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by Lance
Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The pianist Vladimir Sofronitsky ...
Replies: 3
Views: 41

Re: The pianist Vladimir Sofronitsky ...

Interesting you should ask about Sofronitsky's daughter, Viviana. I did some research on her. She lived and taught in Canada for a while and married an historical piano rebuilder (born in California) and they now make their lives in the Czech Republic. I believe Sofronitsky was married twice so I'm ...
by Lance
Sun Mar 07, 2021 10:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: André Previn--Complete Warner Recordings
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: André Previn--Complete Warner Recordings

I think I will pass on this one. I have around 115 of his recordings on CD on myriad labels: Telarc, Sony, Decca, DGG, EMI, Philips, RCA, and a few lesser labels. I admire him as a pianist and conductor; he was an highly gifted artist. Somewhere, however, I have to draw the line.
by Lance
Sun Mar 07, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue tribute to Hephzibah Menuhin, pianist
Replies: 5
Views: 79

Re: Overdue tribute to Hephzibah Menuhin, pianist

A further thought, Brian/maestrob ... if you have the 91-CD Luxury Edition put out by Warner Classics [55050], which is an LP-sized boxed set, the 20-CD set of all the recordings Hephzibah made with Yehudi are included and they go back to the days of 78rpms right up to almost the time of her passing...
by Lance
Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The pianist Vladimir Sofronitsky ...
Replies: 3
Views: 41

The pianist Vladimir Sofronitsky ...

Most of the Russian pianists and musicians that I know speak so positively of the art of Sofronitsky. He hated recording, and much of what we do know comes from live recitals that were recorded. While I never collected him with the same vigor as Richter, Gilels, or other great Russian/Ukrainian pia...
by Lance
Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vivaldi ... for the CLARINET??? Yes!
Replies: 8
Views: 131

Re: Vivaldi ... for the CLARINET??? Yes!

I have had a chance to audition this new recording. It is rather unusual to hear this great master's (arranged) repertoire with the clarinet, an instrument that I love, which is so forward and pronounced. Fröst's playing is outstanding as is that of his collaborators. The arrangements change somewha...
by Lance
Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Apparently Our First Meyerbeer: L'africaine
Replies: 7
Views: 66

Re: Apparently Our First Meyerbeer: L'africaine

Strange how so many operas seem to have lousy plots. I've kind of gotten over that issue to simply enjoy the music , though it helps to know the story of the opera and how it unfolds with the music. So, for me, it is primarily the music I want to hear. This thread caused me to research what I have i...
by Lance
Sun Mar 07, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Triangulating Math, Mozart and ‘Moby-Dick’
Replies: 6
Views: 94

Re: Triangulating Math, Mozart and ‘Moby-Dick’

Hmm ... I wasn't able to relate to that article very well. Anything mathematics was never one of my high points; nonetheless, interesting to read about.
by Lance
Sun Mar 07, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Greatest chamber work
Replies: 23
Views: 178

Re: Greatest chamber work

I like Mark's/diegobueno's allusion to Schubert's String Quintet in C Major , for me, also, one of the greatest chamber works (without piano) I have ever heard [and, of course, there's much else]. And another work that looms large in the mind for me is Mendelssohn's Octet in E-flat Major , Op. 20, p...
by Lance
Sun Mar 07, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue tribute to Hephzibah Menuhin, pianist
Replies: 5
Views: 79

Re: Overdue tribute to Hephzibah Menuhin, pianist

Hi Brian, that's NOT the set to which I was referring. You can check Hephzibah on Amazon/USA and they are currently selling the brown-looking set at a reasonable price. I identified the many items that were not included in the 20-CD set issued by Warner in their mega-box, or individual sets such as ...
by Lance
Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue tribute to Hephzibah Menuhin, pianist
Replies: 5
Views: 79

Overdue tribute to Hephzibah Menuhin, pianist

Warner Classics has just come out with a 9-CD/2DVD set, "Hephzibah Menuhin: Homage" [52703]. She was violinist Yehudi Menuhin's older sister and they both adored each other. Together, they performed all over the world and made a number of recordings together. This set is not all inclusive of their d...
by Lance
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vivaldi ... for the CLARINET??? Yes!
Replies: 8
Views: 131

Vivaldi ... for the CLARINET??? Yes!

