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by Michael
Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.
Replies: 105
Views: 2247

Re: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.

The world you live in is moving towards a Muslim supremacy, particularly in England. Just give it another 10 years and then lets talk about the "British Olive Trees". It may surprise you how precious they will suddenly become. Agnes. Against my better instincts I am replying to this utterly absurd ...
by Michael
Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heifetz and Jack Benny
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: Heifetz and Jack Benny

You are very welcome.
by Michael
Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shai Wosner
Replies: 1
Views: 232

Shai Wosner

I have just heard a barn storming performance on the BBC of Beethoven's Appassionata sonata by this pianist. I hadn't heard of him before but found the performance remarkable. Such energy and drama. Has anyone heard him play?
by Michael
Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your thoughts on — Järvi Dynasty
Replies: 15
Views: 577

Re: Your thoughts on — Järvi Dynasty

The father is wonderful to work with. He came to my orchestra many times when his daughter Maarika was principal flute. First class stick technique and drew a lush but muscular sound from the orchestra. Didn't talk too much but his intentions were just so clear. I remember particularly a Brahms 1 th...
by Michael
Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Heifetz and Jack Benny
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Heifetz and Jack Benny

I have jealously guarded my recording of Heifetz with Jack Benny recorded during WWII for years. It has of course turned up on YouTube. This is just so funny! Benny was a pretty useful fiddle player..to be able to send up Heifetz like this shows some considerable skill. http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
by Michael
Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Medications taken by CMGers ...
Replies: 59
Views: 1248

Re: Medications taken by CMGers ...

I am fortunate that I am on no medication whatsoever. I do have health issues (vertebrae/disc deterioration) and playing the fiddle for a living doesn't help but I prefer not to take the pills unless it is strictly necessary. (i.e when it takes me 30 minutes to get out of bed because of the pain). I...
by Michael
Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I'm wondering how we look ...
Replies: 43
Views: 947

Re: I'm wondering how we look ...

HoustonDavid wrote: I don't understand what you mean Michael when you say "I was outvoted on that one."
I'm sorry David, I was referring to the forum that I moderate.
by Michael
Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ZUBIN META MEMOIRS
Replies: 10
Views: 416

Re: ZUBIN META MEMOIRS

I would be interested to read if he has anything to say about his time in Britain where he was assistant conductor of the Liverpool Phil for a time. His father, Mehli Mehta served for five years as Assistant Concertmaster and Concertmaster of the Hallé Orchestra under Sir John Barbirolli.
by Michael
Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I'm wondering how we look ...
Replies: 43
Views: 947

Re: I'm wondering how we look ...

I agree Belle..but I was outvoted on that one.
by Michael
Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I'm wondering how we look ...
Replies: 43
Views: 947

Re: I'm wondering how we look ...

I also moderate another board but only members can enter the forums with the exception of one for newbies. A couple of years ago there was a massive bust up and the forum split..it was hell for a while but we survived. A common occurrence it seems..
by Michael
Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Have you ever been a regular soap opera viewer?
Replies: 31
Views: 662

Re: Have you ever been a regular soap opera viewer?

I have watched Coronation Street for over 40 years and during the last 20 years or so haven't missed an episode. It's often wonderfully written and it often makes me laugh out loud.
Not strictly a 'soap' as such I suppose but I used to love the American sitcom 'Soap.'
by Michael
Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Blocked Holocaust Research?
Replies: 53
Views: 1170

Re: Blocked Holocaust Research?

Thanks Ralph :lol: :lol: Belle.. do a search on the word kippah :wink:
by Michael
Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More By Fleisher
Replies: 5
Views: 323

Re: More By Fleisher

I rather foolishly lent my CD's of him playing the Brahms concertos to someone who never returned them :evil: Some years ago I was fortunate enough to take part in a performance of a Mozart concerto with him. I think that it was no 14 although I can't be sure. He had only just started playing 2 hand...
by Michael
Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Blocked Holocaust Research?
Replies: 53
Views: 1170

Re: Blocked Holocaust Research?

P.S. What's a kipper? http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v603/mpearsonmadrid/250px-Kipper.jpg A kipper is a whole herring that has been split from tail to head, gutted, salted, and cold smoked. In the UK and North America they are often eaten grilled for breakfast. In the UK, kippers, along with oth...
by Michael
Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.
Replies: 105
Views: 2247

Re: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.

Eminently sensible suggestion.
by Michael
Sun Feb 01, 2009 7:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.
Replies: 105
Views: 2247

Re: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.

Much of the world media (especially organizations like C-Span International and the BBC) act as propaganda wings for Hamas and other anti-Israel forces in the Middle East and that Israel-bashing is a sort of cause célèbre in some places; probably England more so than anywhere else in the west. A wo...
by Michael
Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and barbarism
Replies: 10
Views: 424

Re: Bach and barbarism

I think that it was Beecham who said that the world would be a much better place if everyone was compelled to listen to some Mozart every day. Maybe the powers that be on this forum could organise some Mozart to be played at all times in the Corner Pub... :wink:
by Michael
Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.
Replies: 105
Views: 2247

Re: To Topo. Absinthe and other anti-Semites.

