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by Lance
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tim Page on music reviewing
Replies: 11
Views: 228

Re: Tim Page on music reviewing

Yeah, that was my big laugh for the day! But then … maybe he was?!? [I corrected it.]
John F wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:59 pm
Lance wrote:Virgin Thomson
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by Lance
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tim Page on music reviewing
Replies: 11
Views: 228

Re: Tim Page on music reviewing

Virgil Thomson was a favorite reviewer of mine, as was Harold C. Schoenberg. Harris Goldsmith and I were personal friends and I learned much from his reviews in ] High-Fidelity magazine. He was also a fine pianist. Locally, newspapers have done away with any artistic critiques of classical music con...
by Lance
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Are You Doing On Bastille Day?
Replies: 2
Views: 49

Re: What Are You Doing On Bastille Day?

I often think of John Brosseau, Ralph Stein, Werner Isler, Ward Botsford (CMG's founder), and so many others than have gone to the Great Beyond since the inception of CMG. They are greatly missed.
by Lance
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniel Wayenberg RIP
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Re: Daniel Wayenberg RIP

Interesting about Wayenberg. For some reason, very long ago, I became interested in Wayenberg's art … I think his Gershwin playing tickled my ears and I went searching. Very few people in the world of pianists or piano music lovers that have crossed my path ever heard of him. Recording-wise, I luck...
by Lance
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 12
Views: 305

Re: Family musicians performing together?

Thank you for those. Of course they should have been included! Donald Weilerstein and his wife Vivian Hornik Weilerstein playing with their daughter Alisa Weilerstein (piano trio--Donald on violin, Vivian on piano, Alisa on cello). Also, the Chung Trio (Myung-whun Chung on piano, Kyung-wha Chung on ...
by Lance
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 12
Views: 305

Re: Family musicians performing together?

I included Claude Frank and Lilian Kalir, but forgot to include Pamela! (Thank you!) Didn't see pianist Claude Frank who performed with his wife, pianist Lillian Kallir, and their daughter, violinist Pamela Frank. Wikipedia reports that violinist Miriam Fried performs with her son, pianist Jonathan ...
by Lance
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Family musicians performing together?
Replies: 12
Views: 305

Family musicians performing together?

The Petrenko/Berlin Phil thread prompts me to write this one. When you think of various husbands/wives, fathers/sons/daughters performing and/or recording together, there are quite a few examples. •Artur Schnabel/Therese Behr - they performed and recorded songs by Schubert, but it is usually indicat...
by Lance
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another "Messiah" by Sven-David Sandstrom
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Another "Messiah" by Sven-David Sandstrom

Well Brian, I'm thrilled. Yes, I'd love to have a copy of those recordings, and will mention the competition name. I am looking over some of the singer's commercial recordings as well and will plan to do a program in the future, keeping you advised, of course. Thank you! Well, Brian, it is, indeed, ...
by Lance
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach Was a Musician’s Companion to Tragedy
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Re: Bach Was a Musician’s Companion to Tragedy

I have long enjoyed anything performed by Zuzana Ruzickova. Her complete Bach on Erato along with the Supraphon issue of Bach's concerto recordings are valuable editions to anybody's collection who loves Bach and harpsichord music. Indeed, the artist's life was horrible with what she went through - ...
by Lance
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG
Replies: 11
Views: 388

Ernst Haefliger (tenor) - EDITION/DGG

A new vocal edition from the house of Deutsche Grammophon, just arrived a couple of days ago: tenor Ernst Haefliger [1919-2007] . I have heard a few things from it. 12 CDs of lieder, oratorio, and opera. DGG 483.7122 with booklet. DGG has issued this "for Ernst Haefliger's centenary [which] showcas...
by Lance
Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Guardian's The best classical music works of the 21st century
Replies: 14
Views: 736

Re: Guardian's The best classical music works of the 21st century

Hmmm. Not too much there to bring me out. What else are you planning besides the ones you've already seen, Lenny?
by Lance
Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another "Messiah" by Sven-David Sandstrom
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Another "Messiah" by Sven-David Sandstrom

Well, Brian, it is, indeed, a small world. Johannsen has an extraordinary voice. I hope she does not confine herself, on recordings at least, to the older repertoire. Mozart, of course, is always great to have. Would you ever consider sharing those recordings you made (with her kind permission, too)...
by Lance
Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set
Replies: 16
Views: 819