Yes, by an arranger ... it had to be. German Sony's [92991] tray liner says this: "Martin Fröst's new album is a Baroque adventure based on the question: What might Vivaldi have composed for the clarinet if it had been more fully developed? For this recording three clarinet concertos have been newly...
by Lance
Thu Mar 04, 2021 12:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven: Sym. #6 (Pastoral), Piano, 4-Hands [Argerich +]
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Beethoven: Sym. #6 (Pastoral), Piano, 4-Hands [Argerich +]

Here is a new Martha Argerich recording from the house of Warner Classics, 51640 [9025 16403] that features the celebrated artist with pianist Theodosia Ntokou in Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 {Pastoral} arranged for piano four-hands by Selmar Bagge (1823-1896). Most pianophiles know...
by Lance
Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thoughts on Cuomo's 3/3/22 talk today
Replies: 21
Views: 433

Thoughts on Cuomo's 3/3/22 talk today

So, what is the general consensus on Governor Cuomo and his talk today. He made it quite clear he is not resigning and is asking New Yorkers to hear the facts before people judge him.
by Lance
Wed Mar 03, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grumiaux box
Replies: 17
Views: 613

Re: Grumiaux box

Hmmm, I have several pre-orders with Import CDs (and paid for!) now awaiting deliveries. How does one go about getting the 10% coupon? I, too, will have to have this set despite having many/most of his recordings. I will eventually have to begin selling individual CDs over Amazon or eBay, something ...
by Lance
Wed Mar 03, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fritz Kreisler Complete on Naxos - the best transfers.
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: Fritz Kreisler Complete on Naxos - the best transfers.

Well, you know what happens: like Hyperion (Liszt complete, Schubert songs complete, etc., and other labels) when all the single issues are released and they gain back some of their initial investment, then they release the mega-box at a per/CD price that's much less. Such is life. I'm not sure Naxo...
by Lance
Wed Mar 03, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new flutist for me: Luisa Sello
Replies: 2
Views: 74

Re: A new flutist for me: Luisa Sello

Great! You shan't regret it.
by Lance
Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glimmerglass Festival to Stage Its Operas Outdoors This Summer
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: Glimmerglass Festival to Stage Its Operas Outdoors This Summer

Well, Lenny - thanks for this. Maybe my Mrs. and yours truly will get to see you and your Mrs. over the summer if you attend Cooperstown. Also very pleased to know that Denyce Graves will be there. I had a chance to meet and talk with her a couple of years ago - delightful lady - stunning voice. Let...
by Lance
Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vlado Perlemuter Box
Replies: 5
Views: 193

Re: Vlado Perlemuter Box

The Perlemuter box arrived yesterday. These are all Perlemuter's recordings made between 1955 and 1960 so, apparently some are in stereo. I have not had an opportunity to hear the restorations and most of this early material I did not have on CD except the complete Mozart and Ravel from Vox. (Been c...
by Lance
Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Works for Flute, Cello and Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 95

Works for Flute, Cello and Piano

Lately, I've been on a binge for flute music. There is much to be had and most of what I've heard is exceptional. Profil/Hanssler issued a CD [ PH10045 ] that contains four compositions all within roughly the same time period: with death dates (1827-Beethoven; 1837-J. N. Hummel; 1847-J. W. Wilms; 18...
by Lance
Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rodzinski/NYP Sony announced for April 2
Replies: 16
Views: 1512

