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by Lance
Wed Dec 07, 2022 12:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Myra Hess/Bruno Walter Play Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2
Replies: 1
Views: 16

Re: Myra Hess/Bruno Walter Play Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2

For those that cannot locate the IDIS recording alluded to by maestrob , those performances on IDIS were probably "lifted" from two AS Discs: AS Disc 401 includes the Mozart 14th Concerto as well as the 20th recorded live in 1954 and 1960 with the NYP under Walter. AS Disc 415 includes the Brahms 2n...
by Lance
Tue Dec 06, 2022 12:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any views on violinist Leonidas Kavakos?
Replies: 4
Views: 61

Re: Any views on violinist Leonidas Kavakos?

Me? Only three CD recordings thus far: 1] Sony 94014: Beethoven Symphonies 2 & 5 w/Ax, Ma ["Beethoven for Three"] 2] Decca B-002039 (478 6442): Brahms 3 Violin Sonatas, etc., w/Yuja Wang, pf 3] Musical Heritage Society 514261Z: Sibelius Violin Concerto (2 versions, original 1903-1904 and final versi...
by Lance
Sun Dec 04, 2022 11:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An opera disaster ?
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: An opera disaster ?

Frankly, I'm surprised Kaufmann would perform under these kinds of circumstances. It must have been difficult for him as it was for the audience.
by Lance
Sun Dec 04, 2022 11:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Myra Hess plays Beethoven Concerto No. 5 in E flat major Op. 73 (live, 1952)
Replies: 1
Views: 62

Re: Myra Hess plays Beethoven Concerto No. 5 in E flat major Op. 73 (live, 1952)

Wonderful that you found this. If I'm not mistaken, this is the same performance from Tahra CD 672 with the same orchestra/conductor in 1952. Hess also performed the Emperor in 1953 with the NYP under Efrem Kurtz (Music & Arts 779), and in 1960 with the BBCSO under Malcolm Sargent (BBC Legends 4028)...
by Lance
Wed Nov 30, 2022 11:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why no more discs from Benjamin Grosvenor, pianist?
Replies: 11
Views: 241

Re: Why no more discs from Benjamin Grosvenor, pianist?

Thank you, John. I did read that he re-signed a Decca contract. I was glad to hear this. I did not know, however, that he recorded with Hyperion the The Lark Ascending. That one I will appreciate, for sure. He and Hyeyoon Park released a version of The Lark Ascending for Violin and Piano last month ...
by Lance
Wed Nov 30, 2022 11:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Waaaay too many commercials on TV! [Still]
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Waaaay too many commercials on TV! [Still]

I've brought this up on these pages before, maybe twice, but it is really getting to me again. There are way too many commercials on TV. The only channel free of this cancer is TCM - Turner Classic Movies. I get the feeling that American TV watchers just expect it, the repetition of the same commerc...
by Lance
Wed Nov 30, 2022 11:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Not-Quite-Star Maestro Has a Starry Season at the Met
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: A Not-Quite-Star Maestro Has a Starry Season at the Met

I really enjoyed this article on Rizzi. Finally, someone gets his due credit ... people take notice. He must be, as is said, "tickled pink!"
by Lance
Tue Nov 29, 2022 11:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Why no more discs from Benjamin Grosvenor, pianist?
Replies: 11
Views: 241

Why no more discs from Benjamin Grosvenor, pianist?

When Benjamin Grosvenor's Decca discs hit the market, everyone was raving, including me. But since his last Liszt disc for the label, I'm not seeing anything new. Aside from the pandemic, what happened?
by Lance
Sun Nov 27, 2022 5:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What mega-boxes do you hope to see in 2023?
Replies: 6
Views: 288

Re: What mega-boxes do you hope to see in 2023?

Mike, I got that 15-CD [59714] back in early 2016 from Amazon/USA for $122/USD including tax/postage. I thought that was a bit high myself, but that edition did come from Japan. I had no idea it was now difficult to obtain. I am devoted to the art of Kogan and have nearly all his DGG (Russian orient...
by Lance
Fri Nov 25, 2022 4:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin Preludes
Replies: 48
Views: 10975

Re: Chopin Preludes

Great choice, Henry. He is one of the current-day pianists that I gather up as much as possible. Among the best!
slofstra wrote:
Thu Nov 24, 2022 1:30 pm
The one I play most often is Tharaud. The more nuanced views of different performances are appreciated.
by Lance
Fri Nov 25, 2022 4:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What mega-boxes do you hope to see in 2023?
Replies: 6
Views: 288

Re: What mega-boxes do you hope to see in 2023?