Re: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set

Hello, John! Inasmuch as we were talking about complete sets of Beethoven's piano concertos, I centered my response on that issue alone. Of course, I agree with you entirely. There are many one-only issues by pianists that may be and are better than some of those recorded all within a short period o...
by Lance
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set
Replies: 16
Views: 819

Re: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set

Near as I know, I have everything Gieseking recorded, commercially and privately. I do not believe he recorded all five (5) of Beethoven's Piano Concertos (I was only listing complete versions I have in my original post - of all five concerti). He only recorded Nos. 1, 4, and 5, several times each o...
by Lance
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set
Replies: 16
Views: 819

Re: Pianist Jan Lisiecki's new Beethoven concertos cd set

I've used up my CD allowance well into January 2020. But the decision has been made NOT to acquire yet another set of Beethoven concertos. I even hate to tell you how many I already have and love. I will, of course, be interested to hear the pianist in the YouTube links mentioned. I mean, after Schn...
by Lance
Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Another "Messiah" by Sven-David Sandstrom
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Another "Messiah" by Sven-David Sandstrom

https://www.amazon.com/Messiah-SVEN-DAVID-SANDSTROM/dp/B003XYL7HK/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Sandstrom%3A+Messiah&qid=1568493423&s=music&sr=1-1 MESSIAH by Sven-David Sandstrom Oratorio in three parts for soloists, chorus and large orchestra Robin Johannsen, soprano Roxana Constantinescu, contralto Timothy ...
by Lance
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7168

Re: Your changing musical tastes

Being half Russian (not sure which half!) and half English with other mixtures, I certainly have a great interest in the Russians and admire some of both Prokofiev and Shostakovich insofar as the symphonic or concerted works are concerned, and of course their chamber music. It has taken me much long...
by Lance
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 7168

Re: Your changing musical tastes

For me, musical tastes haven't changed that much since about the age of 14 or thereabouts. I continue to be hugely interested in, particularly, the Romantic period, but Baroque and Classical are not far behind. Besides, they are constantly discovering music and composers from these periods. For exam...
by Lance
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Petrenko / Berlin Phil
Replies: 7
Views: 444

Re: Petrenko / Berlin Phil

A most interesting review. With regard to the best of the European orchestras, and the contemporary music scene, I can't imagine that concertgoers support too much music composed today or even late 20th century. Everybody can't like everything, and I hear it so much in orchestral concerts that I att...
by Lance
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joseph Jongen's Symphonie Concertante live
Replies: 3
Views: 290

Re: Joseph Jongen's Symphonie Concertante live

THIS is, simply put, a stunning work . I have long enjoyed the Virgil Fox EMI recording [65075] with Pretre conduting. This also appeared in a box collection of Pretre on Erato [59535]. Michael Murray's on Telarc [80096] is a superb recording as well with the San Francisco forces under deWaart. Koch...
by Lance
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Igor Levit's new complete Beethoven sonatas
Replies: 12
Views: 895

Re: Pianist Igor Levit's new complete Beethoven sonatas

I find Levit to be an excellent pianist … but another "32"? I will pass on this having so many complete versions already not to mention countless recordings of individual sonatas. And I will pass on Fazil as well.
by Lance
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tarrega / Ricci encore
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: Tarrega / Ricci encore

Ohmygosh! I HAVE that LP! Got it when first issued. It's one nobody has transferred to CD - yet! Many thanks for letting me know! I have the Vox Turnabout lp of his Paganini Caprices. Here is an lp with the Tarrega encore,claimed to be mint, original shrink-wrap , for $ 7 plus s&h: https://tinyurl.c...
by Lance
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tarrega / Ricci encore
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: Tarrega / Ricci encore

Yes, I checked … it is now only available as a download. I missed that series of CDs when they were available. Thanks for the tip!
by Lance
Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tarrega / Ricci encore
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: Tarrega / Ricci encore

I can't determine right at the moment if Ricci, himself, ever recorded this piece. I collect Ruggiero Ricci voraciously. Do you know?
by Lance
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Monteux's 40-CD RCA boxed set
Replies: 0
Views: 495

Monteux's 40-CD RCA boxed set

I just happen to run into this … how quickly some of these mega-sets go OOP. This is RCA 07348 with original jackets. When first issued, priced around $80/USD. I see it on Amazon USA for $1,000 now (new set), or a used set for $400. If you have this one, count your blessings! Decca has also issued a...
by Lance
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 97 CDs of Zubin Mehta?
Replies: 7
Views: 583

Re: 97 CDs of Zubin Mehta?