With all due respect from me too Agnes but are there really Holocaust deniers that post on this board :shock: Maybe I am naive and whilst it is true that I don't really know much about the many members of this board the idea is repugnant. In the short time that I have been back posting it is true th...
by Michael
Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lots of Unperformed Mendelssohn Out There
Replies: 5
Views: 311

Re: Lots of Unperformed Mendelssohn Out There

I had the good fortune to play "Lobgesang" some years ago. My shoulders were protesting a bit afterwards but it certainly was a wonderful thing to play. I love Mendelssohn but there is so much of his music that is hardly played that is readily available. The string 5tets are rarely programmed but ar...
by Michael
Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1995124

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

The tempi are on the whole somewhat brisker than with Grumiaux and his group but just listen to K516 with Aronovitz's contribution in the adagio non troppo. Truly wonderful.
by Michael
Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn's Piano Sonata No. 52 in E-flat
Replies: 13
Views: 666

Re: Haydn's Piano Sonata No. 52 in E-flat

Well I rather like now! Typical Gould being very crisp and clearly articulated so that every single note is heard..and hardly no pedal (perhaps none at all). What an extraordinary pianist Gould was!
by Michael
Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 1995124

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

The Mozart String Quintets - Grumiaux and co. on Philips - a candidate for "reference recording" of these masterworks? Definitely, they have never been bettered, and do you have his performance of the Divertimento... They are wonderful..the Divertimento too but I wouldn't wish to be without the Ama...
by Michael
Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: This Was Fast! First Statue Honoring Bush Unveiled!
Replies: 5
Views: 322

Re: This Was Fast! First Statue Honoring Bush Unveiled!

Well, yes and no David.
by Michael
Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn's Piano Sonata No. 52 in E-flat
Replies: 13
Views: 666

Re: Haydn's Piano Sonata No. 52 in E-flat

The only Haydn piano sonatas that I have on disc are the 6 late sonatas recorded by Glenn Gould. I haven't heard them for years but I seem to remember that I wasn't keen on the set..I shall try and listen to XVI:52 later today to remind me of the performance.
by Michael
Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alive or not
Replies: 37
Views: 1085

Re: Alive or not

I do like the well thought out, almost perfection of some recorded performances. An artist will often spend years with certain repertoire before they feel ready to record their thoughts about a piece. Often it is wonderful but sometimes run of the mill and lacking in spontaneity. Just like some live...
by Michael
Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: This Was Fast! First Statue Honoring Bush Unveiled!
Replies: 5
Views: 322

Re: This Was Fast! First Statue Honoring Bush Unveiled!

This is rather amusing...glad to see that the Iraqis in the midst of all their troubles have a sense of humour.
by Michael
Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (complete)
Replies: 12
Views: 2067

Re: Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (complete)

A unique aspect (I think) about the Previn/LSO recording is that rather than the orchesta's leader playing the big violin solos Ida Haendal can be heard. To be honest when I heard the recording I was disappointed with her contribution feeling that she sounds somewhat ill at ease but others may disag...
by Michael
Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Blocked Holocaust Research?
Replies: 53
Views: 1170

Re: Blocked Holocaust Research?

A simple copy and paste without any comment from the poster is provocative and ill judged. Sad. Just as your thread Dark Doings at Africa,,, :mrgreen: Not just as my thread. My post was just as I said... contrast to some of the highly charged issues that are being debated in the pub. The post was n...
by Michael
Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just interested....
Replies: 14
Views: 478

Re: Just interested....

He did indeed..because his first majority was so big that he didn't need the lib dems. Many young people got messages on their cell phones from the Labour party before the election promising that if elected they would reform the licensing laws to enable pubs to stay open longer..this promise was eve...
by Michael
Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Blocked Holocaust Research?
Replies: 53
Views: 1170

Re: Blocked Holocaust Research?

I don't understand why anyone should post such a thing. A simple copy and paste without any comment from the poster is provocative and ill judged. Sad.
by Michael
Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: From the Mayor of London.....
Replies: 29
Views: 847

Re: From the Mayor of London.....

For those interested the following document can be found in the House of Commons library regarding the extradition treaty. McKinnon's case is outlined in section F, paragraph 5.
http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/re ... -02204.pdf
by Michael
Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just interested....
Replies: 14
Views: 478

Re: Just interested....

Well of course, Obama will do a Tony Blair. The country and particularly Westminster were so pleased to see the back of her but what did he do? Continued her political ideology of course. He had littler choice...on the whole she was extremely successful. What's "doing a Tony Blair?" Whose back? Wha...
by Michael
Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: From the Mayor of London.....
Replies: 29
Views: 847

Re: From the Mayor of London.....

My point is that I would like to see him prosecuted and punished in the UK. I thought that my above posts made that clear...too much perceived waffle trying to address various points perhaps.
by Michael
Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Iran seeking an apology from Obama
Replies: 11
Views: 389

Re: Iran seeking an apology from Obama

If Mr Obama feels that it is a good idea to apologise to this moronic and dangerous individual then we may as well start buying burqas for our lady friends.
by Michael
Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: From the Mayor of London.....
Replies: 29
Views: 847

Re: From the Mayor of London.....

