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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2009, 01:24:53 BST
Last edited by the author on 8 Jul 2009, 15:16:06 BST
Edgar Self says:
Mondoro, that's right about Helmut Schmidt, I clean forgot him. He even recorded that Mozart for three pianos on DGG. Gramophone should institute a prize for best musical performance by a head of state ... we could have Nixon, Truman, Paderewski, that Danish king Christian (or was it Frederick?) who liked to conduct ... who else is there? Potsdam and Frederick the Great are out, no records then and more's the pity. There was a Japanese prince who did something musical and ... and ... mind's a blank. A French PM named Herriot wrote books on music, and Albert Schweitzer should qualify as Emperor of Lamborene. Prince Louis Ferdinand would almost make the cut.

Bryer, Perugia sounds bellissima and I'm sure you were the very soul of discretion?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2009, 11:21:22 BST
Mondoro says:
Piso, I've just read a Gramophone review of works by Henry VIII that were ABSOLUTELY genuine - presumably on the basis of the egregious errors (parallel fifths etc) they contained. Having just sat through the entire alternative history also known as 'The Tudors' (both series) I am surprised he found time to write music along with all his other activities. I am not sure if he was anything like a performer, in contrast to Good Queen Bess.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2009, 11:30:45 BST
Mondoro says:
Bryher, Re sky-high CD prices: surely governed by the laws of supply and demand. They tend to relate to deleted recordings for which a demand exists - Ullmann's Kaiser von Atlantis is a good example - to protect my pocket I was eventually forced to buy the (affordable) download, though it lacked the libretto of the original. You can see this in the market for vinyl, fancy prices being offered for anyone owning recordings of particular interest to specialist collectors: one can only guess at the eventual price the latter will eventually have to fork out.

Where silly prices are asked for works in the current catalogue, I suspect sellers haven't done their market research.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2009, 18:21:35 BST
marmalady says:
Piso, Perugia was lovely, though it's not the most bellissima città in Italia. Firenze and Siena must be two of the contenders for that title. Really, the whole of Italy is bellissima, because there is just so much to see everywhere. You could be driving through the countryside and come across a tiny chapel (planned, in our case), and inside could be frescoes by one of the famous Renaissance or pre-Renaissance artists. Every town and city has something beautiful. I expect you've been there.

As for 'the soul of discretion', I could have been very naughty simply by virtue of my then long blonde hair: I'd never had so much attention in my life!! However, most of that attention came from fellas who were not my type. But, well ok, there was one very special Greek fine art student. Rather talented too. But we were very young and life had to move on.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2009, 18:41:08 BST
marmalady says:
I couldn't bring myself to watch The Tudors, Mondoro. For a start, they could have made some small attempt to find an actor who vaguely resembled our 'Enry. Also, what market was it aimed at? The American TV market? Fantasy? Soft Porn?

Perhaps Henry dictated his music while performing his erm... other activities. It would appear that life was very uninhibited in those days...

CD prices: well yes, it was the high prices charged by SOME third-party sellers for current/easily obtainable CDs that mystified me.

Posted on 8 Jul 2009, 21:08:43 BST
Philip says:
Caiman is the usual third party I order from & have rarely had a problem with them. I think it might be fair to say that it seems like a large(ish) operation & they probably don't know everything they have in stock. Compared to the successful orders I've had with them I can forgive a few errors. And Amazon will always refund any payments made. Can't lose really, just get disappointed at times. Anyway I've downloaded the Mahler 9, Ancerl, from emusic now. What a great recording!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2009, 21:18:40 BST
Mondoro says:
Bryher, Americans reviewers on Amazon (along with some from Portugal, incensed to learn that one of their kings had been smothered by Henry's sister - I did say that it was an alternative history) seem to have been incensed at the Tudors, remarkingthat it wouldn't do the Beeb's reputation very much good. I am inclined to agree with them.

Defintely a soft porn series, though there was otherwise some good acting (if one ignored the script)

Posted on 13 Jul 2009, 01:11:51 BST
Last edited by the author on 13 Jul 2009, 02:33:13 BST
Edgar Self says:
I've ordered a new Music & Arts CD of Sergei Podobedov playing the complete piano music of Boris Gregoriyevich Goltz (1913-1942), who died in Leningrad during the blockade and siege. It includes a set of 24 preludes, Op. 2, and the Scherzo in E-minor that Sofronitsky recorded after the war.

