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by Belle
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 21
Views: 433

Re: The operas of Handel

I do think Handel's operas have splendid melody lines; of course, they're never going to be of the type found in 19th century opera - but they are there nonetheless: What is this if not a sublime melody? It has a through-composed quality despite essentially being a da capo aria: tender, poignant and...
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 21
Views: 433

Re: The operas of Handel

Which clips wouldn't play? I can probably find substitutes that will. The first one, the "Harmonious Blacksmith". The others worked OK this time after a stall (could have been my internet speed!). I have Murray Perahia playing the " Harmonious Blacksmith " in this recording (also Scarlatti). He wra...
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

I've been to a Dalrymple lecture at SOH and read his book " Life at the Bottom ". He is/was a psychiatrist who worked with prisoners and their families in the UK. Also went to a lecture from Niall Ferguson, just before Trump was elected. At that lecture (March, 2016) he said 'people need to understa...
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any news of Karl Henning?
Replies: 7
Views: 152

Re: Any news of Karl Henning?

absinthe wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:32 pm
Thank you for these snippets. At least he seems to have recovered. I don't have a Faceache account so unless he has a public page I won't be able to visit it. I'll try, though.

Edit: There are so many Karl Hennings on Faceache....
Just register with GMG Classical Music Forum and you'll find him.
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

jserraglio wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:45 am
Belle wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:57 am
Life is too short for hatred.
On the contrary, life is too short for love.
Hatred is about the most destructive force (next to cancer itself) on the planet. Avoid. But for some people, sadly, it's Wash, Rinse, Repeat.
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 21
Views: 433

Re: The operas of Handel

John, I couldn't get some of those clips to play - one said "Video Unavailable". I loved your comment "in full cry" about Handel's music. For me, those operas do have that glorious orchestral quality. This is a favourite from the " Water Music " and I am thrilled by the tempo!! I don't think Handel'...
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 21
Views: 433

Re: The operas of Handel

This is tremendously moving: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=pQKhkVBUdZ8 Belle I enjoyed the music but there's no info on what piece is being played-do you know what it is. I guess the conductor is this person? Regards, Len Franciscus ("Frans") Jozef Brüggen (30 October 1934 – 13 Au...
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19634

Re: Toxic Masculinity

The one thing I'll say about Trump is that it always makes me laugh the way he claps himself in front of a crowd, repeating exactly the same manoeuvre as the hairstyle-challenged North Korean, er, leader. Yep these are his people-Kim, Putin-at least Putin knows how to comport himself. Still when I ...
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19634

Re: Toxic Masculinity

lennygoran wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:08 am
Belle wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:06 am
I remember Trump's first wife said, "don't get even; get everything".
You mean the one he raped! Regards, Len :lol:
She was laughing when she said it; that's all I can tell you.
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19634

Re: Toxic Masculinity

The one thing I'll say about Trump is that it always makes me laugh the way he claps himself in front of a crowd, repeating exactly the same manoeuvre as the hairstyle-challenged North Korean, er, leader. Yep these are his people-Kim, Putin-at least Putin knows how to comport himself. Still when I ...
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19634

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Even Donald Trump cannot be blamed for our hideous Family Court system which is severely prejudicial against men. I remember Trump's first wife said, "don't get even; get everything". I think many Australian women have taken both those instructions to heart - even when they have the affairs!!! We al...
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19634

Re: Toxic Masculinity

The one thing I'll say about Trump is that it always makes me laugh the way he claps himself in front of a crowd, repeating exactly the same manoeuvre as the hairstyle-challenged North Korean, er, leader. Even people on game shows in Australia clap themselves too!! Not a lot of self-awareness there!...
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

I said earlier I don't really follow US politics but I do subscribe to " The Rubin Report " and these things are discussed and I watch interviews on U-Tube with public intellectuals, read books from time to time - but I have no skin in the political game. Sometimes that distance helps in making obse...
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Barney, I can see that you're angered by Trump. As I said earlier, he doesn't really rate on my radar so I never comment. And I don't really follow American politics much at all. However, I know enough to know that when you lose an important election self-reflection and analysis rather than grievanc...
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 70
Views: 4930

Re: Standards for New Music

As usual, very thought-provoking comments. Interesting to read and process.
by Belle
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19634

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Your last sentence partly explains the problem; my son turned up with references from 4 German au pairs they had working for them. All glowing references and very moving tributes to our son. The magistrate (at the FVRO hearing) said, " because of my workload I haven't been able to read these, so I'...
by Belle
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 70
Views: 4930

Re: Standards for New Music

What a pleasure to read your comments, as an insider. I agree with much of what you've said as my husband and I keep up to speed on all this through our reading, particularly "Spiked Online", and the estimable Brendan O'Neill, and "The Spectator". Also the comments of average people on those and oth...
by Belle
Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Any news of Karl Henning?
Replies: 7
Views: 152

Re: Any news of Karl Henning?

