interviewed for radio). It is a totally quality label in artistry, quality recording, and presentation.
by Lance
Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Welcome to CMG HANDELIAN!
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Welcome to CMG HANDELIAN!

We look forward to your input here on CMG. You will, no doubt, make many friends who love classical music of all kinds! Be generous with your thoughts and ideas here. Welcome aboard! Obviously, you have a penchant for the music of Handel!
by Lance
Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Donald Isler Plays Beethoven Op. 111 Live in Concert
Replies: 4
Views: 540

Re: Donald Isler Plays Beethoven Op. 111 Live in Concert

Like maestrob/Brian, the 32nd Beethoven Sonata is my favourite. I very much enjoyed your performance of the work ... and people should know you actually have a Kasp CD (which I have, thankfully, but can be had from you r website). You should share more of your performances, Donald. Thank you again!
by Lance
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Manufacturing defects
Replies: 5
Views: 263

Re: Manufacturing defects

Fortunately, I rarely have a problem playing CDs. I have several players, but use one more than the others. Occasionally, a CD will skip, but I clean it and it plays as it should. And I do clean the lenses very frequently to avoid any dust build-up that may be, perhaps, on a CD. I have a few CDs tha...
by Lance
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Franco Fagioli's new DGG "Vinci" CD
Replies: 1
Views: 167

Franco Fagioli's new DGG "Vinci" CD

Among new acquisitions is Veni Vidi Vinci , Fagioli's new recordidng. He is one of the most celebrated countertenors of the day. This new disc presents him 14 selections of works by Leonardo Vinci [1690-1730] with many world premiere recordings. It appears on DGG 483 8358 , 71:11 with Il Pomo D'Oro...
by Lance
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili's new cd
Replies: 4
Views: 194

Re: Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili's new cd

Am very interested in this pianist and have a number of her CDs on Sony, EMI and Erato. I've ordered this one. Very fine pianist who seems to only recently become known in the USA.
by Lance
Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lara St. John, violinist - spectacular!
Replies: 5
Views: 375

Re: Lara St. John, violinist - spectacular!

A recording on the Avanti label [61050] arrived the other day. Disc is entitled Bach XXI and features the wonderful violinist Philippe Quint with the Matt Herskowitz Trio (Herskowitz is the pianist). The Bach Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043 (Vivace movement) features violinists Philippe ...
by Lance
Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New recording of Brahms' Cello Sonatas
Replies: 8
Views: 507

Re: New recording of Brahms' Cello Sonatas

I had no problem with the link. It opened fine.
by Lance
Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

Oh, definitely, John. I want to hear it, one way or another. I have many of her other recordings and have always enjoyed them. It's just do I want to add another Beethoven Violin Concerto in CD format. Probably not. Nice to hear Midori is back at the microphones. I prepared her piano for a concert w...
by Lance
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Known Mostly for Jazz, Keith Jarrett Played Bach, Handel, Mozart, Bartok and Shostakovich Too
Replies: 6
Views: 356

Re: Known Mostly for Jazz, Keith Jarrett Played Bach, Handel, Mozart, Bartok and Shostakovich Too

I personally know some major performing artists who "lost" their musical art through sickness or accidents who are not able to resume their careers. It is a major blow to their psyche and will to live. It causes such a major mental dilemma, understandably. How truly sad to read that article. Life pl...
by Lance
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1119
Views: 887762

Re: What I listened to today

Have a few of her recordings ... enjoy her art. How novel to have FOUR (4) pianists of high caliber as her accompanists. Would love to have her recording of the Brahms with Andrey Gugnin, an outstanding pianist in every way.
by Lance
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Midori is Recording Again!
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: Midori is Recording Again!

Nice to hear Midori is back at the microphones. I prepared her piano for a concert with Robert McDonald as her piano collaborator. Much as I admire her artistry, I hate to tell you how many recordings I have of Beethoven's Violin Concerto not to mention the two Romances. Do I really need another VC ...
by Lance
Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rosa Tamarkina, pianist (former wife of Gilels)
Replies: 1
Views: 185

Rosa Tamarkina, pianist (former wife of Gilels)

The Scribendum CD company has issued some interesting material in recordings apparently remastered from original LPs - and happy to say, they do an excellent job in their transfers. Some may not know that the legendary Emil Gilels was married to pianist Rosa Tamarkina [1920-1950] (she died of cancer...