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by Belle
Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: What movies are you watching today?
Replies: 31
Views: 3891

Re: What movies are you watching today?

jserraglio wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:28 am
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968). Dated split-screen techniques, but lavishly photographed in and around 1960s Boston.
A very good film. I remember seeing it in London in the early 70s with a cinema full of smoking patrons. I nearly choked.
by Belle
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 447

Re: Castrato voice

Looks like we dodged a bullet! :lol:
by Belle
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 447

Re: Castrato voice

My original point was that the last place you would expect castration to be tolerated was within Catholicism, for the reason I outlined. It seemed hugely incongruous with their orthodoxies. In a way, yes - castration is the most permanent kind of birth control, which both the Catholic and Protestan...
by Belle
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 447

Re: Castrato voice

Bingo!
by Belle
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 447

Re: Castrato voice

Also: The practice started in Catholic Italy. Not so. According to Wikipedia, "Eunuch singers are known to have existed from the early Byzantine Empire. In Constantinople around 400 AD, the empress Aelia Eudoxia had a eunuch choir-master, Brison, who may have established the use of castrati in Byza...
by Belle
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Castrato voice
Replies: 28
Views: 447

Re: Castrato voice

I always found this practice barbaric and paradoxical: the Catholic church wanting sex used for procreation then turning a blind eye to the castration of fertile males for music performance. The practice started in Catholic Italy.
by Belle
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 547

Re: transphobia: you swine, all of you

Speech that incites violence, mayhem and/or murder doesn't fall under the 'free speech' banner. It never has. But to clearly express what you believe, whether or not it 'offends', is the key here. One cannot enforce civility and good manners by diktat of any kind. This is a social compact which is ...
by Belle
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Democracy; the Unfinished Revolution"
Replies: 14
Views: 434

Re: "Democracy; the Unfinished Revolution"

Read Thomas Sowell. Have you read many books on this subject?
by Belle
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 547

Re: transphobia: you swine, all of you

I'm an advocate for freedom of speech All speech? Including hate speech, libel, conspiracy to commit criminal acts, betrayal of vital military secrets to an enemy nation in time of war? Just for starters. Nowhere in the world is freedom of speech absolute and unconditional, nor should it be. My con...
by Belle
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic
Replies: 18
Views: 710

Re: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic

I just listened to the transcription of Symphony #1 from this link. Wonderful. I think I prefer it to the orchestrated version, to be honest. It's one of Beethoven's works I seldom hear or gravitate towards. Do hear Villa's live LvB / Liszt Sym. # 5 YT as well.One of a kind. Will do; I'm off to Per...
by Belle
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Democracy; the Unfinished Revolution"
Replies: 14
Views: 434

Re: "Democracy; the Unfinished Revolution"

When democracy first started the vast majority of people were not educated but they still had a say in governance. Democracy started in Athens - the very word is Greek - where the vote on laws and in trials was limited to adult male citizens who had completed their military training, as few as 20% ...
by Belle
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 547

Re: transphobia: you swine, all of you

I'm an advocate for freedom of speech All speech? Including hate speech, libel, conspiracy to commit criminal acts, betrayal of vital military secrets to an enemy nation in time of war? Just for starters. Nowhere in the world is freedom of speech absolute and unconditional, nor should it be. My con...
by Belle
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 547

Re: transphobia: you swine, all of you

I'll never agree that C16 is anything but dangerous deep state penetration of the rights of the people to say and think what they like. We have no mandated words in this country; it is anathema, even while we grapple with out of control PC and identity politics. But to prosecute somebody because the...
by Belle
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Democracy; the Unfinished Revolution"
Replies: 14
Views: 434

Re: "Democracy; the Unfinished Revolution"

The trouble is that people from on high sneer at those they believe it is their duty to instruct on how to act, how to think and what is good and decent to do. Ergo, finger-wagging. This is where the 'deplorables' came badly unstuck; most people didn't think it fair to label a huge percentage of a p...
by Belle
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Democracy; the Unfinished Revolution"
Replies: 14
Views: 434

Re: "Democracy; the Unfinished Revolution"

But in a democracy the "elites" have no more rights than the cleaning lady; that's what Brendan is talking about. It's still one vote, one value . I think it's the elites who are condescending and patronizing towards the rest of the population thinking they just aren't intelligent enough to know bet...
by Belle
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Democracy; the Unfinished Revolution"
Replies: 14
Views: 434

"Democracy; the Unfinished Revolution"

Brendan O'Neill offers his antidote to the problems of failing British democracy and they seem like sensible and sane ideas to me:

https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/07/0 ... evolution/
by Belle
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic
Replies: 18
Views: 710