He is busy writing on another music board, probably as we speak. He seemed to have been out of action in that regard for about 2 weeks or so, as far as I can tell!!
by Belle
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

As I said before, he's not my President. I merely offer suggestions from a distance about how to tame the wild beast which is your body politik. Your country needs healing, the first step towards which is sincere reflection . Our federal opposition is undergoing this same process right now. Still sh...
by Belle
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

There are three types of tyranny, it seems to me: 1. Real, existential threats to human life and to people who are systematically controlled with a complete lack of freedom; 2. Dictates about how one should think, act and behave with severe sanctions for those who deviate from the orthodoxy; 3. The ...
by Belle
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19634

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Thank you for these words. My son has been on the edge after months of despair. There are armies of men in a similar situation and yet we are being denied hearing the truth about it. My eldest son has been through it and is a couple of years ahead of his brother. He was driven to near-suicide and I ...
by Belle
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Kudos to the news media, esp. the NYT and WAPO, for exposing Trump's misbehavior. Too bad about the gulls that voted for him and now want to shoot the messenger. I don't see any hope if this is the best response on offer. The people might be fools and gulls but that's the nature of democracy; it is...
by Belle
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 21
Views: 433

Re: The operas of Handel

It's the sheer glory of the music. I've just started reading about French baroque opera, " Aesthetics of Opera in the Ancien Regime, 1647-1785 ", Downing A. Thomas, 2002. The music of the French baroque is so very different from that of Handel; more esoteric and elegant and, arguably, less accessibl...
by Belle
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

I don't trust Trump and I'm sure Morrison doesn't either. Nor does he trust the Chinese. On a scale of atrocities China beats anything the USA has ever done or could ever do and yet we're expected to 'kid glove' China and despise Donald Trump. I cannot do double standards myself. The Gladys Lui epis...
by Belle
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Sue, I was impressed by Morrison's first months. I thought he was deft and as centrist as he could be. But I think his handling of the US relationship has been awkward, inept and very much not in Australia's interests. He has come across as a toady, lickspittle and suck, who will agree with everyth...
by Belle
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19634

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Why are either of those labels, or any others, even necessary? Because like other accusatory terms, they often give a name to deeply felt personal grievances. And there are just so many of them it's hard to know where it will all end!! :roll: I heard a really great description of all this in a nati...
by Belle
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

"However much we may sympathize with a small nation confronted by a big and powerful neighbour, we cannot in all circumstances undertake to involve the whole British Empire in war simply on her account. If we have to fight it must be on larger issues than that." PM Neville CHamberlain,Broadcast (27...
by Belle
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19634

Re: Toxic Masculinity

QED. Misogyny trumps misandry. Why are either of those labels, or any others, even necessary? We're all human beings. That's the trouble when grievance groups start getting into contests over who has the greater grievance. Men have probably treated women worse than the reverse over the eons, it is ...
by Belle
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 21
Views: 433

Re: The operas of Handel

I long admired Marilyn Horne: what a voice and capacity for vocal gymnastics that woman had! And vocal gymnastics are part of Handelian opera; they were virtuosic display pieces and they are certainly that. I take your point, Barney, about the Da Capo aria; all well and good if you liked the piece f...
by Belle
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

1936, wasn't it. The news is worse, I'm afraid; my son will get to meet your President when he visits Australia (as he does other international leaders)! This comment might appeal to you; it was written under an item in "The Australian" this morning about this very topic: Donald is a bull in a china...
by Belle
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Barney, I feel the same sense of loss about this important alliance and I'll defend Morrison for trying to protect it when our Leader of the Opposition made the most appalling, impolitic and very public comments about the US President. Like it or not, Trump was elected by the people and for an aspir...
by Belle
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19634

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Of course both sexes are equal in being capable of the worst behaviors. I am not disputing that. The issue is one of proportion. I am suggesting that men engage in pernicious behaviors to a far greater extent than do women, but for a variety of socio-political reasons that have little to do with ge...
by Belle
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 70
Views: 4930

Re: Standards for New Music

Really interesting comments, with which I largely agree. The 'semiotics' of music; excellent!
by Belle
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

I don't like to discuss Trump here on this site, but I feel America has obligations to the people who helped fight Isis. We would do the same for our friends in need. Belle I think Trump wants your country to investigate the start of the Mueller report-maybe get some dirt on Biden-Trump is truly di...
by Belle
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19634

