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    One pianist I've always admired and who had a long and distinguished career was Peter Katin, but there's been no round-up of his recordings so far - maybe there are copyright issues as he recorded for different labels, of which at least two are now defunct.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Scarpia View Post
    It just came to me, the box I would get without hesitation, even before Barbirolli.

    Markevitch Deutsche Grammophon recordings. Actually Markevitich/Lamoureux would satisfy me. Especially if they included the Philips recordings.
    I too would buy that without hesitation.

    A Warner cpomplete Marie-Claire Alain box might be nice, especially i in cbc luded allmof the 1950s recordings for Le Discophile Française.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    One pianist I've always admired and who had a long and distinguished career was Peter Katin, but there's been no round-up of his recordings so far - maybe there are copyright issues as he recorded for different labels, of which at least two are now defunct.
    Which are defunct?

    If his recordings are spread over numerous labels, perhaps none of them have a big enough chunk to make a compelling collection. But that wouldn't otherwise prevent them from releasing what they have.

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    Olympia definitely is, and I though Unicorn-Kanchana was as well - maybe U-K still exists as a business entity, but they no longer make recordings. My point was that pulling together all of Katin's recordings from whoever he recorded with into one single collection wouldn't, alas, be feasible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    Olympia definitely is, and I though Unicorn-Kanchana was as well - maybe U-K still exists as a business entity, but they no longer make recordings. My point was that pulling together all of Katin's recordings from whoever he recorded with into one single collection wouldn't, alas, be feasible.
    I think just the opposite might be true. If the various labels he recorded for were still operating they would have access to their own catalogs. But an operating label that has some Katin recordings, such as EMI/Warner, might more easily license material from the defunct labels.

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    Well, here's hoping.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    Lark--There is a large 35 CD box set of Julius Katchen's Complete Decca recordings, which includes some previously unpublished material (Katchen recordings of the Franck Prelude, choral et fugue, and Brahms Clarinet Sonatas 1 & 2 with Thea King): https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Decc...atchen+box+set. I don't know if anything's been remastered though.

    I've thought of four conductors that I'd very much like to see box sets for (in addition to Igor Markevitch, who's already been mentioned): (1) Jean Fournet--including all his late Denon records, (2) Ernest Bour--who is one of the finest Ravel, Debussy, Roussel, Honegger, & Stravinsky conductors I know (& gave world premieres of many contemporary works--by Ligeti, Rihm, Holmboe, Ferneyhough, Stockhausen, etc.), (3) Frederick Charles Adler (or F. Charles Adler)--who was a protege of Gustav Mahler's, & did world premiere recordings of a number of the symphonies, along with recordings of Bruckner symphonies, and what else, I wonder?, and (4) Manuel Rosenthal, who was Maurice Ravel's third and final student, and who made one of the finest recordings of Ravel's ballet, Daphnis et Chloe I've heard (see link below).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ao9...O1QNsjotMb5rDk


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTm9vxmrpNc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkt8...0FA4EB829F96BE

    I'd also buy a newly remastered box set of the complete recordings of French-American pianist & composer Nöel Lee. Or, how about a big box set devoted to Nadia Boulanger and her students?, which included Lee, and so many other excellent musicians.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uEl...qXnJpQ&index=2
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    Josquin, Thank you for the information on Julius Katchen. Very much appreciated.
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    RACHMANINOFF: Collection. Melodiya 33cds + Vinyl LP

    Rachmaninov Melodiya.jpg

    A new set with old recordings - There is also complete sets on Decca and Brilliant… maybe more labels...:
    This new one from Melodiya is very expensive:
    https://www.mdt.co.uk/rachmaninoff-c...-vinyl-lp.html

    Performers:

    Irina Arkhipova, Vladimir Atlantov, Boris Berezovsky, Feodor Chaliapin, Zara Dolukhanova, Victor Eresko, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alexander Gauk, Hibla Gerzmava, Emil Gilels, Alexander Goldenweiser, Nikolai Golovanov, Vladimir Horowitz, Evgeny Kissin, Dmitri Kitaenko, Sviatoslav Knushevitsky, Leonid Kogan, Kirill Kondrashin, Ivan Kozlovsky, Vladimir Krainev, Nikolai Lugansky, Alexey Lundin, Yury Martynov, Dmitry Masleev, Yuri Mazurok, Vladimir Minin, Evgeny Nesterenko, Lev Oborin, Elena Obraztsova, Nadezhda Obukhova, David Oistrakh, Nikolai Petrov, Alexander Pirogov, Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Alexander Rudin, Daniil Shafran, Grigory Sokolov, Alexander Sveshnikov, Evgeny Svetlanov, Yuri Temirkanov, Boris Tevlin, Alexander Yurlov and others

    The label's promotion:
    >>>The Tower of Babel of performances and recordings of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s music pleases the ear of the music lover today as it has done throughout the 20th century. In that Tower one can easily distinguish the voices of Rachmaninoff’s music’s 'native speakers' – performers who spoke Rachmaninoff’s language, breathed the same air and enjoyed the same autumnal landscapes in childhood. In fact, it is the Tower of its own: looking through the list of Rachmaninoff’s works and the names of Russian and Soviet performers in the Rachmaninoff Collection offered by the legendary label Melodiya on the composer’s 145th anniversary, one can assume just that. To a great surprise of the scholars and amateurs, such a collection has never been assembled previously.

    The 'Russian idiom' (if we are to continue with the metaphor) has never been presented in such a massive and powerful way, reaching the 'critical mass' that may lead to important conclusions about the Russian musical style and interpretation in general. The list contains the names of great singers from the generation of Soviet classics such as Irina Arkhipova, Ivan Kozlovsky, Georgy Nelepp, Elena Obraztsova, Mark Reisen, to the most current internationally renowned stars such as Hibla Gerzmava. One can find a smorgasbord of chamber music performed by the exceptional ensembles and individuals such as David Oistrakh, Leonid Kogan, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gidon Kremer and Daniil Shafran. An unusual component in the collection is the recordings of Rachmaninoff’s Russian Orthodox church music – something that was carefully shoved under the rug in Soviet times. The operas are represented by the best that the country could give – and here, for sure, the native Russian diction raises the level of performance to the classical height. And, of course, the poetics of the piano, in which Sergei Rachmaninoff expressed himself in the most unencumbered way, is represented in the Collection by the names that do not need promotion: Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Grigory Sokolov, Vladimir Krainev, Alexei Nasedkin, Pavel Serebryakov – the list goes on until it reaches the latest acquisition on the Montparnasse of piano, Dmitry Masleev.

    For the connoisseurs, the Collection offers rare examples, many of them previously unreleased by Melodiya, together with those delicious brand-name tube-mic recordings that carry an unrivaled human quality and a tint of nostalgia.<<<
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Scarpia View Post
    It just came to me, the box I would get without hesitation, even before Barbirolli.

    Markevitch Deutsche Grammophon recordings. Actually Markevitich/Lamoureux would satisfy me. Especially if they included the Philips recordings.
    Totally agree. Markevitch's Beethoven is top-draw. The 5th and the 8th are to die for.

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    I'd like to see a multi-CD set of harpsichordist Isolde Ahlgrimm's recordings. She is said to have been the first harpsichordist to record all of Bach's works for that instrument. Harpsichordist Peter Wachorn has written extensively about Ahlgrimm. And, in fact, Decca Eloquence has been preparing a set of Ahlgrimm's Philips recording, but they are hesitant to release it because they believe that sales would be minimal.

    Here's some info on Alhgrimm:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isolde_Ahlgrimm

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