Re: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic

I just listened to the transcription of Symphony #1 from this link. Wonderful. I think I prefer it to the orchestrated version, to be honest. It's one of Beethoven's works I seldom hear or gravitate towards.
by Belle
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "The Planets", BBC-TV 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 102

"The Planets", BBC-TV 2019

Last night I watched the first episode in this BRILLIANT new series. CGI comes into its own. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-zfnudBDDQ I found myself quite overwhelmed and moved during some parts of the program; the little vehicles sent into deep space to explore regions inhospitable and remote co...
by Belle
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: transphobia: you swine, all of you
Replies: 23
Views: 547

Re: transphobia: you swine, all of you

Thanks for posting this; we used to subscribe to " The Spectator " but stopped as our subscription bills increased as our reading/viewing/listening time decreased!! Professor Jordan Peterson has been at the pointy end of these 'trans' debates since Canada instantiated laws (C16) FORCING people to us...
by Belle
Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Woody Allen at La Scala
Replies: 2
Views: 197

Re: Woody Allen at La Scala

Polanski is a fine film-maker, as was Allen once (until he stopped making 'the early funny ones'). There's very often a real disconnect between a human being and the integrity of his art, as we well know. I watched " Hannah and Her Sisters " again recently and was concerned to see Allen's current wi...
by Belle
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic
Replies: 18
Views: 710

Re: Shrink an Orchestra to a Single Piano, Keeping the Magic

I have this absolutely excellent CD of the Liszt transcriptions of all Beethoven symphonies, played by Katsaris. What an achievement from this musician.
by Belle
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem
Replies: 11
Views: 426

Re: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

Absolutely delicious.
by Belle
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem
Replies: 11
Views: 426

Re: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

I do definitely know about our 'web-footed friends'. That was a joke going back many many decades!! I learned how to type hearing "American Patrol" at technical college in 1967. We had to cover the typewriters with cardboard and type the script given to the rhythms of "American Patrol". Then at the ...
by Belle
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem
Replies: 11
Views: 426

Re: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

What a great tune is 'Stars and Stripes Forever'!!! Well, they both are excellent tunes. My favourite national anthems are Germany and France. And, of course, the former pinched theirs from Austria!! When we went to mass at Stephansdom we sat right next to that organ, with the orchestra just a few f...
by Belle
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Crisis of the Left
Replies: 9
Views: 389

Crisis of the Left

I've just read this and it confirms what I've been saying recently! "Spiked" is an excellent journal and cannot be pinned down to either Left or Right in politics. It has no activism and crusading and for this reason it has become influential. https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/07/04/meet-the-anti-w...
by Belle
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 74
Views: 7876

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

I do not really know the piano sonatas as I have never really thought these were up to the standard of Brahms's other works. I came very late to the sonatas, but glad I did. The 3rd,Op.5 , is wonderful, as is the 1st ,Op.1. The 2nd , Op.2, is crazy ,but worth a hear ( 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition w...
by Belle
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 74
Views: 7876

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

Absolutely lovely; I do not know that Sonata by Brahms! Check out also similar moments in some of his late piano works ( Opa.116-119 ) and late clarinet works, if not familiar with those . I have recordings of these. I do not really know the piano sonatas as I have never really thought these were u...
by Belle
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mariss Jansons cancels
Replies: 10
Views: 907

Re: Mariss Jansons cancels

It is the tourists during the warmer weather which are bad for my nerves!! Cannot believe reports of the staggering heat in Europe. I'm enjoying the (Celsius) 3 degree nights here and the 20 degree days in the sun; our home faces north and we sit in the sun on our 40 foot verandah for lunch and afte...
by Belle
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 74
Views: 7876

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

That Brahms always brings me to tears. I don't know why. Perhaps because I just love the composer so very much. Kantorow gives an excellent account of it. Agree with you on Brahms.Here is one that does it for me, the slow mov. of his 3rd Piano Sonata played live by Wilhelm Kempff in London,QEH,1969...
by Belle
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mariss Jansons cancels
Replies: 10
Views: 907

Re: Mariss Jansons cancels

Thanks so much for your kindness and advice. My husband needs a double knee replacement and this will involve months of pain and rehabilitation. We could not consider going before Feb 2020. He wore his knees out working for the family so I naturally put his needs first. My husband is a real hero: se...
by Belle
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 74
Views: 7876

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

That Brahms always brings tears. I don't know why. Perhaps because I just love the composer so very much. Kantorow gives an excellent account of it.
by Belle
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How you know you're looking ( and getting) old
Replies: 8
Views: 478

Re: How you know you're looking ( and getting) old

Rach3 wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:21 pm
When a 20-something Beto O'Rourke campaign staffer doing a door - to - door , advising you the candidate has new proposals at his website, asks you if you have Internet access.
I can short-circuit all of that by simply looking in the mirror!!
by Belle
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 74
Views: 7876