Re: Rodzinski/NYP Sony announced for April 2

Thank you, John. I don't know how I missed that on Amazon unless it was newly placed. Indeed, $60 seems like a fair price for 16 CDs especially with the caliber of pianist Eschenbach. I owe you one! :)
by Lance
Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuval Waldman, Bridge-Building Violinist, Is Dead at 74
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Re: Yuval Waldman, Bridge-Building Violinist, Is Dead at 74

Wonderful article on Waldman. I was not aware of his work nor art. He seemed to achieve a great deal on behalf of many others.
by Lance
Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Lars Vogt's new Janacek cd
Replies: 4
Views: 144

Re: Pianist Lars Vogt's new Janacek cd

My own exposure to Janacek's piano music is mostly through anything recorded by Firkusny [RCA, DGG] and also beautifully played by Ivan Moravec [Supraphon, Hanssler], both pianists being Czechoslovakian in the footsteps of Janacek. But you are right about Lars Vogt ... he doesn't seem to be on the r...
by Lance
Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fritz Kreisler Complete on Naxos - the best transfers.
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Fritz Kreisler Complete on Naxos - the best transfers.

No question, Fritz Kreisler was one of the most loved and respected violinists of his time and his name still looks large in our own time. He recorded prolifically mostly for RCA, HMV, and Electrola. It took Naxos to bring us all those recordings from the early 1900s to the time of his passing, all ...
by Lance
Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A new flutist for me: Luisa Sello
Replies: 2
Views: 74

A new flutist for me: Luisa Sello

By chance, in looking for works by Czerny, I ordered a CD on the Italian Stradivarius label [33817] . I was hooked. Not only was Sello's Czerny extraordinary but a piece by Kalkbrenner that took my breath away' also on this disc is music by Pixis and Rossini/Chopin. Since then, I've acquired others...
by Lance
Tue Mar 02, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rodzinski/NYP Sony announced for April 2
Replies: 16
Views: 1512

Re: Rodzinski/NYP Sony announced for April 2

John, I saw these Eschenbach recordings for DGG on Presto for only download. I am interested to know if they still may be available on CD. I was particularly interested in the Czerny, but would also like the whole set of what he did. Any information you can secure would be most appreciated. Many tha...
by Lance
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: From Easter Island, a Pianist Emerges
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Re: From Easter Island, a Pianist Emerges

How very uplifting to read that article! I hope to be able to secure a copy of ther recording. She is facing a saga - and is winning!
by Lance
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Black Composers Series reissued by Sony
Replies: 2
Views: 111

Re: Black Composers Series reissued by Sony

This was a set I had to have immediately and got it when first issued. I am happy to see it has been reissued. Some good things therein and I used the set to present my Black History Month program on February 27th, 2021 as well as some recordings by pianist/composer Blind Tom Wiggins.
by Lance
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rodzinski/NYP Sony announced for April 2
Replies: 16
Views: 1512

Re: Rodzinski/NYP Sony announced for April 2

Yes, another MUST for me, this Szigeti. I preordered the Rodzinski set from Import CDs when it was announced in October 2020. I hope they will NOT forget that I've ordered it and already been charged for the set. I have almost given up on ordering from Presto because of how they are raising their pr...
by Lance
Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: He Was a ‘Bad Boy’ Harpsichordist, and the Best of His Age
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Re: He Was a ‘Bad Boy’ Harpsichordist, and the Best of His Age

Hi, John. Your choice of instruments for the Scarlatti sonatas is the harpsichord is a point well taken. However, had Domenico had a grand piano, as Bach, or Mozart, one of the present day, I think they all might have written for the piano AND the harpsichord. Some of the finest piano interpretation...
by Lance
Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 76
Views: 4443

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

L@@K at this! Heading for 3,800 hits on Mr. Ormandy. Looks like he still has a most interested following. He would be proud!
by Lance
Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vlado Perlemuter Box
Replies: 5
Views: 193

Re: Vlado Perlemuter Box

A very fine pianist, Vlado Perlemuter. The bulk of his recordings appear on the Nimbus label and I have many or most of them. The Vox recordings included, near as I know and have, are the complete Mozart piano sonatas, which were released on Musical Concepts four-CD set 141 recorded in mono in 1956;...
by Lance
Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So you thought you had all of Szell's recordings???
Replies: 4
Views: 182

So you thought you had all of Szell's recordings???

