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by Belle
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notre Dame, Paris, burns
Replies: 18
Views: 618

Re: Notre Dame, Paris, burns

An interesting, but concerning, French interview on the cathedral fire:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i3ftb_ ... e=youtu.be
by Belle
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 669
Views: 299011

Re: What I listened to today

jserraglio wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:33 am
Keiser Reinhard (attr.) - Markus Passion
attributed to Reinhard Keiser. It may also have been composed by his father Gottfried or by Friedrich Nicolaus Bruhns.
://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eWigKs0EKQ

Absolutely gorgeous!!!
by Belle
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 5 Minutes That Will Make You......
Replies: 3
Views: 78

Re: 5 Minutes That Will Make You......

The "Railroad (Travel Song)" sounded like it should go with this - an ideal accompaniment!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPjwmp5qqm8

I loved the Messiaen!! And, of course, Scarlatti, Chopin and Debussy.
by Belle
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Olivier Latry speaks
Replies: 2
Views: 74

Re: Olivier Latry speaks

I'm posting this in honour of Notre Dame:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inDfCPl5xII
by Belle
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Olivier Latry speaks
Replies: 2
Views: 74

Olivier Latry speaks

Translation facility needed, but I'm glad to hear from him. https://van.atavist.com/latry-notre-dame?fbclid=IwAR0VGTvIhuscsrGdgPBPwBNNK8ZVD-3XWJ5YgSKae31esg2J5fAbwkjQOLE Latry has been touring with this group and will be playing with them at the Musikverein on 25th April: https://www.youtube.com/wat...
by Belle
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notre Dame, Paris, burns
Replies: 18
Views: 618

Re: Notre Dame, Paris, burns

An excellent and comprehensive article. I've got a feeling of dread and foreboding about the structure and those flying buttresses; if it's so fragile that it couldn't tolerate scaffolding how is it going to survive a major fire, extreme heat and all the other ravages of the centuries - not least fl...
by Belle
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tonight's Met Don G
Replies: 7
Views: 91

Re: Tonight's Met Don G

The cast and conductor, other than Peter Mattei and Susanna Phillips, are way below the Met's standard. This is not just from the cast list but the NY Times review. No opera company can maintain a festival standard in every performance, but the Met should do better than this. Why do you think they ...
by Belle
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 669
Views: 299011

Re: What I listened to today

Absolutely magnificent; I didn't know of this work: those jarring dissonances and that translucent sound on period instruments!! Perfection. And just right for the contemplative mood today, Good Friday.
by Belle
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notre Dame, Paris, burns
Replies: 18
Views: 618

Re: Notre Dame, Paris, burns

I have seen that documentary before. At our music group last year the Christchurch organist here presented a program on the organ-maker Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. He himself had played on that organ in Notre Dame some years earlier (and he's only 37).
by Belle
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 669
Views: 299011

Re: What I listened to today

Concentus Musicus, Wien/Harnoncourt/Arnold Shoenberg Choir, "Alexander's Feast". Recorded at Melk Abbey in 2011: not the very best version I've heard (a bit soft around the edges), but enjoyable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSSL81TQ0nM
by Belle
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vale Jörg Demus
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: Vale Jörg Demus

Lance wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:22 pm
Sue, very sorry to learn this. I have MANY of his recordings. It means I will be doing a radio tribute to the man, a fine pianist who also composed. Thank you for posting this.
Please advise the date of the tribute as I'll be tuning in!!
by Belle
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vale Jörg Demus
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Vale Jörg Demus

This magnificent 90 year old pianist died in Austria on 16th April.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l8l0HPDMOE
by Belle
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wagner's "Ring" is louder than a jet engine
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Re: Wagner's "Ring" is louder than a jet engine

Dear all, This is the old "Allen" on this forum. Due to a technical problem with my account, I have not been able to log in as "Allen", so I have applied for a new account and changed my name to "Danny". Here's the article I wish to share: ​https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-43582484 I had...
by Belle
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notre Dame, Paris, burns
Replies: 18
Views: 618

Re: Notre Dame, Paris, burns

This is excellent news, thank you. Light from the darkness.
by Belle
Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 669
Views: 299011

Re: What I listened to today

Carlos Kleiber conducting Borodin's Symphony No. 2 in B Minor - a work with which I'm totally unfamiliar. Just glad to hear anything at all with the name Kleiber attached to it!! :D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DF09Cipq_w Also watched and listened to this on the weekend!! https://www.youtube.com...
by Belle
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notre Dame, Paris, burns
Replies: 18
Views: 618

Re: Notre Dame, Paris, burns

That picture posted from the Washington Post of the interior of Notre Dame is distressing but the essay by Kennicott is absolutely superb. A joy to read. I'm anxiously waiting to hear about the fate of the rose windows as I'm pretty sure they were removed for protection during WW2. I am dubious abou...
by Belle
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notre Dame, Paris, burns
Replies: 18
Views: 618