The iconic Russian pianist Vladimir Sofronitsky likely knew Goltz from his Leningrad Conservatory days. In 1949 Sofronitsky recorded two pieces by Goltz, a prelude and scherzo both in E-minor, the only ones I've ever heard. Shostakovich had been evacuated to Moscow, and later to Tashkent. In March 1942, ten days after arriving from Leningrad, he wrote his friend Isaac Glikman from Moscow that he had heard of the deaths in Leningrad of Goltz, Kalafati, Fradkin, Budyakovsky, and several other composers, including Veniamin Fleishman, his student, whose opera "Rothschild's Violin" Shostakovich completed and scored. This fills in another lacuna in Russian piano history, and keeps Goltz's name alive for a little longer.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2009, 01:34:14 BST
marmalady says:
Crumbs, I haven't heard of any of those, Piso. I do remember from a thread here a while ago that the list of Russian composers is a very long one. I really have to sleep, but might be able to say more tomorrow.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2009, 02:34:52 BST
Last edited by the author on 13 Jul 2009, 02:36:41 BST
Edgar Self says:
Not to worry, Bryher, the only one I'd heard of is Kalafati. Goltz and Fleishman I know only by accident and through the Shostakovich literature. Buon' notte.

The roster of Russian and Soviet composers is very large, often supported by the state and an excellent conservatory system, and interesting in that they developed largely outside the influence of Central Europe.

Posted on 13 Jul 2009, 11:29:25 BST
Last edited by the author on 13 Jul 2009, 11:54:53 BST
Ooh, it's the 13th. Pocket money day. Hurrah!

The Tallis Scholars sing Tallis, incl. Spem In Alium. - Thanks Bryher.
Saariaho: Notes on Light
Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus/Piano Concerto No 1
Rautavaara: Piano Concerto Nos. 2 & 3
Eat Static: Back to Earth

Who needs Classical Music?: Cultural Choice and Musical Values - Julian Johnson - An Is it Art? book.
Music: Healing the Rift - Ivan Hewitt - Examines the differences bettween the different musical tradition - a subject close to my eclecticist heart.
Cutural Amnesia: Notes from the Margin of My Time - Clive James - A great and gracious wit, and indeed a wonderful poet and erstwhile songwriter.
Dada: Art and Anti-Art - Hans Richter

The Fall - Purely on spec from the reviews. Cheap enough to take a chance.

Aaaaah! Late addition. Just accidentally pressed the button on the just discovered Naxos complete Bachianas Brasilieras by Villa Lobos. The samples bought a little tears to my eye.

Right, Stop! Stop! Stop! or the Inquisition will come knocking. Pocket money day is definitely finished.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2009, 12:37:23 BST
Last edited by the author on 15 Jul 2009, 11:11:16 BST
Mondoro says:
VINCENT - being despatched today, courtesy our sponsors
Update - arrived today (15 July) via an Amazon seller - very impressive service!

Posted on 14 Jul 2009, 22:31:07 BST
Edgar Self says:
The two early symphonies by Richard Wagner, which I've not heard in ages, both together on Denon by Tokyo PO and a Japanese conductor. C-major in only two movements, and E-major in four, which he revised late in life for a performance in Bayreuth. Prompted by a question from Adam and despite Basil's comments.

Posted on 20 Jul 2009, 20:08:14 BST
Edgar Self says:
Re-ordered Hans Rott's Symphony for Strings in A-flat and string quartet in C minor from another vendor, as the first I ordered it from couldn't find it and we had to cancel that order. But MacDoom has a copy now, and I've got to keep up with the Van Doorns. The Joneses can look after themselves.

Besides Rott's epochal Symphony in E, of which I have five recordings, I also have the string quartet and three overtures or preludes, none of which is as striking as the symphony, but I'm still looking and want to hear whatever remains by him.

The one other work that has made as strong an impression on me of late is Andre Mathieu's fourth piano concerto (1950), as everyone knows by now. Alain Lefevre and George Hanson, world-premiere recording by Tucson SO for Analekta, the Canadian label.

Posted on 20 Jul 2009, 20:18:45 BST
Hello all. I am awaiting delivery of 'Das Lied Von Der Erde' (Urmana/Schade/Boulez with the Vienna PO on DG) - a recording that presumably polarises opinion (as it is Boulez).

Posted on 24 Jul 2009, 16:26:16 BST
Philip says:
Shostakovich Symphonies 4-9. Gergiev.

Czerny. Piano Sonatas Volume 1. Martin Jones (Nimbus label).

Posted on 29 Jul 2009, 12:56:16 BST
Philip says:
Friedrich Kuhlau
Overture: Elverhoj Op 100 / Piano Concerto in C Op 7 /Concertino for 2 Horns & Orch Op 45. Unicorn label.

Richter Edition Volumes 1, 7, 9 & 10.

Russian Archives, Sviatoslav Richter (5 CD)

French Baroque Concertos - Pierre-Gabriel Buffardin, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Michel Corrette, and Jean-Baptiste Quentin. Archiv.

Ropartz - Orchestral Suites etc - Karabits. Timpani label.

Gottlieb Muffat. Musical Compositions for Harpsichord. Mitzi Meyerson. Glossa, 2cds (recently featured on BBC Radio 3 - CD Review).

