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by Belle
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Jupiter Symphony - again
Replies: 5
Views: 87

Re: The Jupiter Symphony - again

I'm not really a fan of Mozart these days but I do love those last 4 symphonies; these are a bedrock in my music library. And it's excellent to see intelligent analysis of these great works. The string quartets of Mozart are also favourites of mine and the 'Gran Partita' for winds is an absolute mus...
by Belle
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Yes, I know it can produce shocking injustices, and it seems your son(s) fall into that category. It's also interesting that the most violent group for domestic violence is Lesbians, with 41% saying they have been victims. (If that figure is true - I read it in a reputable source but now can't reme...
by Belle
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Not quite right. News Corp have largely been silent because - until the raids - they have supported government policy. And, from your posts, I suspect you mainly read News Corp publications, especially the Australian. Other media have had a bit to say as the parade of legislation has come down (mor...
by Belle
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

I'm not at all surprised by any and all losses of freedom of speech we endure in Australia - the list of which grows daily in this country, inch by inch, mile by mile. And yet the press is and has been largely silent on all of this.
by Belle
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Day Irreplaceable Music Burned: the 2008 Universal fire.
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Re: The Day Irreplaceable Music Burned: the 2008 Universal fire.

I guess I was trying to avoid the term 'art music' which seems to get up peoples' noses. And I agree with you about 'seriousness' per se in other musics. Yes, of course.
by Belle
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers
Replies: 1
Views: 60

Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers

The excellent Bret Weinstein (one of the members of the IDW) talks about the demonization of "whiteness" leading to the rise of white nationalists:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1sJgjG ... e=youtu.be
by Belle
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Day Irreplaceable Music Burned: the 2008 Universal fire.
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Re: The Day Irreplaceable Music Burned: the 2008 Universal fire.

Our resident Ethnomusicologist in our music group says exactly as you do!! He would enjoy these comments.

I had a different experience and found myself 'ostracized' in my cohort because of my love for serious music. The abuse was consistent.
by Belle
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Barney, this is Paul Kelly's analysis of the recent Australian federal election results. Labor’s post-material push cannot conquer the nation PAUL KELLY JUNE 12, 2019 Early data suggests the great paradox of the election — richer suburban and inner-city seats voted Labor against their class interest...
by Belle
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 11
Views: 343

Re: What movies are you watching today?

jserraglio wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:19 pm
1st viewing ever — Bergman: Wild Strawberries
I studied that film in 1st year at university, decades ago. I found it a bit torturous, to be honest. But I do appreciate this delicious parody from French and Saunders:

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2rbr9l
by Belle
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Day Irreplaceable Music Burned: the 2008 Universal fire.
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Re: The Day Irreplaceable Music Burned: the 2008 Universal fire.

For what it's worth, almost meaningless really, is that the US Labels only received "Copy Masters" from the Bands and Record Companies, I know, I carried then here to the US many times in the 70's and 80's. This is AMERICA'S musical heritage, and that's a tragedy, because Americans INVENTED this mu...
by Belle
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It’s 3 a.m. Do you know what your iPhone is doing?
Replies: 4
Views: 138

Re: It’s 3 a.m. Do you know what your iPhone is doing?

An even more frightening question might be "Does your phone know what you're doing?" :wink:
by Belle
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 732
Views: 356504

Re: What I listened to today

Seems to me the purpose of a "top 100" program, and of playing those composers' most popular works, is to attract and hold new or unconverted listeners to the audience for classical music. There are good reasons why those composers and those works are popular: they appeal to a lot of people. (Duh.....
by Belle
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 732
Views: 356504

Re: What I listened to today

I've always found it amusing how Leonard Bernstein was often photographed in poses with a cigarette - the very things which contributed to his death!!! This weekend we had the Top 100 Composers featured on our national FM fine music network; listeners were invited to nominate their favourites and th...
by Belle
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 11
Views: 343

Re: What movies are you watching today?

I must compliment you on your obviously wide and eclectic taste in cinema. I haven't watched most of those you mention, except Spike Lee's earlier films.
by Belle
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Thanks for your comments and I do agree with some of them. You misunderstand me; I'm not against freedom of any kind - far from it . I've just seen it squandered carelessly by the Fourth Estate and now I find their fulminations disingenuous, to say the least. Rather than being embittered about my so...
by Belle
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The remarkable Oskar Werner
Replies: 14
Views: 556

Re: The remarkable Oskar Werner

My attention has turned to a 1965 film directed by Stanley Kramer, " Ship of Fools ", where Werner gives an outstanding performance. It wasn't just the voice, but the eyes, the body language, the pauses and timing; all fundamental features of theatrical acting. Just look at this brief scene between ...
by Belle
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lance!
Replies: 11
Views: 201

Re: Happy Birthday, Lance!

