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by Felix
Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:08 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Anna Karenina
Replies: 17
Views: 6655

Re: Anna Karenina

I think this thread on Anna Karenina died on its feet when the glitches occurred on CMG.I was just reading the novel and finished it.. I still wanted to make some rounding off remarks. I sent them to a friend and copy them below. I had more to say but willleave it at this. The Anna Karenina tragedy ...
by Felix
Wed May 28, 2014 5:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

Lance, at last someone who appreciates the worth and significance of those Sonatas. They cannot be compared to the Brahms very early Sonatas: Brahms was still 'immature' in the wonderful sense of the word, Schumann with his Sonatas was at the height of his youthful maturity. I'm trying to be brief, ...
by Felix
Mon May 26, 2014 4:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

I meant to reply to Len sometime ago. Yes, I do listen to The Paradise and the Peri occasionally, more often when I first discovered it and enjoy it. It's a pity that works like this and the Faust Scenes are performed less frequently because of some of their weaknesses.It would be enough just to cut...
by Felix
Sun May 25, 2014 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

Chalky, Tarantella is a very good friend of mine and I admire her passion for music, her intelligence and her reading. I don't want to criticise members of the same board. There may be some differences in our natures but that is normal and makes discussion more interesting. Maybe she and JohnF stand...
by Felix
Sun May 25, 2014 3:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

Tarantella, I'm pretty sure your last mail was addressed to me.Your criticism is accepted, especially in the last part of my last mail. But it was consoling to read that someone wanted me to remain on CMG with my little bit of knowledge and didn't. say, as you do, that there is no place for people l...
by Felix
Sat May 24, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

Schumann Sonatas and Phantasie When I woke up this morning I was somewhat shocked to find chahlkpeson's reply to my post on the Schumann Sonatas and piano works- not because he dislikes them, which he is perfectly entitled to do. It was just the tone of the reply that was offensive In a civilised wo...
by Felix
Sat May 24, 2014 3:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

No worries Chalkperson. People's tastes differ in mysterious ways.For every person who thinks the piano works are third rate there are countless others who find them first rate., in particular great musicians and performers Schiff, Richter, Barenboim, Brendel, and many others...in particular Anderze...
by Felix
Fri May 23, 2014 2:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

I know that most GNC members are not really interested in the Schumann Sonatas and that some actively dislike them, but I feel i have to round off my discussion somewhat. As no one told me precisely what was wrong with the Sonatas. Maybe JohnF did, but he lost his letter. So I thought I had to find ...
by Felix
Thu May 22, 2014 3:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

I didn't finish what I had to say in my last letter but I think those sensuous impressions I gather from trees, bushes, leaves, flowers, the sun illuminating them in different ways at different times of the days ,a breeze passing over them, a stronger wind shaking them, a gale making the trees bend,...
by Felix
Wed May 21, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

Tarantella , I liked your description of impressionism... I have benn thinking about 'impression and 'impressionism for days. Of course that word can change its meaning acordinng to context: That urchin gives me the impression that he wants to steal an apple. I was very impressed by The Prokoviev co...
by Felix
Tue May 20, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

Tarantella there must be some confusion going on. How is it that Charles Rosen suddenly pops up? Immediately after my last comment? I scrolled back a bit and couldn't find him any where My ideas are entirely my own and come out of my mi own mind and experience - and they were tentative and waiting f...
by Felix
Tue May 20, 2014 1:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

Yes, JohnF, I know that Debussy didn't like to be labelled as an Imxperssionist I have been wondering what exactly people mean by the word Impressionism. In the visual arts one associates it with painters, who don't evoke a particular place or mood, but fragment what might otherwise have been a more...
by Felix
Tue May 20, 2014 5:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

Tarantella, that was a good comment on Liszt. I'm glad I got over my dislike of his music - Laate, aged about 35 JohnF says maybe I'm getting little post on this thread because not many people appreciate these Sonatas as I do. Well now there are three, including me. But I don't feel at all isolated ...
by Felix
Mon May 19, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

It's happened again, I wrote about the piano sonatas and foolishly didn't do it on Word as I thought I wrte a short letter As soone as s you longer letter it is to be eliminated. .Maybe I'll find it somewhere, but as wearying as these repitiitions are, I'm too deterriined to defend the Sonatas and w...
by Felix
Mon May 19, 2014 6:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

