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by Lance
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can you use an all-Glazunov 8-CD boxed set?
Replies: 4
Views: 2026

Can you use an all-Glazunov 8-CD boxed set?

Most of us have something by Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936) in our music collections. Like Beethoven, he wrote nine symphonies, the 9th in D Major is subtitled "Unfinished." However, this box set from Warner Classics [56514] contains considerably more work by Glazunov: Introduction and Dance from Sa...
by Lance
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kaufmann Interview With Mention of Domingo
Replies: 4
Views: 2029

Re: Kaufmann Interview With Mention of Domingo

If one removes all the scandalous information about Domingo, he would remain for most of us, an iconic artist/singer, as he is for Kaufmann. It is truly unfortunate that at this point in his life, Domingo has to live with what he did years ago. Another case (almost) of James Levine, and several othe...
by Lance
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barbirolli's complete RCA/Columbia NYP recordings
Replies: 0
Views: 2561

Barbirolli's complete RCA/Columbia NYP recordings

I have patiently been waiting for this new 6-CD set from Sony [98838]. "The young John Barbirolli was hardly known in America when the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York chose himi to be Arturo Toscanini's successor starting in 1937. The 36-year old Londer's first season was a triumph with ...
by Lance
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Igor Levit plays live Busoni's "Fantasia contrappuntista"
Replies: 4
Views: 2108

Re: Igor Levit plays live Busoni's "Fantasia contrappuntista"

Given the five CD recordings I have of Busoni's Fantasia Contrappuntistica -- John Ogdon [Altarus], Christopher O'Riley [Centaur], Carlo Grante [Music & Arts], Wolf Harden [Naxos], and a two-piano arrangement with Schiller and Humphreys [Naxos], I have never been able to get a handle on the work. In...
by Lance
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .
Replies: 18
Views: 7363

Re: R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .

Hopefully you can find them in Australia since Barry was so loved there as he was everywhere. His Australian ABC recording is another great one with unusual repertoire.
barney wrote:
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:42 pm
Thanks Lance. I certainly wasn't aware of either disc. I will check them out.
by Lance
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: We had 142 CMGers/lookers today!
Replies: 2
Views: 1967

Re: We had 142 CMGers/lookers today!

Ha! It must be that wonderful Australian wine! I wish we had more folks on CMG from Australia. You know, if you don't already know, Americans really do love Australians. And I long to visit your great country. I hope I can do it before I'm buried under LPs, CDs and books. I stlll cherish a Christmas...
by Lance
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Valerie Traficante, pianist
Replies: 0
Views: 3239

Valerie Traficante, pianist

Here's a fine pianist few seem to know about. In auditioning some repertoire, I discovered Ihad a couple of her recordings (she's only made two I know of). 1) Vox 7533: Anton Rubinstein: Concert Russe, Op. 102; Piano Concerto #3 in G Major, Op. 45, both with the Rhenish Philharmonic under José Sereb...
by Lance
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: We had 142 CMGers/lookers today!
Replies: 2
Views: 1967

We had 142 CMGers/lookers today!

Ah yes, good for my soul to see so many people looking in on us! Makes me very happy! :) I have also seen it higher.
by Lance
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chamber music of Joseph Mayseder (1789-1863)
Replies: 0
Views: 3120

Chamber music of Joseph Mayseder (1789-1863)

JOSEPH MAYSEDER Here's a name from the Classical/Romantic periods you may not know but should look into. it is highly satisfying music, original, melodic … the whole ball of wax. The latest volume in the Mayseder series on the Gramola label [99197] is the sixth in the series. They features mostly c...
by Lance
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Proper pronunciation: Ketèlbey
Replies: 8
Views: 3387

Re: Proper pronunciation: Ketèlbey

For years, I've always personally referred to him as keh-TELL-bee. However, I must admit, having been to England on several occasions, it would almost seem as KETTLE-bee might be more preferable. I am planning to do a program in his honour. Naxos, in their historical series, has four CDs of him cond...
by Lance
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .
Replies: 18
Views: 7363

Re: R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .

Barry Tuckwell recorded a great deal for the British Decca label. Beyond that, however, his art can be found on several other labels such as Claves, ASV, Carlton Classics (as a conductor), Q-Disc, ABC-Australia, and the Etcetera label . I am particularly fond of his work on Etcetera: [1121]: music f...
by Lance
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .
Replies: 18
Views: 7363

Re: R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .

Tuckwell just didn't record for the great British Decca label. He recorded for Claves, ASV, Carlton (as a conductor), and Etcetera. I mention this because two fabulous CDs of his may go unnoticed, namely Etcetera [1121]: Czerny's music, and [1135]: French music recital. Both feeature the superb pian...
by Lance
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Just so you know ...
Replies: 0
Views: 3012

Just so you know ...

I see the fabulous George Szell Sony edition on Amazon/USA going for $1,100. Those who bought it at a fraction of that price, as did I, can count their blessings. Unless Sony manufactures more copies (somewhat unlikely inasmuch as those who really wanted it have it by now), the price will go up even...
by Lance
Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yuja Wang detained and interrogated
Replies: 7
Views: 3923

Re: Yuja Wang detained and interrogated

What a horror for this amazing pianist! And to have this happen just prior to a recital. This happened to me once in Atlanta and I was horrified. I was completely checked over and interrogated. I was dressed to the nines, but I guess appearance does not count. Apparently those who interrogated her d...
by Lance
Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Serkin RIP
Replies: 10
Views: 5463

Re: Peter Serkin RIP

Just arrived, a two-CD set on the Vivace label [8808] of live performances with pianist Peter Serkin. It includes a 2018 performance (in this all-JS Bach set) of the Suite in C Minor for Lute-Cembalo recorded at Bard College, a 2017 recording of the Goldberg Variations recorded in Minnesota in 2017,...
by Lance
Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schoenberg Violin Concerto live
Replies: 12
Views: 4802

Re: Schoenberg Violin Concerto live

Krasner/Mitropoulos … I have two recordings with this pair, one on Orfeo, the other on a Nickson private label performance. The Nickson issue was with the New York Philharmonic in 1952; the Orfeo was recorded live in 1954 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Of the Orfeo recording, critic Ste...
by Lance
Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Proper pronunciation: Ketèlbey
Replies: 8
Views: 3387

Re: Proper pronunciation: Ketèlbey

Hmmm. Well now, that puts me back to square one. What do I do?
by Lance
Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Proper pronunciation: Ketèlbey
Replies: 8
Views: 3387

Re: Proper pronunciation: Ketèlbey

What? I can't believe none of our English, Canadian or Australian classical music friends haven't said a word about this. Where is everybody?
by Lance
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schoenberg Violin Concerto live
Replies: 12
Views: 4802

Re: Schoenberg Violin Concerto live

By printing that excellent article/appraisal of the Schoenberg Violin Concerto, Mark (Diegobueno) has piqued my interest in re-hearing the work. Thanks for that, Mark.
by Lance
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comments on violinist David Garrett?
Replies: 0
Views: 3107

Comments on violinist David Garrett?

David Garrett was the child prodigy who has made quite a name for himself though there appears to be some true classical aficionados not familiar with his art and recordings. DGG has issued a five-CD book-type set [479 2936] entitled David Garrett: The Early Years, The Complete Recordings. It conta...
by Lance
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Proper pronunciation: Ketèlbey
Replies: 8
Views: 3387

Proper pronunciation: Ketèlbey

The English composer, Albert William Ketèlbey [1875-1959] is famous in the world for his "light music" in the classical vein. I have heard his named pronounced a couple of ways: KETTLE-bee, and ke-TELL-bee. There is an accent over the second "e' in his name, though this accent would not normally be ...
by Lance
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schoenberg Violin Concerto live
Replies: 12
Views: 4802

Re: Schoenberg Violin Concerto live

Fully understand your comments. It has never been a work I appreciated very much despite having a few recordings of the violin concerto. Just not my cup o' tea.
by Lance
Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Boris Giltburg's live LvB concerto cycle
Replies: 2
Views: 1951

Re: Pianist Boris Giltburg's live LvB concerto cycle

Indeed, Giltburg, an exciting pianist. His Naxos (and an Orchid) CDs are worth every penny! His Rachmaninoff playing is especially noteworthy.
by Lance
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hewitt's piano destroyed
Replies: 10
Views: 4187

Re: Hewitt's piano destroyed

Yes, there have been horror stories about pianos being moved. I remember seeing an article of a large grand that slid off the back of a truck right on to the street. If memory serves, I think that was a Bösendorfer instrument as well. Pianos are heavy (due mostly to the cast iron plates). It require...
by Lance
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hewitt's piano destroyed
Replies: 10
Views: 4187

Re: Hewitt's piano destroyed

You must be referring to an old Baldwin concert grand that was in pretty bad shape and the pianist took an ax to it? You've certainly seen a few things Lance, and have an encyclopedic knowledge of pianos. I did not know the de Larrocha story. My favourite piano story is the fictitious review in the ...
by Lance
Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hewitt's piano destroyed
Replies: 10
Views: 4187

Re: Hewitt's piano destroyed

Angela sounds heartsick, as I am sure she is. It's like losing a spouse for a great friend. I can relate to this kind of thing. I had a call one day from a super-pianist on the staff at Binghamton University who was practicing a Steinway D for his concert the next day. We were great friends and pran...
by Lance
Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .
Replies: 18
Views: 7363

Re: R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .

Barney, have haven't changed at all since the last time I saw you in New York! I viewed about one our of this stream and hope to catch the balance of it soon. This is quite an honour for you and what I saw/read was up to your usual high standards! Thank you.
by Lance
Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Composer Puts Her Life in Music, Beyond Labels
Replies: 1
Views: 1742

Re: A Composer Puts Her Life in Music, Beyond Labels

A very good read, for sure. I wish her total success.
by Lance
Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Serkin RIP
Replies: 10
Views: 5463

Re: Peter Serkin RIP

Does anyone know of Peter Serkin's funeral information (which must be over by now) or where his final resting place is? It may be near his mother/father in Guilford, Vermont, near Marlboro.
by Lance
Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First "Elijah" from 1930 (almost complete)
Replies: 0
Views: 3353

First "Elijah" from 1930 (almost complete)

Felix Mendelssohn: ELIJAH Divine Art 27802 (two CDs priced as one) (Issued in 2005) Isobel Baillie, soprano; Harold Williams, baritone; Clara Serena, contralto; Parry Jones, tenor; Tom Purvis, tenor; Berkeley Mason, organ Wireless Singers, BBC National Chorus and Orchestra Stanford Robinson, conduc...
by Lance
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jean-Guihen Queyras, cellist
Replies: 2
Views: 1950

Re: Jean-Guihen Queyras, cellist

Well, I think you will be hugely surprised when you hear this artist. Please let me know what you think when you get one of his recordings.
by Lance
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mirella Freni, Matchless Italian Prima Donna, Dies at 84
Replies: 4
Views: 2777

Re: Mirella Freni, Matchless Italian Prima Donna, Dies at 84

What's happening? We seem to be losing many great artists and others in 2020 so far. One wonders what the rest of year may bring. Thankfully, Freni has a huge catalogue of recordings we can enjoy in her memory.
by Lance
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Moszkowski's Left Hand Etudes
Replies: 2
Views: 2001

Re: Moszkowski's Left Hand Etudes

Yes, correct, Solstice 102 - Opp. 72 and 92 Etudes, recorded in 1992. I fortunately have had a copy of since 2010 and five others of their discs. Solstice has a lot of recordings to offer according to their web site. Other pianists in the catalogue include Yvonne Lefebure and Fabio Grasso. Apparentl...
by Lance
Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jean-Guihen Queyras, cellist
Replies: 2
Views: 1950

Jean-Guihen Queyras, cellist

Collecting large amounts of recorded music over the years has been exhilarating to say the least. Most long-time collectors have something representing the world's most recognized performing artists and we all have our favourites. However, discovering outstanding artists you may have heard OF but n...
by Lance
Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Serkin RIP
Replies: 10
Views: 5463

Re: Peter Serkin RIP

This is very good news, indeed. I hope Peter Serkin knew this set was forthcoming. I think he would have been pleased. There is supposed to be some J. S. Bach that Peter recorded for RCA that was subsequently never issued. I hope that 35-CD set has some surprises in it. Thank you for letting us know...
by Lance
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nello Santi, Conductor With His Heart in Italian Opera, Dies at 88
Replies: 3
Views: 2066

Re: Nello Santi, Conductor With His Heart in Italian Opera, Dies at 88

Made me smile! Lovely remembrance for you. Nello Santi was a client of mine when I was managing the men's clothing store in the NY Athletic Club on Central Park South. We used to play opera in the store, including Santi's recordings, and he and Mario Sereni would enjoy socializing and gossiping abou...
by Lance
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings
Replies: 14
Views: 5776

Re: WQXR's "20 Essential " Mozart recordings

Some serious/glaring omissions here regarding Mozart IF one thinks only of the music and interpretation. Examples: The Great Mass - Ferenc Fricsay/DGG, among many choices Requiem - Bruno Walter [Columbia/Sony] or many others Nah, I give up! I don't agree with much of it. I do concur about Grumiaux/H...
by Lance
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Does anyone have CDs of Wim Statius Muller?
Replies: 0
Views: 3074

Does anyone have CDs of Wim Statius Muller?