I have over 100 discs with Zubin Mehta's involvement, major labels, and non-major. However, this 97-CD boxed set doesn't resonate with me enough to acquire it. He has apparently had a fine career, and the 100+ discs I have represents his art enough for me. But, Brian, if you DO get the set, I'd like...
by Lance
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 13 strange deaths of composers ...
Replies: 16
Views: 1213

Re: 13 strange deaths of composers ...

Some others ... César Franck: Was riding in a cab when it was struck by a horse-drawn carriage. Edward MacDowell: He was run over by a cab in 1904 dying of complications a few years later. George Butterworth (aged 31), was shot down by a sniper during World War I. Alexander Borodin: Died while vigor...
by Lance
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Met Opera Yamaha Piano Sale
Replies: 4
Views: 610

Re: Met Opera Yamaha Piano Sale

I think Knabe was endorsed by the Met, but they also the Baldwin was the official piano of the Met for a long time; with their demise, Yamaha was the provider. No doubt there were no more Knabes around the Met, but surely some Baldwins, especially the vertical ones for artists to use. The Baldwins (...
by Lance
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Orchestre de Paris at Edinburgh 23 August
Replies: 5
Views: 554

Re: Orchestre de Paris at Edinburgh 23 August

Hello Philip … glad you made it to CMG! Looks like you are enjoying some great music in the UK. Please continue to keep us informed. Any good piano recitals heard recently?
by Lance
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Piano makers ... most gone, some flourishing
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Piano makers ... most gone, some flourishing

This was of great interest to me as a concert piano technician. I have seen many brands over many decades. The article and list is extensive, but most are gone in the 21st century now. Some well-known names are still listed. Steinway's biggest competitor, Baldwin, is no longer making pianos, which i...
by Lance
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 13 strange deaths of composers ...
Replies: 16
Views: 1213

13 strange deaths of composers ...

This link comes courtesy of Australia's LIMELIGHT.

https://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/fe ... cal-music/
by Lance
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stephanie Blythe Will Be There But Not Me
Replies: 2
Views: 473

Re: Stephanie Blythe Will Be There But Not Me

I can't make that either, Lenny!
by Lance
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Beethoven PC #4 cadenzas: Harbison!
Replies: 0
Views: 503

New Beethoven PC #4 cadenzas: Harbison!

I was quite amazed listening to Beethoven's Piano Concerto #4 in G Major, Op. 58. Heard it on Sirius/XM - had to have it. Not only are the cadenzas brought into the 21st century, but it is done with the Borromeo Quartet, not a full orchestra. David Deveau is the pianist. It appears on Steinway & So...
by Lance
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Daniel Harding, Air France pilot
Replies: 4
Views: 659

Re: Daniel Harding, Air France pilot

I give Harding a lot of credit. He will be doing something that is a dream-come-true for him. I seriously doubt he will give up conductor permanently. I wish him good luck in his new endeavor.
by Lance
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz: "Come Back" Edition!
Replies: 12
Views: 1627

Re: Horowitz: "Come Back" Edition!

There is some new material and recitals that are not in the other extraordinary box, all recorded at Carnegie Hall. The book, in size, is about 11" by 11" so it should fit on a shelf that will accommodate that height and depth. It should also be said that, if Horowitz was still amongst us, he probab...
by Lance
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Berlin Philharmonic’s Anti-Anti-Maestro
Replies: 17
Views: 2044

Re: The Berlin Philharmonic’s Anti-Anti-Maestro

Just for the record, Vasily [b.1976] and Kirill Petrenko [b.1972] are NOT related. Vasily, however, has recorded quite a bit, especially with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and other orchestras. Vasily has about 52 recordings to his credit, many with some outstanding soloists. So far, about ei...
by Lance
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz: "Come Back" Edition!
Replies: 12
Views: 1627

Horowitz: "Come Back" Edition!

Sony Classical 93533, 15 CDs A couple of days ago, the new book-style Horowitz "Come Back" edition arrived, which includes two CDs of dialogue between Abram Chasins and his old friend Horowitz! Sony has done their usually excellent job in the presentation with many photographs of Horowitz's return ...
by Lance
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is it senseless to have multiple performances on CD?
Replies: 8
Views: 1300

Re: Is it senseless to have multiple performances on CD?

Hah! That's the problem! I have most all the works of those composers you named as well! It is a wonderful sickness to have (and collect) so much available. Musical riches for sure as maestrob has said, and, of course, I'm delighted by it all. I would just like to add another 100 years to my lifespa...
by Lance
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Social Security "Suspension" phone calls!
Replies: 1
Views: 432

Social Security "Suspension" phone calls!