John, Decca/Eloquence issued a 41-CD set for de Larrocha in late 2018 [483 4120] consisting of her complete British- and American Decca CDs, and the Hispavox-EMI recordings. I have all of her RCA recordings, but near as I know they never released a mega-box in her behalf. As for Casals , Decca issue...
by Lance
Fri Nov 25, 2022 3:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Some Thoughts About Bruce Hungerford On the 100th Anniversary of his Birth
Replies: 15
Views: 366

Re: Some Thoughts About Bruce Hungerford On the 100th Anniversary of his Birth

Beautifully written and appreciated, Donald. I covet the 23 recordings I have with Hungerford on them, all the Vanguards, IPAM, Kasp and Arbiter discs. There should have been much, much more.
by Lance
Fri Nov 25, 2022 3:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Serkin's recordings
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Re: Rudolf Serkin's recordings

Interesting ... $1,600 for the Serkin set now. I got mine for 10% of that price when first issued. I would have thought, given his reputation, that one would still be around for quite a while.
by Lance
Wed Nov 23, 2022 6:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What mega-boxes do you hope to see in 2023?
Replies: 6
Views: 288

What mega-boxes do you hope to see in 2023?

I'm still waiting for one for Koussevitzky.

Actually, we can be thankful that we have so many wonderful ones at our disposal already. But there is always a need for more, no?

Who is on your list?
by Lance
Wed Nov 23, 2022 6:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What's the best music for Turkey Day?
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: What's the best music for Turkey Day?

I found this list ... 1: Shepherd’s Thanksgiving (from Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’) – Beethoven ... 2: Give Me Your Tired – Berlin ... 3: Thanks Be To God (from Elijah) – Mendelssohn ... 4: Variations on a Shaker Hymn (from Appalachian Spring) – Copland ... 5: For the Beauty of the Earth – Rutter ... ...
by Lance
Wed Nov 23, 2022 6:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ned Rorem, Composer Known for Both His Music and His Diaries, Dies at 99
Replies: 6
Views: 310

Re: Ned Rorem, Composer Known for Both His Music and His Diaries, Dies at 99

Lifted from the original post above. "I was visiting him and running late for a black-tie event at Lincoln Center, he let me change in his bedroom to save time. While there, I noticed a notebook on his nightstand. Curiosity — the question of whether this cou be a new volume of diaries in the making...
by Lance
Wed Nov 23, 2022 6:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ned Rorem, Composer Known for Both His Music and His Diaries, Dies at 99
Replies: 6
Views: 310

Re: Ned Rorem, Composer Known for Both His Music and His Diaries, Dies at 99

Lifted from the original post above.[/] "I was visiting him and running late for a black-tie event at Lincoln Center, he let me change in his bedroom to save time. While there, I noticed a notebook on his night stand. Curiosity — the question of whether this cou be a new volume of diaries in the ma...
by Lance
Wed Nov 23, 2022 6:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bocelli's new "Family Christmas" album on Decca
Replies: 0
Views: 128

Bocelli's new "Family Christmas" album on Decca

Listed as Capitol/Decca 448 2795 So we have Andrea, Matteo, and Virginia giving us a compilation of 13 tracks. There is no "outward" listing of accompaniment artists until you get to the credit page of the booklet. The arrangements are by Stephan Moccio. The album includes piano, keyboard, synthesiz...
by Lance
Wed Nov 23, 2022 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rudolf Serkin's recordings
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Rudolf Serkin's recordings

I never met Rudolf personally, but did meet and work for his son, Peter, who was a total gentleman and quite the artist. Having long collected everything from Rudolf from the earliest days of my collecting years of LPs right on through to CDs, it is interesting to see how many non-commercial recordi...
by Lance
Wed Nov 23, 2022 6:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: In A Sea Change Women In Philharmonic Now Outnumber Men
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Re: In A Sea Change Women In Philharmonic Now Outnumber Men