Yes, Wim Statius Muller? "Wim Statius Muller (Curaçao, 26 January 1930 – Curaçao, 31 August 2019) was a Curaçaoan composer and pianist, nicknamed "Curaçao's Chopin" for his romantic piano stylings. Although he was a Juilliard graduate, his musical career did not begin in earnest until after he reti...
by Lance
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An incredible GRIEG bargain you might miss!
Replies: 1
Views: 1282

An incredible GRIEG bargain you might miss!

Arrived today, a 13-CD collection of piano, orchestra, vocal and chamber works by the celebrated Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg. I've been anxiously awaiting this and discovered it by accident. Artists include Andsnes, Lagerspetz, Mork, Flagstad, Fischer-Dieskau, Paavo Jarvi, Barbirolli, Gerald Mo...
by Lance
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Serkin RIP
Replies: 10
Views: 5463

Re: Peter Serkin RIP

One wonders if RCA/Sony will offer a complete set of Peter Serkin's recordings, including all collaborations he recorded for them including TASHI. RCA's Mozart early piano concerto recordings - and solo piano music - in the six CD boxed set is highly acclaimed and worth every penny. I still cannot b...
by Lance
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ashkenazy retires
Replies: 22
Views: 6146

Re: Ashkenazy retires

Yes, Ashkenazy wrote his autobio with Jasper Parrott … it's been out a long time now. Like Rubinstein, and now that he is retiring, perhaps, like Rubinstein, Ashkenazy will come forth with a new autobiography taking him to the time of his retirement.
by Lance
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gidon Kremer goes to prison
Replies: 4
Views: 2033

Re: Gidon Kremer goes to prison

I truly admire what Gidon Kremer is doing in this regard. Not only is he a fabulous violinist, but is apparently a very caring human being. He is trying to make a big difference in the world, which we sorely need. Kudos to him.
by Lance
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato
Replies: 9
Views: 3952

'Versailles" CD with pianist Tharaud on Erato

Here is a stunning album of 78+ minutes on Erato [53864] . The disc features all-French music by Rameau, De Visée Couperin, Royer, Duphly, D'Anglebert, D'Anglebert/Lully, Lully/Tharaud, and Balbastre. The stunning soprano, Sabine Devielhe sings on one track, and Tharaud is joined by pianist Justin T...
by Lance
Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYC Arts Leif Ove Andsne
Replies: 6
Views: 2859

Re: NYC Arts Leif Ove Andsne

Couldn't concur more. I have some 40 recordings by Andsnes … quite an array of music, very well recorded. Mostly EMI, Virgin, Koch, Simax and one on Hyperion with Hamelin. I had an opportunity to hear him in New York at the Mostly Mozart Festival playing a Beethoven concerto. We are truly blessed to...
by Lance
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter Serkin RIP
Replies: 10
Views: 5463

Re: Peter Serkin RIP

Very sorry to hear about this. I once prepared a piano for a recital for Peter Serkin. He was reserved, gentlemanly, and friendly. Reading that obituary brought some things to mind. I suppose being another pianist with the name Serkin could be frustrating, especially if you are the son of the famous...
by Lance
Sat Feb 01, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky "Little Russian" Symphony #2/Jansons
Replies: 12
Views: 5639

Re: Tchaikovsky "Little Russian" Symphony #2/Jansons

Brian, you are correct. Presto's price WAS lower. Normally I check Presto out but apparently didn't this time. I have a lot of CDs from Preston, which is an excellent site and very well operated. So, on this one I bit the bullet with an approximate loss of $10/USD. And yes, I note, too, that Amazon'...
by Lance
Thu Jan 30, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky "Little Russian" Symphony #2/Jansons
Replies: 12
Views: 5639

Re: Tchaikovsky "Little Russian" Symphony #2/Jansons

The Jansons Tchaikovsky six symphonies along with Capriccio Italien (6 Chandos discs) arrived today all with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. I'm delighted. I thought I would never want to invest in another complete set of these symphonies until I heard his "Little Russian." One has to look around f...
by Lance
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Oh, John Francis ... how we miss you!
Replies: 5
Views: 2224

Oh, John Francis ... how we miss you!

Indeed, we do!
by Lance
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Benjamin Grosvenor at Milton Court
Replies: 4
Views: 4117

Re: Benjamin Grosvenor at Milton Court

I eagerly await his next recording. Any idea when?
by Lance
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Mark Viner recital
Replies: 3
Views: 3027

Re: Mark Viner recital

I can't believe an artist the caliber of Mark Viner had to use a six-foot Yamaha piano (regardless of the piano maker) to play publicly! He should not have done it, especially for a program like the one presented. I have observed other pianists playing on non-concert instruments and it most assuredl...