Brenden, I am not disputing that the criminal should be prosecuted and punished.
by Michael
Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Top Ten Crisis Spots according to Doctors without Borders
Replies: 15
Views: 518

Re: Top Ten Crisis Spots according to Doctors without Borders

I understand your view of taxation David. It is a view that was much prevalent in Victorian Britain. It is not a view that I share. However, my blood boils when I read of government aid being squandered by corrupt regimes or the vast amount of money earned by those who do very well out of so called ...
by Michael
Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Help!
Replies: 3
Views: 243

Re: Help!

You are very welcome :D
by Michael
Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: From the Mayor of London.....
Replies: 29
Views: 847

Re: From the Mayor of London.....

People who deliberately set out to damage or destroy other people's or government property are criminals. Sloopy admin staff are not. Get the faintest clue someday. Every case is not black and white Brendan. True justice is a complex matter and will be forever debated about. I think that many, incl...
by Michael
Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just interested....
Replies: 14
Views: 478

Re: Just interested....

Well of course, Obama will do a Tony Blair. The country and particularly Westminster were so pleased to see the back of her but what did he do? Continued her political ideology of course. He had littler choice...on the whole she was extremely successful. Why fix something that is broken..a little tw...
by Michael
Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Help!
Replies: 3
Views: 243

Re: Help!

Click on User Control Panel at top right then go to Profile then Edit Signature.
by Michael
Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Just interested....
Replies: 14
Views: 478

Re: Just interested....

And why not? Not an olive branch but a gesture for obvious reasons don't you think? The new boy wants to do good..
by Michael
Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Top Ten Crisis Spots according to Doctors without Borders
Replies: 15
Views: 518

Re: Top Ten Crisis Spots according to Doctors without Borders

Grim reading indeed. We should all feel very privileged to lead our affluent lives as we do. One can only hope that 2009 proves to be a better year for the unfortunate people in those countries and that our governments work harder and harder to secure some relief for them. "Our governments?" Why do...
by Michael
Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: From the Mayor of London.....
Replies: 29
Views: 847

Re: From the Mayor of London.....

Gary McKinnon was originally tracked down and arrested under the Computer Misuse Act by the UK National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) in 2002 who informed him that he would face community service. Britain implemented a new extradition treaty with the US in June 2005 and later that year he was indicted ...
by Michael
Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Top Ten Crisis Spots according to Doctors without Borders
Replies: 15
Views: 518

Re: Top Ten Crisis Spots according to Doctors without Borders

Grim reading indeed. We should all feel very privileged to lead our affluent lives as we do. One can only hope that 2009 proves to be a better year for the unfortunate people in those countries and that our governments work harder and harder to secure some relief for them.
by Michael
Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: From the Mayor of London.....
Replies: 29
Views: 847

Re: From the Mayor of London.....

Well, where are YOU going to lock him up to make sure that he does not hack into other people systems?? Surely you aren't suggesting that because there is no effective treatment for his claimed condition, the US military, and others, need to just live with him hacking into their systems? Even if th...
by Michael
Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: From the Mayor of London.....
Replies: 29
Views: 847

Re: From the Mayor of London.....

This young man has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. There is little effective treatment available to him. Certainly locking him up in an American jail for up to 70 years wont do him or the tax payer a great deal of good. On this occasion I agree entirely with Boris Johnson.
by Michael
Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Catholic group apologizes for Holocaust denial
Replies: 1
Views: 174

Re: Catholic group apologizes for Holocaust denial

What an odious and silly man he is. He has also been a guest of the equally odious Holocaust denier David Irving at his home in England. More from the wikipedia site. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Williamson_(bishop) Williamson holds strong views regarding gender roles and dress. He opposes t...
by Michael
Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trouble brewing for Blair re. Iraq invasion
Replies: 0
Views: 185

Trouble brewing for Blair re. Iraq invasion

Maybe nothing much will come of this but it could be potentially embarrassing for the Labour administration and the ex British Prime Minister. What IS he doing now by the way? Special envoy? When asked recently where he was Gordon Brown let it slip that he thought he was still on holiday..cue Blair ...
by Michael
Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CSO/Muti/Brahms Requiem
Replies: 1
Views: 260

Re: CSO/Muti/Brahms Requiem

When I lived in London Muti was at the helm of the Philharmonia Orchestra. He did wonders for them and brought them back to the artistic levels that Klemperer had achieved in his heyday. A Muti concert with the Philharmonia is still always greatly anticipated and everyone that worked with him speaks...
by Michael
Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What is the orchestral role of trombones ?
Replies: 45
Views: 1071

Re: What is the orchestral role of trombones ?

I have always found trombonists (along with double bass players) to be the most friendly of sorts. Down to earth and always first to the pub! Obvious great solos in the orchestral repertoire are the Ravel Bolero and particularly the beginning of Mahler 3. As for a more academic answer I shall leave...