Re: Notre Dame, Paris, burns

I, too, will listen to that performance. I didn't think that in my lifetime I would see this happen (nor the twin towers in NYC). My husband said he heard comments overnight on the radio that the flying buttresses have saved the cathedral shell and that this is what they were designed to do. And I w...
by Belle
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Notre Dame, Paris, burns
Replies: 18
Views: 618

Notre Dame, Paris, burns

This great, great medieval edifice is almost in ruins after a devastating fire. We are speechless and inconsolable. The site of the beginnings of medieval polyphony and other great musicians and composers. What of the organ? This is an ABSOLUTE catastrophe . One of the last bulwarks against philisti...
by Belle
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tiger Woods wins Masters for 5th time at 43
Replies: 5
Views: 225

Re: Tiger Woods wins Masters for 5th time at 43

A stunning achievement. Well done Tiger Woods.
by Belle
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Lying with Science" (The Spectator)
Replies: 1
Views: 128

"Lying with Science" (The Spectator)

As Jordan Peterson has quipped, "it's in a good cause"! Lying with science: a guide to myth debunking Pseudoscience is on the rise – and the media is completely hooked Matt Ridley February 28, 2019 ‘The whole aim of practical politics,’ wrote H.L. Mencken, ‘is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence...
by Belle
Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New books about music
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Re: New books about music

I loved this paragraph! Right out of Dickens: Wigglesworth is calm, intelligent, perspicacious, literate (although does anyone remember Noël Coward’s Mrs Worthington nowadays?), generally serious though sometimes wryly humorous, but … Well: “but”. I don’t believe I have ever read a book so burdened ...
by Belle
Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New Eaglets
Replies: 24
Views: 2080

Re: New Eaglets

I've never been in that kind of weather; the coldest being about minus 3 or 4 in Austria and I was terrified and had to rush into Starbucks after just 10 minutes on the street!! It was seriously fear-inducing being worried about not being able to get warm very quickly , even with thermal clothing. W...
by Belle
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New Eaglets
Replies: 24
Views: 2080

Re: New Eaglets

I had already looked up Decorah on Google maps and located the general area - but was without a clue about the 'North' eagles. Thanks. I imagine it's fairly cold there during winter and fall. One of our closest friends comes from Duluth, Minnesota, and he talked about the spray from the great lakes ...
by Belle
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New Eaglets
Replies: 24
Views: 2080

Re: New Eaglets

That northern eagle looks freezing cold; the Decorah eagle isn't dealing with the snow, at least. The depredations of life for all of us, animals and humans alike!!
by Belle
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New Eaglets
Replies: 24
Views: 2080

Re: New Eaglets

I've been monitoring these nets and the weather is absolutely freezing cold at the moment and, I should think, very stressful for these eagles and their chicks. Is it usual to have the weather this cold going into spring? Those winds are strong enough to blow mothers off the nests. In Australia we h...
by Belle
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, Is Arrested in London
Replies: 1
Views: 147

Re: Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, Is Arrested in London

Another vainglorious narcissist bites the dust; as they eventually do.
by Belle
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Curzon plays Schubert D960
Replies: 5
Views: 497

Re: Curzon plays Schubert D960

I have this recording of Curzon playing the Dvorak Piano Quintet with VP Quartet, as well as the Franck quintet - on the same CD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec-Gm9wxe_E

I think I prefer the somewhat dark and lugubrious Franck:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=virzE1ZcKec
by Belle
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Curzon plays Schubert D960
Replies: 5
Views: 497

Re: Curzon plays Schubert D960

Yes, I have a Kempff boxed set because somebody here recommended it!! Mine is the Complete Schubert, not just the sonatas. His touch seems more delicate overall to me than the Curzon. You've really nailed the essence of Curzon with your comments. I started a friendship with my physician a couple of ...
by Belle
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Curzon plays Schubert D960
Replies: 5
Views: 497

Curzon plays Schubert D960

Magnificent playing, bringing out all the 'characters' in Schubert's phenomenal final piano sonata: I have heard Pollini live playing this and it wasn't a patch on Curzon!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpyMDvzcNUw
by Belle
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Seder-Masochism (2018)
Replies: 2
Views: 1883

Re: Seder-Masochism (2018)

There is a serious postlude to this film. Nina Paley has been blacklisted and prevented from screening her film: it's all here.

http://blog.ninapaley.com/2019/04/06/bl ... d-libeled/

Welcome to the brave new world of the authoritarian Left; agree with me or else...!!!!
by Belle
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New Eaglets
Replies: 24
Views: 2080

Re: New Eaglets

Absolutely adorable!! Have been looking at the Decorah site to watch the progress on the hatchings. Sent them on to grandchildren.
by Belle
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2162

Re: Janacek's operas

I've just emailed the Professor to ask him for clarification . I put in another question/observation about " Aus dem Totenhaus " as well, as we had discussed that after his presentation. I'm not stubborn by nature and I don't think I come across this way on CMG, always being ready to admit when I mi...
by Belle
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2162

