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by Lance
Sat Feb 01, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky "Little Russian" Symphony #2/Jansons
Replies: 12
Views: 5654

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: 5654

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: 2231

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: 4138

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: 3045

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...
by Lance
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Man Behind the Boston Symphony’s Quiet Success Will Retire
Replies: 7
Views: 2710

Re: The Man Behind the Boston Symphony’s Quiet Success Will Retire

Kudos to Mr. Volpe. That Boston Symphony, which I have seen many times in Boston and Tanglewood, remains my most favourite American orchestra going back to the Koussevitzky era. I was less enamoured with Ozawa, but had a great regard for Monteux, Munch, Steinberg, Leinsdorf and Levine. It is a wish ...
by Lance
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Who are the Anthony Goldstone (pianist) fans?
Replies: 1
Views: 1474

Who are the Anthony Goldstone (pianist) fans?

I was looking at doing a series of radio programs on Anthony Goldstone including his pianist-wife, Caroline Clemmow. Near as I know, I have just about everything he has recorded including two-piano, four-hand works with his wife. The Divine Art catalogue is rich with much wonderful music-making by a...
by Lance
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two newly-acquired boxed sets, Decca and Sony
Replies: 2
Views: 1774

Re: Two newly-acquired boxed sets, Decca and Sony

You are right on, Brian. We collectors of great music have quite a legacy in our own right. And I completely concur - where do we put it all? We simply make the space - somewhere! Laundry room, furnace room … wherever. The other problem is trying to find discs when you really need one, especially me...
by Lance
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two newly-acquired boxed sets, Decca and Sony
Replies: 2
Views: 1774

Two newly-acquired boxed sets, Decca and Sony

Philippe Entremont was quite the pianist in his heyday, and he's stilling going at 85. While I ordered his complete concerto boxed set when first issued (it actually wasn't complete) [Sony 01327, 19 CDs], as now apparently unavailable (and going for high prices). Sony has since come forth wih a 34-...
by Lance
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ashkenazy retires
Replies: 22
Views: 6240

Re: Ashkenazy retires

Well, on discs, he leaves his fans quite a legacy for sure. I have heard something about one of his hands giving him problems - like so many pianists who experience this at some point. You mention his German repertoire, I have his complete Beethoven sonatas, but was more impressed with his boxed set...
by Lance
Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "An expert piece of daylit terror."
Replies: 0
Views: 4016

"An expert piece of daylit terror."

That was a quote about Ari Aster's film "Midsommar." I happened to be in Atlanta during the summer of 2019 and attending a theater to see another movie, which was sold out. My party decided to take a chance on seeing "Midsommar." I can only say that it was one of the most shocking films I have ever ...
by Lance
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: R.I.P., Barry Tuckwell .
Replies: 18
Views: 7424

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

Barney, a lovely tribute to a great artist. I once heard him give a lecture at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Of course, I have many, many of his recordings and always collected his recordings with great interest. It seems impossible to me that he was 88. You will remember this friendship for a...
by Lance
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Movie: "1917" [World War I]
Replies: 1
Views: 4129

Movie: "1917" [World War I]

Despite my overwhelming schedule, my brother and I went to see the film 1917 today. What a work of art - and a tear-jerker. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Acting superlative by all involved. While I have always hated wars of any kind … I hated war even more after seeing this. Plot: At the height of the First W...
by Lance
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Belated birthday greetings: DONALD ISLER!
Replies: 7
Views: 2967

Belated birthday greetings: DONALD ISLER!