Thanks JohnF for your Llszt performances. I love them. I have added a performance by Sokolov of the G minor Soata by Sxhumann which I have mentioned more than once. This thread is supposed to be on Schumann. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhZDHLy0Ey8 I was really looking for Sokolov playing the F m...
by Felix
Mon May 19, 2014 2:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

jbuck, Brendel in his essay does not say that all Schubert's Sonatas are wonderful from beginning to end. He particularly admires the late Sonatas - as do many great pianists, musicians and music lovers. In his other essay he analyses the form of the late Sonatas to show how they hold together in a ...
by Felix
Sun May 18, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

I think that this thread may have died on it's feet after he glitches and I regret not having been able to read some of the responses that were cancelled.. I will nevertheless add some more comments on the Sonatas as I have 'German' side to me that wants to complete, at least, partially what it has ...
by Felix
Sun May 18, 2014 11:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

This is one of my comments that was eliminated during the glitch on CMG: Thank-you John Francis for that recording of the Phantasie played magnificently by Backhaus. I have just listened to all of it. Certainly a unique work, also with respect to the Sonatas, which nevertheless contain infinite rich...
by Felix
Mon May 12, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Anna Karenina
Replies: 17
Views: 6655

Re: Anna Karenina

Thanks again, John. If it's the fault of the hosting company then surely John or Corlyssw would inform them? It was Tarantella who persuaded me to join CMG. I have only just put my foot through the door and it has happened to me twice Maybe there is a computer intelligence which says,'here comes thi...
by Felix
Mon May 12, 2014 6:45 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Anna Karenina
Replies: 17
Views: 6655

Re: Anna Karenina

Thanks, John, for letting me know. I was expecting a bunch of negative replies as I am an out and out non-conformist on the subject concerned. But I like negative replies as they make one think. I am now keeping copies of my letters. - So this problem is continuing on CMG. Maybe my last letter will ...
by Felix
Mon May 12, 2014 3:23 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Anna Karenina
Replies: 17
Views: 6655

Re: Anna Karenina

I received a notification of reply from CMG for this thread but can't see any letter after my last one. I sent my letter to a friend, Jan, and did get a short reply from her. First of all, Jan asked me what Nazism and anti-Semitism had to do with Anna. Nothing, except that I was replying to Tarantel...
by Felix
Fri May 09, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Favourite poetry
Replies: 36
Views: 12104

Dante

Thanks jBuck, I'll get back to this problem of the umlaut. On my old Windows XP I had German as one of my languages and wrote all the names I use often. In fact I had all the umlauts there so I could copy them when necessary. I wrote in German., which was automatically corrected but most of the umla...
by Felix
Fri May 09, 2014 5:43 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Anna Karenina
Replies: 17
Views: 6655

Re: Anna Karenina

Dear friend Tarantella, I have to disagree with you on some points. You say social schizophrenia doesn't exist, What about the vast majority of Germans who supported Hitler, also in his anti-Semitism and similar siatutations all over the world the Islamic fundamentalists etc. etc? The football fans ...
by Felix
Thu May 08, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Anna Karenina
Replies: 17
Views: 6655

Re: Anna Karenina

I don't thInk Anna Karenina wasnot the SLIGHTEST BIT schizophrenic. It was the pervailing society in which she lived that was socially schizophrenic. Tolstoy's portrayal of her is a powerful, eloquent protest against the dominnnat culture, even if he did not entirely intend this. The pen out-rides t...
by Felix
Thu May 08, 2014 3:56 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Favourite poetry
Replies: 36
Views: 12104

Re: Favourite poetry

Hurrah! I have managed despite my diabolic new computer, but it was difficult - easy with my old XP computer Here is the poem by a favourite German Jewsih poetess, Else Lasker-Schueler. I have not yet learned to apply the umlaut. A TIBETAN CARPET Your soul that's sewn in love and mine, Threads in Ca...
by Felix
Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Re: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

Bloody computer. Yes, John F, several of our letters have disappeared after being successfully posted. I can't believe for a mment that the moderators removed them. Is this the way to conduct an interesting dsicussion? What is going wrong? Nothing like this happened with my old Windows XP. Dare one ...
by Felix
Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie
Replies: 86
Views: 8068

Schumann Piano Sonatas and Phantasie

Blast my new computer! I had started this letter and thought I could keep it aside while I looked up the spelling of words. You must just be patient that I'm getting older and have three languages directly mixed up in my mind apart from French. I know there are pianists among our members, but my que...
by Felix
Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert
Replies: 52
Views: 5486

Re: Schubert thrilling moments

A note abuot two of many thrilling moments in Schubert's Unfinished. The last simple cadence of the first movement which shows how simplicity can be transformed by content. Do you hear it as I do? It's a simple I-V -1, tonic, dominant and tonic over-used cadence. But here it is replete with deep sig...
by Felix
Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert
Replies: 52
Views: 5486