So did I, or at least all his commercial recordings and many independent non-commercial recordings. But now cometh Somm Recordings from England with the two-CD set [5011] , "The Forgotten Recordings," all with the Cleveland Orchestra. The CDs time in at 69:44 and 73:13, and all are first releases ex...
by Lance
Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box
Replies: 12
Views: 4674

Re: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box

Yes, I ordered from England in May of 2020. I just went through my LONG list of Munch recordings and realized that I never received it! Something like that rarely happens to me. I just sent a letter, though it is long past due to get a refund but I asked the vendor to check to see if it ever went ou...
by Lance
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: His Lights Stayed on During Texas’ Storm. Now He Owes $16,752.
Replies: 8
Views: 169

Re: His Lights Stayed on During Texas’ Storm. Now He Owes $16,752.

I hope Scott Willoughby will be able to get a refund from the automatic withdrawal from his account by Griddy. I keep getting letters to switch to independent electric/gas supplies but have always used New York State Electric & Gas who does the billing no matter what independent supplier you use. A ...
by Lance
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When you change your e-mail address/password on CMG ...
Replies: 5
Views: 298976

Re: When you change your e-mail address/password on CMG ...

Hello Karl ... good to hear from you! Most times, we experience problems when people try to change their password and they cannot log back on. If you want to private message me, I can replace your e-mail address and you can also advise what password you want to use. I keep no record or have no way t...
by Lance
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can you believe this review of pianist Solomon?
Replies: 10
Views: 365

Re: Can you believe this review of pianist Solomon?

Well, the translation from German was from Google Translate, so I cannot blame the writer in this case. However, I do think he is waaaay off base! The review (on Amazon/USA) was posted in January 2021 I believe. Pile of nonsnese, Lance. If English is the reviewer's first language, he's in trouble. W...
by Lance
Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist
Replies: 18
Views: 383

Re: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist

Listening to her Schumann just now ... one of the finest Kinderszenen s I've ever heard on record (recorded in 1951!). The lovely, singing tone ... and there are many Schumann works within this set. Her opening of the Bunte Blatter , Op. 99 (recorded 1947) will make your heart cry. The piano goes ou...
by Lance
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A (1958) Visit With Darius Milhaud
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: A (1958) Visit With Darius Milhaud

Brian, I have the original Vox 2-CD set [5109] that Brilliant brought out. Insofar as the Erato set is concerned, go to Amazon/USA and type in Milhaud Erato. it will show up at the $113.00 price.
by Lance
Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can you believe this review of pianist Solomon?
Replies: 10
Views: 365

Can you believe this review of pianist Solomon?

This recent review of one of the world's most respected pianists, (Cutner) Solomon, who for many, is the pianist's pianist. I recognized his great artistry while still a teenager. While this Membran/Intense set is a bargain, I still maintain the best recordings would be from EMI or Testament where t...
by Lance
Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A (1958) Visit With Darius Milhaud
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: A (1958) Visit With Darius Milhaud

Those interested in Milhaud might consider the Erato/Warner 10-CD set [63484], which contains the bulk of the composer's works performed by among the most respected musicians/artists who performed his music. I got mine in April 2018 for $31/USA which I though a great bargain. I see it on Amazon/USA ...
by Lance
Sun Feb 21, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition
Replies: 26
Views: 2036