Times are changing, and I couldn't be happier about this particular change. It's about time, in fact.
by Lance
Wed Nov 23, 2022 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Matthias Goerne Sings Schubert in Amsterdam: Video
Replies: 1
Views: 144

Re: Matthias Goerne Sings Schubert in Amsterdam: Video

Goerne has a remarkable voice. I would prefer to have heard the recital with the original piano accompaniments, however, your point is well taken. Quite a demonstrative singer, as well.
by Lance
Wed Nov 23, 2022 5:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang's "The Disney Book" 2-CD set
Replies: 8
Views: 341

Re: Lang Lang's "The Disney Book" 2-CD set

50,000 copies! Well, that should make a good dent in their stockpile of this release - and certainly it will have the desired effects at the 7-11 stores. I will have to stop by a store and see if that happens. It may even drive the employees to drink as well. No thanks, absolutely. (I understand tha...
by Lance
Wed Nov 23, 2022 2:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang's "The Disney Book" 2-CD set
Replies: 8
Views: 341

Re: Lang Lang's "The Disney Book" 2-CD set

Why guys ... what happened? Where is your curiosity? After all, "the greatest living pianist"?
by Lance
Tue Nov 22, 2022 12:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What's the best music for Turkey Day?
Replies: 4
Views: 261

What's the best music for Turkey Day?

I don't mean anyone is a "turkey," but in celebration of Thanksgiving Day. What's been composed for celebrating this special day?
by Lance
Tue Nov 22, 2022 12:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang's "The Disney Book" 2-CD set
Replies: 8
Views: 341

Lang Lang's "The Disney Book" 2-CD set

Well, I HAD to see what this was all about ... Lang Lang and Disney. As the back of this deluxe edition states: "The most unforgettable songs from Disney's iconic films reimagined by the greatest living pianist . Lang Lang's The Disney Book tells the story of a century of magic entertainment through...
by Lance
Mon Nov 21, 2022 11:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ivan Moravec/Neville Marriner: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20
Replies: 1
Views: 173

Re: Ivan Moravec/Neville Marriner: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20

Couldn't agree with you more, Brian. I have never heard a BAD sound coming from a piano of Ivan Moravec. Mozart's No. 20 is his most beloved concerto for me. Those interested in the CD version will find this on Hanssler 98.142 coupled with Mozart's No. 23 also with Marriner.
by Lance
Mon Nov 21, 2022 1:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Serkin's 1936 live Schumann PC
Replies: 1
Views: 190

Re: Serkin's 1936 live Schumann PC

Indeed, Rudolf Serkin had a way with the Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor. I have long admired his 1955-56 Columbia recording with Ormandy and the Philadelphians. I wonder if any obscure label ever issued the 1936 recording? I will try to do some checking on this. October 19,1936,Queen’s Hall,Lond...
by Lance
Mon Nov 21, 2022 1:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When's the last time you heard Carl Loewe's piano concerto?
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: When's the last time you heard Carl Loewe's piano concerto?

Aha! Finally ... some word back. Thank you! Do I like/love Carl Loewe's music. Indeed, I do with some 100+ recordings of his work to prove it, lots of lieder, as you might expect, but chamber music, piano solos, oratorios, the piano concerto, and symphonic works. My heart, however, is mostly for his...
by Lance
Sun Nov 20, 2022 9:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: From the Atlantic - The Defection of Mikhail Voskresensky
Replies: 3
Views: 208

Re: From the Atlantic - The Defection of Mikhail Voskresensky

What an interesting story - and a heartbreaker at the same time. When one thinks of what this man endured to be the artist he was, with every conceivable roadblock, I am reminded how very fortunate I have been, and the many artists that were to forge ahead for their musical dreams. Thank you for thi...
by Lance
Sun Nov 20, 2022 9:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Egon Petri: The 17 September 1929 Liszt Recordings
Replies: 6
Views: 263

Re: Egon Petri: The 17 September 1929 Liszt Recordings

Petri was really one of the great ones, mostly inspired by Busoni, Paderewski and a few others. I knew his piano technician while Petri was teaching at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, about an hour from whence I write. His technician always shuddered when Petri gave a concert stating his pow...
by Lance
Fri Nov 18, 2022 2:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin Preludes
Replies: 48
Views: 10975

Re:

ADDENDUM, almost 15 years after my original post only to illustrate new CD additions of Chopin's Preludes shown below in green colour. Chopin’s Preludes , Op. 28 have been a staple listening item for me for years (as are the complete Etudes , Opp. 10 and 25. There have been so many recordings made ...
by Lance
Wed Nov 16, 2022 2:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Did anyone get the Mitropoulos Scribendum 19 CD set?
Replies: 1
Views: 218

Did anyone get the Mitropoulos Scribendum 19 CD set?