I rarely miss this one, but pianos keep calling! Our long-time CMGer DONALD ISLER has had a birthday and we hope it was a happy one! [And I know, I need to do a review for you!]
by Lance
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Eric le Sage live
Replies: 3
Views: 1689

Re: Pianist Eric le Sage live

We music lovers are, indeed, very rich to be able to have to many of the words past and present performing artists on record, for study or pure enjoyment. There has never been another time quite like the time we are living in. I am most appreciative. We will never hear everything, for sure, but our ...
by Lance
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Eric le Sage live
Replies: 3
Views: 1689

Re: Pianist Eric le Sage live

Thank you for this! I have many of Le Sage's recordings on myriad labels. Fine pianist and collaborative artist. Labels include Alpha, Naïve, Denon, Auvidis/Valois, EMI/Warner, RCA, RCA France, Erato.
by Lance
Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nelson Freire, pianist / Encores CD, Decca
Replies: 10
Views: 3735

Re: Nelson Freire, pianist / Encores CD, Decca

Thank you! It means people ARE reading! Makes me happy. I certainly know better that Argerich was from Argentina. Funny how the mind works sometimes. I have since corrected the original post. I do try for accuracy! The Brazilian pianist has an imposing discography on Sony, Decca, Philips, and EMI/Wa...
by Lance
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nelson Freire, pianist / Encores CD, Decca
Replies: 10
Views: 3735

Nelson Freire, pianist / Encores CD, Decca

Just my kind of a recording! ENCORES. Freire just celebrated his 75th birthday as a concert artist. [ Read more about him here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Freire ] The Brazilian pianist has an imposing discography on Sony, Decca, Philips, and EMI/Warner and DGG (performing with Argentinian...
by Lance
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 112
Views: 37713

Re: Australian fires

Well, I saw that post but thought it was only temporary. There has always been some friction between the music boards and the Corner Pub. If it is music you really enjoy, I suggest people stick to the music boards. I don't visit there myself very often. My blood pressure is already being monitored! ...
by Lance
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 34-cd Sofronitsky set
Replies: 6
Views: 2058

Re: 34-cd Sofronitsky set

I have had my eye on the 34-CD Scribendum set since it was first issued. I already have around 40 CDs of Sofronitsky's work, mostly on the original Melodiya, some on Vista Vera, Brilliant (excellent 9-CD set, now pricey), and many other labels, including Arlecchino, Classound and SMC (both Russian l...
by Lance
Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Solomon's complete Beethoven
Replies: 2
Views: 1296

Re: Solomon's complete Beethoven

Near as I know, EMI released all of Solomon's Beethoven on CDs over the years, and Testament issued a large series as well, taken from EMI masters. No doubt about it, Solomon was one of the very great pianists of all time who remains unknown to present-day musicians and collectors. His work is not t...
by Lance
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 112
Views: 37713

Re: Australian fires

I can't believe what is happening with wildlife in Australia! People are even loading their cars with Koalas. And this thing with the camels, which are absorbing much-needed water and having to "do away" with many thousands of camels. This has got to be an horrific time in Australia. It seems like t...
by Lance
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sony's new 17-disc Gyorgy Sandor box
Replies: 2
Views: 1727

Re: Sony's new 17-disc Gyorgy Sandor box

My copy arrived today and it is well put-together, for sure. The monos, recorded between 1945 and 1955 and cover much Bartok, as I expect it would. And then there is more Bartok recorded in the late 1980s and through the mid-1990s. The surprises for me were his Bach, Liszt and Schumann recordings wh...
by Lance
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kirill Petrenko's inaugural concert with BPO live
Replies: 4
Views: 2585

Re: Kirill Petrenko's inaugural concert with BPO live

I have a number of Petrenko's recordings, but so far they are all with Petrenko providing the orchestral portion to predominantly piano concertos. I like what I hear from him thus far.
by Lance
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky "Little Russian" Symphony #2/Jansons
Replies: 12
Views: 5654

Tchaikovsky "Little Russian" Symphony #2/Jansons

The other day I heard Sirius/XM Radio in the car play Tchaikovsky's "Little Russian" Symphony (No. 2) with Mariss Jansons leading the Oslo Philharmonic, a recording on the Chandos label. I probably have all the Tchaikovsky symphonies with among the finest orchestras and conductors that have been rel...
by Lance
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Australian Fires: How is it going, Sue/Barney?
Replies: 1
Views: 1214

Australian Fires: How is it going, Sue/Barney?