Re: Glenn Gould Columbia Edition

We all have that problem of collecting Glenn Gould ... from the LPs to the individually-released CDs. When the mega-set came along, and because I had so much already, the price was right to have this set, which, I believe, go down in history as highly collectible, meaning high prices. It behooves me...
by Lance
Sun Feb 21, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scrapped Plans for London Concert Hall Sour Mood for U.K. Musicians
Replies: 6
Views: 254

Re: Scrapped Plans for London Concert Hall Sour Mood for U.K. Musicians

I love Great Britain - my DNA originates there by a large percentage as it does from the eastern/western European continent - and I have been there many times. Brexit is going to destroy the arts in Britain and, like us in the USA, with the Covid 19 connection, it makes things even worse. Someone th...
by Lance
Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist
Replies: 18
Views: 383

Re: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist

Holden, I'm glad you were able to rediscover some of Grinberg's pianism in a generally positive way. In listening to her Mozart, she does not follow the usual patterns of playing his music. In that sense, she reminded me Glenn Gould, taking things at a noticeably slower pace bring out harmonies that...
by Lance
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter G. Davis, Music Critic of Wide Knowledge and Wit, Dies at 84
Replies: 12
Views: 497

Re: Peter G. Davis, Music Critic of Wide Knowledge and Wit, Dies at 84

So sorry to learn this. I always enjoyed reading PGD's reviews and have his book along with the accompanying RCA 2-CD set. He probably should have written more books given his range of knowledge. RIP.
by Lance
Sat Feb 20, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist
Replies: 18
Views: 383

Re: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist

I knew Yudina switched to Russian Orthodoxy, but somewhere I read that Maria Grinberg did as well. I haven't been able to further verify that. I did locate an interesting article. Check out this link: https://www.spectator.com.au/2019/09/why-did-the-soviets-not-want-us-to-know-about-the-pianist-mari...
by Lance
Sat Feb 20, 2021 12:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A pianist I knew not: Thomas Emmerling
Replies: 10
Views: 303

Re: A pianist I knew not: Thomas Emmerling

I have now had a chance to hear Naxos 8.551080 by Thomas Emmerling, "Fantaisies Brillantes," and I was much happier for some reason, it all just seems better 'constructed' pianism for lack of a better word. These, too, are virtuoso Romantic pieces by Sigismund Thalberg, Liszt, Czerny (Figaro Fantasy...
by Lance
Sat Feb 20, 2021 12:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist
Replies: 18
Views: 383

Maria Grinberg, outstanding pianist

I have long been a fan of Ukrainian-born pianist Maria (Israelevna) Grinberg [1908-1978]. Her mother was a private piano teacher and her father was a Hebrew scholar. Being Jewish in Russia in those times, as we all know, was a hard way of life. She eventually became a believer in Russian Orthodoxy a...
by Lance
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 120-disc Ormandy Columbia Legacy box is in the works
Replies: 76
Views: 4443

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

I see JPC has raised their price in Euros to around 210 plus shipping. Presto has really started to raise their prices noticeably and if you add the FedEx fee, that makes the set really pricey. Looking through the Ormandy collaborative discs, and I am very involved in collecting collaborations, most...
by Lance
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A pianist I knew not: Thomas Emmerling
Replies: 10
Views: 303

Re: A pianist I knew not: Thomas Emmerling

Thank you, Rach3! I learned something new today: Emmerling/Fischer! Very interesting to me, too. Thanks for this !! Not known to me, either.I plan to explore further as the Naxos seem attractive. Did explore further.Apparently , " the artist formerly known as Emmerling " ? : BIOGRAPHY THOMAS FISCHER...
by Lance
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A pianist I knew not: Thomas Emmerling
Replies: 10
Views: 303

Re: A pianist I knew not: Thomas Emmerling

Quite honestly, Barnie and Brian, I did not know the name of Thomas Emmerling. But his name change, seems like I have heard of that. I think I would have kept the name Emmerling, however, inasmuch there have been a number of Fischers who figured high in the world of pianism, i.e., Edwin and Annie. B...