On the heels of Sony Classical/RCA's mega-box release [88825, 69 CDs] of all of Dimitri Mitropoulos's Columbia and RCA recordings, Scribendum has released a 19-CD set [836], which contains all live recordings with the New York Philharmonic. This set is a priced somewhat higher than other Scribendum ...
by Lance
Wed Nov 16, 2022 2:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When's the last time you heard Carl Loewe's piano concerto?
Replies: 6
Views: 332

When's the last time you heard Carl Loewe's piano concerto?

Carl Loewe [1796-1869] wrote a piano concerto? No, he wrote two! Near as I know, the first has yet to see the light of day on CD. The Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, however, has two performances on CD, one on the old Koch CD label (with Kupiec), and a more recent one on the Pentatone label with Ma...
by Lance
Wed Nov 16, 2022 2:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Old pianos
Replies: 5
Views: 299

Re: Old pianos

You mean Beecham's comment about "two cats ... [omitted] ... on a hot tin roof, referring to the sound of a harpsichord? Interesting reading about historical pianos. Since about the 1850's most of the pianos we hear today were born out of that period, and they were famous German, French, and English...
by Lance
Sun Nov 13, 2022 10:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Remember pianist Walter Hautzig?
Replies: 1
Views: 186

Remember pianist Walter Hautzig?

Going through my book library the other day, I ran into a marvelous book written by pianist Walter Hautzig: Playing Around the World: A Pianist Remembers . The first time I ever heard him on records was on a Monitor LP and I found his work fascinating and interesting. Unless you are interested in pi...
by Lance
Sat Nov 12, 2022 11:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NEW: Suzanne Danco Sings Ravel's Sheherezade
Replies: 2
Views: 230

Re: NEW: Suzanne Danco Sings Ravel's Sheherezade

Another one of those special voices in Suzanne Danco . As Gramophone stated "As soon as Danco starts to sing, her identity is unmistakable, a bright, vibrant voice, impassioned in its delivery, with perfect diction and an intuitive grasp of text. ‘The Decca Recitals’ is chock-full of such riches, no...
by Lance
Sat Nov 12, 2022 11:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruno Walter, a Conductor Who Found Truth Through Beauty
Replies: 18
Views: 1468

Re: Bruno Walter, a Conductor Who Found Truth Through Beauty

I'm a member of the Bruno Walter Fan Club here too ! That 77-CD boxed set is priceless . That Sony/Columbia set [92324] and the EMI 9-CD Icon set [79026] petty much covers his entire commercial recording career. Walter was a pianist as well, as evidenced by his performance/conducting of Mozart's Pi...
by Lance
Sat Nov 12, 2022 11:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NEW: LJUBA WELITSCH, Operatic Arias
Replies: 1
Views: 209

Re: NEW: LJUBA WELITSCH, Operatic Arias

Welitsch - a voice I have long enjoyed! So many glorious singers from this period in time. (00:00:) Mozart: Don Giovanni. Or sai chi l'onore. New York, 1950 (02:44) Verdi: Un ballo in maschera. Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa. Vienna, 1950 (07:35) Puccini: Tosca. Vissi d'arte. London, 1948 (10:40) Pucci...
by Lance
Mon Nov 07, 2022 11:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fauré - Jean Hubeau (1988) Complete Nocturnes
Replies: 1
Views: 198

Re: Fauré - Jean Hubeau (1988) Complete Nocturnes

Hubeau was a fine pianist in this repertoire. Those interested in his traversal of Faure's complete piano music can find it on Warner/Erato 69923 (four CDs).
by Lance
Tue Nov 01, 2022 10:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sergio Fiorentino Plays Liszt: Consolations (1963)
Replies: 7
Views: 1360