Re: Toxic Masculinity

I'm for equality between the sexes; both of them are capable of the worst behaviours. Otherwise, equality is just absolute hypocrisy. You have demonstrated that equality didn't exist in Shakespeare's time - and that turns out to be a good thing for women. Right? My comment about courtly love was an...
by Belle
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 21
Views: 433

The operas of Handel

These works are a never-ending source of pleasure. This morning I've been listening to "Serse" with Anne-Sophie von Otter. Other favourites are "Guilio Cesare" (probably THE favourite) with "Rodelinda", "Ariodante" and "Alcina" following thereafter. What a prolific composer and all of the music full...
by Belle
Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

You are right, of course, Sue - he may back down. But that he has proposed abandoning his best, most loyal allies in the Syrian war in favour of a thuggish authoritarian who wants to wipe them out confirms my belief that not only does he have no honour, he hasn't the slightest concept of what honou...
by Belle
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vile betrayal by vile man
Replies: 52
Views: 989

Re: Vile betrayal by vile man

Trump may change his mind if the pressure comes from both sides of politics as well as international condemnation. Wait and see. Imagine Turkey expecting to be in the EU (oh, come to think of it that might be more appropriate than at first glance!). Hopefully this turkey will call itself an early Ch...
by Belle
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19634

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Apropos the claim that the 'vast majority' of women do not invent stories about DV: the local police in Perth told my son in March this year, " 90% of our work is Family Violence Orders, 5% of which are justified". I'd expect police representatives to be at the parliamentary hearings into this matte...
by Belle
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19634

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Art imitates life, and vice versa. Set against Gertrude, Goneril and Lady Mac, one finds Portia of Belmont, Portia Catonis, Rosalind, Viola, Beatrice, Marina, Desdemona, Imogen, Miranda, Isabella, Emilia, Hero, Lady Macduff, Juliet, Hermione, Miranda, Katherina & Bianca Minola, Cordelia, Ophelia an...
by Belle
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19634

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Still, it's a real point. The vast majority of domestic violence is men against women, and the vast majority of women don't invent stories about it. But if 10% do, that should not be removed from discussion - it is clearly a factor to be taken into account. Actually two recent studies contradict th...
by Belle
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Denis Matsuev live in Brussels Sept.,2019
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: Denis Matsuev live in Brussels Sept.,2019

For some reason this musician often gets a 'bad press'. Many people think he's too close to Putin, like Gergiev. But how has this anything to do with either musician's talent? From what I've seen Matsuev has a good record of mentoring young pianists like Alexander Malofeev - just to name one.
by Belle
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 848
Views: 537564

Re: What I listened to today

Beethoven Symphony #2, Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Harnoncourt; especially the 2nd movement Larghetto, which is calming in a storm-tossed world. Such a magnificent movement and, incredibly, written roughly contiguous with the despair of the Heiligenstadt Testament in 1802.
by Belle
Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 78
Views: 19634

Re: Toxic Masculinity

This article has just hit our national daily newspaper and provides evidence of what I've been talking about regarding the Australian Family Court and so-called toxic masculinity; that feminists and other vested groups want to shut the parliamentary inquiry down because it provides a counter-narrati...
by Belle
Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 70
Views: 4930

Re: Standards for New Music

George Cukor commented on the length of his original version of "A Star is Born" and the studio's reduction of it - to death - "there's only so much the human a*** can endure"!!
by Belle
Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Plácido Domingo has resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: Plácido Domingo has resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera

Is sex still legal? I don't think it is in the UK without the proper consent forms signed and witnessed in triplicate! :lol: I tried this once but was completely out of paper and nobody was willing to witness anyway. It is a good form of contraception, though! :mrgreen: In an interview conducted wi...
by Belle
Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martin Bernheimer, Tartly Eloquent Music Critic, Dies at 83
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: Martin Bernheimer, Tartly Eloquent Music Critic, Dies at 83

I do wonder sometimes how much of music criticism is really "look at me"?
by Belle
Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 70
Views: 4930

Re: Standards for New Music

I've always said that one of the important ingredients to a successful appreciation of art music is FAMILIARITY, so I think your comments have definitely struck the right, er, chord.
by Belle
Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martha Argerich playing Scarlatti
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Re: Martha Argerich playing Scarlatti

For some reason Danny's U-Tube clip has not appeared on the screen for me. It's just a white, gaping hole. This happens for me a lot on this site!! And when anything does appear it is a white gap and just a link at the bottom. In this case, neither. I love Scarlatti's sonatas and have done since I a...