Reading lots about the fires in Australia on The Weather Channel. It looks like it is getting worse. Please tell us how Sue and Barney are doing with this? Worried about you.
by Lance
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dvorak violin concerto
Replies: 7
Views: 2642

Re: Dvorak violin concerto

It is, indeed a treasure, as are all three of Dvorak's concertos. The piano concerto seems to have gained much more popularity over the years. Even Sviatoslav Richter recorded it!
by Lance
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Should you clap between movements?
Replies: 12
Views: 4151

Re: Should you clap between movements?

I recall reading an article in the New York Times some years ago when pianist Artur Rubinstein was being interviewed. He said he had no objection to having applause between movements if the public was enjoying the work. The next day he gave a performance of a piano concerto and applause came after t...
by Lance
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eileen Farrell, soprano Complete Columbias
Replies: 1
Views: 1179

Eileen Farrell, soprano Complete Columbias

I've been waiting for this one for a LONG time. Finally going to be reissued by Sony. Farrell had one of my favourite voices. Great Christmas present for me along with the Sandor set. Only problem: where to put it all! Too bad, however, they did not include her RCA Victor recordings since Sony owns ...
by Lance
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's radio programs in 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 10934

Lance's radio programs in 2020

JANUARY •January 4, 2020: Rockwell Blake, tenor •January 11, 2020: Roger Norrington, conductor (Part 1) •January 18, 2020: Roger Norrington, conductor (Part 2) •January 25, 2020: Astor Piazzolla, composer FEBRUARY •February 1, 2020: Barry Tuckwell, French horn (Part 1) ---Music by Weber, Brahms, Ch...
by Lance
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tenor Peter Schreier dies at 84
Replies: 4
Views: 1796

Re: Tenor Peter Schreier dies at 84

Absolutely, a wonderfully gifted tenor. Have many of his recordings … have always appreciated his great art.
by Lance
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New cd from pianist Simon Trpceski
Replies: 6
Views: 2841

Re: New cd from pianist Simon Trpceski

So far, everything I have heard by Trpceski is exceptional … and I have most if not all of his rrecordings thus far. This new one will be an acquisition.
by Lance
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy New Year!
Replies: 3
Views: 1448

Re: Happy New Year!

Indeed, it has been excellent - so far! I wish the best in life and music for all CMGers.
by Lance
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: From Harlem to Italy, Sounds of Gay Subversion
Replies: 5
Views: 2155

Re: From Harlem to Italy, Sounds of Gay Subversion

#MeToo! I have most of those special RCA sets that came out years ago. No doubt that will be issued eventually in one set I suspect. He was also an organist. I've long been a huge fan of Fats Waller and stride piano. His version of 'Taint nobody's bizness' is one of my favourites. It has the line ab...
by Lance
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The DGG Furtwangler set has arrived!
Replies: 0
Views: 1946

The DGG Furtwangler set has arrived!

I am delighted with it. Don't like the packaging, however. If you don't hold the box correctly, the bottom containing the CDs/booklet might fall to the floor so be careful. More on this set llater.
by Lance
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Nikolai Demidenko live
Replies: 1
Views: 1343

Re: Pianist Nikolai Demidenko live

Indeed, another great pianist, perhaps overlooked sometimes. His Hyperion recordings are excellent. He also made some recordings for AGPL (Germany), and ASV, but the bulk are on the very well-recorded Hyperion label. His Prokofiev Concertos 2/3 are also on Hyperion.
by Lance
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Abbey Simon, Masterly Pianist, Dies at 99
Replies: 10
Views: 3572

Re: Abbey Simon, Masterly Pianist, Dies at 99

Yes, I have all of his recordings. The Vox are excellent. The rarest is the Dante CD but I was lucky to find that all-Schumann disc as well. Great artist, for sure.
by Lance
Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4172
Views: 1398390