Looking just as youthful as ever. Have a great birthday!
by Belle
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

How is a free press someone's tyranny? Only a tyrant need fear a free press (leaving aside for now the rather vexed issue of media's commercial interests). Have you not accepted any of my arguments about the need for a free press in a healthy democracy? Are you one of the increasing number of Austr...
by Belle
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Democracy is not much use to my son and many thousands in the same tyrannical boat - many who have killed themselves already because of despair. These are the things which concern ordinary Australians. And it's virtually what Anglican Dean Jensen (I think that was his name) from Sydney said tonight ...
by Belle
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

It's not just 'draconian' media laws; what about my son treated like a criminal in the Family Court because he's a male? The local FEMALE cop in Perth told him " 90% of our business is FVROs brought by women against men, 5% of which are justified ". There are far worse tyrannies than loss of freedom...
by Belle
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Apparently the whistle blower is an ex army lawyer and now he is fearful of jail. Naive beyond comprehension. There is an opportunity cost to these freedoms, as Assange would tell you. The Federal Police have the RIGHT to act as they have. In law, actually. On matters of Defense there is no second g...
by Belle
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

And now this ??? : https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/05/media/australia-abc-police-raid/index.html My son works for the Prime Minister in his inner circle and has had a top security clearance, which is very involved. He is, by federal law , unable to discuss anything - and he wouldn't anyway, NO MATTER W...
by Belle
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The remarkable Oskar Werner
Replies: 14
Views: 556

Re: The remarkable Oskar Werner

He's Fiedler, the East German who debriefs Leamas (Richard Burton) in "The Spy Who Came In from the Cold," a great movie perfectly cast from top to bottom. I saw it in the post movie theater when I was stationed with the Army in Germany, right after coming back from a visit to Berlin, West and East...
by Belle
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The remarkable Oskar Werner
Replies: 14
Views: 556

Re: The remarkable Oskar Werner

Absolutely brilliant; thanks. Will watch these.

My landlady's mother in Vienna worked in the theatre and knew Curt Jurgens (I think it's a "C" and not a "K" - as I wrote earlier) and his wife. She spoke about it over dinner one evening in the last days of our sojourn in Vienna in 2011.
by Belle
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The remarkable Oskar Werner
Replies: 14
Views: 556

Re: The remarkable Oskar Werner

He's Fiedler, the East German who debriefs Leamas (Richard Burton) in "The Spy Who Came In from the Cold," a great movie perfectly cast from top to bottom. I saw it in the post movie theater when I was stationed with the Army in Germany, right after coming back from a visit to Berlin, West and East...
by Belle
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The remarkable Oskar Werner
Replies: 14
Views: 556

Re: The remarkable Oskar Werner

Thanks very much; I have a Blue-Ray player but I don't know if it's region specific. Will ask one of my sons. Some of those European actresses were absolutely stunning; Signoret, Moreau, Schneider, Deneuve. (Was never a fan of Bardot - she had the aroma of 'cheap' about her!) And some of the men are...
by Belle
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The remarkable Oskar Werner
Replies: 14
Views: 556

Re: The remarkable Oskar Werner

Loved him in Jules and Jim . I wish I could get access to a subtitled version of that film as I haven't seen it. Werner had German (of course), English and French. He died at about the same time as Truffaut!! What a glorious voice he had; it was a musical instrument! Only sorry I was never able to ...
by Belle
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: The remarkable Oskar Werner
Replies: 14
Views: 556

The remarkable Oskar Werner

I've just watched the 1951 film " Decision Before Dawn ", starring Oskar Werner and filmed in Germany five years after WW2. Directed by Anatole Litvak, cinematography by Franz Planer, written by Peter Viertel (from a novel based on true events) and with music by Franz Waxman. The film was nominated ...
by Belle
Thu May 30, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

BTW Steve Bannon is making trouble in Italy where he's setting up an academy. :( Not surprising, a home of Facism and Emperors. Hard to imagine Bannon as a Vandal. Have always wondered why a people with such great wine, great food, great spirit, great music, great emotion,Catholicism .... It's a pi...
by Belle
Wed May 29, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Martinu's 5th Piano Concerto
Replies: 10
Views: 1075

Re: Martinu's 5th Piano Concerto

This is a composer whose work I've long admired but whom I haven't listened to in ages. I cannot access those U-Tube links but will do so after my technician comes on Monday to fix the problem. I look forward to it.
by Belle
Wed May 29, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A cure for cancer
Replies: 3
Views: 209

Re: A cure for cancer

I'll give it a try after my Beethoven program tomorrow.
by Belle
Tue May 28, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Australian PM Scott Morrison has nothing to do with Donald Trump. Sorry, but he's never mentioned in this country!! The Indian PM has a whole set of different problems to deal with than the already-developed world; in many ways it's an impossible democracy, and I've always thought so. Political assa...
by Belle
Tue May 28, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Really? I think there's a lot to it (if we are talking about Rach3's conservative commentator). Extremes on both sides today have a moral compass that I don't recognise, but I think the commentator is right about Clinton and Blair - they could not have had the appeal they did had they been fixated ...
by Belle
Tue May 28, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How to live longer
Replies: 1
Views: 173