Re: Janacek's operas

I don't feel I need to 'rescue his credibility from this mess'; as I said, the mistake may have been mine. In any case I'm going to be talking to him about it in the near future. And "mostly" in English means "not all the time"! :mrgreen:
by Belle
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New Eaglets
Replies: 24
Views: 2080

Re: New Eaglets

Len, those pictures of the eagles are so affecting and wonderful. What proud creatures, full of beauty and majesty.
by Belle
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2162

Re: Janacek's operas

As I did originally write in my comments, the operas were " mostly " performed in English from the Czech. I'm presuming the Professor was referring to the post-war period, when these works really got wider recognition beyond Europe - but still not regularly scheduled until quite a bit later. He also...
by Belle
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt playing Chopin recording
Replies: 3
Views: 414

Re: Liszt playing Chopin recording

I wanted to believe it was authentic, given Liszt died just two months after the recording. Alas, as the comment below it suggests, it's a prank. The person posting it obviously has nothing in his/her life but to dupe people on the internet for April Fool's Day. It begs the question; who is the real...
by Belle
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach: B Minor Mass
Replies: 0
Views: 358

Bach: B Minor Mass

I've been listening to this today following the lecture on "Transcendence" which I posted elsewhere here. I agree with Sir Roger Scruton's comments on it during that lecture. Quite simply, for me, this is the greatest work of art in all of classical music. And this is a very fine performance, althou...
by Belle
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart Procrastinator
Replies: 3
Views: 488

Re: Mozart Procrastinator

I'm definitely a procrastinator when there's something important that has to be done. It's probably from fear of possibly screwing it up - though of course the chances of that are likely to increase as the amount of time decreases. Except perhaps if you're Mozart. As a journalist, deadlines have be...
by Belle
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Apprehending the Transcendent" - discussion
Replies: 0
Views: 336

"Apprehending the Transcendent" - discussion

At Cambridge with Professor Jordan Peterson and Sir Roger Scruton: and Janacek bobs up in this discussion!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvbtKAYdcZY
by Belle
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of women composers
Replies: 12
Views: 1284

Re: Recordings of women composers

This is excellent news, however I read that Mirga is giving up conducting until her newborn is closer to school age. She is reported as saying she thought she could do it all but now finds that impossible. Female, talented and realistic; what's not to love!!?? :D
by Belle
Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2162

Re: Janacek's operas

The Professor has written the book on Janacek as well as many books on and about performing opera.

I'm leaving my comments at that as it's a topic I'm not at all knowledgeable about so I leave it to the experts.
by Belle
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2162

Re: Janacek's operas

If I may step in here........ Janacek's operas (as well as his Msa Glagolskaja and other choral works) were written specifically to follow the rhythms of the Czech language, making it difficult for translations into other languages to work, so I suspect few bothered to do that. Also his musical lan...
by Belle
Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cavalli: Eliogabalo
Replies: 11
Views: 1356

Re: Cavalli: Eliogabalo

jserraglio wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:18 am
Yes, but this guy ain't tossin' Raymond Leppard, Janet Baker, Ileana Cotrubas and Hugues Cuénod just because. This (with the Wenzinger/Wunderlich L'Orfeo) was the record that started me off buying as much "Early Music" as I could lay me grubby hands on.
Fair enough!
by Belle
Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cavalli: Eliogabalo
Replies: 11
Views: 1356

Re: Cavalli: Eliogabalo

Sure; but nothing really like it would have been performed and heard at the time. It would have sounded much closer to this (though this is not the same work as the thread title): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-FsVkmaQtw And this little sequence with the dancing bear: https://www.youtube.com/watc...
by Belle
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach: Das wohltemperierte Klavier, 2/Schiff
Replies: 0
Views: 474

Bach: Das wohltemperierte Klavier, 2/Schiff

Here is a London Proms 2018 performance by Andras Schiff of Part 2 of this monumental work by Bach. Always a total pleasure to hear it - and to think this aging maestro can still play both books from memory. This is surprising given the memory lapses in a recent Verbier performance of Beethoven Conc...
by Belle
Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2162

Re: Janacek's operas

I didn't want to put his name in only for him to Google it and find me writing about him!! That's the trouble with the internet. I think the language was a barrier since most singers are not trained to perform in Czech; I would have thought Russian was difficult enough (and most of those singers who...
by Belle
Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2162

Re: Janacek's operas

It might have been my fault because the Professor meant that not having the operas performed in their own language was a significant reason for their languishing, compared to other great theatre composers. (He mentioned English because we were talking about Australia, in particular.) Also, I underst...
by Belle
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Janacek's operas
Replies: 24
Views: 2162

Re: Janacek's operas

The good Professor expressed the opinion that it was the Czech language itself which had resulted in Janacek's operas languishing away from more regular performances. He made the point that earlier performances (from the 70s) had mostly been in English but that in recent years Czech was becoming a m...