I've had a number of pre-recorded calls from someone representing the Social Security stating that my number has been suspended due to "suspicious activity." DON'T FALL FOR IT … it's a scam. Besides those calls, I get at least 10 calls a day that have to be blocked. I thought someone was working on ...
by Lance
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So - what's on your TO GET list on CDs in 2016?
Replies: 39
Views: 11131

Re: So - what's on your TO GET list on CDs in 2016?

HUGE price for this now. I got that EMI "Introuvables" set in 2005 for about 15% of the used price you mention. I've long enjoyed it, too. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51ys-x0oq0L.jpg Agree, John, that the Petrushka is amazing: thanks for the reminder. I have it in the set pictur...
by Lance
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So - what's on your TO GET list on CDs in 2016?
Replies: 39
Views: 11131

Re: So - what's on your TO GET list on CDs in 2016?

John, my most humble apologies! How I could have confused Weissenberg with Ciccolini, I do not know. The 10-CD Weissenberg "Icon" box is [79086], the complete RCA 30150, 7 CDs, and the complete DGG 482 5534, 4 CDs. Weissenberg can also be found on a number of other labels (live recitals, etc.), such...
by Lance
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann's symphony number 2
Replies: 24
Views: 2814

Re: Schumann's symphony number 2

It is interesting to observe that Schumann's Symphony No. 2 was actually the third by the time it was complete. And the Third (Rhenish) was actually the last symphony he wrote. It is the publication dates of the symphonies that confuses many with regard to their numbered sequence.
by Lance
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Buying music (CDs) from Amazon - and taxes!
Replies: 17
Views: 2111

Re: Buying music (CDs) from Amazon - and taxes!

Yes, Arkiv does charge tax. Their distribution is from Pennsylvania, as I recall. But they often have the product sent directly from the prime distributor still labeled as Arkiv. I don't know if arkivmusic.com charges this tax . So why not try it if it doesn't ? They specialize in classical CD and D...
by Lance
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang's " Black Diamond"
Replies: 3
Views: 799

Re: Lang Lang's " Black Diamond"

I never heard of such a ridiculous thing as NOT being able to play your piano in your complex. It should be allowed during the day and say, up to about 10pm as other residences have stipulated. Our rights are being taken away from us, one-by-one. Are there others in the building who have pianos as w...
by Lance
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Please welcome Philip M to CMG!
Replies: 17
Views: 1972

Please welcome Philip M to CMG!

We have someone from the UK joining us.

Philip, welcome to Classical Music Guide. We hope you participate often and enjoy your time with us!
by Lance
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What's special about Edwin Fischer?
Replies: 7
Views: 1143

Re: What's special about Edwin Fischer?

Edwin Fischer had an incredible touch that seemed light and natural. As Brian/Maestrob has noted, he was at his best in the music of JS Bach and Mozart. If you ever have a chance to hear Fischer's chorale prelude, "Ich ruf zu dir," BWV 177 [JS Bach], you will hear what I mean. It's the best recordin...
by Lance
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So - what's on your TO GET list on CDs in 2016?
Replies: 39
Views: 11131

Re: So - what's on your TO GET list on CDs in 2016?

I have the mega-box of Weissenberg and I believe the Lumen recordings are to be found there in [EMI-Warner 85824, 56 CDs]. It was issued around 2010 and I believe already out-of-print, and not available even on the used market. If the Lumens are not in the big 56-CD set, they are available on Doremi...
by Lance
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is it senseless to have multiple performances on CD?
Replies: 8
Views: 1300

Re: Is it senseless to have multiple performances on CD?

Artur Schnabel holds a very special place insofar as pianists are concerned. I would not want to be without his 32 Beethoven sonatas, but his Schubert, in many ways, is even more special. I always find I learn from Schnabel in his interpretations. His piano tone in the EMI/Warner recordings is exqui...
by Lance
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: So, is soprano Lisa Davidsen ...
Replies: 5
Views: 969

So, is soprano Lisa Davidsen ...

… going to be the new Flagstad in our own time? Thoughts? I see she has a new recording on Decca/Wagner and Strauss. I haven't heard it yet.
by Lance
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vale Anner Bijlsma
Replies: 2
Views: 2640

Re: Vale Anner Bijlsma

Very sorry to learn of Bilsma's passing. I have many of his recordings and always enjoyed his art enormously. First-class musician and cellist covering a very broad range of repertoire highlighted by his work in Baroque era compositions.