Mahler Symphonies 3, 5 & 6. Kubelik. (Live). Audite label.

Posted on 29 Jul 2009, 14:36:28 BST
Last edited by the author on 30 Jul 2009, 19:18:04 BST
Edgar Self says:
The piano concerto by Alexis de Castillon (1838-1873, student of Franck) that I've heard so much about, recommended by several Forum members as a good unknown piano concerto. Aldo Ciccolini is the pianist on a discontinued EMI. Ordered from a UK vendor. Buy British! No opinion yet, Basil, haven't heard it yet, you see. Nor irony neither.

Philip, your ship must have come in, that's quite an order.

Posted on 1 Aug 2009, 03:21:42 BST
Edgar Self says:
Through the kindness of "Mandryka" (H. Stone), an Amazon poster who lives in London and by now owns half of the Wigmore Hall through ticket purchase, I've ordered Naxos 8.111327 Alfred Cortot Schumann Kreisleriana, Carnaval, and Chopin marche funebre sonata taped in 1953 by HMV at Abbey Road, the year after I saw him play two of these works in Frankfurt. I've had the LPs forever and didnt know Naxos had issued them last September until he told me. Not for release in US due to copyright law. Thousand thanks, H. Stone.

Posted on 3 Sep 2009, 14:26:03 BST
Last edited by the author on 4 Sep 2009, 05:28:46 BST
Edgar Self says:
A new Sony CD adds two significant works to Vladimir Horowitz's discography: Liszt's "Legend of St. Francis of Padua Walking on the Waves", and Balakirev's "Islamey -- Oriental Fantasy", one of the most difficult things ever written for piano. These are from Yale archive's unique copies of Horowitz's own private transcription discs from recitals 1946 and forward. The CD includes a Chopin Barcarolle and an earlier, stormier Schumann Fantasy in C, Op. 17. Our sponsors Amazon list it for USD 9.99 plus shipping.

Simon Barere's two versions of "Islamey" are phonographic classics. I've seen Pogorelich play it as the final piece on a recital program, and also Pletnev, who added it as his fifth encore here (later recorded and issued with the same five encores from his Carnegie Hall repeat of that program.

I hope they will next issue Horowitz's later recording of Beethoven's 32 Variations (Chaconne) in C-minor, known to exist in the same archive.

Posted on 3 Sep 2009, 17:12:11 BST
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Posted on 4 Sep 2009, 00:25:05 BST
Last edited by the author on 4 Sep 2009, 17:40:49 BST
Micke says:
I have 395 cds in my "to buy later" section. Lots of Ahmad Jamal, Toscanini, Furtwängler, Richter ("Icon" box), Callas (complete studio recordings). Lots of Franco Gulli; aristocrat both as a violinist and (in fact) as a man. Some Benno Moisievich -inspired by Piso Mojado. Bach Partitas with Trevor Pinnock; later recording, not DG. Sonatas and Partitas with Rachel Podger and with Nathan Milstein EMI, 1950s. (I think his generally praised 1970s DG recording is seriously overrated; it lacks concentration and has an irritating Kremerishness to it. Gidon Kremer used to be my idol in my early twenties. He surely has a huge repertoire, a very good technique, a powerful emotional expression and a unique sound but, to be brief; since I discovered Heifetz my taste in violin playing has undertaken serious alteration. Today I find Kremer's playing merely eccentric, although on a very high technical level. There's a lot of oddly stamping, curtsying start-stop phrasing going on) Sviatoslav Richter's 1986 Schumann recital on Decca, including a great Nachtstücke and an interesting Toccata, quite powerful and considerably slower than his heavenly 1959 recording on DG. I love this Decca cd and have a copied copy from a friend; but I actually wanna own it in original.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2009, 09:37:49 BST
One should be careful mentioning Jazz characters around here. Especially as first item in a list of otherwise CM wannahavs. You could end up getting dragged down the dark alley of the Jazz thread and having your sensibilities subjected to an intense grilling.

Posted on 5 Sep 2009, 00:05:59 BST
Last edited by the author on 7 Sep 2009, 14:41:49 BST
Edgar Self says:
An entire 1958 Lieder recital by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf with Michael Raucheisen with some Quilter, Arne, and Purcell's "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation" from his opera "The Almost Immaculate Conception".

Volume 2 of Marc-Andre Hamelin's Haydn piano music on Hyperion.

Alexis Weissenberg's all-Scarlatti CD that was once on DGG LP.

Posted on 7 Sep 2009, 14:43:51 BST
Edgar Self says:
Later information is that "The Almost Immacuate Conception" was an un-begun opera premiered by P.D.Q. Bach and edited by the irrepressible Peter Schikele, with its highlight aria "The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation". which strikes me as one of the funniest titles prior to Shelley.
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