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

Thanks! Looks like this is one for me, too! (Where do I put all this stuff?)
by Lance
Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruno Walter 77-CD complete edition, Sony
Replies: 4
Views: 2240

Re: Bruno Walter 77-CD complete edition, Sony

I can't recall ever having heard Walter either, though if I did, I would have been very young. So I know his work only through recordings. My first exposure to stereo recordings of Brahms symphonies were the Walter ones with the Columbia Symphony, and I was hooked on the conductor. (And there are in...
by Lance
Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruno Walter 77-CD complete edition, Sony
Replies: 4
Views: 2240

Re: Bruno Walter 77-CD complete edition, Sony

I'm surprised Australia isn't listing the 77-CD single-boxed set. Is it my understanding you cannot access Amazon/USA in Australia? This one to which I refer is one big, heavy boxed set, probably due to the big book that accompanies the set. The other Walter recordings I referred to appeared on EMI/...
by Lance
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin live
Replies: 7
Views: 4059

Re: Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin live

Performed at Tokyo's Yamaha Hall. I wonder if he played a Yamaha concert grand or used his favoured Steinway? [Seems to me that may answer itself!] I heard this Radio Belgium Francaise broadcast earlier, or another with this same programme . The Feinberg’s rarely heard although so far I dont think H...
by Lance
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruno Walter 77-CD complete edition, Sony
Replies: 4
Views: 2240

Bruno Walter 77-CD complete edition, Sony

Sunday, the Amazon Prime service delivered a rather heavy double-boxed set of the complete Columbia recordings of Bruno Walter, who can also be heard as a pianist in some cases. The discs include all his monaural recordings (some new to CD) and remastered recordings of the stereo discs. The coffee-...
by Lance
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: AI to finish Beethoven 10
Replies: 9
Views: 3400

Re: AI to finish Beethoven 10

Can only imagine what John F would say about this. On the other hand, it might prove really interesting to see what the final put-together is like.
by Lance
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ORF-2 documentary Mariss Jansons 70th birthday
Replies: 2
Views: 1487

Re: ORF-2 documentary Mariss Jansons 70th birthday

How wonderful to see this. While I don't understand German to any great degree, I felt this is a conductor I would personally like to have known. He seems such a gentleman and sincere soul.
by Lance
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 20258

Re: A loss

And thank you to Lenny for showing the New York Times obituary notice.
by Lance
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 20258

Re: A loss

Thank you, Kjell, for sending placing John Francis's obituary notice hereon. John had quite a wonderful background, and was, indeed, a scholar who accomplished much in his lifetime.
by Lance
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 20258

Re: A loss

I keep watching Brooklyn NY obituaries but can find nothing on John Francis. Anyone else seen anything?
by Lance
Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 49 years ago today!
Replies: 9
Views: 3161

Re: 49 years ago today!

I see Mr. Pattrick is available on Linkedin. Perhaps a reminder to him for want of your tapes? Richter definitely never went to Australia, sorry. As to the death of BBC Legends, I think the BBC are basically a huge broadcasting company and their CD production was a rounding error, hence got cut. ICA...
by Lance
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hermann Prey vs. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritones
Replies: 7
Views: 3633

Re: Hermann Prey vs. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritones

John, it is so good to see you here. Wish you would spend more time here! I prefer the warmth and richness of Mr. Prey and appreciate he recorded so much lighter repertoire. I've come to love operetta. Here is a recording of a duet from Suppé's Boccaccio , "Rosen für dich", with Anneliese Rothenberg...
by Lance
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 20258

Re: A loss

Strange, I've heard that from others with negativity regarding the saxophone and classical music. Well, I hope, at least in his new "home," John F will hear some music by Jean-Baptiste Singelée who wrote some fabulous music for the instrument. Saxophones worked with Monti's Czardas as rendered by Sa...