Re: How to live longer

I agree with your comments, however there is one caveat; not taking adequate care of the body because of a pre-occupation with the mind (me!) leads to reduced life expectation anyway!! I am in dire need of regular exercise and weight loss (apparently these two things are cure for everything! !!!). B...
by Belle
Tue May 28, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Too extremist a view for me to take seriously!!
by Belle
Tue May 28, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A cure for cancer
Replies: 3
Views: 209

Re: A cure for cancer

It sounds like the cure might be worse than the disease!! But these innovations progress and eventually will save many lives. My story: when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer late last year I sort of broke into a sweat and then whispered to myself, "yeah, well I've been waiting for this moment with...
by Belle
Mon May 27, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Help wanted re U-Tube
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: Help wanted re U-Tube

Thanks for the advice; I've already tried that. I phoned the technician and he's coming in the next days. I have Norton Anti-virus installed and can't imagine what happened. I was using U-Tube 14 hours ago and all was fine.
by Belle
Sun May 26, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Identity politics in music
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: Identity politics in music

An interesting and timely read. Barney, you might remember that the Ramsay bequest of HUGE funding for a course at universities in Australia entitled " Classical Civilization " was comprehensively rejected by our major institutions. Wollongong University took up the offer and has been savaged by oth...
by Belle
Sun May 26, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Help wanted re U-Tube
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Help wanted re U-Tube

U-Tube links are not working; when I press on, say, a piece of music all I get is an itemized list on a page and I am unable to play anything. It was working fine last night. Could this be a virus?
by Belle
Sun May 26, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

No Rach 3, that's not what I take from it either, though it may well be true of some people. And I understand that most people who believe in "political correctness" do so from genuine motives for the best, ie correcting injustices. My concern about identity politics is that it is divisive and redu...
by Belle
Sun May 26, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 732
Views: 356504

Re: What I listened to today

Doah!! Absolutely, of course!! (Senior's moment!) CC had loads of personality!! What else did he do?
by Belle
Sun May 26, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 732
Views: 356504

Re: What I listened to today

This was a superb performance of that song from "Porgy and Bess" and I remember the LP recording of it from my youth. Two nights ago I watched " Sweet Charity " for the first time in decades, not realizing it was based on Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria". I was struck by Sammy Davis Junior's performanc...
by Belle
Sun May 26, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

No, that's not it at all.
by Belle
Sat May 25, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Excellent article Sue, very astute and interesting. I get the Australian (along with The Age and Herald-Sun) but haven't read the weekend edition yet. Some of their longer-form reporting at the weekend is really good. Paul Kelly is always a compulsory read, and Greg Sheridan is thoughtful and measu...
by Belle
Sat May 25, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 'Jiggy" Gardiner's pecadillo
Replies: 2
Views: 459

'Jiggy" Gardiner's pecadillo

From " The Spectator ". And is he really 'talented beyond measure'? The Heckler : why does John Eliot Gardiner have to be so rude? There are few things this conductor can’t do. But one art eludes him: good manners Damian Thompson 2 May 2015 Sir John Eliot Gardiner is talented almost beyond measure. ...
by Belle
Sat May 25, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term
Replies: 60
Views: 2913

Re: Australian Coalition government wins a 3rd term

Here's a good article in this weekend's national broadsheet, "The Australian", about our political situation and the similarities to other democracies in terms of the voting public. One former Labor leader recently commented about the people on the Left side of politics and its alienation from its b...
by Belle
Sat May 25, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rats are taking over New York City
Replies: 14
Views: 1450

Re: Rats are taking over New York City

During our recent election campaign we've seen hate as we've seldom seen it before in Australia. One former Labor Prime Minister of this country instructed the people of Queensland to " drive a stake through the dark heart of Peter Dutton " at this election. We have hate speech laws in this country ...
by Belle
Sat May 25, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Diabelli" and "Goldberg" Variations
Replies: 16
Views: 1418

Re: "Diabelli" and "Goldberg" Variations

Thoughts? I'll give you two thoughts. The theme and variations form is the most enduring of all musical forms. It predates the sonata and, perhaps, has outlasted it. Rzewski's "The People United" is one relatively contemporary example, Lutoslawski's "Paganini Variations" is another, and I am sure t...
by Belle
Fri May 24, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rats are taking over New York City
Replies: 14
Views: 1450

Re: Rats are taking over New York City

Some of our issues are discussed here!! My son and daughter-in-law were at the celebrations on Sunday at the PM's official residence in Sydney, Kirribilli House:

https://www.spiked-online.com/podcast-e ... own-under/
by Belle
Fri May 24, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rats are taking over New York City
Replies: 14
Views: 1450

Re: Rats are taking over New York City

That is what has shocked so many people about the unexpected outcome of our general election last week; the inner city urban types have been dictating the agenda and the ordinary Australians (whom I infinitely prefer) have had enough!! On a nightly political program here within the last few days the...