Re: Sergio Fiorentino Plays Liszt: Consolations (1963)

Great to see Fiorentino's name amongst these pages. Indeed, APPIAN/APR has done a great service in reissuing Fiorentino's recordings. I have 20 of his APR recordings, but also a series called Concert Artist/Fidelio, which amounts to another 19 recordings, these also secured from APR between 2002 and...
by Lance
Sat Oct 29, 2022 11:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sigismund Thalberg: Any biography written?
Replies: 2
Views: 1015

Sigismund Thalberg: Any biography written?

Am taking a lot of interest lately in the music of Sigismund Thalberg [1812-1871], considered Liszt's only true "rival" during their lifetimes. I have looked around quite a bit and wonder if ever a biography has been written about Thalberg . I cannot image that there has not been one yet. Interestin...
by Lance
Sat Oct 29, 2022 4:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Isaac Stern Plays Bloch Violin Sonata No. 1 with Score
Replies: 3
Views: 1106

Re: Isaac Stern Plays Bloch Violin Sonata No. 1 with Score

Fortunately, that first sonata of Bloch is included in that wonderful Sony boxed set of 75 CDs [72425] giving us all of Stern's analogue recordings. Alexander Zakin is the pianist. I had the pleasure of meeting both of them and preparing the piano for a recital. Real good party people, too! The firs...
by Lance
Tue Oct 25, 2022 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bloody Rachmaninoff
Replies: 2
Views: 1040

Re: Bloody Rachmaninoff

The celebrated British pianist, Dame Myra Hess, had this problem on occasion as well. Congrats to the pianist who handled the situation exceedingly well.
by Lance
Tue Oct 25, 2022 4:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach BWV 1052 on accordian
Replies: 1
Views: 916

Re: Bach BWV 1052 on accordian

This is fabulous musicianship by these two accordionists! Watch closely to see the affects they achieve especially in the way the bellows are moved at certain points. I do believe JS Bach would be very pleased to know that his music exists in these accordion transcriptions, especially Bach, the Grea...
by Lance
Tue Oct 25, 2022 4:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NEW: Helen Traubel Sings Wagner
Replies: 2
Views: 1020

Re: NEW: Helen Traubel Sings Wagner

Now THERE is my kind of great dramatic soprano voice! How good to see Helen Traubel 's name on this board. Yes, of course, there is Flagstad, Varnay, Nilsson, and a host of others. Traubel is somewhat well represented on CDs. Besides her inclusion on Sony/Columbia and RCA commercial discs, some of h...
by Lance
Sun Oct 23, 2022 7:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Russian Recital - I can't believe!?!
Replies: 2
Views: 1004

Re: A Russian Recital - I can't believe!?!

Nobody is game to comment?
by Lance
Sun Oct 23, 2022 7:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bachauer's Mercury recordings now in one set!
Replies: 3
Views: 939

Re: Bachauer's Mercury recordings now in one set!

Yes, they are. The preponderance of the Eloquence series has been outstanding. The only two I am NOT thinking about is the Paul Paray sets. Just how many more of these sets can they possibly issue? Many of the mega-sets are around for a while and then suddenly disappear, regardless of the label. I h...
by Lance
Sun Oct 23, 2022 6:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How to Be Medea? Summon Your Anger and Despair, and Hit the Gym.
Replies: 2
Views: 960

Re: How to Be Medea? Summon Your Anger and Despair, and Hit the Gym.

What a review! I would love to go to NYC to see this one. We really never do know what artists go through in their private lives and have to come to the stage. Radvanovsky took advantage of her problems and imbued them into her role. What a lesson there is in this.
by Lance
Sun Oct 23, 2022 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Elisabeth Leonskaja & Schubert, 8-CD set, Warner
Replies: 1
Views: 847

Elisabeth Leonskaja & Schubert, 8-CD set, Warner

Having enjoyed Leonskaja's complete Mozart set issued by Warner, I waited anxiously for her 8-CD set of Schubert's complete sonatas [62878]. Listening to this set, I couldn't help thinking what Schubert might have written if he had kind of piano we hear on these recordings. As someone wrote in Disp...