Re: Schubert

First of all, Tarantella says I have started another thread on Schubert. Not to my knowledge! Maybe a couple of the letters I lost found their way onto CMG. I will try to inevstigate. Der Fremde, did I provoke your objection to great and greater composers? With my remark 'the greatest composers?' th...
by Felix
Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert
Replies: 52
Views: 5486

Re: Schubert

Wise man. John, for raising some good objections to my flights of fantasy. In a way, my comments on Schubert were a compliment to him as I find his last chamber works so devastating that I really can't imagine how he would have continued. Maybe hw would have written another work like the Trout Quint...
by Felix
Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert, 10th Symphony
Replies: 14
Views: 897

Re: Schubert and others

Thank-you, John F, for replying to my letter with some critical remarks. At last some thuoght and discussion after a meagre period on BC. Your letter made me think again I think you may be right about Keats and Shelley. Keats reached his fullest maturity in his Odes and Hyperion and there is no reas...
by Felix
Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert, 10th Symphony
Replies: 14
Views: 897

Re: Schubert, 10th Symphony

I'm very sceptical about the comparisons of Schubert with composers so absolutely different and incomparable as Mozart, Bruckner and others. Would Mozart have composed like Schubert? Never, to my mind.I mean Schubert upset the whole apple cart of Classicism. He idolised Beethoven but never composed ...
by Felix
Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert, 10th Symphony
Replies: 14
Views: 897

Schubert, 10th Symphony

Gerd, Thank- you for giving us the opportunity to hear that impressive 10th Symphony. I hate disagreeing with other listener's enthusiasm but, although the work contains marvellous passages, I am unable to feel altogether comfortable with it - at a first hearing.I don't think it can vie with 8th and...
by Felix
Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert
Replies: 52
Views: 5486

Re: Schubert

I appear to have lost that letter of which I asked to see the draft. Doesn't draft mean sketched to be revised? I won't repeat everything I wrote in that letter. I wrote that I'm not the only person who has the impression that Schubert had the example of Beethoven in mind when he wrote his lat great...
by Felix
Thu Apr 10, 2014 1:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert
Replies: 52
Views: 5486

Re: Schubert

But luck! another letter sort of lost. I asked to the the draft so I could correct my typos, but I couldn't alter the draft in any way. But it must be saved somewhere -??? On CMG?. I will look elsewhere.

Yours Felix
by Felix
Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert
Replies: 52
Views: 5486

Re: Schubert

Tarantella, about that Sonata you admire, I have the feeling that you must be right, I wrong. I keep telling myself to listen to it again.. Perhaps a magnificent live performance. I have it on CD played by favourite pianists. If an especially favourite pianist like Radu Lupu puts it on a CD as the m...
by Felix
Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert
Replies: 52
Views: 5486

Re: Schubert

My late return to Schubert is due to untold sufferings and struggles with the new computer.I tried John's malware but it refused to download. I already have an Avast anti-virus and I ran that. Well I won't bore you with the ins and outs of that. I aslo have problems logging into CMG even when I use ...
by Felix
Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert
Replies: 52
Views: 5486

Re: Schubert

I was just working on a reply to your letter Tarantella and speculating on Schubert's genius and when I went away for a couple of minutes to prepare my coffee and when I came back my letter had simply disappeared. I don't feel like starting all over again. I didn't aciidentally touch on a key or any...
by Felix
Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert
Replies: 52
Views: 5486

Re: Schubert

With my new PC which is still something of a jungle to me I have spent half the morning trying to get here. The old password was eliminated twice and I have just managed to log in with a new one, difficult to remember. I suppose my new computer eliminates all passwords, and I'll write this one in a ...
by Felix
Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 6803

Re: Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Thread

There you see, Tarantella, Barenboim loathing has already appeared, but referred to his conducting and not his piano playing, this being the aspect of him I know best. I have heard him on several occasions playing live, an nforgettable experiences. But there both admireres and loathers, I am decided...
by Felix
Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 6803

Re: Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Thread

I'm something of a late comer to this discussion board. I have read most of the mail on this thread but skimmed over some of it CD's are something of a danger to our musicality as they contain so much, but one can make one's choices so I like to have all the Mendelssohn Songs without Word so I can p...
by Felix
Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!
Replies: 175
Views: 56049

Re: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!

I use my real name: Felix (de Villiers)

Youirs, Felix!
by Felix
Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!
Replies: 175
Views: 56049

Re: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!

I use my real name: Felix (de Villiers)

Youirs, Felix!
by Felix
Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!
Replies: 175
Views: 56049

Re: I am creating a personal "list," - need your feedback!

I use my real name: Felix (de Villiers)

Yours, Felix!