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

He's impressive, certainly. I also admired Emelyanov and think he has the poise and talent for a successful career - which I'm sure he'll have.
by Belle
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mariss Jansons cancels
Replies: 10
Views: 907

Re: Mariss Jansons cancels

I've always admired Jansons, thinking him completely free of ego and histrionics!! My son and daughter-in-law have just arrived back from Europe after an aborted visit of just 3 weeks because of the unexpected election win here (the boss wants him back at work!!). We were looking at their pictures a...
by Belle
Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mariss Jansons cancels
Replies: 10
Views: 907

Re: Mariss Jansons cancels

I've always really liked Mariss Jansons and hope he goes well. I do especially remember this, from 2012 - just a very short time after my return from a year-long stay in Vienna. I sat watching this concert, especially at 16:20 , and regretted having to return to Australia!! Now, I'm not a fan of the...
by Belle
Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 74
Views: 7876

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

Shiraz? I don't actually drink more than the occasional Chardonnay, to be honest. " I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food." W. C. Fields Absolute gold!!! I've watch the Kantorov performances now and I was deeply impressed with the "Firebird" transcription in the semi-finals. What a ...
by Belle
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 74
Views: 7876

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

This “tragedy” of course will raise the “ what if “ question and cast a pall over the results: http://tinyurl.com/y3252q6d ( I converted to Tiny Url to obscure Lebrecht’s vulgarity.) https://tch16.medici.tv/en/replay/#filter?slug=final-with-an-tianxu An is visibly terrified.Can you imagine having t...
by Belle
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 74
Views: 7876

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

It's Kantorow!! The Frenchman. A shock win.
by Belle
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers
Replies: 43
Views: 4570

Re: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers

jserraglio wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:36 pm
Yes, but I should have made it clearer. I'm afraid in this instance my anger at the resurgence of racism and anti-Semitism in the US led to some sloppy wording.
Anti-semitism is on the rise in Europe. Big time.
by Belle
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers
Replies: 43
Views: 4570

Re: Demonizing 'whiteness' and the inherent dangers

That's quite true; racism is an evolutionary fact of life. As human beings we can try and do our best to make sure we treat people equally and with dignity, but that isn't always the outcome. I often think of slavery in the building of the pyramids of Egypt (just as one example), where workers died ...
by Belle
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert, 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 504

Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert, 2019

This annual concert was recorded just a few days ago and I'm quickly watching it on U-Tube before it disappears! The Dude is on the podium for this one. They usually take it down quickly. Yuja Wang!! Well, take a listen to her Gershwin "Rhapsody in Blue" and tell us what you think!! It was 'out ther...
by Belle
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The skill of airline pilots
Replies: 2
Views: 415

Re: The skill of airline pilots

Absolutely marvellous!!!
by Belle
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The skill of airline pilots
Replies: 2
Views: 415

The skill of airline pilots

Just look at the skill here with the pilot negotiating horrendous crosswinds on landing!! Glad I wasn't on board my favourite carrier and aircraft this day. There appear to be two separate landings on this link, but I'm wondering if the second is the same one taken from a different angle. Clouds in ...
by Belle
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 74
Views: 7876

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

Thanks for the heads up on those new concerti for piano. Shiraz? I don't actually drink more than the occasional Chardonnay, to be honest.
by Belle
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 74
Views: 7876

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

I'll catch up with those performances in the next day or so, depending on internet reliability. I think the Brahms #2 makes different demands on players - one of which is stamina, as it's just so long. But it generally requires a more poetic approach than the pyrotechnics required for Rach #3 or PIT...
by Belle
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 74
Views: 7876

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

The scandalous re-arrangement of An's piece for the final performance has probably put him out of contention. Presumably you've heard about that. He didn't have a clue until the orchestra struck the first note that the order of business had been reversed!!! This will probably cost him the top prize ...
by Belle
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
Replies: 74
Views: 7876

Re: 2019 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

I'm way behind the piano competition and have lost track. I will look here for any updates. Dont rely on me !!☺ The jurors did not agree with all my choices for the Finals this time.Nor did they in 2011 or 2015 for Finals or Gold. Might want to start with the Round 2 solo recitals of the 7 who made...
by Belle
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Room at the Top", Jack Clayton, 1959
Replies: 0
Views: 543

"Room at the Top", Jack Clayton, 1959

Yesterday my " Ship of Fools " arrived via Amazon and I watched and enjoyed this Stanley Kramer film. Simone Signoret was fabulous in that film and her scenes with Oskar Werner were the highlight (god, I could listen to his voice forever!). This led me across to "Room at the Top", a film I hadn't se...
by Belle
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: By 2065 Japan will run out . . . of people
Replies: 21
Views: 3178

Re: By 2065 Japan will run out . . . of people

You're obviously a first class teacher. More power to you!!